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From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 2011, Page 22:

Ill. Joseph Norman Habicht, 33°
Born in New Bedford, Massachusetts on May 14, 1918.
Died on August 7, 2010.

Ill. Joseph Norman Habicht, 33° was the son of Henry Phillip and Julia Maria (Bertrand) Habicht. He graduated from Fairhaven High School and was employed as an electronic technician. He served his country in the United States 12th Infantry Armored Division as a sergeant and was awarded the President's Citation; the French Citation; and three Battle Stars.

In 1944, he married Geraldine Bradley, who predeceased him. On July 25, 1964, at Fairhaven. Massachusetts, he was united in mar­riage to Marguerite Sylvia, who brought a daughter, Jane, and a son, Myles to the marriage.

He was a member of Unitarian Memorial Church in Fairhaven, where he served on the executive and pastoral committees. Civically, he was a member of the Fairhaven Salt Water Fisherman's Club, the Fairhaven Drifters Club, and served as deputy shellfish warden.

Ill.Bro. Habicht was raised a Master Mason in George H. Taber Lodge A.F. & A.M. in Fairhaven on June 23, 1958, and served as Master in 1969 and again in 1977. He served the Grand Lodge as District Deputy Grand Marshal in 1974-76.

He was exalted in Fairhaven Chapter, R.A.M. on February 28, 1959; greeted in New Bedford Council R.& S.M. on May 5, 1960; and knighted in Sutton Commandery No. 16, K.T. on February 18, 1960. He served as pre­siding officer of each of the three York Rite Bodies. He completed the Scottish Rite degrees in the Valley of Fall River, now the Valley of Southeastern Mass, on April 29, 1968, and served as Commander-in­-Chief of Old Colony Consistory in 1988. On August 31, 1993, he was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33° Honorary Member of the Supreme Council at Boston, Massachusetts.

He was a member of Aleppo Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S.; Order of the Eastern Star; Azab Grotto, M.O.V.P.E.R.; and was the recipient of the York Cross of Honor.



From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 2001, Page A-v:

Ill. Thomas Allen Hackman, 33°
Born in Portage, Wisconsin, on May 21, 1931
Died in Londonderry, New Hampshire, on January 21, 2001

Illustrious and Doctor Thomas Allen Hackman, 33°, was the son of Ernest W. and Sylvia M. (Johnson) Hackman. He was educated in the Westfield, Wisconsin, public schools, the University of Wisconsin and the Logan Basic College of Chiropractic in St. Louis, Missouri. He was a chiropractor and the director of admissions at the Massachusetts General Hospital before his retirement.

He was united in marriage to Nancy June Short on June 12, 1954, who survives along with daughters Susan L. Blake and Holly A. Capobianco and two grandsons. He attended St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Newburyport.

Ill. Bro. Hackman was raised in St. James Lodge, No. 102, in Hampton, New Hampshire, on October 13, 1961. He affiliated with St. John's Lodge in Newburyport, Massachusetts, which he served as Master in 1977.

His true Masonic love was the Scottish Rite, where, on April 28, 1978, he became a member of Merrimack Valley Lodge of Perfection and Princes of Jerusalem in Haverhill, Mount Calvary Chapter of Rose Croix in the Valley of Lowell and Massachusetts Consistory in the Valley of Boston. He was also an honorary member of the Valley of Salem. He served as Sovereign Prince in 1990-1991 and Thrice Potent Master in 1992-1993 in the Valley of Haverhill, and was serving as the Valley Treasurer and Director of the Work at the time of his passing. He directed casts in all Valley degrees for many years, often employing his Masonic friends from many Valleys in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. He was presented the Meritorious Service Award by the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation on October 14, 1993, and was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33°, Honorary Member of the Supreme Council, on September 26, 1999, at Atlantic City.

He was a member of Aleppo Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S., a Honorary National Sojourner, a member of the Square and Compass Club in Hampstead, New Hampshire, and the Merrimack Valley High Twelve Club in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

Masonic Services were held on January 27, 2001, at the Elliott, Woodworth and Rogers Funeral Home in Newburyport followed by funeral services. He was interred at the Belleville Cemetery in Newburyport.


From New England Craftsman, Vol. VIII, No. 11, August 1913, Page 374:

Brother Charles E. Hadcock, one of the best known Masons of Cambridge, Mass., died June 20. He was Past High Priest of Cambridge Royal Arch Chapter, past Commander of Cambridge Commandery, K. T., and at the time of his death deputy master of Cambridge Council R. and S. M. He was loved and respected by a large circle of friends.

HALE, ARTEMAS 1783-1882

From Proceedings, Page 1883-222:

I deem it proper also to make allusion to the death of another venerable Mason, the oldest Past Master, as also one of the oldest Past District Deputy Grand Masters, in Massachusetts. I refer to our late Wor. Brother, Artemas Hale, of Bridgewater, who was elected Wor. Master of Fellowship Lodge, of Bridgewater, Dec. 7, 1818, and whose appointment as Southeast District Deputy Grand Master dates back to 1832,— the year the present Grand Master was born. He was made a Mason in 1812, seventy years ago, and showed an unfaltering attachment to the Institution during those times when an open profession of the Masonic faith exposed men to suspicion and obloquy.

He had strong claims upon our respect and gratitude, for he was one of the signers of the noble declaration of 1831, and to the latest period of his life manifested a deep interest in all that concerned the welfare of Masonry. It had been his intention to be present at our Quarterly Communication in June last, and due preparations had been made for his comfortable conveyance here, and for a suitable reception; but a sudden decline in the condition of his health detained him at home, and we were deprived of the pleasure of welcoming the honored veteran in this Hall. The final summons soon came, and he died on the third of August last, at the age of ninety-eight years and nine months. Thus another precious link is broken between the Masonry of the past and the present.

As, one by one, these patriarchal figures are lost to our view, we recall, with emotion the memory of that steadfast loyalty which maintained the existence of our Institution through a long period of injustice and persecution. May the touching story of their faith and devotion live forever on the brightest pages of our annals!




From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1883, Page 173:

This Illustrious Brother was born in Oxford, N. H., on the 28th of June, 1815. He was the son of Richard and Sarah (Aiken) Hall, being the oldest of their six children. The father was a well-to-do farmer, of more than average public 'spirit and ability, as is attested by his holding most of the offices of trust and responsibility to which his fellow-citizens could elect him. The son spent his boyhood in working on the farm and attending the public school of the town. At the age of fourteen he was admitted to the Academy in his native town, and afterwards finished his education at the Academy of the neighboring town of Haverhill, N. H. At the early age of sixteen years he commenced teaching school in Oxford, and continued that occupation, at intervals, there and at Bradford, N. H., for three years. In 1834, at the age of nineteen, he went to Haverhill, Mass., and engaged as clerk in a store. He served acceptably in that capacity until 1838, when he commenced business for himself, dealing principally in West India goods, but keeping the usual stock of a country store. To this employment he added the office of Postmaster of Haverhill, receiving the appointment in 1841, and discharging the duties for eight years to the satisfaction of all parties. In 1849, solely on political grounds, he was removed, but in the Fall of the same year he was chosen by his fellow-citizens to represent them in the lower branch of the Legislature of the Commonwealth. The Democratic party, with which he was then connected, was in a minority in both houses, but Brother Hall proved himself an active and efficient member of both party and Legislature. From his associates he gained high praise for close attention to his duties, for conservatism of principle, and for the dignified and forcible manner in which he advocated his opinions. He served on several important committees, and was nominated by the Speaker as a member of the valuation committee, which was engaged in its work for nearly one hundred days after the close of the session of 1850.

About this period Brother Hall served as Director of the Merrimac Bank of Haverhill, and Trustee of the Haverhill Savings Bank. He also held other offices of public and private trust, the duties of which he discharged with ability and integrity. In January, 1851, at the organization of the State Government, he was elected to the responsible office of Treasurer and Receiver-General of the Commonwealth, a position for which his business training and habits had well qualified him, and in which he was distinguished for urbanity, as well as for promptness and dispatch. He served in this capacity during the years 1851 and 1852, until a change of parties brought new men into the government. As State Treasurer he was Treasurer of the Commissioners of the Massachusetts School Sinking Fund. He was also Commissioner of the Public Lands of Massachusetts within the State of Maine, and for a time Commissioner of Insurance. In 1853 he was a member of the Massachusetts Constitutional Convention.

In 1853, he assisted in organizing the National Bank of Boston, under a charter from the State Government, and was its first cashier. This office lie continued to hold until 1878, when he was promoted to the Presidency, and served in that capacity until his death. The bank in the meantime having been reorganized under the national system, was thence known as. the Boston National Bank. He was the first President of the American Bankers’ Association, and at the end of four years declined a re-election, for the reason that he believed the prosperity of such an organization would be promoted by frequent changes of its officers. He was the Secretary of the Association of Bankers for the suppression of counterfeiting from its commencement in 1854 until his death.

Brother Hall married on the 20th of September, 1842, Miss Elizabeth W. Dow, the daughter of Mr. John Dow, one of his early employers, and an old and wealthy merchant of Haverhill. She died in 1876, leaving a daughter, their only child, who survived her mother only five years. During the long and severe suffering which each of these loved ones was called to endure, Brother Hall watched and ministered with the utmost tenderness and devotion. No demands were deemed too exacting; no kind offices were omitted, or even grudgingly performed, by night or by day; and when the Angel of Mercy at length came to the relief of the last of the dear sufferers, the spirit of the devoted husband and father seemed to be broken, and the whole manner of the man was changed. In June, 1882, he experienced a stroke of paralysis and gradually failed until the 8th of May, 1883, when he died.

Brother Hall was made a Mason in Revere Lodge, of Boston, being initiated February 2, 1858, passed March 2, 1858, raised June 1, 1858, and admitted to membership, September 7, 1858. He received the Capitular degrees in St. Andrews Chapter, of Boston, in 1858; the Cryptic degrees in Boston Council of Royal and Select Masters; and the order of Knighthood in Boston Commandery, being created a Knight Templar on the 29th of September, 1858, and admitted to membership January 19, 1S59. The degrees of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite were communicated to him in 1862, and on the 22d of May, 1863, he was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector-General of the Thirty-third and last degree, and elected an Honorary Member of the Supreme Council for the Northern Jurisdiction, U. S. A.So far as the Committee can learn, our Brother never held any Masonic office, and was in no respect a Masonic worker. He was often present on festive occasions, and appeared to entertain a high respect for the principles of our institution. He was a good citizen, an honorable, industrious, business man, a most exemplary husband and father, of unspotted integrity and blameless life, and so. an honor to our Fraternity, and worthy to be held in grateful and affectionate remembrance.

Fraternally submitted,
Percival L. Everett,
George O. Carpenter,
Thomas Waterman,

HALL, GEORGE R. 1865-1939

From Proceedings, Page 1939-376:

Right Worshipful Brother Hall was born in Washington, D.C., August 5, 1865, and died in Marlborough, November 26, 1939.

His active life was spent as a plumbing contractor, which business he followed in Marlborough for nearly fifty years. He took his degrees in United Brethren Lodge in 1885 and was its Master in 1895, 1895, and 1897. He served as District Deputy Grand Master for the Twenty-First Masonic District, later renumbered Twenty-fourth, in 1910 and 1911 by appointment of Most Worshipful Dana J. Flanders. He was awarded the Distinguished Service medal in 1938.

Active in the collateral bodies, he was a Past Grand High Priest of Houghton Royal Arch Chapter and Past Commander of Trinity Commandery. He passes rich in years and honors, leaving many to mourn his loss.





From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1904, Page 33:

Ill. Bro. John Kettell Hall died at the home of his son in Malden, Mass., Nov. 17, 1903, in the ninety-sixth year of his age. He was the oldest of a family of eight boys, the sons of John andSarah (Hills) Hall. He came of a family of remarkable longevity; his mother lived to the age of eighty-nine, and every one of her sons attended her funeral. His parents were pioneer residents of Malden, Mass., his father having been born in Malden in 1777. His mother was the daughter of John Hills, an old settler in Malden, while his father was a direct descendant of Moses Hall, who was in the battle ofLexington. His uncle, John Kettell of Charlestown, distinguished himself in the battle of Bunker Hill.

Bro. Hall was born in Charlestown, Mass., Oct. 9, 1808, but at an early period of his life his parents removed to Boston. He received his education, as did his brothers, at the old Mayhew School in Boston, all graduating with distinction, and receiving the Franklin Medal, at that time the crowning mark of excellence in scholarship in the Boston public schools. It is a notable thing that the whole family of boys should have thus been honored.

At the age of eighteen he engaged in business with his father, a dyer by profession, learning the trade, and at a later age taking the oversight and charge of the business until the establishment was transferred by sale to other hands. He then entered the employ of Hall J. How & Co., dry-goods dealers, remaining about two years, when, under the inducement of a higher salary, he removed to the service of Benjamin Burgess, where he acted in the double capacity of bookkeeper and salesman. His reputation as a rapid and reliable accountant secured him various advanced situations, until, about the year 1836, he was invited to take the position of bookkeeper in the Traders' Bank of Boston. His services in that bank extended over a period of fourteen years, partly as bookkeeper and partly as cashier, until at the organization of the Bank of North America he took the position of cashier of the new institution, a place which he tilled with singular fidelity and usefulness for more than thirty-one years, really to Oct. 1, 1881. It may be said here that Bro. Hall was a strict constructionist in his theory of bank management, always contending earnestly that the depositors and regular customers of the bank were entitled to preference in its favors as against all occasional discounts, even at a higher rate of interest. Unquestionably a large portion of the success of the bank was due to his good judgment and financial skill.

He was also deeply interested in military matters, and was well regarded as something of an expert in military tactics and evolutions. His associations were with the Boston Light Infantry, which corps he joined in 1834, and where he continued in active service during the succeeding twenty-five years. Me was orderly sergeant, elected to the offices of second and first Lieutenant, and subsequently, on the resignation of Capt. Ashley, to the captaincy. Feeling that the rank and position of captain might be considered inconsistent with his bank duties, he refused to accept the office, but offered to act as commander until such reasonable time as they could suitably till the place. His companions, catching at his words, concluded that they would look, and keep looking, for a suitable captain so long as they could prevail on First Lieut. Hall to do the practical service; and so it was about three years before anyone could be found satisfactory to fil1 the place. Lieut. Hall, however, always ranked as a captain, and his shield as captain hangs among the shields of the other captains in the armory. He was made president of the association of “Veterans of Boston Light Infantry" for about three years, and when, about 1879, the effort was made to give the organization an efficient and active character, he was elected colonel, and held that office for many years.

Bro. Hall was the oldest graduate of the English High School, the oldest volunteer fireman of the Boston department, being appointed in 1831 by Harrison Gray Otis, the oldest member of the Boston Light Infantry, and the only survivor of the board of selectmen of Somerville. He was for fifty-four years a justice of the peace; his first commission was signed by Gov. Briggs in 1849.

He enjoyed remarkably good health, and to the last was unusually strong mentally and physically. He had few equals for activity in his advanced age, during which a sick day was unknown to him. On the 9th of last October he celebrated the ninety-fifth anniversary of his birth with little fatigue, and he went to the polls in fairly good health considering his age, and voted at the State election on the 3d of November last, two weeks before his death, which followed a few days' illness, due to ripe old age. He retained his sunny disposition to the last.

Bro. Hall in 1836 married Miss Sarah Pike, daughter of Thomas Pike of Charlestown, by whom he had three children, only one of whom, David Dudley Hall of Malden, is living. Mrs. Hall died in 1896.

Bro. Hall received the degrees of Masonic light in St. John's Lodge, Boston, April 6, May 4 and June 1, 1846, and membership Dec. 7, 1846. On the 13th of December, 1847, he was appointed Junior Steward of the lodge, and at the next election he was appointed Junior Deacon. On Jan. 7, 1850, he was unanimously elected Junior Warden, and Dec 2, 1850, he was elected Senior Warden, and served until June 12, 1851. On the 4th of December, 1854. he was elected Treasurer of the lodge, which position he held until the institution of John Abbot Lodge of Somerville, chartered in 1858, the name of which he suggested. Of this lodge he was for three years Worshipful Master, in 1857, while under dispensation, and for two years after it had been chartered. He served as District Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts for the Eleventh Masonic District from Dec. 27, 1860, to Dec. 30, 1862, and from Sept. 9, 1863, to Dec 29, 1863. He was a Mason for fifty-seven years. Among his Masonic honors he prized very highly the Honorary membership conferred upon him by Orange Lodge of Charleston, S.C., and he retained the pleasantest memories of the fraternal courtesies which were paid to him and his family with a lavish hand by the brothers of that distant lodge.

He was exalted to the dignity of Royal Arch Mason in St Paul’s Chapter of Boston, Oct. 20, 1846, and received membership Nov. 17, 1846. Of this Chapter, after serving in various other offices, he was elected Excellent Scribe for the years 1857 and 1858, Excellent King for 1859 and1800, and High Priest for 1861 and 1862, succeeding that brilliant ritualist and presiding officer, Wyzeman Marshall. He was subsequently elected an Honorary member of the Chapter. He took the order of High Priesthood in 1861, and in September, 1863, he was elected Deputy Grand High Priest of the Grand R.A. Chapter of Massachusetts and served one year.

He received the Cryptic Degrees in Boston Council, Royal and Select Masters, March 16, 1854, and membership March 28, 1854.

He was created a Knight Templar in Boston Commandery, Oct. 30, 1848, and made a member Oct. 17, 1849. After serving in various subordinate stations, he was elected Eminent Commander in October, 1861, and filled that important office till October, 1864. At the annual conclave of the Commandery in October, 1898, he was presented with a series of handsome engrossed resolutions of felicitation and congratulation upon the fiftieth anniversary of his becoming a Knight Templar. He was a Knight Templar fifty-five years, and the oldest member and Past Commander of! Boston Commandery.

The degrees of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite to the thirty-second inclusive were conferred upon him May 4, 1862, in a Consistory opened in Boston by the Supreme Council. 33°. He was a charter member of the legislative body known as the Grand Consistory of Massachusetts under date of May 4, 1862, its Deputy Grand Commander-in-Chief to Dec. 27, 1862, and its 111.’. Grand Commander-in-Chief from that date to Dec. 27,' 1865. He was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector-General and Honorary member of the Supreme Council, 33°, in Boston, May 8, 1863.

Ill. Bro. Hall was a somewhat prolific writer in prose and verse, chiefly on Masonic subjects, but by no means limited in theme. He was a frequent contributor to the Masonic Monthly, published for seven years, 1863 to 1870, in Boston. He was the compiler and author of Hall’s Master Workman, for the use of the Masters and officers of lodges, and of a similar work covering the Chapter degrees. He also compiled and published a Book of Prayers for various Masonic occasions, which are of superior merit, and furnish for opening and closing the lodge, and also for initiations, several prayers for each, so that the monotony of repeating a single prayer may be avoided. It bears the imprint of A. Williams & Co, 1870.

It will be seen from this brief sketch of his career that Bro. Hall was a man of versatile talents, who did a great deal of useful work In the Iona years which were allotted to 1dm. Of his winning personality much more might be said. Companionship with him was most delightful, and, up to the close of his beautiful life, his conversation, full of anecdote and reminiscence, covering three generations of personal experience, was a source of perpetual pleasure to those who were privileged to enjoy his society. As was befitting a life so well spent. Its closing years were like the peaceful ending of an autumn day.

Fraternally submitted, Samuel C. Lawrence,
William B. Lawrence,
Henry Endicott,


  • MM 1828, WM 1853, 1854, 1863, Plymouth


From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXVII, No. 7, May 1868, Page 217:


The announcement of the death of this distinguished and excellent brother will be received with deep sorrow by those of our brethren to whom he was personally known, and with sincere regret by all who knew his generous nature, his personal accomplishments, and his strong Masonic attachments. He died of apoplexy at his residence in Plymouth, Mass., on the morning of the 15th April, aged fifty-six years and a few months. He had for some time past enjoyed his usual health – which, however, had not for several years been very rugged - and was, on the evening preceding his death, returning from a short walk, when, near his own door, he was seen by his lady to falter in his steps; she sprang immediately to his assistance, but not being strong enough to sustain him, he fell to the ground, and literally died in her arms. The soul did not indeed leave the body until about ten o'clock the next morning, but he neither spoke, nor recognized any member of his family after his fall. He was buried from his private residence on Saturday, the 18th, with Masonic ceremonies, under the direction of Old Colony Lodge, of which he was a member and Past Master. The impressive and beautiful service of the Episcopal Church was performed, beginning at the house, by his warm personal friend and Masonic brother, the Rev. Thomas R. Lambert, D.D., of St. John's Church, Charlestown; at the conclusion of which, at the grave, the Masonic funeral service was read by the W. Master of the Lodge, the symbolical sprig deposited, the grand honors given, and "the mourners went about the streets."

The whole ceremonies were admirably conducted. The procession was a large one, and was escorted from the residence of the deceased to the grave by the Old Colony Encampment of Knights Templars, of Abington, under the command of Sir Knight S. B. Thaxter, accompanied by the very excellent brass band of that place. The deceased was a member of this fine body of Knights, and always manifested a deep interest in its prosperity. Their presence on the occasion, in so full numbers, was a compliment due to the remains of their deceased companion, and was worthy of them. Several of the neighboring Lodges were represented, as were the Grand Lodge of the State and the Supreme Council 33° for the Northern Jurisdiction, of which latter the departed was an esteemed member. R.W. Brothers Lewis, P.G.M., Moore, D.G.M., and Gould, of R.I. - all members of the Supreme Council - were among the pall-bearers. The occasion was one in which the whole town seemed to feel and manifest a solemn interest. The route of the procession was lined with spectators, and the people were assembled in large numbers at the grave, on the arrival of the body there.

We are not acquainted with the early history of the deceased, further than that he was born in Boston and received the rudiments of his education at the public schools of his native city. We believe he afterwards entered Dartmouth College, and was ordained as an Episcopal clergyman by the late Rev. Bishop Griswold. He, however, soon after went to Europe, where he preached occasionally, and was finally elected to represent his district in Congress. At the expiration of his term he retired to the enjoyments of private life, which he was so capable of appreciating and so well fitted to adorn. He was a fine belles-lettres scholar, and as a conversationist he had but few equals. He was also a ready and fluent speaker, and fine writer. His address at the laying of the corner-stone of the new Masonic Temple in this city fully attests his high literary attainments and power.

Our brother leaves a wife and one daughter to mourn his loss, and by whom he was dearly beloved. To them we tender our warmest sympathies, and commend them to the consolations of a well-grounded assurance that their present loss is his eternal gain.

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXVII, No. 8, June 1868, Page 245:


We find the following sketch of our late brother, Robert B. Hall, in the Plymouth Memorial of April 24th. Had it come to hand sooner, we should have avoided two or three errors in his personal history into which we fell in our notice of his decease last month.

Mr. Hall was born in Boston, Jan. 12, 1812; graduated at Dartmouth College, and studied for the ministry in the Yale Divinity School. On leaving the divinity school, he visited Europe, where he remained two year, during a part of which time he acted as the agent of the American Anti-Slavery Society. While in England, he attracted attention as an eloquent speaker, preached to large audiences in London, and made the acquaintance of many distinguished scholars and statesmen, with some of whom he continued a pleasant intimacy and correspondence through life.

He first made his acquaintance with Plymouth and its people thirty years since, at the age of twenty-six, as the pastor of Pilgrimage Church (Orthodox). He was immediately recognized as a preacher of unusual talent, and took rank as one of the leading clergymen of his denomination; but his views led him early into the Protestant Episcopal Church, in the ministry of which he labored for several years with marked distinction. In 1855, he was a member of the State Senate, and soon after was elected to Congress from the First District. He served in Congress four years, and although a part of the time in poor health, he took rank as a prominent and able debater. His speech upon the Brooks assault upon Sumner was an able and scathing rebuke of the assault, but was criticised by Mr. Sumner's friends, in that it, unlike any other made in that famous series, omitted to praise the speech of Mr. Sumner which provoked the assault. He regarded that speech of Mr. Sumner as transcending the bounds of propriety, and that while it could not justify the assault, it could not in itself be defended.

After his retirement from Congress, he was prevented from taking up any active line of work by poor health, but continued to use his pen with vigor and industry so long as able to do so. He was originally a Whig in politics, and his pen contributed largely to the solid work of a party that dealt with solid questions. The files of the Old Colony Memorial bear witness to his industry and signal ability as a writer. His interest in the American movement first brought him into official life, and at the formation of the Republican party he became an influential member of that organization. The conservatism that he had inherited from the Whig party rendered him unable to follow the leaders of the new part in all things, and questioned some of the assumptions under the "war power", and in the division at the end of the war upon the questions of reconstruction he adhered to the Executive plan, and was one of the representatives of Massachusetts to the Philadelphia Convention of 1866.

Though his speeches in the discharge of official duties demonstrated his remarkable abilities, it was perhaps in occasional addresses and orations, of which he delivered a great number, that some of his finest efforts were made. Many of these attracted special attention at the time of their delivery. As the slowly winding procession bore his body to its rest in the beautiful shades of Oak Grove Cemetery, many were reminded of his address at its dedication. The exquisite appropriateness and beauty of his language on that occasion were but the characteristics of all his public orations. He had a most happy felicity of striking the exact key of the occasion, and no word or sentence escaped him that could jar upon the finest sense of fitness. His last public oration was made in Boston at the laying of the corner-stone of the Masonic Temple, and was a finished production, which elicited the admiration and enthusiastic praise of a most exacting and critical audience. His style was fluent, graceful, and often effectively eloquent. The well-formed sentences seemed to flow as rapidly and naturally in his extemporary efforts as in the finished oration, always surprising and delighting his hearers with both the brilliancy of his thoughts and the beauty of his language.

His conversational powers were no less remarkable. Of a highly cultivated taste, and his mind richly stored with a great variety of information, from which he drew at will, he was most delightful as a companion. With ready sympathy for the humblest, his genial words and manner will be long remembered by many whom they have encouraged in the struggle of life.

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXVII, No. 11, July 1868, Page 327:

The following Eulogy on the life and diameter of our late distinguished brother, Hon. Robert B. Hall, of Massachusetts, was delivered by appointment before the Supreme Council, 33°, at its late session in the city of New York, June 25th, by R.W. Br. Winslow Lewis, of this city. It is a just and beautiful tribute to the memory of the deceased.

There is nothing more trite than the saying, and nothing more solemn than the conviction, that death comes unavoidably to every one. It is the impress forced on all, that the loving ligatures which bind us together, whether by consanguinity, or friendly relations, or associated connection, must be severed, and thus —

"By sudden death, or slow decay,
Our social comforts drop away."

Still, it is the fond hope of every one to leave his memory to be treasured by some, when he has passed away, and to breathe that last aspiration, Non omnis moriar. All cling to the heart's affections, even when that heart is to be soon still forever. It is the ultimum moriens.

"On some fond breast, the parting soul relies,
Some pious drops the closing eye requires;
E'en from the tomb, the voice of nature cries,
E'en in our ashes, live their wonted fires."

Under the sobered realities which have pressed on our fraternal hearts, by bereavements which have deeply touched our affectionate remembrances, we have congregated as a "Lodge of Sorrow." Amid the cares and activities of the outer world, we have set apart and dedicated ourselves in our sacred retreat, to pay our tribute to the memories of those who are no longer with us in the body, but spiritually, we fondly trust, dwellers in the happy lands, still hovering over us.

To me has been assigned the preparing of a memorial of our late Ill. Br., the Hon. Robert Bernard Hall. If my brain could correspond, in its efficiency, with the dictates of my heart, there would be no want of language to portray the brilliant characteristics which distinguished our departed associate ; but mental infirmities, and the physical influences of age, have precluded the power of rendering that homage to a memory so dear to each of us; and, therefore, all that I can offer is a transcript from the records of the press, the private communications of the family, and from the personal fond recollections which cluster around my heart.

We surely, as brothers, "have no heart to search the brilliant record just closed, to find that from which we might differ, or draw any frailty from its dread abode."

Ill. Br. Robert B. Hall was born in Boston, Jan. 12, 1812, graduated at Dartmouth College, and studied for the ministry at the Yale Divinity School lie soon visited Europe, where he remained two years, and made the acquaintance of many of the notables of England, among whom particularly was the late Richard Cobden, who was his warm personal friend, and with whom he resided as a welcome guest. While in England, he attracted attention as an eloquent speaker, and preached to numerous audiences in London. The circle of his friends was large, embracing distinguished scholars and statesmen with some of whom he continued a pleasant intimacy and correspondence through life. In Europe, he cultivated and enlarged his taste for architecture, particularly the ecclesiastic, and his knowledge of the mediaeval period was rich and deep; -h is esthetic fancy and power was evinced in his brilliant descriptions of what he saw and deeply appreciated. All the domain of high art, the rich legacies of classic ages, the great productions of more modern days, all were garnered in his artistic treasury, and described with great force and excellence. On his return, he was settled at Plymouth, Mass., in the twenty-sixth year of his age, as pastor of the Pilgrimage Church (Orthodox), lie was immediately recognized as a preacher of unusual talent, and at once took rank as one of the leading clergymen of his denomination; but his views led him early to the Protestant Episcopal Church, in the ministry of which he. labored for several years with marked distinction.

In 1855, he was a member of the State Senate, and soon after (almost immediately) was elected to Congress from the First District. He served as representative four years, and, although part of the time in poor health, he took a high position as a prominent and able debater. Though his speeches, made in the discharge of official duties, demonstrated his remarkable abilities, it was, perhaps, in occasional addresses and orations, that some of his finest efforts were made. As the slow-winding procession bore his body to its rest in the beautiful shades of Oak Grove Cemetery, in Plymouth, many were reminded of his address at its dedication. The exquisite appropriateness and beauty of his language, on that occasion, were but the characteristics of all his public orations. He had a most happy quality of striking the exact key of the occasion, and no word or sentiment escaped him that could jar upon the finest sense of fitness. His last public oration was made in Boston, at the laying of the corner-stone of the Masonic Temple, and was a finished production which elicited the admiration and enthusiastic praise of a most exacting and critical audience. His style was fluent, graceful, and often effectively eloquent. The well-formed sentences seemed to flow as rapidly and naturally in his extemporary efforts as in the finished orations, always surprising and delighting his hearers with both the brilliancy of his thoughts and the beauty of his language.

His conversational powers were no less remarkable. Of a highly cultivated taste, and his mind richly stored with a great variety of information, from which he drew at will, he was a most delightful companion. With ready sympathy for the humblest, his genial words and manner will be long remembered by many whom they have encouraged in the struggle of life, for he was a man of most noble and generous impulses, and a heart ready to benefit others, both by word and deed. He was a representative of the graces and courtesies which constitute the "true gentleman." All are not men who wear the human form, and of these forms the epithet of a "true gentleman" is to be applied justly to a few. To constitute this high characteristic is not essential to have the fine physical contour, the physical graces; but the greater possession, the internal excellencies, the mens divinior, the polished soul, the compassionate heart, devoid of all selfishness; that enlarged charity which "thinketh no evil, but rejoiceth in doing good to all"; that glorious emanation, well expressed in the epithet, "a good soul"; the one earnestly and keenly alive to all the cheerful, pleasant amenities and humanities of the world. Such qualities constitute the true man, the true gentleman. Of these high qualities, he had both the physical and intellectual.

Such a one was our buried friend and brother. This tribute to him is justly due to his memory, for I would not enforce the perfections of any one at the expense of verity and consistency.

With such an organization, it would be superfluous to add that his home was the abode of domestic affection and bliss, of all the elegant and refined excellencies which a cultivated taste and mind would seek to acquire. Among his friends and neighbors he was ever welcomed, respected, and loved. His departure was sudden. He died of apoplexy on the 15th of April, but the premonitions had been evident and experienced for several months. The funeral cortege was large and imposing, and every brother felt that on dropping the acacia on his grave, it fell on a spot where a true Mason rested. They could not but indulge the aspiration and certainty that brotherly affection ends not here, but that kindred spirits must meet again, for —

"Is it not sweet to think, hereafter,
When the spirit leaves this sphere,
Love, with deathless wings, shall waft her
To those she long hath mourned for here,
Hearts, from which 'twas death to sever,
Eyes, this world can ne'er restore,
There, as warm, as bright as ever,
Shall meet us, and be lost no more."

We are here to commemorate our late III. Brothers as Masons, as particularly distinguished in their relation to a Rite which is pre-eminently dear to us, and which is commended to our sensibilities as embracing all that is sublime, impressive, and effective in its teachings and observances.

Our Ill. Br. Hall possessed all the high qualities which are necessary for the due appreciation of these degrees of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Kite. Their history and connection, their ritualistic formalities, their imposing, solemn, and impressive ceremonies, their teachings to the heart and soul, all were deeply engraven on his mind. He was truly "the bright Mason," par excellence; not in that common sense applied to him who has the verbiage merely of the Order, one who can repeat the words only, without feeling or impress, but in that exalted sense where brightness is accompanied by mental brilliancy, where the refined taste and intellect lend their influence to enhance the value of language, and tend to engrave on the heart and the conduct of the recipient what is meant by Freemasonry.

But the end has come to these and all those! high qualities which distinguished him here. Let us all, then, endeavor to nlot well our parts here, to do all that our sacred relations teach. Remember the bond of our connection and its duties, that we belong to and are bound fn the strong ligature of a sweet brotherhood of no ordinary tie.

"Oh ! my mortal friends and brothers,
We are each and all another's,
And the soul that gives most freely from its treasure hath the more!
Would you lose your life? you find it;
And, in giving love, you bind it,
An amulet of safety to your heart for evermore,"

Requiescat in pace.



From New England Craftsman, Vol. II, No. 2, November 1906, Page 76:’’

Brother Walter L. Hall of Medford, Mass., for years one of her best-known physicians, died October 25, aged 60 years. He stood very high in surgical circles and was a prominent Mason. He leaves two children.

HALL, WILLARD M. 1830-1864

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXIII, No. 7, May 1864, Page 223:

Springfield, Mass., April 4, 1864.

At the regular assembly of the Springfield Encampment, held at their Asylum, April 4, 1864, A. O. 746, the following Preamble and Resolutions were presented and unanimously adopted :—

  • Whereas, it has pleased God in his mysterious providence to remove by sudden death our esteemed friend and Brother, Willard M. Hall, and as it is fitting upon such occasions to give expression to our feelings of sorrow and grief, it is therefore
  • Resolved, That while we bow with submission to the decree of an All-Wise Providence which called him hence, and sincerely and deeply deplore his loss as that of a warm-hearted friend — a true and faithful Brother — we have the consolation that the lots to us it gain to him, and that he has gone before us to the higher degrees of human perfection, in which we shall ere long join him in the Celestial Asylum above.
  • Resolved, That we tender to the widow and relatives of our deceased Brother our warmest sympathy, and every service that may tend to alleviate their sorrow, or comfort them in their affliction.
  • Resolved, That the Recorder enter these Resolutions upon the records of the Encampment, and a copy be furnished to the widow and friends of the deceased, with the assurance that we most sincerely sympathize and condole with them in their sad bereavement.

Joseph M. Hall,
Daniel Reynolds,
Wm. T. Ingraham,

Moved by Sir Knight John A. Gamber, and seconded, and unanimously adopted, that a copy of the above Resolutions be tent to Brother Charles W. Moore for publication in his Magazine.

Wm. T. Ingraham, Recorder.

Private, Company F, 9th Maine Infantry, GAR
POW 5/20/1864 Bermuda Hundred, VA
Died of disease as POW at Salisbury, NC

HAM, GUY ANDREWS 1878-1926

From Proceedings, Page 1926-235:

The death of Wor. Bro. Ham, which occurred on May 23, 1926, removes one of the most conspicuous members of the Masonic Fraternity in this jurisdiction. Bro. Ham was born in Boston, JuIy 8, 1878. He became a member of Gate of the Temple Lodge June 22, 1902, and served as its Worshipful Master in 1918. Since that time he continuously held the commission of proxy for the Gate of the Temple Lodge in Grand Lodge, and at its Communications he was a regular attendant. While Wor. Bro. Ham held no other office in this Grand Lodge, he was deeply interested in Masonry and devoted a great deal of time to it. He was an orator of marked and unusual ability, and was in very great demand as a speaker on Masonic occasions throughout this jurisdiction and elsewhere. His services were freely at the command of the Craft and were greatly valued by the Brethren.

Outside Masonry, Wor. Bro. Ham was a conspicuous figure in the business and political life of the Commonwealth. By profession a lawyer, he had devoted the latter part of his life to banking, in which he was widely known and successful. He has served in the State Legislature and on the Governor's Council, and was twice a candidate for nomination for the Lieutenant Governorship.

Bro. Ham was a man who made multitudes of warm and devoted friends both in and out of the Masonic Fraternity. The extent of the esteem in which he was held was evidenced by the remarkable gathering which attended his funeral service in the Stoughton Street Church in Dorchester. The church was completely filled and great numbers were unable to obtain admission. His Excellency, the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, His Honor the Mayor of Boston, and a large number of men distinguished in the political and business life of the state were present. The Masonic Fraternity was represented by the Grand Master and many of the most distinguished Masons in the Commonwealth. The flora1 tributes were most unusual in their beauty and their profusion.

Wor. Bro. Ham's early and lamented death is a great loss to the Commonwealth and to the Masonic Fraternity.



From Find A Grave:

LUTHER HAMILTON (Rhoda, 7 Timothy, 6 John, 5 John, 4 John, 3 John, 2 Benjamin) was a Unitarian clergyman, and was settled in Taunton, Mass., thirteen years, and in Gloucester, Mass., three years. He married Delia Williams, Oct. 24, 1821, in Deerfield, Mass. She was born Dec. 8, 1794, in Deerfield. He died Aug. 29, 1853, in Roxbury, Mass. She died Nov. 23, 1855, in Brooklyn, N. Y. Children, all born in Taunton:

  • i. Edward, b. Jan. 6, 1824.
  • ii. Delia, b. Sept. 20, 1827; unmarried.
  • iii. Elizabeth, b. Aug. 12, 1830; unmarried.



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

Ill. Kingdon Holt Hamilton, 33°
Born in New York, New York, on November 10, 1918
Died in Atkinson, New Hampshire, on March 14, 1999

Illustrious Kingdon Holt Hamilton, 33°, was the son of Philip and Gladys (Holt) Hamilton. He was educated in East Orange High School, East Orange, New Jersey, and attended Newark Technical School and Boston University Graduate School. His entire career was at Western Electric Company in Camey, New Jersey, and then Haverhill and North Andover, Massachusetts. He retired in 1980 as a Department Chief.

He was united in marriage to Claire M. Hamilton on November 23, 1973, who survives along with son John H. Hamilton of Nashua, New Hampshire, one great grandson and several nieces and nephews.

He helped organize and was Commanding Officer of the Haverhill Flight Civil Air Patrol in late 1940. Active in the Amateur Radio Emergency Services in conjunction with the Haverhill Civil Defense Organization, he took part in Emergency Services during the 1954 hurricanes. Active in Atkinson town politics, he served as the School Moderator for Timberlane Regional School District in 1961-1963. He was Atkinson Town Moderator in 1964-1974. He was a volunteer member of the Atkinson Fire Department for many years.

Ill. Brother Hamilton was raised in Merrimack Lodge, F & A.M., of Haverhill, on June 17, 1953, and served as Master in 1964. He also served as Master of the 33rd Lodge of Instruction in the Newburyport 10th Masonic District in 1972.

He completed his Degrees in Merrimack Valley Lodge of Perfection on November 9, 1967; in Merrimack Valley Council, Princes of Jerusalem, on December 14, 1967; in Lowell Chapter of Rose Croix on April 4, 1969 and in Massachusetts Consistory on October 24, 1969. He served the Valley of Haverhill as Secretary for IO years, served in several line offices and was an avid degree worker in all of the Scottish Rite Bodies. On September 30, 1987, he was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33°, Honorary Member of the Supreme Council at Boston, Massachusetts.

He was a member of Aleppo Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S., of Wilmington, Massachusetts. He was a Past Secretary and Past President of Newburyport 10th Past Masters Association.

Funeral services and cremation were private and at the convenience of the family.

HANCOCK, JOHN 1737-1793




From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XIX, No. 9, July 1860, Page 283:

John Hancock was born at Quincy, near Boston, and was the son and grandson of eminent clergymen, but, having lost his father, was indebted for his liberal education to his uncle, a merchant of great wealth and respectability, who sent him to Harvard University, where he was graduated in 1754. He was then placed in the counting-house of his benefactor, and not long afterwards visited England, where he was present at the coronation of George, III., as little prescient as the Monarch himself, of the part he was destined to act in relation to the English government. On the sudden demise of his uncle in 1764, he succeeded to his large fortune and extensive business, both of which he managed with great judgment and munificence.

As a member of the Provincial Legislature, he exerted himself with zeal and resolution against the royal governor and British ministry, and became so obnoxious to them in consequence, that, in the proclamation issued by Gen. Gage, after the battle of Lexington, and a few days before that of Bunker Hill, offering pardon to the rebels, he and Samuel Adams were specially excepted, their offences being "of too flagitious a nature to admit of any other consideration than that of condign punishment." This circumstance gave additional celebrity to these two patriots, between whom, however, an unfortunate distention took place, which produced a temporary schism in the party which they headed, and also a long personal estrangement between themselves. In fact, they differed so widely in their modes of living, and their general dispositions, that their concurrence in political measures may be considered proof of their patriotism. Hancock was a magnificent liver, lavishly bountiful, and splendidly hospitable. Samuel Adams had neither the means nor the inclination for pursuing a similar course. He was studiously simple and frugal, and was of an austere, and an unbending, inflexible character.

Hancock was president of the Provincial Congress of Massachusetts, until he was sent as a delegate from the Province to the General Congress at Philadelphia, in 1776. Soon after his arrival there, he was chosen to succeed Peyton Randolph, as president of that assembly, and was first to affix his signature to the Declaration of Independence. He continued to fill the chair until 1779, when he was compelled by disease to retire from Congress. He was then elected Governor of Massachusetts, and was annually chosen from 1780 to 17SS. After an interval of two years, during which Mr. Bowdoin occupied the post, he was re-elected, and continued in the office until his death, Oct. 6th, 1793, at the age of 86 years. In the interval, he acted as president of the convention of the State for the adoption of the Federal Constitution for which be finally voted. The talents of Hancock were rather useful than brilliant. He seldom spoke, but bis knowledge of business and facility in despatch-ing it, together with bis keen insight into the characters ol men, rendered kin peculiarly fit for public Isle. As the president of a deliberative assembly, he excelled. His voice was sonorous, his apprehension of questions quick ; he was well acquainted with parliamentary forms, and inspired respect and confidence by his attention, impartiality and dignity.

In private life, be was eminent for bis hospitality and beneficence. He wis i complete gentleman of the old school, both in his appearance and manners ; dressing richly, according to the fashion of the day, keeping a handsome equipage, and being distinguished for politeness and affability in social intercourse.

When Washington consulted the legislature of Massachusetts upon the propriety of bombarding Boston, Hancock advised its being done immediately, if it would benefit the cause, although nearly his whole property consisted in houses and other real estate in the town.

Gov. Hancock was a member of the Masonic Fraternity, and his name is recorded as being present at a meeting of one of (be Grand Lodges of this State, before the revolution; but the record of bis initiation has never fallen under our notice, nor are we informed as to the Lodge in which it took place, though it was doubtless in one of the early Lodges in Boston.


From Liberal Freemason, Vol. X, No. 3, June 1886, Page 92:

Within a comparatively short time we have been asked whether John Hancock, of the "Declaration of Independence" fame, was a Mason. He was once present at a dinner in Charleston, S. C, when a toast was proposed to Brothers Hancock and Adams, and this was thought to be the principal proof in the affirmative. As a matter of fact, John Hancock was made a Mason in Merchants Lodge, No. 277 in Québec prior to February, 1762, for in this latter month he was proposed, to be a member in a lodge then and now in Boston, Mass., was admitted, and afterward proposed Thomas Paine to be made a Mason. It is also a matter of record that he was a frequent attendant at the meetings of this lodge. Why he came to be in Quebec is an incidental matter. Merchants Lodge was No. 220 in 1770, but its subsequent history is obscured. It is quite likely the records referred to will be made more familiar to the Masonic world within a reasonable time. At present we speak only of the main fact.


From TROWEL, Spring 2000, Page 6:


by Robert Morris, TROWEL Staff

"I will not be a slave, I have a right to the liberties and privileges of the English Constitution."

For a Bostonian. it's easy to identify with John Hancock. Just visit downtown Boston when the tourists are in full bloom and ask any one of them or anyone else if they ever heard of John Hancock. You'll get an immediate response: "Sure, it's the John Hancock All Star FanFest;" "It's an Insurance Company:" "It's the tallest building in Boston:" or "It's what they tell you to write when you sign a legal document: Just put your John Hancock right there on the dotted line."

John Hancock's fame, however, like many others, is usually determined by the distance one is from the source. School children in Boston are fairly well acquainted with his activities: those in Alaska, less so, and those in England probably never heard of him. The well-known Pocket History- of Freemasonry published by the Trinity Press, London. England in 1969 under the heading "Some World Famous Freemasons" lists among other American luminaries, "George Washington. Benjamin Franklin. John Paul Jones, Paul Revere, and even that despicable no good traitor. Benedict Arnold." but John Hancock is not listed. How can this be? At one time he was so famous (infamous?) in England that they put a price on his head. It's truly amazing how much about this remarkable man is today so little known by so many.

To better appreciate John Hancock it is necessary to consider the times in which he lived, starting by realizing that he was born a loyal subject of the King as was everyone else in Massachusetts. He was born on January 12, 1737, to a family of modest means in Braintree. When he was 7 years old the unexpected death of his father precipitated a change in the life of young Hancock which was to influence not only his own life, but that of Massachusetts and the United States of America itself. The true extent of his influence has to this day to be fully recognized. It is therefore appropriate to elaborate on some of his activities that a more realistic evaluation of him and his accomplishments may be made.

After his father's death he was adopted by his childless uncle. Thomas Hancock, one of the richest merchants in the colonies. He moved into his uncle's mansion on Beacon Hill in Boston near the site of the present day State House. He attended Boston Latin School and then went on to graduate from Harvard University in 1754 after which he was apprenticed to his uncle's shipping, wholesale and retail mercantile business in Boston. He was quick to learn and after a 7 year apprenticeship was sent off to London where many of the Hancock firm's important business relationships were located.

Hancock was to remain in London for over a year learning more about the business and the important contacts which were there to be had. While there he also found time to visit both houses of Parliament and in the House of Lords saw the architect of the greatest Empire on earth. King George II. sitting on his throne. His visit to the House of Commons took place during the tenure of the Prime Minister, the Duke of Newcastle, and his able assistant William Pitt, both later most sympathetic to the American cause. It should come as no great surprise that both Pittsfield. Massachusetts and Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania were later named in the latter's honor. It was at this same time that the notorious liberal demagogue and profligate, John Wilkes was a member of the House of Commons. He had a most unsavory reputation, was in and out of jail, and of Parliament, all the w hile espousing his contempt for the King and Prime Minister and simultaneously touting his favorite slogan. "Liberty." not only for the downtrodden in his own country, but later on for the cause of the American colonists. In spite of his obnoxious lifestyle, he was enormously popular, not only at home, but also in the colonies to the extent that they named a large oak tree on Boston Common, the "Liberty Tree:" a patriotic and revolutionary group in Boston called themselves "The Sons of Liberty" and John Hancock was later to name one of his ships the Liberty.

The year that Hancock spent in England was the last hurrah for the friendship of England with her American colonies. Up to this time they had marched in lock-step with common purpose, most recently during the French and Indian Wars whose chief purpose was driving the French from North America. This was successfully concluded while Hancock was still in England making the British Empire the most powerful in history. The effort, however, had drained the Empire beyond belief. It was now in dire financial straits and to cap off this impending debacle, the King died, leaving the Empire to his inept grandson. King George III. Hancock was on hand while these events were transpiring, but little knew how history was about to be changed.

When Hancock returned to Boston in mid 1761 he must have assumed that the old relationships between the mother country and the colonies would continue as before. Accession by a new King dictated certain mandatory changes. The first of these, was the requirement that all royal official papers, seals and acts had to be renewed bearing the imprint and authorization of the new Sovereign. Among these acts were the notorious "Writs of Assistance" which can be likened to our present day search warrants. Although the original Writs were specific in nature they had degenerated over the years into blank search warrants which could be used by the Customs Inspectors to search for contraband anywhere at their whim without any specific authorization. In the past the collectors had often looked the other way. but now things were going to get real, and the most threatened were the richest, the Hancock family business. The Boston Merchants hired the famous lawyer and Hancock's Brother-Mason-to-be. James Otis, to present their case before the Superior Court on February 24, 1761. From then on things began to go downhill.

After a short stay in Boston to reacquaint himself with the business. John was off again on another business trip to the newly acquired British possession of Quebec. It was there he became a Mason, joining Merchants Lodge No. 277 in Quebec City on January 26, 1762. After returning to Boston he affiliated with the Lodge of Saint Andrew on October 14, 1762. and it was here that he became involved with his Brother Masons Joseph Warren, Paul Revere, Thomas Crafts, Benjamin Lincoln. John Pulling and others who were to become ardent patriots and revolutionaries.

Next occurred a series of events designed not only to crimp the colonists' liberties but also to garner even more revenue. The Royal Proclamation of October 7, 1763. restricted new settlements and the Sugar and Currency Acts of 1764 sought yet additional taxes. In the midst of these developments. John's Uncle Thomas died in 1764 when John was only 27 years old. leaving him owner of the family business and making him the richest man in New England, if not the richest in the colonies.

The following year he was elected a Boston selectman and in 1766 was elected as a Representative to the General Court just in time for the ever-increasing dissatisfaction with the British and their presence in Boston. The Boston colonists then began to set up various committees to deal with the situation, among which were Committees of Correspondence and others centered in Boston, such as the Masonic Lodge of Saint Andrew, the Merchants Club. Sons of Liberty, the North Caucus, and the Long Room Club. Although they were not officially interlocking, many men including fellow Masons John Hancock. Joseph Warren and Paul Revere belonged to several of them simultaneously. Many of their meetings were held in the Green Dragon Tavern, home of the Lodge of Saint Andrew.

Besides his involvement in Masonic business and revolutionary activities. John also found time to direct his considerable energies in other directions. At Harvard University's Commencement in 1766 he was publicly installed as a Professor at Harvard. His first response was to donate a thousand books to its Library. It was only one of his donations to that institution and he was to become ultimately its chief benefactor.

The British authorities were now becoming ever more insistent in their right to collect duties and taxes wherever the situation led them, and on June 10. 1768. John Hancock's sloop "Liberty" was seized in Boston harbor by the customs officials, following alleged smuggling of a cargo of wine. Hancock's sympathizers were soon rioting in the streets. The British then turned Hancock's ship into a revenue cutter and thenceforth it plied the New England coast searching for contraband. Their joy. however, was short lived. Later, while it was in Rhode Island, the patriots there made short work of it by capturing and burning it to the waterline.

The anti-British efforts of some of Boston's patriotic and some fringe groups sometimes got out of hand. At times it resulted in unfortunate mob actions, the most notorious of which was the so-called "Boston Massacre." On March 6. 1770. after a group of street toughs had taunted a British Sentry at the old State House, they were fired upon by responding British reinforcements resulting in the death of five of their number. John Hancock headed the citizens' committee which persuaded Governor Hutchinson to remove most of the British troops from downtown Boston. The anniversary of that event was called "Massacre Day" and made into a public holiday with appropriate celebrations and public speakers. Among the speakers was John Hancock who in the observance in 1775 denounced the British before the assembled crowd saying, "Ye dark designing knaves, ye murderers, parricides! How dare you tread upon the earth which has drank in the blood of slaughtered innocence?" This annual patriotic day lasted until Independence when it was replaced by Independence Day.

Again in 1773. and again in addition to his other duties, John Hancock was elected Treasurer of Harvard University and found himself responsible for the entire financial affairs of that great institution.

Little realizing what would ensue, the British next enacted the disingenuous Tea Act. Boston had. however, become fed up and resolved to pay no taxes on any tea which might come their way. When a shipment of tea arrived on December 16. 1773. they unceremoniously dumped it into the harbor in the famous "Boston Tea Party." Hancock's Masonic Lodge, the Lodge of Saint Andrew was very much involved in the affair. Boston repeated the action again on March 3. 1774. when another ship, the Fortune arrived with more tea. in the little known Second "Boston Tea Party." For these disloyal actions. King George III closed the port of Boston completely. The British General Gage arrived with more troops and took over as Governor of Massachusetts. When the General Court met in Salem on June 17, 1774. Gage ordered it dissolved. The General Court, however, simply resolved itself into a Provincial Congress and elected John Hancock its first President. The title however is a misnomer for he was in effect the first Governor of a completely independent Massachusetts, a title he was not to have officially for another 6 years.

By April 1775. Hancock and the Provincial Congress had been meeting in Concord and had assembled a goodly amount of military supplies out of reach of the British. General Gage now decided on a peremptory strike against Concord for these supplies and also to capture Hancock and bring him to justice.

The resultant battles at Lexington and Concord in April. 1775. changed peaceful resistance into armed rebellion. The British were driven back to Boston by Hancock's Massachusetts militia, now known as the "Minutemen." The British had captured neither the supplies nor Hancock. The following month, the Second Continental Congress convened in Philadelphia and John Hancock, as one of the Massachusetts representatives to that body, was elected President. On July 4th it issued the Declaration of Independence with John Hancock's signature writ first and largest so that King George III could read it without his spectacles.

The following month John Hancock finally found time to marry his long time fiancee Dolly Quincy. They remained inseparable for the rest of his days.

On March 17, 1776. the British evacuated Boston and in May. John Hancock was elected by the Massachusetts General Court as first Major General of Militia in Massachusetts.

In August. 1778. the colonists believed they had a good chance of driving the British out of Newport. Rhode Island and sent an expedition there under Hancock's Masonic Brother General John Sullivan. Sullivan arrived there with a force of 10,000 troops including Major General John Hancock with his Massachusetts Militia and his fellow Masons Major General Lafayette and Lt. Colonel Paul Revere. The expedition came to naught and Hancock and his troops returned to Boston.

The war was now going full blast and Congress finally realized that some sort of formal arrangement among these 13 separate states must be made to ensure a successful pursuit of the war. On November 15. 1778. the Articles of Confederation were adopted by Congress and signed by the delegates including John Hancock.

Meanwhile, back in Massachusetts, the General Court called for a State Constitutional Convention which assembled on September 1. 1779. and among its delegates was John Hancock from Boston. It was finally adopted on June 16. 1780, and on October 25. John Hancock was elected the first governor under the new Constitution. The official announcement ended with the first use of the phrase: "God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts."

Hancock was re-elected for the next 4 terms by huge majorities. For almost his entire adult life Hancock had been plagued by intermittent bouts of bad health, chiefly gout. By 1786. it had gotten so bad he finally resigned as Governor on January 29. 1785. and he was succeeded by James Bowdoin.

Although the Revolution was now over, the revolutionary spirit still survived and while Hancock was out of office a band of farmers in western Massachusetts had taken up arms against the authorities for what they claimed were unjust taxing laws. The action was called "Shays' Rebellion." It was finally quashed but not before Shays and some of his aides had escaped while they were under sentence of death. Their cause had been just and eventually resulted in revising the onerous laws. Popular opinion wanted amnesty for the rebels. Hancock supported their cause and his health had sufficiently improved to enable him to run again for Governor on a platform of total amnesty including Shays. He was again re-elected by a landslide and the rebels were indeed pardoned.

Shays' rebellion pointed out a serious flaw in the national government under the Articles of Confederation. There was no President, no federal judiciary, nor federal currency. It was simply as the Articles stated a "League of Friendship." The time had come to consider a new form of federal government. After much debate in Philadelphia during the hot summer of 1787. Congress voted to submit the proposed new Constitution to the various states for ratification. In Massachusetts Governor Hancock was elected President of the State Convention for ratification. The sentiments pro/con ratification were alarmingly close, but eventually Hancock was persuaded to recommend ratification. The final vote was close and Massachusetts became the fifth state to ratify thereby ensuring that the Constitution would be adopted. It became effective on July 2, 1788.

Hancock continued to run for Governor for the next 5 terms and each time was re-elected by huge majorities. His immense popularity never declined.

By 1793 Hancock's intermittent spells of bad health were becoming more frequent and painful causing him ever more difficulty in attending to his official duties at the State House. He had already turned over the management of his business affairs to his successor, but would not admit that he should relinquish the Governorship. He died in office on October 8. 1793. when he was only 56 years old. At the time of his death. John Hancock was one of the most popular leaders Massachusetts ever had. He was known for his acts of charity and concern for not only the common people, but for all the people. He left an estate smaller than what he inherited, due not only to his wartime losses, but for spending more than he earned on worthy causes, including his country, his state and his people. His slogan "Liberty" still lives on in many forms. The most popular in recent times was the famous fleet of "Liberty" ships which plied the oceans of the world during World War II and the Korean War.

John Hancock's body lay in state for almost a week at his home on Beacon Hill where thousands of mourners filed by his casket to say good-bye to their friend and benefactor. The funeral was the most impressive the state had ever witnessed and was attended by people from far and wide including the Vice President of the United States. John Adams, and the new Governor of Massachusetts. Sam Adams. More than 20.000 people were in attendance as the procession wound from his mansion down the Common, past the Liberty Tree site and the Old State House to the Old Granary Burying Ground, where his grave can still be seen to this day.

Massachusetts was a deciding factor in the ratification of the United States Constitution and John Hancock was a deciding factor in Massachusetts' ratification. It is not too far-fetched to say that without John Hancock, the United States might not have the Constitution it has now lived under for over 200 years. Our debt to John Hancock has yet to be fully appreciated.

About the author: Brother Robert Morris is Secretary of Manchester Lodge, Manchester-by-the-Sea. a member of TROWEL Staff and a regular contributor.

HANDY, HARRIE D. 1869-1932

From Proceedings, Page 1932-112:

Brother Handy was born in Pocasset, February 23, 1869, and died at the Massachusetts Memorial Hospital, in Boston, May 16, 1932, following an emergency surgical operation.

Brother Handy studied medicine in the Hahnemann Homeopathic College at Philadelphia and took up the practice of medicine in Brockton. He moved thence to Durango, Colorado, but came back to Massachusetts and settled at Harwich about 1900, where he remained for the rest of his life. He was a State Medical Examiner and a leading physician in his locality. He was greatly interested and very active in hospital work.

On his return from the West, Dr. Handy joined Pilgrim Lodge, being initiated December 5, 1901, passed January 2, 1902, and raised February 6, 1902. His advancement was rapid, and he was Master in 1904, 1905, and 1906. He served as District Deputy Grand Master for the Twenty-eighth Masonic District in 1908 and 1909, by appointment of Most Worshipful J. Albert Blake and Most Worshipful Dana J. Flanders.

Brother Handy's death removes a prominent figure from the professional life of his part of the state and takes from our Fraternity a Brother who will long be missed.


From Proceedings, Page 1947-190:

Brother Handy was born in Cataumet, Massachusetts, on February 18, 1893, and died at the Salem Hospital, Salem, Massachusetts, on May 23, 1947.

After graduation at the Bourne High School, he attended the Massachusetts Agricultural College, from which he graduated in 1914. Following a few years as a superintendeni with the A. C. Lawrence Leather Company of Peabody, he became associated with the State Mutual Assurance Company of Worcester, which connection he maintained until his death.

Brother Handy was raised in Amity Lodge of Danvers on November 10, 1922, and served as Master in 1936 and 1937. At the time of his death, he was Disrrict Deputy Grand Master for the (Lynn) 8th Masonic District, by appointment of Most Worshipful Samuel H. Wragg, Grand Master. He was a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies in Salem, Massachusetts, and of Massachusetts Consistory.

He took an active interest in local civic matters, serving as Auditor of the Town of Danvers. He was also active in the Maple Street Congregational Church of Danvers. He was a Veteran of World War I.

An earnest and faithful worker in Freemasonry, ever helpful to his Brethren and wise in counsel, he will be greatly missed by his many friends and co-workers.

Funeral services were held at the Crosby Funeral Home in Danvers on May 27, l947. The very large attendance of Brethren and friends gave evidence of the high esteem in which he was held.



From TROWEL, August 1984, Page 27:

A Useful Member of Society
By Robert W. Williams III

The Masonic and civic accomplishments of Wor. Archie L. Hanna were recognized June 11 when Most Worshipful David B. Richardson visited Saint Alban's Lodge, Foxboro, and honored Bro. Hanna with the Joseph Warren Distinguished Service Medal.

"It couldn't happen to a better fellow," came the plaudits from every Brother who met in a Lodge room that was so hot the night was better suited to wearing swim suits. But they came. "Why did we wait so long to honor this man who has done so much?" was the question asked by Wor. John M. Henderson, Master of Saint Alban's.

There is a lesson to be learned by every man who wears the Square and Compasses about the lifestyle of Bro. Hanna. Since his Raising in 1937, he has been the epitome of what the Craft is supposed to demonstrate before the world. He has been a builder among men.

Most Worshipful and Illustrious Richard E. Fletcher, 33°, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Vermont, best explained and challenged the Craft in an article he authored for the January, 1984, issue of ‘’The Northern Light’’. Published five times a year by the Supreme Council, 33 °, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Northern Jurisdiction of the United States, M. W. Bro. Fletcher wrote: "Freemasonry has far too much to offer the world to be entirely bottled up in our lodgerooms."

"The lodgeroom should be the source of strength that should be carried with us as we go into the community and work with others. No man is an island. We do not live isolated lives. We touch people; we must touch them as Master Masons. We are a force for good, yet we seem to hold back from becoming directly involved in our communities. They will know us by our deeds, not through our silence."

Wor. Bro. Archie Hanna is what Masonry is supposed to be all about. He served his Lodge as the Worshipful Master in 1948. Proud of his jewel and the Past Master's Diploma given him by Grand Lodge, he was more concerned with the future than the singular honors. They only served as a catalyst to spur him on to better things for Foxboro.

As a member of the Bethany Congregational Church that was established in 1779, Bro. Hanna has served his parish as a Trustee for 28 years, 15 of which he was the Chairman; a teacher of youth for 15 years; Director of Christian Education, and personally responsible for the repair and maintenance of the clock that was first placed in the spired steeple of the church in 1852. He was the driving force behind a committee that installed a new organ into the church, following many years he had devoted himself to repairing the old organ.

A member of the Foxboro Water Commission for more than 25 years (non-paying responsibility), he chaired the weekly meetings during his entire stay with the group and directed the expansion of the town water system from a few to several wells. During some of those years he served his Lodge as Secretary and as a Trustee.

Creating a mold to replace the cast iron fence that surrounds the beautiful Foxboro common, his ingenuity and work were offered to the community at no cost, resulting in untold savings to the town. He is a Craftsman who gave his talents when others could not be found to do the work at wages.

"Knowledge without practical use has very little value," said Bro. Fletcher in his story written to challenge Masons. "There are many textbooks that describe the correct procedure for performing open-heart surgery, but until you have a skilled surgeon putting that knowledge to use, of what value is it?

"The same is true of Freemasonry. We have thousands of books telling us the correct procedure for being a Mason. But, until we put that knowledge to practical use, of what value is it? Today we hear too much of 'The Lord Giveth and We Grabbeth and Runneth.' Our values (many men's) are too often 'self-centered.' This goes against everything Freemasonry teaches.

"Freemasonry is an extremely critical link in the chain of our learning that can help to separate us from today's self-centered, misdirected values and help us to become, once again, a vital part of our communities. We should be the grass roots force for good with everything we do and everyone we touch. We certainly have the teachings to be such people; yet, too many of us hold back from becoming l involved. Masons have the potential to be one of the greatest forces in the world today for building strong communities. We are a sleeping giant," Bro. Fletcher points out.

Bro. Hanna has been a tireless worker for Saint Alban's Lodge and the town. In his quiet and dignified manner he got the jobs done without fanfare. Accepting challenges as responsibilities, like every good Mason should, he got involved where others turned their backs. He offers his council, wisdom and energies and completely believes that we should all be "useful members of society." He has, in his own way, exemplified what it means to "spread the cement of Brotherly Love and Affection."

Retired as a department foreman after 49 years with the Foxboro Company where he also designed and built devices for improved accuracy and production of instruments, Bro. Hanna is also a member of Keystone Chapter, Royal Arch Masons.

A clock ticks with respect, an organ offers its melodious appreciation, a church spire reaches toward our Creator, cool clear water flows into homes and factories, and a common — the focal point of Foxboro — is safely enclosed, because our Bro. Archie L. Hanna long ago decided to accept Freemasonry's challenge and to thank God for the life loaned to our Craftsman. His Masonry has touched the lives of countless citizens of his native community. Truly, he is a useful member of society.


From Liberal Freemason, Vol. XIII, No. 4, July 1889, Page 125:

Born in Boston, Mass., January 5, 1817, where he learned the trade of sailmaker, removed to Provincetown in 1837, where he lived until his death, June 4, 1889. In 1838 he established himself in business in the town and became one of the best-known of its citizens. For fifty years he pursued the daily round of his duties seldom taking a vacation and never sick, coming at last to be regarded as one of the business fixtures of the West End.

While attending steadily to business he yet found time for such social pleasure, and was seldom missed from the meeting of te various societies of which he was a member. He was always ready to watch with the sick or care for the dead, and when our town was visited by cholera he was one of the very few who fearlessly entered the houses of the sick and administeredto their wants.

He was the oldest member of King Hiram Lodge of Freemasons, having joined Feb. 28, 1848. He was also a member of Joseph Warren R. A. Chapter, and of Marine Lodge of Odd Fellows. In these societies he took an active interest, especially in that part of the work relating to charity and relief. He was for several years on the Board of Engineers, and was an honorary member of Franklin Engine Company. In 1841 he married the only daughter of Lot Payne, at that time one of our best-known sea captains, and subsequently chairman of the Board of Selectmen for several years. His widow and two children survive him. One of these, Artemus P. Hannum, being an officer in Grand Chapitr and D. D. G. M. in Grand Lodge, F. and A. M.



Brother Leander Moody Hannum was born in Northampton Massachusetts on Dec. 22, 1837. At the time of his death he is listed as living at 333 Harvard Street, which the house was razed in 1921. He married Annie H Demain on Dec. 15, 1869 and had two children, both died in infancy.

He came to Cambridge and opened a grocery store in 1864 on Main Street in Cambridge and later went into the Real Estate business as a broker and over the years established his own Real Estate Company. He was Republican Chairman for the City Committee, special commissioner of Middlesex County. He was Vice President of the Cambridgeport Savings Bank, member of the Library Hall Association of Cambridge. Auditor and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Cambridge YWCA, member of the Cambridge board of water commissioners. He was a charter member of the Cambridge & Colonial Clubs, member of the Citizens Trade Assoc. and the Boston Yacht Club.

He entered Cambridge politics, when becoming a member of the City Council in 1873. An Alderman in 1874, representative to the General Court in 1876, and State Senate in 1881.

In Freemasonry he became a member of Amicable Lodge in 1862, joined the line and became Master in 1872-1873. He joined Cambridge Royal Arch Chapter was an officer in that line and was Knighted in Boston Commandery #2. He became DDGM of the Charlestown 2nd in 1881. He died on Sept. 17, 1909.

Thanks to Bro. Keith MacKinnon for this biography.




From TROWEL, Fall 2005, Page 18:

What do you get when you take a town historian, add the town moderator, and mix in a little bit of assistant secretary of a 200-year-old Masonic lodge? You end up with Brother Howard N. Hansen and a running timeline of most of the membership of Stoughton's Rising Star Lodge. His knowledge of lodge and town history becomes evident when a candidate is raised and Brother Hansen can trace the new Mason's family to the early days of the lodge and the town of Stoughton. Since 1997, Rising Star Lodge has named each class of candidates after a Past Master of the lodge. This connection with the past was initiated by Bro. Hansen as a lodge bicentennial project, and was so successful it has continued to this day, with 22 class presentations having been made since he instituted this project. He presents each candidate with a class certificate and a detailed biography of the Past Master for whom the class is named.

A printer by profession, and a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology with a degree in printing, he has owned and operated Hansen Brothers Printing in Stoughton since 1955. He started the business in the dirt floor basement of his parents' house. Upon graduation from RIT in 1967, he took the business full time and moved it to the back of the general store his family owned on Pleasant Street.

Bro. Hansen was raised in 1986, but had been printing the meeting notices for the lodge and the local Royal Arch Chapter since 1973. When he finally decided to join the lodge he was sponsored by Rt. Wor. Oscar Hagg, a friend of his father, Orrin Hansen, a 68-year Mason who was raised in Rising Star Lodge in 1933. Both Brothers Hansen have served as High Priest of Mount Zion Royal Arch Chapter.

His lodge activities include being its Trowel representative and Masonic Awareness Chairman. He is always conducting CHIP events in town, and prepares MAC dinners for prospective members. In 1997, Bro. Hansen and the lodge treasurer held a strawberry festival on the town's Church Green as a lodge fund raiser. He also is the secretary of the board of trustees for the Stoughton Masonic building, and helps take care of the facility.

In December 1999, to commemorate the lodge's 200th anniversary, Bro. Hansen arranged for Rising Star Lodge officers, in tuxedo and regalia, to conduct the opening of the town meeting. He also wrote the ceremony to reenact the first installation of Rising Star Lodge, which was performed at the site of the original lodge meeting place, Capen's Tavern, which is now the site of the Stoughton Historical Society's Lucius Clapp Memorial. After the reenactment ceremony, the lodge went to the First Parish Church, where the secretary of the church is a direct descendent of the minister of the church in 1745 and of Dr. Peter Adams, the first Master of Rising Star Lodge. The president of the Stoughton Historical Society is also a direct descendent of Dr. Adams. That special event was attended by more than 150 persons, including the current owner of Cobb's Tavern where the lodge met from 1815-1817.

As assistant secretary and lodge historian, Bro. Hansen maintains all the historical records of the lodge and especially enjoys reading those from the early years. He has discovered that many of Rising Star's Masters have been Stoughton town leaders and many members and Masters of the lodge or chapter come from families with multi-generational membership in the bodies. As such, he can recite the lineage of many of the lodge's Masters and therefore finds it easy to write the histories for the candidates. With so many biographies already completed, he intends to eventually publish a book of the histories of the lodge's Masters.

In his spare time, Hansen is the president of the Museum of Printing in North Andover and is working with an architect to design a new $35 million museum facility that will be located in Amherst with two other museums. Being interested and active in town politics, he also ran, albeit unsuccessfully, for state representative in 2002 on an admittedly shoestring budget, but he still managed to be the highest Republican vote getter in the district.

When it comes to Masonry. Bro. Howard Hansen is always putting his best foot forward, even if it means taking a walk back through history to bring the present and the past together. In recognition of his Masonic efforts, Bro. Hansen was presented the Joseph Warren Distinguished Service Medal in January, 2005.



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

Ill. Robert Tracy Hardy, 33°
Born in Thompsonville, Connecticut, January 14, 1917
Died in South Hadley, Massachusetts, November 19, 1992

Ill. Robert T. Hardy, 33°, was the son of Tracy and Alice (MacGinnis) Hardy. He attended public schools in Enfield, Connecticut, and graduated from Enfield High School in 1934. He was a supervisor for James River Graphics from which he retired.

On April 25, 1944 I he married Marjorie R. Smith who with his daughter Carol Ann Percy survives him. He also leaves a brother Theron and four grandchildren.

He was a member and past Deacon of the South Hadley Falls Congregational Church.

Ill. Brother Hardy was raised a Master Mason in Mount Holyoke Lodge on March 19, 1945, and served as its Worshipful Master in 1953. He was a member of the Mount Holyoke Commandery. He joined Evening Star Lodge of Perfection, Valley of Springfield, Massachusetts on October 13, 1960. He received his 15th and 16th degrees in Massasoit Council Princes of Jerusalem on October 27, 1960. The 17th and 18th degrees in Springfield Chapter of Rose Croix on November 10, 1960 and his 19th through 32nd on December 1, 1960 in Connecticut Valley Consistory. He served as Most Wise Master of Springfield Chapter of Rose Croix in 1968-1969 and was Commander-in-chief of Connecticut Valley Consistory 1981-1982. He was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33°, Honorary Member of the Supreme Council in Atlantic City, New Jersey in 1974.

Ill. Brother Hardy was, also, a Past Patron of the former George E. Fisher Chapter, #115, Order of Eastern Star, and belonged to the Royal Order of Scotland.

He joined Melha Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S. Springfield, Massachusetts in 1962. He served as Chief Aide from 1970 to 1973, on the Membership Committee from 1964 to 1969, and belonged to the Clown Unit of which he was a charter member, the Past Master's Unit of which he was also a charter member and the Old Timer's Unit. He was also a member and past President of the Pioneer Valley Shrine Club. He held honorary membership in Mt. Sinai Temple, Rutland, Vermont, Cypress Temple in Albany, New York and Sphinx Temple in Hartford, Connecticut.

A Memorial service was held on November 24, 1992 at the South Hadley Falls Congregational Church.

Bob's dedication to his family, his church, his community, and our fraternity will be a guide, for all of us who loved him, to follow.


From Proceedings, Page 1941-166:

Right Worshipful Brother Harkness was born in Keene, New Hampshire, February 11, 1891, and died in Westport, Connecticut, May 23, 1941.

Our Brother was raised in Social Friends Lodge No. 42, Keene, New Hampshire, April 3, 1974, dimitting therefrom January 5, 1920. He affiliated with Aurora Lodge of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, March 8, 1920, and was elected its Master in 1926. He served as District Deputy Grand Master of the (Fitchburg) 13th District in 1927 ind 1928, by appointment of Most Worshipful Frank L. Simpson.

Brother Harkness was a painter and decorator by trade, conducting his business in Fitchburg until his retirement because of ill health five years ago. He is survived by his widow, two sons and a daughter.

Masonic burial services were conducted by Aurora Lodge at Forest Hill Cemetery, Fitchburg, on Sunday, May 25, 1941. A conscientious and willing worker, ever seeking opportunities to be of service, Brother Harkness' passing will be mourned by many.

HARLOW, W. NEWTON 1865-1936

From Proceedings, Page 1936-143:

Brother Harlow was born in Charlestown July 24, 1865, and died in Milton July 2, 1936.

Brother Harlow's family moved to Milton when he was nine years of age. He was educated in the Milton schools and at Burdett Business College.

His active life was spent in the insurance business, in which he won a prominent place. He was a member of the Boston Chamber of Commerce, the Boston Board of Fire Underwriters, the Massachusetts Agents Association, and the Boston Insurance Library Association. He was a trustee of the Dorchester Savings Bank, Treasurer and Director of the Suffolk-Norfolk Realty Corporation, Trustee of the Milton Masonic Building Association, and of the Tuell Alumni Association of Milton.

He was keenly interested in town affairs, being Auditor for five years, three years a member of the warrant committee, and a member of many committees on town business.

Brother Harlow took his Masonic degrees in Macedonian Lodge in 1906 and was its Master in 1917-18. He was Junior Grand Deacon in 1919 and District Deputy Grand Master for the Dorchester Fourth Masonic District in 1929 and 1930, by appointment of Most Worshipful Herbert W. Dean. He gave faithful and very valuable service as Chairman for Zone One in the Department of Education from its inception to the close of 1934, when considerations of health forced his retirement. At the time of his death he was Representative of the Grand Lodge of the Netherlands near this Grand Lodge.

Although of mature years when he became a member of our Fraternity, he gave it devoted service for the rest of his life. He was a friendly man and made friends who loved him for his personality as well as respected him for his useful labors.



From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1983, Page 29:

Ill. Henry David Harmon, 33°
Born in Weston, Massachusetts, October 22, 1902
Died in Exeter, New Hampshire, March 7, 1983

Ill. Brother Henry David Harmon, O.D., 33°, was the son of George Albion and Anna May (Robinson) Harmon. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1923, the Staley College of the Spoken Word in 1936 (Bachelor of Arts in Oratory) and Philadelphia College of Optics with the degree of Doc­tor of Optometry.

He was a Deacon and member of the Needham Congregational Church and practiced optometry in Needham and Brookline, Massa­chusetts.

On October 29, 1930 Brother Harmon married Thelma M. Larsen in Dorchester who survives him with two daughters, Mrs. William P. (Nancy) Clark of Louisville, Kentucky and Mrs. Jeremy J. (Barbara) Sawyer of Hampton, New Hampshire. There are also two brothers, Theodore S. of Osterville and Arthur L. of Melrose, five grand­children and several nieces and nephews.

Brother Harmon was raised in Brookline Lodge, A.F. & A.M. on July 19, 1930 and was Worshipful Master in 1940-4l. He was also District Deputy Grand Master of the Brighton 5th Masonic District, 1950-51 and a member of Mariners' Lodge, Cotuit, Massachusetts.

In the York Rite, Brother Harmon was a member of St. Paul's Royal Arch Chapter and Boston Council, Royal and Select Masters. He was Eminent Commander of Saint Bernard Commandery # 12 of Boston in 1958-59.

In the Scottish Rite he joined the four Bodies in the Valley of Boston in 1943 and was Thrice Potent Master of Boston Lafayette Lodge of Perfection in 1959-60-6l.

Brother Harmon received the Thirty-third Degree in Philadelphia on September 26, 1962, thereby becoming an Honorary Member of the Supreme Council, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction.

He was also a member of Aleppo Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S. and Massachusetts College, Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foeder­atis.

He was a Past President of Boston Society of Optometrists, a member of the Massachusetts Society of Optometrists, the American Optometric Association for over fifty years, the New England Coun­cil of Optometrists, Brookline Amateurs (Dramatic Club, active member), Needham Rotary Club and later, a Director of the Brook­line Rotary Club.

Funeral services were conducted at the Ronald A. Remick Fu­neral Home, Hampton, New Hampshire at 1 :00 P.M. on March 10, 1983 by Rev. James A. Barclay of the First Congregational Church of Hampton. Burial was in High Street Cemetery, Hampton, follow­ing the service.

Among those present to pay him honor were:

  • J. Philip Berquist, Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts
  • Laurence E. Eaton, Past Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts
  • Herbert H. Jaynes, Past Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts
  • Robert H. Danelson, Past Grand Master of Masons in New Hampshire
  • Donald S. Bishop, Past Thrice Potent Master, Boston Lafayette Lodge of Perfection
  • Philip M. Turner, Thrice Potent Master, Boston Lafayette Lodge of Perfection and Past Senior Grand Warden



From TROWEL, Summer/Fall 1987, Page 9:

New Education Department Director

R. W. Lynwood P. Harriman, D. D. G. M. of the New Bedford 30th Masonic District, has been appointed by the Grand Master as Director of the Education Department of Grand Lodge. He succeeds M. W. Arthur H. Melanson, who held the post for three years.

Bro. Harriman brings to Grand Lodge an administrative career of 29 years as Superintendent of Schools for the town of Fairhaven. The system peaked in 1973 to 3,500 students and on the day of his retirement (July 31) had dropped to 2,280. Changes resulting from the adoption of Proposition 2 1/2 saw the closing of schools, the combining of others, and the loss of 40 teachers from the system. "Schools have gone the full cycle in many areas of instruction in my 30 years, but computers have added a new dimension. Ten years ago we had only ten; now we have 180, some of which are very sophisticated."

A native of Ashland, ME, and a classmate at Colby College, Waterville, of M. W. J. Philip Berquist, he was Raised in George H. Taber Lodge, Fairhaven. He served as Worshipful Master in 1980 and was installed District Deputy last December. The 59-year-old educator is married to Donna Elliot, also a Maine native, who is manager of the Unemployment Insurance Section of the Department of Employment Security. They are the parents of sons Peter and Mark and a daughter, Lynda, Mrs. Russell Normand. She is office manager of the Gramlich Insurance Co. of New Bedford. The Harrimans have three grandchildren.

On May 21, in ceremonies held in Worcester, Bro. Harriman received a special Presidential Award for distinguished service from the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents. Recently 250 coworkers and friends in the Fairhaven area honored him for his many years of service. He plans to do some labor negotiating for the Mass. Teachers Association, mostly for administrators. "It puts me on the other side of the table from where I've been for years, but I can do as much or as little as I choose."

In addition to planning and coordinating the duties for the Lodges of Instruction in Grand Lodge, M. W. Albert T. Ames has requested the new director to arrange for seminars to better educate new Lodge secretaries. "We are experiencing increasing changes in secretaries throughout the state and most are in need of assistance. We have a problem, and we're going to do something to alleviate it," stated the Grand Master. Bro. Harriman plans to spend two days a week in his Grand Lodge office on the second floor, doing much of his planning for the future in his home office. Gardening, photography, and travelling will keep him active. "I have no plans to be an armchair TV fan."





From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1923, Page 51:

We are again called upon to mourn the death of another dear friend and Brother, who has been a valuable member of our institution for many years.

On the twenty-third day of August, 1922, Illustrious Brother Francis Alfred Harrington passed from our midst to that undiscovered country from which no traveler returns. Sprung from an old New England family with an enviable record for active and honorable public service, our Brother never ceased to emulate their honorable records.

Brother Harrington was born in Worcester, Mass., November 17, 1846. Following a course in the public schools of his native city, he continued his studies at Howe's Business College, and later at Worcester Academy.

For many years he was engaged in business in the company known as Harrington Bros., and later took active part in the organization of the Masonic Protective Association, known today as the Massachusetts Protective Association. This company represents his chief activity in recent years, and he served as its President from its inception to his death, a period of twenty-seven years.

Our Brother found time to serve his city and State, lie was elected to the Board of Aldermen in 1887, where he worked for three years, and where his efficiency was recognized and rewarded by his being elected President of the Board in 1889. He was next elected the Mayor of his city for three successive years, where his administration was characterized by the wise and painstaking service rendered. He represented his district in the Massachusetts Senate for three years, where he was placed on many important committees, and at all times to the satisfaction of his constituents.

Brother Harrington found ample opportunity to enjoy fraternal life. He was a prominent Odd Fellow, and active in the Massachusetts State Grange, where he was Treasurer for twenty years. His career in Masonry alone was one of great and continued activity. He became a member of Athelstan Lodge on the thirty-first of January, 1872, and was its Worshipful Master in 1899. He was a member of Eureka Chapter, Hiram Council, Worcester County Commandery, of which he was Eminent Commander in 1885-1886, and its Treasurer for the last seventeen years of his life: Worcester Lodge of Perfection, Goddard Council, Lawrence Chapter, and Massachusetts Consistory. He was a Trustee of the Masonic Fraternity of Worcester, and a member of the Worcester Masonic Charity and Educational Association. His connection with these bodies extended over many years, and lie rendered faithful and helpful service. As a result, an in recognition of his untiring and honorable Masonic activities, he w. made a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33°, by the Supreme Council of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction on September 17, 1907.

By his death the City, the State, and the Masonic Fraternity suffered a great loss. His funeral services were conducted in the Egyptian Chamber of the Masonic Temple, in Worcester, in charge of Worcester County Commandery. The large hall and its galleries were crowded to their capacity by his fellow citizens, who vied in showing their love and respect.

Brother Harrington will ever be remembered for his constructive advice and generous contributions to the Fraternity he so highly praised. His devotion to every duty that devolved upon him during his long service the institution has earned and enjoyed not only the respect, but the sincere love and affection of all his associates. His memory will be cherished as a rich heritage by all of us whose high privilege it was to be associated with him. It is with sad hearts indeed that we bid farewell to our dear departed friend and brother.

Edward M. Woodward, 33°,
Arthur B. Chapin, 33°,
Henry L. Green, 33°,



From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1988, Page 29:

Ill. Frank Leighton Harrington, 33°
Born in Worcester, Massachusets, January 17, 1902
Died in Worcester. Massachusetts, April 21, 1988

Ill. Frank Leighton Harrington was the son of Frank C. and Leora L. (Leighton) Harrington. After graduating from Phillips Exeter Academy he entered Dartmouth College. In his junior year he was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa honor societ and graduated in 1924 with an A.B. degree, magna cum laude. After graduating from Dartmouth he enrolled in Harvard Law School from which he graduated in 1927 with a LLB. degree. Subsequently he received two honorary degrees, one from Dartmouth College and one from Assumption College.

After graduating from law school. he joined the law firm of Choate, Hall and Stewart in Boston where he worked two years. He then joined the Massachusetts Protective Association, Inc. in 1930 and served the Association and its affiliate. the Paul Revere Life Insurance Company, as assistant secretary, assistant counsel, counsel, and vice president.

In 1945 Ill. Brother Harrington became the third president of the Massachusetts Protective Association. a business which was co-founded by his grandfather, lll:. Francis A. Harrington, 33° , in 1895 and who was its first president. Ill. Brother Frank Harrington served as president until 1966 and then as chairman of the board until 1968 when he retired.

Ill. Brother Harrington was a trustee and/or director of many businesses and institutions and was a member of several clubs and organizations. He was an avid fisherman and was a member of several sports clubs.

The Masonic career of Ill. Brother Harrington began when he joined Athelstan Lodge in Worcester where he was raised a Master Mason on May 14, 1924. He later became an affiliate member of The Harvard Lodge in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

In the York Rite he was exalted in Eureka Royal Arch Chapter on March 10, 1925 and knighted in Worcester County Commandery on June 18, 1925. He was greeted in Hiram Council, R.&S.M. on May 13, 1942, all York Rite Bodies being located in Worcester, Massachusetts. He served as Commander of his Commandery in 1942-1943. Ill. Brother Harrington's Scottish Rite career began on November 22, 1937 when he joined the Worcester Lodge of Perfection. He then joined the Goddard Council, Princes of Jerusalem on December 20, 1937 and Lawrence Chapter of Rose Croix on January 24, 1938, both in the Valley of Worcester. On May 3, 1938 he received the 32° in Massachusetts Consistory in Boston. In recognition of his outstanding leadership in the fraternity and the community, he was created a Sovereign Grand Lnspector General, 33°, Honorary member of the Supreme Council on September 27, 1961 at Chicago.

Ill. Brother Harrington was also a member of Alethia Grotto, Aleppo Shrine Temple and the Worcester Masonic Charity and Educational As­sociation on which he served as a trustee for many years.

Funeral services were held on Monday, April 25, 1988, in the United Congregational Church with his pastor, the Rev. Fred W. Anderson, officiating. Ill. Brother Harrington is survived by his wife, Louise (Cronin) Harrington, three sons, Frank L., Jr., Thomas B. and George 0. Har­rington, and one daughter, Roxanna H. Stevenson.



From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XIII, No. 7, May 1854, Page 206; also appears in New England Freemason, Vol. II, No. 4, April 1875, Page 161:


On Thursday, the 30th of March, the remains of the venerable patriot Jonathan Harrington, of Lexington, were consigned to the tomb, with the rites and ceremonies of the Masonic Institution, in the presence of a large and imposing body of Military, and a vast assembly of citizens, convened in the ancient town of Lexington, for the purpose of paying funeral honors to the memory of one whose long life had fully illustrated the obligations and duties of Masonry and good citizenship. The funeral rites were performed by the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, assisted by Hiram Lodge of West Cambridge, of which the deceased was a member, and Brethren from many of the Lodges in the vicinity, and from this city. The Masonic procession was quite large, numbering over two hundred Brethren, and made a most solemn and imposing display, on its march from the house of the deceased to the grave. The Most Worshipful Grand Master, Rev. George M. Randall, delivered the funeral address, which was distinguished for its truthful delineation of the character of the departed, and for the touching lessons to the living which the speaker evolved therefrom. For purity of language, elevation of thought, and fervor of expression, this truly beautiful performance equalled the brightest efforts of its gifted author.

The subject of these obsequies was born in the year 1758, and was consequently in his ninetysixth year, at the time of his death. His father had designed him for the medical profession, and at the time of the British attack upon the people of Lexington, on the 19th April, 1775, though pursuing his preparatory studies for that profession, he was yet so thoroughly imbued with the spirit of American liberty that we find him attached to Capt. Parker's company of minute-men, and performing the duty of fifer for that devoted band of patriots. He was at his post on the morning of the momentous 19th of April, and with the shrill notes of his fife rallied the company upon Lexington common, to meet the invading foe. On that day he saw many of his friends and kindred fall around him, and beheld the blood of patriots sink into the ground, literally to rise up in a harvest of armed men. The effect of the subsequent war so impaired the means of the father that the study of the medical profession was abandoned by the son, and he devoted himself to the humble pursuits of agriculture, in which he thrived -and prospered during a long, virtuous, and happy life. He was ever a true patriot, a firm supporter of the laws and Constitution of his country, a good father, husband, and citizen, and as such has left behind him a spotless character, as-the pride of his descendants and for the reverence and emulation of his townsmen. The body was received in due form at the dwelling house of the deceased, by the Masonic Fraternity, and escorted to the Unitarian Meeting House, near the battle field, where the services consisted of prayer by the Rev. Stephen Lovell, Grand Chaplain, the address by Grand Master Randall, selections from scripture, and closing prayer by clergymen of Lexington, and appropriate music by the choir of the church. The procession was then re-formed, and proceeded to the grave yard near the church, where the body was deposited in the family tomb, and the emblematical tribute bestowed thereon by all the Brethren as they passed by.

Besides the Grand Lodge and Masonic Brethren present in the procession, His Excellency the Governor and suite, His Honor the Lieut. Governor and Council, and a very large representation from the Senate and House of Representatives, were present; also the Middlesex Brigade of volunteer militia under command of Gen. Jones, of Lincoln, and a great number of the citizens of the town, and visitors from, other places. As this vast body wound its solemn way to the grave, to the mournful notes of the funeral dirge, as performed by a full band of music, the effect was in the highest degree imposing, and called forth deep sighs from many a manly breast.

Mr. Harrington joined the Masonic Fraternity in the early days of his manhood, and was initiated at King Solomon's Lodge, in Charlestown. Subsequently he was one of the petitioners for the Charter of Hiram Lodge, at Lexington, and was the first Secretary of that Lodge. This office he held for upwards of twenty years, discharging its important duties with faithfulness, and to great acceptance. He continued a firm friend of the Institution throughout the dark days of Masonry, and never faltered in his attachment. About a year ago the venerable patriot sent by a Brother a verbal message of cordial friendship and approbation for Ihe Masonic Brotherhood, to Hiram Lodge, at West Cambridge, and presented his Masonic apron and his autograph for the acceptance of the Lodge. His last testimonial in behalf of the Institution which he ever loved, and the pure precepts of which his life ever exemplified, was to prefer a decided request that at his decease his body might be interred with Masonic ceremonies. When breathing his last, in reply to a kindly inquiry whether he wanted anything, he said, "I want nothing but peace." Let us hope that he has found that peace "which passeth all understanding." So mote it be. .

The following is, substantially, the Address of Br. Randall, who spoke without the aid of notes:— included at the Grand Master Randall page.

Thus were consigned to their final resting place the mortal remains of the last of that little band of patriots who fought the first battle of the Revolution, — a faithful Brother, an exemplary citizen, and an honest man.


From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XV, No. 5, March 1856, Page 159:

We are pained to announce the death of our esteemed Brother Dr. Thaddeus William Harris, the well known librarian of Harvard University. He died at his residence in Cambridge, Jan, 16th, at the age of sixty years. He was son of Rev. Thaddeus Mason Harris, D.D., of Dorchester, and was born in that town on the 12th of November, 1795; graduated at Harvard College in 1805, in the same class with President Sparks, Rev. Dr. Palfrey, Rev. Dr. Francis, and Professor Theophilus Parsons. Alter leaving College, he chose the medical profession, and on completing his studies, established himself as a physician in his native town, where he soon acquired a high reputation in his profession.

In 1813, on the decease of Benjamin Peirce, the Librarian of Harvard College, Dr. Harris was elected as his successor. This office he accepted and held until his decease, discharging its duties with great fidelity and assiduity. Dr. Harris was a man of extensive scientific acquirements, and greatly distinguished himself as a Naturalist. He was pronounced by the learned Professor Agassiz, to be " decidedly the best entomologist in the world, and he contributed largely by various publications to the dissemination of knowledge on the subjects of Natural History. While a resident of Dorchester, he became a member of Union Lodge, and though alter his removal to Cambridge, his business and scientific pursuits prevented his giving the subject of Masonry any close attention, he always evinced a lively interest in the prosperity and welfare of our ancient institution.



From Proceedings of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter, 1811, Page ChI-93:


An Address delivered before the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts, in the Baptist Meeting House at Charlestown, at the interment of Comp. James Harrison, Jan’y 23d, 1812, by Brother, the Hon. Josiah Bartlett, M. D.

My respected Brethren:—

We are again assembled to offer our last tribute of respect, to the memory of a distinguished member of this ancient fraternity, and the frequency of these solemnities evinces the truth of that eventful decree, to the progenitor of the human race, “Dust thou art and unto dust shalt thou return.”

Public attestations to the merits of the dead are instructive to the living, and whilst the philosophic labors of our Franklin, must inspire us with admiration, the arduous toils of our WASH­INGTON with patriotism, and the undaunted courage of our Warren with bravery, the humbler, but not less virtuous pursuits of our beloved brother whose remains are now before us, but whose ears are deaf to our grateful effusions of esteem, must excite in us a laudable desire to imitate his virtues.

For tokens of his filial regard, we may inquire of his venerable parent, and he will declare, that a constant course of obedience and respect were exhibited in every action of his life.

To convince us of his conjugal attentions, if we appeal to his surviving partner, she will gratefully assure us, that his tenderness and affection were sincere and undeviating.

For evidence of his parental kindness and solicitude, should we examine his tender offspring, their copious tears would testify to his peculiar care in their education, morals and rational enjoyments.

To know his fraternal attachment we may go to the fatherless children of his departed brethren who will willingly discover, that by his liberality they were comforted and encouraged as their exigencies required.

In proof of his constancy and stability as a friend, we might re­fer to many with whom he reciprocated this endearing connection, and they would acknowledge his fidelity and sincerity.

To display his domestic deportment, should we question those who have composed his household, they will cheerfully tell us, that he was courteous, generous and exemplary.

For a demonstration of his religious principles and character, if we solicit the opinions of those with whom he was specially con­nected and associated in this most important relation, they will readily inform us, that he was a pre-eminent consistent Christian, that he generously contributed to the erection of this sacred edi­fice, and that his kind attachment to them and their reverend pas­tor, will embalm his memory in their grateful remembrance.

To discover his conduct in business, wo may resort to those with whom he was most intimately connected, and with whom he dealt; they will convince us, that fairness and punctuality were conspic­uous in his various pursuits, and that his extensive concerns were regulated by uprightness and integrity.

To evince his sentiments on political subjects, should we interro­gate his associates and acquaintances, they will readily answer, that although decided in his opinions and invariably attached to the original patrons and supporters of our national charter, he was, from the moment of his admission to the rights of citizenship, till the time of his death, without the zeal of a bigot, or the ardor of a partizan, a conscientious supporter of the constituted author­ities ; and that he viewed with equal disapprobation the unjustifia­ble measures of the government from which he emigrated, and the arbitrary usurpations of her imperial rival.

To ascertain his merits as a citizen, his readiness to contribute on every proper occasion to the public welfare, and his scrupulous regard to the peace and prosperity of the town, we refer you to those, who at different periods have directed its concerns, and they with all who knew him in the assembly, can furnish a satisfactory reply.

To develop his private charities, we might visit the abodes of numerous victims of poverty and distress whose ardent benedic­tions would prove his attention to their sufferings and necessities.

To assure us of his patience and submission, we may ask of those who surrounded him, in a long, excruciating illness, and they will relate, that with meekness and humility, he submitted to the in­scrutable dispensations of his Maker, and that no murmur escaped his lips, in as severe a conflict with disease as has seldom fallen to the lot of humanity.

For his Masonic character and qualifications, if we contemplate the virtues I have briefly enumerated, we may fully discover the genuine principles of our institution, and would to God, that his amiable qualities were conspicuous in the lives and conduct of the whole fraternity; then would its progress, which has so long resisted the ravages of time and the varied assaults of its enemies, extend with increasing lustre and silence its most strenuous op­posers.

Mr. Harrison was born at Blackburn in Lancashire, in Great Britain, June 17th, 1766. He married Alice Ainsworth of the same place, June 25th, 1791. She died in Boston, Jan’y 24th, 1795, which was soon after his arrival in this country. He mar­ried Charlotte Noble of Boston, Feb. 1st, 1796. By the former wife he had three children, two of whom are dead. By his widow he had ten, of which eight are now living. In 1794, he was initiated into King Solomon’s Lodge in this place, after which he be­came a member of St. Andrew’s Royal Arch Chapter at Boston, where from his assiduity and improvement he arrived to its highest office. He afterwards sustained an important station in the Grand Chapter of the Commonwealth, and I shall not derogate from the merits of the living, or reproach the memory of the dead, when I remark that the various offices in which he served were never filled by a worthier Mason.

I am fully aware, my friends and fellow citizens, how cursorily and jmperfectly the duty assigned me on this interesting occasion Into been discharged; but the unusual shortness of the notice, my professional avocations, and the severity of the season, may serve as an apology. Willingly would I have dwelt on the character of so sincere a friend, so valuable an acquaintance, and so good a man. But with our most respectful, unaffected affectionate con­dolence with the bereaved family and relatives of the deceased, and with the members of this religious society, we must now com­mit him to the silent mansions of the dead, believing that his im­mortal spirit is participating the joys he so fondly anticipated, in the presence of the Supreme Architect of the Universe, and in the enjoyment of that celestial temple where “the wicked cease from troubling and the weary are at rest.”


From New England Craftsman, Vol. III, No. 4, January 1908, Page 151:

Brother Abraham Gifford Hart, a well known and highh respected citizen of Fall River, Mass.. died November 14 in the 77th year of his age. It is said of this brother, "Few men, of whatever station, sought more steadfastly to live a true man's life, or were more generally regarded for their moral worth and social excellence." Brother Hart had served as treasurer of the Union Savings Bank for more than 16 years. He took an active interest in Freemasonry and during a period of 30 years in which he has been treasurer of his lodge he has been absent but live times, He received the degrees in Mount Hope Lodge in 1866, he was master of the lodge in 1871, 1872 and 1873. He was a district deputy grand master of the Grand Lodge in 1876-1878. Brother Hart will be greatly missed by his associates who say of him:

"He was a man who won and kept friends. The sincerity, courage, kindliness and youthfulness of his character appealed widely, and those who trusted him found that their trust was never in vain. He would stand for the right as he saw it but he would not condemn, without reason, any other thinker, and his charity was abundant. He would go farther to show courtesies and reveal possible risks other persons in business relation than many business men will do. He was not of the class of business men who say, 'Let the other fellow do the worrying', when, if there is occasion to worry, justice and gratitude would suggest that the fellow not 'the other' should sustain the burden."


From Proceedings, Page 1927-24:

R. W. Brother Hartshorn was born in Walpole, Mass., Feb. 24, 1856. After passing through the Walpole Public Schools and the Bryant & Stratton Commercial College he entered the provision business with his uncle, Warren Hartshorn, in Walpole. In 1881 he moved to Norwood and started a provision business of his own which he continued up to the time of his death.

Brother Hartshorn threw himself actively into the business and civic life of the growing town of Norwood., and was one of its best and most useful citizens. Officially he served the town as a member of its Board of Selectmen, was Town Auditor for several years, and was Representative in the State Legislature. For thirty-seven years he was a member of the Republican Town Committee, and during the latter part of his service its Chairman. His services to the business and other interests of the town in an unofficial capacity were numerous and valuable. He was an active member of the Universalist parish in Norwood, and long served as Chairman of its Standing Committee.

Being of a social nature he was a member of several fraternities and social organizations. In Freemasonry he was a member and Past Master of Orient Lodge, and for many years its Associate Member of the Board of Masonic Relief. He was also a charter member of Azure Lodge.

He was a member of Hebron Royal Arch Chapter, and Temple Commandery, Knights Templars, both of Norwood. By appointment of M.W. Charles T. Gallagher he served as District Deputy Grand Master for the 22nd Masonic District in 1900 and 1901.

R. W. Brother Hartshorn died after a short illness Jan. 22, 1927. Loved by his Brethren and associates, honored by his townsmen, and respected by all who knew him, he leaves his family the priceless heritage of a spotless name.

R. W. Brother Hartshorn was an admirable example of the Freemason practicing in the world the principles inculcated in the Lodge.


From New England Craftsman, Vol. X, No. 7, April 1915, Page 254:

Charles Hamant Harwood, a well known Boston physician, and a member of Columbian Lodge and Saint Paul's R. A. Chapter, died at his apartments on Commonwealth Ave., Boston. April 11th, after a brief illness. Dr. Harwood was born in Boston March 28, 1864. He attended Boston public schools and Latin School, after which he entered Harvard University, receiving the degree of B. A. in 1884. He took the course at Harvard Medical School, receiving the degree in 1888. He commenced practice as physician in Boston. Of late he was connected with Dr. Bouset of the Boston Dispensary, where he remained until his death. He was taken ill April 4th with pneumonia from which he failed to revive. His funeral service was held in the Chapel at Forest Hills Cemetery, April l3th, and was conducted by Rev. George J. Prescott. a Brother Mason and old friend of the deceased.

Dr. Harwood was an authority on sanity ami was frequently called to render decisions on important cases. He furnished reports in connection with the late Richardson murder case. He leaves a widow and one son, who is connected with the Standard Oil Company, living in Lowell.


From Liberal Freemason, Vol. VII, No. 1, April 1883, Page 22:

A special communication of Social Harmony Lodge Free and Accepted Masons was held on Friday Evening, March 30th, for the purpose of adopting resolutions of sympathy for the family and friends of their deceased sojourning brother, Lieut. Col. Franklin Harwood. Interesting and sympathetic remarks were made by the Master, and by all the members of the Lodge that were present, and appropriate responses were made by Worshipful Brother James N. Fdmondston, and Brother V. Maxcy Markoe, intimate friends and associates, as well as masonic brothers of the deceased. The Senior Warden, G. H. G. McGrew, in presenting the series of resolutions, made the following introductory remarks : —

"Worshipful Master and Brethren: Several months ago there came into our village three men, Lieut. Col. Franklin Harwood, James N. Edmondston, and V. Maxcy Markoe, connected with the work of improving our navigable rivers and harbors. They were not long in proving themselves brethren of the 'Mystic Tie,' and were at once welcome visitors in our Lodge. One of them, Brother Markoe, was presently detailed to work at another point. The other two remained with us and made their presence felt not only in the small circle of their Masonic brethren, but in the more extended circle of the whole community. Often have I heard the remark that never have two men, not permanently identified with the place, done more for the moral and spiritual upbuilding of the people; more in the way of practical charity and disinterested benevolence; more for the establishment of a Christian church where men of all shades of belief may go and find congenial company—a fraternal greeting, and a home-like atmosphere pervading the whole place; more to help their Masonic brethren in a small and struggling lodge; — in short, never have two men done more to make their influence for good felt than these two whom we feel proud to call our brothers.

"I have often regretted that my timidity and want of practice in extempore speaking prevented me from responding to the toast of Worshipful Brother Edmondston, when one night after one of our Lodge meetings he pledged the health of Social Harmony Lodge, and gave us all his venerable 'God bless you'! It was in my heart then to respond, and 1 hope you will allow me now to say that if all the officers and civil employes of the United States Army were as, dignified in their bearing, and as estimable in their daily walk before God and men as the three whom we had the pleasure that night of welcoming as our visiting brethren from another jurisdiction, we should never fear for the reputation of our army, nor for the result of any conflict of arms or intellect in which they were engaged. But to-night our hearts are filled with sadness at the loss of one of these, our beloved brothers. T-he ears that then would have listened to these feeble attempts at praise are now forever dumb. The eyes that would have flashed forth responsive greeting, and the lips thaf would have replied in fitting terms are closed with the seal of death. Nevermore will his pleasant smile greet, us, never again shall we clasp his hand in fraternal grasp, nor kneel with him around our common altar. He has gone from our Lodge below to be admitted into the Supreme Grand Lodge above. But while we deplore his loss, we are not without comfort. Though deprived of his bodily presence we still have left to us, as a rich legacy, the remembrance of his many excellent qualities, and not only have we the cherished memory of the dead, but we have also, (and God grant that we may long have,) the living presence of our deceased brother's long-time friend, whom we all delight to honor.

"Worshipful Master, I thank you sincerely for the honor you have conferred upon me, in making me the chairmen of the committee to prepare resolutions of sympathy with the friends and relatives of our esteemed brother. Your committee beg leave to Submit the following:

"Hall of Social Harmony Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, Warehani, Mass., March, 30th, 1883.

  • Whereas, on the 25th day of the present month, sudden and unexpected death took from us, our beloved brother, Franklin Harwood, a member of Ancient Landmark Lodge, No. 440, of New York, therefore let it be
  • Resolved, That in his death we recognize the loss of one who, during his brief residence among us, had by his many amiable and nianly qualities, not only won the merited esteem of the community at large, but by his frequent and helpful attendance at our Lodge meetings as well as by his regular and upright conduct as a Mason, had particularly endeared himself to his Masonic Brothers of this Lodge.
  • Resolved, That we do hereby tender to our Sister Lodge in New York, and to his immediate friends and relatives, particularly his aged parents, and his sorrow-stricken widow and children, the expression of our heartfelt sympathy in their sad bereavement.
  • Resolved, That the Lodge be draped in mourning for a period of thirty days, in token of our respect and esteem for our deceased brother.
  • Resolved, That the secretary be instructed to furnish a copy of the foregoing preamble and resolutions to the family of the deceased and to Ancient Landmark Lodge.

G. H. G. McGrew,

John M. Besse,
Geo. H. Griffen

Attest: Edward A. Gammons."



From New England Craftsman, Vol. XI, No. 5, February 1916, Page 171:

With the death of Willard Harwood, of Medfield, Mass., which occurred during- the past month comes the ending of a family of eight children, four of whom were members of Oxford Lodge of Masons. Of the four brothers, Charles and Willard came to Boston in 1859 to form a partnership and established a business as dealers in watches and materials. They engaged their brothers, John and Pliny Merrick as salesmen, and located in a chamber at 247 (old number) Washington St. Later they occupied the building at 26 Bromfield St., and from there moved into one of the new buildings built on Washington St., just after the fire of 1872. At the present time the establishment is just opposite this location. Upon the death of Charles in 1903, the partnership became severed and Willard by a previous mutual understanding purchased his brother's interest, including the firm name, and continued the business as its sole proprietor up to the time of his death. The two brothers were placed side by side in their lot in Forest Hills cemetery in Boston.firm name, and continued the business as its sole proprietor up to the time of his death. The two brothers were placed side by side in their lot in Forest Hills cemetery in Boston.



From TROWEL, Fall 2004, Page 14:

Charlestown has played an important part in the history of the establishment of the United States of America since before the Declaration of Independence was signed. Many of our country's forefathers—and our Masonic forefathers—had their roots in Charlestown, including Dr. and General Joseph Warren, the Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts who lost his life during the battle of Breed's (now Bunker) Hill. Some Charlestown residents continue to play a role in the formation of modern history.

Brother Donald A. Haska of King Solomon's Lodge is one of today's modern patriots. He was instrumental in lobbying the Massachusetts State Legislature for a compromise in naming the new cable-stayed bridge crossing the Charles River as the Leonard P. Zakim-Bunker Hill Bridge. His only motivation was to have the bridge historically linked to the community that it serves, and which was so severely impacted by the construction of the Big Dig. As a result of his tireless efforts he received a recognition award from the Bunker Hill Associates.

An artist by training, with both B. F. A. and M.F. A. degrees, Brother Haska has received many awards for his art and designs. Among them were a Paul Revere Bowl for his commitment to the community of Charlestown, and a special Competition Design Award from Boston Mayor Thomas Menino for his unique concept in the redesign of Boston's City Hall Plaza.

His additional community service includes serving on the board of directors of the Bunker Hill Monument Association, the oldest cultural organization outside of Masonry in the United States, and he has served on the boards of the Bunker Hill Museum and the Charlestown Historical Association. He also serves as an elected representative on the Charlestown Neighborhood Council and the city's Public Safety Committee, chairing its LNG Public Safety [Subcommittee.

Before becoming an artist. Brother Haska was very interested in history, art, and science. When he was relocating to the Boston area, Charlestown became a magnet to him because of its deep historical roots. He was careful to choose a site rich in history, and his home is part of the battlefield known as "Rail Fence," which is actually an imaginary line placed across his back yard from the Bunker Hill Monument. Shortly after moving, he discovered that many Masons fought and died there.

Haska says "Bunker Hill represents not only the art of the obelisk, but the science of Masonry as well. Bunker Hill was the first battle for civil rights in America. The monument represents Dr. Joseph Warren and numerous other Patriots who signed in blood their Declaration of Independence from Great Britain." Prior to his becoming a Mason, Brother Haska was doing volunteer work for the Boston National Historical Park. He was asked to investigate the background of the first memorial on Bunker Hill, raised by King Solomon's Lodge. It took him over a year to figure out how Freemasons came to such an artistic design. It was through this research that Masonry piqued his interest, and he began asking people he knew were Masons what the fraternity was about. The more he asked, the more confused he became. It seems the "old school Masons" were quite tight-lipped about the Craft.

It was only after he asked three times that he was finally presented with a petition. Haska says about his first entry into a Lodge, "it wasn't until I knocked three times . . . that I understood the meaning of the three Degrees and my three requests . . . Today, the more I study the Craft, the more I am amazed."

He says, "what I learned in the arts and sciences was paralleled in the Ritual. I asked myself why a person with a Masters in Fine Arts would want to become a Master Mason? Didn't I already know this stuff?" He needed only time to study. Persistence, planning and lots of patience for God's work are the keys to learning, and he says the lessons of the three Degrees are the keys to the future. Becoming a Mason has given him a unique perspective into the world that is not present in the contemporary arts.

"Masonry teaches us how to work in the quarries of our communities. The thinnest mortar makes for the finest building. {The} application of just a bit of mortar and good will from our Masonic tenets allow anyone who is called, to become a master artisan, a Master Mason. But again, Masons, like artists, only learn by doing. Perception is everything."

Bro. Haska took advantage of many opportunities afforded any Mason. Among them, he chose to attend the Masonic Leadership Institute. He says it provided him with the tools and direction to perceive the needs of family and community.

"The Craft teaches us the finest methods of working in the quarries of our towns. It is tough work, it is hard work. It may take years to achieve, but as art, it provides for the finest marble, the best sculpture, without the flaws and imperfections that are present in other stones and organizations. MAC also means Masons And Communities. We may be aware of our Masonic ritual, but it is the perception and dedication to our communities that produces the finest Masonic Art."

Bro. Haska is a past officer of King Solomon's Lodge, and has served as Secretary/Treasurer of the 1st Lodge of Instruction and its predecessor forum for the past nine years.

"There is an old English proverb," he continues, "'One father is more than one hundred schoolmasters.' Masonic Awareness teaches us that one Brother is more than a hundred fathers, for one Brother, working in a community can reach the hearts of many fathers and mothers, by working in his Lodge, church, and charitable organizations. Just imagine what a thousand Masons can accomplish!"

Whether he is an artist, designer, electronics technician, college professor, historian, or community activist,
Bro. Haska embodies the best ideals a Mason can have. His community, his Lodge, and indeed history, have all
been enriched by his insight and foresight. Bro. Donald A. Haska is truly a MAC Mason.


From New England Craftsman, Vol. I, No. 9, July 1906, Page 400:

Bro. Alfred Haskell, a native of Medford, and a police officer for twenty-two years, who was recently retired under the police pension act, died May 10, of paralysis, in his seventy-fifth year. He was born April 14, 1831. After receiving what education he could in the old town, he engaged in the ship carpenter's trade and worked in many of the old shipyards. At the breaking out of the Civil War he enlisted in Company E, Fifth Regiment, and participated in the first battle of Bull Run. After returning home he again enlisted in Company F of the same regiment and was made first lieutenant. He was a member of S. C. Lawrence Post 66, G. A. R., Mount Hermon Lodge, F. & A. M.; charter member of Mystic Chapter Royal Arch, Medford Council Royal and Select Masters, and a member of the Minute Men. He was appointed a member of the police force on March 20, 1884.



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

Ill. Roger Whitcomb Haskell, 33°
Born in Worcester, Massachusetts, May 9, 1906
Died in Worcester, Massachusetts, January 11, 1994

Ill. Roger Whitcomb Haskell, 33° was the son of Fred W. and Alice E. (Vaughan) Haskell. He graduated from Worcester Classical High School in 1925, moved to Springfield, Massachusetts where he was employed by the Crane Corporation. Upon his return to Worcester he attended Northeastern University and Worcester Junior College where he was president of PI TAU KAPPA fraternity. He was employed as an accountant at the American Steel and Wire Company until his retirement in 1968.

He is survived by his sister Mildred Haskell, with whom he lived, his sister Alice Haskell Sproule of Holden, Massachusetts, two nephews and a niece. He was a lifetime member of the former Chestnut Street Congregational Church, now known as United Church of Christ (through merger). He was a member and past treasurer of the Greendale Retired Mens' Club.

He served as a trustee and treasurer of Worcester Masonic Charitable and Educational Association, and as Sovereign Prince of Goddard Council, Princes of Jerusalem in 1960-61. He was a member of the Massachusetts Consistory in Boston. He was presented the Meritorious Service Award in 1961 from Massachusetts Scottish Rite and was created a 33° Honorary Member of the Supreme Council, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, on September 27, 1967. He joined Aleppo Shrine Temple in Boston, later transferring to Melha Temple in Springfield. He served as Worcester Ambassador for thirty years, securing candidates, visiting Boston Bums and Springfield Orthopedic Hospitals often and participating in most parades. A cherished memory was riding astride an elephant at age sixty-six in Worcester's 250th Anniversary Parade.

He was a Mason in true style - visiting the elderly and infirm. Every death that came to his attention found him present at calling hours and funerals. In 1927 he joined Hampden Lodge, A.F. & A.M. He served as president of Hampshire Shrine Club. He was a member of Rose of Sharon Lodge; the Worcester County Shrine Club; the Royal Order of Jesters; a charter member of Worcester Chapter Order of DeMolay; and a member of other Shrine Clubs affiliated with Melha Temple, in addition to several of the units.

The funeral was held in the Grecian Chamber of Worcester Masonic Temple with Masonic service conducted by members of Rose of Sharon Lodge. Past Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts, Edgar W. Darling, and Bro. and Rev. Dean E. Benedict, 32°, M.S.A., officiated. Interment was in the family grave in Hope Cemetery, Worcester, Massachusetts.


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From New England Craftsman, Vol. I, No. 1, October 1905, Page 31:

Brother Leander M. Haskins of Rockport died August 2. age sixty-four. He was a native of Rockport. He fitted for college at Phillips-Andover Academy, graduating at Dartmouth in 1862. After graduation he taught school in Rockport, and then took up civil engineering. In 1863 he was appointed a clerk in the commissions department of the army and was attached to the Nineteenth Army Corps, afterwards becoming a clerk in the Navy Department.

On his return to New England he engaged in the fish and commission business on Long Wharf, Boston. He was one of the pioneers in the fish isinglass business, conducting the L- M. Haskins Factory at the time of his death. At the time of his death he was a director in the Faneuil Hall National Bank, the Boston & Northern Street Railway and other corporations. He was a member of the Boston Art Club, the University Club, the B. A. A., Ashler Lodge, A. F. and A. M., Boston Commandery, Knights Templars, the Rockport Tribe of Red Men, Excelsior Council, Royal Arcanum of Somerville, the Old South Church, Boston, and other organizations. He served as representative one year. He had been interested in yachting, being a member of the old Cape Ann and Rockport Yacht clubs.


From Proceedings, Page 1927-211:

Brother Hastings was born in Boylston, Mass., July 23, 1854, and died at his home irr Clinton June 18, 1926. In early life he was a farmer. In middle life he became a carriage and automobile painter of marked ability. It is said that wagons and carriages painted by "Hastings" were so distinctive that the work was recognized at a glance.

He received the degrees in Freemasonry in Trinity Lodge, of Clinton, in 1889, and became Worshipful Master in 1901. His service to the Lodge did not, however, end with his mastership. He served as Marshal from 1905 to 1916 inclusive and as Trustee from 1917 until his death. He was District Deputy Grand Master for the Twenty-fourth Masonic District in 1919 and 1920, by appointment of M.W. Leon M. Abbott and M.W, Arthur D. Prince.

He was deeply interested in the cognate bodies of Freemasonry as well as in the Symbolic Lodge. He was a member of Clinton Chapter, R. A. M. and a past High Priest; a member of Hiram Council, R. and S. M.; and a member and past Commander of Trinity Commandery, K. T., which he served as Prelate for the last ten years of his life. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite bodies in Worcester and of Massachusetts Consistory in Boston.

A friend and neighbor, a past Master of Trinity Lodge, says of him: "I can sincerely say that he was beloved by all his neighbors and partieularly by the children who were frequent visitors at his house. What finer tribute could be paid to any man than that?

With all his love for children he had none of his own. He is survived by his widow, whose affiiction is particularly severe because almost total blindness made her very dependent upon him. Our sympathy goes out to her in fullest measure.


From New England Craftsman, Vol. XVI, No. 7, May 1921, Page 214:

Cornelius P. Hatch of Brookline, Mass., president of the Simons, Hatch & Whitten Company, 73-79 Essex Street, died Friday, May 6, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Frederick T. Parks, Devon Street, Newton.

One of the last of Boston's oldest merchants, he began work as a bobbin boy in Lowell mills and was active in business until recently. He was born in Wolcott, Vt., Dec. 16, 1828. His father fought in the Mexican war and one of his grandfathers served under Gen. Stark at Bennington.

In 1849 he was a member of the dry goods firm of Sears, Cross & Hatch in Dock Square, Boston. Later he was in business in New York, but returned to Boston. After the fire in 1872 the firm of Simons, Hatch & Whitte.i was formed, incorporation following in 1898. In the course of business Bro. Hatch crossed the Atlantic ocean 76 times.

Bro. Hatch was connected with the Christian Science mother church and was the oldest member of Columbian Lodge of Boston, having been made a Mason November 1st, 1860. Two sons, George M. and Frank C. Hatch, and two daughters, Mrs. Emma Tucker and Mrs. Flora A. Parks, survive him.

Bro. Hatch will be missed in his lodge where he was esteemed for his sterling Masonic qualities. He had been a regular attendant at the meetings until comparatively recently, and upon the occasion of the presentation of the Henry Price medal awarded to members of fifty years standing, he received a splendid ovation from the members present.

HATCH, EDWARD O. 1856-1934

From Proceedings, Page 1934-78:

Right Worshipful Brother Hatch was born in Charlestown, April 14, 1856, and died in Winchester, May 26, 1934.

Brother Hatch was educated in the public schools of Charlestown. He spent his active business life in the seed and agricultural supply busilress, being associated with the firm of Parker & Wood, and, later, with Joseph Breck and Sons. His later years were spent in retirement from active business. At the time of his death he was in charge of the Museum of the Grand Lodge.

Brother Hatch moved to Winchester in 1886 and resided there thereafter. In his earlier years he was a member of the Charlestown Cadets.

Brother Hatch took his Masonic degrees in Henry Price Lodge in 1882, but dimitted and affiliated with Belmont Lodge in 1890. He also held membership for a time in William Parkman Lodge and in Hesperia Lodge, of which he was a Charter Member.

Brother Hatch was Master of Belmont Lodge in 1895 and 1896, and served as District Deputy Grand Master for the Fifth Masonic District in 1898 and 1899, by appointment by M.W. Charles C. Hutchinson.

He was a member and Past High Priest of St. Andrew's Royal Arch Chapter and was Treasurer at the time of his death. He held membership in Boston Council, Royal and Select Masters, Boston Commandery, Knights Templar, and the Scottish Rite bodies in Boston, being a Past Sovereign Prince of Giles F. Yates Council, Princes of Jerusalem.

Brother Hatch's extensive Masonic interests and activities brought him into contact with a large group of friends. We shall miss his familiar figure from our midst.


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

Brother Edward Sereno Hathaway of Lynn, Mass., who marched in the ranks of the Mystic Shriners June 24th, died on the following day with heart trouble. His death was probably hastened by the march in the heat which was oppressive to those unaccustomed to such exercise. He was born in Ashland fifty-nine years ago. He was a member of Golden Fleece Lodge, Sutton R. A. Chapter and Zebulon Council R. & S. Masters. He had been a resident of Lynn for forty years.



From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1984, Page 28:

Ill. Raeburn Burton Hathaway, 33°
Born in Woodstock, Maine, March 3, 1903
Died in West Roxbury, Massachusetts, August 29, 1983

Ill. Raeburn Burton Hathaway, 33°, was the son of John E. and Delia (Wyman) Hathaway. He grew up on the family farm in the village of Bryant Pond, Maine and graduated from Woodstock High School in l 920. He excelled in sports and led the basketball team from Woodstock High to the county championship in 1919. He re­mained an avid sportsman throughout his life. He loved the out­doors and spent many happy hours hunting and fishing.

After graduation from high school, Raeburn spent two years working on the family farm. In 1922 he entered Boston University Law School and graduated three years later. Following admission to the bar, he joined the Twin Mutual Insurance Company. In 1941 he became associated with the H. K. Webster Company of Lawrence. He continued with this grain manufacturing firm until his retire­ment in 1968. In 1932 he married Christina L. Willard who predeceased him. He is survived by a son, Bro:. Raeburn B. Hathaway, Jr., 32° and a daughter, Joan and six grandchildren.

Illustrious Brother Hathaway was raised in Jefferson Lodge No. 100, Bryant Pond, Maine, September 8, 1925, demitting therefrom June 7, 1949. He affiliated with Saint Matthew's Lodge, A.F. & A.M. of Andover, Massachusetts September 22, 1948, serving as Worshipful Master in 1955 and receiving a Veteran's Medal in 1976.

In Scottish Rite, Brother Hathaway became a member of Law­rence Lodge of Perfection, Lawrence; Lowell Council, Princes of Jerusalem and Mount Calvary Chapter of Rose Croix, Lowell and Massachusetts Consistory in Boston in 1944. He served as Thrice Potent Master of Lawrence Lodge of Perfection, 1956-1958 and as Sovereign Prince, Lowell Council 1959-1961. A Charter Member of Zion Council, Princes of Jerusalem, Lawrence, in 1961, he served as Sovereigh Prince, 1962-1964.

He was a member of Mount Sinai Royal Arch Chapter and Bethany Commandery No. 17 of Lawrence and Aleppo Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S.

He was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33°, Hono­rary Member of the Supreme Council on September 23, 1959.

Funeral services were held in Andover and interment was at the Lakeside Cemetery, Woodstock, Maine.





From Proceedings, Page 1939-71:

Robert Nelson Hathaway was born in Fall River August 13, 1854, and died there February 16, 1939.

Right Worshipful Brother Hathaway's whole life was spent in Fall River, where he was a prominent figure in the industrial life of the city.

He became a member of King Philip Lodge in 1882 and served it as Master in 1888. He was District Deputy Grand Master for the Twenty-sixth Masonic District in 1900 and 1901, by appointment by Most Worshipful Charles T. Gallagher. He was a Charter member of Massasoit Lodge in 1916.

Right Worshipful Brother Hathaway was active in the collateral branches of Freemasonry. He was a Past Thrice Potent Master of Fall River Lodge of Perfection and received the Thirty-third Degree and Honorary Membership of the Supreme Council in 1915.

His passing deprives the Craft of one of its loved and honored "elder statesmen."


From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1939, Page 59:

Ill. Bro. Hathaway was the son of William and Adeline (Lincoln) Hathaway, and was born in the City of Fall River, where he attended the public schools.

At the age of 21 he entered the employ of the Union Belt Company of Fall River, and gradually rose to the position of Treasurer and Agent of this Company, and hold this position until the Company was dissolved in December, 1930.

Since the dissolution of the Company, Bro. Hathaway had carried on his own mill supply business, and was active in its conduct until his death.

Bro. Hathaway was a member of the Unitarian Church, the Quequehan Club of Fall River, and the Narragansett Club of Rhode Island.

He is survived by two daughters and one son, his wife having passed away in 1930.

His Masonic record is as follows:—

  • He was raised in King Philip Lodge on March 21, 1882, and served as its Worshipful Master in 1888 and 1889, and was District Deputy Grand Master in 1900 and 1901.
  • He received the Royal Arch degree on May 15, 1882, in Fall River Royal Arch Chapter, and on January 10, 1883, was admitted a Select Master in Fall River Council of Royal and Select Masters.
  • He received the Order of the Temple on September 27, 1882, in Godfrey de Bouillon Commandery, No. 25, K. T., and served as its Eminent Commander in 1880 and 1887.
  • In the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite he received the several degrees in the Bodies located in Boston, as follows:—
    • on Lafayette Lodge of Perfection, December 4, 1908
    • Giles F. Yates Council, Princes of Jerusalem, December 11, 1908.
    • Mount Olivet Chapter Rose Croix, December 18, 1908.
    • Massachusetts Consistory, April 23, 1909.

He was instrumental in the forming of the Bodies of the Kite in the Valley of Fall River in the year 1911, and became a member of Fall River Lodge of Perfection, Samuel C. Lawrence Council, Princes of Jerusalem and St. Andrew Chapter of Rose Croix.

He was appointed as Thrice Potent Master of the Lodge of Perfection under Dispensation, and when the Charter was granted was elected as its first Thrice Potent Master, serving in that position from 1911 to 1915.

He was coronetted a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33°, Honorary Member of the Supreme Council, in the City of Boston, on September 21, 1915.

At the formation of the Masonic Hall Association in 1884 he was elected Clerk and Treasurer, and served in this position until his death, having been re-elected in January, 1939, for the 55th time.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, February 18, 1939, Rev. Arthur E. Wilson of the Unitarian Church conducting the service, and the remains were laid away in the family lot in Oak Grove Cemetery in Fall River.

Elmer B. Young, 33°,
William Ridings, 32°,
Arthur R. Derbyshire, 32°,





From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1907, Page 29:

Nicholas Hathaway, 33°, son of Elnathan P. and Salome (Cushman) Hatheway, was born in Freetown, Mass., September 3, 1824. He was the eldest of eleven children, and comes of Puritan stock on both sides. His mother was a direct descendant of Robert Cushman, who preached the first sermon on Plymouth Rock. His father was a lawyer of distinction and an acknowledged leader of the Democratic party.

Passing through the public schools of his native town, he supplemented his early educational training by attendance at Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass., and fitted for college at Pierce Academy, Middleboro, Mass. He was graduated from Brown University, Providence, R.I., in the class of 1847.

Choosing the profession of the law, he passed the preparatory studies in his father’s office, and was admitted to the bar, and began the practice of law in Freetown, in 1850. In 1856 he was elected a member of the State Senate. He was appointed a weigher and gauger in the Custom House, Boston, in 1857, and held the office until 1861. In 1857 he removed to Dorchester, Mass., which was his home for ten years. In 1861 he became a member of the Stock Exchange, Boston, and remained there until 1867, when he resumed the practice of law, and removed to Fall River, Mass., where he resided the rest of his life. He died of valvular disease of the heart December 26, 1906.

He was elected an alderman in 1874, and was a member of the House of Representatives in 1875. He was postmaster at Fall River under the administration of President Cleveland.He was married in Freetown, January 1, 1851, to Fanny P., daughter of Benjamin and Rosamond (Hatheway) Dean. Of this union are two sons: Nelson D. Hatheway, M.D. (deceased), and Nicholas Hatheway, Jr., graduate of Brown University, class of 1883, now a practising lawyer of Fall River.

Brother Hatheway has always been a worker in the ranks of the Democratic party. He has been a delegate to State conventions for | more than forty years; also a delegate from the First Congressional District to the National Democratic conventions in 1868, 1872, 1876 and 1880, and a member of the Democratic State Committee for many years.

Ill. Bro. Hatheway was raised a Master Mason in Union Lodge, Dorchester, Mass., March 15, 1859; was elected Junior Warden in November, 1860, and served one year. His membership ceased March 15, 1870. He with others presented to the Lodge a banner, which is still in its possession.

He was exalted in St. Paul’s R. A. Chapter, Boston, May 11, 1859, and remained a member until December, 1867. He received the Cryptic degrees in Boston Council of Royal and Select Masters, March 28, 1861; his membership ceased in September, 1869. He was knighted in Boston Commandery, November 9, 1859; was elected Junior Warden in October, I860, serving one year; he severed his membership October 21. 1868.

In the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite he received the several degrees to the 32d inclusive, May 4, 1862, in a Consistory opened in Boston by the Supreme Council, 33°, and became a charter member of the Grand Consistory of Massachusetts under date of May 4, 1862. lie was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector-General and Honorary Member of the Supreme Council, 33°, at Boston, November 21, 1862.

Jno. M. Raymond,
Samuel F. Hubbard,
Geo. S. Carpenter,

HAWES, WILLIAM B. 1790-1881

From Liberal Freemason, Vol. V, No. 8, November 1881, Page 252:

Bro. William B. Hawes, a venerable citizen of Boston, died on the 17th of October, at the ripe age of 91 years and 8 months. He was a native of Tunbridge, Vt., and came to Boston in 1811, where he resided during the remainder of his life. He served through the war of 1812, and was made a Mason in Mt. Lebanon Lodge, F. and A. M., in 1822. In all his relations he was a true citizen, and the record which he leaves is an enviable one.

HAYWARD, OLIVER S. 1873-1922

From New England Craftsman, Vol. XVII, No. 5, February 1922, Page 142:

Business men and fraternal associates comprised in part the congregation that assembled January 26 at Christ Church (Unitarian) in Dorchester, Mass., for the funeral of Br, Oliver S. Hayward. Mr. Hayward was vice president of the Metropolitan Ice Company, and a director of the National Association of Ice Industry. The services were conducted by Rev. William A. Marzolf, the minister of the parish, and the ritual of the Masonic fraternity was conducted by the officers of Dorchester Lodge. Music by a male quartet included the hymns, Rock of Ages, Still Still With Thee, Eternal Goodness and Beautiful Isle of Somewhere, with the Lord's Prayer, which was used as a chant.

The honorary pallbearers represented tha various interests with which Bro. Hayward was associated: J. Clark Bennett and Edward Kimball from the Metropolitan Ice Company; President Emmet Lovejoy and John Phillips of the Boston Rotary Club; Oliver Sears and Dwight Townsend of the Old Colony Lodge of Odd Fellows of Hingham; Harlan Ford and Winfield Knowles, trustees of Christ Church; Vice President Frank E. Weymouth and Charles Howell of Christ Church Chapter of the Unitarian Laymen's League; Judge Joseph R. Churchill and Patrick O'Hearn of the Massachusetts Co-operative Bank; and Ernest L. Adams and John R. Patterson of the Hub Trust Company. The ushers were members of the Hale Club of Christ Church.


From Proceedings, Page 1910-177:

Worshipful Theodore B. Hazzard, Past Master of Bristol Lodge of North Attleboro, passed away Sept. 21, 1910. For fifty years he was an active participant in the life of the community in which he dwelt, and he proved himself worthy of confidence and esteem of its citizens. For several years he represented Bristol Lodge in this Grand Lodge. He was prompt, faithful and zealous; a good ritualist; a conscientious worker and a beloved Brother.

HEATH, AUSTIN A. 1874-1924




From Proceedings, Page 1924-310:

Austin A. Heath, son of Frank M. and Sarah L. Heath, was born in Manchester, New Hampshire, August 26, 1874. After attending the public schools of Worcester and graduating from business college, he worked for a few years in the Worcester Banking Institution, leaving that position to become Assistant City Treasurer of Worcester, a position which he fiIled with credit for three years, and was then elected City Auditor of Worcester, from which position he became associated with his father in the insurance business as Assistant Treasurer of the Masonic Protective Association, which post he held until the death of his father in 1914, when he became Treasurer, holding that position for a number of years. Brother Heath later became General Manager of the Ridgely Protective Association, an organization which furnishes heaith and accident insurance to Odd Fellows only, which position he held at the time of his death.

On December 18, 1912, Brother Heath married Helen Kendriek, of Woreester, who, with one son, Ellis K., survives him.

R. W. Bro. Heath became a member of Montacute Lodge July 12, 1897. He served as its Worshipful Master in 1907, and was Treasurer from his retirement as Master to 1915. He was District Deputy Grand Master for the Twenty-first Masonic District in 1914 and 1915. He was a Charter member of Isaiah Thomas Lodge. He was Exalted in Eureka Royal Arch Chapter, Nov. 9, 1897, and was its Excellent High Priest in the year 1903 and 1904, and was Treasurer in 1913 and 1914. He received the Cryptic degrees in Hiram Couneil, R. & S. M., and was Illustrious Master in 1908. He received the orders of Knighthood in Worcester County Commandery No. 5, in 1904, and was its Eminent Commander in 1914 and 1915. He was a member of all the Scottish Rite bodies in Worcester, being Sovereign Prince of Goddard Council, P. of J., in 1913, and Most Wise Master of Lawrence Chapter of Rose Croix, in 1917. He was a member of Massachusetts Consistory, and was crowned. an Honorary Member of the Supreme Council, 33°, September 17, 1918. For several years he served as Trustee of the Worcester Masonic Charity and Educational Association.

R.W. Bro. Heath had been in poor health for a number of years. He spent the winter in Pinehurst, North Carolina, and, feeling much improved in health, was returning to Worcester when he was suddenly stricken on his arrival in New York, and died at the Hotel Commodore on June 4. He was buried from the home of his brother, Longley M. Heath, of Worcester, June 7, the Masonic service being conducted by Worcester County Commandery.

Brother Heath's long record of Masonic service in many branches of the Craft had made him one of the best known and most conspicuous members of the Fraternity in Worcester. His Masonic service and his high personal qualities had endeared him to a large circle of friends who will long mourn hid death.


From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ, 1925, Page 41:

It is with a sense of our great loss and a spirit of sincere appreciation that we place on record this final report of our late friend and brother.

Illustrious Brother Heath was born in Manchester, New Hampshire, on August 24, 1874, and came with his parents to Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1880. Here he attended the public schools and here he engaged in all his activities. For ten years he was associated with the Worcester Hank and Trust Company, which he left to enter the service of his city, lie was for three years Assistant City Treasurer and was then elected City Auditor, in which office he served with credit for two years. By this time the Ridgeley Protective Association, an organization insuring members of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, had reached such proportions that his splendid experience fitted him to join them in an executive capacity. Here he acted in the responsible position of Secretary for a period of ten years, and was then elected President of the Association, an office which he held for the last six years of his life.

Illustrious Brother Heath was raised in Montacute Lodge on July 12, 1897, and was its Worshipful Master in 1906-7. In 1913-15 he was District Deputy Grand Master of the 21st District. On November 9, 1897, he was exalted in Eureka Chapter and served as its High Priest in 1904-5, was received in Hiram Council March 1, 1900, and was its Illustrious Master in 1908-9. He was dubbed a Knight Templar in Worcester County Commandery, May 4, 1904, and became its Commander in 1914, and served here for one year. He joined Worcester Lodge of Perfection, March 23, 1899; Goddard Council, April 24, 1899, and was its Sovereign Prince in 1913; Lawrence Chapter, April 24, 1899, and was its Master in 1907; Massachusetts Consistory, April 20, 1907.

Masonic life was a delightful experience to him and to bis friends. He was thoroughly interested in the institution and its welfare, accepting his office as a perfunctory prize, always inspiring his coworkers to exemplify the ritual in its fullest beauty and meaning. His personality cheered and warmed all who met him and reflected clearly the spirit that ruled his life.

He was rewarded and honored by being made an Honorary Member of the Supreme Council of Sovereign Grand Inspectors General, 33°, for the Northern Jurisdiction of the United States of America, September 17, 1918.

Following a lingering sickness he died in New York City on his return from the South, on June 4, 1924. He is survived by Mrs. Helen K. Heath, and their son, who is a student at Yale College.

Edward M. Woodward, 33°,
Arthur B. Chapin, 33°,
Herbert G. Davis, 32°,


From New England Craftsman, Vol. I, No. 5, February 1906, Page 184:

Brother Benjamin Heath, a member of The Massachusetts Lodge A. F. and A. M., Boston, died at his home in Dorchester January 28 al the age of 84 years. He was a member of the police force of Boston and was one of the best-known detectives of the country, and in Boston work he shared almost the entire responsibility of the secret service with William Jones, so that the name of "Heath and Jones" which they came to enjoy as a sort of partnership title, grew in time to be a synonym for all important criminal investigations in this region. Mr. Heath was born in Charlestown May 1, 1821. His father was Capt. William Heath.



Ill. Bro. Frank Melville Heath, 33°, was born in Nashua, N. H., September 8, 1852, and died very suddenly on March 7, 1914. At an early age Brother Heath was placed upon his own resources, for when but twelve years of age he left his home in Nashua and began to earn his board and attend school in Manchester, N. H. After a short schooling he was apprenticed to learn the painter’s trade. In 1880 he moved to Worcester, Mass., purchasing a paint business and later opening a paint and oil store, in which lines of business he was uniformly successful. For the past twenty years lie has held prominent positions in the insurance world, and at the time of his death was treasurer of two progressive health and accident companies.

Brother Heath was very prominent in the political circles of his city and of the State, serving four years in the city government and later two years in the House of Representatives and three years in the Senate of the State of Massachusetts. His sound judgment and unselfish devotion to the welfare of the community gave him many an additional task, always performed, however, with willingness and with a successful issue.

Just before he became eighteen years of age, Brother Heath married Miss Sarah L. Holt, of Manchester, N. H. His marriage thus early in life gave him the opportunity, in spite of his death while yet in middle life, of seeing his three sons, Volney L., Austin A., and Melville F., grow to manhood and become successfully established in business, and active and honored with many offices in the fraternity in which he took so profound an interest.

Soon after coming to Worcester, Brother Heath became much interested in Odd Fellowship, and took a prominent part in the work for several years. His service in Masonry covers a long term of years, and his devotion to and activities in the fraternity were recognized by his preferment in the many different bodies in which he took so prominent a part. He was Master of Montacute Lodge in 1893, '94, and ’95; he became High Priest of Eureka Royal Arch Chapter in 1899; and at the time of his death was Generalissimo of Worcester County Commandery, No. 5, K. T., Most Wise Master of Lawrence Chapter, Rose Croix, and Second Lieutenant Commander of Massachusetts Consistory; while the value of his work to the fraternity in general was recognized about three years before his death by his election to the thirty-third degree. Nor was his activity in the fraternity by any means confined to official and ritualistic work, for as President of the Worcester Masonic Board of Relief, and as Treasurer of the Trustees of the Masonic Apartments, he rendered an efficient and practical service; while few of our members realize the time, energy, and financial support he freely bestowed as one of the representatives of the Worcester Masonic Charity and Educational Association in promoting the building of his city. To those who were closest to him it was one of the saddest features of his sudden death that he could not have lived to see completed the beautiful new temple, to the success of which he had so materially contributed during the last years of his life.

A host of real friends mourn his going, yet rejoice in the memory of his friendship. The shock of his sudden death, coming while in apparent good health, in possession of all his faculties, and while active in his business and fraternal duties, was a severe one to all of us who knew and loved him. We shall miss him sorely, yet we shall be proud of the life which meant so much to so many, and which left its impress in our community and in our fraternity, an inspiration to us all to live honestly, work zealously, and serve faithfully.

[Forrest E. Barker, 33°
Francis A. Harrington, 33°.
William W. Johnson, 32°


From TROWEL, Summer 1990, Page 15:


Thousand Points of Light Award to Wor. Harold F. Hector, Jr.

President George W. Bush must have had a fellow like Harold F. Hector, Jr., in mind when he said, "From now on in America, any definition of a successful life must include serving others." But that challenge came easy to Bro. Hector who is the presiding Worshipful Master of Frank W. Thompson Lodge, Bedford. For the past four years Bro. Hector has given 20 hours of volunteer service a week to the Bedford Veterans Medical Center where he escorts disabled and incapacitated patients to and from chapel and assists in other ways.

He has coordinated blood programs. Thanksgiving food donations for the needy, helped some of Bedford's senior citizens with daily chores, and he coaches youth sports and chaperones the teen ski program for the town.

For all his efforts he was summoned to Washington in January to receive the Points of Light certificate from the U.S. Department of the Interior. Bro. Hector is Personnel Officer of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Northeast Region in Newton Corner. He was one of the ten outstanding employees in the nation: he received the Outstanding Black Employee Award for the 13-state Northeast Region; and was honored by Northeastern University for contributions to cooperative education.

He received his bachelor's degree in education from West Virginia State College, a master's degree in counseling and psychotherapy from Boston State College, and an MBA in business and human resources from Northeastern U. After serving in Vietnam he began his federal career in 1970 with the Veteran's Administration and later worked for the Dept. of Transportation and the Public Health Service. He joined the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1978. He lives in Bedford with his wife Estelle and their two children, Tracey, 19, and Stephen, 13.


From New England Craftsman, Vol. I, No. 1, October 1905, Page 31:

Brother Frederick D. Heffron, a well-known manufacturing jeweler, died in North Attleboro August 13. He was born in Fulton, N. Y., June 4, 1855. Early in life he became connected with the jewelry industry in New York. In 1885 he came to Attleboro. Two years later he entered the firm of Riley & French. Fie was a member of Bristol Commandery, Knights Templar, Bristol Lodge of Masons and the Consistory of New York.


From Proceedings, Page 1939-68:

Right Worshipful Brother Hefler was born in Roxbury April 3, 1875, and died at his home in Hyde Park September 27, 1938.

He attended the public schools of Roxbury and the Farm and Trades School at Thompson's Island, graduating in 1887. His business was that of a manufacturer of dye stuffs, under the firm name of Turner and Hefler.

He served from 1902 to 1904 as a member of the Board of Managers of the Farm and Trades School, and was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Hyde Park Savings Bank.

Brother Hefler was Raised in Hyde Park Lodge in 1907 and was its Master in 1922 and 1923. ln 1929 and 1930 he served as District Deputy Grand Master for the Hyde Park Twenty-fifth Masonic District by appointment of Most Worshipful Herbert W. Dean.

He was a member of all the bodies of the York and Scottish Rites. His principal interest was in the Cryptic Rite, in which he held offices, serving as Most Illustrious Grand Master in 1930, 1931, and 1932. He was a good citiz;en, a good business man, and a good Mason. His official duties brought him wide contacts. and his comparatively early death is a great loss to the Fraternity.


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

Brother Francis Dane Henderson, who died at his home in Rowley, Mass., March 12th, was one of Rowley’s most prominent and highly esteemed citizens. In 1899 and 1900, Mr. Henderson represented the Twenty-second Essex district in the Legislature and served on several committees at the State House. Several years ago he made a liberal donation to the Rowley Free Public Library. He was ever active in charity.

From 1868 to 1893, Mr. Henderson was a shoe manufacturer. At the time of his death he was vice president of the First National Bank of Ipswich and one of the trustees of the David E. Smith legacy. He was a member of John T. Heard Lodge of Masons of Ipswich, Amity Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Beverly, and Winslow Lewis Commandery, Knights Templar of Salem.



From Proceedings, Page 1915-91:

R.W. CHARLES CASPER HENRY was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., November 1, 1852, and died on Sunday, April 11, 1915, at his residence in Wellesley Hills. He was educated in the public schools of Brooklyn and in Columbia Institute at Washington, D. C. At the age of eighteen years he settled in Natick where he was employed for several years in the provision business. In 1881 he entered the employ of the Boston and Albany Railroad as baggage master at Natick, and three years later was appointed station agent at Wellesley Hills, a position which he retained until he was appointed probation Officer of the Superior Court for Plymouth and Norfolk Counties, from which position he resigned some months ago. He also held the position of Auditor of Wellesley, and for many years was very active in the public affairs of the town.

Brother Henry received the Masonic Degrees in Meridian Lodge, of Natick, in 1877-1878, was its Master in 1886 and 1887, and was District Deputy Grand Master of the Twenty-first Masonic District in 1886 and 1887.

Brother Henry received the Chapter Degrees in Parker Chapter of Natick, was Ex. High Priest in 1991, District Deputy High Priest of the Ninth Capitular District in 1894, 1895, and 1896, and served as R.E. Grand Scribe of the Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts in 1898.

Brother Henry received the Orders of Knighthood in Natick Commandery K.T., No. 33, in 1884 and was its Eminent Commander in 1902. He was also a member of the four bodies of the Scottish Rite in the City of Boston. In all the Masonic Bodies to which he belonged he was always active and hesitated not at any duty that was placed upon him.

Brother Henry was thrice married. He is survived by his wife and one son, Dr. Edward E. Henry of Kingston, N. Y. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, April 14. The Masonic funeral rites were observed by Meridian Lodge, Natick Commandery and Parker Royal Arch Chapter acting as escort to the grave.

From New England Craftsman, Vol. X, No. 7, April 1915, Page 254:

Charles C. Henry of Wellesley Hills, prominent in high Masonic circles, died April 11, in his 63d year. Mr. Henry, who in 1905 was elected potentate of Aleppo Temple, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, was born in Brooklyn in 1853. Since early life he was a citizen of Massachusetts, and at one time was a deputy sheriff of Norfolk County. He had served as Worshipful Master of Meridian Lodge, High Priest of Parker R. A. chapter, Eminent Commander of Natick Commandery of Natick, and Grand Scribe of the Grand R. A. Chapter of Massachusetts.

HENRY, DANIEL 1839-1864

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXIII, No. 9, October 1864, Page 287:

Bro. Daniel Henry, past Junior Warden of Mount Lebanon Lodge, and since Senior Deacon of Putnam Army Lodge, No. 5, was instantly killed in the battle of Spotsylvania Court House, May 10, 1864, at 27 minutes past 3 o'clock, P. M. At the time of his death he was sergeant in company B. 39th Regt. Mass. Volunteers.

At a meeting of Mount Lebanon Lodge held June 13th, 1864, the following Preamble and Resolutions were introduced by P. M. J. L. Stevenson, and unanimously adopted:—

  • Whereas, once more the sable mantle of death has fallen on one of our beloved members, it is fitting for us, his former associates, to pay due homage to his memory, and attest to our successors, his worth as a man, his devotion as a Mason, and his heroism as a soldier — Therefore be it
  • Resolved, That we, the members of Mount Lebanon Lodge, gratefully acknowledge the kindness of Divine Providence in protecting our Brethren who are serving their country with loyal devotion on many a bloody field, so long from harm; and we bow in humble submission to his decree which removes from our view forever the first member of this Lodge slain in battle, our beloved Bro. Daniel Henry. Resolved, That in his death we have lost one who was ever kind, noble, and generous, and whose daily life we may with safety emulate, and prove alike honorable to ourselves and the Fraternity.
  • Resolved, That we will watch over bis orphan children tenderly, and shield them from the rough cares of the world, even as their father, our Brother, would have done.
  • Resolved, That we will keep sacred the memory of our late Brother, and while no monument marks his burial place, nor kindly epitaph speaks his worth, yet high up in the archives of our love and affection, there shall remain this indelible inscription —

Sacred to the Memory of Daniel Henry.


From New England Craftsman, Vol. III, No. 5, February 1908, Page 193:

Major George Edmund Henry, a well known Mason, died at his home to Brookline, Mass., December 31. He was a veteran of the Civil War and prominent in Grand Army affairs. He was a Past Master of Massachusetts Lodge and a Past District Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. He was about 70 years old and was born in Rockingham, Vt.

HENSHAW, DAVID 1791-1852


From Moore's Freemason's Monthly Magazine, Vol. XII, No. 2, December 1852, p. 62:

Another of the strong men of Massachusetts has gone home. He died at his residence in Leicester, on the 11th ult., aged 62. He had been for many years a Mason, and was among its ablest and firmest supporters, at a time when the support of strong minds was most needed. He had been long in public life, and under Mr. Tyler, was appointed Secretary of the Navy. He was a most estimable man and citizen, and his memory will be long cherished with the highest respect, by all who enjoyed the honor of his acquaintances. His funeral was attended by a large concourse of sympathizing friends. About one hundred were present from Boston, among whom was a delegation from Columbian Lodge, of which the deceased had been a member for about thirty-five years.

From Family History article:

Born Apr. 2, 1791, Leicester, Massachusetts. David received a rudimentary education in the Leicester schools, became a druggist's apprentice at age 16, and at 21 he went into business for himself.

After making a sizable fortune as a wholesale druggist he branched out into banking, railroads, and politics. Before he was 33 he had acquired means to become a banker and to establish an insurance company. The panic of 1837 forced his Commonwealth Bank into bankruptcy.

David was elected to the Massachusetts Senate in 1826 and served as Collector of the Port of Boston from the late 1820s until 1838. One of the founders of the Massachusetts Democratic Party in the early 1820's, he led its Boston faction. He represented the town of Leicester in the state legislature in 1839.

David obtained President John Tyler's nomination to be Secretary of the Navy and administered the department from July 23, 1843 to Feb. 19, 1844. (David Henshaw was never actually confirmed as Secretary of the Navy by the United States Senate, as were so many of President Tyler's Cabinet nominees).

During his brief term in office, he addressed shipbuilding problems, selected senior officers for important seagoing commands, revised supply arrangements in the Navy Yards and attempted to establish a school for Midshipmen. Another accomplishment during his tenture was saving the USS Constitution from the scrap heap. His recess appointment as Secretary failed to receive Congressional confirmation, requiring that he leave office when Thomas W. Gilmer was confirmed to succeed him. (His successor Secretary of the Navy was killed, after only nine days in office, by a canon explosion while firing a salute to a ship passing in review). After he left this post he dominated Democratic affairs in Massachusetts until the slavery issue began to disrupt parties.

David is shown in the 1850 census, Leicester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, living with his sister Anna:

  • David Henshaw, age 59, born in Massachusetts; farmer; $8000 real estate.
  • Anna Henshaw, age 73, born in Massachusetts.
  • Eight other unrelated people, apparently hired workers.

David Henshaw died Nov 11 1852, Leicester, Massachusetts; buried Pine Grove Cemetery, Leicester, Massachusetts. David was conservative, he was a capitalist, a Mason, an opponent of prohibition and a friend of slaveholders. He read much and possessed a keen knowledge of men. Although he never married, he dispensed a generous hospitality at his country home in Leicester.

The USS Henshaw (DD-278), 1919-1930, was named in honor of Secretary of the Navy Henshaw. For more about the USS Henshaw see the U.S. Navy's Naval Historical Center.



Illustrious Brother Hersey was born in Corinth, Maine, December 11, 1843 and was the last of the large family of Clark and Olive Hersey. He spent his early life there graduating from East Corinth Academy. He studied medicine and received the Degree of Doctor of Medicine from Bowdoin College.

He began the practice of medicine in Pittsfield, Maine, in 1872, and started what was to be a long and successful medical career. In 1879 he moved to Salem, Massachusetts and was one of Salem’s leading medical men for many years. From Salem Illustrious Brother Hersey came to Boston where he practiced until 1925, retiring at that time after fifty years of service to his fellow men. Dr. Hersey was a member of many Medical Societies.

Brother Hersey died at Bangor, Maine, February 4, 1933, after a short illness. Funeral services were held in Bangor, Maine, and were conducted by Rev. John A. Furrer and Rev. Ashley A. Smith. St. John’s Commandery No. 3 of Bangor, Maine performed the Knights Templars services.

He is survived by his wife whom he married December 11, 1872. They observed their sixtieth wedding anniversary December 11, 1932.

Masonically he was one of the most prominent Masons in Massachusetts, being one of the oldest members of the Supreme Council for the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction. He was also Past Grand Commander of Knights Templars of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Brother Hersey was made a Mason in Pacific Lodge of Exeter, Maine, in 1866. He was knighted in St. John's Commandery No. 3, Bangor, Maine, but after moving to Salem, Massachusetts, he affiliated with Winslow Lewis Commandery No. 18, November 16, 1882, and was elected Eminent Commander October 17, 1889, serving two years to 1891. He was made Grand Commander of Knights Templars of Massachusetts and Rhode Island in 1903, and served until 1904.

He received his Scottish Rite, Lodge of Perfection Degrees, in Sutton Lodge of Perfection, Salem, Massachusetts April, 1880, and was Thrice Potent Master of this Lodge from 1889 to 1892. He joined Giles F. Yates Council, Princes of Jerusalem of Boston, October 8, 1886, and when Jubilee Council, Princes of Jerusalem was chartered An Salem, Massachusetts, he became a member there in June, 1917, but continued his membership in the Boston Body also. lie advanced further in Scottish Rite Masonry by receiving the Degrees in Mount Olivet Chapter of Rose Croix, Boston, Massachusetts, October 15, 1886, and in Massachusetts Consistory December 24, 18S6.

Illustrious Brother Hersey was made an Honorary Member of the Supreme Council of the Northern Jurisdiction receiving the Thirty-third degree on September 20, 1892.

Joseph W. Work, 33°,
James Young, Jr., 33°,
Albert F. Smith, 33°,


From New England Craftsman, Vol. XIX, No. 7, April, 1924, Page 225:

John Edwards Hesseltine, who was iho oldest member of tho Chelsea Masonic bodies, died March 22.

Mr. Hesseltine was a native of Bangor, Me. and was born on Christmas Day, 1S30. Until he was retired because of old age, he was chief clerk in the marine division of the Boston Custom House, and was widely known in local customs circles.

Mr. Hesseltine joined the Masonic fraternity in 1S50. and was a member of tho Star of Bethlehem Lodge of Chelsea, and belonged also to the Royal Arch Chapter and Palestine Comma lidory. both of tho same city.

HEWES, JABEZ F. d. 1889

From Liberal Freemason, Vol. XIII, No. 10, January 1890, Page 317:

Jabez F. Hewes, who died recently at Glenwood, was for many years a prominent citizen of the North End of Boston. In his early days he was a member of the old volunteer fire department. A staunch Republican, he represented his ward in the Common Council during the "war times." He was a Director in the North End Savings Bank and a member of the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association. He was made a Mason in Mt. Lebanon Lodge in 1856, and was admitted to St. Paul's Chapter and Boston Commandery, Knights Templars. He was a member also of the three bodies, of the last since October 21, 1857.

HEWINS, WILLIAM H. 1840-1936

From Proceedings, Page 1936-105:

Brother Hewins was born in Cataumet, then a part of Sandwich, March 8, 1840, and died at Falmouth May 9, 1936. He was educated in the local public schools and at Lawrence Academy.

He conducted a dry goods business for a number of years and afterward an insurance business which he personally directed until within a few years. He was one of the town's most conspicuous citizens, serving as Town Clerk and Treasurer for fifty years, finally declining re-election in 1934. He was a Director and for sixteen years President of the Falmouth National Bank, a Director of the Oak Grove Cemetery Association, and President of the Falmouth Historical Society, being a living encyclopedia of local history.

In 1865, he moved to Harvard, Illinois, on account of impaired health and while there took his Masonic degrees in Harvard Lodge No. 309, in 1866. Recovering his health, he returned to Falmouth and affiliated with Marine Lodge in 1867. He was Master of Marine Lodge in 1879, 1880, and 1881, and its Secretary from 1906 to 1910. He served as District Deputy Grand Master for the Twenty-seventh Masonic District in 1899 and 1900, by appointment by Most Worshipful Charles C. Hutchinson and Most Worshipful Charles T. Gallagher. His interest in Masonic affairs remained unabated to the very end of his life.

Right Worshipful Brother Hewins was a fine example of the type of man to whom our New England communities owe more than can ever be expressed in words.

HEY, PHILIP ROBERT, SR., 1916-1993


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

Ill. Philip Robert Hey, Sr., 33°
Born in Ware, Massachusetts, December 12, 1916
Died in Worcester, Massachusetts, October 4, 1993

Ill. Philip Robert Hey, Sr., was the son of Arthur and Bertha (Taylor) Hey. He graduated from South High School in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he was the 1934 state champion in the 600 yard dash.

In 1935, he married Eleanor M. Croft who survives along with their three sons, Philip R. Hey, Jr., Donald R. Hey, and David A. Hey, and a daughter Susan E. Blouin. He also leaves fifteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He worked for 42 years at the former Merrill & Usher Co. in Worcester, retiring in I 982. He was a member of the First Congregational Church of Holden and attended there for many years.

Ill. Brother Hey had a most outstanding Masonic career, beginning when he joined Quinsigamond Lodge in Worcester, Massachusetts, on October 28, 1960. He served as Master of Quinsigamond Lodge twice and was its Chaplain for many years. He also served as Master of the 6th Lodge of Instruction and continued as Chaplain for several years. He was appointed District Deputy Grand Master of the Worcester 22nd Masonic District in 1979 and 1980. His hobby was camping and he traveled many miles with the Masonic Traveling Campers, also serving as their Master and Chaplain. He was a member of the Swords of Bunker Hill.

Ill. Brother Hey completed the degrees in the Scottish Rite Valley of Worcester. Worcester Lodge of Perfection, February 7, 1972; Goddard Council, Princes of Jerusalem, March 6, 1972; Lawrence Chapter of Rose Croix, April 3, 1972; and became a 32° member in Connecticut Valley Consistory at Springfield, Massachusetts, April 22, 1972. He became active in the Lodge of Perfection, serving as the Thrice Potent Master in 1984- 1985. Brother Hey was active, also, in the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation, chairing several officers seminars. In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the fraternity, he was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33°, Honorary Member of the Supreme Council on September 30, 1987, at Boston, Massachusetts.

He was a member of Melha Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S., in Springfield, Massachusetts, and a member of the Springfield and Hampshire County Shrine Clubs.

The funeral services were held on Friday, October 8, 1993, in the Miles Funeral Home, Holden, Massachusetts. Interment was in Worcester County Memorial Park, Paxton, Massachusetts. The members of Quinsigamond Lodge conducted a Masonic Service at the funeral home.


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

Capt. Samuel Hichborn, a member of Revere Lodge, Boston, died Aug. 16.

Capt. Hitchborn was born in Brighton and graduated from the high school. He was in the auction and real estate business in Scollay Sq. for 28 years and was appointed custom house auctioneer by Collector Beard. He was a member of the common council in 1882 and 1883 and was a first assistant assessor for the city for 10 years, being chairman of the dooming board four years.

He was one of the oldest members of the Boston Light Infantry, and in 1882 was chosen first lieutenant, having in 1874 been elected adjutant of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company, which he joined in May, 1863. He was later elected Commander.

Capt. Hichborn was appointed a principal assessor as a republican by Mayor Matthews in 1893.

He had been an invalid for many years, being a helpless cripple. He was, however, able to be at City Hall up to Aug. 2.


Obituary from Cape Cod Times, 01/12/2016:

Longtime Forestdale resident Thomas Richard Hickey passed away Sunday Jan. 10, 2016. He was 71.

He was born on May 26, 1944 in Wareham, the son of Gladys Beatrice (Brown) and George Henry Hickey. He grew up in Wareham and graduated from high school there in 1962. On Feb. 2, 1974, Thomas was united in marriage to Linda A. Atwood at the First Lutheran Church in West Barnstable.

He served on the Finance Committee for the Town of Sandwich and was Sandwich Boy Scout Troop Committee Chairman. He was an active Mason in the DeWitt Clinton Lodge in Sandwich, where he served as the Master of the Lodge, and was a Past District Deputy Grand Master of the 20th District, also past Thrice Potent Master of the Fall River Lodge of Perfection. He achieved being a 33rd Degree Mason, which he took great pride in.

Thomas enjoyed boating, cruising, gambling, and bowling with Linda. He was very fond of his cars and his pets. He especially loved the time spent with his wife, son, family and his grandchildren.

Preceding Thomas in death were his parents and siblings.

Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 42 years Linda, his son Brett and his wife Nicole, and their children Alyssa, Brett Jr., and Jesse. Also surviving are sisters-in-law Gail Feidt and Ruth Hickey, and Alyne. Nephews Bill Feidt and Jon Feidt.

Visitation with the family will be held Thursday, Jan. 14, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., with Masonic Rite at 7:00 p.m., at the Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home, 154 Rte. 6A, Sandwich, MA 02563. Memorials may be made in Thomas' name to either the Masonic Angel Fund, c/o the DeWitt Masonic Lodge in Sandwich, or to the Shriner's Hospital, Burn Unit, in Boston

HICKS, HERBERT O. 1851-1921

From Proceedings, Page 1921-327:

R.W. HERBERT O. HICKS was born in Readsboro, Vt., JuIy 7, 1851, and passed on from his home in Adams, Mass., Nov. 20, 1921. Bro. Hicks spent his boyhood in his native town and at the age of nineteen years movecl to Adams. He was employed there for nine years in the office of the H. N. Dean & Son Tannery, and later was with Smith, Mole & Co. In January, 1888, he joined Co. M, 2nd Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteer Militia, and was given the rank of Sergeant. He rose rapidly through the various grades and, in 1895, became commander of the Company. In 1896 Company M was called to active duty in the Spanish-American War. Capt. Hicks was its commander throughout the entire campaign. Ife was very popular with his command on account of his attention to the welfare of his men. When the company returned. home in 1899, Capt. Hicks resigned from the militia with the rank of Major and returned to private life. He then established the Hicks News Company, dealers in newspapers and periodicals, which he conducted until his decease.

In 1899 he was appointed- town bookkeeper and town almoner, positions he held several years. In 1915 he was appointed an assessor and was continued in that office until 1920, completing a public service of over twenty years.

The daily newspaper of Adams, where Bro. Hicks resided over fifty years, says of him:

"Mr. Hicks won a reputation for honesty and integrity which few enjoy. He was a man of unusually fine traits of character, intensely human and thoughtful, upright, trustworthy, and true, and his friendships were numerous. In fraternal circles he has been active throughout his life. He was a member of Berkshire Lodge A.F. and A.M., of the Camp of Spanish War Veterans, and of the First Coragregational Church."

R.W. Brother Hicks received the Masonic degrees in Berkshire Lodge, of Adams, in 1877, and in November of that year was elected Junior Deacon. By repeated promotions he became Master of that Lodge December 6, 1886, and served in that office two years. He was District Deputy Grand Master for the Fourteenth Masonic District in 1907 and 1908.

Bro. Hicks leaves a widow, a son, and a daughter, whose sorrow is shared by the Fraternity. At the funeral services in the Congregational Church in Adams the Masonic Burial Service was rendered by Berkshire Lodge.

"From the dust of the weary highway
From the smart of the sorrow's road,
Into the royal presence
They are bidden as guests of God.
The veil from their eyes is taken,
Sweet mysteries they are shown,
Their doubts and fears are over,
For they know as they are known.

Mary F. Butts.



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

Ill:. Philip Rufus Higgins, 33°
Born in Presque Isle, Maine, April 14, 1908
Died in Springfield, Massachusetts, November 21, 1995

Illustrious Philip Rufus Higgins, 33°, was the son of Enoch and Emma (Stone) Higgins. He graduated from Portland High School, Portland, Maine and attended Colby College. He was employed by the New England Telephone & Telegraph Company from 1930 to 1973 when he retired as Accounting Manager.

In 1946, he was united in marriage with Vivian (Nelson) Higgins, who survives him along with their daughter, Nancy. He is also survived by a son, Donald, from a previous marriage.

Brother Higgins was raised a Master Mason in Samuel D. Sherwood Lodge, A.F. & A.M., of Springfield, Massachusetts on June 18, 1945, and served as Worshipful Master in 1957. He served, also, as Treasurer from 1967 to 1985. He served our Grand Lodge as a District Deputy Grand Marshal in 1964 and 1965 and as Junior Grand Steward in 1971. He received the Joseph Warren Distinguished Service Medal from the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts.

In York Rite Masonry, he became a member of Morning Star Chapter of Royal Arch Masons in 1963 and served as High Priest in 1966. He was greeted in Springfield Council Royal and Select Masters in 1963, and served as Illustrious Master in I 970 and as Recorder from 1971-1980. He received the Blake Bailey Distinguished Service Award from the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters. He was Knighted in Springfield Commandery, No. 6, on November 12, 1973, and served as Prelate from 1973-1980. Bro. Higgins was, also, a member of the Red Cross of Constantine and a member of the Directors Unit and Ritualistic Team of Melha Temple, Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine.

Ill. Brother Higgins completed his degrees in the Scottish Rite in the Valley of Springfield in 1968 and served Massasoit Council, Princes of Jerusalem, as Sovereign Prince in 1976. He was, also, Director of the 15th and 16th degrees for many years. He was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33°, Honorary Member of the Supreme Council, in Boston on September 26, 1984.

A Memorial Service was held on November 26, 1995 at Bethesda Lutheran Church, of which he was a member. Interment was in Highland Memorial Park in Providence, Rhode Island.


  • MM 1864, WM 1867, 1868, Union (Dorchester)

From New England Craftsman, Vol. I, No. 2, November 1905, Page 68:

Brother Samuel B. Hildreth died at bjs home in Neponset, Mass. October 18, at an advanced age. He has been a Mason many years and was for a long period interested in its work. He was for several years Grand Lecturer of the Grand R. A. Chapter of which body he was a permanent member.





From Proceedings, Page 1991-27:
(Also appeared in the Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1991, Page A-v:)

I am the Alpha and the Omega! The beginning and the end!
We thank thee oh Lord, for the time in between that you allowed him to spend with us!

Erwin Donald Hill, Sr. was born in Springfield, Massachusetts on December 22, 1925,the son of Wilson B. Hill and Bertha (Reed) Hill. His basic education was in the Springfield public school, graduating from Technical High School in January 1944. While there, he was involved in sports, becoming a very aggressive hockey and baseball player. For two springs and summers, while still in school, he worked, part time, for the Smith & Wesson Revolver Company and played baseball for them in the local Industrial League. Immediately after graduation, January 1944,he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps and served until November 1946.

On March 6, 1948 he married Dorothy Ann Buckley of Pittsfield, Massachusetts and they have four children, Erwin D. Jr., Robert H., Terre Kemble, all of Springfield, and Linda Vitalo of Irvine, Califomia. They have six grandchildren, the last born just a few days before he left us.

He was in the transportation business all of his life and was the President and Chief Operating Officer of the W.B. Hill Company, Inc. of East Longmeadow, Massachusetts and Chairman of the Board of United Transport Company of East Longmeadow. Both of these businesses are now operated by his children.

He joined Mount Orthodox Lodge in West Springfield, Massachusetts in 1960. Entered on May 30, Passed October 1, and was Raised December 27, 1960. He proceeded through the chairs of his Lodge, and became its Worshipful Master in 1968 and again in 1989 where he presided over the 75th Anniversary Celebration of the Lodge.

He was appointed District Deputy Grand Master of the Springfield 18th Masonic District by Most Worshipful David B. Richardson in 1984 and 1985. He was a member of the Mount Orthodox Temple Building Committee for many years. He was a member of Mount Tom Lodge and the Springfield 18th Masonic District Past Master's Association.

He was the presiding Right Worshipful Grand Marshal of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts at the time of his passing on February 11, 1991, into the "house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens", having been appointed by Most Worshipful Edgar W. Darling in 1990 and 1991.

An evergreen service was held on Wednesday February 13, 1991, by your Grand Lodge Officers, with the Most Worshipful Grand Master presenting the ritual.

He was active in many other Masonic organization, joining the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite in 1961, and became Sovereign Prince of Massasoit Council Princes of Jerusalem in 1975 and 1976. He became a Sovereign Grand Inspector General 33rd Degree in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1982.

He was Commander in Chief of Connecticut Valley Consistory in 1988 and 1989. In the York Rite, he was exalted in Kingsway Royal Arch Chapter in June 1978, greeted in Springfield Council R. & S. M. in August 1978 and Knighted in Springfield Commandery #6 in May 1979. He became a member of Saint Bernard Commandery #12 in 1990.

He joined Melha Temple A.A.O.N.M.S. in June 1961 and became very active in several units there. Legion of Honor, Hadji Unit, a charter member of their Past Masters Unit and was active in all of their Ritual Degree Teams. For many years, in Melha Temple's parades, he could be seen riding a micro MINI-BIKE. We often kidded him about that, and he always replied "I can't march!" He was appointed Assistant Ritual Director of Melha's Ceremonial Degree Team and served in that capacity until his passing.

He was an Honorary Member of Abou Saad Temple in the Panama Canal Zone. He was active in youth programs in the Western Massachusetts area, being a registered Scouter of the Boy Scouts of America from 1961 to 1991. He had been Scoutmaster of Troop 2l of the Emanuel Congregational Church, where he attended, and was Post Advisor of Explorer Post #21, where both of his boys became Eagle Scouts. He was a long time Troop Committee member of Troop 101 in Westfield, Massachusetts. He was active on the Scout Council Camping Committee for many years and in 1964 and 1965 was largely responsible for the building and locating of the new Camp Frontier campsite in a remote wooded area of the Moses Scout Camp. He and several other Scouting volunteers spent many a weekend, forging a new road out of the woods and hilly terrain to provide access to this new camping area. His company furnished most of the trucks and equipment for this project. The 3A mile long road was name "Hill Road" in his honor. During this time he was largely instrumental in having all the other scouting volunteers join Mount Orthodox Lodge, where he was going through the chairs. In 1969 the Pioneer Valley Council B.S.A. awarded him the very coveted Silver Beaver award for outstanding service to Scouting. In 1970 he received the Vigil Honor from the National Council of the Order of the Arrow, Allogagan Lodge of the National Honor Camping Society, both of these Scouting honors are ones which few ever receive and are very high honors indeed.

His life has been a full one, dedication, service, brotherly love and all of the tenets of our profession, in all phases of his life. To quote one of our Grand Chaplains, "Erwin D. Hill, Sr. is probably at this time organizing a Grand Procession of the Celestial Grand Lodge above, and is becoming totally confused with the protocol and the proper seniority of our dearly departed brothers who have gone before him."

God speed!! "Butch" you will be sorely missed.

A Fratemal Remembrance by,
R. W. Robert A. Meffen
Wor. Arthur E. Mattson
Wor. Harry J. Vennert

TROWEL, 1991

From TROWEL, Summer 1991, Page 15:

Rt. Wor. Erwin D. Hill, Grand Marshal, succumbed during a hospital visit for tests on Monday, February 11, 1991. He had suffered a heart attack while in Panama with the Grand Master on his triennial visit, and had scheduled tests following his return to Springfield the previous week.

"Butch." as he was affectionately known by all who knew him, was born in Springfield on December 22, 1926, the son of Wilson B. and Bertha (Reed) Hill. His basic education was in the Springfield Public Schools and he graduated from Technical High School in 1944 where he was an aggressive athlete starring in hockey and baseball. For two years during high school., he had worked part-time for the Smith and Wesson Revolver Company and played baseball for that company in the Industrial League.

Upon graduation he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps and served until November of 1946. Two years later he married the former Dorothy Ann Buckley of Pittsfield and they had four children: Erwin D.. Jr., Robert H., Terre Kemble of Springfield and Linda Vitalo of Irvine, CA.

Bro. Hill was in the transportation business for most of his life and was president and chief operating officer of W. B. Hill, Inc. and chairman of the board of United Transport Co. both of East Longmeadow and now operated by his children.

He was Raised in Mount Orthodox Lodge on December 27. 1960. and served as Master in 1968 and again during the 75th Anniversary in 1989. He was appointed District Deputy Grand Master of the Springfield 18th Masonic District in 1984 and 1985. Bro. Hill was a member of the Mount Orthodox Temple Building Committee for several years, an affiliated member of Mount Tom Lodge and of the Springfield 18th Past Masters* Association.

He was appointed Grand Marshal by M.W. Edgar W. Darling in 1989. serving in that office until his death.

He joined the Scottish Rite in 1961 and became Sovereign Prince of Massasoit Council. Princes of Jerusalem for the year 1974 and 1975. He was Coronated a Thirty-third Degree Mason. Honorary Member of the Supreme Council, in Milwaukee, WI in 1982. He further served as Commander-in-Chief of Connecticut Valley Consistory in 1988 and 1989.

In the York Rite, he was Exalted in Kingsway Royal Arch Chapter in June of 1978, Greeted in Springfield Council in August of that year and Knighted in Springfield Commandery No. 6 in May of 1979. He was an affiliated member of St. Bernard Commandery No. 12 in Boston.

Bro. Hill joined Melha Temple. A.A.O.N.M.S., in June of 1961, and became very active in its Legion of Honor, Hadji Unit, a Charter Member of the Past Masters Unit and in the Ritualistic Degree Team. For many years he was seen riding a Mini-bike in parades all over Western Massachusetts, because, as he often said. "I cannot march!" He was appointed Assistant Ritual Director of Melha Temple's Ceremonial Ritual Team and served in that capacity until his passing and was an Honorary Member of Abou Saad Temple in Panama.

His devotion to Scouting over a thirty-year period is evidenced by his having been Scoutmaster of Troop 21 of Emanuel Congregational Church, where he was a member. Post Advisor of Explorer Post No. 21 where his two sons became Eagle Scouts. He was also a long-time Troop Committee Member of Westfield Troop No. 101. His involvement in establishing Camp Frontier is well-known and his work in forging a road into the facility resulted in its being named. "Hill Road."

Mount Orthodox Lodge benefited from his Scouting as many of the leaders in the Troop became members. "Butch's" efforts and leadership resulted in the Silver Beaver Award in 1969 and in the following year, the prestigious Vigil Honor from the National Council of the Order of the Arrow.

As observed by one of our Grand Chaplains, Erwin Donald Hill is now probably organizing a Grand Procession in the Celestial Grand Lodge above, and has become totally confused with the protocol and proper seniority of all our dear departed brethren who went before him.

HILL, HUGH 1740-1829


From HISTORY OF PHILANTHROPIC LODGE OF MARBLEHEAD, by Donald A. Doliber, Philanthropic Lodge Historian

Captain Hugh Hill (1740-1829) was raised in the Marblehead Lodge. Hill, an Irish-born citizen with early service in the Royal Navy, was tied to many significant events. He was the mate on board the Pitt Packett when Michael Corbett, one of his crew, killed a British naval officer attempting to impress Marblehead sailors. He served as the captain of these Revolutionary privateers: General Wolfe (1775), Dove (1776), Pilgrim (1778), and Cicero (1781). Hill moved to Beverly where he joined Amity Lodge of Beverly.


Of all the privateers sailing from Beverly during the war, the Pilgrim was the most famous and probably the most successful. She was very fortunate in her commanders and is said to have been built for her owner, Mr. Cabot/ at Newburyport under supervision of her first captain, Hugh Hill. She was ship rigged, measured 200 tons and carried 16 nine-pounders and a crew of 140 men. On September 12, 1778, Hugh Hill of Beverly was commissioned commander. Hugh Hill, the man chosen to command the finest privateer sailing from Beverty, was the beau ideal of a privateer captain.

Born at Carrickfergus, Ireland, in 1741 he had come to this country when a young man, settling in Marbiehead. He was of good family, a cousin of Andrew Jackson, the future president of the United States, and an enthusiast in the cause of American liberty. Of immense size, muscular beyond the common, courageous almost to rashness, courteous to the fair sex and not burdened with scruples, he had all the characteristics which might have made him a famous captain in the days of Drake. The story is told of him that on one occasion while at L'Orient, France, a French gentleman in a cabaret felt himself insulted by some word or action of the reckless privateersman. "I will send my seconds to you in the morning," said the Frenchman. "What is the matter with here and now?" said Hugh Hill, drawing two pistols from his belt and offering one to the Frenchman. There was no duel.

Hugh Hill remained in command of the Pilgrim until March 24, 1780, and during that time sent into Beverly as prizes the ships Francesco di Paula of 250 tons, the Anna and Eliza of 120 tons, the bark Success of 120 tons, the brigantine Nuestra Señora de Merced, of 120 tons, the Hovewell of 115 tons, the Three Brothers of 130 tons, the Pallas of 100 tons, the Gold Wire of 130 tons, and the scow Diana. The Pilgrim was owned by John and Andrew Cabot, Joseph Lee, George Cabot, Moses Brown, Samuel Cabot, Francis Cabot, Jonathan Jackson, Joshua Wood, and Stephen Cleveland. Andrew Cabot owned a little less than one- half in 1780. Salem gentlemen owned 16/96ths. (Nathan Dane Papers.)

The Cicero was a new ship of 200 tons, armed with 10 nine- and 6 four-pound guns and carried a crew of 100 men. Her heavy armament, large crew and the captain chosen to command her, Hugh Hill, showed that despite her letter of marque commission, she was really a disguised privateer. She was commissioned January 16, 1781, and her first voyage was to the West Indies, where she took on a cargo of sugar and cocoa, and sailed for Cadiz, arriving there April 17, 1781. On the voyage she took several prizes and while waiting for her return cargo went on a cruise and was again very successful.

One of her prizes, taken June 23rd, was the ship Mercury, Captain Dillon, of 16 guns, running as a packet to Cadiz. The Mercury, besides a valuable cargo including £15,000 in gold, carried a considerable passenger list, and on their arrival at Cadiz the passengers published a letter speaking in the highest terms of Captain Hill and the treatment they received on board the Cicero.

HILL, JOHN B. 1824-1904




From Liberal Freemason, Vol. XII, No. 3, June 1888, Page 80:

The twenty-second day of May, 1888, will Long be memorable in Freemasonry in Beverly, Mass., as that on which the Fortieth Anniversary of the admission of John B. Hill into the Fraternity was celebrated.

The ceremonies included the presentation to Liberty Lodge of a life-size oil portrait, two-thirds length, of Brother Hill, who was born in the town of Beverly, September 25th, 1824, and was made a Mason in Liberty Lodge in 1847 — a banquet followed by speech-making, closed the services of the evening.

The portrait was the gift of personal friends, members of the Lodge; it was painted by Mr. F. E. Wright, the speech of presentation was by W. Brother S. Lothrop Thorndike, who succeeded Brother Hill as Master, and the speech of acceptance was by Rev. Ellery C. Butler, who spoke for the Lodge.

A pleasant feature of the occasion was the fact that W. Brother John F. Hill, Master, is a son of the distinguished Brother, whose portrait he had the pleasure of being the first to exhibit to the brethren; and this he did by unloosing a cord which carried a vail drawn in front of the picture.

The committee of arrangements composed of Brothers Edward L. Giddings, Augustus Stevens, Albert Perry, William R. Driver, Joseph A. Wallis, Octavius Howe, Horace L. Walker, Isaac H. Edgett, Horace P. Woodbury and Charles Woodberry, planned and executed the business and details in in the most satisfactory manner.

The invited guests present were William Parkman, Past Grand Master; Alfred F. Chapman, Past General Grand High Priest; John Haigh, Past M. I. Grand Master; Charles H. Norris, S. Grand Deacon; Seranus Bowen, Grand Lecturer in Grand Chapter; Judge Charles P. Thompson; Hon. George B. Loring; His Honor Mayor Raymond of Salem; ExMayor R. R. Fears, of Gloucester; Judge M. Perry Sargent; J. Albert Blake, and Dudley E. Massey, Past and Present Commanders of Winslow Lewis Commandery; S. A. Southwick, D. D. Grand Master; Rev. O. S. Butler, together with representatives from Lynn, Salem, Peabody, Danvers, Marblehead, Gloucester, Ipswich, and other towns.

At the proper time Brother Giddings opened the season of speech-making, and introduced Brother John B. Hill, who was received with prolonged and enthusiastic applause. When quiet was restored he addressed the brethren in a highly interesting manner, and recounted something of his own Masonic experience which included a number of pleasing ^reminiscences, wherein the brethren had honored him by offices and other fraternal gifts; in closing, he thanked the brethren with all the meaning which that word contains when coming from the heart, for this crowning act of their touching and loving regard.

The great audience rose, renewed its applause, and sang with fine effect, "Auld Lang Syne."

The speakers as they followed in order, were William Parkman, Alfred F. Chapman, Seranus Bowen, George B. Loring, Rev. O. S. Butler, Judge Charles P. Thompson, J. Albert Blake, John I. Baker, Mayor Raymond, Dudley A. Massey, Charles H. Norris, and Rev. J. Newton Emery. All of the speakers are conspicuous in the fraternity, and as a matter of course all of them had nothing but kind and approving words for Brother Hill. Instrumental Music was furnished during the evening by the Salem Cadet Orchestra, and this was so arranged that the pleasure of the occasion was heightened by the judicious and skilfully rendered selections.

Wor. Brother Thorndike's speech of presentation was as follows: —

I have a pleasant duty to perform to-night, and I cannot help thinking of the contrast between this quiet commemoration of the quiet life of a quiet man, for which we are met, and the celebrations which in a few days will be going on all around us. Every year at this season, our people of the North assemble in their churches and halls and cemeteries to commemorate a victory won by war, — a victory of freedom and equal rights and firm government. Eloquent words are spoken of all who fought in that great struggle. Garlands are strewn upon the graves of those who fell, and martial music sounds the paean of the living, and the requiem of the dead. This annual decoration is not only a service of love and gratitude; it is an act of wisdom. It is well to be reminded that there are supreme crises when a nation must take its life in its hand and fight for it, to the end that government of the people, by the people, and for the people, may not perish from the earth. But while we are proud to remember these shining triumphs of war, we may well from time to time bestow a thought upon the humbler agencies by which the victories of peace are wrought. It is one of these that brings us here to-night.

If one of you, my brethren, who know Freemasonry so well, were asked what merely human institution best inculcates the principles of the equality of man in its true sense, of moral purity, of personal integrity, of charity both of heart and hand, you would not hesitate. The answer would be at once, Freemasonry. Freemasonry; how many who do not know it wonder what it is. How many, who see it only in public, do not stop to wonder, but take it for granted that it is a thing of show, of processions and laying of corner-stones and pompous funerals, a thing of regalia and banners, all of which a popular preacher (speaking of ritualism in another place) calls the "fluttering frivolities of an effete mediaevalism."

How little do these people know it. All men, to be sure, are a little fond of show. As our means increase we build ourselves finer houses, and churches, and public buildings, we wear better clothes, we buy furniture and ornaments and pictures; and perhaps we are no worse for it. At any rate, Freemasons are no better in this regard than the rest. But just as a national life exists, as truly in the field of Runnymede, or on the deck of the Mayflower, as in the stateliest Capitol, just as religion is as earnest in a camp-meeting as in a cathedral, just as domestic life finds its home in a cottage or in a mansion, so the spirit of Freemasonry breathes as warmly and freshly in the roughest Lodge-room, furnished only with the Holy Bible, Square and Compasses, as in the noblest temple which the architects of the Order ever raised.

It is some thirty years, — alas that it is so long, — since I knocked at a door in the upper story of a shambling wooden building, just over the way from here, and was admitted to the benefits of Masonry. And what did I find? Surely nothing of show; a low room, meagrely furnished, a small assembly of worthy Brothers (a few of whom I am glad still to greet here, but many have passed to a higher degree), and in that assembly the genuine spirit of Freemasonry. In the East was the gracious and dignified presence, which seemed to me then, as it has seemed to me ever since, to the very impersonation of that spirit. John B. Hill, whom we meet to-night to testify our honor and affection, was the W. M. who conferred upon me my first three degrees. He must have been a young man then, but he seemed to be old enough; and the lodge seemed to me old enough; but that too was and still is young, as Masonic life is reckoned.

You all know its history. It was chartered in 1824. Its predecessor in the last century, Amity Lodge, had been for some time extinct, and its records are lost. The present Lodge, dating from 1824, flourished for some nine years; then the wave of Anti-masonry swept over the country, and work here as elsewhere was long suspended. From 1833 to 1845 not a single candidate was received. And then came the revival here as elsewhere.

Jesse Sheldon, John P. Webber, Stephens Baker, Francis Lamson, Andrew Leach, Abraham Edwards, Thomas Farris, John Lovett, Elliot Woodbury, James Briant, — I dare say I leave out many, but your records are not so fresh in my mind as they were twenty-five years ago, — were still at hand, and took up the working tools which had been laid down a dozen years before. Five or six candidates were received in 1846, as many more in 1847, and so on.

John B. Hill was initiated in 1848, and became a member of the Lodge early in 1849. So rapid was his advancement in the Masonic art that he was made S. W. the same year, and the next year we find him in the East. For ten years he bore the insignia of W. M. He then transmitted them to one who bore them for a couple of years with pleasure to himself, I wish I could add with honor to 'he fraternity; and then in 1863 Brother Hill for a time resumed them. And ever since, whether in office or out of office, he has been the firm friend and the trusted counsellor of Masonry, not only in this Lodge and this town, but in other Orders and throughout the State.

It may be interesting to mention the offices which he has held. Of those in the Lodge I have spoken. He was for three years at the head of our local chapter; for two years District Deputy of the Grand Chapter, and for two years District Deputy of the Grand Lodge; for one year Deputy Grand High Priest; for four years at the head of Winslow Lewis Commandery, and for many years afterwards its Prelate; and he also held offices in the Sutton Lodge of Perfection.

I have spoken of the spirit of Masonry in its inculcation of the moral virtues, in its building up of personal character, and especially in its observance of the real equality of man. In the world without, the name and the thing equality are so abused, so falsified, that we are often convinced that the great man was right who called our famous declarations "glittering generalities." The main questions of life, and the arguments upon which they are decided, are questions and arguments of class against class. But in the Lodge all is so different.

And if this spirit of Freemasonry, in its Faith, Hope and Charity; In its Brotherly-Love, Relief and Truth; in its Fortitude, Temperance, Prudence, and Justice,— John B. Mill seems to me, and has always seemed to me, an exemplar for us all.

No one ever heard him utter an impurity. No one ever knew him indulge in an equivocation or an indirection. No one can recall an uncharitable word or an uncharitable deed of his. I do not believe that it ever entered his head to think for a moment whether a worthy Brother cobbled shoes, or cobbled laws, or cobbled sermons. And above all, no one, whatever may have been his doubts before or since, ever heard John B. Hill ask, — "In whom do you put your trust?" — and rose from his knees an unbeliever.

Of this man, W. M., on behalf of a committee of his Masonic friends, I now have the honor to present to this Lodge the portrait.



From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1904, Page 37:

Ill. Bro. John Beckford Hill, 33°, died at his home in Beverly, March 29, 1904, peacefully passing to his rest after a brief illness. He died as he had lived, peacefully and calmly, through a long life of eighty years, and with the fullest trust in the great goodness of Him who doeth all things well. For him we can almost hear the Master’s greeting, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

He was born in Beverly, Sept. 25, 1824, and came from old New England stock, tracing his lineage back to the early founders of the Bay Colony. He was educated in the district schools of his native town and lived there through his long life.

Bro.-. Hill was one of the best-known jewelers and watchmakers in Essex County, serving his apprenticeship with Edward Currier of Salem, one of the most noted watchmakers of his time.

For sixty years he had been engaged in business on nearly the same spot where he opened his first store, and during this long business career he maintained the honorable respect of the business community by his upright dealings, integrity and honest service No stain now blurs the record; no regret or disappointment in his career of usefulness comes to the memory now, as we pay this last tribute to this grand old man of his native town and city.

In 1884 his son John F. became associated with him in business, the firm name since that time being John B. Hill & Son.We cannot tell all the thoughts which may have been in the mind of Ill. Bro. Hill when, away back in 1844, as a young man, ho first started in business; but one of the fixed thoughts in his mind, we can surely now say, was that of business honesty and square dealing. And never did he deviate from that principle. And when after fifty years had gone by he brought forth a silver dollar of the date of 1798 and gave it to his son, as the first dollar which he had taken in business, giving it to him as a cherished memento of his business life, we may be permitted to think that ills constant desire during these many years had been to keep that career to the end as bright and untarnished, in Ids accumulations of worldly wealth, as was the honest dollar which he first received.

As a citizen, Bro. Hill never lost sight of his public and moral duties. Unselfish and unaspiring, he yet took the deepest interest in all that pertained to the welfare of his fellow-citizens and the advancement of the interests of the community in which he lived.

Never seeking public preferment, his calm and wise counsels were sought, and his insight gave to his judgment, in the opinion of his fellows, almost the authority of law. It is not strange, therefore, that honors were thrust upon him, and he served In many positions of public trust.

He was a member of the School Hoard; served on the Board of Overseers of the Poor from 1857 to 1872 Inclusive; also a member of the Board of Assessors for twenty-three years and a Representative In the Massachusetts Legislature from his native town In 1855, 1874 and 1876.

He was a pioneer in the gas business In Beverly, and Treasurer of the Beverly Gaslight Company for twenty-live years. He was also a member of the Beverly Board of Trade, of the Beverly Historical Society, and Vice-President of the Danvers Savings Bank.

He early connected himself with the First Baptist Church of Beverly, and was one of its most constant, interested and prominent members, and for thirty years years held the position and discharged the duties of clerk of the Society.

He was a man of whom it could be truthfully said that he loved ids fellow-men, and had the greatest pleasure in the social intercourse with his brethren and the various fraternal orders of which he was a member. He was a member of Beverly Lodge, Knights of Pythias, and Bass River Lodge of Odd Fellows of Beverly and other organizations.

Ill. Bro. Hill was initiated into Masonry Dec. 4, 1848, receiving his degrees in Liberty Lodge of Beverly, Mass. He served as Wor. Master of the Lodge for a period of twelve years, serving first in 1850, and from that time down to 1861. He again served as Wor. Master in the year 1864, and was reelected again in 1887, but declined.

He was exalted in Washington Royal Arch Chapter of Salem, Mass., in 1860, and was a charter member of Amity Chapter of Danvers, and served as its High Priest for eight years, 1872-73-74-77, and from 1883 to 1886 inclusive. He was knighted in Winslow Lewis Commandery No. 18, K. T., May 22, 1865, and served as Prelate for fourteen years from 1867 to 1873, and again from 1883 to 1889. Me was elected Eminent Commander Oct. 18, 1877, and served in the years 1878, 1879 and 1S80. He dimitted from Winslow Lewis Commandery Oct. 20, 1892, and became a charter member of St. George Commandery of Beverly, and became its first Eminent Commander, being installed Oct. 24, 1892, serving one year, lie also served in the years 1893 and 1894 as Prelate of St. George Commandery. On Oct. 18, 1894, in recognition of his great and meritorious services as Knight Templar, the Sir Knights of Winslow Lewis Commandery elected him to honorary membership in that Commandery. In the years 1876-77-78, he served as District Deputy Grand High Priest for the Second Capitular District, and was Deputy Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of Massachusetts for one year. He also served for three years as District Deputy Grand Master-for the Eighth Masonic District in the years 1879-80-81. He received the Cryptic Degrees in Salem Council, R. and S. M., in 1880.

He joined Sutton Lodge of Perfection of Salem, A. A. Scottish Rite, on May 5, 1871, and Immediately took an active interest in the Scottish Degrees. He served as Master of Ceremonies in Sutton Lodge from 1871 to 1877, a period of seven years, he was then elected Deputy King of Tyre on Feb. 27, 1878, and reelected each year thereafter until Jan. 25, 1901, serving in this capacity for a period of twenty-three years, when he declined a reelection.

Ill. Bro. Hill, modest in his opinion of ids abilities and attainments, could never be prevailed upon by the Sublime brethren to accept the office of Thrice Potent Grand Master.

He received his Thirty-second Degree in Massachusetts Consistory, S. P. R. S. in 1873, and was created an Honorary member of the Supreme Council of Sovereign Grand Inspectors General of the Thirty-third and last degree of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, N. M. J. U. S. A., Sept. 18, 1900.

In commemoration of the fortieth anniversary of his admission into the Masonic fraternity, the Masonic brethren and friends, on May 22, 1888. presented to Liberty Lodge a full-length oil painting of Ill, Bro. Hill, which since that time has adorned the lodge-room.

On that occasion Rt. Wor. Bro. S. Lothrop Thorndike made the presentation address.

On Jan. 9, 1899, a special communication of Liberty Lodge to commemorate the jubilee anniversary of Bro. Hill’s entrance into the Order was made another notable occasion.

On Feb. 22. 1901. in connection with the celebration of Washington's birthday by Liberty Lodge, after a very interesting address by Rt. Wor. Bro. S. Lothrop Thorndike, recalling early reminiscences in connection with Bro. Hill, in his life both as a man and a Mason for fifty years previous, presented to him in behalf of his Masonic brethren, in recognition of the honor which he had previously received from the Supreme Council, creating him an honorary Thirty-third, a beautiful and costly sash of the Thirty-third and last degree.

The funeral was held from the First Baptist Church in Beverly, on Thursday afternoon, March 31, and the large edifice was filled with sorrowing friends and brethren. During the ceremony, business was generally suspended in the city; flags on public and other buildings were at half-mast.

A touching and beautiful tribute to the memory of Ill. Bro. Hill was delivered by his pastor, after which, under escort of St. George Commandery, Liberty Lodge and other organizations of which Bro. Hill was a member, proceeded to the grave, where the solemn and impressive Masonic ceremony by Liberty Lodge was had, and all that was mortal of our dear Bro. Hill was committed to the grave.In summing up the life of Ill. Bro. Hill, we cannot do better than to give here an extract from the eulogy delivered by his pastor. It is a faithful portrayal of his life and character.

"Bro. Hill was a standard-bearer, faithful, wise, efficient, gentle and inspiring, his faith In God and his love for man never diminished or wavered. Now that he has gone, we realize more than ever the large place he filled in our hearts and in our city.

“It was a long life, nearly eighty years, but none of the time was wasted. It was a busy life, but none of his work was slighted. It was a life filled with burden-bearing — with unusual responsibilities, not only for himself but for others; but ills spirit never lost its radiant good cheer, ills face never lost its smile.

“It was a life filled with honors from his fellows, but the honors only made him more truly humble. It was a life filled with love. Everybody loved him because lie loved everybody, He possessed the gentle, rare art of loving. He was a helper in every sphere of life into which he went. He was a healer of hearts’ wounds, a pacifier of trouble, a comforter in sorrow.

“He was a man of force; not the noisy force of mountain torrent swelled by a storm to mad and furious strength, but the quiet, continuous force of a river which, with placid, onward movement, turns many wheels for the children of men. It was the force of a good personality.

“He loved the church, was ever loyal and devoted to his pastors, by whom lie was held in the highest regard. He was a most faithful attendant at the services of the church, going through storm and cold, when others less frail stayed at home. He was a generous supporter of the work here and everywhere. But much as lie loved the church, there was a spot and a fellowship dearer and more precious still, — his home in his manly, balanced life he made most of that which should be of the most importance, — the family life in the home.

“Here the good citizen, the successful merchant, the honored lodge official, the godly worshiper was at his best. Here the beauty and force of his character found its finest expression, his balance was never lost. It is said by his children that he never raised his voice, even when reproof or correction became necessary. Love was the constraining force, while his delicate thoughtfulness of others in his household or among his neighbors will be cherished in grateful memory. He was a Christian gentleman, a gentle knight of the round table of truth and love.

”Thus he lived and thus he died, a true exemplar of those Masonic ornaments which illuminate the world in the knowledge of our craft, its ideals, its principles and its high character. The world may know that we honored him because his life truly typified the ideal Mason, and he knew the real value and the true worth of our beloved institution and repaid to it the full measure of love and devotion.

John M. Raymond. 33°,
William D. T. Trefry, 33°,
Robert L. Almy, 32°,

HILL, JOSEPH W. 1837-1907

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

Brother Joseph W. Hill, past master of Faith Lodge, Charlestown, Mass., and prominent in other branches of Freemasonry, died after a few days' illness Oct. 27. Brother Hill was one of the best know Masons in Charlestown and was looked upon in his lodge as one of its most valuable members. He was a permanent member of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts. His funeral was conducted by Cour de Lion Commandery. He was about 70 years old.

HILL, NOBLE H. 1822-1886

From Liberal Freemason, Vol. X, No. 3, June 1886, Page 91:

This brother Knight Templar, a member of Boston Commandery, was more conspicuous in business circles than in Freemasonry. At the request of a Sir Knight who knew him well, we print a notice of him from one of the local newspapers, made immediately following his death:

"The death of Mr. Noble H. Hill would seem to call for something more than a mere passing notice. A native of Shoreham, Vermont, he possessed all the sturdy chaiacteristics of the Green Mountain boy, and throughout his business career was always recognized as an energetic, upright and honorable merchant. He received, as was the lot of most boys of his time, a fair common school education, and the, bent of his mind taking a business direction, he came to this city in 1840, and entered the retail dry-goods store of John Brewster, on Hanover street. After remaining there a year, he quitted the retail business, and accepted a much smaller salary to enter the wholesale business with Messrs. Bramhall & Fairbanks, on the corner of Milk and Congress streets, lie then went with Messrs. Win. Jones & Co., and gradu-aHy changed their business from dry-goods to woollen goods.

"At this time Mr. Hill was in receipt of $500 per year, which was then considered a remarkable salary for so young a man. On arriving in this city it was his good fortune to make the acquaintance of two natives of his own State in the persons of Mr. A. W. Spencer and Mr. J. M. Fiske, the well-known bankers, and the three boarded at the United States Hotel, then under the management of Messrs. Holman & Clark. The price paid by each for his board was three dollars weekly, a sum, though now looked upon as insignificant, made them at that time the envy of nearly all the young clerks in the city, who wondered how they could afford such extravagance.

"Mr. Hill soon joined Mr. Jones in the woollen business, under the firm name of Jones, Hill & Co., which in time became Hill, Burrage & Co., and later, Hill, Danforth &: Co. This firm possessed a widespread popularity, and was among the foremost of our Boston business houses. Having acquired a competency, Mr. Hill, with a well-earned reputation, retired from business a few years ago, except in connection with the Boston Theatre, of which he was one of the capitalists. Mr. Hill was always a staunch Republican, and for two years was a member of our State Legislature, holding a responsible position on the Committee on Mercantile Affairs. He was a great lover of horses, and at his large stock farm at Bridgeport, Vermont, could be found some of the choicest breeds in the country. Mr. Hill was a genial gentleman, and endeared himself greatly to his friends by his excellent personal traits."



From TROWEL, Spring 1991, Page 25:

R.W. Walter Henry Hiller, 91, a retired expediter for the Foxboro Company, Past Master of St. Alban's Lodge, Foxboro, Past District Deputy for the Attleboro 28th (1956-57), and widower of the late Mildred J. (Congdon) Hiller, died Oct. 29, 1990 in Falmouth Hospital, Cape Cod. He was born in Boston and was a graduate of Foxboro High School, later taking courses with the Rochester (NY) Civil Service Correspondence School and the University of Massachusetts Extension School.

He served in the Navy in World War I and was a Past District Commander of the American Legion. When the Brockton VA Medical Center opened after World War II, he was one of the first volunteers, representing The Masonic Service Association of America. He and TROWEL Editor Bob Williams, were the first Masons to assist there, the latter representing the Bowlers Victory Legion for the bowling industry of America.

Bro. Hiller was a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies in the Valley of Fall River, now Southeastern Mass. Valley; the Order of the Eastern Star, and the Bethany Congregational Church of Foxboro. He had retired from the Foxboro Co. in 1968 after 53 years of employment.

Surviving are three daughters: Merle H. Caton of Foxboro, Lois V. King of Bourne, and Karen C. Breede of Washington, MO; also two sisters: Frances Higgins of Foxboro and Alice Perry of Alabama: nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

The officers of St. Alban's Lodge conducted Masonic services. Memorial donations were to be given to the Friends of Foxboro Seniors Inc., c/o Council on Aging, Igo Bldg., South St., Foxboro, MA 02035.


From Proceedings, Page 1926-294:

R.W. Bro. Hilliard was born in Provincetown, Massachusetts, April 16, 1856. He became a member of Mount Olivet Lodge March 20, 1879. He dimitted from Mount Olivet Lodge and joined Hiram Lodge November 16, 1889, retaining his membership until the time of his death. He became also a member of William Parkman Lodge on March 14, 1912. He served Hiram Lodge as its Worshipful Master in 1901 and 1902, and was District Deputy Grand Master for the Sixth Masonic District in 1909 and 1910, by appointment of M.W. Dana J. Flanders.

His active life was devoted to the real estate and insurance business in which he held a prominent position. He was active in the civic affairs of the town of Arlington, and an active member of the Congregational Church in that town, serving as its Clerk for thirty years and for five years as Superintendent of the Sunday school. He married. Mrs. Dela Farmington, of Portland, who survives him together with a daughter, two sons, and eight grandchildren.

In addition to his service tb this Grand Lodge he was a Past High Priest of Menotomy Royal Arch Chapter, Past Grand Scribe of the Grand Chapter, Past Commander of Cambridge Commandery, No. 42, K. T., and a member of Massachusetts Consistory. He was also a member of Bethel Lodge of Odd Fellows, the Arlington Lodge of Elks, and the Arlington Kiwanis Club.


  • MM 1797, WM 1802-1804, King Hiram's
  • Charter Member of King Hiram's

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XX, No. 5, March 1861, Page 160:

We learn from Provincetown, Cape Cod, that the venerable Brother Deacon Allen Hinckley died at thai place on the 16th February last, aged 91 years and 4 months. Bro. Hinckley was the oldest Mason belonging to King Hiram Lodge, and one of the oldest in the country. He was one of the petitioners for the Charter of his Lodge, which was granted in 1795. He must therefore have been initialed 66 or 67 years ago. He was a faithful Brother and has gone to receive the reward of the good and true.

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XX, No. 7, May 1861, Page 212:


Provincetown, March 20, A. L. 5861.

To the W. Master, Wardens and Brethren of King Hiram's Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons:

The committee to whom was referred the Resolution concerning the decease of Past Master Allen Hinckley, of Truro, which occurred Feb. 16, 1861, at the advanced age of 91 years and 4 months, have given the subject due attention, and submit the following Report:—

The interest which, as a Lodge and as Craftsmen, we feel in the death of Brother Hinckley, arises chiefly from the great age to which a kind Providence permitted him to arrive; an interest that is increased by the long connection and high standing of our venerable Brother, in our ancient institution, and his faithful adherence to its sublime principles. We feel it due ourselves, as to his memory, lo record our estimation of his character and services, that future craftsmen, as they examine our records, may recognize our loving adherence to the same principles which were cherished by our fathers, — the brightest lights of each age. and the men whom nations delighted lo honor. Rarely are Lodges permit-led to honor the exaltation of a craftsman to the Grand Lodge above, of the great age of our venerable Brother! Probably, at his decease, he was the oldest Mason in our Commonwealth; while very few are now living, who have worked for Master's wages an equal length of time. And it is a matter of special gratification that King Hiram's Lodge is able to point to the life of Bro. Hinckley, as a record without spot or blemish as a Mason. His life was as honorable, as his death was calm and peaceful.

And while thus recording our high esteem and sorrow for the loss of our venerable Brother, — "most of all that we shall see his face no more," — we deem it an act of justice, as well as a testimonial of our gratitude as men and Masons, to make lively mention of the affectionate attentions, and unremitting kindness and labors of the daughter-in-law of our venerable Brother, — Mrs. M. A. Hinckley, — with whom he was permitted to spend the evening of his life, and who dutifully smoothed his pathway, "to that undiscovered country, from whose bourne no traveler returns." We invoke for her " the blessing of Him who was ready to perish," with assurance of our condolence and sympathy in a common sorrow; but gilded with a Hope "full of Immortality."

On consulting our Records, we find that Brother Hinckley was one of the Charter members of King Hiram's Lodge—which was instituted A. L. 5795 — Paul Revere, Grand Master. He was also elevated to ihe chair of King Solomon, among the first of those elected to that important station; and received a Grand Lodge Diploma in 1804. Thus, through a long life, Past Master Hinckley ever cherished a particular regard for the principles of Masonry, and was constant in his attendance on our communications until advancing years, and distance, denied him the coveted pleasure.

In conclusion, your committee would offer the following Resolutions, and re commend that they be placed on our Records, and that a copy be transmitted to Mrs. M. A. Hinckley :—

  • Resolved, That, as members of King Hiram's Lodge, and as fellow-craftsmen, we record our gratitude to the Supreme Architect of the Universe, for the true Masonic life and Christian character of Brother Allen Hinckley, and will fondly cherish his memory, and strive to imitate his virtues.
  • Resolved, That this report, with accompanying resolutions, signed and attested, be published in the Provincetown Banner, and that a copy be sent to the Grand Secretary, C. W. Moore, and to Mrs. M. A. Hinckley, as a testimonial of our esteem.

Godfrey Rider,
A. W. Bruce,


From Proceedings, Page 1932-19:

Brother Hinckley was born in Hyannisport July 9, 1866, and died in Hyannis March 1, 1932. Brother Hinckley practiced the profession of dentistry successfully and with a high reputation for professional skill. He was weil known for his civic and fraternal as well as his professional activities. He was Town Moderator of Barnstable from 1915 to 1931, and was a Representative in the State Legislature from 1919 to 1924. He was for eighteen years a member of the Barnstable School Board, a considerable part of the time as Chairman.

Brother Hinckley took his degrees in Fraternal Lodge in 1889 and was its Master in 1899 and 1900. He was District Deputy Grand Master for the then Twenty-eighth Masonic District in 1902 and 1903, by appointment of M.W. Charles T. Gallagher and M.W. Baalis Sanford.

Brother Hinckley was a member and Past High Priest of Orient Chapter and a member of Sutton Commandery. He was also active in the affairs of the Odd Fellows.

He is survived by his widow and a daughter.

His loss will be deeply felt in the community which he served so well, and in the Fraternity of which he was a loved and trusted leader.

HINDLE, ARTHUR 1887-1984


From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1984, Page 36:

Ill. Arthur Hindle, 33°
Born in Manchester, England, May 8, 1887
Died in Salem, Massachusetts, February 29, 1984

Ill. Arthur Hindle, 33° was the son of James Henry Hindle and Alice Holden Hindle. He attended Rutherford College (Prep) and Newcastle on Tyne in England. In the early 1900's, Ill. Brother Hindle immigrated to the United States from England and became a naturalized citizen on June 22, 1917 in Essex County Superior Court, Salem, Mass.

On July 22, 1922, he married the late Lucy May Parker. No chil­dren resulted from this marriage.

Ill. Brother Hindle, 33° was a resident of Salem, Massachusetts and a former employee of the Telephone Company after having been employed for seven years by J. H. Holmes & Company, Elec­trical Engineers, Newcastle on Tyne, England. He was also a member of the 35th Service Company, Signal Corps., U.S. Army in 1918-19.

He was raised a Master Mason in Ancient York Lodge, A.F. & A.M., Lowell Massachusetts on January 11, 1912. He also affiliated with Essex Lodge, A.F. & A.M., Salem on November 30, 1920 and Starr King Lodge, A.F. & A.M., Salem on May 10, 1923. He served as Master of Starr King Lodge, A.F. & A.M., in 1938-39.

Brother Hindle was an active member of the Scottish Rite. He received the Scottish Rite Degrees in Sutton Lodge of Perfection, Salem; Jubilee Council, Princes of Jerusalem, Salem; Emmanuel Chapter of Rose Croix, Salem and Massachusetts Consistory, Boston, Mass. He served as Sovereign Prince of Jubilee Council in 1933, '34 and '35 and Most Wise Master of Emmanuel Chapter of Rose Croix in 1939, '40 and '41. He also served as 2nd Lieutenant Commander of Massachusetts Council of Deliberation. On September 29, 1943, Ill. Brother Hindle was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector Gen­eral, Honorary Member of the Supreme Council in Buffalo, N.Y.

Ill. Brother Hindle was also very active in York Rite Masonry holding many offices in Washington R.A. Chapter, Salem Council R. & S. Masters and Eminent Commander of Winslow Lewis Com­mandery, #18, Salem, Mass. in 1931.

He was a member of Grace Episcopal Church, Salem, where he served as Vestryman. Private Services were held at the Full­-Spychalski Funeral Home with interment in Greenlawn Cemetery, Salem, Massachusetts.

This greatly admired and deeply respected man will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

HINDS, BENJAMIN J. 1861-1934

From Proceedings, Page 1934-18:

Brother Hinds was born in Fairfield, Maine, February 19, 1851, and died in Stoneham, February 25, 1934.

Brother Hinds was educated in the Fairfield schools, and at Colby College, graduating in 1883. He made teaching his life's work. He entered the Boston school service in 1891 and remained there until his retirement in 1931. For the last twenty five years of this time he was Master of the Washington School, a large school in the North end of Boston with a very cosmopolitan attendance.

From 1908 to his death, he was vice-president of the Stoneham Five Cents Savings Bank and for many years a director of the Stoneham Co-operative Bank.

Brother Hinds was active in Stoneham town affairs, especially as a Trustee of the Public Library and as a member of the Finance and Advisory Board.

Brother Hinds took his degrees in Siloam Lodge No. 92, of Fairfield, Maine, in 1882. In 1887 he dimitted and immediately affiliated with Harwood Lodge No. 91, of Machias, Maine. He again dimitted, late in 1900, and early in 1901 affiliated with King Cyrus Lodge. He was Master in 1905 and 1906, and was Distict Deputy Grand Master for the Seventh Masonic District in 1909 and 1910, by appointment of Most Worshipful Dana J. Flanders. He was President of the Seventh District Past Masters' Association from its organization twenty-seven years ago until his death.

I can not do better than close this brief memorial by a quotation from a letter written by the Secretary of the Lodge:

"Only those of us who have been closely associated with Brother Ben, as we all called him, can realize what it means to have him pass on. No other member has meant so much to the Lodge, or been so keenly interested in it through ali the years) as he was. There will truly be a 'Vacant Chair' in our midst."

HINE, ELIJAH B. 1821-1907

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

Brother Elijah B. Hine, a well known Mason and greatly respected citizen of Boston, died March 6 at the advanced age of 86 years. His funeral was held March loth in the First Methodist Episcopal Church of which Bro. Hine was one of the oldest members. Brother Hine was a thirty-second degree Mason aud a member of the Boston Veteran Firemen’s Association. The Masonic fraternity was very largely represented at his funeral by members of St. John's Lodge, St. Andrew's Royal Arch Chapter, Boston Council, Royal and Select Masters; Boston Commandery, K. T. ; Boston-Lafayette Lodge of Perfection, Giles F. Yates Princes of Jerusalem, Mt. Olivet Chapter, Rose Croix, Massachusetts Consistory. Other organizations of which Mr. Hines was a member that were present in bodies were the Boston Veteran Firemen's Association and the First Methodist Episcopal Church, Ladies' Auxiliary Association, of which Mr. Hines was president.



  • MM before 1779

From History of Freemasonry in Beverly, Massachusetts, 1779-1824, Page 14:'

The Rev. Enos Hitchcock, pastor of the North Beverly Church, was a member of the Craft. He was a Chaplain in the Revolutionary Army. It has been stated that he sat in Lodge with General Washington. He was absent from Beverly in 1779 and 1780. He resigned the pastorate in 1780. It is possible that he sat in Amity Lodge. The Records of the Lodge are most incomplete. We have only bits of information for 1779 and 1780 and 1781; the rest of the Records, if ever there were any, were destroyed by fire in some of the losses the Grand Lodge at times sustained by fire, or are — if still in existence — inaccessible to us. It would not be surprising if in days to come other records should be discovered.

Note from

"Rev. Enos Hitchcock, D. D., born Springfield, Mass., Grad. Harvard College 1767, installed pastor of the Benevolent Congregational church and society in Providence, 1783. As Chaplain in the Revolutionary army he was respected and beloved by the immortal Washington. As minister of the Gospel he was eminent for piety, urbanity and charity. Zealous for general education he led the way to establish publick schools in Providence. Earnest for religion he gave more than six thousand dollars to the Benevolent Congregational Society, the interest of which is to be applied to the support of a learned and pious minister of the Congregational order. He died Feb. 26, 1803, age 57, and expiring said, 'I sleep in Jesus.' "

HOAR, JOSEPH 1784-1849

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. IX, No. 2, December, 1849, Page 63:

Pepperell, Nov. 12, 1849.

Died, in Groton, Mass., Nov. 3, 1849, Br. Joseph Hoar, aged 65 years. Br. Hoar was a worthy Mason, and a member of St. Paul's Lodge. His wife has been suddenly called to mourn the loss of a kind husband, and his children an affectionate father. Brethren! How true it is, that in the "midst of life, we are in the midst of death." Then let us be prepared to enter the Grand Lodge of eternity, where peace and harmony forever reigns.

Yours, fraternally,

Luther S. Bancroft.


From New England Craftsman, Vol. XXIX, No. 9, May 1934, Page 274:


Joseph Wilson Hodgkins, 77, for many years prominently assoeiatcd with the American Sugar Refining Company, and a leader in fraternal affairs, died Thursday, April 19, following a short illness, at his home in South Weymouth. Mass.

Mr. Hodgkins had lived for many years in Boston until he removed to South Weymouth recently. He was born in Boston, the son of William E. and Anne (Bubier) Hodgkins. He attended the public schools in Boston, and later the Cambridge High and Latin School, from which he was graduated.

He was identified with the sugar industry for many years, and was an executive with the American Sugar Refinery Company when he retired several years ago.

He was formerly a member of the First Corps Cadets, the Hamilton Association, the Boston Athletic Association and the Corinthian Yacht Club, the Mayflower Society and the Sons of the Revolution. He was well known in Masonic circles, being a thirty-second degree member identified with the Mt. Lebanon Lodge and Adelphi Lodge. He was a past commander of St. Bernard Commandery, of Boston.

Mr. Hodgkins is survived by his widow, a sister, Mrs. Edmund H. Tarbell of Newton, Mass., and a brother, Howard G. Hodgkins. of Chicago.

Funeral services, attended by a number of prominent notables in the Craft were held at Weymouth. Saturday afternoon, at 2 o'clock. Burial was in Forest Hills Cemetery.



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

Ill. Carl Moody Hogan, 33°
Born July 19, 1943, in Waltham, Massachusetts
Died March 6, 2005

Illustrious Carl was educated in the Lexington Public Schools. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Boston University. Carl leaves his wife Jeanne and two step­children. He spent four years on active duty with the United States Air Force at the rank of Staff Sergeant.

He was raised in Simon W. Robinson Lodge A.F. & A.M. and served as Worshipful Master in 1978. Illustrious Carl was also a member of the DeMolay Lodge A.F. & A.M.

In the York Rite he was a member of Belmont Royal Arch Chapter and Medford Council, Royal and Select Master Masons.

In the Scottish Rite he was a member of the Valley of Boston, where he served as Secretary for 17 years. He also served as Secretary for the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation for many years. He was cre­ated a Sovereign Grand Inspector General 33°, Honorary Member of the Supreme Council on September 27, 1988, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XIV, No. 11, September 1855, Page 351:

At a special meeting of Ancient York Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, held this day, after the return of this body from the grave of Br. B. F. Holden, the following Resolutions were offered and unanimously adopted :—

  • Whereas, for the second time since the organization of Ancient York Lodge, it has pleased the Supreme Ruler of the Universe, in his all wise providence to visit us with affliction, and thereby remove from us and this world, our esteemed Brother Benjamin F. Holden, therefore
  • Resolved, That in this solemn providence, we are reminded of our frailty and taught the importance of living in accordance with the great truths inculcated in our Lectures.
  • Resolved, That in the decease of our worthy and estimable Brother, this Lodge is called to mourn over a faithful servant, who by a life of integrity and uprightness, and by a full development of all the social virtues, has endeared himself to all who knew him.
  • Resolved, That we sincerely sympathize with the family and relatives of the deceased, in their painful affliction, and that we cordially extend to them our sympathy and condolence.
  • Resolved, That as a tribute of respect to our departed Brother, the jewels of this Lodge, be clad in mourning.
  • Resolved, That the Secretary, transmit a copy of these Resolutions to the family of our deceased Brother, also a copy to the Freemasons' Magazine, for publication, and that they be entered in full upon the records of this Lodge.

Isaac C. Eastman, Secretary of Ancient York Lodge.


From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXVII, No. 9, July 1868, Page 294:

We are again called upon to record the death of one of our oldest, perhaps the very oldest in this Commonwealth, and certainly one of the most venerable and best beloved of our aged brethren, — one who through the long period of sixty-four years has stood by our Institution, sympathizing with and sustaining it in its days of trial, and rejoicing with it in its resumed prosperity. We have but few of the class of aged and faithful brethren to which he belonged now remaining with us, and they are rapidly passing away. A few years more, and the last leaf will have withered and fallen. Br. Freeman Holden was born June 17, 1780, and was made a Mason in Mt. Zion Lodge, then located in the town of Hardwick, in the county of Worcester, in the year 1804. On the 14th of October, 1850, he took membership in Mt. Lebanon Lodge, of this city, and was admitted to honorary membership on the 13th of January, 1863, — a compliment indicative of the high estimation in which he was held by his brethren of the Lodge, and a just tribute to his long and faithful services as a Mason, and his estimable personal qualities as a man.

HOLDEN, OLIVER 1765-1844

From New England Craftsman, Vol. XXXII, No. 1, September 1936, Page 8:


by Samuel Henry Longley, K. T., 32°

For almost a century and a half the inspiring notes of the hymn "Coronation" have filled the churches of America with their melody. Yet how many of the Freemasons who joined in singing realized that it was composed by a brother Mason? Oliver Holden was a member of King Solomon's Lodge of Boston, and was made an honorary member in 1808. He also presented this lodge with an ivory gavel that was used by all masters after that time. "Coronation" was composed when Brother Holden was 28 years of age, and just after the birth of his first child. It was sung by the composer for the first time in the church at Charlestown in 1793, and was published in the Union Harmony the same year. During the Civil War it was frequently sung by soldiers both on the march and on going into battle.

Brother Holden was born in the town of Shirley, Mass., September 18, 1765, in an old farm house that still stands on the hill of the town. He was trained to be a carpenter, but had no taste for that work, as his delight was in music. Charlestown had been devastated during the Revolution and when the war was ended, people returned to their homes and the work of rebuilding attracted manv others, including the Holdens. Brother Holden appears as a real estate dealer there in 1787.

When Brother George Washington, then President of the United States, visited Boston in 1789, Brother Holden was selected to train a choir to sing a welcome. They were stationed across the street from the Old State House, and when Brother Washington came J a point where a triumphal arch had been erected, choir burst forth with this hymn:—

Great Washington, the hero's come;
Each heart exulting hears the sound.
See! thousands their deliverer throng.
And shout him welcome all around.
Now in full chorus bursts the song
And shout the deeds of Washington.

Brother Holden conducted a music store in Charlestown for many years. He was also justice of the peace, and in 1818 represented the town in general court. During these busy years he also taught singing schools, and found the time to write many hymns and songs. His first volume, entitled "America's Harmony, containing a variety of airs, suitable for Divine Worship, or Thanksgiving, Ordination, Christmas Fasts, Funerals and other occasions; together with a number of Psalm Tunes in three or four Parts, the whole entirely new, By Oliver Holden, Teacher of Music, Charlestown," was published in 1792. Most of these had been composed in answer to the public demand for his works, and this book met with universal favor after it was published. His truly devotional spirit appears in every piece in this volume. This won a reputation for him and a place among hymn writers of the day.

The following year he published "The Union Harmony or Universal Collection of Sacred Music" in two volumes, and this was followed by "The Worcester Collection of Sacred Harmony" that was printed by [ Isaiah Thomas, of Worcester. Brother Holden passed away September 4, 1844, and was buried in the old Phipps burying ground in Charlestown, but no monument marks the spot. A tablet has been placed on the brick wall near by.

The old parish of Shirley has erected in its meeting house a bronze tablet bearing the features of Brother Holden and an inscription in his memory.

The old organ on which he composed "Coronation" is in the house of a descendant, and resembles one of the old-fashioned secretaries of the colonial period. A brass plate tells us it was made by Astor and Company, of London. The pipes are hidden in the upper part, and the bellows is in the lower part, and worked by a treadle in the front.

Old Coronation will keep the memory of Brother Holden alive through many centuries yet, as it has in the years that are passed.

From New England Craftsman, Vol. XXXII, No. 4, December 1936, Page 79:

Oliver Holden (1765-1844), who composed the famous tune "Coronation," was variously a carpenter, minister and musician. He was a member of King Solomon's Lodge. Charlestown, Massachusetts, and was active therein for a period of ten years, serving one year as its Master. He kept a music store, and taught music for many years. He composed more than twenty hymns, and was the author of a number of musical works. When Washington visited Boston in 1789, he as greeted by a chorus of men who sang the "Ode to Columbia's Favourite Son" under the leadership of Holden.



From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1984, Page 27:

Ill. Theodore Albert Holland, 33°
Born in Gloucester, Massachusstts, September 9, 1901
Died in Beverly, Massachusetts, July 7, 1983

Ill. Theodore Albert Holland, 33° was the son of Albert Charles Holland and Laura Burnside Parsons Holland. He was educated in the Gloucester and Hamilton, Massachusetts school systems as well as taking many special courses at Boston University, Northeastern, and Harvard University.

On September 22, 1926, he married Fannie Ella Foster who sur­vives him. He also leaves a daughter, Mrs. Chester (Bette) Nyman of Beverly; two sons, Theodore A. Holland, Jr., of Beverly and David F. Holland of Topsfield; 10 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; and a brother Everett P. Holland of Exeter, N.H.

I11. Brother Holland, 33°, was a resident of Beverly, Massa­chusetts and in the insurance business for over 60 years. In 1921 he founded T. A. Holland and Co. in Boston, Massachusetts. He was a former resident of Hamilton, Massachusetts where he served from 1942 through 1947 as chairman of the town Finance Com­mittee.

Ill. Brother Holland, 33°, was raised a Master Mason in John T. Heard Lodge in Ipswich, Massachusetts on February 11, 1925 and served the Lodge as Master in 1932. He was appointed District Deputy Grand Master for the Gloucester Ninth Masonic District in 1944-1945. He was also a Past President of the Past D.D.G.M. Asso­ciation and Past Masters Association.

Brother Holland was an active member of the Scottish Rite. He received the Scottish Rite Degrees in Sutton Lodge of Perfection, Salem, Mass.; Jubilee Council Princes of Jerusalem, Salem, Mass., where he served as Sovereign Prince from 1956 through 1959; Emmanuel Chapter of Rose Croix, Salem, Mass.; and Massachusetts Consistory, Boston, Mass. On September 23, 1959, he was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33°, Honorary Member of the Supreme Council, A.A.S.R.

He was also a member of Aleppo Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S.

A Masonic Service was held for Brother Holland at the Lee Moody and Russell Funeral Home, Beverly on July 8, 1983. He was a member of the Second Congregational Church of North Beverly from which Funeral Services were conducted on July 9, 1983.

He will be greatly missed by all.

HOLLIDAY, GUY H. 1866-1937

From Proceedings, Page 1937-126:

Right Worshipful Brother Holliday was born in Roxbury August 17, 1866, and died in Hingham August 1, 1937.

Brother Holliday was educated in the Roxbury Latin School and Harvard University, from which he received the Bachelor of Arts degree in 1889 and the Bachelor of Laws degree in 1892. He practiced law in Boston until 1901, when he was appointed assistant clerk of the Suffolk Superior Court. He resigned that position to accept an appointment as Secretary of the Harvard University Law School, which position he held for the last twelve years of his life. For several years, beginning in 1912,he was a member of the faculty of the Y. M. C. A. Evening Law School.

Brother Holliday was Raised in Joseph Webb Lodge January 3, 1906, and was its Master in 1918 and 1919. He affiliated with Old Colony Lodge tn 1922 but dimitted in 1927. He was a Charter member of The Harvard Lodge in 1923, and served as its Master Under Dispensation. He was also a Charter member of United Lodge in 1926. He sat in Grand Lodge as Proxy for Sungari Lodge from 1930 to 1936, inclusive. He was District Deputy Grand Master for the Second Masonic District in 1920 and 1921, by appointment of Most Worshipful Arthur D. Prince.

Brother Holtiday had been in failing health for some time, but his death was sudden and unexpected.

Brother Holliday's Masonic record shows at once his devotion to the Fraternity and his popularity among its members. He was a very companionable man, and one of his most noticeable characteristics was a dry humor which always lent zest to his conversation. He is a great loss to his profession and al1 of us who knew and loved him so well.



  • MM 1838, Harmony #11, Brookville, IN
  • Member 1860 Winthrop

From New England Craftsman, Vol. XI, No. 4, January 1916, Page 139:

Brother Daniel Hollinger, Winthrop, Mass., who was presented at the Communication of the Grand Lodge, Dec. 8th by Grand Master Johnson as the oldest Mason in the Country, and who was honored by having the title of Past Grand Deacon conferred on him at that time, lived but three weeks to enjoy his new honor. He died December 29th. His dying request was that the bouquet of one hundred carnations that was presented to him by Grand Master Johnson on the occasion of his visit to the Grand Lodge be buried with him.

Mr. Hollinger was born in Schwartzenaeker, Bavaria, Sept. 15, 1815. His father, also Daniel Hollinger, fought in the battle of Waterloo. Young Hollinger became an expert chemist at the age of twenty, having been tutored by his father. Believing that a better opportunity awaited him in America, young Hollinger quit Germany at twenty-one. After fifty-four days through hard weather the schooner on which he was a passenger docked at New York, just too late to connect with the overlaid stage for Pittsburgh, where he was bound. Anxious to get to his destination, Hollinger in company with three other young men, rather than wait a week for the next coach took the one to Philadelphia and from there trudged overland to Pittsburgh. He went to work in a paper mill, one of the three then in the country. Later he drifted down the Mississippi River and finally wound up in Brookfield, Ind., where he became a Mason seventy-seven years ago.

After that he settled in Lowell, where he married Miss Harriet Warren,. He also lived in Lee, Hyde Park and Washington. His wife died shortly after moving to Hyde Park, and later he married again. His second wife died about six years ago. Twenty-six years ago Mr. Hollinger retired from active business and had since resided with his daughter, Mrs. Henry B. Fiske, who is his only survivor. He was a 32d degree Mason and retained membership in Harmony Lodge, of Brookfield, Ind.



From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 2003, Page 41:

Ill. Harry Call Holman, 33°
Born in Methuen, Massachusetts, February 27, 1926
Died in Lawrence, Massachusetts, August 21, 2002

Illustrious Brother Harry Call Holman, 33°, was the son of William and Janice (Call) Holman. He was educated in the Methuen Public Schools and attended the Massachusetts Trade School, studying machine and toll design in 1949. He was employed as a Senior Mechanical Designer. He served in the United States Navy as an Airman 3rd Class, Aircraft Mechanic, and was the recipient of six Campaign Medals, eight Battle Stars, and Presidential Citations.

On May 15, 1949, in Lawrence, Massachusetts, he was united in marriage to Ruth May Rowell, who survives him, along with a son, Steven. He was a member of First Calvary Baptist Church in North Andover.

Illustrious Bro. Holman was raised a Master Mason in Phoenician Lodge A.F. & A.M., Lawrence, Massachusetts, on December 17,1947, and served as Master in 1975 and 1980. He also held membership in Merrimack Valley Daylight Lodge AF & AM. Bro. Holman served the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts as District Deputy Grand Master of the Lawrence 11th District from 1992-1993. He became a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Lawrence, and Massachusetts Consistory, Valley of Boston in 1972. He was cre­ated a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33°, Honorary Member of the Supreme Council in Boston on August 27, 1996.


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

Brother Frank W. Holmes, who died suddenly in Rutland, Vt., Dec. 12, is widely known in East Boston, where he was born and educated. He was a graduate of the Emerson Grammar School and the East Boston High School. He had been engaged in mercantile life, latterly as a travelling salemau. He was better known as a Ma-son and a member of Mystic Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, of which he had been a Past Worthy Patron.

HOLMES, WILLIAM W. 1874-1933

From Proceedings, Page 1933-101:

Right Worshipful Brother Holmes died in Webster, April 4, 1933.

Brother Holmes was for many years a grain and feed merchant. The last years of his life were spent in the life insurance business. He was active and prominent in the affairs of the town and of the First Congregational Church.

He took his Masonic degrees in Webster Lodge in 1899 and was its Master in 1907. He was District Deputy Grand Master of the Twentieth Masonic District in 1917 and 1918, by appointment of Most Worshipful Leon M. Abbott.

His death brings a great loss to his Lodge and to his community.

HOLT, JOSEPH G. 1839-1907

  • MM 1862, Amicable ‘’dimitted 1869’’
  • Charter Member 1867, Mizpah

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

Brother Joseph G. Holt, an eminent lawyer of Boston, died June 18th.

He was born in Henniker, N. II., March 9, 1839; educated at Groton Academy and Harvard Law School, he was admitted to the bar at the early age of twenty-one years. He began his law practice in Cambridge, and while there was made a district attorney for Middlesex County. In the early years of manhood he became actively interested in politics and served upon the City Council.

He was a member of Boston Commandery K. T. and had been a Mason forty years.




From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1927, Page 49:

Before the completion of his school days in his native town, he enlisted as a drummer boy in the 43d Regiment in the Civil War.

Soon after the close of the war he entered the employ of a Mr. Lake, in the photograph business. Later he continued in that business on his own account.

He early became interested in the collection of stamps and developed a lucrative business, and was widely regarded as an authority on philatelic matters. His valuable collection and business in this line was sold out some twenty years ago.

Recently he also retired from the photograph business.

He was raised in Joseph Warren Lodge, A. F. & A. M., October 22, 1872, and was its Worshipful Master in 1884 and 1885.

He was exalted in St. Andrew's Royal Arch Chapter, March 13, 1873, and was its Excellent High Priest in 1888 and 1889. He received the Super Excellent Degree in Boston Council, Royal and Select Masters, in 1873, and was Thrice Illustrious Master in 1878-1879. He was Knighted in Boston Commandery of Knight Templars, June 18, 1873, and was its Eminent Commander in 1890 and 1891.

He early became a member of all the four Scottish Rite Bodies, and was Thrice Potent Master of Boston Lodge of Perfection in 1887-1888-1889. He was Commander-in-Chief of Massachusetts Consistory in 1895-1896-1897.

He was Crowned a Sovereign Grand Inspector General of the thirty-third and last degree, September 17, 1895.

He was Anointed in the Massachusetts Order of High Priesthood, December 11, 1888.

He was elected to membership in the Commander’s Union, November 21, 1890.

In the Grand Bodies of the state he was Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters in 1884, and the Grand High Priest of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts in 1913-1914-1915.

In the course of his more than fifty years of active Masonic life, he had served these various bodies as well as several other fraternal Associations allied to the Masonic Order in a multitude of offices not enumerated here.

It is impossible for tongue or pen to transcribe a Memorial to our dear departed brother, Eugene A. Holton, for Gene transcribed his own Memorial.

His devotion to Masonry, his steadfastness of purpose, his love and friendship for his friends and brothers has registered an everlasting Memorial in the hearts of everyone who knew him, and we who are left can only pay a tribute to the memory of the Brother we loved so well, and whose passing has left a vacant chair.

But what a beautiful life! For although he had passed the eightieth milestone, he was active and untiring in all his duties until the last moment when he went peacefully to sleep, to awaken in that Celestial Lodge above – that house not made with hands, eternal in the Heavens. There to rest secure in the undying love of our Heavenly Father — through the boundless ages of a never ending happiness, but not forever, for the immortal part can never, never die.

We say not “good-bye,” but “farewell for a time,” for the sweet remembrance of his honored memory will remain enshrined in our loyal heart until we meet again.

“You may break, you may shatter the vase if you will,
But the scent of the roses will linger there still.”

Edward S. Benedict, 33°,
Joseph A. Bryant, 33°,
Wilbur Sargent Locke, 33°,




From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXXII, No. 4, April 1872, Page 120:

At a regular meeting of Mount Olivet Chapter of Rose Croix on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 1873, the M. W. P. M., Bro. Wm. D. Stratton, announced the death of our esteemed Senior Warden, S. J. M. Homer, in the following tribute.

In the midst of life we are overshadowed by the unrelenting hand of death. Surrounded by the joys and associations that shed a brightness over our pathway through this world, still the dark cloud of dissolution is suspended above us, and we know not whom it will encompass.

A short time since, one whose spirit now inhabits realms to us unknown, was foremost among us, endearing himself to his associates by many acts of disinterested friendship, love and affection. His words of counsel have often been our guide, his cheering voice has enlivened our drooping spirits, how much we shall miss him, let each heart answer for itself.

By the death of our Ill. Bro. Samuel John Mills Homer, our Order has lost a bright and shining example of a just and true man, a zealous Christian, and a lover of all those principles that tend to make a perfect Mason. Courteous and manly in his intercourse with all, faithful in his friendships, and charitable in his actions.

Language fails to express the deep emotions of sadness that fill our hearts while witnessing the sudden severing of his earthly connection with us, yet would we place within our archives the record of his virtues, and there let it remain as a lasting testimony of his worth, and though it be as a monument erected to mark our grief, let it also serve to keep his memory fresh within our hearts.

That vacant chair in the west tells its own sad story; often from that station have we heard from him the cheering lesson of Hope, often have his lips repeated,

"The Hope of Heaven our spirits cheer,
No more we grieve for sorrows part,
Nor any future conflict fear,
So we may safe arrive at last."

Now those lips are closed to us forever, that voice is silent; but our Faith is strong that he has reached that heaven the peace and joys of which

"do far o'erpay
The hardest labors of the road."

And now that we may no more behold him in our midst, no more hear the sound of his voice or feel his fraternal grasp, while we drop the tear of sorrow for our great loss, let us remember that he has finished his labors here and passed to his rest but a little in advance; let the hope cheer us that we may meet again in a far brighter land where death comes not, and where the glory of the Great Architect of the Universe will light our pathway through the boundless realms of eternity.

Ill. Bro. Winslow Lewis then presented the following resolutions which were adopted:

In our associated, as well as in our individual and domestic relations, how Death steals in with stealthy step, and robs us of our treasures, of our fondest hopes and reliances, of those whom we trusted to have been spared to be the solace of many years, the stay of our happiness!

But by the primeval fiat of Him who doeth all things well for us here and hereafter, it is ordained that

"Condemned by Hope's delusive mien,

As on we toil from day to day.

By sudden blast or slow decline
Our social comforts drop away."

By a dispensation to which we humbly bow, we are called to pay our tribute to the memory of one, so recently among us in all the pride of manhood and of prospective happiness, one endeared to us as a member of this organization, by his manly virtues of honesty, friendship, brotherly love, of Christianity.

What a void has he left in our hearts! What a void in our West! Can we forget his voice his animation, his emphasis on the emotions of Hope, delivered in tones which touched every heart, thrilled us with the assurance that our hopes here, will be consummated in fruition! His earthly hopes are now sundered, but expanded in other realms, where no change can come, or expectation be. The eternity of joy.

When we commit "dust to dust, earth to ashes," we irrepressibly turn to the departed life. Has it been well spent? Has it been fruitful in good deeds ? Has the heart now stilled in death pulsated for human suffering and felt for the poor and the desolate? Has it played its part in benevolence and kindly acts ? Has it bestowed its surplusage on the needy? In one word, has it left a halo to embalm its memory? Has this now perished clay left any testimony to perpetuate its true existence? That is the best, the greatest deduction to be left, which impresses us all, when life's issues are ended, we then are reminded that

"Only the actions of the just
Smell sweet and blossom in the dust."

From these preliminary sentiments, may we not with justice to our deceased Brother, sanction the following resolutions:

  • Resolved, That by the translation from earth to heaven, as we humbly trust of our dearly beloved friend and associate, Samuel J. M. Homer, we deplore the loss of one endeared to us by many excellences as a man and as a member of this Body. Kind, courteous, genial, enthusiastic in good deeds, he has left a bright record of "what good may come from our Nazareth," a fair exponent of the principles and practices of the benign teachings of our hallowed institution.
  • Resolved, That we condole with those who have been bereft of their honored Head. The fond husband, the dear brother are lost to them here, but the joyful hope that these earthly relations are dissolved but for a few years, will assuage the anguish of separation, having the assurance that their reunion must be effected in spheres of exalted happiness to endure forever.


From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ, 1873, Page 50:

Illustrious Brother Samuel John Mills Homer, 33°, was born in Boston, October 2, 1820.

Under the instruction of Joseph Dow, an excellent teacher, he was fitted for college, but finally chose a mercantile life. In 1830 he became an apprentice with Holmes, Homer & Co., at that time conducting the leading hardware establishment in Boston. In 1843 he associated himself as a partner with his father and cousins in the same business, under the firm name of George J. & C. W. Homer & Co., with which firm and their successors he continued as a partner until 1860, when his health failed him, and he withdrew from business for a few years. He formed a copartnership with Mr. John O. Bishop in 1864, and continued with him and their later associates until his death.

He was a business man of rare sagacity, patient and laborious to a remarkable degree, and his efforts were attended with a corresponding success. But the great fire of November, which laid in ruins the best portion of Boston’s magnificent warehouses, destroyed nearly all the stock of his firm, and owing to the failure of the insurance companies, their losses were extremely heavy. While laboring for himself and others at the fire, ho caught a severe cold, followed by pneumonia and erysipelas, which caused his death after a month’s illness, he died on the 9th of December, 1872, at the age of fifty-two years — thus suddenly cut off in the midst of disaster, when his usefulness was most felt and his ability most needed.

Our Illustrious Brother was made a Master Mason September 13, 1855 in St. Andrew’s Lodge, and was exalted to the degree of Royal Arch Mason February 22, 1856, in St. Andrew’s Chapter, of which he became a member.

He was created a Knight Templar in De Molay Encampment May 14, 1856. He exhibited an interest in Templar Masonry, and after filling various positions was elected to the command of De Molay Encampment, of which he was Eminent Commander for the years 1868 and 1869. He received the 32d degree of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, February 20, 1863, in Boston Consistory, Boston, and manifested an ardent attachment to the Rite, devoting much time and earnest labor in its behalf. He was particularly active in seconding the efforts for the happy unions of the two Councils of the Princes of Jerusalem and the two Chapters of the Rose Croix in Boston, which were effected in 1871. He was M. E. Sov. P. Gr. Master of Boston Council Princes of Jerusalem at the date of its union with Giles F. Yates Council of P. of J. At his death he was M. E. and P. K. Senior Warden of Mount Olivet Chapter of Rose Croix, in whose interest he was zealous worker. He was elected an Honorary Member of the Supreme Counci at its session in June, 1870, and the degree of I11. Inspector General, 33°, was conferred upon him January 6, 1871.

Gifted by nature with excellent endowments, lie had cultivated them with industry and success. He early displayed an uncommon aptitude for the acquisition of languages, and was throughout his life an eager student and a great reader of books. The department of theology had particularly engaged his attention, and he made laborious researches in that direction. Besides these studies, he gave much attention to music, of which ho was remarkably fond. But his interests were not confined to self-culture, for he took delight in forwarding all good works, and was active in the Church and the Sunday School.

The loss of such a man, in the prime of bis usefulness, is a bereavement which extends to the community, and is all the more acutely felt by his family, his friends and associates. Full of manly energy, broad in his sympathies, earnest and helpful, no man could be more missed by those who were brought into daily contact with him, and who had learned to look to him for wise counsel and support in every emergency.

At the regular meeting of Mount Olivet Chapter of Bose Croix, held on Tuesday, January 14, 1873, upon the announcement of the death of our lamented Brother, remarks were made and a series of resolutions were adopted expressive of the grief of the members; we recommend that they be spread upon the records of our Council.

All which is respectfully submitted.

Samuel H. Gregory, 33°,
Edward Stearns, 33°,
William D. Stratton, 32°



  • MM 1948, Hiram #180, South Portland ME
  • Member 1989, Longmeadow


From TROWEL, Summer 1990, Page 14:

A Profile of Melha Temple's 91st Potentate
by Edgar W. Gelinos

Clyde Orlando Hooper, Jr. to many Masons in the western part of Massachusetts is a name synonymous with all the finest qualities of brotherly love and affection as exemplified in the tenets of our profession. His just completed active year as Potentate included his involvement with Melha Temple to help make the Fraternal Action Committee a success at giving better exposure of the Craft to the non-Masons in western Massachusetts.

Employed by the New England Telephone Co. in 1941 at age 19. he was called into active duty in the Army Signal Corps in May, 1942. He spent the greater part of the next three and one-half years in the Central Pacific Theater and participated in the invasion of Iwo Jima 45 years ago. After the close of World War II he returned to his native state of Maine and attended what is now the University of Maine in Portland.

Clyde's Masonic career began in South Portland in 1948 at age 25. "It did a lot for me when I joined because my involvement came at a time of my life when I really needed it. It was the real part of my life: it helps you to find your way." When employed by the phone company he met Gloria Kathleen Allen. They married in 1953 and they have a son, Gary, and four grandchildren.

After his family. Masonry is the important part of Clyde's life. He became active in Hiram Lodge No. 180 in South Portland and Served as the Master in 1959. Later he was the Secretary and in 1961 served as the District Deputy of the 17th District of Maine. He is a Past High Priest of his Royal Arch Chapter in Maine.

In October of 1962 he was transferred to Springfield, MA for a three year assignment for the phone company. That temporary duty extended to his retirement in 1984 when he had planned to 'sort of relax' from an active Masonic life. But the call to duty was too strong to resist. "If the world lived by the tenets of the Craft we'd have a better world than we have now."

In Springfield he joined the Scottish Rite, was Commander of Springfield Commandery No. 6, Knights Templar, and holds membership in the Royal Order of Jesters. On a sunny spring day in May, 1971, he was among the candidates of the Spring Class of Melha Temple and life began anew. He joined the Directors, the Highlanders, Clown unit. Past Masters. Legion of Honor, Hillbillies, Old Timers and Several Shrine Clubs in the area. He was appointed to Melha's Divan by Ill. Jack Butterfield. "He approached me after a parade and asked if I would consider joining the Divan. I couldn't believe it; how did he find me?" Masonry has a way. despite the time-worn axiom, "A good man is hard to find."

Bro. Butterfield began looking for a good man when he was first appointed to the Divan. He began to watch Clyde when he became Assistant Director and also for his York Rite work. He knew Clyde possessed the potential for outstanding leadership and he was appointed Captain of the Guard. Concurrent with his election as Puissant Sovereign of the Red Cross of Constantine, Clyde was elected Potentate of Melha Temple in 1989. He logged more than 50,000 miles by automobile and attended 396 meetings, visits and other functions, just an indication of his drive and energy as a dynamic Mason and Shriner.

Ill. Hooper is in tune with the times and his thinking is progressive and contemporary. The Melha Fall Class was an example of how he can think like a young man. He lowered the cost of the ceremonial in the hope of attracting candidates and he also invited their ladies to participate in the day's events. He opened the Temple's unit rooms to give the candidates and their ladies an opportunity to see the building and to meet the unit officers and their ladies. Ladies toured the Shrine Children's Hospital in Springfield and the ladies were then invited to the ceremony that afforded them the opportunity to place the fez on their Noble's head. The day was concluded with a dinner-dance, a program that was unprecedented in the history of Melha Temple.

"From the very beginning of his involvement in Melha's activities Clyde took the bull by the horns. Despite some opposition from those who said 'it won't work,' Clyde just went ahead and did it!" Bro. Butterfield pointed out, "We can now measure that success by the 116 new Nobles and the 800 guests who attended the dinner. He has been an excellent leader and I am proud I had the wisdom to appoint him."

Ill. Hooper reflects upon his year as Potentate on his election; placing the fez on Imperial Sir Ralph W. Semb. the new Imperial Outer Guard: delivering the keys to a new van that Melha Temple gave to the Children's Hospital: to the class of 116 candidates and the 800 folks who attended the memorable affair, and for the support he received from the nobility. He has pride in the philanthropy of the Shrine wherever dispersed across the country, and he gained warmth through the friendships and the fellowship he has enjoyed. "I simply love it."

Cognizant he cannot alter the past but can help do something about the future. Clyde Hooper was contemplating working with the Robe Committee in Scottish Rite: maybe being Recorder for his Commandery: but sure he will in some way continue to involve himself in the future of Freemasonry. "After eight busy years our home has some demands to care for. He*s an optimist and he always predicts a temperature of 75 degrees and sunshine, a philosophy that was characterized during his term as Potentate. He made himself accessible to everyone and always offered a kind word, and he has endeared himself to all. That makes him Melha's best ambassador. Aloofness has no meaning in his life except to convert somebody who might appear that way. Sincerity, modesty with grace and dignity distinguish him. And he has done things quietly but with purpose. The affection and respect he has for others has been returned manyfold.

Two years ago he was introduced to TROWEL's editor when he wanted to purchase a subscription to the magazine. "Why don't you affiliate with a Massachusetts Lodge and receive TROWEL plus help a Lodge that needs your energies?" Admitting to carrying an application given him by Chief Raban Doug Spingler, it was at the behest of M. W. Albert T. Ames and Grand Master Edgar W. Darling that Clyde affiliated with Longmeadow Lodge in 1989. He then knew the need of new life in a Lodge and he was quick to support the Fraternal Action Committee with the thrust from Melha Temple.

Bro. Hooper is a Deacon in the South Congregational Church of Springfield. One of the shining hours of his Masonic career was to return to his native state of Maine to Raise his stepfather on a Past Master's Night in the Lodge he had served as Worshipful Master. At age 85 and knowing nothing about Masonry, his stepfather admitted his reason for joining was because "I watched you (Clyde) and the way you live. I thought I needed to belong. What nobler purpose did I need?" What greater tribute could a man ask for? It has to be a real shining hour for Bro. Clyde Orlando Hooper. Jr., who, from his own life, reflects light and all that is good about Freemasonry.

HOOPER, THOMAS 1779-1868

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXVII, No. 10, August 1868, Page 311:

Born April 18, 1770.
Died July 23, 1868.

Worshipful Brother Thomas Hooper was born in Charlestown on the 16th of April, 1779. Left an orphan at the early age of thirteen, he was brought up in the family of Deacon David Goodwin, one of the founders of King Solomon's Lodge, of whom he learned the trade of carpenter and joiner, and from whom he undoubtedly acquired those principles of uprightness and integrity which characterized his long life. In a recent sketch of the lives of the founders of King Solomon's Lodge, Br. Hooper thus feelingly alludes to his personal relations to this worthy mentor of his youth. He says: "He became the guardian and protector of the orphan boy of thirteen years. He led me with a father's care from youth to manhood. He made me a mechanic. During the nine years in which I dwelt under his roof, never did I witness aught that would derogate from his character for strict uprightness and integrity. He was a man diligent in his calling, fervid in his piety, and honorable in his dealings with his fellow-men."

After completing his apprenticeship, Br. Hooper entered into business with his former master, and carried on his trade for some sixteen years, when, on account of his health, he relinquished the business. He was then for a few years receiver oft tolls on the Charles River Bridge, and afterward became connected with the Massachusetts Bank, of Boston, where he remained in a responsible and trusted situation for over thirty-three years. At the age of seventy, he retired from active business with a moderate competence, and, under the shade of his own vine and fig-tree, hand in hand with his beloved spouse, and surrounded by loving friends and relatives, his declining years have passed sweetly and pleasantly along, till now, the gavel of the Great Master has called him from labor to refreshment.

Br. Hooper was married at the age of twenty-three to Mary Wyer, of Charlestown, an estimable lady, descended from one of the early families of the town, by whom he had fifteen children, seven sons and eight daughters, of whom three sons and three daughters are now living, together with thirty-three grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.

Our brother was initiated into Masonry in the year 1800, in King Solomon's Lodge, and admitted a member of the Lodge in 1801; was elected and served as Secretary in 1805, 1806, and 1807 ; Worshipful Master in 1812, 1813, and 1814; was elected an Honorary Member in 1816; and continued his visits to the Lodge until within a year or two of his decease.

Br. Hooper was one of the Charter Members of St. Paul's Royal Arch Chapter, of Boston, of which he was made an Honorary Member in 1867. He was also the leading petitioner for the Dispensation for the Royal Arch Chapter of the Signet, of Charlestown.

Freemasonry was to our brother his dearest association outside of the family circle. His Masonry was of the heart, true and faithful, through good report and through evil report. He stood by the Institution, in days when, to do so, required a degree of moral courage which we in our day wot not of, and cherished its principles to the day of his death. He was ever ready with counsel and advice for a brother's ear; and this, from his long experience and truthful promptings, was always sound and valuable. The writer is greatly indebted to him in this respect, and it is a gratifying reflection, that in all matters of importance connected with our Institution, he has acted in accordance with the views and advice of his beloved and venerable teacher.

Br. Hooper was a man of marked decision of character. In politics, he was conservative; in religious matters, liberal and charitable; having, however, a great dislike to creeds and dogmas. Firm in his simple faith, his religion was all that Masonry demands of its votaries, — a faithful trust in the Great Architect, and charity to his fellow-men. Being asked a day or two previous to his departure, whether he saw any reason to change his religious views, he replied, in a voice which age and sickness had not apparently weakened,— "No, I trust in God!" And thus, through life, lie followed his Conductor, and feared no danger.

His habits were frugal and unostentatious, and his pleasures those of a social rather than a public nature ; although he was always happy to meet his brethren and friends in social intercourse, and to contribute his quota of pleasant anecdote and good counsel. He was fond of poetry and music, in both of which he was no mean proficient in composition. His memory was remarkable, and his conversational talent in this connection was a fund of never-failing interest and instruction to his hearers. Living as he did contemporary with those who rebuilt his native town after its conflagration in the war of the Revolution, he has been able to place upon record many valuable reminiscences concerning their lives and character. In knowledge of the early history of Charlestown and of her ancient landmarks, no one is left to (ill his place.

In addition to the faithful performance of his masonic duties, Br. Hooper served the town many years as one of the selectmen, a portion of the time as chairman of the board, and afterwards as alderman under the city charter, the duties of all of which stations he so discharged as to meet the approval of his townsmen.

And now, in the fullness of days and honor, from no apparent disease, but simply from old age, and the natural decay of the vital forces, with speech and senses retained to the very day of his death, at the ripe age of eighty-nine years, he has gone to rest with perfect resignation and trust, — so peacefully that the watchful eye of affection at his bedside knew not of his going, — leaving besides the descendants already enumerated, the beloved companion of nearly threescore and ten years of his journey of life, who ministered to him faithfully in sickness and in health, and who now at the advanced age of eighty-five, in the enjoyment of tolerable health, awaits with patient resignation the signal which shall summon her also to the great gathering of all living.

HOPE, RALPH K. 1888-1937

From Proceedings, Page 1937-80:

Right Worshipful Brother Hope was born in Chelsea December 16, 1888, and died there May 31, 1937.

Brother Hope was educated in the Chelsea schools. His active business life was spent in the service of the Chase and Sanborn Coffee Company. He was a useful and interested citizen of his native city, serving as a member of the Board of Aldermen for three terms, in 1917, 1918, and 1920.

He took his Masonic Degrees in Star of Bethlehem Lodge in 1914, and was its Master in 1923 and 1924, and was District Deputy Grand Master for the Chelsea Third Masonic District in 1928 and 1929, by appointment of Most Worshipful Frank L. Simpson and Most Worshipful Herbert W. Dean. He was a member of the Royal Arch Chapter of the Shekinah and of Palestine Commandery, Knights Templar.

Brother Hope's death was sudden and unexpected, being caused by complications following an apparently successful surgical operation, and the news of it came as a great shock to his many friends in civic and fraternal circles. Cut off as he was in the midst of his usefulness, his passing leaves a place in the hearts and lives of many which will long remain unfilled.

HOPKINS, RUFUS H. 1841-1920

From Proceedings, Page 1920-460:

R.W. RUFUS H. HOPKINS was born in Provincetown, Mass., May 2, 1841, and died in Hopkinton October 18, 1920. In his younger days he followed the sea on a whaling vessel. He was a veteran of the Civil War, having served in the navy, and was a member of Col. Prescott Post, G.A.R. of Ashland. After the war he returned to Hopkinton where he soon became identified with public affairs. He is recorded as a boot-maker in the Lodge record, but soon after was made tax collector of Hopkinton, in which office he served many years.

Bro. Hopkins received the Masonic degrees in North Star Lodge, of Ashland, Mass., in 1873, and in 1882 he dimitted and became a member of John Warren Lodge, of Hopkinton. He was Master of John Warren Lodge in 1885 and 1886, and later served as its Secretary for nearly thirty years. He served as District Deputy Grand Master for the Twentieth Masonic District in 1897 and 1898. He was also a member of Summit Chapter, O.E.S., and of Hopkinton Lodge of the Ancient Order of United Workmen.

Bro. Hopkins was one of the best known and highly respected residents in Hopkinton, and was a zealous Freemason. His interest !n the welfare of John Warren Lodge was deep and permaaent. He rendered loyal service for the welfare of the Craft.



From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1983, Page 29:

Born in Newtonville, Massachusetts, June 19, 1898
Died in Marblehead, Massachusetts, December 13, 1982

Ill. Warren Evard Horne was the son of the late William E. and Annie Lillian (Lyon) Horne. He was a resident of Marblehead, Massa­chusetts and was educated in the Public Schools in that community. lliustrious Brother Horne was retired after working for the Pullman Company in various positions for 41 years and 4½ years in the Marblehead Postal Service.

On May 6, 1922, Illustrious Brother Horne married the former Doris Alberta Nelson who survives along with three sons, Warren E. Horne, Jr. of Tellico Plains, Tenn., the Rev. Nelson O. Horne of Port Allegheny, Pa., Stuart W. Horne of Milford, N.H.; two sisters Mrs. Alice Cloutman and Mrs. Hattie Goodwin, both of Marblehead; 14 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

Illustrious Brother Home was raised a Master Mason in Philan­thropic Lodge A.F. & A.M. in Marblehead, Massachusetts on March 15, 1921 and served as Worshipful Master in 1941-1943 and as Dis­trict Deputy Grand Secretary for the Lynn 8th Masonic District in 1945-1946. He received the Grand Lodge Veterans Medal on April 18, 1971.

Illustrious Brother Horne received the degrees of the Scottish Rite in the Valleys of Salem and Boston in 1944-1948. He served as Most Wise Master of Emmanuel Chapter of Rose Croix, 1964-1967. He was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33°, Honorary Member of the Supreme Council in Boston, Massachusetts, on Sep­tember 28, 1966.

Illustrious Brother Horne was Deacon Emeritus at the First Bap­tist Church of Marblehead. He was also a Past President of the North Shore Active Officers' Association, 1941; and a Past President of the North Shore Past Masters' Association, 1957.

A Masonic Service was conducted on December 15, 1982 at the Eustis and Cornell Funeral Home by the Officers of Philanthropic Lodge A.F. & A.M., Marblehead. Funeral Services were conducted the next day in the First Baptist Church with burial in Waterside Cemetery, Marblehead.

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

HOSFORD, HOCUM 1825-1881

From Liberal Freemason, Vol. V, No. 1, April 1881, Page 27:

Hocum Hosford.— The death of this our Brother, occurred April 5th, after a protracted illness. On Friday following, the remains were lying in state at his late residence, for the gratification of the many of his fellow citizens who desired to see for the last time, the familiar features of their departed friend and neighbor. In deference to his wishes, no elaborate arrangements were made for the funeral which occurred on Saturday afternoon, although it was attended by an unusually large number of people.

The services at the house were private; to these the friends of the family were admitted, also the Representatives of the various Masonic organizations in Lowell, of the Grand Commandery of Mass. and R. I., of the various corporations, banking and manufacturing, wherein he was connected by executive or official relations, of the leading wholesale and retail Dry Goods Houses in Boston, the partner and employees of the firm of H. Hosford & Co., leading members of the bar, the heads of most of the dry goods houses in Lowell, whose places were closed from two o'clock to four, the Mayor and Board of Aldermen, together with others until the large house was completely filled with a sympathetic audience who knew the deceased, and loved him for his estimable qualities of head and heart, to an extent obtained by few.

The street in front of the residence was also crowded with sorrowing people. The floral decorations were elegant, expensive and profuse. Noticeable was a broken column counted by a white dove having in its beak a streamer bearing the words We shall miss him. This was from the employees of the firm. A fine floral anchor from the directors of the Merchant's National Bank, and another from the Fire and Marine Insurance Co. of Boston. The employes of the Boston and Lowell Railroad sent a floral pillow of exceeding beauty, on which was a crown, and the expressive words, Our Friend; in addition to these were many personal contributions, fragrant and beautiful. A male quartet opened the services by chanting Lord let me know mine end. They subsequently sung by request of friends, and very impressively, The sweet by and by, and closed with the anthem Come unto me. The services were conducted by Rev. J. L. Seward, whose Address was a thoughtful and truthful tribute, and a just analysis oi the character of the deceased. No less than sixty-three coaches were required to convey the friends and representatives to the cemetery, where the quartet sang Abide with me, etc., and the Rev. Mr. Seward read the committal service. A few words from the Masonic burial service were spoken by the Master of Kilwinning Lodge, of which Brother Hosford was a member, the brethren dropped the evergreen into the grave,— with less than this they could not feel satisfied,— and as their faces were turned homeward, each felt the oppression of a loss that can be but poorly measured by tongue or pen. Our May number will contain an extended sketch of the departed.

From Liberal Freemason, Vol. V, No. 2, May 1881, Page 35:

If a man die shall he live again? is a question'familiar to the ears of Masons, and to those of the city of Lowell the answer is given with peculiar emphasis, by the life, character and death of Brother Hocum Hosford.

Born in Charlotte, Vermont, November 8th, 1825, he removed to Lowell in 1845, and speedily made his way to a foremost place in the business and social interests of his chosen home.

It is not possible within the limits of an article like this to count the various places of honor and of trust held by him, always with fidelity; and we forego indulging our inclination in this direction.

The address delivered by the Rev. J. L. Seward at the funeral ceremonies is so apt and discriminating, that we substitute it for any thought of our own, and confine our notes to the more immediate masonic relations of our departed brother and friend.

He was made a Mason in Ancient York Lodge, January 18th, 1854, and his membership therein dates from May 24th following. The demands of his active business life prevented his taking any office of note, until in 1867 a number of well-known brethren concluded to organize a new Lodge in Lowell, and he became one of the Charter members of Kilwinning Lodge, a Warden, and its Master, being elected to this latter place in 1870. In 1869, he was made Chairman of a Committee in Grand Lodge, on the Masonic Temple in Boston", and in June, 1870, a report was submitted, which was printed in extenso, and covers thirteen pages in the printed proceedings of that year.

The report is characteristic of the man, and evinces the clearness of his financial methods, coupled with that patient and persevering energy, which in him accomplished complete results, and which, in this case, made the Grand Lodge, as well as the entire brotherhood in Massachusetts, his debtor, because of the fulness of the knowledge it conveyed in all matters relating to the temple and its construction.

His warm and generous nature always prompted him to give such assistance as he could, even though it might not be possible for him to engage actively in the enterprise. It was therefore in entire harmony with his character that he advanced through the several grades in the York Rite, and frequently deferred business to give his presence for the encouragement of those who were willing to, or could undertake the performance of ritualistic duties.

He was exalted in Mt. Horeb Royal Arch Chapter, January 5th, 1857, admitted to Ahasuerus Council of Royal and Select Masters, April 26th, 1864, and created a Knight Templar in Pilgrim Commandery, May 13th, 1857.

He filled various offices in the Chapter, holding that of King when he was elected Mayor. The exactions of this latter office, made more arduous because of the War, rendered it necessary for him to retire from ritualistic duties, and these he did not resume in the Chapter.

In April, 1867, he presented an elegant Banner to the Commandery, then Encampment, on which occasion he used the following language : "In conformity with a desire heretofore expressed, in Friendship and Brotherly-love I most cheerfully donate this beautiful Banner to Pilgrim Lncampment." The Lowell Masonic Association was formed in 1853, for purposes connected with the masonic apartments, their furnishing, rent, and general care, and of this he was one of the three Trustees, on the part of Mt. Horeb Chapter, at the time of his death.

In the Council he was, as in the other bodies, an ever faithful and attentive member, and no doubt found many welcome hours of relaxation from the cares of business in attending its assemblies. It was scarcely possible that his brethren would consent to relieve him of all official duty, hence he was called to serve the Commandery two years as Generalissimo, and three years as Eminent Commander, ending in October, 1872.

At the Annual Conclave in 1879, tne Grand Commandery of Massachusetts and Rhode Island amended its Constitution and provided for a Board of Trustees of the Grand Fund; of this he was chairman from its beginning.

Thus did Hocum Hosford receive and retain the confidence of his brethren, and leave to the brotherhood he loved the legacy of a truly masonic character.

We shall omit to follow the merchant's clerk in his career from that to the Mayor's chair of a great and prosperous city, nor do we need to speak of him as Director, Treasurer, and President of enterprising and influential Corporations; but large as was the space he filled in business life, and important as were the positions of trust and honor in the affairs of man, he was superior to all, because he was above reproach, where reproach signifies to blame.

To the address of Rev. Brother Seward, who knew him well, we leave our further expressions of a good man's moderate eulogy.

Beloved Friends;— I need not say that we are here to pay a loving and deserving tribute of affection to the memory of an honored man, citizen, friend and neighbor. I need not say that a star of the first magnitude has disappeared from the business world; that this city has lost a tried and loyal and respected resident; for this large assembly, representing so many and so varied interests, of itself, testifies to the worth of our honored and deceased friend and to the high regard entertained for him by this community and by the business public.

His life is a testimony to the brilliant results of an active mind, well balanced, with many good mental faculties, under good discipline, and working in unison together. It is a conspicuous example, also, of the results which wait upon energy, courage, perseverance, fidelity, and, more than all else, honesty of purpose. Born among the Green Mountains of Vermont, descended from honest, intelligent, hard-working and pious ancestors, he inherited those sterling qualities of character which alone insure success and prepare one to face the various trials and hardships of iife. In those early days of toil upon the hill farm in his native state, looking wherever his eyes might turn upon some of nature's loveliest scenery, breathing the purest air, drinking the clearest water, attending the country school, he was all the while receiving just that discipline which he needed when, at the age of twenty, he came to this city, to engage in business for himself. We can almost fancy the thoughts that crowded upon his mind, as he wended his way over what would then be a long, tedious road.

That he was resolving to be honest we may well conjecture was a prominent thought; that he should do well whatever he undertook to do was most probably another thought; and that he was brave and persevering, always finding a way to overcome difficulties, we indeed know. How uncertain is this starting in business! how many are the anxieties of the parents! how many the disappointing outlooks for the young man! how many temptations to be overcome, new acquaintances formed, new principles of business to be learned!

His well-known habit of examining with care all the aspects of any question which presented itself well assures us that, as he journeyed toward this young and thriving city, he considered all these possible difficulties and disappointments.

That he profited by every experience in life there is little doubt. His first small salary was enough for the time. He made it suffice and regulated his habits accordingly. He was happy then, as he has-been since, and, in that early period of life, owing to just those very conditions, he learned much of human nature; its characteristics, trials and possibilities.

His great success has been due to various causes. First of all he was faithful and persevering. As a clerk and employee he was faithful to the interest he was serving. He studied to ascertain all the points of his business. He aimed to understand it thoroughly, to be master of every root and branch of it. This is one most essential element of prosperity. Many a young man fails of his prize because he is too indifferent about his affairs, not careful enough in small things. Mr. Hosford intended to be master of all the difficulties, that he might act with understanding and discretion. Even while serving others he required that knowledge which enabled him to bring his own business to such a point of prosperity.

His energy ;dso carried him where others would have faltered. He knew no such word as fail. He had an indomitable will and was determined to accomplish an object and did so. Obstacles he encountered frequently, as all business men will, and the more extensive the business the more frequent and the more important will they become, lint the greater the resistance the greater his determination to overcome it. He was an untiring worker. He worked where others would sleep. His ambition far exceeded his physical endurance. He could easily have worn out, with business, two such bodies as that of his.

These two qualities, attention to business and energy of purpose, were tested to their utmost, in consequence of a third qualification, and that the most important, good natural ability. He had not the advantages of vihat is called a liberal education; but he possessed gifts which only nature can bestow and which no school can furnish. The schools can add to native gifts and improve them, but they can never create them where they are lacking. One who has no capacity for business can never acquire that capacity in an academy. One who possesses natural talent will improve it at all events. This natural capacity and aptitude for business our friend possessed. He had indeed good schooling and had taught; but it was his own experience and native sagacity which best prepared him for the business of his life.

He was constantly enlarging his sphere of business activity and usefulness. As years passed by, his valuable services were sought in many ways, which tasked his strength to the utmost limit. Never forsaking his first and chosen business in this city, we find him directing business industiies from Maine to Massachusetts, and even transacting business while in Europe. As the treasurer of three manufacturing companies, all of them important ones; as the vice-president for many years of a savings bank; as a director for several years of two national banks, and of two insurance companies ; as the president of the Merchant's Bank; as the half-owner and financial manager of the Chase Mill; and, as interested in various other smaller enterprises and industries, in connection with his daily-increasing dry goods business he has shown how diversified have been his business talents, how untiring and unremitting have been his duties, and how great the confidence reposed in his integrity and ability.

This honesty was the crowning glory of his business qualifications, as it is Indeed the basis of all business. No one doubted his reliability always, and under any circumstances. He vvas indeed spared from many temptations to violate honor where others are tempted, because of his ability to foresee what means must be employed to achieve certain ends; but his means were always honorable, and would bear the closest inspection, and, if he found that he had made any mistake* which he seldom did. he was the first to acknowledge it. lie necessarily, in his business dealings, was obliged to face the opposing opinions and prejudices of his business acquaintances and associates. No man could ever do the business which he lias done without giving offence; but I am sure that every person who has ever had any such feeling will certainly do him the honor to admit, however sharp may have been those asperities which arose in the transaction of business, that he was invariably to be respected as a man of honor and unimpeachable integrity.

As the manager of our important local railroad, he displayed an amount of executive ability, in a time of great difficulty, and of widely differing opinions as to policy and methods, which entitles him to the greatest consideration and respect of that company, and of this community. The important improvements which have been made along the line of that road during his term of service will be lasting monuments of his wisdom and of his interest in the public good.

So, too, the beautiful buildings which he has erected in Lowell, himself, and in connection with others, will be prized by his fellow citizens, as so many other beautiful buildings in our midst will be, as monuments to industry and worth, which will be shown with pride to future generations, as the deeds of former residents are brought to mind.

As might be expected of one whose life had been actively en-gaged in diversified business interests, our friend was greatly inter ested in the progress of the arts and sciences. He superintended the grand exhibition of the Middlesex Mechanics' Association in 1867; an enterprise conducted with so much success (which was largely attributed to his able management) that he received from the trustees a special vote of thanks, accompanied by a striking testimonial of their esteem.

As was most fitting our citizens have not allowed Mr. Hosford to remain in private life. After serving in the lower branches of the City Council, he was, in 1861, elected Mayor, in the early period of our unhappy Civil War. He was twice reelected, and subsequently sent to the State Legislature. He served the city most creditably as its Mayor in that most distressing period of our history. The old soldiers will never forget his zeal in caring for their interests. Several times since his decease have I been reminded that I should fail of my duty were I to omit to express their lasting gratitude to him for promptness in forwarding to the seat of war the boxes of necessaries and affectionate tokens of remembrance which were sent by the friends al home to the scat of war. His services in behalf of the soldiers were recogni/e I and highly complimented by our noble and lamented war governor, John A. Andrew, to have received whose good opinion may well have been an occasion for pride. Mr. Hosford did not display anv unworthy ambition for office. Whenever the citizens calle I him to a pist of duty he discharged his duties with fidelity and honor, preferring always the good of the public to his own.

He was devotedly attached to the principles and the work of Freemasonry. He recognized in it a moral power, helpful and strengthening in its influence upon the members of the order, and especially upon the young. He recognized the opportunities which the institution presented for developing the executive abilities of worthy and aspiring young men. and rejoiced at their progress and efficiency, he enjoyed the ceremonies of the order, and took the pans assigned to himself with a rare appreciation of their full meaning, rendering them in such a manner as to make a most favorable impression upon all; and he was honored with some of the highest offices in both the local and grand bodies of the order.

Possessing a large amount of good, practical, common sense, he was thoroughly practical in all things. I lis religious creed, however much itjnay liaue differed from .that of others, was practical, and such a one as would lead to a good life. He was sure that God is just, and the embodiment of perfect wisdom and supreme truth. He believed in a future life, and that it is our duty to do at &H times the best we know how. In a conversation with me, he once spoke of the intimate connection which subsists between the motives which determine conduct, and the results which flow from it. His views were practical and sensible. He had unbounded 11111 in the goodness of God, and that His ways are perfect. He manifested the greatest amount of patience in his last trying sickness, and, while he would have been glad to live for the sake of doing good to others, he was ready and willing to go, believing that God's will is perfect, and thai, in either event, it would be as God wills. It was not his custom to parade his religion nor to boast of his virtues. He was as careful not to affect righteousness as he-was cautious to be honest and true in all things. His life was a good example of the golden rule. He did unto others as he would wish to have others do unto him. He exhibited the practical fruits of religion in remembering the poor and the afflicted. He did not speak of his charities nor boast of his goodness, but many a poor person can testify to his disinterested kindness and generosity.

He always had the good of all men at heart, and especially of his family, it being his greatest anxiety to care for them, and to be attentive to their every want.

One so active, so full of energy and bright hopes, we shall miss from his accustomed place. We feel that he made a good use of the talents with which he was entrusted, and that his example will serve to animate many a young man, and to encourage him in seasons of discouragement and despair, in those days of small things, before the reputation has been formed, or the business habits become fixed; when it is so necessary to guard against temptation, to be contented with a little, and not to envy die mode of living of those who have greater abundance. To all such young men, our friend's life and business career shall ever be a striking lesson and example.

My dear friends: I dare not bring into relief too real a picture of the great earthly loss which you have sustained; but I would rather urge you to remember that our earthly career is no more than the beginning of life. We are here, preparing for the grander mission in another life. Try to think that this dear friend, the husband and father, the brother and the kinsman, still lives for you, can and should be still loved and remembered, that he is freed now from mortal cares and sorrows, and that he is where all is life and glory. Our Saviour taught us that in His Father's house were many mansions ; that He went to prepare a place for us. May we not believe with confidence that our friend has entered one of those mansions, a spacious mansion, reserved in heaven for him? Are we not entitled to believe that his active, useful life, which has done so much for others as well as for himself, which aimed at justice, truth and goodness; that that life well earned and merited such a mansion ? Let us think then not so much of our loss as his gain. We recognize and we bear testimony to the loss. This large assembly and these evidences of grief are unmistakable, and we know that Jesus wept at the tomb of His friend; and yet we must fasten our hope and our thoughts upon those eternal truths, those comforting hopes, which have been the solace of mankind for ages; which the Saviour of the world came to enforce; which are supported by our noblest aspirations and by the voice of reason, namely, the goodness and never-failing mercy of God and the continued growth of the spirit in a better and purer and brighter world, whither God will bring each and every soul, after it shall have experienced all the discipline to which every one is subject and from which no one can escape.

It is a comfort to feel that God knows all our wants, all our heart burnings, all our sorrows: that we can come to Him with all our burdens and feel that He has regard unto our prayers, and that He sent his well-beloved Son into the world to be the way and the truth and the life. Let us look to the light and the life of Christ, as our guide by day and our light by night, and, following that guide and that light, we need fear no harm, for God, who mercifully careth for the fall even of the sparrow, shall much more care for us His earthly children.

From Liberal Freemason, Vol. VI, No. 1, April 1882, Page 30:

The Memorial service or Lodge of Sorrow held in Lowell, under the auspices of Pilgrim Commandery, Knights Templars, Sir Solon W. Stevens, Eminent Commander, on Wednesday evening, April Sth, in honor of the Memory of Sir Knight Hocum Hosford, are said to have been imposing and highly interesting. The several addresses, including one by the R. E. Grand Commander, were so many touching tributes to the memory of the deceased.

The Service of Song was a grateful acknowledgment of the duty of the creature to the Creator. Especial pains had been taken to prepare the Asylum, by the elaborate yet judicious use of drapery and flowers to give the best expression to the solemnities and services of the occasion.

HOSMER, ISAAC, 1802-1870

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXX, No. 1, November 1870, Page 30:

Ahasuerus Council of Select and Royal Masters,
Lowell, October 10, 1870.

  • Whereas, it hath pleased the Supreme Architect of the Universe to remove from our midst Comp. Isaac Hosmer, therefore,
  • Resolved — That in the sudden death of Comp. Hosmer we acknowledge the admonition of Divine Providence, that in the midst of life we are in death.
  • Resolved — That in the life of Comp. Hosmer we have exemplified the character of an honest and upright man, a kind and affectionate husband and parent, and a firm and unflinching Mason, who, having wrought his full time in the quarries, has been called to his final rest.
  • Resolved — That we deeply sympathize with the afflicted family in their bereavement.
  • Resolved — That these resolutions be spread upon the records, and that the succeeding page be dedicated to the memory of our deceased Companion.
  • Resolved — That a copy of these resolutions be sent to the family of our deceased Companion; also to the Masonic Magazine for publication.

Joseph Bedloe,
Wm. North,
Wm. F. Salmon,


From New England Craftsman, Vol. II, No. 9, June 1907, Page 351:’’

Brother Charles Bryant Houghton, Worshipful Master of Joseph Webb Lodge, A. F. and A. M.. Boston, and well known in the jewelry trade in this city, died May 23 in the salesrooms of the D. C. Percival Company, wholesale jewelers, in the Jewelry Building, where he had been employed lor fifteen years as a salesman. He was 40 years old. Heart disease is supposed to have been the cause of death. Mr. Houghton was a man of sterling character and was highly esteemed by a large circle of business associates and other friends. He was well known in Masonic circles in Greater Boston and last November was elected Worshipful Master of Joseph Webb Lodge. He was secretary and treasurer of the Roslindale Unitarian church society and prominent in several social and fraternal societies.

‘’According to his membership card, Wor. Bro. Houghton was forty-six at the time of his death.’’

HOWARD, CHARLES E. 1820-1864

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXIII, No. 8, June 1864, Page 255; also reproduced in Masonic Monthly, Vol. I, No. 7, May 1864, Page 332:

At a Stated Communication of Fellowship Lodge of F. and A. Masons, held in Bridgewater, Mass., on Monday evening, April 18th, 1864, the following preamble and resolutions were unanimously adopted :—

  • Whereas it has pleased the Supreme Grand Master to summon from our circle, our Brother Charles E. Howard, and whereas it becomes us at this time to express our sorrow for his death, and to bear our testimony to his many virtues, therefore
  • Resolved, That by this dispensation of Divine Providence, the Institution has lost a true and zealous member; the members of this Lodge a faithful and beloved Brother, and the community a just and upright citizen.
  • Resolved, That we will ever cherish his memory; and while we mourn his departure from our midst, we rest in the hope that he was duly and truly prepared— worthy and well qualified, for admission into the Celestial Lodge above, where the Supreme Architect of the Universe presides.
  • Resolved, That we tender to the family of our deceased Brother our sincere and heartfelt sympathies in this their hour of trial.

L. W. Lovell, Sec.

HOWARD, ELMER F. 1861-1927

From Proceedings, Page 1927-102:

Brother Howard was born in Hartford, Vt., June 5, 1861, and died very suddenly at Northfield, April 16, 1927.

Brother Howard was graduated at Dartmouth College in 1886 and at once took up the work of teaching. He taught first in Brandon, Vt., and then at Wallingford, Vt. Here his conspicuous ability antl success soon brought promotion to the school superintendency. He served as superintendent of schools at Charlemont, Mass., and for about twenty years at Northfield. For a time he taught at the Mt. Hermon school. In 1924 he purchased the Northfield Press and continued in charge of it until his death.

Brother Howard became a member of St. Paul's Lodge No. 25, of Brandon, Vt. He dimitted in 1901 and afflliated with Harmony Lodge. He was Worshipful Master of Harmony Lodge in 1921 and 1922 and was District Deputy Grand Master for the Fourteenth Masonic District in 1925, by appointment from M.W. Dudley H. Ferrell, and in 1926.

Brother Howard was a very active and useful member of the Northfield Congregational Church, serving it as Deacon, Committeeman, and for many years as superintendent of the Sunday School. He served the town as a member of various committees, making whatever contribution to the eivic life was consistent with his official position. He made no secret of his political views, but was careful to keep his administration of the schools free from political entanglements.

An appreciative obituary notice says: "Mr. Howard's outstanding virtue was willing service." In this regard he exemplified the spirit of the Freemasonry which he loved so well and served so faithfully. An accomplished educator, a dearly loved friend, a respected citizen, a kindly Christian gentleman, he leaves us all poorer by his departure.

HOWARD, JOHN 1786-1853

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

John Howard was the son of Elijah Howard and Susannah Macomber, and was born in Taunton May 12, 1786. He married, first, Eliza Lewis, second Mary or Molly Seaver, third Mary Porter, and fourth Sallie Codding. He was known as a trader, and for some time had a store on Main street, where he was located until he built the store at the Neck-of-Land. This building was of peculiar interest to the Masonic fraternity, as it was the home of King David Lodge during the anti-Masonic times. From a description of the building by Brother James E. Seaver we make the following extract: “This building, so long familiar to the old residents of Taunton, was located on Summer street, at the head of the Neck-of-Land, and was known as the “Howard & Brown wholesale store.” It was built by John Howard and Luther Woodward, the date of the raising, 1833, being upon one of the timbers on the street floor. The building was two stories in front and five in the rear, the two lower stories being entirely of stone. From the rear a short canal was cut to connect with the river, in order to run a scow from the store to the vessels to aid in discharging their cargoes. The firm of Howard & Brown carried on an extensive business for about six years, dealing in corn, flour, coal, groceries, wholesale and retail, and West India and New England rum. It was while this firm was engaged in business that flour became a very scarce article in Taunton, the cholera in New York preventing ship owners from shipping crews from that port. Mr. Howard was part owner of the schooner “Emperor,” and he prevailed upon Capt. George Godfrey to secure a crew and sail without freight and bring on a cargo of flour. After lying at quarantine at Somerset for two weeks, he arrived at the store loaded with flour, relieving what was almost a famine of that article. Luther Woodward disposed of his interest to James C. Brown, son of Deacon Thomas C. Brown.

The Washingtonian temperance movement in full vigor at this time, restricted the sales of the liquor business of the firm, and it was finally relinquished and the firm dissolved. The building was purchased by James II. Anthony for a storehouse for lumber, and was so used for many years. After his death it came into the possession of A. K. Williams & Co. Morton Brothers leased the building of this firm and established their laundry business in 1882. It was in this building that W. R. Park invented the “Park injector.” Soon after the removal of Morton Brothers the building was purchased by the late Lewis Emery Field, and within a short time was consumed by fire.”

Worshipful Brother John Howard was one of the “faithful” during the anti-Masonic times. He was a zealous worker at all times, and tradition tells us that he held every official position in the Lodge, requesting to be appointed Tiler after retiring from the Master’s chair, that he might complete the list. Brother Howard became connected with Adoniram Chapter of Attleboro, Oct. 5, 1819. When the Chapter was moved to Taunton in 1825 he was elected King, serving until October, 1827, at which time he was elected High Priest and served one year. The records of the Chapter show that he was as faithful to that body as he was to King David Lodge, his name appearing very frequently in the list of officers for an evening’s work. He died in Taunton April 4, 1853.

HOWARD, LYMAN 1823-1858

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XVIII, No. 2, Page 63:

At a meeting of Meridian Lodge of Freemasons, held Oct. 23d, A. L. 5858, the following preamble and resolutions were adopted :—

  • Whereas, it has pleased God to remove one of our Fraternity, Lyman Howard, thereby severing the tie which bound us together on earth ; and inasmuch as our Brother was very near to us, made so by his social, brotherly and manly virtues, therefore
  • Resolved, That we feel the deepest sorrow in bidding adieu to our departed Brother, but feel a subdued pleasure in looking back to the many happy hours we have spent in his society ; the many times we have been met by his cheerful smile, and cordial greeting.
  • Resolved, That we feel it our duty to bow with reverence and submission to this dispensation of Divine Power, with the consolation that the loss to us is gain to our Brother, who has gone to join that Celestial Lodge where the Grand Master of the Universe presides.
  • Resolved, That we tender to his widow and family our warmest sympathies in this, their bereavement, and commend them to Him from whom alone consolation Cometh. To Him who is above all other friends, and who never deserts the afflicted.
  • Resolved, That a copy of this be placed on file and entered on the records of said Lodge. Also, that a copy be forwarded the editors of the Freemasons' Monthly Magazine, and the Natick Observer for publication.

Ambrose Sloper, for the Committee.



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

Ill. Thomas Dappleton Gard Howarth, 33°
Born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, May 5, 1921
Died in Beverly, Massachusetts, February 14, 1992

Ill. Thomas Dappleton Gard Howarth, 33°, was the son of the late John T. and Melissa (Brown) Howarth. He was educated in the Fitchburg and Belmont public school systems and was a graduate of Bates College, Boston University and Northeastern University Law School where he received his LLB Degree. He served in the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II and left the service with the rank of Captain.

On June 13, 1953, he was united in marriage to Edith May Wood, who survives him along with a son, Thomas Tremaine Howarth of Beverly, and two daughters, Pamela Wood Howarth and Wendy May Howarth, both of Manchester. He was a practicing attorney in Manchester for many years and served three terms on the town's Finance Committee. He was Town Counsel from 1965 to 1970 and a member of the Charter Commission from 1974 to 1975.

Ill. Brother Howarth was a member and former Senior Warden of Saint John's Episcopal Church in Beverly Farms, Massachusetts, and was on the Vestry and a lay reader for many years.

He was very active in Masonry having been raised a Master Mason in Belmont Lodge, A.F. & A.M., Belmont, Massachusetts on June 15, 1951. He later affiliated with Manchester Lodge, A.F. & A.M., Manchester, Massachusetts. He was Worshipful Master of Manchester Lodge and served as Secretary from 1971 to 1991. He was, also, a Past Master of the 28th Lodge of Instruction.

He joined Washington Chapter, Royal Arch Masons on February 26, 1959; Salem Council, Royal and Select Masters, Salem, Massachusetts on August 12, 1972 and became a Knight Templar on June 12, 1975 in Bethlehem Commandery, #43, Gloucester, Massachusetts.

He received his Scottish Rite Degrees, 4th thru the 18th, in the Valley of Salem on October 29, 1960 and served as Thrice Potent Master of Sutton Lodge of Perfection from 1981 thru 1984. He also joined Massachusetts Consistory on October 29, 1960 and served as Associate Chancellor from 1976 to 1979 and was Chancellor from 1979 to 1991. On September 26, 1984, he was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33°, Honorary Member of the Supreme Council at Boston, Massachusetts.

A funeral service was held on February 18, 1992 in Saint John's Episcopal Church, Beverly Farms, Massachusetts with interment in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Manchester, Massachusetts.

HOWE, J. HERVEY 1830-1863

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXIII, No. 2, December 1863, Page 63:

At a Regular meeting of Blackstone River Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, held at their Lodge room, Oct. 20, 1863, the following Resolutions were unanimously passed :—

  • Whereas, it has pleased the Grand Master of the Universe, to call from labor on earth to refreshment in the Celestial Lodge above, our beloved Bro. Lieut. J. Hervey Howe,
  • Resolved, That this Lodge has heard, with the deepest sensibility, the announcement of the death on the evening of the 10th inst. at his residence in the town of West Boylston, of our beloved Bro. Lieut. J. Hervey Howe, late of the 51st Massachusetts Volunteers.
  • Resolved, That while we how with reverential submission to the summons of the Supreme Grand Master, we cannot withhold the expression of our unfeigned sorrow for the loss, and our respect for the virtues of our Brother, in whose death the community has lost a worthy citizen, the church an exemplary christian, and this Lodge one of its most endeared members.
  • Resolved, That we extend our condolence to the family of our deceased Brother, and trust that they will find consolation in the assurance of Holy Writ, "That he who giveth and who taketh away, doeth all things well."
  • Resolved, That a copy of these Resolutions be forwarded to the family of the de
ceased, and to the Freemasons' Monthly Magazine, and Woonsocket Patriot, for pub

Attest, George E. Bullard, Sec.


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

One of Massachusetts' oldest Freemasons, Merrill N. Howe, was buried January 29th. Ninety-one years of age, Mr. Howe was for 70 years within the folds of that order. He became a member of St. Matthew's Lodge of Masons at Andover in 1849 while a student at Phillips Andover Academy, and was transferred to Grecian Lodge, of which he was a past master, in 1865. He was also a member of the Royal Arcanum for 41 years, the Red Men for 33 years and the Veteran Firemen of Lawrence for many years. Mr. Howe was one of the employees fortunate enough to escape death when the Pemberton Mill collapsed in 1860.



From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 2006, Page 24:

Ill. Wayne Frederick Hoyle, 33°
Born August 8, 1931, Woonsocket, Rhode Island
Died, March 27, 2006

Ill. Wayne was educated in the Wrentham, Massachusetts public schools. He graduated form Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. His principal employment was in the field of insurance and financial services. He spent four years on active duty in the United States Air Force. Ill. Wayne was married twice and in both cases his wives prede­ceased him. He has two sons, Glenn and Wayne Jr. He was an active member in the Wrentham Congregational Church where he served as a Deacon.

He was a member of Excelsior Lodge A.F. & A.M., and an affiliate member of Cawnacome Sunshine Lodge A.F. & A.M. where he served as Worshipful Master in 1964 to 1965. He served Grand Lodge as a District Deputy Grand Master in 1990 and 1991.

Ill. Hoyle was active in all the York Rite Bodies. He was a member of the Scottish Rite Valley of Boston where he was an active degree worker in numerous degrees. He was also a member of Aleppo Shrine where he was an active member of the Ritualistic Degree Team. Illustrious Hoyle was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33°, Honorary Member of the Supreme Council on September 25, 2003, in St. Louis, Missouri.





From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1928, Page 49:

On Saturday, March 3, 1928, the entire Masonic fraternity was shocked and almost unable to believe its true the announcement of the passing away of Ill. Bro. Samuel Fairfield Hubbard, one of the most beloved members of the Craft in this Country. He suddenly passed away while attending a meeting of the Twentieth Century Club, in Boston. So recently had he been seen about the streets, at our meetings, and in the active performance of Masonic duties, that the news of his death came as a great surprise, although a few of his most intimate friends had known of some disturbing physical conditions, of which he had spoken during the previous week or ten days.

Illustrious Brother Hubbard was born in Canaan, Me., on February 9, 1846, the son of Samuel Fairfield and Mary (Ricker) Hubbard. He was graduated from the Maine Wesleyan Seminary, Kent's Hill, Me., in 1867. He was a commercial traveler from 1870-1879. At this time he became interested in settlement and welfare work. In 1892, he was appointed Superintendent of the North End Union, and served in this capacity until l917. He was a member of the Boston School Committee from 1896-1898. He served as Vice-President of the Massachusetts Association for Promoting Interests of the Blind; was a Trustee of the Boston Floating Hospital; a charter member and Vice-President of the Twentieth Century Club; an active member of the Boston City Club, and of the Puddingstone Club. He was a member of the First Church in Boston (Unitarian), and served on the Welfare Committee of the Church. In politics he was a Republican.

Illustrious Brother Hubbard was never married, and for many years had lived at the Boston City Club. He is survived by a brother and several nephews and nieces.

Illustrious Brother Hubbard’s Masonic record is a long and notable one. He was raised a Master Mason in Corinthian Lodge, in Hartland, Me., on August 28, 1867. In 1871, he took a demit from Corinthian Lodge and became a charter member of Carrabassett Lodge, of Canaan, Me., and in which lodge he retained membership up to the time of his death.

He was exalted a Royal Arch Mason in St. Paul's Royal Arch Chapter, Boston, November 21, 1882; was made a Royal and Select Master in Boston Council, March 27, 1890; and was knighted in Boston Commandery, Knights Templars, March 21, 1883. He served St. Paul's Royal Arch Chapter as High Priest in 1891 and 1892, and was District Deputy Grand High Priest for the First Capitular District (Boston) from 1895 to 1896. He was Most Excellent Grand High Priest of Massachusetts from 1902 to 1904.

Illustrious Brother Hubbard became a member of the Scottish Bit,Bodies in Boston in 1885, being made a Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret in Massachusetts Consistory on April 24, 1885. 1-Ie was ThricePotent Master of the Lodge of Perfection during the years 1892 and 1S9:He was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector-General of the Thirty-thirdDegree at Buffalo, N. Y., on September 17, 1895. Illustrious Brother Hubbard was appointed a Marshal of the Camp of the Supreme Council Thirty-third Degree, in 1921, and served continuously in that office until the time of his death. He has, during recent years, served as Master of Ceremonies of the Council of Deliberation and has accompanied the Deputy upon his official visits throughout the State.

It would not be Illustrious Brother Hubbard’s desire that extended or fulsome eulogy be given in written memorial. Many times has he expressed himself as disapproving extended or long drawn out formal memorials to those of our members who have passed away. The sweet memory of his life, and of our association with him, finding its fruition in our own happier and bettered lives, would be an expression that would most satisfy his heart's desire.

His virtues and activities were so many and so broad that it is most difficult to comply with his known wishes and avoid extended reference to and words of appreciation of a life so rich and rare in selfless sacrifice. He was everybody's friend. He had a genius for sociability and for lending a hand. During all of his mature years he was one of Boston’s most useful citizens. A dozen years ago one of our leading daily newspapers published an article about him entitled, “The Most Popular Man in Boston.” In every personal relation there was left the impress of a man, — glorious in a wealth of love for God and his fellow men, with nature as sympathetic and gentle as that of a child. Knowing no vanity nor pride, save that of untiring labor for the good of others. Quick in generous and noble impulse, courageous and firm in his convictions, but always charitable and kind in his judgments of those whose opinions differed from his own. Possessed of a fund of humor, rare discernment and common sense, his counsel and advice were sought and valued those in every station in life.

There are today literally countless numbers who venerate his name and hold in tender and grateful remembrance his ever solicitous and sympathetic interest, healing and comforting in the crises of life, in the hours of trial and distress.

During the last hours of his earthly life there was ever manifest the same Christian character, the constant thought and consideration for others, the same characteristic self-forgetfulness. Without fear, without apprehension, and in the presence of those whom he loved, and with whom he had been associated in so many activities of life, he passed away “sustained and soothed by an unfaltering trust . . . like one that wraps the drapery of his couch about him, and lies down to pleasant dreams.”

Funeral services were held in the First Church, at the corner of Berkeley and Marlboro Streets, in Boston, at three o’clock in the afternoon of Tuesday, March 6, 1928, and were conducted by the Pastor of the Church, Rev. Charles E. Park, D. D., and by Rev. and Ill. Bro. Frederick W. Hamilton, D. D., Deputy for Massachusetts. There were vocal selections by the Schubert Male Quartet. All of the Active members of the Supreme Council from Massachusetts were present, as were many Honorary Members, executives, officers and members of local Scottish Rite Bodies.There were also in attendance many Grand Officers and members of other branches of Masonry. Local welfare and charitable organizations were also largely represented. The Church was filled with people from all walks of life.

Following cremation at Forest Hills Cemetery, the ashes were taken to Canaan, Me., for burial in the family lot.

The world is richer and better because he lived in it. His comradeship is a precious memory, his life a priceless heritage.

“Passing out of the shadow,
Into a purer light,
Stepping behind the curtain,
Getting a clearer sight.”

Fraternally submitted,
Leon M. Abbott,
Melvin M. Johnson,
Harry P. Ballard,

HUDSON, HORACE G. 1846-1912


From Proceedings, Page 1912-24:

R.W. HORACE G. HUDSON was born in Enfield, N. H., Feb. 8, 1846, and died at his residence in Merrimac, Mass., Feb. 19, 1912. He came to Amesbury when he was twenty years of age and was apprenticed to a watchmaker, for whom he worked four years. Brother Hudson later went into the same business on his own account and continued it successfully until his decease.

Brother Hudson received the Masonic degrees in Rising Star Lodge, No. 47, of Newmarket, N. H., and affiliated with Warren Lodge, of Amesbury, April 9, 1880. He served as Wor. Master of Warren Lodge in 1885 and 1886, and as District Deputy Grand Master of the Ninth Masonic District in 1905 and 1906. He was a member of Trinity Royal Arch Chapter, Amesbury Council, and Newburyport Commandery, K.T.

Genial, pleasant, possessing a personality that attracted, Brother Hudson made a wide circle of friends who esteemed him for the warmth of his friendships and the manliness of his life.

HUDSON, WILLIAM R. 1838-1906

From New England Craftsman, Vol. I, No. 9, July 1906, Page 400:

Brother William R. Hudson, who for 15 years has been tyler of Prospect Lodge, Roslindale, Mass., was buried with the Masonic service May 12. Nearly 100 of his brethren were in attendance.

HUMPHREY, EDSON K. 1862-1928

From Proceedings, Page 1928-198:

R,.W. Brother Humphrey was born in Salem, Maine, June 9, 1862, and died at his summer home in York, Maine, August 18, 1928. Brother Humphrey's active life was spent in the City of Lowell where he was an overseer for C. I. Hood & Company for twenty-five years. Of late years he was in the insurance business.

He became a member of Pentucket Lodge in 1894, and was its Worshipful Master from October 1916 to October 1918. He served as District Deputy Grand Master for the Twelfth Masonic District in 1923 and, 1924 by appointment of M.W. Dudley H. Ferrell. R.W. Brother Humphrey was a member of the several bodies in both the York and Scottish Rites in Lowell serving conspicuously with fidelity and distinction. He was a member of the Building Committee of the Lowell Masonic Temple at the time of his death.

R.W. Brother Humphrey had won for himself a distinguished place in the business life of Lowell as well as in Masonic circles. A large circle of friends and associates are the poorer for his going.


From New England Craftsman, Vol. XIV, No. 10, July 1919, Page 333:

Brother Henry Peveraux Humphrey, aged 58 years and for the past thirty-two years secretary of Constellation Lodge, of Declham, Mass., died at his home in that town, Monday, July 7th, last. Funeral services were held from the Congregational Church on Wednesday, July 9, at 2 o'clock. A large attendance demonstrated the esteem in which Bro. Humphrey was held. His charming presence will be missed by the brethren of Constellation Lodge.

HUMPHREY, HENRY M. 1840-1919

From Proceedings, Page 1919-192:

R,.W. HENRY M. HUMPHREY was born in Athol, Mass., October 8, 1840, and died February 8, 1919. He received his early education in the public schools of his native town. After leaving school he studied dentistry in Boston two years, then removed to Philadelphia where he graduated from the Philadelphia Dental College. He returned to Athol in September, 1863, and associated as a Dentist in business with Dr. J. H. 'Williams. This partnership continued for five years, when, Dr. Williams dying, Dr. Humphrey continued the business for two years. In 1870 Dr. Humphrey bought the drug store at the Highlands, which he conducted until 1905, when he retired from active business.

Dr. Humphrey was engaged in newspaper and magazine work until July 1, 1913, when he was appointed a clerk in the Branch Post Office at the Highlands. He held this position until his decease. He served on the School Committee of Athol for many years; was on the Board of Registrars; was representative of the Athol District in the State Legislature in 1882, and was a Director of the Athol National Bank nearly all the time since it was organized.

Brother Humphrey received the Masonic degrees in Star Lodge, of Athol, in 1865 and dimitted November 14, 1870, to become a charter member of Athol Lodge, of Athol. He served as its Master in 1875 and 1876 and was District Deputy Grand Master for the Eighth Masonic District in 1877, 1878, and 1879.

The local press said of Brother Humphrey: "He was a model man, of well-ordered life, public spirited and. patriotic. He gave of his time and abilities in aid of worthy public enterprises and was a man of real capacity and enthusiasm. He was a most genial man socially and a prominent figure in the every-day life of the town for over half a century. He maintained a warm place in the esteem and affections of all who knew him and will be profoundly missed in the community."


From Proceedings, Page 1941-165:

Right Worshipful Brother Humphrey was born in Dennisport, Massachusetts, May 20, 1876, and died suddenly in St. Luke's Hospital, New Bedford, March 74,1941. He is survived by his widow and by one sister.

After leaving the New Bedford High School, he became an apprentice in the jewelry business, continuing in that line until his retirement a few years ago, when he closed out his own store on Purchase Street, New Bedford.

He was raised in Eureka Lodge October 23, 1903, and became a Charter Member of Paskamansett Lodge June 18, 1921, serving as Worshipful Master in 1922 and 1923. He was Disuict Deputy Grand Master of the (New Bedford) 30th District in 1927 and 1928, by appointment of Most Worshipful Frank L. Simpson, Grand Master.

He was a member of Adoniram Chapter, R.A.M.; a Past Master of New Bedford Council, R.& S.M.; and a Past Commander of Sutton Commandery, K.T. On September 25, 1940, he was coronetted an Honorary Member of the Supreme Council, A.A.S.R., N.M.J., 33d Degree.

Ever an earnest and active worker in Freemasonry, his presence will be missed by a large circle of friends.

HUNT, HARRY 1846-1914


From New England Craftsman, Vol. IX, No. 4, Page 120:

M. E. Companion Harry Hunt, past grand high priest of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts, one of the best known and highly regarded Masons of Massachusetts, died suddenly Wednesday, Jan. 7th. He resided at Melrose and began his Masonic Life in that city, in Wyoming Lodge March 28, 1870. He was active in every department of Masonic service but his loss will be most keenly felt in the Capitular Rite. He was Grand High Priest in 1905-07. His funeral was conducted by Wyoming Lodge, Sunday, January 11th and was attended by a large number of his brethren and friends.


From New England Craftsman, Vol. III, No. 8, May 1908, Page 280:

Brother Henry H. Hunt, one of the prominent business men of Newton, Mass., died March 13th at the age of 60. He was a member of Dalhousie Lodge, Newton R. A. Chapter. Gethsemane Commandery, K.T. and of the Scottish Rite. He was a useful citizen and had filled several important offices in his city.

HUNT, JOHN E. 1845-1906

From Proceedings, Page 1906-48:

W. Bro. John E. Hunt, Master of Delta Lodge, now of Braintree, in 1880-1-2, and District Deputy Grand Master of the Twenty-fifth Masonic District in 1904 and 1905, died a few days before our last Quarterly Communication, namely, on the twenty-fifth of February, 1906. He was for thirty-five years a zealous and faithful Mason. (Master 1881-1882)

From New England Craftsman, Vol. I, No. 7, April 1906, Page 219:

Brother John E, Hunt of Weymouth, for several years a manufacturer of boots and shoes, died February 25th. He was a Past Master of Delta Lodge of Masons. Braintree, Mass. He also served as a District Deputy Grand Master of the Twenty-Fifth Masonic District, He was sixty years of age and leaves a widow.


From Proceedings, Page 1947-194:

Brother Hunt was born in Weston, Massachusetts, on May 28, 1854, and died while visiting his daughter in Wiscasset, Maine, on April 19,1947.

After graduation at Phillips Academy, he attended the Harvard Medical School and was graduated in 1877. He continued the practice of medicine until his retirement in 1940. He was the last surviving founder of the Newton Hospital, where he was an attending physician for thirty years.

He was raised in Fraternity Lodge of Newton on January 8, 1878, and served as Master in l9l2 and 1913. He affiliated with Dalhousie Lodge in 1889, and continued his membership there until his death. He became a Charter Member of Norumbega Lodge on May 2, 1921, and dimitted on June 5, 1922.

He served as District Deputy Grand Master for the Fifth Masonic District in 1914 and 1915, by appointment of Most Worshipful Melvin M. Johnson, Grand Master. In 1889 and 1890 he was High Priest of Newton Royal Arch Chapter, and was long a member of Gethsemane Commandery. In 1929 he was awarded a Veteran's Medal by Most Worshipful Herbert W. Dean.

Dr. Hunt, during his years of activity, was a faithful worker in the Craft, and his example of unselfish service was an inspiration to many who have for years tried to follow in his footsteps.



From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1988, Page 27:

Ill. Howard George Huntting, 33°
Born in Dracut, Massachusetts, June 27, 1926
Died in Lowell, Massachusetts, February 21, 1988

Ill. Howard George Huntting, 33°, was the son of the late Walter F. and Marguerite H. (Hansen) Huntting.

A lifelong resident of Dracut, he graduated from Bentley College and was a veteran of World War II. He served in the U.S. Army, Pacific Theater, 1944-1947. He had been employed as an office manager at C.G. and M. Construction Co., general contractors of Tewksbury.

Active in community affairs, he served the town of Dracut as Executive Secretary for the Board of Selectmen from 1952- 1961 and was a former Chairman of the United Fund. He was also a former Chairman of the Dracut Cancer Fund and past President of the Dracut Scholarship Foundation. He was an active member of the Dracut Permanent Building Committee.

Brother Huntting began his Masonic career in Ancient York Lodge and served as its Worshipful Master, 1985-1987. An active member of the Scottish Rite Bodies in Lowell, he served as Thrice Potent Master of Lowell Lodge of Perfection, 1982-1985 and was a member and degree worker in Massachusetts Consistory.

Brother Huntting was also a member of Aleppo Temple A.A.O.N.M.S. A former member of the Arab Parol and a charter member of the Aleppo Motor Patrol. He was also a Trustee of the Lowell Masonic Association, Inc., Boston Court #105 Royal Order of Jesters, Secretary and past President of the Merrimack Valley Shrine Club, and a past President of the Acacia Club of Dracut.

In York Rite. he also was a member of Mt. Horeb Ro al Arch Chap­ter, Ahasuerus Council. Royal and Select Masters, and Pilgrim Com­mandery, Knights Templar of Lowell. He also was a member of Tulip Rock Lodge of Pelham, New Hampshire. Brother Huntting received his 33° in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1983.

Surviving him are two nieces. Beth McCallion of Dracut and Virginia Kiah of Orlando, Florida; several grandnieces and grandnephews; and a dear friend, Blanche Hutchinson of Dracut.

Masonic services were held at the Dracut Funeral Home on Tuesday, February 23, 1988 with Brother Max Ludwig, Jr. presiding. A funeral service was held on Wednesday, February 24, 1988 at St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Lowell. Burial in Richardson Cemetery, Dracut.

He will be missed by fellow brethren and friends.


From New England Craftsman, Vol. III, No. 6, March 1908, Page 234:

Brother Hobart S. Hussey, a member of St. Andrew's R. A. Chapter, Joseph Warren Commandery and other Masonic bodies of Boston, died January 23 in his 70th year. He was for many years a contractor and builder. He was said to have been the oldest member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company.



From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 2011, Page 26:

Ill.Roswell James Hussey, 33°
Born in Ayer, Massachusetts, on March 16, 1933.
Died on February 14, 2011.

Ill.Roswell James Hussey, 33° was the son of Cullen and Gretchen (Goddard) Hussey. He was educated in the public schools. In 1959, he began a long career at the General Electric Company as a power house operating fireman.

On May 8, 1954, at Ryegate, Vermont, he was united in marriage to Margaret Currier. From this union was born one child, Lyn.

He was a member of Faith United Parish Methodist and Con­gregational Church, where he served as head usher, on the board of trustees, the parish relations committee, and the parish council. Civically, he served as president of the National Association of Power Engineers and steward for the International Union of Operating Engineers.

Ill. Bro. Hussey was raised a Master Mason in Aurora Lodge, A.F. & A.M. in Fitchburg on April 17, 1961, and later affiliated with Charles W. Moore Lodge, A.F. & A.M. He was exalted in Thomas Chapter R.A.M. on March 20, 1971; greeted in Harris Council R. & S.M. on May 15, 1976; and knighted in Jerusalem Commandery No. 19, KT. on June 3, 1971, where he served as Commander in 1965-76.

He completed the 4th through the 18th degrees of the Scottish Rite in the Valley of Worcester, and served as Most Wise Master of Lawrence Chapter of Rose Croix in 1996-97. He completed the consistorial degrees in the Valley of Boston in 1972, and was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33° Honorary Member of the Supreme Council on September 29, 1998, at Cincinnati, Ohio.

He was a member of Aleppo Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S.; Ashby Square and Compass Club; and the Knights Templar.


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

Funeral services for Arthur W. Hutchins, late recorder for Beauseant Commandery, K. T., of Maiden, took place Sunday, Sept. 23d, in the First Universalist Church in that city. The commandery attended in a body. Rev. R. Perry Bush of Chelsea and Rev. William F. Dusseault of Hyde Park officiated, and the ritual was read by Eminent Sir Charles E. Prior, assisted by Sir Alvin F. Pease, prelate, and the officers of the commandery.

HUTCHINS, JOHN P. 1820-1905

From New England Craftsman, Vol. I, No. 2, November 1905, Page 68:

Wrapped in the folds of the flag he fought for and escorted to his last resting place in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford, by the men he had commanded during his three year's service in the Civil War. Bro. John Hutchins, the war captain of the Lawrence Light Guard, Company E, 5th Regiment, M. V. M., and Company C, 39th Regiment, M. V. M., was buried Sunday Oct. 15, with full military honors.

The service opened the with singing of Remember Thou Thy Creator, by the Albion Ouartet. Then followed the reading of passages from the scripture by the Rev. George Manley Butler, pastor of the Mystic Congregational Church. The quartet then rendered When the Mists Have Passed Away, and a prayer following. The Rev. Maurice A. Levy, pastor of the First Baptist Church, delivered the eulogy, which was a handsome tribute to the the work of the man honored. There Is a Beautiful Isle Somewhere was then sung, a prayer was said and Farewell rendered by the quartet, which closed the service.

Brother Hutchins was a member of Mount Hermon Lodge, Medford, Mass.

HUXTABLE, JOHN 1847-1918

From Proceedings, Page 1918-100:

RT. WOR. JOHN HUXTABLE, OF WAREHAM, was born in Barnstable, England, December 18, 1847, and died at his residence in Wareham March 19, 1918. Brother Huxtable came to this country when a young man, going first to Troy, N. Y., and removing to Wareham in 1871, where he matle his home for the past forty-seven years.

He maintained a heating and plumbing business for some years and in addition was Postmaster in Wareham for twenty-four years; Vice-president and Trustee of tbe Wareham Savings Bank; Member of the School Committee for several years, and Chairman of the Board. He was one of the best known and highly esteemed residents of Wareham and on aceount of his fidelity, efficiency, and willingness to serve was constantly engaged in public affairs. Self taught by application and industry, he won the respect of the community where he lived and received at their hands many evidences of their confidence and regard.

R.W. Brother Huxtable received. the Masonic Degrees in Social Harmony Lodge, of Wareham, in 1875 and 1876. He became Worshipfui Master of the Lodge in 1880 and 1881, 1890 and 1891, and 1896 and 1897, a service of six years in all. He was District Deputy Grand Master of the Twenty-seventh Masonic District in 1893 and 1894. He was the leading spirit of the formation of the Wareham Royal Arch Chapter; was High Priest under the Dispensation and during its first two years. He was District Deputy Grand High Priest of the Third Capitular District in 1914 and 1915.

For his excellent and zealous Masonic services he was presented with a Henry Price medal, an honor which pleased him very much. Brother Huxtable will be greatly missed not only by his own Lodge, but by the Lodges in the Thirty-first Masonic District which he often visited and in which he was greatly interested.

A widow and five children survive him; one of the sons at least, John Percival Huxtable, of Boston, is Masonically following in the footsteps of his lamented father.

Distinguished Brothers