- 1 CURTIS CHIPMAN 1876-1935
CURTIS CHIPMAN 1876-1935
Deputy Grand Master, 1925
Grand Master, 1932-1934.
Grand Master Chipman's Past Grand Master's Jewel and Description
NEW ENGLAND CRAFTSMAN, DECEMBER 1931
From New England Craftsman, Vol. XXVII, No. 4, December 1931, Page 101:
Curtis Chipman was born in Boston 55 years ago. He is an officer of the First National Bank, with which he has been connected for 35 years; is a past Grand High Priest of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter, and a past Commander of St. Bernard Commandery No. 12, Knights Templar. He is also assistant treasurer of the Free Hospital for Women of Brookline.
NEW ENGLAND CRAFTSMAN, OCTOBER 1934
From New England Craftsman, Vol. XXX, No. 4, December 1934, Page 118:
The Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts, Curtis Chipman, accompanied by Mrs. Chipman, and Grand Marshal Robert McKechnie, Past Senior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, accompanied by Mrs. McKechnie, led a friendly "invasion" into the Commonwealth of Virginia, this "invasion" being made on the invitation of Virginia's Grand Master, Dr. William Moseley Brown, during the week of October 22. The visit of this distinguished Mason, who is known wherever Masonry is known, and his aide, will long be remembered as red-letter Masonic occasion in the Old Dominion, and it has served to cement more firmly the warm relations which always have existed between the two Commonwealths. Grand Master Chipman endeared himself to all who were so fortunate as to meet him, and he inspired all the many hundreds who heard him in the course of his seven addresses while in the State.
The party, headed by Grand Master Chipman, arrived in Richmond on the evening of Monday. On the following morning they were conducted on an automobile trip about the city, in the course of which many historic points of interest were visited. In the evening accompanied by Grand Master Brown, Brothers Chipman and McKechnie visited the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Virginia, then in session at the Masonic Temple, and both made eloquent addresses after they had been presented to the hundreds of distinguished Masons there assembled.
The next day saw the visitors at Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown, and in the evening. Brothers Chipman and his aide visited Williamsburg Lodge, No. 6, where many of the brethren had assembled to greet them. This was an unusually inspiring meeting held on the spot where the Grand Lodge of Virginia was organized, and there was every evidence that the visitors enjoyed it thoroughly. Both were presented, and responded eloquently.
On Friday, accompanied by Grand Master Brown and other Grand Lodge officers, (they motored to Staunton, by way of Charlottesville, where visits were paid to Monticello and the University of Virginia, and in the evening they attended a wonderful meeting held by Staunton Lodge No. 13. They concluded their memorable visit to Virginia on Saturday, when Grand Master Brown and Mrs. Brown accompanied them to Washington by way of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. — The Virginia Masonic Herald.
NEW ENGLAND CRAFTSMAN, 1922
From New England Craftsman, Vol. XVII, No. 4, January 1922, Page 119:
We have pleasure in presenting to our readers a portrait of the new Grand High Priest of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts.
It is by no idle chance that Most Excellent Companion Chipman has attained to this new dignity, for he has served long and faithfully and with marked distinction in nearly every office of the Capitular Rite. Bringing to his work in the Chapter a trained mind of unusual quality his work throughout has been of an exceptionally high order, and the office of Grand High Priest during the present administration will be in capable hands. Most Excellent Companion Chipman has received from his associates high commendation for the impressiveness and accuracy of his ritualistic work as well as his thorough knowledge of essentials, his unfailing tact and courtesy and exceptional administrative faculties. He deserves the office and e Grand Chapter is to be congratulated on its head.
While savoring somewhat of those details of dates which are so unpleasantly reminiscent of obituaries, we feel compelled to print for our readers' benefit the facts of this distinguished companion's Masonic career. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, November 1, 1876. Raised in Eliot Lodge June 15, 1904. Exalted in Mt. Vernon R. A. Chapter June 7, 1905, and elected its High Priest in 1915. January 28, 1909, he took membership in Boston Council, R. & S. Masters, was knighted in St. Bernard Commandery June 7, 1906, and elected its Commander October, 1916. He is a member of Massachusetts Consistory and affiliated bodies, was Deputy Grand High Priest of the Grand R. A. Chapter 1919 and elected Grand High Priest at the recent convocation December 13, 1921. He is Senior Warden of [http://masonicgenealogy.com/MediaWiki/index.php?title=Loyalty Loyalty Lodge, Captain of the Guard Mt. Olivet Chapter of Rose Croix and assistant guard in Massachusetts Consistory, A. A. S. R.
Besides the above, M.E. Companion Chipman is president of the Massachusetts Society Sons of the Revolution and a member of Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, Counselor Order of Founders and Patriots of America, and with all his titles he is a thoroughly companionable man with a host of friends who will wish him success in the new office.
NEW ENGLAND CRAFTSMAN, 1925
From New England Craftsman, Vol. XX, No. 4, January 1925, Page 132:
Among the appointments of the Grand Master made at the annual meeting of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts in December is that of Right Worshipful Curtis Chipman to the office of Deputy Grand Master.
Brother Chipman has had a long and honorable career in the service of the Craft in this jurisdiction and the honor conferred on him is well merited, as well as being an evidence of the sound judgment of Grand Master Dudley H. Ferrell.
That our readers may know the office of Deputy Grand Master is in competent hands is made evident by a survey of Brother Chipman's activities in the past and while a recital of titles is somewhat reminiscent of obituaries we are confident that this distinguished member of the Fraternity will live long to lead in still higher posts the Craft he has served so faithfully.
Right Worshipful Brother Curtis Chipman was born in Boston, Mass., November 1st, 1876, and is therefore still a comparatively young man. He was raised in Eliot Lodge, Jamaica Plain, June 15, 1904, and is a Past Master of Loyalty Lodge, Jamaica Plain. He was exalted in Mr. Vernon R. A. Chapter, June 7, 1905, and served as its High Priest in 1915-1916; he was Grand Principal Sojourner 1917, Grand Captain of the Host 1918, Deputy Grand High Priest 1919, Most Excellent Grand High Priest 1921 to 1924. He took membership in Boston Council, R. and S. Masters, January 28, 1909, was Knighted in St. Bernard Commandery, K. T., June 7, 1906 and was its Eminent Commander in 1916. He is a Member Massachusetts Consistory 32° and affiliated bodies since Jan. 15, 1909, District Representative of Massachusetts Consistory 32°, Master of Ceremonies Mt. Olivet Chapter of Rose Croix 18°, Member Massachusetts College, Sociatas Rosicruciana.
In addition to all these activities, Brother Chipman was president of the Sons of the Revolution in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1921-22 and is a member of the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants and a Councillor, Order of Founders and Patriots of America.
Thus it will be seen that the Craft is being well served in the office of Deputy Grand Master by one whose zeal is unbounded and whose ability is of an unusually high order.
The Craftsman extends its congratulation to R. W. Brother Chipman as well as to the Grand Master on his excellent judgment.
FROM PROCEEDINGS, 1935
From Proceedings, Page 1935-207:
Most Worshipful Brother Chipman was born in Boston November 1, 1876, and died in Cambridge October 9, 1935.
He was educated in the Public Schools of Boston and spent his whole active life in the banking business, being an officer in the First National Bank of Boston at the time of his death. For many years he was Assistant Treasurer of the Free Hospital for Women in Brookline. He served as Assistant Quartermaster of the Ambulance Corps, M.V.M., from 1896 to 1899, his service covering the period of the Spanish War,
Of Colonial and Revolutionary ancestry, he was a member of several patriotic-historical societies.
He took his Masonic degrees in Eliot Lodge in 1904, and was a Charter member of Loyalty Lodge in 1920, serving as its Master in 1923 and 1924. He was Deputy Grand Master in 1925, by appointment of Most Worshipful Dudley H. Ferrell. He was Grand Master of Masons in 1932, 1933, and 1934. On his retirement, he was elected a member of the Board of Directors of the Grand Lodge. During his Grand Mastership came the Bicentenary of the Grand Lodge, for which he prepared with great efficiency and over which he presided with a grace and dignity which won for him golden opinions from the very unusual group of delegates assembled to attend the ceremonies. The year following the Bicentenary he represented the Grand Lodge with distinction at the dedication of the new Masonic Temple in London. He was an honorary member of the Grand Lodges of Ireland and Scotland.
He was a Past High Priest of Mount Vernon Chapter and Grand High Priest in 1922, 1923 and 1924. He was a member of Boston Council and a member and Past Commander of St. Bernard Commandery. He was a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies in Boston, a Past Most Wise Master of Mount Olivet Chapter of Rose Croix, and an Honorary Member of the Supreme Council, having received the Thirty-third degree in 1933.
Most Worshipful Brother Chipman had a courteous and agreeable manner, a power of simple and direct speech, and a delightful sense of humor which endeared him to the hearts of his Brethren throughout the jurisdiction, and a care and firmness in the discharge of official duty which added respect to affection. His very sudden death, terminating so abruptly a career from which we .expected much more of service in the future, was a great shock as well as a great grief to all who knew him.
Numerous expressions of appreciation and regret have come to us from Grand Lodges and from individuals, many of them of great Masonic prominence. Among the messages which the senders particularly desired to have communicated to the Grand Lodge were those from the District Grand Lodge of the Canal Zone, the District Deputy for Chile, the Grand Lodges of England, Ireland, Scodand, Lessing of the Three Rings (Czechoslovakia), Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and New Jersey, and the Masonic Service Association of the United States.
From Proceedings, Page 1935-245:
M. W. Curtis Chipman
Born at Boston, Mass., Nov. 1, 1875
Died at Cambridge, Mass., Oct. 9, 1935
Age 59 years, 11 months </blockquote>
- Raised in Eliot Lodge, June 16, 1904.
- Charter Member of LoyaltyLodge in 1920.
- Worshipful Master of LoyaltyLodge, 1923-1,924.
- Exalted in Mt. Vernon R. A. Chapter, June 7, 1905.
- Ex. High Priest of Mt. Vernon R. A. Chapter, 1915-1916.
- Greeted in Adoniram Council, R. and S. M., 1908.
- Membership in Boston Council R. and S. M., lanuary 28, 1909.
- Knighted in St. Bernard Commandery No. 12, June 7r 1906.
- Eminent Commander St. Bernard Commandery, 1916.
- Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts 1932-1933_1934.
- Grand High Priest of The Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts 1922-1923-1924.
- Joined Boston-Lafayette Lodge of Perfection October 2, 1908.
- Joined Giles F. Yates Council, Princes of Jerusalem, October 9, 1908.
- Joined Mt. Olivet Chapter of Rose Croix, October 16, 1908.
- Joined Massachusetts Consistory, January 8' 1909.
- M. W. Master of Mt. Olivet Chapter of Rose Croix, 1931-1932.
- Crowned Sovereign Grand Inspector General 33° Hon. September, 1933.
- Member of Ambulance Corps M. V. M. 1896-1899.
- Member of Massachusetts College Societas Rosicruciana.
- Member of Sons of the Revolution of which he was President in 1921-1922.
- Member of Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants.
- Member of Order of Founders and Patriots of America.
- Member of Algonquin and City Clubs of Boston.
- Honorary Member of The Grand Lodge of Ireland, March, 1933, The Grand Lodge of Scotland, November 1933, six Massachusetts Lodges, and three Royal Arch Chapters.
"So passed Death's wings. It was a little moment, that of dying and after that comes a long immortality. The life he lived has not gone out of the world. What he loved is here, beauty and art, intellectual heritage, keen humor and the affection of friends. What he wrought out of what he loved remains, living and imperishable. Life is holy ground and upon it he walked; working with minute care upon the design given him by God, exulting in the gift of life itself, passing it on to others for their profit and example."
We shall not soon forget the sharp impact of that unexpected message that said: "Curtis Chipman is dead." Some of us could not, would not believe it true, so recently had we sat with him in happy fellowship. But, alas, it was all too true and for a while we stood among the ruins, desolate and discouraged. But as Time, that great comforter, led us on through the days and weeks, we began to see the better, the truer light; that what Curtis Chipman wrought in his life is with us yet; that the stones he added to the Temple of Freemasonry are cemented firmly to its enduring foundation, an example and challenge to those who remain behind.
It is said of the great Caesar, sitting at supper with friends, that he was asked which sort of death was best, he replied "That which is unexpected." This perhaps is truest when death comes to those of middle years, when the tree of life has not withered and while the vigor of manhood still controls the activities of mind and body. So it came to our friend, to whom we paytribute today, when he seemed in the full vigor of health and in the very prime of life. At the very pinnacle of reputation and successful accomplishment - enshrined in the love and affection of his Brethren, Death placed its finger upon his heart and it was still.
Words cannot encompass the many fine qualities of our Brother and without doubt his legion of friends and admirers will have treasured some favorite characteristic in their hearts for remembrance. He was a great lover of and possessed a fine taste for, things of beauty and art; he loved good literature and was a critical reader of the greater writers; he had a keen appreciation for fine humor, but among his many qualities perhaps his capacity for friendship was outstanding and had its greatest scope and opportunity for development in our Fraternity.
He had a great love for detail and approached all of his problems with meticulous care. His humanity was evidenced by his deep interest in the welfare of our Masonic dependents.
His service to Masonry was very broad and covered responsibilities in many of the collateral groups of our Fraternity. In our Grand Lodge, he occupied the Chair at the very important period when the celebration of our Bicentennial as a Grand Lodge was prepared and consummated. In all this he had the leading and responsible duty and his success is a part of the imperishable record of the Grand Lodge.
At the dedication of the Masonic Temple in London our M. W. Curtis Chipman, acting as spokesman for the American delegations, represented the Masons of Massachusetts with his accustomed dignity and grace, and the unusual recognition accorded to him by the Grand Lodge of Scotland and the Grand Lodge of Ireland was a well deserved tribute not only to his official position, but to his personality which had created such a fraternal and favorable impression upon the Craft overseas.
In our country, his contacts with our sister Grand Lodges have advanced to a material degree the harmony and co-operative efforts among American Freemasons.
His labor in our interest as Grand Master was untiring and unceasing and since his retirement he had had an important responsibility on the Board of Directors which he has fulfilled in his characteristic manner.
Curtis Chipman was Grand High Priest of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter for three busy and eventful years. He brought to that office an effort, the effects of which are in evidence at this time.
A friendly man, he made friends: and he made a special effort to enlarge our circle of fraternity among Grand Chapters of the United States and Canada. While neglecting none of the local responsibilities incumbent upon a Grand High Priest, he traveled outside of our jurisdiction, carrying with him the refreshing perfume of fraternal good fellowship. Reciprocal relations were soon established and we witness today the happy results of such a program and as an earnest that the effect of his efforts was not entirely official, there is no name more often mentioned in our neighbor Grand Chapters than that of Curtis Chipman.
He placed a mark on our Grand Chapter-that of brotherly hospitality - which has never been allowed to dwindle in importance and from his day our Grand Chapter has maintained its rightful place among the Grand Chapters of the United States. Methods he established for the proper regulations of Capitular matters are faithfully followed by his successors.
In the midst of other great honors which came to him, he was constant in his interest and regard for the Grand Chapter and in his regular attendance on its Convocations one would sense his inward feeling that he was coming home to the scene of his earlier success. In his passing Capitular Masonry has lost one of its bright lights.
We cannot dwell here upon his ideal home life, which has been so rudely shattered, upon his pride in his splendid children, or upon his loyal service to the banking institution which he served so long and so well. To her, the companion of his joys and responsibilities, our hearts go out in deepest sympathy.
"A guardian angel over his life presiding
Doubling his pleasures and his cares dividing."
He has left all that a mortal man can hope to leave to posterity. A life well rounded in its usefulness and devotion to duty. A life that has left no stain upon his memory and a benediction to the friends who loved him.
So we take leave of him, ever remembering his deep and abiding faith in the Great Father of us all and his forward look to the future life.
"The Drama's over - lights are out,
Reinfred's passed beyond our ken;
God grant his parting words come true
'Sirrah-we shall meet again' ."
FROM NEW ENGLAND CRAFTSMAN, 1935
From New England Craftsman, Vol. XXXI, No. 2, October 1935, Page 23:
The thread of life is indeed slender,— as we are continuallv reminded. With deep regret we record the sudden death of Curtis Chipman, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts in 1932, 1933 and 1934, at his home on Memorial Drive, Cambridge, October 9. Without warning Death struck him down in the full prime of his powers. Loaded with honors granted by a grateful fraternity, Curtis Chipman was one of its brightest jewels. Gifted with rare talents which by assiduous and earnest industry he cultivated carefully, he won not only praise as an able executive and devoted servant of the Craft, but the affections of his fellows as well.
While occupying the grand mastership in 1933 he had the unique distinction of presiding at the ceremonies attendant upon the celebration of the tercentenary ot the establishment of Freemasonry in the United States, in Boston, Massachusetts, an event unparalleled in American Freemasonry. Throughout, his courtesy and competence elicited encomiums from distinguished visitors from all parts of the world.
He had the singular honor of being elected an honorary member of the Grand Lodge of Scotland, one to which very few have attained, and these mainly members of Royalty. A gracious soul has passed whose presence will he sadly missed.
From New England Craftsman, Vol. XXXI, No. 3, November 1935, Page 57:
Funeral services for Curtis Chipman, 59, former Grand Master of the Masons of Massachusetts, were held at noon Saturday. Oct. 12, in Christ Episcopal Church, Garden Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The Rev. C. Leslie Glenn, rector of the church. officiated, and burial was in Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Cambridge.
Curtis Chipman died Oct. 9 at his home, 986 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, of a heart attack.
He leaves his widow, Mrs. Maud O. Chipman; a son, John H. Chipman, and a daughter, Miss Catherine Chipman.
At the time of his death he was one of the managers of the Old Colony branch of the First National Bank on Court Street, Boston. He had been with the banking business for nearly
30 years. Included in his Masonic connections was an honorary membership in the supreme council of 33d degree Masons and membership on on the board of directors of the Grand Lodge of Masons of Massachusetts. He was also assistant treasurer of the Free Hospital for Women in Brookline.
His Masonic career was very distinguished, He became a member of Eliot Lodge of Jamaica Plain in 1904, and was a charter member of Loyalty Lodge, in the same district, in 1920. He was master of Loyalty lodge in 1923-24, and in 1926 was appointed District Deputy Grand Master.
After holding several subordinate offices in the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts he was chosen grand high priest and served in that position in 1921-24. He was a member of Boston Council Royal and Select Masters. past commander of St. Bernard Commandery Knights Templars and member of the Scottish Rite bodies in Boston.
He was a past head of Mt. Olivet chapter Rose Croix and a member of Massachusetts Consistory, 32d degree, in which he took active part.
He was grand master of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts 1932-1934, serving a three-year term.
Two years ago Mr. Chipman was elected to honorary membership in the Grand Lodge of Scotland. There are but five other honorary members of this body, two of them members of the royal family of Great Britain. The honorary members of the Grand Lodge of Scotland include the Duke of Connaught, Grand Master of England; the Prince of Wales, Lord Ampthill. provincial grand master of England, and Lord Donoughmore. grand master of Ireland.
Bro. Chipman was much interested in the patriotic-historical societies, being a member of the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, a member of the Order of Founders and Patriots of America, and a member and past president of the Sons of the Revolution in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
He served as assistant quartermaster in the ambulance corps. M. V. M.. for a period of three years, including the Spanish war.