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Masonic Trivia - Continued - Page 3
Excerpts from "The Truth is Stranger than Fiction,"
By Bro.Alphonse Cerza, Masonic Service Association, 1934.
In the 1800's several Grand Lodges established Masonic colleges.The most successful of which was in Hannibal, MS in 1847. Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, North Carolina, and Georgia all tried it but all were eventually closed due to lack of support.
In the spring of 1966, brother Dallas Coleman of Denison Lodge #373 of Kansas was digging a pond when he came across an overturned gravestone marked with square and compasses. Research lead to determination that it belonged to brother Henry Craig (1832-1862) of Valley Falls Lodge #21. The brethren of the Lodge reset and cleaned the monument and erected a fence around it to keep livestock away. And continue to maintain it.
Lyndon Johnson took the first degree of October 30, 1937 but never progressed any further.
Sam Rayburn, Speaker of the House took his first degree on August 7, 1922. He died in 1961 without receiving the second.
Warren G. Harding was initiated on June 28, 1901 and it took him 19 years to complete the other two.
Lodges in Mass. have no numbers
In Penn. there are 11 Lodges that have numbers but no names.
In Georgia there are two Lodges with the number 1.
In Maryland, Tennessee and Penn. there is no Lodge with the number 1
Masonic Places in the US: Anchor, IL Beehive, MT Boaz, AL Charity, MS Circle, MT Cowan, TN Emblem, WY Eureka, WV Faith, SD False Pass, AK Fidelity, IL Five Points, AL Freeborn, MN Grand Pass, MS Hiram, MA Hope, AK Jachin, AL Justice, IL Lodge, SC Mason, KENtucky masonic Home, KY Mason town, WV Square, MT Steward, IL Symbol, KY Temperance, MI Tyler, TX
Hiram Abiff Boaz, born Dec. 18 1866 in Murray, KY. Received his degrees in 1922 before an usually large crowd and served as Grand Chaplain (TX) in 1953.
Joseph A. Gilmore (1811-1867), former governor of N.H. was made a Mason at sight on April 28, 1863. He received Scottish Rite degrees and was awarded 33rd degree on May 7, 1863 - only 9 days later.
Between 1890 (when it became a state) and 1951, every governor of Wyoming, except one, was a Mason. The one, Mrs. William A. Ross, was the wife of a mason and a member of Eastern Star.
Every President from Tenn. was a Mason (Jackson, Johnson, Polk)
President FDR raised two of his sons on the same night, Nov 7, 1935 - Architect Lodge #519 in NY.
In 1951, while President, Harry Truman served as Master of his Lodge.
Sacramento Chapter #3, Royal Arch Masons has supplied 4 governors of CA. (J. Neeley Johnson, Lantham, Pacheo, Hiram Johnson)
William Hesketh Lever Lodge #2916, England was the only Lodge named for a non- mason, the first Viscount of Leverhulm (the soap manufacturer).
Paul Revere was a Mason, as was his cohort, Robert Newman, who hung the lantern in the old north church.
Angelo Soliman, was born in Africa in 1721 and brought to Europe as a slave at the age of ten. He was educated, married, and became a favorite in the royal court in Vienna. Somewhere before 1771 he became a mason. When he died 1776, the Emperor had his body stuffed and mounted in the natural history museum, becoming not only the first black of African birth to become a mason, but the also the first mason to be stuffed, mounted, and displayed.
John Aasen of Highland Park Lodge No. 382 in Los Angeles, CA was the largest known Master Mason ever raised. At the time he was 8.5 feet tall and weighed 536 pounds.
Charles Stratton, a.k.a. Tom Thumb, was 24 inches high and weighed 16 pounds when raised in 1862.
Theodore Parvin was Grand Secretary for Iowa from 1844 to 1901, except for 1852- 53 when he was Grand Master.
When asked of Masonry, President William McKinley explained: "After the battle of Opequam, I went with the surgeon of our Ohio regiment to the field where 5,000 confederate prisoners were under guard. As soon as we passed the guard, the doctor shook hands with a number of prisoners and began passing out his roll of bills. On the way back to camp I asked him, 'Did you know those men?' 'No' 'But you gave them a lot of money, do you expect to get it back?' 'If they are able to pay me back, they will. It makes no difference to me; they are brother masons in trouble and I am only doing my duty.' I said to my self, 'If that is Masonry, I will take some of it myself.'"
Excerpts taken mostly from "The Truth is Stranger than Fiction,"
by Brother Alphonse Cerza, Masonic Service Association, 1934.
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