- 1 FOURTH ESTATE 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
FOURTH ESTATE LODGE
Chartered By: Dudley M. Ferrell
Charter Date: 09/12/1923 1923-331
Precedence Date: 11/27/1922
Current Status: Merged into St. John's, Boston, 05/23/1985.
- James S. Robinson, 1922, 1923
- Edmund F. Knight, 1924
- Charles G. Balcom, 1925; Mem
- James W. Phelps, 1926
- Edward L. Lemon, 1927
- F. Milton Allen, 1928; N
- Joseph Dove, 1929
- Harry Haime, 1930
- J. Arthur Zemia, 1931
- Dugald MacCallum, 1932; N
- Burton E. Pray, 1933
- Charles E. Burton, 1934
- Fred M. Phillips, 1935
- Earl W. Parker, 1936
- Joseph T. Davis, 1937
- Winfield J. Hamel, 1938
- John R. Jackson, 1939
- John E. Halvorsen, 1940; SN
- Guy L. Cortiss, 1941
- William B. Evans, 1942
- George P. Paro, 1943-1945
- Adolph Hermann, 1946
- Elmer S. Wright, 1947
- Clarence D. Nesbit, 1948
- Ernest C. Handley, 1949
- Robert P. Kyle, 1950
- Justin T. Patterson, 1951
- Edgar M. Mills, 1952; N
- Frederick W. Hill, 1953
- Thomas H. Patton, 1954
- John W. Biggs, 1955
- Herbert W. Lawrence, Jr., 1956
- James G. Saunders, 1957, 1958
- William A. Nelson, 1959
- Curtis C. Reeser, 1960
- Charles E. Dole, Jr., 1961
- Bruce S. Colpas, 1962
- Robert E. Crosby, 1963
- Murray E. Howell, 1964; N
- Elman F. Teixeira, 1965
- Wilfred C. Roberts, 1966
- Harry Sawizky, 1967, 1983
- Howard M. Smith, 1968
- Vaughan W. Black, 1969
- William A. Reid, 1970
- Donald D. Stewart, 1971
- Peter Buchanan, 1972
- Duncan Ferguson, 1973, 1982
- William T. Graham, 1974
- Richard A. Walls, 1975, 1984, 1985
- John M. Paige, 1976
- David Blackhurst, 1977
- William P. Kyle, 1978
- Millard J. Schwalm, 1979, 1980
- Charles E. Dole, Jr., 1981
REFERENCES IN GRAND LODGE PROCEEDINGS
- Petition for Dispensation: 1922
- Petition for Charter: 1923
- Consolidation Petition (with [St. John's Lodge): 1985
VISITS BY GRAND MASTER
- 1923 (Ferrell; Constitution of Lodge and installation)
- 1924 (Ferrell)
- 1925 (Ferrell; 2 visits, including reception; see below)
- 1929 (H. Dean; reception for Charles G. Balcom)
- 1930 (H. Dean; reception for Charles G. Balcom)
- 1932 (Chipman; reception for Charles G. Balcom)
- 1933 (Chipman; New York Night)
- 1947 (Wragg; 25th Anniversary; Special Communication)
- 1972 (Vose; 50th Anniversary; Special Communication)
- 1985 (Richardson; consolidation petition with St. John's Lodge; Special Communication)
- 1947 (25th Anniversary History, 1947-318; see below)
- 1972 (50th Anniversary History, 1972-46; see below)
25TH ANNIVERSARY HISTORY, OCTOBER 1947
The "Fourth Estate Ledger", published for the 25th Anniversary
From Proceedings, Page 1947-318:
By Brother Edgar M. Mills.
Formed in 1922 as the first newspapermen's lodge in the United States, Fourth Estate Lodge today looks back upon twenty-five years packed with honors and progress, ahead to continued growth and service to Masonry.
Today the Lodge enjoys its highest membership—237 Brothers. Indicative of its strength, popularity and growth are the twenty-eight new members who joined during the past year. Never in the Lodge's history have so many new members entered in one year. Never has Fourth Estate been so well positioned to go forward to ever greater work. Built upon the solid base of newspapermen's inherent fellowship and Masonry's dedication to high principle, Fourth Estate was instituted on December 18, 1922. Leading to this formal ceremony was a year of intense preparation.
Seed for the Lodge was first sown at the Boston Herald-Traveler. During the winter, more than a dozen newspapermen had taken their degrees within a short period, so the question developed: "Why not a newspapermen's Lodge?" Masons on other Boston papers became interested. A committee was formed to confer with Most Worshipful Arthur D. Prince, then Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, about formation of such a Lodge. M. W. Brother Prince gave the go ahead signal, predicated upon proper finances and interest.
The idea developed rapidly; officers were chosen; and a guarantee fund was started with Arthur Smith as Treasurer. To Brother Smith is due much of the credit for the executive foundation of Fourth Estate. A zealous Mason, Brother Smith devoted considerable energy to the fund raising.
When the Lodge was instituted, it had $2300 in the treasury. How this fund developed is interesting to all Fourth Estate members. Each of the 120 Charter Members, representing every Boston daily paper, paid a $10 Charter membership fee. The rest of the fund was raised through an ingenious system adopted by Brother Smith.
Meanwhile, from Alfred James Gordon at the Herald came the name "Fourth Estate." It is based upon Edmund Burke's famous declaration that "there were three estates in parliament — Nobility, Clergy, Commons but in the Reporters' Gallery yonder there sat a Fourth Estate more important than they all." It is this declaration that appears on our regular communication notice.
After completion of various formalities, Fourth Estate was ready for institution. Ceremonies were held at the Masonic Temple, Thompson Square, Charlestown. James S. Robinson, proprietor of a State House news service and Past Master of John T. Heard Lodge, Ipswich, became the Lodge's first Worshipful Master. Other officers were:
- Rodney W. Walch, Herald, Senior Warden
- Edmund F. Knight, Traveler, Junior Warden
- Arthur E. Smith, Herald, Treasurer
- Harry M. Fletcher, Traveler, Secretary
- George W. Longley, The Christian Science Monitor, Chaplain
- Harry K. Pearsons, American, Marshal
- Charles C. Balcom, Transcript, Senior Deacon
- James W. Phelps, Monitor, Junior Deacon
- Edward L. Lemon, Globe, Senior Steward
- Ray C. Mills, Advertiser, Junior Steward
- Paul Revere Knight, Herald, Inside Sentinel
- Frank C. Litchfield, Traveler, Organist
- George H. Robbins, Tyler
Of these officers, four later served in the East — "Eddie" Knight became Fourth Estate's second Worshipful Master in 1924: "Charlie" Balcom became Master in 1925 and has advanced to become one of the most prominent Masons in Massachusetts; "Jim" Phelps served as Master in the 1926-27 term, while Edward Lemon was Master immediately succeeding "Jim."
The institution ceremony was considered an outstanding event in Massachusetts Masonic history because of the unique character of Fourth Estate, which it has ever retained.
Right Worshipful Edward C. R. Bagley, District Deputy Grand Master of the Third Masonic District, conducted the proceedings. Lieut. Gov. Alvan T. Fuller of Converse Lodge, Malden (later Governor), and Malcolm E. Nichols, Collector of Internal Revenue (later Mayor of Boston), and Master of Aberdour Lodge, Boston, were among the speakers. President Warren G. Harding and Governor Channing H. Cox sent letters of felicitation.
After operating a year under dispensation from the Grand Lodge, Fourth Estate was formally constituted on October 2, 1923, by Grand Master Dudley H. Ferrell. Worshipful Robinson was installed as its first Master under its constitution. Thus firmly established, Fourth Estate began a career which has included many notable events. Honors were many.
One of the outstanding official honors paid Fourth Estate occurred when "Charlie" Balcom, then Senior Warden, was chosen to accompany Grand Master Ferrell in 1925 upon a ten week official visitation to Lodges in the Canal Zone and South America to visit Lodges warranted by the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. This later led to one of Fourth Estate's greatest honors, in official visitation of Right Worshipful Ralph Osborn, District Grand Master, and Right Worshipful Charles Cameron, District Grand Secretary, of the Canal Zone on September 9, 1925. Thus Fourth Estate became the first Lodge in Massachusetts to have as its guest a District Grand Master.
On March 10, 1924, Right Worshipful Brother Sir Alfred Robbins, President of the Board of General Purposes of the United Grand Lodge of England, visited the Lodge during a Masonic mission to the United States. He was made an Honorary Member of the Lodge.
Down through the years newspaper nights have been memorable events in the Lodge. Tops among these nights was New England Newspapermen's Night. From all over New England came newspapermen to attend the affair at the special invitation of Worshipful Master Edmund F. Knight. Worcester's thirty-five men delegation was the largest. More than 400 Masons-attended.
New York Night was another major event. To this affair New York newspapermen sojourning in Boston and vicinity were invited to be guests of the Lodge. Like similar gatherings in Fourth Estate, the Night was blue ribbon in quality. The Lodge was then in its eleventh year, having celebrated its tenth anniversary in December. It was named Old Home Night. All members of the Lodge who could possibly attend were there. The Rev. Brother J. Whitcomb Brougher of Tremont Temple was the speaker.
One of the unique events occurred when a father and two sons were raised on the same night. They were Frank Shovelier, father, and his sons, Basil Frank and Cyril Williams. All were employed on the Monitor. The occasion was a Christian Science Monitor night.
Interesting it is that the first candidate raised by Worshipful James S. Robinson as Master of Fourth Estate Lodge was his son, Philip J. Robinson. Tonight Philip is presenting to the Lodge his father's apron and jewel.
"Charlie" Balcom had figured in so many of Fourth Estate's noteworthy events that it is impossible to keep him out of this history. For instance, in 1929, when Most Worshipful Grand Master Herbert W. Dean honored the Lodge by choosing "Charlie" as his Grand Marshal. The next year Grand Master Dean and "Charlie" made an official visitation to China and around the World. The trip was the subject of before and after banquets, with the presentation of a moving picture camera with all equipment. At the post-event affair, chop suey was on the menu. Everyone had, to eat with chopsticks, or pay $1 for ordinary eating tools. Proceeds went to the Masonic Home.
Ingenious methods have been used at times to raise money for the Lodge. An annual minstrel show produced heavily. The talent was mostly Fourth Estate — and good!
Honors to individual members of Fourth Estate have been many. Of course "Charlie" Balcom heads the list. In 1930, after his service as first District Deputy Grand Master of the Boston Third Masonic District, and as Grand Marshal of the Grand Lodge, "Charlie" received the Henry Price Medal, highest medal in Massachusetts Masonry. He later served as Senior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge.
"Eddie" Knight and Wilfred G. Paine, Marshal of the Lodge, are Fourth Estate's other medal holders. Both have received the Distinguished Service Medal for outstanding work in Masonry. No member of the Lodge has given more faithful service than "Eddie."
"Bill" Paine, now serving his twelfth year as Marshal of Fourth Estate, received his Distinguished Service Medal in 1943. "Bill" has been a pillar of the Lodge, and has served on many committees.
Nor can we forget Right Worshipful Dugald MacCallum and the late Right Worshipful F. Milton Allen. Both served as Master of Fourth Estate and as District Deputy Grand Master. Dugald is now completing his seventh year as Secretary of the Lodge.
George P. Paro, only man in Fourth Estate to serve three years as Master of the Lodge, has won a new honor for the Lodge. Recently he was elected Master of the Third Lodge of Instruction.
Elmer S. Wright, Senior Warden of Fourth Estate, is another who brings honor to the Lodge. He is now serving as Commander of Bay State Commandery, Brockton.
Bright and successful have been our first twenty-five years of Masonic union making new friends and Brothers which time alone can part.
No history of Fourth Estate Lodge would be complete without a list of Charter Members still active members of the Lodge. They are:
- Charles C. Balcom
- Edgar C. Bross
- Willard E. Brown
- Pearly Randolph Bryant
- Charles A. Colton
- William Raymond Diamond
- Joseph Dove
- William Henry Edmonds
- Fenno W. Fifield
- William E. Foster
- Frederick W. Gilliard
- John Charles Henry Graham
- J. Frank Greig
- Harry Haime
- Edward E. Hicken
- Edmund Floyd Knight
- W. Eldridge Lowe
- Edwin T. Luscombe
- C, Allen Moore
- Herman Nickerson
- Frank L. Perrin
- George W. Pettybridge
- James W. Phelps
- John Skinner
- Charles M. Stow
- Melville Sherwood Tarr
- Robert Charles Thompson
- E. E. Whiting
- F. Burton Whitman
- Wendall M. Wyman
50TH ANNIVERSARY HISTORY, APRIL 1972
From Proceedings, Page 1972-46:
By Worshipful Charles E. Dole.
It was known as the Roarin' Twenties! Flappers, the Charleston, gangsters, bathtub gin, the Stutz Bearcat, Lindy, raccoon coats, rumble seats, and a stock market run wild. Heady days, shady nights—and a steamer trunk packed with memories. Yet the biggest happening of all was right here in Boston, where rebel hoofbeats of an earlier day had stomped through the Common and down the cowpaths into history. For it was here the first Masonic newspaper Lodge in the country came alive to be known as Fourth Estate. The year: 1922. Now, as the Lodge and its brethren launch into their second half century, eyes turn backward for a glimpse down those very same cowpaths to see where they've been—and outward toward tomorrow.
Known far and wide within the broad reach of Masonic friendship and good will, the story of Fourth Estate Lodge even penetrated the storied white walls of the presidential palace in Washington, D.C. A letter, dated December 5, 1922, and addressed to Wor. James S. Robinson, who was to become first Master of the Lodge, read:
"My dear Mr. Robinson:
"Your note of invitation for the evening of December 18, when you are to seat the officers of the new Fourth Estate Lodge, A. F. & A. M., is received.
"I regret that acceptance is impossible and as a poor substitute wish to express my good wishes to this unique lodge and all its members.
Most sincerely yours,
(s) Warren G. Harding"
And so, with a written sendoff from the President of the United States, the fledgling Lodge was on its way.
First special communication was held Monday evening, December 18, 1922, in the Masonic Apartments, Thompson Square, Charlestown, after a year of intense preparation. Officers of the new Lodge were chosen with Wor. Bro. Robinson, proprietor of a State House news service and Past Master of John T. Heard Lodge, Ipswich, Massachusetts, as first Master. Other officers were Brothers Rodney W. Walch of the Boston Herald, Senior Warden; Edmund F. Knight, Boston Traveler, Junior Warden; Arthur E. Smith, Boston Herald, Treasurer; Harry M. Fletcher, Boston Traveler, Secretary; George W. Longley, The Christian Science Monitor, Chaplain; Harry K. Pearsons, Boston American, Marshal; Charles C. Balcom, Boston Transcript, Senior Deacon; James W. Phelps, The Christian Science Monitor, Junior Deacon; Edward L. Memon, Boston Globe, Senior Steward; Ray C. Mills, Boston Advertiser, Junior Steward; Paul Revere Knight, Boston Herald, Inside Sentinel; Frank C. Litchfield, Boston Traveler, Organist; and George H. Robbins, Boston Traveler, Tyler.
Officers were seated in a ceremony directed by Rt. Wor. Edward C. R. Bagley, District Deputy Grand Master for the Boston Third Masonic District, and assisted by Wor. J. Franklin Hodge, District Deputy Grand Marshal; Wor. Justin A. Duncan, District Deputy Grand Secretary, and the Rev. W. Dewees Roberts, Chaplain.
Charter Signed by 120 Master Masons
Bro. Smith, as Treasurer, had organized a fund which provided $2,300. when the Lodge was instituted, with each of the 120 charter members paying a $10. charter membership fee while the rest of the money was raised by other methods. One hundred and twenty Master Masons signed the Charter of the new Lodge, granted by Most Worshipful Dudley H. Ferrell, Grand Master.
Following the end of World War I, just as in the years after World War II, there was a rebirth of interest in Freemasonry and applications for membership soared. More than a dozen Boston newspapermen, for instance, took their degrees in one short period during the winter of 1921. Naturally, members of the Craft took notice. It soon became evident that the practice of Freemasonry was more than superficial among Boston area newsmen.
Masonic brethren on the Boston Herald did the spadework by asking: "Why not a newspapermen's Lodge?" The idea spread to workers on the other intown papers; meetings were held, and a committee formed.
And the name? Credit goes to Bro. Alfred James Gordon, also of the Herald. Now carried on the cover page of all Fourth Estate Lodge notices is Thomas Carlyle's pronouncement: "Edmund Burke said there were Three Estates in Parliament: Nobility, Clergy, Commons, but in the Reporters' Gallery yonder there sat a Fourth Estate more important far than they all."
Because it was believed to be the first newspaper Lodge in the country, institution of Fourth Estate created widespread interest in the Masonic Fraternity and brought a large turnout to the Masonic Apartments in Charlestown, where the Lodge met till it moved to the Masonic Temple in Boston in 1938. A notable Suite accompanied the Grand Master to the institutional ceremonies. In all, some 70 Lodges were represented by the 400 guests, and speakers included Lt. Gov. Alvan T. Fuller of Converse Lodge, Maiden and later Governor; and Malcolm E. Nichols, Collector of Internal Revenue, later Mayor of Boston. The first candidate to be raised in the Lodge was Phillip J. Robinson, son of the first Worshipful Master. Functioning for a year under dispensation from the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, the Lodge was formally constituted on October 2, 1923. (1923 Mass. 352-356)
"There is something special about . . . ."
Thus launched on its true Masonic course, Fourth Estate Lodge has gone on through the years to acquire one honor after another. Few Masons who know the Lodge fail to comment on the spirit and good feeling within it, which has resulted in many affiliations over the years. "There is something special about Fourth Estate Lodge," is no unusual comment from visiting Brethren from all parts of the world. Wor. Edmund F. Knight, beloved for more than 40 years as an honored member and tireless worker in the Lodge, became the second Master in 1924. During his year in the East, Wor. Bro. Knight (whom many members of the Lodge remember affectionately as Brother Eddie), held a newspaper night in which newsmen from all over New England came—some 400 in all. The largest delegation, according to a newspaper story at the time, came from Worcester. Forgotten were layouts and leads, headlines and trims, because the brethren had come together for fellowship alone.
Here is some verse from our well-beloved Rt. Wor. Dugald MacCallum, who not only was Master of Fourth Estate Lodge, but also occupied the Secretary's Chair for 17 years.
Boston Post brethren, you're welcome indeed,
As you sit round our table tonight;
May all that is good in this world be your mead
As you journey along toward the Light.
Together we meet — fellow-workers and friend
As Masons and brothers, 'tis true;
And may this occasion of harmony tend
Masonic resolves to renew.
Be pals to each other, and share every load,
And Masonic companionship know;
It isn't so far to the end of the road,
So enjoy every hour as you go.
So Boston Post brethren, we wish you God-speed
As you rise from our table tonight;
And the Master of All will supply every need
As you journey along toward the Light!
Another bit of wisdom from those early days:
A good thing to remember
A better thing to do
Work with the construction gang
And not the wrecking crew.
The first Senior Deacon, Rt. Wor. Charles C. Balcom, ascended to the Oriental Chair in 1925. Few Masons have acquired more Masonic credentials or carried them with such distinction as Wor. Bro. Charlie who also became Senior Grand Warden in the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts and received his 33d Degree in 1948. When Senior Warden of Fourth Estate Lodge, Brother Balcom was chosen to accompany Grand Master Dudley H. Ferrell on a 10-week official visitation to the Lodges in the Canal Zone and South America under jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. This distinguished Mason also served as Grand Marshal and accompanied the Grand Master on a trip to China and around the world.
On September 9, 1925, Rt. Wor. Ralph Osborn and Rt. Wor. Charles Cameron, District Grand Secretary of the Canal Zone, paid an official visitation to Fourth Estate Lodge which gave the Lodge the distinction of becoming the first Masonic Lodge in Massachusetts to have as its guest a District Grand Master. A year earlier, Rt. Wor. Bro. Sir Alfred Robbins of the United Grand Lodge of England visited Fourth Estate Lodge and on the occasion was made an honorary member of the Lodge.
(A note of interest: In 1925 Boston newspapers had 5 15 workers who were Masons.) That year the Lodge put out an eight-page paper called "The Fourth Estate", telling how the Lodge began, what was ahead, and comedy, such as:
Excited lady: "Officer, some men are shooting dice down the corner."
Bro. Strachan, Station 4: "What do you think I am, Madam, a game Warden?"
Boom of the Twenties Leads to Depression
The early years of the Lodge were busy ones and the fires of inspiration and Masonic activity burned bright. But the economic boom of the 1920's inevitably led to the '30s and the bust. Membership declined and during the depression-wracked days of the 1930's the dues of many members remained unpaid. Yet the Lodge went on and the spirit remained.
Getting members to attend Lodge meetings was hard then, even as it is today. Back in the minutes of the February 8, 1937, regular meeting of the Lodge, we find the Secretary, Wor. "Eddie" Knight, reporting: "Wor. Bro. MacCallum urged the brethren to make a special effort to attend the regular meetings of the lodge. In so doing it encouraged the officers in their effort to produce efficient work, and to consider the effect upon a newly admitted candidate to observe empty seats and the lack of interest by members in the Lodge of which he was about to become a member."
Activity Spurts After World War II
The Lodge was saddened, as were all segments of American life, as members and children of members left for service in the armed forces during World War II. The Grand Lodge had requested that all Lodges close no later than 10 p.m. during the war years to conserve heat and fuel. With true Masonic spirit, Wor. Bro. George P. Paro served in the East three years, 1943 to 1946, thus keeping the line open for Wor. Adolph Hermann, then Senior Warden, who was off with the Army on the far-flung battlefronts of the world.
With the return of peace in 1945, there began another great blossoming of Masonry such as had occurred in the years following the end of World War I a quarter century before. During the 1946—47 Masonic year for example, 22 candidates were raised and admitted to membership while 10 more became members by affiliation. Four members were called to the Celestial Lodge above, which resulted in a net gain to the Lodge of 28. During the 1947-48 year, 13 members were raised with 12 affiliations.
In addition, 6 candidates had received their Entered Apprentice Degree. The large number of affiliations is testimony to the dynamic attraction of Fourth Estate Lodge and the prevailing enthusiasm and spirit within and without the tiled door.
Despite strenuous days and overtime effort by the officers, Rt. Wor. Bro. MacCallum reported "the fine spirit of good fellowship always evidenced at the meetings, regular and special."
In 1947, the Lodge celebrated its silver anniversary, 25 years of labor in the Masonic vineyard. (1947 Mass. 315—323) Those who were there at the time might recall the "mad Russian" who delivered a speech, according to Rt. Wor. "Dugie" MacCallum "that was critical, almost libellous and insulting to all good Americans." Masquerading as a Russian surgeon, the speaker finally admitted, amid smiles, that he had never been to Russia. Most Worshipful Samuel H. Wragg, Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts and Sheriff of Norfolk County, was in attendance. Chairman of the anniversary Committee was Rt. Wor. Charles C. Balcom. It had been a very good 25 years, all members of the Lodge agreed. Even in music.
The Quartet: Saying It with Music
In the late 1940's and early '50's, the Fourth Estate Quartet, under the direction of Bro. Paul M. Dove, became an institution. Brother Dove was first tenor; Wor. Frederick W. Hill, second tenor; Rt. Wor. John E. Halvorsen, baritone; and Rt. Wor. Dugald MacCallum, bass. Good ritual was synonymous with Fourth Estate Lodge. It was never unusual to find in the Secretary's account: "Bro. Frederick W. Hill, Junior Steward, gave a fine rendering of the Senior Deacon's lecture, and Bro. Ernest Handley gave the Master's lecture in his usual efficient manner." After all, Fourth Estaters remind, "That's my lodge."
AH through the years, sadness has struck the Lodge brethren as one of their own departed this fragile terrain for a firmer footing in the Creator's Lodge above. Rt. Wor. Charles C. Balcom, one of the motivating forces behind the Lodge and a sturdy pillar in its progress, passed away in late 1948. At the October 3 regular communication (1949) Wor. Adolph Herrmann read resolutions on the late Rt. Wor. Balcom, prepared by a committee composed of Wor. Bro. Herrmann, Chairman; Rt. Wor. John E. Halvorsen, Wor. Elmer S. Wright, and Bro. Wilfred G. Paine.
In April, 1950, the Lodge lost Wor. Clarence D. Nesbit. "It is not our custom to eulogize a departed brother", declared Wor. Bro. Herrmann at the time, "but the passing of Wor. Clarence Nesbit is different. Wor. Bro. Nesbit, more than any other member," he went on, "was instrumental in rebuilding and reinvigorating the membership of Fourth Estate Lodge. He gave so freely of his great enthusiasm and personal magnetism that scarcely a month went by that failed to record the application of one of his many friends for membership. Ever a perfectionist, he constantly strove to improve himself in Masonry."
In 1952, the Lodge lost three Past Masters, including Wor. Bros. William B. Evans, Winfield J. Hamel, and George P. Paro.
When Rt. Wor. Edgar M. Mills was installed as Worshipful Master on Nov. 7, 1952, the Lodge hall was filled with many notable political figures, including Rt. Wor. Bro. Leverett Sal-tonstall, United States Senator and former Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Governor and Brother Christian A. Herter, later Secretary of State of the United States, addressed the brethren at the regular communication March 2, 1953, while Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in which he spoke of his affection for the fourth estate. In 1962 during the administration of Wor. Charles E. Dole, Governor John A. Volpe, now Secretary of Transportation of the United States, spoke after dinner to a joint gathering of Fourth Estate Lodge and Saint John's Lodge brethren.
Charter Members' Night Held in 1953
By May 4, 1953, out of 120 charter members 30 years before, only 20 survived. Nine of them attended charter members' night.
On February 1, 1954, Wor. Guy L. Corliss raised his 75th candidate in the Lodge and received, on behalf of the brethren of The Christian Science Publishing Society, a 32d degree Masonic ring in recognition of his devotion and service to Masonry. A laudatory letter from Most Wor. Whitfield W. Johnson, Grand Master, was read, which said in part:
"It is very unusual for any one man to have had the privilege of thus influencing the Masonic lives of 7 5 men in this important way. When the influence is of the highest character, as I know it is in your case, the effect is of incalculable value to the fraternity."
In his year-end report of August 31, 1955, Rt. Wor. Dugald MacCallum said: "The year ending August 31, 1955 was a typical year in Fourth Estate Lodge — good meetings, well attended, and a general feeling of friendliness and good fellowship was experienced by brethren and visitors alike." Rt. Wor. "Dugie" took over the duties of Secretary in 1940 when the membership was 150. For the year ending August 31, 1956, he reported a membership of 300, thus doubling the membership of the Lodge in 16 years.
Brother Roland Tyler, a stalwart and dedicated member of the Craft as well as the Lodge, rounded out 28 years as Treasurer of the Lodge, having taken over the duties of Treasurer in 1939.
For many years, Wor. "Eddie"1 Knight was Senior Past Master of the Lodge; and on May 6, 1957, he was honored by the members on the eve of his 76th birthday. At this meeting, a third degree, 11 Past Masters were in attendance, a worthy tribute to a sturdy worker among the Craft.
For sheer stamina, faith, and good-natured optimism, who can forget Bro. Henry Dahnke, who was seriously ill for well over 20 years, most of the time spent either in the hospital or at the Soldiers' Home in Chelsea?
The Lodge, in the mid 50's, established a radio fund and over a period donated a large number of bedside radios for the enjoyment of hospitalized brethren. Clearly, it is Masonry in action. Brethren also, at about the same time, collected and sent to another ill member, Bro. Arlan M. Brown, pieces of cloth for use in making rugs.
Newspaper Business Bows to Change
In 1957, a framed plaque was presented to long-time Secretary (17 years) and Past Master, Rt. Wor. Dugald MacCallum, "as an expression of the high personal esteem and fraternal regard in which he is held by the Officers and Members of Fourth Estate Lodge and in recognition of his outstanding contribution of service to the Lodge as well as to the Craft in general." Rt. Wor. Bro. "Dugie" passed on in 1960. Wor. Bro. "Eddie" Knight departed in 1963.
With the arrival of the 1960's, membership began to trail off, partly in reaction to the mounting problems of the cities, as well as to a flagging interest in Freemasonry itself. Yet, Fourth Estate Lodge continued to give a good account of itself. Over the years, too, the newspaper business has changed immeasurably as competition and rising costs forced some papers out of business and others to merge. Gone are the Transcript, a casualty in 1940, on which many of our early members were employed, and the old breakfast-table paper, the Boston Post in 1956. Merged are the Boston Record and American; as well as the Herald and Traveler.
Meanwhile, inflation and climbing costs were having a major impact on the Lodge exchequer and members' pocketbooks. In combing through some of the early Lodge notices, members used to pay $1 for a good hot meal; guests paid $1.25. After World War II, during the latter-day rebirth of Masonry, a meal went for about $2. Today, the price runs from $4 and up — and often up. Obviously, this has had the effect of cutting attendance in the lodge-room. Yet there is still much to talk about when the name of Fourth Estate Lodge comes up. In 1968, Wor. Bro. Russell Graham assisted in the raising of three sons. Bro. William T. Graham, one of the sons, now is Senior Deacon of Fourth Estate Lodge.
Some years earlier, a father and two sons were raised on the same night, a rare occasion indeed. Frank Shovelier, father, and his sons, Basil Frank and Cyril William, all employed by The Christian Science Monitor, were admitted to the Sublime Degree. Expectedly, it was a Monitor night. On May 5, 1958, another Monitor night, over 27 5 brethren attended the Lodge to mark the 50th anniversary celebration of the paper based at One Norway Street. Other Monitor nights have been held, such as one in 1929.
Brethren Honored for Selfless Service
Who can ever forget Rt. Wor. Edgar M. Mills (Windy to his friends), who never lost his smile, served ably as Worshipful Master of Fourth Estate Lodge and District Deputy Grand Master of the Boston Third Masonic District (1962-1964), and who often addressed the brethren on political matters of the time? As political editor of The Christian Science Monitor, he had spent a year in Washington, D.C., on the staff of Massachusetts Senator Leverett Saltonstall. After a talk by Rt. Wor. Bro. Edgar, who could say it so well as Rt. Wor. Bro. Dugald: "The brethren demonstrated by the usual signs how much they enjoyed the program."
Or Wor. Bro. T. Justin Patterson ("Pat", to everyone), jokester extraordinary and now retired, but, when the occasion called for it, could provide as much decorum and skill to the ritualistic work of Masonry as anyone in the lodge-room. Other brethren, throughout the span of the Lodge, have been equally notable in their dedication to Masonry and service to the Lodge. Most eminent member is Rt. Wor. Erwin D. Canham, 33d, Editor-in-Chief of The Christian Science Monitor, never too busy to address the brethren and who has been widely honored, both Masonically and publicly, over the years.
On June 7, 1965, the Lodge honored a beloved stalwart, Rt. Wor. John E. Halvorsen, with "his own night in lodge." In addition to honorary membership in Fourth Estate Lodge, Rt. Wor. Bro. John was presented a beautiful scroll by its own artist-member and Past Master, Wor. James G. Saunders, who also designed the current Past Master's diploma which is bestowed on a Master when he retires from the East at the conclusion of his term. On behalf of Most Worshipful Grand Master, A. Neill Osgood, the Joseph Warren Medal was pinned on Rt. Wor. Bro. John as some tangible recognition for his long and selfless service to the Craft.
Less than a year later, May 2, 1966, our long-time Treasurer, Bro. Roland Tyler, was saluted with an honorary membership in the Lodge. Bro. Tyler had served ably as Treasurer since 1939, retiring from the post in 1968. Wor. Bro. Robert P. Kyle, as Secretary, has been keeping the records of the Lodge for 14 years.
On the first Monday in May, 1967, Fourth Estate Lodge was the first Lodge to have dinner in the brand new Paul Revere Room just off the beautiful lobby of the refurbished Grand Lodge building.
Santa Claus on Roller Skates
The 600th communication of the Lodge was opened on the Master Mason Degree on January 6, 1969, with Wor. Bro. Howard M. Smith in the Oriental Chair. Over the years, both the Rainbow girls and DeMolay boys have given many fine exemplifications of their degree work in Fourth Estate Lodge which always results in thunderous applause from the brethren present.
And who can forget a seasonal institution begun in 1956 when the gavel was in the capable hands of Wor. Herbert W. Lawrence, Jr.—the Fourth Estate Lodge Christmas Party? A tremendous success, the first jingle-bell salute even merited the attention of Most Worshipful Grand Master, Whitfield W. Johnson, who happened to be in the Temple at the time. He admitted to having a great time. It has been reliably reported of late that some boys and girls wait all year, hoping to see Santa Claus himself, Wor. Curtis C. Reeser, arrive on roller skates for his annual wingding at Fourth Estate Lodge.
During its 50 years of growth and success, the Lodge has achieved many honors and wide respect. In the 12-month period between its 24th and 25th anniversaries, 28 new members came aboard the ship of Masonry. Those were the boom years following World War II. But now the outlook has changed. With rising costs, other demands oh one's time, and general apathy toward the city and things Masonic, Lodges face mountaintop challenges to attract new members—and even to draw the present membership into the lodge-room. But when a Past Master's night is held, as occasionally it is, the old fire and spirit ring from wall to wall, the work is well done, and a new brother is set afloat on his true Masonic course.
The conclusion: Fourth Estate Lodge will not falter on a shoal. After all, its 100th Anniversary is only 50 years away.
BOSTON NEWSPAPER MASONIC CLUBS
Disciples of Hiram
The Disciples of Hiram was the Masonic Club of the now defunct Boston Evening Transcript. Once an employee joined the Craft, membership was automatic. The club kept the members informed of Masonic activities of interest; and occasionally provided a degree team.
The first distinguished member was Rt. Wor. Charles C. Balcom, 33d, who served as Senior Grand Warden of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. Another well-known member was Bro. William Rogers, advertising manager of the Transcript for many years, and later an M. D. C. commissioner. Bro. Wilfred G. Paine served as Marshal of Fourth Estate Lodge for 12 years until his retirement in 1949.
The Disciples of Hiram provided Fourth Estate Lodge with a good number of Masters during the first 25 years, as follows: Rt. Wor. Charles C. Balcom, 33" Wor. Harry Haime, Wor. Fred M. Phillips, Wor. Earl W. Parker, Wor. William B. Evans and Wor. Adolph Herrmann. Only Wor. Bro. Phillips and Wor. Bro. Herrmann are now alive. Oddly, they sat at adjoining desks in the advertising department. In 1936 and 1937 when Wor. Bro. Phillips and Wor. Bro. Parker were Masters of Fourth Estate Lodge, variety shows were held in a Boston Theater with the talent recruited from the ranks of Fourth Estate members. These shows were very successful. The profits from them, coupled with the profits of large "ad" books used as programs, have contributed a substantial part of Fourth Estate Lodge's permanent fund.
Worshipful Adolph Herrmann
For many years it was believed that in the various departments of the old Boston Post not many members of the Masonic fraternity would be found.
But in a nose count in the late 1930's it was found that there were 105 Masons on the staff—and for many years the number stayed at around 100.
The survey also showed that the heads of every department, except one, were members of the Craft.
Among the 100 or so were 14 Past Masters, with two of them Past District Deputy Grand Masters. Six of these Past Masters were affiliated with Fourth Estate Lodge.
Because of the energetic work of one of these Past Masters, Wor. George P. Paro, who served three years as Worshipful Master of Fourth Estate Lodge, the greatest gain in membership in the history of the Lodge was shown.
One of the Post group, Bro. Robert S. Ralston, was leader of a group to organize the Column Club and he served as President. Wor. Ernest C. Handley was Secretary. This club was the focal point of all Masonic activities for the remaining years of the old Boston Post which ceased publication in 1956.
Although there was an effort to continue the club, members eventually were scattered and the club ceased its activities.
Right Worshipful John E. Halvorsen
The Christian Science Monitor
In the half century of activity of Fourth Estate Lodge, it has become increasingly noticeable that the brethren from The Christian Science Monitor have taken, and are continuing to take, a very prominent part in its affairs.
New membership ratios indicate a major percentage of candidates from the Monitor over the years.
Eighteen Past Masters had their roots at The Christian Science Monitor; and since our quarter-century celebration in 1947, 14 of these have served as Worshipful Master.
Outside of Fourth Estate Lodge the .Masonic activity of the brethren at The Mother Church and The Christian Science Publishing Society has been extraordinary.
Many Lodges are represented; and while no organized Masonic club has been established, a degree team can always be formed to raise a co-worker from any department of the organization.
Worshipful Robert P. Kyle
Masonic brethren at the Daily Record, Boston American, and Sunday Advertiser organized the Trestle Club in 1947.
Charter members: Meyer Nadelberg, President; Louis Fox, Secretary; Edward Gales, Treasurer; Simpson Barber, Marvin Bowman, Louis Seaver, Walter Kaplan, Jacob Tekulsky, and Jack Jacobs.
Under the leadership of Meyer (Billy Meyers) Nadelberg, the club expanded rapidly and enjoyed business and social life with many "ladies' nights."
The majority of the club meetings were held at the Hotel Essex in Boston, its manager, Skaffie Hamsy, being an honorary member. During the years that followed, new Presidents were elected, among them: Simpson Barber, Louis Fox, LFox, Walter Kaplan, I. Kloper and J. Posner.
Worshipful Robert P. Kyle
Hour Glass Club
The Hour Glass Club of Boston is composed of Masonic employees of the Boston Globe.
Now in its 48th year, the club has a roster of about 85 members.
Departmental councilors represent the various departments so that the club may take action in case of illness or distress among its members.
The club also attempts to take part in the raising of any Globe employee to the Master Mason Degree.
Of interest historically is the fact that Gen. Charles H. Taylor, founder of the Globe, was a Past Master of John Abbot Lodge. Somerville.
The big event of the year is the annual dinner. This is open to members and guests, both Masonic and non-Masonic. The Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts and several Past Grand Masters are always invited and make a practice of attending regularly.
Members of the Taylor family are also invited guests. Speakers at these dinners are varied from year to year. These meetings are well attended and a good time is had by all.
Rule and Line Club
Back in the '50's, it was not unusual to see 30, 40 even 50 members sitting on the sidelines ready to extend a hand of brotherly love to a newly-admitted brother.
Now, sadly, the Rule and Line Club at the Boston Herald Traveler no longer meets nor does it elect officers.
Why? Because so many members have retired, others have left for employment elsewhere, and still others have passed on to the Celestial Lodge above. After the merger of the Herald and Traveler in 1967, the club declined rapidly.
Back in the old days club members met twice a year, once in the spring and again in the fall, generally at Steuben's restaurant on Boylston Street, across the street from historic Boston Common. The Herald-Traveler building was nearby on Mason Street until it moved to its present location on Harrison Avenue.
Fourth Estate Lodge owes a big- debt to the Rule and Line Club because it was among the Brethren at the old Boston Herald that the idea for a newspapermen's Lodge in Boston was first born. Too, it is said that the name Fourth Estate came from a member of the Craft at the paper.
Many members of the club became masters of their respective Lodges. Edmund F. Knight and Arthur Zemla, Elmer Wright, Herbert W. Lawrence, Jr., and Elman F. Teixeira all occupied the East of Fourth Estate Lodge.
Although the Masonic flame has dimmed at the Herald Traveler, hopefully it will one day be revived.
Worshipful E Iman F. Teixeira
FIRST MEETING, DECEMBER 1922
From New England Craftsman, Vol. XVIII, No. 4, January 1923, Page 112:
Fourth Estate lodge, A. F. & A. M., known in Masonic circles as "the newspaper lodge," held its first communication Monday evening December 18th, in the Masonic Temple, Thompson Square, Charlestown. This lodge is the only organization of its kind in the United States, and foi its first year of Masonic activities will hold meetings under dispensation from the Massachusetts Grand Lodge.
Included in the 250 or more who attended were some of the most prominent members of the fraternity in this part of the country. The lodge officers received many letters of felicitation, two of the writers being President Harding and Gov. Cox.
The letter from President Harding to James S. Robinson, master of the lodge, read as follows:
"My dear Mr. Robinson: Your note of invitation for the evening of Dec. 18, when you are to seat the officers of the new Fourth Estate Lodge, A. F. & A. M., is received. I regret that acceptance is impossible and as a poor substitute wish to express my good wishes to this unique lodge and all its members. Most sincerely yours, Warren G. Harding."
Gov. Cox wrote:
"I have just been told of your kind invitation to attend a meeting of the Fourth Estate lodge in Charlestown on the evening of Dec. 18. I should be most happy to do so but I am to be away at that time, attending the governors' conference in West Virginia. For that reason it will not be possible for me to accept your kind invitation. With every good wish, very truly yours, Channing H. Cox."
The program consisted of a banquet and "seating" the officers of Fourth Estate lodge. The ceremonies were under the personal direction of Deputy Grand Master of the Third Masonic District Edward C. R. Bagley. He was assisted by District Deputy Grand Marshal J, Franklin Hodge, District Deputy Grand Secretary Justin A. Duncan and Chaplain, the Rev. Brother W. Dewees Roberts.
Speakers included Lt. Gov. Alvan T. Fuller, Converse lodge, Malden; Malcolm E. Nichols, Aberdour Lodge, Boston; David D. Montague, past District Deputy Grand Master; James S. Robinson, master of the Fourth Estate Lodge, and others.
Many Lodges Represented
Prominent among the invited guests were John Clair Minot, past Grand Senior Warden of Maine; Aaron Cogswell, district deputy grand master, Ninth Masonic District; Arthur E. Fisk, master of Aberdour lodge, Boston; George E. Hotchkins district deputy grand marshal, Ninth Masonic District; Conrad Allen, Master of Adelphi Lodge, Roxbury; George W. Smith, Master of Baalis Sanford Lodge, Brockton; George E. MacKinnon, Master of Baalbec lodge, East Boston; Clarence E. Burleigh, Master of Euclid Lodge, Boston; James A. Woods, master of Faith Lodge, Charlestown; Leonard W. Marston, Master of Henry Price Lodge, Charlestown; Arthur H. Tozer, Master of John T. Heard Lodge, Ipswich, and Frank S. Jones, Master of Joseph Warren Lodge, Boston.
Other Masters present included Bernard V. Macy, Joseph Webb Lodge, Boston; Alden B. Hefler, Hyde Park Lodge, Hyde Park; Orin E. Spooner, Massachusetts Lodge, Boston; George I. Dolloff, Noddle's Island Lodge, East Boston; Hans H. M. Borghardt, Rabboni Lodge, Dorchester; George H. McIntire, Star of Bethlehem Lodge, Chelsea; Matthew H. Sheridan, Union Lodge, Dorchester, Gorham H. Walker, Winthrop, and William R. Gibbs, Zetland Lodge, Boston.
120 Charter Members
There were also present Master-elect Paul D. Harrower, Robert Lash Lodge, Chelsea, Past Master Elon F. Tandy, Middlesex Lodge, Framingham Centre; Senior Wardens Ralph W. Hope, Star of Bethlehem lodge, Chelsea, T. Rutherford Edwards, Revere Lodge, Boston; Charles L. Lovell, John T. Heard Lodge, Ipswich; Junior Wardens William H. Sanger, Faith Lodge, Charlestown; Arthur W. Peabody, John T. Heard Lodge, Ipswich; Secretary Jesse Harris Wade, John T. Heard Lodge, Ipswich; Charles A. Southworth, Mt. Carmel Lodge, Lynn, secretary to the Governor's council, and Leonard Martin of Macedonian Lodge, Milton, private secretary to Lt. Gov. Alvan T. Fuller.
Officers of Fourth Estate Lodge are: Master, James S. Robinson, State House News Service; Senior Warden, Rodney W. Walch, Herald; Junior Warden, Edmund F. Knight, Traveler; Treasurer, Arthur E. Smith, Herald; Secretary, Harry M. Fletcher, Traveler; Chaplain, George W. Longley, Christian Science Monitor; Marshal, Harry K. Pearsons, American; Senior Deacon, Charles C. Balcom, Transcript; Junior Deacon, James W. Phelps, Christian Science Monitor; Senior Steward, Edward L. Lemon, Globe; Junior Steward, Ray C. Mills, Advertiser; Inside Sentinel, Paul Revere Knight, Herald; Organist, Frank C. Litchfield, Traveler; Tyler, George H. Robbins.
The lodge has more than 120 charter members. All are or have been connected with newspaper work. Every daily naper in Boston is represented in its membership.
INSTALLATION, DECEMBER 1924
From New England Craftsman, Vol. XX, No. 3, December 1924, Page 102:
Right Worshipful Gorham W. Walker, District Deputy Grand Master of the Third Masonic District, installed the new officers of Fourth Estate Lodge, A. F. and A. M., at a special communication held recently in Masonic Hall, Thompson Square, Charlestown. He was assisted by Worshipful Allen E. Newton, District Deputy Grand Marshal and Rev. Ralph M. Harper, Chaplain.
Worshipful Edmund F. Knight succeeds Worshipful J. S. Robinson as Master. The other officers are: Senior Warden, Charles C. Belcom; Junior Warden, James W. Phelps; Treasurer, Worshipful Arthur E. Smith; Secretary, Harry M. Fletcher; Chaplain, George W. Longley; Assistant Chaplain, Charles M. Stow; Marshal, Harry K. Pearsons; Senior Deacon, Edward L. Lemon; Junior Deacon, Fred Milton Allen; Senior Steward, Joseph Dove; Junior Steward, Paul Revere Knight; Inside Sentinel; Charles L. Bartlett; Organist, Arthur H. Hayward; Tyler. George H. Robbins.
The ceremony was an impressive one. The installing officers, at its conclusion, congratulated Fourth Estate Lodge, which, by the way, is the only one in the United States made up of newspapermen. The new Master is the second one to take the chair, his predecessor having completed a term of two years, the first one while the lodge was under dispensation.
There were upward of 60 visitors to see the new men take office and to congratulate the new master, who was presented with a gavel by the Transcript group who are members of Fourth Estate Lodge and also with a beautiful easy-chair, the gift of the members as a whole. Senior Warden Balcom made suitable remarks at the presentation of the gavel.
In presentation of the chair, the speech was made by Wor. Arthur E. Smith. A bunch of chrysanthemums was presented to the new Master, the gift of Hiram Lodge of Cambridge, Wor. F. Alfred Patterson making the speech. Gifts of flowers were made to the installing officers and the retiring master, Wor. James Robinson, was presented with a past master's apron by those members raised in Fourth Estate Lodge during his incumbency.
Many masters and past masters were present. A banquet preceded the ceremonies, covers being laid for 200, including visitors. Wor. G. H. Hessop, past master of the Atheneum Lodge No. 9 of London, Eng.. was one of the latter group.
NEWSPAPERMEN'S NIGHT, APRIL 1925
From New England Craftsman, Vol. XX, No. 7, April 1925, Page 251:
Features, first-page layouts, rewrites, composition, make-up and all the other "inside stuff" of newspaper offices were completely forgotten on the evening of Monday, April 13, when makers of the printed page, who are Masons, met as members of the latter craft to observe "Newspapermen's Night" with Fourth Estate Lodge in the Masonic Apartments, Thompson Sq., Charlestown.
From all over New England they came, with the largest delegation of all from Worcester, numbering 35, all being welcomed by Worshipful Master Edmund F. Knight, planner of the entire affair, assisted by his officers and committees.
There were, of course, men who had traveled far in the fraternity as well as by rail or otherwise to enjoy an occasion unique in Blue Lodge annals, these including Most Worshipful John Pender, past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of New Hampshire.
There were delegations from Brockton, Fall River, Fitchburg. Gloucester, Lynn, Lowell, Salem, Portland, Me., and other places distant as well as those in the immediate Boston District and vicinity.
Bt. Wor. Gorham W. Walker. D. D. G. M, represented the Third Masonic District, in which Fourth Estate Lodge is included and the distinguished guests also included Rt. Wor. John W. Withington. D. D. G. M., 25th District; Rt. Wor. Samuel T. Macquarrie, D. D. G. M., 26th District; Herbert Sawyer. P. M., Athelslan Lodge, Worcester; George W. Smith, P. M., Baalis Sanford Lodge, Brockton; Dr. Tehyi Hsien of the Chinese Trade and Labor Bureau of Boston, and Hon. Martin Hayes, chairman of the Judiciary Committee of the Massachusetts House of Representatives.
There were more than 400 at the dinner, which was served after two candidates had received their degrees, one of them by the president of the Hour Glass Club, the other by Worthy Master Knight.
Addresses were made by Past Grand Master Pender. Dr. Hsien, Representative Hayes, Albert P. Gilmore, editor Christian Science Publications, and Past Master Smith.
An official reception was tendered in the lodge room to Deputy Walker, who was accompanied by Deputies Withington and Macquarrie.
RECEPTION, SEPTEMBER 1925
'From New England Craftsman, Vol. XX, No. 11, September 1925, Page 425:
"Extras" — miniature newspapers which carried the names of all the Boston dailies and even a cut made from a flashlight of the officers of the Massachusetts Grand Lodge, officers of the Fourth Estate Lodge and Right Worshipful Ralph Osborn, District Grand Master of the Canal Zone, photographed just before the banquet — furnished the climax of a reception and banquet given for the distinguished guest from the Canal Zone and the suite of the Grand Lodge, by the Fourth Estate, Sept. 9, in the Masonic Apartments, Charlestown. The occasion marked the opening of the fall program.
Another feature, preceding the "sale" of the "extra" was the introduction of "George Bernard, from Berlin," who compared German and American achievements and set the gathering in an uproar. James McLeod attacked the speaker and in the melee which followed, the guest's beard and glasses came off and the disturber was revealed as Mark Mulvey, superintendent of school buildings for the city of Boston.
The miniature newspaper was filled with bright accounts of interest to members of the craft and with cartoons of the officers done by Boston newspaper artists, including Dwight Sturges, Franklin Collier, Wallace Goldsmith, Gene Mack, Hayden Jones, Abe Savrann with Bay Huntsman putting the finishing touches on their efforts.
Officers of the Grand Lodge who attended the reception included Grand Master Dudley H. Ferrell, District Grand Master Osborn of the Canal Zone, Past Grand Master Arthur D. Prince, Past Grand Master Melvin M. Johnson, Deputy Grand Master Curtis Chipman, Past Deputy Grand Master Frank L. Simpson, Past Senior Grand Warden Stephen C. Luce, Jr., Grand Secretary Frederick W. Hamilton, Right Worshipful Gorham W. Walker, District Deputy Grand Master Third Masonic District; Grand Marshal Frank H. Hilton, Grand Chaplain Rev. R. Perry Bush, and Worshipful Lyman S. Hapgood, Junior Grand Steward. Guests included Most Worshipful John Pender, Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of New Hampshire; presiding and past masters from Boston and elsewhere in Massachusetts.
Addresses were made by Grand Master Ferrell, District Grand Master Osborn, Past Grand Masters Prince and Johnson, Deputy Grand Master Chipman, Past Deputy Grand Master Simpson and District Deputy Grand Master Gorham D. Walker. Bob Emery of WEEI, founder of the Big Brother Club, told of the club and sang and played his ukulele.
The evening's program was planned by Edmund F. Knight, Worshipful Master of Fourth Estate Lodge; Charles C. Balcom, Senior warden, and James W. Phelps, Junior Warden.
SPECIAL MEETINGS, OCTOBER 1926
From New England Craftsman, Vol. XXI, No. 12, October 1926, Page 301:
Boston has many things, the likes of which no other city can boast— Bunker Hill Monument, the "Sacred Cod," the "Boston Tea Tarty," (which is said to have been nothing more nor less than an adjourned meeting of a Masonic lodge), and Fourth Estate Lodge, the only lodge of its kind in the world.
The Fourth Estate Lodge, which was started in 1922 with 120 charter members, is composed of men who have been or are actively engaged in newspaper work, or are employed in some of the trades that are in some way connected with the mechanical end of the making of a newspaper. Its present membership of 177 includes representatives of all eight of the Boston dailies, together with men connected with weekly and monthly publications, photo engravers, printers, and the like.
As might be inferred from the calibre of the men composing its membership, Fourth Estate Lodge is unusually active and vigorous. At the annual meeting October 11, these officers were elected for the coming year: W. M., James W. Phelps, Christian Science Monitor; S. W., Edward L. Lemon, Boston Globe; J. W., F. Milton Allen, Christian Science Monitor; Treasurer, Charles A. Colton, Boston Transcript; Secretary, Arthur H. Hayward, Boston Transcript.
These officers, together with those to be appointed by the Master-elect, will be installed at a special meeting of the lodge to be held Monday, November 1, at the Masonic apartments, Thompson Square, Charlestown, by Rt. Wor. Frank H. Hilton, Senior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts.
The installation which will be open to Masons, their wives and friends, will be preceded bv a banquet ans followed by an entertainment and dancing. The retiring Worshipful Master, Charles C. Balcom, of the Transcript, has been unusually active in having "something doing" the time, and leaves the lodge splendid condition both h'naiirmllj and socially. During Worshipful Master Balcom's administration there were 16 initiates and 10 affiliations.
The lodge had the honor recently to entertain Rt. Wor. Ralph Osborn, District Grand Master of the Canal Zone — the only lodge in Massachusetts to be so honored.
Right Worshipful Sir Alfred Robbins, of the Grand Lodge of Kngland, who came to the United States two years ago on a tour of visitation to our various grand bodies among the members of Fourth Estate Lodge. He, too, honored the lodge by selecting it as the only one to visit while he was in Massachusetts. Everything that is finest in Masonry is typified in Sir Alfred Robbins.
The significance of the name "Fourth Estate" puzzles nearly everyone who is not familiar with newspaperdom. Thomas Carlyle, in "Heroes and Hero Worship," that Edmund Burke, the brilliant English statesman, in addressing Parliament, declared: "There are three estates in Parliament Nobility, Clergy and Commons. Hut yonder," (pointing to the reporter! lery) "sits a Fourth Estate, more important far than all the others."
GRAND LODGE OFFICERS
- F. Milton Allen, DDGM, District 3 (Boston), 1935, 1936; Memorial
- Charles G. Balcom, DDGM, District 3 (Boston), 1927, 1928; Grand Marshal 1929-1931; Senior Grand Warden 1932; N
- John E. Halvorsen, DDGM, District 3 (Boston), 1952, 1953; SN
- Murray E. Howell, DDGM, District 3 (Boston), 1976, 1977; N
- Dugald MacCallum, DDGM, District 3 (Boston), 1944, 1945; N
- Edgar M. Mills, DDGM, District 3 (Boston), 1962, 1963; N