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From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1993, Page A-iii:

Ill. Byron Randolph Cady, 33°
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, September 25, 1904
Died in Nashua, New Hampshire, May 29, 1992

Ill. Byron Randolph Cady, 33°, was the son of the late Byron F. and Lillian (Emery) Cady. Educated in the Lowell schools, he graduated from Hebron Academy in Maine and attended Boston University. He served with the U.S. Army in the European Theater during World War II. Before retiring in 1967, he was associated with Pratt and Forrest Mill work Company in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Ill. Brother Cady was the husband of the late Virginia (Forrest) Cady and for many years they maintained a summer residence in East Washington, New Hampshire where they shared a keen interest in hunting, fishing and a love of the outdoors.

Active in the community, Ill. Brother Cady was a past president of Vesper Country Club, a past trustee of the Lowell Five Cent Savings Bank and a past president of the Lowell Masonic Association, Inc.

Ill. Brother Cady was raised as a Master Mason in William North Lodge, AF. & AM., on December 8, 1937, and served as Master from 1954 to 1956. He was active in both the York and Scottish Rite Bodies in Lowell and at the time of his death was the Senior Past Most Wise Master of Mt. Calvary Chapter of Rose Croix and Past Thrice Potent Master of Lowell Lodge of Perfection. He also was a member of Massachusetts College Societas Rosicruciana In Civitatibus Foederatis and Aleppo Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S.

In recognition of his outstanding leadership within the community and Freemasonry, he was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33°, on September 25, 1957 at Boston, Massachusetts.

He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Everett S. (Priscilla) Clement of Westford, Massachusetts, a son, B. Randolph Cady, Jr. of Federal Way, Washington, five granddaughters and eight great grandchildren.

Private funeral services and interment were conducted at Lowell Cemetery, Lowell, Massachusetts on June 5, 1992.



From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1970, Page 26:

Ill. Frank Henry Caflin, 33°, was born in Hyde Park, Massa­chusetts, on March 26, 1890 and died in Boston, Massachusetts, October 16, 1969. He attended Public Schools of Hyde Park, fol­lowing which he followed in the footsteps of his father and grand­father and started a career in the art of gold beating.

He was raised in Hyde Park Lodge in 1914, serving as Worshipful Master in 1937 and Secretary from 1963 to 1967. He belonged to and presided over all three York Rite Bodies. His membership in Scottish Rite was in the Valley of Boston where he presided as Thrice Potent Master. He was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, Thirty-third Degree, Honorary Member of the Supreme Council in 1947.


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.



Illustrious Brother Cameron was born in Westford, Massachusetts on January 22, 1872 where he resided all his life with the exception of a few years in Lowell, Massachusetts. He died at his home in Westford after a sickness of long standing on September 20, 1930, aged fifty-eight years, seven months and twenty-eight days. He was the son of Allan and Eleanor (Flint) Cameron of Westford.

Illustrious Brother Cameron was one of the prominent residents of his native town and was educated in its public schools. He also attended the Chauncey Hall School in Boston and the Browne and Nichols School in Cambridge. On leaving school he entered the Abbot Worsted Company at Westford, of which his father was a member, and learned the worsted business. Later he became treasurer of the Sugden Press Bagging Company of West Chelmsford.

He married Meta J. Fiske and she with a son and a daughter survive him.

Illustrious Brother Cameron was much interested in civic affairs and served the City of Lowell as a City Counselor and on the school board with ability and perfect satisfaction to his constituents. He was a member of All Souls Church, Vice-President of the Young Men's Christian Association and a trustee of Rogers Hall School. He was Vice-President of the Central Savings Bank and one of its trustees. He was a trustee of the Lowell Cemetery, a member of the Vesper Country Club and a former director of the Lowell Chamber of Commerce.

Illustrious Brother Cameron was an enthusiastic Mason. He was raised in William North Lodge on January 9, 1895. Elected to membership in Kilwinning Lodge on February 17, 1905; Master of Kilwinning Lodge in 1914 and 1915; Exalted in Mt. Horeb Royal Arch Chapter on February 10, 1896; Knighted in Pilgrim Commandery on May 13, 1890, of which he was a Past Commander. He was a member of all the Scottish Rite bodies, being a past Most Wise Master of Mt. Calvary Chapter of Rose Croix and was crowned an honorary member of the Supreme Council Thirty-third Degree on September 20, 1921.

His funeral was held at his home in Westford on Monday, September 22, 1930 at 2:30 o’clock, services being conducted by Sir Knight Rev. George Morgan Ward, now deceased, followed by private services at the Rowell Cemetery.

Our Illustrious Brother was an outstanding figure in Masonry and as a citizen in public and private life an honorable man of whom the Craft may well be proud. His demise is a loss to the fraternity as well as the community in which he lived. His generosity was unlimited and the genial smile with which he always greeted others will long be remembered by all, especially by those who knew him best. We mourn the loss but cherish the remembrance of his life so well lived among us.

Charles E. Bartlett, 33°
Harry A. Thompson, 33°
Frank L. Weaver, 33°

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 Dedham, Mrs. Cameron, the wife, who was Miss Mary L. Lincoln, died a year ago.



From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1979, Page 32:

Ill. Douglas Campbell, 33°
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, June 20, 1900
Died in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, March 28, 1979

Ill. Douglas Campbell, 33°, was the son of Colin and Matilda (Bottomly) Campbell. m:. Brother Campbell attended public schools in Lowell, Massachusetts. He was self-educated, becoming a CPA after taking courses with LaSalle Extension. m:. Brother Campbell married Davida C. Hooper on June 13, 1931 in Bangor, Maine. Mrs. Campbell survives along with a sister, Mrs. Hazel Parkinson of Winchendon, Massachusetts.

Ill. Brother Campbell came to Pittsfield in 1936 to manage the Firestone store after serving the same outfit for some years in various locations. In 1944 he became owner of his own business known as the Campbell Auto Supply Company. In 1967 the Urban Renewal Program forced him to close his business by taking over the property. At that time he became a real estate broker, at which trade he continued until the time of his death.

Ill. Brother Campbell was a member of the South Congregational Church in Pittsfield for forty years. He was the second President and one of the original founders of the South Congregational Church Brotherhood.

Ill. Brother Campbell was a Past President of the Kiwanis Club and also the Pittsfield Advertising Club. He served on the Communi­ty Chest drive for many years mainly contacting the business enter­prises in the City for this organization.

Ill. Brother Campbell was raised a Master Mason in Pentucket Lodge, Lowell, Massachusetts in 1921 and was one of the Lodge's fifty year members.

Ill. Brother Campbell received the degrees of the Scottish Rite in the Valley of Pittsfield and in Connecticut Valley Consistory in 1938 and 1939. He served as Thrice Potent Master of Onota Lodge of Perfection in 1942. He was treasurer for all Scottish Rite Bodies in Pittsfield.

He was made an Honorary Member of the Supreme Council, 33°, on September 25, 1963 in Boston.

Ill. Brother Campbell was a past President of the Berkshire Shrine Club and spent much time taking crippled children to the Shriners Hospital in Springfield.

A Memorial Service was held on Saturday afternoon, March 31, 1979 at the South Congregational Church with the Reverend Luther P. Durgin officiating, assisted by Ill. Brother Ronald Astley, 33° and Brother Wallace B. Crawford, 32° , a close friend of m:. Brother Campbell.





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 Deerfield March 27, 1926, after a very short illness.


From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ, 1926, Page 45:

Illustrious James Campbell died at his home in South Deerfield, Massachusetts, Sunday, March 21, 1920, in the fifty-sixth year of his age, after an illness of only two days and his passing away so suddenly and unexpectedly was a shock, not only to the Masonic Fraternity, but to his many friends and business associates throughout the Connecticut Valley.

Illustrious Brother Campbell was born in Sunny Brae, Pictou County, Nova Scotia, on January 21, 1870. At the early age of sixteen years he came to the United States, taking a position with Preston & Co., Wholesale Produce Dealers, at Providence, R. I. Later on, as manager of the interest of Preston & Co., he came to South Deerfield in 1908, and as the representative of this company, became widely known and respected. In 1919, having been closely in touch with the production of onions in the Valley, he purchased the business known as the Connecticut Valley Onion Company and was successful in the conduct of its affairs until the time of his death. He also took an active interest in the raising of tobacco in the Valley, and was an organizer of the interests of this product in this section.

Illustrious Brother Campbell was also a leader in public affairs and particularly in the educational programme of the Town of Deerfield. He was a member of the School Committee for twelve years, serving for the greater part of this time as the Chairman of the Board. He was also for a long time one of the Trustees of the Deerfield Academy and Dickinson High School and after the changes in the Deerfield schools were made, he Was chosen as Treasurer of the Dickinson Fund and was also elected as a Trustee of the Deerfield Academy. He was a past President of the Franklin County Congregational Club, and a member of the South Deerfield Congregational Church; also a member of Greenfield Kiwanis Club and of th<- Greenfield Country Club.

Brother Campbell was married in Providence, R. I., on November 8, 1893, to Miss Florence Lincoln, daughter of Charles and Sarah Lincoln, of that city. Besides his wife, who survives him, he also leaves a son, Donald L. Campbell, of South Deerfield; a daughter, Mrs. Edgar Lewis Godfrey, of Gardner, Mass.; two grandchildren, Patricia and James Sinclair Campbell; a brother, John Campbell, of South Deerfield; and a sister, Mrs. Alexander MacLean Sinclair, of Hopewell, Nova Scotia.

Illustrious Brother Campbell’s Masonic activities were many and to them he gave his best, both of time and service. He was made a Master Mason in What Cheer Lodge, Providence, R. I., but demitted in 1912 to become a Charter Member of Mount Sugar Loaf Lodge of South Deerfield and was the second Worshipful Master of this lodge, serving during 1914 in that office. He was District Deputy Grand Master for the 14th Masonic District in 1917 and 1918. He received the Capitular Degrees in Providence Royal Arch Chapter and affiliated with Franklin Royal Arch Chapter, December 21, 1921. He received the Orders of Knighthood in Calvary Commandery No. 13, Providence, R. I., but demitted and affiliated with Connecticut Valley Commandery No. 23, of Greenfield, Mass., June 111 1917. He served in various offices in Connecticut Valley Commandery and was its Eminent Commander in 1921 and 1922.

In the Scottish Rite he received the Degrees of Lodge of Perfection. Princes of Jerusalem and Rose Croix in the bodies of the Rite at Springfield, Mass., and the Consistory Degrees in Massachusetts Consistory, Boston, demitting from these bodies to become a Charter member of the bodies at Greenfield and Consistory at Springfield. He was a Charter Member of Greenfield Lodge of Perfection, 14° and Thrice Potent Master in 1919 and 1920. Was a Charter Member of Greenfield Council Princes of Jerusalem, 16° and was its first Sovereign Prince, serving 1921-1923. Was also a Charter Member of Greenfield Chapter of Rose Croix, 18° and was Most Wise Master during 1924 and 1925, occupying this office at the time of his death. He affiliated with Connecticut Valley Consistory. Springfield, on December 4, 1919. In recognition of his worth and service to Masonry, he was crowned an honorary member of the Supreme Council of Sovereign Grand Inspectors General of the thirty-third and last degree at Cleveland, Ohio, September 19, 1922. Such is the brief record of hi Masonic activities, but who can estimate the value of the influence of such a well-spent life?

The funeral services of our well-beloved brother were held at the Congregational Church at South Deerfield on Wednesday afternoon, March 24, 1926. His body was surrounded by floral tributes of love and respect and the simplicity and sweetness of the impressive services conducted by Rev. Chas. L. Stevens, pastor of the Church and Rev. Arthur Peabody Pratt, D. D., minister of the Second Congregational Church at Greenfield, Mass., a personal friend of Brother Campbell, were in keeping with his life and character. Following the church service the body of our brother was conveyed to Brookside Cemetery where the committal services were in charge of Connecticut Valley Commandery No. 23, Knights Templar and the officers and members of Mount Sugar Loaf Lodge also attended in body.

The large company of friends and associates, as well as the members of Masonic Orders from near and distant places who were present at the services, attested to the worth and value of his life among them.

Illustrious Brother Campbell’s engaging personality, the prominence to which he had attained in business and civic, as well as Masonic endeavors, brought to him a wide acquaintance. He was generous of hospitality, giving willingly of his time, thought, and money in serving the welfare of the community and his fellowmen. His untimely death is deeply regretted by all and his departure leaves a vacancy and is a loss to the whole community.

To those who knew him best and loved him most, “He is not dead, but just away.”

Chas. W. Schuler,
William W. Mathewson,
James A. Gunn.


From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 2003, Page 39:

Ill.John Harold Campbell, 33°
Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, August 18, 1915
Died in Lawrence, March 29, 2003

Illustrious Brother John Harold Campbell, 33°, was born and raised in Lawrence, Massachusetts. He was a graduate of Lawrence High School. He was united in Marriage on October 7, 1939, in Lawrence to Louise M. Wurzbacher, who predeceased him. They had three children, Joanne, Allan, and John, who predeceased him. He was a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Lawrence, where he served as a Vestryman.

Illustrious Bro. Campbell was raised a Master Mason in Phoenician Lodge AF & AM on February 15, 1946, and served as Master in 1967. He served as Thrice Potent Master of Lawrence Lodge of Perfection in 1967-1968. He was active in all Scottish Rite Bodies, and the Massachusetts Consistory; he served as Assistant Master of Ceremonies in 1964.

He was a member of the Lawrence Rotary Club, and a volunteer with the Immigrant City Archives. As a member of the Lawrence Masonic Association, Bro. Campbell was instrumental in getting housing for the Point After Club in the Lawrence Masonic Building. He was a member and Past President of the Board of Trustees of the Berkley Retirement Home, and was involved in many projects at the home, including the construction of the nursing wing, and the Campbell Room, which was named in his honor. He was an avid gardener and carpenter, and built his own home.

Illustrious Brother Campbell was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector General 33°, Honorary Member of Supreme Council, on September 30, 1970, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.



  • MM 1926, Fourth Estate
  • Grand Representative, North Carolina, 1969-1982

From TROWEL, Summer 1985, Page 11:

A Newspaper Man Who Lived His Masonry By Bro. Roger Bettencourt

If he hadn't been a giant in the field of journalism, the nickname "Spike" would never have associated itself with the late Erwin Dain Canham. But, to me at least, the words "giant" and "spike" relate to each other; they denote strength and that is precisely what the once-editor of The Christian Science Monitor of Boston demonstrated throughout his useful lifetime. He died in Guam Jan. 3, 1982, the last resident commissioner of the Northern Marianias, 1976-78, which included the bloody World War II battlefields of Saipan, and where he helped guide the western Pacific islands to U.S. commonwealth status.

Bro. Canham's career with the Monitor spanned 50 years before he retired as its editor-in-chief in 1974. He was president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, 1948-49, and had been president and board chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in the late 1950s and early 1960s. In the late forties he was alternate delegate to the United Nations General Assembly and during the Eisenhower administration he chaired the National Manpower Commission and served on the advisory commission on information of the U.S. Information Agency.

Born Feb. 13, 1904, in Auburn, ME, he crossed the river to the twin city of Lewiston to enter Bates College where he earned a B.A. degree in 1925. As a Rhodes Scholar he received B.A. and M.A. degrees from Oxford University, later being awarded honorary degrees from nine American educational institutions. He was a fellow (honorary) of Sigma Delta Chi, a professional journalists' fraternity, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Delta Sigma Rho, and the Association of American Rhodes Scholars.

He began his journalistic career as a reporter with The Christian Science Monitor in 1925 and in 1926-28 covered annual sessions of the League of Nations Assembly in Geneva. In 1930 he was appointed the Monitor's Geneva correspondent. Returning to the U.S. in 1932 he was the paper's chief in Washington and, in 1939, came back to Boston as the general news editor. After three years as managing editor he was appointed editor in 1945. The Monitor has always been known for reporting whatever is of public importance or affects the public welfare, giving completeness sufficient for information but without unnecessary embellishment or sensational display.

In 1951 he authored Awakening: The World at Mid-Century, and, in 1954, New Frontiers for Freedom. To quote his own words: "Christian Scientists have a deep consciousness of the spiritual nature of man. Their teaching derives from the first chapter of Genesis: that God made all and made it 'very good,' that He created man in his image and likeness..."

Internationally known and highly respected, he once gave a weekly analysis of world events over the ABC network and served as moderator for the popular TV program Starring the Editors, a Boston newspaper panel of unrehearsed commentary on current events.

Raised in Fourth Estate Lodge in 1926 when it met in Charlestown, Bro. Canham held membership in the Scottish Rite Bodies and in 1961 was made an honorary Thirty-third degree Mason. He received the Veterans Medal in 1976, prior to which he had been honored by the Grand Lodge of New York. His own Grand Lodge had honored him with the Joseph Warren and Henry Price medals in recognition of his contributions to mankind. He received his Right Worshipful title when appointed Grand Representative to North Carolina in 1969.

R. W. Erwin D. Canham would be happy to know that his newspaper has recognized TROWEL magazine and its objectives to improve mankind and that the high standards of living and reporting, as exemplified during his lifetime, have joined together in this publication.

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.

From Liberal Freemason, Vol. VII, No. 12, March 1884, Page 381:

When the " Freemasons of Boston and Vicinity" issued their famous "Declaration" in 1831, the brethren in the town of Stoughton to the number of 31 wrote their signatures on the document, in protest against the assumptions of anti-Masonry. Among the signers was Azel Capen, one of the five of that name who with the 26 others announced their faith in Freemasonry, and gave their declaration to the world. Azel Capen outlived all the others of the signers at Stoughton and at the advanced age of 88 years he too, on February 8th, 1884, passed over to the great majority. He was made a Master Mason in Rising Star Lodge in October, 1821, and for more than 62 years was a just and upright Mason. He was a member also of Mt. Zion Royal Arch Chapter, and helped to sustain it as well as the Lodge, during the period which gave birth to the "Declaration."

His funeral occurred on February 13th, the ceremonies being conducted by the Lodge, on which occasion the Chapter was represented by Brother Samuel W. Hodges, the oldest surviving member. The Stoughton Grenadier Association, a body representing an old military company of which Brother Capen was a member, did escort duty.

CAPEN, NAHUM 1804-1886




BBrother Capen having been officially announced as the future Post Master of Boston, the following concise memoir of him, from the "History of Columbian Lodge," will be interesting to those of our readers to whom lie is personally unknown. And this is doubtless true of many of the younger members of the Institution, even in this city, where Brother Capen has spent the greater part of his active life :—

Bro. Nahum Capen was born April 1, 5804, in the town of Canton, Norfolk County, Mass., and received the first degrees of Masonry in Columbian Lodge, under peculiar and very interesting circumstances. The occasion was deemed an extraordinary one, as may be inferred from the fact, that the degrees were conferred upon him in presence of the officers of the Grand Lodge — the Grand Master presiding. The origin of this distinction may be briefly stated.

In 5826 or 5827, at the time of the Morgan excitement, Bro. Capen was applied to, he being connected with a large publishing house, to publish the Secrets of Freemasonry, being promised large profits if he would consent to give to the work the influence of his firm, and take measures to insure it an extensive circulation.

Instead of yielding to the temptation, he solicited a statement of motives from the author for pursuing such a course; and being favorably impressed by what he knew of the institution, to favor and defend it, he prevailed upon the applicant to abandon his purpose, as a wicked one, and to consent to submit his case as one of want, to the good judgment of the government of the Grand Lodge. After much and patient investigation, the erring Brother confessed his error, and earnestly and repeatedly, with tears of gladness, thanked his benefactor for saving him from shame and degradation, and the institution from the scandal of the world. Resolutions of thanks were passed and tendered to Bro. Capen, for the course which he pursued, and as a mark of respect, the degrees were conferred upon him as an honorary distinction; he having expressed a determination to become a member of the Order. The Chapter Degrees, and those of Knights Templars, were also conferred upon him, and for the same reasons. These meetings were attended by a few of the leading Masons of the Commonwealth, and were rendered intensely interesting by the peculiar circumstances which occasioned them.

In Dec, 5833, Bro. Capen was appointed by Grand Master Abbot, Corresponding Secretary of the Grand Lodge, which office he held until Dec, 5840. While holding this office, he visited Europe in 5835, and officially communicated with the Grand Lodge of England. He delivered a communication from the Master of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, to the Master of the Grand Lodge of England — the late Duke of Sussex. The account of his visit to Kensington Palace was made on his return, and may be found on the files of the Grand Lodge.

As might be supposed, one who was ready to defend Masonry, unasked, and before he became a member, would not be likely to prove a silent or inactive observer ol events, after he was made a Brother, under circumstances of so much interest His Masonic life was commenced in the midst of the Antimasonic war, and he made numerous contributions to the press, and continued to exert himself on all proper occasions, so long as Antimasonry was kept alive.

In 5829, he delivered an address before Constellation Lodge, Dedham, Mass., at their public celebration, June 24, which was printed in Boston, and republished in Albany, N. Y., for general distribution. He wrote an elaborate reply to the letter of the Hon. Richard Rush, of Pa., which was continued in six successive numbers of the Boston Masonic Mirror, and which was republished, in a cheap form for general distribution, in Lancaster, Pa. He was the author of the Appeal to the Masons of Vermont, and in 5833, he replied to the Hon. William Wirt, in the Boston Masonic Mirror; and in 5837 he delivered the Annual Address before the Grand Lodge, at the public installation of officers at the Masonic Temple.

Bro. Capen wrote the biography of Dr. Gall, and edited his works — translated from the French in six volumes — and the biography of Spurzheim, and edited his works published in the United States. He was principal editor of the Annals of Phrenology, in 2 volumes, 8vo. He edited the writings of the late Judge Woodbury, in 3 vols., and the Massachusetts State Record, from 5847 to 5851, 5 volumes. He was one of the first to write on the subject of International Copyright, in the United States, and was the author of a letter to Hon. John Davis, of the United States Senate, respecting the U. S. Census — and the Census Board was originated by his suggestion. He is the author of other works, on Science, History, Political Economy, &c, &c. The following are some of the public journals to which he has occasionally contributed articles on Political Economy, Science, Education, &c, &c. to the Boston Daily Advertiser, Boston Daily Post, Boston Courier, Boston Atlas, Boston Palladium, Boston Evening Gazette, Workingman's Advocate, Jackson Republican, American Traveller, Boston Times, Boston Spectator, Bay State Democrat, Masonic Mirror, Mason Magazine, Pennsylvanian, Phila., Washington Union, National Intelligencer, Washington Star, etc., etc., etc.

As a political writer Brother Capen has for many years occupied a high position in the country, though his productions have generally appeared under anonymous signatures. We have not the necessary space for any particular specification of his labors in this respect, nor is this the proper place for such details. They belong to the secular papers of the day and to his future biographer. We fully subscribe to the Washington Union, that "his historical and political writings, in beauty of style and clearness and force, compare most favorably with those of our ablest writers." He has for sometime past been engaged on a History of Democracy, which might, perhaps, with better propriety have been called the Political History of America, for such is its general character. When completed it will probably be one of the most valuable political works ever given to the country.

That Bro. Capen, in his new and important position as Post Master of the metropolis of New England, will acquit himself to the acceptance of the community, and infuse into the department a system and order and dispatch, such as the place demands, none, acquainted with his business talents and energy of character, will for a moment doubt. We understand that it is his purpose to make himself thoroughly acquainted with the operations of similar offices both in this country and in Europe, and he will doubtless introduce such improvements as may seem to he required for the better accommodation of the business public.



From TROWEL, Fall 1986, Page 21:

R. W. David Carleton (second right) and his wife Marjorie (r.) share a few moments with their son "Skip" and his wife Edna at the retirement party given for Bro. Carleton in April. (Photo by Bob Blake.)

Masonry said "Thanks" to R. W. Dave Carleton and his wife, Marjorie, on April 30 when members of the Craft and friends from across the state met in the Joseph Warren Room of Grand Lodge to pay tribute to the man who, as Relief Commissioner and Director of Masonic Service, had touched the lives of many men and women for 12 years. Tributes in the form of gifts and letters were evidence of the esteem in which he has been held for many years. One glowing letter came from the Masonic Relief Association of the U.S. and Canada of which Dave had been Chairman of the Executive Committee.

A Master Sergeant in communications in the Army Air Force, 1939-45, experiencing World War II action in the European and African theaters of operations, he later worked for a short time with American Airlines. Employed by Tropical Radio Telegraph, a subsidiary of United Fruit, he spent 28 years in their Hingham department.

Coming to Grand Lodge in 1974 to succeed R. W. Oliver Rutherford, Bro. Carleton built up the state blood program to the point where it became second to none in the Masonic world.

A native of Brockton where he and Marjorie are now retired, he is a P. D. D. G. M. of the Brockton 29th District, a member of the York and Scottish Rite Bodies, Shedad Grotto of Brockton, Aleppo Temple, and a Past President of the Southeastern Past Masters Association and the Massachusetts Masonic Secretaries' Association. He is a charter member and Chaplain of Massachusetts Bay Chapter No. 626, High Twelve Club of Boston. Bro. Dave is the Masonic Home Representative of Paul Revere Lodge and the 29th District, a member of the Paul Revere Colonial Degree team, the United Church of Christ, Brockton, and an incorporator of the Brockton Savings Bank.

Dave and Marjorie are the parents of a son, David "Skip" Carleton who, with his wife Edna, attended the retirement party.



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

Ill. Oscar Joseph Carlson, 33°
Born in Munhall Terrace, Pennsylvania, September 30, 1908
Died in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, August 3, 1991

Ill. Oscar Joseph Carlson, 33°, was born in Munhall Terrace, Pennsylvania on September 30, 1908, the son of Oscar Joseph Carlson and Anna Theresa Bjorkland. He attended public schools in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Springfield, Massachusetts. He attended Northeastern University and Western New England College, graduating in 1955 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Engineering and Business. He was president of his class, president of the student council, and later served as president of the alumni association.

He married the former Marion Ruth Edmiston in Wheeling, West Virginia on October 18, 1930, who survives him along with his four daughters, Marilyn C. Ulich, Nelma C. Wood, Diana C. Peterson and Dale C. Twining, two brothers, George and Richard, nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

He was employed at the Westinghouse Electric Corporation in Springfield for 42 years, retiring in 1971. He held may positions with this corporation retiring as a product designer in the Engineering Department He was also a registered Massachusetts Professional Engineer.

He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in East Longmeadow where he served as a Vestryman and sang in the church choir.

Masonry was first instilled in Ill. Brother Carlson in 1924 when he joined Springfield Chapter, Order of DeMolay. He joined Samuel D. Sherwood Lodge in Springfield in 1937 and served as its Worshipful Master in 1944.

Ill. Brother Carlson received his Scottish Rite degrees in the Valley of Springfield on April 29, 1943. For many years Brother Carlson was very active in all the degrees of Scottish Rite, talcing many parts and directing degrees. He served as Sovereign Prince of Massasoit Cmmcil, Princes of Jerusalem, from 1968-1970, and as Commander-in-chief of Connecticut Valley Consistory from 1974-1976. In recognition of his outstanding service to the fraternity and his community, he was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33°, Honorary Member of the Supreme Council, on September 26, 1973 in Detroit, Michigan.

Ill. Brother Carlson was also a member of Melha Temple A.A.O.N.M.S. in Springfield. He was a member and past President of its directors staff and a member and past President of its past masters unit He also served as the Oriental Guide in the ceremonial section for over 25 Years.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, August 6, 1991 at the Byron Funeral Home, with burial in Hillcrest Park Cemetery. Masonic Services were held on Monday, August 5, 1991.

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.



Ill. Bro. George O. Carpenter died in Boston, Mass., Dec. 25, 1896. He was born in Boston, Dec. 26, 1827, and was the oldest child and only son of George and Mary Bentley (Oliver) Carpenter, both of whom wore natives of Boston. His father was for many years an officer in the Boston Custom House, where he was a contemporary with Nathaniel Hawthorne, then holding a similar employment.

Young Carpenter received His education in the public schools of Boston and was graduated from the Eliot School in 1840, with the honor of the Franklin Medal. He then entered the English High School, but remained there only a short time, Ill health compelling him to relinquish his studies. He began His business career June, 1841, when he entered the employ of J. N. Barbour & Bro., commission merchants and pioneers in the Texas trade, on Lewis Wharf. This firm failed soon after and for several years he found employment as clerk and book-keeper in different lines of trade. In March, 1847, he entered the store of Pratt, Rogers & Co., dealers in paints and oils on State Street, and after two years of service with them as accountant, he was admitted as a partner into the firm of Banker, Crocker & Co., their successors in the business. With this firm, under various changes in the membership, he continued until 1833, when the house was incorporated as the Carpenter-Morton Company, of which Mr. Carpenter became president. In 1860, the firm, as then constituted, became interested in a business in St. Louis, Mo., incorporated as the “St. Louis Lead and Oil Company.”

From about 1872 he became personally interested in the business of insurance, and was, up to the time of his death, general agent of a large number of the leading insurance companies. He exerted a wide influence in insurance circles and in 1876 and 1877 was president of the Boston Fire Underwriters’ Union. In 1885 he admitted his son,' Frederick B. Carpenter, into partnership, and the business was thereafter conducted under the well-known Arm name of George O. Carpenter & Son.

Notwithstanding the press of business matters which engaged his attention, Mr. Carpenter still found time to devote to the advancement of many of the commercial, philanthropic, literary and social institutions of Boston. When but fifteen years of age he was made librarian of the Mercantile Library Association, and held the position for two years. He was a member of the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanics Association since 1870, and served for three years on its board of directors. He was one of the incorporators of the South End Industrial School. He was a director of the Eliot National Bank for the last twenty-five years; a director of the National Bank of South Reading since 1854, and vice-president and trustee of the Home Savings Bank from the time of its incorporation in 1869. He was a trustee of the Boston Public Library in 1870-71, and for many years a director of the Bostonian Society.

He was connected with many social organizations; was president of the Old Schoolboys’ Association, and one of the original members of the Paint and Oil Club of New England, and its president in 1891-92. He was a member of the Commercial Club from its foundation, was its first secretary, and, in 1871, its president. He was also a member of the Art, Exchange and Algonquin Clubs.

Mr. Carpenter showed at an early age a strong predilection for the military. When only sixteen years old he became a member of the Washington Phalanx, Capt. John E. Kurtz, and was transferred, in 1845, to the Boston City Guard, Capt. Newell A. Thompson, remaining in that membership until 1847, when he took up his residence in South Reading (Wakefield). In 1850 he was commissioned as Quartermaster and afterwards as Adjutant on the staff of Col. N. P. Colburn of the Seventh Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteer Militia. At this time he was instrumental in the formation of the Richardson Light Guard of South Reading. In 1856 he was appointed Major on the staff of Gen. Joseph Andrews of the Second Brigade and served two or three years. Subsequently he was persuaded to take command of the Light Guard, which lie held until 1861, when, at the beginning of the War of the Rebellion, lhe was called to the performance of more active and important duties by Governor Andrew, who commissioned him as general drill-master and military instructor of the officers appointed to commands in the new regiments. Having performed this valuable service, Major Carpenter withdrew from military connections, only retaining his membership in the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company, which he joined in 1856, and of which he was chosen Adjutant in 1866, and, in 1868, Commander.

He never sought political preferment, but in 18G9-70, he was elected a member of the Board of Aldermen of the City of Boston.

Mr. Carpenter married Feb. 6, 1850, Miss Maria Josephine Emerson of South Reading, by whom he had two sons, Col. George O. Carpenter, Jr., general manager of the St. Louis department of the National Lead Company, and Frederick B. Carpenter, his partner in business. His wife and sons survive him.

Bro. Carpenter received Masonic Light in Wyoming Lodge, Melrose, and was made a Master Mason April 14, 1859. He was exalted in St. Andrew’s R. A. Chapter, Boston, and admitted a member March 4, 1863. He received the Cryptic degrees in Boston Council, and Feb. 28, 1863, the Templar orders in Boston Commandery. He was admitted to membership April 15, 1863, and became a life member Oct. 21, 1874. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts from 1870 to 1875.

He received the 32d degree of the A. A. Scottish Bite in Boston Consistory May 6, 1863, and he was elected a Sov. Gr. Insp. General, 33°, and Honorary Member of the Supreme Council for the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, U. S. A., Sept. 20, 1872.

Such, as imperfectly outlined, was the career of George O. Carpenter. No one can peruse the record without being impressed with the fact that his life was very thoroughly lived, and was one of exceptional usefulness and honor. His history is one of long-continued honest work, done not for himself alone, but for the community in which lie lived. Every movement which tends to the general welfare, every cause which looks to the uplifting of humanity, made an instant appeal to his broad and generous sympathies; for he lived very close to his fellow-men and oftener forgot himself than them. His was the tender heart and helpful hand; his the gracious presence, the sunny smile and kindly word; and so winning was his personality that it almost might be said of him that he made friends before acquaintance began.

His success in business was something to lie taken for granted. lie possessed the qualities which go to make up the ideal mail of affairs: energy, foresight and sagacity; liberality and fairness in all his dealings, and above all. an integrity that suspicion could never touch. His spirit of enterprise sprang from a just self-reliance, inborn in strong and manly natures, confident that in times of difficulty they can meet all demands upon their courage and mental resources.

In his death Boston has lost one of her representative men. Dear to his friends, respected by the public, he died at a ripe age, his work done, leaving behind him the sweet memories which good men bequeath to their survivors.

At his funeral, held on the 28th of December, 1896, the following lines were read by the Rev. Minot J. Savage, D.D., one of his dearest friends: —

For what land has he this time departed,
Who so often went sailing before?
Have we seen him, the great and good-hearted,
Drift out the last time from the shore?
Though we look with strained eyes down the distance,
Though our hearts for his coming may yearn,
Vain still must be love’s strong insistence
That waits the delayed ship's return.

O, what is the place which can hold him
Who loved the dear earth and its ways?
What arms of new friends can enfold him
That now in that country he stays?
It must be a land of rare beauty
To detain the oft-wandering feet,
Which returned at the first call of duty,
And ever found home-coming sweet.

It must be a land of glad laughing
For those lips bubbling over with cheer;
There must be the loving-cup’s quaffing
For one who held friendship so dear.
There must be high service to render,
Or he, touched by all human need,
Would in heaven— soft-hearted and tender
But find himself lonely indeed!

Over whatever seas he is sailing,
Whatever strange winds fan his brow.
What company rare he’s regaling,
I know it is well with him now.
So, when my last voyage I am making,
May I go, as he went, unafraid;
And, the pilot that guided him taking,
May I make the same port he has made!

Respectfully submitted,
Samuel C. Lawrence,
Edwin B. Holmes,
James H. Freeland,



Illustrious Brother Carpenter was born in Boston, September 22, 1837, and died at Boston, January 24, 1914, in the seventy-seventh year of his age. He was the son of Abijah Brown and Sarah H. Urann Carpenter.

He received his education in the Brimmer and Quincy Schools of Boston.

He was made a Master Mason in Adelphi Lodge at South Boston, February 7, 1867, was one of the charter members of Rabboni Lodge at South Boston, and served as its Secretary for ten years. He dimitted from Rabboni in 1885, and was admitted to membership in Columbian Lodge at Boston.

He was exalted a Royal Arch Mason in St. Matthew’s R. A. Chapter of South Boston, January 13, 1868, and dimitted in 1901 to become a member of St. Paul’s Chapter, where he officiated for several years as Master of the Veils and as Principal Sojourner.He received the Cryptic Degrees in Boston Council of Royal and Select Masters, March 29, 1900.

He was created a Knight Templar in De Molay Commandery, K. T., of Boston, May 26, 1880.In the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Free Masonry he received the degrees from the fourth to the fourteenth in Lafayette Lodge of Perfection, May 24, 1868; the fifteenth and sixteenth degrees in Giles F. Yates Council, Princes of Jerusalem, May 24, 1868; the seventeenth and eighteenth grades in Gourgas Chapter of Rose Croix, May 24, 1868, and the grades from the nineteenth to the thirty-second inclusive in DeWitt Clinton Consistory, January 7, 1869. He became a member of the present bodies of the Rite in Boston upon the consolidation of the same.

He was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector-General of the thirty-third and last degree by the Supreme Council of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction at its meeting held in Chicago, Illinois, September 14, 1886. In the Scottish Rite he served in all the offices in the Lafayette Lodge of Perfection, except ing that of the Thrice Potent Master; in Giles F. Yates Council he filled all the offices from Master of Ceremonies, Junior Warden, Senior Warden, and was its presiding officer from 1879 to 1885.

How ardent he was in his devotion to the principles of our great Brotherhood! How loyal and true he was in his friendship.Poor fellow, do we say? It is not so. He rests peacefully, sleeps a dreamless sleep. The sorrow is only ours, as we yearn for his companionship, his splendid fellowship, and the sunshine of his presence.

Thus sang the poet, White, in the finest sonnet over conceived in the English language:

Mysterious Night, when our first parent know
Thee from report divine, and heard thy name,
Did he not tremble for this lovely frame,
This glorious canopy of light and blue?
Yet neath a curtain of translucent dew,
Bathed in the rays of the great sotting flame,
Heaperus with the host of heaven came,
And lo, creation widened in man’s view;
Who could have thought such darkness lay concealed
Within thy beams, O Sun, or who could find
Whilst flower and leaf and insect stood revealed
That to such countless orbs thou made'st us blind?
Why do we, then, shun death, with anxious strife?
If light can thus deceive, wherefore not life?

Fraternally submitted,
George W. Chester, 33°,
Josiah T. Dyer, 33°,
William H. Puffer, 33°,


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.


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 Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 2010, Page 21:

Ill.Joseph Ray Carter, 33°
Born in Youngstown, Ohio, on October 8, 1918.
Died on September 20, 2009.

Ill.Joseph Ray Carter, 33° was the son of Joseph Henry and Clare Lucetta (Ray) Carter. He graduated from Rayen High School in Youngstown, Ohio, and attended Pennsylvania State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in metallurgy in 1940. He was awarded an honorary degree from Nichols College in 1983, and from Central New England College of Technology in 1978. He began a long career with the Wyman-Gordon Company, an aero­space forging company, commencing as manager of operation in 1957 and retiring as chairman and chief executive officer in 1989. He continued in the position of honorary director until 1997. He served in the United States Navy from 1942 to 1946, with service aboard the USS Fall River, and stateside in the Philadelphia Navy yard.

On August 29, 1942, at Youngstown, Ohio, he was united in mar­riage to Pauline Carroll. From this union were born three children: Antoinette, Sally, and Joseph. He was a member of the First Congregational Church in Shrews­bury, Massachusetts. Civically, he held many prominent positions in the community, including chairman of the Massachusetts Bio­medical Initiatives; director of Commonwealth Bioventures; trustee for Univeristy of Massachusetts Medical Center Foundation; and director of the Worcester Municipal Research Bureau. In addition, he served as director of Textron Incorporated; Bank of Boston; Liberty Mutual Insurance Company; Avco Corporation; Mechanics National Bank; Worcester Chamber of Commerce; Forging Industry Asso­ciation; Aircraft Industry Association; Boys and Girls Club of Wor­cester; United Way of Worcester; trustee for Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Peoples Savings Bank; and Memorial Hospital, to name a few. He was the recipient of numerous awards, including "New Englander of the Year" award by the New England Council; Steven Salisbury award from Worcester Polytechnic Institute; and David McFarland Award for achievements in metallurgy.

Ill. Brother Carter was raised a Master Mason in Matthew John Whittall Lodge, A.F. & A.M. in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. He completed the 4th through the 18th degrees of the Scottish Rite in the Valley of Worcester, and the consistorial degrees in the Valley of Boston on April 24, 1999. On September 26, 2000, he was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33° Honorary Member of the Supreme Council at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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.



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

Ill. Manson Hildreth Carter, 33°
Born in Newton, Massachusetts, November 12, 1923
Died in Boston, Massachusetts, May 7, 1997

Illustrious Manson Hildreth Carter, 33°, was born November 12, 1923, the son of Ronald H. and Anne (Noble) Carter in Newton, Massachusetts. A long-time resident of Needham and Dover, he passed away in Boston on May 7, 1997. A Masonic service was conducted by Norfolk Lodge, A.F. & A.M. at the Eaton Funeral Home, and the funeral service was held at the Carter Memorial United Methodist Church on May 12, 1997.

He graduated from Needham High School, and received his A.B. from Colby College in 1949, where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. His education was interrupted from 1943-1946 while he served in the U.S. Navy.

He was married to Barbara Replogle on October 20, 1951. That union produced a daughter, Deborah, and son, Stephen. "Skip", as he was affectionately known, and Barbara were especially loving grandparents of Carter, Scott, Brant, Tucker, and Dionis. Manson was also survived by two younger brothers, Dwight and William. Manson worked his way up through various departments in the family business, and retired as Chairman of the Board of the William Carter Company. With more than 10,000 employees, this nationally known manufacturer of infant's and children's knitwear was the leading brand name (Carter's), stressing quality and integrity of product and name.

While first a devoted son, husband, father, and grandfather, this business executive was active in the community. Among other endeavors, Manson was a member of the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army, Director of the Needham Y.M.C.A., Corporator of the New England Deaconess Hospital, as well as a former member of the Board of Governors of the Greater Boston Scottish Rite Masonic Children's Learning Center, Trustee of the Needham Cemetery Association, a member of Brae Burn Country Club, and the Capitol Hill Club of Washington, D.C.

R. W. Brother Carter was a senior DeMolay member of Newton Chapter. He was raised a Master Mason in Norfolk Lodge, A.F. & A.M., on March 13, 1950, serving as Master in 1957. He was a Past District Deputy Grand Master of the Brighton Fifth Masonic District.

In Grand Lodge, he was Past Senior Grand Deacon, Chairman of the Committee on Charters and By-Laws, and was a Grand Representative from the Grand Lodge of El Salvador. "Skip" was also a Charter Member of The Masters Lodge and a member of The DeMolay Lodge.

In York Rite Masonry, Eminent Sir Manson Carter was a member of Mount Vernon Royal Arch Chapter, and Boston Council, Royal and Select Masters. One of his greatest joys was his membership in St. Bernard Commandery, No. 12, Knights Templar, where he prided himself on his attendance. He served as Eminent Commander in 1975.

Ill. Brother Carter took his Scottish Rite degrees in the Valley of Boston in 1964. He served as Sovereign Prince of Giles F. Yates Council, Princes of Jerusalem from 1977-1980, and was created a Thirty-third Degree, Honorary Member of the Supreme Council, in 1979. He was also a Past President of the Scottish Rite Masonic Temple, Inc.

Other Masonic affiliations included Massachusetts College, S.R.l.C.F.; Aleppo Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S., where he was an Ambassador and former Outer Guard; and The Royal Order of Jesters, Past Director of the Boston Court. In addition to Masonry and community affairs, Manson's personal time was spent on the golf course or traveling.

For many, many years, his visits to Nantucket were a source of great enjoyment with both family and friends. Skip enjoyed their companionship and was always a generous and cordial host. His fun-filled personality always made times with him most enjoyable, as did his personal interest in all those he knew. He reached great heights in all the various aspects of his life and accepted all the responsibilities with humility, candor, and understanding.




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:

The 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.



From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1985, Page 26:

Ill. Edmund Bradshaw Cartmill, 33°
Born in Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts, April 3, 1896
Died in Ludlow, Massachusetts, December 29, 1984

Ill. Edmund Bradshaw Cartmill was the son of Thomas Henry and Marguarette Wright Cartmill. He attended public schools in Springfield, Massachusetts, and graduated from Springfield Business College in 1916.

During World War I he was a pilot in the United States Air Force. On July 3, 1918, he married Catherine Falconer Kelman. They had no children.

Illustrious Brother Cartmill was employed by the Westinghouse Electric Corporation, Springfield, as Supervisor in renewal parts and sales, retiring after thirty-five years of service.

A long time member of the First Congregational Church of Lud­low, he served as Chairman on the Board of Deacons.

In his Masonic life, he was raised a Master Mason in Hampden Lodge, Springfield, on May 18, 1937, and served as Worshipful Master, 1942-1943. For many years he served on the Board of Masonic Relief to Grand Lodge for the Springfield 18th District.

In Capitular Masonry, Brother Cartmill was Exalted in Morning Star Chapter on April 7, 1944; Greeted in Cryptic Masonry in Springfield Council of Royal and Select Masters on April 17, 1946; and Knighted in Chivalric Masonry in Springfield Commandery #6, Knights Templar on May 22, 1944. He was Commander in 19 SO and Treasurer from 1964-1983, retiring due to ill health. In 19 56, he became a member of the Red Cross of Constantine, was Sovereign in 1962, and Recorder-Treasurer, retiring in 1983.

In Scottish Rite, he joined Evening Star Lodge of Perfection on March 6, 1941, and served as Thrice Potent Master, 1957-1958. He became a member of Massasoit Council Princes of Jerusalem, March 20, 1941; Springfield Chapter of Rose Croix, April 3, 1941; and Connecticut Valley Consistory, May 1, 1941. He was also Secretary of all Scottish Rite Bodies for several years. He was created a Sover­eign Grand Inspector General, 33°, Honorary Member of the Supreme Council on September 26, 1962.

Brother Cartmill received the Royal Order of Scotland in Octo­ber 1975. He belonged to Melha Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S., Springfield, since May 16, 1942. He was Past Noble Grand of Bay Path Lodge #234, Independent Order of Odd Fellows and a member of American Legion Post #175.

An Evergreen Service was performed by the Officers of Hampden Lodge. The funeral service was held on Thursday, January 3, 1985, at the Dickinson Streeter Funeral Home with burial in Hillcrest Park Cemetery, Springfield. He is survived by his wife, Catherine, and two nephews, Thomas A. Cartmill of Davidson, North Carolina and William J. Cartmill of Lynnfield, Massachusetts.

We have lost a beloved and respected friend and brother, who touched the lives of many of us, and we are better for it.

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 Past Masters of the Masonic Lodges of Taunton, Mass., 1905:

Simeon Tisdale Carver, son of David Carver and his wife Hannah, was born in Taunton May 2, 1775. His father, David Carver, kept a tavern which was located next to the Neck-of-Land bridge. Family tradition says it was the house at which Gen. Lafayette spent the night when passing through Taunton, and because of his fear of capture by the British he allowed his servant to occupy the bed while he slept on the floor. The records of this old house were kept for many years in the attic of the house of Wor. Brother Thomas C. Brown, David Carver’s son-in-law, and were burned when that house was destroyed by fire.

Simeon T. Carver was a trader, and had a store on the south side of Main Street, where he kept a general line of merchandise as did all of the country stores at that time. A writer of those early days states that Tisdale Carver was “a young man highly respected and very popular among all classes, lie died young and was much regretted by all who knew him." The date of his death was Feb. 19, 1815.

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.


CASWELL, SAMUEL, JR. 1795-1875


From Past Masters of the Masonic Lodges of Taunton, Mass., 1905:

Samuel Caswell, Jr. was born in Taunton Feb. 13, 1795. His father was Samuel Caswell and his mother was Mollie Foster Seaver. He married Nancy Leonard, the daughter of Deacon Nathaniel Leonard of Taunton. By occupation he was a blacksmith. He was a dignified and unassuming man, and has been called a “typical New England gentleman.” We do not find any record of his holding public office.

His official relation with King David Lodge covered a period of twenty-three years as follows: Senior Deacon four years; Senior Warden thirteen years; Worshipful Master one year; Marshal two years; Senior Steward two years; Junior Warden one year.

His membership in Adoniram Chapter dates from Mar. 20, 1821. and he was elected Principal Sojourner at the election held in that body just previous to its removal to Taunton in 1825. In 1832 he was elected High Priest, and held the office until the removal of the Chapter to New Bedford in 1845. He died in Taunton, Sept. 14, 1875.


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.



From TROWEL, Summer 1985, Page 13:

A Brother Dedicated to Our National Defense

In 1965 a young man indicated his desire to become a Mason while studying for his Master's degree in Astronautics and Aeronautics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his degrees in Major General Henry Knox Lodge in that year while a Major in the U.S. Air Force. Born on May 26, 1931, in Statesville, NC, Lt. Gen. Carl H. Cathey enlisted in the North Carolina National Guard in 1950 and was appointed to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1951, received pilot training following his graduation at several air force bases prior to his service as pilot, flight commander, and weapons officer with the 35th Tactical Fighter Squadron and 8th Tactical Fighter Wing, Itazuke Air Base, Japan.

Following his studies in Massachusetts he served assignments in California and Florida. From May of 1968 to June of 1969 he was operations officer and then commander of the 497th Tactical Fighter Squadron at the Ubon Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand. Attendance at the U.S. Army War College was followed by assignment in Washington, D.C., in the Office of Special Assistant to the U.S. Air Force Vice Chief of Staff for Sensor Exploitation and subsequently in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Operations. In 1972 then-Colonel Cathey was transferred to Spain and in 1974 to Ramstein Air Base in Germany as Assistant Chief of Staff for offensive operations. Back in Washington from 1975 to 1977 as Brigadier General, he served as deputy director of development and acquisition in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Research and Development.

In 1977 Bro. Cathey was promoted to Chief, Military Training Mission to Saudi Arabia, and in 1979 to Major General, reassigned as deputy chief of staff for requirements, Headquarters Tactical Air Command, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia. In 1982 he became Commander of the Third Air Force, stationed at Mildenhall, England. Promoted to Lieutenant General on July 1, 1983, he was transferred to Ramstein Air Base in Germany as vice commander in chief, United States Air Forces in Europe where he is now in residence.

Among Bro. Cathey's many decorations and service awards are: the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with three oak leaf clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal with nine oak leaf clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Ribbon with "V" device and five oak leaf clusters, Combat Readiness Medal with oak leaf cluster, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal with service star, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with five service stars, Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon with seven oak leaf clusters, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, La Cruz de la Clase del Merito Aeronautico con Distinctivo Blanco, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with palm, and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. General Cathey has also served in Turkey during the Lebanon crisis and in Italy, and has flown F-100 Super Sabres and F-4D Phantom lis. He has 151 combat missions to his credit, including 45 over North Vietnam with over 4,000 flying hours as a command pilot.

Bro. Cathey did more than further his education and gain Masonic light while in Massachusetts; he chose the former Marcia M. Maclachan of West Newton as his wife. They are parents of Kim, Michael, and Teri. TROWEL salutes this good family, all of whom are — each in his or her own way — making a commitment to the vital defense of our nation.

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.



From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 2007, Page 24:

Ill. Edward James Chamberlain, 33°
Born in Medford, Massachusetts, on November 3, 1914
Died in Stoneham, Massachusetts, on December 1, 2006

Ill. Edward James Chamberlain, 33° was the son of Frank and Mabel (Pray) Chamberlain. He was educated in the Stoneham Public Schools and graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1953 and a Masters Degree in Education in 1955. He taught science at Stoneham High School, North Reading High School and Saugus High School for over thirty years. He retired in 1984 as Chairman of the Science Department. He also was employed as a Travel Advisor and Tour Director. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the United States Navy from 1941 to 1949 as a Naval Instructor at the Naval Academy.

On October 4, 1941, at Stoneham, Massachusetts, he was united in marriage to Ruth Munger, who predeceased him. He is survived by his friend and companion, Marie Burmingham, along with his son, Donald; his daughter, Mrs. Janet Smith; five grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

He was a former member of St. James United Methodist Church in Stoneham, where he served as Trustee. Civically involved, he was a member of the National Science Association; National Education Association; Massachusetts Teachers Association; Colonial Craftsmen of Colonia America; Lexington Minute Men; Republican Town Committee; and served as director for the Stoneham Home for the Aged.

Ill.Brother Chamberlain was raised a Master Mason in King Cyrus Lodge A.F. & A.M. on May 16, 1950 and served as Master in 1958. He served the Grand Lodge as Master of the 35th Lodge of Instruction from 1961-62. He completed the 4th through the 18th degrees of the Scottish Rite in the Valley of Lowell, where he served as Thrice Potent Master of Lowell Lodge of Perfection in 1978. He completed the consistorial degrees in the Valley of Boston on April 26, 1963 and was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33° Honorary Member of the Supreme Council on September 30, 1981, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

He was a faithful member of DeMolay, and served as Founder and Dad Advisor for the Stoneham DeMolay Chapter.

Memorial Services were conducted on Tuesday, December 5, 2006 at the Anderson-Bryant Funeral Home in Stoneham, Massachusetts. Interment was private.

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 Liberal Freemason, Vol. VIII, No. 10, January 1885, Page 318:

The Funeral of Mr. William R. Champney, which took place in the Unitarian Church in Brighton on Dec. 30th, 1884, was attended by Bethesda Lodge of Masons, of which deceased had been a member since 1820. The pastor of the church, Rev. William Brunton, officiated, the exercises consisting of Scripture readings, an original poem and a short address. The singing was by the Weber Quartette.

Then followed the impressive Masonic exercises which were conducted by Worshipful Master J. Wesley Farmer. Rev. H. A. Stevens of Bristol, R. I., formerly pastor of the Brighton Congregational Church, acted as chaplain for the lodge and made a short address. The pall-bearers were Edward Sparhawk, C. H. B. Breck, H. K. Appleton and Augustus Story, all members of Bethesda Lodge. The remains were taken to Evergreen Cemetery. The deceased was a strong supporter of Masonry during the anti-Masonic excitement in 1837. He was one of the six who kept the lodge in existence when it cost something to be a Mason. The charter of the lodge be kept hid in his cellar during this exciting period. During the funeral services the stores in the vicinity of the church were closed. — Boston Journal.


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.





From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1940, Page 51:

Shortly after leaving his place of business in Worcester, on Monday, October 16, 1939, on his way to his home in Shrewsbury, Illustrious Brother Arthur Boutwell Chapin was stricken with a fatal heart attack.

Illustrious Brother Chapin was born in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, May 13, 1868 and, while ho lived in his native town, during a considerable portion of his life his business activities were centered in Worcester. When ho was about twenty-one years of age he was employed by the Boston and Albany Railway Company, as Ticket Agent, and five years later he entered the jewelry business, in which work he actively continued during the remainder of his life. Brother Chapin’s business, now operating under the firm name of “Chapin and O’Brien” is one of the few remaining business landmarks of Worcester, the store having rendered a continuous and outstanding service to the people of Worcester and vicinity since the year 1857 when it was first opened by the original founder.

In the death of Illustrious Brother Chapin, Worcester has lost one of its outstanding citizens and the Masonic Fraternity a beloved member as well as a staunch supporter of all of its principles and activities. In his everyday life Illustrious Brother Chapin exemplified all the traits of a true Mason;— a devoted husband and father, an upright citizen of sterling character and a merchant of outstanding ability and integrity. He was active in practically every branch of Masonry and because of his ability and willingness to servo others he was continually called upon for counsel and help in connection with the activities of the Fraternity, as well as the problems of many of its individual members.

Brother Chapin’s Masonic record dates from May 18, 1896 when he became a Member of Montacute Lodge, of which he was a Life Member. He was a Charter and Life Member, as well us Past Master, of Isaiah Thomas Lodge, and a Charter Member of Matthew John Whittall Lodge of Shrewsbury. He was exalted in Worcester Royal Arch Chapter, serving as its High Priest in 1912 and was a Life Member of Hiram Council Royal and Select Masters. He was a Member of Worcester County Commandery No. 5, Knights Templars, serving as Commander in the year 1911; a Member of Worcester Lodge of Perfection, serving as Thrice Potent Master in the year 1911; a Member of Goddard Council, Princes of Jerusalem; and of Lawrence Chapter of Rose Croix, being twice elected its Most Wise Master. He was a member of Massachusetts Consistory and Past Lieutenant-Commander of Massachusetts Council of Deliberation. He was coronetted an Honorary Member of the Supreme Council 33° on September 21, 1920. He was active as a Trustee of the Worcester Masonic Charity and Education Association and served as its President for several years.

Funeral services were held at Masonic Temple, Worcester, on Thursday, October 19, 1939, and were participated in jointly by the Rev. Thomas S. Roy of the First Baptist Church and Worcester County Commandery. A large number of relatives and friends were in attendant and the many beautiful floral messages of sympathy gave eloquent testimony to the sincere affection which all who knew Brother Chapin had for him.

Illustrious Brother Chapin is survived by his widow and two daughters,— Mrs. C. Howard Neale of Harvey, Illinois, and Mrs. Richard Thayer of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts — also four grandchildren.

“His daily prayer, far better understood
In acts than words, was simply doing good.”

Frank C. Harrington, 33°,
Edwin G. Bagley, 32°,
Wayne V. Elliott, 32°,





From Liberal Freemason, Vol. XIV, No. 12, March 1891, Page 382:

On the morning of Friday, March 20, 1891, Alfred F. Chapman died at his home in Boston. His death was entirely unexpected, and was so sudden that he could not speak even a single word.

The Masonic fraternity of Massachusetts was thus called to mourn the loss of one who had always been found a wise and most judicious counsellor, whose time and great talents had been freely sacrificed for the advancement of everything that was for the good reputation of the Craft and the strengthening and forwarding of its proper influence upon the time in which we live.

From the first number of the Liberal Freemason to the present, his personality has been always felt.

In his Salutatory, written in 1877, he said: "Out of the past we shall seek to emerge in the management of this magazine, adhering to the principles of Freemasonry, but shaking ourselves clear of the dust and the rust, which may have been too frequently mistaken for the genuine face they have covered. To whatsoever degree of excellence others may have attained was their struggle and now their fame; to whatsoever degree we may hope to attain, we start from the farthest reach, and, like them, must

"Build the ladder by which we rise
From the lowly earth to the vaulted skies,
And mount to its summit round by round."

The present number closes the fourteenth volume; and with it the Liberal Freemason will cease to exist.

The following is copied principally from the Boston Journal of Tuesday, March 24, 1891:

"The funeral of Alfred F. Chapman, so well known in Masonic circles, took place at two o'clock Monday afternoon from Trinity Church. The attendance, especially of prominent members of the Masonic fraternity, was a very large one. The funeral arrangements were in charge of Dr. Seranus Bowen, Past Grand Master of the Grand Council Royal and Select Masters of Massachusetts, and an intimate friend of the deceased.

"There was no service at Hotel Glendon, the late residence of Mr. Chapman, whence the remains, shortly before the hour of service, were taken to the church, under escort of nearly one hundred members of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templars of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, of which body Em.-. Sir Knight Chapman had been Recorder for more than twenty years. Among them were R. Em. Sir John P. Sanborn, Grand Commander, and nearly every Grand Officer, also seven Fast Grand Commanders. Besides the above, many members proceeded directly to the church, on account of the inclemency of the weather. Saint Omer Commandery of South Boston, Em. Sir David L. Hodges, Commander, to which Commandery the deceased belonged, paraded fifty Sir Knights as escort to the Grand Commandery. The column, under the command of Em. Sir Charles E. Pierce, the Grand Sword Bearer, marched to the church with swords at reverse, and to the solemn funeral strains of Carter's Band.

"The pall-bearers were R. Em. Sirs Caleb Saunders and George H. Burnham, Past Grand Commanders of the Grand Commandery; Em. Sir Theodore L. Kelly, P. E. C. of St. Omer Commandery; M. E. David F. Day, G. G. H. P. of the Grand R. A. Chapter of the United States; M. E. J. Albert Blake, G. H. P. of the Grand Chapter of Massachusetts; M. E. Charles E. Phipps, H. P. of St. Andrew's Chapter; M. I. William B. Lawrence, G. M. of the Grand Council R. and S. Masters of Massachusetts; and Wor. Bro. Thomas Waterman, Master of Zetland Lodge, F. and A. M. A guard of honor from St. Omer Commandery, and the pall bearers, marched each side the hearse bearing the remains.

"At the church the Episcopal burial service was conducted by Rev. A. St. John Chambre, a Past D. G. High Priest of the Grand Chapter, after which the Knight Templar burial service was impressively performed by R. Em. Sir John P. Sanborn, Grand Commander, assisted by Em. Sir Rev. L. B, Hatch, Grand Prelate, and R. Em. Sir Rev. Henry W. Rugg, and officers and members of the Grand Commandery.

"Appropriate music for both services was furnished by Sirs T. E. Johnson, E. E. Webber, H. A. Cook and A. C. Ryder, the Temple Quartette. The remains were taken to Mount Hope for burial, the escort accompanying them as far as the Huntington Avenue Bridge.

"Among the prominent Masons present not before mentioned, representing various organizations in which the deceased had been active, were: Charles C. Hutchinson, Edward P. Chapin, George H. Allen, Edward L. Freeman and James Swords, Past Grand Commanders of the Grand Commandery, K. T.,; Daniel W. Jones, John Haigli and Charles E. Powers, Past Grand Masters of the Grand Council of R. and S. Masters; Arthur G. Pollard, Frederick T. Comee, Thomas Waterman and Smith B. Harrington, Past Grand High Priests, and Eugene A. Holton, Deputy Grand High Priest of the Grand R. A. Chapter; Samuel Wells, Grand Master, and Samuel C. Lawrence, Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge; Augustus Ridgeway, T. I. Master of Boston Council; Albert L. Richardson, Commander, and John H. Lakin and John L. Stevenson, Past Commanders of Massachusetts Consistory Jerome Smith, Vice-President of Massachusetts Convention of High Priests; and William H. Thomes, Past President of the Worshipful Masters' Association.

"Besides the members of the Grand and St. Omer Commanderies, there were in attendance large delegations from the membership of Zetland Lodge, St. Andrew's Chapter, Boston Council, the Grand Chapter and Grand Council, the Order of High Priesthood, Massachusetts College, Societas Rosicruciana, and from Boston Lodge of Perfection and other bodies of the A. A. S. Rite."

The high tone always maintained by the Liberal Freemason, the firm and steadfast upholding of the highest principles, the absolute freedom from personalities, are among the striking characteristics of the magazine, and give the most abundant evidence of the peculiar qualification of its Editor for his task. The fourteen volumes now completed will prove a most fitting memorial.

Our beloved friend and companion for many years has been called to the life beyond; his toils and cares and labors here have ceased; but while one of his many friends %hall survive, there will always be clustered a halo of tender and most loving memories around the name of

Alfred F. Chapman.

"And surely, when the touch of death
Dissolves the spirit's earthly ties,
Love still attends the immortal breath,
And makes it purer for the skies."

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 Liberal Freemason, Vol. I, No. 12, March 1878, Page 372:


Among the many brethren whose names have appeared in Masonic journals within the last few years, it is doubtful if any is worthy of more consideration than our venerable Brother James F. Chase, of Nantucket; and if the Masonic history of this Island shall ever be fairly written it will contain very many allusions to this long-tried and true Mason. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, May 16, 1784, on what was old Fort Hill, he has been one of his native city's best products, and to his Island home, whither he was taken when a child, he has been a stanch exemplar of that social and business integrity which aggregated wealth to the Island, and happily maintained her always known respectability. The claim which has been made from time to time in favor of the "oldest Mason," we do not make for Brother Chase, but if his fidelity to all the duties of a Mason be considered, none can surpass him, if any one living can equal him.

He was made a Mason in Union Lodge, in Nantucket, December 10, 1807, Peter Hussy being Worshipful Master. Brother Chase served the Lodge in various capacities, and was ranked, in 1818, among its Past Masters. He received the Mark Degree in 1808 (we presume in Union Lodge), and was exalted to the Royal Arch Degree in 1818, in Rising Sun Chapter, organized in Nantucket in June, 1812. He received the Council Degrees in Union Council between 1820 and 1821, but is in doubt as to the exact date. This opens a question as to the origin of Union Council, which we propose to investigate more fully hereafter, inasmuch as the records of the Grand Council do not show that a Council of that name existed in the State at its organization in 1826, nor prior thereto. We remember very well that when the Isle of the Sea Chapter was organized, and we visited it to give instruction, in January, 1868, Brother Chase, though nearly blind, acted as Royal Arch Captain, and our marvel was, how well be remembered the mode of work. In conversing on the subject, he said that he could not distinguish individuals by sight, but he could see the gas then lighted in the room, and related many personal experiences in Masonry. In comparing notes with later information, wc find that he has been present at sixty of the seventy Annual Installations of Union Lodge since he was made a Mason; twice he was absent from the Island on business, and he has failed to attend the others principally from loss of sight. The present W.M. of the Lodge, Brother B. F. Brown, says of him, "Brother Chase's intellect is as clear to-day as ever, and he takes as much interest in Masonry as any man in the Order. His loss of sight prevents his attendance at Lodge meetings, although able to exercise in the daytime out of doors. He came to Nantucket when a child, and has been noted as a good citizen and a man of superior intelligence, always taking an active part in all Masonic work and charities, and is a living monument of Masonry in its purity."

Having lived to the age of ninety-four years his next birthday, a Mason over seventy years, the record shows, that whether in adversity or prosperity, he has been true to his profession, and that, "to his trust true," he espoused Masonry because he liked its principles, and remains to the end strong in the profession of his early faith; it is a grand record of a good old man whose neighbors do him honor and whose brethren love him.

From Liberal Freemason, Vol. IV, No. 3, June 1880, Page 91:

Bro. James Franklin Chase, of Union Lodge, Nantucket, celebrated his ninety-sixth birthday on Sunday, May 16th, last. Brother Chase is the oldest resident of the town, and must be now, very nearly, if not quite the oldest Mason in the United States, having been made a Master Mason in February, 1808. We give a sketch of Brother Chase, "One of the Venerables," in Vol. II, page 372, in which it appears that he was made a Mason Dec. 10, 1807. From his known personal characteristics, strengthened by the health-giving air of Nantucket, we hope to see our Brother round out a full century of life.

From Proceedings, Page 1882-223, report of the Grand Master:

I deem it also a matter of proper interest to notice the death of one of the two oldest members of our Order in the United States. Bro. James Franklin Chase was born in Boston, May 16, 1784, and when five years old was taken by his parents to Nantucket, where he spent the remainder of his life following a profession closely identified with the commercial pursuits of the island, and where he died, July 18, 1882, at the age of ninety-eight years.

He was made a Mason in Union Lodge of Nantucket, Dec. 10, 1807, and had thus attained the seventy-fifth year of his Masonic life! — a term of membership of which there are few known precedents. Bro. Chase had a deep regard for all the ordinances of Masonry,, and was a constant attendant upon the meetings of his Lodge until the infirmities of age pressed too heavily upon him. He was also a member of Rising Sun and Isle of the Sea Royal Arch Chapters, both of Nantucket. In the years 1831, '32, and '33 he did faithful service as District Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge, "standing up to be counted" at a time when it required no common courage to occupy a conspicuous position as a Mason.

The long life of this patriarch was one of quiet usefulness, and his pure and estimable character won for him the respect and love of his fellow-citizens. It is fitting that a career so protracted and so blameless should receive honorable mention in our annals.

From Liberal Freemason, Vol. VI, No. 4, July 1882, Page 122:

Something more than four years ago, we referred to James Franklin Chase, of Nantucket, under the title of "One of the Venerables," stating among other things that he was born in Boston, May 16th, 1784, and was made a Mason in Union Lodge of Nantucket, December 10th, 1807.

On the anniversary of his birthday in May last, suitable recognition of the event was made, and on June 14th in accordance with arrangements previously made the members of Union Lodge paid him a fraternal visit, not entirely social in character, but attended with more substantial benefit to the
personal comfort of one who is now within two years of being a century old.

It will be seen that Brother Chase is now in the 99th year of his age, and in the seventy-fifth of his Masonic life, and that he is in the very front with the two or three others who have anything like such a record.

There were present with the members of the Lodge a few brethren who happened to be on the island, and all were personally introduced by the Master to the veteran, who heartily welcomed them, and entertained the company with reminiscences of years long past, and of associations sundered, by reason of dust having returned to dust. It is quite a number of years since Bro. Chase's eyesight became so seriously impaired as to disqualify him for labor, and this finally ended in entire blindness, but he quickly recognized old friends and brethren by their voices, even though he had not seen them for years.

Brother Henry Paddack read a poem, sent from Boston, which alluded to many localisms, and no doubt revived pleasant memories in the mind of the aged brother, whose faculties are bright and active, and seemingly only circumscribed by the loss of sight.

The Rev. Brother Round was then introduced, and made some appropriate remarks, expressing his great pleasure in taking by the hand not only so aged a man, but a brother, upon whose "record as a man and a Mason there is not a stain." He then in behalf of the brethren, presented Brother Chase with a generous gift of bright silver dollars. A number of other brethren spoke briefly, all uttering good wishes for their brother. Several old-time tunes were sung, and in Coronation, America and Auld Lang Syne.

Brother Chase joined with much relish, showing that he well remembered time and tune. Before taking an affectionate leave, W. Bro. Joseph S. Barney offered the following motion, which was unanimously adopted:

Moved, That it is the sense of the brethren.assembled, that Union Lodge shall make an Annual Visitation to our venerable Brother during the remainder of his life, be it five years or fifty in duration.

The Nantucket Mirror and Inquirer gave an interesting account of this visit and printed the poem referred to.

From Liberal Freemason, Vol. VI, No. 6, September 1882, Page 190:

The Oldest Mason. Referring to the death of James Franklin Chase, one of the oldest members of the Masonic Fraternity, at Nantucket, the New York Times says: He was initiated in Union Lodge, Nantucket, in 1807, and has been an active member of the Order for seventy-five years. There has been some question as to who was the oldest Mason in the world, but it seems to have been definitely determined at last. The following table is adjudged as correct in high Masonic circles: Col. Nathan Huntoon, Unity, N. H., initiated 1803; James Franklin Chase*, 1807; Captain Sylvanus Hatch, 1809; Wait Garrett, New Hartford, Conn., 1810; George Lee Bowe, Agawam, Conn., 1810; Knight, Dover, Eng., October, 18115 Hon. James Garland, Lynchburg, Va., 18l2 ; James Scott, Melbourne, Australia, 1812; Elijah Pratt, Castleton, N. Y., 1812 ; Hon. Artemus Hale*, Bridgewater, Mass., 1812; Noyes, Crodon, Eng., 1812 John B. Hollenbeek, Burlington, Vt., 1813; Elijah Stansbury, Baltimore, 1814; Capt. Hiram Ferris, Fond du Lac, Wis., 1815.

* Died since.


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 TROWEL, Winter 1984, Page 29:’’

‘’’From the Linotype Machine to the Pulpit’’’
‘’By Robert R. Chase, Jr.’’

"What do I do now? I'm too old to learn anything new. And, besides, who wants to hire a 50-year-old guy?"

We have all heard these words, or probably said them ourselves when experiencing the loss of a job because of the age of the computer. The new mechanized brain is reshaping our way of life.

Bro. Thomas Elmer Chase knows what it is like to lose his trade when it is phased out by the computer. At age 54 he faced reality when computers reduced the working force in his newspaper's composing room, thereby enabling the production of bigger papers with less employees.

Which way would he go? Religion was his answer — the love of God and the desire to reach out and touch others in an attempt to help those in need of human understanding to their problems. He has seen the soaring divorce rates, the percentage of one-parent families, and the rising numbers of missing children wandering the streets of the world. He accepted the call to face another challenge.

A native of New Bedford, the third of four children born to the late Andrew B. Chase and his wife, Edith, who still resides in the same city, Bro. Tom began learning the newspaper business as an office boy with the ‘’New Bedford Standard-Times’’ in 1948. He soon became a composing room apprentice, learning the trade of a printer, setting hand type and operating a Linotype that cast type on a slug. That is nostalgically referred to by those in the trade as the "hot type days."

Adapting to the trade easily, Tom was promoted to assistant foreman but later decided to leave the New Bedford paper to ply his trade with the ‘’Fall River Herald-News’’, a few miles down the road. That's where the computer age caught up with him and others in the composing room. It was now time to make a change. His positive thinking led him into religion. A career in the ministry had been a lifelong dream. With the support of his faithful wife, Mary, of 34 years, and two of their six children, Kevin and Debby (two others had been adopted), they sold their Hawthorne St. home and headed for Maine.

Active as a lay reader and involved in youth work at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Fairhaven (across the Acushnet River from New Bedford), the family later gained religious comfort at the Grace Episcopal Church in New Bedford where both dad and mother taught in the church school. Tom was active in the Inter-Church Council of the city, serving as its president in 1978. Their home had always been open to young people. Once nearly 30 foster children found the home a peaceful harbor where they received guidance and affection.

The acceptance of God had already opened another way of life to Bro. Tom. He received the several degrees in Freemasonry in George H. Taber Lodge, Fairhaven, in 1966. He served his Lodge twice as Worshipful Master, first in 1971 and again two years later. In December of 1974 he was installed by M. W. Stanley F. Maxwell as D. D. G. M. of the New Bedford 30th. He affiliated with Wamsutta Lodge of New Bedford in 1979 and has spoken at Lodges of Instruction.

Exalted in Fairhaven Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, in 1967, he served as High Priest in 1971-72 and Secretary in 1978-79. Greeted in New Bedford Council, Royal and Select Masters, in 1968, he served as Principal Conductor in 1971-72 and Deputy Master in 1977-79. On June 16, 1977, he was Knighted in Sutton Commandery No. 16, Knights Templar, of New Bedford.

At the Cathedral Church of St. Luke, Portland, ME, Bro. Chase was ordained a Deacon of the Episcopal Church on June 2,1984. Despite inclement weather that prevailed, many relatives and friends from the New Bedford-Fairhaven area traveled north to witness the ceremony. As a Deacon Bro. Chase is not able to celebrate the Eucharist but can administer other sacraments. Since his ordination he has accepted a call to a church in Gardiner, ME.

The goal he set for himself was not easily reached. It came only after his family had made sacrifices during five years of study that resulted in a degree in theology from the Bangor Theological Seminary, Bangor, ME. He is a fellow whose paternal roots can be traced to William Chase, who settled in Barnstable, Cape Cod, in 1630 with other Pilgrims from England and Holland.

Brother Chase's accomplishments, through a willingness to accept the will of his Creator and the varied challenges in life, best exemplify all the lessons of the Master Mason Degree. His service as a useful member of society comes from a strong desire to be an industrious worker in the beehive of life.



From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1987, Page 32:

Ill. Ralph Loomis Cheeseman, 33°
Born in Northampton, Massachusetts, December 31, 1895
Died in Palm Harbor, Florida, January 11, 1987

Ill. Ralph Loomis Cheeseman, 33°, was born in Northampton, Massachusetts, on December 3, 1895, the son of the late Charles F. and Estella (Doyle) Cheeseman. He moved to Springfield, Massachusetts in 1907, where he attended the public schools.

Enlisting in the United States Army in 1917, he served two years in the Medical Corps as a sergeant first class.

Vocationally he was a car inspector for the New Haven Railroad, a salesman for the General Baking Company, and most recently, an auto­mobile salesman.

For sixty-two years, music was a concurrent occupation for Illustrious Brother Cheeseman, as he was a bass soloist in several churches, including Trinity Methodist and Wesley Methodist. He also was choir director at St. James Methodist Church and St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Longmeadow.

On November 5, 1917, he and Ethel J. Agard were wed in the Cadet Chapel, West Point, New York. She died in 1961. A daughter, Dorcas C. Sand, also preceded him in death. Surviving him are a son, Norbert A. of Palm Harbor, Florida; a daughter, Althea Elmer of East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, with whom he lived; nine grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren; and two great great grandchildren.

Illustrious Brother Cheeseman was raised a Master Mason May 16, 1932, in Elm Lodge, A.F. & A.M., West Springfield, Massachusetts. He was Worshipful Master in 1938, and Chaplain 1946-1980. He received the Joseph Warren Medal for Distinguished Service from Grand Lodge in 1970.

Our Illustrious Brother joined all the bodies of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite in the Valley of Springfield in 1961. He became Thrice Potent Master of the Evening Star Lodge of Perfection in 1973-1974. He received the Meritorious Service Award from the Council of Deliberation in 1975, and was elected by the Supreme Council to receive the 33rd degree in September, 1980, at Cleveland, Ohio.

In 1961, Brother Cheeseman also joined Melha Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S., of Springfield, Massachusetts, and served on the Board of Trustees for five years and as Ceremonial Potentate 1963-1980. He was Chairman of the Hadji Degree Team for ten years, President of the Old Timers in 1963, and a charter and life member of the Melha Past Masters Unit.

He was a member of the Springfield Chapter #143, Order of Eastern Star and its Worthy Patron three times.

Because he spent some winter months with his son in Florida, he became acquainted with those who deemed him worthy of honorary memberships in the Masters and Wardens Association, 19th Masonic District of Florida; and the Tarpon Springs Kiwanis Club.

The funeral was held at Dickinson-Streeter Funeral Home, Springfield, Massachusetts, January 14, 1987, with burial at the convenience of the family. The Masonic Service was performed the previous evening with an overflow gathering in attendance.

A Man of Compassion,
A Brother of Eminence,
A Ritualist of Distinction -
"None knew him but to love him; None named him but to praise."


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 TROWEL, Spring 1987, Page 12:

Rev. John P. Christensen Killed in Auto Crash

Rev. Bro. John P. Christensen, 72, a member of Saint Martin's Lodge, Chatham, and pastor of the First Parish Church, Taunton, for ten years, was killed instantly Oct. 11 when another vehicle crashed into his car as he was backing out of a Wilmington, NC, church yard. Bro. Christensen had been preaching at two North Carolina churches twice a month since retiring from the Taunton pastorate in 1980.

His wife, Edith (MacGregor) Christensen, suffered broken ribs from the crash and was confined to the New Hanover Hospital, Wilmington, for several weeks. Several charges have been brought by police against the operator of the other vehicle.

Born in Boston, Bro. Christensen graduated from Chelsea High School in 1932 and attended Tufts Divinity School in Medford. He held pastorates in Chatham, Woonsocket, RI, Barre, VT, and Taunton, and was preaching parttime near his 229 Madeline Dr. home in Wilmington. While in Taunton he had been active in the Raynham Art Association.

In addition to his wife he leaves daughters Jeanne Kelly of Baltimore and Diane Christensen of Winchester; a son, John, Jr., of Maryland; three sisters, Edna DeCain of East Taunton, Dorothy Murray of Chelsea, and Mary Jensen of Portland, OR, and several nephews and nieces.


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.



From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1999, Page A-x:

Ill:. Clifford Alderman Clark, 33°
Born in Putnam, Connecticut, on November 22, 1903
Died in Peabody, Massachusetts, on April 4, 1999

Illustrious Clifford Alderman Clark, 33°, son of the late Arthur M. and Elizabeth A. Clark, was born in Putnam, Connecticut, on November 22, 1903 and died in Peabody, Massachusetts, on April 4, 1999. He was employed by Peabody and Arnold, Attorneys at Law for over 42 years, retiring as Probate, Estate and Tax Accountant in 1973.

Illustrious Brother Clark was a graduate of Salem High School in 1922 and from the Bentley School of Accounting and Finance in 1924. He was an active member of the Tabernacle Church, Salem, and served at various times as an usher, member of the Pastoral Committee and was a past Secretary and Treasurer of the Men's Club. He was a former member and director of the YMCA for more than 60 years, a member of the Salem Republican Club and a Justice of the Peace.

Ill:. Brother Clark was raised a Master Mason in Starr King Lodge, A.F. & A.M., Salem, Massachusetts, on February 9, 1925, and was Worshipful Master in 1946-47. He also served on the Auditing Committee for one year and as a Trustee of the Permanent Fund from 1951 until his death. He was also a member of the Lynn and Salem 8th Masonic District Past Masters Association.

He took his Scottish Rite Degrees in the Valley of Salem. He joined Sutton Lodge of Perfection on January 5, 1934; Jubilee Council, Princes of Jerusalem, on November 8, 1935 and Emmanuel Chapter of Rose Croix on November 22, 1935. On May 7, 1954, he was elected Thrice Potent Master of Sutton Lodge of Perfection and served from 1954 thru 1957. He joined Massachusetts Consistory on February 28, 1936. He also served the Valley of Salem for 27 years as its Treasurer. He was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33°, Honorary Member of the Supreme Council on September 25, I 957, in Boston, Massachusetts.

A Funeral Service was held on April 8, 1999, in the Full-Spychalski Funeral Home in Salem with burial at Mount Zion Cemetery, Webster, Massachusetts, on April 10, 1999.

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

== COATES, RALPH PORTER 1896-1970 CoD Proceedings 1971, p. 23

Ill. Ralph Porter Coates, 33°, was born in Easthampton August 31, 1896, and died at Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, October 4, 1970, on his return trip from the Supreme Council Session at Milwaukee. Although trained as a teacher, he later took over a family hardware business and engaged in the business of hard­ware until his death. He was raised in Rabboni Lodge No. 150 in Lewiston, Maine in 1919 from which he demitted after becoming a Charter Member of William Sewall Gardner Lodge, Lowell, in 1929. He was Worshipful Master 1933 and 1934 and Secretary from 1939 to 1962, also serving as District Deputy Grand Master, 1951-1952. He was a member of all York Rite Bodies and presided over his Chapter and Commandery. His Scottish Rite membership was in Lowell and Massachusetts Consistory and he served as Sov­ereign Prince in Lowell Council. He was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, thirty-third Degree Honorary Member of the Supreme Council in 1948.

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.



From Liberal Freemason, Vol. III, No. 8, November 1879, Page 240:

We have been reminded by the many obituary notices we have given of distinguished brethren, that it might have been grateful to their feelings, if while yet living, they could have read a brief sketch of their Masonic life, and thus had a deeper insight into the love which those who knew them best felt for them.

Animated by some such thought, we have selected one of whom to speak, and about whom so much can be said to inspire those who have not yet settled into the active duties of life, with the best resolutions, and help them to strength sufficient to maintain them.

If either reader or traveller is interested in local celebrities, he may possibly have curiosity enough to lead him to start from Kingston in Massachusetts for a drive of a few miles to historic Plymouth. The road leads past Rocky Nook, in Kingston, and on the south side is an old-fashioned one-story house, pleasantly situated on a knoll, and all looking so quiet, inviting and home-like, that if one pauses, inspired by a wish to go in, he need not be surprised if the boy born there ever so many years ago, suddenly appears as a brisk, well preserved and genial man, and cheerily gives an invitation to enter. It is an invitation hard to resist, there is no fuss in it, and though time or business may press, a little may be taken from each in such an atmosphere.

The old house, as already stated, is one story high, such as New England country people built three quarters of a century ago. The front door is flanked by a single window on one side and by two on the other, and these look so cheery and well disposed toward visitors that the most careless passer-by cannot fail to take a second look at the premises.

Near this is a more modern house; the change from the old house into the new, wrought no change in boy or man, whose unpretending life has been gliding quietly by, and whose simplicity may be read on the old store opposite, where for fort) years has hung the brief sign, "P. Cobb."

Cobb's Store, about 1875

Brother Cobb's is just what it pretends to be, — a country store, —and where, as a Brother and neighbor once expressed it, he who wants can get anything from "a cut ham to a plough, not even excepting money, and all stop at Cobb's, he is such a good fellow." He is both Farmer and Trader, and is successful in both, and practically illustrates that farming can be conducted on a large and paying scale in New England. In 1879, he raised in potatoes alone, over one thousand bushels.

If asked, our brother will tell you that he received his education in "the little old Red School-house on the hill," but he has improved that wonderfully. For something like twenty years he has been a Justice of the Peace, but has never yet exacted a fee; it being a pleasure to him to oblige people, and to assist in settling any unpleasantness, in which he finds ample compensation. To the soldiers he has always been a friend, and has found most call for the exercise of his functions as a justice in attending to the proper adjustment of their pension papers.

Brother Cobb has pronounced opinions in politics, but he is never personally offensive. He has always been a democrat of the Stephen A. Douglas school, has been on the Democratic State Central Committee for twenty years, and was known as war democrat. Once during the war, his town declined to By money for volunteers to fill its quota. Brother Cobb declared that a draft should not be enforced, and paid out over his own counter, of his own money, all that was needed to secure volunteers. For this, the town subsequently reimbursed him.

Four times he has been run for State Senator by his party, and once for Congress, in the Cape District, wherein it is said he received the largest vote ever given to any Democrat who led of an election. In his own town, however, he is voted by Democrats and Republicans, and once consented to present it one term in the State Legislature. In town affairs he has long been actively interested, and has Jben on the School Committee fifteen years, during which time his energetic and progressive spirit has dominated to the great advantage of educational matters. To him the town of Kingston indebted for its excellent High School, and the impetus given to education in consequence of it, is like an always blooming flower, blossoming in the town's people, and shedding a delightful fragrance over the old as well as the young, but to none more grateful than to Brother Cobb himself.

To speak of him in his domestic relations is venturing unbidden into the sanctity of a happy and always hospitable home and even though a visitor may come unheralded, he at once realizes that he is welcome, for Brother Cobb cannot be disconcerted by company nor intruded upon beyond his ability to be a most genial and thoughtful host. In all this he is happM aided by his wife, and three children, all adopted ones, which contribute to the rounded pleasures of a country Squire's home.

In 1858, our Brother was made a Master Mason in Plymouth Lodge, in Plymouth, Ichabod Shaw, Master. He subsequently received the degrees in Royal Arch Masonry, and was one on the Charter members of Samoset Chapter in Plymouth. Zealous always as a Mason, he is one of the most regular attendants it the meetings of Lodge and Chapter, and when money is needed for any good purpose, he is "the first among his equals" to give. Unselfish to extreme, he declines preferment to office which Lodge, Chapter or Town would gladly thrust upon him, but in the army of workers he prefers to be, where he is inde-1 fatiguable and irreproachable.

Thus far he has lived in the sunshine of life, the contentment of his mind has softened all his cares; his benevolent disposition has been a constant benediction to the poor and distressed; he regards everybody as his neighbor, his neighbors are his friends, and all these contemplate Philander Cobb as a man of perpetual youth, ripening for a change some time, but hoping that it may be afar off.

COBB, SYLVANUS, JR. 1823-1887

From Liberal Freemason, Vol. XI, No. 5, August 1887, Page 157:

The name of this brother has been familiar for so long a time as a writer of serial stories that little need be said of him in this regard, more than the repetition of the fact of his success and popularity. His father was a noted Universalist clergyman, and his mother no less strong mentally and morally, and of these Sylvanus was born in Waterville, Maine, June 5th, 1823. Early in life he became a practical printer, and took charge of the office where his father's denominational newspaper was printed; but at 18 years of age he enlisted in the navy where he remained several years.

Returning to newspaper interests, he began writing stories for papers edited by Mr. F. Gleason in 1850, and in 1856 he entered into a contract with Robert Bonner, for whom he has ever since written to the exclusion of all others. The only exception to this, he once informed the editor of this periodical, is the occasional Masonic stories he prepared for it.

The attachment of our brother to Freemasonry was more than ordinarily strong, and conspicuously unselfish. He was made a Mason while residing in Norway, Me., was a Past Master of Oxford Lodge in that town. Since 1868 his home has been in Hyde Park, Mass., where he became a member of the R. A. Chapter, Council of R. and S. Masters and a Knight Templar, and where also he presided with fine effect at separate periods over Norfolk Chapter, Hyde Park Council and Cyprus Commandery. He was a member also of the A. and A. Rite of the 32d degree in Massachusetts Consistory. In the Grand Chapter of Massachusetts, he was Grand Scribe in 1881, and Grand P. C. of the Work in the Grand Council during the same year.

We have to regret that we could not participate in paying the last tribute of respect to this brother, but absence from the State prevented; that it was fittingly done gives us much satisfaction, because of the fact that it was done worthily. That our brother was human those who knew will remember, as they also will the kindly and cheery manner in which he bore his human character. In this he was a helpful man; open to listen, true to advise, wise even in his conclusions. An acquaintanceship of many years had grown into respect and ripened into mutual friendship, for the loss of which tender words are but a poor substitute. For a year or more his health had been less firm until gradually weakening, he died on Wednesday, July 27th, 1887, at nis home and amid the comforts his pen had successfully enabled him to secure. It will be difficult if not impossible to recall any words of unkindness uttered by Sylvanus Cobb, Jr., concerning a brother Freemason or the brethren, among whom he was always a friend and peace-maker.

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.





From TROWEL, Fall 1996, Page 24:

Albert M. Coleman
The Kid

At the New Smyrna Beach Shrine Club, he is known as "The Kid." Albert M. Coleman has been a member of Seaview Lodge for 76 years having petitioned that Lodge in 1920. He was born in Baltimore, MD on December 11, 1888, married young and was the father of two boys born in 1908 and 1909. The insurance company for which he worked transferred him to Boston in 1919 when he sought admission to Seaview Lodge in Revere. He was Raised on June 24, 1920. He became a member of the York Rite in 1925, and Aleppo Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S. thereafter.

In 1963, Brother Coleman moved to Ormond Beach, Florida and joined Bahia Temple in Orlando. At all Shrine functions he is introduced as the oldest Shriner in North America.

On May 1, 1995, in New Smyrna Beach Lodge No. 149, he received his 75 year emblem which was affixed to his Fifty Year Veteran's Medal. Over 80 members were present to witness the ceremony including the District Deputy Grand Master, the Potentate of Bahia Temple, six Past Potentates, the Chief Rabban. Assistant Rabban and fifteen Past Masters of the Lodge.

He has many fond memories in Masonry. In November of 1923, he went to New York and in one of the oldest Lodges Raised his father to the Sublime Degree in a unique ceremony. After moving to Florida, he had the honor of Raising his present wife's son-in-law and her youngest grandson.

He is still very active and in good health. Around the time of his hundredth birthday, he personally drove himself and his wife from Florida to Massachusetts. It was a "honeymoon trip" and he did all the driving! He is still regularly dancing once or twice a week at local functions, although in recent months using a cane. He recently received a renewal of his driver's license for another six years.

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 Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ, 1897, Page 71:

Ill. Bro. John Hoffman Collamore was born in Boston, Mass., Nov. 21, 1816. Ho was the son of Gilman and Maria Eliza (Hoffman) Collamore. His father was an importer and dealer in china and crockery ware. He received his education in the Salem street Academy, and afterwards in the Chauncy Hall School, of which Prof Gideon F. Thayer was principal. On leaving school, he entered the counting room of Mr. Winchester, on South Market street, Boston, where lie remained for several years.

But he had a strong desire to see the world, and a special love of the sea. When the Sloop-of-war Jamestown was sent out, under the command of Capt. R. B. Forbes, to convey provisions to the famishing people of Ireland, young Collamore was among the first to volunteer for the service. After crossing the ocean, he spent nearly twenty years in travel and observation in the different countries of Europe, walking when it was possible to do so, and canoeing up the great rivers, such as the Seine and the Rhone. Having influence with the French government, he was permitted to accompany its army during the Franco-Austro-Italian war, and he was an eye-witness of the battles of Solferino and Magenta.

Recrossing the ocean, he travelled through the United States, the West Indies, South America and the Sandwich Islands. On his return to Boston, he made himself a home at 510 Columbus Avenue, surrounding himself with hooks and works of art, of which lie had made valuable collections. With these sources of intellectual improvement and in the management of the large estate which had come to him by inheritance, he found occupation during his declining years.

In 1890, Bro. Collamore became a Mason, and he passed through all the grades with almost unprecedented rapidity. He was raised in Columbian Lodge, Boston, Jan. 2, 1890; exalted in St. Andrew's R. A. Chapter April 2, 1890; and knighted in Boston Commandery June 18, 1890. He received the degree of R. & S. Master in Boston Council, June 19, 1890. In the A. A. Scottish Rite, the degrees were conferred upon him in Lafayette Lodge of Perfection Feb. 7, 1890; in Giles F. Yates Council of P. of J. Feb. 14, 1890; in Mt. Olivet Chapter of R. C., Feb. 21,1890; and in Massachusetts Consistory April 25, 1890. He was created a Sov. Gr. Inspector-General, 33°, and Honorary Member of the Supreme Council at Chicago, Ill., Sept. 19, 1893. He showed a more than ordinary interest in the Institution, and he gave repeated proofs of his interest in its welfare. There is hardly a Masonic organization in Boston or its vicinity that has not received substantial tokens of his fraternal regard. In his will he bequeathed $50,000.00 to the “Masonic Education and Charity Trust" of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, and $500.00 each to the numerous Masonic bodies with which he was associated as an active or honorary member. lie died in Boston, Nov. 8, 1890.

Ill. Brother Collamore was a large-hearted and very generous man, genial in his disposition and of a sociable nature, he was warm in his friendships and fond of company, his love for Masonry was strong and his attachment to the brethren warm and sincere. He enjoyed the Institution greatly, and never grew tired in planning ways to benefit it through gifts to its bodies in its various branches. His generosity will long be remembered, and his excellent example will not be without its permanent influence.

Respectfully submitted,
Samuel C. Lawrence,
Sereno D. Nickerson,
Albert C. Smith,



From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1970, Page 25:

Ill. Raymond Lathrop Combs, 33° , was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, July 22, 1894, and died in Longmeadow, Massa­chusetts, July 27, 1969. He attended the Springfield Public Schools and New York University and served in the Navy in World War I. He retired in 1954 as the owner of the Granger Towel Supply Company and had been President of New England Linen and Supply Association.

Raised in Hampden Lodge in 1920, he served as Worshipful Master in 1928. A Charter Member of Longmeadow Lodge and its Worshipful Master in 1932 and 1933.

He was a member of the York Rite Bodies and received the Scottish Rite Degrees in the Valley of Springfield and presided over all four Bodies. He was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, Thirty-third Degree, Honorary Member of the Supreme Council in 1948.




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

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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 a published contemporary article:

CONEY, Hubert Mason, of Ware, member of the bar, is a native of Ware, born March 18th, 1844, son of John and Sophronia (Allen) Coney. His first ancestors on the paternal side in America came to Boston from "Coney Green", England, about 1650, and settles in Sharon and Walpole. The branch from which he sprang came to Ware in 1744, and settled on what is known today as "Coy's Hill"; and from that time the place was occupied by one descendant after another until 1871, when John Coney, father of H.M. Coney, removed to Ware Village. They all followed farming. Mr. Coney's education was begun in the common schools of Ware. He graduated from the High School in the Spring of 1860, prepared for college; but, his work being needed on the farm, he remained at home for another year, meanwhile continuing his studies. In the autumn of 1861 he was fitted for the sophomore class at Amherst, but again was prevented from entering college, this time by the call for service in the Civil War, which was paramount. Accordingly, he enlisted on the 11th of November following was, at Pittsfield, mustered into the service for three years in Company D, Thirty-First Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers. He served his full term, participating in the engagements of Bisland, Port Hudson, Yellow Bayou, and others of minor importance, and was honorably discharged at New Orleans, LA, November 19th, 1864. Upon his return from the Army he entered mechanic life, in the hardware business in Ware which he followed until February, 1872 when he sold out, and began the study of law. While pursuing his studies, he supported himself by doing some fire and life insurance business and serving as Town Clerk, holding the latter office from 1872 to 1876. He was admitted to the bar at the March term at Springfield in 1876, and immediately began practice there. In 1882 he removed his office to Boston, where he continued until 1889 when he returned to Ware, in which place he has since been established in the enjoyment of a large and steadily increasing practice. In 1892 he was town consul for Ware. While residing in Springfield, he was a representative in the General Court for that city from Ward Two in 1881. He had served in the state militia for a number of years, from 1877 to 1882, first as Second Lieutenant and finally Captain of Company G, Second Regiment. In politics he has always been a Republican, and now holds the chairmanship pf the Republican Town Committee of Ware. He is a Freemason, member of Eden Lodge of Ware, the Royal Arch Chapter, and the Springfield Commandery of Knights Templar: and is a leading member of the Grand Army of the Republic, being a Charter member of J.W. Lawton Post, No. 85, of Ware, and having been in 1895 aide-de-camp on the staff of the commander in chief, and judge advocate on the staff of the department department commander. Mr. Coney was married April 17th, 1867, to Miss. Eleanor L. Brainerd, of Ware. They have had one son: Edwin B. Coney, who died April 17th, 1889, aged fourteen years.


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.



From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1990, Page A-iv:

Ill. Frank Barney Cook, 33°
Born in Rowley, Massachusetts, October 21, 1912
Died in Newburyport, Massachusetts, June 28, 1989

111:. Frank Barney Cook, 33°, was born in Rowley, Massachusetts, on October 21, 1912, the son of Frank L. and Mary (Barney) Cook. He spent his life in Rowley and Ipswich where he attended the public schools.

Vocationally, he was a die maker and inspector for the General Electric Company during World War II. Upon the death of his father, he inherited his father's business as a package store owner which he operated for over 40 years until his retirement several years ago.

On June 11, 1936, he married the late Margaret Evans Stubbs in Rye, New Hampshire. He is survived by his daughter Elizabeth B. Cook.

Illustrious Brother Cook was raised a Master Mason in John T. Heard Lodge, A.F. & A.M. in Ipswich, Massachusetts on January 16, 1946 and served as Worshipful Master in 1958-1959. He was also very active in York Rite, being a member of the Ipswich Royal Arch Chapter which he joined in 1957, Amesbury Council, Royal and Select Masters which he joined in 1962 and Newburyport Commandary #3 which he joined in 1957. In 1962-1963, he served as Commander of Newburyport Commandary #3.

Illustrious Brother Cook received the degrees of the Scottish Rite in the Valleys of Salem and Boston in 1951. He served as Sovereign Prince of Jubilee Council Princes of Jerusalem in 1984-1986. He was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33°, Honorary Member of the Supreme Council in Cincinnati, Ohio, on September 24, 1986.

A member of the First Congregational Church in Rowley, Massachusetts, he was a Trustee and a Deacon Emeritus. A Masonic Service was conducted on June 30, 1989 at the Frank S. Roberts and Son Funeral Home by the officers of John T. Heard Lodge, A.F. & A.M. Ipswich. Funeral services were conducted the next day at the First Congregational Church, with burial in the Main Street Cemetery, Rowley. Six Sovereign Grand Inspectors General from the Valley of Salem served as Honorary Pall Bearers.

He will be sadly missed by all. He left the world a happier and better place to live in.

COOK, JAMES MANN 1809-1880


From Past Masters of the Masonic Lodges of Taunton, Mass., 1905:

James Mann Cook was in Newton, Mass., March 30, 1809, and was the son of George Cook and Sarah Hoogs. He was best known to the citizens of Taunton as the master mechanic of the Taunton Branch Railroad, which position he filled with great ability for many years. He was one of the early initiates in King David Lodge after the revival of Masonic interest, and became one of the most active workers in the rite. He died in Concord, Mass., June 10, 1880.

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.



From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 2010, Page A-iv:

Ill. Taylor Brokaw Cook, 33°
Born in Trenton, New Jersey, on April 2, 1924.
Died on May 13, 2010.

Ill. Taylor Brokaw Cook, 33° was the son of Taylor Orem and Ethel Margaret (Brokaw) Cook. He attended several colleges and earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Springfield College in 1951. He continued to study and received his Masters Degree from Springfield College in 1961. He was employed as a teacher and junior high school coordinator. He served in the United States Infantry, 34th Regiment and the Army Air Force as a corporal.

On July 9, 1949, at Springfield, Massachusetts, he was united in marriage to June Handy. From this union were born two children, Peggy and Taylor.

He was a member of the First Church United Congregational Church, serving as Deacon; superintendent of Sunday School; and member of the board of education. In the community, he served as commissioner of parks and recreation; chairman of the Lake Damon Drawdown Commission; West Springfield Education Association; Springfield Naturalist Society; Springfield Photography Club; and volunteer for Storrowtown Village.

Ill. Brother Cook was raised a Master Mason in Hampden Lodge A.F. & A.M., Springfield, on May 1, 1951 and served as Master in 1985. He completed the degrees of the Scottish Rite in the Valley of Springfield on April 27, 1961, and served as Thrice Potent Master of Evening Star Lodge of Perfection in 1980. He served the Valley as chairman of the Scottish Rite Scholarship Committee. On September 24, 1986, he was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33° Honorary Member of the Supreme Council at Cincinnati, Ohio.

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.



From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 2011, Page 21:

Ill.Miles Creston Corbin, 33°
Born in Tylerton, Maryland on July 17, 1922.
Died on July 22, 2010.

Ill.Miles Creston Corbin, 33° was the son of Stephen and Edith (Marshall) Corbin. He was educated in the Washington Public School System and graduated from the University of Maryland in 1953. He was employed with the United States Government in the engineering department, retiring after 36 years of service. He served in the United States Navy from 1943 to 1946.

On June 21, 1953, at Lowell, Massachusetts, he was united in mar­riage to Mary Georgakakos. From this union were born two chil­dren, James and Patti.

He was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, where he served as president of the trustees, superintendent of Sunday school, and member of the Pastor Parish Relations Committee and the Administration Board. He received a letter of commendation acknowledging all of his voluntary contributions to his church. Civically, he was appointed to the Open Pantry board of directors from 1988 to 1995.

Ill. Bro. Corbin was raised a Master Mason in Kilwinning Lodge, A.F.& A.M. in Lowell, Massachusetts in June of 1969, and was awarded the First Star First Lodge Award. He served as Master in 1975-76. He served the Grand Lodge in the 32nd Lodge of Instruction in 1979.

He was exalted in Mount Horeb Chapter R.A.M. in Lowell, Massachusetts. He completed the 4th through the 18th degrees of the Scottish Rite in the Valley of Lowell in April of 1970, and served as Most Wise Master of Mount Calvary Chapter of Rose Croix in 1988-1990. He completed the consistorial degrees in the Valley of Boston in November of 1970 and was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33°, Honorary Member of the Supreme Council on September 27, 1994, at Cleveland, Ohio.

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 TROWEL, Fall 2002, Page 10:

One of the larger movers and 'shakers in the greater Worcester area has his hand in many different projects, promoting Masonry every chance he gets. Wor. H. Richard Cornwell was instrumental in bringing the 32nd degree Scottish Rite Learning Center to Worcester. He teamed up with Bro. Jordan Levy of WTAG Radio to assist in the producing of radio programs in afternoon drive time on WTAG's Jordan Levy Show, promoting many aspects of Masonry in Massachusetts. The programs have featured MW Fred K. Bauer and MW Donald G. Hicks, Jr. as guests, and have also featured our Masonic charities, Eastern Star, Shriners Hospitals for Children, CHIP, Overlook Health Care and the Masonic Angel Fund.

Wor. Bro. Cornwell was also instrumental in the planning of the City of Worcester's Shrine Day on August 4th at Worcester Polytech's field, and a parade down Park Avenue. He secured the extensive media blitz in the greater Worcester area.

Bro. Cornwell is a Past Master of Wellesley Lodge and a member of Moses Michael Hays Lodge. His Masonic career began in Springfield, Ohio, in the Springfield Chapter of DeMolay. He became its Master Councilor and was awarded the Chevalier Award. In 1955 he joined St. Andrew's Lodge #619 in Springfield, Ohio. He is also a member of York Rite and the Scottish Rite Valleys of Worcester and Boston, and is a degree worker in the Massachusetts Consistory. He has served Aleppo Shrine in many capacities and was its Potentate in 1996. While in that capacity he coined the phrase "IIAFWAGDI" which means "If It Ain't Fun We Ain't Gonna Do It," a phrase he took to heart during his term. He is always promoting the family of Masonry in his travels, and is always making excellent suggestions for publicity and public relations, and speaking out to promote a Masonic cause.

Bro. Cornwell and his wife Shirley reside in Framingham and have four children and six grandchildren. Bro. Cornwell's view of Masonry is to serve the whole family as a unit, and Masonic Awareness should serve the entire Masonic family. Masonry offers so many opportunities for a fraternal experience, and he looks at Masonic Awareness as an everyday and every way continual program.

Wor. H. Richard Cornwell, a Mason who doesn't know how to say no, is this issue's "MAC Mason."


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.


From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 2005, Page 32:

Ill. Sumner Neil Cotton, 33°
Born August 12, 1912, in Windham, New Hampshire
Died April 15, 2004

Illustrious Sumner was educated in the Worcester Public Schools, graduating from Classical High School. He was a graduate of New York University. During World War II he served as a warden for Civil Defense. Sumner was married to his loving wife Miriam for 63 years until her passing in 2003. He leaves two sons and a daughter.

He owned and operated Max Cotton Company for 50 years, and also owned many prominent pieces of real estate in the Worcester area. He was a member of B'Nai Brith and Temple Emmanuel. Sumner volunteered for many years for the Red Cross and Memorial Hospital in Worcester. Sumner was a member of many Lodges and served as Worshipful Master of Morning Star Lodge. He was the recipient of the Joseph Warren Medal from the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts.

In York Rite he was a member of both Chapter and Council and served as Illustrious Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Council of Royal and Select Master Masons in Massachusetts. A member of the Scottish Rite in the Valley of Worcester and the Valley of Boston. Illustrious Cotton served as Thrice Potent Master of Worcester Lodge of Perfection in 1986 and 1987. He was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33°, Honorary Member of Supreme Council on September 24, 1991, in Chicago, Illinois.

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, JOHN 1949-2021


Memorial from Grand Chapter session, 10/21/2021:

John Cornelius Cox was born in Worcester, Massachusetts on August 16, 1949, the son of John J. and Virginia L. (Whitten) Cox. He lived in Worcester most of his life.

After graduating from college, John proudly served his country in the U.S. Coast Guard for 20 years, retiring with the rank of RM1 in 1988. He was then a claims representative for the Social Security Administration for 22 years, retiring in 2012. In retirement, he was an avid reader and took a number of history courses at Worcester State University.

Worshipful Brother Cox was Raised in the former Athelstan Lodge in Worcester on December 18, 1991. He served as Worshipful Master of that Lodge for the 1999 term, and remained active in its successor Lodges (Guiding Lights and Boylston).

Right Excellent Companion Cox was Exalted in Eureka Royal Arch Chapter on March 24, 1998, and served as High Priest for the seven years from 2004 through 2010. He received the Order of High Priesthood in 2004. He was appointed District Deputy Grand High Priest of the 4th Capitular District for the 2012-2013 term. He was elected as Grand King of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter for the 2016 year.

Illustrious Companion Cox was Greeted in Hiram Council on June 10, 1998. He was Illustrious Master of Hiram Council for 2014 and 2015. He joined Massachusetts Council of Thrice Illustrious Masters in 2014.

Sir Knight John C. Cox was Knighted in Worcester County Commandery No. 5 on December 3, 1998. He served as Eminent Commander from 2019 until his passing in 2021.

John was a member of Mayflower York Rite College and Massachusetts Priory No. 52, Knights of the York Cross of Honour. He was a former member of the Scottish Rite Valley of Worcester.

John leaves his loving wife of 45 years, Caro B. (Curtis) Cox, and six children, Terry O’Malley of Spencer, John Turner, Jr., of Spencer, Cheryl Hull of Dudley, Mark Turner of Shrewsbury, Jessica Valade of Worcester, and Monica Charest of Holden; three sisters, twelve grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. He was pre-deceased by his son, Matthew Cox, and his brother, Philip Cox.

John Cornelius Cox passed away on May 2, 2021, surrounded by his family, following a battle of several years with cancer.

John made significant contributions to the health of the Worcester York Rite over a number of years. He will be sorely missed.

Ex. Robert S. Burnett
Ex. Jay A. Jolicoeur
R.E. John K. Andrews

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.

COX, WILLIAM 1820-1893


From Past Masters of the Masonic Lodges of Taunton, Mass., 1905:

William Cox was born in Salem, Muss., Feb. 29, 1820. His father was Hugh Cox. He married, Mar. 30. 1845, Sarah Amanda Brownell of New Bedford, and after her death he married Huldah Marvel Horton of Dighton, Mass. He was educated in the public schools of Salem, and came to Taunton in early manhood. By occupation he was a coppersmith and brass foundryman, and for many years was employed as foreman in this department of the Taunton Locomotive Mfg. Co.

On his retirement from this company lie associated himself with Isaac B. Briggs under the firm name of Briggs & Cox, dealers in stoves and tinware, being located at No. 42 Main Street, on the location of the old Masonic hall. At a later period he was associated with Uriah Warded under the firm name of Cox & Warded, occupying a store on the Elias Lane property. After the dissolution of this firm he carried on the business under his own name until his death, which occurred Nov. 4, 1893. He served bis fellow citizens on the school committee, and was a member and one of the engineers of the Taunton lire department. His official service in the Lodge was from 1849 to 1870—twenty-one years.

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.


From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1907, Page 33:

Samuel Ide Coy, 33°, from at Cambridge, Mass., March 4, 1843; died at Boston, December 26, 1906.

Illustrious Brother Coy received the degree of Master Mason in Saint John’s Lodge, Boston, April 6, 1868, the Royal Arch degree in St. Andrew's Chapter, February 2, 1870, the Council degrees in Boston Council of Royal and Select Masters, December 27, 1870, and was created a Knight,Templar in Boston Commandery, January 17, 1872.

In the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite he received the Ineffable degrees in Boston Lodge of Perfection, April 24, 1871; the Ancient Traditional Grades in Giles F. Yates Council Princes of Jerusalem, October 31,1871; the Philosophical and Doctrinal Grades in Mount Olivet Chapter of Rose Croix, February 21, 1890, serving as Captain of the Guard in 1898, Master of Ceremonies in 1899 and 1900, and Junior Warden in 1901, when, by reason of failing health, he declined either re-election or promotion.

Received the Chivalric Grades in Massachusetts Consistory, April 25,1S90. in which organization he filled important official positions.On September 20, 1904, at Boston, in deserved recognition of long and faithful Masonic service, he was created a Sovereign Grand InspectorGeneral. 33°, and enrolled as an Honorary member of the Supreme Council for the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, U.S.A.Brother Coy for many years conducted a successful restaurant business.He was a man of the highest integrity, and his warm, generous heart, his genial, courteous nature won for him a host of friends. Nothing outside of his family did he value more than his Masonic affiliations and friends, and if was his joy to be with them.

He was a lovable character, with a quiet, gentle, almost childlike disposition, without a particle of envy, jealousy or revenge in his nature, with never an unkind word to or about any one.

He married Miss Mary Elizabeth Hine, December 12. 1867, who survives him.

Brother Coy had been a patient sufferer for some time, but with characteristic kindness of heart and thoughtfulness for others he kept the knowledge of his condition as much as possible to himself up to the hour he died, lest those near and dear to him should be distressed.

On account of Mrs. Coy's health, the funeral was of a semi-private nature, although conducted under the auspices of Massachusetts Consistory; and as he lay in a bank of flowers, the token of love from his many friends, our hearts went out to him and cried, “But oh for the touch of a vanished hand and the sound of a voice that is still.”

The interment was at Woodlawn, where brethren of the Consistory joined in a simple but impressive service, conducted by the Grand Primate.

"Sleep on, oh Friend! until thy waking day,
And ever we who loved thy presence here
Will keep for thee, through changes manifold,
A tender memory, growing with the years.”

Henry N. Fisher,
Eugene A. Holton,
Josiah T. Dyer,




From TROWEL, Fall 1995, Page 6:

Edward F. Craig, 93, gets up every morning at 7, plays a mean game of cribbage, has a zest for gardening, and says he is still a capable driver. This might not be the official reason he was named Senior of the Year by the Marlborough Council on Aging, but it sets him apart.

"He plays cribbage every Wednesday morning and just beats the pants off the young guys," said Joseph Aykanian, who nominated Craig for the award. "By young guys I mean the 80- and 85-year-olds."

Even on the day he learned he had been named for the honor, Craig had his family in mind. "He was sitting in a chair and he looked pensive," said Craig's granddaughter, Carol Craig Mather. When Mather asked her grandfather what was bothering him, he said he was worried he wouldn't be able to invite all of his many family members to the dinner.

"I said what dinner, and he told me he was named senior of the year," Mather said, adding that "everybody's got to come."

Last night at the annual dinner for senior citizens, 20 of Craig's family members spanning four generations, and 650 senior citizens sat in attendance at the high school as Mayor J. Michael McGorty presented Craig with the 1995 Senior of the Year Award. Craig, a quiet man who has lived in Marlborough for all of his 93 years, stood almost speechless. "I can't explain the feeling that I have," Craig told the crowd. "I want to thank all of you people that have been so nice. I'm really overcome."

Family members described Craig as a humble and caring man. "Ed is very kind and most compassionate," said Craig's brother, Carl, 86. "I never heard him say a harsh word." Carl Craig said his brother has always cared about the needs of children and that as a Shriner, he raised money for the Shriners Burns Institute in Boston.

Virginia Mather, Craig's only daughter, said she fought back tears as she watched her father receive the award. "I know he's my father, but he really is a love, and he's loved by many. My girlfriends who have lost their dads call him pop."

"He has a huge heart," said Carol Craig Mather. "I feel so lucky to be his granddaughter. I brag about him at work."

In addition to singing his praises, the 650 people gathered there sang a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday to Craig, who celebrated his 93rd birthday May 16. For 21 years, the Council on Aging has given the award to a senior who demonstrates a spirit of community involvement. Aykanian said he chose him because he is "so community-oriented."

Aykanian, president of the Marlborough Masonic Corp., said Craig was "deeply involved in Masonry." Craig is the oldest living Past Master of the United Brethren Mason's Lodge in Marlborough and remains active with the Masons.

Craig was born on Newton Street in 1902. He worked for 47 years with United Shoe Machinery Corporation, then worked for 20 years as Sexton at the First Congregational Church in Marlborough.

"When I got to be about 90, they asked me, 'Wouldn't you like to retire?'" Craig said. He said he has seen a lot of changes in Marlborough over the years. "Has it changed? It certainly has. We had trolley cars and a train station near City Hall. That has all disappeared," Craig said, but he said it's still Marlborough. "I love Marlborough very much," he said. "I was born here. I went to school here. They have treated me real well."

Craig still drives, and according to his daughter, "he drives well." Since his granddaughter, Carol, can remember, he has always worked in the garden and he still does. "We had this enormous garden in my backyard," Carol said. "It was this flourishing huge garden with watermelons and corn. He loved it. And he's still doing it. The gardens have gotten smaller, but he still has his hands in the earth."

Longevity runs in the Craig family. The oldest of six, Craig had four surviving siblings in attendance last night ranging in ages from 77 to 86. Craig's mother, Emma Craig, lived to be 97. Craig's granddaughter said the key to the family's longevity is first love, and then everything in moderation." "We have a real close family," Carol Mather said, "family comes first."

Craig said he stays young by "doing something all the time. I like to garden. I go regularly to the Lodge and regularly to church," he said; "I try to help my grandchildren."

"He's up by 7 every morning," Virginia Mather said.

She said people ask her what's in the water he drinks that keeps him so youthful, and where they can find it.

"I know it sounds like a cliche, but this guy is truly 93 years young," Aykanian said." He's a role model to me. I want to be like that when I'm in my seventies, let alone 93. I'm kind of envious really."

Ed. Note: Wor. Bro. Edward F. Craig was Entered in October of 1923, served as Worshipful Master of United Brethren Lodge in Marlborough in 1929 and is still a regular attendee in that Lodge.

TROWEL is indebted to the Middlesex News in which this article by Greg Gatlin, News Correspondent, first appeared.

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 of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1990, Page A-ix:

Ill. William John Crane, 33°
Born in Manchester, Massachusetts, February 13, 1913
Died in Manchester, Massachusetts, January 13, 1990

On January 13, 1990, Illustrious Brother William John Crane, 33°, was called to the Celestial Lodge above by the Grand Architect of the Universe. A devoted member of Masonry, he gave of himself and his able assistance to many organizations. His faithful and able advice was given to many people and his memory will linger long in the minds of those who knew him.

Ill. Brother Crane was born in Manchester, Massachusetts, the son of Stephen and Mary Mercer Crane. He attended the Manchester Public Schools and was a graduate of the Massachusetts School of Horticulture.

On October 2, 1959, he was joined in wedlock with Janice Jorgensen, who survives him. He leaves four sons, William J. Jr. and Todd P., both of Manchester, Christopher B. of Essex and Brett J. of Norfolk, Virginia. He was also the husband of the late Winifred Wakeling Crane who died in 1957 and left two daughters, Phyllis C. MacEachern of Beverly and Diane C. Richwagen of Vermont, a son David L. of Nashua, N.H., and a son Richard who predeceased him. He is, also, survived by three brothers, S. Herman of Manchester and Claude and Melvin, both of Memphis, Tennessee. and three sisters, Gladys Forss of Magnolia and Doris Milne and Mary Kirby, both of Manchester, 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Ill. Brother Crane spent a short period of time as a machinist for the General Electric Company, but his main occupation was that of Superintendent Gardener for the George Putnam Estate in Manchester, Massachusetts.

He served the Town of Manchester for more than 50 years, including 13 as Park Commissioner, 36 years as Water and Sewer Commissioner and 6 years as Chairman. Ill. Brother Crane was a former volunteer with the Manchester Fire Department, a member of the Manchester Club, the Manchester Harbor Boat Club, the Manchester Booster Club, the North Shore Shrine Club, and a member and former "Man of the Year" of the Manchester Historical Society, and Past President of the Cape Ann Shrine Club and the Firefighters Square Club of Massachusetts.

Illustrious Brother Crane was raised a Master Mason in Manchester Lodge, A.F. & A.M., in March of 1944 and was Worshipful Master in 1958. He served the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts in many different positions including District Deputy Grand Marshal in 1972-1973, District Deputy Grand Master for the Gloucester 9th Masonic District in 1984-1985 and was Grand Standard Bearer in 1978. He was instrumental in the building of the Manchester Masonic Temple and was awarded the Joseph Warren Distinguished Service Medal by the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts.

He was well known throughout the area for his clambakes along with his famous recipe for fish and clam chowder which he provided every year at the Grand Master's Country Fair at the Masonic Home in Charlton, Massachusetts. In Scottish Rite, he joined Sutton Lodge of Perfection, Jubilee Council Princes of Jerusalem, and Emmanuel Chapter of Rose Croix in the Valley of Salem in January, 1956. He was also a member of Massachusetts Consistory, Boston, which he joined in February, 1956. He served as Thrice Potent Master of Sutton Lodge of Perfection, 1974-1975. He was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33°, Honorary Member of the Supreme Council, on September 27, 1978, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Illustrious Brother Crane was also active in York Rite, being a member of William Ferson Royal Arch Chapter of Gloucester, Salem Council of Royal and Select Masters of Salem and Bethlehem-Lewis Commandery, No. 18, Knights Templar, of Gloucester. He was also a member of Aleppo Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S., Wilmington, Massachusetts.

A Masonic Service was held by Manchester Lodge, A.F. & A.M., at the Lee, Moody and Russell Funeral Home in Beverly, Massachusetts on January 16, 1990 followed by a Memorial Service at the First Parish Church, Congregational, in Manchester, to which he belonged, on January 17, 1990.

He gave so much of himself to be of service to others.

CRISSEY, CECIL R. 1902-1986


From TROWEL, Spring 1987, Page 12:

Cecil R. Crissey, 84, Dies; Was Supt. of G.L. Temple

R. W. Cecil Ray Crissey, 84, retired superintendent of the Masonic Temple, Boston, died Dec. 7, 1986, in a Dunedin, FL, nursing home. Formerly of Newton, he retired from Grand Lodge activity in 1968 and was succeeded by R.W. Keith Hatfield. A native of Lafayette, NY, where he attended public schools, Bro. Crissey was terminal foreman of the New York Central Railroad in the Back Bay section of Boston until his retirement in 1950.

Raised in Fraternity Lodge, Newton, in 1930, he served as Master in 1947. He was Senior Deacon of Grand Lodge in 1950 and D. D. G. M. of the Waltham 5th District 1960-61. An affiliate of Boston University Lodge in 1953, he served as Master in 1956 and as Secretary for two years. He was a charter member of Realty Lodge in 1955 and Secretary of Fraternity Lodge 1948-52.

Bro. Crissey was President of the Massachusetts Secretaries' Association in 1952 and upon his retirement from Grand Lodge he resided in Hancock, NH, until moving to Dunedin nine years ago. He had affiliated with Dunedin Lodge No. 192 in Florida. He leaves his wife, Catherine E. (Dimmock) of Peterborough, NH; a daughter, Virginia B. Wisner of Bellevue, WA; a brother, Claude R. of Bradenton, FL; a sister, Vida C. Burkman of Rensselaer, NY; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.


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.




From TROWEL, Spring 1989, Page 13:

Dick Cronin Was Committed to Wildlife Preservation
By R. Almon Bent

Richard Cronin, Director of the Mass. Division of Fisheries and Wildlife and a widely respected leader among international wildlife management directors, died last July following a lengthy bout with cancer. A huge bear of a man and possessed with a good sense of Irish humor, he had been director the last eight of his 37-year career. He was 61.

A native of Ipswich, Dick and his family had made Harvard their home. He was a member of Tahattawan Lodge of Littleton, was a 32nd Degree Mason, and a member of Aleppo Temple Shrine. His many contributions to the Boy Scouts of America earned him the Silver Beaver Award. He was active in Nashoba Valley Council and had been town moderator of Harvard for 11 years.

A tireless and committed wildlife diplomat, Dick's career was devoted to a balance between the important issues of wildlife conservation, habitat management, and the interests of sportsmen. Under his management, the deer herd in the state increased from about 2,000 to an estimated 40,000. He had travelled extensively during his career.

In 1988, the U.S. Dept. of the Interior presented Dick with the Conservation Service Award, its highest honor for non-agency individuals. The state headquarters in Westboro has been named in his honor. Among his many successes were the restoration of wild turkey to levels high enough to permit hunting; the fostering of non-game conservation that has seen the restoration of eagles in the state and at least three dozen other animals and plants that had been considered endangered. Particularly notable was the restoration of Atlantic salmon into New England rivers.

Working as a lifeguard at Crane's Beach in Ipswich, Dick entered the Navy during World War II and attended flight training school at Pensacola, FL, where he taught swimming and water safety to pilots. He enrolled at UMass, Amherst, graduating in 1951 with a degree in wildlife management, and immediately joined the Mass. Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. He met his wife, Jean Hornby of Middleboro, while at college. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Cathy Gile of Westminster and Mrs. Deborah Brown of Dalton, and one son, Maj. Steven Cronin of Ft. Devens; there are also two granddaughters, two brothers, and two sisters.

(Almon Bent was a companion to Dick Cronin and TROWEL thanks him for apprising us of the contributions Bro. Cronin made to wildlife. Bro. Bent is a member of Marine Lodge, Falmouth, and resides in Natick.)

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.




TROWEL, 1984

From ‘’’TROWEL’’’, Winter 1984, Page 32:

‘’’Wor. Norm Crosby: A Master of Malaprops’’’

The Twenty-third Olympiad attracted a worldwide audience to California in August, but for a transplanted Past Master from New England it meant viewing the extravaganza in his adopted home city. Wor. Norm Crosby, Master of Euclid Lodge, Boston, in 1962, is known in the entertainment world as the "Master of Malaprops."

Emerging as one of the most recognized and most quoted comedians in the world, Bro. Norm Crosby was born in Lynn and Raised a Master Mason in Euclid Lodge in 1956. He and his wife, the former Joan Foley, live in the Beverly Hills section of the City of Angels. First introduced when they both were appearing professionally in Boston, she as a dancer and Norm with his comic routines, they were married in Las Vegas in 1966.

When he married Joan he learned he had "backed into" the hobby of collecting elephants. She is the third generation to collect "good luck charms," not just any kind of elephant. "The elephant must have his trunk pointed upward and should be facing into the house to bring the good luck in."

A lucky-charm elephant came into Bro. Norm's life back in the 1950s when he was working in a Washington, D.C., nightclub. "The cashier of the hotel where I was staying gave it to me. She had started at the bottom rung of hotel work and once, when she met comedian Bob Hope, he presented her with his good luck charm." The cashier gave the charm to Norm. "I put it into my tuxedo pocket and, believe it or not, I've never done a show without it."

Our Masonic teachings and his own affliction have given Bro. Crosby a special interest in the problems of the hearing impaired. He has served as the Honorary Chairman for the Better Hearing Institute in Washington, D.C., and is a Trustee for the Hope for Hearing Foundation at the University of California at Los Angeles. Some of the monies raised for both organizations have been as a result of the annual Norm Crosby Celebrity Golf Tournament.

A particularly heavy fund raiser and tireless worker for the City of Hope, the huge hospital and medical research facility in Duarte, CA, he has been named the International Ambassador of Good Will and is now serving in that capacity. In recognizing his achievements in comedy and as a humanitarian, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce installed a Norm Crosby "star" in the Hollywood Walk of Fame on February 24, 1982. At his request the "star" was placed between his two heroes of comedy, the late Jack Benny and Bro. Red Skelton.

Mayor Tom Bradley, who successfully influenced the Summer Olympic Games to return to Los Angeles, named a "Norm Crosby Day" in the city when Bro. Crosby's "star" was born and expressed the hope that ". . .his unique usage of the English language will keep us all laughing for many years to come."

His comedy routine of fracturing the English language often takes him to Las Vegas. As a result, Norm and Joan now own a second home. "I want to be with my family as often as possible," he declares in explaining the need for the Las Vegas home. In addition to his wife, the family also includes sons Daniel and Andrew.

Is Freemasonry still a big part of Bro. Norm Crosby's life? "It certainly is, and I want my Massachusetts Brethren to know that I have just been made a Thirty-second Degree Mason." Through special authorization from the Sovereign Grand Commander of the Scottish Rite of California, Bro. Norm had the degrees exemplified for him in a closed private session with only the degree teams in attendance. "It was a most exciting experience and something rarely done here." He is equally proud of his new membership in the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine.

With a continuing interest and concern in and for Freemasonry and his work toward humanitarian causes, the bestowed title by the entertainment world of "Mr. Dependable" properly fits the Past Master of Euclid Lodge. "Success and fame must not have marred Bro. Crosby," pointed out Bro. Eugene Phillips, Secretary of Euclid Lodge.
 "When on tour he has visited our Lodge. We find him a most humble, friendly, and
wonderful Brother."

TROWEL, 2005

From TROWEL, Fall 1995, Page 27:


Norm Crosby
Distinguished Comedian and Philanthropist
by Robert Morris

Firefighters from all over the United States and Canada held their August 2004, IAFF Convention at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. Those attending were privileged to experience a performance by that master of comedy, Norm Crosby who works alongside the firefighters each year to raise millions of dollars for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Perhaps not known to everyone was that Norm was performing in his hometown— Boston.

Born on September 15, 1927, in Lynn, Norman Lawrence Crosby grew up in Dorchester and attended the Massachusetts School of Art. Before finishing college, he enlisted in the United States Coast Guard as a radar operator on a sub-chaser in the North Atlantic. During that tour he developed a hearing disability caused by concussions from the depth charges, an experience that would influence his lifetime of charitable works.

After being discharged from the service in 1946, Norm worked in a shoe store and then landed a job as assistant Master of Ceremonies at a summer resort hotel. Norm later heard about Euclid Masonic Lodge in Boston that was founded primarily to accommodate men who were members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra or who were in the entertainment field and could not attend regular lodge meetings because they worked in the evening. Norm applied to receive the degrees in Euclid Lodge, became a Master Mason on January 19, 1956, and immediately became an active member, being installed Master in 1962.

At the same time his interest in the entertainment business continued and he began appearing at Blinstrub's Village, a huge nightclub in South Boston. It was here that he met Joan Foley, a former Radio City Rockette who was dancing in the line at Blinstrub's. They began dating and soon left Boston for New York where they worked at the Latin Quarter on Broadway. They were married in Las Vegas in November 1966.

Norm worked hard to perfect his special take on comedy, mauling and fracturing the English language, earning him the title of "Master of the Malaprop." He became a regular performer in the top night clubs across the country in the 1960s and made several appearances at the London Palladium. He introduces himself to his 'extinguished' guests and. when they applaud, thanks them for their 'ovulation'; advises them to 'medicate and fonder'; and when visiting hospitals, makes sure to see the 'sturgeons.'

He was a frequent guest on the Ed Sullivan Show and other variety shows, and in 1978 started his own show, Norm Crosby's Comedy Shop that emphasized young talent. In addition to his regular shows. Norm has appeared in a myriad of guest and cameo appearances in a wide selection of popular television shows, including: Diagnosis Murder, Roseanne, LA Law, Love Boat, The Dean Martin Show that roasted numerous celebrities, and the Tonight and Men' Griffin shows.

Although Norm's entertainment activities took him away from his own Masonic Lodge, he continued being an active participant in Masonic activities. In 1982 he received his Scottish Rite 32nd Degree and also joined the Shrine. By this time he was already a nationally known entertainer and humanitarian and was so recognized by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce by having the "Norm Crosby Star" installed on Hollywood's Walk of Fame in 1982. At his request, his star was placed between those of Jack Benny and Ill. Brother Red Skelton, 33°.

Throughout his entertainment career, Norm Crosby has championed activities benefiting the prevention of ch))d abuse and. as a disabled veteran himself, he is committed to associations specializing in hearing and speech disabilities. President Ronald Reagan appointed him as his special Ambassador for Childhelp USA and Norm joined then First Lady Barbara Bush in Washington, D.C. to launch the National Childhood Abuse Prevention Month.

He sponsors the Norm Crosby Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament. In 1979 he became the first national Chairman for the Council for Better Hearing and Speech and by 1988 was the public information ambassador for the Council. He is International Ambassador of Good Will for the City of Hope Medical Research facility at Duarte, California and is a Trustee for its Hope for Hearing Foundation. Norm is also involved in promoting the activities of the Starkey Healthy Hearing Foundation and its Great American Awards Gala.

Norm received the coveted Victory Award from President George Bush at the Kennedy Center in 1991, as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award in Entertainment from Washington's prestigious Touchdown Club. Norm Crosby was a special friend of our late Past Grand Master, J. Philip Berquist and was invited by him to speak at the Scottish Rite Supreme Council's annual meeting in Boston in August 1996. Norm extolled the positive accomplishments of the Scottish Rite's 32° Masonic Learning Centers for Children and stressed that Masons should publicize these accomplishments to the maximum. He became a national spokesman for the Learning Centers during that meeting.

Norm has been well recognized within the Masonic fraternity for his extensive philanthropic activities. The Southern Masonic Jurisdiction of the Scottish Rite awarded Norm the Knight Commander of the Court of Honor—KCCH—in 1985, the honorary Thirty-third Degree in 1987 and its most prestigious award, the Grand Cross of Honor in 1997. The following year the Scottish Rite Bodies in the Valley of Boston proudly honored Norm for his Masonic and philanthropic achievements by naming its one-day Scottish Rite Class The Illustrious Norman L. Crosby, 33°, G.C. Class. Norm was pleased to be present and to participate in the ceremonies, as were the candidates and Degree workers who heard Norm perform at his best. At the same time he was presented with the annual Scottish Rite Humanitarian Award.

Norm Crosby was honored in 2001 by the US) in Washington, D.C. by being accorded the distinct privilege of laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, an honor reserved for a very special few. The Chapel of the Four Chaplains in Philadelphia awarded Norm a Medal of Honor in 2002 and he was named to its honor Board of Directors. The Chapel remembers four men of the cloth who gave up their lives that others might live when the World War II troop carrier the USS Dorchester was torpedoed by an enemy submarine. Bro. Crosby was also presented with the National Celebrity Award by the National Conference of Christians and Jews.

Although Norm has achieved senior citizen status, "full speed ahead" is still the watchword. He continues to participate in all the activities that fulfilled his life of giving, including being a co-host on the annual Jerry Lewis Telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Norm and Joan Crosby have two sons. Daniel, who is a model and body builder, and Andrew, who graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston and is currently appearing with a group called Southland that is working on a new album.

Bro. Norm Crosby has indeed uplifted our spirits
with his humor while he has improved the lives of all
those who have benefited from his tireless philanthrop
ic efforts. He learned well the Masonic lessons of relief
 and charity.

Bro. Robert Morris is past Secretary of Manchester Lodge in Manchester-by-the-Sea, a member of the Trowel staff, and a regular contributor.


From Past Masters of the Masonic Lodges of Taunton, Mass., 1905:

James Crossman, don of Deacon Robert Crossman and his wife Lydia Leonard, was born in Taunton April 6, 1783. He married Keziah Hart. We are unable to find any record of his business life, and the records of the town do not show that he ever held public office. He was active in Masonry and served as Master of the Lodge for three years. He also was a member of Adoniram Chapter, receiving his degrees in that body while it was located in Attleboro.

He became a member of King David Lodge May 20, 1807, and the following election, June 17, 1807, he was elected Secretary, serving three years, lie served as Senior Warden one year and Junior Warden one year. His name is recorded in the archives of King David Lodge as one of the party of Masons who rescued a Dr. Wylie from the hands of a mob on Taunton Green. He died in Taunton Nov. 13, 1821.



From Past Masters of the Masonic Lodges of Taunton, Mass., 1905:

James Williams Crossman, the son of Robert Grossman and his wife Sarah Williams Ware, was born in Taunton Sept 19, 1794. Sarah Williams Ware was the daughter of James Williams, and married for her first husband a Mr. Ware. After his death she married Robert Grossman, the father of this sketch. James W. Crossman married Dorothea Caswell.

In early life he was a merchant tailor, and later became engaged in the manufacture of oil cloth. Me was identified with the affairs of the town as the following official positions will show. He was a director and president of the Cohannet Bank, a director in the Bristol County Bank, a representative to the legislature from 1835 to 1841, a county commissioner for six years, an assessor of the town, and a trustee of the Bristol Academy.

In Masonry he took an active part, was Worshipful Master in 1824, and again in 1846-7-8. lie received the Chapter degrees in Adoniram Chapter during its location in Attleboro, and when that Chapter was moved to Taunton in 1825 he was the first High Priest, serving until October, 1827. He died in Taunton March 13, 1879.



From Past Masters of the Masonic Lodges of Taunton, Mass., 1905:

William Ware Crossman, the son of Robert Crossman and Sarah Williams Ware, was born in Taunton Sept. 19, 1794. He was twin brother to James Williams Crossman. By occupation he was a britannia metal worker and a member of the firm of Babbitt & Crossman, the first makers of that ware in this country. This firm was succeeded by Crossman, West & Leonard, which firm at a later date was succeeded by Reed & Barton. He married Sarah Barton. In 1836 he moved to Delavan, 111., residing there until his death, May 23, 1882.

He received his blue lodge degrees in Bristol Lodge of Attleboro in 1816. 11 is membership in King David Lodge dates from Sept. 1, 1824. ‘At the organization of Delavan Lodge, at Delavan, 111., he became a charter member and its first Worshipful Master. He was an active worker in Royal Arch Masonry, being a member of Adoniram Chapter of Attleboro, and after its removal to Taunton served as High Priest four years. After his removal West he became a member of Pekin R. A. Chapter of Delavan, demitting from that body in 1870 to organize Crossman Chapter. He was a man highly esteemed by all of his associates.

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 TROWEL, Winter 1988, Page 24:

"Cully" Relishes His Life — Past and Present

While on a trip around the world as a feature writer for the Boston Globe, Howell Cullinan sought the fastest escape from Bombay through the Suez Canal. An American Express agent apprised him about a ship that was scheduled to leave the next morning in which there was one bunk left. The bunk was in the room of a British Army captain. "You be here in the morning and I hope I have convinced the captain to let you bunk with him," the agent told Cully.

Known in Boston as "Cully" for the many years he was working for radio and as a newsman, he arrived bright and early and was amazed to learn the capain had given his OK. "Stow your gear and let's go to the lounge and get to know each other." Why the sudden cordiality? The captain explained, "A glance at the insignia in your lapel and I have learned newsmen assume all kinds of roles and you look like you just had just come off a tramp steamer. But that badge says you're a gentlemen who has traveled from west to the east." The exchange of the grip and words made the trip a joyous and memorable one.

Howell Cullinan is a 64-year member of Beth-Horon Lodge of Newtonville (once of Brookline). A 1916 graduate of Cornell Univ., Harvard Law, Rutgers, George Washington Univ. Law, and World War II instruction at Annapolis, he is a native of Jersey City, NJ, where he says he will be buried in Madison. "But I'm not ready yet," asserts the gentleman without hearing aid, eyeglasses, or dentures. He resides at the Harvard Club in Boston, and adds that is was a Cullinan who left Pennsylvania to establish the Texaco Co. in Texas.

William Howell Cullinan will celebrate his 95th year of life next January 19. He is active and can dance the night away—but not too often—with most folks. He is often in attendance at Aleppo Temple functions and a man proud of his longevity. He came to Boston at age 22 "not knowing anybody in Boston, but now I feel I have reached the East in my life and I am grateful to those who put me here. I often think of myself as a poker player holding four aces: one is my life membership in the Craft; another is the Harvard Faculty Club; a third is my more than 50 years as a member of Delta Tau Delta, and the fourth ace is the I. S. card as a Commander in the U.S. Navy with a commendation for outstanding service."

The Boston Globe and the Boston Red Sox were founded by Charles Taylor who was a Mason from Charlestown. "But his sons never affiliated and seemed to avoid everything except Harvard. However, we started the Hour Glass Club of Boston and I was president and have been a life member. We once had an active degree team and had some good times."

Cully owned a cottage on Cape Cod and decided it was time to sell. "I spread the word around and a young man who had spent several weekends visiting my Bourne neighbor, called me by phone. I quoted my selling price and he quickly replied, 'Sold! How much of a deposit do you want?' I told him his word was good enough and when we met to transfer the deed, I learned he was the Worshipful Master of Beth-Horon Lodge." Peter Richter now lives on the Cape but commutes to his teaching post in Newton.

Cully recalled the court case he covered for the Globe that involved several important office holders. "One lawyer was a Grand Master. I shall never forget the respect everybody had for that attorney, including the presiding judge. Nobody becomes a Grand Master through birth because titles are only bestowed in kingdoms on Wall St. Yet, I sense Masonry is losing that prestige from non-Masons of today. Why?

TROWEL's editor can turn back the hands of time to the roaring 1920s and Boston radio station WEEI that has a strong watts that carried its beams throughout and beyond New England. Cully was once the early morning news broadcaster and it was he who first brought to us the story of the sinking of the submarine S-4 off Province-town, Cape Cod. On Dec. 14, 1927, a ship had struck the S-4 and we kept our ears glued to the radio and our eyes to newspapers in hopes that the crew of 40 men might be saved. Divers could reach the sub and pound on its hull to receive sounds from within, but there was no escape.

Cully reported the daytime radio news for 15 years before and following World War II. Commissioned an officer in the Office of Naval Intelligence and the Office of War Information (forerunners of the CIA) on Aug. 17, 1942, he was retired a Commander in September, 1945. His commendation is signed by James Forrestal, Secretary of the Navy, and later, first Secretary of Defense. "I received letters from near and far from folks who heard my voice on radio. The late Cardinal Spellman often wrote letters to me when he was in New York."

Fond memories of people and events of past years refresh his keen memory today. "But I've learned one thing: insecurity is what weakens men and women. I have been strengthened by the security that Masons have, which can be the mainspring of their character. A Mason has many friends he can count on. What we do for our Masonic Home in Charlton is worth our membership and what we read in TROWEL makes me proud that I am a part of our great fraternity."



From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1974, Page 38:

Ill. Harry Robert Cullum, 33°
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, April 5, 1904
Died in Lowell, Massachusetts, December 10, 1974

Ill. Harry Robert Cullum, 33° was the son of Charles W. and Rhoda (Herne) Cullum. He was married to Nellie Pheasey who preceded him in death by only five months. He is survived by a brother, Charles W. Cullum, Jr.

He was educated in Lowell public schools and for twenty-five (25) years was associated with the W. I. Hayes Company at the Triangle Building in Lowell, and for the past thirty-three (33) years he was plant supervisor of the Savoy Beverage Company in Lowell.

He was raised a Master Mason in William North Lodge, May 12, 1926, and served as Master in 1950-1952, was Past Grand Sword Bearer of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, 1959.

He was a member of all the Scottish Rite Bodies in Lowell, serving as Thrice Potent Master of Lowell Lodge of Perfection, 1959-1960, Most Wise Master of Mount Calvary Chapter of Rose Croix, 1970-1973, member of Massachusetts Consistory and recipient of the Meritorious Service Award from the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation. Member of Aleppo Temple A.A.O.NM.S. of Boston, Massachusetts, he was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33° , September 27, 1961 at Chicago, Illinois.

At the time of his passing, he was President of the Lowell Masonic Association, Inc. and Secretary of the Scottish Rite Bodies for the Valley of Lowell, where he revitalized the office of secretary and was of inestimable help to all the heads of Scottish Rite Bodies.

Of Illustrious Brother Cullum, it may justly be said that he lived a full life. A life characterized by exemplary personal conduct and of service to his community, freemasonry, and to all the things in which he participated.

Funeral services were conducted on December 13, 1974, by he Reverend Marshall W. Hunt, Rector of St. Anne's Episcopal Church of Lowell at the Blake Memorial Funeral Home. Interment was in Edson Cemetery, Lowell, Massachusetts.


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 TROWEL, Winter 1986, Page 23:

Bro. Arthur H. Curtis
98 Years of Life, 76 Years in Craft

An entourage of Massachusetts and Maine Masons visited the Gorham Nursing Home in Gorham, ME, July 19 to honor and salute Bro. Arthur H. Curtis on his 98th year of life and 76th year in Masonry. Mrs. Curtis and the couple's son, Bro. Arthur H. Curtis, Jr., joined in the festivities. The latter is a 47-year member of the Craft.

R. W. John D. Manning of the Chelsea Third Masonic District gave the honored resident a 75-year pin from the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts. Wor. Walter C. Brown, Jr., Senior Deacon of Grand Lodge and District Deputy High Priest of the First Capitular District of Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons in Massachusetts, presented him a 50-year pin.

R. E. Walter C. Brown, Jr., D. D. G. H. P. of the 1st Capitular District, Grand Chapter of Massachusetts, shares a memorable picture with Bro. and Companion Arthur H. Curtis, Sr., as Masonry travelled to Maine in July to honor Bro. Curtis on his 98th year of life and 76 years as a member of the Craft.

Frederick N. Parsons, Past Grand Illustrious Master of the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of Massachusetts, presented Bro. Curtis a Certificate of Commendation for his 75 years in Cryptic Masonry. A Certificate of Merit signed by Rt. Eminent Grand Commander Albert A. Remington IN was given Bro. Curtis and Bros. Brown, Manning, Arthur Curtis, Jr., and Wor. Stefan Lochiatto, presiding Master of Mt. Tabor Lodge, Boston, and Master of the First Lodge of Instruction, joined in honoring Bro. Curtis with the Grand Commandery Long Service Medal.

Bro. Curtis, born July 26, 1888, was Raised in October 1910, joined the Chapter in 1911, was Greeted in Napthali Council in 1913, and Knighted in 1913. He holds membership with Shekinah-Beth-saida Chapter, Orient-Winthrop Council, and Palestine Commandery No. 10.

Attending the festivities were Rt. 111. Leon C. Carpenter, Deputy Grand Master of Royal and Select Masters of Maine, Bro. Leigh A. Roak, District Deputy Grand Master of the 17th District, Grand Lodge of Maine, Rt. Puissant Roger W. Staples, Past Regional Deputy General Grand Master of the Northeast Region of the General Grand Council International, and Wor. Tom Emery, presiding Master of Harmond Lodge No. 33, Gorham, ME, who also was the photographer for a most memorable event in the life of Bro. Arthur Harrison Curtis and Freemasonry.




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 TROWEL, Winter 1989, Page 19:

LAURENCE CURTIS, 95, Active in Political World

Laurence Curtis of Brookline, a member of Congress from 1953 to 1962 and active in the Republican Party in Massachusetts for many years, died in June. He was 95 and is survived by his wife, Helen Louis Schryver, and five nieces. His half century of public service also included one term as state treasurer (1947-48), three terms as state senator (1937-42), and two as a state representative (1933-36). He was a Boston City Councilman 1930-33.

Raised in Joseph Webb Lodge, Boston, in 1921, he had graduated Cum Laude from Harvard in 1916 and from Harvard Law in 1921. After college he served for a year with the foreign service, attached to the American embassy in Paris. While a member of the Naval Reserve Flying Corps in World War I he lost his left leg in an accident that resulted in the death of his flight instructor in the training flight. He never let the amputation deter his ambitions or posture, and he was an avid tennis player and a frequent sculler on the Charles River.

He was a member of the Somerset Club, Harvard Clubs of Boston and New York, the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Co. of Boston, Sons of the American Revolution, Moose, Elks, the American, Massachusetts, and Boston Bar Associations. Bro. Curtis was a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor in recognition of his long interest in France.

Although often regarded by many as a political conservative, he considered himself as a middle-of-the-roader; as he once put it, "I avoid the gutters on either side." His last political quest was in 1974 when he won unopposed the GOP nomination for Congress in the Fourth District. "With Watergate behind us the party can get a better candidate," and he stepped aside. The Democratic Party candidate was the Rev. Robert J. Drinan, the incumbent. Curtis was 81 at the time.


Laurence Curtis, a Republican who served five terms in the House of Representatives, died Tuesday at Brigham and Women's Hospital. He was 95 years old, Mr. Curtis also served one term as Massachusetts Treasurer, three terms as a State Senator, two as a State Representative and two as a Boston City Councilor.

He served in Congress from 1953 to 1962, representing his home town of Brookline and other Boston suburbs. In 1962, after his district's boundaries had been changed, he lost the Republican primary for a United States Senate seat to George Cabot Lodge, who lost in the general election to Edward M. Kennedy.

Mr. Curtis was unsuccessful in seeking to regain a seat in Congress in 1968, 1970 and 1972.

In the House he served on the Judiciary and the Foreign Affairs committees. He considered himself a moderate, but many regarded him as conservative.

He graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School and served for one year with the Foreign Service, attached to the United States Embassy in Paris.

When World War I started he joined the Naval Reserve Flying Corps. He lost a leg in a flight training accident.

He is survived by his wife, Helen.



From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1972, Page 25:

Ill. Frank Ludlow Cushing, 33°, was born in South Boston, Massachusetts, on January 31, 1882 and died in Quincy, Massa­chusetts on April 12, 1972. All during his business career he was associated with typewriter and office equipment companies.

He was raised in Gate of the Temple Lodge in 1918, serving as Worshipful Master in 1926. A Charter Member of Theodore Roose­velt Lodge in 1920, he served as its Worshipful Master in 1924. He was District Deputy Grand Master of the 4th Dorchester District, 1931-32.

A member of St. Andrews Royal Arch Chapter and Boston Council, Royal and Select Masters, he was Illustrious Master of the Council in 1930. A member of all of the Scottish Rite Bodies in the Valley of Boston, he served as Sovereign Prince, of Giles F. Yates Council, Princes of Jerusalem, 1941-1944 and was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, Honorary Mem­ber of the Supreme Council, September 24, 1944.



From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1986, Page 34:

I11. Lester Howard Cushing, 33°
Born in Rockland, Massachusetts, September 21, 1889
Died in Lowell, Massachusetts, April l, 1986

Ill. Lester Howard Cushing was the son of the late H. Waldo and Julia (Lane) Cushing. He received his early education in Rockland public schools and graduated from Harvard University in 1911 and received his Masters Degree in Education from Harvard in 1926. Active in education, he joined the faculty of Lowell Textile School and served as a Professor of Economics and Humanities and later became Chairman of the Depart­ment of Languages and Humanities. Ill. Brother Cushing also served as Director of Athletics at Lowell Tech for forty-one years.

Civically, he was an active member of Rotary and past president of the Lowell Club. He was also a past president of the Lowell Congrega­tional Club.

Masonically, Ill. Brother Cushing was raised in William North Lodge in 1921 and served as Master from 1933-34. He received his Scottish Rite degrees in Lowell and served as Sovereign Prince, Lowell Council, Princes of Jerusalem, 1953-55. He also belonged to all of the York Rite Bodies in Lowell and was a member of Aleppo Temple A.A.O.N.M. S. Ill. Brother Cushing was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33°, Hon­orary Member of the Supreme Council, September 24, 1958.

Ill. Brother Cushing is survived by his two daughters, one grandson and a great-granddaughter.

Funeral services were conducted at the Morse-Bayliss Funeral Home in Lowell, Massachusetts on Friday, April 4, 1986 with interment in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Rockland, Massachusetts.


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 1868, 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.


From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1908, Page 55:

Illustrious Brother Walter Cutting of the City of Pittsfield, Berkshire County. Mass., a most popular and widely known citizen, died July 23, 1907, at Meadow Farm, his estate in the southeastern part of the city.

Brother Cutting was born April 19, 1841, in Westchester, New York, and was the son of Robert Livingston and Julianna DeWolf Cutting. His father was a prominent, and very successful broker and a President of the New York Stock Exchange. His mother was of the well-known DeWolf family of Bristol, R. I. His early education was secured at Bridgeport, Conn., where he prepared for Columbia College, which he entered in the class of 1862. About the middle of his senior year he left college and enlisted in the 30th New York Volunteers, and was mustered into the service January 10, 1862. While the young soldier was at the front, his college conferred upon him the degree of A. B. and afterward the degree of A. M. Soon after going to the war he was appointed aide-de-camp on the staff of Gen. C. C. Auger, who commanded a division in General Banks’s Corps then in charge of the defenses of Washington. Later, with his division, he saw active service at Cedar Mountain, Falmouth, Port Hudson, and in General Banks’s Shenandoah and Bed River campaigns and on other fields. He was wounded January 16, 1865, and was mustered out of the service July, 1866, with the brevet rank of Lieutenant-Colonel for “gallant and meritorious services.” Later in life, from 1891 to 1894, he held the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel on the staff of the late William E. Russell, Governor of Massachusetts.

In 1869, Colonel Cutting married Maria Center Pomeroy, a daughter of the late Col. Robert Pomeroy of Pittsfield. Mrs. Cutting survives with three daughters, Mrs. Arthur Cumnock of Rye, N.Y., Mrs. Russell A. Hibbs of New York City, and Miss Julianna Cutting of Pittsfield. Mrs. Cutting’s sisters are Mrs. William Francis Bartlett of Pittsfield, Mrs. Henry W. Bishop of Pittsfield and Chicago, Mrs. A. Maxwell Todd and Miss Pomeroy, the latter two living in Europe.

Colonel Cutting was a cousin of W. Bayard Cutting and R. Fulton Cutting, and an uncle of James DeWolf Cutting and Robert Livingston Cutting of New York.

After the close of the war, with his brother-in-law, the late gallant and distinguished Gen. William Francis Bartlett, whose statue is in the Hall of Flags at the State House in Boston, he formed a partnership and began the manufacture of paper in Dalton, Mass. The mill was burned in the late ’60s and the business was abandoned.

Colonel Cutting remained in Dalton until the early 70s, when he removed to Pittsfield. Here the family continued to live until 1898, when they moved to the large residence which Colonel Cutting had built, at Meadow Farm. The estate is near Holmesdale, the former home of Oliver Wendell Holmes, and comprises some 650 acres.

The life of a country gentleman suited his tastes, but to this were joined a variety of community interests that made him, for many years, an important factor in the life of Pittsfield. From the very first Colonel Cutting took a deep interest in all that pertained to Pittsfield. He was a trustee of the Berkshire Athenaeum and Museum and a member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, and helpful in all these organizations. He was a member of the Union and Delta Psi clubs of New York, the Lenox Club of Lenox, Mass., and the Country Club of Pittsfield. He was a member of Berkshire Post, of the Grand Army of the Republic, and was its Commander, and a prominent member of the Loyal Legion of Massachusetts.

Colonel Cutting’s Masonic career was especially eminent and honorable. He was made a Master Mason January 28, 1868, in Holland Lodge No. 8 of New York City; a Royal Arch Mason February 7, 1868, in Jerusalem Chapter No. 8 of New York City; a Royal and Select Master September 4, 1876, in Berkshire Council at Pittsfield, Mass.; and a Knight Templar in 1868 in Coeur de Lion Commandery No. 23 of New York City. After establishing himself permanently in Pittsfield, he dimitted from the Masonic bodies in New York City and affiliated with the corresponding bodies in Pittsfield, joining Crescent Lodge, F. and A. M., in Pittsfield, December 23, 1874, Berkshire Chapter R. A. M., January 6, 1876, and Berkshire Commandery K. T., January 10, 1876. In Crescent Lodge he was made successively Junior Warden, Senior Warden and Worshipful Master. In Berkshire Chapter of Royal Arch Masons he held offices. In Berkshire Commandery he was elected Junior Warden in 1877, Senior Warden in 1878, Generalissimo in 1880 and Eminent Commander in 1885. He was appointed Grand Sword Bearer in the Grand Commandery of Massachusetts and Rhode Island in 1886, and was annually, thereafter, appointed or elected to the several intermediate offices up to the highest, until October 8, 1897, when he was elected Right Eminent Commander.

In the Scottish Rite he received the degrees from the fourth to the fourteenth inclusive, November 29, 1886, in Boston Lodge of Perfection in Boston, Mass.; the fifteenth and sixteenth degrees April 22, 1887, in Giles F. Yates Council of Princes of Jerusalem in Boston, the seventeenth and eighteenth degrees also on April 22, 1887, in Mount Olivet Chapter of Rose Croix in Boston, and on the same date the degrees up to and including the thirty-second in Massachusetts Consistory in Boston. He was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector-General, the thirty-third degree, at Providence, R. I., September 20, 1892.

Colonel Cutting was a New Yorker born, but no son of Massachusetts ever loved the region of his adoption more devotedly, and few Have contributed more to its social life. Through his marriage, Colonel Cutting’s identification with Pittsfield became complete. He was public spirited and allied himself with the local interests along many lines. His possession of social tact and graces did not throw him out of harmony with the ordinary life of the community, and his manly and genuine quality made him liked and respected in all circles. He was a Democrat in politics, and in former days was a pretty constant attendant on the State conventions of his party. He was once a candidate for Lieutenant-Governor, being persuaded against his inclination, and he might have been nominated for Congress and other offices at many times had he cared for such prominence.

Perhaps the keynote of Colonel Cutting’s personality was loyalty, a characteristic which he exemplified, in all the relationships of life, to a remarkable degree. lie was loyal to country, to family and to friends, and his loyalty was of that character which knew no swerving. His services once enlisted, his interest aroused, he asked no quarter and gave none, but lent support to the cause with absolute fidelity and devotion. How true this was of the man scores of grateful and appreciative friends can testify, and his life record bears out the estimate. He was in the fullest sense a high-minded, public-spirited citizen. He was proud of his country, of his State, of his county, and of his town, and interested deeply and in a helpful way in their welfare and advancement. The Civil War proved his devotion to his country, and his subsequent life has shown his faithfulness as a citizen. He had, without ostentation, done vastly more for Pittsfield than is generally realized, and his going means that the city has lost a citizen of great value.

The unconsciousness of good breeding and wealth and station never hail a more royal representative, and yet he was the most democratic of men; he entered every circle into which the paths of society or duty, politics or diocesan conventions of the church, led him as a prince and left it as a prince, — the shoeblack getting the same greeting from him as the highest in the land. The Colonel never outgrew his boyish impulses. To those who enjoyed his intimate friendships and home life he revealed many a sweet charm, and no door ever had a cheerier or more natural host to greet a coming guest. His friends will remember with pleasure the fire blazing on the big hearth at Meadow Brook, laying its beams over the Colonel and his family, of which he was justly proud; and remember him, too, at the head of his generously laden table, dispensing easy and smooth hospitality and filling the sails of high, fine talk on many a subject that warmed his heart. Massachusetts’ most western county of Berkshire has produced or been the home of a great many distinguished and forceful men, and Nature, through his personality, breeding and services to his country in her hour of peril, added him to the proud number.

In the Christian’s hope of a blessed immortality he rests on a knoll in the Pittsfield cemetery.

Thomas Post,
Samuel B. Spooner,
Charles C. Spellman,

Distinguished Brothers