Grandpa had a funny hat

My grandfather was a Shriner (32nd degree of Free Masonry). He was also a member of the Consistory (from the 19th to 32nd degree of Free Masonry) and a mason. He was proud of his heritage of being a member and of his father, grandfather, and great grandfather also being members. He was also given to using his membership to an advantage whenever the occasion arose. I remember one time on a family vacation, Grandpa being pulled over for speeding. He rolled down his window and flashed his Consistory Ring in the traffic policeman’s eyes. (Good thing it was a sunny day). He was let off with a warning.

Below is the Michigan Masonic Monitor and Ceremonies book my grandfather received when he completed his 3rd degree (1916) and became a full-fledged Mason. The book was inscribed by his mother’s brother, Llewelyn Lee, who just happened to be the Worshipful Master of the Redford Lodge (this was the family’s Lodge, a lot of members of the Lee family paid dues there).

About Pat Shaul

Genealogist / Family Historian; Blog started as a record of my Grandfather's post card collection which ran for 15 months. Then, in June, 2017, I changed over to reporting and commenting on notifications from the ANCESTRY app "We're Related" I then started to provide snippets into ancestor biographies on the dates that were significant anniversaries.
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