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SALTER, WILLIAM T. H. 1870-1929

From Proceedings, Page 1929-213:

Brother Salter was born in St. John, New Brunswick, November 5, 1870, and died in Milton November 2, 1929. He was graduated from the Methodist College in his native city and later came to Massachusetts and engaged in business here. At the time of his death he was Treasurer of the Trimount Manufacturing Company, a Trustee of the Dorchester Savings Bank, and a Director of the Trimount Co-operative Bank.

Brother Salter was a zealous and devoted member of our Craft. He joined Union Lodge, of Dorchester, in 1908 and affiliated with Dorchester Lodge in 1914. He was a Charter Member of Milton Lodge in 1923, retaining his membership in all three Lodges. He was a member of the several bodies in both the York and Scottish Rites. His active interest, however, was in Lodge Masonry. He was Worshipful Master of Dorchester Lodge in 1922 and served for a year in Grand Lodge as Junior Grand Steward in 1923. At the time of his death he was nearing the end of his first year of service as District Deputy Grand Master for the Roxbury Fourth Masonic District.

Biother Salter was deeply and sincerely religious, and conscientious to a very high degree in everything to which he set his hand. He was one who loved his fellow men and never tired in spending himself in their service. His sympathy went out abundantly to all who needed it, whether their need was material or spiritual. All who knew him respected him and those who came to know him well soon learned to love him. His accidental death cut him off in the midst of his usefulness while there seemed to be much left for him to do, and affiicted a large circle of friends and associates with a great sense of personal loss.

SANFORD, WALTER BRAMHALL 1863-1942

From Proceedings, Page 1942-171:

Brother Sanford was born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, on August 22, 1863, and died there on August 12, 1942.

After graduation at the Great Barrington High School, he entered Williams College and was graduated from that institution in 1885. After teaching school for a few years, he took up the study of law and was admitted to the bar in July, 1892. In 1893 he was appointed Justice of the District Court of Southern Berkshire and continued in that capacity until his retirement in September, 1941. Throughout his active life, he served in the affairs of his town and county with zeal and ability.

He was raised in Cincinnatus Lodge of Great Barrington on July l, 1898, and served as Master in 1902 and 1903. In Grand Lodge he served as District Deputy Grand Master of the 16th District in 1919 and 1920, by appointment of Most Worshipfuls Leon M. Abbott and Arthur D. Prince.

He was a member of all the collateral bodies and was an Honorary Member of the Supreme Council, 33d Degree.

Funeral services were held at the First Congregational Church, Great Barrington) on August 15, 1942, and the very large attendance of Masonic and other friends showed the high esteem in which he was held.

A life of worthwhile service is now but a memory to a host of friends.

SARTELLE, EDWARD J. 1857-1912

Brother Sartelle was born May 9, 1857, in Pepperell, Mass., and died at his residence in Worcester, Sept. 15, 1912. He received his early education in the public schools of Townsend, and at the Lawrence Academy in Groton. After completing his college course at Harvard in 1889, he taught school for five years, being for a part of the time principal of the Pepperell and Lawrence High Schools. At one time he was superintendent of schools in Townsend. He was connected with the State Mutual Life Assurance Company from 1887 to 1908, resigning the latter year. September 2, 1887, he married Miss Lilla M. Larkin, who, with one daughter, survives him.

Brother Sartelle received the Masonic degrees in St. Paul Lodge, of Ayer, in 1878, and was its Master in 1883 and 1884. He was District Deputy Grand Master of District No. 11 in 1900 and 1901. He received the Capitular degrees in Thomas Chapter, of Fitchburg, in 1880; demitted to Worcester Chapter in 1893, and was its M.E. High Priest in 1896 and 1897, after which he served as its Secretary for five years. He served as R. Ex. Deputy Grand High Priest of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts in 1904. He joined Hiram Council, of Worcester, in 1894, and was its Thrice Illustrious Master in 1897 and 1898. He received the orders of Knighthood in Worcester Commandery, K.T., in 1894, and was its Eminent Commander in 1905. He received the degrees of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite in the Bodies of that Rite in Worcester and in Massachusetts Consistory in 1895, and served as the first officer of Worcester Lodge of Perfection, 1903-1905; of Goddard Council, Princes of Jerusalem, in 1907, and of Lawrence Chapter, Rose Croix, in 1905-1907. He was elected to receive the Thirty- third and last Degree in 1906, but on account of his continued illness was not able to receive it.

Brother Sartelle was highly respected wherever known; deeply interested in public affairs; conscientious and faithful in all his service and zealous in the interests of the Masonic Fraternity.

SAWYER, FRANK H. 1868-1910

From Proceedings, Page 1910-179:

Worshipful Frank H. Sawyer, Master of Merrimack Lodge of Haverhill, was thrown out of his carriage and killed Sept. 24, 1910. He was a well-known business man in. Haverhill and was universally respected. He was a zealous Brother, courteous and faithful in presiding over his Lodge, and deeply int€erested in promoting and exemplifying the principles of Freemasonry.

SAWYER, SAMUEL L. 1845-1910

From Proceedings, Page 1910-33:

SAMUEL L. SAWYER was born in Boxford, Mass., June 20, 1845. He attended the common schools of his native town and, when a young man, removed to Danvers, Mass., where he resided over forty years.

Brother Sawyer - a wholesale flour merchant - always took great interest in the affairs of the town, county and State, and held various offices therein. He represented Danvers in the Legislature of 1891 and 1892, and was a member of the Senate in 1893 and 1894. He was a constant attendant at the Congregational Church, Danvers, in which he held the office of Deacon. He was president of the Essex County Association for several years.

Brother Sawyer received the degrees in Mosaic Lodge in 187l-1872, and was its Worshipful Master in 1879 and 1880. He was District Deputy Grand Master of the Eighth Masonic District in 1895 and 1896. Exalted in Holton Royal Arch Chapter May 14, 1873, he became Excellent High Priest of that Chapter in 1887. He received the Templar Orders in Winslow Lewis Commandery, of Salem, in 1891. He died in Danvers Feb. 18, 1910.

Brother Sawyer was earnest and painstaking in every cause he espoused, and has left a worthy record as a citizen and Brother - true and trusted in all the relations of life.

SCHARMANN, FELIX HANS 1889-1946

From Proceedings, Page 1946-294:

Brother Scharmann was born in Adams, Massachusetts on April 6, 1889, and died suddenly in Pasadena, California, on September 12, 1946, while on a vacation trip.

Soon after graduation at the local schools in Adams, he entered the employ of a printing company where he learned that trade. About the year 1928, he removed to Pittsfield and became associated with the Eagle Printing and Binding Company, of which he was the first vice-president at the time of his death.

He was raised in Berkshire Lodge of Adams on April 17, 1911, and served as Worshipful Master in 1916 and 1917. He served as District Deputy Grand Master for the Fifteenth Masonic District in 1940 and 1941, by appointment of Most Worshipful Grand Masters Joseph Earl Perry and Albert A. Schaefer.

His entire Masonic life was devoted to active and able service to the Craft; ever ready to answer any call with interest, thoroughness and dispatch. He took a particularly keen interest in the Service Department of the Grand Lodge and rendered invaluable aid to his Brethren.

The untimely death of Felix Scharmann was a great shock to his host of friends, but he has left a record for service that will keep his memory ever green in the hearts of his Brethren.

SEAGRAVE, ORVILLE 1837-1886

From Proceedings, Page 1886-60:

The busy messenger has again invaded our consecrated temple, and taken from us one "of good report" among his Brethren, and "duly qualified" for living and dying, — not one just entering upon the stage of manhood's activities, nor yet crowned with the quiet of advanced age, but one in the prime of life, active, industrious, worthy, who, in the home, in the circles of business, in various humane interests, and in the church, was exerting his strength, intelligence, and love for the welfare of his fellow-men and in obedience — as he believed — to his heavenly Father's will.

R.W. Bro. Orville B. Seagrave was born in Uxbridge, Mass., Oct. 26, 1837. His early education was in the public schools of that town. He entered Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass., in 1856; graduated in 1859, and, in the latter year, entered Brown University, Providence, R.I., whence he graduated in 1863. He was soon after appointed Paymaster in the U.S. Navy, and served until 1866. Having left the naval service, he went West; taught school there a few years, and was married in 1868. He became a member of the firm of Raymer, Seagrave & Co., in 1874, and later was a partner with his brother in the banking business, under the firm name of Seagrave Brothers. His wife and three children survive him.

Our lamented Brother was initiated into the mysteries of Free Masonry in Solomon's Temple Lodge, Uxbridge, November 25, 1863; was passed to the degree of Fellow Craft and raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason, November 27, 1863. He was. Junior Warden of Solomon's Temple Lodge from October, 1875 to October, 1876; Senior Warden from October, 1876 to October, 1878, and Worshipful Master from October, 1878 to October, 1880. He was appointed District Deputy Grand Master, 19th Masonic District, Dec. 27th, 1883, December 27th, 1884, and December 29th, 1885. He died in office, February 26th, 1886.

In the various duties and relations, of life, Brother Seagrave won the respect and affection of his associates. True, kind and loving as husband, father, son and brother; honest and faithful in business affairs; generous and sympathizing toward the needy and sorrowful; loyal to his country, and devoted to the church, he proved himself faithful to all obligations. He was brave to endure, and zealous in every cause he espoused; of recognized business integrity and unquestionable honor.

Unto his family and relatives, unto the Lodges under his care, and especially to that of which he was a member, we would express our fraternal sympathy, trusting that their present loss is. his present gain, — the battle on earth having been ended with a victory of "a well-grounded hope and a well-spent life."

Fraternally submitted,
OLIVER A ROBERTS,
DANA J. FLANDERS,
DANIEL W. TAFT,
Committee.

From Proceedings, Page 1886-135:

R.W. Orville B. Seagrave was born in Uxbridge, Mass., October 26, 1837, and died at his residence in that town February 26, 1886, aged 48 years.

He received the Symbolic Degrees of Masonry in Solomon's Temple Lodge, Uxbridge, in 1863; was Junior Warden of the Lodge for the year ending October, 1876; Senior Warden, 1877-78, and Wor. Master 1879-80. He was commissioned D.D.G.M. of the Nineteenth Masonic District December, 1883, '84, '85, leaving his term of. office the present year incomplete.

In respect to his memory I have refrained from appointing a successor, the remaining duties of the office having been attended to by R.W. Irving B. Sayles, under a special warrant of authority.

The eulogy, pronounced by his fellow-citizens and Brethren, is that an industrious, zealous, honored citizen, an upright man, and a consistent, devoted Mason, beloved by all, has been gathered into that land where our fathers have gone before us. As a D.D.G.M. I found Brother Seagrave to be an earnest, conscientious officer; .courteous and attentive to the Craft within his District, zealous in the performance of his Masonic duties, anxious to act the pleasure of the Grand Master, and promulgate his wishes and advice. So far as my observations have extended he held a position of high respect among the Brethren. In the decease of Brother Seagrave the Fraternity has lost a Brother worthy of his high calling, his Lodge a good counselor, his family a true and loving member, the community an honest and upright citizen.

SEAVEY, ISAAC P. d. 1862

From Proceedings, Page VI-444:

Resolved. That the G. Lodge have heard with deep sorrow of the death of our late highly esteemed Brother I. P. Seavey, who has filled with great acceptance the responsible offices of Gd. Lecturer and Dis. Dep. Gd. Master in this jurisdiction.

Resolved. That in the death of Bro. Seavey the Masonic Fraternity have lost a useful member whose zealous labors have largely contributed to the promotion of its interests in this commonwealth.

Resolved. That the Gd. Lodge in token of its appreciation of the character and services of Bro. Seavey, place upon its record their resolutions as an abiding testimonial, and direct that a copy of-the same be forwarded to the family of the deceased.—and be published in the Freemasons' Magazine.

SHAW, ROBERT G. d. 1853

From Proceedings, Page V-457:

Whereas the Grand Master has this evening announced to this Grand Lodge the death of Bro Robt G. Shaw, for a long time a most distinguished member of the Masonic family, it is most fit that some memorial of our loss and of our gratitude should be preserved.

Robt. G. Shaw early became a member of St, John's Lodge in Boston and was, for a long time, accustomed to attend its meetings and its duties. As he gained standing and influence in society at large, his services to the Masonic family were given rather without than within, its Lodges. His example of unquestioned integrity, unsullied honor, untiring industry, extensive and most judicious charity — each guided and applied to the most worthy objects, by the action of an acute intellect, and each consecrated to the glory of God, and the welfare of man, by high and pure Christian feeling — in themselves reflected back upon this society a strength and lustre beyond all value and price. We cannot but feel that he was an ornament and strength to us, of unspeakable importance.

In the hour of our great calamity, when we were nearly beaten to the dust by the prejudice and malice of our enemies, he performed for us a service which hardly any other man could have done; because in hardly any other man could we have placed such implicit confidence.

Now, when it has pleased God to take from us, in quick succession, Brethren like White and Dickson, and Shaw, we can still in this time of grief, look up with humble gratitude and thank him that the services of such men were given us for so long a period: — when assailed by unjust reproach, we can still point to the memories of such men as sufficient, and more than sufficient, to redeem and consecrate our principles. They knew the character of our fraternity, and were able to appreciate its teachings. They followed and were led by them in life, and are now, we humbly trust, withdrawn from the darkness of mortality into the lasting brightness of perfect light.

We, therefore, the members of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, acting in the name of the Masonic Family of the State, beg leave with the most profound gratitude for his services, to offer to the family of our late Bro. Robt. G. Shaw, our heartfelt condolence on their great Loss.

SHELDON, WILLIAM HENRY 1869-1941

From Proceedings, Page 1941-166:

Right Worshipful Brother Sheldon was born in North Adams, January 7, 1869, and died at Framingham Hospital, Framingham, April 11, 1941.

His early life was spent in North Adams and in Bennington, Vermont. In 1888 he removed to West Somewille, and until his retirement in 1911, was engaged in the retail boot and shoe business, being with A. Shuman & Co. of Boston for the last twelve years. Upon his retirement, he removed to Hopkinton and remained there until his death.

He was raised in John Warren Lodge May 12, 1915, and served as Worshipful Master in 1926 and 1927. In 1938 he was elected an Honorary Member of North Star Lodge of Ashland. He served as District Deputy Grand Master of the (Natick) 23d District in 1934 and 1935, by appointment of Most Worshipful Curtis Chipman and Most Worshipful Claude L. Allen.

He was also a member of Mt. Lebanon Chapter, R.A.M., Milford Council, R.& S.M., Milford Commandery, K.T., and of the Scottish Rite Bodies of Boston. Brother Sheldon took an active interest in civic and church affairs in Hopkinton. He served on the Board of Selectmen, was a Trustee of the Public Library, a Trustee of the Savings Bank and was Chairman of the building committee for the Congregational Church completed late in 1940.

Both Freemasonry and the town of Hopkinton have lost a valued friend and worker. Of pleasing personality and sound judgment, his life should be an inspiration to those left behind to mourn his passing.

SHERMAN, EDGAR JAY 1834-1914

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From Proceedings, Page 1914-147:

JUDGE EDGAR JAY SHERMAN was born in Weathersfield, Vt., Nov. 28, 1834, and died at his home in Windsor, Vt., June 9, 1914.

Brother Sherman was a descendant of Edmund Sherman who settled in Watertown in 1632. He was educated in the schools of his native town and at Wesleyan Seminary in Springfield, Vt. He taught schools in Springfield and also for four years at Harwich, Cape Cod. Though not a graduate of Dartmouth College - which he very much regretted - that institution conferred upon him the Honorary Degree of Master of Arts in 1884. He studied law in Lawrence, Mass., was admitted to the bar in 1858 and became clerk of the police court.

Brother Sherman enlisted as a private in the Civil War and was in the army under General Banks. He was promoted to be Captain and for gallant service was raised to the rank of Major.

After his return he served for three years in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, and later as Attorney-General of the Commonwealth. In 1887 he was appointed a Justice of the Superior Court, and occupied that position until Oct. 4, 1911, when he resigned. For forty-three yeam he was in various public offices.

Brother Sherman was not only equipped with a rare acquaintance with the Statutes, but was possessed of an unusual insight into human nature. He won permanent fame by his wisdom and courage, and by his knowledge and administration of law. He was highly respected and beloved by the bar which appeared before him. He leaves an untarnished record and the memory of a busy, useful and successful life.

Brother Sherman received the Masonic degrees in Grecian Lodge of Lawrence in 1860, but his active public life prevented his accepting official duties in the Lodge. Your Grand Master has been invited to be an honorary pallbearer at the funeral to-morrow.

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SHERMAN, JAMES T. 1849-1916

R.W. James T. Sherman, M.D. was born in Newport, R.I., in 1849, and died in Newport, R.I., June 6, 1916, while visiting a friend in that city. R.W. Brother Sherman was educated in the public school of his native city and was graduated from the New York Homœopathic College in 1869. A few years later he settled in Dorchester, associating himself with Dr. James Lee, on Adams Street, Meeting House Hill. For more than forty years he followed his profession in that locality.

R.W. Brother Sherman received the Masonic Degrees in Union Lodge, Dorchester, in 1880 and 1881 and became a member thereof February 8, 1881. He held various offices in the Lodge and served as Master in 1891. He was District Deputy Grand Master of the Fourth Masonic District in 1895 and 1896. He was also a member of Dorchester Royal Arch Chapter, Boston Council Royal and Select Masters, Boston Commandery, Knights Templars, and Massachusetts Consistory Sublime Princes of the Royal Secret. In 1896 he was one of the representatives of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, commissioned by M.W. Edwin B. Holmes, to participate in the solemn ceremonies of the consecration of the Freemasons' Palace in Budapest, Hungary.

R.W. Brother Sherman was a zealous Freemason, active and studious. He was greatly interested in the welfare of the Fraternity and was a firm friend of the Masonic Home. He is survived by a widow and two married daughters.

"One by one we miss the faces
Of the friends we once possessed;
One by one their names are graven,
'Ceased to labor!' 'Home!' 'At Rest!'"

SHINN, EDWARD LEROY 1877-1939

From Proceedings, Page 1939-70:

Edward Leroy Shinn was born in Lynn April 5, 1877, and died at the Cambridge Hospital February 4,1939.

Right Worshipful Brother Shinn was educated in the Lynn schools and at Lombard College, Galesburg, Illinois, from which he was graduated in 1896. He was Assistant Sales Manager for the New England Coal and Coke Company, having been connected with that concern for twenty-eight years. During the Spanish war he was a major in the ambulance corps.

Brother Shinn became a member of Hiram Lodge in 1919. He was a Charter member of Russell Lodge in 1924 and served it as Master in 1926-7. He served as District Deputy Grand Master for the Somerville Sixth Masonic District in 1929 and 1930, by appointment by Most Worshipful Herbert W. Dean. He was the Representative of the Grand Lodge of Rio de Janeiro at the time of his death.

Brother Shinn was always kindly and courteous and quietly efficient in all he undertook. In his death the Fraternity loses a much loved member whose loss will long be felt.

SHIPMAN, JOHN E. 1832-1913

From Proceedings, Page 1913-36:

JOHN EDWARD SHIPMAN was born in Chester, Conn., Dec. 17, 1832, and died at his residence in Springfield, Jan. 27, 1913. After attending the public schools of his native town, at the age of seventeen years he began an apprenticeship in the printing business at Hartford, Conn. He pursued this calling for fifty-six years. In 1849 the duty of an apprenticeship in a printing office was various and long. When Brother Shipman, at seventeen years of age, started to care for himself in Hartford, he was paid twenty-five dollars a year and his board and clothes. His day's work consisted of getting up with the sun; going to the office, sweeping out, and shoveling away the snow if there was any; then he went to breakfast. When this was over he would return to the shop and work an old-fashioned Ruggles press all day long. In those days, power to work the printing presses came from strong arms which turned the crank from hour to hour.

In 1862 he enlisted in the Sixteenth Regiment of Connecticut Volunteer Infantry and served till the close of the Rebellion, being mustered out July 1, 1865. In 1866 he found work with the firm of Miller, Allen & Twing, in Springfield, where he remained till 1871, when he went into business on his own account. He retired in May, 1909.

Brother Shipman received the Masonic Degrees in Roswell Lee Lodge of Springfield in 1866. He was its Worshipful Master in 1871 and 1872, and was District Deputy Grand Master of the Tenth Masonic District in 1875 and 1876. He was also Thrice Illustrious Master of Springfield Council in 1880, 1881, and 1882; was Prelate of Springfield Commandery, K.T., in 1881-1883 and 1887-1889; was Chaplain for several years of Roswell Lee Lodge and of Morning Star R.A. Chapter.

Brother Shipman, for forty years, was a zealous, efficient Freemason. December 17, 1907, on the evening of his seventy-fifth birthday, employers and employees visited him and presented him with a Masonic ring, in appreciation of his long devotion and love for the Masonic Fraternity. He was familiarly called by the Brethren in Springfield "Uncle John" - a phrase implying the intimacy which existed among them, and the appreciation of the Springfield Brethren of the pleasing disposition and Masonic fidelity of Brother Shipman.

SHRIGLEY, WINFIELD S. 1849-1913

From Proceedings, Page 1913-38:

WOR. WINFIELD SCOTT SHRIGLEY was born in the State of Maryland, son of Enoch and Martha (Marlowe) Shrigley, and passed away on Feb. 3, 1913, at his residence, No. 432 Marlboro Street, Boston, in the sixty-fourth year of his age.

When a young man, having completed his studies of dentistry, he went to South America and at Valparaiso, Chile, he practiced his profession for thirty years. IIe retired in about the year 1902; came to Boston and made this city his home. In 1864 he served one hundred days in the Ohio National Guards, of Volunteer Infantry.

Dr. Shrigley received the degrees in Freemasonry in Aconcagua Lodge, of Valparaiso, the third degree being conferred, April 11, 1872. He was Master of that Lodge for several years. He received. the Capitular Degree in King Cyrus Royal Arch Chapter at Valparaiso, Chile, in 1874.

Having settled in Boston, he received the Orders of the Temple in DeMolay Commandery K.T., June 24, 1908. Brother Shrigley represented Bethesda Lodge, of Valparaiso, in the Grand Lodge, during his entire residence in Boston. He was greatly interested in our Lodges in Chile and held most intimate relations with R.W. Brother Urquhart, D.D. Grand Master. Brother Shrigley was a zealous and painstaking Freemason, and our Brethren in Chile have lost one of their most helpful companions.

Brother Shrigley is survived by his widow, two sons and a daughter. The eldest son, Alfred R. Shrigley, an attorney in Boston, is a member of the The Lodge of Eleusis.

SILVA, JOHN PETER 1872-1947

From Proceedings, Page 1947-249:

Brother Silva was born in Provincetown, Massachusetts, on August 24, 1872, and died at his home in that town on June 5, 1947. His active business life was in the fish and restaurant business in Provincetown.

He was raised in King Hiram's Lodge on April 14, 1913, and served that Lodge as Master in 1920 and 1921. He served as Junior Grand Steward in 1938, and as District Deputy Grand Master of the Provincetown 32nd District in 1944, by appointment of Most Worshipful Arthur W. Coolidge. Ill health prevented his service for a second year.

In the Capitular Rite he served as High Priest of Joseph Warren Chapter, R.A.M., and as District Deputy Grand High Priest for the 12th Capitular District.

Brother Silva was keenly interested in the Masonic Home and the comfort of the guests. His regular and frequent gift of a barrel of fresh fish was greatly anticipated and appreciated by them.

Until failure in health, John Silva took an active interest in anything Masonic, and his adherence to the principles of Freemasonry in his every day life could well be a pattern for all to follow. We shall all miss him and his generous, kindly spirit.

SKINNER, HENRY C. 1824-1916

From Proceedings, Page 1916-16:

R.W. Henry C. Skinner was born in Plainfield, Vt., November 14, 1824, and died in Milford, January 10, 1916, aged 92 years. Old age is given as the cause of his death. At the age of twenty-two years he settled in Milford where he has since resided. He represented Milford in the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1872 and 1873, and was Chief of the Board of Fire Engineers in Milford for many years. He was very active in the affairs of the town.

Brother Skinner received the Masonic degrees in Montgomery Lodge, of Milford, in 1859 and became a member thereof August 16, 1859. He was its Master in 1862 and 1863; District Deputy Grand Master of District No. 4 in 1865 and 1866, and of District 12 in 1867 and 1868. He was a zealous Freemason for fifty-six years.

He was a member of Mt. Lebanon Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, of Milford, and was its Secretary for thirty-seven years. He was knighted in Milford Commandery, Knights Templars, December 18, 1862; was admitted to membership at the same conclave, and was elected an honorary life member February 26, 1912.

SLACK, CHARLES WESLEY 1825-1885

From Proceedings, Page 1885-72:

Charles Wesley Slack was born on Garland street, then known as Garland's lane, Boston, February 21, 1825, and was in the sixty-first year of his age at the time of his decease, which took place at his residence, on Columbus avenue, April 11, 1885, after a short illness.

He graduated from the Eliot School, and was the recipient of a Franklin medal. He then learned the typographic art with the Boston Journal. On leaving that office he engaged in the job-printing business, and subsequently served as editor and publisher of The Commonwealth, — a weekly newspaper, which, under his management, became a recognized power in all reform movements.

He was twice President of the Mechanic Apprentices' Library Association, and. his administration of the affairs of the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association was characterized by great ability. He was a lover of the fine arts, and early became a member of the Boston Art Club. In 1852 he served as assistant clerk of the Massachusetts Senate, and in 1855 he represented old Ward 11 in the Legislature, receiving an election as speaker pro tempore. He was again a member in 1861,. and in this year was appointed assistant cashier of the Boston Custom-House, holding the position for three years.

He was a member of the Board of Aldermen in 1866 and 1867, and was chairman of the Board during the latter year. In May, 1867, he succeeded Bro. Wm. H. McCartney, as collector of internal revenue for the third Massachusetts district. This office he held continuously to the time of his death, and his administration of its affairs was characterized by great ability, promptness, and zeal.

Bro. Slack was made a Mason in Massachusetts Lodge. He was initiated October 17, passed December 17, 1859, raised January 16, 1860, and admitted a member February 20, 1860. He was Senior Deacon of the Lodge in 1861, Junior Warden in 1862, and Senior Warden in 1863-64. In 1865-66 he served the Lodge as Master, and on May 25, 1877, he was made an Honorary Member.

In 1881 he was appointed Senior Grand Deacon of the Grand Lodge, and served during three years. In December, 1884, he was appointed Corresponding Grand Secretary, which position he held at the time of his death. He was a remarkably youthful man in his feelings - and appearance, — cordial, sympathetic, zealous, and partisan to the last degree ; one who upon entering a room made his presence felt, as a breezy, cheerful, genial man. His energies were freely expended in whatever came to his hand. He formed a part of the nucleus of the old Free-Soil party, the influence of which will be felt through all time.

No more fitting tribute to his memory could have been offered than the large audience, gathered from every walk in life, which attended his funeral services.

Respectfully submitted,,br> HERBERT L. BURRELL,
CHARLES HARRIS,
FRANCIS CHILDS,
Committee.

SMALL, JAMES ATKINS 1840-1906

From Proceedings, Page 1906-48:

W. James A. Small, Past Master of King Hiram's Lodge, of Provincetown, clied at his home in that town April 24, 1906. He was District Deputy Grand Master of the Twenty-eighth Masonic District in the years 1896 and 1897, and was at the time of his death a member of this Grand Lodge, as proxy for his Lodge. He was a true Freemason, who tried to live daily in accordance with the letter and spirit of Freemasonry.

SMITH, ALFRED ELMER 1873-1944

From Proceedings, Page 1944-24:

Brother Smith was born at Nantucket on August 23, 1873, and died at his residence in the same town on January 16, 1944, after a lingering illness.

After graduation at the local schools, he was employed in the Pacific National Bank for a short time, during his spare hours studying to become a plumber. He entered that trade as a partner in the firm of Deacon and Smith and later engaged in the business on his own account, until 1940.

He always took a keen interest in civic afflirs and served the town in many of its offices. For the three years prior to his death he was superintendent of water-works. From 1927 to 1935 he served as Postmaster.

He was raised in Union Lodge of Nantucket on October 19, 1908, and served as Master in 1913 and 1914. He was District Deputy Grand Master of the Thirty-first District in 1927 and 1928, by appointment of Most Worshipful Frank L. Simpson.

He was also a member of Sea Royal Arch Chapter and of the Knights Templar.

Masonic burial services were conducted in the Masonic Temple at Nantucket by Union Lodge on January 18, 1944.

A well beloved citizen and Mason has joined the Celestial Lodge above, but the influence of his life will be long felt in Nantucket.

"And once again
Passeth a soul from this our earthly ken,
Where deed remain 'till time shall be no more."

SMITH, FRED S. 1870-1932

From Proceedings, Page 1932-206:

Brother Smith was born in North Andover, May 6, 1870, and died there November 2,1932.

He was educated in the schools of his native town, Phillips Andover Academy, Harvard University, and the Harvard Medical School. He practiced medicine successfully for the rest of his life in the town of his birth. He served as a member of the North Andover School Board for over twenty-five years and was its chairman at the time of his death.

He became a member of Cochichewick Lodge in 1898 and served as its Master in 1905 and 1906. He was bistrict Deputy Grand Master for the Eleventh Masonic District in 1916 and 1917 by appointment of Most Worshipful Melvin M. Johnson and Most Worshipful Leon M. Abbott.

Brother Smith held a high place in his profession and in the esteem of his fellow townsmen, whom he seryed faithfully and well, and was a support and an ornament of our Fraternity. His passing is a loss to us all.

SMITH, HENRY P. 1866-1935

From Proceedings, Page 1935-17:

Right Worshipful Brother Smith was born in Marshfield December 29, 1866, and died in Wellesley January 7, l935.

Brother Smith was educated in the Marshfield schools. At an early age he entered the flour and grain business, and spent his whole active life in that occupation, rising to prominence in it. He was a past president of the Grain and Flour Exchange. He was prominent in the affairs of Wellesley, being a trustee of the Babson Institute, director and vice-president of the Wellesley Co-operative Bank, and active in the affairs of the First Congregational Church.

Brother Smith took his Masonic degrees in King David Lodge, of Taunton, in 1891. He dimitted in 1900. He became a Charter member of Wellesley Lodge in 1913 and served as its Master in 1915. He was Distict Deputy Grand Master for the Fifth Masonic District in 1924 and 1925 by appointment by Most Worshipful Dudley H. Ferrell. At the time of his death he was Junior Warden of Mount Olivet Chapter of Rose Croix.

Brother Smith's sudden death removes from our circle a loved and honored associate who is greatly missed.

SMITH, JAMES C. 1867-1937

From Proceedings, Page 1937-125:

Brother Smith was born in Beverly, March 11, 1867, and died in Leominster July 26, 1937.

Brother Smith's family removed to Malden when he was a small boy, but he went to Leominster at the age of fifteen and spent the remainder of his life there. Starting in life in the grocery business, he became later truant officer in the Leominster schools and afterward for twenty years military instructor.

In 1907 he entered the Leominster Post Office as a clerk and rose through the ranks to the position of Postmaster, which he held from 1926 to 1935.

He served in the Spanish-American War as a first lieutenant in the 6th Massachusetts Infantry, and was discharged from the militia in 1909 with the rank of lieutenant-colonel.

Brother Smith was Raised in Wilder Lodge June 30, 1891, and was its Master in 1899 and 1900, He was installed District Deputy Grand Master for the Fitchburg Thirteenth Masonic District December 27, 1936. He was a member of Leominster Royal Arch Chapter and Jerusalem Commandery, Knights Templar, of Fitchburg.

Right Worshipful Brother Smith's life was a very full and useful one. Serving in many places, he won commendation in all. His death makes a sad gap in our official family.

SMITH, ROLFE W. 1879-1931

From Proceedings, Page 1931-23:

R.W. Brother Smith was born in Leominster January 9, 1879, and died there February 13, 1931. He was educated in the Leominster High School and Dartmouth College from which he was graduated in 1901. Returning to Leominster, he beeame associated with his father in the business of the Richardson Piano Case Co., succeeding his father as Treasruer on his father's death. He became one of the most successful business men in that part of the state, holding many important positions as President or Director of business and financial corporations.

Brother Smith was Raised in Wilder Lodge May 6, 1902 and was elected Junior Warden in 1903, Senior Warden in 1904, and Master in 1905, a very unusual advancement for one so new to the Craft. He was District Deputy Grand Master for the Thirteenth Masonic District in 1921 and 1922 by appointment of M.W. Arthur D. Prince. He was a member of Leominster R. A. Chapter and of Jerusalem Commandery of Fitchburg.

Brother Smith was a man of the highest type as a man and a Mason. His loss is a severe blow to the Fraternity and to the community.

SMITH, WILLIAM A. 1824-1913

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From Proceedings, Page 1913-212:

W. BRO. WILLIAM A. SMITH was born in Leicester, March 2, 1824, and died in his home at Worcester, Sept. 25, 1913, aged eighty-nine years and six months. He was a graduate of Harvard, in the class of 1843; Clerk of the first Common Council in Worcester, and the first Master of Montacute Lodge.

Brother Smith received his early education in Leicester Academy, Leicester, Derby Academy, Hingham, and in Harvard College. He studied law with Gov. Emory Washburn, was admitted to the bar, and in 1848 took a position in the office of the Clerk of the Courts for Worcester County. In 1865 he resigned, and from 1866 to 1869 was engaged in manufacturing business. In 1869 he became an agent for the Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company.

Brother Smith was District Deputy Grand Master of the Eleventh Masonic District in 1875, and was Past Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of Massachusetts. He received the Thirty-third Degree in Nashua, N. H., in 1864.

SMITH, WALTER HERBERT 1872-1947

From Proceedings, Page 1947-248:

Brother Smith was born in Topsham, Maine, on March 14, 1872, and died suddenly at his home in Beverly, Massachusetts, on June 5, 1947.

At the age of around twenty, he entered the employ of the Boston & Maine Railroad, retiring in 1944 after serving over fifty years as Paymaster.

He was raised in Essex Lodge of Salem on November 6, 1894, and dimitted on May 1, 1900. He affiliated with Liberty Lodge of Beverly on June 25, 1900, and served as Master in 1906 and 1907. He was an Honorary Member of Constitutional Lodge of Beverly, England, and of Alexandria-Washington Lodge of Alexandria, Virginia, two Lodges that annually exchanged greetings with Liberty Lodge on Washington's Birthday.

In the Grand Lodge he served as Senior Grand Steward in 1909 and 1910, and as District Deputy Grand Master of the Ninth Masonic District in 1913 and 1914, by appointment of Most Worshipful Everett C. Benton and Most Worshipful Melvin M. Johnson. He received the Veteran's Medal awarded by Grand Lodge in 1944.

Brother Smith was also a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies in Salem, and of Massachusetts Consistory.

In the passing of Walter Smith, Masonry in Massachusetts, and particularly in the Ninth Masonic District, has lost one of its most ardent and active workers. No call for service was ever neglected.

Funeral services were held at the Lee & Moody Funeral Home in Beverly on Sunday, June 8, 1947, and the very large attendance of friends and Brothers spoke well of the high esteem in which he was held.

SMITH, WILLIAM HENRY LELAND 1824-1889

From Proceedings, Page 1890-13:

WILLIAM HENRY LELAND SMITH was born in Lowell, Vt., Nov. 16, 1824. He worked his way through the common schools, and then entered Dartmouth College, where, in 1845, he received the degree of A.B. He studied law at the Dane Law School of Harvard University, where, in 1848, he received the degree of LL.B.

His Masonic career began in 1850, and on June 10 he was admitted to Mount Lebanon Lodge, of Boston. He was Senior Warden in 1850-51, Worshipful Master from 1852 to 1855 inclusive, and Treasurer from 1856 to 1861. He was exalted in St. Paul's Chapter, of Boston, Sept. 13, 1850; was its High Priest in 1856-57, and Secretary, 1858-59. He was knighted in Boston Commandery, K.T., May 17, 1854, and was for some time its Recorder. In 1888 he was District Deputy Grand Master of the First District. He held the office of Grand King of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts in 1858, and was Grand Recorder of the Grand Commandery in 1858, 59, 60.

About 1858, he associated with Samuel Downer in making oil from the Albert coal by distillation. In May, 1862, he went to Corry, Penn., where the celebrated Downer Oil Works were located, and remained there managing that vast enterprise for six years. Corry, from a population of a few hundreds, when he went there, grew to be a city in 1866, and he was elected its first mayor. In 1868 he returned to Boston, and was Treasurer and Director of the Downer Oil Company. He was a man of great executive ability, upright and honest. He began life very poor, but by industry acquired a considerable fortune.

He died Dec. 29, 1889, at his residence in Harrison square, Dorchester, and was buried with Masonic honors by Boston Commandery. He was a devoted and loyal Mason, a good Brother, and those who knew him best can attest that he was a true friend.

SNOW, HENRY ALLEN 1875-1946

From Proceedings, Page 1946-254:

Brother Snow was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on August 29, 1886, and died at the Cape Cod Hospital, Hyannis, on October 3, 1946.

After graduation from the public schools of Cambridge, he removed to Hyannis at the age of twenty and entered the employ of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad. He served the Company as Station Agent at many points on Cape Cod and was holding that position in Wellfleet at the time of his death.

He was raised in Adams Lodge of Wellfleet on May 3, 1911, and served as Worshipful Master in 1921 and 1922 and as Secretary for the years 1938-1944 inclusive. In Grand Lodge he served as District Deputy Grand Master for the Provincetown 32nd District in 1932 and 1933, by appointment of Most Worshipful Curtis Chipman.

In addition to his Blue Lodge membership, Brother Snow was a member of Joseph Warren Royal Arch Chapter of Provincetown, and of Lafayette Lodge of Perfection, Scottish Rite, in Boston.

In church and civic life, he was an interested and active worker, serving as a Deacon of the First Congregational Church of Wellfeet, and as a member of the Board of Registrars of that Town.

The death of Henry Snow removed one of the most active workers in Freemasonry on Cape Cod, and he will be greatly missed by his host of friends.

SOULE, CHARLES S. 1858-1936

From Proceedings, Page 1936-103:

Brother Soule was born in Rockland May 3, 1858, and died at the home of his son in Waban March 25, 1936.

Brother Soule was one of the oldest living graduates of the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, and was a practicing chemist during the whole of his active life. He served for a time as Government Sugar Inspector, and afterward for some forty years, was engaged in the production of tanning materials. For the last thirty years of his life he was a resident of New York City.

Brother Soule took his Masonic degrees in Soley Lodge in 1889 and 1890, was its Master in 1899-1900, and District Deputy Grand Master for the Sixth Masonic District in 1902 and 1903, by appointment of Most Worshipful Charles T. Gallagher and Most Worshipful Baalis Sanford. He was Junior Grand Steward in 1905, and Senior Grand Steward in 1906. His departure from the state about that time cut short a very promising Masonic career. During his stay here he earned the high esteem and full confidence ofhis associates and superiors in the Craft.

SPALDING, THORNDIKE 1871-1910

Bro. Thorndike Spalding, Senior Warden of Mount Olivet Lodge, of Cambridge, and Senator from the Second Middlesex District, died in Cambridge May 4, 1910, at the age of thirty-nine years. He graduated from Harvard College in 1895, and from the Harvard Law School in 1897. His life was crowded with useful activities. He was an able, efficient and conscientious legislator, and an unassuming, zealous and beloved Brother. His sincerity, ability and good nature were highly appreciated by his friends and colleagues, who were united in the warmest esteem and friendship for him. It is with sincere sorrow that we record the death of a Brother so young, so able, so promising.

SPINNEY, WILLIAM 1802-1885

WILLIAM N. SPINNEY, a signer of the Declaration of Freemasons in 1831, was born in Taunton, Mass., in 1802. He received the degrees of Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft, and Master Mason, in Mount Hope Lodge, Fall River, in 1826; taking membership in King David Lodge, of Taunton, in the same year, and holding therein the positions of Junior and Senior Deacon and Junior and Senior Warden. Bro. Spinney afterwards removed to Lynn, Mass., and affiliated with Mount Carmel Lodge. The Capitular degrees were conferred upon him by Adoniram R.A. Chapter of Taunton (now of New Bedford), in 1827. In that body he was elected to the position of Master of the Vail, 1827-28-29; Captain of the Host, 1830; Principal Sojourner, 1832; Treasurer, 1832, and King, 1836. The Orders of Knighthood were conferred on him by Winslow Lewis Commandery, of Salem, in 1865. In early life Bro. Spinney was engaged in the retail shoe trade in Taunton, and during the anti-Masonic crusade he, in common with his Brethren, fully realized, in the persecutions suffered and in the almost entire ruin of his business, what it cost in those days to be a Mason. Removing to Lynn, he engaged in the boot and shoe business, and was at one time a large and successful manufacturer. He died in Lynn, February, 1885.

SPURR, THOMAS S. 1850-1912

From Proceedings, Page 1912-123:

R.W. THOMAS S. SPURR was born in East Boston, Aug. 18, 1850, and died at his residence in Winchester, Aug. 25, 1912. His father, George W. Spurr, was treasurer of the town of Winchester many years. On his death, Mr. Thomas S. Spurr was elected to fill the office, which he did for twenty years, resigning about a year and a half ago on account of ill health. He was a public accountant of national reputation, being one of the seven certified public accountants in this Commonwealth. He is survived by a widow and one son, Rev. George E. Spurr.

Bro. Thomas S. Spurr received the Masonic degrees in William Parkman Lodge, of Winchester, in 1871-1872, and became a member March 12, 1872. He was Master of that Lodge in 1878 and 1879, and Secretary from Jan. 11, 1887, to Jan. 14, 1902, a period of fifteen years. He was District Deputy Grand Master of the Seventeenth Masonic District in 1882 and the Sixth Masonic District in 1883.

Brother Spurr was also Past High Priest of Woburn Royal Arch Chapter, and Past Commander of St. Bernard Commandery, K.T. Brother Spurr was deeply interested in his profession, active in matters concerning his adopted town, zealous in Masonic affairs, and a Brother of most kindly disposition and exemplary life. The Fraternity sincerely regrets the loss of his personal presence and zealous work.

STACHELHAUS, GUSTAV ADOLF 1877-1947

From Proceedings, Page 1947-192:

Brother Stachelhaus was born in Muelheim, Germany, on July 11, 1877, and died in Lawrence, Massachusetts, on March 23, 1947.

After graduation from the public schools of Lawrence, he entered the tobacco business, in which he remained until he became Deputy Sheriff of Essex County in 1921, a position he held until his death.

He was raised in Grecian Lodge of Lawrence on March 22, 1907, and served as Master of that Lodge in 1917 and 1918. He served as District Deputy Grand Master for the (Lawrence) 11th District in 1938 and 1939, by appointment of Most Worshipful Joseph Earl Perry.

In the collateral bodies he was a member of Mount Sinai Chapter, R. A. M.; Lawrence Council, R. & S. M., serving as Illustrious Master in 1924 and 1925; Bethany Commandery, K. T., serving as Commander in 1927; and formerly a member of the Scottish Rite bodies in Lawrence and of Massachusetts Consistory of Boston.

In his quiet and unobtrusive way, Gus Stachelhaus was ever an earnest and willing worker, not only in Freemasonry, but in all the many activities of his life, social, civic and religious.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Hans Sidon, Pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church, on Tuesday, March 25, and the presence of so many of his Brethren, friends and former associates, testified to the high esteem in which he was held. Six of the Past Masters of Grecian Lodge acted as Bearers.

His smiling face will not again be seen among us, but the delightful memories of a useful life will ever linger in the minds of those who served with him.

STEARNS, FRANK K. 1854-1934

From Proceedings, Page 1934-116:

Right Worshipful Brother Stearns was born in Cambridge November 26, 1854, and died in Lowell August l1, 1934.

Brother Stearns' family moved to Lowell while he was an infant. He was educated in the public schools of Lowell and for a short time was on the staff of the Lowell Courier. He then engaged in the laundry business and continued in it until his retirement a few years ago.

He was a very active and public-spirited citizen, serving the city of Lowell in many capacities, including those of Alderman, member of the School Committee, and member of the State Legislature in 1900 and 1901. He was also a trustee of the Lowell General Hospital and af the Central Savings Bank.

Brother Stearns took his Masonic degrees in Kilwinning Lodge in 1888 and was its Master in 1892, 1893, and 1895. He was District Deputy Grand Master for the Eleventh Masonic District in 1898 and 1899, by appointment by M. W. Charles C. Hutchinson.

He was a member and Past High Priest of Mt. Horeb Royal Arch Chapter, a member and Past Illustrious Master of Ahasuerus Council, Royal and Select Masters, a member and Past Commander of Pilgrim Commandery No. 9, K. T. He was a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies in Lowell, over two of which he had presided, and of Massachusetts Consistory. In 1905 he received the Thirty-third Degree and Honorary Membership in the Supreme Council.

For many years Brother Stearns was custodian of the Lowell Masonic apartments and Tyler of all the bodies meeting there. Through the personal contacts thus made with all the Masons of Lowell and many visitors, his Masonic influence was far reaching and of inestimable value. By his death the city of Lowell has lost one of its best known citizens and our Fraternity a loyal, devoted, and most useful member.

STEARNS, GEORGE CUSHMAN 1819-1886

From Proceedings, Page 1886-136:

Wor. George Cushman Stearns, Senior Grand Deacon of this Grand Lodge, died June 13, 1886, at Denver, Colorado, while on his way home from California. His funeral was solemnized at the Unitarian Church, Dedham, by his Brethren of the Lodge of St. Andrew; Wor. and Rev; Fielder Israel, Grand Chaplain, and the Temple Quartette, officiating.

Brother Stearns was made a Mason in Star of Bethlehem Lodge, Chelsea, January 24, 1844; admitted to membership in the Lodge of St. Andrew, June 14, 1844; elected Junior Warden, November, 1876; Senior Warden, 1878, and Master in 1880, which last position he held for four years, with commendable credit to himself and to the entire satisfaction of his Lodge.

He was the son of Charles and Martha Stearns, and was born March 4, 1819. He married Martha Jane Batchelder, of Portsmouth, N.H., March 18, 1841. Brother Stearns was engaged in the Insurance business from early manhood until his death, being associated with his brother, Edward Stearns, for the last twenty years. He was interested in the Mercantile Library Association. for nearly fifty years, and was a member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company forty years.

As Master of the Lodge of St. Andrew he rendered valuable service to that Body, and presided over its deliberations with marked ability, proving a wise counselor and a zealous worker, with a clear and logical mind. His presence at the meetings was enjoyed by all, and by his absence, a genial, cheerful and social Brother is continually missed - by all those with whom he was so intimately associated.

STEELE, ISAAC A.S. 1840-1913

From Proceedings, Page 1913-74:

ISAAC A. S. STEELE was born in Gloucester, Feb. 2, 1840, and died at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, June 1, 1913.

After attending the public schools of his native town, he learned the trade of sailmaker at the loft of his father, and on the retirement of the latter succeeded to the business, which he continued until 1890, when he disposed of his business and retired.

Brother Steele took great interest in the material and political welfare of his native city, but declined public office during the town form of government. On the inauguration of the city government in 1873, he was a member of the first Common Council and was re-elected in 1875 and 1876. In 1877 and 1878 he represented his ward in the Board of Aldermen and proved himself a leading factor in determining the policy of the city in many directions. He represented the city in the Legislature of Massachusetts for four years - being a member of the House in 1881 and 1882, and of the Senate in 1883 and 1884.

He was a member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts, and accompanied the Company on its visit to England in 1896. He was elected second lieutenant of the Company in 1907.

Brother Steele received the Masonic Degrees in The Tyrian Lodge in 1865, and served the Lodge as its Master in 1869, 1870, and 1871. He was District Deputy Grand Master of the Ninth Masonic District, 1894 and 1895. He was also a member of William Ferson Royal Arch Chapter, of which he was a Past High Priest, and of Bethlehem Commandery, Knights Templars.

Brother Steele is survived by his wife and two sons, Arthur H. Steele, of Gloucester, and George E. Steele, of Binghamton, N.Y. Our Brother was an earnest, zealous Freemason, who delighted in the association of his Brethren, and has left a memory fragrant with brotherly love and kindness.

STETSON, CALEB 1801-1885

From Proceedings, Page 1885-122:

CALEB STETSON, Braintree, who died in Georgia during the latter part of January, 1885, was born January 6, 1801. From an extended .obituary of the deceased, written by Wor. Bro. Samuel A. Bates, we learn that Bro. Stetson passed his minority in assisting his father in the grocery business. Having attained his majority he commenced the manufacture and sale of boots and shoes. Removing to Boston he continued the business of selling boots, shoes, and leather, which, being conducted with great ability, his firm became one of the largest, houses in that line in the city. He was a man of remarkable business capacity, enjoying the confidence of his fellow-citizens. In 1842 he was elected a Director of the Shoe and Leather Dealers' Bank, of Boston, and became President thereof in 1857, continuing to fill that office for ten years. He was made a Mason in Orphan's Hope Lodge, of East Weymouth, about 1826. He was buried by that Lodge with Masonic ceremonies.

STODDER, CHARLES WILLIAM 1865-1913

From Proceedings, Page 1914-40:

Dr. Charles William Stodder, son of John W.T. and Ella E. (Potter) Stodder, was born in Boston, April 10, 1965, and died in Marshfield Hills, Dec. 12, 1913. He was educated in the public schools of Boston, and after serving some months as a clerk, he atended Tufts Medical College from which he graduated in 1898. He was a member of the Massachusetts Medical Society, the American Medical Association, the Hatherly Medical Club and the Massachusetts Association of Boards of Health. He practiced his profession in Boston from June, 1898 to May, 1899, when he removed to Marshfield Hills and continued his practice until about six weeks before his death. He was a member of the Marshfield Board of Health twelve years.

Brother Stodder was proposed as a candidate for Masonry in Satuit Lodge of Scituate, May 6, 1903, and during the following months received the degrees, becoming a member of the Lodge Sept. 30, 1903. He was Master of Satuit Lodge in 1907 and 1908, and held the office of District Deputy Grand Master of the Twenty-fifth Masonic District in 1910 and 1911.

As a man, physician, neighbor and Brother, he was beloved by all. Satuit Lodge loses in his death its staunchest supporter. He worked unceasingly for the upbuilding of Freemasonry and for the uplifting of mankind.

STONE, CHARLES A. 1868-1941

From Proceedings, Page 1941-197:

Right Worshipful Brother Stone was born in Boston on June 15, 1868, and died at his home in Methuen on September 2, 1941.

Brother Stone was an engineer in the mills at Lawrence for about twelve years, but for the past forty years was superintendent of the Bay State Building in that city.

He received his Masonic degrees in Grecian Lodge in 1899 and served as Worshipful Master in 1915 and 1915. In Grand Lodge, he served as District Deputy Grand Master of the Eleventh District in 1922 and 1923, by appointmenrs of Most Worshipful Arthur D. Prince and Most Worshipful Dudley H. Ferrell.

Knighted in Bethany Commanderl, K.T., he was for many years Recorder and later Treasurer, which office he held at the time of his death. He was also a member of Lawrence Lodge of Perfection, A.A.S.R.

He always took an active interest in civic affairs and served as Chairman of the Board of Assessors. He was a Deacon in Trinity Congregational Church and was also active in the Rotary Club and the Lawrence Cooperative Bank, of which he was a director.

He is survived by his widow and one son.

We recall our Brother as a man of pleasing personality and high character and gladly pay tribute to his services and his memory.

STOVER, WILLIS W. 1870-1941

From Proceedings, Page 1941-195:

Brother Willis Stover was born in Charlestown, Massachusetts, on March 19, 1870, and died at his home in Everett June 12, 1941.

After graduation from the Boston Latin School, Harvard University and Boston University Law School, he entered the practice of law, which profession he followed throughout his life. He had been Associate Justice of the Charlestown District Court since 1914.

He enlisted as a private in Company A of the 5th Regiment, M.V.M., in 1886 and was active in military affairs from that date. F{e became Captain of his Company during service in the Spanish-American War, commanded the 3d Pioneer Infantry in France during the World War and was Colonel of the 5th Regiment, M.V.M., from 1916 to 1920.

At the time of Brother Stover's passing, he was Vice-President of the Charlestown Five Cents Savings Bank anda Director and Trustee of the Everett National Bank. During his long and useful life he was active in civic, fraternal and military organizations.

Brother Stover was raised in Henry Price Lodge on March 30, 1892, and served as Master in 1902 and 1903. He was also a Charter Member of Galilean Lodge in 1922, dimitting therefrom in 1933. In Grand Lodge, he served as Grand Sword Bearer in 1914, 1915 and 1916, by appointment of Most Worshipful Melvin M. Johnson, and as District Deputy Grand Master of the Third Masonic District in 1920 and 1921, by appointment of Most Worshipful Arthur D. Prince.

He was exalted in the Royal Arch Chapter of the Signet, R.A.M., in Charlestown on December 16, 1897; greeted in Orient Council, R. & S. M., Somerville, June 22, 1899, and knighted in Coeur de Lion Commandery, No. 34, K.T., Charlestown, March 15, 1898. Military funeral services were held at the Grace Episcopal Church, Everett, on Sunday, June 15, and burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

He is survived by his widow, Alice Beswick Stover.

Brother Stover always maintained a keen interest in Masonry and was ever ready to serve as far as his active life would permit. His passing is a distinct loss in business, military and fraternal circles and his many friends will miss his genial presence.

STRAIN, DANIEL J. 1846-1925

From Proceedings, Page 1925-204:

R. W. Daniel J. Strain died June 7, 1925. R,.W. Bro. Strain was born in Littleton, New Hampshire, November 17, 1846. His aetive life was passed in thd City of Boston, where he devoted himself to art. His natural talent was developed by careful training including study abroad. At the height of his career he produced work which gave great pleasure to its possessors.

Brother Strain was initiated in Winslow Lewis Lodge March 9, 1877, passed April 13, 1877, and raised May 11, 1877. At that time membership in the Lodge did not, as now, automatically follow raising, but was obtained by separate application which was sometimes delayed. This appears to be the case with Brother Strain as we find his membership in Winslow Lewis Lodge record-ed as of February 22, 1878. He served Winslow Lewis Lodge as its Worshipful Master in 1892 and 1893. He served the Grand Lodge as Junior Grand Steward in 1898, and was District Deputy Grand Master for the First Masonic District in 1902 and 1903, being appointed by M. W. Charles T. Gallagher, and serving one year under him and one year under M.W. Baalis Sanford.

R. W. Bro. Strain was a very familiar figure in Grand Lodge as he held the proxy of Ancient Landmark Lodge, of China, in 1909, 1910, and 1911. He was then appointed proxy for Sinim Lodge, of China, and held that commission from 1912 to the time of his death. He was very attentive to his duties, and will be greatly missed from his accustomed place in the Grand Lodge.

SWAIN, JOHN H. d. 1908

From Proceedings, Page 1908-17:

John H. Swain, of North Easton, died at his residence in that town Feb. 23, 1908. He was a member of Paul Dean Lodge in that town, and served as its Master in 1877 and 1878, and was District Deputy Grand Master of District No. 22 in 1884, 1885 and 1886, A zealous and faithful Brother, whose interest in the welfare of our Fraternity never faltered, who lived and died honored and beloved by his Brethren.

SWAIN, OLIVER 1796-1886

From Proceedings, Page 1886-139:

Wor. Oliver Swain was born at Wilmington, Mass., June 25, 1796, and removed soon after, with his father's family, to South Reading, now Wakefield, where he continued to reside until 1817, when, having attained his majority, and being armed with a certificate of his correct habits, good morals, and diligence in business, signed by the clergyman of his parish and the selectmen of the town, he proceeded to New Bedford, Mass., where, during his residence of nearly seventy years, he gave the fullest proof of the truthfulness of that testimonial. His death occurred on Tuesday, October 26, 1886. The Masonic Fraternity, under the direction of Star in the East Lodge, attended his funeral and interred his remains with the formalities of the Order, on Thursday the 28th.

Brother Swain married Amy Russell, daughter of William Russell, Jr. Two children, Mr. Revilo Swain, of San Francisco, and Mrs- Maria Callender, of Buffalo, N.Y., survive him.

Brother Swain was made a Mason in Mount Moriah Lodge at South Reading, W. Bro. Knights, Master, December 24, 1822. He became a Charter member of Star in the East Lodge, established in New Bedford in 1823, and was its Wor. Master in 1827. He was the last surviving Charter member of Star in the East Lodge.

He was one of the forty-four signers to the Declaration of the Free Masons of Boston and vicinity from New Bedford, which was presented to the public December 31, 1831. He was a member of the Common Council of New Bedford in 1848, '49, '50 and '51, and was an Alderman ofthe same city in 1855. About 1820 Brother Swain was commander of the militia in New Bedford, having been commissioned by Gov. John Brooks.

In a note received by me in 1884, from Brother Swain, he says, " I am and have been (ever since the W.M. was pleased to say to me You there stand a just and upright Mason; and I give it you strictly in charge ever to walk and act as such) a full-blooded Mason, day and night." In connection with a written request, made in 1866, upon the forty-fourth anniversary of his becoming a Mason, regarding his final sickness and burial, he says, "I have been with the Lodge through evil as well as good report, with my colors always NAILED to the mast-head."

Brother Swain was remarkably genial and social until within a few years, when he became very deaf. His house was the home of hospitality and many will recall his generous welcome. Ripe with years of sobriety, industry and morality, this venerable, devoted member of our Fraternity has passed from the life of earth to the unseen and eternal. Treasuring his illustrious example, may we reach the same goal of rest and peace.

SWETT, E. LESTER 1891-1938

From Proceedings, Page 1938-58:

Right Worshipful Brother Swett was born in Dedham, March 26, 1891, and died there February 8, 1938.

Brother Swett was educated in the Dedham schools and spent his active life in banking. At the time of his death he was in the service of the Old Colony Trust Company.

He was raised in Constellation Lodge December 9, 1914, and served it as Master in 1931. He was appointed Senior Grand Deacon in 1932 and was District Deputy Grand Master for the Hyde Park Twenty-fifth Masonic District in 1933 and 1934, by appointment by Most Worshipful Curtis Chipman. At the time of his death he was Representative of the Grand Lodge of Guatemala near this Grand Lodge.

Brother Swett united to conspicuous ability a very pleasing personality. His passing at an early age is mourned deeply by a wide circle of friends.

SYLVESTER, CHARLES W. 1858-1927

From Proceedings, Page 1927-23:

R.W. Charles W. Sylvester was born at Northport, Maine, June 25, 1858. After receiving a common school education he learned, and practiced the trade of steamfitter.

For many years he was an instructor in the Reformatory at Concord Junction. While there he became interested in Masonry and joined Corinthian Lodge of which he became a member in 1905. He was Worshipful Master of his Lodge in 1915, and upon his retirement from the Master's chair became Treasurer, which position he held continuously from 1916 to the time of his death which took place January 15, 1927. He served as District Deputy Grand Master for the 12th Masonic District in 1919 by appointment of M. W. Leon M. Abbott, and in 1920 by appointment of M.W. Arthur D. Prince.

He is survived by his wife, no children having been born to them.

R.W. Bro. Sylvester won the respect of all with whom he came in contact buz his upright charaeter, the firmness of his convictions, and the courage with which he invariably supported them. His efficient service as District Deputy Grand Master won the confidence and respect of the Grand Masters whom he represented and the Lodges among which he served, and the affectionate regard of his Brethren in Corinthian Lodge went out to him in unstinted measure through the many years of his service as an officer.


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