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Location: Boston

Chartered By: Percival L. Everett

Charter Date: 03/14/1877 1877-153

Precedence Date: 03/08/1876

Current Status: Active


need living PMs

  • J. Elliott Bond, 1876
  • Nelson E. Hollace, 1877, 1878
  • Daniel T. Brigham, 1879, 1880
  • Albro A. Osgood, 1881, 1882
  • John F. Ham, 1883, 1884
  • J. Waldo Denny, 1885, 1886
  • Henry M. Rowe, 1887, 1888
  • William E. Murdock, 1889, 1890
  • Eugene C. Upton, 1891, 1892
  • John H. Woodman, 1893, 1894
  • Frank T. Kenah, 1895, 1896
  • William H. Kenah, 1897, 1898
  • Joshua M. Dill, 1899, 1900
  • James F. Coburn, 1901, 1902
  • William O. Webber, 1903, 1904
  • Joseph L. Bennett, 1905, 1906
  • Charles B. Houghton, 1907
  • Oscar Storer, 1908, 1909
  • Robert G. Wilson, 1910, 1911; Mem
  • Frederick A. Smith, 1912, 1913
  • William A. Rodday, 1914, 1915
  • William F. Pinkham, 1916, 1917
  • Guy H. Holliday, 1918, 1919; Mem
  • Elmer A. Graves, 1920, 1921
  • Bernard F. Macy, 1922, 1923
  • Daniel I. Pickett, 1924, 1925
  • Alvah W. Rydstrom, 1926
  • Robert G. Wilson, Jr., 1927
  • George I. Pettengill, 1928
  • Robert S. Beck, 1929, 1930
  • Chester M. Dunham, 1931
  • Theodore E. Koerner, 1932
  • Karl G. Baker, 1933
  • Frank O. Clark, 1934
  • Herbert A. Hildreth, 1935; N
  • Charles H. Curry, Jr., 1936
  • John E. Eaton, Jr., 1937; N
  • Edwin F. Weber, 1938
  • George E. Kippen, 1939
  • Edward J. Parsons, 1940
  • Alton P. Cole, 1941
  • George P. Kingman, 1942
  • E. Perry Truesdell, 1943
  • Alfred J. Conlan, 1944; N
  • James F. Philbrick, 1945, 1946
  • Oliver P. Clow, 1947
  • Hubert Cook, 1948
  • J. Richard Mellish, 1949
  • Sidney H. Pollard, 1950
  • Henry F. Lambert, 1951
  • John W. Zolner, 1952; N
  • Philip B. MacAllister, 1953
  • James C. Bayley, 1954
  • Harold W. Strum, 1955
  • James E. Cushing, 1956; N
  • Lawson R. Ott, 1957
  • Harold F. Hodgson, 1958
  • Charles W. Young, 1959
  • Richard M. King, 1960
  • William E. Goodwin, 1961
  • George E. Roberts, 1962
  • Russell L. Johnson, 1963
  • Arnold W. Lawrence, 1964
  • Thomas P. Butcher, 1965
  • Frederic C. R. Steward, 1966
  • Chester E. Ladd, 1967
  • Robert G. Wilson, III, 1968
  • Norton W. Cann, 1969
  • William D. Calvert, 1970
  • Richard F. Conlan, 1971
  • William A. Conlan, 1972
  • Irvin B. Gifford, 1973; N
  • Richard J. Monroe, 1974
  • John H. W. Brewer, 1975
  • Warren H. Clark, 1976, 1989
  • Thomas T. Hodge, 1977
  • Curtis M. Gifford, 1978; SN
  • Stuart A. Liwski, 1979
  • Paul E. Whittier, 1980
  • James R. Crose, 1981, 1988
  • Ronald L. Porter, 1982
  • William K. English, 1983
  • Florent H. Horion, Jr., 1984
  • Robert L. Friend, 1985
  • Walter R. Horion, 1986
  • Abraham M. Rich, 1987; N
  • Robert L. Friend, 1990
  • David L. Esancy, 1991
  • Nicholas Cardoos, Jr., 1992, 2005, 2006
  • Neal A. Winston, 1993; PDDGM
  • Robert G. Wilson, III, 1994
  • Robert G. Wilson, IV, 1995
  • John C. Wilson, 1996
  • Michael C. Nelson, 1997
  • John E. Antoya, 1998
  • Bradley P. Doyle, 1999, 2000
  • Elliot F. Parkhurst, Jr., 2001
  • Graham S. Bouthillier, 2002, 2003
  • Kenneth G. Sallale, 2004
  • John W. Arnold, 2007, 2008
  • Nathaniel R. J. Ulrich, 2009
  • Stephen M. Yarosh, 2010, 2011
  • Robert C. Corr, 2012
  • Michael J. Petit, 2013-2014; DDGM


  • Petition for Dispensation: 1876
  • Petition for Charter: 1877


  • 1901 (25th Anniversary)
  • 1926 (50th Anniversary)
  • 1951 (75th Anniversary)
  • 1976 (Centenary)
  • 2009 (150th Anniversary)



1877 1878 1879 1880 1882 1886 1887 1892 1895 1896 1897 1899 1900 1901 1904 1905 1906 1907 1910 1912 1914 1916 1917 1922 1923 1924 1927 1928 1929 1932 1934 1951 1956 2006 2007 2012


  • 1951 (75th Anniversary History, 1951-3)


From Proceedings, Page 1951-3:

By Worshipful John E. Eaton, Jr.

Historians must often content themselves with being regarded as collectors of "unconsidered trifles."

Upon a few of such "trifles" is the foundation of Joseph Webb Lodge laid and this brief historical sketch of it, and of the man whose name it took, unfolded.

From ancient Grand Lodge records, dated March 8, 1777, in Assembly held,

"On a motion made, Voted, this Grand Lodge proceed to a choice of a Grand Master to act in that capacity 'till Friday June next."

"Voted that Most Worshipful Joseph Webb, Esq. be Grand Master."

Simple words. A brief vote. Yet by those words was organized the first Independent Grand Lodge on this Continent. Joseph Webb, Esq. was its first Grand Master — an office he served for two different terms and in which he was serving at the time of his death on April 26, 1787.

On April 28, 1787, in the Massachusetts Centinel appeared this notice:

"Massachusetts Grand Lodge

"The funeral of the Most Worshipful Joseph Webb, Esq., late Grand Master of Ancient Masons will be attended in ample form on Monday next."

Thus departed our first Grand Master — "a patriot, a citizen-soldier, a man who believed in obedience to God and love for his fellow man."

On December 9, 1875, in Boston Hall, 176 Tremont Street, Boston, seventeen men assembled. "Their purpose — to organize a new Lodge in Boston proper and make it a success." Fourteen of these men were members of Adelphi Lodge, one was a member of Lewis Winslow Lewis, one a member of Mount Tabor and one of Joseph Warren. I omit their names since they have already been preserved for posterity in our Silver Anniversary historical records. At this meeting, it was voted "to proceed to designate the officers for a new Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons."

Worshipful Brother J. Elliot Bond, thrice Master of Adelphi Lodge, was unanimously designated the first Master of the new organization. Brother Denny was designated Secretary. Committees were organized — one to wait upon Worshipful Brother Bond, the other to wait upon Most Worshipful Percival L. Everett, then Grand Master, with the petition asking for a dispensation.

The Most Worshipful Grand Master saw the Committee on petition, and without giving his opinion, stated "he thought it would be advisable to submit the application to all the Masonic bodies in Boston proper." Such a decision was unexpected as it had never been done before. At that time there were twelve Lodges in Boston proper meeting in the Masonic Temple. However, the unanimous consent of these Lodges was obtained, and Worshipful Brother Bond having consented "to accept the position of Master should a dispensation for a new Lodge be granted," Most Worshipful Brother Everett granted the petition and issued dispensation March 8, 1876.

Now arose another problem. A name for the new Lodge. That problem was settled by the Grand Master, who suggested the adoption of the name "Joseph Webb." His suggestion was unanimously adopted and thus was Joseph Webb Lodge instituted on March, 1876.

It commenced its work at once and for one year acted under this dispensation until on March 23, 1877, it was constituted in Ample Form by Most Worshipful Percival L. Everett under a charter granted by the Grand Lodge dated March 8, 1877, just one hundred years from the date that the man whose name we bear became the first Grand Master of the first Independent Grand Lodge on this Continent.

Yesterday, March 8, 1951, Joseph Webb Lodge became seventy-five years of age.

Its Masonic life has been divided into three cycles — the twenty-five years that witnessed its Silver Anniversary in March, 1901; the twenty-five years of continued growth climaxed by its Golden Anniversary in March, 1926; and the past twenty-five years that have now brought us together on this, its Diamond Anniversary, in March, 1951.

I span but briefly those first twenty-five years. A most complete and detailed account of them was edited by Worshipful Brother Denny in book form at the time of our Silver Anniversary. In that book the term of each Master is set forth, showing the work done, the many members raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason, the good times had, the sorrows shared, and last, but not least, an alphabetical list of the Lodge members to that date. There were 425 in all, and of that number, the following named Brothers can look back in retrospect tonight:

  • Edwin H. Allen
  • James A. Armstrong
  • Charles H. Burnham, Jr.
  • Jesse Eddy
  • Albert A. Gleason
  • Richard W. Hawkins
  • William M. Humphreys
  • John W. Mellish
  • John H. Nickerson
  • George Pettee
  • Oscar Storer
  • Charles E. Underwood

  • Fred P. Wright

and say as was said fifty years ago:

This Lodge has made reputable progress in these many years. There have been dark days, trial and struggle, but ail is resolved into gladness and hope as we celebrate tonight our "seventy-fifth" anniversary. As we look upon this Company and note the evidence of good feeling, we are richly rewarded for all it has cost of effort and sacrifice in the past to reach this hour and share in these festivities.

In those first twenty-five years our present By-Laws were moulded, and so well so, that they have needed small change to cope with the demands of present day Lodge activities. In those years were created our Permanent and Charity funds — the former ever ready to support us in lean years, the latter a source of blessing and thanks to some of our less fortunate Brothers, their widows and orphans. Also, in those years was established the Daniel Taylor Brigham Flower Fund by our third Past Master of that name. Its purpose was and is to give remembrance and cheer to our hospitalized and "shut-in" Brothers. It was this same Worshipful Brother who gave us our first American flag for use in the lodge-room, and its presentation was made with these never to be forgotten words:

Love of country, faithful service to the country as well as trustful service to the Deity whom we adore, constitutes the imposts of the Great Arch of Free Masonry, having as its Keystone the grand principle of brotherly love, which unites men of every country, sect and opinion and conciliates true friendship among those who might otherwise have remained at a perpetual distance. As our order of Freemasonry is largely symbolical — this occasion gives us a fitting emblem of our nationality — the American colors — a symbol that arouses our patriotism and never fails to recall the battlefields over which it has been unfurled, and the great multitude of men who have been wounded in its defense — have died, that it might wave in triumph.

Since those words, in three wars, the Spanish-American, World War I and World War II, have many members of Joseph Webb Lodge heeded the call to arms and followed that flag to protect and defend the principles that Worshipful Brother Denny said it symbolized.

History is a systematic record of past events, and as such, cold and often indifferent in its purpose. To me, at a time such as this, warmth and affection should be expressed.

I am therefore building the next twenty-five years of our second cycle around five Brothers of Joseph Webb Lodge who to me, by their talents and richness of soul, made possible the years of growth, prosperity and happiness that carried us to our Golden Anniversary in 1926.

The first was Worshipful Henry M. Rowe, Master in 1887 and 1888. A man's friend best describes him. His was always a helping hand; Joseph Webb Lodge his pride and love. To him we are indebted for caring for Brother Henry Williams in his last illness. To him much praise should be given for materially making possible the first Worshipful Masters' Association. To him we are indebted for a fund that helped make our Fiftieth Anniversary possible, and the same fund is now consecrated for use at our One Hundredth ceremonial. Perchance at that time some one will give him his proper Masonic place in the Lodge.

The second was Brother Anthony Wayne Strauss. He was the first candidate raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason in Joseph Webb Lodge. A fact he never forgot. Brother Strauss gave much of his time to the building of the Lodge, served as a line officer, was on the "Reception and Hospitality Committees 'til his faculties were dimmed by years," and created a living trust for the Lodge known as the "Anthony Wayne Strauss Masonic Bible Fund," its income enabling every initiate to receive at the close of the Entered Apprentice Degree work the "Great Light in Masonry."

The third was Brother William Henry Williams, who became a Master Mason on June 4, 1884, and from his first association with Joseph Webb Lodge, stood forth as the champion of fraternal sociability and brotherly love and generosity. To him may be ascribed those Shakesperian lines "Small cheer and great welcome make a merry feast," for he it was who sponsored the six o'clock supper as the true fraternal and social way to enjoy the interim created by the call from Labor to Refreshment, a usage agreeably conformed to by the members of this Lodge to the present day. He served as Chairman of the Reception Committee and was a Trustee of the Permanent Fund from 1896 until his untimely death in 1905. He left to Joseph Webb Lodge a fund "the income to be used annually to promote sociability among the members." His generosity and farsightedness have made possible many happy and congenial evenings, such as tonight. Annually in March we commemorate his fraternal goodness on "Williams Night." And wishing to bring happiness to his Masonic Brethren in less fortunate circumstances, he also left a goodly sum to Grand Lodge to help establish a Masonic Home, and today at Charlton, "because of his gift, a major part of the Home was built and a wing of this Home has been dedicated to his memory."

The fourth Brother was Charles C. Littlefield, who became Secretary of Joseph Webb Lodge in 1887, an office he held for forty-seven years. Brother Littlefield's enthusiasm for his fellow Brothers was unbounded, and his efforts to conciliate true friendship among the members, as well as among the member Lodges, were limitless. His records are astounding in their scope; their value priceless. He was a tireless and indefatigable worker in the Masonic line of industry, and his desire to make all things perfect is better illustrated by the Masonic Secretaries' Association, so active today, and of which he was the founder and Honorary first President. At our Golden Anniversary on March 8, 1926, the records of a Special Communication of Grand Lodge held that evening read thus:

The Most Worshipful Grand Master requested the Grand Marshal to present Brother Charles C. Littlefield, Secretary of Joseph Webb Lodge since 1887. The Grand Master spoke in terms of warm commendation of Brother Littlefield's signal service to the Craft, not only through his long, faithful and very efficient service as Secretary, but in other ways as well and presented him a Henry Price Medal.

There were many other Brothers during those second twenty-five years, both Past Masters and Craftsmen, who contributed much to the fulfillment of our Masonic teachings. Time does not allow me to record their names or deeds. Perchance another and more complete account may be edited for our One Hundredth Anniversary, with all their names engraved therein.

The fifth Brother to commence his Masonic travels in that first twenty-five year period is Worshipful Oscar Storer. Worshipful Brother Storer became a Master Mason on October 12, 1899, and served this Lodge faithfully and well as Master in 1908-1909. To extoll his Masonic virtues and character is beyond my ability as historian. To say that he stands for everything that Joseph Webb Lodge has endeavored to fulfill and to perform Masonically is an understatement. In him were instilled those truly Masonic virtues — Temperance, Fortitude, Prudence and Justice — and all of them he has shared with the members of Joseph Webb Lodge since 1899. The counsel, advice and affection he has given to us in these many years has proved him a worthy helmsman who has steered us carefully through calm and troubled waters so that today we enjoy an amity and unity that can never be broken. Small wonder that he and he alone in Joseph Webb Lodge has reached the summit of Masonry — a thirty-third Degree Mason.

Of all these Brothers may it be said:

"Man is a King and a throne his goal
If true to the best God puts in his soul."

And now we come to the third cycle of the life of Joseph Webb Lodge, from 1926 to tonight. These twenty-five years have been active ones, but they have also been sorrowful ones. Changing times and conditions, depression, war and the threat of further war, have thrown a shadow over our members and our activities. Our ranks have been thinned by the death of many Brothers who had contributed so much to our progress and success — of the Past Masters, Right Worshipful Brothers Wilson and Upton and Worshipful Brothers Baker, Bennett, Pinkham, Rydstrom and Woodman, and of the Craft, Brothers Gyberg, Klein, Love, Landers, Littlefield, Mathews, "Pop" Perry, Pullen, Irving Williams, and many others — but this is no time for a necrology. Despite these misfortunes, we in Joseph Webb Lodge stand three hundred and forty strong tonight, sharing each other's friendship and esteem, bound together by a rich heritage that has been passed on to us by those who have entered through these same doors, who gave us such a worthy name, and who made it possible for us to commemorate this, our Diamond Anniversary.


  • 1882 (Communication with Grand Lodge, 1882-169)
  • 1916 (Report on appeal on a ruling of the Worshipful Master, 1916-63)



From Liberal Freemason, Vol. I, No. 1, April 1877, Page 30:

Joseph Webb Lodge was formally constituted, March 23d, by the M. W. Grand Master and Officers of the M. W. Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, and its officers were installed according to the ceremonies authorized in this jurisdiction for such occasions.

J. Elliot Bond is W. M.; N. E. Hollis, S. W.; T. W. Shapleigh is J. W., and J. Waldo Denny, Secretary. The other officers associated with them all appear to be bright and active Masons, and it seemed to be generally conceded by all present that the prospects of this new Lodge are very encouraging. About two hundred and fifty Brethren witnessed the ceremonies, among whom were Past Grand Masters Coolidge and Park man, together with representatives from a large number of Lodges.

A choice banquet was served in the banqueting hall, where, in a pleasant manner. Worshipful Master Bond made all welcome. Speeches were subsequently made by S. G. W. Daniel W. Lawrence, the Past Grand Masters, by R. W. Charles Levi Woodbury, R. W. Wyzeman Marshall, Wor. Bro. Alfred F. Chapman, W. H. J. Parker, Bro. Sampson and others.

Owing to indisposition the M. W. Grand Master requested Brother Woodbury to address the new Lodge, which he did in a practical and fraternal manner. The R. W. Brother alluded to the fact that Joseph Webb was the successor of Joseph Warren, and that under him the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts was the first to declare itself a free, sovereign and independent Grand Lodge. Grand Lodges in other States followed this example, and thus the present system of State Grand Lodges grew into existence.

He also referred to the good character of Wor. Brother Webb, to the good reputation maintained by the Grand Lodges, and exhorted the Brethren not only to sustain the principles so well established, but if possible to carry the standard of Masonry still higher.

Joseph Webb Lodge will hold its regular communications, in the Masonic Temple, on the first Wednesday of each month.


From Liberal Freemason, Vol. II, No. 5, August 1878, Page 157:

Joseph Webb Lodge is the youngest Lodge meeting in the Temple in Boston, and is one of the most energetic. The following Board of ( )|'ii,ers were publicly installed on Friday evening June 21st, in the presence of the M. W. Grand Master, Ladies and invited guests, by W. Bro. Wyzeman Marshall. N. Edgar Hollace, W. M.; D. T. Brigham, S. W.; T. W. Shapleigh. J. W.; Wm. Tyner, T.; F. A. Chase, Sec.: Geo. J. Prescott, Chaplain; Seth B. Cushing, Marshal; L. M. T. Hill, J. A. Green. Senior and Junior Deacons; A. W. Strous, J. F. Swain, Senior and Junior Stewards; H. M. Rowe, I. S., J. L. Hovey, Organist; Henry Orr, Tyler.

A very elegant Past Master's Jewel, handsomely decorated win, diamonds, was presented to W. Bro. Hollace, as a recognition of his services in behalf of the Lodge.

A fine display of plants and flowers added very much to the attractiveness of the occasion, and these combined with the beautiful costumes of the ladies, with their variety of colors, gave not only pleasing but elegant effect. The banquet hall, where an exceedingly choice banquet was spread, was in keeping with the other appointments of the evening, flowers, fruit, creams of various hues, rich wares, snowy table linen, competent attendants, and all in abundance was as complimentary to Bro. William Tufts who provided, as it was to the Committee who arranged for it, and to the Lodge which authorized it. The Music by the Weber Quartette was well selected and abundant, the speeches were well received, the Brethren seemed to take a commendable pride in securing comfort for their guests who can safely unite in praise of a very enjoyable occasion, which points to the future usefulness and prosperity of Joseph Webb Lodge.


From Liberal Freemason, Vol. III, No. 4, July 1879, Page 126:

A special service in honor of St. John's Day was given at the Church of the Good Shepherd, last evening, by the Joseph Webb Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons. The service, which is the first of the kind given by the lodge, was rendered in excellent taste, and with good effect. The Choral Union Choir opened the service with the beautiful anthem, "Behold how good and joyful a thing it is for brethren to dwell together in unity," and following were Goss's Cantata, Parker's "Benedict," and Guinod's "Send Out Thy Light." "The Lord is my Shepherd." Rev. George J. Prescott delivered an address, which was attentively listened to, and tin service closed with the benediction.


From Liberal Freemason, Vol. XI, No. 10, January 1888, Page 318:

The officers of this Lodge were installed on Friday evening, December 30, 1887, by M. W. Henry Endicott, Grand Master, with the Rev. Fielder Israel, Grand Chaplain and R. W. Charles Harris as Grand Marshal.

The occasion was looked after by a committee of arrangements of which W. Bro. H. M. Rowe was chairman, and was highly enjoyed by those present. The officers of the Lodge are Henry M. Rowe, W. M.; William E. Murdock, S. W.; Horatio H. Crawford, J. W.; William Tyner, Treas.; Francis A. Chase, Sec.; Lewis V. Price, Chaplain; Robert Herter, Marshal; Robert T. Almy, S. D.; James E. Robinson, Jr., J. D.; John H. Woodman, S. S.; Samuel B. Hopkins, J. S.; William C. Coolidge, I. S.; William H. Gerrish, Organist; John H. Chester, Tyler. The various apartments of the Temple were thrown open, and a banquet followed.


From New England Craftsman, Vol. VII, No. 7, April 1912, Page 244:

The sixth annual "Williams' Night" in Joseph Webb Lodge, Boston, which was observed in Masonic Temple, Friday, March 22d, on the date of the thirty-sixth anniversary of the lodge, was a function of more than common importance, due in a measure to the presence of the woman friends of the members whose happy faces and charming dresses gave a brilliancy to the occasion which no mere masculine party can hope to attain. The party was honored by the presence of Grand Master Everett C. Benton and Mrs. Benton, Grand Junior Warden H. F. French, District Deputy Grand Master Roscoe E. Learned and Mrs. Learned, Grand Secretary Thomas W. Davis, Grand Marshal George C. Thacher, Grand Tyler George W. Chester and others. The Grand Master was accorded a cordial welcome by Worshipful Master Frederick A. Smith. In response the Grand Master expressed his pleasure at being present and his high regard for the lodge which he said had a warm place in his heart. A sumptuous banquet was enjoyed at 7.30 o'clock. This was followed by an excellent musical and literary entertainment and concluded with dancing.


From New England Craftsman, Vol. XXI, No. 5, March 1926, Page 146:

A large congregation was present at the service in the Old South Church. Copley Square, Sunday afternoon, March 7, in connection with the observance of the 50th anniversary of Joseph Webb Lodge, Alvah W. Rydstrom, Worshipful Master.

The Rev. Dr. Warren P. Landers, chaplain of the lodge and pastor of the East Milton Congregational Church, officiated. He said that the lodge had been presided over by 26 masters, and from its ranks had been chosen four district deputy grand masters. He then paid tribute to some of the benefactors of the lodge, including Henry Martin Howe. Master in 1887 and 1888, whose generosity made possible the Lodge's celebration this week; William H. Williams and William E. Murdock, Master from 1889 to 1890.

The Rev. Dr. J. Stanley Durkee, president of Howard University and pastor-elect of Plymouth Church, Brooklyn, was the principal speaker of the occasion. He said that the more knowledge people had of scientific truths the more they needed God. He declared that anyone would think that a man who knew as much about botany as Luther Burbank. would know something about theology.

He asserted his faith in New England, and the New Englander who occupies the presidential chair at Washington. He expressed his belief that New England had a great destiny to fulfill in this land.




1876: District 1 (Boston)

1883: District 2 (Cambridge)

1911: District 2 (Cambridge)

1927: District 2 (Cambridge)

2003: District 1


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