Moses Hamburger (died 1905) was a member of St. John’s Lodge, No.21 in Ladysmith. St. John’s Lodge, No.21 had originally been formed in 1894 in the Dunsmuir coal mining town of Wellington (now part of Nanaimo) but moved to Ladysmith when the Dunsmuirs moved their coal mining operations from Wellington to Ladysmith.
Unfortunately, we do not know a lot more about Moses Hamburger. St. John’s Lodge, No.21 lost virtually all of its early records in a fire in 1910 so it has no original records of Moses Hamburger for the period Moses Hamburger was a member of the lodge. We have been unable to find an obituary for Moses Hamburger in the April or May 1905 newspapers of Victoria or Ladysmith and there is nothing about him in the municipal archives in either town.
We have located Moses Hamburger’s death certificate but it does not contain much information other than that the physician who signed the death certificate was the pioneer Victoria physician Dr. John Sebastian Helmcken and the undertaker who handled Moses Hamburger’s remains was “Hanna’s”, (which was owned by a Freemason).
His grave marker says he was born in Syracuse, New York on 6 March 1870.
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