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News from the Masonic Family

Minnesota Masonry and Heritage Day in Henderson, Minnesota, on September 24, 2011

The Grand Lodge of Minnesota and St. Peter Lodge No. 54 have received an invitation for Minnesota Masonry to have a significant and important role in the cel- ebration of Henderson Heritage Days on September 24, 2011. Heritage Days 2011 will place emphasis on the 150th anniver- sary of the onset of the Civil War, the pio- neers who served and those who built the foundations of The Historical Village of Henderson, Minnesota.

Minnesota Masonry is planning to participate in Heritage Days by hosting a short tour of the graves of 6–8 Civil War veterans and giving honor to these Civil War Era Freemasons. Short bibliographies, which will include Masonic data about them and their families, will be read at Brown's Cemetery giving recognition for contributions to the history of Minnesota.

Brother Glenn Kiecker of Cataract Lodge No. 2 reports that one of the planned stops will be at the obelisk honor- ing the 1852 Henderson town founder, Joseph Renshaw Brown, who was the namesake of Brown County and Brown’s Valley and who was very active even before Minnesota became a state. A bronze bust of Brother Brown will be unveiled at a 5:30 September 24th dinner during Heritage Days. Funds raised from the dinner will aid in the placement of Bro. Brown’s bust in 2012 mounted on the grounds of the Henderson Community Building which is a National Registry Property Site.

Highlighting this event at the Sibley County Historical Museum will be the ‘cherished and never-to- be-forgotten memory’ of Bro. Adam Buck which will be told by the museum guides. Relics and pictures have stories and will be explained to those who take the tour at the quaint and friendly Sibley County Historical Museum, during this two-day Heritage. Artifacts including a Masonic apron and a Cavalry sword used for many years as a Tyler’s sword at Henderson Masonic Lodge No. 13 will be on display. Another event which is being planned for the Heritage is a presentation of an Masonic index of past members of Sibley County Masonic Lodges (No. 305 in Arlington, No. 209 in Winthrop, and No. 13 in Henderson) and Henderson Chapter No. 219, Order of the Eastern Star. Those members have contributed significantly to Minnesota history. Please consider seriously—marking this date on your calendars—as an event all members of YOUR FAMILY may enjoy. For location, schedule and other information: www.hendersonmn.com

Masonic Fundraiser Breakfast

for New Ulm Cancer Center

Charity Lodge No. 98 – New Ulm, Knights Templar, and the Shrine club will be hosting a fundraiser pancake breakfast with all proceeds going to the New Ulm Medical Center Cancer Center Expansion and Renovation project.

The Minnesota Masonic bodies have been leaders in funding cancer research and hospitals in Minnesota for over 100 years. The New Ulm Masonic bodies are inviting all Masons and people who would like to support the effort to raise money for the remodeling and expansion in New Ulm. The funds raised at the breakfast will be matched by Minnesota Masonic Charities to give an extra boost for this very worthwhile project.

The pancake breakfast will be held on Saturday, August 6, 2011, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Turner Hall, 102 South State Street in New Ulm for $7.00 per ticket.

All are welcome to attend and find out more about the New Ulm Cancer Center and how the Minnesota Masonic Bodies have supported cancer research and chil- dren’s health needs for over 100 years. There will be representatives from the New Ulm Cancer Center, Masons, Knights Templar, and Shiners present to help and support this most rewarding project.

If you have questions or inquiries, please contact Carisa Buegler, New Ulm Medical Center at 507-233-1188 or Pat Kearney with the New Ulm Masons at 507-276-5857. See you on the 6th at Turner Hall.

An Open Invitation to all Master Masons

Brothers, my name is Ray Hayward, and I am the newly-elected Grand Commander of Knights Templar of Minnesota. My mis- sion statement is to “bring in the R.E.F.” which stand for ritual, education, and fellow- ship. I am mobilizing the Grand Commandery and traveling around the state to bring the REF to a lodge near you. I am inviting all Master Masons to come and meet with us and experience some of the ritual of the Knights Templar, hear a variety of speakers on subjects relative to our Craft, and have a lunch and experience fellowship.

The schedule for the ensuing year is as follows. For more info and to RSVP for lunch, contact the coordinating Sir Knight in an area near you, or feel free to go to any meeting in our state. I will have the Masonic writer, Tim Hogan, come to the Grand Conclave next June, and his talk will also be open to all Master Masons. Brothers, come and meet the Grand Commandery and see what is happening in Masonic Knight Templary in your state.

Oct 1st – Duluth, “Clan Sinclair and their connection to Freemasonry, Knights Templar, Rosslyn Chapel” with M. W. Brother David Bouschor. Contact – Doug Stevenson, 218-628-2321

Dec 3rd – Owatonna, “Masonic Trade Silver” with Sir Knight Zeb Dudek. Contact – James McNeely, 507-456-4836

Jan 14th – St. Peter. “A Brief History of the Chamber of Reflection” with Sir Knight Jack Roberts. Contact – John Wentworth, 507-665-2331

April TBA – Glenwood. “Rosslyn Chapel and Its Masonic Connection” with Sir Knight Todd Jovonovich. Contact – Harlan Heidecker, 320-634-4115

Or contact me and I will give and information you need about these exciting meetings. Sir Knight Ray Hayward at 651-431-1923; skrayhayward@gmail.com

Masonic counties in Minnesota

Minnesota has at least 24 counties named for prominent men who were also Masons. Some were made Masons in the early lodges in Minnesota. Some were already Masons when they arrived. A few never set foot in the territory/state; nor even dreamed that it would someday exist.

Volunteers at the Minnesota Masonic Historical Society and Museum are com- piling this list. It will be published in seg- ments in issues of The Minnesota Mason.

Becker, George Loomis Biographical Sketch – Mayor of St. Paul, 1856; appointed to Governor Sibley’s mili- tary staff with rank of Brigadier General; Candidate for Governor, 1859; State Senator, 1868-71; elected as one of three congressmen to be sent to Washington, but later learned that only two were allowed; lots were cast and he was unsuccessful, but was rewarded in part for his acquiescence by this county named in his honor; was Land Commissioner of the St Paul and Pacific Railroad and later a member of the state railroad and warehouse commission. Masonic Record – Member of Ancient Landmark Lodge No. 5, having joined in 1864 from Washtenau Lodge Lodge No. 11 in Michigan. 1 3

Benton, Thomas Hart Biographical Sketch – Author; aide-de- camp of General Jackson during the War of 1812, established a newspaper in St. Louis that advocated for Missouri statehood; U.S. Senator from Missouri, 1821-51 where he was a strong supporter for the passage of the original enactment of homestead land laws; Congressman, 1853-55. His nephew, Thomas Hart Benton, a Civil War General on the Union side saved the valuable Masonic Library of Confederate General Albert Pike by placing Federal troops around Pike’s Little Rock home. A grand- nephew of the same name was a painter. Masonic Record – Charter member Missouri Lodge Lodge No. 1 at St. Louis until the anti-Masonic days of 1831 when he withdrew for political reasons. 1 2

Brown, Joseph Renshaw Biographical Sketch – Born in 1805 in Maryland; died 1870 in New York City. First came to Minnesota as a drummer boy with the troops who built Fort Snelling. From the Pioneer Press, Nov 12, 1870, “A drummer boy, soldier, Indian agent, lum- berman, pioneer, speculator, founder of cities, legislator, politician, editor, inventor, his career—though it hardly commenced till [sic] half his life had been wasted in the obscure solitudes of this far Northwestern wilderness—has been a very remarkable and characteristic one, not so much for what he has achieved, as for the extraordi- nary versatility and capacity which he has displayed in every new situation.” 1

Masonic Record – Raised in Old St. Paul Lodge No. 3*, December 1854; later joined Henderson Lodge No. 13, then Union Lodge No. 45, Le Sueur. 2

Cass, Lewis Biographical Sketch – Born in New Hampshire in 1782. Came to Marietta Ohio at age 18, studied law there and was admitted to the bar in 1803. Practiced law in Zanesville. Served in the War of 1812 as a Colonel and later as a Brigadier General. Was appointed Secretary of War under President Andrew Jackson. Explored the upper Mississippi with Henry Schoolcraft in 1820. Also served as a U.S. Senator, Minister to France, and Secretary of State. Candidate for President in 1848. Masonic Record – Made a Mason in old American Union Lodge Lodge No. 1, Marietta, Ohio, May of 1804 at age 22. Received his four Chapter Degrees in American Union Royal Arch Chapter, August 1804. Helped organize the Grand Lodge of Ohio and was Grand Master, 1810-1813. Affiliated with Zion Lodge Lodge No. 1 after moving to Detroit and was the first Grand Master of Michigan in 1826. First High Priest of Monroe Chapter Lodge No. 1 in Detroit in 1821. 1 Lewis Cass 2

*Old St. Paul Lodge No. 3 – Original charter was issued by resolution during the first com- munication of the newly formed Grand Lodge of Minnesota, February 24, 1853. This charter was surrendered at the Fourth Annual Grand Communication on January 9, 1856, by its Master upon a resolution passed by members of the lodge. The next day a petition was pre- sented by several former members and Past Masters of St. Paul Lodge No. 3 for a new charter to be issued for the formation of a lodge, to be called St. Paul. The resolution was passed that day, and the original number was reissued along with the surrendered jewels and furniture, etc., of the former St. Paul lodge. This new charter was surrendered at Grand Lodge January 18, 1900 in favor of the return of the original charter from 1853. 3


Minnesota Geographic Names – Warren Upham – 3rd Edition, published by Minnesota Historical Society Press - 2001; 1

10,000 Famous Freemasons – William R. Denslow – self-published, 1957 - 1961; 2

Grand Lodge of Minnesota - records in the Minnesota Masonic Historical Society and Museum collection. 3

MSA establishes Disaster Relief Funds


Please forward to the Masonic Service Association such funds as you feel appro- priate to help our devastated Brethren and their families in these stricken jurisdic- tions. Please make checks payable to the “MSA Disaster Relief Fund” and send to:

Tornados have destroyed Joplin, Missouri, and caused extensive damage to other parts of the state as well. Loss of life was one of the largest ever from a tornado.


8120 Fenton Street, Suite 203 Silver Spring, MD 20910-4785

With flooding in many parts of the state, most especially in Minot (completely underwater), North Dakota is experienc- ing a major disaster!

Thank you very much for your help! Most sincerely and fraternally,

Richard E. Fletcher, PGM Executive Secretary (301) 588-4010

July–August 2011

The Minnesota MASON


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