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"For him the busy world is hushed, the fever of life is over - his work is done."
 
"For him the busy world is hushed, the fever of life is over - his work is done."
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== FARNHAM, JOHN P. 1822-1860 ==
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''No membership card''
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* MM before 1860, [http://masonicgenealogy.com/MediaWiki/index.php?title=StMatthew St. Matthew's]
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''Andover, Sept. 28th, 1860.''
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At a regular Communication of St. Matthew's Lodge, Sept, 27th, the following preamble and resolves were unanimously adopted :—
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* ''Whereas'', it having pleased the Grand Master of the Universe to remove to that bourne from whence no traveller returns, our  late Bro. John P. Farnham, therefore
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* ''Resolved'', That while we bow with submission to the decree of an all-wise Providence, we sincerely and deeply deplore his loss as that ol a warm-hearted friend and true and faithful Brother.
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* ''Resolved'', That we, as Brethren of St. Matthew's Lodge, truly sympathize with his widow in her deep affliction, and pray Heaven to shed upon her and his child its choicest blessings,
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* ''Resolved'', That the Secretary furnish to the widow a copy of these resolutions, and also send a copy to the Freemasons' Magazine, Boston, Jor publication.
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''M. Sands, Sec'y.''
  
 
== FARNSWORTH, WILLIAM H. 1855-1926 ==
 
== FARNSWORTH, WILLIAM H. 1855-1926 ==
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Brother Fillebrown is survived by a widow and four sons: A. Paul, George D., Walter W., and Victor Le F. Fillebrown; all of whom are members of [http://masonicgenealogy.com/MediaWiki/index.php?title=CalebButler Caleb Butler] Lodge, and one daughter, Mrs. Levi P. Moore, of Ayer.
 
Brother Fillebrown is survived by a widow and four sons: A. Paul, George D., Walter W., and Victor Le F. Fillebrown; all of whom are members of [http://masonicgenealogy.com/MediaWiki/index.php?title=CalebButler Caleb Butler] Lodge, and one daughter, Mrs. Levi P. Moore, of Ayer.
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== FINCH, PETER VOORHEES 1839-1901 ==
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* MM 1864, [http://masonicgenealogy.com/MediaWiki/index.php?title=CTFrederick14 Frederick #14], Connecticut
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* WM 1900, 1901, [http://masonicgenealogy.com/MediaWiki/index.php?title=Republican Republican] ''died in office''
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''From [http://books.google.com/books?id=4ScWAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA286&lpg=PA286&dq=%22peter+voorhees+finch%22&source=bl&ots=EiJhbvD_tC&sig=d1vCMj9f8V_Fzh3Y2I0uA6DbVYc&hl=en&sa=X&ei=RJ9iUYzQL7HC0AGljoHoCA&ved=0CC4Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=%22peter%20voorhees%20finch%22&f=false History and Proceedings of the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association; 1870-1879], Volume 4:''
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In the death of the Rev. Peter Voorhees Finch which took place the 3d of May, 1901, the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association lost one of its first members, whose name has been associated with its history since the earliest days of its organization.
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Mr. Finch was born the 19th of March, 1835, at Shrewsbury, New Jersey. He graduated from Burlington College, New Jersey, in 1854, when he had the honor of making the Greek oration. From the same institution, in 1858, he received his master's degree. In 1860, he was further honored by Trinity College. In the years 1855, 1856, he was a clerk in the Metropolitan Bank of New York City. He then entered the General Theological Seminary, from which he was graduated in 1859. On the 4th of July of that year, he took the order of deacon, being ordained to that office in Trinity Church, New York, by the Right Rev. Horatio Potter, then Bishop of New York. He received ordination to the priesthood at the hands of Bishop Williams of Connecticut, on the 3d of July, 1860. His residence for the following three years and a half was in Connecticut, but for part of that time he was chaplain of the 16th Connecticut Volunteers, and saw much real service in the field and under fire. He was present at the battles of Antietam and Fredericksburg. He came to Greenfield in late December, 1863, and supplied the pulpit of St. James Church from Christmas until Easter of the following spring, when he became rector of the parish. Here he stayed until October, 1871. He then went to Pittsburg to become rector of St. John's Church in that city. In 1873 he made another remove, this time to Denver, and for the next six years he was rector of St. John's Church there. The year 1879 saw him back in Greenfield, once more installed as rector of St. James, and here he stayed until the end. The renewal of an old pastorate is an experiment seldom made; and still more seldom does it prove successful when made. But in this case the unexpected happened. That the result was so entirely fortunate is highly creditable to both rector and parish.
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By this record it appears that for a period of over forty years, including an absence of eight years, Mr. Finch made his home in New England. As we have seen, he was not a New Englander by birth. But there can be no doubt that he became one by adoption and affinity. That is a very good plan to follow. Better late than never. I have seen a 3'oung man of unimpeachable New England antecedents, who himself had been educated in Boston and was thoroughly imbued with the New England spirit, refused membership in the New England Society of a far western state, because he happened to have been born in Ohio. To his huge disgust he had to stand by and see the coveted privilege to which he had thus been declared ineligible, bestowed on a youth of French-Canadian parentage, who knew no more of New England traditions than he did of the Elgin Marbles, for the very sufficient reason that his parents had migrated to New Hampshire shortly before his birth, so that he had first opened his eyes among the hills of that indubitably New England state.
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By long years of endearing association Mr. Finch made this beautiful region of the Connecticut and Deerfield valleys his home. Here the most enthusiastic and vigorous years of his still youthful manhood were passed. And hither he returned to garner the full sheaf of his matured wisdom and experience.
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Mr. Finch married Miss Harriet Bronson of Hartford, in that city, the 28th of April, 1864. Mrs. Finch is now living in Greenfield. Of the three children born of this marriage, one survives: Dr. Edward Bronson Finch of New York City.
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To his activities as rector of St. James, Mr. Finch added those of a public spirited citizen and of a nature that included a wide range of interests. In 1865 he was chosen as one of the school committee, and for twelve consecutive years, beginning in 1880, he held the same position. He was a Mason and in the circles of that order he held honorable and influential posts.
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He was P. M. E. High Priest of Franklin R. A. Chapter; Past Thrice Illustrious Master of Titus Strong Council, R. & S. Masters; Past Eminent Commander of the Connecticut Valley Commandery; Grand Prelate of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templars of Massachusetts and Rhode Island; and at the time of his death he was Worshipful Master in Republican Lodge, A. F. and A. M., Greenfield.
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He was an interested member of the Fortnightly Club of Greenfield, and in the last year of his life he was the president of that society.
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His bent for historical matters appears in his connection with the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association. He was one of its first councilors, an office to which he was elected many times. At different times he served as vice-president. At field meetings he occasionally acted as president of the day. On various occasions he read papers and gave addresses before the Association. These contributions were always welcome, and always interesting.
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Like the poet, the after-dinner speaker is born, not made. Mr. Finch had this gift, and his good nature in accepting the invitations that frequently came to him to exercise it, made it a source of great pleasure to those who had the good fortune to hear him. He was exceedingly happy and entertaining as a public speaker, and on occasions when speaking was the order of the day he was sure to be in demand.
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Looked on as a whole this life that we are considering was a very even life, and a very transparent one. Such a life, I take it, is worth more than the generality of those that present more striking contrasts and conspicuous traits. It means so much as a quiet, unobtrusive influence for good; an influence imperceptibly diffused, as it were, throughout the circle of its acquaintance. It is not a slight achievement just to live for over a generation in one village and win and hold the respect and affection of the community. Another country parson who had lived in and near Greenfield a matter of forty years, was driving along one of our beautiful roads one day with a friend from another place, who was visiting him. A party of picnickers at a little distance to one side of the road, recognized the minister as he passed, and hats were raisedt and handkerchiefs waved in salute. The greeting was returned, and as they left the party behind, this minister turned to his guest and said: "I can't tell who those people were, but it seems they all know me. I tell you it's a dreadful thing to live forty years in one place. You can't be wicked, if you want to."
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Now in the guise of a jest, that expresses a bit of shrewd and profound wisdom. The test of the years is a test of character, and it is the most searching test to which one can be put. He who stands it is as gold tried by the fire. And how revealing of the true measure of human and spiritual values is such a test. It shows as clear as noonday how infinitely worth more than anything that a man does or can do is the man himself. In himself, and not in any performance of his, is summed up both his inherent worth and his worth as an influence on the lives he has touched.
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It was Mr. Finch's distinction that he met this supreme test and that it set upon him the ineffaceable stamp of a worth and genuineness which cannot be counterfeited.
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In all the relations of his life and of his calling he bore himself with credit. He was the good shepherd of his flock, and the good friend of all who came in contact with him. To be good and do good was as natural for him as it is for the grass to grow. He knew how to rejoice with them that rejoice, and to weep with them that weep. He was a man of large public spirit, sterling common sense and broadly tolerant vision and attitude. He believed thoroughly that his way was for him the right way, but he never sought to impose his way on others against their will and judgment. He was a man of moderate and sensible views, absolutely devoid of fanaticism. He had an ample flow of good spirits, and an unfailing sense of humor which, properly balanced, as it was in him, is a sure mark of mental and moral soundness. His exhaustless fund of anecdotes and pleasantry made him at all times an entertaining converser and a congenial companion.
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It was in his personal bearing that the true quality of the man was revealed. In his case surely the style was the man. It has been said of him that he was "a gentleman of the old school." As that expression is usually meant, it fitted him very well. But to speak precisely, it was not an apt characterization. A gentleman of the old school, and especially a clergyman of the old school, was a personage to be dreaded. He did not bring joy with him, but rather clouds of darkness. His bearing and conversation were such as to cause an immediate drop of the barometer in the atmosphere surcharged with his portentous presence. Were a clergyman strictly of the old school to appear among us to-day, doubtless we should hail him as an object of curious interest. But as far as the ordinary intercourse of life is concerned, we should presently find it expedient to avoid him as much as possible. Quite the reverse of this awe inspiring type was Mr. Finch. He had none of that stiffness, that preternatural gravity, that demeanor as of a peripatetic judgment-day. He met all alike with quiet dignity, a tact that disarmed suspicion, and unaffected sincerity that put one at one's ease, a gentleness that had nothing of the effeminate in it, a kindliness that was not forced, and a grace of self-possession at the farthest remove from assurance, that would instantly have made him at home in any circle, from the humblest to the most exalted.
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Equally was he removed from all the various sorts of attitudinizing, mannerisms, and professional airs that characterize certain modern types of clergymen. He was not flippant. He did not belittle himself or his office. He indulged in none of the kinds of familiarity that breed contempt. The ingratiating manner was utterly foreign to his nature. He did not stoop to make bids for a cheap popularity. As Kipling says of Lord Roberts, "He did not advertise." His greeting had in it no taint of artificiality, no pompousness, no supernal gush. You did not have to be on your guard with him against that abominable mixture of condescending amiability and pious palavering which comes from, I know not where, and serves, I know not what purpose, save to make the now happily diminishing number of those who affect it, the shiny objects of a kind of regard that no right-minded person in his senses would for a moment tolerate.
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He kept always the golden mean. He neither protested too much, nor was he of the churlish manner of those who are so fearful lest their dignity be called in question, that, watch-dog fashion, they mount perpetual guard over it. He was natural, easy, cordial. He met you in frank, human fashion, and on a worthy level of humanity. In a word, his bearing was always that of a man and a gentleman; and this did not belie his inmost nature.
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"The place thereof shall know it no more," is not a true word concerning any human life that has had real meaning, that has been a real life. There are men, it may be, who come and go like shadows. They have no substance, no presence, no personality, no vital human touch. They are apparitions, phenomena, not warm living personalities. No mere brilliance of achievement can save them from their fate.
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But of such as these was not our friend. Rather was he of the company of those who, whether they be widely known or not, yet wherever they are known are known. We feel the presence while it is in our midst. We miss the presence withdrawn. And then again we do not miss it; for in a finer, truer sense it cannot be withdrawn.
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No one, susceptible to a great personal influence, can visit Mt. Vernon and not feel that somehow the mighty dead still inhabits there. A great spirit broods over the place and hallows it. You go there and you speak with hushed voice and walk as in a waking dream. Thus potent is a real human presence to perpetuate itself. And lesser lives, so they too be real, do in their measure share this potentiality. And so every community becomes in a sense a shrine of the departed. We speak of the burying ground as the "city of the dead." But the true earthly city of those we call dead is the place where they lived and wrought and loved and suffered and achieved. I went to Concord and visited the tomb of Emerson. But he was not there. He never had been there. Then I was permitted to visit his home, his library; and there I found him. They who have wrought themselves into the life of a community, live on in that life.
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There are those whose forms grow to seem as truly landmarks as the rocks and hills. To call to mind the scenes amid which they lived is to call them to mind. They are as much a part of the landscape, as really help to make it, as the elms that gave them shade. Those out of whom virtue went while they walked the village streets do not, cannot so pass away, but that they still walk those streets with us who remain.
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To the many who knew and loved him our friend is not dead; he is not even away. Being dead, he yet speaketh.
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And for our own speaking, we may best end it so:
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His life was gentle, and the elements<br>
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So mixed in him that Nature might stand up<br>
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And say to all the world, "This was a man!"
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[http://www.saintjamesgreenfield.org/about-saint-james/a-brief-parish-history/ St. James Parish history]
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== FISHER, ALBIGENCE WALDO 1800-1864 ==
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* MM 1817, [http://www.masonicgenealogy.com/MediaWiki/index.php?title=Hiram Hiram]
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* Charter Member [http://www.masonicgenealogy.com/MediaWiki/index.php?title=Monitor Monitor]
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* Charter Member [http://www.masonicgenealogy.com/MediaWiki/index.php?title=AncientYork Ancient York]
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At a meeting of the members of Ancient York Lodge, held at Masonic Hall, Lowell, June 25th, 5864, the following resolutions were unanimously passed relating to the death of Bro. Fisher :—
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* ''Resolved'', That in the death of Brother Albigence Waldo Fisher, we have lost one who, through all his Masonic career, has by his acts of charity and deeds of true beneficence, exhibited to the world the sublime principles of our Order.
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* ''Resolved'', That by his death Masonry has lost a warm advocate, and Masons a Brother whose kindly assistance was never sought in vain.
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* ''Resolved'', That as we delight to recount bis virtues, so we revere his memory, and strive to emulate his good deeds.
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* ''Resolved'', That these resolutions be entered upon the records of Ancient York Lodge, and a copy be forwarded to the family of the deceased, and also to the Freemasons' Monthly Magazine.
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''Richard W. Baker, Secretary.''
  
 
== FISH, BURNS LESTER 1891-1946 ==
 
== FISH, BURNS LESTER 1891-1946 ==
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Funeral services were held at the Belmont Methodist Church; Worshipful and Reverend [http://masonicgenealogy.com/MediaWiki/index.php?title=MAGLDImler D. Joseph Imler], Grand Chaplain, officiating. The very large attendance of his friends and admirers, together with the beautiful fowers, were a fitting tribute to the esteem for a man who had so devoted his life to the service of his fellowmen. A tnre man and Mason has left a memory which will inspire many to take up his burden and to carry on.
 
Funeral services were held at the Belmont Methodist Church; Worshipful and Reverend [http://masonicgenealogy.com/MediaWiki/index.php?title=MAGLDImler D. Joseph Imler], Grand Chaplain, officiating. The very large attendance of his friends and admirers, together with the beautiful fowers, were a fitting tribute to the esteem for a man who had so devoted his life to the service of his fellowmen. A tnre man and Mason has left a memory which will inspire many to take up his burden and to carry on.
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== FLINN, SAMUEL 1806-1859 ==
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''From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XVIII, No. 7, May 1859, Page 223:''
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Brother SAMUEL FLINN.
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''Whereas, it hath pleased the Divine Grand Master of the Universe to remove from tbe labors of this life our beloved Brother, Past Master Samuel Flinn, one of the constitutive members of this Lodge — thereby severing the tie which bound us together here on earth — therefore
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''Resolved'', That we remember with gratitude the faithful tervicet of our late Brother in behalf of Mount Tom Lodge — his steady adherence to the ancient rite and usages of the Order, and the fidelity with which all his Masonic duties were performed.
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''Resolved'', That bowing submissively to the decree of an All-wise Providence, we sincerely and deeply deplore his loss as a warm-hearted friend and a faithful Brother, and desire that it may so help to influence our hearts and our lives, that we may be incited to the more faithful discharge of every duty devolving upon us as men and Masons.
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''Resolved'', That we tender to the family of our deceased Brother deep and sincere sympathy, imploring for them the care of our Heavenly Father, who it the husband of the widow, and the father of the fatherless, and who will not forsake those who pot their trust in Him.
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''Resolved'', That as a token of respect for our departed Brother, the jewels of this Lodge be draped in mourning for thirty days.
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''Resolved'', That a copy of these resolutions be sent to the family of our late Brother — that they be entered at large upon the records, and that a copy be offered to Freemasons' Magazine for publication.
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A true copy, ''(Signed,)'' <br>
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W. B. C. Pearsons,<br>
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Attest — J. E. Morrill, ''Sec.'', Mount Tom Lodge.
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The above resolutions were unanimously passed. J. E. Morrill, ''Sec.''
  
 
== FOBES, HENRY 1792-1885 ==
 
== FOBES, HENRY 1792-1885 ==
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His many friends keenly feel his loss.
 
His many friends keenly feel his loss.
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== FOSTER, JOSHUA 1766-1858 ==
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''From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XVII, No. 7, May 1859, Page 223:''
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''From the Boston Evening Gazette, April 3.''
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On Sunday last the remains of Captain Joshua Foster, of Chelsea, were buried at Woodlawn, with Masonic honors by the Star of Bethlehem Lodge, of which he was a member. He was the first of the Lodge that had died during a period of fifteen years, and as it was a special request of the deceased that his Brethren should attend his funeral as a Lodge, they turned out in regalia, eighty strong, and made the most impressive and interesting pageant that has ever been seen in the streets of that suburban city. Out-door displays of this kind are, as they should be, rare, but this was a special case, and the general compliance with the wishes of their departed associate, overcoming strong prejudices in many against display, was a beautiful testimonial in favor of their institution and evidence of that brotherly regard that loses not its hold even with the death of its object.
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The day was bright and clear, and the Freemasons formed an escort for the solemn cortege that followed their Brother's remains to their last resting place at Woodlawn, walking the entire distance. They arrived just as the sun was sinking, and the tops of the trees were red with the fading light. Everything was delightfully tranquil. A robin on a distant tree was singing its evening hymn, that through the solemnity of the season seemed to take a more pensive tone No other sound broke the stillness. The open casket containing the body stood in the centre of the mourning group of personal friends and neighbors, and encircling these stood the fraternity. The beautiful ritual of the Order was read by the chaplain, and the responses were given by the Brethren, when they passed around the circle, singing a dirge, each depositing his sprig of acacia, as he took his last look upon the familiar face, and alter the prayer that the great Master raise their Brother in the celestial Lodge above, the procession took its way back among the walks of busy life again, better, it is hoped, for the momentary lesson of mortality they had received.
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* [http://billiongraves.com/pages/record/person/1765336 Billiongraves.com page]
  
 
== FOSTER, STETSON 1850-1934 ==
 
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This brief record shows the character of the man. A sturdy representative of the best New England type, who loved God and served his fellow men, doing with his might what his hands found to do. It is hard to spare such men, even though, like Brother Foster, they pass full of years and honors.
 
This brief record shows the character of the man. A sturdy representative of the best New England type, who loved God and served his fellow men, doing with his might what his hands found to do. It is hard to spare such men, even though, like Brother Foster, they pass full of years and honors.
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== FOWLE, WILLIAM P. 1822-1872 ==
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''From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXXI, No. 5, March 1872, Page 158:''
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It is with deep sorrow, rendered the more deep by a long and intimate personal friendship, that we record the death of this estimable brother — an event as un-looked for as it was sudden, and which has taken from us, and from a large circle of attached friends, a genial, social and respected companion. He died on Wednesday morning, Feb. 28, of an affection of the heart, hastened on' to its fatal termination by an attack of pleurisy, at a moment when his family and friends were rejoicing in the prospect of his immediate recovery.  But a Higher Power had ordered it otherwise.
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Our Brother was the senior partner in the firm of Fowle, Torrey & Co., and was extensively and favorably known in the business community of this city, as an honest and reliable merchant The house to which he was attached was the oldest and one of the most extensive carpet establishments among us, having been in existence more than a third of a century, occupying the same locality. He was a man of generous impulses, of great amiability of character, a courteous and obliging neighbor, upright in all his transactions and true in his friendships.
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He was a member of Lafayette Lodge, Boston Highlands, and was buried at Forest Hills, from his residence in that section of the city, on Friday, March 1st, His funeral was attended by a large concourse of sympathizing friends, including a delegation from the Lodge of which he was a member. He leaves a widow and seven children, four of whom are quite young.
  
 
== FOYE, GEORGE H. 1858-1913 ==
 
== FOYE, GEORGE H. 1858-1913 ==

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FARNHAM, FREDERICK WILLIAM 1861-1943

From Proceedings, Page 1944-23:

Brother Farnham was born in Lowell on November 30, 1861, and died suddenly at his home in that City on December 11, 1943, at the age of eighty-two.

After graduation from the local schools, he joined the engineering department of Lowell in 1882. In 1906 he was elected Mayor for a two year term. In 1911 he was appointed an assistant city engineer in charge of the sewer system, holding that position until his retirement in 1937.

He was raised in Ancient York Lodge on April 26, 1883, and served as Master in 1890, 1891 and 1892. He served as District Deputy Grand Master of the old Eleventh District in 1895 and 1896.

In the collateral bodies he served as Thrice Potent Master of Lowell Lodge of Perfection, Scottish Rite, and as Commander of Pilgrim Commandery, Knights Templar.

He received a Veteran's Medal from the Grand Lodge in 1934, in recognition of his fifty-two years of service in Masonry.

The city of Lowell has lost a faithful public servant, and the Masons of Lowell will greatly miss a Brother who served the Fraternity faithfully and well for many years.

"For him the busy world is hushed, the fever of life is over - his work is done."

FARNHAM, JOHN P. 1822-1860

No membership card

Andover, Sept. 28th, 1860.

At a regular Communication of St. Matthew's Lodge, Sept, 27th, the following preamble and resolves were unanimously adopted :—

  • Whereas, it having pleased the Grand Master of the Universe to remove to that bourne from whence no traveller returns, our late Bro. John P. Farnham, therefore
  • Resolved, That while we bow with submission to the decree of an all-wise Providence, we sincerely and deeply deplore his loss as that ol a warm-hearted friend and true and faithful Brother.
  • Resolved, That we, as Brethren of St. Matthew's Lodge, truly sympathize with his widow in her deep affliction, and pray Heaven to shed upon her and his child its choicest blessings,
  • Resolved, That the Secretary furnish to the widow a copy of these resolutions, and also send a copy to the Freemasons' Magazine, Boston, Jor publication.

M. Sands, Sec'y.

FARNSWORTH, WILLIAM H. 1855-1926

From Proceedings, Page 1926-235:

R.W. Bro. Farnsworth was born in Somerville, Conn., June 14, 1855. He took his degrees in Norfolk Union Lodge in 1882. He dimitted from Norfolk Union Lodge and affiliated with Mount Moriah Lodge in 1889, and was its Worshipful Master from 1893 to 1895. He was District Deputy Grand Master for the 16th Masonic District in 1897 and 1898. His later life has been passed outside the jurisdiction, and I have not been able to obtain information as to his activities. He died in Providence, Rhode Island, March 31, 1926.

FAY, HENRIE CLINTON 1858-1942

From Proceedings, Page 1942-234:

Brother Henrie Clinton Fay was born in Milford, Massachusetts, on March 6, 1858, and died in Athol on June 22, 1942.

In his early childhood, his family removed to Montague, Massachusetts, where he was educated in the public schools, later attending Wilbraham Academy. In 1883 he removed to Athol where he found employment with the Lee Shoe Shops. In 1886 he became connected with the Parmenter Hardware Store, becoming the owner in 1895 and continuing as such for twenty-one years. From 1916 until his death, he conducted an insurance agency in Athol.

He took an active interest in town affairs, for many years serving as Town Treasurer and Sewer Commissioner.

He was raised in Bay State Lodge of Montague on December 29, 1879. In 1887 he affiliated with Star Lodge of Athol and served as Master in 1897 and 1898 and as Treasurer from 1906 until his death. He served as District Deputy Grand Master of the old 12th District in 1902 and 1903 by appointments of Most Worshipful Grand Masters Charles T. Gallagher and Baalis Sanford.

In 1930 he was awarded a Veteran's Medal by Most Worshipful Herbert W. Dean, and in 1941, Most Worshipful Albert A. Schaefer presented to him the Distinguished Service Medal in recognition of his long and faithful service to the Craft.

He received the degrees in all of the collateral bodies and served Harris Council, R.&S.M., of Athol, as its first Master.

For sixty-three years he served Masonry actively and faithfully -

"And now he rests; his greatness and his sweetness
Blend without jar or strife;
And death has molded into calm completeness
The story of his life."

FENN, GEORGE E. 1865-1915

From Proceedings, Page 1915-94:

R. WOR. GEORGE E. FENN was born in Roxbury, Mass., September 17, 1865; and died in the City of Melrose May 28, 1915. He attended the Lewis Sehool in Roxbury until 1880 when the family moved to Melrose Highlands. Brother Fsnn graduated at the Melrose High School in 1885 and immediately after entered the employ of his father in the manufacture of ventilators. The father died in 1890 and the son carried on the business successfully until his decease.

Brother Fenn received the Masonic degrees in Wyoming Lodge, of Melrose, in 1890-1891; was its Master in 1898-1900, and was District Deputy Grand, Master of the Seventh Masonic District in 1902 and 1903. He was also a member of Waverley R. A. Chapter, Melrose Council R. & S. Masters, and Hugh de Payens Commandery, K.T., all of Melrose.

He was very devoted to Freemasonry and was always ready to answer any call for work. By his constant courtesy he endeared himself to a great number of the Brethren, who regret his untimely end. In the prime of life, in the full enjoyment of these passing years, loving and loved, a general favorite with the Brethren, especially of the Seventh District, he has passed from us, but left a memory that is pleasing and will be glaclly cherished. He leaves a wife and widowed mother. The funeral services were held at his late home in Melrose on Sunday, May 30, being conducted by Wyoming Lodge.

FERGUSON, WILLIAM 1886-1946

Brother Ferguson was born in Whitinsville, Massachusetts, on July 16, 1886, and died suddenly at his home in Hopedale on November 21, 1946.

After graduation at the Woonsocket Commercial School, he removed to Hopedale and entered the employ of the Draper Corporation, where he continued for the remainder of his life.

He was raised in Montgomery Lodge of Milford on March 20, 1913, and served as Master in 1934. In the Grand Lodge he served as Senior Grand Deacon in 1938 and as District Deputy Grand Master of the 23rd Masonic District in 1940 and 1941, by appointments of Most Worshipful Grand Masters Joseph Earl Perry and Albert A. Schaefer.

He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal in 1939 by Most Worshipful Joseph Earl Perry in recognition of his outstanding service to his Lodge and to the Craft in general.

His active interest in the collateral bodies is shown by the following offices held by him: High Priest of Mt. Lebanon Chapter, R.A.M.; Illustrious Master of Milford Council, R.& S.M.; and Commander of Milford Commandery, K.T.

As a citizen of Hopedale, he was very active in the affairs of the Town, being, at the time of his death, Chairman of the Board of Selectmen and of the Board of Health, a member of the Public Welfare Board, and in charge of Old Age Assistance. The holding of these responsible positions shows recognition of outstanding ability.

Freemasonry has lost an able and faithful worker in the passing of Brother Ferguson, but "his works do follow him."

FERREY, IRVING DWIGHT 1843-1926

From Proceedings, Page 1926-295:

R.W. Bro. Ferrey was born in Williamsburgh, Massaehusetts, January 27, 1843. After graduating from Williston Seminary at Easthampton, Massachusetts, he went to Pittsfield in 1862 to enter the employ of the Agricultural Bank. He began at the very bottom, sleeping in the Bank, sweeping the floors, and dusting and opening the doors for the day's work. He rose steadily, becoming in turn Teller, Cashier in 1882, and President in 1904 succeeding in this office the late Senator Crane.

His whole life was devoted to the business of his Bank and he had few direct connections with outside corporations, but was a Trustee of the Berkshire County Savings Bank and a Director of the Pittsfield Coal Gas Company. He was married in 1867 to Miss Caroline Humphrey, of Pittsfield. Mrs. Ferrey died in 1906. He is survived by three daughters, two sons, and three grandchildren.

Bro. Ferrey was an active and interested cilizen, serving as a member of the School Committee; a member of the first City Planning Board, and a delegate to the State Constilutional Convention. He was a loyal and devoted member of the First Congregational Church. His social instincts found expression not only in Masonry, but in his association with the Park Club, of which he was a devoted member and in which he held many offices.

Bro. Ferrey became a member of Mystic Lodge February 27, 1866, and was three times elected its Worshipful Master - on November 7, 1871, on October 6, 1874, and on December 7, 1886. This last election was to fiIl a vacancy caused by the resignation of the Worshipful Master. He was District Deputy Grand Master for the Fifteenth Masonic District in 1884 by appointment of M. W. Abraham H. Howland, Jr. He was a member of Berkshire Chapter Royal Arch Masons, and of Berkshire Council Royal and Select Masters and Past Commander of Berkshire Commandery No. 22, K.T. R.W. Bro. Ferrey's death, although coming at a ripe age, was a great loss not only to his Masonic Brethren but to the entire community which heid him in well deserved honor and affection.

FILLEBROWN, ALBERT A. 1854-1920

From Proceedings, Page 1920-172:

R.W. ALBERT A. FILLEBROWN was born January 18, 1854, in Readfield, Me., and died in Ayer, Mass., March 18, 1920. After a public school education in his native town he went to Augusta, Me., where he learned the trade of a sheet metal worker. In l883 he removed to Ayer and established the firm of A. A. Fillebrown & Co. He engaged in the manufacture of tinware and more recently has conducted a plumbing, heating, and general hardware business. Brother Fillebrown was also well known as an auctioneer and was Deputy Sheriff of Middlesex County for twelve years.

Brother Fillebrown took an aetive interest in town affairs. He served on the Board of Water Commissioners and was Chief of the Fire Department for a number of years. He was highly respected and esteemed by his fellow citizens for his many sterling qualities and his unquestioned ability.

Brother Fillebrown received the degrees of Ancient Craft Masonry in Monmouth Lodge No. 110, of Monmouth, Me., in 1883, and dimitted October 4, 1884. He joined Caleb Butler Lodge, of Ayer, November 10, 1884. He was Master of Caleb Butler Lodge in 1890,, and was District Deputy Grand Master for the Eleventh Masonic District in 1904 and 1905, He was exalted January 15, 1884, in Winthrop R. A. Chapter, of Winthrop, Me., and received the orders of the Temple in Lewiston Commandery No. 6, K. T. of Lewiston, Me., April 17, 1884. He was a charter member of Bancroft R. A. Chapter, of Ayer twenty years ago and was District Deputy Grand High Priest for the Eleventh Capitular District in 1914 and 1915. He also affiliated with Jerusalem Commandery, K. T. of Fitchburg.

Brother Fillebrown is survived by a widow and four sons: A. Paul, George D., Walter W., and Victor Le F. Fillebrown; all of whom are members of Caleb Butler Lodge, and one daughter, Mrs. Levi P. Moore, of Ayer.

FINCH, PETER VOORHEES 1839-1901

From History and Proceedings of the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association; 1870-1879, Volume 4:

In the death of the Rev. Peter Voorhees Finch which took place the 3d of May, 1901, the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association lost one of its first members, whose name has been associated with its history since the earliest days of its organization.

Mr. Finch was born the 19th of March, 1835, at Shrewsbury, New Jersey. He graduated from Burlington College, New Jersey, in 1854, when he had the honor of making the Greek oration. From the same institution, in 1858, he received his master's degree. In 1860, he was further honored by Trinity College. In the years 1855, 1856, he was a clerk in the Metropolitan Bank of New York City. He then entered the General Theological Seminary, from which he was graduated in 1859. On the 4th of July of that year, he took the order of deacon, being ordained to that office in Trinity Church, New York, by the Right Rev. Horatio Potter, then Bishop of New York. He received ordination to the priesthood at the hands of Bishop Williams of Connecticut, on the 3d of July, 1860. His residence for the following three years and a half was in Connecticut, but for part of that time he was chaplain of the 16th Connecticut Volunteers, and saw much real service in the field and under fire. He was present at the battles of Antietam and Fredericksburg. He came to Greenfield in late December, 1863, and supplied the pulpit of St. James Church from Christmas until Easter of the following spring, when he became rector of the parish. Here he stayed until October, 1871. He then went to Pittsburg to become rector of St. John's Church in that city. In 1873 he made another remove, this time to Denver, and for the next six years he was rector of St. John's Church there. The year 1879 saw him back in Greenfield, once more installed as rector of St. James, and here he stayed until the end. The renewal of an old pastorate is an experiment seldom made; and still more seldom does it prove successful when made. But in this case the unexpected happened. That the result was so entirely fortunate is highly creditable to both rector and parish.

By this record it appears that for a period of over forty years, including an absence of eight years, Mr. Finch made his home in New England. As we have seen, he was not a New Englander by birth. But there can be no doubt that he became one by adoption and affinity. That is a very good plan to follow. Better late than never. I have seen a 3'oung man of unimpeachable New England antecedents, who himself had been educated in Boston and was thoroughly imbued with the New England spirit, refused membership in the New England Society of a far western state, because he happened to have been born in Ohio. To his huge disgust he had to stand by and see the coveted privilege to which he had thus been declared ineligible, bestowed on a youth of French-Canadian parentage, who knew no more of New England traditions than he did of the Elgin Marbles, for the very sufficient reason that his parents had migrated to New Hampshire shortly before his birth, so that he had first opened his eyes among the hills of that indubitably New England state.

By long years of endearing association Mr. Finch made this beautiful region of the Connecticut and Deerfield valleys his home. Here the most enthusiastic and vigorous years of his still youthful manhood were passed. And hither he returned to garner the full sheaf of his matured wisdom and experience.

Mr. Finch married Miss Harriet Bronson of Hartford, in that city, the 28th of April, 1864. Mrs. Finch is now living in Greenfield. Of the three children born of this marriage, one survives: Dr. Edward Bronson Finch of New York City.

To his activities as rector of St. James, Mr. Finch added those of a public spirited citizen and of a nature that included a wide range of interests. In 1865 he was chosen as one of the school committee, and for twelve consecutive years, beginning in 1880, he held the same position. He was a Mason and in the circles of that order he held honorable and influential posts.

He was P. M. E. High Priest of Franklin R. A. Chapter; Past Thrice Illustrious Master of Titus Strong Council, R. & S. Masters; Past Eminent Commander of the Connecticut Valley Commandery; Grand Prelate of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templars of Massachusetts and Rhode Island; and at the time of his death he was Worshipful Master in Republican Lodge, A. F. and A. M., Greenfield.

He was an interested member of the Fortnightly Club of Greenfield, and in the last year of his life he was the president of that society. His bent for historical matters appears in his connection with the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association. He was one of its first councilors, an office to which he was elected many times. At different times he served as vice-president. At field meetings he occasionally acted as president of the day. On various occasions he read papers and gave addresses before the Association. These contributions were always welcome, and always interesting.

Like the poet, the after-dinner speaker is born, not made. Mr. Finch had this gift, and his good nature in accepting the invitations that frequently came to him to exercise it, made it a source of great pleasure to those who had the good fortune to hear him. He was exceedingly happy and entertaining as a public speaker, and on occasions when speaking was the order of the day he was sure to be in demand.

Looked on as a whole this life that we are considering was a very even life, and a very transparent one. Such a life, I take it, is worth more than the generality of those that present more striking contrasts and conspicuous traits. It means so much as a quiet, unobtrusive influence for good; an influence imperceptibly diffused, as it were, throughout the circle of its acquaintance. It is not a slight achievement just to live for over a generation in one village and win and hold the respect and affection of the community. Another country parson who had lived in and near Greenfield a matter of forty years, was driving along one of our beautiful roads one day with a friend from another place, who was visiting him. A party of picnickers at a little distance to one side of the road, recognized the minister as he passed, and hats were raisedt and handkerchiefs waved in salute. The greeting was returned, and as they left the party behind, this minister turned to his guest and said: "I can't tell who those people were, but it seems they all know me. I tell you it's a dreadful thing to live forty years in one place. You can't be wicked, if you want to." Now in the guise of a jest, that expresses a bit of shrewd and profound wisdom. The test of the years is a test of character, and it is the most searching test to which one can be put. He who stands it is as gold tried by the fire. And how revealing of the true measure of human and spiritual values is such a test. It shows as clear as noonday how infinitely worth more than anything that a man does or can do is the man himself. In himself, and not in any performance of his, is summed up both his inherent worth and his worth as an influence on the lives he has touched.

It was Mr. Finch's distinction that he met this supreme test and that it set upon him the ineffaceable stamp of a worth and genuineness which cannot be counterfeited.

In all the relations of his life and of his calling he bore himself with credit. He was the good shepherd of his flock, and the good friend of all who came in contact with him. To be good and do good was as natural for him as it is for the grass to grow. He knew how to rejoice with them that rejoice, and to weep with them that weep. He was a man of large public spirit, sterling common sense and broadly tolerant vision and attitude. He believed thoroughly that his way was for him the right way, but he never sought to impose his way on others against their will and judgment. He was a man of moderate and sensible views, absolutely devoid of fanaticism. He had an ample flow of good spirits, and an unfailing sense of humor which, properly balanced, as it was in him, is a sure mark of mental and moral soundness. His exhaustless fund of anecdotes and pleasantry made him at all times an entertaining converser and a congenial companion.

It was in his personal bearing that the true quality of the man was revealed. In his case surely the style was the man. It has been said of him that he was "a gentleman of the old school." As that expression is usually meant, it fitted him very well. But to speak precisely, it was not an apt characterization. A gentleman of the old school, and especially a clergyman of the old school, was a personage to be dreaded. He did not bring joy with him, but rather clouds of darkness. His bearing and conversation were such as to cause an immediate drop of the barometer in the atmosphere surcharged with his portentous presence. Were a clergyman strictly of the old school to appear among us to-day, doubtless we should hail him as an object of curious interest. But as far as the ordinary intercourse of life is concerned, we should presently find it expedient to avoid him as much as possible. Quite the reverse of this awe inspiring type was Mr. Finch. He had none of that stiffness, that preternatural gravity, that demeanor as of a peripatetic judgment-day. He met all alike with quiet dignity, a tact that disarmed suspicion, and unaffected sincerity that put one at one's ease, a gentleness that had nothing of the effeminate in it, a kindliness that was not forced, and a grace of self-possession at the farthest remove from assurance, that would instantly have made him at home in any circle, from the humblest to the most exalted.

Equally was he removed from all the various sorts of attitudinizing, mannerisms, and professional airs that characterize certain modern types of clergymen. He was not flippant. He did not belittle himself or his office. He indulged in none of the kinds of familiarity that breed contempt. The ingratiating manner was utterly foreign to his nature. He did not stoop to make bids for a cheap popularity. As Kipling says of Lord Roberts, "He did not advertise." His greeting had in it no taint of artificiality, no pompousness, no supernal gush. You did not have to be on your guard with him against that abominable mixture of condescending amiability and pious palavering which comes from, I know not where, and serves, I know not what purpose, save to make the now happily diminishing number of those who affect it, the shiny objects of a kind of regard that no right-minded person in his senses would for a moment tolerate.

He kept always the golden mean. He neither protested too much, nor was he of the churlish manner of those who are so fearful lest their dignity be called in question, that, watch-dog fashion, they mount perpetual guard over it. He was natural, easy, cordial. He met you in frank, human fashion, and on a worthy level of humanity. In a word, his bearing was always that of a man and a gentleman; and this did not belie his inmost nature.

"The place thereof shall know it no more," is not a true word concerning any human life that has had real meaning, that has been a real life. There are men, it may be, who come and go like shadows. They have no substance, no presence, no personality, no vital human touch. They are apparitions, phenomena, not warm living personalities. No mere brilliance of achievement can save them from their fate.

But of such as these was not our friend. Rather was he of the company of those who, whether they be widely known or not, yet wherever they are known are known. We feel the presence while it is in our midst. We miss the presence withdrawn. And then again we do not miss it; for in a finer, truer sense it cannot be withdrawn.

No one, susceptible to a great personal influence, can visit Mt. Vernon and not feel that somehow the mighty dead still inhabits there. A great spirit broods over the place and hallows it. You go there and you speak with hushed voice and walk as in a waking dream. Thus potent is a real human presence to perpetuate itself. And lesser lives, so they too be real, do in their measure share this potentiality. And so every community becomes in a sense a shrine of the departed. We speak of the burying ground as the "city of the dead." But the true earthly city of those we call dead is the place where they lived and wrought and loved and suffered and achieved. I went to Concord and visited the tomb of Emerson. But he was not there. He never had been there. Then I was permitted to visit his home, his library; and there I found him. They who have wrought themselves into the life of a community, live on in that life.

There are those whose forms grow to seem as truly landmarks as the rocks and hills. To call to mind the scenes amid which they lived is to call them to mind. They are as much a part of the landscape, as really help to make it, as the elms that gave them shade. Those out of whom virtue went while they walked the village streets do not, cannot so pass away, but that they still walk those streets with us who remain. To the many who knew and loved him our friend is not dead; he is not even away. Being dead, he yet speaketh.

And for our own speaking, we may best end it so:

His life was gentle, and the elements
So mixed in him that Nature might stand up
And say to all the world, "This was a man!"

St. James Parish history

FISHER, ALBIGENCE WALDO 1800-1864

At a meeting of the members of Ancient York Lodge, held at Masonic Hall, Lowell, June 25th, 5864, the following resolutions were unanimously passed relating to the death of Bro. Fisher :—

  • Resolved, That in the death of Brother Albigence Waldo Fisher, we have lost one who, through all his Masonic career, has by his acts of charity and deeds of true beneficence, exhibited to the world the sublime principles of our Order.
  • Resolved, That by his death Masonry has lost a warm advocate, and Masons a Brother whose kindly assistance was never sought in vain.
  • Resolved, That as we delight to recount bis virtues, so we revere his memory, and strive to emulate his good deeds.
  • Resolved, That these resolutions be entered upon the records of Ancient York Lodge, and a copy be forwarded to the family of the deceased, and also to the Freemasons' Monthly Magazine.

Richard W. Baker, Secretary.

FISH, BURNS LESTER 1891-1946

From Proceedings, Page 1946-246:

Brother Fish was born in Woodsville, New Hampshire, on November 27, 1891, and died in Natick, Massachusetts, on June 18, 1946.

At the age of twenty years, he removed to Natick, and entered the employ of the New England Pressed Steel Company, continuing that association until his sudden death.

He was raised in Meridian Lodge of Natick on March 7, 1919, and served as Worshipful Master in 1929 and 1930, He served as District Deputy Grand Master for the 23rd Masonic District in 1944 and 1945, by appointments of Most Worshipful Brothers Arthur W. Coolidge and Samuel H. Wragg.

Throughout his Masonic life he proved his devotion to its principles by continuous service to the Lodge, the Grand Lodge and the Royal Arch Chapter. Wise in counsel, faithful to all calls, he will be gready missed by the Brethren who haye been intimately associated with him for these many years.

Funeral services were held in the First Baptist Church of Natick, of which he was a member, on Thursday, June 20th.

FISK, ARTHUR EARL 1868-1947

Brother Fisk was born in Amherst, Massachusetts, on March 16, 1868, and died in Brookline on May 21, 1947.

He attended the public schools of Amherst until, in his early teens, he removed to Boston and entered the employ of a large jewelry house, following that vocation until his death.

He was raised in Revere Lodge of Boston on February 7, 1893, and dimitted on March 5, 1907, due to his removal to New York. He affiliated with Ophir Lodge No. 186 of East Orange, New Jersey, on April 11, t907, and dimitted on May 23, 1912, returning to Boston. He affiliated with Aberdour Lodge of Boston on November 10, 1912, and served as Master in 1923. In 1933 he became a Charter Member of Moses Michael Hays Lodge, serving as Secretary from 1931 through 1939.

He served as District Deputy Grand Master for the Second Masonic District in 1924 and 1925, by appointment of Most Worshipful Dudley H. Ferrell, Grand Master. Since 1929, he was Grand Representative of the Grand Lodge of Delaware near this Grand Lodge.

In 1938 he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal by Most Worshipful Joseph Earl Perry, Grand Master, and in 1942, received the Veteran's Medal.

To enumerate all the Masonic activities of Brother Fisk is impossible, for much of his life was devoted to it. Ever genial and friendly, he will long be missed by his many friends and Brethren.

FISKE, GRANTVILLE C. 1845-1921

From Proceedings, Page 1921-249:

R. W. GRANVILLE C. FISKE was born in Eden, Vermont, August 21, 1845, and passed on from his residence in Ashland, Mass., August 11, 1921. His youth was spent in his native town, but at the age of seventeen years, in July, 1862, he enlisted in the Ninth Regiment of Vermont Volunteer Infantry, and served until the end of the Rebellion, except for a few months after he had been taken a prisoner at Harper's Ferry, Virginia. His regiment was one of the first to enter Richmond after its capture. He was discharged from the United States service with the rank of Sergeant in 1865.

R.W. Bro. Fiske was greatly interested in the Grand Army of the Republic and was Commander of the Department of Massachusetts, G.A.R.; in 1910 and 1911. He was past President of the Vermont Veterans Association, and Commander of Col. Prescott Post, No. 18, G.A.R., of Ashland, for thirty years.

For more than a generation Bro. Fiske was an active and prominent citizen of Ashland. He was a representative in the General Court in 1892, and since then served the town successively as Chief of the Fire Department, Overseer of the Poor, Selectman, and a Member of the School Committee. For thirty years he was the New England Agent of the Boston Woven Hose and Rubber Company of Boston.

R.W. Bro. Fiske received the Masonic degrees in North Star Lodge, of Ashland, in 1872, and after continuous service in the Lodge was elected its Master November 17, 1884, and served two years in that position. He was District Deputy Grand Master for the Twenty-third Masonic District in 1913 and 1914. He was a member of the Committee on Returns from 1914 to 1921 inclusive, an Associate Member of the Board. of Masonic Relief and always present at its meetings, and served as Grand Standard Bearer in this Grand Lodge in 1919, 1920, and 1921, until his decease. He was proud of this latter position. He was delighted to bear aloft into this haII, between the ranks of Craftsmen, the Stars and Stripes for which he fought.

R. W. Bro. Fiske presented to the Grand Lodge, June 10, 1914, this United States flag - completing his remarks by saying: "It is my flag, it is your flag, it is the emblem of equal rights, of purity, and of justice, and long may it wave over a united country." December 27, 1918, Bro. Fiske presented to the Grand Lodge, a Massachusetts state flag, to accompany the flag of the United States, previously presented.

Bro. Fiske was also a member of Concord Royal Arch Chapter, of Framingham, of Natick Commandery, K.T., and of Aleppo Temple, and was Past Grand Patron of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Bro. Fiske married Susan Seagrave Aldrich June 27, 1871, and their golden wedding anniversary was observed last June. The widow, one son, Wor. Bro. Errol W. Fiske, Past Master of North Star Lodge, two daughters, and a sister survive him. Funeral services were held on Sunday, August 14th, in the Congregational Church which was filled by the representatives of nearly fifty Masonic and other organizations which hold in highest esteem the memory of our departed Brother.

FLANDERS, CHARLES EPHRAIM 1894-1941

From Proceedings, Page 1942-21:

Brother Flanders was born in Brentwood, New Hampshire, March 8, 1894; and died suddenly at Taunton, Massachusetts, December 19, 1941, at the age of forty-seven years. After graduation .fiom Sanborn Seminary, Kingston, New Hampshire, he entered the Wentworth Institute of Boston for the study of steam engineering and for seven years after, his graduation he taught the same subject there. From 1927 to 1934, he was combustion engineer of the Anthracite Institute, New England District. ln 1934, he entered the fuel business and continued there until his death, for the past year as President of the Flanders Fuel Company of Belmont.

He was raised in Gideon Lodge of Kingston, New Hampshire, December 16, 1918r and always continued his membership in that Lodge. He affiliated with Belmont Lodge of Belmont, Massachusetts, September 3, 1925, and served as Master in 1936. For the past year he served as Grand Pursuivant of the Grand Lodge, also as Master of the 34th Lodge of Instruc-tion, rendering faithful and able service in both positions.

He was a member of Belmont Royal Arch Chapter and also took an active interest in the Order of the Rainbow for Girls, the Order of the Eastern Star, Rotary, and the Belmont Board of Trade, being the President of the latter organization at his death.

In 1919, he married Miss Olive Wilkins of Swampscott, by whom he is survived, also by one daughter, Ruth Elizabeth Flanders.

Brother Flanders succumbed to a heart attack in the Taunton Inn, Taunton, where he was in attendance at the seventy-fifth anniversary of Alfred Baylies Lodge. Fortunately, his sad death was known by few except the Grand Lodge Officers and the officers of the Lodge, all of whom were forced to carry on with sad hearts.

Funeral services were held at the Belmont Methodist Church; Worshipful and Reverend D. Joseph Imler, Grand Chaplain, officiating. The very large attendance of his friends and admirers, together with the beautiful fowers, were a fitting tribute to the esteem for a man who had so devoted his life to the service of his fellowmen. A tnre man and Mason has left a memory which will inspire many to take up his burden and to carry on.

FLINN, SAMUEL 1806-1859

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XVIII, No. 7, May 1859, Page 223:

Brother SAMUEL FLINN.

Whereas, it hath pleased the Divine Grand Master of the Universe to remove from tbe labors of this life our beloved Brother, Past Master Samuel Flinn, one of the constitutive members of this Lodge — thereby severing the tie which bound us together here on earth — therefore

Resolved, That we remember with gratitude the faithful tervicet of our late Brother in behalf of Mount Tom Lodge — his steady adherence to the ancient rite and usages of the Order, and the fidelity with which all his Masonic duties were performed.

Resolved, That bowing submissively to the decree of an All-wise Providence, we sincerely and deeply deplore his loss as a warm-hearted friend and a faithful Brother, and desire that it may so help to influence our hearts and our lives, that we may be incited to the more faithful discharge of every duty devolving upon us as men and Masons.

Resolved, That we tender to the family of our deceased Brother deep and sincere sympathy, imploring for them the care of our Heavenly Father, who it the husband of the widow, and the father of the fatherless, and who will not forsake those who pot their trust in Him.

Resolved, That as a token of respect for our departed Brother, the jewels of this Lodge be draped in mourning for thirty days.

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be sent to the family of our late Brother — that they be entered at large upon the records, and that a copy be offered to Freemasons' Magazine for publication.

A true copy, (Signed,)
W. B. C. Pearsons,
Henry Wheeler,
E. B. Wheeler,
Committee.
Attest — J. E. Morrill, Sec., Mount Tom Lodge.

Holyoke, Mass., March 10th, 1859.
The above resolutions were unanimously passed. J. E. Morrill, Sec.

FOBES, HENRY 1792-1885

Wor. HENRY FOBES, born in Bridgewater, Mass., April 30, 1792, removed with his father to the southerly part of the town of Greenwich, which was incorporated in 1816 as the town of Enfield, and there he passed his days. He was prominent in town affairs, holding the office of Selectman many years, and in 1850 representing his district in the State Legislature. Inspired with love of country he became a soldier in the war of 1812. At the first meeting of the petitioners for a charter for Bethel Lodge, held May 11, 1825, he was chosen Worshipful Master, continuing in that office until 1829. He was of a genial, kindly nature, the rule of his life being to do good as he had opportunity. In the affairs of church, town, or State, in the Lodge-room or among the sorrowing ones, whenever he went and wherever he tarried, his life was filled up with brotherly deeds and words fitly spoken. Bro. Fobes died March 29, 1885, being nearly ninety-three years old. At his special request his funeral was attended by Bethel Lodge, the impressive burial-rites of the Order being rendered by the Brethren thereof.

FOGG, HORACE T. 1869-1930

From Proceedings, Page 1930-331:

R.W. Bro. Fogg was born in South Scituate, now Norwell, October 29, 1869, and died in Marshfield August 21, 1930.

He was educated in the schools of his native town and in Harvard College and the Harvard Law School. He was admitted to the Plymouth County Bar, but later devoted his attention to banking, being connected with the South Scituate Savings Bank and the Rockland Trust Company, of which he was President. He was for a number of years Treasurer of Plymouth County.

Bro. Fogg was much interested in the political and civic affairs of the community in which he spent his life. He was very active and energetic in the affairs of the Marshfield Agricultural and Horticultural Society, of which he was President. Death came to him suddenly while presiding at public exercises in connection with the Society's Annual Fair.

He was very prominent in the affairs of the Unitarian Church in his home town.

Bro. Fogg was raised in Phoenix Lodge January 30, 1896. He was Worshipful Master in 1904 and 1905 and was District Deputy Grand Master for the Twenty-fifth Masonic District in 1906 and 1907, by appointment of M.W. John Albert Blake.

Bro. Fogg's was a useful and serviceable life, and one which won the well deserved respect and admiration of his fellow citizens. He is very greatly missed and deeply mourned in his community.

FOLGER, FRANCIS E. 1876-1939

From Proceedings, Page 1939-293:

Right Worshipful Brother Folger was born in Charlestown October 17, 1876, and died at Nantucket July 12, 1939.

The greater part of his active life was spent in the practice of his profession as an engineer in Nantucket.

He took his Masonic Degrees in Union Lodge in 1920. Although he became a member of the Craft rather later in life than most do, he soon became a leader. He was Master of his Lodge in 1929 and District Deputy Grand Master for the Nantucket Thirty-first District in 1935 and 1936 by appointment of Most Worshipful Claude L. Allen.

His many friends keenly feel his loss.

FOSTER, JOSHUA 1766-1858

  • Captain Joshua Foster
  • MM 1854, [masonicgenealogy.com/MediaWiki/index.php?title=StarBethlehem Star of Bethlehem]

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XVII, No. 7, May 1859, Page 223:

From the Boston Evening Gazette, April 3.

On Sunday last the remains of Captain Joshua Foster, of Chelsea, were buried at Woodlawn, with Masonic honors by the Star of Bethlehem Lodge, of which he was a member. He was the first of the Lodge that had died during a period of fifteen years, and as it was a special request of the deceased that his Brethren should attend his funeral as a Lodge, they turned out in regalia, eighty strong, and made the most impressive and interesting pageant that has ever been seen in the streets of that suburban city. Out-door displays of this kind are, as they should be, rare, but this was a special case, and the general compliance with the wishes of their departed associate, overcoming strong prejudices in many against display, was a beautiful testimonial in favor of their institution and evidence of that brotherly regard that loses not its hold even with the death of its object.

The day was bright and clear, and the Freemasons formed an escort for the solemn cortege that followed their Brother's remains to their last resting place at Woodlawn, walking the entire distance. They arrived just as the sun was sinking, and the tops of the trees were red with the fading light. Everything was delightfully tranquil. A robin on a distant tree was singing its evening hymn, that through the solemnity of the season seemed to take a more pensive tone No other sound broke the stillness. The open casket containing the body stood in the centre of the mourning group of personal friends and neighbors, and encircling these stood the fraternity. The beautiful ritual of the Order was read by the chaplain, and the responses were given by the Brethren, when they passed around the circle, singing a dirge, each depositing his sprig of acacia, as he took his last look upon the familiar face, and alter the prayer that the great Master raise their Brother in the celestial Lodge above, the procession took its way back among the walks of busy life again, better, it is hoped, for the momentary lesson of mortality they had received.

FOSTER, STETSON 1850-1934

From Proceedings, Page 1934-19:

Brother Foster was born in Bristol, Maine, July 25, 1850, and died in Hingham, January 16, 1934. While he was still a small boy the family moved to Ellsworth, where he was educated in the public schools. On leaving school he was apprenticed as a cabinet maker and upholsterer. In 1871 he went to Boston and found employment in the furniture business, and in 1877 he opened his own business in Boston. About ten years ago he gave up his business, but continued to care for old customers until his retirement from all business activity in 1932.

Brother Foster established his residence in Hingham in 1876, and was initiated in Old Colony Lodge in the latter part of that year. He was Master of the Lodge in 1881, 1883, 1884, and 1885. He was Distict Deputy Grand Master for the Twenty-fifth Masonic District in 1890 and 1891 by appointment of Most Worshipful Samuel Wells.

Brother Foster was always active and interested in the affairs of Old Colony Lodge and was exceedingly helpful in the building and financing of the new and beautiful Temple occupied by it.

He was one of the founders and a past president of the Furniture and Interior Decorators' Association of Boston, and a life member and past officer of the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanics Association.

He was a member of the First Parish Church of Hingham (Unitarian), widely known as the "Old Ship," and was for many years a Trustee and Parish Treasurer.

This brief record shows the character of the man. A sturdy representative of the best New England type, who loved God and served his fellow men, doing with his might what his hands found to do. It is hard to spare such men, even though, like Brother Foster, they pass full of years and honors.

FOWLE, WILLIAM P. 1822-1872

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXXI, No. 5, March 1872, Page 158:

It is with deep sorrow, rendered the more deep by a long and intimate personal friendship, that we record the death of this estimable brother — an event as un-looked for as it was sudden, and which has taken from us, and from a large circle of attached friends, a genial, social and respected companion. He died on Wednesday morning, Feb. 28, of an affection of the heart, hastened on' to its fatal termination by an attack of pleurisy, at a moment when his family and friends were rejoicing in the prospect of his immediate recovery. But a Higher Power had ordered it otherwise.

Our Brother was the senior partner in the firm of Fowle, Torrey & Co., and was extensively and favorably known in the business community of this city, as an honest and reliable merchant The house to which he was attached was the oldest and one of the most extensive carpet establishments among us, having been in existence more than a third of a century, occupying the same locality. He was a man of generous impulses, of great amiability of character, a courteous and obliging neighbor, upright in all his transactions and true in his friendships.

He was a member of Lafayette Lodge, Boston Highlands, and was buried at Forest Hills, from his residence in that section of the city, on Friday, March 1st, His funeral was attended by a large concourse of sympathizing friends, including a delegation from the Lodge of which he was a member. He leaves a widow and seven children, four of whom are quite young.

FOYE, GEORGE H. 1858-1913

From Proceedings, Page 1913-212:

W. BRO. GEORGE H. FOYE was born in Meddybemps, Me., June 3, 1858, and died at his home in Athol, June 21, 1913. He came to Athol with his parents in 1883 and became engaged with his father in the jewelry business, to which he succeeded on the death of his father in 1903.

Brother Foye was a model citizen, taking an active part in local movements, and was a cheerful and helpful worker in many ways. He served the town as its clerk for fourteen years, holding that office at the time of his death.

Brother Foye received the Masonic degrees in Solar Lodge, Bath, Me., in 1880, and affiliated with Star Lodge of Athol, Feb. 19, 1883. He served as its Worshipful Master in 1888 and 1889, and was District Deputy Grand Master of the Twelfth Masonic District in 1892 and 1893. He was also a member of Union Royal Arch Chapter and of Athol Commandery, K.T., being Eminent Commander of the latter in 1886 and 1887.

He was a member of and was actively identified with other social and business organizations in his adopted town.

FRENCH, GEORGE 1837-1920

From Proceedings, Page 1921-247:

R. W. GEORGE FRENCH was born in Holt, England, March, 1837, and died in North Adams, Mass., December 23, 1920. He was of a family long identified in the country of his birth with woolen manufactures. He came to America when seven years of age and located in Lee, where he was employed in a woolen mill. Several years later he went to North Pownal, Vt., and was employed in an important position in a mill in that town. While in Vermont he attended a writing school taught by the late President James A. Garfield who at that time was a student of Wiliiams College. September 8, 1865, he removed to North Adams and became Superintendent of a mill at Braytonville, Mass. He there organized a Sunday School which has continued to this present time. He was its Superintendent fourteen years. Subsequently he was engaged in the clothing business for three years. A little later he assumed the insurance business in which he was engaged at the time of his decease. Since 1881, he was the General Agent for Western Massachusetts of the Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company. At the time of his decease he was the oldest agent of that company in active service.

Bro. French received the Masonic degrees in Evening Star Lodge, of Lee, Mass., in 1859. Soon after taking the degrees he moved to Hamilton, N.Y., and on June 19, 1861, affiIiated with Hamilton Lodge No. 120. He was Master of Hamilton Lodge in 1864 and 1865; November 18, 1885, he dimitted from Hamilton Lodge and on January 12, 1886, joined Greylock Lodge, of North Adams, where he was a member until his decease Decemper 23, 1920. He was Chaplain of Greylock Lodge for thirty-four years, having been appointed for the thirty-fourth time three days before his decease.

R. W. Bro. French was District Deputy Grand Master for the Fourteenth Masonic District in 1887, 1888, and 1889. He was also a member of Saint Paul's Commandery, K. T., of North Adams, serving as Prelate nearly twenty years.

R. W. Bro. French led a very busy life in business and in civil and religious affairs. He was Selectman of the town of North Adams in 1877 and 1878; Warden in Ward of the City of North Adams twenty-five years, serving as such at the election in December, 1820, and was a qualifying officer of the Commonwealth. For more than fifty years Bro. French was prominent in the Congregational Church in North Adams, and for forty years held the office of Deacon in the church. In December, 1916, he was elected to an office in the church unusual in church organizations, namely Deacon Emeritus, a position he held until his decease. He was Secretary of the North Berkshire Conference of Congregational Churches for forty-two years.

Bro. French was called to his heavenly home when at labor. On the morning of Deeember 23rd, last, he was on his way to his office, when the call came; his spirit passed on; his mortal remains were prone upon the cold earth. Such Brethren are worthy of our words of commendation and gratitude and of our personal imitation.

FRENCH, JOSEPH F. 1817-1906

From Proceedings, Page 1906-153, in Grand Master's Address:

I desire to recall the name of one Brother, lately deceased, who rendered Freemasonry in this Jurisdiction long and faithful service. Wor. Bro. Joseph L. French, of Abington, died on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 1906, aged eighty-nine years. He was a Freemason forty-five years and during that time, until his late illness, attended every meeting, regular and special, of John Cutler Lodge, of which be was a past Master, with three exceptions. For nearly thirty years he has been a member of this Grand Lodge, an honor in which he had a great deal of pleasure and pride.

"Strange - is it not? that of the myriads who
Before us passed the door of Darkness through,
Not one returns to tell us of the road
Which to discover we must travel, too."

FRENCH, WILLIAM C. 1841-1913

From Proceedings, Page 1913-75:

I think this is a fitting occasion on which to speak of our Veteran Chief Engineer, William C. French, who was in our employ from 1899. He was born in Hinsdale, N. H., May 11, 1841, and died at his home in Boston, May 29, 1913. At the age of nineteen years he enlisted in the Fifth Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers, Col. Samuel C. Lawrence commanding, in response to the first call of President Lincoln. After the expiration of his military service he took an interest in the early development of electric lighting, and installed and operated the first generator used in this country for mercantile lighting of stores. He was engaged in this work until 1899 when he took charge of the electrical and steam plant in this building.

Brother French was an unusual man - a great student, a thorough Shakespearean scholar, a master of his profession, of kindly nature and good humor; he made friends of all who met him, and retained their friendship. We have met a serious loss in his death, but the remembrance of him is pleasant, and his good-natured fellowship is a memory that endures.

  • MM 1871, Perfect Ashler #604, New York, NY
  • Member of Revere

FROUNFELKER, CLARENCE LORRAINE 1894-1945

From Proceedings, Page 1945-266:

Brother Frounfelker was born in Binghamton, New York, on September 23, 1894, and died at his home in Watertown, Massachusetts, on September 4, 1945.

After attending the public schools in Scranton, Pennsylvania, he was graduated at the Lackawanna Business College of Scranton. In l9I2 he removed to Boston and entered the employ of Chamberlain & Co., wholesale dealers in meat, where he remained for about thirty years. During the past two years, he was employed by the MKM Knitting Mills of Manchester, New Hampshire.

He was raised in Pequossette Lodge of Watertown on May 25, 1918, and served as Master in 1929. He became a charter member of Victory Lodge on February 4, 1921, and dimitted on January 27, 1939.

He served as District Deputy Grand Master of the (Brighton) 5th Masonic District in 1935 and 1936, by appointment of Most Worshipful Claude L. Allen, Grand Master.

He was deeply interested in the Masonic Fraternity and gave liberally of his time and strength to the furtherance of its work and principles. No opportunity for service was neglected by him, and he leaves a large circle of friends who deeply mourn his passing.


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