- 1 GERMANIA LODGE
- 2 REFERENCES IN GRAND LODGE PROCEEDINGS
- 2.1 ANNIVERSARIES
- 2.2 VISITS BY GRAND MASTER
- 2.3 BY-LAW CHANGES
- 2.4 HISTORY
- 2.5 OTHER
- 2.6 EVENTS
- 2.6.1 BIBLE PRESENTATION, MARCH 1855
- 2.6.2 CONSTITUTION AND INSTALLATION, JANUARY 1856
- 2.6.3 INSTALLATION, NOVEMBER 1861
- 2.6.4 OFFICER LIST, MARCH 1864
- 2.6.5 INSTALLATION, DECEMBER 1864
- 2.6.6 10TH ANNIVERSARY, JANUARY 1866
- 2.6.7 INSTALLATION, JANUARY 1906
- 2.6.8 INSTALLATION, JANUARY 1908
- 2.6.9 GRAND MASTER VISIT, JUNE 1909
- 2.6.10 PRESENTATION, JANUARY 1915
- 2.6.11 INSTALLATION, NOVEMBER 1916
- 2.6.12 62ND ANNIVERSARY AND LADIES' NIGHT, JANUARY 1917
- 2.6.13 GRAND MASTER VISIT, MARCH 1918
- 2.6.14 65TH ANNIVERSARY, JANUARY 1919
- 2.6.15 SPECIAL MEETING, MARCH 1919
- 2.6.16 66TH ANNIVERSARY, JANUARY 1920
- 2.6.17 INSTALLATION AND 68TH ANNIVERSARY, JANUARY 1922
- 2.6.18 INSTALLATION, JANUARY 1993
- 2.7 GRAND LODGE OFFICERS
- 2.8 OTHER BROTHERS
- 2.9 DISTRICTS
- 2.10 LINKS
Chartered By: Winslow Lewis
Charter Date: 12/12/1855 V-587
Precedence Date: 12/13/1854
- Abraham J. Bloch, 1854-1856
- Francis Doris, 1857
- Anton Moeldner, 1858-1860, 1864
- L. Haberstroh, 1861-1863, 1865, 1868
- Adolph Sternfield, 1866, 1867, 1872
- Otto Kramer, 1869, 1870
- Carl Mueller, 1871
- Carl Stephan, 1873-1876
- Albert Glatter, 1877, 1878, 1883
- Herman F. Ehlert, 1879-1882
- Nathan B. Basch, 1884-1886
- Conrad Hahn, 1887
- Solomon Ehrlich, 1888-1890
- Adam A. Koch, 1891, 1892
- Marcus Tishler, 1893, 1894
- Joseph Gahm, 1895, 1896
- Leopold Basch, 1897, 1898
- Sebastian Gahm, 1899, 1900
- Samuel Hauser, 1901, 1902
- Louis Ernst, 1903, 1905
- Julius A. Zinn, 1905, 1906
- Julius F. Hovestadt, 1907, 1908
- Paul G. Coblenzer, 1909, 1910
- Emil E. Koessler, 1911, 1912
- Jacob Milch, 1913, 1914
- Charles Thomann, 1915, 1916
- Leo Robinson, 1917, 1918
- Julius Kreidel, 1919, 1920
- Herman Lowenberg, 1921, 1922
- Erhard Schatz, 1923, 1924
- Theodore Maylandt, 1925, 1926
- Adolph A. Lederhos, 1927, 1928
- Joseph Brettler, 1929, 1930
- Herman B. Dickman, 1931, 1932
- Benno F. Bernstein, 1933, 1934
- Otto Albrecht, 1935, 1936; N
- Paul G. Hauschildt, 1937, 1938
- E. Louis Greenblatt, 1939, 1940
- Fritz W. Ritter, 1941, 1942
- Samuel Banks, 1943
- George Dauberschmidt, 1944
- I. Henry Stern, 1945, 1948
- Nathan P. Harris, 1946, 1947; N
- Meyer Lewis, 1949, 1950
- S. Albert Kaufman, 1951, 1952
- Samuel Silberstein, 1953, 1954
- Philip Weinberg, 1955, 1956, 1970, 1971, 1976
- James H. A. Ulder, 1957, 1958
- Artur Brettler, 1959
- Robert Lurie, 1960, 1961
- Milton Bengis, 1962, 1963
- William M. Silberstein, 1964, 1965, 1977, 1978
- Fritz Fricke, 1966, 1967, 1972-1975
- Harold F. Banks, 1968, 1969
- Manfred R. Liedtke, 1979, 1980
- Douglas I. Lurie, 1981, 1982
- Melvin E. Silberstein, 1983, 1984
- Louis H. Oppenheim, 1985, 1986
- Harry E. Naisuler, 1987, 1988
- Philip L. Silberstein, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1998; PDDGM
- George E. Dove, 1991
- Gregory J. Davis, 1995-1997
- Bernard M. Weiss, 1998
REFERENCES IN GRAND LODGE PROCEEDINGS
- Petition for Dispensation: 1854
- Petition for Charter: 1855
- Consolidation Petition (with Revere Lodge): 1999
- 2009 (150th Anniversary)
VISITS BY GRAND MASTER
- 1856 (Lewis; Constitution of Lodge and installation; see below)
- 1881 (Lawrence)
- 1890 (Wells)
- 1893 (Acting Grand Master Shepard)
- 1895 (Holmes)
- 1897 (Hutchinson)
- 1899 (Hutchinson)
- 1900 (Gallagher)
- 1903 (Sanford)
- 1906 (Blake; 2 visits)
- 1908 (Blake; Ladies' Night)
- 1909 (Flanders; see below)
- 1911 (Flanders)
- 1912 (Benton; Ladies' Night)
- 1914 (M. Johnson; installation; Ladies' Night)
- 1918 (L. Abbott; see below)
- 1919 (L. Abbott; 2 visits, including Ladies' Night)
- 1920 (Prince; Ladies' Night; see below)
- 1922 (Prince; Ladies' Night)
- 1923 (Ferrell; Ladies' Night)
- 1930 (H. Dean; 75th Anniversary; Special Communication)
- 1933 (Chipman)
- 1936 (Allen; Ladies' Night at the Copley Plaza)
- 1937 (Allen; Ladies' Night)
- 1942 (Schaefer; Ladies' Night)
- 1955 (W. Johnson; Centenary; Special Communication)
- 1955 (W. Johnson; Centenary; Special Communication)
- 1999 (Bauer; Consolidation; Special Communication)
75TH ANNIVERSARY HISTORY, JANUARY 1930
From Proceedings, Page 1930-3:
By R. W. Samuel Hauser.
It is eminently fitting that the members of Germania Lodge A. F. & A. M., who this day celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Lodge, should on the occasion cast a backward glance to its history, and render a full and true account of its achievements thus far accomplished. Having been entrusted with the elaboration of this work, I will, to the best of my ability, discharge the duty assigned to me.
Seventy-five years, with their varied experiences, have come and gone since the birth of Germania Lodge. All who were here at the beginning have long since gone to "that undiscovered country from whose bourne no traveler returns." But their work survives. As their successors, it is our privilege to witness the fulfillment of their hopes and to rejoice with grateful hearts that their good old Germania Lodge, at the end of three quarters of a century, stands an honor to her founders, and we could not permit this day to pass without acknowledging its importance by. celebrating the event.
Our thoughts are moved at this time with a desire to know something of those Master Masons of foreign birth who were the founders of Germania Lodge. But, alas, these facts are most difficult to obtain. They were modest men who said little of themselves or of their work. To us, the view is different. Every event of their work is clothed with an interest that will increase with importance as long as Germania Lodge shall exist.
Age is sometimes regarded as a sign of approaching dissolution. In human life this is evident. In the life of a Masonic Lodge the reverse is true, and age brings, with the natural veneration which we feel, strength, vigor, and increased usefulness.
The growth of Germania Lodge has watched with interest not only by the members of it, but by the Fraternity at large, and in its early years, it received aid and encouragement from distinguished members of the Craft. The growth of membership was slow and after laboring for several years in building a foundation the Lodge showed signs of what its future was likely to be. During that time, for various causes, there were occasional depressions, but as the foundation had been well laid and as the principles of our Ancient Institution were implanted in the hearts of the members, success followed and Germania Lodge became a factor for good in the great Brotherhood of Lodges.
On the fifteenth day of September, 1854, Brother Abraham T. Bloch, Francis Doms, Anton Moeldner, Johann Freudenvoll, Alois Demlich, and Albert Henricus, Master Masons of foreign birth, moved by a desire to extend the area of Masonry and thereby aid in the dissemination of her time-honored principles as embodied in the truly Masonic virtues of Friendship, Morality, and Brotherly love, united themselves together and formally petitioned the Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts for a Dispensation authorizing them to organize a Lodge to be known and designated as Germania Lodge A. F. & A. M.
Upon receipt of this petition M. W. George M. Randall, then Grand Master, took an unusual step. The proposition to form a Lodge based on foreign birth and using a foreign language raised important questions of policy. A previous experiment of the same sort had been unfortunate. In 1779 a Charter had been issued to a group of Frenchmen to form Friendship Lodge. The Lodge belied its name, for dissension arose almost immediately and the Lodge was erased after a stormy existence of less than three years. M. W. Brother Randall, instead of exercising his power to grant or refuse a Dispensation, threw the matter into Grand Lodge and appointed a very strong Committee to consider and report upon the advisability of issuing the Dispensation. The Committee consisted of M. W. Edward A. Raymond, M. W. Simon W. Robinson, R. W. John R. Bradford, R. W. George G. Smith. R.W. C. Gayton Pickman, R. W. William Knapp, and R. W. Winslow Lewis, Jr. On December 12, 1854, majority and minority reports were submitted. Five members of the Committee reported adversely. Brothers Lewis and Knapp, however, offered a minority report so clearly and strongly reasoned that the Grand Lodge accepted it and voted that the Dispensation ought to issue.
The story of the Lodge, of its origin, its struggles and its achievements, is not only of direct personal interest to the members of the Lodge, but possesses a general interest. The work of the Lodge is performed by individual members and its records are, like all history, the doings of individual men. To recount the story of the Lodge, the Historian necessarily tells what Masters have done. Through a succession of years, from one generation to another, may be traced the successes and failures of the Lodge by the activity and earnestness, or the lack of ability and indifference of those who have presided over and directed its affairs. Germania Lodge has been fortunate in the selection of its Masters, who served the Lodge faithfully and well and whose good work in days gone by has left its impetus upon the present prosperity of the Lodge. Their memories are revered, their names are perpetuated in the history of the Lodge, and their good qualities are held up as examples worthy of emulation.
The first regular Communication of Germania Lodge was held January 22, 1855, in the presence of the newly-elected Most Worshipful Grand Master Winslow Lewis, Jr., in the Masonic Temple, at that time located on the corner of Tremont Street and Temple Place, and was organized as follows :
- Abraham I. Bloch, Master
- Francis Doms, Senior Warden
- Anton Moeldner, Junior Warden
- Johann Freudenvoll, Treasurer
- Bernard Roelker, Secretary
- Albert Henricus, Senior Deacon
- Alois Demlich, Junior Deacon
At the regular Communication held March 26, 1855, Most Worshipful Grand Master Winslow Lewis, Jr. presented the Lodge a Holy Bible, the Great Light in Freemasonry.
At the special Communication held June 25,1855, a Code of By-Laws prepared by Brothers Abraham I. Bloch and Anton Moeldner was adopted.
On November 26, 1855, Germania Lodge had the honor to execute the special commission of Pythagoras Lodge No. 86 of the City of New York, by presenting to Most Worshipful Grand Master Winslow Lewis, Jr., an engrossed certificate of Honorary Membership in that Lodge, which the recipient accepted with expressions of gratitude.
At the Quarterly Communication of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge, held December 12, 1855, the Committee consisting of Worshipful Brother William Parkman and Worshipful Brother John McClellan submitted its report, recommending that a Charter be granted to Germania Lodge. The report was accepted and the recommendation adopted.
At that time it was said that there were in Boston and vicinity 22,000 Germans; that Masonry was cosmopolitan and does not acknowledge for its votaries any particular tongue, Nation, or Sect; that her portals are open for all, if they are worthy and well qualified; that Masonry does not ask for any special dialect, but teaches and requires that universal language which is used wherever its influence is spread ; that there are no naturalization laws in Masonry; it demands only, is he good and true? There is no law or regulation of any Grand Lodge in the world, which requires the petitioners for a Charter to state in which language they intend to administer the ritual of the Institution. It was further stated that among the Germans residing here there are a number of Masons of excellent character, who are desirous of enjoying the happy and moral influence of the Institution; but this they could not do in the Lodges of this jurisdiction; hence they are deprived of those advantages and pleasures with which others were highly favored. As before stated, Masonry is of cosmopolitan nature, recognizing no particular language. Nation, or Creed, but requires that the candidate be a man of good moral character, believe in God and have a general reputation beyond reproach.
The first year was a prosperous one for Germania Lodge. Seventeen candidates were initiated and of these thirteen were advanced to the Sublime degree of Master Mason.
January 4, 1856, Germania Lodge was constituted and the Officers-elect installed by Most Worshipful Grand Master Winslow Lewis, Jr., with most solemn and impressive ceremonies, in accordance with ancient Masonic usage. Worshipful E. F. Bauer of Pythagoras Lodge No. 86, of New York, and delegations from other Lodges participated in the festivities. An unusual guest was Wah-Bah-Goosh, who represented seven Indian Tribes and accompanied the Grand Lodge suite to extend felicitations to the new Lodge. Messages of congratulation were received from Schiller Lodge No. 304, of New York, and from other Lodges, and the festivities were closed with a banquet.
At the regular Communication held March 24, 1856, Most Worshipful Grand Master Winslow Lewis, Jr., Worshipful William Knapp, and Worshipful E. F. Bauer, in recognition of valuable services which they rendered to and the interest they had taken in Germania Lodge, were elected Honorary Members of the Lodge.
For a time it looked as if the unfortunate experience of Friendship Lodge might be repeated. At the quarterly Communication on June 11, 1856, Grand Master Lewis reported that charges had been filed against Worshipful Brother Bloch by members of the Lodge and counter charges had been filed by him, and that he had felt compelled to suspend Worshipful Brother Bloch and refer the matter to Grand Lodge. The papers were referred to a Committee which evidently found that the whole matter was a tissue of misunderstandings and recommended at the September Communication that a Committee be appointed to attempt an adjustment. The Committee was entirely successful and at the December Communication Grand Master Lewis had the pleasure of reporting that all charges had been withdrawn, the suspension of Worshipful Brother Bloch raised, and harmonv entirelv restored. Thus happily ended the only serious dissension which ever marred the harmony of our happy Masonic family.
The Lodge held its meetings in the Masonic Temple, which was then located on the corner of Tremont Street and Temple Place, from the time when the Lodge was instituted until October 25, 1858, when the building was sold to the United States Government. From November 22, 1858, to December 26,1859, meetings were held in Nassau Hall, on the corner of Washington and Common Streets, and on the 23rd day of January, 1860, we held our first meeting in the new Temple, on the corner of Tremont and Boylston Streets. But, alas, we were not permitted to occupy the new Temple very long, for on April 6, 1864, fire destroyed the Building and the Charter, Jewels, Regalia, Masonic literature, and books belonging to Germania Lodge became a prey to the flames, which loss was keenly felt as most of the articles were gifts to the Lodge.
Through the courtesy of several Odd Fellow Lodges, Germania Lodge held its meeting on April 26, 1864, in Lawrence Hall, located on the corner of Washington and Kneeland Streets.
From May 9, 1864, until our removal to the new Temple our meetings were held in Thorndike Hall, No. 10 Summer Street.
At the meeting of the Lodge held September 26, 1864, Most Worshipful William D. Coolidge, representing the Most Worshipful Winslow Lewis, Jr., Honorary Member of Germania Lodge, presented to the Lodge a copy of the Charter of the Lodge, the original having been destroyed by fire. The copy was handsomely engraved on parchment and highly valued, for it bears the signatures of the officers of the Grand Lodge who had signed the original Charter. The original address in the handwriting of Dr. Winslow Lewis, Most Worshipful Grand Master, is in the archives of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge and was by him read when the Lodge was being constituted, as follows:
Worshipful Master and Brothers of Germania Lodge:
The Grand Lodge of Massachusetts has now set its seal of approbation on Germania Lodge and henceforth it is in full and equal standing and communion with similar institutions of this state. At the incipiency of your design the application was received with universal satisfaction and some of the wisest and best of our members, urged only by the purest and most honest intentions were distrustful of the operation of a Lodge of Brethren from a foreign Land who were to administer the Ritual in a foreign tongue. They urged their fears with manliness, knowing that their motives could not be misinterpreted by their Brothers and God forbid that the time should ever come when an honest dissent is regarded with suspicion, or the views of a Brother wrongly imputed.
But the forebodings of those Brothers were overruled and you commenced under your Warrant, conducting the affairs of your Lodge with the utmost regularity, following implicitly the lectures and work of the Grand Lodge. Your proceedings have been watched with vigilant care, and, at first, with anxiety; but when meeting after meeting had passed and all was more than well with you, then admiration and praise superseded. Opposition not only ceased, but was buried. Your generous opponents have united their praises with others and I now hail you as co-equals with the best. It is now more than half a century since a Lodge has been founded in old Boston; Mount Lebanon dating June 8th, 1801, constituted Dy Most Worshipful Samuel Dunn, one I well knew and was intimate with in my boyhood. Little T then dreamed that the next constituting should be done under the administration of the then young lad of 14.
How great the change since that period, Boston then with its population of 30,000, Boston now with its 162,000.
The tide of immigration then scarcely commenced now the accession so numerous, and here now we embosom with us in the sacred bonds of Brotherly love and friendship, new links in our firm Masonic chain, our Brothers from the Teutonic shores from romantic, classic Rhine from the land of Goethe and Schiller. They come to us with the characteristics of that race, honest, warm hearted and true, thrifty, industrious, and persevering. And now, my Brothers, I charge you to persevere in well doing; be strictly faithful to the trust committed you. No longer foreigners here, but Brothers. Come, share fully with us the pleasure of dwelling in love and unity. E pluribus unum in Masonry as in Citizenship. Embarked with us in a glorious canse, strive to excel your associates in that emulation of who best can work and best agree and may our God, the God of all Nations of all tongues have you in His holy keeping, now and forever.
October 14, 1864, the corner stone for a new Temple was laid with Masonic ceremonies on the site of the Temple which had been destroyed by fire. A large number of representatives of Lodges in this and neighboring jurisdictions participated.
On June 24, 1867, the newly erected, magnificent Temple was solemnly dedicated. A parade was formed and accompanied by many bands of music the Masonic Lodges in this jurisdiction, representatives of every Grand Lodge in the United States, and a large number of Knights Templar, marched through the principal streets of the City. On this occasion the Craft was honored by the presence of the then President of the United States, Brother Andrew Johnson.
Germania Lodge held its first meeting in Sutton Hall in this new Temple on September 23, 1867.
February 20, 1873, the Committee appointed to procure a banner portraying "Germania" having performed the duty assigned to them, presented a beautiful banner to the Lodge. At this meeting, Worshipful Anton Moeldner was presented with a Past Master's Jewel. This memorable meeting was closed and festivities ended with a banquet.
Brother Winand W. I. Toussaint, member of Washington Lodge, of Roxbury, who at all times manifested an affectionate attachment for Germania Lodge, presented the Lodge with an elegant case for our banner, to which Brother Peter Haberle contributed the velvet and glass. On September 27, 1875, the same Brother Peter Haberle presented the Lodge with the Great Light of Freemasonry.
Up to this period Germania Lodge made a steady, though slow, progress and its membership increased to one hundred. But there came years of adversity and by the end of the year 1878 the membership was reduced to twenty-five. On April 28, 1879, the Lodge, by reason of its financial condition, found it necessary to leave its beautiful home and to hold its meetings in Sodality Hall at the annual rental of one hundred dollars. Thus we see that Germania Lodge, which has been a component part of the Fraternity during the entire period of its existence, has felt the pinchings of adversity. Yet, out of it all, it stands today stronger than ever before. A true Mason will show his loyalty to his Lodge as much when dark clouds of adversity hover around it as when it is blessed with the bright sunshine of prosperity. Indeed adversity will find him closer to his Lodge. The true Mason will not complain at the deplorable condition of affairs, but will endeavor to do his share to better it.
In January, 1879, Germania Lodge celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary. According to the records there was a slim attendance of members.
In 1884 Worshipful Nathan B. Basch was elected Master, and after considerable pleading with the leading Officers of the Grand Lodge he succeeded in having the Lodge return to and hold its meetings for a few years in Sutton Hall, and at the rental of one hundred dollars per annum. The result was that many applications for the degrees were received and by 1890 the membership was increased to 141. The Ritual was translated into the German language in 1880 bv a Committee composed of Worshipful Otto Kramer, Worshipful Albert Gatter, Worshipful Herman P. Ehlert, and Brothers Ludwig and Heidenreich.
At the meeting held November 23, 1891, Worshipful Joseph Gahm presented to the Lodge a handsome album which is to contain and preserve the photographs of the members. This was a valuable gift, for many of the Brethren whose photographs are in the album have passed away.
On the 7th day of September, 1895, the Temple became a prey to flames. The two upper stories and the roof were totally destroyed and the lower apartments were rendered useless. Through the courtesy of King Solomon's Lodge, which at that time was located in Charlestown, Germania Lodge was enabled to continue its labors in the apartments of that Lodge, and there Worshipful Joseph Gahm was installed Master on December 23, 1895.
On February 24, 1896, the Lodge moved to the temporarily furnished apartments at No. 18 Boylston Street, which we occupied until September 25, 1899, when we removed to the newly furnished apartments in the new Temple which we still occupy. Since then Germania Lodge has been prosperous, and its membership at this time is five hundred and fifty-five.
During fifty years of its existence, Germania Lodge had not been favored by having one of its members appointed or elected to a responsible or important office in the Grand Lodge. Most Worshipful Baalis Sanford, who was Grand Master during 1903, 1904, and 1905. honored the Lodge by appointing Worshipful Samuel Hauser, Right Worshipful District Deputy Grand Master for the First Masonic District, and he was installed at the Stated Communication of the Grand Lodge, December 29, 1903, and served in that office during 1904 and 1905. Right Worshipful Brother Hauser further honored the Lodge by appointing Worshipful Sebastian Gahm, the present treasurer of the Lodge, to the office of District Deputy Grand Marshal for the First Masonic District, who discharged the duties assigned to him and pertaining to that office in such an able manner that he received deserved praise from officers and members of the Lodges in the District, Our late Brother Moses Beyer, who was Secretary of Germania Lodge at the time when the Lodge observed its 50th Anniversary and was the Historian for that event wrote in referring to this appointment as follows:
"Convinced of the good work performed by the Lodge, Most Worshipful Brother Baalis Sanford, Grand Master, deemed it worthy to appoint Worshipful Brother Samuel Hauser, Right Worshipful District Deputy Grand Master for the First Masonic District, an honor for which, not only Right Worshipful Brother Hauser, but all the Brethren of Germania Lodge may feel a justifiable pride."
While we could not, at that celebration, extend a fraternal greeting to any of the founders of Germania Lodge, it afforded the Brethren much pleasure to extend such greeting to Brother Philip Albrecht, who received the degrees in Germania Lodge and became a member thereof December 3, 1855, the year when the Lodge was instituted. At the regular Communication of the Lodge, held February 22, 1904, the Lodge voted that the Secretary be directed to send to the .Most Worshipful Grand Master a letter of thanks for the honor which he conferred upon the Lodge by appointing one of its members as his personal representative in the First Masonic District.
The regular Communication held March 2S, 1904, was a memorable one. Every seat in Corinthian Hall was filled and extra chairs had to be brought in and were occupied. Brother John L. Bates, Governor of the Commonwealth of Masachusetts. Brother Curtis Guild, Lieutenant Governor and soon after Governor, and thirty members of the State Legislature were guests of the Lodge. Brother Curtis Guild surprised the Brethren by assisting the Worshipful Master in the Work in the German language.
Right Worshipful District Deputy Grand Master Samuel Hauser. made his first Official Visitation to Germania Lodge on September 26, 1904. the Lodge wherein he was advanced to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason on June 22, 1896. He was assisted by Worshipful Brother Sebastian Gahm as District Deputy Grand Marshal and accompanied by a large suite, composed of Past and Presiding Masters of sister Lodges.
The Lodge observed its fiftieth Anniversary in the Masonic Temple on January 23, 1905. Members and their Ladies entered Corinthian Ilall and by two o'clock p. m. the Hall was filled to capacity. While the Officers assembled in Sodality Hall Carl Behr's Orchestra entertained those who had gathered in Corinthian Hall with choice Selections, and at four o'clock Worshipful Master Julius A. Zinn with the Officers of the Lodge entered the Hall and took their respective Stations. The Master appointed a Committee, composed of the Past Masters of the Lodge, to retire to another apartment in the Temple and escort Most Worshipful Grand Master Baalis Sanford and the Grand Officers accompanying him to the Lodge-room. The Committee performed this duty, returning with the Grand Officers and Worshipful Herman Ehlert, the chairman of the Committee, introduced the Grand Master. Worshipful Master Julius A. Zinn extended a most cordial and fraternal welcome to these distinguished Brethren, to which the Most Worshipful Grand Master responded and these special guests of the Lodge were invited to take the seats which had been reserved for them.
Brother Moses Berger, Secretary of the Lodge, who had been appointed Historian, read the book which he had prepared, giving an excellent and highly interesting history of the Lodge, which the Committee of arrangements had printed and a copy of this ably written book was presented to each Brother present.
At six o 'clock p. m. all present proceeded to the Banquet Hall where a fine dinner was served during which the orchestra entertained the gathering with fine selections. Telegrams containing congratulations and best wishes for the future welfare of the Lodge were sent by Hermann Lodge No. 133, I. O. O. F. and Right Worshipful E. F. Smith, Senior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge of Louisiana and read to the assemblage.
January 22, 1906. The Lodge observed its anniversary by holding a Ladies' Night and public installation of Officers. Most Worshipful Grand Master John Albert Blake, accompanied by Officers of the Grand Lodge and, with only one exception, by the presiding Masters of the Lodges that then met in the Masonic Temple, attended as special Guests of the Lodge. Right Worshipful Melvin M. Johnson, who, at the Stated Communication of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge held on the second Wednesday of December, 1913, was elected Grand Master and served as such during the years 1914-1910, installed the officers, assisted by Worshipful Brother Sebastian Gahm.
April 27, 1908. A letter from Most Worshipful Grand Master John Albert Blake was received, appealing to the Brethren for voluntary contributions to a fund to be used for the purchase of a large tract of land, with the buildings thereon erected, located in Charlton and then known as "The Overlook", which was to become the Masonic Home, the property of the Craft in this jurisdiction. The amount required for this purpose was to be raised by voluntary contributions only, and Brethren were requested to eon-tribute not less than five dollars each, which, if they so elected, might be paid in installments of one dollar per annum. The Lodge at this time was composed of two hundred and seventy-seven members and by unanimous vote it was resolved that the Lodge, for its members, should contribute to the fund, which became known and designated as the "Masonic Home Fund", the sum of fifteen hundred dollars, and this amount for such a noble purpose was cheerfully paid by Germania Lodge.
January 24, 1910. The Lodge observed its Anniversary, by holding, as has been its custom for many years, a Ladies' Night and at the same time a public installation of the officers elected ami appointed. Most Worshipful Dana J. Flanders, Grand Master, accompanied by officers of the Grand Lodge, were present as Special guests of the Lodge Right Worshipful Samuel Hauser installed the officers, assisted by Worshipful William T. Coppins of Winslow Lewis Lodge.
June 27, 1910. A communication was received from Most Worshipful Charles T. Gallagher, notifying the Lodge that the late Brother John H. Collamore had in his last Will and Testament bequeathed to Germania Lodge a legacy of $500, The contest of the will had been settled and, with interest, the legacy amounted to $670.00, for which amount a check was enclosed.
December 14. 1911. At the Regular Communication of the Grand Lodge held this day Germania Lodge was honored by the election of Right Worshipful Samuel Hauser as Senior Grand Warden, the second highest elective office in the Grand Lodge. By virtue of this office Brother Hauser became a Permanent Member of the Grand Lodge, which is an honor to Germania Lodge.
June 26, 1911. Most Worshipful Dana J. Flanders, Grand Master, accompanied by Grand Lodge officers, attended as special guests of the Lodge. The Grand Master expressed grateful acknowledgment to Germania Lodge for its generous contribution of fifteen hundred dollars to the Masonic Home Fund. The Grand Master then in the name and behalf of Germania Lodge presented to Senior Grand Warden Samuel Hauser a beautiful Past Grand Warden's Jewel, which the recipient accepted with heartfelt thanks, saying that he would wear the Jewel at the proper time and at all proper occasions. Addresses were also made by Right Worshipful Melvin M. Johnson, Rev. Brother R. Perry Bush, and others.
January 26, 1914. The Anniversary of the Lodge was observed by holding a Ladies' Night and the public installation of the Officers elected and appointed. Most Worshipful Melvin M. Johnson, Grand Master, and officers of the Grand Lodge attended as special guests and the new officers of the Lodge had the honor of being installed by the Grand Master. There was a very large attendance, the number participating exceeding five hundred.
November 23, 1914. Brother Moses Berger, whose health was impaired so that after serving the Lodge as its Secretary faithfully and conscientiously for twelve years he could not continue his services to the Lodge he loved so well, was by unanimous vote elected Secretary Emeritus. Resolutions were offered and adopted laudatory of the excellent work performed by Brother Moses Berger, who at all times had the interest of Germania Lodge at heart, and it was voted that a copy of the resolutions be presented by a committee, in behalf of the Lodge to Brother Berger.
On December 6, 1914, Worshipful Master Charles Thomann, Worshipful Frank Vogel, Worshipful Jacob Milch, and Brother Leon Newman, visited Brother Berger at his home and in the name of Germania Lodge presented to him a beautifully framed copy of the resolutions, which Brother Berger accepted, expressing his gratitude for being so kindly remembered.
October 22,1917. Worshipful Brother Louis Ernst, after serving three years as Secretary of the Lodge, stated that, his business requiring him to devote more time and attention, it was necessary for him to resign his office. He tendered thanks to the members for the honor that had been conferred upon him and asked that another be designated to take his place. The resignation was accepted and Right Worshipful Samuel Hauser was appointed Secretary pro tem.
Most Worshipful Grand Master Leon M. Abbott sent a communication to the Lodge appealing for contributions to the Massachusetts War Relief Fund, which fund was being raised to help, aid, and assist the needy dependents of those men who have entered the service of the United States in the World War. The Grand Master requested the Brethren to practise brotherly and universal love.
November 26, 1917. Worshipful Master Leo Robinson announced that he had received from the several committees which had been appointed to solicit contributions to the Massachusetts War Relief Fund, the sum of one thousand dollars which amount he would deliver in person to the Most Worshipful Grand Master. Germania Lodge may feel a justifiable pride in this achievement, for within one month from the time when the appeal of the Grand Master was received the Lodge had raised this munificent sum of one thousand dollars for this noble cause.
January 29, 1918. By reason of the decease of the Junior Warden, Edward Bensinger, it was decided to respect the memory of our late Brother, by not holding a Ladies' Night this year. The regular Communication of the Lodge was held and Most Worshipful Grand Master Melvin M. Johnson, the Right Worshipful Grand Secretary, Frederick W. Hamilton, and Presiding and Past Masters of sister Lodges were special guests of the Lodge. At 6.30 dinner was served and at 7.30, business was resumed. Brother Herman Loewenberg was elected Junior Warden. Most Worshipful Past Grand Master Melvin M. Johnson installed the officers and was assisted by Worshipful Charles Thomann.
March 25, 1918. The special guests of the Lodge at this regular Communication, were Most Worshipful Leon M. Abbott, Grand Master; Right Worshipful William L. Johnson, Senior Grand Warden; Right Worshipful Edmund S. Young, Junior Grand Warden; Right Worshipful Charles H. Ramsay, Grand Treasurer; Right Worshipful Frederick W. Hamilton, Grand Secretary; Worshipful Edward N. West, Grand Marshal; Right Worshipful Robert M. Green, District Deputy Grand Master; Worshipful William W. Chute, District Deputy Grand Marshal, and Presiding and Past Masters of a number of sister Lodges. As these guests entered the Lodge room, the soloist, Brother Lehnert, sang "The Star Spangled Banner", and the Master, Worshipful Leo Robinson, began his address of welcome with the words of the National Hymn "My Country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty" adding; "These words are meant for every true and loyal American Citizen and Germania Lodge greets you with these words because you preach and practise liberty". These selections were very appropriate at this time because of the then existing World War. The Sublime Degree of Master Mason was conferred upon five candidates and the officers of Shawmut Lodge assisted the Master in the Work. Rev. Brother Edward Abbott Chase, Chaplain of The Massachusetts and Shawmut Lodges, delivered a very impressive charge to the candidates. Addresses were made by the Grand Master, Grand Secretary, and others.
April 22, 1918. An appeal having been made by the United States Government to the people to purchase Liberty Bonds the Lodge voted to purchase two thousand dollars worth of the bonds.
January 27, 1919. The return of another Anniversary of the Lodge was observed by holding a Ladies' Night and the number of participants exceeded three hundred. Most Worshipful Grand Master Leon M. Abbott, Right Worshipful Frederick W. Hamilton, Grand Secretary and Presiding Masters of Lodges meeting in the Masonic Temple, were special guests of the Lodge. The Grand Master addressed the large gathering and was pleased to speak of the loyalty exhibited by the members of Germania Lodge in the trying and troublesome times of the World War; that Germania Lodge not only responded loyally to all appeals for contributions to funds that were required to help, aid, and assist those who were in dire need, but the Lodge anticipated some of the calls and was the first to make a substantial contribution to the War Relief Fund. Right Worshipful Grand Secretary Frederick W. Hamilton delivered an eloquent address and both speakers were loudly applauded.
February 24, 1919. In accordance with the request of the Grand Master that the Lodge should insert in its records a note relating to the death of Brother Theodore Roosevelt, former President of the United States, stating that it would be entirely proper for the Lodge to make such observance by memorial address, or otherwise, as might be considered suitable and expedient, the Master stated that lie had requested Right Worshipful Samuel Hauser to prepare a memorial address and have it ready for this meeting. Brother Hauser complied. The address was read and ordered to be spread upon the records of the Lodge.
March 24, 1919. One hundred and twenty-five members of the Graft who were associated with Worshipful Julius Kreidel. Master of Germania Lodge, as employees of the Boston Elevated Railway Company were escorted into the Lodge room. They came to honor and to show the esteem in which Worshipful Master Kreidel, who holds a responsible position with that Company, is held by his associates. The visitors were accorded a cordial and fraternal welcome and invited to take the seats which had been reserved for them. At that time Worshipful Brother Julius Kreidel had for a period of nineteen years held the position of Superintendent of the Hoofing' Division of the Boston Ele- . vated Railway Company, and now, ten years later, still holds the same. A record to be proud of.
The Worshipful Master had designated this date for holding Memorial Exercises in honor of the memory of Brother Paul Samuel Mueller, and the sons of Brother Morris Wolf, Simon Lustig, and Joseph Heim, young men who lost their lives while in the service of the United States in the World War. Brother Herman Loewenberg, then Senior Warden, delivered a most interesting address appropriate to the occasion, and many were the praises showered upon him by the Brethren who had filled the Hall to capacity. Twenty-six Brethren who had served in the Army and Navy of the United States in the World War formed a procession, and led by Lieutenant Joseph G. Maier, who had the honor of carrying the Stars and Stripes, marched twice around the Altar and the Flag was saluted by all the Brethren. Prayer was offered by the Chaplain, Worshipful Marcus Tishler. Worshipful Master Kreidel appended a white satin scarf, upon which a gold star was neatly embroidered, upon the Flag. The scarf was the gift of Miss Martha M. Kreidel, daughter of the Master, and the embroidered gold star was her handiwork.
The Master introduced the degree staff of the Boston Elevated Railway Associates and invited them to assist him in the Work, which was conferring the Sublime Degree of Master Mason. The members composing the staff took their respective stations and each performed the duty assigned to him in a manner which proved that the staff was well trained.
April 28, 1919. The Lodge unanimously voted to purchase a "Victory Loan Bond" for two thousand dollars. This was the second purchase of Liberty Bonds for same amount each.
October 27, 1919. Most "Worshipful Grand Master Leon M. Abbott, accompanied by Worshipful Grand Marshal Edward N. West, Right Worshipful Deputy Grand Master Arthur D. Prince, and a suite paid the Lodge a fraternal visit and was accorded a most cordial welcome. Brother Joseph G. Maier, carrying a magnificent State Flag, led a procession into the Lodge room. Right Worshipful Samuel Hauser advanced and said that he had a very pleasant duty to perform at this time, namely: to present to the Lodge the beautiful Flag of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which Brother Joseph G. Maier was holding; that the donor was our highly esteemed Brother Carl A. Weitz, who was too modest to speak for himself. Brother Hauser said that Brother Weitz was born in Germany and when quite young he came to the United States and located in the City of Boston. In due time he became a Citizen, filled with loyalty to the land of his adoption. Not long ago Brother Weitz had presented to Germania Lodge a beautiful flag of the United States, which has been placed in the Lodge at each and every meeting. Filled also with loyalty for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, he decided to order a state flag to be especially made for him, which flag he now presented to Germania Lodge. Brother Weitz established business in Boston in which he has been successful and prosperous. He is loyal to Freemasonry. He is known, honored, and respected for the kind deeds he is continually doing without show or ostentation, giving liberally for the relief of those who are in need, regardless of race, color, or creed. Worshipful Master Kreidel in behalf of the Lodge accepted the generous gift, expressing the thanks of the members for the continued love and loyalty of Brother Carl A. Weitz for Germania Lodge. The flag was placed in the East of the Lodge and since then the Stars and Stripes have been placed to the right and the State Flag to the left of the Worshipful Master at each and every meeting of the Lodge.
Grand Master Leon M. Abbott addressed the Brethren, saying that he, at all times, had entertained a high regard for Germania Lodge and that the Lodge enjoyed a very enviable reputation among the Lodges in this jurisdiction. He alluded to the time during the World War when other Masonic jurisdictions, by edict of the Grand Master or by vote of the Grand Lodge, had forbidden the use of the German language in Masonic Lodges. The Grand Master said that he had no regrets for the action he had taken in permitting Germania Lodge to continue using the German language in conferring the Degrees, being satisfied that the members of the Lodge were loyal Masons. Deputy Grand Master Arthur D. Prince addressed the Lodge, saying that this was the first time that he had visited Germania Lodge. but that it would not be the last. He stated that he enjoyed the exercises of the evening and appreciated the courteous and generous manner in which he was entertained.
January 26, 1920. The Anniversary of the Lodge was observed, as usual, by holding a Ladies' Night. Most Worshipful Grand Master Arthur D. Prince, Past Grand Master Leon M. Abbott, District Deputy Grand Master Joseph T. Paul, and Presiding Masters of the Lodges meeting in the Temple were special guests of the Lodge. At the close of the banquet, Grand Master Prince was introduced and on arising to address the large number present he was loudly applauded and cheered. The Grand Master stated that lie was pleased with and appreciated so warm, so hearty, and so royal a reception. His address was very interesting and instructive. Most Worshipful Leon M. Abbott, Past Grand Master, who is held in high esteem and beloved by the members of Germania Lodge, was called upon and on arising he was cheered and was accorded a royal reception. His speech was eloquent and most interesting. Right Worshipful Joseph T. Paul, the newly appointed District Deputy Grand Master, was introduced and spoke briefly; after which all present proceeded to Gothic Hall, where dancing was enjoyed until midnight.
October 25, 1920. About 150 members of the Transit Club of Boston which is composed of Master Masons who are in the employ of the Boston Elevated Railway Company, were escorted to the Banquet Hall. The Club was organized by Worshipful Julius Kreidel, at this time Master of the Lodge, on May 25, 1020, and he was elected its first President. This large gathering came to visit the Lodge and to honor the Master. After the banquet the Brethren returned to the Lodge-room where the work was resumed. The degree staff of the Transit Club were invited to assist the Master in the conferring of the Sublime Degree of Master Mason. The members of the staff were escorted to their respective stations and each performed the duty assigned to him in a most impressive manner.
November 22, 1920. The annual meeting was held and the officers for the ensuing year elected and installed by Worshipful Sebastian Gahm, assisted by Worshipful Paul G. Coblenzer, as Marshal. After the Lodge was closed, dinner was served in the Banquet Hall, where the newly installed Master, Worshipful Herman Loewenberg, after the dinner, introduced Rev. Brother James G. Lane, who delivered a very interesting illustrated lecture. His subject was "Palestine", through which land he had traveled. The slides were beautiful and the lecture eloquent. There was a large attendance and all enjoyed the lecture. The arrangements for this part of the exercises, were made by Worshipful Master Loewenberg as his first official act.
March 28, 1921. Worshipful Thomas E. P. Wilson, Master of Mount Carmel Lodge, of Lynn, with officers of his Lodge paid a visit to Germania Lodge as a compliment to Worshipful Master Herman Loewenberg. The visitors received a hearty welcome from the Master and loud applause by the Brethren. Worshipful Master Wilson's speech in response to the reception accorded him and the Brethren accompanying him was highly complimentary to Worshipful Master Loewenberg. The visiting Brethren were invited to assist the Master in the conferring of the Sublime Degree. Each performed the duty assigned to him in a very impressive manner. After the Lodge was closed, the Brethren proceeded to the Banquet Hall where, after dinner was served, a play, written by Worshipful Master Loewenberg and entitled "Always to the Rescue", was staged. The actors were Worshipful Leo Robinson, who played the leading role; Worshipful Charles Thomann; Brother Edward J. Bromberg; Walter A. Thielsch, and Miss Winifred Collet. The play showed the strength of the sacred ties which link the members of the Craft together.
November 28, 1921. Brother Carl A. Weitz, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, who had started to raise a Relief Fund for the Lodge, in which good work he was ably assisted by Brother A. Silver Emerson, reported that the Brethren had responded nobly to his appeal for contributions and that the amount received exceeded six thousand dollars, but that the intention was to raise the fund to ten thousand dollars. This was later accomplished.
January 23, 1922. The Anniversary of the Lodge was observed by holding a Ladies' Night and public installation of the Officers for the ensuing term, all having been re-elected and re-appointed at the annual meeting held November 28, last. Most Worshipful Grand Master Arthur D. Prince, Most Worshipful Past Grand Master, Leon M. Abbott, Right Worshipful Grand Secretary Frederick W. Hamilton, and Right Worshipful William M. Brooks, District Deputy Grand Master, were present as special guests of the Lodge. Right Worshipful Samuel Hauser installed the officers, assisted by Worshipful Leo Robinson, as Marshal. Worshipful Herman Loewenberg's first year as Master was successful and prosperous, and the prospects for a prosperous second year were bright. There was a very large attendance and after the officers were installed a procession was formed and all proceeded to the Banquet Hall where a fine dinner was served, Most Worshipful Grand Master Arthur D. Prince and Most Worshipful Past Grand Master Leon M. Abbott were the speakers, after which dancing was enjoyed in Gothic Hall until midnight.
February 22, 1922. At the meeting of the Lodge held this evening, a delegation consisting of classmates of Worshipful Master Herman Loewenberg, who had graduated with him from Boston University, visited the Lodge, headed by Worshipful Brother Everett W. Crawford, Past Master of Mount Lebanon Lodge. The others were:
- Clarence Newton, of Dalhousie Lodge, Newtonville, Massachusetts.
- James Milne, of Union Lodge, Dorchester, Massachusetts.
- George F. Jambs, of Old Colony Lodge, Hingham, Massachusetts.
- Carl Shaw, of Adelphi Lodge, Roxbury, Massachusetts.
- John G. Wright, of Rising Star Lodge, Concord, New Hampshire.
- William Pullen, of Union Lodge, Rockland, Maine.
- John Wentworth, of The Massachusetts Lodge, Boston, Massachusetts.
- John D. Marks, of Aberdour Lodge, Boston, Massachusetts.
The delegation received a royal welcome from Worshipful Master Herman Loewenberg and the Brethren loudly applauded the visitors. Worshipful Edward W. Crawford responded. He said that the visit was paid in honor of the Worshipful Master of Germania Lodge, Herman Loewenberg, and to show the esteem and affection in which he was held by his former classmates, present and absent.
March 27, 1922. The special guest was Right Worshipful Willis W. Stover, who served as a Colonel in the late World War. He was introduced by the Master as the entertainer this evening. Colonel Stover gave a very eloquent and interesting lecture. His subject was "Personal Observations of Army Life during the World War." The attendance was large, filling Corinthian Hall to capacity, and the Brethren made their appreciation of this most interesting Lecture manifest by frequently applauding the speaker, and when the lecture was concluded all rising gave Right Worshipful Brother Stover a fine ovation, applauding for several minutes.
April 24, 1922. Worshipful Master William M. Dalton and officers of Ebenezer Fuller Lodge, of Brighton, assisted the Master in the Work. The special guest and entertainer this evening was Rev. and Worshipful Brother R. Perry Bush, Grand Chaplain of the Grand Lodge, who gave a very interesting lecture on South America.
June 26, 1922. Worshipful Master Carlton H. White, of Webster Lodge, of Webster, with officers of his Lodge, assisted Worshipful Master Loewenberg in the Work.
January 22,1923. The Anniversary of the Lodge was observed, as has been the custom of the Lodge for many years, by holding a Ladies' Night. There was a large attendance and the Grand Master, Most Worshipful Dudley H. Ferrell and Grand Secretary Right Worshipful Frederick W. Hamilton were the speakers after the Banquet. Dancing was enjoyed until midnight.
February 26, 1923. Worsnipful Master Erhardt Schatz introduced Worshipful Brother Herman Loewenberg as the entertainer this evening. The subject of Worshipful Brother Loewenberg's lecture was "Equality Before the Law". The lecture was very interesting, instructive, and eloquently delivered, and many were the congratulations and praises showered upon the lecturer.
May 28, 1923. Most Worshipful J. Albert Blake, Past Grand Master, was the special guest of the Lodge. His eightieth birthday was recently observed by many of the most distinguished Brethren of this jurisdiction. Germania Lodge, desirous of showing its appreciation for the kind, true, and steadfast friendship which Most Worshipful Brother Blake at all times gave to the Lodge, and wishing to assure him of the high esteem in which he is held by the members of the Lodge, presented him with a diamond scarf pin. The presentation speech was by Right Worshipful Samuel Hauser. Past Grand Master Blake accepted the gift, expressing his gratitude for being so kindly remembered and saying that Germania Lodge will always have a warm spot in his heart.
January 28, 1924. The Anniversary of the Lodge was observed by holding a Ladies' Night and public installation of the Officers who had been re-elected at the annual meeting held November last. Right Worshipful Samuel Hauser was the installing officer, assisted by Worshipful Sebastian Gahm as Marshal. Worshipful Master Erhardt Schatz, with well chosen words, extended a hearty welcome to the large gathering and was loudly applauded. A fine dinner was served, followed by dancing until midnight.
February 25, 1924. Right Worshipful Arthur E. Fisk, District Deputy Grand Master for the Second Masonic District and Worshipful Horace D. Likins of Springfield were the special guests; Brother Likins delivered an impressive charge to the candidates and Worshipful Horace Forbush, of Pacific Lodge No. 233, of New York, a visitor, gave an interesting address.
April 28, 1924. Deputy Grand Master Frank L. Simpson and Grand Marshal Frank H. Hilton were the special guests. Worshipful Master John E. McCrillis and officers of Grecian Lodge, of Lawrence, assisted Worshipful Master Erhardt Schatz in the work. Sixty-nine members of Grecian Lodge accompanied the officers. Right Worshipful Frank L. Simpson was the speaker and made a very interesting and highly instructive address.
November 24, 1924. Annual meeting. Brother Theodore Maylandt was elected Master and the officers elected and appointed were installed by Worshipful Sebastian Gahm, assisted by Worshipful Erhardt Schatz.
January 26, 1925. Most Worshipful John Albert Blake, the oldest living Past Grand Master; Right Worshipful Howard M. Fletcher, District Deputy Grand Master for the First and Right Worshipful Arthur E. Fisk for the Second Masonic District were the special guests of the Lodge at this Ladies' Night and celebration of the anniversary of the Lodge. A fine dinner was served, followed by dancing until midnight. Shortly after nine o'clock Most Worshipful Grand Master Dudley H. Ferrell, who was prevented from coming earlier by reason of a prior engagement, arrived and was accorded a most cordial welcome by Worshipful Master Theodore Maylandt and with great applause by the large gathering. The Grand Master served in the Banquet Hall and at its conclusion Worshipful Master Theodore Maylandt announced that this was the Eightieth Birthday of Worshipful Marcus Tishler which is now to be appropriately observed. He congratulated him and spoke of the faithful service which he had rendered to the Lodge through many years. The Master introduced Brother A. Silver Emerson to act as Master of ceremonies. Brother Emerson stated that Worshipful Brother Tishler was born September 15, 1846. Initiated in Germania Lodge January 24, 1887; Passed February 28, 1887, and Raised April 25, 1887, and served as Master in 1893 and 1894. Brother Emerson, in behalf of officers and members of the Lodge, presented to Worshipful Brother Tishler a parcel containing a gift as a token of the love and esteem in which he is held and tendered to him the congratulations and best wishes of the Lodge for many more years of happiness. On arising to respond Worshipful Brother Tishler was greeted with enthusiastic applause and he accepted the gift with expressions of gratitude and of appreciation for the kind words spoken by the Worshipful Master and Brother Emerson.
October 25, 1926. Most Worshipful Past Grand Master Dudley H. Ferrell delivered an illustrated lecture on "Masonry in Latin America". He was accompanied by Right Worshipful Frank H. Hilton who attended to the slides. Before the pictures were exhibited the lecturer described his trip to Cuba, Canal Zone, Panama, and South America, in each of which places he was accorded a warm fraternal welcome. It was a most interesting and instructive lecture and was enjoyed by all who had the privilege of hearing it. Many deserved compliments and praises were showered upon Most Worshipful Brother Ferrell by the Brethren.
November 22, 1926. Annual Communication. Brother Adolph A. Lederhos was elected Master and the officers elected and appointed for the ensuing term were installed by Worshipful Herman Loewenberg, assisted by Worshipful Leo Robinson as Marshal.
March 28, 1927. Right Worshipful William I. Corthell, District Deputy Grand Master and Suite paid an official visit to the Lodge. Brother Corthell came as the personal representative of the Grand Master to present to Worshipful Brother Nathan B. Basch a Veteran's Medal, provided by the Grand Lodge in recognition of fifty years of faithful service and membership of the Craft. Private Honors were given to Worshipful Brother Basch, who then was the oldest living Past Master of the Lodge, and on arising he was given considerable applause by the Brethren, who filled the Hall to capacity. He expressed thanks for the gift and spoke of the work and progress of the Lodge in its early days. Worshipful Brothers Marcus Tishler, Sebastian Gahm, Samuel Hauser, and Rev. Brother Samuel J. Abrams made brief addresses, congratulating Worshipful Brother Basch and wishing him to live and enjoy many more happy years.
May 23, 1927. In the absence of the Master, Senior Warden Joseph Brettler acted as Master. There was a large attendance and at 6 o'clock p. m. the acting Master escorted Worshipful Malcolm E. Nichols, of Aberdour Lodge (Mayor of the City of Boston) and his Secretary Worshipful George T. Reid, Past Master of Algonquin Lodge, followed by a large number of Brethren into the Banquet Hall where dinner was served. Returning to the Lodge room, work was resumed and Worshipful Brother Malcolm E. Nichols assisted Acting Master Brettler in the work, in the German language.
October 24, 1927. Worshipful Brother Paul Kohn, Past Master of Ancient Landmark Lodge, of Shanghai, China, and member of Hykes Memorial Lodge, of Tientsin, China, visited the Lodge and gave a very interesting address, which was duly appreciated. Worshipful Paul G. Coblenzer, who had recently returned from a visit in Europe, gave an interesting talk on his sojourn abroad.
January 23, 1928. The Anniversary of the Lodge was observed, as usual, by holding a Ladies' Night. Worshipful Adolph A. Lederhos, who had been re-elected as Master, and the elected and appointed officers were publicly installed by Worshipful Herman Loewenberg assisted by Worshipful Leo Robinson as Marshal.
May 23, 1928. Worshipful William Freeman, of Concordia Lodge No. 3179, of East Lindon, South Africa, visited the Lodge and addressed the Brethren.
June 25, 1928. In the absence of the Master, Brother Senior Warden Joseph Brettler presided and addressed the Brethren on the beautiful estate located in Shrewsbury and known as Juniper Hall, which was presented to the Grand Lodge by Mrs. Whittall, widow of Right Worshipful Matthew John Whittall, to be used as a Hospital, and which was dedicated May 30, 1928. By unanimous vote the sum of seven hundred and fifty dollars was contributed by the Lodge to the Hospital Fund. This was later increased by the Lodge contributing four hundred dollars, making a total of eleven hundred and fifty dollars contributed by Germania Lodge to this noble cause. Right Worshipful Andrew P. Cornwall, District Deputy Grand Master, paid an official visit to the Lodge, as the personal representative of the Grand Master, for the purpose of honoring Worshipful Sebastian Gahm by presenting to him in behalf of the Grand Lodge, a Veteran's Medal. He was assisted by Worshipful Bradford L. Ames as Marshal. Worshipful Brother Gahm was raised in Faith Lodge, Charlestown, where he then resided, on June 6, 1878. Removing to Boston, he affiliated with Germania Lodge and, after serving in various offices, became Master of the Lodge and directed its affairs during the years 1899 and 1900. The Veteran's Medal was presented to him as a reward for continuous membership and good and faithful service for fifty years. The Lodge room was filled to capacity. Worshipful Brother Gahm was escorted around the Hall by the District Deputy Grand Marshal amid the great applause of the Brethren and then, in well chosen words, tendered his grateful acknowledgment for the gift. Worshipful Leopold Basch, who preceded and Right Worshipful Samuel Hauser, who succeeded Worshipful Brother Gahm as Master, were called upon and each extended hearty congratulations and lauded him for the noble work which he at all times cheerfully gave to the Lodge and to the Craft.
November 26, 1928. Annual Meeting at which Brother Joseph Prettier, was elected Master and, with the officers elected and appointed installed by Worshipful Leo Robinson, assisted by Worshipful Theodore Maylandt as Marshal.
January 28, 1929. Another return of the Anniversary of the Lodge was observed by holding a Ladies' Night. Worshipful Master Joseph Prettier was untiring in his efforts to please all who participated in the festivities and he succeeded. Brother William 8. Youngman, Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, Worshipful Brother Malcolm E. Nichols, Mayor of Boston, and Mrs. Nichols, Right Worshipful Andrew P. Cornwall, District Deputy Grand Master and Mrs. Cornwall, Worshipful Bradford L. Ames, District Deputy Grand Marshal and Presiding Masters of sister Lodges were guests of the Lodge.
.March 25, 1929. Right Worshipful Guy H. Holliday, a Professor in the Law School of Harvard University, who was invited by Worshipful Master Joseph Brettler to entertain the Brethren, was introduced and was greeted with great applause. lie certainly lived up to his reputation as an after dinner speaker, for his address was witty, humorous, eloquent, and instructive. Brother Chalkley, an exchange Professor of Harvard University, also addressed the Brethren.
April 22. 1929. Worshipful Master Joseph Brettler invited Worshipful Frederic L. Putnam to entertain the Brethren. lie introduced the speaker, who was accorded a most cordial reception. Brother Putnam's subject was "Origin of Masonrv" and his lecture was very interesting, instructive, and appreciated. Returning to the Lodge room, work was resumed. Bight Worshipful Edmund S. Young delivered a very impressive charge to the candidates.
May 27, 1929. Worshipful Malcolm E. Nichols, of Aberdour Lodge, who is Mayor of Boston, and Right Worshipful Fred B. Richardson, District Deputy Grand Master for the Fifth Masonic District (Brighton) assisted the Worshipful Master in the work, and Worshipful Thomas E. P. Wilson, of Mt. Carmel Lodge, Lynn, delivered a charge to the candidates.
June 24, 1929. Worshipful Master Joseph Brettler spoke of the Masonic Hospital "Juniper Hall" at Shrewsbury and recommended that the Lodge should contribute the sum of four hundred dollars, in addition to the seven hundred and fifty dollars heretofore contributed by the Lodge, to the Hospital Fund raised by the Grand Lodge. By unanimous vote the recommendation was adopted.
October 28, 1929. Right Worshipful Frank B. Crandall, District Deputy Grand Master for the Thirteenth Masonic District (Fitchburg) assisted the Worshipful Master in the work and Rev. Brother Samuel J. Abrams delivered a charge to the candidates.
November 25, 1929. Annual Communication. Worshipful Master Joseph Brettler was re-elected Master and he and the officers elected and appointed were installed by Worshipful Leo Robinson assisted by Worshipful Theodore Maylandt as Marshal.
The social side is recognized by Germania Lodge and the families of the Brethren are brought together at our Ladies' Nights in pleasant reunion. New acquaintances are formed and old friendships strengthened. We rejoice in the completion of seventy-five years of faithful devotion and of encouraging in.the hearts of men a love for Almighty God and a love for our fellow men. We hold those who have served as Masters of Germania Lodge in grateful remembrance for the good work which they did for the Lodge in days gone by, which has left its impress upon the present prosperity of the Lodge. They deserve to be commemorated, not only in the records of the lodge, but in the hearts of those who support it.
My work is completed. I have given some of the incidents that have made history for Germania Lodge. At the end of seventy-five years of active existence we gratefully acknowledge the hand of the Great Architect of the Universe who has guided us thus far and who, we firmly believe, will continue His protection over us and direct our way during the years to come. May the days gone by inspire us for the future. May the loyalty of the Founders of our Lodge to the principles of our Ancient Institution deepen our love for the same great truths, and may we continue to be as faithful to its interests, whether at any time dark clouds of adversity should hover over us, or whether we shall continue to be blessed, as we hope and pray that we may be blessed, with the bright sunshine of prosperity.
CENTENARY HISTORY, JANUARY 1955
From Proceedings, Page 1955-3:
By R. W. Otto Albrecht, R. W. Nathan P. Harris and Wor. Benno F. Bernstein.
Germania Lodge owes its birth and long life to the heartfelt desire of ardent Masons to fraternize in true Masonic fashion and give their friends the same opportunity. Our founders were Masons of foreign birth who understood and used the German language with greater facility as did 22,000 others in Boston and vicinity.
On the fifteenth day of September 1854, Brothers Abraham I. Block, Francis Doms, Anton Moeldner, Alois Demlich, Johann Freudenvoll, and Albert Henricus formally petitioned the Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts for a dispensation to organize a Lodge to be known as Germania Lodge.
Most Worshipful George M. Randall, then Grand Master, gave this petition to a committee for consideration. The committee consisted of M. W. Simon W. Robinson, M. W. Edward A. Raymond, R. W. John R. Bradford, R. W. George G. Smith, R. W. C. Gayton Pickman, R. W. William Knapp, and R. W. Winslow Lewis, Jr. On December 12, 1854, majority and minority reports were submitted, five members against and two for favorable action. Brothers Lewis and Knapp offered a minority report so clearly and strongly reasoned that the Grand Lodge accepted it and voted that the dispensation should be granted.
The first regular communication of Germania Lodge, U.D., was held January 22, 1855, in the presence of the newly-elected Most Worshipful Grand Master, Winslow Lewis, Jr., with the following officers:
- Abraham I. Block, Master
- Francis Doms, Senior Warden
- Anton Moeldner, Junior Warden
- Johann Freudenvoll, Treasurer
- Bernard Roelker, Secretary
- Albert Henricus, Senior Deacon
- Alois Demlich, Junior Deacon
A code of by-laws was adopted June 25, 1855.
At the Quarterly Communication of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge held December 12, 1855, it was recommended that a charter be granted to Germania Lodge.
The first year was a prosperous one for the Lodge, seventeen candidates being initiated and thirteen made Master Masons.
M. W. Winslow Lewis, Jr., Wor. William Knapp and Wor. E. F. Bauer, in recognition of valuable services rendered, were elected Honorary Members of Germania Lodge March 24, 1856.
The Lodge held its meetings in the Masonic Temple until October 25, 1858, when the building was sold to the United States Government. From November 1858 to December 1859, meetings were held in Nassau Hall at the corner of Washington and Common Streets and on January 23, 1860, the first meeting was held in the new Temple on the corner of Tremont and Boylston Streets. This building was destroyed by fire on April 6, 1864, with great loss to Germania Lodge. The charter, jewels, regalia, books and other Masonic articles became a prey to the flames.
A copy of the charter, the original of which had been destroyed in the fire, was presented to the Lodge on September 26, 1864. This copy, which is now considered our charter, bears the signatures of the officers of the Grand Lodge who had signed the original charter.
The corner-stone for a new temple was laid with Masonic ceremonies October 14, 1864, on the site of the temple which had been destroyed by fire. On June 24, 1867, the new temple was solemnly dedicated. Germania Lodge participated in the parade and other ceremonies. This event was further enhanced by the presence of the President of the United States, Brother Andrew Johnson. Germania Lodge held its first meeting in Sutton Hall in the new temple on September 23, 1867. A committee appointed to procure a banner portraying "Germania" presented same to the Lodge on February 20, 1873. Brother Winand W. I. Toussaint, member of Washington Lodge of Roxbury, having an affectionate attachment for Germania Lodge, gave us an elegant case for the banner, for which Brother Peter Haberle contributed the velvet and glass.
On the 7th day of September 1895, the temple became a prey to flames. Germania Lodge again had to hold its meetings elsewhere. King Solomon's Lodge, located in Charlestown, gave us the use of their apartments. On February 24, 1896, the Lodge moved into temporary furnished apartments at No. 18 Boylston Street, which we occupied until September 25, 1899, when we moved into the newly furnished apartments in the temple, where we still hold our meetings.
On December 29, 1903, R.W. Sanuel Hauser was installed District Deputy Grand Master. He was the first member of Germania Lodge to hold any office in the Grand Lodge.
The Lodge observed its fiftieth anniversary in the Masonic Temple on January 23, 1905. Worshipful Julius A. Zinn was the presiding Master. The Most Worshipful Grand Master and many other distinguished Masons were present. Brother Moses Berger, Secretary of the Lodge, read a history, which was in book form, of which a few copies are still in existence. A commemorative medal was presented to the members.
Brother Philip Albrecht, the oldest living member, received congratulations from Most Worshipful Baalis Sanford. Brother Albrecht, who was the grandfather of R.W. Otto Albrecht, was admitted to membership December 3, 1855.
These are the highlights of the first fifty years of Germania Lodge. They do not tell the story of the fortitude of our early Brethren. Germania Lodge always had many friends in the Fraternity who found much pleasure in attending our meetings and who extended a helping hand when the Lodge was in need of it. In recognition of their devotion, the Lodge saw fit to award some of these Brethren with Honorary Membership.
- Dr. Winslow Lewis
- William Knapp
- F. F. Bauer
- Francis Doms
- Peter Haberle
- Otto Kramer
- Herman F. Ehlert
- John H. Collamore
- Joseph Gahm
- Nathan B. Basch
A letter was received April 27, 1908, from Most Worshipful John Albert Blake, appealing to the Brethren for voluntary contributions to a fund to be used to purchase what is now our Masonic Home in Charlton. The Lodge at this time was composed of 277 members, and by unanimous vote, it was resolved that the Lodge, for its members, contribute the sum of fifteen hundred dollars.
June 27, 1910, the Lodge received notice that the late Brother John H. Collamore had in his last will and testament bequeathed to Germania Lodge a legacy of five hundred dollars.
Right Worshipful Samuel Hauser was elected Senior Grand Warden at the regular communication of the Grand Lodge December 14, 1910. By virtue of this office, Brother Hauser became a permanent member of the Grand Lodge. At the October 1917 meeting, a letter was received from the Most Worshipful Grand Master appealing for contributions to the Massachusetts War Relief Fund. Worshipful Leo Robinson, on November 26, 1917, announced that the sum of one thousand dollars had been collected for this appeal.
During Worshipful Julius Kreidel's term of office, the members of the Transit Club (which he helped to form), composed of employees of the Boston Elevated Railway Company, were frequent visitors. November 28, 1921, Brother Carl A. Weitz, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, who had started to raise a Relief Fund for the Lodge, in which good work he was ably assisted by Brother A. Silver Emerson, reported that the Brethren had responded nobly to his appeal. This was during Worshipful Herman Loewenberg's administration.
In 1928, Juniper Hall, the estate of Matthew John Whittall, was presented to the Grand Lodge by his widow to be used as a Masonic Hospital. Germania, upon hearing of this generous gift, again came to the fore and contributed eleven hundred and fifty dollars to the Hospital Fund.
During the period between the fiftieth and seventy-fifth anniversary of the Lodge, many visitations were made to various Lodges in the jurisdiction for the express purpose of performing the ritual in German, which was, of course, the language of Germania Lodge from its inception. Many distinguished as well as lay Brethren attended our meetings, as Germania Lodge was renowned for its hospitality and "Gemütlichkeit."
The seventy-fifth anniversary was celebrated under the direction of Worshipful Joseph Brettler. R. W. Samuel Hauser, who had been serving the Lodge as Secretary for many years, prepared a history, from which much of the information used here has been taken. This history may be read by all interested, as it has been published in the Proceedings for the year 1930 and can be seen in the Grand Lodge Library in the temple.
During the administration of Worshipful Herman P. Dickman, the George Washington Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia, was dedicated. Accompanied by his Senior and Junior Wardens, Brother Dickman represented Germania Lodge at the ceremonies. Every initiate contributes one dollar to this Memorial. Most Worshipful Claude L. Allen appointed R. W. Otto Albrecht District Deputy Grand Master for the Boston First Masonic District in December 1936. Brother Albrecht was the second such appointment in Germania Lodge.
The twenty-five years which have passed since our seventy-fifth anniversary have not been without outstanding events. To dwell at length in recording what took place during each administration is hardly necessary; we know that the Lodge has continued to grow and now has seven hundred members. The language of our ritual is no longer exclusively German, but we hope that we will always be able to do at least a portion of the work in German.
Our present membership is, of course, acquainted with those who are active in Lodge affairs at the present time. We believe it is fitting to pay our respects to Brothers Julius Kreidel, Daniel Kuntz, Abraham Zion, Alexander Fuerst and Jacob Wirth, who wear the fifty year Veteran's Medal. Among our younger old-timers are many who have given long years of service: R. Franz Reisemann, Organist forty years; Herman P. Dickman, Marshal twenty-three years; Benno F. Bernstein, Secretary eleven years; Edward Fischel, Trustee; Alfred Sigel, Trustee; and Fritz Ritter, Trustee.
We have other members who are giving of their time and knowledge in the best interest of our Lodge, serving on various committees and in more direct duties. We hope to have them with us for many more years and appreciate their devotion to our Lodge.
Among our departed Brethren were many who may not be remembered by our present-day members: Albert Goodman, Treasurer; Carl A. Weitz, Trustee; A. Silver Emerson, Trustee; Joseph Maier, Marshal; Nathan Elzholz, Committees; Wor. Joseph Brettler, Treasurer; Wor. Charles Thomann, Entertainer and Emissary of Good Will; Wor. Marcus Tischler, Instructor; Wor. Erhardt Schatz, Trustee; R.W. Samuel Hauser, Secretary; Wor. Leopold Basch, Board of Masonic Relief; Wor. Paul C. Coblenzer, Proxy to Grand Lodge.
So many members have contributed to the good and welfare of the Lodge that it is hardly possible to give credit to them individually.
Germania Lodge is proud of its members who answered the patriotic call to duty during the periods when our country has been embroiled in war. We cannot single out individual members, but salute those who served in the Armed or Civilian Forces with sacrifice and honor. To the memory of those who made the supreme sacrifice, we bow in reverence and pledge our honor to maintain the freedom for which they gave their lives.
The membership of Germania Lodge has always been keenly interested in furthering the cause of Freemasonry. They have given of their time and knowledge whenever the opportunity was presented. You will find many Germania members upon the charter membership lists of Shawmut Lodge, Everett C. Benton Lodge, Mount Scopus Lodge, Moses Michael Hays Lodge, and Canaan Lodge.
Good fellowship is one of the strong ties of Freemasonry. We of Germania Lodge have been fortunate in this respect. The heritage which has been passed down through the years from the time when our Lodge was founded will move on unimpaired. We hope that when another century has rolled by, Germania will still flourish and be an agency for the dissemination of justice and friendship among all men, more especially our Brethren in Freemasonry. To the many visiting Brethren who have found pleasure in our hospitality we extend a cordial invitation to visit with us as often as possible.
- 1856 (Report on suspension of Master, VI-20)
- 1878 (Petition for ritual in German, 1878-160)
- 1879 (Committee on ritual in German, 1879-9)
BIBLE PRESENTATION, MARCH 1855
From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XIV, No. 6, April 1855, Page 200:
Our readers are aware that the Grand Lodge of this Commonwealth has recently authorized the opening of a Lodge in this city, under the name of Germania Lodge, to work in the German language. It is the second movement of the kind ever attempted in this State. The first was a French Lodge, established in 1779. It soon after broke up. The present may therefore be regarded as an experiment. Thus far the indications are favorable. The management of the Lodge is in good hands, and its friends are confident of its entire success. The first meeting for work was held on the 4th Monday in March last, — on which occasion the M. W. Grand Master made the Lodge a present of an elegantly bound Bible, accompanying the same with the following note :—
Office of the Grand Matter of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, Boston, March 7, 1855.
To the W. Master and Brethren of Germania Lodge —
Deeply interested in the prosperity of your institution, having aided in its incipiency so far as my feeble powers could avail; and having a full confidence that "our good cause will be promoted by your Lodge, please accept from me, a gift of the best of books. May it ever be placed on an altar, around which are gathered a happy, united and prosperous Brotherhood, and may the doctrines taught by that sacred volume produce the best influences on each and on all.
The M. W. Grand Master being present when the Bible was laid upon the Altar, the W. Master of the Lodge read to him the following Address.
Most Worshipful Grand Master —
The Brethren of Germania Lodge hail your presence this night to cheer and aid our labors, with unqualified satisfaction, and as a proud event in the new existence of this Lodge.
Never have we severally estimated the privileges of our universal Brotherhood more highly than now, that we are permitted here to receive you, and tender you our heartfelt thanks for your fostering kindness and support in aiding us to erect and complete our Lodge.
To the truly Masonic principles you displayed, as your motive and ground work, no less than to the high esteem and confidence which the Fraternity at large, and the members of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts in particular, bear towards you, do we ascribe our organization. Yet not alone for this, much as we appreciate it, but for the Brotherly sympathy you continue to manifest toward us, is our gratitude due and offered to you, and while that memorial of your kindness which now rests on the altar shall endure, so long will it be there to remind us of a true Brother's love. Yes, Most Worshipful Brother, you have presented us with the first great light of Masonry, to ornament and enlighten our work. Let us hope that It will so shine in our hearts as to be our guiding star to that Lodge where the Great Architect of the universe presides. And when yon, our Most Worshipful Brother, have fulfilled your duties on earth with honor and profit to the Craft, and in the ripeness of years and good works, you are called to present yourself for admission into the great Lodge above, may the good works you have done on earth be your passport to open wide its portals for your reception, with the good and the just who sit in the presence of that Great Master of life. And if we have omitted to express our feelings more fully, impute it not to our want of those feelings, but to our want of words. Moreover, we thank you for the honor you do us by your presence this night in the Germania Lodge.
To this address the M. W. Grand Master replied briefly, and, substantially, in the following words :—
Worshipful Master —
For the kind expressions of your regard and of the appreciation of the testimonial I had the honor to present to the Germania Lodge, be assured they are received with a reciprocal feeling. It is a source of great satisfaction that I have been instrumental in some measure in the establishment of an organization which has now commenced under such happy auspices, and from which the best results bid so fair to follow. Welcome to these halls of peace and Brotherly affection, — to your Masonic home; to a spot, where are not recognized the distinctions of the outer world, but where, on the "level" all are co-sharers of those influences under which we here assemble. Nor language, nor sect, nor station, nor wealth divide us. Ours is the dialect of the heart — recognized and understood and fluently expressed by every «true Brother." Here may you and your successors long meet, a prosperous and united Brotherhood ; — sustaining those great principles, of an universal philanthropy, which should ever actuate our Order—and adding another ornament to the Masonic Galaxy of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts.
CONSTITUTION AND INSTALLATION, JANUARY 1856
From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XV, No. 4, February 1856, Page 117:
In December, 1854, the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts granted a Dispensation on the petition of A. F. Bloch, F. Doms, and others, a Constitutional number of Brethren, residing in Boston and its immediate vicinity, praying for permission to assemble and work as a regular Lodge in the German language, but in all respects preserving the forms and ritual of ancient Craft-Masonry as practised under our jurisdiction.
This was the second Dispensation ever granted to a Lodge in this Commonwealth, or even in New England, to work in a foreign language; the first having been issued about fifty or sixty years ago to a number of French Brethren to work in their vernacular tongue. It proved a failure and the Lodge continued but for a short period. The last, therefore, was an experiment. Many distinguished and experienced Brethren doubted the expediency, and the subject was fully and ably discussed in the Grand Lodge. It was finally concluded to make the trial and grant the prayer of the petitioners, who were very respectable and worthy Masons, by a Dispensation for one year. This in some degree would be a test of their sincerity, and we could in the meantime form a pretty accurate judgment whether, from such tokens of fidelity, the good of Masonry would be secured.
Under this Dispensation, Germania Lodge was duly organized. They have worked successfully, and admitted a number of worthy and valuable men into the fraternity. A learned Brother of our own land, well acquainted with the German, has watched their work and listened to their lectures, and he has spoken of them as strictly adhering to the mode and ritual now adopted and sanctioned by the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. In consequence thereof, a Charter was granted at the last quarterly meeting in December, without a dissenting voice and unanimously. As the opposition never arose from any personal feelings or narrow prejudices, such harmony in the last vote must have been gratifying to our Brethren.
Friday the fourth of January, 1856, was the appointed time for the consecration of Germania Lodge and the Installation of its Officers, in due and ancient form.
The Grand Lodge accordingly assembled at the Temple, in a room adjacent to the Masonic Hall, and due notice having been given that Germania Lodge had opened in due form and were ready to receive them, they formed a procession and marched into the Hall. The room was well filled with Brethren and visitors, and the Grand Lodge proceeded to the Consecration of Germania Lodge. The ceremonies were in the English language, and solemn and interesting. The Most W. Grand Master, Winslow Lewis, attended by the Grand Officers, formed themselves in order around Germania Lodge, and after appropriate music on the organ, the Brethren knelt in the circle where they stood, and in the absence of the Grand Chaplain, the Consecration prayer was read by R. W. Br. John H. Sheppard.
During the response by the Brethren, the Dep. G. Master and the G. Wardens took the vessels of corn, wine and oil, and sprinkled the elements of Consecration upon the Lodge. The Consecrating prayer was then continued. Solemn music followed, while the Lodge was covered. The officiating Grand Chaplain then dedicated Germania Lodge, as follows :—
"To the memory of Holy Saint John, we dedicate this Lodge. May every Brother revere his character, and imitate his virtues."
"Glory be to God on high."
response: "As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end ! Amen! So mote it be! Amen!"
Music was then performed, while the Brethren of Germania Lodge advanced in procession and saluted the Grand Lodge in due form, and the M. W. Grand Master Lewis then constituted the Lodge in the usual form, and the ceremonies closed with an appropriate hymn.
The S. G. Warden then proceeded to the Installation of the Officers of Germania Lodge; the ceremony of which is too familiar to the Brethren to need repetition. The newly elected officers are, A. F. Bloch, Master; Francis Doms, S. Warden ; Anton Möldner, J. Warden ; and John Freuderwoll, Treasurer; the Secretary was not present.
GRAND MASTER LEWIS' ADDRESS
After the ceremony of installation, Dr. Winslow Lewis, M. W. G. M. of the Grand Lodge, addressed the newly constituted Lodge as follows :—
"Worshipful Master and brethren of the Germania Lodge:—The Grand Lodge of Massachusetts has now set its seal of approbation on Germania Lodge, and henceforth it is in full and equal standing and communion with similar institutions of this State. At the incipiency of your design the application was not received with universal satisfaction. Some of the wisest and best of our members, urged only by the purest and most honest intentions, were distrustful of the operation of a lodge from a foreign land, who were to make use of a foreign tongue. They urged their fears with manliness, knowing well that their motives could not be misinterpreted by true Brothers, and God forbid that the time should ever come when an honest dissent is regarded with suspicion. Bin the forebodings of these Brothers were overruled, and you commenced under your warrant, conducting your affairs with the utmost regularity. Your proceedings have been watched with vigilant care, and at first with anxiety, but when meeting after meeting passed, and all was more than well with you, then admiration and praise succeeded. Opposition not only ceased, but was buried. Your generous opponents have united their praises with others, and I now hail you as co-equals with the best.
"It is now more than half a century since a Lodge has been founded in old Boston — Mt. Lebanon, dating June 8th, 1801, consecrated by the M. W. Samuel Dunn, whom I well knew in my boyhood, and was as intimate with as a boy may be with an old man. Little did I then dream that the next consecration would be done under the administration of the then lad of fourteen. How great the change since that period! Boston then with its population of 30,000 ; Boston now with its 162,000! The tide of emigration then scarcely commenced; now the accessions how numerous! And here we now embosom with us, in the sacred bonds of brotherly love and friendship, new links in our firm Masonic chain, our Brothers from the Teutonic shores, from the romantic, classic Rhine, from the land of Goethe and Schiller. They come to us with the characteristics of that race—honest, warm-hearted and true; thrifty, industrious and persevering.
"And now, my Brethren, I charge you to persevere in well doing; be strictly faithful to the trust committed to you. No longer foreigners here, but Brothers ! come share fully with us the pleasure of dwelling in love and unity. E pluribus Unum in Masonry as in citizenship. Embarked with us in a glorious cause, strive to excel your associates in the emulation of who best can work, who best agree. And may God, the God of all nations, of all tongues, have you in his holy keeping, now and forever."
Rev. Br. Alger, of Boston, next delivered a short address, partly in German and partly in English. He congratulated the Brethren of Germania Lodge on the establishment of a Lodge in their native language — that language which always springs spontaneously to the lips when the heart is stirred. Masonry, like the light of the sun, was cosmopolitan, and it was therefore proper that il should speak in many tongues, especially in America, where a new nationality is to be formed by uniting together old ones — a new nationality that out-shines and out-towers all others. It was natural that in coming to this land they should bring in their hearts a memory of the fatherland, which they would never part with, until that heart ceases to beat. The land which furnishes our cradle is dearer to us than that which provides our grave. Nevertheless, he trusted they would soon cease painfully to remember the old world, in glorious anticipations for the new.
They were dedicated to faith, friendship and philanthropy — a glorious system, which would sanctify their lives, and make bright their last hours, when they would ascend the mystic ladder to the starry decked canopy where they hoped in the fulness of time to meet all good men and true, to rejoice forever in the favor of Him whose smile is the sunshine of eternity, dispensing with the need of the sun, or the moon, or the stars.
Before the Installation, Br. Charles F. Bauer, a delegate from and Past Master of Pythagoras Lodge, No. 86, New York, (a German Lodge,) was introduced and made a short address in German, congratulating the Brethren on the success of their enterprise, and eloquently calling on them to emulate the virtues of the founders of Masonry, both in the old world and in the land of their [adoption. Br. Bauer then translated his remarks to us in English. It was pleasing to witness the energy, warm-heartedness and eloquence of this excellent Brother in the noble cause of Freemasonry, fI we can have such Brothers to exert an influence and build up temples of Masonry in our land, we need not fear in what language we see such signs of a true Masonic heart.
After the ceremonies of consecration and installation were completed, the Grand Lodge repaired to Plaff's Hotel in Pleasant Street, on the invitation of Germania Lodge, where our Brethren had prepared a sumptuous banquet, and the evening to a late hour passed most swiftly amidst social and convivial enjoyments. We protest against late hours on all occasions of hilarity; but, who can escape from the allurements, when once under the roof of German hospitality, and especially where the indulgence of the senses neither forbids nor checks the flow of wit and sparkling streams of eloquence? It was a cold night without, but warm hearts within will make the pleasures of this evening long to be remembered. In no case was that first of the " Cardinal Virtues," Temperance, forgotten; and whatever may be said of the wine cup, and much more of the burning fluid, which, unless medicinally used, is a scorching flame of fire, yet we can truly say, there is Temperance in Hock. This juice of the Rhinish grape is the mildest of all cheering beverages; it is an intellectual wine, and it leaves no bad memory behind it.
There were many fine and some really eloquent speeches made, with toasts and sentiments appropriate. Among the speakers we might refer to the excel lent remarks and congratulations of W. Br. Bloch, who presided on the occasion in the happiest manner and made every guest feel at home; the Grand Officers, M. W. Grand Master Lewis, R W. Br. Heard, S. W., R. W. Br. Train, J. W., R. W. Br. , G. Sec, R. W. Br. Sheppard, Cor. G. Sec., and R. W. Br. the Rev. Wm. R. Alger, G. Chaplain and Chaplain of Germania Lodge, spoke on the occasion. Br. Moore entertained us several times in a happy flow of wit, with anecdotes of his recent tour; and our Br. Alger in his felicitous remarks paid on elegant and most deserved compliment to the father of our Grand Mas ter, the late Winslow Lewis, Esq., a true and genuine Mason to the last of a long life, and who kept the lights of our Lighthouses for years and years bright and burning by his inventive genius; while in his own bosom the lamp of Ma sonry was seen shining with a pure flame of Brotherly love and truth. '
There were also some excellent addresses made by several visiting Brethren; among whom, we listened to the voices of our talented Brethren, Isaac H. Wright, whose gun is always well charged, and, touch it in the right place, makes an eloquent report; the Hon. G. Washington Warren, Judge Russell, Wm. H. L. Smith, Master of Mt. Lebanon Lodge, and our Brother Marshal, in whose voice there is always music; but, I must pause, with only remarking that we heard some fine specimens of German eloquence, judging from look and graceful gesture and fluency of utterance ; the patriotic speeches were highly spoken of by those who understood the deep sounding and rich intonations in the German language of these Brethren, now our fellow-citizens from the Fatherland. Among these speakers were W. Br. Bauer, Theodore Charles Wille, and Ambrose Fabery.
During the evening, W. Br. Bloch, with the following appropriate and handsome remarks, presented our Grand Master a Goblet, or Cup.
"M. W. Br. Lewis. — By the favor of my Brethren, it now becomes my duty to discharge the most pleasing office I have ever yet performed in connection with Germania Lodge. I have to express our united thanks to the most excellent Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, for the friendly interest he has shown, and the powerful aid he has contributed towards the original establishment and the present prosperity of our Lodge. As long as we live we shall cherish the warmest recollections of the unwearied.courtesy and kindness of our beloved Brother Lewis, the respected Grand Master of the State. And as long as Germania Lodge remains, a memorial of his friendship for us will not be wanting in its archives, since his name appears pre-eminent on the Charter whereby the Institution has its legal existence.
"But we have desired to give visible expression, in some more tangible form, to our grateful sense of his generous sympathy and services in our behalf. We were exiles, far from our native country, dwelling amidst a people whose language at the best must be somewhat strange to our ears and our hearts. Some of us, who had been initiated in Germany, were deeply attached to the beautiful rites of Freemasonry. Seeing thousands of our countrymen around us, we thought it desirable to have a Lodge of our own in Boston, which might work in the German language, and foster and spread Masonic influence among the German Brethren. In the full spirit of that symbol of the two globes surmounting two columns, which denotes the universality of Freemasonry, Brother Lewis, and other Brethren, to whom also we pay our warmest thanks, pleaded for us; and at last our wishes were crowned with success — and here we are to-night, as you see, a goodly band of Brothers, with honored visitors from New York, and other invited quests — to all of whom we bid a joyous welcome.
"Most Worshipful Grand Master! Germania Lodge has obtained, from their Fatherland, this specimen of handicraft, which they beg you to accept as a humble token of their respect and love towards you. It is made of virgin silver and lined with burnished gold. Like the Masonic character of him who receives, and like the grateful esteem of those who give, it is unalloyed. On one side it bears a commemorative inscription in German ; and on the opposite side it shows the same inscription in English. The two other sides contain some of the mystic insignia of that ancient craft in whose common traditions and embrace we all stand. We pray you to accept it, and to prize it not according to its poor cost, but according to the sentiments of which it is an emblem. Into the waiting and pure bosom of this cup no liquor has yet been poured, and no lips have touched its rim; that service remains for you and yours to perform. Whenever you drink from it, may the memory be of the sincere friendship of Germania Lodge, and may the draught be nectar.
To which M. W. Br. Lewis made the following reply :—
W. Master of Germania Lodge.—How shall I reply to you, W. M., in terms adequate to express all that I feel at this reiterated token of the friendship of my German Brethren. How thank you for the very elegant and tangible presentation of that memorial of their kindness. In words I cannot, but will endeavor by devotion to the interests of Germania Lodge to repay in some manner the deep obligations which they have so generously imposed upon me. My cup of pleasure was nearly filled when I had the satisfaction of seeing Germania Lodge taking its station among the best, in the accuracy and excellence of its work, and in the estimation of its sister institutions. My cup was fully filled when Pythagoras Lodge, 86, enrolled me as an honorary member and associated me with the Germans in New York, but now my cup is running over, and I feel staggered like one who has taken a "cup too much," and has lost the power of speech and action. I am oppressed by your kindness and cannot find terms to duly express my thanks. I can only say you have them, from my soul. May you as a Lodge long flourish, and your cup of prosperity be ever full; and in after years, may those who are spared recall this pleasant reunion, this celebration of your now chartered Institution, and remember to quaff "a cup of kindness for auld lang syne." May you be cemented stronger and stronger to the Fraternity with which you are now incorporated, and as your posterity mingle more and more, closer and closer, with those of your adopted land, may the issue be, good citizens, good Americans, and good Masons. And Brethren of the Grand Lodge let us drink to this sentiment:—
"Our German Brothers. They have left their Fatherland to dwell with us. May they find their change only
"As sunshine broken on a rill,
Though turned astray, is sunshine still."
The Goblet is a beautiful specimen of skill from the Fatherland ; of solid silver, lined with gold, embossed with suitable emblems, and bearing the following inscription :—
On one side, in German—
Dem Hochw.^. Grossmstr.
der sehr ehrw.^. ger.^. & vollk.*. Gross Loge
von Staate Massachusetts,
Br. Winslow Lewis,
gewidmet von den Br.^. Brudern
der Germania Loge,
On, the reverse, in English—
To the M. W. Grand Master
Br. Winslhw Lewis,
This specimen of handicraft
from their fatherland, is most respectfully presented
Members of Germania Lodge,
Boston, December, 5855.
The reply of our M. W. Grand Master Lewis was cordial and short, for he was evidently overcome with the tenderness of his feelings. It was an elegant present — a token of gratitude — and worthy the libations of a festive occasion. Il is such a present as children may look at, and be proud of that father whose merit set the artificer with his cunning workmanship to prepare it. As it went round, full to the brim with generous Hock, which seemed to reflect the golden beauty within, and as we sipped and passed il, I thought of that celebrated banquet, where the Queen of Catthage presided, and the chieftains drank
Spumantem pateram et pleno se prolicit auro.
INSTALLATION, NOVEMBER 1861
From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXI, No. 3, November 1861, p. 96:
Officers for the current year:
- Lucas Haberslroh, W. M.
- Adam Bennighof, S. W.
- Charles Hess, J. W.
- Fred. Siebert, Treas.
- Geo J. Walther, Sec., No. 1 Boylston Street.
OFFICER LIST, MARCH 1864
From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXIII, No. 5, March 1864, Page 160:
Germania Lodge, Boston.
- Anton Moeldner, W. M.
- Samuel Kurz, S. W.
- Wm. Holtzer, J. W.
- Fried. Siebert, Treas.
- Geo. J. Walther, Sec.
- Otto Kraemer, S.D.
- Valentine Schneider J. D.
- Henry Kraemer, S. S.
- Augustus Eiler, J. S.
- Fred Blocklinger, I. Sent.
- Ernest Weinhold, Chaplain.
- E. H. Kuehn, Mar.
- L. L. Tarbell, Tyler.
INSTALLATION, DECEMBER 1864
From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXIV, No. 2, January 1865, p. 80:
This excellent Lodge, composed wholly of German Brethren, had a public installation of its officers at Freemasons' Hall, on the evening of the 17th ult. There was a very full attendance of the members, with their ladies. The ceremonies were performed by the M. W. Grand Master, assisted by a delegation of the Gr. Officers, and were witnessed with apparent interest by those present. At the conclusion of the ceremonies, and after a brief address by the Grand Master, the members of the Lodge with their invited guests repaired to the Menzel House, where an excellent collation by the worthy host of that establishment, for their refreshment, and where a couple of hours were very agreeably spent in the interchange of sentiments, speeches, &c. The officers for the present year are -
- L. Haberstroh, W. M.
- Ad. Sternfeld, S. W.
- O. Kramer, J. W.
- A. Liebert, Treas.
- A. Blocklinger, Secretary
- C. Karcher, S. D.
- F. Ehret, J. D.
- A. Sanders, S. S.
- John Kuhn, J. S.
- A. B. Fiedler, Chaplain
- A. Koch, Marshal
- L. L. Tarbell, Tyler.
10TH ANNIVERSARY, JANUARY 1866
From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXV, No. 4, February 1866, p. 120:
This excellent and prosperous Lodge celebrated its tenth anniversary, by a ball, supper, &c, at Minot Hall, in this city, on Thursday evening, January 4. The members generally were present with their ladies, numbering in all about one hundred persons, and a more agreeable party we have never attended. It was like a family gathering — everybody was at home and at ease, anxious only to make everybody else happy; and the most perfect success crowned the effort. The dancing commenced at an early hour, under the direction of the W. Master, assisted by his officers, and continued until about eleven o'clock, when supper was announced and the company proceeded in procession to the banquetting hall, where an hour or more was devoted to the discussion of the rich, and, to some of the guests present, rare and unusual viands, with which the tables were spread. The more intellectual part of the entertainment was opened by the W. Master, Brother Sternfeld, in an eloquent and appropriate address in the German language, and closed by calling upon Dr. Lewis, whom the Brethren regard as the father of their Lodge, it having been established through his influence, and during his administration as Grand Master. Speeches were also made by Bros. Moore, Tarbell, Emmons, Haberstroh (P. M.), Kramer, S. W., and others, whose names have escaped us.
The tables were then dismissed and the dancing was renewed, and continued until a late hour, when the party retired to their respective homes, feeling, we believe, that they had each and all passed a pleasant and happy evening.
- Adolph Stemfeld, W. M.
- Otto Kramer, S. W.
- Charles Hess, J. W.
- Fred. Siebert, Treasurer
- Peter Hasberle, Secretary
- Carl Muller, S. D.
- August Fiedler, J. D.
- John Christ. Zander, S. S.
- Franz Ellinger, J. S.
- G. J. Walther, Chaplain
- Jacob Valois, Inside Sentinel
- L. L. Tarbell, Tyler.
INSTALLATION, JANUARY 1906
From New England Craftsman, Vol. I, No. 5, February 1906, Page 179:
Germania Lodge, Boston, celebrated its 51st anniversary Monday, January 22, by a "Ladies' Night" and public installation of its officers. Masonic Temple was filled by a large company of the brethren with their ladies and invited guests. The program began at 7 o'clock with a concert. Most Wor. John Albert Blake, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge was formally welcomed with the honors due his station. The installation was conducted by Wor. Melvin M. Johnson, Grand Marshal of the Grand Lodge, assisted by Wor. Sebastian Gahm, Past Master of Germania Lodge. At the conclusion of the installation a Past Master's jewel was presented to the retiring master, Wor. Julius A. Zinn. by Rt. Wor. Samuel Hauser. A banquet followed, and the festivities of the evening concluded with dancing, which was continued until a late hour.
The officers of the lodge installed were; Worshipful Master, Julius A. Zinn; Senior Warden; Julius F. Lovestadt; Junior Warden. Paul G. Coblenzer; George Lenth, Treasurer; Moses Berger, Secretary; Rt. Wor. Samuel Hauser, Chaplain; Morris Wolf, Marshal; Emil K. Koessler. Senior Deacon; Jacob Milch, Junior Deacon; Charles Thomann, Senior Steward; Israel Hirschberg, Junior Steward; George H. Gilbert, Inside Sentinel; William W. Chute, Organist; John T. Kimball, Tyler.
INSTALLATION, JANUARY 1908
From New England Craftsman, Vol. III, No. 6, March 1908, Page 225:
Rt. Wor. Samuel Hauser
No body of Masons know better how to have a good time than the brethren of Germania Lodge, Boston. Whenever there is an opportunity for sociability and fraternal association they improve it to the utmost, but always in a sensible and intelligent manner. Their last meeting, Monday, January 27, was the time designated for the installation of the officers and it was made an occasion for welcoming their ladies. Music, banquet and dancing were the social features of the event and each was most heartily enjoyed. The ceremonies began with a delightful orchestral concert and singing by a male quartet. Next the officers of the lodge assumed their stations and Past District Deputy Grand Master Samuel Hauser with his Marshal, Past Master Julius A. Zinn. the installing officers of the occasion, were introduced. When these brethren had been received Most Worshipful J. Albert Blake, Grand Master, was welcomed by the Worshipful Master.
Accompanying the Grand Master were W. H. L. Odell, Deputy Grand Master; William M. Belcher, Senior Grand Warden; Melvin M. Johnson, Grand Marshal; Leon M. Abbott, District Deputy Grand Master of the 1st Masonic District; E. Ernest Murray, Grand Standard Bearer; George W. Chester, Grand Tyler; Leonard G. Roberts. W. M. and Albert B. Root, P. M. of St. John's Lodge; E. N. West, W. M. of Massachusetts Lodge; Joseph T, Paul, W. M. of Mt. Lebanon Lodge; Harry H. Hartung, W. M. of Aberdour Lodge; E. H. Rogers, W. M. of Zetland Lodge; Percy E. Walbridge, W. M. of Winslow Lewis Lodge.
The officers installed were: Julius F. Hovestadt, Worshipful Master; Paul G. Coblenzer, Senior Warden; Emil K. Koessler, Junior Warden; George Lenth, Treasurer; Moses Berger, Secretary; Worshipful Samuel Hauser, Chaplain; Otto C. Heinemann, Marshal; Jacob Milch, Senior Deacon; Charles Thomann, Junior Deacon; Louis Steinhardt, Senior Steward; Julius Kreidel, Junior Steward; Gustav A. R. Thomas, Inside Sentinel; William W. Chute, Organist; John T. Kimball, Tyler.
Wor. Brother Hauser, the installing officer, is the Chaplain and he was installed by the Worshipful Master. Brother George Lenth was installed as Treasurer for the 18th consecutive time. Worshipful Master Hovestadt was presented with a handsome Past Master's jewel and apron and with an armful of flowers. Bouquets were also presented to the installing officers. All the events of the evening were most successfully managed and gave complete satisfaction to the large assembly of brethren and ladies.
GRAND MASTER VISIT, JUNE 1909
From New England Craftsman, Vol. IV, No. 10, July 1909, Page 372:
It was a hot night, Monday, June 28th, when Grand Master Dana J. Flanders with his suite of officers and members of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts entered Germania Lodge, Boston, for the purpose of paying the lodge a fraternal visit. The lodge room was filled with brethren who watched with close attention the reception of the head of the Masonic fraternity in Massachusetts.
Grand Master Flanders was introduced by Past Master Nathan B. Basch. Me was cordially welcomed by Worshipful Master Paul G. Coblenzer who, speaking in the German language, said to the Grand Master, what be afterwards told him in English, thai he was most heartily welcomed to the lodge. After the guests were seated, the work was resumed and received the close and interested attention of all, especially of the English speaking part of the audience to whom the German language, associated with the familiar ceremonies produced a novel effect.
At the close of the work the large company, of three hundred or more, enjoyed a sumptuous banquet. Grand Master Flanders was called mi fur remarks. He spoke of his pleasure in visiting the lodge even if it happened to be the hottest night of the year. The subject of his remarks was Masonic integrity, He emphasized its value in character and spoke of the satis faction it gives us by the confidence it inspires in our fellow men. The Grand Master also spoke of the Masonic Home and told the brethren be could not call on them for a contribution for they had already provided for every member of the lodge. Me urged them to use their influence on other Masons they might meet who bad done nothing for the cause, as he assured them much more money would be required to continue the usefulness of the home and pmvide for its increasing demand- than some may now think. He expressed the hope that before be should retire from office there would be at least $200,000 in the hands of the Masonic Home Committee.
Grand Chaplain Rev. William M. Rider paid a hearty tribute lo the value of Freemasonry, beginning his remarks by relating a touching incident of Masonic recognition between a brother in destitute condition and another who was able to render him assistance. lie spoke of the noble qualities of German character and of its value in freemasonry. The late hour and the high temperature prevented further talk. The Weber Quartet furnished excellent music during the work and at the banquet.
PRESENTATION, JANUARY 1915
From New England Craftsman, Vol. X, No. 4, January 1915, Page 141:
Germania Lodge of Boston has been presented with a standard silk American flag by one of its members, Carl A. Weitz.
The address was by Past Master Basch, who said that while the Germans retained a love for the Fatherland those in the lodge desired to show that they had the greatest regard for their adopted country and were ready to stand by it if there was a necessity for showing their loyalty. The organist played the "Star Spangled Banner," after which Worshipful Master Thomann accepted the gift on behalf of Germania, saying that it would face the lodge banner at the meetings.
INSTALLATION, NOVEMBER 1916
From New England Craftsman, Vol. XII, No. 3, December 1916, Page 99:
Germania Lodge held its annual communication on Monday, Nov. 27, at which time the election and installation of officers for the ensuing year took place. Before Wor. Charles Thomann, the Master, retired, Bro. Leo Robinson, Sr. Warden, approached the East, and, addressing him, said that the retiring Master was a man who was held in high esteem, not only by the members of the Lodge, but by all who knew him; that during the two years in which he served the Lodge as Master, he was untiring in his efforts to please, was zealous in his work and was courteous and kind in his intercourse with the officers and members. The officers who served with him, desiring to show their appreciation, now presented to Wor. Bro. Thomann, through the Master-elect, a handsomely carved meerschaum cigar holder. The recipient, in accepting the gift, said that this action on the part of his officers was unexpected, and words failed him to adequately express his feeling's and his gratitude. He said that his efforts could not have been successful without the able assistance which had been given him at all times by the officers, and he was grateful to them, as also to the brethren, for the aid and hearty co-operation which he had received during the years in which he had served the Lodge.
Wor. Paul G. Coblenzer, assisted by Wor. Sebastian Gahm as Marshal, then installed the elected and appointed officers as follows:
Leo Robinson, W. M.; Julius Kreidel, S. W.; Edward Bensinger, J. W.; Wor. Sebastian Gahm, Tr.; Wor. Louis Ernest, Sec'y; Rt. Wor. Samuel Hauser, C; Wor. Marcus Tishler, A. C; Joseph G. Maier, M.; Herman Lowenberg and Erhardt Schatz, D.; Theodore Maylendt and Adolph Lederhos, S.; Bruno D. Himberg, I. S.; R. Franz Reissmann, Org.; Edward F. Jacobs, Tyler; Enrich Thern, Electrician.
Bouquets were presented to the installing officers, after which a banquet was served, followed by an exhibition of moving pictures in the banquet hall.
The new Master, Wor. Leo Robinson, is well and favorably known in the community. He is an able man, and the Brethren predict that his work will be excellent. All wish him a most successful administration.
62ND ANNIVERSARY AND LADIES' NIGHT, JANUARY 1917
From New England Craftsman, Vol. XII, No. 5, February 1917, Page 173:
Germania Lodge, for many years past, annually celebrated its anniversary by holding a "Ladies' Night" and which is always well attended. The Lodge was instituted January 22nd, 1854 and has become strong and influential. It is the only Lodge of the 262 Lodges which compose this Grand Jurisdiction, that works and transacts its business in a foreign language. On Monday, January 22nd, ult., Germania celebrated its 62d birthday and 450 participated. The members with their ladies and guests began to assemble at 6 o'clock. An organ recital was given by Pro. R. F. Reismann, the organist of the lodge, until 7.15, when the officers of the Lodge entered. Worshipful Master Leo Robinson extended a hearty welcome to all. Rt. Wor. Edward N. West, Grand Marshal, appeared and announced that Most Wor. Grand Master Leon M. Abbott was in an adjoining apartment and awaited the pleasure of the Lodge. The Master appointed a committee consisting of the Past Masters of the Lodge and the presiding Masters present to wait upon and escort the Grand Master. The committee returned with the distinguished guest. Wor. Master Robinson extended to him a most cordial and fraternal welcome, to which the Grand Master replied and introduced the Grand officers who accompanied him.
Master Carl Bensinger, son of Bro. Edward Bensinger, the Junior Warden, who though young in years, already enjoys a fine reputation as a pianist, played beautiful selections and well deserved the applause which was given. A procession was then formed, led by Wor. Master Robinson, and Mrs. Robinson and proceeded to the banquet hall. An. excellent musical programme was rendered during the banquet, the selections were beautifully rendered by an orchestra composed of ladies, who were highly and justly praised for their fine work. When the banquet was drawing to a close, Wor. Master Robinson requested all present to remain while four toasts would be offered and responded to.
Wor. Master Robinson proposed as the first toast: "Germania Lodge and its Past Masters." He introduced Rt. Wor. Samuel Hauser and said that Bro. Hauser had held the office of District Deputy Grand Master, was elected Sr. Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge, and is the only member of Germania Lodge who is a permanent member of the Grand Lodge of Mass. Rt. Wor. Brother Hauser responded, his speech was well received and applauded.
The second toast was "To our Sister Lodges that meet in this Temple." The toastmaster said we have heard from the East and from "West" and that North would now be heard. Rt. Wor. Howard M. North, D. D. G. M. of the First District responded in a happy vein and caused much merriment when he narrated his experiences while visiting Germany.
The third toast was: "To our Rt. Wor. Grand Secretary," and was responded to by Rt. Wor. Frederick W. Hamilton in a fine speech which was loudly applauded.
The fourth and final toast was: "To the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Massachusetts." When Most Wor. Grand Master Leon M. Abbott arose to respond, all present, rising, cheered and cheered until the signal to be seated was given. The Grand Master's speech was eloquent. He congratulated the Lodge on the success it had achieved, said that the Lodge enjoyed an excellent reputation in the fraternity and he wished the Ledge continued prosperity. He said that he had been the guest of Germanda Lodge on similar occasions and always enjoyed a pleasant evening. When the Grand Master concluded he was again cheered and applauded. The Star Spangled Banner and the Wacht am Rhein were sung after which there was dancing in Gothic Hall. A very interesting feature was the "Exhibition Dancing" given by Prof. Otto P. C. Heinemann and Mrs. Heinemann. Bro. Heinemann was Floor Director and Bro. Leon Newman and Bro. Wm. Deisinger, assistants. All who participated were loud in their praises of the manner in which the arrangements were made and carried out by the committee and pronounced the celebration the best which the Lodge ever held.
GRAND MASTER VISIT, MARCH 1918
From New England Craftsman, Vol. XIII, No. 7, April 1918, Page 219:
Germania Lodge, since it received its Charter on January 22, 1855, transacting its business and conferring the degrees in the German language, conducted the business meeting at the regular communication on March 25th, in the English language for the first time. This change was brought about, after an interview which Most Wor. Grand Master Leon M. Abbott had with Wor. Leo Robinson, Master of the Lodge. Visiting Brethren were permitted, and hereafter will be permitted to be present, during the business meeting of the lodge, and this course will be pursued during the duration of the war.
Among the candidates was Paul S. Muller, 27 years of age, sergeant in Company "C" 301st Reg't at Camp Devens, Ayer.
He was initiated in Germania Lodge January 29th, received the F. C. degree in Caleb Butler Lodge, Ayer, March 22d and was to receive the M. M. degree at this Communication. On Saturday, March 23d, this young man was instantly killed in an automobile accident. He was a young man respected and well liked by his superior officers and comrades. He was betrothed to the daughter of Bro. Julius Kreidel, Senior Warden of Germania Lodge, who spoke feelingly of this sad accident.
The address of welcome by Wor. Master Leo Robinson to the M. W. Grand Master and his suite who were present, will long be remembered by all who heard it. He greeted him with the words of the national anthem and said: "with these words, Germania Lodge with its conceded loyalty to our country, to the Grand Lodge and to the Most Wor. Grand Master, welcomes you and I trust that your visit this evening will be as pleasant to you as it certainly is to all of us." The Grand Master responded in his own inimitable manner and recalled with pleasure, other occasions when he was a guest of the lodge and always enjoyed the exercises of the evening.
The M. M. degree was conferred, the master being ably assisted by Wor. Master Joseph Schmidt and officers of Shawmut Lodge. The ceremonies were concluded and Rev. Bro. Edward Abbott Chase, Chaplain of The Massachusetts and Shawmut Lodges delivered an excellent and most instructive charge to the candidates.
65TH ANNIVERSARY, JANUARY 1919
From New England Craftsman, Vol. XIV, No. 5, February 1919, Page 157:
Germania Lodge celebrated its 65th Anniversary by holding a ladies' night in the Masonic Temple, January 27th ult. Guests, members and the ladies assembled in Corinthian Hall shortly after six o'clock and when the officers of the lodge entered, more than 300 were present. Selections were played on the organ by Bro. Robert F. Reissmann. At 7.15 Most Worshipful Grand Master, Leon M. Abbott, was escorted into the hall by a committee, accompanied by Rt. Wor. Frederick W. Hamilton, Grand Secretary, Rt. Wor. Edward N. West, Grand Marshal, Rt. Wor. Robert M. Green, District Deputy Grand Master and Wor. William W. Chute, Dist. Dep. Grand Marshal.
Wor. Master Julius Kreidel extended a most cordial and fraternal welcome and then welcomed all present, expressing the hope that one and all would enjoy a most pleasant evening. The Master announced that he had appointed Wor. Bro. Leo Robinson as toastmaster who took charge of the remaining exercises of the evening. Wor. Bro. Robinson arranged a procession, led by Wor. Master Kreidel and Mrs. Leon M. Abbott, Most Wor. Grand Master and Mrs. Julius Kreidel and followed by the special guests and all present, proceeded to the banquet hall. Before being seated Wor. Bro. Robinson requested that all join in singing America. The American Ladies' Orchestra playing the hymn followed it by playing The Star Spangled Banner. A fine banquet was served. In the midst of the festivities the toastmaster called upon the members to rise and offered a silent toast "To the memory of our departed Brethren."
The banquet ended, the toastmaster introduced the Grand Master as the first speaker and all rising gave the distinguished guest a royal reception. The Grand Master spoke of the loyalty which Germania Lodge, at all times, had shown, promptly responding to and even anticipating calls made upon them and that the lodge was one of the first to contribute a generous amount to the War Relief Fund. Grand Master Abbott has a warm place in the hearts of the members of Germania Lodge and, as a token of their love and esteem he was presented recently with a beautiful cane by Germania Lodge. The next speaker introduced was Rt. Wor. Frederick W. Hamilton who kept his audience in fine humor with a witty speech. He also was accorded a hearty greeting receiving loud and continued applause. The toastmaster then introduced the Grand Marshal Rt. Wor. Edward N. West, who is very popular with the members of Germania Lodge and his speech was well received. The party next proceeded to Gothic Hall where dancing was enjoyed until midnight. The celebration was a success in every respect. Brother William Deininger, who is in Charlotte, N. C., sent a telegram to the W. M. which was read and applauded. He sent fraternal greetings, wishing all a good time and expressing regret at not being able to be present.
SPECIAL MEETING, MARCH 1919
From New England Craftsman, Vol. XIV, No. 6, March 1919, Page 191:
Some four hundred brethren attended the regular communication of Germania Lodge, March 24th inst. The exercises were very interesting. The lodge was opened at 3.30 P. M. and five candidates were passed to the Fellow Craft degree. At 4.45 the first section of the M. M. degree was conferred on five candidates. One hundred and twenty-five brethren, who are associated with the Boston Elevated Railway Co., paid a social and fraternal visit to the lodge in honor of Wor. Master Julius Kreidel, who lor nineteen years has been and still is in charge of the roofing division of that corporation.
At six o'clock the brethren proceeded to the banquet hall, where a fine supper was enjoyed. Returning to the lodge room, a very interesting ceremony took place; the W. M. announcing that he had made arrangements for memorial exercises in memory of Bro. Sergt. Paul S. Muller, who was accidentally killed while in the discharge of duty, two days before he was to receive the degree of a master Mason in Germania Lodge. He stated that in these exercises three sons of members of this lodge were included; namely the son of Bro. Morris Wolf, the son of Bro. Simon Lustig and the son of Bro. Joseph Heim.
Twenty-six brethren who had recently been in the U. S. service, formed a procession, headed by Bro. Lieut. Joseph G. Maier, who carried the Stars and Stripes, and marched twice around the altar, all present saluting the flag. Prayer was offered by the Chaplain Wor. Marcus Tishler, after which W. M. Kreidel delivered an address appropriate to the occasion and calling the Sr. Warden Herman Loewenberg to the East, presented to him a fine plaque, the bust of Bro. Sergt. Paul S. Muller, which was modelled and»cast by his daughter, Miss Martha M. Kreidel, of the Boston Art School, who was engaged to Bro. Muller. Bro. Loewenberg, accepting the gift in the name of Germania Lodge, made an eloquent speech and alluded to the unfortunate death of Bro. Sergt. Muller, and to the death of sons of members of the lodge, all young men, sons of German parents, who offered their lives in the cause of liberty. The speech was loudly applauded and the exercises were impressive.
At 8.30 the degree staff of the Boston Elevated Railway Masonic Association were invited to take the several stations and assist the W. M. in the work. The stations were occupied by the following named brethren: W M W. D. Bennett, P. M. King Solomon, Somerville; S W Owen A. Jackson, P. M. Rabboni, Dorchester; S D C. T. Fernald, J. W. Wyoming, Melrose; J D J. P. Boyden, Beth-horon, Brookline; S S E. R. Olin, Columbian, Boston; J S Chas. Libby, J. S. Mass. Lodge, Boston; I. S. G. R. Sawin, Palestine, Everett; So. Gt. E. L. Lockman, Lafayette, Roxbury; W. Gt. J. Kreidel, W. M. Germania, Boston.
The work was well done, showing that these brethren are taking great interest in Masonry. They were rewarded by applause. Wor. Master Kreidel was congratulated for the arrangements he had made for this meeting, which were carried out so successfully.
66TH ANNIVERSARY, JANUARY 1920
From New England Craftsman, Vol. XV, No. 5, February 1920, Page 154:
Germania Lodge held a Ladies' Night on January 26th ult. and, as usual, it was a success. It was the celebration of the 66th anniversary of the lodge. From 6.30 to 7 there was an organ recital by Bro. R. Franz Reissmann, followed by the entrance of the officers of the lodge. R. W. Frank Dobson, Grand Marshal, announced that M. W. Arthur D. Prince, Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts, was in an adjoining apartment, for the purpose of paying a social visit to the lodge. W. M. Julius Kriedel appointed a committee with Wor. Nathan B. Basch, the oldest living master of the lodge as chairman, to retire and escort the grand master into the hall. On returning the worshipful master extended a most hearty welcome to the grand master, to M. W. Leon M. Abbott, Rt. Wor. Edward N. West, Sr. G. W., Rt. Wor. Frank T. Taylor, Jr. G. W., Rt. Wor. Joseph T. Paul, D. D. G. M., and other distinguished guests accompanying him. At 7.45 an excellent banquet was served which was in charge of Wor. Leo Robinson as toastmaster, who acquitted himself admirably. Music was by the American Ladies' Orchestra, which gave a fine concert during the banquet and responded liberally to encores. The toastmaster introduced M. W. Grand Master Arthur D. Prince and M. W. Leon M. Abbott as the speakers of the evening. As each arose, every one present, rising, greeted these distinguished brethren with loud applause and the address of each was replete with wit, humor and information. The party next proceeded to Gothic Hall where dancing was enjoyed until 12 o'clock. The arrangements for this celebration were made by Wor. Julius Kreidel, Bro. Sr. W., Bro. erman Loewenberg, Bro. Jr. W. Erhardt Schatz, Wor. Jacob Milch, Wor. Charles Thomann, and Wor. Leo Robinson, and they are entitled to credit for the celebration was one never to be forgotten. Wor. Paul G. Coblenzer had charge of arrangements in the banquet hall, and his efforts to please were successful, for seats were reserved for all and promptly filled.
INSTALLATION AND 68TH ANNIVERSARY, JANUARY 1922
From New England Craftsman, Vol. XVII, No. 4, February 1922, Page 144:
Germania Lodge celebrated its 68th anniversary at Masonic Temple, Boston, January 23, with a "Ladies' Night." The exercises consisted of public installation of officers, banquet and dancing. Corinthian Hall, where the installation was conducted by Rt. Wor. Samuel Hauser, was filled to overflowing by members, their ladies and guests. An organ recital was given from 6 to 7, by Bro. Robert Franz Reissmann. Later the officers entered and were escorted to the respective stations. Wor. Herman Loewenberg, master, extended a cordial welcome to all in a neat speech; Rt. Wor. Frank W. Dobson, Grand Marshal, announced the presence of Most Wor. Arthur D. Prince, grand master, for the purpose of paying the lodge a fraternal visit. A committee of past masters retired and escorted the grand master into the hall. The grand master was heartily welcomed. The grand master was accompanied by Most Wor. Leon M. Abbott, Rt. Wor. Frederick W. Hamilton, and Rt. Wor. William W. Brooks. Rt. Wor. Samuel Hauser was then introduced and proceeded to install the officers elected and appointed. He was assisted by Wor. Leo Robinson as marshal.
Then followed the banquet, with the Edna Simmons Ladies' Orchestra rendering a fine concert during the meal. Wor. Master Loewenberg gave an interesting address and Most Wor. Leon M. Abbott and Grand Master Arthur D. Prince made speeches which were witty and instructive. The final event was dancing in Gothic Hall, until 1 a. m. The arrangements made by the committee were perfect and successfully carried out. It was a gala night for Germania Lodge. The widows of departed brethren were remembered, as has been the custom of the lodge annually, and a number of them attended and enjoyed the festivities.
INSTALLATION, JANUARY 1993
From TROWEL, Summer 1993, Page 22:
The 1505th Communication of Germania Lodge of Dedham, which was instituted in 1854. was convened at Corinthian Hall, Masonic Temple. Boston, for its Regular Communication and the Public Installation of Officers. Wor. George E. Dove, Master, received R.W. D. James Phillips, D. D. G. M., Boston 1st District for a Fraternal Visit. R. W. Bro. Phillips thanked the Master and members for the courtesies accorded him and his suite during the past two years.
The Installing Suite, consisting of R.W. Edward Newpol as Master: R. W. Clarence Penney as Marshal; and R. W. Paul W. Anderson, P. S. G. W. as Chaplain, then installed the Officers of the Lodge for the ensuing year.
After the installation, R. W. Bro. Phillips congratulated the Officers for their willingness to lead the Lodge and expressed his pleasure that there was not a "retread" in the line. He then presented Wor. George E. Dove with his Past Master's Diploma. Wor. William M. Silberstein presented Wor. Bro. Dove with his Past Master's Jewel.
R. W. Clarence F. Penney, Installing Marshal; Wor. George E. Harris. III. D. D. G. Marshal; R. W. D. James Phillips. D. D. G. M. Boston 1st District; Wor. George E. Dove; R. W. Edward Newpol. Installing Master; and R. W. Paul W. Anderson, P. S. G. W., Installing Chaplain.
First row: Bro. Richard B. Salloway, Senior Warden; R. W. D. James Phillips, D. D. G. M. Boston 1st District; Wor. George E. Dove, Master; Wor. George E. Harris, III. D. D. G. Marshal; and Bro. Michael D. Segal, Junior Warden.
Second row: Wor. Samuel Silberstein, Secretary; Wor. Melvin E. Silberstein. Treasurer; Bro. David Rosenthal, Inside Sentinel; Bro. Philip H. Segal, Chaplain; Wor. Louis H. Oppenheim, Marshal: Bro. Jerrold Fleishman. Organist; and Bro. David E. Mullane, II, Electrician.
Third row: Wor. William M. Silberstein; Wor. Douglas I. Lurie; Wor. Phillip L. Silberstein; Bro. Eric D. Holstein, Senior Deacon; Bro. David W. Zide, Tyler; and Bro. Bernard M. Weiss, Junior Steward.
GRAND LODGE OFFICERS
- Otto Albrecht, DDGM, District 1 (Boston), 1937, 1938; N
- Nathan P. Harris, DDGM, District 1 (Boston), 1950, 1951; N
- Samuel Hauser, DDGM, District 1 (Boston), 1904, 1905; Senior Grand Warden 1911
- Ernest A. Pearlstein, Jr., DDGM, District 2 (Boston), 1988, 1989; Junior Grand Warden 2005
- Philip L. Silberstein, DDGM, District 1 (Boston), 1997, 1998; Germania