OLD COLONY LODGE
Chartered By: John Cutler
Charter Date: 12/10/1792 II-28
Precedence Date: 12/10/1792
Current Status: Active
- John Young, 1792, 1793
- Charles Turner, Jr., 1794-1796, 1802, 1805-1807; SN
- Benjaim Whitman, 1797-1801, 1803, 1804
- Jotham Lincoln, 1808-1819, 1822
- Caleb Bates, 1820, 1821
- Marshall Lincoln, 1823, 1824, 1852-1855
- Fearing Loring, 1825-1827
- Charles Fearing, 1828-1830
- Charles Gill, 1831, 1832
- DARK 1832-1851
- Bela Lincoln, 1856, 1857
- Enos Loring, 1858, 1859; SN
- Warren A, Hersey, 1860, 1861
- Edwin Wilder, 1862, 1863
- E. Waters Burr, 1864-1866
- Charles N. Marsh, 1867-1869
- Henry Stepherson, 1870, 1871
- Jason W. Whitney, 1872, 1873
- Charles W. S. Seymour, 1874-1876; SN
- Charles T. Burr, 1877-1879; SN
- John M. Trussell, 1880, 1881
- Stetson Foster, 1882, 1883, 1885; Mem
- Alvah W. Lincoln, 1884
- Arthur L. Whiton, 1886, 1887
- Wallace Corthell, 1888, 1889
- William F. Harden, 1890, 1891
- Charles H. Marble, 1892, 1893; N
- George S. Marsh, 1894, 1895; Mem
- Walter B. Foster, 1896, 1897
- Andrew McNeil, 1898, 1899
- Edward B. Pratt, 1900, 1901; SN
- Edwin M. Wilder, 1902, 1903
- Charles M. Thayer, 1904, 1905
- Walter W. Hersey, 1906, 1907
- Harry L. Thomas, 1908, 1909
- Edward W. Thayer, 1910
- Oliver Cushing, 1911, 1912
- Atkins S. Rich, 1913, 1914
- Alexander W. Rick, 1915, 1916
- Winthrop J. Cushing, 1917, 1918
- Charles R. Downey, 1919, 1920
- Ralph C. Stoddard, 1921, 1922
- William L. Howard, 1923, 1924
- J. Irving Botting, 1925, 1926; N
- Seth Sprague, II, 1927, 1928
- Herbert L. Wilder, 1929, 1930; SN
- Harold B. Murch, 1931, 1932
- Charles B. Worrick, 1933, 1934; N
- C. Sales Cross, 1935, 1936
- Alfred W. Jacobs, 1937, 1938
- Richard Laurie, 1939, 1940
- Harold L. Downing, 1941, 1942; N
- Leon F. Whittier, 1943, 1944
- Carleton N. Goff, 1945, 1946
- Eugene E. Bickford, 1947, 1948
- Albert W. Kimball, 1949, 1950
- E. Gardner Jones, 1951, 1952; SN
- C. Russell Morse, 1953, 1954
- Oscar P. Beck, 1955
- Elbert S. Stallard, 1956
- Phillip A. Stoddard, 1957
- William R. Wirkala, 1958; SN
- Thomas F. Parker, 1959
- J. Stewart Borland, 1960
- John R. Downing, 1961
- Robert J. Falconer, 1962
- Paul C. Ross, 1963
- George L. Jewett, 1964
- Frank H. Walker. Jr., 1965
- Arthur P. Tower, 1966
- Robert B. McCormack, 1967
- Dwight L. Mayo, 1968
- Alfred L. Dowden, 1969
- Charles E. Black, 1970
- Walter S. Bird, 1971
- Leroy E. Euvard, Sr., 1972
- Raymond M. Studley, 1973
- Edward G. Jones, 1974
- Marshall W. Bates, Sr., 1975; N
- David J. Adam, 1976
- Howard L. Tufts, Jr., 1977
- Richard G. Weston, 1978, 1979; PDDGM
- Russell E. Matson, 1980
- Lawrence E. Emery, 1981
- James D. Damstra, 1982
- Marshall W. Bates, Jr., 1983
- George A. Parker, III, 1984
- Paul E. Wuori, Sr., 1985; PDDGM
- Thomas H. McCallum, Jr., 1986
- Gerald J. Sullivan, 1987
- Brian S. Noble, 1988
- Thomas L. Knowlton, 1989
- David J. Damstra 1990, 07
- F. Brian Emery, 1991
- Ronald E. Lincoln, 1992
- Frederick M. Shaw, Jr., 1993
- William A. Fredericks, III, 1994
- George J. Szabo, 1995
- H. Lee Potter, Sr., 1996, 2000; PDDGM
- George L. Marlette, III, 1997
- Robert J. Olsson, 1998, 2008
- R. Lane Partridge, 1999
- K. Barry Williams , 2001
- William J. Peterson , 2002, 2006
- C. Alexander Peterson, 2003
- Harold G. Y. Lincoln, 2004
- Rodney E. Andrews, 2005
- Joseph C. DeNicola, 2009, 2010; DDGM
- James M. Gilmore, 2011, 2012
Charter surrendered 1832; restored 1851
1851 1865 1871 1872 1873 1874 1880 1881 1888 1889 1892 1896 1897 1907 1908 1909 1911 1913 1916 1920 1923 1926 1928 1929 1934 1937 1942 1953 1954 1955 1957 1958 1959 1961 1967 1969 1973 1976 1988 1992 1993 1996 2000 2004 2007 2011
MEMORIALS AND BIOGRAPHIES
ROBERT BERNARD HALL 1812-1868
From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol XXVII, No. 7, May 1868, p. 217:
DEATH OF ILL. BRO. HON. R. B. HALL, 33°.
The announcement of the death of this distinguished and excellent brother will be received with deep sorrow by those of our brethren to whom he was personally known, and with sincere regret by all who knew his generous nature, his personal accomplishments, and his strong Masonic attachments. He died of apoplexy at his residence in Plymouth, Mass., on the morning of the 15th April, aged fifty-six years and a few months. He had for some time past enjoyed his usual health – which, however, had not for several years been very rugged - and was, on the evening preceding his death, returning from a short walk, when, near his own door, he was seen by his lady to falter in his steps; she sprang immediately to his assistance, but not being strong enough to sustain him, he fell to the ground, and literally died in her arms. The soul did not indeed leave the body until about ten o'clock the next morning, but he neither spoke, nor recognized any member of his family after his fall. He was buried from his private residence on Saturday, the 18th, with Masonic ceremonies, under the direction of Old Colony Lodge, of which he was a member and Past Master. The impressive and beautiful service of the Episcopal Church was performed, beginning at the house, by his warm personal friend and Masonic brother, the Rev. Thomas R. Lambert, D.D., of St. John's Church, Charlestown; at the conclusion of which, at the grave, the Masonic funeral service was read by the W. Master of the Lodge, the symbolical sprig deposited, the grand honors given, and "the mourners went about the streets."
The whole ceremonies were admirably conducted. The procession was a large one, and was escorted from the residence of the deceased to the grave by the Old Colony Encampment of Knights Templars, of Abington, under the command of Sir Knight S. B. Thaxter, accompanied by the very excellent brass band of that place. The deceased was a member of this fine body of Knights, and always manifested a deep interest in its prosperity. Their presence on the occasion, in so full numbers, was a compliment due to the remains of their deceased companion, and was worthy of them. Several of the neighboring Lodges were represented, as were the Grand Lodge of the State and the Supreme Council 33° for the Northern Jurisdiction, of which latter the departed was an esteemed member. R.W. Brothers Lewis, P.G.M., Moore, D.G.M., and Gould, of R.I. - all members of the Supreme Council - were among the pall-bearers. The occasion was one in which the whole town seemed to feel and manifest a solemn interest. The route of the procession was lined with spectators, and the people were assembled in large numbers at the grave, on the arrival of the body there.
We ae not acquainted with the early history of the deceased, further than that he was born in Boston and received the rudiments of his education at the public schools of his native city. We believe he afterwards entered Dartmouth College, and was ordained as an Episcopal clergyman by the late Rev. Bishop Griswold. He, however, soon after went to Europe, where he preached occasionally, and was finally elected to represent his district in Congress. At the expiration of his term he retired to the enjoyments of private life, which he was so capable of appreciating and so well fitted to adorn. He was a fine belles-lettres scholar, and as a conversationist he had but few equals. He was also a ready and fluent speaker, and fine writer. His address at the laying of the corner-stone of the new Masonic Temple in this city fully attests his high literary attainments and power.
Our brother leaves a wife and one daughter to mourn his loss, and by whom he was dearly beloved. To them we tender our warmest sympathies, and commend them to the consolations of a well-grounded assurance that their present loss is his eternal gain.
From M.F.M., XXVII:8, June 1868:
THE LATE BR. HON. R.B. HALL.
We find the following sketch of our late brother, Robert B. Hall, in the Plymouth Memorial of April 24th. Had it come to hand sooner, we should have avoided two or three errors in his personal history into which we fell in our notice of his decease last month.
Mr. Hall was born in Boston, Jan. 12, 1812; graduated at Dartmouth College, and studied for the ministry in the Yale Divinity School. On leaving the divinity school, he visited Europe, where he remained two year, during a part of which time he acted as the agent of the American Anti-Slavery Society. While in England, he attracted attention as an eloquent speaker, preached to large audiences in London, and made the acquaintance of many distinguished scholars and statesmen, with some of whom he continued a pleasant intimacy and correspondence through life.
He first made his acquaintance with Plymouth and its people thirty years since, at the age of twenty-six, as the pastor of Pilgrimage Church (Orthodox). He was immediately recognized as a preacher of unusual talent, and took rank as one of the leading clergymen of his denomination; but his views led him early into the Protestant Episcopal Church, in the ministry of which he labored for several years with marked distinction. In 1855, he was a member of the State Senate, and soon after was elected to Congress from the First District. He served in Congress four years, and although a part of the time in poor health, he took rank as a prominent and able debater. His speech upon the Brooks assault upon Sumner was an able and scathing rebuke of the assault, but was criticised by Mr. Sumner's friends, in that it, unlike any other made in that famous series, omitted to praise the speech of Mr. Sumner which provoked the assault. He regarded that speech of Mr. Sumner as transcending the bounds of propriety, and that while it could not justify the assault, it could not in itself be defended.
After his retirement from Congress, he was prevented from taking up any active line of work by poor health, but continued to use his pen with vigor and industry so long as able to do so. He was originally a Whig in politics, and his pen contributed largely to the solid work of a party that dealt with solid questions. The files of the Old Colony Memorial bear witness to his industry and signal ability as a writer. His interest in the American movement first brought him into official life, and at the formation of the Republican party he became an influential member of that organization. The conservatism that he had inherited from the Whig party rendered him unable to follow the leaders of the new part in all things, and questioned some of the assumptions under the "war power", and in the division at the end of the war upon the questions of reconstruction he adhered to the Executive plan, and was one of the representatives of Massachusetts to the Philadelphia Convention of 1866.
Though his speeches in the discharge of official duties demonstrated his remarkable abilities, it was perhaps in occasional addresses and orations, of which he delivered a great number, that some of his finest efforts were made. Many of these attracted special attention at the time of their delivery. As the slowly winding procession bore his body to its rest in the beautiful shades of Oak Grove Cemetery, many were reminded of his address at its dedication. The exquisite appropriateness and beauty of his language on that occasion were but the characteristics of all his public orations. He had a most happy felicity of striking the exact key of the occasion, and no word or sentence escaped him that could jar upon the finest sense of fitness. His last public oration was made in Boston at the laying of the corner-stone of the Masonic Temple, and was a finished production, which elicited the admiration and enthusiastic praise of a most exacting and critical audience. His style was fluent, graceful, and often effectively eloquent. The well-formed sentences seemed to flow as rapidly and naturally in his extemporary efforts as in the finished oration, always surprising and delighting his hearers with both the brilliancy of his thoughts and the beauty of his language.
His conversational powers were no less remarkable. Of a highly cultivated taste, and his mind richly stored with a great variety of information, from which he drew at will, he was most delightful as a companion. With ready sympathy for the humblest, his genial words and manner will be long remembered by many whom they have encouraged in the struggle of life.
INSTALLATION, FEBRUARY 1852
From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol XI, No. 6, April, 1852, p. 186:
The officers of Old Colony Lodge, at Hingham, which has just been revived, after having lain dormant for several years, were publicly ilntalled on the 23rd February last. The ceremonies took place in the North Church, and in the presence of a large concourse of spectators. After the installation, the R. W Rev. Br. Albert Case, D. D. G. M,, delivered an address appropriate to the day and the occasion. The Hingham Journal makes the following notice of this performance:-
'"He congratulated the officers and members, and the Fraternity, on the installment of the Lodge. He congratulated the audience and the community, because he said the institution was calculated to promote the sociai and moral welfare of any community where the sound of the gavel was heard. The Lodge was chartered in 1797, and continued in successful operation until about twenty years since, when its labors were suspended. That true and trusty Brethren, who loved the institution, had united to revive the Lodge - men of intelligence and moral worth, enjoying the confidence of the -hole community, and of the Grand Lodge - men of whom not an individual would presume to say that in their associate capacity, they had any evil designs against either Church or State.
"He then referred to the life and services of Washington, and while others in the cities and towns of the Union were discoursing upon his exalted patriotism, his wise policy as a statesman, and the rich inheritance he has left in the imperishable wisdom of his fatherly counsels, he, the speaker, dwelt at considerable length upon his Masonic character, his labors in the Lodge, devotion to the Craft, Masonic correspondence, &c. &c.
After refuting many of the objection that have been raised against the institution, and stating its beneficial influence, he said that it now enjoyed a higher degree of prosperity in every State of the Union, than it had at any period in the history of our country. He exhorted the brethren to a faithful discharge of every Masonic duty, and gave them the parental benediction of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge. At the close of the address, the choir sang "Auld Lang Syne", and the exercises were closed with an impressive prayer, by the venerable Rev. Br. Richardson."
OFFICER LIST, NOVEMBER 1861
From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXI, No. 3, November 1861, Page 96:
Officers for the current year:—
- Edwin Wilder, 2d, W. M.
- Luther Stevenson, Jr., S. W.
- Alfred L. Rouell, J. W.
- Royal Whiton, Treas.
- Chas. N. Marsh, Sec'y.
- E. Waters Burr, S. D.
- Henry Fearing, J. D.
- A. B. Bates, S. S.
- H. Stephenson, J. S.
GRAND LODGE OFFICERS
- Marshall W. Bates, Sr., DDGM, District 27 (Plymouth), 1980, 1981; N
- J. Irving Botting, DDGM, District 27 (Plymouth), 1928, 1929; Senior Grand Warden 1934; N
- Charles T. Burr, DDGM, District 25 (Hingham), 1892, 1893, 1894; SN
- E. Waters Burr, Junior Grand Warden 1871
- Winthrop J. Cushing, Deputy Grand Master 1942
- Joseph C. DeNicola, DDGM, District 18, 2012, 2013
- Harold L. Downing, DDGM, District 27 (Plymouth), 1946, 1947; N
- F. Brian Emery, Deputy Grand Master 1999
- Stetson Foster, DDGM, District 25 (Hingham), 1890, 1891; Memorial
- E(rnest). Gardner Jones, DDGM, District 27 (Plymouth), 1958, 1959; SN
- Enos Loring, DDGM, District 5, 1862-1863; SN
- Charles H. Marble, DDGM, District 27 (Plymouth), 1918, 1919; N
- George S. Marsh, DDGM, District 25 (Hingham), 1902, 1903; Memorial
- H. Lee Potter, Sr., DDGM, District 18, 2006, 2007
- Edward B. Pratt, DDGM, District 25 (Hingham), 1908, 1909; SN
- Charles W. S. Seymour, DDGM, District 16 (Plymouth), 1881, 1882; District 25 (Hingham), 1883; SN
- Charles Turner, DDGM, District 3 (South Shore and Cape Cod), 1808, 1809, 1810, 1811, 1812; SN
- Richard G. Weston, DDGM, District 27 (Plymouth), 1992, 1993
- Herbert W. Wilder, DDGM, District 27 (Plymouth), 1942, 1943; SN
- William R. Wirkala, DDGM, District 27 (Plymouth), 1964, 1965; SN
- Charles B. Worrick, DDGM, District 27 (Plymouth), 1936, 1937; N
- Paul E. Wuori, DDGM, District 27 (Plymouth), 1998, 1999