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PADDACK, HENRY 1838-1919

From Proceedings, Page 1920-86:

R. W. HENRY PADDACK was born in Nantucket April 2, 1838, and died in that town December 13, 1919. He was descended from a long line of New England ancestry being eighth in descent from Robert Paddock, who came to Plymouth in 1634.

Brother Paddack attended the public schools of Nantucket and in 1853 was apprenticed to the ship painter's trade, which he followed nineteen years. In 1857 he moved to Fall River, where he was employed in painting ships and steamers. In 1871 he returned to Nantucket and established the firm of H. Paddack & Co., Ship Painters.

Brother Paddack was elected a member of the State Legislature in 1870 and served four years. For ten vears he was a member of the Board of Selectmen in Nantucket and in 1892 he was elected County and Town Treasurer, positions he held for eleven years, when he retired from active business. In 1893 he was elected President of the Pacific National Bank of Nantucket and held that position until 1915, when he resigned. He was for years a member of the Board of Investment of the Nantucket Institution for Savings. In all these positions he gave universal public satisfaction.

Brother Paddack reeeived the degrees of Ancient Craft Masonry in Mount Hope Lodge, of Fall River, in 1865. He dimitted October 6, 1876, and November 6, 1876, became a member of Union Lodge, of Nantucket. He was Master of Mount Hope Lodge in 1868, 1869, and 1870, Master of Union Lodge in 1880, 1881, and 1882, and its Secretary for thirty years, 1883 to 1913. He was appointed District Deputy Grand Master for the Twenty-seventh Masonic District and held that office in 1889, 1890, and 1891.

Brother Paddack was a member of Fall River Royal Arch Chapter and honorary member of Isle of the Sea Royal Arch Chapter in Nantucket. He received the orders of the Temple in Sutton Commandery, K. T., of New Bedford and dimitted to become a charter member of Godfrey de Bouillon Commandery, K. T., of Fall River. He was a life member of the four Bodies of the Scottish Rite in Boston.

As the record shows, Brother Paddack was a zealous and willing worker. Union Lodge had in him a strong pillar of support. He was of pleasing manners, quiet disposition, and an open hand. Everybody in Nantucket respected and admired him, for he was the soul of integrity, a Brother of wise counsel, and a friend of the needy.

Mrs. Paddack died in 1910, ever grieving over the loss of their only son some years before. Funeral services over the remains of Brother Paddack were held, in the presence of a large congregation, in the Masonic Temple, Nantucket, December 16, 1919.

PALMER, LEWIS M. 1860-1919

From Proceedings, Page 1919-187:

R.W. Lewis M. Palmer, M.D., was born in Richfield, Me., September 2, 1860, and died at the Framingham Hospital, June 4, 1919. After graduating from the schools and academy of his native town he entered Bates College from which he graduated in 1875. For the next three years he was Principal of the Hopkinton High School and then took a course in the Harvard Medical School, from which he was graduated in 1882.

Shortly afterwards he settled in Framingham and attained a high reputation as a physician. His preparation for work in his chosen profession was completed by taking several courses in some of the largest medical colleges in Europe.

Dr. Palmer was active in establishing a hospital in Framingham, was chairman of its staff, and an instructor in the Framingham Training School for Nurses. He served on the School Committee for several years and was prominent in the activities of the Board of Trade, being a past President. He promoted and formed the Framingham Choral Union and was a member of the committee of thirty three which in the year 1900 had direction of the celebration of the two hundredth anniversary of the incorporation of the town. He was Medical Examiner of the Eighth Middlesex District for seventeen years. This brief sketch of his life and work proves his activity in the civic and social life of Framingham and his great interest in the welfare of its inhabitants.

R.W. Brother Palmer received the Masonic degrees in John Warren Lodge, of Hopkinton, 1876, and dimitted February 15, 1883. He joined Alpha Lodge of Framingham, July 10, 1883, and served as its Master in 1892 and 1883. He served as District Deputy Grand Master for the Twenty-first Masonic District in 1892 and 1893. He was a member of Concord Chapter, Royal Arch, of Natick Commandery, Knights Templars, and of Boston-Lafayette Lodge of Perfection.

Notwithstanding Brother Palmer's many calls for adviee and work in his professional aqd public duties, he was a zealous Mason, interested in all the interests of the Fraternity, and publicly and privately exhibited the character of a true and faithful Brother.

In the passing away of R.W. Brother palmer, I feel a deep sense of personal loss. During nearly all the years of my Masonic iife he has been a close and valued friend and Brother-one upon whose j.udgment and kindly advice I could always rely. Masonry is richer and the world is better because he lived.


From Proceedings, Page 1923-32:

Bowdoin Strong Parker died on December 19th at San Francisco, California, while on a business trip for the Crystal Copper Company, with which he had been associated for the past eight years and of which he was Treasurer at the time of his death.

He was born at Conway, Mass., August 10, 1841. During the Civil War he served. as a private in the Fifty-Second Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, and in 1870 he became a Captain in the Militia. From 1879 to 1881 he was an Adjutant, and he was Judge Advocate of the First Brigade from 1882 to 1888. For eight years he was Assistant Adjutant General and Chief of Staff of Brigade, and retired in 1897 with the rank of Colonel.

He was prominent in civic affairs - a member of the Common Council of Boston from 1889 to 1891, and a member of the State Legislature in 1872 and 1873, and in 1910 he was appointed City Collector of Boston, holding that office for the next four years.

He was a Past Commander of Edward W. Kinsley Post 113, Grand Army of the Republic, and he prepared a history of that Post. He compiled and edited the Special Laws of the State of Massachusetts from 1889 to 1893.

Bro. Parker was raised in Republican Lodge, of Greenfield, on September 24, 1862, and he was Master from 1866 to 1868, and again from 1872 to 1873, and he was for many years the proxy for his Lodge to this Grand. Lodge. He was District Deputy for the 8th District in 1874 and 1875.

He was Exalted in Franklin Royal Arch Chapter, June 22, 1864. He was Knighted in Connecticut Valley Commandery No. 23 on September 3, 1872, and was Eminent Commander in 1874 and 1875.

He was married in 1867 to Catherine Helen Eagen, of New York, who died in 1899, and in 1915 he married Mrs. C. A. Leizzinger, of Roxbury, who with a daughter, Mrs. C. W. McConnel, of Brookline, survives him.

Bro. Parker was a highly respected citizen, a valuable public servant, and an honor to our Masonic fraternity to which he contributed so long and faithfully of his time and ability. I cannot refrain from asking you to pause and recall not with sorrow, but with the joy that time's understanding brings, all those who once were with us, "men of power, wisdom, and foresight; honored in their generation, and by their knowledge fit helpers of their fellowmen." We thank God that such have been, and out of our )oving remembrance we vision for ourselves those sptendid heights of serviee toward which their faces were turned and we set our feet more those paths which their feet have worn.


R.W. William Parsons, 3d, was born in Gloucester June 17, 1876, and died there June 23, 1916. Practically he spent all his life in that city. He was educated in the public schools, after which he assumed management of the "Retail Dry Goods, Men's Clothing and Furnishing, Boots and Shoes" business left by the late Joseph Parsons. Brother William Parsons, 3d, managed it profitably and to the great satisfaction of his customers during his business life.

Brother Parsons received the Masonic Degrees in Acacia Lodge, East Gloucester, in 1903 and became its Master November 24, 1909. He was appointed District Deputy Grand Master of the Ninth Masonic District December 28, 1915, and held that office at the time of his decease. He was also a member of William Ferson Royal Arch Chapter and of Bethlehem Commandery, Knights Templars, No. 43, both of Gloucester, Mass.

Brother Parsons lived a quiet but active life, endearing himself to all classes by his kindly disposition and pleasing demeanor. The respect in which he was held by his Masonic Brethren was evinced in the representation at the funeral from the Lodges of the Ninth District and the attendance of Bethlehem Commandery, Knights Templars. Burial services were observed by Acacia Lodge assisted by R.W. and Reverend William H. Rider, D.D., who attended as the personal representative of the Grand Master. Brother Parsons is survived by a widow and three children.


From Proceedings, Page 1932-17:

Brother Parsons was born in Rockport January 30, 1862, and died in Gloucester December 23, 1931.

During all his active life Brother Parsons was a conspicuous figure in the business, social, and fraternal life of Gloucester and the neighborhood. He was for many years Secretary and Treasurer of the Gloucester Mutual Fishing Insuiance Company. He was also Treasurer of the Addison Gilbert Hospital at Gloucester.

Brother Parsons took his Masonic degrees in Ashler Lodge in 1884 and was its Junior Warden in 1886, but did not progress beyond that station. He dimitted from Ashler Lodge in 1894 and affiliated with The Tyrian Lodge, serving as its Master in 1895 and 1896. He was District Deputy Grand Master for the Ninth Masonic District in 1916 and 1917, by appointment of M.W. Melvin M. Johnson and M.W. Leon M. Abbott.

He was High Priest of William Ferson R.A. Chapter in 1893 and 1894, and Distict Deputy Grand High Priest for the Second Capitular District in 1925 and 1926. He was Commander of Bethlehem Commandery No. 43, K.T., from 1904 to 1906. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies in Boston.

In 1916 he was elected Treasurer of his Lodge, Chapter, and Commandery and held the same offices at the time of his death.

Brother Parsons was a fine exemplar of truly Masonic manhood. Honored for his high integrity and his conspicuous civic interest, he was loved for his large generosity, his sympathetic understanding, and his unfailing friendliness. The community which he served and the Fraternity which he loved are immeasurably poorer by his loss.


From Proceedings, Page 1906-152:

Wor. Bro. Almond G. Partridge, D.D.G. Master of the Twentieth Masonic District in 1904 and 1905, died at his home in West Medway Nov. 14, 1906. He received the Masonic Degrees in Charles River Lodge, of West Medway, in 1877, and was Master of that Lodge in 1888, 1889 and 1899. He was very much beloved by thc Fraternity, especially of tbe Twentieth District, and held the regard and respect of all persons who knew him.


From Proceedings, Page 1940-188:

Brother Paul was born in Saint John, New Brunswick, September 17,1862 and died in Boston, May 10, 1940.

For many years, up to the time of his death, he maintainedan office in Boston for the practise of Dentistry.

His Masonic record follows. Raised in Mount Lebanon Lodge of Boston, May 11, 1896; served as Worshipful Master 1908-1909, and as Secretary 1935-1940. Became a Charter Member of Shawmut Lodge, Boston, September 26, 1913 and remained a member until his death. Became a Charter Member of Brookline Lodge of Brookline Septepber 29, 1921, but dimitted December 21, 1922. District Deputy Grand Master of the First Masonic District in 1920-1921.

Exalted in Saint Andrews Royal Arch Chapter of Boston January 6, 1897, and was High Priest in 1904-1906. Charter Member:of Roslindale Royal Arch Chapter of Roslindale and was High Priest 1922-7924. Grand Royal Arch Captain of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts in 1909, and District Deputy Grand High Priest of the First Capitular District in 1928-1929. Anointed in the Massachusetts Convention of High Priests March 7,1905. Received in Boston Council, R. & S.M., March 25,1897, and Thrice lllustrious Master in 1910-1911. Knighted in Boston Commandery, K.T., April 21, 1897; Eminent Commander in l914-1916, and Trustee 1917-1940. Received membership in Commanders Union October 29, 1914.

Received the Scottish Rite Degrees as follows:

  • Boston Lafayette Lodge of Perfection, October 2, 1896
  • Giles F. Yates Council, Princes of Jerusalem, October 9, 1896
  • Mt. Olivet Chapter of Rose Croix, October 16, 1896
  • Most Wise Master, l910-1913
  • Trustee of Permanent Fund, 1925-1940
  • Massachusetts Consistory, October 23, 1896
  • Coronetted a 33rd Degree Mason, Honorary, October l, t9t2

In his profession he received the degree D.M.D. at Harvard in 1891, was dernonstrator of operative Dentistry at Harvard, 1892-1899, and instructor in the same department 1899-1926.

He was Treasurer of Massachusetts Dental Society, 1896-1940, Trustee of Metropolitan District Dental Society, 1922-1940, and the first and only Honorary Past President of the Massachusetts Dental Society, His genial personality and long active service endeared him to his host of friends.


From Proceedings, Page 1933-99:

Right Worshipful Brother Peabody was born in Danvers, June 4, 1845, and died in Worcester, March 21, 1933.

Brother Peabody was educated in the Danvers public schools, Fhillips Andover Academy, Amherst College, and Jefferson Medical School at Philadelphia. He practiced medicine in Worcester for the rest of his life, except for three years beginning in 1876 when he practiced in Bombay, India. In addition to his private practice he served for twenty years as Superintendent of the Worcester City Hospital. In addition to membership in several professional associations, he was a Director of the Public Library and a member of the Worcester Historical Society.

Brother Peabody took his Masonic degrees in Morning Star Lodge in 1886 and was its Master in 1891. He served as District Deputy Grand Master for the Eighteenth Masonic District in 1894 and 1895, by appointment of Most Worshipful Otis E. Weld and Most Worshipful Edwin B. Holmes.

Brother Peabody was a Past High Priest of Worcester Chapter, and Past Deputy Grand High Priest; a member of Hiram Council; a Past Commander of Worcester County Commandery, and had held several positions in the Grand Commandery. He was a member of the several Scottish Rite bodies and a Past Sovereign Prince of Goddard Council, Princes of Jerusalem. Brother Peabody's long life was filled with a varied service to his fellow men, and he leaves a fragrant memory in the hearts of countless friends.

PEARE, CHARLES 1876-1927

From Proceedings, Page 1927-103:

Brother Peare was born in East Weymouth March 1, 1876, and died in Scituate April 25, 1927. He lived in Scituate the greater part of his life, and was an active participant in the affairs of the town. He had served on the Board of Selectmen, and on the Board of Overseers of the Poor, as well as on important town committees. For many years preceding his death he had operated a garage and machine shop.

Brother Peare was initiated in Satuit Lodge March 11, passed May 6, and raised June 3, 1903. He was Worshipful Master in 1911 and 1912 and was District Deputy Grand Master for the Twenty-seventh Masonic District in 1916 and 1917 by appointment from M.W. Melvin M. Johnson and M.W. Leon M. Abbott. He discharged the duties of his office with the quiet efficiency which so strongly characterized him. He was a very quiet, unassuming man, thoroughly dependable in any or all conditions, a real servant of the Craft and the community, an excellent example of a type of character which means much to the world.

PERKINS, DAVID 1873-1946

From Proceedings, Page 1946-246:

Brother Perkins was born in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, on August 10, 1873, and died in Brockton on July 3, 1946, the victim of a heart attack in his automobile.

After serving for many years as purchasing agent for the George E. Keith Company of Brockton, he became first vice president and a trustee of the People's Savings Bank of Brockton.

His civic interest is evidenced by his having served as president of the Brockton Chamber of Commerce for three terms, and as an Alderman for one term.

He was raised in Saint George Lodge on November S, 1899, and served as Master in 1910 and 1911. He became a Charter Member of Baalis Sanford Lodge on March 13, 1918, but dimitted therefrom October 14, 1936.

He was District Deputy Grand Master of the 29th Masonic District in 1929 and 1930, by appointment of Most Worshipful Herbert W. Dean. In 1938, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal by Most Worshipful Joseph Earl Perry.

For many years he was the Representative of Saint George Lodge on the Board of Masonic Relief and was very faithful in his attendance at its meetings and in his careful and thorough attention to all calls for service and relief.

His interest in the Lodge of Instruction and in the educational work of the Grand Lodge was keen and active. As a member of the Education Committee, he was a bulwark of strength and wisdom. His valued service is well expressed by the following excerpt from the memorial issued by that Committee:

"But most of us of the Committee on Education know him best as a member of that Committee, to which he gave continuous service from his appointment in 1931. We always knew where Dave stood, and he always knew why he stood there. He rather enjoyed taking issue in disputed points in our discussions, and must have realized how we loved him for it, for he was never bitter, never vindictive nor unkind. Would that there were more men like him!

"We close ranks and push on without the physical presence of David Perkins, but with us will ever march the indomitable spirit, the unquenchable devotion to our Craft, with which he was so thoroughly imbued."

Wordsworth might well have had Dave Perkins in mind when he penned these words:

"Enough, if something from our hands have power
To live, and act, and serve the future hour."

PERKINS, GEORGE H. 1863-1927

From Proceedings, Page 1927-104:

Brother Perkins was born in North Andover May 10, 1863 and died there ApriI 25, 1927. His whole life was passed in North Andover. After passing through the public-schools of the town, he entered the employ of a local druggist and in 1883 started a drug business of his own which he carried on up to his death. He early became prominent in town affairs and at the age of twenty-six he was elected Treasurer of the town, holding office for thirty-two years.

IIe was initiated in Cochichewick Lodge January 9, passed February 6, and raised March 13, 1885. He was Worshipful Master in 1895 and 1896, and District Deputy Grand Master for the Tenth Masonic District in 1906 and 1907, by appointment from M.W. John Albert Blake. At the time of his death he was a member of the Committee on Records of this Grand Lodge.

R. W. Brother Perkins was interested in all the bodies of Masonry, both of the York and Scottish Rites, though not an office holder except in his Lodge and in Grand Lodge.

Brother Perkins had the confidence and respeet of his associates and fellow citizens to a very great degree, and justified it fully by his faithfulness to every duty, his strict integrity, his uprightness in business, and his kindliness and sympathy in all his social and fraternal relations.

He is survived by a widow and one son.


From Proceedings, Page 1945-240:

Brother Perkins was born in Georgetown, Massachusetts, on December 8, 1873, and died there April 22, 1945.

He was a graduate of Governor Dummer Academy, Boston University and the Harvard Law School. Following graduation from the latter School, he practiced law in Boston for about forty years, retiring eight years ago to become Treasurer of the Georgetown Savings Bank.

He was President of the Carleton Home of Georgetown for twenty-two years, and a member of the First Congregational Church of his home town.

Brother Perkins was raised in Charles C. Dame Lodge of Georgetown on November 25, 1901, and served as Master of that Lodge in 1908 and 1909. He was one of the leaders in the formation of Hesperia Lodge of Boston, serving as Master, U.D., in 1925 and as first Master of the Lodge in 1926.

He served as District Deputy Grand Master of the Tenth Masonic District in 1914 and 1915, by appointment of Most Worshipful Melvin M. Johnson. Quiet and unassuming by nature, he was a deeply interested Mason and one whose sound advice was sought, and freely given. No call for service was ever neglected by him, and his passing leaves a deep void in Masonry and in his community.

"To us from falling hands, they throw the torch.
It is ours to hold it high."


From Proceedings, Page 1935-210:

Right Worshipful Brother Perrin was born in Wellesley, July 31, 1855, and died there December 1, 1935.

Brother Perrin was graduated from Harvard College in 1874. He did post-graduate work at Harvard and at Gottingen, Germany, until 1885. He taught in Gottingen from 1885 to 1888. On his return to this country he joined the staff at Boston University, where he remained until his death. He was Professor of Germanic Language, from 1891 and taught Sanskrit since 1910. From 1893 to 1907 he was also Superintendent of Schools in Wellesley.

Brother Perrin had travelled widely in the Orient, and learned severai of the Oriental languages. He was a frequent contributor to magazines and author of a considerable number of German textbooks. He was a member of the American Philological Association, the American Oriental Society, and many other learned societies.

Brother Perrin took his Masonic degrees in Meridian Lodge, of Natick, in 1892, and was its Master in 1897-8. He was a Charter member of Wellesley Lodge in 1913 and a Charter member of Boston University Lodge in 1926. He affiliated with International Lodge, of Peiping, while making an extended visit to China in 1920.

Right Worshipful Brother Perrin served as District Deputy Grand Master for the Twenty-third Masonic District in 1912 and 1913, by appointment of Most Worshipful Everett C. Benton.

He was a member of the bodies of both the York and Scottish Rites, including Natick Commandery, Knights Templar, and Massachusetts Consistory.

Brother Perrin was one of the leaders of the intellectual life of America. He was not only a great scholar, but a great teacher, endowed with a remarkable capacity to inspire intellectual enthusiasm and personal affection in his students. The same qualities extended to his Masonic associations. He passes full of years and of honors, leaving a void in the circle of American teachers and in the ranks of the Fraternity which he loved and which loved him.


From Proceedings, Page 1943-168:

Brother Perry was born in Newbury, Massachusetts, on October 10, 1877, and died in Newburyport on November 3, 1943, after a lingering illness of several years.

Upon graduation from a school of pharmacy in Boston in 1898, he entered the employ of Castelhun's Drug Store at No. 2 State Street, Newburyport, and became the owner at the death of his employer.

He was active in the Belleville Congregational Church and was Superintendent of the Sunday School for many years. He was also active in the banking business, being a Director of the Newburyport Co-operative Bank and of two Savings Banks.

He was raised in Saint Mark's Lodge on December 21, 1904, and served as Master in 1916 and 1917. He was Junior Grand Steward of the Grand Lodge in 1922, and District Deputy Grand Master of the 10th District in 1924 and 1925, by appointment of Most Worshipful Dudley H. Ferrell. He was a member of King Cyrus Chapter, R.A.M., and of Newburyport Commandery No. 3, K.T.

Funeral services were held in St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Newburyport, followed by the funeral rites ;f the Elks and Odd Fellows and the Masonic rites by Saint Mark's Lodge.

Brother Perry was of a quiet and unassuming nature and his many acts of helpful kindness were known only to him and those who were the recipients. No call for service ever went unanswered by him - a true Mason, who believed in his fellow man!

The words of Brother Edgar A. Guest are most appropriate with our Brother Perry in mind:

"Lord, as the robins let me serve. Teach me
To do the best I can
To make this world a better place, an' happier
For my fellow man.
If gift o' mine can cheer his soul an'
Hearten him along his way
Let me not keep that talent hid; I would
Make use of it today.
An' since the robins ask no praise, or pay
For all their songs o' cheer,
Let me in humbleness rejoice to do my bit
O' service here."


From Proceedings, Page 1883-227:

Among the men who witnessed the early trials of Masonry in this State, and who lived to see its days of prosperity and honor, was Timothy Phelps, another signer of the Declaration of 1831, who was born in Tewksbury, May 11, 1793, and who died in Dedham, March 24, 1883, in his ninetieth year. He was made a Mason in Constellation Lodge, Dedham, December 19, 1821, and was for two years Worshipful Master of that Lodge.

His Masonic life covered a space of sixty-two years, and his attachment to the Institution continued unabated to the last. His career was not marked by conspicuous events. A worthy man and a useful citizen, simple in his tastes and habits, he lived a blameless and well-ordered life, interested in every good work, and it was said of him that " he died without an enemy. What better record could he leave than this?

PHIPPS, WILLIAM H. 1833-1913

From Proceedings, Page 1913-35:

R.W. WILLIAM HENRY PHIPPS was born in Hopkinton, Mass., Oct. 9, 1833. and died at Oakland, Cal., Feb. 3, 1913.

He was made a Master Mason Sept. 21, 1858, in Montgomery Lodge, of Milford. He was a Charter member of John Warren Lodge, of Hopkinton, and was Master of that Lodge in 1862. He was a Charter member of Alpha Lodge, of South Framingham, and its Master under the Dispensation. In 1878 and 1879 he was District Deputy Grand Master of the Twelfth Masonic District.

Having settled in California, he united with Live Oak Lodge of Oakland, in that State. He received the Capitular Degrees in Mount Lebanon Royal Arch Chapter of Milford, in 1858; and received the orders of Knighthood in Milford.Commandery, K.T., of Milford. He was Eminent Commander of Milford Commandery in 1864. Brother Phipps received the Degrees of the Scottish Rite in Boston, in 1865, and those of the Royal and Select Masters in Worcester Council, in 1866. He was an active member of the Masonic Veteran Association of the Pacific Coast.

Brother Phipps, for over fifty years, was a consistent, active, and zealous Brother, who exemplified to a marked degree the principles of our Fraternity.


From Proceedings, Page 1939-70:

Right Worshipful Brother Pierce was born in Bernardston June 17, 1872, and died in Athol January 20, 1939.

Right Worshipful Brother Pierce was for his whole life identified with the industrial and manufacturing interests of the locality.

He became a member of Star Lodge in 1904 and was its Master in 1913-14. He served as District Deputy Grand Master for the Barre Thirteenth Masonic District in 1929 and 1930 by appointment by Most Worshipful Herbert W. Dean.

Right Worshipful Brother Pierce was one of the most prominent and popular Masons of Athol. His passing came as a personal loss to a wide circle of affectionate friends.

POPE, E. FRANCIS 1866-1917

From Proceedings, Page 1917-25:

Brother Pope was born in Acushnet, Mass., August 30, 1866, and died at his residence in Brockton January 24, 1917. His death resulted. from melancholia following a nervous breakdown. It was with profound soruow that his friends in the city learned of his death, for there were few men more generally esteemed, held in higher respect, or more welcome in business, fraternal, and social circles.

Brother Pope came to Brockton in 1887 and found employment with the O. A. Miller Machine Company, where he remained until 1901 when he was elected tax colleetor of the city. When R.W. William H. Emerson retired from the position of city treasurer Brother Pope was elected as his successor. He retained the position until 1913 when a change in the dominant party removed him from offiee. There was no criticism, however, of the man or his methods. He was affiliated with the Cunningham Rifles and became their military instructor and drill master. Later he was engaged by Chief Gettemy of the State Bureau of Statistics in establishing his system throughout the State. He was also Treasurer of the F. B. Washburn Company and in 1916 became Treasurer of the Wallace Shoe Company.

R.W. Brother Pope received the Masonic Degrees in Paul Revere Lodge, of Brockton, in 1891. He was Worshipful Master in 1901 and 1902 and District Deputy Grand Master of the Twenty-fourth Masonic District in 1904 and 1905. He was also a member of Satucket Royal Arch Chapter, of Brockton, and at the time of his decease was Eminent Commander of Bay State Commandery, Knights Templars, of Brockton.


From Proceedings, Page 1945-37:

Brother Porter was born in Salisbury, Vermont, on May 12, 1877, and died at his home in Turners Falls, Massachusetts, on February 9, 1945.

After attendance at the schools in Turners Falls, he entered the employ of the Keith Paper Company, retiring in 1944 after a service of forty-five years as Superintendent of the finishing department.

He was raised in Mechanic's Lodge on April 21, 1909, and served as Master in 1918 and l9l9. At the time of his death, he was Lodge Representative of the Board of Masonic Relief, a position in which he had served faithfully for several years.

He was appointed District Deputy Grand Master of the 14th Masonic District by Most Worshipful Dudley H. Ferrell and served in that position during the years 1923 and 1924.

He was a member of the Scottish Rite bodies of Greenfield and took an active interest, but never served as presiding officer in any of them.

Brother Porter took an active interest in civic affairs and was highly respected in his community. He served for many years as Town Moderator, Overseer of the Poor, and as Town Auditor. The Town of Montague has lost a valued and highly respected citizen, a4d Freemasonry has lost a faithful and well beloved Brother. Failing health alone caused his active interest to be lessened, but his heart interest in Masonry never ceased.

"They never quite leave us, the Brethren who've passed
Through the shadow of death to the sunlight above.
A thousand sweet memories are holding them fast
To the places they blessed with their presence and love."

POWERS, HENRY 1837-1886

From Proceedings, Page 1886-138:

WOR. HENRY W. POWERS was born in Abington, Sept. 8, 1837, and died at Santa Barbara, Cal., July 4, 1886. He was prepared for college at Andover, Mass., and in early life became a member of the Congregational Church. He enlisted in the Union Army July 24, 1862, Co. C, 38th Regt. Mass. Vols.; was promoted a sergeant July 17, 1863; was wounded in action at Cedar Creek, Va. in Oct., 1864, and was mustered out of service in July, 1865. In 1878 and '79 he was a member of the Massachusetts Legislature, and served each year as Chairman of the Committee on Engrossed Bills.

He was initiated, crafted and raised in John Cutler Lodge, at Abington, during the year 1860, and was Worshipful Master thereof: from 1869 to 1872. In 1868, with other Brethren, he assisted in establishing Puritan Lodge at South Abington and became its first Master, serving in that office three years. He served as D.D. Grand Master of the Twenty-fourth District of Massachusetts during the year 1885.

He was buried at Colebrook Cemetery, where our impressive ritual was rendered by Puritan Lodge. Wor. Bro. Powers was recognized as a man of spotless character and large ability. Having had the advantage of a liberal education, he naturally held prominent positions and filled all with credit to himself and his community. In social and business circles he was welcomed and esteemed. Truthfulness, fidelity and honor were his ascribed characteristics. He was a kind and benevolent citizen, a brave soldier and a loyal Mason, — beloved by home, friends and Brethren, he reciprocated their esteem and confidence. His decease bereaves family, church, community and Fraternity of a kind, earnest and valued member.

PRICE, EDWARD R. 1846-1911

From Proceedings, Page 1911-118:

R.W. EDWARD R. PRICE was born in North Attleborough Oct. 9, 1846. His early education Was gained in the public schools of North Attleborough, and later he studied at the Green Mountain Institute, Woodstock, Vt. On his return home he obtained a position as clerk in the Attleborough Savings Bank in which he continued till April 8, 1872, when he was chosen to succeed to the office of secretary and treasurer of the corporation. Fot twenty-eight years, in addition to the above-named duties, he was cashier of the First National Bank of North Attleborough. While holding these two positions of responsibility he found time to participate id the management of the North Attleborough Gas Light Company, and was affiliated with other business interests. When the affairs of the Interstate Electric Street Railway Company were in financial chaos, Brother Price was called to the rescue and made the concern a paying investment. He was deeply interested ir the Public Library of the town, and was active in all town affairs.

Brother Price was a prominent member of the Universalist Parish, having served as clerk of the parish and superintendent of the Sunday School. His many responsibilities and continued activity undermined his health. In 1898 he received eight months leave of absence from the banks and railroad, but in 1900 he relinquished his position with the railroad company and in 1902 practically retired from business.

"Brother Price received the Masonic degrees in Bristol Lodge of North Attlebolough, in 1870, beeoming a member June 7 of that year. He was Master of the Lodge in 1879 and 1880 and District Deputy Grand Master of the Twenty-third Masonic District in 1893 and 1894. (Note: original text read 1883, which is in error.)

After a busy and successful life, universally esteemed by his townsmen, a worthy exponent of thc principles of our Fraternity, Rt. Wor. Bro. Edward R. Price passed on to the better life Aug. 6, 1911.

PUFFER, WILLIAM H. 1855-1923

From Proceedings, Page 1923-152:

R. W. WILLIAM H. PUFFER was born in Athol, October 22, 1855. He moved to South Boston in early years and passed the remainder of his life in and around Boston. His whole active life was spent in the drug business, in which he was widely and favorably known. At one time he was president of the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. Thoroughly devoted to his business and to his Masonic interests, he never sought public office or honors.

In 1876 he married Miss Mary Ellen Bean, of Cambridge, who survives him.

R. W. Bro. Puffer was Raised in Rabboni Lodge January 13, 1880, and was its Worshipful Master in 1890, 1891, and 1892. He served as District Deputy Grand Master for the Fourth Masonic District in 1905 and 1906. He was past High Friest of Dorchester Royal Arch Chapter, Past Commander of Saint Omer Commandery of Knights Templars, Past Sovereign Prince of Giles F. Yates Council, Princes of Jerusalem, and Past Second Lieutenant Commander of Massachusetts Consistory. He was crowned an Honorary Member of the Supreme Council, 33° for the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction in Boston, September 20, 1904.

R.W. Bro. Puffer was a familiar figure for many years in our Masonic gatherings of all sorts in and about Boston. His cheerful disposition and his ever-ready helpfulness endeared him to a very wide circle of the Brethren. His passing deprives us of a loved and honored colleague and a dear and valued friend.

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