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ABBOTT, ASHAEL 1825-1915

From New England Craftsman, Vol. X, No. 8, May 1915, Page 289:

Brother Ashael Abbott of Wales, Mass., died May 4, 1915, at the advanced age of eighty-nine years, eleven months and four days. He was a member of Thomas Lodge, Palmer, Mass., which he joined fifty-five years ago and was the oldest member of the lodge. He was a firm friend of this periodical and did not hesitate to criticise its statements.


  • MM 1893, WM 1905-1906, Union (Dorchester)
  • Charter Member 1913, Dorchester

From New England Craftsman, Vol. XI, No. 4, January 1916, Page 135:

Fred Williams Abbott, Generalissimo of Boston Commandery, K. T., died suddenly Tuesday, January 11. He was well known and highly respected in every relation of his life, social, business and Masonic. He was raised in Union Lodge, Dorchester, Mass., May 9, 1893, and was later its Worshipful Master.

He was a member of Dorchester R. A. Chapter. He was knighted in Boston Commandery, K. T., and admitted a member December 19, 1894. He was also a member of Boston Council R. and S. Masters and 32d degree Mason of the Scottish Rite. Brother Abbott was an estimable man in every respect. He was broad in his opinions, genial and kind in his bearing to all. No one will be more missed or more sincerely mourned by those who knew him.


From New England Craftsman, Vol. II, No. 12, September 1907, Page 470:

Brother James L. Abbott, whose funeral occurred at the First Baptist Church. Charlestown, Mass., Sunday, Aug. H. was a member of William North Lodge, A. F. & A. M., of Lowell, Signet Chapter, R. A. M., of Charlestown, Orient Council. R. & S. M , of Somerville, and Coeur de Lion Commandery, K. T., of Charlestown.

He was connected with the Hartford Boiler Insurance Company for several years past, and was well known in Boston and vicinity.


From TROWEL, Summer 1988, Page 18:

Columbian Lodge Honors Bro. Sidney M. Abbott

At its Jan. 7 communication, Columbian Lodge paid tribute to Bro. Sidney Moses Abbott, 92, a 68-year Mason and curator of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts, the oldest military unit in the nation. The Lodge honored Bro. Abbott with a glowing biographical tribute written by Wor. D. James Phillips and attached a specially-designed streamer to the Lodge's flagpole. Bro. Abbott was presented a beautiful scroll designed by Wor. Richard M. Merrill in recognition of Abbott's long and devoted service to his Lodge and Freemasonry. Several members of the Ancients were present in uniform.

A dinner at the Parker House was attended by Masons, their wives and friends, including Grand Master Albert T. Ames and a suite of Grand Lodge officers. Born in Boston on Feb. 7, 1896, Abbott was Raised in Columbian Lodge Oct. 7, 1920. A dual member of St. John's Lodge, Boston, he holds membership in St. Paul's and St. Andrew's Royal Arch Chapters in Boston, Boston Council, Boston Commandery, Royal Order of Jesters, and Aleppo Temple, A. A.O.N.M.S. He is the emeritus member of the Aleppo degree staff.

Serving with the 26th (Yankee) Division in World War I, Bro. Abbott saw action on five fronts. He attends annual meetings of the 11-11-11 Club formed from the First Corps Cadets Veterans Association. First employed at age 17 by the Boston-based Chamberlain and Co., meat packers, he was a salesman and had been branch manager when he retired in 1960. The business is now a division of Armour Co.

Bro. Sid Abbott celebrated his 50th Masonic anniversary in 1970 and his 60th in 1980 and in 1974 M. W. Donald W. Vose, a member of Columbian Lodge, honored him with the Joseph Warren Medal. He has been the National color bearer for Columbian Lodge for 58 years. (Contributed by Wor. Russell P. Mead, TROWEL Representative.)


  • MM 1874, WM 1886, 1887, St. Paul's (South Boston)

From New England Craftsman, Vol. I, No. 3, December 1905, Page 105:

Brother John Alfred Abraham died Oct. 25th in the 54th year of his age. He was a Past Master of St. Paul's Lodge and Past High Priest of St. Matthews Chapter and an officer in St. Omer Commandery K. T. all of South Boston, Mass.



From TROWEL, Spring 1993, Page 5:

Dr. Gregory H. Adamian - A Man of Vision
by Leonard Cruickshank Home

Dr. Gregory H. Adamian. Chancellor and President-emeritus of Bentley College, has a fascinating professional background that resulted in a career path that was both unique and highly successful. He served as President of the College — whose primary goal is the preparation of liberally educated business professionals — for 21 years.

His parents, Adam and Sandy Adamian. were living in Somerville, Massachusetts, when Greg was born in 1926, but when Greg started school, they had moved to neighboring Medford. In his first two grammar school years, Greg received two double promotions. When his father accepted a compositor's job in Brooklyn, New York, a few years later, the family moved there, and Greg attended Public School No. 119 and graduated, at age 16, from a local high school in 1942. Also in 1942, the Adamian family returned to Massachusetts, and Greg went to work at the Hood Rubber Company in Watertown. When he was 17, Greg joined the U.S. Navy in the V5 Naval Air Program — this was at the 1 height of World War II. Eventually, when the Navy realized that it was training too many pilots. Cadet Adamian was asked if he would like to become a part of the seagoing Navy instead. His answer was "yes." As a result, he was sent to Harvard University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Naval Tactics and was commissioned an Ensign. It's interesting to note that while a Harvard student, he became friends with Robert F. Kennedy, future U.S. Attorney General, and was also a housemate of Jack Lemmon, the famous actor. As the war was ending, he was offered the opportunity to be discharged or to serve on board ship. He chose sea duty and became navigator on the A057. a tanker berthed in Hong Kong. The A057 carried oil from Saudi Arabia to Shanghai and Hong Kong and other ports-of-call in Japan, at Manila, in Malaysia and Ceylon. Following this tour of duty. Navigator Adamian was honorably discharged as a Lt. (j.g.). Since his earlier degree in Naval Tactics was not adaptable to a career in civilian life, Greg returned ts Harvard Undergraduate School and then to B. U. Law School.

In 1951. his first steps toward realizing a life-long ambition to become a lawyer occurred when he opened a law office in Harvard Square. At the same time, he continued his studies at the Kennedy School where he happened to meet a fellow-student, Israel Stolper, who at 65 was not only Harvard's oldest student, but also Chairman of the Economics and Government Department at Suffolk University. Israel persuaded Greg to try teaching economics at Suffolk. His professional academic career was underway. Greg continued to teach part-time at Suffolk for three years. Although he found he thoroughly enjoyed teaching, he did not want to give up his first love — the practice of law — therefore, he did not accept Suffolk's offer to become a full professor.

In 1954 Bill Dandes, one of his Suffolk students in a course in business cycles, asked him if he would be interested in teaching economics at Bentley. Bill Dandes was also Vice President-Administration at Bentley which was on Boylston Street in Boston opposite the railroad tracks at that time. To Greg, the name Bentley stood for an automobile, but Bill was able to convince him that it was the greatest accounting school in the world. Greg accepted the offer as long as he could have afternoon classes only —he could then continue to be in court mornings. His law practice had now expanded to include a partner and a secretary.

From 1955 to 1965. Greg taught economics at Bentley. however, when an opening in the Law Department occurred, he transferred; in 1968, he was promoted to Professor and became Chairman of the Law Department as well. In addition to teaching and administration, he found time to author numerous articles for legal periodicals. Also in 1968, Bentley College moved to a new 102-acre campus in Waltham.

When then-Bentley College President Thomas L. Morison retired in 1970. Greg became a member of the presidential search committee. After a prolonged search, unbeknownst to Greg, it was decided that he was the best man for the job of President. He was finally persuaded by his friend and advisor. Trustee Henry Rauch, to take the job on a pro tern basis for three or four months. Dr. Gregory H. Adamian retired twenty-one years later.

Chief among the academic accomplishments of Chancellor and President-emeritus Adamian was the transformation of Bentley from a single degree school of accountancy to a multi-degree institution. Bentley College today offers 11 undergraduate degrees, 6 Masters' Degrees, and major studies in English, History, and Philosophy. Of the 350 faculty members. 80 are teaching in the arts and sciences. The school's endowment increased from $470,000 in 1970 to $60 million in 1991.

Personal tragedy has also been part of Dr. Adamian's life. In 1966. while driving home with his wife from a visit to a friend's home in Acton, a drunk driver hit their car head-on. His wife was killed instantly, and he was thrown through the windshield from the car. No one believed he would survive, but never a quitter, he was determined to live. He was in traction for three months with a broken jaw. broken leg. broken arms, ruptured spleen, a crushed knee, and missing teeth. Moreover, just the year before, he had learned that he had cancer of the kidney. Against all odds, he licked the cancer, too. Following his recovery, his determination was channeled into a lawsuit that became a landmark case on liability wherein tavern owners are partially liable for serving drinks to customers who are obviously intoxicated who then cause injury to a third party.

Dr. Adamian, who remarried, has two sons and one granddaughter. Son Douglas, a Boston College graduate, lives in Keene. New Hampshire and is in the real estate business: son Daniel, a Harvard and B.U. law graduate, is working to achieve fame and fortune as a singer and dancer in New York.

Dr. Adamian is a Past Master of Putnam Lodge in Cambridge 1961/1962, an active leader in the New England legal community, and is involved in Armenian-American activities. Besides serving on the Bentley Board of Trustees, he also serves on the boards of Hesser College, the Armenian General Benevolent Union, the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research, the Massachusetts Higher Education Assistance Corporation, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, the West End House (an affiliate of the Boys Clubs of America) and Inroads — dedicated to promoting career opportunities for minority students. Adamian is a past President of the North Atlantic Regional Division of the American Business Law Association. He served on the White House Conference on Libraries and Information Services, the Massachusetts Governor's Task Force on Alcohol Abuse & Highway Safety, the Massachusetts Board of Regents' Long Range Financial Aid Task Force, the Small Business Foundation of America. Inc. and was a founding member of the Massachusetts Education Loan Authority.

In May. 1991, Dr. Adamian received an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Boston University and an Honorary Doctor of Commercial Science Degree from Bentley College. Masons are proud to call this man Worshipful Brother.

ADAMS, ABEL A. 1825-1885

From Liberal Freemason, Vol. IX, No. 9, December 1885, Page 283:

Abel A. Adams, formerly engaged in business in this city, but for the last fifteen or twenty years in Erie, Pa., died in that city on Sunday evening, November 19th, 1885, of consumption, having been agreat sufferer for a number of years. He left Boston to take charge of Canada oil wells, in which quite a number in Boston had an interest, which were sold out, and he entered other pursuits at Erie. Several years ago he was chosen Secretary of the Lake Shore Masonic Relief Society, in which office he continued until compelled by increasing illness to abalidon it.

Though very feeble during the summer, he spent three weeks with his old-time friend, B. P. Shillaber, in Chelsea, and in visiting former friends. He was a prominent Mason, having taken his degrees in St. John's Lodge, Mt. Lebanon Chapter, Milford, and Boston Commandery. He was an upright and worthy man in all the relations of life, a genial companion and steadfast friend, and was-respected by very many who knew him here for his sterling qualities. He was twice married, his first wife being the granddaughter of Rev. Hosea Ballou, the second an estimable lady formerly of this city, who survives him, with an only son.


From New England Craftsman, Vol. I, No. 2, November 1905, Page 69:

Brother Charles Clark Adams, died suddently October 20th of hemorrhage. He was a member of Revere Lodge, St. Andrew's R. A. Chapter, in which he was installed Master of the second Veil on the fourth of the present month, he was also a member of the Council, Couimaudery and Scottish Rite bodies.

Brother Adams was beloved and respected by all who knew him.

ADAMS, CHARLES E. 1841-1910

From New England Craftsman, Vol. V, No. 6, March 1910, Page 207:

Brother Charles E. Adams, for many years one of the leading citizens of Lowell, Mass., died February 18th of pulmonary apoplexy. He was born in Lowell, April 16, 1841. In early manhood he went to New York where he engaged in business for six years, later he spent one year in Cincinnati. He returned to Lowell and in 1868 founded the Adams Hardware Co., which has enjoyed a successful career. Mr. Adams was better known to the general public by his connection with other enterprises.

He was at the head of the Massachusetts State Board of Trade for over a dozen years. He was also in conjunction with Charles H. Coburn the founder of the Lowell Hoard of Trade and served as its president for two years, lie was active in prominent financial enterprises also deeply interested in private charities of Lowell. He was a man of refined taste, a lover of music and a traveller of wide experience. He was a member of William North Lodge, Mt. Horeb R. A. Chapter, Pilgrim Commandery, K. T. and was a 32° Mason of the Scottish Rite.

His funeral was held on Monday, February 21st and was very largely attended, representative men and women from many walks of life being present. Rev. James E. Gregg, pastor of the Kirk Street Congregational Church in which the funeral was held, gave a brief eulogy of the deceased saying in part:

"It is a splendid honor to have won well-deserved fame. It is a splendid honor to have earned a large sum of money. But it is—as we all recognize in our heart of hearts—the most precious and most glorious distinction of all to have fashioned and preserved a sound and strong character; to have set always in the first place the dominion of it and his righteousness; leaving the other things to come after in due course. We admire the great man; we respect the rich man; we love the good man.

He was not one of the rich men whose ways provoke contempt, envy, hatred. His ways were clean, generous, just, Christian.

Mr. Adams was a well known man not only in his home city, but outside it; not only in his own country, but also to a considerable degree in the European centres of trade. His talents were such that he naturally took positions of leadership; he became the administrative head of many important organizations; and from time to time his associates delighted to honor him by choosing him as their representative before foreign commercial bodies. His reputation grew with his experience, because what he did he did well. He was an example of how successful a man can be in modern trade if he has in addition to shrewdness and energy that rarer quality, absolute integrity.

"For finally my friends, this man was a good man. He did not make any ostentatious proclamation of his virtuous principles, but he practised them, day after day. year after year.

He was modest, liberal, kindly, in all his dealings with others. He was — you will hear many persons repeating it today — a Christiam gentleman. He was a faithful and valued member of this church for more than 20 years.

"We shall miss him. You will miss him who have been associated with him in business enterprises. A great company of true friemls will miss him. The philanthropic institutions of this city will miss him. Lowell's spiritual wealth is lessened by his departure.

"Let us all thank God that he has permitted us to know this truly successful man. Let us thank Christ for his inspiring example. Let us thank Him for his long life well spent, fruitfully employed. Let us thank Him for his membership in the communion of the saints — that eternal fellowship which joins earth to Heaven."

The leading financial and business associations of Lowell were represented at the funeral which was under the charge of his life long and close friend Arthur G. Pollard.



From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1997, Page A-iv:

Ill. Harold Wallace Adams, 33°
Born in West Newbury, Massachusetts, September 16, 1916
Died in Gloucester, Massachusetts, December 28, 1996

Illustrious Harold W. Adams, 33°, was born in West Newbury, Massachusetts on September 16, 1916, the son of the late Charles and Edna Colcord Adams. He was educated in the West Newbury public school system and the Herbert Lang School of Photography. He served his country during World War II as a Sergeant and photographer in the Signal Corps in Europe.

On September 20, 1941, he married Elizabeth K. Holmes and two children were born of this marriage. He is survived by his son, James G. Adams of Rockport, daughter, Rachel A. Asher of Marblehead, and two grandsons, Warren A. and Tyler P. Asher of Marblehead.

Illustrious Brother Adams was very active in all phases of Freemasonry. He was raised a Master Mason in Acacia Lodge, A.F. & A.M., Gloucester, on June 16, 1948 and served as Worshipful Master in 1965. He also affiliated with Ashler Lodge, A.F. & A.M., Rockport, and served as its Master in 1973-1974. In 1978-79, he served as District Deputy Grand Master for the Gloucester 9th Masonic District. He was honored by being presented the Joseph Warren Distinguished Service Medal.

On January 21, 1953, Illustrious Brother Adams, was exalted in William Ferson Royal Arch Chapter and was its High Priest in 1960, he also served as the Secretary, a position which he held for many years. On March 6, 1960, he was greeted in Salem Council, Royal and Select Masters, Salem, and also held dual membership in Melrose Council. He served as Salem's Illustrious Master in 1966. On November 9, 1959, he was knighted in Bethlehem Commandery, No. 43, Gloucester, and served as Commander in 1967. In 1960, he also became the Recorder, which position he held until his death. As a member of the York Rite, he received many honors including the Benjamin J. Hurd Distinguished Service Medal. He was District Deputy High Priest for the 2nd Capitular District in 1972-73 and Grand Scribe in 1975. In Grand Council, he was a Grand Lecturer from I 966 to 1972 and Deputy Grand Master in 1973. He was a member of the Massachusetts Priory, the York Cross of Honor and Red Cross of Constantine.

Illustrious Brother Adams started his journey through the Scottish Rite, Valley of Salem, when he became a member of Sutton Lodge of Perfection on May 2, 1962, Jubilee Council, Princes of Jerusalem, May 11, 1962 and Emmanuel Chapter of Rose Croix. He also became a member of Massachusetts Consistory, Valley of Boston, October 26, 1962. As a line officer in Emmanuel Chapter of Rose Croix, he filled every station and was Most Wise Master in 1981-83. On September 28, 1983, Harold was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33°, Honorary Member of the Supreme Council, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

In other activities, he was a member of the Rockport Finance Committee from 1962 to 1966, serving as Chairman in 1964-65. He was also a member of the Edward Peterson American Legion Post #98 of Rockport, Massachusetts, the Rockport Art Association, the Sandy Bay Historical Society and the Boy Scouts Cape Ann District and Past President and present Treasurer of the Village Cove Improvement Association. He was a member of St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Rockport, Massachusetts.

A Memorial Service was held for Illustrious Brother Adams on January 6, 1997, at the Masonic Temple in Gloucester. Interment of his ashes will be in the Spring in West Newbury.

Thus comes to a close a life of devoted service to his family and to his Fraternity.

ADAMS, JOSIAH 1782-1854

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XIII, No. 9, July 1854, Page 286:

At a meeting of Middlesex Lodge, held on this 14th day of February, 1854, the following preamble and resolutions were unanimously adopted, viz :—

It has pleased Divine Providence to remove our highly esteemed Brother Josiah Adams, from the sphere of his active and useful life on earth, and its pleasant and social relations among as, to his reward as we trust with the spirits of the just made perfect :—

Br. Adams had been favorably known in the Lodge as a true and faithful Brother, an accomplished presiding officer, and aa active, intelligent, and beloved member, and in Grand Lodge as an honor and ornament to our institution—to the community he had been known and honored as a learned counsellor at law—a member of the House, Council of the State, and as having adorned the several relations of life by his kindness and amiable virtues. Therefore

Resolved unanimously, That in his demise at the ripe age of seventytwo, we have been bereaved of a father's council and encouragement in the checkered scenes of good and ill, and mourn that we shall see his face no more on the square of Masonic duty, nor meet him again within the compass of Masonic friendship and social pleasure.

Resolved, That we will cherish the blessed memory of his distinguished Masonic, christian, moral and social virtues.

Resolved, That we truly and feelingly sympathize with his sorrowing widow in her mourning, and his friends in their affliction.

Resolved, That the Secretary send an attested copy of these resolutions to the family of our deceased Brother, enter them upon the records and also send a copy to the Freemasons' Monthly Magazine, at Boston, for publication.

Paul Dean,
Jona. Greenwood,
Charles E. Horn,

ADAMS, LOUIS H. 1830-1888

From Liberal Freemason, Vol. XII, No. 5, August 1888, Page 156:

Mr. Louis H. Adams died on Thursday afternoon July 5th at his late residence, Chestnut Hill Avenue, Brighton. The deceased was 56 years of age, and was at the head of the black silk department in the dry goods house of C. F. Hovey & Co., Summer St, Boston. He had resided in Brighton many years, was prominent in social circles, and possessed a large number of friends. He was a man of genial character, esteemed for honorable dealing in all his business relations. He was a member of Cambridge Royal Arch Chapter, and Past Master of Bethesda Lodge, F. A. M., Brighton. We had a pleasant and friendly acquaintance with Brother Adams formed in Bethesda Lodge many years ago, and knew him as a genial, intelligent and high-minded Man and Mason.



From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1973, Page 34:

Samuel Taylor Adams, Jr., 33°
Born in Durham, New Hampshire, March 8, 1908
Died in Amesbury, Massachusetts, December 2, 1972

Ill. Samuel Taylor Adams, Jr., 33°, entered into the great be­yond after a brief illness on December 2, 1972, at Amesbury Hos­pital, Amesbury, Mass. He was born March 8, 1908, in Durham, New Hampshire and was the son of the late Samuel T. Adams and the late Cora E. (Watson) Adams. He was educated in the Public Schools of Exeter, New Hampshire and graduated from the Uni­versity of New Hampshire in 1932.

In 1970 he retired from the Henschel Corporation where he had been employed as an accountant for nearly thirty years.

Illustrious Brother Adams was a member of the Main Street Con­gregational Church, a Deacon and Choir Director of his church. He was a member of the Amesbury Finance Committee and a Precinct Representative. He also was a member of the Republican Town Committee, Gilman Grange No. 1, Exeter, N.H., Katadin Rod and Gun Club, Friendship Chapter O.E.S., Amesbury· and a past Patron.

He entered into marriage to the former Sera Stebbins and they were blessed with one daughter Sandra, now Mrs. Richard Cyr. He is survived by his wife, daughter, two grandchildren and two sis­ters, Mrs. Herman Kruger and Miss Florence Adams.

He was a member of Warren Lodge, A.F. & A.M., Amesbury, being raised February 11, 1944. He served as Master of his Lodge in 1948-1949.

Scottish Rite: Illustrious Brother Adams received his degrees in Merrimack Valley Lodge of Perfection, April 8, 1948; Merrimack Valley Council, Princes of Jerusalem, March 10, 1949; Mount Cal­vary Chapter of Rose Croix, January 6, 1956; and Massachusetts Consistory on February 24, 1956. He affiliated with Emmanuel Chapter of Rose Croix in Salem on January 22, 1966. He also served as Thrice Potent Master of Merrimack Valley Lodge of Per­fection and served as Sovereign Prince of Merrimack Valley Coun­cil, Princes of Jerusalem.

Supreme Council: He was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, Thirty-third Degree, Honorary Member of the Supreme Council, September 27, 1961, in Chicago, Illinois.

Funeral Services were held Tuesday, December 5, 1972, at the Main Street Congregational Church, Amesbury, Massachusetts. He was laid to rest in Bartlett Cemetery, Exeter, New Hampshire.

His funeral was attended by a group of seventy-eight brothers he had associated with in his Masonic lodges.

ADAMS, WILLARD 1794-1859

From Vol. XVIII, No. 5, March 1859, Page 159:


Died at Waltham, on the morning of the 26th ult, of lung fever, Brother Willard Adams, aged 70. The deceased was one of the oldest, and among the most highly respected citizens ol Waltham. His business was that of a dealer in dry goods, &c, and for the last forty years be has occupied the same store, in the centre of the village. He has held various public trusts in town, and discharged them all with the fidelity that belongs to an honest man and good citizen. He was a member of Monitor Lodge, of which for a long series of years, and up to a very recent period, he was the intelligent and faithful Secretary. He was buried, at his own request, by his Lodge, with Masonic ceremonies, on Tuesday the 29th.



From Scottish Rite NMJ Facebook page:

Ambassador from Ecuador. Son of Eloy Alfaro, Ecuadorian patriot and president. Educated in Ecuador, U.S. Military Academy, German Cavalry School, and George Washington University. Served as consul general to Canal Zone, Panama, Mexico, Nicaragua, Guatamala, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, Colombia, Dominican Republic and United States. Was ambassador to U.S. 1936-44. He has also served his country on many special diplomatic missions. Has been a member of the Board of Governors of the Pan American Union at Washington, D.C., since 1947. Mason and 33° AASR. Shriner. Member of Canal Zone Consistory as are his three sons, Eloy, Jaime and Olmedo.

ALLBE, EDWARD P. 1839-1907

From New England Craftsman, Vol. III, No. 2, November 1907, Page 75:

Brother Edward P. Allbe, for over a quarter of a century a member of the Boston Herald staff, died in Boston October 26, aged sixty-eight. He was born in Vermont; he went to Illinois in early manhood, afterward coming to Massachusetts, joining the Springfield Republican, and leaving there to accept a position on the Herald. Mr. Allbe joined Roswell Lee Lodge, A. F. and A. M., in 1871.

ALLEN, F. MILTON 1876-1935

From Proceedings, Page 1935-209:

Right Worshipful Brother Allen was born in China, Maine, September 19, 1876, and died in Melrose Highlands November 14, 1935. On graduating from Colby College he began newspaper work on the staff of the Kennebec Journal in Augusta, Maine. He served there for several years. Later he did newspaper work in Schenectady and Albany, New York, and in Worcester, Mass. He was also on the editorial staff of the Boston Herald. In 1920 he went to the Christian Science Monitor and remained there in an editorial capacity until his death.

Brother Allen took his Masonic degrees in Bethlehem Lodge No. 35, of Augusta. On the formation of Fourth Estate Lodge in 1922 he was one of the Charter members. He was Master of Fourth Estate Lodge in 1929 and its Secretary from 1931 until his death. He was appointed District Deputy Grand Master for the Boston Third Masonic District December 27, 1934.

Right Worshipful Brotber Allen was a newspaper man of the best type, in whom a fine mind was placed at the service of high ideals. His lamented death makes a sad break in our official family, and is a great loss to his Lodge and to the Craft.

ALLEN, GEORGE 1840-1923




From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ, 1923, Page 45:

Illustrious Brother Allen was the son of Jacob A. and Prudence Allen, both representatives of old New England families. He was educated in the public schools of Manchester and Methuen, and in 1862 enlisted in the Third Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, serving under General Foster in North Carolina. He was a member of Post 5, G.A.R.

In 1867 Jacob A. Allen and James Boyden went to Lynn, formed a partnership to engage in what proved a very profitable business, that of manufacturing boxes there and in Beverly. George H. Allen joined them, and later became sole owner, until 1920, when he sold to the Hoague Sprague Corporation.

Illustrious Brother Allen had many friends, and was held in high regard by all who knew him, holding many important financial positions, among them being President of the Commonwealth Savings Bank and a director of the Manufacturers' National Bank.

Brother Allen was an enthusiastic Mason, and gave much of his time to promote! its interests. He was a Past Master of Golden Fleece Lodge, presiding in 1879-1880, and Treasurer from 1894 until his death; Past High Priest of Sutton Royal Arch Chapter, presiding in 1881-1882. Received the Degrees in Boston Council, Royal and Select Masters, 1889. He was a charter member and Past Commander of Olivet Commandery, presiding in 1880-1881, and Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery, K. T., of Massachusetts and Rhode Island in 1887.

Brother Allen was a member and Thrice Potent Master in 1889 of Boston Lodge of Perfection; a member of Giles F. Yates Council of Princes of Jerusalem, Mount Olivet Chapter of Rose Croix and Massachusetts Consistory. He was crowned an Honorary member of the Supreme Council, 33°, at its meeting in Boston in 1891.

Brother Allen was twice married, first to Sarah Luella McIntyre, of Lancaster, N. H., who died in 1901, and later married Effie Sophia Spinney, who survives him. Besides a widow, he leaves a daughter, Luella S. Allen; a son, George H. Allen, Jr., and two sisters.

As a final tribute of respect there were present at the funeral many Prominent citizens and Masons; and amidst a profusion of floral offerings, Rev. Arthur E. Harriman, D. D., conducted the service, while the Masonic ritual was under the direction of Worshipful Brother Kendall A. Sanderson, Master of Golden Fleece Lodge.

"Sleep on, dear friend; such lives as thine
Have not been lived in vain.
But shed an influence rare, divine,
On lives that here remain."

Eugene A. Holton
Robert E. Ramsdell
Harry P. Ballard

ALLEN, LEWIS 1794-1886

From Proceedings, Page 1886-141:

Major Lewis Allen, a descendant of Ethan Allen, the leader of the " Green Mountain Boys," was born in Weston, Mass., July 25, 1794:, and died just before midnight of November 14, 1886, in the ninety-third year of his age. When he was but four years of age his father died; and, being the eldest of three children, he was called upon, in his very early boyhood, to labor for the support of his widowed mother. His early education was necessarily limited. He was obliged to walk two and a half miles to a district school, which was kept only six weeks in the winter season. In 1806 (his mother being married again), he started from home to seek his fortune, and removed to Salem, where he served eight years as a shoemaker's apprentice, assisting the family meantime.

When, twenty-one years of age his accumulated capital amounted to fifty dollars. He began, business in 1817 in South Danvers, now Peabody, and was very successful. In 1827 he opened a store in New York city, and a branch factory in Zanesville, Ohio. In 1830 he returned to Peabody and built the original Allen block, which in 1873 was greatly enlarged. He was a director in the Warren Bank, of Peabody, from 1832, and President for thirty-five years. He was Selectman of Danvers, also of South Danvers; County Commissioner for three years, representative in the. State Legislature in 1837 and 1838; Trustee of the Peabody Institute from 1871 to 1877, and at one time held a commission in the State militia. He was made a Mason in Jordan Lodge, of South Danvers, in 1821, and continued his interest in the Lodge and Order to his latest years. He was of a kindly and genial nature, upright in business, and manifested true benevolence toward all his fellow-men. He bore his last, prolonged illness without a murmur, sustained to the end by a deep religious faith and Christian fortitude.

ALLEN, ROY F. 1872-1939

From Proceedings, Page 1939-294:

Right Worshipful Brother Allen was born in South Abington November 20, 1872, and died there July 20, 1939.

Brother Allen's active life was spent in the electrical business for which he had a great fondness and aptitude. He took his Masonic Degrees in Puritan Lodge in 1895 and was its Master from 1907 to 1909.

He served as District Deputy Grand Master for the Twenty-ninth Masonic District in 1921 and 1922 by appointment of Most Worshipful Arthur D. Prince. Brother Allen was active in the other Rites of Freemasonry in which he had held many offices, among them that of Thrice Potent Master of Boston Lafayette Lodge of Perfection.

Brother Allen was never aggressive or presuming. He did with all his ability anything which came to him to be done quite regardless of any honor or credit which might come to him by way of reward.

He had hosts of friends. We miss him.

ALLEN, WILLIAM G. 1833-1903

From Proceedings, Page 1903-40:

The M.W. Grand Master announced the death of R.W. Bro. William G. Allen, M.D., District Deputy Grand Master of the Twenty-second Masonic District. Brother Allen was born in Rehoboth, Mass., Dec. 16, 1833; received his early education in the public schools of that town and of Providence, R.I. In that city he commenced his medical studies and completed his preparation for practice at the medical college in Albany in 1857. In July of that year he settled in Mansfield, where he has faithfully ministered to the physical needs of the people for nearly forty five years.

He was made a Mason in St. Alban's Lodge, of Foxboro, and was largely interested in the instituting of St. James Lodge, of Mansfield, of which he was Master for the first three years. His appointment as District Deputy Grand Master of the Twenty-second Masonic District for the year 1902 gave great satisfaction to him and to the Brethren of the District. He took much pleasure in the discharge of the duties of the office and his frequent visits to the Lodges under his care were most cordially welcomed. Soon after his re-appointment for the current year a chronic disease developed which deprived him of the ability to perform the work which he enjoyed so much, and after many weeks of suffering he died on the 4th of April last. The funeral services were conducted by St. James Lodge on the 8th of that month, in the presence of many sorrowful Brethren and friends.

AMBROSE, GEORGE T. 1838-1915


  • MM 1860, WM 1867-1868, Revere

From New England Craftsman, Vol. XI, No. 2, November 1915, Page 64:

George T. Ambrose, a well known Mason of Boston died suddenly, Saturday, October 16. He had been at his office and attended to his usual duties during the day. In the evening he was present at the annual meeting of the officers of De Molay Commandery, K. T., of which he was past commander. On his way home he was stricken with death in the street car and passed away among strangers.

Brother Ambrose was born in Boscawen, N. H., March 27, 1838. As a young man he entered the hotel business with his father, keeping the Central House in Boston and the Eagle Hotel in Concord, N. H. He retired from business several years ago but has served Revere Lodge as secretary during the past twenty years. He was made a Mason in Revere Lodge, Boston, and admitted a member May 1, 1800. He was worshipful master 1867-68. He was knighted in De Molay Commandery, K. T., Boston and admitted a member June 28, 1865. He was Eminent Commander in 1884 and 1885.

Brother Ambrose was a thorough believer in the value of Freemasonry as a power for good but was strenuously averse to all publicity of its doings. He was a man of sterling honesty. He was conservative in his methods but constant in his devotion to what appeared to him as duty. No man had firmer convictions of what was right and none more loyal to an obligation. His friendships were strong but unobtrusive. His most ardent friends were those who knew him best.



From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1974, Page 41:

Ill. Charles Harold Amidon, 33°
Born in Worcester, Massachusetts, July 5, 1894
Died in Worcester, Massachusetts, December 28, 1973

Ill. Charles Harold Amidon, 33°, attended the Worcester Public Schools and graduated from the Worcester Industrial Technical Institute.

He resided in Worcester, Massachusetts and later resided in Holden, Massachusetts for ten years.

Ill. Brother Amidon was a machine designer for the Norton Company in Worcester for 35 years, retiring in 1959. He was a Past President for the Norton Company Foreman's Club and a member of the Olympic Try-Out Crew for 2 years. He also worked for the Norton Company in Washington, D.C. for 18 months during World War II.

He was the son of Winfield S. and Cora (Barnard) Amidon. His wife, Elizabeth (Elkins) Amidon died in 1970.

He is survived by three sons, Curtis W. Amidon, Richard E. Amidon and Charles H. Amidon, Jr., three daughters, Virginia, wife of Clarence Barber, Nancy, wife of George Blanchard and Patricia, wife of George Johnson, two brothers, Stanley B. Amidon and Russell W. Amidon, one sister, Dorothy Amidon, 33 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Ill. Brother Amidon was raised a Master Mason in Montacute Lodge, Worcester, Massachusetts in 1918.

In Scottish Rite, Ill. Brother Amidon received Scottish Rite degrees in Worcester, in 1930, and joined the Massachusetts Consistory in 1931. He served as Sovereign Prince for Goddard Council, Princes of Jerusalem, 16°, in 1948 and 1949. He also served as Most Wise Master for Lawrence Chapter of Rose Croix, 18°, in 1960 and 1961. He was an excellent ritualist in Scottish Rite Masonry.

He was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33°, Honorary Member of the Supreme Council in Boston, Massa­chusetts on September 25, 1963. He was also a member of Aleppo Temple Shrine, A.A.O.N.M.S. of Boston, Massachusetts.

He was a member of the First Congregational Church in Holden, Massachusetts.

Masonic Ritual Services by Montacute Lodge, A.F. & A.M. were held in Caswell-King Funeral Home, 1147 Main Street, Holden, on Saturday, December 29, 1973.

Funeral Services were held from the Caswell-King Funeral Home on Sunday, December 30, 1973.

Ill. Brother Amidon was endowed with a kindly disposition, always displaying a genial, generous and friendly manner, which endeared him to those with whom he was associated.

AMPTHILL, LORD 1869-1935


From Proceedings, Page 1935-130, in Grand Master's Address:

We were greatly shocked and deeply grieved to learn of the sudden death on July 6 of Lord Ampthill, Pro Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England.

Lord Ampthill's death terminated a life of great devotion and very distinguished service to the Craft. After filling many high Masonic offices, he was appointed Pro Grand Master in 1908 and filled that exalted station with rare skill and ability up to the time of his lamented death. His passing is a distinct loss to Masonry, not only in England but throughout the world.

We feel it especially here in Massachusetts for many reasons. The loss suffered by our Mother Grand Lodge touches us deeply. Lord Ampthill was always a firm friend to the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts and worked in most harmonious cooperation with us in all matters of common interest. Several of our most distinguished Massachusetts Masons enjoyed his personal friendship.

Lord Ampthill's devotion to Masonry was only second to that which he gave to his King and country. From his early youth to the very end of his life he gave distinguished service in both civil and military capacities. In the civil service he rose to be Governor of Madras and ad interim Governor General of India. While he did not hold high military rank, he was many years in the Army and filled important and responsible posts during the Great War with efficiency and distinction.

On learning of Lord Ampthill's death, I at once cabled Lord Cornwallis, the Deputy Grand Master and the Representative of this Grand Lodge near the United Grand Lodge of England, asking him to extend sympathy, send fowers, and represent us at the funeral, following the cable by a letter of condolence. I am happy to say this cable reached Lord Cornwallis in time to enable him to comply with my request, which he very graciously did, and letters of appreciation have since been received from both Lord Cornwallis and Lady Ampthill.

From Proceedings, Page 1935-150:

Upon motion duly seconded and adopted by rising vote the Grand Secretary was directed to convey to the United Grand Lodge of England the regret and sympathy of the Grand Lodge on the occasion of the lamented death of M. W. Lord Ampthill. The letter sent by the Grand Secretary follows:

September 12, 1935
Sir P. Colville Smith
Grand Secretary, United Grand Lodge of England
Freemasons Hall, London, W.C. 2.

Dear V. W. Brother Smith:

At the Quarterly Communication of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts on September 11th, the Most Worshipful Grand Master called attention to the lamented death of Most Worshipful Lord Ampthill and paid a tribute to his memory.

By unanimous rising vote, the Grand Secretary was instructed to convey to the United Grand Lodge of England an expression of the deep regret experienced by this Grand Lodge on learning of the passing of so eminent a leader and so great an ornament of the Craft, and its sympathy with our Mother Grand Lodge in the very great loss it has sustained.

We feel very close to our loved and honored Mother Grand Lodge, and any calamity to it touches us deeply. We feel this loss particularly because of the close and cordial cooperation of Lord Ampthill in all matters of common interest and because of the delightful personal relationships with him which some of our distinguished members were permitted to enjoy. We beg to unite our grief with yours at the passing of a fine Christian gentleman and a great Masonic leader.

With renewed assurances of the ftaternal affection with which the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts regards the United Grand Lodge of England,

Very fraternally yours,
Frederick W. Hamilton
Grand Secretary

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From TROWEL, Fall 1990, Page 17:

God Needed a Clown in Heaven
by Waldo A. Howe

The Cape Cod Shrine Club and the Craft has lost one of its most beloved and devoted members, and Aleppo Temple has lost one of its finest clowns with the death of Noble Carl P. Anderson. We extend our Masonic sympathy to his wife Miriam, daughters Karen and Emily, and to his six grandchildren. We loved him and shall miss him and his smiling personality.

As a man he was devoted to his wife and family, celebrating 50 years of marriage with Miriam on New Year's Day. His devotion to her was proven during her long recuperation from a serious surgery. He was an outstanding businessman and general agent for the Aetna Life and Casualty Co. for 46 years, and also a Certified Life Under writer.

Raised in Maugus Hill Lodge, Wellesley, in 1959, he moved to South Yarmouth when he retired and affiliated with Howard Lodge of that town. He held membership with St. Andrew's Royal Arch Chapter, Scottish Rite in the Valley of Boston. Swedish Square and Compass Club. Aleppo Temple of the Shrine. Boston Court No. 103 Royal Order of Jesters, Northeast Shrine Clown Association. International Shrine Clowns' Association, the Cape Cod Shrine Club (President in 1987), and the Weary Travelers Shrine Club.

At the 1978 Christmas party of the Cape Cod Shrine Club. Carl met Noble John Russell, known as "Smiley." He was a member and clown of Cyprus Temple of Albany. NY, and had retired to the Cape. Meeting Smiley had a great impact on Carl's life. Later that winter, on his way to a Florida vacation. Carl stopped off at Georgia's Funny Farm, a retail headquarters for clown equipment. With $135 invested in costumes, wigs, magic tricks and books on balloon sculpturing, he was on his way toward becoming an outstanding clown. By his own admission, it was an ego trip for him. confessing to being a ham by nature all his life, and having already experienced makeup when playing Santa Claus for his children and grandchildren. He adopted the name "Bubba." it being what one granddaughter called him when she was too young to say grandpa. After several performances with "Smiley" Russell, Carl got hooked and the smiling young faces encouraged him to work more and more.

With Bro. Russell they performed anywhere and everywhere; at Shrine events, children's parties, before church groups. Rainbow Assemblies, the Elks - you name it and they were there. He once visited his granddaughter's school in New Jersey to entertain. He put in endless hours at the Barnstable County Fair in the Cape Cod Shrine Club tent. He was the prime motivator to visit the Shrine Burns Unit in Boston every other month, and he marched and performed in many parades. As a clown performer he was responsible for some of the thousands of dollars given to Shrine hospitals, the Clown Associations, and the Sneaker Fund.

We are reminded of our Masonic teachings when we consider our loss of this beloved man and Mason; of the unsparing Scythe of Time that cuts the brittle thread of life and launches us into Eternity; of the Broken Column that tells of a man cut off in the midst of his usefulness, and we ask why, when he had so much to live for and so much to offer to others.

The answer to that question came from Carl's five-year-old granddaughter. Lauren Miriam Espaillat. When told her grandfather "Bubba" had died, she responded, "God needed a clown in Heaven."

(R. W. Waldo A. Howe is a Committee Member of the Education Dept. of Grand Lodge and is active with the Aleppo Temple and Cape Cod Shrine Club.)


From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ, 1992, Page A-vi:

Ill. Elliott Anderson, 33°
Born in Gloucester, Massachusetts, August 31, 1908
Died in Derry, New Hampshire, August 13, 1991

Ill:. Elliott Anderson, 33°, was the son of Morton and Maria Anderson. He was educated in the Gloucester public school system and attended Wentworth Institute in Boston. In the late 1930's, he joined the staff of the Springfield Armory where, for nearly forty years, he served as an Ordnance Engineer. He worked closely with John Garand, celebrated inventor of the Garand automatic weapon, and was himself credited with the revision of the M-1 rifle trigger housing.

In 1936, he married Muriel Whitley, who died in 1979 after 43 years of marriage. Surviving family members include a son, Dale Elliott Anderson, a teacher in North Reading, Massachusetts, and a daughter, Arlaine Muriel Bryant, a family therapist residing in Tracy, California. There are five grandchildren.

Ill:. Brother Anderson was raised a Master Mason in The Tyrian Lodge, Gloucester, where he served as Master in 1939. He completed the degrees of the Scottish Rite in the Valley of Springfield in December 1944. At the time of his death, Ill. Brother Anderson was senior past Thrice Potent Master of Evening Star Lodge of Perfection. He was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33°, Honorary Member of the Supreme Council, at Boston, Massachusetts, on September 25, 1957.

Ill:. Brother Anderson was Potentate of Melha Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S. in 1963, and an emeritus member of the Board of Governors of the Shrine Burns Institute, Boston Unit. For several years, he served the Springfield community as a member of the Police Commission. In recent years, he had resided seasonally in Florida where he maintained memberships in the Cabiri of both Melha and Egypt Temple in Tampa, Florida. Ill. Brother Elliott will be long remembered for his portrayal of the Potentate in the ritual cast, and as a Director of many Scottish Rite degrees.

A combined graveside and Masonic service was held on August 17, 1991 at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Gloucester. Reverend Bradford Bryant, son-in-law of our Illustrious Brother, delivered a eulogy assisted by the officers of Tyrian Lodge.


From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ, 1877, Page 41:

III. Bro. Julian James Anderson was born in Oswego, N.Y., March 19, 1832, of Scotch and Dutch parentage. At an early age he removed to Ohio with his father. He lost his mother when he was only eight years old; and by the death of his father he was left an orphan at the age of twelve, entirely dependent upon his own exertions to gain a livelihood. He early bound himself to a printer; and, following this trade, we find him, at the age of twenty, foreman in the office of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Through his marriage with the daughter of Dr. DaW. Le Gro, dentist, of Springfield, Mass., he became interested in the study of dentistry; and at the age of twenty-three took up the practice of that profession in Springfield. Later, for the purposed perfecting his knowledge of the theory of his profession, he left a lucrative practice to attend lectures at the Philadelphia Dental College, from which he graduated, in 1867, as doctor of dental surgery. He immediately resumed practice in Springfield, where, at the time of his death, his high position in that profession had received general recognition.

Bro. Anderson was deeply interested in our Order. He was made a Master Mason in Hampden Lodge, at Springfield, Feb. 23, 1869; and was exalted to the degree of Royal Arch Mason in Morning Star Chapter April 23, 1869. He received the degree of Select Master in Springfield Council of R. and S. Masters Dec. 15, 1869; and was dubbed a Knight Templar in Springfield Commandery May 31, 1869.

He was created a Gr. Elect IV. and S. Mason, 14°, in Evening Star Lodge of Perfection, Springfield, Dec. 29, 1869; a Prince of Jerusalem, 16°, in Massasoit Council of Princes of Jerusalem, Springfield, Jan. 21, 1875; constituted a Knight of the Rose Croix, 18°, in Mount Olivet Chapter of Rose Croix, Boston, Dec. 17, 1875; and enrolled a Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret, 32°, in Massachusetts Consistory, Boston, Dec. 17, 1875.

He was chosen Scribe in Morning Star Chapter of Royal Arch Masons Nov. 5, 1875; and Principal Conductor of the work in Springfield Council of R. and S. Masters Nov. 1, 1876. He was Ven. Sen. Gr. Warden in Evening Star Lodge of Perfection, in 1874 and 1875, and its Thrice Potent Grand Master in 1876 and 1877, to the date of his decease, at which time he was also Val.\ Gr.\ Secretary of Massasoit Council of P.\ of J.\, having been first elected thereto in 1875.

He loved Masonry, in whose halls he sought repose from care and overwork, especially in the last two or three years of his life. He thoroughly believed in the institution, and was deeply sensitive to the benign and elevating influences of which it is the source. Once to an acquaintance, who spoke disparagingly of Masonry, as opposed to the spread of religion, he replied that he himself was led to take his place in the church from the influence which Masonry had wrought upon his character and opinions, and that his avowal of Christianity was the natural and immediate result of his connection with the Brotherhood.

The prominent characteristics of our departed Brother were unswerving integrity and thoroughness in the performance of his duties in every relation of life. His genial and kindly nature made him the centre of a firm circle of friends; and the spiritual graces of his character gave him a lasting hold upon the respect and tender regard of all who knew him.

He died on the 8th of March last; and the circumstances of his death are thus related by an Illustrious Brother and friend : —

“On the evening of the 7th of March, Bro.\ Anderson presided for the only time in Springfield Council. He remarked that the stairs were long, and the ascent to the hall quite tiresome. He also complained of a slight headache. During the same night, and about half-past two o’clock, his wife was awakened by his loud and labored breathing, and sent at once for a physician, who, though he was only at the next door, did not arrive until our Brother had breathed his last.”

He died at the age of forty-five, leaving a wife, two daughters, and a son to mourn his too early loss. Stricken down in the full prime of his useful and honorable life, his departure will be sorrowfully felt by his many friends, and especially by the Brotherhood, to which he was so warmly attached. We can only rejoice that the life he led while with us was so fit a preparation for the eternal life upon which he has now entered.

George W. Ray, 33°
Samuel B. Spooner, 32°
Charles C. Spellman, 32° Committee.


From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1991, Page A-iii:

Ill. Lloyd Anderson, 33°
Born in Worcester, Massachusetts, July 3, 1921
Died in Worcester, Massachusetts, September 21, 1990

Illustrious Lloyd Anderson was the son of Ernest and Thyra Anderson. He graduated from Classical High School, Worcester; Clark University, 1943; and Boston University School of Law in 1948. While at Clark University he was a three letter Athlete and also received the Hebert Athletic Trophy. He was President of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. During World War II, he was a Navy PT boat Lt. Commander in the South Pacific. He received the Bronze Star for heroism during the Battle of Bougainville. On April 28, 1945, he married Barbara Johnson, and they had three sons and one daughter. He also had four grandchildren.

Ill. Brother Anderson was a partner in the law firm of Anderson, Pentland and Sbrogna. He practiced general, labor, probate, real estate, small corporation and taxation law.

He served the City of Worcester, when he was named to the Welfare Board in 1965. He was appointed to the Planning Board in 1966 and, later, served as its chairman for four years. He joined the Civic Center Commission in 1977 and was its first treasurer, serving until 1985. He was also chairman of the Downtown Development Commission, a trustee of Clark University, a trustee and former president of Fairlawn Hospital, a member of the board of directors of the Worcester YMCA and a director of Salem Community Corp.

Ill. Brother Anderson was a member and former moderator of the First Baptist Church in Worcester and chairman of the Governing Board of the Church. He coached basketball at the church and was active in various other church activities. He also served as moderator of Worcester County Baptist Association. He had served on the board of Worcester Junior College, was chairman of the board of Simms Mfg. Co., a Trustee of Peoples Savings Bank and was a director of several small companies. He received the Brotherhood Award of the Worcester County Chapter of the National Conference of Christians and Jews in 1981. In 1988, he was presented the Massachusetts Bar Association's community service award.

Ill:. Brother Anderson was a member of Athelstan Lodge in Worcester, Massachusetts, being raised December 28, 1949. He joined the Scottish Rite Bodies in the Valley of Worcester in 1951 and was Thrice Potent Master of Worcester Lodge of Perfection, 1964-1965. He was a member of Massachusetts Consistory. Ill:. Brother Anderson was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33°, on September 25, 1979.

Funeral services were held on Friday, September 14, 1990 in the First Baptist Church in Worcester. Interment was in the New Swedish Cemetery, Worcester.

Lloyd's honesty, dedication and commitment to the community set a standard to which we should all aspire. He devoted his life to his family, church and community.


From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1985, Page 25:

Ill. Walter Eugene Anderson, 33°
Born in New Britain, Connecticut, July 26, 1908
Died in Springfield, Massachusetts, July 21, 1984

Ill. Walter Eugene Anderson, 33°, the son of John E. and Gerda W. (Peterson) Anderson, was educated in the public schools of Springfield, Massachusetts and attended the old Bay Path Institute.

On September 22, 1934, Ill. Brother Anderson married Eunice N. Deitz in Springfield, Massachusetts. They had a daughter, Karen Anderson Monsam, who died in 1983. Mrs. Anderson died May 17, 1971. He married Marion Wooster in Springfield, Massachusetts, on March 27, 1972.

Ill. Brother Anderson was an active member for many years in the Trinity Methodist Church in Springfield. He was President­-Treasurer of the John E. Anderson & Company Inc., Manufacturer's Representative of special building equipment, in the firm started by his father. He had previously been a transfer clerk for Bankers Trust Company, New York City and was a Director of the Building Trades Employers Association.

Ill. Brother Anderson was a past Noble Grand, Treasurer and Sec­retary of Amity Lodge of 1.O.O.F. of Springfield, Massachusetts. He was past President of the Springfield Masonic Temple, Inc. as well as a twenty year member of its Board of Directors. He served as Patron of Springfield Chapter No. 143 Order of Eastern Star, belonged to Melha Shrine Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S., Springfield, Massachusetts, and was a member of its Directors Staff.

Ill:. Brother Anderson was raised a Master Mason in Springfield Lodge, A.F. & A.M., Springfield, Massachusetts, on May 20, 1942 and served as Worshipful Master from 1952-1953. He was District Deputy Grand Marshal for the Springfield 18th Masonic District in 1962-1963. Ill. Brother Anderson received his degrees in the Scot­tish Rite, Valley of Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1945 and served as Sovereign Prince in Massasoit Council, Princes of Jerusalem, 1962-1964. He served a term as Junior Warden in Springfield Chap­ter of Rose Croix, 19 58-1960. From 1968-1970 he was Commander­-in-Chief of the Connecticut Valley Consistory. In Pittsburgh, Pennsyl­vania, he was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33°, Honorary Member of the Supreme Council on September 27, 1967.

Ill:. Brother Anderson was a devoted and dedicated Church and Masonic leader and worker. A Masonic Memorial Service was held at the Dickinson-Streeter Funeral Parlor, Monday, July 23, 1984, at 7:30 P.M. with the Officers of Springfield Lodge A.F. & A.M. conducting the ritual. The funeral was held on Tuesday morn­ing, July 24, 1984, with interment in Hillcrest Park Cemetery, Springfield, Massachusetts. He is survived by his wife and four grandchildren.



From Liberal Freemason, Vol. XIII, No. 9, December 1889, Page 278:

At the regular convocation of St. Matthew's Chapter in November last, Companion Horace Smith arose at a proper time and spoke as follows:

Companion N. A. Apollonio: — It is forty years since we became acquainted, and during that time, our relations to each have been pleasant. In the various places which you have filled in Masonic Bodies and civil offices, you have been faithful in them all, especially, the one which you have held for over thirty-five years, longer than any other occupant at City Hall.

You have done much to advance the interests of Masonry in this section of the city; having served three years as W. Master of each, St. Paul's and Adelphi Lodges.

You were prominent in the formation and institution of this Chapter, June 9, 1863, and from that time till this evening you have been Secretary, over twenty-six years.

In severing your official relations with this Chapter, we feel that its present strength and great promise for the future, is owing to your active interest in its behalf.

At our regular Convocation, October 14, 1889, a committee was appointed to procure a suitable testimonial and present the same to you.

Most Excellent Past High Priest Wm. H. H. Soule, will perform that duty for the committee.

Companion Soule discharged the duty imposed upon him in a very effective manner, and concluded by presenting to Companion Apollonio an elegant gold watch suitably inscribed, and chain.

The retiring secretary responded feelingly; and by reason of the several allusions to his work and service-in Freemasonry, felt compelled to speak more of himself than if otherwise. This, however, was only felt by himself, as all present knew of his long and intelligent service; and those who knew the most about that appreciated it best, and approved most fully of the kindly expressions and of the material gift.


From New England Craftsman, Vol. XIX, No. 11, August 1924, Page 342:

Funeral services for Thornton D. Apollonio, for more than 25 years secretary of the Boston school committee and regarded as one of the ablest of such officials in the country, was held ai 2 o'clock July 30 in ihe chapel of Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge. He died Tuesday, July 29th at his home in Brookline, at the age of 60 years. His wife died several years ago. They had no children.

Following a teaching service of nine years in the Boston public schools, he entered the service of the school committee on June 8, 1896, as clerk of committee. During his teaching service he had specialized in commercial branches and in stenography and typewriting. Three months after he became clerk he was appointed secretary of the committee, a position he held up to his death.

For many years he had been an invalid and at times a severe sufferer, but despite this he continued his work with an earnestness and zeal that ofttimes brought forth protests from his associates on the committee by whom he was highly regarded. His thorough knowledge of the school system proved of incalculable value to the present and past school committees in interpreting rules and regulations, and he had a wide knowledge of precedents governing every case that arose.

He also served as secretary of the board of superintendents and of the board of apportionment. He also had entered the field of authorship and a few months afro published a volume of reminiscences of his expeirences. under the title of "Boston Public Schools, Past and Present." He was a past master of Columbian Lodge, A. F. and A. M. and a member of the First Worshipful Masters' Association in Massachusetts.


From New England Craftsman, Vol. I, No. 10, August 1906, Page 457:

Charles D. Archibald, a former well-known produce dealer of Boston and for many years a prominent resident of Medford, Mass., died August 16 at his home, 15 Walnut Street, that city, of apoplexy. During the greater part of his life he occupied a prominent place in Masonic circles and had held many high offices in the fraternity. At the time of his death he had for more than a score of years been secretary of Mystic Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, and secretary of Medford Council. Royal and Select Masters. He was a Past Master of Mt. Hermon Lodge and past high priest of Mystic Chapter. Several years ago he retired from active business and at the time of his death was employed by the city of Medford doing clerical work. He was 63 years old, and is survived by a widow, one son and a daughter.


From Proceedings, Page 1929-212:

Brother Arnold was born in Coventry, R. I., March 9, 1868, and died in'Whitinsville November 11, 1929. He was a draftsman and mechanieal engineer and came to Massachusetts in the practice of his profession. He was in the service of the Draper Company at Hopedale, and of the Whitin Machine Works at Whitinsville. He had been in retirement for two or three years owing to failing health.

R.W. Brother Arnold took the degrees in Putnam Lodge No. 46, of Woodstock, Ct., affiliated with Corner Stone Lodge No. 122, of North Grosvenordale, Ct., and on eoming to Massachusetts affiliated with Granite Lodge in 1898. He was Worshipful Master of Granite Lodge in 1903 and 1904. He was District Deputy Grand Master for the 19th District in 1905 and 1906 by appointment of M.W. Baalis Sanford and M.W. John Albert Blake.

Brother Arnold was a member and past High Priest of St. Elmo Royal Arch Chapter, of Whitinsville, and a member of Woonsocket Commandery No. 24, K. T. Other fraternal organizations also enlisted his interest and support.

Brother Arnold was very highly esteemed in the community and will be mourned by a large circle of friends beyond as well as within the fraternal groups with which he was associated.


From Proceedings, Page 1911-118:

R.W. FRANCIS PRESCOTT ARNOLD was born in Abington, Mass., Feb. 21, 1836, and died in Pembroke May 4, 1911. In his early manhood he learned the shoe business and was engaged in their manufacture for a number of years. He retired from business some years ago.

Brother Arnold was prominent in local and State affairs. He served five years in the Legislature - three as Representative, 1871-4, and two as Senator, 1892 and 1893.

He was married twice, and leaves a wife and two sons.

He received the Masonic degrees in Konohassett Lodge in 1867, becoming a member thereof Oct. 11, 1867. He demitted July 19, 1872, and became a charter member of Phoenix Lodge, of Hanover, serving as its first Master, U.D., in 1873 and also was Master in 1874, 1875 and 1877. He served as District Deputy Grand Master in 1884 and 1885 (District 25). Brother Arnold was a zealous Freemason, an active and highly respected citizen, and influential in striving for the good of the town and State and for the betterment of humanity.

"The burial services were attended by Phoenix Lodge, of Hanover, and by Old Colony Commandery, K.T., of Abington of which he was a member.


From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1988, Page 24:

Ill. George Aronson, 33°
Born in New Britain, Connecticut, October 3, 1896
Died in Springfield, Massachusetts, October 27, 1987

111. George Aronson was the son of Charles and Celia Aronson and educated in the public schools of Hartford, Connecticut.

In June, 1919, Ill. Brother Aronson married Pauline Winn. One daughter, Gloria, was born to this union. The first Mrs. Aronson passed away in 1927. On October 7, 1928, I11. Brother Aronson married Molly Baron. One daughter, Frances, was born to this union. The second Mrs. Aronson passed away in 1986.

Il1. Brother Aronson served in the United States Navy during World War I. He was active in both the Kodimoh Synagogue and the Temple Beth El and their men's clubs. He was President of Kodimoh Men's Club in 1923 and President of Beth El Men's Club in 1951. He was also a member of Twin Hills Country Club and on the Boards of Directors of the Jewish Community Center in 1953 and the Jewish Community Coun­cil in 1956. He was elected to the Springfield Rotary Club in 1966 and became a Paul Harris Fellow in 1986.

I11. Brother Aronson served as a sales representative for The Underwood Typewriter Co., The L. C. Smith Typewriter Co. and later for The Baltimore Business Forms Co. He founded his own company, Standard Office Supply, in 1947.

Ill. Brother Aronson was raised a Master Mason in Esoteric Lodge, November 2, 1944. He was initiated in Mount Holyoke Royal Arch Chap­ter York Rite, June 5, 1962. He was a member of all Scottish Rite Bodies in Springfield and served as Sovereign Prince of Massasoit Council Princes of Jerusalem in 1965. He was a member of Melha Temple Shrine and served as its Potentate in 1968.

lll. Brother Aronson passed away October 27, 1987. Services were held October 28, 1987 at Temple Beth El with interment in Beth El Ceme­tery. He is survived by two children, five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.





From Proceedings, Page 1935-78:

Right Worshipful Brother Ashworth was born in Fall River September 10, 1863, and died there May 16, 1935.

After passing through the Fall River public schools he went to England to learn the card clothing business with his father and uncle. Returning to the United States, he entered the card clothing business in Providence, later settling in Fall River. He remained in the textile industry throughout his life, rising to a position of leadership and great influence.

Brother Ashworth took his Masonic degrees in Narragansett Lodge in 1897 and was its Master in 1902. He was a Charter member of Massasoit Lodge in 1916, serving as Master under Dispensation and Charter in 1915, 1916, and 1917. He served as District Deputy Grand Master for the Thirtieth Masonic District in 1919 and 1920, by appointment of Most Worshipful Leon M. Abbott and Most Worshipful Arthur D. Prince.

Brother Ashworth was interested in all branches of Masonry. He was very active in the work of the Scottish Rite in Fall River and was given the Thirty-third Degree and Honorary Membership in the Supreme Council in 1922.

Always simple and kindly, Brother Ashworth's character attracted where his great abilities led. His passing is a great loss to the community and to the Fraternity.


From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1935, Page 59:

Illustrious Brother Ashworth was born on September 20, 1863, in the city of Fall River, Massachusetts, and died at his home No. 721 Highland Avenue, Fall River, on May 16, 1935.

He was the son of Robert and Catherine (Prince) Ashworth, and was educated in the public schools of Fall River and Manchester, England.

Early in his youth, he went to England, where later he entered the card-clothing business with his father and uncle. At the age of twenty-one he returned to this country to engage in the same business in Providence, R. I., and later in the city of his birth.

In 1904 the company was re-organized as Ashworth Bros., Inc., and he became its Treasurer and General Manager, which position he held until his death.

He served as a member of the Board of Directors of several of the large cotton manufacturing plants of the city, and was a Director of the B. M. C. Durfee Trust Company, also a Trustee and Vice-President of the Citizens Savings Bank. He was Vice-President of the Home Market Club of Boston, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Southern New England Textile Club.

Brother Ashworth was married June 8, 1887 to Ella Frances Waterman of Woonsocket, R. I., who preceded him in death, October 28, 1934. To this union were born two daughters and one son, who still survive.

The Masonic record of Brother Ashworth is as follows:-

  • Received the degree of Master Mason in Narragansett Lodge, July 8, 1897, and was elected Worshipful Master in 1902;
  • Appointed District Deputy Grand Master, 30th District, 1919 and 1920.
  • He was a Charter Member and first Worshipful Master of Massasoit Lodge from 1915 to 1917.
  • Royal Arch Degree in Fall River Royal Arch Chapter, October 25, 1897, and was elected Excellent High Priest in 1901.
  • Super-Excellent Master Degree in Fall River Council Royal and Select Masters, June 7, 1899, and served as Illustrious Master in 1908.
  • He was Knighted in Godfrey DeBouillon Commandery No. 25 K. T., September 20, 1899, and was elected Eminent Commander in 1901.
  • In the Scottish Rite, he received the Fourteenth Degree in Boston Lafayette Lodge of Perfection, April 2, 1902; Sixteenth Degree in Giles Fonda Yates Council Princes of Jerusalem, April 9, 1909; Eighteenth Degree in Mt. Olivet Chapter Rose Croix, April 16, 1909; and the Thirty-Second Degree in Massachusetts Consistory, April 23, 1909.

At the formation of the Scottish Rite Bodies in the Valley of Fall River in 1912, Brother Ashworth rendered valuable assistance and was elected Deputy Master of Fall River Lodge of Perfection, serving from l912 to 1915 in that position; in 1916 he was elected Thrice Potent Master and filled this office for three years.

He received the Thirty-Third Degree of Sovereign Grand Inspector General, Honorary Member of the Supreme Council, in the city of Cleveland, Ohio, on September 19, 1922.

Funeral services were held at his late home in Fall River on Saturday, May 18, 1935, at two o'clock in the afternoon, and the large attendance both locally and from other cities, attested to the large circle of his friends and the love and esteem in which he was held by them. There was a wealth of floral tributes.

In the death of Brother Ashworth the city has suffered a great loss, and the Masonic Fraternity a valued worker and supporter.

Robert N. Hathaway, 33°,
Elmer B. Young, 33°,
Frank L. Carpenter, 32°,



From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1918, Page 44:

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, April 20, 1896
Died in Easthampton, Massachusetts, February 3, 1974

Ill. Robert Renwick Askew, 33°, was the son of John Benjamin and Janet (Renwick) Askew. He attended the public schools in Lingwick, Quebec, and was employed as a die and tool maker, and later as an automobile service manager. He served as a private in the United States Army, and was naturalized at Syracuse, New York, on September 25, 1928.

Ill. Brother Askew married Ruth Pierce on April 24, 1918, and after her decease married Dorothy Warner on October 20, 1928, who died in 1971. He is survived by a son, Donald Robert Askew.

He was a member of the First Church of Christ in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Ill. Brother Askew was raised a Master Mason in Jerusalem Lodge, A.F. & A.M., Northampton, Massachusetts, on October 4, 1919, and served as Worshipful Master in 1954-1955; was District Deputy Grand Master for the Holyoke Seventeenth Masonic District, 1957-1958, and Grand Pursuivant of the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts in 1959. He was a Past Master of the Sixteenth Lodge of Instruction, and a Grand Representative of the Grand Lodge of Western Australia at the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts.

He was exalted in Northampton Royal Arch Chapter on April 26, 1950; and greeted in William Parsons Council of Royal and Select Masters on May 16, 1956. He received the degrees of the Scottish Rite in the Valleys of Greenfield and Springfield in 19 54, and served as Thrice Potent Master of Greenfield Lodge of Perfection in 1963-1965. He was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33°, Honorary Member of the Supreme Council, at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on September 30, 1970.

Other memberships included Bethlehem Chapter, O.E.S., North­ampton, of which he was a Past Patron; St. Matthew's Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine, Springfield, of which he was a Past Puissant Sovereign; and Melha Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S., Springfield.

Ill. Brother Askew was an Honorary Member of Mount Holyoke Lodge at South Hadley, Belcher Lodge at Chicopee Falls, and Mount Sugar Loaf Lodge at South Deerfield, Massachusetts.

He was a loyal and dedicated Mason, and a friend, and will be missed by all who knew him.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, February 8, at the Newell Funeral Home, Northampton, at which many Masonic friends and Illustrious Brothers were in attendance. Interment was in the Cemetery at Hatfield, Massachusetts.


From Moore's Freemason's Monthly Magazine, Vol. XII, No. 4, February 1853, p. 125:

Died in Stoughton, Mass., on the 13th of December last, Comp. Elijah Atherton, in the 73rd year of his age. He was a zealous, warm-hearted Mason, and well known and highly esteemed by the Fraternity, having held some of the highest offices of honor and respectability in the gift of the Order. At a communication of Mount Zion Royal Arch Chapter, held at Stoughton, Dec. 27th, the following preamble and resolutions were adopted: -

Whereas, in the dispensation of an All-Wise Providence, the Supreme Ruler of the Universe has removed by death our distinguished Brother and Companion, Elijah Atherton, to that heavenly rest, "from whose bourne no traveller returns, and

Whereas, inasmuch as the untiring zeal, combined with the correct Masonic information of our deceased worthy Brother and Companion, has contributed so largely to the present prosperity of the Lodge and Chapter in this place, and to Masonry in general, it becomes us to pay a passing tribute to his memory. Be it therefore

Resolved, That while we deplore the loss of our Companion and Brother, we will cherish his memory in his many virtues, in his social qualities, in his inflexible friendship and in his ardent attachment to the institution of Masonry

Resolved, That in sincerely mourning the deceased, we can the better sympathize with the bereaved widow and afflicted family, relatives and friends, and tender to them our affectionate condolence.

Resolved, That the Masonic Hall in this place be hung in mourning for the space of three months, as a token of respect to our departed Brother and Companion, and that a copy of these resolutions be sent to the Masonic Magazine, for publication, and also a copy to the widow.

Attest, Ansel Capen, Sec. Mt. Zion Chap.



From TROWEL, Winter 1985, Page 16:

Roy Atkins is often characterized as "Mr. Mason" at the tip of Cape Cod. He is truly one of the most dedicated of our membership in the state and serves as Secretary of both King Hiram's Lodge in Provincetown and Universal Lodge in Orleans as well as TROWEL Representative for both Lodges. A Provincetown native, LeRoy E. Atkins was Raised in King Hiram's Lodge in 1960, and serve as its Master in 1969 and 1969, and as Master of the Fifteenth Lodge of Instruction in 1971-72. He was District Deputy Grand Secretary during that same time. Roy is a member and former Secretary of Joseph Warren Royal Arch Chapter, a member of Sylvester Baxter Chapter, Cape Cod Council, Epac Grotto, Massachusetts Consistory, and is a Past Patron of three Eastern Star Chapters in Provincetown, Wellfleet, and Orleans.

A member of the Cape Cod Past Masters' Association and a present Director, his Masonic service is exemplary and impressive. He has Raised both his father and his son Phillip, who is presently a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force and a former DeMolay.

Roy is an active member in the Methodist Church in Provincetown and is an avid candlepin bowler in several leagues. A printer by vocation, he has served in every capacity in that business over 37 years from pressman to publisher. For the past several years he has been owner and publisher of the Provincetown New Beacon, and also works at the Patriot Press in Hyannis.

In addition to Phillip, he and his wife of 28 years, Virginia, are the parents of daughters Leslie, a 1984 graduate of M.I.T. and a mechanical engineer with Boeing in Seattle, and Barbara, a graduate of Cape Cod Community College and employed in graphic arts. Both daughters are Past Worthy Advisors of Orleans Rainbow.

We proudly salute Roy Atkins, our man from TROWEL.


From Proceedings, Page 1883-231:

I cannot close these brief memorials without an allusion to the death of one ofthe signers of the Declaration of 1831, who was probably the oldest Mason in the State at the time of his death.

John Bryant Atwell was born in Lynn, February 15, 1787, and died in Wakefield, his place of residence, October 27, 1883, in the ninety-seventh year of his age. His life extended through the administrations of all the Presidents of the United States, or the whole constitutional history of the country. He was raised a Master Mason in Mount Moriah Lodge, of Wakefield, in 1810, and was the last surviving member of that Lodge, which is now extinct. He was at one time W. Master of the Lodge. It will be seen that his career as a Mason, like that of Bro. Dewing, just mentioned, covered the extraordinary term of seventy-three years. What vicissitudes had these veteran Masons seen the Institution pass through during that period, and how interesting would be a record of their Masonic experience!

I regret that I have few data for a proper notice of Bro. Atwell's career; but I learn that he was an active and public spirited citizen, who during his life received proofs. of the confidence of his fellow-townsmen in his election, to several public offices. He represented Wakefield in the General Court in 1852. It is said of him that he never missed casting his ballot in a general election from the time he came of age, — a proof of his just estimate of the duties of an American citizen.


From New England Craftsman, Vol. II, No. 6, March 1907, Page 236:

Brother Will S. Atwell, 56 years old, a well-known 32d degree Mason, died suddenly February 9, at his home, Winter Hill, Somerville, Mass. For the past 20 years he had been a salesman at the store of William Read, 107 Washington Street, Boston.

He was born in Waldoboro, Me., December 25, 1850. When 18 years old he made his home in Charlestown, where he resided until about two years ago, when he removed to Somerville. In Charlestown he was a member of Henry Price Lodge of Masons, Coeur de Lion Commandery, K. T., and Bunker Hill Lodge, I. O. O. F.

He was also a Mystic Shriner.

ATWOOD, CHARLES F. 1843-1932

From New England Craftsman, Vol. XXVIII, No. 8, September 1932, Page 17:

The funeral of another elder brother of Mt. Zion Lodge was held recently, with Masonic honors when Brother Charles F. Atwood, a member for 64 tears, passed to the Supreme Lodge above. Brother Atwood had been a bank director, a prominent citizen of Barre all his life, and held among his cherished possessions a Henry Price Medal and Veteran's Medal.


From TROWEL, Summer 1990, Page 17:


He Was a Friend, a Brother and a Lodge Tyler

They read a Memorial Service in West Roxbury Lodge on Jan. 6, 1990, extolling the virtues of a departed brother who also happened to be Tyler of the Lodge for many years, and it reads as follows:

"Brother Albion Raymond Augusta 1894-1989.

"As we pause in this moment of Memorium for our brother who has passed to the Grand Lodge above, it is an agreeable custom, on the presumption of that Mason's dedication to the tenets of the Craft, to implore the Supreme Ruler of the Universe to keep us mindful of the Masonic Life of that Brother that we may be challenged to continue his good works. "All Masons are equal; however, on life's way, occasionally we come upon a Brother who stands apart, not above, but apart, from most. On Dec. 12, 1989, we lost a unique Brother Master Mason extraordinaire.

"Raised by Prospect Lodge on Dec. 14, 1925, he soon distinguished himself as a zealous, dedicated Mason, eventually joining the Police Square Club of Massachusetts, serving as their treasurer for some twenty years.

"In the 50s he became Tyler of West Roxbury Lodge, dutifully and capably filling that station until, reaching a bit better than his "4-score-and-ten" and he decided to see what was going on inside the tyled doors.

"We remember The Cigar Man well; the way his face would light up at the gift of a few cigars, or the mention of lobster; we recall how the Junior Deacon's 3 raps brought a response like a herd of elephants as our efficient Tyler raced to the door to give his three raps, and we can still picture our "method actor" pacing threateningly back and forth in the East - psyching himself for full performance at the East Gate.

"A curmudgeon, a pussy cat, charitable, frugal, disciplinarian, willing teacher, profound believer in the tenets of Masonry, dedicated, dependable, knowledgeable, demanding, giving, wryly humorous, with concerned friends by the hundreds, yet personally lonely.

"Even into his 90s, like a faithful, aging workhorse, he showed up at our Tyler's station, giving over only when he felt it would be in capable hands.

"In passing, but not lightly, we should recognize the Fraternal Love and Concern given by Wor. Demittry Taksery in particular, and ALL the Brothers who participated in providing Bro. Albion's transportation and other needs when he could no longer drive.

"However you were known — "Albion" — "Al" — "Ray" — "Bro. Al" — or "What's his name" — beloved and respected Bro. Albion Raymond Augusta, we shall miss you, and we shall miss the personal and Masonic chemistry you made possible in the Season we were privileged to share with you.

"We shall ever stride to remember your Masonic thoughts and deeds that we may be challenged to live as exemplary Masons. "May God rest your Soul with the Comfort and Peace you have earned and so richly deserve.

"Good-bye, old friend."



From Proceedings, Page 1920-173:

R. W. HARRISON C. AUSTIN was born in Amesbury, Mass., November 29, 1868, and died in that town March 5, 1920. He was educated in the public schools of his native town. At the age of twenty two years he entered the business of an undertaker in which he continued until his decease. He was one of the most prominent citizens of Amesbury, ever ready to respond to any call for cornmunity betterment.

Brother Austin received the degrees of Ancient Craft Masonry in Warren Lodge; of Amesbury; in 1896 and 1897 and became a member of that Lodge May 5, 1897. He passed through. various stations and served as Master in 1909 and 1910. He was appointed District Deputy Grand Master for the Tenth Masonic District in 1912, declining to serve more than one year on account of business interests.

He was exalted in Trinity R. A. Chapter, April 9, 1900, and was a member of Amesbury Council, R. & S. M. and of Newburyport Commandery K. T. He was also a member of the Haverhill Lodge of perfection and of Massachusetts Consistory.

Brother Austin is suryived by a widow and two brothers, Prof. Frank E. Austin of Dartmouth College, and Judson T. Austin, who was associated with Brother Harrison C. Austin in business.

Brother Austin had a great interest in Freemasonry, was highly esteemed by all the Brethren, and his loss will be deeply deplored by all.


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  • From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1891, Page 42:

Ill. Bro. Leonard McKenney Averell was born in Calais, Me., Oct 1, 1846. His parents removed to Cambridge, Mass., in his early youth, and in that city he passed the balance of his life.

It was his mother’s desire that he should study for the church, but his own instincts turned to the stage. He was early married, and the wishes of his wife led him to resign all aspirations either for the pulpit or platform, and enter upon a mercantile life in which he ever after remained.His family relations were most pleasant, and his triumphs in Masonic and business circles were to him the greater, in that his devoted wife was an enthusiastic sharer in his joys.

Early in life, attracted to the Masonic Fraternity, he applied to Joseph Warren Lodge at Boston, and was raised March 25, 1869, and elected its Worshipful Master in 1882 and 1883.

Cambridge Royal Arch Chapter exalted him May 10, 1878, and made him its Most Excellent High Priest in 1886. In Boston Council of Royal and Select Masters he was initiated into the mysteries of the Cryptic Degrees Dec. 26, 1878, and was its Thrice Illustrious Master in 1886. He was Knighted in Boston Commandery of Knights Templar, Feb. 19, 1879, but owing to the numerous offices he held in other bodies of the Fraternity, his friends were unable to avail themselves of his services here.

In the Scottish Rite he was perhaps even more enthusiastic and diligent than in the York. He was made a Grand Elect Perfect and Sublime Mason in Boston Lodge of Perfection, November, 1876, and was its Thrice Potent Grand Master in 1884, 1885, 1886. He was admitted to Giles F. Yates Council, Princes of Jerusalem, Oct. 10, 1879, and assisted in the exemplifications of work from then until the time of his death.Receiving the Eighteenth Degree in Mt. Olivet Chapter of Rose Croix Oct. 17, 1879, be was Grand Orator from 1882 to 1891. Feb. 27, 1880, saw him created a Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret Thirty-second Degree in Massachusetts Consistory, and his services were in immediate demand for the exemplification of the Consistorial Degrees. As Master of Ceremonies, in 1886, 1S87, and 1888, his work was greatly appreciated, and his brethren in 1888 elected him to be First Lieutenant of that body, which position he held at his death.

He was crowned a Sovereign Grand Inspector General of the Thirty-third and Last Degree at Boston, Sept. 18, 1888.

In all of these various offices, Brother Averell advanced by regular promotions, serving in many subordinate positions before being elected to preside. His genial disposition as well as his excellent work was a passport to the suffrages of his brethren, and, although the recipient of many honors, none were gained by the sacrifice of his self-esteem or by subserviency to those in power. Of all the various offices which Bro. Averell held, not one was slighted at the expense of another ; and, owing to his early rhetorical studies and his wonderful memory, each character was a lesson by itself, without reference to any other he might have represented previously or was to produce later.He was always ready for and equal to any trust or duty that might be assigned to him, and his death will leave a void in our number which will not easily be filled. We can truly say of him that a strong pillar has fallen.

In the very prime of life, in the midst of its enjoyments and triumphs, with the love of his brethren surrounding him, and with his beloved wife by his side, he was stricken down by the insatiate archer, and has crossed the dark river with the certainty of hearing on the other side the welcome of, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”

The grave indeed closes over the ashes of the dead, and they are veiled from our sight; but the eye of faith sees them in all the freshness and beauty of youth and in the full maturity of manhood.

He is gone; his chair is vacant. We shall see his face among us no more; and we who are soon to follow him lay this tribute of our love upon his tomb.

“Like the mist on the mountain,
Like the foam on the river,
Like the bubble on the fountain,
He is gone, — and forever.”

Fraternally submitted,
Albert L. Richardson, 33°,
.B. W. Rowell, 33°,
J. W. Work 33°

AVERY, JR., EDWARD MARK, 1920-2007

From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 2008, Page 23:

Ill. Edward Mark Avery, Jr., 33°
Born in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, on January 17, 1920
Died in Agawam, Massachusetts on June 18, 2007

Ill. Edward Mark Avery, Jr., 33° was the son of Edward and Lillian Johnson) Avery. He was educated in the Springfield Public Schools, graduating from Springfield Trade High School. He served in the United States Army during World War II in the European Theater and was the recipient of the Combat Infantry Badge and the Bronze Star. He was employed for over 40 years with the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority, retiring in 1985.

On May 9, 1941, at East Longmeadow, he was united in marriage to Mildred Laino, who predeceased him in December of 2005. He is survived by his children; Edward, Michael, Keith, Debra and Jean, along with twelve grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was a member of the First Congregational Church in Indian Orchard, where he served on the Board of Trustees for ten years and Moderator for several years. He was a member of the Forest Park Branch of Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Brother Avery was raised a Master Mason in Springfield Lodge A.F. & A.M. on December 28, 1956, where he served as Master. He served the Grand Lodge as District Deputy Grand Master of the Springfield 18th Masonic District in 1978-79; Master of the Fifth Lodge of Instruction in 1978; and Grand Lecturer for many years. He com­pleted the degrees of the Scottish Rite in the Valley of Springfield and served as Thrice Potent Master of Evening Star Lodge of Perfection from 1984 to 1986. On September 25, 1990, he was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33° Honorary Member of the Supreme Council at Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

He was a member of Melha Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S.; Masonic Secretaries Association; Past District Deputies Association; and was the recipient of the Joseph Warren Medal for Distinguished Service. Funeral Services were held on Thursday morning, June 21, 2007, at the Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home in Holyoke, Massachusetts.

Interment followed in the Hillcrest Park Cemetery, Springfield, Massachusetts.

AVERY, JOHN A. 1869-1935

From Proceedings, Page 1935-18:

Brother Avery was born in Boston June 15, 1869, and died in Dunedin, Florida, February 14, 1935.

Brother Avery was educated in the schools of Boston and Chelsea and at Harvard University, graduating in 1891. His whole life was devoted to teaching. After service in Hartford, Connecticut, and Plymouth, New Hampshire, he joined the staff of the Somerville English High School in 1895. Rising through the several grades he became headmaster in 1906 and when the Somerville English and Latin High Schools were consolidated in 1911, he was chosen to head the combined schools. He retired in 1934 and shortly thereafter moved to Florida.

Brother Avery was raised in Soley Lodge in 1901 and served as its Master in 1915 and 1916. He was District Deputy Grand Master for the Sixth Masonic District in 1925 and 1926, by appointment of Most Worshipful Dudley H. Ferrell and Most Worshipful Frank L. Simpson.

Brother Avery brought to his Masonic duties the same quiet efficiency which characterized his work as a teacher. His death is a great loss to us all, even though his retirement had terminated his Masonic activities among us.

AXE, TITUS MacKENZIE 1834-1889

From Liberal Freemason, Vol. XIII, No. 8, November 1889, Page 255:

Simple and impressive were the services held over the remains of Titus McKenzie Axe, the Boston Common telescope man, yesterday afternoon in Masonic Hall, South Boston, September 22. The deceased was for many years a member of St. Omer Commandery, K. T., and that organization had charge of the services. About forty members of Gettysburg Post 191, G. A. R., and Gate of the Temple Lodge, F. A. M., of both of which organizations Mr. Axe was an active member, were present at the services as were also several members of Post 15.

The body, enclosed in a black cloth covered casket, was placed on a raised dais in front of the platform. An American flag was placed on the casket, as were also the chapeaux, sword and belt of the deceased. The services opened with the singing of the hymn, Come Sweetly, Solemn Thought, by the Mendelssohn Quartette,after which followed the beautiful and impressive burial ritual of the Masonic Order, conducted by Eminent Sir Albert H. White, assisted by Sir Knights Theodore L. Kelley, David L. Hodges, and Cheries J. Miller. The hymn Waiting was then sung by Mr. Joseph L. White, following which Prelate Miller read a number of appropriate scriptural passages. The quartette sung Still, Still with Thee, and then Commander Hume, at the request of E. Commander White, stepped forward and eulogized the deceased in an eloquent manner. "Such lives as his," said the gentleman, "make for the brotherhood of man more than all else. Mr. Axe was an earnest man. What he knew he put in practice for the benefit of others. He was a brave and good soldier. He loved these organizations, and put into lasting form the ideas he had of truth. We shall miss him, but the memory of his many good deeds will be cherished by us all."

The hymn, Gathering Home, brought the service to a close, and then those present were given an opportunity to view the remains. Mrs. Quickel, a sister of the deceased and his only surviving relative, was present. Each of the organizations to which Mr. Axe belonged sent a handsome floral tribute. A delegation from St. Omer Commandery will accompany the remains to York, Pa. where the interment will be made.

Distinguished Brothers