- 1 MOUNT LEBANON LODGE
- 2 REFERENCES IN GRAND LODGE PROCEEDINGS
- 2.1 ANNIVERSARIES
- 2.2 VISITS BY GRAND MASTER
- 2.3 BY-LAW CHANGES
- 2.4 HISTORY
- 2.5 OTHER
- 2.6 EVENTS
- 2.6.1 SPECIAL COMMUNICATION, AUGUST 1807
- 2.6.2 OFFICER LIST, JANUARY 1818
- 2.6.3 OFFICER LIST, DECEMBER 1825
- 2.6.4 PRESENTATION, NOVEMBER 1851
- 2.6.5 INSTALLATION, JANUARY 1857
- 2.6.6 INSTALLATION, DECEMBER 1860
- 2.6.7 PRESENTATION, NOVEMBER 1861
- 2.6.8 INSTALLATION, DECEMBER 1861
- 2.6.9 INSTALLATION, DECEMBER 1862
- 2.6.10 INSTALLATION, JANUARY 1864
- 2.6.11 INSTALLATION, JANUARY 1866
- 2.6.12 OFFICER LIST, FEBRUARY 1867
- 2.6.13 PRESENTATION, SEPTEMBER 1867
- 2.6.14 INSTALLATION, JANUARY 1868
- 2.6.15 INSTALLATION, JANUARY 1869
- 2.6.16 PRESENTATION, MARCH 1874
- 2.6.17 INSTALLATION, DECEMBER 1877
- 2.6.18 GRAND MASTER VISIT, JUNE 1878
- 2.6.19 INSTALLATION, JANUARY 1880
- 2.6.20 INSTALLATION, JANUARY 1881
- 2.6.21 INSTALLATION, DECEMBER 1886
- 2.6.22 INSTALLATION, JANUARY 1889
- 2.6.23 INSTALLATION, JANUARY 1891
- 2.6.24 INSTALLATION, JANUARY 1906
- 2.6.25 PRESENTATION, DECEMBER 1906
- 2.6.26 SPECIAL MEETING, FEBRUARY 1907
- 2.6.27 INSTALLATION, DECEMBER 1907
- 2.6.28 GRAND MASTER VISIT, MAY 1916
- 2.6.29 PRESENTATIONS, NOVEMBER 1919
- 2.6.30 ANNUAL MEETING, DECEMBER 1919
- 2.6.31 INSTALLATION, DECEMBER 1920
- 2.6.32 INSTALLATION, SEPTEMBER 1984
- 2.7 GRAND LODGE OFFICERS
- 2.8 OTHER BROTHERS
- 2.9 DISTRICTS
- 2.10 LINKS
MOUNT LEBANON LODGE
Chartered By: Samuel Dunn
Charter Date: 06/08/1801 II-181
Precedence Date: 06/08/1801
Current Status: Active
A Boston lodge, chartered at the beginning of the 19th century and one of the few Dunn charters still active.
See also Ann Street Hall article from 1905, describing an oration before Mount Lebanon Lodge in that hall.
MEMBER LIST, 1802
From Vocal Companion and Masonic Register, Boston, 1802, Part II, Page 32:
- R. W. Henry Fowle, M.
- W. William Bentley, S. W.
- W. Thomas Sullvan, J. W.
- Joseph Jones, Tr.
- John Barber, Sec.
- William Quincey, S. D.
- Joseph Dorr, J. D.
- Joseph Hudson, Steward.
- Elisha Norcross, Steward.
- William Tompkins, Centinel.
- Ebenezer Mountford, Tiler.
No. of Members, 25.
- Robert Newman
- William Jones
- William Eaton
- Peter Gilman
- William Smith
- Henry Fowle, 1801-1803, 1805
- William Bentley, 1804, 1806
- John Barber, 1807
- Samuel Thaxter, 1808-1810, 1813
- Benjamin Gleason, 1811; SN
- Robert Lash, Jr., 1812, 1823
- Jared Lincoln, 1814
- Charles Wells, 1815, 1816, 1818-1822, 1826; SN
- William Barry, 1817
- Simon W. Robinson, 1824, 1825, 1845
- Gilbert Nourse, 1827, 1828, 1844; SN
- William Knapp, 1829, 1830; Mem
- Thomas Waterman, 1831, 1832
- Samuel Millard, 1833, 1834
- James Holbrook, 1835-1837
- William Eaton, 1838-1840
- Edward Bell, 1841, 1842, 1846
- Osgood Eaton, 1843
- Charles Bates, 1847-1850, Mem
- Albion K. P. Cooper, 1851, 1852
- William H. L. Smith, 1853-1856; Mem
- Franklin H. Sprague, 1857, 1858
- William H. Sampson, 1859, 1860
- John L. Stevenson, 1861-1863
- John F. Abbott, 1864, 1865
- Ira D. Davenport, 1866-1868
- William J. Ellis, 1869, 1870
- Caleb Blodgett, 1871, 1872
- George D. Moore, 1873, 1874
- Warren B. Ellis, 1875, 1876; Mem
- Albert L. Richardson, 1877, 1878; Memorial
- Charles J. Miller, 1879, 1880
- George E. Atwood, 1881, 1882
- Edward F. Smith, 1883, 1884
- Charles E. Phipps, 1885, 1886
- Frank Fuller, 1887, 1888
- George H. Endres, 1889, 1890
- Bart M. Young, 1891, 1892
- Gus G. Stanwood, 1893, 1894
- William B. Phipps, 1895, 1896
- Harry D. Delano, 1897, 1898
- C. W. Parker, Jr., 1899, 1900
- Frederic I. Clayton, 1901, 1902
- Walter B. Tripp, 1903, 1904; Mem
- Edwin M. Steere, 1905
- Charles W. Kidder, 1906, 1907
- Joseph T. Paul, 1908, 1909; Mem
- Frank E. Buxton, 1910, 1911
- Charles S. Hadaway, 1912, 1913
- Harrington D. Learnard, 1914, 1915
- Everett W. Crawford, 1916
- Frank A. North, Sr., 1917
- Andrew P. Cornwall, 1918, 1919; N
- Edward C. Mathewson, 1920, 1921
- D. Henry Childs, 1922, 1923
- Walter F. Nolen, 1924, 1925
- T. Frederick Brunton, 1926, 1927
- Edward W. Phillips, 1928
- Henry W. Stevens, 1929, 1930; N
- A. VanAllen Thompson, 1931, 1932
- Wilhelm E. Lundqvist, 1933, 1934
- George E. Seabury, 1935
- Frank A. North, Jr., 1936
- Leo E. Davison, 1937
- Walter E. Duncan, 1938, 1939
- Frederic L. Pike, 1940, 1941; N
- Henry W. Cook, Jr., 1942
- George E. Amazeen, 1943, 1944
- Lawrence G. Hopkins, 1945, 1946
- George E. Tew, 1947, 1948
- Lester M. Clark, 1949, 1950
- George N. Ackerman, 1951, 1952
- Raymond G. Hallgren, 1953, 1954
- Harry W. Tileston, Jr., 1955, 1956
- Harold F. Petherick, 1957, 1958, 1978, 1979
- Hans O. Johnson, 1959, 1960, 1976, 1977, 1981; N
- John F. Van Baars, 1961, 1962; N
- Robert N. Gordon, 1963
- William C. Scott, 1964, 1965
- Ira W. Biggar, 1966
- Daniel D. Field, 1967, 1968
- Robert H. Gallagher, 1969
- Thomas G. Smiley, 1970, 1971
- John R. Waldman, 1972, 1973
- Joseph M. Dube, 1974, 1975
- Dean A. Burland, 1980
- Clark B. Loth, 1982-1984; PDDGM
- Albert V. Ferguson, 1985, 1986
- Taylor F. Massie, Jr., 1987, 1988, 1993
- Ronald K. Beaton, 1989, 1990
- Paul H. Walker, 1991, 1992
- David J. Gray, 1994, 1995
- Vaughn A. Lovejoy, 1996, 1997
- Ronald H. Ackerman, 1998, 1999
- Frank B. Gomes, Jr., 2000, 2001; DDGM
- David P. Cerasoli, 2002-2004
- Stephen B. Smith, 2005
- Robert V. Jolly, Jr., 2006, 2007
- Timothy A. Ackerman, 2008, 2009
- Matthew J. Wissell, 2010-2012
REFERENCES IN GRAND LODGE PROCEEDINGS
- Petition for Charter: 1801
VISITS BY GRAND MASTER
- 1801 (Dunn; Constitution of lodge; Special Communication)
- 1806 (Bigelow; not in Proceedings; reported in Lodge minutes)
- 1843 (Peabody; not in Proceedings, but noted in Secretary's minutes)
- 1844 (Peabody; 2 visits; not in Proceedings, but noted in Secretary's minutes)
- 1845 (Peabody; not in Proceedings, but noted in Secretary's minutes)
- 1846-1848: Grand Master Robinson was a faithful attendee at his Lodge.
- 1849 (Raymond; not in Proceedings, but noted in Secretary's minutes)
- 1861 (W. Coolidge; not in Proceedings; see below)
- 1864 (Parkman; Installation; not in Proceedings; see below)
- 1866 (Dame; Installation; see below)
- 1873 (Nickerson; Installation)
- 1878 (Welch; see below)
- 1879 (Welch; Installation)
- 1881 (Lawrence; Installation)
- 1890 (Wells)
- 1892 (Wells)
- 1895 (Holmes; Installation)
- 1897 (Hutchinson)
- 1901 (Gallagher; Centenary; Special Communication)
- 1904 (Sanford)
- 1906 (Blake)
- 1908 (Blake; Installations, 2 visits)
- 1912 (Benton; 2 visits, including installation)
- 1916 (M. Johnson; 2 visits; see below)
- 1926 (Simpson; 125th Anniversary; Special Communication)
- 1927 (Simpson; Veterans' Night)
- 1934 (Chipman; Veterans' Night)
- 1935 (Allen)
- 1938 (Perry; Reception for Senior Grand Warden T. Frederick Brunton)
- 1943 (Schaefer; Reception for Senior Grand Warden Henry W. Stevens)
- 1951 (Roy; 150th Anniversary; Special Communication)
- 1976 (Maxwell; 175th Anniversary; Special Communication)
- 2010 (Pageau)
- 2011 (Stewart; trip to Washington, DC)
- 2012 (Stewart; 2 visits)
- 2013 (Stewart; 3 visits)
- 1926 (125th Anniversary History, 1926-126; see below)
- 1951 (150th Anniversary History, 1951-110; see below)
125TH ANNIVERSARY HISTORY, JUNE 1926
From Proceedings, Page 1926-196; also appears in New England Craftsman, Vol. XXII, No. 1, November 1926, Page 315:
By R. W. Walter B. Tripp.
Another milestone has been passed in the history of Mount Lebanon Lodge, a stone marked with more than ordinary significance, and we are called together this afternoon to commemorate the event. One hundred and twenty-five years old, and still "going strong."
We can only judge from the records of the past with what fine spirit our early builders carried on the traditions of the Craft, but there is abundant evidence that their efforts were characterized by supreme sacrifice at many times and that their achievement was great. But I am one who truly believes that '*the sun do move," and that "progress" is as much our watch word today as that of our Brethren of one hundred and twenty five years ago, and am not willing to believe that their spirit could have surpassed our own in splendid loyalty to the ideals and principles of Freemasonry.
True, they had the battles of the pioneer to fight, and without their magniflcent efforts to establish the Ancient Landmarks we never could have reached the attainment of the fundamental purposes of our Order. They fought a good fight, and we are here in testify to their heroic devotion to the ideals which they set out to compass, yet within the past twenty five years we have established works which would have been beyond their fondest dreams the Masonic Home st Charlton; Employment Bureaus; Educational Funds; all these have had their inception in the period between our own centennial in June, 1901, and the present moment. Can it be that we have fallen short of the ideals set by our older Brothers? Results prove the contrary.
At the centenary celebration of Mount Lebanon Lodge the history of the Lodge from its Institution on June 8, 1801, was set forth by our revered Brother, Warren B. Ellis. This narrative is in print, and it is not for us to add to the splendid record of the first one hundred years as embodied in that history, for it is a story that can only be fairly told in lull detail. We must limit ourselves to a few brief excerpts from a text that must be assumed to be, in its outlines at least; familiar to our Brethren. The following paragraphs are quotations, therefore, from that earlier record to connect us up with the present.
As in the organization of the Lodge Brother Ellis says:
"At the Communication of the Grand Lodge held at Concert Hall. March 9, 1801, the records say: A petition was received from Henry Fowle and others praying for a Charter for a Lodge to be holden in the Town of Boston, with the recommendations accompanying the same, was read and committed. At the next Communication held June 8, 1801, Charters for eight Lodges were granted, that of Mount Lebanon being named first. The Grand Lodge record of March 9, 1801, is the first reference to our Lodge which has been found and marks its official introduction to the fraternity.
"The first meeting of Mount Lebanon Lodge, of which we have a record, was held Tuesday, July 7, 1801, in Masons' Hall in Ann, now North Street. . . At the first meeting all of the officers, except the Master and Wardens, were elected; the latter were probably named in the Dispensation, although we have no information on the subject. The By Laws are mentioned in the record of this from which we may conclude there had been some earlier meeting of which we have no record. At the first meeting the officers were installed by the Master, after which he addressed the members on the subject of Masonry." Our first Master, Henry Fowle, "was for many years one of the most prominent workers in the Masonic rite in the Commonwealth. His Masonic knowledge and influence undoubtedly contributed more to the immediate success of the Lodge than that of any other Brother engaged in the enterprise."
A very different conception of the relation of the initiate to the Lodge is evident in the following note: "At the time a Brother who had been only advanced to the degree of Fellow Craft could be proposed for membership, so as to avoid loss of time after receiving the Master Mason degree,"
The duties of the Lodges towards the Grand Lodge are clearly indicated. Brother Ellis says: "The representatives of our Lodge were granted full power to act in the Grand Lodge as they might think best; at the same time, the Brethren were most loyal to the interests of the Grand Lodge, as is strikingly illustrated by the record of June 1, 1802. It appears that the Grand Lodge had adopted regulations that were not altogether satisfactory to our Lodge. Referring to this, the records say:
"We as a Lodge have promised to support and maintain the Laws and Regulations of the Grand Lodge; your Committee therefore would recommend that said regulations be incorporated into our code of By Laws and read with them, agreeably to the recommendation of the parent Lodge."
In regard to attendance we find that "the regularity with which the officers of the Lodge attended the meeting in its first years is remarkable, and us an evidence of their deep interest In their work, Worshipful Brother Fowle was present at forty-seven meetings previous to July 15, 1803, when he was absent for the first fime. The By Laws required the regular attendanoe of the members under penalty of forfeiture of membership, and the records show that this provision was not a dead letter." The first part of this record would hold as good today as it did in 1803 though there might be some question as to the latter requirement.
Sociability was not neglected.
"In 1810 we have an other glimpse of the social side of the Brethren, when they voted that "a committee be chosen to visit St. John's Lodge and inform them that at half-past nine we would reciprocate with them the sentiments and unanimity among our Lodges", whatever that may mean. Later in the same year it was voted "That our fair sisters be invited to pass a social evening with us." Brother Ellis states "there is no record of their attendance, but there is no doubt of the acceptance of the invitation, or that the evening was pleasantly spent, for on January 1 following, the Brethren voted to have a public installation of officers and to 'invite our sweethearts and wives.' "
"The second quarter of our history is remarkable principally for the fact that it carried our Lodge through the period of the great anti-Masonic excitement, Unlike many Lodges, ours maintained its existence and continued its meetings without any interruption. Some of our members proved weak and forsook the body; its funds were reduced and nearly exhausted, and the burden of support was heavy on those who remained; yet during this period we note that the destitute who applied for aid were not turned away empty-handed, For several years the Lodge was almost entirely without candidates for the degrees.
"During the two years that Worshipful Thomas Waterman was Master, not one was admitted, but the faithful Brethren met with great regularity and performed their duties with a patience and fidelity which calls for our warmest praise. The Lodge exhibited its loyalty to the Grand Lodge at this time by appropriating five hundred dollars, nearly all of its fund, to asaist in the erection of the first Temple; it also participated in the exercises connected with the laying of the corner-stone on October 14, 1830. The disastrous effects of antimasonry lasted until about 1840, when the Master of the Lodge congratulated the Brethren on having lived in and through 'the times that tried men's souls.' "
A comparison of the period of the Civil War with that of the Great War proves the truth of the saying "history repeats itself." Brother Ellis in speaking of this time of stress in the 1860's says: "At first it was feared that the excitement of the time would divert attention from the Lodge, and that the increased expense of living would prevent candidates from applying for the degrees, On the contrary, it proved the source of a greater prosperity. Freemasonry stood for brotherhood; it meant a loving word and it helping hand. It is not strange then, that when the volunteer offered his services to his country, he sought admission at the same time to our brotherhood, A multitude of experiences have proved the wisdom of his action. No matter whether the uniform was blue or gray, favors were extended, assistance rendered, and lives saved, just because the soldier was a brother.
In 1861 a committee was appointed by the Lodge "to afford all necessary relief to the families of such members as may volunteer to serve their country during the existing trouble." Eleven men are recorded as having volunteered. One still remains to us in the person of Brother Henry J. Hallgreen, our Senior member, who was raised January 9, 1865. The fact that the period of the War was a source of "greater prosperity" finds a close parallel in our more recent War. I shall speak of this more at length a tittle later, but it is an established fact that the greatest increase in our Lodge members within the years Immediately following our entry into the Great War.
Though the period following the Civil War up to the time of the one hundredth anniversary is not as fully covered by Brother Ellis, we find on examination of the records that it was a period of peace and one of normal and steady growth. There were ups and downs, but the former prevailed and at the time of the centennial celebrated on June 10, 1901, the Lodge was in a fairly prosperous condition.
As we take up the history of the last twenty five years it should be stated that it has not been thought necessary to go into detail regarding the routine of Lodge affairs. There are many such things which, though of much interest at the moment, can have nothing of permanent value to posterity and only matters of outstanding appeal can legitimately be admitted as a part of this summary.
As to the centenary celefirstion itself, in the record of December 9, 1901, Brother Ellis says; "Every detail of the celebration was so successfully carried out that not a thought of complaint could be had by any one. Our medals, struck in commemoration of the occasion, are beautiful souvenirs, andtthe History tells for itself the care and thoughtfulness of the Committee in charge." The Standing Committee in making its report on this same evening asks "that a hearty vote of thanks be extended to the Centennial Committee and particularly its Chairman, Worshipful Albert L. Richardson, for its untiring efforts to bring about the happy occasion tor which he, as well as we all, must feel duly proud." A special vote of the Lodge to that effect was carried unanimously.
Shortly after the beginning of the new quarter a series of fraternal visits to two of the Lodges in the Rhode Island District were initiated. These continued for several years and were greatly enjoyed by all who participated. The two Lodges with whom we formed such close ties were Mount Vernon Lodge No. 4, of Providence, and Barney Merry Lodge No 29, ol Pawtucket. At one of the exchange visits to Mount Vernon Lodge, Worshipful Brother Clayton presented to the Lodge a gavel and gavel block, the former being made of wood taken from the following sources; Faneuil Hall; Frigates Constitution and Hartford; Gunboat Vicksburg; Battle Ship Olympia; Despatch Boat Dolphin. The block was made from the cap of a stair post from the battleship Olympia. No mention is made of the manner in which the Master obtained these relics.
On December 29, 1920, the first public instaflation in many years took place. The occasion was graced by the presence of Grand Master Charles T Gallagher. Worshipful Albert I.. Richardson installed the officers, assisted by Worshipful Eugene A. Holton, Past Master of Joseph Warren Lodge, as Marshal .Unfortunately the Master elect was seriously ill on this evening, and was not installed until the following month.
In November, 1904, the Lodge was honored by the presence of Grand Master Baalis Sanford, the only occasion on which our Most Worshipful Brother was a guest within our walls. At the conclusion of the work on this evening the Master called upon Right Reverend John W. Hamilton, Bishop of Colorado, to address the Lodge. In the course of his remarks our good Brother spoke of his pleasure at again being in Mount Lebanon Lodge where he had filled the office of Chaplain to many years. Brother Hamilton is still a member of Mount Lebanon and is in active service in Washington, D. C. We expect to have him with us this evening. (He was present.)
Two years later there was another public installation, Worshipful Charles W. Kidder being inducted into office by the then Deputy Grand Master, Everett C. Benton, assisted by Worshipful Albert L. Richardson as .Marshal. The Lodge was honored by the presence of Grand Master John Albert Blake who was accompanied by a large suite of distinguished Masons, many members of the Grand Lodge among them. In looking ovet this list, in addition to Most Worshipful Brother Blake for whose presence with us now we gratefully rejoice, but one member of that suite is living today, Right Worshipful Albert B. Root, who was on that occasion the District Deputy Grand Master for the First District. Worshipful Melvin M. Johnson delivered an original charge to the newly Installed Master clothed in grateful words and expressing a high ideal of Masonic worth.
On May 14, 1906, this note is found In the recordst "A circular from the Grand Master regarding the needs of the Brethren in San Francisco as a result of the great fire and earthquake was read and on motion was referred to the Master and Wardens to take such action us they think best." Subsequent record shows that a collection was taken and a substantial sum realized which was turned over to the proper authorities.
The first mention found relating to the Masonic Home was in May, 1907. At the conclusion of the work on the Fellow Craft degree the Master Introduced Right Worshipful Albert B. Root, our District Deputy, who spoke to the Lodge "of the importance of having a Masonic Horne established in Massachusetts, and suggestion action in that direction by the Lodge, naming Five Dollars as a sum which it is desirable that each Brother should contribute."
At this meeting the subject was referred to a committee for consideration and recommendation, "said committee to report in a circular to be sent directly to the members of the Lodge, or to make report at the next Lodge meeting, as they may consider desirable."
At the June communication the Master reported that a circular had been sent to all of the members of the Lodge asking them if they approved of the establishment of a Masonic Home by the Grand Lodge and if they would contribute five dollars for such a purpose, if called tor. The Secretary reported that ninety two answers had been received, only two of which refused to approve or contribute for the Home. Later results are a matter of general Masonic knowledge, and the Home at Charlton is one of the most brilliant achievements of Massachusetts Masonry. Mount Lebanon has always done her share to the upkeep of ihis splendid institution.
In December of the same year (1907) another public installation was held, and Brother Joseph T. Paul was installed into his high office by Grand Master John Albert Blake. A number of distinguished Masons accompanied the Grand Master and Right Worshipful William H. L Odell, Deputy Grand Master, assisted the Grand Master in the installation ceremonies.
To us today one item in the records of the meeting has an interest which is almost humorous: "Following the supper an interesting entertainment was given in Gothic Hall consisting of Bioscope pictures." Less than nine years ago, and yet what a change with our marvellous motion pictures and radio entertainment! Grand Master Blake again honored us officially in June, 1908, when he came to us to attend a Past Masters' Night. We cannot give the whole line of Past Masters who took part in the work, but it should be stated that Right Worshipful Warren B. Ellis, Right Worshipful Charles B. Phipps, and Right Worshipful Edward P. smith presided in the East.
Several years pass without any particularly prominent activities, in March, 1911, there was an interesting incident in the presentation of a gavel made from cedar wood from Mount Lebanon. The wood was personally obtained by Brother I. E. UlKouri, who was born at Jahlen in the Lebanon Mountains in Syria, but who had lived in this country abont twenty years and was a member of The Massachusetts Lodge of Boston.
In October of the same year the Lodge was honored by a fraternal visit from members of Zetland Lodge. The Secretary, in introducing the delegation to Worshipful master Frank B. Buxton, mentioned his recollection of the date. January 13, 1868, when eighteen members of Mount Lebanon Lodge were granted dimits for the purpose of forming Zetland Lodge. "Worshipful Brother Buxton extruded a warm greeting to his visitors and asked them to occupy the stations of the officers and complete the work of the Master Mason degree," Worshipful Edmund S. Young was Master of Zetland Lodge at this meeting, later receivinc higher honors and gaining great distinction.
On October 14. 1911, a special Communication of the Lodge was held by authority of Most Worshipful Dana J. Flanders, Grand Master, for the purpose of conducting the funeral ceremonies of the late Most Worshipful George Ellis Tyler, of Vermont, then of Somerville, Mass. The complete record is as follows:
"The Lodge was opened at 11.00 o'clock with Worshipful Frank E. Buxton in the East. After the Lodge was opened the Brethren, with representatives of the Supreme Council of Scottish Rite Masonry repaired to the home of the late Brother, where the Masonic burial service was performed. The following representatives were among those present: Worshipful Leon M. Abbott, Most Worshipful Charles T. Gallagher, Mort Worshipful George W. Currier, of New Hampshire, Must Worshipful Marsh O. Perkins, of Vermont, Brother Newton D. Arnold, of Rhode Island, and Frederick W. Hamilton, D. D. Brother Tyler was an active member of the Supreme Council for the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, under the auspices of which the ceremonies were held. The funeral was conducted for the family by request."
On December 29, 1911. another Special Communication was held. The Master, Worshipful Frank K. Buxton, staled that the purpose of the meeting was for the installation of officers, which was open only to members of the Lodge; for Ladies' Night; and for a Reception to the newly installed Grand Master, Everett Chamberlain Benton and Mrs. Benton. The following is from the records:
"After the installation of Brother Charles S. Hadaway as Master and the other officers, the Brethren repaired to Corinthian Hall. Worshipful Master Hadaway appointed a committee to escort the Grand Master into the Lodge. With graceful sentences be expressed a cordial welcome to Most Worshipful Brother Benton, and a deep appreciation of this visit, it being the first to any Lodge in the jurisdiction since his election. The pleasure was also enhanced by the East that the Grand Master was a member of this Lodge.
"The response of the Grand Master was cordial and appropriate. Before taking his seat in the Oriental Chair he requested two members of the Lodge, Right Worshipful Walter B. Tripp and Worshipful Frank K. Buxton, who are officers in the Grand Lodge, in retire. They both returned bearing a heavy log of cedar which the Grand Master said was from Lebanon and which with considerable trouble had heen imported. He stated as an interesting fact that the log had been procured through the agency of Mount Lebanon Lodge, of Beyrout, Syria."
The reception itself was a brilliant affair and was attended by many members of the Lodge with their ladies and many distinguished visitors. This was the last public affair given directly by the Lodge up to the prevent moment. Many causes have contributed to bring this about, not the least of which is the Great War, when so many important matters claimed our attention.
An interesting ceremony took place on December 9, 1912. Grand Master Benton again visited the Lodge officially for the purpose of installing one of the Chaplains of the Grand Lodge. the record reads:
"The Grand Master was cordially welcomed and seated in the Bast. He immediately proceeded to install Biahop John W. Hamilton as Grand Chaplain of the Grand Lodge. The Grand Master and Brother Hamilton are both members of Mount Lebanon Lodge, and each in turn alluded to that fact, and that Mount Lebanon Lodge was especially appropriate as a place tor the ceremony which was then taking place."
At the Annual Communication of December 8, 1913, Brother Charles W. Parker was elected Treasurer for the thirty first time.
On January 12, 1914, it is recorded:
"Brother Charles W. Parker, who has served the Lodge thirty years as Treasurer, declined to serve longer on account of cares and infirmities of advancing years. The announcement was received with regret. On motion of the Secretary the Finance Committee were instructed to present to Brother Parker a Treasurer's apron as a souvenir of his long association with the Lodge as Treasurer."
This presentation was made at the next meeting, February 9, 1914, and in accordance with a Dispensation granted by Grand Master Melvin M. Johnson, which Dispensation is spread upon the records, to elect a new Treasurer, Brother Edward W. Phillips was elected and later installed by Worshipful Master Harrington D. Learnard.
This year of 1914 was marked by a sad blow to the Lodge in the Iloss of our Past Master Albert Lewis Richardson. On March 17 was ended the earthly career of a beloved Brother whose deep love for Mount Lebanon Lodge and its interests were long recognized and greatly appreciated. "His lovable character, his affable disposition and his honesty of sout were qualities which in the privacy of a genial companionship shone wiih a brilliancy that cannot fade from the memory."
The next year on May 10 another occasion was given proper obeervanoe, that of the reaching of the fiftieth year in the Masonic career of our dear Brother Ellis, Secretary of the Lodge - "Warren" as he was known to everyone. Appropriate recognition u;h made of the occasion.
1916 brings the last mention of the fraternal relations which had existed for fifteen years between Barney Merry Lodge No. 29, of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, and Mount Lebanon Lodge. There had been several interchanges of visits and a deep friendship had sprang up between the members of the two Lodges. Other interests which begin with this year have broken the outer signs of this friendship, but we believe that the spirit of brotherhood which was manifest in many ways can never be broken. May these old associations be renewed!
On May 8 of this momentous year we were honored by a fraternal visit from Grand Master Melvin M Johnson. At this time three Henry Price medals were presented by the Grand Master to members of the Lodge. Those thus signally honored for their service to the Craft were Worshipful George D. Moore. Senior Past Master Of Mount Lebanon Lodge, Right Worshipful Warren B. Ellis, and Brother Andrew P. Butterfield. All of these Brothers had been members of the Lodge for more than fifty years and never was the Henry Price medal granted to men who have been more faithful to their discharge of duties to God, their country, and their Lodge. All have passed from us, but their memory shall last "till time shall be no more."
On November 12, 1917, we find the first record of the Great War, when the Secretary was instructed by the Lodge to prepare a roll of the members in the war service of the country, and a committee on War Relief was appointed by the Master. As this was the first committee to be appointed with the War as a background it is given in full: Brother Andrew P. Cornwall, Chairman; Brothers Edward C. Mathewson, Edward W. Phillips, Robert H. Burnham, T. Frederick Brunton, D. Henry Childs, Henry W. Stevens, Joseph W. Hodgkins, and Worshipful Charles S. Hadaway.
On January 14, 1918, there was a presentation of an American Flag to the Lodge by Brother Edward W. Phillips. In his speech of presentation Brother Phillips said:
"Oh that I had the tongue of our late Brother, Governor Curtis Guild, I would make the wings of that American Eagle spread over the whole American Nation; I would make those thirteen stripes, red and white, yes, every thread that is woven into them, have a symbolic meaning. I would make the point of each of those forty-eight stars mean as much as our starry decked Heavens; I would make that blue field like our blue sky, covering the whole world, teaching Democracy, but Worshipful Master, as I am not that orator, I merely present to you this American Flag for Mount Lebanon Lodge, and I hope they will like it."
After warmly thanking Brother Phillips for this Worshipful Master Cornwall closed his remarks as follows: "Brethren: today we are engaged in a great World War testing whether this nation 'so conceived and so dedicated' in democracy, so preserved in unity shall continue to exist. Our duties to our country are clear to the thinking mind, yet may we not pledge afresh our respective services and renew from time to time our devotion, when we see this, the emblem of our freedom, the flag of our country."
At the February meeting there occurs this record:
"The Lodge was held on a Tuesday night by virtue of Authority granted by the Grand Master, who directed 'Whereas; the orders of the United States Government regarding the use of fuel will apparently make it Impossible to hold your Regular Communication: Authority is hereby granted to hold your Regular Communication up to and including March 25, 1918. upon the first convenient date subsequent to the date of the Regular Communication, and at such time to do and perform all those acts which might regularly be done at a Regular Communication. Leon M. Abbott, Grand Master.' The Dispensation further provides that the time between degrees shall not shortened without further Dispensation."
What effect the War was beginning to have upon the meetings may he gathered from the following paragraph in the records:
"The Government regulation requiring buildings to be dosed at ten o'clock for the purpose of conserving fuel made it necessary to slightly hasten the work and forego the usual lingering for sociability after the Lodge was closed."
At the May meeting a Servioe Flag was presented to the Lodge by Worshipful Andrew F. Cornwall, Brother Edward C. Mathewson, and Brother D. Henry Childs, Master and Wardens of the Lodge. It was presented by Brother Childs and accepted by Worshipful Brother Cornwall. At this meeting also there was a most stirring patriotic appeal made by our honored Grand Secretary, the Reverend Frederick W. Hamilton, which was received with the utmost enthusiasm by the Brethren. Later in the year it was voted to remit the dues of those who were in service, to continue in force until Peace was declared.
At the annual meeting in 1918 a call was made for funds for the purposes of War relief. The Brethren present contributed $466.00, a testimony to their patriotism. After thanking the Brethren for their generous response Worshipful Master Cornwall added: "The Council feeling that suitable recognition in tangible form should he made to our Brothers in Service, caused to be issued a small bronze medal, on one side of which was a facsimile of the seal of Mount Lebanon Lodge, on the other side the Brother's name and date on which he was raised to the degree of Master Mason."
Further recognition was made at various times of those who bad been or were in service, and on November 20, 1919, there was a public ceremony at which special attention was given to those had participated in the War is as follows:
"The Worshipful Master then introduced Brother Alfred B. Forest, as fifty years a member of the Lodge, a veteran of the Civil War, and Brother Thomas R. Appleton, a member of the Grand Army of the Republic. Attention was then given to the Brethren who have served in the late War who were presented as follows: Worshipful Harrington D. Learnard. Brother Frank P. Williams, Frank A. North. Jr., Leo Shlanger, Sidney Shlanger, A. Van Allen Thomason, Henry A. Thomas, Jr., Delbert L. Rhind, Henry S. Simonds, Edmund R. Dewing, Constantine G, Voutiritsa, Leon C. Cox, Hazen F. Lamson, Frank K. Christie, Nels Malstrom, James D. Langdon. The Worshipful Master gave the Brethren a warm welcome, after which there was a reception of a handsome State Flag which had been presented to the Lodge by an unknown donor, but who was later revealed in the remarks of Worshipful Joseph T. Paul to be Worshipful Master Cornwall, The announcement was warmly applauded. There was next the reception of a Memorial Tablet on which are recorded the names of the Brethren who served on land or sea in the great World War. There are sixteen names recorded, which so far as is known are all who served."
Not only did War invade our ranks, but sickness was abroad and the epidemic of influenza claimed many victims. To what extent this plague carried off many of our and our best is Indicated in the record of October 14, 1918. This meeting was called at 4:30 p. m. which is accounted for by the following memorandum: "In consequence of the widespread and fatal character of the influenza epidemic which has prevailed for several weeks all Masonic meetings had been suspended in Masonic Temple by order of the Grand Master, and no person was permitted to enter the Temple after six o'clock p.m." This meeting was the occasion of the Official Visitation of the District Deputy, Right Worshipful Robert M. Green. No work was done and only tha essential duties of the Visitation were performed. The Lodge was closed at five o'clock.
The passing of our great President Theodore Roosevelt was not Ignored by the Fraternity. At the February 1919 Communication a letter was read from the Most Worshipful Grand Master stating: "It is the desire of the Moet Worshipful Grand Master that a note relating to the death of Brother Roosevelt be inserted into the records as near as possible to February 9, 1919." The Worshipful Master appointed Worshipful Charles W. Kidder to prepare such note. This was done and a brief historical memorial was presented by Worshipful Brother Kidder at the March Communication and is inscribed m full in the records of that meeting.
At a Special meeting ou June 25 of the same year (1919) the work was interrupted "lor the purpose of presenting a Henry Price medal to Hi-other Henry M. Hawkins. The presentation was made by Worshipful William W. Chute as the representative of the District Deputy Grand Master, who was unable to be present.'* Brother Hawkins was raised a Mason in August, 1862, and was one of our Civil War veterans, He died early in 1921.
A Special Communication was held July 17, 1920, by authority of a Dispensation granted by Most Worshipful Arthur D. Prince, Grand Master, in the Lodge room of Wayfarer's Lodge in Swampscott. The Master Mason degree was conferred on five candidates, in which many Brethren not of Mount Lebanon Lodge assisted, and after the work the meeting took the form of an outing. A large number were present and the occasion most thoroughly enjoyed.
On December 13, 1920, the annual meeting is marked chiefly by the retirement of our dearly beloved Brother Warren B. Ellis as Secretary of the Lodge, s position which he had faithfully and meritoriously filled for forty-three years. By vote of the Lodge on the motion of Right Worshipful Charles B. Phipps, Right Worshipful Warren B. Ellis was elected Secretary Emeritus. The latter responded most feelingly, referring to his record of forty-three years. His remarks were received with every mark of respect, indicating the love and appreciation of the Brethren for the loyal devotion and labors of Right Worshipful Brother Ellis for the interests of the Lodge. But the end was not far distant, for just two years later, December 8, 1922, our good Brother passed away and the funeral was held on the day of the Annual Meeting on December 11. a fitting coincidence.
A committee consisting of Right Worshipful Charles E. Phipps, Worshipful George Endres, and Brother Charles C. Whittier was appointed to prepare a suitable memorial for our late Brother. This was subsequently presented and forms a part of the records of the Lodge be loved so well.
For two or three years there is no activity of special significance to note. The Lodge was prosperous and had much work to do. Special meetings were frequent and we were gaining rapidly in our membership. 1923 Is marked by a sad event in the loss of our Senior Past Master, George D. Moore, who died March 20. Worshipful Brother Moore was a lovable man and was constantly performing services of which but few were aware, A check of one hundred dollars for the good of the Lodge was not uncommon, though be tried to keep these generous donations from the knowledge of the members, a thing which, of course, no Master couId permit.
We wen- favored by the presence of Grand Master Prince on several occasions, and his visits were always sources of inspiration, His talks on his visits to our Lodges in foreign parts were most entertaining and instructive. Our honored Grand Secretary Frederick W. Hamilton, has also given freely from the inexhaustible storehouse of Masonic wisdom which makes his presence always welcome.
A new code of By-Laws was unanimously adopted on December 10, 1923. Though some of our Brethren thought at the time the raise in the fees for the degrees and annual dues was excessive, yet time has proven that this action of the Lodge has gone far to preserve its financial integrity. There has been a reaction from the large number of applicants who knocked at the door of Masonry during and immediately following the Great War and without the Increased income from both sources there might have been moments of anxiety for all concerned.
On February 4, 1924, the Lodge sustained another loss in the passing of Most Worshipful Everett Chamberlain Benton, Past Grand Master. Though Brother Benton was not raised in Mount Lebanon Lodge, yet he was always intensely interested in its welfare and invariably could be counted on to support its various activities.
Fifty-seven Masters have presided over the Lodge since it was established, seventeen of whom are still living. Two of these have presided over the Grand Lodge, Most Worshipful Simon W. Robinson, who was Grand Master in 1846, 1847 and 1848, and Most Worshipful Everett C. Benton, who was Grand Master in 1912 and 1913. Two have been Permanent Members of the Grand Lodge, Right Worshipful Edward F. Smith, who was Senior Grand Warden in 1897 and Right Worshipful Charles E. Phipps, who was Junior Grand Warden in 1896. The presence of Brother Phipps is still a joy and blessing to us.
Three have served as District Deputy Grand Masters for the First District, Right Worshipful Warren B. Ellis who is with us no longer, and Right Worshipful Walter B. Tripp and Right Worshipful Joseph T. Paul, both of whom are present today.
There have been seventeen Treasurers of the Lodge, our late Brother Charles W. Parker having been longest in service in that office, thirty years.
Twelve Secretaries have kept the records, "Worshipful Thomas Waterman performed that service forty-four years." Right Worshipful Warren B. Ellis served forty-three years as the active inoumbent and two years as Secretary Emeritus, giving him a total service of forty-five years, the record.
Brother Ellis states in his Centennial History: "The greatest amount of work done was in the years of the Civil War. In 1864 sixty candidates were proposed for the degrees, and forty-six initiated."
Following his plan of enumeration, fifty-six were proposed and fifty-three initiated In 1920, and fifty-seven were proposed and fifty-four initiated in 1921. It would appear therefore that in 1921 were initiated the largest number in any one year of any in the one hundred and twenty-five in the history of the Lodge.
Naturally there are many items of interest which might well be incorporated into such a history, such as the Masonic Home at Charlton, the George Washington Masonic National Memorial at Alexandria, Virginia, the Rainy Day Fund, the discussion regarding a new Temple in Boston. But these are matters of general knowledge, and though Mount Lebanon has participated in some way in all, this brief summary of our activities during the past twenty-five years has hardly seemed the place for detailed mention. Moreover, matters in relation to the celebration now in progress will find a more fitting place tor record in the proceedings of the Lodge.
I now bring the narrative to a close. Let us at this moment utter words of deep appreciation of the labors of those who have preceded us, thanking them for the heritage we possess with a full recognition of their steadfast courage in times of stress and their faithfulness to the interests of Freemasonry when the waj looked dark. "Let our past be an inspiration for the future," and may those who follow us contribute their best efforts for the success of an Institution whose chief purpose is to mike mankind better and happier.
150TH ANNIVERSARY HISTORY, JUNE 1951
From Proceedings, Page 1951-110:
By Worshipful Frederic L. Pike, Secretary.
I always think of a historian as a man with a long gray beard. As you can readily see, any historical facts I may present are not of my own knowledge or experience, but taken from the records and histories of others. To those of us here today, a century and a half represents a long time, but in the light of history, one hundred and fifty years is a relatively short period. Indeed, there are some present here tonight who can well remember incidents of fifty years into the past, and one is in attendance with us who has been a member of Mount Lebanon Lodge for over fifty-four years and he was at least twenty-one years old when he applied for the degrees. I refer to Brother Charles Bemberg, a proud possessor of a Veteran's Medal, who was admitted to membership March 8, 1897.
The centennial celebration of the institution of Mount Lebanon Lodge was held on June 10, 1901 at the present Masonic Temple, corner of Tremont and Boylston Streets, Boston, and at that time, a most complete history of the Lodge was given by Worshipful Warren B. Ellis and included in the book printed for that occasion. The one hundred and twenty-fifth anniversary of the Lodge was held on June 8, 1926, also at the Masonic Temple for afternoon exercises, and then to the Copley Plaza Hotel for dinner and an evening program. The history delivered at that time by Right Worshipful Walter B. Tripp has been carefully preserved and is a part of the records of the Lodge.
From these sources we learn that the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Massachusetts received a petition from one Henry Fowle on March 9, 1801, praying for a Charter for a Lodge to be "holden in the Town of Boston." At the next communication of the Grand Lodge held June 8, 1801, charters for eight Lodges were granted, that of Mount Lebanon being named first. Six of the eight Lodges are still in existence and celebrating their one hundred and fiftieth anniversaries at this time. It would seem proper on an observance such as this that the instrument authorizing the start of the Lodge should be read. Although the original charter was destroyed by fire, let me read from a copy of it:
To all the FRATERNITY to whom these presents shall come. The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of the most Ancient and Honourable Fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons, of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, sends Greetings: Whereas, a Petition has been presented to us by Henry Fowle, William Bentley, Thomas Sullivan, Samuel Billings, Francis Hauthwat, Amasa Thayer, John Barber, Joseph Hudson, William Quiner, Joseph Dorr, John Ingals, John Jackson, Elisha Norcross, and Gamaliel Small, all Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons, praying that they, with all others who shall hereafter join them, may be Erected and Constituted into a regular Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons, which Petition appearing to us as tending to the advancement of Masonry, and the good of the Craft: Know Ye, therefore, That We, the Grand Lodge aforesaid, reposing special Truth and Confidence in the Prudence and Fidelity of our Brethren above named, have Constituted and Appointed, and by these Presents do Constitute and Appoint them, the said Brethren, a regular Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons, under the Title and Designation of
MT. LEBANON LODGE:
Hereby giving and granting unto them, and their successors, full power and authority to convene Masons within the Town of Boston, in the County of Suffolk, and Commonwealth aforesaid: to receive and enter Apprentices, pass Fellow Crafts, and raise Master Masons, upon payment of such Compensation for the same as may be determined by the Grand Lodge; also, to make choice Annually, of a Master, Wardens, and other Office Bearers; to receive and collect Funds, for the relief of Poor and Distressed Brethren, their Widows or Orphans; and, in general, to transact all Matters relating to Masonry, which to them may appear to be for the Good of the Craft, according to the Ancient Usages and Customs of Masons.
And we do hereby require the said Constituted Brethren, to attend the Grand Lodge at its Quarterly and other Communications, by their Master and Wardens, or by Proxy, regularly appointed. Also, to keep a fair and correct Record of all their Proceedings, and to lay the same before the Grand Lodge, when required. And we do enjoin upon our Brethren of the said Lodge, that they be punctual in the Annual Payment of such sums as may be assessed for the Support of the Grand Lodge; that they behave themselves respectfully and obediently to their Superiors in Office; and in all other Respects conduct themselves as good Masons. And we do hereby declare the Precedence of the said Lodge, in the Grand Lodge and elsewhere to commence from the Eighth day of June, A.D., 1801, A.L. 5801.
In Testimony Whereof, We, the Grand Master and Grand Wardens by virtue of the Power and Authority to us committed, have hereunto set our hands, and caused the Seal of our Grand Lodge to be affixed, at Boston, this Eighth day of June, Anno Domini, One Thousand Eight Hundred and One, Anno Lucis, Five Thousand Eight Hundred and One. By Order of the Grand Lodge,
Samuel Dunn, Grand Master (Grand Lodge seal)
Joseph Laughton, Deputy Grand Master
John Boyle, Senior Grand Warden
Isaac Hurd, Junior Grand Warden
Attest: John Proctor, Grand Secretary
Office of the Grand Master, Boston, Oct. 20th, 1865.
The within Copy is granted to Mt. Lebanon Lodge in place of its original Charter, which was destroyed by fire, at the burning of Freemasons' hall, in Boston, on the 6th of April, 1864.
William Parkman, Grand Master
Attest: Charles W. Moore, Grand Secretary
The first record of any meeting held by Mount Lebanon Lodge is on July 7, 1801, at Masons' Hall located on Ann Street, now North Street near Dock Square. It is interesting to note that the By-Laws required the regular attendance of the members under the penalty of forfeiture of membership and the records show that this provision was carried out. Fourteen meetings were held prior to the consecration of the Lodge and the installation of its officers by the Most Worshipful Grand Master on November 23, 1801. The office of District Deputy Grand Master was authorized by the Grand Lodge in 1801 and the first Mason appointed to that position in our District made a visit to Mount Lebanon on November 1, 1803, the first such visit to the Lodge in the records.
On August 4, 1817, the Lodge had its first meeting in the Exchange Coffee House located on Congress Street. This building was destroyed by fire on November 2, 1818, and the Lodge moved to the Commercial Coffee House at the corner of Milk and Batterymarch Streets for a short time, then returning to Masons' Hall. It met for the first time on March 26, 1821, in the new Masonic Hall in the Old State House, continuing there for ten years. The next place of meeting was in the Masonic Temple erected at Temple Place and Tremont Street, next to Saint Paul's Cathedral. Mount Lebanon Lodge was the first body to hold a Masonic meeting in this Temple, which was December 26, 1831.
During the second twenty-five years of our existence, the Lodge passed through a period of great anti-Masonic excitement. The records show that there were some members who forsook the Lodge and its funds were nearly exhausted. Practically no one applied for the degrees. The character and fortitude of the then members of the Lodge must have been of the very highest as Mount Lebanon Lodge continued its meetings throughout that trying period, and I believe one of only five Lodges in the State that did so. It was not until 1840 that the effects of anti-Masonry ended.
The Masonic Temple at Temple Place was sold to the United States Government in 1858 and the Lodge held its meetings at Nassau Hall on Common Street for two years. They then moved to Freemasons' Hall in the Winthrop House, which stood where our present Temple is located. The Winthrop House was destroyed by fire on the 5th of April, 1864. It was in this fire that Mount Lebanon Lodge lost its original charter.
The Grand Lodge issued a copy on October 20, 1865. The Grand Lodge immediately began the erection of a Temple on the same site. Mount Lebanon held its first meeting there on June 24, 1867. This Temple was also ruined by fire on September 7, 1895. The present Temple was first occupied by our Lodge on September 11, 1899, and we have continued our meetings there for the last fifty years.
In 1907 it was suggested by the Grand Lodge that a Masonic Home be established and the records of Mount Lebanon Lodge show its charitable nature, as evidenced by the large financial contribution pledged at that time. Nor has the Lodge stopped there as there are many notes of gifts given to the Masonic Home over the years. Mount Lebanon Lodge has also given of its funds to the Masonic Hospital located at Shrewsbury and started by the Grand Lodge in 1928.
On June 9, 1930, the Lodge had returned to it the Past Master's Jewel that had originally been presented to Worshipful 7arren B. Ellis, and this jewel, as requested, has been worn by the presiding Masters of Mount Lebanon Lodge during their first year in office prior to receiving their own jewel.
The Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts celebrated its 200th anniversary on February 13, 1933, and our Lodge took part on that occasion.
The last twenty-five years since our one hundred twenty-fifth anniversary in 1926 are much too close in our memory to seem historical. They have been difficult years as we suffered through half of them in a depression and have had war for the last ten. Mount Lebanon Lodge, however, has carried on with its usual regularity. Seventy-two Masters have presided over the Lodge, of whom sixteen are still living. Two of our Past Masters have served as Grand Master. Two of our living Past Masters, Right Worshipful T. Frederick Brunton and Right Worshipful Henry W. Stevens, are Permanent Members of the Grand Lodge. Nine have served as District Deputy Grand Masters. We have had nineteen Treasurers over the years and seventeen Secretaries.
About seventeen hundred and fifty have become members of the Lodge through initiation and affiliation and our present membership numbers two hundred ninety-one. Mount Lebanon Lodge since its beginning, and with few exceptions, has maintained a two-year line re-electing its officers to serve a second term.
The affairs of the Lodge have been ably administered and we should be truly grateful for the efforts of those who have preceded us. Through the foresight and generosity of many of our members and their deep interest in and faithfulness to the principles of Freemasonry, Charity and Permanent Funds were established, the income of which has been of great assistance in the caring for our members.
The Reverend Dr. Lichliter, in his address at King's Chapel yesterday, chose as his text, "What's Past is Prologue." Four short words, but what a challenge they have to offer, not only to the Lodge, but to each of us as individuals. The past is gone — we are now in the present. Sometime in the future we, or some historian, will look back, checking carefully the record of our deeds and actions of today. Let us be certain to conduct our present labors so that we can well be proud of the past we are building for that future historian.
- 1820 (Jurisdictional dispute, III-320)
- 1821 (Resolution of dispute, III-340)
- 1839 (Lodge noted as not participating in safe committee, IV-480)
- 1874 (Presentation in Grand Lodge, 1874-130)
SPECIAL COMMUNICATION, AUGUST 1807
From New England Craftsman, Vol. XIII, No. 9, June 1918, Page 270:
One of the halls in which the Freemasons of Boston held their meetings in the early days of the last century was located on North Street, then called Ann Street. The building was not fully satisfactory for Masonic purposes but was reconstructed and decorated under the direction of the Masons in what was considered an elegant manner.
Mount Lebanon Lodge was among the bodies having home in the building and contributed more than two hundred dollars towards the cost of the improvements. The records of the lodge show that the improvements were of such importance that a special meeting was held to celebrate their completion; and it was voted "that our fair sisters be invited and that suitable arrangements be made for their reception."
A very complete account of the interesting occasion was printed by the lodge. Its title is as follows: "An Address Pronounced at the Visitation of Masonic Hall, Boston, on the evening of August 11, A.L. 5807 in the presence of a numerous assembly of Ladies and Gentlemen at a Special Convention of Mount Lebanon Lodge by Brother Benjamin, P.G.L." Some of the expressions descriptive of the occasion are very quaint as follows: "A pleasing solemnity, connected with the most social harmony, warmed every heart and cheered every countenance on the occasion. It was a scene of happiest friendship and reflected the highest honor on Mount Lebanon Lodge."
The following poem written by Robert Lash was read. This brother, who at that time was about twenty-eight years old, became later widely known for his devotion to Masonry and for his sterling character.
There is a lodge in Chelsea, Mass., chartered in 1878, that has his name.
POEM BY ROBERT LASH
Hail! lovely partners of each joy and tear,
Which through life's little pilgrimage, we share;
Whose gentle sympathies soothe every woe,
Whose gen'rous smiles teach gratitude to glow;
We greet you welcome to our blest retreat,
Where Friendship, Love and social Virtues meet.
To mystic rites, we bid a short adieu,
And dedicate the social hour to you.
The scene is grateful to the raptured eye,
With Strength and Wisdom — Beauty now may vie.
For your approvance, we present our Art;
No magic, but the science of the heart!
'Tis not the pomp of show, the token, sign,
The square and compasses, level, rule and line,
Which constitute the Tenets we profess;
No, 'tis the "happy privilege to bless."
To form a circle of the orphan train,
Who seek from us relief, nor plead in vain:
And when the widow's sighs are proffer'd here,
To feel the transport of a human tear:
Diffuse each generous feeling of the heart,
And bless ourselves while blessings we impart;
These are our Tenets, this our loved employ;
This is the theme which consecrates our joy.
God-like humanity these rites proclaim,
And on this Altar we have pledged her fame:
This Altar, sacred to our hallow'd vow,
On which to Heaven, in humble Hope we bow.
Faith Cheers our pospects, and points out the road,
Which leads to Love, to Happiness, and God.
Ye lov'd companions of domestic life,
Endeared to us as Sister, Friend and Wife;
The ties reciprocal of Love we blend,
And here appear the Husband, Brother, Friend,
Be ours the emulation to pursue
Those bright Examples which we're taught by you.
OFFICER LIST, JANUARY 1818
From New England Galaxy, Vol. I, No. 12, 01/02/1817, Page 3:
Officers for 5818.
- R. W. Charles Wells, Master.
- W. Samuel Thaxter, S. W.
- W. Robert Lash, Jr., J. W.
- Nathaniel Alley, Treasurer.
- Samuel Steele, Secretary.
- Thomas Power, Esq., S. D.
- John H. Bradford, J. D.
OFFICER LIST, DECEMBER 1825
From Masonic Mirror and Mechanics' Intelligencer, Vol. II, No. 3, January 1826, Page 17:
At the last regular communication of Mount Lebanon Lodge, the following officers were duly elected and installed in their respective offices, for the current year:
- Bro. Charles Wells, M.
- Bro. Gilbert Nurse, S. W.
- Bro. Jared Lincoln, J. W.
- Bro. Joseph Wheeler, Treasurer.
- Bro. H. M. Willis, Secretary.
- Bro. William Knapp, S. D.
- Bro. Thomas Waterman, J. D.
- Bro. Edmund Parsons, S. S.
- Bro. Ephraim Nute, J. S.
- Bro. Thomas Power, Marshal.
PRESENTATION, NOVEMBER 1851
From Moore's Freemason's Monthly Magazine, Vol. XI, No. 1, November 1851, p. 29:
from the Olive Branch.
"Allow me to lay before your readers a brief notice of a very pleasunt Masonic meeting which occurred at the Temple, on Monday evening, October 20th. It appears that or the twenty Masters who have presided over Mount Lebanon Lodge, ten now belong to it as P. Masters. At a iate meeting of the body, a vote was passed to present each of them with a Past Master's Jewel. These were presented on the occasion to which we refer, to the following persons:
- Robert Lash
- Simon W. Robinson
- Gilbert Nourse SN
- Thomas Waterman
- Samuel Millard
- James Hoibrook
- William Eaton
- Edward Bell
- Osgood Eaton
- Charles Bates
Rt. W. Brothers, Past Masters of Mount Lebanon Lodge:- I have been requested, in behaif of the Lodge, to present to you severally, a Jewel appropriateto the relation you sustain to this body.
And although in respect to Masonic light, it would become me to adopt the language of one of the ancient venerated patrons of our institution, who meekly said to the Great Moral Light of the world, I have need to come to thee; and comest thou to me? still I cannot consistently refrain from the discharge of a duty so gratifying in its nature.
It may appear to some to you, and particularly to one whose locks have been whitened with the frost of fifty Masonic winters, that this token of respect comes rather tardily. But whatever delay may have occurred in that respect, my Brethren, I beg you to feel perfectly assured that Mount Lebanon Lodge has never for one single moment Iost sight of the valuable services you have rendered, nor of the obligation those services have imposed upon her. And now in acknowledging that obligation, and in testifying your merit as men or Masons, she does not pretend to offer you an equivalent for the benefits received. That indeed would be her wish; but the thing is impossible; and you neither expect nor desire it.
The intrinsic value of the article presented, is comparatively nothing. A stranger to our sublime mysteries, would scarcely stoop to pick it from the dust of the street, except as a curiosity. But to you its Masonic value is every thing. In your estimation its price is far above rubies. With it, "the golden fleece, or Roman eagle, the star or garter," will bear no comparison. When worn by you, it will recall to your minds many sweet reminiscences of your past Masonic experience, and afford you the unspeakable satisfaction of knowing, that these worthy Brethren who esteemed you so highly as to elevate you repeatedly to the most responsible trust within their gift, still rejoice in the confidence thus reposed.
As every Masonic jewel, like the ceremonies of our rites, is symbolic, I need not occupy your time in explaining the meaning of these now presented, especially to men who have been accustomed to explain them to others. You have been acknowledged lights in Masonry, as the emblematic sun upon your breasts will show to all. And it was ever with the greatest pleasure, that the members of the Craft in general, and the members of this Lodge in particular, saw you rise in the East, like the "king of day" whom you represent, to dispense light among them. They were always prompt in their obedience to the sound of the gavel when in your hand. And now they wish to see attached to your persons an evidence of their undying estimation of moral worth and Masonic abilities.
It is now just half a century since Mt. Lebanon Lodge, the last, not to say the brightest, of the five points of mystic fellowship in this city, commenced its Masonic labors; first under a Dispensation, in June 1801; and then fully organized under a charter from the Grand Lodge, in November of the same year. And it was during this brief period - in October - that the venerable Past Master, senior of those now before me, was placed in the Northeast corner of the Lodge, as an upright Mason, and received it strictly in charge ever to walk and act as such. And it is with no ordinary emotions of pleasure that the members of this Lodge, most of whom were then unborn, find that he never forgot that charge, nor deviated from its import, And the same may be said, though with reference to shorter periods of tim6, of all the Past Masters, whom I now have the honor to address.
Some of you, my Brethren, have seen hard times,- times which tried men's souls, times when none but "good men and true" dared to stand forth in defence of our time-honored and glory-crowned institution. But here are men before me who stood firm. You met the Anti-Masonic blast which swept over the country, carrying before it hundreds, perhaps thousands, who had been among us - leaving them stripped of everything except the unenviable name and notoriety of Masonic traitors - Judases of the first water, or rather of the darkest dye. You met that shock as the ocean rock meets the wave - purer freer from defilement by the same threatening wave which, broken and receding, dies away at vour feet.
Masonry may again have to contend with foes from without and traitors from within. The best of institutions and the best of men have met with opposition. But "great is truth, and will prevail." Though crushed to earth, it will rise again, shining with increased lustre, and speaking with a more potent voice. The present is an unprecedented time of peace and prosperity with the Fraternity. But the clearest sky and the brightest sun have been followed by lowering clouds, muttering thunders, and sweeping tempests. Then is the time when representatives of Hiram Abif should stand by their principles and sustain their integrity.
Mount Lebanon Lodge has had the pleasure of being governed and honored by twenty Presiding Masters. On the graves of some of them she has dropped the green acassia, bedewed with the tears of Brotherly affection. Some have changed their connection from this to other Masonic bodies. And to each of the remaining ten, she this night appropriates a Past Master's Jewel, which I have full confidence in believing will be worn with equal pleasure to the receiver, and honor to the Lodge.
My Brethren, I was early reminded - which, however, was in perfect accordance with my own convicitons of propriety - that, on this occasion, my words should be few. And I would say that they were "words fitly spoken;" which one ancient Grand Master, Solomon, King of Israel, once declared were "like apples of goid in pictures of silver."
In conclusion, I would say, that no purer pleasure nor higher honor could be conferred on me this evening, than the privilege of placing these Jewels where they so justly belong - and there may, for many long years, be seen untarnished.
"At this period, the Jewel was presented to each individual. After which, Rt. Wor. Robert Lash, the senior Past Master referred to above, replied in behalf of himself and his associates, addressing the Master in the Chair as follows:"
R. W. - I rise with diffidence to address you. No words of mine are adequate to express the deep emotions of my heart, as I look back through the vista of fifty years, to the time, most dear to my memory, when I received those first instructions, in this Lodge, which were indelibly impressed on my young mind, and which are the basis of our principles and tenets; and I thank God that I stand here, at this hour; and on this occasion, after so long lapse of time, to part in the benefaction of the same Lodge, where I received my initiation.
Having attended with great pleasure to the words so fitly spoken and eloquently delivered in the address of our R. W. Brother, who has invested us with these Jewels, I would respectfully reply in behalf of my W. Companions and myself, the recipients.
We receive this investment with a high appreciation of the honor conferred on us. We have a grateful sense of this magnificent act of our Lodge, which shows us that our labors of love, in the Temple of our solemnities, are not forgotten. These are indeed precious Jewels. They are to us of inestimable value. We sincerely hope they will be worthily worn, that their brightness may never be dimmed by any act that would sully our good name, or bring discredit to the Lodge; and may they remind us, ever, that the duties and obligations, and the lessons of instruction which we have inculcated on others, should be the subjects of our own observance, the rule of our own conduct,
This is a joyous occasion, which brings together in a happy band of reciprocal Brotherly love and fellowship so many of the Past Masters of this Lodge; and while we thus unite, we will give a tear to the remembrance of those who have "gone before;" may their memory be blessed. We rejoice in the prosperity of our Lodge, which enables them, with a liberality that does them honor, to make this bestowment of their favor, this testimony of their approbation.
I recollect, that, at an entertainment given on the occasion of the consecration of our Lodge, some fifty years ago, the M. W. Grand Master, Samuel Dunn, gave this sentiment:-
"Mount Lebanon Lodge - Her works praise her."
How happy are we now to repeat her praises, and to say, long may she continue to shine a bright star in the galaxy of our Masonic hemisphere. And now my Brethren all, may we walk worthy of our vocation, walk as children of the light, "walk uprightly and we shall walk surely;" remembering our engagements at the altar of truth, on which is inscribed holiness to the Lord; live in peace, and may the God of love and peace delight to dwell with and to bless us.
INSTALLATION, JANUARY 1857
From Moore's Freemason's Monthly Magazine, Vol. XVI, No. 4, January, 1857, Page 117:
The officers of Mount Lebanon Lodge, in this city, were publicly installed at the Masonic Temple, on Monday evening, Jan. 12th, by the Rt. W. District Deputy Grand Master for the First District, Brother Wm. D. Coolidge, in the presence of a large company of ladies and gentlemen. The address on the occasion was delivered by Brother Hon. Judge Russell; for the following synopsis of which we are indebted to the Boston Traveller:—
His subject was "the value of forms, ceremonies and symbols." It is asked by some, what is the use of forms in Masonry? He would answer the inquiry by asking another — what is the use of anything? If the chief end of man is to get gold, then all forms are useless. The speaker alluded to a certain school of people described by Dickens - per sons who deal only in facts. We are to take mankind as we find them. The mind becomes fatigued with reasoning alone, and seeks relief in symbols, which by their impression upon the senses, fix truths upon the mind. Who shall re proach Masonry for having symbols and emblems? Not the Church, surely. The Catholic churches and cathedrals were specially referred to by the speaker, to show to what extent symbols are therein used. Nor could the English Church, nor even the Puritan Church reproach them for having symbols ; for in the former they abound, and in the latter they are used in the holy Sacramental offices. Nor could the Society known as Friends or Quakers, utter a word against them, for they abound in symbols from the crown of their heads to the soles of their feet—from their broad-brimmed declaration of independence to the skirts of their coats. Who, then, shall judge of the utility of symbols when those who most eschew them are most frequently known to adopt them?
In this connection the speaker alluded to the Jewish rites and ceremonies, and especially to the building of the temple on Mount Moriah. It was one grand series of symbols. Our building, he added, stands firm in all lands, and no hand raised against it has ever been successful. Its walls are composed of Brothers.
The State has ever found use for forms and symbols. It is true the Republicans have ceased, to a great extent, in the use of these symbols, but they are most used where most needed. The silk banner borne in the van of a regiment might to a utilitarian seem only a piece of painted silk, but in the eye of a soldier it is deemed worthy of preservation at the cost of his own life; and when pierced in conflict or blackened in the smoke of battle, the utilitarian would deem it dear at any price, the soldier prizes it most, and would sooner lay down his own life than see that banner he loves so well, dishonored. The sailor as well as the soldier finds use for symbols. The sight of his country's flag proudly floating at the mast-head inspires him on in the course of duty, and steels his heart to fear; he is brave and manly as he looks aloft and sees "Our flag is there." Every true patriot loves his country's banner.
Here the speaker quoted some beautiful verses of Robert Burns. Freemasonry loves its banner, because beneath its folds the wandering Mason ever finds a home. In this connection Judge Russell narrated a thrilling incident in the Kane expedition, where a party that had got separated from the main party and exposed to all the hardships of that inhospitable clime, and the almost certainty of death from starvation, were rescued by Dr. Kane and his brave and noble companions, who, as they approached their comrades, first descried a Masonic emblem. "Well, said he, "those noble men might exclaim, we knew you would come." They had too often felt the warm Masonic grasp to believe that they would be forsaken, or left to perish by their companions.
The speaker also found noble illustrations in the history of chivalry. This, in its widest exercise, was better than dull materialism, which never raises its eyes from the ground. Some of the Masonic Orders cherished the forms of chivalry, and he congratulated the ladies that such Masons would be good fathers, husbands and friends.
In alluding to the wilfully blind, he said all blind men are not treated in Blind Asylums.
The speaker then alluded to another class of opponents to symbols, who say why not sell all these things, and give the proceeds to the poor. These are the men who regret the giving of a sixpence into the contribution box last Thanksgiving Day. Their language is such as was used eighteen hundred years ago.
He closed with remarking the good which comes of the assembling together in the Lodge room and learning their duty as men and good citizens.
The following are the officers installed :—
- Franklin H. Sprague, W. M.
- Win. H. Sampson, S. W.
- Andrew Lanegan, J. W.
- Wm. H. L. Smith, Treasurer.
- Thos. Waterman, Secretary.
INSTALLATION, DECEMBER 1860
From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XX, No. 3, January, 1861, Page 77:
The officers of this Lodge were publicly installed on Thursday evening, Dec. 20th, by R. W. Benj. Dean, Esq., D.D.G.M., assisted by W. Knapp, Esq., as S. G. W., his Honor Judge Wells, as J. G. W., and Chas. Robbins, Esq., as Marshal. The installation service was performed in a most admirable manner, in the presence of an audience of at least four hundred persons. Bro. Dean was very happy in his remarks to the Lodge — particularly to Bro. Waterman, who commenced his twentyninth year as Secretary of the Lodge.
The installation was followed by an address from Bro. Micah Dyer, Jr., who, in a spicy and pert manner, drew the portraits of those who must, from necessity, be opposed to the Order — the opposites being the croaking Philanthropists and the noble, true-hearted Mason. It being Bro. Dyer's first attempt on this theme, bespeaks for him a mind alive to the true principles of the Order, and a keen relish for the right, — and, should he continue his efforts in this direction, would soon rank him among the first lecturers of the Craft.
This address was followed by the reading of the following original ode, written for the occasion by W. Bro. John K. Hall, and read by W. Bro. Wyzeman Marshall, which was received with applause ;—
[n ancient times a costly Temple graced,
That holy Mount, now but a dreary waste;
No structure e'er displayed such beauty rare —
No modem Temple could with that compare.
Cedars from Lebanon afar were brought,
And in its structure curiously were wrought;
Stones, ready squared, were from the quarries sent, —
No sound of metal tool its discord lent.
Within its walls, bright dazzling gems and gold,
Reflected light too brilliant to behold;
And when within, our Brethren did convene,
In mute astonishment they viewed the scene.
Now times have changed, for operative there —
Here, speculative Masons, claim our care;
We still in harmony, like them, unite,
To build our Temples, sacred in God's sight.
Although no Cedars here our Temple grace,
Mount Lebanon itself is in this place;
Shorn of its Cedars, but with living trees,
Which scatter incense to the passing breeze.
This incense shall the winds of Heaven bear
To those oppressed with sorrow and despair, —
Causing the widow's heart with joy to beat —
Drying the orphan's tears whene'er they meet.
And in our Temple there are Ashlars true —
Square, Plumb and Level beauteous to the view;
And dearer far, and with a purer light,
Rays beam from gems, more lovely in our sight.
Such gems as these our Brethren truly prize, —
They make this Temple richer in our eyes
Than all the precious stones and gold which filled
That holy Temple, wrought by workmen skilled.
We hail their presence in our circle here, —
To the true Mason they are held most dear;
No danger that he would not fearless brave,
A mother, daughter, sister, wife to save.
Thus aided here by woman's heart and hand,
This sacred structure will more firmly stand;
Wisdom and Strength the fabric might sustain,
But Beauty wanting, all our work is vain.
We need those smiles which cheered our father's toil,
When, side by side, they battled for this soil;
For Masons here have shed their dearest blood,
Baptizing freedom in the sanguine flood.
A Mason here this truth did first declare,
"All men are free, and equal rights should share";
And Brothers firm united, heart and hand,
Wrought out this declaration for our land.
Heaven grant we may, should other means have failed,
"Preservers of the Union" yet be hailed;
Then shall a light in this our Temple glow,
Brighter than shone from any here below.
Rev. Bro. J. W. Dadmun was then introduced, and delivered a very beautiful and effective address; the allusions were most eloquently drawn, and carried the excellent tenets of the Craft, on the same broad level of Christianity — acknowledging no sect, or creed, but one great and glorious fraternity.
The occasion was one of great interest, and the social intermingling of the Brothers, and their wives and friends, on this evening, adds one more silken cord to the networks of Brotherly Love ; one more gem deposited in the archives of our memory ; one more vow silently given, that we will preserve, untarnished, the reputation of our fraternity. The officers installed were—
- John L. Stevenson, Master
- Geo. T. Stoddard, S. W.
- John F. Abbot, J. W.
- W. H. L. Smith, Treas.
- Thomas Waterman, Sec.
- W. K. Spinney, S. D.
- Daniel Henry, J. D.
- Rev.'ds W. R. Alger and J. W. Dadmun, Chaplains;
- W. W. Elliott, Marshal.
- W. J. Ellis, S. S.
- Henry E. Lang, J. S.
- J. H. Clapp, I. S.
- W. C, Martin, Tyler.
Dr. Winslow Lewis, Grand Master, was present, and being called upon, spoke in a manner in which he alone can speak. A selected choir, under direction of Br. S. B. Ball, sang between the ceremonies appropriate selections in a beautiful manner, ending with Auld Lang Syne, in which the audience joined with fine effect. S.
PRESENTATION, NOVEMBER 1861
From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXI, No. 2, November, 1861, Page 54:
The members and visitors of Mount Lebanon Lodge enjoyed a sight on Monday evening, Nov. 25th, which is probably unparalleled in the history of any Boston Lodge, and it may be in the history of Freemasonry on the American Continent.
This very prosperous Lodge held a special meeting on the above evening, commemorative of the long and honorable connection of R. W. Bro. Robert Lash with the Lodge. The membership of this venerable Brother dates back to Nov. 20th, 1801.
The Charter of this Lodge dates June 8th, 1801; but the Lodge was not consecrated till Nov. 23d, 1801. Brother Lash, therefore, although not one of the Charter members, is one of the original members, and the only one living.
The Lodge was also visited by Bro. Dean, D. D. G. M., in his official capacity, accompanied by his suite; but the crowning point was the presence of Brother Lash, and his venerable compeers in Masonry.
Brother Lash entered the Lodge leaning on the arms of Grand Master Coolidge and P. G. M. Winslow Lewis, escorted by a committee of five members of the Lodge, one of whom has been a Mason fifty-nine years, and the others from thirty-five to forty-five years each.
He was briefly and appropriately welcomed by W. Bro. J. L. Stevenson, Master of the Lodge, and responded in a manner which many younger men might envy, — in fact it seemed impossible to believe that he there stood a man of 82 years and a Mason over sixty; but the presence of the venerable Bro. Hammatt who saw the third degree conferred on him, dispelled the illusion. Yes! Here they were — John B. Hammatt, of St. John's Lodge, 83 years of age, over sixty years a Mason; Robert Lash, of Mount Lebanon Lodge, 82 years of age, over sixty years a Mason; Freeman Holden, of Mount Lebanon Lodge, 82 years old, fifty five years a Mason; Rev. Amos Clark, of Sherburne, 82 years old, forty-five years a Mason; James Holbrook, of Mount Lebanon Lodge, 75 years old, and a member forty-one years; Thomas Waterman, a member forty two years. The sight of such veterans of our institution was enough to arouse to action the most dormant mind, and cause the appreciative soul to glow with joy, that such a scene had been permitted to take place. Being called upon to sign a new copy of the By-Laws, Bro. Lash briskly stepped to the desk, removed his glasses, and wrote his name with a firm and steady hand in an elegant and beautiful manner.
After the business of the Lodge was transacted and the Lodge closed, the company, to the number of two hundred, repaired, by invitation of the Lodge, to the Banqueting Hall, where Brother Silsby had prepared in a superior manner refreshments adequate to their wants. Here came in a part which, though last, was far from least; and those who had the pleasure of listening to the addresses of G. M. Coolidge — the witticisms of Bro. Lash, whose intellect is as keen as ever — the glowing eloquence of Rev. Bro. Alger, who responded for Bro. Lash — the beautiful and impressive remarks of Bro. Dean — the fervent heart-felt response of Rev. Bro. Dadmun — coupled with the remarks of Dr. Lewis, and Bros. Sylvanus Cobb, Jr., Thaxter, Sprague, and Ellison, will ever remember the time when in Mount Lebanon Lodge they saw four Brothers upward of 82 years of age, and whose united ages were over three hundred and thirty years. Noble old pillars! Long may they remain monuments of Masonic virtues.
INSTALLATION, DECEMBER 1861
From Moore's Freemason's Monthly Magazine, Vol. XXI, No. 4, February, 1862, Page 111:
The officers of this Lodge were installed by Grand Master Coolidge, Monday evening, Dec. 23d, 1861. The Grand Master brought with him as his suite the Master of each Boston Lodge, with a single exception; also those of South and East Boston. This made the occasion one of interest, and also serves to promote sociability among those who are so seldom together. The officers installed were —
- John L. Stevenson, Master
- John F. Abbot, S. W.
- Daniel Henry, J. W.
- F. H. Sprague, Treas.
- Thomas Waterman, Sec.;
- W. J. Ellis, S. D.
- Ira D. Davenport, J. D.
- Henry E. Long, S. S.
- Jos. H. Clapp, J. S.
- Rev. W. R. Alger and Rev. John W. Dadmun, Chaplains
- Edwin Reed, I. S.
- W. W. Elliott, M.
- W. C. Martin, T.
- Bro. S. B. Ball is Chorister and Herman Daum , Organist.
INSTALLATION, DECEMBER 1862
From Moore's Freemason's Monthly Magazine, Vol. XXII, No. 3, January, 1863, Page 89:
The Lodge was opened in Corinthian Hall, at 7 o'clock, Dec. 19th, 1862, for the purpose of Installing its Officers, and after transacting some business necessary to be done in Lodge, the doors were thrown open, and the ladies who had gathered in Ionic Hall, to the number of two hundred, were invited to enter the Lodge room, where they were briefly welcomed by the Master as follows:—
Friends, Welcome! In the name of Mount Lebanon Lodge, I bid you a hearty welcome. Welcome, Ladies, too seldom seen within our Lodge room ; welcome here to night to participate in the festivities of the evening; to witness our ceremony of Installation, and spend with us a few hours in social intercourse. To you Masonry may indeed have seemed exclusive in its forms; this is not really so: we meet here at stated periods to perform our mystic rites, and discharge the duties devolving on us as a Fraternity; we also gather here, from time to lime, to greet our friends as we do you to night. But little more than a twelvemonth since we gathered here our Fathers in Freemasonry; these seats were filled with them, their heads were white and blossomed for the grave; men of three, ay, even four score years and upwards, were here; we welcomed them gallantly, and gave them the full measure of love due their advanced age, and their many virtues. The scene now changes, you are here, and "Virtue alone, with lasting grace Embalms the beauties of the face," yet we can but feel, that by honoring them, our Fathers, and you, our Wives, Daughters and Lady friends, we do but honor ourselves. Again, I bid you a cordial Welcome.
The Marshal then introduced Miss Josephine O. Paine, daughter of Br. J. P. Paine, of this Lodge, who addressed the Lodge as follows :—
Worshipful Master and Brothers —
The wives and daughters of the members of Mount Lebanon Lodge, aware that they are excluded from the secret benefits of your venerable Order, cheerfully submit to this exclusion, with no desire to pry into any affairs, which you in your wisdom think best to conceal from them. But we claim the privilege of sharing many of the indirect blessings of your noble Institution, because we believe its tenets and ceremonies are calculated to make you better men, better husbands and fathers, more just and generous, more tender and true in every relation of life. We are glad to have been admitted this night so far across your mystic threshold, to see what we have seen, to hear what we have heard, and to join you in the festivities that yet remain. In the mean time, I have been deputed to advance before you, and place upon your altar, this hallowed gift, with a word of explanation.
We have heard that Solomon once governed your Fraternity, and that his memory is glorious in your traditions to the present day. Now Solomon says, that " no secret is safe, for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall convey the matter." Some little bird not long since whispered abroad the fact, that your copy of that great Light of Masonry, the Bible, had, by constant use, become so defaced and dilapidated, as to be unworthy the setting of other lights around it. Whereupon, with a spirit not unworthy we trust, the close relationship we bear, although not quite permitted to be Masons ourselves, we determined to replace your dimmed light with a newly burnished one, which might shed its beams upon all around it. Accordingly, in the name and behalf of the givers,I place beside your sacred square and compasses this copy of the Holy Bible. Upon one side it bears the inscription, "Mount Lebanon Lodge, from the Wives and Daughters of the Members, Dec, 1862. On the other side, "Mount Lebanon Lodge, Instituted June 8th, A. L. 5801."
No book in the world has so vast a circulation as this: no book in the world contains such precious instructions as this; no book in the world gathers around itself such associations of sanctity and authority, and reveals to the soul of man such divine truths and eternal hopes as this; no book can rival this in the veneration of good men, especially good Masons. Accept it, Worshipful Master and Brothers, in the spirit with which we give it. And as long as the altar of Mount Lebanon Lodge shall stand, and united Brethren crowd around it; as often as this Bible shall be seen may the sight of it, while stimulating the best purposes of every member, sometimes bring back the pleasant memory of that hour when the Craft were called from labor to refreshment, and their wives and daughters gave the hallowed gift.
To which Worshipful Master Stevenson replied —
Miss Paine and Lady Friends —
The Holy offering you thus opportunely lay on our altar is indeed welcome and appropriate. Welcome ! yes, doubly welcome, for while from its sacred pages there radiates those holy truths which should pervade every human heart, it shall also ever remind us of the fair donors, and of that other altar erected within our hearts, whose incense arises sacred to the love we bear Wife, Mother, Daughter and Sister. Appropriate, because it is the very corner-stone of Freemasonry, and without it no Lodge can properly exist. In the name of Mount Lebanon Lodge I thank you and your associates for it; I thank you personally for the beautiful and impressive manner in which you have presented it; there, open on our Altar let it lie; there, where the rising Sun of the East, with dewy lips, may kiss its open pages — where the full noonday Sun of the South light up its beauties, and the setting Sun of the West shed its glimmering rays upon it.
The Lodge then proceeded to the Installation of Officers ; Past Master W. H. Sampson installing the Worshipful Master, and the W. Master in turn installing the other Officers. Brother Thomas Waterman was, for the thirty-first lime, installed as Secretary, the W. Master truly remarking, as he placed the collar on his devoted neck, "that it represented the united arms of his Brethren entwined around his neck to shield him from the rough blasts of the world."
Worshipful Br. William Parkman, Grand Master elect, then briefly addressed the officers and members, in his usual happy style; admonishing them of their duties, and cheering them on in well doing; he greeted the presence of the Ladies as a good omen, and hoped they would oftener come among us. The Installation being concluded, Brother James R. Elliott addressed W. Br, Waterman, in behalf of the members, as follows :—
Worshipful Brother Waterman —
It is with supreme pleasure that I, as the representative of more than eighty of your Brethren of Mount Lebanon Lodge, now address these few words to you and accompany them with a slight token of the regard with which you are held by the Lodge, being a spontaneous tribute to your many virtues and arduous duties as a Brother Mason and Christian man. Your long and able services in this Lodge are too well known to the members now present to require recapitulation at my hands ; I will, therefore, only mention a few of the most prominent of those services.
By referring to the Records of the Lodge, I find you were elected a member July 26th, 1819. Served the Lodge as Junior Warden during the years 1826 and 1827; Senior Warden 1828 and 1829, was elected Worshipful Master in 1829, and "presided with dignity and honor over the Lodge during the years 1830 and 1831. Before the close of the latter year you were elected its Secretary, which office you have now filled for thirty one years, with equal honor to yourself, and profit to the Lodge. Again, on the evening of April 11th, 1859, we did ourselves the pleasurable honor of electing you an Honorary member, as a slight appreciation of your many meritorious services.
And now, without encroaching too long upon the time of our friends present, allow me to present you this beautiful Cane, bearing upon its golden head the following inscription :—
"Presented to Worshipful Brother Thos. Waterman, by his Fraternal Brothers of Mount Lebanon Lodge. Boston, Dec, 19th, 1862."
Accept it then, dear Brother; not for its intrinsic value alone, but that the remembrance of this happy hour may be laid up in the archives of your memory, that here you were made the recipient of a symbol of our Brotherly love towards you. And if, with increasing years, you may find this a support to your failing steps, then may you call, with confidence, upon the stout hands and willing hearts of its donors, for that support and assistance which it will ever be our privilege to extend to so worthy a Brother Mason.
And may your days be lengthened and your steps be strengthened by the remembrance of this happy hour; and when the ties of Earth are sundered, may your pure spirit mount, with glad wings, to that Celestial Lodge above where the Supreme Architect of the Universe presides.
To which Brother Waterman, vainly struggling to keep back the rising tears, replied —
Worshipful Master and Brethren of Mount Lebanon Lodge:
It becomes me on this interesting occasion to present you, and the officers and members of Mount Lebanon Lodge, my thanks, cordial, warm and sincere, for the oft repeated expression of your kindness and good will, which have been extended to me for many years past. It is now more than forty-three years since I first became a member of this Lodge. To me there are many, very many, pleasant associations in connection with my membership in this body. My old associates and fellow-laborers in this consecrated hall, have all (save a very few,) passed away, and their places have been filled with the younger members of the fraternity, whose warm hearts and genial smiles always greet me with a cordial welcome whenever I enter these walls. As it is well known, I have for many years been the recording officer of this Lodge; that I have so often been elected to this responsible office, is owing more to the partiality and good will of my Brethren, than to any merit or qualifications of my own. The confidence which they continue to repose in me demands my gratitude and thanks. Brethren of Mount Lebanon Lodge — for this beautiful token of your friendship and esteem, I thank you, and beg you to believe me when I say, that I shall ever cherish for you all the fraternal regard of a Brother.
At the conclusion of Br. Waterman's reply the choir, under Br. Ball's leading, struck up "Auld Lang Syne," the audience joining with fine effect.
During the evening a beautiful Square and Compasses were laid on the Bible, presented by Br. A. W. Pollard.
The ceremonies in the Lodge room being closed with prayer, by Rev. Brother Alger, the company repaired to the Banqueting Hall, where the worthy host of the Winthrop House, Br. Silsby, had spread a bounteous collation, and two hours were pleasantly spent in refreshment and social harmony. Addresses were made by W. Brother Parkman, Rev. Bros. Dadmun and Alger, and others, interspersed with glees from the quartette, composed of Bro. S. B. Ball, Mis. Little, Miss Smart and Mr. Ryder.
The officers of the Lodge are:
- John L. Stevenson, Master.
- John F. Abbot, S. W.
- I. D. Davenport, J. W.
- F. H. Sprague, Treas.
- Thomas Waterman, Sec.
- W. J. Ellis, S. D.
- H. E. Lang, J. D.
- Rev. W. R. Alger and John W. Dadmun, Chaplains.
- W. W. Elliott, Marshal.
- G. D. Moore, S. S.
- James A. Merrill, J. S.
- Edwin Reed, I. S.
- S. B. Ball, Chorister.
- H. Daum, Organist.
- L. L. Tarbell, Tyler.
INSTALLATION, JANUARY 1864
From Masonic Monthly, Vol. I, No. 3, January 1864, Page 140:
On the 14th ult. Mount Lebanon Lodge, Boston, elected the following as its officers for the year just commenced:—
- John F. Abbott, W. Master;
- I. D. Davenport, S. Warden;
- J. W. Dadmun, J. Warden;
- C. B. Boyce, Treasurer.
From Moore's Freemason's Monthly Magazine, Vol. XXIII, No. 4, February, 1864, Page 114:
The officers of this excellent and prosperous Lodge were publicly installed at Freemasons' Hall, in this city, on the evening of the 10th of January. There were about a hundred ladies, principally the wives and daughters of the members, present to witness the ceremonies, which were ably performed by the Deputy Grand Master, R. W. Brother Charles C. Dame, and were interspersed with music by a fine quartette of ladies and gentlemen. The Charge was given by the M. W. Grand Master Parkman, in his usual happy and impressive manner. At the conclusion of the ceremonies a procession was formed and the company repaired to the Banqueting Hall, where Brother Silsbee of the Winthrop House, had spread one of the finest entertainments of the season, both in its variety and service.
The officers installed were as follows :—
- John F. Abbot, Master
- Ira D. Davenport, S. W.
- William J. Ella, J. W.
- Cadis B. Boyce, Treas.
- Thomas Waterman, Sec'y.
- Henry E. Lang, S. D.
- George Moore, J. Deacon
- Thomas W. Osborn, S. S.
- Bela D. Ladd, J. S.
- William R. Alger and John W. Dadmun, Chaplains
- E. L. Sanderson, Marshal
- William Pratt, Jr., I. S.
- Stephen B. Ball, Chorister
- Luther L. Tarbell, Tyler
INSTALLATION, JANUARY 1866
From Moore's Freemason's Monthly Magazine, Vol. XXV, No. 4, February, 1866, p. 118:
A public installation of the officers of Mount Lebanon Lodge took place at the Lodge-room, Masonic Hall, Summer street, on the 8th of January. The exercises were of a very interesting character, and quite a large number of ladies graced the occasion with their presence. The following is a list of the officers installed:—
- Ira D. Davenport, W. M.
- John W. Dadmun, S. W.
- James R. Elliot, J. W.
- Cadis B. Boyce, Treas.
- Thomas Waterman, Sec.
- George D. Moore, S. D.
- Bela D. Ladd, J. D.
- William Pratt, Jr., S. S.
- Thomas Waterman, Jr., J. S.
- Aaron R. Coolidge, I. S.
- Noah M. Gaylord, Chaplain
- William W. Elliot, Marshal
- S. B. Ball, Chorister
- John F. Abbott
- J. F. Hews, William Boyce, M. V. Lincoln, and William Marble, Committee on Charity;
- Luther L. Tarbell, Tyler.
The ceremonies of the installation were performed by M. W. Grand Master Charles C. Dame.
Appropriate music was furnished by Mount Lebanon Lodge Quartette Club, consisting of Brothers S. B. Ball, Hiram Wilde, J. Kimball, and Edward Prescott; Brother Howard M. Dow officiating as pianist.
At the conclusion of the formal exercises a supper, prepared in the most elegant style by Br. Tarbell, was partaken of, after which speeches were made by Ira D. Davenport, W. M., Grand Master Dame, Rev. Br. Dadmun, Rev. Br. Alger, Rev. Br. Gaylord, Brothers Woodbury, Marshall, and others. The speeches were interspersed with music. Br. William Marble read a poem, and Br. H. D. Barnabee contributed to the enjoyment of the occasion with several comic songs and recitations.
OFFICER LIST, FEBRUARY 1867
From Moore's Freemason's Monthly Magazine, Vol. XXVI, No. 4, February, 1867, p. 127:
Officers of Mount Lebanon Lodge:
- Ira D. Davenport, W.M.
- John W. Dadmun, S.W.
- William J. Ellis, J.W.
- Cadis B. Boyce, Treasurer.
- Thomas Waterman, Secretary.
- George D. Moore, S.D.
- Bela D. Ladd, J.D.
- Thomas Waterman, Jr., S.S.
- Charles Darrow, J.S.
- N. M. Gaylord, Chaplain.
- William W. Elliott, Marshal.
- Aaron R. Coolidge, Sentinel.
- Luther L. Tarbell, Tyler.
- Stephen B. Ball, Chorister.
- Committee on Charity, J. L. Stephenson, J. F. Hervis, William Boyce, M. V. Lincoln, William Marble.
PRESENTATION, SEPTEMBER 1867
From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXVI, No. 12, October 1867, Page 375:
Mount Lebanon Lodge was presented, on the first evening of its meeting.in the New Temple, Monday, Sept. 9th, 1867, with a fine portrait of its aged and honored secretary, Thomas Waterman, Esq.
The portrait was presented by Past Master John L. Stevenson, in behalf of the donor and artist, Darius Cobb, Esq., of this city. Brother Waterman was made a Mason in Franklin Lodge, Hanover, N.H. (now located at Lebanon, N.H.), in 1812; became a member of Mt. Lebanon Lodge in 1819; after filling minor offices was Junior Warden in 1826, 1827; Senior Warden 1828, 1829; Master in 1830, 1831, and Secretary of the Lodge from that to the present time.
Brother Waterman was one of the aged members of this Lodge to whom allusion was made in a recent number of this Magazine as appearing in the 24th of June procession, and whose average ages should have read 76 instead of 56.
The portrait is considered a fine production, and the artist received a vote of thanks for his gift.
INSTALLATION, JANUARY 1868
From Moore's Freemason's Monthly Magazine, Vol. XXVII, No. 4, February 1868, Page 128:
Mount Lebanon Lodge. — Officers installed January 13, 1868:
- Ira D. Davenport, W. M.
- William J.Ellis, S. W.
- Caleb Blodgett, Jr., J. W.
- Cadis B. Boyce, Treasurer
- Thomas Waterman, Secretary
- George D. Moore, S. D.
- Warren B. Ellis, J. D.
- Chas. L. Skilton, S.S.
- James M. Drew, J. S.
- Webster Hurd, Sentinel
- William W. Elliot, Marshal
- Roland Connor, Chaplain
- Stephen B. Ball, Chorister
- George H. Pike, Tyler.
The venerable Br. Thos. Waterman, was installed as Secretary for the thirty-seventh time, he having held that office since 1832.
INSTALLATION, JANUARY 1869
From Moore's Freemason's Monthly Magazine, Vol. XXVIII, No. 4, February 1869, Page 127:
Mount Lebanon Lodge.—The officers elect for the ensuing year of Mount Lebanon Lodge of Masons were installed into office on the 1st Jan., in the usual solemn and impressive manner, Past Master John L. Stevenson officiating as installing officer. Notwithstanding the severe storm, a large number of brethren was present, accompanied in many instances by ladies. The following is a list ol the officers installed:
- Wm. J. Ellis, W. M.
- C. Blodget, Jr., S. W.
- George D. Moore, J. W.
- Martin V. Lincoln, Treasurer.
- Thomas Waterman, Secretary.
- Warren B. Ellis, S. D..
- James M. Drew, J. D..
- Ezra Swift, S. S..
- W. H. Harrison, J. S..
- Webster Hurd, I. S..
- James M. Upton, M..
- George H. Pike, T..
- Rev. Rowland Connor, Rev. Noah M. Gaylord, Chaplains.
- Stephen B. Ball, Chorister.
An elegant gold headed cane with the following inscription, "Presented to Mr. Samuel Millard, by members of Mount Lebanon Lodge, Boston, Jan. 1, 1869," was forwarded to this worthy and aged members of the Lodge, he being unable to be present.
PRESENTATION, MARCH 1874
From New England Freemason, Vol. I, No. 4, April 1874, Page 196:
The Cedars of Lebanon. — At the Stated Communication of Mount Lebanon Lodge, of Boston, held on the thirteenth instant, Brother Woodbridge, a member of the Lodge, presented a cone from one of the Cedars of Lebanon, brought home by Brother W. Wallace, of the U. S. Marine Corps, who furnished the following certificate of its genuineness:
"Marine Barracks, Navy Yard, Boston, March 17, 1874.
"Respected Bro. Woodbridge: According to promise, I send you the cone from the cedars of Lebanon, and that there can be no question as to its being genuine, I propose to give you a little account as to how it came into my possession.
"In the year 1872,1 was attached to the U. S. Ship Guerriere, serving in the Mediterranean Squadron. While there, we made a tour of the East, visiting many places where a ship of war is seldom seen. While in the town of Beirut, in Syria, I made the acquaintance of Brother Samuel Halleck, who was attached to the Presbyterian Mission at that place. With him I visited a native Lodge, and was received in the most friendly manner. The Treasurer of the Lodge was a chief of the Druses, Jalhook Pacha, attached to the staff of the Governor of Lebanon and living in the region where what are left of the celebrated trees exist. Upon my expressing a desire for some memento of them, he, after some time, sent me three of these cones, one of which I send you for presentation to your Lodge and which I hope will be acceptable. Fraternally Yours, "(Signed) "W. WALLACE."
The interesting memento was laid up in the archives of the Lodge.
INSTALLATION, DECEMBER 1877
From Liberal Freemason, Vol. I, No. 10, January 1878, Page 314:
At the annual meeting, held December 10, of Mount Lebanon Lodge, the following list of officers was elected: W. M., Albert L. Richardson; S. W., Charles J. Miller; J. W., James D. Ronimus; Treasurer, Martin V. Lincoln; Secretary, Warren B. Ellis; Marshal, George W. Elliott; S. D., Howard Vinal; J. D., George E. Atwood; S. S., J. L. Thayer; J. S., R. H. Gardner; I. S., Otis B. Jepson; Tyler, B. F. Nourse. W. Bro. John L. Stevenson, P.M., performed the installation ceremonies, assisted by W. Bro. W. J. Ellis as Marshal. The Work on the Second Degree, which followed, was done in a very skillful manner by the Master and his associate officers, a son of the installing officer, and a recent graduate from West Point, being the candidate.
GRAND MASTER VISIT, JUNE 1878
From Liberal Freemason, Vol. II, No. 3, June 1878, Page 93:
On the evening of June 10th, the M. W. Grand Master, paid a visit to Mount Lebanon Lodge in Boston, Bro. A. L. Richardson, Master, and was received with the honors due his high station. He was accompanied by Members of the Worshipful Masters' Association, to whom he kindly extended an imitation.
The Work on the Third Degree was well rendered, and was complimented by the Grand Master, who briefly addressed the Lodge in a brotherly manner, previous to retiring. It is needless to say thai the Brethren enjoyed the visit, and especially the speech, and attested by their subsequent declarations, that, —
"He who loves the best his fellow man,
Is loving God, the holiest way he can."
INSTALLATION, JANUARY 1880
From Liberal Freemason, Vol. III, No. 10, January 1880, Page 319:
The officers of Mt. Lebanon Lodge were installed on the evening of January 12, by R. W. Wyzeman Marshall, assisted by Wor. John H. Labin as Marshal, with public ceremonies, and the whole was concluded with a well-arranged programme of music and readings. The officers installed are as follows: Charles J. Miller, W. M.; Ariel C. Wall, S. W.; George E. Atwood, J. W.; Albert L. Richardson, Treas.; Warren B. Ellis, Sec.; Rev. J. W. Hamilton, Chaplain; George W. Elliott, Mar.; J. Loring Thayer, S. D.; Thomas Merrill, J. D.; John F. Tourtellot, S. S.; Otis B. Jepson, J. S.; Charles D. White, I. S.; Charles H. Webb, Organist; Benjamin F. Nourse, Tyler.
INSTALLATION, JANUARY 1881
From Liberal Freemason, Vol. IV, No. 11, February 1881, Page 347:
Mount Lebanon Lodge F. and A. M. publicly installed the officers elected for the current Masonic year on Monday evening. January 10th, at the Masonic Temple. About two hundred and fifty ladies and gentlemen were in attendance. The ceremonies of installation were performed in an impressive manner by R. W. Albert L. Richardson, Wor. John H. Lakin acting as Marshal. Appropriate vocal selections were rendered during the exercises by the Ruggles Church Quartette, consisting of Messrs. Herbert O. Johnson, Wm. T. Meek, Thos. H. Hall and George R. Clarke. The following is the list of officers: Worshipful Master, George E. Atwood; Senior Warden Edward F. Smith; Junior Warden, James P. Phinney; Treasurer, Cadis B. Boyce; Secretary, Warren B. Ellis; Chaplain, Rev. J. W. Hamilton; Marshal, George W. Elliott; Senior Deacon, Charles E. Phipps; Junior Deacon, Thomas Merrill; Senior Steward, Otis B. Jepson; Junior Steward, Frederic L. Porter: Inside Sentinel, De Witt Shaffer; Organist, Charles H. Webb Tyler, Benjamin F. Nourse. After the installation an elegant Past Master's jewel was presented to W. Past Master Charles J. Miller. Altogether, it was a very enjoyable evening. The services were quietly conducted, the singing and reading gave much satisfaction, the.speeches in the banquet hall were brief and pleasant, while the collation, served by Brother William Tufts, was abundant and agreeable to the appetites of all present.
INSTALLATION, DECEMBER 1886
From Liberal Freemason, Vol. X, No. 10, January 1887, Page 317:
A public installation of the officers of this lodge was held in Masonic Temple, Boston. Wednesday evening, December 29th, 1886, followed by a literary and musical entertainment, which was highly enjoyed by a very large attendance of members and their ladies. A Past Master's jewel was presented to the retiring Master, Bro. Charles E. Phipps, by Wor. Bro. A. L. Richardson in behalf of the lodge. The speeches attending this pleasant feature were characteristic of the graceful modesty peculiar to these two brethren. The officers are: Frank Fuller, W. M.; George H. Endres, S. W.; Edward F. Stevenson, J. W.; Chas. W. Barker, Treas.; Warren B. Ellis, Sec.; Rev. J. W. Hamilton, Chaplain; W. F. Ford, Marshal; C. E. Braman, S. D.; B. M. Young, J. D.; C. W. Barker, Jr., S. S.; F. Warren Smith, J. S.; Lyman Fenn, I. S.; Charles H. Webb, Organist; Benjamin F. Nourse, Tyler. (The last has since deceased.) We had to regret our inability to accept an invitation to be present, but was engaged in conducting a similar service elsewhere, an excuse that will no doubt be considered reasonable.
INSTALLATION, JANUARY 1889
From Liberal Freemason, Vol. XII, No. 10, January 1889, Page 317:
The several halls in Masonic Temple were thrown open on Monday evening, December 31st, the occasion being the public installation of the officers of Mt. Lebanon Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons. There was a large and brilliant gathering in Sutton Hall, where the installation services were held, about two hundred and fifty members of the Lodge, ladies and invited guests being present. The installing officer was R. W. Albert L. Richardson, assisted by W. John H. Lakin, as Marshal. The officers installed are as follows: George W. Endres, Worshipful Master; Edward E. Stevenson, Senior Warden; Bartholomew M. Young, Junior Warden; Charles W. Parker, Treasurer; Warren B. Ellis, Secretary; Rev. J. W. Hamilton, Chaplain; Walter F. Ford, Marshal ; Charles W, Parker, Jr., Senior Deacon; Gus G. R. Stanwood, Junior Deacon; William B. Phipps, Senior Steward; J. Louis August Ruhl, Junior Steward; William J. Burton, Inside Sentinel; Charles H. Webb, Organist; Seth T. Dame, Tyler. Appropriate music was furnished by the Mendelssohn quartet, assisted by Howard M. Dow, organist.
Following the delivery of the various charges by the installing officer, and the usual proclamation by the Marshal, an elegant Past Master's jewel was presented to the retiring Master, W. Frank Fuller, in the name of the Mt. Lebanon Lodge, by W. Charles E. Phipps, attended with a number of complimentary allusions. The reception of the gift was fittingly acknowledged by the recipient. At the close of the ceremonies in Sutton, the brethren and ladies repaired to Gothic Hall, where an entertainment was given, consisting of sleight-of-hand and feats of magic, by W.'. Thomas Waterman, M.D. The performance here was not only unique, but was skillfully done and highly entertaining. An elaborate banquet served by Bro. William Tufts, in the banquet hall happily closed the ceremonies of the evening.
INSTALLATION, JANUARY 1891
From Liberal Freemason, Vol. XIV, No. 10, January 1891, Page 316:
The officers of this Lodge were installed at Masonic Temple, Wednesday evening. December 31st, by R. W. Charles I. Litchfield, P. D. D. G. M. of the Twenty-Fifth District, assisted by W. Charles E. Phipps as Marshal. The installation was public, and was attended by a large number of the brethren and their ladies. After the installation, a musical and literary entertainment was given by the Mendelssohn Quartette, Miss Lillian E. Dow, Mr. Arthur M. Dow, and Bro. Charles H. Webb, vocalists, Bro. Howard M. Dow, organist, with violin and piano selections by Mr. and Mrs. Waller G. Morey, and reading by Bro. Hosea H. Lincoln. The exercises of the evening were concluded with a supper.
The names of the officers installed are Bartholomew M. Young, W. M.; Gus G. R. Stanwood, S. W.; Wm. B. Phipps, J. W.; Chas. M. Parker, Treasurer; Warren B. Ellis, Secretary; Rev. J. W. Hamilton, Rev. H. H. Lincoln, Chaplains; George D. Brown, Marshal; George Stedman, S. D.; Harry D. Delano, J. D.; Fred I. Clayton, S. S.; Chas. E. Reed, J. S.; Lyman Fenn, I. S.; Chas. H. Webb, Organist; Seth T. Dame, Tyler.
INSTALLATION, JANUARY 1906
From New England Craftsman, Vol. I, No. 5, February 1906, Page 177:
The officers of Mt. Lebanon Lodge, A. F. & A. M. were installed, Monday evening, January 8, in the presence of a large number of members and ladies, Rt. Worshipful Everett C. Benton, Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts and a member of Mt. Lebanon Lodge, assisted by Wor. Albert L. Richardson. Most Wor. John Albert Blake, Grand Master, the leading guest of the occasion, was given a formal reception. The Grand Master was accompanied by Rt. Wor. Everett C. Benton, Deputy Grand Master; Rt. Wor. Frank L. Mead, Senior Grand Warden; Rt. Wor. Samuel L. Hauser, past District Deputy Grand Master; R. Wor. Albert B. Root, District Deputy Grand Master of the First District; Rt. Wor. George J. Tufts, district deputy grand master of the second district; Rt. Wor. Edward F. Smith, past Grand King, Rt. Wor. James M. Gleason, past Junior Grand Warden; Wor. George W. Chester, Grand Tyler, and Wor. Melvin M. Johnson, Grand Marshal.
The officers installed were: Worshipful Master, Charles W. Kidder; Senior Warden, Joseph T. Paul; Junior Warden, Frank E. Buxton; Treasurer, Charles W. Parker, who was installed the twenty-fourth time; Secretary, Wor. Warren B. Ellis, who was installed the twenty-ninth time; Chaplain, Wor. Charles J. Miller; Marshal, Wor. Walter B. Tripp; Senior Deacon, Charles S. Hadaway; Junior Deacon, Charles W. Searls; Senior Steward, Laurence B. Flint; Junior Steward, Harrington D. Learnard; Inside Sentinel, Ralph S. Ronimus; Organist, Howard M. Dow; Tyler, Seth T. Dame. R. W. Frank W. Mead assisted in the installation of Wor. Bro. Kidder, addressing him in most graceful and complimentary terms. An original and excellent charge was delivered by Wor. Melvin M. Johnson. The installation was followed by a banquet and by dancing.
PRESENTATION, DECEMBER 1906
From New England Craftsman, Vol. II, No. 4, January 1907, Page 149:
The annual meeting of Mt. Lebanon Lodge, Boston, Mass., was held in Masonic Temple, December 9th Brother Charles W. Kidder was reelecttd Worshipful Master and a handsome Past Master's jewel presented to him. The officers were installed by Worshipful Walter B. Tripp, Past Master of the Lodge. A voluntary contribution of $30.00 was made by the members for the use of the Charity Committee. These contributions are quite often made in this lodge as its members believe in practical charity.
SPECIAL MEETING, FEBRUARY 1907
From New England Craftsman, Vol. II, No. 6, March 1907, Page 230:
Mount Lebanon Lodge, Boston, was honored by the presence of a large number of visitors at its last regular meeting, February 11. A delegation of about thirty brethren were present from Barney Merry Lodge No. 29 of Pawtucket, R. I., among whom was Wor. Howard R. Smart, and Past Masters Wor. J. Williard Baker, Wor. Joseph H. Southwick and Wor. Andrew E. Thresher. There was also a large delegation from Germania Lodge of Boston which included Past District Deputy Grand Master Wor. Samuel Hauser, Wor. Julius Hovestadt and past masters, Wor. Julius A. Zinn, and Wor. H. F. Ehlert. Beside those mentioned there were many Past Masters of lodges in Boston and vicinity.
The program of the evening was of unusual interest and included exhibition of the work iu the German language, by Wor. Samuel Hauser and members of Germauia Lodge; in accordance with the Rhode Island methods by the members of Barney Merry Lodge and in accordance with the work of Vermont by Right Wor. Everett C. Benton, Past Master of Benton Lodge, Guildhall, Vermont, who was assisted by Bros. Wm. H. Jackson and George C. Thacher.
The work of the evening was preceded by a banquet.
INSTALLATION, DECEMBER 1907
From New England Craftsman, Vol. III, No. 4, January 1908, Page 141:
The annual meeting of Mt. Lebanon Lodge, Boston, was held in Masonic Temple, Monday, December 9. The report of the standing committee shows the old lodge to be in a healthy condition, growing in numbers and inspired with a generous feeling of good fellowship. The Officers elected were: Joseph T. Paul, Worshipful Master: Frank K. Buxton, Senior Warden; Charles S. Hadaway, Junior Warden; Charles W. Parker, Treasurer for the 24th time; Wor. Warren B. Ellis, Secretary for the thirty-first time. As the officers are to be installed later, with public ceremony, the appointed officers were not named.
The closing incident of the evening was an exhibition of the love and good wishes of the brethren lor the secretary that was so strong, in sentiment, so generous in expression and material value, that our modesty shrinks from public acknowledgment were it not a duty we owe to the love and generosity of the brethren. Wor. Warren B. Ellis has served Mt. Lebanon Lodge as an officer for a period of thirty-nine years, the last thirty, as before mentioned, as secretary. The brethren decided that his thirty-first election as secretary should be made an occasion for the expression of their regard; without giving him any hint of their intention, it was arranged that he should be brought before the worshipful master. Wor. Charles W. Kidder, who began at once to prefer charges against him on account of certain reports and actions that were mentioned. The charges were made with considerable flourish and emphasis, but when the secretary had grasped the situation, he discovered that the brethren had taken this peculiar way to exhibit their kindest feelings and thoughts which were significantly expressed by the worshipful master as he placed in the hand of the secretary, in behalf of the members of the lodge, a purse containing one hundred and seventy-five dollars in gold coins, with these words: "The United States government has decided to issue these new coins without the well known motto. 'In God we trust,' but he wanted to say that in Warren B. Ellis the members of Mt. Lebanon Lodge trust." The generous gift was accepted by the secretary with expressions of appreciation and luxe for the lodge and all its members. most of whom had come into it many years since his connection with it.
GRAND MASTER VISIT, MAY 1916
From New England Craftsman, Vol. XI, No. 8, May 1916, Page 272:
Mount Lebanon Lodge, Boston, has never enjoyed a more social and agreeable meeting than its Regular Convocation, Monday, May 8, when it was honored by the Presence of the Most Worshipful Grand Master, Melvin M. Johnson, who was accompanied by V it Deputy Grand Master Emery B. Gibbs, District Deputy Grand Master Howard M. North, and Grand Marshal William M. Farrington. The visitors were cordially welcomed by Worshipful Master Everett W. Crawford. They remained during the work of the degree. Before the guests retired the M. W. Grand Master and the Grand Marshal were each presented with umbrellas as souvenirs of the evening. The special interest of the occasion was in the speeches that followed the banquet after the lodge had been closed. Rt. Wor. Brother Gibbs, Rt. Wor. Howard M. North and Grand Marshal Farrington held the attention of the brethren with practical and interesting remarks. The principal address was made by Grand Master Johnson who covered a wide range of anecdotes and solid information regarding the history and influence of Freemasonry. Before closing he took occasion to present Henry Price medals to three veteran Masons of more than 50 years membership. The brethren were Wor. George D. Moore, who became a member October 13, 1802, Rt. Wor. Warren B. Ellis and Brother Andrew P. Butterfield; both of the last two became members May 8, 1865, the meeting making their 51st anniversary.
PRESENTATIONS, NOVEMBER 1919
From New England Craftsman, Vol. XV, No. 2, November 1919, Page 58:
Mt. Lebanon Lodge, Boston, at a special communication in Masonic Temple, Thursday, November 20, expressed appreciation of service rendered in the great world war just ended by more than thirty of its members. Sixteen of these brethren were present and formally received by Worshipful Master Andrew P. Cornwall.
There was a presentation of a handsome state flag, the gift of the worshipful master, as was later revealed by another brother. There was also a bronze tablet presented which bears names of the brethren who were in service in the army and navy.
The striking feature of the evening was a grand patriotic and interesting address by Deputy Grand Master Arthur D. Prince.
Other incidents of interest were recognition of Brother Alfred B. Forrest and Thomas R. Appleton, veterans of the Civil War. The exercises, with the excellent singing of the Weber Quartette places the meeting among the most interesting in the history of the lodge.
ANNUAL MEETING, DECEMBER 1919
From New England Craftsman, Vol. XV, No. 3, December 1919, Page 91:
The one hundred and nineteenth annual communication of Mount Lebanon Lodge was held in Masonic Temple, Boston, Monday, December 8.
Annual reports were presented showing a gratifying prosperity of the body. The lodge has been fortunate in winning the affection of several of its members, who on their decease have contributed substantial funds to assist in promoting the charitable work of the lodge. This work has been wisely administered and many persons have had occasion to thank the lodge for its ability to assist them.
The officers elected for the new year are: W. M., Edward C. Mathewson; S. W., D. Henry Child; J. W., Dr. Walter F. Nolen; T., Edward W. Phillips; S., Warren B. Ellis; C. Robert H. Burnham; M., Daniel J. Cotton; S. D., Dr. Eugene J. Vincent; S. S., Henry W. Stevens; J. S., A. Van Allen Thomason; In. S., Wilhelm E. Lundquist; Tyler, Edward F. Jacobs; O., John A. Thomas.
The officers were installed by Past Master Charles J. Hadaway, assisted by Past Master Harry D. Delano.
An excellent dinner and a social hour was enjoyed by the brethren previous to the business of the evening.
INSTALLATION, DECEMBER 1920
From New England Craftsman, Vol. XVI, No. 3, December 1920, Page 85:
At the December meeting of Mount Lebanon Lodge of Boston, Worshipful Bro. Warren B. Ellis, who has been secretary of the lodge for the past forty-three years, resigned the office. Worshipful Bro. Ellis has held office in different capacities for fifty-three years, and holds the record for long service in his lodge. His resignation was received with every evidence of regret and on the motion of Wor. Bro. Charles E. Phipps he was unanimously elected Secretary-Emeritus.
The installation of officers was conducted by Rt. Wor. Joseph T. Paul, the old officers being re-elected. Wor. Bro. Walter Tripp assumes the office of secretary, made vacant by Bro. Ellis.
INSTALLATION, SEPTEMBER 1984
From TROWEL, Spring 1985, Page 24:
Wor. Albert Victor Ferguson, a caterer of distinctive gourmet dinners, assumed the office of Worshipful Master of Mt. Lebanon Lodge, A. F. & A. M., in a fine ceremony performed in the Masonic Temple, Boston, on September 10, 1984. A capacity audience was in attendance and a stellar group of installing officers performed the ceremony. Received on the suite was M. W. David B. Richardson, Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts, together with his Grand Marshal, R. W. Robert E. Godbout, Jr., and the following distinguished Masons who comprised the Installing Suite: M. W. Donald W. Vose, Chairman; M. W. J. Philip Berquist, Installing Master, and M. W. Arthur H. Melanson, Installing Chaplain.
Assisting in the work of the evening were: R. W. Robert C. Patey, Senior Grand Warden; M. W. Herbert H. Jaynes, Grand Treasurer; R. W. Robert P. Beach, Grand Secretary; R. W. Keith C. Hatfield, Soloist, and Wor. George A. Wilkins, Organist. The Qualifying Master was the retiring Master of the Lodge, Wor. Clark B. Loth.
A delicious dinner, served by the Master's catering firm, rounded out a fine evening.
GRAND LODGE OFFICERS
- Timothy A. Ackerman, DDGM, District 1, 2015, 2016
- John R. Bradford, Junior Grand Warden 1846-1848
- T. Frederick Brunton, Grand Marshal 1935-1937, Senior Grand Warden 1938
- Andrew P. Cornwall, DDGM, District 1 (Boston), 1928, 1929; N
- Robert C. Corr, DDGM, District 31 (Nantucket), 1993, 1994; Senior Grand Warden 2003
- William Eaton, Junior Grand Warden 1851
- Marvin L. Eatough, Grand Organist 1987-2012. N
- Warren B. Ellis, DDGM, District 1, 1891, 1892; Memorial
- Henry Fowle, Junior Grand Warden 1808; Senior Grand Warden 1809
- Benjamin Gleason, DDGM, District 3, 1840; SN
- Frank B. Gomes, Jr., DDGM, District 1, 2013, 2014
- Harrison Gray, DDGM, District 1, 1832; SN'
- Robert V. Jolly, Jr., DDGM, District 1, 2009, 2010; Deputy Grand Master 2012
- Hans O. Johnson, DDGM, District 1 (Boston), 1981, 1982; N
- Robert Keith, Senior Grand Warden 1845
- Robert Lash, Senior Grand Warden 1844
- Clark B. Loth, DDGM, District 1 (Boston), 1993, 1994
- Gilbert Nourse, DDGM, District 1 (Boston), 1843; SN
- Joseph T. Paul, DDGM, District 1 (Boston), 1920, 1921; Mem
- Charles E. Phipps, Grand Marshal 1893-1895; Junior Grand Warden 1896
- Frederic L. Pike, DDGM, District 1 (Boston), 1957; N
- Thomas Power, DDGM, District 1 (Boston), 1819, 1820; Grand Secretary 1820-1833; Junior Grand Warden 1844
- Albert L. Richardson, DDGM, District 1 (Boston), 1879, 1880; Memorial
- Simon W. Robinson, DDGM, District 1, 1835-1836. Junior Grand Warden 1837; Senior Grand Warden 1838-1840; Deputy Grand Master 1841-1843; Grand Master, 1846-1848
- Edward F. Smith, DDGM, District 1, 1887; Senior Grand Warden 1895
- Jerome Van Crowninshield Smith, DDGM, District 1, 1852-1854; Deputy Grand Master 1860
- W. H. L. Smith, DDGM, District 1, 1888; Memorial
- Henry W. Stevens, DDGM, District 1 (Boston), 1939, 1940; Senior Grand Warden 1943; N
- Samuel Thaxter, Junior Grand Warden 1823; Senior Grand Warden 1824-1826
- Walter B. Tripp, DDGM, District 1, 1913; Memorial
- John F. Van Baars, DDGM, District 1 (Boston), 1987, 1988; N
- Charles Wells, DDGM, District 1 (Boston); SN
- Matthew J. Wissell, Grand Chaplain
- Josiah Baldwin, Memorial
- Hosea Ballou, Biography
- Charles Benjamin Barrett, Memorial
- Charles Bates, Memorial
- William Dade Brewer, Memorial
- Frank E. Buxton, Memorial
- John G. Chambers, Memorial
- Frederic I. Clayton, Memorial
- J(ames) Roy Cottam, Memorial
- James A. Davis, Memorial
- Warren B. Ellis, Memorial
- William Ellison; Memorial
- Victor A. Ellsworth, Memorial
- Peter Gilman, Memorial
- Daniel A. Gleason, Memorial
- Samuel W. Gleason, Memorial
- Fernando Green, Memorial
- Daniel Henry, Memorial
- William B. Hawes, Memorial
- Joseph W. Hodgkins, Memorial
- Freeman Holden, Memorial
- Jabez F. Hughes, Memorial
- Charles W. Kidder, Memorial
- William Knapp, Memorial
- William H. LaPointe, Memorial
- William B. Little, Memorial
- Charles J. Miller, Memorial
- Gilbert Nurse, Memorial
- David Perkins, Memorial
- Thomas W. Phillips, Memorial
- George L. Richardson, Memorial
- James D. Ronimus, Memorial
- William H. Sampson, Memorial
- Constant Southworth, Memorial
- Justin E. Stevens, Memorial
- John Stevenson; Memorial
- Thomas Waterman; Memorial
- Hiram Wilde, Memorial