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Emessay Notes December 2003

Green Envelope Appeal

The Masonic Service Association of North America invited me to write to you about its annual Green Envelope Appeal. Having been on the receiving end as a patient in a naval hospital, I can personally attest to the morale boost one gets from a visit by a Brother from the Masonic Service Association of North America. The Hospital Visitation Program of the MSA is certainly a worthwhile endeavor of our fraternity in peace time.

Currently, though, with more and more wounded and injured personnel from combat areas being admitted to service hospitals, the need of financial support for this significant MSA program is even more than before. Also, increased numbers of veterans of WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and Desert Storm are stretching the patient loads at VA Hospitals across the nation. MSA volunteers gave more than a quarter of a million man-hours of time last year in visiting these special Americans. The demand will be greater this year. We can help by digging into our pockets in support of the Green Envelope Appeal, a major source of funding for the Hospital Visitation Program. Our veterans deserve the very best. Be generous!

William G. Sizemore 33° G.C. Grand Executive Director

Roy Claxton Acuff

Roy Acuff, "The King of Country Music," was born Sept. 15, 1903, in Maynardsville, TN. At one time he played semi-pro baseball. Later, when he went into show business, he formed a group known as the Smoky Mountain Boys. Soon they were being broadcast over WNOX radio and making records. Roy cut 316 sides and sold more than thirty million records. During the 1940's he became a star of the Grand Ole Opry where he appeared for more than fifty years. He acted in eight movies. In 1962 he was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame. On Nov. 23, 1992, he died leaving behind a rich legacy of well-loved music.

Bro. Acuff was raised on Feb. 21, 1944, in East Nashville Lodge No. 560. He belonged to the York Rite: Edward G. Corbitt Chapter No. 147, R.A.M., Nashville Council No. 1, R.&S.M., and Nashville Commandery No. 1, K.T. He was a 33rd degree AASR, Southern Jurisdiction and a member of Al Menah Shrine AAONMS. 

(Source: The Philatelic Freemason, Nov-Dec 2003)

Gravestone of the Unknown Mason

In the small hamlet of Jordan Station at the intersection of Red Maple and Bridgeport Drive, there is a small cemetery named Oak Lawn Cemetery. Located at the very back of this cemetery overlooking the banks of the historic Twenty Mile Creek rests the remains of a Mason. The inscription on his most unusual gravestone perhaps best tells the story of his internment in this pioneer cemetery.

HERE Lieth the Remains OF AN UNKNOWN BROTHER Whose body was washed ashore Near the residence of Abram Martin ESQ Louth On 20th April 1877 This tombstone is erected to show that while deceased had only on his person certain symbols to distinguish him as a Freemason yet were they sufficient to secure for the remains fraternal sympathy and Christian sepulture Dead Voiceless Battered Tempest tossed A stranger Friendless and unknown The wave gave up its dead. A Brother came and saw. And raised above his lonely head This sculptured stone The mystic points of Fellowship prevail Death's Gavel cannot break that sacred tie Gainst light the Powers of Night can naught prevail. To live in hearts we leave behind is not to Die.

Jordan Station is located in the former Township of Louth, which is presently part of the Town of Lincoln in the Region of Niagara. This area commonly known among historians as "The Twenty" and was so named as it lies along the creek flowing into Lake Ontario some 20 miles from the mouth of the Niagara River. The Crown originally granted the land to the leader and members of Butler's Rangers in recognition of their efforts in the war of 1812. Many Empire Loyalists followed soon after and settled this area. 

(Source: The Ontario Mason, Fall 2003)


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