- 1 RANDALL, FREDERICK EVERALD 1864-1907
- 2 RAYMOND, ARTHUR MARSHALL 1856-1909
- 3 RAYMOND, JOHN M. 1852-1920
- 4 RICE, GEORGE MURRAY, 2D 1843-1917
- 5 RICH, MATTHIAS, JR. 1820-1914
- 6 RICHARDS, CHAUNCEY SLEEPER 1841-1895
- 7 RICHARDS, FRED HOYT 1873-1939
- 8 RICHARDSON, ALBERT LEWIS 1846-1914
- 9 RICHARDSON, ALBERT WEBSTER 1853-1908
- 10 RICHARDSON, CHARLES H. 1848-1913
- 11 RICHARDSON, EVERETT B. 1864-1933
- 12 RICHARDSON, FRED BORDEN 1870-1936
- 13 RICHARDSON, GEORGE L. 1835-1906
- 14 RICHARDSON, JAMES P. 1829-1907
- 15 RICHARDSON, WILLIAM HENRY 1852-1915
- 16 RICHMOND, HARRIS M. 1876-1938
- 17 RICHMOND, JEREMIAH TINKHAM 1829-1906
- 18 RICKER, EVERETT GILES 1898-1946
- 19 RIDDELL, BENJAMIN F. 1804-1862
- 20 RIDEOUT, EDGAR S. 1867-1936
- 21 ROBBINS, SIR ALFRED 1856-1931
- 22 ROBBINS, JAMES MUNROE 1832-1905
- 23 ROBERTS, DANIEL CRANE 1841-1907
- 24 ROBINSON, GAD 1880-1941
- 25 ROBINSON, WILLIAM CLARK 1834-1887
- 26 RODOCANACHI, JOHN MICHAEL 1830-1906
- 27 ROLFE, DANIEL PORTER 1840-1905
- 28 ROOSEVELT, THEODORE 1858-1919
- 29 ROOT, ALBERT B. 1858-1937
- 30 ROWE, ANDREW J. 1831-1918
- 31 ROWE, WILLIAM T. 1849-1910
- 32 ROWELL, ROLAND 1849-1906
- 33 RUSSELL, DANIEL 1824-1907
- 34 RUSSELL, HEZEKIAH S. 1835-1914
- 35 RUSSELL, WATERMAN SPAULDING CHAPMAN 1871-1918
RANDALL, FREDERICK EVERALD 1864-1907
- MM 1902, Robert Lash
From New England Craftsman, Vol. II, No. 7, April 1907, Page 274:’’
Brother Frederick E. Randall of Chelsea, Mass., a successful automobile agent, and one of the prominent men in that trade, died at a private hospital in Boston. Death followed an operation. He was well and favorably known in this city and had a host of friends who mourn his death.
Mr. Randall was born at Lewiston, Me. 45 years ago. He was a member of the Robert Lash Lodge, the Royal Arch Chapter of the Shekinah, the Napthali Council and the Palestine Commandery. He was also a member of the Alter Ego Club. Quiet and unassuming always, and ev courteous and kindly, he was held in high esteem by his friends and acquaintances.
The funeral was held March 18, at the First Universalist Church, Chelsea. It was under the direction of Palestine commandery, Knights Templar, of Chelsea, of which Mr. Randall was a member.
The Rev. R. Perry Bush, D. D., officiated, both as pastor of the church and commander of Palestine Commandery. In the ritualistic service he was assisted by William Martin, Prelate of the Commandery.
RAYMOND, ARTHUR MARSHALL 1856-1909
- MM 1893, Orphan's Hope
From New England Craftsman, Vol. IV, No. 9, June 1909, Page 341:
Brother Arthur M. Raymond, a well known Mason and prominent organist died at his home in East Weymouth. Mass. and was buried with Masonic service, March 26th. Brother Raymond has been organist and musical director in churches and Masonic lodges for 38 years. His funeral was largely attended and in spite of the worst storm of the season friends came from every direction to show the last tribute of affection and loving remembrance to one who was held in high esteem.
RAYMOND, JOHN M. 1852-1920
From Proceedings, Page 1920-85:
R. W. JOHN M. RAYMOND, of Salem, was born in that city June 16, 1852, and died at his residence in Salem, March 7, 1920. He received his early education in the public schools of Salem and later attended the Friends Boarding School in Providence, R. I. He then entered the Law School of Boston University and graduated in 1878, when he began the practice of law in Salem. In 1880 he served as a member of the Governor's Council and in 1881 and 1882 was president of the Common Council in Salem.
Brother Raymond was Mayor of the city of Salem four years, 1886, 1887, 1888, and 1889. His administratiou was marked by progress and harmony. In recent years he gradually relinquished his law practice to devote himself to the care of the estate of the late Isaac C. Wyman, the Marblehead millionaire, with holdings all over the country.
Brother Raymond received the degrees of Ancient Craft Masonry in Essex Lodge, Salem, in 1866, and became Master of that Lodge in 1893 and 1894. He was Distriet Deputy Grand Master for the Eighth Masonic District in 1901 and 1902. He was also a member of other Masonic bodies, Chapter, Council, and Commandery, and also of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, in which he was crowned a Sovereign Grand Inspector_General of the thirty-third and last degree September 21, 1897.
Surviving, besides his widow, are three children: two daughters and a son - John M. Raymond, Jr., a Princeton graduate and overseas veteran, now studying law in Boston, who received the degrees in Essex Lodge, Salem, in 1916.
"It seemeth such a little way to me,
Across to that strange country, 'The Beyond',
And yet not strange, for it has grown to be
The home of those of whom I am so fond;
They make it seem familiar and most clear,
As journeying friends bring distant countries near.
RICE, GEORGE MURRAY, 2D 1843-1917
- MM 1872, WM 1884, Montacute
- Grand Pursuivant 1895
- Junior Grand Steward 1896
From New England Craftsman, Vol. XIII, No. 2, November 1917, Page 60:
George M. Rice, a prominent citizen of Worcester, and a well known Freemason, died at his home on November 8th after a brief illness. Brother Rice has been active in Masonic affairs for many years and on the occasion of the semi-centennial of Montacute Lodge in 1908, delivered the Historical Address. He was a member of the Scottish Rite bodies in Worcester with the exception of the Consistory, being a member of Massachusetts Consistory, located in Boston, which he joined April 28, 1878.
Mr. Rice made the Masonic bodies of Massachusetts bequests aggregating $40,000. The value of the estate is not given, but, after making several bequests to relatives and friends, Mr. Rice directs that specific bequests of $22,000 be made to the Masonic bodies with which he was affiliated and that half the residuary estate be given to the Master, Wardens and Members of the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts for the support of the Masonic honre in this State.
The specific Masonic bequests are $1000 to the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, $8000 to Montacute Lodge of Worcester, $5000 to Worcester Royal Arch Chapter, $2500 to Hiram Council of Royal and Select Masters; $2000 to Goddard Council, Rose Croix, $500 to reduce debt on Worcester Masonic Temple, $1000 to the Grand Royal Arch Chanter of Massachusetts, $1000 to the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of Massachusetts and $1000 to the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation.
In his will Mr. Rice said: "As a large part of any success which has come to me in life has been through the help, inspiration, and teachings of the Masonic fraternity, I desire that they shall be largely my beneficiaries."
RICH, MATTHIAS, JR. 1820-1914
- MM 1864, St. John's (Boston)
From New England Craftsman, Vol. X, No. 4, January 1915, Page 136:
Matthias Rich, a well known business man of Boston, died at his home in Somerville, December 13 of old age. He was born at Truro, Mass., June 8, 1820. He came to Boston in 1847 and opened the ship chandlery and grocery business which was continued until 1904. He was a member of the school committee and city government in Boston.
While connected with the City Government Mr. Rich was on the reception committees to the Prince of Wales (Edward VII), Duke Alexis and other prominent men. His wide acquaintance here and abroad resulted in the accumulation of antiques, relics and mementoes of priceless value. But in the Chelsea fire of 1908 his brick house was destroyed and he moved to Somerville. He was a long time a member of St. John's Lodge and St. Andrew's R. A. Chapter.
RICHARDS, CHAUNCEY SLEEPER 1841-1895
R. W. Chauncey Sleeper Richards was born at Chester, New Hampshire, Dec. 9, 1841, where he resided for the first twenty years of his life. He received his education in the public schools of his native town, graduating at the Chester Academy.
In 1861 he removed from Chester with his father's family, to Danvers, Mass., where he resided until his death. He was for many years associated with his father in the grocery business at Danversport, afterwards buying an interest in a large coal firm in the same town. Upon retiring from that business, he obtained a situation in the Boston Custom House, where he held the position of Inspector. He was a man who possessed the confidence of his townsmen, as shown by their electing him repeatedly to positions of honor, and trust. He has served as Selectman, Water Commissioner, Fire-ward, and was one of the Trustees of the Danvers Savings Bank. He was a valued member of the Universalist Society, and was one of its Trustees.
He was married to Alice G. Black, daughter of Moses Black, of Danvers, May 25, 1»65. He leaves a widow and five children, two sons and three daughters. The sons are members of Mosaic Lodge, and the names of both are found, on its roll as officers for the ensuing year.
He was first a member of Amity Lodge, where he was raised in August, 1864. He was demitted Sept. 23, 1871, at the formation of Mosaic Lodge, of which he was a Charter Member. He was elected Worshipful Master of Mosaic Lodge, and served in that position for the years 1885-6.
He was exalted in Holton Royal Arch Chapter, July 11, 1872, and was M.E.H. Priest in 1884-5. April 19, 1883, he was knighted in Winslow Lewis Commandery, and served as Captain of the Guard in 1886-'87-'88. He was appointed District Deputy Grand Master for the Eighth Masonic District for 1894, and re-appointed in 1895, holding the position at the time of his death. He was buried with Masonic honors on the twenty-ninth day of November, 1895, by Mosaic Lodge, Winslow Lewis Commandery and Amity Lodge acting as escort. The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge was represented by Most Worshipful Grand Master Edwin B. Holmes; R.W. J. Albert Blake, Past Junior Grand Warden; R.W. Charles H. Littlefield, D.D.G.M., Tenth District; and R.W. Samuel L. Sawyer, Special District Deputy for the Eighth District.
R.W. Brother Richards was a man beloved by all who knew him. Possessing a sunny disposition and a generous heart, he was always stretching forth the willing hand to help the weak, raise up the discouraged, and lighten the burdens of the afflicted. Many can testify to benefits received from his kind words and sympathy. He was a devoted and loving father and a good husband, and we extend our sympathy to his bereaved family.
Brother Richards in his last sickness was called upon to endure far more than the usual suffering of humanity. Confined to his room from the twenty-second day of July, he began an unequal fight against the progress of the disease which was to take his life; enduring the greatest agony through those weary days, and suffering almost beyond the control of reason; yet, it is said, that in the presence of his children he maintained such control of himself, for their sakes, that they frequently felt on leaving his bedside that he was on the road to restored health.
He passed away on the evening of November 26, entering into the reward prepared for him in that country from whose bourne no traveller returns. The last offices performed for the dead are useful for the consideration of the living, and if we, by remembering his many virtues, are taught to develop our own feelings of brotherly love and kindness for each other, then his life and death will not have been in vain.
SAMUEL L. SAWYER,
RICHARDS, FRED HOYT 1873-1939
From Proceedings, Page 1939-199:
Right Worshipful Fred Hoyt Richards was born in Chelmsford November 8, 1873, and died in Foxboro April 7, 1939.
Brother Richards went to Foxboro as a boy, and in early manhood became chief accountant for a paper manufacturing company in Boston. The last twenty-five years of his life were passed as cashier of the Foxboro National Bank. He was very active in town affairs, serving as Assessor, as an election officer, and as Town Accountant.
He was raised in Saint Alban's Lodge in 1900 and was its Master in 1911. He served as District Deputy Grand Master for the Attleboro Twenty-eighth Masonic District in 1929 and 1930, by appointment by Most Worshipful Herbert W. Dean.
He was a member and for thirty-seven years Secretary of Kingston Royal Arch Chapter; Past Master of Attleboro Council, Royal and Select Mastersl and for thirty-five years Treasurer of Bristol Commandery, Knights Templar. The respect and esteem in which he was held by our Fraternity is abundantly shown by this impressive list of offices held by him. On the occasion of his funeral, the flags on the town buildings and on the bank were displayed at half staff and every business establishment in the center of the town was closed during the funeral ceremonies.
So passed a useful citizen and a good Mason, who exemplified in his life the principles of our Order.
RICHARDSON, ALBERT LEWIS 1846-1914
From Proceedings, Page 1914-144:
Albert Lewis Richardson was born in Boston, Mass., Nov. 20, 1846, and died at his residence in Boston, March 17, 1914. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis G. Richardson and a grandson of R.W. John B. Hammatt who was Junior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge in 1812, Senior Grand Warden in 1815, and on his return to the State after many years' absence was appointed Deputy Grand Master in 1843, and for whom Hammatt Lodge of East Boston was named.
Brother Richardson received the degrees in Mount Lebanon Lodge in 1871, and was its Worshipful Master in 1877 and 1878. He was District Deputy Grand Master of the First Masonic District in 1879 and 1880. He joined St. Andrew's Royal Arch Chapter in 1872, and was its High Priest in 1880 and 1881. He became a member of Boston Council, R. & S. M. in 1873, and was its Thrice Illustrious Master in 1876 and 1877. He also became a member of Boston Commandery, K. T., in 1872. His special Masonic work was done in the Scottish Rite. He became a member of Massachusetts Consistory in 1873, and was its Illustrious Commander for three years, 1890-1892. In 1890, September 16, he received the Thirty-third and last degree, honorary, at the session of the Supreme Council in Cleveland.
Brother Richardson married July 12, 1900, Miss Velilla Chase, who survives him.
Brother Richardson was an active Mason for nearly forty years. He was always ready and willing to discharge any duty which the Brethren desired. Of quiet demeanor, and of retiring disposition, he greeted his Brethren with a simple dignity of manner that won him many friends.
His loyalty to the various bodies of which he was a member was clearly shown in his presence, his activity and his zeal. His memory will be cherished by hosts of Brethren who loved him; and his example will be an inspiration in many lives.
From New England Craftsman, Vol. IX, No. 6, March 1914, Page 195:
ALBERT LEWIS RICHARDSON, I one of the best known and one of the most popular Masons of Boston, passed suddenly from this life to the great beyond Tuesday, March 17. Although not in vigorous physical condition, no one suspected the end was so near. He was in our office Saturday afternoon discussing business that would require his attention on Monday. On Sunday he was stricken with a fatal illness that on Tuesday closed his eyes in their final earthly sleep.
Brother Richardson had many close friends who prized his genial companionship and respected him for the honesty of his character. There was no deception in his dealings with men. He was conscientious and fair in his judgment, forming his opinions carefully and maintaining them modestly but firmly. His death creates a void in many fraternal groups that will be hard to fill. Brother Richardson was born in Boston November 20, 1846. He traced his ancestry through eight generations to Ezekiel Richardson, who settled in Charlestown in 1630. He graduated from the English High School in 1862. On leaving school he entered the employ of Francis M. Weld, an extensive importer of Chinese and India merchandise, where he remained until 1883, when he was compelled to relinquish active business life by reason of ill-health.
Mr. Richardson was identified with Craft, Capitular, Cryptic and Templar Masonry, as well as the Scottish Rite. He became enrolled in Mt. Lebanon Lodge, Boston, June 12, 1871, and presided over it in 1877-78. He joined St. Andrew's R. A. Chapter, February 27, 1872, and was its High Priest in 1880-81. He was elected years ago grand scribe in Grand Chapter.
September 25, 1873, he was admitted to Boston Council, R. & S. M., and was its Thrice Illustrious Master, 1876-77. Seven years later he was chosen to preside over the Grand Council, serving one year.
After passing through the first three bodies of the Scottish Rite he entered Massachusetts Consistory February 28, 1873, and was its Commander-in-Chief for three years following 1889. At the session of the Supreme Council in Cleveland September 16, 1890, the 33d and last degree was conferred upon him.
He was likewise affiliated with Boston Commandery, K. T., and Aleppo Temple of the Mystic Shrine.
July 12, 1900, he was married to Mrs. Velilla Chase, in the house on Waltham Street, where he lived 56 years. Mrs. Richardson is living, but there are no other near relatives.
RICHARDSON, ALBERT WEBSTER 1853-1908
From New England Craftsman, Vol. III, No. 6, March 1908, Page 235:
Bro. Albert W. Richardson, one of the most prominent men of Winthrop, Mass., died February 17. For several years he was selectman, and in 1890-92 represented the town in the lower branch of the Legislature. He was a musician of unusual ability and was the organizer and director of Richardson's Brass Band of Winthrop, where also he helped establish the fire department. Mr. Richardson was for several years a member of the board of health, and his appointment as superintendent of sewers was a popular one. He was a member of the Winthrop Lodge of Masons.
RICHARDSON, CHARLES H. 1848-1913
From Proceedings, Page 1913-35:
R.W. CHARLES HENRY RICHARDSON was born in Northfield, Mass., Jan. 21, 1848, and died in the City of Lowell, Feb. 24, 1913.
Brother Richardson was what is commonly termed "a self-made man." Compelled when a mere boy to earn his own living, he spent his early years on a farm, at the same time making good use of every educational advantage. In 1860 he entered the Lowell Machine Shops, at first receiving fifty-eight cents per day for his labor. Though greatly interested in his machine-shop work, at the first call of his country, he went with Luther Ladd to the counting room to be paid off. He was with Ladd, Whitney, and Taylor, who lost their lives in the passage of the Sixth Regiment through Baltimore. He returned to Lowell Aug. 25, 1861, and on September 7 he re-enlisted in the Twenty-Sixth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteers and served through the entire Rebellion, being discharged in 1865, with the rank of Lieutenant. On his return to Lowell, he went back to the Lowell Machine Shops, remaining until June 3, 1869, when he entered the employ of the Lawrence Hosiery Machine Shop.
By repeated promotion he was made assistant superintendent of the plant in 1886. November 3, 1888, he became agent of the Appleton Mills in Lowell. In 1898 he became agent of the Lancaster Mills at Clinton. Retiring from active mill life in 1907, he was appointed to serve the unexpired term of Bro. Francis Bigelow as County Commissioner of Middlesex County. He was continued in this office until his death.
Brother Richardson received the Masonic Degrees in Pentucket Lodge of Lowell in 1867 and was its Worshipful Master in 1876, 1877, and 1878. He was District Deputy Grand Master of the Eleventh Masonic District in 1885 and 1886. He received the Capitular Degrees in Mount Horeb Royal Arch Chapter in 1877 and was its High Priest in 1883 and 1884. He received the Cryptic Degrees in Ahasuerus Council, of Lowell, and was its Master in 1884 and 1885. He received the Templar Orders in Pilgrim Commandery, of Lowell, in 1881, and was its Eminent Commander in 1886 and 1887.
Brother Richardson was eminently successful in dealing with labor. He never refused to arbitrate a matter which threatened trouble; of dignified bearing, and of positive character, he never invited controversy. As a Mason, he was zealous, painstaking, and faithful. He filled his various positions with honor to himself. reflecting great honor upon the Fraternity. Two sons and two daughters survive him, who may be assured of our sympathy in their great sorrow.
RICHARDSON, EVERETT B. 1864-1933
From Proceedings, Page 1933-316:
Brother Richardson was born in Cambridge, October 14, 1864, and died in Leominster, August 26, 1933. After graduation from the public schools and Comer's Commercial College, Brother Richardson began work as a piano maker in a factory in West Leominster. Later he and his brother bought the factory and established the Richardson piano case company, of which he was president at the time of his death. He was very successful in business and, was president of two other industrial concerns and also active in banking interests.
Brother Richardson took his degrees in Wilder Lodge in 1893 and 1894 and was its Master in 1898 and 1899. He served as District Deputy Grand Master for the Twelfth Masonic District in 1909 and 1910 by appointment of Most Worshipful Dana J. Flanders.
He was a member of Thomas Royal Arch Chapter, a Charter member of Leominster Chapter, and a member of Jerusalem Commandery, K. T.
A local newspaper thus sums up an obituary notice of him: Richardson's whole life was very honorable and upright, and he enjoyed the full confidence and high regard of his associates and acquaintances.
RICHARDSON, FRED BORDEN 1870-1936
From Proceedings, Page 1936-142:
Right Worshipful Brother Richardson was born in Abington, September 1, 1870, and died in Brookline June 28,1936.
He was educated in the public schools of Abington and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Taking up his residence in Brookline, he entered the employ of an engineering firm and later became assistant superintendent of the Brookline highway department. He was elected Town Clerk in 1928 and remained in that position until his death. He was a past President of the Massachusetts Highway Association and its Treasurer at the time of his death.
Brother Richardson was an active member of the Harvard Congregational Church, having served it as head usher, deacon, and for many years Treasurer.
Brother Richardson took his Masonic degrees in Beth-Horon Lodge in 1895 and was its Master in 1915-16. He was a Charter member of Brookline Lodge in 1921, and was its first Secretary, serving until failing health compelled his retirement in 1934. He served as District Deputy Grand Master for the Brighton Fifth Masonic District in 1929 and 1930, by appointment of Most Worshipful Herbert W. Dean.
By his passing the town loses a useful citizen and our Fraternity a valuable, loved, and honored member.
RICHARDSON, GEORGE L. 1835-1906
- MM 1860, Mount Lebanon
From New England Craftsman, Vol. II, No. 2, November 1906, Page 76:’’
Brother George L. Richardson, an old member of Mt. Lebanon Lodge of Boston, died in Duxbury, Mass., October 6, at the age of 71 years. Brother Richardson was a member of the Master Builders Association aud highly esteemed by all who knew him.
RICHARDSON, JAMES P. 1829-1907
- MM 1866, Mount Hermon
From New England Craftsman, Vol. III, No. 3, December 1907, Page 113:
Brother James P. Richardson, a prominent citizen and ex-postmaster of West Bedford, Mass., died Nov. 2, at the age of 77 years. Brother Richardson was a charter member and honorary member of Medford Council R. and S. M., a charter member of Mystic R. A. Chapter, and a member of Boston commandery K. T. His funeral was under the charge of the latter body.
RICHARDSON, WILLIAM HENRY 1852-1915
- MM 1897, Lodge of Eleusis
From New England Craftsman, Vol. XI, No. 3, December 1915, Page 98:
Brother William Henry Richardson, prominently known in the men's furnishing business for many years, and a faithful Mason died December 4, after a short illness. He had a wide circle of friends by whom he was greatly esteemed He was a member of the Lodge of Eleusis and St. Andrews R. A. Chapter of Boston.
RICHMOND, HARRIS M. 1876-1938
From Proceedings, Page 1938-232:
Right Worshipful Brother Richmond was born in Adams October 3, 1876, and died in Boston August 26, 1938.
Brother Richmond was graduated from Harvard University in 1901 and the Harvard Law School in 1904. His whole later life was spent in the practice of law, in which he gained eminence. At the time of his death he was President of the Middlesex County Bar Association. He had lived in Winchester since 1911, where he was at one time Chairman of the Republican town committee.
Brother Richmond took his Masonic degrees in John Abbot Lodge in 1906, dimitting therefrom in 1918. He affiliated with William Parkman Lodge in 1914 and was a Charter Member of Mystic Valley Lodge in 1921. He was Master of Mystic Valley Lodge in 1923-4 and was District Deputy Grand Master for the Somerville Sixth Masonic District in 1931 and 1932, by appointment by Most Worshipful Herbert W. Dean and Most Worshipful Curtis Chipman. Since 1935 he had been a member of the Committee on Charters and By-Laws.
He was a Past High Priest of Winchester Royal Arch Chapter, Past Illustrious Master of Medford Council of Royal and Select Masters, and a member of St. Bernard Commandery of Knights Templar.
Brother Richmond was very efficient in all he did, whether in business or in Masonry. Always courteous and. considerate. He made friends in all relations of life. His sudden and entirely unexpected death was a great shock to us all. He will be sorely missed in the councils of the Grand Lodge.
RICHMOND, JEREMIAH TINKHAM 1829-1906
- MM 1869, John Cutler
From New England Craftsman, Vol. I, No. 6, March 1906, Page 219:
Mr. Jeremiah T. Richmond of Abington died February 22nd. He was born in Taunton in 1830 and came to Abington in 1864. In the First Congregational Church of Abington he was a deacon many years. He was Past Master of John Cutler Lodge, A. F. & A. M., of Abington, and was prominent in the Royal Arch Chapter and Knights Templars and was a member of Boston Lodge of Perfection. He was a trustee of Abington Savings Bank, and ten years ago was in the Legislature. He leaves a widow and four children.
Note: Bro. Richmond does not appear to have served as Master of John Cutler or any other lodge.
RICKER, EVERETT GILES 1898-1946
From Proceedings, Page 1946-80:
Right Worshipful Brother Ricker was born in Hudson, Massachusetts, May 13, 1898, and died suddenly at his home in that Town on January 13, 1946.
Brother Ricker attended the public schools of Hudson and soon after graduation at the High School, entered the employ of the National Shawmut Bank of Boston, where he remained until his death.
He was raised in Doric Lodge of Hudson on October 15, 1928, and served as Master in the year 1937. He served as District Deputy Grand Master for the (Marlboro) 24th District in 1941 and 1942, by appointment of Most Worshipful Albert A. Schaefer.
For many years he was active in the Order of the Eastern Star, and in the Odd Fellows Lodge in Hudson. He was a member of the Bank Officers' Association of Boston; a member of the Board of Governors of the Boston Chapter, also of the American Institute of Banking.
His sudden death was a great shock to his many friends, but their memory of him as a true and loyal friend will remain always with them.
Funeral services were held in the Hudson Methodist Church on Thursday, January l7th, and the large attendance testified the high esteem in which he was held.
RIDDELL, BENJAMIN F. 1804-1862
- MM 1859, Union (Nantucket)
From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXII, No. 1, October 1862, Page 31:
At a meeting of Union Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, held on Monday evening, 13th inst., the following preamble and resolutions, offered by Brothers A. B. Robinson and Geo. W. Macy, were unanimously adopted, and ordered to be entered upon the Records of the Lodge :—
To the Worshipful Matter, Wardens and Brethren of Union Lodge—
Death has been among us. That dread messenger to whose fatal summons we must all, sooner or later, yield submission each in their torn as the period arrives, against which the inexorable finger of destiny has written, "thou shall surely die!"
From among the little band of Brethren who have been accustomed to assemble around this altar, it has pleased the Grand Master of the Universe to remove two most worthy and esteemed members, Brothers Benjamin F. Riddell and Horace P. Coffin. Be it therefore
- Resolved, That bowing in humble obedience to this afflictive dispensation of an All wise Providence, we none the leas deeply feel and appreciate the lots of these our Brethren, whose sterling integrity and probity as men; whose tried fidelity as friends; whose exemplary lives as citizens, and whose zeal and diligence as Masons, had won for them such universal respect and esteem.
- Resolved, That we beg leave to tender to the widow and families of our deceased Brothers our warmest sympathies in this their sad hour of trial and bereavement ; and while mourning with them in their irreparable toss, we would earnestly commend them to the watchful care and protection of Him who alone is able to bind op their broken hearts — the orphan's Father, the widow's God.
- Resolved, That the Lodge room be draped in mourning for the space of three months, in respect to the memory of our departed Brothers Riddell and Coffin.
- Resolved, That a copy of these Resolutions be sent to the families of the deceased, and also to the Freemasons' Monthly Magazine, in Boston, for publication.
Charles P. Swain, Secretary Union Lodge, Nantucket, Mass.
RIDEOUT, EDGAR S. 1867-1936
From Proceedings, Page 1936-103:
Right Worshipful Brother Rideout was born in Lawrence October 1, 1867, and died in Beverly March 10, 1936. Brother Rideout was educated in the Lawrence public schools and took up bookkeeping as an occupation. For a time he was Assistant Postmaster at Lawrence. He removed to Beverly in 1911 and entered the service of the United Shoe Machinery Company, remaining with it until his death.
Brother Rideout was interested and active in community affairs, political and social. For many years he was Associate County Commissioner of Essex County, and a Director of the Beverly Chamber of Commerce and member of the Beverly Y.M.C.A. corporation. He was an active member of St. Peter's Episcopal Church-long a vestryman and Senior Deacon at the time of his death.
Brother Rideout took his Masonic degrees in Phoenician Lodge in 1890 and was its Master in 1896 and 1897. He took an active part in the formation of Budleigh Lodge in 1927, and was its Master under Dispensation and under Charter. He was District Deputy Grand Master for the Tenth Masonic District in 1904 and 1905, by appointment of Most Worshipful Baalis Sanford.
He was a Past High Priest of Mt. Sinai Chapter, Past Thrice Illustrious Master of Lawrence Council, Past Eminent Commander of St. George Commandery, and Past Sovereign Prince of Lowell Council, Princes of Jerusalem.
Brother Rideout was not one of those Masons who allow their interest to lapse with the attainment of Past rank. It remained keen to the end. In his passing the Fraternity loses a loved member who has served it well and the community loses a very useful citizen.
ROBBINS, SIR ALFRED 1856-1931
From Proceedings, Page 1931-25:
We were all shocked and grieved yesterday morning to learn that this very distinguished Freemason had died on March 9.
Sir Alfred Robbins had long enjoyed an international reputation as one of the leading members of our Fraternity in England. He had served as President of the Board of General Purposes of the Grand Lodge for more than a quarter of a century, a longer tenure of office in this most responsible position than any other holder of it had ever had. He had been further honored by appointment as Honorary Past Grand Warden. A few years ago on the constitution of a Lodge of journalists, by direct desire of M.W. H. R. H. the Duke of Connaught, Grand Master, the rule of Grand Lodge against giving the name of a living person to a Lodge was set aside and the Lodge was named Alfred Robbins Lodge. Brother Robbins was sent abroad by the Grand Lodge on important Masonic visits to both North and South America. On the first of these visits he eame to Boston, and many will remember his presence in this Grand Lodge at our March Communication in 1924, on which occasion he was presented a Henry Price medal. As a further incident of his visit he was made an honorary member of Fourth Estate, whose meeting he attended.
Brother Robbins was by profession a journalist and held a high place in the newspaper world, In recognition of his eminent service he received the honor of Knighthood. He was the author of several books, the rnost important of which, so far at least as Masonry is concerned, was his very admirable English Speaking Freemasonry, published in 1930.
Brother Robbins was a man of broad outlook, clear vision, and deep sympathy, not only a great Freemason but a very kindly and courteous gentleman. His death is an irreparable loss to the Fraternity.
ROBBINS, JAMES MUNROE 1832-1905
- MM 1868, Amicable
From New England Craftsman, Vol. I, No. 5, February 1906, Page 182:
Brother J. M. Robbins, a prominent Mason, and one of the largest real estate owners in Cambridge, died at his home on Lee Street Dec. 22, after an illness of three weeks. He was born in Nelson, N. H., and started in business in Lawrence when a young man. Forty years ago he removed to Cambridge and entered the hardware trade, in which he was prominent for twenty-three years. Mr. Robbins is survived by his wife and son. He was a member of the Cambridge Commandery, Amicable Lodge, Lodge of Perfection and Cambridge Royal Arch Chapter.
ROBERTS, DANIEL CRANE 1841-1907
- MM 1870, Kilwinning
From New England Craftsman, Vol. III, No. 3, December 1907, Page 113:
Rev. Brother Daniel Crane Roberts, vice rector of St. Paul's Church, Concord, N. H. died October 31, Dr. Roberts was one of the most prominent Episcopal clergymen in New England. He held many high pists in the state department, G. A. R., and his record in Masonic circles was a notable one.
Dr. Roberts' Masonic affiliation commenced with his being made a Mason in Kilwinning Lodge, Lowell, Mass., in 1870; received the Royal Arch degrees in Mt. Horeb Chapter, Lowell, Mass., 1872 ; the council degrees in Farnum Lodge, Brandon, Vt., in 1878, and the Knights Templar degrees in Mt. Calvary commandeiy. Middlebury, Vt. 1874.
In the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons in New Hampshire he held the position of Grand Chaplain from 1892 to 1907, and was grand commander of the Grand Commandery of New Hampshire in 1894-95. In the latter he also held the position of Grand Prelate for many years. On Dec. 25, 1902, he was honored by an appointment as grand prelate of the grand encampment, K. T., for the United Slates. He received the degrees of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish rite from the 4th to the 18th in Concord, and from the 19th to the 32d in Nashua, the latter in 1895. He was a charter member and president of the Veteran Free Masons of New Hampshire from 1895 to 1907.
From New England Craftsman, Vol. III, No. 5, February 1908, Page 193:
The Rev. Daniel Crane Roberts, D. D., vice rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church and the dean of the Concord, N. H., clergy, in point of pastoral service, died October 31, after a protracted illness.
Dr. Roberts was born in Binghamton, N. Y.. Nov. S, 1841. He was educated at Kenyon College, Ohio. At the outbreak of the Civil War he enlisted in the Eighty-fourth Regiment of Ohio Volunteers and served with that organization through its term of duty. After leaving the army he engaged in mission work among the seamen in New York City and pursued his studies in theology. In ]866 he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop John Williams of Connecticut. In 1878 he was called to Concord to be vice rector of St. Paul's Cathedral Church. This post Dr. Roberts held until his death. Dr. Roberts was one of the foremost figures in the church in New Hampshire. In 1885 he received from Norwich University tin- degree of doctor of divinity.
In .Masonry Dr. Roberts had a distinguished record. He was made a Mason in Kilwinning Lodge at Lowell, Mass., during his ministry there, and received the chapter degrees in Mount Horeb Chapter in that city. From Farmer Council at Brandon, Vermont, he received the obligation of that degree, and was knighted in Mount Calvary Comniandery. Knights Templar, at Middlebury. Vermont. He transferred his membership to the Masonic bodies in Concord on coming here he was chosen commander of the Commandery Knights Templar. In 1S94 and 1895 he was Grand Commander of the Grand Comniandery of New Hampshire, and in that capacity received the visiting knights who came to New Hampshire en route to the Triennial Conclave at Boston in 1895. For this purpose he established headquarters on the summit of Mount Washington, where with fitting speech and graceful hospitality he greeted several bodies of journeying knights who paused there to receive New Hampshire's welcome.
ROBINSON, GAD 1880-1941
From Proceedings, Page 1941-263:
Right Worshipful Brother Robinson was born in Wareham, Massachusetts, September 20, 1880, and died at Quincy November 26, 1941.
After serving as an express messenger for a few years, he entered the automobile business in Taunton and continued in that line until about 1931. He then moved to Quincy and remained there for the rest of his life, being active in the cotton goods business.
He was raised in Charles H. Titus Lodge of Taunton on February 12, 1904, and served that Lodge as Master in 1910 and 1911. He served as District Deputy Grand Master for the Twenty-eighth Masonic District in 1923 and 1924, by appointment of Most Worshipful Dudley H. Ferrell.
He was a member of the Bodies of the Chapter, Council and Commandery and was a Past Commander of Bristol Commandery, K.T.
Brother Robinson served for many years as a Lodge Representative on the Board of Masonic Relief and was a faithful attendant at its meetings.
He is survived by his widow and one daughter.
His cheery nature and willingness to serve endeared him to a host of friends who deeply mourn his passing.
ROBINSON, WILLIAM CLARK 1834-1887
From Proceedings, Page 1887-71:
By the death of William Clark Robinson, the Masonic Fraternity of Northampton has lost one of its most useful members, and his family, consisting of a wife, son and two daughters, has been bereft of a kind husband and father.
He was born in the city of New York, June 28, 1834, and removed to Springfield, Mass., in 1838 or '39, where he received a common-school education. During his school-boy days he was a favorite of the late Hon. E. D. Beach, of Springfield, who kindly gave him full access to his excellent library. Bro. Robinson freely availed himself of this opportunity, and in his later years often referred to this kindness, speaking with pride of the fatherly advice of Mr. Beach.
His parents were of English descent. His father, Capt. William Robinson, commanded the good ship Scotland, plying between New York, and Liverpool, Eng. He was lost overboard during a fearful storm, leaving a wife and three sons, William C. being the oldest. At the age of sixteen years he accepted a situation in the Springfield Bank, in which position he won and retained the confidence of the officers of the Bank. After six years of service he resigned and accepted a clerkship in the Continental Bank of New York City. At the expiration of one year he accepted an election to the cashiership of the Conway Bank, Conway, Mass. After filling this office for two years, he resigned to accept a similar position in the Hampshire County National Bank, of Northampton, Mass. He was one of the founders of, and a valued officer in, that Bank. At the expiration of two years he resigned, to accept the office of Secretary and Treasurer of a gold and silver mining company in New York City. Subsequently he entered the service of the Mass. Mutual Life Insurance Co., of Springfield, Mass. For seventeen years, or until his decease, he labored earnestly and faithfully in its employ. He was repeatedly advanced, received new trusts and responsibility and was assured that his labors were appreciated and approved.
Bro. Robinson was for a quarter of a century a communicant in St. John's Episcopal Church, Northampton; for many years a vestryman, and for fifteen years its senior warden. His loss is deeply mourned by the church. His presence was sunshine, and his many labors, advice and genial manner are sadly missed, not only by the church, but by the entire community of Northampton.
In Freemasonry he was a tower of strength in the District in which he formerly lived. He was made a Mason in Mountain Lodge, Shelburne Falls, Mass., July 20, 1861. While living in Conway, though he had to travel eight miles over a mountainous road, his zeal prompted him to be present at all regular Lodge meetings. It is said that Rising Sun Lodge, of Conway, owes to a great extent its present existence to the earnest efforts of Bro. Robinson.
He received the Capitular degrees in Franklin R.A. Chapter, Greenfield, Mass., in 1862. This Chapter was located twelve miles from his residence, and was reached only by private conveyance. Yet Bro. Robinson's name appears upon the Chapter register oftener than the names of many Companions who lived in the near vicinity of the place of meeting. He became a member of Northampton R.A. Chapter in 1864; served as Scribe and as King; was elected Secretary Sept. 3, 1879, and was reelected, and served until his death. He also joined Jerusalem Lodge, by dimit, in 1864; and, after serving as Junior and Senior Warden, was elected Worshipful Master, October 31, 1876, also in 1877; filling each office most acceptably to the members of the Lodge. He was elected Secretary of the Lodge in 1885; was reelected in 1886, and held that office at the time of his decease. He was appointed District Deputy Grand Master of District No. 10 in 1879 and again in 1880. He had a very pleasant way of meeting the Brethren of his District, and was always a welcome visitor. In December, 1885, he was appointed Corresponding Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge, and was reappointed in 1886.
Bro. Robinson was created a Knight Templar in June, 1880, in Northampton Commandery; served as Junior and Senior Warden, and was also Prelate for two years. Bro. Robinson was a kind and genial man; a true and sympathizing friend ; a respected citizen and a devoted Mason. He will be greatly missed in every circle in which he was wont to move; but we trust that our loss is his eternal gain.
From Proceedings, Page 1887-129:
William Clark Robinson was born in the city of New York, but, with the exception of five or six years, his life was spent in his adopted State of Massachusetts, and for the last seventeen years he lived in Northampton, holding honorable positions with the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, of Springfield. He was one of the most respected and useful members of Saint John's Episcopal Church, of Northampton, where for fifteen years he had been Senior Warden, and his presence is greatly missed throughout that community. He was made a Mason in 1861, receiving his degrees in Mountain Lodge, of Shelburne Falls. He was constant in his attendance, even at the cost of much personal comfort; and his interest in the Lodges in that District contributed largely to their success. He held important offices in Jerusalem Lodge, and in Northampton R.A. Chapter and Northampton Commandery. In 1879 he was appointed District Deputy Grand Master of District No. 10, and in December, 1885, he was appointed Corresponding Grand Secretary of this Grand Lodge. To this office he was re-appointed only a few months before his death.
Sincere in his faith, true in his friendship, earnest in his Masonic duties, and upright as a man, Brother Robinson will be long remembered by his friends and associates.
RODOCANACHI, JOHN MICHAEL 1830-1906
- MM 1857, Columbian
- Charter Member, WM 1871, 1872, 1879, Lodge of Eleusis
- Grand Pursuivant 1872-1874, 1880
- Junior Grand Steward 1878
- Senior Grand Steward 1881
From New England Craftsman, Vol. I, No. 3, December 1905, Page 105:
Worshipful Bro. John M. Rodocanachi, a well known Mason of Boston and for many years Greek Consul, died September 26, of cerebral hemorrhage, age 76 years.
Mr. Rodocanachi was one of the most popular Greeks in Boston, and as a man of means and position he had long occupied a place among his countrymen here second only to that occupied by the late Dr. M. Anagnos, whose death occurred a short time ago. He was born in ancient Smyrna, Asia Minor, of comparatively well-to-do parents. He came to this country when a very young man.
In recognition of his good worksKing George granted him the Silver Cross and lshoine governmeutappointed him consul Boston "in recognition," the order read, "of the valuable services rendered by him to the cause of his country and of ardent devotion to the advancement of its interests and the increase of its prosperity.
He was consul to the satisfadtion of both countries for 35 years and under his management the trade between this and Grecian ports was much enhanced.
He was past master of the Lodge of Eleusis, which was founded by his influence. He was also one of the founders of the First Worshipful Masters Association and its first secretary, serving 18 years in that office. His funeral was conducted in accordance with the ritual of the Greek Church.
ROLFE, DANIEL PORTER 1840-1905
From New England Craftsman, Vol. I, No. 5, February 1906, Page 183:
The funeral of Bro. Daniel P. Rolfe was held at the home of the family on Chestnut Street, Wakefield, Mass., and was attended by H. M. Warren Post 12, G. A. R, in a body. There was also a large delegation from Golden Rule Lodge, A. F. and A. M. The services were conducted by Rev. Hugh Heath, pastor of the Baptist church.
The Masonic services were in charge of W. M. William P. Shepard, assisted by the chaplain, Charles H. Howe. Several selections were sung by the Bostonia male quartet. The pallbearers were Charles Evans, Dr. Azel Ames, W. C. Hunter and G. H. S. Driver of the G. A. R. and A. S. Atherton and William D. Deadman of Golden Rule Lodge.
ROOSEVELT, THEODORE 1858-1919
From Proceedings, Page 1919-53, Grand Master's Address:
Since our Iast Communication in Deeember our Country has lost by death one of its great men, Theodore Roosevelt,- a mgmber of the Masonic Fraternity. Brother Roosevelt passed away at his residence, Sagamore Hill, in the village of Oyster Bay, N. Y., on January 6, 1919. The whole world was shocked and saddened by .the news of his unexpected death.
It was while he was Governor of the State of New york and Vice-President-elect of the United States that recognizing the advantages and privileges of Masonic membership he applied for the degrees and membership in Matinecock Lodge, No. 806, at Oyster Bay. IIe was'elected and received the Entered Apprentice degree on January 2, 1901, was Passed to the Fellow Craft degree on March 27, 1901, and Raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason on April 24, 1901. It is a matter of pride to the members of this jurisdiction that one of our own Brethren, our late beloved Curtis Guild, took an important part in the conferring of the Master Mason degree upon Brother Roosevelt.
It is also to be reealled that Brother Roosevelt took part with this Grand Lodge in the laying of the corner-stone of the Pilgrim Monument at Provincetown. Since he became a member of the Craft he has repeatedly shown his interest and devotion to it. He has addressed various Masonie bodies, and but for his condition of health would have been present at a recent observance of the Feast of Saint John by our Grand Lodge.
He was one of the most conspicuous figures in our public life, of remarkable courage, vigor, and enthusiasm, and against whose honesty and sincerity of purpose there has never been the breath of suspicion. He was known throughout the world as a patriot, statesman, author, and explorer, but he will live most enduringly in the memory of his countrymen as a splendid representative of sturdy American manhood. He freely and unsparingly devoted his life and remarkable abilities to the service of mankind. In the last book which he wrote he said, "All who give service and stand ready for sacrifice are the torch bearers. We run with the torches until we fall, content if we can then pass them to the hands of other runners."
Soon after he passed away I sent a letter to each of the District Deputy Grand Masters asking them to suggest to each of the Lodges in their respective districts that they have a memorial observance or some fitting tribute to the life and service of our distinguished Brother at a regular meeting of the Lodges nearest to February 9th, which was the day set apart by presidential proclamation for a national day of memorial observance. It seemed to me highly desirable that each of our Lodges should have upon its records some reference to the passing away of one so prominent and beloved, and whose life so fully embodied and expressed the teachings and tenets of our institution. The world is happier and richer and better for his having lived.
Brother Rudyard Kipling dedicated a poem to the memory of our deceased Brother entitled Great-Heart from which the following verses are taken:
Concerning brave Captains
Our age hath made known
For all men to honour,
One standeth alone,
Of whom, o'er both oceans,
Both peoples may say:
"Our realm is diminished
With Great-Heart away."
ROOT, ALBERT B. 1858-1937
From Proceedings, Page 1937-219:
Right Worshipful Brother Root was born in Greenfield, Massachusetts, June 13, 1858, and died in Dixfield, Maine, October 2, 1937.
He was taken as a child to Dixfield, the old home of his family, and attended the public schools there. At the age of 17, armed only with some letters of introduction, he came to Boston alone to seek his fortune. His first employment was with a firm who manufactured horseshoes. A few years later he set up a horseshoeing business of his own. In this business he made an excellent reputation which led to his election as President of the Master Horseshoers Association of America.
The coming of the automobile caused him to abandon his business, and he made his hobby the reproduction of antique furniture and dealing in antiques, his vocation for the rest of his life. On the death of his mother in 1924, he returned to Dixfield and there remained.
He was elected to the Legislature in 1900, but served only one term as he found political life distasteful.
He was raised in St. John's Lodge in 1889 and was its Master in 1900-1901. He was District Deputy Grand Master for the First Masonic District in 1906 and 1907, by appointment of Most Worshipful John Albert Blake.
One of Right Worshipful Brother Root's most marked characteristics was his desire for perfection in whatever he did. On this characteristic his business success was founded, and his Masonic career was equally marked by it. Although so long absent from Boston, he occasionally visited his Lodge, keeping old friendships warm and making new ones. His passing is mourned by many.
ROWE, ANDREW J. 1831-1918
- MM 1860, The Tyrian
From New England Craftsman, Vol. XIII, No. 12, September 1918, Page 381:
Andrew J. Rowe, aged 87, died at his home at Magnolia September 1. He was one of the oldest Masons in the city, having joined Tyrian Lodge 58 years ago. He was also a member of William Ferson Chapter and Bethlehem Commandery, Knights Templars. For many years he conducted a livery stable at Middle Street and Western Avenue and also in Magnolia, retiring with the advent of the automobile. He was a native of Gloucester, and is survived by a daughter and one son.
ROWE, WILLIAM T. 1849-1910
- MM 1872, WM 1883, 1884, Faith
From New England Craftsman, Vol. V, No. 5, February 1910, Page 174:
Brother William T. Rowe, a well known Mason, died at his home in Somerville, Mass., Saturday, January 22nd. He was horn July 23, 1849, and has been identified with the crockery trade.
He was a Past Master of Faith Lodge, Past High Priest of the Royal Arch Chapter of the Signet and past commander of Coeur de Lion Commandery all of Charlestown, Mass. He was also a member of Napthali Council R. and S. Masters, Chelsea.
ROWELL, ROLAND 1849-1906
- MM 1897, Kilwinning
From New England Craftsman, Vol. II, No. 3, December 1906, Page 116:’’
Brother Roland Rowell, a well known citizen and Mason, died at his home in Manchester, N. H., November 1906 at the age of 57 years and 9 months. He was a native of Manchester and always took a deep interest in his city's welfare. He was a lawyer by profession and was admitted to the bar at Plymouth in May 1876, but in recent years had not practiced much, devoting his time to the care of his properties.
Mr. Rowell was identified with many fraternal orders. He was a member of Edward A. Raymond Consistory of Nashua; Kilwinning Lodge, A. F. and A. M., Lowell; Mount Horeb Royal Arch Chapter, No. 11 of Manchester; Adoniram Council, R. and S. M.; Trinity Commandery: Ale’po temple, A. O. M. S., of Boston; and the Old Residents' Association. He was librarian of the Manchester Historic Association; Past Chancellor of Merrimack Lodge, K. of P.; and past Noble Grand of Highland Lodge I. O, O. F. of Lowell. He also held membership in the Sons of the Revolution and the New Hampshire Bar Association, and was vestryman of Grace Episcopal Church. He was appointed the first police clerk in Manchester in 1874.
He was clerk of the common council in 1875. For nine years he was with the Lowell Times, and on concluding his labors with that paper returned to Manchester where he had since resided.
RUSSELL, DANIEL 1824-1907
- MM 1858, Wyoming
From New England Craftsman, Vol. II, No. 5, February 1907, Page 197:’’
The Hon. Daniel Russell, one of the best known citizens of Melrose, Mass., and formerly state senator, died at his home Jan. 23d after a week's illness. Mr. Russell was in his 82d year. Pneumonia was the cause of death.
He became a resident of Melrose in 1852 and had ever since taken an active interest in its welfare. He served on the board of selectmen, was a member of the commission on water loan sinking fund president of the Melrose savings bank and a director of the Malden & Melrose gas company. He was in the state senate in 1879-80 and was a delegate to the national Republican convention in 1880.
He was popular, and there were few persons in the city whom he did not know personally. He was a member of the Hugh de Payens commandery, K. T., and of Wyoming Lodge of Masons, and was prominently identified in the affairs of the Universalist Church.
Mr. Russell was organist of Wyoming Lodge of Masons 35 years. He had one of the finest residences in Melrose and took great delight in entertaining his friends with selections on his organ and piano, both being played at the same time by means of electricity.
RUSSELL, HEZEKIAH S. 1835-1914
From Proceedings, Page 1914-145:
HEZEKIAH S. RUSSELL was born in Pittsfield, Mass., Dec. 7, 1835, and died at his residence in that city, May 12, 1914. His initial schooling was obtained in Pittsfield, but he subsequently entered Mount Pleasant Academy at Amherst.
In 1854 he went west and was employed on railroads in Illinois and Wisconsin. In 1857 he went to Australia where he was employed in constructing telegraph lines. On his return to Pittsfield in 1860 he entered the woolen manufacturing business, and later entered the company of Clary and Sedgwick. After a few years he purchased his partner's interest and for thirty-seven years conducted the foundry business, now the E. D. Jones plant. In 1874 he sold the machine shop to E. D. Jones, retaining the boiler making plant until 1902, when he disposed of that to the same firm and retired from business.
Brother Russell was a Selectman in Pittsfield in 1887 and 1888, Councilman in 1897 and 1898, was elected Mayor in 1900 and was re-elected in 1901. He was a representative to the General Court in 1906-1907.
Brother Russell was made a Mason, Oct. 29, 1857, in Amicitia Lodge, No. 25, Shullsburgh, Wis. In 1907 he went to Shullsburgh on the Fiftieth Anniversary of his being made a Mason. He presented the Lodge with a silver mounted gavel and was tendered a reception.
Brother Russell was Master of Mystic Lodge in 1865 and Oct. 19, 1874, became a member of Crescent Lodge of Pittsfield. He was District Deputy Grand Master of the Ninth Masonic District in 1876-1877 and 1878. He was also a member of Berkshire Royal Arch Chapter, and Past Commander of Berkshire Commandery, K.T.
He made plans to take part in the parade at the dedication of the Masonic Temple in Pittsfield, May 4, 1914, and it was one of the greatest disappointments of his life that he could not attend.
A writer in speaking of Brother Russell says:
"The mental and physical vigor, the spirit of progressiveness and the industry and integrity which were the characteristics of so many of the Russells . . . . find still another exponent in the gentlemen whose name introduces these memoirs."
For fifty-seven years Brother Russell was a zealous and active Mason. Full of vigor, power and love, he leaves a precious memory and an example worthy of imitation.
RUSSELL, WATERMAN SPAULDING CHAPMAN 1871-1918
- MM before 1906, Mt. Anthony #13, Bennington, VT
- Member 1906, Roswell Lee
- Charter Member 1909, WM 1913, Esoteric
From New England Craftsman, Vol. XIV, No. 1, October 1918, Page 30:
Waterman S. C. Russell, Past Deputy Grand High Priest of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts, died at his summer home, North Woodstock, New Hampshire, September 29. Brother Russell was a well-known Mason, resident of Springfield, Massachusetts, where he has been active in the Masonic bodies of that city.
He was a science teacher in the high school, standing very high in that branch of education. He had also distinguished himself by his explorations in Iceland and was well known by his lectures on that country.
Within a few years he resigned as a school teacher and was founder and proprietor of the Cambridge Botanical Supply Co. at Waverly.
Brother Russell was a popular man, well liked in his Masonic offices and would undoubtedly have reached further prominence if he had lived. He will be greatly missed by a large circle of friends.