A UNIQUE INCIDENT IN FREEMASONRY
A Ceremony, unique in Free Masonry, took
place on the night of November 30, 1904, in Hope Lodge No. 124,
of East Orange. New Jersey. Worshipful Master John C. Cassidy
raised four Fellow Craftsmen to the sublime degree of Master Mason,
and all four were his own sons, viz: John Hugh, George Washington,
Frederick Washington and Charles Lewis Cassidy. Brother Cassidy
gave me a cordial invitation to be present on the interesting
occasion, but I received a tip just before the eventful evening,
that the crowd which was certain to be present would make it mighty
hard for me to squeeze my generous proportions beyond the tyler.
So I regret to say I lost the pleasure of witnessing a ceremony
which I believe has no parallel in the history of the Order. I
may add that the grandfather of the four Masons named was also
a member of Hope Lodge No. 124.
P. S. Since writing the foregoing and while
this work is going through the press, I received the following
amusing item. I can only take off my hat and remain dumb:
Chicago, Nov.14, 1911. -- Masons of the
State of Illinois made a gala affair of an event said to be unprecedented
in the history of the Order, the initiation of seven brothers
simultaneously into the degree of Master Mason. Members of the
Order came from all parts of the State to participate. Delman
D. Darrah of Bloomington, the new Grand Master of Illinois, and
other prominent members were guests. The candidates were Charles,
Albert, Morrison, Robert, James, Edward and John Ross. All of
them are prosperous farmers, residing in the vicinity of Palmyra
and Hettick and active in benevolent and civic affairs.
GEORGE WASHINGTON AS A FREEMASON
The minute book of Fredericksburg Lodge
No.4, at Fredericksburg, Va., contains the following interesting
Washington. initiated November 4th, 1752,
passed March 3, raised August 4, 1753." He became a charter
member of Alexandria-Washington Lodge No.22 of Alexandria, Va.,
April 28. 1788, and was afterward elected Master.
THE ODDEST MASON IN THE WORLD
Mention was made in "Low 12" of
James Bellows McGregor, of Mount Sunapee. N. H., who was believed
to be the oldest Freemason in the world. He joined the Lodge in
Salisbury, N. H. eighty-four years before his death, which took
place March 23, 1909, when he had reached the wonderful age of
one hundred and eight years. Upon his rounding out a century,
his Lodge visited him in a body. He was never sick but once in
his life. His father, Joel McGregor, was a Revolutionary soldier
of five years' service. Mr. McGregor was born September 6, 1801,
and taught school in his youth, then became a clerk, teaching
singing at the same time.
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