of The Celestial Lodge
centuries many well known men have been members of our Masonic Fraternity. For
a few moments, please allow your imaginations to run wild and consider what may
take place at the Installation of The Celestial Lodge, otherwise known as the
Grand Lodge Above.
Even though it was late fall, there was a warm breeze blowing and the sun was
setting behind the Lodge Hall Gathered in the parking lot filled with their
works were Bros Henry Ford, Ransom Olds, Walter Chrysler, John Willys and Andre
Citroen The only vehicle missing was Bro Hart Massey's tractor.
Greeting members in the entrance hall was Bro Cliff Arquette of Charley Weaver
fame and Bro Ed Wynn. In the boardroom, a group of senior DeMolays were gathered
including Bros Walter Disney, Chet Huntley, Wendell Corey, Van Johnson, Robert
Cummings, John Steinbeck, Fred McMurray and John Cameron Swayze.
King Gillette, razor in hand, passed the lodge caretaker who was having a minor
problem with his vacuum cleaner, which was quickly cleared up with the help of
its inventor, Bro Frank Hoover, while at the other end of the hallway Bros
Emmett Kelly, Clyde Beatty and all seven of the Ringling Bros were discussing
the Shrine Circus.
Taking a quick look into the Banquet Hall, Bros John Molson, Frederick Pabst and
Joseph Schlitz were busy rolling in some kegs of beer for Bros Sam Bronfman,
late President of Seagrams Distillers, who was setting up the bar for the
Festive Board to follow the Ceremony. Bro Colonel Harland Sanders was cooking up
a storm in the kitchen and it was an easy guess as to what the evening meal
would consist of.
The orchestra members for the
dance to follow the Banquet were tuning. Members of this All-Star group
included leader WC Hardy, Irving Berlin, George M Cohan, Cyril Stapleton, and
Al Jolson. Tonight's performance would be M.C.ed by Bros Arthur Godfrey and
Magical Bros Harry Houdini and Harry Blackstone were setting up their
props while Bros WC Fields, Oliver Hardy, Bud Abbott, Harpo Marx, and
Foster Brooks were fine tuning their comedy routines for tonight's show which
was being produced by Bros Cecil B DeMille, Flo Ziegfeld, Louis B Mayer,
Hall Wallis and DW Griffiths.
A number of sports celebrities were gathering together, including Bros Abe Saperstein,
creator of the Harlem Globetrotters, who was explaining his version of the
game to Bro James Naismith, the inventor of the game. They were joined by
baseballers Bros Charles Ebbetts, Ty Cobb, Branch Rickey and Cy Young, the
first pitcher to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
A little further along the hall was an array of masons dressed in
knee breeches, lace cuffs and powdered wigs, others in tuxedos, including
Bros Kit Carson, Davey Crockett and Buffalo Bill Cody, clad in their
familiar buckskins, Chiefs Crazy Bull, Tecumseh and Joseph Brant in their
native attire. Most colourful are the military uniforms of Lord Nelson,
Lord Cornwallis, Captain James Cook, the Duke of Wellington and John Paul
I was gazing in awe at these members of Celestial Lodge, when the
Grand Master, MW Bro Harry Truman, appeared from the preparation room
accompanied by Bros John Jacob Astor, Luther Burbank, JC Penney, Adlai
Stevenson and Jennings Bryan.
Bro John Diefenbaker had just signed the Tyler's Register with one of Bro John
Shaeffer's pens. He was accompanied by Bros Robert Borden and RB Bennett.
fellow Canadian Prime Ministers, and by Bro Joe Smllwood of Newfoundland.
At this time, the Tyler, Bro J Edgar Hoover, informed the brethren that
the meeting was about to come to order.
On entering the lodge room the brethren were greeted by the Inner Guard,
Bro Paul Revere. Seated already were polar explorers, Robert F Scott of
England and Bro Richard E Bird of the United States, together with Matthew G
Perky and Canada's Henry Larsen. Bro Charles Lindbergh could be seen in
deep conversation with Bros Hap Arnold, Gus Grissom, Eddie Rickenbaker
and Charles Kingsford-smith.
From the Junior Warden's station came a burst of laughter. Bro Will Rogers had
brought broad smiles to the faces of the Royal personages gathered around him,
including George 1, Frederick the Great, Gustav V of Sweden and George VI. To
the right of the Junior Warden's chair, architect Sir Christopher Wren was
joined by Statue of Liberty sculptor, Frederic Bartholdi.
Bros NormanVincent Peale and Peter Marshall, who would assume the Chaplain's
duties this evening, were in conversation with the DuPonts, Peter and Victor,
and the Rothschilds, James and Nathan.
Gathered around the Secretary's desk, Bro Rudyard Kipling was discussing
the evening's proceedings with Bro Robert Burns, who was to give one of
the Charges assisted by Bro Mark Twain. Also taking part were Bros Conan
Doyle, Walter Scott, Samuel Johnson, Alexander Pope and Robert Service.
The Grand Organist, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, was discussing last
minute changes with Bros Gilbert and Sullivan.
Bros Clark Gable, Peter Sellers, Wallace Beery, Douglas Fairbanks and Brian Donleavy
were discussing boxing with champions Jack Dempsey, Jack Johnson and Sugar Ray
Robinson. Another small group, in the persons of Bros John Wayne, Hoot Gibson
and Tom Mix, were listening to Bro William Thaddeus Phillips, also known as
The founding members, Bros George Washington, Sir John A MacDonald, Guiseppe Garibaldi,
Benito Jaurez, John Hancock and Ben Franklin were seated in the East. They
have been joined by Sir Stamford Raffles, founder of Singapore. The Generals,
Omar Bradley, Jimmy Doolittle, George C Marshall, John Pershing and Douglas
McArthur, take their seats next to Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill.
The Lodge Treasurer, Bro Henry Knox was busy collecting dues from Bros Thomas
E Dewey and William McKinley. The Master, MW Bro HRH The Duke of Connaught,
has rapped the gavel to call the Lodge to order and it is now time for us to
depart. With one last took at this brilliant assembly, one wonders what the
public's perception of Freemasonry might be if they were able to visit such a
Brother George Perry