History of George E. Dowling

Most Worshipful Grand Master, 1893

George Enoch Dowling was born on Tuesday, February 26, 1839 in the township of Bayham, London District, Canada. He came to Grand Rapids in that same year with his parents, and settled on a farm near there. He began school at five years of age. At the age of thirteen he went to town and worked his way through the union and high schools, finishing his course by teaching a four-month’s term in a country district nine miles away. In April 1856 he went to Grand Haven where he found work in a store, and afterwards in a bank. He spent the winter of 1857-8 in a lumber office in Chicago, Ill. He returned to Michigan in April 1858 where he found work with Noah H. Ferry, a lumberman, at White Lake for one year.

In April 1859, at the age of twenty, he went to California to look for gold. Finding none, he returned to White Lake, Michigan in April 1860. In 1865 he entered into partnership with E.P. Ferry in a lumber business in Montague. This firm built mills. He worked there for seventeen years. In 1882, he founded the Muskegon County Bank.

He married Miss Annie Wilson on April 10, 1875 in Lansing, Michigan.

He was raised as a Master Mason in Muskegon Lodge, No. 140 on October 10, 1864. He demitted from Muskegon Lodge, on April 23, 1866 and founded Montague Lodge, No. 198 in Montague, Michigan. He was Worshipful Master of Montague Lodge, Under Dispensation in 1866, and of the chartered Lodge for four years thereafter, and also in 1862, 1882, 1883, 1884, and in 1885. He was secretary in 1873 and treasurer from 1874 to 1881 and from 1886 to 1892.

He was exalted to the sublime degree of a Royal Arch Mason in Muskegon Chapter, No. 47, R.A.M., at Muskegon in Muskegon Chapter, No. 47, R.A.M., on November 28, 1867, and was admitted to the rewards and honors of a Royal and Select Master, in Tyre Council, No. 10, R. & S. M., in Grand Rapids, Michigan on December 28, 1871; was constituted, created and dubbed a Knight Templar in DeMolai Commandery, No. 5, K.T., in Grand Rapids on February 29, 1868; was admitted, constituted and proclaimed a Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret, 32 of the Scottish Rite, in DeWitt Clinton Consistory, at Grand Rapids, Michigan on March 11, 1886, and was received, admitted and constituted a Noble of the Mystic Shrine at the Moslem Temple, in Detroit on February 10, 1886. He demitted from Moslem Temple to become a charter member of Saladin Temple, in Grand Rapids on April 6, 1886.

Brother Dowling was a member of this Grand Lodge continuously for twenty-eight years, during which time he attended twenty-five Annual Communications. He was Junior Grand Deacon in 1888, Senior Grand Deacon in 1889, was elected Junior Grand Warden in 1890, Senior Grand Warden in 1892, and Most Worshipful Grand Master in 1893.

He died on March 30, 1896.

For more information regarding past Grand Masters of the Grand Lodge of Michigan click here. A special thanks to the Michigan Masonic Museum & Library for providing this information.

Walk Like a Warrior – November 11th, 2016

In honor of our veterans past and present, Muskegon Lodge No. 140 of Free and Accepted Masons invite you to “Walk Like a Warrior”, with us.

When a Marine, Soldier, Airman, Sailor and Coast Guardsmen are in training, they all are required to accomplish the physical rigors that they may be called on to perform in the extreme.
We are asking you to come join us, to march or walk 5K for these men and women, who “walk” among us now, bearing a sample of weight that they have carried for us by becoming veterans. We intend to show our appreciation through a simple act of walking with our veterans.

3 laps around Veterans Memorial Park Causeway is the equivalent of a 5K.

Here is what we ask of you:
1. Bring a $10 donation for the USO https://www.uso.org/
2. Bring a back pack loaded with weight equivalent to 10, 15, or 25 pounds.
3. Water bottle to hydrate.
4. Dress for the weather, and your style of march or walk.
5. The heart and dedication to Walk Like a Warrior.

If you cannot make it but still want to make a difference donate via our website’s donation page (select “Walk For a Warrior” as the Designated Fund). We will be requesting matching dollars for the donations made during this event up to $1,500. This is a great way to double the benefit of your donation.

If you can make it let us know by on our facebook event page.
https://www.facebook.com/events/313092462372917/

Muskegon’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

3524_934929973209476_3099709247658892423_nThis Saturday, the 12th of March, is the annual Muskegon St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This has become a great Muskegon tradition thanks to the hard work of our friends over at the Jaycees of Muskegon. The parade will be this Saturday and kicks off at 11 AM running from 4th St. to Jefferson St. along Clay Ave. This year the Muskegon Masons will be marching in the parade so come out and say hello!

The parade serves two purposes: One, to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and to provide community fellowship. The second is to help fill the shelves of a local food pantry. As tradition if you are going to attend the parade you are asked to bring non-perishable food to donate. All food items donated will go to Loaves and Fishes.

If you want more information about the parade check out the Jaycees of Muskegon website or their event page on Facebook.

We hope to see you there!

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2016 Muskegon Shrine Circus

10991371_853815247993090_8498270919514722139_nIt is that time of the year again! The Muskegon Shrine Club of Saladin Shriners will be hosting the annual Shrine Circus at the LC Walker Arena on the first weekend of March. General admission seats are just $10.25 the day of the event! You can also purchase tickets in advance for $9.25 at the LC Walker Box Office, via StarTickets.com, or call (231) 726-2400. Children ages two and under do not require a ticket!

Showtimes
Friday, March 4 – 10:30 AM and 7 PM
Saturday, March 5 – 10 AM, 3 PM, and 7 PM

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Photo by MLIVE – Click to see their article!

Happy Thanksgiving!

On behalf of Muskegon Lodge No. 140 and Montague-Whitehall Lodge No. 198 we would like to wish you all a happy Thanksgiving Day. May you find yourselves in the warmth of good friends and family.

Below is the Thanksgiving Proclamation by Brother George Washington, first President of the United States of America. It was enclosed in his Circular to the Governors of the States and was written while he was in New York on 3 October 1798. Proceeding the Proclamation George Washington wrote: “I do myself the honor to enclose to your Excellency a Proclamation for a general Thanksgiving which I must request the favor of you to have published and made known in your State in the way and manner that shall be most agreeable to yourself.”


Thanksgiving Proclamation, 3 October 1789

By the President of the United States of America. a Proclamation.

president-george-washingtonWhereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor—and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be—That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks—for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation—for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war—for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed—for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted—for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

and also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions—to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually—to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed—to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord—To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and us—and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New-York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

Go: Washington

Source: http://gwpapers.virginia.edu/documents/thanksgiving-proclamation/

Walk For a Warrior Charitable Event (November 20th)

WWPIn honor of our veterans past and present, Muskegon Lodge No. 140 of Free and Accepted Masons, invite you to “Walk Like a Warrior”, with us.

When a Marine, Soldier, Airman, Sailor or Coast Guardsmen are in training, they all are required to accomplish the physical rigors that they may be called on to perform in the extreme.

We are asking you to come join us, to march or walk 5K for these men and women, who “walk” among us now, bearing a sample of weight that they have carried for us by becoming veterans. We intend to show our appreciation through a simple act of walking with our veterans.

3 laps around Veteran’s Memorial Park Causeway is the equivalent of a 5K.

Here is what we ask of you:
1. Bring a $10 donation for the wounded warrior’s project. http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/
2. Bring a backpack loaded with weight equivalent to 10, 15, or 25 pounds.
3. Water bottle to hydrate.
4. Dress for the weather, and your style of march or walk.
5. The heart and dedication to Walk Like a Warrior.

You can keep up with information about this event by joining our event page on Facebook. If you cannot make it but still want to make a difference donate via our website’s donation page (select “Walk For a Warrior” as the Designated Fund). We will be matching dollar for dollar the donations made during this event up to $1,500. This is a great way to double the benefit of your donation.

Want to learn more about what the Wounded Warrior Project is all about? Watch this video and take a moment to browse the Wounded Warrior Project’s website.

Lodge Open House – Public Welcome

scmiglOn Saturday, October 17th we will be opening the doors of the Masonic Lodge in Montague, MI to the public. Any member of the community is welcome to come visit between 11 AM to 3 PM. If you have ever had an interest in Freemasonry this is a great opportunity for you to come meet us and find out what it is all about. At the open house you will get to meet representatives not only from the two area lodges, Montague-Whitehall No. 198 and Muskegon No. 140, but also the various concordant and appendant bodies. Those other bodies will include, but may not be limited to: Muskegon Chapter 47 Royal Arch Masons, Muskegon Council 54 Royal and Select Masons, Muskegon Commandery 22 Knights Templar, and Genesis Chapter 88 Order of the Eastern Star. Light refreshments will be provided to visitors. We also will be providing information and giving the public a look into our lodge room. The Montague-Whitehall Lodge is located in Montague, MI. See below for the address and a map. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to us via our Facebook page or via the contact form on this website.

We hope to see you on the 17th of October! All family and friends are welcome to attend!

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5425 Dowling Street
Montague, MI 49437
October 17th, 2015
11 AM – 3 PM

History – The Minutes of the First Session of the Grand Lodge of Michigan

The depth of Masonic history is almost never ending. From the exoteric to the esoteric there is almost always something interesting to discover. The treasures you can find are sometimes amazing. At the Michigan Masonic Museum and Library in Grand Rapids you can find many rare books and tomes to help on your studies. The other day while visiting, Dirk Hughes the Director, was getting out the original copy of the minutes of the first Grand Lodge of Michigan from the 1820s. This well preserved book will be on display in the future at the museum. I suggest you go visit and see it first hand. The history contained in its pages alone is amazing and well worth your attention.

For more information on the Michigan Masonic Museum and Library visit the following links:
http://www.masonichistory.org/
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George Washington Memorial Society – Free Copy of Rules of Civility

civility-bookletThe George Washington Memorial Society is offering a free printed copy of George Washington’s Rules of Civility. All you have to do to get yours is sign up to their mailing list.

The Society named above is tasked with maintaining the George Washington Masonic Memorial. They are a great source of information both on Freemasonry and history in general. Also, if you are a Freemason $1.00 of your annual dues goes to support the memorial. So why not keep up on what they are doing?

Take a second to sign up.

http://gwmemorial.org/civility/