Served in Union Army, 13th Vermont Infantry, Company "F" & "S". Parents: Samuel White and Sarah L. (Pratt) Thayer. Husband of Mary Alice (Bemis) Thayer. Married: 21 Sep 1871 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.
Served as professor of anatomy, sec. faculty of Tufts College Medical School, Boston, MA.
Charles Thayer, a surgeon for the railroad here, was a Master Mason in his home city of Burlington, Vt. Thayer managed to get the signatures of 23 Master Masons on a petition which only required seven signers, and a dispensation for a Masonic Lodge in Brainerd (Brainerd, Minnesota) was issued by the Grand Master on Aug. 8,1872.
Thayer, founder of the lodge, was its first Worshipful Master, but never became a member in Brainerd. Along with Charles D. Wiley, one of the charter members of the Lodge according to records, Thayer kept his membership in his home lodge.
Twelve of the first 23 signers of the petition became charter members, however. They were: Benjamin L. Perry, junior warden; George H. Chipman. A. V. Canfield, George C. Dow, William N. Falconer, Horatio G. Coykendall, Fred Sweetman, W. H. Williams, H. J. Wetmore, John McGregor, M. H. Kellogg and Bradford Lufkin.
Other charter members, along with Thayer and Wiley, were: F. H. Harvey, secretary: W. H. Leland, John Mitchell, George Hartley, Seth Tennis and Thomas Shaw.
The charter was officially issued on Jan. 15, 1873, and the name Aurora Lodge No. 100, granted.
Reproduced from the Centennial Edition of the Brainerd Daily Dispatch (1871-1971).
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