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SALTER, WILLIAM T. H. 1870-1929

From Proceedings, Page 1929-213:

Brother Salter was born in St. John, New Brunswick, November 5, 1870, and died in Milton November 2, 1929. He was graduated from the Methodist College in his native city and later came to Massachusetts and engaged in business here. At the time of his death he was Treasurer of the Trimount Manufacturing Company, a Trustee of the Dorchester Savings Bank, and a Director of the Trimount Co-operative Bank.

Brother Salter was a zealous and devoted member of our Craft. He joined Union Lodge, of Dorchester, in 1908 and affiliated with Dorchester Lodge in 1914. He was a Charter Member of Milton Lodge in 1923, retaining his membership in all three Lodges. He was a member of the several bodies in both the York and Scottish Rites. His active interest, however, was in Lodge Masonry. He was Worshipful Master of Dorchester Lodge in 1922 and served for a year in Grand Lodge as Junior Grand Steward in 1923. At the time of his death he was nearing the end of his first year of service as District Deputy Grand Master for the Roxbury Fourth Masonic District.

Brother Salter was deeply and sincerely religious, and conscientious to a very high degree in everything to which he set his hand. He was one who loved his fellow men and never tired in spending himself in their service. His sympathy went out abundantly to all who needed it, whether their need was material or spiritual. All who knew him respected him and those who came to know him well soon learned to love him. His accidental death cut him off in the midst of his usefulness while there seemed to be much left for him to do, and affiicted a large circle of friends and associates with a great sense of personal loss.


From New England Craftsman, Vol. V, No. 6, March 1910, Page 216:

Worshipful Brother George T. Sampson, Past Master of Mt. Tabor Lodge and Past High Priest of St. John's R. A. Chapter, E. Boston, Mass., died February 23d. He was many years associated with his brother in building ships. The line had built more than fifty vessels of all kinds which sailed all the waters of the globe.

Mr. Sampson was born in Duxbury, Feb. 10, 1819, and was educated in the public schools of the town and by private instruction. He came to East Boston when a young man, and the remainder of his life was spent there. He was sent to the Common Council in the years 1862 and '63, to the Board of Aldermen in 1876, and to the Legislature in 1864, '78 and '80. He was elected a trustee of the East Boston Savings Bank in 1865, and became its president in 1880.


From New England Craftsman, Vol. VI, No. 10, July 1911, Page 341:

J. Frederick Sampson, a well known Mason of Boston, and long time armorer of Boston Commandery, died June 2d after a short illness. Brother Sampson was horn in Boston, April 18, 1837. He was raised in Joseph Warren Lodge, Feb. 22, 1876. He was a member of St. Andrew's R. A. Chapter, Boston Council Royal and Select Masters, Boston Commandery K. T., and all of the Scottish Rite bodies meeting in Masonic Temple. His funeral was conducted by Boston Commandery on Sunday, June 4th in Masonic Temple; his body was buried in the lot of Boston Commandery at Mt. Hope Cemetery. More than one hundred members of Boston Commandery were in uniform, and a large number of other friends were present at the funeral.


  • MM 1827, WM 1847-1852, Constellation
  • Honorary Member 1862, WM 1859, 1860, Mount Lebanon
  • Senior Grand Steward 1861
  • Senior Grand Deacon 1862
  • Charter Member 1868, Zetland

From Liberal Freemason, Vol. VI, No. 5, August 1882, Page 157:

The sudden death of Wor. Bro. William H. Sampson has been noticed by the daily papers, each one of whom had good and truthful word to say in his praise. He had been sorely afflicted with rheumatism for some years past, and this probably hastened the sad event. He was the only honorary member of Zetland Lodge, of Boston, living in June last, and was present at its regular meeting in that month, and look an active part in the business. On the afternoon ot July 4th he had gone to South Boston, and while on a horse-car in that section, was suddenly stricken, and fell from the car, never to recover.

Our brother was a native of Duxbury, and a Past Master of Corner Stone Lodge of that town. On removing to Boston, he affiliated with Mt. Lebanon Lodge, and in due time was elected Master. At the organization of Zetland Lodge, he became one of its Charter members, and was subsequently elected an honorary member. At the time of his death he was 79 years and 10 months old.


From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XIX, No. 4, February 1860, Page 127:

Andover, Dec. 26, 1859.

Br. Moore—

Sir, — The following Resolutions were adopted by St. Matthew's Lodge, of this place, and ordered to be drawn up and forwarded to the Freemasons' Magazine, Boston, for insertion :—

At a special communication of St. Matthew's Lodge, Thursday, Dec. 22d, the following resolutions were adopted :—

  • Whereas, an all-wise Providence has seen fit in his wisdom to remove from our midst our much esteemed and worthy Brother D. Eastman Sanborn, and, whereas, a proper respect to his memory deserves a suitable expression of feeling from this Lodge, .
  • 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 and true and faithful Brother we have the consolation, that the loss to us is gain to him, who has gone to join that celestial Lodge above, where the Supreme Architect of the Universe presides.
  • Resolved, That we tender to the widow and relatives of our deceased Brother our warmest sympathy, and every service that may tend to alleviate them in their sorrow, or comfort them in their affliction.
  • Resolved, That the furniture of the Lodge be draped in mourning for the space of thirty days, as a mark of respect to our deceased Brother.
  • Resolved, That the Secretary enter these resolutions upon the records of the Lodge, forward a copy to the family of the df ceased, and a copy to the Freemasons' Magazine, Boston, for publication.

M. Sands, Secretary.


From New England Craftsman, Vol. V, No. 4, January 1910, Page 138:

Bro. Harlan P. Sanborn, manager and assistant cashier of the Faneuil Hall branch of the Beacon Trust Company, died Dec. 9th at bis home in Chelsea, after an illness of two weeks. Mr. Sanborn was a native of Oxford, Me. He came to Boston when he was twenty years old. Thirty-three years ago he began as clerk in the old Faneuil Hall National Bank, and rose from an unimportant position to that of assistant cashier. He held that office for many years, and when (he bank was absorbed by the Beacon Trust Company, and continued as a branch of the latter organization, he was chosen manager.

Bro. Sanborn was a member of Star of Bethlehem Lodge, Naphtali Council of Royal and Select Masters, Royal Arch Chapter of the Shekinah, and Palestine Commanclery, Knights Templars — all in Chelsea. He was for many years a member of the Boston Bank Officers' Association and was long connected with the Central Congregational Church of Chelsea. Mr. Sanborn leaves a wife and one daughter.


From Proceedings, Page 1942-171:

Brother Sanford was born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, on August 22, 1863, and died there on August 12, 1942.

After graduation at the Great Barrington High School, he entered Williams College and was graduated from that institution in 1885. After teaching school for a few years, he took up the study of law and was admitted to the bar in July, 1892. In 1893 he was appointed Justice of the District Court of Southern Berkshire and continued in that capacity until his retirement in September, 1941. Throughout his active life, he served in the affairs of his town and county with zeal and ability.

He was raised in Cincinnatus Lodge of Great Barrington on July l, 1898, and served as Master in 1902 and 1903. In Grand Lodge he served as District Deputy Grand Master of the 16th District in 1919 and 1920, by appointment of Most Worshipfuls Leon M. Abbott and Arthur D. Prince.

He was a member of all the collateral bodies and was an Honorary Member of the Supreme Council, 33d Degree.

Funeral services were held at the First Congregational Church, Great Barrington) on August 15, 1942, and the very large attendance of Masonic and other friends showed the high esteem in which he was held.

A life of worthwhile service is now but a memory to a host of friends.


Brother Sartelle was born May 9, 1857, in Pepperell, Mass., and died at his residence in Worcester, Sept. 15, 1912. He received his early education in the public schools of Townsend, and at the Lawrence Academy in Groton. After completing his college course at Harvard in 1889, he taught school for five years, being for a part of the time principal of the Pepperell and Lawrence High Schools. At one time he was superintendent of schools in Townsend. He was connected with the State Mutual Life Assurance Company from 1887 to 1908, resigning the latter year. September 2, 1887, he married Miss Lilla M. Larkin, who, with one daughter, survives him.

Brother Sartelle received the Masonic degrees in St. Paul Lodge, of Ayer, in 1878, and was its Master in 1883 and 1884. He was District Deputy Grand Master of District No. 11 in 1900 and 1901. He received the Capitular degrees in Thomas Chapter, of Fitchburg, in 1880; demitted to Worcester Chapter in 1893, and was its M.E. High Priest in 1896 and 1897, after which he served as its Secretary for five years. He served as R. Ex. Deputy Grand High Priest of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts in 1904. He joined Hiram Council, of Worcester, in 1894, and was its Thrice Illustrious Master in 1897 and 1898. He received the orders of Knighthood in Worcester Commandery, K.T., in 1894, and was its Eminent Commander in 1905. He received the degrees of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite in the Bodies of that Rite in Worcester and in Massachusetts Consistory in 1895, and served as the first officer of Worcester Lodge of Perfection, 1903-1905; of Goddard Council, Princes of Jerusalem, in 1907, and of Lawrence Chapter, Rose Croix, in 1905-1907. He was elected to receive the Thirty- third and last Degree in 1906, but on account of his continued illness was not able to receive it.

Brother Sartelle was highly respected wherever known; deeply interested in public affairs; conscientious and faithful in all his service and zealous in the interests of the Masonic Fraternity.

From New England Craftsman, Vol. VIII, No. 1, October 1912, Page 30:

Edward J. Sartelle, one of the best known and most respected members of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Massachusetts, died after a long illness, September 15th, at the age of 55. Brother Sartelle was born in Pepperell, Mass. He received his early education in the public schools in Townsend and at the Lawrence Academy. After completing his studies at the academy he entered Harvard. Following his graduation he turned his attention to teaching, and for five years devoted his entire time to it. During that time he acted as principal of the school at Pepperell and also of the High School at Lawrence. He was for a time superintendent of the schools at Townsend. He was connected with the State Mutual Life from 1887 up to the time of his resignation in 1908.

Brother Sartelle was a Knight Templar and a 32° Mason. He was interested in every department of Freemasonry but will be best remembered for his superior service of the Grand Chapter as Grand Lecturer. Brother Sartelle was highly esteemed by everyone, courteous and genial in manner, his companionship was prized by all who met him, while his integrity and his high standard of morality endowed him with a character worthy as a model for imitation.


From New England Craftsman, Vol. XXVIII, No. 7, March 1933, Page 215:

Worshipful Horace M. Saunders was born in Plymouth. June 13, 1850, and was initiated in Plymouth Lodge June 26, 1871, as soon as he was twenty-one years of age. He was Crafted on July 24, and Raised August 21 of the same-year. He was Senior Deacon of the Lodge in 1872. Junior Warden in 1873, Senior Warden in 1874-5-6, and Worshipful Master in 1877. He was obliged to give up the master's chair after one year to attend to his business, which occupied all his time. He served the lodge as marshal for more than thirty years.

He joined Samoset Royal Arch Chapter in December, 1871, and after filling various offices was High Priest in 1891-92 and 93. Last December the Chapter held a reception in his honor, he having been a Chapter member for sixty-one years. He joined Old Colony Commandery, K.T., of Abington, in 1898.

In June of this year he will have been a Mason for sixty-two years. Wor. Bro. Saunders was the first candidate in this lodge to be obliged to learn the lectures of the various degrees before being advanced to the following degree^ the rule for this having just gone into effect. He has been an active and enthusiastic Mason all his life and is the proud possessor of a Henry Price Medal, which he received several years ago. He is the oldest living Past Master of the lodge and Past High Priest of the Chapter.





From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1932, Page 31:

Illustrious Brother George Edwin Savory was born at Newburyport, Massachusetts, November 18, 1844, receiving his early education in the preliminary and high schools of his native city. He died in Berkeley, California, May 23, 1932.

On November 13, 1863 he was appointed Acting Third Assistant Engineer on temporary service in the United States Navy “to report without delay to Commodore Montgomery for duty on board U. S. S. Sacramento at Boston.” He accepted the appointment and reported November 16, 1863, and his name appears on the lists of officers on the Sacramento at Boston of December 24, 1863 and February 2, 1864.

On August 17, 1865 detached from U. S. S. Sacramento on waiting orders and on November 15, 1865 ordered to report to Rear Admiral S. H. Stringham for duty on U. S. S. Canandaigua at Boston. His name appears on lists of officers of same from November 22, 1865. He served on this vessel in the European Squadron. On November 3, 1868 he was transferred from the U. S. S. Canandaigua to U. S. S. Frolic at Gibraltar. On May 4, 1869 he was detached from U. S. S. Frolic at Navy Yard, New York and granted two months leave. On July 8, 1869, he was honorably discharged.

He was appointed to the Police Department, City of Boston, Massachusetts in the Superintendent’s Office, April 28, 1873. He was promoted to Sergeant in February 18, 1879; to Lieutenant and designated as Property Clerk on May 6, 1895; Captain, May 20, 1895 and retired September 20, 1909.

His Masonic record is as follows:—entered, passed and raised in Mt. Tabor Lodge A. F. & A. M., East Boston, November 30, 1865, and took membership June 17, 1869. Exalted in St. Paul's R. A. Chapter, Boston, April 15, 1884 and High Priest, 1893 and 1894. Received the degrees in Boston Council R. & S. M., Boston, March 27, 1890, and Thrice Illustrious Master, 1897-1898. Knighted in Joseph Warren Commandery K. T., Boston, February 2, 1885, from which he demitted and on September 16, 1891 took membership in Boston Commandery K.T., of which he was Standard Bearer in 1896-1897-1898 and 1899.

He received the Scottish Rite Degrees as follows: Boston Lafayette Lodge of Perfection, February 1, 1889, Giles F. Yates Council Princes of Jerusalem, ’February 8, 1889, Mount Olivet Chapter of Rose Croix, February 15, 1889 and was Most Wise Master, 1902-1905. He received the Thirty-second Degree in Massachusetts Consistory, January 3, 1S90.He was coronetted an Honorary Member of the Supreme Council in Boston, Massachusetts, September 20, 1904. He joined Aleppo Temple A. A. O. N. M. S. in 1895.

He was active and interested in all his Masonic service and pave of his best in his various undertakings. He has been absent from Boston since his retirement from the Police Department and consequently is not so well remembered by the present workers, but those who knew him in his active days appreciated his worth and friendship.

Joseph T. Paul, 33°
Andrew P. Cornwall, 33°
Frederick C. Graves, 32°


From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXVI, No. 7, May 1867, Page 221:

Pepperell, April 18, 1867.

Brother Ebenezer Sawtell died in Groton, Mass., Dec. 28, 1866, aged sixty-eight years. How rapidly we are passing on the track of time to that state in which death has no power over the immortal soul! Br. Sawtell was true to the Masonic Flag during the fiery ordeal of anti-masonry, and held different offices in St. Paul's Lodge up to W.M. He was a companion K.A.M., and was exalted in St. John's Royal Arch Chapter, Windsor, Vt. His remains were buried with the honors of Masonry, Caleb Butler's Lodge at Groton Junction uniting with St. Paul's at Groton Centre. W.S. Grand Lccturer, E. D. Bancroft, rehearsed the funeral service at the grave in a solemn and impressive manner, to a large collection of brethren, relatives, and friends. Only six brethren remain on the stage who witnessed the terrible persecution against Masons and our holy Institution from 1827 to 1841, and we shall soon "bite the dust," to have our work tried by Him who created all things. -B.

SAWYER, FRANK H. 1868-1910

From Proceedings, Page 1910-179:

Worshipful Frank H. Sawyer, Master of Merrimack Lodge of Haverhill, was thrown out of his carriage and killed Sept. 24, 1910. He was a well-known business man in. Haverhill and was universally respected. He was a zealous Brother, courteous and faithful in presiding over his Lodge, and deeply int€erested in promoting and exemplifying the principles of Freemasonry.





From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1939, Page 63:

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, August 10, 1866
Died at Lowell, Massachusetts, March 25, 1939

Illustrious Brother Sawyer spent his entire life in his native city and had an important and recognized influence upon its well being. He was the best known and most respected bank man in Lowell, having devoted with singleness of purpose his whole business career to financial matters.

He was the son of Hamilton J. and Nancy R. Sawyer. He was educated in the public schools and left the High School before graduation to take a position offered him in the First National Bank. From that moment his thoughts were concentrated upon banking, and he rose to the position of cashier in eleven years. He remained at the head of the First National Bank for ten more years, until that bank merged with the Merchants National Bank and the Railroad National Bank, under the name of the Union National Bank, of which he was named Cashier. In 1926 ho was selected as active Vice-President, and in 1928 as President. In 1930 the merger of the Union and the Old Lowell National Banks took place and Brother Sawyer became President of the merged banks and remained in that position until his death.During his many years as bank executive he had become interested in many local institutions, to which he rendered loyal and valued service. One very near and dear to him was the Lowell General Hospital, of which for many years he was a Trustee and Treasurer. At the time of his death be was a member of its Finance Board. He had been a Trustee and Treasurer of the Y.M.C.A., and also of the Rogers Hall School for Girls. He was a Trustee of the Ayer Home for Women and Children, a Trustee of the Mechanics Savings Bank, Treasurer and Director of the Stony rook Railroad, and Director of the Lowell Mutual Fire Insurance Company.

During all these years of strenuous application to matters of business moment he did not forget other important sides of life. In his earlier years he was fond of music and became sufficiently accomplished on the 'cello to appear in concerts with the Lowell Orchestral Society. He was an accomplished bridge player, finding it one of his most interesting relaxations. He greatly enjoyed bowling, golf, canoeing, and almost any activity that took him out into the woods and open country. He was not Ware dilettante, but in whatever form of play or sport he engaged, he became thoroughly interested and soon an able performer.

For thirty-five years Brother Sawyer had been one of the outstanding members of the Masonic Fraternity.

  • He was raised in Ancient York Lodge, April 14, 1904,
  • Exalted in Mt. Horeb Royal Arch Chapter, February 13, 1905,
  • Greeted in Ahasuerus Council, May 22, 1905,
  • Knighted in Pilgrim Commandery, No. 9, April 12, 1905,
  • Received into Lowell Lodge of Perfection, May 6, 1904,
  • Into Lowell Council, Princes of Jerusalem, May 9, 1904,
  • Knighted in Calvary Chapter of Rose Croix, May 12, 1904,
  • Received the Thirty-second Degree in Massachusetts Consistory, April 28, 1905,
  • And was coronetted an Honorary Member of the Supreme Council, 33°, on September 19, 1922.

He married October 16, 1889, Effie L. Clark, of Lowell, and she survives him. Ho leaves also a daughter, Miss Ruth L. Sawyer, a member of the Lowell High School Faculty; a son, John P. Sawyer, associated with the International Paper Co., with offices in New York City; and a granddaughter.

Arthur D. Prince, 33°,
Harry G. Pollard, 33°,
Henry H. Harris, 33°,

SAWYER, SAMUEL L. 1845-1910

From Proceedings, Page 1910-33:

SAMUEL L. SAWYER was born in Boxford, Mass., June 20, 1845. He attended the common schools of his native town and, when a young man, removed to Danvers, Mass., where he resided over forty years.

Brother Sawyer - a wholesale flour merchant - always took great interest in the affairs of the town, county and State, and held various offices therein. He represented Danvers in the Legislature of 1891 and 1892, and was a member of the Senate in 1893 and 1894. He was a constant attendant at the Congregational Church, Danvers, in which he held the office of Deacon. He was president of the Essex County Association for several years.

Brother Sawyer received the degrees in Mosaic Lodge in 187l-1872, and was its Worshipful Master in 1879 and 1880. He was District Deputy Grand Master of the Eighth Masonic District in 1895 and 1896. Exalted in Holton Royal Arch Chapter May 14, 1873, he became Excellent High Priest of that Chapter in 1887. He received the Templar Orders in Winslow Lewis Commandery, of Salem, in 1891. He died in Danvers Feb. 18, 1910.

Brother Sawyer was earnest and painstaking in every cause he espoused, and has left a worthy record as a citizen and Brother - true and trusted in all the relations of life.


  • MM 1857, WM 1861-1863, Union (Nantucket)

From Liberal Freemason, Vol. III, No. 7, October 1879, Page 190:

Wm. Sayward, who was a well-known builder in Boston, and an old resident of the Dorchester District, died on Tuesday, Sept 2d in Gloucester, where he was spending the summer, after a brief illness caused by an internal inflammation. Bro. Sayward was a member of the Common Council from Dorchester in 1870 and 1871 and in 1872 and 1873, he was a member of the board of Aldermen He had previously served in the School Committee, and always tool a great interest in municipal affairs. He constructed many public buildings in Boston; among which are the Dorchester High School house, the Atherton School house in Dorchester, the Girl's High and Normal on Newton Street, the Prescott and New Lyman in East Boston, the Eliot, Cushman, Mather and Dudley School-houses, and police Stations 9, 10 and 12. While connected with the City Government he was a director of the public institutions, and at the time 0f his death he was one of the trustees of the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association.

Bro. Sayward was made a Mason in Union Lodge of Dorchester, and became its Master in 1861. He was exalted in St. Andrew's Chapter of Boston, June 1, 1859; dimitted in February 1868, to assist in organizing St. Stephen's Chapter, of which he was High Priest. In September 1859, he was Knighted in Boston Commandery. and was Eminent Commander in 1869-70. He received the Cryptic Degrees in Boston Council in the summer of 1866, and in these several Grades he was always interested, but especially active in the Lodge and Commandery where he gave longer service.

The funeral services took place on Thursday afternoon at his late residence on Columbia street, Dorchester, and at the Unitarian Church on Meeting House Hill. Private services were held at the house at s o'clock, conducted by Rev. S. J. Barrows, and were attended only by the relatives and intimate friends. According to the wish of the deceased the remains were then taken charge of by Boston Conunandery, accompanied by Joseph Warren Commandery; the two bodies, preceded by Carter's Band, and followed by carriages containing friends and relatives of the deceased, marched from the house to the church, the band playing a dirge meanwhile, and Sir Knights Daniel Harwood, Samuel Mason, Jr., E. O. Blanchard and Em. Com. James H. Upham of Boston Commandery, acting as pall bearers. On arriving at the church, which was comfortably filled, the services were begun by the band playing Mozart's Masonic Funeral Music, alter which the solemn and impressive burial rite of the Knights Templars was administered by Eminent Commander Upham and Rev. John P. Bland of Cambridge, Prelate. The service included the singing of I Cannot Always Trace the Way, by Bro. Howard M. Dow, and O Paradise, by the Temple Quartette. At its conclusion an opportunity was given to view the remains, which were enclosed in a rich rosewood casket, bearing a silver plate, with the inscription, "William Sayward: Died September 2, 1879, aged 64 years, six months." The face wore a calm and peaceful expression, and the features looked extremely natural. The casket was covered with beautiful floral offerings, mainly in the shape of wreaths of white roses and ivy, contributed by friends and by the different orders of which the deceased was a member.

There were many prominent gentlemen present, in addition to delegations from St. Stephen's and St. Andrew's Royal Arch Chapters and Union Lodge F. and A. M., Siloam Lodge and Trimountain Encampment, I. O. O. F., the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanics Association and the Mechanics' Exchange, of all of which the deceased was once a member. The remains were taken to Cedar Grove Cemetery and interred in the family lot.


From Proceedings, Page 1946-294:

Brother Scharmann was born in Adams, Massachusetts on April 6, 1889, and died suddenly in Pasadena, California, on September 12, 1946, while on a vacation trip.

Soon after graduation at the local schools in Adams, he entered the employ of a printing company where he learned that trade. About the year 1928, he removed to Pittsfield and became associated with the Eagle Printing and Binding Company, of which he was the first vice-president at the time of his death.

He was raised in Berkshire Lodge of Adams on April 17, 1911, and served as Worshipful Master in 1916 and 1917. He served as District Deputy Grand Master for the Fifteenth Masonic District in 1940 and 1941, by appointment of Most Worshipful Grand Masters Joseph Earl Perry and Albert A. Schaefer.

His entire Masonic life was devoted to active and able service to the Craft; ever ready to answer any call with interest, thoroughness and dispatch. He took a particularly keen interest in the Service Department of the Grand Lodge and rendered invaluable aid to his Brethren.

The untimely death of Felix Scharmann was a great shock to his host of friends, but he has left a record for service that will keep his memory ever green in the hearts of his Brethren.



From TROWEL, Fall 1985, Page 14:

Milt Schmidt of Fraternity Lodge, Wellesley, was the center of the renowned Kraut Line of the Bruins. When Art Ross invited Milt to the Bruins' training session in 1936 the youngster who had played for Kitchener of the Junior League in Canada offered to pay his own way. He did more than that until he retired in 1955, reaching the NHL playoffs in 13 of his 16 seasons with Boston. He was chosen as center when five of the Bruins were selected for the All-Star team in 1939-40. He managed the Bruins when the trade occurred that sent Esposito, Hodge, and Stanfield from Chicago to Boston and when Stanley Cups came to the Bruins in 1970 and 1972. He won the Hart Trophy in 1951 and the Art Ross Trophy in 1939-40.

Coach of the Bruins 1954-55 to 1960-61 and 1963-64 and 1965-66, Milt Schmidt underwent a successful but serious operation several years ago, but the surgery was not enough to slow this fine gentleman and athlete. He is a low-handicap golfer playing out of the Needham G. C. and may be seen participating in many charitable golf tournaments.

(Acknowledgement: R. W. Bob Johnston is a Past Junior Grand Warden and now a Grand Lecturer. On Feb. 19, 1945, he was one of 65,000 U.S. Marines who stormed ashore on Iwo Jima where almost 22 thousand Nipponese defenders gave their lives trying to stop them. He will author stories of other Mason-athletes in future issues of TROWEL.)

SCOTT, ROBERT, JR. 1853-1908


From New England Craftsman, Vol. III, No. 12, September 1908, Page 477:

In the August issue of the New England Craftsman we gave an account of the observance of St. John's day by many of the commanderies of Knights Templars of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Among those named was Cyprus Commandery of Hyde Park, Massachusetts; with it we presented the likeness of Robert Scott, Jr., Eminent Commander. In our present issue, only a short month later, we give the same likeness with a black border indicating that the Sir Knight has finished the duties of his earthly career and entered on the life beyond.

Robert Scott, Jr. was born in Boston, December 23, 1853. He died in Hyde Park, August 7, 1908 and was buried with full Templar service. He had the confidence and respect of those who knew him and had been notably honored by the Masonic fraternity. He was a Past Master of Hyde Park Lodge, a Past High Priest of Norfolk Royal Arch chapter, a member of Hyde Park council R. and S. Masters and was Eminent Commander of Cyprus commandery at the time of his death. He was by occupation a mason and had worked at his trade many years. In early life he was connected with the fire department and served several years on the board of engineers.

The announcement of his death follows so soon after the mention of his name in connection with the doings of his commandery that it brings to our mind the lesson of the Hour-Glass; "Behold! how swiftly the sands run. and how rapidly our lives are drawing to a close."


From Proceedings, Page 1886-60:

The busy messenger has again invaded our consecrated temple, and taken from us one "of good report" among his Brethren, and "duly qualified" for living and dying, — not one just entering upon the stage of manhood's activities, nor yet crowned with the quiet of advanced age, but one in the prime of life, active, industrious, worthy, who, in the home, in the circles of business, in various humane interests, and in the church, was exerting his strength, intelligence, and love for the welfare of his fellow-men and in obedience — as he believed — to his heavenly Father's will.

R.W. Bro. Orville B. Seagrave was born in Uxbridge, Mass., Oct. 26, 1837. His early education was in the public schools of that town. He entered Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass., in 1856; graduated in 1859, and, in the latter year, entered Brown University, Providence, R.I., whence he graduated in 1863. He was soon after appointed Paymaster in the U.S. Navy, and served until 1866. Having left the naval service, he went West; taught school there a few years, and was married in 1868. He became a member of the firm of Raymer, Seagrave & Co., in 1874, and later was a partner with his brother in the banking business, under the firm name of Seagrave Brothers. His wife and three children survive him.

Our lamented Brother was initiated into the mysteries of Free Masonry in Solomon's Temple Lodge, Uxbridge, November 25, 1863; was passed to the degree of Fellow Craft and raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason, November 27, 1863. He was. Junior Warden of Solomon's Temple Lodge from October, 1875 to October, 1876; Senior Warden from October, 1876 to October, 1878, and Worshipful Master from October, 1878 to October, 1880. He was appointed District Deputy Grand Master, 19th Masonic District, Dec. 27th, 1883, December 27th, 1884, and December 29th, 1885. He died in office, February 26th, 1886.

In the various duties and relations, of life, Brother Seagrave won the respect and affection of his associates. True, kind and loving as husband, father, son and brother; honest and faithful in business affairs; generous and sympathizing toward the needy and sorrowful; loyal to his country, and devoted to the church, he proved himself faithful to all obligations. He was brave to endure, and zealous in every cause he espoused; of recognized business integrity and unquestionable honor.

Unto his family and relatives, unto the Lodges under his care, and especially to that of which he was a member, we would express our fraternal sympathy, trusting that their present loss is. his present gain, — the battle on earth having been ended with a victory of "a well-grounded hope and a well-spent life."

Fraternally submitted,

From Proceedings, Page 1886-135:

R.W. Orville B. Seagrave was born in Uxbridge, Mass., October 26, 1837, and died at his residence in that town February 26, 1886, aged 48 years.

He received the Symbolic Degrees of Masonry in Solomon's Temple Lodge, Uxbridge, in 1863; was Junior Warden of the Lodge for the year ending October, 1876; Senior Warden, 1877-78, and Wor. Master 1879-80. He was commissioned D.D.G.M. of the Nineteenth Masonic District December, 1883, '84, '85, leaving his term of. office the present year incomplete.

In respect to his memory I have refrained from appointing a successor, the remaining duties of the office having been attended to by R.W. Irving B. Sayles, under a special warrant of authority.

The eulogy, pronounced by his fellow-citizens and Brethren, is that an industrious, zealous, honored citizen, an upright man, and a consistent, devoted Mason, beloved by all, has been gathered into that land where our fathers have gone before us. As a D.D.G.M. I found Brother Seagrave to be an earnest, conscientious officer; .courteous and attentive to the Craft within his District, zealous in the performance of his Masonic duties, anxious to act the pleasure of the Grand Master, and promulgate his wishes and advice. So far as my observations have extended he held a position of high respect among the Brethren. In the decease of Brother Seagrave the Fraternity has lost a Brother worthy of his high calling, his Lodge a good counselor, his family a true and loving member, the community an honest and upright citizen.


Son of William Seaver and Patience Trescott, was born in Dorchester, Mass., May 8, 1743. He was a manufacturer of stone and pottery ware. In 1772 he moved his factory from Dorchester to Taunton, and very soon became prominently connected with all the public affairs of the town. He was a major on the staff of Brigadier-General George Godfrey in the Bristol County brigade, and from his original records of military matters very many valuable facts have been ascertained.

When about twenty years of age he resided in Albany, N. Y., for several years. From the records of the Grand Lodge of New York we learn he received his first degree in Freemasonry in Union Lodge No. 1, April 29, 1766. This lodge received its authority from the Grand Lodge of Ireland, and was known as Lodge No. 74, Irish Registry. It was a traveling lodge connected with the 2d Battalion of the First Regiment of Infantry in the British army, and known as the “Royal First Foot.” In 1758 the regiment was located at Albany, and during its stay initiated many civilians. When the regiment left for Canada in 1759 Lodge No. 74 gave an exact copy of its warrant to the Albany members, and with it military permission to continue as a lodge. This so-called warrant was confirmed to them February, 1765, by George Harrison, Provincial Grand Master of New York, who authorized them to continue as “Union Lodge No. 1.” This lodge was rechartered as Union Lodge No. 3 in 1806 or 1807. Major Seaver was one of the early candidates from Taunton who received their degrees in Bristol Lodge, now located at North Attleboro, and was a charter member of King David Lodge, being its first treasurer. He died in Taunton, July 28, 1815.

SEAVEY, ISAAC P. d. 1862

From Proceedings, Page VI-444:

Resolved. That the G. Lodge have heard with deep sorrow of the death of our late highly esteemed Brother I. P. Seavey, who has filled with great acceptance the responsible offices of Gd. Lecturer and Dis. Dep. Gd. Master in this jurisdiction.

Resolved. That in the death of Bro. Seavey the Masonic Fraternity have lost a useful member whose zealous labors have largely contributed to the promotion of its interests in this commonwealth.

Resolved. That the Gd. Lodge in token of its appreciation of the character and services of Bro. Seavey, place upon its record their resolutions as an abiding testimonial, and direct that a copy of-the same be forwarded to the family of the deceased.—and be published in the Freemasons' Magazine.



From TROWEL, Fall 1990, Page 32:

When Bro. Frederick A. Seddon died in Harwich, Cape Cod in April, it closed the career of an active Mason and a military man who had served in much of the British Commonwealth during his 79 years of life. He is survived by his wife Dorothy I. (Doe) Seddon of Yarmouth.

Born in Tunstall, Staffordshire, England, he served in the Sherwood Foresters Regiment of the British Army from 1930 to 1937 in India, the Sudan, and Bermuda. While living in Hamilton. Bermuda, he worked for the police force and the Bermuda Militia Regiment. He became an American citizen in 1946 and served in an ordnance division of the United States Army until 1949. Earlier he had attended a laboratory X-ray school in North Reading. He worked as a medical laboratory technician for the Middlesex County Sanitarium from 1949 to 1973.

A 32nd degree Mason, he held membership with North Reading Lodge where he served as Master in 1972. When he located on the Cape he affiliated with Pilgrim Lodge, Harwich, and presided as Master in 1980. In 1978 he was Master of the 15th Lodge of Instruction. He held membership in several Royal Arch Chapters. Councils of Royal and Select Masters, holding the Royal York Cross of Honor, the Royal Honor of Scotland, and the York Rite College. He was a member of the Scottish Rite in the Valley of Southeastern Massachusetts. Aleppo Temple of the Shrine, and a member of the Wilmington Methodist Church. Donations in his memory are requested to be given to Pilgrim Lodge in Harwich, MA.


From New England Craftsman, Vol. XIV, No. 11, August 1919, Page 364:

Brother Henry J. Seiler, a well known Boston caterer, was instantly killed while blasting rock at his summer home on Lincoln Street, Medway, August 21.

The accident was witnessed by Arvid Westerburg, a farm hand, who declares that Seiler was tamping the charge in a hole driven under a boulder when it exploded.

Bro. Seiler, who was 66 years of age, was born in Beyreuth, Germany. He came to the United States more than 50 years ago and located in Boston. He was engaged in the catering business for more than 45 years, 30 years at 2150 Washington Street, Roxbury; five years on Dartmouth Street, and the last 10 years at 563 Tremont Street, where the business is at present conducted. He has been foremost among the caterers in feeding the city's large conventions, was caterer to the reception tendered President Taft and went as caterer to Gettysburg at the celebration of the 50th anniversary, where he had charge of feeding the 3000 members comprising the delegation from Massachusetts. He has for several years done the catering for most of the Masonic bodies meeting in Masonic Temple, Boston.

He was a member of Lafayette lodge, Joseph Warren Commandery, Mt. Vernon Royal Arch Chapter, Boston Lafayett. Lodge of Perfection, Giles F. Yates Council, Princes of Jerusalem, Mt. Olivet Chapter, Rose Croix, Massachusetts Consistory, Aleppo Temple, Mystic Shriners, Royal Order of Scotland, and the Edwin Forest Club.

A widow, two sons, Andrew S., an ; Irving L. Seiler, both of whom served in the great war, and four daughters, Mrs. Ralph C. Glidden of Dedham, Mrs. E. A. Carvill of West Roxbury, Mrs. Leon Abbott of Whittier, Cal., and Mrs. J. H. Keanealy of Cleveland, O., survive him.

Bro. Seiler was about to retire and turn the business over to his sons on his return from his vacation and his untimely end will be regretted by a host of Masonic friends.

The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at the family residence in Roxbury.



  • MM 1869, Social Friends #42, Keene, NH
  • Honorary Member 1898, Bethesda
  • Member 1900?, Kilwinning



From New England Craftsman, Vol. XII, No. 11, August 1917, Page 376:

Josiah Lafayette Seward, D. D., a prominent Unitarian clergyman and Freemason, died in Keene, N. H., July 14th.

He had held the office of grand prior of the Supreme Council, Scottish Rite N. M. J., for more than twenty-five years.

Dr. Seward was born in Sullivan, N. H., on April 17, 1845. He was graduated in 1868 at Harvard University, and in 1874 from the Harvard Divinity School. He was ordained as minister of the Unitarian Church, at Lowell, in 1874, and remained in charge of that parish for fourteen years. He then went to Waterville, Me., where he was minister of the Unitarian Church until 1893. He was then at the Allston Unitarian Church until 1899, and afterward took up his residence in Keene, and in 1902 became minister of the Unitarian Church in Dublin, where he preached until recently.

Dr. Seward had been prominent in the Masonic bodies of New Hampshire and Massachusetts, as well as of the Scottish rite. He was a member and contributor to the New Hampshire Historical Society, and a member of the New Hampshire Society of Sons of the American Revolution. He was a thorough student in many lines of literary and historical research, to which he brought the experience of a ripe scholarship.


From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1918, Page 51:

Rev. Josiah L. Seward, D. D., 33°

Born in Sullivan, N. H., April 17, 1845. Died in Keene, N. H., July 14, 1917.

In this year’s Proceedings of the Supreme Council there will appear, from the hand of our Illustrious Commander-in-Chief of the Council of Deliberation so exhaustive a story of the life and labors of Brother Seward; so masterly a presentation of his widely diversified ability; so complete a record of his Masonic career, and so deep an appreciation of his long and splendid service as Minister of State of this Council, that whatever your committee may have to offer in this hour must needs be but the echo of some note which he has already sounded.

Yet is it a privilege to share with him in paying tribute to one so worthy and revered.

Although at the bier of our common benefactor he has presented a wreath of orchids, while we must be content to bring a common wayside flower, yet we may hope that it will be acceptable, as it speaks the language of our friendship and brotherly love.

When a noble man, a gifted preacher, and a devoted Mason has left a refining and uplifting influence all the way from the hills of New Hampshire across the States of Maine and Massachusetts and New York and out to the capital of Wisconsin; when he has made great multitudes his debtors by what ho has added to the inspiration and enjoyment of their lives, it is not only fitting, but it is the bounden duty of those who have shared in his store of knowledge and the riches of his dreams and visions, to testify to his peerless worth, and to set aside a niche in the temple of gratitude to be dedicated to his memory.

His was the scholar's grasp upon the facts of history and philosophy, and these he brought with power to the solution of the problems of his own day and generation.

Flowing in his veins was the blood of patriotic ancestors, and his love of country made him a valiant promoter of all national honor and interest.

His religious convictions wore fixed and positive, and he was a pulpit orator of wide reputation.

He was, above all, a manly man, of kindly heart and generous impulses; one to be numbered with those rare souls through whom God bespeaks to His children His messages of duty and His encouragement in the paths of rectitude and righteousness.

He loved the true, the beautiful, and the good, and magnified his many offices by entering upon them with serious mien and art apprehension of their deeper language and their loftier significance.

From his earlier years ho found in the fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons a fellowship of kindred souls, and few are privileged to receive more of its honors than the brethren were pleased to lay at his feet.

For almost a half a century he gave unstintingly of his time and talents to the welfare of the various Masonic bodies and the interpretation and enforcement of the principles for which they stand.

The teachings of the craft appealed mightily to his cultured mind and his sense of moral responsibility and lie sought industriously to implant them in the lives of all with whom he came in contact.

He was a Past Master, a Past Thrice Illustrious and a Past Wise Master of the Chapter of the Scottish Rite, but it was as a chaplain that his influence was most widely exerted.

In this capacity he served Kilwinning Lodge of Lowell, Bethesda Lodge of Brighton, Waterville Lodge of Waterville, and Social Friends Lodge of Keene. Add to this in the Capitular Rite, Cheshire Royal Lodge and Ticonic Chapter.

He was also Grand Chaplain of the Grand Council of New Hampshire; Prelate of St. Omer's Commandery of Waterville; Grand Prior of the Supreme Council of the Northern Jurisdiction for twenty-five years, and Minister of State of this Council of Deliberation from 1885 to the time of his death.

And in all these stations his work was of a high and dignified and helpful order.

The memory of such a man is blessed, and the power of his personality and his expressed convictions can never die. Long after the earthly house in which the great soul was tenanted shall have dissolved and rejoined its kindred dust, they who were privileged to come within the circle of his influence will continue to transmit to others the uplift of spirit and the vision of duty which were generated by his lofty conception of our noble institution.

Here, within this hallowed temple, where so long and efficiently our brother labored, and where to the respect that he so fully merited was added the love born of long association and intimate companionship, we bow our heads at his going out, and share with his kindred and the thousands of his friends in the sorrow of parting, but the path he has taken is illumined by our Masonic tenets and we look forward to the reunion in the Celestial Council on high, where, we doubt not, he has been greeted with the plaudit:

“Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.”

“Oh. no! Thou didst not die!
Thou hast but lain the soul’s frail vesture by.
And soared to that pure height
Where day serene is followed by no night,
And where the discipline of mortal woe
No shadow over thee can ever throw.

"Thou art not dead! For death
Can only take away the mortal breath;
And life, commencing here,
Is but the prelude to its full career;
And Hope and Faith the blest assurance give —
‘We do not live to die! We die to live?’ "

"For the committee,
Arthur G. Pollard,
Frank K. Stearns,
R. Perry Bush, Committee.


No record; this information is clearly for the elder Robert Shankland, but his card indicates that he died 12/14/1857.

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XVII, No. 3, January 1858, Page 91:

Brother Moore, — Yesterday, acting under a Dispensation which the Grand Master was kind enough to grant for the purpose, Norfolk Union Lodge buried Brother Robert Shankland, with the Masonic honors. His age was twenty-eight years. Between forty and fifty Brethren, clothed with white aprons and gloves, appeared in the procession, viz. : — Twenty-five members of Norfolk Union Lodge, some twelve or fourteen from Rising Star Lodge, and six or seven from Paul Revere Lodge. Among the Brethren present, there were seven whose respective ages were more than three score years and ten — two more than four score, and only fifteen, out of forty-five, whose ages were less than fifty years ! — and these fifteen— all of them — have been made Masons within five years! The procession commanded the highest respect of the large concourse of persons present, as it was entitled to do. I do not ask whether it was the fifteen young men, or the thirty venerable Brethren with their grey hairs, who gave dignity to the occasion. It ought to have been neither, but the fact that three generations of respectable men, from twenty-two to eighty four years of age, in a snow storm, were not ashamed.

" To Aprons put on,
To make themselves one,
With a free and accepted Mason."

This it was that gave respectability and dignity to the solemn ceremonies. And I have spoken of the old and young in this connection from no disrespect to either. In Freemasonry all stand upon a common level. The old and young — religion, politics, country, profession — all, all are alike, — none has the preference over the other, — and any other principle avowed or acted upon, is, masonically, high treason. Still, I venerate old age ; and I am happy to say, that I never had, or for a moment entertained, any other sentiment than profound respect for the aged. On no subject am I more sensitive than when I hear the young speak with disrespect of their seniors, because of their frosted locks, — and this arises not from the fact that I am daily walking in that direction ; but the sentiment was instilled into me in my early infancy. I can't remember the time, so remote in the past, that I did not hold in profound veneration, the " old men" of the day. And how much reason have we, as Masons, to respect and venerate our older Brethren ! The character of our Institution to-day, as always, is estimated, outside of its walls at least, by the character of its " old men." They were our pillar of strength in the day of our greatest trial ; and had it not been for such venerable Brethren as Russell, Harris, Abbot, Soley, and others of like age and character, the condition of our Institution to-day might have presented a very different aspect fmm that in which we now behold it. But I did not intend to write an essay on old or young men, but simply to record the rare and gratifying fact, evidenced on the occasion of the funeral of our lamented Brother, that we have still living among us here, where anti-masonry run riot, so large a number of old and venerable Brethren, actively engaged in their Masonic duties.

Truly and fraternally yours, *.


From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. IX, No. 11, September 1850, Page351:

Died at Groton, July 21, 1850. Capt. Daniel Shattuck, aged 48. Brother Shattuck was made a Mason in the year 1825. During the anti-masonic excitement, which immediately succeeded that period, he remained a steadfast, consistent and faithful supporter of the Fraternity, of which he had become a member. As a Mason he was a strict adherent to the true principles of the Order, holding fast Brotherly-love, relief and truth, having faith in the prospect of a better life hereafter, a lively hope of its attainment, and exercising charity towards all mankind. He has been repeatedly elected by the Brotherhood to the highest office in their gift, and he was at the time of his decease Master of St. Paul's Lodge, at Groton. In this as well as in other offices, which he successively held, he was diligent in business, wise in command, able to instruct and diffuse light

In civil life Capt. Shattuck had the respect and confidence of his fellow- townsmen. He was often elected to the highest municipal offices, and in 1838 he was chosen a Representative in the General Court. He was frequently appointed to administer the estates of deceased persons, and guardian of the persons and property of orphans.

In emergencies, which required exertion, strength and promptitude, he was always an efficient operator. Deliberate in purpose, prompt in application, fearless of danger, his aid was ever present, where duty called.

In his social capacity he was no less the favorite of his .Companions, than in his civil, military, or Masonic character. Intelligence and cheerfulness distinguished his intercourse with his friends. To accommodate and oblige his neighbors, relieve the distressed and succor the needy, were his constant prac¬ tices. And finally, that, without which no human character is complete, may be truly said of him, he was "the noblest work of God," "an honest man."

SHATTUCK, ELMER E. 1861-1922

From New England Craftsman, Vol. XVIII, No. 2, November 1922, Page 53:

Elmer E. Shattuck, warden at the state prison at Charlestown, died Sunday, October 29, at the Boston Masonic Club, 448 Beacon Street, where he had bean stricken with cerebral hemorrhage about 9 o'clock, Saturday bight while delivering; an illustrated lecture Wo the members.

The funeral was conducted at 1 p. m., in the First Baptist Church, Austin and Lawrence Streets, Charlestown, the Rev. W. Bradley Whitney, Protestant chaplain at the state prison, officiating. Burial was at Lowell.

Many inmates of the state prison sent letters fand verbal messages to Mrs. Shattuck, expressing their sorrow at the death of her husband, whom they loved and respected for his kind treatment and trust. The prisoners agreed to subscribe 10 cents each to provide a floral tribute.

Elmer E. Shattuck was born in East Pepperel1. November 30, 1861, son of Henry D. and Mindwell G. (Lawrence) Shattuck, and was educated in the public schools there and at Lawrence Academy, Groton, and Phillips Academy, Andover. He taught school for two years and engaged for a short period in the express business. For nine years he was a member of the Concord board of selectmen.

Thirty-five years ago he entered ths penal department service, his first work being that of night watchman at the Concord reformatory. He won promotion to a minor office. After 29 years' service at Concord he was transferred to the prison camp and hospital at Rutland, where in 1916 he was appointed superintendent. He became warden of the Charlestown prison October 1, 1918, succeeding Warden Allen, who was retired on pension. Mr. Shattuck was a member of Corinthian lodge, A. F. & A. M., of Concord, He was also a member of the Middlesex Republican Club. About 25 years ago be married Miss Grace Young of Lowell, who survives him. He is also survived by a sister, Miss Ida Shattuck of East Pepperell.

William Hendry, acting warden, has been in the county and state prison service 29 years. For the seven and one-half years before assignment to Charlestown he was a deputy master at Deer Island. He has a wife and three grown children. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, Middlesex Republican Club and the Scot's Charitable Society.

SHAW, JOHN, JR. 1841-1907

From New England Craftsman, Vol. II, No. 9, June 1907, Page 351:’’

Brother John Shaw, one of the best known residents of Quincy, Mass.. died May 15 from a sudden attack of heart disease. Mr. Shaw was born in London, Eng., in 1841, but was educated here. He learned the watchmaker's trade and later went into the wholesale chemical and dye business. He was part owner of the old Bayside Chemical Works since 1870, the firm at present being John Shaw & Co. Mr. Shaw was a member of the first Quincy city council in 1889, was from the same year until 1892 Commodore of the Quincy Yacht Club: he was in 1892 alternate delegate to the Republican National convention and was later presidential elector on the Harrison-Reid ticket. Mr. Shaw was a member of the Home Market Club directorate. He was connected with Rural Lodge, St. Stephen's Chapter, South Shore Commandery, Aleppo Temple Mystic Shrine, the Massachusetts Club, Norfolk Club, Massachusetts Republican Club, Hull-Massachusetts Yacht Club, the Victorian Club and the Massachusetts Veteran Odd Fellows' Association.

SHAW, ROBERT G. d. 1853

From Proceedings, Page V-457; this text also appears in Moore's Freemason's Monthly Magazine, Vol. XII, No. 10, August 1853, p. 319:

Whereas the Grand Master has this evening announced to this Grand Lodge the death of Bro Robt G. Shaw, for a long time a most distinguished member of the Masonic family, it is most fit that some memorial of our loss and of our gratitude should be preserved.

Robt. G. Shaw early became a member of St, John's Lodge in Boston and was, for a long time, accustomed to attend its meetings and its duties. As he gained standing and influence in society at large, his services to the Masonic family were given rather without than within, its Lodges. His example of unquestioned integrity, unsullied honor, untiring industry, extensive and most judicious charity — each guided and applied to the most worthy objects, by the action of an acute intellect, and each consecrated to the glory of God, and the welfare of man, by high and pure Christian feeling — in themselves reflected back upon this society a strength and lustre beyond all value and price. We cannot but feel that he was an ornament and strength to us, of unspeakable importance.

In the hour of our great calamity, when we were nearly beaten to the dust by the prejudice and malice of our enemies, he performed for us a service which hardly any other man could have done; because in hardly any other man could we have placed such implicit confidence.

Now, when it has pleased God to take from us, in quick succession, Brethren like White and Dickson, and Shaw, we can still in this time of grief, look up with humble gratitude and thank him that the services of such men were given us for so long a period: — when assailed by unjust reproach, we can still point to the memories of such men as sufficient, and more than sufficient, to redeem and consecrate our principles. They knew the character of our fraternity, and were able to appreciate its teachings. They followed and were led by them in life, and are now, we humbly trust, withdrawn from the darkness of mortality into the lasting brightness of perfect light.

We, therefore, the members of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, acting in the name of the Masonic Family of the State, beg leave with the most profound gratitude for his services, to offer to the family of our late Bro. Robt. G. Shaw, our heartfelt condolence on their great Loss.





From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1934, Page 47:

On Sunday morning June the fourth Nineteen hundred and thirty-three, Ill. Bro. George Arms Sheldon died at his home in Greenfield, Massachusetts. His passing removed one of the outstanding figures in the business, Masonic and Community life of this entire section. He had grown up with Greenfield and played an important part in its development, enjoying the confidence and respect of all the people of the Community to which he had given so much.

Bro. George Arms Sheldon was born in Greenfield on the sixteenth day of July Eighteen Hundred and Seventy two, the son of John and Ellen Sheldon. His education was received in the public Schools of Greenfield, where he passed from primary to grammar and on to the Greenfield High School graduating in the class of Eighteen Hundred and Ninety one.Bro. Sheldon wanted a business career and soon after his graduation, he went to Worcester, Massachusetts, where he remained in the employ of Duncan and Goodell, Hardware Merchants, until Eighteen Hundred and Ninety six. In Worcester he became acquainted with and married Miss Jennie Edith Patch, who died in July, 1927.

Returning to Greenfield in Eighteen Hundred and Ninety Six Bro. Sheldon entered the hardware business of Sheldon and Newcomb, where he remained until Nineteen Hundred and Four at which time he purchased the coal business of R. H. Snow and Company, which he continued until his death. From the beginning of his business career Mr. Sheldon was successful owing to his unswayed determination to deal fairly with his fellow man, his rare judgment and his keen insight into human nature.

There was probably no person in Greenfield to whom more people went for counsel and advice, which was always given cheerfully and generously, His many deeds of charity were known to few people but his kindly nature and generosity responded to every worthy call and found in him an outstanding heart and a willingness to help.

For a great many years Bro. Sheldon was a Director, and since Nineteen Hundred and Twenty Six a Vice President of the Franklin County Trust Company, his sound judgment aiding materially in the steady growth of that bank. He was also a Trustee of the Greenfield Savings Bank and for the past twenty-five years Treasurer of the New England Coal Dealers' Association.

Bro. Sheldon, like his father and grandfather took a keen interest, in the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, holding the offices of Treasurer and Vice-President.

Under his able administration as second President of the Greenfield Chamber of Commerce, this organization proved an agency of great influence for the good and upbuilding of Greenfield. He was also the first President of the Greenfield branch of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and a trustee of the Franklin County Public Hospital.

Bro. Sheldon never sought public life although he served for a number of years as a member of the Town Finance Committee and as a trustee of the A. K. Warner Fund.

During the World War Bro. Sheldon was intensely interested in all the activities in behalf of the government and was chairman of the Franklin County Victory Loan drive in which he was very successful.

Few men in Franklin County have been more interested in the Masonic Fraternity: Bro. Sheldon was raised in Republican Lodge and subsequently joined all the upper bodies. He was one of the founders of Scottish Rite Masonry in the Valley of Greenfield and a Past Most Wise Master of Greenfield Chapter of Rose Croix. In Nineteen Hundred and Twenty Six he was rewarded for his earnest and conscientious service by having conferred upon him at Buffalo, New York, by the Supreme Council of Sovereign Grand Inspectors’ General, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, the Thirty-Third Degree.

In Nineteen Hundred and Twelve Bro. Sheldon was elected Commander of Connecticut Valley Commandery No. 23 and at his death was its Treasurer, having held that office for many years. He was also a Past Patron of Arcana Chapter, Order of Eastern Star, a member of Galilean Shrine of Greenfield and of Melha Temple, Order of Mystic Shrine of Springfield. Bro. Sheldon in addition, rendered valuable and untiring service for a long period of years as President of the Greenfield Masonic Hall Association.

While an outstanding figure in public life, George Arms Sheldon was a home loving and home abiding man and after enduring many tragedies caused by deaths in his immediate family, it seemed that new happiness was his when he married in Nineteen Hundred and Thirty Mrs. Agnes Patterson Sanderson. Bro. Sheldon provided generously for his family and this desire led him to brighten the homes of others less fortunate than himself.

Illustrious Brother Sheldon is survived by his widow Agnes Patterson Sheldon, his daughters Hazel Sheldon Nichols and Betsy Sanderson, two grandchildren, Mary Jean Nichols and George Sheldon Nichols, all Greenfield and his aunt Mrs. George Sheldon of Deerfield.

His passing leaves a vacancy ever to remain unfilled.

William W. Mathewson, 33°,
William J. Parsons, 32°,
Clarence H. Fisher, 32°, Committee




From Proceedings, Page 1941-166:

Right Worshipful Brother Sheldon was born in North Adams, January 7, 1869, and died at Framingham Hospital, Framingham, April 11, 1941.

His early life was spent in North Adams and in Bennington, Vermont. In 1888 he removed to West Somerville, and until his retirement in 1911, was engaged in the retail boot and shoe business, being with A. Shuman & Co. of Boston for the last twelve years. Upon his retirement, he removed to Hopkinton and remained there until his death.

He was raised in John Warren Lodge May 12, 1915, and served as Worshipful Master in 1926 and 1927. In 1938 he was elected an Honorary Member of North Star Lodge of Ashland. He served as District Deputy Grand Master of the (Natick) 23d District in 1934 and 1935, by appointment of Most Worshipful Curtis Chipman and Most Worshipful Claude L. Allen.

He was also a member of Mt. Lebanon Chapter, R.A.M., Milford Council, R.& S.M., Milford Commandery, K.T., and of the Scottish Rite Bodies of Boston. Brother Sheldon took an active interest in civic and church affairs in Hopkinton. He served on the Board of Selectmen, was a Trustee of the Public Library, a Trustee of the Savings Bank and was Chairman of the building committee for the Congregational Church completed late in 1940.

Both Freemasonry and the town of Hopkinton have lost a valued friend and worker. Of pleasing personality and sound judgment, his life should be an inspiration to those left behind to mourn his passing.





From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ, 1889, Page 49:

Charles Augustus Billings Shepard was born in Salem, Mass., Oct. 18, 1829. His father was Capt. Isaac B. Shepard, of Salem, a man whose life, mainly spent upon the ocean, was filled with wild and stormy experiences, stirring incidents, peril, and romance. His mother was Lydia Lakeman, of Ipswich, Mass., a woman of sterling qualities and exemplary character. He received his education in the grammar and high schools of his native city, and ranked with the brightest scholars with whom he was associated. To this, as a basis, was early added a knowledge of literature and authors such as was rare even under more favorable editions. Thus his school days were profitable to him to a degree not common, and his literary attainments afterwards became the astonishment of strangers and the never-failing delight and surprise of his friends.

At one time young Shepard, attracted by the romance of the sea, was seized with a natural desire to follow his father’s calling. This inclination was strenuously opposed by his parents, and in 1844, at the age of fifteen, he commenced his business career in the store of John P. Jewett, a bookseller in Salem. He remained with him eleven years. When, in 1846, Mr. Jewett removed to Boston, Mr. Shepard accompanied him, and by his untiring energy and close application to business won the name of the “hardest worker” in the trade. Eighteen hours a day for months together were cheer�fully given to the service of his employer, and the success of the house was in a large measure attributable to the sacrificing labor of the young employee. In 1852 “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” fell into Mr. Jewett’s lucky hands. Mr. Shepard often recalled the incidents associated with it. As everybody knows, the book bounced into success, — due as much to the shrewd advertising of the publisher as to the merits of the work itself. It redounds to the credit of Mr. Jewett that he never hesitated to acknowledge that whatever success he had as a Boston publisher was largely due to untiring clerk, who labored literally night and day to master every detail of the business.

In 1855, Mr. Shepard established the book-publishing house Shepard, Clark & Brown. It flourished until the financial panic of 1857 brought reverses, and its affairs were closed.

In 1862 the house of Lee & Shepard was established, and rapid growth and signal success were among the wonders of their book trade. Mr. Shepard carefully watched the details of business, attended to the extensive correspondence, finances, and whatever concerned the interests of the firm; and yet business never weighed so heavily as to prevent him from indulging in full and free expression of those social and literary characteristics which constituted the chief charm of his acquaintance. His work not only received constant aid from his early and native taste for reading, but the details of that work, otherwise dry and uninteresting, were always enlivened by epigrammatic utterations in prose or poetry from our best authors. An “order for books" would be rounded off with a couplet from Lowell, or a passage from Shakespeare or Milton. The details of “bills and payments" would be spiced with epigrams so apt that laughter mingled the discounts. This quality of his mind was so affluent and picturesque that it made him the leading character in every social gathering sought in every genial and true companionship, and welcomed every friendship equally in the sunshine and the shadow.

A friend writes of him as follows:

“Should you hear him quote Scripture, you would take him for a clergyman; or hear him recite sacred hymns, you would suppose that either Watts or Wesley had reappeared; to hear him quote from authors of early or modern times, you would think him to be the compiler of Familiar Quotations; should you hear him in conversation, you would find him to be a man of liberal education, and remarkably well informed on whatever topic was under consideration; to hear him talk political subjects, you would think him a party leader; to hear him talk on purely business matters, you would think he held the. 'trade' in the palm of his hand; to listen to him at table, you would suppose he had always been a famous diner-out; should you meet him in his counting-room, you would suppose that he never thought of aught else but dollars and cents: while to see him in the drawing-room, you would think that he and business were utter strangers.

“In politics, Bro. Shepard was a thorough radical; and, al�though following in no one’s footsteps, nor meekly subservient to the dictation of man or party, he sympathized more fully with the views held by the late Charles Sumner than with those of any other politician or statesman. He had the political history of the country and its public men by heart, and this knowledge he always put to practical and pertinent use.”

Bro. Shepard was married, July 6, 1863, to the daughter of the late W. W. Clapp, and sister of Col. W. W. Clapp, the enterprising publisher of the Boston Journal. She died about ten years ago.

He was made a Mason in St. John’s Lodge, Boston, in 1865, being received as an Entered Apprentice March 6 of that year, but never joined the membership of the body.

In February, 1866, he received the capitulary degrees in Mt. Vernon Chapter of Roxbury, and immediately became a member. On removing his residence from that city, he dimitted from the Chapter, and never again took Chapter membership.

The orders of Knighthood were conferred upon him in St. Bernard Commandery, but he never entered into any affiliation with them.

In the year 1866 he received the degrees of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite to the 32° inclusive, in the following bodies: Lafayette Lodge of Perfection, Giles Fonda Yates Council of Princes of Jerusalem, Gourgas Chapter of Rose Croix, and De Witt Clinton Consistory. He also affiliated with those bodies, and continued that membership in them respectively, or in the bodies that by the union succeeded them, until the day of his decease.

For two years and a part of a third, until its union with Mt. Olivet Chapter of Rose Croix, he was M. W. and P. M. of Gourgas Chapter.

This is all the Masonic office the engrossing demands of business permitted him to enjoy. But his official service is notice of his zeal in the cause, for in all that pertains to the Scottish Rite degrees, their work and prosperity, he was tenderly and actively alive.

He was elected a Sov. Gr. Inspector-General of the 33° and last degree, and honorary member of the Supreme Council, receiving that grade on the 16th of November, 1871.

His illness began about two years ago. The immediate cause of death was heart failure, brought on by dropsy. Throughout illness he showed fortitude and patience; and, although he clearly knew that there was no hope of recovery, his buoyant spirit mental brilliancy rarely failed him. The end came on Friday, 25, 1889, and Bro. Shepard was buried on the following Sunday from King’s Chapel. The several bodies of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite were represented at the obsequies by attendance and by floral tributes. Others, representing literature, trade, in which he was a leader, and hosts of sorrowing friends listened to the simple but impressive service of the Ancient Charges touchingly rendered by the Rev. Andrew P. Peabody, of Harvard University. Then “earth to earth,” amid the peaceful shades of Forest Hills. His traits of character were of a high Masonic character — honesty of purpose, integrity, love of truth, generous and kind for these we here express our admiration and respect. His bright mind and literary attainments have also made their impress. The great master in literature describes his like when he says,—

“He was a scholar, and a ripe and good one;
Exceeding wise, fair-spoken, and persuading;
And to those men that sought him, sweet as summer.”

Courteously submitted,
James A. Fox, 33°,
Albert C. Smith, 33°,
Thomas Waterman, 33°,



From Proceedings, Page 1914-147:

JUDGE EDGAR JAY SHERMAN was born in Weathersfield, Vt., Nov. 28, 1834, and died at his home in Windsor, Vt., June 9, 1914.

Brother Sherman was a descendant of Edmund Sherman who settled in Watertown in 1632. He was educated in the schools of his native town and at Wesleyan Seminary in Springfield, Vt. He taught schools in Springfield and also for four years at Harwich, Cape Cod. Though not a graduate of Dartmouth College - which he very much regretted - that institution conferred upon him the Honorary Degree of Master of Arts in 1884. He studied law in Lawrence, Mass., was admitted to the bar in 1858 and became clerk of the police court.

Brother Sherman enlisted as a private in the Civil War and was in the army under General Banks. He was promoted to be Captain and for gallant service was raised to the rank of Major.

After his return he served for three years in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, and later as Attorney-General of the Commonwealth. In 1887 he was appointed a Justice of the Superior Court, and occupied that position until Oct. 4, 1911, when he resigned. For forty-three yeam he was in various public offices.

Brother Sherman was not only equipped with a rare acquaintance with the Statutes, but was possessed of an unusual insight into human nature. He won permanent fame by his wisdom and courage, and by his knowledge and administration of law. He was highly respected and beloved by the bar which appeared before him. He leaves an untarnished record and the memory of a busy, useful and successful life.

Brother Sherman received the Masonic degrees in Grecian Lodge of Lawrence in 1860, but his active public life prevented his accepting official duties in the Lodge. Your Grand Master has been invited to be an honorary pallbearer at the funeral to-morrow.

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SHERMAN, JAMES T. 1849-1916

R.W. James T. Sherman, M.D. was born in Newport, R.I., in 1849, and died in Newport, R.I., June 6, 1916, while visiting a friend in that city. R.W. Brother Sherman was educated in the public school of his native city and was graduated from the New York Homœopathic College in 1869. A few years later he settled in Dorchester, associating himself with Dr. James Lee, on Adams Street, Meeting House Hill. For more than forty years he followed his profession in that locality.

R.W. Brother Sherman received the Masonic Degrees in Union Lodge, Dorchester, in 1880 and 1881 and became a member thereof February 8, 1881. He held various offices in the Lodge and served as Master in 1891. He was District Deputy Grand Master of the Fourth Masonic District in 1895 and 1896. He was also a member of Dorchester Royal Arch Chapter, Boston Council Royal and Select Masters, Boston Commandery, Knights Templars, and Massachusetts Consistory Sublime Princes of the Royal Secret. In 1896 he was one of the representatives of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, commissioned by M.W. Edwin B. Holmes, to participate in the solemn ceremonies of the consecration of the Freemasons' Palace in Budapest, Hungary.

R.W. Brother Sherman was a zealous Freemason, active and studious. He was greatly interested in the welfare of the Fraternity and was a firm friend of the Masonic Home. He is survived by a widow and two married daughters.

"One by one we miss the faces
Of the friends we once possessed;
One by one their names are graven,
'Ceased to labor!' 'Home!' 'At Rest!'"





From New England Craftsman, Vol. XV, No. 7, April 1920, Page 217:

Samuel D. Sherwood, of Springfield, died suddenly Wednesday afternoon, May 5, at the Springfield Hospital, where a minor operation had been performed. Brother Sherwood seemed on the road to recovery, but his heart failed.

He was born on Nov. 26, 1854, at Redding Ridge, Conn., and was educated there in the common schools, and was graduated from Wesleyan College in 1881. He went to Springfield in 1886 as principal of the Worthington Street School. After several years in that position, he went into the insurance business. He was Past Master of Roswell Lee Lodge of Masons, of the Morning Star Chapter, of the Springfield Council, and of the Springfield Command->ry. He was also Past Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and had attained the thirty-third degree. The thousands of craftsmen who had had the pleasure of knowing R. E. Brother Sherwood will miss him greatly, his courteous consideration for all with whom he came in contact endearing him to many.


From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1920, Page 35:

Samuel Dibble Sherwood was born in Redding Ridge, Fairfield County, Connecticut, November 20, 1853, died in Springfield, Massachusetts, May5, 1920, the son of Moses and Elizabeth Taylor (Dibble) Sherwood. His father was a farmer, a native of Redding Ridge, where he always lived and where he was honored with many local offices.

When sixteen years of age Brother Sherwood began teaching school, lie had attended the public and private schools of Redding Ridge and had taken a supplemental course at Redding Institute previous to this. He taught for six years, at the same time preparing himself for college.

In 1873 he entered Wesleyan University, at Middletown, Connecticut, and graduated with honors in the Class of ’81, being given the degree of Ph.B. On leaving the university he again took up teaching at Ansonia, Derby, and Irvington-on-thc-Hudson. In the latter place he was principal of the Union Free School for three years, resigning the position to accept the invitation of the Springfield, Massachusetts, School Board to become principal of the Worthington Street Graded School. He retained this position from September, 1880, to June, 1890, when he resigned to become general agent of the Hartford Life and Annuity Insurance Company. One or two years later he went into partnership with William A. Cone, under the firm name of Cone & Sherwood. This firm was successful and built up a large business in fire and liability insurance.

The agency became widely known for efficiency and integrity and with it the name of Samuel D. Sherwood stood as its living force.

Brother Sherwood had a keen interest in the welfare of his adopted city. In 1891 and 1892 he was elected to the Board of Aldermen. In the city government he served on the City Property and Educational Committees and was chairman of the Police Committee, doing good service in each position. In 189G he was a candidate for Mayor.

He was deeply interested in every project for the public good and gave much valuable time in personal solicitation to insure success.

Brother Sherwood's Masonic record was long and varied. For more than thirty years he had been active in its various branches. He was raised in Roswell Lee Lodge, F. & A. M., Springfield, Massachusetts, June 6, 1890; was Master of that Lodge in 1894; and in December, 1891, was appointed District Deputy Grand Master for the 'Sixteenth Masonic District. He was exalted in Morning Star Royal Arch Chapter, April 3, 1891. Received the Cryptic degrees in Springfield Council, Royal and Select Masters, October 25, 1893.

He was knighted in Springfield Commandery, Knights Templars, September 21, 1891, and was Commander in 1898 and 1899. In October, 1905, he was appointed Grand Warder of the Grand Commandery of Massachusetts and Rhode Island; later, serving through the line became, Grand Commander in October, 1916. In the Scottish Rite he was a member of the four bodies meeting in Springfield, his membership dating as follows: Evening Star Lodge of Perfection, February 27, 1896; was Thrice Potent Master, 1900-1903; Massasoit Council, Princes of Jerusalem, March 19, 1896; was Sovereign Prince, 1903 and 1904; Springfield Chapter of Rose Croix, April 9, 1896; was Most Wise Master 1904, 1905, 1906, and 1907.

He was a charter member of Connecticut Valley Consistory, having been created a Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret in Massachusetts Consistory April 28, 1905, and was made an Honorary Member of the Supreme Council September 19, 1911.

Brother Sherwood was married August 31, 1886, to Miss Ada Clarke, of New York City, who, together with his son and daughter, survives him. Brother Sherwood was a great lover of nature, of outdoor life, and particularly interested in the Springfield Fish and Game League, of which he was a long-time member and later president. He loved most of all to follow the courses of the sparkling trout streams which flow through the rugged hills and the deep-shaded valleys of New England. He was a man of high moral conception, with a deep-seated conviction of the saving power of the Christian Religion and made it his duty to render, daily, thanks to the Great Creator for his manifold blessings and to the Saviour of mankind for the great atonement. He was tolerant and broad-minded toward those who had taken another path from the one he had chosen to follow.

He had a rare faculty for friendship, easily made and long retained; he made hundreds both within and without, the Masonic Fraternity, He inspired confidence which creates true friendship and love. He loved to give pleasure to his friends, and those who knew him best will not soon forget those rare entertainments at “Conewood,” his country place at Monson, Massachusetts, where his rare qualities as host were best displayed. Of him it may be truly said "the world is better for his having lived in it,” and in his passing a large page will be torn from our book of friendship.

Edwin A. Blodgett, 33°
R. F. Warren, 33°
D. E. Miller, 32°


From Proceedings, Page 1939-70:

Edward Leroy Shinn was born in Lynn April 5, 1877, and died at the Cambridge Hospital February 4,1939.

Right Worshipful Brother Shinn was educated in the Lynn schools and at Lombard College, Galesburg, Illinois, from which he was graduated in 1896. He was Assistant Sales Manager for the New England Coal and Coke Company, having been connected with that concern for twenty-eight years. During the Spanish war he was a major in the ambulance corps.

Brother Shinn became a member of Hiram Lodge in 1919. He was a Charter member of Russell Lodge in 1924 and served it as Master in 1926-7. He served as District Deputy Grand Master for the Somerville Sixth Masonic District in 1929 and 1930, by appointment by Most Worshipful Herbert W. Dean. He was the Representative of the Grand Lodge of Rio de Janeiro at the time of his death.

Brother Shinn was always kindly and courteous and quietly efficient in all he undertook. In his death the Fraternity loses a much loved member whose loss will long be felt.

SHIPMAN, JOHN E. 1832-1913

From Proceedings, Page 1913-36:

JOHN EDWARD SHIPMAN was born in Chester, Conn., Dec. 17, 1832, and died at his residence in Springfield, Jan. 27, 1913. After attending the public schools of his native town, at the age of seventeen years he began an apprenticeship in the printing business at Hartford, Conn. He pursued this calling for fifty-six years. In 1849 the duty of an apprenticeship in a printing office was various and long. When Brother Shipman, at seventeen years of age, started to care for himself in Hartford, he was paid twenty-five dollars a year and his board and clothes. His day's work consisted of getting up with the sun; going to the office, sweeping out, and shoveling away the snow if there was any; then he went to breakfast. When this was over he would return to the shop and work an old-fashioned Ruggles press all day long. In those days, power to work the printing presses came from strong arms which turned the crank from hour to hour.

In 1862 he enlisted in the Sixteenth Regiment of Connecticut Volunteer Infantry and served till the close of the Rebellion, being mustered out July 1, 1865. In 1866 he found work with the firm of Miller, Allen & Twing, in Springfield, where he remained till 1871, when he went into business on his own account. He retired in May, 1909.

Brother Shipman received the Masonic Degrees in Roswell Lee Lodge of Springfield in 1866. He was its Worshipful Master in 1871 and 1872, and was District Deputy Grand Master of the Tenth Masonic District in 1875 and 1876. He was also Thrice Illustrious Master of Springfield Council in 1880, 1881, and 1882; was Prelate of Springfield Commandery, K.T., in 1881-1883 and 1887-1889; was Chaplain for several years of Roswell Lee Lodge and of Morning Star R.A. Chapter.

Brother Shipman, for forty years, was a zealous, efficient Freemason. December 17, 1907, on the evening of his seventy-fifth birthday, employers and employees visited him and presented him with a Masonic ring, in appreciation of his long devotion and love for the Masonic Fraternity. He was familiarly called by the Brethren in Springfield "Uncle John" - a phrase implying the intimacy which existed among them, and the appreciation of the Springfield Brethren of the pleasing disposition and Masonic fidelity of Brother Shipman.



From TROWEL, Fall 1985, Page 13

Eddie Shore: Left His Mark in Masonry, Ice Hockey
By Robert Johnston

Much has been written about our late Brother Eddie Shore, once regarded as the real terror of the National Hockey League who, while usually unyielding in motive and opinion, was nonetheless a man among men and charitable of heart and mind. He was a member of Indian Orchard Lodge and a Shriner affiliated with Melha Temple of Springfield. To that Temple he proved his charitable attitude.

When Melha Temple was suddenly confronted with extensive and costly repairs to its building, Bro. Eddie showed his sincere compassion for his fellow man. He voluntarily gave $10,000 toward the renovations and he did it without fanfare. Just as he had done in ice hockey, he let actions speak for themselves.

Any hockey fan over 40 years of age might be tempted to claim, "They don't make players like they did in the old days." Whoever coined that remark is correct. They don't, but it's because the styles of play change each decade and, naturally, the players adapt to those changes.

Like most Canadian kids, Shore learned to skate before he could walk. The kid from Saskatchewan toughened himself taming wild horses and herding cattle and by the time he had reached his teens he was a hard man, giving and taking the licks of life as they came, asking no quarter for his own bumps. Born in 1902, he came to the Boston Bruins in 1926, lifting that franchise out of the cellar of the team's division of the National Hockey League his first year. His Boston stay lasted until 1940 when he was traded to the old New York Americans. A half season there was enough for Shore and he hung up his skates.

The game has changed since the days of Shore; there was the Kraut Line of Bauer, Dumart, and Schmidt, followed by Jean Belliveau and Guy LaFleur of Montreal, and now Wayne Gretsky of Edmonton, But if you arose from your Boston Garden seat when Bobby Orr took the puck from his defensive end of the ice and skated through and around the opponents toward the goal, you got some glimpse of what Shore was like. The only difference was the style and the fact Shore always went through, not around, the opposing forces; he had 978 stitches to prove it. His nose was broken 14 times and his jaw broken or fractured five times. Until Doug Harvey entered the league with Montreal in 1954 Shore was the premier defenseman of the NHL.

A member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, Shore was chosen seven times to the All-Star Team; he won the Hart Trophy as MVP in 1935, 1936, and 1938; he led the league in 1927-28 with 133 penalties (an average of three per game). He brought to the NHL rinks a brand of rough-and-tumble hockey that has never been equaled. He antagonized players and fans and stirred more controversy than any other player with the possible exception of Maurice the Rocket Richard of Les Canadiens.

C.F. Adams was never noted for spending money recklessly, but one night Shore had received brutal punishment from the Big Three-S Line of the Montreal Maroons. Nels Steward, Babe Siebert, and Hooley Smith joined in the assault that broke Shore's nose, slashed his face, detached some teeth, and closed one eye. Shore kept playing! Later, in the Boston dressing room, Adams tucked a $500 check at his bruised warrior. "Here," he said, "use this for poultice for your face." Shore once missed a Boston train to Montreal. Snow and sleet prohibited charter of a plane, and an automobile and the chauffeur of a wealthy acquaintance were loaned to drive Shore northward. Despite being forced off the road many times and twice towed, they covered the 350 miles in less than 48 hours. Reaching the Forum without sleep, he scored Boston's only goal that defeated the Maroons, 1-0.

The Bruins won nine division titles while Shore played, bringing the Stanley Cup to Boston in 1929 and 1939. He later coached and leased the Springfield entry and Eastern States Coliseum for games of the American Hockey League. He was a tough taskmaster, often reprimanding a player whose legs may have been only nine inches apart rather than the required 11 inches. Whatever people say about Eddie Shore, you can believe it. He was one of a kind!

(Acknowledgement: R. W. Bob Johnston is a Past Junior Grand Warden and now a Grand Lecturer. On Feb. 19, 1945, he was one of 65,000 U.S. Marines who stormed ashore on Iwo Jima where almost 22 thousand Nipponese defenders gave their lives trying to stop them. He will author stories of other Mason-athletes in future issues of TROWEL.)


From Proceedings, Page 1913-38:

WOR. WINFIELD SCOTT SHRIGLEY was born in the State of Maryland, son of Enoch and Martha (Marlowe) Shrigley, and passed away on Feb. 3, 1913, at his residence, No. 432 Marlboro Street, Boston, in the sixty-fourth year of his age.

When a young man, having completed his studies of dentistry, he went to South America and at Valparaiso, Chile, he practiced his profession for thirty years. IIe retired in about the year 1902; came to Boston and made this city his home. In 1864 he served one hundred days in the Ohio National Guards, of Volunteer Infantry.

Dr. Shrigley received the degrees in Freemasonry in Aconcagua Lodge, of Valparaiso, the third degree being conferred, April 11, 1872. He was Master of that Lodge for several years. He received. the Capitular Degree in King Cyrus Royal Arch Chapter at Valparaiso, Chile, in 1874.

Having settled in Boston, he received the Orders of the Temple in DeMolay Commandery K.T., June 24, 1908. Brother Shrigley represented Bethesda Lodge, of Valparaiso, in the Grand Lodge, during his entire residence in Boston. He was greatly interested in our Lodges in Chile and held most intimate relations with R.W. Brother Urquhart, D.D. Grand Master. Brother Shrigley was a zealous and painstaking Freemason, and our Brethren in Chile have lost one of their most helpful companions.

Brother Shrigley is survived by his widow, two sons and a daughter. The eldest son, Alfred R. Shrigley, an attorney in Boston, is a member of the The Lodge of Eleusis.





From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ, 1875, Page 26:

Although nearly a year has elapsed since the death of our I Brother, his associates will recur to the event with a sorrow which is still fresh and poignant, and will find a melancholy pleasure in leaving upon the records of our Body a tender memorial of one whose unblemished life was a type of the purity inculcated by our Order, and whose career of usefulness had won for him the enduring respect and honor of the community in which he lived.

Nathaniel Bradstreet Shurtleff was born in Boston, June 29, 1810. His father, Dr. Benjamin Shurtleff, was a native of Carver, who early removed to Boston, where he gained an excellent standing in his profession, and an ample fortune. Both upon his father's and his mother’s side, the younger Shurtleff could trace back his lineage to the earliest settlers of Plymouth; counting among his ancestors, it said, five of the heads of families who came over in the Mayflower. Undoubtedly it was the knowledge of this fact, and the natural pride he felt in such an ancestry, which gave his mind its early bent to antiquarian studies, and especially to loving and laborious research into the annals of our early colonial history.

Receiving his early education, first in the public schools of the city and afterwards in the celebrated Round-hill School in Northampton, he entered Harvard College at the age of seventeen, and was graduated in 1831. After leaving college, he entered the Medical School, and in 1834 received the degree of M.D. He at once entered upon the practice of his profession, and gradually succeeded to a large part of his father’s business. He was married in 1836, and was the father of seven children, three of whom, a son and two daughters, survive him. His eldest son, Nathaniel B. Shurtleff, Jun., a captain in the Twelfth Regiment, Mass. Vols., was killed in the battle of Cedar Mountain, Aug. 9, 1862, at the age of twenty-four.

From his entrance upon manhood, and while in the early practice of his profession, Dr. Shurtleff devoted himself to those studies which afterwards gained for him so high a position among our local antiquarians and historians, and was laying the foundation of acquisitions in this kind of lore, remarkable for their extent as well as accuracy. He collected every kind of material that came to his hands bearing upon the events and traditions of the past, and from time to time gave to the public the result of such researches as brought fresh information to the curious, or threw new light upon some of the dark places of our history. It does not enter within the compass of this brief memorial to make a full statement of our departed Brother’s literary labors: they covered a wide range of topics, varying in interest and importance. Under resolves of the Massachusetts legislature, passed in 1852 and 1853, he was appointed to edit the Records of Massachusetts Bay, 1628-86, 6 vols., and the Records of New Plymouth, 8 vols. These difficult and responsible tasks he performed with characteristic fidelity, and the volumes form a permanent monument to his patient industry and scrupulous exactness. His most important work, A Historical and Topographical Description of Boston, is a mine of curious and valuable information; and, voluminous as are its details, it contains but a small portion of the material which its author had been accumulating in a long life of study and research.

These productions of his pen, numerous and varied as they are, represent but a portion of the work which he really performed. Besides his communications to societies, periodicals, and newspapers, he gave his time and imparted his stores of information freely to others. He would throw his own work aside to aid the inquirer; and strangers, who were pursuing his own line of historical or antiquarian research, might come to him, secure not only of obtaining information not easily derived from any other source, but of receiving hearty sympathy and encouragement in their work.

The continually-growing reputation of Dr. Shurtleff received almost innumerable tokens of recognition from literary, historical, and scientific societies. In many of these societies he took an active part, and was a most useful member and frequent contributor. Among others, he was a and for many years one of the council, of the American Antiquarian Society; a member, and at one time librarian, of the American Academy of Arts and Science; and an honorary member of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of London. On the establishment of the Public Library of the city of Boston, he was appointed by the City Government a trustee in May, 1862, and continued in that position for a period of sixteen years. It is to his suggestions as to the proper arrangement and regulation of the library that the public has been mainly indebted for the unexampled popularity and usefulness of that institution. He was also, from 1854 until his death, Secretary of the Board of Overseers of Harvard College; and, during that time, he never missed a meeting.

Dr. Shurtleff’s interest in the concerns of his native city, and own high character, had early brought him to the notice of his fellow citizens as a suitable candidate for Mayor; and it was the only public office for which he was ever an aspirant. He was accordingly elected to that position in 1867, and re-elected in the two following years. All who are acquainted with the manner in which he performed the duties of that important trust will bear witness to the integrity of his official life, the zeal with which he gave himself to the advancement of the interests of the city, and the rare tact and urbanity which marked his conduct as a magistrate. The record of his public career left no stain upon a private reputation always spotless; and no man ever retired from office . carrying with him a larger measure of the love and respect of his constituency.

After this necessarily cursory review of our lamented Brother's literary and public career, it is with pleasure that we recur to his connection with our Order, and his relations with its members. Here the finer qualities of his nature, his sweetness of temper, his sincerity and kindness of heart, found their natural field of exercise; and nowhere else did he attach to himself a wider circle of friends. He was initiated in St. Andrew’s Lodge Dec. 14, 1854, crafted Jan. 11, 1855, and raised Feb. 8, 1855, and became a member thereof June 28, 1855. He was exalted to the degree of Royal Arch Mason in St. Andrew’s Chapter June 6, 1855, and perfected his membership therein Dec. 5, 1855. He held no office in the Chapter, but was always interested, attentive, and useful when duty called. He was dubbed a Knight Templar in DeMolay Commandery Nov. 28, 1855, and took membership Jan. 23, 1856.

He received the degrees of our Rite 4° to 14° May 25, 15° to 26°, and 19° to 32° May 27, 1858, in Bodies working in the presence of the Boston Supreme Council; and was elevated to the thirty-third degree and Honorary Membership in the Supreme Council May 21, 1862. He was crowned an Active Member and elected Ill. Secretary-General May 17, 1865, in which office he served with great credit two years, acting also ex-officio Val. Grand Secretary, Keeper of the Seals of the Sov. Grand Consistory, 32°, appendant to the Supreme Council, 33°.

At the union of the two Supreme Councils, May 17, 1S67, he was elected Grand Keeper of the Archives, and served in that capacity six and one-half years, until Nov. 13, 1873.

He discharged his duties and offices as a member of our Order with [me zeal and thoroughness which' marked all his life-work. No duty, however humble in its nature, was performed indifferently or perfunctorily, so impressed was he with the importance and significance of every detail of Masonic work. His attachment to our Scottish Rite was conspicuous; and he spared no personal exertion to build it up and perfect it. Always punctual in his attendance upon our meetings, his genial smile and pleasant greeting, his unaffected interest in all that concerned the welfare of the Brethren, lent an added charm to our intercourse, and wrought in our hearts a deeper sensibility to the sacredness of the tie which binds us together in fraternal unity. It is upon such foundations that the pillars of our Order rest, — nobility of nature, breadth of human sympathy; and, in the loss of such members, something of power and vitality goes out of the Institution. May we, his survivors, mindful of our bereavement and of the greater weight of ability it has brought upon us, cultivate cultivate with more painful care values and Christian graces of character which made our departed Brother a support and an ornament to our beloved Order. The death of our Illustrious Brother occurred Oct. 17, 1874, in the sixty-fifth year of his age. A week before that event he was stricken with apoplexy, but recovered sufficiently in the interval to attend a meeting of the Overseers of Harvard University. Shortly after, the same symptoms manifested themselves; and he peacefully sank to rest, his last sufferings alleviated by the ministrations of his family and friends.

It has been a matter of regret with some of the friends of our Illustrious Brother that he had not concentrated his great powers of application upon a narrower range of pursuits, to the accomplishment of some great work. Doubtless, if his object had been fame, he could in that way have achieved a more durable reputation. But, with him, such good work as came nearest his hand found its own justification in the humanity and the wants of the times. His single aim was usefulness; and, by this unselfish direction of his labors, the world gained much more than he lost. The bright example which he left behind him of the practice of the civic virtues will be of priceless value to his countrymen in an age when the paths of a selfish and unscrupulous ambition are too often regarded as the only avenues to success. If our Illustrious Brother was ever disposed to regret the tenor of his well-spent life, he might have found consolation in the noble words of great poet: —

“Fame is no plant that grows on mortal soil,
Nor in the glittering foil
Set off to the world, nor in broad rumor lies,
But lives and spreads aloft by those pure eyes
And perfect witness of all-judging Jove:
As he pronounces lastly on each deed,
Of so much fame in Heaven expect thy meed."

Fraternally submitted,
Daniel W. Lawrence, 33°
Charles Kimball, 33°
Edward A. White, 33°

SILLOWAY, JACOB, JR. 1834-1890

From Liberal Freemason, Vol. XIV, No. 1, April 1890, Page 31:

Jacob Silloway was born December 25, 1834, and died at his long time residence in Canton, Mass., April 9, 1890. In his earlier life he was engaged in the drug trade, but went into army service, and did not re embark in it. He served in the Fifth New York Regiment during the late war, and was first lieutenant of his Company when mustered out, He began work for the Boston & Providence Railroad Company, at the close of the war, first at Providence, then as clerk in the freight department in Boston, from where he was promoted to the berth of depot master at Canton Junction, which place he has filled the past twenty-five years most acceptably to the Company, and its patrons as well. Major Silloway, as he was usually called, was proud of his army life, and had hosts of friends among the old comrades. He was a member of the Loyal Legion and of Post 94, G. A. R., of Canton.

He was also a member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company, and went to Europe with that organization two years ago, serving on the committee of arrangements. He had long been actively identified with Freemasonry; was a Past High Priest of Mt. Zion Chapter, in Stoughton; a Past Commander of Bristol Commandery, Knights Templars, in North Attleboro; was appointed Dist. Dep. Grand High Priest of the Third Capitular District, but the beginning of his failing health admonished him to resign, after holding the office a few months. He was a member of the A. and A. Rite, thirty-second degree; and held office for some years in Boston Lodge of Perfection. In the several circles in which he moved, few men will be missed more than he.


From Proceedings, Page 1947-249:

Brother Silva was born in Provincetown, Massachusetts, on August 24, 1872, and died at his home in that town on June 5, 1947. His active business life was in the fish and restaurant business in Provincetown.

He was raised in King Hiram's Lodge on April 14, 1913, and served that Lodge as Master in 1920 and 1921. He served as Junior Grand Steward in 1938, and as District Deputy Grand Master of the Provincetown 32nd District in 1944, by appointment of Most Worshipful Arthur W. Coolidge. Ill health prevented his service for a second year.

In the Capitular Rite he served as High Priest of Joseph Warren Chapter, R.A.M., and as District Deputy Grand High Priest for the 12th Capitular District.

Brother Silva was keenly interested in the Masonic Home and the comfort of the guests. His regular and frequent gift of a barrel of fresh fish was greatly anticipated and appreciated by them.

Until failure in health, John Silva took an active interest in anything Masonic, and his adherence to the principles of Freemasonry in his every day life could well be a pattern for all to follow. We shall all miss him and his generous, kindly spirit.




From ‘’’TROWEL’’’, Spring 1985, Page 29:

Distinguished Service Medal to R.W. Archie M. Simons

A distinguished Mason and an ardent worker for the Craft, R. W. Archie Merrill Simons was "pinned" with the Joseph Warren Distinguished Service Medal of the Grand Lodge by R.W. Harry W. Dill, Jr., D. D. G. M. for the Salem 8th Masonic District, in a ceremony conducted in Mount Carmel Lodge, Lynn, MA, on October 8, 1984.

At the same ceremony Wor. John G. McDougall, Master of the Lodge, affixed a Sixty-year membership pin to our honored Brother's lapel, and Wor. Lewis A. Collyer, Past Master, presented R. W. Archie a gift certificate on behalf of the members of the Lodge.

Previous to the presentation ceremonies, R. W. Thomas Todd, Jr., Chaplain of the Lodge, read a list of the Masonic accomplishments of a "very busy Mason indeed":

  • Was Raised in Mt. Carmel Lodge, A.F. & A.M., June 9, 1924, and served as Master in 1940-41. He served as Secretary of the Lodge for 21 years and was elected Secretary-Emeritus.
  • Is a Past Master of the 29th Lodge of Instruction.
  • Is a Past D. D. G. M. of the Salem 8th District.
  • Is a Past President of Mass. Masonic Secretary's Association.
  • Served as Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of MA in 1964-65-66, later serving as Grand Secretary until retiring as Grand Secretary-Emeritus.
  • He received the Benjamin Hurd Medal for Meritorious Service and the Paul Revere Medal for Distinguished Service.
  • Was presented the Joseph Conway Brown Medal for Distinguished Service by the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Nova Scotia in 1965.
  • Was elected Grand Recorder-Emeritus of the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of MA, after serving in that office for several years. H
  • He was presented the Blake-Bayley Medal for Distinguished Service and the Abraham Dame Medal for Meritorious Service by the Grand Council.
  • Is a Past Commander of Olivet Commandery No. 36, Knights Templar, Lynn, MA, and serves as a Trustee of the Permanent Fund.
  • Is a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies in the Valley of Boston, and was coroneted a 33rd Degree, Honorary, of the Supreme Council, Scottish Rite of Freemasonry for the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the U. S. A.
  • Is a Past Sovereign of Bay State Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine, Boston,

and a member of the Imperial Senate of Sovereigns, R. C. C.

  • Is a Past Recorder, Massachusetts Priory No. 52, Knights of the York Cross of Honour, and a Knight in the Grand Cross K. Y. C. H.
  • Is a past Very Eminent Preceptor of Damascus Tabernacle No. XXVI, Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests, and has been coroneted a Knight Commander of the Grand College of America, H. R. A. K. T. P.
  • Is a member of the Philalethes Society, is a Shriner of Aleppo Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S., Wilmington, MA.

He was married to Bernice Marian (Clay) for 57 years until she passed away in 1979. They were parents of 5 children, 14 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. R. W. Archie has been retired from General Electric Co. for many years and is a veteran of WWI, having served in the Canadian Army Corps.


From New England Craftsman, Vol. III, No. 12, September 1908, Page 477:

Brother Samuel M. Simpson, long a resident of Cambridge, Mass., died recently at the age of seventy-three. He was born in York, Maine. He was in the iron-working business. He was a member of Amicable Lodge and other fraternal societies.

SIZER, WILLIAM 1746-1826

SKINNER, HENRY C. 1824-1916

From Proceedings, Page 1916-16:

R.W. Henry C. Skinner was born in Plainfield, Vt., November 14, 1824, and died in Milford, January 10, 1916, aged 92 years. Old age is given as the cause of his death. At the age of twenty-two years he settled in Milford where he has since resided. He represented Milford in the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1872 and 1873, and was Chief of the Board of Fire Engineers in Milford for many years. He was very active in the affairs of the town.

Brother Skinner received the Masonic degrees in Montgomery Lodge, of Milford, in 1859 and became a member thereof August 16, 1859. He was its Master in 1862 and 1863; District Deputy Grand Master of District No. 4 in 1865 and 1866, and of District 12 in 1867 and 1868. He was a zealous Freemason for fifty-six years.

He was a member of Mt. Lebanon Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, of Milford, and was its Secretary for thirty-seven years. He was knighted in Milford Commandery, Knights Templars, December 18, 1862; was admitted to membership at the same conclave, and was elected an honorary life member February 26, 1912.


From Proceedings, Page 1885-72:

Charles Wesley Slack was born on Garland street, then known as Garland's lane, Boston, February 21, 1825, and was in the sixty-first year of his age at the time of his decease, which took place at his residence, on Columbus avenue, April 11, 1885, after a short illness.

He graduated from the Eliot School, and was the recipient of a Franklin medal. He then learned the typographic art with the Boston Journal. On leaving that office he engaged in the job-printing business, and subsequently served as editor and publisher of The Commonwealth, — a weekly newspaper, which, under his management, became a recognized power in all reform movements.

He was twice President of the Mechanic Apprentices' Library Association, and. his administration of the affairs of the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association was characterized by great ability. He was a lover of the fine arts, and early became a member of the Boston Art Club. In 1852 he served as assistant clerk of the Massachusetts Senate, and in 1855 he represented old Ward 11 in the Legislature, receiving an election as speaker pro tempore. He was again a member in 1861,. and in this year was appointed assistant cashier of the Boston Custom-House, holding the position for three years.

He was a member of the Board of Aldermen in 1866 and 1867, and was chairman of the Board during the latter year. In May, 1867, he succeeded Bro. Wm. H. McCartney, as collector of internal revenue for the third Massachusetts district. This office he held continuously to the time of his death, and his administration of its affairs was characterized by great ability, promptness, and zeal.

Bro. Slack was made a Mason in Massachusetts Lodge. He was initiated October 17, passed December 17, 1859, raised January 16, 1860, and admitted a member February 20, 1860. He was Senior Deacon of the Lodge in 1861, Junior Warden in 1862, and Senior Warden in 1863-64. In 1865-66 he served the Lodge as Master, and on May 25, 1877, he was made an Honorary Member.

In 1881 he was appointed Senior Grand Deacon of the Grand Lodge, and served during three years. In December, 1884, he was appointed Corresponding Grand Secretary, which position he held at the time of his death. He was a remarkably youthful man in his feelings - and appearance, — cordial, sympathetic, zealous, and partisan to the last degree ; one who upon entering a room made his presence felt, as a breezy, cheerful, genial man. His energies were freely expended in whatever came to his hand. He formed a part of the nucleus of the old Free-Soil party, the influence of which will be felt through all time.

No more fitting tribute to his memory could have been offered than the large audience, gathered from every walk in life, which attended his funeral services.

Respectfully submitted,,br> HERBERT L. BURRELL,

SLOCOMB, PLINY 1791-1891

From History of the Town of Sutton, 1878; Page 385:

"Pliny Slocomb was one of the assessors of this town. He was a Freemason, belonged to the Sutton Lyceum and was skillful in debate. He was an artist, an ornamental painter, and one of the fastest workmen to be found. His sleighs, chairs, cradles, settees, etc., were much sought after for their fanciful ornamentation. One of his sons too was an artist, and painted a panorama, with which he traveled. Mr. Slocomb gave some attention to fruit growing, and made choice wines, on which he realized handsome profits. His second wife survives him. Her mother, Mrs. Corson, is also living, and the oldest person in town, being nearly ninety-five, and quite active and intelligent."


From Proceedings, Page 1906-48:

W. James A. Small, Past Master of King Hiram's Lodge, of Provincetown, died at his home in that town April 24, 1906. He was District Deputy Grand Master of the Twenty-eighth Masonic District in the years 1896 and 1897, and was at the time of his death a member of this Grand Lodge, as proxy for his Lodge. He was a true Freemason, who tried to live daily in accordance with the letter and spirit of Freemasonry.

From New England Craftsman, Vol. I, No. 8, June 1906, Page 290:

Brother James Atkins Small died at his home, Provincetown, Mass, April 24.

Always prominent in the political affairs of Provincetown, Mr. Small served many terms upon the Board of Selectmen, and always took a part in the business and social affairs of his town, but perhaps he is better known about the Cape district through his being superintendent of the Province lands.

To preserve the shifting Cape sands and fertilize them with beach grass and shrub growth was one of Mr. Small's life motives, and his appointment to direct such a movement came upon the establishment of the office of superintendent by the Harbor and Land Commission several years ago.

The deceased was a prominent Odd Fellow and a high Mason, and was identified with several fraternal and Benevolent orders.


From New England Craftsman, Vol. II, No. 7, April 1907, Page 274:’’

Brother Albert G. Smalley died March 10, at his home in Chelsea, Mass., aged 55 years. Mr. Smalley was born in Belfast, Me., but came to Boston in 1870 and has been prominent in the glass trade, and at the time of his death was at the head of the firm of A. G. Smalley & Company, owners of patented fruit jars, milk jars and bottle glassware. He had been very successful in his business career.

Mr. Smalley was a 32d degree Mason, and locally was a member of Palestine Commandery K. T., and other fraternal and social organizations.

SMART, MARK J. 1815-1848

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. VII, No. 7, May 1848, p. 221:

  • MM before 1846

At a special meeting of the members of Pentucket Lodge, convened in Masons' Hall in Lowell, Mass., on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 27th, 1848, the following preamble and resolutions were unanimously adopted:

  • Whereas it hath pleased our Heavenly Father, the Supreme Architect of the Universe, to call from this earth to his celestial home above, our worthy Brother, Mask J. Smart, be it therefore
  • Resolved, That the members of Pentucket Lodge bear testimony to the great moral worth of their deceased Brother, whose unblemished life, as a man, a Mason and a Christian, richly entitles his memory to this respectful notice from us.
  • Resolved, That we deeply sympathize with oar departed Brother's afflicted widow and family in their bereavement, and sincerely offer to them the sympathies of those who were united with him, whom they have lost, in the in¬ dissoluble bonds of Masonic Brotherhood.
  • Resolved, That a copy of this preamble and the accompanying resolutions be furnished the afflicted family of our deceased Brother, and placed on the Records of our Lodge, and that they be published in the Freemasons' Magazine, at Boston.

Attest, Colburn Blood, Jr., Sec.




From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1922, Page 35:

Albert Calvin Smith passed away August 24, 1921, after many months of increasing physical disability.

The funeral services were held at the Union Congregational Church Friday, August 26th.

He was born in Boston, March 14, 1845. He attended the Brimmer School, and in 1862, when seventeen years of age, entered the employ of Gilman Brothers, the well-known firm of wholesale druggists. Ten years later he became a member of the firm of Smith, Doolittle & Smith, wholesale druggists, which for many years was located on Tremont Street, near or under the old Boston Museum.

In 1895 he retired from the drug business and became President of the Equitable Accident Company, which office he held during nearly all the remaining years of his life. He was at one time President of the Boston Druggists’ Association, also a member of the Middlesex Club and of the Mercantile Library Association.

He served the city as a member of the Common Council in the years 1892, 1893, and 1894, and the State as a member of the I louse of Representatives in 1895 and 1896.

He began his Masonic career in 1868, when he was raised a Master Mason in Joseph Warren Lodge. That same year he was exalted in St. John’s Royal Arch Chapter, of which Chapter he was High Priest in 1876 and 1877. He was Grand Scribe of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts in 1880; and Grand High Priest in 1882, 1883, and 1884. He was Knighted in William Parkman Commandery, No. 28, June 13, 1872, and was its Eminent Commander in 1883.

He received the fourteenth degree of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite in the Boston Lafayette Lodge of Perfection and was its Thrice Potent Master in 1880, 1881, 1882. He was also a member of the Giles F. Yates Council, Mount Olivet Chapter of Rose Croix, and Massachusetts Consistory, all of Boston. He was crowned Sovereign Grand Inspector General of the thirty-third and last degree, honorary, in the Supreme Council of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, September 23, 1884.

He was an ardent Mason and ceased his devotion to the Order only when compelled to do so by failing health. He had a genial personality. The esteem in which he was held by his brethren is evidenced by the many Masonic honors conferred upon him. For nearly half a century he was a conspicuous member of the Masonic fraternity, and now the places that once knew him know him no more forever.

“Each gracious thing in you we rail to mind;
We will not think of you as dead, but living,
Living forever in our love enshrined.”

Samuel F. Hubbard,
Eugene A. Holton,
David T. Montague


From Proceedings, Page 1944-24:

Brother Smith was born at Nantucket on August 23, 1873, and died at his residence in the same town on January 16, 1944, after a lingering illness.

After graduation at the local schools, he was employed in the Pacific National Bank for a short time, during his spare hours studying to become a plumber. He entered that trade as a partner in the firm of Deacon and Smith and later engaged in the business on his own account, until 1940.

He always took a keen interest in civic afflirs and served the town in many of its offices. For the three years prior to his death he was superintendent of water-works. From 1927 to 1935 he served as Postmaster.

He was raised in Union Lodge of Nantucket on October 19, 1908, and served as Master in 1913 and 1914. He was District Deputy Grand Master of the Thirty-first District in 1927 and 1928, by appointment of Most Worshipful Frank L. Simpson.

He was also a member of Sea Royal Arch Chapter and of the Knights Templar.

Masonic burial services were conducted in the Masonic Temple at Nantucket by Union Lodge on January 18, 1944.

A well beloved citizen and Mason has joined the Celestial Lodge above, but the influence of his life will be long felt in Nantucket.

"And once again
Passeth a soul from this our earthly ken,
Where deed remain 'till time shall be no more."



From TROWEL, Summer 1992, Page 14:

Who is that 95 year old Bro. Mason whom I heard talking in the Barber Shop about the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine? And who is the same young looking Mason whom I have seen tickling the ivories, without sheet music, at various Masonic Home activities? Who is the Masonic Brother who has written about events at the Home in the Masonic Home News? Who told this reporter about the first electric trolley operated in Boston? The answer to these questions is a 95 year old Master Mason named Bro. Carl Longfellow Smith, a member of Orient Lodge, Norwood since 1920 and since 1987. a resident of the Masonic Home.

Carl was born in Winchester, MA, on Jan. 5. 1897. He received his early education in Norwood, MA. Since he evidenced inborn talent for music, his family enrolled him at an early age in the Pianoforte School of Boston and also furnished him with private lessons on Pipe Organ at the New England Conservatory of Music.

After Carl's musical training, he was employed in the insurance business, and. in a way, insurance was his second occupation since he gave so much of his time to musical performances. For several years. Carl played organs for five Boston area Masonic Lodges: Constellation, Orient, Blue Hill, Rising Star and Hyde Park (organ music, of course, is an essential ingredient of effective Degree Work.)

In 1923 Carl married Margaret Henderson. After moving to Stoughton, he became a pianist for the Old Stoughton Musical Society and also worked as the Director for their musical concerts. Having nothing else to do. this versatile musician also employed himself as a pianist for the Stoughton Rotary Club. Toward the end of World War II, Carl became the Music Supervisor of the Foxboro and Wrentham Public Schools. Somehow, and he never knows just how, this many-sided music man became interested in steam rails and electric trolley lines.

Carl became a member of the National Railway Society to which he has belonged for the last 25 years. For many years, Bro. Smith has also been a special representative for the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine, the oldest and largest operating trolley museum in the USA.

The reader may now refer to our previous and earlier musings about Carl's sales techniques in the Masonic Home Barber Shop. At that time, the barber was contemplating a vacation in Maine; Carl strongly tried to convince the barber to visit the Seashore Trolley Museum on his vacation!

Before and after his admission to the Masonic Home, Carl formerly distributed travel brochures about the museum to restaurants, amusement parks, historical societies and the like, a task which he now continues in an informal way by conversations with employees and visitors of the Masonic Home.

We salute you, Bro. Carl Longfellow Smith, as a Mason, a citizen, a musician, an historian, and a great fellow with whom to converse at the Home. Visitors, who come to see Bro. Carl Smith in Room 37 in Juniper Hall, may always expect to be directed to the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport. Carl's enthusiasm for this project cannot be matched.

Bro. Carl Smith's life at the Masonic Home proves that old age is not a time to be feared. It is a time of pride. dignity, and a well-earned enjoyment of life. For Bro. Carl Smith, his life at the Home is stimulating and interesting to him as were his pre-Masonic Home years.


From TROWEL, Winter 1992, Page 10:

Brother Carl Longfellow Smith of Norwood and Stoughton, a rail historian, died Monday, August 17, 1992, in the Masonic Home in Charlton, Mass. where he had been living since 1987. He was 95.

Bro. Smith was born in Winchester, Mass. on January 5, 1987. He grew up in Norwood. Mass. Since Bro. Carl evidenced his inborn talent for music, his family enrolled him in the Pianoforte School of Boston and also furnished him with private pipe organ classes at New England Conservatory of Music.

Carl played organs for five Boston area Masonic Lodges: Constellation, Orient, Canton. Rising Star and Hyde Park.

After he moved to Stoughton in the 1920's, Bro. Carl organized a small orchestra. He later was an organist for the First Congregational Church in Stoughton. After World II, Carl became the music supervisor in the Foxboro and Wrentham schools.

Shortly after coming to Stoughton, Bro. Smith conceived an interest in trains and trolleys, and, in turn, he became an authority on the subject especially as they related to train travel on the South Shore.

Bro. Carl directed tours to the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport. and his former large historical collection of trains and trolleys is now a part of the museum and is a valuable resource for historians.

Before and after his admission to the Masonic Home, Carl distributed travel brochures about the Museum to restaurants, amusement parks, historical societies and the like. Bro. Carl was president of the Stoughton Historical Society, 1957-1965, and is credited with persuading the Society to have the Stoughton railroad station in the National Register of Historic Places.

Carl Smith was a member of Orient Lodge in Norwood. Mr. Smith leaves no close relatives.

His life at the Masonic Home proves that old age is not a time to be fearful. He frequently played the piano for Masonic Home activities. For Carl it has been a time of pride, dignity and a well-earned enjoyment of life. For Bro. Carl Smith, his life at the Home was stimulative and interesting to him as were his pre-Masonic years. We miss you, Carl.

A memorial Masonic burial service was held on August 20, 1992. Burial was in Norwood.

SMITH, FRED S. 1870-1932

From Proceedings, Page 1932-206:

Brother Smith was born in North Andover, May 6, 1870, and died there November 2, Bold text1932.

He was educated in the schools of his native town, Phillips Andover Academy, Harvard University, and the Harvard Medical School. He practiced medicine successfully for the rest of his life in the town of his birth. He served as a member of the North Andover School Board for over twenty-five years and was its chairman at the time of his death.

He became a member of Cochichewick Lodge in 1898 and served as its Master in 1905 and 1906. He was bistrict Deputy Grand Master for the Eleventh Masonic District in 1916 and 1917 by appointment of Most Worshipful Melvin M. Johnson and Most Worshipful Leon M. Abbott.

Brother Smith held a high place in his profession and in the esteem of his fellow townsmen, whom he seryed faithfully and well, and was a support and an ornament of our Fraternity. His passing is a loss to us all.


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

Brother Henry A. Smith of Stoneham, Mass., who died July 3d was a veteran of the Civil War. He was formerly a school teacher but gave it up to enter the insurance business. In addition to his Masonic association he was a member of several other orders and a member of the board of public works.

SMITH, HENRY P. 1866-1935

From Proceedings, Page 1935-17:

Right Worshipful Brother Smith was born in Marshfield December 29, 1866, and died in Wellesley January 7, l935.

Brother Smith was educated in the Marshfield schools. At an early age he entered the flour and grain business, and spent his whole active life in that occupation, rising to prominence in it. He was a past president of the Grain and Flour Exchange. He was prominent in the affairs of Wellesley, being a trustee of the Babson Institute, director and vice-president of the Wellesley Co-operative Bank, and active in the affairs of the First Congregational Church.

Brother Smith took his Masonic degrees in King David Lodge, of Taunton, in 1891. He dimitted in 1900. He became a Charter member of Wellesley Lodge in 1913 and served as its Master in 1915. He was Distict Deputy Grand Master for the Fifth Masonic District in 1924 and 1925 by appointment by Most Worshipful Dudley H. Ferrell. At the time of his death he was Junior Warden of Mount Olivet Chapter of Rose Croix.

Brother Smith's sudden death removes from our circle a loved and honored associate who is greatly missed.


From New England Craftsman, Vol. I, No. 3, December 1905, Page 104:

The Funeral of Brother Horace Lewis Smith, long known to theatre goers of Boston as Horace Lewis was held on Sunday Nov. 12th in Boston. Masonic rites were performed by St. Paul's Lodge of South Boston of which he was a member. He was also a member of St. Matthews R A. Chapter and a Knight Templar.

SMITH, ISAAC d. 1852

Note: Grand Lodge white card does not bear the date of degrees or age, and records the death date as 1851.

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XII, No. 4, February 1853, Page 125:

At a regular communication of Star in the East Lodge, of Free and Accepted Masons, held at Masonic Hall, New Bedford, Jan. 3d, A. L. 5853, the following resolutions were unanimously adopted:—

Whereas, it hath pleased Almighty God, in his wisdom, to remove by death our aged and beloved Br., Rev. Isaac Smith, therefore be it

Resolved, That this Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons deeply regret the loss they have sustained in the death of Father Smith, one who has long been associated in the work of Masonic benevolence and charity, and one from whose labors and example we can gather rich lessons of wisdom.

Resolved, That by the death of Br. Smith, we, as Masons, have lost an old and esteemed member; one with whom we have taken council together, always with great delight and instruction, and, "as members of this community, we have been called to lay in the grave an honest Christian and upright man.

Resolved, That we will, in memory and reverence of Br. Smith, wear the usual badges of mourning for thirty days.

Resolved, That the foregoing preamble and resolutions be entered on the records of this Lodge, and that the Secretary furnish the family of our deceased Brother with a copy. Also, that he forward a copy to Br. Chas. W. Moore, for publication in the Freemasons' Monthly Magazine. - Amos Chase, Jr., Sec.

SMITH, JAMES C. 1867-1937

From Proceedings, Page 1937-125:

Brother Smith was born in Beverly, March 11, 1867, and died in Leominster July 26, 1937.

Brother Smith's family removed to Malden when he was a small boy, but he went to Leominster at the age of fifteen and spent the remainder of his life there. Starting in life in the grocery business, he became later truant officer in the Leominster schools and afterward for twenty years military instructor.

In 1907 he entered the Leominster Post Office as a clerk and rose through the ranks to the position of Postmaster, which he held from 1926 to 1935.

He served in the Spanish-American War as a first lieutenant in the 6th Massachusetts Infantry, and was discharged from the militia in 1909 with the rank of lieutenant-colonel.

Brother Smith was Raised in Wilder Lodge June 30, 1891, and was its Master in 1899 and 1900, He was installed District Deputy Grand Master for the Fitchburg Thirteenth Masonic District December 27, 1936. He was a member of Leominster Royal Arch Chapter and Jerusalem Commandery, Knights Templar, of Fitchburg.

Right Worshipful Brother Smith's life was a very full and useful one. Serving in many places, he won commendation in all. His death makes a sad gap in our official family.


From Past Masters of the Masonic Lodges of Taunton, Mass., 1905:

Born in Taunton in 1759, the son of Capt. Job and Hannah (Barney) Smith. His father, familiarly called “Capt. Job," was one of the principal merchants of the town, his business being located at the “Neck-of-Land,” near the bridge. He was also the owner of a large tract of land on the east side of the bridge. He was prominent in the affairs of the town, and was representative to the State legislature in 1782-3-4-5, a selectman in the years 1789-90-91-92. John Wilson, the son, was a lawyer and settled his father’s estate in 1793. He married Susanna Tillinghast, the daughter of Nicholas Tillinghast, a noted citizen of that time. At the organization of King David Lodge, John Wilson Smith was elected Junior Warden, in 1799 Senior Warden, and in June 1800 Worshipful Master, serving one year. After the death of his wife in 1802 he moved to Cambridge, Mass., where he died April 23, 1806.



  • MM 1865, Altemont #26, Peterborough, NH
  • WM 1887-1889, Trinity

From Memoirs of Judiciary and the Bar, Vol. III, by Conrad Reno, 1901:

JONATHAN SMITH, of Clinton, Worcester County, Mass., is a son of John and Susan (Stearns) Smith, and was born October 21, 1842, on the old homestead of his great-grandfather, William Smith, in Peterboro, N. H. William Smith was one of the pioneers of Peterboro and a man of strong character and rugged intellect. He was a member of the first Provincial Congress of New Hampshire, which met at Exeter in 1775), and one of the patriotic men who pledged their private property to aid the Colonial cause.

Jonathan Smith, son of William, the pioneer, and grandfather of the present Jonathan, remained on the homestead and passed his active life as a farmer, dying at the age of eighty years. He also was a man of marked character, earnest and active in all affairs relating to the public good, and earned the highest confidence of the community. He was selectman many years, and long a deacon in the Unitarian church. A Federalist and later a Whig, he represented the town in the Legislature nine years. His son John was, like himself, a farmer who lived on the homestead until his death at the age of seventy-eight years. His wife was Susan, daughter of John Stearns, and was born at Waltham, Mass. She lived to the age of sixty years. John Smith reflected credit upon his ancestry in all the walks of life; he was selectman a number of years, was a representative to the General Court, and for forty years served as deacon in the Unitarian church. Of the six children of John and Susan Smith, four are living: John, Jonathan, Caroline and Jeremiah.

Jonathan Smith remained at the family home in Peterboro until he was eighteen years of age, when he went to Keene, N. H., to learn the printing trade. In the summer of the same year (1861), when the first guns of the Civil war were still echoing in the South, he enlisted in the 6th New Hampshire Infantry, went to the front and loyally served his country until in 1863, when he was discharged on account of disability caused by sickness. In the following year he re-enlisted in the 1st New Hampshire Cavalry in which he served to the close of the war.

Returning home Mr. Smith determined to obtain further education and entered the NewHampton Institution, where he prepared for college. He was graduated from Dartmouth in 1871, following which he taught for a time in the Lancaster Academy and subsequently edited the Coos Republican. Resolved to adopt the profession of law, he began study in Manchester, and in 1875 was admitted to the bar. He practiced in that place until 1878, when he removed to Clinton, where he is now the oldest practicing lawyer.

Mr. Smith was married December 13, 1876, to Tirzah, daughter of Levi and Hannah (Drake) Dow, a native of New Hampton, N. II. She died in 1881, leaving one daughter, Susan D. He married, second, in 1886, Elizabeth C. Stearns.

In his profession Mr. Smith has achieved a large measure of success and has been called by his fellow-citizens to fill responsible positions. He served three years as city solicitor in Manchester and occupied the same office two years in Clinton. In 1882 he was appointed special justice of the Second District Court, which office he still holds. He is a consistent and loyal Republican and has ever been willing as a ready speaker and a fluent writer to uphold his political principles. In 1886 he was elected to the State Legislature in which he served one term. He wrote and published a valuable history of the old Trinity Lodge of Masons, in Clinton, which was organized in 1778 and became extinct in 1832. He wrote, also, a series of biographical sketches of the members of G. A. R. Post No. 64, in Clinton, of which he is adjutant, and has other historical publications in view. He has written and delivered a number of orations on public occasions, which have always been listened to with pleasure. Mr. Smith stands high in the Masonic order, having been past master of Trinity Lodge, past high priest of Clinton Chapter, past grand king of the Grand Chapter of Massachusetts, and president of the Twenty-five Associates.

He has been a member of the Clinton Historical Society since it was founded and is president of the Unitarian Society. He has been for many years president of the Worcester Conference of the Unitarian churches.

The personal character of Mr. Smith is marked by a high sense of professional and business honor and integrity, purity in public and domestic life, and unfailing courtesy towards his fellows. He possesses a large fund of general information and is thoroughly equipped professionally.



From the biography on

Joshua Bowen Smith, caterer, abolitionist, and state senator, was born in Coatesville, Pennsylvania in 1813. Details regarding his childhood remain obscure. However, it is known that he was educated in the public school system of Pennsylvania with the assistance of a wealthy Quaker.

In 1836 Smith traveled to Boston and worked as a headwaiter at the Mount Washington House. After catering for prominent black Boston abolitionist families for several years he started his own catering establishment. Over the 25 years that followed he accumulated considerable wealth catering for numerous Boston abolitionist organizations and Union soldiers during the Civil War. In the process he was introduced to and befriended many notable abolitionists, including William Lloyd Garrison, George Luther Stearns, Robert Gould Shaw, Theodore Parker, and Charles Sumner.

Throughout his life Smith fought vigorously for the abolitionist cause. Along with Lewis Hayden he publicly denounced the 1850 Fugitive Slave Act, which made it a federal crime to assist run-away slaves or impede the process of their re-apprehension. Furthermore he aided fugitive slaves by employing them as caterers in his business. Among those he assisted were the famous couple, Ellen and William Craft. Additionally, through entertainments at Harvard College he amassed large sums, which enabled him to extravagantly cater for a host of anti-slavery events. A few of these events include meetings of the Massachusetts Female Anti-Slavery Society, the Twentieth Anniversary of the Liberator, (January 24, 1851) and the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation (September 22, 1862 and January 1, 1863).

Toward the end of his catering career Smith encountered financial hardship and eventual bankruptcy. On July 26, 1861 Smith presented a bill of $40,378 to Governor John Andrew for services rendered over a ninety-three day period to the 12th Massachusetts Regiment of Volunteers. Governor Andrew however, refused to pay the bill, stating that the state legislature had failed to appropriate the funds with which he could legally pay it. Curiously, all other catering bills were paid for by Governor Andrew in advance of later reimbursement by the state legislature.

Although Smith eventually did receive a nominal portion of his fee, he filed suit on May 24, 1879 against the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for the unpaid balance of $16,617.20. However, his unsuccessful suit only served to mount up additional debt through legal expenses.

Smith participated in numerous social and political activities over the course of his life, including representing Cambridge in the state legislature from 1873 to 1874. During his time in the legislature he served as the chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations. Additionally, Smith was the first African American member (October, 1867) of the Saint Andrew’s Lodge of Freemasons of Massachusetts, where he served as the junior warden of the Adelphi Lodge of South Boston.

Joshua Bowen Smith died on July 5, 1879 in Boston, Massachusetts following a prolonged illness.



From TROWEL, Spring 2008, Page 6:

Grand Treasurer. The Grand Treasurer brings a wealth of relevant knowledge and experience to his position, which will greatly benefit Grand Lodge and its constituent lodges. Born in New York City in 1947, Rt. Wor. Lawrence John Smith Jr. joined St. John’s Lodge, Boston, in 1990 and served as its Worshipful Master in 1999 and 2000.

After leaving the East, he became active in Grand Lodge. Brother Smith attended the Masonic Leadership Institute, where he served as Lead Advisor and instructor, and has served Grand Lodge as Junior Grand Deacon (2001), District Deputy Grand Master (2005 and 2006), and as a member of the Masonic Education and Charity Trust since 2001. And he has chaired the Membership Committee initiative to attract to Freemasonry those college students who are interested in pursuing their greatness, both morally as well as intellectually.

A graduate of Notre Dame and Harvard Business School, Rt. Wor. Brother Smith is a lecturer at Babson College, providing academic and field-based business education to prospective entrepreneurs in the award-winning flagship undergraduate Foundations in Management and Entrepreneurship program, while also serving as President of The TM Group, which advises middle market and emerging growth companies. He has also served as President of Massachusetts Growth Ventures, LP and as CFO of the Massachusetts Industrial Finance Agency.

Bro. Smith had the pleasure of raising his son, L.J., as a Master Mason in St. John’s Lodge, where both of the Grand Treasurer’s brothers were raised. His daughter Karyn is Director of Programming for Fox TV Studios in Los Angeles. He and his wife Ernestine reside in Milton.


From New England Craftsman, Vol. XVIII, No. 3, December 1922, Page 85:

Myron Emery Smith, one of the best-known members of the Masonic fraternity in the state, died December 12 at the Homeopathic Hospital, Boston. He lived at 176 Washington Street, Lynn. Bro. Smith was a native of Concord, but made Lynn his home for many years. He was formerly in the livery business in this city, but retired some years ago. Myron Smith was a member of the Scottish bodies in the Masonic Temple, St. Paul's Chapter and Boston Council, all of the Scottish and York Rite bodies, and Aleppo Temple of the Shrine, where he was registrar of candidate. He was a member of Damascus Lodge of Lynn, be missed by a large circle of friends who esteemed him for his qualities as a friend loyal to all that was best in Masonry.

SMITH, RICHARD W. 1846-1920

From New England Craftsman, Vol. XV, No. 6, Msrch 1920, Page 190:

Richard W. Smith, Past Commander of St. Bernard Commandery No. 12, died at his home in Boston, March 5 of pneumonia. Bro. Smith was also a member of all the Scottish Rite bodies of Boston and was held in the highest esteem by a very large circle of Masonic friends. His funeral, which was largely attended, was held at the Church of the New Jerusalem (Swedenborgian), Bowdoin Street, Sunday, March 7th.

SMITH, ROLFE W. 1879-1931

From Proceedings, Page 1931-23:

R.W. Brother Smith was born in Leominster January 9, 1879, and died there February 13, 1931. He was educated in the Leominster High School and Dartmouth College from which he was graduated in 1901. Returning to Leominster, he beeame associated with his father in the business of the Richardson Piano Case Co., succeeding his father as Treasruer on his father's death. He became one of the most successful business men in that part of the state, holding many important positions as President or Director of business and financial corporations.

Brother Smith was Raised in Wilder Lodge May 6, 1902 and was elected Junior Warden in 1903, Senior Warden in 1904, and Master in 1905, a very unusual advancement for one so new to the Craft. He was District Deputy Grand Master for the Thirteenth Masonic District in 1921 and 1922 by appointment of M.W. Arthur D. Prince. He was a member of Leominster R. A. Chapter and of Jerusalem Commandery of Fitchburg.

Brother Smith was a man of the highest type as a man and a Mason. His loss is a severe blow to the Fraternity and to the community.

SMITH, SAMUEL 1784-1848

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. VII, No. 5, March 1848, Page 136:

Died, in Pepperell, Mass., Jan. 6th, 1848, Br. Samuel Smith, aged 64 years, a worthy member of St. Paul's Lodge, Groton. Br. Smith had seen a great deal of trial in this world. A number of times he had been burned out, but never cast down. He was an enterprising man, and a distinguished soldier of the Westford and Littleton Rifle Company, in the years of 1814, '15, &c. Soon do the moments of our being wing away the brief season of life. The ashes of a worthy Brother Mason will rest in the narrow house, till the Grand Master shall order them changed to proclaim that "time shall be no longer."



From Proceedings, Page 1947-248:

Brother Smith was born in Topsham, Maine, on March 14, 1872, and died suddenly at his home in Beverly, Massachusetts, on June 5, 1947.

At the age of around twenty, he entered the employ of the Boston & Maine Railroad, retiring in 1944 after serving over fifty years as Paymaster.

He was raised in Essex Lodge of Salem on November 6, 1894, and dimitted on May 1, 1900. He affiliated with Liberty Lodge of Beverly on June 25, 1900, and served as Master in 1906 and 1907. He was an Honorary Member of Constitutional Lodge of Beverly, England, and of Alexandria-Washington Lodge of Alexandria, Virginia, two Lodges that annually exchanged greetings with Liberty Lodge on Washington's Birthday.

In the Grand Lodge he served as Senior Grand Steward in 1909 and 1910, and as District Deputy Grand Master of the Ninth Masonic District in 1913 and 1914, by appointment of Most Worshipful Everett C. Benton and Most Worshipful Melvin M. Johnson. He received the Veteran's Medal awarded by Grand Lodge in 1944.

Brother Smith was also a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies in Salem, and of Massachusetts Consistory.

In the passing of Walter Smith, Masonry in Massachusetts, and particularly in the Ninth Masonic District, has lost one of its most ardent and active workers. No call for service was ever neglected.

Funeral services were held at the Lee & Moody Funeral Home in Beverly on Sunday, June 8, 1947, and the very large attendance of friends and Brothers spoke well of the high esteem in which he was held.

SMITH, WILLIAM A. 1824-1913




From Proceedings, Page 1913-212:

W. BRO. WILLIAM A. SMITH was born in Leicester, March 2, 1824, and died in his home at Worcester, Sept. 25, 1913, aged eighty-nine years and six months. He was a graduate of Harvard, in the class of 1843; Clerk of the first Common Council in Worcester, and the first Master of Montacute Lodge.

Brother Smith received his early education in Leicester Academy, Leicester, Derby Academy, Hingham, and in Harvard College. He studied law with Gov. Emory Washburn, was admitted to the bar, and in 1848 took a position in the office of the Clerk of the Courts for Worcester County. In 1865 he resigned, and from 1866 to 1869 was engaged in manufacturing business. In 1869 he became an agent for the Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company.

Brother Smith was District Deputy Grand Master of the Eleventh Masonic District in 1875, and was Past Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of Massachusetts. He received the Thirty-third Degree in Nashua, N. H., in 1864.


From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ, 1914, Page 65:

Bro. William Addison Smith, 33°, was born in Leicester, Mass., March 2, 1824, and died in Worcester, Mass., September 25, 1913, in the ninetieth year of his age. He was the son of John A. and Sarah Sargent Smith. On his mother’s side in the seventh generation lie was descended from William Sargent, who came to Malden in 163S. He was also a direct descendant of John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley, who came over in the Mayflower and were married in Plymouth.

Educated in Leicester Academy and Derby Academy, he entered Harvard College and graduated in 1843. At the time of his death he was the oldest living graduate of this famous institution.

He studied and practised law until 184S; was Assistant Clerk of Courts for Worcester County from 1S48 until 1S65; engaged in manufacturing from this time until 1S69; in 1870 he was made Clerk of Worcester County Mechanics Association. This latter position he filled for over forty years, in thirty-seven of which he attended all but three meetings. He was reasonably proud of this record, made while he suffered considerable pain and knew scarcely a day free from it.

Brother Smith was clerk of the first common council, in Worcester in 1848, and sole survivor at the time of his death of the first city government. He was clerk of the common council for thirteen years, retiring in 1861; he was a director of the free public library of Worcester for eight years and was clerk of the board for many years; he served on the school committee; was for many years a justice of the peace, and served as bail commissioner; lie was a lieutenant in the Worcester City Guards; he was a member of the American Antiquarian Society and of the Worcester Society of Antiquity.

Brother Smith was actively connected with Grace Methodist Episcopal Church for many years, his attendance ending but a few weeks previous to his death.

Brother Smith was married in 1849. His wife died several years ago, but he was survived by two sons.

Brother Smith was made a Mason in Morning Star Lodge, in Worcester, November 4, 1856. He became a charter member of Montacute Lodge, which he served as its first master in 1858, 1S59, and 1S60. He was Thrice Illustrious Master of Hiram Council, Royal and Select Masters, and in 1867 was Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Council of Massachusetts. He was knighted in Worcester County Commandery, February 5, 1857, and was later elected its Eminent Commander, but declined to serve.

Such a civic and Masonic career naturally marked him for further honors, and he was made an honorary member of the Supreme Council, December 20, 1804. At the time of his death there was but one member of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction whose membership antedated that of Brother Smith. Our Brother's interest in the institution lasted to the end; his last appearance being at the laying of the corner stone of the new Masonic Temple in Worcester but two weeks before his death.

Thus passed the life of one of our number who was loved and respected by all who knew him, and who merited every honor bestowed on him by his fellow citizens or brethren in the Fraternity.

Edward M. Woodward, 33°
Charles E. Davis, 33°
Forrest E. Barker, 33°


From Proceedings, Page 1890-13:

WILLIAM HENRY LELAND SMITH was born in Lowell, Vt., Nov. 16, 1824. He worked his way through the common schools, and then entered Dartmouth College, where, in 1845, he received the degree of A.B. He studied law at the Dane Law School of Harvard University, where, in 1848, he received the degree of LL.B.

His Masonic career began in 1850, and on June 10 he was admitted to Mount Lebanon Lodge, of Boston. He was Senior Warden in 1850-51, Worshipful Master from 1852 to 1855 inclusive, and Treasurer from 1856 to 1861. He was exalted in St. Paul's Chapter, of Boston, Sept. 13, 1850; was its High Priest in 1856-57, and Secretary, 1858-59. He was knighted in Boston Commandery, K.T., May 17, 1854, and was for some time its Recorder. In 1888 he was District Deputy Grand Master of the First District. He held the office of Grand King of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts in 1858, and was Grand Recorder of the Grand Commandery in 1858, 59, 60.

About 1858, he associated with Samuel Downer in making oil from the Albert coal by distillation. In May, 1862, he went to Corry, Penn., where the celebrated Downer Oil Works were located, and remained there managing that vast enterprise for six years. Corry, from a population of a few hundreds, when he went there, grew to be a city in 1866, and he was elected its first mayor. In 1868 he returned to Boston, and was Treasurer and Director of the Downer Oil Company. He was a man of great executive ability, upright and honest. He began life very poor, but by industry acquired a considerable fortune.

He died Dec. 29, 1889, at his residence in Harrison square, Dorchester, and was buried with Masonic honors by Boston Commandery. He was a devoted and loyal Mason, a good Brother, and those who knew him best can attest that he was a true friend.

From Liberal Freemason, Vol. XIII, No. 10, January 1890, Page 318:

William Henry Leland Smith, well-known in the Masonic and yachting circles of Boston, as well as in the business world, recently died at his home in Dorchester, after an illness of three months. He was the Treasurer and afterward Director of the Downer Kerosene Oil Company. Born in Lowell, Vt., November 16, 1824, at an early age he was taken to Lowell, Mass., where he received his preliminary education. He then entered Dartmouth College, there graduated in 1845, and then attended the Harvard Law School, received his degree of LL.B., in 1848.

He at once began the practice of law in this city and here remained except for a brief interval. During that interval, in 1866 or 1867 he became the first Mayor of the City of Corry, Penn. In Boston, Mr. Smith has been Trustee of the Dorchester Yacht Club, and at the time of his death was Commodore of the Boston Yacht Club. He was Past Master of Mt. Lebanon Lodge A. F. and A. M., having been a member of that body since 1850. Past H. P. of St. Paul's R. A. Chapter, member of Boston Commandery, K. T., of which body he was once Recorder. He was one of the California Pilgrims of the latter body. He was Grand King of the Grand R. A. Chapter of Massachusetts in 1858, and Grand Recorder of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templars in 1858, 1859, and i860. The funeral was held under the auspices of Boston Commandery, Knights Templars, the officers of which performed the Knights Templars service. He had been a member of the Commandery since May 17, 1854. Brother Smith was also a member of the Worshipful Past Masters. Association in Boston, and was much interested in the meetings.


From New England Craftsman, Vol. IX, No. 6, March 1914, Page 205:

Edwin R. Smyth, a well-known and much respected Mason, died January 17. He was born at Provincetown, Mass., in 1835, but has lived in East Boston for more than 50 years. He was for quite a period employed as sub-agent by the Massachusetts Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children; previous to that with the Board of Health.

At the time of the great fire in Boston he was a member of the Police Department. He retired from active business six years ago. He was much interested in Masonry and 31 years marshal of Ham-matt Lodge, holding the office at the time of his death. He was a member of St. Paul's R. A. Chapter, Boston Commandery K. T., Massachusetts Consistory, Scottish Rite; and outside of Freemasonry, of Aleppo Temple, Mystic Shrine, the Eastern Star and of the Order of Odd Fellows. His funeral was held in Masonic Temple, East Boston.

Rev. R. Perry Bush, D.D. and Rev. T. J. Farme conducted the funeral exercises, which were followed by the Templar burial service by Boston Commandery, Frederic C. Graves, eminent commander. Music was furnished by the Schubert Quartet.

The bearers were Wor. Bro. Smith, Past Master of Hammatt Lodge; Almon B. Cilley, of Massachusetts Consistory; Moses Plummer, of St. Paul's R. A. Chapter, and George A. Shackford, of Aleppo Temple, Mystic Shrine.


From Proceedings, Page 1946-254:

Brother Snow was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on August 29, 1886, and died at the Cape Cod Hospital, Hyannis, on October 3, 1946.

After graduation from the public schools of Cambridge, he removed to Hyannis at the age of twenty and entered the employ of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad. He served the Company as Station Agent at many points on Cape Cod and was holding that position in Wellfleet at the time of his death.

He was raised in Adams Lodge of Wellfleet on May 3, 1911, and served as Worshipful Master in 1921 and 1922 and as Secretary for the years 1938-1944 inclusive. In Grand Lodge he served as District Deputy Grand Master for the Provincetown 32nd District in 1932 and 1933, by appointment of Most Worshipful Curtis Chipman.

In addition to his Blue Lodge membership, Brother Snow was a member of Joseph Warren Royal Arch Chapter of Provincetown, and of Lafayette Lodge of Perfection, Scottish Rite, in Boston.

In church and civic life, he was an interested and active worker, serving as a Deacon of the First Congregational Church of Wellfeet, and as a member of the Board of Registrars of that Town.

The death of Henry Snow removed one of the most active workers in Freemasonry on Cape Cod, and he will be greatly missed by his host of friends.


From New England Craftsman, Vol. III, No. 10, July 1908, Page 361:

Brother Lemuel Harlow Snow, a well known official of the city of Somerville, Mass., died May Gth. Brother Snow was horn in Eastham, Mass., July 5, 1833. He moved to Somerville with his parents sixty years ago. His last position was that of truant officer, which he has held by reelection since 1886. He was a member of John Abbot Lodge, and other fraternal societies.

SOULE, CHARLES S. 1858-1936

From Proceedings, Page 1936-103:

Brother Soule was born in Rockland May 3, 1858, and died at the home of his son in Waban March 25, 1936.

Brother Soule was one of the oldest living graduates of the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, and was a practicing chemist during the whole of his active life. He served for a time as Government Sugar Inspector, and afterward for some forty years, was engaged in the production of tanning materials. For the last thirty years of his life he was a resident of New York City.

Brother Soule took his Masonic degrees in Soley Lodge in 1889 and 1890, was its Master in 1899-1900, and District Deputy Grand Master for the Sixth Masonic District in 1902 and 1903, by appointment of Most Worshipful Charles T. Gallagher and Most Worshipful Baalis Sanford. He was Junior Grand Steward in 1905, and Senior Grand Steward in 1906. His departure from the state about that time cut short a very promising Masonic career. During his stay here he earned the high esteem and full confidence ofhis associates and superiors in the Craft.


From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XIX, No. 12, October 1860, Page 383:

This venerable Brother was buried with Masonic honors at Stoughton, on Sunday, August 19th, by Mount Lebanon Lodge of Boston, officered by W. H. Sampson, W. M., Robert Keith, S. W. p. t., Samuel Jepson, J. W. p. t., and John L. Stevenson, Marshal.

The date of Bro. Southworth's membership is January 1st, 1807, and during the whole of nearly fifty-four years, he has been an active Mason, and has by example been an ornament to the fraternity as well as a support in the dark days of adversity, when the clouds lowered thick and heavy upon us. Owing to a very short notice it was found impracticable to procure the attendance of many members of his own Lodge, but in this the officers were fully compensated by meeting delegations from North Bndgewater, Foxboro and Randolph, which, when united with the members of Rising Star Lodge, of Stoughton, who, in the kindest manner possible, tendered the use of their Lodge room, as well as the services of their members, made a procession of about one hundred and twenty-five.

The funeral service was conducted by Rev. Bro. Dennis, in a most appropriate manner, in the Universalist Church; alter which the procession moved to the new Cemetery where the remains were deposited with the honors of Masonry; Rev. Bro. Dennis reading the service in conjunction with the W. M.


From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ, 1873, Page 45:

Jonathan Tyler Spalding was born in Lowell, Mass., October 4, 1829. He entered business life in Boston at the age of eighteen, engaged in the boot and shoe trade, and continued therein until he relinquished business in 1870. He traveled extensively in the pursuit of his avocation throughout the South and West, where he became widely known and esteemed.

He early became an ardent lover of Masonic principles, was constant in his attendance at the business and working meetings of the many organizations with which he was connected, and quietly but zealously lent a helping hand in every good work.

He was made a Master Mason in Columbian Lodge, Boston, July 1, 1852; was a Charter Member of Revere Lodge (Chartered March 1, 1857), and at the time of his death his name was on the notifications of that Lodge for honorary membership.

He received the Royal Arch Degree in St. Andrew’s Chapter, Boston, June 6, 1855, and was made a member March 1, 1856. He was created a Knight of the Valiant and Magnanimous Order of the Temple, in Boston Encampment, September 26, 1855. He received the degrees of the Scottish Rite to the 32° at the Sessions of the Supreme Council, held May 13th, 14th and 15th, 1857, and was a Charter member of the Lodge, Council, Chapter and Consistory of the Scottish Rite at Lowell. He was made an Honorary Member of the Supreme Council, 33°, May 21, 1863.

He also received a diploma of honorary membership from Kilwinning Lodge, Cincinnati, Ohio, January 10, 1800.

Brother Spalding had been for several years a sufferer from pulmonary disease, and with characteristic patience and cheerfulness awaited the summons to another and better life. He became profoundly interested in the subject of personal religion, and, in view of his certain and speedy dissolution, his reason and consciousness remaining unimpaired to the last, found a sublime hope and confidence in the promises of the Scriptures and the redeeming love of the Saviour. He died at Lowell, May 26 1872.

Our deceased brother was distinguished by traits of character which will endear his memory to a wide circle of friends. As a Mason, he was always active in works of mercy and love, and his practical good sense and ready usefulness made him a valued member of the Order. Content with the unostentatious performance of whatever Masonic duty might devolve upon him, his brethren always felt that any work entrusted to his hands was sure to receive that conscientious attention which only an untiring fidelity can bestow.

After long suffering this good man rests from his labors, leaving with us a record which will shine none the less brightly because its frequent entries marked nothing more conspicuous than the modest but faithful performance of the every-day duties of life.

Respectfully submitted.
William Sewall Gardner, 33°
William F. Salmon, 33°
Samuel K. Hutchinson, 33°


Bro. Thorndike Spalding, Senior Warden of Mount Olivet Lodge, of Cambridge, and Senator from the Second Middlesex District, died in Cambridge May 4, 1910, at the age of thirty-nine years. He graduated from Harvard College in 1895, and from the Harvard Law School in 1897. His life was crowded with useful activities. He was an able, efficient and conscientious legislator, and an unassuming, zealous and beloved Brother. His sincerity, ability and good nature were highly appreciated by his friends and colleagues, who were united in the warmest esteem and friendship for him. It is with sincere sorrow that we record the death of a Brother so young, so able, so promising.





From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1924, Page 49:

Illustrious Brother Spear was born in Chester, Massachusetts, December 1, 1855. His death occurred in Springfield, Massachusetts, April 18, 1924. He was the son of David Cowles Spear and Elizabeth (Pomeroy) Spear.

His youth was spent in Easthampton, where he attended the district schools. After graduating from the high school he was employed for three years as clerk in Easthampton, Holyoke, and Springfield.

In 1884 he entered the employ of the Cheney-Bigelow Wire Works as bookkeeper and paymaster. At that time this company was not the large and prosperous concern that it has since become. The business relations then formed continued throughout the remainder of his life, and his forty years of able service and administration contributed in goodly measure to the success of this concern. In 1890 he became its treasurer and general manager. Staunch, upright and straightforward in all dealings, he might well have been proud of the standing of this company, “part of which he was, and all of which he saw.”

Illustrious Brother Spear was a member of the board of directors of the American Metal Fabrics Company, of Yarmouth, Massachusetts, treasurer of the Hampden Brass Company, of Springfield, Massachusetts, and adirector of the Chapin National Bank.

His religious affiliations were with (lie First Church of Christ, Scientist, of which he was for a long time treasurer, and a member of the building committee.

He was a member of the Nayasset Club and Rotary Club of Springfield, and a member of the Blandford Country Club of Blandford, Massachusetts.

Illustrious Brother Spear was twice married: On October 2, 1884, to Marion C. Boynton, who died in 1905, and on April 15, 1909, to Cora Belle Fitch, of Amherst, Massachusetts, who survives him.

His Masonic record was long and creditable. He was raised in Hampden Lodge, A. F. & A. M., Springfield, Massachusetts, in March, 1889, and was Master of that Lodge in 1890. He was exalted in Morning Star Royal Arch Chapter, October 26, 1894, and was its High Priest in 1901. He received the Cryptic Degrees in Springfield Council, R. and S. M., May 15, 1895, and was Knighted in Springfield Commandery, K. T., May 25, 1896.

In the Scottish Rite, he was initiated in Springfield Chapter of Rose Croix January 15, 1903, and was as its Most Wise Master in 1914-1915. He joined Massachusetts Consistory in Boston, April 20, 1907. He was a charter member of Connecticut Valley Consistory, Springfield, and was its Orator at the time of his death. On September 18, 1917, Illustrious Brother Spear was crowned a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, thirty-third degree, and Honorary Member of the Supreme Council.

The fraternity could always rely implicitly on Brother Spear to give his time and willing assistance in any capacity requested of him. Long years of service crowned with Masonic recognition created no change in Brother Spear. His interest never diminished. His presence at all Scottish Rite meetings, whether for work or business, could always be depended upon, and there was never a question as to where he stood after he had declared himself. We miss him.

D. E. Miller,
Edward H. McClintock,
Andrew Purves,



In the passing of Charles Flagg Spellman, 33°, the Fraternity has suffered irreparable loss. A talented dramatist, and director of rare ability, his work in the presentation of Scottish Rite degrees contributed largely to the growth of the Rite in the Valley of Springfield. He was an original petitioner for the constituting of Connecticut Valley Consistory, and served for four years as its first Commander-in-Chief, one year under dispensation. His services and ability were equally appreciated in Springfield Commandery, where he served in all offices including that of Eminent Commander. Brother Spellman was a lifelong resident of Springfield, Massachusetts. |> was the son of Illustrious Brother Charles Clark Spellman, 33°, and Connie H. (Flagg) Spellman. He received his education in the public schools is native city, in Williston Academy, and at Yale University, graduating in 1896 with the degree A. B.

As an Attorney at Law he was associated for many years with his father the firm name of Spellman and Spellman, and continued in his chosen profession after his father's death. He possessed an extensive practice along the line of Probate law, the management of estates and trusts, and fluently acted as Auditor and Master in Equity in important cases of litigation.

He served the City of Springfield for seven years as Police Commissioner, and was Assistant City Solicitor in 1925. For many years he was a member of the Nayasset Club and the Springfield Country Club.

Brother Spellman was raised a Master Mason in Roswell Lee Lodge, A. F. and A. M., March 20, 1897; received the Capitular degrees in Morning Star Chapter, R. A. M., April 23, 1897; and the Cryptic degrees, in Springfield Council R. and S. M., April 28, 1897. He was Knighted in Springfield Commandery No. 6, K. T., June 21, 1897, and served as its Eminent Commander during 1906 and 1907.

He received the Scottish Rite degrees in Evening Star Lodge of Perfection, December 1, 1898, and was Thrice Potent Master from 1903 to 1905. He became a member of Massasoit Council Princes of Jerusalem, December 15, 1898, and was its Sovereign Prince from 1905 to 1907. He was Knighted in Springfield Chapter of Rose Croix, December 15, 1898, and was Most Wise Master from 1908 to 1910. He was a life member of Massachusetts Consistory, and a charter member of Connecticut Valley Consistory. On September 21, 1909, he was made an Honorary Member of The Supreme Council 33°.

Brother Spellman was twice married; first, to Alice Helena (Malloy) Spellman, and second to Roberta M. Spellman, who survives him.

In compliance with his wishes, the funeral service was held in the Scottish Rite Auditorium of the Springfield Masonic Temple. The service was conducted by The Very Reverend Percy T. Edrop 32°, Dean of Christ Church, Cathedral and Grand Prior of Massachusetts Council of Deliberation.

"At evening time it shall be light.”

Frank O. Hartwell, 33°,
Edward H. McClintock, 33°,
Dwight H. Keyes, 32°,


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

Brother Charles E. Spencer, a member of the firm of Lord & Spencer, commission merchants, a well known resident of Rox-bury, died May 11, at his summer home in Norton, aged fifty-five. He was born in Virginia, but moved to New Hampshire in his early youth, lie was elected town clerk of Acworth, N, H., and served for five years. He enlisted and served over three years in the Civil War. Five years afterward he came to this city, where he worked for various firms until he entered into partnership with Edwin R. Lord, under the firm name of Lord & Spencer, the firm still doing business in the Quincy Market. Mr. Spencer served as director of the Boston Fruit and Produce Exchange, and in 1894 was elected president of the exchange. He was a member of several secret societies, among them being Joseph Webb Lodge, F. & A. M.; St. Andrew's Chapter; also of the Odd Fellows.

SPINNEY, THOMAS M. 1821-1906

From New England Craftsman, Vol. II, No. 3, December 1906, Page 117:

Brother Thomas M. Spinney died at his home, So Boston, Mass., November 23. Bro. Spinney was a well known printer. He was 77 years old. He was a charter member of Gate of the Temple Lodge, F. and A. M., and of the Hawes School Association of South Boston, in both of which organizations he took great interest.


WILLIAM N. SPINNEY, a signer of the Declaration of Freemasons in 1831, was born in Taunton, Mass., in 1802. He received the degrees of Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft, and Master Mason, in Mount Hope Lodge, Fall River, in 1826; taking membership in King David Lodge, of Taunton, in the same year, and holding therein the positions of Junior and Senior Deacon and Junior and Senior Warden. Bro. Spinney afterwards removed to Lynn, Mass., and affiliated with Mount Carmel Lodge. The Capitular degrees were conferred upon him by Adoniram R.A. Chapter of Taunton (now of New Bedford), in 1827. In that body he was elected to the position of Master of the Vail, 1827-28-29; Captain of the Host, 1830; Principal Sojourner, 1832; Treasurer, 1832, and King, 1836. The Orders of Knighthood were conferred on him by Winslow Lewis Commandery, of Salem, in 1865. In early life Bro. Spinney was engaged in the retail shoe trade in Taunton, and during the anti-Masonic crusade he, in common with his Brethren, fully realized, in the persecutions suffered and in the almost entire ruin of his business, what it cost in those days to be a Mason. Removing to Lynn, he engaged in the boot and shoe business, and was at one time a large and successful manufacturer. He died in Lynn, February, 1885.





From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1889, Page 37:

A bright star has left the horizon. A light, whose pure and ardent rays were redolent with lofty aspiration, genuine benevolence, and the sincerest self-sacrifice in the cause of humanity, has ceased to shine among our brethren. III.-. Inspector-Gen1. Richard S. Spofford died at his home, Deer Island, near Newburyport, on the 11th of August, 1888, aged 56, after a protracted and painful illness, which he bore with fortitude and serenity.

Our Illustrious brother may be said to have inherited his Freemasonry from his distinguished father, Dr. Spofford, of Newburyport, who was one of the early members of the Scottish Rite in Massachusetts, dating from 1825, and an Honorary Member of this grade. The son was Crafted in St. John’s Lodge, of Newburyport, on Aug. 25, 1854, was Knighted in Newburyport Encampment, Aug. 21, 1856; and Nov. 21, 1862, was advanced to be an Honorary Inspector-General of the Scottish Rite.

The generous and liberal principles of Freemasonry found a genial soil in his breast and illustrated his life. Not merely did he accept them, but he lived up to them; tolerant of the free thought and opinions of others, with a hand generous to distress and want, a heart full of sympathy for his fellow-men in their trials and tribulations, a genuine hatred of oppression and wrong in all its forms, and a scorn of meanness and hypocrisy in every guise, his life shed on the holy banner of liberty, equality, and fraternity a light which never flickered, a faith that never faltered. A friend always faithful and true, ready to help, to comfort, or to avenge as the need •night require, he drew to him with clasps of love troops of noble and devoted hearts, not restricted by any political lines of association. But generous as nature had been to him in the qualities of the heart, the intellect was worthy of the heart. His lips, like the prophet’s, had been touched with a celestial coal of fire; eloquence and persuasion hung on them like honey. He was an orator rarely equalled in purity of style, clearness of statement, method, grace or ardent expression of the emotions natural to his subject. vigorous and keenly perceptive mind, enriched by culture and broad reading, adorned with a poetic imagination and rare taste, fount an appropriate facility of language and command of oratory to impress its own convictions on his heaters. Less ornate, but mor chaste than Choate, more eloquent and imaginative than Rantoul but always logical and vigorous as they were, he ranks as peerless among the gifted sons of old Essex. The brilliancy of his conversation, the readiness and the wealth of his knowledge, gave him social charm in general society, and was keenly relished among the statesmen of the country whose friendship he enjoyed. Unfortunate, perhaps, for his political aspirations, but not the less creditable to his sturdy honesty of convictions, his political views were those of the minority in his section, and the gates of political preferment were shut against him, otherwise his rare abilities won have been known broadcast in the land. He had no taste for office. Despite the barred ways for personal ambition, he was not without influence on the controlling thought of the times, and from his youth had enjoyed the confidence and respect of many prominent public men.

Many were the contributions he made to illustrate constitutional law, and the uplifting of humanity with the material and social progress of civilization. The ideal truth that burned in his dan less soul was never limited by thoughts of personal consequent or benefits. If they came he spurned them as though they w< instigations of the devil, and marched to political ostracism with an unquailing eye and unruffled nerve when he felt that duty led the way.His chivalric espousal of the rights of the American fisheries are well known. The whole-heartedness and power of his contention were deeply felt by the fishermen themselves. In expressions of grief at his death, the Master Mariners’ Society of Gloucester says: —

"That we desire to unite with all who know his worth, his patriotism, his love, of country, his noble effort to maintain American rights and American honor, in giving this expression of our esteem and affection for one whom this association feels that it especially desires to honor."

”The officers of the National Fishery Association, and those of the American Fishery Union, also met and resolved : —

“That we join with all who knew him in his chivalric devotion to patriotic principles, his fervent aspiration for American honor and American rights, in laying this simple token of our heartfelt love and respect upon his grave, knowing that his life and its memory will ever be an incentive to a higher national obligation and a more comprehensive patriotism.”

Twice he represented his native town in the Legislature, and once was candidate for Congress, but other than these his life was passed in the practice of the law, mainly as the trusted and confidential counsel for railroad enterprises, and in the management of the large estates of one of his clients, where his ability found an ample field of employment. His love of his native county was a deep devotion, his pen and his time were freely employed in her honor. Orations, speeches, and poems at her historic festival occasions were frequent, and his county took an honest pride in him, whether they agreed or differed with his political views.

His Masonic brethren not infrequently called on the eloquence of their highly gifted brother on occasions of particular interest to them, and with one accord will testify of him what he said of a departed brother before the brethren of St. Mark’s and St. John’s Lodges of his native town: “No one has exemplified more perfectly in his pilgrimage of life the beauty and holiness of Masonic life.”

Mr. Spofford married the accomplished authoress, Miss Harriet Prescott, and the harmony of their married life was beautiful! illustrated. His death is to her an unutterable pang. No children have survived, and the succession in Masonry which the father embraced in 1809, and the son followed, now after nearly eighty years fails. They have both drunk of the golden cup from the hand of the grim adversary.

I said a star has been obscured in our Masonic galaxy; its radiance still warms our hearts and lives in our memories. It has m gone out. We shall meet it again, not here, but in the throne splendor of that higher sphere, in that rose of light, where, nearer to God, souls shall recover more of that pure and ineffable ligl which Masons know has one only-source, and is a joy forever.

Knightly in everything that makes Knighthood honorable, Masonic in everything that makes Masonry humane, patriotic, and lovely, there are many of us to whom the world feels cold now he is gone, and our hearts say as we linger, —

“But oh for a touch of a vanished hand,
And the sound of a voice that is still! ”

Charles Levi Woodbury, 33°,
Samuel C. Lawrence,
Charles C. Dame,
Committee of Massachusetts Council of Deliberation.


From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXXI, No. 11, September 1872, Page 349:

This estimable brother died at his summer cottage in Hingham Centre on Saturday afternoon, August 17th, at the age of sixty years. He was a member and Past Master of Winslow Lewis Lodge of this city, by the members of which he was held in high and deserved esteem, and by whom his funeral was attended. He was also active in other branches of the Order. He was born in Hingham, but had lived in Boston over thirty years, engaged in active mercantile business. He had served the City, as a member of the Common Council and the Board of Alderman, and also in its fire department The disease of which he died was pneumonia.





From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1932, Page 39:

Born at Belfast, Maine, September 14, 1848
Died at Boston, Massachusetts, July 23, 1931

Illustrious Frederick Hodgdon Spring, 33°, of Boston, Massachusetts, came of sturdy New England stock, and his long and useful life attested to the high qualities of such citizenship. Born at Belfast, Maine, September 14, 1848, he was a son of James H. Spring, also a native of Belfast, and Julia A. A. Howard Spring. His early education was in the schools of Belfast, and from 1860 to 1866 he attended the Boston schools.

For fifty-seven and one-half years Brother Spring served the city of Boston in various capacities, a remarkable record and one which is almost unprecedented. He began in the City Engineer’s office, on October 22, 1866, as rodman and transit man, then transferred to the City Surveyor’s office as draughtsman. After a period in the Park Department he went back to the City Engineer’s office as draughtsman, thence to the Paving Department as clerk. In April, 1886, he became chief clerk of the new Bridge Department, and was employed in this capacity for nineteen years, and thence up to March 1, 1924, as clerk in the Public Works Department into which the Bridge Department was merged. On the last named date he was retired by the city on a municipal pension. He never married. His religious preference was that of the Universalist denomination.

Fraternalism held a profound appeal for Brother Spring, and he gave years of activity to many branches of this endeavor and attained distinction in all. Raised February 9, 1876 in Aberdour Lodge, Boston, Massachusetts, he served as Worshipful Master in 1883 and 1884. He became a Royal Arch Mason April 20, 1875, in St. Paul's Chapter R.A.M., Boston and was High Priest 1886-1887. In Roxbury Council, Royal and Select Masters, he passed the circle of perfection May 23, 1876, and after serving in various capacities was selected as Thrice Illustrious Master. Knighted in Joseph Warren Commandery No. 26, Knights Templars, June 7, 1875, lie was Eminent Commander in 1888. He was Grand King in the Grand Royal Arch Chapter in 1890.

The Scottish Rite degrees were conferred upon him as follows: Boston Lafayette Lodge of Perfection, April 1, 1881; Giles F. Yates Council, Princes of Jerusalem, April 8, 1881; Mt. Olivet Chapter of Rose Croix, April 15, 1881; Massachusetts Consistory S. P. R. S., April 22, 1881. He was Most Wise Master of Mt. Olivet Chapter for five years, 1888-1892; was First Lieutenant Commander of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation in 1892 and held minor offices in Giles F. Yates Council. In all of the Masonic bodies he was active in the degree work and in many of them was Dean of the officers. The Thirty-third and last degree was conferred upon him at the Supreme Council meeting in Boston, September 15, 1891. He became a member of Aleppo Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S., September 20, 1888, and was its Illustrious Potentate in 1896-1897-1898, being for many years the dean.

Funeral services were held July 28, conducted by Aberdour Lodge. The Rev. Dudley H. Ferrell, 33°, Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, delivered the address. Many Masons of distinction attended the exercises. Burial was in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Boston.

Dudley H. Ferrell, 33°
Joseph W. Work, 33°

SPURR, THOMAS S. 1850-1912

From Proceedings, Page 1912-123:

R.W. THOMAS S. SPURR was born in East Boston, Aug. 18, 1850, and died at his residence in Winchester, Aug. 25, 1912. His father, George W. Spurr, was treasurer of the town of Winchester many years. On his death, Mr. Thomas S. Spurr was elected to fill the office, which he did for twenty years, resigning about a year and a half ago on account of ill health. He was a public accountant of national reputation, being one of the seven certified public accountants in this Commonwealth. He is survived by a widow and one son, Rev. George E. Spurr.

Bro. Thomas S. Spurr received the Masonic degrees in William Parkman Lodge, of Winchester, in 1871-1872, and became a member March 12, 1872. He was Master of that Lodge in 1878 and 1879, and Secretary from Jan. 11, 1887, to Jan. 14, 1902, a period of fifteen years. He was District Deputy Grand Master of the Seventeenth Masonic District in 1882 and the Sixth Masonic District in 1883.

Brother Spurr was also Past High Priest of Woburn Royal Arch Chapter, and Past Commander of St. Bernard Commandery, K.T. Brother Spurr was deeply interested in his profession, active in matters concerning his adopted town, zealous in Masonic affairs, and a Brother of most kindly disposition and exemplary life. The Fraternity sincerely regrets the loss of his personal presence and zealous work.

From New England Craftsman, Vol. VIII, No. 1, October 1912, Page 30:

Brother Thomas Spurr, formerly town treasurer of Winchester, Mass., and a prominent Mason died August 25th. He was a past master of William Parkman Lodge and held the office of secretary of the lodge 20 years. He was also a past commander of the St. Bernard Commandery, K. T., Boston, and past High Priest of Woburn Royal Arch Chapter.


From Proceedings, Page 1947-192:

Brother Stachelhaus was born in Muelheim, Germany, on July 11, 1877, and died in Lawrence, Massachusetts, on March 23, 1947.

After graduation from the public schools of Lawrence, he entered the tobacco business, in which he remained until he became Deputy Sheriff of Essex County in 1921, a position he held until his death.

He was raised in Grecian Lodge of Lawrence on March 22, 1907, and served as Master of that Lodge in 1917 and 1918. He served as District Deputy Grand Master for the (Lawrence) 11th District in 1938 and 1939, by appointment of Most Worshipful Joseph Earl Perry.

In the collateral bodies he was a member of Mount Sinai Chapter, R. A. M.; Lawrence Council, R. & S. M., serving as Illustrious Master in 1924 and 1925; Bethany Commandery, K. T., serving as Commander in 1927; and formerly a member of the Scottish Rite bodies in Lawrence and of Massachusetts Consistory of Boston.

In his quiet and unobtrusive way, Gus Stachelhaus was ever an earnest and willing worker, not only in Freemasonry, but in all the many activities of his life, social, civic and religious.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Hans Sidon, Pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church, on Tuesday, March 25, and the presence of so many of his Brethren, friends and former associates, testified to the high esteem in which he was held. Six of the Past Masters of Grecian Lodge acted as Bearers.

His smiling face will not again be seen among us, but the delightful memories of a useful life will ever linger in the minds of those who served with him.

STACY, GEORGE E. 1834-1926

From New England Craftsman, Vol. XXI, No. 6, April 1926, Page 178:

George E. Stacy, 92, one of the oldest Masons of Massachusetts and probably in New England, died at his home. 76 School Street, Milford, Mass., Sunday, April 11. He had been ill for 10 days.

For the last quarter of a century he had been chairman of the school committee, of which he was a member 15 years. He was also a member of the board of assessors, serving in that capacity for 22 years.

He was a member of Montgomery Lodge of Masons of Milford for 67 years and was also a member of the following: Grand lodge of Masons of Massachusetts; Grand Commandery of Rhode Island and Massachusetts; Massachusetts Consistory; Boston Council of Royal and Select Masons.

He is survived by a sister, Caroline. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, April 13, at 2 P. M. at the home with burial in Pine Grove cemetery.

This aged brother had been a familiar figure even during the latter days of his life to many Masons of the several bodies. He had come to occupy an unique position in the Craft by reason of his loyalty and great age.

From New England Craftsman, Vol. XXI, No. 7, April 1926, Page 202:

We are reminded by a reader that the late George E. Stacy of Milford, who recently passed away, was, in addition to being a past officer of his Lodge, Chapter, Council and Commandery here, a deputy grand high priest of the grand chapter, and a past grand captain general of the grand commandery. Brother Stacy was at the time of his death Captain of the Host of Mt. Lebanon R. A. Chapter, master of ceremonies of Milford Council, and Prelate of Milford commandery. As Captain of the Host he was serving his fiftieth consecutive year, and as Prelate 52 consecutive years. He has been Master of Ceremonies in the council since 1911, when he retired as Illustrious Master. He was the proud possessor of a Henry Price Medal, and had performed the work at the East Gate in the Blue Lodge for 41 years. It was his proud boast that since joining the craft he had attended every session of the four local bodies, both regular and special, with only a few notable exceptions. This unusual record he held from 1859 up to about a year ago. when increasing age made it difficult for him to continue his activities.


From New England Craftsman, Vol. VIII, No. 3, January 1913, Page 121:

George C. Stantial, who died at Melrose, Mass., November 23rd, was born December 5th, 1830, at Hallowell, Me. He moved to Melrose in 1854. He was connected from 1865 with Maynard & Noyes, dealers in inks, and was the last member of the firm. Previously he was a bookkeeper for J. M. Beebe, and was confidential clerk of the J. M. Beebe estate up to 1907.

Mr. Stantial was secretary of Wyoming Lodge, A. F. & A. M., for forty-eight years, with forty-three years of active service to his credit, during which time he did not miss a meeting. For the past five years he was secretary emeritus. He was also a member of Waverly R. A. Chapter, Hugh De Payens Commandery, Melrose Chapter, O. E. S., and a member of the board of assessors of Melrose for twenty-two years.





From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ, 1891, Page 40:

Edward Stearns was born on Bunker Hill, Charlestown, June 17, 1817. He died at Lincoln, Mass., June 20, 1891.

It seems fitting and proper at this meeting of our Council, the first masonic body to assemble immediately after his death, to pay our tribute of respect to one who has been so long identified with us and other masonic bodies for many years.

Born on Bunker Hill, the seventeenth day of June, he naturally inherited a warm, patriotic, and intelligent interest in public and political affairs, ever an ardent partisan But tempered by kindness. Whig, Free Soiler, and Republican, he clung loyally to his faith, keeping step with the advance guard, but always with a cheerful spirit, assuring him a welcome with both the old and young. His presence carried with it a benediction. In his early life he was one of the most prominent of that set of young men of Boston who fifty years ago gave to the Mercantile Library Association its reputable life and usefulness, and he maintained those youthful affiliations to the end.

He received his education in the schools of the town of his birth, and early in life was engaged in the insurance business as a clerk with various companies, and about 1867 he established an insurance company agency with his brother, George C. Stearns, who died about five years ago. The business, under the firm name of Stearns Brothers, was continued to the date of his death.

Few men in the business centres of Boston have been more favorably regarded and more universally known in and around State Street for fifty years than our deceased friend.

Bro. Edward Stearns was a strong and stanch, an honest and pure Mason, and loved the Order with a fervor so strong that all his sympathies seemed to be entwined around its beautiful teachings.

He was made a Mason Sept. 14, 1843, and elected a member of the Lodge of St. Andrew, Dec. 14, 1843, filling many of the offices of that Lodge, and was elected Worshipful Master for the years 1863, 1864, 1865.

His zeal and devotion in and for his Lodge, and his love for its members, as shown by his cordial, cheery greeting, carried conviction to all that his heart went with his hand, that his words of love were words of truth.He was a member of St. Andrew’s Royal Arch Chapter and of DeMolay Commandery, for many years a constant attendant until his removal from the city; and his membership ceased only with his life.

He received the different grades of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, up to and including the 32° grade, soon after the interest was awakened in these degrees. He was the presiding officer of Giles F. Yates Council, Princes of Jerusalem, and held office in Mount Olivet Chapter of Rose Croix.

Our illustrious brother, on May 20, 1865, was elected to the 33° grade, and crowned on that date as an Honorary Member, Sovereign Grand Inspector-General of the Supreme Council for the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, United States of America.

His love and interest for all the masonic bodies he was associated with continued firm and strong, and he died enshrouded in the principles and teachings of our Order.

Bro. Stearns was never married. The spirit of his youth extended to his old age, and the child, the youth, the young and the old man always found a warm place in his loving heart. His epitaph should be, “One universally beloved.”

He will be missed by all who ever knew him, and his death leaves a sad vacancy in the hearts of those who were intimately associated with him.

Good-by, Illustrious Brother, for this world ! In the world to come we trust to meet you again, where parting shall be no more.

“So mote it be.”

W. H. Chessman, 33°,
(Signed for) Daniel W. Lawrence, 33°,
Otis E. Weld, 33°,

STEARNS, FRANK K. 1854-1934




From Proceedings, Page 1934-116:

Right Worshipful Brother Stearns was born in Cambridge November 26, 1854, and died in Lowell August 11, 1934.

Brother Stearns' family moved to Lowell while he was an infant. He was educated in the public schools of Lowell and for a short time was on the staff of the Lowell Courier. He then engaged in the laundry business and continued in it until his retirement a few years ago.

He was a very active and public-spirited citizen, serving the city of Lowell in many capacities, including those of Alderman, member of the School Committee, and member of the State Legislature in 1900 and 1901. He was also a trustee of the Lowell General Hospital and af the Central Savings Bank.

Brother Stearns took his Masonic degrees in Kilwinning Lodge in 1888 and was its Master in 1892, 1893, and 1895. He was District Deputy Grand Master for the Eleventh Masonic District in 1898 and 1899, by appointment by M. W. Charles C. Hutchinson.

He was a member and Past High Priest of Mt. Horeb Royal Arch Chapter, a member and Past Illustrious Master of Ahasuerus Council, Royal and Select Masters, a member and Past Commander of Pilgrim Commandery No. 9, K. T. He was a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies in Lowell, over two of which he had presided, and of Massachusetts Consistory. In 1905 he received the Thirty-third Degree and Honorary Membership in the Supreme Council.

For many years Brother Stearns was custodian of the Lowell Masonic apartments and Tyler of all the bodies meeting there. Through the personal contacts thus made with all the Masons of Lowell and many visitors, his Masonic influence was far reaching and of inestimable value. By his death the city of Lowell has lost one of its best known citizens and our Fraternity a loyal, devoted, and most useful member.


From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1935, Page 43:

After a very brief illness Bro. Stearns passed away at the Lowell General Hospital. By his death the City of Lowell has lost one of its best known citizens and our Fraternity loses a devoted member and loyal adherent of the Craft.

Brother Stearns was born in Cambridge, Mass., being the son of Lewis I. and Annie (Durgin) Stearns. The family moved to Lowell in his infancy and he received his education in the Lowell Public Schools.

His first business was in newspaper work in the office of the Lowell Courier but early in his career he engaged in the laundry business under the name of “Scriptures Laundry”. This business he conducted until his retirement from active business life a few years ago.

Brother Stearns always took a great interest in public affairs and his services to the City and State were of sound and substantial character. He was a member of the Massachusetts Legislature in 1900-1901 and served in many offices in the Lowell City Government. He occupied at various times the offices of Alderman and member of the School Committee, and for three years was a member of the Lowell Police Commission.

He was married in 1879 to Isabel A. House of Methuen, who with two children survives him.

Brother Stearns found time to serve many other interests and was for years a trustee of the Lowell General Hospital and the Central Savings Bank. From his early manhood he held a deep interest in the drama and the dramatic art, and in the practice of the latter he possessed more the ordinary ability. This gift made him in great demand in amateur theatricals during his entire adult life and it might be true that a stage career was his dearest ambition, which unfortunately could not be realized, He personally knew many of the great actors of former days and took his delight in all matters theatrical.

While he was not a trained historian, he was unusually well informed in the history of Lowell and its leading characters of former days and many valuable contributions relating to local history and folklore came from his pen.

In Freemasonry he took an early interest and served the Craft devotedly through a long term of years. This interest ended only with his death. He held many responsible offices in the various branches of our Society and in every instance his service was valuable and constructive.

In our ritual he found many opportunities for the use and display of his particular talents, the results being reflected in the high and dignified standing of the Masonic Bodies over which he presided.

For many years he was Superintendent of the Lowell Masonic Apartments and Tyler for all of the Bodies. This position brought him in personal contact with every Freemason in the City and it is believed his influence upon Freemasonry in Lowell has been far-reaching and of inestimable value. His Masonry was very dear to him and he always held it on a high plane. This example must leave a fine memory with the many with whom he came in contact during the many years of his service.

The record of his Masonic affiliations is as follows:

  • Raised in Kilwinning Lodge of Lowell, June 22, 1888.
  • Worshipful Master of Kilwinning Lodge 1892-93 and 1895. At the time of his death he was a Senior Fast Master.
  • Exalted in Mt. Horeb Royal Arch Chapter, February 25, 1889 and its High Priest in 1896 and 1897.
  • Illustrious Master Ahasuerus Council 1910-1911.
  • Knighted in Pilgrim Commandery No. 9, K. T., June 19, 1889 and Commander in 1900-1901.
  • Sovereign Prince, of Lowell Council P. of J. 1927-1928.
  • Most Wise Master, Mt. Calvary Chapter of Rose Croix 1902-1905.
  • Member of Massachusetts Consistory serving three years as Second Lieutenant Commander.
  • District Deputy Grand Master of the 11th Masonic District and District Deputy Grand High Priest in the 9th Capitular District.
  • Grand Captain of the Guard of the Grand Council of Massachusetts.
  • Received the 33rd Degree Honorary, in the Supreme Council, September 19th, 1905.

This bare record of membership and of offices held conveys but little idea of the character of the man himself. It is difficult to put into words an appreciation of our friendship for him.

He was earnest in all he did, serious in thought, yet withal had his jovial moods. His sympathies were easily touched and he was deeply sensitive to the finer things of life.

His friends took leave of him at his home, where the funeral services were held in the presence of many old associates and he was laid to rest in the Lowell Cemetery with Masonic ceremony by Kilwinning Lodge.

Arthur D. Prince, 33°,
Harry G. Pollard, 33°,
Harold D. Macdonald, 32°,


From Proceedings, Page 1886-136:

Wor. George Cushman Stearns, Senior Grand Deacon of this Grand Lodge, died June 13, 1886, at Denver, Colorado, while on his way home from California. His funeral was solemnized at the Unitarian Church, Dedham, by his Brethren of the Lodge of St. Andrew; Wor. and Rev; Fielder Israel, Grand Chaplain, and the Temple Quartette, officiating.

Brother Stearns was made a Mason in Star of Bethlehem Lodge, Chelsea, January 24, 1844; admitted to membership in the Lodge of St. Andrew, June 14, 1844; elected Junior Warden, November, 1876; Senior Warden, 1878, and Master in 1880, which last position he held for four years, with commendable credit to himself and to the entire satisfaction of his Lodge.

He was the son of Charles and Martha Stearns, and was born March 4, 1819. He married Martha Jane Batchelder, of Portsmouth, N.H., March 18, 1841. Brother Stearns was engaged in the Insurance business from early manhood until his death, being associated with his brother, Edward Stearns, for the last twenty years. He was interested in the Mercantile Library Association. for nearly fifty years, and was a member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company forty years.

As Master of the Lodge of St. Andrew he rendered valuable service to that Body, and presided over its deliberations with marked ability, proving a wise counselor and a zealous worker, with a clear and logical mind. His presence at the meetings was enjoyed by all, and by his absence, a genial, cheerful and social Brother is continually missed - by all those with whom he was so intimately associated.

STEELE, ISAAC A.S. 1840-1913

From Proceedings, Page 1913-74:

ISAAC A. S. STEELE was born in Gloucester, Feb. 2, 1840, and died at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, June 1, 1913.

After attending the public schools of his native town, he learned the trade of sailmaker at the loft of his father, and on the retirement of the latter succeeded to the business, which he continued until 1890, when he disposed of his business and retired.

Brother Steele took great interest in the material and political welfare of his native city, but declined public office during the town form of government. On the inauguration of the city government in 1873, he was a member of the first Common Council and was re-elected in 1875 and 1876. In 1877 and 1878 he represented his ward in the Board of Aldermen and proved himself a leading factor in determining the policy of the city in many directions. He represented the city in the Legislature of Massachusetts for four years - being a member of the House in 1881 and 1882, and of the Senate in 1883 and 1884.

He was a member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts, and accompanied the Company on its visit to England in 1896. He was elected second lieutenant of the Company in 1907.

Brother Steele received the Masonic Degrees in The Tyrian Lodge in 1865, and served the Lodge as its Master in 1869, 1870, and 1871. He was District Deputy Grand Master of the Ninth Masonic District, 1894 and 1895. He was also a member of William Ferson Royal Arch Chapter, of which he was a Past High Priest, and of Bethlehem Commandery, Knights Templars.

Brother Steele is survived by his wife and two sons, Arthur H. Steele, of Gloucester, and George E. Steele, of Binghamton, N.Y. Our Brother was an earnest, zealous Freemason, who delighted in the association of his Brethren, and has left a memory fragrant with brotherly love and kindness.




From TROWEL, Summer 1988, Page 28:

Bro. Gerald Stepner is Helpmate to Elderly

Living in an era of disrespect for individual rights and / opposition to some of the "establishments" that built America, there is today an all-to-prevalent attitude that causes senior generations to ask, "Whatever happened to the good old days? Doesn't anybody really care?" Nevertheless, statistics prove the community spirit of generosity is still alive.

A year ago Americans gave a record $80 billion to philanthropic causes. Educational gifts set a record of more than $11 billion, donations to civic groups exceeded $2 billion, and contributions to the United Way topped $2 billion. Freemasonry gave $450,000 million to Masonic needs. Americans really do care despite stories about broken homes, excessive use of alcohol, and narcotics — the stories that get most of the headlines in newspapers.

Bro. Gerald Stepner of West Peabody is concentrating most of his time now on pharmacy of which he is co-owner in Lynn. But since January he has been "up to my neck in tax work!" — not for his business, mind you, but for folks who, like most of us, need help in preparing their tax returns. "People need help and guidance today more than at any time of America's life. The tax forms themselves drive most folks nuts." (He'll get no argument from most of us on that.)

A member of Everett C. Benton Lodge of Boston, Bro. Stepner participates in Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) counseling activities sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service and the American Association of Retired Persons, the latter being the largest membership organization in America. The programs cover both low-income households and elderly taxpayers. He sets up his tax assistance shop at the Lynn Public Library on North Common St. Bro. Stepner estimates he assists about 175 tax clients a year, with the number increasing this year because of the confusing tax report forms that were supposed to be easier. His clients must either have an annual income of $10,000 or less or must be 60 years of age or older.

To be "a useful member of society" is one part of the Masonic ritual Bro. Stepner has taken seriously. A graduate of Tufts Univ., New England College of Pharmacy, and Northeastern Univ., he started as a volunteer in 1979 and became an instructor for other counselors in 1982. He has been a volunteer instructor at North Shore Community College "to update counselors to keep them abreast of the tax law changes."

"There is a noticeable lack of confidence in people today. If they earned an extra $20 this year over last year, they get panicky," he admits. His tax service often takes counselors into homes where the IRS will not go, but is more interested in accommodating a greater number of people.

STETSON, CALEB 1801-1885

From Proceedings, Page 1885-122:

CALEB STETSON, Braintree, who died in Georgia during the latter part of January, 1885, was born January 6, 1801. From an extended .obituary of the deceased, written by Wor. Bro. Samuel A. Bates, we learn that Bro. Stetson passed his minority in assisting his father in the grocery business. Having attained his majority he commenced the manufacture and sale of boots and shoes. Removing to Boston he continued the business of selling boots, shoes, and leather, which, being conducted with great ability, his firm became one of the largest, houses in that line in the city. He was a man of remarkable business capacity, enjoying the confidence of his fellow-citizens. In 1842 he was elected a Director of the Shoe and Leather Dealers' Bank, of Boston, and became President thereof in 1857, continuing to fill that office for ten years. He was made a Mason in Orphan's Hope Lodge, of East Weymouth, about 1826. He was buried by that Lodge with Masonic ceremonies.


From New England Craftsman, Vol. III, No. 8, May 1908, Page 280:

Brother Charles E. Stetson, a member of Henry Price Lodge, Charlestown, was buried with Masonic service, March 25th. Brother Stetson was for a long time an instructor in the public schools of Boston and vicinity.


From New England Craftsman, Vol. VI, No. 12, September 1911, Page 403:

Brother Charles H. Stevens died at his home, Marlboro, Mass., Monday, August 14, at the age of 64 years. He was one of the best known Masons of the section where he resided.

He was born in Boston and was a bookkeeper for local shoe factories for many years.

He joined the Masons when a young man and was Worshipful Master of United Brethren Lodge for two years. He was a member of Houghton R. A. chapter, Past Commander of Trinity Commandery, K. T., of Hudson, enrolled in the Scottish Rite bodies, was one of the association of K. T. Commanders and had been past patron of O. E. S. He also belonged to the Union Club, Marlboro Council Royal Arcanum, and was a Director of the Marlboro Co-operative Bank.

STEVENS, JUSTIN E. 1822-1852

  • MM 1843, Mount Lebanon

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XII, No. 3, January, 1853, p. 94:

In this city, on the morning of the 17th December, Dr. Justin E. Stevens, youngest son of Dr. John Stevens, aged 30.

Dr. Stevens was a graduate of the Military Academy of Vermont, under the charge of Capt. Partridge. He afterwards studied medicine in this city, and received a diploma from Harvard University. On the breaking out of the war with Mexico, he received an appointment as surgeon in the army, and was present at the taking of the city of Mexico. On the establishment of peace, he returned home, bringing with him, like hundreds of others, the seeds of the disease which finally terminated his existence on earth.

He was made a Mason soon after attaining to his majority, and was a member of the Boston Encampment of Knights Templars at the time of his death. He was a young man of great purity of character, and was highly esteemed by all who knew him, for the amiability of his temper and excellent social qualities. His friends will long lament his premature death, as the loss of one to whom they had become endeared through warm, social and fraternal relations. He leaves a young and accomplished wile—an aged father, and brothers and sisters, to embalm his memory in tears of sorrow.

His funeral was attended by his military and Masonic friends, from the residence of his father, on Monday, the 20th. The President elect, Gen. Pierce, to whose regiment the deceased was attached, while in Mexico, was present, and united in paying the usual military honors to his memory.

STEVENS, SOLON 1800-1878

From Liberal Freemason, Vol. II, No. 3, June 1878, Page 91:

To those who have been familiar with civil and Masonic affairs in Lowell, for any length of time, the absence of Solon Stevens from his accustomed place will be conspicuous, even oppressive.

For more than fifty years he had been identified with the business interests of that city, ami through all those years he had been doing something to promote its prosperity and his own usefulness. Born in Petersham in 1809, he went to the place of his choosing in 1823, entered into the employ of the Merrimack Manufacturing Company, where he remained until 1828, when he was engaged as overseer of spinning in the newly formed Appleton, with which he remained until 1844.

In that year he engaged with his brother in the manufacture of power and loom harnesses; the partnership, however, was dissolved Some lilteen years ago, and brother Stevens continued the business alone.

Last winter he was seriously injured by a fall, which severely shocked his system; from this he had somewhat recovered, but on Sunday morning. May 19th, he was awakened by a difficulty in breathing, which rapidly increased, until beyond recovery or hope thereof, his physicians despaired, and at eleven o'clock of the day following, the spirit of this good Mason and brother passed into immortality. His room may be occupied, but his place may not be filled.

The Masonic Fraternity in Lowell received from him a good example; Masons and citizens alike, may well do him honor, and the following from the public press, is a local testimony of the appreciation in which he was held, by all who knew him:

"The deceased was a quiet, unostentatious citizen, and enjoyed the respect of all classes with whom he came in contact. He never sought social or political preferment, and although undemonstrative in the expression of his views, in niatters of general or local interest, he had no opinions to withhold or conceal, but expressed himself frankly and freely. He was once elected representative to the Legislature, and for two years was a member of the City Council — in 1846-47. He was a firm and faithful friend of the Masonic Order, and was an honorary member, we think, of Pentucket Lodge, to which he was admitted fifty-one years ago, as well as of Mt. Horeb Chapter, Ahasuerus Council, and Pilgrim Commandery, an Honorary Member of each, and a Knight Templar over fifty years, having received the Orders in Boston Commandery. He was likewise a member of the Old Residents' Historical Association.

"Mr. Stevens has left a widow and one son, Solon W. Stevens, the well-known organist of this city. His brother (and former partner) resides in Baltimore, and a sister living in Madison, Indiana, survives him. The relationship which has ever existed between the father and son was of the tenderest and most affectionate character, they finding special pleasure and satisfaction in the presence of each other. The bereaved members of the family circle, so suddenly broken, we need not add, have the sympathy of all their numerovi friends and acquaintances in the city.

"The funeral of Mr. Stevens took place on Thursday afternoon. There were prayers at the residence of his son, after which the re mains were conveyed to the Worthen Street Baptist Church, where the deceased had for thirty years attended religious services. The Rev. Mr. Lecompte officiated, assisted by Rev. Smith Baker. The attendance was quite large. There were a number of appropriate floral pieces upon the casket, and a wreath, with the inscription, Asleep in Jesus, was fixed upon the pew of the deceased, which was enclosed in emblems of mourning. The exercises were very impres sive. The general charge of the rites was entrusted to ex-Mayor, J. P. Folsom, who had selected the following as pall-bearers :— Edward Tuck, W. F. Salmon, Charles Morrill, Francis Jewett, Otis Allen, O. A. Brigham. It may be properly designated as a Masonic funeral, in charge of Pentucket Lodge, C. H. Richardson, Master, with a large delegation of members. All the other Masonic Bodies of the city were represented by their first officers—-not an ordinary circumstance. There was also present a large number of members of the Old Residents' Association. The remains were conveyed to the Lowell Cemetery, followed by a lengthy procession, where the usual Masonic rites were performed at the open grave, in the presence of a large throng of people. Thus was consigned to his long rest an esteemed friend and valuable citizen," and let us add, a true Mason.





From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1898, Page 39:

Ill. Bro. Wm. J. Stevens, 33°, once active and conspicuous among us, has been summoned to take his place among those who have gone on to their reward, “in realms beyond the grave."

He was born in Durham, N.H., on the 9th of June, 1821. When quite young, he went to Boston in search of employment, hoping to gain a competency above and beyond what was possible in a country town. The soap making business seemed most available for him at that time. He entered the employ of Stephen and Edward Jackson on the corner of Newton and Washington streets. Their factory was in time removed to West Newton street, where the Girls' High School now stands. Later in life, becoming restless in the circumscribed conditions under which he was living in Boston, he went to Charleston, South Carolina. Here he became greatly interested in the slavery question, then agitating the country, and was instrumental in procuring the freedom of several slaves, in spite of existing law. Returning to Boston, he again took up the soap business with Edward Jackson, succeeding at last to the business and removing his factory to Parker street, Roxbury.

Such is the story of his business career, except that the last years of his life were given to settling a large estate committed to his care which wholly absorbed his time and involved him in difficulties which at times caused him great anxiety and probably seriously affected his health.

Ill. Bro. Stevens was twice married; his second wife survives him. Four children were born to him, three by his first wife, and one by his second.

Except in a business way, his life was not distinguished by any noted characteristics. Political or military preferment he never sought, though his many friends would no doubt have been glad to honor him, had he so desired.

He was made a Mason in Columbian Lodge, Oct. 1, 1868, having been proposed by Brother C. H. Hall, was passed Nov. 20, 1868, and raised Jan. 7, 1869. He served the Lodge as Junior Steward, one year, from Jan. 5, 1871; as Junior Deacon, one year, from Jan. 7, 1872; as Junior Warden one year, having been elected and installed into that office, Dec. 5, 1872. Dec. 4, 1873, he was installed Worshipful Master of the Lodge by the venerable Geo. G. Smith, P. D. G. M. He served the Lodge ns Master, three years. All these positions he filled with marked fidelity and success.

It was during his administration that the King of the Hawaiian Islands when in Boston for the purpose of seeing something of our manner of life, visited the Lodge, where he was entertained in a becoming manner under the guidance of Bro. Stevens. This event at the time attracted considerable attention.

In Capitular Masonry, he was not especially prominent. He received the Mark Degree on Feb. 1, 1871; the Past Degree on March 1, 1871; the Most Excellent Degree the same evening, and the Royal Arch Degree, April 5, 1871, becoming a member of St. Andrew's Chapter, June 7, 1871: in which body he received the degrees. As a member of Boston Commandery he was active and interested for many years. The Order of the Red Cross was conferred upon him in that body, May 17, 1871; the Temple and Malta, June 21, 1871. He was admitted to membership, Sept. 20, 1871.

In the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite he was active for many years, serving his brethren in various ways and invariably to their entire satisfaction. He received the 14th Grade of the Rite in Boston Lafayette Lodge of Perfection, April 21, 1871; the 10th Grade in Giles F. Yates Council Princes of Jerusalem, April 28, 1871; the 18th Grade in Mount Olivet Chapter of Rose Croix, April 28, 1871, and the 32d Grade in Massachusetts Consistory, Nov. 3, 1871. He received the Honorary 33°, Sept. 15, 1885.

The positions he held in the rite were as follows; Captain of the Guard in Boston Lafayette Lodge of Perfection, from 1876 to 187S inclusive; Deputy Grand Master from 1879 to 1881 inclusive; T. P. Grand Master in 1882, 1883 and 1884. In Giles F. Yates Council Princes of Jerusalem, he was Grand Hospitaller from 1878 to 1893 inclusive. In Mount Olivet Chapter, Rose Croix, lie was Grand Hospitaller from 1878 to 1893. In Massachusetts Consistory he was Minister of State and Grand Orator from 1883 to 1886.

His death occurred April 23, 1898, from acute asthma, with which lie had been afflicted for a long time. His funeral was attended by a goodly company of Ids brethren and friends, Boston Commandery conducting the Templar burial service over his remains in an impressive manner.

No more earnest and devoted Mason ever lived than Ill. Bro. Stevens. For years he gave of his time and means to support its cause and promote its well-being. Charitable in temperament, he loved to visit the unfortunate and administer relief and consolation.He was a constant attendant at the meetings of the many bodies to which lie belonged and never swerved in his allegiance to the pure principles of the institution.

Such men as he are needed, if our fraternity is to command the respect of the world. His death may well be lamented by us all, for he had learned this lesson: —

“The first great work (a task performed by few)
Is that yourself may to yourself be true."

This he could do only by loving his fellow man. Realizing this, he acted accordingly and thereby gained kindly remembrances of the many friends who survive him.

E. Bentley Young, 33°,
Samuel F. Hubbard, 33°,
Albert C. Smith, 33°,





From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1894, Page 53:

In the tributes that death exacts from our respect, sorrow and affection, it seldom happens that we pay one to a life fuller of Masonic achievement, more arduous in upholding Masonic dignity, more imbued with enthusiasm for all that stands for the sentiment and honor of the Masonic Order, or more loyal to Masonic principles and precepts than that of John Lindsay Stevenson. In his thirty-eight years of Masonic life he made an unique record.

He gave generously of his time, ability and means to Masonic service. In such giving it should be remembered that a man takes from other interests; and what he gains of honor in our Order, he undoubtedly might have gained, and may have sacrificed, in other pursuits.

It is our inestimable privilege and that of our beloved organization to command the best efforts of our associates and attach them to ns through common interests or by common bonds. We are proud to think that as no thought of money can prevent this service, neither can thought of money secure it. It comes because of an irresistible appeal, which in the case of Bro. Stevenson was unusually strong and abiding and may be said to have been one of the conspicuous influences of his life.

John Lindsay Stevenson was born in Poplin (now called Fremont), N.H., on the 27th of December, 1833. His mother, Judith, was a daughter of Benjamin True, a soldier of the Revolution; and his father, Joseph, served in the War of 1812.

Until he was fourteen years old, he lived on his father's farm, and received such education as a country school affords. At that age, he was apprenticed for three years to a carriage builder at S. Hampton, N.H.

In 1852, we find him engaged in the construction of locomotives at Lawrence in this State, where, on the 2d of October in that year, he met with an accident which resulted In a long illness and a permanent Injury to his left arm and hand. This misfortune completely changed his plans of life. As he inherited patriotism and a militant spirit from both his father and mother, he would have joined the Union army from 1861 to 1865 but for this disability.He married Ellen Bridge Hawkins of Dover, N.H., in 1853, and soon after moved to Boston. For nearly ten years ensuing he was employed as a book-keeper.In 1862 he established himself at Faneuil Hall Square under the firm name of John L. Stevenson & Co., importers and dealers in wines and liquors, and carried on the business there to the end of his life.

In the tributes that death exacts from our respect, sorrow and affection, it seldom happens that we pay one to a life fuller of Masonic achievement, more arduous In upholding Masonic dignity, more imbued with enthusiasm for all that stands for the sentiment and honor of the Masonic Order, or more loyal to Masonic principles and precepts than that of John Lindsay Stevenson. In his thirty-eight years of Masonic life he made an unique record.

He gave generously of his time, ability and means to Masonic service. In such giving it should be remembered that a man takes from other interests; and what he gains of honor in our Order, lie undoubtedly might have gained, and may have sacrificed, in other pursuits.

It is our inestimable privilege and that of our beloved organization to command the best efforts of our associates and attach them to us through common interests or by common bonds. We are proud to think that as no thought of money can prevent this service, neither can thought of money secure it. It comes because of an irresistible appeal, which in the case of Bro. Stevenson was unusually strong and abiding and may be said to have been one of the conspicuous influences of his life.

John Lindsay Stevenson was born in Poplin (now called Fremont), N.II., on the 27th of December, 1833. Ilis mother, Judith, was a daughter of Benjamin True, a soldier of the Revolution; and his father, Joseph, served in the War of 1812.

Until he was fourteen years old, he lived on his father's farm, and received such education as a country school affords. At that age, he was apprenticed for three years to a carriage builder at S. Hampton, N. H.

In 1852, we find him engaged in the construction of locomotives at Lawrence in this State, where, on the 2d of October in that year, he met with an accident which resulted in a long illness and a permanent injury to his left arm and hand. This misfortune completely changed his plans of life. As he inherited patriotism and a militant spirit from both his father and mother, he would have joined the Union army from 1861 to 1865 but for this disability.

He married Ellen Bridge Hawkins of Dover, N. H., in 1853, and soon after moved to Boston. For nearly ten years ensuing he was employed as a book-keeper.

In 1862 he established himself at Faneuil Hall Square under the firm name of John L. Stevenson & Co., importers and dealers in wines and liquors, and carried on the business there to the end of his life.

Ho became interested in civic and military affairs, held a number of political positions on ward and city committees, and was connected with several military organizations.

He was an active and influential member of the Banks, New England and New Hampshire Clubs: serving as Commander-in-Chief of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Co. in 1877 and 1878; President of the Athenian Club in 1881 and 1882; of the Boston Club in 1882 and 1883; and as one of the Directors of the Sons of the Revolution in 1889.

The Masonic life, where we knew him more intimately and of which this memorial principally treats, began in Amicable Lodge, Cambridge, Mass., In 1856, when he was raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason. Admitted to membership in Mt. Lebanon Lodge, Boston, he was elected its Master in I860. 1861 and 1862. Grand Master William Parkman appointed him a Special Grand Lecturer of the Grand Lodge in 1864.

He was exalted in St. Andrew’s Chapter in 1867, and became a life member. In 1S68 he was made a Royal and Select Master in Boston Council, and in the same year was knighted in Boston Commandery of Knights Templars. After holding subordinate offices in the Commandery for thirteen years he was elected Eminent Commander in 1SS1 and 1882.

In the Grand Commandery of Massachusetts and Rhode Island he was appointed Grand Sword Bearer in 1883 and 1884, and Grand Lecturer in 1885.

He was an Honorary Member of Amicable Lodge, Cambridge, Mass.; Mt. Lebanon Lodge, Boston, Mass.; St. John’s Lodge, Concepcion, Chili; St. John’s Commandery Knights Templars, Philadelphia, Pa.; Ascalon Commandery Knights Templars, St. Louis, Mo.; and Boston Commandery Knights Templars, Boston, Mass.

He received the grades in the A. A. S. Rite to and including the 32° in February, 1863. He had served as First Lieut.-Commander of Boston Consistory in 1869 and 1870: and when the union of the Consistories in Boston was consummated in 1871 ho was elected First Lieut.-Commander of Massachusetts Consistory. In 1876 he was chosen I11. Commander-in-Chief, and served two terms of three years each, the second ending in December, 1882.He was elected President of the Ancient Accepted Association in 1878, an organization formed in 1871 for promoting the interests and welfare of the A. A. S. Rite, and was holding that office at the time of his death.He was an Honorary Member of the Boston Lodge of Perfection, Boston, Mass., Mt. Calvary Chapter of Rose Croix, Lowell, Mass., and Vermont and Massachusetts Consistories.

He was created a Sov. Grand Inspector-General of the 33d and last degree and elected an Honorary Member of the Supreme Council. Sept. 18, 1878.

An exceptional record this of Masonic activity; the more exceptional when one considers the manifold and varied duties growing out of a long official life. It shows his loyalty and love of the Order, As well as confidence and trust on the part of his Brethren. These sentiments lasted with him to the end, and even penetrated the darkness that at times, in the progress of his disease, obscured his mind, exciting it with memories of Masonic duties and obligations.His dominant characteristics were self-confidence, earnestness, enthusiasm, resoluteness and untiring energy. He was strong in his likes and dislikes, steadfast in friendship, firm in his convictions, with the courage necessary to enforce them. Possessed of more than ordinary executive abilities and sagacity in the choice of subordinates, lie carried out, during his official career, a number of ideal programs to complete success: notably the pilgrimage of the Boston Commandery of Knights Templars to San Francisco in 1883.

After the triennial conclave of the Knights Templars, held at Denver, Col., in 1S92, he began to show signs of failing health. His friends persuaded him to make the voyage to Europe. On his return they were at first encouraged to believe that the sea voyage and the novelty of foreign travel had justified their advice; but it soon became apparent to everyone but himself that his malady must soon prove fatal.

He died Jan. 31, 1894, at his home in Rutland Square, Boston, leaving his widow, two sons and two daughters and a host of friends and Brother Masons to mourn his loss.It may perhaps have been said that he was ambitious to acquire all the honors of Masonry; that lie loved to hold the reins of power; that he was tenacious of office. No doubt he was more than ordinarily aspiring; but was not his ambition a laudable one? urging him to his best efforts, and reflecting credit and reputation upon the Bodies of which he was a part; and did he not direct efficiently? Who of us docs not love to do that which we are confident of doing well? Did not his administrations also fully justify the partiality and unanimous choice of his Brethren in making him their leader so often?To say he was not without detractors is simply to say that he occupied high places to which others aspired, and that his force and directness subjected him to criticism.As we read this statistical and necessarily limited record of a life full of energetic purpose and ceaseless activity, it seems impossible to realize that he has gone forth from among us, never to return; that all that was mortal of him lies out yonder in a silent grave. But we who have known him best, who have tested his friendship, sympathized with his aims and ambitions, who were to him his right or his left hand in Masonic offices and duties, — we shall long miss the influence of his presence and the stimulating zeal, enthusiasm and energy that characterized his unwavering interest in all that concerned the welfare of the A. A. S. Rite; while those Brothers who knew him less intimately will not soon forget his familiar face and commanding form, as he moved among ns haltingly in the latter days of Ids illness, yet ever ready with a helping but weary hand to assist in any need to add an interest to the ceremonies of the evening, or to advance the prosperity of Massachusetts Consistory.

Let us believe that in the hour of peace and silence, as he lay on the border line between life and death, there was borne in upon his failing consciousness, “like the music of lapsing waves on quiet shores,” the assurance of the love and sympathy of those he must leave behind him and the remembrance of Ids favorite thought of the poet, assuaging, with hopeful suggestion, the pangs of parting, and expressing in simple phrase the belief in a future reunion of all we hold dear.

“Life, we’ve been long together,
Thro' pleasant and thro’ stormy weather;
'Tis hard to part when friends are dear —
Perhaps 'twill cost a sigh, a tear.
Then steal away, give little warning,
Choose thine own time, say not good night,
But in some brighter clime hid me good morning."

Fraternally submitted,
J. Harvey Young. 33°,
John G. Thorogood, 32°,
Thomas Kellogg, 32°.


  • MM 1940, Center #34, Rutland VT
  • WM 1960, Williams

From TROWEL, Summer 1988, Page 10:

Thomas Alden Steward, native of Rutland, VT, and resident of Williamstown since 1955 when appointed chief engineer of the former Cornish Wire Co., died at North Adams Hospital on Jan. 30. A Past Master of Center Lodge #34 of Rutland and Williams Lodge of Williamstown, he was age 84. He was Secretary-Treasurer of the Second Lodge of Instruction at the time of his death.

A Past Thrice Potent Master of Delta Lodge of Perfection, Rutland, he was honored in 1964 with the Meritorious Service Medal by the Vermont Council of Deliberation. His wife had died in 1982. He is survived by a son, Warren T. Steward, with whom he made his home in Williamstown, and two grandsons.





From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1879, Page 171:

Dr. Horatio Gates Stickney was born in Huntington, Mass., July 23, 1832. His father, a highly esteemed medical practitioner in Hampshire County, Mass., for thirty-three years, died when Horatio was but nine years old. He was a bright, active, and happy boy, and a great favorite in the family and community.

He received his education mainly in private schools, and at Easthampton Seminary. Subsequently he studied medicine with his brother-in-law, Dr. S. D. Brooks; attending lectures at the Berkshire Medical College in Pittsfield, and at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City, where he graduated in 1858. Immediately thereafter he commenced practice in Providence, R.I., where he remained until the opening of our late civil war, when he was appointed assistant surgeon of the Rhode Island Third Artillery Regiment, and was soon after promoted to surgeon, in which position he served with singular favor, endearing both officers and soldiers to him by his devotion and gentleness, so characteristic of his whole life and exalted manhood.

A few months before the close of the war he became associated with the provost-marshal stationed at Springfield as examining surgeon of drafted men. At its close, in 1864, he settled in Springfield, and continued in practice until his fatal sickness, which occurred on the 8th of December, 1878. He died on the 15th inst. following, aged forty-six. His sickness was thus brief and severe, supervening upon an exhausted physical condition, from over-work and exposure in his profession ; and, though contending bravely with his disease, he was compelled to succumb to a higher mandate, and died in the triumphs of the Christian faith, which he had professed many years. Since uniting with the North Congregational Church of this city, about a year previous to his decease, he had been an active and exemplary witness of its power. He was of fine presence, a diligent student, a growing and increasingly-popular physician, a loving friend, a noble philanthropist, and a universally-beloved citizen.

Brother Stickney was made a Master Mason in Roswell Lee Lodge at Springfield, June 13, 1874; and was exalted to the degree of Royal Arch Mason in Morning-Star Chapter, May 14, 1877. He received the degree of Select Master in Springfield Council of R. and S. Masters April 3, 1878.

He was created a Grand, Elect, Perfect, and Sublime Mason, 14°, in Evening-Star Lodge of Perfection, Nov. 24, 1875; a Prince of Jerusalem, 16°, in Massasoit Council of Princes of Jerusalem, Dec. 15, 1875; constituted a Knight of the Rose Croix, 18°, in Mount-Olivet Chapter of Rose Croix, Boston; and enrolled a Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret, 32°, in Massachusetts Consistory, Boston, Dec. 17, 1875.

Brother Stickney was deeply in love with the Masonic Order. As he had many friends in all the various walks of life, so among the Brethren all were much attached to him; and he never failed to be present at meetings of the various Bodies of which he was a member, whenever the exacting duties of his profession would permit. He always manifested much interest in the A. and A. Rite; and, not long before his decease, we enjoyed his presence among us at a stated meeting of Evening-Star Lodge of Perfection, and he expressed great pleasure in witnessing the work. His death following closely upon that of Bros. Anderson, Sawin, and Phillips (three Brethren who were widely known and greatly esteemed), makes a wide gap in the little band who are trying to maintain the Lodge in Springfield; but while we miss them here we trust they have entered upon that higher and more exalted life for which this is but the preparation, and where we hope to meet them again.

Respectfully submitted,
John E. Shipman, 16°, Of Committee on Obituaries.


From Proceedings, Page 1914-40:

Dr. Charles William Stodder, son of John W.T. and Ella E. (Potter) Stodder, was born in Boston, April 10, 1965, and died in Marshfield Hills, Dec. 12, 1913. He was educated in the public schools of Boston, and after serving some months as a clerk, he atended Tufts Medical College from which he graduated in 1898. He was a member of the Massachusetts Medical Society, the American Medical Association, the Hatherly Medical Club and the Massachusetts Association of Boards of Health. He practiced his profession in Boston from June, 1898 to May, 1899, when he removed to Marshfield Hills and continued his practice until about six weeks before his death. He was a member of the Marshfield Board of Health twelve years.

Brother Stodder was proposed as a candidate for Masonry in Satuit Lodge of Scituate, May 6, 1903, and during the following months received the degrees, becoming a member of the Lodge Sept. 30, 1903. He was Master of Satuit Lodge in 1907 and 1908, and held the office of District Deputy Grand Master of the Twenty-fifth Masonic District in 1910 and 1911.

As a man, physician, neighbor and Brother, he was beloved by all. Satuit Lodge loses in his death its staunchest supporter. He worked unceasingly for the upbuilding of Freemasonry and for the uplifting of mankind.

STONE, CHARLES A. 1868-1941

From Proceedings, Page 1941-197:

Right Worshipful Brother Stone was born in Boston on June 15, 1868, and died at his home in Methuen on September 2, 1941.

Brother Stone was an engineer in the mills at Lawrence for about twelve years, but for the past forty years was superintendent of the Bay State Building in that city.

He received his Masonic degrees in Grecian Lodge in 1899 and served as Worshipful Master in 1915 and 1915. In Grand Lodge, he served as District Deputy Grand Master of the Eleventh District in 1922 and 1923, by appointmenrs of Most Worshipful Arthur D. Prince and Most Worshipful Dudley H. Ferrell.

Knighted in Bethany Commanderl, K.T., he was for many years Recorder and later Treasurer, which office he held at the time of his death. He was also a member of Lawrence Lodge of Perfection, A.A.S.R.

He always took an active interest in civic affairs and served as Chairman of the Board of Assessors. He was a Deacon in Trinity Congregational Church and was also active in the Rotary Club and the Lawrence Cooperative Bank, of which he was a director.

He is survived by his widow and one son.

We recall our Brother as a man of pleasing personality and high character and gladly pay tribute to his services and his memory.



From New England Craftsman, Vol. XI, No. 12, September 1916, Page 417:

John L. Stone, a well known Mason and a warm friend of the New England Craftsman, died at his home, Marlboro, Mass., Sunday, September 3, 1916. He held many Masonic offices and was Deputy Grand High Priest of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts in 1907. He was a man of lovable disposition and highly regarded by a host of friends.


From New England Craftsman, Vol. XIV, No. 11, August 1919, Page 361:

Milton Abbott Stone, Past Commander of Hugh de Payens Commandery, Knights Templar of Melrose, Mass., died suddenly on Friday, July 25th, at his home, 137 Green Street, Melrose, from cerebral hemorrhage, in his sixieth year. He was born in Weston on June 20, 1860, the son of Kendall H. and Emily (Willoughby) Stone, both of old New England stock. He early came to Boston and engaged in business and for many years had been engaged in the wholesale rug business. He was for a short time interested in the milk business.

Mr. Stone was a member of Wyoming Lodge of Masons, Waverly Royal Arch Chapter, Melrose Council of Malden, Hugh de Payens commandery, Aleppo Temple of Mystic Shrine and many other Masonic bodies. He leaves a wife, Mrs. Carrie Ellen Stone, and three daughters, Mrs. Zelma Weeks, wife of Ralph Weeks of Stoneham and the Misses Reba and Editha Stone, who live at home.

STORY, AUSTIN W. 1827-1907

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

Brother Austin W. Story died at home in Pigeon Cove, Mass., Juue He was in his 70th year.

He was postmaster of Pigeon Cove 38 years, being first appointed by Buchanan. He served as selectman, sessor and school committeeman several terms and also represented the town in the general court in 1881 and 1884. He was a charter member of Ashler Lodge of Free Masons. He was an active Universalist and especially prominent in temperance work.


From TROWEL, Spring 1991, Page 9:

ST. MATTHEW'S LODGE OFFICERS salute Bro. Bertram Stott on his birthday at Masonic Home.
Left to right: Senior Warden Ervin Livingston, Past D. D. G. M. Arthur W. Smith of the Lawrence 11th, Wor. George P. Thomson, Jr., Master, and Junior Warden Charles E. Crowninshield. Bro. Stott is wheelchaired.

Brother Bertram Stott of Masonic Home remembers the strike of 1912, swimming in Andover's Hussey Pond, the Flood of 1936, and just about anything and everything that happened around the Greater Merrimack Valley during the past 100 years. Born July 22, 1890, he celebrated a century of life last July when the Master, Wardens, and friends of St. Matthew's Lodge of Andover visited him at Masonic Home. Bert also observed his 72nd year in the Craft.

Like many Greater Lawrence residents in the early 1900s, Bert Stott worked in textile mills, starting as a bobbin boy in 1908 and working his way up in the Wood and Washington Mills. A born storyteller with a million anecdotes about growing up in Andover when it was a rural village, he recalled that the Lawrence mills produced the country's woolen cloth. A resident at TheMasonic Home since 1983, Bert keeps the nurses smiling with his stories though, naturally, age has made him frail. President George W. Bush and national television weather forecaster Willard Scott sent him birthday cards. He hosted a luncheon for 80 people including his three children, numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren, plus Masons and friends.

He recalled the flood of 1912 when the water around Frye Village was so deep the seven-foot tall traffic island was covered except for the blinking lights. "It looked like the light was floating." In 1913 he borrowed $500 from his grandfather to buy a jitney, which is like a taxi. He was 23, and one of his first pick-ups was a cop who sought his national cab license. He only had a state and local. The trolley companies were trying to rid themselves of competition and pulled all the trolleys off the lines until the Legislature outlawed the jitneys. Now there are no trolley cars and the price of gasoline is causing bus lines to raise prices. Bert admits he was born a few years too soon.

During the Depression Thirties he washed windows, scaibbed paint, mowed lawns, and did other odd jobs for the wealthy for 30 cents an hour. He had four children. Thanks to his parents he got through it. His father was a tinsmith for the Boston and Maine Railway. "We couldn't afford to go to Boston. But, on second thought, there was no reason to go there." He recalled the baseball games in Lawrence when that city had a team in the New England League (1933-35). When they played under the lights, the working people could go to the games.

From 1943 to 1965 he worked for the American Chain Co. in Milford, CT. He has been a scoutmaster and once played interchurch baseball in Lawrence, "But only because my brother was the pitcher and they didn't want to lose him." The Lawrence Eagle-Tribune published a good story about Bert Stott, and, thanks to Bro. Bob Domingue of St. Matthew's Lodge, TROWEL has used excerpts from it.





From New England Craftsman, Vol. VIII, No. 2, November 1912, Page 53:

Rt. Eminent Charles A. Stott, Past Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery, K. T., of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and Past Commander of Pilgrim Commandery, died at his home in Lowell, Mass., Wednesday, Oct. 31. Brother Stott was one of the best known and best loved Masons of his city; nor was his reputation confined to the neighbors of his own home. He as widely known and as widely respected by hundreds who have known of his Masonic, military and civic usefulness, as one has said of him: "Hardly any important beneficial movement during the period of his activity but has had the benefit of his influence. In the commercial world his name has been a synonym for industry, integrity, and plain dealing, in politics he was clean, upright and straightforward. It is because of these things he has so deeply enshrined himself in our hearts."


From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ, 1913, Page 35:

Illustrious Brother Charles Adams Stott was born in Dracut, Mass., August 18, 1835, and died at his home in Lowell, October 1, 1912, at the age of seventy-seven years, one month, and thirteen days.

His father, Charles Stott, came from Rochdale, England, to America, in 1826, and shortly afterward settled in Dracut, where with three others he hired an old woolen mill, with its old machinery, at what is called the “Navy Yard," in which he carried on the woolen business for several years. Soon afterward he assumed the agency of the Belvidere Woolen Mills of Lowell, in which position he continued until his death. On the event of his father's decease Major Stoll carried on the woolen business thus established, and in this way became identified with the earliest beginnings of the woolen industry in Lowell.

Major Stott received his education in the public schools of Lowell, and graduated from the Lowell High School during the administration of Mr. Charles C. Chase.

Previous to the Civil War the major was captain of Company II, Sixth Regiment, M. V. M., and when the call came for volunteers, upon the enlistment of this regiment he was mustered in as its major, serving ninth months at Suffolk, Va.He was a member of the High Street Congregational Church and a prominent and influential participant in all its social and business affairs.

Our illustrious brother was twice married. His first wife, Miss Mary E. Bean, daughter of George W. Bean, of Lowell, died in the December of 1860. In December, 1863, he married Miss Lizzie Williams, of Concord, New Hampshire, who with four children survive him.Major Stott was a prominent member of the Masonic fraternity, with which organization he was connected for over fifty years, having received his degrees in Pentucket Lodge, December, 1859. He was a member of Kilwinning Lodge, joining that lodge as a charier member in 1866.

Exalted a member of Mt. Horeb Royal Arch Chapter February 16, 1861; of Ahasuerus Council October 1, 1866; Past Commander of Pilgrim Commandery in 1867 and 1868; elected Grand Senior Warden of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templars of Massachusetts and Rhode Island in 1867, serving as Grand Captain General and Grand Generalissimo and elected Grand Commander in 1873; member of the Massachusetts Consistory and honorary member of the Supreme Council, Scottish Rite, of thirty-third degree; member of Massachusetts Commandery, Loyal Legion; Post 42, G.A.R., of which he was commander in 1874 and 1875; and member of The Club of Lowell, Lowell Board of Trade, National Association of Wool Manufacturers, of Boston; director in the Prescott National Bank, a member and for several years President of the Horae Market Club, President of the Lowell Mutual Fire Insurance Company, and an honorary member of the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Association of Knights Templars Commanders.

In politics he was a Republican and took an active part in both State and city politics, rendering valuable service in many official positions. He was a member of the common council in 1859-60, of the State legislature in 1867, of the board of aldermen in 1869-70. and was mayor of the city of Lowell in 1876-77. He became chairman of the Republican State Committee in 1881-82. He was chosen presidential elector in 1884.Major Stott was one of the most popular and influential citizens of Lowell, lie belonged to a generation which is fast passing away. His characteristic energy in every enterprise which he undertook, his sunny disposition, his marked personality, made him a favorite in an ever-widening circle of acquaintances and friends.He was a man of unimpeachable integrity, square and honorable in all his dealings, the idol of a devoted family, and his public life was without a stain.He will be greatly missed, especially in Masonic circles. He was an enthusiastic Mason, he believed in its symbolism, and faithfully endeavored to order the conduct of his life in accordance with its principles. We can hardly realize that he has left us, but in sincere sympathy with the stricken family whom he so dearly loved we endeavor to bow in submission to the will of Him,who, we are taught to believe, “doeth all things well.”

Respectfully submitted,
Solon W. Stevens, 33°,
Arthur C. Pollard, 33°,
Horace S. Bacon, 32°.

STOVER, WILLIS W. 1870-1941

From Proceedings, Page 1941-195:

Brother Willis Stover was born in Charlestown, Massachusetts, on March 19, 1870, and died at his home in Everett June 12, 1941.

After graduation from the Boston Latin School, Harvard University and Boston University Law School, he entered the practice of law, which profession he followed throughout his life. He had been Associate Justice of the Charlestown District Court since 1914.

He enlisted as a private in Company A of the 5th Regiment, M.V.M., in 1886 and was active in military affairs from that date. F{e became Captain of his Company during service in the Spanish-American War, commanded the 3d Pioneer Infantry in France during the World War and was Colonel of the 5th Regiment, M.V.M., from 1916 to 1920.

At the time of Brother Stover's passing, he was Vice-President of the Charlestown Five Cents Savings Bank anda Director and Trustee of the Everett National Bank. During his long and useful life he was active in civic, fraternal and military organizations.

Brother Stover was raised in Henry Price Lodge on March 30, 1892, and served as Master in 1902 and 1903. He was also a Charter Member of Galilean Lodge in 1922, dimitting therefrom in 1933. In Grand Lodge, he served as Grand Sword Bearer in 1914, 1915 and 1916, by appointment of Most Worshipful Melvin M. Johnson, and as District Deputy Grand Master of the Third Masonic District in 1920 and 1921, by appointment of Most Worshipful Arthur D. Prince.

He was exalted in the Royal Arch Chapter of the Signet, R.A.M., in Charlestown on December 16, 1897; greeted in Orient Council, R. & S. M., Somerville, June 22, 1899, and knighted in Coeur de Lion Commandery, No. 34, K.T., Charlestown, March 15, 1898. Military funeral services were held at the Grace Episcopal Church, Everett, on Sunday, June 15, and burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

He is survived by his widow, Alice Beswick Stover.

Brother Stover always maintained a keen interest in Masonry and was ever ready to serve as far as his active life would permit. His passing is a distinct loss in business, military and fraternal circles and his many friends will miss his genial presence.

STRAIN, DANIEL J. 1846-1925

From Proceedings, Page 1925-204:

R. W. Daniel J. Strain died June 7, 1925. R,.W. Bro. Strain was born in Littleton, New Hampshire, November 17, 1846. His aetive life was passed in thd City of Boston, where he devoted himself to art. His natural talent was developed by careful training including study abroad. At the height of his career he produced work which gave great pleasure to its possessors.

Brother Strain was initiated in Winslow Lewis Lodge March 9, 1877, passed April 13, 1877, and raised May 11, 1877. At that time membership in the Lodge did not, as now, automatically follow raising, but was obtained by separate application which was sometimes delayed. This appears to be the case with Brother Strain as we find his membership in Winslow Lewis Lodge record-ed as of February 22, 1878. He served Winslow Lewis Lodge as its Worshipful Master in 1892 and 1893. He served the Grand Lodge as Junior Grand Steward in 1898, and was District Deputy Grand Master for the First Masonic District in 1902 and 1903, being appointed by M. W. Charles T. Gallagher, and serving one year under him and one year under M.W. Baalis Sanford.

R. W. Bro. Strain was a very familiar figure in Grand Lodge as he held the proxy of Ancient Landmark Lodge, of China, in 1909, 1910, and 1911. He was then appointed proxy for Sinim Lodge, of China, and held that commission from 1912 to the time of his death. He was very attentive to his duties, and will be greatly missed from his accustomed place in the Grand Lodge.


From Liberal Freemason, Vol. XII, No. 4, July 1888, Page 115:

One morning, about seventy-five years ago, four oxen were drawing a heavy load of lumber along the highway leading from Wrentham to Providence, and the great team raised clouds of fine dust that enveloped the young driver, who walked by the side of his oxen.

The boat bringing passengers from New York had reached the wharf in Providence, and 22 persons were packed into a stagecoach with their luggage and started for Boston. All had compared notes on the trip by water, and were settling clown to the ride before them, and some were even thinking of the hot lunch waiting at the next tavern, when they were startled by a cry of agony, a jolt, and the coach stopped. The cry apparently had come from beneath the stage, and heads were poked out the windows to see what the matter was. A lumber team standing at the side of the road and the body of a man lying in the road beside it, told the story. The coach from Providence to Boston had knocked a man down, and its wheels had passed over his body; and when a lumbering old stage coach, style of 1812, ran over a man, especially when the coach contained 22 passengers and their baggage, there wasn't very much of the man left to tell the tale. In this case what little there was was jammed flat as a pancake. All the man's ribs were crushed in, and old Dr. Miller, of Franklin, said if he could only get his hands inside of him and punch them out again he might be just as good as new, but as it was he'd have to die. But he didn't. Indeed, he is still living, and his name is William Strange, known familiarly to all Fall River as "Daddy" Strange.

William Strange, was born February 12, 1797, in a house in Freetown, near where now stands the Assonet depot. To-day there is not so spry an old man in Fall River as this one of 91 years. He is very small, has bright red cheeks, sharp black eyes, and his hearing is as good as sixty years ago. He has never known sickness in his life but he has had enough accidents and narrow escapes from death 10 make up the deficiency. The traditional nine lives of a cat would hardly carry a man through them all.

The family is an old one, full of long lives ranging from 80 to over 100 years in three recent deaths. His mother was born in Connecticut, his father in Freetown, and his grandparents must have been attiong the first settlers in Freetown.

The story of Mr. Strange's lite is quite exciting. When 12 years old he went to Wrentham and drove a team on the roads for Captain Nathaniel Wares. He remained there till peace was declared after the war of 1812. All provisions, produce and dry goods were carried around the country in wagons, and young Strange often drove from Boston to New York with loads of molasses, sugar, tea, and other articles. After 1812 he went to Charleston and Columbia, S. C., and quarried stone for six months to make a canal from the Saluda Mountain to Granby. From there he came back to Providebce and Wrentham, again driving for Captain Wares; and it was at this time the stage ran over him. In the following year an ox-sled repeated the occurrence, and this time Mr. Strange was doubled up and has "never got straightened out yit."

From Wrentham he drifted to Nantucket. That was about 58 years ago, before the Island had fallen into its present state of drowsiness, and when it was busy gaining prosperity. Here he met a Cape Cod woman, Susan Clarke, and married her. She was a handsome widow with six children, five girls and one boy, and as a coincidence she became the mother of another set of five girls and one boy by the second marriage. For a couple of years Mr. Strange worked at shipbuilding, and then went to Cape Cod and fished a little; he also worked on the road and had charge of all the blasting. While removing an extra large rock from the middle of the road there was a premature discharge of powder, and his body and head were riddled with powder and small pieces of rock. The doctors picked out what they could, some have worked their way out since, but one is firmly embedded in the bone of the skull above the left eye, and of late years has caused a great deal of pain, and another piece is in the side of his face in front of the ear, while the powder dots his face and hands.

After that he removed to Dorchester, then to Halifax — not Halifax, N. S., but Halifax on the Cape — and ran a sawmill. Here the inhabitants had peculiar views of justice. As the men who had formerly worked in the sawmill had no employment, they thought it would be better to run the mill instead of Mr. Strange, and accordingly carried off part of the tools and concealed them. There wasn't so much machinery necessary to run a sawmill then as now, but what little there was was all the more important, and it was an easy matter to stop the work. Finally, Mr. Strange gave up the attempt, and started for Taunton with all his goods packed in a wagon. He-fore leaving Halifax he added another to his narrow escapes. One day he was standing in a skiff trying to fix an eelpot that lay across the thwarts. The eelpot was weighted with 80 pounds of stone. The wind gave the boat a lurch, Mr. Strange fell overboard, the eelpot went tumbling after, both went down 12 feet, and the eelpot pinned the man to the bottom. With great exertion Mr. Strange worked out from under the eelpot and came to the surface of the water, righted his upturned boat, and got to the shore again.

In Taunton he worked as watchman in one of the old rolling ]s but had a rest from adventures, and in 1841 removed to Fall River and has been there ever since.

For the last twenty years he has grafted or cut down trees and pruned grape-vines. When he was 80 years old he fell 15 feet from a ladder, and the ladder fell on top of him, and when a passer by asked him if it "hurt him much" the old man was so mad that he jumped up and walked off with the ladder as if nothing had happened.

Mr. Strange is distinguished as the oldest Freemason in Bristol County. He, with six others, organized the first lodge of the Order in Wrentham, over 65 years ago, and he is the only surviving original member. At that time it meant something decidedly different be a Mason from what it does now.

He has a collection of Masonic aprons that are interesting and not at all like those worn now. One is about 65 years old. It is cracked a little, but is in a fair state of preservation. The material is white silk, with a plaiting of blue satin ribbon around the edge. It is covered with Masonic emblems. A gilt altar is surmounted by two pink female figures, representing Faith and Charity. There are two Corinthian columns bearing spheres, and there is an ark, square and compass, beehive, olive branch, and above is the all-seeing eye. Mr. Strange wore this apron to the mock funeral of Zachary Taylor in 1850, when a figure representing Taylor was buried with all Masonic rites, and the service performed by Masons from Newport, Providence, Fall River, Taunton and New Bedford. Another apron ' white silk is beautifully embroidered in pale blue, and has a pale blue silk fringe. All who belonged to Mt. Hope Lodge when he came here are dead.

Mr. Strange's eyesight is poor, and he reads very little. Two aunts of his who lived in Portsmouth died a short time ago at the ages of 101 and 103. It isn't at all improbable that with proper care Mr. Strange will live to be a centenarian. — Sunday Globe.

From Liberal Freemason, Vol. XIV, No. 7, October 1890, Page 221:

The death of this brother in Fall River, Mass., on September 2, 1890, at the age of ninety-four years, brings out the statement that he had been a Mason sixty-seven years. The by-laws of Mt. Hope Lodge show that for many years he had been one of its Honorary Members. In his earlier life he was a stage-coach driver between Wrentham and Boston, during which he experienced many adventures, and as Wrentham was noted for its anti-Masonic virulence during the period of that craze, it is fair to suppose that it furnished some portion of them. He was the oldest citizen and the oldest Freemason in Fall River.



From TROWEL, Fall 1985, Page 18:

Roy Stratton Was Navy Officer, Writer

Private funeral services were conducted early in March when Bro. Roy O. Stratton of Marine Lodge, Falmouth, died in his 84th year. A retired Navy commander, he served in World Wars I and II and the Korean conflict. In the 1950s and 1960s he wrote two mystery novels about the Mass. State Police. The first, The Decorated Corpse, was chosen a Mystery Book of the Month Club selection.

Active in Falmouth community life, he was a 32nd degree Mason, a member of the Military Order of World Wars, and once held membership in the Royal Thames Yacht Club of Knightsbridge, England. His widow is the former Monica Dickens, British author of more than 30 novels. He is also survived by a son, two daughters, five grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.




From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1893, Page 46:

William Davis Stratton was born in Boston, Nov. 10, 1829. He died at Newton Highlands, Oct. 21, 1892. Funeral service {was held} at his residence on Sunday, Oct. 23, 1892.

From the short notice, but few of his friends from the Masonic bodies were present; but Mount Olivet Chapter of Hose Croix was represented by Ill. Frederick H. Spring, 33°, M. W. and P. Master, and others.

A beautiful floral cross in behalf of the Chapter was sent, and it was fitly placed at the head of the casket of one who had so generously labored for so many years for the best welfare of Mount Olivet Chapter of Hose Croix.

Our deceased Brother received his education in Boston schools and learned the trade of engraver and lithographer, for which by his great artistic taste he was most eminently fitted.

As a painter of water colors and oils he produced many pictures which reflected great credit to himself, though only an amateur; and those who now possess them hold and appreciate them highly.

He was for about thirty years in the employ of what is now known as the Dennison Manufacturing Company, acting for them as designer and engraver.He was married Dec. 22, 1854, to Miss Sarah M. Choate, who survives him. Bro. Stratton was made a Mason in the Lodge of Saint Andrew in 1854, and affiliated with Mount Horeb Lodge of Woburn in 1855, of which he was the Worshipful Master in 1857, '58, '59 and '60. Under Grand Master William D. Coolidge, he was appointed Grand Marshal of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, serving one year, 1862. He also served three years under Grand Master William Parkman, 1863, '64 and '65, and three years under Grand Master C. C. Dame. 1866, '67 and ’68, and proved himself a most efficient officer.

During his term of office he arranged and successfully carried out two grand Masonic processions. The first at the laying of the cornerstone of our Masonic Temple, Oct. 14, 1864; the second, June 24, 1867, at the Dedication of the Temple, under Grand Master Charles C. Dame. Thousands of Masons marched in line, coming from all parts of the State, on each occasion. It is to the credit of our Brother in his special capacity that everything was done in Masonic form and order and that no accident resulted from these two great parades.

In 1863, with many others, he became interested in the A. and A. S. Rite, and received the Grades from the Fourth Degree to the Thirty-second Degree inclusive. August 20, 1874, he was crowned an Honorary Member of the Supreme Council, Sovereign Grand Inspectors-General, 33d Grade. After receiving his Chapter Degrees he was dubbed a Knight Templar in St. Bernard Commandery and was a member for some years.


A dispensation was granted by the Sovereign Grand Consistory, A. and A. S. Rite, March 11, 1863, to Dr. Winslow Lewis, Samuel H. Gregory, William D. Stratton, William P. Anderson, Henry Jordan, Benj. F. Brown, Thomas Sprague and Rev. E. M. P. Wells, to form and open a Chapter of Rose Croix under the name of Boston Chapter of Rose Croix, with Winslow Lewis as First Officer.

A charter was granted Sept. 11, 1863, under the title of Mount Olivet Chapter of Rose Croix, with our Ill. Bro. Stratton as M. W. and Perfect Master; and he held this office for nineteen consecutive years, retiring in 1881.

With his usual zeal and energy, aided by his artistic tastes and much study as to the proper paraphernalia, he put the Chapter in full working order; and it was the first of the newly-created bodies to do the work in full and ample form.

Our I11. Brother was always ready to assist by advice and designs the other bodies of the Rite; and one of your Committee has ever been under great obligations to him for perfecting the regalia of the Council of the Princes of Jerusalem.

“His life has ended;
The glory of his world has faded away,
The clouds obscure his sun."

The strong man with spear and shield goeth forth to the warfare of life; but time loosens the grip on the spear, the shield is rust, and he layeth himself down to his long sleep.

Such is the end of all. Our Ritual teaches, however, that the dawn of brighter things approaches: that that which is now obscure and shrouded in mystery shall vanish before the light of that glorious Eternity to which we are all hastening, where the Grand Architect of the Universe will receive and welcome His children.

Peace be to thee, our Brother! Your Committee recommends that this memorial be spread upon the records, and that a copy be sent the widow of our deceased Brother Knight, with expressions of our sympathy for her in her sad bereavement.

William H. Chessman, 33°,
Samuel H. Gregory, 33°,
Otis E. Weld,33°,




From New England Craftsman, Vol. XXX, No. 4, December 1934, Page 122:

Anthony Wayne Strauss, for many years associated with the paint and varnish industry, and prominent in the Masonic fraternity, died Thursday, December 6, at his home, 1039 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Mass., following a short illness. He was in his 87th year.

Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Brookline, on Saturday.

He was born in Owensboro, Ky., the son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Berry) Strauss. He was educated there, and as a young man came to Massachusetts, where he obtained employment with a paint concern. Mr. Strauss made rapid advancement, and finally headed a concern of his own known as Strauss & Company. He remained in the trade for more than 25 years, before retiring to take up the real estate business.

Through his efforts there was considerable development in Cambridge real estate for a long time. He was instrumental in the construction of the first apartment houses in Cambridge, the Cantabrigia and the University.

He was one of the charter members of the Paint and Oil Club of New England. In Masonry he was a member of Joseph Webb Lodge, St. Paul's Chapter, Boston Council, De Molay Con mandery, Knights Templar, and Aka po Temple of the Mystic Shrine.

Mrs. Wealthie (Macomber) Strauss. his wife, whose home was in Monmouth. Me., died 16 years ago. 9 nearest relative is Miss Fredonii Strauss, a niece, with whom he made his home.

Bro. Strauss was a man of forceful personality, keenly interested in all that pertained to Craft Masonry. He attended regularly most of the important functions participated in pilgrimages both in this country and abroad, and retained until the end an excessive amount of vigor. Unique of his kind, he was known to many, and gave of his substance liberally to the Craft he loved.


  • MM 1820, Old Colony
  • Petitioner for the return of Charter, 1851

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, vol. XXVI, No. 8, June 1867, Page 249:

Hingham, April 16, 1867.

  • Whereas, it hath pleased God our Heavenly Father to call from labor on earth to the good man's reward in heaven our excellent and beloved brother, Benjamin Studley, therefore, —
  • Resolved, That, in the departure of our venerable brother, at the advanced age of four score years, we recognize the orderly and beautiful operation of that decree of infinite wisdom which consigns dust to dust for the birth of the ready soul into the higher life which awaits us beyond the grave.
  • Resolved, That Old Colony Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, of which our departed brother was a member for almost half a century, therein discharging with great fidelity the several offices he was elected to through a long series of years, desire to place on record their sense of his distinguished worth as a man and a Mason, their high appreciation of his many virtues and his genuine Christian character.
  • Resolved, That, while the old familiar places shall know him no more forever, the memory of our esteemed and estimable brother will long be cherished by his associates as a precious legacy of good example, of high moral influence, holy desire and endeavor, and be to all of us a constant incentive to whatsoever things are pure and lovely and of good report.
  • Resolved, That we deeply sympathize with his family and friends in their bereavement, and that we commend them to the joy of that faith which is the strong assurance that for the Christian to die is gain, and which has no doubt or peradventure that heaven has one angel more when the good man goes hence; to the love of God, and the consolations of his spirit through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Rev. Joshua Young,
E. Waters Burr,
Enos Loring,

C. W. S. Seymour, Secretary of Old Colony Lodge.



From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, vol. IX, No. 10, August 1850, Page 319:

We realize it as a melancholy duty that we are called to discharge, in recording the death of this estimable and zealous Brother. He died in this city, on the 28th June last. On the 26th, we met him at Burlington, Vt. Though in feeble health, he joined the Masonic procession on that day, in his regalia as a Knight Templar, and marched a portion of the route assigned for it. At the table, he was cheerful, and addressed the Brethren in his usual manner. He was a benevolent and faithful Mason, and his memory will long be cherished with affection by his Brethren. The following notice of his decease appeared in the Boston Courier of the 29th June:—

"Capt. Sturgis, commander of the Boston Revenue cutter, long known as a most efficient officer of the revenue service,—an excellent commander,—a thoroughbred sailor,—and a man respected in his calling as always ready to respond to its duties,—died on board the cutter Hamilton, yesterday afternoon, a little after 5 o'clock, in an apopletic fit. Though his death was sudden, it was not unexpected, for he had been ailing for some months past, under affections of the heart, liver and kidneys. He attended the public celebration of the Freemasons, on Wednesday, at Burlington, and returned to this city, on Thursday evening. He was in the street about his customary business yesterday. He passed down State street at half past four in the afternoon, and at a quarter before five went on board his vessel then anchored off Long wharf. While in conversation with his carpenter in the cabin, he was seized with apoplexy, which produced almost instant death. His age was about 56. His body was taken to the Seamen's Bethel, in North Square. His will, which has not yet been opened, gives instruction as to the disposition which is to be made of his remains.

"Capt. Sturgis was born in Boston, and his father was a well known hat manu¬ facturer in Ann-street. He entered the merchant service while quite a youth, and made voyages both around Cape Horn and the Cape of Good Hope to the Indies. After attaining his rank in the Revenue service, he commanded on the New Bedford station, and was afterwards transferred to Boston, where he has been stationed for many years, and has been the most popular officer who ever held command in this district.

"Few individuals were better known to the public than Capt. Sturgis. In the discharge of his duty as commander of the Hamilton, he will long be remembered by the navigators who have been compelled to approach our stormy coast amid the severities of winter, as well as upon other occasions of disaster.

"Capt. Sturgis was a most conscientious and thorough Freemason. He attended the late Masonic celebration of St. John's day at Burlington. On his arrival at Burlington, he met an old acquaintance, a gentleman of property, formerly a Boston ship master, who took him in hand, that he might be relieved from much of the excitement of the occasion. The hand of death at that time was apparently upon him. To the hospitable family of which he was a guest, he admitted that by the averment of his physicians, he was likely to die at any moment.

"He had never before been out of the reach of the sniff of salt water. " He had never been so far inland, and expressed his surprise and admiration of the mountains and the lake—the scenery and the country. He survived the journey back to Boston, but the fatal moment which he apprehended, followed soon afterwards. He had foibles but no faults. He had generosities and capabilities, which were freely exercised during his active life. It must be a good man, and an extraordinary man, who perfectly fills the place of Josiah Sturgis."

He was buried on Sunday afternoon, (30th) with military and civic honors. A large number of his Masonic Brethren attended the funeral, which was numerous and imposing. The sermon was preached by the venerable Brother, Rev. Edward T. Taylor, the "seaman's friend." On hearing of the death of Capt. Sturgis, the Grand Lodge of Vermont, as a token of respect to his memory, clothed their jewels in mourning.

Description of his funeral oration, by Edward T. Taylor, Grand Chaplain; from The Life of Father Taylor, 1904:

No one attracted more attention or was held in higher esteem among the noted figures in Boston prior to 1850 than Captain Josiah Sturgis, of the revenue cutter "Hamilton." Related as he was to prominent famihes of Boston and London, his funeral on June 29, 1850, attended by State and City officials, Military companies, officers of the Army and Navy, members of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company, large bodies of Free and Accepted Masons and Odd Fellows, presented an imposing appearance, and was an occasion to call forth the best powers of Father Taylor.

After a fervent and earnest prayer and the singing of hymn 425 in the Methodist Collection Hymn-book, Father Taylor delivered the following sermon from the second chapter of the Gospel according to Saint John, second verse, — " Our friend Lazarus sleepeth."

"It is not usual with me to preach a funeral sermon to so large a congregation of mourners. In most cases of a large audience the greater part of the spectators are excited by mere curiosity. Here are those authorized to bear steel, believers in peace, yet defenders of the right, the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company, the Masonic Societies, the Odd Fellows, the Defenders of the Just, the Collectors of Customs, the Marine Societies, all interested, all mourners.

"The deceased has not left us to build his monument, except to erect a few stones: he has built his own monument. If I say, He is here, this will not suffice. We know he is here. He is dead; and who takes pleasure in the deadly echo? None! In the days of Robespierre it was resolved that there was no God, and again resolved that death was eternal sleep; but our Lord says of Lazarus, ' Our Lazarus is not dead, but sleepeth.' There might be some men who constitutionally could not believe in the Reanimating. He thanked God that He could do so. Martha believed that Jesus could only restore from disease, but He showed that He was the Resurrection and the Life: 'He that believeth in me shall have everlasting life.'

"There are two lights in which the Saviour appears as important to us, the Death and the Resurrection. It was said in tradition that birds could not fly over the Dead Sea, but that was proved not to be true; but, if there be a discrepancy in the character of God, faith will not assent until the discrepancy be made good. It would not be what the Rev. Mr. Such-an-one might say about it, for they have stirred up more than they have settled; but the Bible would not exhibit any such discrepancy. Who, let me ask, was ever sent to the gallows, the state prison, or the house of correction, by imitating the character of Christ, or by loving Him with all his heart and soul, and his neighbor as himself? God did not make the body: He formed it; but He made an immortal soul. When we speak of a man, we do not mean his coat. In the wear and tear of the body the coat may be torn, the body may be wearied and worn out and require a watch below, and sleepeth not a dishonest sleep, but the rest of a deserving spirit.

"The classic countenance, the quiet beauty of the human form, would seem to say, There is no death. But here before you. Brethren, is the answer, — he sleeps under protection: 'Knock, and it shall be opened unto you.' He has knocked, and entered into his reward. Manly on earth, he has received the diploma of his deeds. The jewel of the heart is bright: it is a jewel not to be speculated with. Lazarus' death was premature. The same death scene had to be gone through with a second time, doubly painful, — a second time the hectic flush, the cough, the winding-sheet, the funeral train. The form before us was prepared : we do not wish to call him back !

"In his will he says, ' I leave the world in peace with all men, and to God I commend my spirit.' Never designedly injuring any one or being injured by design by any one, calmly and composedly he sits down to write the beautiful sentence. In his own beautiful handwriting he leaves this testament to us, signed " Josiah Sturgis," and duly sealed. Turn to Saint John, and we find that he says that 'now. Brethren, we are sons of God'; and, again, 'When He comes He will be with us. ' It signified that the Saviour was with us as a Comforter, and takes it for granted that He will come. The man has gone. The long list of widows and other recipients of his charities will miss him when Thanksgiving and Christmas come round. Odd Fellow? Yes, he was an odd fellow: he kept one hand in his pocket and the other feeling for some object of charity. Farewell, Brother. I shall meet you in the Vale where you have gone to Rest."

Biography in "Heroes of the U.S. Coast Guard"

SULLIVAN, JOHN 1740-1795

  • MM 1768, WM 1789-1790, St. John's, Portsmouth, NH
  • First Grand Master of Masons in New Hampshire

From New England Craftsman, Vol. XVI, No. 12, September 1921, Page 317:

In the year 1789 there were but three Masonic Lodges in New Hampshire, viz., St. John's and St. Patrick's, at Portsmouth, and Rising Sun at Keene. On the eighth day of July in that year deputies from these lodges met in Portsmouth and established the Grand Lodge of New Hampshire, "upon principles consistent with, and subordinate to, the General regulations and Ancient constitutions of Freemasonry."

His Excellency, John Sullivan, Esquire, President of the State of New Hampshire, was elected Grand Master of Masons at that meeting.

General Sullivan was made a Mason in St. John's Lodge, Portsmouth, N. H., on March 19, 1767; passed to the degree of Fellowcraft on the same date, and raised a Master Mason December 28, 1768. At the time of his election as Grand Master he had never held the office of Master of a lodge. It was probably due to this fact that his installation as Grand Master was postponed.

On December 3, 1789, he was elected Master of St. John's Lodge and installed as such on the 28th of the same month.

He was installed as Grand Master at a meeting held in Portsmouth on the eighth day of April, 1790, as indicated by the following extract from the records:

"The Brethren of the several lodges present confirmed the choice of Brother Sulilvan, who was joyfully saluted as Grand Master elect. Brother Jackson made the first procession round the tables, viz.:

"Bro. Stone, with a drawn sword, to clear the way; the stewards, two and two abreast, with white rods; the Grand Chaplain, Bro. Woodward, with one great light; Secretary and Treasurer; Bro. Hoven, as proxy from Rising Sun Lodge, with the sword; Bro. Rogers and Bro. Bass; Bro. Sherburne, with the Book of Constitutions; Bro. Thompson and Bro. Turner, with two great lights; Bro. Sullivan, Grand Master elect; Bro. Jackson.

"During the procession three times around the tables, the Brethren stood up and made their regular salutations, when returned, Bro. Jackson, proclaimed aloud:

" 'His Excellency, our Bro. John Sullivan, Esq., Grand Master of Masons in New Hampshire.'

"His Excellency having bowed to the assembly, Bro. Jackson invested him with the proper insignia and badges of his office and authority, installed him in Solomon's Chair, and, wishing him all prosperity, sat down at his right hand, upon which the assembly joined in due homage, affectionate congratulations, and other signs of joy."

Thus is the Masonic history of New Hampshire linked with its political history by the fact that its first president (as the governor was then called) was, while still presiding, installed as Grand Master of Masons of New Hampshire.

But little additional is known of his Masonic career. We are told that the records of St. John's Lodge show that he was a frequent attendant at the meetings, considering his many activities, and the fact that his public services to state and country kept him away from Portsmouth for long periods.

It is further related that in the Rhode Island campaign of 1778 he granted permission to the Masonic Brethren under his command to take part in the celebration of the festival of St. John the Evangelist, in Providence, and he and General James Mitchell Varnum, another eminent Mason, participated in the celebration.

At the dedication of the monument erected to his memory by the State, the dedication ceremonies were performed in most impressive manner by the Grand Lodge of New Hampshire. The then Most Worshpful Grand Master, Charles Carroll Hayes, of Manchester, said, in the course of his address, "It is not only proper, but eminently fitting, that Masons should perform this duty, • * * for the reason that the man in whose honor this granite shaft has been erected was a prominent and distinguished Mason. His love for the Order, and his recognized abilities caused the Brethren to confer upon him the highest honor in their power, by choosing him as the first Grand Master of Masons in New Hampshire. He was active and earnest in the cause of Masonry because he thoroughly and conscientiously believed in his principles, and was always ready to do his part in binding together, with the golden chain of brotherly love and affection, the God-fearing and liberty-loving men of his time and generation. Like George Washington and nearly all of the patriots and great leaders of the Revolutionary period, he was a Mason because love of country and the principles of Freemasonry are inseparable. When we read the history of his life, and find that he possessed all the attributes of a just and upright man, one who was true to himself and true to his country, working always for that which was best, it would have been strange indeed had he not sought a Masonic Lodge, knocked at the door, passed within the portals, and in due time been able to claim the proud title of Master Mason."

It must have been with a feeling of deep regret that within less than six months after his installation as Grand Master, he was compelled by fast failing health to give up the duties of his office. This he did in a letter, written by himself, and preserved in the Grand Masonic archives, of which the following is a copy:

Durham, September. 5, 1790.

Brother Hall Jackson,
Deputy Grand Master of the Lodges, New Hampshire:

Dear Sir: My alarming State of health which once occasioned me to express my wishes to the Grand Lodge that I might be excused from the honor conferred on me by Electing me Grand master of the Lodge of free and accepted masons in New Hampshire, compels me at this time to notify you & through you the Grand Lodge of this state that, owing to Indisposition, I find myself unable to perform the Duties of The important office, and must therefore decline acting any Longer in the honorable Station which I have been honored with. I must now Intreat the Brethren to accept my most cordial thanks for the honor they have done me by the appointment & to believe that I shall ever Esteem and revere an order so respectable & to which I now feel I ever shall feel the strongest attachment.

Jno. Sullivan.

Right Worshipful Hall Jackson, Esqr.,
Deputy Grand Master of Free Masons in New Hampshire.

The career of John Snllivan is one to be proud of. He was the most conspicuous among many great and resourceful men of our state in those jventful Revolutionary days. A patriot of unnsullied loyalty, he gave his all to the service of his state and country.

As a citizen he was far in advance of his times, urging the people to constructive action, and, many times, successfully moulding them to his will.

As a lawyer he occupied a distinguished place in the bar, impulsive ind swift in thought and accurate in execution.

As a soldier his record is one of bravery and self-sacrifice. Critics iave tried to break down that record, but it has stood the test of time, and today he stands as one of the bravest and ablest generals that aided Washington.

As a governor he served the State which he loved with the restless power of a vigorous and versatile mind.

Through all the many public offices he filled, he was beloved of the people and was more than any other New Hampshire uan, their councilor ind guide. Perhaps the man who most nearly approached him in the esteem of the people was Mesbech Weare. I quote a comparison of these two men once written by the late Ezra S. Stevens, because it seems to me to forcibly bring out the important traits of Gen. Sullivan's character:

"The life-work of Weare was a human temple, reared by industry and cemented by the superior qualities of his judgment and discretion. Sullivan, bounding from the joys of youth into the wisdom and soberness of manhood, was swift in thought and bold in execution. Weare was prudent. He acted at all times and under all circumstances with rare intelligence, because he clearly discerned and correctly read the state of the public mind. Sullivan was impetuous. He gilded the realities of the present with the golden hopes and promises of the future. Weare was understood and appreciated because he walked among and labored with the people, inviting them into the inner temple of his thought, and instructing them from the ripeness of his experience and the fulness of his wisdom. Sullivan always in advance of public sentiment, was fond of moving, even if he failed to convince the people, and, while the cautious were grieving over a disturbance, Sullivan was rejoicing in war. Weare was a statesman of tact and ability. Sullivan was a born leader of men. Weare conducted, but Sullivan created, revolution, and each was equally illustrious in his peculiar sphere."

Looking back into the centuries of Masonic history and tradition we are convinced that in every age and country men of action, of accomplishment and of high character have followed its teachings. It is therefore gratifying to us to know that the beginnings of our Grand Lodge was under the watchful care of a man of that superior type, a man who gave to the full in many high places, and thus giving, glorified that to which he gave. Masonry honored General Sullivan by making him Grand Master, but he no less honored Masonry by his service in that high office.

SWAIN, CHARLES P. 1797-1884

From Liberal Freemason, Vol. VII, No. 11, February 1884, Page 339:

When the ocean was more exclusively the highway of commerce, and before steam vessels had so largely supplanted those dependent on wind and sails, the Island of Nantucket had, by its enterprise and skill in whale catching, secured to itself the foremost place in that special pursuit. Possibly her sons were a little better prepared for the venturesome calling, by being accustomed to the wind and the sea from infancy, and familiar with boats and boating, because of the waters surrounding their island home, and upon which the youthful oarsman learned to dare the tempest, and to outride the storm.

Whatever may have been the cause, whether from one, or from many things, certain it is, that until the introduction of steam, the sails of Nantucket's vessels whitened every sea where a whale could be followed, or the prospect of capturing one gave encouragement for the sailor to go. The island itself has an area of only sixty square miles, a somewhat barren soil, and was without sufficient domestic products to successfully employ the labor of muscle and brain of its own growing in local or purely*home enterprises.

Her sons, therefore, turned to the sea, not to the shore fisheries alone, but to those more distant waters to visit which and return would take three years of time, and lead them to contend with whatever gale might blow, and buffet as best they could the waves to be encountered in a passage around Cape Horn.

As ship after ship returned, each with its story of toil, and its measure of success, eager observers listened and resolved, and the outward bound carried younger hands and youthful lives hopeful for their future, with which was no doubt coupled the thought of other lives at home.

At such a time was Charles P. Swain born, on July 17th, 1797, and as the years of his childhood and youth passed, the traditions he inherited were supplemented with recitals by boat-steerers, mates, and captains, of whales sighted, boats away, boats stove, and blubber cut in, but ending with a full cargo, and the return home; until the growing boy pictured to himself a ship and a quarter-deck from which his own orders would issue, and his rank as captain be made secure.

Such dreams were frequent among Nantucket's boys, but they were not "all a dream," for Charles P. Swain took to the sea in 1815, rose through various grades, made four voyages, and sailed in 1825 on his fifth, in command of the ship Fortune, of Plymouth, for the Pacific Ocean. The voyage was a successful one, but his health gave way on the next voyage, after which his sea life was limited to the command of vessels doing a coast trade. Leaving this, he was engaged for some years in the grocery business in his native town; later he was elected Collector of Taxes, and afterwards served as Postmaster for eight years, during the terms of Presidents Pierce and Buchanan.

Captain Swain continued through life a faithful adherent of the democratic party, and this caused his rotation from office in 1861; but his duty had been well done, and no reflection could be made prejudicial to his faithfulness or integrity of character.

In whatever was for the good of the town he took a lively interest; he had an affectionate regard for young people, was especially interested in educational matters, and for more than twenty years was an active member of the School Board.

Capt. Charles P. Swain received the three degrees in Freemasonry in Union Lodge of Nantucket, on January 11th and 12th, 1825; and as we look at it from this distance, it is fair to presume that this haste was in consequence of his near departure for sea.

On the 4th day of December, 1848, Brother Swain was elected Secretary of the Lodge, an office which he held until December, 1882, and from which he retired by reason of years. His fidelity as Secretary was characteristic of the man, and his records, which are models of neatness, may be taken also for models of masonic records, creditable to all concerned.

Brother Swain was always interested in Masonic affairs; he was a careful and diligent reader of masonic literature, and was a subscriber to one or more craft periodicals during his entire shore life. He was a close observer of Masons and Masonry, true to the principles he professed, and a genuine lover of Freemasonry.

As though in testimony of his regard for masonic interests, and to encourage his brethren of the Royal Arch Degree, who had organized Isle of the Sea Royal Arch Chapter, he was exalted therein January 14th, 1874, when in his seventy-seventh year, and at a time of life when he might reasonably have declined further service ; but it was his nature to actively support that which he approved, and for him, age was never a bar.

His example was one of fidelity, and the meetings of both Lodge and Chapter were times for his faithful observance; modest and unassuming, he was also firm and enduring; his opinions were based on knowledge and information, and to these he adhered with a good conscience to the end, which came to him on January 4th, 1884, quickly at the last, and which he met without pain.

SWAIN, GEORGE, JR. 1791-1880

  • MM 1820, WM 1833, 1834, Union (Nantucket)

From Liberal Freemason, Vol. IV, No. 3, June 1880, Page 84:

Brother George Swain whose decease occurred on May 14th, was born in 1791, and lived to a ripe old age, lacking but eighteen months of being a nonagenarian. He learned a blacksmith's trade in early life, after which he performed one whaling voyage to the Pacific Ocean, sailing in 1815, with Capt. Edmund Gardner, in the ship Winslow, from New Bedford. On his return in 1817, he established himself in business as a blacksmith, which occupation he followed for more than a half a century on Nantucket, (with the exception of a short time during which he was employed in Albany, N. Y., as a journeyman in the same trade), continuing to work regularly at his shop until within a few years of his death. He is known, while in his eighty-first year, to have shod a horse with all four shoes.

He was a man who was universally beloved and esteemed for his sterling worth and strict integrity, and his genial and pleasant manners won for him special admiration in his daily intercourse with the world. In the Masonic fraternity, he has an enviable record. He was made a Master Mason, September 7th, 1820, in Union Lodge, of this town, and was one of the most zealous supporters of the Order, never relaxing an iota of his strong love for and adherence to its tenets, even during all the Anti-Masonic period embraced within the years 1826 and 1832. He served as Senior Deacon of the Lodge during the years 1828-9, and again in 1836; as Junior Warden in 1830, '31 and '32, and as Worshipful Master during the years 1833 and 1834; as Senior Warden in 1835, 1837 and 1838: and in the following year, he was elected Treasurer, which latter office he continued to fill to the end of his life, with the exception of two years — 1859 and 1860 — or a total of thirty-nine years. He was strong in opinions and unflinching in the maintenance of all the ancient landmarks of the Order. The brethren of Union Lodge were present in large numbers, at Prospect Hill Cemetery, on Sunday afternoon, May 16, where the Masonic burial services were held and the last solemn duties of respect which they owed to their departed friend and brother were performed.

Brother Swain was a descendant of John Swain, Jr., (the first male child born to the English upon the island), who married Experience Folger, next daughter to Abiah, the mother of Dr. Franklin. He married a daughter of Tristam Starbuck, who still survives him. and he has also left one son, who resides in East Boston, and a sister upwards of eighty years old, who lives in the old mansion at Polpis, built in 1672, and occupied by John and Experience. — J. S. B. in Nantucket Journal.

SWAIN, JOHN H(OWLAND). 1823-1908

From Proceedings, Page 1908-17:

John H. Swain, of North Easton, died at his residence in that town Feb. 23, 1908. He was a member of Paul Dean Lodge in that town, and served as its Master in 1877 and 1878, and was District Deputy Grand Master of District No. 22 in 1884, 1885 and 1886, A zealous and faithful Brother, whose interest in the welfare of our Fraternity never faltered, who lived and died honored and beloved by his Brethren.

SWAIN, OLIVER 1796-1886

From Proceedings, Page 1886-139:

Wor. Oliver Swain was born at Wilmington, Mass., June 25, 1796, and removed soon after, with his father's family, to South Reading, now Wakefield, where he continued to reside until 1817, when, having attained his majority, and being armed with a certificate of his correct habits, good morals, and diligence in business, signed by the clergyman of his parish and the selectmen of the town, he proceeded to New Bedford, Mass., where, during his residence of nearly seventy years, he gave the fullest proof of the truthfulness of that testimonial. His death occurred on Tuesday, October 26, 1886. The Masonic Fraternity, under the direction of Star in the East Lodge, attended his funeral and interred his remains with the formalities of the Order, on Thursday the 28th.

Brother Swain married Amy Russell, daughter of William Russell, Jr. Two children, Mr. Revilo Swain, of San Francisco, and Mrs- Maria Callender, of Buffalo, N.Y., survive him.

Brother Swain was made a Mason in Mount Moriah Lodge at South Reading, W. Bro. Knights, Master, December 24, 1822. He became a Charter member of Star in the East Lodge, established in New Bedford in 1823, and was its Wor. Master in 1827. He was the last surviving Charter member of Star in the East Lodge.

He was one of the forty-four signers to the Declaration of the Free Masons of Boston and vicinity from New Bedford, which was presented to the public December 31, 1831. He was a member of the Common Council of New Bedford in 1848, '49, '50 and '51, and was an Alderman ofthe same city in 1855. About 1820 Brother Swain was commander of the militia in New Bedford, having been commissioned by Gov. John Brooks.

In a note received by me in 1884, from Brother Swain, he says, " I am and have been (ever since the W.M. was pleased to say to me You there stand a just and upright Mason; and I give it you strictly in charge ever to walk and act as such) a full-blooded Mason, day and night." In connection with a written request, made in 1866, upon the forty-fourth anniversary of his becoming a Mason, regarding his final sickness and burial, he says, "I have been with the Lodge through evil as well as good report, with my colors always NAILED to the mast-head."

Brother Swain was remarkably genial and social until within a few years, when he became very deaf. His house was the home of hospitality and many will recall his generous welcome. Ripe with years of sobriety, industry and morality, this venerable, devoted member of our Fraternity has passed from the life of earth to the unseen and eternal. Treasuring his illustrious example, may we reach the same goal of rest and peace.


  • MM 1816, Hiram
  • Member 1826, Charter Member at Restoration 1845, Pentucket

At the last Regular Convocation of Ahasuerus Council of Select and Royal Masters, held in Lowell, May 6th, Anno Depositi 2767, the following Preamble and Resolutions were unanimously adopted : —

  • Whereas, it hath pleased the Supreme Architect of the Universe to remove by death our worthy and esteemed Companion, Joshua Swan, Past Thrice Illustrious Grand Master of Ahasuerus Council, therefore:
  • Resolved, That our heartfelt sympathies be tendered to the widow and other members of the family of the deceased, in view of their trying bereavement, with the assurance that they have our kindest wishes for their comfort here and their eternal happiness hereafter.
  • Resolved, That the succeeding page of this record he dedicated to the memory of our deceased companion, and that his name, age, and date of his death be recorded thereon.
  • Resolved, That a copy of these Resolutions he transmitted to the family of the deceased; also to the Masonic Magazine for publication.

Edward B. Howe, Recorder. page

SWETT, E. LESTER 1891-1938

From Proceedings, Page 1938-58:

Right Worshipful Brother Swett was born in Dedham, March 26, 1891, and died there February 8, 1938.

Brother Swett was educated in the Dedham schools and spent his active life in banking. At the time of his death he was in the service of the Old Colony Trust Company.

He was raised in Constellation Lodge December 9, 1914, and served it as Master in 1931. He was appointed Senior Grand Deacon in 1932 and was District Deputy Grand Master for the Hyde Park Twenty-fifth Masonic District in 1933 and 1934, by appointment by Most Worshipful Curtis Chipman. At the time of his death he was Representative of the Grand Lodge of Guatemala near this Grand Lodge.

Brother Swett united to conspicuous ability a very pleasing personality. His passing at an early age is mourned deeply by a wide circle of friends.

SWIFT, FOSTER 1760-1835

From Past Masters of the Masonic Lodges of Taunton, Mass., 1905:

BORN in Boston, January 20, 1700, was the son of Samuel and Ann (Foster) Swift. It was his father’s intention to send him to college, and the early years of his life were spent in preparation for the event. In 1775, when Boston was garrisoned, a trusted employee betrayed his trust, the property lost and his father taken a prisoner by the British.

During his confinement in prison he contracted the disease from which he died, and the plans of the young man were entirely changed. For three or four years he engaged in other pursuits. In 1779 he began the study of medicine with Dr. Joseph Gardner of Boston, a friend of his father’s family. In 1780 he was appointed surgeon on board the sloop-of-war Portsmouth, commanded by Captain McNeil. This vessel was captured by the British fleet and the officers and crew were sent to St. Lucie, where they were kept prisoners for thirteen months. In 1781, with twelve others, he made his escape and returned to his home.

In 1782 he settled in Nantucket and there commenced the practice of medicine. In 1788 he married Deborah, daughter of Captain Thomas and Elizabeth Delano of Nantucket. Later in the same year he decided to locate in Virginia with some of his father’s people, and soon had a very flourishing practice. After a short residence there, ill health compelled him to return to Nantucket, where he resided until 1786 when he moved his family to Dartmouth, Mass. He resided in Dartmouth until July, 1792, when he moved his family to Taunton. He built his residence on the south side of Main street, nearly opposite the entrance to Cedar street. On this land was located the tomb of Elizabeth Poole, which tradition says Dr. Swift caused to be removed to the public cemetery. When his house was burned in 1800 it was said to be a divine retribution for disturbing the ashes of this ancient maiden. Notwithstanding the public feeling; he rebuilt his house on the same location.

During his residence in Taunton he was a Justice of the Quorum, and kept a drug store in connection with his practice as a physician. He was also temporary surgeon of the 14th United States regiment when it was located in this vicinity. In 1809 he moved to Boston, and in February, 1814, was appointed garrison surgeon, and in April, 1816, he was appointed post surgeon. In 1821 he was promoted to be assistant surgeon, which position he held until his death, August 18, 1835, at New London, Conn., at which post he was then located.

During his residence in Taunton he was an intimate friend of General David Cobb, and was a firm supporter of the government. An extract from his diary written in 1791 expresses his loyalty to his country — “Rhode Island has escaped damnation by adopting the constitution.”

SWORDS, JAMES 1835-1905

From New England Craftsman, Vol. I, No. 1, October 1905, Page 33:

Brother James Swords, a Past Grand Commander of the Grand Coniniandery of Massachusetts and Rhode Island died at his home in Dorchester, Mass., August 29th. He was well known to the masonic fraternity and prominent in insurance circles where he had been associated many years.


From Proceedings, Page 1927-23:

R.W. Charles W. Sylvester was born at Northport, Maine, June 25, 1858. After receiving a common school education he learned, and practiced the trade of steamfitter.

For many years he was an instructor in the Reformatory at Concord Junction. While there he became interested in Masonry and joined Corinthian Lodge of which he became a member in 1905. He was Worshipful Master of his Lodge in 1915, and upon his retirement from the Master's chair became Treasurer, which position he held continuously from 1916 to the time of his death which took place January 15, 1927. He served as District Deputy Grand Master for the 12th Masonic District in 1919 by appointment of M. W. Leon M. Abbott, and in 1920 by appointment of M.W. Arthur D. Prince.

He is survived by his wife, no children having been born to them.

R.W. Bro. Sylvester won the respect of all with whom he came in contact buz his upright charaeter, the firmness of his convictions, and the courage with which he invariably supported them. His efficient service as District Deputy Grand Master won the confidence and respect of the Grand Masters whom he represented and the Lodges among which he served, and the affectionate regard of his Brethren in Corinthian Lodge went out to him in unstinted measure through the many years of his service as an officer.

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