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From Proceedings, Page 1937-80:

Right Worshipful Brother Cahill was born in Lowell February 17, 1876, and died at Marblehead May 30, 1937.

Brother Cahill went to Lynn in his early boyhood and remained there and thereabout for the remainder of his life. For the last twenty years he was in the cost department of General Electric Company.

He took his Masonic degrees in Golden Fleece Lodge in 1908, retaining his membership there until his death. He was a Charter member of Wayfarers Lodge in 1914, and served as its Master in 1916 and 1917. In 1921 and 1922 he was District Deputy Grand Master for the Eighth Masonic District, by appointment of Most Worshipful Arthur D. Prince. He was also active in other branches of the Fraternity.

Brother Cahill was one of the best known and best loved Masons in his part of the state. A very competent officer, he was always kindly and courteous and made friends wherever he went. His death at a comparatively early age is a great loss to the Craft.

CALEF, DAVID C. 1847-1915

From New England Craftsman, Vol. X, No. 12, September 1915, Page 435:

Brother David C. Calef, widely known among the Masons of Massachusetts, especially in the Scottish Rite, in which he has officiated as tyler for 28 years, died at his home in West Roxbury, Mass., August 28.

He became a Mason in Wyoming Lodge, Melrose, 47 years ago, and has retained membership in that body since. His funeral was conducted by his lodge.

Mr. Calef was born in Salisbury, N. H. He came to Boston as a young man and for about 20 years was engaged in the grocery business about Boston. About 28 years ago he entered the employ of the New Haven Road and for the last 15 years has been station master at the Highland Station, West Roxbury. He was married in 1870 to Miss Josephine Elliott, who survives him with a son, C. Fred Calef of Boston.

CAMERON, WALTER M. 1843-1922

From New England Craftsman, Vol. XVIII, No. 2, November 1922, Page 53:

Wor. Walter M. Cameron, for forty years identified with the old Metropolitan Steamship Company, died recently at his home, 5 Sargent Street, Dorchester. He was a native of Scotland, the son of Donald Cameron, and came to this country when a child. During his younger years he lived in Clinton, and he attended Williston Seminary. He had been retired from active life for ten years, and had been confined to his house for several months. Bro. Cameron was active in Masonry and held membership in many of its bodies, these being Columbian Lodge of which he was the senior past master, St. Andrew's Royal Arch Chapter, Boston Council and St. Bernard Com-mandery, of which body he was treasurer for three years. He also belonged to the Scots Charitable Society and Victorian Club.

The surviving members of his family are a daughter, Miss Annie L. Cameron, and a son, Angus Cameron, both of Dorchester, and two sisters, Miss Bella Cameron of Boston, and Mrs. Charles B. Cutler of Dcdham, Mrs. Cameron, the wife, who was Miss Mary L. Lincoln, died a year ago.


From Proceedings, Page 1926-234:

R.W. Bro. Campbell was born February 27, 1870, at Sunny Brae, Pictou County, Nova Scotia. He took his Masonic degrees in What Cheer Lodge No. 21, of Providence, R. I., in 1898, and became a charter member of Mount Sugar Loaf Lodge in 1918. He served that Lodge as its Worshipful Master in 1918 and 1919, and was District Deputy Grand Master for the 14th Masonic District in 1917 and 1918. He discharged the duties of his office with marked ability, and was greatly loved not only by the Brethren in his District but in a much wider circle.

He was active in other branches of Masonry, and at the time of his death was the presiding Most Wise Master of Greenfield Chapter of Rose Croix, and an Honorary Member of the Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite.

Bro. Campbell was engaged in the onion business being one of the leading men in that industry in the Conneeticut Valley. In addition to this he had conducted in later years a prosperous business in the manufacture of cigars.

He was a man of sunny disposition and warm heart; one who made friends wherever he went. His passing removes one of the bright Masonic lights of western Massachusetts. He died at his residence ih South Deerfie1d March 27, 1926, after a very short illness.

CAPEN, AZEL 1796-1884

From Proceedings, Page 1884-145:

Brother AZEL CAPEN, of Stoughton, Mass., died February 8, 1884, aged eighty-eight years, — the last survivor of the twenty six Brethren in that town who signed the Declaration of Freemasons in 1831. He was made a Mason in Rising Star Lodge, Stoughton, in October, 1821, and was, buried with Masonic honors by the Brethren of that Lodge, February 15, 1884.

CARNES, EDWARD 1781-1853

From Liberal Freemason, Vol. II, No. 11, February 1879, Page 343:


Opposite the entrance to the "New North," or "Small Ground" connected with and forming a part of Copps' Hill Cemetery, stands a quaint old house which for a hundred years has overlooked that historic home of the dead.

The house was the property of Edward Carnes, once a noted rigger in the city of Boston, famous for the excellence of his work, approved specimens of which had been fitted to many a gallant ship owned by merchants of Boston, who justly pfided themselves on the city's commerce.

In April, 1828, Edward Carnes was made a Mason in King Solomon's Lodge, in Charlestown ; and from that time until his death in 1853 he was also known for his constant exemplification of the tenets of "Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth."

The old people left at the North End knew him well, and they relate many kindly things concerning him. A barrel of flour, a ton of coal, or some other needed thing would occasionally find its way to some needy home, but no tell-tale card or name revealed the generous donor. Once he kept a husband, wife and two children through an entire winter, free of cost, when work could not be had. and poverty could not buy bread.

Without ostentation, he nevertheless could not conceal all his good deeds, and a neighbor undertook to learn something of his ways of conducting his charities — but could only get for answer, that in such matters he "let not his right hand know what the left doeth."

About two years before his death, December, 1851, the Lodge made him an Honorary Member, an honor he had won by his merits but which was too briefly worn. Among his effects were a few things he had prized, and his widow, a second wife, kept the apron which her husband had worn worthily.

In 1789, President Washington visited Boston, It is not necessary to recount the various ways in which the general satisfaction found expression, but John Wier carried or wore a small flag in honor of the event and as age grew upon him and he saw how much that emblem would be prized by Edward Carnes, he gave it to him, and as he expressed it in his own words and writing, he "wore it at the great Jubilee in 1851 when President Fillmore visited Boston." This flag is now owned by Capt. Edward Carnes, a son by his first wife.

In December, 1S78, George G. Smith, venerable as a man and Mason, followed Edward Carnes to his repose in the old cemetery.

The body of the Past Master was escorted by Columbian Lodge, and the procession moved quietly to the tomb. In passing the old house it was noticed, first by Brother Edward McDonald, Superintendent of the cemetery, and soon by members of the Lodge, that a Master Mason's Apron hung in a Eront window, conspicuously denoting that honor was intended to the Craft. As it afterwards proved, it had been hung there by hands eighty-three years old, and Jane Carnes, widow of Edward, had also opened the window that the apron might be more distinctly seen. When asked why she hung the apron there, she said she had two reasons, "first, my husband was a good man, and belonged to the Masons, and 1 did it to show them honor, and next, I thought some of them might come in and see me."

Some of the members of Columbian Lodge called to see the aged widow: they found that she had a life interest in the estate, hut owe ing to the general depression of the times, the income derived from it was small yet enough to provide the necessaries of life; as for luxuries, those were well enough for the more effeminate, but the sturdy character of her husband had helped to form her own, and she was glad not to be a dependent. Such attentions as properly could be were shown, and these were afterwards supplemented by sending a few things, contributed lor her comfort.

King Solomon's Lodge was informed of the action taken by members of Columbian, and the Secretary of the former, Bro. Geo. W. Abbott, sent a letter of thanks to the latter, under the Seal of the Lodge.

Was it a season of Masonic Communion, wherein a knowledge of the deeds done in the flesh might soon be communicated to the spirits of the departed. Was it afforded as an opportunity for the widow who was rapidly nearing the grave, to give a parting sanction to the Masonic work of her husband, and a benediction to the Craft?

Who shall determine?

On the 9th day of February, 1879, after four hours of sudden sickness, the venerable widow ceased to be of the flesh and joined her husband, where the scales of darkness and doubt have fallen from the eyes of both and where none can prevent the indulgence of perfect Charity.


From New England Craftsman, Vol. III, No. 3, December 1907, Page 113:

Brother Fred B. Carpenter, prominent in military and insurance interests, died in Boston Nov. 2. He was a Knight Templar and a 32d degree Mason.


From New England Craftsman, Vol. XIII, No. 3, December 1917, Page 92:

William F. Carson of Westfield, Mass., a prominent member of Mount Moriah Lodge, and for many years a confectioner, died suddenly recently of heart disease. Mr. Carson was Past Master of the Lodge, Past High Priest of Evening Star Royal Arch Chapter, Westfield Council Royal and Select Masters. Sipringfield Commandery, Knights Templar, and the present secretary of the Westfield Lodge of Masons. He was also a Past Patron of Golden Chapter of Eastern Star and the present sentinel of the order.

CARTER, JOSIAH 1819-1906

From New England Craftsman, Vol. I, No. 7, April 1906, Page 235:

Brother Josiah Carter, for thirty years town treasurer and one of the oldest residents of Pittsfield, Mass. died March 13. He was born in Portland, Me., June 11, 1819, and came to Pittstield at the age of twentv-two. For several years he was a trustee of the Berkshire County Sav|ngs Bank and from 1861 to 1887 was a director of the Agricultural National Bank. He was a past master and charter member of Mystic Lodge of Masons, and was also a charter member of Berkshire Royal Arch Chapter Masons, and a member of Berkshire Commandery, Knights Templars.

The description of Bro. Carter as Charter Member is clearly in error, as the lodge was chartered in 1810 and did not surrender its charter (though it was dark from sometime after 1826 until 1846.

CARY, ISAAC 1803-1867

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXVI, No. 4, Page 114:

Seldom has the grave closed upon one more universally esteemed, or more affectionately and gratefully remembered than was our lamented friend and brother, Isaac Cary.

His great kindness of heart had endeared him to a large circle of friends and brothers; and as they gathered around all that was mortal of him, and gazed upon his manly features, which in death seemed so life-like, and full of that geniality and warm-heartedness which characterized him while living, all felt that they were parting with one most truly beloved, and whose memory is most precious, now that he has been called away.

Br. Cary died suddenly of apoplexy at Brattleboro, Vt., aged C4 years and 6 months, on the 3d of January ult., while on a visit to his daughter; the manner of his departure was precisely as he had expressed to the writer was his wish and expectation, and attended without distress or pain.

Br. Cary was born in Quincy, Massachusetts, and during his early years was in the navy, under Commodore Claxton, between whom and himself the warmest friendship existed; he early imbibed a great love of the sea, and took especial delight in its sports, in which he excelled; and by none is his loss more deeply mourned than by those who have, for thirty-eight years, been associated with him so cordially and happily in "the club," and by the many friends who have accompanied him and shared his pleasant society in good success and bad, in excursions "below;" he has left with them and all the memory of a most genial and noble-hearted friend, who taught others as he felt himself, that "to enjoy was to obey."

Br. Cary, for many years, held the responsible position of Manager of the American Bank Note Company in New England, and as such, was widely known to bankers throughout New England and the United States, and his fidelity and skill acknowledged by all; he had held many public trusts, as Representative to the General Court, an Alderman of the city of Boston, and other positions, where his devotion and fidelity were most conspicuous.

For ten years, his home at Newtonville, with the aid of his beloved wife and daughters, was the centre of many social attractions, gathering around his hospitable board hosts of warm and devoted friends.

"Oh Time and change!
How strange it seems, with so much gone
Of life and love, to still live on!
Yet Love will dream, and Faith will trust
(Since He who knows our need is just),
That somehow, somewhere, meet we must."

The funeral was attended from the Hawes Place Church, Rev. Mr.
 Hinckley officiating, by past members of the City Government, many 
leading businessmen, with delegations from the Grand Lodge. DeMo
lay Encampment, St. Andrew's Lodge, and Dalhousie Lodge of New
ton, who were in attendance to pay the last tribute of respect to their
 departed friend and associate; and long will those words of "memory and faith," which were uttered by the side of those material remains,
 serve to cheer, comfort, and sustain the mourning hearts who followed in such numbers to their resting place all that remained of the good 
citizen, the loving parent, and the estimable companion,friend and 
whole-souled Masonic brother.

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXVI, No. 4, Page 120:

At a special meeting of St. Andrew's Lodge, held in Boston on Tuesday evening, Jan. 8, 1867, the Worshipful Master, with appropriate remarks, announced the sudden death of Br. Isaac Cary, when the following resolutions were unanimously adopted: -

  • Whereas, By the decree of the Supreme Architect of the universe our Br. Isaac Cary has been removed from this life to the life to come, through the means of a sudden stroke of appalling disease, at his home, with a daughter in Brattleboro, Vt., on Thursday last, and whereas, we, the members of St. Andrew's Lodge of Masons, are here assembled together this day, in respect to his memory, and to attend his obsequies, therefore -
  • Resolved, That the brethren of St. Andrew's Lodge, while religiously bowing to the supreme behests of our Father in heaven, do mourn the loss to us, to his family, and to society, or our Br. Cary; and further, we do, as a Lodge assembled, tender to the bereaved family, the relatives and friends of the deceased, our tender sympathies, with greetings of respect and condolence, together with the further mark of the regardful feelings of this Lodge in the extension of these resolves upon its records.

A portion of the burial service for the dead was read, and prayer offered by the chaplains, when the Lodge proceeded to the funeral from Hawes Place Church.


From Proceedings, Page 1883-228:

Bro. FRAZIER CARLTON was born in Boxford, November 14, 1787; was admitted into Essex Lodge, May 4, 1824, and died in Salem, August 3, 1883, in the ninety-sixth year of his age. He was one of the most respected citizens of Salem, genial in his manners, kind and generous in his impulses. He was a Mason of the old stock, tried and trusty.

A signer of the Declaration of 1831.




From New England Craftsman, Vol. XXVIII, No. 1, September 1932, Page 8:

A Massachusetts "Institution"

There are individuals and events in every era which stand out above others and serve as milestones of the times. Without them life would be a dull story indeed.

Events aplenty will at once come to mind to illustrate the truth of this remark. Outstanding individuals are more rare, however, and yet they are those who make events.

Now and then the mantle of distinguished performance lias draped the shoulders of statesman, soldier and scholar, and the record of their lives is in large part the measure of human progress.

In the field of Freemasonry names are significant things. Personality has counted much in Craft affairs. Leaders there have been who have raised the standards of the Craft. These men, sometimes stamped with the mark of genius, deserve to be honoured for their attainments.

Among the rank and file of those serving with no thought of preferment or position but always with those quiet yet sterling qualities of true brotherhood which make for real Freemasonry at its best, is Thomas Merrill Carter, and it is the privilege of the Craft in Massachusetts to count among its cherished possessions that gentle soul, affectionately known by his intimates as "Tom," bandmaster par excellence and genial gentleman—who has served as kindly mentor and guide to thousands of members of the fraternity for many years.

The record of his Masonic life is one which The Craftsman believes to be unequalled anywhere.

Born on Christmas Day 1841 at Newton, New Hampshire, brother Carter first saw Masonic light in St. Mark's Lodge, September 13, 1864 — sixty-eight years ago. He was exalted in King Cyrus Royal Arch Chapter, May 3, 1866, admitted to Boston Council of Royal and Select Masters September 30, 1869. took Orders in Newburyport Commandery, Knights Templar on May 8, 1868 and was admitted a member of Boston Commandery September 18. 1880. In 1871 he received all the degrees to the 32° in the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite; he affiliated with Aleppo Temple of the Shrine in 1881. He is an honorary member of De Molay Commandery.

If this record for years and experience of this 91 year young veteran can be matched we would like I know it.

Few men now living can say they voted for Abraham Lincoln as "Tom" actually did in 1864.

His life has been one of activity. He has participated in musical events of an outstanding character in almost every large city in the United States. As a band leader his fame is national. He has met and by his personal charm and deep human sympathy won himself the friendship of thousands, so that today nearly a century after his birth, he has become 91 institution in Massachusetts Freemasonry. NO more familiar figure is seen or cherished at the regular gatherings of the Shrine, the Scottish Rite and other meetings, and none whose companionship is more eagerly sought. With that wisdom which the years have endowed him he has yet retained a youthful spirit an tolerance which serves to set him apart and yet which make him an essential part of the social structure I the Craft hereabouts.

On December last year, men of high rank paid hit honour to him on the occasion of the celebration of his fifty-eighth wedding anniversary. At that happy occasion Commander-in-Chief Frank B. Lawler of the Masasachusetts Consistory, as well as the present Grand Master of Massachusetts Freemasonry, Curtis Chipman, paid high compliment to him in the presence his home, 27 Isabella Street, Boston, of a large gathering, felicitating him upon the gift of philosophical practicality which has enabled him to carry the years lightly and with which his life has been marked as well lightly and with which his life has been marked, as well as the kindly impulses which have characterized whole Masonic life, and made him a friend to all.

A portraiture of the sterling qualities of his companion for so many years would serve perhaps to point out one reason for Tom's well-lived life. The happiness of his married years stands out as a symbol in later days of hasty marriage and equally hasty dissolution of the marriage tie.

The story of the musical honours which have come to Brother Carter is a history of band music in Massachusetts. Their detailed recital would fill pages of this magazine. They have been well deserved. Aba to grasp the possibilities of harmony and the difficult role of blending many instruments into one complete symphony has been one of his outstanding accomplishments. His life exemplifies that symphony.

Now in his 92nd year Brother Carter continues to spread the cement of brotherly love and affection. onstrating in his daily living those admirable char teristics which have made him indeed as the titjj this article indicates, a Massachusetts "institution."

It is the hope of all our beloved frater's friends among which The Craftsman counts itself not least, that the span of his life may be long extended and good influence of this kindly brother's life be spent increasingly. — A. H. M.


From New England Craftsman, Vol. XXIX, No. 5, January 1934, Page 148:

he last march was sounded January six for Thomas Morrill Carter, 92, who was believed the oldest bandmaster in the world when he died Thursday, January 4.

Masonic funeral services were held at the Mt. Auburn Chapel at 2 p. m. Following cremation the ashes went to Newton. N. H.. where Mr. Carter was born.

He died at 27 Isabella Street, Boston, where he had lived for the past years. Christmas day he observed the 92nd anniversary of his birth, but owing to the condition of his health, was unable to receive the usual ovation consequent upon his annual appearance at the Christmas festival of the Scottish Rite. Though not in robust health, he wielded the baton in Mechanics building last summer on the occasion of the musicians' benefit and led the band through the strains of the Boston Commandery march, which has been played all over the world.

It was his privileged lot to have been a leader of bands for sixty years. To several generations of New Englanders he and his fellow musicians brought the pleasure of their talents and he himself was the idol of innumerable small boys. The happiness which he created for others entered his own spirit and almost to the end of his more than four score and ten years he was a vibrant, confident personaJity. Those who knew Tom Carter will think of him as ever striding ahead to the measures of the famous march which he wrote on the theme of "Onward, Christian Soldiers."

He also mounted the rostrum to lead the Shrine hand through a single selection at the ceremonial of that body. He had been connected with it ever since its organization.

Mrs. Carter was with him when he died. She is in her 86th year. The couple had been married 58 years.

He was an apprentice in the office of the Newburyport Herald at the age of 14, but his liking was for music, and at the age of 20 he was leader of the Newbury band.

Be led the orchestra on the Fall River line in 1869 and 1870. Organized as Carter's band in 1871, it has been in existence for all these 62 years. For 14 seasons the hand played at Nantasket Beach, 1906-1919. He was a member of the band at the great peace jubilee in Boston. 1869 and 1872. He had been a member of the Masonic fraternity for almost 60 years and had charge of the orchestra features of the Scottish Rite in this city for many years.

He was a member of Massachusetts Consistory for considerably more than half a century, and was also a member of the subordinate bodies of Freemasonry.

CARVER, JOHN F. 1867-1931

From Proceedings, Page 1931-239:

Brother Carver was born in Callao, Peru, June 6, 1867, and died in Pullman, Washington, November 14, 1931.

Brother Carver's father was a sea captain and kept the boy with him on shipboard until he was fourteen years old, when he placed him in school in Maine. After his school days were over he became a chemist in the employ of Weeks and Potter. Later he went with the Henry Thayer Co., of Cambridge, Manufacturing Chemists. Here he served as Secretary and General Manager until failing health compelled him to retire. After retirement he took up his residence in the home of his son, John S. Carver, and remained there until his death.

Brother Carver took his Masonic degrees in Prospect Lodge in 1904 and was the Master in 1913. He was District Deputy Grand Master for the Twenty-fifth Masonic District in 1915 and 1916 by appointment by M.W. Melvin M. Johnson.

Although Brother Carver had long been in retirement and far removed from his Masonic associates, those who were associated with him hold pleasant memories of his life and service, memories quickened into new life by the news of his passing.


From New England Craftsman, Vol. II, No. 2, November 1906, Page 77:’’

Hundreds of the citizens of Everett, Mass.. attended the funeral of Ex-Mayor and Brother John S. Cate at the First Methodist Church, October 14th.

A large number of past and present members of the city government, with Mayor Thomas J. Boynton and Ex-Mayors Alonzo H. Evans, Francis Batchelder and John D. Henderson, attended the services as did Palestine Lodge of Masons.

The services were conducted by Rev. George Hazelton Spencer of the First Methodist Church. Rev. R. Perry Bush of Chelsea gave the eulogy, and the Weber Quartet sang several selections, including Nearer, My God, to Thee, Lead, Kindly Light, and Somewhere the Stars Are Shining.

The floral tributes were many and beautiful. A large wreath was sent by the city of Everett and there was a large floral emblem of the Masonic order from Palestine lodge, and a floral emblem of A. O. U W. from Franklin Lodge.

The Masonic ritual was read at the close of the services by Rev. R. Perry Bush. Ex-Mayors Francis E. Dyer, Charles C. Nichols and Charles Bruce and George W. Whittemore, all members of Palestine Lodge, represented the lodge and the city as bearers.

CHACE, AMOS, JR. d. 1858

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XVII, No. 11, September 1858, Page 351:

New Bedford, Mass., June 16, 1858.

  • Whereas, it hath pleased the Supreme Architect of Heaven and Earth to call our beloved Brother, Amos Chaos, Jr., from labor to repose. Therefore
  • Resolved, That we enter upon the Records of our Fraternity in Star-in-the-East Lodge, and in Adoniram Royal Arch Chapter, both in New Bedford, this testimonial of respect and affection for our faithful and deeply lamented Brother.

That we cause a copy of the same to be transmitted to his widow and orphans in token of our sympathy with them in their great bereavement and sorrow.

  • Resolved, That we cause a copy of the same to be published in the Freemasons' Magazine, that there may be a perpetual record of his many virtues. So mote it be.

CHAMBERS, JOHN G. 1829-1864

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXIII, No. 10, August 1864, Page 320:

The remains of Bro. Lieut. Col. John G. Chambers, late of the 33d regt. Massachusetts Volunteers, were interred at Medford, on Sunday, the 24th ult., with military and Masonic ceremonies. The Masonic rites ware conducted by Rev. Bro. H. M. Lowd, Chaplain of Mt. Lebanon Lodge, of this city.

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXIII, No. 11, September 1864, Page 338:

Among the many brave lives offered op on the shrine of their country's altar, our late Br. Chambers deserves especial mention. By nature brave and fearless, cool amid the greatest danger; cheerful amid the heaviest sorrow; combining the warrior and the gentleman; the scholar and the Mason, under one harmonious association of sound judgment, and mature deliberation; his loss leaves a vacuum in which he moved that will not soon be filled.

It was the fortune of the writer to confer the degrees in Freemasonry on the fallen hero, and he will not soon forget the intelligence and appreciation which marked his quiet features during the unfolding of the hidden mysteries to his earnest embrace; and many times since during an intimate, correspondence, and in conversation, bad he fully attested his devotion to the Order. "Should I fall in battle, and be deemed worthy of the honor, I wish my Brother Masons to bury me," was the tenor of his request to a prominent Mason.

Brave soul, he did fall, fall where the battle raged fiercest, where the true soldier would choose, to die; and in accordance with his expressed wish, Mount Lebanon Lodge of Boston, (the Lodge wherein he received his degrees,) assisted by Mount Hermon Lodge of Medford, buried him with Masonic honors from the Unitarian Church, Medford, July 24th, 1864. The Church was beautifully and appropriately draped for the occasion; the flags throughout the town were at half mast, and the entire com-m unity seemed to participate in the funeral solemnities. After a dirge by the, band, followed reading the Scriptures by Rev. E. C. Towne; address to the mourners and assemblage by Rev. B. H. Davis ; closing with prayer by Rev. E. H. Chapin. The body was then removed to the cemetery for burial, Col. John Kurtz, Lt. Col. John W. Locke, Major J. W. Mac Donald, Lt. Col. Charles H. Hovey, P. Master C. B. Johnson of Mt. Hermon Lodge, and P. M. John L. Stevenson of Mt. Lebanon Lodge, acting as pall bearers; the hearse flanked by .a body guard of the Lancers — the whole escorted by Capt. Proctor's Company of State Guards.

The usual ceremonies were observed at the grave by the Lodge, and the usual volleys fired by the military. Our late Brother was, by profession, a printer, also at one time local editor of the Boston Atlas. His long connection with the press won for him the warmest friendship of the Craft, who attested their regard by attending his funeral in a body. Naturally imbued with a military spirit, he volunteered and served in the Massachusetts Regiment during the Mexican War, where he was wounded. Returning home after the war, be was greatly interested in the volunteer Militia of the State. The breaking out of the rebellion found him 1st Lt. of the Lawrence Light Guard of Medford, attached to the 5th Reg. Mass. V. M. As such he hastened to the rescue of our National Capital from traitorous hands. He served during the three months' service of that Regiment with distinction. His coolness at the disastrous battle of Bull Run, when acting Adjutant, won the applause of all who served under him, and materially contributed to the safety of the Regiment. The terra of service of the 5th Regiment having expired he accepted the position of Adjutant of the 23d Reg. of Mass. Vols.; was prominent at the battle of Roanoke Island and New Bern; was ever with the Reg. when under fire. Vacancies by death, caused him to be promoted Major. Then, on the resignation of the Col. to be Lt. Col., which position he held at his death, which occurred at Chesapeak Hospital, Fort Munroe, July 15th, 1864, from a wound received at Drury's Bluff, May 16th, aged 35 years and 10 months.

Daring his long suffering from a terrible wound, he never murmured. In a letter written on his Hospital cot he said — "Cheerfulness is everything. I will be
cheerful if I don't live fifteen minutes." But the nature of his wound, a ball shot
 through the left breast, and through his lungs, forbade hope, and thus he died — 
cheerful and brave unto death. We mourn his loss, and await a re-union in 
the Heavenly Lodge above. J. L. S.


From Proceedings, Page 1923-433:

Henry Burrell Chandler was born in Roxbury April 4, 1846. He received a limited education in the public schools on account of the illness of his father which compelled him to go to work at an early age. He started work with the firm of Keeler and Merriam, Fancy Goods, and followed that line some years. In 1870 he entered the employ of C. S. Parker in the roofing business and continued with them till the dissolution of the firm in 1907. He then went into the roofing business with his son and eontinued till 1911, when his health gave out and he retired from business.

A residence for a time in the country, in North Middleborough, restored his health, and he took up his residence in East Milton, where he resided. till his death by accident September 29, 1923.

Brother Chandler took his degrees in Saint Paul's Lodge, of South Boston, in 1873; was its Worshipful Master in 1890 and 1891, and was District Deputy Grand Master for the Fourth Masonic District in 1893 and 1894, serving under Most Worshipful Brothers Richard Briggs and Otis E. Weld. He received the Capitular Degrees in Saint Matthew's Royal Arch Chapter in 1882, the Cryptic Degree in Roxbury Council, Royal and Select Masters, in 1901, and the orders of Knighthood in Saint Omer Commandery, Knights Templars, in 1863.

He was married io Helen E. Whitcomb in 1872, and had three children, a son and two daughters, the younger of whom died in infancy. His wife died in 1885. He married in 1906 Ida M. Copeland, who survives him.

He was of a positive character, strong in his friendships, outspoken in his opinions, and intolerant of shams and hypocrisy. Those who knew him best loved him most. At the completion of his fiftieth year as a Mason, last June, he received the Henry Price medal at the hands of the District Deputy Grand Master and was very happy on account of the honors paid him at that time. His violent death rvas a great shock to his large circle of friends.

CHASE, ALVORD 1829-1856

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XVI, No. 6, March 1857, Page 190:

Whereas, it hath pleased the Great Disposer of events to call our worthy and beloved Brothers Alvord Chase and Thomas D. Lucas, from labor to refreshment and rest, therefore

  • Resolved, That we inscribe this affectionate testimonial of their many virtues upon the records of our Lodge, even as they are already inscribed upon the fleshly tables of our hearts, that we will cherish their memories and emulate their virtues until we shall be called to follow them within the veil.
  • Resolved, That we respectfully tender our sympathies to their surviving and bereaved families and ask permission to mingle our griefs with theirs, over the graves of our faithful and beloved Brothers.
  • Resolved, That a copy of the foregoing resolutions be sent to the families of the deceased, and also to Brother Charles W. Moore for publication.

Respectfully submitted,
Moses S. Thomas,
Robert C. Topham,
Timothy Ingraham,

From New York Weekly, February 21, 1857:

On board the steamship Tennessee, On the 13th of December last, Mr. Alvord Chase, aged about 27 years.

CHASE, CALEB 1786-1848

At a meeting of Olive Branch Lodge, Dec. 4th, the following Resolutions were adopted :—

  • Whereas it has pleased the Almighty Ruler of the Universe, to remove from earth oar late worthy Brother and Past Master, Caleb Chase, therefore,
  • Resolved, That we fully appreciate the integrity, faithfulness and zeal, with which he has discharged hia Masonic duties.
  • Resolved, That the honesty of purpose, and moral uprightness which marked his character, in his relations to society, and the firmness and fidelity with which he sustained the principles and the Institution of Masonry, were honorable to himself and worthy of our imitation.
  • Resolved, That we deeply sympathise with bis family and friends in this afflictive bereavement.
  • Voted, That a copy of these resolutions be sent to the family of the deceased, and to the editor of the Masonic Magazine, for publication.

Fraternally Yours, Wm. R. Nolen, Sec of Olive Branch Lodge.

CHASE, ISAAC 1846-1919

From New England Craftsman, Vol. XIV, No. 11, August 1919, Page 361:

Isaac Chase, of 47 Trowbridge Street, for more than twenty years treasurer of the Bay State Fuel Company and for a long period an active worker in Masonic circles of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, died August 9th at his summer home at Vineyard Haven, Mass. He was seventy-two years old.

Bro. Chase was born in Boston December 17, 1846. At the age of fourteen he entered the employ of Oliver Ditson Company of Boston.

He was twice married, his first wife being Mrs. A. B. Edwards, who died some twenty years ago. In 1909 he married Mrs. Kathryn (Humphreville) Dodge.

Bro. Chase was a member of Amicable Lodge of Cambridge, St. Andrews Chapter, R. A. M. of Boston, Boston Council R. & S. M., De Molay Commandery, K. T., of which he was Past Commander, and a member of the Grand Commandery, K. T., of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

For some time he was President of the Old Boston School Boys' Association. Mr. Chase was well known as a singer, and appeared publicly with the late Madam Nordica at the height of her operatic career.

He is survived by his wife and two children, Clarice and Roland Chase, an adopted son, Louis S. Chase of Brookline, and a brother, Dr. Joseph Chase of Weymouth.


From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. X, No. 10, July 1853, Page 225:

At a regular communication of Star in the East Lodge, held at Masonic Hall, Monday evening, June 6, A. L. 5853.

The following resolutions were read and unanimously adopted :—

  • Resolved, That Star in the East Lodge, of New Bedford, Massachusetts, deeply deplore the loss of our worthy, faithful and christian Brother, Capt. Joseph T. Chase, and that we will endeavor ever to cherish the memory of his virtues and his truly Masonic character.
  • Resolved, That we deeply sympathize with his afflicted widow and children, and tender to them assurances of the sacred regard and Fraternal aid which our Order enjoins, should the Providence of God ever render them our duty.
  • Resolved, That the Secretary of this Lodge forward a copy of the foregoing resolutions to the widow of our Brother, also, a copy to the Freemasons' Monthly Magazine for publication.

Fraternally yours, Amos Chase, Jr., Sec'y.


From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXII, No. 9, June 1863, Page 287:

At a regular communication of Morning Star Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, held in Masonic Hall, Worcester, Mass., on Tuesday evening, June 2d, 1863, the following Resolutions were unanimously adopted :—

  • Whereas, God in his immutable providence has removed from our midst an aged friend and Brother, Horace Chenery, one of our respected and honored members, it is therefore
  • Resolved, That we deeply mourn the loss of our ever true and faithful Brother, and that while we miss his familiar presence in this consecrated place, where he has so often knelt and prayed to God for His guidance and love to attend us, we cannot but believe that one who led such a devoted and christian life as did our departed friend, would be "willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord."
  • Resolved, That in the life and character of our absent Brother, we have an example worthy of imitation; and his fidelity to the interests of this our ancient and beloved institution, should incite in us a zealous care for its sacred principles, and create in us a determination to lead such honest and faithful lives, that when we are laid away in the dark and silent tomb, it may be said of each and every one of us, "He lived respected and died regretted."
  • Resolved, That to the members of his bereaved family, in this their hour of sorrow, we lender the assurance of our sincere and heartfelt sympathy, and we earnestly pray they may have the happy consolation of believing, God is just, and that He has said, " The righteous shall shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father.'
  • Resolved, That in respect to tbe memory of our deceased Brother, the jewels of this Lodge shall be draped in mourning for the space of ninety days from this communication.

A true copy of the Record —
Attest, C. Jillson, Sec.




From New England Craftsman, Vol. XIX, No. 12, September 1924, Page 357:

An introduction to the subject of this sketch is quite unnecessary to the average person within the jurisdiction of Massachusetts for the very good reason thai wherever there nre Masonic doings there George is. To paraphrase the Latin, George is semper ubique.

It has likewise become a commonplace to "let Feorge do it" when anything is contemplated pertaining to activities of a Masonic nature requiring the service of one who knows.

No ceremony of cornerstone laying or dedication or installation, or any really big event in the Fraternity in Massachusetts is complete without the distinguished presence If George with his kingly whiskers and shiny top hat. In fact, and in short, George is "it" Masonically.

Inheriting from his father, who was equally well known and beloved by the Craft, the office of superintendent of the Temple, Worshipful Brother Chester is one of the best known Masons in Massachusetts.

He has served a long apprenticeship in Masonry from the junior stewardship of Zetland Lodge of Boston to its Mastership (in 1906-07) and so on up to the exalted rank of Seneschal of the Supreme Council, 33d Degree, in which capacity, when that august body convenes, his services are much in demand.

Notwithstanding the multitudinous demands of his office, Brother Chester under a somewhat severe exterior, carries a heart of gold, and maintains an interest in all that pertains to the good of the Craft that is manifest and continuous, not spasmodic nor academic. He it is to whom many practical as well as unpractical questions are referred for answer, and if there is any subject on which his opinion is asked for which he cannot find a precedent we have yet to hear of it. The care of more than two million dollars worth of real estate together with priceless records, relics, pictures and manuscripts, the arranging for meetings, special, regular and extraordinary, are all part of his day's work, and that these duties are all performed faithfully and efficiently so that they just seem to be part of the natural law of things is perhaps the best attestation of his fitness for the office he holds. When not busy at Masonic Temple Brother Chester runs up to his camp at Lake Sunapee, N. H. and "farms."

Time has dealt kindly with him and his familiar face and figure seems indeed to be a veritable part of the institution itself.

A striking testimonial to the merit of this man was illustrated recently, when through the hand of fate he was stricken down and obliged to become temporarily resident of a hospital. It is a matter of record that the inquiries and calls on him during that period were the greatest in number and most illustrious in character of any occupant of the hospital.

It is the hope of all who frequent the Temple at Boston as well as the thousands of Craftsmen to whom "George" is so well and favorably known that he may be spared for many years to fill the office he now so acceptably occupies.

His Masonic record is as follows: Entered Zetland Lodge, Boston Jan. 8, 1896; crafted Feb 12; raised March 11 in the same year. Is a member of St. Andrew's Royal Arch Chapter, Boston Council Royal and Select Masters, DeMolay Commandery Knights Templars in the York Rite. In the Scottish Rite he is a member of Boston Lafayette Lodge of Perfection, Giles F. Yates Council Princes of Jerusalem, Mt. Olivet Chapter of Rose Croix, Massachusetts Consistory 32°, Grand Council of Deliberation and is Seneschal of the Supreme Council 33° A. A. S. R. Northern Masonic Jurisdiction.


From Proceedings, Page 1945-36:

Brother Chester was born in Boston on October 9, 1858, and died in the same city on February 1, 1945, after a lingering illness.

He was raised in Zetland Lodge on March 11, 1896, and served as Master of that Lodge in 1906 and 1907.

In 1897 he joined St. Andrew's Chapter, Boston Council, DeMolay Commandery and the bodies of the Ancient, Accepted Scottish Rite in Boston, and was a member of all of them for the remainder of his life.

On September 21, 1909, he was coronetted an Honorary Member of the Supreme Council, A.A.S.R., 33rd Degree. In 1910 he was appointed Assistant Grand Seneschal of the Supreme Council, serving as such until 1913, when he was appointed Grand Seneschal, which position he held until 1935.

In 1897 he was appointed Grand Tyler of the Grand Lodge and Superintendent of the Boston Masonic Temple, in both of which positions he served until retired in 1940 because of ill health. In these positions, he succeeded his father, who served as such from 1888 through 1897.

No Mason in Massachusetts was probably more widely known than Brother Chester. During his forty-three years of service as Grand Tyler, he rarely missed either a regular or special communication of the Grand Lodge, and his knowledge of proper procedure and of detail in the various ceremonies made him most helpful to the several Grand Masters and Grand Marshals under whom he served. His interest, experience and forceful personality makes his loss difficult to replace.

"I live for those who love me, for those who know me true;
For the heaven that smiles above me, and awaits my spirit too;
For the cause that lacks assistance, for the wrong that needs resistance,
For the future in the distance, and the good that I can do."


From New England Craftsman, Vol. VIII, No. 8, May 1913, Page 265:

Brother William F. Chester, aged seventy-eight, one of Malden's well-known citizens, died April 5th. He formerly was a member of the Board of Aldermen and had served as Representative in the General Court from Malden. He was prominent in Masonic circles, being; a member of local Masonic organizations and was also past Commander of De Molay Commandery, K. T., of Boston.



From New England Craftsman, Vol. I, No. 6, March 1906, Page 218:

Brother William T. Cheswell, chief engineer of the Boston Fire Department died early on the morning of February 15th, while directing his men at a fire. He had responded in the snowstorm in an alarm, hurrying to the location in his automobile. Just as he began to direct his men he became faint and a moment later dropped unconscious. He was immediately removed to the Relief Station but before the physicians could give him any assistance he was dead.

The chief had been in ill-health for some time and last fall was away on sick leave. Soon after his return he was thrown from his carriage while responding to an alarm and received severe bodily injury which confined him to the hospital for some time.

Brother Cheswell was born in Boston January 7, 1843. He has been a fireman nearly all his life, rising from one position to another until he became chief in 1901. In his long career he has many times distinguished himself by his bravery and utter disregard of danger.

Brother Cheswell was a member of Joseph Warren Lodge, St. Andrew's R. A. Chapter and Boston Commandery K. T.


Chief of Department William T. Cheswell, age 63, Headquarters On February 15, 1906, Chief of Department Cheswell died from heart failure while directing operations at Box 15, (Richmond & Commercial Streets) for a fire in a wholesale grocery business at 72 Commercial Street, North End. Chief of Department Cheswell had 43 years of service. (On December 20, 1905, he was thrown from his wagon at Albany and Bristol Streets while responding to an alarm from Box 48. He received a fractured skull and other injuries. He was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital where he stayed until December 31, 1905, when he was sent home to recuperate. Chief Cheswell reported back for duty on January 22, 1906. On February 15, 1906, at 0501 hours, he was taken suddenly ill at the fire at 72 Commercial Street, North End, and was taken to the Relief Station of the City Hospital where he died at 0526 hours. The doctor in charge, Dr. George H.M. Rowe diagnosed the cause as cardiac.)



From Proceedings, Page V-472:

Whereas the Masonic family have recently been called to mourn over the sudden loss of its late dear Brother, Jonas Chickering, this Grand Lodge feels itself called on to enter on its records some slight memorial of its regard for the departed, and some expression however unavailing, of its sympathies with the survivors.

As the representatives of the Masonic family of this State, we may well lament, in their name, the withdrawal of one, who was in every relation of life, indeed, a workman that needed not to be ashamed, in religion, sincere and devout; in every duty which religion prompts most faithful and true; ever seeming to live to God and to his fellows; in whom the sufferer ever found a friend, and who, we humbly trust, when the earth and sea shall give up their dead, will rise called and fitted for higher exertion, and for undying happiness.

Ordered. That the Chairs of the Presiding Officers, which we owe to his bounty, and that the Organ due in a great degree, to his Kindness, be clothed in mourning, and that the Stewards of this Grand Lodge attend to that duty.

Ordered. That the Recording Grand Secy, send a copy of these votes, with the preamble to the family of Bro. Chickering, and that the same be entered on the records of this Grand Lodge.

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XIII, No. 3, January 1854, p. 77:

The deceased died at his residence in this city, at 11 o'clock, on Thursday evening, Dec. 8th, last. On the evening of his death, he was at the residence of Dr. Rolfe, attending a meeting of the government of one of the various societies with which he was officially connected. While engaged in addressing his associates, his head was observed to fall upon his breast and his speech failed. Every attention was promptly rendered, and he was removed to his own house, where he remained unconscious, and in a short time breathed his last. Dr. Winslow Lewis and Dr. George H. Gay, were called to his bedside, but it was evident that human agencies were of no avail. Bleeding was resorted to as the only expedient to give motion to his stagnant blood, but this afforded no relief. Br. Chickering had suffered from. previous similar attacks, the last of which occurred on the 28th of November, the wedding day of his son, Major Charles Francis Chickering. He had rallied speedily from the immediate effects of these attacks, but they had considerably impaired his strength.

Br. Chickering was 57 years of age. He was born in Mason Village, N. H., and educated at the public school in that town. At the age of 17 he was apprenticed to the cabinet-maker's trade. While engaged in his work, he accidentally was called upon to repair a piano-forte. It was the first instrument of the kind he had ever seen; but he was able, by his ingenuity, to restore it to its usefulness. He came to Boston February 15th, 1818. He worked one year at his trade, and on the first anniversary of his advent into the city he entered into the employ of one of the pioneer manufacturers of piano-fortes. On the 15th February, 1S23, he commenced business in company with a Mr. Stewart, from London, and had a shop in Tremont street, near where the Boston Museum now stands. It was not, however, until the year 1825, that his peculiar talent in his profession, first began to attract the public attention. In this year, in connection with Mr. Stewart, he built two Piano Fortes, with several new improvements, such as the detached sounding board, designed to obviate the usual effects produced by changes in the weather; and an improvement in the hammer receiver, or catch, calculated to prevent the double blow, or rebound,—an invention never previously introduced into the square piano. By his subsequent inventions and improvements, he brought the instrument to great perfection, and earned for himself a world-wide reputation. But this branch of his History more appropriately belongs to another.

He was a Mason, in the true and best sense of the word. He was Initiated in St. Andrew's Lodge in this city, in the year 1821, and was immediately after admitted a member, which relation he continued to hold until his death. He was not what is understood in the Lodge as a working Mason ; but no member of the Fraternity ever more fully and constantly exemplified in his life and character and actions, the great principles of Masonry. He was constant in his attendance, and faithful in the discharge of all his duties. Charity with him was a practical duty, and no poor Brother ever turned from him with his necessities unrelieved. His Brethren of the Lodge loved him for the amenity of his character and for his great moral Worth, and they will long continue to honor his memory as one who has left them * rich legacy in his good name and christian virtues.

He was also a member of St. Andrew's Royal Arch Chapter, of the De Molay Encampment of Knights Templars, of the Boston Grand Lodge of Perfection, and of the Council of S. P. R. S. 33d—in the prosperity of all of which bodies he never failed to manifest a lively interest.

" Of his worth," says one of the city papers, " it is not necessary to say a single word, for wherever his name has been pronounced it has been coupled with all that was generous, noble, enterprising and good. As a business man, he stood at the head of his profession, and was more extensively engaged at the time of his death, than at any former period. Mr. Chickering, by his own nnaided efforfs, had accumulated a handsome property, but he had not been without his trials. In his official relations, as a member of the Legislature, President of the Handel and Haydn Society, and President of the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association, which last named office he filled at the time of his death, he was held in high regard by his associates. No needy artist ever applied to him for assistance in vain, and to all musicians he acted the part of a Brother and a disinterested friend. This trait of character he carried into all his dealings. He has left behind him four children—three sons and one daughter."

His funeral took place on Monday morning, Dec. 12th, from Trinity Church, of which he was a member and an officer. The Church was crowded to its utmost capacity. "The genuine kindness of heart, the probity, honor, uprightness, and public spirit of the deceased, had peculiarly endeared him to a large portion of our citizens, and the general feeling of grief at his sudden death, found expression in this last tribute of respect to his inanimate remains. If the church could have been enlarged to three times its present capacity, it would have been found too small to have accommodated those who sought to be present. Summer street, Hawley street, and the corners of Washington street, were filled with people, long before the funeral cortage arrived at the church. The look of sadness upon the faces of all, and occasionally a dropping tear, attested the universal grief."

In respect to the memory of the deceased, all the music stores in the city were closed, and the piano manufacturers all suspended business during the day, and employers and men expressed their sympathies with the afflicted family. Nearly all our resident musicians were also present.

At 11 o'clock the procession was formed at the residence of the deceased, and proceeded to Trinity Church in the following order :—

De Molay Encampment.
St. Andrew's Lodge.
St. Andrew's Chapter.
Officers of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts.
Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association.
Officers of Handel and Haydn Society.
Suffolk Lodge of Odd Fellows.
Officers of Mechanic Apprentices' Library Association.
All the Workmen in Mr. Chickering's employ.
The Hearse, bearing the body.

The Pall Bearers were Edward A. Raymond, (Past Grand Commander of De Molay Encampment,) John B. Hammatt, (Past High Priest of St. Andrew's Chapter,) John Rayner, (an aged member of St. Andrew's Lodge,) and H. N. Hooper, Geo. Darracott, and Stephen Fairbanks, (Ex-Presidents of the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanics' Association.)

With all the above charitable and benevolent bodies Mr. Chickering was connected, either as member or officer. Hon. Robert C. Winthrop and Abbot Lawrence walked in procession with the Mechanics' Association. Josiah Quincy, Jr., Mayor Seaver, and many other prominent men, were present in the procession and in the church.

The following notice of the deceased, on motion of the R. W. C. Gayton Pickman, Esq., P. J. G. W., was adopted by the Grand Lodge of this State, at its late annual communication:— (see above)

At a meeting of the Boston Encampment of Knights Templars, on the 21st ult. Dr. Winslow Lewis, P. G. C., announced the death of the late Sir {Knight} Jonas Chickering, in the following eloquent and appropriate address, a copy of which was ordered to be furnished to the family of the deceased :—

To those, who by their course of action, by a consistent and undeviating career of exalted usefulness, have left an impress of more value than gold on the institutions with which they have been connected and loved and adorned, it is becoming to pay totheir memories something more than the passing tribute of a sigh. They demand the record of the pen, as well as of the heart, that we may transmit to our successors those characteristics which yet radiating from the grave of buried worth, may encourage and animate the surviving associates to seek greatness by following goodness, so that the grave closing over us, e'en in our ashes live our wonted firesVirtus post funera.

Of one, who thus followed the "spirit of duty," and was ever faithful to the simple requisitions of the Golden Rule, it behooves us here to speak. In this Institution he received the honors of Knighthood, and was for many years an attached and beloved member, and only left this to build up a similar Institution, founded on the pand principles of brotherly love and friendship. Who can ever forget Jonas Chickering!—that quiet, unassuming deportment, that noiseless, even tenor of his way, that still small voice whose melody was ever music to misfortunes ear, hot which spoke "trumpet tongued" to a grateful community. By occupation, an artisan, in enlarged mental endowments neither a possessor or pretender, in high elevated rank among the undistinguished, but in the loftier scale of action, in deeds of charity and pure beneficence, a king, whose diadem was enriched with a halo which sparkles for eternity.

I have no resolutions to offer, but I thought it not out of place nor inopportune, to inscribe on our records, that we, in common with so many other institutions, would pay our due of heartfelt sympathy for the lots of one of "God's Noblemen"; and let this be our resolve, that we will imitate his goodness, and ever hold in our memories the worth and excellence of Jonas Chickering, truly our "Man of Ross."

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XVIII, No. 12, October 1859, History of St. Andrew's Chapter; Page 366:

JONAS CHICKERING, Esq. was born in New Ipswicb, N. H., in the year 1796. He received such an education as could be obtained at the common school in his native town. At the age of seventeen he was put an apprentice to a cabinet maker, and while engaged in this employment he was called to repair a pianoforte. Although this was the first instrument of the kind he had ever seen, he was able, by his ingenuity to restore it to its former usefulness.

On the 15th of February, 1818, he went to Boston in search of employment. He worked one year at his trade and then entered into the employ of one of the pioneer manufacturers of piano-fortes. On the 15th of February, 1823, he commenced business, with a partner, and soon acquired a reputation, which he ever afterwards sustained. On the twelfth anniversary of his entrance into the city, he became associated with Capt. Mackay, and thenceforward his business was much extended. The fifteenth of February seems to have been the day on which four of the great enterprises of his life were undertaken. He died suddenly, of apoplexy, at his residence in Boston, on the evening of Thursday, the 8th of December, 1853, aged fiftyseven years.

Mr. Chickering was a kind, affable, unassuming man, in all the relations of life. In his official character as a member of the legislature, President of the Handel and Haydn Society, and President of the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association, which last named office he filled at the time of bis decease, he was held in high regard by bis associates. It may be said with truth, that he was a model cit¬ izen—public spirited, enterprising and benevolent. His sagacity, industry, and sterling good sense were proverbial. During a quarter of a century he pursued his calling with a fidelity and success rarely attained ; he was at the head of bis profession, and bis reputation more widely extended than that of any other mechanic in New England.

His funeral was attended at Trinity church, Summer street, on Monday follow. ing his decease, when a numerous collection of his friends were assembled to do honor to his memory. His remains were conveyed to Mount Auburn for interment.

Companion Chickering was admitted a member of the Chapter on the 4th of September, 1844. Ever regarded with the utmost honor and respect by his Companions, his sudden exit from among them was deeply lamented.

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From Proceedings, Page 1887-68:

Since the last Quarterly Communication of this Most Worshipful Grand Lodge the Angel of Death has indeed reaped a rich harvest, gathering, not only, as it seems to us, ripe grain, but that which we looked upon as still growing, and destined to bear still greater fruit in the field of Masonry.

Prominent on the roll of our Brethren who have passed away may be mentioned the honored name of R.W. Francis Childs. Francis Childs was the only son of Nathaniel and Catherine Simpson Childs, and was born in Charlestown, July 28, 1820. He received his education in the public schools of that city, and, being a studious, observing scholar, was graduated with high honors. At about the age of twenty years he was united in marriage with Juliette Wilcox Deering, with whom he lived happily until her death, about three years ago.

In the mercantile world Bro. Childs had been long and favorably known. He was for many years the senior member of the firm of Childs, Crosby & Lane, afterwards Childs &Lane. His honesty, integrity and fair dealing won for him a handsome competence, which he dispensed with a liberal hand to various objects of charity.

In political life Bro. Childs attained to prominence, as is evinced by the various positions which he was called upon to fill. In 1862 and '63 he was a member of the Board of Aldermen of Charlestown, and during 1863 was also a Trustee of the Public Library of that city. He was always deeply interested in everything that pertained to the welfare of his native city, and was a zealous advocate for its preservation as an independent municipality. He was one of the first to discern and advocate the benefits to be derived from the introduction of water from the Mystic ponds into the city of Charlestown, and, when that undertaking was accomplished, he served as a prominent member of the Mystic Water Board for eight years, where his intelligence and business sagacity won for him the esteem of his associates.

In 1863 he was elected to the Massachusetts Senate, and reelected in 1864. He served that body with the fidelity which was so characteristic of him. As a member of the Executive Council of Governor Rice, during the years 1877 and '78, he rendered still further service to the State, and proved by his wisdom and excellent judgment on many intricate subjects that he was worthy of all the honors bestowed upon him. But it was in the broad fields of Masonry that we knew him best and loved him most. He received the degrees in Freemasonry in Henry Price Lodge, of Charlestown, in the spring of 1864, and was admitted to membership July 8 of the same year. From the moment when he crossed the threshold of Masonry, until summoned to the Grand Lodge above, he was unswerving in his devotion to the principles of our Fraternity and in his allegiance to the M.W. Grand Lodge. He was thoroughly imbued with the spirit of Masonry, and sought in every act to live up to its teachings.

In October, 1864, be was appointed Chaplain of the Lodge, which position he filled for two years. In 1868 he was elected Senior Warden, serving one year. He was elected Worshipful Master in 1869 and '70, and during his term of office the interests of Henry Price Lodge were very materially advanced. In December, 1874, he was appointed District Deputy Grand Master for the Second Masonic District, which office he held for three successive years, and in which he displayed great ability.

In 1878 he was elected a member of the Board of Directors of this Grand Lodge, and his service in that capacity through the continuous years until his death, indicates the high appreciation of his sterling worth by the members of this Grand Body. His earnest endeavors, his wise counsel, and his constant attendance at the meetings of the Board, won for him the love and esteem of his fellow-members by whom his death will be deeply regretted.

Bro. Childs possessed one of those warm, genial natures that made him a universal favorite, especially among the Fraternity, who will miss that hearty grasp of the hand and kindly word of welcome with which he was wont to greet his Brethren. It may be truly said that he was the embodiment of those principles which constitute the good man, the true Mason, and the consistent Christian.

"His life was gentle ; and the elements
So mix'd in him, that Nature might stand up,
And say to all the world, 'This was a man.' "

From Proceedings, Page 1887-128:

The Grand Lodge mourns the loss of another prominent; Mason by the, death of R.W. Bro. Francis Childs, which occurred suddenly last spring. He was born in Charlestown, July 28, 1820, and was therefore, in the sixty-seventh year of his age at the time of his death. Like Brother Howland. he lived and died in the city of his birth.

He was a man of recognized position in business, in political life and in the Masonic. Fraternity. He was senior member, of the firm of Childs, Crosby & Lane, afterwards Childs & Lane, and was well known as a man of strict business integrity, considerate of the rights of others and generous in affording help where assistance was needed.

In public life he served as a member of the Board of Aldermen of Charlestown, and as a Trustee of the Public Library of that cily. He was elected and reelected to the Massachusetts Senate, and for two years his excellent judgment and clear thought did good service in the Executive Council of Governor Rice.

His Masonic career dated from 1864, when he received the degrees in Henry Price Lodge, of Charlestown. His interest in Masonic principles and observances never wavered through the rest of his life, and he held positions of trust and responsibility continuously, filling them with ability and faithfulness. In his own Lodge he served successively as Chaplain, Senior Warden and Worshipful Master. He was appointed District Deputy Grand Master in 1874, and held the office three years. In 1878 he became a member of the Board of Directors of the Grand Lodge, on which Board he remained until his death. He was constant in attendance at the meetings of the Board. His interest in all its proceedings, and his counsel there, made him a valuable member, greatly missed by his associates. He was warm in his friendships, and always enjoyed meeting with his Brother-Masons, either for labor or refreshment.


From Liberal Freemason, Vol. II, No. 6, September 1878, Page 188:

Humphrey Choate, a well known citizen of South Boston, died very suddenly, Tuesday evening, July, 30th, at his residence soon after his return from the fire on Crescent Avenue, Dorchester, which he attended in response to his duty as a call member of the hire Department. in which he has always taken great interest. He was a Trustee of the Boston Fire Department Charitable Association.

Mr. Choate was 48 years of age, and was for twenty years in the employ of Messrs. Nash. Spaulding & Co., by whom he was highly esteemed. He was an active worker in the several Masonic bodies of South Boston, being a member of Rabboni Lodge and St. Matthew's R. A. Chapter, St. Omer Commandery, K. T., and of the Eastern Massachusetts Masonic Relief Association, and by his fraters was greatly loved for his many manly qualities. In addition to his Brothers of the order and a large circle of friends, he leaves a widow, daughter and son to mourn his untimely loss.

The funeral services were held at the South Baptist Church, corner of F Street and Broadway, on Friday, following his death, at two o'clock. The funeral address was delivered by Rev. Dr. Pollard. St. Omer Commandery of Knights Templar had the services in charge. Delegates from St. Matthew's Royal Arch Chapter and Rabboni Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons were also present as were Chief Engineer Green and Commissioners Langley and Chamberlain and a large number of members of the Fire Department. A number of persons from the firm with which Mr. Choate was connected were also present. The pall bearers were Messrs. Harding and Grose of the Knights Templar, Smith and Thompson of the Royal Arch Chapter, Carpenter and Bartlett of Rabboni Lodge, and Nason and Grey of the Fire Department. St. Omer Commandery escorted the hearse from the late residence of Sir Knight Choate to the church, where after the address and prayer by Dr. Pollard, the full Templar service was effectively rendered by Em. Sir Francis C. Hersey, and the Excellent Prelate Thomas Hill, with responses by the Sir Knights and appropriate music by the Weber Masonic Quartette.

At the conclusion of the services, St. Omer Commandery and a large delegation of the Fire Department, escorted the hearse part way to Mount Hope, where the interment took place.


From Proceedings, Page 1942-235:

Brother Churchill was born in North Fairfax, Vermont, on April 11, 1862, and died in West Brookfield, Massachusetts, on August 17, 1942.

He was educated in the public schools of North Brookfield and then entered the employ of a local shoe factory where he remained for several years. His later years of active work were spent with a manufacturer of leather novelties in West Brookfield.

He was raised in Hayden Lodge of Brookfield on April 15, 1908, and served as Master in 1972. He became a Charter Member of Bay Path Lodge of West Brookfield on May 2, 1924, and served as its first Master.

In Grand Lodge, he was appointed District Deputy Grand Master of the 20th Masonic District in 1925 and 1926 by Most Worshipful Dudley H. Ferrell.

Of a quiet and unassuming nature, he was a faithful worker in the Craft-ever ready to serve when called upon.


From New England Craftsman, Vol. XIV, No. 4, January 1919, Page 127:

Fred L. Churchill, tyler of seven Cambridge Masonic bodies died on Wednesday, afternoon, January 1, at his home, 281 Harvard Street, Cambridge, after an illness of several months. He was a native of Bangor, Me., where he was born on August 17, 1860. He went to Cambridge about twenty-seven years ago and engaged in business as a caterer. He was originally a member of Mt. Olivet Lodge of Masons and was elected tyler fifteen years ago. When the Masonic Temple was built, he was put in charge of the building and became tyler of Charity, Amicable and Mizpah lodges, as well as Mt. Olivet, and tyler also of Cambridge Royal Arch Chapter, Cambridge Council, Royal and Select Masters and Cambridge Commandery.

Bro. Churchill was a member also of the Mystic Shrine, National Lancers, Cambridge Lodge of Elks, Mt. Auburn Lodge of Odd Fellows, Cambridge Encampment, Cambridge Board of Trade and North Cambridge Business Men's Association.

He is survived by his wife, who was Nellie Elizabeth Ring of Orono, Me., whom he married in 1885, a son, F. Raymond Churchill, and a daughter, Inez R. Churchill, all of Cambridge.

CHURCHILL, OTIS W. 1828-1918

From New England Craftsman, Vol. XIV, No. 1, October 1918, Page 30:

Otis W. Churchill, a retired shoe manufacturer, died on Thursday at his home in Abington, aged ninety years. He had never been confined to his bed until the fortnight prior to his death, which was due to old age. Born in Abington, Mr. Churchill spent most of his life there. He was a member of the old firm of Hunt & Churchill, and later was in business alone, but had retired many years ago. He leaves a son, and three daughters. Mr. Churchill was a member of several Masonic organizations, and was one of the oldest Odd Fellows in eastern Massachusetts. He was a member of John Cutler Lodge of Masons, Pilgrim Royal Arch Chapter, Abington Council, Old Colony Commandery Knights Templars, and of the Veteran Odd Fellows Association.

CLAPP, LEVI 1794-1855

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XIV, No. 10, August 1855, Page 319:

Masonic Hall, Worcester, March 7, 1855.

At a Regular Communication of Morning Star Lodge, held at their Hall, March 6, A. L. 5855, the following Preamble and Resolutions were unanimously adopted :—

  • Whereas, it has pleased the Supreme Ruler of the Universe to remove from time to eternity our worthy Brother Levi Clapp, a devoted member of Morning Star Lodge, therefore
  • Resolved, That we deeply lament the loss we have sustained in the death of our worthy Brother; and as a tribute of respect to his memory we tender our heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved friends of the deceased, in view of their severe affliction.
  • Resolved, That the Secretary of this Lodge forward a copy of these Resolutions 
to Brother Moore's Monthly Magazine for publication.

A true copy, Attest,
Charles E. Aldrich, Secretary.


From New England Craftsman, Vol. II, No. 7, April 1907, Page 273:’’

Brother Wendell B. Clapp died at his home in Weymouth, Mass., March 4. He was a prominent member of the Republican Club of Massachusetts and was also a member of the Weymouth water board and a trustee and vice president of the Savings Bank, a member of Orphan’s Hope Lodge, A. F. & A. M., East Weymouth; Pentalpha Royal Arch Chapter and South Shore Commandery Knights Templar.


From New England Craftsman, Vol. II, No. 7, April 1907, Page 275:’’

Brother Calvin H. Clark, one of the best known citizens of Medford, Mass., dropped dead in his office at City Hall, March 4. Brother Clark was born in Wells, Me., in 1836 and came to Massachusetts when he was 16 years old. He was a prominent member of the Masonic bodies of Medford, being past master of Mount Hermon Lodge, F. and A. M., past high priest of Mystic R. A. Chapter, and thrice illustrious master of Medford Council, R. and S. M. He was also a prominent member of the First Baptist Church, in which he had been a deacon for years.

CLARK, J. FOSTER 1834-1908

  • MM 1857, Revere demitted 1879
  • Charter Member 1880, WM 1881-1883, Soley

From New England Craftsman, Vol. IV, No. 1, October 1908, Page 35:

Brother J. Foster Clark, a well known business man of Boston died at his home in Somerville, Mass. August 30. He was a past master of Soley Lodge and a member of other Masonic bodies in which he has been an officer.

CLARK, JOHN 1827-1906

From New England Craftsman, Vol. II, No. 3, December 1906, Page 117:’’

Captain John Clark, a printer, died at his home in Cambridge, Mass., Nov. 29th. He has been connected for the past fifteen years with the University Press. He enlisted at Andover in 1861 in the Fourteenth Massachusetts Infantry, serving three years. The infantry was later changed to Company H, First Heavy Artillery and he was with this regiment in the army of the Potomac and went through the battles of Spottsylvania, Cold Harbor and Petersburg and was at the surrender of Lee at Appomattox. He was a member of St. Matthew's Lodge of Masons of Andover, Mass. and of Charles Heck Post of Cambridge.

CLARK, OREN F. 1835-1919

From New England Craftsman, Vol. XIV, No. 4, January 1919, Page 129:

Brother Oren F. Clark for more than sixty years a member of Columbian Lodge, Boston, died at his home in Newtonville, December 17th. Recently Bro. Clark was the recipient of a Henry Price medal from the hands of the Grand Master of Massachusetts, himself a member of Columbian Lodge, and was elected unanimously to honorary membership in that lodge, a rare distinction.


From New England Craftsman, Vol. III, No. 10, July 1908, Page 361:

Worshipful Brother Frederic I. Clayton, past master of Mt. Lebanon Lodge, Boston, died May 22d. He was a merchant tailor and made a specialty of military uniforms. He was prominent in military circles and has been connected with several branches of the Massachusetts Volunteer Militia. Brother Clayton was a member of St. Andrews R. A. Chapter and was a Knight Templar. He was a native of Maine but has been a life-long resident of Massachusetts.

CLEMENT, MOSES 1811-1867

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXVI, No. 12, October 1867, Page 383:

At a special meeting of St. Matthew's Lodge, held Thursday evening, July 25, 1867, the following resolutions were passed.

  • Whereas it has pleased an All Wise Providence to remove from us by death our brother, Moses Clement, —
  • Resolved, That we reverently acknowledge the hand of the Supreme Architect, "who doeth all things well," and submissively bow to His Holy Will; that we lament the death of one bound to us by the ties of Fraternity, and who as a citizen in an important and useful business avocation had attained eminent reputation and success; that we tender his bereaved family our sympathy, and commend them to Him who has promised to be " the widow's God and the Father of the fatherless," to the blessed Lord and Redeemer who " brought Life and Immortality to light," and to the Holy Comforter who "abideth forever."
  • Resolved, That we place this testimonial on our permanent records, present a copy of the same to the family of our deceased brother, and furnish copies for publication to the Masonic Monthly, the Freemasons' Magazine, and the Lawrence American.

Fitz William Rogers,
Secretary St. Matthew's Lodge, Andover. page

COBB, FREDERIC C. 1868-1931

From Proceedings, Page 1931-152:

Brother Cobb was born in Dedham, October 10, 1868, and died there October 26, 1931. He was educated in the Dedham public schools and following his graduation from High School took a course in a private school at West Dedham.

His business career was begun in the Pond Rubber Company. He later turned to financial pursuits, being Colleetor of Taxes for Dedham from 1904 to 1912, for several years Treasurer of the Dedham Water Company, and Treasurer of Norfolk County from 1919 to his death.

Brother Cobb took his Masonic degrees in Constellation Lodge in 1890, and was its Master in 1904 and 1905. He served as District Deputy Grand Master for the Twenty-fifth Masonic District in 1909 and 1910 by appointment by M.W. Dana J. Flanders. He was a Past High Priest of Norfolk Royal Arch Chapter and a member of Hyde Park Council Royal and Select Masters and of Cyprus Commandery, K.T.

He was an active member of the First Parish Unitarian Church, and for many years it Treasurer.

In his death the community loses a faithful and efficient public servant and the Masonie Fraternity a devoted and exemplary member.

COBURN, JOHN A. 1857-1932

From Proceedings, Page 1932-206:

Brother Coburn was born in Hartford, Connecticut, October 3, 1857, and died at his home in Barre, August 14, 1932.

He took his degrees in Mt. Zion Lodge in 1900 and was its Master for four years, 1905 to 1908 inclusive. On his retirement from the Chair he was elected Secretary and held that office for six years.

On Septembet 12, 1912, M. W. Everett C. Benton appointed him District Deputy Grand Master for the Nineteenth Masonic District to fill a vacancy caused by the retirement of the Deputy then in office. He was reappointed by M.W. Brother Benton for 1913 and by M. W. Melvin M. Johnson for 1914. He was a member of Union Royal Arch Chapter, of Athol, and of Athol Commandery. He served as Secretary of the Barre Knights Templar Association from its organization in 1912 to 1930. He was also a member of the Worcester Lodge of Perfection.

I cannot do better than quote the tribute to Brother Coburn's Masonic character and service contained in a memorial presented to his Lodge:

"Freemasonry gave to Brother John A. Coburn his high ideals of rnorality which characterized his life. He was a student of the Order and its principles. He kept himself informed on Masonic activities at home and abroad. His thorough knowledge qualified him to fill any office at any time. As an earnest and proficient lecturer, with an exactness that tolerated no compromise, he endeavored to make his fellow officers render the ritual letter perfect. Brother Coburn had the courage to censure and the kindness to praise."

Brother Coburn was a machinist by trade and was a department superintendent with the Charles A. Allen Company until compelled by failing health to retire.

His death is a great loss to the Fraternity and to the community of which he was a quiet and unassuming, but very useful member.

COFFIN, HORACE P. 1824-1862

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXII, No. 1, October 1862, Page 31:

At a meeting of Union Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, held on Monday evening, 13th inst., the following preamble and resolutions, offered by Brothers A. B. Robinson and Geo. W. Macy, were unanimously adopted, and ordered to be entered upon the Records of the Lodge :—

To the Worshipful Matter, Wardens and Brethren of Union Lodge—

Death has been among us. That dread messenger to whose fatal summons we must all, sooner or later, yield submission each in their torn as the period arrives, against which the inexorable finger of destiny has written, "thou shall surely die!"

From among the little band of Brethren who have been accustomed to assemble around this altar, it has pleased the Grand Master of the Universe to remove two most worthy and esteemed members, Brothers Benjamin F. Riddell and Horace P. Coffin. Be it therefore

  • Resolved, That bowing in humble obedience to this afflictive dispensation of an All wise Providence, we none the leas deeply feel and appreciate the lots of these our Brethren, whose sterling integrity and probity as men; whose tried fidelity as friends; whose exemplary lives as citizens, and whose zeal and diligence as Masons, had won for them such universal respect and esteem.
  • Resolved, That we beg leave to tender to the widow and families of our deceased Brothers our warmest sympathies in this their sad hour of trial and bereavement ; and while mourning with them in their irreparable toss, we would earnestly commend them to the watchful care and protection of Him who alone is able to bind op their broken hearts — the orphan's Father, the widow's God.
  • Resolved, That the Lodge room be draped in mourning for the space of three months, in respect to the memory of our departed Brothers Riddell and Coffin.
  • Resolved, That a copy of these Resolutions be sent to the families of the deceased, and also to the Freemasons' Monthly Magazine, in Boston, for publication.

Charles P. Swain, Secretary Union Lodge, Nantucket, Mass.


From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XII, No. 1, October 1854, p. 31:

Timothy G. Coffin, Esq. was buried yesterday, at New Bedford, with Masonic honors. The religious services at the house were conducted by Rev. Mr. Howe, after which the procession was formed, under the escort of the Star in the East Lodge, of which the deceased was one of the most active members. The following gentlemen of the De Molay Encampment of Knight Templars of Boston, clad in their beautiful uniform, acted as pall bearers :—

Henry F. Thomas, Charles H. Colby, Joseph L. Porter, Timothy Ingraham, William H. Brown, Carmi E. King, Edward D. Bell, Franklin F. Heard, John A. Cummings, Cyrus F. Francis, Isaac M. Richardson.

Many members of the Bar, of which the deceased was one of the most distinguished, were present. The beautiful and solemn service of the Masonic Order was feelingly and impressively performed at the tomb, by Rev. Thomas R. Lambert, G. Commander of the De Molay Encampment. The funeral procession was one of the largest and most imposing ever witnessed in our city. Appropriate music was furnished by the New Bedford Brass Band.

COFFIN, WILLIAM C. 1866-1930

From Proceedings, Page 1930-276:

R.W. Bro. Coffin was born in Newburyport December 7, 1866, and died in Newburyport March 31, 1930.

Bro. Coffin's whole life was spent in one city and one occupation, that of a newspaper man. He first learned the printing trade and then passed through a foremanship to the city editor's desk and. the position of reporter and correspondent of a metropolitan daily. He not only reported local affairs, but took a prominent part in them. He served a term as Postmaster. He served the city as Councilman and Alderman. He served his ehurch as Deacon, Clerk, Treasurer and Collector. He was aetive in the work of a large number of local organizations for philanthropy and the public welfare. To quote the obituary notice issued by St. John's Lodge: "Bro. Coffin was one of our best known citizens, Ioved, respected, and admired, and always interested in public affairs."

Bro. Coffin was initiated in St. John's Lodge, of Newburyport, March 8, 1895, passed April 5, 1895, and raised May 3, 1895. He served as Master in 1906 and 1907, and was District Deputy Grand Master for the Tenth Masonic District in 1918 and 1919 by appointment of M.W. Leon M. Abbott. He was elected Secretary of St. John's Lodge in 1909 and served until his death.

We cannot do better than to quote again from the Lodge obituary. "The loss which his death brings us is not merely the loss of a faithful and trusted official, it is the loss of a loved and valued friend. Those of us who knew him will hold his memory in our hearts."

Bro. Coffin is survived by his widow, a son, and a daughter.


From Proceedings, Page 1936-104:

Brother Cogswell was born in Essex July 20,1858, and died there April 28, 1936.

Brother Cogswell was of old New England descent. His father was a direct descendant of John Cogswell, who received a grant of land from the crown in what was then a part of Ipswich in 1635, while his mother was a direct descendant of the famous Jonathan Edwards.

Brother Cogswell spent his active life in the provision business. He served in many town offices, being a Selectman for twenty-one years, for many years one of the Overseers of the Poor, and Inspector of Meats. During the World War he was local Treasurer of the Red Cross.

Right Worshipful Brother Cogswell took his Masonic degrees in John T. Heard Lodge in 1894 and 1895, was its Master in 1906-7, and District Deputy Grand Master for the Ninth Masonic District in 1922 and 1923, by appointment of Most Worshipful Arthur D. Prince and Most Worshipful Dudley H. Ferrell. He was a member of all the Bodies of the York and Scottish Rites, and Past Commander of Bethlehem Commandery, K.T.

His was a long life of usefulness to his community, to our Fraternity, and to mankind. We can ill spare such as he.

COLBY, CHARLES H. 1865-1937

From Proceedings, Page 1937-78:

Right Worshipful Brother Colby was born in Lynn October 25, 1865, and died there March 19, 1937.

Brother Colby spent his life in the police service, rising from the rank of Patolman to that of Lieutenant Inspector. During the service he several times won special commendation for bravery. On one occasion he had a gun fight with three robbers in which he was himself wounded, but all three of his antagonists were wounded and captured. In 1904 he was appointed Probation Officer of the Lynn District Court and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1933. When he retired Judge Ralph W. Reeve paid him a warm tribute from the bench in open court in the course of which he said, "He has been stern when sternness was necessary, and merciful when mercy was required. He is considered throughout the Commonwealth one of the most competent probation ofEcers in the administration of the laws and duties of this probation system."

Brother Colby was raised in Mount Carmel Lodge in 1894 and was its Master in 1923. He served as District Deputy Grand Master for the Salem Eighth Masonic District in 1929, by appointment of Most Worshipful Herbert W. Dean. He was a member of all the York Rite bodies and an officer in some.

Brother Colby lived up to the tenets of his profession, and in consequence enjoyed the confidence of all with whom he came in contact. He departs leaving a wealth of gracious and affectionate memories.


From New England Craftsman, Vol. I, No. 9, July 1906, Page 401:

Brother Chprles H. Colby, one of Hyde Park's, Mass. oldest business men aud au ex-selectman, died May 12, age 84 years. The deceased was a native of Newton, N. H. He carried on a grocery business in Newton N. H. and came from there to Hjde Park in 1872. For 20 years he conducted a grocery business. He was regarded highly by his business associates and the citizens in general, and was elected one of the selectman in 1879.

He became a Mason 53 years ago in a lodge in Chelsea, and joining in Hyde Park was made Worshipful Master of Hyde Park Lodge, A. F. & A. M. He was a member also of Hyde Park Council, Norfolk Royal Arch Chapter and Cyprus Commandery of Knights Templar. He took his Templar degrees in De Molay Commandery, Boston, March 1853.

COLE, LELAND J. d. 1861

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XX, No. 6, April 1861, Page 191:

At a meeting of Berkshire Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons held at South Adams, Mass., March 4th, 1861, the death of Leonard J. Cole, a member of Berkshire Lodge, was announced, and the following resolutions were presented and unanimously adopted by the Lodge :—

  • Whereas, It has pleased God in his providence to remove by death our esteemed friend and Brother Leonard J. Cole, and as it is befitting upon such occasions to give expression to our feelings of sorrow and grief, it is therefore,
  • Resolved, That it is with feelings of deep sorrow that we have learned of the death of an esteemed Brother and friend, Leonard J. Cole. He was a true and faithful Mason; he professed as he lived, and lived as he professed; he was a man of education and culture; a man whose future was bright; he was amiable and beloved by all who knew him; his character unstained; his rule of action, to do right; he listened to the voice of conscience and reason for guidance; and his protective shield was an honest heart.
  • Resolved, That we sympathize with the relatives of the deceased in this their deep affliction—the widowed mother, the sister and brothers; but in sympathizing we cannot restore we can remind them of the many virtues of so amiable and exemplary a character, which they will ever hold in sweet remembrance.
  • Voted, That these resolutions be published in the Berkshire Post and Hoosac Valley News and Transcript, and a copy furnished to the family of the deceased.

J. N. Dunham, Secretary of Berkshire Lodge.

COLEMAN, GEORGE H. 1830-1859

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XIX, No. 1, December 1859, Page 94:

Brother GEO. H. COLEMAN Died at the residence of his father, in Nantucket, Dec. 4th, 1859, aged 29 years.

At a regular communication of Union Lodge, Nantucket, Maw., held on Monday evening, Dec. 5th, 1859, the following preamble and resolutions were unanimously adopted :—

Inasmuch as an all-wise Providence has deemed it proper to remove from our midst Geo. H. Coleman, who ever moved in our ranks as a true and worthy Brother,

  • Resolved, That the Members of Union Lodge extend to the bereaved family their deepest sympathies in this hour of trial, as a token of their appreciation of his worth, and of the deep sorrow that pervades our hearts upon the announcement of his melancholy decease.
  • Resolved, That the Secretary of the Lodge prepare and furnish the resolutions for publication in the Freemasons' Magazine, Boston; send a copy of the same to the parents and family of our deceased Brother, and enter the same upon the journal of the Lodge.

Chas. P. Swain, Sec'y. Union Lodge, Nantucket.
Nantucket, Dec. 13th, 1859.



From Proceedings, Page 1896-315:

JOHN HOFFMAN COLLAMORE, son of Gilman and Maria Eliza (Hoffman) Collamore, was born at. his father's residence on Salem street, Boston, Nov. 21, 1816. His father was a merchant and importer of crockery ware, at one time a partner of Otis Norcross, Esq., who continued the business until he was succeeded by Messrs. Jones, McDuffee & Stratton.

John Hoffman Collamore began his education at the old Salem-street Academy, then belonging to and adjoining Christ Church. It was at this Church that he received his spiritual instructions under the preaching of Drs. Eaton, Crosswell and Woart. After leaving the Academy, he with his two brothers entered the Chauncy Hall School, where he attended for a considerable time. From this school, after a visit to Europe under the care of a tutor, he entered the counting-room of Mr. Winchester, a merchant on South Market street, where he remained for several years, but possessing a roving disposition and having more than an ordinary love for the water he went to sea. He made one voyage to England and return, as a sailor. He went to Europe for the last time in 1845, and remained there for eighteen years, making Paris his home during much of this time.

He was favored through the influence of Count de Lestie, Chamberlain of the Empress Eugenie, and the Grand Prevost of the French Army, Monsieur le Colonel de Vernon, to accompany the French Army during the Franco-Austro-Italian War, and was an eye-witness of all the principal battles, Solferino and Magenta being the most important. He also travelled in the principal countries of Europe, in Egypt and other parts of Africa.

Bro. Collamore referred with evident pleasure to his exploration of rivers in flat-boats or canoes. His first experience in this line was in a canoe to Newburyport, Mass., by way of the old Middlesex canal and Merrimack river, at about the time the dam was built across the Merrimack at Lawrence. Later with some friends from Pittsburgh, Pa., he journeyed down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers to New Orleans. While in Europe he sailed and canoed on the Seine from Paris to Havre and on the Rhone from Lyons to Avignon.

On his return from Europe in 1863 he settled in Boston. After that time he made extensive journeys, visiting Alaska, Canada, Mexico,, South America and the Sandwich Islands. Meantime he gave attention to the care and management of his extensive financial interests.

Bro. Collamore was made a Master Mason in Columbian Lodge of Boston Jan. 2, 1890; a Royal Arch Mason in St. Andrew's R.A. Chapter, Boston, April 2, 1890; and was created a Knight Templar in Boston Commandery June 18, 1890. The degrees of Royal and Select Master were conferred upon him in Boston Council June 19, 1890. He received the Ineffable Grades in Lafayette Lodge of Perfection, Boston, Feb. 7, 1890; the Ancient Traditional Grades in Giles F. Yates Council, Princes of Jerusalem, Boston, Feb. 14, 1890; the Philosophical and Doctrinal Grades in Mount Olivet Chapter, Rose-Croix, Boston, Feb. 21, 1890, and the Modern Historical and Chivalric Grades in the Massachusetts Consistory, S.P.R.S., April 25, 1890. At the session of the Supreme Council of the 33d and last degree, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the United States, held at Providence, R.I., in September, 1892, Bro. Collamore was elected to the honorary grade of Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33d degree. He was crowned with this grade at Chicago, Ill., September 19, 1893.

Bro. Collamore was an honorary member of the following-named Masonic Bodies: Aberdour, Columbian, Germania, Joseph Webb, Massachusetts,Mount Lebanon, Revere, St. John's and Winslow Lewis Lodges, of Boston; Lafayette and Washington Lodges, of Roxbury; Aurora and Charles W. Moore Lodges, of Fitchburg; Eliot Lodge, of Jamaica Plain; King David Lodge, of Taunton; Satuit Lodge, of Scituate and Winthrop Lodge, of Winthrop, all in Massachusetts; and Mt. Lebanon Lodge, of Laconia, N.H. Cambridge Royal Arch Chapter, of Cambridge, Dorchester, of Dorchester, Mount Vernon, of Roxbury, St. Paul's, of Boston and Thomas Royal Arch Chapter, of Fitchburg, Mass. Boston and De Molay Commanderies, K.T., of Boston, Bay State Commandery, of Brockton, Hugh de Payens, of Melrose, Cambridge, of Cambridge, Jerusalem, of Fitchburg, Joseph Warren, of Roxbury, Olivet, of Lynn, St. Omer, of South Boston, South Shore, of East Weymouth, and William Parkman, of East Boston, all in Massachusetts, and Pilgrim Commandery, of Laconia, N.H. Roxbury Council of Royal and Select Masters, of Roxbury, Lafayette Lodge of Perfection, A.A.S.R., of Boston, Giles F. Yates Council of Princes of Jerusalem, A.A.S.R., of Boston, and Merrimack Valley Lodge of Perfection, A.A.S.R., of Haverhill, all in Massachusetts. He was also a life member of the Widows and Orphans Masonic Home Association in Louisville, Ky., and a member of the Masonic Home Association of Springfield, O.

The gifts made by Bro. Collamore to various Masonic Bodies and to prominent Brethren are beyond enumeration. Among those worthy of special mention are the donations of a burial lot, with a handsome and massive sarcophagus erected thereon, in Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn, Mass., to Mount Olivet Commandery, K.T., of that city; a burial lot, with a large and beautiful monument erected thereon, in Mt. Hope Cemetery, to Boston Commandery, K.T., of Boston; a burial lot and monument, in the same cemetery, to the Ancient and Accepted Scottish. Rite in the valley of Boston; and also a burial lot and monument, in the same cemetery, to the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, A.F. and A.M. All of these monuments are made of the finest Quincy granite artistically finished and polished, with suitable inscriptions, mottoes and emblems engraved thereon.

Bro. Collamore presented to Lafayette Lodge of Perfection, of Boston, a set of new and elaborate paraphernalia, furniture, wardrobe, etc., and to Joseph Warren Commandery, K.T., of Roxbury, one of the most expensive and most perfect organs placed in any Masonic Hall in the United States. He also presented numerous other Lodges and Orders with Bibles, squares and compasses, wardrobes, etc., and to an unknown number of Brethren he presented swords, and other valuables, indicative of his personal regard and Masonic interest.

The charitable and fraternal work of Bro. Collamore was constant and unstinted. By the conditions of his will his generosity will continue to be shown and his charitable work will go on through coming generations. He left a legacy to each of the Masonic Bodies of which he was an honorary member, and especially made this Grand Lodge the almoner of his charity. He bequeathed to the Trustees of the "Masonic Education and Charity Trust," the sum of $50,000, to be allowed to accumulate until it shall become $100,000, to constitute the "John H. Collamore Charity Fund," the income thereof to be devoted, according to the discretion of the Trustees, to the relief of members of the Masonic Fraternity, who have received the degrees in Lodges under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, and the wives, widows, and children under sixteen years of age, of such members.

Bro. Collamore after a short illness passed away on the morning of Nov. 3, 1896. The funeral was held at the Emmanuel Church; Boston Commandery, K.T., performing the Knight Templar burial service. Many officers and members of the Grand Lodge attended the funeral, and the Grand Master, accompanied by many of the Brethren, followed the remains to their last resting-place in Forest Hills Cemetery.

John Hoffman Collamore will be held in grateful remembrance by us and by those Brethren who succeed us. His work on earth is done. The variety and extent of his kindnesses and charities were great, and his example is worthy of imitation.



From New England Craftsman, Vol. XXI, No. 12, October 1926, Page 300:

To keep actively at work at one's chosen vocation at four score years is a privilege that comes to comparatively few. Frederick T. Comee, Grand Secretary of the Grand Chapter of Massachusetts, and Grand Recorder of the Grand Council, is one of those so blessed by Divine Providence. He celebrated his 80th birthday on Friday, October 1, and put in a busy day at his desk in the Masonic Temple. His work, however, was considerably interrupted by an abundance of congratulations from his many well wishers, and the presentation of floral and other gifts by the Grand Council, Grand Chapter and Boston Commandery K. T., and by personal friends.

Bro. Comee was born in Dana, Mass., Oct. 1, 1846, the son of Thos. W. and Lydia (Towne) Comee. His father was a farmer in his earlier years, and later came to Boston, where he engaged in the business of making matches. He used to make the only match that would stand an ocean voyage, and sold them to the Pacific coast trade, being shipped on sailing vessels around South America. Card matches, recalled by many as looking something like a wooden comb, were his specialty. He also made a match that was used by street lamp lighters. It could be used several times in succession, as, with a little experience, the match could be made to throw a spark which would ignite the gas without burning the match.

When Frederick was six years old he came to Boston with his parents, and attended the public schools. He started his business career as an errand boy in an upholstery and carriage goods jobbing house on Franklin Street. Later he was taken into the firm of Metcalf, Teirce & Co. After the Boston fire in 1872, a new partnership was formed under the name of Peirce, Comee & Dorr. Subsequently in 1884 Bro. Comee went with the Woonsocket Rubber Co. as assistant superintendent of one their mills, and 18 months later was promoted to be manager of the three mills.

In 1903 he resigned, intending temporarily to retire from active work. He tried doing nothing for awhile, but was too active in mind and body to be an idler, and a few years later gladly accepted the invitation to act temporarily as Grand Recorder and Grand Secretary when the well beloved Gilman Waite passed away. So efficiently did Bro. Comee carry on the work that the tefl porarj positions were made permanent.

Bro. Comee early in life joined St. John's Lodge of Boston, and for two years served as its Master, his ffl Masonic office being that of Senior Deacon.

In St. Andrews R. A. Chapter started as principal sojourner, it was its high priest for two years. served the grand chapter as grand high priest in 1885-86-87, and grand treasurer for three years, 1913-14-15.

In Boston Connnandery he started as junior warden, and was quickly advanced to a two-year term as eminent commander. He is at present the senior past officer in his lodge, chapter and commandery, also in grand chapter, and is said to have been the youngest presiding officer these bodies ever had, with possibly one exception. He has taken all the Masonic degrees, both York and Scottish Rite, including the 32nd degree.

Bro. Comee never held office in Council, or Scottish rite bodies! business having taken him into I another state for 30 years, although all that time he retained his membership and active interest in the Boston Masonic bodies.

Bro. Comee has two sons, Frederick Morton Comee, assistant superintendent of the Cambridge Rubber Co., and Arthur Morton Comee, officer in the First National Bank of Provincetown.

He was married in 1871 to Miss Adelaide Morton of Salisbury Point with whom for 53 years he enjoyed an unusually happy married life which was terminated by Mrs. Comee's death Feb. 2, 1924.

CONE, DWIGHT E. 1854-1927

From Proceedings, Page 1927-213:

Brother Cone was born in North Brookfield, N. Y. August 13, 1854, and died very suddenly while at an outing in Swansea August 31, 1927. He was graduated from the New Berlin Academy and taught school for a few years. In 1872 he began the study of medicine. Receiving his medical certificate from the University of the City of New York, he began practice in Coventry, N. Y. After three years he went to Portsmouth, R. I., and then, in 1882, to Fall River, where he remained until his death.

In 1915 he gave up the greater part of his practice and for the last three years of his life was in very poor health. He was a member of the American Medical Association, the Massachusetts Medical Society, and the Fall River Medical Society, of which he was the founder. He was one of the founders of the Fall River Hospital and was active in its work and in that of its successor, the present Union Hospital, in which he had a service in the department of gynaecology for twenty-two years.

Brother Cone received the degrees in Freemasonry in Narragansett Lodge in 1889 and was its Worshipful Master in 1894. He was a Charter member of Massasoit Lodge in 1916 and a Charter member and Worshipful Master under Dispensation and first Master under Charter of Netop Lodge. He served as District Deputy Grand Master for what was then the Twenty-sixth Masonic District in 1905 and 1906, under appointments from M.W. Baalis Sanford and M.W. John Albert Blake.

He was a member and past High Priest of Fall River Chapter, R. A. M. and past Grand King of the Grand Chapter, a member of Fall River Council, R. and S. M.; a member and past Commander of Godfrey de Bouillon Commandery, K. T.; and a member of the Scottish Rite bodies, including the Consistory, in Providence, R. I.

With all his duties and avocations he found time to be a good and interested citizen and served Fall River for a time as a member of the School Committee. As a physician he was a practitioner of the old type, the friend and counsellor of his patients as well as their medical adviser. He leaves behind him the memory of an exceedingly active and useful life, fragrant with good deeds and adorned with many friendships.

He was twice married and is survived by his widow and two daughters by his first marriage. A third daughter by the same marriage predeceased him.


From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXII, No. 2, November 1862, Page 63:

The following Resolutions were adopted by Pacific Lodge, Amherst, in commemoration of the death of their distinguished Brother, Hon. Ithamer Conkey.

  • Whereas, it has pleased the Great Master of the Universe to remove by death a beloved and esteemed member of Pacific Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, Hon. Ithamar Conkey, therefore
  • Resolved, That in his death we recognize the hand of that All Wise Disposer of events, who doeth all things well, and while we mourn bit departure we also feel that what is our loss is his gain.
  • Resolved, That in him we have lost a faithful friend, a wise counsellor and esteemed companion; one whose presence was always a source of pleasure and profit.
  • Resolved, That in his death the community have also lost a useful member of society; one who was willing to forget sell in bis efforts to promote the well being of hit fellow citizens, and who has done much by his counsels and labors to advance the interests of the community at large.
  • Resolved, That we tender to the afflicted family of the deceased, our sincere and hearty sympathy for their bereavement, and that the Secretary of the Lodge be in directed to transmit a copy of these resolutions to the widow of the deceased; and thai as a further token the Lodge be draped in mourning for the period of thirty days.


From New England Craftsman, Vol. XXXII, No. 5, January 1937, Page 97:

Charles T. Converse of South Park Avenue, Longmeadow, Grand Commander of Knights Templar of Massachusetts and Rhode Island died suddenly January 24.

He had gone to visit Dr. Hervey Smith's camp in Smith's Ferry off the Northampton Road, and collapsed while out walking with his friends. He was taken to the home of John B. Choquette, a Holyoke fireman, nearby. Mr. Choquette asked the fire department to rush an inhalator. This, however, failed to revive the stricken man.

He was elected grand commander at the meeting of the commandery in Boston last October at the 133d conclave in Masonic Temple. He was prominent in Springfield, holding high office in Masonic circles. He was treasurer of the Springfield Masonic Hall Association and of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church here and was president of the Cheney Washburn Undertaking Corp.

He leaves his widow, the former Vera Fish.

COOK, MARCUS 1827-1907

From New England Craftsman, Vol. III, No. 1, October 1907, Page 37:

Brother Marcus Cook a well known retired business man of Boston, died September 30. lie was a member of William Parkman Lodge. Winchester, Mass. Mystic R. A. Chapter. Medford, Mass. and Boston Commaudery. He was formerly connected with the hat business.

COOKE, GEORGE F. 1866-1929

From Proceedings, Page 1929-25:

R. W. George F. Cooke was born in the Chincha Islands, South America, February 11, 1866, and died in Manchester, Mass., February 4, 1929. R. W. Bro. Cooke was for many years Assistant Postmaster at Salem, Mass. The latter years of his life were spent as Assistant Treasurer of the Manchester Trust Company. Bro. Cooke was entered in Essex Lodge March 22, 1898, passed April 19, 1898, raised and took membership May 17, 1898. He was Master of Essex Lodge in 1908 and 1909, and District Deputy Grand Master for the Ninth Masonic District in 1924 and 1925 by appointment of M.W. Dudley H. Ferrell.

He was keenly interested in the organization of Manchester Lodge in 1920, and was its Worshipful Master under dispensation. He was exalted in Washington Royal Arch Chapter, of Salem, May 10, 1900, and served as its Secretary from 1915 to 1924. He beeame a member of Salem Council Royal and Seleet Masters October 23, 1901, and served as its Recorder from 1902 tn 1927. He was knighted in Winslow Lewis Commandery, K. T., No. 18, of Salem, February 21, 1901. He served also as Secr:etary of the North Shore Past Masters' Association from 1911 to the time of his death.

As will be shown from this brief record Brother Cooke was one of the earnest devoted souls who seek service rather than honors. His appointment as District Deputy Grand Master was a recognition of both service and character, and in that post he fully justified the expectations which led to his appointment. His service was gentle, kindly, and efficient, and his District prospered under his leadership.

R.W. Brother Cooke was one of the gentlest and sweetest of men, and his loss is keenly felt by a large circle of his associates.

COOPER, J. GEORGE 1835-1912

From New England Craftsman, Vol. VII, No. 6, March 1912, Page 213:

Wor. Brother J. George Cooper, Past Master of Columbian Lodge, Boston, died February 25th. Brother Cooper was well known as the proprietor of the restaurant in the South Station. As a business man his reputation for honor and integrity was of the highest class. As a man and Mason he was loved, trusted and honored. No one could think an unkind thought or say an unkind word of him. He was generous to those in his employ and courteous to every one who came into his society. His death makes a loss in the circle of his friends that is distinctly felt.


  • MM 1875, New York #330, New York, NY.
  • Affiliated 1885, WM 1888-1890, Winslow Lewis
  • Member 1901-1914, Dalhousie

From New England Craftsman, Vol. XV, No. 1, October 1919, Page 22:

George Towne Coppins, for thirty years secretary of the Walworth Manufacturing Company, died Ocloher 22d at his home at 19 Fairmont Avenue, Newton. Mr. Coppins, who was in the seventy-fourth year of his age, had been ill for several months. He was born in New York City, the son of the late Thomas Henry and Isabella (Glass) Coppins, and had been a resident of Newton for thirty-eight years. Six years ago he retired from active business life. He held membership in the Algonquin and Exchange Clubs of Boston, the Boston Chamber of Commerce, and was a Past Master of Winslow Lewis Lodge of Masons, a member of Newton Royal Arch Chapter, a past Commander of Gethsemane Commandery, K. T., of Newton, and an honorary member of St. Bernard Commandery, K. T. His wife survives him, together with a son, Raymond G. Coppins, and two daughters, Mrs. Walter H. Barker and Mrs. John Alden, all of Newton.

COREY, CHARLES E. 1851-1916

From Proceedings, Page 1917-24:

Brother Charles E. Corey was born in Brookline, Mass., October 13, 1851, and died at his residence in Winchester December 27, 1916. When a young man he entered the leather business in Boston and ultimately became connected with the firm of William Quirin & Company, which he later controlled and reorganized under the name of the Corey Leather Company. At the time of his death he was president of the Corey Leather Company and of the Delaware Leather Company, of Wilmington, Delaware.

R.W. Brother Corey was of a modest and unassuming demeanor and possessed a keen business ability. He gave of his time to the community so far as a busy life would permit. He rendered valuable services to the town as a member of the Sewer Board, Chairman of the Wadleigh School Building Committee, of the High School Building Committee, and of the Finance Committee of Winchester.

R.W. Brother Corey married Miss Henrietta E. Richardson in 1875. She, with two sons and a daughter, survives him.

R.W. Brother Corey received the Masonic Degrees in William Parkman Lodge in 1885, was Worshipful Master in 1891 and 1892 and was District Deputy Grand Master of the Sixth Masonic District in 1898 and 1899. He was also a member of Woburn Royal Arch Chapter, of Woburn, and of DeMolay Commandery, Knights Templars, of Boston.


From Proceedings, Page 1930-68:

R.W. Brother Corey was born in South Malden, now Everett, Nov. 28, 1833, and died in Everett Jan. 17, 1930. He was a direct descendant of John and Priseilla Alden. In his earlier years Brother Corey was engaged in the boot and shoe business in Boston, but after being burned out in the fire of 1872 he opened a shop in Everett. Brother Corey was always prominent in loeal affairs. He was one of the leaders in the movement which resulted in the separation of Everett from Malden in 1870, and was a member of the first Board of Selectmen tf Everett and Secretary of the joint Committee which made the financial adjustments between the two towns. He was the first Fire Chief of Everett, Postmaster during President Cleveland's administration; and Town Auditor for a time. Later he became Chairman of the Board of Assessors. After long service in that capacity he took the position of Assistant Assessor, an office especially created for him by act of the Legislature. He served actively in this office until his death, not leaving his desk until a week before the end came.

Brother Corey was a very active and useful member of our Craft, although he never took any degrees except those of the Lodge. Ife was initiated in Palestine Lodge February 11, 1869, while the Lodge was under Dispensation, passed March 11, 1869, and raised. April 29, 1869. He was Worshipful Master of Palestine Lodge in 1879 and 1880.

He served as District Deputy Grand Master for the Seventh Masonic District throughout the aclministration of M.W, Abraham H. Howland, Jr., 1884, 1885, and 1886.

Brother Corey was a fine type of the best New England manhood, a credit to the splendid stock from which he sprung, while by his life and conduct he exemplified at all times the principles of the Fraternity.



From Proceedings, Page 1935-211:

Since our last Communication our Mother Grand Lodge of England has suffered another great loss in the sudden death of Lord Cornwallis, the Deputy Grand Master. Lord Cornwallis had been the Representative of this Grand Lodge near the United Grand Lodge of England since the adoption of the representative system by this Grand Lodge in 1928, and we were much indebted for his kind offices in that capacity.

His civil services were recognized by his elevation to the Peerage in 1927. His Masonic service was long and distinguished, culminating in his appoinrment to the Deputy Grand Mastership in 1926, which post he held until his death. Once more we extend our heartfelt sympathy to our English Brethren.

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From Proceedings, Page 1936-199:

Brother Corthell was born in Hingham, April 20, t87O, and died at his summer home in Laconia, New Hampshire, September 11, 1936.

Brother Corthell was educated in the Hingham public schools and at Williams College, being graduated in i893. After a year of post-graduate work at Harvard, he began teaching, which was henceforth his life work. For thirty-five years he was head of the history department in the South Boston High School.

He took his degrees in St. John's Lodge, of Boston, in 1914 and was its Master in 1923. In 1927 he affiliated with The Harvard Lodge. He served as District Deputy Grand Master for the First Masonic District in 1926 and 1927, by appointment of Most Worshipful Frank L. Simpson. He was a member and Past High Priest of St. Andrews' Royal Arch Chapter.

While Brother Corthell's life was the quiet life of the scholar, he was never touched by the remoteness and austerity which sometimes characterizes scholars. His was a kindly, genial character, full of human contacts and warm friendships. Although his health had been impaired for some years and his appearances among us less frequent than of old, he will be sorely missed by a host of friends.

COTTAM, J(AMES). ROY 1889-1922

From New England Craftsman, Vol. XVII, No. 7, April 1922, Page 202:

J. Roy Cottam, for a long time cashier of the Hotel & Railroad News Company, diei recently in his 32d year.

Bro. Cottam was born in Boston on April 30, 1889. He attended the public schools and was graduated from the Henry L. Pierce School, the English High School and the Bryant & Stratton College. He entered the employ of the Hotel & Railroad News Company in June, 1905, and after a time was appointed to the important position of cashier.

Bro. Cottam was a popular member of tha Craft being a member of Mt. Lebanon Lodge of Masons, Boston-Lafayette Lodge of Perfection, Giles Yates Council of Princes of Jerusalem, Mt. Oliver Chapter of Rose Croix, Massachusetts Consistory and Aleppo Temple Mystic Shrine.

Br. Cottam is survived by his wife, his mother, Mrs. Thomas T. Tracey and a brother, Major William D. Cottam, all of Boston.

COUCH, LESTER S. 1866-1939

From Proceedings, Page 1939-293:

Right Worshipful Brother Couch was born in Danvers March 10, 1866, and died in the Salem Hospital June 21, 1939.

Brother Couch was an architect by profession and was also extensively engaged in banking. He was Vice-president of the Danvers Co-operative Bank and a Trustee of the Danvers Savings Bank. For a time he was Park Commissioner of Danvers. He was one of the Directors of the Danvers Historical Society and an official of the Danvers Universalist Parish. He was commissioned lieutenant-colonel for service in Washington in the World War.

He was raised in Mosaic Lodge in 1893 and was its Master in 1906. He served as District Deputy Grand Master for the Ninth Masonic District in 1918 and 1919 by appointment of Most Worshipful Leon M. Abbott.

Very capable in all his undertakings, Right Worshipful Brother Couch was genial and companionable, the sort of man who won the respect of all and the affection of his associates. He will be sorely missed.

COX, GEORGE A. 1862-1936


From Proceedings, Page 1936-106:

Right Worshipful Brother Cox was born in Middleboro January 12, 1862, and died at his summer home in Wareham May 30, 1936. His mother died at his birth, and his father died when he was twelve years old, leaving him to the care of a housekeeper, who was faithful and successful in the care of the boy.

As soon as he was old enough to do so, he took charge of a box mill business which his father had founded. In 1905 his two mills and his home were destroyed by fire. He then took a position in a grain store and during his last years was janitor of a school. He was an enthusiastic boatman and often entertained parties of friends on sailing trips. It is said of him that his greatest delight was in giving pleasure to other people."

He was raised in May Flower Lodge in 1888 and was its Master in 1894-5, and Secrerary from 1904 to 1909. He served as District Deputy Grand Master for the Twenty-third Masonic District in 1909 and 1910, by appointment of Most Worshipful Dana J. Flanders.

Brother Cox was one of those quiet, useful men who do faithfully and devotedly whatever comes in the line of duty. He will be deeply mourned.

COX, SAMUEL 1819-1922

  • MM 1849, Philanthropic
  • Past Senior Grand Deacon (Hon.), September 1919

From Proceedings, Page 1922-31:

Brother Samuel Cox, of Philanthropic Lodge, died at his home in Lynn on March 1.

Brother Cox was born August 27, 1819, and was, therefore, in his one hundred and third year. He was in comfortable health up to the actual time of his death, which was without warning and without pain. He became a member of Philanthropic Lodge November 26, 1849, more than seventy-two years ago. Brother Cox was present at the Quarterly Communication of the Grand Lodge September 10, 1919, shortly after his one hundredth birthday, when he received the greeting of the Grand Lodge and was appointed Past Senior Grand Deacon by M.W. Leon M. Abbott, then Grand Master. He continued to attend the meetings of his Lodge practically to the end of his Life. A portrait of him and a sketch of his life wiil be found in the published Proceedings of this Grand Lodge for 1919.

From New England Craftsman, Vol. XVI, No. 12, September 1921, Page 311:

The World's Oldest Freemason

Brother Samuel Cox, Lynn's only centenarian and the oldest living Freemason, celebrated the 102d anniversary of his birth, August 27th, 1921.

Despite his years, he is as active today as any time since he passed his 80th birthday, and he retains an intense interest in the doings of the day.

Lynn now claims the centenarian, but he rightfully belongs to Marblehead, as it was there, in his native town that he spent most to his life.

He is a remarkable man. He has never been troubled by a headache or by rheumatism and, with the exception of a period of a few years ago, when he was threatened with pneumonia, he has never been sick.

He frankly says that he does not know how he has happened to live so long. "I've always been pretty happy," said the grand old man, "and I never allowed anything to worry me." When asked to tell his 'thoughts about living he replied: "Forget your troubles; don't talk about them. Think of the misfortunes of others instead of your own."

His advice to young men about their mode of life is different from what he has been accustomed to do. Abstinence from tobacco is preached by him, yet he smokes from two to five cigars every day, and as far as results have shown, the use of tobacco has never had an injurious effect upon his health.

Young people should abstain from sweets, he says, and he advises them to take long walks in the open air and to be unafraid to expand the lungs. Singing is a great help, according to Bro. Cox. But most of all, he believes in the old adage of early to bed and early to rise, and he has followed it as far back as he can remember.

And Brother Cox has some memory. In 1824 Lafayette rode through Marbleheacl on horseback and the centenarian remembers it so well that he recalls the payment of five cents for a badge to sport on that memorable day.

He was born in Marblehead August 27, 1819, and his parents were James and Hannah Cox. He never had much schooling and when he was ten years of age he went to work and received 10 cents for a day's work of 14 hours. At 19 he became a fisherman and until he was 44 he sailed to the Grand Banks.

Then he married and to that event he ascribes his escape from the death met by all of his family. "Really," he said, "I can't say if my family was long-lived because all of my folks were lost at sea. I probably would have been, but after I married, my wife wouldn't let me go. Since then I've been a jack-of-all-trades, but mostly a shoemaker."

He has had but one vacation, and that was in 1876, when he went to the Centennial celebration in Philadelphia. "Perhaps I wouldn't have lived so long if I had a vacation every year as folks do nowadays," said the old young man. Bro. Cox lives with his daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth P. Proctor, 188 Chestnut street, Lynn, and he pays daily visits to the firemen at the Fayette street station. Another call which he makes daily is at a nearby barbershop, and between the firemen and the barber he learns all the news. His sight failed him some time ago and he has to depend upon his friends for the news.

It was in 1844 that he cast his first presidential ballot, for Van Buren, and he is proud that he always voted the regular party ticket. He was rewarded with the postmastership of Marblehead during President Buchanan's term.

He is the oldest member of Philanthropic Lodge of Masons of Marblehead, having been raised in that lodge in 1849, and is without doubt the oldest Mason in New England, if not in the world.

Bro. Cox has seven of ten children living. They are: Mrs. Proctor, Mrs. Philip Smith, Mrs. Fred L. Spinney and Charles H. Cox of Lynn, and Mrs. Ellery Spinney, Miss Martha Cox and William Cox of Chicago.

Annually for several years it has been the custom of the Grand Master to send birthday felicitations to our venerable brother, and it is with keen pleasure that these brotherly sentiments are received. Most Worshipful Brother Prince sent him greetings this year in his usual gracious manner.

On the occasion of Bro. Cox's birthday, he was the recipient of 100 American Beauty roses from Philanthropic Lodge, and in September, 1919, he was appointed by the then Grand Master, Leon Martin Abbott, to the position of Senior Grand Deacon of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts.

We suggest that our readers write to Brother Cox and felicitate him on his accession to the dignity of a real patriarch among Masons, for he will surely appreciate kindly sentiments of brethren in the order of which he has so long been a loyal member.

From New England Craftsman, Vol. XVII, No. 6, March 1922, Page 176:

Samuel Cox, 103, the oldest resident of Lynn and oldest member of the Masonic fraternity probably in the world, died Wednesday March 1, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Proctor, 188 Chestnut Street, Lynn. He was born in Marblehead, where he lived until a few years ago.

Ten cents for a 14-hour day was the pay he received when he first went to work at the age of 10. Between the ages of 19 and 44, he followed the sea, later becoming foreman of a stitching room in a Lynn shoe factory. He once declared that the only vacation he ever had was when he visited the centennial in Philadelphia in 1876. From 1853 to 1861 he was postmaster of Marblehead. Until he was 82 years old he kept alive his interest in telegraphy and was able to send and receive messages.

He cast his first ballot in a presidential election in 1844 for Martin Van Buren, and at no time since had he failed to vote for the Democratic candidate, particularly favored in the last election in the person of James M. Cox, a distant relative. Seventy-five years ago Bro. Cox took the first degree as a charter member of the Philanthropic lodge of Masons. His interest in Freemasonry had always been keen and oh the occasion of his 100th birthday he was the recipient of honors from the Grand Lodge and other bodies of which he was a member.

"Hard work, early hours, good plain food, are the factors in a long life," he used to tell his friends. "Forget your troubles; don't talk about them. Think of the misfortunes of other folks instead of your own troubles.

Bro. Cox was the father of 10 children, five of whom are living. His wife died several years ago.

Members of Philanthropic Lodge, A. F. and A. M., of Marblehead, attended the funeral March 4. Worshinful Master T. Edgar Parker, assisted by the Rev. Thomas M. Mark, pastor of the Hawes Memorial Church of South Boston and acting as chaplain, officiated.

COY, SAMUEL I. d. 1906

From New England Craftsman, Vol. II, No. 4, January 1907, Page 156:’’

Brother Samuel I. Coy, a well known and highly esteemed Mason died at his home in Boston, December 26. Brother Coy has been a member of St. John's Lodge since April 6, 1878. He was a member of St. Andrew's R. A. Chapter, Boston Council of R. and S. Masters, a member of Boston Commandery K. T. and a member of Massachusetts Consistory. He was a thirty-third degree Mason and a member of the Shrine. He was also well known in military circles. Brother Coy was quiet and reserved in maimer but had a warm heart and was a true friend. He had a host of friends who sincerely grieve at his death.

His funeral was held Sunday Dec. 30, and was attended by a large number of friends among which were many of the prominent Masons of Boston and vicinity.

CRAIG, WILLIAM 1847-1917

From New England Craftsman, Vol. XIII, No. 3, December 1917, Page 91:

William Craig, one of Brookline's best-known citizens and a selectman for several years, former commissioner of Norfolk county and ex-president of the Boston Fruit and Produce Exchange died recently at his home, 15 Columbia St., Brookline. He was a member of Beth-Horon Lodge of Masons in Brookline, Brookline Chapter, O. E. S., and the Brookline Board of Trade. Mr. Craig was born at East Corinth, Vt, Jan. 15, 1847, and was first elected selectman of Brookline in 1904 and was regularly re-elected until 1909, when, owing to business demands, he retired. He had served several terms as chairman. After a few years citizens of Brookline again prevailed upon him to become a candidate. He was elected and served until his death. In 1912 he was elected County Commissioner.

CRANDON, DANIEL G. 1848-1936

From Proceedings, Page 1936-17:

Brother Crandon was born in Plymouth, of Pilgrim ancestry, September 16, 1848. At the age of fifteen he moved with his family to Chelsea, where he lived for many years. The last years of his life were spent in Newton Center, where he died January 14, 1936.

Brother Crandon was a pioneer in the development of the chain store movement, establishing a chain of 99-cent stores in Boston, Bangor, Maine, and Poughkeepsie, New York.

Brother Crandon was always a lover of his kind. In his early life he organized a group of boys in Plymouth similar to the Boy Scouts of later date. This work was considered so valuable that the Selectmen of Plymouth furnished uniforms and equipment. He was for many years President of the Boston Ethical Society and Secretary of the Free Religious Society of America.

He took his Masonic degrees in Robert Lash Lodge in 1876 and was its Master in 1888-9. He served as District Deputy Grand Master for the Third Masonic District in 1890 and 1891, by appointment by Most Worshipful Samuel Wells.

Brother Crandon retained his keen interest in Robert Lash Lodge until the end of his life. Until the last few years, when the infirmities of age and distance of his residence made it no longer possible, he was very regular in attendance upon Lodge meetings and enjoyed to the utmost the duties and courtesies which fall to a senior Past Master

So passes, full of years and honors, one who loved his fellow men, leaving behind him sorrowing hearts and tender recollections.


From New England Craftsman, Vol. II, No. 4, January 1907, Page 154:’’

Brother John H. Crandon, formelv a well-known Boston newspaper man, and for many years a prominent resident of Chelsea, Mass., died Dec. 13, after a long and painful illness of sixteen months.

John Howland Crandon was born at Plymouth, Mass., Nov. 2, 1836. He learned the printer's trade in Plymouth and came to Boston in 1863, and was for many years connected with the Commercial Bulletin.

He served as a member of the council and the board of aldermen of Chelsea, and for twenty-one years was a member of the water commissioners' board of the city; he was a former secretary and later was president of the Chelsea Board of Trade.

He was a Knight Templar and a member of the Robert Lash Lodge of Masons of Chelsea, also the Sons of the American Revolution and a director in the Old Suffolk Chapter of that organization, and was formerly the historian of the Massachusetts Society of Colonial Wars.

He was a lineal descendant of Governor Bradford, John Howland, John Alden, Richard Warren, Francis Cooke, Stephen Hopkins, William Brewester, Edward Doty and George Soule of the Mayflower, and was a close student of the Pilgrim history, He leave a widow, a son, Edwin S., of the Transcript staff, and well known as Grand Master of the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of Massachusetts, and two daughters, Mrs. George E. Fay of Chelsea and Mrs. D. Frank Lord of Belmont.


From Proceedings, Page 1937-218:

Right Worshipful Brother Crandon was born in Chelsea November 9, 1866, and died in Melrose Highlands September 12, 1937.

He was educated in the Chelsea schools and at a business college in Boston. At the age of eighteen he entered the employ of F. W. Witcher, a dealer in shoe findings, and remained with that concern until failing health compelled his retirement in 1932.

He was raised in Wyoming Lodge February 28, 1906, and although of mature years when he became a member of the Fraternity, he at once showed great interest and activity. He was Master of his Lodge in 1917 and 1918, Junior Grand Deacon in 1920, and District Deputy Grand Master for the Seventh Masonic District in 1923 and 1924, by appointment of Most Worshipful Dudley H. Ferrell. At the time of his death he was Representative near this Grand Lodge of the Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia.

His activities in the collateral bodies of Masonry were extensive and distinguished. He was a Pasr High Priest of Waverly Royal Arch Chapter, Past Illustrious Master of Melrose Council, Royal and Select Masters, Past Commander of Hugh de Payens Commandery, Knights Templar, and a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies in Boston.

He was one of the most genial and. kindly of men, spreading light and cheer wherever he went. He will be greatly missed by a host of loving friends.

CRANE, LEWIS M. 1838-1913

From Proceedings, Page 1913-157:

R.W. LEWIS M. CRANE of Brookline, was born in Mt. Holly, Vt., Nov. 11, 1838, and died at his summer residence in North Woodstock, Vt., on Saturday, Aug. 30, 1913. Though failing in health for a long time, his fatal illness was of a week's duration.

Brother Crane received the Masonic degrees in Beth-Horon Lodge of Brookline in 1878, and was its Master in 1888 and 1889. He served as District Deputy Grand Master of the Fifth Masonic District in 1894 and 1895.


From Proceedings, Page 1929-143:

R.W. Brother Crockett was born in New Durham, New Hampshire, December 9, 1854, and died at his home in North Easton August 16, 1929.

R.W. Brother Crockett was initiated in Paul Dean Lodge December 26, 1877, passed January 23, 1878, and raised and took membership February 20, 1878. He was Worshipful Master of Paul Dean Lodge for four years, 1884 to 1887 inclusive. In 1904 he was appointed District Deputy Grand Master by M.W. Baalis Sanford (22nd District), serving, however, but for one year. At the time of his death he was the senior Past Master of Paul Dean Lodge.

Brother Crockett was one of the leading citizens of North Easton. For many years he was the Moderator of town meetings, and represented the town in the Legislature for two years. He was Postmaster of North Easton for eighteen years. He was President of the North Easton Cooperative Bank, and Trustee and Clerk of the Board of the North Easton Savings Bank.

In Freemasonry and in town affairs, R. W. Brother Crockett was a trusted leader and his loss will be greadly felt by a wide circle. He is survived by a daughter and two grandchildren.

CROSBY, ALFRED R. 1838-1922

From Proceedings, Page 1923-147:

R.W. Alfred R. Crosby was born August 31, 1838, in Glover, Orleans County, Vermont. He was brought up on the farm and edueated in the common schools and in the academy at Barton, Vermont. September 26, 1861, he enlisted in Company M, First New Hampshire Battery, reenlisting at the end of a three-year term and being mustered out July 8, 1865.

Shortly after that he went to Attleboro, where he continued a harness business for some time, and then with William H. Smith formed the jewelry manufacturing firm of Smith and Crosby, in which business he continued successfully to the time of his death. Brother Crosby took a keen and active interest in civic affairs, serving the town as Chairman of the Finance Committee, member of the School Committee, and member of other important committees. He was a Representative in the Legislature in l897, 1898, and 1899, being the House Chairman of the Committee on Towns.

For many years Bro. Crosby was a director of the Attleboro Savings Bank, and a member of the investment committee. He was a very prominent and active member of the Universalist Parish for many years.

December 28, 1869, Bro. Crosby married Franses E. Dean, daughter of Bradford and Maria Dean, who died in 1916. He had a daughter, Mrs. L. C. Luther, an{ three sons, Alfred D., George H., and Arthur N. All survive him except Arthur N., who died at Camp Devens during the War.

Bro. Crosby received his Masonic degrees in Bristol Lodge in 1867. He became a Charter member of Ezekiel Bates Lodge, and was its second Master, serving in 1871, 18?2, and 1873. He was District Deputy Grand Master for the Twenty-third Masonic District in 1888 and 1889. He was also a member of King Hiram Royal Arch Chapter, Attleboro Council of Royal and Select Masters, and Bristol Commandery of Knights Templars.

The local paper says of him: "Of unquestioned integrity and unusual business ability, Mr. Crosby for many years was a great force for good in the city, and the community owes much to him for his splendid influence. Possessed of high ideals, and with a character unimpeachable, he was generally respected and revered by all with whom he came in contact. His friends, and they are numberless, are the best evidence of the esteem in which he was held."

The Secretary of Ezekiel Bates Lodge says in reporting his death that he was a most faithful and devoted Mason, and in his death the Fraternity lose a much respected and loved Brother.

Brother Crosby died April 7, 1923, and was buried April 4 with Masonic honors, his funeral being attended by a large number of the Brethren and his fellow townsmen.

CROSBY, HENRY T. 1845-1915

From Proceedings, Page 1915-90:

RT. WOR. HENRY T. CROSBY was born in Orleans, Mass., September 21, 1845, and died in Harwich, March 7, 1915. After attending the public sehools he learned the business of marble working in North Bridgewater and Boston, which was his life's occupation. After pursuing his trade in Marlboro for a short time he moved to Harwich, where he resided forty-three years. June 19, 1870, he married Miss Eliza Doane Snow, who, with three sons and their families, survives him.

Brother Crosby received the Masonic degrees in Pilgrim Lodge in 18?5, and was its Master from 1881 to 1886 inclusive. He was District Deputy Grand Master of the Twenty-eighth Masonic District in 1890, 1891, and 1892. He was also a member of Sylvester Baxter Royal Arch Chapter of West Harwich.

Brother Crosby was extremely interested in current events and local affairs. He was a man of positive views and positive action. His life in the home, in business and in the community has been true, elevating, and beyond reproach. Our public institutions, fraternal organizations and private interests have been enriched by his wise counsel and sagacious judgment, and his death is a loss to all those interests to which he gave so much of his strength and means.

CROWELL, WARNER R. 1878-1934

From Proceedings, Page 1934-226:

Right Worshipful Brother Crowell was born in Everett September 7, 1878, and died in Boston, October 20, 1934.

Brother Crowell was educated in the Everett schools and at Dartmouth, being graduated in 1890. His active life was spent in the marble business in which he held a leading place at the time of his death.

Brother Crowell took his degrees in King Solomon's Lodge in 1906, and was its Master in 1925. He served as District Deputy Grand Master for the Somerville Sixth Masonic District in 1927 and 1928, by appointment of Most Worshipful Frank L. Simpson. At the time of his death he was Representative of the Grand Lodge of Tennessee near this Grand Lodge.

Right Worshipful Brother Crowell was genial, kindly, and quietly efficient. His many friends, in and out of our Fraternity; looked to him with respect and affection, and his death leaves us with a sense of great loss.


From Proceedings, Page 1945-262:

Brother Cummings was born in Georgetown, Massachusetts, on September 25, 1861, and died in Swampscott August 4, 1945.

After attending the public schools of Lynn and Salem, he entered the employ of the Lynn Reporter to learn the trade of printing. After service on various newspapers, he accepted a position on the Lynn Item where he remained for twenty-seven years and became Managing Editor in 1908. He was appointed Postmaster of Lynn in 1922 and served as such until his retirement in 1934. He was most active in civic and political affairs for many years and was a valued citizen of Lynn, devoting much time and energy to its development and welfare.

Brother Cummings was raised in Mount Carmel Lodge of Lynn on January 26, 1903, and served as Master in 1919 and 1920. He became a charter member of Bethlehem Lodge on January 20, 1921. He served as District Deputy Grand Master of the Eighth Masonic District in 1923 and 1924, by appointment of Most Worshipful Dudley H. Ferrell, Grand Master.

He was a member of Sutton Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, but never took an active part in Masonic affairs except in the Lodge.

Mount Carmel Lodge has lost one of her most active and loyal members - one whose valued services should inspire each and every one of us to greater and finer things. A life of unusual service to his fellow men is now but a memory and his passing has left a great number of sincere mourners.


From New England Craftsman, Vol. V, No. 6, March 1910, Page 215:

Brother Arthur B. Cunningham died suddenly while removing his overcoat in the anteroom of the Masonic building in Somerville, Mass., February 17th. He was about to attend a meeting of Somerville Royal Arch Chapter of which he was a member.

There was to have been a convocation of unusual importance for the chapter. Charles Dana Burrage, Grand High Priest of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter, made his first official visit. It was to be complimentary to David T. Montague, a Past High Priest of the Chapter and Deputy of the Eighth Capitular District. The whole company was shocked by the death of Mr. Cunningham and the proceedings were suddenly brought to a close and the Chapter adjourned. Before this was done, a committee of Past High Priests of Somerville Royal Arch Chapter was delegated to impart the news of bis death to his aged mother.


From New England Craftsman, Vol. XIV, No. 11, August 1919, Page 360:

Charles E. Currier, long a resident of Newton, Mass., died there Tuesday, August 12th, at his home at 167 Hunnewell Street, after a brief illness, from acute indigestion coupled with pneumonia. He was a native of New Brunswick, the son of Daniel Currier, and came from there as a young man to Boston and he later returned to New Brunswick, coming again to Boston in 1868, and since then he had been actively engaged, up to this time, as a building contractor. He was president and treasurer of Charles E. Currier Company of Boston.

Mr. Currier was a member of the Master Builders' Association, the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanics Association, and he was a prominent Mason, having attained the thirty-second degree in the order. He belonged to the Consistory and to Gethsemane Commandery, Newton; the Royal Arch Chapter in that city, as well as Dalhousie lodge. He was a member also of the Hunnewell Club of his home city. He had lived in Newton for the past twenty-eight years.

Mr. Currier married Miss Abbie A. Goddard of Worcester, and is survived by his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Frederick S. Marshman (Addie Currier) of Newton, and Miss Auldice Currier, and also a son, Westley G. Currier of Newton.



From New England Craftsman, Vol. XVII, No. 7, April 1922, Page 204:

Bro. Edwin Upton Curtis, who will be remembered for his sterling qualities of uprightness and integrity and for the uncompromising stand he took in the matter of the Boston police strike died Tuesday, March 28 last.

Eulogistic references to Bro. Curtis are superfluous. His work in organizing the police force of Boston into the finest in the U. S. will stand as his enduring monument. He truly "followed reason."

He was raised a member of Rabboni Lodge, Dorchester, June 3, 1861 later demitting to Washington Lodge, April, 1895. He was a member of other Capitular Rite bodies.

His passing leaves the world poorer, for his splendid example served as an inspiration to many men.

His funeral was attended by many men prominent in public life and attested the high regard in which he was held.


From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XIII, No. 3, January 1854, p. 92:

Lowell, Dec. 21, A. D., 1853.

At a meeting of Pentucket Lodge, held at Masonic Hall, in Lowell, Mass., on Thursday the 15th day of December, A. D. 1853, the following memorial and resolutions were unanimously adopted :—

Whereas it has pleased the great Architect of the Universe to remove from our midst and the sphere of his usefulness, Brother Prentice Cushing, who has for many years been a distinguished member of the Masonic Fraternity, we deem it proper that some memorial of our lamented Brother should be preserved. Brother Cushtng died, after a painful sickness, on the 28th day of October, A. D. 1853, aged 65 years. In early life he was initiated into the mysteries of our Order and has ever maintained aa inflexible fidelity to his trust. In the days of our calamity, when the mist of prejudice hung over our heads, and the malice of our enemies had crushed us into the dust, he stood firm in his integrity, and when the light of reason had dispelled the darkness, and the Lodge of which he was a member awoke from its slumber, he stood in the front rank with his armor on ready for the work.

Brother Cushing has ever been an active, zealous member, faithful and prompt in the discharge of all duties, which have been many and various.

After passing through many of the offices of the Lodge he was elected Master, and presided several years with credit to himself and honor to the Fraternity.

In the higher Orders he was also prominent as a member and officer. Having filled many of the stations in the Mount Horeb Royal Arch Chapter, he was elected High Priest, and with dignity and honor discharged the duties of his office.

Finally, after shareing largely in the honors of his Brethren and Companions, in a good old age, he was appointed a District Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, which office he held until he was admonished that his labors on earth must soon close, when he resigned his commission to the Lodge, and his spirit to God who gave it.

Resolved, That we deeply sympathize with the widow and friends of our deceased Brother, together with all who are called to mourn his death.

Resolved, That the Secretary of this Lodge send a copy of this memorial and resoIutions to the widow and relations of our deceased Brother, and also to the editor of the Freemasons' Magazine, published in Boston, and request a publication, and that the same be entered upon the records of the Lodge.

Isaac Cooper, -
Secretary of Pentucket Lodge.

CUTTER, HENRY M. 1865-1930

From Proceedings, Page 1930-332:

Bro. Cutter was born in Holliston July 19, 1865, and died there May 27, 1930. He was a successful farmer, a representative of the best type of rural New Englander, attentive to his own affairs, interested broadly in the civic and social life of the community, loved and honored by his fellow citizens. He served his town as Selectman, Member of the Finance Committee, and Representative in the Legislature. He was a prominent and active member of the First Congregational Chureh, a leader in the Holliston Historical Society, and a Director of the Holliston Savings Bank and the Holliston Community Club.

He took his degrees in the Mount Hollis Lodge in 1887 and was its Master in 1901 and 1902. He was District Deputy Grand Master for the Twenty-third Masonic District in 1922 and 1923 by appointment of M. W. Arthur D. Prince and M. W. Dudley H. Ferrell. In addition to his service in his Lodge and Grand Lodge he was a member of the Chapter, Council, and Commandery. He was also an Odd Fellow and a member of the Grange. A very wide circle of friends and associates mourn his loss.


  • MM before 1874, Holland Lodge, New York, NY
  • Member 1874, WM 1892, Crescent

From New England Craftsman, Vol. II, No. 11, August 1907, Page 429:’’

Col. Walter Cutting, aged 66 years, one of Pittsfield's, (Mass.) most prominent citizens, and equally prominent and well known in New York aud Boston, died July 23.

He was a prominent Grand Army man, served on the staffs of several national commanders and founded Berkshire Post. He was a member of the Loyal Legion and a very prominent 33° Mason. He was PM of Crescent Lodge, a member of Berkshire R. A. Chapter, Berkshire Council, R. and S. M., Berkshire Commandery, Knights Templar, of which he served as Eminent Commander.

Regarded highly in Templar Masonry, he was honored by election to the office of Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He was a member of St. Stephen's Church. He was a member of the Union and Delta Phi Clubs, New York, the Lenox and Pittsfield country clubs and a member of the Somerset Club, Boston, for many years, recently resigning.

Distinguished Brothers