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1st Quarter, 2006

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  1. Date: Sat, 7 Jan 2006 12:08:45 -0500
    Name:: Crystal Gault
    E-mail:: seraph427@aol.com
    Location:: Myrtle Beach, SC, USA
    Message:: i found out that my grandfather and great-grandfather were freemasons and my interest in freemasonry is unquenchable,
    RQFC-topic: my family's involvement in freemasonry
    RQFC Details: I recently found out that my grandfather, Robert A. Gault was a Freemason in the Houston, TX chapter and that my great-grandfather, Charles Bryant, was supposedly a Most Worshipful Master in the Cleaburn, TX and my paternal great-grandmother, Edna Gault, was in the Houston, TX chapter of the Eastern Star. I wish to know how i could get this verified and how to continue the tradition by joining the Myrtle Beach, SC Order of the Eastern Star #180. Please, any information would be wonderful

  2. Date: Mon, 9 Jan 2006 03:45:55 -0500 (EST)
    Name:: Solomon A. Mendonca
    E-mail:: mahrion@mail.com
    Location:: Phoenix, Arizona
    Message:: I have Been on a spiritual course and manifesting my destiny, I stumbled on this. Could this be something for me?
    RQFC-topic: Spirituality
    RQFC Details: Are the fundamentals of Masonry about becoming one with the universe or a social-lite outcropping?

  3. Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2006 23:26:16 -0500 (EST)
    Name:: Kenneth Hastings
    E-mail:: kenneth8280@yahoo.com
    Location:: Gun Barrel, Tx. 75156
    Message:: I would like to join and find out if my father was or is really a mason. His name is Danny Trenton Hastings
    RQFC-topic: on becoming a mason and I want info on my father Danny Trenton Hastings

  4. Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2006 12:32:04 -0500 (EST)
    Name:: joseph bridgewater
    E-mail:: odemon1@yahoo.com
    Location:: machesney park,il USA

    RQFC-topic: research into grandfathers association with the mason
    RQFC Details: i recent found out my grandfother was a mason. he passed way before i was born. im trying to learn about freemasonry , and inturn learn about my grandfather.

  5. Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2006 13:35:26 -0500 (EST)
    Name:: Marian Iliescu
    E-mail:: marianiliescu@yahoo.com
    Location:: Constanta, Romania
    Lodge:: Minerva
    Lodge Loc'n:: Constanta
    Office:: Lectureur, Orator

    RQFC-topic: scottish rite
    RQFC Details: any thingh

  6. Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2006 23:59:41 -0500
    Name:: G. Collins
    E-mail:: Georgebcllns@aol.com
    Location:: Mount Dora, Fl, USA
    Lodge:: Lodge 238
    Lodge Loc'n:: Mount Dora, Fl
    Office:: Junior Steward
    Message:: Very informative website, thanks for your hard work, look forward to future visits.
    RQFC-topic: Greater Masonic Understanding
    RQFC Details: This research is one of a personal Masonic nature rather than any formal undertaking with a focus on historical writings of past Brother Masons.

  7. Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2006 13:54:28 -0500 (EST)
    Name:: mark guzam
    E-mail:: mark.guzam@btopenworld.com
    Location:: camberley england
    Lodge:: crichton lodge1641
    Lodge Loc'n:: queen st london
    Office:: ipm

    RQFC-topic: masonic pottery
    RQFC Details: if any brother has ,or knows anything about the history of masonic pottery i would be greatfull as i also collect them. thank you

  8. Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2006 20:40:29 -0500 (EST)
    Name:: Reginald smith
    E-mail:: steelhrd@yahoo.com
    Location:: belleville il usa
    Lodge:: ST. John 18
    Lodge Loc'n:: St. Louis Mo
    Message:: looking for info on John G. Jones
    RQFC-topic: John G JONES
    RQFC Details: Looking For info on John G Jones and complete explanation of expulsion from prince hall

  9. Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2006 23:46:53 -0500 (EST)
    Name:: Claude A Echoles Sr
    E-mail:: cecho336@aol.com
    Location:: Chicago, IL
    Lodge:: MW St. John Grand Lodge
    Lodge Loc'n:: 7443 S Ingleside

    RQFC-topic: Land Marks
    RQFC Details: All Masonic Land Marks

  10. Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2006 22:15:36 -0500 (EST)
    Name:: Reginald smith
    E-mail:: steelhrd@yahoo.com
    Location:: belleville il usa
    Lodge:: st johns 18
    Lodge Loc'n:: St. Louis Mo
    Message:: i have been tring to find out about the expulsion of john g jones from both sides. i am doing research
    RQFC-topic: John G JONES
    RQFC Details: I am tring to find out about the expulsion of joh g jones from both sides

  11. Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2006 22:20:05 -0500
    Name:: Reginald smith
    E-mail:: steelhrd@charter.net
    Location:: belleville il usa
    Lodge:: st johns 18
    Lodge Loc'n:: St. Louis Mo
    Message:: i have been tring to find out about the expulsion of john g jones from both sides. i am doing research
    RQFC-topic: John G JONES
    RQFC Details: I am tring to find out about the expulsion of joh g jones from both sides

  12. Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2006 17:11:55 -0500 (EST)
    Name:: Keith Pate
    E-mail:: stepmast@verizon.net
    Location:: Lockport NY USA
    Lodge:: Newfane 947
    Lodge Loc'n:: Niagara County NY
    Office:: William H Greene Master
    Message:: I joined for the chance to meet some and make friends and help our lodge to do good things in the community.
    RQFC-topic: Emblems
    RQFC Details: Engraving emblems on the square and compass which I have made, and will be used as pendants, and putting the name of the person on the back of them. and selling them to make money for the programs that the lodge does.

  13. Date: Tue, 31 Jan 2006 10:55:47 -0500 (EST)
    Name:: Alex Hunter
    E-mail:: alx_hunter@lineone.net.uk
    Location:: Kirkmuirhill Lanarkshire Scotland
    Lodge:: Nethan St John 1289
    Lodge Loc'n:: Kirkmuirhill Scotland
    Message:: I believe my great/great Uncle had something to do with the building of your lodge he died soon after July 1908 Can you help? His name was Alex Hunter I have a letter of condolence on his death from Lodge Acacia.
    RQFC-topic: Family Masonic Links.
    RQFC Details: Did he hold any office in Lodge Acacia?

  14. Date: Fri, 3 Feb 2006 23:50:38 -0500 (EST)
    Name:: Jared Dalton
    E-mail:: jdalton@redeemer.on.ca
    Location:: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

    RQFC-topic: Freemasonry and Politics
    RQFC Details: I would like to start by saying that I apologize if any of these questions are intrusive. I respect your attempt to uphold the privacy of your society and hope that you will feel free to refuse to answer any questions that may intrude upon that. My first question is concerning membership. I notice on your website in many of the essays that it says members join by their free-will, what I am wondering is whether or not their are welcome to leave by the same free-will or if becoming a member means they are commited for life? My next question pretains to relationship between lodges. In my research I have noted that there seems to be some inconsistency (in symbols, rules, etc..) between different states,provinces, countries, etc... I am just wondering if there is a set code of masonry or if the different lodges are not particularily associated with each other. My final question is concerning the masonic oath, while I respect that because I am unlikely to understand! what it means anyhow, you would rather not tell me, I am just wondering if certain elite members of freemasonry would be obligated to follow that oath above and beyond political responsibilities and oaths and if there are any places where they might conflict. I thank you for any information you can provide me with and I found your site extremely helpful.

  15. Date: Mon, 6 Feb 2006 14:08:56 -0500 (EST)
    Name:: Dan Nesbitt
    E-mail:: danandstace@sympatico.ca
    Location:: Brigden ON Canada
    Lodge:: Leopold 397
    Lodge Loc'n:: Brigden
    Office:: Junior Warden

    RQFC-topic: I have a horseshoe witth an eagle mounted on top.
    RQFC Details: I recently was in conversation with one of the elder masons of our lodge and he presented a picture to me of the Mason's horseshoe. But along with the Mason's symbol it contained an eagle on top as well as two hands shaking and a star and moon. I was asked if I could find out the significance of the eagle. I do have a picture of this and would be willing to forward a copy if you require.

  16. Date: Thu, 9 Feb 2006 15:35:38 -0500 (EST)
    Name:: W.Bro. Peter Knill
    E-mail:: p.c.knill@ntlworld.com
    Location:: Leicester UK
    Lodge:: Leicestershire and Rutland Rotary Lodge 9158
    Lodge Loc'n:: Leicestershire
    Office:: Past Master

    RQFC-topic: signs, tokens & perfect points of my entrance
    RQFC Details: Need info on these for a lecture, can anyone give more detailed info please.

  17. Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2006 14:47:59 -0500
    Name:: Robert Edward Fisher
    E-mail:: rbrtfis@aol.com
    Location:: Highland, CA 92346
    Message:: I am the eldest grand child of James Edward Cowan(some people mispell his name as Cowans or Cowns) James Edward Cowan has a Masonic Temple dedicated to him in Portsmouth Virgina. He established the Ancient,Free and Accepted Scottish Rites Masons of the Central District for African-Americans in the State of North Carolina by securing a Charter from the Grand Lodge in England in the 1930s and won a court order in North Carolina (I think) after a court challenge by the rival Prince Hall Masons. I am seeking info for the Cowan Family regarding his legacy. J. E. Cowan's children have little info regarding his masonic activities. His grand children and great grand children are seeking info on his Scottish Rites Masons organizing activities in North & South Carolinas, Virginia, and Ohio for Black History purposes.
    RQFC-topic: James Edward Cowan(or Cowans)
    RQFC Details: Founder of the Ancient, Free and Accepted Scottish Rites Masons of the Central District in the 1930s. I am not a Mason, however, J.E. Cowan told me as a little boy some secretive masonic info, because he knew that I would follow up on his legacy.

  18. Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2006 15:33:47 -0500 (EST)
    Name:: Johnny Parrish
    E-mail:: sirjon67@aol.com
    Location:: Addison,Al. USA
    Lodge:: FREEMASONS
    Lodge Loc'n:: Addison AL. USA
    Office:: Glenn Meags
    Message:: love the site ,and may God be with us always
    RQFC-topic: burial robe
    RQFC Details: WHEN i JOINED THE mASONS YEARS AGO i WAS GIVEN A tUBE WICH i NEVER OPENED, AND couple years ago my home burned to the ground and I have since ,kinda moved away from the lodge I dont attened anymore .and was wondering how to get cought up on my fee's or join another lodge somewhere ,and to find out what I should do about my burial robe

  19. Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2006 17:39:36 -0500 (EST)
    Name:: Lois
    E-mail:: lo_perelli@yahoo.com
    Location:: Muskego, WI USA
    Message:: I am researching family for William P Penrose. His obituary states he was a member of the Ausable Masonic Lodge in Keeseville, NY It was suggested to me to get any available from the time period of 1880.The obit states he was a member for many years. Is there any special contact that I need to get infoemation? I was also told that a history of the person is taken on entry to the lodge. I am most interested in his wife who is my g grandmother. I am doing Irish research for her and can not find a town for her. Appreciate any advise that you or anyone can give me. Thank you, Lois Perelli
    RQFC-topic: Biography of William P. Pensrose
    RQFC Details: Any personal data from his application submitted for membership to the Ausable Lodge, Keesville , NY in 1880.Thank you.

  20. Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2006 20:43:51 -0500 (EST)
    E-mail:: jm002f0795@blueyonder.co.uk
    Location:: SOUTH SHIELDS (UK)
    Lodge:: TYNE DOCK (4218)
    Lodge Loc'n:: SOUTH SHIELDS(UK)
    Office:: MM

  21. Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2006 07:45:27 -0500 (EST)
    Name:: Dr. J.M.I. Sait
    E-mail:: sait@asianetindia.com
    Location:: Trivandrum, Kerala, India
    Lodge:: Lodge Minchin # 2710, EC
    Lodge Loc'n:: Trivandrum, India
    Office:: Web Master; District Grand Senior Warden

    RQFC-topic: Family History of W.Bro. H.A. Minchin
    RQFC Details: Fraternal Salutations from the brethren of Lodge Minchin # 2710 EC. We meet at a southern most city of India, Trivandrum, on first Saturday of every month, twelve months a year. Lodge Minchin was established in 1897 and our founder Master was W. Bro. Humphry Alexander Minchin. W. Bro. Minchin was a British engineer in the service of the then Presidency (Colonial)Government of Madras and later deputed as Irrigation engineer to the government of the princely state of Travancore around 1895 or so. He was a past Master of Lodge Pandyan in another South Indian city of Madurai, within the Madras Presidency and now in the state of Tamilnadu. He had been the Sanitary Engineer of the city of Madurai when he joined Lodge Pandyan. He died in 1913 and was buried at the site of the Pechiparai irrigation dam which he supervised as engineer in charge of its construction. The dam still survives in tact and has not needed any major modifications. This is all that we kn! ow about W. Bro. Minchin. W. Bro. H.A. Minchin must have been a very enthusistic Mason. His father W. Bro. J.W. Minchin visited the Lodge in 1899 as the representative of the Grand Master, when the son was still WM. The founding brethren thought it fit to give the Lodge his or his family's name. We are certain that our founder Master should have had an illustrious masonic heritage to be thus honoured in hiw own lifetime and on founding itself. For quite sometime now I had been searching the net and other sources for some information on this masonic family and to locate any of the surviving members. Two lodges of English heritage with Minchin brethren as past masters came to my notice : Lodge Perfection # 9 and Lodge Phoenix # 257 EC. W. Bro. C.H. Minchin was the Master of Perfection in 1944 and 1945. Lodge Phoenix had a Past Master by name Minchin during 1800s. Possibly, I wish, the four gentlemen have some connection and some of their relatives still available to trace ! their history. It is also possible that some of them would be ! wondering what happened to the father and son after they went to India in those days of scant communication facilities. My messages to Lodge Perfection and Lodge Phoenix remain unresponded. I believe that there must be some one somewhere who would have a trace of information on the Minchins which would help me get forward. Any assistance will be gratefully acknowledged and will be extremely valuable. I also request you to kindly browse through our website http://uk.geocities.com/lodge_minchin . Available information about the lodge is reproduced in the page About Us/A brief History / The Minchin heritage. The URL is http://uk.geocities.com/lodge_minchin/heritage.htm Sincerely and fraternally, J.M.I. Sait PM and Web Master Minchinites sait@asianetindia.com