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The Grand Lodge Officers have twice said go ahead and schedule a training session. Both times there was not enough money to pay for the program. They said each time "have faith and it will happen". It has both times through the enormous generosity of one brother

Worshipful Brother Arthur H. Davis, a member of Golden Star Lodge Number 9, Lead, South Dakota, a Mason for more than sixty years has provided our needs. For the January 1999 session held in Watertown, South Dakota, WB Davis delivered to Most Worshipful Brother, Lowell C. Holmgren, Grand Treasurer/Secretary a check in the amount of $10,000.00, as this is the amount he had learned was needed.

A session was scheduled for October 1999 and again the question of where the money would come from. In July 1999 MWB Holmgren received a call from WB Davis who had some very good news. WB Davis was selling his coin collection the next day and wanted the proceeds to go to the Masonic Model Student Assistance Training. This collection had taken WB Davis forty years to assemble. As the Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother, Delbert E. Ripley, was unable to be present to receive the check he was represented by Right Worshipful Brother Donald R. Salmon, Deputy Grand Master. This sell netted the Masonic Model Student Assistance Training $10,060.94.

Brother Davis, the Masons of South Dakota will be forever grateful to you, as will the students of South Dakota. Through your gifts you have made possible the start of what may well be the means for saving the youth of South Dakota.





Entered Apprentice, June 20,1938, Brookings Lodge #24, Brookings SD

Fellowcraft, October 28, 1938, St. Paul Lodge #3, St. Paul, MN

Master Mason, June 6, 1939, Brookings Lodge #24, Brookings, SD

Demit to National Lodge #41, Barberton, OH, 1941

Demit to Miles Lodge Lodge, Miles City, MT, 1949

Demit to Hettinger Lodge #93, Hettinger, ND, 1955

Worshipful Master, Hettinger Lodge #93, Hettinger, ND, 1962

Demit to Golden Star Lodge #9, Lead, SD, 1979

Worshipful Master, Golden Star Lodge #9, Lead, SD, 1982

Received 50 Year Award, 1990

Worshipful Master, Lodge of Masonic Research of SD, 1994/1995


High Priest of Miles City Chapter, Miles City, MT, 1952

Order of The High Priesthood, Helena, MT, 1952

High Priest of Dakota Chapter #3, Lead, SD, 1978

Grand High Priest of Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons of SD, 1985/6


Illustrious Master, Veritas Council #6, Miles City, MT, 1952

Illustrious Master, West River Council #10, Hettinger, ND, 1959

Most Illustrious Master, Grand Council of Cryptic Masons of ND, 1964/65

Order of Thrice Illustrious Masters, Fargo, ND, 1960

Council of Elder, Grand Council of ND, 1965


Commander, Lemmon Commandery #25, Lemmon, SD, 1959

Commander, Dakota Commandery #1, Lead, SD, 1970

Grand Commander, Grand Commandery of SD, 1980/81


Scottish Rite, Deadwood, SD, 1945

Knight York Cross of Honour, 1962

Shrine, ElZagel, Fargo, ND, 1952, Naja, Lead, SD, 1965, Jesters, 1968

Govenor, York Rite College, 1974, Govenor General 1983-1986

Royal Order of Scotland, 1981

Worthy Patron, Order of The Eastern Star, Hettinger, ND, and Lead, SD