Fonds 019 Masonic Lodge, Spirit River

Masonic Lodge, Spirit River. — 1892 – 1986. — 25 photographs.


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Agency History

Spirit River Lodge #116 was organized in 1917, but instituted in 1920. The first District Deputy Grand Master (DDGM) from Spirit River was R.R. MacLeod in 1921 and the first annual district meeting was held in 1924. DDGMs were the representatives of the Grand Master, whose residence was probably in Calgary or Edmonton. The DDGM was elected annually by all the lodges in the district once a year. The DDGM would attend Grand Lodge meetings and bring messages and information back to the individual lodges. He would attend at least one meeting of each lodge in his district once a year.
In 1925, the Spirit River Lodge took over the Dramatic Hall as their first lodge, and in 1965, they moved into the converted liquor store on main street. In the early 70s, they decided to sell the building and moved into the basement of the United Church, and in the 90s, they amalgamated with Fairview Masonic Lodge.

Custodial History

When Spirit River Lodge #116 amalgamated with Fairview, they left their collection of portraits in the basement of the United Church. In 2000, the United Church donated them to Spirit River Museum, who in turn offered them to the archives.

Scope and Content

The fonds consists of a collection of photographs of the District Deputy Grand Masters (DDGMs) from the Spirit River Lodge, one of 13 lodges in District 13, with a few additional photographs of Grand Masters. Each lodge in District 13 would have its own collection of these photographs.

Notes

Title is based on the contents of the fonds.

 
Sam Harris, 1918-1919
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 10
Portrait of Sam Harris, from High Prairie, DDGM of District 13.
Location: 2000.21.01
John H. W. S. Kemmis, 1920-1921
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 10
Portrait of the 1920-21 Grand Master John H. W. S. Kemmis, member of Lodge No. 47.
Location: 2000.21.02
Stephen Y. Taylor, [ca. 1916]
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 10
Portrait of Stephen Y. Taylor, Past Grand Master and M. W. (Grand) Secretary from the Grand Lodge of Alberta. He served as Grand Master 1915-1916 and was a member of Lodge
Location: 2000.21.03
Spalding, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 10
Portrait of DDGM
Location: 2000.21.04
George Peek, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 10
Portrait of George Peck (no information)
Location: 2000.21.05
Dr. Gamey, n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 10
Portrait of Dr. Gamey, DDGM, who was a member of GP Lodge 105
Location: 2000.21.06
Sam Harris, 1940
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 10
Portrait of Sam Harris, from High Prairie, Grand Master.
Location: 2000.21.07
Frank Crummy, 1942-1943
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 10
Portrait of Frank Crummy, DDGM of District 13, Grand Registry of Alberta, from the GP Lodge 105,
Location: 2000.21.08
Vernon Maurice, 1945
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 10
Portrait of Vernon Maurice, DDGM in 1945.
Location: 2000.21.09
Rev. Canon G.H. Crane-Williams, 1945
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 10
Portrait of Rev. Crane-Williams, Grand Master of Freemasons in Alberta
Location: 2000.21.10
W.F. Gilpin, 1953
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 10
Portrait of W.F. Gilpin, DDGM District 13,
Location: 2000.21.11
R.E. (Bob) Newcomb, 1955
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 10
Portrait of Bob Newcomb, DDGM, from Lake Saskatoon Lodge 106.
Location: 2000.21.12
Harry Murray, 1956 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 10
Portrait of Harry Murray, DDGM, from GP Lodge 105
Location: 2000.21.13
Norman Leslie, 1958
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 10
Portrait of Norman Leslie, DDGM 1958-59, from GP Lodge 105
Location: 2000.21.14
J. MacPhail, 1960 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 10
Portrait of J. MacPhail, member of Spirit River Lodge, Master of the Lodge.
Location: 2000.21.15
Ross Everton, 1960
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 10
Portrait of Ross Everton, DDGM 1960-61, member of Hythe Lodge 156.
Location: 2000.21.16
Harry Gathercole, 1970
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 10
Portrait of Harry Gathercole, DDGM 1970-71, member of Sexsmith Lodge.
Location: 2000.21.17
Gordon L. Pearcy, 1971
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 10
Portrait of Gordon Pearcy, DDGM 1971-72, member of Lake Saskatoon Lodge No. 106.
Location: 2000.21.18
Doug Clarkson, 1974
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 10
Portrait of Doug Clarkson, DDGM 1974-75, member of Grande Prairie Lodge 105.
Location: 2000.21.19
John Bissel, 1977
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 10
Portrait of John Bissel, DDGM 1977-78, member of High Prairie Wahpun Lodge 84.
Location: 2000.21.20
Walter A. Kujath, 1982
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 10
Portrait of Walter Kujath, DDGM 1982-83, member of GP Lodge 105. Walter was masonic education for the masonic district 13 for many years.
Location: 2000.21.21
Claude Green, 1984
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 10
Portrait of Claude Green, GM in 1984-85, a member of Lake Saskatoon Lodge 105.
Location: 2000.21.22
Dr. Don Wood, 1985
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 10
Portrait of Don Wood, DDGM 1985-86, member of GP Lodge 105
Location: 2000.21.23
Deane R. Toews, 1986
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 10
Portrait of Deane Toews, DDGM 1986-87, member of GP Lodge 105.
Location: 2000.21.24
Richard Williams, 1892
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 10
Portrait of Richard Williams, Mother Lodge St. John 284, charter member no. 116 from Brussels, Ontario. Charter Tyler–first guards door.
Location: 2000.21.25

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