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Emessay Notes September 2010

Grand Orient D’Haiti

         MSA has had a very nice letter from M.W. Bro. Eric Jean Jacques, Grand Master, Grand Orient D’Haiti, thanking the Masons of North America for their response to the appeal for assistance.

         The monies received helped them respond to several areas of urgent need, most especially housing and water. Tents were purchased to help the housing crisis and contracts were made with companies to help distribute drinking water in remote areas that are hard to access.

         Thanks to all who helped make this possible!

A Great Lady Has Passed

         Pamela Murphy, widow of WW II hero and actor, Audie Murphy, died peacefully at her home on April 8, 2010. She was the widow of the most decorated WW II hero and actor, Audie Murphy, and established her own distinctive 35 year career working as a patient liaison at the Sepulveda Veterans Administration Hospital, treating every veteran who visited the facility as if they were a VIP.

         Any soldier or Marine who came into the hospital got the same special treatment from her. She would walk the hallways with her clipboard in hand making sure her boys got to see the specialist they needed.

         If they didn’t, watch out. Her boys weren’t Medal of Honor recipients or movie stars like Audie, but that didn’t matter to Pam. They had served their country. That was good enough for her. She never called a veteran by his first name. It was always “Mister.” Respect came with the job.

(Source: Story by Dennis McCarthy, Los Angeles Times, 4-15-2010)

(Emessay Notes – Editors Note – Audie Murphy was a member of North Hollywood Lodge #542, North Hollywood, CA)

Did You Know?

Alfred P. Murrah

         We are all aware of the terrible tragedy that occurred at the Murrah building in 1995, but did you know the man for whom the building was named – Alfred P. Murrah – a federal judge on the US Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit was an Oklahoma Mason? Judge Murrah was a member of Capital City Lodge #518, Oklahoma City, OK. The building in which the lodge met, at the time, was later sold and is now the Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum.

 

Masonic Membership of the Founding Fathers

MSA continues to see exaggerated lists of the Founding Fathers known to be Freemason. The following lists are taken directly from the MSA publication Masonic Membership of the Founding Fathers and represents the most accurate source available.

Founding Fathers Identified as Masons

 

SIGNERS OF THE ARTICLES
OF ASSOCIATION (10)

Edward Biddle
Richard Caswell
John Dickinson
Joseph Hewes
William Hooper
Charles Humphreys
Robert Treat Paine
Peyton Randolph
John Sullivan
George Washington

SIGNERS OF THE DECLARATION
OF INDEPENDENCE
(9)

William Ellery
Benjamin Franklin
John Hancock
Joseph Hewes
William Hooper
Robert Treat Paine
Richard Stockton
George Walton
William Whipple

SIGNERS OF THE ARTICLES
OF CONFEDERATION (9)

Thomas Adams
Daniel Carroll
John Dickinson
William Ellery
John Hancock
Cornelius Harnett
Henry Laurens
Daniel Roberdeau
Jonathan Bayard Smith

SIGNERS OF THE CONSTITUTION
OF THE UNITED STATES (13)

Gunning Bedford, Jr.
John Blair
David Brearle
Jacob Broom
Daniel Carroll
Jonathan Dayton
John Dickinson
Benjamin Franklin
Nicholas Gilman
Rufus King
James McHenry
William Paterson
George Washington

GENERAL OFFICERS IN THE
CONTINENTAL ARMY
(33)

Benedict Arnold
James Clinton
Elias Dayton
Joseph Frye
Mordecai Gist
John Glover
John Greaton
Edward Hand
James Hogun
Henry Knox
Marquis de Lafayette
Benjamin Lincoln
William Maxwell
Hugh Mercer
Richard Montgomery
John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg
John Nixon
Samuel Holden Parsons
John Paterson
Israel Putnam
Rufus Putnam
Arthur St. Clair
John Stark
Friedrich W. A. von Steuben
John Sullivan
Jethro Sumner
William Thompson
James Mitchell Varnum
George Washington
George Weedon
Otho Holland Williams
William Woodford
David Wooster

WASHINGTON'S AIDES AND
MILITARY SECRETARIES (8)

Hodijah Baylies
Richard Cary
John Fitzgerald
David Humphreys
James McHenry
William Palfrey
Edmund Randolph
John Walker

 

 

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