Shelby County, Indiana
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The Shelbyville Democrat[The beginning of the article is not on my copy.]
Shelbyville, Ind., November 28, 1914
...secretary, H. G. Montgomery; treasurer, Edward W. Lewis; inner guard, Russell E. Goodrich; tyler, Paul C. Raymond, and esquire, Parrish Fuller.
The memorial committee consists of Frank J. Rembusch, Allen Green and Dix W. Sayler, and they have arranged an excellent program.
The program is as follows:
Overture --- Medley . . . . . . . Remick's Grand March --- "The Viking" . . . . King Orchestra.
Prayer . . . . . . . Rev. W. G. Eldred
"After Vespers" . . . . . . . A Twilight Meditation
Ceremony by Officers of Lodge.Prayer by Chaplain . . . . . . . Thomas H. Campbell
Solo . . . . . . . Miss Margaret Birely
Eulogy . . . . . . . Henry G. Joseph
Solo --- "Thou Wilt Keep Him in Perfect Peace" . . . . Morris Sleeth
Memorial Address . . . Patrick J. Lynch
Closing Exercises . . . . . . . Lodge Doxology.
Benediction . . . . . . . Rev. W. G. Eldred
Grand Farewell March . . . . Orchestra
The deceased members of the lodge for which the annual lodge of sorrow is held are Milton B. Robins, Cassius C. Kennedy, Donald Kennedy, Frank Miller, Russell Williams, Thomas B. Convery, John Rembusch, Edwin C. Messick, A. L. Levinson, Daniel DePrez, Charles L. Davis, Charles H. Tindall, William T. d'Heur, Charles H. Campbell, Charles Major, M. R. Montgomery, Cornelius Means and Henry Friday.
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Freemasonry was first introduced into Shelby county, Indiana, through a dispensation from R.W. Able C. Pepper, D.G.M., November 15, 1824. The charter issued bears date of October 5, 1825, when the lodge received the title of Lafayette Lodge No. 28, leaving it discretionary with the members to locate the lodge in such part of the county as they might deem expedient. Brothers: David Tracy, W.M.; Justus Ferris, S.W.; Joseph Adams, J.W. The names of the first petitioners were: Dr. David Tracy, Justus Ferris, Joseph Adams, Percy Kitchell and John C. Walker. At first this lodge had no fixed quarters, but met at members' houses. Even for the three years that the lodge had to meet from place to place, it had a good growth, many of the best citizens of Shelby county becoming members of the order during the time. Among the more prominent are the following: Calvin Kinsley, Chandler Huntington, Erasmus Powell, Able Cole, William Hawkins, Nathan Johnson, William Goodrich, William Little, and possibly others whose names have been lost sight of with the passing of so many years.
The charter was surrendered and the new charter issued under the date of November 25, 1828, constituting Erasmus Powell, worshipful master; Josiah Reed, senior warden; Nathan Johnson, junior warden, requiring the communications of the lodge to be held alternately at Hanover and Shelbyville, still retaining its original name and number. Under this arrangement, for several years more the lodge seemed to prosper and other prominent citizens became its members, among whom may be mentioned: Austin W. Morris, Amaziah Williams, Mathias Vanpelt, Harmon Updegraff, Jacob Rice, Richard S. Cummins and William Hacker.
At the semi-annual election there were elected on July 4, 1835, William Hacker, worshipful master; James Lisher, senior warden; Harmon Updegraff, junior warden; William Goodrich, treasurer; John Walker secretary; Chandler Huntington, senior deacon; Joseph Thrasher, junior deacon, and John Stout, tyler.
Submitted by Jane Fullington. [Chadwick's, see below]
HIGHER DEGREE MASONRY
Growing out of the original Masonic lodges within Shelby county have come up higher degrees in this most ancient and honorable fraternity. Shelby Chapter, No. 20, of Royal Arch Masons, was organized U.D., dated April 2, 1851, upon the petition of William Hacker, Fabin M. Finch, Henry B. Hill, Cyrus N. Williams, Jacob W. Mills, John W. Sullivan, Samuel White, Daniel Shew, James Elliott, Daniel Mowrer, Joseph L. Silcox and Benjamin J. Irwin, companions. William Hacker was appointed high priest. This chapter has never faltered during all these fifty-eight years of noble work. In 1909 its membership was one hundred and nineteen. Its officers at that date were: Robert W. Wood, M.E.H.P.; Julius L. Thomas, E.K.; Wilbur W. Israel, E.S.; John Messick, treasurer; George W.F. Kirk, secretary; G[arnett] R[othrock] Fleming, C.of H.; Frank Bass, P.S.; Edmond R. Moberly, R.A.C.; Phillip E. Hoop, G.M.3dV.; Oliver J. Glessner, G.M.2dV.; L. Gordon Teal, G.M.1stV.; C[aughey] S[teeley] Fleming, sentinel.
Shelby Council, No. 3, of Royal and Select Masters, was first organized U.D., dated August 31, 1855, and a charter granted by the Grand Council of Ohio. This council participated in the organization of the grand council of Indiana, December 20, 1855, at which time it received its "No. 3" registry of the grand council of Indiana and in 1886 numbered in membership, thirty-five. In April the membership was sixty. Its officers at that date were: Julius L. Thomas, Thrice Ill.M.; Harry S. Downey, Rt. Ill.D-M.; Frank Bass, Ill.P.C.W.; John A. Young, treasurer; George W.F. Kirk, recorder; Robert W. Wood, C.G.; Thomas E. Yarling, C.C.; C.S. Fleming, steward; Thomas E. Newton, sentinel.
Baldwin Commandery, No. 2, Knights Templar, was first organized March 25, 1851, at the town of Greensburg, Decatur county, under the title of Greensburg Commandery, U.D. from M.E. William Blackstone Hubbard, G.G. Master of Knight Templar of the United States, dated January 5, 1851. This commandery participated in the formation of the Grand Commandery of Indiana, when it received its "No. 2," on the registry, and continued to work until June 30, 1860, when its members ceased to meet and the organization was dissolved. But upon the petition of Sir Knights Thomas Pattison, William Allen, Jacob Vernon, Thomas H. Lynch, Daniel Stewart, Barton W. Wilson, James Gavin, Putnam Ewing, Jacob V Berensdaffer, Will C. Cumback, James Elliott, Robert Cones and John Elliott, Sir William Hacker as grand commander, authorized the transfer of the commandery to Shelbyville, Indiana, on the 18th day of March, 1865. April 4, 1866, the commandery received a new charter and was changed to Baldwin Commandery, No. 2. By 1886 this commandery enjoyed a membership of sixty-two knights, which number has increased to ninety-six. Its present  officers are: Julius L. Thomas, E.C.; Frank Bass, Gen.; Everett E. Stroup, C.Gen.; Thomas E. Yarling, S.W.; Edward P. Moberly, J.W.; Harry S. Downey, prelate; John Messick, treasurer; George W. Kirk, recorder; Phillip E. Hoop, St.B.; Elliott S. Gorges, Sw.B.; Oliver Jay Glessner, warder; C.S. Fleming, sentinel.
The present officers of Shelby Lodge, No. 28, Free and Accepted Masons, at Shelbyville are as follows: Thomas E. Yarling, worshipful master; Harry G. Auman, senior warden; Elmer E. Webster, junior warden; David L. Wilson, secretary; John Messick, treasurer; L. Gordon Teal, senior deacon; Robert H. Mardis, junior deacon; Eden H.D. Young, tyler.
The Masonic order in Shelbyville has of late leased its lodge-room quarters. From 1852 to 1869 they owned a half interest in the building erected by themselves and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the three-story brick building on the northeast corner of the public square, the one now occupied by business and other offices. This property cost in all, five thousand five hundred dollars and was sold (the half interest) to the Odd Fellows in 1869, for about three thousand five hundred, which money the Masons have had out on interest and had their lodge home in the DePrez building for over thirty years. In 1899 they loaned this sum to the parties who erected the business block on South Harrison street, in which the lodge is now located, and of which they have a long lease. Their hall is finely furnished and work in all degrees up to the Scottish Rite is carried on here with excellent effect. Those advanced to the last named rite attend at Indianapolis.
Chadwick's History of Shelby County, Indiana, by Edward H. Chadwick, B.A., assisted by well known local talent, B.F. Bowen & Co, Publishers: Indianapolis, IN, 1909, pp 165-167.
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~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~Baldwin Commandry, No. 2, last evening worked on Dr. Joseph Bowlby. On next Wednesday night Baldwin Commandry will be inspected in drill and Ritualistic work by Past Grand Commander Nicholas Rucker, of Indianapolis.
The Shelbyville Daily Democrat
Friday, September 29, 1899
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming
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