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YOUNG, E. BENTLEY 1841-1919



From New England Craftsman, Vol. II, No. 2, Page 65, November, 1906:


E. Bentley Young, who was installed Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery, K. T. of Massachusetts and Rhode Island at the 101st Annual Conclave in Masonic Temple, Boston, October 31, was born in Reading, Mass. about sixty years ago. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College, graduating with honor from that body in 1862. He has been connected with the schools of Boston many years. He was made master of Brimmer school in 1876 which office he held four years, previous to that time he was assistant of the venerable Joshua Bates for ten years. He was appointed master of the Prince School in 1880 and has held the position ever since, creating for the school a wide and enviable reputation by his excellent administration.

Brother Young has occupied many positions and done much work in the interest of the Masonic Institution. He has presided over the following Masonic bodies: Columbian Lodge, St. Paul's R. A. Chapter, Boston Council of R and S Masters, Joseph Warren Commandery. K. T. and Lafayette Lodge of Perfection. He is a member of all of the Scottish Rite bodies and has been an officer in each except the Chapter of Rose Croix. He has also been president of the Commanders Union. He is a member of the honorary 33d grade in the Supreme Council.

As the presiding officer of the Grand Commandery, he comes to his station well fitted for its duties. His Masonic experience, and culture, his loyalty to duty and know-edge of men are an assurance that the interests of the Grand Coinmandery will be safely guarded while under his direction.



From Proceedings, Page 1919-186:

The Grand Lodge has met further loss in the recent death of R.W. E. Bentley Young, District Deputy Grand Master for the First Masonic District in 1894 and 1895.

From Proceedings, Page 1919-226:

R. W. E. BENTLEY YOUNG was born in Reading, Mass., June 29, 1841, and died at his residence in Boston, May 11, 1919. Funeral services were held at eleven o'clock A.M. on 'Wednesday, May 14, 1919, attended by Rev. Alexander Maun, D.D., and Rev. George J. Prescott, Chaplain of Columbian Lodge, to which Brother Young belonged. The Grand Master and many members of the Fraternity were present at the services.

R.W. Brother Young received his early education in the public schools of his native town and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1862. Having chosen the profession of a teacher, he first found employment in the schools of Gloucester, whence he went to Winchester, and later to the High School in Amesbury. In 1861 he came to Boston as a second submaster in the Brimmer School and ten years later he became Master of that school. In 1880 when the Prince School District was organized he was placed in charge of it and retained this position until his retirement in 1911. Brother Young was greatly interested in educational matters, was a prolific writer, and was frequently called to address gatherings of educators. He was a member of the Natural History Society, Horticultural Society, Twentieth Century Club, Dartmouth Club, and the Schoolmasters' Club.

Brother Young received the degrees of Ancient Craft Masonry in Columbian Lodge in 1874; was its Master in 1885 and 1886, and served as District Deputy Grand Master for the First Masonic District in 1894 and 1895. He was High Priest of Saint Paul's Royal Arch Chapter in 1881 and 1882; Master of Boston Council, Royal and Select Masters, in 1889, and Eminent Commander of Joseph Warren Commandery, Knights Templars, in 1892, 1893, and 1894. In 1906 he was elected Graud Commander of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templars of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. In the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite he presided over the works of Lafayette Lodge of Perfection in 1886 and was an honorary member of each of the four Scottish Rite Bodies in the city of Boston. He was crowned a Sovereign Grand Inspector General of the 33° and last degree in the city of Providence, R.I., September 20, 1887.

A brother of positive convictions, loyal and devoted to the Ancient Landmarks and traditions of the Order, he was ever watchful and outspoken against innovations or anything that might lead away from the foundational truths and teachings of Masonry. He possessed a keen sense of humor and a ready wit that brightened even the days of illness and distress. For many years he has been to me a counselor and friend whose advice I have often sought and greatly valued. He witl be greatly missed in many fields of activity and by a large circle of friends.

"They never quite leave us, the Brethren who've passed.
Through the shadow of death to the sunlight above,
A thousand sweet memories are holding them fast.
To the places they blessed with their presence and love."

From New England Craftsman, Vol. XIV, No. 8, May 1919, Page 261:

The funeral of E. Bentley Young, Past Grand Commander of the Knights Templars of Massachusetts and Rhode Island and Past Master of Columbian Lodge of Boston, Mass., took place at his home, 104 Appleton Street, Boston, May 12th.

W. Bro. Young was the first master of the Prince School, and held this position until he retired in 1911. He was a graduate of Dartmouth College, class of 1862. Judge John Hopkins, Prof. John R. Eastman and Dr. W. J. Tucker were numbered among his classmates.

In addition to his school work Mr. Young did considerable writing. He was the author of a number of educational articles, and was a member of the Natural History Society, Twentieth Century Club, Dartmouth Club and Schoolmasters' Club. He was active in Masonry. For many years he presided over St. Paul's R. A. Chapter, Boston Council, R. and S. Masters, Joseph Warren Commandery, K. T.


From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ, 1919, Page 31:

We had hoped the year would expire without being called to record the death of more than one of our number, but on Monday last we received the sad news of the death on the night before, May 11th, of our beloved associate, Edward Bentley Young, 33°, who after seventy-eight years of an active life was suddenly stricken and with but a short illness passed away.

He was born in Reading, Massachusetts, June 29, 1841, and besides his connection with Masonry, with which we are all familiar, he devoted his manhood years entirely to the cause of education, until his retirement from active work a few years ago. Incidentally he was interested in natural history and horticulture, being a member of societies to promote these and educational subjects.

After receiving the degree of M. S. from Dartmouth College in 1802, he began his career as a teacher in various towns in this State, and after a service in the old Brimmer School as sub-master, when it was located on Common Street, in Boston, where he afterwards became head-master, when the new Prince School was opened in the Back Bay, with all modern suggestions in the art of education, he was selected from among the masters in Boston for the position, and for thirty-four years thereafter he was at the head of that successful and model grammar school.

He received his Master Mason’s degree in 1874, becoming a member of Columbian Lodge June 4th of that year, and after being at the head of Lafayette Lodge of Perfection, became a thirty-third degree Mason in 1887. His presence and manner, his education and the qualities of his voice, fitted him for ritualistic work, and he was therefore naturally selected for leadership, while his administrative ability placed, him in positions of trust and confidence as custodian of financial affairs in several bodies; thus he held office in many bodies of both Rites, his active work at the time of his death being as treasurer of Columbian Lodge, into which he was first admitted.His funeral was from his home, at 104 Appleton St., which, at the special request of Mrs. Young, was made simple in form, without flowers or ceremonial, so that only friends and delegations were present; of the thirty-third degree Very Illustrious Brother Abbott and your Deputy, with Illustrious Brother Pear, were present, while from Columbian Lodge and other bodies of Masons and Odd Fellows there were representatives. The service of the Episcopal Church was rendered by Drs. Mann and Prescott, with singing by a quartette.

From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ, 1920, Page 33:

"Life’s race well run,
Life's work well done,
Life’s victory won,
Now comcth rest.”

Thus briefly is summed up the record of the years of E. Bentley Young, who passed away May 11, 1919.

He was born in Reading, Mass., June 29, 1841, having rounded out the alotted threescore and ten, and eight borrowed years of a busy, useful, eventful life. There is an autumnal fitness when age, having achieved the full measure of opportunity lo realize the fruition of hopes and aspirations, responds to the inevitable call through the ripening processes of time.

He attended the public schools of his native town and was graduated from Dartmouth College in 1892. After teaching in Gloucester and Amesbury several years he came to the Brimmer School, Boston, in 1800, as usher under Joshua Bates. Two years later he was made submaster, and in 1870 was elected to the mastership of that school.

In 1880 he was transferred to the Prince School, then recently erected on the Back Bay, where so many of the children of wealthy parents were sent to private schools. It was a model school in structure and equipment and it was considered a mark of distinction to have been selected as its headmaster.

He was distinguished as an educator of advanced ideas and was alert in methods of instruction. In teaching geography he early appreciated the value of illustrations as supplementary to the printed text. At his own expense he installed a lantern and purchased many slides, illustrative of the manners, customs, production, etc., of different races as well as physical contour. This was a distinct innovation at that time, though common enough now, and is cited, as might be many others, to indicate his progressive ideas. He was a good disciplinarian and there was a loyal esprit dc corps among his teachers.

He was a prolific writer and was frequently called upon to address gatherings of educators. He was a member of the Natural History Society, Horticultural Society, Twentieth Century Club, Dartmouth Club, and Schoolmasters’ Club.

He was an eager, inquiring student, and devoted such time as he could spare from his school work to the pursuit of scientific studies, taking courses at Harvard in botany and mineralogy; at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in chemistry and geology. He gave attention, also, to physics an<l astronomy.

He was married to Miss Ella Louise Bird October 1, 1873, by whom he is survived.

Brother Young began bis Masonic career in Columbian Lodge January 1, 1874, of which he became Master in 1885. He was Treasurer of Colum�bian Lodge at the time of his death, having held that office for more than twenty-five years.

He was District Deputy Grand Master for the First Masonic District in 1894 and 1895; High Priest of St. Paul's Royal Arch Chapter 1881-1882; Master Boston Council, R. & S. M., in 1S89; Eminent Commander Joseph Warren Commandery, 1892,1893,1894. 1 Ic was elected Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templars of Massachusetts and Rhode Island in 1906.

In the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite ho presided over the work of Lafayette Lodge of Perfection in 1886 and 1887 and was an honorary member of each of the four Scottish Rite Bodies in the city of Boston. He was crowned Sovereign Grand Inspector General of the thirty-third and last degree in the city of Providence, R. I., September 20, 1887.

He was also prominent in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and for many years held various positions of responsibility and trust, including that of Noble Grand for Washington Lodge, No. 5; Past Chief Patriarch of Tri-Mountain Encampment, No. 2, and Past Grand Patriarch of the Grand Encampment of Massachusetts.

Brother Young was a man of pronounced individuality, intellectually strong, rugged, and zealous in the causes which he espoused. While he had a broad vision, a ready concept of important questions, and was able to express himself in a cogent, logical manner, he was never so dogmatic as to preclude efficient teamwork with those associated with him.Now memory alone links us to his kindly personality and enables us to perpetuate in thought his genial presence.

“There is a voice from the tomb tweeter than song; there is a remembrance of the dead to which we turn even from the charm of the living. Those we would not exchange for the song of pleasure or the bursts of revelry.”

“Bliss in possession will not last;
Remembered joys are never past;
At once the fountain, stream, and sea,
They were, they are, they yet shall be.”

Samuel F. Hubbard
J. S. Blake



From Proceedings, 1906-223:

Most Worshipful Grand Master and Brethren: I read a story the other day, and I want to toll it right off. Two men were talking together about what was going to happen when they passed over the river into the world beyond. One said to the other, "I think I am going to have some trouble." "In what particular?" "I don't see how I am going to get my shirt on over my wings " "Oh," said the other fellow, "don't be troubled about that. The only bother you are going to have is that you won't be able to get your hat on over your horns." [Laughter.]

Now, Most Worshipful, some of the Brethren will say, What is the application of your story? Well, my stories are a good deal like those of Artemus Ward. — they don't have any application, and that is the point of them.

I came here with some trepidation. I realized that this assembly was composed of men who stood prominently in the Older, and I said to myself, I don't think I want to speak. I am not sufficiently capable to address an audience like this. I am a good deal like the boy who saw the skeleton. And by the way if you will bear with me one minute I will tell you that story. A physician, who was naturally very humorous, thought he would put up a joke on a newsboy who came into his office frequently to sell papers, he conceived the idea of opening the doors of his cabinet and exposing to view a skeleton which hung inside, and then calling the boy in, and personating the skeleton as himself, concealing himself behind the cabinet. So he stepped to the door and called out, "Come in, John, come in; I want a paper;" and then stepped behind the cabinet. The boy came in, saw the skeleton, and gave a whoop that might be heard a mile, and left the room in great haste. The doctor thought that was too bad to cheat the boy out of the sale of a paper, so he called out to him again, "Come back, John, come back: I will take a paper." The boy looked up, and said very deliberately indeed, "You can't fool me. I know you, even if you have got your clothes on. [Laughter.] And so, possibly, I might say that while I am here trying to address this audience, it is very doubtful if I can fool them again.

Most Worshipful, you have Been fit to introduce me as the Grand Commander of the Knights Templar, and I am very glad that you have recognized me and invited me to participate in this Feast of Saint John. 1 am delighted that these two Bodies should come together, and lie recognized in this way. Your relations to me, Most Worshipful Grand Master, are also exceedingly interesting. To-day I am very thoroughly and completely your subordinate; to-morrow, sitting in the Grand Commandery, you would be mine. But we recognize this fact, that the Grand Lodge is the supreme, controlling Body; that when it takes action with reference to a member, that action applies to all the other Grand Bodies. We recognize that; and yet, at the same time we believe that we are doing work as Knights Templar that should be recognized as truly Masonic work. Yon call attention to the attributes of the Almighty Father, and we are taught through the symbolic Grand Lodge to respect the Almighty Ruler of all things. In Knight Templary we call in, as supplementary to that work, the personality of the life and work of Christ, whom we especially reverence. Thus it can be said, can it not, that we are working in a common cause; we are working with one grand aim; and we, as Templars, think that the work is not quite complete unless we recognize the work of the Saviour of the world.

What is it we need? We have been told right at this table what we need. And it seems to me that I can call attention to one more thing,—we need enthusiasm. Why, Emerson says that no great thing can be achieved without enthusiasm. "Hitch your wagon to a star." That means a great deal. We are sometimes lacking in enthusiastic devotion to our Order, and therefore we fail to accomplish what we ought as Masons. And I would have every man thoroughly imbued with the ritual, so that the principles set forth in it shall become a part, more thoroughly, of his very life and character. I would have the history of Masonry — we have such a splendid history, and we know what it can do for us — I would have the Fraternity at large more familiar with the history of Masonry, and then we shall more thoroughly recognize what it stands for.

One word more, Most Worshipful, and I am done. This is the Christmas season. Is it improper to allude to that in connection with this great and glorious feast, this solemn and dignified celebration ? Is it improper to allude to that ? By no means. We are each of us identified with the Christian religion, and the glorious song that was sung that cool night in that far away country, near the little City of Bethlehem, of " Peace on earth, good will toward men; glory to God in the highest," is one that should be continually on our lips at this time. And it seems to me that we as Masons should remember that throughout the year that is to come, and throughout all our lives; and should go on thus, animated with the Christmas spirit, enthusiastically devoted to the Order, loving its ritual and cherishing its history, in order that we may be better able to carry out its principles in our daily life. Let us go on from this occasion, and from other occasions similar to this, enthused so fully with the work of Freemasonry and with its principles that we may show them in our every act; and thus it will come to be recognized as a great influence for the uplifting of humanity. Such will be my purpose; such is the spirit that I have sought to bring into the Masonic institutions; and such, I hope, will be the guiding principle of my life, so that as time goes on I may be not only a Christian gentleman, but an enthusiastic and devoted Mason. Let us look upon and love Masonry in this way. It is a glorious cause, and we cannot love it too well. [Applause].





From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1918, Page 61:

"A friend whose friends were proud of the relation,
A brother, loving, zealous, good, and true,
A 'chief in Masonry' by none surpassed of those who followed or preceded him.
With all the qualities to compel our love and make us feel our loss irreparable."

James Harvey Young, son of William and Hannah (Harvey) Young, was born in Salem, June 14, 1830. At the age of fourteen he came to Boston and took up the profession of portrait painting, which occupied his attention until a few years previous to his death, and in which he gained a great reputation.

This faithful, loyal craftsman passed within the portals of “that Spiritual Building, that house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens,” April 24, 1918, at his home in Brookline Village, Massachusetts.

It has been well said of him that he possessed the quality of individuality in a very marked degree. Whatever he did or said bore the impress of fine personality; for social intercourse he possessed qualities which could not fail to make him a center of any group into which chance threw him, for with a quiet and genial wit, with frankness of tongue, tempered with kindly affection, with broad mental attainments untainted with intellectual arrogance, he had the ease and readiness of an experienced man of the world. His friends could be numbered by thousands; his enemies it would be hard to find; and he leaves behind him a memory which must always be associated with happy thoughts and kindly deeds.

Brother Young was raised in Joseph Warren Lodge, of Boston, June 25, 1807, was exalted in St. Andrew’s Royal Arch Chapter in Boston, June 3, 1868, and took the Cryptic Degrees in Napthali Council, of Chelsea, the same year. He was knighted in Boston Commandery of Knights Templars, December 18, 1872.

He received the grades of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite in 1882, becoming a member of Massachusetts Consistory April 28, 1882, and served as its Commandcr-in-Chief during the years 1892, 1893, 1894.

The degree of Sovereign Grand Inspector-General, 33°, and Honorary Member of the Supreme Council was conferred upon him at Chicago, September 19, 1893.

“Life’s battles fought, life’s duties done:
His faults forgot, his worth confessed —
So let him sleep that dreamless sleep,
Our sorrows clustering round his head,
Be comforted, ye loved who weep,
He lives with God, ‘he is not dead.' ”

Joseph A. Bryant, 32°,
Edward S. Benedict, 33°,
Rinaldo B. Richardson, 33°,


From Proceedings, Page 1942-173:

Brother Young was born in Provincetown, Massachusetts, on January 18, 1871, and died at his residence there on August 20, 1942.

After graduation from the local schools, he entered the employ of the Seamen's Savings Bank of Provincetown and was its Vice-president for fifty years. In addition to his bank interests, he conducted an insurance office and was actively interested in other business concerns.

He had a keen interest in art, being one of the founders and President of the Provincetown Art Association. He was an outstanding citizen of Provincetown, one of those citizens who are always called upon {or any public need whether civic, social or church, and no worthy call ever went unanswered by him.

He was raised in King Hiram's Lodge on December 19, 1892, and served as Master in 1897 and 1898. He served as District Deputy Grand Master of the old 28th District in 1904 and 1905, by appointment of Most Worshipful Baalis Sanford.

He was the senior Past High Priest of Joseph Warren Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, and served as District Deputy Grand High Priest of the 12th Capitular District in 1906 and 1907. Both Freemasonry and the community in which he lived have lost an honored and ardent worker.

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