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I cannot do better than quote the estimate of him given in a local newspaper - "His integrity and sincerity of purpose was never questioned. His home life was ideal, and his upright and Christian living an example for all to follow who cherish a good reputation. There wiil be a saddening vacancy in the clvic, business and fraternal circles where he moved that will daily accentuate the genuine sorow we who knew him best now feel as we prepare to say our last farewell to a great citizen and a true friend."
I cannot do better than quote the estimate of him given in a local newspaper - "His integrity and sincerity of purpose was never questioned. His home life was ideal, and his upright and Christian living an example for all to follow who cherish a good reputation. There wiil be a saddening vacancy in the clvic, business and fraternal circles where he moved that will daily accentuate the genuine sorow we who knew him best now feel as we prepare to say our last farewell to a great citizen and a true friend."
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== MELLON, RICHARD BRUCE 1946-2009 ==
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- 1 MacGREGOR, FRED DAVIS 1866-1938
- 2 MacKENZIE, JUDSON C. 1851-1930
- 3 MAGLATHLIN, EDWARD B. 1852-1916
- 4 MAHONEY, WILLIAM P. 1846-1906
- 5 MANN, CHARLES 1844-1905
- 6 MANN, CHARLES F. 1869-1941
- 7 MARBLE, ARTHUR D. 1853-1934
- 8 MARDEN, OSCAR A. 1852-1932
- 9 MARION, OTIS HUMPHREY 1847-1906
- 10 MARSDEN, GRAEME HOWARD 1944-
- 11 MARSH, GEORGE S. 1858-1932
- 12 MARSHALL, CYRUS ELBRIDGE 1842-1910
- 13 MARSTON, JONATHAN M. 1804-1857
- 14 MARTIN, ALBERT H. 1876-1921
- 15 MARTIN, DAVID LORENZO 1874-1945
- 16 MARTIN, EDWARD C. 1841-1912
- 17 MARTIN, JAMES A. 1837-1887
- 18 MASON, JOSEPH B. 1836-1905
- 19 MASON, THOMAS C. d. 1864
- 20 MASON, WALTER NEAL 1824-1884
- 21 MATHESON, MURDOCK 1828-1882
- 22 MATHEWSON, WILLIAM WATSON 1868-1947
- 23 MAWDSLEY, JONATHAN 1721-1795
- 24 MAXWELL, EDWIN 1836-1907
- 25 MAY, ERNEST 1879-1947
- 26 MAY, LUTHER 1792-1880
- 27 MAYNARD, ELISHA BURR 1842-1906
- 28 MAYO, T(HOMAS). FRANKLIN 1878-1919
- 29 McCLELLAN, JOHN 1813-1878
- 30 McDONALD, JOSEPH S. 1872-1940
- 31 McKAY, GEORGE 1804-1878
- 32 McMASTER, LAUREN LESLIE 1881-1943
- 33 MEEKINS, EDWARD MUNRO 1860-1926
- 34 MELLON, RICHARD BRUCE 1946-2009
- 35 MERRILL, JOHN F. 1849-1922
- 36 MERRILL, MORTON B. 1840-1918
- 37 MERRILL, W(ILLIAM). WALDO 1864-1907
- 38 MESSINGER, JAMES ALFRED 1837-1907
- 39 METCALF, JOEL HASTINGS 1866-1925
- 40 MICK, JOHN JAY 1902-1988
- 41 MIEUSSET, ERNEST 1844-1907
- 42 MILLER, CHARLES J. 1843-1910
- 43 MILLEY, ROY GEORGE 1911-1998
- 44 MOLDAUER, ARNOLD 1866-1907
- 45 MONTAGUE, DAVID THOMPSON 1864-1945
- 46 MONTGOMERY, CHARLES SMITH 1834-1908
- 47 MONTGOMERY, JABEZ KIRKPATRICK 1829-1907
- 48 MOOAR, JAMES FARRINGTON 1842-1907
- 49 MOODY, EDWARD D. 1852-1907
- 50 MOORE, MARCUS 1824-1864
- 51 MOORHOUSE, ALFRED HAMPDEN 1879-1953
- 52 MORRILL, CHARLES 1818-1884
- 53 MORRILL, CHARLES P. 1839-1913
- 54 MORROW, ANDREW C. 1872-1934
- 55 MORSE, HENRY GRAFTON 1830-1879
- 56 MORSE, HERBERT F. 1842-1912
- 57 MORSE, JACOB CHARLES 1860-1937
- 58 MORSE, LYMAN 1837-1891
- 59 MORTON, ALBERT C. 1834-1899
- 60 MOTT, EDWARD d. 1906
- 61 MOWER, EBENEZER 1761-1861
- 62 MUDGE, FRANK HERBERT 1859-1922
- 63 MUNROE, GEORGE H. 1852-1912
- 64 MUNROE, JOHN D. 1854-1910
- 65 MURRAY, OWEN B. 1878-1939
MacGREGOR, FRED DAVIS 1866-1938
FROM PROCEEDINGS, 1938
From Proceedings, Page 1938-151:
Right Worshipful Brother McGregor was born in Londonderry, New Hampshire, August 24, 1866, and died in Haverhill June 4, 1938.
Brother McGregor was educated in the Londonderry schools, Pinkerton Academy at Derry, and the Bryant and Stratton Business School at Manchester. He went to Haverhill in 1883 to seek employment, and found it in the shoe store of Bennett & Co. From this small beginning he rose to become recognized as Haverhill's first citizen. At the time of his death he was Treasurer of the Bennett & Co. Shoe Store, President of the Haverhill Savings Bank, President of the Haverhill Morris Plan Co., a Director of the Citizen's Co-operative Bank, and a Director of the Haverhill National Bank.
He served the city as a member of the Common Council, a member of the School Board, and as Mayor for two terms. Brother McGregor's interests were wide and varied. He was a leading member of the Universalist Church, which he served as Moderator for many years. There was hardly any movement - philanthropic, civic, or social, in the city which did not benefit by his sympathy and active participation.
He became a member of Saggahew Lodge in 1894, and was its Master in 1901 and 1902, and was District Deputy Grand Master for the Tenth Masonic District in 1911 and 1912, by appointment by Most Worshipful Dana J. Flanders. He was a Past High Priest of Pentucket Royal Arch Chapter, a Past Illustrious Master of Haverhill Council, Royal and Select Masters, a Past Commander of Haverhill Commandery, Knights Templar, a Past Thrice Potent Master of Merrimack Valley Lodge of Perfection, a Charter member of Merrimack Valley Council, Princes of Jerusalem, and a member of Mount Olivet Chapter of Rose Croix and Massachusetts Consistory. He was coronetted an Honorary Member of the Supreme Council, 33rd Degree, in 1912.
I cannot do better than quote the estimate of him given in a local newspaper - "His integrity and sincerity of purpose was never questioned. His home life was ideal, and his upright and Christian living an example for all to follow who cherish a good reputation. There wiil be a saddening vacancy in the clvic, business and fraternal circles where he moved that will daily accentuate the genuine sorow we who knew him best now feel as we prepare to say our last farewell to a great citizen and a true friend."
FROM COUNCIL OF DELIBERATION, 1939
From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1939, Page 47:
Fred Davis McGregor passed away June 4, 1938, at the Benson Hospital, Haverhill, Massachusetts, after a short illness. Funeral services were held at the First Universalist Church, Haverhill, on Tuesday, June 7.
Ill. Bro. McGregor was born in Londonderry, New Hampshire, September 24, 1866, the son of George F. and Rhoda A. (Barker) McGregor. He attended the district school in that town, and later Pinkerton Academy at Derry, and the Bryant & Stratton Business School at Manchester.
At the age of sixteen, he came to Haverhill, Massachusetts, where he entered the employ of Bennett & Co., Shoe Dealers, and was connected with that business all the rest of his life. In his later years, he gave up his active duties in the store in favor of his son, Bennett McGregor, but remained Treasurer of the Company.
He was active in all the civic affairs of the city. He served on the Common Council, was a member of the School Board for twelve years, and was Fuel Administrator during the World War. In 1924 he was elected Mayor of Haverhill, and served with such success that ho was re-elected in 1926 without any opposition.
He was a member of the First Universalist Church of Haverhill, where he served as moderator for many years. He was president of the Court if Honor Boy Scouts of America, a member of the Whittier Club, Pentucket Club, and a past president of the Boys Club.
As the city’s most conspicuous banker, he was president of the Haverhill Savings Bank, president of the Haverhill Morris Plan Bank, a director of the Haverhill National Bank, and a director of the Citizens' Cooperative Bank.
He was raised a Master Mason in Saggahew Lodge, A. F. & A. M., June 19, 1894, was Master of that lodge 1901-1902, and was District Deputy Grand Master in 1910 and 1911. He became a Royal Arch Mason in Pentucket Chapter in 1894, was High Priest 1899-1900, and District Deputy Grand High Priest in 1906. He was greeted in Haverhill Council R & S. M., May 26, 1898, and was Illustrious Master in 1906 and 1907. He was knighted in Haverhill Commandery, No. 14, K. T., May 14, 1901, and served as its Eminent Commander 1911-1912.
He became a member of Merrimack Valley Lodge of Perfection April 27, 1903, and served as its Thrice Potent Master 1908-1909. He was a member of Giles F. Yates Council, Princes of Jerusalem, demitting to become a charter member of Merrimack Valley Council, Princes of Jerusalem, on March 29, 1928. He was a member of Mt. Olivet Chapter Rose Croix, and Massachusetts Consistory, A. A. S. R., Boston; also, a member of Aleppo Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S., Boston. He was coronetted an Honorary Member of Sovereign Grand Inspectors General, 33°, at Boston, October 1, 1912.
To quote from an editorial in the Haverhill Gazette:
"Personality, character, and records of public service and private activity for the good of the community made Fred Davis McGregor Haverhill’s first citizen.
“He presented, in all relations with his fellow men, a friendliness of manner and a serenity of temperament that identified his innate kindliness and sincerity and that made all with whom he came in contact feel that here was a true friend.
“He personified the old-fashioned virtues of thrift and industry and honesty. The application of them by his talent and his personality earned for him notable public and private success, recognition as Haverhill's first citizen. But the men and women of Haverhill, who knew him well - and their number is large — will remember him also for another distinction, than that of their first citizen; they will remember him as a true and beloved friend.”
Of such as lie was
There be few on earth;
Of such as he is
There are many in heaven;
And life is all the sweeter
That he lived;
And all he loved
More sacred for his sake;
And death is all the brighter
That ho died;
nd heaven is a; And heaven is all the happier
That he’s there.” </bloclquote>
Charles A. Bodwell, 32°,
Raymond W. Crombie, 32°
Leslie J. Wood, 16°
MacKENZIE, JUDSON C. 1851-1930
From Proceedings, Page 1930-278:
R.W. Bro. MacKenzie was born in Fall River June 3, 1851 and died in Fall River April 26, 1930. Bro. MacKenzie was educated in the Fall River schools and on graduation entered the employ of a shoe store. After a few years he left that line of work for the hay and grain business, in which he remained for the rest of his life.
He was entered in King Philip Lodge May 5, 1874, passed November 10, 1874, and raised December 22, 1874. He served his Lodge as Master in 1882 antl 1883. He served as District Deputy Grand Master for the then Twenty-sixth Masonic District in 1899 by appointment of M. W. Charles C. Hutchinson. Bro. MacKenzie's interest in Masonry was deep and wide leading him to the thirty-third degree and Honorary Membership in the Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite.
During the later years of his life he suffered much from ill health, and lived in close retirement in his home. He was a man of very genial and hearty character and made a host of friends.
MAGLATHLIN, EDWARD B. 1852-1916
From Proceedings, Page 1916-573:
R.W. Edward B. Magathlin was born in Duxbury, Mass., May 15, 1852 and died at his home in West Bridgewater, November 23, 1916.
After completing a public school education, he entered Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and graduated in 1876. After a journey in Europe, he was elected principal of Partridge Academy, of Duxbury, remaining there five years. June 1, 1881, he was ordained to the Christian ministry, and was installed as pastor of the Unitarian Church at Harvard, Mass. In 1887 he accepted a call to the Unitarian Church at Westford, and in 1893 he was chosen as pastor of the First Parish in West Bridgewater.
R.W. Brother Maglathlin led a very busy life - preaching, teaching, and working in various religious and historical societies. He was a life member of the American Unitarian Association and of the Bridgewater Historical Society, of which he was Secretary ten years. He was Vice President of the Plymouth and Bay Conference; treasurer and past Master of West Bridgewater Grange; president of the Board of Trustees of the Howard Seminary, and chairman of the Public Library Trustees in West Bridgewater.
Of pleasing address, yet retiring disposition, he was earnest and devoted in whatever he undertook. Every duty received his best effort. This is eminently true of Masonry, to which he devoted his time and strength whenever and wherever desired. He received the Masonic degrees in Corner-Stone Lodge of Duxbuty in 1878; dimitted in 1892; and was elected an Honorary Member of that Lodge in 1903. He joined Paul Dean Lodge, of North Easton, in 1894, and served as its Worshipful Master in 1903 and 1904. He was District Deputy Grand Master of District Twenty-nine in 1911 and 1912. A faithful, devoted, earnest Brother has passed on to the reward of a humble Christian life.
MAHONEY, WILLIAM P. 1846-1906
- MM 1871, St. John's (Newburyport)
Note: he took his first two degrees as King Hiram Lodge on Prince Edward Island.
From New England Craftsman, Vol. I, No. 7, April 1906, Page 235:
Brother Wm. P. Mahoney, aged sixty-two, died suddenly at his home in Newburyport, Mass., March 10. He was superintendent of the Bailey Hat Company of that city for ten years. Subsequently he was identified with the hat industry in Canada. He was a member of St. John's Lodge, King Cyrus Chapter and Newbury port Commanderv. K. T., and a thirty-second degree Mason. He leaves his wife.
MANN, CHARLES 1844-1905
- MM 1872, Columbian
From New England Craftsman, Vol. I, No. 2, November 1905, Page 68:
Brother Charles Mann died suddenly October 16, having been accidently struck on the head by a golf stick, the shock causing apoplexy. He was president of the Darrow-Mann Coal Co. Brother Mann was a member of Columbian Lodge, St. Andrew's Chapter, and Boston Commandery. He was widely known and extremly popular in social circles.
MANN, CHARLES F. 1869-1941
From Proceedings, Page 1941-194:
Brother Mann was born in East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, on April 12, !869, and died at Brockton on June 9, 1941.
After graduation at the East Bridgewater High School, and later at ihe Bryant and Stratton Commercial School, he entered the employ of ihe Carver Cotton Gin Co. of East Bridgewater as paymaster. In 1893 he was elected Treasurer of the East Bridgewater Savings Bank and continued in that position until his death. He was also an officer of the A. R. Parker Company and took an active part in the management of that Company.
Always interested in civic affairs, our Brother had served as Town Treasurer and on many of the town committees. Brother Mann was raised in Satucket Lodge Nov. 18, 1890 and seryed as Master in 1897 and 1898. Because of his outstanding work in that office, Most Worshipful Charles T. Gallagher, Grand Master, appointed him District Deputy Grand Master of the 24th Masonic District in 1900 and 1901, which office he filled with much credit to himself and the Fraternity.
He received the degrees in all of the York and Scottish Rite Bodies as follows: exalted in Harmony Royal Arch Chapter April 12, 1895, serving as High Priest in 1902 and as District Deputy Grand High Priest of the Seventh Capitular District in 1916 and 1917; greeted in Brockton Council, R. & S. M., December 17, 1903; knighted in Old Colony Commaldery, No. 15, K. T., August 12, 1895, of which body he was Eminent Commander in 1912-1914; received the degrees in the Scottish Rite Bodies in Boston in 1917 and had been District Representative of the Massachusetts Consistory for many years.
Funeral services were held at his late home on June 12, 1941, with committal at the Central Cemetery, East Bridgewater, by Satucket Lodge.
Brother Mann's place in civic and fraternal circles will be difficult to fiIl. His outstanding ability, combined with his inherent friendliness and courtesy, make his loss keenly felt by all privileged to know him.
MARBLE, ARTHUR D. 1853-1934
From Proceedings, Page 1934-79:
Right Worshipful Brother Marble was born in Hingham, April 10, 1853, and died there April 30, 1934.
He was of Mayflower ancestry and a descendant of one of the first settlers in Hingham, On his graduation from Derby Academy, where he was the class valedictorian, he entered the employ of S. L. Minot, a prominent Boston civil engineer. Three years later he moved to Lawrence to take a position as assistant to the City Engineer. A year later he was elected City Engineer of Lawrence and held that office forty-five years. On his retirement he returned to Hingham, where he spent the remainder of his life. His departure from Lawrence was marked by a testimonial dinner rendered him by a notable array of representative citizens of Lawrence in recognition of his distinguished service and outstanding private character.
He had strong literary tastes and was a frequent writer on local historical and biographical themes. He was a Trustee of the Lawrence Public Library and, later, of the Hingham Public Library, serving for a time as its Librarian. He was a member of the Hingham Historical Society and of the Lawrence Natural History Society.
His hobby was flowers. He studied them with loving care. Having marked artistic ability, he made an extensive and valuable collection of water-color illustrations of flowers, one of the finest known. This collection he bequeathed to the Boston Public Library.
Brother Marble took his Masonic degrees in Grecian Lodge in 1892 and was its Master in 1901 and 1902. He served as District Deputy Grand Master for the Eleventh Masonic District in 1912 and 1913, by appointment by M.W. Everett C. Benton.
He was a member of Mt. Sinai Royal Arch Chapter and of Bethany Commandery of Knights Templar. His was a very beautiful and useful life. The scientific and administrative tasks of his active life were diversified by his literary pursuits and lightened by his love of beauty, as shown in the study ofhis beloved flowers and his affectionate devotion in fixing their loveliness in beautiful paintings. The world needs such men and has all too few of them. The years of his life were many; but from the standpoint of loving and mourning friends they were all too few.
MARDEN, OSCAR A. 1852-1932
From Proceedings, Page 1932-147:
Brother Marden was born in Palermo, Maine, August 20, 1852, and died at his summer home in Stoughton August 27, 1932. He was educated at Westbrook Seminary and Boston University, from which he received the degree of Bachelor of Laws in 1876. He began the practice of law in Boston and soon after opened an office in Stoughton, dividing his activities between the two places. He was appointed a trial justice of Norfolk County and later, in 1891, he was appointed judge of the District Court of Southern Norfolk. He held this position up to the time of his death.
Brother Marden took his degrees in Rising Star Lodge in 1895. He was Master in 1904 and 1905, and served as District Deputy Grand Master for the Twenty-second Masonic District in 1907 and 1908 by appointment of M. W. John Albert Blake.
R. W. Brother Marden retained an active interest in Masonry so long as his health permitted. He was a familiar figure in the Board of Masonic Relief, where he long represented his Lodge.
R. W. Brother Marden was a faithful and conscientious lawyer and judge, a useful and public-spirited citizen, and kindly as well as just in all his personal relations. Such men as he are ornaments to our Craft and we are all poorer when one of them goes to his reward.
MARION, OTIS HUMPHREY 1847-1906
From New England Craftsman, Vol. II, No. 4, January 1907, Page 154:’’
Brother Otis H. Marion died at his home in Allston, Mass., November 27th at the age of 59 years.
Dr. Marion was graduated at Kimball Union Academy in 1869, Dartmouth in 1873, Harvard medical department in 1876. He was house surgeon at the Boston City Hospital in 1876 and 1877. The winter of 1878 he spent abroad in study, and after his return he settled in Allston, where he has since been in active practice. He was also consulting physician to the Woman's Charity Club Hospital, surgeon list regiment M. V. M., and also member of board of medical officers for the M. V. M., which positions lie has held for many years.
He was a member of the S. A. R , taking his membership by direct lineage through Gen. Marion on his father's side, and Col. William Prescott on his mother's side. He also was a member of the University Club, Dartmouth Club, Harvard Alumni Association, United States Association of Military Surgeons, Massachusetts Emergency land Hygiene Association, Boston City Hospital Club.
He was past master of Bethesda Lodge, Brighton, and a member of Boston Commandery, K. T.
MARSDEN, GRAEME HOWARD 1944-
From TROWEL, Summer 2007, Page 20:
By R. W. Stephen C. Cohn.
When it comes to web sites, many Masonic lodges and organizations have them. They're almost a necessity in today's active and busy world. But most require an interested reader to actively seek out the sites in order to glean the information they offer. Some email electronic newsletters to their members and subscribers, which simplifies the process since the information is fed to the recipient and all he has to do is open the message.
One of the most successful newsletters — emailed to more than 900 Masons throughout the world — is created by Wor. Graeme H. Marsden. His is no two or four page newsletter, but a 20-plus page magazine sent out electronically every week!
Bro. Marsden came to this country in 1976 from the United Kingdom, and still speaks with a markedly British accent. He was raised in Wollaston Lodge in 1993, served as Master in 1998-2000, and then became lodge Secretary until Wollaston Lodge merged into Quincy's Rural Lodge in 2004.
Wor. Bro. Marsden started his recent venture with a simple website. Finding that relatively few people accessed the site prompted him to start delivering his newsletter to everyone's mailbox. Based on the number of responses he receives every week, he feels that more people are reading it now.
So how does a busy corporate executive find time to compile such an extensive mailing? He says creating his newsletter is a form of relaxation. He loves reading non-fiction and admits that he even reads encyclopedias just for fun! Brother Marsden spends many hours at home searching the Internet for Masonic facts and trivia. He's always finding interesting information, and more and more becomes available every day. He has enough material to last many months while maintaining the same output level, even surprising himself at the volume of information he continually puts out every week.
He compares writing a newsletter of this magnitude to writing school reports every week. Once you get started, it's relatively easy to continue, especially if you know your subject.
As prolific as the Internet has become in disseminating Masonic information, Bro. Marsden says he is disappointed that more Masons are not Internet-savvy, especially the older ones. "They're missing out on so much valuable information." His weekly newsletter is a very inexpensive way to reach out to as many readers as possible at almost zero cost.
In 2006 Bro. Marsden became Masonic Ambassador for his 8th Masonic District. He feels that the various initiatives promoted by the Grand Master have Masonry on a roll in Massachusetts. But he sees too many pockets of inactivity across the country. "We're very fortunate that our Grand Master has really helped grow the fraternity here."
A bit disappointed that there aren't even more young men joining the fraternity, he feels Freemasonry is highly relevant to today's twenty-something men. Many have joined his lodge and have become active, wanting to help give back to their community. This is not just rhetoric; he says he is seeing a surge in activity in his and other districts.
Rural Lodge runs two open houses every year; the first one is held in the fall on the Grand Master's annual Square and Compasses Day (on October 13th this year). The other is held in the spring and is publicized in the local newspapers. Both, he says, are very successful.
Wor. Bro. Marsden also assisted with the recent "Cradles to Crayons" charity drive. This was a two-week project operated by new Masons wanting to make a difference. He says it was their idea and they ran with it, with the blessings of all concerned. Once again, his lodge is becoming youth oriented and many other young men have expressed interest in his lodge as a result.
Rural Lodge holds a number of meetings that are open to the public. One recent meeting on The DaVinci Code was attended by more than 100 people. He appears regularly on Quincy's local access cable television channel to promote Masonry and events within his district. He is also planning for this year's installation of officers, to be televised live on QATV and repeated throughout the month as a way of spurring interest in the fraternity.
Brother Marsden's involvement in Masonry is an extension of his corporate job as the communications manager of a large South Boston based manufacturer. Since his job involves standing in front of large groups on a daily basis, talking and training, he is well at ease in a lodge environment speaking in front of Masonic groups.
As if he didn't have enough to occupy his time, Bro. Marsden also doubles as an 18th Century reenactor. He is on the Lexington Green and the Minuteman National Historic Park every year for the Patriot's Day reenactment. As a member of the Guild of Historic Interpreters, he is directing a new reenactment of a 1773 Magistrates' Court, which includes miscreants and court officials.
With a group of like-minded 18th Century reenactors who are all Masons, he founded the Sons of Harmony. The group meets regularly (attired in period clothing) at an 18th Century inn that is now the home of one of its members. A Masonic lodge regularly met there in its ballroom in the 1700s. The Sons of Harmony are occasionally seen as a colorful addition to lodges when a reenactor is being raised.
One of his period portrayals is that of an 18th Century surgeon—replete with the grisly tools of the trade. Brother Marsden gives his talk at historical societies and Lodges of Instruction. He also addresses public and Masonic groups on "The DaVinci Code, the Knights Templar and Freemasonry" and on "Brother Rudyard Kipling."
He takes his reenactment skits quite seriously, and one of his main thrusts is to assemble a colorful Masonic program for Lodges of Instruction based on what lodges were like in the 18th Century. His actions will add a bit of color to Masonic meetings.
While Brother Marsden is approaching retirement, he plans on working as long as he can. He says his wife is very tolerant of his activities, but feels he "may be pushing the envelope" since "we're not getting any younger!"
He sees himself continuing to make the public aware of what Masonry stands for, and loves seeing his labors bear fruit. As an Ambassador he says there's always something more to be done. "It's a great time to be a Mason!" Marsden says, and as a result of his efforts, Wor. Graeme H. Marsden is another example of how one lives Freemasonry.
MARSH, GEORGE S. 1858-1932
From Proceedings, Page 1932-205:
Brother Marsh was born in Hingham, February 18, 1858, and died there November 8, 1932.
Brother Marsh was educated in the Hingham public schools and began his active life as an optician. He was later Treasurer of the Hingham Co-operative Bank and one of the Trustees of the Hingham Institution for Savings. He was a leader in the civic affairs of his community, serving as Postmaster, Selectman, Assessor, and for three years Representative in the State Legislature.
Brother Marsh became a member of Old Colony Lodge in 1882 and was its Master in 1893. He was later its Secretary for a considerable number of years. He was District Deputy Grand Master for the Twenty-fifth Masonic District in 1902 and 1903, by appointment of Most Worshipful Charles T. Gallagher and Most Worshipful Baalis Sanford.
Brother Marsh showed in Masonry those same qualities of dependable leadership which made him so prominent in his community. He was always one to whom his Brethren could look with confidence, and their trust was never found to be misplaced. He will be much missed, and is deeply mourned.
MARSHALL, CYRUS ELBRIDGE 1842-1910
- MM 1871, Bethesda (Brighton)
From New England Craftsman, Vol. V, No. 6, March 1910, Page 216:
Brother Cyrus E. Marshall, one of the leading residents of Brighton, Mass., died, February 24th. Mr. Marshall was a native of Newbury, N. H. He attended the schools there and in Henniker, later going to Colby academy in New London. Following his graduation he taught school in Henniker for a while.
Prior to the civil war Mr. Marshall was employed by the American Express Company. He served in the war as a member of Co. E. 5th Mass. Infantry, later returning to Boston to enter the provision business with Mr. Fiske. Mr. Marshall retired in 1903.
Mr. Marshall was a member of Bethesda Lodge, A. F. and A. M., of Brighton and was its treasurer for 28 years. Me was a member of St. Paul's Chapter and a charter member of Francis Washburn Post 92, G. A. R., Brighton,
MARSTON, JONATHAN M. 1804-1857
- MM 1847, Pentucket
- Charter Member of Ancient York Lodge
From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XVI, No. 6, March 185, Page 189:
John M. Marston, a well known and respected citizen of Lowell, died last night at his residence in that city, after a brief illness, from pleurisy and fever. Capt. Marston had a noble heart and generous disposition, and during a long residence in Lowell, by many and oft repeated unostentatious acts of kindness and friendship to the poor and needy, won the esteem of a host of his fellow-citizens, by whom, his sudden decease will be lamented. He was about fifty-three years of age, and leaves a family of five children to mourn the loss of an affectionate and indulgent parent.
MARTIN, ALBERT H. 1876-1921
From Proceedings, Page 1921-43:
R.W. AIBERT H. MARTIN was born in Foxboro, Mass., September 29, 1876, and died in Franklin, Mass., January 30, 1921. He was at his office on Saturday, January 29, but passed away suddenly on the next day. He attended the public schools in his native town, and after graduating from thd High Schoot in the class of 1894 he entered the Law School of Boston University, compieting a three years course in two years. In 1898 he returned to Franklin, where his parents had previously settled, and entered the law office of ex-Judge George W. Wiggin. He was soon admitted to the Massachusetts bar, opened a law office in Franklin, and had a very successful practice.
Following the death of the tax collector of Franklin in 1910, Bro. Martin was elected. to succeed him, and a year later, upon the death of the town treasurer, Bro. Martin was chosen to act as town treasurer. Bro. Martin was elected annually to both of these positions and held them both at the time of his decease. Hil ability as a title examiner and conveyancer was recognized and in that branch of the legal profession his services were constantly sought.
Bro. Martin was a Trustee of the Benjamin Franklin Savings Bank, a member of the Ray Memorial Association of the First Baptist Church, of the Norfolk County Bar Association, and auditor of the Young Men's Christian Association in Franklin.
Bro. Martin received the Masonic degrees in Excelsior Lodge A.F. & A.M., of Franklin; was Worshipful Master in 1900 and 1901, and was Distriet Deputy Grand Master for the Twenty-second Masonic District in 1918 and 1919. He was also a member and Past High Priest of Miller Royal Arch Chapter and a member of Milford Commandery, K.T. He was a very zealous Mason, very active in the work of the Lodge and deeply interested in all matters eoncerning the welfare of Freemasonry.
The funeral services, held in the Baptist Church, wer€ in charge of Excelsior Lodge. Rev. Mr. Johnson, the eulogist, characterized Bro. Martin's "life as possessing in a marked degree, character, integrity, ability, and service, standing 'four square', and fully meeting every test to which he was subjected, affirming that such a life could not fail to leave an impress upon the community." The town of Franklin will miss his efficient and tireless labor. His wife and three sons survive him, also his mother and a brother, who have the fraternal sympathy of all those who knew the worth and influence of Bro. Martin's life.
MARTIN, DAVID LORENZO 1874-1945
From Proceedings, Page 1945-426:
Brother Martin was born in Wesley, Pennsylvania, on June 7, 1874, and died at his home in Dorchester, Massachusetts; on December 6, 1945.
After graduation from Grove City College, Pennsylvania, he attended Boston University School of Theology and was ordained into the ministry in 1891. In 1909 he was graduated from the Boston University School of Medicine and served his church as a minister and the public as a physician until his death. During World War I he served in the Army Medical Corps, and later at a rehabilitation hospital in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, retiring with the rank of Major. Since 1935, he has served as Pastor of the First Church in Squantum, Congregational.
He was raised in Lafayette Lodge of Roxbury on January 14, 1907, and long served as Chaplain. He affiliated with St. John's Lodge of Boston on January 3, 1921, dimitting on December 1, 1924. He affiliated with Rabboni Lodge of Dorchester on February 18, 1932, and served as Master in 1941. He was Chaplain of Rabboni Lodge at the time of his death.
He was exalted in Mount Vernon Chapter, R.A.M., on April 1, 1920, and continued his membership until his passing. He was a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies of Boston, receiving the degrees in April of 1939.
He served as District Deputy Grand Master for the Fourth (Dorchester) Masonic District in 1943 and 1944 by appointment of Most Worshipful Albert A. Schaefer and Most Worshipful Arthur W. Coolidge. A few weeks prior to his death, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal by Most Worshipful Samuel H. Wragg.
Brother Martin was one of those men whose personality and love of service endeared him to all with whom he labored. His death is a distinct shock to his many friends because of his recent seeming improvement in health.
"Thy day has come, not gone;
Thy sun has risen, not set:
Thy life is now beyond
The reach of death or change,
Not ended, but begun.
O noble soul, O gentle heart,
Hail and Farewell!"
MARTIN, EDWARD C. 1841-1912
From Proceedings, Page 1912-96:
R. W, EDWARD C. MARTIN was born in Baden, Germany, April 14, 1841, and died in Attleboro, Mass., June 2, 1912. He came to America with his parents in 1843. They located in New York. In 1846 the family came to North Attleboro, where Brother Martin learned the jewelry trade; and afterward. for a number of years lived in Providence, R. I. In 1909, age and eyesight compelled him to give up his daily toil. Subsequently he took charge of the Masonic Apartments and devoted his time to the interests of the Fraternity in his adopted town.
In 1861 he enlisted in the First Rhode Island Detached Militia. The day following President Lincoln's proclamation Brother Martin enlisted for three months. His regiment was one of the earliest to reach the Capitol. He was discharged Aug. 11, 1861, and for several months was engaged in the recruiting service. He re-enlisted in the First Rhode Island Cavalry, which was assigned to the Army of the Potomac, and by faithful service he rose to the rank of Second Lieutenant. He was actively engaged in the battles in Virginia until taken prisoner at Middleburg and was confined in Libby Prison. After his exchange he returned to his regiment; followed Sheridan in the Valley Campaign until the close of the war. He early became a member of Prescott Post, G.A.R., of Providence, and was a charter member of William A. Streeter Post, G.S.R., of Attleboro, of which he was a commander.
Brother Martin received the Masonic degrees in St. John's Lodge, No. 1, of Providence, R. I., in 1866. He demitted and joined Ezekiel Bates Lodge, of Attleboro, Jan. 9, 1884. In the latter, after filling the position of Junior and Senior Warden, he served as Wor. Master from November, 1886, to November, 1888. He served as District Deputy Grand Master of the Twenty-third Masonic District in 1907 and 1908. During his active Masonic career he also held the positions of High Priest of King Hiram Chapter, Thrice Illustrious Master of Attleboro Council, R. & S.M., and Eminent Commander of Bristol Commandery, K.T., No. 29. In all these offices he was efficient, faithful, and zealous. Brother Martin is a notable example of the courage and loyalty of our foreign-born citizens.
He was Senior Warden of All Saints Church, in which funeral services were held June 5 in the presence of a very large congregation of mourners and friends of the deceased; a eulogy being pronounced by Rev. Bro. R. J. Mooney, Rector. Masonic services were held at the grave by Ezekiel Bates Lodge, all the Masonic bodies being officially represented, the William A. Streeter Post, G.A.R., acting as escort.
Thus closed the earthly career of a Brother, respected by his fellow citizens, beloved by the Fraternity, honored by neighbors and friends. He was faithful to his obligations and loyal to his adopted home, and leaves a memory fragrant with Christian living and Christian work.
MARTIN, JAMES A. 1837-1887
- MM 1870, WM 1875, Mount Olivet
From Liberal Freemason, Vol. X, No. 11, February 1887, Page 338:
The sudden death of this earnest Craftsman on a railroad train between Springfield and New York, March 12th, comes like a shock to his family and friends. He was a member of Lodge, Chapter, Council and Commandery, was a Past Master of one of the Cambridge Lodges, and Past High Priest of the Chapter there. He was a life member of Boston Lodge of Perfection.
MASON, JOSEPH B. 1836-1905
- MM 1866, WM 1875, 1876, Revere
- Grand Pursuivant 1886
- Junior Grand Deacon 1887-1889
From New England Craftsman, Vol. I, No. 2, November 1905, Page 68:
Brother Joseph B. Mason died in Brighton, Mass , October 14. He was a Past Master of Revere Lodge, member of St. Andrew's R. A. Chapter, Boston Lafayette Lodge of Perfection, Past Em. Commander of De Molay Commandery K. T., member of the Grand Commandery of Mass. and R. I., one of the founders of the Muss. Union of Knights Templars Commanders, also an honorary member of St. Paul Lodge of Ayer, Mass.
He has been a faithful worker in all the positions he has occupied.
MASON, THOMAS C. d. 1864
- MM 1861, John Hancock
From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXIII, No. 8, June 1864, Page 256:
We regret to learn that Br. Thomas C. Mason, a member of John Hancock Lodge, at Lawrence, in this State, was killed in one of the recent battles in Virginia. He was a Corporal in Company B., Mass. Heavy Artillery.
MASON, WALTER NEAL 1824-1884
- MM 1865, Meridian
From Liberal Freemason, Vol. VIII, No. 6, September 1884, Page 186:
Walter N. Mason was born in Tamworth, N. H., October 24th, 1824, and received an academical education at Andover Mass. For a few years he lived in Lowell, but removed to Natick, where he founded his home, and lived among his neighbors, beloved and respected.
He was admitted to the Bar in 1862, at once associated with the best lawyers, and established a leading practice in the interests of clients whose confidence he fully received. It was a marked feature in his character to sympathize with those in misfortune, and this secured for him corresponding regard from all classes of citizens. As a lawyer he was one of the busiest of men and his offices in Natick and in Boston were thronged by clients seeking his advice. In politics he was a Democrat, but such was the personal regard for him that in a largely Republican district, he was triumphantly elected a State Senator in 1874 and again, though against his will, in 1882 and 1883.
His was so busy a life, that he never took a holiday, and it is more than probable that his capacity to withstand disease was lessened because of this overwork, resulting in his death from pneumonia, July 6th, 1884. He has for years taken a lively interest in Freemasonry, and has been a ready supporter of the craft. Meridian Lodge, Parker R. A. Chapter and Natick Commandery of Knights Templars will miss a most deserving and cherished member. Boston Lodge of Perfection and Massachusetts Consistory in the A. and A. S. Rite must also sorrow for his going, ami it may be safely asserted that the several other societies he patronized will mourn for one who is no longer with them.
The funeral ceremonies were on July 9th, under the conduct of Meridian Lodge F. and A. M. escorted Natick Commandery K. T. and accompanied by a number of the organizations of which he was a member.
The line of procession was from Central through Pond and Front Streets to the cemetery, when the Masonic rites were performed by Meridian Lodge.
MATHESON, MURDOCK 1828-1882
- MM 1863, Hammatt
From Liberal Freemason, Vol. VI, No. 6, September 1882, Page 190:
Capt. Murdock Matheson died at his home, 36 Upton St., Boston, on Thursday night, August 3d. He was a native of Cape Breton, where he was born in 1828, being 54 years old at the time of his death. Coming to Boston early in life, he did a successful business as clothier on Fleet St. He was for several years Captain of the Boston Light Dragoons: also was a member of the Old Guard of Massachusetts. A Democrat in politics, he served in the City Council from Ward 2, in 1866 and 1867, and in the House of Representatives from the Second Suffolk District in 1868 and 1869.
After retiring from membership of the lower branch of the Legislature, he was urgently desired as candidate for the Senate, to which there was prospect of his election, but he declined. The deceased was a member of Hammatt Lodge, A. F. and A. M., St. John's R. A. Chapter, and at the time of his death was Eminent Commander of William Parkman Commandery Knights Templars of East Boston, He was also Secretary and member of the Board of Trustees of the Columbus Avenue Presbyterian Church. Faithful in every position, he commanded the highest esteem of those who knew him. The deceased was unmarried. His funeral occurred on Monday afternoon, August 7th, at 2 o'clock, from his late residence, and was under the auspices of William Parkman Commandery.
MATHEWSON, WILLIAM WATSON 1868-1947
From Proceedings, Page 1947-368:
Brother Mathewson was born in Troy, New York, on November 10, 1868, and died at his home in Millers Falls, Massachusetts, on October 29, 1947.
He attended the public schools of Troy and then learned the trade of a molder. In the year 1900, he removed to Millers Falls and entered the employ of the Millers Falls Company with whom he remained until his retirement in 1939.
He was raised in Bay State Lodge on February 10, 1902, and served as Worshipful Master in the years 1907 and 1908. He served as District Deputy Grand Master of the Fourteenth Masonic District in 1919 and 1920, by appointment of Most Worshipful Grand Masters Leon M. Abbott and Arthur D. Prince.
His activity in the York and Scottish Rites is shown by the following offices held by him:
- High Priest, Franklin Royal Arch Chapter
- Illustrious Master, Titus Strong Council, R. & S.M.
- Eminent Commander, Connecticut Valley Commandery No. 23
- Thrice Potent Master, Greenfield Lodge of Perfection
- Sovereign Prince, Greenfield Council, Princes of Jerusalem
- Most Wise Master, Greenfield Chapter of Rose Croix
He received the 32nd Degree in Massachusetts Consistory on February 23, 1917, and was coronetted an Honorary Member of the Supreme Council, Thirty-third Degree, on September 20, 1921.
Brother Mathewson was a keen student of the ritual and served as Instructor in Bay State Lodge as long as his health would permit. In spite of his many activities in the York and Scottish Rites, he was a faithful attendant at his Lodge and was always ready to serve in whatever capacity help was needed.
Funeral services were held at his late home on Friday, October 31, 1947, with interment at Highland Cemetery in Millers Falls.
We shall miss our Brother, his cheery, kindly personality, for to know him was to respect and love him. We shall ever cherish his memory.
MAWDSLEY, JONATHAN 1721-1795
From the Bulletin of the Newport Historical Society, Vol. 97, July 1936, in an article about Mawdsley House,
Born in England in 1721, he came to Newport in early manhood and married here in 1747 Sarah Clarke, descendant of one of Rhode Island's early governors, Walter Clarke. Captain Mawdsley was a man of energy and enterprise, a merchant of irreproachable character, (said to have been commander of a privateer,) and through his extensive commercial affairs acquired a large fortune. He was engaged in many ventures on the sea, and also was concerned in the refinement of spermaceti, of which Newport at this time had a monopoly, and since in 1770 he was appointed "Inspector of Lighthouses", he may he considered to have been an expert on the subject.
The Captain interested himself in all the affairs of Newport; he aided in the erection of Mason's Hall, where any Royal governor who should pass through the country might be entertained; was churchwarden and vestryman of old Trinity Church and became a Director of the Redwood Library. In 1767 he was elected Governor's Assistant, the highest honor that his townsmen could pay; "Evincing their opinion of him as an upright worthy citizen".
Captain John Mawdsley was "possessed of Ease and Affluence" says a contemporary account. "Hospitality and urbanity marked his steps! The Stranger participated of his bounty and the blessing of the poor rested on his head. No man's table was surrounded with a greater number of friends! No one shared more fully the smiles of adulation."
It is pleasant to picture the beautiful panelled parlor in the old house, gay, beneath the soft gleam of wax candles, with the fine imported gowns of Colonial belles and the velvets and laces of their attendant cavaliers, as Captain Mawdsley and his lady do the honors of the occasion. Down the quaint little flights of steps leading to the ancient kitchen in the rear, must have come many a tray laden with old Madeira, and the delicate small cakes so dear to the hearts of all good housewives.
Newport was at this time a successful and enterprising town, and her solid citizens denied themselves none of the amenities practiced by eighteenth century gentry everywhere. Trade was thriving, friends were social, and the ladies of the little provincial capital have left a tradition of charm and beauty that is still remembered.
Newport's days of prosperity, were now, however, rapidly drawing to a close. The colonies were becoming more and more estranged from the mother country John Mawdsley seems to have done his best for all parties.—In January 1774, he was one of the "gentlemen of a committee", which included William Ellery, the Signer; Colonel Joseph Wanton; John Collins and Henry Ward, all of them prominent men. This committee was instructed by the Town Meeting to wait on the importers of English goods in the town, and inform them that no tea might be brought to land, while subject to a duty, since the country had not agreed to any such taxation. That he was willing to act on this committee shows that Captain Mawdsley sympathized with the position of the colonies in this respect, and approved of the "virtuous and steady opposition" which they proposed to this attack upon the liberties of America, as they considered it.
The repeal of the hated Stamp Act was hailed with joy by those who believed it would smooth away all difficulties. On the anniversary of this "glorious event", March 1768, many gentlemen assembled in different parts of the town, spending the day in decent festivities;—among these was Captain Mawdsley, who politely entertained a number of friends, when "the glass circulated in honor to the British and American patriots".
There was but little further cause of rejoicing for the merchant. Revolution drawing near, in 1776 Captain Wallace threatened the town with bombardment. Mawdsley was one of a committee sent to appease the angry Briton with Beef and Beer. He seems to have apprehended real danger, since later during Count d'Estaing's attempt to take the town, when great guns thundered, he had the Oil-house, next his dwelling, in readiness as a place of refuge for his neighbors. One shot actually lodged in the wall above their heads, but without doing damage.
The English occupation of Newport ended in 1779, and most of the Newport Tories accompanied the fleet to New York. John Mawdsley had "determined to continue in the town, and convince his fellow citizens that no just reproach could be thrown upon him;— but through compulsion and necessity was obliged to go", with the rest. As a result his property was ordered confiscated, but in 1783, on petition of divers inhabitants of the State, he was re-instated in citizenship and his lands returned to him.
It was too late, however, for a man over sixty years of age to repair his shattered fortunes. His ships lost, the commerce of Newport at a standstill, it appeared that Captain Mawdsley "was left to the Recollection, without the Fruits, of his wonted Liberality". Still, however, "a sociable and agreeable companion", he lived to the age of seventy-three, encouraged and aided by the Free Masons and the Members of the Marine Society, wliose assistance he had so fully earned, in the days of his prosperity.
. . . As has been said, John Mawdsley returned to Newport and died in 1795. His second wife and but three of his fourteen children survived him.
MAXWELL, EDWIN 1836-1907
- MM 1857, Mount Carmel
From New England Craftsman, Vol. III, No. 4, January 1908, Page 151:
Brother Edwin Maxwell died at his home in Lynn November 17, age 71 years, 9 months and 18 days. He passed away sometime during the night, his death being discovered when he was called and failed to respond. Medical Examiner Pinkham was sent for and he stated that he believed that death resulted from rheumatism of the heart.
The deceased was born in Wells, Me., January 30, 1836, and shortly after reaching his majority came to Lynn. For the past 37 years the deceased was employed as foreman in the water department of that city, in charge of the installation of water mains. He was the oldest member of Mt. Carmel Lodge, A. F. & A. M. The funeral services were conducted by the lodge at his late residence, 97 Allen Avenue, Wednesday, November 20.
MAY, ERNEST 1879-1947
From Proceedings, Page 1947-369:
Brother May was born in Dedham on August 21, 1879, and died at his home in Norwood on November 19, 1947.
After graduation from the public schools of Norwood, he entered the employ of the Plimpton Press to learn the trade of bookbinding, and remained with that Company for almost twenty-five years. He then took a course in embalming, established his own business as an undertaker, and thus continued until his death.
He was raised in Orient Lodge on March 19, 1923, and served as Worshipful Master in the years 1933 and 1934. During the years of 1943 and 1944, he served as District Deputy Grand Master for the Twenty-fifth Masonic District, by appointments of Most Worshipful Grand Masters Albert A. Schaefer and Arthur W. Coolidge.
His Masonic activities included membership in Hebron Royal Arch Chapter, Temple Commandery, K.T., Hyde Park Council, R. & S.M., and the Scottish Rite Bodies of Boston. He was also active in the following bodies: Norwood Chamber of Commerce, Sons of Union Veterans, Massachusetts Funeral Directors Association, First Congregational Church of Norwood, Tiot Lodge of Odd Fellows, and Norwood Rotary Club.
Freemasonry, particularly in Orient lodge and the Twenty-fifth Masonic District, has lost an active and faithful member in the passing of Ernest May.
Funeral services were held in the First Congregational Chqrch in Norwood on Friday, Noyember 23, and were conducted by Brother Reverend William F. English, Chaplain of Orient Lodge. The large attendance of Brethren and fellow-townsmen attested the very high regard in which Brother May was held.
MAY, LUTHER 1792-1880
From Liberal Freemason, Vol. III, No. 11, February 1880, Page 342:
On Friday the 6th inst., Plymouth Lodge with full Masonic Rites and Ceremonies committed to the silent tomb the mortal remains of its first Worshipful Master, Charles May, Esq. After the family service which was held in the Universalist Church, Rev. Bro. A. H. Sweetser officiating, the Masonic Burial service followed, and was conducted by Worshipful J. C. Fuller, assisted by Bro. Sweetser as Chaplain. For the comfort of all, most of the ceremony was in the church. At the tomb we "committed the body," deposited "the emblem of immortality," sang the verse Here another guest we bring, bowed to receive the benediction, and silently breathing a long farewell, we returned to the Lodge room. Ever green will be the memory of Father May in Plymouth Lodge, whose members are pleased to own and will sacredly cherish the perfect portrait in oil of one whom they could justly call their father in Masonry. There were some facts in connection with this occasion making it unusually impressive and interesting. Within a period of ten days three of the oldest members of the Lodge had deceased.
January 22d, W. M. Jackson, a charter member, died in Boston, aged 79. February 2d, Hon. J. H. Loud, a Past Master of the Lodge, and made a Mason therein, also died in Boston, aged 78, and but a day later, the messenger with silent tread summoned to the Celestial Lodge our venerable and beloved Lather May, at the ripe age of 88 years and 9 mos. In the ranks of the Lodge on this occasion were Bros. Bartlett Ellis and James Cox aged 85 and 77 respectively, both of them made Masons by Worshipful Bro. May. The former the first initiate in Plymouth Lodge, receiving Light November 21st, A. L. 5825, the latter, December 26th in the same year. Father May was a native of this town. He married a Miss Williams, of Taunton, a most estimable and exemplary woman, wife and mother, and removed to Brunswick, Maine, (then Massachusetts,) where, in United Lodge of A. F. and A. M., he received the degrees in A. L. 1817.
About 1821, he returned to this town, and has since resided here, loved, honored, and respected. His was an exceptionally pure, peaceful and honorable life. Did masonry need a voucher we could with pride point to him. as an evidence of its practical influence and teaching. Luther May was named for Master in the petition, for Charter of Plymouth Lodge, dated August 27th, A. L., 5825, was elected and re-elected in 1826, '27, '30, '31, '32 and 33. In November of the last year it was voted to return the Charter. In November of 1851, some of the members of the Lodge met to consider the situation, and we find by the Record, Luther May presided. It was voted to ask for return of Charter, and he was again chosen Master. In 1852 re-elected, but declined. All through the many years since, he has taken an active interest in the affairs of masonry, and frequently visited the Lodge until his failing health prevented. 1 lis last appearance with his brethren, was Dec. 26th, 1878, at a public installation of officers at Davis Hall. He was about, but very feeble, till the Thursday before his change; from then he sank rapidly until Tuesday, Feb. 3d, at 3 o'clock, a. m. As the darkness of night was slowly chased away by the dawning light of a new day, so his mortal vision, like seeing through a glass darkly, was merged into the full glory of the dawn of immortality.
MAYNARD, ELISHA BURR 1842-1906
- MM 1872, Roswell Lee
From New England Craftsman, Vol. I, No. 9, July 1906, Page 400:
Hon. Elisha B. Maynard, associate justice of the Superior Court, died in Springfield Mass., May 28. Elisha Burr Maynard was born in Wilbraham Nov. 21, 1842. He worked his way into college and entered Dartmouth in 1863 and was graduated in 1867 with high honors, having spent his junior year at Amherst.
On leaving college he entered the law office of George M. Stearns and Marcus F. Knowlton of Springfield, and in 1868 was admitted in the bar..
In June, 1891, Governor Russell appointed him justice of the Superior Court of Massachusetts.
Judge Maynard achieved a wide reputation as an able, honest and upright lawyer and advocate. In the general practice of his profession he acquired a large business and rapidly rose to a foremost place at the bar.
He was a member of the Springfield City Council in 1872 and 1873, and was also a member of the school committee in 1892 to 1898. In 1879 he was a representative to the General Court. He was mayor of Springfield in 1887 and 1888.
He aided in founding aud was a trustee of the Springfield Industrial and Technological Institute; he was a trustee of the Springfield Hospital and Old Men's Home and vice president of the Dartmouth Alumni Association of Central Massachusetts, lie was a Knight Templar and a member of the Winthrop Club and the University Club of Boston.
From Biographical History of Massachusetts, Vol. 2:
ELISHA BURR MAYNARD, justice of the court of Massachusetts, was born in Wilbraham, Hampden County, Massachusetts, November 21, 1842, and died at his home in Springfield, May 28, 1906. His father, Walter Maynard, was a farmer, a member of the City Council of Springfield, a man of progress, brimful of good-nature and always ready to give a helping hand. His mother, Hannah (Burr) Maynard, was the daughter of Elisha and Hannah (Larned) Burr, and his grandparents on both sides were of the best New England stock, including many representative families.
Elisha Burr Maynard was brought up in the country until fourteen years old, when his father removed to a farm on the outskirts of the city of Springfield. He attended school winters and worked on the farm summers, this work including driving a milk cart, and marketing in the city the produce from the farm. In speaking of his life at this time he says: "The steady work and my reliance upon myself, to a great extent, in obtaining my education, added much to my success in later years. When it was decided that I was to attend college, that being the special desire of my mother, it was arranged that I should work one half a day on the farm, the remainder of the day to be devoted to study preparatory to entering college. My instructor was Marcus P. Knowlton, subsequently Chief-Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. I also taught country schools five winters during this period, boarding around the first two, and I taught night school three winters during my college course. The most satisfactory suit of clothes I ever had I obtained by picking up chips and trading them with a clothes dealer for a suit. In my college education I helped myself so far as I could, and beyond that, my parents did all that could be desired to help me." His reading that he found most beneficial in fitting him for his life-work, aside from those books pertaining to his possession, he names in order: biography, history and classical English.
Being prepared to enter college, he matriculated at Dartmouth and was graduated A.B. in the class of 1867. He then studied law in the office of Stearns & Knowlton, the junion partner of the law firm being his former tutor, and he was admitted to the bar upon examination in 1868. He opened a law office in Springfield, and his progress at the bar was such as would be expected from a man of so thorough a preparation and he was soon recognized as a leading spirit in the community. He was a member of the City Council, 1871-72, a representative in the General Court of Massachusetts, 1879; mayor of Springfield, 1887 and 1888; member at large of the Springfield school board six years, between 1891 and 1898, and on June 30, 1891, he was appointed a Justice of the Superior Court of Massachusetts.
He was married August 25, 1870, to Kate Carol Doty, who died April 4, 1889, leaving three children, seven having been born of the marriage. He was married secondly, July 19, 1893, to Luella Eliza Fay, of Springfield. He was brought up a Baptist in religious belief, but when he married, his wife being a member of the Congregational denomination he attended that church with her, and their children were brought up in that church. In political faith he has always been a Democrat. He is a member of the Winthrop, Historical and Reality Clubs of Springfield, the Mayors and Dartmouth Clubs of Boston, the Western Massachusetts Dartmouth Club and he is affiliated with the Springfield Commandery of Knights Templars. He found inspiration to strive for higher positions in his profession through reading the lives of leading men, and the ambition instilled by the precepts of his mother who was characterized by him: "a model mother." In speaking to young men he says: "I have tried in my private, social and professional life to be courteous to every one; to do well whatever has been entrusted to my care; to be honest and fair with whomsoever I have had to deal, my opponents as well as my clients. In my judgment a young man who starts out in life with a purpose to make the most of himself, to lead an upright life, to respect the rights and feelings of his fellow men and to be industrious along the line he has adopted for his life-work, will be sure of the confidence and respect of his fellows and will round out a life of more than fair success."
MAYO, T(HOMAS). FRANKLIN 1878-1919
- MM 1917, Dalhousie
From New England Craftsman, Vol. XIV, No. 10, April 1919, Page 335:
Dr. T. Franklin Mayo died at the Macon (Ga.) Hospital July 12th. Dr. Mayo, who lived at 205 Abbot Street, Newtonville, had been a traveling representative of the United Drug Company for a number of years and had a very wide acquaintance all over the United States. He was 41 years of age and unmarried. He was a member of Dalhousie Lodge, A. F. and A. M. of Newton.
McCLELLAN, JOHN 1813-1878
- MM 1844, Columbian
- Charter Member 1856, Revere
- Grand Steward 1855
- Grand Sword Bearer 1856
- Senior Grand Deacon 1860
- Grand Treasurer 1861-1878
FROM PROCEEDINGS, 1878
From Proceedings, Page 1878-162:
Resolved, That the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Massachusetts, with a unanimous expression of grief, deplores the loss of its worthy Brother, John McClellan, Esq., of Boston, who departed this life Sept. 29, 1878, after a protracted illness. For the last seventeen years Brother McClellan had been annually elected Treasurer of this Grand Lodge, and had performed the duties of the office to the entire contentment of the Fraternity. The statement of this fact renders it almost useless to say that his integrity, punctuality, courtesy, and right-minded ability commanded the respect and confidence of this Grand Lodge.
In other positions held in this Grand Lodge, and in various other cognate Masonic institutions, during over thirty-three years, our departed Brother had won the love and affection of the Brethren by the zeal and intelligence with which he pursued the benevolent purposes of the Fraternity, and the stability which his firm character gave to his Masonic work. This Grand Lodge bears further witness to the amiable and kindly qualities which adorned the heart of our departed Brother, and which the Fraternity often honored by placing him on its Committees of Charity and Boards of Masonic Relief.
In private life, whether in the domestic circle or in business, the like qualities of the heart and soundness of judgment marked his conduct, and won the esteem of those who knew him best.
Resolved, That the Recording Grand Secretary be directed to spread upon the records this testimonial of our esteem and sorrow, and that he furnish the family of the deceased with a copy of these resolutions.
For the Committee,
CHAS. LEVI WOODBURY.
FROM LIBERAL FREEMASON, 1878
From Liberal Freemason, Vol. II, No. 6, September 1878, Page 213:
FROM ST. ANDREW'S R. A. CHAPTER
Read by the Secretary, October 20, 1878:
Born in Providence, Rhode Island, on the 28th day of February, 1810, nurtured and educated, chiefly in the City of his nativity, John McClellan, while yet comparatively a youth, came to Boston in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, where for many years he grew into a ripening manhood, which, now that it is gathered into the final harvest, leaves no sting, no regret, no sorrow, save such as is felt by his many friends, and which now weighs so heavily upon his widow, and his family circle, in consequence of his decease.
He was for a time engaged in the dry goods trade on Washington St., in the third building South of Court Avenue, but soon found his life business with Col. Newell A. Thompson, celebrated and successful as an auctioneer, with whom for something like thirty years as clerk and partner, he was pleasantly associated.
It is also worthy of remark, that these two were also Masons, and happily illustrated in their business, as well as in their Masonic lives, how pleasantly "Brethren may dwell together in unity."
The language of eulogy would fail to properly express the singular devotion of Brother McClellan to the institution of Freemasonry ; and nothing but the knowledge gained by the experience of witnesses for a generation, can sufficiently emphasize his equally singular fidelity to it.
His godfather in the Art, as sincere as himself, was our faithful Brother and Companion, Peter C. Jones, who proposed his name to Columbian Lodge, in Boston, and where on the respective dates of April 4, May 2, and June 6, 1844, he received the degrees of E. A., F. C. and M. M. In this Lodge he also became a member, and subsequently served as Secretary, which office he held by successive elections from 1846 to 1855, inclusive.
He dimitted from Columbian, and became one of the charter members of Revere Lodge, in Boston, dispensated March 4th, 1856. In his new relations he served as Secretary until 1860 when he was elected Treasurer, and continued in that office to the great acceptance of the Brethren, until his death.
In the M. W. Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, he held the office of Grand Steward, in 1855, Grand Sword Bearer in 1856 was chosen Dec. 9, 1857, to be one of the Committee on the Charity Fund, and on Dec. 11, 186l, he was elected to the office in which he was best known to the fraternity, that of Grand Treasurer of the Grand Lodge, which office he continued to hold by successive annual elections.
He received the Degrees in Capitular Masonry in St. Andrews Chapter, in Boston, in October and November, 1844, being exalted Nov. 15 of that year, and became a member January 1, 1845. How well he has served the Chapter in private as well as in official station since that time, the records of Thirty-Three years, in silent, but ever-enduring and truthful speech, are singularly eloquent From his first introduction to membership, he was active, and filled whatever place of minor grade that required service. In 1849, he was Scribe, in 1850 and 1851, King, in 1853, 54, 55, he was High Priest, and in November 3, 1858, he was elected to the highest honor the Chapter could then confer, that of Honorary Member. He was elected Treasurer of the Chapter in October, 1856, was annually re-elected, and served with an exactness unequaled, and a fidelity impossible to be surpassed.
His name frequently appears upon the records of the Grand Chapter of Massachusetts, wherein he served to fill any vacancy in office, upon numerous and important committees, especially upon Finance and Charity, was elected Grand Scribe in 1854, Grand High Priest in 1858, to which high station he de clined a re-election in 1859. He has met with the General Grand Chapter of the United States at its Triennial Sessions since and including 1856, when he acted as Grand Treasurer, an office to which he was elected at Columbus, Ohio in 1865; and was re-elected, at St. Louis, Missouri, in 1868; at Baltimore, Maryland, in 1871; at Nashville, Tennessee, in 1874; and at Buffalo, Xew York, in 1877. It is needless to say that in this station, he was alike respected and faithful.
He received the degrees in Cryptic Masonry, in Boston Council of Royal and Select Masters, and became a member thereof November 29, 1853. In 1857, he was elected Treasurer of the Grand Council of Massachusetts, and was annually re-electcd until December, 1877, when by reason of other weighty Masonic duties he declined a re-election, and received the official thanks of that Body for his valuable services.
On the 30th day of April, 1845, he was created and dubbed Knight Templar in Boston Encampment, (now Commandery) Boston, and become a member therein Sept. 17, following of this Body he has been Senior Warden. He was elected Deputy Grand Master in the Grand Encampment of Mass. and R. I., for 1856-7. and retained his interest and continued lis attendance in each of these Bodies.
For many years he has been actively interested in, and a member of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, having received the degrees to, and including the 14th, in Boston Lodge of Perfection January 11, 1847, which Body he served in many ways, notably as Secretary, for about eight years, to which office he was elected September 23d, following his admission. He was elected to Honorary Membership therein May 29, 1871.
He received the degrees in Council of Princes of Jerusalem and Chapter of Rose Croix and the Consistory degrees including the 32° on April 16, 1856, and was elected to the honorary grade of Sovereign Grand Inspector General of the Thirty Third Degree on May 23, 1862. He was one of the petitioners for the Charter of "Boston Sovereign Consistory," established in Boston, Mass. May 23, 1862, was elected Treasurer thereof, and so continued until the consolidation with Massachusetts Consistory in 1871 when he was elected Treasurer of the latter, which office he held at death. He was also an Honorary Member of Mt. Olivet Chapter of Rose Croix in Boston.
In 1856, Brother McClellan had been Secretary of Boston Masonic Board of Relief eight years, and may be said to have similarly served that organization so long as it had an active existence. The ways in which he has served the Fraternity in the various grades are infinite; in office, on committees, by individual effort, by advice, admonition, and reproof, he has been in constant service since he first became a Mason. No man in Boston had a more accurate knowledge of the need among the craft than he, and none could have distributed their charities with a nicer discrimination of the ability of the give and the needs of the distressed. Patient with the suffering and kind to those in distress, he was severely just with impostors, and impatient with the unworthy. Without ostentation, he nevertheless liked the approbation of his brethren who, now that he can go no more in and out among them, remember him for his virtues, and point with much satisfaction to his supreme fidelity in all his positions of trust.
As Treasurer of the Grand Lodge, and in the many other similar positions which he has adorned, many hundreds of thousands, even millions of dollars have passed through his hands; but his hands are clean, every man or body of men have had their due, and the perfectly balanced accounts of John McClellan are henceforth as admonitions to do justice, to follow righteousness, and to imitate the example of commercial honor and Masonic fidelity which has characterized his Masonic life for more than a generation.
The day of his death, Sunday, September 29, 1878, was to him the beginning of a new life, for he lives anew in the better knowledge of the Craft in the unselfish regard of the Brethren, and in their high appreciation of the fidelity which made him so justly conspicuous. Years may come and go, governments may change, other men and other generations must fill the places of the present, but when memory of the man shall fail and his generation shall be all forgotten posterity may read what his brethren can safely inscribe upon his tomb:
"Sacred to the Memory of an Honest Man, and a Good Mason."'
FROM MASSACHUSETTS COUNCIL OF DELIBERATION, 1879
From Proceedings, Massachusetts Council of Deliberation, A.A.S.R., N.M.J., 1879, Page 64:
ILL. BRO. JOHN McCLELLAN, 33°.
If death were the sad event it has been so often pictured, then not only man, but nature, should be perpetually clad in sable garments, and the eyes should never cease from weeping. No life closes without sadness. Some tendrils of personal affection must be broken. These are the supports which mike life easy, and even possible; for no man liveth alone. But death comes to all alike,— the same inscrutable change, the same inevitable departure; and it is certain as the being of a benevolent God, that man cannot be the subject of a universal calamity.
And so when our Ill. Bro. John McClellan, on Sunday, Sept. 29, 1878, pressed our hand for the last time, and we saw the light of his eye grow dim, it was not with any feeling of despondency, but rather with joy and satisfaction that the child born Feb. 28, 1810, had ripened so fully and richly, and at the beginning of the natural harvest- season could be so sweetly gathered into the unseen world. Death, like birth and marriage, should be to us a memorial season, when we tread over again in memory the useful steps of the life gone, and draw anew for our support and comfort the lessons of humanity which that life taught. The natural life of John McClellan was more than sixty-eight years; his Masonic life, more than thirty-four: the former was begun in Providence, R.I., but all his manly years were grown in Boston, Mass.; the latter was initiated in Columbian Lodge in Boston, April 4, 1844, and branched in beautiful symmetry and fruitfulness through every grade of Masonry, York and Scottish. At fifteen years of age he engaged in the dry-goods business on Washington Street, a few doors south of State Street; served for some time as a copyist; and finally became interested as clerk and partner with Col. Newell A. Thompson in a large and successful business as auctioneers, which was continued for about thirty years with Col. Thompson, and, after his decease, with Mr. Samuel R. Knights, until the time of his own decease.
Our Bro. McClellan took charge mainly of the financial and domestic department of the business, and conducted it with such transparent and beautiful methods, that every paper connected with that large and continuous business, and every item of its multifarious affairs of cash and contract, could be found and produced at a moment's notice. Almost never has a system so concise, plain, and full, and so elegantly and cleanly kept, fallen under our observation. It was his pride; and nothing of his own matters, or those he held in trust, was ever clouded with a single shade of incertitude. So methodic and clear was the growth of his ripening manhood, that, when he closed the books of life, there was left no obscurity, and, as has been happily said, "no sting, no regret, no sorrow, save such as is felt by his many friends, and which now weighs so heavily upon his widow and family-circle in consequence of his decease."
Will you look at his Masonic trusts? For twelve years — from 1846 to 1855 inclusive— he served as Secretary of Columbian Lodge; for about four years as Secretary, and eighteen years as Treasurer, of Revere Lodge; from Dec. 11, 1861, he was annually re-elected Grand Treasurer of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts; in October, 1856, he became Treasurer of St. Andrew's Royal Arch Chapter; in 1865, and at every succeeding triennial session, he was elected Grand Treasurer of the General Grand Chapter of the United States; from 1857 to 1877 he was annually re-elected Treasurer of the Grand Council of Massachusetts ; for about eight years, to May 8, 1855, he was Secretary of Boston Lodge of Perfection ; and, from the time of its organization, was Treasurer of the Boston Consistory, and of the Massachusetts Consistory from the date of the union of these two Bodies, — Feb. 15, 1871 ; and for eight years served as Secretary of the Boston Masonic Board of Relief; and in all, and alike in each, of these various trusts, "he served with an exactness unequalled, and a fidelity impossible to be surpassed." His records were pure, judicious, and exemplary; his financial audits were ever exact and clean. Says one of his memorialists, "Many hundreds of thousands, even millions, of dollars have passed through his hands; but his hands are clean. Every man, or body of men, have had their due; and the perfectly balanced accounts of John McClellan are henceforth as admonitions to do justice, to follow righteousness, and to imitate the example of commercial honor and Masonic fidelity which have characterized his Masonic life for more than a generation."
His natural and manly life was simple, flowing almost in one continuous, unbroken current; his social and family life, affectionate and unostentatious; his public life, innocent and reserved; his personal life, honorable, happy, full of justice and charity.
His Masonic life has been a bright succession of honors unsought, and worn with uniform modesty and fidelity. Aside from the trusts already enumerated, he was made a Master Mason in Columbian Lodge June 6, 1844; dimitted thence, and became one of the Charter Members of Revere Lodge of Boston; dispensated March4, 1856. By the members of this Lodge he was especially beloved, and he received from their unanimous ballot the distinction of Honorary Membership therein. In the M. W. Grand Lodge of Massachusetts he held the office of Grand Steward in 1855, Grand Sword Bearer in 1856, and was chosen, Dec. 9, 1857, one of the Committee on the Charity Fund, and on Dec. 11, 1861, to be its Grand Treasurer.
He was exalted in St. Andrews R. A. Chapter Nov. 15, 1844, and admitted to membership Jan. 1, 1845. From the first he was an active member, qualified in the Ritual of the Order, and served from time to time in whatever place of minor grade his services were required. In 1849 he was Scribe; in 1850 and 1851, King; in 1853, 1854, and 1855, he was High Priest; and on Nov. 3, 1858, received the highest honor the Chapter could then confer,—that of Honorary Member. In the Grand Chapter of Massachusetts he filled many offices, and served upon many of its important committees, notably, those of finance and charity; was elected in 1854 Grand Scribe, and in 1858 Grand High Priest, to which high office he declined a re-election. His integrity, simplicity, and cheerfulness made him known beyond his own peculiar Masonic limits, and led to his promotion to the Chief Financial Agent of the General Grand Chapter of the United States.
He was initiated into the mysteries of Cryptic Masonry in Boston Council of Royal and Select Masters, and became a member thereof Nov.29,1853. In 1857 he was elected Treasurer of the Grand Council of Massachusetts.
On the thirtieth day of April, 1845, he was created and dubbed a Knight Templar in Boston Encampment (now Commandery); became a member therein Sept. 17, 1845; and afterwards served as its Senior Warden. He was elected Deputy Grand Master in the Grand Encampment of Massachusetts and Rhode Island for 1856-57, and continued a lively and affectionate association with each of these Bodies.
His catholic nature found its affinity in the frank fellowships and regulated life of the Masonic Fraternity, and he asked to become a participant of the beautiful and sacred mysteries of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite. The Ineffable Degrees, including the Fourteenth, were communicated to him in Boston Lodge of Perfection on Jan. it, 1847, by which Body he was elected Secretary, and on the 29th of May, 1871, was rewarded with Honorary Membership. The Degrees of the Council of Princes of Jerusalem and Chapter of Rose Croix, and the Consistory Degrees (including the Thirty-second Degree), were subsequently conferred upon him; his diploma in the latter bearing date April 16, 1856. He joined in the Petition for the Charter of Boston Consistory, established in Boston May 23, 1862, and continued in its official service until its consolidation, in 1871, with Massachusetts Consistory. He was also made an Honorary Member of Mount-Olivet Chapter of Rose Croix in Boston.
But the story of Ill. Bro. McClellan's life is not told by an enumeration of his Masonic offices, or of the fidelities of his Masonic and business trusts. These are but the skeleton, which can only been fleshed by the warmth of a personal acquaintance, or by an affluence of words that is difficult to achieve. He was pure in spirit, wise in council, open in charity, skillful in Masonic history, faithful in friendship, of sound head, clean hands, a loving heart, and an innocent walk, lover of the good and true, an undisguised hater of imposture. He was first and foremost a man, and all that doth become a man; and all his manhood became part and parcel of his Masonry. But there were with him no assumptions of any virtues more or other than human; and however full of errors or foibles, how much soever he fell short of the amplitude of manly greatness, how much his life failed of its most beautiful flower and per fume, how many glorious possibilities were left draggling by the stormy ways of life, how many hopes were left uncheered, — to-day all but the memory of the good, honest, true man, the loving, genial friend, the faithful citizen, the devoted and trusted husband, the loyal Mason, lie buried forever under the green and flowery sods of Mount Auburn, whence no voice shall call them forth.
"There is no death! The leaves may fall,
The flowers may fade and pass away;
They only wait through wintry hours
The coming of the May."
James A. Fox, 33°,
William W. Baker, 33°,
George E. Boyden, 32°,
FUNERAL OF OUR LATE BROTHER JOHN McCLELLAN.
The remains of our late Brother John McClellan, Treasurer of the Grand Lodge F. and A. M. of Massachusetts and of numerous other Masonic Bodies, were buried Thursday afternoon, with full religious and Masonic honors. Private services, conducted by Rev. Mr. Rose, assistant rector of St. Paul's Church, were held at the late residence ol (he deceased in East Brookline Street, after which the remains were escorted to St. Paul's Church, by a procession being formed in the following order:
Platoon of Police under command of Sergeant Laskey, of Station Two.
Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company, Colonel A. P. Martin.
Representatives of the various Masonic Bodies, of which deceased was a member.
Revere Lodge, F. and A. M.
Grand Lodge of Massachusetts.
Pall Bearers, representing the several Masonic Bodies named.
R. W. Peter C. Jones, Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. R. W. W. W. Baker, Revere Lodge.
M. E. Alfred F. Chapman, Gen. Gr. Chapter, U. S.
S. B. Harrington, G. H. P., Grand Chapter of Massachusetts.
Thomas Waterman, M. D., H. P., St. Andrew's R. A. Chapter.
A. L. Richardson, G. Council, R. and S. Masters.
O. E. Weld, Boston Council, R. and S. Masters.
Sir W. H. Maine, Boston Commandery.
R. E. John Dean, the Grand Com. Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Henry G. Fay, Mass. Consistory, and William Parkman, Supreme Council 33°.
Guard Honor from Boston Commandery.
The casket was placed in front of the chancel, and surrounded with a profusion of elegant floral offerings, including a Teutonic Cross from the Massachusetts Consistory; crossed keys, the insignia of the office held by deceased, from the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts; a shield from the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company; a cross and crown, from the Boston Commandery; a large upright anchor, from the Revere Lodge; an anchor from Boston Council R. and S. Masters; a triangle from St. Andrew's Chapter, beside numerous smaller tributes of affection and respect from personal friends. Festoons of smilax were entwined about the casket and the entire floral display was tastefully arranged.
The attendance was large, nearly every seat in the spacious edifice being occupied. Many private citizens of prominence were also present. The services in the Episcopal form were conducted by the Rev. William Wilberforce Newton, assisted by Rev. Mr. Rose. The music in connection with the church service was rendered by the choir, and consisted of a funeral chant; the hymn Nearer my God to Thee, and the anthem, I heard a voice from Heaven.
At the close of the Episcopal service a portion of the burial service according to the Masonic ritual was performed by the Grand Lodge, Grand Master Charles A. Welch conducting, and the Temple and Revere Quartettes rendering the music, which consisted of the Inter Vita and the chant Holy Father. At the conclusion of this portion of the obsequies, the remains were escorted to Mount Auburn, where final Masonic honors were paid them. As the body was lowered into the grave the double quartette chanted the words How dark the way we go, and before the benediction was pronounced, the hymn Consolation was sung.
The arrangements for the funeral were successfully carried out under the direction of John L. Stevenson, 33°, Commander-in-Chief of the Massachusetts Consistory.
Representatives, in carriages, of the several Bodies represented by the Pall Bearers, accompanied the remains to the grave.
FROM COUNCIL OF DELIBERATION, 1879
From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ, 1879, Page 64:
If death were the sad event it has been so often pictured, then not only man, but nature, should be perpetually clad in sable garments, and the eyes should never cease from weeping. No life closes without sadness. Some tendrils of personal affection must be broken. These are the supports which make life easy, and even possible ; for no man liveth alone. But death comes to all alike,— the same inscrutable change, the same inevitable departure; and it is certain as the being of a benevolent God, that man cannot be the subject of a universal calamity. And so when our Ill. Bro. John McClellan, on Sunday, Sept. 29, 1878, pressed our hand for the last time, and we saw the light of his eye grow dim, it was not with any feeling of despondency, but rather with joy and satisfaction that the child born Feb. 28, 1810, had ripened so fully and richly, and at the beginning of the natural harvest season could be so sweetly gathered into the unseen world.
Death, like birth and marriage, should be to us a memorial season, when we tread over again in memory the useful steps of the life gone, and draw anew for our support and comfort the lessons of humanity which that life taught. The natural life of John McClellan was more than sixty-eight years ; his Masonic life, more than thirty-four: the former was begun in Providence, R.I., but all his manly years were grown in Boston, Mass.; the latter was initiated in Columbian Lodge in Boston, April 4, 1844, and branched in beautiful symmetry and fruitfulness through every grade of Masonry, York and Scottish. At fifteen years of age he engaged in the dry-goods business on Washington Street, a few doors south of State Street; served for some time as a copyist; and finally became interested as clerk and partner with Col. Newell A. Thompson in a large and successful business as auctioneers, which was continued for about thirty years with Col. Thompson, and, after his decease, with Mr. Samuel R. Knights, until the time of his own decease. Our Bro. McClellan took charge mainly of the financial and domestic department of the business, and conducted it with such transparent and beautiful methods, that every paper connected with that large and continuous business, and every item of its multifarious affairs of cash and contract, could be found and produced at a moment’s notice. Almost never has a system so concise, plain, and full, and so elegantly and cleanly kept, fallen under our observation. It was his pride; and nothing of his own matters, or those he held in trust, was ever chided with a single shade of incertitude. So methodic and clear was the growth of his ripening manhood, that, when he closed the books of life, there was left no obscurity, and, as has been happily said, “no sting, no regret, no sorrow, save such as is felt by his many friends, and which now weighs so heavily upon his widow and family-circle in consequence of his decease.”
Will you look at his Masonic trusts? For twelve years — from 1846 to 1855 inclusive — he served as Secretary of Columbian Lodge; for about four years as Secretary, and eighteen years as Treasurer, of Revere Lodge; from Dec. 11, 1861, he was annually re-elected Grand Treasurer of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts; in October, 1856, he became Treasurer of St. Andrews Royal Arch Chapter; in 1865, and at every succeeding triennial session, he was elected Grand Treasurer of the General Grand Chapter of the United States; from 1857 to 1877 he was annually re-elected Treasurer of the Grand Council of Massachusetts; for about eight years, to May 8, 1855, he was Secretary of Boston Lodge of Perfection; and, from the time of its organization, was Treasurer of the Boston Consistory, and of the Massachusetts Consistory from the date of the union of these two Bodies, — Feb. 15, 1871; and for eight years served as Secretary of the Boston Masonic Board of Relief; and in all, and alike in each, of these various trusts, “he served with an exactness unequalled, and a fidelity impossible to be surpassed.” His records were pure, judicious, and exemplary; his financial audits were ever exact and clean. Says one of his memorialists, “Many hundreds of thousands, even millions, of dollars have passed through his hands; but his hands are clean. Every man, or body of men, have had their due; and the perfectly balanced accounts of John McClellan are henceforth as admonitions to do justice, to follow righteousness, and to imitate the example of commercial honor and Masonic fidelity which have characterized his Masonic life for more than a generation.”His natural and manly life was simple, flowing almost in one continuous, unbroken current; his social and family life, affectionate and unostentatious; his public life, innocent and reserved; his personal life, honorable, happy, full of justice and charity.
His Masonic life has been a bright succession of honors unsought, and worn with uniform modesty and fidelity. Aside from the trusts already enumerated, he was made a Master Mason in Columbian Lodge June 6, 1844; dimitted thence, and became one of the Charter Members of Revere Lodge of Boston; dispensated March 4, 1856. By the members of this Lodge he was especially beloved, and he received from their unanimous ballot the distinction of Honorary Membership therein. In the M. W. Grand Lodge of Massachusetts he held the office of Grand Steward in 1855, Grand Sword-Bearer in 1856, and was chosen, Dec. 9, 1857, one of the Committee on the Charity Fund, and on Dec. 11, 1861, to be its Grand Treasurer.
He was exalted in St. Andrews R. A. Chapter Nov. 15, 1844, and admitted to membership Jan. I, 1845. From the first he was an active member, qualified in the Ritual of the Order, and served from time to time in whatever place of minor grade his services were required. In 1849 he was Scribe; in 1S50 and 1851, King; in 1853, 1854, and 1855, he was High Priest; and on Nov. 3, 1858, received the highest honor the Chapter could then confer,— that of Honorary Member. In the Grand Chapter of Massachusetts he filled many offices, and served upon many of its important committees, notably, those of finance and charity; was elected in 1854 Grand Scribe, and in 1858 Grand High Priest, to which high office he declined a re-election. His integrity, simplicity, and cheerfulness made him known beyond his own peculiar Masonic limits, and led to his promotion to the Chief Financial Agent of the General Grand Chapter of the United States.
He was initiated into the mysteries of Cryptic Masonry in Boston Council of Royal and Select Masters, and became a member thereof Nov. 29, 1853. In 1857 he was elected Treasurer of the Grand Council of Massachusetts.On the thirtieth day of April, 1845, he was created and dubbed a Knight Templar in Boston Encampment (now Commandery); became a member therein Sept. 17, 1845; and afterwards served as its Senior Warden. He was elected Deputy Grand Master in the Grand Encampment of Massachusetts and Rhode Island for 1856-57, and continued a lively and affectionate association with each of these Bodies.His catholic nature found its affinity in the frank fellowships and regulated life of the Masonic Fraternity, and he asked to become a participant of the beautiful and sacred mysteries of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite. The Ineffable Degrees, including the Fourteenth, were communicated to him in Boston Lodge of Perfection on Jan. 11, 1847, by which Body he was elected Secretary, and on the 29th of May, 1871, was rewarded with Honorary Membership. The Degrees of the Council of Princes of Jerusalem and Chapter of Rose Croix, and the Consistory Degrees (including the Thirty-second Degree), were subsequently conferred upon him; his diploma in the latter bearing date April 16, 1856. He joined in the Petition for the Charter of Boston Consistory, established in Boston May 23, 1862, and continued in its official service until its consolidation, in 1871, with Massachusetts Consistory. He was also made an Honorary Member of Mount-Olivet Chapter of Rose Croix in Boston.
But the story of Ill. Bro. McClellan’s life is not told by an enumeration of his Masonic offices, or of the fidelities of his Masonic and business trusts. These are but the skeleton, which can only be enfleshed by the warmth of a personal acquaintance, or by an affluence of words that is difficult to achieve. He was pure in spirit, wise in council, open in charity, skilful in Masonic history, faithful in friendship, of sound head, clean hands, a loving heart, and an innocent walk, lover of the good and true, an undisguised hater of imposture. He was first and foremost a man, and all that doth become a man ; and all his manhood became part and parcel of his Masonry. But there were with him no assumptions of any virtues more or other than human; and however full of errors or foibles, how much soever he fell short of the amplitude of manly greatness, how much his life failed of its most beautiful flower and perfume, how many glorious possibilities were left draggling by the stormy ways of life, how many hopes were left uncheered to-day all but the memory of the good, honest, true man, the loving, genial friend, the faithful citizen, the devoted and trusted husband, the loyal Mason, lie buried forever under the green and flowery sods of Mount Auburn, whence no voice shall call them forth.
“There is no death! The leaves may fall,
The flowers may fade and pass away;
They only wait through wintry hours
The coming of the May.”
James A. Fox, 33°
William W. Baker, 33°
George E. Boyden, 32°
McDONALD, JOSEPH S. 1872-1940
From Proceedings, Page 1940-319:
Brother McDonald was born in Lota, Chile, June 22, 1872, and died in Valparaiso, June 24, 1940.
By profession he was an engineer, and was closely associated with the development of the railroads of Chile. His Masonic record shows a deep interest in the Craft, and is unique. He was raised in Bethesda Lodge, Valparaiso, October 2, 1893, and he served as Senior Deacon in 1894-1895. Due to change of residence in 1897, he dimitted from Bethesda Lodge and affiliated with Saint John's of Concepción. He served as Master of this Lodge four times: 1898-1901; 1904-1905; 1907-1908; 1918-1920. In 1910, he affiliated with Saint John's Lodge No. 616, Scottish Constitution, at Coquimbo, Chile, and served as Master 1911-1914. ln 1922, he re-affiliated with Bethesda Lodge, Valparaiso, and served as Master 1925-1926.
In addition to his activities. in Craft Masonry, he took an active interest in the Capitular Degrees, and served as High Priest of King Cyrus Chapter No. 1 of Valparaiso in 1931. He was awarded the Henry Price Medal in 7926.
Right Worshipful Brother McDonald endeared himself to a host of friends by his quiet yet pleasing personality and his deep interest in the welfare of his associates. Because of his keen and active interest in Masonry, and his fine judgment, based on long Masonic experience, he will be greatly missed by the Craft in Chile, His life will be an inspiration to those left behind who must carry on.
McKAY, GEORGE 1804-1878
- MM 1864, King Solomon's
From Liberal Freemason, Vol. II, No. 9, December 1878, Page 287:
Mr. George McKay, well and favorably known in Charlestown, died suddenly at his residence it is thought of pneumonia. He was about seventy years of age, and was janitor of the Warren Institution for Savings on Main Street. He was a prominent Mason, being a member of Cceur de Lion Commandery, Chapter of the Signet, and of Henry Price Lodge. He has a son, George E. McKay, who is superintendent of Faneuil Hall Market, a Mason also and Knight Templar. Note: George E. McKay was a member of Henry Price; George McKay was a member of King Solomon's.
McMASTER, LAUREN LESLIE 1881-1943
From Proceedings, Page 1943-166:
Brother McMaster was born in Wakefield, Massachusetts, on July 4, 1881, and died there on October 10, 1943,as the result of an automobile accident.
He attended the public schools of Wakefield and later, in 1904, graduated from Brown University. For the next few years he was employed in the wholesale dry goods business, and lived in Chelsea until the loss of his home in the great conflagration in 1908. He then returned to Wakefield and became associated with the leading news and periodical store, becoming the owner in 1915 and continuing as such until 1933. He then became the manager of the local office of the Western Union Telegraph Company, remaining there until April, 1943, when he became associated with the Malden and Melrose Gas Light Company.
He was very active in civic, business and fraternal organizations, serving on the Board of Selectmen as Chairman in 1921, as an organizer and first president of the Wakefield Chamber of Commerce, and for many years was active in the Rotary Club, Baptist Church and Y.M.C.A.
He was District Deputy Grand Master of the (Melrose) 7th District in 1931 and 1932, by appointments of Most Worshipful Brothers Herbert W. Dean and Curtis Chipman. He was the first Master of the 35th Lodge of Instruction and was its strong supporter until his death. Much of the success of that Lodge was due to his active work and deep interest. For some years he was an active member of the Grand Lodge Committee on Education.
He was a Past Commander of Hugh de Payens Commandery, K.T., also the Prelate, and the rites of that Body were conducted at his grave. Funeral services were held in the Baptist Church, Wakefield, on October 13, 1943, and the large attendance and beautiful foral tributes testify to the high esteem in which he was held.
The closing words of Brother Reverend Ralph J. Bertholf, Pastor of the Baptist Church, at the funeral services beautifully express the thoughts of those who knew and loved Brother McMaster:
"With profound gratitude we acknowledge the richness of his character. In love and sympathy we pay our tribute. We have all profited by his life and good works. Like his immortal soul, they will never die. They have become part of the collective goodwill of our community and our world. He has joined the Choir Invisible -
"Of those immortal dead who live again
In minds made better by their presence; live
In Pulses stirred to generosity,
In deeds of daring rectitude, in scorn
For their miserable aims that end with self,
In thoughts sublime that pierce the night like stars,
And with their mild persistence urge men's search
To vaster issues.
He has joined the Choir Invisible
Whose music is the gladness of the world."
MEEKINS, EDWARD MUNRO 1860-1926
FROM COUNCIL OF DELIBERATION, 1927
From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1927, Page 41:
For twenty-seven years Edward Munro Meekins was honorably associated with the Arnold Print Works of North Adams, Mass., as a department head. He was constantly faithful in the performance of his duties, and was at his desk until failing strength forced him to relinquish his work three weeks before his death on Thursday, July 22, 1926. He was a man of dignity and poise; tall and erect, precise in manner, and with a countenance which commanded admiration and respect, he was withal so courteous and kind that he won and retained the love of a large circle of friends, lie had rare business acumen, and held a high place among the best and most conservative men of the city; yet one of his most distinguishing traits was modesty. He rarely spoke of himself, and it was only after earnest solicitation that the following outline of his career was obtained from him for the Records of the Scottish Rite societies of Pittsfield in 1924:
"I am in direct line of descent, from Thomas Meekins, who came from England in 1636, and whose son later was elected a Deputy from Braintree to the Legislature of the old Massachusetts Bay Colony.
“I was born in Northampton, Mass., December 30, 1860. My father was Dr. Thomas W. Meekins, born in Williamsburg, Mass., and graduated from the old Berkshire Medical Institute, Pittsfield, in 1852. My mother was Harriette Rebecca Hill, born in Troy, N. Y., and graduated from the Maplewood Institute, Pittsfield, in 1851.
"I was educated in the Northampton public schools, and in 1888 I moved to North Adams by request of Mr. W. B. Plunkett, to enter the employ of the Greylock Mills."October 1, 1891, I married Harriette Isabella Adams, daughter of Jasper Hyde Adams, of North Adams, Mass.
"My musical career: Possessing a bass voice, my first appearance in Public was as Sir Joseph Porter in Pinafore, and as Major General in the Pirates of Penzance, which performances were given in Northampton. I have been the solo singer in mixed and male quartet choirs in Northampton, Springfield, Hartford, and Adams, which gave me varied experience in concert work in all of these places, as well as others,
"My political career: I have always been a straight Republican, and I served three terms as councilman on the city government, Northampton, I have been elected a delegate to many state and county conventions. I have been a member of the Republican city committee, North Adams, and also served as its chairman during President McKinley's campaign. I have never sought political office.
“I have been a member of the Colonial Wars Society, Boston, a director in the Berkshire Club and Y. M. C. A., treasurer of the Hoosac Valley Agricultural Society, the Y. M. C. A., and treasurer and vestryman of St John’s Parish.
"My Masonic career: I was raised a Master Mason in Jerusalem Lodge, Northampton, January 19, 1886; Northampton Royal Arch Chapter March 3, 1886; Northampton Commandery, Knights Templars, July 17, 1886.
“I have always retained my membership in Jerusalem Lodge because o sentimental reasons.
“I am a Past High Priest of Composite Chapter, Royal Arch Masons serving in 1893 and 1894; Past District Deputy Grand High Priest for the Tenth Capitular District, 1895, 1896, and 1897; Past Grand King of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts; Past Commander of St. Paul Commandery, Knights Templars; Past Grand Lecturer of the Grand Commandery of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
“I am a member of Onota Lodge of Perfection; Pontoosuc Council Princes of Jerusalem, and Pittsfield Chapter of Rose Croix, all of Pittsfield Mass.; a member of Connecticut Valley Consistory, in which body I have held several offices; Past Sovereign Prince of Pontoosuc Council, Princes of Jerusalem.
“I have held several offices in the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation, being past Second Lieutenant Commander.
“In 1916, in Pittsburg, I was crowned Thirty-third Degree Mason."
Brother Meekins should have added that in September, 1920, he was elected Grand Chancellor of Massachusetts by the Council of Deliberate sitting in Boston, a signal honor. He left a widow and two sons, Jasper A. Meekins of Hackensack, N. J., and Edward M. Meekins of North Adams, Mass. His funeral took place at eleven o'clock on Saturday morning, July 24, 1926, in St. John’s Episcopal church, North Adams. Rev. Arthur Murray, the rector, officiating.
As long as we, his Brethren, meet upon this earth we shall miss his gracious presence; and if by the grace of God we shall gather at the lot last in an immortal company, we shall not be wholly satisfied until we hear again the old and joyous exclamation: “Well, well, it's all right now Fellows, here is Meekins!”
Harlan H. Ballard, 33'
William H. Barrows, 33°
Joseph E. Fazakerley, 32°
MELLON, RICHARD BRUCE 1946-2009
From TROWEL, Summer 2002, Page 10:
Many Lodges have what some folks call their "behind the scenes guys." Brothers who'll do just about anything for their Lodge and their community and ask for nothing in return. They prefer to stay in the shadows and thrive on their Lodge's successes. One such person is Bro. Richard B. Mellon of St. Paul's-Algonquin Lodge of Braintree.
This unassuming Mason was raised 27 years ago, following in his father's footsteps. He is an officer in his Lodge, and will be its Worshipful Master in three years. His enthusiasm is contagious and has resulted in his bringing in over 25 new Masons as a result of his monthly meetings of the King Philip Shrine Club, where he is a two-time past president. His Masonic magnetism has attracted many non-Masons who are looking for a good meal, companionship, and a good time while supporting worthwhile causes. As a result, they have decided to join and explore our Fraternity.
His charitable endeavors extend well beyond Masonry. He has twice served as president of the Greater Taunton Charitable Association and is a member of the board of directors of the Saint Francis Samaritan House of Taunton. This Eagle Scout remains active in Boy Scout Troop 40 in Taunton as its committee chairman. Although Bro. Mellon is a member of Second Congregational Church of Dorchester, his acts of charity extend to all faiths. Catholic Charities of greater Taunton has benefited from Brother Mellon's generosity on many occasions. As an auctioneer, it is quite common for him to auction off a specific item at one of his weekly auctions and donate the entire proceeds of the sale to satisfy a particular cause.
Many of his Masonic-oriented activities center on the Shrine. He is an Adjutant of Aleppo Shrine and sets aside at least one night per month at his business facility for the meetings of his Shrine Club. He is also an active supporter of DeMolay and Rainbow. In February 2002, Brother Mellon was presented with the Joseph Warren Distinguished Service Award at a special meeting of his Lodge. Brother Mellon also has a unique outlook on Masonry. He believes Freemasonry provides us with a necessary link with our fathers and forefathers who have gone before us. We should be proud of our past and always look to build a better future. He and his wife Dorothy have been married for 21 years, and have one son, Richard, a Senior in Taunton High School. For all he has done to promote our ' Fraternity and its values. Brother Richard B. Mellon is this issue's MAC Mason.
MERRILL, JOHN F. 1849-1922
From New England Craftsman, Vol. XVII, No. 5, February 1922, Page 145:
John F. Merrill of Quincy, chairman of the board of commissioners of Norfolk County, died at the Boston City Hospital recently as the result of injuries received when he was knocked down at Castle and Washington streets, South End, by a truck of the American Railway Express Company.
He was born in Bloomfield, Me., Jan. 16, 1849, and received his education in Norway, Me., coming to Quincy in 1878. For some time he carried on a grocery business, during the course of which he built the Durgin and Merrill block on Hancock street. Later he dealt in real estate.
Bro. Merrill represented Quincy in the House in 1888-89-90, and in the Senate in 1894-95. He had served as county commissioner since 1907. He was a member of Rural Lodge of Masons, St. Stephen's Chapter Royal Arch Masons, Quincy Commandery, Knights Templar; Mt. Wollaston Lodge, I. O. O. F.; Granite City Club, Hodenosaunee tribe, Improved Order of Red Men; Quincy Council, Royal Arcanum. A widow and one daughter survive.
MERRILL, MORTON B. 1840-1918
From Proceedings, Page 1918-272:
R. W. MORTON B. MERRILL was born in Amesbury, Mass., August 12, 1840, and died in that town June 19, 1918.
After attending the local public schools he learned the trade of carriage trimmer and most of his life was spent as a supcrintendent of that department in some of the largest carriage manufactories in Amesbury. His great-grandfather was Col. Isaac Merrill who commanded a regiment of Minute Men at the battle of Bunker Hill.
Brother Merrill received his first Masonic light in Warren Lodge, of Amesbury, in 1863, and from that time until his death he was a zealous worker in the interests of the Fraternity.
In 1868 and 1869 he was the leading spirit in the formation of Bethany Lodge, of Merrimac, and was its first Master, serving for three years. He was District Deputy Grand Master of the Ninth Masonic District in 1883.
In 1864 he received the Capitular Degrees in North Hampton (N. H.) Chapter of Royal Arch Masons. He joined Trinity Chapter, of Amesbury, in 1873 and was its High Priest in 1878, 1879, and 1880. He joined Haverhill Council of Royal and Select Masters in 1871, was active in the formation of Amesbury Council in 1889, and was its Thrice Illustrious Master in 1891. Having received the Orders of Knighthood in Haverhill Commandery, Knights Templars, in 1871, he demitted and joined Newburyport Commandery, Knights Templars, in 1906. In 1884 he reeeived the 32° in Massachusetts Consistory.
October 4, 1863, he married Miss Sarah P. Martin of Amesbury, who survives to mourn the loss of a very devoted husband.
Brother Merrill possessed neither material wealth nor collegiate edueation but he did possess what money cannot buy - sterling qualities of character, strength for the right, zeal for the truth, which, united with his genial nature, won for him a host of friends wherever he was known. Upon the Lodges before mentioned he left the impress of his zeal, fidelity, and influence, and his name and memory rvill be fondly cherished by them.
His abiding interest in Masonry and his care for the future of the Order and of the Brethren are evinced by the fact that out of an estate by no means large he left a legacy of one thousand dollars to the Grand Lodge charities.
- Biography in Warren Lodge Centenary
MERRILL, W(ILLIAM). WALDO 1864-1907
- MM 1888, WM 1898, 1899, Lafayette (Roxbury)
From New England Craftsman, Vol. II, No. 12, September 1907, Page 471:
Wor. Brother W. Waldo Merrill, Past Master of Lafayette Lodge, Roxbury, Mass., lost his life in an automobile accident August 25th. He was about 42 years of age.
MESSINGER, JAMES ALFRED 1837-1907
From Proceedings, Page 1907-19:
W. James Alfred Messinger, of Taunton, was born in Norton, Mass., in October, 1837, and died at his residence in Taunton, Feb. 21, 1907. For twenty-five years he was in the employ of M. M. Rhodes & Sons, and for the last ten years of his active life was employed by the Taunton Iron Works.
Brother Messinger received the Masonic degrees in King David Lodge, of which he was Secretary for several years, and Master in 1883. He was a Grand Steward of this Grand Lodge four years, and was District Deputy Grand Master of the Twenty-third Masonic District in 1890, 1891 and 1892.
Brother Messinger was a person of the strictest integrity, deeply interested. in all that concerned our Fraternity, and by his genial ways won the affection of the Brotherhood.
METCALF, JOEL HASTINGS 1866-1925
From TROWEL, Spring 1986, Page 3:
Rev. Bro. Joel Hastings Metcalf was a Unitarian minister dedicated to heavenly pursuits in his hobby as well. He is the only amateur astronomer to have had six comets named after him. In an article published in Yankee Magazine (September 1979) his daughter, Mrs. Rachel Metcalf Stoneham, related, "Moonless summer nights were his favorite times. Seated at his telescope he 'fished' the night sky for comets."
A man of faith who occasionally wrote religious poetry, he was also a man of proven physical courage and significant scientific and technological achievement. His gift for shaping the delicate and precise curves that go into the making of a fine telescope lens led to the creation of instruments of such quality that half a century later they are still in use at the Harvard Observatory and at Oak Ridge, TN. One of his hand-shaped lenses was in use at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory's Boyden Station, Bloemfontein, South Africa. Born in Meadville, PA, Jan. 4, 1866, he served Unitarian parishes in Burlington, VT, Taunton (1904-10), and Winchester, MA (1910-20). In 1917-18 he took time out to serve as a chaplain in France during World War I. On Oct. 17, 1909, he married the parents of TROWEL‘s managing editor. Bro. Metcalf closed out his ministry in Portland, ME. In 1911, while serving the Winchester church, he was Raised in William Parkman Lodge.
Families in the First Parish Church of Taunton and the Winchester Unitarian Church shared stories with TROWEL of how Bro. Metcalf would take young people at night to a hill in their community and "talk to us about Cinderella, the Big Dipper, the Three Bears, and enlighten us about our heavenly mysteries." Oddly enough, it was when he was a 14-year-old Sunday School student that he borrowed the book Other Worlds Than Ours, by Richard Proctor. Sherman Russell of Winchester shared experiences about how Bro. Metcalf interested boys of his own Sunday School in the astronomical mysteries of outer space. Bro. Metcalf had been preceded in the Winchester church by his uncle, Rev. Richard Metcalf (1866-81), and it is rather ironic that Joel Metcalf was succeeded at Winchester by the Rev. George H. Reed, a native of Taunton.
The first telescope in the Metcalf family came prior to the birth of his daughter. He read an advertisement of a fine seven-inch lens, seven inches in diameter, to be sold in order to settle an estate in New York. He bid $500, then suffered in agony whether his bid was too low or too high. But it was accepted. After shipping the lens to upstate New York, he decided to bring it across Lake Champlain to his Burlington, VT, home. The winter was cold and it was judged the ice would hold a team of horses and a wagon. Suddenly the ice cracked. Horses and men jumped, but the instrument fell with a heavy thud, lying across the opening, neither in nor out of the water. It took the men a week to lift the ungainly, heavy, and expensive gadget safely to dry land.
During his summer vacations from church Bro. Metcalf, if not traveling to Europe, would grind lenses at the family summer camp. There had been no authoritative books published at the time and grinding, polishing, and computing the curves became a personal specialized art. The 16-inch lens for the photographic telescope at Harvard University was made under the pine trees at Lake Champlain.
Developed photographs of outer space appear like a bad case of chicken pox, but each poxmark had a meaning to Bro. Metcalf. By careful examination, and by superimposing one plate upon another of the same region taken on different nights he could spot hitherto undiscovered heavenly objects. In all, he found about 60 asteroids or minor planets — one for each year of his useful life.
Regarded as America's — possibly the world's — foremost amateur astronomer, we can be sure that the words "...whom the Sun, Moon, and Stars obey, and under whose watchful care even Comets perform their stupendous revolutions..." meant more to our astronomical-minded and spiritually-led Rev. Bro. Joel Hastings Metcalf than to most men. His merits shall continue to reward mankind as the six Metcalf comets run their computed orbits throughout the years — a perpetual memorial to their discoverer.
MICK, JOHN JAY 1902-1988
From TROWEL, Spring 1989, Page 12:
Affectionately known by Greater Boston members of the Craft as "Mr. Mason," Wor. John Mick died at his Arlington home last April. His passing at age 86 was followed in only a few months by his wife, Arva. The couple had been wed 52 years and are survived by sons Jay and Jeffrey, and daughter Diana. Recognized as a fierce champion of Masonry throughout his life, Bro. John fully understood the summit of human knowledge and our duty to God and man.
Born is Lisbon, OH, in 1902 and educated in that city and at the Univ. of Cincinnati, he came to New England in 1927 following his college graduation. A chemical engineer, he worked 40 years for B.F. Goodrich Co, in Watertown. With an early inclination toward the Craft, he was initiated in Maywood Lodge No. 869 in Maywood, IL, in 1927. Crafted in the same Lodge, Bro. Mick came to Boston where he was raised in 1928 in Columbian Lodge as a courtesy candidate. Bro. Sid Abbott of Columbian Lodge and retired curator at the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Co. of Boston, had worked one of the gates.
An affiliate of Brookline Lodge in 1942, Bro. John presided in the East in 1951 and again in 1983 when that Lodge was merged to form Norumbega and Brookline Lodge. In 1967, M. W. Thomas A. Booth presented him with the Joseph Warren Distinguished Service Medal.
Exalted in St. Paul's R. A. Chapter in 1931, he served as High Priest in 1943. He was an affiliate of St. Andrew's Chapter and, at age 75, also served as their High Priest. Presented the Paul Revere Distinguished Service Medal in 1952, he was a D. D. Grand High Priest and, in 1968, was elected Grand Scribe. He was also Grand Representative to California. Greeted in Boston Council in 1943, he served as Illustrious Master in 1945 and also served two years as Recorder. Knighted in DeMolay Commandery No. 7 in Boston in 1942, he served as Commander in 1946 and held honorary membership in six other Commanderies. Holder of the York Cross of Honour in Massachusetts Priory, he was Grand Warden in 1960 and Grand Representative to Utah for 20 years.
A member of Aleppo Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S., since 1942, Bro. John had served on the Board of Governors of I the Shriner's Burns Institute in Boston, and with Boston Court 103, Royal Order of Jesters. He was a holder of the Robert Gardiner Wilson, Jr., Distinguished Service Medal. A 33rd Degree Mason since 1972, Bro. Mick entered Scottish Rite Masonry in 1949 in the Valley of Boston. The Mass. Council of Deliberation had honored him with its Meritorious Service Award. He and Mrs. Mick were members of Belmont United Methodist Church.
MIEUSSET, ERNEST 1844-1907
- MM 1882, The Massachusetts
From New England Craftsman, Vol. II, No. 11, August 1907, Page 429:
Ernest Mieusset, the famous caterer of Boston is dead. Mr. Mieusset, whose age was 63, was a member of the The Massachusetts Lodge of Masons, St. Paul Chapter and Boston Council of Masons.
MILLER, CHARLES J. 1843-1910
- MM 1868, WM 1879, 1880, Mount Lebanon
From New England Craftsman, Vol. V, No. 7, April 1910, Page 248:
Brother Charles J. Miller, a well known Mason of Boston, died March 5th after a protracted illness. Brother Miller was made a Mason in Mt. Lebanon Lodge, Boston, and had been a member of the lodge nearly forty-two years at the time of his death.
He served the lodge as Master in 1879, 1880. He was a past high priest of St. Paul's R. A. Chapter and past Commander of St. Omer Commandery, K. T.. all of Boston, He was chaplain of Mt. Lebanon lodge for a long period, filling the office in a most acceptable manner Brother Miller was beloved by his associates; and respected by all who knew him. He was a good citizen and a true Msson, honor to the fraternity and leaves a memory that will be long cherished by a multitude of friends who survive him.
MILLEY, ROY GEORGE 1911-1998
- MM 1955, WM 1964, Russell
- Member 1959, Richard C. MacLaurin (demitted 1969)
- Senior Grand Steward 1975
From TROWEL, Summer 1989, Page 31:
Roy Milley — A Builder of Human Relations
Nobody has ever had to show Wor. Roy G. Milley of Arlington what to do or tell him how to do it. Freemasonry just naturally turned him on when he was Raised in Russell Lodge in 1955. His various Masonic endeavors were recognized by M. W. Albert T. Ames when he presented Roy with the Distinguished Service Medal in December of 1988.
Never one to remain idle when there was work to be done for the Craft, his industrial motivations belie his 78 years that began in Newfoundland. His parents came to America when Roy was three and he was educated in the Cambridge and Somerville public schools. First a salesman, he was then employed by MIT in Cambridge in the radiation laboratory and also worked in civil engineering, retiring after 45 years. His wife, Ruth S., died a year ago after 54 years of marriage.
Master of Russell Lodge in 1964, Bro. Roy has been D.D.G. Secretary of the Somerville 6th District. He is the TROWEL Representative for his Lodge and was one of the first volunteers to sell advertising for the magazine. He was the blood program chairman but continues as Service Committee chairman and as the Lodge's proxy to Grand Lodge. In 1976, M.W. Stanley F. Maxwell appointed Roy as Senior Grand Steward.
With membership in the York and Scottish Rite Bodies, he has served on the Scottish Rite advancement program and membership committee. He received the Achievement Award in 1975 and the Meritorious Service Award in 1984. Bro. Roy is a member of Aleppo Temple Shrine. A 40-year member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Arlington, he is the head usher and has been active on the property and maintenance committee. Truly an active and useful member of society, he holds a warm rapport with a host of friends in and outside the Craft who are attracted by his winning smile and personality. Bro. Roy is a builder in the house of humanity.
MOLDAUER, ARNOLD 1866-1907
- MM 1905, Revere
From New England Craftsman, Vol. II, No. 9, June 1907, Page 351:
Arnold Moldauer, a valued and highly popular violinist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, died May 23. He had many friends in social circles and was a member of Revere Lodge Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, Boston.
MONTAGUE, DAVID THOMPSON 1864-1945
From Proceedings, Page 1945-424:
Brother Montague was born at Bridgewater, Vermont, on April 2, 1864, and died in Wakefield, Massachusetts, on October 18, 1945.
He was raised in Simon W. Robinson Lodge of Lexington on April 8, 1889, and dimitted on January 13, 1896. He affiliated with that Lodge again on May 11, 1908, and continued his membership there until his death. On March 2, 1896, he affiliated with St. John's Lodge of Boston, serving as Master in 1906 and 1907, and ever maintained an active interest in the affairs of the Lodge.
He served as District Deputy Grand Master for the First Masonic District in 1914 and 1915 by appointment of Most Worshipful Melvin M. Johnson. In 1939 he was awarded a Masonic Veteran's Medal for fifty years of continuous membership in the Craft.
He was exalted in Somerville Royal Arch Chapter on May 16, 1895, and served as High Priest in 1907-1909. He was District Deputy Grand High Priest of the Fifteenth Capitular District in 1910 and 1911, and Grand King of the Grand Chapter R.A.M. in 1972. He was greeted in Orient Council, R. & S.M., on June 10, 1896, and knighted in DeMolay Commanderl, K.T., on June 26, 1895. He received the Scottish Rite Degrees in Boston in 1897, and served as Thrice Potent Master of Boston Lafayette Lodge of Perfection for three years, 1919-192L He was coronetted an Honorary Member of the Supreme Council, A.A.S.R., 33°, on September 20, 1921.
His early education was at Goddard Seminary and Castleton Normal School, both in Vermont. In 1889 he received the A.B. Degree from Tufts College, and in 1892, the LL.B. Degree from Boston University. He practiced law in Boston for fifty years, until ill health caused his retirement in 1945. His public service was long and notable, serving as a member of the Boston City Council Registrar of Probate for Suffolk County, member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives for three terms and of the Massachusetts Senate for one term. He was a member of the Boston Licensing Board for twenty years, being Chairman for fourteen years.
Funeral services were held at the Lakeside Cemetery Chapel in Wakefield on October 21, 1945. The large attendance of Brethren and associates in civic and legal affairs, gave full testimony of the high place in which he was held by those with whom he had worked so long and so well. Ever friendly and willing to serve, he has left a vacancy in our ranks that calls for a deepened interest by his Brethren.
MONTGOMERY, CHARLES SMITH 1834-1908
- MM 1898, Joseph Webb
From New England Craftsman, Vol. III, No. 6, March 1908, Page 234:
Brother Charles S. Montgomery, a known Mason of Boston, died February 13. He was about 75 years old and was born in Scotland, He was a member of Joseph Webb Lodge, A. F. and A. M., St. Paul's Chapter, Boston Council R. and S. M.; Boston Commandery K. T.; Keystone Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star.
MONTGOMERY, JABEZ KIRKPATRICK 1829-1907
- MM 1876, Robert Lash
From New England Craftsman, Vol. II, No. 7, April 1907, Page 275:
Brother Jabez K. Montgomery, a leading citizen of Chelsea, Mass., died March 7th. He was a well known Mason and the embodiment of business integrity. His funeral which took place in the First Universalist church was attended by more than one thousand persons among whom were representatives of Palestine Commandery K. T., Royal Arch Chapter of the Shekinah and Robert Lash Lodge. Rev. R. Perry Bush, Eminent Commander of Palestine Commandery, delivered a touching eulogy of the deceased. Brother Montgomery had provided in his will about $16,000 in public bequests.
MOOAR, JAMES FARRINGTON 1842-1907
- MM 1878, WM 1886, 1887, Hyde Park
From New England Craftsman, Vol. III, No. 1, October 1907, Page 37:
Brother James Farrington Mooar, Past Master of Hyde Park Lodge died September 7. He was assistant manager of Bryant & Strattou School, with whom he had been many years. He was highly respected as a man and Mason.
MOODY, EDWARD D. 1852-1907
From Proceedings, Page 1907-19:
W. Edward D. Moody died at his residence in Leominster, Mass., Feb. 10, 1907, in the fifty:fifth year of his age. He was a Past Master of Wilder Lodge, of Leominster; past High Priest of Thomas Royal Arch Chapter, of Fitchburg, and past Commancler of Jerusalem Commandery, of that city. He was also District Deputy Grand Master of the Twelfth Masonic District in 1895 and 1896. Brother Moody was a zealous and faithful Freemason. He was of a quiet and retiring disposition and, aside from his connection with the Masonic Fraternity, his interest and pleasure were in his home. He often expressed his desire to devote his spare time to Masonic work, which he did, until his last illness. Brother Moody has passed on - but his work abides.
From New England Craftsman, Vol. II, No. 7, April 1907, Page 273:
Brother Edward D. Moody, a well known Mason and citizen of Leominster, Mass., died at his home in that town, February 10, after a long illness. Brother Moody was nearly 56 years old. He was born in Maine and removed to Leominster nearly a quarter century ago. He was employed in the manufacture of pianos. Brother Moody was considered one of the best informed Masons in his district. He was a Past Master of Wilder Lodge A. F. & A. M., a Past High Priest of Wilder Chapter of Fitchburg, a member of Hiram Council R. & S. Masters of Worcester, Past Eminent Commander of Jerusalem Commandery K. T. of Fitchburg, and a member of Aleppo Temple Mystic Shrine.
He had been District Deputy Grand Master of the 12th Masonic District, and District Deputy Grand High Priest. When Bancroft R. A. Chapter was established at Ayer he rendered great service and filled the office of High Priest while the chapter was acting under dispensation. Brother Moody was a 32d degree Mason of the Scottish Rite. During his long residence in Leominster he had made a multitude of friends. His funeral was in charge of the Knights Templars.
MOORE, MARCUS 1824-1864
- MM 1857, WM 1859, Monitor
- Served with the Army (noted in GL white card)
MASONIC MONTHLY, APRIL 1864
From Masonic Monthly, Vol. I, No. 6, April 1864, Page 287:
We regret to have to announce the death of Marcus A. Moore, M. D., son of Charles W. Moore, Esq., the well known Masonic Editor. He was commander of a company of Dragoons, raised in Waltham, and when the war commenced, he, and many of his companions entered the U. S. service, and were sent to Hilton Head. There, from peculiar and severe exposure, he was attacked by a diabetic disease, accompanied by a carbuncular inflammation, which after long suffering, caused his death on the 30th ult,, aged 39 years.
He was a Past Master of Monitor Lodge, Waltham, a member of St. Paul's R. A. Chapter and of the Boston Encampment at the time of his decease. He was born in the city of Boston, and studied for his profession under our much respected brother, Dr. Winslow Lewis, and received his medical degree from Harvard University, in 1847. He was a very pleasing, social, truthful, and excellent young man, and has left many to mourn his death, and to preserve his memory. He will be buried from the Church of the Messiah, on Sunday the 3d of April. The services by Rev. Bro. Dr. Randall.
MOORE'S FREEMASON'S MONTHLY, MAY 1864
From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXIII, No. 6, May 1864, pp. 206-208:
THE LATE DR. MARCUS A. MOORE.
None but a parent can fathom a parent's grief. What father can look into the depths and mysteries of his own soul and solve its sorrowing emotions — review the sources of life and joy, of good and happiness, of duty and character, and trace the countless tissues of affection that make the fabric of a father's love, that guards infancy to manhood, and follows manhood from honor to the grave! The brightest visions of life are darkened by the relentless hand of Death, and yet through the gloomy portals of the tomb the glorious light of immortality, and of a Christian's hope, shines upon the troubled soul to cheer and to exalt it.
The home of the Editor of this Journal has been desolated by the departure of one in whose being centered all the affections of a loving father—all the cherished plans of a father's hope. Language is but a feeble instrument to relieve affliction ; but so far as it is possible for a bereaved parent's heart to be consoled for the loss of a good and dutiful son,—whose life as a child, and as a man, became the source of happiness to his kindred, and whose character became an honor to his country,—that consolation must be found in the generous sympathy of friends :—and this sympathy has been afforded to us to so wide an extent, and from such unexpected quarters, that we cannot but give expression to our warm and grateful appreciation of the kindness ; nor will it, we trust, seem unbecoming in us to insert in this Magazine two of the more public of these expressions, which appeared in leading Boston papers, whose editors have now, not for the first time, given proof of their friendly and courteous feelings, both to our Brotherhood in general, and to ourselves personally.
Boston Post, Saturday April 2, 1864: OBITUARY NOTICE.
We have published a notice of the death of one who deserves something more than a passing mention, not only from the fact of his having served his country faithfully and now died for her prematurely, but also as being the son of an old and highly respected citizen, and himself a man honored and beloved by a very numerous circle of friends. Dr. Marcus A. Moore, of Waltham, was originally trained for the army, and maintained a high position in all his studies at West Point, until a severe illness, contracted while camping out in a very wet and inclement season, rendered him unable to endure longer the severe discipline of that excellent institution. When at length his health was restored, he applied himself to the study of surgery and medicine, under the instruction of Dr. Winslow Lewis, of this city, who has more than once assured the writer of these lines that Marcus Moore was, with one exception, the best anatomist and surgical operator of all his pupils.
After having graduated honorably at Harvard College in Medicine and Surgery, he entered upon practice first in this city, where for more than six years his gratuitous services to the sick poor elicited strong expressions of gratitude from the Rev. Dr. Wells and others connected with the St. Stephen's Home. Subsequently he was induced to remove to Waltham, where, two years previous to the breaking out of the rebellion, he was unanimously chosen Captain of the Waltham troop of Cavalry, which, under his training, soon became noted for its high state of discipline and efficiency. This troop promptly came forward to offer its services to the State, when the President made his first call for volunteers, in 1861, with the condition that it might retain its own officers. This condition was declined by the Governor; but Dr. Moore then undertook to raise a troop for the Government service in accordance with its own regulations. The respect and affection entertained for him by his old comrades and others soon enabled him, not only to fulfill his engagements, but to assist largely in the formation of a second troop; and in the course of a few weeks he joined the camp at Readville with as fine a body of men as were in the service. Both Colonel (now General) Williams and Colonel Sargent frequently bore public testimony to their high state of discipline, and to the skill and ability of their Captain. After some three months stay in the Readville camp, he accompanied his regiment to Hilton Head, and continued to discharge arduous duties there with unremitting promptitude and diligence until at last his health gave way before the evil influence of malaria, and bad water, added to a more than ordinary amount of fatiguing duty, and after being confined to the hospital for some weeks he was ordered home on sick leave, as the last chance of saving his life, bearing with him the seeds of a malady from which lew ever recover. Since then his sufferings have been very severe, although at times there seemed to be grounds for hoping a return of health. These however proved only deceptive gleams of hope. Of late he has gradually wasted away, till few indeed would have recognized in his pale face and emaciated form the erect and fine looking cavalry officer of 1861. Dr. Moore was a Mason of high standing, being a member of the Huston Encampment, of St. Paul's Royal Arch Chapter, and of the Boston Consistory; and also Past Master of Monitor Lodge, Waltham.
His life from boyhood to its close has been marked by generosity, truth and manliness. He has been a good husband, a good citizen, and a good soldier; and his end, at last, has been a most peaceful and happy one. The writer, a " Brother" from another land, but no kinsman, has known and loved him well in life, and was with him in the hour of death, and he feels that of none can it be more truthfully said than of Marcus Moore.
Multis ille bonis fiebilis occidit. - H.
Boston Courier, Tuesday, April 5, 1864:
DR. MARCUS A. MOORE.
On Sunday the remains of Dr. Marcus A. Moore, late Captain in the First Mass. Cavalry, were followed to their final resting place at Mount Auburn, by a numerous cortege of mourning relatives and friends, amongst the latter of whom were conspicuous the delegations from the Boston Encampment, St. Andrew's Chapter, Monitor Lodge of Waltham, of which bodies the deceased had been a member, together with some of the chief officers of the Grand Lodge. The funeral service was performed at the Church of the Messiah, by the Rev. Drs. Randall and Wells, and its beauty and sublimity were much enhanced by the able services of the choir. The coffin was borne by pall bearers selected from the Masonic bodies named above, who, however, with much good taste, considering it was the Sabbath day, wore no other badges or insignia than simple black and white ribbons, with the name of the body to which they severally belonged. On arriving at Mount Auburn certain portions of the Masonic Ritual for the burial of the dead were read by Dr. Winslow Lewis, P. Grand Master of the Grand Lodge.
Although Dr. Marcus Moore had not been much before the public, his memory deserves, on many accounts, the tribute of a brief record of his life, and that probably much more than the memory of some more public and conspicuous men. His life was throughout a life of Duty, to whose calls he was ever prompt in obedience. All who knew him, and the circle is a wide one, bear testimony to his high character for integrity, generosity, and amiability in all the relations of private, and warm and unflinching patriotism in those of public life. Dr. Moore was educated at West Point Academy, where he gained academical distinction ; but, his health failing, he was obliged to leave that institution, and resign his intention of entering the army.
Subsequently, he devoted himself to the study of surgery and medicine, under the instruction of our fellow citizen, Doctor Winslow Lewis, who speaks in the highest terms of his deceased pupil's professional skill. After successfully graduating in the medical school of Harvard University, he practised for about seven years in this city, devoting much of his time and care to the suffering poor. In this way he rendered valuable aid to the Rev. Doctor Wells, in attending the sick poor of St. Stephen's Home, and the reports of the institution, for several years, contained handsome acknowledgments of his services. As a specimen of these, we cite this extract from the report of 1848: "Dr. M. A. Moore has continued to give to my people his gratuitous services. He has been untiring in his efforts by night and by day, and has been very successful in his treatment of the many cases to which I have requested his attention. Had he heard, as I have, blessings implored for him, for his acts of kindness, he would feel better paid, than he finds himself sometimes, when they are ' pay-patients.'" From Boston he was led to remove to Waltham, where, in addition to the practice of his profession, he conducted for some years extensive chemical works. On the breaking out of the war, for two years previous to which event he had been captain of the Waltham troop of cavalry, he powerfully and promptly aided the State Government in raising the whole of one troop, and great part of another, for the First Massachusetts Cavalry, and, during three months' stay at Readville, he not only brought his own troop into a high state of discipline, but also afforded very valuable assistance in maintaining order and good discipline at a time of considerable excitement in the regiment.
On the last day of 1861, Capt. Moore accompanied his men to Philadelphia, enroute to Hilton Head, where, so long as health lasted, his energy and sterling soldierly qualities continued to elicit the warm approval of his superior officers. Extreme fatigue, bad air, and bad water, after a while, however, prostrated him in the hospital, whence he was compelled to return home invalided ; and a ling period of ill health, accompanied at times by severe suffering, has at last been calmly and happily closed in the sleep that "knows no waking." Thus cut down in the early prime of manhood, as the direct result of persisting in the discharge of his military duties, when health had already begun to fail, Marcus Moore leaves to his sorrowing father, wife, and friends the consolation uf a memory rich in many virtues, and unstained by any vices; and, to his fellow countrymen an example, well worthy of imitation, of prompt, but quiet, unostentatious response to the calls of Duty, alike by the bed of sickness and death, and in the camp and field of war.
MOORE'S FREEMASON'S MONTHLY, JUNE 1864
From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXIII, No. 8, p. 254, June, 1864:
At a regular meeting of the members of Monitor Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, held at Masons' Hall, in VValtham, on Monday evening, 18th April, 1864, the following preamble and resolutions were unanimously adopted :
- Whereas, it has pleased the Supreme Ruler of the Universe to take from our midst our respected Brother Marcus A. Moore, by death, in the promise of manhood — Therefore
- Resolved, That Monitor Lodge has lost one whose faithful services to our Institution rendered him worthy of our high esteem and affectionate regard.
- Resolved, That while we mourn his loss, it is not without the happy reflection, that his Masonic teachings have produced a lasting influence on the members of Monitor Lodge.
- Resolved, That we deeply sympathize with those who have been called to suffer that grief which can only attend the severing of domestic ties.
- Resolved, That Monitor Lodge be draped in mourning for the space of thirty days.
- Resolved, That a copy of these proceedings be sent to his family, and entered on the Records of this Lodge.
A true copy — Attest,
Charles M. Peirce, Sec. of Monitor Lodge.
It is with more than ordinary feelings of sorrow and regret, that we announce the death of a friend — the beloved son of a valued friend and Brother — Dr. Marcus A. Moore, of Waltham, Mass., the son of R. W. and Ill. Brother Charles W. Moore, Esq., Grand Secretary of Massachusetts, and the able and enlightened editor of the Freemasons' Monthly Magazine.
We heard of this lamentable event but a few days since, and could hardly bring ourself to give credence to it, foi when last in Boston we had heard favorably of him. Our departed Brother, at an early period of the rebellion, raised a company of dragoons in Waltham, entered the service of his country as Captain, and was sent to Hilton Head. There, faithful in the discharge of hii) every duty, as an officer and soldier, he was subjected to severe exposure, and as a consequence, contracted a diabetic disease, accompanied by a carbuncular inflammation, against which he struggled manfully and hopefully; but in vain, for from its effects, he was called to a higher, and better, and purer world on the 30th of March last, in the 39th year of his age.
We first had the pleasure of making the acquaintance of our lost friend, at the hospitable board of his worthy father, on the day of his return from the South, in May, 1862, and probably never was a more joyous family gathering than on that occasion.
We subsequently met him in New York, on his way to Washington, to obtain a release from his command, owing to his absolute inability to perform the duties of the same ; and again, last May, we grasped his manly hand at the meeting of the Grand Consistory 32d, for the Northern Jurisdiction, at Boston, in the full hope of three weeks hence again renewing an acquaintance, the memory of which we shall ever cherish.
But he is gone. We shall see him no more on earth; and from the very bottom of our heart do we sympathize with, and offer our sympathies to, the dear relations he has left behind—his fond and amiable wife—and the father, mother, and sisters he loved so well, and who so well loved him in return.
Our late Brother was a P. Master of Monitor Lodge, a member of St. Paul's R. A. Chapter, of Boston Encampment K. T., and of Boston Sov. Consistory, 32d. He was a pupil of our esteemed friend and Ill. Brother, Dr. Winslow Lewis, of Boston, and in 1847 received his degree of M. D. from Harvard University.
In every relation of life he was highly esteemed, and wherever known will be sincerely mourned.
His funeral took place on the 3d inst.,( April,) from the Church of the Messiah, Boston.
MOORE'S FREEMASON'S MONTHLY, JULY 1864
From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXIII, No. 9, July 1864, pp. 287:
We condole with our Brother, the editor of the Freemasons' Monthly Magazine, in the loss of his son.
Dr. Moore was originally designed for the army, but his illness at West Point rendered him unfit for continued exposure. He became a medical student of great promise, under Brother Winslow Lewis, and subsequently graduate of Harvard Medical College. His Masonic cultivation was manifest in the very commencement of his practice. For six years the humble sick, mainly and gratuitously, occupied his attention.
Dr. Moore entered the volunteer service as a Captain, and acquitted himself creditably, until his health gave way at Hilton Head.
Our Brother and Sir Knight has gone thus early to his eternal rest. Peace to his remains, and a tear over his abridged usefulness. Our sympathy is with father, wife, and friend. May the sorrows of earth prepare us for the joys of heaven !— Freemason, Washington, D. C.
MOORHOUSE, ALFRED HAMPDEN 1879-1953
- MM 1906, Columbian
Alfred Hampden Moorhouse was born October 12, 1879, in Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England. At twenty years of age, he emigrated to the United States and settled in Brookline, Massachusetts. He became a naturalized citizen on September 20, 1915.
In 1906, at the age of twenty-seven, he was made a Freemason in Columbian Lodge — chartered in 1795 by Paul Revere.
In 1917, Bro∴ Moorhouse became the Editor of the Masonic Craftsman. His prominence within the field of Masonic literature led to his being one of the six Freemasons who gathered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on October 1, 1928, for the original planning meeting of the Philalethes Society. In 1931, when the Charter Fellows were announced, he was Fellow number two. In 1932, he became the third President of the nascent Philalethes Society.
Bro. Moorhouse was called from labor on March 16, 1953.
Thanks to Bro. Shawn Eyer for this biographical sketch.
MORRILL, CHARLES 1818-1884
From Liberal Freemason, Vol. VIII, No. 1, April 1884, Page 28:
The brethren in Lowell have been again called to suffer the loss of one of their best in the recent death of Bro. Charles Morrill, well known for his intelligence and usefulness in the different organizations in the York Rite. He was among the first of our masonic acquaintances made in Lowell, and we will have more to say of him in pur next.
From Liberal Freemason, Vol. VIII, No. 2, May 1884, Page 51:
When we first made the acquaintance of Charles Morrill, he was then about forty-five years of age, not lacking much if any of being five feet ten inches in height, having blue eyes, a good complexion, and a presence that inspired confidence in his integrity.
He was born November 22d, 1818, in Waltham, Mass., and graduated from Waterville College, in Maine, in 1838, with high honors. Immediately after graduating, he went to Lowell, bearing a letter to the late Rev. Theodore Edson, by whom he was afterwards confirmed as a member of St. Anne's Church. His residence in Lowell did not become permanent until 1845, since when, he there continued to follow the occupation of his life, first as a teacher in the public schools, and since 1866, as superintendent thereof. The Grammar-school masters of Lowell voiced not only their own feelings, but those of the entire community, when on Thursday afternoon, April 3d, the day of his death, at a meeting held by them in the City Hall, they unanimously adopted the following resolutions : —
- Resolved, That since it has pleased God to remove from us by death, Mr. Charles Morrill, for many years an eminently successful teacher, and for the last eighteen years the faithful and efficient superintendent of the public schools, we desire to express publicly, our high appreciation of the valuable service which Mr. Morrill has rendered the cause of education in our city, and our deep regret for the loss which his decease inflicts upon the entire public.
- Resolved, That we desire to put upon record our sincere gratitude tor the valuable assistance which he has given us in our work, and tor the uniform courtesy and kind consideration he has ever shown us.
- Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be sent to the friends of the deceased.
This action was supplemented a few days later by the Condition of Middlesex Teachers, at Waltham, in the following resolution: —
- Resolved, That by the recent sudden death of Charles Morrill, superintendent of public schools of Lowell, the teachers and friends of
education in Middlesex County have sustained the loss of an intelligent and enthusiastic educator — one whose memory should ever be cherished for the invaluable services which, as teacher and superintendent, he rendered for so many years; for the warm sympathy and ready assistance which were ever evoked and kindly bestowed to lessen the cares and anxieties of instructors and pupils ; and for the continued and fervid interest with which he lent his support to this and kindred associations for the advancement of the cause of education.
The City Council of Lowell took concurrent action with the Grammar-school masters. The School Committee co-operated with the other branches and took active measures to emphasize their feelings and show of respect. The remarks of Bro. Solon W. Stevens at the meeting of the Committee were so happily appropriate, that we quote a part: —
It has been my fortune to be, I can truthfully say, intimately acquainted with Mr. Morrill for fifteen years. Not only here during the last five years, or more, but in other'scenes, amid other surroundings, of which he was fond. I have learned to notice the peculiar workings of his mind, the generosity and charity of his heart, and the unblemished integrity of his character.
I do not feel, Mr. Chairman, like trying to express the feelings of my heart to-day, but I think it will be the universal verdict throughout the community, and the unanimous response of every heart within my hearing at this moment, that this man whose death we are called to lament, has left behind him the record of a scrupulously honest, conscientious Christian gentleman. A few days ago he called to his bedside a friend who was in the house and asked her to read to him a portion of the Scripture in Ecclesiastes, beginning "Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth." The chapter was continued till the verse was reached which says, "Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was, and the spirit return unto God who gave it." As this was finished he asked that it be read again, and at its conclusion he said, "That fixes it." Gentlemen, for him the pitcher is broken at the fountain, and the wheel broken at the cistern, the spirit has returned to the God that gave it.
Green be the turf above him — may his memory be ever green in our hearts.
What Brother Morrill was as a teacher and superintendent, he also was as a Freemason, indeed, such as he can never be indifferent and sluggish members of any organization or society.
His activity became more manifest to us in behalf of Mt. Horeb R. A. Chapter, somewhere about 1868, when he made special efforts to bring the standard of work in that body to the ritual of the Grand Chapter; and this feature of his Masonic character has been prominent in all his relations with the bodies in the York Rite, as well as in those of the A. and A. S. Rite. He was a worker everywhere in Freemasonry, with such qualities of head and heart as contribute most to the prosperity of the brotherhood and in the delights of its association. Indeed, we recall a conversation with one of the brethren at Lowell, during which he said if trouble or disaffection of any kind arose among them, "Brother Morrill was the peacemaker, and could always be relied upon to restore harmony;" to this was added the remark,"he usually succeeded, too."
He was a member of Kilwinning Lodge, Mt. Horeb R. A. Chapter, Ahasuerus Council of R. and S. Masters, and at the time of his death was Prelate of Pilgrim Commandery, K. T., an office which he had filled for several years with much more than ordinary ability. He had also worked in the preceding bodies faithfully and well. He was a member also of the Lodge, Council and Chapter in the A. and A. S. Rite at Lowell, and of the Massachusetts Consistory having its Grand East in Boston, and was a regular attendant at the meetings of all.
His interest in Freemasonry was not temporary nor superficial, but was sustained by a knowledge of its history and literature such as few possess, and very few take the means to acquire; neither were his efforts limited to Freemasonry. At the time of his death he was receiving no less than eighteen periodicals, several of them Masonic, and others devoted to society and general literature. He was diligent as a reader, keen and receptive as a thinker, ready to "impart of his he knowledge to all within his sphere;" of him it may be said that he moved among hls fellow citizens and brethren, doing good continually.
MORRILL, CHARLES P. 1839-1913
From Proceedings, Page 1913-156:
DR. CHARLES PLUMMER MORRILL was born in Chesterville, Me., Sept. 18, 1839, and died at his home in North Andover on Friday, June 27, 1913. His parents were prominent citizens of their own generation; and were children of the first settlers in that region.
Brother Morrill was educated at the Farmington Academy, Farmington, Me. He attended Bowdoin College as a medical student until his enlistment in the Civil W.r. At the expiration of his military service he completed his studies in medicine at Georgetown (D. C.) University, from which in 1866 he received the degree of M.D. In September, 1866, he married Ellen S. Corbett of Farmington, Me. He resided in Washington one year, then for a while in Minnesota, but in 1872 he settled in North Andover and practiced his profession. For forty-one years he was an able, faithful, and beloved physician in that town. It is said of him that "he always worked for those things which would make the people of the town in which he lived better and happier." For twenty-five years he served as a member of the School Committee.
Brother Morrill received the Masonic degrees in Maine Lodge, No. 20, of Farmington, Me., in 1863, and demitted Jan. 28, 1870. He became, a member of Cochichewick Lodge of North Andover, Aug. 13, 1875, and was its Master in 1878 and 1879. He was District Deputy Grand Master of the Tenth Masonic District for three years, 1889, 1890, and 1891.
He was exalted in Mt. Sinai R.A. Chapter of Lawrence, Feb. 21, 1889, and was elected its High Priest Sept. 30, 1897, serving one year. He received the Royal and Select degrees in Lawrence Council in 1895, and was knighted and became a member of Bethany Commandery, K.T., of Lawtence, June 25, 1889. He was elected its Commander, Sept. 26, 1899, and served one year. Such faithful, earnest, and sweet-spirited Brothers add to the usefulness and strength of our Order.
MORROW, ANDREW C. 1872-1934
From Proceedings, Page 1934-115:
Right Worshipful Brother Morrow was born in Winooski, Vermont, February 27, 1872, and died in Norwood July 10, 1934.
Brother Morrow's active business life was spent in the service of Winslow Bros. and Smith Co., manufacturers of sheepskins and woolskins, for which firm he was merchandise manager.
Brother Morrow took his Masonic degrees in John Abbot Lodge in 1905, dimitting therefrom in 1913. In the meantime, he moved to Norwood in 1908 and immediately affiliated with Orient Lodge, of which he was Master in 1925 and 1926. He was District Deputy Grand Master for the Hyde Park Twenty-fifth Masonic District in 1927 and 1928, by appointment by M. W. Frank L. Simpson.
Brother Morrow was interested in all branches of Freemasonrr, and rendered them all valuable service. He was a Past High Priest of Hebron Royal Arch Chapter, Past Thrice lllustrious Master of Hyde Park Council, Past Commander of Temple Commandery, K.T., and a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies of Boston. When seized by his last illness, he was Master of the Thirty-seventh Lodge of Instruction.
He was a man of social instincts and of a peculiarly lovable nature. A very wide circle of friends mourns his untimely loss.
MORSE, HENRY GRAFTON 1830-1879
- MM 1864, St. John's (Boston)
From Liberal Freemason, Vol. III, No. 7, October 1879, Page 217:
The death of Brother and Sir Knight Morse, after an illness of three days, came like a shock to his many friends in Masonic and business circles. The Funeral services were attended by the principal occupants of Faneuil Hall Market, under the direction of the Superintendent, Bro. George E. McKay, by a large concourse of citizens, and by William Parkman Commandery in uniform, and by representatives of St. John's Lodge and St. Andrew's Chapter, in each of which the deceased was a highly respected member.
The pall bearers were from these three bodies, and the market.
The services in the church, by the Pastor, Rev. Brother Cudworth, were simple, eloquent, and impressive; they were a fitting tribute to the deceased, and gave comfort to the bereaved. The concluding ceremonies were at the grave in Woodlawn, by the Commandery, True Scales, E. C. — and were according to the Templar Burial Ritual.
A miniature representation of Faneuil Hall Market, in beautiful flowers, was sent by the occupants, and other offerings, modest but expressive, gave evidence of the regard which brethren, friends and neighbors had for the deceased.
MORSE, HERBERT F. 1842-1912
- MM 1874, WM 1895, Washington
- Junior Grand Deacon 1909
- Senior Grand Deacon 1910
From Proceedings, Page 1912-24:
WOR. HERBERT F. MORSE, of Roxbury, was born in Foxboro, Mass., Sept. 22, 1842, and died March 7, 1912, at his residence in Roxbury. He came to Boston in 1860, and continued in business in Roxbury until his decease.
Brother Morse received the degrees in Washington Lodge in 1874, and was Wor. Master in 1895 and 1896. In the latter year the Centennial of Washington Lodge was celebrated. He served as Junior Grand Deacon of this Grand Lodge in 1909 and as Senior Grand Deacon in 1910.
Brother Morse was elected Deputy Grand High Priest of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter in 1906; Thrice Illustrious Master of Roxbury Council 1891-1893; Eminent Commander of Joseph Warren Commandery, K.T., in 1887 and 1888, and in 1899 became Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Brother Morse held a high rank among business his word was as good as his bond. In Freemasonry he was active in various Bodies and freely spent his strength, time, and means to advance its interests. To know him was to respect, honor, and love him.
From New England Craftsman, Vol. VII, No. 7, April 1912, Page 249:
Herbert Francis Morse, one of the well known Masons of Massachusetts, died March 7th, in the 69th year of his life. He has been ill with heart trouble since last June. He was born in Foxboro, Mass., Sept. 22d, 1843. He came to Boston when about 18 years old. For many years he was a member of L. W. and H. F. Morse Company in the grocery business.
The zeal of Herbert Morse in Freemasonry was well known throughout the Commonwealth. In Craft, Capitular, Cryptic and Templar bodies he early took leading rank. He was enrolled in Washington Lodge, May 28, 1874, and in 1894-5 was Worshipful Master, as he was at the time of its centennial celebration in 1898. He was junior grand deacon of Grand Lodge in 1908 and senior grand deacon the following year.
He had served as High Priest of Mt. Vernon R. A. Chapter, Thrice Illustrious Master of Roxbury Council R. and S. Masters, Eminent Commander of Joseph Warren Commandery, K. T. His most prominent position was Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Massachusetts and Rhode Island which he held in 1899. He has been Treasurer of the Grand Commandery since 1904. He was a member of the Scottish Rite and president of the Roxbury Masonic Hall Association. He was a man of pleasing personality, and highest integrity. He was respected by all and loved by those who knew him personally.
MORSE, JACOB CHARLES 1860-1937
From New England Craftsman, Vol. XXXII, No. 8, April 1937, Page 159:
Jacob C. Morse, 77, dean of Boston baseballwriters and prominent in insurance fields died Monday, April 12 at his home, 10 Greenway court, Brookline. His sudden death was attributed to a heart attack.
Funeral services were held at the Mt. Auburn crematory Chapel.
A native of Concord, N. H., Brother Morse was graduated from Boston Latin School in 1877 and from Harvard University in 1881. In 1884 he was graduated from the Boston University law school. While at Harvard lie became interested in newspaper work and acted as Harvard correspondent for several newspapers. In 1884 he became a member of the Herald staff. During the 25 years he remained with that paper, he served as sporting editor for several years. A prominent Mason he wrote the news of the organization. He entered the insurance business in 1915.
For several years he served as secretary of the New England Baseball League when that circuit was thriving. For years he was a director of the Boston Press Club and managing editor of the Newspaper Club. He was a member of Joseph Warren Lodge of Masons for 46 years. He helped organize Everett Benton Lodge in East Boston and was its first treasurer. He was a member of the Scottish Rite bodies and Aleppo Temple of the Mystic Shrine.
A resident of Brookline for more than 50 years. Morse was a member of the town meeting body since its inception. He leaves his widow, Mrs. Josephine Morse; two sons, Reginald and Charles; a brother, Aaron, and two sisters, Mrs. Bertha Fuller and Mrs. Hattie Hamburger.
MORSE, LYMAN 1837-1891
From History of the Town of Berlin, by Houghton, 1895.
- MM 1865, WM 1874-1877, 1880, Doric
From Liberal Freemason, Vol. XIV, No. 11, February 1891, Page 347:
It is with sorrow that we note the death of this faithful Companion and Past High Priest of Houghton Royal Arch Chapter, in Marlboro, as reported by special dispatch to the Boston Herald. "The death of Lyman Morse, one of Berlin's prominent citizens, occurred to-day (February 11th), the direct cause being neuralgia of the heart. He was about sixty years of age. He had been chairman of the selectmen of Berlin, and had held all the prominent offices in the town. He represented his district — Berlin, Northboro and Shrewsbury—- in the Legislature last year. Mr. Morse was very prominent in local Masonic circles, and had held the offices of Master of Doric Lodge, and High Priest of Houghton Royal Arch Chapter of Hudson. He leaves a widow."
MORTON, ALBERT C. 1834-1899
From Proceedings, Page 1899-143:
The sad intelligence was received last evening of the death of R.W. Albert C. Morton, District Deputy Grand Master of the 13th Masonic District. The event was not altogether unexpected, as be had been for several months so seriously ill of Bright's disease that he had been unable to make any of the official visitations in person. His last letter to us, however, written a fortnight ago, announced that his condition had somewhat improved, and that he hoped to be with us to-day.
MOTT, EDWARD d. 1906
From Proceedings, Page 1906-47:
W. Bro. Edward Mott was Master of King David Lodge in 1860-1-2, and District Deputy Grand Master of the Twenty-third Masonic District in 1903-4. He died in Taunton May 12, 1906. He was a rnember of King David Lodge for fifty-two years, and a most faithful and active Freemason.
MOWER, EBENEZER 1761-1861
From Proceedings, Page VI-375:
To record the death of one whose life has been protracted to a century, is seldom allotted to any "chronicles of the times." This long duration of existence so seldom granted, is so striking an exception to the fiat which the Almighty established as to our length of years, that the centenarian is a phenomenon of vitality.
If in addition to this great length of years, can be superadded the consistency of a virtuous life, an uniformity in the paths of honor, and uprightness, truly the death of the departed is peculiarly worthy of note. That life which has so long "answered life's great end" should grace our records as incentives to let our light so shine. In noticing the decease of our most venerable Brother Ebenezer Thomas [Mower] of Worcester, who died Feb. 14, 1861, aged 100 years and four months, we have to record the life of one who 67 years was a member of our order, and was a zealous and faithful one, not in profession only, but in practice.
He was initiated in the Morning Star Lodge, Worcester. Feb 18. 1794. and the same year became a member. R. W. Isaiah Thomas, being the G. Master of the G. Lodge. He held many of the most active and important offices there to the acceptation of his brethren. Our venerable and highly respected Brother Dr. John Green informs us, that "he was esteemed prompt and efficient in the discharge of every duty, honest and upright in his dealings with his fellow-men and beloved by every one," and entertained to the last a strong and lively interest in that institution to which he dedicated his youth, manhood and old age.
Length of years were vouchsafed him, but better than these, was consciousness of a long and well spent life.
From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XIX, No. 11, September 1860, Page 350:
Worcester, Aug. 27, 1860.
Charles W. Moore, Esq.
Dear Sir and Brother,— I notice in your valuable Magazine for the present month, the statement that Col. John Johnson, of Cincinnati, O., has been a member of the Masonic Order for sixty-five years, (being now in his eighty-sixth year,) and that he is probably the oldest Freemason in the United States; — that Joshua R. Jewett, of Granby, Ct., (now eighty-nine years old,) is supposed to be the oldest Freemason living in Connecticut, having been initiated in January, 1797.
The Brethren in Worcester congratulate McMillan Lodge, No. 141, Ohio, and the Craft in Granby, Ct., in their possession of such venerable and worthy members. They admit their right to be proud of such "Jewels," and would remind them, ever to remember and cherish them with peculiar veneration for their personal and Masonic virtues, and for the services they have rendered the Fraternity.
At the same time, allow the members of "Morning Star Lodge," and the craft in Worcester, to indulge a fraternal pride in the reflection that they possess a " Jewel" older than either of those above named, in the person of Br. Ebenezer Mower, a native of, and still resident in Worcester, who, if he shall live till the tenth of October next, will reach the age of One Hundred years.
Bro. Mower was initiated February 18, 1794, and raised to the degree of Master Mason April 24, 1794, by W. M. Isaiah Thomas, in Morning Star Lodge, and held the offices of Senior Deacon and Junior Warden in that Lodge. He retains his faculties to a wonderful degree, and his interest in the fraternity is unabated, although for years he has been unable to attend the communications of the Lodge.
Bro. Mower has voted at every Presidential election. Is he not the oldest Freemason in the United States?
Wm. A. Smith, of Montacute.
MUDGE, FRANK HERBERT 1859-1922
- MM 1883, Columbian
From New England Craftsman, Vol. XVII, No. 8, May 1922, Page 234:
News was received in this city May 6th of the death of Frank H. Mudge, formerly in the printing industry and interested in Masonic and military activities. He died in North Epp-ing, N. H., where, since his retirement several years ago from the printing business, he had been conducting a farm.
Bro. Mudge was born in Boston Feb. 10, 1859, and was a graduate of the old Rice grammar school. He learned the printing business in the office of his father, Alfred Mudge, who conducted a large printing establishment at 28 School street under the firm name of Alfred Mudge & Son. When his father died Frank became proprietor of the business. Subsequently the plant was moved from School street to 24 Franklin Street.
He entered the military service as a member of D Company, 1st Regiment, M. V. M., and, leaving the infantry, he joined light battery A as senior second lieutenant. He was a past commander of Roxbury Artillery Veteran Association. On Sept. 25, 1882, he was elected a member of the Ancients and subsequently was a lieutenant in that organization.
He formerly was president of the Master Printers' Club of Boston and first vice-president of the United Typothetae of America. He was a member of Columbian lodge of Boston, DeMolay Commandery and all the Scottish rite bodies.
Surviving him are his widow, Mrs. Agnes V. Mudge; two sons and two sisters. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 9, at 12.30 o'clock, P. M., at Waterman's Chapel, 2326 Washington Street, Roxbury.
MUDGE, Frank Herbert, of Boston, printer, was born in Boston, February 10, 1859, son of Alfred A. and Abby C. (King) Mudge. He is descended from the Mudges coming from England in 1640, and settled in Boston; and on the maternal side from Governor Bradford of the Plymouth Colony. He was educated in the Boston schools. Learning the printer's trade, he entered the printing business in 1875, and five years later was admitted to the firm of Alfred Mudge & Son. For the past ten years he has been the sole proprietor of the business. He now employs about two hundred hands, and is engaged in the general printing business of high grade. He has served as vice-president of the United Typothetae of America and as president for two years of the Boston Master Printers' Club. He was connected with the Massachusetts Militia for several years, serving as lieutenant in Battery A, and in 1892 was adjutant of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company. He belongs to the Masonic fraternity, the Odd Fellows, the order of Red Men, the Knights of Pythias, the United Order of Workmen, and the Elks, and is a member of the Boston Athletic Club and of the Orpheus Musical Society. Mr. Mudge was married in 1882 to Miss Agnes V. Green, of Boston. They have no children.== MUNGER, ERNEST L. 1867-1922 ==
From Proceedings, Page 1922-30:
R.W. ERNEST L. MUNGER was born in Torrington, Conn., January 28, 1867, and passed on at his residence in Gloucester January 21, 1922.
When a young man he entered the electrical business and was employed by the General Electric Company in Lynn. In 1896 he settled in Gloucester as Superintendent of the local lighting company. He put new life into the enterprise, brought his business knowledge and acumen into use, and produeed a great growth of the company's interests. He was very popular with the employees and officers of the company and with those with whom he came in contact in a business way.
R. W. Brother Munger received the Masonic degrees in Acacia Lodge, of Gloucester, in 1899, and after several official promotions became Master of that Lodge in 1904 and served two years. He was elected Treasurer of the Lodge in 1906 and held that office until his decease. He was also a member of William Ferson R. A. Chapter, of Gloucester, and of Bethlehem Commandery, K. T., of Beverly. He was appointed District Deputy Grand Master for the Ninth Masonic District in December, 1921, and died in office January 21, 1922.
R.W. Brother Munger was deeply interested in Acacia Lodge and freely gave of his time and influence for its welfare. His absence from his accustomed place in Acacia Lodge will be greatly deplored by all the members.
Brother Munger is survived by a widow, one brother, and two sisters, to whom the Fraternity extends its expressions of sincere sympathy.
The Most Worshipful Grand Master appointed as his successor R.W. Aaron Cogswell, of Essex, who has been duly installed and is now in active discharge of his duties.
MUNROE, GEORGE H. 1852-1912
From Proceedings, Page 1912-26:
R.W. GEORGE H. MUNROE was born in East Cambridge, Mass., July 29, 1852, and died at his residence in Belmont, March 11, 1912.
Brother Munroe was engaged in the insurance and real estate business in Cambridge for a number of years, and served the city as one of its Assistant Assessors, removing to Belmont about three years ago. He was widely known for his interest in music, and his talents as a singer were freely used for the benefit of the Masonic and religious bodies with which he was connected.
Brother Munroe received the Masonic degrees in Putnam Lodge, of East Cambridge, in 1881. He was Senior Deacon of that Lodge in 1886, Senior Warden in 1887, and Wor. Master in 1888 and 1889. He was District Deputy Grand Master of the Second Masonic District in 1911 and 1912. He was High Priest of Cambridge Royal Arch Chapter in 1902 and its Secretary from 1g02 until his decease. He received the Cryptic degrees in Cambridge Council, and became its Recorder. He was a member of Cambridge Commandery, K.T., and was a Life Member of Massachusetts Consistory.
By the passing on of Brother Munroe, the community has lost a public-spirited citizen, his acquaintances have lost a true friend, and the Fraternity a zealous Brother.
"Sleep, dear friend: such lives as thine
Have not been lived in vain,
But hold an influence rare, divine
On lives that here remain."
MUNROE, JOHN D. 1854-1910
- MM 1881, WM 1899, King Philip
From New England Craftsman, Vol. VI, No. 2, November 1910, Page 48:
John Donald Munroe, Past Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery, K. T., of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, died October 16, aged 56 years. He was born in Prince Edward Island, February 6, 1854. Received early education in country district school. Settled in Fall River in 1867 with his parents. Secured employment in a newspaper office at age of 14 as printer's devil where he subsequently learned the printer's trade. Started in business as a printer in 1872, which business has been continued up to the present time.
In 1879 when the First Regiment of Infantry was organized with Col. Nat Wales (afterwards General), in command, he assisted in organizing Co. M. in which he served as private, corporal and sergeant until 1883, wheti he was commissioned Second Lieutenant and afterwards First Lieutenant. In 1802 he assisted in organizing Co. F. of the Naval Brigade to the command of which he was transferred from the First Regiment, H. A. He continued in command of that Co. for two years, when on his own application for retirement he was placed on the retired list with the rank of Lieutenant Commander in 1894.
In 1887 he was elected Military Instructor in the Fall River High Schoo;l which position he held for 15 years until he resigned in 1902.
His Masonic history commenced in 1881, when he was raised a Master Mason in King Philip Lodge of Fall River. He received the capitular degrees in Fall River Royal Arch Chapter and the cryptic degrees in Fall River Council of R. & S. M. Later, after serving in several subordinate positions in each of those bodies he was elected Master of King Philip Lodge in 1898, E. H. P. of the Chapter in 1894 and T. I. M. of the Council in 1899. He was Knighted in Godfrey de Bouillon Commandery of Knight Templar of Fall River in 1888, was appointed Warder the same year and after having served in various positions was installed Commander in October 1894, in which position he served two years. In 1896 he was named as om of the appointed officers in the Grand Commandery of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and was continued as an officer there, either appointed or elected, until he was elevated to the position of Grand Commander in 1908. He was also a Life Member of Massachusetts Consistory, S. P. R. S., 32°. and its subordinate bodies in the Scottish Rite. He was an active member of every Masonic body where he was first admitted.
MURRAY, OWEN B. 1878-1939
From Proceedings, Page 1939-198:
Right Worshipful Brother Murray was born in Dennisport, September 28, 1878, and died there March 12, 1939.
Brother Murray's whole life was spent in his native town. As a very young man he became a clerk in a clothing store. Continuing with the same concern, he was its owner at the time of his death. He was a Selectman of Dennis from 1931 to 1936.
He became a member of Mount Horeb Lodge, of Harwich, in 1920 and was its Master in 1931. He was District Deputy Grand Master for the Provincetown Thirty-second Masonic District in 1934 and 1935, by appointment of Most Worshipful Curtis Chipman and Most Worshipful Claude L. Allen.
An editorial in a local newspaper says of him: "He lived unselfishly, was pleased at every opportunity to do something for others, and never did he refuse to do his good deed. . . . His kindly presence will be missed, not only in his native Dennis, but throughout the entire county."