A Photo Of Ralph Dixon Craig (Past Master) Circa 1885

Ashlar Lodge No. 3 was recently contacted by Josh Whartman, who is involved in the disposition of the estate of a deceased photograph collector in Iowa.

Josh Whartman told us he was researching a photo of Ralph Craig that was part of the deceased’s photo collection and had discovered our webpage on Ralph Dixon Craig on this site. The photo appears below.

Ralph Dixon Craig circa 1885. The regalia he is wearing in this photo is that of a Worshipful Master. Since Ralph Craig was W.M. of Ashlar Lodge No. 3 in 1885, we think that indicates the date of the photo (photo courtesy of Josh Whartman)
Ralph Dixon Craig circa 1885. The regalia he is wearing in this photo is that of a Worshipful Master. Since Ralph Craig was W.M. of Ashlar Lodge No. 3 in 1885, we think that indicates the date of the photo (photo courtesy of Josh Whartman)

Ralph Dixon Craig is buried in Bowen Road cemetery in Nanaimo.

Ralph Craig grave, Bowen Road cemetery, Nanaimo, B.C.
Ralph Craig grave, Bowen Road cemetery, Nanaimo, B.C. (photo by Ashlar Lodge No. 3 Historian)

The fact that this photo was taken in Nanaimo circa 1885 and wound up in a photo collection in Iowa is indicative of how Masonic history, and historical items in general, can appear in unexpected places.

Our thanks to Josh Whartman for letting us know about this photo of Ralph Dixon Craig and for giving us permission to use it online. Unfortunately the photo sold to another collector before Ashlar Lodge No. 3 could acquire it for our historical collection.

 

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