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From Proceedings, Page 1937-80:

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

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

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

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


From Proceedings, Page 1926-234:

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

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

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

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

CAPEN, AZEL 1796-1884

From Proceedings, Page 1884-145:

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

CARTER, JOSIAH 1819-1906

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

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

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

CARY, ISAAC 1803-1867

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


From Proceedings, Page 1883-228:

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

A signer of the Declaration of 1831.

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.

CHACE, AMOS, JR. d. 1858

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

New Bedford, Mass., June 16, 1858.

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

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

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

CHAMBERS, JOHN G. 1829-1864

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


From Proceedings, Page 1923-433:

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

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

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

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

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

CHASE, ALVORD 1829-1856

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

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

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

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

From New York Weekly, February 21, 1857:

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

CHASE, CALEB 1786-1848

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

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

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


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 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 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. 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 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.

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.

CLEMENT, MOSES 1811-1867

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

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

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

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

COBB, FREDERIC C. 1868-1931

From Proceedings, Page 1931-152:

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

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

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

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

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

COBURN, JOHN A. 1857-1932

From Proceedings, Page 1932-206:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

COFFIN, HORACE P. 1824-1862

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

COFFIN, WILLIAM C. 1866-1930

From Proceedings, Page 1930-276:

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

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

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

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

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


From Proceedings, Page 1936-104:

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

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

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

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

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

COLBY, CHARLES H. 1865-1937

From Proceedings, Page 1937-78:

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

COLE, LELAND J. d. 1861

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

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

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

J. N. Dunham, Secretary of Berkshire Lodge.

COLEMAN, GEORGE H. 1830-1859

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

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

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

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

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

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



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.

CONE, DWIGHT E. 1854-1927

From Proceedings, Page 1927-213:

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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.

COREY, CHARLES E. 1851-1916

From Proceedings, Page 1917-24:

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

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

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

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


From Proceedings, Page 1930-68:

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

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

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

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



From Proceedings, Page 1935-211:

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

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

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From Proceedings, Page 1936-199:

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

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

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

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

COUCH, LESTER S. 1866-1939

From Proceedings, Page 1939-293:

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

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

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

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

COX, GEORGE A. 1862-1936


From Proceedings, Page 1936-106:

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

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

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

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

COX, SAMUEL 1819-1922

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.

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 Proceedings, Page 1937-218:

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

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

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

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

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

CRANE, LEWIS M. 1838-1913

From Proceedings, Page 1913-157:

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

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


From Proceedings, Page 1929-143:

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

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

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

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

CROSBY, ALFRED R. 1838-1922

From Proceedings, Page 1923-147:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CROSBY, HENRY T. 1845-1915

From Proceedings, Page 1915-90:

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

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

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

CROWELL, WARNER R. 1878-1934

From Proceedings, Page 1934-226:

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

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

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

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


From Proceedings, Page 1945-262:

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

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

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

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

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


From 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.

Distinguished Brothers