The North Carolina Mason

May/June 2015

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T h e m i s s i o n o f f r e e m a s o n r y i n n o r T h C a r o l i n a i s T o r a i s e T h e m o r a l, s o C i a l, i n T e l l e C T u a l, a n d s p i r i T u a l C o n s C i e n C e o f s o C i e T y b y T e a C h i n g T h e a n C i e n T a n d e n d u r i n g p h i l o s o p h i C a l TeneTs of broTherly love, relief, and TruTh, whiCh are expressed ouTwardly Through serviCe To god, family, CounTry, and self under The faTherhood of god wiThin The broTherhood of man. The Mason NORTH CAROLINA (USPS 598-260) is published bimonthly by e Grand Lodge of AF & AM of North Carolina, 2921 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27608. ird class postage paid at Oxford, NC 27565. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to e North Carolina Mason, School Of Graphic Arts, Masonic Home for Children, Oxford, NC 27565. Grand Master Douglas L. Caudle Board Of Publication John A. Pea (Chair) R. Kevin Combs C. omas Nelson Jr. John A. Sullivan John R. Beamon III Editor Ric Carter Good quality pictures, whether color or black and white, are essential for suitable reproduction. e right to reject any submission not suitable for use is reserved. Pictures will be returned to the sender only if accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Submissions and other correspondence should be sent to the editor at PO Box 6506, Raleigh, NC 27628 or . Each North Carolina Mason is a subscriber to e North Carolina Mason. If you know a member who is not receiving the paper, please send us his full name, his complete address and the name and number of his lodge. Masonic widows receive e Mason free upon request. Subscriptions are available to others at a rate of five dollars per year. Subscription inquiries and address changes only should be sent to: e School of Graphic Arts, Masonic Home for Children, 600 College Street, Oxford, North Carolina 27565. Reproduction of articles by Masonic organiza- tions is permitted with proper credits. Opinions expressed are not necessar- ily those of The North Carolina Mason, the Grand Lodge, or Board of Publication. Page 2 The North Carolina Mason May/June 2015 From the editor's desk NC Mason Deadlines Issue Deadline January/February January 1 March/April March 1 May/June May 1 July/August July 1 September/October September 1 November/December November 1 Bud Davidson honored CHARLOTTE — Bud Davidson has been a cornerstone of Masonry in Charlotte for years. He is twice past master and long-time secretary of Temple 676. When Grand Master Doug Caudle made his 31 st Masonic District visit March 30, he presented Davidson a certificate recog- nizing his 50 years as a certified lecturer. Seen here, from left, are Board of Custodians Secretary Dave Potts, Jim Davidson and Sam Davidson (Bud's brothers), Bud Davidson, and District Deputy Grand Lecturer Keith Rash. — Eric Cable Ten Commandments of good human relations ese will work wonders for your lodge. 1. Speak to people — ere is nothing as nice as a cheerful greeting. 2. Smile at people — It takes 72 muscles to frown, only 14 to smile. 3. Call people by name — It's sweet music to everybody's ears. 4. Be friendly and helpful — If you want friends, be friendly. 5. Be cordial — Speak and act as if everything you do is a pleasure. 6. Be genuinely interested in people — You'll find yourself liking them. 7. Be generous with praise — Search for opportunities to give it. 8. Be considerate of the feelings of others — It will be appreciated. 9. Pay attention to the opinions of others — Even if you don't think they merit serious consideration. 10. Help others — Helping others is time well spent. — From Temple Tales of Temple 676, December 2002. Memorial Day brings to mind our brothers who served this country in our armed services. All of us have read and heard about how our Masonic forefathers contributed to the history of our great country during wartime. ere are many stories and countless varieties of these tales affirming these historic contributions. ere is no doubt about the important roles our brethren performed during all the wars in our history. Perhaps the most unusual of all our Masonic brothers' participation in past conflicts revolves around the Civil War and that famous battle at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in July 1863. During this conflict, many Freemasons fought each oth- er as there were Masons wearing the blue and as many brothers who wore the gray. ere are several accounts of a wounded Mason giving the distress sign and a brother from the "other side" providing humane assistance. Brother Sheldon Munn, Lafayette Lodge, Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, has published an ac- counting of all the Masons, and their respective lodges, participating in that pivotal conflict. He offers a history of the Friend to Friend Masonic Memorial, conceived and sponsored by the Pennsylvania Grand Lodge, which recalls a historically verified encounter of Freemasons dur- ing the Gettysburg battle. e monument stands Freemasons in battle By J. Perry Watson at an entrance to the Gettysburg National Cem- etery and magnificently portrays Brother (Cap- tain) Henry Bingham (USA) holding Brother (Brigadier General) Lewis Armistead (CSA) as he lies mortally wounded. General Armistead is seen entrusting his personal effects to the captain. Brother Armistead was the Confederate who led his troops to the famous "High Tide of the Confederacy." e troops defending Cemetery Hill were commanded by Brother (Major Gen- eral) Winfield Hancock (USA), a lifelong friend of General Armistead. Captain Bingham was a member of General Hancock's staff. is important and unusual monument pays tribute to the fraternal bonds of friendship, com- passion, and brotherly love found in Freemason- ry. Even in battle, brotherhood is unforgotten and important to all our members. Perry Watson passed away last year, was a mem- ber of Masters 754, and edited their newsletter for many years. Mack Sigmon photo RALEIGH — On June 13, the North Caro- lina Capitol will celebrate its 175 th anniversary. Masons will be headlining as our Grand Lodge and the Prince Hall Grand Lodge will preside over the rededication of the cornerstone. Our Grand Lodge set the original cornerstone in 1833, and set a centennial stone in 1933. e building was completed in 1840. Festivities begin at 11:00 a.m. and will in- clude an address by Governor Pat McCrory, and tributes to those who constructed the Capitol. e rededication of the cornerstone is scheduled for noon. ere will be food, music, crafts, and re-enac- tors on the grounds all day. It should be a great day for you and your family. Changes are afoot for e North Carolina Mason. We don't want to count all those chickens that we are still hatching, but keep your eyes open for a different looking NC Mason. While details are still being ironed out, we are hoping to go to a slightly different format in the next issue. We think you'll like it. Changes Grand Lodges will rededicate cornerstones at Capitol Summer Event Planning MOCKSVILLE — Clement Grove is the site of the Annual Masonic Picnic sponsored by Mocks- ville 134 and the site of the Annual Community Fest sponsored by Corinthian 17 (PHA). Both lodges make use of the cooking and eating facilities in the Concession Building. Pictured are Henry Bruce, chaplain and past master of Mocksville 134, left, and Bobby Bell, master of Corinthian 17, as they plan the August events. This year's dates are August 13 (11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.) for the Picnic and August 15 (5:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.) for the Community Fest. GLENDALE, CALIFORNIA — Many ce- lebrities have found their final resting place at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, Cali- fornia. Few people know that amidst the statues and reliquaries stands a lonely Masonic memo- rial, one of the largest sculptures on the grounds. Once, Freemasonry was huge in Los Angeles — so big that it managed to carve out a section of the now prestigious cemetery of the stars. ere, in a quiet and somewhat isolated corner of the park, stands a lone Masonic memorial surrounded by hundreds (maybe thousands) of grave markers decorated with the square and compasses. It is no surprise that the founder of the Me- morial Park was a Mason himself. From Denslow's 10,000 Famous Freemasons: Hubert Eaton ( June 3, 1881–September 20, 1966) — Originator of the memorial park plan for cemeteries, substituting tablets set level with the lawn for tombstones, providing art collec- tions, historical buildings, thereby revolutionizing cemeteries throughout the United States. He is known as the builder of Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California which is noted for its collection of stained glass works of American sculptors and recreations of the Last Supper and Calvary. Born in Liberty, Missouri, he graduated from William Jewell College in Liberty in 1902. A chemist, he was associated with many of the mining companies of America. He was raised in Euclid Lodge 58, Great Falls, Montana in 1905 and became a member of Southern California Lodge 278, Los Angeles. He was also a member of the Shrine and York Rite. — Milton Youmans, Philatelic Freemason, No- vember/December 2009 Forest Lawn's Masonic origin Ric Car ter photo

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