July-August 2011

Walter Cary Wilcox, “The Masons’ Boy” (Henry Wilson Coil Library and Museum of Freemasonry, Grand Lodge of California, F.&A.M.)

  • Where the Action Is

    As this issue of the Journal reaches your hands we will be in the final stages of preparation for the biennial session of our Supreme Council in Washington, D.C., celebrating 210 years of Scottish Rite Freemasonry. I realize that many readers of the Journal have attended previous meetings of the Supreme Council but, equally so, many have not. Permit me, therefore, just a brief overview of what is about to happen.

  • Logos of Various Masonic Week participants
    Masonic Week for the Uninitiated

    To those who have never had the luxury of attending Masonic Week, are not members of the York Rite, or are simply new to the Fraternity; this vast array of bodies can be extremely confusing and even intimidating. Since I fall in that middle group and know that my confusion is not unique, a synopsis of these bodies could perhaps be of some use to the “uninitiated.”

  • Photo: Office of the Grand Executive Director, House of the Temple, Washington, D.C.
    The House of the Temple: Such a Landmark in Such a Historic Location

    The Orient of Kentucky has donated $1 million toward rebuilding the House of the Temple and honoring one of their own.

  • Court of King Cyrus Scene
    Preserving McAlester's Scenic Treasures

    In 1929, the Valley of McAlester built the largest fraternal stage in the nation, and its scenery is showing the wear and tear of age. The brothers, however, have taken the step of preserving their fraternal treasures through careful restoration.

  • Walter Wilcox with luggage tag
    The Masons' Boy

    In October 1878 Walter Cary Wilcox was about 4½ years old, alone, and orphaned. His mother was dead by yellow fever, and his father had died from injuries sustained in a steamship accident a few years earlier when Walter was five months old. During the final years of the 1870s, New Orleans, like most of the South, was ravaged by the epidemic. While Walter contracted the fever and eventually recovered, his mother lost her battle.

  • St. John’s Day procession of Williamsburg Lodge No. 6
    Masonic Tourist: Living History, Freemasonry in Williamsburg, Va.

    Williamsburg Lodge No. 6, was chartered in 1762 and has occupied the same lot since 1773. It is a “must see” for any Mason visiting Colonial Williamsburg.

  • The Secret Teachings of All Ages: An Encyclopedic Outline of the Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic & Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy, King Soloman Edition, by Manley P. Hall, Illustrations in color by J. Augustus Knapp, published in 1928.
    Investing in the Future: Adopt-a-Book Program

    The Supreme Council has created an Adopt-A-Book program as a new way for people to support the Rebuilding the Temple Campaign.

  • The Magic Flute (Criterion Collection, 1975) DVD Directed by Ingmar Bergman
    Book Reviews: Magic Masonry

    It has been some time since we have talked about The Magic Flute in these pages, and some of our newer members may not be familiar with the work. As to “why now?”—the first book below was published on March 22, 2011.

  • MW John L. Farmer, 33°, Deputy in Wyoming
    Current Interest: John L. Farmer, 33°, Appointed Deputy in Wyoming

    SGC Ronald A. Seale, 33°, has appointed MW John L. Farmer, 33°, as Deputy of the Supreme Council in the Orient of Wyoming replacing Ill. Robert W. Schrader, 33°.

  • Ill. John Mason Chambliss, Jr., 33°, George Everett Dewese, 33°, James Dean Cole, 33°, and Kerford “Kerry” Campbell, 33°, with the bronze plaque presented by Ill. Dewese.
    Current Interest: Valley of Roanoke, Virginia, Celebrates 100th Anniversary!

    At their May 2011 stated meeting, the Valley of Roanoke, Orient of Virginia, celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the chartering of its Lodge of Perfection on April 1, 1911.

  • Armed Forces Scottish Rite Bodies at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, (Armed Forces Consistory) donate $1,500 to fund a KUMC diagnostic outreach clinic for post children
    Current Interest: Ft. Leavenworth Scottish Rite Funds Diagnostic Clinic for Children

    The Armed Forces Scottish Rite Bodies at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, (Armed Forces Consistory) have donated $1,500 to fund a University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) diagnostic outreach clinic for post children.

  • Current Interest: Bros. Buckles and Breuning Lay Down their Working Tools

    Bro. Frank Woodruff Buckles, 32°, KCCH, the last surviving American veteran of WWI, passed away on February 27, 2011. Ill. Walter Breuning, 33°, the oldest American man, passed away on April 14, 2011, at the age of 114.

  • Current Interest: Scottish Rite Conference of Virginia

    The Orient of Virginia has held annual Conferences for the past 87 years; the most recent being hosted by Danville in September 2010.

  • Joe Fennick
    Notes from the Northern Light: July-August 2011

    A Publication of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction