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September, 1955

Waukegan News-Sun26 September 1955
Former Governor Green Joins in Ceremonies
For New Temple Planned By 100-Year-Old Lodge.
MILLBURN - With all the dignity and ceremony of the fraternity which dates back to the seventeenth century, the cornerstone of the new temple of Millburn's lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons was laid Saturday afternoon.
Serving as most worshipful grand master in charge of services was Milton L. Sonntag, Plainfield, Ill., who in the next two weeks will officially take that office in the grand lodge.
A crowd that filled the Millburn Congregational Church heard a preliminary program in which former governor Dwight H. Green was the principal speaker.
"This lodge, organized and brought into being 100 years ago next Oct. 3, and its intervening history, is typical of and exemplified the growth and progress of Masonry," Green told members of both the lodge and its associate organization Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter 570, and guests from surrounding communities.
"The cornerstone being laid today represents the tireless and continued efforts of men and women of the region in assuming and discharging their share of the responsibilities of life that should be borne by all. It reflects the contributions made by this fraternity to the education, enlightenment, refinements and advancements of the people of this whole area.
Discussing as principles, Green said:
"Masonry, as we all know, is essentially the pursuit of wisdom. From the tools of our craft, and from the ancient traditions and teachings of the order, we learn a way of life, to fit ourselves for service in the great purposes of God moving through men.
"I am not suggesting any detailed program of public service to you," he told his audience, "Yet I am suggesting that it is the duty of every American, and the particular duty of every Mason, to concern himself with the great problem of helping our American youth.
"We shall not insure the future of America by peace treaties or acts of Congress, unless we solve the problem of helping the children, reared in the confinements and the complexities of our modern economic life, to achieve the normal living and the genuine opportunity which is their American birthright. . ."
Green said the service of Masonry embraces the schools, recreation centers and particularly churches . . .
"I know of no way which the layman can do more to preserve the moral stability of American life than by bull participation in the activities of his church, and particularly its young people's organizations."
After presenting fundamental ideals of the pioneers, Green said that these could be applied today through realization of the need of a sense of inter-dependence and mutual responsibility . . . a need for a new respect for law and order, and respect for the laws of men which begins with respect for the laws of God.
He said that it behoves Masons to take up the battle against Godless forces and that they must meet the challenge of Communism fully and frankly, defend the constitution, American liberties and churches.
Green was introduced by Fred Swanson, Antioch, past potentate of Mizpah Temple, Mystic Shrine, and a thirty-third degree Mason, who served as master of ceremonies.
Swanson introduced, the Rev. L. H. Messersmith, pastor of the church in which the service was held, and who gave the invocation.
Miss Sue Weber of Lake Villa, sand, "Bless This House," and James F. Stiles III, sang "The Lord's Prayer."
Swanson recited "Verse to the Flag" which was immediately followed by portions of "My Country `Tis of Thee."
Further introductions included Phillip Anderson, past master of the Millburn Lodge and chairman of the Temple committee which through tireless efforts and the aid of the Eastern Star over many years made the new building possible.
"This event brings joy to everyone," said Anderson. "It was only brought about through the cooperation of the people."
District Deputy Marshall Erickson, Waukegan, praised the Millburn lodge for its accomplishment.
Deputy Grand Master Sonntag delivered his address at the church. He expressed admiration for a community as small as Millburn that could erect such a fine building.
He called for the fostering of ideals that respect the dignity of the home and mutual respect declaring that successful living comes first in the home, then in the church and thereafter can be found in Masonry.
Sonntag then called for the formation of the processions from the church to the new building 200 feet south on Route 45. The procession line included Harold R. Kopfmen, Grand Senior Warden, and James Green, grand treasurer, both of Chicago, and Dwight H. Green, grand orator.
Others appointed by the grand lodge to act for the occasion were Charles W. Smith, deputy grand master; Clarence Schwartz, junior warden; Theodore Engh, secretary; Thomas J. Negahay, chaplain; Allan Johnson, master of the Millburn lodge, pursuivant; William Peters, marshal; Louis L. Craver, standard bearer; Herbert P. Sargeant, sword bearer; Marshall Erickson, senior deacon; Harold Ross, junior deacon; Lloyd Graham, Carsten Hansen, Floyd Brokaw, stewards, Philip Anderson, master of the oldest lodge; Benjamin Cribb, principal architect, and Lawrence R. Gelman, tyler.
Honored through their participation in the ceremony of the laying of the cornerstone were Edward Martin, and James Reeves, fifty year members of the Millburn lodge.
Ideal weather conditions added to the success of the outdoor service.
Placed in the stone were the bylaws and history of the lodge and the Temple Association, lists of officials, past masters, and members, post matrons and patrons and members, of the Eastern Star, which was chartered April 26, 1906.
Following the service refreshments were served at the church.
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