|Birth: ||Oct., 1884|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Apr., 1932|
New York, USA
Paul Thure Brorstrom holds a special place in rootsjockey's family history though we are unrelated. The words below from an article featuring Mr. Brorstrom and saved by my grandparents ring true, Mr. Brorstom worked to "promote the interests...of the opposite sex..." He was the supervisor of my grandmother, Margaret Ferguson when she became engaged to another Ingersoll Rand employee, Terry Byrne, my grandfather. In those days a woman who married had to leave her job. Mr. Brorstrom kept mum, the story goes. For a wedding gift, the Brorstrom family gave the couple a beautiful crystal vase that is still in my family.
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THE FOREWORD, date unknown, page 28
P. Thure Brorstrom
(___) Bro. P. Thure Brorstrom, Grand Director of Ceremonies and Past Master of Pleasantville Lodge, 880, was born in 1884 in the little village of Great Neck, L. I., only twenty miles from the roar of the great metropolis, of parents whose staunch belief in the sacred principles of liberty and justice for all created a home atmosphere which contributed largely to a desire to seek further into the great mysteries of life. His father and brothers holding memberships in Morton Lodge, 63, of Hempstead, it was but natural that he should likewise endeavor to gain admittance to the same Lodge, in which he was raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason on November 27, 1911. During that year he visited Pleasantville and met one of its talented young ladies, whose charms soon caused him to move to the Hills of Westchester.
On February 14, 1912, Bro. Brorstrom affiliated with Pleasantville Lodge, and for a period of tell years proved his worth by living and acting as a good Mason and true. In 1922, he was rewarded by being appointed Junior Deacon of his Lodge and by virtue of his ability and popularity made rapid strides toward the East, so that in 1925 he was elected and served as Master of the Lodge. In the following year he was appointed by ___ Harold J. Richardson to the office of Grand Director of Ceremonies, Grand Lodge of the State of New York. In addition to this, Bro. Brorstrom had in the meantime become a member of Buckingham Chapter, 174, Royal Arch Masons as well as Westchester Commandery, 42, Knights Templar, both of Ossining.
It is not recorded in history to any appreciable extent that men who have devoted their time and energy to accomplishing a man's task have found time to promote the interests of organizations of the opposite sex contrary to this axiom, Bro. Brorstrom in 1922 was singled out from many other favorable prospects and elected Patron of Pleasantville Chapter, 546, Order of the Eastern Star, and served in that capacity during the years 1923 and 1924, but due to his being made Master of his Lodge in 1925, the Chapter was compelled to relinquish their claim on him for that year. However, he was re-elected for the year 1926 and served until March 1927 when his successor was installed, thus giving Bro. Brorstrom more time to devote to the development of his business.
Bro. Brorstrom started his business career in July, 1901, entering the service of the lngersoll Rand Company at 11 Broadway, New York City, as an office boy and by diligent application of his time to the affairs of his employers for a period of 25 years was rewarded by continued advancement until in 1924, he was appointed Manager of the Portable Compressor Sales Department of the New York district, which position he still holds.
During the year 1918 Bro. Brorstrom entered the business of "Making Acres into Plots" at Pleasantville, devoting his spare time to the development of this new enterprise. This has proven most successful. At the present time he is engaged in the development of Pinecliff at Chappaqua, Lake Pleasant and Birchwood at Pleasantville, which are destined to become charming residential sections of these two villages.
Brother Brorstrom's home at Pleasantville is most ideal, being located directly opposite Lake Pleasant amongst beautiful shade trees, and having three acres laid out in gardens, fruit orchards and pastures, two Guernsey cows, and several hundred chickens doing their share to sustain the inner man.
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As of August 2013, it became evident that PTB was likely reinterred with his wife at Kensico Cemetery. Confirmation is being sought from the Kensico Cemetery but the now living relatives only are aware of his burial in Kensico. The source for his burial at All Saint's Cemetery in Great Neck with his parents came from his death notice, published on Apr 20, 1932 in the New York Times, page 23.
Paulus Bernard Jacob Brorstrom (1859 - 1932)
Bernhardine Brorstrom (1855 - 1932)
Edna Florence Larsson Brorstrom (1889 - 1966)
Grace Brorstrom Oakley (1916 - 2000)*
Ruth Brorstrom Nathe (1922 - 2003)*
New York, USA
Created by: rootsjockey
Record added: Mar 30, 2011
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