INGALLS, EPHRAIM ALFRED 1826-1882
- MM 1849, WM 1856, 1857, Mount Carmel
From Liberal Freemason, Vol. VI, No. 7, October 1882, Page 213:
To the friends of Ephraim A. Ingalls — and every person who ever knew him was his friend — it may seem unnecessary to speak of him in words of praise; but we may say something to relieve our own sorrow and to express our own regret for the closed life out of which so much of helpfulness and kindness came.
His was a familiar figure in the place of his birth, and in the city where he made a delightful home. In height he stood about five feet nine inches; his person was full and round; his eye was dark and bright; his expression was gentle; his face was the representative of his character, which was a well-balanced one, governed by an intellectual vigor that exceeded the average in well-defined proportions, without depressing the feeblest of those with whom he associated.
As a conversationalist he was witty and brilliant, and though occasionally impeded in his speech by a very slight propensity to stammer, he was nevertheless a fine reader, especially so in the lines of Shakespeare, whose characters he interpreted with superior skill.
In his early manhood he was seized, like so many others, with what was popularly called the "California fever," anil rounded Cape Horn in 1849, in company with others from Lynn on their way to the land of gold, where he met with very good fortune, but not with any seductive enough to detain him more than a few years from home and kindred.
Having returned to Lynn he engaged in the practice of law and afterwards in the express business, in which he became a partner with the firm of Pratt & Babb, and finally sole owner of a prosperous and highly responsible business, so admirably conducted that the confidence of the public was the handsome tribute freely paid to his integrity.
It was not possible for a man like Mr. Ingalls to remain indifferent to any call of duty; none were less influenced by personal convenience, and none had clearer perceptions than he. At the beginning of the late war he was appointed Quartermaster of the Eighth Massachusetts Regiment by Col. Timothy Munroe, and his experience gained in this service has since helped to enforce many a lesson of duty and usefulness upon his associates on public and private occasions.
In civil affairs he served his city as Councilman, City Clerk, Alderman, and as Trustee of the Public Library; but this by no means comprises the extent of his influence in local and municipal matters. In politics he was a Democrat, and for several years after the war his party regarded him as their strongest candidate, and put him in nomination for the office of Mayor.
A nature like his turned instinctively to Freemasonry, and its mystic philosophy attracted him to her shrine. In Mt. Carmel Lodge, of Lynn, he found the means he sought, and his admission was secured.
He was exalted in Sutton Chapter, and received the orders of Knighthood in Winslow Lewis Commandery in Salem. When Olivet Commandery was organized in Lynn he became a charter member, and afterwards Generalissimo, and would have been elected Commander had his will permitted.
He received the degrees in the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite to the 32°: commencing in Boston Lodge of Perfection, October 25, 1875. In this body and in Massachusetts Consistory he was a life member.
Brother Ingalls neither sought or cared for office; it was his delight to meet with his brethren, to counsel or advise, and to give any aid that these or money contributions would secure, llis brethren will long remember these qualities in association with the many times his house was freely opened for their use and entertainment.
For two or three years preceding his death his health was somewhat impaired. To restore this he sought rest and recreation in Europe, and later in the South, but the conclusion, more dreaded by his friends than by himself, was fatal, and his brethren have laid him away with Templar Burial Services, conducted by Olivet Commandery, on which solemn occasion the following was read: —
Thus it is written,
The virtues and worth of a good man never die.
A distinguished and honored citizen of our city, and a member of Olivet Commandery has "crossed over the river."
His eminent position and high character gave influence to our Institution, and reflected the highest honor upon our order.
He will no longer wave the Sword of a Christian Knight, defending the beautiful principles of our order, for he has gone to his reward, only a little in advance of each of us; he has made the blissful voyage, and awaits our coming in an asylum built by the Supreme Architect of the Universe.
His name will henceforth appear among the absentees, but the Captain of our Salvation has his name enrolled in the Hook of Life.
The good deeds of those who have preceded us should be held aloft as a beacon-light to guide and direct us on our way, and encour-age us in the performance of every duty.
They rest from their labors and need no praise or sympathy from us.
Sir Knight Ephraim A. Ingalls was born in Swampscott, in the State of Massachusetts, on July 14, 1826, and died at his home in Lynn, September 17, 1882, aged 56 years.
Custom and usage require us to ascribe to the dead attributes of goodness and worth. It can truthfully be said of our departed Sir Knight, his life was one worthy of emulation, his character shone forth with brilliant lustre, and his deeds of generosity will long survive to render his name a household word.
How well we remember him, and how we wish he might have been spared for many years in all the brightness of true manhood.
We mourn the loss of one beloved; we mingle our tears with dear friends, and offer them our sincere and heartfelt sympathy: their mrrow is too deep for us to share.
We bow submissively, and our grief is assuaged as, gazing through the dim veil, we see by the eye of faith the angelic hand of wife and son reaching down from the battlements of the skies, to bear in fond embrace husband and father to a world where care and sorrow are forever unknown.
Sir Knight Ingalls was possessed of very rare qualities, and endowed with an intellect far above the common lot of man.
His advice was continuously sought upon all Masonic matters, more especially as connected with Olivet Commandery, and his judgment on all questions evinced thoughtful study and research.
In our beautiful Ritual we are taught "to distribute alms to poor and weary pilgrims travelling from afar." Sir Knight Ingalls was ever ready to extend the hand of charity and hospitality. As prosperity came to him, he never forgot those who needed help: he remembered the poor in their affliction, and never turned a deaf ear to the cry of distress.
There was nothing selfish in his nature; generous rather to a fault, and it is said by those who knew him best that it was his earnest endeavor, in whatever position of trust or responsibility he was placed, to discharge his duties faithfully, and the attestation of the entire community show how conscientiously he fulfilled the trust.
Let us gratefully improve the present opportunity, that when our weak and frail bodies shall crumble into dust, our disembodied spirits may soar aloft, and with our departed Sir Knight live forever in realms of light and everlasting bliss.
INGRAHAM, TIMOTHY 1810-1876
Colonel Timothy Ingraham, 38th Massachusetts Infantry
- MM 1841, Cleveland City #15, Ohio
- WM 1846-1848, Star in the East
- Charter Member, Eureka
- Grand Sword Bearer 1867
Birth: Dec. 5, 1810, New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA
Death: Feb. 26, 1876, Hyde Park, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General. He first served as Captain and commander of Company L, 3rd Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry during its three months service from April to July 1861. After his muster out of that unit, he was appointed Lieutenant Colonel of the 18th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, serving from July 1861 until discharged for promotion as Colonel and commander of the 38th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. He commanded the 1st Brigade of the 3rd Division of the 19th Army Corps during the battle of Port Hudson May to July 9, 1863, and subsequently served as Provost Marshall for the defenses of Washington, DC, north of the city.
He was mustered out of military service on October 3, 1868, having being brevetted Brigadier General, US Volunteers on October 2, 1865 for “faithful and meritorious services”. He resided in Boston following the war, where he died in 1876. The Grand Army of the Republic, Post No. 121 in Hyde Park was named in his honor.
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INGRAM, HAROLD WARNER, JR. 1915-1990
From TROWEL, Fall 1990, Page 24:
R. W. George E. Monroe congratulating Bro. Ingram after receiving the Joseph Warren Medal.
Eastern Star Lodge was saddened May 24 when Wor. Harold W. Ingram. Jr., lost his long illness with cancer. Ingram was introduced to the Order of DeMolay in his hometown of Portland, ME. He and his wife. Frances I. (Crandall) made their home in Rehoboth. He had retired in 1980 after 20 years as the director of the physical plant at the Rhode Island School of Design.
A Past Master of Eastern Star Lodge and Past Patron of Rehoboth Chapter No. 208 of the Eastern Star, he was a member of Mt. Vernon Lodge No. 4 in Rhode Island and the Palestine Shrine. In April he received the Joseph Warren Distinguished Service Medal from the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. R. W. George E. Monroe, D. D. G. M. of the Taunton 28th, made the presentation at Bro. Ingram's home before a group of Eastern Star Lodge members.
Ingram was active in the town and served as a board member of Rehoboth Council on Aging and Bristol Elder Services, and was a staff member on the board of directors of the Hattie Ide Chaffee Nursing Home in East Providence.
He is survived by his wife, two sons, three daughters, and six grandchildren. A memorial service was held in the Rehoboth Congregational Church.
IVERS, WILLIAM HENRY 1822-1908
- MM 1873, Constellation
From New England Craftsman, Vol. III, No. 7, April 1908, Page 280:
William Henry Ivers, senior member of the Ivers & Pond Piano Company, died February 9, at his home in Dedham, Mass., in his eighty-sixth year.
He was one of the pioneers in the piano trade of New England, his connection with it extending back through sixty years. He was employed by Chickering & Son, and was advanced until he was one of the supervisors of their big establishment. In 1871 he went into business for himself in his native town.
In 1880 the Ivers & Pond Piano Company was established, and he was its president for a number of years. He retired from active business in 1897. Mr. Ivers invented many of the improvements in pianos used by his company. Energetic by nature, he was actively engaged in other enterprises up to .he time of his eath. His sterling character and genial disposition won him a large circle of friends. He belonged to Constellation Lodge, A. F. and A. M. of Dedham, and the Boston Music Trade Association.
IVES, STEPHEN B. 1801-1883
From Proceedings, Page 1883-229:
Bro. STEPHEN B. lVES was born in Salem, April 12, 1801; was admitted into Essex Lodge, March 4, 1828, and died in Salem, July 31, 1883, in the eighty-third year of his age.
He was universally esteemed in Salem for his. intelligence, his public spirit, and his devotion to the cause of education. He rendered valuable service on the Board of School Committee. He represented the city in the Legislature for a term of years, was for a long period a member of the City Government, and President of the City Council. He was a gentleman of the old school, courteous and dignified in his manners, and generous and honorable in all his relations with his fellow-men.
A signer of the Declaration of 1831.