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=== VISITS BY GRAND MASTER ===
 
=== VISITS BY GRAND MASTER ===
  
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=== EVENTS ===
 
=== EVENTS ===
  
''From Moore's Freemason's Monthly Magazine, Vol. XXIII, No. 3, January, 1864, p. 87:''
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==== ST. JOHN'S DAY, JUNE 1856 ====
  
PRESENTATION IN HAMPDEN LODGE.
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''From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XV, No. 10, August 1856, p. 305:''
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The anniversary of the nativity of St. John the Baptist, was celebrated, under the auspices of Hampden Lodge, at Springfield, in this State, on the 24th June last. The day was one of the finest of the season, and the place one of the most beautiful and inviting inland cities in the Commonwealth. Everything contributed to render the occasion an agreeable one, and we but embody the general sentiment when we say that it was eminently so. It was a holiday for others than Masons. The citizens generally seemed to enter into the spirit of it, and "hundreds flocked from distant towns and villages to participate in, and be curious spectators of, the jubilant demonstrations incident to the day and its associations." The windows of the principal business stores (to borrow the words of a contemporary,) "were decorated with flags, and festooned with streamers which fluttered the red, white, and blue, in graceful undulatory motions in the breeze, and thousands of bright eyes sparkled with delight from balconies and windows as the immense procession passed along. From ten in morning until the sun went down, a continual hum of excitement pervaded the city — crowds of eager people hurried backwards and forwards, making the occasion appear as much a holiday as one set apart exclusively for that purpose."
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"Never"—says the Springfield ''Republican'' of the next day—"never was a prettier or more successful celebration of that august anniversary. Some six hundred of the Brothers gathered, representing various Chapters and Lodges in and about Boston and along the Connecticut river. Venerable were many with years and honors ; heavy were others with cumulative regalia, betokening honored and long service in behalf of the patron saint of the Brotherhood; curious to the "world's people" were the bright belts, rosettes, crosses, little aprons, covered with signs and wonders, unlike anything in earth or in heaven, banners, candles, etc., etc., that the representatives of the different degrees of progress distinguished themselves to each other with; interested and gratified seemed all who had worshiped at the inner shrine and tasted at the secret spring ; while the throng of ladies that appropriately filled the galleries of Church and Hall and lined the streets, fed eagerly on what they saw and heard, and, unsated, looked the unuttered cry of Oliver Twist, for "more." Not within this generation's day, certainly, has there been such a demonstration of the beauty and bravery of Freemasonry in our neighborhood, as was this. It was a healthy token of the revival which has come over this ancient Institution. The Lodge in Springfield is now growing rapidly, has 200 members, and is constantly increasing. The same seems generally true of the Order everywhere in New England, if not in the Union. Surely nothing is worthy of contempt or ridicule, that survives time and persecutions as has this Brotherhood of men, and rises vigorously into new activity at a period of the world when the practical is more than ever worshiped as the one sole god."
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The procession was formed at about half passed 11 o'clock, under the direction of Col. J. M. Thompson, as Chief Marshal. The escort duty was performed by the De Molay Encampment of Boston, under the command of Sir Clement A. Walker, M. D., accompanied by Bond's celebrated Cornet Band. The ranks were full; and never has this excellent military body appeared to better advantage, or discharged its public duties with more credit to itself. It was the attractive feature of the procession, and elicited the highest praise from the spectators. There were rising six hundred Masons in the procession, including several carriages with aged Brethren. It reached the Church soon after one o'clock, and the exercises of the day were commenced with " a voluntary on the Organ by Henry Wilson, of Hartford, and following it were: a chorus by the choir; invocation by Rev. [http://masonicgenealogy.com/MediaWiki/index.php?title=MAGLWFlint William Flint], of Greenfield; the singing of an ode written for the occasion ; reading of the Scriptures by Rev. J. J. Twiss, of Springfield; singing of another ode, written by Miss Mary A. Livermore ; oration by Rev. N. M. Gaylord, of Boston; anthem by the choir, and benediction. The exercises lasted about an hour and a half, and were highly interesting. The oration was a splendid effort on the part of the orator in favor of Masonry and its ancient customs, and to prove the religious and moral advantages of the Order as an institution of benevolence and Christian virtue. The Church was crowded during the exercises, the galleries being filled  with  ladies, and the body of the house with the Masonic delegations and a large body of interested spectators." The singing was admirably and effectively executed. We have rarely heard it equaled on similar occasions.
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The exercises at the church being concluded, the procession was again formed and proceeded to the new City Hall, where the tables were beautifully spread for six hundred persons, and about that number partook of the rich entertainment before them. The cloth being removed, Col. [http://masonicgenealogy.com/MediaWiki/index.php?title=MAGLNThompson N. A. Thompson], of Boston, as President of the day, welcomed the Fraternity in the name of Hampden Lodge, and closed a neat and appropriate address by an eloquent tribute to women. He gave the following sentiment:
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* ''Woman'': In all the occupations of life, whether as wife, mother, daughter or sister, our truest, earliest and latest friend; in the journey of life our way would be a toilsome one indeed, without the joys with which she surrounds it.
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The President then offered the following regular toasts:—
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* ''The Day we Celebrate'': The natal day of our patron saint; may his fidelity to truth be ever a living example.
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* J. W. Crooks, Esq. of Springfield, Master of Hampden Lodge, responded, and offered the following;—
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** ''The Masonic Platform'': As far as the east is from the west, from north to south, its planks will ever endure.
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The president here arose, and alluding to the respect and veneration which every Mason entertained for his Grand Master, gave
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* ''The Health of Most Worshipful Dr. [http://masonicgenealogy.com/MediaWiki/index.php?title=GMLewis Winslow Lewis]'', Grand Master of Massachusetts.
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* This was received by the Brothers with three cheers, standing, and Dr. Lewis replied in his usual happy strain, closing with a beautiful tribute to Masonry.   
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The president then gave
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* ''The Health of [http://masonicgenealogy.com/MediaWiki/index.php?title=GMRandall George M. Randall]'', Past Grand Master of Massachusetts.
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* To which Br. Randall responded, and gave
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** ''Masonry'': May its proudest eulogium be, that it has answered its mission.
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The president here spoke of the music in the church, and complimented it in the highest terms, as among the most pleasing and successful exercises of the day. He offered
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* ''The ladies and gentlemen of the choir, today''; their best health and three cheers for all.
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* In response to this, the choir, which was present, rose and gave a song, and the De Molays of Boston returned them three cheers, with "one additional for the ladies."
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The President next remarked upon the propriety of calling out some one capable of responding in behalf of the ladies, and gave, as a suitable selection,
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* Col. [http://masonicgenealogy.com/MediaWiki/index.php?title=GLMAIWright I. H. Wright ]'': Ever welcome to our fraternal circle, but more especially welcome on our festive occasions.
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* Col. Wright, who is Senior Warden of [http://masonicgenealogy.com/MediaWiki/index.php?title=Hiram Hiram] Lodge, West Cambridge, responded, speaking of the ladies as the originators and early friends of Masonry ; especially, of that part which treats of 'unity and fraternity,' and gave,
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** ''Masonic Union'': It applauds the right, it condemns the wrong, and to individual judgment it leaves all minor matters.
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The next toast was announced by the President as follows :—
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* ''Liberty and Masonry'': One and inseparable, wherever they exist there is our country.
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* The President having requested R. W. [http://masonicgenealogy.com/MediaWiki/index.php?title=GMHeard John T. Heard], Senior Grand Warden, to respond to this sentiment, that Brother cordially assented to the proposition contained in it, and proceeded to advocate social and festive gatherings of the Fraternity. He recommended the observance of the anniversary of the Evangelist at Boston, which presented a most fitting occasion for an annual feast of the whole Order in Massachusetts. This feast, like that long established in England, would be patronized by the Grand Lodge, and would, without doubt, be attended by the first three officers, at least, of the subordinate Lodges in the jurisdiction.<br>
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The Brother also referred to the important services of the M. W. [http://masonicgenealogy.com/MediaWiki/index.php?title=GMPrice Henry Price], in introducing Freemasonry into America, and presented for the consideration of the Fraternity the plan of erecting a Monument to his memory. A memorial of this kind would be appropriately erected in Mount Auburn, and the ground for it might be of sufficient extent to afford also a burial place for stranger Brethren who might die among us.    In conclusion he gave as a toast:—
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** [[http://masonicgenealogy.com/MediaWiki/index.php?title=GMPrice Henry Price] — The first Grand Master of America — the founder of Masonry on this continent — may he ever be held among Masons, in grateful and honorable remembrance.
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The next toast was as follows :
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* ''Freemasonry'': Unconnected with political or party strife, aloof from the conflicts of sectarian controversy, its seeks as its legitimate object to benefit and bless mankind.
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* ''Women'': The mothers of Masons and the true representatives of the "faith, hope and charity" of our profession. God bless them forever.
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Three cheers were given to the De Molays, a splendid corps of Sir Knights, for their services as escorts during the day, and Hon. Moses Kimball, who is a member, responded in a happy speech. Three cheers were given by the audience for Governor Gardner, who could not be present because of other and more imperative engagements, and the company dispersed at six o'clock, pleased with their day's festivities.
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Says the Springfield ''Republican'' — "Colonel Thompson of Boston discharged the duties of president of the day with energy and grace. The dinner was well served, the tables were fragrant and beautiful with flowers, and the Hall wore a very gay and attractive aspect throughout the continuance of the festival. Every feature of the occasion seemed to shine with success, and to both spectator and participant it was a day of much satisfaction."
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==== PRESENTATION, JANUARY 1864 ====
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''From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXIII, No. 3, January, 1864, p. 87:''
  
 
The following beautiful and interesting speech was made by Bro. P. M. E. W. Clark, on the occasion of presenting an elegant Past Master's Jewel and Collar to Bro. P. M. F. T. Merrick, Tuesday eveuing, November 3d, 1863 :—
 
The following beautiful and interesting speech was made by Bro. P. M. E. W. Clark, on the occasion of presenting an elegant Past Master's Jewel and Collar to Bro. P. M. F. T. Merrick, Tuesday eveuing, November 3d, 1863 :—

Revision as of 11:52, 16 July 2013

HAMPDEN LODGE

Location: Springfield

Chartered By: Francis J. Oliver

Charter Date: 03/07/1817 III-94

Precedence Date: 03/07/1817

Current Status: merged with Roswell Lee-Indian Orchard Lodge to form Indian Orchard Masonic Lodge, 09/12/2003.


PAST MASTERS

need living PMs

  • Roswell Lee, 1817, 1821, 1825
  • Justice Willard, 1818
  • Oliver B. Morris, 1819, 1820, 1822, 1824; SN
  • Diah Allen, 1823
  • Calvin Shattuck, 1826, 1830, 1844, 1845
  • John B. Kirkham, 1827, 1846 Mem
  • Ocran Dickinson, 1828, 1847-1849, 1851, 1855
  • Charles Ball, 1829
  • David Wood, 1831, 1832
  • Abraham G. Tannatt, 1833, 1834
  • Clark B. Stebbins, 1835-1837
  • John A. Gamber, 1838-1843, 1850; SN
  • Daniel Reynolds, 1852, 1854
  • Frederick A. Strong, 1853
  • Samuel E. Bailey, 1855
  • James W. Crooks, 1856
  • James J. Twiss, 1857
  • Augustus L. Soule, 1858
  • William S. Wood, 1859
  • William Shurtleff, 1860; SN
  • Asa E. Haywood, 1861
  • Francis T. Merrick, 1862, 1863, 1865
  • William H. Spooner, 1864
  • William E. Granger, 1866-1868
  • Henry M. Hutchinson, 1869, 1870
  • Richard H. Bailey, 1871-1873
  • Henry S. Lee, 1874
  • Lawrence W. Hatch, 1875, 1876
  • Asher Bartlett, 1877, 1878
  • Edward P. Kendrick, 1879, 1880
  • Ethan A. Lewis, 1881
  • William F. Andrews, 1882, 1883
  • Charles D. Hosley, 1884, 1885
  • Frederick W. Buffington, 1886, 1887
  • Orthello K. Merril, 1888
  • Frank A. Cooper, 1889
  • Henry J. Whitcomb, 1890
  • Edwin A. Blodgett, 1891
  • Fred A. Eldred, 1892; SN
  • Henrie A. Prouty, 1893
  • Guy Carleton, 1894
  • Charles F. Cooper, 1895, 1896
  • Edwin C. Spear, 1897
  • Thomas T. Davee, 1898, 1899
  • Henry J. Williams, 1900
  • Francis B. Bickley, 1901
  • Fred C. Hubbard, 1902
  • John B. Chapman, 1903
  • George M. Hendee, 1904
  • Albert Boedeker, 1905
  • Enos E. Penny, 1906
  • Harry D. Buckbee, 1907
  • Frank O. Hartwell, 1908; N
  • William J. Schlatter, 1909
  • Arthur E. Braman, 1910
  • Samuel S. Pease, 1911
  • Robert A. Buchan, 1912
  • Lewis W. Swan, 1913
  • Nedd W. Brown, 1914
  • Charles F. Hunt, 1915
  • John A. Webster, 1916
  • Ellis G. Knox, 1917
  • William L. Buchan, 1918
  • Josiah Dearborn, 1919
  • Hiram I. Dillenback, 1920
  • Ernest W. Carman, 1921
  • Samuel E. Strangford, 1922
  • Harry W. Tilley, 1923
  • Emil U. Dillenback, 1924; N
  • Harris A. Colwell, 1925
  • Wolcott W. Gumble, 1926
  • Stephen R. Carr, 1927
  • Raymond L. Combs, 1928
  • Clifford A. Cook, 1929
  • Harold H. Jensen, 1930
  • Raymond J. Syrett, 1931
  • Richard R. Hartwell, 1932
  • Benjamin H. Spencer, 1933
  • George W. Gray, 1934; N
  • David P. Mackay, 1935
  • Maurice H. Crandall, 1936
  • Edric F. Bascom, 1937
  • Charles H. Gray, 1938
  • Merrick H. Swift, 1939
  • A. Carlisle Stone, 1940
  • Fredric H. Couch, 1941
  • Roy F. Smead, 1942
  • Edmund B. Cartmill, 1943
  • Alfred G. Phillips, 1944; N
  • William E. Thompson, 1945
  • John E. Avery, 1946
  • Donald B. Hanks, 1947
  • J. William Bennett, 1948
  • Frank E. Tourtellot, 1949
  • Harry E. Kennedy, 1950
  • Chester M. Spangler, 1951
  • Frederick R. Hill, 1952
  • Leonard G. Curtis, 1953
  • Douglas F. Knight, 1954; N
  • Leonard J. Robert, 1955
  • Daniel D. Brown, 1956
  • Robert M. Lantry, 1957
  • Willard M. Field, 1958
  • George R. Gray, 1959
  • Richard E. Hillsburg, 1960
  • Robert S. Haynes, 1961
  • Miles M. Hapgood, Jr., 1962
  • Alan E. Brigham, 1963
  • Philip A. Christensen, 1964
  • Herbert Simpson, 1965
  • F. Allen Keith, 1966
  • William E. Nickerson, jr., 1967
  • Hector A. Paquette, 1968
  • Gilbert F. Mueller, 1969
  • Paul E. Contois, 1970
  • Spencer W. Shaw, 1971; N
  • Roland F. Maxim, 1972
  • Philip Ehnstrom, 1973, 1985, 1994, 1998, 1999; N
  • Joshua M. Duncan, 1974
  • Woodbury B. Knight, 1975
  • Alexander Kotrotsos, 1976, 1981
  • George P. Nay, 1977, 1978, 1984, 2000, 2001; PDDGM
  • Robert A. Bouchard, 1979
  • Irving W. Cowles, 1980
  • Dennis T. Biggins, 1982
  • Romeo H. Borgatti, 1983
  • Taylor B. Cook, 1986, 1987
  • Vartan Zeroogian, 1988
  • Joseph E. Kusick, 1989
  • Joseph W. Wojcik, 1990
  • Lawrence C. Adams, 1991
  • Kent J. Friberg, 1992, 1996, 1997, 2002, 2003
  • Silvain E. Schulze, 1993

NOTES

V-40: Hampden Lodge suspended work from 1835-1844; remitted dues in December 1845.


REFERENCES IN GRAND LODGE PROCEEDINGS

ANNIVERSARIES

  • 1917 (Centenary)
  • 1942 (125th Anniversary)
  • 1967 (150th Anniversary)
  • 1992 (175th Anniversary)

VISITS BY GRAND MASTER

BY-LAW CHANGES

1858 1869 1874 1876 1877 1878 1882 1886 1890 1891 1900 1903 1905 1909 1911 1912 1916 1917 1919 1921 1924 1925 1927 1933 1937 1945 1952 1976 1977 1979 1981 1982

HISTORY

  • 1917 (Centenary historical address, 1917-115; not in Proceedings)
  • 1938 (Historical notes in the history of Mount Orthodox Lodge, 1938-115)
  • 1942 (125th Anniversary History, 1942-47)
  • 1992 (175th Anniversary History, 1992-20)

OTHER

  • 1828 (Report on delinquency, IV-147)
  • 1829 (Report on delinquency, IV-170)
  • 1845 (Remission of dues, V-40)
  • 1856 (Complaint on jurisdiction, VI-8, VI-21)
  • 1886 (Jurisdictional dispute, 1886-39)
  • 1936 (Reduction of fees, 1936-38)
  • 1939 (Reduction of fees, 1939-453)

EVENTS

ST. JOHN'S DAY, JUNE 1856

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XV, No. 10, August 1856, p. 305:

The anniversary of the nativity of St. John the Baptist, was celebrated, under the auspices of Hampden Lodge, at Springfield, in this State, on the 24th June last. The day was one of the finest of the season, and the place one of the most beautiful and inviting inland cities in the Commonwealth. Everything contributed to render the occasion an agreeable one, and we but embody the general sentiment when we say that it was eminently so. It was a holiday for others than Masons. The citizens generally seemed to enter into the spirit of it, and "hundreds flocked from distant towns and villages to participate in, and be curious spectators of, the jubilant demonstrations incident to the day and its associations." The windows of the principal business stores (to borrow the words of a contemporary,) "were decorated with flags, and festooned with streamers which fluttered the red, white, and blue, in graceful undulatory motions in the breeze, and thousands of bright eyes sparkled with delight from balconies and windows as the immense procession passed along. From ten in morning until the sun went down, a continual hum of excitement pervaded the city — crowds of eager people hurried backwards and forwards, making the occasion appear as much a holiday as one set apart exclusively for that purpose."

"Never"—says the Springfield Republican of the next day—"never was a prettier or more successful celebration of that august anniversary. Some six hundred of the Brothers gathered, representing various Chapters and Lodges in and about Boston and along the Connecticut river. Venerable were many with years and honors ; heavy were others with cumulative regalia, betokening honored and long service in behalf of the patron saint of the Brotherhood; curious to the "world's people" were the bright belts, rosettes, crosses, little aprons, covered with signs and wonders, unlike anything in earth or in heaven, banners, candles, etc., etc., that the representatives of the different degrees of progress distinguished themselves to each other with; interested and gratified seemed all who had worshiped at the inner shrine and tasted at the secret spring ; while the throng of ladies that appropriately filled the galleries of Church and Hall and lined the streets, fed eagerly on what they saw and heard, and, unsated, looked the unuttered cry of Oliver Twist, for "more." Not within this generation's day, certainly, has there been such a demonstration of the beauty and bravery of Freemasonry in our neighborhood, as was this. It was a healthy token of the revival which has come over this ancient Institution. The Lodge in Springfield is now growing rapidly, has 200 members, and is constantly increasing. The same seems generally true of the Order everywhere in New England, if not in the Union. Surely nothing is worthy of contempt or ridicule, that survives time and persecutions as has this Brotherhood of men, and rises vigorously into new activity at a period of the world when the practical is more than ever worshiped as the one sole god."

The procession was formed at about half passed 11 o'clock, under the direction of Col. J. M. Thompson, as Chief Marshal. The escort duty was performed by the De Molay Encampment of Boston, under the command of Sir Clement A. Walker, M. D., accompanied by Bond's celebrated Cornet Band. The ranks were full; and never has this excellent military body appeared to better advantage, or discharged its public duties with more credit to itself. It was the attractive feature of the procession, and elicited the highest praise from the spectators. There were rising six hundred Masons in the procession, including several carriages with aged Brethren. It reached the Church soon after one o'clock, and the exercises of the day were commenced with " a voluntary on the Organ by Henry Wilson, of Hartford, and following it were: a chorus by the choir; invocation by Rev. William Flint, of Greenfield; the singing of an ode written for the occasion ; reading of the Scriptures by Rev. J. J. Twiss, of Springfield; singing of another ode, written by Miss Mary A. Livermore ; oration by Rev. N. M. Gaylord, of Boston; anthem by the choir, and benediction. The exercises lasted about an hour and a half, and were highly interesting. The oration was a splendid effort on the part of the orator in favor of Masonry and its ancient customs, and to prove the religious and moral advantages of the Order as an institution of benevolence and Christian virtue. The Church was crowded during the exercises, the galleries being filled with ladies, and the body of the house with the Masonic delegations and a large body of interested spectators." The singing was admirably and effectively executed. We have rarely heard it equaled on similar occasions.

The exercises at the church being concluded, the procession was again formed and proceeded to the new City Hall, where the tables were beautifully spread for six hundred persons, and about that number partook of the rich entertainment before them. The cloth being removed, Col. N. A. Thompson, of Boston, as President of the day, welcomed the Fraternity in the name of Hampden Lodge, and closed a neat and appropriate address by an eloquent tribute to women. He gave the following sentiment:

  • Woman: In all the occupations of life, whether as wife, mother, daughter or sister, our truest, earliest and latest friend; in the journey of life our way would be a toilsome one indeed, without the joys with which she surrounds it.

The President then offered the following regular toasts:—

  • The Day we Celebrate: The natal day of our patron saint; may his fidelity to truth be ever a living example.
  • J. W. Crooks, Esq. of Springfield, Master of Hampden Lodge, responded, and offered the following;—
    • The Masonic Platform: As far as the east is from the west, from north to south, its planks will ever endure.

The president here arose, and alluding to the respect and veneration which every Mason entertained for his Grand Master, gave

  • The Health of Most Worshipful Dr. Winslow Lewis, Grand Master of Massachusetts.
  • This was received by the Brothers with three cheers, standing, and Dr. Lewis replied in his usual happy strain, closing with a beautiful tribute to Masonry.

The president then gave

  • The Health of George M. Randall, Past Grand Master of Massachusetts.
  • To which Br. Randall responded, and gave
    • Masonry: May its proudest eulogium be, that it has answered its mission.

The president here spoke of the music in the church, and complimented it in the highest terms, as among the most pleasing and successful exercises of the day. He offered

  • The ladies and gentlemen of the choir, today; their best health and three cheers for all.
  • In response to this, the choir, which was present, rose and gave a song, and the De Molays of Boston returned them three cheers, with "one additional for the ladies."

The President next remarked upon the propriety of calling out some one capable of responding in behalf of the ladies, and gave, as a suitable selection,

  • Col. I. H. Wright : Ever welcome to our fraternal circle, but more especially welcome on our festive occasions.
  • Col. Wright, who is Senior Warden of Hiram Lodge, West Cambridge, responded, speaking of the ladies as the originators and early friends of Masonry ; especially, of that part which treats of 'unity and fraternity,' and gave,
    • Masonic Union: It applauds the right, it condemns the wrong, and to individual judgment it leaves all minor matters.

The next toast was announced by the President as follows :—

  • Liberty and Masonry: One and inseparable, wherever they exist there is our country.
  • The President having requested R. W. John T. Heard, Senior Grand Warden, to respond to this sentiment, that Brother cordially assented to the proposition contained in it, and proceeded to advocate social and festive gatherings of the Fraternity. He recommended the observance of the anniversary of the Evangelist at Boston, which presented a most fitting occasion for an annual feast of the whole Order in Massachusetts. This feast, like that long established in England, would be patronized by the Grand Lodge, and would, without doubt, be attended by the first three officers, at least, of the subordinate Lodges in the jurisdiction.


The Brother also referred to the important services of the M. W. Henry Price, in introducing Freemasonry into America, and presented for the consideration of the Fraternity the plan of erecting a Monument to his memory. A memorial of this kind would be appropriately erected in Mount Auburn, and the ground for it might be of sufficient extent to afford also a burial place for stranger Brethren who might die among us. In conclusion he gave as a toast:—

    • [Henry Price — The first Grand Master of America — the founder of Masonry on this continent — may he ever be held among Masons, in grateful and honorable remembrance.

The next toast was as follows :

  • Freemasonry: Unconnected with political or party strife, aloof from the conflicts of sectarian controversy, its seeks as its legitimate object to benefit and bless mankind.
  • Women: The mothers of Masons and the true representatives of the "faith, hope and charity" of our profession. God bless them forever.

Three cheers were given to the De Molays, a splendid corps of Sir Knights, for their services as escorts during the day, and Hon. Moses Kimball, who is a member, responded in a happy speech. Three cheers were given by the audience for Governor Gardner, who could not be present because of other and more imperative engagements, and the company dispersed at six o'clock, pleased with their day's festivities.

Says the Springfield Republican — "Colonel Thompson of Boston discharged the duties of president of the day with energy and grace. The dinner was well served, the tables were fragrant and beautiful with flowers, and the Hall wore a very gay and attractive aspect throughout the continuance of the festival. Every feature of the occasion seemed to shine with success, and to both spectator and participant it was a day of much satisfaction."

PRESENTATION, JANUARY 1864

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXIII, No. 3, January, 1864, p. 87:

The following beautiful and interesting speech was made by Bro. P. M. E. W. Clark, on the occasion of presenting an elegant Past Master's Jewel and Collar to Bro. P. M. F. T. Merrick, Tuesday eveuing, November 3d, 1863 :—

"My Brother—In times like the present, when every eye and ear is strained to catch the first news from our gallant armies, we are apt to forget that, Peace has her victories as well as War.

"The members of Hampden Lodge have often given to their gallant Brothers who have gone forth in defence of our common country, valuable tokens of their esteem, and appreciation of their services in that defence, and it is well that they should do so, for the principles of Masonry are founded on love of God and Country.

"My Brother — we are assembled here this evening, as visiting Brethren of Hampden Lodge; not to pay our homage to the warrior for gallant deeds done in the defence of Country, but to express lo you our esteem for you as a man and a Mason.

"My Brother — you have this evening laid aside the square as a symbol of your office, and again assumed the Trowel, and the visiting Brethren of this Lodge desirous of expressing to you their appreciation of your skill in governing Hampden Lodge, and their thanks for the many acts of kindness which we have received from you, have appointed me to perform that duty, and I can but regret that some one more competent had not been appointed by them.

"For two years, my Brother, you have been Master of Hampden Lodge, and during that time, I think I may say with propriety, no Master could perform his duties more faithfully, being absent but one Communication, I think, and that a special one.

"Your decisions have always been according to Masonic Law, and as such of course acceptable to all. I speak of these things, my Brother, for we, as visiting Brethren, representing thirty different Lodges, (I think) would be apt to discover some imperfections, were it possible. Most of us came to your Lodge entire strangers, we knocked and the door became opened to us, and we have ever received from you, and the members of this Lodge, that courtesy and affability, which we duly appreciate, and for which we express to you our thanks.

"Here have we formed those many pleasing associations which will endear us to this Lodge, not only as Masons, but we have formed many friendships, which will last till life shall end ; and here, under your government have we always found Peace, Love and Unity: thus, my Brother, have you endeared yourself to us as a Mason, and by practising those virtues out of the Lodge, which you have so often inculcated wiihin, you have endeared yourself to us as a man. And now, my Brother, accept these words from me as a token of the friendship of the visiting Brothers towards you, trusting that you may look back on your mastership of this Lodge as one of the bright spots in a well spent life; and wishing you a long and happy life; that you may be blessed not only with this world's goods, but that you may receive that

"Which nothing earthly gives, or can destroy,
The soul's calm sunshine and the heart felt joy."

"There is an old adage, that 'actions speak louder than words,' accept then my Brother this Jewel, not for its intrinsic worth, but as a token of our esteem for you, and when you wear it, may it call to your mind many of these valuable lessons in which you have so often instructed others. The compass extended on a quadrant will remind you that your sphere of usefulness in this life, is only bounded by your ability to perform ; let the Square remind you, although not the symbol of your office, yet God has made all things square, upright and perfect; and the Sun, in the centre, of that great light which God has given us to lead us through life, and when you shall have done with life, and shall have passed to your reward, then may that beautiful passage of Holy Scripture be made manifest to you, which says, "The sun shall be no more thy light by day, neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee; but the Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory."


MEMORIALS

JOHN B. KIRKHAM, d. 1857

  • MM 1817, WM 1825, 1846, [1]

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XVII, No. 6, April 1858, Page 190:

At a late Communication of Hampden Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, a committee was appointed to prepare some suitable notice and testimonial on occasion of the death of our late Brother John B. Kirkham.

Brother Kirkham had been a member of this Lodge from the time of its installation in 1817; he was also a member of all the other Masonic bodies in this city, and from time to time has most acceptably presided in them all ; and has likewise held and exercised other important and responsible offices and trusts The Masonic honors accorded to him were most worthily bestowed, and always borne with, just appreciation and modesty.

He loved the principles and practice of Freemasonry as well in its prosperity, when the "dew lay all night upon its branches, whose leaf did not wither nor its fruit fail," as in the days of peril and adversity, when false friends and open enemies "cried havoc," and rushed together for its destruction ; and to us it is a most happy reflection, that he lived many years after the whirlwind of party rancor was over and gone, and enjoyed the heartfelt satisfaction of again " setting the Craft to work and giving them wise and proper instruction."

In this view, the members of Hampden Lodge deem something more than a for mal vote required of them; some just and more extended declaration of respect to be "left on long record," in memory of an upright and accomplished Mason, and an honest man. Brother Kirkham, one of the oldest, most worthy and respected of our Fraternity, has fallen in the front ranks ; and it is becoming that we offer a just tribute to the memory of our deceased worthy Brother, an upright, energetic and estimable citizen. But ho has gone down to the grave, a bright and worthy example of Christian and Masonic life, and in him was faithfully exemplified for nearly half a century, the cardinal principles of our Order, Friendship, Morality and Brotherly Love. Therefore

  • Resolved, That in the death of our late Brother, John B. Kirkham, a bright and shining light in Freemasonry has been extinguished.
  • Resolved, That this Lodge, and the Masonic Fraternity in general, deeply deplore this melancholy dispensation of the Divine Hand.
  • Resolved, That the Jewels and Furniture of Hampden Lodge be clothed in mourning for the usual period of time.
  • Resolved, That the Secretary transmit to the widow and children of the deceased, and also to the Editor of the Freemasons' Magazine, copies of proceedings in Lodge, and respectfully to request that the same may be published.

James W. Crooks, Daniel Reynolds, S. C. Bemis, Committee.
Attest, Henry A. Chapin, Secretary.
Springfield, Mass., Jan. 19, A. L. 5857.

GRAND LODGE OFFICERS


DISTRICTS

1817: District 6 (Central Massachusetts, Worcester)

1821: District 10

1835: District 9

1849: District 9

1867: District 10 (Springfield)

1883: District 16 (Chicopee)

1902: District 16 (Springfield)

1911: District 18 (Springfield)

1927: District 18 (Springfield)


LINKS

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