October 15
This day In Masonry

Ned Ray McWerther, He was the 53rd Governor of Tennessee. He was born on October 15, 1930 in Palmersville in Weakley County, Tennessee. His parents were sharecroppers who later bought a store in Dresden. Governor McWherter is involved in many civic organizations and has memberships in the Dresden Masonic Lodge #90, Elks Club, Shiners, Eagles Club and is a 33rd degree Scottish Rite Mason . He is also a member of the Weakley County Chamber of Commerce, the Tennessee-Arkansas-Mississippi Girl Scout Council Board, and a trustee of the University of Tennessee. He was a charter member of the Dresden Lions Club and Jaycees, and served as chairman of the Tennessee Heart Association fund raising campaign. The former governor is a member of the Methodist Church and served for 21 years in the Tennessee National Guard before retiring with the rank of captain. Brother Ned was a member of Dresden Lodge No. 90 and received his degrees as follows: EA 1-22; FC 3-12 and MM 4-9 all in the year 1953. Brother McWherter became a 50 year mason on April 1,2003. He entered the Celestial Lodge on April 04, 2011.

The legendary composer and bandleader Duke Ellington was so famous for his poise and charm that it should be no surprise that he had a pithy story at the ready whenever he was asked about one of the most famous and enduring works, "Mood Indigo." Of the song he and his orchestra recorded for the very first time on this day in 1930. Ellington was fond of saying, "Well, I wrote that in 15 minutes while I was waiting for my mother to finish cooking dinner." As neatly as that version fit with his well –tended reputation for effortless sophistication, the true account of the songs development reflects the gifts for collaboration and adaptations that were always critical elements of Ellington’s genius.

Ellington, Duke – He was born on April 29, 1899 in Washington, D. C. He was an American jazz composer, orchestrator, bandleader, and pianist, considered the greatest composer in the history of jazz music and one of the greatest musicians of the 20th Century. Brother Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington became a Mason in Social Lodge No. 1, Washington, D. C., PHA in 1932. He was also a 32° Scottish Rite Mason, and a member of the Shrine. He entered the Celestial Lodge on May 24, 1974.