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* '''[http://www.masonicgenealogy.com/MediaWiki/index.php?title=MassachusettsYear1929 1929]''' (Participation in corner-stone laying, North Attleboro, 1929-181)
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=== EVENTS ===
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==== CONSTITUTION OF LODGE, DECEMBER 1867 ====
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''From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXVII, No. 3, January 1868, Page 69:''
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This New Lodge, located in the pleasant and thriving city of Taunton, was constituted with the usual masonic ceremonies, by the M. W. Grand Lodge, on the 18th December. The ceremonies of constitution took place in the afternoon; and, in the evening, the officers were installed, in the presence of about a hundred ladies and brethren. The Lodge is a select one, and so was the company. We have rarely been present on an occasion so entirely unexceptionable and elegant in all its appointments. The services were admirably performed by the [http://www.masonicgenealogy.com/MediaWiki/index.php?title=GMDame Grand Master], and the music was excellent. At the conclusion of them, the Rev. Br. [http://www.masonicgenealogy.com/MediaWiki/index.php?title=MAGLCTitus Charles H. Titus], placing a rich and costly copy of the Bible upon the pedestal, addressed the Lodge, as follows : —
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''Worshipful Master, Wardens, and Brethren of Ionic Lodge.''<br>
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I am commissioned by the ladies of your Lodge, who grace your assembly here this evening, to perform the very pleasant and agreeable duty of presenting, in their behalf, this magnificent copy of the Holy Scriptures, for the use of your Lodge.<br>
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By this generous gift they would express to you their affectionate interest in your success and prosperity in conducting the affairs of this new Lodge; and, at the same time, would thus acknowledge their own grateful appreciation of this Divine Truth, to which they are indebted for all that cultivates, refines, ennobles, and elevates, to a true womanhood. For it is the power of this Truth that has made them the lights of your dwellings, and made your habitations homes of refinement and affection. It has proved the sure foundation of their faith, the inspiration of their hope, and the sacred fountain of that charity, which not only beautifies and adorns this life, but extends beyond the grave, and makes glad the city of God.<br>
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With this book they would therefore illumine your altar, and shed, a true light through all your Lodge-room. And as often as you meet here, for the labor assigned you here to do, this sacred volume, thus bestowed, will remind you of their affectionate concern for your moral and religious welfare, and thus help you to a true and noble life.<br>
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The name you have selected as your distinctive title is not only easy of utterance, pleasant to the ear, and of classic flavor, but is also suggestive of the nature of the work in which you are here engaged. Ionics are, or should be, architects. You are here organized, for the noble purpose of building up a column of true manhood, based in wisdom of design, strong in the principles of truth, and adorned with the beauty of an upright life. In this Holy Word you will find the means and implements necessary for the construction of the human temples you are engaged in building. It provides the square to square your actions, the plumb to test your uprightness, and the level to show you equality and teach you humility. It furnishes the gavel with which to break off the vices and superfluities of life, and the trowel with which to spread the cement of affection and brotherly love. It shows you how the rough ashler may be made ready and fitted for the Master's use; how the cedar of Lebanon can be prepared for the beauteous Temple of our God.<br>
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It inspires integrity, fidelity, and truthfulness, in the work of life, by the noble example of the lion of the tribe of Judah, whose triumph over all his foes enables all who trust in him to look beyond the grave, animated with the hope that by him they shall there be raised to the sublime degree of a purer and better life.<br>
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It is the earnest wish of these kind donors that you, their husbands and friends, in all your work as architects and builders of a true and noble manhood, will always endeavor to erect your spiritual building agreeably to the rules and designs laid down by the Grand Architect in this unerring Trestle-Board of Divine Truth.<br>
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Accept then, Worshipful Master and Brethren, this noble gift. Rich and gorgeous as are its outward adornings, its inward wealth is still more precious. May this Great Light constantly shine upon the heart of every member of this new and vigorous Lodge, clearly defining life's pathway and chasing away the gloom of the grave; and finally guide us all to the world of light, the beauteous Temple of him who has given us this light to shine on our darkness and guide us to heaven.
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The W. Master, Br. Utley, of the new Lodge, received the elegant present in a chaste and appropriate address, thanking the ladies for their generous gift, and for the beautiful manifestation of their kind wishes for the prosperity of the Lodge, which it attested. A recess for a few minutes then took place, to allow the company an opportunity to examine the book, which is one of the most highly finished and costly to be found in any Lodge in the State. It bears the names of the donors upon a page prepared for the purpose, and we noticed that they were all married ladies, probably the wives or mothers of the members, with one exception, and this was a little girl of about ten years of age, who seemed to feel a commendable pride in seeing her name in such an unusual connection. We trust she may never have occasion to regret having enrolled it there. She may well be regarded as the "Adopted Daughter of the Lodge."
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The company was then invited into the banqueting hall, where the means of refreshment were provided in great abundance, variety,, and elegance, from the "St. George Restaurant," Messrs. Copeland and Tarbell, of this city. At the conclusion of the banquet, the company returned to the Lodge-room, where they were addressed by Brs. [http://www.masonicgenealogy.com/MediaWiki/index.php?title=GMDame Dame], [http://www.masonicgenealogy.com/MediaWiki/index.php?title=GSCWMoore Moore], [http://www.masonicgenealogy.com/MediaWiki/index.php?title=MAGLJDadmun Dadmun], Titus, Rev. Dr. Pollard, Mayor Rhodes, and others; the speaking being interspersed with music and singing. The officers for the year, are as follows : —
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* James Utley, W. M.
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* Wm. Robert Williams, S. W.
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* Charles H. Atwood, J.W.
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* E. U. Jones, Treasurer
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* J. G. Rowland, Secretary
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* John Holland, S. D.
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* George F. Champney, J.D.
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* J. J. Stanley, Chaplain
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* Philander Williams, Marshal
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* P. T. Washburn, S. S.
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* L. W. Williams, J. S.
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* A. S. Sweet, Organist
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*  J. W. Hayward, I. S.
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* A. B. Hodges, Tyler
  
 
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Revision as of 06:55, 16 September 2013

IONIC LODGE (Taunton)

Location: Taunton

Chartered By: Charles C. Dame

Charter Date: 12/11/1867 VII-192

Precedence Date: 01/10/1867

Current Status: in Grand Lodge Vault; merged with Charles H. Titus Lodge into King David Lodge, 06/17/1998.


PAST MASTERS

  • James Utley, 1867-1869; SN
  • Charles H. Atwood, 1870, 1871, 1875
  • William C. Lovering, 1872, 1873
  • Blanchard B. Kelley, 1874
  • Ansel O. Burt, 1876, 1877
  • Arthur B. Atwood, 1878, 1879
  • Jason H. Hayward, 1880-1882; SN
  • Lloyd E. White, 1883, 1884
  • Milton L. Daggett, 1885, 1886
  • Solon R. Wright, 1887-1889; SN
  • F. Arthur Walker, 1890, 1891
  • Lewis M. Witherell, 1892, 1893
  • Nathaniel J. W. Fish, 1894, 1895
  • George F. Chace, 1896, 1897
  • Frederic E. Johnson, 1898, 1899
  • Alfred B. Williams, 1900, 1901
  • Herbert A. Morton, 1902, 1903; SN
  • Otis C. Chace, 1904, 1905
  • James B. Crossman, 1906, 1907
  • Archie T. Drew, 1908, 1909
  • James K. Totten, 1910
  • Edwin G. Hopkins, 1911, 1912
  • Percy F. Francis, 1913, 1914
  • Edwin J. Mager, 1915, 1916
  • Arthur R. Leonard, 1917
  • Frank W. Poynton, 1918, 1919
  • Lewis M. Witherell, Jr., 1920, 1921
  • Edwin D. Ripley, 1922, 1923
  • Ralph F. MacKendrick, 1924, 1925
  • Marcus A. Rhodes, 1926
  • Albert V. Monroe, 1927
  • John A. Sullivan, 1928; N
  • Walter E. Briggs, 1929
  • John E. Clare, 1930
  • Alphonzo L. Spencer, 1931
  • Lawrence B. Williams, 1932
  • Frederick Kerry, 1933; N
  • Freeman L. Tyler, 1934
  • Roger G. Witherell, 1935
  • Lester B. Wilbur, 1936
  • Robert C. Witherell, 1937
  • Milton A. Lane, 1938
  • B. O. Hackett, 1939
  • R. E. Jenkins, 1940
  • E. H. Atwood, 1941
  • A. M. Stephenson, 1942
  • P. Kohler, 1943
  • W. F. King, 1944
  • Albert F. Higginbotham, 1945
  • P. E. Hall, 1946
  • Stafford H. Hambly, 1947
  • Newcomb A. Reid, 1948; N
  • N. N. Crapo, 1949
  • Fred Daniel Lee Higgins, 1950
  • David D. Blair, Sr., 1951
  • Kenneth I. Kelley, 1952
  • C. E. Crawford, 1953
  • Stephen R. Pollard, 1954
  • Charles T. Schmidt, Jr., 1955
  • Ralph A. Wheeler, 1956
  • Lawrence E. Barr, 1957
  • James A. Tipping, 1958
  • John E. Clare, Jr., 1959
  • Austin D. Dennison, 1960
  • Parker H. Carr, Jr., 1961
  • Donald S. Wright, 1962
  • Herbert M. Malone, 1963
  • Richard K. Stephenson, 1964, 1984; N
  • Harris B. Weston, 1965
  • Archie MacKinnon, 1966
  • Carlton A. Simmons, 1967
  • Linwood W. Turner, 1968
  • John N. Wilbur, 1969
  • E. E. Oldfield, 1970
  • Edward T. Cotter, 1971
  • Ronald M. Brown, 1972
  • Ralph H. Cross, 1973
  • Kendall F. Higgins, 1974; PDDGM
  • Robert L. Reid, 1975, 1997; PDDGM
  • Sherwood M. Higgins, 1976
  • Allyn F. Witherell, 1977, 1978
  • Richard R. Mason, 1979
  • Gene B. Sylvia, 1980
  • Paul W. Witherell, 1981
  • Manuel B. Gouveia, 1982
  • George S. Strickland, 1983
  • Gerard R. Buscemi, 1985
  • Alphia D. Gibbs, 1986, 1988
  • Charles O. Baker, 1987
  • George Faria, Sr., 1989
  • Ronald B. LeDoux, 1990
  • Harry R. Westbrooks, 1991
  • Gregory R. Strachoff, 1992, 1993
  • Charles H. Graham, 1994
  • Charles J. Williams, Jr., 1995, 1996
  • Stephen L. Reid, 1998

REFERENCES IN GRAND LODGE PROCEEDINGS

ANNIVERSARIES

  • 1917 (50th Anniversary)
  • 1942 (75th Anniversary)
  • 1967 (Centenary)

VISITS BY GRAND MASTER

BY-LAW CHANGES

1869 1870 1871 1875 1880 1885 1905 1912 1916 1920 1927 1936 1938 1940 1942 1945 1954 1962 1970 1976 1993

HISTORY

  • 1942 (75th Anniversary History, 1942-320)
  • 1967 (Centenary History, 1967-477)

OTHER

  • 1929 (Participation in corner-stone laying, North Attleboro, 1929-181)

EVENTS

CONSTITUTION OF LODGE, DECEMBER 1867

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXVII, No. 3, January 1868, Page 69:

This New Lodge, located in the pleasant and thriving city of Taunton, was constituted with the usual masonic ceremonies, by the M. W. Grand Lodge, on the 18th December. The ceremonies of constitution took place in the afternoon; and, in the evening, the officers were installed, in the presence of about a hundred ladies and brethren. The Lodge is a select one, and so was the company. We have rarely been present on an occasion so entirely unexceptionable and elegant in all its appointments. The services were admirably performed by the Grand Master, and the music was excellent. At the conclusion of them, the Rev. Br. Charles H. Titus, placing a rich and costly copy of the Bible upon the pedestal, addressed the Lodge, as follows : —

Worshipful Master, Wardens, and Brethren of Ionic Lodge.

I am commissioned by the ladies of your Lodge, who grace your assembly here this evening, to perform the very pleasant and agreeable duty of presenting, in their behalf, this magnificent copy of the Holy Scriptures, for the use of your Lodge.

By this generous gift they would express to you their affectionate interest in your success and prosperity in conducting the affairs of this new Lodge; and, at the same time, would thus acknowledge their own grateful appreciation of this Divine Truth, to which they are indebted for all that cultivates, refines, ennobles, and elevates, to a true womanhood. For it is the power of this Truth that has made them the lights of your dwellings, and made your habitations homes of refinement and affection. It has proved the sure foundation of their faith, the inspiration of their hope, and the sacred fountain of that charity, which not only beautifies and adorns this life, but extends beyond the grave, and makes glad the city of God.

With this book they would therefore illumine your altar, and shed, a true light through all your Lodge-room. And as often as you meet here, for the labor assigned you here to do, this sacred volume, thus bestowed, will remind you of their affectionate concern for your moral and religious welfare, and thus help you to a true and noble life.

The name you have selected as your distinctive title is not only easy of utterance, pleasant to the ear, and of classic flavor, but is also suggestive of the nature of the work in which you are here engaged. Ionics are, or should be, architects. You are here organized, for the noble purpose of building up a column of true manhood, based in wisdom of design, strong in the principles of truth, and adorned with the beauty of an upright life. In this Holy Word you will find the means and implements necessary for the construction of the human temples you are engaged in building. It provides the square to square your actions, the plumb to test your uprightness, and the level to show you equality and teach you humility. It furnishes the gavel with which to break off the vices and superfluities of life, and the trowel with which to spread the cement of affection and brotherly love. It shows you how the rough ashler may be made ready and fitted for the Master's use; how the cedar of Lebanon can be prepared for the beauteous Temple of our God.

It inspires integrity, fidelity, and truthfulness, in the work of life, by the noble example of the lion of the tribe of Judah, whose triumph over all his foes enables all who trust in him to look beyond the grave, animated with the hope that by him they shall there be raised to the sublime degree of a purer and better life.

It is the earnest wish of these kind donors that you, their husbands and friends, in all your work as architects and builders of a true and noble manhood, will always endeavor to erect your spiritual building agreeably to the rules and designs laid down by the Grand Architect in this unerring Trestle-Board of Divine Truth.

Accept then, Worshipful Master and Brethren, this noble gift. Rich and gorgeous as are its outward adornings, its inward wealth is still more precious. May this Great Light constantly shine upon the heart of every member of this new and vigorous Lodge, clearly defining life's pathway and chasing away the gloom of the grave; and finally guide us all to the world of light, the beauteous Temple of him who has given us this light to shine on our darkness and guide us to heaven.

The W. Master, Br. Utley, of the new Lodge, received the elegant present in a chaste and appropriate address, thanking the ladies for their generous gift, and for the beautiful manifestation of their kind wishes for the prosperity of the Lodge, which it attested. A recess for a few minutes then took place, to allow the company an opportunity to examine the book, which is one of the most highly finished and costly to be found in any Lodge in the State. It bears the names of the donors upon a page prepared for the purpose, and we noticed that they were all married ladies, probably the wives or mothers of the members, with one exception, and this was a little girl of about ten years of age, who seemed to feel a commendable pride in seeing her name in such an unusual connection. We trust she may never have occasion to regret having enrolled it there. She may well be regarded as the "Adopted Daughter of the Lodge."

The company was then invited into the banqueting hall, where the means of refreshment were provided in great abundance, variety,, and elegance, from the "St. George Restaurant," Messrs. Copeland and Tarbell, of this city. At the conclusion of the banquet, the company returned to the Lodge-room, where they were addressed by Brs. Dame, Moore, Dadmun, Titus, Rev. Dr. Pollard, Mayor Rhodes, and others; the speaking being interspersed with music and singing. The officers for the year, are as follows : —

  • James Utley, W. M.
  • Wm. Robert Williams, S. W.
  • Charles H. Atwood, J.W.
  • E. U. Jones, Treasurer
  • J. G. Rowland, Secretary
  • John Holland, S. D.
  • George F. Champney, J.D.
  • J. J. Stanley, Chaplain
  • Philander Williams, Marshal
  • P. T. Washburn, S. S.
  • L. W. Williams, J. S.
  • A. S. Sweet, Organist
  • J. W. Hayward, I. S.
  • A. B. Hodges, Tyler

GRAND LODGE OFFICERS

DISTRICTS

1867: District 13 (Taunton)

1878: District 19 (Taunton)

1883: District 23 (Taunton)

1911: District 28 (Taunton)

1927: District 28 (Attleboro)


LINKS

Massachusetts Lodges