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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, 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, 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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