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Location: Boston

Chartered By: Charles C. Dame

Charter Date: 03/11/1868 VII-228

Precedence Date: 04/15/1867

Current Status: merged with Lynnfield Lodge to form Lynnfield-Zetland Lodge, 06/17/2002.


  • John W. Dadmun, 1867, 1868
  • Alfred F. Chapman, 1869, 1870
  • Charles E. Powers, 1871
  • Henry G. Fay, 1872, 1873
  • Thomas Waterman, Jr., 1874, 1875, 1891
  • George R. Rogers, 1876, 1877
  • Edward H. Barton, 1878, 1879
  • Louis G. A. Fauraux, 1880, 1881
  • Winfield L. Tucker, 1882, 1883
  • George D. Barrage, 1884
  • Warren B. Witherell, 1885, 1886
  • Charles E. Whittemore, 1887, 1888
  • Joseph T. Meader, 1889, 1890
  • Frank W. Wise, 1892, 1893
  • Hunter A. Wallingford, 1894, 1895
  • James W. Hinkley, 1896, 1897
  • Arthur P. French, 1898, 1899
  • Arthur W. Joulin, 1900, 1901
  • George T. Cushman, 1902, 1903
  • George J. Tufts, 1904, 1905; Mem
  • George W. Chester, 1906, 1907
  • Edwin H. Rogers, 1908, 1909
  • Edmund S. Young, 1910, 1911
  • Frederick E. Meader, 1912, 1913
  • Howard Whitmore, 1914, 1915
  • William C. Crane, 1916, 1917
  • John W. Johnson, 1918, 1919
  • Edward T. Easton, 1920
  • William T. Wise, 1921
  • Charles W. Corkum, 1922
  • William R. Gibbs, 1923, 1924
  • Arthur W. Coolidge, 1925, 1926
  • George Vroom Spike, 1927
  • Richard Ray, Jr., 1928, 1929
  • James P. Davies, 1930, 1931
  • Daniel P. Harding, 1932, 1933; N
  • Evan G. Goodale, 1934, 1935
  • Lauren G. Keith, 1936, 1937
  • James T. MacAfee, III, 1938, 1939; N
  • Joseph B. Compton, 1940, 1941
  • Harold W. Martin, 1942, 1943
  • Wallace E. Crowley, 1944
  • Bernard H. Marshall, 1945, 1946
  • Arthur Anderson, 1947, 1948, 1960
  • Edwin F. Chase, 1949, 1950
  • George S. Palmer, 1951
  • James A. Miller, 1952
  • Frank L. Kundert, 1953
  • Millard E. Beckstrom, 1954
  • Colin J. Kidston, 1955
  • Howard MacOdrum, 1956; N
  • David M. Johnston, 1957
  • John A. Mathon, 1958
  • Edward W. Downs, 1959
  • Warren C. Rees, 1961, 1962
  • Dexter H. Marsh, Jr., 1963
  • William J. Whitley, 1964, 1965
  • John Murphy, 1966
  • Edward N. W. Smith, 1967
  • Robert S. Andrews, 1968
  • Joseph J. Levitan, 1969
  • Harry S. Levitan, 1970
  • Francis L. Smith, 1971
  • Alfred V. DeLeo, 1972
  • Thomas J. Curran, 1973
  • Ruben B. Kresser, 1974
  • Leon L. Aznive, Jr., 1976, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1992
  • Larry A. Groves, 1977
  • Keith Van Dyke Bailey, 1978
  • Leon L. Aznive, III, 1980, 1981
  • John C. Raymond, Jr., 1984; N
  • Edward A. Rubin, 1985
  • Arthur W. Aznive, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1991
  • Charles A. Aznive, 1987
  • James W. Heffernan, 1988
  • George F. Shelton, 1993
  • Martin J. Hession, 1994
  • Keith C. MacKinnon, 1995, 1996
  • David J. Raymond, 1997, 1998; PDDGM
  • Stephen Kelley, 1999
  • Kirk S. Davis, 2000
  • David J. Gagner, 2001


  • Petition for Dispensation: 1867
  • Petition for Charter: 1868
  • Consolidation Petition (with Lynnfield Lodge): 2002


  • 1883 (15th Anniversary)
  • 1942 (75th Anniversary)
  • 1967 (Centenary)



1875 1877 1880 1881 1882 1894 1907 1908 1918 1920 1923 1927 1934 1940 1941 1942 1965 1974


  • 1892 (according to the Grand Master's address in December, remarks on the history of the lodge were presented)
  • 1967 (Centenary History, 1967-212; see below)


From Proceedings, Page 1967-210:

By Bro. Robert S. Andrews.

On March 27, 1867, an informal meeting was held at Free Masons Hall, 10 Summer Street, Boston, Massachusetts, attended by Free Masons of which there were twenty-one. The meeting was called to order by Wor. Brother John W. Dadmun at 4:30 P.M. Wor. Bro. William H. Sampson was chosen chairman, Bro. Thomas Waterman, Jr., Secretary. After much discussion the name of the proposed new Lodge was unanimously adopted (Zetland).

The Eminent Brother, in whose honor the Lodge was named, Thomas Dundas, second Earl of Zetland, eldest child of Lawrence Dundas, first Earl of Zetland, was born February 5, 1795, elected Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons of England in 1843 and served until 1870.

That same year he was elected Honorary Member of the Lodge of Scotland. This honor had previously been conferred by the Lodge of Edinburgh and an Honorary Member of the Grand only upon Sovereigns.

Wor. Bro. John W. Dadmun was chosen Master, Wor. Bro. Alfred F. Chapman, Senior Warden, and Bro. John F. Abbot, Junior Warden. The Chair appointed the first three officers-elect as a committee to present the petition to the Most Worshipful Grand Master, District Deputy Grand Master, and the Lodges necessary to consider the claims of the petitioners. On April 16, 1867, the committee reported that as the petitioners had been recommended as Master Masons in good standing by the Worshipful Master, Wardens and Brethren of St. John's, Revere, Columbian, Aberdour, St. Andrew's, and Winslow Lewis Lodges holden in the City of Boston, and their petition having been countersigned and approved by the District Deputy Grand Master for the First Masonic District, the Most Worshipful Grand Master, Charles C. Dame, granted a dispensation authorizing and empowering said petitioners to form a Lodge after the manner of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, and therein to admit and make Free Masons according to ancient custom and not otherwise.

This dispensation was duly signed under the seal of the Grand Lodge by Most Worshipful Charles C. Dame, Grand Master, and Right Worshipful Charles W. Moore, Grand Secretary. The Petitioners for the dispensation were Brothers John W. Dadmun, William H. Sampson, George R. Rogers, J. N. M. Clough, A. R. Coolidge, W. S. Bonney, W. F. Robinson, Stephen D. Hilborn, Charles H. Almy, George S. Noyes, E. W. Hastings, A. F. Chapman, Joseph Mclntire, Weston Lewis, H. W. Vinal, Asa M. Caton, George S. Bryant, John F. Abbott, T. M. Jackson, Arthur Chenay, William Pratt, Jr., C. E. Bosworth, M. M. Fuller, Peter Ripley, P. E. Dolliver, John H. Chester, Theodore B. Hapgood, N. Hamilton, Robert H. Carlton, Timothy W. Ray, Samuel Ford, Thomas Waterman, Jr., and Edward H. Barton.

The Worshipful Master, John W. Dadmun, assuming the East, appointed the following officers for the ensuing year: Wallace E. Robinson, Treasurer; George R. Rogers, Secretary; J. N. M. Clough, Senior Deacon, Thomas Waterman, Jr., Junior Deacon; Robert Carlton, Senior Steward; C. E. Bosworth, Junior Steward; George S. Noyes, Chaplain; George H. Pike, Tyler; N. Hamilton, Marshal, A. R. Coolidge, Inside Sentinel; S. Ford, Chorister, and T. B. Hapgood, Organist. Committees were at once appointed to procure regalia and to frame the By-Laws. Applications for the Degrees were secured and investigating committees appointed. Thus Zetland Lodge started.

A year later, the period of probation expired; in the interim Zetland Lodge had a goodly number of applicants for the Degrees, and the Lodge was solvent with ownership of property plus cash of more than twelve hundred dollars, an excellent record and one calculated to produce enviable results in future years.

Appended to a special edition of the By-Laws of Zetland Lodge in 1890, Instituted April 15, A.L. 5867, may be found an extract from an address by Wor. Bro. A. F. Chapman delivered March 31, 1868, delving into great detail on the life and times of the Earl of Zetland, Most Worshipful Grand Master of England, who, four years later, died at Aske Hall near Richmond on May 6, 1873, at the age of 78. This sad event was received with profound regret by the members of Zetland Lodge. Resolutions were passed and forwarded to the Grand Master of England. The Jewels of the Lodge were draped in mourning for ninety days and all possible tribute paid to the memory of this Distinguished Mason. March 31, 1868, at the Masonic Temple, Boston, Massachusetts, the ceremony of constituting the Lodge took place at 7:30 P.M. in Egyptian Hall, with Most Worshipful Grand Master Charles C. Dame presiding, assisted by the Officers of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts. After the ceremony the Brethren repaired to Corinthian Hall and the following Officers were duly installed:

  • Wor. John W. Dadmun, Master
  • Wor. Alfred F. Chapman, Senior Warden
  • Wor. John F. Abbot, Junior Warden
  • Bro. Wallace F. Robinson, Treasurer
  • Bro. George R. Rogers, Secretary
  • Bro. J. N. M. Clough, Senior Deacon
  • Bro. Thomas Waterman, Jr., Junior Deacon
  • Bro. Robert H. Carlton, Senior Steward
  • Bro. Charles E. Bosworth, Junior Steward
  • Bro. Nathaniel Hamilton, Marshal
  • Bro. George S. Noyes, Chorister
  • Bro. Aaron R. Coolidge, Inside Sentinel
  • Bro. George H. Pike, Tyler

Approximately one hundred and eighty Brethren and their ladies witnessed this historic event. A suitable Feast was served in the Banquet Hall in honor of this occasion, after which the Worshipful Master introduced the speaker of the evening, the Most Worshipful Grand Master, the Grand Lodge Officers and other invited guests.

The engrossing and printing of the name of the Lodge, dates and names of the Charter Members is the work of our Charter Member, Wor. Bro. George R. Rogers. There were thirty-three brethren whose names appear as Charter Members, who were raised in various Lodges in and around Boston, but more particularly in Mount Lebanon Lodge, which could be considered our Mother Lodge. Individual Charter Members presented as gifts the original jewels and regalia of the Lodge, the donor's name being inscribed on the reverse side of each jewel.

December 20, 1870, Zetland Lodge changed the day of its regular communications from the third Tuesday of each month to the second Wednesday.

June 12, 1872, it was voted to send the right Honorable Earl of Zetland a communication reflecting the prosperous condition of the Lodge, and to express the Officers' and Brethren's appreciation of his kindly interest in the Lodge, and that we here in the States would always hold him in high regard, respect and admiration. The mission undertaken and brought to a successful conclusion on October 9, 1872.

March 16, 1883, with fitting ceremonies, the Fifteenth Anniversary with Wor. Winfield L. Tucker presiding was celebrated. There were assembled 250 friends and brethren in Corinthian Hall. Wor. Alfred F. Chapman delivered a most interesting historical address, a copy of which is appended to the By-Laws published in 1890. In addition there was entertainment by Bro. Thomas M. Carter's orchestra, followed by a most elaborate collation, the tables being ornamented with beautiful floral arrangements given by Wor. Bro. Alfred F. Chapman. The Lodge was honored by the presence of the Most Worshipful Grand Master, Samuel C. Lawrence, accompanied by other distinguished Grand Lodge Officers, including Most Worshipful Stephen R. Sircom, Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia, Rt. Wor. Deputy Grand Master, Edwin Wright, and the Masters of the Temple Lodges, accompanied by their ladies. Membership in the Lodge had shown a substantial increase.

April 13, 1892, our Twenty-fifth Anniversary was celebrated. Wor. Frank W. Wise was our presiding Master. This affair was restricted to Master Masons. We were again honored by the presence of the Most Worshipful Grand Master, Samuel Wells, and his very Distinguished Suite. There were seven Charter Members present. Zetland Lodge moved forward, continuing its good record and good work.

September 9, 1895, the Masonic Temple at Boston was damaged by fire, and meetings were held at 18 Boylston Street, Boston, the first being on February 12, 1896; and continued at that location until September, 1899, until the return to our quarters at 51 Boylston Street, the Temple having been completed; Wor. Arthur P. French being the first presiding Master on our return to the Temple.

The 545th Special Communication, held May 16, 1917, Worshipful William C. Crane presiding, Zetland Lodge celebrated its 50th Anniversary. Public ceremonies were held in Corinthian Hall for guests and ladies. Most Worshipful Leon M. Abbott was the presiding Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts. There were the usual amenities and a banquet. A studious and interesting history of Zetland Lodge was read by Rt. Wor. Edmund S. Young, District Deputy Grand Master. The "Boston Philharmonic Trio", assisted by Wilma Dearborn Carter, entertained in Corinthian Hall. Bro. Thomas M. Carter's band furnished music for dancing in Gothic Hall. The festivities ceased at 12:00 P.M.

March 12, 1917, Brother Frost presented the Lodge with a silk Service flag. December 12, 1917, Zetland Lodge voted to exempt from dues Brethren of the Lodge while in the Military Service, this to be for the period of the war. Also that same evening, $132.00 was voted to the Masonic War Fund.

November, 1919, the war was over, and there were 296 members this year; twenty applicants sought to join our ranks, but only nine of these were admitted to be raised to the Sublime Degree. During the year there were fifteen suspensions for non-payment of dues. The year ended with a net gain in membership of two. This was a year of caution for Grand Lodge requested the Masters to exercise great care in screening all who sought to gain admission.

February 11, 1920, the name of Daniel P. Harding appeared on an application for the Degrees in Zetland Lodge; later he was raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason by Wor. Edward T. Easton; none then knew the significance of this event, how important and beneficial this event was to prove, nor how great the blessing to our Lodge.

Brother Melville Madison Bigelow departed this life on May 5, 1921. He was a most distinguished Mason and citizen, former Dean of the Boston University Law School. For nearly half a century he served that institution and was internationally well known as a legal authority. In November a contingent of fifty visitors from the Chamber of Commerce came to honor Wor. William M. Wise, and they presented him with a traveling bag and a basket of flowers.

The Lodge suffered a real loss on May 9, 1923, when Bro. Fred Davies, our dedicated Secretary, departed this life. Fortunately the pen was picked up by Bro. Charles E. Munroe, who for many years to come filled the office in a most able manner.

December 10, 1924, the Most Worshipful Dudley H. Ferrell, Grand Master, bestowed the Henry Price Medal on the then senior member, Bro. George R. Fogg. Fortunate indeed were the Brethren of Zetland Lodge, for among the members was Bro. Thomas M. Carter, beloved by all, a great musician and composer of Boston Commandery march. Often his talent and his famous band were enjoyed by the Brethren, as for example, at the 60th and 61st convocations, when he conducted concerts which were attended by great numbers, and brought much pleasure to all.

February 10, 1926, Bro. Carter was the recipient of the Henry Price Medal, which was presented to him by the Most Wor. Grand Master, Frank L. Simpson, at which time Bro. Carter had been a Mason for nearly 62 years.

In these years, the initiation fee was $60.00, Grand Lodge Rent $800.00, Secretary's salary $100.00, Tyler $88.28, Organist $70.00, Cigars $49.00, and notices for Funerals $20.85. There was in the Permanent Fund $11,293.92, mostly held in Savings Banks, but $3,000.00 was in Liberty Bonds, and $995.42 in Atlantic City Electric Bonds. Zetland Lodge soon began to prepare for its 75th Anniversary, which was to occur in 1942. The first appropriation of money of $100.00 was made at the annual meeting in 1927, and a proposal was made to change the time of the annual meeting from December to September, by amending the By-Laws. The proposal failed, but in 1966 was adopted.

The years from 1918 to 1926 were prosperous and happy, especially for Grand Lodge, which reported a 50% increase in membership in the Blue Lodges. In retrospect, what appears to have happened, is a migration to the rural areas, where there were new Lodges, but, in the urban areas the older Lodges were holding on, notwithstanding substantial losses in membership through suspensions, attributed to non-payment of dues, antiquity of its members, and the changing environment of the city dweller. However, in 1927 our membership stood at 300, and we had a net gain of 4 from the preceding year.

November 14, 1928, Zetland Lodge passed its peak year in membership. By August, 1928, the membership dropped from 305 to 291 members, but the Lodge continued strong, and practiced Masonry actively. On the evening of November 14, 1928, there were present 132 members and guests assembled in the banquet hall to honor our esteemed Brother and distinguished guest, Right Worshipful Arthur William Coolidge, District Deputy Grand Master for the Boston 2nd Masonic District. His Suite numbered 50 masons of great distinction, including the oldest, Brothers Fogg and Carter. A check for $100.00 was presented in aid of Juniper Hall on behalf of Zetland Lodge. The District Deputy Grand Master, Marshal and Secretary were presented with Bags of Gold by Wor. Master Richard Ray, Jr. Our good wishes and fraternal spirit were sent to Zetland Lodge of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

The Lodge was greatly helped in these years by our faithful Treasurer, Albert B. Merrill, and by our loyal Secretary, Charles E. Munroe. The records in retrospect disclose that we lost some initial momentum, as attendance was 35 to 40 at each communication. We lost quite heavily in membership through deaths, demits, and suspensions, and non-payment of dues. Fellowship continued, and regular dinners were held with each communication; all of which reflect in a large measure the great effort of Bro. Daniel P. Harding, who, on January 8, 1930 was our Senior Warden and in recognition of his planning outstanding dinners, was appointed Commissar. April 9, 1930, Wor. Frank W. Wise, age 80, received the 50-year Medal, and was proposed for Honorary Membership. On May 14, 1930, he received his certificate of Honorary Membership.

The era of the great depression was here, but we had an excellent line of Officers to cope with it. They were: James P. Davies, Worshipful Master; Daniel P. Harding, Senior Warden; Evan G. Goodale, Junior Warden; Albert B. Merrill, Treasurer; Charles E. Munroe, Secretary; Hazen G. Keith, Senior Deacon; Bernard H. Marshall, Junior Deacon. As of August 31, 1930, assets totaled $12,466.51.

December 9, 1931, our spiritual cares were placed in the hands of our Chaplain, Rev. Bro. Whitelock, who exerted a most beneficial influence, exemplified as in a eulogy to Wor. Bro. George Washington:

"Our older Brothers continue to pass on to the land beyond the grave. There is no death — the thing that we call death is just another sadder name for life, which is itself, an insufficient name, faint recognition of that unknown life, that power whose shadow is the Universe."

June 14, 1933. Joint Meeting with Moses Michael Hays Lodge. Officers of both Lodges raised candidates. Officers were concerned about the poor attendance at dinners and in the Lodge. Grand Lodge in that year granted one-half million dollars in relief.

On January 18, 1934, Bro. Thomas M. Carter, age 92, and the oldest Band Master in the United States, died, and scores of the Brethren attended his burial at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge.

September 12, 1934, Zetland Lodge established a Charity Fund. Grand Lodge suspended for non-payment of dues 1,015 members of the fraternity. Ironically, at the same time, the fraternity was making equal effort in its solicitation for the Masonic Museum on the Second Floor of the Temple.

May 24, 1935, Wor. Evan T. Goodale replaced Bro. Charles E. Munroe as Secretary.

January 8, 1936, Rt. Wor. Daniel P. Harding, assisted by Wor. A. Neill Osgood, installed Wor. Bro. Hazen G. Keith as Master of Zetland Lodge. Our attendance was poor. Sometimes it was as low as 16-20 at a communication, but the cash assets were rising, the economic climate was poor, the ritual good. There was more entertainment, and the Lodges were helping one another. The Lodge of Instruction was gaining in favor. Rt. Wor. Arthur William Coolidge and Rt. Wor. Daniel P. Harding were elected to Honorary Membership. Approximately 150 years had elapsed since Washington was Master of his Lodge in Virginia. It was in 1779 that he held that honor, and he was, at the same time, inaugurated in office as the first President of our Country.

January 20, 1940, Masonic Services were held at Forest Hills Cemetery to mourn the loss of Rt. Wor. Edmund Sanford Young, Master of Zetland Lodge 1910-1911, Senior Steward 1912, District Deputy Grand Master, Boston 2nd Masonic District 1914-1915, Junior Grand Warden 1918, Secretary Board of Masonic Relief 1914-1940, Honorary Member of Zetland Lodge, holder of the Henry Price Medal, Historian, Lecturer, Chaplain, Installing Officer; in every essence, the spirit and back bone of Zetland Lodge.

Seven days later, Wor. Frank W. Wise, Master 1892-1893, and Honorary member died.

April 10, 1940, Wor. Joseph B. Compton announced that Dr. Currier's widow had presented Zetland Lodge the Jewel that her husband had worn, which was presented to him in honor of his long service as Marshal.

April 9, 1941, Rt. Wor. Arthur Coolidge with many distinguished Masons and Members of Grand Lodge present received from the Grand Master the Henry Price Medal. Records disclose a contribution to the Masonic Service Department of the Military Service and purchases of Defense Bonds.

April 8, 1942, was the ,795th regular communication of Zetland Lodge and the 75th Anniversary year. Officers were: Wor. Harold W. Martin, Master; Wallace E. Crowley, Senior Warden; Bernard H. Marshall, Junior Warden; Evan G. Goodale, Secretary; Rev. Herbert A. Whitelock, Chaplain; Daniel P. Harding, Acting Marshal; Arthur W. Anderson, Acting Junior Steward; Samuel N. Cohen, Tyler; Bertram F. Whipple, Organist. Program: Salute to the Colors; Sing National Anthem; share a Birthday Cake; mourn departed Brethren; Wor. Evan G. Goodale delivered a History of Zetland Lodge and Past Masters gave a 5 minute resume of their years in office.

May 2, 1942, there was further celebration at the Sheraton Hotel, 19 Bay State Road, with approximately 150 in attendance, including guests from the Grand Lodge, and the Presiding Masters of the Boston 2nd and Cambridge 2nd Masonic Districts. Right Wor. Arthur W. Coolidge gave a History of Zetland Lodge and there were remarks from Most Worshipful Grand Master, Albert A. Schaefer. The vocalist was Bro. Franklin Field, with music and dancing until 12 o'clock. Arrangements for this gala affair were made under the direction of Brothers Marshall and Crowley. A balance of $600 left from the 75th Anniversary fund was turned over to the Treasurer with instructions that upon written request from the Master, it be available to celebrate the 85th Anniversary.

On June 10, 1942, Wor. William R. Gibbs, made a bequest of $1,000 under his will to Zetland Lodge, and the income to be used for charity.

December 8, 1943, Arthur W. Coolidge was elected Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons.

September 1, 1944. Wartime. The Secretary sent Christmas Cards to servicemen. Entertainment reflects the war tempo.

Beginning December 13, 1944, under the leadership of Wor. Bernard H. Marshall, with Arthur W. Anderson as Senior Warden, and Rt. Wor. James McAfee, as Junior Warden, the Lodge experienced substantial growth in assets, and a large influx of applicants for the Degrees. We were very fortunate to have such able leadership.

February 14, 1945, notice was received that under the will of Bro. John T. Sides provision was made for a free bed at the Massachusetts Memorial Hospital.

On June 13, 1945, we had an outstanding night in Zetland Lodge. At this communication all but two of the living Past Masters were present. Rt. Wor. Daniel P. Harding was presented an engrossed and framed resolution, passed by the Lodge, plus a Life Membership in the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine from his business associates. The Grand Master presented the Joseph Warren Medal to our dedicated Brother, in token of his special services to the Craft. It was the 25th Anniversary of Rt. Wor. Daniel P. Harding's Masonic Membership.

Wor. Arthur W. Anderson guided our destiny, an excellent ritualist, having a quality which he successfully transmitted to his fellow officers. He directed considerable effort toward greater fraternization with other Lodges, as exemplified by exchange of courtesies with Wampatuck Lodge, and with Ebenezer Fuller Lodge. He made special efforts to stimulate greater Brotherly concern within, the Lodge, and showed much compassion. There was an excellent spirit in the Lodge, and it showed growth in membership and assets.

On December 11, 1946, Howard L. MacOdrum, made application for membership into Zetland Lodge, sponsored by Bernard H. Marshall, and was raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason, in March, 1947, Checker Taxi Associates taking part in the work of the evening.

On August 31, 1948, the assets of Zetland Lodge were $19,863.53, and membership totaled 179.

March 8, 1950, Bro. Samuel N. Cohen, our faithful and loyal Tyler of 37 years, departed this life. At a Memorial Service, held on April 12, 1950, Rev. Bro. Whitelock memorializes: "We'll miss you Sam, you may be sure But you will wait on yonder shore. And there beyond the pearly gates, Will greet us as so oft before. You did on earth, at Zetland's door."

June 14, 1950, with 188 members and guests present, we honored Rt. Wor. Daniel P. Harding, who, in 30 years had not missed a regular Zetland Lodge Communication. Eloquently Most Worshipful and Honorable, Arthur W. Coolidge, Past Grand Master, spoke of the record and service which Rt. Wor. Daniel P. Harding has given to Masonry. He was presented a Masonic ring from his friends in the market district. This affair was arranged by Bro. Thomas H. Tagen.

January 22, 1952, Most Wor. Arthur W. Coolidge, former Lt. Governor of Massachusetts, departed in Reading, Mass. He was born in Woodfords, Maine, on October 13, 1881. He entered September 11, 1907, passed October 9, 1907, raised November 13, 1907, Secretary, 1909-1917, Master, 1925-1926, District Deputy Grand Master, Boston 2nd Masonic District, 1927-1928, Deputy Grand Master, 1941, Grand Master of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Masons, 1944.

In 1952, Masonry celebrated the 200th Anniversary of the making of a Mason of Wor. George Washington, whom history records as: "First in peace, First in war, First in the hearts of his countrymen." Zetland Lodge had a new Master, Wor. James A. Miller, Bro. Frank L. Kundert, Senior Warden. As guests on Wednesday, October 8, 1952, were the Aleppo Temple Third Degree Team, to assist in the raising of Bro. Russell A. Yates, but more particularly to give honor to Wor. Daniel P. Harding, who served as Master on the team, and was assisted by Wor. John J. Mick. At the November communication, the Brethren voted unanimously to instruct the Master to vote "NO", at the December Grand Lodge Meeting, on the question of dropping the penalties in our Ritual.

In December, the 85th Anniversary was officially celebrated. The membership totaled 171, with financial affairs in good order. There were approximately 200 Brethren and guests assembled in Ionic Hall to participate on this memorable date.

The records disclose much evidence that the Masters of Zetland Lodge have been ever mindful of their responsibility to our Brethren throughout the world, and to society in general, as evidenced by the impassioned plea of Wor. Frank Kundert in February, 1953, who made great effort to gain support from the Brethren for the "Blood Bank Program", stating . . . "We have many promises, but Blood, and not promises is needed to save our lives".

June 11, 1953, Honorary Membership was conferred on Wor. Bernard H. Marshall.

Zetland celebrated Rt. Wor. Daniel P. Harding's 35 years of unbroken attendance, with a never to be forgotten "Shrine Night", on June 8, 1955. Herman Charles McStay, Illustrious Potentate of Aleppo Temple, Rt. Wor. A. Neill Osgood, Deputy Grand Master, members of the Potentate's Divan, and the Shrine Third Degree Team, and the Chanters, were all present to help the Brothers of Zetland Lodge honor their most distinguished Brother.

August 31, 1955, the Membership was 179, Lodge assets $23,300.90 with a 4.25% yield, all of which, the Auditor, Bro. Thomas N. Tagen, confirmed. After 20 years of faithful service, our Secretary, Wor. Evan G. Goodale, relinquished the pen to Wor. James R. Miller.

On April 1, 1956, Wor. Evan G. Goodale departed this life at Brattleboro, Vermont. For thirty-five years he served his Lodge.

In May, 1956, Bro. Henry W. Davis presented Wor. Evan G. Goodale's Jewel and Apron to the Lodge with the hope expressed that this Jewel might be used by future presiding Masters of Zetland Lodge during respective terms in office.

In 1956, with Wor. Howard L. MacOdrum as Master, there were eleven deaths, and one suspension, but ended the year without any loss in membership.

On August 16, 1957, at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Wor. Bernard H. Marshall departed this life to receive the reward he so justly deserved in the Celestial Lodge above. His influence and guiding hand had long been one of Zetland's strongest pillars.

It is with great satisfaction that Wor. David M. Johnston noted as his term of office drew to a close that our membership showed an increase of 4, making a total of 183. He turned the Hiram over to Wor. Bro. John A. Mathon, Master-Elect in 1958.

On March 11, 1959, the Police Degree Team raised Bro. Marshall Clifford MacLeod in long form. An outstanding ritualistic piece of work was done, and they were the recipients of most hearty congratulations from the Brethren. In September 1959, Edward Nixon Weir Smith made application to the Lodge. He was raised to the Sublime Degree March 9, 1960. The following month he began his Masonic career as Inside Sentinel of Zetland Lodge.

In January, 1959, Wor. Arthur W. Anderson, after a lapse of 12 years, again agreed to serve in the Oriental Chair. The following year Wor. Howard L. MacOdrum was appointed Rt. Wor. District Deputy Grand Master, Boston 2nd Masonic District.

February 10, 1960, Rt. Wor. Howard L. MacOdrum paid Zetland Lodge a Fraternal Visit. He was accompanied by his District Deputy Grand Marshal, Wor. Eugene C. Blanchard, his District Deputy Grand Secretary, Wor. George Starr Palmer, and accompanied by a large and distinguished Suite. On this occasion, the Rt. Wor. Bro. MacOdrum delivered an excellent History of the Origin of Zetland Lodge.

The 40th Anniversary of the making of a Mason of Rt. Wor. Daniel P. Harding was celebrated with fitting ceremonies on June 8, 1960. It was a gala event with songs by the Aleppo Chanters. The Wor. and Illustrious Potentate, Francis R. Sagle, of Aleppo Temple was present. Wor. Stanley F. Maxwell was escorted to the Oriental Chair, and the Aleppo Temple Third Degree Team raised Bro. John Rankin O'Brien to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason. Taking part in the ceremonies were Rt. Wor. Carl R. MacKenney, and Rev. Bro. Harry P. Folger, II, who gave a charge and an address on the "Privilege of being a Mason."

May 12, 1961, Honorary Membership was voted to Wor. Arthur W. Anderson, who has been exemplar worthy of imitation for nearly two decades. A new Secretary was elected, Wor. Bro. Fred Holland Chamberlin, Past Master of The Harvard Lodge, who affiliated with Zetland Lodge.

November 8, 1961, Rt. Wor. Howard L. MacOdrum made his final Official Visitation to Zetland Lodge, at which time he was presented a miniature gavel by R.W. A. Neill Osgood, on behalf of the Boston 2nd Masonic District, as well as a Past District Deputy Grand Master's Apron, by Wor. Robert P. Beach, Jr., Past Master of The Harvard Lodge, and Chairman of the Boston 2nd Masonic District for this occasion honoring the District Deputy Grand Master, who is also the representative of the Most Wor. Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts to the Grand Lodge of India.

Changes in our By-Laws were passed by a vote of 22-18 on February 12, 1964, including a proposal to change our annual communication date from December to September.

March 11,1964, Wor. William J. Whitley invited as our guests the Aleppo Temple Officers of the Third Degree Team, who arrived accompanied by members of the Shrine Band and Chanters. Bro. Everett Herbert Seiffert was raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason. The work of the evening was performed in memorable style, and we had a good turnout of Brethren.

During the Summer of 1964, our Brethren were deeply saddened to receive the report and perform a Masonic Funeral Service on the passing to the Celestial Lodge above of our much admired, respected and beloved Bro. Arthur Howey Ross of Hockey fame.

On January 13, 1965, Senior Warden Murphy arranged a Robert Burns Night. At dinner there were toasts to Robert Burns, salutes by the Bagpipers, Scottish songs by members of the Kilwinning Club Degree Team. Among the most interesting events at dinner was the Haggis, and the salute there-to. Later, the District Deputy Grand Master of the Boston 2nd Masonic District, Rt. Wor. Eugene C. Blanchard, was escorted by the Pipers and the Flag Bearers of the Kilwinning Degree Team. Wor. Robert Burniston spoke to the assembly of the life and times of Robert Burns, and read some of his poetry. In conclusion, the Degree Team assembled around the Altar for prayer and singing Auld Lang Syne in their traditional manner.

The dependable, and those believed durable forever, leave us all too soon; so it was with our Treasurer, Wor. George Starr Palmer, who departed this life, February 15, 1965. A real hard loss to replace from our rolls. Dame fortune smiled on Zetland Lodge, and the impossible replacement was found. Wor. Bro. V. George Badoian took on the arduous time consuming duties of Treasurer.

Before the close of 1965, two significant and important events occurred. First again we honor Rt. Wor. Daniel P. Harding on his 45th Anniversary under the direction of Rt. Wor. Howard L. MacOdrum, on June 9, 1965. Zetland Lodge was honored to have as guests Most Wor. A. Neill Osgood, Grand Master of Masons in Masachusetts, as well as the Most Worshipful Grand Master of Japan.

With Wor. John Murphy in the East, on October 13, 1965, the Lodge enjoyed a visit from the Springfield Pipers Band. The Officers of Zetland Lodge wearing kilts conferred the Third Degree on Bro. Roderick William MacDonald, the request of St. Munn Lodge, #496 of Ardnadum, Scotland.

We are now at the gate of our 100th year. Our Master is Wor. Edward N. W. Smith. Lodge assets total in excess of $35,000.00 and membership approximately 159. We acknowledge with grateful thanks, gifts and bequests from the following Brethren:

  • Bro. John F. Abbott $500.00 (1893)
  • Bro. Alfred Perkins 100.00 (1913)
  • Bro. Dwight Reynolds 500.00 (1934)
  • Bro. Edward Rugg 100.00 (1939)
  • Bro. Silas Peavy 250.00 (1942)
  • Wor. William P. Gibbs 1,000.00 (1943)
  • Bro. James Quigley 500.00 (1945)
  • Wor. Evan G. Goodale (for Grace Carter Memorial Fund) 1,000.00 (1945-1946)
  • Wor. Richard Ray, Jr. 200.00 (1946)
  • Bro. Orin F. Gallagher 6,000.00 (1957)
  • Estate of Wor. Bernard Marshall 250.00 (1963)
  • Bro. Samuel N. Cohen 500.00 (1965)

Total: $10,900.00

Bro. Orin F. Gallagher is remembered not only for his substantial beneficence, but for his constant concern and interest for the support of those things which were ever for the best interest of Zetland Lodge during his Masonic Years.

With Wor. Edward N. W. Smith in the East, we experience a new stability: a genuine effort to direct the Lodge's efforts toward productive channels on a course that has indications of being beneficial to Zetland Lodge. Attendance at our communications is on the increase, and there are indications of a rise in candidate interest. Officers are-giving their ritual more attention. We are under good leadership, building a solid foundation for our next century.

The history of Zetland Lodge is a story of which the Brethren may indeed be justly proud. Its achievements have been many and praiseworthy. Its trials, tribulations, and failures as they beset the Brethren were only setting the stage for our betterment.

The environment, the society, the manners of 1867 no longer exist. With each passing year change and progress have been inevitable. The mood, customs, desires of 1967, though they may puzzle us today, will, in due time, take their allotted places and fit nicely together. The picture will grow clearer, whatsoever challenges are to be met. We shall meet them.

We look to the future with pride, enthusiasm and determination, toward building and bringing increasing glory to our much beloved and honored Zetland Lodge, ever remembering to keep our trust in the Supreme Architect of the Universe, whose strong arm we hope will continue to protect, guide and direct our destiny.

Compiling this historical account of necessity, the Historian has drawn heavily on the records of our Past Historians, Secretaries, and Treasurers. Inevitably he has failed to record individuals and events of considerable importance; for all such oversights, the indulgence and forgiveness of the Brethren is earnestly solicited.

May the report give some pleasure in its reading to those of you who have given so much, and may it encourage others to go forth and do likewise.


  • 1880 (presentation of a check for commutation of the capitation tax, 1880-82)
  • 1941 (reduction in fees authorized, 1941-181)
  • 1970 (tribute to Rt. Wor. Daniel P. Harding)



From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXVI, No. 7, May 1867, Page 223:

A New Lodge has just been formed in this city under Dispensation, to be called Zetland Lodge, in compliment to the Earl of Zetland, the present Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of England. Our Brother, Rev. John W. Dadmun, has been appointed its first Master, with Brothers A. F. Chapman and John W. Abbot for his Wardens.


From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXVII, No. 7, May 1868, Page 223:

Zetland Lodge. —This is the name of a new and promising Lodge which was constituted in this city on the 18th of March last. The occasion was made one of more than usual interest and enjoyment. The Lodge having been constituted in the Egyptian Hall of the new Temple, the brethren were formed in procession and proceeded to "Sutton Hall" (Corinthian), where the new appointed officers were installed by M.W. Grand Master Dame, in the presence of a large and brilliant assemblage of ladies. At the conclusion of these ceremonies, a short address was delivered by Br. Chapman, Senior Warden of the Lodge, when the company were afforded an opportunity to view the apartments of the building, all of which were brilliantly lighted. The company next assembled in the large banquet-hall, and sat down to an entertainment served by Br. J. B. Smith, in a style and excellence for which he has been so long celebrated. We believe that in this respect, at least, all were satisfied. At the conclusion of the feast, brief speeches were made by Grand Master Dame, Brs. Parkman, Coolidge, and others. The officers of the new Lodge are,

  • Rev. J. W. Dadmun, M.
  • A. H. Chapman, S. W.
  • J. F. Abbot, J. W.


From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXIX, No. 3, January 1870, Page 86:

The Earl of Zetland, who was for so long a period the Most Worshipful Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of England, was born on the fifth day of February, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety-five. He is descended from an eminently respectable family, to which the historian and genealogist have both assigned an origin of high antiquity and splendor, but which has been still more remarkable for producing a series of men eminently distinguished for their public and private services in the highest civil and masonic offices of Great Britain.

He was initiated into Freemasonry as the Honorable Thomas Dundas, in the Prince of Wales Lodge, No. 324, on the 18th day of June, 1830, and afterwards successfully served that Lodge as its Worshipful Master.

On the 25th of April, 1832, he was appointed Senior Grand Warden; on the 24th of the same month, 1839, Deputy Grand Master; and in 1840 was elevated to the office of Pro Grand Master, which office he held at the time of the death of the Duke of Sussex, in April, 1843, from which time till the 6th day of March following, he exercised the functions of Grand Master, when he was elected to that high office, and installed as Most Worshipful Grand Master on the 24th of April, 1844 He has since been annually re-elected to that position, until the present year, when he declined to longer hold the office.

On his retirement from office, it was proposed to present him some memorial in testimony of the appreciation by the Fraternity, of his long and faithful services, but this he also declined, requesting that the funds be appropriated for the relief of the poor and needy.

This distinguished brother was exalted into Royal Arch Masonry in the Prince of Wales Chapter, on the 1st of June, 1832, and filled the chair of each of the Principals.

Pursuant to the regulations of the Supreme Grand Chapter of England, he became Second Grand Principal upon his appointment to the office of Deputy Grand Master.

As Pro Grand Master, he became First Grand Principal, and as a matter of course, continued to hold that office on being elevated to the office of Grand Master, that high officer being at all times ex-qffieio First Grand Principal. In honor of this distinguished and memorable brother, the Zetland Lodge of Boston is named, and the following correspondence will show his appreciation of the compliment: —

(To the Most Worshipful Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England.)
The Right Honoroble Thomas Dundas, Earl of Zetland, Baron Dundas, &c, &c, &c.

To commemorate your long and faithful services to the Fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons, and to express in an endearing manner our appreciation thereof, we are commissioned by our brethren, the members of the Lodge we represent, to convey to you information that your honorable name has been adopted by us, who have been regularly constituted and consecrated into a regular Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, on the Roll and within the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

In taking this liberty we feel assured that your fancy will join with your reason, and co-operate with us by approving the name of " Zetland Lodge," to be used as a means to teach that Freemasonry, to be universal, should be duly honored in the persons of her best examplars, irrespective of government, country or flag.

In further commemoration of your services we have incorporated in our By-Laws, by a very unanimous vote, your election as an Honorary Member of Zetland Lodge, a printed copy of which it is also a part of our pleasant duty to transmit to you; to which is appended an extract from the ceremonies of consecration, relating more particularly to your personal and masonic history.

Trusting that our action may be in no wise offensive, we shall beg your acceptance of the copy of the By-Laws, together with our highest regards and very sincere wishes for the continued prosperity of the Craft under your jurisdiction, and your own personal welfare.

We beg leave to subscribe ourselves very fraternally, the Worshipful Master and Wardens of Zetland Lodge, your very obedient servants,


John W. Dadmun, W. Master.
 A. F. Chapman, Sr. Warden.
John F. Abbot, Jr. Warden.
Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, October 20th, 1868.

Freemason's Hall, London, 29th January, 1869.
To the Worshipful Master and Wardens of the Zetland Lodge, Boston, Massachusetts,

W. Master and Brother Wardens:

I have just received with high gratification and gratitude the announcement you make to me, that you have selected my name as that by which to designate your new Lodge.

The honor you have thus conferred upon me is indeed a proof that Masonry should always be considered, as you well observe, "irrespectitve of government, country or flag." I cannot however forget the fact, that the Grand Lodges of England and Massachusetts have always been on a most cordial and fraternal footing.

I accept with pleasure the copy of your By-Laws, and shall esteem it an honor to be enrolled as an Honorary Member on the Books of the Lodge with which my name is now so intimately associated, and to which, as well as to its members generally, I wish all prosperity and success.

I am, W. Sir and Brethren, yours faithfully and fraternally,

Zetland, G.M.


From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXXI, No. 3, January 1872, Page 96:

Zetland Lodge: — At the annual communication of Zetland Lodge, held on Wednesday eve, in this city Dec. 13th the following officers were elected and installed:

  • Henry G. Fay, W. M.
  • Thomas Waterman, S. W.
  • George R. Rogers, J. W.
  • W. F. Robinson, Treasurer.
  • H. T. Parker, Secretary.
  • C. E. Lauriat, S. D.
  • J. H. Chester, J. D.
  • Rev. George S. Noyes, Chaplain.
  • E. H. Barton, S. S.
  • L. G. A. Sauteaux, J. S.
  • Austin Belknap, M.
  • Henry Kruger, J. B. S.
  • F. A. Pierce, Tyler.


Thomas Dundas, Earl of Zetland

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXXII, No. 10, October 1873, Page 311:

Zetland Lodge, September 10, 1873.

In the early part of the year 1867 a number of. brethren residing in or near Boston, petitioned for authority to open and hold a new Lodge of Freemasons in said city. Among their anxieties was the selection of a name by which to introduce the proposed new Lodge to the favor and protection of the Craft. Inasmuch, therefore, as Freemasonry is best exemplified by goodness, and cherishes principles "which unite men of every country," it was deliberately and unanimously voted that the name should be "Zetland Lodge," in honor of the Earl of Zetland, distinguished for eminent social and moral qualities among the Peers of England. He had there been Grand Master of the "United Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of England" for a period of twenty-three years; which office he adorned by his simplicity of character, as much us by the zeal and ability with which he discharged its duties.

Having adopted his name, it was further ordered in the By-Laws that "Our M. W. Brother, Thomas Dundas, Earl of Zetland, Most Worshipful Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of England, is hereby declared to be an Honorary Member of this Lodge, with all the rights and privileges usually appertaining to such membership." This act on the part of the Lodge he recognized with pleasure, and returned a complimentary letter expressing his satisfaction therewith.

In an appendix to the By-Laws of Zetland Lodge, an extract from an address delivered at the time of its dedication fully and correctly shows the masonic life and history of our noble brother, and also repeals the mutual good will existing between himself and his brethren, as well as the confidence which they for so many years reposed in his administration. To this we may add, that in December, 1869, he declined, by reason of age, to serve longer in the Grand East, though he retained the honors of office until May 14th, 1870, when his successor was installed Grand Master.

The Earl of Zetland commenced service in the Grand Lodge as Senior Grand Warden April 25th, 1832; was appointed Deputy Grand Master April 24th, 1839, Pro Grand Master September 2nd, 1840, and elected Grand Master March 6th, 1844, and installed April 24th following, the duties of which office he discharged honorably to himself and beneficially to the Craft for twenty-six years; and finally after about three years of release from office, surrounded by friends and cheered by the gratitude and love of his brethren, he died at Aske Hall, near Richmond, May 6th, 1873, aged 78 years, 3 months and 1 day, and was buried at Yorkshire. The news of this sad event was received by the members of Zetland Lodge with feelings of profound regret, and the Jewels of the Lodge were forthwith ordered to be draped in mourning for a period of ninety days, expressive of our sorrow.

  • But, Whereas, "death the grand leveler of all human greatness," has for the first time entered our Lodge, and shows how truly and how well he "loves a shining mark," reducing the moit exalted to the same state with the most lowly,
  • And, Whereas, neither honors nor riches, fame nor power, family nor friends, the Craft universal nor the prayers of the Church, can avert the shadows of the tomb,
  • Be it therefore Resolved, That the death of our brother, Thomas Dundas, Earl of Zetland, subdues, chastens and instructs us; presenting for the pressure of our feet something of the way of him whose ways are indeed "past finding out"; while within us arises the hope that infinite grace and mercy may abide with us all the days of our lives, and sanctify this our affliction to the promotion of the gospel of Peace.
  • Resolved, That as we looked to the Earl of Zetland, Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of England, for a name for this Lodge, and have pleasure in possessing it; so do we now heartily sympathize with the Craft over whom he presided so long and so well, and mourn with them and the family of the deceased in this our mutual affliction.
  • Resolved, That these resolutions, and the foregoing preamble, be spread upon our Records of the Lodge; and a copy sent to the Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of England, and to the family of the deceased.

Signed and fraternally submitted,


From Liberal Freemason, Vol. I, No. 10, January 1878, Page 315:

Zetland Lodge, F. and A. M., held its annual meeting in the Masonic Temple, Wednesday evening, December 12. The following-named officers were elected, and instilled by R. Wor. Bro. Henry G. Fay, District Deputy Grand Master: W. M., Edward H. Barton; S. W., A. F. Chapman ; J. W., Louis G. A. Fauteaux; Treasurer, Asa H. Eaton; Secretary, Hammond Vinton; Chaplain, Rev. John W. Dadmun; Marshal, H. G. Fay ; S. D., Thomas Waterman; J. D., George R. Rogers; S. S., J. F. Abbott; J. S., Peter Dolliver; I. S., B. S. Flanders; Organist, Theodore B. Hapgood; Tyler, B. F. Nourse. The Senior Warden, Chaplain, Deacons, Marshal, and Stewards are already Past Masters, but the Brethren voted unanimously in every case for these and all the officers, hence they again re-enter the active working service of Zetland Lodge.


From Liberal Freemason, Vol. III, No. 11, February 1880, Page 348:

At the regular meeting of Zetland Lodge held February 11th, the services of Past Master Edward H. Barton were appropriately recognized, by the gift of a Past Master's gold jewel. Bro. Barton has rendered the Lodge nine years continuous services, commencing low down in the list of officers, and served in each station faithfully. The Jewel was presented by the Junior Warden, on behalf of the Lodge, in a few complimentary remarks, happily responded to. A very pleasant hour was spent in the banquet hall, where speeches and pleasantry were indulged in. We print the list of officers for 1880: Louis G. A. Fauteaux, W. M.; Winfield L. Tucker, S. W.; Alfred F. Chapman, J. W.; Asa H. Caton. Treas.; Hammond Vinton, Sec.; Rev. J. W. Dadmun, Chap.; George R. Fogg, Marshal; George D. Burrage, S. D.; Warren B. Witherell, J. D.; Joseph T. Meader, S. S.; Frank W. Wise, J. S.; James Mclntire, Sent.; B. F. Nourse, Tyler.


From Liberal Freemason, Vol. V, No. 8, November 1881, Page 254:

The meeting of this Lodge was made more than usually interesting on Wednesday evening, November 9th, by reason of the visit of a large number of brethren from Montgomery Lodge, of Milford, Mass. Among them were many well-known working Masons, including Geo. E. Stacy, Sullivan C. Sumner, Thomas C. Eastman, Alfred A. Burrell, and others whose names escape us, but whose presence added to the interest of the occasion. The Work was on the Third Degree, and was well spoken of by the visitors. A collation was served in the banquet hall, where an hour was passed in social intercourse.


From Liberal Freemason, Vol. V, No. 9, December 1881, Page 288:

Zetland Lodge. — The Annual Meeting of this Lodge was held in the Temple in Boston on the evening of December 14th. The Lodge was one of the earliest to pay off its portion of the Grand Lodge Tax, by commutation, and in this it was largely aided by contributions from several of the members. The officers were unanimously elected, and inasmuch as they are all young men, active and intelligent, there is no doubt but good results will attend the administration. Winfield L. Tucker is Master, George D. Burrage, S. W. and Warren B. Wilherell, J. W.


From Liberal Freemason, Vol. VI, No. 9, December 1882, Page 286:

The Sixteenth Annual Meeting of Zetland Lodge of A. F. and A. Masons was held Wednesday evening, December 13th, at Masonic Temple, Officers were elected for the coming year as follows: Winfield L. Tucker, Worshipful Master; George D. Burrage, Senior Warden; W. B. Witherell, Junior Warden; Asa H. Caton, Treasurer; Charles L. Sproat, Secretary; appointed, Rev. J. W. Dadmun, Chaplain; Samuel L. Bates, Marshal; Charles E. Whitmore, Senior Deacon; Joseph T. Meader, Junior Deacon; Frank W. Wise, Senior Steward; Alliston E. Harlow, Junior Steward; James McIntyre, Inside Sentinel; Wm. H. Gerrish, Organist; Benj. F. Nourse, Tyler. The officers were regularly installed by Wor. Brother Alfred P. Chapman, after which a pleasant half-hour was passed in the banquet hall.


From Liberal Freemason, Vol. VII, No. 1, April 1883, Page 29:

A large audience assembled in the Masonic Temple in Boston on Friday evening, March 16th, under the auspices of Zetland Lodge, in celebration of its fifteenth anniversary under charter.

The orator of the evening stated that this was the second occasion in the history of the Lodge to which the ladies had been invited, the fust being that of constituting the Lodge, on the 11th day of March, 1868. The ceremonies of this evening were largely of a social character, and this was a pronounced feature throughout. An elaborate order of exercises was prepared and inclosed in a beautifully engraved cover: the title-page presented a fine portrait of the Earl of Zetland, Grand Master of Masons in England from 1844 to 1869, for whom the lodge was named. A printed list of the charter members was included in the order, together with the present organization or list of officers. The several committees were distinguished by different colored badges, representing Executive, Honorary, Reception and Floor; a synoptical programme, called for vocal and instrumental music, by Brother T. M. Carter's Orchestra; Madame M. Baker, pianoforte; Mrs. F. W. Knowles, songs; Mendelssohn Quartette; Miss Alice G. Lathrop, child violinist; Mr. Frank J. Donahoe, and Mr. Warren G. Richards, humorist. The historical address by W. Bro. Alfred F. Chapman was listened to with close attention. In dealing with subjects largely statistical it is difficult for the speaker to keep up the interest of the entire audience; but by including a series of sketches, in caricature, of the several Masters, this difficulty was avoided.

The Wor. Master, Winfield L. Tucker, welcomed the audience in a felicitous manner, and at the close of the exercises in Sutton Hall he invited the company to an inspection of the various apartments and to a collation served in Gothic Hall, after which a brief order of dances was concluded in the banquet hall. Among the guests were the M. W. Gr. Master, Samuel C. Lawrence, M. W. Stephen R. Sircom, Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia, the Masters of the several lodges meeting in the Temple and their ladies.

From Liberal Freemason, Vol. VII, No. 9, December 1883, Page 257:


The subject which I am invited to discuss, is too prosaic to afford amusement, and too limited in its range to create any special interest beyond it; but the distance between infancy and maturity is considerable, and this is spaced by way-marks remembered with sympathy, with pleasure, peradventure with regret.

There are but two stages in the existence of a Masonic Lodge, and these may be likened to childhood and manhood. A dispensation from the Grand Master gives it existence, but with limited powers, and after twelve months of trial the Grand Lodge decides whether a Warrant or Charter shall be granted. Under the former, a Lodge can make Masons, but it has no part in the business of Freemasonry outside of its own narrow limits; under the latter it at once becomes the Peer of other Lodges, and may adopt By-Laws, admit members, be heard by voice and vote in the Grand Lodge, through its Master and Wardens or Proxy, and though it may afterward count its years by scores, it is never more a Lodge tnan in the hour in which the charter is received and when the ceremony of constituting is closed.

The services of this evening are in commemoration of the 15th anniversary of the granting of the Charter to the Lodge, which was done on March nth, 1868, and not to the delivery of the Dispensation, which was granted April 15th, 1867, from which latter date Zetland Lodge properly takes precedence in the Grand Lodge and elsewhere.

In reviewing the history of the Lodge we shall notice the earliest measures adopted to bring it into being, rather than attempt an entirely formal following of the records.

The war had fairly closed, and the soldiers of the Union had returned to the pursuits of peace; but the massing of men had not been confined to purposes of sanguinary strife,— desire and decision marshaled the way to the halls of Masonry; these were crowded with candidates eager for degrees, and anxious to secure the Lodge-room's repose; the elements in motion taxed the wisdom and hurried the work of the older Lodges, until sociability gave place to labor, and friendly intercourse to the brevities of official routine.

Out of all this motion came the movement to organize a new Lodge in Boston; for this purpose, thirty-three brethren, associated themselves together, secured the recommendation of St. John's, St. Andrew's, Columbian, Revere, Winslow Lewis and Aberdour Lodges, all meeting at that time in Freemason's Hall, in Thorndike Building, No. 10 Summer Street. This was confirmed by the then D. D. Grand Master, the Dispensation was signed by the M. W. Grand Master, Charles C. Dame, and duly attested by Charles W. Moore, Grand Secretary. The petitioners were from several Lodges, but eighteen of them were from Mt. Lebanon Lodge, and from this circumstance a closer kinship between the two has been claimed.

At an informal meeting at No. 10 Summer St., on March 27th, 1867, it was voted to select the name of "Zetland," in honor of the Earl of Zetland, Grand Master of Masons in England, an office which he adorned from 1844 to 1869, inclusive, when he declined a re-election.

The death of this honest English brother occurred on May 6th, 1873, when he had reached the ripe age of 78 years, 3 months and 1 day; and it is pleasant to reflect that the honors awarded to him in life were more highly gilded by the love of those who knew him best.

We should like to say a word in remembrance of these.

This March meeting was a busy one, and at it all the business was concluded preliminary to actual work. The third Tuesday in each month was fixed as the time of meeting, a Committee of three was appointed; and it nominated John W. Dadmun to be first Master, Alfred F. Chapman to be. first Senior Warden, and John F. Abbot to be first Junior Warden, and these three were to carry to completion the business in hand.

The next meeting was held April 16th in the office of the Grand Secretary, 31 were present and heard the Dispensation read with satisfaction, the Lodge was duly organized, petitions for degrees were received, and on May 21st, following, Franklin Smith, A. A. Fengar, W. S. Tower, and Wm. A. Greene, were made Masons in Zetland Lodge, U. D.

On the 28th of the same month, the second and third degrees were conferred, by dispensation, on Capt. A. A. Fengar, he being a naval officer in the service of the United States.

The proper committees had been diligent in procuring such paraphernalia as was needed for Lodge use, and on October 15th, 1867, a final report gave a schedule of the property procured, at a valuation of $931.04. Included in this were many valuable gifts by the members, in addition to the sum of $10.00 paid in at the outset by every one of them. The cash then in the hands of the Treasurer was $317.75, making the accumulations of seven months to reach the very handsome sum of $1,248.79 a showing at once significant of the zeal and liberality of the brethren.

On February 18th, 1868, the first three officers were appointed to make arrangements for constituting the Lodge and installing the officers, and this was done on the evening of March 31st, 1868, by Grand Master Dame and officers of the Grand Lodge in the presence of about 180 persons, including the ladies and brethren.

The first code of By-Laws was adopted at a special meeting on March 9th, 1868, but this, by more recent action has been modified. The limit to membership has been removed, the fees reduced, and quarterly meetings, for members only, have been abolished; all these were designed to encourage a closer union of the members, and greater sociability in the Lodge.

Time, however, continues to work its changes, opinions change or lose their tension, and concluding that none of the original plans would be lost sight of or their purposes obstructed, these several modifications were made, including that which changed the time of meeting to the second Wednesday
in each month, July and August excepted. Since its organization, but not including this occasion, the Lodge has held 177 meetings; it has made 95 Masons to January 10th, 1883; has had 115 members; has lost 10 by death, and 1 who had received but one degree; 11 have dimitted, and 7 have been discharged.

Of the 33 Charter Members, 5 are of the dead, 4 are of those dimitted, and 4 are among those discharged; of the 20 who remain, reasonably good expectations can be held.

The Lodge has had three Honorary Members: first, "Our M. W. Brother, Thomas Dundas, the Earl of Zetland, Most Worshipful Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England," was declared to be an Honorary Member by the By-Laws; second, Thomas Waterman, by reason of long and meritorious service in Freemasonry, was elected to such membership; and third, William H. Sampson, a Charter member, by reason of age and increasing infirmity, was added to the list. But these are they

"Who change no more;
The only blest, the dwellers on the shore
Of Spring fulfilled."

At the present, the Lodge has 88 members, 6 of whom hold certificates of Life Membership.

Five Secretaries have been employed at different periods in keeping the Records, and these are models of neatness. George R. Rogers, the first Secretary, served at 46 meetings; Henry T. Parker, at 34 meetings; George N. Talbot, at 11 meetings; Hammond Vinton, at 72 meetings; and Charles L. Sproat, the present Secretary, has served at 14 meetings.

note that there is a missing passage in the printed text here.

brethren, and that they held "a pen to register; a key, that winds through secret wards." But in their praise,

"Time as he courses onward, still unrolls
The volume of concealment."

During its existence the Lodge has had fifteen different organizations, or boards of officers, under nine Masters. The latter succeeded each other as follows: John W. Dadmun, Alfred F. Chapman, Charles E. Powers, Henry G. Fay, Thomas Waterman, Jr., Geo. R. Rogers, Edward H. Barton, L. G. A. Fauteaux, and Winfield L. Tucker.

Each of these Masters has his own personality, anil among them there are qualities erf head and heart worthy of emulation. If we could group them and present the combined personality, astonishment might sit agape and good nature smile at the exhibition, — but let us look:

The majority, or all of these brethren have been caricaturized, — good naturedly so, — for the social meetings of the Lodge, and I have no doubt the pictures would be as amusing to you as they were to them.

Brother Dadmun, being a clergyman, appeared as a pleasant-faced Deacon, robed in clerical gown, with psalm-book in one hand and a tuning-fork in the other, that he might sound the lead, as a sort of bell-wether for the others of the flock to follow.

Brother Chapman was represented — yes, he was represented — but the caricature was a failure; and in consequence of that, opportunity was taken on another evening while in the banquet hall, to present him with a strikingly unique jewel — which, after much persuasion, he has consented to exhibit. (This jewel was here shown.)

Brother Powers was shown as standing on the platform of an over-crowded horse car, holding in one hand a monster petition signed by 3,353,333 persons, in favor of an elevated railway in Boston; while with the other he was pointing to the multitude of pedestrians, as he sung in discordant refrain : —

"Ye waiting souls, rejoice
To see the cuss removed."

The caricature of Brother Fay was a very pretty conceit. He was engaged in managing a horse that could indulge in only two motions — envious people said it was a rocking horse — but be that as it may, our Brother was decorated with a jewel, of which this is the only fellow. (The jewel already exhibited)

The picture of Brother Waterman was a characteristic one. He was represented as occupying apartments fitted and furnished for surgical operations; a patient was seated, with his right leg extended on crossbars, while the Doctor plied a carpenter's saw with professional delight.

In the case of Brother Rogers, the artist had an easier task. His reputation as Major-General of the Cadets was suggestive: the scene was laid at Nahant, and embraced a military camp, a review, the placing of the guards (under shelter), the reception of visitors, and the social customs of camp-life — while Brother Rogers sat beside a table in his tent in the foreground, with a monster quill-pen poised over his right ear, a saucer-shaped glass with stem and base, upon the table beside him, as he complacently awaited the completion of his order for another bottle — of ink.

Brother Barton was represented as the patient upon whom Dr. Waterman operated, and the remembance of it is so vivid that even now, after the lapse of years, any allusion to it, grates so harshly upon his nervous system as to give him a sensible shock.

As to Brother Fauteaux he appeared as standing at a distance from the shore, uncertain whether the tide was to rise or fall; his attitude was one of partial repose, expressive of dignity and patronage, from one of his hands which were crossed upon his breast was a pendant roll, inscribed "Commutation Tax," "Receipt in Full," while under all was his favorite motto, "Pay as you go."

In regard to the present Master, he has not, as yet, been caricatured, but those who know him have no occasion to ask, "Why don't you speak for yourself, John"?

In advising you of the freedom with which these several Masters have been caricatured, I must also tell you that this was done after the Lodge had been closed, and in the banquet room, where sociability prevailed. Every one of them was willing to contribute his trifle of merit or of mirth to the occasion, and the provoking pencil was always a welcome adjunct to the conceits of the hour. In all of these, the members have taken a lively interest and a better digestion has waited upon appetite.

But it is not to mirth alone that these Masters have devoted their attention; their methods, like, their minds, have been different, but every one of them has looked to the completion of his plan. In the Lodge or out of it, in the banquet-room or in the hall of labor, a sense of responsibility has I rested beneath the song of mirth; and though we may not claim superiority for any one, yet we can say that, measured by the standards of what we know is only human, they have filled their places with ability, and thereby shown that they were Masters worthy of emulation, and I may add without flattery or fear of reproach, that in all these higher attributes the present successful incumbent of the Chair is the peer of any one of them.

The year in which the Lodge was organized is a memorable I one in the annals of Freemasonry in Massachusetts, and every brother who participated in the magnificent street display incidental to the dedication of this Temple, will remember it as a "golden milestone" on his way to the limitless beyond. Then, the Lodge was only an inchoate body, and therefore not competent as though it had been a chartered one; but it moved I into these apartments, as did the older ones, and held its first meeting here, September 17th, 1867.

It bore its proportion of the first Tax laid, in payment of the cost of construction of this edifice, and most of its members paid in commutation. The fees it fixed for the degrees : and membership were of the highest, and in sympathy with I these the annual dues were correspondingly high. The times I through which the Lodge has lived, have been depressed, business has reached out for help, fire has devastated the city, fortunes have vanished in a night and strong men have fallen; but the Lodge has preserved its Masonic reputation and this is its supreme hour on the way to its secured success.

In 1879, a second per capita Tax was laid by the Grand Lodge, to run for a period of 15 years at the rate of $1.00 a year, with the option to Lodges or members to commute in a single payment of $10.00. Zetland Lodge then had 62 members, paying quarterages, as they always had, at the rate of $10.00 a year.

A number of these were so much in arrears for dues, because of losses, that under the By-Laws they could have been properly discharged; if this had been clone, the membership could have been fairly reduced, and $100 could have been saved to the treasury from the Grand Lodge Tax; but hitherto the Lodge had not been a drone, and it now declined to be a shirk. A very large percentage of debt was forgiven to members, and a check for the full amount of the capitation Tax, to wit, for $620 was handed to Grand Lodge in open session on June 9th, 1880.

A full report of the proceedings leading to this result would, of itself, be interesting, but the truths of history are stronger and will outlive individual praise.

We have said that the Lodge now has 88 members, six of whom are Life members.

Having voluntarily taxed themselves heavily for 14 years, the members voted to reduce the fees for membership, and to fix the annual dues at $5.00. To this end the By-Laws were revised, these were approved by the Grand Lodge, and the exhibition of this evening is the second time of public welcome given by the Lodge to its members and their friends, — The Ladies.

If we could assemble the Lodge as an individual, possessed of the collective manhood of its members, we can only imagine how fruitiful would be the retrospect of the years of its existence— from childhood to manhood at a step how much of the latter has been wrought into its being — from the room in Summer Street it came to this in the flush of inexperienced youth : side by side its early members marched without break or vacancy in their numbers, but in that retrospect we may call in vain to its chartered ranks, for Charles H. Almy, Samuel S. Ford, George S. Noyes, William Pratt, Jr., and William H. Sampson. If we turn the leaves of memory we shall again see the mourning line drawn beneath the names of George A. Bates, J. Quincy Billings, Joseph P. Calrow, John Humphrey and Arthur H. Williams. These vacancies bring us to see the Lodge's youth again, and standing upon its threshold we seem to hear it say:

"Years, years have passed, I have returned once more
To view the sacred spot where I was born.

And though the sky of youth is overhead,
My steps are slow, — they fall among the dead.
Before me, marked by many a mouldering stone,
My fathers and my early friends are sleeping low.
Spirits, I feel you o'er me. Bless me ere I go!"

It is not to retrospect, however, that present energies are due, helpful as that may be on occasion. The way of the Lodge is before it, poverty and decay may obstruct it—let these be touched'with gentle hands — Fortune may follow it with breezes of prosperity ; Let neither arrogance nor conceit raise a cloud ; but being born into the strength of manhood, a peer without a superior, let Temperance, Fortitude, Prudence and Justice prevail, having ever in mind the duties of manhood, which constitute the mission of Freemasonry—the practice of Brotherly-Love, Relief and Truth.

In the exercise of these Virtues, and in the wealth of opportunities to come, Zetland Lodge may crown its anniversaries with perpetual youth, and continue its work with the discretion of manhood, until,

"Eternity depending covers all;
Sets Earth at distance; casts her into shades;
Blends her distinctions; abrogates her powers."


From Liberal Freemason, Vol. VII, No. 10, January 1884, Page 257:

The officers of Zetland Lodge, for 1884 were duly installed into their respective stations at the regular meeting held January 9th, by Wor. Bro. Alfred F. Chapman, assisted by the Junior Past Master, Winfield L. Tucker. The Master and Wardens are George D. Burrage, Warren B. Witherell, Charles E. Whitmore. Following the installation, W. Bro. Alfred F. Chapman, in behalf of the Lodge, presented Wor. Bro. Tucker a Past Master's Jewel, of the usual pattern and style adopted in the Lodge, and fully equal in workmanship and value to any heretofore given by the Lodge. Wor. Bro. Thomas Waterman, by the same authority, presented Bro. Charles L. Sproat, Secretary during 1882 and 1883, with a beautiful Masonic Charm to wear on his watch chain. This was in recognition of his services as Secretary, from the duties of which office he chose to retire because of increased business cares-The administration of Wor. Bro. Tucker was a highly successful and popular one, and his successor enters upon the duties of Master under favorable auspices.


From Liberal Freemason, Vol. X, No. 3, June 1886, Page 95:

The third degree was worked in this lodge at its regular meeting, June 9th, by the Past Masters, who occupied the respective stations in rank according to seniority of service. The brethren gave the work as done when they were in active service. Some changes were made in the ritual by Grand Lodge in 1876, and as a natural consequence, the brethren admitted since then were not familiar with its reading prior to that date.

The Lodge was organized in 1867, and its Masters have been John W. Dadmun, Alfred F. Chapman, Charles E. Powers, Henry G. Fay, Thomas Waterman, George R. Rogers, Edward H. Barton, L. G. A. Fauteaux, Winfield L. Tucker, George D. Burrage, and the present Master, Warren B. Witherell.

A collation was served in the banquet hall, which concluded what was conceded to be a lughly interesting and pleasant event.


From Liberal Freemason, Vol. XII, No. 6, September 1888, Page 188:

The official visitation was made to this Lodge on Wednesday evening, Sept. 12, by R. W. Franklin W. Hopkins D. D. G. M. of the Second Masonic District and suite, Wor. George N. Monroe being Marshal. Wor. Charles E. Whitmore, Master of the Lodge, cordially welcomed the official delegation, and afterward worked the first degree in such a manner as to secure the congratulations and approval of the Deputy, who had good wot1 also for the Secretary and other officers. In all of this we take personal pride, as Zetland is the Lodge of our affiliation.


From Liberal Freemason, Vol. XII, No. 9, December 1888, Page 288:

The annual meeting of this Lodge was held in Masonic Temple, Boston, Dec. 12th, when Joseph T. Meader was elected Master; Frank W. Wise, S. W.; Chas. E. Wiggin, Jr., J. W.; Wm. S. Stevens, Tr.; W. D. Lombard, Secretary. These and the appointed officers were installed by Past Master, Thomas Waterman. A committee consisting of Past Masters Alfred F. Chapman, Thomas Waterman, Rev. John W. Dadmun, was appointed to procure a Past Master's Jewel for presentation to the Junior Past Master, Chas. E. Whitmore.


From Liberal Freemason, Vol. XIII, No. 4, July 1889, Page 128:

At the regular meeting in June, after the close of the work the W. Master invited the brethren to the banquet-hail where a fine collation was served. A surprise was here given to the. brethren, who had their curiosity somewhat excited by a mysterious looking curtain drawn across the northerly arm of the hall. It soon appeared that Wor. Bro. Dr. Thomas Waterman, a Past Master of the Lodge, was to give one of his unique exhibitions in sleight-of-hand performance, without the adjuncts usually attending similar exhibitions. The brethren evidently enjoyed the performance, and wondered much how the doctor could so completely mystify them, but he did it, nevertheless. It was a pleasant conclusion to a busy season by the Lodge.


From Liberal Freemason, Vol. XIV, No. 2, May 1890, Page 59:

On Wednesday evening, April 30, 1890, the Masonic Temple in Boston was occupied by Zetland Lodge for social purposes. Sutton Hall and ante-rooms were used as reception rooms for the ladies. A half-hour was devoted to inspection of Egyptian Hall, the armories of Boston, De Molay, and Joseph Warren Commanderies, and other rooms opened for the purpose. During a part of this time, preliminary to assembling in Gothic Hall, the band concluded No. 1 of the programme, the "welcome" being said at 8 o'clock. The entire numbers, as arranged on the programme, were as follows:

Zetland Lodge, F. & A. M.
(Portrait of Earl of Zetland.)

Wednesday Evening, April 30, 1890, at Seven and a Half o'Clock.

1. (a) Selection, Martha— Flotow.
(b) Serenade, for Flute and Violoncello — Tit'l. Bro. O.J. Ball and Bro. Leon Van Vliet.
(c) Selection, Princesse de Trebizonde— Offenbach. Carter's Band, Bro. T. M. Carter, Leader.
2. Address of Welcome. W. Bro. Joseph T. Meader.
3. Prayer. W. Bro. John W. Dadmun.
4. Part Song, In Absence — Hatton. Mendelssohn Quartet — Bro. F. W. Knowles, Bro. C. J. Buffum, Bro. J. L. White, W. Bro. J. K. Berry.
5. Freemasons, and Where They Meet. W. Bro. Alfred F. Chapman.
6. Song, O, happy Day — Carl Gotze. Mrs. T. M. Carter.
7. High-Class Prestidigitation — Selections from the French and American Schools of Conjuring. W. Bro. Thomas Waterman.
8. Cornet Solo, The Avis — Ramsdell. Bro. E. C. Ramsdell.
9. Song, The Happy Three — Roeckel. Mrs. Carter.
10. Solo, German Harp. Mr. F. M. Dean.
11. Oriental Magic — As practised by the Fakirs of India and Japan. W. Bro. Waterman.
12. Chestnuts — Knowles. Mendelssohn Quartet.

Conspicuous among the guests was the Grand Master, Samuel Wells, Esq., but the audience was confined quite closely to Lodge membership. A committee of arrangements of Past Masters, a reception committee, and the officers of the Lodge cooperated in carrying the reception to a very pleasant conclusion. The principal halls, stairways, and banquet-hall were beautified by a handsome display of plants and flowers. One hundred and fifty persons were seated at table. A "menu "gave place to quotations, and these concluded the neatly-arranged and well-printed programme.

"Appetite comes with eating," says Angeston.

And do as adversaries do in law —
Strive mightily, but eat and drink as friends.


"So comes a reckoning when the banquet's o'er."



From Liberal Freemason, Vol. XIV, No. 9, December 1890, Page 286:

The annual meeting of this Lodge was held on the evening of December 10, 1890, in Masonic Temple, Boston. The reports show the Lodge to have had a prosperous year, and from personal observation we judge the candidates accepted to have been worthy of the favorable consideration they received. The retiring Master, Wor. Bro. J. T. Meader, has been diligent and successful in administering the affairs of the Lodge. The officers elected for the year ensuing, are Wor. Thomas Waterman, a Past Master, to be Master; Frank E. Howe, S. W.; Horace A. Wallingford, J. W.; Rollin Jones, Treas.; Arthur P. French, Secretary. The Master made the following appointments: J. Frank Gammell, Chaplain; Edward L. Rugg, Marshal; James W. Hinckley, S. D.; William M. Smith, J. D.; Arthur W. Joslin, S. S.; Horace B. Stevens, J. S.; James C. Sharkey, I. S.; William H. Gerrish, Organist; Seth T. Dame, Tyler. Wor. Bro. Alfred F. Chapman, by request, presided during the election, and installed the officers, Bro. A. Geiger acting as


From New England Craftsman, Vol. III, No. 3, December 1907, Page 106:

It is not our practice to mention the visits of the District Deputy Grand Masters, as we do not wish to notice one and omit others and to speak of all would exceed the limits of our pages. Then are, however, some features of interest which come in connection with visitations that may he properly mentioned. Such were found on Nov. 13, on the occasion of the visit to Zetland Lodge, Boston, of Right Worshipful George J. Tufts, District Deputy Grand Master of the Second Masonic District.

We speak of this occasion because Worshipful George W. Chester, Master of the Lodge, had determined to make this evening the crowning glory of his career as Master. Many distinguished Masons were present by invitation, among whom were Most Worshipful J. Albert Blake, grand master of Massachusetts; Most Worshipful C. A. Calderwood, Grand Master of Vermont; E. G. Graves, Senior Grand Warden of Massachusetts; Charles H. Ramsay, grand treasurer; Fred L. Putnam, Grand Lecturer; Everett C. Benton, past Deputy Grand Master; James M. Gleason, past Senior Grand Warden; Albert B. Root, District Deputy Grand Master of the First, W. H. L. Odell, District Deputy Grand Master of the Third, and Fred C. Garvin, District Deputy Grand Master of the Fourth District. There were also present past District Deputy Grand masters A. M. Osgood, Wm. F. Chester, and F. H. Nichols. Beside those mentioned there were many other past officers of the grand lodge, and past and present presiding Masters of lodges, in and about Boston. An interesting incident of the evening was the admission of a candidate who is a son of a Past Master of the lodge, a nephew of the presiding Master and a grandson of a charter member of the lodge. One of his great-grandfathers was a member of Mt. Lebanon Lodge and a great-great-grandfather was a member of the Rising States Lodge, the noted lodge formed in opposition to the Lodge of St. Andrew by Paul Revere.

During the ceremony of admission the father of the candidate occupied the chair. District Deputy Tufts made a pleasant speech in which he said he would not allude to the secretary's duties, but if there were any omissions it might not do to refer to them, a remark which caused applause and a general smile as the deputy occupies that capacity in the lodge and his ability in handling the duties is universally known. As they had the light of the sun reflected upon them by the presence of the Grand Master, and there were so many other luminaries present he would give way to the one who shed his brightness over the jurisdiction.

Grand Master Blake assured the craftsmen that he was not present in his official capacity, but only in a social and personal way. He did not know whether he was the sun or the moon, a sally thai evoked applause, as he neatly turned the tables on the previous speaker. In alluding to the ceremony in which father and son had played so conspicuous a part, he remarked that it indicated the firm and abiding principles found in Freemasonry when its members deemed it was so good for their kinsmen. The roster of the various lodges showed this to a great degree. The members realized the universality of the order — it knows no bounds, no country. As the touch of nations comes closer and closer this kinship would be found to extend to them as well. "We stand for all that makes a man manly," said the Grand Master in closing an eloquent, timely and thoughtful address that breathed the spirit of the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man.

The closing feature of the evening was a bountiful banquet which made a fitting ending to a meeting thai was conspicuous by the harmony and good-fellowship of the brethren.


From New England Craftsman, Vol. III, No. 4, January 1908, Page 144:

The final act of Wor. Bro. Geo. W. Chester, as Master of Zetland Lodge, Boston, was a fitting conclusion of his career as Master of the lodge. No Master has labored more zealously or with greater intelligence for the prosperity of his lodge than he. New features of interest have been continually presented, some of them simple in character, but all expressive of constant care and interest in the lodge.

The annual meeting of the lodge was held December 11. Previous to opening for business a banquet was provided. At the head table sat Worshipful Mastei Chester, Grand Master Blake, Grand Treasurer Ramsay, Grand Marshal Johnson, Grand Prelate Perin of the Grand Commandery, Past Deputy Grand Master GMBenton Benton, Past Grand Warden Davis, Grand Junior Warden-elect Roberts, District Deputies Odell and Tufts and Worshipful Master Abbott of Columbian.

The menu was a novelty and an example of Wor. Bro. Chester's constant surprises. ft was a miniature blue lodge apron, of white lambskin, having on the lap the date, Dec. 11, 1907. and beneath on the face a picture of the Earl of Zetland, with the words, Annual Dinner / Zetland Lodge. On the "lining" were the dishes that constituted the "lining" provided by the caterer.

The banquet was concluded with a series of brilliant and interesting speeches by the Wor. Master, the Grand Master, Worshipful Leon M. Abbott and others.

After adjournment to Corinthian Hall, Grand Marshal Johnson of the Grand Lodge, assisted by Past Master Arthur T. Reed of Lafayette Lodge as marshal, installed the following officers of Zetland Lodge: Edwin H. Rogers. W. M.; Edmund S. Young, S. W.: Frederick E. Meader, J. W.; Rollin Jones, Treasurer (18th term); George J. Tufts (P. M.), Secretary; Rev. George L. Perin. Chaplain: Gilbert F. Day, Associate Chaplain; Walter J. Currier. M.: Howard Whitmore. S.D. ; William C. Crane. J. D.: Seldom D. Bartlett, S. S.; John W. Johnson. J. S.: Felix J. Levy. I. S.: William H. Gerrish, O.: Benjamin B. Gillette, Chorister; Edward F. Jacobs, Tyler.

The installing officials were presented bouquets by Worshipful Master Rogers.


From New England Craftsman, Vol. VII, No. 6, March 1912, Page 202:

The officers of Zetland lodge, Boston, for 1912 are: Frederick E. Meader, Worshipful master; Howard Whitmore, Senior Warden; William C. Crane, Junior Warden; Leonard A. Cates, Treasurer; Arthur W. Coolidge, Secretary; Arthur J. Bates, and Hilbert F. Day, Chaplains; John W. Johnson and Elwood T. Easton, Deacons; William M. Wise and William M. Cates, Stewards; Edward N. Kent, Inside Sentinel; William H. Gerrish, Organist, and Edward F. Jacobs, Tyler.

The annual meeting of Zetland lodge occurs on the day of the annual meeting of the Grand Lodge and it is usual for the Grand Master and other prominent members of the Grand Lodge to be the guests of Zetland Lodge on these occasions. This was true of the last annual meeting when a large number of Grand Lodge officers and members responded to invitations to be present. Among those present were Dana J. Flanders, Grand Master; Samuel Hauser, Senior Grand Warden; Thomas W. Davis, Recording Grand Secretary; J. Albert Blake and Edwin B. Holmes, Past Grand Masters; Everett C. Benton and Wm. H. L. Odell, Past Deputy Grand Masters. An excellent dinner was served. After the dinner Worshipful Master Edmund S. Young, gave a speech of welcome and called on the following brethren to address the lodge: Most Wor. Bros. Dana J. Flanders and Edwin B. Holmes and Rt. Wor. Bros. Everett C. Benton, Melvin M. Johnson, Allen T. Treadway and Clarence A. Brodeur. The remarks of the brethren were received with interest and warm approval by the brethren of the lodge. The officers were installed by Rt. Wor. William H. H. Soule assisted by Wor. William B. Reid as marshal. The choice of Rt. Wor. Bro. Soule as installing officer is singularly appropriate as his relation with the lodge has been close ever since it was chartered in 1867. He had a personal acquaintance with each of the charter members as well as with every master of the lodge since its organization. The lodge has been prosperous under the administration of the retiring master, Wor. Bro. Young, and there is reason to expect an equal prosperity under the direction of Wor. Bro. Meader.


From New England Craftsman, Vol. XII, No. 7, April 1917, Page 243:

More than four hundred, including guests, attended the semi-centennial of Zetland Lodge, Boston, Friday, March 16th. The principal guest was Grand Master Leon M. Abbott. Of the 33 charter members, one survivor was present, who received special attention. This brother is George E. Rogers, the senior of the living Past Masters of the lodge. There have been 26 presiding officers.

In Corinthian Hall the Grand Master and staff were received by Worshipful Master Crane. At the banquet the master presided and at the head of the table were the other guests and many of the past masters. Grand Master Abbott conveyed the greetings of the craft, after the company had been welcomed by the master. There was a historical address by Right Worshipful Edmund S. Young.

There was a brilliant program of one hour and a half in Ionic Hall, and dancing until midnight in Gothic Hall. The genial details were in charge of the master, the floor director was Charles E. Munroe and James E. Munroe had the supervision of the banquet.

The present officers are William C. Crane, WM; John W. Johnson, SW; Elwood T. Easton, JW; Leonard A. Cates, T; Arthur W. Coolidge, S; Arthur J. Bates, c; Walter J. Currier, M; William M. Wise, SD; Charles W. Corkum, JD; William R Gibbs, SS; Charles H. Schworm, JS; Joseph S. Risser, IS; William H. Gerrish, organist; Edward F. Jacobs, Tyler.


From New England Craftsman, Vol. XXIII, No. 3, January 1928, Page 50:

An orchestral concert, by members of Zetland Lodge, was held at Masonic Temple, Boston, December 14, 1927.

With Bro. Thomas M. Carter as Director. Brothers Roland Huxley, Clement G. Miller, John W. Little, William H. Mumler, J. Edward Kurth, Clayton W. Thomas, Clifford M. Ferguson, Richard A. Kurth, Herbert E. Patrick, assisted by Brothers Oscar E. Wasgatt, John B. Fielding, William Metcalf, Ernest L. Vinal, Peter Edwards, Arnold L. Chick, Aaron Harris, gave the following programme: —

  • Overture, Poet and Peasant, F. Von Suppe;
  • Largo, from Xerxes, G. F. Handel;
  • Minuet in G, L. v Beethoven;
  • Offertoire, E. Batiste;
  • Selection, Faust, C. G. Garnod.




1867: District 1 (Boston)

1883: District 2 (Cambridge)

1911: District 2 (Cambridge)

1927: District 2 (Boston)


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