- 1 GOLDEN FLEECE 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 OTHER
- 2.6 EVENTS
- 2.7 GRAND LODGE OFFICERS
- 2.8 OTHER BROTHERS
- 2.9 DISTRICTS
- 2.10 LINKS
GOLDEN FLEECE LODGE
Chartered By: William Parkman
Charter Date: 12/13/1865 VII-40
Precedence Date: 02/11/1865
Current Status: Active
- Timothy G. Senter, 1865, 1866
- Alonzo C. Blethen, 1867
- George F. Breen, 1868, 1869; SN
- James A. Hollis, 1870, 1871
- William H. Collins, 1872, 1873
- Elbridge B. Staples, 1874
- T. Fredrick Martini, 1875, 1876
- Marcus M. Staples, 1877, 1878
- George H. Allen, 1879, 1880
- Sylvester H. Nourse, 1881, 1882
- Thomas H. Magee, 1883
- Nathan B. Fletcher, 1884, 1885; SN
- Charles E. Lewis, 1886, 1887
- William A. Estes, 1887, 1888
- Miles S. Hart, 1889, 1890
- Charles W. Carkin, 1891, 1892
- Robert E. Ramsdell, 1893, 1894
- William E. Hudson, 1895, 1896
- Frank P. Bubier, 1897, 1898
- G. Sidney MacFarlane, 1899
- Howard K. Sanderson, 1900, 1901
- Addison L. Osborne, 1902, 1903
- True B. Curtis, 1904, 1905
- Amos C. Day, 1906
- Lewis S. Urquhart, 1907
- William H. Nash, 1908, 1909
- David G. Bartlet, 1910, 1911; Mem
- Harry E. Stilphen, 1912
- John J. MacKenzie, 1913, 1914
- Elmer B. Dyer, 1915, 1916
- Fred A. Trafton, 1917, 1918
- Arthur E. Harriman, 1919, 1920
- Stacey R. Burckes, 1921
- Kendall A. Sanderson, 1922, 1923; N
- John C. Clendenin, 1924, 1925
- Ralph C. Curtis, 1926, 1927
- Homer D. Ricker, 1928, 1929
- C. Harry Hannaford, 1930, 1931
- G. Douglas Willett, 1932, 1933
- Roger L. Currant, 1934, 1935
- Harry A. Hemmingway, 1936, 1937
- Raymond E. Neal, 1938, 1939; N
- Richard J. Black, 1940, 1941
- Carroll B. French, 1942, 1943; N
- Herman W. Smart, 1944, 1945
- Edwin A. Thompson, 1946
- Luther D. Crowley, 1947, 1948
- Chester A. Brown, 1949, 1950
- Donald H. Knowlton, 1951, 1952
- James C. Curns, 1953, 1954
- William R. Russell, 1955
- Lawrence E. Patten, 1956, 1957
- John W. Perrin, 1958, 1959
- Leslie W. Bissett, 1960, 1961; N
- Fred W. Mellon, 1962, 1963
- Robert A. Miller, 1964, 1965
- William P. Langmaid, 1966, 1967
- Eugene C. Triffitt, 1968
- William R. Gordon, 1969, 1970
- Richard R. Clarke, 1971, 1972
- Alvin W. Lyon, 1973, 1974
- Edward R. McGough, 1975
- Arthur G. Darrah, 1976, 1977
- Robert L. Spinney, 1978, 1979; N
- Paul A. Howard, 1980, 1981
- Bruce K. Savery, Sr., 1982, 1983
- Thurlow H. Wright, 1984, 1985
- John W. Burt, 1986, 1987; PDDGM
- Laurence A. Burt, Jr., 1988, 1989
- Richard S. MacInnis, 1990, 1991, 1997
- Earl N. Spurr, 1992, 1993
- Daniel E. Soper, 1994, 1995
- Gerald D. Spinney, 1996
- Wayne S. Emmons, 1998, 1999
- Richard D. Parker, 2000, 2001
- Leon H. Small, 2002, 2003, 2009, 2010
- Warren R. Davis, 2004, 2005, 2006, PDDGM
- Herbert H. French, Jr., 2007, 2008
- Richard D. Parker, 2010, 2011, 2012, PDDGM
REFERENCES IN GRAND LODGE PROCEEDINGS
VISITS BY GRAND MASTER
- 1881 (Lawrence)
- 1900 (Gallagher)
- 1903 (Sanford; installation)
- 1903 (Benton)
- 1919 (L. Abbott; Welcome Home night in Lynn)
- 1923 (Ferrell; Charity conference)
- 1924 (Ferrell)
- 1927 (Simpson; Veterans' Night)
- 1940 (Perry; 75th Anniversary; Special Communication)
- 1949 (Keith; Reception for Junior Grand Warden Raymond E. Neal)
- 1962 (Eaton; Reception for Deputy Grand Master Carroll B. French)
- 1965 (Osgood; Centenary; Special Communication)
- 1985 (Richardson; Visit to Maine)
- 1990 (Darling; 125th Anniversary; Special Communication)
- 2001 (Bauer; installation)
- 2003 (Hicks; installation)
- 1940 (75th Anniversary History, 1940-67; see below)
- 1965 (Centenary History, 1965-38; see below)
- 1990 (There is a 125th Anniversary History, but it is not included in the Proceedings)
75TH ANNIVERSARY HISTORY, MARCH 1940
by Wor. Harry A. Hemingway.
The foundations of Golden Fleece Lodge were laid during the closing days of the war for the preservation of the Union. The founders were men who had stood together in a great crisis - a crisis that threatened, for the time being, the integrity of the Union. It was but natural, therefore, that these men should cherish a deep and abiding regard for each other. Their mantles, we are proud to say, have descended upon our shoulders, and the feelings of brotherly love that pervade our Lodge today make its fellowship like that of a great, loyal, and happy family.
The Charter of Golden Fleece Lodge bears the names of 32 Master Masons. Thirty of these men came out from Mount Carmel Lodge, bringing with them the high ideals and noble traditions of the honored mother of local Masonry. These 30 men were not "come-outers" - they were not seceders -secession had become dangerous in those days, and men of Golden Fleece had helped to make it so. There were no factional differences. Golden Fleece was organized that Masonic principles might be the more effectively promoted, just as a year later William Sutton Lodge, of Saugus, was started, and still later Damascus, Wayfarers, Bethlehem, and Benjamin F. Arrington.
The original name of the Lodge was The Lodge of the Golden Fleece and by authority of a Dispensation of the Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts, dated February 13, 1865, the first meeting was held in a building, at the corner of Market and Tremont Streets, on the site of the Y.M.C.A.
Its first Master was Timothy G. Senter, a well-known educator. The Senior Warden was Alonzo C. Blethen, and John G. Dudley was Junior Warden. The other elective officers were A. Scudder Moore, Treasurer, and William B. Phillips, Secretary, the latter serving the Lodge in that station for 30 years.
On December 19, 1865, by permission of the Grand Lodge an informal meeting was held to elect officers and act on the By-Laws as modified by the Grand Lodge. At this meeting it was voted, "that Tuesday evening next be appointed for the Consecration of the Lodge and the installation of the officers," and it was also voted, l'that the first three officers of Mount Carmel Lodge be invited", a custom that has ever since prevailed.
On Tuesday, December 26, 1865, a Special Communication of the Lodge was held for the reception of the Charter and the consecration of the Lodge. The Lodge was opened on the Master Mason Degree, and was consecrated according to ancient custom, by Grand Master William Parkman and other officers of the Grand Lodge, under the name of Golden Fleece Lodge.
The following ofHcers were then installed by the Grand Master:
- Worshipful Master: Timothy G. Senter
- Senior Warden: Alonzo C. Blethen
- Junior Warden: James F. Hartshorne, Jr.
- Treasurer: George B. Tolman
- Secretary: William B. Phillips
- Chaplain: Charles W. Biddle
- Marshal: William H. Kimball
- Senior Deacon: James D. Alley
- Junior Deacon: Henry O. Burrill
- Senior Steward: Warren Tapley
- Junior Steward: Ezekiel F. Estes
- Inside Sentinel: William R. Badger
- Tyler: George T. Estes
Following the ceremonies of consecration and installation the Brethren, to the number of 100, proceeded to Exchange Hall, where a sumptuous banquet was enjoyed. There was speaking by Grand Master Parkman, Deputy Grand Master [http://www.masonicgenealogy.com/MediaWiki/index.php?title=GMDame Charles C. Dame], Senior Grand Warden-elect William Sutton, Brothers Hunt and Norris of Salem, Brother Newhall of Mount Carmel Lodge, and others. There was also singing by Worshipful Brother Carroll, of Mount Carmel Lodge, and Worshipful Brothers Norris and Bacheller, of Salem.
The ceremonies were brought to a close, (in Captain Phillips' own words) "At eleven o'clock and thirty minutes, after an interchange of fraternal gratulations, they repaired to their several abodes, refreshed from the feast of reason and flow of soul, as well as invigorated from the bounties of nature's bosom."
Our fiftieth anniversary was observed with two meetings, one held on Sunday, February 14,1915, at the First Congregational Church, Lynn, at which there were assembled about 900 Masons. The next evening, Monday, February 15, 1915, the 895th Communication (stated) of Golden Fleece was held at Masonic Hall, Lynn, a Lodge of Master Masons being opened in form at 5:10 o'clock, with the following named Brethren occupying the several stations:
- Worshipful Master: Elmer B. Dyer
- Senior Warden: Fred A. Trafton
- Junior Warden: Arthur E. Harriman
- Secretary: G. Sidney MacFarlane
- Chaplain: George Wood
- Marshal: James C. Tucker
- Senior Deacon: Harry T. Bates
- Junior Deacon: Stacey R. Burckes
- Senior Steward: Ralph C. Broad
- Junior Steward: Kendall A. Sanderson
- Inside Sentinel: Leon F. Thompson
- Tyler: Winfred M. Sanborn
The Treasurer, Worshipful George H. Allen, was absent.
The Worshipful Master was presented with a bouquet of 50 roses, commemorating the 50th anniversary, the gift of Worshipful Harry R. Stanbon, Master of William Sutton Lodge of Saugus. A cablegram was received from the Lodge of the Golden Fleece, Leicester, England, ending "hearty good wishes and fraternal greetings." The Lodge was closed in form at five o'clock and thirty minutes.
The Brethren with their friends and other invited guests assembled at Casino Hall, Summer Street, Lynn, where a banquet of about 700 plates was served by Brother Andrew Schlehuber. The Lodge was greatly honored by the presence of Most Worshipful Melvin Maynard Johnson, Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts, and a very large suite of distinguished Grand Lodge Officers, together with other distinguished Masons of this vicinity. Inspiring addresses were made, and during the course of his address, the Grand Master presented Henry Price jewels to Brother Charles Allen Taber and Worshipful Brother Everett H. Newhall, our only Charter Members.
About midnight the members and their guests dispersed to their several homes in the midst of a violent rainstorm. And now, tonight in the celebration of our 75th Anniversary, we are again greatly honored by the presence of the Grand Lodge and being permitted, each one of us, to attend a Special Communication of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
During out 75 years existence, there have been admitted into our Lodge 1622 members. 488 have passed to the Celestial Lodge above, and 792 have dimitted to take up their Masonic homes elsewhere. The largest number of candidates raised in any one year was 137 in 1920 and the smallest number was 1 in 1933 and also 1 in 1934, with an average of 21.6 per year for the 75 years, compared with 18.6 for 50 years.
Forty-three members have been honored by election to the office of Worshipful Master, of whom 14 are living. The Lodge has had 9 Treasurers and 7 Secretaries. We have members in 19 States, as well as the District of Columbia, Philippine Islands, Canada and Australia. The Lodge has been honored by the appointments of 4 Disrict Deputy Grand Masters from our membership, and 1 Grand Master was an Honorary Member of Golden Fleece Lodge until his death. Six of our members have been advanced to the 33rd degree:
- Worshipful Brother Allen
- Worshipful Brother Osborne
- Worshipful Brother Ramsdell
- Worshipful Brother Stilphen
- Brother Pierce
- Brother Marden
We have the unique distinction of having two sets of fathers and sons, who have been Past Masters:
- Worshipful Brothers True and Ralph Curtis
- Worshipful Brothers Howard and Kendall Sanderson.
The number of members in the Lodge today is 799.
- September 18, 1886. Initiation fee raised from $25.00 to $35.00.
- October 15, 1867. Past Master Timothy G. Senter tendered Honorary Membership.
- January 30, 1871. Public Installation by Worshipful Brother William C. Maxwell, Past Master of Mount Carmel Lodge, assisted by Brother George H. Allen.
- December 29, 1873. The Lodge presented Past Master George F. Breed with a Past Master's jewel to replace the one
Iost in the great Boston fire.
- July 1, 1875. First Masonic burial by the Lodge over the remains of Brother Charles Francis Lewis.
- November 15, 1875. Annual Visitation: T. Frederick Martin, Master, at which 200 were present and which was followed by a "rare entertainment of singing, declamation, music, and ventriloquism of the first order, which was highly appreciated by the Brethren as not a Brother left the Lodge Room until twelve o'clock and thirty minutes."
- May 4, 1896. About 80 members of the Massachusetts Legislature were present as guests and assisted in the work.
- July 23, 1898. Accompanied by Olivet Commandery and Mount Carmel Lodge the Lodge acted as escort to the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge at the laying of the cornerstone of the Lynn Public Library.
- December 31, 1900. Special meeting, followed by banquet. At 11.50 o'clock the Brethren to the number of 150 formed a double circle around the altar and at 12 o'clock midnight Brother Joseph C. Norton sounded taps on the cornet, Brother George Wood, Chaplain, offered up a suitable prayer and the Brethren all joined in singing "America,"after whlch three cheers were given for Golden Fleece Lodge and the New Century.
- January 15, 1903. Public Installation by Most Worshipful Baalis Sanford, Grand Master, and Frank W. Mead, Grand Marshal. Guests: Governor John L. Bates, Lieutenant-Governor Curtis Guild, Jr., Mayor Henry W. Eastham, District Deputy Grand Master George E. Fenn.
- June 25, 1905. Saint John the Baptist Day. Attended divine service at the East Baptist Church on the invitation of our Chaplain, Rev. Arthur E. Harriman.
- June 21, 1909. Voted "that the sum of $100.00 be appropriated for fitting out a room at the Masonic Home at Charlton, Mass."
- October 17, 1910. First meeting in the renovated apartments.
- March 18, 1912. Initiation fee changed from $50.00 to $60.00.
- April 7, 1913. Fraternal visit by Most Worshipful Everett C. Benton, Grand Master, and other Masons of prominence.
- September 21, 1914. Voted to send the sum of $100.00 to the Grand Master for the "Rainy Day Fund" of the Masonic Home.
- May 21, 1917. Upon motion it was voted "That the Lodge dispense with all refreshments and other luxuries until we meet in September, the amount of money approximately so saved. to constitute a fund to be called 'Golden Fleece Lodge War Fund', the same to be used as the Committee on Finance may direct."
- November 19, 1917. A circular letter from the Most Worshipful Grand Master upon the subject of the Masonic War Relief Fund was read, and upon motion it was unanimously voted to send to the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge War Relief Committee all the money in the Golden Fleece Lodge War Fund.
- June 21,1920. Initiation fee raised to $100.00.
- December 20, 1920. The Annual meeting, at which it was announced that there had been 54 meetings during the year and 137 candidates raised.
- October 17, 1927. The Lodge was honored with a visit from Worshipful Brother Thomas J. Clarke, of the Lodge of the Golden Fleece, No. 2081, of Leicester, England, this being the first time we have entertained, in Lodge, a member from our sister Lodge in England.
- JuIy 2, 1929. Special meeting to observe Lynn Tercentenary Anniversary. As special guests the Lodge entertained members of the Craft among the officers and enlisted men of the warships Cincinnati, Overton and King, which were at anchor off Lynn Harbor. An interesting historical and patriotic address was delivered by M.W. Dudley Hays Ferrell.
- April 23, 1935. The passing from all earthly activities of Worshipful G. Sidney Macfarlane, Master in 1899, Secretary since 1906, "Beloved by all his brethren."
- December 21, 1936. Initiation fees changed from $100.00 to $60.00.
CENTENARY HISTORY, FEBRUARY 1965
From Proceedings, Page 1965-38:
By Worshipful John W. Perrin.
My name is Golden Fleece Lodge. I'm inanimate, of course, but it's surprising how my existence parallels that of human experience.
For instance, I was born on the 13th day of February, 1865, and I have a carefully preserved birth certificate (Charter) to prove it. Imagine, 100 years ago! Certainly a milestone in the life of any human fortunate enough to arrive there, but, in my case, and being what I am, it is but one more step toward a potentially immortal existence in this wonderful fraternity of ours. I was fathered by 32 Master Masons (30 of whom came from a Lynn sister Lodge, Mount Carmel) who had petitioned Grand Lodge on that date to bring me into the world. Upon receipt of word from Grand Lodge and working on authority of a dispensation of the Most Worshipful Grand Master, my parents lost little time in holding their first meeting. On February 21, 1865, in a wooden building on the corner of Market and Tremont Streets, on the site of the present Y. M. C. A., the 32 gathered. The meeting place was designated Masonic Hall, and, from the record, "Brother Senter read a dispensation from the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts granting to Timothy G. Senter, as first W. M., Alonzo G. Blethen, first S. W., and John G. Dudley, first J. W., to form a Lodge of Masons for the purpose of entering, crafting, and raising of Masons according to the Ancient Usages of Free and Accepted Masons." Shortly thereafter, Wor. Bro. Senter appointed a committee to "receive, sort, and count votes" for the remaining offices. Brother A. Scuder Moore was elected Treasurer and Brother William B. Phillips was elected Secretary, a position, by the way, he held for 30 faithful years.
Two interesting things happened during that first meeting. First, all officers were elected, none appointed, and it took two ballots to decide the office of Junior Deacon. On the first ballot, Isaac F. Galloup had 10 votes, George H. Rich had 10 votes, Joshua C. Eldren had 2 votes, and Jesse L. Attwill, 1 vote. On the second ballot, Isaac F. Galloup polled 18 votes and was declared elected. Secondly, three petitions for membership were received, in the names of Ezra H. Wardwell, Minott Terrill, Jr., and Zenas Bangs, the first of many to seek brotherhood in my abode.
One month later, on March 21, the first regular communication of the Lodge, called the "Lodge of the Golden Fleece," was held. The three petitions received in February were balloted on and all were elected. Three more petitions were received, and that same evening, Ezra Wardwell and Minott Terrill, Jr., were initiated as Entered Apprentices. The following evening, March 22, a special communication was held, "a dispensation having been granted by the Most W. G. M. to confer the degrees of F.M. upon the petitions of S. B. Heald, Stephen C. Heald, Zenas Bangs, and Wm. H. Hart, if found worthy, at our convenience." Consequently, the 3 not previously balloted on were accepted and that very evening the two Healds and William H. Hart were given all three degrees and became the first Master Masons to be raised in Golden Fleece Lodge. The Lodge was "closed in harmony at eleven o'clock and forty-five minutes." Thus was formed the foundation of my future.
During the following early months of my growth, it may be interesting to note that, in the carefully recorded events by Secretary Phillips, on April 18, 1865, the first record of any bills appeared. They were from W. S. Cox, $12.00 for printing, and J. W. Hoyt, $5.50 for refreshments. They were "read, approved, and ordered to be paid." On June 20, it was voted that the Lodge parade on the Fourth of July in connection with Mt. Carmel Lodge. There were also special and regular communications held during the summer months, but the next two noteworthy events occurred in the late fall.
On December 19, 1865, permission was granted by the Grand Master to hold an informal meeting to elect officers for the ensuing year. Timothy Senter was again elected W. M. and Alonzo Blethen, S. W., J. F. Hartshorne was elected J. W. (a change) and George B. Tolman was elected Treasurer (another change), and William B. Phillips was again elected Secretary. The W. M. then appointed the remaining Officers, and a vote was passed to accept and approve the By-Laws as modified by Grand Lodge. For an informal meeting, a great deal had been accomplished. One small line in the records of that evening, however, foretold of another major milestone in my life: "On motion it was voted that Tuesday evening next be appointed for the consecration of the Lodge, and installing the Officers." This night, December 26, was to be my baptism, my official acceptance into the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts.
On the day after Christmas, 1865, M. W. G. M., William Parkman, and a Suite of Grand Lodge Officers conducted the ceremony of consecration and installed the Officers. They brought with them, and presented, the Charter (my birth certificate), which gave me the title and designation of GOLDEN FLEECE LODGE and declared the precedence of the said Lodge to commence from the thirteenth day of February, A.D., 1865, A.L. 5865. This made my name and birthdate official. It was a gala evening, befitting the occasion, and after the closing, the members and guests repaired to the banquet hall to enjoy refreshment and entertainment.
How to describe the years that followed, the happy times and the sad? Neither words nor time suffice. Perhaps a few of the highlights! On January 18, 1870, we moved to a new home on the top floor of a brick building on the corner of Market and Liberty Streets. Our first Masonic burial over the remains of Brother Charles Francis Lewis, on July 1, 1875, who was raised in November, 1873. Participation in the laying of the cornerstones of the Nahant and Lynn Public Libraries, 1894, and 1898. The meeting in May, 1896, when about 80 members of the Massachusetts Legislature were present as guests and assisted in the work. The gathering of 150 members around the altar on December 31, 1900, where taps were sounded at midnight, prayers were said, "America" was sung, and all gave three cheers for Golden Fleece Lodge and the new century. The first mention of the Masonic Home in Charlton, in April, 1907. The appropriation of $100.00 in June, 1909, for fitting out a room in the Masonic Home. All these and many more including numerous Public Installations and visitations by Grand Masters and other dignitaries. Such wonderful memories!
I celebrated my fiftieth anniversary with two meetings: one at the First Congregational Church, Lynn, on Sunday, February 14, 1915; the other with a regular communication (the 895th) at Masonic Hall on February 15th. At the Church Service, Rt. Rev. John W. Hamilton, Bishop of Boston Methodist Episcopal Church, delivered an inspiring sermon on Masonry. The service was attended by many prominent Masons in Lynn's city government, including the Mayor, George H. Newhall, the Chief of Police, the City Auditor, the Water Commissioner, and others. It was a most soul-satisfying event. At 5:10 o'clock on February 15, Wor. Master Elmer B. Dyer opened the Lodge in form. He was presented with a bouquet of 50 roses, the gift of Wor. Harry R. Stanbon, Master of William Sutton Lodge in Saugus, and a cablegram was received from the Lodge of the Golden Fleece, Leicester, England, sending good wishes and Fraternal greetings. The Lodge was closed in form at 5:30 o'clock.
The brethren and guests then assembled at Casino Hall on Summer Street for a delightful evening of celebration. Most Worshipful Melvin Maynard Johnson and a large Suite of distinguished Grand Lodge Officers joined other prominent Masons of the vicinity in making it a festive occasion. Dinner, speeches, and entertainment rounded off the evening, and the only adversity came at about midnight when the members and guests departed in the midst of a violent rainstorm.
As the darkness of the world began to lighten at the end of World War I, with it came an increased number of applicants to Masonry, as young men sought to forget the ravages of war and join in the brotherhood of Friendship, Morality, and Brotherly Love. In the year 1920, 137 received their 3rd degree in Free Masonry, the largest number to be raised in any one year in Golden Fleece Lodge. Conversely, with the arrival of the 1930's, and the trying times of the depression, the years 1933 and 1934 recorded but one candidate each year to be raised as a Master Mason.
In 1935, on April 23, we were greatly saddened by the passing of Worshipful G. Sidney Macfarlane, Master in 1899, and Secretary of the Lodge for 29 years. He was "beloved by all his brethren," and in his memory the Permanent Fund of the Lodge is named.
I had hardly time to catch my breath from the impact of the 1930's, when suddenly World War II was scarring the face of the earth. Many of my members joined the fray, among them Homer D. Ricker, Jr., Junior Warden of the Lodge, and the son of Wor. Homer D. Ricker, Master in 1928-29. On the last day of the year 1944, Homer D. Ricker, Jr., was killed overseas. In 1949 a fund was started in his memory to supply financial assistance in the celebration of the 100th anniversary in 1965. Each year a sum, voted by the lodge, was transferred from the General Fund to the Homer D. Ricker, Jr. Fund, and today this forethought, in memory of a gallant man, is helping us to celebrate our centennial.
One whole century, like a giant hour-glass filled with tiny grains of sand, "how they pass away almost imperceptibly and jet, to our surprise, in the short space of 100 years, they are all exhausted." I have seen so many things! Fifty-six have presided over my domain as Worshipful Masters, 12 of whom are still living. Eleven Treasurers have taken charge of the monies, and nine Secretaries have kept the records. I am proud of 5 District Deputy Grand Masters, 1 Grand Pursuivant, 1 Junior Grand Warden, and 1 Deputy Grand Master, our members who have represented the Grand Master and the Grand Lodge of this Commonwealth.
Two sets of fathers and sons have been Masters: Worshipfuls True and Ralph Curtis, and Howard and Kendall Sanderson — a unique distinction!
Ten have received the Honorary 33rd Degree: Wor. George H. Allen, Wor. Addison L. Osborne, Brother Pierce, R. W. Kendall A. Sanderson, R. W. Raymond E. Neal, Wor. Robert E. Ramsdell, Wor. Harry E. Stilphen, Brother Marden, Wor. Ralph C. Curtis, R. W. Carroll B. French.
I am proud of the 2,176 admitted as members during this century in time. In the past quarter century I have been sorrowed by the passing of those who had served as Masters and dedicated themselves to the Craft: Wor. Chester A. Brown; Wor. Richard J. Black; Wor. Harry A. Hemingway, Secretary for 21 years and a Past Grand Pursuivant; Wor. Luther D. Crowley, Secretary for 2 years; R.W. Carroll B. French, Treasurer for 16 years and a Past Deputy Grand Master, the highest office attained by any regular member of this lodge; and R.W. Raymond E. Neal, Past Junior Grand Warden. All are sorely missed!
One Hundred Years! How wonderful to witness the Ancient Masonic Usages perpetuated. To watch the changing times and yet realize that the teachings of our fraternity remain unchanged, that each stone is hewn, squared, and numbered and mortally prepared for that "house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens." It has readied me for my next century.
- 1894 (Participation in Nahant cornerstone laying, 1894-41)
- 1898 (Participation in Lynn cornerstone laying, 1898-111)
- 1904 (Participation in Lynn cornerstone laying, 1904-75)
- 1911 (Participation in Swampscott cornerstone laying, 1911-235)
- 1912 (Participation in Nahant cornerstone laying, 1912-62)
- 1936 (Reduction in fees refused, 1936-130; approved, 1936-248)
50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION, FEBRUARY 1915
From New England Craftsman, Vol. X, No. 5, February 1915, Page 180:
Golden Fleece Lodge, Lynn, Mass., celebrated the completion of a half century of existence by attending church in a body, Sunday, February 14, and by a dinner and a dance mi the following evening.
On Sunday the anniversary sermon wa preached by Bishop Hamilton, and Lynn ministers who took part were Rev. Arthur E. Harriman, Rev. Lewis Malvern, Rey Obed J. White, Rev. Lyman Rollins, Rev. Peter Black, Rev Donald H. Gerrish, Rev. John Vannevar, Rev. William F. Dusseault and Rev. William F. Macey. An organ recital was given by J. Henry Paige.
The Monday exercises were held in Casino Hall. There was a very large attendance. WM Elmer R. Dyer presided. Prayer was offered by Rt Rev. John W. Hamilton, Rev. Arthur K. Harriman, Junior Warden, spoke upon "The Masonic Fraternity in Lynn;" Rev. R. Perry Bush's theme was "Masonry and Our American Republic;" William H. Dorman brought the greetings of Mt. Carmel Lodge of Lynn: Charles Allen Taber spoke upon the charter members and MWGM Melvin M. Johnson delivered a congratulatory address.
MAINE VISIT, MARCH 1984
From TROWEL, June 1984, Page 32:
On March 28, 1984, Golden Fleece Lodge, A. F. & A. M., Lynn, MA, opened Lodge on a special communication on the Entered Apprentice Degree. A recess was then declared and two motor coaches, ladened with food and beverages, carried the Brethren to Freedom Lodge No. 42, A.F. & A.M., Limerick, Maine.
On arrival the Master of Golden Fleece Lodge, Wor. Thurlow H. Wright, and his officers were escorted into Freedom Lodge by Rt. Wor. Leslie W. Bissett, a member of Golden Fleece Lodge and currently Treasurer of Freedom Lodge. Wor. Wright was introduced to the acting Master, Wor. David Moberg, while the other officers assumed their respective stations.
Rt. Wor. Warren Roy Davis, D. D. G. M. of the Lynn Eighth Masonic District, then appeared for the purpose of paying the two Lodges a fraternal visit. He was accompanied by Wor. William R. Gordon, D. D. G. M., Wor. Richard W. Carrow, D.D.G.S., and a distinguished suite of Masons. Rt. Wor. Davis was received by a committee chaired by Rt. Wor. Leslie W. Bissett and composed of P. D. D. G. Ms from the Grand Lodge of Maine. He brought greetings from the Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts as well as his own greetings, and presented the Master of Freedom Lodge with a coin and coaster commemorating the 250th Anniversary of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts.
Wor. Wright, through the acting Master, presented Freedom Lodge an original framed plaque, created by Bro. Albert F. Woodbury, Jr., to commemorate this historic visit. Rt. Wor. Bissett also received a plaque recognizing his outstanding service as Treasurer of Freedom Lodge, having served as an officer for almost thirty years. The Masters and Officers of Golden Fleece Lodge then conferred the Entered Apprentice Degree on Joseph Henry Lowe, after which the working tools, hand-crafted by the Chaplain of Golden Fleece Lodge, Wor. Richard Clarke, were presented to Freedom Lodge as another token of the visit.
Following the closing, a fine collation prepared by Mrs. Ruth Bissett and fellowship were enjoyed by all. Rt. Wor. Bissett served and was a perfect host. The degree work, fellowship and fraternalism generated by this visit made for a memorable evening for the Brethren of both Lodges.
GRAND LODGE OFFICERS
- David G. Bartlet, DDGM, District 8 (Lynn), 1913, 1914; Memorial
- Leslie W. Bissett, DDGM, District 8 (Lynn), 1971, 1972; N
- George F. Breed, DDGM, District 5 (Salem), 1874, 1875; SN
- John W. Burt, DDGM, District 8 (Lynn), 1996, 1997
- Clarence E. Cahill, DDGM, District 8 (Lynn), 1921, 1922; Memorial
- Warren R. Davis, DDGM, District 8 (Lynn), 1984, 1985; Junior Grand Warden 1991
- Harry W. Dill, Jr., DDGM, District 8 (Salem), 1983, 1984; N
- Nathan B. Fletcher, DDGM, District 7 (Lynn), 1890, 1891; SN
- Carroll B. French, DDGM, District 8 (Lynn), 1955, 1956; Deputy Grand Master 1962; N
- Donald W. Gillis, Jr., DDGM, District 8 (Lynn), 1988, 1989; Junior Grand Warden 2000; N
- Raymond E. Neal, DDGM, District 8 (Lynn), 1945, 1946; Junior Grand Warden 1949; N
- Richard D. Parker, DDGM, District 8 (Lynn), 2002; District 9, 2003, 2004
- Kendall A. Sanderson, DDGM, District 8 (Lynn), 1935, 1936; N
- Robert L. Spinney, DDGM, District 8 (Lynn), 1986, 1987; N