Memorial Night

Brothers, 
Tuesday night, November 26, 2019, will be our Memorial Night at the Lodge to remember and honor those Brothers that have laid down the working tools this past year. These are the Brothers who ran the quarries before us and paved the way to keep masonry going so that we could carry on its great works. They should be honored and remembered with respect, and reverence. This is our way as Brothers to say goodbye until we meet again. 

This year we had only one Brother enter the Celestial Lodge Above.  Fredric B. Ridenour, Jr.  Our Brother Ridenour became a Mason in 1964.   He was Master in 1971, and when he put down the working tools in October, he did so with 55 years of grand service in The Craft.

Dinner is at 6:30 and we will open at 7:30 prompt. I am told Brother Markus has dinner handled and as always it should be fit for kings. Proper Masonic dress required.

Respectfully and Fraternally, 
W:. Glenn Scott 

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DDGM Official Visit November 12th

At our last communication the R:.W:. Brad Keuther put on a very well-received Lincoln presentation. R:.W:. Keuther recalled The President’s childhood through his presidency.  We have a couple more guest speakers coming to the Lodge this year. I would recommend coming to see them and see what your Lodge is all about.  Especially if it has been a while since your last attendance. Don’t forget that October is a five (5) Tuesday month so our next communication is on November 12th, not every other week as it sometimes seems. The communication will be the official DDGM visit and the Junior Warden has promised something special for dinner. I cannot tell you what he is preparing because I don’t know. The only way to find out is to come out.

As always dinner is at 6:30 PM and we will open at 7:15 PM sharp so we can conduct business and still be respectful of the  DDGM’s time.  Thanks to all of you that make Masonry an amazing journey as it is always about the journey, not the destination. 

Respectfully and Fraternally, 

W:. Glenn Scott 

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A Brief History of Abraham Lincoln; by R:.W:. Brad Keuther

Our last communication was an event to behold. The R:.W:. Brad Keuther put on a very well-received Lincoln presentation. Dressed as Abraham Lincoln himself, he recalled his childhood, growing up poor. How he became a lawyer, becoming president, freeing the slaves, and the Gettysburg address. For those of you that know Brad, he is a very well versed and excellent speaker.

Letter to Mrs. Bixby

In the autumn of 1864 Massachusetts Governor John A. Andrew wrote to President Lincoln asking him to express condolences to Mrs. Lydia Bixby, a widow believed to have lost five sons during the Civil War. Lincoln’s letter to her was printed by the Boston Evening Transcript. Later it was revealed that only two of Mrs. Bixby’s five sons died in battle, Charles and Oliver.

Executive Mansion,
Washington, Nov. 21, 1864.
Dear Madam,–

I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant General of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle.

I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save.

I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.

Yours, very sincerely and respectfully,

A. Lincoln

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