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1943

ALBERT A. SCHAEFER, Grand Master


Thomas S. Roy, Deputy Grand Master
Henry W. Stevens, Senior Grand Warden
Austin M. Thresher, Junior Grand Warden


Contents

QUARTERLY COMMUNICATIONS

(held at Masonic Temple, Boston)

  • 03/10: 1943-1;
  • 06/09: 1943-64;
  • 09/08: 1943-101;
  • 12/08: 1943-154; (Annual Communication)

03/10 Agenda

  • 1943-16: Installations of Grand Officers.
  • 1943-33: Introduction of Guests.

06/09 Agenda

  • 1943-71: Report of the Committee on Records.
  • 1943-96: Introduction of Guests.

09/08 Agenda

  • 1943-108: Introduction of Guests. They were caused to arise and be recognized on Page 1943-124.
  • 1943-108: Report of the Committee on Records.
  • 1943-123: Presentation of Henry Price Medal to Most Wor. Harry L. Robinson, Grand Master of Maryland, and Most Wor. Ralph Simpson, Grand Master of Rhode Island.
  • 1943-124: Budget for 1944.
  • 1943-193: Report of the Relief Commissioner.

12/08 Agenda

Visits of Deputy Grand Master and Grand Wardens also listed, beginning on Page 1943-234.

  • 1943-235: Election of Rt. Wor. Arthur W. Coolidge as Grand Master. Election of other Grand Lodge officers.
  • 1943-237: Presentation of the Beteilhe Manuscript by the Grand Master of Pennsylvania.
  • 1943-238: Presentation of a Henry Price Medal to Most Wor. William F. Strang, Grand Master of New York.

Grand Constitutions Amendment Proposals

  • 06/09: 1943-99; Amendment to Section 319, regarding jurisdictions of university Lodges; referred.
    • 09/08: 1943-128; adopted.

Grand Master's Address

  • 03/10: 1943-16; opening remarks; necrology; Washington conferences; war problems.
  • 06/09: 1943-73; opening remarks; necrology; overseas Lodges (including notes on problems in China); United Grand Lodge of England; Masonic military service activities; centennial obervance of the Baltimore Convention of 1843; conclusion.
  • 09/08: 1943-109; opening remarks (see below); budget for 1944; tax withholding; reinstatements; conclusion.

"Four years have passed since a godless group of arrogant men have sought through force of arms to subject to helpless slavery, to hopeless inequality and to hateful discord, all liberty-loing men. To the more timid it seemed for awhile that the powers of darkness might prevail and that civilization, progressing through centuries hopefully toward higher and still higher achievements, might now be forced back into the darkness of a dark age. But even as I speak, from the four corners of this terrestrial sphere comes the heartening glad tidings that they who battle for righteousness, for justice and for truth have stemmed the tide and that on the eastern horizon we may now glimpse the harbingers of returning dawn. Soon may the sun in its resplendent glory break forth in all its grandeur and dispel for all time the fears of those who in the nightmare of civilization's blackout have watched and waited in hope and expectancy."

  • 12/08: 1943-165; opening remarks; necrology; membership (with a detailed discussion of membership gains and losses); finances; overseas Lodges (Canal Zone busy; Chile "carrying on under difficult conditions loyaly and well"); China (membership scattered; some returned to the United States aboard the SS Gripsholm on December 1; extensive description starting on Page 1943-190); relief; Education; Library and Museum; conclusion; visits; medals.

Lodge By-Law Changes

Necrologies and Memorials

  • 03/10: 1943-17; Death of Rt. Wor. David Louis Bodfish, Past District Deputy Grand Master; mentioned in Grand Master's Address.
  • 03/10: 1943-18; Death of Rt. Wor. William Raymond Barss, Past District Deputy Grand Master, and Superintendent of the Boston Masonic Temple; mentioned in Grand Master's Address.
  • 03/10: 1943-19; Death of Rt. Wor. Frank Philip Johnson, Past District Deputy Grand Master; mentioned in Grand Master's Address.
  • 03/10: 1943-20; Death of Rt. Wor. Frederick James Needham, Past District Deputy Grand Master; mentioned in Grand Master's Address.
  • 03/10: 1943-21; Death of Rt. Wor. William Palmer Watt, Past District Deputy Grand Master; mentioned in Grand Master's Address.
  • 03/10: 1943-17; Death of Rt. Wor. Elon Forbes Tandy, Past District Deputy Grand Master; mentioned in Grand Master's Address.
  • 03/10: 1943-17; Death of Rt. Wor. John Adams Taggart, Past District Deputy Grand Master; mentioned in Grand Master's Address.
  • 06/09: 1943-74; Death of Rt. Wor. George Thompson Burnham, Past District Deputy Grand Master; mentioned in Grand Master's Address.
  • 12/08: 1943-165; Death of Rt. Wor. Homer Shumway Joslin, Past District Deputy Grand Master; mentioned in Grand Master's Address.
  • 12/08: 1943-166; Death of Rt. Wor. Lauren Leslie McMaster, Past District Deputy Grand Master; mentioned in Grand Master's Address.
  • 12/08: 1943-168; Death of Rt. Wor. Charles William Perry, Past District Deputy Grand Master; mentioned in Grand Master's Address.

SPECIAL COMMUNICATIONS

  • 01/23: 1943-37. Worcester. 150th Anniversary of Morning Star Lodge.
    • 1943-38. Grand Lodge opened and was received by Wor. Arthur H. Medine, Master of Morning Star Lodge.
    • 1943-38. A "most appropriate" address by the Grand Master. Remarks by other Brothers. The Grand Master was presented a booklet from the 1893 centenary.
    • 1943-39ff. History of the last fifty years of Morning Star Lodge, by Rt. Wor. Charles W. Delano.
  • 04/29: 1943-45. Chelsea. 75th Anniversary of Robert Lash Lodge.
    • 1943-45. Grand Lodge opened and was received by Wor. Wendell W. Dykeman, Master of Robert Lash Lodge.
    • 1943-46. A "most stirring and inspiring" address by the Grand Master. Remarks by other Brothers.
    • 1943-47ff. History of Robert Lash Lodge, by Wor. Ralph W. E. Hopper.
  • 11/08: 1943-135. Chelsea. 100th Anniversary of Star of Bethlehem Lodge.
    • 1943-136. Grand Lodge opened and was received by Wor. Stewart P. Sloane, Master of Star of Bethlehem Lodge.
    • 1943-136. An "inspiring" address by the Grand Master, touching upon the history of this Lodge. Remarks by other Brothers.
    • 1943-138ff. History of Star of Bethlehem Lodge, by Bro. Winthrop F. Butler.
  • 12/09: 1943-242. Everett. 75th Anniversary of Palestine Lodge.
    • 1943-242. Grand Lodge opened and was received by Wor. George M. Poor, Master of Palestine Lodge.
    • 1943-243. A "stirring and timely" address by the Grand Master. He also called upon the Brethren in the Armed Forces to receive greetings of the Brethren present. Remarks by other Brothers, including Wor. Arthur Q. Adamson, recently returned from China on the S.S. Gripsholm.
    • 1943-244ff. History of Palestine Lodge, by Rt. Wor. John A. Corliss.
  • 12/17: 1943-257. North Brookfield. 50th Anniversary of Meridian Sun Lodge.
    • 1943-257. Grand Lodge opened and was received by Wor. Clarence W. Kenerson, Master of Meridian Sun Lodge.
    • 1943-258. An "inspiring and timely" address by the Grand Master. Remarks by other Brothers.
    • 1943-259ff. History of Meridian Sun Lodge, by Wor. George O. Rollins.

FEAST OF ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST

(held at Masonic Temple, Boston, 12/28/1942)

  • 1943-262: Opening and roll call.
  • 1943-266: Report of Grand Secretary; 2,635 Diplomas issued through 08/31/1943. Lodges not represented in 1942-43.
  • 1943-267: Reception of guests, including neighboring Grand Masters.
  • 1943-267: Suspension of the Secretary of Columbian Lodge for un-Masonic conduct.
  • 1943-268: Installation of Arthur W. Coolidge as Grand Master. Installation of other Grand Lodge officers.
  • 1943-277: Feast of St. John, listing toasts and names of speakers.
    • 1943-277: The Grand Master.
    • 1943-278: Governor Leverett Saltonstall.
    • 1943-283: The Grand Master. Remarks on wartime Masonry.
    • 1943-286: Deputy Grand Master Francis D. Taylor.
    • 1943-290: Grand Master Harold H. Hart of New Hampshire.
    • 1943-293: Grand Master Ralph Simpson of Rhode Island.
    • 1943-295: Grand Master Cady L. Earle of Vermont.
    • 1943-301: Bro. Charles A. Haney, Field Director of the MSA.
    • 1943-305: Past Grand Master Schaefer.

LIST OF LODGES IN MASSACHUSETTS BY DISTRICT: 1943

There were 47 districts in Massachusetts in 1943 (numbered 1 through 33), as well as districts for Chile, China and the Canal Zone.

DISTRICT 1: Boston

Kenneth F. Antoine, District Deputy Grand Master; 10 Lodges
Tabular: 1943-317

DISTRICT 2: Cambridge

Wolcott A. Hokanson, District Deputy Grand Master; 6 Lodges
Tabular: 1943-318

DISTRICT 2: Boston

Norman M. Gay, District Deputy Grand Master; 8 Lodges
Tabular: 1943-319

DISTRICT 3: Boston

William C. Gray, District Deputy Grand Master; 7 Lodges
Tabular: 1943-320

DISTRICT 3: Chelsea

Harry M. Carlson, District Deputy Grand Master; 7 Lodges
Tabular: 1943-321

DISTRICT 4: South Boston

Peter A. Day, District Deputy Grand Master; 5 Lodges
Tabular: 1943-322

DISTRICT 4: Dorchester

David L. Martin, District Deputy Grand Master; 6 Lodges
Tabular: 1943-323

DISTRICT 4: Roxbury

Paul G. Weden, District Deputy Grand Master; 6 Lodges
Tabular: 1943-324

DISTRICT 5: Waltham

Elwood L. Overholser, District Deputy Grand Master; 9 Lodges
Tabular: 1943-325

DISTRICT 5: Brighton

Fred H. Hitchcock, District Deputy Grand Master; 9 Lodges
Tabular: 1943-326

DISTRICT 6: Somerville

Harold W. Edwards, District Deputy Grand Master; 7 Lodges
Tabular: 1943-327

DISTRICT 6: Arlington

Seward E. Nichols, District Deputy Grand Master; 7 Lodges
Tabular: 1943-328

DISTRICT 7: Malden

George M. Keen, District Deputy Grand Master; 6 Lodges
Tabular: 1943-329

DISTRICT 7: Melrose

Howard G. Todd, District Deputy Grand Master; 6 Lodges
Tabular: 1943-330

DISTRICT 8: Salem

Mial D. Chase, District Deputy Grand Master; 7 Lodges
Tabular: 1943-331

DISTRICT 8: Lynn

Harry L. Chisholm, District Deputy Grand Master; 6 Lodges
Tabular: 1943-332

DISTRICT 9: Gloucester

J. Harry Mills, District Deputy Grand Master; 6 Lodges
Tabular: 1943-333

DISTRICT 10: Newburyport

Cecil E. Welch, District Deputy Grand Master'; 7 Lodges
Tabular: 1943-334

DISTRICT 11: Lawrence

Ben Oldfield, District Deputy Grand Master; 6 Lodges
Tabular: 1943-335

DISTRICT 12: Lowell

Winslow J. Damon, District Deputy Grand Master; 8 Lodges
Tabular: 1943-336

DISTRICT 13: Fitchburg

Charles F. Murch, District Deputy Grand Master; 7 Lodges
Tabular: 1943-337

DISTRICT 13: Barre

Celian H. Abbott, District Deputy Grand Master; 6 Lodges
Tabular: 1943-338

DISTRICT 14: Greenfield

Ralph M. Forsaith, District Deputy Grand Master; 7 Lodges
Tabular: 1943-339

DISTRICT 15: North Adams

Duncan MacNaughton, District Deputy Grand Master; 5 Lodges
Tabular: 1943-340

DISTRICT 16: Pittsfield

Ethelbert R. Pierce, District Deputy Grand Master; 9 Lodges
Tabular: 1943-341

DISTRICT 17: Holyoke

Charles M. Gillette, District Deputy Grand Master; 6 Lodges
Tabular: 1943-342

DISTRICT 18: Chicopee

E. Ray Ashley, District Deputy Grand Master; 6 Lodges
Tabular: 1943-343

DISTRICT 18: Springfield

Harold W. Schellenger, District Deputy Grand Master; 6 Lodges
Tabular: 1943-344

DISTRICT 19: Palmer

Henry O. Holley, District Deputy Grand Master; 5 Lodges
Tabular: 1943-345

DISTRICT 20: Blackstone

George C.K. Duff, District Deputy Grand Master; 6 Lodges
Tabular: 1943-346

DISTRICT 21: Brookfield

George D. Robertson, District Deputy Grand Master; 9 Lodges
Tabular: 1943-347

DISTRICT 22: Worcester

John E. Riley, District Deputy Grand Master; 8 Lodges
Tabular: 1943-348

DISTRICT 23: Natick

Elmer W. Bennett, District Deputy Grand Master; 8 Lodges
Tabular: 1943-349

DISTRICT 24: Marlboro

Thomas O. O'Neill, District Deputy Grand Master; 5 Lodges
Tabular: 1943-350

DISTRICT 25: Hyde Park

Ernest May, District Deputy Grand Master; 6 Lodges
Tabular: 1943-351

DISTRICT 26: Quincy

Raymond C. Warrington, District Deputy Grand Master'; 9 Lodges
Tabular: 1943-352

DISTRICT 27: Plymouth

Herbert W. Wilder, District Deputy Grand Master; 6 Lodges
Tabular: 1943-353

DISTRICT 28: Taunton

James D. Johnston, District Deputy Grand Master; 6 Lodges
Tabular: 1943-354

DISTRICT 28: Attleboro

Winthrop P. Mann, District Deputy Grand Master; 7 Lodges
Tabular: 1943-355

DISTRICT 29: Brockton

Harold S. Crocker, District Deputy Grand Master; 7 Lodges
Tabular: 1943-356

DISTRICT 30: Fall River

Francis S. Borden, District Deputy Grand Master; 6 Lodges
Tabular: 1943-357

DISTRICT 30: New Bedford

John W. Ruggles, District Deputy Grand Master; 6 Lodges
Tabular: 1943-358

DISTRICT 31: Nantucket

Leroy H. True, District Deputy Grand Master; 6 Lodges
Tabular: 1943-359

DISTRICT 32: Hyannis

Gerard C. Besse, District Deputy Grand Master; 6 Lodges
Tabular: 1943-360

DISTRICT 32: Provincetown

Nathan D. Eldridge, District Deputy Grand Master; 5 Lodges
Tabular: 1943-361

DISTRICT 33: Springfield

Gilbert N. Leete, District Deputy Grand Master; 7 Lodges
Tabular: 1943-362

CANAL ZONE DISTRICT

Lewis B. Bates, District Grand Master; 7 Lodges
Tabular: 1943-363

CHINA DISTRICT

vacant District office; 6 Lodges
Tabular: none
District Lodges did not report in 1943 due to Japanese Occupation

CHILE DISTRICT

Albert E. Jones, District Deputy Grand Master'; 3 Lodges
Tabular: 1943-364


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