A Gift from the Honolulu Sandwich Islands

By W:. Ronald J. Seifried, DSA Masonic lodge historians do not realize the wealth of history is at their fingertips until they start digging through 100-year-old safes, dusty boxes, and stuffed closets. Add these discoveries to the endless amount of archived material on the web, and long buried lodge treasures can expand narratives that contribute to the history of their […]

The Seven Founding Brothers of Jephtha Masonic Lodge

By W:. Ronald J. Seifried, DSA What do two shipbuilders, a ship’s captain, two farmers, a former Democratic U.S Congressman, a local active Republican and a disgraced freemason have in common? They are the seven charter members of Jephtha Masonic Lodge No. 494 in Huntington. The First Meeting The charter members William H. King, Jesse Carll, David Carll, John H. […]

Nathan Hale: The Masonic Lodge That Never Was

By W:. Ronald J. Seifried, DSA Since 1866, Jephtha Lodge brothers were charter members of several other lodges, including Glen Cove No. 580, Alcyone No. 695 in Northport, and Matinecock No. 806 in Oyster Bay. To request a dispensation for a new Masonic Lodge, a group of local brothers are required to petition nearby lodges for permission to form, addressing […]

Like Father, Like Sons

By W:. Ronald J. Seifried, DSA Father and son Worshipful Masters is a rare occurrence in masonic lodges. In 2020, Jephtha’s own W:. Richard Harris is the son of W:. Rod Harris, Past Master of Jamaica No. 546. But to have a father and his two only sons all elected as Worshipful Masters has only happened with one family in […]

Tracing the Fraternal DNA

By W:. Ronald J. Seifried, DSA Over twenty-five years ago, I started researching my family tree. In the mid-1990’s, online databases filled with thousands of scanned documents were not available online. A genealogist had to travel to downtown Manhattan to the National Archives, scroll through reels of microfiche just to find the index number of a possible match to the […]

Franklin D. Roosevelt visits Jephtha Lodge in Huntington

By W:. Ronald J. Seifried, DSA On a late summer day, the clouds were grey, and the sound of thunder could be heard on the streets of a quiet Long Island village. The threatening weather couldn’t dampen the spirits of the local businesses and residents, with dozens of American flags proudly displayed throughout the downtown area, a suggestion patriotically put […]

Rediscovering a Grandfather and a Brother

By W:. Ronald J. Seifried, DSA Jephtha Lodge receives phone calls and emails from a wide variety of people. Interested petitioners and telemarketers are just the tip of the iceberg on the daily correspondence our teams receive daily. On one such recent occasion, both the lodge and the caller could not predict what the result would have been better. Last […]

The long, lost medallion of W:. Russell M. Young

By W:. Ronald J. Seifried, DSA Working in the Jephtha Lodge museum over the past several years, we have rediscovered long lost secrets, corresponded with other Historians and accepted many donations of Masonic regalia on behalf of our lodge. As we build upon the museum and display more of these items in the gallery adjacent to the third-floor lodge room, […]

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