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Official Organ of the Masonic Lodges of Raleigh, N. C.
PUBLISHED ON THE 15TH OF EACH MONTH
BY THE MASONIC LODGES OF RALEIGH
With the Approval of the Grand Lodge of North Carolina
Application for Entry at the postoffice at Raleigh, n. C.. as second-class
BOARD OF GOVERNORS, ,
John W. Fleming, William G. Hill No. 218, Chairman
C. M. Lambb, Hiram No. 40 J. W. Kellogg, Raleigh No. 500
Editor. - K. W. Parham
Business Manager D. M. Penny
Address all communications to the Editor of The Trestleboard, P. O. Box
1625 Raleigh, N. C. Matter for publication must be in the hands of the editor by
the tenth of the month.
Some Expressions from the Brethren
Masonic spirit is not even asleep but is very much alive. We have
had a wonderful exhibition of it in the remarks received on our first
issue. We ffive way to them on the editorial page of this issue, so
many as space will allow, so you also may enjoy the thrill that has
come to us. If we can merit these good wishes, our efforts will not
have been in vain. Thanks, brethren, from the bottom of our hearts.
Here’s what they have to say.
FROM THE GRAND MASTER—
Permit me to offer a word of congratulation to you and the brethren of
Raleigh for the very newsy paper you so kindly sent to me. The information
contained in The Trestleboard is indeed timely and of a very constructive
nature. It was my pleasure to visit your city during the present week and
witness the exemplification of the Third Degree. I am deeply interested in the
various Blue Lodges of Raleigh and wish you all success during the present
I hope you will feature in your little paper the Oxford Orphanage drive
which it is my desire to see continued during the present year until such time as
the full amount of $250,000.00 ha.s been raised. This wonderful movement, started
by my illustrious predecessor, Brother R. C. Dunn, has resulted in approximately
$125,000.00 recorded as pledges payable during the next four years. The Lodges
of your district have turned in to February 15th a total of $8,955.50.
With best wishes to all, I am, Fraternally yours,
John J. Phoenix, Grand Master.
Wg appreciate very much those words from the Grand Master and
are glad to know what has l>een turned in for this fund from our
district. Space does not permit us to publish in this issue the
amounts turned in by each Lodge. However, brethren, it is too
small an amount. We believe that some of the committees i)erhap«
have not turned in their pledges. This is for permanent improve
ments at the Orphanage and the average per Mason in this district
should be greater. Let’s get busy and put our city where it belongs
before the next issue of The Tresttj:board. We hoi)e we may be
able to give you the total figures again next month to show what
progress has been made.
FROM THE GRAND SECRETARY—
I note with pleasure the issue of the initial number of The Trestleboard and
consider it a forward step in the interest of Masonry in Raleigh and Wake
The Trestleboard has a great opportunity and if the brethren of the several
Lodges will only give their cooperation, it will be productive of great good in
stimulating the interest of the members as well as proving a source of informa
Whenever I can be of service to you, I will be glad to cooperate.
John H. Anderson, Grand Secretary.
From what we heard at the Grand Lodge we are a little disap
pointed that the Grand Secretary did not argue with us about it.
However, he hit the nail on the head. The Brethren must give us
their help yi' we “faw down and go l)oom.”
I am so glad to receive this publication and I offer my congratulations upon
its growth and its very interesting contents.
Louis D. Womble, P. M. Raleigh 600.
Sorry, Bro. Womble, we can’t print your story. However, we told
it to Billy Smith and another Scotchman.
I have just read with interest the first edition of your splendid paper, “The
Trestleboard.” The Raleigh Masons are to be congratulated on this Vol. I, No. 1
and if all succeeding issues are as good as this one, it certainly will mean a lot
of renewed activity in the Lodges. The personal items are especially good, and
I think these everyday happenings among the brethren appeal more to the mem
bers than historical or philosophical essays.
Please keep **The Greensboro Masonic Messenger** on your mailing list and
allow us the privilege of recopying articles from your paper. We are always
glad to know what is going on among our brethren in Raleigh.
Grady L. Bain, Editor.
You will be kept on the mailing list and we would like to exchange
and to be allowed the same privilege of copying, with due credit, of
course, from your publication. We appreciate very much your words
Am very much gratified with 1st issue. Hope every brother will support this
publication. H. Kauffman, Hiram 40, D. D. G. M.
Congratulate you. The idea is good; execution fine. May The Trestleboard
live long and serve well its commendable purpose.
Harry S. Storr, Wm. G. Hill 218.
Received copy of “The Trestleboard.” Think it is a step in the right direc
tion. A local paper will be read where one covering a wide field will be only
scanned. Consequently, The Trestleboard will prove a wonderful medium for
dissemination of Masonic news, cementing a bond of brotherly love and sympathy
and forwarding the aims of Masonry in Raleigh that no other medium will.
Besides, it is a “letter from home” to those of us in other places.
Claude S. Long, Wm. G. Hill 218.
Wish you success.—Henry T. Hicks, Hiram 40.
I am just in receipt of the first issue of The Trestleboard under the direction
of the three Masonic Lodges of Raleigh. I have read it and have enjoyed it very
much indeed. May I add my commendation to the efforts of those responsible
tor its appearances ? I am a member of Raleigh 500 and these messages from
home are very welcome indeed. If you have not done so, please send copy to
Editor F. M. Pinnix of the Orphans’ Friend, Oxford. I want to keep and file
my copy of this one. L. W. Alderman, P. M. Raleigh 500.
Good news and work even though publication to be suspended during the hot
months of June, July and August. J. O. Halverson, Wm. G. Hill 218.
I think The Tbestlf.board is a long step forward for Masonry, more partic
ularly Raleigh Masonry. It has wonderful possibilities which can hardly be
overestimated. William P. Little, P. M. Wm. G. Hill 218.
I have received my first copy of “The Trestleboard” and I wish to congratu
late the parties responsible for getting up this splendid little newspaper. There
are a whole lot of things in it that were of interest to me. Since I am no longer
located in Raleigh, I shall look forward to receiving the publication every month
to get the news from my own Lodge, as well as the other Lodges in the city. I
wish for “The Trestleboard” success that it deserves.
J. L. Moore, Hiram 40.
I thoroughly enjoyed The Trestleboard. As a transient M. M. it brings me
closer to dear old Wm. G. Hill 218 than I have been in several years. Best
wishes for its success. Chas. M. Weeks, Wm. G. Hill 218.
Very much pleased with the first issue and look for great things as a result
of this team work.
Wm. T. Harding, P. M. Raleigh 500.
Congratulations to the Committee that has made possible The Trestleboard.
I know of nothing that has been done for years that will stimulate interest in
the Masonic Bodi^ of Raleigh as this publication will do. As Secretary of the
Scottish Rite Bodies of Raleigh I pledge you my hearty support.
Edwin W. Yates, 32* K. C. C. H.
Enjoyed the paper very much and hope it is continued, as it gives out-of-
town members a chance to see what is going on in the Lodge.
E. A. Harwood, Wm. G. Hill 218
Congratulations on the first issue.
A. E. Pittman, Raleigh 600.
Congratulations from Raleigh Chapter No. 10, Royal Arch Masons, on the
appearance of The Trestleboard. May its presence be of much good in the
Masonic life of Raleigh. F. I. Watson, High Priest.
The Masonic fraternity of Raleigh is to be felicitated on this the first issue
of the new Trestleboard. This is an effort looking toward a closer contact, a
better understanding and a renewal of interest in things Masonic, and is to be
I commended. We feel that the staff has Masonic vision and we feel sure alsb
that the fraternity at large will appreciate their efforts so that their hopes and
aspirations may be realized. Wishing the new Trestleboard an abundant suc
cess, W. R. Smith, P. M. Raleigh 500.
Also Past Grand High Priest R. A. M.
You will recognize this, Billy, perhaps. Thanks for w'hat the
editor had to cut.
Permit me to congratulate you for presenting to the Masons of Raleigh The
Trestleboard. This paper can be of great interest to the brethren and on behalf
of the officers and members of Hiram Lodge No. 40 we pledge your committee
and the paper our hearty support. A. B. Goetze, P. M., Sec. Hiram 40.
The Trestleboard has been to me a source of much delight. I welcome it as
I do a personal letter from my friends. Its usefulness to the Craft cannot be
fully estimated, for it refiects the activities of Masonry as our denominational
papers do the church. I rejoice in The Trestleboard’s enlarged scope and wish
for it even greater success as a means of enlightening the Craft in the various
enterprises of the fraternity. J. L. Peacock, Raleigh 500.
I am in receipt of a copy of the first issue of “The Trestleboard.” I think
it’s fine. Splendid idea for the three Raleigh Lodges to thus give publicity to
their work. Am sure it will be a means of stirring up interest and stimulating
attendance. I am sorry I am so situated that I cannot be with you occasionally.
S. M. Smith, Wm. G. Hill 218.
I wish to express my sincere appreciation of your wonderful efforts in securing
for the members of the Masonic fraternity such a wonderful publication as The
TREiSTLEBOABD. I wish to state that I have read every word under its cover and
enjoyed it more than any fraternity publication that I have ever had the pleasure
of reading. I trust that you will get 100% cooperation in your work, as I know
of no other way more commendable than that of placing the Lodge in front of
every member regularly in a publication such as The Trestleboard.
G. E. Porter, Raleigh 600.
This will acknowledge receipt of The Trestleboard for which I thank you
very kindly. I have often wondered and thought that it would be a very fine
idea to have something of this kind whereby we might keep in touch and know
what is going on in the other Lodges as well as in our own. I like very much
the personals of this issue which keep us informed of our sick brethren in a
more condensed and better form than the regular newspapers. Here’s hoping
you much success with the continuance of The Trestleboard and hope I do not
miss a copy. A. M. Tyner, Wm. G. Hill 218.
The officers of Raleigh Commandery No. 4 are happy to see this additional
evidence of progress and revival of the true spirit of Masonry in Raleigh and
wish for The Trestleboard a long and useful existence. It will have our hearty
cooperation and support. Raleigh Commandery No. 4, K. T.
These exjiressions make our work a pleasure and we are looking
to you to keep us supplied with news of Masons and Masonry. Mate
rial must be in the hands of the editor by the 9th of the month in
order to be published that month.