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From New England Craftsman, Vol. II, No. 1, October 1906, Page 38:

Bro. C. Alphonso Damon died at his summer home in Scituate, August 2nd and was buried from his late residence, 38 Woodbine Street, Roxbury, Saturday, August 5th, at 2 P. M. Brother Damon was one of the oldest members of Columbian Lodge and St. Andrews R. A. Chapter. He was knighted in Joseph Warren Commandery in 1894 and took an active interest up to the last, thoroughly enjoying the social side of the order. He was a member of Roxbury Council, R. and S. M., Aleppo Shrine and the Scottish Rite.

The funeral service was conducted by Em. S. Everett Tinkham of Joseph Warren Commaudery, assisted by Rev. Abram Conklin, Prelate of Jerusalem Commaudery of Fitchburg. The music was beautifully rendered by the Harvard Quartette. Prominent members of the craft were present to pay their last respects to our honored brother. Bro. Damon leaves a widow and four children.

DAMRELL, JOHN E. S. 1854-1907

From New England Craftsman, Vol. II, No. 10, July 1907, Page 391:’’

Brother John E. S. Damrell, for many years a member of Mount Lebanon Lodge, St. Andrew's Chapter and Boston Commandery, all of Boston, died after a long illness on Sunday, June 23.

DAMRELL, JOHN S. 1828-1905


From New England Craftsman, Vol. I, No. 3, December 1905, Page 95:

Brother John S. Damrell died Friday Nov. 3, of a paralytic shock, the second he had suffered since his recent return from his country home in Dover, where he had lived since he resigned his position of building commissioner, two years ago.

John Stanhope Damrell, sou of Samuel and Ann (Stanhope) Damrell, was born in Boston, June 29, 1828. He was educated in the public schools of Boston and Cambridge. His first connection in business was with Isaac Melvin of Cambridge, to whom he was apprenticed to learn the trade of a carpenter. He then came to Boston as a master builder, and in 1856 formed a partnership with James Long, which continued until 1874. During an interregnum of three years he made no contracts, by reason of attachments on account of his connection with the explosion of buildings with powder at the great Boston fire in 1872, when he was chief engineer of the fire department. To that position he was elected in 1868, and he held it continuously until 1874, when the fire department was placed under a commission.

From boyhood he had taken an interest in fire matters, his father and brother having been members of the department. In 1848 he joined "Hero Engine Company, No. 6," and continued through all the grades of membership and official position until 1858, when he was elected assistant engineer. It was from this position that he was raised to that of chief engineer. In the department Captain Damrell performed conspicuous service. He has been conceded to be a master of the science of the extinguishment of fires, and an expert of advanced ideas connected with that important service. He was unanimously elected president of the convention of chief engineers called at Baltimore in 1874 in consequence of the sweeping conflagrations that had taken place in the cities of Portland, Chicago and Boston.

He was the first president of the International Association of Commissioners and Inspectors of buildings, this position he filled most acceptably for a period of seven years.

He was first president of the Massachusetts State Firemen's Association. He had also served as president of the Firemen's Charitable Association, the Boston Firemen's Mutual Relief Association, the Boston Veteran Firemen's Association. He was president of the Boston Firemen's Cemetery Association and chairman of the executive committee to erect a monument to firemen. He had also been connected with the State militia, serving as lieutenant of the old Mechanic Rifles of Boston; was an honorary member of the National Lancers; and was a member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company.

During the war he performed patriotic service under Governor Andrew and Mayor Lincoln of Boston, in filling the quota of men allotted to the city.

He was an earnest believer in the value of Freemasonry and was always ready to defend its good name. He was a member of Mt. Tabor Lodge of East Boston, in which he was raised October 24, 1853. He was exalted in St. Paul's R. A. Chapter, Boston, April 27, 1854, he was knighted in Boston
Commandery K. T., December 20, 1854 and admitted a member Jan. 17, 1855. He has served as trustee of Boston Commandery since 1890.

He was a trustee of the State School for the Feeble-Minded, and at the time of his death vice-president of the corporation. He resigned as Building Commissions soon after the election of the late Mayor Collins. He was Iong connected with the Methodist Church and had served for many years as Superintendent of the Sunday school. For many years he was an active member of the Boston Methodist Union.

In 1850 Captain Damrell married Susan Emily Hill of Cambridge. Three daughters and two sons were born to them. Only the sons survive. He had lived at the West End for about fifty years.

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

Brother John Stanhope Damrell, a well known mason and citi/en of Boston died Nov. 3d of a paralyctic shock. He was a Knight Templar and 32d degree mason. An account of his life is given in another place in this magazine.


From Proceedings, Page 1912-177:

R.W. ALBERT W. DANFORTH was born in East Boston, Aug. 25, 1851, and died in Lowell, April 2, 1912. His father died when the son was quite young, and the family removed to Lowell. Brother Danforth attended the public schools in Lowell. After graduation from the high school, he found employment with various manufacturing companies until 1877, when he went to Newburyport to replace worn machinery for the Ocean, Peabody and Bartlett Mills. He remained there until 1883, when, upon the solicitation of the Chinese Ambassador in Washington, he went to China and erected the mills of the Shanghai Cotton Cloth Company. He remained twenty-seven years in Shanghai, engaged in mill construction and superintendence until 1910, when he returned to Lowell to engage in business as a consulting mill engineer. About the time that his prospects seemed to promise well, he was stricken down and died. A widow and three children survive him, who reside in Cairo, Illinois.

Brother Danforth received the first three degrees in St. John's Lodge, of Newburyport, in the month of June, 1881. He received the Royal Arch Degree in King Cyrus Chapter, March 9, 1882, and the Orders of Knighthood in Newburyport Commandery in the summer of 1882. He was D.D. Grand Master of the China District for six years, from 1896 to 1901.


  • MM 1865, Union (Dorchester)

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

Brother Hartford Davenport, an old Dorchester. Mass., resident, died at West Roxbury July 17. He was born in Dorchester Oct. 12, 1831 and has always lived at that location. He was a well known veteran fireman, belonging to the Boston and Dorchester associations. He was a member of whit is the present Boston Yacht Club for thirty-six years and a prominent member of the Dorchester Yacht Club, being its commodore in 1894, 1895 and 1896. He was for many years a member of Union Lodge, A. F. & A. M.



From New England Craftsman, Vol. X, No. 5, February 1915, Page 175:

Brother Orlando Henry Davenport of Roxbury, Mass., who died January 11, was the oldest member of the Gate of the Temple Lodge, South Boston. The bulk of his estate, valued at more than $500,000 is placed in trust for the benefit of his widow. On her death it is to be divided equally among the following: Masonic Home, Charlton, Mass.; Massachusetts Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; St. Michaels Episcopal Church, Marblehead; Methodist Episcopal Church, Newton Upper Falls and Gate of the Temple Lodge, South Boston.

His funeral took place Wednesday, January 13. A delegation from his lodge and a large number of other friends were present. The service was conducted by his intimate friend the Rev. Haig Adadourian.

From New England Craftsman, Vol. X, No. 9, June 1915, Page 314:

The most princely gifts ever made to Masonic bodies in Massachusetts have been provided for in the Will of the Brother whose name stands at the head of this article. His death occurred January 11th, 1915. The bulk of his estate is valued at more than $500,000, and after the death of his widow will be equally divided among the following institutions: The Masonic Home at Charlton, Mass.; Massachusetts Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; Saint Michael's Episcopal Church, Marblehead; Methodist Episcopal Church, Newton Upper Falls, and Gate of the Temple Lodge, So. Boston of which he was the oldest member at the time of his death.

In recognition of his generosity and as a token of respect for his memory, an impressive memorial service was held under the auspices of the Lodge in Masonic Temple, South Boston, Tuesday evening, May 25th.

More than two hundred and fifty brethren including Grand Master Melvin M. Johnson, Deputy Grand Master Roscoe E. Pound, Grand Chaplain Rev. Edward A. Horton, Grand Marshal William M. Farrington and Rev. Brother Haig Adadourian, who delivered the Eulogy, were present. Previous to the memorial service, a dinner was served. Following the dinner an address was made by President Pound.

The order of exercises began at 8 o'clock in the lodge room with prayer by Rev. Bro. James Huxtable, Reading of Scripture by Bro. Allan Campbell and singing by the Apollo Quartet.

A picture of Brother Davenport, the gift of Bro. William H. Mitchell was presented to the Lodge and accepted by Wor. Master Theodore L. Kelly with words of grateful appreciation. Rev. Bro. Horton gave a fine address on the "Spirit of Masonry in Everyday Life." Grand Master Johnson made the closing address which was a recapitulation of noble sentiment, and commendation of the usefulness of Freemasonry. He spoke of the Masonic Home at Charlton and the munificent gift for its support that was provided in the will of Brother Davenport.

The principal address of the occasion was the Eulogy of Brother Adadourian who was a close friend of the deceased brother. Brother Adadourian said in part: "Although Bro. Davenport is beyond our earthly ken, yet he has left behind him something of himself; something of his real, immortal self; something of his imperishable, wholesome influence. To sum up in twenty minutes all the traits of his life and character that have produced that influence is not an easy task. We must therefore, select a few of the most conspicuous ones."

The speaker then spoke of some of prominent characteristics of Bro. Davenport that had made his life a success. Beginning with his struggle for a living when only 7 years of age and follows his course through previous experiences until he won his prosperity. His first asset was love of labor." *** "He worked hard and faithfully" *** "Whatever his hand found to do he did with his might." "With him diligence was one of the cardinal virtues" *** "He always rendered honest conscientious labor for honest wages." "In his earlier days, and later, in the days when he was the pioneer publisher of the directories of Boston and other cities, he was wonderful in his systematic, accurate, thorough painstaking methods. System was one of the prominent words in his business career and private affairs." "Another trait of his character was unfailing honesty. His Honesty spelled uprightness, downrightness and outrightness in all his words, and business transactions." *** "The truth and honesty of Bro. Davenport's heart shone in his face, but his face also indicated the perennial sunshine of his soul." *** "He was a man of happy temperament,— He inspired good cheer in others and enjoyed a good joke as much as he did a good dinner.

"His was
'A merry heart, a merry laugh,
A face with lots of sun in it,
A merry tongue with merry chaff,
And grips with lots of fun in it.' "

"Bro. Davenport was not connected with any church. He left princely sums to two churches—Episcopal and Methodist Episcopal." "Believing as he did in the noble tenets of Masonry, in the Ten Commandments, in the Sermon on the Mount and in the Golden Rule, and trying to conform his life to them, he certainly was religious and had in him the spirit of Christian religion." "He didn't have much of a creed, His doctrine was simple and plain. But he seemed to have all that we need to balance life's pleasures and pain. He put out his hand here and there, To succor the weak and distressed, And when he had burdens to bear, He bore them by doing his best. He was not a person to shirk With burdens that could be relieved. He believed 'twas his duty to work, And he lived up to what he believed."


From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXIII, No. 5, March 1864, Page 153:

Funeral Obsequies for Ill. Charles Augustine Davis at Lowell.

The obsequies of Ill. Br. Davis were celebrated by Mt. Calvary Sov. Chapter of Rose Croix de H. R. D. M., on the eve of Shrove Tuesday, Feb. 8, 1864, in accordance with the sublime ritual of the Order, in the most imposing manner. Rarely, if ever, in this country, has such a spectacle been witnessed. The spacious Masonic Hall was converted into a "Hall of Mourning" for the occasion, and was elaborately decorated in a style of sombre magnificence. The walls were hung with black and white drapery, the voluminous folds of which were everywhere looped up with the Teutonic Cross, while from the centre of the ceiling broad streamers of the same colors radiated in all directions, making a tent-like roofing. In the East was a cenotaph emblazoned with appropriate devices. The altar was draped in black, and ornamented with the crucifix and candles. On its left was the Throne, on which reposed the robes of State of the deceased M. W. and P. Master, covered with a veil of crape. Immediately in front of the altar a Catafalque was erected. This beautiful structure, in correspondence with the rest of the decorations, was hung with white and black, the columns enrolled with the same, and the cross which surmounted the canopy blended the same colors. Beneath it, on a dais, lay the coffin, covered with black, with rich silver ornaments bearing the insignia of the rank of the deceased, with crossed swords and the brilliant collar of the Sovereign Inspectors General. At the head and foot and upon the coffin were placed wreaths of immortelles and choice flowers. Lighted tapers were also placed in the East, West and South. The organ was deeply shrouded in black, and all the jewels and furniture were covered. The room was lighted by three blazing crosses only, and the "dim religious light" which prevailed rendered the coup d'oeil inexpressibly solemn and affecting.

At the appointed hour the Chapter, habited in black robes and skull caps, and decorated with their jewels, with the sprig of evergreen on the breast, accompanied by several members of the Supreme Council of Sovereign Inspectors General, entered the apartment to the music of a dirge. The proper officers bore lighted tapers, and the Brethren silver vases and bouquets of flowers. The procession, preceded by the Master of Ceremonies with his sword, marched three times around the Catafalque, and the tapers were deposited in their proper places near the coffin, and the bouquets disposed on each side of it. .

The Sovereign Inspectors General having taken their seats in the East, the order of offices then proceeded. An opening chant was sting by the Choir. The M. W. and P. M. then recited from the ritual with responses from the S. Warden, a fitting introduction to the solemnities. The De Profundis was sung, and at its conclusion the Master of Ceremonies advanced, and, with uncovered head, extinguished one of the tapers. The ritual proceeded — the Choir gave the Anthem Ece. xi. xii. Another taper was extinguished with the same ceremonies. Ritual services succeeded, and then the Dies Iræ pealed forth in all its grand solemnity. The last taper was then extinguished. These services represented three periods of Darkness, Decay, and Dissolution, and the lessons were singularly appropriate and solemn.

Addresses and further responses were now recited by the different officers, in which the loftiest sentiments, in the pure spirit of Masonry, were inculcated. Mozart's Requiem followed, by the Choir. Prayer was offered by the Prelate, the Rev. Theodore Edson, D. D., Rector of St. Ann's. Impressive ceremonies then took place. The great brazen censer was then lighted at the head of the Coffin. A procession marched in three lines around the Catafalque, each time prostrating itself in appropriate devotions, and bidding a fraternal farewell to the Illustrious Brother deceased.

After another prayer from the Liturgy by the venerable prelate, the second part of the solemnity was commenced, opening with ceremonies illustrating the period of Faith. A hymn was sung by the Choir. After ritual observances, the Master of Ceremonies advanced as before, and rekindled one of the extinguished tapers, in the South, or at the side of the Coffin. Similar services appropriate to the period of Hope were next performed with suitable music. The taper in the West was lighted. The period of Resurrection was introduced with the ritual and appropriate music, and when the taper in the East was kindled the Hall was illuminated with a glow of light, and the concluding strains of the anthem "Where is thy Victory, O Grave, and where O Death, thy Sting," lifted all hearts, and thrilled through every soul with its joyous harmony.

The Eulogy was then delivered by III. and Hon. Br. Elisha Huntington, M. D. This was an able and eminently chaste production, repeated with feeling and beauty. The personal, social, professional and patriotic character of Dr. Davis was exhibited in a masterly manner, and the performance was listened to with the most profound attention.

' An address by the Prelate followed, and the services were closed by a Hymn, and Prayer, and Benediction by the Prelate. The Chapter formed in procession, and while the Dead March in Saul was performed on the organ, marched around the Catafalque, each one of the Respectable and Perfect Knights depositing his evergreen on the Coffin, and thus retired from the Hall.

These ceremonies were performed in the presence of invited guests who occupied the lower end of the hall in such numbers as might be accommodated. The whole arrangement and perfect execution of the programme reflects the greatest credit on the zeal, taste and liberality of Calvary Chapter. Everything was conducted in the most admirable manner, and the details were carried out with the minutest accuracy. The musical part of the services was very creditable to the quartette who executed it, and the organist managed the ex. eel lent instrument intrusted to his charge, in an artistic manner.

The effect of this unique ceremony cannot well be described so as to carry a just idea to those who were not privileged to witness it. The ritual, so sublime in itself, was heightened in interest by the accessories so admirably arranged. The spectacle was sorrowfully magnificent. The gloom which prevailed at the opening, after the beautiful ceremony of depositing the lights and flowers around the coffin, just revealing the funereal drapery of the Hall, was in fit accordance with the sad and disconsolate services which represents Darkness, Decay and Dissolution, culminating in the wail of the Dies Iræ. Then a partial relief came over the saddened feelings in listening to the beautiful requiem which is clothed with so many tender associations, followed by the consolation of prayer. Afterwards, the exquisite, simple and touching ceremonies of the fraternal farewells increased the soothing influence. And the gradual emergence into light again, as the hymns and lessons spoke of Faith and Hope, — advancing into brilliancy as the Resurrection anthem gave forth its voice of triumph, formed a filling termination to this appropriate and impressive service. Whoever witnessed it will never forget it, and will henceforth acknowledge that Masonry is the true handmaid of Religion.





From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ, 1921, Page 55:

The death of our Illustrious Brother Charles Edwards Davis, on April 13, 1921, for which we were in part prepared, left his large following of friends bowed down with a real sense of deep grief and great loss. His failing health should have foretold with no uncertainty the blow we were to receive, but his constant display of interest and zeal in our affairs of mutual concern and his regular meeting with his brethren encouraged us to hope for that which could not be.

As time is reckoned today, our Illustrious Brother had given the equivalent of a generation to the fraternity which he so sincerely loved. His interest never waned, and whenever opportunity came he was ever ready to assist with his presence and advice. His intimate knowledge of the history and principles of the institution made him a sane and invaluable helpmeet in everything pertaining to the welfare of the Rite in his Valley. He received the highest honors that his brethren had in their power to bestow, and performed every duty to their entire satisfaction. On retirement front office he lost no interest in the bodies over which he had presided, but seemed to feel under obligation to render continued efficient service as a requital for the confidence that had been placed in him.

Illustrious Brother Davis was born in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, December 25, 1856, where he passed his early manhood. From this town he went to Worcester, Massachusetts, which he made his home for practically the rest of his life. Here he entered the boot and shoe business, a line of industry which held him to the end. After a brief training with others lie went into business with a friend under the firm name of Charles E. Davis & Co., whose honorable and fair dealing won deserved success His skill and affability readily secured him a position with large manufacturers, with whom he remained for the last twenty-five years of his life. His ability earned the confidence of his employers and led to their using his services in the responsible position of superintendent of salesmen.

His Masonic affiliations were as follows: Athelstan Lodge, A. F. and A. M., March 28, 1883; Isaiah Thomas Lodge, charter member, 1920; Eureka Chapter, June 20, 1883; Hiram Council, April 20, 1884; Worcester County Commandery, March 19, 1901; Worcester Lodge of Perfection, 14°, December 18, 1884; Goddard Council, L. of J., 16°, December 17, 1886; Lawrence Chapter, 18°, December 27, 1886; Massachusetts Consistory, 32°, April 22, 1894; Supreme Council, 33°, September 12, 1909.

He was Thrice Potent Master of Worcester Lodge of Perfection, in 1896 and 1897; Sovereign Prince of Goddard Council in 1905 and 1906; Most Wise Master of Lawrence Chapter in 1907 and 1908. He was a dignified officer and was invariably supported to a most loyal degree by his co-workers.

Illustrious Brother Davis was married to Dolly Helena Bullard, of West BoyLston, Massachusetts, in 1881, who, with a son, Charles F. Davis, survives him.His funeral services were held in the Masonic Temple in charge of Worcester County Commandery, and the large gathering of his friends was another proof of the high esteem in which he was held.

There is no death! The leaves may fall.
The flowers may fade and pass away;
They only wait through wintry hours
The coming of the May.

Kdward M. Woodward,
Austin A. Heath,
Winfield F. Van Ornum,



From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 2000, Page A-iii:

Ill. Douglas Albert Davis, 33°
Born in Orange, New Jersey, September 6, 1915
Died in Lowell, Massachusetts, August 28, 1999

Illustrious Douglas Albert Davis, 33°, was the son of Harold Henry and Blanche (Jardine) Davis. He attended the Lowell Public Schools, graduating from Lowell High School with the class of 1933. He was the husband of the late Agnes (Hetu) Davis. Ill. Brother Davis is survived by two sons, D. Scott Davis of Nashua, New Hampshire, and Shaun D. Davis of Randallstown, Maryland. Also surviving are two granddaughters, Shannon Davis and Kelly Davis of Maryland.

He served in the US Army during World War II and achieved the rank of Captain. Following his military service, he returned to Lowell and resumed his career in Real Estate. He also worked as a Right of Way negotiator for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for twenty-five years.

Ill. Brother Davis received his degrees in William North Lodge and served as Master from 1969 to 1971. He presided over all the York Rite Bodies in Lowell and was a recipient of the York Rite Cross of Honor.

In Scottish Rite Masonry, he was a Past Thrice Potent Master of Lowell Lodge of Perfection and directed the degree work in Lowell for many years. He was active, also, in the degree work of Massachusetts Consistory in Boston and a founding member of the Board of Directors of the 32° Masonic Learning Center for Children in Lowell. He was created a Thirty-third Degree, Honorary Member of the Supreme Council, in 1975 at Boston. lll :. Brother Davis was a Past President of the Lowell Masonic Association and a member of Aleppo Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S., in Wilmington.

Ill. Brother Max Ludwig, Jr., 33°, conducted a graveside memorial service on September 7, 1999, at the Lowell Cemetery, assisted by a Military Honor Guard.

DAVIS, HENRY 1800-1877

From Liberal Freemason, Vol. I, No. 9, December 1877, Page 274:

Lodge of St. Andrew, A. L. 5877, October 11.

Worshipful Master and Brethren:- A part of our business this evening is solemnly commemorative. The rare event in this Lodge has occurred, of the death, at near times, of two aged and respected members of St. Andrew's. On the brink of the changing season, while the grains were turning for the harvest; in the soft light of autumn, when Nature puts on her gorgeous many-colored tints, gathering her robes for the end of summer, these Brethren bade us farewell. So near was their departure that to the same committee of the oldest Masonic associates of the deceased has been entrusted the presentation of this memorial to the Lodge. Indeed, it seems fitting, since the Almighty Architect took them together to be living stones in a temple not made with hands, that they, associated in this city for half a century, in the same neighborhood, in similar walks of life, for earthly competences, in calm, uneventful careers, should together be joined in final record upon our archives.

. . . Brother Henry Davis was a Bostonian; his father followed and was lost at sea. From twelve to fifteen years of age this son made a number of voyages as cabin-boy to Liverpool; at sixteen he was apprenticed to learn shoe-making, pursuing this vocation many years. In early manhood he became Sexton of the Second Parish of Boston, in Hanover street, known as the Cockerel Church, holding this responsible position till 1845. During a portion of this time, in all for a period of fifteen years, he was sole collector of the Boston Gas Co., a confidential and important post; his last office was the Agency of Tow-Boat Companies in Boston. In 1S4S, 1S49, and 1S50, he sat as a member of Ward Two in the City Common Council. At one time he was foreman of Engine No. 18, and for a long period his name is borne on the roster of the Boston City Guards. The tenth of December, 1823, before his majority, he married Miss Caroline James, who died December 10, 1835, leaving six children. One of the sons is a Past Master and an active member of this Lodge. May 12, the year following, our late Brother married Miss Charlotte C. Paul, who survives him with one son by this second marriage. December 10, 1846, he joined this Lodge; thus three important events of his life are coincident on the date of December 10. He was a Knight Templar of De Molay Commandery.

To the world the incidents in the lives of these two men, are like to that great class of men who, beginning with the sole fortune of I their own right arms, with no help, improve their worldly condition, draw around themselves families, earn honorable supports, avoid mishap, securing the respedt of the community in which they live, finally fulfilling respectable missions. The shifting, rapid scene of life's drama permits little occasion for spectators to dwell on individual merit, save when opportunity has long kept to the front a [characteristic or marked deed. But to Freemasons the genius of our bond enjoins upon us to see, to distinguish, to preserve qualities of men which pass unheeded outside of the Order, as it is the inter-Rial and not the external qualifications which recommend a man to the mystic tie, so that at the end of life we make up the record of a Brother with good heed to this cardinal maxim. How gracious, how comforting, that as Masons we can gather those tributes at the grave which the busy world pause not to render! — that verily there is a Masonic Order! This fact is to be remembered doubtless to the praise uf other societies called secret, who also refresh the lives of their members with gentle, endearing associations, exalting in charming equality, social positions, and, when the dread summons comes, embalming the memories of their fellows with discriminating gracious record, true to themselves, grateful to kindred and friends, it may be valuable examples to the living. 'Tis an honored mention to say of one, he died within his Order.

. . . Our late Brother Davis was a North-Ender, born in the historic citadel of that noted quarter of Boston, the North square; his family were of stock and calling, a leading one at the North End, seafaring. He lived there and may be said to have died there, for that end ol Boston, increasing in numbers, has nearly pushed over its better population across its Charles river to the other side. His heart yearned for old North End. and for Masonry. "St. Andrew" was in its early membership a North-End Lodge; its fondest memories cling there; there was its "Green Dragon;" its second place of meeting was there; its members belonged there, and now in the march of events indicative of the wonderful progress of the country, we plant this acacia on the grave of St. Andrew's last North-Ender, an honest man, as stout-hearted a yeoman as was wont to meet from St. Andrew's in North-End caucus.

With remarkable health to his last sickness, the leading features concerning Brother Davis were industry, devotion to his duties, unflagging purpose to establish his family. He was outspoken, safe in judgment, and strong in opinions. These show elements of character which enable a Brother to fulfil his part, and they add force to societies which they enter. To one is given the gift to illustrate the work of the ritual; to another, tact in administering affairs. Our late Brother was called to exhibit neither of these gifts in Masonry, but he did illustrate the Masonic principles. Steadfast and prompt he could sa-erifice himself for his Order. Such qualities are just as essential to the preservation of Freemasonry as the more shining ones of skilled workmanship. Masonry needs and hails diversity of gifts, alk capacities, in its affiliations; but, most of all, fidelity, a peaceful spirit, devotion, with unabated zeal for the Order. In all these parts and points our late Brother was the peer of any one. The common facility in this country of presentable speech at business or banquet meetings seemed unfamiliar with him, yet when his reserve was broken, how appropriate and loyal was the sentiment awaiting utterance! An eloquent impressiveness was suggested, and he never failed to secure attention and respect. Brother Davis' occupations were arduous and fiduciary ; he responded fully; he was a trusty man; as a citizen, public-spirited and unshrinking. He has been counted stern, with a shade of the martinet in him ; but this after all expresses the consequence of his functions, and that he was thorough-going, with no trifling. The writer of this sketch loves to add, that, from an acquaintance of nigh fifty years, a kinder heart, a more genial nature, a firmer friend and helper, never met the battle of life than Henry Davis.

Brothers, let us gather into resolves our testimony upon these bereavements : —

  • Resolved, That in the death, at advanced age, of two of our associates, Worshipful Brother Edwin Barnes, Senior Past Master of this Lodge, after upwards of forty years' membership, and of Brother Henry Davis, after upwards of thirty years' membership, a steadfast, trusty man and Freemason, "St. Andrew's" loses members whose length of useful and unexceptionable Masonic services are exemplary. The one was a Past Master of commendable excellence in the ritual of the Order; the other filling well his place; both Brethren corner-stones, plumb and square, in their respective spheres, illustrating what can be done for Masonry, and what Masonry can do.
  • Resolved, That as we have followed to the grave, with solemn rites, so shall we mourn the loss of these Brothers; that we extend our sympathy to the widows and families of both deceased; that we shall remember our pleasant intercourse so prolonged with these Brethren; and that our sorrow is mingled with thanks, in the knowledge that to the Lodge of St. Andrew's tender regards in their declining years, has been added bountifully the better care, the unstinted devotion of loving, faithful wives.


DAVIS, JAMES A. 1857-1909




From New England Craftsman, Vol. IV, No. 7, April 1909, Page 254:

Brother James A. Davis, widely known as a Mason and a leading man of business, died at his home in Lexington, Mass., March 15th after an illness of several months. Brother Davis was born in Surry, Maine. October 17, 1857. He came to Boston in early manhood and was at first employed in a book store. Me did not continue in this position very long. He was afterwards employed in several business undertakings, in which he was gaining valuable experience, until 1889, when he entered business for himself, establishing the house of Doming, Davis & Co., Exchange PL. Boston, wholesale coal and coke, he soon after bought out his partner. Col. George D. Denting, and entered into partnership with the lion. Henry N. Fisher of Waltham, which partnership still remains, under (he linn name of James A. Davis & Co.

Brother Davis was one of the first to recognize the possibilities of American Portland cement made under a rotary cylinder process, and introduced into the New England states the first cement made by that method. At that time foreign Portland cement was considered a standard, but the merits of the American were soon recognized and preference was given it.

In this business, which he built up himself, he did some of the most important work in New England.

He received the lodge degrees in Esoteric Lodge, and the chapter degrees, in Acadia Chapter, Ellsworth, Maine. At the time of his death he was a member of Mt. Lebanon Lodge. St. Andrew's R. A. chapter, Boston Council. Boston Commandery, Boston and was a member of all of the Scottish Rite bodies of the same city, He was a past presiding officer of Massachusetts Consistory and a 33d degree Mason.

Outside of Masonry, Mr. Davis was a member of the Boston athletic association, of the Pine Tree State club, of the Beacon society, the Point Shirley club and the Ten of L's club. lie was popular in the Ancient and Honorable Artillery, of which he was commander at the time of his death.


From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ, 1909, Page 77:

Death has again been busy in our midst!

It is the old, old story; received in grief and tears by kindred and dearest friends, never with indifference by true-hearted Masons.Death has claimed one of our most prominent and loved brothers; one whose abilities and merit were early recognized by us, and easily won for him official distinction.

For fidelity to obligations and diligence in duties, we, at last, with one accord, invested him with the supreme authority of our Consistory; an honor worn by no one with more becoming pride, grace and dignity than by our late brother, Past Commander James Arnold Davis. We can do no more for him now. He has gone beyond our help or sympathies.

All the ties that bound him to earth, home, love and affection, worldly ambition, friendship, desires and pleasures, have been severed, and summoned by that grim messenger we call Death, he has blindly followed him out into the ever silent and unknown world.

Henceforth he can be to us only a memory, but a memory rich in unfading recollections of the manliness and integrity of his character, his fraternal love and affection, earnestness and activity in the interests of the Scottish Rite; of hours of intimacy and enjoyment, comradeship and good fellowship.

As memory recalls and reviews these recollections of his short life as we knew it, it bids us trust, with faith and hope, that somehow, somewhere, we shall meet again in the hereafter; for we know that in the darkest day,

"Behind the clouds the sunlight lurks.
Through showers the sunbeams fall;
For God loveth all His works
And giveth His hope to all."

We bow to God’s will; we abate not a jot of heart or hope, but relying on His promises, His love, mercy and justice, we bear up and press right onward, confident that although we have bade our dear brother “Good night” here, yet in some brighter clime we will bid him “Good morning.”

Brother Davis was born at Surrey, Me., October 17, 1857, one of several children of James W. and Margaret (Harrington) Davis. He came to Boston in early manhood, entering mercantile life in 1874, and after gaining valuable experience in several business undertakings he formed a partnership with the lion. Henry N. Fisher of Waltham, under the firm name of James A. Davis & Co.

Brother Davis was one of the first to recognize the possibilities of American Portland cement made under a rotary cylinder process, and his firm introduced into the New England States the first cement made by that method.Brother Davis first saw Masonic light in Esoteric Lodge of Ellsworth, Me., being raised there December 31, 1878. He was exalted in Acadia Royal Arch Chapter at Ellsworth, Me., May 23, 1883, and was knighted in St. John’s Commandery of Bangor, Me., in 1886.

On taking permanent residence in Boston he acquired membership in Mt. Lebanon Lodge, St. Andrew’s Royal Arch Chapter and St. Bernard Commandery, March 29, 1900, he received the degrees in Boston Council, Royal and Select Masters.In 1891 life applied for and received the grades conferred by the various bodies of the Scottish Rite in the Valley of Boston, becoming a member of Massachusetts Consistory, February 27, 1891.

After serving the Consistory nine years in subordinate offices, on the 28th of December, 1900, he was elected Commander-in-Chief for a term of three years. His interest in the body did not cease on his retirement from office. For the remainder of his life he was a regular attendant at all the meetings, frequently assisting in the workings of the Consistorial grades.

September 17, 1901, he was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33°, and Honorary Member of the Supreme Council, N. M. J. Outside of Masonry our brother was a member of the Boston Athletic Association, Pine Tree State Club, Beacon Society, Point Shirley Club, and Second Universalist Church.He was also a member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company and its Commander at. the time of his death.Brother Davis was twice married, his second wife and an infant daughter surviving him.After an illness of four months he passed away at his beautiful home in Lexington, March 15, 1909. Funeral services were conducted by the Consistory with Rev. Stephen II. Roblin, 33°, as Primate.

Fraternally submitted,
Albert L. Richardson, 33°,
J. Harvey Young, 33°,
Henry N. Fisher, 33°,



From Liberal Freemason, Vol. XII, No. 8, November 1888, Page 256:

Oliver J. Davis, a widely-known and highly-esteemed citizen, recently died of malarial fever at his home in Somerville. He was born in Boston sixty-seven years ago, but lived in the far West until the war. In 1862 he became a dealer in round lumber in Boston, which he has continued ever since. Not long after his establishment in the lumber business he removed to Somerville, and about 1870 he built his spacious house in East Somerville, in which he has lived ever since. Mr. Davis was a member of the Somerville Common Council in 1876 and 1877, and of the Board of Alderman of that city in 1878 and 1879. He became a member of John Abbot Lodge, F. and A. M., of Somerville, during its early days, and entered Soley Lodge of East Somerville, as a charier member. He was also a member of Waverly Royal Arch Chapter of Melrose, and of Hugh de Payens Commandery, K. T., of Melrose. He was a member, too, of the Master Builders' Association of Boston, and the Cross Street Universalist Church of Somerville.




From Proceedings, Page VI-526:

Colonel Phineas or Prentice Stearns Davis

Born in 1818, Worshipful Davis was a bookseller and publisher in Boston.

He enlisted in the United States Army in 1862 and was Colonel of the 38th Massachusetts Regiment. He was killed at Petersburg VA on July 12 1864. Just outside of Petersburg there is a gully called Fort Davis, it was named for him as the spot where a artillery shell killed him. He was one of the organizers of Putnam Army Lodge #8. He was made a Mason in Putnam Lodge around the mid 1850's and became Master of Putnam in 1861.

It has pleased Almighty God, in his wise, but to us inscrutable Providence to remove by death from family and friends, from this Institution he so much loved and from his country in whose defence he so gallantly died, our beloved friend and Brother, W. Phineas Stearns Davis, formerly a member of this G. Lodge who was killed on the 12th. July in front of Petersburg, while in command of the Regt., and whereas a visitation so sudden and severe has filled our hearts with sorrow therefore

Resolved. That in the death of our Brother Davis, we mourn the loss of an estimable man and good citizen, an accomplished Mason, and tried soldier, and in the sacred domestic relations, a true an affectionate father, husband and Brother.

Resolved. That we recall with melancholy pleasure that death will but serve to intensify those characteristic virtues and distinctive qualities which graced our Brother and caused the tidings of his death to carry general sorrow and gloom through the community, we reverence his noble and unselfish mind and character, his inflexibility of purpose, prompt to originate and thorough to accomplish his lofty patriotism and sense of duty that led him at the call of his Country to leave a young and tender family and brave the perils of a fierce and bloody war, and finally that reticent and modest disposition and deportment which withheld him from seeking preference and preferment leaving it to others to draw him forth for promotion and advancement rather than seem to unduly exalt himself.

Resolved. That in the death of Bro. Davis, the Institution is deprived of the society and services of one who has done much by his influence and example to raise the standard of our Order – who loved it for what it has done for him – and what it is, in his opinion, capable of doing for others, and who believed too, that the truths and lessons taught at the Masonic altar would make one a better man and better citizen, and what was more desirable meet the constant approval of his own conscience.

Resolved. That our sympathies are with the Widow and orphans in this, their afflictions, and while directing their thoughts and our own for consolation to a higher than earthly source, we with them find comfort in the pleasant remembrances of our Brother—his affectionate heart and generous nature, his active and useful life, his noble and heroic death.

All of which is respectfully submitted


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


The funeral services over the remains of the late Col. P. S. Davis, of the 39th Massachusetts regiment, who was killed recently near Petersburg, took place at the Unitarian Church, in East Cambridge, on the 19th ult. Klags were displayed at half-mast from numerous points in the city, and during the funeral solemnities many places of business were closed. The interior of the church was appropriately decorated with crape, with which was mingled in tasteful style the American flag, shields, bunting and other Union ensigns. In the rear of the pulpit two large flags were suspended upon a back-ground of black and white crape. The pulpit was profusely decorated with flowers and evergreens, and the galleries were also similarly ornamented, and from the centre of each was suspended numerous banners.

The church was filled shortly after three o'clock, but the services did not commence until 4 o'clock. . Among those present were Gov. Andrew, and Staff, Mayor Lincoln, and others. Putnam Lodge of Freemasons, of East Cambridge, of which the deceased was formerly Master, was present in a body, and also the officers of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, and the members ot St. Bernard Encampment of Boston.

The remains were escorted to the church from the late residence of the deceased by the National Lancers, (mounted,) in command of Captain Lucius Slade, and the several Masonic Bodies. The hearse was drawn by four black horses, tastefully decorated, and the coffin was shrouded in the American flag, and upon this was placed the sword worn by the deceased, which had been several times bruised by bullets from the guns of the enemy.

As the remains were borne into the church a voluntary was performed on the organ, and then followed a hymn by the choir. Rev. Chandler Bobbins, of the Bedford street church, in Boston, then made a few remarks. He said that such evidences of public sorrow as were manifested before him, the large gathering of the military, and so many representatives of an old and honored association.


From Masonic Monthly, Vol. I, No. 10, August 1864, Page 479:

On Tuesday, July 10, were interred at Mount Auburn Cemetery, with Masonic honors, the remains of the late Colonel P. S. Davis, of the 30th Mass. Regiment, who was killed near Petersburg, Virginia, a short time previously. The deceased was a Past Master of Putnam Lodge, East Cambridge, Mass. He earned in community the reputation of a good and honorable man, and in the army that of a gallant soldier. His remains were escorted to the grave by the National Lancers, the Masonic bodies, and a number of influential citizens, including His Excellency Governor Andrew and Staff. The services at the grave were conducted by Rev. Bro. Clark of Chelsea, Mass., Chaplain of the Lodge of which the deceased was a member.


From New England Craftsman, Vol. I, No. 4, January 1906, Page 144:

Brother Stark H. Davis died December 18. He was a member of Joseph Warren Lodge, St. Andrew's R. A. Chapter, Boston Couucil R. & S. Masters, and Boston Coru-mandery, K. T. His funeral was conducted by Boston Commandery.



From TROWEL, Fall 1990, Page 23:

Plymouth Lodge Mourns Loss of Wor. Warren O. Davis, Marshal

From Bro. Arne M. Erickson, TROWEL rep. of Plymouth Lodge, Plymouth, in the Plymouth 27th Masonic District, comes a fine Masonic biog of a dedicated Mason in the person of Wor. Warren O. Davis, who served his lodge as Marshal for over twenty years. Bro. Erickson writes as follows:

"On Jan. 24. 1990, after a long illness, Wor. Warren O. Davis was called to the Celestial Lodge above.

"Wor. Warren was the embodiment of the finest teachings of our Institution. He was Master for two terms. Treasurer of Samoset Royal Arch Chapter for almost forty years, and Marshal of the lodge for over two decades. He was honored in York Rite Masonry with the coveted York Cross of Honour, having served as Master of his symbolic lodge. High Priest of his Royal Arch Chapter. Illustrious Master of his Council of Royal and Select Masters, and as Commander of his commandery of Knights Templar which led to his being conferred with the highest honor his Brethren in York Rite could bestow upon him.

"In all of his offices he was a credit to the Craft; but as theLodge's Marshal he was an exemplar. Apprehensive candidates recognized his welcoming and gentle smile. Chaplains appreciated his complimentary and humorous subdued comments, and countless Masters valued his support, encouragement and sincere advice.

"Plymouth Lodge proudly recalls his contributions and sadly recognizes its loss; a loss with a bittersweet memory, but also with the heart-felt knowledge that the Celestial Lodge above now has a new Marshal."



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

Ill. Aaron Rynston Davison, 33°
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, August 28, 1910
Died in Boston, Massachusetts, August 15, 1998

Illustrious Aaron Rynston Davison, 33°, died after a short illness. Funeral services were conducted at the Stanetsky Funeral Home, Brookline, Massachusetts, on August 18, 1998, with the Past Thrice Potent Masters of Boston Lafayette Lodge of Perfection participating. He was buried in the Pultusker Cemetery in West Roxbury.

Ill. Aaron Davison was the son of Rubin and Ida (Rynston) Davison. He attended Boston Public Schools and graduated from English High School. He attended Boston University and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1931. Active in university life, Brother Davison was a member of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity, Beta Gamma Sigma National Honor Scholastic Society in Collegiate Schools of Business and Past President of Boston University Chapter, Jewish Big Brothers Association of Boston.

On October 22, 1932, he married Celia I. Bullock, who died on April 9, 1976. He is survived by sons Warren M. Davison of Baltimore, Maryland, and Dr. Gerard C. Davison of Los Angeles, California, and a daughter, Mrs. Marion D. Miller of Columbia, Maryland; his grandchildren and great grandson; and by Ida G. Davison (Greenblatt) whom he married on December 16, 1976.

Ill:. Brother Davison was a veteran of World War II, having served in the United States Naval Reserve for approximately two years, receiving an Honorable Discharge in April 1946.

He was raised a Master Mason in Noddles Island Lodge on June 8, 1942, was a charter member of Canaan Lodge, where he served as Worshipful Master in 1956-1957. He also was a member of Moses Michael Hays Lodge and a Past Master of Mount Scopus Lodge. His service to the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge included a term as Junior Grand Deacon in 1960 and as District Deputy Grand Master for the Malden Seventh Masonic District in 1961 and 1962. His services to Masonry earned him the Joseph Warren medal for distinguished service which was awarded by the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts.

Ill. Brother Davison was also a member of Aleppo Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S. He was a dedicated volunteer at the Shriners Burns Institute, as was his wife, Ida.

Ill:. Brother Davison completed the degrees of the Scottish Rite in the Valley of Boston in Boston Lafayette Lodge of Perfection, Giles F. Yates Council, Princes of Jerusalem, Mount Olivet Chapter of Rose Croix and Massachusetts Consistory in October 1955. He served as Thrice Potent Master of Boston Lafayette Lodge of Perfection from 1975 to 1978, and was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33°, Honorary Member of the Supreme Council, at Boston, Massachusetts, on September 28, 1977.

Active in the Insurance profession, he received the designation CLU, Chartered Life Underwriter, from the American College of Life Underwriters, in 1943. He was employed by Metropolitan Life Insurance Company from 1936 to 1946, and subsequently operated an independent insurance agency from 1946 to 1971. Following retirement, he became an Account Executive with the Hemisphere Insurance Agency of Boston, Massachusetts.

DAVY, MANNING C. 1845-1905

From New England Craftsman, Vol. I, No. 1, October 1905, Page 32:

Brother Manning C. Davy of Quincy died August 1, at the age of sixty. He was born in Montreal, and came to Massachusetts with his parents when three years of age. He had been for a number of years connected with the firm of William H. Mitchell & Son in Province court, Boston. He was a veteran of the Civil War, enlisting in the Thirty-Eighth Massachusetts Infantry at sixteen. He served through the war, being in the battles of Cedar Creek, Winchester and others in which his regiment participated. He was a member of Charles Ward Post, G. A R., of Newton. Mr. Davy was a 32nd degree Mason, a member of Winslow Lewis Lodge of Boston, and a former member of St. Omar Commandery. He leaves a widow and three children. Funeral services were held at his late residence in Quincy.


From Proceedings, Page 1923-312:

R. W. CHARLES FRANK DAY was born in Kennebunk, Me., on July 7, 1851. He was a lawyer by profession, and spent his active life in and. about the city of Boston, residing for twenty-five years or more in Cambridge. His great work was done in the service of the city of Boston. He was for more than thirty years, and up to the time of his death, attached to the Law Department of the city as conveyancer. Administrations came and went, but changes of party had no effect upon the confidence reposed in this faithful and efflcient veteran officer. The duties of his office were most important, and his skill and accuracy in the performance of them were never questioned.

R.W. Bro. Day received his degrees in Joseph Warren Lodge. He was Initiated May 22, 1888, Crafted June 26, 1888, Raised October 23, 1888, and was admitted to membership and signed the By-Laws December 13, 1888. Bro. Day immediately interested himself in the work of the Lodge, and after passing through the preliminary chairs became its Worshipful Master in 1897, serving for two years. M.W. Charles C. Hutchinson appointed him District Deputy Grand Master for the First Masonic District in 1899. He served in this position but one year, being prevented by his many professional duties from accepting a reappointment.

R.W. Bro. Day's interest in the Lodge, however, did not wane. He served as its Treasurer: for many years, being in office at the time of his death. R.W. Bro. Day was killed by accident, July 15, 1923, while at his summer home in Kennebunk, his birthplace.

R. W. Bro. Day's Masonic activities were confined to the work of the Lodge, but within that circle they were zealous and unremitting. He was looked up to by the members of his Lodge as a wise and sound counselor and a faithful friend. The same qualities which clistinguished his public service attached to his fraternal and private relations. His unexpected death came with the shock of personal loss to his large circle of Masonic and personal acquaintances.

DAY, FREDERICK W. 1873-1938

From Proceedings, Page 1938-151:

Brother Day was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, October 19, 1873, and died at the Masonic Hospital May 28, 1938. He spent much of his boyhood with relatives in Maryland. Later he went to Mansfield to make his home with an uncle and spent the rest of his life there. He was employed by various commercial and manufacturing concerns as a salesman. In his later years his health failed and he was able to attend to but little business.

Brother Day was an active and useful citizen, serving his town in many capacities. It was characteristic of him that the parts he took were parts of usefulness and service rather than those conspicuous in the public eye. Brother Day took his Masonic degrees in Saint James Lodge in 1896 and was its Master in 1921. He was District Deputy Grand Master for the Attleboro Twenty-eighth Masonic District in 1927 and 1928, by appointment by Most Worshipful Frank L. Simpson.

Right Worshipful Brother Day was faithful and conscientious in whatever he undertook, winning the respect and affection of all with whom he came into contact. One of his most prominent characteristics was an indomitable courage which refused to admit defeat in the face of misfortune and failing health. His life is an example to us all.



From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1994, Page A-viii:

Ill. George Earlon Day, 33°
Born in Gorham, Maine, on December 13, 1907
Died in Newburyport, Massachusetts, on October 18, 1993

Ill. George Earlon Day, 33°, was the son of Harry E. and Edith (Boynton) Day. He was a graduate of Gorham High School. He entered General Electric Engineering School and Lowell Tech in 1926 to study Electrical Engineering.

On June 26, 1943, he married Catharine S. Nelson, who survives, along with their sons, Wayne R. Day, of Kingston, New Hampshire; and Alan E. Day of New Mexico; three grandchildren, William C. Day of Bethel, Maine; Robb R. Day and Kristin S. Day, of East Kingston, New Hampshire; two sisters, Hazel Crosby and Frances Fairfield, of Maine; also several nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by a sister, Marjorie Turner.

Ill. Brother Day's Masonic career began in Warren Lodge, A.F. & A.M., where he was raised a Master Mason on April 8, 1937. He served as Master in 1945 and 1946 and received his 50-year Veterans' Medal in 1989. He was appointed District Deputy Grand Master of the Newburyport 10th Masonic District, serving in 1952 and 1953.

Ill. Brother Day completed his degrees of the Scottish Rite in the Valley of Boston. He became active in the Merrimack Valley Lodge of Perfection and served as Thrice Potent Master. He also served as Sovereign Prince of the Merrimack Valley Council, Princes of Jerusalem, and Most Wise Master of Mount Calvary Chapter of Rose Croix, Valley of Lowell. In recognition of his outstanding leadership within the fraternity and the community, he was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33°, Honorary Member of the Supreme Council, on September 28, 1955 at Boston, Massachusetts.

He was also a member of Friendship Chapter No. 58, Order of the Eastern Star, of Amesbury, Massachusetts.

A graveside service was held on October 20, I 993, in Mount Prospect Cemetery, Amesbury, Massachusetts, with Rev. John A. Burgess. Pastor of the Market Street Baptist Church, officiating. The officers of Warren Lodge conducted a Masonic Service. Interment was in Mount Prospect Cemetery, Amesbury, Massachusetts. Ill. Brother Day, who contributed faithfully to his community and the fraternity, will be missed by those who knew him.

DEAN, JOHN 1822-1882



From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ, 1882, Page 57:

“The idea of his life doth sweetly creep
Into my study of imagination.”

On the seventh of February, A. D. 1882, what was immortal of our dear Bro. Dean separated from the mortal body, and awaits our change to be re-united in spiritual bonds of everlasting duration. His earthly life was such as to lead us readily to an appreciation of the words of 'the poet, just quoted, and by the precious boon of memory we are permitted at this annual gathering to be in happy fellowship with him, though his form cannot grace our sight. How sweetly indeed creeps into our hearts and minds the remembrance of that life, earnest, good, and faithful to its convictions here, and how cheerful the thought, that it has merited and won the approbation of the Father.

Born in England, August 30, 1822, Bro. Dean came to this country at the age of seven years, and evidently soon felt and comprehended the spirit of our free institutions.

In 1849 he caught what was then called the "gold fever", and went to California, but after three years he returned to New England, which seemed to have peculiar charms for him, and where he remained while on earth.

The fever left upon him no sordid traces, consequently in Lowell, Providence and Worcester, where he resided, the mention of his name always recalls pleasant recollections, and his record stands as that of an honest, genial, liberal man.His masonic affiliations were with Montscute Lodge of Worcester, where he was made a Mason June 30, 1863; Eureka R. A. Chapter; Hiram Council R. and S. Masters; Worcester County Commandery K. T.

Of this latter body he was Eminent Commander, and his fervent religious nature, coupled with his keen love for his fellowman, tended to fit him as an instructor in this Christian Order, and made his administration peculiarly successful.

In our Scottish Rite he took great interest, and manifested it by his constant presence at all the working meetings of the bodies with which he was connected.

The appreciation of his earnest labor and love for Masonry has been duly recognized by his brethren in this jurisdiction, by his election to the important office of Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and by the Supreme Council, 33° and last degree, for Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the U. S. A., by his election as an Honorary Member in 1872.

Bro. Dean was a quiet, unobtrusive man, and did not seek public office, yet his innate merit occasionally impressed itself upon his fellow-citizens, and he has represented them in the government of the city of Worcester, and also as a member of the General Court. His public record, like that within our sacred portals, stands bright and clear, and a contemplation of it is a subject for happy thought.

“The best his life could grow on earth is given;
The rest can ripen till we meet in heaven.”

Fraternally submitted,
W. F. Salmon, 33°,
Geo. E. Boyden, 32°,
Chas. Levi Woodbury, 33°,


From New England Craftsman, Vol. XIX, No. 9, June 1924, Page 287:

Austin Herbert Decatur, a well known mason of West Newton, died suddenly at his home, 242 Otis Street, West Newton, Saturday night, May 24th. Death was due to cerebral hemorrhage, He had been ill at his home for three days, bin his condition was considered one of tired nerves and a speedy recovery was looked for.

Funeral services were held nt the home, May 27th at 3 o'clock. The Rev. D. Brewer Eddy officiating. Burial was at the Newton Cemetery.

Bro. Decatur was born in Harrington, N. H.. Feb. 9, 1858, the son of Horace G. and Lucy Hayes Decatur. He received his education in the common schools and at Dover Academy. Fifty years ago the 10th of next January, Mr. Decatur began his career in the hardware business as a retail clerk in Dover, N. H.

He came to Boston in 1881 and for the following several years was associated with Benjamin Calendar and Brooks Baldwin & Robbins, in the wholesale hardware trade. Eventually this latter firm developed into the present Arm of Decatur & Hopkins.

Bro. Decatur's church affiliations had been for many years with the Central Congregational Church, Newtonville. He was a past president of the National Hardware Jobbers' Association, the Boston Credit Men's Association and the Boston Rotary Club. Of the Masonic bodies, he was past high chief of the Newton Royal Arch Chapter, past commander of the Gethsemane Conitnandery, the active president of the Newton Masonic executive council, a member of Dalhousie Lodge, F. and A. M., of Cryptic Council. R. and S. M. and of Aleppo Temple, Mystic Shrine.

Bro. Decatur was twice married. In 1884 he married Mary B. Wheeler of Exeter, N. H. In 1918, he married Florence M. Stacey of Springfield, Mass., who survives him, together with two brothers, Henry E. Decatur of Brookline and Frank I. Decatur of Barrington, N. H.


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

Brother George H. Delano, a member of Beth-Horon Lodge A. F. & A. M., Brookline and a lifelong resident of that town died October 21. He was 51 years old and a carpenter and builder by trade.

DENNERT, HENK 1930-2006


  • MM 1971, LaChapelle #180, Gravenhage, Netherlands
  • Member 1998, WM 2003, Sinim

From TROWEL, Winter/Spring 2005, Page 12:

When a Mason thinks about Massachusetts Masonry, he tends to think about what happens within the confines of the political boundaries of the state. Most forget that Massachusetts has Lodges in Panama, Chile, and China. One of those Lodges has been compared to the mythical Greek bird Phoenix, which arose from the dead in a pyre. Sinim Lodge was chartered by the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts in 1903, in Shanghai, China. But due to adverse political conditions in 1937 and again in 1949, the Lodge was forced to suspend its activities and even forced to abandon China. Three other Lodges were also forced to cease operation: Ancient Landmark Lodge, Shanghai Lodge, and the Hykes Memorial Lodge; all are now in recess.

Many of the Sinim Lodge Brethren, seeing the remarkable cohesiveness they held so dear, removed the Lodge to Tokyo, Japan, and reactivated it in 1952. Sinim's Brethren hail from all parts of the world, including the United States, Japan, France, Republic of Togo, and the Netherlands. It boasts of having 130 Brethren of fourteen nationalities residing in Japan, and one-third disbursed over many continents.

Worshipful Henk Dennert has been a Mason for more than 40 years and has been a member of Lodges in the Netherlands, Curacao (Netherlands Antilles), and now in Japan. He has taken a very personal role in the promotion of the Lodge and has seen it grow with many new candidates in the past few years. When he was Master of Sinim Lodge in 2002, he was invited by the Royal Susses Lodge No. 501 in Hong Kong, and led a small delegation to jointly visit the buildings of the former Lodges in Shanghai. A similar relationship was developed with Lodges in Singapore, the Philippines, and the Netherlands.

Recently, Sinim Lodge was fortunate to have many candidates, but lacked an educational component. Some wondered if they had a misguided view of what Masonry was about, and even questioned if there were still a place for Masonry in this world. Brother Dennert, not being deterred, saw it was time to reinstitute a Lodge of Instruction for his candidates. He contacted the Education Department in Boston and got the gearH turning. His first Lodge of Instruction was on a Sunday afternoon, with ten students listening attentively and posing thoughtful questions. Future LOI meetings were attended not only by the candidates but by the old hands as well, all looking for further light and to improve themselves in Masonry. With educational material being sent from Boston, many more have asked for time to learn more of what Masonry is about, both from a ritualistic and historical perspective. Given his members' thirst for knowledge. Bro. Dennert has presented the material designed by the Education Department and supplemented it with his own research, much of it from books sent him from Boston. Also, given the unique history of Sinim Lodge, he has added the history of the Lodge in China and Japan. By doing so, he hopes to correct a new member's well-intended but sometimes misguided views of Masonry. He saw a revitalized Lodge of Instruction as his vehicle for accomplishing this needed education. Bro. Dennert's interest in Masonry started at a very early age, since his father and uncles in Curacao, Aruba. and Surinam were all Masons, as were many of his cousins. Masonry was a very common word in his young life since both of his parents families were heavily involved. He was raised in Loge de Vergenoeging, No. 22, Netherlands Constitution in Curacao in 1966. Given his frequent business travel it took four years for him to complete the Degrees. He says it wasn't until his arrival in the "geographical East" that his Masonic career could be fully and satisfactorily undertaken. He was elected Worshipful Master of Sinim Lodge in 2002 and presided in the East for two years. Following which he was installed Secretary of Sinim Lodge, and concurrently serves as Secretary of the Research Lodge of the Grand Lodge of Japan.

It was the international aspects of Sinim Lodge that piqued his curiosity when investigating the various Lodges with which to affiliate upon settling in Tokyo. He says there "was so much similarity between Sinim and the old Chinese wisdom, the approach to try to receive More Light by returning to point Zero and build up and develop oneself on one's own strength through sheer conviction, that [he] opted for the now 100-year-old Shanghai-born Lodge." Also, he discovered a verse in the Book of Isaiah (49:12) that underlined the destiny of the Lodge he was to lead for two years: "Behold, these shall come from far; and lo, these from the North and from the West; and these from the Land of Sinim."

He is often asked if it is difficult to maintain cohesiveness among members of so many different nationalities, languages, and cultures. "Surely not" is his response. He further admits that it is heartening to note the "mutual assistance during practices, and how corrections in punctuation of proficiencies and memorizing were taken in good stride, and were seen the light of improvement of the self of the Lodge in general. It denotes the maturity that Freemasonry has attained."

His working careers spanned many continents and governments. First as a public relations officer with the Netherlands Antillean Government, and later in Japan as a Trade Commissioner for the Netherlands Antilles. He is fluent in many languages: Papiamento, which is a Spanish-Portuguese based language, Dutch, English, Spanish, French, German, Japanese and as he says, a "sprinkle of Mandarin Chinese."

Following his retirement from the government, he became a consultant for a Belgian company doing executive training for the European Union in Japan. He admits to being an amateur anthropologist and is fascinated with the historical aspects of Polynesia, Easter Island, and Micronesia.

After his first wife passed away, he met and eventually married Mitsuko, a Japanese woman from the Island of Kyushu, and he says "where they say in Japan, all the women are very beautiful and intelligent." He considers himself to be very lucky. "A Mason, born in the Caribbean, fully accepted as an affiliate of the District China of an American Jurisdiction of a China-born Lodge, and, having the privilege to lead it for two full years amidst Japanese Lodges of international orientation, all in an idyllic situation where so many nationalities found a common ground of values and where no difference in race, language, or creed exists."

His favorite saying is from the Grand Lodge of China, "Within the Four Seas All Are Brethren" and what drives him to give as much back to Masonry as it gave him during his many years of traveling. It's those memories that fuel his desires to promote and educate and what make Wor. Henk Dennert this issue's MAC Mason.

DENNIE, THOMAS 1756-1842


  • MM around 1775, WM 1795, 1800, St. John's (Boston)
  • Grand Treasurer 1798
  • Served as Junior Grand Warden in 1792 at the time of the Union (see Page I-224).

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. I, No. 12, p. 380, October, 1842:

The R. W. Winslow Lewis, Jr., reminded the Grand Lodge, that since the last regular communication, a past officer and permanent member, had ended his career on earth, and gone to take his place in the Grand Lodge, where the " just made perfect," may hope to meet him; and offered the annexed resolution, which he prefaced with the following remarks:

The testimonials to departed worth, paid by those who survive to reap the results of the labors of the good, are in themselves not only incentives to those who remain yet in action, still to continue in well-doing, but are also sureties that even though dead in the body, our virtues take root and bring forth the richest fruits in their operation on the heart. IJeath may still the active eloquence of the tongue,—the countenance, radiating benevolence and good will, may loose its expressive power, the hand that conveyed the pulsations of fervid feeling, may be palsied by that grasp which crushes the hopes and fears, the joys and sorrows of life; but still we die not. There is vitality in the recollections of excellence which spring up in the memories of survivors. There is life, while our deeds exert a holy influence even after we have shuffled " off this mortal coil."

" E'en from the tomb the voice of goodness cries,
E'en in our ashes live their wonted fires."

These remarks are induced preparatory to the introduction of resolutions which I am about to propose in relation to the decease of our old and long tried friend of the Masonic Institution, the R. W. Thomas Dennie, who has died since the last meeting, full of years and of honors, preserving a character of unsullied worth, well tried by the joys of prosperity, as well as by the sorrows of adversity, passing through the sunshines and shades of his pilgrimage with equanimity, beloved and regretted by all. To him was given

"The virtues of a temp'rate prime,
Blest with an age exempt from scorn or crime,
An age that melts with unperceived decay,
And glides in modest rectitude away:
Whose peaceful day benevolence endears,
Whose night congratulating conscience cheers,
The gen'ral fav'rite as the gen'ral friend,
Such age there is, and who shall wish its end?"

But that end has come, and

"Pitying Nature signed the last release
And bade afflicted worth retire to peace."

Thus shall it ever be, "lamenting or lamented, all our lot."

He died in the odour of a good name. I am not prepared nor qualified to speak his eulogy. Much might be said: for a long life spent in continued goodness, in disbursing the courtesies and charities of a philanthropic heart, would be a fruitful, a pleasing theme. But this is not, nor should be my province. It should be done by one, if such exist, who could claim to be a cotemporary. But of one deed, at least, let me speak. Having by reverse of fortune, lost his all— and duly discharged by his creditors, with true New England hardiness and e terprise, he re-commenced his commercial pursuits, and fortune smiling, he was again placed on the summit of her changing wheel. Then did he enjoy that heartfelt satisfaction, of calling around him his surprised creditors and of paying them, principal and interest, all their dues. Amid the selfish, the sordid, the contracted, begotten by cumulation of wealth, which is the tale to be told of the many, let this fact be imprinted with gold, with characters of living light, as a radiation from the honest heart of the one now lost to us and to the world.

The Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, deeply impressed with a sense of the long tried fidelity and devotion manifested for so many years in the common cause of the Institution, and especially towards this Body, do hereby pay this their last united tribute of respect to the memory of their deceased and much lamented R. W. Brother Thomas Dennie, Esq., by the Resolve, That in those virtues which constitute the true Masonic Brother; virtues which embrace the excellencies of man, virtues which enoble him in all the relations of life, our late venerable associate has ever shone as an eminent exemplar and as such his memory should be cherished.

Note: This genealogical page indicates that he is interred in King's Chapel Burying Ground in Boston; it gives a different date of birth, but also notes as follows:

Thomas Dennie owned a Chinese export bowl with Masonic emblems on it which was displayed in the special exhibition at the Harrison Gray Otis House from Feb. 17th through March 12, 1965.

Thomas Dennie was a resident of Boston and he was usually associated with Mungo Mackay in his privateering ventures.He owned two boats, the Apollo and the Nonsuch. December 13th, 1782. Thomas Dennie signed a petition to commission Alexander Mackay as commander of his ship the Apollo. He became a prominent merchant and trader, making voyages to the West Indies.

Thomas Dennie belonged to the Columbian Masonic Lodge along with Paul Revere. This is in error on both counts.



From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1987, Page 34:

Ill. Chester Sanford Deplitch, 33°
Born in Fall River, Massachusetts, April 23, 1898
Died in Fall River, Massachusetts, June 1, 1987

Illustrious Chester Sanford Deplitch, 33°, was the son of Henry and Jane Lincoln (Calvert) Deplitch. He was a graduate of the former Fall River School of Commerce; B.M.C. Durfee Textile School of Fall River; The American Institute of Banking in Providence, R.I.; and was a 1940 graduate of Rutgers University School of Banking.

He had served as Chief Teller of the former Metacomet National Bank of Fall River (which was destroyed in the fire of February 2, 1928) and the former B.M.C. Durfee Trust Company of Fall River; Vice-President of the former Fall River National Bank and the former First National Bank of New Bedford. He was an Honorary Treasurer of Fall River Philan­thropic Burial Society.

He was married to the late Bessie (Johnson) Deplitch, who died in 1958. They had no children but he is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Brother Deplitch's Masonic career began when he was raised a Master Mason in Mount Hope Lodge, Fall River, on October 20, 1922, where he received the Joseph Warren Distinguished Service Medal in 1962 and the Veteran's Medal in 1972.

In the York Rite he was exalted in Fall River Royal Arch Chapter on March 14, 1949, and was a holder of the Benjamin Hurd medal; greeted in Fall River Council of Royal and Select Masters on June 7, 1949, and held the Blake-Bayley Distinguished Service Medal; Knighted in Godfrey de Bouillon Commandery, No. 25 on May 18, 1949. He served as Treasurer of each of these bodies.

In the Scottish Rite he was a member since 1944 of Fall River Lodge of Perfection, 14°; Samuel C. Lawrence Council, Princes of Jerusalem, 16°; St. Andrew Chapter of Rose Croix, 18°, and Massachusetts Consistory, 32°. He held dual membership in Old Colony Consistory, 32°, in Fall River, of which he was a charter member. He served as Treasurer of the Valley of Fall River from 1946 to 1985. He was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33°, Honorary Member of the Supreme Council on September 28, 1960, in Boston, and was the senior Honorary Member in the Valley of Fall River.

In other Masonic related bodies he served as a Worthy Patron of Fall River Chapter No. 191, Order of the Eastern Star; member for over 60 years in Azab Grotto, M.O.V.P.E.R.; member of St. Matthew's Con­clave, Red Cross of Constantine; What Cheer York Rite College No. 43 of Rhode Island; Aleppo Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S. of Wilmington; and was Past President of the Shrine Club of Southeastern Massachusetts.

He was a member of New Bedford Lions Club for 55 years; Fall River and New Bedford Chambers of Commerce; Fall River Historical Society; Young Men's Protestant Temperance Society; and past Director of Fall River Credit Bureau. Masonic Ritual was conducted at Waring Funeral Home, Fall River, by Mount Hope Lodge, of which Ill. James H. Douglas, 33°, is Worshipful Master. The Church service was conducted in the funeral home and at graveside on June 4, 1987, by Rev. W. Allan Knight, St. Stephen's Episco­pal Church, Fall River, of which Brother Deplitch was a member. A brief and moving tribute to Brother Deplitch was presented by Miss Linda Goulet, his grandniece. Interment was in Oak Grove Cemetery, Fall River.


From Proceedings, Page 1917-283:

R.W. George Alonzo Derby was born January 19, 1860, at Spring Creek, Wassen County, Pennsylvania and died at Daisen, Manchuria, September 6, 1917. He graduated from the High School at Jamestown, New York, in 1879. After two years study in the University of Michigan he entered the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Baltimore, Maryland, and received the degree of Doctor of Medicine in 1884.

Brother Derby practised in his profession for a while in the United States, but was soon seized with a desire to travel, or rather to roam, and for about nine years followed a life on the ocean wave. He became the master of a sailing vessel.

From 1893 to the time of his death he resided in Japan and China. He was the Marshal of the United States Consulate in Shanghai, China, for several years. Afterward he was engaged throughout Asia and in the East Indies as a commercial traveler, in which business he was employed at the time of his death. This brief sketch reveals the constant activity of oirr deceased Brother and his great preparedness, inborn as well as acquired, for successfully pursuing various important vocations.

The Masonic activity of R.W. Brother Derby was remarkable and it impresses one as efficient and unparalleled. He received the first three degrees of Freemasonry in Oberlin Lodge No. 3E0, of Oberlin, Ohio, and affiliated with Ancient Landmark Lodge, under Massachusetts Constitution, in Shanghai, China, March 2, 1897. He became its Worshipful Master in 1899, serving one year. He was a Charter member of Sinim Lodge, Massachusetts Constitution, in Shanghai, in 1903; was one of the founders of Saltorin Lodge No. 936, under Scotland Constitution, in Shanghai, and was also a Charter member of International Lodge, Massachusetts Constitution, in Peking, China, in the establishment of which he took a great interest. When a charter was granted to International Lodge by the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts he was commissioned, by the District Grand Master of the District Grand Lodge of China, R.W. Stacy A. Ransom, to consecrate the Lodge and install its officers. For five years, from 1905 to 1909, he was District Deputy Grand Master of the District of China under the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. Notwithstanding his constant activity in Ancient Craft Masonry he was no less active in other Masonic boclies. Brother Derby was exalted in Keystone Royal Arch Chapter, of Shanghai, in 1897, under the general Grand Chapter of the United States of America, and served as High Priest of that Chapter in 1901. The degrees of Royal and Select Master were conferred upon him in Jamestown Council No. 32, of New York, in 1902. He was advanced in the Provincial Grand Lodge for China of the Royal Order of Scotland in 1898. He received the degrees of Knight Templar and Knight of Malta in Hongkong in 1899. The same year he affiliated with Shanghai Preceptory and Priory No. 195, Shanghai; and served as Preceptor and Prior in the year 1915.

In 1893 Rrother Derby received the degrees of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, fourth to the thirty-second inclusive, by communication, from the Sovereign Grand Inspector General of Washington and ldaho, at Seattle. In 1899 he affiliated with the Scottish Rite Bodies in Shanghai and in 1901 he was Wise Sovereign of the Chapter of Rose Croix and Senior Warden of Shiloh Consistory No. 3, Shanghai.

Brother Derby was an active promoter and one of the Charter members of the Bodies of the Scottish Rite which were constituted in Shanghai in 1901 under the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States of America. He was the first Venerable Master of the Yangtse Lodge of Perfection; first Wise Master of the Shanghai Chapter of Rose Croix, and served for two years in each office. He was Preceptor of Cathory Council of Kadosh from 1903 to 1905 and Venerable Master of Orient Consistory No. 1 from 1905 to 1907.

The Supreme Council of the Southern Masonic Jurisdiction, in 1915, qonferred upon Brother Derby the Rank and Decoration of a Knight Commander of the Court of Honor.

Brother Derby was surely a most enthusiastic Mason and worked hard to advance the interests of every Masonic Body with which he was identified. His remains were tiuried at Shanghai September 22 last.

"He was the noblest Roman of them all;
His life was gentle, and the elements
So mixed in him that nature might stand up
And say to all the world, 'This was a man.' "



From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1973, Page 33:

Arthur Ralph Derbyshire, 33°
Born in Fall River, Massachusetts, November, 10, 1894
Died in Swansea, Massachusetts, November 12, 1972

Ill. Arthur Ralph Derbyshire, 33°, was the son of Ralph and Ellen (Kippax) Derbyshire. He was born and raised in Fall River, Mass., and received his education in the Fall River Schools. After the death of his wife he moved to Swansea, Mass., to live with his son, Dr. Bruce Derbyshire.

Ill. Brother Derbyshire was employed as Vice President of the Fall River National Bank until his retirement several years ago. He was also a director and Clerk of the Board of the Fall River Five Cents Savings Bank. He was active in many civic organizations in Fall River.

Ill.· .Brother Derbyshire was raised a Master Mason July 19, 1920 in Pioneer Lodge, A.F. & A.M. in Somerset, Mass., and was Wor. Master in 1927. He received the Veterans' Medal in 1970.

He re­ceived his Scottish Rite degrees in Fall River Lodge of Perfection January 22, 1923, Samuel C. Lawrence Council, Princes of Jerusa­lem January 22, 1923, Saint Andrew Chapter of Rose Croix, Feb­ruary 5, 1923, Massachusetts Consistory, April 27, 1923, Affiliated Old Colony Consistory, October 13, 1953. He served as Thrice Potent Master, Fall River Lodge of Perfection, 1953.

Ill. Brother Derbyshire was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33°, Honorary Member of the Supreme Council, Septem­ber 29, 1948. He was a member of the First Baptist Church and was Honored as a fifty year member in 1970. He was active for many years in the Anti Tuberculosis Society. He is survived by a son, Dr. Bruce Derbyshire, of Swansea, Mass., and one daughter, Mrs. Robert J. (Mary Faith) Day, of New Hampshire. Services were held at the Waring Funeral Home on November 15, 1972. Reverend Edward Vanderhay of the First Baptist Church officiated at 11 A.M. and six Honorary Members of the Valley of Fall River attended. Pioneer Lodge A.F. & A.M. held the Masonic Ritual on the evening prior to the Funeral. The service of the lodge was well attended. Interment was in Oak Grove Cemetery, Fall River, Mass.

DEWEY, EDGAR O. 1878-1940

From Proceedings, Page 1940-219:

Brother Dewey was born in Reading, Massachusetts, on August 10, 1878, and died there on June 23, 1940. He was educated in the schools of Reading, and was an accountant by profession. After several years with the F. O. Dewey Company of Boston and upon the closing of that business he was appointed as Postmaster. of Reading in 1922, and held that position until 1934: His conduct of that office was marked by ability and courtesy. At the time of his death, he was associated with the Walter Cox Company of Charlestown in the real estate and insurance department. Brother Dewey was raised in Good Samaritan Lodge on June 5, 1902, and served as Master in 1911-1912, and as Secretary from l920 until his death.

In Grand Lodge he served as Senior Grand Steward in 1930, and as District Deputy Grand Master of the 7th District in 1925 and 1926.

He served as a Selectman of Reading from 1914 through 1918, and always took a keen interest in civic affairs. His church affiliation was in the First Congregational Church of Reading. He was Secretary of Reading Royal Arch Chapter, and a Charter member and a Past Commander of Reading Commandery K.T.

He took a keen and active interest in the 7th District Past Masters Association, Past District Deputy Grand Masters Association, and the Secretaries Association. He was a Past Commander of Corp. Charles F. Parker Camp 39 of the United Spanish War Veterans. The sudden and untimely death of Brother Dewey has removed one of our most diligent and popular members, and a host of friends hold him in loving memory.



From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 2000, Page A-iii:

Ill. Charles Frederick Dewhirst, Jr., 33°
Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, April 7, 1935
Died in Laconia, New Hampshire, August 25, 1999

Illustrious Charles Frederick Dewhirst, Jr., 33°, was the son of of Charles F. and Mildred (Reeves) Dewhirst. He attended the Lawrence and Methuen Public Schools. He was a graduate of Tilton Preparatory in Tilton, New Hampshire, and attended Bates College in Maine. He was a 1956 graduate of Applied Arts and Sciences in Boston.

He owned and operated the Charles F. Dewhirst Funeral Home in Methuen, Massachusetts, and the Dewhirst Funeral Home in Laconia, New Hampshire. He was a member of the Gilford Community Church in Gilford, New Hampshire. On May 25, 1957, he married Barbara H. Stoehrer, who survives along with four sons, Richard, Alan, Glenn and John, and four grandchildren.

Ill. Brother Dewhirst was raised a Master Mason in Tuscan Lodge in Lawrence on October 1, 1956, and served as Worshipful Master in 1968. He was also a member of John Hancock Lodge in Methuen.

He completed the Scottish Rite Degrees in Lawrence, Lowell and Boston and served as Thrice Potent Master of Lawrence Lodge of Perfection from 1973 - 1975. On September 30, 1987, he was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33°, Honorary Member of the Supreme Council, at Boston.

He was a member of Aleppo Temple. A.A.O.N.M.S., in Wilmington, Massachusetts. A funeral service was held on August 28, 1999, at the Dewhirst Funeral Home in Laconia, New Hampshire, and interment was in Pine Grove Cemetery, Gilford, New Hampshire.

DEWING, SETH 1788-1883

From Proceedings, Page 1883-223:

Bro. SETH DEWING was born in Needham, September 6, 1788, and died in Wellesley, January 7, 1883, at the age of ninety-four years and four months. He was made a Mason in Meridian Lodge, now of Natick, on Monday on or before the full of the moon, in September, 1809, and a Master Mason in the same Lodge on the 3d of November following, within three months after arriving at lawful age. His Masonic career extended through a term of more than seventy-three years.

In 1814 Bro. Dewing was elected Master of Meridian Lodge, and served seven or more years. During his whole life he enjoyed extraordinary health, and his mind continued clear to the last. He was a steadfast lover of Masonry, and was one of the signers of the Declaration of 1831. He was a thoroughly good man, and left a personal record beyond suspicion of reproach.

From Liberal Freemason, Vol. VI, No. 10, January 1883, Page 312:

Prior to January 6th, 1883, it could have been claimed for the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts that she had one of the oldest living Masons within her jurisdiction, one concerning whom little or nothing has been said, but who nevertheless was worthy of more than a passing remark.

Seth Dewing was born in Needham, Mass., on the 6th day of September, 1788, and on Monday, on, or before the full of the moon in September, 1809, he was made a Mason in Meridian Lodge, now of Natick, but then located in Watertown. On October 2d he was made a Fellow Craft, and on November 3d a Master Mason, thus within a period of about three months after arriving at lawful age he had taken the three symbolic degrees.

He was recommended for the degrees by Brother Silas Fuller, of Newton Centre, and Peter Lyon was Master of the Lodge. Bro. Dewing was elected Master of Meridian Lodge in 1814, and served seven or more years.

The Lodge afterwards removed to what is now known as Wellesley Hills, and held its meetings in David Smith's Hall, in David Smith's Tavern. it again moved to Newton Lower Falls, and met in Wales' Hall, in Wales' Tavern, and finally, after trials and struggles too numerous to be recounted, it became permanently settled in its present location, where for many years it lias been foremost in the work committed to it.

By a division of the town of Needham, Brother Dewing became a resident of Wellesley, where he passed away on Sunday morning, fanuary 7th, 1883, peacefully, without any pain or snuggle, and as though he were going into a quiet sleep.

During life his health had always been good; only once, in 1866, did he feel the need of a physician sufficiently to call one, and again a few days before his death, when his family thought it prudent to do so.

Up to within a year of his death, and after the loss of his wife, he attended church regularly and this custom he abated only on stormy days, during the closing year of his life. His physical energies were such that he attended to his own business matters, and his mind was clear until the last. Thus passed away a brother Mason of more than seventy-four years experience in the mysteries of the craft, "earth to earth." "but the spirit unto Cod who gave it."

The funeral ceremonies were performed by his mother Lodge, on Wednesday afternoon, January 16th, 1883, at Wellesley, when the lambskin and the sprig of acacia were dropped in memory ot a venerable brother departed.


From New England Craftsman, Vol. XIV, No. 5, February 1919, Page 157:

Edward J. T. Dexter, who has occupied the position of engineer at Masonic Temple, Boston, for some time past, dropped dead at his home in West Randolph, Monday night, Feb. 17th.

Worshipful Brother Dexter was a Past Master of Norfolk Union Lodge, being installed into that office in 1903 by Wor. Oliver Roberts. He was born in West Quincy, June 15th, 1861. A son, who went to France with the A. E. F., later being-commissioned a captain, has just returned from abroad and is under orders to return immediately to his post there. Wor. Bro. Dexter leaves many friends who will regret his passing, his being a friendly and familiar figure to the many Masons who meet in Masonic Temple.


From New England Craftsman, Vol. II, No. 1, October 1906, Page 39:

Brother Silas B. Dickerman, M. D., died recently at his home in Abiugton, Mass.

He was a trustee of the Abington Savings Bank, and for years served on the board of investment. He was also a trustee of the Masonic association, a member of the Honneopathic Medical Society of this State, as well as the Massachusetts Medical Society. He belonged to the Union Glee Club of Rockland. He was past master of John Cutler Lodge, F. & A. M., was past high priest in Pilgrim Royal Arch Chapter, and was for three years commander of Old Colony Commandery, Knights Templars, as well as a member of the Abington Council, Royal and Select Masters.

Apparently in error: Bro. Dickerman was a member of John Cutler, but never served as Master.


From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XI, No. 5, March 1852, Page 158:

Brother Moore,- lt becomes my painful duty to inform you of the death of two members of St. Paul's Lodge in Groton. Brother Dickerson, of Harvard, died a few weeks ago, his age was nearly 70 years. . .

At our annual festival in Oct., Brothers Dickerson and Lawrence were there, and several brethren whose mean ages amounted to 78 years and upwards. There were present those who were at the consecration of St. Paul's Lodge in 1797. In all probability there is not a Lodge in the state of Massachusetts that contains so many old members as St. Paul's in Groton; it was remarked at the table by an elderly brother, "it is not probable that all of us will ever meet again on an occasion like the present; that remark has proved true, as our lodge room plainly shows - our furniture, &c is clothed in mourning for 30 days, and reminds us that our time is short.

Yours Fraternally L. S. B.


From Proceedings, Page 1945-261:

Brother Diggs was born in Stevensville, Virginia, November 1, 1885, and died in Cambridge, Massachusetts, May 31, 1945. After graduation at the University of Richmond, Virginia, he entered the employ of Whittemore Bros. Company of Cambridge and remained with that Company until his death - a period of forty years.

He was raised in Dalhousie Lodge on November 5, 1913, and served as Master in 1920. He was elected an Honorary member on December 14, 1921, and served as Secretary from 1922 until his death. He became a charter member of Norumbega Lodge on May 2, 1921, dimitting therefrom May 5, 1925.

He served as District Deputy Grand Master of the (Waltham) Fifth Masonic District in 1930 and 1931, by appointment of Most Worshipful Herbert W. Dean, Grand Master. He also served as District Representative on the Board of Masonic Relief for the (Waltham) Fifth Districr from 1935 to the time of his passing.

He was a member of Newton Royal Arch Chapter, but his activities were centered in the Lodge.

He was an actively interested member of the Masonic Secretaries Association of Massachusetts for many years, and served as President in 1940 and 1941.

In 1940 he was awarded the Joseph Warren Medal by Most Worshipful Joseph Earl Perry, Grand Master, in recognition of his distinguished service to his Lodge and to the Craft. He was active for many years in the Faneuil Congregational Church of Brighton, serving as Sqperintendent of the Sunday School, Deacon and Moderator.

Brother Diggs was always kindly and courteous and no opportunity for service was ever neglected by him. In his death, the Fraternity loses a well-beloved Brother, whose loss will long be felt.



From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1980, Page 28:

Ill. Arland Augustus Dirlam, 33°
Born in Somerville, Massachusetts, October 17, 1905
Died in Marblehead, Massachusetts, June 20, 1979

Ill:. Arland Augustus Dirlam, 33°, was the son of Frederick W. and Lena Scafe Carlton Dirlam. He was educated at Somerville High School, Berkley Preparatory School, Tufts University, 1926 and Harvard University, 1929. Brother Dirlam was awarded the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters at Tufts University, 1953 and a Doctor of Fine Arts Degree from Simpson College, Iowa, 1968. He was a Fellow International Institute Arts and Letters, and a Harvard Traveling Fellow, 1929-30; lecturer on Church Architecture (several Universities and Colleges) and the author of various articles in Church and Architectural magazines.

As an architect, he planned the renovation of the Grand Lodge Building in Boston in 1967. He gave freely of his time to local civic affairs in Marblehead. Dr. Dirlam had a national registration certify­ing him to practice architecture in all 50 states. He had designed buildings in Texas, Virginia, Iowa, Mississippi, Kentucky, all of the New England States and Pennsylvania and New York. He was a member of the Scholastic Fraternity of Tau Delta Phi as well as numerous professional societies.

He was the recipient of the Harleston Parker Gold Medal for Outstanding Architecture, the highest award given by the Boston Society of Architecture. Dr. Dirlam was past president of the Church Architectural Guild of America, and also a past director of the Society for Church Archi­tecture.

Brother Dirlam was married in 1931 to Catherine V. Price who died in 1966. On October 27, 1967, he was united in marriage to Grace Raymond Baker, who survives him.

He was a member of the Lutheran Church, The Harvard Club, Boston Yacht Club, American Society of Church Architects and the Marblehead and Kentucky Historical Societies.

Our Brother served his Country in World War II as a Lieutenant Commander U.S.N., with service in Europe and Alaska.

Illustrious Brother Dirlam was raised a Master Mason in John Abbot Lodge, Somerville on December 6, 1927 and was its Master in 1942-43. He received the Scottish Rite Degrees in the Valley of Boston in 1966 and was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector Gen­eral 33°, and Honorary Member of the Supreme Council in Boston on September 24, 1969.

Funeral Services were held in the Clifton Lutheran Church, Mar­blehead at 2 P.M. on June 22, 1979.



From TROWEL, Winter 1990, Page 29:

R. W. Harold T. Dodge of Whitman, 64. member of Puritan Lodge. East Bridgewater. husband of Phyllis E. (Look) Dodge, died in June, following a year's illness with cancer. A photographer for TROWEL, and well known as a professional photographer, he had learned the profession when serving four years with the Air Corps during World War II. As an aerial photographer he mapped Alaska and returned to that state following the Grand Master's Fair of 1989. On his return to Whitman he learned his sudden illness was cancer of the stomach.

Traveling throughout the country with Phyllis, he had completed photographic assignments for his recent employer. Yearbook Associates of Turner Falls. His assignments included yearbook pictures of many Boston colleges. He had been on navy shakedown cruises to take pictures of the first crews of new ships. He was the photographer for the National Camping Travelers, serving 1990 as Master of Travel. He also conducted his own photography business from his Whitman home.

A native of Abington. he was a graduate of Whitman High School. He had been a member for many years of the United Methodist Church of Whitman, but had attended Cochesett United Methodist Church, West Bridgewater, the past year, where his funeral service was held. Officers of Puritan Lodge conducted the Masonic service with more than 125 Brethren attending.

A Past Master of Puritan Lodge, he served as the D.D.G.M. of the Brockton 29th from 1987-88, was a member of Paul Revere Lodge of Brockton, Shedad Grotto, and York and Scottish Rite Bodies. He had rebuilt his home for Phyllis, his wife of 43 years, to operate a beauty salon. He is survived by two sons, Jeffrey A. Dodge of Sagamore, and Christopher E. Dodge of Hillsborough, NH; two daughters. Sharon Mather of Sagamore and Julie Rotondo of East Bridgewater: and nine grandchildren, a great-granddaughter, and a sister. Natalie Holmes of Auburn, ME.



From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1979, Page 28:

Ill. Lawrence Green Dodge, 33°, was the son of Robert Francis and Mary (Green) Dodge. He attended the Wenham Neck and Beverly, Massachusetts schools. He received his B.A. degree from Harvard University and his B.S. and M.A. degrees from Cornell University.

On September 14, 1908 he married Alice Ware Cole who predeceased him by eleven years. He leaves a daughter, Mrs. Harriet Popplewell of West Newbury, a grand-daughter, Mrs. Nancy Robinson of Beverly, and two great grand-children.

Ill. Brother Dodge had been a resident of West Newbury, Massa­chusetts since 1915. His business was farming and for thirty years he did professional work in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the last twenty-one as an appraiser for the Federal Land Bank.

Ill. Brother Dodge was a fifty-three year member and former President of the Anna Jaques Hospital Corporation in Newburyport, Massachusetts and an active member of its Board of Trustees and Executive Committee. He was a member of West Newbury's Finance Committee, Historical Commission and an associate member of the Conservation Commission. He was also the only surviving original director of the Board of the Essex County Cooperative Association in Topsfield, Massachusetts. In addition he was a past commodore and life-member of the American Yacht Club of New­buryport, and a member of the West Newbury and Kensington, New Hampshire Historical Societies.

I11. Brother Dodge was raised a Master Mason September 6, 1907 in Hiram Lodge, No. 10, Washington, D.C. His Scottish Rite affiliations were Perfection and Princes in Haverhill, Massachusetts, where he served as presiding officer in both bodies, Rose Croix in Lowell and Consistory in Boston, Massachusetts. He was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33 , Honorary Member of the Supreme Council on September 28, 1960.

111.'. Brother Dodge was buried in the Dodge lot at the Wenham, Massachusetts cemetery where a private committal service was conducted on July 6, I 978 by the Reverend Thomas Hall. Following this a well attended memorial service was held at the Federated Church in the Cove at Beverly, Massachusetts.

Burial was in Waterside Cemetery, where he had been Chairman of the Cemetery Commission for fifteen years.

He was a Master Builder.

DODGE, SEWARD 1823-1907

From New England Craftsman, Vol. II, No. 11, August 1907, Page 428:’’

Brother Seward Dodge, for many years engaged in the wheelwright and blacksmith business in Somerville, Mass., died July 22. He had been twice elected to the Common Council and the same number of times to the Board of Aldermen. He was a member of John Abbot Lodge of Masons, the Odd Fellows and the Royal Arcanum and Knights of Honor. Mr. Dodge was born in Hamilton, Sept. 12, 1823. May 13, 1847, he moved to Somerville where he established himself in business.




From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1873, Page 48:

Our late Illustrious Brother was born in Roxbury, Mass., March 1808. He was educated at Phillips Academy, Exeter, and in early life engaged in business in Boston, where he married. He afterwards removed for business purposes to Buenos Ayres, South America, where married a second wife, Mrs. De Pena, who now survives him. There he spent much of the later portion of his life, traveling extensively and making frequent visits to Boston. He also resided three years in Patagonia, South America.

He was raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason in Columbian Lodge, Boston, June 13, 1856. He was elected a member of Excelsior Lodge, No. 900, Buenos Ayres, December 11, 1856, and a certificate to this effect was issued April 8, 1859, by the United Grand Lodge of Ancient Free Masons of England, the Right Honorable the Earl of Zetland. Grand Master, under the signature of William Gray Clarke, Grand Secretary.

He was exalted to the degree of Royal Arch Mason in St. Paul's Chapter, June 18,1859. He was created a Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret, 32°, in Boston Consistory, December 16, 1864. The Supreme Council of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction conferred upon him the grade of Sov. Grand Inspector General, 33°, September 28, 1866, and immediately constituted him a Representative near the Supreme Council of the Argentine Republic.

Illustrious Brother Dorr was devotedly attached to Masonry, and was zealous and energetic in his Masonic labors. His position in Bueno Ayres gave him many opportunities to be of service to his countrymen visiting that city, and he was greatly beloved by the brethren who knew him.

He arrived in Boston in June, 1872, in ill health, and although his physical condition afterwards manifestly improved, he contracted a severe cold in the winter, which brought on a fatal attack of erysipelas. He died at the United States Hotel, Boston, Thursday afternoon, January 30, 1873. His funeral services were held in St. Paul’s Church. In the vaults of which his body was deposited. His remains were afterwards removed to Forest Hills Cemetery.

Thus died a most estimable gentleman, kindly and courteous, and justly respected by all who enjoyed the honor of his acquaintance. regret that his long residence abroad prevents us from obtaining fuller details of his personal history.

Respectfully submitted,
Charles W. Moore, 33°
Winslow Lewis, 33°
Henry A. Whitney, 33°



From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 2010, Page 24:

I11. James Henry Douglass, 33°
Born in Fall River, Massachusetts, on December 1, 1925.
Died on May 3, 2010.

Ill. James Henry Douglass, 33° was the son of Henry and Alice (Peckham) Douglass. He was educated in the Fall River public schools and graduated from Durfee High School. He was employed as a production foreman at Brown & Sharpe Manufacturing Com­pany in North Kingston, Rhode Island, retiring after 30 years of ser­vice. On November 27, 1946, at Fall River, Massachusetts, he was unit­ed in marriage to Ada Stafford. From this union were born three daughters, Mrs. Carol Moore; Mrs. Deborah Leroux; and Margaret Douglass.

He was a member of the Congregational Christian Church of Somerset, where he served as treasurer from 1954 to 1967; modera­tor; and deacon. He also served as associate moderator of the Old Colony Association and treasurer of the Northern New England School of Religious Education. Civically, he served as director of the Somerset Citizens Scholarship Foundation and the Somerset Children's Center.

Ill. Brother Douglass was raised a Master Mason in Pioneer Lodge A.F. & A.M. on May 3, 1954, Somerset, Massachusetts, and served as Master in 1959, 1978 and 1981. He affiliated with Mount Hope Lodge in Fall River in 1977 and served as secretary. He served the Grand Lodge as District Deputy Grand Master of the Fall River 30th Masonic District in 1981 and 1982.

He was exalted in Fall River Chapter R.A.M. on March 24, 1961; greeted in Fall River Council R. & S.M. on May 3, 1961; and knighted in Godfrey DeBouillon Commandery No. 25, K.T. on May 20, 1976. He served as presiding officer of each of the three York Rite bodies. He served the Grand Chapter as Deputy Grand High Priest in 1978.

He completed the degrees of the Scottish Rite in the Valley of Fall River (now the Valley of Southeastern Mass.) on December 17, 1955 and served as Sovereign Prince of Samuel C. Lawrence Princes of Jerusalem in 1977, and Most Wise Master of Saint Andrew Chapter of Rose Croix in 1970. He also served the Valley as degree director. On September 28, 1983, he was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33° Honorary Member of the Supreme Council at Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

He was a member of What Cheer York Rite College; Colonial Council No. 19, Knight Masons; and Old Colony Past Masters Association.

DOW, HOWARD M. 1837-1912

From Proceedings, Page 1912-124:

BRO. HOWARD M. DOW was born in Boston in 1837, and died at the residence of his son at Pelham Manor, New Rochelle, N. Y., June 12, 1912. He attended the old Mason Street school, and at the age of seven years began to take instructions on the organ, and at nine years on the piano and in musical com- position. At the age of sixteen he became a church organist in South Boston and he so continued for fifty-two years.

He held the position of organist in Dr. Hale's Church, Trinity, Arlington Street Church, Second Church, Dr. Minot J. Savage's Church of the Unity, remaining in the latter twenty years. He also played for a while at the Union Church, Nahant, and at the First Unitarian Church, Hingham. He was for many years in great demand as an accompanist for great singers in concerts owing to his extraordinary facility at reading the most difficult scores at sight. He published a number of music books made up of his own compositions, including the Masonic Orpheus and composed the music of I Cannot Always Trace the Way. Another large volume of his compositions was nearly ready for publication at the time of his decease.

His wife, Mary Agnes Rice, died in 1889, but he is survived by three children - Mrs. Dow, of Los Angeles, Cal., Arthur M. Dow, of New York, and James Dow, of Boston.

Brother Dow received the Masonic degrees in Joseph Warren Lodge in 1865-1866 and served this Grand Lodge as organist for many years. He was appointed the first time Dec. 27, 1867, by M.W. Charles C. Dame, and he served continuously until 1882. He was reappointed by M.W. Samuel Wells, Dec. 27, 1892, and served until 1907, making a period of twenty-eight years of loyal and cheerful service. Brother Dow endeared himself to the Fraternity by his pleasant manner, willing service, and loyal devotion to the interests of the Craft.

In one of his' volumes - Dow's Sacred Quartets – found the following words, for which the music was written by Brother Dow. The sentiment reveals the faith and hope of his own heart.

"I cannot always trace the way
Where Thou, Almighty One, dost move,
But I can always say,
That God is love.

"When mystery clouds my darkened path,
I'll check my dread, my doubts remove;
In this my soul sweet comfort hath
That God is love.

"Yes! God is love: a word like this
Can ev'ry gloomy thought remove,
And turn all tears, all woes to bliss,
That God is love."

DOWNES, JOHN 1785-1854


From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XIII, No. 11, September 1854, Page 348:


This distinguished naval commander died at bis residence in Charlestown, Mass. on Saturday morning the 13th August last, aged 69 years and 7 months. Commodore Downes was a Mason; and this is a sufficient apology, if any he needed, for the appearance in our pages of the following interesting sketch of his life and services. It is from the Boston Post. Commodore Downes was proposed as a candidate for the degrees in Masonry, in Rising Star Lodge, Stoughton, Mass., on the 25th September, 1806. On the 23d October following, he was initiated,—his father, Jesse Downes, acting as Secretary pro tern, of the Lodge. On the 20th November in the same year, he was Crafted, and on the 4th December ensuing, he received the degree of a Master Mason. On the Sunday following his decease, the Rev. Brother Thomas R. Lambert, Chaplain of the Navy Yard at this port, and Senior Chaplain of the Grand Lodge of this State, preached an eloquent and touching discourse beautifully appropriate to the occasion.

Commodore Downes was born in Canton, Massachusetts, in 1784. His father, though a worthy citizen, was able to furnish bis future distinguished son but little assistance, and at twelve years of age John was sent from home with a pack on his back, and told to seek his fortune at sea. When out of sight of his father's house, he sat on a fence, and wept. He soon, however, seized his bundle, and resolutely began his journey. On arriving in Boston he made his way to the place where the Constitution was fitting out. He fell in with her first lieutenant, Isaac Hull, to whom he expressed a desire to be taken on board. A few questions were put and answered satisfactorily, and his desire was gratified. Such was the commencement of a long, useful and brilliant career in the naval service.

John conducted himself in such a manner as to attract the attention of the commander. It was the duty of the boys to serve a gun; but two of them proved unfaithful, and John managed not only to serve his own gun but those of the two delinquent boys. This fidelity and his general conduct were so pleasing to the commander that, at the expiration of the cruise of the Constitution, a midshipman's warrant was offered to him if he would remain in the service. After returning proudly to his home, and remaining some time with his parents, young Downes concluded to accept the offer.

Midshipman Downes, in 1803, was ordered to the frigate New York, bound to Tripoli. In that service he was by the side of Lieut. Porter in a most gallant attack made on Turkish feluccas, or grain vessels, which reflected high credit on all who were engaged in it; and where all did great service, Midshipman Downes is mentioned as one of three who particularly distinguished themselves.

In October, 1812, Lieutenant Downes, as first Lieutenant of the frigate Essex, Commodore Porter, sailed from Delaware Bay on the memorable cruise of that commander. In his interesting journal of that cruise, may be often found details of the service of his gallant first lieutenant. He was confidently relied upon, whether the duty he was required to perform was one of civility or war. On the 29th of April, three ships were discovered. One of these, the whale ship Montezuma, was soon captured ; but a calm coming on before the other two could be reached, Lieut Downes was dispatched to capture them by boarding. The ships, as the heavy-rowing boats approached, hoisted English colors, and fired several guns. The boats made for the largest ship. The signal was made for boarding, but when Lieut. Dowries arrived within a few yards of her gangway, and directed her to surrender, he hauled down her colors. The ship was then manned, and Lieut. Downes made for the other vessel, which followed the example of the first. These vessels were the British ships Georgiana and Policy.

Captain Porter found the Georgiana so noble a ship that he put ten guns of the Policy into her, equipped her completely, and placed her under the command of Lieut. Downes, with a crew of forty one men. On the 8th of May she saluted the Essex with seventeen guns. After cruising in company four days, Capt. Porter, on the 12th of May, sent Lieut. Downes on a separate expedition to Albemarle, with instructions to join him at Hood's Island. In a few days after leaving Capt. Porter, two British ships—the Catharine, of 8 guns, 29 men, and 270 tons, and the Rose, of 8 guns, 21 men, and 220 tons—approached the Georgiana without the least suspicion of her being an enemy; and the captains did not find their mistake until they got on board of her. Lieut. Downes put one-half of his crew on board these two prizes. In the afternoon, after he did this, another warlike looking vessel was discovered. It was supposed to be a Spaniard, and his fifty prisoners volunteered to join in the attack. Lieut. Downes, however, prudently judged that it would be safer to keep them in irons.- On getting within hail the sail proved to be the British ship Hector, 11 guns, 25 men, and 270 tons, and gave no reply to a summons to surrender. A shot did her considerable damage, when the captain declared that he would not surrender. Lieut. Downes now gave the Hector five broadsides, which made the ship a wreck, and she struck her flag. After putting a prize crew on board of this vessel Lieut. Downes's crew numbered but ten men, while he had seventyfive prisoners. The prisoners were all put on board the Rose, and a passport given to her for St. Helena. With the two other prizes Lieut. Downes joined the Essex.

Capt. Porter had captured the Atlantic, a ship far superior to the Georgiana in every qualification necessary for a cruiser. She, therefore, was mounted with twenty guns, a crew of sixty men put in her, her name was changed to that of Essex Junior, and Lieut. Downes was placed in command of her. On the 9th of July he was directed to take the prize ships Hector, Catherine, Policy, and Montezuma, and the American ship Barclay, to Valparaiso. This duty he satisfactorily performed. On the 28th of September he rejoined his commander at the Gallipagos Islands, and was received by the crew of the Essex with three hearty cheers. The two ships, the Essex and Essex Junior, sailed October 2, for Washington Islands; but on the 6th Capt. Porter ordered Lieut. Downes to make for the Marquesas Islands, for the purpose of intercepting a valuable ship, and rejoin him at Nooaheevak, one of the Washington Islands. Nothing material occurred until after the junction of the two vessels at the appointed rendezvous. At a place named Madison Island he engaged in a daring battle with the Hippas. The latter, thousands in number, while Lieut. Downes had but a handful of men, assailed him with stones and spears; but be drove them all. Here he was wounded. In another war, with the Typees, his left leg was broken.

The two ships, the Essex and the Essex Junior, in February, 1814, arrived at Valparaiso. Lieut. Downes was ordered to cruise off the port, while the Essex remained in the harbor; and it was in this position that the Essex Junior made the signal for two of the enemy's ships. Lieut. Downes was ordered to run into port, and take position near the Essex. After some time spent in this harbor, the Essex, after a terrible carnage, was captured. At this time Lieut. Downes was suffering from the effects of his wound, and was walking with crutches. In the midst of the battle, however, he left the Essex Junior, pulled through all the terrible fire to the Essex, in order to receive the orders of his commanding officer. He could be of no use in the Essex; and after a short time, was directed to return to his own ship and make preparations to defend her, or if need be to destroy her. On going from the Essex, he took several of the wounded in the boat and left three of his own men behind him. The Essex Junior was, however, converted into a cartel, a passport was granted to her to proceed to the United States; and she sailed for New York. When near her destination, she was detained by a British man-of-war—the Saturn. Capt. Porter made his escape, and the Essex Junior, being relieved, soon after arrived in New York. On Capt. Porter's arrival, the people of that city took the horses from his carriage and hauled him with shouts to his lodgings. Lieutenant Downes also received from the Secretary of the Navy a highly complimentary letter in relation to his conduct in the Pacific.

Lieut. Downes was next, October, 1814, placed in command of the Epervier. When the war with England was over, this vessel formed one of Decatur's squadron in the Mediterranean, when be captured the large Algerine frigate, the Mashouda. After the bursting of the main-deck gun of the Guerriere, she ranged ahead, out of action, and the Algerine put his helm hard up; and but for the daring and skilful handling of the Epervier, Lieut. Downes, of sixteen guns, around a heavy frigate of forty-six guns, it is possible that the Algerine might have escaped. She surrendered to the Epervier, after receiving nine broadsides from her within pistol shot. This service was appreciated ; and in the distribution of trophies, Commander Downes was declared to be entitled to the first choice of weapons. Decatur declared that he had never seen skilful manoeuvering of a vessel equal to that of the Epervier, for she had been throughout the action just where she should have been. Commodore Decatur transferred Lieut. Downes to the command of the Guerriere, and from her he was ordered by Commodore Shaw to the command of the Ontario, returning home in her in March, 1827.

Commodore Downes, in 1818, was placed in command of the Macedonian frigate; and encountered the fearful gale marked on the charts as the Macedonian's gale. She lost her masts and was obliged to return to port for repairs. He commanded her till 1821, on the Pacific station. During this cruise he had a most narrow escape from assassination in Callao. After forcing the blockade of this port in face of Cochrane's squadron, he was lying] there, when the Peruvian frigate Esmeralda' was cut out by Lord Cochrane. Suspecting some collusion between the two, the soldiery attacked the market boats of the Macedonian, and sought the life of Captain Downes, who was at that time in Lima. He only escaped by disguising himself as a monk, begging his way down until within running distance of his boat, then waiting for him at a bay; when, throwing off his disguise, he ran for his life and escaped.

September 18th, 1827, he was ordered to the command of the Delaware line of battle ship, and in her took Jerome Bonaparte and family to Europe, receiving several marks of esteem from them on parting. During this~cruise he was transferred to the command of the Java frigate, but he subsequently returned to Norfolk in January, 1830, again in command of the Delaware. In July, 1831, he was ordered to hoist his flag as commodore on board the frigate Potomac, to assume the command of the Pacific station. He proceeded by the way of the Cape of Good Hope, touching at Quallah Battoo, Sumatra, for the purpose of punishing the Malays for their frequent depredations on our commerce, but particularly for their attack on the American ship Friendship, and massacre of her crew. This he thoroughly accomplished by landing his crew, storming and destroying their forts, with a loss of thirteen men and officers killed and wounded, and obliging them to sue for peace and pardon It was an object attained in attempting which an English squadron had been a short time previously defeated, and the ships nearly disabled, by the loss of their" crews, killed on shore in the fight. In this cruise he circumnavigated the globe. He returned home in May, 1834, thus finishing his sea service, which amounted to 24 years and 3 months.

This sketch, however, gives but an inadequate view of the services of this veteran. He was thirteen years and eight months on shore duty. He has been twice commandant at the navy yard at this station : been frequently called on to serve on court martials; and discharged the trusts imposed on him with patriotic fidelity. He has been fiftytwo years in the navy, and only one other officer can show as much sea service opposite his name on the register. He died calmly, and his last words were, "I am ready."

"I am ready." These last words indicate a marked trait in the character of this gallant officer and exemplary man. It is seen in the whole course of his life. He was ready, even as he was emerging from childhood, to discharge with fidelity the duty that was put upon him ; and in the prime of manhood and in riper age he was ready to meet the calls of his country, whatever they had of difficulty or of peril. He was ready to discharge faithfully the duties of husband, father and friend ; for he had those qualities that made the presence of their possessor a benediction in the home, and twine hearts together in the most endearing of bonds. He was ready as a citizen to meet his neighbors ever with so genial a greeting as to win and retain their regard, and to discharge all his duties to society. Thus he had fought the. good fight; he had won a good name ; he had finished his course ; and though affection would have bid so cheerful a spirit long to linger here, yet, when the Great Spirit summoned it away, it might well respond, "I am ready."

DOWNING, JAMES 1795-1874

From New England Freemason, Vol. II, No. 1, January 1875, Page 39:

Another of the fathers in Masonry has been called away from his earthly labors—one who, through the dark days of fanaticism and persecution, was "faithful found among the faithful few."

Worshipful Brother James Downing was born in Dracut, Massachusetts, October 20th, 1795, and his death occurred January 25th, 1875, at his residence in the Readville District of the town of Hyde Park. For nearly fifty years he was engaged in the cotton manufacturing business, and such was his capacity and integrity, that he became widely known and universally respected and honored.

He was raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason, December 30, 1819, in Constellation Lodge, of Dedham. In December, 1825, he was elected its Right Worshipful Master, which position he also occupied in the years 1832 and 1833. The few aged survivors bear testimony to the ability and faithfulness with which he discharged the responsible duties of the office. He was interested in the formation of Hyde Park Lodge in 1866, and became one of its members. At the time of his death he was an honorary member of the new Constellation Lodge organized in Dedham in 1871. His kind and genial disposition, his well-ordered life and his constant practice of the greatest of the Masonic virtues, Charity, will impart a lasting fragrance to his memory. His funeral was held on the afternoon of January 28th, at the Congregational Church in Dedham, of which he was for many years a consistent member. Hyde Park and Constellation Lodges united in the services, and an appropriate memorial address was delivered by Worshipful Brother Sylvanus Cobb, Jr.

DOWNS, JAMES 1847-1912

From Proceedings, Page 1912-24:

R.W. JAMES DOWNS, of Natick, was born in Leith, Scotland, May 28, 1847, and died in Natick Tuesday, Jan. 2, 1912. He came to America in 1866 and resided in Melrose. He later found employment as foreman with Pierson & Blethen, bakers and caterers in Natick. In 1887 he purchased the business from his employers and continued in it until 1897, when he retired. Since then he has been engaged in the restaurant, business on Boylston Street, Boston, nearly opposite the Masonic Temple.

Brother Downs received the Masonic degrees in Wyoming Lodge, of Melrose, in 1873 and 1874, and affiliated with Meridian Lodge, of Natick, April 1, 1874. He became Wor. Master in 1898 and served two years. He was District Deputy Grand Master of the Twenty-first Masonic District in 1906 and 1907. He served as Deputy Grand High Priest in 1894 and was Eminent Commander of Natick Commandery, K.T.,in 1893 and 1894.

Brother Downs was public spirited and interested in town affairs, serving the town as a selectman. Free hearted and generous, no one ever appealed to him in vain for help or counsel, and from all who knew him comes a very kindly word for Bro. James Downs.

Funeral services were held in the First Baptist Church in Natick, Jan. 5, 1912, and his remains were buried in Dell Park Cemetery with Masonic services by Meridian Lodge, Parker Royal Arch Chapter and Natick Commandery, K.T., acting as escort.



From TROWEL, Summer 1990, Page 29:

District Grand Lodge Warden Killed by Noriega Forces

Early in the morning of Dec. 20, 1989, Worshipful Raymond Monroe Dragseth was abducted from his home by members of Noriega's "Panama Defense Forces." He was never seen alive after that abduction. His body was twice buried before it was disinterred, identified, and then cremated. Balboa Lodge, a member Lodge of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, conducted a memorial service for our deceased Brother on Jan. 5, 1990. His ashes were placed in the Columbarium at the Scottish Rite Temple in Balboa.

Our 47-year-old Brother, a native of McCloud, CA, had been elected to the office of Junior Warden for the District Grand Lodge and would have been installed Jan. 27. He was active in the Scottish Rite and in charge of the ritual work. He was a Thirty-third Degree Mason. His caring for the young men and women in Panama was proven by the many hours he spent with the DeMolay and Rainbow advisory councils.

The Shrine Units building was badly damaged by fire and looting, it being located between the U.S. military and snipers and fired upon by both sides. After the fighting looters cleaned out the building. Fortunately, the Scottish Rite Temple was untouched. Correspondence mailed to Panama in December may not have been received or was not received until January. The military reported some containers of mail had been stolen, and they were all from the U. S.

Freemasonry on the Isthmus of Panama, notwithstanding, still survives and will be revived. The bond of friendship between Masons in Panama and the Canal Zone has never been stronger and from that unity comes strength.

TROWEL is indebted to Wor. Mark A. Goldsborough. Master, and Warren K. Gerhard, Past Master and Secretary of Balboa Lodge at the Panama Canal, and to Bro. Joseph Bryan, a member of Balboa Lodge now living on Long Island, NY.

DRAKE, SIMEON T. 1799-1863


From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXII, No. 7, May 1863, Page 222:

Stoughton, April 3, 1863.

Resolutions adopted by Rising Star Lodge, Stoughton, Mass. April 2, 1863:

  • Whereas, it hath pleased Divine Providence sorely to bereave Rising Star Lodge, in the death of one of its most esteemed and dearly beloved members, Brother Simeon T. Drake, therefore
  • Resolved, That while we recognize all that God doeth among us, as ever wise and good, and bow with profound submission to bis holy providence, we realize most deeply, in the death of Br. Drake, the loss of a long tried, most faithful friend and companion; one who has long been a chief pillar of Masonry in this community; who embracing it in its early and unpopular days, stood firmly by it in times of adversity, and continued, even unto the hour when death took him from oar midst, to give to the institution he so much loved, his labor and his means, and above all, the support of a most upright and worthy character.
  • Resolved, That we shall cherish in sacred recollection the virtues of our departed Brother, long keeping in mind the obligations we all owe him, in the distinguished services he has rendered us, as he has led us, step by step in the knowledge of the mystic rites of our Order, and instructed us in its great principles; and as henceforth we look upon the seat he has so long and honorably filled, sad indeed will be our hearts, for that we shall see his face and hear his voice no more.
  • Resolved, That we most deeply sympathize with the widow of our departed Brother, in her very great affliction, which leaves her the last surviving member of the beloved household, assuring her, that in her loneliness, our remembrance of her shall not fail; praying that she will find rest in the Divine Comforter, and be supported by His sanctifying grace in this and all her trials.

James Swan,
J. W. Dennis,
Enos Talbot,


From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XI, No. 2, December 1851, Page 63:

Died, at Holden, Mass., Sept. 21, Br. Artimas Dryden, aged 66, and at a regular communication of Morning Star Lodge, Worcester, Oct. 7, 1851 the following Preamble and Resolutions were unanimously adopted:

Whereas it has pleased the Great Ruler of the Universe to remove from among us by death, our esteemed friend and Brother, Col. Artimas Dryden. Therefore

  • Resolved, That in the death of Br. Dryden, the Masonic Institution has lost a warm and devoted friend, and the world a well wisher to his race.
  • Resolved, That we will endeavor to have this mournful event incite us to nobler deeds, as men and Masons, and so affect us that we may be prepared to live, and ready to die.
  • Resolved, That we tender our heartfelt sympathies to the sister of the deceased, at whose residence he died, and to the other relatives; knowing as we do, that his death has called them to part with one who deservedly held a prominent place in their affections.
  • Resolved, That the Secretary be instructed to transmit a copy of these resolutions to the sister of our deceased Brother, and through her to the relatives generally. Also, to the editor of the Freemasons' Magazine, for publication.

Levi Clapp, Sec., M.S.L.

Genealogical entry

DUDLEY, GEORGE J. 1849-1933

From Proceedings, Page 1933-99:

Right Worshipful Brother Dudley was born in Sutton, February 17, 1849, and died there January 27, 1933.

Brother Dudley was a prominent farmer and a descendant of the early settlers of Sutton. He was very prominent in town affairs as a town official, a representative in the state legislature and President of the Millbury Savings Bank.

Brother Dudley took his Masonic degrees in Olive Branch Lodge in 1872 and served it as Master in 1879. He was District Deputy Grand Master for the Eighteenth Masonic District in 1906 and 1907, by appointment of Most Worshipful John Albert Blake. He was a member of the Chapter and Commandery. In addition to his Masonic activities he was prominent in the Grange and in other agricultural societies.

Brother Dudley was never an assertive man, but he was a very faithful and useful one, filling a long life with deeds of quiet and unobtrusive service.


From New England Craftsman, Vol. XII, No. 10, July 1917, Page 357:

Warren P. Dudley, a well known Mason died at his home in Belmont, Mass., June 27, after a long illness.

Warren Preston Dudley was born in Auburn, Me. He was a direct descendant of Gov. Thomas Dudley of Massachusetts. An ancestor on his mother's side was Valentine Prentiss, a hern of the Revolutionary War. i He was graduated from the Harvard Law School in 1877 with the degree LL. B. Up to 1881 he practiced law. Then he became secretary of the Civil Service Commission. He drafted m:st of the Civil Service rules.

He was recognized as a Civil Service authority throughout the country and was frequently consulted by National Government and State officials.

He was active in Cambridge Masonic Badges, having served as past master of all Bt the Council of Royal and Select Masters.

About four years ago, on returning from the convention of the Civil Service Commission, in California, he was severely injured at Illinois in a train wreck with his wife, who has been a cripple ever since. In the car in which Mr. and Mrs. Dudley were riding 12 people were killed. Mr. Dudley is survived by his wife, a daughter, Miss Elizabeth S., and a son, Shephard.

DUNBAR, FRANCIS D. 1842-1934

From Proceedings, Page 1934-117:

Right Worshipful Brother Dunbar was born in Canton January 1, 1842, and died there August 25, 1934. His family had been identified with the town since 1727, where his great-great-grandfather was settled as Pastor of the First Parish in Stoughton, which then included Canton.

Brother Dunbar was educated in the Canton schools, and in 1866 entered the service of the Illinois Central Railroad at Chicago, where he remained until 1874. In the great fire of 1871 he saved the books of the company at the cost of severe burns.

On his return he devoted himself to banking and town affairs. He was a Selectman for twelve years, for some years an Assessor, and for nine years Postmaster. He was for a time Chairman of the Republican Town Committee. He was for many years a Trustee of the Canton Institution for Savings and its President from 1911 until his death. He was a charter member of the Canton Historical Society and for many years its President.

Brother Dunbar took his Masonic degrees in Blue Hill Lodge in 1878 and was its Master in 1888 and 1889. He served the Lodge as Marshal for four years, and as Secretary for nineteen years, retiring because of his age in 1929, although by no means failing in the performance of his duties. He sat in Grand Lodge as Proxy for twenty-four years. He was District Deputy Grand Master for the Twenty-second Masonic District in 1892 and 1893, by appointment by M. W. Samuel Wells and M. W. Richard Briggs.

Not without reason was he called the Grand Old Man of Canton. Whatever things (and they were many) his hands found to do were well done. Children, grand children, and one great-grandchild survive him. He leaves to them the priceless legacy of a spotless name, adorned by the respect and affection of a great number of associates and friends.


From TROWEL, Summer 1985, Page 30:

89 Years Young and Active Lodge Chaplain

"Maybe I've missed nine or ten of the meetings of Ebenezer Fuller Lodge (now Fraternity and Fuller of Newtonville) in my 61 years in the Craft, but I doubt too many more." Wor. Hubert B. Dunbar, Chaplain, was reminiscing to younger men who were on their way to Quincy where the Lodge would officiate at a Masonic service for their late Bro. John Barr, Sr. The pleasant manner and steady voice of Bro. Dunbar helped to impart confidence to Wor. George E. Bums who was conducting his first funeral service.

Born Aug. 20, 1895, in South Range, Nova Scotia, Bro. Dunbar had completed his junior high schooling when his parents, Barnabus and Orlynda (Marshall) left the island in 1911 to settle in Allston, MA. He attended Roxbury High and then went to work for Morgan Bros. Creamery. Later he managed the firm's Brighton store.

Following service in the military during World War I, Bro. Dunbar operated his own battery business in Allston for 40 years. Married Aug. 5, 1925, to Ann W. Winchester, the devoted couple look forward to their 60th anniversary this summer.

Raised in Ebenezer Fuller Lodge Dec. 20, 1923, by Wor. Harry K. Newhall, Bro. Dunbar presided as Master in 1939-40 and now accepts the realization that the lapse of time has made him the senior Past Master. He served as Secretary from 1943 to 1964 and was the Secretary for R.W. Hanlan M. Carter when he was the D. D. G. M. of the Waltham Fifth.

One of only two members from the original Ebenezer Fuller Lodge, Bro. Dunbar was elected an honorary member in May, 1984. His shining hour came in 1972 when the then-R. W. J. Philip Berquist, of the Waltham Fifth, presented him with the Joseph Warren Distinguished Service Medal. One year later he was presented a Veterans Medal.

First serving as the Associate Chaplain of his Lodge, Bro. Dunbar was appointed Chaplain in 1964. Last December 20 he was pinned with a 60-year medal by R. W. W. Bradford Chase, Deputy of the same district. Fraternity and Fuller Lodge looks to Wor. Hubert Dunbar as its Chaplain and more happy reminiscing for years to come, an outlook shared by Bro. Dunbar's devoted wife, Ann.

(By Wor. Alex Haldoupis. Past Master)

DUNBAR, PETER 1801-1871

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXXI, No. 1, November 1871, Page 30:

Col. Peter Dunbar died in this city on Saturday the 7th of October, and was buried with Masonic honors, from his residence, on Wednesday the 11th. His funeral was largely attended by his numerous military and masonic Brethren. Among the former was a large representation of the "Boston Lancers," a fine company of cavalry, of which he was one of its earliest commanders and most efficient supporters. The Masonic ceremonies were performed at Mt. Auburn, by Columbian Lodge of this city, of which he had been a member for twenty-five years. He was also a member of the Boston Encampment of Knights Templars, and during the trials of Anti-Masonry between the years 1826 and 1834, Masonry in Massachusetts had no truer friend or more faithful defender. He was an active business man, and was highly respected in the circle in which he moved. He leaves a family and a large circle of friends to sorrow over his sudden and unexpected departure He was seventy years of age.



From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1996, Page A-xvi:

Ill. Ralph Bruce Duncan, 33°
Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, July 2, 1935
Died in Methuen, Massachusetts, June 17, 1996

Ill: Ralph Bruce Duncan, 33°, was the son of Frank and Mildred (Jones) Duncan. He attended the Methuen Public Schools, graduating from Edward F. Searles High School in 1952. He continued his education at Tufts College, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Liberal Arts in 1956. He served in the U.S. Army. He was an educator and taught in the Andover, Massachusetts, School System until his retirement in 1995. He is survived by his mother and his sister, Phyllis M. Russell. He was a member of Farm United Methodist Church in Methuen, a Trustee of the Nevins Memorial Library since 1973, a member and past president of the National Education Association. As a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, he enjoyed entertaining children of all ages.

Ill. Brother Duncan was raised a Master Mason in John Hancock Lodge, A.F. & A.M., in Methuen on February 8, 1957, and served as Worshipful Master in 1970 and Lodge Historian since 1973. He served as Master of the 19th Lodge of Instruction and was a member of the 11th Masonic District Past Masters Association and the Kilwinning Club. He served the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts as a Grand Representative, was a member of the Grand Lodge Library Committee and the Grand Lodge Education Committee. At the time of his death, he was serving as District Deputy Grand Master of the Lawrence 11th Masonic District. He was awarded the Joseph Warren Medal for Meritorious Service in 1991.

He was a member of the Philalethes Society and the Correspondence Circle of Quatuor Coronati Lodge #2076. He was active in the Order of DeMolay and served as a Master Councilor, Chapter Advisor for many years, Executive Officer and was Past Chairman of the DeMolay Foundation in Massachusetts. He was a member of the DeMolay Scholarship Committee and a past member of the International Supreme Council of the Order of DeMolay. He was the recipient of the Legion of Honor of the Order of DeMolay.

In capitular Masonry, he has exalted in Mount Sinai Royal Arch Chapter in 1958 and served as High Priest in 1963 and 1973 and Treasurer from 1966 through 1973. He was elected to the office of Grand King in 1972 and served as Grand High Priest in 1976 through 1978. He received the Benjamin Hurd, Jr. Meritorious Service Medal and the Paul Revere Distinguished Service Medal from the Massachusetts Grand Royal Arch Chapter. He was President of the Massachusetts Convention of Anointed High Priests in 1979 through 1981. He was a charter member of Massachusetts Chapter of Research and served as Secretary until his death. He was an honorary member of numerous York Rite Bodies in Massachusetts and held honorary membership in the Grand Chapters of Georgia, Iowa and Illinois. He served as the Grand Representative of the Grand Chapter of Canada in the Province of Ontario.

He was greeted in Lawrence Council of Royal and Select Masters in 1959 and served as Illustrious Master in 1969 and was a member of the Massachusetts Council of Thrice Illustrious Masters. He was knighted in Bethany Commandery #17, Knights Temp Jar in 1959 and served as Senior Warden in 1973.

He served as Puissant Sovereign of Bay State Conclave of the Order of the Red Cross. He was a member of Aleppo Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S., in Wilmington, Massachusetts.

Ill:. Brother Duncan received his Scottish Rite Degrees in Lawrence Lodge of Perfection in the Valley of Lawrence in 1957, in Lowell Council, Princes of Jerusalem, and Mount Calvary Chapter of Rose Croix in the Valley of Lowell in 1958 and in Massachusetts Consistory in the Valley of Boston in 1959. He was a charter member of Zion Council, Princes of Jerusalem, in Lawrence and served as Sovereign Prince in 1968 and 1969. On September 24, 1975, he was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33°, Honorary Member of the Supreme Council, in Boston, Massachusetts.

A Masonic Service was held on Thursday evening, June 20, 1996, by John Hancock Lodge, A.F. & A.M., at the Charles F. Dewhirst Funeral Home, Methuen. Funeral Services followed the next day at the First Congregational Church in Methuen. Interment was in Elwood Cemetery in Methuen, Massachusetts.


From Liberal Freemason, Vol. V, No. 11, February 1882, Page 329:

The Earl of Zetland succeeded to the high office of Most Worshipful Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of England, in 1844, in consequence of the death of His Royal Highness, the Duke of Sussex, who had presided over the Craft of English Registry with dignity and ability for thirty-one years.

The long line of Grand Masters of Masons in England, had been singularly fortunate in its composition, and the respective periods of its existence when brought into comparison with the qualities of co-existing institutions, reveals a superiority of material, gratifying to succeeding craftsmen, and honorable to the men composing it.

The noble Earl had been preceded by forty-six persons who had borne titles of rank and nobility. Of these, eight were bishops, one an archbishop, one a cardinal, and six were princes of the blood royal. Ten of the Kings of England had been special patrons of the order, five of them in the office of Grand Master, and it is worthy of special mention that Henry VI was made a Mason after his accession to the throne. Queen Elizabeth, at one time inimical to the Brotherhood, became satisfied of their honorable conduct, and extended to them a patronage that narrow minds would have had her refuse. Thus through a succession of ages had Freemasonry in England been perpetuated by men who embellished the age in which they lived, and added lustre to the crown to which the"y were loyal.

In such a succession it was no idle thing to place another, who could grace a position already famous for the social, moral and mental superiority which had so largely adorned it.

The family of the Earl of Zetland was well known in England, while he was personally distinguished for many virtues of head and heart, and for his patronage of English institutions of refined and robust character, which have given a zest and relish to its social intercourse. His immediate ancestors were Laurence Dundas, Esquire, of Kerse, Commissary General and Contractor to the English Army, from 174S—1759, and who was created a Baronet on November 6th, 1762. Sir Laurence married Margaret, daughter of Major Alexander Bruce, of Kennet, by whom he had one son, afterwards Sir Thomas, who was born in 1741, succeeded to the title in 1781, and was elevated to the peerage as Baron Dundas of Aske, in the County of York, on the 13th of August in that year. This Sir Thomas and Baron Dundas, was, on the 24th day of May, 1764, joined in marriage with Lady Charlotte Fitz-William, third daughter of William, the second Karl Fitz-William, and to them were born six sons and seven daughters.

The eldest son of Sir Thomas, Baron Dundas, was Laurence, born April 10th, 1766, who on the death of his father, in 1820, succeeded to his titles, and in 1838 was created Earl of Zetland. Laurence, Earl of Zetland, married Harriet, third daughter of General John Hale, by whom he had four sons and three daughters, and at his death, in February, 1S39, was succeeded by his son, the Grand Master of whom we more particularly speak, and whose portrait adorns this sketch.

Our subject, the Right Honorable Thomas Dundas, Earl of Zetland, Baron Dundas of Aske, in the County of York, Lord Lieutenant and Gustos Rotulorum of the North Riding of Yorkshire, and Knight of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, etc., was born on the 5th day of February, 1795, and in September, 1823, married with Sophia, daughter of Sir Hedworth Williamson, Baronet, but without issue.

The Earl of Zetland was initiated into Freemasonry as the "Honorable Thomas Dundas," in the Prince of Wales Lodge, No. 324, on the 28th day of June, 1830, and afterwards successfully served that Lodge as its Worshipful Master.

On the 25th of April, 1832, he was appointed Senior Grand Warden, and paid the usual fine to the fund of benevolence, in consequence of his not having served in the office of Grand Steward.

On the 24th of April, 1839, he was appointed Deputy Grand Master, and upon the death of the Earl of Durham, on September 2, 1840, he was elevated to the office of Pro Grand Master, which office he held at the time of the death of His Royal Highness, the Duke of Sussex, Most Worshipful Grand Master, in April, 1843, and a few days previous to the Annual Grand Festival, held on Wednesday next following St. George's day, which shall be dedicated to brotherly love and refreshment.

(The Grand Master, if a prince of the blood royal, may appoint a Pro Grand Master, being a peer of the realm, who in his absence shall possess all the powers of the Grand Master. — Const.)

By a law passed only a short time before, it was declared that if the death of the Grand Master should take place between the annual periods of election, the Pro Grand Master (should there be such an officer) should execute the duties of Grand Master until the next period of election, and be invested with all the privileges and attributes of an actual Grand Master.

The Earl of Zetland accordingly continued to exercise the functions of Grand Master until the 6th day of March following, when he was regularly elected to the high office of Most Worshipful Grand Master, and installed as such on the 24th of April, 1844. To this position he was annually re-elected until December 19th, 1869, when by reason of impaired health he declined continuance in office.

Our distinguished brother was exalted into Royal Arch Masonry in the Prince of Wales Chapter, on the 1st of June, 1832, and filled the chair of each of the Principals. Pursuant to the regulations of the Supreme Grand Chapter of England, his Lordship became Second Grand Principal upon his appointment to the office of Deputy Grand Master. As Pro Grand Master, he became First Grand Principal immediately on the death of His Royal Highness, the Duke of Sussex, and, as a matter of course, continued to hold that office upon being elevated to the Grand Mastership, that high officer being at all times ex officio First Grand Principal.

It is worthy of remark that his Lordship's family have ever taken a great interest in Freemasonry, and in the prosperity of the Craft.

The late Lord Dundas, grandfather of the present Earl, was appointed Deputy Grand Master by his Royal Highness the Duke of Sussex, on the day of his first installation as Grand Master, in succession to His Royal Highness the Prince Regent. Lord Dundas continued in that high office until succeeded by his son Laurence, the second Lord Dundas, and upon his going abroad in 1822, he was succeeded by General Sir John Doyle.

On the 27th of April, 1825, Lord Dundas was appointed Deputy Grand Master, and continued to hold the office until April 30, 1834, when he was appointed Pro Grand Master, which office he held until his death, in 1839, he having in the previous year (1838) been created Earl of Zetland. His Lordship was succeeded as Pro Grand Master by the late Earl of Durham, the then Deputy Grand Master, and the Earl of Zetland, of whom we speak, was then appointed Deputy Grand Master, from which time he was continuously in office.

The noble Earl was a liberal supporter of all the various charities recognized and conducted by the Grand Lodge of England, and to all of which his Lordship was President.

Among these charities is the Royal Freemasons' School for Female Children, at St. John's Mill, liattersea Rise, for maintaining, clothing and educating the daughters of decayed Freemasons, instituted in 1788. The present building was erected in 1851, to accommodate one hundred children. Another is an asylum for worthy aged and decayed Freemasons, at Croydon, and accommodates thirty-four inmates. This was completed in 1865. Another is the Royal Masonic Institution for Boys, at Wood Green, Tottenham, for maintaining, clothing, and educating the sons of indigent and deceased Masons. This institution was founded in 1798. The present building, to accommodate one hundred boys, was completed in 1865, and dedicated July 8th by the Earl of Zetland, who also dedicated the institution for girls in 1851. He also served in the office of Steward at different festivals of those institutions, exemplifying by his presence and his acts the highest type of Masonic amenities,— maintaining and educating the orphan children of both sexes for virtue and usefulness, and assisting the aged and penniless infirm down the steep declivity of life with such gentleness as to make their dying bed "feel soft as downy pillows are."

Prior to succeeding to the peerage, his Lordship for fifteen years represented Richmond, in the county of Yorkshire, in the House of Commons, and the City of York during five years, on liberal principles, which he afterwards consistently supported in the House of Lords, though he never took a very active part in politics.

Such is a brief sketch of the Earl of Zetland, in whose honor Zetland Lodge, in Boston, Mass., is named; and who, by Article VIII. of its By-Laws was "declared to be an Honorary Member of this Lodge, with all the rights and privileges usually appertaining to such membership." This relation was happily recognized by the noble Earl, in a fraternal letter, which the Lodge has had suitably framed and hung in the Masonic Temple. He also accepted a copy of the first Code of By-Laws, which contained also a sketch of himself, and commented thereon with approval. That sketch was extracted from an address, by Wor. Bro. Alfred F. Chapman, delivered when the Lodge was constituted, on March 11th, 1868, and to which we have appealed for the principal facts in this.

In the exercise of the functions of office, the Earl was noted for his courteous demeanor to all, and for his determination to govern with justice and moderation. At the time of his installation there were seven hundred and sixteen Lodges of English registry; about four hundred and seventy of which were In England, and so popular was the institution during his tenure of office that the increase was rapid, judicious and permanent. No better example could have been set, than was, by this genuine English gentleman,—commendable for his integrity, estimable for his virtues, and beloved for his life of usefulness, which closed on May 6th, 1873.

DUNHAM, DAVID B. 1872-1936

From Proceedings, Page 1936-106:

Brother Dunham was born in Catskill, New York, July 17, 1872; and died in Wareham May 12,1936.

Brother Dunham was educated in the public schools of Catskill. When about twenty years of age, he went to North Adams in the service of the American Express Company. After serving with that concern and with Armour & Company, he entered. the employ of the New England Telephone & Telegraph Company, in which he remained until he retired on account of failing health.

Brother Dunham took his Masonic degrees in Lafayette Lodge, of North Adams, in 1906, and was its Master in 1911. He served as District Deputy Grand Master for the Fifteenth Masonic District in 1917 and 1918, by appointment of Most Worshipful Leon M. Abbott. Although living in retirement of late years, he will be remembered with regret by those who were associated with him in his more active days.

DURELL, THOMAS M. 1858-1932

From Proceedings, Page 1932-19:

R.W. Brother Durell was born in Calais, Maine, October 2, 1858, and died at his home in Somerville March 4, 1932.

Bro. Durell's parents came to Somerville while he was a child. He was educated in the Somerville schools and at Harvard, graduating from the Medical School in 1879. He further pursued his medical studies in Europe and at the Connecticut General Hospital in New Haven. He began the practice of medicine in Somerville in 1881 and continued it until his death.

Many interests claimed him in addition to a large private practice. He was Medical Examiner for the second district of Middlesex County for nearly forty years; was for five years Professor of Legal Medicine in the Tufts Medical School; and for a like period Surgeon of the First Battalion, M.V.M. He was also actively identified with the Somerville Hospital.

He served the city as a member of the Board of Health and a member of the School Committee, and for twenty-six years as a Trustee of the Public Library.

Bro. Dureil took his degrees in John Abbot Lodge in 1884 and 1885, and was its Master in 1889, 1890, and 1891. He was District Deputy Grand Master for the then Sixth Masonic District in 1893 and 1894 by appointment of M.W. Richard Briggs and M.W. Otis Weld. He was a member of Somerville R.A. Chapter, Orient Council, R. and S. Masters, and Coeur de Lion Commandery, K.T. He was also a member of many other organizations - fraternal, professional, and social.

In him the city of Somerville loses one of its most useful citizens, the Masonic Fraternity an outstanding member, and his many friends a loved and valued associate.

His widow and two sons survive him.



From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1974, Page 35:

Born in Haverhill, Massachusetts, June 16, 1889
Died in Haverhill, Massachusetts, August 25, 1973

Ill. Bernard Leavitt Durgin, 33°, was the son of Willard and Mary A. (Leavitt) Durgin. He attended the public schools, graduated from Haverhill High School in 1908 and was also a graduate of McIntosh Business School of Haverhill.

On November 18, 1919, Illustrious Brother Durgin married Dorothy J. Suttie, who survives together with four sons, Bernard L., Jr., Harold S., Charles W., Robert L., and a daughter Mrs. Frederic E. (Alice M.) Sibley; ten Grandchildren; three Great Grandchildren.

Illustrious Brother Durgin was connected with the Shoe Industry for most of his working life. During the World War II era he was a procurement officer of shoe contracts from the government for Arakelian Shoe Company and Dainty Maid Shoe Company, both of Haverhill, Massachusetts.

Illustrious Brother Durgin had been very active in the civic and religious life in the community, having served as Alderman from 1931 to 1934 and as Mayor in 1954-1955. He was a City Councilman from 1952 to 1962 and a City Assessor during those same years. In 1961 he was honored by Bradford Junior College, Haverhill, for his years of service to the welfare of Haverhill and its residents. He was a member of Portland Street Baptist Church of Haverhill serving as Moderator for more than 25 years and in January 1973 he was named Honorary Moderator. He was a Deacon and Sunday School Superintendent for many years, being named Life Deacon in January 1972. He was also a member of the church choir and a soloist more than 35 years, as a baritone. In 1962 he was honored as "Layman of the Year", by the Greater Haverhill Council of Churches.

Illustrious Brother Durgin was raised a Master Mason in Merri­mack Lodge, A.F.& A.M., in May 1912 and served as Worshipful Master in 1929-1930. He was exalted in Pentucket Royal Arch Chapter, Haverhill, on February 12, 1915 and Knighted in Haverhill Commandery, K.T. No. 14, on March 6, 1917.

In the Scottish Rite Illustrious Brother Durgin received the degrees of Lodge of Perfection in the Valley of Haverhill on January 10, 1918; Giles F. Yates Council, Princes of Jerusalem, Valley of Boston on February 8, 1918, Mount Olivet Chapter, Rose Croix, Valley of Boston on February 15, 1918, and Massachusetts Consistory in the Valley of Boston on April 26, 1918. He was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33°, Honorary Member of the Supreme Council, at Boston, Massachusetts, on September 23, 1959.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, August 28, 1973, at the Portland Street Baptist Church with the Pastor, Rev. Donald C. Taylor conducting. Interment was in Elmwood Cemetery, Haverhill, Massachusetts.



From TROWEL, Spring 1991, Page 8:

TROWEL'S Man in the Charlton Railroad Association

Take a look at Bro. Bob Dustin's face and appearance. Doesn't he look like a railroad man? Well, he is one and has been a railroad buff throughout most of his 53 years of life. He is the Superintendent of the fledgling Charlton Railroad Association at The Masonic Home, where Bro. Stan Barclay has permanently placed "in the hollow" the track for his narrow gauge railroad. And, if you haven't seen the joy the railroad has brought to the kids, then you haven't been at a Grand Master's Country Fair.

Bob Dustin is a native of Concord, NH, where his grandmother was responsible for his getting the "railroad bug." If the family couldn't purchase something in the local W.R. Grant store it meant a train ride to Jordan Marsh in Boston. "She would give me a train ticket to Boston for my birthday and I never passed up the trip. We'd get to the Concord station early in the morning to get aboard the 6:30 train to Boston. That was a real treat. In due time my family moved down to Nashua where we lived at the confluence of three train lines leading out of town. I can still picture mother dashing out of the house in mid-task to rescue the laundry when the Hollis local approached. There was a bridge nearby that shook the whole house, giving her ample warning and time of its approach."

Bro. Dustin attended the Museum School in Boston where he met his future wife, Marilyn, with whom he shares an interest in nature, particularly in birds. They are parents of Christopher and Jennifer, and they call home 334 Auburndale Ave., Newton, MA. Following graduation from school. Bob and Marilyn began work as freelance graphic artists, and they're still at it.

Raised in Norumbega Lodge, Newtonville, in 1966, he was the presiding Master in 1973, serving a second term four years later. He is Past High Priest of Triad Royal Arch Chapter. "During my tenure as Master we began to vacation in Wolfeboro, NH. In due time I was spending days working as a fireman on the Wolfeboro Railroad, something I enjoyed doing as long as the train was in operation. In the meantime Stan Barclay had built his 1-1/2" scale railroad and he asked me to be his chief engineer. I was also a member of the Waushakum Live Steam Club of Holliston. Bro. Barclay's railroad traversed New England from Vermont to Cape Cod. When the Barclay train grew to three locomotives, Worshipfuls Kent Larson and Walter Peterson joined as road engineers and I became superintendent, responsible for operation and maintenance along with old friends and Brothers." They're already preparing for the Grand Master's Fair in June. All Aboard!



From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ, 1933, Page 39:

Illustrious Brother Dyer was born at Truro, Massachusetts, November 18, 1843, the son of Thomas and Martha Dyer, one of the oldest families of Truro on Cape Cod.

At the age of eighteen years, he left Truro and came to Boston going into the gentlemen’s furnishing business with a Mr. Gardner on Green Street in the West End, but after a few years he took a store for himself under the Old Revere House, Bowdoin Square, where he remained for a long time. When that location became occupied by another class of people, he moved to Boylston Street where he remained until he retired from business some ten years ago.

Brother Dyer was married early in life to Angelina Hawkes of Lowell, Massachusetts who passed away some few years previous to his death.

Brother Dyer was raised in Joseph Warren Lodge A. F. & A. M. Boston, January 27, 1874. He was exalted in St. Andrew's R. A. Chapter, Boston, May 1, 1878. He served as Trustee of this Chapter for several years. On March 11, 1913 he was appointed Grand Tyler of the Grand Chapter R. A. M. of Massachusetts in which capacity he served until December 8, 1931. At this time he was made Grand Tyler Emeritus. He received the Degrees in Boston Council R. & S. M., Boston, February 22, 1883. Here he served as Master of Ceremonies from 1899 to 1909 and during the year 1910 he acted as Assistant Master of Ceremonies. He was knighted in Boston Commandery K. T. No. 2, Boston, February 18, 1880. In 1912 he was appointed Armorer and served as such until the time of his death.

He received the Scottish Rite Degrees in Boston beginning in Boston Lodge of Perfection April 27, 1874. He did not advance to Giles F. Yates Council, Princes of Jerusalem until April 8, 1887; he received the Mount Olivet Chapter of Rose Croix Degrees April 15, 1887; and was made a Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret in Massachusetts Consistory on April 22, 1887. For many years Brother Dyer served as Hospitaler for these Bodies. He joined Aleppo Temple A. A. O. N. M. S., February 3, 1891, serving that organization as Hospitaler, also.On September 17, 1907.

Illustrious Brother Dyer received the Thirty-third Degree, Honorary, in Boston, Massachusetts at the annual meeting of that Body.

Brother Dyer died at his home in Somerville on August 14, 1932 after a short illness.

Joseph W. Work, 33°,
Joseph A. Bryant, 33°,
Frank B. Lawler, 33°,


From Proceedings, Page 1941-262:

Brother Dyke was born in Plymouth, Massachusetts, March 4, 1857, and died at the Masonic Hospital in Shrewsbury, October 4, 1941.

He was educated in the public schools of Plymouth and Braintree. In 1888 he removed to Worcester to enter the employ of Reed & Prince. In 1895 he became associated with the J. F. Bicknell Lumber Company, and in 1912, formed the H. H. Dyke Lumber Company, remaining in that business until his death.

The last four years of his life he was with the Diamond Match Company, which had absorbed the H. H. Dyke Company. He was raised in Rural Lodge of Quincy on February 15, 1883, and dimitted on December 10, 1891. On April 26, 1895, he affiliated with Quinsigamond Lodge and was an active and interested member there for the remainder of his life. He served as Secretary for two years from 1895, and in 1897 became Junior Deacon, serving in each other office until he became Master in 1905 and 1906. He was appointed Chaplain in 1909, and, with the exception of one year, served in that office until his passing.

He served as District Deputy Grand Master of the 21st Masonic District in 1912 and 1913, by appointment of Most Worshipful Everett C. Benton, Grand Master. In 1935 he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal by Most Worshipful Claude L. Allen.

He was an Honorary Member of Rufus Putnam Lodge and installed its officers every year ftom l920 through 1940. Masonic burial services were held at the Worcester Masonic Temple on October 8, 1941, and the committal service was at Blue Hill Cemetery at Braintree. He was an attendant at All Saints Episcopal Church of Worcester.

He is survived by his widow, one son, one daughter and four grandchildren.

Brother Dyke was a prominent citizen, an influential Mason and a man of exemplary character, of pleasing personality and very charitable. His passing leaves a void which seems difficult to fill and particularly will he be missed by his Brethren of Quinsigamond Lodge, to whose service he devoted the greater part of his life.

Distinguished Brothers