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3rd Quarter, 1998

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  1. Date: Sun, 5 Jul 1998 07:40:07 -0400
    Name:: Mihai Popescu
    E-mail:: mdp@orli.ro
    Location:: Romania
    Lodge:: Les Sages d'Heliopolis
    Lodge Loc'n:: Bucharest
    RQFC-topic: The future of Masonry

  2. Date: Sun, 5 Jul 1998 16:08:52 -0400
    Name:: Bro Gordon Hannan
    E-mail:: GHannan@compuserve.com
    Location:: Bordon, Hampshire, England
    Lodge:: No 225, Forfar and Kincardine
    Lodge Loc'n:: Scotland, Great Britain
    Office:: MM
    RQFC-topic: Craft Masonry, Mark Degree
    Message:: I am to sit my Mark Degree in Scotland soon and I am interested in any history or information any Bro may have on the subject. Other than that anything about Freemasonry.

  3. Date: Sun, 5 Jul 1998 18:39:40 -0400
    Name:: Gustavo Campos
    E-mail:: camposg@ceibo.entelnet.bo
    Location:: La Paz - Bolivia
    Lodge:: Rito de York of Bolivia
    Lodge Loc'n:: La Paz - Santa Cruz & Others
    RQFC-topic: The origins of Freemasonry
    Message:: Triple abrazo fraternal para mis hermanos.

  4. Date: Mon, 6 Jul 1998 20:23:27 -0400
    Name:: FRANCISCO JOSE CARTAGENA MUTIS
    E-mail:: nepomuceno.cartagena@interred.net.co
    Location:: BOGOTA,DC,COLOMBIA
    Lodge:: PROPAGADORES DE LA LUZ No 1
    Lodge Loc'n:: BOGOTA,COLOMBIA
    RQFC-topic: RELATION WITH TEMPLARS

  5. Date: Fri, 10 Jul 1998 09:57:25 -0400
    Name:: Adco Anttnio Pereira do Lago
    E-mail:: adcolago@cianet.com.br
    Location:: Cianorte, Parana, Brazil
    Lodge:: Tiradentes VIII (A local Brazilian Hero)
    Lodge Loc'n:: Cianorte, Parana, Brazil
    Office:: Guarda Externo (Temple Guard)
    RQFC-topic: MASONS AROUND THE WORLD
    Message:: Hi my brothers in the world. I am a new Master Mason and I like know a FreeMasons in all around the world. Sorry, but I don't speak english very well. I have intresting in Simbols and History of Masonry. Write for me. Please.

  6. Date: Mon, 13 Jul 1998 20:35:49 -0400
    Name:: Lela Samargis
    E-mail:: lsamargis@aol.com
    Location:: Stilwell, Oklahoma U.S.A.
    RQFC-topic: Masonic History and belief system
    Message:: I am looking for information on the history and belief systems of freemasonry. I can't believe I found this website. I have a talk to do, on this subject, it is a requirement in the seminary I am enrolled in and I would appreciate any help and information that anyone would care to share. Thank you, Lela Samargis

  7. Date: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 20:46:47 -0400
    Name:: Troy Karki
    E-mail:: tkarki@hotmail.com
    Location:: Seattle, WA (King)
    RQFC-topic:
    Message:: I'm interested to learn more about a man named Albert Pike, and the use of Symbols.

  8. Date: Wed, 15 Jul 1998 10:42:22 -0400
    Name:: Harold Moore
    E-mail:: hmoore@pressroom.com
    Location:: Alexandria, Virginia, USA
    RQFC-topic: Role of Masons in Civil War (see below for details)
    Message:: Judy Baugh of Austin, Texas (procyon@prodigy.net) and I (hmoore@pressroom.com) are researching the history of Benjamin Franklin Ficklin, a Virginian and VMI graduate (Class of 1849) from Charlottes- ville, who was a veteran of the Mexican War and one of the founders of the Confederate Secret Service. He was buried in a Masonic ceremony in Charlottesville in 1871. We believe that the Masonic Order played an important role in the life of Mr. Ficklin and would like to know where and how we can find out more details about his membership and activities in the order.

  9. Date: Wed, 15 Jul 1998 17:52:49 -0400
    Name:: John WALKER
    E-mail:: LWALKER@CROSSLINK.NET
    Location:: WHITE STONE VA
    RQFC-topic: MASONIC MARKS/SIGNATURES BEFORE 1700
    Message:: I am looking for information on the following: A Viennese architect Franz Rziha recorded 9000 mason marks and explains or printed 1000 in a book STUDIEN UBER STEINMETZ - ZEICHEN . MARKS were for following lodges ;STRASSBURG , COLOGNE , VIENNA and BERN,LATER PRAGUE . Any help would be appreciated as I am attempting to define an architect/master mason through the design motif of his architecture. John WALKER

  10. Date: Thu, 16 Jul 1998 15:20:54 -0400
    Name:: Andreas Maa_en
    E-mail:: AMaassen@Wiesbaden-online.de
    Location:: Wiesbaden, Deutschland
    RQFC-topic: Prieure de Sion ?
    Message:: Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren, ich schreibe an einer historischen Abhandlung, die entfernt auch die Entstehung verschiedener Geheimgesellschaften anschneidet. Meine Frage an Sie ist nun: Besteht eine Verbindung der Freimaurer zu einer franzvsischen Gesellschaft namens "Prieure de Sion" und wenn ja, welcher Art ist sie ? Ich w|rde mich freuen, wenn Sie meine Anfrage an ein in Frage kommendes Mitglied Ihrer Loge weiterleiten kvnnten. Hoffe auf Antwort ! Mit freundlichen Gr|_en aus Wiesbaden Andreas Maa_en Wallauer Stra_e 11 65239 Hochheim

  11. Date: Thu, 30 Jul 1998 18:27:27 -0400
    Name:: Peter Kemp
    E-mail:: kempq@bigfoot.com
    Location:: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
    Lodge:: Scotia #263 U.G.L. of Queensland
    Lodge Loc'n:: Kedron, Brisbane
    Office:: I.P.M. and Secretary
    RQFC-topic: Morgan Affair of 1826, New York
    Message:: Searching for 'Freemasonry Exposed and Explained' by William Morgan, 1882 reprint. Please advise cost of book and postage ($US) to a Missouri USA address. Also any photo of supposed monument to Morgan in cemetery in Batavia, N.Y.

  12. Date: Thu, 30 Jul 1998 18:53:14 -0400
    Name:: Jay Cole Simser
    E-mail:: JaycoleS@aol.com
    Location:: Ames, Iowa USA
    Lodge:: Arcadia Lodge #249
    Lodge Loc'n:: Ames, Iowa
    Office:: Past Master
    RQFC-topic: SCIOTS
    Message:: A Brother asked me to find out information about the SCIOTS. I know they are a fraternal order but know little else. If you have information please e-mail me. Thanks

  13. Date: Thu, 13 Aug 1998 16:29:15 -0400
    Name:: Fr. RSG
    E-mail:: rsg@powernet.net
    Location:: Reno, NV., 89502 USA
    RQFC-topic: "The Original Connection Between Rosicrucianism and Freemasonry"
    Message:: I am looking for sources which trace the connection back to the ancient "Mystery Schools" of Egypt.

  14. Date: Fri, 21 Aug 1998 22:19:09 -0400
    Name:: Ian Goldsmith
    E-mail:: goldy@hello.net.au
    Location:: Adelaide South Australia. Australia 5048
    Lodge:: Lewis Lodge of Brighton
    Lodge Loc'n:: Brighton South Australia
    Office:: tyler (Past Master 1995)
    RQFC-topic: King Solomons Temple
    Message:: Would appreciate any pointers as to where I could research this information.

  15. Date: Sat, 22 Aug 1998 12:20:32 -0400
    Name:: George R. Seath
    E-mail:: vseath@velocity.net
    Location:: Union city Pa. Erie co.
    Lodge:: Eureka #366
    Lodge Loc'n:: Union city Pa.
    RQFC-topic: finding records of past mason
    Message:: Trying to find out how to find records of past member of Ark #33 lodge F&AM Geneva Ny. He is trying to be reinstated. Lodge may have gone dark. Would like some help from you bro. out there

  16. Date: Sun, 23 Aug 1998 13:50:38 -0400
    Name:: Dennis Mitchell
    E-mail:: dmitch@webtv.net
    Location:: Los Altos,Calif. USA
    Lodge:: Loop Lodge F&AM
    Lodge Loc'n:: Mobile, Alabama
    Office:: Past Master
    RQFC-topic: Is masonry slowly dying?
    Message:: Interested in masonic antedotes.

  17. Date: Sun, 23 Aug 1998 15:56:14 -0400
    Name:: Jacques Ponzio
    E-mail:: japo@calva.net
    Location:: Marseille, France
    RQFC-topic: Jazz and Freemasonry
    Message:: I'm currently researching about jazzmen and freemasonry. Although i'm not mason, i have no preconceptions towards/against . I've been told that most black jazzmen were at "prince hall lodge". i already have a tiny track but someone could help? thanks

  18. Date: Wed, 26 Aug 1998 14:00:14 -0400
    Name:: Robert Powlus
    E-mail:: rpowlus@vbimail.champlain.edu
    Location:: Burlington, Vermont
    Lodge:: Washington #3
    Lodge Loc'n:: Williston, Vermont
    Office:: PM, Grand Historian, Grand Lodge of VT
    RQFC-topic: Saints John. How they came to be our patron saints.?. Why we didicate our lodges to them?

  19. Date: Sat, 29 Aug 1998 02:42:34 -0400
    Name:: Frank J. Francis
    E-mail:: ffrancis@centuryinter.net
    Location:: Alexandria, LA 71309 USA
    Lodge:: Acme Lodge # 43
    Lodge Loc'n:: Alexandria, LA
    Office:: Recording Secretary
    RQFC-topic: Americanism Day
    Message:: I would like any and all information of Americanism Day. If there is anyone that can help me please do. Thank you very much.

  20. Date: Fri, 4 Sep 1998 12:54:08 -0400
    Name:: Doug Messimer
    E-mail:: vec308d@sprintmail.com
    Location:: Richmond, Virginia USA
    Lodge:: Tuckahoe #347 A.F.& A.M.
    Lodge Loc'n:: Richmond, Virginia
    Office:: Past Master (1981) & Assistant Secretary
    RQFC-topic: Masonic Memorial Services
    Message:: Would like to get copies of memorial services that have been written by other brethren for use when closing the Lodge of Sorrow each year. I wrote one that we have used in my lodge since 1981, and I have modified it several times since, even adding music. Would like to see what else is out there. The service in the manual of ceremonies is nice, but has not been changed or updated in many, many, decades. I would be happy to exchange copies by snail mail. Fraternal greetings !

  21. Date: Wed, 9 Sep 1998 08:02:59 -0400
    Name:: Drs. U.R. Quast, oral and maxillofacial surgeon
    E-mail:: urquast@wxs.nl
    Location:: DORDRECHT, Holland
    Lodge:: La Flamboyante # 37
    Lodge Loc'n:: Munt 9, 3311XD, DORDRECHT, Holland
    RQFC-topic: Masonic Philately
    Message:: I have been a member of the Craft for the last 25 years. I,m also a corr. memb. of the Quatur Coronati Lodge # 2074, of the Bouwhut " Orde en Vlijt" and of a masonic phil. study organisation "De Getande Rand".

  22. Date: Fri, 4 Sep 1998 13:10:39 -0400

  23. Date: Thu, 10 Sep 1998 05:44:57 -0400
    Name:: Bro.John H.Flynn
    E-mail:: jhflynn@hotmail.com
    Location:: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
    Lodge:: Yeronga No246, Coorparoo No80
    Lodge Loc'n:: Brisbane
    Office:: No246 Junior Warden, No80 Chaplin, United Grand Lodge of Queensland
    RQFC-topic: Masonic Education & Freemasonry on the internet
    Message:: Work as Liberians Aide, Grand Lodge Library of the United Grand Lodge of Queensland. Compiling a Data Base of Masonic Education programs worldwide, And Masonic & Anti-Masonic sites on the internet. This included reguler, irregular, co-masonic or whatever. Need name, address, URL and brief comments. Will be included in a computerised database. Also name of Masonic Research Lodges or Organisations, who publish, any language. Masonic magazines on the net.

  24. Date: Fri, 11 Sep 1998 02:23:15 -0400
    Name:: jason stout
    E-mail:: spearhead24@hotmail.com
    Location:: currently stationed in korea
    RQFC-topic: lodge songs,famous masons
    Message:: i am trying to become a member. spc.quezaire who is the prince hall mason I consult on the matter advised I should learn some on these topics because it will help me in fulfilling my quest to become a brother in the lodge.

  25. Date: Mon, 14 Sep 1998 17:04:14 -0400
    Name:: Richard Silpe
    E-mail:: Falashan@msn.com
    Location:: Worcester, MA
    Lodge:: Quinsigamond
    Lodge Loc'n:: Worcester, MA
    Office:: Chaplain
    RQFC-topic: Opening & Closing prayers
    Message:: I would greatly like to use a different opening and closing prayer at each lodge meeting. Please send me some. Thanks

  26. Date: Tue, 15 Sep 1998 11:21:52 -0400
    Name:: Elliot J Matyas
    E-mail:: EMa7133167@AOL.COM
    Location:: West Chester, Pa. United States
    RQFC-topic: History of and influence of Masonry
    Message:: I am doing research for a college history course, and to satisfy my own curiosities. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  27. Date: Thu, 17 Sep 1998 03:27:11 -0400
    Name:: C.Buhl
    E-mail:: C.Buhl@gmx.net
    Location:: Hannover, Germany
    Lodge:: Zum Schwarzen Baer (Black Bear)
    Lodge Loc'n:: Hannover, Germany
    RQFC-topic: Freemasonry in Russia/Poland
    Message:: Dear Brethren. We are looking for contacts to lodges in: - St.Petersburg/Russia - Gdansk /Poland - Any Baltic State Hope to hear from you! Fraternal Greetings: C.B.

  28. Date: Fri, 18 Sep 1998 23:56:20 -0400
    Name:: John E. (Jack) Pearson
    E-mail:: jackpearson@home.com
    Location:: Bloomfield, CT 06002
    Lodge:: Hiram #98
    Lodge Loc'n:: Bloomfield, CT
    Office:: Treasurer (Master-1993)
    RQFC-topic: Swedish Lodges in Massachusetts
    Message:: Paternal Grandfather was a member of Masonic(?) Lodge in MA (Vassa ??). Father was member of William Sewall Gardner Lodge in Lowell. Both deceased for many years. Curious of connection (if any) that Swedes immigrating to MA in early part of century might have made with Masonry.

  29. Date: Sat, 19 Sep 1998 03:10:13 -0400
    Name:: Jong Abadiano
    E-mail:: jong@n2.com
    Location:: Cagayan de Oro, Philippines
    Lodge:: Don Antonio T. Cosin Mem. Lodge No.308
    Lodge Loc'n:: Tagoloan,Misamis Oriental, Philippines
    Office:: c/o Maguindanao Masonic Temple, Capistrano Sts., Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines
    RQFC-topic: Freemasonry in the US and other co-org.
    Message:: Hi! I am jong. I am glad and pleased to visit your site. I was surfing the net to look for more info about our ancient and honorable craft. I am now here in the US and was able to visit highland lodge. This is a beautiful place and I wish I could stay here for good. Godspeed. jong

  30. Date: Sun, 20 Sep 1998 11:44:52 -0400
    Name:: Wendy Harwood
    E-mail:: wharwo@coair.com
    Location:: Houston, TX
    RQFC-topic: William Chester Harwood
    Message:: I am looking for information about my Grandfather, William Chester Harwood. His "Blue Lodge" was in Ferndale, MI and he was supposed to have been a member of Lodge No. 133 in Detroit, MI sometime in the late teens and early 1920's. I also believe he transfered to a Lodge somewhere in Indiana sometime around 1913 or 1914, but do not know where in Indiana. He was born August 4, 1886 in Alport, PA and died August 5, 1955 in Jacksonville, FL. I am also trying to find his first child by his first wife. The childs name at birth was Ethel Harwood and I believe she was born in Detroit sometime around January 1917. If she or her mother Flossy are still alive, they have a very LARGE family in the south that would like to get in touch. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated! Thank you, Wendy Harwood

  31. Date: Sun, 20 Sep 1998 19:50:45 -0400
    Name:: Kassie Modzeleski
    E-mail:: kmodzele@mcla.mass.edu
    Location:: Petersham MA 01366 USA
    RQFC-topic: Order of the Eastern Star
    Message:: I am a fifth year senior at college and am doing an Oral History project on the Order of the Eastern Star and why people join, what is it about and what does it do. Any help would be appreciated!

  32. Date: Tue, 22 Sep 1998 14:34:58 -0400
    Name:: LeRoy Pratt
    E-mail:: mapratt@pacbell.net
    Location:: Concord, CA USA
    RQFC-topic: Lodge start
    Message:: My gggrandfather, Jonathan Worhty Jordan, and Joseph Kennedy, according to family info, started the first lodge in either Columbia County, Hot Spring County or Garland County. Jonathan Jordan was a Mason in the Georgia Encampment of the 100F sometime before 1853. He moved to Magnolia, Columbia County, AR in 1853; then to Hot Spring County in 1860. In 1873 Garland County was formed and Jonathan became the first circuit court judge, from 1874-1876. Would like to know where I can get information on the formation of the lodges in the counties mentioned, if it exists.

  33. Date: Fri, 25 Sep 1998 11:46:26 -0400
    Name:: James R. "Jim" Johnson
    E-mail:: JDBOOTZ@AOL.COM
    Location:: Lubbock, Texas
    Lodge:: Yellowhouse Lodge
    Lodge Loc'n:: Lubbock, Texas
    RQFC-topic: Family research on BERRY name in Masonic history.
    Message:: Researching family name, "BERRY." About 1980-81, there was an article in our Masonic magazine which refers and quotes an incident occuring in 1861. An officer in the Army of the Potomac wrote a letter to John Smallwood BERRY, Most Worshipful Master of the Grand Lodge of Maryland, about return "jewels" of a Lodge which had been destroyed in military action and which was in the officer's possession. The Maryland BERRYs are prominent in my lineage, as is the SMALLWOOD family name. I believe John Smallwood BERRY to be my ancestor. This "widow's son" would sure appreciate some help with discovering more about the Mason, John Smallwood Berry. Any help, direction, suggestion ... greatly appreciated. Thanks much! Jim

  34. Date: Sat, 26 Sep 1998 10:14:27 -0400
    Name:: Gordon Vincent
    E-mail:: gordonvincent@yahoo.com
    Location:: Glenrothes, Fife, Scotland
    Lodge:: Glenrothes 1549 (S.C)
    Lodge Loc'n:: Glenrothes, Scotland
    Office:: PM
    RQFC-topic: Knights Templar in Scotland

  35. Date: Sun, 27 Sep 1998 13:59:43 -0400
    Name:: Marcus Barassal Nunes
    E-mail:: mbnunes@plusnet.com.br
    Location:: Cascavel, Parana, Brazil
    Lodge:: Vigilantes do Oeste
    Lodge Loc'n:: Rua 8 de maio, 393 - Cascavel
    Office:: harmony master
    RQFC-topic: Funeral ode