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 is buried in Bowen Road cemetery in Nanaimo.
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.
Ashlar Lodge No. 3 features a Deceased Brother as a way of highlighting Our History and the contributions Freemasons have made to the Nanaimo area.
Deceased Brother for March 2017 is (1838-1912) who was a jailer and sheriff between 1878 and 1910. Samuel Drake
W.B. Samuel Drake (1838-1912), circa 1880 (Photo copyright Ashlar Lodge, No.3)
Continue reading Samuel Drake (1838-1912)- Featured Deceased Member of Ashlar Lodge For May 2017
Ashlar Lodge No. 3 has long been aware of the grave of
Samuel Hudson, an Ashlar Lodge No. 3 member who died in the Esplanade No. 1 mine explosion on 3 May 1887. Samuel Hudson is buried in Bowen Road Cemetery in Nanaimo, B.C.
Samuel Hudson grave, Bowen Road Cemetery, Nanaimo
But until a few days ago we were unaware of several other
Ashlar Lodge No. 3 members who died in 19th century coal mine explosions and other industrial incidents in and around Nanaimo. Continue reading Ashlar Lodge No. 3 Members Who Died In Nanaimo’s 19th Century Coal Mines
Each month Ashlar Lodge No. 3 features a
Deceased Brother as a way of remembering our Deceased Brethren and highlighting Masonic history in Nanaimo and the surrounding area.
Our Featured Deceased Member of Ashlar Lodge No. for February 2017 is
(1867-1944), Joseph Miller Brown Worshipful Master of Ashlar Lodge No. 3 in 1895 and son of (1830-1926) our James Miller Brown Featured Deceased Member of Ashlar Lodge No. 3 for January 2017 and his first wife, Leah Brown (nee Westwood).
W.B. Joseph Miller Brown, circa 1895 (Photo copyright Ashlar Lodge, No.3)
See our webpage on
Joseph Miller Brown.
We have also added Joseph Miller Brown’s family residence, 418 Kennedy Street, Nanaimo, B.C. to our series on Buildings Associated With Ashlar Lodge No. 3 Members.
418 Kennedy Street, Nanaimo, B.C. This house was the family residence of Joseph Miller Brown (1867-1944) until his death.
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