WINFIELD TEMPLE 1875-1957
Senior Grand Warden, 1931
From Proceedings, Page 1957-116:
Born in Marlboro, Massachusetts - November 4, 1875
Died in Marlboro, Massachusetts - August 13, 1957
Right Worshipful Brother Temple's ancestors through three generations were shoe manufacturers in Marlboro. He was graduated from the grammar and high school in Marlboro, received his B.A. Degree in Dartmouth College, and was graduated from Boston University Law School with a degree of LL.B., magna cum laude. He was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Massachusetts on September 21, 1900, and the United States Circuit Court January 4, 1903.
He practiced law in Marlboro from 1900 until his death, and was associated in the practice of law later with his two sons. He was active in all civic matters for the welfare of his home city, held the office of City Solicitor, Associate Justice of the Marlboro District Court, Mayor of the City, Chairman of the Republican City Committee, President of the Marlboro Chamber of Commerce, a Director of the Peoples National Bank and various business corporations located in Marlboro, and Treasurer of the Marlboro Masonic Corporation for thirty years. He was a regular attendant of the First Church Congregational, where he served on the Music Committee and sang in the choir.
He was a member of several Bar Associations and of the Dartmouth Alumni Association of Boston, also of the Mayors' Club, and an Honorary Member of Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He received his Master Mason Degree in the United Brethren Lodge on May 28, 1902, and became Worshipful Master in 1925 and served also in 1926. He served as District Deputy Grand Master for the 24th Masonic District in 1927 and 1928, and was Senior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge in 1931, at which time he was the recipient of the Henry Price Medal. He was a member of the Board of Trial Commissioners in 1929 and 1930, and from 1934 to the date of his death, serving as Chairman of that Board for a greater part of that period. He was High Priest in Houghton Chapter in 1915 and 1916 and Deputy Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter in 1934 and was the recipient of the Paul Revere Medal. He received the Super Excellent Degree in Hiram Council May 24, 1917, and the Order of the Temple in Trinity Commandery May 19, 1909, and served as Eminent Commander two years. He was a 32° Mason, and a member of the Red Cross of Constantine.
He married Lucy Howe Proctor August 21, 1901. She survives him. There were two children of the marriage, Winfield Leroy and Richard Sawyer, both graduates of Dartmouth College, the first of Harvard Law School and the second of Boston University. Both sons were engaged in the practice of law with the father until his death.
An outstanding and much beloved citizen of his native city, he leaves behind him a record of achievement in all of the city's activities for its betterment that will be a lasting memorial of the life he led in Marlboro..
Claude L. Allen
Richard S. Temple
John M. Schleyer