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D. EDWARD MILLER 1862-1928


Senior Grand Warden, 1916


From Proceedings, 1928-300:

R.W. D. Edward. MiIIer, Senior Grand Warden of this Grand Lodge in 1916, died at his residence in Springfield on Thursday, October 4, 1928.

Brother Miller was born at Holyoke, Mass., August 12, 1862, son of the Reverend Simeon Miller. His early education was received in the public schools of his native city and of Springfield. The greater part of his business life was passed in the dry-goods business, in which he arose to a leading position in his part of the state. In later years he devoted his attention to insurance. He was a Director and General Agent of the Monarch Accident Insurance Company, and the Monarch Life Insurance Company, a subsidiary corporation.

Brother Miller took his degrees in Springfield Lodge in 1896, and was a charter member of Mount Orthodox Lodge which was constituted January 27, 1914. He was Worshipful Master of Springfield Lodge in 1906 and 1907, District Deputy Grand Master for the old 18th Masonic District in 1911 and 1912 by appointment of M.W. Dana J. Flanders, and was elected Senior Grand. Warden in December, 1915. He was a member of Morning Star Royal Arch Chapter, of Springfield Council of Royal and Select Masters, of Springfield Commandery No. 6, K. T., and of the Scottish Rite bodies in Springfield. He took his Consistorial degrees in Massachusetts Consistory, and also was a charter member of Connecticut Valley Consistory and its Commander-in-Chief in 1922 to 1925 inclusive. He served as Second Lieutenant Commander of Massachusetts Consistory for three years beginning April 24, 1912, and was coroneted. a Sovereign Grand Inspector-General, Thirty-third Degree, Honorary Member of the Supreme Council, September 27, 1920.

Brother Miller's most valuable service to the Grand Lodge was in connection with its philanthropic activities. He was an Active Member of the Board of Masonic Relief from 1914 to the time of his death. Ile was active not only in name, but in fact, constant in his attendance upon the meetings of the Board, carrying out many investigations, and acting as its agent for the administration of relief. His advice in these matters was wise and his sympathy was broad and deep. His activities along these lines of endeavor were not confined to the city of Springfield, but extended widely throughout that section of the state.

He was an active and interested member of the North Congregational Church, serving it as a member of its Parish Committee and President of its Men's Club. R.W. Brother Miller's loss will be keenly felt in all the departments of our Masonic activities. His uniform kindliness and readiness to serve wherever he could be useful endeared him to the hearts of his associates by whom he will be long remembered and keenly regretted.

From Proceedings, 1928-416:

Right Worshipful Brother Daniel Edward Miller was raised in Springfield Lodge, March 11, 1896, and was its Master during 1906 and 1907. IIe was also a charter member of Mt. Orthodox Lodge in 1914. During the years 1911 and 1912 he was District Deputy Grand Master for the old 18th Masonic District by appointment of Most Worshipful Dana J. Flanders. In 1916 he served as Senior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge. He was exalted in Morning Star Royal Arch Chapter October 27, 1899, made a member of Springfield Council of Royal and Select Masters, February 21, 1900, and Knighted in Springfield Commandery, K. T., No. 6, May 23, 1904.

The degrees of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite were conferred. on him as follows:

  • Evening Star Lodge of Perfection, November 4, 1909.
  • Massasoit Council Princes of Jerusalem, November 18, 1909.
  • Springfield Chapter of Rose Croix, December 1, 1909.
  • Massachusetts Consistory, April 26, 1910.

He was elected Thrice Potent Master of Evening Star Lodge of Perfection and served during 1916 and 1917. He was at the head of Massasoit Council, 1917-1918, and of Springfield Chapter of Rose Croix, 1921-1922. He became a charter member of Connecticut Valley Consistory, and was Commander-in-Chief of that body 1922-1925. He was made Second Lieutenant Commander of Massachusetts Consistory, April 24, 1918, and served during 1914 and 1915. IIe also served as Second. Lieutenant Commander of Massachusetts Council of Deliberation during the year 1924. He was coroneted a Sovereign Grand Inspector-General, Thirty-third Degree, Honorary Member of the Supreme Council, on September 21, 1920.

Perhaps Brother Miller's greatest activities in connection with the Grand Lodge were in connection with its charitable work. He was present at the dedication of the Masonic Home in Charlton May 25, 1911, and in March of 1914 was made an Active Member of the Board of Masonic Relief, retaining his active membership until his death. He was active not only in name, but in fact constant in his attendance upon the meetings of the Board.

His record of attendance, however, by no means indicates his service in the charitable work of the Fraternity. Time after time he was called upon for investigations, consultations, and advice and. even was willing to take the responsibility of being the instrument through whom charity was actually dispensed when it was necessary that the Grand Lodge should have some personal representative' His activities in this regard covered not only Springfield, but a large portion of western Massachusetts. Brother Miller learned of the movement of young men for the building of citizenship, known as the Order of DeMolay, which was developed and had been carried along under the protection and guidance of the Masonic Fraternity and was active in the establishment of Springfield Chapter Order of DeMolay in 1922, becoming at once a member of its Advisory Council and remaining as such, first actively and later in an honorary capacity, until the time of his death.

Brother Miller was born at Holyoke, Massachusettg, on August 12, 1862, and died at Springfield on October 4, 1928. His parents were Reverend Simeon and Lucretia Miller. His early education was received in his native city and thereafter in Springfield, to which city his parents removed when he was eight years old, after a short residence at South Deerfield. Upon Brother Miller's graduation from the public schools of Springfield he entered the employ of Forbes and Wallace, where he gained a wide and general knowledge of the dry goods business and won rapid advancement, rising from a stock boy to an executive and becoming one of the foremost figures in dry goods circles in the western part of Massachusetts, especially after he became allied with the wholesale end of the business. Completing twenty-one years of service with the Forbes and Wallace Company, he resigned to become an executive of the Natick Underwear Company in Springfield and very shortly thereafter was elected its president, continuing until the company discontinued business when fashion changed and muslin underwear ceased to be a marketable commodity. Thereafter, Brother Miller devoted himself to insurance. He had become interested in the Monarch Accident Insurance Company within a few years of its establishment. For a number of years previous to his death he had been a Director ancl General Agent of the company. When the Monarch Life Insurance Company was organized as a subsidiary of the original organization, he took an active part in its incorporation and establishment, in consequence of which his position as General Agent was extended to cover life insurance as well as accident.

Brother Miller was a member of the North Congregational Church of Springfield, taking a deep interest and part in its activities. He served for a time as a member of its Parish Committee and again as President of its Men's Club.

Brother Miller is survived by his widow, Mrs. Mary (Aldred) Miller, and two brothers, Gilbert S. Miller, of Springfield, and Dr. Samuel O. Miller. of Monson,

Brother Miller, not only in his fraternal activities but in all the affairs of life, was genial and friendly. Consequently there remain hosts of people not only in Springfield, but throughout the Commonwealth, who had a deep affection and respect for him and who hold his memory in veneration. He lived each day with keenness for its problems and, zeal in their accomplishment, with its yesterdays full of experience as a background for fact-finding and judgment, and always with hope for its tomorrows. In this spirit he put himself vitally each day into the deeds of that day and his morning prayer must daily consciously or unconsciously have included the exhortation:

Look to this day - for it is life,
The very life of life.
Within its brief span lie aII the verities and realities of our existence -
The bliss of growth-the glory of action, the splendor of beauty.
For yesterday is already a dream and tomorrow is only a vision.
But to-day well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness
And each to-morrow a vision of hope.
Look well, therefore, to this day -

Such, in spirit, was our lamented Brother's daily salutation to the dawn.

Fraternally submitted,
Melvin M. Johnson,
George A. Deane,
Benjamin LeR. Bragg, Jr.,

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