BAALIS SANFORD, Grand Master
- 1 QUARTERLY COMMUNICATIONS
- 2 SPECIAL COMMUNICATIONS
- 3 FEAST OF ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST
- 4 LIST OF LODGES IN MASSACHUSETTS BY DISTRICT: 1903
- 4.1 DISTRICT 1: Boston
- 4.2 DISTRICT 2: Cambridge
- 4.3 DISTRICT 3: East Boston
- 4.4 DISTRICT 4: South Boston
- 4.5 DISTRICT 5: Waltham
- 4.6 DISTRICT 6: Somerville
- 4.7 DISTRICT 7: Lynn
- 4.8 DISTRICT 8: Salem
- 4.9 DISTRICT 9: Newburyport
- 4.10 DISTRICT 10: Lawrence
- 4.11 DISTRICT 11: Lowell
- 4.12 DISTRICT 12: Fitchburg
- 4.13 DISTRICT 13: Greenfield
- 4.14 DISTRICT 14: North Adams
- 4.15 DISTRICT 15: Pittsfield
- 4.16 DISTRICT 16: Springfield
- 4.17 DISTRICT 17: Palmer
- 4.18 DISTRICT 18: Worcester
- 4.19 DISTRICT 19: Southbridge
- 4.20 DISTRICT 20: Milford
- 4.21 DISTRICT 21: Framingham
- 4.22 DISTRICT 22: Hyde Park
- 4.23 DISTRICT 23: Taunton
- 4.24 DISTRICT 24: Brockton
- 4.25 DISTRICT 25: Hingham
- 4.26 DISTRICT 26: Fall River
- 4.27 DISTRICT 27: Nantucket
- 4.28 DISTRICT 28: Provincetown
- 4.29 CHILE DISTRICT
- 4.30 CHINA DISTRICT
(held at Masonic Temple, Boston)
- 03/11: 1903-1;
- 06/10: 1903-32;
- 09/09: 1903-73;
- 12/09: 1903-103; (Annual Communication)
- 1903-13: Report of Charity Committee.
- 1903-13: Explanation provided by Rt. Wor. Thomas W. Davis, asserting that he never has applied for or received Scottish Rite degrees; this is in reference to his participation in the committee reviewing proposals for by-law changes in 1902.
- 1903-41: Installation of District Deputy Grand Masters for the 20th and (newly-appointed for the) 22nd Districts.
- 1903-42: The Grand Master indicated that he had received a petition "substantially the same" as the one submitted in 1902; however, he decided to submit the question to a committee to reconsider it.
- 09/09: 1903-83; Committee report to respond to this request: "In the opinion of your committee the petition now submitted differs in no material respect from that so decidedly acted upon in March, 1902." The proposal to repeal Section 22 was not to be submitted.
- 1903-43: The Grand Master requested a description of the records of early Masonry; an extensive description follows. This is another articulate explanation (in this case, by Past Grand Master Sereno D. Nickerson) establishing the primacy of Massachusetts over Pennsylvania.
- 1903-69: Remarks by Past Grand Master Charles T. Gallagher, regarding his interactions with the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania during the 150th Anniversary of the initiation of George Washington, held in Philadelphia in 1902. He particularly called attention to the Pennsylvania Grand Master's revelation of the "Henry Bell letter" and the lack of opportunity to reply.
- 1903-85: The case of James Beattie, "a Scotchman, who had long been a resident of this country, a rejected candidate of Mount Holyoke Lodge. While on a visit to his birthplace this man had been received in the local Lodge. On his return to South Hadley Falls he applied to visit Mount Holyoke Lodge and was refused admission." Correspondence with the lodge in Scotland suggested that there was no such process there, and the Recording Grand Seretary "stated that such complaints were frequent against Lodges in Scotland." The issue of refusal of recognition was referred to the Grand Master.
- 1903-86: Continued complaints against "spurious work" by "certain expelled Masons of New York and Massachusetts, assisted by scarcely less discreditable pretenders claiming authority from the bogus Grand Lodge of Ohio, so called."
- Recorded in Grand Master Sanford's address, beginning on page 1903-118:
- Anniversary Celebrations:
- Corner Stone Layings and Hall Dedications:
- Roxbury, dedication of hall for Lafayette (Roxbury) and Washington Lodges. (03/17)
- Brookline, dedication of hall for Beth-Horon Lodge (04/07)
- Attleboro, Cornerstone of Congregational Church (04/11; invitation)
- Oxford, Cornerstone of Library (05/20)
- Milton, dedication of hall for Macedonian Lodge (09/11)
- For William G. Allen, District Deputy Grand Master of the 22nd District (04/08)
- For Samuel Wells, Past Grand Master (10/06)
- Lodge Visits:
- Revere, Boston (01/06; installation)
- Golden Fleece, Lynn (01/15; installation)
- Mount Vernon, Malden (02/05)
- Fitchburg (02/24; exemplification)
- St. George, Brockton (02/25)
- Paul Dean, North Easton (03/24)
- Beverly (03/30; exemplification)
- St. John's (Boston) (04/06, with Grand Master of Vermont in attendance)
- Monitor, Waltham (04/13; 1,000th meeting)
- Mount Olivet, Cambridge (04/16)
- Taunton (04/20; exemplification)
- Social Harmony, Wareham (04/23)
- Paul Revere, Brockton (04/30)
- Springfield (05/07, exemplification)
- Paul Revere, Brockton (05/12)
- Germania, Boston (05/25; "the only Lodge visited where I did not discover a single error, the ritual being given in the German language.")
- Somerville (05/26; exemplification)
- Springfield, Springfield (05/27)
- Good Samaritan, Reading (06/03)
- Wyoming, Melrose (06/24)
- Caleb Butler, Ayer (08/10)
- St. John's (Boston) (10/03)
- Quinnebaug, Southbridge (11/05)
- Winthrop, Winthrop (11/10, 250th meeting of the lodge).
- Lodge of St. Andrew, Boston (11/12, installation)
- Paul Revere, Brockton (11/17)
- Lodge of St. Andrew, Boston (11/30, Feast of St. Andrew)
- 1903-144: Report of Auditing Committee.
- 1903-144: Re-election of Grand Master Sanford. Election of other Grand Officers.
- 1903-158: Report of Committee on Curiosities of the Craft.
- 1903-160: Report of Charity Committee.
Grand Master's Address
- 12/09: 1903-115; Opening remarks; deaths of Allen, Wells; deaths of 744 Masons during 1903; visits; meetings of District Deputies; recommendations for by-laws (to change moon lodges to regular lodges, due to dispensation requests due to holidays); Grand Lecturer reports; dispensations; "curiosities of the craft"; caution against spurious Masons; charity fund report; annual returns; conclusion.
Lodge By-Law Changes
- 03/11: 1903-13;
- 06/10: 1903-42;
- Full Codes : Corner Stone, Hampden, approved with revisions; both must furnish a description of seal.
- 12/09: Hampden Lodge full code reconsidered and approved with further changes.
- Amendments: Ashler (slight changes), Fellowship, Isaac Parker, Simon W. Robinson (slight changes), Starr King, William Parkman; approved.
- Full Codes : Corner Stone, Hampden, approved with revisions; both must furnish a description of seal.
- 09/09: 1903-85;
- Full Codes : Pequossette; approved "with necessary changes."
- Amendments: None.
- 12/09: 1903-159;
Necrologies and Memorials
- 06/10: 1903-40; Death of Rt. Wor. William G. Allen, District Deputy Grand Master of the 22nd Masonic District memorial presented by the Grand Master.
- 12/09: 1903-116; mentioned in Grand Master's Address.
Samuel Wells, Past Grand Master
- 12/09: 1903-117; Death of Past Grand Master Samuel Wells; mentioned in Grand Master's address.
- 12/09: 1903-147; Memorial presented by Past Grand Master Edwin B. Holmes for the committee. A portrait of the Brother appears opposite Page 1903-147, shown above.
Petitions for Dispensation for Lodges
- Mentioned in Grand Master's Address, beginning on Page 1903-134:
- 03/17: 1903-16; Roxbury. Dedication of Masonic Temple.
- 04/07: 1903-20; Brookline. Dedication of Masonic hall for Beth-Horon Lodge.
- 1903-21: Opening of Grand Lodge at the new Temple; procession into hall, welcomed by Wor. Charles A.W. Spencer, Master of Beth-Horon Lodge.
- 1903-22: Dedication of building.
- 1903-22: An "impressive charge" by the Grand Master, followed by a "bounteous collation, and the exchange of congratulations on the greatly improved accomodations" for the lodge.
- 04/11: 1903-23; Attleborough. Corner-stone laying for Second Congregational Church.
- 1903-24: Opening of Grand Lodge at Masonic Hall; reception by Wor. Ezekiel Blake of Ezekiel Bates Lodge.
- 1903-24: Procession to building site; order of exercises.
Charles Larned Library in 1906
- 05/20: 1903-28; Oxford. Corner-stone laying for Charles Larned Memorial Library.
- 1903-29: Opening of Grand Lodge at Masonic Hall; reception by Wor. Homer S. Joslin of Oxford Lodge.
- 1903-29: Procession to building site escorted by members of the Lodge; order of exercises.
- 09/11: 1903-89; Milton. Dedication of Masonic hall for Macedonian Lodge.
- 1903-90: Opening of Grand Lodge at the Temple; procession into hall, welcomed by Wor. Joseph T. Greene, Master of Macedonian Lodge.
- 1903-90: Order of exercises.
- 1903-91: A "toothsome collation" and remarks from various Brothers.
- 09/28: 1903-92; Newburyport. Centennial of St. Mark's Lodge.
- 1903-93: Opening of Grand Lodge at "Jonathan Gage House," where the lodge was organized in 1803. Grand Officers traveled by carriage under escort of St. Mark's, St. John's (Newburyport) and Warren Lodges to the Unitarian Church.
- 1903-93: Order of exercises.
- 1903-94: Address by Wor. Arthur P. Brown, Master of St. Mark's Lodge.
- 1903-96: Response by Grand Master Sanford.
Wolfe Tavern, Newburyport
- 1903-101: Brethren repaired to the Wolfe Tavern to close the Grand Lodge.
- 1903-101: "Bounteous banquet" at the City Hall; Wor. Moses Brown as Toastmaster.
FEAST OF ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST
(held at Masonic Temple, Boston, 12/29/1903)
- 1903-162: Opening and roll call.
- 1903-165: Installation of Grand Master Baalis Sanford; ceremony followed form of 1902. Installation of other Grand Officers.
- 1903-169: Report of Recording Grand Secretary: 3,068 Master Mason diplomas issued in 1903.
- 1903-171: List of lodges not represented in Grand Lodge in 1903, as well as the past 2-4 years.
- 1903-173: Feast of St. John, listing toasts and names of speakers:
- 1903-173: Grand Master Sanford.
- 1903-173: Rt. Wor. and Rev. Bro. William H. Rider.
- 1903-183: Past Grand Master and Recording Secretary Nickerson.
- 1903-186: Past Grand Master Gallagher; biographical information on Isaiah Thomas.
- 1903-195: Grand Chaplain Edward A. Horton.
- 1903-202: Wor. Solon W. Stevens.
- 1903-208: Rev. Bro. R. Perry Bush.
LIST OF LODGES IN MASSACHUSETTS BY DISTRICT: 1903
There were 28 districts in Massachusetts in 1903, as well as districts for Chile and China.
Daniel J. Strain, District Deputy Grand Master; 9 Lodges
- St. John's (Boston, 1733)
- Lodge of St. Andrew, (Boston, 1756)
- The Massachusetts (Boston, 1770)
- Columbian (Boston, 1796)
- Mount Lebanon (Boston, 1801)
- Germania (Boston, 1854)
- Winslow Lewis (Boston, 1855)
- Revere (Boston, 1856)
- Joseph Warren (Boston, 1856)
Walter C. Wardwell, District Deputy Grand Master; 8 Lodges
- Amicable (Cambridge, 1805)
- Putnam (Cambridge, 1854)
- Aberdour (Boston, 1860)
- Mount Olivet (Cambridge, 1863)
- The Lodge of Eleusis (Boston, 1865)
- Mizpah (Cambridge, 1867)
- Zetland (Boston, 1867)
- Joseph Webb (Boston, 1876)
Eugene F. Endicott, District Deputy Grand Master; 9 Lodges
- Henry Price (Charlestown, 1858)
- Baalbec (East Boston, 1852)
- Temple (East Boston, 1870)
- Faith (Charlestown, 1868)
- Star of Bethlehem (Chelsea, 1844)
- Mount Tabor (East Boston, 1846)
- Hammatt (East Boston, 1859)
- Robert Lash (Chelsea, 1867)
- Winthrop (Winthrop, 1887)
John K. Berry, District Deputy Grand Master; 10 Lodges
- Washington (Roxbury, 1796)
- Union (Dorchester, 1796)
- St. Paul's (South Boston, 1846)
- Gate of the Temple (South Boston, 1855)
- Lafayette (Roxbury, 1865)
- Adelphi (South Boston, 1865)
- Eliot (Jamaica Plain, 1866)
- Rabboni (Dorchester, 1869)
- Prospect (Roslindale, 1890)
- Macedonian (Milton, 1893)
George S. Parker, District Deputy Grand Master; 8 Lodges
- Monitor (Waltham, 1820)
- Bethesda (Brighton, 1819)
- Belmont (Belmont, 1864)
- Isaac Parker (Waltham, 1867)
- Pequossette (Watertown, 1856)
- Dalhousie (Newtonville, 1860)
- Beth-Horon (Brookline, 1870)
- Norfolk (Needham, 1874)
Charles S. Soule, District Deputy Grand Master; 10 Lodges
- King Solomon's (Somerville, 1783)
- Hiram (Arlington, 1797)
- Mount Hermon (Medford, 1854)
- Mount Horeb (Woburn, 1855)
- John Abbot (Somerville, 1857)
- William Parkman (Winchester, 1864)
- Charity (Cambridge, 1869)
- Simon W. Robinson(Lexington, 1870)
- Soley (Somerville, 1879)
- Friendship (Wilmington, 1901)
George E. Fenn, District Deputy Grand Master; 10 Lodges
- Mount Carmel (Lynn, 1805)
- Wyoming (Melrose, 1856)
- Mount Vernon (Malden, 1857)
- Golden Fleece (Lynn, 1864)
- William Sutton (Saugus, 1866)
- Palestine (Everett, 1868)
- Good Samaritan (Reading, 1870)
- King Cyrus (Stoneham, 1875)
- Converse (Malden, 1887)
- Golden Rule (Wakefield, 1888)
Luther S. Herrick, District Deputy Grand Master; 8 Lodges
- Philanthropic (Marblehead, 1760)
- Essex (Salem, 1791)
- Jordan (Peabody, 1808)
- Liberty (Beverly, 1824)
- Amity (Danvers, 1863)
- Starr King (Salem, 1864)
- Acacia (Gloucester, 1865)
- Mosaic (Danvers, 1870)
William H. Rider, District Deputy Grand Master; 8 Lodges
- St. John's (Newburyport, 1766)
- The Tyrian (Gloucester, 1770)
- St. Mark's (Newburyport, 1803)
- Warren (Amesbury, 1822)
- Ashler (Rockport, 1851)
- John T. Heard (Ipswich, 1864)
- Charles C. Dame (Georgetown, 1867)
- Bethany (Merrimac, 1868)
Albert S. Manning, District Deputy Grand Master; 8 Lodges
- Merrimack (Haverhill, 1802)
- St. Matthew's (Andover, 1822)
- Grecian (Lawrence, 1825)
- John Hancock (Methuen, 1860)
- Tuscan (Lawrence, 1863)
- Saggahew (Haverhill, 1864)
- Phoenician (Lawrence, 1870)
- Cochichewick (North Andover, 1874)
Charles S. Hart, District Deputy Grand Master; 8 Lodges
- St. Paul's (Ayer, 1797)
- Corinthian (Concord, 1797)
- Pentucket (Lowell, 1807)
- Ancient York (Lowell, 1852)
- Caleb Butler (Ayer, 1859)
- Kilwinning (Lowell, 1866)
- William North (Lowell, 1867)
- Thomas Talbot (Billerica, 1889)
Henrie C. Fay, District Deputy Grand Master; 8 Lodges
- Aurora (Fitchburg, 1801)
- Trinity (Clinton, 1858)
- Wilder (Leominster, 1859)
- Star (Athol, 1864)
- Hope (Gardner, 1864)
- Charles W. Moore (Fitchburg, 1865)
- Artisan (Winchendon, 1865)
- Athol (Athol, 1872)
Edward W. Carpenter, District Deputy Grand Master; 10 Lodges
- Republican (Greenfield, 1795)
- Harmony (Northfield, 1796)
- Jerusalem (Northampton, 1797)
- Mountain (Shelburne Falls, 1806)
- Orange (Orange, 1859)
- Pacific (Amherst, 1860)
- Morning Sun (Conway, 1869)
- Hampshire (Haydenville, 1871)
- Bay State (Montague, 1872)
- Mechanic's (Turner's Falls, 1878)
Prescott W. Eaton, District Deputy Grand Master; 5 Lodges
- Lafayette (North Adams, 1847)
- Berkshire (South Adams, 1857)
- Upton (Cheshire, 1869)
- Williams (Williamstown, 1871)
- Greylock (North Adams, 1871)
S. Chester Lyon, District Deputy Grand Master; 9 Lodges
- Cincinnatus (Great Barrington, 1795)
- Evening Star (Lee, 1795)
- Wisdom (West Stockbridge, 1803)
- Mystic (Pittsfield, 1810)
- Huntington (Huntington, 1866)
- Globe (Hinsdale, 1869)
- Occidental (Stockbridge, 1870)
- Crescent (Pittsfield, 1873)
- Unity (Dalton, 1896)
Albert H. Halford, District Deputy Grand Master; 11 Lodges
- Hampden (Springfield, 1817)
- Chicopee (Chicopee, 1848)
- Mount Tom (Holyoke, 1850)
- Mount Moriah (Westfield, 1856)
- Roswell Lee (Springfield, 1864)
- Ionic (Easthampton, 1867)
- Mount Holyoke (South Hadley, 1869)
- Belcher (Chicopee, 1870)
- Newton (Wilbraham, 1870)
- Brigham (Ludlow, 1891)
- Springfield (Springfield, 1895)
David L. Bodfish, District Deputy Grand Master; 7 Lodges
- Thomas (Palmer, 1796)
- Mount Zion (Barre, 1800)
- Bethel (Enfield, 1825)
- Quaboag (Warren, 1858)
- Day Spring (Monson, 1862)
- Eden (Ware, 1863)
- Vernon (Belchertown, 1869)
Forrest E. Barker, District Deputy Grand Master; 9 Lodges
- Morning Star (Worcester, 1793)
- Olive Branch (Millbury, 1797)
- Montacute (Worcester, 1858)
- Hayden (Brookfield, 1863)
- Athelstan (Worcester, 1865)
- Quinsigamond(Worcester, 1870)
- Spencer (Spencer, 1871)
- Boylston (West Boylston, 1876)
- Meridian Sun (North Brookfield, 1894)
Melvin E. Ellis, District Deputy Grand Master; 7 Lodges
- Solomon's Temple (Uxbridge, 1818)
- Blackstone River (Blackstone, 1855)
- Webster (Webster, 1858)
- Oxford (Oxford, 1859)
- Quinebaug (Southbridge, 1859)
- Mumford River (Douglas, 1877)
- Granite (Northbridge, 1880)
Herbert S. Eldredge, District Deputy Grand Master; 8 Lodges
- Montgomery (Milford, 1797)
- Franklin (Grafton, 1851)
- John Warren (Hopkinton, 1860)
- Mount Hollis (Holliston, 1864)
- North Star (Ashland, 1864)
- Excelsior (Franklin, 1866)
- Siloam (Westborough, 1866)
- Charles River (Medway, 1871)
John J. Van Valkenburgh, District Deputy Grand Master; 7 Lodges
- Middlesex (Framingham, 1795)
- Meridian (Natick, 1797)
- United Brethren (Marlborough, 1859)
- Doric (Hudson, 1864)
- St. Bernard (Southborough, 1867)
- Charles A. Welch (Maynard, 1872)
- Alpha (Framingham, 1875)
- Rising Star (Stoughton, 1799)
- St. Alban's (Foxborough, 1818)
- Orient (Norwood, 1861)
- Blue Hill (Canton, 1863)
- St. James (Mansfield, 1864)
- Hyde Park (Hyde Park, 1866)
- Paul Dean (North Easton, 1867)
- Constellation (Dedham, 1871)
Edward Mott, District Deputy Grand Master; 8 Lodges
- Bristol (North Attleboro, 1797)
- King David (Taunton, 1798)
- Pioneer (Somerset, 1863)
- May Flower (Middleboro, 1864)
- Alfred Baylies (Taunton, 1866)
- Ionic (Taunton, 1867)
- Ezekiel Bates (Attleboro, 1870)
- Charles H. Titus (Taunton, 1872)
Arthur C. Boyden, District Deputy Grand Master; 9 Lodges
- Fellowship (Bridgewater, 1797)
- Rural (Quincy, 1801)
- Norfolk Union (Randolph, 1819)
- John Cutler (Abington, 1859)
- Paul Revere (Brockton, 1856)
- Puritan (Whitman, 1869)
- St. George (Brockton, 1877)
- Satucket (East Bridgewater, 1881)
- Wollaston (Wollaston, 1899)
George S. Marsh, District Deputy Grand Master; 8 Lodges
- Old Colony (Hingham, 1792)
- Corner Stone (Duxbury, 1801)
- Orphan's Hope (Weymouth, 1825)
- Plymouth (Plymouth, 1825)
- Konohassett (Cohasset, 1864)
- Delta (Braintree, 1868)
- Phoenix (Hanover, 1873)
- Satuit (Scituate, 1875)
Jesse Blaisdell, District Deputy Grand Master; 7 Lodges
- Star in the East (New Bedford, 1823)
- Mount Hope (Fall River, 1824)
- Eureka (New Bedford, 1857)
- King Philip (Fall River, 1866)
- George H. Taber (Fairhaven, 1872)
- Narragansett (Fall River, 1876)
- Noquochoke (South Westport, 1878)
William H. Heald, District Deputy Grand Master; 7 Lodges
- Union (Nantucket, 1771)
- Marine (Falmouth, 1798)
- Social Harmony (Wareham, 1823)
- Martha's Vineyard (Tisbury, 1859)
- Pythagorean (Marion, 1861)
- Oriental (Edgartown, 1866)
- Mariners' (Cotuit, 1871)
Edward C. Hinckley, District Deputy Grand Master; 8 Lodges
- King Hiram's (Provincetown, 1795)
- Fraternal (Barnstable, 1801)
- Mount Horeb (Harwich, 1854)
- DeWitt Clinton (Sandwich, 1855)
- Pilgrim (Harwich, 1859)
- Adams (Wellfleet, 1865)
- Howard (Yarmouth, 1869)
- St. Martin's (Chatham, 1872)
Frank H. Thompson, District Deputy Grand Master; 3 Lodges
- Bethesda (Valparaiso, Chile, 1854)
- Huelen (Santiago, Chile, 1876)
- St. John's (Concepción) (Concepción, Chile, 1884)
John R. Hykes, District Deputy Grand Master; 1 Lodge + 3 U.D.