A Newly Discovered Photo of the Corner Stone Ceremony For the Duncan Masonic Temple, 15 June 1912

A local Facebook group, You Know You’re From Duncan When…, has brought to our attention a photo of the Corner Stone ceremony for the Duncan Masonic Temple on 15 June 1912.

Temple Lodge No. 33 has another photo of this event but our Lodge Historian had not seen this photo (shown below) prior to today. We have added the photo to our webpage on the Duncan Masonic Temple.

Corner Stone Ceremony for the present day Duncan Masonic Temple, 15 June 1912. Mrs. Norcross' chicken coop is visible in the left rear.
Corner Stone Ceremony for the present day Duncan Masonic Temple, 15 June 1912. Mrs. Norcross’ chicken coop is visible in the left rear.

Temple Lodge No. 33 extends its thanks to Darold Stockford, of You Know You’re From Duncan When…, for bringing this photo to our attention.  Continue reading A Newly Discovered Photo of the Corner Stone Ceremony For the Duncan Masonic Temple, 15 June 1912

Featured Deceased Member of Temple Lodge No. 33 For April 2017 – Major James Mitchell Mutter (1854-1920)

Each month Temple Lodge No. 33 featured a Deceased Brother as a way remembering our Deceased Brethren while highlighting the contributions Temple Lodge No. 33 members have made to Duncan and the Cowichan Valley.

The Featured Deceased member of Temple Lodge No. 33 for April 2017 is one of our Charter Members, Major James Mitchell Mutter (!845-1920), farmer and Member of the Legislative Assembly.

Major James Mitchell Mutter, circa 1890's
Major James Mitchell Mutter, circa 1890’s (Photo courtesy Mutter Family Private Collection – used with permission)

Major James Mitchell Mutter is buried in St. Mary’s Somenos Anglican Cemetery.

James Mitchell Mutter grave, St. Mary's Somenos Anglican cemetery, North Cowichan, B.C.
James Mitchell Mutter grave, St. Mary’s Somenos Anglican cemetery, North Cowichan, B.C.

See our webpage on Major James Mitchell Mutter.

J. Islay Mutter – Featured Deceased Member of Temple Lodge No. 33 For February 2017

Each month Temple Lodge No. 33 features a Deceased Brother of Temple Lodge as a way highlighting Masonic history in Duncan and the Cowichan Valley.

Our featured Deceased Member of Temple Lodge No. 33 for February 2017 is J. Islay Mutter (1874-1950), who is the only person to have served as both Mayor of Duncan and Reeve (now Mayor) of North Cowichan. Continue reading J. Islay Mutter – Featured Deceased Member of Temple Lodge No. 33 For February 2017

James McLeod Campbell – Featured Deceased Member of Temple Lodge No.33 For January 2017

Each month Temple Lodge No.33 features a Deceased Member as a way of highlighting Masonic history in Duncan and the Cowichan Valley.

Our featured Deceased Member for January 2017 is James McLeod Campbell (1865-1961), building contractor who also served as Reeve of North Cowichan in 1907 and as a Councilor on the first Duncan City Council in 1912.

James McLeod Campbell, circa 1907 as Reeve of North Cowichan
James McLeod Campbell, circa 1907 as Reeve of North Cowichan (photo courtesy of Municipality of North Cowichan)

As a building contractor, James McLeod Campbell built St. John’s Anglican Church, 486 Jubilee Street in downtown Duncan, in 1905.

St. John's Anglican Church, Jubilee Street, Duncan, B.C. Dedicated in 1905 by the Grand Master of B.C.
St. John’s Anglican Church, Jubilee Street, Duncan, B.C. Dedicated in 1905 by the Grand Master of B.C.

James McLeod Campbell is buried in Mountain View Cemetery, North Cowichan.

James McLeod Campbell grave, Mountain View Cemetery, North Cowichan
James McLeod Campbell grave, Mountain View Cemetery, North Cowichan

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Cecil Bradshaw – Joined Temple Lodge In 1927

The Corner House Cafe in downtown Duncan hosted a meeting of local history buffs on the evening Saturday, 5 November 2016. Temple Lodge, No.33 historian Mark Anderson attended the meeting along with about thirty other people who are interested in the history of Duncan and the Cowichan Valley.

Several local collectors brought items from their collections to exhibit for the event.

Among the items displayed was a realtors’ lawn sign for Cecil Bradshaw & Co. – Insurance & Real Estate. We believe this sign dates from the 1930s.

Sign for Cecil Bradshaw & Co. Insurance and Real Estate, circa 1930's. The sign is part of a private collection. Used with permission.
Sign for Cecil Bradshaw & Co. Insurance and Real Estate, circa 1930’s. The sign is part of a private collection. Used with permission.

Cecil Bradshaw was a member of Temple Lodge, No.33. He was Initiated, Passed and Raised in 1927, one of over 20 new members who joined Temple Lodge in that year.

We have not yet included a page for Cecil Bradshaw on our website but we will do some research this week and will put up a page on Cecil Bradshaw later this week.

Stay tuned….

Thanks to the Corner House Cafe for hosting this event.

 

Featured Deceased Member For May 2016 – James Henry Whittome (1871-1936)

Each month Temple Lodge, No.33 features a Deceased Brother on our website. Our Featured Deceased Brother of Temple Lodge, No.33 for May 2016 is James Henry Whittome (1871-1936). The Whittome Building in downtown Duncan is named for James Henry Whittome. Also see our page on Buildings Associated With Lodge Members.

James Henry Whittome (1871-1936) one one of the first three members (the other two were Christopher Dobson and Charles Herbert Dickie) to be initiated in Temple Lodge after the lodge was formed in December 1899.

He submitted a Petition for Initiation to Temple Lodge, No. 33 at the Lodge’s first meeting on 16 December 1899. He was recommended for membership by Jonathan Hands and and his Petition was referred to an Investigating Committee comprised of Louis Truesdale, William Gidley, and James Evans.

James Henry Whittome was Initiated in Temple Lodge on 10 February, 1900, Passed on 24 February 1900 and Raised on 10 March 1900.

James Whittome, circa 1920
James Whittome, circa 1920 (photo courtesy of Cowichan Estates Ltd.)

James Whittome was a leader in Cowichan Valley business and commerce. The company he founded in the early 20th century is still in operation as Cowichan Estates Ltd. It is a leading commercial property owner in downtown Duncan and the Cowichan Valley.

Here is a brief biography of Brother James Henry Whittome taken from Temple Lodge, No.33 records and from his obituary and the coverage of his funeral in the Cowichan Leader newspaper:

“…The Lodge then proceeded to Initiate the following candidates.

First Mr. Chris Dobson of the town of Duncans…Second Mr. C.H. Dickie….Third Mr. J.H. Whittome….All of whom were found well and worthy, recommended, initiated to the first degree of an Entered Apprentice Mason.

Bro. J. Evans S.D. then gave the lecture to the candidates on the Tracing Board, giving great satisfaction to the brethren present……”

(Source: Temple Lodge No.33, Minutes of Regular Meeting, 10 February 1900)

“…Lodge was opened in the first or apprentice degree at 8 o’clock. Bros. C. Dobson, C.H. Dickie and J.H. Whittome was [sic] then [examined] as to their efficiency of being passed to the second or Fellowcraft Degree. The three Brethren were found worthy to be passed.

Moved by Bro. Wm. Gidley, sec’d by Bro. Samuel Robinson, that Bros. Dobson, Dickie and Whittome having passed the examination they now be passed to the second or Fellowcraft Degree (Carried)……

Bros. C. Dobson, C.H. Dickie and J.H. Whittome were then passed to the second or Fellowcraft Degree. Bro. W.D. Stewart of Ashlar Lodge kindly gave the lecture to the candidates….”

(Source: Temple Lodge No.33, Minute Book, 24 February 1900)

“…Bros. C. Dobson, C.H. Dickie and J.H. Whittome being present were examined as to their proficiency in the work of a Fellow Craft Mason. The three Bros. passed well in the work, being complimented by the W.M. on their proficient knowledge of the same [and] recommended them for further advancement…..

….Bro. C. Dobson was then raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason in due and ancient form. Bro. C.H. Dickie being in waiting was then also raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason in due and ancient form. After which Bro. J.H. Whittome was also raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason in due and ancient form.

The W.M. then gave the charge to the newly obligated Bros. [and] they signed the roll……”

(Source: Temple Lodge No.33, Minutes of Regular Meeting, 10 March 1900)

James Whittome in his office, circa 1914
James Whittome in his office, circa 1914 (photo courtesy of Cowichan Estates Ltd.)

James Whittome moved to South Africa with his family in 1906 and sold his local business to fellow Temple Lodge, No.33 member James Maitland-Dougall. Two years later, in 1908, James Whittome returned to Duncan and re-purchased his former business from James Maitland-Dougall.

Here are the contemporary newspaper reports of thse transactions:

“Mr. James Maitland-Dougall together with Mr. F.A. Fatcher of Robert Ward & Co., have purchased the business of Mr. J.H. Whittome, real estate, insurance etc. and will take over the same about the first of April [1906]. Mr. J.H. Whittome has, by his indomitable pluck and energy, built up a good business and has had the perfect confidence of his patrons and many will be sorry to see him out of business but the two gentlemen who have bought him out are of and and no doubt will get the full support and confidence of all the old patrons and they hope as the district grows to gain many more.”

“May 1st – On Friday morning Mr. J.H. Whittome took over the Real Estate, Financial and Insurance business that some two years ago he sold to Mr. James Maitland-Dougall. Mr. Whittome intends making his home in this Valley and will be an addition to our very substantial business men.”

(Source: Cowichan Leader, 2 May 1908 – from Cowichan Valley Museum & Archives collections)

In 1934, J.H. Whttome Ltd. purchased what is now the Whittome Building (until the time of purchase it had been the I.O.O.F. Lodge building in Duncan) on Station Street. The Whittome Building is still owned by Cowichan estates Ltd., the successor company to J.H. Whittome Ltd.

Whittome Building, Station Street, Duncan, B.C.
Whittome Building, Station Street, Duncan, B.C. Purchased by J.H. Whittome Ltd. in 1934.

Here are the 1936 Cowichan Leader newspaper reports of James Whittome’s death and funeral:

“Whittome – Cowichan mourns the loss of one of its outstanding businessmen, Mr. James Henry Whittome, whose death occurred suddenly on Tuesday evening at his home on Maple Bay Road.

He suffered a heart attack while in Ladysmith on business on Monday. An illness two years ago impaired his health, but he attended to his duties in the face of failing health, and worked to the last with the same interest which in 1898 caused him to open a real estate and insurance office in the community, which, now carrying the name Messrs. J.H. Whittome & Co. Ltd., has been associated with the development of Cowichan in a leading manner.

Mr. Whittome was born in London, England in January 1871. Anticipating a period of settlement and business development in the west, he came to British Columbia in 1892 as a young man of 21, and settled in Duncan, where he entered business soon afterwards. In 1894 he married Miss Clara Frances Jaynes, eldest daughter of the late Mr. William Penns Jaynes and of Mrs. Jaynes.

His first office was in the Jaynes Building, now the Coach Lines building, but the demands of business necessitated moving to larger premises, and in conjunction with the late Mr. Clermont Livingstone, he acquired the building on the north side of Station Street, now known as the Whittome Block. The office of the Tyee Copper Company was moved to this building at the same time.

In the spring of 1906 Mr. and Mrs. Whittome and their two children moved to South Africa, but remained there for only two years, returning in 1908, when Mr. Whittome resumed business, acquiring Mr. Livingstone’s interest in the building.

In 1912, the year of the city’s incorporation and of much expansion here, the business was incorporated under the present name. Following the war, its activities were extended in line with the growth of the district, and in 1934 the present commodious premises were occupied.

A figure in the whole growth of the district, attaching to whom was an importance not generally realized nor perhaps easily recognized, Mr. Whittome possessed capabilities of unusual merit. He was for many years assessor for the Municipality of North Cowichan, and had exceptional knowledge of land and timber values with a reputation unequalled on the Island.

He was interested in early mining ventures in Cowichan, and to his grasp of conditions a number of local enterprises owe their existence. His support of progressive moves was always available, and his advice on various matters was highly appreciated by many residents.

In private life he was keenly interested in horticulture, and his home on Quamichan Lake had a setting among dogwoods of great beauty. ‘Dogwoods’ was the name he gave to it. Fishing and shooting were also his pastimes.

Mr. Whittome was identified with Cowichan Agricultural Society, in whose work he took much interest. He had been a member since 1900 of Temple Lodge, No. 33, A.F. & A.M. Not taking public office he nevertheless had a full knowledge of public affairs in the district, working in the interests of its general upbuilding.

He leaves his widow, one son, Mr. Robert William Whittome, one daughter, Mrs. H.F.B. Stamer, and five grandchildren.

The funeral will take place this afternoon, with a service at the home at 2:45 o’clock and at St. Peter’s Church at 3:00 o’clock. The Rev. H.P. Napier will officiate.

Mr. R.W. Whidden will be in charge of the funeral arrangements.”

(Source: Cowichan Leader, 14 May 1936 – from Cowichan Valley Museum & Archives collections)

“Whittome – A large number of residents, businessmen and employees and many business associates and friends from outside points attended the funeral on Thursday afternoon of Mr. James Henry Whittome, late head of J.H. Whittome & Co. Many present had known him over 40 years.

St. Peter’s Church, Quamichan, where the service was conducted, following the bringing in procession of the casket from Mr. Whittome’s residence nearby, was filled, and outside there were many more.

The Rev. R.F. Napier officiated, together with the Rev. F.L. Stephenson of Victoria. The church choir was present, and the hymns rendered were: ‘Lead, Kindly Light,’ ’On The Resurrection Morning,’ and ‘God That Madest Earth and Heaven .’ Mr. R.W. Clements was at the organ.

In a short eulogy, Mr. Napier spoke from Daniel v. 10: ‘Oh men, greatly beloved, peace be unto you.’ Of Mr. Whittome’s qualities, Mr. Napier cherished three in particular: his humility, his sincerity and his sympathy.

Representatives of the Provincial Government, Duncan; the Municipality of North Cowichan, and the Mayor and entire council of the City of Duncan were among those present. At the end of the procession as it wound down from the home was Mr. Whittome’s Chinese employees.

The graveside was banked with many beautiful wreaths.

Honorary pallbearers were: Messrs. R.E. Donald, W.H. Elkington, G.H. Madsen, A.W. Hacham, F.H. Price, R. Musgrave (Victoria), G.J. Waldy and G.H. Stahlschmidt (Vancouver).

Active pallbearers were: Messrs. Ferguson Hoey, F. P. Hassell, A. Kenningham, Alex Maclean (Victoria), C.F. Davie, K.C., I.G. Eastman (Victoria) and J.E. Green.

Mr. R.W. Whidden was funeral director.”

(Source: Cowichan Leader, 21 May 1936 – from Cowichan Valley Museum & Archives collections)

James Henry Whittome is buried in St. Peters’ Quamichan Anglican cemetery, North Cowichan, B.C.

James Henry Whittome grave, St. Peter's Quamichan cemetery
James Henry Whittome grave, St. Peter’s Quamichan cemetery
James Henry Whittome grave inscription, St. Peter's Quamichan cemetery
James Henry Whittome grave inscription, St. Peter’s Quamichan cemetery

Alfred Edward Green (1874-1968) – Worshipful Master of Temple Lodge, No.33 in 1927

Alfred Edward Green moved from England to the Cowichan Valley with his family in 1921. He affiliated with Temple Lodge, No.33 in 1921 and served as Worshipful Master of Temple Lodge, No.33 in 1927. His son, Claude Green, was Worshipful Master of Temple Lodge, No.33 in 1941 and became Grand Master of B.C. & Yukon in 1957.

Albert Edward Green as Worshipful Master of Temple Lodge, No.33 in 1927
Albert Edward Green as Worshipful Master of Temple Lodge, No.33 in 1927 (photo copyright Temple Lodge, No.33)

Here is a brief biography of Wor. Brother Alfred Edward Green taken from Temple Lodge, No.33 records and from the local newspaper reports of his death and funeral:  Continue reading Alfred Edward Green (1874-1968) – Worshipful Master of Temple Lodge, No.33 in 1927

Featured Deceased Brother for February 2016 – Donald Edward Kerr (1862-1943)

Temple Lodge. No.33 is starting a new monthly feature on our website to promote awareness of our Lodge history and our Deceased Brethren. Each month we will feature a different deceased member of Temple Lodge, No.33.

Our featured Deceased Brother for February 2016 is M.W.B. Donald Edward Kerr, Grand Master of B.C. & Yukon in 1930-31.

Most Worshipful Brother Donald Edward Kerr (1862-1943) was born in Woodstock, Ontario in 1862. He was initiated, passed and raised in Corinthian Lodge, No. 27, Rossland, B.C., in 1898.

He moved to Duncan, B.C. where he practised as a dental surgeon. He affiliated with Temple Lodge, No. 33 in 1919 and remained a member until his death in 1943. He served as Grand Master of B.C. in 1930-31.

Donald Edward Kerr as Grand Master of B.C. & Yukon
Donald Edward Kerr as Grand Master of B.C. & Yukon in 1930-31 (photo courtesy Grand Lodge of B.C. & Yukon)

Here is a brief biographical sketch of Most Worshipful Brother Donald Edward Kerr, taken from various sources:  Continue reading Featured Deceased Brother for February 2016 – Donald Edward Kerr (1862-1943)

Kenneth Forrest Duncan, first Mayor of Duncan

Worshipful Brother Kenneth Forrest Duncan (1881-1952) was a member of the family for whom the City of Duncan is named. He was instrumental in establishing the City of Duncan in 1912. He served as the City of Duncan’s first Mayor in 1912-13. Kenneth Street in downtown Duncan is named for him.

Kenneth F. Duncan, circa 1920
Kenneth F. Duncan, circa 1920. First Mayor of Duncan, 1912. W.M. of Temple Lodge, No.33 in 1913. (Photo courtesy of City of Duncan

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Temple Lodge, No. 33 Members as Reeves of North Cowichan

The City of Duncan was created in 1912 on land that was formerly part of the Municipality of North Cowichan.

Before the incorporation of the City of Duncan, the following members of Temple Lodge, No.33 served as Reeve of North Cowichan (note: the title “Reeve” was changed to “Mayor” in 1970] and as members of North Cowichan Council. Also see our Mayors of Duncan page and our Reeves of North Cowichan page.

Alexander Chalmers Aitken, Reeve of North Cowichan 1909-1911, 1923.
Alexander Chalmers Aitken, Reeve of North Cowichan 1909-1911, 1923. (photo courtesy of Municipality of North Cowichan)
James McLeod Campbell, circa 1907 as Reeve of North Cowichan
James McLeod Campbell, circa 1907 as Reeve of North Cowichan (photo courtesy of Municipality of North Cowichan)
J. Islay Mutter, Mayor of Duncan and Reeve of North Cowichan
J. Islay Mutter, Mayor of Duncan and Reeve of North Cowichan (photo courtesy of City of Duncan)
Thomas Anthony Wood, Reeve of North Cowichan 1896-1899
Thomas Anthony Wood, Reeve of North Cowichan 1896-1899. (photo courtesy of Municipality of North Cowichan)

The following members of Temple Lodge, No.33 have been elected to North Cowichan Council:

James Whittome in his office, circa 1914
James Henry Whittome in his office, circa 1914 (photo courtesy of Cowichan Estates Ltd.)
Christopher Dobson, circa 1928
Christopher Dobson, circa 1928. (photo copyright Temple Lodge, No.33)

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