ALBRO A. OSGOOD 1849-1926
Junior Grand Warden, 1904
From Proceedings, Page 1926-293:
R,.W. Aibro A. Osgood, Junior Grand Warden of this Grand Lodge in 1904, died on Saturday, August 21, 1926. Born in Dracut, Massachusetts, March 16, 1849, he became a member of Adelphi Lodge January 16, 1872. He dimitted from Adelphi Lodge in order to become a member of Joseph Webb Lodge in 1876. He was Worshipful Master of Joseph Webb Lodge in 1881 and 1882, and District Deputy Grand Master for the Second Masonic District in 1890 and 1891.
R.W. Bro. Osgood had been in poor health for several years. Previous to that time he was a regular attendant at the Communications of the Grand Lodge where his quiet and unassuming but ever genial personality endeared him to his associates.
From Proceedings, Page 1927-62:
Those of us whose good fortune it was to associate with Right Worshipful Brother Osgood found a man and Brother of high character, well worthy of our esteem and affection. He was of that genial frame of mind which looks out upon life as an adventure full of opportunities for service such as only he appreciates who fully understands what life has to offer in its various walks.
His ancestry was of good old New England stock, his great-grandfather immigrating from England something over one hundred and fifty years ago and settling in Dracut, Massachusetts, where he established himself on a farm. Here Brother Osgood was born and received sueh education as the schools of that place had to offer. It was his fortune to be able to attend them only during the winter terms, as the duties of the farm required his time at other seasons of the year, that being the lot of most New England boys of that time who were born and brought up in the country.
While a life of this description does not make for luxury and gives very little time for social activities enjoyed by those living in the cities and large towns, nevertheless it makes for sturdy character and the lessons derived from it are usually of a lasting value. Such was the fact with our Brother, for as he went out into the larger life of the world which he was called upon to live, the early lessons of the farm, deeply ingrained in his nature, were often of great assistance in helping to overcome obstacles in later years.
On leaving his boyhood home he came to Boston and became a salesman in one of the large mercantile houses, which vocation he followed for several years. Later, however, he accepted a position as Custodian of the Safe Deposit Vaults of the Peoples National Bank of Roxbury, now a branch of the Atlantic National Bank. Here he spent practically all the remaining years of his life. His happy disposition served him to good advantage in this particular position, for coming in contact with the public and patrons of the Vault over which he had charge he made many close and lasting friendships which continued up to the close of his life.
The matters in which he took an active interest are so numerous that it would be practically impossible in the short space allowed to enumerate them all. His was a deeply religious nature, and while he was born and brought up a Presbyterian, after taking up his residence in Roslindale he became a member for thirty-five years of the Bethany Methodist Episcopal Church of that place, being interested in its various activities. In civic life he always took an active part although so far as known he never occupied any particular office. However, he never allowed an opportunity to pass to show his patriotism and to discharge his duties as a citizen of the Republic of which he was very proud to be a member.
Soon after coming to Boston he presented his name to Adelphi Lodge of South Boston and was duly elected and there received his Masonic degrees. Later, with several other members of Adelphi Lodge, he became a charter member of Joseph Webb Lodge, A. F. & A. M., serving his Brethren and fellow-members with diiigence on Committees of various kinds.
In the early life of Joseph Webb Lodge he was one of a number of sterling men who gave the high character and reputation which that institution has maintained throughout the years of its existence, inculcating in its various activities the habits of diligence and industry which he had gained by his life as a boy on the farm.
Through him was established a Reserve or Relief Fund for indigent members, with the result that the members of this particular Lodge who have been in need of assistance have always found a friendly hand extended to help them in time of trouble and need. This and other work endeared him to the members of the Fraternity with whom he was closely associated, and it was through his advice that a greater part of the initiation fees were laid aside for the welfare of the members, their widows and orphans.
He was finally elected to a Wardenship in Joseph Webb Lodge and in due season became Worshipful Master, being installed on January 5, 1881, and serving in that capacity for two years. He was appointed by the Grand Master District Deputy Grand Master for the Second Masonic District and served during the years 1890 and 1891. In December of 1903 he was elected Junior Warden of the Grand Lodge, being installed in that position in the same year and serving for the year 1904.
He took his Masonic affiliations very seriously, and in attending to their duties he found a happiness and satisfaction that could not be derived in any other walk of life. His nature was naturally of a religious turn, taking the form of the work of the great Master himself by visiting the sick and the afflicted, where his cheerful presence helped as much, if not more, than any medicine which could be administered by the physician himself. This work he followed in storm and sunshine year after year.
Is it any wonder that the Fraternity came to know him as a Brother indeed? In fact his particular work as a Mason wherever and however he could be useful was to give full measure of his strength in that thought and service which are incumbent upon every man who claims the title of Master Mason.
Respectfully. submitted by your Committee,
William H. Emerson,
Edward F. Wallis,
Alvah H. Rydstrom.