- 1 MIZPAH LODGE
- 2 REFERENCES IN GRAND LODGE PROCEEDINGS
- 2.1 ANNIVERSARIES
- 2.2 VISITS BY GRAND MASTER
- 2.3 BY-LAW CHANGES
- 2.4 HISTORY
- 2.5 EVENTS
- 2.6 GRAND LODGE OFFICERS
- 2.7 OTHER BROTHERS
- 2.8 DISTRICTS
- 2.9 LINKS
Chartered By: Charles C. Dame
Charter Date: 09/09/1868 VII-248
Precedence Date: 09/12/1867
- Henry Endicott, 1867-1869
- George H. Folger, 1870, 1871
- George P. Carter, 1872, 1873
- George E. Ryder, 1874, 1875
- Samuel L. Montague, 1876, 1877
- John S. Sawyer, 1878, 1879
- J. Frank Mitchell, 1880, 1881
- John G. Thorogood, 1882, 1883
- William A. Bunton, 1884, 1885
- George W. Bunton, 1886, 1887
- Charles M. Smith, 1888, 1889
- Herbert A. Rhodes, 1890, 1891
- Albert K. Hebard, 1892, 1893
- Walworth O. Barbour, 1894, 1895
- Lorrin W. Ferdinand, 1896, 1897
- George M. Smith, 1898, 1899
- Oscar F. Allen, 1900, 1901
- David G. Jones, 1902, 1903
- Charles H. Montague, 1904, 1905
- Walter M. Smith, 1906
- William B. Dudley, 1907, 1908
- Samuel T. Garfield, 1909, 1910
- James A. Stinson, 1911, 1912
- George H. Payne, 1913, 1914
- Herbert M. Chase, 1915, 1916; N
- Frank H. Hilton, 1917, 1918; N
- Frederick W. Turner, 1919, 1920
- George W. Ladd, 1921, 1922
- Sidney I. B. Stodder, 1923, 1924
- Edward W. Ruggli, 1925
- Edward H. Temple, 1926
- William E. Parker, 1927, 1928
- Elmer B. Lincoln, 1929, 1930
- Raymond D. Parker, 1931
- Ernest A. Telfer, 1932, 1933
- H. LeRoy Billings, 1934, 1935; Mem
- Claude V. Freeman, 1936, 1965; N
- Sydney H. Goodenough, 1937, 1938
- David K. Salvini, 1939, 1940
- Harold E. Hughes, 1941
- Chester D. Black, 1942
- W. Douglas Whitehouse, 1943
- William G. Brooks, 1944
- Paul F. C. Mias, 1945
- J. Herbert Goodenough, 1946
- Handel V. Rivinius, 1947
- George F. Bettencourt, 1948
- Gordon L. Whynaught, 1949
- William B. Rivinius, 1950
- Egon M. H. C. Petersen, 1951
- Philip D. Kelly, 1952
- Frank G. Parks, 1953
- Chester M. Carr, 1954
- Lorenzo B. Carr, 1955, 1967; SN
- Gordon E. Reynolds, 1956
- Gerald W. White, 1957
- John M. Colonas, 1958
- Guy H. Harnish, 1959
- George A. Galgay, 1960
- William G. Khourie, 1961
- Martin Martinian, 1962
- Harry Takvorian, 1963
- Edward W. Petersen, 1964
- Richard E. Hodgdon, 1966
- Charles L. Mason, 1968, 1969
- Lloyd F. Cochran, 1970
- John Murphy, 1971
- Arthur J. Avakian, 1972
- John E. Miller, 1973, 1974
- Louis C. King, 1975; Mem
- Robert J. Campbell, 1976
- Richard L. Rivinius, 1977, 1978, 1981
- John J. Polychrones, 1979
- Paul F. Marino, 1980
REFERENCES IN GRAND LODGE PROCEEDINGS
- Petition for Dispensation: 1867
- Petition for Charter: 1868
- Consolidation Petition (with Faith Lodge): 1981
VISITS BY GRAND MASTER
- 1867 (Dame; constitution of Lodge; not in Proceedings; see below)
- 1872 (Nickerson)
- 1873 (Nickerson; installation)
- 1878 (Welch)
- 1880 (Welch)
- 1884 (Howland; installation; see below)
- 1887 (Endicott)
- 1888 (Endicott; installation)
- 1889 (Endicott; installation)
- 1890 (Wells)
- 1895 (Holmes)
- 1899 (Hutchinson)
- 1910 (Flanders; corner stone laying; Special Communication)
- 1916 (M. Johnson)
- 1919 (L. Abbott; 50th Anniversary; Special Communication)
- 1920 (Prince)
- 1924 (Ferrell)
- 1927 (Simpson)
- 1947 (Wragg; 80th Anniversary; Special Communication)
- 1964 (Osgood; Lorenzo B. Carr Night)
- 1967 (Booth; Centenary; Special Communication)
- 1975 (Maxwell)
- 1981 (Berquist; Consolidation; Special Communication)
- 1947 (80th Anniversary History, 1947-345; see below)
- 1967 (Centenary History, 1967-316; see below)
- 2008 (Notes at Consolidation, 2008-35; see below)
80TH ANNIVERSARY HISTORY, NOVEMBER 1947
From Proceedings, Page 1947-345:
By Worshipful Henry S. C. Cummings.
The real, intimate, warm, flowing life of a Lodge is not found in the written records nor in the printed communications, for they contain only the dry outlines or the details of business. The hand-to-hand, eye-to-eye and heart-to-heart intimate relations cannot be set down in cold black and white. The great beauty and real secret of the fraternity is that it helps man to find himself and to maintain his manhood. It was in the year 1867 that twenty-six good men and true, all members of Amicable Lodge sent to the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts a petition praying for a- dispensation to organize a new lodge in Cambridge, under the name of Mizpah. 'Behold what havoc the scythe of time makes among the human race' for none of these charter members who planted the seeds of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth are with us tonight as we pause to pay tribute to their untiring industry, foresight and sacrifice — and four score years later attempt to pass judgment on their efforts to serve our Fraternity and Mankind.
In the early days, as now, Masons were solid men, leaders in civic and industrial life, with high ideals in their personal lives and an intense desire for the best for their Lodge. Through the years that intangible something we call 'the spirit of Mizpah' has made the name of our Lodge stand for the best in good works in public and private life during both good times and bad. In Genesis 31st chapter is found the following passage:
"They took stones and made an heap. And he said, this heap is a witness between me and thee, therefore was the name of it called Mizpah, for he said, the Lord watch between me and thee when we are absent one from another."
Mizpah takes its name from a city of Gad, in the mountains of Gilead, where Laban and Jacob made their celebrated covenant, about 1739 B.C. and where Zeptha dwelt when he made his covenant with the Israelites on the other side of the Jordan. The meaning of Mizpah (correctly spelled Mispah in Hebrew) is 'a high place, free and clear, from which one can watch.' The city name came after the heap of stones and was given because of the elevated location. The word meant 'elevation' before the city was there. The application of this covenant to the engagements entered into in the Lodge Room, will be sufficiently obvious to every intelligent Brother. It is as though it meant that Mizpah Lodge should be a haven from harm, a place where good never would be forgotten, and where the brethren would ever be united in a determination to elevate their lives to the level of service for the common good of all.
It was on October 5, 1868 that Most Worshipful Charles C. Dame, the Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts constituted Mizpah Lodge and installed the following officers: Worshipful Master, Henry Endicott; Senior Warden, George H. Folger; Junior Warden, George P. Carter; Treasurer, Daniel U. Chamberlin; Secretary, Seymour B. Snow; Senior Deacon, George E. Ryder; Junior Deacon, Joseph Child, Jr.; Senior Steward, Samuel L. Montague; Junior Steward, Edward T. Nichols; and Marshal, J. Dwinal Nutting. In addition to these names the following were among the original petitioners or Charter Members: Samuel M. Davis, William Page, John Stone, Charles A. Sawyer, Enos B. Phillips, Augustus R. Bayley, Joseph G. Holt, Thomas L. Smith, Simeon Snow, James A. Woolson, P. Francis Wells, Daniel Thurston, Caleb C. Allen, Frank A. Kennedy, Leander Greely and Winslow L. Bowker.
Twice during the existence of Mizpah Lodge it has participated in the laying of cornerstones. On May 15, 1889 on invitation of Most Worshipful Henry Endicott, Grand Master — a member of our Lodge — we assisted in the laying of the cornerstone of the new Cambridge City Hall. A similar ceremony was performed by the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts on June 30, 1910 for our new Masonic Temple where we are meeting tonight to celebrate belatedly our 75th Anniversary — actually our eightieth!
As in the life of every Lodge there have been those who have stood forth conspicuously in their zeal and enthusiasm for the Craft. While many of our number have done their utmost in giving living expression to our ideals of service, charity and brotherhood, yet we find it difficult not to mention those who have inspired those impulses that have helped to make all of us stronger, bigger, finer and nobler individuals both inside and outside our Lodge Room. It is not an easy or comfortable task to narrow down our choice of those we feel should be given particular recognition in this history, since many others in their ways may have contributed and accomplished as much. However, we could hardly think of our past without associating it with such names as Henry Endicott, who presided as Worshipful Master of Mizpah Lodge when it was under dispensation and constituted. He later became Senior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge (1873) and the Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts 1887-1889. Frank H. Hilton, who received his degrees in Mizpah Lodge in 1904, became its Worshipful Master 1917-1918. He was Senior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts in 1926 —and upon the death of Most Worshipful Frederick W. Hamilton in 1940 became the Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts.
We could not think of our past without associating it with Rev. Robert Walker, who has served Mizpah Lodge as its Chaplain for thirty-eight years. He is at the present time the Senior Chaplain of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts to which post he was appointed in 1927. Before he affiliated as an active member of Mizpah Lodge he had been elected an Honorary Member. He has spent his lifetime bringing the finer things of life into the consciousness of all with whom he has come in contact. Walworth O. Barbour was installed Inside Sentinel in Mizpah Lodge in June 1881 and steadily advanced to the office of Worshipful Master 1894-1895; to the District Deputy Grand Master 1898-1899; and became Deputy Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts in 1900. He died July 2, 1901 thus cutting short what seemed like a most promising future for this outstanding Mason. Frederick W. Dallinger has reflected glory and honor to our membership by his distinguished public service, both as a Congressman (1915-1932) and as a Federal Judge in the U. S. Customs Court (1932-1942) by appointment of President Herbert Hoover. So also has William E. Russell given us reason for pride, for he served not only his City of Cambridge as Mayor (1885-1887) but as Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts 1891-1894. Bro. Kirsopp Lake was Professor of Biblical History at Harvard and Radcliffe and a World famous Archaeologist.
Another one of our members, Samuel L. Montague, served prominently in public life. He was Worshipful Master of Mizpah Lodge 1876-1877 and Mayor of the City of Cambridge 1878-1879. John C. Dow and Harrie E. Mason served many years tirelessly, patiently and persistently as Directors of the Cambridge Masonic Hall Association, organized in 1910, which has made it possible for us to have this beautiful home to enjoy while we live and to leave behind for the happiness of those who shall come after us. Harrie E. Mason made application for the degrees in Mizpah Lodge February 1885 and from that time to his death he contributed substantially in every way to the life of the Lodge. Probably his greatest service was as the District Representative to the Board of Masonic Relief. He was also President of the Masonic Hall Association and an Honorary Member of the Grand Lodge of Bolivia. Three of our Past Masters have been honored by Grand Lodge by appointment as District Deputy Grand Master for the Cambridge Second District. They have been Herbert M. Chase 1918-1919; H. LeRoy Billings 1939-1940; and Claude V. Freeman 1947 to date. Distinguished Service Medals have been conferred on three of our members: Right Worshipful Harrie E. Mason (11-9-31), Worshipful and Reverend Robert Walker (10-10-38), and Worshipful William E. Parker (1-22-44). The Henry Price Medal was awarded to Right Worshipful Frank H. Hilton in 1925. This medal is the most important recognition given by the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts.
Over the years Mizpah Lodge has had a number of members who have served long and faithfully in one office or another. Few members realize the importance of the service rendered by those few who serve for many years in one position or another. They become the connecting link for countless individuals who would otherwise find themselves unrecognized. Finding a familiar face to greet and welcome, makes one feel comfortable, as though he belonged—and as though the warmth of the past still radiates into the present to make life rich and full and alive! You can just imagine how the membership of Mizpah Lodge responds with a feeling of familiarity and a sense of gratitude when it finds our beloved Chaplain, Rev. Robert Walker, delivering a prayer at the Altar, as he has done for thirty-eight years; or listen to the harmony from the organ as played by Claude E. Saunier, which has followed our movements around the Lodge Room for over thirty years. Prayer and music give us the setting for doing finer work. They provide the atmosphere, the climate, the emotion to absorb and to give of our best. They complete the harmony of thought we try so hard to express and feel. These Brothers have added materially to the spirit of our Masonic Life in Mizpah Lodge over the years.
Probably of more importance in this respect than any other officer in the Lodge is the Secretary. He carries over from one group of officers to another. He has direct contact with all of the members. He reports their good deeds, their needs and keeps their interest at a high level year after year. Through his tact, energy and experience he is in a position to help each Master as he progresses through the line to achieve heights that could not otherwise be expected. A good Secretary is a most important cog in making a Lodge a harmonious family, a useful team for serving the distressed and for bringing forth into the lives of many the deeper meaning of all our Fraternity has to offer. For all of our eighty years we have had men of understanding and ability serving in this office. Especially true has this been so during the past fifty years when but two have occupied the position of Secretary of Mizpah Lodge. Charles W. B. Duroy received his Master Mason Degree in Portland Lodge No. 1, Portland, Maine and affiliated with Mizpah Lodge March 15, 1897. He commenced his twenty-eight years service as Secretary that same year. He was succeeded by Chester VV. Whitney who still serves, after twenty-one years of distinguished and exemplary service.
Other long terms have been those of Loring F. Fountain, who has been Tyler for twenty years and faithfully continues in that position; Fred L. Churchill, who was Tyler for twenty years; Frank W. Peckham was Marshal for nineteen years; Daniel U. Chamberlin was Treasurer seventeen years and a member of the Board of the original Masonic Hall Association for twenty-five years; Fred H. Dow was Treasurer for eleven years. We have had eleven Honorary Members over the years. They have been the following: Most Worshipfuls Henry Endicott, Leon M. Abbott, Dudley H. Ferrell and Arthur D. Prince; Right Worshipful and Reverend Lucius R. Paige and Worshipful and Reverend Robert Walker, Grand Chaplains (latter became an active member); Right Worshipful Harrie E. Mason, Brothers Charles W. B. Duroy, Eben H. Googins, Edgar F. Hunt and Right Worshipful Frank H. Hilton. Veteran's Medals, presented to those having been a member of the Fraternity for fifty years, have been presented to Brothers William K. Campbell, Nathaniel J. Deer, Frank P. Rhoades and Alonzo F. Woodside, who are still with us—and Brothers Charles H. Atherton, Edgar F. Hunt, John C. Dow, Herbert H. Bates, David G. Jones, Eben H. Googins, Miles Standish, Elmer H. Bright, Worshipful Herbert A. Rhoades and Right Worshipful Harrie E. Mason, all deceased. When Right Worshipful and Reverend Lucius R. Paige died September 2, 1896 at the age of 94 1/2 years he was said to be the oldest Universalist Clergyman in the World, the oldest Past Master of a Lodge, and perhaps the oldest Mason at that time in Massachusetts.
During the two World Wars Mizpah Lodge has had an unusually brilliant record of service. Approximately ten per cent of our members have devoted themselves to our country's service.
Many special meetings have been held to work degrees on a large number of servicemen who were stationed here and could not go to their home lodges. Army and Navy Nights were held to furnish entertainment and a social atmosphere for the boys who were far from home and doing their bit. At one communication thirty-six separate states were represented. In particular we entertained on many occasions the boys attending the U. S. Naval Radio School at Cambridge. With a realization that the fellows were a long way from home, the members gave up the old-fashioned custom of 'thanksgiving at home in the family circle' and the sisters, wives, mothers and sweethearts were escorted to the Temple, and there the announcement was made that 'introductions were unnecessary, as all were duly and truly prepared and properly vouched for'. It did not take long (few minutes in fact) for the ice of formality to be broken, and the natural restraint of being unacquainted soon passed away under the cordial good fellowship, and it is doubtful if the Cambridge Masonic Temple ever housed a happier, merrier crowd of young folks, or perhaps ever will again. The men in uniform realized it was their night, and they danced, cheered, enjoyed to the limit, and guests and hosts vied with each other in making the occasion a red-letter night which will be happy recollection while memory lasts. One of the regular Army and Navy Nights occurred on March 29, 1919 when Most Worshipful Leon M. Abbott, Grand Master, was the guest of honor. Eight hundred members of the Craft were there!
We had forty-nine of our members in the armed forces during the first World War and eleven in World War II. Major Charles D. Ricker was our only member to pay the supreme sacrifice, and that was in the first World War. Arthur S. Browne was the only one of our members to serve actively in both World Wars, although Alonzo F. Woodside was also a veteran of the Spanish American War and the Philippine Insurrection, as well as World War I. W7e are proud to have them identified in this history because to them we owe so much for the freedom and liberty that we enjoy today. It is to our forty-nine members, and millions of other men like them, we owe gratitude for the continuation of our American Way of Life. It is to them that we look for inspiration as we face the future unafraid knowing that from the ranks of Masonry there will always be such patriotism, such courage, such loyalty to the ideals of the country we love so well. The following members of Mizpah Lodge served in the armed services:
- Peter G. Adell
- Henry G. Angus
- Edmund Aronson
- S. Samuel Baker
- Henry C. Baxter
- Frederick P. Bentley
- Samuel H. Boole
- T. Dwight Boole
- Howard P. Brigman
- Howard F. K. Cahill
- William F. Campbell
- Paul M. Chamberlin
- Walker L. Chamberlin
- David C. Clark
- John F. Craig
- Orrin E. Cummings
- George L. Dow
- Percy R. Dyett
- William H. Fleming
- Raymond G. Flynn
- Dr. John A. Hayward
- Charles R. Jeff
- Gordon C. Kellogg
- Howard L. Klein
- Bertram M. Lazarus
- Robert K. Leavitt
- Daniel E. Lorrey
- Alex MacGregor, Jr.
- Charles B. Mauger
- James P. McKenzie
- Vance M. Morton
- Carl E. Nystrom
- Clarence E. Parker
- Raymond D. Parker
- John E. Peakes
- Lawrence J. Phillips
- Wendell H. Phillips
- Hugo Platt
- Charles D. Ricker
- Handel V. Rivinius
- Arthur W. Sampson
- Carleton W. Smith
- Fred A. Van Blaricom
- Arthur H. Ward
- Harold S. Whitney
- Alonzo F. Woodside
- William D. Wright
- Henry G. Youngberg
- George F. Bettencourt*
- Arthur S. Browne*
- Harold P. Dow*
- Blyss R. Gates*
- Donald S. Hargraves*
- Philip H. Johnson*
- Charles Kalajian*
- Benjamin Katz*
- Frank G. Parks*
- William A. Salvini*
- Chester H. Squires
* = World War II
It is the feeling of the committee that there is further information of the records of members for both wars. Any names or records omitted is because the information was not available in the secretary's records.
The membership of Mizpah Lodge has fluctuated up and down over the years as has been the case of many Lodges in the Jurisdiction. Since the beginning, there have been 992 additions to our membership through initiation and affiliation, while we have lost 776 through death, dimit and other causes, leaving our membership at the present time at 216. We have had forty-six Worshipful Masters, exclusive of the present incumbent. We have had nine Treasurers and six Secretaries. We have sixteen living Past Masters. Our oldest living member is Brother William K. Campbell, now eighty-seven years. One of our Brothers, George D. Smith, entered the Masonic Home in Charlton June 11, 1918 where he died July 19, 1923. Mrs. Albert F. (Josephine A.) Allen entered the Home June 20, 1925; was later transferred to the Masonic Hospital at Shrewsbury where she died January 19, 1932. Mrs. Frederick E. (Abbie A. C.) Clark entered the Home August 5, 1939, was transferred to the Masonic Hospital February 6, 1946, where at the age of eighty-nine years, she is now. The kindness and comfort and loving care given to these three individuals has made us mindful of the wonderful work of our Grand Lodge in the Masonic Home and Hospital, which we hope will ever be there to make the latterly years of such individuals happier, fuller and more comfortable.
Mizpah Lodge has been 'district-minded' and has participated in a number of activities which have contributed to the advancement of Masonic knowledge and good fellowship among members of the Fraternity outside of our own four walls. For instance, one of our Past Masters, Chester D. Black, has served the Seventh Lodge of Instruction as its Secretary. Since the Lodge of Instruction has been in existence, Mizpah Lodge has been one of its most loyal supporters in helping to make it interesting and successful. Mizpah Lodge has taken an active part in an 'Officers Club' composed of the Officers of the Lodges comprising the District, which frequently met to discuss problems of the Lodges. During the depression which brought about so much unemployment and distress Mizpah cooperated wholeheartedly with the Masonic Unemployment and Relief Department of the Grand Lodge. Right Worshipful Harrie E. Mason left behind him a record of achievement unequalled in helping many a member to maintain his self-respect and courage in the face of adversity.
The hospitality we extended to the servicemen stationed at the Radio School has been referred to earlier in this history, but we would like to give credit to Brothers Edward H. Temple and William E. Parker, the Stewards of the Lodge in 1918, for their inspiration and conscientiousness in making this undertaking so eminently successful. During World War II, Mizpah Lodge responded beyond its per capita quota in raising funds asked by the Grand Lodge for a Masonic Canteen at Camp Devens, Ayer, Massachusetts. It responded with equal generosity to all appeals for Liberty and War Loans Drives. It has exchanged visits with many other Lodges, which has offered profitable opportunities for witnessing different exemplifications of the work and establishing valuable social contacts. Weekend trips to Dumaquarrie in West Hollis, N. H., Bloody Pond in Plymouth, Mass., the Wesley House at Oak Bluffs; visits to the home of Worshipful Elmer B. Lincoln at Rockport and the home of Worshipful Edward W. Ruggli at Nahant — have all built up happy memories, knit many closer together in brotherly love, and cemented lifelong friendships as a consequence! A club was formed in 1912 from among the members of Mizpah Lodge, called the 'Ergatae'— translated means 'workers'. Every effort was made, and successfully, to keep the club from becoming a 'clique' — the only condition for membership being a willingness to work for the Lodge. It still is active and prepared to back up the objectives of the Officers of the Lodge in helping to bring Masonry more effectively to the entire membership. Behind everything that is successful there must be a nucleus of willing workers to help make things go smoothly—and those who call themselves members of the 'Ergatae' have the satisfaction that they are real craftsmen, real builders, real Masons!
Mizpah Lodge has always been strong in its concern over charity and relief. It was in 1875 that the subject of a charity fund was first discussed. It was recommended that the dues be raised from four to six dollars per annum and $2.00 from each member be devoted to charitable purposes. Out of this beginning the charity fund, with a board of trustees, came into being. The Sixtieth Anniversary Charity Fund, under the leadership of Worshipful William E. Parker, was started in 1928—and hopes in time to build up to $25,000 from income, gifts and other accumulations for charity work. It amounts to $9,198.89 as of September 1, 1947 and is still actively growing. The Mizpah Lodge Quick Relief Association came into existence in May 1917 largely through the inspired initiative of Worshipful George H. Payne. Upon the death of any member of the Association the sum of a hundred dollars is paid promptly to his beneficiary. Approximately 125 members have had such payments delivered as a result of a system of assessments whenever a death occurs. There is an ample working surplus and reserve fund, prepared to offer prompt assistance as occasions present themselves—and the officers who follow this service are Worshipful Harold E. Hughes, as Secretary-Treasurer and Brother Augustus B. Johnson, as President. There are still other funds known as the Edgar F. Hunt Fund, Edward Cassity Fund, and a Memorial Fund from bequests received from Brothers Woolson, Sawyer, Dodge, Dow and others all reflecting the generous impulses of kindhearted and good men — that their money may bring timely aid when most needed by those in distress and temporary difficulty. 'Helping others' has always been a Masonic Virtue and these several funds lend emphasis to our responsibilities in this direction.
It is of interest that Mizpah Lodge should have been visited by so many Grand Masters during its brief history. In addition to the occasion when the Lodge was constituted by Most Worshipful Charles C. Dame on October 5, 1868, we find that Most Worshipful Sereno D. Nickerson, the Grand Master, attended the Ladies' Night on January 8, 1872; and at one time or another we were honored by the presence of Most Worshipfuls: Henry Endicott, Leon M. Abbott, Arthur D. Prince, Dudley H. Ferrell, Frank L. Simpson, and Herbert W. Dean. In 1936 we were honored by the presence of Most Worshipful Melville M. Gardner, a Past Grand Master of Nova Scotia. It gives us all the more pleasure to be able to add the name of another most distinguished Mason, that of Most Worshipful Samuel Holmes Wragg, Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts when he visits us as we celebrate our 80th Anniversary on November 21, 1947.
When Mizpah Lodge celebrated its 25th Anniversary the chairs were occupied by Worshipful Albert K. Hebard in the East, Brother Walworth O. Barbour in the West, and Brother Lorrin W. Ferdinand in the South. When we celebrated our 50th Anniversary Worshipful Frederick W. Turner occupied the Oriental Chair in the East, Brother George W. Ladd was in the West and Brother Sidney I. B. Stodder in the South. Because of the War we were unable properly to celebrate our 75th Anniversary but had we been able to do so we would have found Worshipful W. Douglas Whitehouse presiding and Brother William G. Brooks and Paul F. C. Mias as Wardens. Through the initiative of Worshipful Handel V. Rivinius, this 80th Anniversary Celebration has become a reality. In the preparation of this history, the Committee was assisted by Worshipful Henry S. C. Cummings, Past Senior Grand Deacon of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts.
One of the highlights of recent years was the Mizpah Lodge 'Roll Call' on June 9, 1947. The roll call included those who had held membership in the Lodge for over fifteen years. We were gratified to find fifty-five present out of approximately 175 members who had held membership that period of time. It included our senior member William K. Campbell who joined the Lodge back in 1888, Frank P. Rhoades who joined in 1891, and Frederick W. Dallinger, Thomas J. Eginton and Charles S. Given who joined in 1898!
"Ain't it good when life seems dreary
And your hopes about to end,
Just to feel the handclasp cheery
Of a fine old loyal friend?"
Times change over the years and where in the old days the Lodges were in the main in more prosperous condition and were the center of the social activities of the community, there was little to detract from such affairs. In later years many forms of entertainment came in competition. Lodges as a result became less prosperous. World Wars, depressions and general unrest brought serious concern, even to the question of the continuance of the existence of the Lodge itself. But, there again, the 'Spirit of Mizpah' manifested itself and through those dark days, much to the admiration of our older members, the younger officers filled with that 'spirit' which carried with it the tenacious determination for the best for their Lodge, rose splendidly with a supreme effort that was necessary, and have brought the Lodge a long way back to its former glory.
The laying of 'Cornerstones' by initiation has been our business over these four score years. We have sought to erect a temple of beauty, strength and wisdom upon the character of each who has knocked at our door. We have sought to share the secrets of clean, kind, upright living as our Order has forever espoused. We have sought to inspire that nobility of spirit, that steadfastness of conscience, and that stability of integrity— that makes one yearn for the worthwhile values in life, the enduring fundamentals; and the way of living more completely and abundantly as befits men of sound timber in a world desperately needing such quality and weight and breadth. The Cornerstone—the first impulse, the first thing we dedicate, the first foundation of all our prayers and effort and affection— is centered in the hope that greatness may adorn the human structure which we endeavor to erect in the lives of each of our members.
Mizpah Lodge is not alone in this business of bringing greater happiness and symmetry into the lives of its members. But, it has been proud to have exerted its humble share over these many years in this worthy direction. It is with renewed vigor and determination we hope to lay 'Cornerstones' in the lives of countless others who may in time knock at our door, that they may add lustre to the living, honor to those who have found their reward, and credit to the Fraternity we should be so proud to represent. In that spirit, each new day is our challenge, each new hour is our opportunity, each new moment is our life. Hail to Mizpah! Honorable and honored for eighty years! May her future be even more brilliant than her past—in good works for God, our Country, and our ancient Fraternity!
CENTENARY HISTORY, SEPTEMBER 1967
From Proceedings, Page 1967-316:
By Worshipful Edward H. Temple.
In preparing this sketch of Mizpah Lodge I have relied on our previous histories, our 25th on September 12, 1892, our 50th on May 12, 1919, and our 80th on November 21, 1947.
We who congratulate ourselves as being members of Mizpah Lodge have many reasons to rejoice. We now have 100 years behind us. We have a heritage rich in history. It is up to us to transmit unimpaired this rich inheritance to our successors. We earnestly hope that the future will be even more prosperous than the past.
In the early days, as now, Masons were solid men, leaders in professions, industry and civic life. They held high ideals in their personal lives and an intense desire to be of service to their fellow men as well as to their lodge. Through the years that intangible something we call "the spirit of Mizpah Lodge" has made the name of our institution stand for the best always in both private life and public life.
Because of the rapid growth of Amicable Lodge and her offspring, Putnam, Mount Olivet, and now Mizpah, it became necessary at that time to find new and larger quarters than the one with Friendship Lodge of Odd Fellows on Pearl Street. The new quarters chosen were located on Main Street in the Cambridgeport Savings Bank Building. That building is now numbered 689 Massachusetts Avenue, on the corner of Temple Street. Those new Masonic Apartments were dedicated on January 4, 1866.
The first meeting of the petitioners for the new Lodge was held in the ante-room of the new apartments on September 9, 1867. A committee was appointed to select a name for this Lodge and report at the next meeting. ill: the second meeting the committee returned with two manes: ""Endicott" and "Henry Endicott." Worshipful Brother 'Hemy Endicott, Past Master of Amicable Lodge, refused to jiHerar his name to be used and as satisfactory reasons were gnren the names were withdrawn.
Other names then suggested were "Cambridge," "Harvard,"Charles River," "Fraternity," "Elim," "Zebulon," "Mizpah," "Mount Moriah," "Excelsior," and "Jephthah." After some discussion, the subject was postponed until the next meeting.
One of those names reminded the Reverend Charles A. Skinner (Chaplain of Amicable Lodge and Grand Chaplain of The Grand Lodge) of an interesting Bible story as related in the Book of Genesis, Chapter 31, and thus we have: MIZPAH LODGE, A. F. and A. M.
Whatsoever else may be thought of this name, it indisputably possesses the merit of originality and appropriateness; for to the best of our knowledge, it has not the precedent in the nomenclature of Masonic Lodges. It takes its name from the city of Gad, in the mountains of Gilead, where Laban and Jacob made their celebrated covenant, about 1739 years B. C., and where Zeptha dwelt when he made his covenant with the Israelites on the other side of the Jordan. The meaning of the word is "elevation," probably from the mountainous situation of the town to which the name was given; but its appropriateness is better illustrated by the covenant to which it refers, as contained in the 31st Chapter of Genesis. (Freemason's Monthly Magazine, November, 1868.)
Jacob, with the aid and advice of his, mother, obtained Esau's birth-right and Isaac's blessing, which also belonged to Esau. After due deliberation, Jacob came to the conclusion that it would be a good move to place a long distance between himself and his brother Esau. His mother advised him to go to Padanarum, where her brother Laban lived and where he would probably find occupation and a wife.
In the course of his travels he came to a well where the flocks of the surrounding country were watered. Coming towards the well with her flocks he saw one, who upon inquiry proved to be Laban's daughter, Rachel. It must have been a case of love at first sight, for Jacob rolled away the stone that covered the mouth of the well, watered the flocks, kissed her and lifted up his voice and wept. Then Rachel ran and told her father. Laban was greatly rejoiced to see Jacob, his sister Rebecca's son, and after the greetings and explanations told him that he did not expect him, because of his relationship, to serve without some recompense and asked him to state his desires. Jacob offered to work for seven years if Laban would give him his daughter.
Now there were two daughters. Leah, the elder, was tender eyed, but Rachel was beautiful and well favored, and Jacob loved Rachel, and he said, "I will serve thee seven years for Rachel, thy younger daughter." So it was agreed.
At the end of seven years there was some sort of mixup and when Jacob came to himself he found he had married Leah, the elder daughter. On demanding an explanation, Laban said that it would never do to marry the younger daughter first, that it was not the custom, and that if he still wanted to marry Rachel, the younger daughter, he would first have to work seven years more. He must have wanted her very much, as he agreed at once. When the seven years were ended, Jacob got his heart's desire, and then he promised to work six additional years for wages, his two wives not being considered as such.
At the end of these 20 years, Laban and Jacob had a business deal in which Jacob got very much the best of it. And here is the first instance in history where one man got another's goat. Jacob got Laban's, in fact a great many of them, sheep as well, and got away with them three days before Laban knew of it.
Laban pursued Jacob and overtook him after seven days in the Mount of Gilead. They then had a warm controversy which ended in making a covenant and Jacob took a stone and set it up for a pillar, and Jacob said to his brethren, "Gather stones," and they took stones and made a heap, and called it a lot of hard scriptural names, among which was Mizpah, for he said, "The Lord watch between me and thee, when we are absent one from another." And they did sit thereupon and did eat, which may be the reason that Mizpah Lodge eats after each communication. (From an Historical Sketch as read by Wor. James A. Stinson on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary Celebration, May 12, 1919).
There were three meetings held by the Petitioners, September 9, 17 and 23. The Dispensation was granted and dated September 12, 1867. There were 18 meetings held under Dispensation, October 14 to July 13, 1868. At the 17th meeting a code of By-Laws was presented and adopted. The Charter was signed on the 9th day of September, 1868, one year to the day after the first meeting of the Petitioners. On the evening of October 5, 1868, the 19th Communication, Mizpah Lodge was constituted by Most Worshipful Brother Charles C. Dame and Suite, with the usual ceremonies, after which the Officers of Mizpah Lodge was installed: Henry Endicott, Worshipful Master; George H. Folger, Senior Warden; George P. Carter, Junior Warden; Daniel U. Chamberlin, Treasurer; Seymour B. Snow, Secretary; George E. Ryder, Senior Deacon; Joseph Child, Jr., Junior Deacon; Samuel L. Montague, Senior Steward; Edward T. Nichols, Junior Steward; John D. Nutting, Marshal; Abram Walter Stevens, Chaplain.
On October 12, thirty-nine names were proposed for membership. At this period in the history of the Lodge it was necessary to be elected to membership after receiving the degrees and an extra charge was made for this before full and regular standing in the Lodge was granted.
The first Annual Communication of record took place December 13, 1869. There were recorded seventy-seven members, an increase of fifty-one. Wor. Bro. Endicott was again elected Worshipful Master but declined the office. Bro. George H. Folger was then elected Worshipful Master; George P. Carter, Senior Warden; and George E. Ryder, Junior Warden. (Three "Georges"; that was the time they "let George do it.") Brother D. U. Chamberlin was re-elected Treasurer and Brother Seymour B. Snow, re-elected Secretary.
On December 12, 1870, there were ninety members. Bro. Seymour B. Snow, Secretary, not being a candidate for re-election, Bro. William Page was elected to fill that office.
At the communication of January 9, 1871, after the installation of officers, Wor. Bro. Endicott was presented with an "elegant Masonic ring" as a token of the regard and esteem in which he was held by the Lodge. On May 8 of the same year (1871), it was stated that Amicable Lodge agreed to relinquish the exclusive ownership of the lease or right of occupation of the Masonic Hall and also of the furniture in said hall, except the organ and the clock. This clock was presented to Amicable Lodge by Bro. Caleb C. Allen and Wor. Bro. Henry Endicott. Today, 100 years later, this clock hangs on the southwest wall of Endicott Hall, still being used by the brethren for the "noble and glorious purpose of dividing their time, whereby they find a part for the service of God and a distressed worthy brother, a part for their usual vocations and a part for refreshment and sleep."
Mizpah Lodge and Cambridge Royal Arch Chapter joined with Amicable Lodge to assume equal liability for the payment of all expenses and for the joint benefit of the several bodies.
It was voted that a board of officers be established consisting of three members from each body before named, to be styled "Directors of the Masonic Flail of Cambridge, who shall take charge of the apartments in said Hall and the furniture therein except such articles as may be exclusively owned by each body". The Mizpah directors elected were: Wor. Bro. Endicott, Bro. D. U. Chamberlin and Bro. George P. Carter.
On January 8, 1872, occurred the first Ladies' Night on record. The officers were installed by Wor. Bro. Endicott, after which very interesting remarks were made by Most Worshipful Bro. Sereno D. Nickerson, R. W. Bro. Charles H. Titus, Grand Secretary, and R. W. Bro. Lucius R. Paige. During the ceremonies the Lodge and guests were entertained by a select choir under the direction of Bro. Henry S. Andros, well remembered by older members of the Lodge.
On May 13 of the same year, Bro. Herman Bird was initiated an Entered Apprentice.
Five years after the Lodge was organized the first death occurred in the membership of the Lodge, that of Bro. George G. Moreau, who was the first applicant for the degrees on October 4, 1867. (He died September 23, 1872.) The second death was that of Benjamin C. Colley, who died May 4, 1875. His name stands fifth on the roll of membership of those who received their degrees in Mizpah Lodge.
In the Fall of 1875, the subject of a Charity Fund was discussed. It was finally recommended that the dues be raised from $4.00 to $6.00 per annum and $2.00 from each member be devoted to charitable purposes. Out of this beginning grew the Charity Fund of Mizpah Lodge, with a board of trustees to take charge of the same.
On the evening of December 12, 1875, at the annual communication, Bro. Page declined to act longer as Secretary, so Wor. Bro. Ryder was elected in his place. Bro. Ryder served four years, then Bro. C. H. Montague was elected, but he, after four months, moved to New York and had to resign. Bro. H. T. Upham was then elected Secretary under dispensation.
In June of the year 1881, Bro. Walworth O. Barbour was installed Inside Sentinel, and steadily advanced until he became Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts.
On November 14 of the same year, it is found upon the records of Mizpah Lodge a Memorial page: "To the memory of our illustrious Brother James Abram Garfield, President of the United States, who died on the 19th of September, 1881."
Wor. Bro. George P. Carter died September 4, 1883. There is spread upon the records a sketch of his life, paying a beautiful tribute to Bro. Carter, not only as a Mason, but as a man who took an active interest in many walks of life. An application for the degrees was made on March 10, 1884, by William Eustis Russell, who later became Governor of Massachusetts. In the same year (1884), Bro. D. U. Chamberlin, who had been Treasurer from the beginning, resigned the position and Bro. Seymour B. Snow was elected in his place.
In February, 1885, Charles Hibbard Montague and Harrie Elwood Mason made application for the degrees and at the following meeting, the committee reported favorably, and they were both elected. Since that time Bro. Montague has been Worshipful Master and Treasurer, and Bro. Mason has held many positions, especially President of the Masonic Hall Association through the most trying times in the Masonic life of this city.
The death of Seymour B. Snow was announced at the meeting of May 9, 1885, and the month following, Francis A. White was elected Treasurer, a position he occupied until his death in 1908, when Wor. Bro. Charles H. Montague was installed into the office. In 1914, Bro. Montague resigned and Wor. Bro. George H. Payne was elected Treasurer. On May 13, 1889, the members of Mizpah Lodge received an invitation from the Most Worshipful Henry Endicott, Grand Master, to assist in laying the corner-stone of the new City Hall on Wednesday, May 15, at three o'clock.
The same year (1889) the Lodge purchased a Past Grand Master's Jewel at a cost of $360.00 which was presented to Most Worshipful Brother Endicott at a Stated Communication of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge held at the Masonic Temple, Boston, Friday, December 27, 1889, following the installation of the Officers of the Grand Lodge.
The following year (1890)," the question of new Masonic Apartments began to be seriously discussed, one of the suggestions being to purchase the old Cambridge City Hall for a Masonic Building.
Wor. Bro. Herbert A. Rhoades was elected Secretary in 1891 and held the position for two years, when Bro. John D. C. Harries was elected Secretary. After four years he resigned, and in 1897 Bro. Charles W. B. Duroy was elected Secretary and he held that position until 1926.
The 25th Anniversary of our Lodge was held on September 12, 1892. The organization was as follows: Albert K. Hebard, Worshipful Master; Walworth 0. Barbour, Senior Warden; Lorrin W. Ferdinand, Junior Warden; Francis A. White, Treasurer; Wor. Herbert A. Rhoades, Secretary; Henry C. Hackett, Chaplain; Edward W. T. Jones, Marshal; George M. Smith, Senior Deacon; Harrie E. Mason, Junior Deacon; John C. Dow, Senior Steward; Oscar F. Allen, Junior Steward; Frank Lynes, Organist; Freeland T. Holmes, Tyler.
Among those present were: Bro. James A. Woolson, Wor. Bro. Samuel L. Montague, Bro. Aaron Hale, Bros. Aaron R. Willey, Charles Bullock, John R. Worthen, Herman Bird, and Wor. Bros. John G. Thorogood, George W. Bunton and Herbert A. Rhoades. Letters were received and read from Most Wor. Bro. Henry Endicott and Bro. E. Burt Phillips. Among those who spoke were Bros. Joseph Holt, Aaron Hale, Herman Bird and Wor. Bros. George W. Bunton, Herbert A. Rhoades and John G. Thorogood.
At the meeting of February 12, 1894, a communication was received from the Directors of the Masonic Hall Association strongly expressing their disapproval of the use of intoxicating liquors as a beverage in the Masonic Apartments.
The meeting of June 10, 189S, was exceptional because it was attended by all the living Past Masters of Mizpah Lodge except Most Wor. Bro. Henry Endicott, who was detained by illness. Those present were: Wor. Bros. George E. Ryder, Samuel L. Montague, John S. Sawyer, J. Frank Mitchell, John O. Thorogood, George W. Bunton, Charles M. Smith, Herbert A. Rhoades, Albert K. Hebard, and Wor. Bro. Walworth O. Barbour, who was the Master of the Lodge at that time.
At the September meeting of 1896, it was announced that Bro. William E. Russell had died July 16, 1896, and R.W. Bro. Lucius R. Paige died September 2, 1896, at 94 1/2 years of age. The latter was the oldest Universalist clergyman in the world, the oldest member of the Grand Lodge, the oldest Past Master of a Lodge, and was believed to be the oldest Mason in Massachusetts.
On January 11, 1897, after the officers had been installed, Bro. Harrie E. Mason, Chairman of the Reception Committee, introduced Mrs. Teele, widow of our late Bro. Frank H. Teele. In a speech that was noted for its beauty of composition and grace of delivery, Mrs. Teele presented the Lodge, on behalf of the ladies of its members, a rich and beautiful banner which had been procured through the efforts of Mrs. W. O. Barbour and Mrs. Charles H. Russell. The gift was a complete surprise, the ladies having successfully kept their own counsel through the whole affair.
February 8, 1897, the death of Wor. Bro. Samuel L. Montague was announced.
This same year (1897) Bro. D. U. Chamberlin desired to be relieved as a member of the Board of Directors of the Masonic Hall Association. He had been a member of the Board for 25 years and was Treasurer of the Lodge for the first 17 years of its existence. The Lodge extended to Bro. Chamberlin its sincere acknowledgment and assurance of its high appreciation of the services he had rendered. The death of Bro. Chamberlin occurred in the Fall of the following year, 1898.
Walworth O. Barbour died July 2, 1901. He was Worshipful Master in 1894-1895; District Deputy Grand Master, 1898-1899; and Deputy Grand Master, 1899-1900.
In 1903, the subject of a new Masonic building was discussed. A committee was appointed to act with the directors of the Masonic Hall Association to make arrangements, and the Directors were given full power to rent temporary apartments.
On January 11, 1904, the last meeting was held in the old Masonic Hall, Central Square. The officers were installed for the coming year by Wor. Bro. Oscar F. Allen, after which the Rev. Charles A. Skinner offered a few remarks in the nature of a farewell to the old apartments, where for over 36 years Mizpah Lodge held 404 communications, and where many happy times were spent and pleasant memories dwell.
The regular meeting night had to be changed and a dispensation was granted to hold communications on the second Tuesday until further order instead of the second Monday as heretofore.
In February, at the first meeting at 2076 Massachusetts Avenue, North Cambridge, the death of Bro. James A. Wool-son, a charter member, was announced.
On May 12, 1908, Mizpah Lodge approved the action of the Masonic Hall Association wherein it was unanimously voted to purchase the Woodbridge lot on Massachusetts Avenue for a site for the new Masonic Building. A deposit was made to bind the bargain and a committee appointed to solicit subscriptions.
In March, 1910, it was voted that the Directors of the Masonic Hall Association from this Lodge be made Trustees to hold and vote the shares of the capital stock of the Cambridge Masonic Hall Association which have been or may hereafter be purchased from the funds of the Lodge.
On June 30, 1910, the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts laid the corner-stone of our new Masonic Temple. This Lodge, with other Masonic bodies of Cambridge, assisted in the ceremonies.
The dedication of the Temple took place on October 18, 1911, with Most Worshipful Dana Judson Flanders in the East. On the Masonic Hall Association Committee we find: Bro. Harrie E. Mason as Vice President, Director, Building Committee member and a member of the Committee of Finance; Bro. Charles H. Montague and Bro. John C. Dow on the Board of Directors; and also find Bro. John C. Dow as Chairman of Finance and Bro. Charles H. Montague on the Furnishings Committee.
After having occupied the Lodge Rooms in the Odd Fellows Building on Massachusetts Avenue, corner of Walden Street, for nearly seven years, Mizpah Lodge held its first communication in the new Temple at 19S0 Massachusetts Avenue on September 11, 1911. At this meeting letters were received from Most Worshipful Henry Endicott and Wor Bro. John S. Sawyer, both of whom were unable to attend on account of illness. They expressed their regrets at not being present and with it their best wishes for every blessing and prosperity for Mizpah Lodge. Wor. James A. Stinson, the presiding Master, turned the gavel over to Wor. George W. Bunton (1888-1889). The Past Masters then worked one of the degrees upon a candidate.
There is on the records a vote of appreciation for the tireless, patient, persistent work of the Directors of the Masonic Hall Association: Bro. Harrie E. Mason, Bro. John C. Dow, and Wor. Charles H. Montague. They helped to make it possible for us to have this beautiful home to enjoy while we live and to leave behind for the happiness of those who shall come after us.
On November 10, 1913, the death of Most Worshipful Henry Endicott was announced. Resolutions and expressions of sorrow are spread upon the records of the Lodge as well as remarks extolling his high character and exemplary worth.
The Lodge has received two bequests which are held and known as the Woolson-Sawyer Fund.
The request of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge in connection with the home at Charlton has been fully complied with.
Many of the brethren have shown understanding and sympathy for the necessity of a Masonic War Relief Fund and have made generous contributions.
Members and their families subscribed to the 4th Liberty Loan to the amount of over $300,000.
Recognition should be made at this time for the part played by Mizpah Lodge during World War I. We are indebted to the Stewards of Mizpah Lodge during those trying times for the record of Mizpah's contribution. The Stewards were: Bro. Edward Hollis Temple and Bro. William E. Parker.
In this brief account of the work of Mizpah Lodge during the war period, 1917 to 1919, we deal more with the social activities for and with those in the service, whose visits to the Cambridge Temple made our meetings so happy and interesting. It is essentially a Mizpah record, highly colored perhaps by the writer's loyalty to his own Lodge, yet with the full recognition of the equally loyal work of the other Lodges in the Temple: Charity, Mount Olivet, Putnam and Amicable.
The first visit of the boys to the Temple was on the evening of September 17, 1917, when Mizpah was surprised and delighted by a visitation from the boys in blue, under the leadership of those fine Brothers, Herman Schoenberger and Phillip G. Cronan. "They came, they saw, they conquered." Never was any quotation more true. There were about forty present that evening, representing 17 different States. They were received in a body by Wor. Bro. Frank H. Hilton and warmly welcomed, a welcome that was often repeated during the next 20 months. During that time they took active parts in our meetings and our work.
The first attempt at any extensive entertainment for the Radio men was on Thanksgiving Day. The Mizpah men worked quietly but effectively, under the leadership of Wor. Bro. Frank Hilton. Realizing that the fellows were a long way from home, the members gave up the old-fashioned custom of "Thanksgiving at home in the family circle," and the sisters, wives, daughters and sweethearts were escorted to the Temple; there the announcement was made that "introductions were unnecessary, as all were duly and truly prepared and properly vouched for." It did not take long (few minutes in fact) for the ice of formality to be broken, and the natural restraint of being unacquainted soon passed away under this cordial fellowship. It is doubtful if the Cambridge Temple ever housed a happier, merrier crowd of young folks, or ever will again. The men in uniform realized it was their night, and they danced, cheered, enjoyed it to the limit, and guests and hosts vied with each other in making the occasion a red letter night which will be a happy recollection while memory lasts. No small part of the joy of the evening was due to the assistance given by members of Signet Chapter, No. 22, Order of the Eastern Star, for about 20 of them put on a cabaret show and entertainment which could not have been excelled by a Keith circuit, and the boys will "tell the world so." In the Spring of 1918, under the direction of the officers of Mizpah Lodge, a Fellowcraft Team was organized among the Radio men, which later filled every office except that of Master, and which assisted in the work, not only at Mizpah, but in many of the Lodges in Greater Boston District, as well as in Cambridge.
At the Installation of Officers of Mizpah Lodge in January, 1918, Bro. Schoenberger, on behalf of the Masonic Brothers at the Radio School, presented to Mizpah a handsome silver trowel, in token of their appreciation and good will. This was inscribed as follows:
By the Craftsmen
The Masonic Cement
Light. </blockquote> This trowel was used thereafter whenever a member of the School received his degrees in Mizpah Lodge, and attention called to it by the Master. It is one of the cherished souvenirs laid up with the records among the archives of Mizpah Lodge. The "Army and Navy Nights" were planned and organized by and under the direction of R. W. Bro. Herbert Mann Chase, a member of Mizpah Lodge, to whom the credit and glory of this achievement will be a source of lasting satisfaction, and cause for grateful recognition from his own and the other Lodges which participated. The idea soon became one of the most popular moves in the Second Masonic District. The suggestion grew out of the fact that it was difficult for many of the boys to get away from their posts through the week, but were invariably free on Saturday evenings. So the idea took shape, and while it did not prevent the attendance at regular meetings, the Saturday Nights became a regular thing. Naturally, R.W. Bro. Chase turned to his own Lodge to give the project the proper impetus, because he knew they could and would, and they did. The first Army and Navy Night was held on Saturday evening, April 20, 1918, with Mizpah Lodge as host, followed by the second a week later under the auspices of Mount Olivet Lodge, the third with Charity, the fourth with Amicable, and the fifth with Putnam, and on each succeeding Saturday night till the Spring of 1919, when the School closed, excepting those few weeks during the Fall of 1918 when the epidemic caused the omission of all meetings around Greater Boston. Other Lodges in the Second District took charge of several of the "Nights". The Cambridge Lodges took their turns at entertaining, Mizpah doing her share. The members of the various Lodges, however, did not confine themselves to their own nights, but worked together regardless of whose Lodge happened to be designated as host, carrying out the idea of making the fellows feel "at home". The attendance was a matter for congratulation and pleasure to all concerned. While at the first few meetings the khaki was much in evidence, it was overshadowed by the blue, and it soon became apparent that the boys in blue had taken the affairs as their special joy, and their keen interest was well attested by their faithful attendance from week to week and continued as long as they were here. In most instances the degree work on these nights was performed on Brothers in the service, by request from their home jurisdictions. There were many happy incidents which space will not permit mentioning connected with these Army and Navy Nights. They were a success from the start, and too much cannot be said in praise of the thoughtfulness of those who originated the idea, and also those who so faithfully and willingly devoted their time and energies towards their success. While they were all happy evenings, the last Army and Navy Night, on March 20, 1919, was an occasion which will live in the memory of those present for all time. All the Lodges in the District combined in making a "Great Night." R. W. Bro. Herbert Mann Chase presided. Most Worshipful Brother Leon M. Abbott, Grand Master of Massachusetts, was the guest of honor; a large number of Grand Officers were present; the Masters of all the Lodges in the District, with most of their officers, were present; the presiding officers of the Chapter, Council and Commandery in the Temple were present; and the affair was without question a never-to-be-forgotten occasion. There were nearly 800 members of the Craft present during the evening. The reception given to the Most Worshipful Brother Abbott as he entered the hall was one of the "highlights" of the evening. He was the recipient of continued applause, and he made a very impressive address. In spite of the happy faces, splendid speeches, and hearty good will, there was an undercurrent of sadness and regret evident throughout the evening, for it was the official "goodbye." There was a later and final "goodbye" at the meeting of the Mizpah Lodge on Monday evening, April 14, 1919, the night before the last members of the Radio School left Cambridge for the Great Lakes Station. It is difficult to describe the feelings of those present that night. As several officers voiced their regrets, and Bro. Schoenberger and Bro. Cronan and others tried to speak, they were obliged to give way to their emotions, and it was left in the hearts of those present to know the things their lips could not express. Gunner Herman Schoenberger of Alpha Home Lodge, New Orleans, was the first Radio man to register at the Cambridge Masonic Temple, at the Mizpah meeting, September 17, 1917. Since that time more than 360 Brothers in uniform have inscribed their names in our visitor's book. Their visits were as frequent as their studies and limited stay permitted. Herman Schneider of Mystic Tie Lodge, Ladysmith, Wis., holds the record for most faithful attendance, he having been present at more than 30 meetings, averaging about two a month from October, 1917, to April, 1919. (This is the Mizpah Lodge record and does not include meetings of other Lodges.) From the September Communication in 1917 to the regular April Communication in 1919 inclusive, Mizpah Lodge held 19 regular and 24 special meetings. For the first time in the history of the Lodge, in 1918, the meetings were not suspended during the months of July and August. About half of the Special Meetings were held from June 1 to September 1. Some of these meetings were held two, three and four nights a week, and on every evening one or more degrees were worked, and often the three degrees were put on in full form. Mizpah Lodge Officers of 1918 and 1919 have many happy recollections of the opportunities they enjoyed of conferring degrees upon 39 Brothers in uniform from the other jurisdictions, at the request of their home Lodges, during the year of 1918. Mizpah was the only Lodge represented at the South Station, Boston, when the trains drew out with the last contingent of Radio men for the Great Lakes. Worshipful Master, Fred W. Turner, with several officers and members, gave them a hearty handshake and waved them God-speed as they disappeared from sight. Signet Chapter, O. E. S., received a handsome Bible for Lodge-room use, suitably inscribed, from the Radio men as an appreciation for the 1917 Thanksgiving night entertainment. Mizpah has reason to be proud of the patriotic response made by the members in subscribing to the various Liberty Loans. On the third loan, the sum of $88,700 was subscribed. The subscriptions to the fourth loan amounted to $308,000 and the members came forward at the time of the fifth (Victory) Loan with subscriptions amounting to $816,250. (Our membership is about 400.) The contributions thus far to the Masonic War Relief Fund of Massachusetts have amounted to $2,900. Bro. Fred L. Churchill, Tyler, gave hearty welcome to the fellows in the service, and by his cordial greetings first, made them feel the hospitality we desired them to enjoy while among us. Bro. Churchill left us to join the Lodge "over just beyond the hill top where the sun sinks in the West" on January 1, 1919. Bro. Allan K. Sweet, Senior Warden of Mizpah Lodge, was one of the most faithful workers in the interests of the fellows in the service. At all regular and special meetings, in assisting them to learn the lectures, and in the efforts for their entertainment while in Cambridge, he was always one of the busiest. He was raised to the Celestial Lodge above on March 28, 1919. Bro. Sweet was a good Mason and a faithful officer. Wor. Bro. Dr. George H. Payne was another of the officers of Mizpah Lodge (Treasurer and Past Master) who was a busy man working in the interests of the men in the service, planning excursions and taking them around. On September 29, 1919, he went to sleep and awakened in the Grand Lodge above. He was one of our best. We shall miss these three officers for a long time. OUR HONOR ROLL The following members of Mizpah Lodge served in the United States Army and Navy during the war.
- Peter G. Adell
- Henry Angus
- Edward Aronson
- Solomon S. Baker
- Henry C. Baxter
- Frederick P. Bentley
- Samuel H. Boole
- T. Dwight Boole
- Howard P. Brigman
- Howard F. K. Cahill
- William F. Campbell
- Paul M. Chamberlin
- Walker L. Chamberlin
- David C. Clark
- John F. Craig
- Orrin E. Cummings
- George L. Dow
- Percy R. Dyett
- William H. Fleming
- Raymond G. Flynn
- Dr. John A. Hayward
- Charles R. Jeff
- Gordon C. Kellogg
- Howard L. Klein
- Bertram M. Lazarus
- Robert K. Leavitt
- Daniel E. Lorrey
- Alex MacGregor, Jr.
- Charles B. Manger ¶
- James P. McKenzie
- Vance M. Morton
- Carl E. Nystrom
- Clarence E. Parker
- Raymond D. Parker
- John E. Peakes
- Lawrence J. Phillips
- Wendell H. Phillips
- Hugo Platt
- Charles D. Ricker §
- Handel V. Rivinius
- Arthur W. Sampson
- Carleton W. Smith
- Fred A. Van Blaricom
- Arthur H. Ward
- Harold S. Whitney
- Alonzo F. Woodside
- William D. Wright
- Henry G. Youngberg
- George F. Bettencourt
- Arthur S. Browne
- Harold P. Dow
- Blyss R. Gates
- Donald S. Hargraves
- Philip H. Johnson
- Charles Kalajian
- Benjamin Katz
- Frank G. Parks
- William A. Salvini
- Chester H. Squires
§ = Bro. Ricker died in a hospital in Washington, D. C, August 5, 1919, from wounds received in the Toul Sector, France. He ranked as Major in the U.S. Army.
¶ = Elected but sent to the front before he had opportunity to get his degrees.
It is unfortunate that there exists no complete Service Record of the members of Mizpah Lodge. This is only a partial list as many have joined the Craft after this particular list was drawn up. Others have served and failed to fill out the questionnaire recently mailed out with our Newsletter.
The servicemen of World War I still with us in our Centennial Year are:
- Bro. Edmund Aronson (listed as Edward) served with the U.S. Navy between 1917 and 1919. He is still actively engaged in the diamond business in Boston. Lives with his wife Anna on Clements Road in Newton. Spends the better part of his time traveling between Texas and Amsterdam. Received his Veteran's medal March 14, 1966.
- Bro. S. Samuel Baker (Sonny) served in Naval Aviation. Present Chaplain of the American Legion. Retired from John Hancock Life Insurance Company. Present member on Board of Masonic Relief for Mizpah Lodge. Lives with his wife Frances on Cross Street, Belmont.
- Bro. Arthur Stanley Browne served three years with the National Guard, 1909-1912. Six months in U.S. Army in World War I and four years and three months with U.S. Army in World War II. Now retired. Member Cambridge Common Council 1911-1912. President of same Council 1915. Massachusetts House of Representatives 1918. Town Meeting member in Belmont 1959-1964. Received his Veteran's Medal in September, 1966. Lives with his wife Marjorie on Homer Road in Belmont.
- Bro. William F. Campbell served with the Armed Forces in World War I. Now retired. Formerly Chief Clerk, Registry of Motor Vehicles. Now living at 78 Meadowbrook Road, Quincy.
- Bro. John Forbes Craig (raised August 31, 1918) U.S. Navy in World War I. Retired as Instructor, Mechanical Drawing, Watertown High School. Resides at 23 5 Princeton Drive, Lake Worth, Florida.
- Bro. Raymond Gerald Flynn entered Officers Training August, 1917. Three months later he was commissioned Second Lieutenant. Assigned to the 58th Infantry, Fourth Division. Wounded in France. Promoted to First Lieutenant, May 2, 1918. Discharged August 4, 1919. Was a teacher in City of Medford. Now retired. Living with his wife Pauline at 1506 Stony Run Drive, Northwood, Wilmington, Delaware.
- Bro. Howard L. Kline served with the U.S. Army in World War I in 1917 and 1918. Employed as Works Manager for Warren Brothers Co. in Cambridge. Retired in 1951 and living in Florida with his wife Gladys at 138 Edgewater Terrace, Dunedin, Florida.
- Wor. Bro. Handel V. Rivinius, Master of Mizpah Lodge in 1947, served with the Marine Corps in 1918. Discharged as Second Lieutenant. Still employed and enjoying life with his wife Florence at 50 Spring Street, Bedford.
ADDITIONAL LIST FOR WORLD WAR I
- Bro. Frederick C. Ainsmith, Raised April 21, 1920. U.S. 101st Eng., 26th Div. Corporal 1917-1919
- Wor. Chester D. Black, Raised October 10, 1921. US. Army, World War I. Retired as President, General Manager, Brighton Stock Yards Co. 311 Gray Street, Arlington.
- Bro. Hazen D. Blakeney, Raised February 13, 1939. Three years World War I. Retired President Clark & Mills Electric Co., 780 Waltham Street, Lexington.
- Bro. Samuel Edward Chalfen, M.D., Raised Jan. 12, 1953. Captain in Medical Corps World War I. President of Staff of Mount Auburn Hospital 1952-1953. 211 Mt. Auburn Street, Cambridge.
- Bro. Benjamin Nast Cofman, Raised June 9, 1919. U.S. Naval Aviation Band, World War I. Executive Benjamin N. Cofman Real Estate Inc., 121 Summer Street, Fitchburg.
- Bro. Curtis Hartley, Raised April 8, 1946. U.S. Navy 32 years. World War I and II. Retired as Chief Warrant Officer November 1, 1945. Living at Province Lake, East Wakefield, New Hampshire.
- Bro. G. Irving Hillson, Raised December 8, 1924. Corporal Field Artillery World War I. Treasurer Hillson Interiors, 1614 Beacon Street, Brookline.
- Bro. Rubin J. Hyman, Raised March 24, 1919. U.S. Navy World War I. Actively engaged as Jeweler, Imperial Jewelry Co., 373 Washington Street, Boston.
- Bro. George V. Lindblom, Raised June 12, 1950. Served in France in World War I with 32nd National Guard. Retired as Design Engineer, Stone and Webster. Living at 478 Huron Avenue, Cambridge.
- Bro. Malcolm P. Mosher, Raised November 14, 1932. World War I, Co. D, 101st Engineers, 26th Division, A.E.F. May, 1917 to April 28, 1919. Retired from Boston Edison Co. Route 2, Box 93, Union, Maine.
- Bro. Herbert Lee Newton, Raised June 21, 1922. World War I, Co. M, 12th Regiment, Massachusetts State Guard. Central Street, Montague Center.
- Wor. David K. Salvini, Raised December 14, 1925. U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Photographer. Manager Photo Work Room, Jordan Marsh Co. Retired. 136 Austin Street, Newtonville.
- Bro. George W. Small, Raised April 14, 1924. Field Artillery World War I. Retired. U.S. Route 4, Northwood, N. H.
- Wor. Edward H. Temple, Raised June 12, 1906. Massachusetts State Guard Co. F, 11th Regiment. Retired 1944 as Head of Department, Boston Technical High School. At present Mill Engineer, Franconia Paper Co., Lincoln, N. H. Resides at North Woodstock, N. H. (Daniel Webster Highway). Received his Veteran's Medal on June 11, 1956.
- Bro. Leland A. Whitney, Raised December 30, 1922. World War I U.S. Naval Reserve Force, 1918-1921. World War II U.S. Air Force 1942-1947 as Lieutenant Colonel. Honorary Reserve 1952. Indefinite as Lieutenant Colonel. Retired but Consultant for Small Business Administration. Resides at 864 Summer Street, Marshfield.
- Bro. Henry D. Wyeth, Raised June 18, 1919. Served in World War I. Retired. Plays in Aleppo Temple Band and sings in Consistory Choir. Resides at 9 Rutland Street, Cambridge.
The Fiftieth Anniversary was celebrated on May 12, 1919. The officers at the time were: Frederick Warren Turner, Master; Allan K. Sweet, Senior Warden; George W. Ladd, Junior Warden; Wor. George H. Payne, Treasurer; Charles W. B. Duroy, Secretary; Rev. Robert Walker, Chaplain; Rev. Gabriel R. Maguire, Associate Chaplain; Frank W. Peckham, Marshal; Sidney I. B. Stodder, Senior Deacon; Edward W. Ruggli, Junior Deacon; Edward H. Temple, Senior Steward; William E. Parker, Junior Steward; Charles V. Briggs, Inside Sentinel; Claude E. Saunier, Organist; Fred L. Churchill, Tyler.
The roll of the workmen has been called. Only one remains, and we find him still diligently working in the quarries. Bro. Edward Hollis Temple, the Senior Steward in this roll of officers, now our Senior Past Master, a Veteran Member with 61 years of service, will be our Historian for our Centennial Year.
Twice during the existence of Mizpah Lodge it has participated in the laying of corner-stones. On May 15, 1889, on invitation of Most Worshipful Grand Master, Henry Endicott, a member of our Lodge, we assisted in the laying of the cornerstone of the new City Hall. We have with us today one of the participants of this ceremony on May 19, 1889, Bro. Thomas F. Murray, who was then only 14 years old.
A similar ceremony was performed by the Grand Lodge of Masons on June 30, 1910, for our new Masonic Temple at 1950 Massachusetts Avenue, where we are meeting tonight to celebrate our 100th Anniversary. Our present Treasurer of the Cambridge Masonic Hall Association is with us tonight. On this occasion, Right Worshipful Irving C. Langley, Past District Deputy Grand Master for the Boston Second Masonic District, was High Priest of Cambridge Royal Arch Chapter and participated in the laying of the corner-stone of this building.
As in the life of every Lodge, there have been those who have stood forth conspicuously in their zeal and enthusiasm for the Craft. While many of our number have done their utmost in giving living expression to our ideals of service, charity and brotherhood, we find it difficult not to mention those who have inspired those impulses that have helped to make all of us stronger, bigger, finer and nobler individuals, both inside and outside our Lodge room. It is not an easy or comfortable task to narrow down our choice of those we feel should be given particular recognition in this history, since many others in their ways have contributed and accomplished as much. However, we could hardly think of our past without associating it with such names as Henry Endicott, who presided as Worshipful Master of Mizpah Lodge when it was under Dispensation and Constituted. He later became Senior Grand Warden (1873) and the Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts (1887-1889).
Frank H. Hilton, affectionately known by many as "Hernie" received his degrees in Mizpah Lodge in 1904 and became its Worshipful Master in 1917 and 1918. He was Senior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge in 1926. Upon the death of Most Worshipful Frederick W. Hamilton in 1940, Right Worshipful Frank Hilton became the Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts.
We could not think of our past without associating it with Rev. Robert Walker, who had served as our Chaplain for over 42 years (1907 through 1950). Before he affiliated as an active member, he had been elected to Honorary Membership. He spent his lifetime bringing the finer things of life into the consciousness of all whom he had come in contact with.
We think of our Senior Past Master, Worshipful Edward Temple, who still takes an active part in his Mother Lodge. With 61 years of membership in the Craft, he still returns honors to his home Lodge by his active participation in Masonic affairs in New Hampshire, as well as Mizpah. Most Worshipful Raymond C. Duncan, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of New Hampshire, recognized his devotion by presenting our Wor. Bro. Ed. with a General John Sullivan Award on October 18, 1962.
We pause to think of our own Worshipful William E. Parker, who originated our Sixtieth Anniversary Fund. The By-Laws are so worded that only the principal in excess of $25,000. can be used for charitable purpose. During his term of office he raised a little over $3,000. The Fund now stands over $14,500.
We could not think of our past without recalling Walworth O. Barbour. Bro. Barbour was installed Inside Sentinel in Mizpah Lodge in 1881 and steadily advanced to the office of Worshipful Master in 1894 and 1895; District Deputy Grand Master, 1898 and 1899; Deputy Grand Master in 1900. He died July 2, 1901, thus cutting short a most promising future for this outstanding Mason.
Brother Frederick W. Dallinger has reflected glory and honor to our membership by his distinguished public service, both as a Congressman (1915-1932) and as a Federal Judge in the U.S. Customs Court (1932-1942) by appointment of President Herbert Hoover.
So also has Bro. William E. Russell given us reason for pride, for he served not only his City of Cambridge as Mayor (1885-1887), but also as Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (1891-1894).
Brother Kirsopp Lake was Professor of Biblical History at Harvard and Radcliffe and a world famous Archaeologist.
Another of our members, Samuel L. Montague, served prominently in public life. He was Worshipful Master of Mizpah Lodge in 1876 and 1877, and Mayor of the City of Cambridge in 1878 and 1879.
John C. Dow and Harrie E. Mason served many years tirelessly, patiently and persistently as Directors of the Cambridge Masonic Hall Association, organized in 1910, which has made it possible for us to have this beautiful home to enjoy while we live and to leave behind for the happiness of those who shall come after us. Bro. John C. Dow, father of our Treasurer, Bro. Fred H. Dow, as Chairman of the Finance Committee, carried us through the difficult period of financing this beautiful Temple. Bro. Harrie E. Mason made application for the degrees in Mizpah Lodge in February, 188S, and from that time to his passing, he contributed substantially in every way to the life of the Lodge. Probably his greatest service was as District Representative to the Board of Masonic Relief. He was also President of the Masonic Hall Association and an Honorary Member of the Grand Lodge of Bolivia.
Six of our Past Masters have been honored by Grand Lodge by appointment as District Deputy Grand Master. We may have to share the honors with Amicable Lodge, as we do find that R.W. Henry Endicott was appointed District Deputy while Master of Mizpah Lodge, 1867-1868; Walworth 0. Barbour, 1898-1899; Herbert Mann Chase, 1918-1919; H. LeRoy Billings, 1939-1940; Claude Vincent Freeman, 1947-1948; and Lorenzo B. Carr, 1959-1960. One of our District Deputies also received the appointment of Deputy Grand Master, R. W. Walworth O. Barbour. Two of our members received the election of Senior Grand Warden: R.W. Frank Herman Hilton and R.W. Henry Endicott. Distinguished Service Medals have been conferred upon four of our members: R.W. Harrie E. Mason, November 9, 1931 Wor. Rev. Robert Walker, October 10, 1938 Wor. William E. Parker, January 22, 1944 R.W. Lorenzo B. Carr, June 8, 1964.
The Henry Price Medal was awarded to R.W. Frank Hilton in 1925. This is the most important recognition given by the Grand Lodge. "Hernie", as he was known to all of us, was born on Mellon Street, Cambridge, July 27, 1875. After his graduation from Cambridge High and Latin School, he entered the butter and egg business with his older brother, Everett. This business operated under the name of "The Cloverdale Co.," with general offices on Chatham Street, Boston. This chain of several stores was finally sold to a combination.
He filed application for membership in Mizpah Lodge on January 30, 1904. He received his First Degree on April 12, 1904, Passed, Raised and signed the By-Laws on June 14, 1904. Wor. Charles H. Montague presided in the East. At the time "Hernie" received his degrees, Bro. Herbert Mann Chase had already been appointed Inside Sentinel. Two years later, January, 1906, "Hernie" was appointed in line. On December 11, 1916, Wor. Bro. Herbert Chase, assisted by Bro. Frank Peckham, installed Frank Herman Hilton as the 26th Master of Mizpah Lodge. This installation was during the trying war period of 1917-1919. Through the leadership of Wor. "Hernie" Hilton, then Master of Mizpah Lodge, and with the assistance of other Lodges of the Second District, under the leadership of R.W. Herbert Mann Chase, now Junior Past Master of Mizpah, the servicemen of the U.S.N. Radio School in the Boston area were made to feel at home at Mizpah. The first visit of 40 boys was in September, 1917. They were received in a body by Wor. Frank Hilton. In a few months these boys away from home numbered over 200.
His first appointment to Grand Lodge was through Most Worshipful Arthur D. Prince, being that of Grand Sword earer, 1920-21-22. During the administration of Most Worshipful Arthur D. Prince he visited the Canal Zone in 1921 as Acting Grand Marshal. He also visited Lodges under our jurisdiction in China. He revisited the Canal Zone, then traveled to Chile, South America, and the Caribbean as Grand Marshal with Most Worshipful Dudley H. Ferrell in 1923-24-25. R.W. Bro. Hilton, still active in his home Lodge, became Marshal of Mizpah in 1926, while Wor. Edward Temple presided in the East.
R.W. Bro. Hilton was elected Senior Grand Warden for 1926. He was appointed Director of Administration of Grand Lodge in 1929. This he held until 1940. He received the Henry Price Medal in 1925. Our beloved Right Worshipful was also appointed Grand Lodge Representative to the Grand Lodge of New Hampshire. He received the appointment of Grand Secretary pro tem on May 23, 1940, and was elected Grand Secretary September 11, 1940, serving through 1951.
He was elected to Honorary Membership in his Mother Lodge, Mizpah, on October 14, 1935. On his proposal for Honorary Membership, Wor. Edward Temple, 1926, writes, Since his election to membership in the fraternity Rt. Wor. Bro. Hilton has faithfully served Mizpah Lodge and Masonry l general, not only in various official capacities but also as a man always exemplifying those finer qualities which typify the true Mason."
R. W. Frank Hilton affiliated with Belmont Lodge on April 1, 1909. He received Honorary Membership in Belmont Lodge November 4, 1937. He became a Charter Member of Beaver Lodge, Belmont, October 15, 1923; Honorary Member of Sibert Lodge, Canal Zone; Honorary Member of International Lodge, Peking, China; Honorary Member of Hykes Memorial Lodge, Tientsin, China; and Honorary Past Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge of Ontario, Canada.
In the York Rites, he received his degrees in St. Andrews loyal Arch Chapter; a Charter Member of the Cambridge Council of Royal and Select Masters; a member of the Boston Commandery, Knights Templar. In the Scottish Rite, he was a member of the Massachusetts Consistory, Valley of Boston. He received the Honorary 33rd Degree in the Supreme Council, Scottish Rite, on September 24, 1944.
On March 10, 1954, R. W. Frank Herman Hilton was escorted to the East of our Most Worshipful Grand Lodge and decorated by our Grand Master, Most Worshipful Whitfield W. Johnson, with a Veteran's Medal in recognition of 50 years of faithful service to the Craft.
He laid down the working tools of the Craft after 53 years of faithful service. "Hernie" as he was known to all of us, answered the call of the Supreme Architect on August 23, 1957.
Veteran's Medals have been presented to the following Brothers: Henry G. Angus, Edmond Aronson, Philip Aronson, Charles Henry Atherton, Herbert H. Bates, Thompson Smith Baxter, Elmer H. Bright, Arthur S. Browne, Wor. Charles V. Briggs, Harry N. Burnes, William K. Campbell, Walker L. Chamberlin, R.W. Herbert Mann Chase, Chester Crowell, Nathaniel J. Deer, John K. Dunig, George Durkee, Thomas J. Eginton, William M. Forsyth, Eben H. Googins, Clarence D. Gordon, R.W. Frank H. Hilton, Edgar F. Hunt, Augustus B. Johnson, Wor. David G. Jones, Howard L. Kline, R.W. Harrie E. Mason, Thomas Murray, Dr. Harry Perkins, Frank Rhoades, Wor. Herbert Rhoades, Wor. Edward Ruggli, Elias Edward Schwartz, Dr. Miles Standish, Wor. Edward Hollis Temple, Wor. Rev. Robert Walker, Arthur Wallace, William B. Wallace, Arthur H. Ward and Alonzo F. Woodside.
Mizpah Lodge has always been a strong supporter of the Seventh Lodge of Instruction. The first name we find is R.W. Claude V. Freeman as Zone Committeeman. We find on their records Wor. Chester D. Black as Secretary. During our Centennial Year we have Wor. Lewis S. Young, Mizpah's own Secretary, as their Secretary and Zone Committeeman. On the roster of Past Masters, we have Handel V. Rivinius, 1949-1951; Lewis S. Young, 1951-1953; and Lorenzo B. Carr, 1958-1959. During this Centennial Year, Mizpah Lodge ranks number one out of the IS Constituent Lodges in attendance.
Mizpah Lodge has always been strong in its concern over charity and relief. It was in 1875 that the subject of a Charity Fund was discussed. It was recommended that the dues be raised from four to six dollars, the extra two dollars to be used for charitable purposes. Out of this beginning the Charity Fund, with a Board of Trustees, came into being. Fifty-three years later the Sixtieth Anniversary Fund came into being under the leadership of Wor. William E. Parker. The goal was set at $25,000. During this year the sum of $3,000 was realized. The sum now exceeds $14,500. Thanks to many loyal members and benefactors, the Charity Funds of Mizpah Lodge are now growing on a firm foundation. We are grateful for the generosity and thoughtfulness of our benefactors. Each gift has been entered upon the records of Mizpah Lodge. The Trustees for the funds are elected annually. It is their duty to carefully observe and follow the wishes of the donor. Here lies the strength of our Charity Fund.
The funds are known as the Edgar F. Hunt Fund, the Edward Cassity Fund and the Fred H. Dow Fund. We also have a Memorial Fund from bequests received from Brothers Wool-son, Sawyer, Dodge, John Dow and others, all reflecting the generous impulses of kindhearted and good men, that their money may bring timely aid when most needed by those in distress and temporary difficulty. "Helping others" has always been a Masonic virtue and these funds lend emphasis to our responsibilities in this direction.
Our first party for the children of our members took place on December 14, 1953, during the term of Wor. Chester M. Carr. The success of this first party has been repeated year after year. This idea gave birth to delivering baskets to our members or their loved ones who may be confined at home or in a hospital. This has become a pet project of your Master, Lorenzo B. Carr, year after year since December 13, 1954. The first year we made three visits. For the last few years no less than thirty calls were made. Both of these ventures are accomplished without resorting to Lodge funds. Both projects have been self-supporting since their inception.
The Mizpah Quick Relief Association came into existence in May, 1917, largely through the inspired initiative of Wor. George H. Payne. Upon the death of any member of the Association, the sum of $100. is paid promptly to his beneficiary. Approximately 135 members have had such payments delivered as a result of a system of assessments whenever a death occurs. There is an ample working surplus and reserve fund, prepared to offer prompt assistance as occasions present themselves. We elect a President yearly, but due credit goes to our Treasurer, Wor. Harold Hughes, who year after year cares for the financial records of this fund.
Because of the war we were unable to celebrate our 75th Anniversary at the proper time. Had we been able to, Wor. William Douglas Whitehouse would be presiding. The other officers were: William G. Brooks, Senior Warden; Paul F. C. Mias, Junior Warden; Harold E. Hughes, Treasurer; Chester W. Whitney, Secretary; Wor. Rev. Robert Walker, Chaplain; Wor. Chester D. Black, Marshal; J. Herbert Goodenough, Senior Deacon; George F. Bettencourt, Junior Deacon; Manuel W. Rice, Senior Steward; Handel V. Rivinius, Junior Steward; Gordan L. Whynaught, Inside Sentinel; Claude E. Saunier, Organist; Loring F. Fountain, Tyler; Augustus B. Johnson, Ritualist.
Through the initiative of Wor. Handel V. Rivinius, the 80th Anniversary meeting became a reality. In the preparation of this history the committee was assisted by R.W. Henry S. C. Cummings, now Past Senior Grand Warden, Editor of the Scottish Rite Bulletin and Secretary of Brookline Lodge. R.W. Bro. Cummings has been of inestimable help in preparing this Centennial Issue.
The officers for the 80th Anniversary were: Wor. George F. Bettencourt, Master; Gordan L. Whynaught, Senior Warden; William B. Rivinius, Junior Warden; Wor. Harold E. Hughes, Treasurer; Chester W. Whitney, Secretary; Wor. Rev. Robert Walker, Chaplain; Wor. Handel V. Rivinius, Marshal; Ego W. H. C. Petersen, Senior Deacon; Philip D. Kelly, Junior Deacon; Frank G. Parks, Senior Steward; Chester M. Carr, Junior Steward; Max L. Baughman, Inside Sentinel; Claude E. Saunier, Organist; Loring F. Fountain, Tyler.
One of the highlights of recent years was the Mizpah "Roil Call" on June 9, 1947. The roll call included those who had held membership in the Lodge for over 15 years. We were gratified to find 55 present out of approximately 175 members who had held membership for that period of time. It included our senior member, William K. Campbell, who joined the Lodge in 1888; Frank P. Rhoades, who joined in 1891; and Frederick W. Dallinger, Thomas J. Eginton and Charles S. Given, who joined in 1898. All have since joined the Celestial Lodge above. I would like at this time to quote a phrase used by Bro. Frederick Dallinger in his book entitled Recollections of an Old Fashioned New Englander:
"As we grow old and the relatives and friends we have loved are laid away one by one, we appreciate more and more our abiding confident faith in the life beyond the grave where we shall meet those whom we have known and lost awhile."
Another highlight occurred on Past Master's Night in June, 1955. The Worshipful Master, Lorenzo B. Carr, had the pleasure of raising his own son, Brother Kenneth L. Carr. On this special night, 22 out of the 24 living Past Masters turned out for the occasion. Also present was R.W. John E. Eaton, Jr., District Deputy for the Cambridge Second District, with his Marshal, Wor. John W. Zolner, and his Secretary, Wor. William H. Haugh. The evening was not without its surprises. The Past Masters presented Wor. Bro. Carr a purse in token of their appreciation for his efforts in putting together and publishing a monthly newsletter. The District Deputy in turn presented his son, Kenneth, with a gift that he still wears with equal pleasure to himself and honor to the Fraternity.
The Past Masters present were: R. W. Herbert Mann Chase; R. W. Frank H. Hilton; Wor. Edward W. Ruggli; Wor. Edward H. Temple, Wor. Ernest A. Telfer, R.W. Claude V. Freeman; Wor. David K. Salvini; Wor. Harold E. Hughes; Wor. Chester D. Black; Wor. W. Douglas Whitehouse; Wor. Paul F. C. Mias; Wor. J. Herbert Goodenough; Wor. Handel V. Rivinius; Wor. George F. Bettencourt; Wor. Gordan L. Whynaught; Wor. William B. Rivinius; Wor. Egon M. H. C. Petersen; Wor. Philip D. Kelly; Wor. Frank G. Parks; Wor. Chester M. Carr and Presiding Master, Lorenzo B. Carr. The two who could not be present were: Wor. Raymond D. Parker of Kew Gardens, N. Y., who was at the time in Illinois on business; and Wor. William G. (Doc) Brooks, confined to bed at home in Belmont.
Another highlight of the year was given in the Annual Report of our Secretary, Chester W. Whitney: "Every member of Mizpah Lodge carries a 'paid up' dues card."
Fortunate is the Lodge, and Mizpah is exceedingly fortunate, to have a well-qualified and experienced Secretary. He carries over from one Master to another. Through his tact, energy and experience, he is*in a position to help each Master as he progresses through the line to achieve heights that could not otherwise be attained. A good Secretary is a most important cog in making a Lodge a harmonious family, a useful team for serving the distressed, and for bringing forth into the lives of many the deeper meaning of all our Fraternity has to offer. For all our 100 years we have had eleven men serve in this important office. During the last 70 years only three men have served as Secretary. Charles W. B. Duroy received his Master Mason Degree in Portland Lodge, No. 1, Portland, Maine, and affiliated with Mizpah Lodge on March IS, 1897. He commenced his 28 years as Secretary the same year (1898-1926). He was succeeded by Chester W. Whitney, who served for 30 years (1926-1956). A timely presentation of the Bible to our Lodge honoring his 30 years of service to the Lodge while he was Secretary was made on February 13, 1956. The inscription inside the front cover reads:
"In grateful appreciation and recognition of over three decades of dedicated untiring service as Secretary; his living exemplification of all the finest traditions of the Masonic fraternity will forever be a guiding light in all our lives." Although sad, it is appropriate that the Holy Bible presented to the Lodge in his honor was used for this first time at his Masonic Service, July 29, 1956.
Worshipful Lewis S. Young affiliated with Mizpah Lodge February 11, 1957, succeeding Bro. Chester W. Whitney as Secretary. Wor. Bro. Young was initiated, passed and raised in The Lodge of Eleusis, and was their Worshipful Master in 1945. Besides his duties as Secretary of Mizpah Lodge, he is Zone Committeeman and Secretary for the Seventh Lodge of Instruction.
During the life of Mizpah Lodge we have had eight Treasurers. In terms of service we find Bro. Fred H. Dow with 11 years; Wor. Elmer B. Lincoln with 11 years; Wor. Daniel U. Chamberlin, our first Treasurer, with 14 years; Bro. Francis Atwood White with 22 years; and now our present Treasurer, Wor. Harold E. Hughes, with 26 years.
Other long terms have been those of Bro. Loring F. Fountain, who was Tyler for 20 years; Wor. Fred L. Chamberlin, Tyler for 20 years; and Bro. Frank W. Peckham was Marshal for 19 years. This history would be incomplete without a mention of Bro. Augustus B. Johnson (Brother A. B.). Bro. Johnson instructed our candidates for over 26 years from "mouth to ear." There could be no other way. Another long term for service belongs to Bro. Claude E. Saunier. His first appearance at the console was in 1904 at the Temple on Massachusetts Ave., corner of Temple Street. His last appearance was at our console in December, 1962.
A set of chimes consisting of 25 notes that can be operated on either upper or lower manual at the console, honoring Bro. Claude E. Saunier, was presented to the Cambridge Masonic Temple on January 9, 1961. The plate reads:
Cambridge Masonic Temple - January 9, 1961
Archibald C. Hardy
In Honor of
Claude E. Saunier
Organist of Mizpah Lodge
Organist at Dedication of this Temple - October 18, 1911<br. Chimes Installed by
George E. Robertson
Lorenzo B. Carr
Brother Claude E. Saunier has retired from this console and has been admitted to the Celestial Lodge above where we will again meet, we know not when, but will.
Lorenzo B. Carr There is a element of danger in passing judgment on events that lie too close at hand, especially if the writer is involved in the events. This writer has held an elective or appointive line line office in Mizpah Lodge for the last 14 out of a possible 18 years. Worshipful William B. Rivinius, who started this writer in line as Inside Sentinel in 1949, presented the following eulogy to our Grand Master, Most Worshipful A. Neill Osgood, on the occasion of the printing of the 100th Newsletter:
The Masonic Life Of Right Worshipful Lorenzo Bruce Carr
Most Worshipful Sir, Worshipful Master, Honoured Guests and Brethren:
It is my privilege this evening to give the history of the Masonic Life of Lorenzo Bruce Carr, whom you are honoring here tonight.
On November 11, 1946, Lorenzo Bruce Carr knocked on the outer door of this Lodge Room and thereupon entered into his colorful Masonic career. He at once caused consternation among the assembled Brethren because everything he did was from the wrong side. However, we decided to bear with him and try to impress upon him the correct way to make the necessary signs. This proved to be a real task. At his age to try to change a southpaw to a northpaw was virtually an impossibility. We worked hard to break this habit without success, so on December 9, 1946, he was passed to the Degree of Fellowcraft. Here again we had our problems; with the added signs of this degree it became a question of what Fraternity we really belonged to. Still everything was backwards. However, we hopefully continued his instruction and on January 13, 1947, Brother Lorenzo Bruce Carr was raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason. We all felt relieved for here at least was one sign he could make without getting the cart before the horse.
Our new Brother at once commenced his career of service to his Lodge by helping out wherever he could and by doing well whatever was asked of him.
In 1949 it was my privilege to serve Mizpah Lodge as its Master. It was also my duty to appoint a new Inside Sentinel. After due consideration I decided that my appointment would be Brother Lorenzo Bruce Carr. My choice did not meet with full approval but I stuck to my guns and tonight I feel very proud that my Larry has proven himself to be one of the outstanding Masons of the District, the very backbone of Mizpah Lodge and undoubtedly a shining example of what Masonry stands for.
Brother Lorenzo's advance through the Mizpah Line was rapid, and in 1954 he became Worshipful Master of his Lodge. In his term as Master he accomplished much for his Lodge. He personally visited and brought back many members who had not been in Lodge for many years. He improved the image of his Lodge throughout the District many times over. Also at this time he started the Mizpah Newsletter, which since its inception has been the highlight of every communication.
In 1957 he was appointed Senior Grand Deacon of our Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. In 1958 he served as Master of the Seventh Lodge of Instruction. He was recognized throughout the District as a vigorous worker and in 1957 R. W. William H. Haugh asked him to serve as his District Deputy Grand Secretary. In 1958 Worshipful Brother Carr became Right Worshipful Lorenzo B. Carr of the Cambridge Second Masonic District. This time it was my privilege to serve him as his District Deputy Grand Marshal along with our present District Deputy Grand Master, Roger Winslow Jones, as District Deputy Grand Secretary.
Since serving as District Deputy Grand Master he has continued to work arduously for his Lodge, has kept up the Newsletter month by month, and is going through the Mizpah Line a second time. This is the record of a great Mason.
We must not forget one other, who, to me, has been the other side of his story. His good wife "Vi", who continues to keep her good nature (and I don't know how). Some years ago Larry did buy an electric organ as a companion. "Vi" now has learned to do very well upon the organ and has mastered several numbers. One of them is "All Alone"; another is "I'll See You in My Dreams" and there is one she plays sometimes of a winter's evening: "Honey, It's Cold Outside," but Larry, good-hearted as he is, just builds a fire in the fireplace and continues on his many Masonic activities.
Larry, putting all kidding aside, this history of your Masonic career covers a period of 17 years. During this time you have spent untold hours in the service of Masonry and your fellow-man. What a Fraternity ours would be if every member served his Lodge with just l/32nd of the time you have already devoted to yours.
To you the results must be most gratifying and surely, if you ever grow old, you will truly look back on the happy reflections of a well spent life.
Keep up the good work, Larry.
Delivered by Wor. William B. Rivinius Mizpah Lodge, June 8, 1964
To Right Worshipful Lorenzo Bruce Carr, Editor of Mizpah Lodge's Newsletter:
With a faith and a purpose enduring and deep,
He took stones of devotion and builded a heap.
A marvelous edifice, reared with a pen
In the hand of the kindest and noblest of men.
This work is a witness to smiles and to tears,
A witness to service unmatched through the years,
As he garners the news with meticulous care
In his sanctum sanctorum, the Editor's Chair.
Wheresoever a member of Mizpah may roam,
From the sands of Sahara to Hong Kong or Nome,
Lorie follows the trail with mercurial speed,
For a Brother is absent — and may be in need.
May the Grand Architect, in His Temple above,
Bless and savor the fruits of this labor of love;
May He hearten the builder and strengthen the hand
That hath made ancient Mizpah unique in the land.
Rt. Wor. Frank W. Ryan, P. D. D. G. M.
Boston Second Masonic District
June 8, 1964
An Ode to the Right Worshipful Lorenzo Bruce Carr
Commemorating the One Hundredth Printing of Mizpah Newsletter
Old Mizpah Lodge sought a worthy son on whom she could depend
To be the founding editor, through whom all news she'd send
A man well known Masonic'ly to members new and old,
To critic'ly rewrite the news he felt we should be told;
A man well steeped in Masonry; in all the trials of life;
With keen insight and thoughtful, too, to cope with worldly strife;
A man whose mind is e'er alert, and sharp and fair and strong;
Endowed with all the attributes of sifting right from wrong.
Old Mizpah, then, did scrutinize, to see whom she could call —
Outstanding he must be and, too, acceptable to all —
Throughout the book of membership, north, south, east and the west,
She sought and sought relentlessly, determined on the best.
Her benign face was lighted after searching near and far
She'd found the ideal editor: our P.M. Larry Carr!
And now the hundredth letter has gone forth for all to ken,
While I vie with countless others as good wishes I do send.
But a thought keeps re-occurring that I'm honored more than he!
I boast an editor for my friend! What can he boast about me?
Irving Hillson September 15, 1964
Brother Hillson approached the Northeast corner of our Lodge in 1924. This writer had the pleasure of visiting his studios in Brookline. As long as Mizpah Lodge has on its roster a member who spends his time, his leadership and part of his blessings from his everyday labors sponsoring camps for our children, the future of Masonry will not suffer. I, too, am honored; I've found another worker, Brother Irving Hillson, in the vineyard adding his little bit today that will reward us with a greater tomorrow — that is Masonry. Lorenzo B. Carr.
"— It is a very special service you have rendered to the Fraternity. When we are mindful of the happiness and concerns of others we are truly practicing Masonry. When we can witness one who is as dedicated as you have been, there is generated in the hearts of others a desire to emulate and share and be the better individual Masonry expects us to be. You have chosen a unique way to aid the cause of our Fraternity — and last evening's tribute to you is proof this service has been appreciated by all sincere Masons. Henry S. C. Cummings."
R. W. Henry S. C. Cummings, P. S. G. W., came to the following conclusion in our Eightieth Anniversary History, published on November 21, 1947 (how true it is today in 1967):
"Times change over the years and where in the old days the Lodges were in the main in more prosperous condition and were the center of the social activities of the community, there was little to detract from such affairs. In later years many forms of entertainment came in competition. Lodges as a result became less prosperous. World Wars, depressions, and general unrest brought serious concern, even the question of the continuance of the Lodge itself. But, there again, the 'Spirit of Mizpah' manifested itself and through those dark days, much to the admiration of our older members, the younger officers filled with that 'spirit' which carried with it the tenacious determination for the best of their Lodge, rose splendidly with a supreme effort that was necessary, and have brought the Lodge a long way back to its former glory.
"The laying of 'Cornerstones' by initiation has been our business over these many years. We have sought to erect a temple of beauty, strength and wisdom upon the character of each who has knocked at our door. We have sought to share the secrets of clean, upright living as our Order has forever espoused. We have sought to inspire that nobility of spirit, that steadfastness of conscience, and that stability of integrity that makes one yearn for the worthwhile values in life, the enduring fundamentals; and the way of living more completely and abundantly as befits men of sound timber in a world desperately needing such quality and weight and breadth. The 'Cornerstone' — the first impulse, the first thing we dedicate, the first foundation of all our prayers and effort and affection is centered in the hope that greatness may adorn the human structure which we endeavor to erect in the lives of each of our members.
"Mizpah Lodge is not alone in this business of bringing greater happiness and symmetry into the lives of its members. But, it has been proud to have exerted its humble share over these many years in this worthy direction. It is with renewed vigor and determination we hope to lay 'Cornerstones' in the lives of countless others who may in time knock at our door, that they may add lustre to the living, honor to those who have found their reward, and credit to the Fraternity we should be so proud to represent. In that spirit, each new day is our challenge, each new hour is our opportunity, each new moment is our life. Hail to Mizpah! Honored and honorable for a century! May her future be even more brilliant than her past — good works for God, our Country, and our ancient Fraternity!"
NOTES AT CONSOLIDATION, APRIL 2008
From Proceedings, Page 2008-35, address by Wor. Bro. Keith MacKinnon:
In 1865, Amicable Lodge of Cambridgeport experienced such a growth that it came to be a burden to them both financially and space wise. The Lodge could not handle the amount of men that were joining, and since most men lived in the area it would not be uncommon to have 100 to 150 members present at a meeting, not including visitors, and with small apartments this became a problem. So in 1866 some members of Amicable Lodge formed a new lodge in Cambridgeport and called it Mizpah Lodge. This was to help relieve the problems of Amicable. Mizpah Lodge met at the Masonic Hall on Massachusetts Avenue, the present site of the Cambridgeport Savings Bank building which still stands.
CONSTITUTION OF LODGE, OCTOBER 1868
From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXVIII, No. 1, November 1868, Page 6:
Whatever else may be thought of this name, it indisputably possesses the merit of originality and appropriateness; for, to the best of our knowledge, it has not a precedent in the nomenclature of masonic Lodges. It takes its name from a city of Gad, in the mountains of Gilead, where Laban and Jacob made their celebrated covenant, about 1739 years B. C, and where Jeptha dwelt when he made his covenant with the Israelites on the other side of the Jordan. The meaning of the word is elevation, probably from the mountainous situation of the town to which the name was given ; but its appropriateness is better illustrated by the covenant to which it refers, as contained in the 31st Chapter of Genesis. Jacob, after his long servitude, had privately stolen away from Laban, and was on the way to the land of his fathers, with his two wives, Rachel and Leah, when he was pursued by the former and his brethren, and, after seven days' journey, was overtaken in the mount Gilead. A warm controversy naturally ensued.
Explanations followed, which seemed to have satisfied Laban, and he said to Jacob, "Now therefore, come thou, let us make a covenant, I and thou, and let it be for a witness between me and thee. And Jacob took a stone, and set it up for a pillar. And Jacob said unto his brethren, gather stones ; and they took stones, and made a heap; and they did eat there upon the heap. And Laban called it Jegar-sahadutha: but Jacob called it Galeed. And Laban said, this heap is a witness between me and thee this day. Therefore was the name of it called Galeed, and Mizpah ; for he said, the Lord watch between me and thee, when we are absent one from another. If thou shalt afflict my daughters, or if thou shalt take other wives beside my daughters, no man is with us; see, God is witness betwixt me and thee. And Laban said to Jacob, behold this heap, and behold this pillar, which I have cast betwixt me and thee; this heap be witness, and this pillar be witness, that I will not pass over this heap to thee, and that thou shalt not pass over this heap and this pillar unto me, for harm. The God of Abraham, and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, judge betwixt us. And Jacob swore by the fear of his father Isaac. Then Jacob offered sacrifice upon the mount, and called his brethren to eat bread; and they did eat bread, and tarried all night in the mount. And early in the morning Laban rose up, and kissed his sons and his daughters, and blessed them; and Laban departed, and returned unto his place."
The application of this covenant to the engagements entered into in the Lodge room, will be sufficiently obvious to every intelligent brother, without comment or illustration.
The Lodge was constituted at Cambridgeport, by the M.W. Grand Lodge, on the evening of the 5th of October, in the presence of about two hundred brethren. The ceremonies were interspersed with music under the direction of Br. Howard Dow, Grand Organist of the Grand Lodge. The whole ceremony was impressively performed, and in our long experience, we have rarely met with a more attentive and gentlemanly audience, or one that more distinctly indicated the high intellectual and moral character of our first class Lodges in this Commonwealth. Such Lodges are an honor to the Order, and a guarantee of its continued prosperity.
At the conclusion of the ceremonies in the Hall, the brethren were invited to the banqueting room, where provision had been made for their refreshment, by the popular caterer, Br. J. B. Smith of this city. The tables were handsomely spread, and bountifully furnished with whatever the most fastidious taste could reasonably desire. At the close, addresses .were made by the W. Master of the Lodge, by M.W. Grand Master Dame, R.W. Brothers, Moore, Parkman, aud others, and the company dispersed at an early hour. The officers of the Lodge for the current year are as follows :—
- Henry Endicott, Worshipful Master.
- George H. Folger, Senior Warden.
- George P. Carter, Junior Warden.
- A. W. Stevens, Chaplain.
- Daniel W. Chamberlain, Treasurer.
- Seymour B. Snow, Secretary.
- George E. Ryder, Senior Deacon.
- Joseph Child Jr., Junior Deacon.
- Samuel L. Montague, Senior Steward.
- Edward T. Nichols Junior Steward.
- John D. Nutting, Marshal.
INSTALLATION, JANUARY 1879
From Liberal Freemason, Vol. II, No. 12, March 1879, Page 381:
The officers for the year 1879 of Mizpah Lodge, F. and A. M. were Installed on the evening of January 13th by Rt. Wor. Brother Henry Endicott as follows: W. M. John S. Sawyer; S. W. J. Frank Mitchell; J. W. J. S. Thorogood; S. D. Walter Hart; J. D. William A. Bunton ; Sec. George E. Ryder; Treas. D. U. Chamberlain; Chaplain Oscar S. Safford; Marshal E. T. Nichols; S. S. George W. Bunton; J. S. Charles M. Smith; Sentinel E. F. Smith; Organist S. B. Whitney; Tyler Freeland S. Holmes.
INSTALLATION, JANUARY 1884
From Liberal Freemason, Vol. VII, No. 11, February 1884, Page 350:
The officers of this Lodge were installed on January 14th, by R. W, Henry Endicott, and are as follows : William A. Bunton, W. M.; George W. Bunton, S. W.; Charles M. Smith, J. W.; D. U. Chamberlain, Treas.; Henry T. Upham, Sec.; Rev. Charles W. Biddle, Chaplain; E. T. Nichols, Mar.; E. L. Nichols, S. D.; H. A. Rhodes, J. D.; A. K. Hebbard and G. W. Cushman, Stewards; L. W. Ferdinand, I. S.; F. S. Holmes, Tyler. The Lodge was glad to welcome the M. W. Grand Master, Abraham H. Howland, Jr., who spent the evening with the brethren, and met them at the banquet table.
INSTALLATION, JANUARY 1891
From Liberal Freemason, Vol. XIV, No. 10, January 1891, Page 316:
On Monday evening, January 12th, R. W. James M. Gleason, Past Senior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge, assisted by W. Bro. Leonard B. Nichols, Past Master of Joseph Warren Lodge, installed the officers of Mizpah Lodge, F. and A. M. of Cambridge at Masonic Hall, Cambridgeport. The officers installed were Herbert A. Rhodes, W. M.; A. K. Hebard, S. W.; W. O. Rarbour, J. W.; Francis A. White, Treasurer; Harry T. Upham, Secretary; Oscar F. Allen, Chaplain; E. T. Nichols, Marshal; L. W. Ferdinand, S. D.; Harrie E. Mason, J. D.; George M. Smith, S. S.; Edward W. S. Jones, J. S.; J. C. Dow, I. S.; Frank Lynes, Organist; F. S. Holmes, Tyler. During the exercises the Mozart Male Quartette sang appropriate selections, and at the close of the ceremonies, Past Master J. S. Sawyer presented W. M. Rhodes with a Past Master's jewel.
VISIT TO MARTHA'S VINEYARD, JULY 1913
From New England Craftsman, Vol. VIII, No. 11, August 1913, Page 372:
Officers and members of Mizpah Lodge, A. P. & A. M., of Cambridge, to the number of about 35, including Worshipful Master George H. Payne, Senior Warden Herbert M. Chase, Junior Warden Frank H. Hilton, Secretary Charles W. B. Duroy, Treasurer Charles H. Montague, Marshal Frank W. Peckham, the Lotus Quartette and others, were the guests of Martha's Vineyard Lodge at Vineyard Haven on the evening of July 3d, the occasion being one of the pleasantest fraternal visitations which hi taken place in many years. The party arrived at Oak Bluffs late in the afternoon, and, escorted by the Germania Band of Fall River and a company of the Fall River Hip, School Cadets, marched to the Wesley House where S. W. Herbert M. Chase and his genial wife dispense hospitality, and whet the party were accorded a hearty welcome.
After supper, the members went to Vine and Haven where they found the latch string out, and a warmth of welcome which proved what splendid fellows belonged to Martha's Vineyard Lodge. After an exemplification of the Master Mason's degree by the officers of Mizpah Lodge, all adjourned to the supper room where members of Celestia Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star had been busy preparing a bountiful spread to gladden the inner man and had added decorations of national colors and great clusters of Rambler roses, which was equally pleasing to the eyes. After proper attention to the refreshments, Worshipful Master Mayhew of Martha's Vineyard, acting as toastmaster, extended cordial greetings once more to the visitors, and then gracefully introduced visiting brothers for remarks. Among those who proved interesting and pleasing, beside the masters of the two lodges, were Worshipful Brothers Oscar F. Allen, Herbert M. Chase, James A. Stinson, Allan K. Sweet and Frank M. Peckham of Mizpah Lodge, Worshipful Brother Crosby of Vineyard Haven, Brother Isaac Chase of Amicable Lodge of Cambridge, and a Past Master of Edgartown Lodge of Edgartown. The entertainment was made more delightful by selections by the Lotus Quartet of Cambridge, and choral singing by the assembled brothers. At midnight the National holiday was ushered in by all singing America. The visitors departed in a blaze of fireworks and good wishes, with interchange of cheers for guests and hosts.
On the 4th there were band concerts and flag raising, at the latter of which Brother Isaac Chase delivered a fine patriotic address. In the evening fireworks were enjoyed, a pleasing compliment to the visitors being a fine set piece showing the square and compasses. Saturday a majority enjoyed a sail around Nantucket Sound in the yachts Uneeda and Mist. In the afternoon, a clambake on the rocks was in order, and proved no little part of the enjoyment of the trip.
The rest of the stay at Oak Bluffs, until Sunday afternoon was happily spent by sightseeing, automobile riding, fishing, bathing, etc., and the members of the party will long remember the good time and generous hospitality at Brother Chase's.
GRAND LODGE OFFICERS
- Walworth O. Barbour, DDGM, District 2 (Cambridge), 1898, 1899; Deputy Grand Master 1900
- H. LeRoy Billings, DDGM, District 2 (Cambridge), 1939, 1940; Memorial
- Lorenzo B. Carr, DDGM, District 2 (Cambridge), 1959, 1960; SN
- Herbert M. Chase, DDGM, District 2 (Cambridge), 1918, 1919; N
- Henry Endicott, DDGM, Cambridge 4, 1867, 1868; Senior Grand Warden 1873; Grand Master 1887-1889
- Claude V. Freeman, DDGM, District 2 (Cambridge), 1947, 1948; N
- Frank H. Hilton, Grand Sword Bearer 1920-1922, Grand Marshal 1923-1925, Senior Grand Warden 1926, Grand Secretary 1940-1951; N
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