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== BEAN, HENRY E. W. 1879-1930 ==
 
== BEAN, HENRY E. W. 1879-1930 ==

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BACON, HORACE S. 1869-1915

From Proceedings, Page 1915-93:

R. WOR. HORACE S. BACON was born in Lowell, October 29, 1869, and died at his residence in Lowell April 8, 1915.

He received his early education in the schools of Lowell and passed the bar examination after pursuing a course of study at Boston University. He practiced law for a number of years. He was appointed Register of Deeds of Middlesex County suceeeding the late Captain Thompson, and served out his term of office.

Brother Bacon was Recording Secretary of the Lowell Historical Society, a member of Old Middlesex Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, and of the Vesper Country Club.

Brother Bacon received the degrees in Freemasonry in Kilwinning Lodge, Lowell, in 1896, and was its Master in 1904 and 1905. He served as Grand Pursuivant in the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts in 1906 and was District Deputy Grand Master of the Eleventh Masonic District in 1908 and 1909. He was a life member of Mother Kilwinning Lodge of Scotland, also a member of the Committee on Curiosities of the Craft eight years from 1908 to 1915. He was exalted in Mt. Horeb Royal Arch Chapter of LoweII, June 8, 1896, and was its High Priest in 1911, and District Deputy Grand High Priest of District No. 9, in 1914. He took the degrees of Ahasuerus Council of Royal and Select Masters in Lowell in 1897. He received the orders of Knighthood in Pilgrim Commandery, K.T., of Lowell, in 1897 and was its Eminent Commander in 1911 and 1912. He was its Recorder from October, 1912 to his decease. He was a member of the Lowell Lodge of Perfection, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, of the Lowell Council, Princes of Jerusalem, and was Most Wise Master of Mt. Calvary Chapter of Rose Croix; also he was a member of Massachusetts Consistory 32°.

I quote the language of his life-long friend, R.W. Brother Stevens:

"As we sat in the house of mourning on Sunday last around the casket which contained all that was left of one of the noblest of men, we could. not help thinking how much it would have pleased Horace S. Bacon if he could know the place he held in the hearts of friends and associates, both old and young, who had gathered there to pay tribute to his memory. How it would have gratified him could he have been conscious that in the genuine manliness and generosity of his life he had so deeply touched the humane nature of hosts of people whom he had met in a business and in a social way. Perhaps in the divine economy of things his spirit was cognizant of the strength of the bonds of affection we cherished for him and the sorrow we feel that we shall see him no more."

BAGLEY, EDWARD C. R. 1875-1937

From Proceedings, Page 1947-127:

Right Worshipful Brother Bagley was born in East Boston July 22,1875, and died in Winthrop August 8, 1937.

Brother Bagley was left fatherless at the age of six. Supporting himself largelv by his own exertions, he managed to secure a substantial education in the East Boston schools. He studied law for a time, but gave up professional aspirations to enter the wholesale clothing business. He served in the Boston City Council from 1904 to 1906, in the House of Representatives from 1906 to 1908, and in the Senate for the four years following.

Brother Bagley's distinguished service was as Deputy Director of Prisons in the Department of Correction, to which post he was appointed in 1916. Here he made a national reputation. as a penologist. He was very successful in dealing with prisoners, basing his work on a conviction that regeneration could be brought about more successfully by scientific approach than by abstract moral appeals. He added to wide sympathy a keen appreciation of human nature and a firm and upright character.

Right Worshipful Brother Bagley was Raised in Baalbec Lodge March 7, 1905, and was its Master in 1920. He was also a Charter member of Everett C. Benton Lodge. He was District Deputy Grand Master for the Third Masonic District in 1922 and 1923, by appointment of Most Worshipful Arthur D. Prince and Most Worshipful Dudley H. Ferrell.

His great accomplishments made him an outstanding and respected figure in the community, and his thoroughly lovable character won hosts of devoted friends. In his passing the state loses a useful citizen and the Fraternity a shining ornament.

BAKER, STEPHENS 1791-1883

From Proceedings, Page 1883-228:

Bro. STEPHENS BAKER was born in Beverly, November 14, 1791. He received the first three degrees in Masonry in a Lodge in Wilmington, N . C , in 1816, and was a member of Amity Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, in Beverly, at the time of his death. He died September 27, 1883, aged ninety-one years, and ten months, and was the last survivor of the signers of the Protest living in Beverly.

A signer of the Declaration of 1831.

BANCROFT, EDMUND DANA 1821-1896

From Proceedings, Page 1896-219, in Grand Master's Address:

Wor. Edmund Dana Bancroft, of Ayer, a Grand Lecturer of this Grand 'Lodge for thirteen years, died on Wednesday afternoon, August 12th last, from the effects of sunstroke. He was nearly seventy-five years of age. He was present at the last Communication of this Grand Lodge, and took part in its debates. No subject of importance came before this Grand Body in which Bro. Bancroft did not take deep interest. It was this intense interest which caused him to write me a letter of ten pages under date of July 4, 1896. It was upon the subject of music, which was before this Grand Lodge for consideration at the Communication in June last. He concluded by speaking very kindly of the present condition and work of our Grand Lodge, and said: Writing you has made this fourth of July very delightful to me. He was a conservative, judicious and zealous Mason.

From Proceedings, Page 1896-221:

There is nothing idle or unmeaning in the words of our ritual which impress upon us thoughts of mortality. The hour-glass and scythe are no longer emblems, but stern realities, as we pause at the graves of those who have walked beside us and whose voices we can still hear uttering words of friendship, of encouragement and of inspiration.

In. the death of Wor. Bro. Bancroft, the Grand Lodge and the Fraternity lose one of their most loyal members. For more than a generation he has been a regular attendant upon our Communications, and during all that period he has been an office-bearer in this Body or in one or more subordinate Lodges.

Edmund Dana Bancroft was born in Pepperell, Sept. 6, 1821. He received a common-school education, and was a teacher for some years in his native place and in towns adjoining. In 1858 he entered the employ of the railroads meeting at Groton Junction, now Ayer, as station-master, holding the position twelve years. He was next in business as an insurance agent, representing his district in the Legislatures of 1871 and 1872, and was State Senator in 1879. He was postmaster from 1883 to 1887, and for a time an officer of U.S. Customs.

His Masonic life dates from his initiation in Aurora Lodge, Sept. 8, 1856. He was elected to membership in St. Paul Lodge in November, 1857, and became its Worshipful Master less than two years later, holding the office for three years. At the time of assuming the Chair in St. Paul Lodge, he ha,d concluded a year as Master of Trinity Lodge, U.D., and had been for six months the Master of Excelsior Lodge, U.D., afterwards chartered as Caleb Butler Lodge. In October, 1865, he was appointed Master of Charles W. Moore Lodge, U.D., and upon the granting of its charter, he withdrew from membership in St. Paul Lodge to serve two years more in the East of Charles W. Moore Lodge. He was dimitted from this Lodge in 1870, was again elected to membership in St. Paul Lodge, and was its Worshipful Master from 1872 to 1874. In 1876 he was Master of Boylston Lodge, U.D. This record shows that in the early part of 1859 he was presiding over two Lodges under dispensation, that in the latter part of that year he was placed at the head of a chartered Lodge while still Master of a Lodge under dispensation, and that in all he was the Worshipful Master of five Lodges. In addition to this, he was in charge of the work of Caleb Butler Lodge for some months while its Master was absent at the time of the Civil War. In 1874, retiring from the East of St. Paul Lodge, he was elected its Secretary, and continued in that office until his death.

He was Junior Grand Steward in 1861, and Grand Lecturer from December of that year to the close of 1874. By election as proxy, he held a seat in the Grand Lodge during the remainder of his life. The importance of his services can hardly be overestimated. He was a prominent figure in his section of the State during the revival of Masonry there. His gravity of deportment, manifesting itself in thought, speech and action, and his untiring, energetic enthusiasm exerted a decided influence, and in his intercourse with the Craft as Grand Lecturer he received the respect due to one who in addition to these traits gave evidence of being a careful and conscientious student of the ritual. He was entitled to the highest praise for his labors in retaining the true work and resisting the introduction of innovation in the years preceding the authoritative establishment of the ritual by the Committee of 1874.

Wor. Bro. Bancroft received the Chapter degrees in Thomas Chapter in 1858, and held for a year the office of King. He was the first Eminent Commander of Jerusalem Commandery, and had received the thirty-third degree in the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite.

In 1845 he married Mary Park Morse, who died in 1860. Four daughters, the children of this marriage, survive him: Mrs. M. J. Tucker, of Boston; Mrs. Jacob P. Hazen, of Shirley; Mrs. Anna Richardson, of Washington, D.C.; and Mrs. James A. Beatley, of Roxbury. In 1861 he married Phoebe Bridge Barrett, who died in 1895. His domestic life was a happy one. It seemed to be pervaded by that music in which he delighted, and which was his contribution to public worship as the organist for many years of the Unitarian Church. He believed in music and song as an essential feature at all Masonic gatherings, and his whole life was a song in harmony with his surroundings. His mental faculties were not obscured by age. His latest work was as a collaborator in the preparation of a centennial history of St. Paul Lodge, to which he was devoting a regular part of each day. This undertaking he left unfinished. He died Aug. 12, 1896.

His death was induced by the severe heat of the second week in that month, and the fatal attack occurred while on his way from Ayer to Shirley, to bring home his children and grandchildren, who had been absent for the day. His Brothers of the Mystic Tie assisted in paying the last sad offices to his remains. His funeral was held at the Unitarian Church, in Ayer, and he was buried at Shirley.

The limits of this sketch will not permit of an extended analysis of his character, even if we considered ourselves qualified to place it on record. All who knew him can testify to his ability, to his unswerving integrity, and to the acquired habit of self-watchfulness which he had so made a part of himself that it dominated and controlled his every word and act. But those who were admitted, to closer familiarity with him like to recall something more: the spirit of loyalty he always manifested to his Brethren and friends, his kindly affection towards them, even while he grieved at times over their differences of opinion, and the eagerness with which he sought the opportunity to reconcile such differences. They love to remember that, even after death had laid his hand upon him, his last conscious efforts were in trying to complete the work he had undertaken to do for others.

We can say no more than to express our belief that when he began his new life as the youngest Entered Apprentice in the Celestial Lodge, he might justly have been greeted by the same words he had so often addressed to others, and told that he stood in that presence a just and upright Mason.

Respectfully submitted,
THOS. W. DAVIS,
ALBERT J. ATWOOD,
HOWARD M. DOW,
Committee.

BARRETT, CHARLES 1788-1885

From Proceedings, Page 1885-120:

COL. CHARLES BARRETT died at the residence of his son, at Ashburnham, Mass., at the ripe old age of ninety-seven years. His name appears as Senior Warden of Social Lodge, October, 1826. Temperate, industrious, gentlemanly, he lived a vigorous life, and retained his mental faculties to a remarkable degree. He died highly honored.

BARRON, FRANK T. 1852-1931

From Proceedings, Page 1931-24:

R.W. Brother Barron was born in Boston June 13, 1852 and died at his home in Malden February 1, 1931. Brother Barron's business life was spent in the coal business. At the time of his death he was sales manager for the City Fuel Company.

Brother Barron was Raised in Henry Price Lodge February 23, 1887 and was its Master from 1899 to 1901. He was a Charter nember of the The Lodge of Stirling in 1911. He was District Deputy Grand Master for the Third Masonic District in 1910 and 1911 by appointment of M.W. Dana J. Flanders. Brother Barron held membership in the several bodies of the York and Scottish Rites. He was constant in his service in Grand Lodge where his constant presence as Proxy for Henry Price Lodge and a member of the Committee on Records made him a familiar figure among us. We shall deeply miss his kindly presence.

BARROWS, WILLIAM H. 1863-1933

From Proceedings, Page 1933-438:

Right Worshipful Brother Barrows was born in Pittsfield, March 13, 1863, and died there September 20, 1933.

Brother Barrows was educated in the Pittsfield schools. For many years he was the Pittsfield agent of the American Express Company. In 1906 he entered the employ of the Berkshire County Savings Bank, and in 1911 was made manager of the Massachusetts Savings Bank Life Insurance Department of the Berkshire County Savings Bank, remaining in that position for the rest of his life.

Brother Barrows took his degrees in Crescent Lodge in 1891 and was its Master in 1900. He was a Charter member of Pittsfield Lodge in 1927. ln 1921 and 1922, he was District Deputy Grand Master for the Sixteenth Masonic District, by appointment of M. W. Arthur D. Prince.

Brother Barrows was a member and Past High Priest of Berkshire Royal Arch Chapter, a member and for many years Recorder of Berkshire Council, Royal and Select Masters, and a member and Past Commander of Berkshire Commandery, Knights Templar. Brother Bamows was also a member and past presiding officer of each of the three Scottish Rite bodies in Pittsfield, and a member of Connecticut Valley Consistory. He was coronetted an Honorary Member of the Supreme Council 33°, in 1914.

Brother Barrows was widely known among Masons and deservedly popular wherever known. For many years he was a tower of strength to the Fraternity in Berkshire County, and he will be deeply mourned and greatly missed.

BARSS, WILLIAM RAYMOND 1884-1943

From Proceedings, Page 1943-18:

Brother Barss was born in New Germany, Nova Scotia, on February 15, 1884, and died at his home in Belmont, Massachusetts, on January 20, 1943.

He was educated in Pictou Academy and Acadia University in Nova Scotia, the University of Toronto, Yale University and the Yale Graduate School. In the latter, he received the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Physics, and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Psi Fraternities.

After serving as Instructor in Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for a period of fifteen years, he entered the firm of Barss, Knobel and Clark as Acoustics Engineer. Among the many notable structures on which he acted in the latter capacity is the Hatch Memorial Shell on the Charles River Esplanade, Boston.

He was raised in Wooster Lodge No. 79 of New Haven, Connecticut, on March 15, 1911, and dimitted on August l0, 1921, to become a Charter Member of Richard C. MacLaurin Lodge of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He served that Lodge as Master in 1926.

He served as District Deputy Grand Master of the (Cambridge) 2nd Masonic District in 1937 and 1938, by appointments of Most Worshipful Grand Masters Claude L. Allen and Joseph Earl Perry.

He was a member of all the Scottish Rite Bodies in Boston. Since February 1940, he was Superintendent of the Boston Masonic Temple and also Director of Education of the Grand Lodge, two unrelated positions, but both of which he filled with marked ability and success.

Quiet and unassuming, soft spoken and mild of manner, yet withal ever willing and eager to serve his fellowman! It was a rare privilege to be associated with him and to receive his ever ready and excellent advice. The many messages of condolence which came to us upon his passing were proof indeed of the place he held in the affections of his Brethren.

"Sleep on, dear friend, such lives as thine
Have not been lived in vain,
But shed an influence, rare, divine
On lives that here remain."

BARTLET, DAVID GARDINER 1860-1918

From Proceedings, Page 1918-273:

R. W. DAVID GARDINER BARTLET was born in Newburyport, Mass., April 9, 1860, and died suddenly at his home in Lynn September 28, 1918. He received the Masonic degrees in Olive Branch Lodge, No. 16, of Plymouth, New Hampshire, in 1883. Having removed to Lynn, he affiliated with Golden Fleece Lodge of that city May 20, 1895. He was appointed Marshal of that Lodge in January, 1899, and, after continuous service, was its Master in 1910 and 1911. He was District Deputy Grand Master of the Eighth Masonic District in 1913 and 1914. For some years he served as an Associate Member of the Board of Masonic Relief and was a member at the time of his decease.

In 1913, under the direetion of M.W. Everett C. Benton, R.W. Brother Bartlet was advised to make an effort to interest some of the Brethren in Swampscott relative to the formation of a new Lodge in that town. December 8, 1913, he visited the home of Brother Clarence B. Humphrey where, with seven good Brethren, the real foundation of Wayfarers Lodge was laid. December 19, 1913, a second visit was made by him and twenty-two Brethren assembled in the interest of a new Lodge. February 19, 1914, he placed the petition for a Dispensation for Wayfarers Lodge in the hands of the Grand Secretary. March 5, 1914, with Brother Harry E. Stilphen as Marshal, he went to Swampscott and duly Instituted Wayfarers Lodge by delivery of the Dispensation to the petitioners. He wrote, "Among my many pleasant duties as District Deputy Grand Master my relations with Wayfarers Lodge stand most pronounced."

I narrate these facts in detail because they are taken from an aceount written by R.W. Brother Bartlet himself. Of his early life we have no information. In Lynn he was first engaged as a car conductor and, after a short service, became a member of the police force of that city; at the time of his decease he was Deputy Chief of Poliee.

When the decease of Brother Bartlet became known to the City Government the flags on the city buildings were placed at halfmast: the City Council was convened: resolutions of respect and sympathy were adopted by the Council and heartfelt eulogies were made by the members. It was well said that Brother Bartlet's "personality endeared him to all who knew him. He combined great fidelity to duty with a singular kindness of manner in all his dealings." "He was big in body and large of soul." "He was always ready to do something good for everybody."

Such has been our own experience with Brother Bartlet. He was a devoted husband and father, a true friend, a faithful officer, just and sympathetic, who always stood for the best interests of the eommunity. He was a grand type of a true Freemason, studious, zealous, workful. His Masonic influence - because of his Masonic ability and character - was far-reaching and brought added honor to the Fraternity. The last summons came like a flash, but it found him prepared to go leaving a clean and honorable record.

BARTLETT, CHARLES A. 1852-1913

From Proceedings, Page 1913-75:

CHARLES A. BARTLETT was born in North Bridgewater, Jan. 9, 1852, and died at his home in Lancaster, March 30, 1913.

He received his education in the public schools of Templeton where he went in 1862 to live with his grandfather. He resided in Clinton from 1871 to 1905. In 1884 he was appointed on the police force of that town, and in 1888 was appointed by the high sheriff of Worcester County a deputy sheriff. He held this position continuously until his death, except during three years. In 1905 he removed. to Lancaster and occupied his newly bought farm. He served Lancaster three years as a member of the Board of Health.

Brother Bartlett became a member of Trinity Lodge of Clinton in 1863, and served as Master in 1886 and 1887. He was District Deputy Grand Master of the Twelfth Masonic District in 1890 and 1891. He had also been High Priest of Clinton Royal Arch Chapter of Clinton, and Eminent Commander of Trinity Commandery, K. T., of Hudson.

He was a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Episcopal, for many years, and served as a vestryman, warden, clerk, and treasurer. He has also been a delegate of the parish to the diocesan conventions. Thus Brother Bartlett spent the days of a very busy life. The Church, the State, the County, and our Fraternity received his conscientious efforts for progress and peace. He loitered not by the way, but was active and earnest in his manifold duties. He is worthy to receive the welcome response: "Well done, good and faithful servant."

BARTLETT, FREEMAN CHARLES 1869-1942

From Proceedings, Page 1942-233:

Brother Bartlett was born in Bowling Green, Virginia, on October 6, 1869, and died in Yarmouth, Massachusetts, on April 30, 1942.

He attended the schools of New York City and Davenport, Iowa, and soon after graduation entered the employ of Charles H. Davis, Civil Engineer, Yarmouth, continuing there for a period of fifty-three years.

He took an active interest in town affairs, serving as a member of the Advisory Board and Finance Committee for a period of twenty years. He was also active in church work and in the Boy Scout movement.

He was made a Mason in Howard Lodge of South Yarmouth on November 10, 1906, and served as Worshipful Master in 1914 and 1915. He also served as Treasurer from 1928 until his retirement in 1941.

He was High Priest of Orient Chapter, R. A. M., in 1923 and 1924 and served as Chaplain from 1926 until his death.

He was a charter member of the Past Masters' Association of the Thirty-second Masonic District and served as President in 1923.

In Grand Lodge, he was appointed District Deputy Grand Master of the (Hyannis) 32nd District in 1939 and 1940 by Most Worshipful Joseph Earl Perry.

Masonic burial services were conducted in the Hyannis Federated Church on Sunday, May 3, 1942, by the officers of Howard Lodge.

Of a quiet and unassuming personality, Brother Bartlett won the esteem of his Brethren and fellow citizens by his faithful service and ready response to every call made upon him and has now but gone on to join

"the choir invisible
Of those immortal dead who live again
In minds made better by their presence."

BARTON, CHARLES A. 1874-1933

From Proceedings, Page 1934-21:

Right Worshipful Brother Barton was born in Wickford, Rhode Island, October 1, 1874, and died in Worcester, October 20, 1933. Brother Barton was a banker and at the time of his death was President of the Worcester Bank and Trust Company.

Brother Barton took his Masonic. degrees in Solomon's Temple Lodge in 1901 and was its Master from 1905 to 1907. He was District Deputy Grand Master for the Nineteenth Masonic District in 1909 and 1910 by appointment of Most Worshipful Dana J. Flanders. He became a Charter member of Rose of Sharon Lodge in 1929 and held membership in that, as well as Solomon's Temple Lodge, for the remainder of his life.

He was also a member of Saint Elmo Royal Arch Chapter, of Whitinsville, and of Woonsocket Commandery No. 24, K.T., of Woonsocket, R. I.

He will be greatly missed in both banking and Masonic circles.

BATES, EZEKIEL 1795-1871

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A portrait which hangs in the Lodge-hall of Ezekiel Bates Lodge

From Moore's Freemasons' Monthly Magazine, XXX-5, March, 1871, Page 169:

The venerable and Worshipful Brother, the late Ezekiel Bates, died at his home in Attleboro, March 17, aged seventy-five; and his obsequies were solemnized on the Monday following, with Masonic honors and much circumstance, under the immediate direction of the Bristol and Ezekiel Bates Lodges of that town, assisted by a delegation consisting of nearly one-half of the members of the Lodge of St. Andrew, in which institution at Boston, the deceased had been a member since November 16, 1826; his name standig second on the roll of the living in that Lodge. The interment took place at Mt. Auburn, whence the honored remains were carried by the Brethren of St. Andrew's, acting as a guard of honor.

A Masonic funeral is always solemnly impressive, often exceedingly imposing. Freemasons are ever ready to render these last honors to their dead, with the full performance of all the rites belonging to this beautiful and touching ceremonial of the ancient Order, but adapting their service, with graceful courtesy, to social, private and popular exigencies, as they properly arise from time to time in our growing demonstrative communities, the Fraternity sometimes forbear to press upon the attention on all occasions, the complete sublime Masonic ritual. Such was partially the case at these obsequies, nevertheless, the blending of tokens of popular respect to the memory of Bro. Bates, the interweaving of townsmen's evidences of love and regard into the emblematic thread of ancient ritualistic Masonic ceremonial, did heighten in happy measure the very appropriate whole of an occasion, which it was the privilege of our respected Brethren of Bristol and Ezekiel Bates Lodges to inaugurate and conduct in a most admirably acceptable manner.

On the arrival of the procession, - having in escort the remains, the family and friends of the deceased in carriages, - at the door of the Congregational Church of East Attleboro', the spacious house began to be filled in due order. At this point Rev. Bro. W.H. Cudworth, of Boston, preceding the corpse as it was borne up the broad aisle, recited the burial service; the ninetieth Psalm was then sung, and after prayer Mr. Cudworth read the fifteenth chapter of 1st Corinthians, after which he delivered an extemporaneous address. The pastor of the church next gave out an appropriate hymn. This was followed by the chanting of some scripture selections, and the passing of the audience at large, before the pulpit for a last view of the face of the departed one. Lastly the brethren were called up, and in solemn march deposited each one after the manner of Masons, the sprig of Acacia, - that emblem which reminds us of the immortality of the soul. The remains of Bro. Bates were now formally committed in charge of St. Andrew's Lodge; the procession was reformed, and the cortege bore its way to the railroad station.

The day was clear. The funeral ordering in good taste. Nature seemed to smile beneficently on the bright closed record, the well rounded finish of an upright character, which, in the fulness of years and honors, she has beckoned upward, amid the parting tributes of a whole community, to the perfect Lodge above!

We are wont to feel a certain sense of hallowed exaltation a Masonic funeral occasion in the country. It was eminently so on this Monday in Attleboro', in the presence of those last rites to the memory of our glorious old associate, in the presence also of the profound regard of a community and respected brotherhood to the sterling character of Ezekiel Bates. We had our private griefs too, manifold and quick. Recollection, - the snapping of a tie half a century strong, never sundered till now! All this was vivid, chastening indeed to our thoughts. Another and another is taken, and we remain still as before, the oldest named on the roll.

This article must not close without a mention of the general appreciation with which the eloquent reading of the sublime chapter in Corinthians, and the no less eloquently discriminating address of Mr. Cudworth were received by the entire Fraternity who participated in this ceremony. It was not to be expected that the orator could present all the characteristics of our Bro. Bates as they shone upon his fellows of St. Andrew's; nor in the short acquaintance vouchsafed, know the full measure of his firmness, his judgment, his patience, his tact in softening all asperities from differences of opinion; his invariable good humor, his kindness, his stern fidelity in important and delicate trusts; but for all this, there was a sincerity, a heartiness, a grand fervor with sensibility in the scene before him, displayed by Bro. Cudworth on this occasion, which not only will endear him to the audience who heard him, but its recollection will remain as a tribute to that gentleman's real capacity. Neither shall our whole duty have been done in this connection, if an expression of the thanks of the Boston brethren present at Attleboro' is withheld from Bristol and Ezekiel Bates Lodges, for their considerate hospitality, together with the warm appreciation of the dignified and handsome courtesies extended them from first to last to the brethren and strangers present within their gates.

W. Bro. Ezekiel Bates, on the proposition of the late Bro. Zephaniah Sampson, was initiated in St. Andrew's Lodge on June 9, 1825, passed the same evening, raised September 8, and admitted to membership November 16, 1826. He served as Master of the Lodge for the years 1833-4. Bro. Bates was a member of St. Andrew's Chapter of this city, in which he was admitted a member in November, 1832. Besides his Masonic affiliations, and an unusual interest and activity in numerous organizations, Brother Bates was a member of the Mechanics' Charitable Association, which he joined in 1827, and he was at the time of his death, the sole survivor of three petitioners for the charter of the celebrated Mechanics' Mutual Insurance Company, and continued a Director in that Company until his removal to Attleboro' some twenty years since. He was born at Hanover, Mass., November 5, 1795, and was the youngest of fifteen children, two of whom survive.

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BATES, THEODORE C. 1843-1912

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From Proceedings, Page 1912-25:

Wor. THEODORE C. BATES, of Worcester, was born in North Brookfield, Mass., June 4, 1843, and died at his residence in Worcester March 11, 1912.

After graduating from the North Brookfield High School, he attended Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N. H. On leaving the Academy he taught school in his native town and at the age of twenty-three came to Boston, and engaged in the crockery business. In 1876 he entered into partnership with David H. Fanning in Worcester. The firm did an immense business, becoming one of the largest in the United States. He was probably the first large manufacturer in the United States to adopt the system of weekly payments. Brother Bates afterwards became interested in steam and street railways, electric light companies and banks. He was a captain of industry. He was active in civil and political affairs, being a member of the House of Representatives in Massachusetts in 1878 and of the Senate in 1882. He was chairman of the Republican State Committee for six years and a delegate to the Republican Convention in Chicago in 1884.

Brother Bates received the Masonic degrees in Golden Rule Lodge, of Stanstead, Canada, affiliated with Quinsigamond Lodge of Worcester, Aug. 23, 1873, and was Master of that Lodge in 1880 and 1881. He served the Grand Lodge as Corresponding Grand Secretary in 1882 and 1888, and was repeatedly appointed on important Committees. He made the original motion in Grand Lodge for the establishment of a "Charity Fund," which resulted in the formation of the Masonic Education and Charity Trust. He was elected a member of the first Board of Trustees in 1884 and served until Jan. 1, 1903, a period of eighteen years.

An indomitable worker, Brother Bates gave much of his time and influence in early days to the Fraternity. His marked financial ability was actively employed in maturing plans for the reorganization of Grand Lodge finances and the establishment of the Masonic Charity Fund.

BAULDRY, LYMAN CARLETON 1870-1942

From Proceedings, Page 1942-24:

Brother Bauldry was born in Bourne, Massachusetts, on April 2, 1870, and died at his home in Fairhaven on January 30, 1942.

As a young man, he entered the employ of the Pairpoint Corporation of New Bedford and remained there until ill health caused his retirement a few years ago.

During the forty-seven years of his residence in Fairhaven, he took an active interest in civic affairs, holding many offices of trust.

He was raised in George H. Taber Lodge on June 2, 1902, and served as Master in 1914. On March 8, 1916, he became a charter member of Abraham H. Howland Jr. Lodge and served as the first Master in 1916 and1917. In 1929 and 1930, Most Worshipful Herbert W. Dean appointed him District Deputy Grand Master of the New Bedford 30th Masonic District, a position which he held with distinction.

He was exalted in Adoniram Chapter, R.A.M., of New Bedford, but dimitted to become a charter member of Fairhaven Chapter, serving later as its High Priest. He was also a member of New Bedford Council, R.&S.M., and of Sutton Commandery, K.T.

He is survived by his widow, one son and two grandchildren.

Brother Bauldry was an earnest and devoted Mason and a very active one until ill health compelled his retirement. His many friends deeply mourn his passing, but rejoice in the memory of a life that was unselfish and inspiring in its service to his fellow man.

BAXTER, SYLVANUS (SYLVESTER) 1799-1861

From Proceedings, Page VI-402:

Resolved, That the decease of the late Hon. Sylvester Baxter, has removed from this G. Lodge one of its most honored members, whose life was protracted to a mature age of usefulness to his fellow citizens, and to societies with which he was associated, but more especially to this time honored Order.

Resolved, That in the important relation to his masonic brethren as Dist. Dep. Grand Master, he ever manifested an unwearied zeal, and a fidelity worthy of imitation, and that this G. Lodge deplore the loss of one of its most estimable officers.

Resolved, That we sympathize with the Masonic community of the District under his jurisdiction, in this dispensation, which has deprived them, especially of him who was to them a most generous and faithful Bro. and to his bereaved family we tender our condolence, that he, who was its loved Head, has been removed from that home on earth, which his presence ever made happy, but still can rejoice that they, that we, that all who knew him, have the assurance that from his well spent life he has a Home above, "eternal in the Heavens".

BEAN, HENRY E. W. 1879-1930

From Proceedings, Page 1930-277:

R.W. Bro. Bean was born in Portland, Maine, May 6, 1879, and died in Somerville April 21, 1930. Bro. Bean passed his early years in Claremont, N. H., where he was educated in the public schools. When about twenty-three years of age he came to Boston where he entered the service of the Rand-Avery Supply Company, where he remained for more than twenty-five years. The last years of his life were spent in the service of the Boston Herald where he held a very responsibie position in the department of composition.

Bro. Bean was initiated in Hiram Lodge No. 9, of Claremont, N. H., September 4, 1900, passed December 12, 1900, and raised February 13, 1901. He dimitted from Hiram Lodge No. 9, May 3, 1904 and took membership in Mt. Tabor Lodge October 20, 1904. He served his Lodge as Master in 1916 and 1917 and was in his second year of service as District Deputy Grand Master for the Boston Third Masonic District at the time of his death.

Bro. Bean was an active member of the First Universalist Church of Somerville, and was president of the Men's Club.

Bro. Bean is survived by his widow and one daughter. Bro. Bean was a home lover whose outside interests were confined to his church and Freemasonry, to both of which he gave zealous and faithful service. Quiet and unassuming in manner, he was yet a wise and competent executive. His sudden and untimely death was a grief to his many friends and a distinct loss to the Fraternity.

BEARD, JAMES FRANKLIN 1849-1906

From Proceedings, Page 1906-107, in Grand Master's Address:

I have also the painful duty of announcing the decease of Bro. James Franklin Beard, Chairman of our Board of Auditors. Brother Beard was born in Reading, Mass., Oct. 1, 1849, and died suddenly at his residence in Somerville, July 2, 1906.

Early in his youth the family moved to Charlestown. He attended the public schools and graduated at the High School in 1867. He entered Dartmouth College in 1868, but was compelled to leave at the end of the second year on account of sickness in his family. The love borne him by his classmates appears in the fact that on the unanimous petition of his class, at their Twenty-fifth Anniversary, the Faculty of Dartmouth College granted him the degree of Bachelor of Arts.

For twenty years he was engaged in mercantile affairs and in 1892 he was elected cashier of the Somerville National Bank, which position he resigned in 1900 to accept the office of Treasurer of the city of Somerville, He held that office at the time of his decease.

Brother Beard received the Masonic degrees in Soley Lodge, Somerville, in 1881-82, and was Worshipful Master of that Lodge in 1889, 1890 and 1891. He was elected a member of our Board of Auditors, Dec. 12, 1900, and was its Chairman at the time of his death. He held various positions in DeMolay Commandery, K.T., and at the time of his decease was Generalissimo of that Body.

Funeral services were held at the Unitarian Church, Somerville, on Friday, July 6. The City Hall, which was draped in black, was closed, and the flags on the public buildings, in the parks, and many private residences were placed at half-mast. The bells were tolled at the fire houses, striking once a minute for fifty-six minutes, the number denoting Brother Beard's age.

The loss which the city of Somerville, his friends, his family and our Fraternity have suffered in his sudden death is very great, but we feel assured that his kindly spirit, his unblemished reputation, his helpful hand and his manifestation of truly Masonic principles have all been to him a great gain.

BEARD, JOSIAH 1798-1885

JOSIAH BEARD, of Waltham, died February 6, 1885. He was born in 1798, in Francestown, N.H., and was made a Mason in the town of Dublin, now Peterborough, N.H., in 1821. Becoming a resident of Saco, Maine, he affiliated with Saco Lodge No. 9, at that place, in 1827, serving the Lodge as W.M. in 1828-29. On the 16th day of April, 1856{?}, he became a member of Monitor Lodge, having established his residence at Waltham. During the anti-Masonic excitement of 1830-31-32 he remained with the faithful of the Craft, being one of the twelve signers of Waltham to the Declaration of of the Freemasons in 1831. Bro. Beard was an honored citizen, occupying positions of trust in connection with the financial and municipal interests of the town, and being highly esteemed for his personal and business qualities and unswerving integrity.

Note: Josiah Beard was named Waltham's first Fire Chief in 1844, and the Josiah Beard House is on the National Register of Historic Places.

BENNETT, CHARLES W. 1864-1934

From Proceedings, Page 1934-224:

Right Worshipful Brother Bennett was born in Fitchburg, March 2, 1864, and died there September 23, 1934.

Brother Bennett was a descendant of colonial and revolutionary ancestry. The family has been prominent in Fitchburg for generations, and our Brother weil maintained the family tradition. Educated in the public schools of Fitchburg, he entered the shoe manufacturing business, becoming the head of a large concern and continuing there until his death.

His interest in public affairs was very great. He was the President of the Fitchburg Art Center, successfully carrying it through two fires and financing the building of its present home. He was active in the management of the Burbank Hospital, Vice-chairman of the Worcester North Savings Bank, and Past President of the Chamber of Commerce. He was a leading member of the Unitarian Church and first President of the local chapter of the Layman's League. Among his other activities were the presidency of the Fitchburg High School Alumni Association, directorship in the Fitchburg Chapter of the Red Cross, and membership in the Fitchburg Historical Society and several clubs.

Brother Bennett became a member of Charles W. Moore Lodge in 1885 and was its Master in 1894. He served as District Deputy Grand Master for the Thirteenth Masonic District in 1911 and 1912 by appointment of Most Worshipful Dana J. Flanders and Most Worshipful Everett C. Benton. He was a member of Thomas Royal Arch Chapter and a member and Past Commander of Jerusalem Commandery.

His death removes a loved and honored leader in our Fraternity and in the community.

BENT, EUGENE P. 1872-1929

From Proceedings, Page 1929-114:

Brother Bent was born in Belle Isle, Nova Scotia, May 23, 1872, and died at his home in Southviile, May 3, 1929.

Brother Bent came to Massachusetts in his youth and entered the employ of the American Express Company at Chicopee Falls. After some years of service there he removed to Brookline, where he was in the service of the West End Street Railway Company. In 1909, he took up his residence in Southville, where he conducted a successful poultry and egg business for the remainder of his life.

He was married to Miss Mabel Wallace in 1899. Mrs. Bent died in 1927, leaving two unmarried daughters, Eugenie and Marguerite.

Brother Bent was a popular and respected citizen and served a term of three years as assessor for the town of Southborough, of whieh the viliage of Southvilte is a part.

Brother Bent was raised in St. Bernard's Lodge on December 8, 1915. At the following annual meeting he accepted appointment to a minor office in the Lodge and progressed in its service until he became Worshipful Master in 1920, serving in that office two years. He was District Deputy Grand llaster for the Twenty-fourth Masonic District in 1926 and 1927, by appointment of Most Worshipful Frank L. Simpson.

Quiet and unassuming, faithful in the fulfiIlment of every obligation and conseientious in the discharge of every duty, he was one of those who make the strength of Freemasonry and of the community.

BERRY, JOHN KING 1854-1927

From Proceedings, Page 1928-37:

R.W. Brother Berry was born in Randolph, November 8, 1854. In early life he removed to Roxbury and during the remainder of his life was a resident of Roxbury, Dorchester, and Cambridge, where he had resided for about ten years preceding his death. He was a graduate of the Roxbury Latin Sehool and Harvard University, class of 1876. He studied law at Boston University but did not take a law degree. Before his course was completed he was admitted to the bar and engaged in practice under the firm name of Berry & Upton, his partner being Right Worshipful Eugene C. Upton. This association was continued until his death, December 18, 1927.

He was entered in Washington Lodge May 18, 1880; passed June 10, 1880; and raised September 9, 1880. He served Washington Lodge as its Worshipful Master in 1887 and 1888, and was District Deputy Grand Master for the Fourth Masonic District in 1903 and 1904, by appointment of Most Worshipfui Baalis Sanford. Right Worshipful Brother Berry's active interest in the concerns of his Lodge continued to the end of his life. His advice was constantly sought and was always helpful. Never taking advantage of his position in past rank to intrude himself into the rule and government of his Lodge, he was always ready to render any service that could be asked of him.

Right Worshipful Brother Berry was a useful citizen, a wise and conservative lawyer, and a very true friend to those who were fortunate enough to eome within the circle of his acquaintance.

BICKNELL, J. LEONARD 1890-1940

From Proceedings, Page 1940-218:

Brother Bicknell was born in Weymouth, Massachusetts, on October 20, 1890, and died there on June 16, 1940, following an emergency operation for a ruptured appendix.

In 1907 he entered the employ of Alvin Hollis in the coal business; in 1913 he became a partner, and in 1922 took over the business, continuing until his death. He was very active in all things that concerned the welfare of Weymouth and her citizens. His diligent interest, his ability, and his willingness to be of service won for him the deep respect and affection of all with whom he was brought in contact.

He was raised in Orphan's Hope Lodge on April 16, 1913, and served as Master in 1921-1923. He was elected Secretary in 1936, and served in that ofice until his passing. He was appointed District Deputy Grand Master of the (Quincy) 26th District on the 27th of last December. For his outstanding service to the Craft, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, and it was presented to him on April 13,1939; by Right Worshipful James S. Collins, District Deputy Grand Master of the 26th District.

He was a member of Pentalpha Royal Arch Chapter, Temple Council, R.& S.M., South Shore Commandery K.T., and of the Scottish Rite Bodies in Boston. In 1921 he became a Charter Member of Wessagusset Lodge. In addition to his fraternal activities, he served in the following organizations: Trustee of the Weymouth Hospital; Trustee of the Old South Union Congregational Church; member of the Boston Commercial Club, Retail Fuel Institute of Boston, South Shore Fuel Dealers Association; Director of the Weymouth Trust Company, and Chairman of the appropriation Committee of the Town of Weymouth.

A loving husband and father, a faithful friend, and a wise counselor, he is mourned by a host of friends.

BICKNELL, LOVELL 1793-1874

From Proceedings, Page 1875-14:

At the Stated Communication of our Grand Lodge, held in Boston on the 29th of December last, the death of Worshipful Brother Lovell Bicknell, Grand Standard-Bearer, was announced by the Most Worshipful Grand Master; and the undersigned were appointed a committee to prepare resolutions suitable to the event. In pursuance of that duty we beg to present the following report: —

Prefatory to the resolutions hereto subjoined, it seems appropriate to give in brief the biography of our deceased Brother — one who for the greater part of his long, useful, and virtuous life was an earnest, faithful supporter of Freemasonry. Lovell Bicknell was born in the town of Weymouth, in this State, where was his home from the time of his birth to his decease. The date of his birth was January 2d, 1793. He was town treasurer for several years, and was always prominent in town affairs. He was not a church member, but his relations were with the Methodists. He with his family attended the Methodist church, and several of its members were of that church's communion. In his younger days he followed the sea, and was, during the war of 1812, captured from an American privateer by a British cruiser and taken into Halifax. Here he found himself a fellow-prisoner with our late Brother "Father Taylor," the Rev. Edward T. Taylor, who was Chaplain of our Grand Lodge in the years 1834, 1835, 1836, 1837, 1840, and 1841.

His death occurred on Monday morning, December 14th, 1874. His sickness was short in duration. On the 9th of that month he attended the Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge, when he was apparently in as good health as usual. On the following morning, at seven o'clock, he was attacked by the enemy of mortality, — Death. Afterwards, he was unable to speak; though it is thought that at times he was conscious of things occurring around him.

The newspapers published in the vicinity of his residence contain obituary notices which are highly eulogistic of his character; showing how he was appreciated as a man and citizen where he was best known. " The Old Colony Memorial " (published at Plymouth), " The Weymouth Weekly Gazette," and "The Helping Hand" (of East Weymouth), each contributes its testimonial to the worth of our departed Brother. -

Under date of Dec. 17, 1874, " The Old Colony Memorial" thus refers to him: —

"Quite a delegation of Plymouth Lodge A.F. and A.M., went to East Weymouth yesterday (Wednesday) to attend the funeral of Lovell Bicknell, Esq., who died in that town on Monday morning last, at the ripe age of eighty-two years. Mr. Bicknell was an honorary member of Plymouth Lodge, and during the anti-Masonic excitement of fifty years ago was one of the staunchest defenders of the Institution.

"He was a most estimable gentleman, widely known in Masonic circles, and held in the highest respect by the Fraternity in this town, for whom in return he cherished the warmest regard, and seldom failed of being present at their gatherings on public or official occasions."

The following is copied from the "Weymouth Weekly Gazette," of Dec. 18, 1874 : —

"The recent death of Mr. Lovell Bicknell, one of the oldest and most prominent residents of Weymouth, a man who throughout a long life has maintained an honorable and upright character, and whose loss is deeply lamented by an extensive circle of friends, claims a record of respectful and grateful remembrance. His last disease, of which he had some weeks since experienced premonitory symptoms, was paralysis, which attacked him on Thursday, 10th inst., immediately prostrating his strength and depriving him of the power of speech, and the use of a portion of his body. He lingered, gradually failing, until Monday morning, when his strength being exhausted, enfeebled nature yielded, and he sank serenely into the arms of death. The obsequies of the deceased were attended by a large concourse of people, the whole community seeming desirous of paying their last tribute of respect to one so long known among them. For nearly fifty years he was an enthusiastic member of the Masonic Fraternity, and his Brethren of that Order were present, in large numbers, at his funeral on Wednesday last, the following organizations being in attendance: Delegation of Grand Lodge of Mass., Old Colony and South Shore Commanderies and a delegation, from Brockton Commandery, Knights Templars; Orphan's Hope Lodge, East Weymouth; Delta Lodge, Weymouth; and delegations from Plymouth Lodge, Plymouth; Konohassett Lodge, Cohasset; and Old Colony Lodge, Hingham. The services were held in the Methodist Church, appropriate Masonic ceremonies having been previously conducted in the Lodge-room of Orphan's Hope Lodge. The church was filled to repletion with friends and neighbors of the deceased and the various organizations. The body reposed in a rich black walnut casket, and the face of the dead wore a very pleasant and life-like expression. A beautiful wreath of rare cut flowers lay upon the lid of the casket. The services commenced with singing, by the Masonic Choir, of the Psalm, 'The Lord has been our dwelling place in all generations,' followed by the reading of selected portions of Scripture by R.W. Rev. Charles H. Titus. Prayer was then offered by Rev. S. L. Gracey; and, after a chant, ' Thy will be done,' by the choir, the same clergyman addressed the audience, giving a brief general reminiscence of the life and character of the deceased, speaking of him in his various relations as a citizen, a public official and a man.

"An address was then delivered by R.W. Rev. C. H. Titus, Recording Grand Secretary, who rendered a faithful and touching tribute of respect arid affection to the deceased, speaking at length of his personal excellences of character, and especially of his steady and intense devotion to the cause of Masonry, — he having joined the Order at the time the anti-Masonic tornado was sweeping over the land, — his zeal and love for the Institution continuing unabated to the hour of his death. Its principles of liberality, charity and brotherly love were ever exemplified in his life. Beneath his somewhat rough exterior there beat an affectionate and sympathetic heart. He realized that the grand aim of Masonry is 'to relieve the distressed, to soothe the unhappy, to sympathize with their misfortunes, to compassionate their miseries, and to restore peace to their troubled minds;' and these principles he put into practice in his life. He was held in high regard by his Brethren. For some years he had held the office of Grand Standard-Bearer in the Grand Lodge, and his Brethren of that Body will deeply lament the loss of a true and faithful Brother. The speaker concluded by urging upon all the necessity of a preparation for death, and expressing the hope that they might so live as to meet the departed Brother in the celestial Lodge above, where the 'Supreme Architect of the Universe presides.' The services closed with singing by the choir.

"From the church the remains were escorted to the Village Cemetery, where they were consigned to the silent grave. Here the service was solemn and impressive. Past Grand Master William T. Coolidge pronounced a brief eulogy, and the impressive burial service of the Order was performed, and the sacred scroll deposited.

"Thus ended a mortal life of eighty-two years, and thus, in joyful hope of the resurrection of the body, he was committed 'earth to earth,' 'ashes to ashes,' 'dust to dust.' When such men die the wholesome influence of their good example survives them. It becomes an inspiration to the living, stimulating and quickening them to good works.

The sweet remembrance of the just
Shall flourish when he sleeps in dust.'"

From the "Helping Hand," of January 1, 1875 : —

"We cannot allow this issue of our paper to go out without expressing a sorrow, that we felt in common with the entire community, at the death of one of our oldest and most honored citizens, Mr. Lovell Bicknell. His kindness of nature, and genial, cordial manners, and useful life, marked him as a man to be missed from any community. His funeral was attended by the Masonic Fraternity, and our church was crowded to its utmost in accommodating the many friends who desired to attend the public funeral services. We shall miss him from our streets, and the social gatherings in our church."

Thirteen years ago, the deceased made the request of Past Grand Master William T. Coolidge to conduct the Masonic rites over his grave, should the latter be the survivor. It is needless to say that this duty was discharged by Brother Coolidge in a feeling and impressive manner befitting the solemn occasion.

Brother Bicknell was raised in Orphan's Hope Lodge on the 10th of October, 1826, and exalted in Pilgrim Chapter on the 27th of May, 1864. He was admitted into the Order of the Temple, in Old Colony Commandery, on the 9th of September, 1864. The degrees of R. and S. Master were conferred on him in Abington Council, on the 13th of May, 1870. He was Junior Warden of Orphan's Hope Lodge in 1855, 1856 and 1857, but declined another election.

Notwithstanding Brother Bicknell reached the great age of fourscore years and two, his bodily and mental vigor was such as seemed to controvert the psalmist, whose words are: "The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labor and sorrow." . . . That did not appear to be our Brother's experience. He was even boastful of his strength until within a few days of his death. Throughout his life he had been in a remarkable degree exempt from sickness; which denoted a strong physical constitution, which few men enjoy. During the past autumn he was present at most of the Lodge meetings held in District No. 16, for the official visits of the District Deputy Grand Master of that District, R.W. Edward Avery. His Masonic enthusiasm carried him last year to Philadelphia, at the time of the dedication of the magnificent Masonic Temple in that city. Whenever it was possible he made it a point to attend a Masonic celebration on Saint John's day.

We all know with what zest he participated in the celebration of the annual GRAND FEAST of our Grand Lodge. At the Quarterly Communication of the Grand Lodge held on the 8th of September, 1869, the letter which follows was read: —

M. W. WILLIAM S. GARDNER, ESQ., Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts: —:

DEAR SIR AND BROTHER,—You will please to hand the within bond for one hundred dollars to our worthy Grand Treasurer, as a gift to the Grand Lodge towards cancelling the debt to that amount on our noble Temple.

Yours fraternally,
LOVELL BICKNELL.

The generous gift was acknowledged by a vote of the Grand Lodge. The generosity of the donor is the more striking, because he was not a "rich man" in the common acceptation of the term. Had the spirit which prompted this act pervaded the Fraternity throughout the Commonwealth, "our noble Temple" would have long since been released from its encumbrances; affording us the opportunity to devote the whole of the income from it to the general charities of the Brotherhood.

Brother Bicknell was installed as Standard-Bearer of the Grand Lodge on the 29th of December, 1868. From that time until his decease he was present at all of our Quarterly and Stated Communications, excepting four. So regular an attendance would be creditable to a young man; but that an octogenarian should thus energetically follow the line of his duty affords an example which every Mason, young or old, should endeavor to imitate.

We propose the resolutions following for the adoption of the Grand Lodge: —

Resolved, That the members of this Grand Lodge mournfully realize that in the death of Worshipful Lovell Bicknell they have lost an earnest, faithful and exemplary associate; one who, for half a century, cherished the humane principles of Freemasonry with "freedom, fervency and zeal."

Resolved, That it is with unfeigned satisfaction we contemplate his long earthly career, which affords so many examples of uprightness, kindness, and steady devotion to his duty and principles, worthy of our imitation.

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be communicated to the family of our late Brother, with an expression of our deeply-felt sympathy in their bereavement. All of which is respectfully presented by the committee.

JOHN T. HEARD,
W. T. GRAMMER,
WILLIAM J. STEVENS,
Committee.

Lovell Bicknell's grave

BICKNELL, ZACHARIAH LOVELL 1820-1899

From Proceedings, Page 1899-45:

Since our last Quarterly Communication the Supreme Grand Master has summoned another aged and faithful Brother from his field of useful labors, to that mysterious future which no human eye can penetrate, and from whose bourn no traveller ever returns.

ZACHARIAH LOVELL BICKNELL, our late Grand Standard-Bearer, was born in East Weymouth, Mass., June 28, 1820, and died in the same town May 18, 1899, aged 78 years 10 months and 20 days. He was the son of Lovell and Rebecca (Dyer) Bicknell. His early education was received in the common schools of his native village, supplemented with a few years' study in Derby Academy, Hingham Mass., from which he graduated. He was apprenticed to the trade of a carpenter, and on attaining his majority followed that occupation until the year 1850, when he entered the office of Henry Loud, in East Weymouth, as a bookkeeper, which position he occupied until 1864, when he embarked in business for himself, and continued in a general merchandise vocation for thirty years, when afire destroyed his store and stock of goods. In consideration of his advancing years, and somewhat impaired health, the business was not resumed, but for a few years longer he continued to look after an insurance business which he had conducted for some time as a secondary matter, and this he was compelled to abandon, owing to failing health, about two years ago; since that time the decline has steadily gone on, until death came.

Few men in Norfolk and Plymouth Counties were better known and respected than Brother Bicknell. He was honored by his townsmen with nearly every office in their gift, regardless, of party politics. For nearly twenty years he served on the board of selectmen. He was one of the assessors of the town; was auditor on the school board for several years, a trustee of Tufts Library, and chief of the fire department. He represented the town of Weymouth in the Legislature, in 1861, and again in 1891; was appointed by President Buchanan as postmaster, and under President Cleveland served again in the same capacity, and during the interim acted as postmaster, although not at the head of the department. During the war of the rebellion, from 1861 to 1865, his services were of incalculable value, in filling the town's quota, and looking after the interests of men at the front, and their families at home.

Brother Bicknell was one of the founders of the East Weymouth Savings Bank, and for many years was a member of the board of trustees, board of investment, and president of the bank. He was a trustee of the camp-meeting association at Cottage City. In all these positions of trust and responsibility, by which he was brought into close relations with his fellowmen, he exemplified the principles of charity and brotherly love, and by his genial and unassuming manner, amiable qualities, good judgment and tact, made himself beloved by all who came within the range of his personal influence. His counsel and advice were often sought, and cheerfully given, to those in trouble or affliction, and many a heart has been soothed and comforted by his kind and encouraging words. His religious affiliations were with the Methodist church, with which he had been closely identified, as one of its most efficient workers, for forty-five years, having served in nearly every official capacity known to the church.

But Brother Bicknell was best known to us as a member of our Fraternity; one who was deeply interested in our Institution, and a constant and faithful supporter of the Order, taking an active and prominent part in its affairs, his love for, and interest in, Freemasonry was sincere and heartfelt. He was raised to the degree of Master Mason in Old Colony Lodge, of Hingham, March 9, 1855, from which he was demitted in May, 1856, and was one of the petitioners for, and largely instrumental in, the restoration of the charter of Orphan's Hope Lodge, of East Weymouth, in 1856, and was its first Worshipful Master under the new regime, filling the chair during the years 1857, '58 and '59. He was District Deputy Grand Master by appointment of Grand Master Winslow Lewis, serving for the year 1860, and again in 1861 under the administration of Grand Master Coolidge, his District being at that time No. 5. In 1867, '68, '69 and '70 he again served the Grand Lodge in the same capacity, under Grand Masters Dame and Gardner, two years each, having charge of District No. 16.

June 13, 1877, he was appointed Grand Standard-Bearer by Grand Master Everett, and has continuously filled that position under successive Grand Masters to the time of his decease ; and during all these years, until the tottering, feeble frame denoted that the "silver cord" was about to be "loosed," was a constant attendant at the Communications of the Grand Lodge. His last appearance with us was at the Quarterly Meeting March 9, 1898.

His affiliation with other branches of the Order is herewith recorded. He received the degrees of Capitular Masonry in Pilgrim Chapter, of Abington, Mass., being exalted to the degree of Royal Arch Mason Dec. 16, 1861, and was demitted from Pilgrim Chapter in June, 1870, to become a charter member of Pentalpha Chapter, of Weymouth. The degrees of Cryptic Masonry were conferred upon him by Abington Council Royal and Select Masters in June, 1870. He was a charter member of Old Colony Commandery No. 15, and received the Orders of Knighthood while the Commandery was working under a Dispensation, as follows: Order of the Red Cross Feb. 19, 1864. Orders of the Temple and Malta April 1, 1864. He was elected Eminent Commander March 29, 1869, and served in that capacity until April 24, 1871, taking a demit May 8, 1871, to unite in forming South Shore Commandery, No. 31, at East Weymouth, and serving as its Eminent Commander in 1870, '71 and '72. He was made an honorary member of Old Colony Commandery June 5, 1871. The degrees of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, from the fourth to the thirty-second inclusive, were conferred upon him in Boston Lodge of Perfection, Giles F. Yates Council Princes of Jerusalem, Mount Olivet Chapter of Rose Croix, and Massachusetts Consistory, and he was made a life member of the Consistory March 20, 1863.

Thus, in the fulness of years, in the maturity of a life prolonged beyond the common endurance of human existence, our Brother has passed on, over the dark river, to the Celestial Lodge beyond, leaving to us the rich legacy of a well-spent life, rounded to an honorable close. May the mantle of his devotion to duty and conscience fall upon and abide with us!

The obsequies were held over his remains at East Weymouth, on Saturday, May 20, at the Methodist Episcopal Church, where he had worshipped for more than half a century. Public services were conducted by the pastor, Rev. A. W. Kingsley, assisted by Rev. Lewis B. Bates, D.D., of Boston. The auditorium was filled to its utmost capacity with persons who had been associated with him in mercantile and other circles. Beautiful flowers, tributes of affection from organizations and friends, completely covered the body; and his immediate family, though shrouded in cypress, could smile as they looked out through their tears, at the garlands of regret which these his Mends, plaintively placed upon his bier. Business was suspended throughout the village, flags on public buildings were at half mast, and evidence of mourning was seen on every hand. The whole community joined with the bereaved family in paying the last sad tribute to the memory of an honored citizen, a kind husband and indulgent father, a worthy Christian and an enthusiastic Mason. His rest will be sweeter and the crown brighter for his life of faithfulness and duty. The Masonic burial service then followed, conducted by the Worshipful Master of Orphan's Hope Lodge (Bro. Joseph Chase, Jr.) , assisted by Bro. M. E. Hawes, Chaplain. The Grand Lodge was represented by a delegation consisting of R.W. Sereno D. Nickerson, Past Grand Master ; R.W. Henry K. Dunton, Senior Grand Warden; R.W. William H.H. Soule, Past Junior Grand Warden; W. Bro. D. J. Strain, Grand Steward; and R.W. Frank D. Thayer, D.D.G.M. of the 25th District and suite. At the conclusion of these services, the body of our departed Brother was taken from the church, and under escort of South Shore Commandery, Orphan's Hope Lodge and other organizations, was conveyed to Fairmount Cemetery, and tenderly laid to rest in the family lot. A widow and three married daughters survive him. Thus one by one are the members of the Grand.Lodge gathering home, passing

"Out of the shadows of sadness
Into the sunshine of gladness,
Into the light of the blest;
Out of the land very dreary,
Out of a world sad and weary,
Into the rapture of rest.

" Out of to-day's sin and sorrow,
Into the blissful to-morrow,
Into a day without gloom;
Out of a world filled with sighing,
Land of the dead and the dying,
Into a land without tomb."

Fraternally and respectfully submitted,
BAALIS SANFORD,
FRANK D. THAYER,
JOSEPH CHASE, Jr.,
Committee.

BIGELOW, W. JONATHAN 1825-1907

From Proceedings, Page 1907-157:

W. Jonathan Bigelow, Past Master of Mount Olivet Lodge, Cambridge, and District Deputy Grand Master of the Second Masonic District in 1879, 1880 and 1881, was born in Conway, Mass., Jan. 1, 1825, and died in Boston, May 12, 1907. After leaving school, he established himself in the shoe business in Boston in 1845, which he carried on for about ten years, when he engaged in the fruit and produce business. He continued in this over fifty years. He was a member of the House of Representatives of this State in 1887 and was also a member of various social and political clubs. He.was a zealous Mason, a sympathizing friend, and a citizen ever loyal to the best interests of the City, the State and the Nation.

BILLINGS, HARRY LeROY 1885-1943

From Proceedings, Page 1944-23:

Brother Billings was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, on December 15, 1885, and died in Cambridge on December 1, 1943.

In 1909 he received the degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania and practiced in that State for a short time, later removing to Cambridge, where he continued his practice until his death.

He was raised in Mizpah Lodge of Cambridge on November 11, 1918, and served as Master for the years 1934 and 1935. He was appointed District Deputy Grand Master of the (Cambridge) Second District by Most Worshipful Joseph Earl Perry and thus served during the years 1939 and 1940.

His services to Dental Societies and to Masonry were untiring and his own personal interests and convenience never prevented him from rendering full service to any call made upon him. His life should serve as an example to his Brethren in Masonry to live up to the tenets oftheir profession and to render unselfish service.

We shall miss our Brother, but his memory will ever live in our hearts, who mourn his untimely passing.

"Sleep on, O friend, until the waking day,
And ever we, who loved thy presence here,
Will keep for thee, through changes manifold,
A tender memory, growing with the years."

BLANCHARD, FRED MILLIKEN 1877-1944

From Proceedings, Page 1944-205:

Brother Blanchard was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts, on May 8, 1877, and died in Boston on September 15, 1944.

His business career of over half a century was spent in the wool trade, and as an active member of the Boston Wool Trade Association, he served as a director of the National Wool Association.

He was raised in Dalhousie Lodge on November 20, 1907, and served that Lodge as Master in 1913. In 1920, feeling that there was need of another Lodge in Newton, he took an active interest in the formation of Norumbega Lodge, of which he served as Master U.D., and also in 1921.

He was a member of Newton Royal Arch Chapter, Cryptic Council and Gethsemane Commandery, serving as Eminent Commander in the latter body in 1920.

In the Grand, Lodge, he served hs Junior Grand Steward in 1915, and as District Deputy Grand Master of the 5th Masonic District in 1922 and 1923, by appointment of Most Worshipful Arthur D. Prince.

He served as president and treasurer of the Newton Masonic Association, holding the latter office at the time of his death, and was a moving factor in the successful effort to clear the indebtedness of the Newton Masonic Temple.

He was an active and efficient worker in the Cenffal Congregational Church of Newton, serving as Deacon and Moderator for many years.

His Masonic career was one of keen interest, always working for the benefit of the Craft and its high ideals. His host of friends will miss the warmth of his smile and his understanding personality.

"We mourn his loss.
His works are his memorial."

BLANCHARD, WILLIAM C. 1833-1878

Presented by William Salmon, Proxy for Ancient Landmark Lodge of China; Proceedings, Page 1878-79:

Bro. Blanchard was born in Charlestown, Mass., July 1, 1833, and went to Lowell when sixteen years of age. He and I were young men together, and I knew him well before he sought his fortune across the sea. He was always wide awake and full of energy. Somewhat impulsive, he sometimes gave offence, but seldom made enemies, for his large heart would soon make amends for the hasty word. He took great interest in our Institution, and as a Mason has left a bright record.

He was initiated in Ancient York Lodge, Lowell, in the fall of 1855, and made a Royal Arch Mason in Mt. Horeb Chapter, two years later. In 1859 he engaged with Olyphant & Co. of China, and remained in Shanghai until his decease, serving for the last few years of his life as a pilot. His mark upon Masonry in China will remain for many years, and his memory long be cherished by those for whom he so zealously labored.

The Dispensation for Ancient Landmark Lodge of Shanghai was issued by the M.W. Grand Master of this State, in Dec., 1863, Bro. Blanchard being its first Senior Warden, and its second Master under charter. He for several years held the office of Deputy for China under this M.W. Grand Lodge, and at the time of levying the "Temple Tax" worked so earnestly that the full commutation fee for every member of Ancient Landmark Lodge was collected and sent home. He took a prominent part in the formation of Keystone R.A. Chapter (U.S. jurisdiction), and was High Priest thereof. In 1867 he received the Order of Knighthood in Celestial Encampment of Shanghai (English jurisdiction), and in 1870 held the office of Eminent Commander. In 1874 he received the degrees of the Scottish Rite, as appears from a diploma issued by the Supreme Council of Scotland.

Last Friday I received, through the mail, from the U.S. Consulate at Shanghai, the Masonic diplomas and certificates issued to Bro. Blanchard, some twenty in number, showing the position he held among his Brethren in China, being an active or honorary member in all the Bodies there. His great interest, however, centred in Masonry under American control, and he was in correspondence with me touching the formation of a Commandery with an American charter.

Such is the brief record of one who has caused Masonry to thrive in the "heathen land," and who, though poor in worldly possessions, has by his zeal and, energy laid up a rich, enduring treasure, and left the imprint of his work to redound to the credit of this M.W. Grand Lodge that he loved so well.

BLODGETT, ALBERT NOVATUS 1848-1923

From Proceedings, Page 1923-313:

R.W. ALBERT NOYATUS BLODGETT closed a long life of quiet usefulness on the third day of July, 1923. He was born in Guilford, Vt., February 18, 1848. His active life was spent in the practice of his profession as a physician in Roxbury.

He was Initiated in Lafayette Lodge, September 3, 1880, Crafted October 11, 1880, and Raised November 8, 1880. After passing through the several offices he served Lafayette Lodge as Worshipful Master in 1887, 1888, and 1889. He was appointed District Deputy Grand Master for the Fourth Masonic District by M.W. Charles C. Hutchinson, and served in 1897 and in 1898. He brought to the duties of this office the faithfulness and efficiency which distinguished all that he did.

His interest in the affairs of Lafayette Lodge remained unabated until the end of his life. He was Historian of the Lodge at its fiftieth anniversary, June 1, 1915. The careful and painstaking history which he prepared on that occasion is a mine of valuable information concerning Masonic men and matters in that part of Boston during the period covered. It was later prepared for print and will be found in the appendix to the printed Proceedings for 1919.

Dr. Blodgett's life was the uneventful life of the general practitioner in medicine, a life whose service is not conspicuous and is crowned neither by fame nor great reward, but brings comfort and happiness to a wide circle of those who are favored by its ministrations. The last few years of our Brother's life were clouded by ill health and during that period he was little seen among his Masonic Brethren, but his memory remains undimmed.

BODFISH, DAVID LOUIS 1864-1942

From Proceedings, Page 1943-17:

Brother Bodfish was born in Wareham, Massachusetts, on January 19, 1864, and died in the Wesson Hospital, Springfield, on December 29, 1942.

After graduation at the Wareham High School, he entered the mercantile field and remained in that line of business in Wareham, Bridgewater and Palmer until 1910. In his later years he became Superintendent of State Highways in the Falmer District and held that position until his retirement in 1935.

He was raised in Social Harmony Lodge of Wareham on October 9, 1885, and dimitted on February 12, 1892; affiliated with Fellowship Lodge of Bridgewater on February 22, 1892, and dimitted November 12, 1892. Removing to Palmer, he affiliated with Thomas Lodge on November 26, 1894, and served as Worshipful Master in 1897 and 1898.

He was appointed District Deputy Grand Master of the old 17th Masonic District by Most Worshipful Baalis Sanford.

BOLSTER, SOLOMON A. 1835-1907

From Proceedings, Page 1907-20:

W. Solomon A. Bolster, for twenty-one years justice of the Roxbury Court, died at his residence in Roxbury, Feb. 28, 1907. He was born in Paris, Me., Dec. 10, 1835. He read law with his cousin, William W. Bolster, in Dixfleld, Me., and graduated at the Harvard Law School in 1859. In September, 1862, he enlisted in the Twenty-third Regiment of Maine Volunteer Infantry and was commissioned a Lieutenant. Upon the expiration of his term of enlistment, he settled in Roxbury and resumed the practice of law. He was an able and impartial justice ; a faithful and zealous Freemason. He held various Masonic offices, the duties of which he discharged with fidelity and ability. At the time of his decease he was the Standard-Bearer in this Grand Lodge and a Commissioner of Trials.

From Proceedings, Page 1907-21:

Amid the active and strenuous duties of our lives we pause now and then to mourn the loss of one of our number who has fallen out of the ranks, call attention to his death, indulge our grief and express our sorrow, love and esteem:

"To drop a sympathetic tear
And lay a flower upon his shrouded bier."

Brother Bolster died at his home on Cobden street, Roxbury, on the twenty;eighth day of February after a lingering but painless illness, and the funeral was held on Sunday, March 3d, in the Walnut Avenue Congregational Church, attended by a large concourse of citizens, soldiers, Masons and the general public. Rev. Dr. Plumb, pastor of that church, paid a glowing and eloquent tribute to his character .as a man and public spirited citizen.

Brother Bolster was born in Paris, Me., Oct. 10, 1835, and was educated in the public schools of his native town, and the Oxford Normal Institute. Afterwards he attended two terms at the Chandler Scientific School of Dartmouth College. His law studies were pursued in the office of his cousin, Wiliiam W. Bolster in Dixfield, Me., and in the Harvard Law School, where he was graduated with the regular degree of LL.B. in 1859. and was admitted to the Bar that year at Paris, Me., and to the Suffolk Bar, in this city, April 24, 1862.

In September, 1862, he enlisted for nine months in the Twenty-third Regiment Maine Volunteers, and on November 15th was commissioned second lieutenant of his company. After the war he became connected with the Massachusetts militia, and was appointed Judge Advocate June 29, 1867, with the rank of Captain of the First Brigade; March 22, 1870, he was commissioned assistant inspector general, with the rank of Major; Aug. 15, 1876, he was commissionecl assistant adjutant general with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel.

Upon his return from service in the Civil War be resumed the practice of law in Roxbury, and rapidly rose to an established position in his profession. He first held court as a special justice May 30, 1867, and prior: to that he was clerk pro tem, many times; for many years, during the long illnesses of Judge Wheelock, he held court between 1872 and 1885. He was appointed Justice of the District Municipal Court in Roxbury in April 1885, to succeed Judge Henry W. Fuller and from that time until within a few months of his death was an able, impartial and upright administrator of the law.

Brother Bolster was prominently identified with various organizations as a member. He was Past Commander of Post 26, G.A.R.. and belonged to the Massachusetts Military Older of the Loyal Legion. He was also president of the Roxbury Military Historical Society in 1893 and 1894, and president at the time of his decease of the Joseph Warren Monument Association. He was also Past Commander of the Old Guard of Massachusetts.

Brother Bolster's Masonic career commenced in South Paris, Me., where he was initiated, and raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason in Paris Lodge, No. 94, Aug. 3, 1863. He was admitted to membership in Washington Lodge, Roxbury, Jan. 21, 1864, and was Worshipful Master of that Lodge in 1877 and 1878. He was D D.G.M. of the Fourth Masonic District in 1890, 1891 and 1892. He was appointed Grand Standard-Bearer of this Grand Lodge in 1906 and 1907 and Commissioner of Trials for the same years.

He was exalted to the degree of Royal Arch Mason in Mount Vernon Chapter of Royal Arch Masons May 5, 1870, and was High Priest in 1876 and 1877. He was advanced to the degree of Royal and Select Master in Roxbury Council May 21, 1877, and was Thrice Illustrious Master in 1888 and 1889. He was knighted in Joseph Warren Commandery of Knights Templar Jan. 22, 1871, and was Eminent Commander in 1879 and 1880. He received the thirty-second degree of the Ancient and Accepted. Scottish Rite Feb. 22, 1889. He also was a member of the Masters Association of the Fourth Masonic District.. He was D.D.G.H. priest of the Grand Chapter in the years 1886 and 1887.

As an officer in the military service of our country during the Civil War and afterwards in the militia of our Commonwealth; as an honest and able counsellor, as an honorable and upright Judge, as a Mason actively interested in the good works of the Fraternity as a generous patron of everything that stood for the promotion of morality, education and patriotism, and as a citizen who was ever ready to do his full share for the advancement of all that tended towards a higher and a better standard of Citizenship, Brother Bolster's life was marked by a sincere desire to be serviceable to his fellow-men.

He lived the life of a consistent, earnest and honorable Christian gentleman. His private charities were extensive, and he gave freely, wisely and unostentatiously. No one will ever know the full extent of this work, but many a household, many a good cause, and many a worthy individual mourns the loss of a kind, generous nnd sympathetic friend.

Such a life, such a character, is indeed a loss to the whole community. He has left a place that can be but partially filled. His labors here are finished, and he has entered into the higher life beyond, hut his memory and his influence remain with us, and are still potent. He has passed through the gateway that separates mortality from immortality.

We extend to his wife and family our deepest and most sincere sympathy; participating in their joy for what he was and in their sorrow for their loss. It is not necessary for us to know mole than this, that he is still under the protecting care of our Heavenly Father.

"There is no death! What seems so is transition;
This life of mortal breath
Is but a suburb of the Life Elysian
Whose portal we call death."

Submitted by the Committee,
JOHN CARR,
JOHN A. McKIM,
EDWIN H. OLIVER.

BOURCHIER, HUGH PLUNKET d. 1885

From Proceedings, Page 1885-122:

R.W. HUGH PLUNKET BOURCHIER, of Valparaiso, Chili. Under date of May 11, 1885, R.AV. David Trumbull, D.D., District Deputy Grand Master for the District of Chili, announces the death of R.W. H. Plunket Bourchier, a member of Bethesda Lodge, at Valparaiso, Chili, and thrice its Worshipful Master. He was D.D. Grand Master of the District during the years 1874 and 1875. Bro. Bourchier was one of the most prominent members of the Craft in Chili, esteemed in foreign and native circles and Lodges. Tributes of respect and sympathy were forwarded from many sources. His loss will long be felt in Masonic and other circles. Bro. Bourchier was a native of Gibraltar, and was forty-eight years of age.

BOWMAN, SELWYN Z. 1840-1928

From Proceedings, Page 1928-303:

R.W. Selwyn Z. Bowman was born May 11, 1840, and died September 30, 1928. Brother Bowman was raised in John Abbot Lodge May 2, 1865, and was its Worshipful Master from 1870 to 1872. At the time of his death he was probably the senior living Past District Deputy Grand Master. He served as District Depnty Grand Master for the old 2nd Masonic District in 1873 by appointment of M.W. Sereno D. Nickerson, and again in 1878 by appointment of M.W. Charles A. Welch. Of late years owing to his great age and infirmities he has not been active in Masonic circles although preserving his interest to the last.

He was educated in the public schools of Charlestown, and in Harvard University from which he was graduated in the class of 1860. He immediately began the study of law and practiced that profession actively until within a few years of his death. He had lived in Somerville sinee his graduation from college, and in 1872 was the first City Solicitor. He was elected to Congress in 1877 and served two terms. He had also served in the State Legislature as a Representative and as Senator. In all his activities as a citizen, as an Attorney, and as a Legislator, as well as in his Masonic relations, he was an eminently useful and valuable member of the Community. He came to the end of a very long life full of service and honors.

BOWSKI, GUSTAV 1872-1942

From Proceedings, Page 1942-168:

Brother Bowski was born in New York City in December 6, 1872, and died in the Santa Maria Hospital, Santiago, Chile, on April l4, 1942.

As a young man, he left New York for business in South America and located permanently in Santiago in 1919, as representative of the Bristol Myers Company. He took a deep interest in the American Society of Chile and in the American Chamber of Commerce, serving as Secretary of each organization for many years.

Brother Bowski was raised in Ezel Lodge No. 732, Brooklyn, New York, on March 8, 1917, and dimitted on January 28, 1926. He affiliated with Huelen Lodge of Santiago on February 12, 1926, and served as Master in 1930 and 1934. He was appointed District Deputy Grand Master of the Chile District in 1940 by Most Worshipful Joseph Earl Perry and served in that position until his death.

Masonic funeral services were held at his late residence in Santiago on April 15, 1942. The following excerpt from a tribute appearing in The South Pacific Mail of Santiago shows the esteem in which he was held by his fellow citizens: "The American colony of Chile has lost one of its most valuable and best beloved members. America has lost one of its staunchest and truest citizens."

Freemasonry too has lost an able and faithful member, a worthy leader of his Brethren. His example will certainly inspire his Brethren to close ranks and go forward in the good work.

BOYDEN, ARTHUR C. 1852-1933

From Proceedings, Page 1933-100:

Right Worshipful Brother Boyden was born in Bridgewater September 27, 1852, and died there March 15, 1933.

He was educated in the public schools of Bridgewater, Bridgewater Academy, and Amherst College, from which he was graduated in 1876. After teaching for three years in the Chauncy Hall School in Boston, he joined the staff of the Bridgewater State Normal School, of which his father was Principal. He remained in the service of that school until his death, succeeding his father as Principal in 1906.

Brother Boyden took his Masonic degrees in Fellowship Lodge in 1882 and was its Master in 1896. He served as District Deputy Grand Master for the Twenty-fourth Masonic District in 1902 and 1903, by appointment of Most Worshipful Charles T. Gallagher and Most Worshipful Baalis Sanford.

Brother Boyden was emphatically, to use an old phrase, "a scholar and a gentleman." He was widely known and highly esteemed as a leader in his profession. Firm when firmness was called for, he was kindly and sympathetic, and was loved as well as respected by the thousands of scholars who passed through his hands. In the Lodge he was always a wise adviser and a trusted leader. Passing in the fulness of years, he leaves a splendid record of a useful life.

BRADLEY, ALBERT EMERSON 1848-1929

From Proceedings, Page 1930-67:

R.W. Brother Bradley was born in Danville, N. H., April 15, 1848, and died in Hyde Park November 29, 1929. Brother Bradley was a direct descendant of one of the original settlers of Danviile in 1640. He was educated:in the district and private schools of Danville and then went to the New Hampton fnstitute, from which he was graduated in 1871. After a period of district school teaching he moved to Boston and engaged in the leather business. In 1877 he beeame a teacher in the Bryant and Stratton Commercial School where he remained thirty-two yearB retiring in 1919.

In 1874, Brother Bradley married Kate Evelyn Cole, of New Hampton, N.H., who, with five children and five grandchildren, survives him.

Brother Bradley was a very active worker in the Hyde Park Methodist Church, serving as Secretary and Treasurer: of the parish for more than thirty years.

He found his diversion in music, being an aceomplished singer and cello player, and active in the llandel and Haydn Society and the Hyde Park Orchestral CIub.

Brother Bradley received. his Masonic degrees in Gideon Lodge No. 84, of Kingston, N. H., in 1869. In 1876 he affiliated with Merrimack Lodge and in 1883 he took a dimit and affiliated with Hyde Park Lodge. He was Master of Hyde Park Lodge in 1889 and 1890 and was District Deputy Grand Master for the Twenty-second Masonic District in 1894 and 1895 by appointment of M.W. Otis E. Weld and M.W. Edwin B. Holmes.

Brother Bradley was a member and Past High Priest of Norfolk R. A. Chapter and Grand King in 1900. He was also a member of Hyde Park Council and Cyprus Commandery No. 39,.K. T.

This brief sketch shows the genial and amiable qualities of this good man and Mason, qualities which endear his memory to many hearts.

BREWER, CLIFFORD M. 1872-1940

From Proceedings, Page 1940-220:

Brother Brewer was born in Portland, Maine, on April 15, 1872, and died in Nerrton, Massachusetts, August l, 1940. He was educated in the public schools of Portland, and in a business college of that city. After five years in the employ of a banking house in Portland, he came to Boston and becime connected with Kidder, Peabody & Company, Bankers, where he remained until the time of his death.

For the past ten years he had been a resident of Newton, but prior to that time he resided in Medford, where he took an active interest in local affairs. He served Medford in several minor offices, finally as Alderman and then as Mayor. He was a Trustee of the Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Medford Savings Bank, and a Director of the Medford Cooperative Bank. For many years he took an active part in the Lawrence Light Guard of Medford, and was an Honorary Member at his death.

He was a member of the Second Congregational Church, West Newton, and funeral services were held there August 3, 1940.

He was raised in Mount Hermon Lodge on March 2, 1905, and served as Master in 1915-1916. He was Disrict Deputy Grand Master of the 6th Masonic District in 1917 and 1918. He was also a rnember of Mystic Royal Arch Chapter, Medford Council, R.& S.M., Boston Commandery, and the Scottish Rite Bodies of Boston.

His varied and prominent activities well show that he was a man who was interested in whatever would advance the wellbeing of his fellow men.

BRIDGMAN, PAUL R. 1872-1934

From Proceedings, Page 1934-22:

Brother Bridgman was born in Belchertown, August 12, 1872, and died in Springfield, January 31, 1934.

Brother Bridgman became a member of Eden Lodge in 1897, being then Assistant Post Master at Ware. He was Master of Eden Lodge in 1904 and served as District Deputy Grand Master for the Nineteenth Masonic District in 1911 and 1912, by appointment of Most Worshipful Dana J. Flanders and Most Worshipful Everett C. Benton. Brother Bridgman left Ware for Springfield in 1927, and dimitted from Eden Lodge. He did not affiliate elsewhere.

BROCK, ALBERT GARDNER 1862-1938

From Proceedings, Page 1939-69:

Albert Gardner Brock was born in Nantucket March 6, 1862, and died there December 15, 1938.

Right Worshipful Brother Brock's first employment was as a clerk in the post office. After a short service there he became a clerk in the Pacific National Bank with which he remained throughout the remainder of his life. He became Cashier at the age of twenty-four and President in 1915. He built up a large insurance business and, with other citizens, took over two struggling gas and electric companies, combined them, and built up a strong and flourishing concern. He was for forty-eight years a Trustee of the Nantucket Institution for Savings and served also as Treasurer of the Nantucket Atheneum and President of the Coffin School Corporation. Although he never held public ofice, he was universally recognized as the leading citizen of Nantucket.

He became a member of Union Lodge in 1884 and was its Master in 1893 and served as District Deputy Grand Master for the Twenty-seventh Masonic District in 1901 and 1902 by appointment by Most Worshipful Charles T. Gallagher. He was awarded the Joseph Warren Medal in 1934.

He was a member of all the Bodies of both the York and Scottish Rires, serving Isle of the Sea Royal Arch Chapter as Secretary for fifty-four years. He was active in numerous social and civic organizations.

The local paper said of him, "His removal from earthly life is a great loss that will be felt by the financial institutions of the town, by the many who have for years gone to him for advice and counsel, and by thousands of Islanders and summer residents who have had the privilege of his friendship and associations."

His life was a fine example of sturdy American manhood and vital Masonic principle. The whole Fraternity is the poorer for his passing.

BROWN, CHARLES E. 1851-1932

From Proceedings, Page 1932-110:

Brother Brown was born in Concord in 1851 and died there April 3, 1932.

Brother Brown was educated in the Concord public schools and at Comer's Commercial College in Boston. He was in the dry goods business for twenty-five years. Later he was treasurer of the Middlesex Institution for Savings, at Concord, and a director of the Concord National Bank. He served the town as Selectman, Town Treasurer, and Town Clerk, and represented the Concord district in the Massachusetts Legislature in 1897 and 1898.

He was initiated in Corinthian Lodge April 7, 1873, passed May 12, 1873, and raised June 30, 1873. He was Master of Corinthian Lodge in 1880, 1881, and 18B2, and served as District Deputy Grand Master for the Eleventh Masonic District in 1883 and 1884, by appointment of Most Worshipful Samuel C. Lawrence and Most Worshipful Abraham H. Howland, Jr..

He was a member of Walden Royal Arch Chapter and of Boston Commandery, Knights Templar.

His death, full of years and honors, removes a prominent and venerated figure from the life of his native town and from the circle of our Masonic fellowship.

BROWN, HENRY P. 1869-1908

From Proceedings, Page 1908-16:

W. Henry P. Brown, of Nantucket, was born in that town Oct. 16, 1869, and died there Feb. 21, 1908. His illness was comparatively short and his death quite unexpected. He was one of Nantucket's most popular and influential young men - one that Nantucket can ill afford to lose, and one whose place in the business and social relations of the town it will be hard to fill. Whole souled, kind and generous-hearted, he was at all times ready and willing to assist in any movement which would benefit Nantucket or her people. His prospects were of the brightest, and he has left in his native town a reputation for business integrity, industry and kindness which are a monument to his memory,

Brother Brown was initiated in Union Lodge, Nantucket, Feb. 2, 1891, and became a member April 6, 1891. He held appointed offices in the Lodge from Nov. 7, 1892, to Nov. 4, 1895, when he was elected Junior Warden and served two years. He was Senior Warden in 1898 and. 1899, and Worshipful Master in 1900, 1901 and 1902. He was appointed District Deputy Grand Master of the Twenty-seventh Masonic District Dec. 27, 1905, and served in that office till Dec. 27, 1907.

BUNKER, CHARLES W. 1849-1912

From Proceedings, Page 1912-176:

R.W. CHARLES W. BUNKER was born in Nantucket, June 24, 1849, and died at his residence in Arlington, Sept. 30, 1912. He attended the public schools in his native town. When a young man he came to Boston, seeking employment, which he readily found. For the past twenty-five years he was in the employ of the Shepard Norwell Company, of Boston, where he was a valued employee and enjoyed the esteem of his employers.

Brother Bunker was twice married. Both wives are dead, but he is survived by one son.

He received the Masonic degrees in Hiram Lodge, of Arlington, in 1886; was its Master in 1897 and 1898, and District Deputy Grand Master of the Sixth Masonic District in 1900 and 1901. He was also Secretary of Hiram Lodge four years, 1908-1911.

Brother Bunker was a faithful and conscientious Mason, deeply interested in the prosperity and welfare of his Lodge, and was a Brother so earnest, faithful, and efficient, that he will be greatly missed in Masonic circles.

BUNTON, HENRY S. 1848-1926

From Proceedings, Page 1926-53:

R.W. Bro. Bunton died full of years and honors on January 28th at his home in Hyde Park. He was born in Manchester, N. H., April 6th, 1848, being a descendant of the Roger Conant and Jewett families. At the age of fifteen he went to Point Lookout to assist his father who was a surgeon in the United States Army, and not long afterward he enlisted in the 7th New Hampshire Regiment, from which he was honorably discharged after a year of service.

He became a resident of Hyde Park in 1866, where he became associated with Robert Bleakie in the woolen business, rising to the position of the Treasurer of the Webster Woolen Company, of which Mr. Bleakie was President. He was one of founders of the Hyde Park Savings Bank, instituted in 1888, and served as its first Treasurer. At the time of his death he was Vice President of the bank and a member of its Investment Committee. He became Town Treasurer in 1875, holding the position for thirty years, and was Town Auditor for five years, and for eight years a member of the School Committee. He was a member of Timothy Ingraham Post No. 121, G. A. R., of which was elected Commander in 1874. For two years he was a Warden of Christ's Episcopal Church.

He became a member of Hyde Park Lodge in 1869 and was its Worshipful Master in 1872 and 1873. He served as District Deputy Grand Master for the Thirteenth Masonic District in 1882. A redistricting of the state took place at that time and his second year of service as District Deputy Grand Master, in 1883, was for the Twenty-second Masonic District. For many years he was Treasurer of Hyde Park Lodge, holding that position at the time of his death. He was interested and active in other branches of Freemasonry, and in them held many offices.

R W. Brother Bunton was one of the best known and best loved Masons in his locality. His kindly presence and faithful service will be sorely missed.

BURDICK, STARR ALBERT 1877-1944

From Proceedings, Page 1944-142:

Brother Burdick was born in DeRuyter, New York, on October 15, 1877, and died at his home in West Newton, Massachusetts, on July 29, 1944.

After graduation at Alfred University of Alfred, New York, he became a teller in the bank at Alfred, later becoming Sales Manager of the Spicer Universal Joint Company of Rochester, New York. In 1917 he became Treasurer of Kennedy's, Inc., of Boston and held that position until his death.

He was raised in St. John's Lodge of Boston on May 14, 1920, and served as Master in 1931 and 1932, later serving as Treasurer.

He served as District Deputy Gqand Master of the (Boston) 1st Masonic District in 1933 and 1934, by appointment of Most Worshipful Curtis Chipman, Grand Master.

Serious minded, having a deep interest in his fellow man, he took a keen interest in Freemasonry and gave liberally of his time and talents. We shall miss his genial presence at our various meetings.

"Father, in Thy gracious keeping
Leave me now, Thy servant, sleeping."

BURLINGAME, ANSON 1820-1870

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From Proceedings, Page 1870-99:

"For more than twenty years I have enjoyed the acquaintance and friendship of our departed friend and Brother, Anson Burlingame. I knew him as a friend of liberty, and the eloquent and successful defender of the rights of man. In an association where I had the honor to officiate as a corporate officer, he was one of our original corporators, and one of our earliest trustees, ever discharging the duties of his position with honor to himself, and his associates. This position lie accepted because of his regard for the middling classes, and especially of the poor. With him, poverty was no crime.

"Certainly, if there is one human trait above another, it is that of sympathy for the poor and oppressed. Our Brother possessed this ennobling trait, regarding always the rights, and manifesting, at all times, a tender interest for the welfare of others. He was an aristocrat of the old school, and such alone are the true democrats everywhere. Men may have knowledge, money, influence, and not be gentlemen. The true gentleman, the man of culture, of refinement, the kind hearted, the considerate, is not often found among the ambitious rich, who give of their abundance for a name, — the bat-eyed of this generation; such are too cold, cheerless, and designing, to be gentlemen. Mr. Burlingame was well born and well bred. He sought after 'goodness and truth.' That which so distinguished him above many others, his geniality and devotion to the interests of man as man, and his lofty courage and abiding integrity, were a part of his noble nature born with him. Possessing such rich qualities, he was a good Mason, and was received and known as such wherever he sojourned.

"It was my pleasure to meet him soon after his arrival home, as minister to China. His experience in that distant land was deeply interesting. Nothing, he said, but the existence of a Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, working under a Charter from our venerable Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, reconciled him to the loneliness and responsibilities of his situation. Here he met with kindred spirits; here, surrounded by representatives of all nations, he found a cordial welcome. The last hours he spent in China were with his masonic brethren, on which occasion he addressed a large and deeply-affected assembly.

"Thus much in memory of Anson Burlingame, the noble, the gifted, the friend of the poor, the true Mason, the courteous Knight.

"Brothers, at such a time as this, those grand old words come surging up, full of hope and strength for all, —

'Unto thyself be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou can'st not then be false to any man.'"

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BURNHAM, GEORGE THOMPSON 1863-1943

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From Proceedings, Page 1943-74:

Brother Burnham was born in Peabody, Massachusetts, on January 30, 1863, and died in Braintree on May 22,!943, where he had resided for the past fifty-five years.

In his earlier life he was engaged in the insurance business, with offices in Boston, but for the last twenty years, he was employed by the Hartford Steam Boiler Insurance Company as an inspector.

Brother Burnham was raised in Delta Lodge of Braintree on October 9, 1894, and served as Master in 1908 and 1909. At the time of his death he was Marshal of Delta Lodge, an office which he had held for over twenty-five years.

He served as District Deputy Grand Master of the (Quincy) 26th Masonic District in 1934 and 1935, by appointments of Most Worshipful Grand Masters Curtis Chipman and Claude L. Allen. In 1939 he served as Grand Pursuivant by appointment of Most Worshipful Joseph Earl Perry and during that year was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal.

In the collateral bodies he was a member of Pentalpha Royal Arch Chapter, Temple Council, R. & S. M., and South Shore Commandery, K.1.

Funeral services were held in the First Congregational Church of Braintree on May 22d, followed by Masonic burial services in charge of Delta Lodge. The large attendance and the beautiful floral tributes gave evidence of the very high esteem in which he was held by his Brethren and his fellow citizens.

George Burnham, for so he was known by all, was a faithful friend and earnest worker, both in his Masonry and in his church, a pillar of strength who never neglected any call for service. Dearly beloved by all, his passing leaves us saddened but inspired by his example of unremitting service to his fellow man.

"He is gone
As the night cometh down on the summer hillside,
As the stars fade away in the blue of the dawn,
So softly he died."

BURNS, PAUL STEVENS 1875-1946

From Proceedings, Page 1946-295:

Brother Burns was born in Somerville, Massachusetts, on March 11, 1875, and died suddenly at his summer home in Duxbury on October 14, 1946.

At the age of fifteen, he entered the employ of the Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York as an office boy in the Boston office. His marked ability and diligence won rapid progress for him until he became manager in l9l4 - a position which he held until his retirement in 1940. He had an active interest in civic affairs in his native city, having served on the School Board and as a Director of the Somerville Hospital.

Brother Burns was raised in Soley Lodge on June 22, 1896, and served as Worshipful Master in 1906 and 1907. He affiliated with Corner Stone Lodge of Duxbury on September 2, 1933, and continued as a member until his death. He was appointed District Deputy Grand Master for the Sixth Masonic District in 1915 and 1916 by Most Worshipful Melvin M. Johnson, and was awarded a Masonic Veteran's Medal in 1946 for fifty years of continuous Masonic membership.

Our Brother was always deeply interested in anything Masonic and his advice, always sound and conservative, was sought and freely given. He served for many years as a Director of the Somerville Masonic Building Association and rendered valuable assistance in that position.

An active and useful life is closed, but the memory of Paul Burns will linger long in the minds and hearts of those he served so faithfully.

BURRELL, HERBERT LESLIE, 1856-1910

HERBERT LESLIE BURRELL, M.D., one of the leading members of the medical - profession in New England. He was born in Boston April 27, 1856; attended the public schools and was graduated from the Harvard Medical School. In 1885 he became one of the regular surgeons of the City Hospital; consulting surgeon at Carney Hospital, and visiting surgeon of the Children's Hospital. In June, 1907, he was elected to the of the American Medical Association.

Brother Burrell was medical director of the First Brigade, M.V.M., with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel, and was chief surgeon of the hospital ship Bay State during the Spanish War.

Brother Burrell received the Masonic degrees in The Massachusetts Lodge in 1878 and became a member of the Lodge March 28, 1878. He was Worshipful Master in 1885, and served as District Deputy Grand Master of the First Masonic District in 1886.

He was ardently devoted to his profession; a sterling man of kind and sympathetic nature; a citizen interested and active for the public good, and a Brother wedded to the principles of our Order. He died April 26, 1910, leaving a widow and two young sons, with whom, in their sorrow, we sincerely sympathize.

BUTLER, WILLIAM ARTHUR 1859-1910

From Proceedings, Page 1910-137:

HON. WILLIAM ARTHUR BUTLER was born in Byfield, Feb. 4, 1859, and died in Georgetown, 26, 1910. He attended the common schools of his and adopted towns, and, after studying law, was to the Essex Bar in 1882. He served as Representative in the Legislature of 1888, and as Senator in 1900 and 1902, and held other civil offices of responsibility. He was clerk of the town of Georgetown five years.

Butler received the Masonic degrees in Charles C. Dame Lodge, of Georgetown, in 1887 and 1888; was Junior Warden in 1890 and 1891, Senior Warden in 1892 and 1893. and Master in 1894 and 1895. He served as District Deputy Grand Master of the Ninth Masonic District in 1901 and 1902. He was exalted. in King Cyrus Chapter of Newburyport, March 8, 1892, and became a member the same day. He was knighted in Newburyport Commandery, K.T., June 16, 1892, and was Commander in 1903 and 1904.

Brother Butler was an upright citizen, a true friend and a worthy Brother. He had many genial qualities, and a host of friends throughout this State will lament his passing away in the prime of life.

BUTTRICK, SAMUEL BARTLETT 1801-1887

From Proceedings, Page 1887-130:

Still another loss to the Masonic Fraternity comes in the death of Bro. Samuel Bartlett Buttrick, who, for over sixty years, was an earnest, working member of our Order. He was born in Gorham, Me., in 1801, but in 1823 he removed to Salem, Mass., where the remainder of his life of eighty-six years was spent, and where he was honored by his friends and the community. He was one of the signers of the original Declaration made by the Masons of Salem during the dark days of 1829 and 1830.

The debt of gratitude we owe to those who were faithful, in the time of trouble does not grow less with the passing years. Let us who profit by their struggles honor their memory.

  • MM 1828, WM 1847, Essex

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