HARRY PARKER BALLARD 1856-1942
- MM 1893, WM 1901, 1902, Converse
- Honorary Member, The Lodge of Stirling
- DDGM, Lynn 7, 1908
- Grand Marshal 1909-1911
- Senior Grand Warden 1912
From Proceedings, Page 1942-172:
Brother Ballard was born in Salem, Massachusetts, on May 13, 1856, and died at his home in Malden on August 19, 1942.
He was educated in the schools of Malden and then entered the employ of the Boston Rubber Shoe Company of that city, being vice-president and treasurer at the time of the dissolution of that Company. He then became associated with the Wellman Company oi Medford and was president and treasurer at the time of his retirement in 1940.
He was raised in Converse Lodge of Malden on June 15, 1893, and served as Master in 1901 and 1902. On November 30, 1912, he affiliated with The Lodge of Stirling and was elected an Honorary Member during that year.
In Grand Lodge, he served as District Deputy Grand Master of the Seventh District in 1908, by appointment of Most Worshipful John Albert Blake. In 1909, 1910 and 1911 he served as Grand Marshal, by appointment of Most Worshipful Dana J. Flanders. In 1912 he was Senior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge by election.
He was a member of Tabernacle Chapter, R.A.M., of Melrose Council, R. & S. M., a Past Commander of Beauseant Commandery, K.T., Past Thrice Illustrious Master of Boston Lafayette Lodge of Perfection, and a member of all the other Scottish Rite Bodies in Boston. In 1924 he was elected an Honorary Member of the Supreme Council, 33d Degree.
Funeral services were held at the Centre Methodist Church of Malden on Friday, August 21,1942, followed by the Masonic burial service by the officers of Converse Lodge. His many activities in social, civic and military life will be set forth in a Memorial to be presented by a Committee appointed for that purpose.
We prize Brother Ballard's friendship, rejoice in his long and distinguished career and sincerely mciuin his passing, but surely "His works do follow him."
From Proceedings, Page 1942-190:
Harry Parker Ballard was born in Salem Massachusetts, on May 13, 1856, and died in Malden, Massachusetts, on August 19, 1942. In his very early life the family moved to Malden where he received his education.
He was initiated in Converse Lodge of Malden on April 12, 1893, passed May 10, 1893, and raised June 15, 1893. He was its Worshipful Master in 1901-02.
He was District Deputy Grand Master of the Seventh Masonic District in 1908, Grand Marshal of the Grand Lodge in 1909-11 and Senior Grand Warden in 1912.
He was a member of Tabernacle Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, of Malden; Melrose Council, Royal and Select Masters, of Malden; and Beauseant Commandery No. 41, Knight Templar, of Malden, of which Commandery he was Eminent Commander in 1912.
He was a member of all the Scottish Rite Bodies, was Thrice Potent Master of Boston Lafayette Lodge of Perfection in 1922-1925 and had received the Honorary Thirty-third Degree in the Supreme Council of the Northern Jurisdiction. He well deserved all of these Masonic honors.
He began and ended an active business life with the Boston Rubber Shoe Company and United States Rubber Company. For many years he had been active in the State Militia, now the State Guard, and rose therein to the rank of Colonel.
He was active in civil life, and as a citizen and as a Mason, was held in the highest respect.
His friendship will ever remain a pleasant memory.