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.

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/

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:
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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.


Michigan Masonic Museum and Library

mmmlThe Michigan Masonic Museum and Library was established to preserve Michigan fraternal history and to allow for a place of study for those interested in the history of Freemasonry. It was founded on June 27, 1980. The Museum and Library is funded by the Grand Lodge of Michigan and the Michigan Masonic Charitable Foundation.

The private library is open to the public and it houses over 8,000 print volumes. Along side the books you will find an archive of over 6,000 photographs, a collection of officer jewels, antique Masonic aprons, charts, and carpets. There is also a collection of rare Masonic books, which are not allowed outside of the library.

The Museum and Library is open to the public, even non-Masons, and has free admission. So stop by and visit Director Dirk Hughes and learn a little Masonic History.

233 East Fulton Street, Suite 10, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Mon – Closed
Tue – 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Wed – 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Thu – 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Fri – 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Sat – 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Sun – Closed

For more information click here to follow the Museum on Facebook.

Michigan Lodge of Research & Information No. 1, F&AM

If you have an interest in Philosophy, History, and Education in general AND if you happen to be a Master Mason I highly recommend supporting Michigan Lodge of Research & Information No. 1, F&AM by petitioning for Associated Membership.

Should you be interested in getting a petition send them a message. Below is some history and information that we shamelessly borrowed from their Facebook page. Their Facebook page is also where you can send them a message to get a petition or ask any questions you may have. The best way you can help protect the future of Freemasonry is by educating yourself in our history.

General Information

The Michigan Lodge of Research and Information No.1 held an organizational meeting on September 17, 1983, with the approval of MWB Russel Wells, Grand Master. The first meeting was held in Lansing, Michigan, with 41 interested Brothers attending. At that meeting, a motion was passed and approved requesting a Special Dispensation to form a Lodge of Research and Information.

The second meeting was held in Homer, Michigan. The Special Dispensation was granted on November 11, 1983, naming Robert N.Osbourne as Worshipful Master, Donald J.Van Kirk as Senior Warden, and Philip P. Steele as Junior Warden.

At the Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of Michigan, held in Detroit on May 29, 1985, the Michigan Lodge of Research and Information No.1 was granted a Charter. The Charter was presented by Right Worshipful Brother Richard H.Sands, a member of the Lodge.

The purpose of the Lodge is to foster interest in Masonic research and to provide information. The interests of the Lodge are historical, educational, topical, and social.

The Lodge meets quarterly in March, June, September, and November. The meetings are always held on Saturday (typically the fourth) so as not to conflict with the meetings of other Lodges. The primary purpose of these quarterly meetings is the presentation and discussion of papers. The business portion is kept to a minimum, usually limited to paying bills, approval of previous meeting minutes, and accepting new members.

A warm welcome is always extended to any Masonic visitors in good standing desiring a seat in the Lodge. All are welcome, whether they would like to present a paper or just avail themselves of the opportunity to improve their Masonic knowledge.

Associate Membership in the Michigan Lodge of Research and Information No.1 is open to any Master Mason in good standing of a Michigan Lodge or one in a jurisdiction in amity with the Grand Lodge of Michigan. Membership is by plural membership only. Active membership is conferred by the Lodge by nomination and election by a three-fourths vote upon evidence of Masonic scholarship.

Dressing the Part | The Mason’s Lady | Reblog

In our fast paced existence we sometimes over look the basics of being a gentleman. One of the key aspects missed the most these days is dressing the part. We are just to busy, it costs to much, its not worth the effort. We are all guilty of dressing down even for events in which we should do our best to look good. Dressing up is not done, as gentlemen, to be prideful or too lord over others. It is done to show respect for those around you. This is why it is common to dress up for church, for weddings, for special dinners. It is about showing the people around you that you respect them enough to take that extra step in presenting yourself well.

I know I am personally guilty of under dressing for an occasion. It comes down to a few reasons. The first one is that I have not had a need to buy formal wear so I don’t have an extensive wardrobe. I was also never taught, while growing up, the basics of dressing for formal events; even something as simple as tying a tie (Thank You YouTube). Because of this I am often left frustrated or hesitant to go out to formal social gatherings. I am sure I am not alone in this situation.

So why go on and on about this topic? Well, I stumbled upon a nice blog post about the subject. The blog is called, ‘The Mason’s Lady’. The post is titled, ‘Dressing the Part’. The blog was created by the wife of a brother Freemason. She has presented some wonderful information that can help those of us, like myself, not well versed in formal wear to develop a better foundation of basic formal dressing.

The post can be found in the link below. I suggest you read over some of her other posts as well.