The North Carolina Mason

March/April 2019

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Page 2 The North Carolina Mason March/April 2019 PARALLEL, from page 1 "When I joined everybody told me, 'We just knew you were going to join,'" he says. "So many in my family were members and I wanted to join as well." ey have wonderful memo- ries of years spent working with their brothers. Lilton particularly recalls one year when he and some brothers visited some 75 lodges in North Carolina and Virginia as part of a project aimed at encouraging brothers to visit other lodges. Both attend the lodge regularly. Luther says it is so much easier in retirement. "When you're doing shift work as a young man, it's not always easy to get to the lodge regularly," he says. "But we haven't missed a whole lot of meetings since we retired." Asked what advice they would offer to young men new to the Craft, Luther urges them to "never stop going. Stay active. at's what it's all about." Umphlett and Eure each received their 70-year certificates from Grand Master Mack Sigmon. DATE DISTRICT HOST LODGE ADDRESS Apr 1 18 Fairmont 528 709 Getrude St., Fairmont 2 12 Waccamaw 596 101 Old Stage Rd., Riegelwood 3 17 Stedman 730 128 Carol St., Stedman 10 13 John H. Mills 624 8057 Highway 39, Henderson 11 15 State College 770 McKimmon Center, 1101 Gorman St., Raleigh 15 24 Troy 718 220 Eldorado St., Troy 17 28 Cannon Memorial 626 704 S. Main St., Kannapolis 22 36 Mount Holly 544 332 W. Charlotte Ave., Mount Holly 23 32 Charles M. Setzer 693 4217 Stacy Blvd., Charlotte May 14 38 Western Star 91 329 S. Main St., Rutherfordton 15 34 Catawba 248 202 N. College Ave., Newton District meeting calendar District meetings help remind us that we are a true frater- nity with brothers throughout the state and beyond. Plan to attend one of these meetings with Grand Master Dwight M. "Mack" Sigmon. Dates and locations are subject to change. Be sure to keep up-to-date at our website, HILLSBOROUGH – Eagle #19 in February participated in a unique tour of Hillsborough – bringing some old hospital horrors to life. e Lodge was part of the "Dead of Winter Walking Tour," a fund- raiser to benefit the Orange County Historical Museum. e one-hour tour brought to life true stories of some unfortunate souls who met with tragic endings from Hillsbor- ough's past. e event raised more than $2,000 for the museum and welcomed more than 100 visitors into the Lodge. Eagle was one of five stops on the tour, which included the Orange County Museum building, St. Matthew's graveyard, the old Orange County Courthouse, and the Twin Chim- neys house. Eagle Brother and historian Michael Verville coordinated the event with the museum. e lodge dining room, reportedly used as a hospital during the Civil War, was transformed with old medical gear and artifacts, along with some re-enactors who portrayed soldiers, both wounded and on duty, and a nurse. e "Horrors of the Hospital" stop at Eagle recreated the scene of Confederate Col. omas Norris (played by Eagle Brother John Prosseda), who suffered a massive leg wound in battle, arriving at the Lodge and receiving medical care. Brother Verville played the part of a hospital surgeon preparing to amputate the badly wounded leg, and his wife, Hilary, was Cornelia Spencer, a Chapel Hill citizen who left a diary detailing life in Orange County at the end of the war. Brother Prosseda's daughter Magaritte created his grizzly wound and assisted with hair and makeup for other cast members. An interesting note is that one of the Confederate soldiers played by Brother Larry Hudson (Past Master of Raleigh #500) was approached by one of his fellow soldiers who was interested in the history of the lodge and Freemasonry, asked him the right question, and was given a petition. Eagle recreates horrors of a Civil War hospital Some key players in the re-creation, left to right, Larry Hudson, John Prosseda and Michael Verville.

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