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WADSWORTH, THOMAS THATCHER 1799-1882

From Liberal Freemason, Vol. VI, No. 5, August 1882, Page 146:

On Wednesday, P. M., May 31st, 1882, a committee of Union Lodge, of Dorchester, Mass., composed of five of its oldest members, attended the funeral services at the burial of their Venerable Brother Thomas T. Wadsworth, who at the time of his decease was the oldest member of that Lodge. At the grave in the cemetery at Milton, when the body was about to be consigned to the earth. Brother Charles Breck, almost overcome with emotions of sorrow, and loneliness, yet borne up with strong faith in God, and hope in Immortality, spoke as follows:

"And now farewell, my Brother, I trust a short farewell, after more than fifty years of intimate connection in business and pleasure, without one discordant word. Yet regret is sweetened and tempered by the happy thought, that our separation at most can be but short. Month after month, and year after year, for more than fifty years, we together have trodden our Masonic paths. To us they have been ways of pleasantness, and paths of peace. Times without number together we have been called from labor to refreshment, and from refreshment to labor again; now for the last time you have been called from labor to refreshment and rest, while I still toil on-You have been called to that refreshment, which never cloys, to that rest which never ends. You have been translated from this imperfect, to that all perfect, glorious and celestial Lodge above, where the Supreme Architect of the universe presides. There we trust to meet one who for so many years was nearer and dearer to you than a brother, to meet, nevermore to part; there also to meet with many of the ancient brothers of Union Lodge, and to convey to them the pleasing intelligence that Union Lodge, once supposed to be dead, has had a glorious resurrection here below. Peace to your ashes, and rest to your soul. Again I say farewell. Brothers, we can best honor his memory by imitating his virtues."

After this address one of the brothers offered a heartfelt, fervent prayer, all joining in saying the Lord's Prayer.

It will be remembered that Brother Breck made a most excellent speech on St. John's Day, in December last, at the Grand Lodge banquet, and that he and Brother Wadsworth were then both surviving signers of the Declaration of 1831, and together had steadfastly breasted the storm of anti-Masonry. The mutual regard thus nurtured, which had existed so long between these two good and true Masons, will explain the deep feeling of Brother Breck, and the scene at the grave, as witnessed by W. Bro. James H. Upham and described by him, was very affecting.

WADSWORTH, WILLIAM STEPHEN 1899-1948

From Proceedings, Page 1948-63:

Brother Wadsworth was born in Canaan, New Hampshire, on January 15, 1899, and died in Medford, Massachusetts' on April 23, 1948.

He was raised in Franklin Lodge No. 5 of Lebanon, New Hampshire, on November 5, 1921, and dimitted on January 22, 1924. On January 2,1924, he affiliated with Sagamore Lodge of Medford and served as Worshipful Master in 1940.

He was appointed as District Deputy Grand Master for the Arlington 6th Masonic District by Most Worshipful Samuel H. Wragg on December 27,1944, and served in that office during 1945 and 1946.

WALBRIDGE, EDWARD LOVERING 1852-1884

From Liberal Freemason, Vol. VIII, No. 8, November 1884, Page 256:

The funeral of Brother Edward L. Walbridge, who was born October 25th, 1852, took place from his father's house on Sunday, September 28th last, and was attended by large delegations of the Brethren from the several Masonic bodies wherein he held membership. Many floral designs were sent from these organizations, that from Mt. Olivet Chapter of Rose Croix being conspicuous for its novelty as well as beauty. Indeed all were beautiful, emblematic and expressive. Bro. Walbridge was a good officer and Mason, well liked by his brethren, who grieved at his death, and heartily sympathize with his father and family.

Bro. James A. Lockhart, Warder of St. Omer Commandery, preceded Brother Walbridge to the grave, by only three days, but the funeral ceremonies were rather more public in character, these being performed in the Broadway Universalist Church by Gate of the Temple Lodge, St. Omer Commandery doing escort duty throughout. The music was by Carter's Band and the Mendelsohn quartette. Floral offerings from friends, employers, and Masonic bodies, testified the high regard the deceased had in the affections of the several donors, whose sympathies are largely extended to his afflicted family.

WALCH, RODNEY WINSLOW 1859-1924

From New England Craftsman, Vol. XIX, No. 7, April 1924, Page 227:

With delegations present from various Masonic bodies as well as from different Boston newspapers, funeral services for Rodney Winslow Walch. for the last 16 years librarian for the Herald-Traveler, were held April 4th, in the Winthrop Unitarian Church. Winthrop Centre. More than 20 years ago he preached in this church.

The Rev. R. Perry Bush of Chelsea. 33d degree, chaplain of the Supreme Council. Scottish Rite Masons, officiated and delivered the eulogy.

The beautiful and impressive Masonic ritual featured the services. Members of Fourth Estate lodge, the newspaper lodge of which Mr. Walch was Senior Warden and which he helped to found, were marshalled in the Herald office by Junior Warden Edmund T. Knight and went in a body to Winthrop Centre. where they joined with Winthrop Lodge, A. F. A. M., Worshipful Master Allen K. Newton of the Winthrop lodge was in charge, and the Rev. A. Francis Walch. a brother of the deceased, officiated as lodge chaplain. Worshipful Master James Robinson of Fourth Estate lodge who also assisted.

Many floral tributes came from Masonic lodges, individuals and newspaper offices. Each Masonic member reverently dropped a twig of acacia in the casket just before the services closed. Hymns which were Mr. Walsh's favorites were rung by the Emmanuel Quartet.

WAKEFIELD, LEONARD 1803-1879

From Liberal Freemason, Vol. III, No. 9, December 1879, Page 280:

Rev. Leonard Wakefield, for many years a resident at North Purchase, Milford, died Thursday, October 27th, at his residence. Deceased was upward of eighty years of age, was a Methodist clergyman, and was an old and respected member of the various Masonic bodies in Milford, having held the positions of High Priest in the Royal Arch Chapter, Prelate in Milford Commandery, and Chaplain in Montgomery Lodge. The funeral occurred the Sunday following, at 12 N., at his late residence at North Purchase, and was attended by nearly one hundred members of Montgomery Lodge, F. and A. M. The remains were deposited in the old burying ground at North Purchase with the customary Masonic Rites.

WALES, JOHN H. 1798-1843

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. II, No. 11, September 1843, Page 370:

Died, in Stoughton, on the 25th of July last, Br. John H. Wales, Master of Rising Star Lodge, aged 45. He was a worthy member of our Fraternity and ardently attached to its principles. He discharged the duties of a presiding Master in a manner highly creditable to himself and acceptable to the Lodge. By his punctual attendance at all the communications of the Grand Lodge, he performed a duty too often neglected by others, and has left an example of promptitude worthy of imitation. The last time we saw him, he was at the head of his Lodge in the procession to Bunker Hill, on the 17th of June last On that auspicious day, in the vigor of health, he was with us to exchange congratulations on the bright and cheering prospects every where presented of the returning prosperity of our benevolent Institution. But, "man cometh forth like a flower and is cut down"— and thus, suddenly, in the prime of manhood, was our Brother taken from us. Let us cherish his memory and imitate his virtues. Let us sympathize with his afflicted widow and orphan children in their irreparable loss; and may they and we be consoled in the confident trust that his " immortal spirit has returned to God who gave it."

Our departed Brother, was a member of several other Associations, who attended his funeral, as the last solemn tribute of respect to his memory. The funeral obsequies were performed at the Universalist church in Stoughton, where an appropriate discourse was delivered by the Pastor, Rev. M. B. Ballou.

WALES, SAMUEL 1779-1861

  • MM 1802, Rural
  • Junior Deacon 1802

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XX, No. 9, July 1861, Page 283:

Those of our readers to whom he was personally known, will deeply regret to learn that this excellent Brother died at Randolph on the 18th ult., aged 82 years. He was a member of the Boston Encampment of Knights Templars; and in former days, when that body was the stay and support of the Order in this Commonwealth, he was among the most active and faithful of its members. During the entire period of the antimasonic persecution, he was one of the few who remained faithful to their engagements, and had the courage to manifest their attachment to the Institution by boldly facing its enemies, and by contributing of his services and means to its defence. He was rarely absent at the meetings of the Encampment, which were then held once a week at the residences of the members for consultation, and once a month, or often as occasion required, at the hall, for business. To a knowledge of the technicalities and ritual of Masonry he made no claim, but he understood its principles and its teachings better than many of larger pretensions; and he also comprehended the nature and realized the full force of his own duties and obligations as a Mason, in the practice of a long and useful life. The older members of the Fraternity in the city will cherish his memory in the sun-light of past friendships and common joys. His funeral was attended by a delegation from the Encampment and a large concourse of friends.

WALKER, ARTHUR W. 1861-1936

From Proceedings, Page 1936-17:

Right Worshipful Brother Walker was born in Boston May 8, 1851, and died at his home in Malden, January 4,1936. His family removed to Malden in his boyhood. He was educated in the Malden schools, Chauncey Hall School, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, from which he was graduated in 1882. He immediately became associated with the Walker Pratt Co., manufacturers of stoves, a business founded by his father. He spent his life with that concern, being long its Treasurer and at the time of his death its President. He was a Director and Vice President of the First National Bank of Malden, and a Trustee of the Malden Savings Bank.

He was a Past President of the American Foundrymen's Association, the New England Stove Association, and the National Association of Stove Manufacturers.

He was keenly interested in the affairs of his city, but sought service rather than place. He was for a considerable time a member of the School Committee, and its Chairman in 1913. He was a Past President of the Malden Hospital Corporation and of the Y. M. C. A., and a generous benefactor of both of these organizations. He was a very active and useful member of the First Congregational Church.

He took his Masonic degrees in Converse Lodge in 1887 and was its Master in 1893 and 1894. He served as District Deputy Grand Master for the Seventh Masonic District in 1896 and 1897, by appointment by Most Worshipful Edwin B. Holmes and Most Worshipful Charles C. Hutchinson. He was also a Past Commander of Beauseant Commandery, Knights Templar.

Right Worshipful Brother Walker was a man of mark as business man, as citizen, and as benefactor of his kind, as well as a faithful and serviceable member of the Craft. We miss and deeply mourn him.

WALKER, CHARLES W. d. 1861

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XX, No. 9, July 1861, Page 281:

The funeral of this estimable man and Brother, who was recently accidentally killed while on his way to Washington with the second New Hampshire regiment, took place at Concord, N. H., on the 26th nit. The deceased was attached as Lieutenant to Co. B (Goodwin Rifles). He was for a long period connected with the Massachusetts States Prison as Deputy Warden, was a brother of Galen C. Walker, who was murdered at the prison about four years ago, and of Dr. Clement A. Walker, Superintendent of the Lunatic Asylum of this city. He stood high in the Masonic Order, and was a man extremely popular on account of numerous excellent traits of character. The accident by which he met his death excited deep sorrow here, but particularly in New Hampshire, where he was best known.

The ceremonies attending the burial were impressive in the extreme, business in Concord was suspended, bells were tolled and flags hung at half mast, and general gloom pervaded the city. The De Molay Encampment of Knights Templar, forty in number, and under the command of Sir Kt. William Parkman and the Winslow Lewis Lodge, Bro. S. D. Nickerson, Master, went up from Boston to join in the tribute of respect to be paid to the memory of the lamented dead, and were received at the depot by the Encampments and Lodges of Concord. They were escorted to the Phoenix House, then to Masonic Hall, and afterwards to the State House, where the body of Lieutenant Walker lay in state. The body was conveyed to the area of the State House at 9, A. M., by the Goodwin Rifles, and there remained in state until noon. The rotunda was dressed throughout in mourning, and the body deposited under a canopy of flags. The apartment was densely crowded the whole time. The procession was formed at twelve o'clock, as follows;— Concord Cornet Band, Goodwin's Rifles, Funeral Car, Drum Corps, Fisherville Home Guard, City Government, Company A, Governor's Horse Guards, Governor Berry, Ex-Governor Goodwin, Honorable Council and Officers of State, Band, Concord Home Guard, members of the House of Representatives. There were five or six bands in the procession, which was quite lengthy, and the passage of which was witnessed by immense crowds of people thronging the streets. The body was conveyed to the North Church, where funeral service was performed in the presence of a congregation which.entirely filled the building. An excellent choir sang several appropriate hymns, an address was offered by the clergyman of the church, and a final opportunity of viewing the features of the deceased was afforded.

The services at the church concluded, the body was conveyed to the burying ground for interment, and at the grave the burial service of the Orders of Masonic Knighthood was conducted by the De Malay Encampment of Boston. The remains were then committed to their final resting place, and the procession returned. The De Molays and their Brothers of the Winslow Lewis Lodge were escorted to the Phoenix House, where they dined, and subsequently to the depot, where they took the cars for home.

There were thousands of strangers in Concord during the day, and the occasion presented a marked contrast to that of the preceding Thursday, when the regiment of which Lieut. Walker was a prominent member, left New Hampshire amidst the most enthusiastic public demonstrations.

WALKER, FRED I. 1886-1930

From Proceedings, Page 1930-279:

R.W. Bro. Walker was born in Dighton JuIy 29, 1886, and died in the same town May 18, 1930. He was for several years train dispatcher at the Fall River railroad station, then in business under the name of the Walker Typewriter Company, and at the time of his death salesman for the American Agricultural Company. Bro. Walker never married. He is survived by his mother, a brother, and two sisters.

Bro. Walker was initiated in Pioneer Lodge Jan. 27, 1908, passed March 2, 1908, and raised April 6, 1908. He was Master in 1916. In 1918 he was elected Secretary and was serving in that capacity at the time of his death. He was District Deputy Grand Master for the Thirtieth Masonic District in 1925 and 1926 by appointment of M.W. Dudley H. Ferrell and M.W. Frank L. Simpson.

Bro. Walker was keenly interested in Freemasonry and held membership in all the bodies in both the York and Scottish Rites. At the time of his death he was Thrice Potent Master of Fall River Lodge of Perfection.

His genial and companionable nature made him popular in all his contacts and his sudden and untimely death brought sorrow and surprise to a large circle of friends.

WALKER, GALEN CARTER 1814-1856

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XVI, No. 3, January 1857, Page 95:

It is with no ordinary feelings of pain and grief, that we record the recent death of our Brother Galen C. Walker, Deputy Warden of the State Prison in Charlestown. While in full health, amidst the endearments of a beloved family, and in the assiduous performance of duty, he was stabbed, as the prisoners were returning from religious exercises in the Chapel, between seven and eight o'clock, on Monday morning of the 15th of December, and instantaneously deprived of life, by a convict named James Magee, who was under sentence for attempting the murder of his own wife.

The public mourns the loss of a valuable citizen and excellent officer, who for ten years had given universal satisfaction ; and an affectionate husband and a worthy Brother has thus suddenly been cut down by a vile assassin—a wretch who affected insanity to avoid the punishment of his crimes, and does not deserve to live!

Our lamented Brother has left a widow and four children to mourn their irreparable loss. He was a native of Fryeburg, Maine, and forty-two years of age. His sister was to have been married the very evening before his funeral. So mysterious and past finding out are the ways of Divine Providence ! We truly see through a glass darkly.

Brother Walker was a member of the De Molay Encampment, in this city, of which his brother, Dr. Clement A. Walker, is Commander, and the last honors were paid to his memory on Thursday by these Knights Templar. The funeral was very generally attended and a large procession, notwithstanding the severe cold weather, marched from the Prison to the cemetery, where the Masonic Solemnities were performed by the Prelate of the Encampment, the Rev. John T. Burrill.

It was a sad and touching sight, as we paused during the funeral services at the
 house, to see his cages of beautiful birds, and hearing their music, the same as ever, 
to reflect what deep sorrow was there darkening the bosom of a widow and chil
dren, now left desolate.

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XVI, No. 5, February 1857, Page 146:

We have in preceding numbers of this Magazine, noticed the melancholy death of this estimable Brother and Companion; but, notwithstanding which, our readers will require no apology for laying before them the following interesting proceedings had before the De Molay Encampment of this city — of which body the deceased was a member — on the evening of the 24th December last. That body being assembled in "open Asylum," Sir Kt. Charles Robbins arose, and amid "the deep stillness" of the place spoke as follows:—

Eminent Commander, — Since our last Regular Communication, — as, alas! is too well known to all, — a sudden and fearful calamity has fallen upon us. One of our number, whom we hoped to have taken by the hand t night, and by whose side we trusted to have worked for years, is absent from his accustomed place in our ranks. By the unlawful hand of violence his connection with us and with earth has been rudely broken, — a Brother has been torn from our side, and ourselves prostrated by the blow.

The great sorrow which fills our hearts, is visible on every countenance, and has once this evening found utterance, but not in words. Our grief is too oppressive, to be easily told in appropriate language, and I therefore move that a Committee of five be appointed to propose some suitable expression of our sense of the great loss this Encampment has sustained, through the sudden and untimely death of our courteous and beloved Brother Sir Knight Galen C. Walker, and of our deep sympathy with his bereaved family and relations.

A Committee was accordingly appointed, who reported the resolutions given below. Previous to their adoption, Sir Knight Benj. Dean, addressed the Encampment as follows:—

Eminent Commander, and Sir Knight Generalissimo.

A little more than two months have elapsed since we were railed to mourn the loss of Sir John J. Loring — one of the original members of this Encampment. Our ranks on the occasion of his funeral were in a great measure filled by the younger members. Many of them, myself among the number, — then attended from a sense of duty, the funeral obsequies of one whom they had never seen alive.

In our ranks on that occasion was our late Companion, Sir Galen C. Walker, who had just been created a Knight among us. As with his noble form and stalwart step he then joined in the last sad ceremonies attending the burial of one who belonged to another Masonic generation, how far from his thoughts was it, that it would be his turn next!—that in so short a time the same men would perform the same solemn services over his own grave! How little did be then think that he was wearing his own funeral badge! And when his brother, our own excellent and much loved Commander (Dr. Clement A. Walker, brother of the deceased) prepared that beautiful and appropriate badge of mourning, and when with prudent foresight he requested that it should be preserved for future use, how little did he then dream that it would be so soon wanted ! and how little did he then dream that the blow would be near his own heart!

Our late Companion, Sir Galen C. Walker, was rather taciturn in his habits, and always seemed to me to be one who "Gave his thoughts no tongue, Nor any unproportion'd thought his act."

And, therefore, when I noticed his presence at each of our public appearances, since he became a Knight Companion among us, at Springfield, on the 24th of June last; at the inauguration of the Franklin Monument, on the 17th of Sept. last; and at the funeral of the late Sir John J. Loring, I could not but observe his deep interest in our institution and look upon him as a valuable acquisition to our Encampment.

But he has gone,—the youngest, to meet the oldest from our ranks, before the throne of our heavenly Commander.

And how differently did they go! One, his time complete and his work ended, lingered here till "cut down by the devouring scythe of time, and gathered into the land where his fathers had gone before him"; the other did not "travel on the level of time, but was untimely, in the might of his manhood, called to " hat undiscovered country from whose bourne no traveller returns."

He fell near where http://masonicgenealogy.com/MediaWiki/index.php?title=GMJsWarren Warren] fell, not on the field of battle — it is true — but like him,— at the post of danger and in the discharge of his duty to the State. And manfully and bravely did he fall!

As I contemplate his death, [ am struck with admiration. Spell bound, I see him receive his mortal wound! He turns not! He quails not! He rushes upon his assassin, and by a last superhuman effort, he wrenches from the murderer's hand the deadly weapon that had already cut the brittle thread of bis own life, and is launching him into the sea of eternity. He gives a look of recognition to the Rev. Chaplain, whose life be thus saved, while his own was flowing fast — and dies!

While, therefore, we mourn so great a loss to us all, and while our hearts bleed in sympathy with our beloved Commander, and other Brother, also of our number, and while we sympathize with our late Companion's bereaved wife and the orphan children who refused willingly to leave their father to the embraces of the cold and silent tomb, let us also rejoice that he died a death so noble — a death so brave.

Let us also rejoice, in the language of our ritual, "in the triumph of immortality," and in the reflection, "that though death has its sting, its infliction is but for a moment; that this frail organization, though here subject to all the ills that flesh is heir to, possesses an etherial principle that shall soar to the realms of endless bliss, and there, beyond the power of change, — live forever."

Let us also be so mindful of our duty as to record upon our books, a memorial of our own loss, and an expression of our deep sympathy with the heavier bereavement of the parents, brothers, sister, wife, and children of our late excellent Companion.

The following resolutions were then unanimously adopted :—

  • Whereas, on the 15th inst. our lamented Brother Sir Knight Galen C. Walker, while in the discharge of his duty as Deputy Warden of the State Prison, was, in the Chapel of the Prison, and at the close of the religious services there, suddenly assaulted by one of the convicts, with a knife, and brutally murdered; and
  • Whereas, though our Encampment, with full ranks, on the 15th inst., followed our late Companion's remains to the silent tomb, and there performed those beautiful and appropriate rites so befitting the occasion; yet it is considered that our duty in this melancholy emergency is not yet ended, but that some suitable expression of our deep sympathy with his bereaved family and relatives should be placed upon our Records. Therefore
  • Resolved, That the Members of the De Molay Encampment of Knights Templars, have received with emotions of deep grief, the intelligence of the sudden and awful death, which has parted us forever, from our friend and Brother, Sir Knight Galen C. Walker.
  • Resolved, That by this afflicting dispensation, we have been deprived of the companionship of one, who, though the youngest among us, had already established himself firmly in our hearts by his sterling qualities, and whose interest in our Institution gave promise of a support we can ill afford to lose.
  • Resolved, That with our Eminent Commander, and our Brother Sir Knight Charles W. Walker, we sympathize most deeply, in this sad event, which has so violently sundered natural ties of brotherhood, cemented by long years of kind and affectionate communion.
  • Resolved, That with the family of our deceased Brother, we mourn his seemingly untimely end j and would unite with them in the consolatory reflection, that though he has gone before us to that undiscovered country, whence no traveller returns, yet we are bidden to look forward to a joyful reunion in that house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
  • Resolved, That as a token of our sorrow, and as a testimony of our respect for the deceased, the usual insignia of mourning be borne on our Banners and Regalia for the space of three months.

From Officer Down:

Deputy Warden Walker was stabbed to death by an inmate at the Charleston State Prison.

The inmate, was was serving a 12-year sentence for attempting to murder his wife by cutting her throat with a razor, was walking in file with other prisoners from the prison chapel following morning services. The suspect then stopped and handed Deputy Warden Walker a note that read, "Mr. Walker, you have not used me well." As Deputy Warden Walker turned to read the note, the suspect seized him from behind and stabbed him in the chest. Several prisoners attempted to restrain the suspect, but the suspect was able to stab Deputy Warden Walker a second time, this time in the neck, killing him.

Two weeks later another inmate stabbed Warden Solon Tenney in the neck with a knife, killing him. That inmate told an investigating Coroner that he got the idea to stab Warden Tenney in the neck after hearing about this incident.

Deputy Warden Walker had served with the Massachusetts Department of Correction for 10 years and was survived by his wife.

WALKER, GORHAM W. 1864-1934

From Proceedings, Page 1934-225:

Right Worshipful Brother Walker was born in North Weyalouth December 5, 1864, and died in Winthrop September 5, 1934.

Brother Walker was educated in the public schools of Weymouth, where he lived until his removal to Winthrop. His active life was passed in the wholesale fish business. At the time of his death he was Vice-President of the Shattuck and Jones Company.

Brother Walker took his degrees in Winthrop Lodge in 1899 and was its Master in 1921, 1922, and 1923. He served as District Deputy Grand Master for the Third Masonic District in 1924 and 1925 by appointment of Most Worshipful Dudley H. Ferrell.

Brother Walker was a member of Winthrop Royal Arch Chapter, a member and Past Illustrious Master of Winthrop Council, a member of Winthrop Commandery, and a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies in Boston.

Outside of his home and business, Freemasonry was his chief interest and he served it faithfully and well. His Brethren loved him and will long mourn his loss.

WALKER, WILLIAM 1751-1831

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From Lenox History web site:

William Walker was born in Rehoboth in 1751. This location is not far from one of the early Puritan settlements, and he is undoubtedly one of the many Lenox settlers who was three-four generations removed from the Puritans of the Great Migration of the 1630’s.

William Walker came to Berkshire County at 20 years of age in 1770, Lenox in 1773. He, like Egleston and Paterson, signed the non-importation agreement, was at Bunker Hill, the failed invasion of Canada, the crossing of the Delaware, the battle of Princeton and at the battle of Bennington (part of the defeat of Burgoyne at Saratoga) and marched as captain with a company of Lenox men to Sheffield to put down Shay’s rebellion .

A lawyer by training he attended the Berkshire Convention in Stockbridge in 1774 and was a member of the convention that framed the Massachusetts Constitution in 1780. He was instrumental in important business enterprises including the iron industry in Lenox Dale and land development. He was a stockholder in the Phelps and Gorham purchase in central New York.

His most important role was as a judge for Berkshire County with court being administered from 1789 to 1868 in Lenox. He was described as “tall with white locks and of great personal dignity.”

WALKER, WILLIAM L. 1865-1939

Brother Walker was born in Fitchburg January 18, 1865, and died in North Leominster July 23, 1939.

He was for a time General Superintendent of the Fitchburg Gas and Electric Light Company, but for the last twenty-seven years was Secretary-Treasurer of the H. M. Downs Printing Company. He was a Director of the Fitchburg Home for Old Ladies. His church connection was with the First Parish (Unitarian) Church.

He took his degrees in Aurora Lodge in 1901 and by extraordinarily rapid advancement became its Master in 1903. He was District Deputy Grand Master for the Thirteenth Masonic District in 1919 and 1920, by appointment of Most Worshipful Leon M. Abbott and Most Worshipful Arthur D. Prince.

Brother Walker was a man of positive conviction which he never hesitated to express. His forthright sincerity and eminent fairness, however, saved him from making enemies by his characteristic. He was a useful citizen and a good Mason. We can ill spare him.

WALLACE, WILLIAM SPRAGUE 1838-1923

From New England Craftsman, Vol. XVIII, No. 7, April 1923, Page 215:

Delegations representing several Masonic organizations attended the funeral of William S. Wallace on Monday, April 2, at his home, 26 Summer street, Weymouth. He had been Worshipful Master of Orphan's Hope Lodge, A. F. and A. M. of Weymouth, and Delta Lodge, A. F. and A. M. of Braintree. He also had served as Excellent High Priest of Pentalpha Royal Arch Chapter of Weymouth, and as Eminent Commander of South Shore Commandery, K. T. These organizations were represented at the services, which were conducted by the Rev. J. C. Justice, pastor of the Union Congregational Church of Braintree. The Knights Templars' ritual was carried out by Eminent Commander Henry P. Tilden and staff. Burial was in the village cemetery at Weymouth.

WALLIS, EDWARD FRANK 1871-1939

From Proceedings, Page 1939-71:

Edward Frank Wallis was born in East Aurora, New York, August 25, 1871, and died in the Hospital at Bedford February 26, 1939.

Right Worshipful Brother Wallis's active life was spent in Cambridge, where he was engaged in the sewing machine business. Always quiet and unobtrusive, he never sought public office or public attention, but devoted his whole life to his family, his business, and Masonry.

Becoming a member of Amicable Lodge in 1910, he was its Master in 1922 and 1923 and its Secretary frcm 1932 to 1938 inclusive. He served as District Deputy Grand Master for the Cambridge Second Masonic District in 1926 and 1927 by appointment by Most Worshipful Frank L. Simpson. He was Representative of the Grand Lodge of Montana.

Right Worshipful Brother Wallis was devoted to Freemasonry and served the Craft with whole-hearted loyalty. He was a member of all the Bodies of both the York and Scottish Rites and a Past High Priest of St. Paul's Royal Arch Chapter. In all his Masonic relations he sought service rather than office, and the service he so freely gave came back to him ten-fold in affection of his Brethren.

WALLON, LEWIS A. 1855-1929

From Proceedings, Page 1929-144:

R. W. Brother Wallon was born in Jeffersonville, New York, August 16, 1855, and died at Brighton September 6, 1929.

Brother Wallon was initiated in Winthrop Lodge January 25, 1888, passed, raised, and signed the by-laws February 23, 1888. He was Worshipful Master of Winthrop Lodge in 1891 and 1892, and served as District Deputy Grand Master (Third Masonic District) for the years 1900 and 1901 by appointment of M. W. Charles T. Gallagher.

R.W. Brother Wallon was in the insurance business, and was long connected with the firm of John C. Paige & Company. Hewas a familiar figure as Proxy at sessions of the Grand Lodge while his health permitted.

An earnest Mason and a man of kindly and friendly disposition, he will be mourned by a large circle of friends.

WALTON, JOHN 1769-1862

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXII, No. 4, February 1863, Page 126:

Pepperell, Jan. 15, 1863.

Br. C. W. Moore— The rapid wheel of Time has struck from the roll of the living, our venerable Brother and Past Master of St. Paul's Lodge, Dr. John Walton, of Pepperell, in his ninety-third year. On Sunday, Dec. 21st, at the going down of the sun, he "gave up the ghost (like Abraham of old) and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people." "Our fathers! where are they? And do the prophets live forever ?" Nearly seventy years a Freemason! — and probably the oldest in the United States at the time of his death. He graduated at Harvard College in 1791. The last of his class has now passed to the ocean of eternity! He has been absent from Commencement but twice since he graduated! For a number of years a member of the Massachusetts Medical Society; a skillful and scientific physician; one who took a great interest in the cause of education. A good singer, and did much to promote vocal music. In a municipal capacity, he held different offices in the town for a number of years, giving satisfaction to the citizens. A magistrate. A deacon of the Christian Church over thirty years.

As a Freemason, he was the devoted friend of the Masonic Institution. Present at the Consecration of St. Paul's Lodge, in Groton, in 1797 — the last of our Order who witnessed that solemn scene, has passed to the Lodge of Immortality. He had held the various offices of the Lodge, as Secretary, &c. up to W. Master, with honor. In the days of antimasonry, which threatened to sweep all who belonged to the Institution, both from Church and State, like the camel of the desert, he stood like a tower of strength in defence of an Institution which breathes "Glory to God in the highest on earth; peace, good will to man." The place that knew him once in St. Paul's Lodge, will know him no more forever — only in memory. It is over a year since he met with us in the Lodge. How happy we were to take our venerable Brother by the hand and conduct him to the Oriental Chair. He could tell us of other generations; of scenes that occurred in the days of the American Revolution. He remembered seeing the British soldiers pass by his father's (Dea. John Walton, of Cambridge) on the 19th of April, 1775, on their way to Lexington and Concord. On their retreat he was taken by his mother into the fields to avoid assassination, while his father was pursuing the enemy. These are thrilling incidents. His name will remain enrolled on the tablet of memory, while Freemasonry exists in St. Paul's Lodge.

At a Regular meeting of St. Paul's Lodge, in Groton, Dec. 29th, 1862, the following Resolutions were adopted :—

  • Resolved, That we thank the Almighty Architect, in the name of his blessed Son, Jesus Christ, that he has spared the life of our venerable Brother thus far in the terrestrial Lodge.
  • Resolved, That our furniture and jewels be clothed in mourning for three months.
  • Resolved, That we tender our heart-felt thanks to the citizens of Pepperell for the respect they show to the venerable dead, when his remains were deposited with their kindred dust.
  • Resolved, That the foregoing Resolutions be placed on our Records, and a copy sent for publication in the Freemasons' Magazine.

Stillman Lawrence, Sec.
Silas Nutting, W. M.

Yours, fraternally, Luther S. Bancroft.

WANT, GEORGE WILLIAM 1846-1908

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

Brother George W. Want, a well known tenor soloist, whose voice has often been heard in Masonic bodies, died March 15 after a prolonged illness. Brother Want was born in London Sept. 27, 1846. He came to this country in 1871. He has sung in some of the leading churches of Boston and with the leading musical associations. He was a member of Henry Price Lodge of Charlestown, St. Paul's R.A. Chapter and the Scottish Rite bodies of Boston.

WARD, WINFIELD SCOTT 1861-1933

From Proceedings, Page 1933-316:

Brother Ward was born in Woburn, May 3, 1861, and died in Athol, August 19, 1933. He was educated in the Woburn schools and at Tufts College, whence he was graduated in 1883.

His whole life was spent in teaching. For more than forty-four years he was superintendent of schools at Athol. He retired in 1931 on account of advancing years and failing health.

Brother Ward took his Masonic degrees in Meridian Lodge No. 60, of Franklin, N. H., in 1893. He dimitted from that Lodge to become a member of Star Lodge of Athol, in 1899. He was Master of Star Lodge in 1906 and 1907, and served as District Deputy Grand Master for the Thirteenth Masonic District in 1925 and 1926, by appointment of Most Worshipful Dudley H. Ferrell and Most Worshipful Frank L. Simpson. Brother Ward led the quiet life of the scholar, and had all the scholar's calm and reticence. Behind his calm exterior was a store of energy and efficiency. His long service at Athol shows how efficiently he discharged the duties of a difficult and exacting post. He will be missed, as he was respected, by all who knew him.

WARDWELL, WALTER C. 1859-1940

From Proceedings, Page 1940-320:

Brother Wardwell was born in Richmond, Virginia, on January 27, 1859, and died at his home in Cambridge, September 29, 1940.

Brother Wardwell was for many years very active in the affairs of the City of Cambridge and of Middlesex County. He served Cambridge as a Councilman, President of the Board of Aldermen, and as Mayor in 1907 and 1908. He was appointed Deputy Sheriff of Middlesex County in 1893, and served there until his death. For the past 23 years he was a County Commissioner. He took an active interest in military affairs for many years, being Captain in the 2nd Brigade, M.V.M.

He was raised in Mount Olivet Lodge October 18, 1883, and served as Master in 1893 and 1894. He was District Deputy Grand Master of the Second District in 1902 and 1903. He became a Charter Member of United Lodge March 9, 1927, and continued until his death. He receiyed the Veteran's Medal in 1933.

Only failing health ended a keen and active interest in the welfare of the Craft, and he is mourned by a host of friends, within and without the Masonic Fraternity.

WARREN, JOSEPH 1775-1855

  • MM before 1819; Charter Member, Bethesda; WM 1824, 1825

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XV, No. 4, February 1856, Page 116:

Br. Joseph Warren, whose death is noticed in another part of this Magazine, was one of the oldest, most faithful, and devoted Brethren among us. He was chosen Secretary of Bethesda Lodge, in Brighton, on the 15th March, 1819, and on the 24th June following, the day on which the Lodge was consecrated, he was duly installed as such. This office he held until Dec., 1823, when he was elected Master, having never been absent from his desk but once during the four years.

H e held the office of Master until Dec. 13, 1825, when he was again elected Secretary, and continued to act in this capacity until the 7th Dec., 1847, when he declined a re-election, having served in the office altogether nearly twenty-six years. It appears from the records of the Lodge, that from the day of its first meeting in March, 1819, to the 27th May, 1851, a period of thirty-two years, he was absent but at six meetings!

Another instance of such long continued faithfulness to duty and devotion to the Lodge, it would be difficult to name. He was truly a Mason of the old school.

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XV, No. 4, February 1856, Page 126:

At a special communication of Bethesda Lodge, Brighton, held November 7th, 5855, the following resolutions were adopted :—

  • Whereas it has pleased the Supreme Architect of the Universe to remove from our midst our much esteemed W. Br. Joseph Warren, who for a long series of years has devoted himself to the advancement of our Order :
  • Resolved, That his attachment to Masonry, manifested by his constant attention to those Masonic Virtues, Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth, has commanded the high estimation of every good Mason, and we cherish the memory of one who with Masonic fortitude, in the dark hour, braved the unsuccessful tide of impending danger.
  • Resolved, That as a tribute of respect to our departed Brother, the Lodge be clad in mourning for the space of thirty days.
  • Resolved, That the Secretary transmit a copy of these resolutions to the family of our deceased Brother, and that they be entered in full upon the records of the Lodge.

E. Augustus Story, Secretary.

WARREN, WILLIAM WIRT 1834-1880

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From Liberal Freemason, Vol. IV, No. 6, September 1880, Page 188:

William Wirt Warren died at his residence, Academy Hill, Brighton District, May 2d, 1880. He was born in Brighton, Feb, 27th, 1834. graduated at Harvard in 1854, took a degree at the Harvard Law School, was admitted to the bar in 1857, and engaged in an active law business. From 1856 to 1866, he was Town Clerk in Brighton ; and in 1865, President Johnson appointed him Assessor of internal revenue in the Seventh Massachusetts Revenue District. He was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention of 1868, and in 1870 was a member of the Massachusetts Senate.

In 1874 he was elected to Congress from the Eighth District, and served one term (two years). At the time of his decease he was a member of the law firm of Proctor, Warren and Brigham, Boston.

He was trustee of the Bolton Public Library, Clerk and Trustee of the Brighton Five Cent Savings Bank, and a Director of the Brigh ton Butchers.and Slaughtering and Melting Association.

He received the degrees in Freemasonry in Bethesda Lodge, and was an active member thereof at the time of his decease.

His funeral took place on the 5th of May, and was attended by his Honor, Mayor Prince, several members of the City Government, members of the State Senate for 1870, also members of Bethesda Lodge, and a large number of friends and associates.

WARTON, BENJAMIN J. 1859-1915

From Proceedings, Page 1916-15:

R.W. Benjamin Warton of Newburyport was born in Brimingham, England, March 16, 1859, and died in Newburyport December 31, 1915. He came to this country when a boy and settled in Lawrence. At the age of twenty years he obtained work at the passenger station of the Boston and Maine Railroad in that city. He was promoted and at the end of eleven years of service became a passenger train conductor. For the past twenty-five years he has held that position on the Western Division between Boston and Newburyport. His efficiency and permanent good nature won for him the patrons of that line.

Brother Warton received the Masonic degrees in St. John's Lodge of Newburyport, in 1889, receiving membership September 8 of that year. He was Master of the Lodge in 1902 and 1903; District Deputy Grand Master of the Ninth Masonic District in 1907 and 1908; a member of the Board of Masonic Relief and of this Grand Lodge at the time of his decease. He labored earnestly to carry out the wishes and policy of the M.W. Grand Lodge, more especially in reference to the establishment and maintenance of the Masonic Home in Charlton.

Brother Warton received the capitular degrees in King Cyrus Royal Arch Chapter of Newburyport and became a member March 3, 1890. He became a member of Amesbury Council, Royal and Select Masters, June 12, 1891. He received the Templar Orders in Newburyport Commandery in 1890 and was its Eminent Commander in 1902 and 1903.

Our Brother was an ideal man, devoted husband and father, possessed of a sunny disposition, popular with the hosts of people with whom he was brought in contact, true to his friends, helpful to those in trouble, and an honor to the Brotherhood.

WATRES, LOUIS A. d. 1947

From Proceedings, Page 1937-128:

To those who have closely followed the activities of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial Association, the name of Louis A. Watres is synonymous with the George Washington Monument.

Right Worshipful Brother Watres, Past Grand Master of Masons in Pennsylvania, has given of his time, strength and money in unstinted measure for many years as President of this Association to the completion of the Monument and the establishment of a fund for its maintenance. Beloved and respected by all who knew him and although well advanced in years apparently still strong and vigorous at the time of the last annual meeting in February, it was a shock and a deep sorrow to us all to learn of his passing away at Scranton, Pennsylvania, on June 28th last, the ambition of his life-the completion of this Monument-still unfulfilled but yet much nearer to completion than it would have been had it not been for his untiring zeal and interest in it.

Let us hope that his passing may not unduly retard the completion of this great Masonic memorial.

WATT, WILLIAM PALMER 1894-1943

From Proceedings, Page 1943-21:

Brother Watt was born in East Orange, New Jersey, on January 12, 1894, and died at his home in West Roxbury, Massachusetts, on February 4, 1943.

After receiving his education in the school in West Roxbury, he entered the paper business and for the past twenty years has been treasurer of the Howard Paper Company of Boston.

He was raised in Lafayette Lodge of Roxbury on June 9, 1924, and served as its Worshipful Master in 1931. In Grand Lodge, he served as District Deputy Grand Master of the (Dorchester) 4th Masonic District in 1939 and 1940, by appointment of Most Worshipful Joseph Earl Perry.

In the collateral bodies he was a mernber of Dorchester Royal Arch Chapter, and Joseph Warren Commandery, Knights Templar.

Funeral services for our Brother were held at the West Roxbury Congregational Church on February 7th, with commitment at the grave being in charge of Lafayette Lodge. The very large attendance and floral tributes attested the high esteem in which he was held.

He is survived by his widow, one son and two daughters. His death occurred on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the birth of his son, who unaware even of the illness of his father, is now serving in North Africa as a Corporal in the United States Signal Corps.

May the gentle influence of our Brother's life bless and abide with us!

WEAVER, FRANK L. 1854-1933

From Proceedings, Page 1934-76:

Right Worshipful Brother Weaver was born in Boston July 15, 1854, and died in Lowell, July l0, 1933.

Brother Weaver's family moved to Lowell in his infancy. As he grew to manhood he entered a roofing business founded by his grandfather. In time he became the head of the business, which he carried on until his death. It is now carried on by his son, Right Worshipful Alvah H. Weaver. The business has remained in the family for a century.

He was a very useful and public-spirited citizen. Among other public services, he was a member and President of the Lowell Water Board for twelve years. He was President of the Lowell Builders' Association during the years of Lowell's rapid growth, showing great skill in dealing with the many delicate situations which confront such a body at such a time.

He took his Masonic degrees in Kilwinning Lodge in 1879 and served as Master in 1889, 1890, and 1891. He was District Deputy Grand Master for the then Eleventh Masonic District in 1893 and 1894, by appointment of M.W. Richard Briggs and M.W. Otis E. Weld.

He was a member and Past High Priest of Mt. Horeb Royal Arch Chapter and Deputy Grand High Priest in 1893. He was a member of Ahasuerus Council, Royal and Select Masters, and a member and Past Commander of Pilgrim Commandery, Knights Templar. He was a member of the several Scottish Rite Bodies and was made an Honorary Member of the Supreme Council in 1929.

Brother Weaver was a man of strong convictions and positive action, but always under the guidance of sound principles, basing his judgment of men on character alone without regard to wealth or social or political standing. Sociaily he was a delightful companion and associate.

He passes full of years and honors, leaving the entire community as well as the Fraternity which he loved and served so well, much the poorer for his passing.

WEAVER, ISAAC 1844-1907

From New England Craftsman, Vol. III, No. 1, October 1907, Page 37:

Brother Isaac Weaver, a former selectman and prominent business man of Revere, Mass., died recently at the age of sixty-three years.

He joined the Masonic fraternity while a young man in Augusta, Me. After coming here he transferred his membership to Chelsea lodges, and was a prominent member of Star of Bethlehem Lodge, Shekinah Chapter and Palestine Commaudery K. T. of that city.

WEBBER, JOHN 1782-1855

  • MM 1815, Cumberland #12, New Gloucester, Maine
  • Affiliated with The Tyrian Lodge 1847

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XVIII, No. 4, February 1859, Page 126:

Died in Gloucester, Mass., December 16th, 1855, Gen. John Webber, 73 years, 1 month, 6 days. The death of this gentleman will create a sad void in oar community. Always pleasant and social, he was universally respected and esteemed; and having had a great deal of experience, he was looked up to by many for counsel and advice, which he was always ready and willing to give. General Webber was for many years in the employ of the State, on its possessions in Maine, ud has held several commissions from the executive department. Since his return from Maine, he has held an appointment in our custom house a portion of the time, tad has repeatedly been elected to offices of trust by his fellow citizens.— Gloucester Telegraph.

At a special meeting of Tyrian Lodge of A. F. and A. Masons, held at Masonic Hail, Gloucester, Sunday afternoon, December 19, A. L. 5858, W. Master, Fitz I. Babson, briefly announced in a very feeling manner the decease of Brother John Webber, a member of this Lodge, and that he had convened the Lodge for the purpose of paying the last sad tribute of respect to his remains.

A procession was then formed under the direction of Bro. A. I. Center, Marshal, ud proceeded to the late residence of the deceased, where the funeral services were conducted by Rev. Brother Mellen. After the funeral services were concluded, the Lodge assumed the charge of the remains, and proceeded, to the beautiful lot in Oak Grove Cemetery, which the deceased reserved for the mournful purpose to which it has just been devoted.

The solemn and impressive ceremony at the grave of our departed Brother was performed by the W. Master — assisted by Rev. Bro. Mellen, who spoke thus:— "I have been requested to say a few words here concerning the character of our departed friend and Brother. What I have to say will necessarily be brief. The form which lies sleeping there is more eloquent than any words I can utter — than any which oan be uttered by human lips. The lessons it suggests, so numerous and impressive, could they be fitly interpreted, would send us to our homes wiser and better, — would that the organ of their interpretation were fitter.

"He being dead, yet speaketh. He speaks to us in behalf of honesty — of impartial justice and unwavering integrity. Truly can it be said of him, I think, that never consciously, did he take undue advantage of any one, and that here, as his body is about to be consigned to earth, might all with Whom he has ever had intercourse, be challenged to say, that they had ever been wronged by him to the vales of a farthing. And if 'an honest man is the noblest work of God,' surely it is well for us to treasure the memory, and imitate the example of him, whose lifeless form is before us.

"He speaks to us in behalf of kindness. This, I think, was a predominant element in his character, manifesting itself through various channels - Many are the poor who have had reason to bless him, and who have lost in him a friend. Many ate they, who straggling through some crisis in their career, have found his hands outstretched to aid them. Many are the poor widows whose little estates he has settled, and who, in their darkest experiences, have been helped by his counsel and efforts. In his own family, however, this trait was conspicuous. In his home, with his beloved ones around him, did he delight to be - To part with them, is the great agony of death. Never, therefore, if I may without indelicacy repeat a remark of his venerable companion, during all the long years of our married life, has be ever uttered an unkind word.' Surely be, of whom this can be said, has not lived in vain, and is not unworthy of this poor tribute to his memory. " He speaks to us also, Brethren of this Fraternity, in behalf of its interests. This institution of Masonry was very near his heart. As you well know, he connected himself with it in early life, and he preserved his membership while he lived. When its fortunes were obscured and party rancor assailed it, he did not desert it. When its prospects brightened, and its merits were allowed, few rejoiced more sincerely than did he. When the shadows of death were creeping over him he desired that these solemn rites should be observed; and when I bade him farewell, though he could not speak, he gave me the fraternal 'grip.' And not only did he love Masonry, and honor its unwavering adherence, but by what is far better, a true Masonic character. His conduct Was ever measured by the square, and his face was ever tamed toward the East, desirous of new light. Brethren, shall his example he lost upon us?

"But finally he speaks to as in behalf of Christian principle. Not that he was ever a noisy professor of any creed, or a scrupulous devotee of any forms. Possibly be underated both a Christian profession and Christian ordinances as helpful to a high Christian excellence. But he did seek to cherish and to practice the sum of alt religions reverence toward God, and love to man. He did endeavor to 'do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly before God,' to 'visit the widows and fatherless in their afflictions, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.' And surely this is better than all the sacrifices and burnt offerings ever rendered. For this devotion to essential principles is he not to be commended?

'"Such are some of the lessons which this cold and silent clay should teach as. Let as open our hearts to them: for while We thus honor him, we honor ourselves also. And should he, invisible to mortal eye, hover near, Will he accept these brief words and ceremonies as an assurance of the place he occupies ia our hearts, and of our desire to keep his virtues fresh in our remembrance.

"And now dust to dast, and ashes to ashes. 'Let them mingle, for they must.' But the spirit we commit to the good care and love of God, not doubting, but that as yonder son, wading all day through clouds, has now burst forth in undimmed effulgence, so that casting off all earthly obscurations, has already shone forth in its native splendor in a clearer and serener sphere."

The procession than returned to the Lodge-room, where the following preamble and resolutions wars unanimously adopted ;— * Whereas, it having pleased Almighty God to call our worthy and venerable Brother, John Webber, from this earthly Lodge to the celestial Lodge above. And

  • Whareas, Tyrian Lodge having again been called to part with another of its members — one who for a long series of years has been a firm supporter of the principles of Masonry; a firm friend and Brother; an honest man, and one who was ever ready to bestow the hand of charity to the suffering and needy. Therefore
  • Resolved, That the members of this Lodge deeply sympathize with the widow and family of our late worthy Brother, and also the brothers and sister of the deceased.
  • Resolved, That as a token of respect to his memory, the furniture and jewels of this Lodge be clothed in habilaments of mourning for the space of thirty days.
  • Resolved, That the page in the Record Book, preceding that on which these proceedings shall be recorded, contain only the name, age, and time of the decease of our late Brother.
  • Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be forwarded to the family of our late Brother, also a copy to Cumberland Lodge, New Gloucester, Maine, of which the deceased was formerly a member.

Reference and short biography of General Webber as a census-taker in the Maritimes.

WEINER, SIDNEY 1927-

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From TROWEL, Spring 1991, Page 9:

The usual connotation of the word auxiliary implies a women's group, but right or wrong, R. W. Sidney Weiner of Springfield is proud of his new title as President of the Women's Auxiliary of the Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. He should be proud of the work that he and other Master Masons have given to the Center. He is the first male in 50 years to be elected President.

Twice Master of Chicopee Lodge (1958 and 1967) he was the D. D. G. M. of the Chicopee 18th District, 1968-69, and has been honored with the Joseph Warren Distinguished Service Medal. He is a 10-gallon blood donor and the Secretary of Chicopee Lodge. But as busy as Bro. Weiner is with Baystate, he serves on the Grass Roots Committee and Speaker's Bureau for the Ronald McDonald House, is in his 25th year on the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross, and is active with the Melha Temple Shrine and Kodimoh Synagogue.

The Baystate Medical Center Auxiliary donated nearly $50,000 to the Center for scholarships, a new meditation room, and the Miracle Network. The Auxiliary also announced a $250,000 contribution toward the new Women's and Infants" Building.

Bro. Weiner began his term last May and planned some new ideas about the 500-member Auxiliary; such as recruiting new members - employees and men. He has given more than 6,000 hours of volunteer service to Baystate in ten years. He has put together a team of more than 35 Masons to serve with him at Baystate, sort of an Awareness Program of its own. Grand Masters have honored the men for their service to humanity.

WELCH, ALBION K. P. 1825-1870

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXX, No. 5, March 1871, Page 157:

Boston Encampment, Jan. 18, 1871.

The Committee to whom was referred the subject of presenting suitable resolutions on the occasion of the death of the Hon. A. K. P. Welch respectfully submit the following preamble and resolutions:

Sir Knight Welch died at his residence in Cambridge after a short illness on the eighth of November last. As the senior partner of the house of Welch, Bigelow & Co., he was well and extensively known. He was born in Monmouth, Me., Feb. 1825, and was brought up upon a farm; but early inclining to mechanical pursuits he left his native place and came to Cambridge in 1849. Here he entered into the employ of Messrs. Metcalf & Co., who at that time were extensively engaged in the printing and publishing business, and from a subordinate position soon rose to the entire charge of the business of this house, then employing upwards of three hundred hands. His honesty and uprightness soon won the confidence of his employers, and his integrity and faithfulness was duly appreciated by them and surrounded him with numerous friends.

He seemed to give his whole heart and mind to any business that was intrusted to him without the least regard to personal interest, but with an eye solely to the benefit of others; and Cambridge has reason to remember him as one of her most public spirited and honorable citizens. In 1856 he was elected a member of the Common Council of Cambridge, and later a member of the Board of Water Commissioners, where having served five years, he was reelected for a second term and was serving in that capacity at the time of his decease. In 1868 he was elected as one of the Governor's Council; here his abilities were soon discovered by his associates, and he was appointed by the Governor to visit the works of the Hoosac Tunnel and look after the interest of the State. This duty he performed with his usual ability and faithfulness and to the entire satisfaction of those with whom he was associated. In 1869, at the urgent solicitation of his friends he became a candidate for the office of Mayor of his adopted city, but politics run high at that time and he was defeated. Cambridge suffered a loss in his defeat, but he and those associated with him in business were the gainers. His knowledge and untiring exertions in the business in which he was actively engaged, has built up a reputation for the " University Press of Cambridge " that extends not only through 'he United States but even on the Continent of Europe. As a prominent member °' this establishment his death will be felt by all having business connections with the house as well as by all in the employ of the firm, who will sorely miss his kind advice and sympathy, for his heart beat in unison with them all. We may well pause over the loss of such a man, taken in the very prime of life and in the midst of his usefulness and ask why is this so? and why are we left to testify to this record of one of so much more importance in the community than we who pronounce his eulogy? But although it may excite our wonder, we are not to call in question the Vision of Him who doeth all things well, "He is His own interpreter, and He will make it plain," and we short-sighted mortals must bow in resignation to His will.

lt is however, a pleasing though melancholy duty to testify to the virtues of a departed brother, and to record our affection for the memory of one united to us by a holy and sacred ties of Masonry and Knighthood, but it is extremely difficult to frame I our thoughts into resolutions that shall not have the appearance of mere form and ceremony and which have not before been applied many times to cases that have gone before; but who that had the pleasure if an acquaintance with Sir Knight Welch would not bear testimony to his being the charitable and loving Brother, the firm and faithful Companion, the true and courteous Sir Knight in his acts and deeds.

He was not eminent in our institution as an officer, not that he was not gifted with talents which would have qualified him for any position he might have aspired to, nor for a want of interest in the association, but the numerous calls which were; made upon him in his active outside life where his knowledge and experience had been so often tested, and which rendered his co-operation so essential, kept him constantly employed. In all his business connections he was known as the honorable and high-minded man, the reliable and valuable citizen. His loss has cast a gloom over the city of his adoption, over the institution of which he was the senior partner, and over the community in general. We, therefore, who have been so long and so intimately associated with him in the several departments of our Order and bound to| him by the strong ties of brotherly love and affection, would offer our feeble tribute to his memory.

  • Resolved, That Boston Encampment in the death of Sir Knight Welch has lost one of its most worthy and valuable members, and the Order of Knighthood one qfl its truest exponents, in whose fidelity they could with safety confide.
  • Resolved, That in cherishing his memory, we will ever keep in view his bright example, his unsullied character and his devotion to the Order, to stimulate us in so fulfilling the duties.devolving upon us, that like him we may live respected and die regretted.
  • Resolved, That as the widow of our deceased brother has been called to meet him in that better land, we extend our sympathies to his bereaved sister and to all those with whom he was so intimately connected in business and who mourn his departure; from their midst; resting in the belief that his journey has ended in that Holy Asylum, and that he is again united to the partner of his joys and sorrows here below.

His pilgrimage on earth at last has closed,
And he has laid his warrior's armor down;
Victorious, all life's ills he has opposed,
And now receives the victor's golden crown.

Jno. K. Hall,
For the Committee.

WELCH, EDWARD SOHIER 1888-1948

From Proceedings, Page 1948-134:

  • Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Jan. 27, 1888
  • Raised in The Lodge of St. Andrew, Boston, Apr. 9, 1915
  • Master, The Lodge of St. Andrew, 1925-1927
  • Affiliated, Manchester Lodge, Manchester, July 21, 1924
  • Affiliated, Middlesex Lodge, Framingham, June 20, 1944
  • Honorary Member, Charles A. Welch Lodge, Maynard Jan. 18, 1940
  • Senior Grand Deacon 1928
  • Trustee Masonic Education and Charity Trust t94+-1949
  • Grand Representative, Valle de Mexico 1946-1948
  • Died in Marblehead June 27, 1948

On June 27th, Right Worshipfui Edward Sohier Welch, Master of The Lodge of St. Andrew from 1925 to 1927, and Trustee of the Masonic Education and Charity Trust since 1944, passed to the Grand Lodge above. His love of the Masonic Fraternity and his desire to serve its best interests in whatever capacity was of the highest caliber. He was a grandson of Most Worshipful Charles A. Welch, Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts, 1878, 1879 and 1880.

Right Worshipful Brother Welch's services to the Masonic Fraternity and to the community where he had for so many years been influential in many divergent lines constitute a remarkable record of brotherly love and public spiritedness. The Grand Lodge and the Masonic Brethren will miss the services of these valuable men, but we should all be proud of the fact that they were willing and eager to serve in their various capacities. Their lives and Masonic careers are illusuative of what so many of our Brethren are doing every day in a lesser degree.

Necrology

WELCH, FRANCIS 1776-1867

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXVI, No. 8, June 1867, Page 255:

Death of Hon. Francis Welch. — This venerable brother died at his residence in this city on the 30th of April last, at the advanced age of ninety-one years. He was one of the oldest Masons in this State, and had always been consistent and unwavering in his attachments to the Institution. He was also the oldest worshipper at the Old South Church. He had been President of the Franklin Insurance Company for many years preceding his death, and was an original member of the Boston Light Infantry, and paraded with the corps on its first appearance in 1798. Of the young men who formed this company our respected fellow citizen, Joseph W. Revere, Esq., is, we believe, the last survivor. Mr. Revere completed his ninetieth year on the 2d of May ult., and is a son of the late Col. Paul Revere, of Revolutionary renown, who was also a Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of this State.

WELLMAN, ARTHUR OGDEN 1894-1987

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From TROWEL, Summer/Fall 1987, Page 2:

Arthur Wellman, Like the Warren Family, Left His Mark at MGH
by Robert W. Williams III

If more hospitals had friends like Arthur and Gullan Wellman," wrote the Boston Globe in a 1981 editorial, "there might be more hospitals like The Massachusetts General Hospital." A native of Brookline, Bro. Wellman died March 4 at his Palm Beach, FL, home in his 91st year of life. A self-made millionaire and member of Dalhousie Lodge, Newton, Bro. Wellman pledged to MGH $15 million to build the Arthur O. and Gullan M. Wellman Research Building.

When asked why he gave so much to MGH, Bro. Wellman replied, "The MGH is the best hospital in the world. It needed the money, I had it, I gave it. I believe in research and I believe that medical research has to be supported. Research is how you find new ways of doing things, whether it's the wool business or medicine." During his career in the textile industry, Wellman acquired numerous oil and gas interests and was a director of many businesses. Educated in the Newton schools, he was awarded a degree of Doctor of Textiles by Clemson College.

A flight instructor in the Air Corps during World War I, he first worked as a salesman for Hills and Nichols Co., later becoming its director and partner. Changed to Wellman, Inc., it was one of the first to work with synthetics following World War II. An ardent golfer, he held membership in Oyster Harbor and Wiano golf clubs, and Oyster Harbor Yacht Club. His summer home was in Osterville, Cape Cod.

Bro. Wellman's concern for health centers was not confined to MGH. He contributed substantial amounts of money to the Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis. A brother, William, was a movie director for such films as The Ox-Bow Incident in 1943. Arthur Wellman is survived by his wife, Gullan; sons Arthur 0., Jr., of Beacon Hill and John G. of Mount Gilead, SC; a daughter, Marjorie Bullock of Jupiter, FL; ten grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

Boston, often referred to — with tongue in cheek — as the "Hub of the Universe" and the "Athens of America," has a reputation as a cradle of science above that of most other American cities. For this reputation in the fields of medicine and surgery one single family has, over the years, been largely responsible. That family is named Warren, and the name is as meaningful to Massachusetts Masonry as it is to MGH. Dr. Joseph Warren, one of the advocates for rebellion against England in the 18th century, gave his life at Bunker Hill while serving as Grand Master of the Massachusetts (Provincial) Grand Lodge, 1769-77. Although receiving a commission as General, Bro. Warren chose to fight among the troops with a rifle and paid the supreme sacrifice for the cause of freedom.

A distinguished physician in Boston, he often left his home in the dark of night to answer the call of an ill child, despite warnings from his patriotic friends that the British might arrest him. But Joseph Warren believed in two causes — medicine and freedom — and remained deaf to the warnings. His torch as a physician was passed to his brother John, the founder of the Harvard Medical School, and thus a dynasty was assured.

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Early view of Massachusetts General Hospital

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Dr. John Collins Warren

Visitors to the Museum at our Grand Lodge will find the trunk of Dr. John Warren resting in front of the fireplace. A Warren has been closely associated with each of the three great eras of surgery that followed the solution of three major problems: the control of bleeding, the mitigation of pain, and the mastery of wound infection. The Warrens have, in tarn, helped to usher in the various stages through which medicine evolved in this country, beginning with the early settlers who, of necessity, produced a down-to-earth type of doctor new to the world. Dr. John Warren's son, Dr. John C. Warren, was a co-founder of MGH and, in 1846, performed the first public operation with ether. His son, Dr. J. Mason Warren, was an artist with the knife, a pioneer in plastic surgery- Mason's son, Dr. J. Collins Warren, helped to introduce antiseptic surgery to America. His son, Dr. John Warren, is universally known for the impressive Anatomical Atlas which bears his name.

Each of the Warrens travelled abroad to study medicine but their home was Boston, with all the meaning of Puritanism and pride and the city in which their lives are woven into its very fabric; one of the main buildings of MGH; the J. Collins Warren Laboratory for cancer research; the Harvard Medical School's Warren Library and the Warren Anatomical Museum (containing the skeleton of Dr. John C. Warren); historic landmarks like Bunker Hill, and pictures, plaques, statues, and street signs.

It is the story of six surgeons, the Warrens of Massachusetts; the story of medicine in America, and their association with Freemasonry's teachings. Proud is the Massachusetts Mason who wears the Joseph Warren Distinguished Service Medal, because he has been honored for his Masonic contributions just as the Warrens had committed themselves to the field of medicine. The gift of Bro. Arthur O. Wellman keeps the Warren torch burning.

(ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: MGH Department of News and Public Affairs; Warren Library: R. W. Robert E. Smith, D.D.G.M., Taunton 28th. arid employed by MGH, and Rhoda Truax, author, The Doctors Warren of Boston, First Family of Surgery, Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston.)

WELT, FRANK L. 1864-1916

From New England Craftsman, Vol. XI, No. 4, January 1916, Page 138:

Frank L. Welt, assistant editor of the Boston Transcript, died at his home, Melrose, Mass., January 13th of pneumonia. He had been on the staff of the Transcript 18 years and was highly esteemed by his employers. He was active in the educational interests of Melrose and gave valuahie service in connection with the schools.

Mr. Welt was an enthusiastic Mason having joined the craft July 31, 1891, in King Solomon's Lodge in Waldoboro, Me. He took his Chapter degrees in Cumberland Chapter, No. 1, in Nashville, Tenn., but several years ago transferred to Waverly Chapter of Melrose. He also joined Hugh de Payens Commandery, Knights Templars, of Melrose, and had served in various offices, being Senior Warden the last year or more. He was a member of Aleppo Temple of the Mystic Shrine.

WENTWORTH, CALEB 1804-1849

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. VIII, No. 6, April 1849, Page 190:

Lowell, March 5, 1849.

At a special meeting of the members of Pentucket Lodge, holden in Masons' Hall, in Lowell, Mass. on Monday, March 5th, A. L. 5649, the following preamble and resolutions were unanimously adopted :—

  • Whereas it has pleased the Supreme Grand Architect of the Universe to call our friend and Brother, Caleb Wentworth, to join those who have forever departed from the scenes of this life, to participate in the joys of the spirit land, from whose bourne no traveller returns ;—Therefore,
  • Resolved, That by the death of our lamented Brother, Caleb Wentworth, the Order of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons is bereft of one of its bright est jewels and most useful members.
  • Resolved, That the honesty of purpose, and moral uprightness which marked his character, in his relations to society, and the firmness and fidelity with which he sustained the principles and the Institution of Masonry, were honor able to himself and the Masonic Fraternity.
  • Resolved, That we deeply sympathize with his family and friends in this afflictive bereavement.
  • Resolved, That the members of Pentucket Lodge wear the usual badge of mourning thirty days.
  • Resolved, That these Resolutions be signed by the W. Master and Secretary of this Lodge, and a copy delivered to the widow of the deceased, and that a copy be also sent to the editor of the Freemason's Magazine, with a request to publish the same, and that they be recorded among the proceedings of the Lodge.

Prentice Cushing, W. Master. Colburn Blood, Jr., Sec., P. Lodge.

WETHERBEE, ABEL 1779-1864

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXIII, No. 8, June 1864, Page 251:

We trust not to be thought to improperly intrude on the sanctity of private correspondence by giving to our readers the following beautiful and touching letter from the accomplished widow of a beloved Brother, lately deceased :—

North Adams, May 29th, 1864.

To the G. Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts — Charles W. Moore —

Dear Sir— A notice of a Quarterly Communication of the M. W. Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, is received, addressed to A. Wetherbee. He died on the 6th of April, and the Masons buried him with the Masonic grand honors, on a Berkshire hill-side, looking to the East. The very little I know of Masonry, with a memory of my husband's ardent attachment to the Institution, causes me to feel it a significant and proper place for a true Mason to rest in.

The highest praise that cm be given to any Institution is the cordial support of a good man. Those who knew my husband thought him such, and he ever manifested a warm attachment to Masonry.

My daughter joins me in respectful attachment for an Institution which her father loved, and honored by bis daily life.

Yours, respectfully, Mrs. A. Wetherbee.

WEYMOUTH, FRANK M. 1873-1936

From Proceedings, Page 1936-200:

Brother Weymouth was born in Dorchester, January 5, 1873, and died in North Scituate, November 22, 1936.

He was educated in the Dorchester schools. His active business life was spent in the machinery manufacturing business.

In the last twenty-five years of his life he was vice-president of the Hunt-Spiller Corporation. He was also active in banking, being a Director of the Codman Co-operative Bank from iis formation, and for many years the President. For twenty years he was a Trustee of the Dorchester Savings Bank.

Brother Weymouth received his degrees in Union Lodge in 1899 and was its Master in 1910. He was a Charter member of Dorchester Lodge and of Milton Lodge. He was District Deputy Grand Master for the Fourth Masonic District in 1917 and 1918, by appointment of Most Worshipful Leon M. Abbott.

At the time of his death he was Proxy in the Grand Lodge for Talien Lodge in the China District, and Representativs near this Grand Lodge of the Grand Lodge of Cuba. He was a member of all the bodies in both York and Scottish Rites.

Brother Weymouth's life was one of activity and usefulness in the community and in our Fraternity. He was always ready to place his time, his wisdom, and his eloquent voice at the service of his Brethren. His passing is a great loss to us all.

WHEELER, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN 1848-1905

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

Brother Benjamin B. Wheeler, of the steam engineering department at the Charlestown Navy Yard, and a naval veteran of the Civil War. died at his home, 73 Irving Street, Everett, Jan. 9. lie was born in Chariestown in 1849. At the breaking out of the war ho enlisted in tin' navy. He saw much active service, most, of which was on board the U. S. S. Wachusett, and later the U. S. S. Hartford. For the past eight years he had been employed in the steam engineering department at the Charlestown Navy Yard. He was a member of St. Uniar Commandery. K. T., the Kearsarge Association of Naval Veterans and formerly a member of the South Boston Yacht Club.

WHEELER, MYRON ELLSWORTH 1903-1992

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From TROWEL, Summer 1992, Page 18:

Myron Wheeler, 88, died recently at the Masonic Home, Charlton. He had been a resident of the Home for several years.

Brother Wheeler served as President of the Residents' Council of the Home for two years and was very active in working to enhance the conditions affecting the lives of residents. Bro. Wheeler promoted the use of the suggestion box for residents to recommend improvements which would better serve their needs. He also worked on a manual to describe programs and facilities at the Home.

For two years Bro. Wheeler was treasurer of the Masonic Home High-12 Club: and he also served as President. He did considerable research on the origin of Freemasonry and presented a paper on this topic at a High-12 meeting. He was a member of St. John's Lodge of Newburyport. Before entering the Home, he had been an active member of All Saints Episcopal Church. West Newbury, where he was a Deacon and Lay Reader. He was a regular attendant at the Episcopal services held at the Home.

Bro. Wheeler preferred to be called "Mike" by his fellow residents. "Mike" was especially concerned with helping new entrants to the Home feel "at home". He served as a tour guide at the Home for visitors who were considering an application to the Home or who wished to be informed about the facilities of the Home.

Prior to his retirement. Bro. Wheeler was a boat designer. At the Home, he followed his interests in design by enrolling in a painting class and several of his paintings were placed on exhibition in the Home.

"Mike" Wheeler was a great reader and shared his books with other residents. He was involved in producing reading materials and served as a reporter for the Masonic Home News to which he was a regular contributor. Bro. Wheeler also wrote for the TROWEL.

Truly, "Mike" was a man of many interests. He gave much attention to the study of Astrology. At the other end of the spectrum, he was an avid contract bridge player.

He is survived by a daughter, Beverly of Dedham; a grandson, William Mailloux of Dedham; a granddaughter. Michelle Carty-Mailloux of Tewksbury: a brother, Kenneth Wheeler of California; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held in the Chapel of the Masonic Home.

WHIPPLE, AMOS E. 1889-1937

From Proceedings, Page 1937-79:

Right Worshipful Brother Whipple was born in Whitinsville November 9, 1889, and died in Hopedale April 24, 1937.

Brother Whipple was educated in the Whitinsville schools. On graduation from the High School he entered the drafting department of the Whitin Machine Works, where he rose to a position in the engineering department. He later took a position in the engineering department of the Draper Corporation at Hopedale, where he remained for the rest of his life.

He was raised in Granite Lodge tn 19l2 and served as its Master in 1920-1921. He was District Deputy Grand Master for the Twenty-second Masonic District in 1924 and 1925, by appointment of Most Worshipful Dudley H. Ferrell. He was a member of St. Elmo Royal Arch Chapter and of Woonsocket Commandery, Knights Templar.

Always quietly efficient, he made hosts of friends who mourn his untimely loss.

WHITE, AMBROSE B. 1862-1932

From Proceedings, Page 1932-146:

Brother White was born in Slatersville, Rhode Island, August 25, 1862, and died at the Woonsocket Hospital August 18, 1932.

Brother White's family moved to Millville when he was eleven years old and he remained there during the remainder of his life. As a mere boy he entered the grocery store of Reed and Fletcher. He remained with the store through two changes of ownership and finally purchased it himself, in 1878. After forty-three years of successful operation he sold the business in 1921. He afterwards conducted a real estate and insurance business until his death.

Brother White took his degrees in Blackstone River Lodge in 1889 and was its Master in 1899. He served as District Deputy Grand Master for the Twenty-second Masonic District in 1922 and 1923 by appointment of M. W. Arthur D. Prince and M. W. Dudley H. Ferrell. He was a member of Union Royal Arch Chapter No. 5, of Woonsocket, R. I., and a member and. Past Commander of Woonsocket Commandery No. 24.

Brother White's fraternal interests were extensive and included the Eastern Star, the Shrine, and Odd Fellowship.

Brother White represented a fine type of New England citizenship. Without ambition for political or social leadership, he spent his three score vears and ten of life in the quiet, faithful doing of the day's work, finding pleasure in those friendly contacts and associations which fraternal groups brought to him. To him and such as he our Fraternity owes a deep debt of gratitude.

WHITE, FREDERICK W. 1859-1937

From Proceedings, Page 1937-220:

Right Worshipful Brother White was born in Millbury August 1, 1859, and died in Shrewsbury October 5, 1937.

Being brought to Worcester at the age of five years, he was educated in the public schools of that city. He left school in 1876 to take a position as messenger in the service of the People's Savings Bank. He continued with the Bank for more than fifty years, rising step by step until he became its Treasurer. In addition to banking, he was much interested in real estate and was instrumental in large real estate developments. He was one of the founders of the White and Bagley Company, manufacturers and dealers in lubricating oils, but retired from that firm several years ago.

He was a member of the Worcester City Council for three years, and its President during the last year of his service. After moving to Shrewsbury he served the town as treasurer for thirteen years.

Brother White was an accomplished musician and served for twenty years as a church organist and choir director. Brother White was Raised in Quinsigamond Lodge in 1900 and was its Master in 1908-9, later serving it as Treasurer for twenty years. He was a Charter member of Isaiah Thomas Lodge in 1921, dimitting in 1926. He was a Charter member of Matthew John Whittall Lodge in 1929, and its Master in 1930. He was District Deputy Grand Master for the Twenty-first Masonic District in 1920 and 1921, by appointment of Most Worshipful Arthur D. Prince. Brother White was also a member of all the bodies of both York and Scottish Rites. His tastes were eminently social, and at one time or another he was a member of nearly all the civic and social clubs in Worcester.

Brother White's life was full of service and usefulness. A lover of his fellow men, he made friends everywhere, and leaves a host to mourn his passing.

I cannot say, I will not say
That they are dead. They are just away!
With a cheery smile and a wave of the hand
They have wandered into an unknown land
And left us dreaming how very fair
It needs must be, since they linger there.
And you - O you who the wildest yearn
For the old time step and the glad return
Think of them faring on as here
In the love of there as the love of here.
Think of them still as the same, I say
They are not dead. They are just away!

WHITE, GEORGE E. 1849-1920

From Proceedings, Page 1920-461:

R.W. GEORGE E. WHITE was born in Skowhegan, Me., June 18, 1849, and died in Sandwich, Mass., October 20, 1920. He was educated in the public schools of his native town and in the Eaton Boarding School, Norridgewock, Me. He afterward entered the Hahnemann Medical School in Philadelphia, receiving his degree in June, 1880. In July of that year he settled in Sandwich where he has since lived and practiced his profession. He was greatly interested in public affairs, being a Representative in the State Legislature in 1894 and 1895, an active member of the Republican Town Committee and for many years Secretary and Treasurer of the Sandwich Board of Health. He held the last named position at the time of his decease.

R. W. Bro. White reeeived the Masonic degrees in Somerset Lodge, of Skowhegan, Me., in 1878. He dimitted and joined DeWitt Clinton Lodge of Sandwich Nov. 18, 1882. Ee served as Master of DeWitt Clinton Lodge in 1884, l885, 1889, and 1908. He served as District Deputy Grand Master for the Twenty-seventh Masonic District in 1897 and 1898.

R. W. Bro. White will be greatly missed by the members of DeWitt Clinton Lodge. He was a very zealous member and rendered the Lodge invaluable service. A local paper says: "Dr. White will be greatly missed by those to whom he has so faithfully ministered the past forty years for he was a man of exceptional character, being held in the highest esteem by all who knew him. His sympathies went out to lonely lives and breathed that hope which comes from deep religious convictions."

"Gone to his rest - O, be our own as sweet
When fall like his, our weary pilgrim feet."

WHITING, CALVIN 1794-1857

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XVI, No. 9, July 1857, Page 288:

Death of Brother Whiting.— We are, just as this sheet is going to press, called upon to perform the melancholy duty of announcing the death of Brother Calvin Whiting, of this city. Brother Whiting some weeks since took a severe cold, which led to a solidification of one of his lungs, but his physician and friends indulged the hope that time and judicious treatment would ultimately restore him to health. But our Brother had for many years been laboring under an organic affection of the heart; and this was doubtless the immediate cause of his death.

Brother Whiting was Recorder of the Grand Encampment of Massachusetts and Rhode Island and of the Boston Encampment. He was also the Secretary of St. John's Lodge and of St. Paul's R A. Chapter, of this city, and his accuracy and elegance in these offices secured for him the confidence of his Brethren, and his purity of life and conduct. His love of the whole Fraternity. He was buried on Sunday the 28th June, and his remains were followed to the grave by a numerous assemblage of his Brethren and fellow-citizens.

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XVI, No. 10, July 1857, Page 318:

Remarks on the death, of Brother Calvin Whiting, Secretary of St. John's Lodge, by W. Solon Thornton, Master of said Lodge, at a Special Communication, held at Masonic Temple, Boston, June 29, 1857 :—

Brethren — It becomes my painful duty to inform you officially of the death of our Brother and Secretary, Calvin Whiting. Brother Whiting departed this life on the 26th of the present month, after an illness of but few days. For many years he has held the office of Secretary of our Lodge, faithfully discharging the duties of his office — and how faithfully, our records of years will abundantly testify. Since his decease I have examined the records and documents belonging to the Lodge, and find every thing connected with his duties, as Secretary, in a finished state. Nothing appears to have been left undone, even the envelopes covering the notices for our Stated Meeting in July, were directed by him, and this was probably the last labor he performed for the Lodge.

In his death we have lost a true and worthy Brother, a valuable officer, an upright and honest man. Brother Whiting was a Mason in the highest sense of that word. It is true that he did not appear to take that active and lively interest in the mere work of the Lodge that some of our Brethren do ; indeed, his was a higher order in Masonry. While we were learning its theory he was carrying the principles into active life. Our Brother was one whose benevolence never was suffered to linger in the lap of idleness. Feeling for others woes, he was ever ready to compassionate their miseries, relieve them in their distresses, and, if need be, by timely aid and judicious advice, restore peace to their troubled minds. No inconvenience to himself ever tempted him to turn the needy and suffering empty away ; if he had not the means of relief himself, he would find those who had. Suffering humanity ever found in him a friend, and it can be said of him with truth, that he went about doing good all the days of his life. He needs no marble monument to preserve his memory. He lives in the memories of the thousands he has assisted in the dark days of their adversity. His good deeds are engraved on their hearts and will be imperishable and immortal.

But he has gone ! the chair which he has so long and so honorable filled in this Lodge, is now vacant. The countenance which we have so long been accustomed to behold on the left hand of the Worshipful Master in the East, will no more be seen amongst us. He has made his last record, and gone to that bourne from which no traveller has ever returned.

My Brothers—May we imitate his many virtues, and like him, be ever found at our posts of duty, and when we shall be summoned to appear before the Great Architect of the Universe, to give an account of our stewardship, may we be as well prepared for that great change which shall open to us the realities of that other and better world, as was our Brother who has so suddenly gone before us.

Remarks and Resolutions offered by Worshipful Bro. John Flint, M. D. :—

Since last we assembled in this hall, we have been called upon to pay the last sad tribute of respect and affection to a highly esteemed and dearly beloved Brother of this Lodge. Our late excellent Secretary, Br. Calvin Whiting, whom we have been accustomed for so many years to see in his appropriate seat on your left, has, within a few days, been consigned by the hands of his sympathizing Brethren, to his last resting place—and the desk he has so long occupied, and the office he has so long and so faithfully filled in this Lodge, shall know him no more forever. His mortal has put on immortality. His labors on earth have ended. He has faithfully fulfilled his mission and has now gone to receive his reward. He needs no eulogy from us; his virtues are embalmed in every Brother's heart. May we all imitate his many excellencies and thereby receive the reward of "well done good and faithful servant."

Bro. Whiting, although able most of the time to attend to his daily avocations, has for several months been gradually failing in health and daily growing more feeble. His naturally frail physical organization received a severe and stunning blow, but a few months since, in the death of a dearly beloved daughter, the last of four children whom he has followed to their last resting place. Some weeks since he contracted a severe cold, which caused congestion of the lungs and subsequently terminated in dropsy of the chest, which was the immediate cause of his death. For some week or two previous to his death, he suffered most of the time from inability to breathe ; this difficulty was increased on Thursday, and continued through the night until near 5 o'clock on Friday morning, the 26th, when he sunk into a lethargic state, from which he did not arouse ; when about 11 A.M., June 26, 1857,

"Without a sigh, or glance to show
A parting pang, the spirit from him pass'd,
And they who watched him nearest could not know
The very instant, till the change that cast
His face in shadows, dull and slow,
Glazed o'er his eyes."

Thus passed from earth to heaven the spirit of one, who having well performed the duties of life on earth has entered upon that other life where trials and sufferings shall be wiped away.

May all of us imitate his virtues and so improve the remaining span of life that when like him we shall become cold and inanimate, our spirits disrobed of their earthly apparel, may assume the spiritual garb of the just made perfect.

  • Resolved, That in the death of our late Secretary, Brother Calvin Whiting, St. John's Lodge has sustained an irreparable loss. He was appreciated not only as a model officer, but also as a dearly beloved friend and Brother.
  • Resolved, That the sincere and heartfelt sympathies of the St. John's Lodge be tendered to the afflicted widow of the deceased.
  • Resolved, That in view of the long, faithful and always acceptable services of Brother Whiting, as Secretary of the Lodge, and in view also of the pecuniary circumstances of the widow, we do now appropriate 100 dollars from the funds of the Lodge for the purpose of paying the funeral expenses of our lamented Brother.
  • Resolved, That the altar, and the desk at which our Brother has so long and so faithfully presided, be draped in mourning in testimony of our high appreciation of his worth.
  • Resolved, That a copy of the above preamble and resolutions be sent to the widow of the deceased, and that the above Remarks and Resolutions be printed in the "Freemasons' Magazine."

Extract from the Records of St. John's Lodge, June 9, 1857, Boston, Mass.
S. E. Weston, Sec'y, pro tem.

WHITING, JOSEPH J. 1818-1863

From Proceedings, Page VI-455:

The Grand Master also announced the sudden death of Joseph J. Whiting, a highly respectable and beloved member of Aberdour Lodge of Boston. Though not a member of the Grand Lodge, he was so universally esteemed by his Brethren, and was so worthy a mason and citizen, that the Grand Master said he could not feel at liberty to pass over his decease in silence.

WHITING, WILLIAM 1788-1862

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From Concord Library web site:

Colonel William Whiting (a carriage maker) and his wife Hannah Conant Whiting raised their family at the corner of Main Street and Academy Lane. Whiting was involved in antislavery at the local, county, and state levels. In his biography of Whiting for the second series of Social Circle in Concord memoirs, Ebenezer Rockwood Hoar wrote:

“In his autobiography he (William Whiting) says: ‘From 1835 I have been a pretty constant reader of the Liberator, and for quite a number of years, president of the Middlesex County Anti-Slavery Society, and also one of the vice-presidents of the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society, whose president is Francis Jackson of Boston. William Lloyd Garrison is president of the United States Anti-Slavery Society, and I should feel myself vastly more honored to be vice-president under Garrison, than to be Vice-President of the United States under Franklin Pierce."

He gave liberally, for his means, to the anti-slavery cause. Garrison, Wendell Phillips, and John Brown of Ossawatomie, were in turn guests at his house, and he subscribed, with other people of Concord, to aid Brown in his operations in support of freedom in Kansas. He sheltered runaway slaves, and helped them on their way; and concealed Mr. F. B. Sanborn in his house, when he was hiding from an expected arrest by authority of the United States Senate, on account of his refusal to obey their summons to testify on the subject of Brown’s invasion of Virginia.”

Whiting was a member of the Boston Vigilance Committee. He died in September of 1862. Judge Hoar declared that his “best wish for his country was gratified by the proclamation of President Lincoln abolishing slavery, which just preceded his death.”</p>

WHITING, WILLIAM FAIRFIELD 1864-1936

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From Proceedings, Page 1936-144:

Right Worshipful Brother Whiting was born in Holyoke July 21, 1864, and died there August 31,1936.

Brother Whiting was the son of William Whiting (a member of Mount Tom Lodge) who was the founder of the Whiting paper Company. He was educated in the Holyoke public schools and at Amherst College. On graduation he entered his father's paper mill and built the business into its present state of leadership.

Brother Whiting was intensely interested in politics,- city, state and national. Although often solicited to do so, he always refused to be a candidate for office except as a delegate to Republican National Conventions. He sat in four of these, and it was largely through his influence that Calvin Coolidge was nominated for the Vice-Presidency. He was a life-long friend of Mr. Coolidge, and was by him appointed Secretary of Commerce toward the close of his second term. Though not an office holder, he was a wise and trusted political adviser and wielded for many years an enormous political influence.

He was for many years president of the Holyoke Library and of the Holyoke Hospital, and was one of the sponsors of the Holyoke Museum. He was an active and interested member and a liberal supporter of the Second. Congregational Church.

When William Whiting Lodge, named for William F. Whiting's father, was instituted, Brother Whiting was one of the first to receive the degrees while the Lodge was under Dispensation in 1909. While always a loyal and Interested member of the Lodge, Brother whiting held no office until elected a Director of the Grand Lodge at the December meeting of 1928. After three years' service he felt compelled to declire reelection on account of the pressure of his private business.

Brother Whiting's death deprives his city of its leading citizen and our Fraternity of one of its most conspicuous members.

From Proceedings, Page 1936-175:

Rt. Wor. Brother Whiting was born in Holyoke, July 20, 1864, and died there August'31, 1936.

He was educated in the Holyoke public schools, Williston Academy, and Amherst College.

After iis graduation he entered business with his father and became nationally known as a manufacturer of fine writing paper. The son of a Congressman he became interested in poiitics, not for his own advancement but in fulfilment of his duties as a citizen. Always a staunch and loyal friend of Calvin Coolidge, he voted for him for President on all ten ballots at the Republican National Convention in 1920 and was instrumental in getting for his friend the Vice Presidential nomination' He was appointed Secretary of Commerce in the Coolidge Cabinet in 1928.

He was Director of several banks in Holyoke and Springfield; President and Director of the Holyoke Hospital for a number of years and President of the Holyoke Llbrary and Museum. He was a member of the Second Congregational Church.

Raised in William Whiting Lodge (named after his father) June 30, 1909, he always retained a strong interest in Freemasonry. At the dedication of the Holyoke Temple in 1921 he and his brother Samuel R. Whiting presented a pipe organ to the Fraternity in memory of their father.

He was elected a Director of the Grand Lodge in 1928, refusing a reelection in t932 because ofother obligations.

Brother Whiting combined the qualities of leadership and friendliness in a remarkable degree. His benefactions to charitable institutions and struggling families, given in an unobtrusive and kindly way, endeared him to all who knew him. He was a splendid example of efficient leadership in business and social circles. Tolerant of the opinions of others, loyal in his service to the community and his country, he was an outstanding citizen and Brother. His life was a valuable contribution to the best interests of mankind.

Herbert W. Dean
Frederick W. Cope
Lewis J. White
Committee

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WHITMORE, GEORGE PALFREY 1849-1914

From Proceedings, Page 1914-41:

Wor. George Palfrey Whitmore was born in Boston Nov. 21, 1849, and died at his residence in West Newton Feb. 22, 1914. After his graduation from the public schools he entered the shoe business, but very soon thereafter became identified with the Boston Belting Company. He was employed by this Company more than thirty years, but for the past five years had been connected with the Revere Rubber Company.

He had been actively interested in Masonry for many years. He received the degrees in Dalhousie Lodge of Newtonville in 1883, becoming a member of the Lodge October 10 of that year. He was Master of Dalhousie Lodge in 1890 and 1891, and was District Deputy Grand Master of the Fifth Masonic District in 1906 and 1907. He was a member of Newton Royal Arch Chapter and of Gethsemane Commandery, K.T., of Newton. For eighteen years he was President of the Newton Masonic Hall Association. He married in 1877 Miss Alice Eaton of Hamilton, Ontario, who with two sons and one daughter survives him.

Brother Whitmore was a true and loyal Brother, and will be sadly missed by his associates in the Newton Masonic bodies. He has left an untainted record. His family may be assured of the sincere sympathy of all who knew him.

From New England Craftsman, Vol. IX, No. 6, March 1914, Page 206:

George P. Whitmore, widely known in Masonic circles and a resident of Newton Mass., died February 22.

Brother Whitmore was a past master of Dalhousie Lodge, a member of Newton R. A. Chapter and Gethsemane Commander K. T., and a past District Deputy Grand Master. For 18 years he was president of the Newton Masonic Hall Association. He was 64 years old.

WHITNEY, GEORGE B. 1846-1878

From Liberal Freemason, Vol. II, No. 6, September 1878, Page 188:

Geo. B. Whitney, who was killed on Tuesday, July, 23d, at Natick, while crossing the Boston and Albany Railway track, was about 32 years old, and one of the most promising business men of that town. At the breaking out of the rebellion he was one of the first to respond to the country's call, enlisted in Co. H., 13th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers, and served three full years, sharing all the dangers and privations of his command. At the close of his three years' service, he returned to his native town to engage again in the arts of peace. For several years he Ins been connected with Riley Pebbles, Esq., in the manufacture of boots and shoes, in which position he has shown rare business capacity, and has secured the esteem of all with whom he has been associated. At the time of his death he was Excellent High Priest of Parker Royal Arch Chapter of Natick, and was also a member of Meridian Lodge of F. and A. Masons.

Mr. Whitney leaves a widow and two young children, who were almost crazed by the tidings of his untimely death. His father and mother, now well advanced in years, were prostrated by the sad news, and the blow fell all the more heavily upon them from the fact that they had within a few days passed through the severe trial of seeing a young and promising son consigned to the asylum for the insane, and tidings have also been received that another son who has for some time past been pursuing his studies and completing his education in Europe has been stricken down by consumption and is on his way home.

The funeral took place at Cornell Hall, Thursday following, at 2.30 p. m., Meridian Lodge F. and A. Masons, Parker Royal Arch Chapter, performing escort duty. His surviving comrades of Co. H, 13th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers, were also in attendance in a body. The remains, inclosed in a neat casket, coverid with black cloth, were placed in front of the platform, which was beautifully festooned and decorated with flowers, conspicuous among which was a broken column, composed of flowers and vines, and a pillow of white carnations, and bound with smilax, while "Rest, George," was wrought in the centre with blue immortelles.

The services at the hall were conducted by Rev. Mr. Peloubet and Rev. Mr. Sheaf. The procession reformed at the close of the hall services, and proceeded to the family lot at Dell Park Cemetery, where appropriate and very impressive services were conducted by Meridian of F. and A. Masons. Business was very generally suspended in all the factories, and the stores were closed.

WHITNEY, JAMES W. 1829-1906

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

Brother James W.Whitney, one of Hingham's oldest business men, died May 23, as a result of a piralytic stroke sustained Sunday.

Mr. Whitney was born at Westminster, Sept. 21, 1829. He was past master of Old Colony Lodge of Masons at Hingham, Mass., and was one of the oldest members of the Hingham Veteran Firemen's Association.

WHITTALL, MATTHEW JOHN 1843-1922

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FROM PROCEEDINGS, 1922

From Proceedings, Page 1922-561:

On October 31, 1922, Right Worshipful Brother Matthew John Whittall, following a few weeks of sickness, ended a long and valuable career. A host of friends waited and hoped for a recovery which was not to be. State and city officials and citizens of Worcester joined in paying sorrowful and sincere tribute to the memory of this loyal citizen who lived and wrought in their midst for so many years.

Right Worshipful Brother Whittall was born in Kidderminster, England, March 10, 1843, son of Eli and Eliza Whittall. With no more than ordinary school opportunities he began his life's work at the age of fourteen years at the trade of carpet manufacturing in his own country. His sturdy and fixed attention to his calling soon met with recognition of his worth, and he was rapidly promoted to positions of responsibility.

He came to Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1871, where he was employed for some years as Superintendent of the Crompton Carpet Mills. Yielding to his ambition, daring and inclination for independence, he purchased looms in England and started in business for himself. That he made no error in his judgment is evidenced by the continued rapid growth and prosperity of his plas, which matured in one of the largest plants of its kind in this country.

He achieved a success of which any man might well be proud. He was interested not only in the material welfare of his life's work, but earned and gained the love and respect of all who were associated with him. He was able to go through his works and call his help by name. He was acquainted in large measure with the personal affairs of his employees, and his solicitude for the sick ones in their families made him a father of this immense group rather than an employer.

His love for his work and for these people was so strong that no inducement could be offered that tempted him to accept public office in his home city. He never sought public service, and as many times as he was urged by friends or party to be a candidate for Mayor of Worcester just so often did he firmly refuse to be considered. He was for many years a member of the Board of Trustees of the City Hospital, and for some time served as the Vice-President of this organization. He yielded to the demands of his district and was elected a member of the Governor's Council, a position in which his experience and sound judgment caused him to be of great service to his State. Governor and Brother Cox said of him, "It was a rare privilege to have served with him and to have known his beautiful character. He loved Massachusetts, he served her, and none was more confident of her splendid future."

His Masonic record was one of his happy experiences. He was raised a Master Mason in Montacute Lodge, JuIy 19, 1880. and was a Charter Member of Isaiah Thomas Lodge and its Worshipful Master at the time of his decease. He was exalted in Worcester Chapter on May 26, 1882, received and acknowledged in Hiram Council on March 2, 1883, was created and dubbed a Knight Templar in Worcester County Commandery on June 17, 1886. IIe was a member of all the Scottish Rite Bodies in Worcester and of Massachusetts Consistory, 32°, in Boston. He became an Honorary Member of the Supreme Council, 33°, on September 19, 1922.

He was for many years a member of the Board of Directors of the Grand Lodge, an honor which hg highly cherished, and a place qhere he could not fail to render rich and serviceable assistance.

His regard for and interest in his old home was made evident during the last year of his life, when he gave 6500 pounds to build the Whittall Chapel in Kidderminster. He wrote: "I have no hesitancy in offering the money for this purpose, for all that I have was made in fair competition and honest dealings. I have but one suggestion, which I hope will not be out of place, and that is that my Brother Masons in the Hope and Charity Lodge No. 377, be invited to participate in its dedication."

Right Worshipful Brother Whittall married Ellen Paget in Stourport, England, in 1868, who died in November, 1895. To them were born two children, Matthew P. Whittall, who was associated with his father in business, and a daughter, Edgeworth Paget Whittall, wife of James E. Whitin, of Uxbridge, Mass. In 1906 he married Gertrude Clarke, only daughter of Hon. and Mrs. Henry T. Clarke, of Omaha, Nebraska.

Three funeral services were held that al1 who wished might pay their final tribute to his memory. In his magnificent summer home, Juniper HaIl, Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, a Masonic service was held by Worcester County Commandery, while large delegations from Montacute and Isaiah Thomas Lodges united to testify to their appreciatiou of their late Brother and his regard for the Institution. A second service was held at his Worcester home, Elmhurst, followed by one in St. Matthews' Episeopal Church, of which he had been a Warden for forty-two years, where the citizens gathered in throngs. National and state flags were at half mast on the municipal buildings and his home city was bowed in grief.

A man whose character was conspicuous for sturdiness and persistence, who did what he believed was right, tvhose judgment was sound and safe, generous, public-spirited, warm-hearted, is gone. Of no one could it be more pertinently said:

"None knew him but to love him,
None named him but in praise."

Frank C. Harrington,
Frederick W. White,
Edward M. Woodward,
Committee.

FROM NEW ENGLAND CRAFTSMAN, 1922

From New England Craftsman, Vol. XVIII, No. 2, November 1922, Page 51:

Matthew J. Whittall, head of the Whittall Carpet Mills in Worcester and a former member of the governor's council, died Friday November 3, in his home in Shrewsbury aged 79 years. He was a native of Kidderminster, England but came to this city in 1871 and built up the largest individual carpet mill in the country. He was also interested in many other business enterprises and at the last convocation of the Supreme lodge of the Masonic fraternity in Cleveland he was made a 33rd degree member of the order. During the past summer he visited Kidderminster and presented his boyhood parish a memorial chapel. Bro. Whittall was vice president of the People's Saving's Bank and a director of the Worcester Bank & Trust Co. He was elected a trustee of the People's bank in 1892, and vice president in 1899.

Bro. Whittall was president and treasurer of Whittall Associates. His interest in Freemasonry was much more than an academic one. In many ways he showed his love of the fraternity and his fellowmen by acts of charity and human kindness. By nature reticent and conservative, he yet found tinve in a busy life for acts that will leave his memory fragrant in many hearts.

Gov. Cox, in a tribute to Mr. Whittall, said:

"The life of Matthew J. Whittall will be an Inspiration to every boy who reads of his notable career. Starting with nothing except the love of a good father and mother who had taught him honesty and industry, he turned each moment of a long life to some useful purpose, developing a great business, extending a helpful hand to those less fortunate, speaking a kindly word to those in need of counsel, showering affection upon his family, rendering fine public service, and always rejoicing in the company of a legion of friends. He was a leader of Massachusetts industry.

"It was a rare privilege to have served with him and to have known his beautiful character. Massachusetts has suffered a tremendous loss in his passing. He loved Massachusetts; he served her, and none was more confident in her splendid future."

WHITTEMORE, GERSHOM 1796-1863

  • MM 1820, WM 1848, Hiram

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

Stoughton, April 3, 1863.

The following preamble and resolutions, preference to the death of Br. Gershom Whittemore, were adopted by Hiram Lodge, West Cambridge, Mass., March 5, 1863:—

It has fallen to us as Members of Hiram Lodge, at brief intervals during the last few months, to render the final Masonic rites and honors to Brethren who have laid down their lives in the service of their Country, and we are now reminded by a sudden event, that into the abode the most peaceful and remote from danger, the Angel of death may enter. Our beloved friend and Brother, Past Master Gershom Whittemore, Tyler of Hiram Lodge, having been called to his eternal rest, we, his Brethren, bowing humbly to the will of a beneficent Providence, do sincerely and deeply deplore the unwarned and unexpected decease of our associate. That our testimony of respect and affection may assume a definite expression, we have therefore

  • Resolved, That we can dwell upon the character of our late Brother in bis Masonic relations, with unmixed pleasure and gratitude. His Masonic life covering the entire term of his manhood, from the beginning to the end, passed within our own Lodge; his devotion to the Institution through good and evil report; his dignified occupancy of the highest office; his unobtrusive and faithful discharge of an humbler duty; his affectionate interest in his Brethren; his gentleness of manner and kindness of speech, always influencing to harmony and peace, will never leave the memories of those who can appreciate the qualities which make an upright, honest, faithful and devoted Mason.
  • Resolved, That we who have known our Brother in the common walks of life, have ever found him to be a man of genuine simplicity of character ; unassuming in demeanor; truthful: unselfish; incapable of even a thought of injustice toward another. That his amiability was made constant by a life filled with generous impulses and kind acts, and was never disturbed by trial, nor changed by misfortune.
  • Resolved, That we tender our sincere and Brotherly sympathy to the widow and children of oar deceased Brother, and would assure them of our abiding interest in their welfare.

WIGGIN, ARTHUR CROCKER 1853-1906

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

Brother Arthur C. Wiggin died at his residence, 9 Woodville Street, Roxbury, May 10. Me was born at the old North End, Boston, and was educated at the Eliot School, and later at Chauncy Hall. After leaving school he was associated with his father and brother in the crockery business on Hanover Street, where the firm were in business for over seventy years.He was a member of various organizations, Washington Lodge, A. F. and A. M., Sons of American Revolution, and was past president of Eliot School Association, Roxbury Historical Society, and was secretary of N. E. Earthenware Association for twenty years. A wife and a son survive him.

WILDE, HIRAM 1828-1910

From New England Craftsman, Vol. VI, No. 2, November 1910, Page 63:

Bro. Hiram Wilde, a member of Mt. Lebanon Lodge, Boston, died October 17, aged 82 years. He was a musician of prominence and for many years a teacher of music in the public schools of Boston and elsewhere.

He was an active member of the Handel and Haydn society for 30 years. His first solo was in 1855 in the oratorio of "Eli," following with solos in the "Creation," "Israel in Egypt," "Messiah," Haydn's "Seasons" and others. He was a member of the Old Stoughton musical society, joining in 1852, was elected chorister in 1853 and continued for 40 years.

He was a veteran of the civil war, enlisting at the first call for troops in 1861 as second lieutenant in the 2d New York Infantry and serving two years, re-enlisting in the same regiment in Syracuse. N. Y. in 1863 as captain of Co. A, serving until the close of the war. He was in Sherman's March to the Sea, retiring as major. Me held four commissions, two from Gov. Morgan and two from Gov. Seymour.

At the close of the war Maj. Wilde returned to Boston and resumed his musical work, and many of the notable vocalists of Boston attribute their success to the instruction received from him. His wife died a few years ago.

WILDER, H. ARNOLD 1918-2009

Necrology

PRESENTATION, 1991

From TROWEL, Summer 1991, Page 24:

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R. W. Andrew W. Waugh. D. D. G. M., Fitchburg 13th District and R. W. H. Arnold Wilder.
(Photo and text by Bruce Greenhalgh)

On Monday, December 10, 1990, a surprise dinner was held in Ayer at the new Masonic Lodge. The joint venture between Caleb Butler Lodge of Ayer and Tahattawan Lodge of Littleton was held to honor R.W. H. Arnold Wilder for his many years of service.

R.W. Bro. Wilder was made a Mason in Caleb Butler Lodge in 1933, and served as Master in 1945. He affiliated with Tahattawan Lodge in 1936 and has been an active member of the two Lodges ever since.

He was appointed District Deputy Grand Master of the Fitchburg 13th District in 1949 for a two-year term. He also served as organist for both Lodges and the 8th Lodge of Instruction for many years.

In 1979 the Grand Lodge presented R. W. Bro. Wilder with the Joseph Warren Medal for distinguished service. He received his 50-Year Veteran's Medal in 1983.

In addition to Blue Lodge activities, he has been active in both York and Scottish Rite Masonry. A member of Bancroft Royal Arch Chapter, he was installed High Priest in 1939. In 1960 he became a 32nd Degree Mason. R.W. Bro. Wilder has long been involved with and has been an active member of the Valley of Lowell, and was presented the meritorious Service Award in 1977. He was elected Thrice Potent Master of the Lowell Lodge of Perfection in 1988.

On September 25, 1990, in Milwaukee, WI, he received the 33rd Degree.

Wor. David Dakin, chairman of the event, said, "The Masters of both Lodges wanted to do something for R. W. H. Arnold Wilder to show their appreciation for all he has done over the years, something from his Lodge Brothers."

The dinner was a complete surprise. There were over 100 people in attendance and after dinner, many remarks were made attesting to R.W. Bro. Wilder's love of horses, railroading, Boy Scouting, and to his friendships and services. He was presented with a plaque and over $750.00 raised from the sale of tickets, which will be given to his favorite charities.

Additional money was collected for a local food bank.

This distinguished, eloquent gentleman remarked how much joy he received from his many years of service, and that he looked forward to many more years.

PRESENTATION, 2005

From TROWEL, Summer 2005, Page 24:

Wilder Recognized by Tahattawan Lodge

Seventy-two years ago, Bro. Henry Arnold Wilder was raised a Master Mason in Caleb Butler Lodge, since which time he has been an exemplary representative of our Craft. He served as Master in 1945 and was appointed District Deputy Grand Master in 1949. Bro. Wilder then served as High Priest in the York Rite Chapter and became an active Scottish Rite Mason, being created a 33rd Degree. Sovereign Grand Inspector General in 1990. He is also the recipient of the Grand Lodge's Joseph Warren and Henry Price medals.

Rt. Wor. Brother Wilder obviously loves Freemasonry, as he does riding horses and running steam engines, which he did for the Boston and Maine Railroad. At age 94, Brother Wilder rode his horse, Topaz, in Westford's 200th anniversary parade.

"My only regret," he was recently overheard saying, "is that I was never a Worshipful Master of Tahattawan Lodge in Littleton," where for many years he has played the organ, an art he taught himself at age 76.

On December 20, 1994. Brother Wilder came to Lodge to play the organ at the regular business meeting and a visit by the District Deputy Grand Master. It was on that evening that the Deputy Grand Master, Rt. Wor. Roy J. Leone, installed Brother Henry Arnold Wilder as Master of Tahattawan Lodge. A fitting tribute for a Brother who at age 95 keeps track of sick Brethren and sends out get well and sympathy cards for the Lodge; he also serves on the Lodge Awareness Committee.

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Wor. Dennis Breen, Master of Tahattawan Lodge; R. W. Roy J. Leone, Deputy Grand Master; R. W. H. Arnold Wilder; R. W. Kenneth E. Atkins, Past Master; R. W. Robert F. Gillette, District Deputy Grand Master.

BIOGRAPHY, 2007

From TROWEL, Fall 2007, Page 12:

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By R. W. Stephen C. Cohn.

When most people think of active Masons, they usually focus on men comprising the somewhat younger generations: men in their thirties, forties, fifties or sixties. No one bothered to inform Rt. Wor. H. Arnold Wilder of that fact. At the young age of 98, Brother Wilder is almost as active today as he was 50 years ago, and he never hesitates to present any part of a lecture. As recently as last fall, Bro. Wilder served his lodge as Installing Master, and plans to do the same once again in 2007 when he presents the Master’s charge.

Born in 1909, Bro. Wilder received his degrees in 1933 in Caleb Butler Lodge, Ayer, and was its Worshipful Master in 1945. He affiliated with Tahattawan Lodge in 1941.

Brother Wilder is a lover of horses, and owned five during his lifetime. His favorite, a Palomino named Topaz, was raised from a colt. No verbal commands or pull on the reins were needed to set a course or pace; the horse and rider were like one. Topaz would turn his neck toward the bent-over rider and literally take Canada mints from the mouth of Bro. Wilder.

Topaz is probably the only horse that has been through the Masonic Degrees and even stood at the west of the altar in Tahattawan Lodge to assume his obligations. Brother Wilder enjoyed riding Topaz without saddle or bit, and would use that time to perfect his Masonic ritual. The prevailing rumor is that if Bro. Wilder made a mistake, Topaz would shake his head! The members of Tahattawan Lodge were so enamored with Topaz that they even presented him a dues card.

All decked out in colonial garb, Topaz and Bro. Wilder were frequent participants in local parades. During Westford’s 200th Anniversary Parade, Bro. Wilder and Topaz were in their customary role. Also invited were Masons from the former Fitchburg 13th Masonic District. When they reached the dignitaries’ reviewing stand, the Masons stopped, faced Bro. Wilder sitting on Topaz, and gave him public grand honors.

Rt. Wor. H. Arnold Wilder served as District Deputy Grand Master of the Fitchburg 13th in 1949 and 1950. He was presented the Joseph Warren Distinguished Service Medal in 1979 and a Veterans Medal in 1983, and looks forward to receiving a 75-year pin in 2008.

Proud that he is able to continue to serve his lodges, he loves the fact that his associations and opportunities remain available to him. When his mobility slowed, he was presented a deep purple walker to match his deep purple apron, much to the delight of everyone present.

In 1956, Bro. Wilder joined Raytheon’s Missile Systems in Lowell as an Assistant Manufacturing Manager. He was active in Raytheon’s Masonic degree team and traveled across Massachusetts and New Hampshire surprising coworkers with his Third Degree ritual.

During World War II, Bro. Wilder was a line officer in Caleb Butler Lodge, while working two jobs to support himself and his family. Since many Caleb Butler Lodge members were military personnel in nearby Fort Devens, it was not unusual for the lodge to confer multiple degrees on the Army candidates in one night, so they would be Masons when they were shipped off to war.

In order to attend lodge, Wilder would travel by train from Westford to Ayer and walk four miles home due to gasoline rationing. One of the lodge’s members, a Colonel Peavey, took note of Bro. Wilder’s dedication and mailed him a packet of gas rationing coupons.

Brother Wilder was not just involved in Blue Lodge Masonry he was also active in both the York and Scottish Rites. He was a degree worker in all three bodies in the Valley of Lowell, was Thrice Potent Master of the Lowell Lodge of Perfection from 1988 through 1991, and received the 33rd Degree in Milwaukee in 1990. He served as High Priest of Bancroft Royal Arch Chapter in 1939 and joined Aleppo Temple Shriners and its Mounted Patrol unit in 1962.

He continues to be dedicated to his town of Westford, where he served as a “fence viewer,” a school committee member for nine years, and has been a Warden of his voting precinct since 1940.

In 2002, Ill. Robert W. Clarke, Deputy for Massachusetts, accompanied Most Wor. Donald G. Hicks Jr., Grand Master, to a special Scottish Rite class named in Bro. Wilder’s honor. The Deputy presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Bro. Wilder from the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation. After reciting a long list of Bro. Wilder’s accomplishments, the Grand Master presented him the Henry Price Medal.

The number of candidates Bro. Wilder exposed to Masonry is unknown, but he has sponsored numerous men as members of his two lodges. One candidate considers Bro. Wilder to be a close mentor. Rt. Wor. Kenneth Atkins was raised, installed Master, and presented his Past Master’s apron and jewel by his Masonic sponsor.

When Bro. Atkins was appointed DDGM, Bro. Wilder escorted him into Tahattawan Lodge, presented him a District Deputy’s jewel, and paraded the new District Deputy around the lodge, beaming with pride like only a father could.

Brother Wilder went on to install Bro. Atkins as Most Wise Master of Mt. Calvary Chapter of Rose Croix in Lowell and later presented him with his Past Most Wise Master’s jewel. After Brother Atkins had the honor of being coroneted as a 33rd Degree Mason, it was Brother Wilder who presented him a distinctive 33rd Degree jewel. Rt. Wor. Bro. Atkins finally was able to “get even” with Bro. Wilder, presenting him a Certificate of Appreciation for 50 years as a DDGM in the Fitchburg 13th District on behalf of Most Wor. Fred K. Bauer, Grand Master.

It wasn’t “all work and no play” for Bro. Wilder who occasionally demonstrated a good sense of humor. When Bro. Atkins was employed by the Massachusetts State Police, Bro. Wilder had his protégé conducted to the East of his lodge. To ensure success in his new job, Bro. Wilder presented him with a toy badge, a toy gun and holster, a toy nightstick and a notebook for writing “tickets.”

Change is a part of living, and Bro. Wilder has seen many changes in the fraternity in his 74 years. When he first became a Mason, men had to join the local lodge or request a release of jurisdiction. Investigation rules were serious and strictly followed. It was not uncommon for his lodge to work candidates four or five nights every week. Rt. Wor. Bro. Wilder believes that Freemasonry even today is a big influence in local communities, particularly in those localities with an active and visible lodge. Community exposure is the key.

He says candidates and new members need to know the exciting history of our fraternity, and should not overlook the Craft’s rich traditions. Masons should learn as much as possible. It behooves all of us to discuss with prospective candidates the numerous opportunities for improvement that exist within the fraternity—the lessons of the fraternity are as vital today as they were in 1933.

One of the things that bother him the most concerns Past Masters who seem to fade out of the picture after their term is over. They are a valuable resource that should not be allowed to disappear as most still have a lot to offer their lodges and the fraternity.

Rt. Wor. H. Arnold Wilder has set standards that all Masons should aspire to achieve. Even at age 98, he continues to leave his mark on all with whom he comes in contact. As Rt. Wor. Bro. Atkins writes, he is “a rare individual who in his own lifetime has become a living legend, extremely respected and honored by everyone who has ever known him.” To “H. Arnold,” Masonry has truly been a lifelong experience.

WILEY, GEORGE T. 1864-1925

From Proceedings, Page 1925-324:

R. W. George T. Wiley was born in Charlestown, August 16, 1864, and died at his home in Dorchester, November 10, 1925. His sudden and unexpected passing away removes one of the most widely known and best loved of the members of our Fraternity in this part of the jurisdiction. His long connection with the wholesale boot and shoe industry brought him many friends outside of Freemasonry. In Freemasonry his faithful and devoted service extending over many years and in many branches of the fraternity deeply endeared him to great numbers of his Brethren.

R. W. Bro. Wiley was raised in Rabboni Lodge October 13, 1902, and was elected Worshipful Master December 19, 1912. He was District Deputy Grand Master for the Fourth Masonic District in 1919 and 1920. He was Exalted in Dorchester Royal Arch Chapter February 24, 1903, and became High Priest September 23, 1913. He became a member of Boston Council Royal and Select Masters November 22, 1906, and became Thrice Illustrious Master September 24, 1914. He was Knighted in Boston Commandery of Knights Templars February 16, 1910, and became its Eminent Commander September 19, 1923. In the Scottish Rite he took the degrees in Boston-Lafayette Lodge of Perfection October 2, 7908, Giles F. Yates Council Princes of Jerusalem October 9, 1908, Mount Olivet Chapter of Rose Croix October 16, 1908, and in Massachuseitts Consistory January 8, 1909. He became Most Wise Master of Mount Olivet Chapter of Rose Croix Aprii 17, 1925.

R.W. Bro. Wiley leaves behind him a great host of sorrying friends who will lament his loss.

WILLARD, ERASTUS 1851-1905

  • MM Temple #88, Keene, NH
  • Member of Revere, 1893-1905

From New England Craftsman, Vol. I, No. 1, October 1905, Page 33:

Brother Erastus Willard of Bos ton died August 27. He was a member of Revere Lodge, St Andrew's Chapter and De Molay Conimandery all of Boston. He was a good citizen and a worthy mason and his death is mourned by a host of friends.

WILLCUTT, LYMAN D. 1842-1907

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

Brother Lyman D. Willcutt, ex-president of the Master Builders' Association, Boston, died at bis home Cohasset, Mass. October 19. He bad been in the building business for more than 40 years and had erected some of the finest buildings in Boston and other places, including among others the Hotel Touraine in Boston. He was held in high esteem by his business associates. His funeral was undercharge of De Molay Commandery K. T. of Boston.

WILLIAMS, CHARLES 1790-1854

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XIII, No. 9, July 1854, Page 287:

Died in this city, on the morning of the 13th ult., Brother Charles Williams, aged 64 years. The deceased was formerly of the firm of R. P. & C. Williams, long and well known in this city, as booksellers. He was an old and faithful Mason, and will be long remembered by his Brethren, as one whose ambition it was to do good, according to the talents wherewith God had blessed him. He was a member of the Episcopal church, and was buried on the afternoon of the 14th from the church of the Rev. Mr. Clinch, at South Boston,—many of his Masonic Brethren being in attendance.

WILLIAMS, MARLBOROUGH 1818-1888

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FROM PROCEEDINGS, 1888

From Proceedings, Page 1888-69:

Yet another grief must I announce to you. On the evening of Monday, April 30th, Brother Marlborough Williams met with us in this Temple at the constitution of Winthrop Lodge. On the next evening, Tuesday, he intended to visit his own Lodge, and left his home for that purpose. While on the way he became suddenly ill, and thought it advisable to return home. The symptoms soon became alarming, and he died that evening at nine o'clock.

For more than twenty years the sterling virtues of our friend and Brother, have been well known to me. His death only symbolized his life. Faithful in all his duties to the last moment of his existence, he presents to us a man whom we could honor, who undertook nothing without accepting it as a trust to be fulfilled, and whose life bore constant witness to the presence of those Masonic virtues which make for character, and which our Order aims to inculcate.

  • MM 1856, WM 1869-1870, Revere
  • Junior Grand Steward 1884-1885, Senior Grand Steward 1875-1877, 1886-1887, Senior Grand Deacon 1878-1880, Grand Sword Bearer 1888

From Proceedings, Page 1888-217:

Marlborough Williams, the son of Ambrose and Mary H. Williams, was born in Boston, April 7, 1818. He died May 1, 1888, aged 70 years and 24 days. Nearly the whole of his life was passed in his native city. He early engaged in business in Faneuil Hall market, where he continued for forty-seven years, winning by his upright dealing the esteem and confidence of those who came into business relations with him.

Wor. Brother Williams was made a Mason in Revere Lodge in 1856, being the first initiate of that Lodge. He served the Lodge as Junior Warden in 1858 and 1859, and again in 1865 and 1866; Senior Warden in 1867 and 1868, and Wor. Master in 1869 and 1870.

He was exalted a Royal Arch Mason in St. Andrews Chapter in 1857, and was High Priest of that Chapter in 1863 and 1864. He was Grand Scribe of the Grand Chapter of Massachusetts in 1865. He was created a Knight Templar in De Molay Commandery in 1857, and was its Eminent Commander in 1871.

He served this Grand Lodge as Junior Grand Steward two years; Senior Grand Steward, three years; Senior Grand Deacon, two years; and was Grand Sword-Bearer at the time of his death.

In the Lodge and among his Brethren he was modest and unassuming, distrustful of his own abilities — never seeking preferment, but when it came, faithfully performing the duties which it involved. As a citizen he was held in universal esteem. His sterling integrity and frank cordiality gained the respect, and his kindliness of heart won the affection, of all. A worthy Brother has passed beyond the veil to receive from the Divine Master his reward, earned by "a patient continuance in well-doing."

Respectfully submitted,
CHARLES HARRIS,
HENRY K. DUNTON,
WARREN B. ELLIS,
Committee.

FROM LIBERAL FREEMASON, 1888

From Liberal Freemason, Vol. XII, No. 2, May 1888, Page 48:

For thirty years the familiar form of Marlborough Williams was constant in attendance at Masonic meetings in Boston, and welcome whenever he appeared. To him the Masonic Temple was as a shrine, where the traditions of the Craft were deposited, and to it the masonic pilgrim might go with feelings akin to those which impel the devotee to worship at his chosen altar. His last voluntary pilgrimage upon earth was toward his masonic shrine. On the evening of May the ist, 1888, he left his home in his usually good health, in company with one of his daughters, both intent on their respective missions, his being to attend the meeting of his mother Lodge in the Masonic Temple.

Two-third of the distance had been accomplished, when he complained of a sharp pain in his chest, of such unusual character that he returned to his home, laid down upon the bed, and within an hour his body was like unto its mother earth, and "his spirit had returned unto God, who gave it."

For twenty-five years, we who write knew him well as friend and Masonic brother, and though opportunities were frequent to speak of the religions of life, these were seldom discussed, his mind took more immediate hold of the practical, and without being cumbered by the abstruseness of finer definitions.

"He had great faith in laws of bread
For hungry people, young and old;
And hope inspired kind words he said,
To him he sheltered from the cold,
For he must feed
As well as pray
'What was his creed?'
I cannot say."

Our subject was born in Boston, Mass., April 7th, 1818, and the seventieth anniversary of this day was the occasion of the home-coming of the ten children whose presence made the father and mother feel more joyous that his seventy years, though not unclouded by sorrow, had gathered so much that was pleasant, and cheering, and bright with promise. It was the last radiant circle in that family. The wheel is indeed broken.

The Masonic life of our brother may be called a fortunate one and extended over a period full of interest, while it is also, a truly historic one.

On the fourth clay of March, 1856, a Dispensation was granted to Revere Lodge, in Boston, and Marlborough Williams was the first candidate initiated under that authority. A year later the Lodge received its Charter, and his membership began with May 5th, 1857. He served the Lodge as Junior Deacon, and Junior Warden in 1858 and 1859; but distrusting his own powers he freely said so, and the brethren consented to let him drop out of office. His usefulness in other respects became so conspicuous that he was again elected Junior Warden in 1865 and 1866; Senior Warden the next two years, and Master in 1869 and 1870. Further emphasis was given to the appreciation of him by the brethren in 1871, when he was elected an Honorary Member.

In the Grand Lodge he was a member of the Committee on Charity from 1866 to 1874. — S. Grand Steward, three years ; S. Grand Deacon, two years; J. Grand Steward, two years, and was Grand Sword Bearer, at the time of his death.

Of the twenty Charter members of Revere Lodge, thirteen had been made Royal Arch Masons in St. Andrew's Chapter, and some of them were active workers in it. The drift was a natural one; hence Brother Williams was exalted in that Chapter, January 29th, 1857, and at once became strongly interested in the work and lectures of the several degrees conferred by it. It was in this Body that his powers developed, and in it he learned to have that confidence in his abilities Which carried him safely and honorably through its principal chairs and helped to establish his reputation as a ritualist of ability. Having filled several of the lower offices, he was elected High Priest in 1863 and 1864, and to Honorary Membership in December, 1865. In the Grand Chapter, he was elected Grand Scribe in 1865, Was appointed Grand Lecturer in 1868, and served in this office tour years.

He received the degrees in Cryptic Masonry in Boston Council of R. and S. Masters during the winter months of 1863, and was a Life Member in that Body.

The Orders of Knighthood attracted his attention early in his Masonic life, and he was created a Knight Templar in De Molay Commandery September 23d, 1857, held the several offices in that Body of Senior Warden, Captain General, Generalissimo and Eminent Commander, the latter in 1870 and 1871. He was subsequently made an Honorary Member.

In 1863, the A. and A. Scottish Rite had grown into notoriety in Massachusetts, and on February 8th, 1863, he, in company with the writer and a number of others, received the degrees and became identified with the Bodies holding under the Supreme Council whose Grand East was at the Winthrop House, on the site of the present Masonic Temple in Boston. He was one of the petitioners for the revival of Boston Lodge of Perfection, and was the first Deputy Grand Master under the restored Charter.

He was elected an active member of Boston Consistory June 12, 1863, and held the office of Val. Gr. Master Architect, and that of Gr. Min. of State until the union of the three Consistories.

As an officer, Brother Williams was one of the most faithful, and his example in this important character was one of the best; punctual to the hour, he was always ready to respond when duty called. Tardiness in his eyes grew into neglect, inefficiency, and poor service, all dangerous to the prosperity he was ever anxious to promote. In his later years, and after he had retired from ritualizing, he was still alert to guard the interests of Freemasonry, and, as we have seen, his last effort was to attend a meeting of his Lodge, from which he was diverted only by the summons which called him to that Celestial Lodge wherein the "Grand Architect of the Universe presides."

The entire life of this brother was passed in his native city, except two or three years in his earlier married life, when he lived in what is now Arlington. He was familiar with every foot of "old" Boston, and could point to the many changes made in it during the last sixty years. His memory of the "Green Dragon Tavern," so long the home of Freemasonry prior to 1828, was clear and reliable. As a boy, he played in the Tavern yard, the back part of which sloped down to the water's'edge and was washed by the tide as it rose and fell; where streets and warehouses and business activities have stopped its flow forever.

His life's work began in a provision store on Green Street; from that into Faneuil Hall Market, where for forty-seven years he maintained his own self-respect and secured that of his fellow-occupants in a remarkable degree. His customers became his friends, and the expressive resolutions passed by the occupants of the Market show how closely he was held in their affections.

With him something of the old and tried has gone; if the new is to be better, it will be helped exceedingly by emulating his virtues.

WILLIAMS, ROBERT WEBSTER, III 1917-2015

NECROLOGY, 2016

BIOGRAPHY, 1991

From TROWEL, Spring 1991, Page 11:

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TROWEL's new Editor M. W. Phil Berquist, left, shares a moment with retiring Editor Bob Williams.

In Bristol County, where turnips are white and sweet, you can tell the outlanders from the natives by the way they pronounce the name of one of the two county seats. It's Tarn-ton to the locals and anything between Tawn-ton and Tan-ton to the others. To hear the quintessential pronunciation of Tarnton, ask Right Worshipful Robert Webster Williams, III to name his home town.

Bob Williams is Taunton to many people, for he has chronicled his life for half a century as a newspaperman and for longer than that as a historian. To Massachusetts Masons he is better known than King Philip of the Wampanoags, who tried to burn down the town, but still had a Lodge named after him. Bob, for his part, built up his community and has served King David Lodge as Master and then for 29 years as Secretary. He has just retired as Editor of TROWEL after guiding this magazine for its first eight years.

Bob was born in Taunton in 1917 and was educated in its public schools. He starred as a baseball pitcher and also played basketball, "when you didn't have to be tall." He broke into newspaper work with the Taunton Daily Gazette right out of school. Newspapermen don't get rich, but the work was more interesting than the stove foundries and not as seasonal as the herring run on the Taunton River.

A Charter Member of Taunton Chapter, Order of DeMolay, he was the first Scribe of the Chapter and received the "Scribe's Efficiency Award," a prestigious honor at that time, in a public ceremony. Bob has been honored also by the conferral of the Active Legion of Honor from the International Supreme Council of the Order. He continues to support this worthy youth organization.

He certainly got on-the-job training, for he served the Gazette in circulation, collections, and advertising as well as newsgathering. He even qualified in the printing trades. He and his longtime friend. State Senator John Parker, would sometimes write their stories on the Linotype machines, bypassing both the typewriter and the copy editor.

Like all good newsmen, he hankered for a literary career and enrolled in the "Famous Writers' School" in Connecticut run by Bennett Cerf. Bob's mail order mentor there was another good newsman, "Red" Smith, who told him that he was cut out to be an editor, not a writer. (That school, incidentally, was on the level, for another writer we know deliberately set out to flunk the entrance test and was surprised to find himself rejected.)

While he did have editorial responsibilities on the daily paper, he was a columnist as well, writing columns on golf and bowling. He got so involved in the latter that he wound up traveling all over the country as President of the National Duckpin Bowling Congress. During those years he had "back door privilege" at the White House, which boasts bowling alleys, and even made an appearance before the Supreme Court of the United States in behalf of bowling. His longest lived column, "On the Sidelines," dealt for 26 years with whatever subject interested him.

Bob Williams retired from the Gazette just two weeks before he took over as Editor of the TROWEL, but even years later, he still gets late evening telephone calls from bars and other spots where people argue, calling on him to settle bets or disputes over who did what and when, usually, but not always, involving sports.

Brother Williams' connection with Taunton goes way back to 1637, when his ancestor Richard Williams was one of the organizers of the First Parish Church a year before the settlers bought the area from Massasoit. He himself has served that conservative Unitarian-Universalist Church as Historian, Archivist, and Chairman of the Prudential Committee. On his mother's side, he is a Mayflower descendant, from Thomas Rogers.

As with his church. Brother Williams has continued family tradition in Masonry, for family members have preceded and followed him in King David's Lodge. He and his wife, Priscilla (Hoyle), have two sons and a daughter. Richard was twice Master of King David Lodge and is now its Secretary. His sister, Cynthia Reardon. is a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, and her daughter is Past Worth. Advisor of Taunton Assembly No. 13. Rainbow for Girls. Cynthia's twin brother, 15 minutes her senior, carries on a family tradition as Robert Webster Williams IV. Bob and Priscilla are proud of their five grandchildren.

Bob's interest in Masonry is on a par with his driving interest in history and genealogy. Masonry has truly bought his friendship with many others who might have otherwise remained at a perpetual distance. He has spoken widely throughout Massachusetts in Lodges of Instruction and as Editor of TROWEL. His historical talks and writings earned him the Daughters of the American Revolution Medal in 1980. His was the second of a new medal struck, the first given to Mrs. Douglas MacArthur. The Grand Lodge has recognized his service to Masonry with both its Joseph Warren Medal for Distinguished Service and the Meritorious Service Award. In 1990 he received the Veterans' Medal. He is currently serving as a member of the Grand Lodge Library and Museum Committee, is a member of the Maine Lodge of Research and the Philalethes Society.

His service to TROWEL is not over, for he has many ideas still to put on paper as he continues to write, research, and advise for this magazine of Massachusetts Masons. He is preparing a book to be published by Grand Lodge for an almost forgotten Mason who saved Freemasonry from being outlawed during the so-called anti-Masonic era. A strict search in and about the Grand Lodge fails to produce the good works of the late R. W. Francis Baylies, whose once Taunton home fronts the lodge room of the temple. Being a member of the Old Colony Historical Society of Taunton and the Dennis Historical Society. Cape Cod, gives him a depth of the past to write intelligently about the present.

BIOGRAPHY, 2005

From TROWEL, Summer 2005, Page 22:

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"That's a lousy way to get a story." Bob Williams isn't impressed with the invitation to do a phone interview for Trowel. "It wouldn't work on my newspaper."

At eighty-seven, Bob Williams still has a newspaperman's instincts and a newspaperman's work ethic, not to mention a newspaperman's infamous gruff attitude. And at 87, he is an active participant in publishing. Bob was a part of the very first issue of Trowel and he is still a contributor. (He wrote the twentieth anniversary cover story.) Now it's time for Trowel to turn its spotlight onto one of its own founding fathers — Bob Williams.

Bob lives these days in Raynham, but he is a native of neighboring Taunton, and his family has been in the area for generations. As Bob puts it: "I'm a Mayflower boy." That simple statement spawns the first of the newspaperman's vivid stories.

It seems that Thomas Rogers, an ancestor of Bob's, sailed out of Holland aboard the Speedwell. The ship sprung a leak as she approached England, and she put in there for repairs. At this point. Rogers boarded the Mayflower bound for Massachusetts; in the new country, he produced two sons, John and Joseph. The latter settled in Eastham, married into a French Huguenot family, and founded a line that eventually extended to Robert Williams III.

"I am the first landlubber in the family," Bob announces. All his male ancestors had been sailing captains, including one Dennis Nickerson who sailed to the Orient with his pregnant wife; her child was born at sea and thus was named Claude Seaborn Nickerson. Bob and his wife Priscilla continued Thomas Rogers's family line by contributing three children, including a set of twins—Robert Williams IV and Cynthia Williams Reardon; Cynthia added three children and Bob's first great grandchild.

Bob Williams's sailing family was also a Masonic family. "Deep roots in Freemasonry," is how Bob puts it. He was raised in 1940 by his father, who was Master at the time, in Taunton's King David Lodge. King David Lodge was chartered in 1798; a relative of Williams was a charter member. Keeping the lineage strong, Bob has twice served as Master and his own son, Robert Williams IV, has also served as Master. Under Grand Master Arthur Melanson, Bob was District Deputy Grand Master in 1978-79.

In retirement. Bob still does some work for The Call, a local tabloid, but his career as a newspaperman actually began on the Taunton Gazette. According to Bob, he learned to do just about everything there. The Gazette 's editor, a tough old newspaperman, had been Bob's Sunday school teacher. "Well, he liked me," Bob remembers, "and eventually I learned the entire business. Finally, in 1940, I said I'd like to learn the printing end of it. Took me seven years to learn the trade."

One month before Pearl Harbor. Bob Williams's war began."I was sworn in on the front stoop of my parents' house by an officer of the Bristol County FBI." He is unwilling, even these years later, to share many of the details of his war work, but he will say that his career as an undercover agent can be traced to Masonry; he found out years later that a brother Mason had recommended him for the undercover post "in lieu of military training." He always knew, however, that Masonry played an important part in one of his most exciting adventures.

It happened on a sultry morning "in the dog days of August" when Bob was walking across Taunton Green. "A man approached me and said that he was looking for a place to eat. He was wearing a battered hat and a trench coat with a bedraggled flower in the lapel. The flower looked like it could have been a forget-me-not." Bob Williams, a lifelong student of Freemasonry, knew that German Masons used the forget-me-not after Hitler outlawed and disbanded all organizations in Germany. As Bob stood on Taunton Green computing this, he remembers seeing, out of the corner of his eye, an old acquaintance who had become an FBI agent. "He was gumshoeing the guy in the trench coat."

Bob took the stranger to a restaurant that was run by a brother Mason. "And I said to him, "Have you ever traveled from the west to the east?' Then I stretched out my right hand and gave him the grip of the First Degree, then the Second Degree, and he started to cry. Well, I got him settled in the restaurant and ordered some breakfast, and as he was eating it, I went to a florist shop to get him a fresh flower."

As Bob went on his errand, the FBI gumshoe approached. What did Bob know about this German, he wanted to know. Was he worthy of trust?

"You know I'm a Mason, don't you. Brian?"

The FBI agent acknowledged this and he knew he could trust Bob's word. Bob Williams assured the agent that this German would not harm America's cause. And he took his friend to the restaurant and introduced the two men. Then he watched the pair board a bus for the South Weymouth Naval Station — the German with a good meal and the handshake of a brother to fortify him. not to mention a fresh forget-me-not in his lapel. The blimps at South Weymouth, acting upon the stranger's direction, quickly located a 370-foot German U-boat 16 nautical miles off Chatham, and dispatched bombers from Otis to sink her.

It was later learned that the sub was on a special mission carrying German spies to America. Bob Williams still wonders about that sub and the secrets locked inside her. He wonders about the twenty-five-year old captain of U-1226 and the whereabouts of the forget-me-not wearing Mason on Taunton Green. But like many of the details of Bob's own undercover service, these stories may never be told.

For a newspaperman, stories are the stock in trade. Bob is tireless about research and meticulous about detail and accuracy. His adjective is "investigative." It is not surprising then, that paralleling his career as a newspaperman is a passionate avocation as historian. Perhaps that comes from Bob Williams" strong genealogical connection with the past. He is a member — and Archivist — of the Raynham Historical Commission, a member of the Dennis Historical Commission, a member of the New England Genealogical Society of Boston, the historian for the Dighton Community Church, a newsletter writer for the Thomas Rogers Society, a contributing member of The Smithsonian Institution, and last but not least, a former President of the National Duckpin Bowling Congress.

What? What is duckpin bowling doing in the august company of Bob's other memberships? Simply this: everything Bob Williams does, he does with full-steam vigor and depth. Bob became an unpaid lobbyist for duckpin bowling, trying to hold down the taxation of bowling lanes, a lucrative plum for tax-hungry politicians, and for some years, he maintained an office in Washington, D. C.

Now finally, what is this remarkable man's connection to Trowel? He has simply been there since the beginning. It happened this way.

The day after Bob Williams retired from the Taunton Gazette, Most Wor. J. Philip Berquist invited him to a meeting at Grand Lodge. Berquist planned to launch a new, statewide Masonic magazine and he assembled a small group of experts to help him do it: Jim Vytal, Charlie Freeman, Vaughn McKertich and Williams. Vytal knew the production end of the business, and Charlie Freeman did the first cover design. When Bob William's asked what part he was to play. Berquist was blunt. "You — you're going to put the stories in the magazine. What the h— are you sitting there for?"

And so for more than twenty years,
 Bob Williams has been putting the sto
ries in the magazine. He has had at 
least one hand in every issue (and
often both hands and sometimes a
foot). Twenty years is a long run. especially after a long career in the news
paper business, but Bob Williams is
testimony to the strength, endurance,
determination and passion of a professional newspaperman. Now to that
character assessment add the attributes
 developed from 65 years of Free
masonry, and you have a portrait of
 Bob Williams — a Masonic original, a
 Masonic treasure.

WILLIAMS, WALTER LAMSON 1879-1946

From Proceedings, Page 1946-79:

Right Worshipful Brother Williams was born in Peabody, Massachusetts, September 17, 1879, and died at his home in that city January 3, 1946, after a lingering illness.

After graduation from the local schools, he entered the employ of the B. W. Jones Leather Company, retiring about fifteen years ago. From 1932 through 1936 he was Postmaster of Danvers, and served for several years as a member of the Trust Fund Commissioners of that City. He was a Trustee of the Warren Five Cent Savings Bank; also active in the affairs of the Sutton Home for Aged Women. He was a veteran of World War I, retiring with the rank of Captain.

Brother Williams was raised in Jordan Lodge on June 25, 1902, and served as Master in 1909 and 1910. He served as District Deputy Grand Master for the (Lynn) 8th Masonic District in 1927 and 1928, by appointment of Most Worshipful Frank L. Simpson.

He served as High Priest of Salem Chapter, R.A.M., and was a member of Winslow Lewis Commandery, as well as the Scottish Rite Bodies in Salem and of Massachusetts Consistory.

He has left a host of friends to mourn his passing, in Freemasonry, as well as in his civic activities, and because he has been such a valued member of society, he will be sorely missed. Masonic burial services were conducted by Jordan Lodge on January 5, 1946.

WILLIAMS, WILLIAM AUGUSTUS 1816-1890

From Liberal Freemason, Vol. XIII, No. 11, February 1890, Page 348:

Captain Williams was born in Boston, and died in Chelsea, Mass., January 20. 1890, aged seventy-three years. He was an engineer during the war, on the Staff of Governor Andrew, and ranked as Captain. He was well known in his profession in Chelsea, where he became a Charter Member of Robert Lash Lodge, a member of the Royal Arch Chapter of the Shekinah, and a Charter member of Palestine Commandery of Knights Templars.

WILLIAMS, WILLIAM H. 1847-1905

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FROM NEW ENGLAND CRAFTSMAN, 1909

From New England Craftsman, Vol. II, No. 9, June 1907, Page 336:

In the death of William H. Williams, Free Masonry in Massachusetts and Joseph Webb Lodge in particular has lost one of its stanchest members. Born in Wales, G. B., June 12, 1847, he came to America at the age of twenty years to make a name and fortune for himself, with no capital but his own hands and the sturdy principles of industry and honesty that had been instilled into him by a loving and devoted mother. He first went to the western United States and there sought to establish himself. He remained there for about a year, when he was attracted to New England and coming east settled in Boston, where he formed a partnership with his brother and established the firm of Williams Bros., long and favorably known as merchant tailors. Before long he became the sole proprietor of the business, which he continued until his death, March 1, 1905. His success in Boston was assured from the beginning and in addition thereto he became interested in the diversity of enterprise as an investor.

He did not become a member of the Fraternity until middle life, taking his degrees in Joseph Webb Lodge and becoming a member thereof in January 1885. From this time his interest in Masonry steadily grew; he became affiliated with Mt. Vernon Royal Arch Chapter, October, 1893; Boston Conimandery Knight Templars, June, 1894; Aleppo Temple, Mystic Shrine, December, 1897. His advent into Masonry opened a new phase of life for him: genial and affable in nature, he found and retained many strong friendships in the Fraternity.

Free Masonry gave him an opportunity for growth and breadth of the social side of his nature; its principles appealed to him and there was no stronger advocate of the Order than he. Attached as he was to the various bodies to which he belonged, none had for him the charm of the Blue Lodge; it was there that he made his first Masonic friends: it was there that he learned of the application of the cardinal principles of Free Masonry; it was there that he saw the good that Free Masonry does for its members; it was there that he saw the influence of example and the practical application of friendship, relief and brotherly love which form so large a part of the institution.

While he was known to many members of the Order, it was only to those who were intimate with him that his character and his strong trails were revealed. Those who knew him intimately admired and respected him for the devotion shown to his mother throughout her life; for the care he bestowed upon her, for the gratification of every wish which was in his power to give. The acquisition of wealth, the getting together of property was to him but a means to an end. He early formed the intention of devoting whatever should be left of his property after taking care of his mother and brother, if they should survive him, to some practical way of benefiting those members of the Order who, by reason of age or infirmity or misfortune could no longer fully care for themselves, and in his will, after providing for some private legacies, he disposed of his whole property for two principal objects, to his Chapter he gave the sum of $5,000, to his Commandery $10,000 and to his Blue Lodge, where his affections were centered, he left the sum of $25,000, the income whereof was to be used for promoting sociability among the members of the lodge; and the rest and residue of his property he gave to the Grand Lodge of Masons of Massachusetts to be held until the same, with the increments thereof and such sums as might be added thereto by the Grand Lodge or other persons, shall amount to the sum of $200,000, when such sum shall he used for the establishing and maintenance of a home for indigent and needy Masons in Boston and vicinity.

As long as his mother lived he continued to make his home with her and when he was stricken with his last illness he went to the home of a member of his lodge and made arrangements, through his will, for the carrying out of his plans. Though deprived of the pleasure of personal association with the members of his lodge his thoughts were ever with them. A touching incident at his funeral was the act of a friend in providing each member of the lodge who attended a bunch of choice violets, his favorite flower.

Joseph Webb Lodge, the recipient of his bounty, has provided in its bylaws for the appointment of a commission which shall have the managing of its legacy, and the income thereof is to be expended according to the provisions of the will by the Finance Committee in promoting sociability among the members of the lodge. It has also provided by its by-laws for the annual celebration of a Williams Night, so-called, under the direction of the Master and Wardens, to which the members of the lodge are welcome, and where the exercises are of a character best fitted to carry out the wishes of the donor.

At a recent celebration of the 31st anniversary of the lodge advantage was taken of the occasion to celebrate also the first Williams Night and a large and elaborate portrait of Bro. Williams was procured by the lodge to have a permanent place upon the walls of its sodality room, the presentation speech being made by Wor. Henry M. Rowe, a Past Master of the lodge, who was a near and dear friend of Bro. Williams and at whose house he made his home at the time of bis death. Some three hundred and fifty members of the lodge were present at this occasion and there was laid at each plate a bunch of violets, as a silent reminder of the loss they bad all sustained, and the frame about the picture was profusely decorated with the same beautiful flower.

In the death of Bro. Williams not only the lodge and the other Masonic bodies, but Free Masonry and humanity are made to suffer loss. Plain, simple and unostentatious, he made and retained friendships. He was a living exponent of that kindliness of heart, that solicitude for his fellow men, that belief in the fitness of things and an all-wise Providence which should characterize all good Masons.

FROM TROWEL, 1993

From TROWEL, Summer 1993, Page 5:

THE WILLIAMS BUILDING and WILLIAM HENRY WILLIAMS
By Warren Prince Landers,
Chaplain of Joseph Webb Lodge (1914 to 1943)

William Henry Williams was born at Pembroke Dock, a sea-port-town of Pembroke, in South Wales, June 12. 1847. With such education as opportunity afforded and having evidently acquired two trades, garment-making and carpentry, he came to America. After a brief experience in the near-west, possibly in Detroit, he returned to Boston and opened a well-known tailor shop. With skill and business instinct, he became successful. His Masonic connections began with Joseph Webb Lodge when his name was proposed, December 5. 1883.

Those who knew him best speak of his marked social nature and remember him as a good story-teller. It was through his influence that the popular six o'clock dinners were instituted in this Lodge. Inquiry shows that it was through no personal experience, but rather because he had the faculty of seeing the possible loneliness of the other man. that William Henry Williams became solicitous for the social life of the Lodge.

His pre-eminent qualities in this direction were recognized; he was often chairman of reception and arrangement committees for anniversaries and special occasions. William Henry Williams died March 1, 1905. The funeral and burial services were at Forest Hills Cemetery. His grave is on Crescent Avenue, near Walk Hill Gate. It is suitably marked. His will was drawn October 11, 1904. The document was entered for probate March 7. 1905. and was notable for the support given to the main interests of his life, containing as it did. numerous fraternal and charitable bequests. He never married and his immediate relatives were deceased.

To the Master, Wardens and members of the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts, he devised the major part of his estate to be held in trust and invested until it should reach the sum of $200,000. The particular object of his legacy was to be the establishment and maintenance of a Home for the needy Masons of Boston and vicinity. This bequest became available in 1917, according to the term of the Will. By special decree of Suffolk County Supreme Court, it was applied to the enlargement and upkeep of the Masonic Home at Charlton. In addition to other fraternal bequests, to his own Lodge, Joseph Webb, he gave outright $25,000 to be held by three Trustees for the promotion of sociability in the Lodge.

Such evident concern for the social well-being of men, as suggested by his gift to us, deserves praise and remembrance. His memory is annually recalled on William Henry Williams' night. Since 1906. our members have assembled as his guests on this occasion; reviewed his simple, but useful life; and remarked upon his social and generous nature. Thus his character and deeds are perpetuated. Let us cultivate in our own hearts the divine forces making for brotherhood; the ability which he had to see another's need: and according to our capacity and gifts, a desire to meet that challenge in the spirit of him. whom we gladly and gratefully recall.

What care I for caste or creed
It is the deed, it is the deed;
What for class or what for clan?
It is the man. it is the man.

It is the faith, it is the hope,
It is the struggle up the slope.
It is the brain and eye to see,
One God and one humanity."

– Robert Loveman

Robert P. Bunai, TROWEL Representative states:

"Prior to our annual social gathering, which over the years been held at Pier Four or at the Grand Lodge, the Wor. Master and officers of Joseph Webb Lodge visit brother Williams' gravesite. We place a wreath on his grave, offer a prayer and spend moments in solemnity. Since 1906, we have gathered as his guests reviewing the unselfish life of our benefactor whose love and dedication to Masonry is worthy of respect and reverence. Joseph Webb Lodge will continue to memorialize William Henry Williams until time is no more."

WILLIS, HAMILTON 1818-1878

  • MM 1843, WM 1847-1850, Lodge of St. Andrew
  • Grand Pursuivant 1851
  • Grand Sword Bearer 1853, 1854

From Liberal Freemason, Vol. II, No. 9, December 1878, Page 281:

We regret to announce the death of Hamilton Willis, which occurred Saturday morning, Now 16th, at his residence on Louisburg Square, at the age of 60 years. He was a native of Portland, Me., and at an early age went into the stock brokerage business in this city. For several years he was at the head of the house of Willis & Co., stock brokers, which occupied a leading position on the street. Mr. Willis was twice married, his first wife being a daughter of Dr. Winship of Roxbury, and his second, Miss Philips of Newburyport. He inherited wealth from his father and grandfather, and had been a gentleman of leisure for the past twenty five years. He contributed many articles of interest to the Boston press, writing specially for The Journal and Gazette. He was a great admirer of Daniel Webster, and was esteemed by all his associates.

Mr. Willis was for many years a prominent member of the Masonic order, having taken his degrees in St. Andrew's Lodge of Boston, about 36 years ago. He was one of the oldest members of this lodge, of which he was Master for several terms. When the lodge celebrated its centennial in 1856, Mr. Willis was the orator, and he subsequently prepared for the press the elegant memorial volume giving the history of the event, only 500 copies of the work being printed. This memorial is one of the most sumptuous specimens of the bookmaker's art ever produced in Boston. Mr. Willis took his Chapter degrees in St. Andrew's Royal Arch Chapter of Boston in the Spring of 1844, and the Orders of Knighthood in Boston Commandery immediately after. He subsequently dimitted and became a charter member of De Molay Commandery Knights Templars.

WILSON, BENJAMIN 1777-1863

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXII, No. 12, September 1863, Page 384:

Death of an Aged Brother. Died in Ware, Mass., Aug.26, Bro. Benjamin Wilson, of Framingham, aged 86 years. Bro. Wilson was a very prominent member of Middlesex Lodge, in Framingham, for many years; also, a worthy Companion in Concord Royal Arch Chapter, and is said to have been the oldest Freemason in the State.

WILSON, ELISHA T. 1813-1872

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXXI, No. 9, July 1872, Page 284:

It is with feelings of sincere regret and sorrow, that we are called upon to announce the death of our long personal friend and estimable Brother Dr. Elisha T. Wilson, who died at his residence in this city on the 18th ult., in the 59th year of his age, of pneumonia. Wc have not the means at hand for even a brief memoir of our friend. He had been in the successful practice of his profession, in this city, for the last fifteen or twenty years, and had acquired a distinguished reputation as a Surgeon Dentist. He was a member of several of the masonic bodies in the city, but was perhaps more warmly attached to the De Molay Encampment of Knights Templars, than to any other, and at the time of his death, was the second officer in command. His funeral took place on Friday the 21st from Trinity church, of which he was a member, Bishop Eastburn and Rev. Philips Brooks officiated and Bros. C. W. Freeland, John Mack, and Bey. Dr. Thos. K. Lambert of the De Molay Encampment, Dr. Daniel Harwood, Calvin A. Richards, and Hon. Thos. D. Amory, of the Constitutional Club, acting as pall bearers. At the close of the services at the church, the remains were forwarded to Taunton, the former residence of the deceased, for interment.

WILSON, GEORGE WILLIS 1874-1906

From New England Craftsman, Vol. II, No. 2, November 1906, Page 78:’’

Brother George W. Wilson, aged 32 years, 14 days, died October 5th at his home in Manchester, N. H. He was a native of that city and was well and favorably known. He was prominent in Masonry and was connected with Aleppo Temple, N. M. S., of Boston, Charles Sumner Camp. S. A. W. V., and Ivanhoe Commandery. He was a member of the Knights Templar of Gardner, Mass., Hope Lodge, A. F. and A. M. Mr. Wilson possessed the highest esteem of all his acquaintances and will be greatly missed in all the circles in which he moved. He is survived by a father, B. N. Wilson, and one sister, Mrs. Maude E. Cummings.

WILSON, JOSEPH 1864-1909

From New England Craftsman, Vol. IV, No. 9, June 1909, Page 341:

Brother Joseph Wilson a member of King David Lodge; A. F. and A. M., Taunton, Mass., died suddenly Thursday, at his home in Mansfield, Mass. The death of Joseph Wilson was a shocking surprise to a large number of friends and business associates.

He was vice-president of the Henry Siegel Company, Boston, where he was trusted and respected by his associates and by the employees highly esteemed, who say of him. "He was kind, considerate, fair and impartial to every employee, whether cash girl, errand boy or manager." Brother Wilson rose to his position by merit alone. Previous to his onnection with Siegel Company he was treasurer of the R. H. White Company and previous to that, held clerical positions with other large corporations.

Besides being a Mason Mr. Wilson belonged to the Royal Arcanum in Boston, was a prominent member of the Mansfield Congregational Church, which he had served as treasurer, was chairman of the Mansfield school board for several years and president of the board of trade.

Brother Wilson was buried with Masonic services, King David Lodge of Taunton officiating. A very large number of friends and associates attended the funeral. By arrangement of the Siegel Company a special train was run from Boston to accommodate the employees of the store.

WILSON, ROBERT GARDNER 1862-1942

From Proceedings, Page 1942-171:

Brother Wilson was born in Boston on July 13, 1962, and died at his home in Dorchester on August 18, 1942.

After graduation at the Lincoln School in Boston, he entered the leather business, in which he remained until his retirement in 1932.

He was raised in Joseph Webb Lodge on May 11, 1899, and served as Master in 1910 and 1911. He became a Charter Member of Dorchester Lodge on May 1, 1913.

In Grand Lodge he served as Junior Grand Deacon in 1914, as Senior Grand Deacon in 1915 and as District Deputy Grand Master of the Second District in 1916 and 1917, by appointment of Most Worshipfuls Melvin M. Johnson and Leon M. Abbott.

He served as the Presiding Officer in Saint Paul's Chapter, R.A.M., Boston Council, R.& S. M., and Boston Commandery, K.T., and was a member of all the Scottish Rite Bodies in Boston. His Masonic interest was marked by his great activity in all its bodies until failing health prevented further service. He was a Trustee of the Second Congregational Church of Dorchester, where his funerai services were held on August 21, 1942.

"Life's labor done, serenely to his final rest he passed."

WILSON, RODNEY SMITH 1900-1989

MEMORIAL

From TROWEL, Spring 1990, Page 24:

Friend and Great Organist Lost to the Craft

Noted in the communication of the York Rite Bodies of the Athol-Orange region of the state was an item under "In Memoriam", with the name of Rodney Smith Wilson carried on it.

I beg the indulgence of the brethren if I may be allowed to add something of my friendship with this distinguished Mason who had a most remarkable Masonic record in his area.

I first met Bro. Wilson many years ago when I was given a responsibility in the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. I was appointed as the Commander of the Western Division of the two-state jurisdiction, which comprised all territory between Springfield and the New York State border. My first assignment was to inspect the Commandery in Orange, MA. When my Deputy Grand Warder, Richard A. Isasi, and I entered the Masonic Hall, I heard the oganist playing. My first impression was "he's very good". That was my first encounter with R. W. Rodney.

For the next few years as I was reassigned to other territories throughout the two-state territory, I often had the pleasure to associate with this fine Mason. Although he was along in years, he never refused to travel throughout the two states, as long as his son, R.W. Warren Wilson, would drive the car. This meant that he was on the road many times each week, month, and all year long to either attend the meetings or, when asked, to play the organ.

During the time that I knew this Brother, I never heard a bad word or a swear word fall from his lips. He never criticized or impeded another's ritual work. He was soft-spoken and earned the admiration of his brothers in the Craft.

A few years ago he lost his beloved Millicent, and this was the turning point of his life. I had attended their last wedding milestone (I believe it was either fifty or sixty - my mind is failing), and he was a very proud man.

He departed this vale of tears of Sept. 20, 1989, leaving behind an enviable record of Masonic Pride for all of us to emulate. God Bless you my Brother and peace be unto you and your lovely lady, Millicent. I am proud to have known you.

WING, FRANK EDWARD 1865-1923

From Proceedings, Page 1923-150:

R. W. FRANK EDWARD WING was born in Conway, Mass., June 27, 1865, son of Edward Everett and Helen Jane Wing - the tenth generation from Matthew Wing, of Banbury, Oxford County, England. His great-great-great grandfather, Ananias Wing, was a soldier in King Philip's War, 1675. His great-grandfather, Isaiah Wing, served in the Revolutionary War in Captain Samuel Taylor's Company, 1776. His great-uncle was one of the firing squad when Major André was executed as a spy.

He was graduated from Yale College in 1886, came to Athol in April, 1887, and was employed by Laroy S. Starrett as bookkeeper and clerk. When the L. S. Starrett Company was incorporated in 1900 he was chosen clerk and a director, which offices he continued to hold, together with that of treasurer since 1912. It is not too much to say that the prosperity of the Starrett business was due to his skill and ability. He was chosen clerk and a director of the Athol Machine Company in 1905, and has been a trustee of the Athol Savings Bank since 1900.

He served the Second Unitarian Society in Athol as Clerk and a member of its Executive Committee from 1893. For six years, 1900 to 1906, he was chairman of the Athol School Committee. He was also a library trustee in 1903, 1904, and 1905. In politics he was a Republican.

The following is his Masonic record:
Raised Master Mason in Athol Lodge, December 19, 1888, dimitted September 26, 1900, and affiliated with Star Lodge, of which he was Master in 1903 and 1904. He was District Deputy Grand Master for the Thirteenth Masonic District in 1917 and 1918. He was made a Royal Arch Mason in Union Royal Arch Chapter, April 16, 1889, and was Excellent High Priest from 1893 to 1895. He was Secretary of his Chapter from 1895 to 1905. He was District Deputy Grand High Priest in 1900, 1901, and 1902. He joined the Order of High Priesthood March 7; 1899. He was Grand Scribe in 1902 and 1903. He was Eminent Commander of Athol Commandery in 1898 and 1899, Prelate 1899 to 1903, and Treasurer from 1906. He was a Past Patron of Themis Chapter, Order Eastern Star. He was married in Athol, September 28, 1892, to Miss Edith Mary Smith who, with a son, Donald Goddard Wing, a student at Yale, survives him.

He died on Saturday, May 5.

WINSLOW, JOHN PATTEN 1856-1906

From New England Craftsman, Vol. II, No. 2, November 1906, Page 77:’’

The funeral of Brother John P. Winslow of Boston, was held at the house of his son, Sunday, October 28th. There was a large attendance including a delegation from Columbian Lodge who performed the Masonic burial service. The deceased as connected with the Boston Consolidated Gas Company, in which he was highly esteemed.

WITHERELL, ROGER GUSTAVUS 1902-1999

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BIOGRAPHY, 1986

From TROWEL, Fall 1986, Page 8:

When does a Navy Captain consider it an honor to introduce a Marine Corporal? When that Marine veteran of World War II is the Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts. But honors were equally shared when M. W. David B. Richardson visited Ionic Lodge of Taunton on Feb. 4. The Grand Master presented a 50-year Past Master's Certificate to Wor. Roger G. Witherell, senior Past Master of his Lodge and now in his 61st year as a proud member of the Craft.

The instrument to measure confidence has never been invented, but you know that trait has been the strong point of the challenging and interesting life of Bro. Witherell who was Master of Ionic Lodge in 1935. Beyond any possible doubt, the region of the earth least hospitable to any form of life is Antarctica. A bleak, frigid, forbidding, and yet an oddly attractive continent almost twice the size of the United States, much of it is buried beneath thousands of feet of densely packed ice and snow that has accumulated over uncounted centuries. It is estimated the Pole is 9,000 feet thick.

Bro. Witherell can tell you about the only fixed point on earth which has only one day and one night all year. The sun rises in September and doesn't reach its noon until three months later. It sets in March into six unbroken months of darkness. Wor. Roger has walked around the flag that marks the true geographic Pole, crossing all meridians as they merge at this single point. If one took 24 paces to walk around the flagpole at the South Pole, he would have to change his watch one hour with each step.

World War II found Lt. Witherell in the Philippines in 1945. Released from active duty in November and placed in the Naval Reserve, he was recalled to active service in 1950. After two years at the experimental station in Annapolis he joined a mobile construction battalion that saw service in Newfoundland, Bermuda, and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Promoted to Commander and assigned to the First Naval District, he was director of training of the civil engineer corps of the Seabees. Next came the real test of a man's confidence. Deep Freeze III of the International Geophysical Year was a challenge Bro. Witherell could not resist. As senior CB officer, Antarctica was to be his home for 14 months, beginning July 1, 1957. While based at McMurdo Bay he was, with others, stranded for 21 days at the South Pole where the temperature would dip to 85 degrees below zero.

The pale sun swung low on the horizon signaling the end of the austral summer. From the other side of the world came the sad news that Admiral and Bro. Richard E. Byrd had died at his Boston home, March 11, 1957. It was 60 years ago (1926) when Byrd first flew over the North Pole with Floyd Bennett. Byrd's first Antarctica expedition was in 1928-30 and his second, 1933-35, was the time he discovered Edsel Ford Mountains and Marie Byrd Land. He had dropped American and Masonic flags at both poles. The Admiral was a member of Federal Lodge No. 1, Washington, D.C., and Kane Lodge No. 445, New York City. Holder of the Congressional Medal of Honor and several special medals, Bro. Byrd's 1933-35 expedition of 82 men had included 60 Master Masons.

Witherell's expedition included a 450-mile trip to the site of Byrd's camp. "We dug down about 30 feet to find the camp. Our supplies were getting low and we were hoping to find some in the camp." Solidly frozen turkeys, steaks, and other foods were carried up stairs made of apple boxes with the apples still contained in the boxes. "The Admiral's brother (Sen. and Bro. Harry Byrd of WV) believed that apples should be included in his brother's expedition so he shipped some to him."

Bro. Witherell nostalgically retraced the months and experiences that included the burning of one building. "We were never paid while there. It seems that a previous expedition had included paying men twice a month, but playing poker for stakes sometimes caused conflicts."

Returning to the states he was made Director of Training at Davisville, RI, for two years. Promoted to Captain, he was assigned as Director of Reserve Training at the Navy Dept. in Washington. "I touched most of the states in the union before retiring in 1962. Not bad for a fellow who had been recalled in 1950 for a period of duty 'not to exceed six months'."

From Taunton High School he attended Northeastern U., graduating with the class of 1927. A year later he was employed by a Taunton contractor through 1938, and in 1939 he was doing government work in Richmond, VA, and was called into active Naval service in 1943. From 1946 through 1950 he was an engineer at the Taunton Municipal Light plant. Now retired with his wife, Mildred, they proudly point to a picture showing four generations of the Witherell family. A son, Allyn Fred, is a Past Master and Treasurer of Ionic Lodge and actively involved with Taunton Chapter Order of DeMolay. A grandson, Steven F, is the father to fourth generation Roger P. Witherell.

WITHINGTON, EBENEZER 1753-1832

  • MM 1795, WM 1796, Union (Dorchester)

From New England Craftsman, Vol. IX, No. 4, January 1914, Page 124:

Ebenezer Withington, First Worshipful Master of Union Lodge, Dorchester, Mass.

By Samuel Crowell, M. D., Past Master of Union Lodge;
Member Mass. Society of the American Revolution

Wor. Bro. Ebenezer Withington was a soldier of the American Revolution and the first Master (1796) of Union Lodge of Dorchester, Massachusetts.

The history of this brother is doubtless typical of many of the colonial Masons of his time; descending from that sturdy race of men who crossed the ocean for conscience's sake, felled the forests, fought the Indians, endured privations and finally established an independent government in the western world.

The first generation of Withingtons in America, was Elder Henry Withington and his wife Elizabeth who came from England to Dorchester, Mass., in the ship Mary and Johnin 1635. (NOTE. — At this place, as a matter of history, it might be of interest to remember that the "Mary and John" was one of seventeen ships that sailed for America in 1629-30. This ship sailed from Plymouth, England, March 20, 1629-30 and arrived off Nantasket May 30, 1630. There were 140 Puritans on the sh:p, gathered for the most part from Devon, Dorset and Somersetshire. A church organisation was formed then and there, and has continued to this day, and is known to-day as the First Parish Church of Dorchester, on Meeting House Hill (Parish Records.) This church has furnished many Masons to TJnio'1 Lodge. Prominent among them was one of their ministers, the Rev. Thaddeus Mason Harris, D.D., who was chaplain of Union and also of the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts.)

He was one of the seven to sign the covenant (1636) of the First church of Dorchester, now located on Meeting House Hill, of which Richard Mather was then minister.

Henry Withington was ruling elder of this church for thirty years. He was part owner in the first iron furnace in America. His will No. 60 is on file in Boston. He died February 12, 1666, aged 79 years.

Children.

2. Richard, born in England. Faith, Mary, Ann.

Second Generation.

2. Richard Withington, son of Henry, came from England with his father in 1635. He married Elizabeth, daughter of Philip Eliot, and niece of John Eliot, the apostle to the indians.

Richard was a member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Co. 0f Boston in 1660. He died December 22, 1701, aged 83 years.

Children.

3. John, Ebenezer, Henry, Elizabeth, Philip, Constance, Elizabeth, Joseph, Mary, Elizabeth, Mary, Richard, Silence and Submit, twins.

Third Generation.

3. John Withington (2) Richard, (1) Henry, was born July 1, 1649. He was known as Captain John and
commanded a company of soldiers that joined an expedition in 1690 under Sir William Phips, against Quebec, Canada, during King William's War. From this perilous undertaking, neither Captain John nor forty of his company ever returned but perished in the wilderness. His wife Elizabeth, daughter of Daniel Preston, received a grant of land at Ashburnham from the colony and afterward married James White. She is buried in the Dorchester North Burying Place. She was born Dec. 14, 1687 and died Nov.
19, 1722.

Children.

Richard, born Aug. 1, 1680; 4. Samuel, born May 4, 1684, died Dec 15, 1726; Elizabeth; Hannah; Susanna, born Feb. 18, 1690, married Preserve Baker, May 16, 1708.

Fourth Generation.

4. Samuel Withington, (3) John, (2) Richard, (1) Henry, was born July 4, 1684, and died Dec. 15, 1726 and lies buried in the Dorchester North Burying Place. He married Abigail, daughter of John and Abigail (Thompson) Pierce.

Children.

5. Samuel, born April 10, 1720; died Oct. 29, 1781; Silence, 1726, died in infancy.

Fifth Generation.

5. Lieut. Samuel Withington, (4) Samuel, (3) John, (2) Richard, (1) Henry was born April 10, 1720, and was married to Jane Kelton, by the tRev. Jonathan Bowman, minister to the First Church of Dorchester, March 30, 1746. Samuel Withington was a lieutenant in the French and Indian wars. He was a sergeant in Capt. William Holden's Co. and in Col. Robinson's Regt. when the Lexington alarm was sounded on April 19, 1775.

His sons Ebenezer, Edward, Lemuel and Samuel, Jr., served with him in the Revolutionary War.

He died Oct. 29, 1781. His wife was born April 13, 1728 and died Aug. 13, 1807.

Children.

Samuel, born Feb. 8, 1747, died Nov. 9, 1789; Mary, born Jan. 30, 1750, died Mar. 10, 1750; (6) Ebenezer, born Sept. 22, 1753, died Oct. 1, 1832; Edward, born May 23, 1755, died Aug. 14, 1826; Lemuel, born Oct. 25, 1757, died Nov. 1847; Hannah, born Jan. 12, 1760, died Mar. 20, 1760; Nathaniel, born July 22, 1761, died Sept. 8, 1775; Phineas, born June 23, 1764, died Dec. 21, 1864; Enos, born War. 16, 1769, died June 28, 1843; Lucy, born May 18, 1771, died Nov. 7, 1845.

Sixth Generation.

6. Ebenezer Withington (5) Samuel, (4) Samuel, (3) John, (2) Richard, (1) Henry was born Sept. 23, 1753. He was a charter member and first Master of Union Lodge, A. F. & A. M. of Dorchester, Mass. With his father and brothers, already mentioned, he was a soldier of the American Revolution.

Wor. Bro. Ebenezer Withington kept a diary in which was recorded the events of the fighting that took place at Lexington, Concord, Bunker Hill, the skirmishes about Boston and at Dorchester Heights.

He was in Lieut. Hopestill Hall's second Dorchester Regt. of Artillery which marched to the Lexington Alarm on April 19, 1775.

He served in the Continental Army for three years in Gen. Knox's Regt. of Artillery and was present at the battle of White Plains.

When the Corner Stone was laid by Union Lodge for a new church edifice for the First Church of Dorchester on Meeting House Hill in 1816, Wor. Bro. Withington was the bearer of the corn during the ceremony.

He held the position of Coroner for Norfolk County for 27 years.

Wor. Bro. Withington was twice married. First to Betsey Baker who died April 14, 1777 and second to Mary, daughter of Edward and Mary (Payson) Preston, Feb. 29, 1780. They are both buried in the Edward and Daniel Preston tomb, now sealed up, in the Dorchester North Burying Place. On this tomb No. 11, there has been placed a marker by the Mass. Soc, Sons of the American Revolution to commemorate and to identify the spot.

The following is copied from the Revolutionary Rolls of Mass., Archives.

"Ebenezer Withington, Dorchester, private, Lieut. Hopestill Hall's (2d Dorchester) Co. of Militia, which marched on the alarm of April, 1775 service 9 days.

"Private in Capt. Lemuel Clapp's Co., enlisted May 11, 1779; discharged Aug. 10, 1779; Also same company; enlisted Aug. 11, 1779; discharged Oct. 31, 1779; service 2 mo's. 21 days, also same co.; enlisted Feb. 1, 1780, service 3 months; also same co.; and detachment; enlisted Aug. 1, 1780, discharged Oct. 16, 1780; service 2 months, 16 days; above service from May 11, 1779, with detachment of guards, under Major Nathaniel Hearte at request of George Hearte, stationed at Dorchester Heights."

WONSON, ALONZO TUTTLE 1866-1948

From Proceedings, Page 1948-63:

Brother Wonson was born in Gloucester, Massachusetts on March 30, 1866, and died in Fall River on April 1, 1948.

He was raised in Acacia Lodge on November 26, 1894, and served as Worshipful Master in 1901 and 1902. On December 28, 1920, he affiliated with King Philip Lodge, dimitting therefrom August 31, 1933. He became a Charter Member of Watuppa Lodge on October 24, 1927, served as Worshipful Master in 1927 and 1928, but dimitted on July 25, 1944.

He served as District Deputy Grand Master for the old Eighth Masonic District in 1905 and 1906, by appointments of Most Worshipful Baalis Sanford and Most Worshipful John Albert Blake.

In 1944 he was awarded a Masonic Veteran's Medal by Most Worshipful Samuel H. Wragg.

Necrology

WOOD, JOHN ARTHUR 1875-1946

From Proceedings, Page 1946-81:

Right Worshipful Brother Wood was born in Natick, Massachusetts, February 10, 1875, and died at the Clinton Hospital January 30, 1946.

He was a resident of Hudson for the past thirty-eight years, being employed in the post office of that. place until his retirement in 1940.

Brother Wood was raised in Doric Lodge on May 27, 1907, and served as Master in 1916. In September, 1918, he was elected Secretary of the Lodge and continued in that office until his passing.

He served as District Deputy Grand Master for the 24th Masonic District in 1921 and 1922, by appointment of Most Worshipful Arthur D. Prince. In 1938 the Distinguished Service Medal was conferred upon him by direction of Most Worshipful Joseph Earl Perry, Grand Master, in recognition of his long and faithful service to the Craft.

Brother Wood served in the Spanish American War and later was Commander of the local United Spanish War Veterans' Post; also a member of the American Legion, Post 100.

Masonic funeral services were conducted by Doric Lodge on Friday, February lst, and the large attendance of Brethren and fellow-citizens bore mute testimony of the place he held in the hearts of his friends.

WOOD, PERCY HARRISON 1901-1985

BIOGRAPHY

From TROWEL, Summer 1985, Page 34:

50 Years a Past Master — Wor. Percy H. Wood

Puritan Lodge of Whitman, MA, was the setting for the presentation of a special certificate commemorating 50 years as a Past Master to Wor. Percy H. Wood, who served in 1933 and 1934.

On December 19th, the Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts, M. W. David B. Richardson, journeyed to the Lodge for the event which was well-attended by the Brethren. Wor. Bro. Wood also is Senior Past Master in the Lodge.

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R. W. Robert D. Hermanson, D. D. G. M. of the Brockton 29th Masonic District; the Grand Master; the honored guest; and Wor. Robert W. Finlay, St., Master of Puritan Lodge.
(Photo courtesy of Harold Dodge; thanks to Bro. Douglas Noon for the writeup.)

WOOD, WILBUR A. 1865-1938

From Proceedings, Page 1938-57:

Right Worshipful Brother Wood was born in Woodville, February 4, 1865, and died there January 27, 1938.

Educated in the local schools, he was connected with the shoe industry for many years. His later years were spent in the service of the Draper Corporation in Hopedale.

He was prominent in town affairs for many years, serving long terms as Moderator, Cemetery Commissioner, and Overseer of the Poor. He was a Representative in the Legislature in 1907 and again in 1918.

He was a Trustee of the Hopkinton Savings Bank for twenty-five years and for the last ten years was its President.

He was a very active member of the Baptist Church, its Treasurer for forty-five years, and one of the Deacons.

Brother Wood was raised in John Warren Lodge Aprll 24, 1900, and became its Master in 1906. He seived as District Deputy Grand Master for the Twenty-Third (erroneously lists 13th in text) Masonic District in 1916 and 1917, by appointment by Most Worshipful Melvin M. Johnson and Most Worshipful Leon M. Abbott.

Brother Wood was loved and highly honored in his community as an outstanding citizen and Christian gentleman. As a Mason he lived the tenets of his profession. His passing, though he passed his three score and ten years, is an irreparable loss.

WOOD, WILLIAM PORTER 1853-1917

From New England Craftsman, Vol. XIII, No. 1, October 1917, Page 429:

William P. Wood, a prominent business man and freemason, died at his home, Pittsfield, Mass., Saturday, October 1, at the age of 64 years. He was born in Gloucestershire, England, and came to this country at the age of eight years. He was educated in the public schools. At the age of 13 he began working day times with his father, who conducted a shoe business, attending an evening school at the time, securing a thorough knowledge of the branches that fitted him for a successful business career.

He continued with his father a number of years and then became manager of the Berkshire office of the Wheeler & Wilson Sewing Machine Company. He remained in this office for five years, having several men under him. He was then transferred to the office of the same firm at Waltham, where he had the general superintendeney of all the company's work in the state west of Boston. He gave up the position in February, 1882.

Returning to Pittsfield, Mr. Wood, in company with his brother, Joseph, opened a store on West Street, where for four years they dealt in music and musical instruments under the firm name of Wood Brothers. The business rapidly increasing, they removed to the Burbank monitor building. At first the main floor only was required, but as new stock was added more room was needed, eventually the firm occupied nearly the whole second story of a block of three stores. They had the largest and most complete stock of goods in their line at that time to be found between Albany and Boston. Later Mr. Wood retired from active connection with the firm and devoted his business abilities to newer ventures.

He had been active for many years in Republican circles, before entering the political lists as a candidate, but in 1892, two years after Pittsfield became a city, he became a candidate for alderman and was elected. He served on the fire department, the committee on claims, and the finance committee.

In November 1896 he was elected county commissioner on the Republican ticket for a term of three year and remained in that office for nine years, until 1905. In 1899 he was elected chairman of the board and served in that capacity during the remainder of his identification with the board. His record in both these offices was that of a man who aimed to serve the broad public interest always. He retired from the county commissioners at the end of nine years, refusing to accept another term.

In business Mr. Wood has taken an active part in several branches of industry. He was president of the Pittsfield Spark Coil Company, which has a plant on Fourth Street, was a director of the Pittsfield National Bank, and was formerly a director of the Wilcox & White Company of Meriden, Ct., and of the Boston Mutual Life Insurance Company of Boston.

Brother Wood was made a Mason in Crescent Lodge June 29, 1881, and was Worshipful Master of the lodge, in 1886 and 1887. He was District Deputy Grand Master in 1895. He was also a member of Berkshire Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, and Past District Deputy Grard High Priest, a member of Berkshire Council, Royal and Select Masters, a member of Berkshire Commandery, Knights Templar, and a Past Eminent Commander thereof, a member of Onota Lodge of Perfection, Scottish Rite Masons and past Thrice Potent Master thereof, a member of Pontoosuc Council, Princes of Jerusalem, and senior warden of the new Pittsfield Chapter, Rose Croix. All of these Masonic bodies are in Pittsfield. He was also a member of the Massachusetts Consistory 32d degree Masons, of Boston, and an honorary 33d degree member of the Supreme Council of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the United States of America. He also held membership in the Royal Arcanum, the Park Club of Pittsfield and the South Congregational Church. At one time he was a member of the volunteer fire department and also belonged to the Colby Guards, holding the rank of third sergeant.

His funeral was held at his late residence. There was a large attendance of relatives, former business associates, fellow fraternity members and other acquaintances. Rev. Payson E. Pierce, pastor of the South Congregational Church, officiated. The bearers were W. T. Petherbridge, John, F. Noxon, Levi D. Case, William H. Barrows and Henry H. Rice, all of Pittsfield, and Edward M. Meekin of North Adams. Crescent Lodge of Masons had charge of the services at the grave in the Pittsfield cemetery, carrying out the regular Masonic committal service. The lodge met at the Masonic Temple at 2 o'clock and took a special car to the cemetery.

In his Masonic connections, Mr. Wood had received all that the order had to offer one in the way of degrees in the United States, from the Eastern Star up to the 33d degree. In addition to other Masonic affiliations already noted he was a charter member of Collina Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, of which his wife, Mrs. Wood, was the first Worthy Matron. Mr. Wood was also a member of Melha Temple, Order of the Mystic Shrine, of Springfield.

Leo M. Cone, secretary of Crescent Lodge of Masons, of which Mr. Wood was a member, pays the deceased the following tribute:

"I have known William P. Wood ever since I was a boy and have always known him to be a true, honest friend, ever ready to reach out a helping hand to aid and serve others. Holding a secure place in the affections of his neighbors, business associates and employees, he was one of the few men who could be trusted at any and all times, and who would never let his feelings interfere with his honest judgment. His life was so lived that he showed to the world in deed the full stature of a man, A nobler, kindlier, better man than William P. Wood never lived.

"It would be difficult to state in a word or few words the key-note of his character. Whatever it was. there was evolved from it the grace, kindliness and benevolence which distinguished him. He took pleasure in bestowing, and for his reward received the gratifying knowledge that some one had benefited. There was in him

"'That best portion of a good man's life—
His little, nameless, unremembered acts
Of kindness and of love.'

"Many can and do testify to the truth of the above statement as living examples of his generous helpfulness and friendly aid in times of need. His nature led him to love his fellow-men, and thus the social instincts were constant and insistent, he enjoyed the contact with widely different classes. This fondness for social and fraternal life led to his early devotion of Masonry. Our language may be meagre that shall endeavor to record his acts and character so that the coming generation sh'all understand and know him as we did; but we can say of him that in Crescent Lodge and in all the bodie-of each of the Masonic rites, he was justly regarded at the time of his death as one of the foremost Masons in this city and county. His life and character have shed luster on our institution and have given it a position and standing such as comes from a valuable association.

"'Tis said the dead govern the living not in a material sense, but by the memory and influence of the works wrought, by the service rendered by them for humanity. In Crescent Lodge and the Scottish rite Lodges which were established and built up in no small measure through his loyal and consistent service to their every interest, his memory will be tenderly cherished so long as those Masonic bodies shall exist.

"A splend;d manhood resulting in accumulated honors such as few men attain, the respect, the esteem and beyond all, the sincere love of mankind; life's work greatly done; life's duties bravely discharged: peacefully, ideally, he has crossed the bar and passed out into the boundless realms of eternity."

WOODBURY, SANDS S. 1848-1934

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Right Worshipful Brother Woodbury was born in Bremen, Maine, September 18, 1848, and died in Framingham September 2, 1934. Brother Woodbury was educated in the schools of his native town and at Lincoln Academy, Newcastle, Maine. At the age of eighteen he came to Boston and found work as a clerk, continuing his education in evening classes at Comer's Commercial College.

For many years he was in the boot and shoe business, but in 1902 he engaged in the manufacture of curtains in Boston and continued in that business for the rbst of his life.

Brother Woodbury moved to Framingham in 1895 and in 1900 he began an active and useful Masonic career by taking the degrees and membership in Alpha Lodge. He was Master in 1910 and 1911, and District Deputy Grand Master for the Twenty-third Masonic District in 1918 and 1919, by appointment by M. W. Leon M. Abbott. He served his Lodge for many years as Treasurer.

He was a Past High Priest of Concord Royal Arch Chapter, and a member of Natick Commandery, K. T., and the Bodies of the Scottish Rite in Boston.

Brother Woodbury was an active member of the First Parish Church in Framingham, and its Treasurer during the important period of the construction of a new church building.

Brother Woodbury was a fine type of the self-made successful New England business man. Until very recently age had not diminished his powers, and his departure leaves a vacancy in the community as well as in our Fraternity.

WOODMAN, JOSEPH JULIUS 1907-2000

BIOGRAPHY

From TROWEL, Spring 1989, Page 12':

In May, Bro. Joseph Julius Woodman, Lodge Chaplain, was elected an Honorary Member. Worshipfuls Henry P. Thurlow, Jr., and William P. Braman, Jr., officiated in a ceremony that proved to be a "first" for most of the attending Brethren. Bro. Woodman, born almost 82 years ago in Newburyport, has been a reporter, pressman for the Daily News where he lost several fingers. Despite the loss, he was inducted into the army in 1942 and served in K.R, receiving his honorable discharge in 1945. He was then employed in the family salvage business and retired in 1987. For many years Bro. Woodman could be seen pounding the pavement as a marathon runner. He was Raised in Emeth Lodge, which has since merged with St. Mark's Lodge of Newburyport. He is a Thirty-second degree Mason, member of the Aleppo Temple Shrine, and a 50-year member of the American Legion and Chaplain for the Golden Agers.

A member of the Congregation Ahavas Achim, the new Honorary Member was at a loss for words when asked to comment. Members know Brother Joe as Rabbi, which in Hebrew means "my master." The Hebrew meaning of his congregation, Ahavas Achim, is "brotherly love."

WOODMAN, JULIAN C. 1873-1931

From Proceedings, Page 1931-81:

Brother Woodman was born in North Andover, Mass., May 12, 1873, and died at his home in Melrose April 27, 1931. Brother Woodman was descended from Isaac Allerton, one of the Mayflower company, and Robert Cushman, counsel for the Plymouth Company. Cushman himself later came to Plymouth and married Allerton's daughter. The Woodman family came to Melrose when Julian was three years old, establishing itself in a house which the elder Woodman built and in which the son lived until the close of his life except for one brief interval of two years.

After graduation from the Melrose High School he spent a year at the Nichols Latin School, a college preparatory school in Lewiston, Maine. He then entered Bates College, graduating in 1894. He then entered the Harvard Medical School, but transferred to the Harvard Law School, graduating in 1899. He had already been admitted to the Bar in 1898.

Brother Woodman continued the practice of law until his death. He was widely known and highly respected as a trial lawyer. His services were eagerly sought by Chinese clients, and the Chinese throughout the country held him in very high regard.

Brother Woodman found time amid all the exacting calls of his profession to do a great amount of Masonic work. He took his degrees in Wyoming Lodge in 1897. He became a Charter member of Fidelity Lodge in 1919 and was its Master in 1920 and 1921. At the time of his death he was in his second year of service as District Deputy Grand Master for the Malden Seventh Masonic District.

Brother Woodman was a Past High Priest of Waverley R. A. Chapter, Past Commander of Hugh de Payens Commandery, K. T., and a member of the Scotrtish Rite Bodies in Boston. He was also a Past President of the Massachusetts Order of High Priesthood.

Brother Woodman had served his city as an Alderman and as a member of the Cemetery Commission. He was a member of several other organizations both professional and social.

R. W. Brother Woodman's untimely death is a great loss to the Fraternity he loved so well and to the community and which he was so distinguished a citizen.

WOOLFORD, JARVIS B. 1857-1920

From Proceedings, Page 1920-171:

R.W. JARVIS B. WOOLFORD was born in Holliston, Mass., October 4, 1857, and died in that town February 25, 1920, after four years of failing health. Being left fatherless when he was six years of age, he received only a common school education, being obliged to support himself from boyhood. In 1883 he engaged in the confectionery business which he followed until 1906, when infirmity obliged him to retire and he disposed of his business.

Brother Woolford was always active in town affairs, being an assessor for ten years and a member of the School Committee for nine years being Chairman of the Board several years. In these relations he proved himself attentive and efficient. He was a member of the Congregational Chureh; was Superintendent of its Sunday School eight years, and was a Trustee of the Eames Ministerial Fund.

Brother Woolford received the degrees of Ancient Craft Masonry in Mount Hollis Lodge, of Holliston, in 1889 and became Master of the Lodge in 1895. He was District Deputy Grand Master for the Twentieth Masonic District in 1899 and 1900. He was also a member of Mount Lebanon R. A. Chapter and of Milford Commandery, K. T.

In the death of Brother Woolford Holliston loses one of its most highly respected citizens and from our Fraternity passed on a worthy and efficient Brother.

WORCESTER, JAMES A. D. 1814-1883

From Liberal Freemason, Vol. VII, No. 4, July 1883, Page 114:

Of the many well-known Masons whose presence could be counted upon with certainty at his Lodge meetings at any lime after he became a member, none was more thoroughly true in his Masonic relations than brother James A. D. Worcester, who was born in Hollis, N. H., March 3d, 1814.

Removing to Charlestown, he inherited the patriotic zeal and fidelity which Bunker Hill symbolizes, and was as true to the traditions and history of the town as a son could be to the mother who bore him.

In person, he stood about five feet eight inches in height, was compactly built, robust in appearance, and resolute in the maintenance of opinions which he also had the courage to express. Intimately associated with these qualities, he had a kindness of heart, and a toleration that made him what he seemed, a genial and welcome brother and associate.

He was made a Mason in King Solomon's Lodge, Charlestown, in December, 1841, and a member of it in April, 1842. He was elected Junior Warden in 1842 and 1843; Senior Warden in 1844 and 1845, and Master in 1846. It was during his last year as Senior Warden, that King Solomon's Lodge, commemorated their last offering to the memory of those who were slain on the 17th of June, 1775, this being "an exact model of the first monument erected on Bunker Hill, which with the land on which it stood, was given, a. d. 1825, by King Solomon's Lodge, of this town, to the Bunker Hill Monument Association."

This model was inserted in the obelisk, with appropriate Masonic Ceremonies, by King Solomon's Lodge, June 24th, a. d. 1845.

Two years prior to that, on June 17th, 1843, Brother Worcester with his Lodge, attended the celebration in honor of the completion of Bunker Hill Monument, and on June 28th following, he presented to the Lodge "a Mallet, made from a piece of the shaft of the original Monument; the handle is a piece of live oak of the frigate Constitution. "

He was exalted in St. Paul's R. A. Chapter, in Boston, in February, 1844, and in February, 1855, was created a Knight Templar in Boston Commandery.

Among his early associates in Freemasonry were some who were interested in the Ineffable degrees, and he was received into Boston Lodge of Perfection, February 21st, 1846, and into the Council ol the Princes of Jerusalem the same year. It was not. however, until the active interest awakened in the degrees of the A. A. Scottish Rite in 1862-63, tnat Brother Worcester made any further advance, and then he. took the remainder of the series up to the 32° and became associated with Boston Sovereign Consistory.

We need not speak of him as a citizen ; in this respect the local press has spoken of him in terms of high appreciation; it is enough to say, that whether serving in official capacity or in the ordinary duties of citizenship, he was animated by the same principles which characterized him in Masonry.

The many friends of his earlier years as a man and Mason had been much reduced in number; the earnest workers from whom he had learned his Masonry had already "moved on," so many of all he had known had preceded him across the valley and the dark river that we can well think of him as looking over longingly, ready if not eager to join them, which he did, in the second week of April, 1883.

Whatever he may have achieved in the moving circles of business, or whatever he may have contributed as a citizen will be taken up and carried on by those who follow; but his reputation as a Mason with its elements of zeal, fidelity, truth and devotion is the heritage of the craft whose most loyal member had a peer in Brother Worcester.

WORK, JOSEPH WILLIAM 1852-1935

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BIOGRAPHY, 1921

From New England Craftsman, Vol. XVII, No. 3, December 1921, Page 85:

To have attained pre-eminent rank in any organization is generally considered a mark of merit. To have attained eminence in Freemasonry brings ofttimes a string of titles and letters which exhausts the alphabet and sometimes inflates the wearer with such a sense if superiority that his name is mentioned in awed tones, in hushed whispers. To have done things and to carry with becoming modesty the rightful titles of rank and to have deserved the commendation and love of his fellows is a thing to be commended and desired, especially when on necessary occasions it is accompanied by a full measure of official dignity and enhanced by a degree of personal charm and human fellowship and knowledge of the duties of the office which recommends the holder thereof to the attention and regard of his associates and marks him as a man of ability.

Such a man is Joseph William Work, familiarly known as "Joe," whose picture appears above. Born at Newburyport, Massachusetts, May 20, 1852, Brother Work was made a Mason in St. John's Lodge of that city in 1874, later dimitting to Columbian Lodge of Boston. He is a member of King Cyrus R. A. Chapter; was knighted in Newburyport Commandery later dimitting to Boston Commandery: is a member also of St. Paul's R. A. Chapter, Boston Council R. and S. M. and of all the Scottish Rite bodies of Boston. In each of the above bodies Brother Work has borne his share of the heat and burden of the day.

He is treasurer of the Scottish Rite bodies of Boston; of Boston Council R. and S. M., of which is likewise trustee; treasurer of Aleppo Temple A. A. O. N. M. S., the Council of Deliberation, and of Massachusetts College of Societas Rosicruciana; recorder of Boston Commandery. assistant secretary of the Scottish Rite bodies and an honorary member of the 33d degree of the Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, which exalted degree he received September 17, 1889 in New York City.

The writer of this sketch as well as his thousands of friends trusts that he may long be spared to shed his benign light on all those with whom he comes in contact.

Brother Work is ably assisted in the discharge of his duties at his office in Masonic Temple, Boston, by two energetic and capable assistants, Lucy M. Droese and Brother Herbert W. Barton. It is on this trio that the immense amount of work involved in the actual business of the various offices devolves.

BIOGRAPHY, 1933

From New England Craftsman, Vol. XXVIII, No. 8, April 1933, Page 215:

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Joseph W. Work, known to thousands of the Craft not only in Massachusetts but throughout the whole country, as well as in Europe, has a distinction which it is doubted has ever equalled in his record of Masonic service in the Scottish Rite. At the April 7 meeting of Boston ■farette Lodge of Perfection the folding statement was read:

Illustrious Joseph William Work was made a Grand Elect, Perfect and Sublime Mason in Lafayette Lodge of Perfection in the Valley of Boston, April 6, 1883. He served as Master of Ceremonies in this lodge from 1885 to 1893. He received the other degrees in the various bodies of the Scottish Rite immediately after this, and was elected Sovereign Prince of Giles F. Yates Council. Princes of Jerusalem in 1886 and served until 1889. He was elected Treasurer of the first three bodies of the Scottish Rite in the Valley of Boston in 1893, and of Massachusetts Consistory in 1910, and served in this office until 1927, when he was elected secretary, which position he holds. Previous to being elected secretary, he served for seven years as assistant secretary.

He was grand treasurer of Massachusetts Council of Deliberation from 1920 to 1927, and in 1927 he was elected grand secretary of this body. On September 17, 1889, he received the thirty-third Degree Honorary in New York City, at a meeting of the Supreme Council Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the United States. Today Illustrious Brother Work is the oldest thirty-third Degree Mason in the State of Massachusetts in point of seniority.

This meeting marks the fiftieth anniversary of his initiation into Scottish Rite Masonry.

His complete Masonic record is as follows:

  • Born in Newburyport, Massachusetts, May 20, 1852.
  • Raised in St. John's Lodge A. F. & A. M., Newburyport, April 1, 1878;
  • Member of Columbian Lodge A. F. & A. M., Boston, January 7, 1886; Secretary, Columbian Lodge A. F. & A. M. one year.
  • Exalted in King Cyrus R. A. Chapter, Newburyport, June 12, 1879;
  • Member of St. Paul's R. A. Chapter, Boston, March 30, 1888; Trustee of Permanent Fund St. Paul's R. A. Chapter.
  • Knighted in Newburyport Commandery, Newburyport, June 17, 1880; Red Cross, May 20, 1880, Temple, June 17, 1880, Malta, October 21, 1880.
  • Member of Boston Commandery, Boston, September 18, 1889; Recorder of Boston Commandery, 1917—
  • Received in Boston Council Royal & Select Masters, Boston, March 26, 1885; Master of Ceremonies 1887-1888; Treasurer, 1911—
  • Received the Scottish Rite Degrees as follows:
    • Lafayette Lodge of Perfection, April 6, 1883
      • Master of Ceremonies, 1885-1893
      • Treasurer, April, 1893-1927
      • Asst. Secretary, 1920-1927
      • Secretary. 1927—
    • Giles F. Yates Council Princes of Jerusalem, April 13, 1883
      • Sovereign Prince, 1886-1889
      • Treasurer, December, 1892-1927
      • Asst. Secretary, 1920-1927
      • Secretary, 1927—
    • Mount Olivet Chapter of Rose Croix, April 20, 1883
      • Treasurer, 1893-1927
      • Asst. Secretary, 1920-1927
      • Secretary, 1927—
    • Massachusetts Consistory. April 27, 1883
      • Treasurer, 1910-1927
      • Asst. Secretary, 1920-1927
      • Secretary. 1927—
    • Grand Treasurer Massachusetts Council of Deliberation, 1920-1927
    • Grand Secretary Massachusetts Council of Deliberation. 1927—


Joined Aleppo Temple A. A. O. N. M. S., November 19, 1885; Treasurer, 1891 —

The confidence of his brethren evidenced by his continued selection throughout the years to the offices he holds is fine tribute to one whose qualities of heart and head make him outstanding in the annals of the organization here in Massachusetts.

MEMORIAL, 1935

From New England Craftsman, Vol. XXXI, No. 1, September 1935, Page 15:

Funeral services were held in Trinity Church, Boston, at 2 P. M.. Wednesday. Aug. 14, for Joseph William Work, one of the leading members of the Masonic fraternity in the United States, a member of the York and Scottish Rites, secretary of the Scottish Rite in this jurisdiction since 1927, and treasurer of Aleppo Temple since 1891. In 1888 and 1889 he was head of the Princes of Jerusalem, Scottis.i Rite, and a member of the Supreme Council 33°.

A large number attended. The Rev. Raymond Lang, associate prelate of Boston Commandery, of which Mr. Work was recorder since 1917, conducted the services. Dr. Lang was assisted by the Rev. Francis W. Gibbs, grand prelate of the grand command-ery, Knights Templars, of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. There were vocal selections by the Meistersingers.

The ushers were Theodore R. Lockwood, first lieutenant commander, and Winthrop J. Cushing, second lieutenant commander, Massachusetts, Consistory, Scottish Rite; Harold W. Sprague, junior warden, and Charles C. Balcom, guard, Mt. Olivet Chapter, Rose Croix, Scottish Rite; Newland H. Holmes, deputy master, and George T. Everett, senior warden, Boston Lafayette Lodge of Perfection, Scottish Rite; Walter E. Duncan, Boston Commandery Knights Templars; William Spottiswoode. Aleppo Temple, and Thomas H. Bond, tiler of the bodies of the Scottish Rite.

Bearers were the past sovereign princes of the Giles Fonda Yates Council, Princes of Jerusalem, Harry E. Stilphen. Wilmot L. Marden. Bert E. Holland and Robert D. Webster.

Honorary bearers were headed by Claude L. Allen, Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts; Melvin Maynard Johnson, commander of the Scottish Rite for the northern jurisdiction of the U. S.. and members of the Supreme Council, Grand Lodge, grand chapter, grand council, grand commandery and subordinate bodies. Interment was private at Oak Hill cemetery, Newburyport.

WOTHERSPOON, WILLIAM 1845-1912

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From New England Craftsman, Vol. VII, No. 8, May 1912, Page 275:

On the morning of January 19th, 1912, there passed away in Valparaiso, a brother who was beloved by all who came in contact with him in the various duties and relations of life. Brother Wotherspoon won the respect and affection of his associates, true, kind and loving as a husband and father, generous and sympathizing towards the needy and sorrowful, devoted to the Church, he proved himself faithful to all obligations, his life was one of busy and variable usefulness, in every sphere, full of honor, frankness, and truth, a devoted Freemason, to whose unselfish labors the Craft is largely indebted.

His application to receive Masonic Light was made to Bethesda lodge, Valparaiso, where he was raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason, February 6th, 1882. He was exalted to the Degree of Royal Arch, in King Cyrus Chapter, No. 1, Valparaiso, March 30th, 1883. Became a member of the Council of High Priests, State of Ohio, on September 3rd, 1902.

He served in most of the offices of Bethesda lodge, and was its Worshipful Master for the years 1902 and 1903, on retiring from the chair he was elected treasurer, office which he held until his death. By all the Brethren who remembered his character and services, his memory will be cherished as that of a true and faithful brother among us.

Now since the implements of toil have fallen from his grasp, and the sands of his earthly life, is finished in the glass, we will express the cheering words,—

"Servant of God, well done; Rest from thy loved employ The battle fought, the victory won, Enter thy Master's joy."

D. URQUHART, D.D.G.M., Chile, M. Dist.

WRIGHT, ELIPHALET 1817-1907

From Proceedings, Page 1907-159, from Grand Master's Address:

Death has entered the portals of our Lodges eight hundred and ninety-seven times during the year. A great company, exceeding our largest Lodge, has passed on before us. Of this number is one to whom I wish specially to refer.

Dr. Eliphalet Wright, born in Hinsdale, April 21, 1817, died in Lee, Aug. 21, 1907, aged ninety years and four mouths. He graduated from the Berkshire Medical College, in Pittsfield, in 1848, and in the same year began active practice in Lee.

Brother Wright was made a Master Mason in 1854 and was the oldest Mason in point of age and' membership in Berkshire County. He was elected Master of Evening Star Lodge, of Lee, in 1869 and served in that office for the next ten years. In 1884 he was elected Chaplain, which office he held until his death. He stated that during his entire membership in Evening Star Lodge he had missed but one regular meeting.

On April 30 last at the first celebration of Past Masters'. Night of Evening Star Lodge, he occupied the East and raised two candidates. His funeral was held August 24 and during the services all business in the town of Lee was suspended. He was buried with Masonic rites.

Not long before his death, in an interview with him, he stated that the philosophy of his life had always been as follows:

"I simply came on down through the years. did what I thought was my part, taking the world and its people as I found them, trying to teach as opportunity offered that to love one another is the best law of universal brotherhood, and that the call of the affiicted is the first command."

WRIGHT, WILLIAM HILMAN 1831-1889

From Liberal Freemason, Vol. XIII, No. 12, March 1890, Page 373:

Read in Mass. College Soc. Ros. March 3, 1890, and ordered to be printed in the Liberal Freemason.

The Lodge work of Freemasonry began in the town of Natick, Massachusetts, in 1852, when Meridian Lodge was removed from Newton Lower Falls to the town first mentioned.

The history of the Lodge is embellished by the names of eminent men, enrolled among its members, while its Masters have been conspicuous for ritualistic ability, and for those high qualities of head and heart, which command attention and secure respect.

Loving and lovable as these have been, no one of them holds firmer place in the affections of the brethren, than William Hilman Wright, to whose private and official generosity, Freemasonry in its unity owes so much of its substantial and prosperous character in Natick.

For many years our brother had made his home in Natick and early united with Meridian Lodge; there his presence was like a smile, and discord fled from before it; genial and gentle, harmony was his genius, and benevolence surrounded his willing labors with the elements of love; to that which Brother Wright advised, the brethren assented, and the evidence of his wisdom greets the eye in the place where the Craft assemble, and speaks his praise without solicitation.

In the early history of the Chapter, and the Commandery, he was a leading spirit; to establish them he contributed liberally, and their common masonic apartments are the more beautiful because of his generosity. Following the great fire in Natick, the present masonic quarters were erected, and in this building he fitted and furnished at his own expense, a commodious room, long known as the "Red Cross Room," and gave the free use of it to members of the Commandery, and to brethren properly introduced. As Eminent Commander he had opportunity to exercise his generous qualities to his own satisfaction and the gratification of his brethren.

On July 1, 1885, he became a member of Massachusetts College, "Societas Rosicruciana," of the seventh grade, his motto being Cavendo tutus. His interest in the college was apparent, and he was prompt in attending at the three successive meetings and banquets and participating in our festivities. His subsequent attendance was unhappily interrupted by the severe illness of Mrs. Wright, which continued for several years, during which he attended her so carefully, that his own health slowly gave way, and death came to him during the third week in December, 1889. Our brother while in health, had for some years been an influential member of the A., and A. Rite.

Something like ten years earlier, our brother purchased the entire interest in the farm and homestead in Ashland, of his wife's parents, where they died, and where she was born. In this he was influenced by her, because of association and a liking for it.

His first thought was to convert it into a summer home, but yielding to his dislike of incongruity, he erected and furnished a home suitable for any company and all seasons; and though the upper floor of the house was constructed for bed-rooms, it was so planned that a handsome Lodge-room with convenient ante-rooms was the result, and these stand as a monumental tribute of his devotion to Freemasonry. Literally this Lodge-room is on a high hill where the brethren might work secure from cowans and eavesdroppers.

The funeral services were conducted in the Congregational Church in Natick, the remains having been brought from Ashland, and taken under the escort of Meridian Lodge, Parker R. A. Chapter and Natick Commandery, to the church. The Masonic burial service was performed in Masonic Hall, by the Lodge. The remains under guard of six brethren were permitted to lie in state from Saturday until Monday forenoon, "In the sanctuary he had done so much to beautify and adorn, resting in calm repose amid sweet-scented roses, smilax and sprigs of acacia, and guarded and watched by Companions of the organizations he so much cherished in life."

At the time of his death our brother was about fifty-eight years of age. In life he was a busy and a successful man, but this had not dulled his home love nor chilled his affection for the place of his youth. His mother's and his father's homestead was in Pepperell, Massachusetts. There he was born, and thitherward he turned with longing eyes that the place of his birth, might be that also of his burial, and a monument of polished Aberdeen granite in the old cemetery within a few rods of his old home, tells that all that is mortal of William Hilman Wright rests "in the lap of earth" near to where he he played in childhood and held sacred in his memory.

WRIGLEY, WALTER 1913-1989

MEMORIAL

From TROWEL, Spring 1990, Page 37:

R.W. Walter Wrigley, 76, Professor Emeritus at MIT

Funeral services for R. W. Walter Wrigley, 76, were held in the United First Parish Church, Quincy, often called the Church of the Presidents because John and John Quincy Adams are both interred there. An active Master Mason for many years and professor emeritus of instrumentation and astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he died of cancer in early November at his home.

Before his retirement in 1975 he was Education Director of the Charles Stark Draper Lab for 29 years and among his graduate students were four astronauts who walked on the moon. He served on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Air Force and was Chairman of the curriculum committee of the Air Force Academy in Colorado. A native of Brockton, he graduated from Haverhill High School in 1930 and from MIT in 1934. He received a doctorate there in 1941. One of his books, Gyroscope Theory, Design and Instrumentation, was translated into Russian and published in Moscow.

Raised in Richard C. MacLaurin Lodge in 1953, he served as its Master in 1960. He was the D. D. G. M. of the Cambridge Second District in 1969-70 and appointed Grand Representative to Switzerland in 1971. He had been an active member of the G. L. Education Committee since 1970 and member of the Committee on Records since 1971.

Bro. Wrigley is survived by his wife, Dorothy (Brown) who has charge of the tour guides at the Quincy church among whom was her husband; a son, Wallace W. Wrigley of Bakersfield, CA; a daughter, Lois W. Graham of Columbia, MO; a brother, Dwight A. of Sandwich; a sister, Isabel Purdue of Horseheads, NY; and four grandchildren.

WYMAN, ARTEMAS B. 1828-1905

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

Brother Artemas B. Wyman, one of the best known citizens of West Newton, Mass., died of apoplexy on the street, Nov. 24. He received the degrees in Star of Bethlehem Lodge, Chelsea, more than fifty years ago. He was one of the first candidates exalted in the Chapter of Shekinah, in that city, in 1856.


Distinguished Brothers