Excerpt from Fifty Years of Odd Fellowship in California, 1849: Commemorating the Founding of the Order by the Instituting of California Lodge No. 1, on September 9, 1849
Born in Essex, Vermont, December 27, 1815. In 1842 received his degree as Doctor of Medicine. Initiated into Atlantic Lodge No. 50 at Brooklyn, N. Y., in 1844, passing the Chairs in that Lodge in 1846. And was returned as a representative to the Grand Lodge of New York, taking his seat in that body in August, 1846. Arrived in San Francisco August 30, 1849, settling in Sacramento and resuming the practice of his profession. He was one of the foremost in establishing the Odd Fellows' Relief Association of Sacramento. That asso ciation that labored so earnestly during the prevalence of the cholera, by which that place suttered so much. He was the fifth President of the Society of California Pioneers. In 1861 he withdrew from his Eastern Lodge and joined Sacramento Lodge No.2. He was one of the petitioners for a charter for the Grand Lodge of California, and represented his Lodge at the organization and first session of that. Body in 1853. Elected Grand Master in 1854. In 1871 he was elected a Representative to the Sovereign Grand Lodge, serving two years. Having visited Europe in 1869,11e was commissioned by Grand Sire Farnsworth as Deputy Grand Sire, with authority to institute the Order in Germany and Switzerland. Although taken prisoner in the then existing war between Prussia and France, he accomplished his mission and established the Order in both of these jurisdictions. On his return to this country he received the unanimous thanks of his own Grand Lodge, of the Sovereign Grand Lodge and a magnificent testimonial from the Grand Lodge. Of Germany. The same being presented to him in open session of our Grand Lodge by A. C. Bradford, then Grand Master. In May, 1873. In 1874 he started for Australia bearing a new commission for work in that. Country. But failing health necessitated his return after reaching Honolulu, and this was the only commission he ever failed to execute. He died in San Francisco December 3u. 1874. Like Parker and Bohcn, he rests in the Odd Fellows' Cemetery, that sacred Mountain of the Dead dedicated by our rites and consecrated to our Order. Their example is a light to our path and a guide to our feet.
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