Minnesota Masonic Home--Bloomington, Minnesota and ..its benefactors 'An idea from the fertile brain of a zealous and altruistic Minnesota Mason, which he for many years, unremittingly and un-tire-ing-ly espoused, and nourished until it snowballed; And Won many adherents which finally resulted in the fruition of his cherished dream-- The Founding of The Minnesota Masonic Home'
Much of this, digested and paraphrased information was furnished through a writeup of Charles F Miller PM of Hennepin Lodge #4 A.F. & A.M. Herein are some extractions largely expressed, in Bro Miller's own words.. of 1957.
The greatest single undertaking of the Masonic Fraternity in this jurisdiction, was the building of The Masonic Home, at Bloomington on the Minnesota. It was the realization of an ambition that had been in the hearts of Minnesota Masons as far back as 1860, when it was first spoken of in The Minnesota Grand Lodge. From the very beginning of this undertaking The MN Masons had both the moral and financial support of The OES-Order of The Eastern Star. It meant the raising of a large sum of money which could not be accomplished without the wholehearted cooperation of all those interested in the purposes of The Home.
Giddeon S Ives, a lawyer of St Peter, Minnesota, Lt. Governor in 1891-92, member of Nicollet Lodge #54 of St Peter and Grand Master of MN Masons in 1901 was actually the founder of The Home. It was he who introduced a resolution which was adopted. It provided that the incoming Grand Master (1906), Bro Thomas Morris appoint a committee of 12 whose duty was to organize and perfect a corporation under the laws of Minnesota, having for its object the accumulation of a fund for the erection of a Masonic Home. This Committee held its first meeting in Oct. 1906 and organized The MN Masonic Home Corporation. At this meeting the Articles of Incorporation were drafted and approved; And bylaws adopted. PWM Bro Gideon S Ives who had already worked 15 years to bring about a realization of what he had hoped to do was elected president: Trevanian Hugo 1st Vice President, Mary C Taylor 2nd Vice President, William C Roberts Secretary and Frank W Carlton Treasurer.
The first resident of this home was Cevilla Burdic age 81,who entered the home on 3 Aug 1920..She was a resident of St Paul and a member of Cedar Chapter #123 OES..of Owatonna MN. which chapter applied for and financed her admission. She died at the age of 90 after residing at The Home for 10 years. The perpetuation of the home and expansions was made possible to a large extent by kind benevolence and thoughtfulness of many who during their lifetimes made provision for The Homes future benefit. As many know, The need is great today. over a period now over 90 years The Home has provided and given an inestimable service to all who enjoyed and enjoy this residence even onto 2013.... The Home and Grounds are maintained in exemplary manner and is immaculately clean, operated efficiently .
As for management of The Home Some long serving persons who served on The Board of Trustees include the names of Masons many may recognize : they include name such as Bro's Gideon S Ives who served 15 yrs, Wm P Roberts who served 16 years, Trevanien Hugo of Duluth who served 18 yrs,Wm A McGonagle PGM also of Duluth, who served 24 yrs, A D Countryman PGM of Appleton served for 22 yrs, Rev. Albert Pinkham of St Paul served 18 yrs. Mary C Tayler Grand Secretary of OES served 8 yrs.. And a Bro Charles E Wilson and his lovely OES Wife served as Supt. and Matron of The Home, 1920 into 1946--a period near 26 yrs each...
An open invitation is always extended by The Board of Trustees for anyone to visit The Home to witness what a haven it is in which one may wish to reside during the declining period of earthly actions. This brief paraphrased writeup and The Masonic Home are monuments to the efforts of many and constitute no insignificant benefaction to the people of the state of Minnesota.
Fraternally and Respectively submitted for all to see and hear about 17 May 2013
Bro G D Kiecker Historian, Cataract Masonic Lodge #2, MN.
Below is,Digested from Grand Lodge Communication of 1928 Regarding Bro Ives..
Bro Ives came to St. Peter, Minnesota and launched a successful career in the practice of law, and through many years of civil, political and fraternal work in the interest of his City. He was County Attorney from 1874 to 1878, after which he became City Attorney and served many years. He represented Nicollet County in the State Senate for one term from 1886 to 1890, and was then elected to a term as Lieutenant Governor. He was a member of the State Tax Commission in 1901-2. In 1903 he moved to St. Paul and continued to practice law. In 1909 he was appointed Referee in Bankruptcy in the 3rd division of the U. S. District Court. For many years he was interested in the National Guard of Minnesota, and served as Major in the old 2nd Regiment.
Bro Ives was a member of many clubs and enjoyed a very wide acquaintance throughout the City and State. He was initiated April 6th, passed April 20th, and raised May 5, 1871, in Racket River Lodge No. 213, of Potsdam, N. Y., and joined Nicollet Lodge No. 54, on his settling in St. Peter. He served as its Master in 18?3-4-5. He was also a member of St' Peter R. A. Chapter and served as High Priest. In 1901 he was Grand Master of the Grand Lodge, and at the time of his death was the oldest living Past Grand Master. Brother Ives was best known in Masonry for his valuable work in behalf of the Masonic Home. He was one of its staunchest supporters from its inception, and was the first President of the Board, and at the time of his death was President Emeritus. His zeal and indefatigable labor for the Home is so well known that it has become a by-word in the Grand Lodge, and the Lodges throughout the State. He will be greatly missed at the Grand Lodge sessions, but especially will his absence be felt in the meetings of this Veteran Association, for he was always present and took an interested part in all our doings. "To have devoted the greater part of one's life to public affairs ,-to have advanced to a mellow old age in the ripe wisdom of large experience, to have lived a useful life and to have won the respect and honor of his fellows-all these are great things and all belonged to Gideon S. Ives."
' Tis the human touch in this world that counts,
The touch of your hand and mine,
Which means far more to the aching heart,
Than shelter, or bread or wine,
For shelter is gone when the night is o'er,
And bread lasts but a day, '
But the sound of the voice and the touch of the hand, Dwells on in the soul alway: And the sound of his voice and the touch of his hand will be long remembered by all the Masonic Brothers with whom Bro. Ives came in contact.
Past Grand Lodge Master Gideon Ives-- #22 GLMW 1901--
GAR, Civil War veterans of St. Peter's A. K. Skaro Post 37 of the Grand Army of the Republic with their banner. Gideon S. Ives, the post commander at St Peter, MN...
While Mr. Ives's active military career came to an end in June, 1865, he continued to be greatly interested in the men who had participated in the Civil War, as well as in the descendants of those who had taken part in the Revolutionary War. He was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and during the whole latter part of his life was an ardent and prominent member of the Grand Army of the Republic. Not many years prior to his death he was department commander for Minnesota; he also held other offices in that organization. But his activities in civil life as distinguished from his military or political life constitute an important contribution to human progress.
He was an ardent adherent to the Masonic Order in this state and held distinguished offices in this organization. In 1905 he exercised his energies in the establishment of the Minnesota Masonic Home near Savage and up to the time of his death he continued to render valuable services in the promotion of its functions. In 1881 he was elected grand master of the Grand Lodge of Odd Fellows of Minnesota, and he was largely instrumental in the establishment of an Odd Fellows' home at Northfield.
This brief writeup and The Masonic Home are monuments to the efforts of many and constitute no insignificant benefaction to the people of the state of Minnesota. respectfully submitted into Findagrave files 15 May 2013 by Bro G D Kiecker Historian, Cataract Masonic Lodge #2...
Mary Elizabeth Swift Ives
1855–1926 (m. 1878)
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