Ogden Past Master’s Dinner
Ogden Lodge held a Past Master’s Dinner on February 29th. It was a well attended event, and there were ten Past Master’s of Ogden Lodge in attendance and several Past Masters from other lodges as well. A remarkable meal was provided by our skilled culinary expert Brother Doug Behrens. Those of you that attended know what I mean (be sure to mark your calendars, Doug will be cooking again at our Third Annual BBQ on May 8th.)

¿From the Master’s Chair
It’s my pleasure to introduce you to our new monthly newsletter. Ogden Lodge No. 754 has been fortunate in the last few years, and we’ve enjoyed a period of growth. We’ve got a lot of new members, and lots of new ideas—this newsletter is one of them. One thing our lodge believes it can do better is in communicating with our brethren what we’re doing. This newsletter is one way of several we hope to use to get the word out. What we want to create is a newsletter that our members look forward to reading each month—something that is as entertaining as it is informational. We’re going to try this newsletter for a couple months, and see what the reaction is. If you like it, be sure you let us know and we’ll keep doing it. We’ve got a lot going on these days, and a lot coming up, and we’d love for you to come join us. We’ve got our Third Annual BBQ coming up on May 8th. Our BBQ has quickly become one of our most popular annual events, so be sure to mark your calendars for that one. We’ve also got a big day planned for June 19th as part of the Village of Ogden’s 140th Anniversary celebration. We’ll kick off with a pancake breakfast, and later in the day we’re going to hold an IL-CHIP (Illinois Child Identification Program). Later, we’re even going to participate in the parade, and it’s the first time our lodge has done anything like that in a long time. We invite all of you to come and join us for the parade, and toss some candy to the kids. It should be a lot of fun. Hope to see you there! Sincerely & Fraternally, Tim Nichols Worshipful Master

The Past Masters of Ogden Lodge in attendance left to right: Donald Hawkins, Brandon Lewis, Carl W. Lewis, Michael Tucker, John Harrison, Loyal "Doc" Davis, Kent Nelson, Denver Phelps, Robert Vilven, and current Master Clark Timothy Nichols. Our current Worshipful Master Tim Nichols welcomed everyone and opened the after dinner program. He was followed by our lodge Secretary Denver Phelps (AADGM) who introduced our Past Master’s as Tim passed out roses to their ladies. Senior Warden Todd Creason gave a talk about the history of Ogden Lodge. Of course, the only thing anyone is going to remember about the event was the surprise visit from Brother George Washington (portrayed by the Illustrious Bob Blacketeer, 33º). General Washington gave a riveting account of his life, the Revolutionary War, and his Masonic affiliation. It was a memorable talk punctuated by the presentation of the American flag. å

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Who Is This Freemason?
American Freemasons: Vol. I
Excerpted from Todd Creason’s book Famous The young man excelled at football. He played center on offense and linebacker on defense for his South High School team. After high school, his athletic ability opened college doors for him—Harvard, Northwestern, and Michigan State among them. Ultimately, he decided to attend the University of Michigan. While still in college at Michigan, he was offered coaching jobs with both the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers. At $200 per game, coaching was a lucrative job for that time—especially attractive since he had been doing dishes at his Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity house to earn money for school. Even so, he decided a formal education was more important than a career as a coach and stayed in school. The young man was a second stringer on the University of Michigan. In both 1932 and 1933, the team was undefeated in the Big Ten and won the conference championships. The young man finally made first string his senior year and was voted Most Valuable Player for 1934. Unfortunately, that year the team lost seven of eight games. But the one game they won was a victory in more ways than one. Michigan was to play Georgia Tech; however, the Georgia Tech players refused to take the field because Michigan’s star receiver, Willis F. Ward, was AfricanAmerican. When Michigan administrators caved in to Georgia Tech’s demands and took Willis F. Ward out of the game, the young man was outraged. He nearly refused to play in the game, but then he realized that taking himself out of the game would only hurt the team, so he played despite his anger about the situation. During the game, one of the Georgia Tech linemen made the mistake of taunting the University of Michigan players over their missing “nigger,” and things got ugly. The young man and his teammates took a stand. They blocked the Georgia Tech lineman so savagely that, within a few plays, he had to be carried from the field on a stretcher. It was the only game of the season Michigan won—a 9 to 2 victory. It was an early example of the kind of character this young man lived by his entire life. å Do you think you know who this Mason is? Check your answer at the bottom of page 3

Treasured Library Collection Lost in Tragic Blaze
There was one sad note to an otherwise enjoyable Past Master’s Dinner. It was an announcement made by Worshipful Brother Denver Phelps. He said, and I quote to the best of my recollection: “I don't know if you all knew it, but there was a bad fire in Royal last night. Some of you may have noticed that Worshipful Brother Steve Hooper isn't here today. He had a bad fire at his house last night . . . in his library. He lost all his books. All three of them. Two of them he hadn't even colored in yet. . .” Of course Worshipful Brother Hooper was actually vacationing in Florida at the time. There was no fire at his house either, but those facts did not stop his dedicated friends and brothers from springing into action. At Ogden’s regular stated meeting on April 14th, during a solemn moment, Brother Hooper was called to the East, where Treasurer Kent Nelson presented him with new coloring books and crayons. Of course, one lesson that all Masons can take away from this is the guaranteed fact that if you miss a meeting, a pancake breakfast, a dinner, or a degree, you open yourself up for all kinds of mischief. å

“I have a tip that can take 5 strokes off anyone's golf game. It's called an eraser.” ~Arnold Palmer Loyalhanna Lodge No. 275 Pennsylvannia

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My wife told me the car wasn't running well because there was water in the carburetor. I asked where the car was. She told me, “In the lake.” ~Red Skelton, 33º

Ogden Lodge adopted the highway North and South of town and several times a year we pick up the trash. Come and join us if you like—you can keep anything you find. REGULAR STATED MEETING

Come join us at our monthly meeting. 3RD ANNUAL OGDEN BBQ

Be sure to mark your calendars for this one! If you haven’t been to our BBQ before, you’ve missed out. Bro. Doug Behren’s BBQ is quickly becoming one of our most popular events at Ogden. OGDEN’S 140TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

Something New: Ogden & Homer May Lodge Together
Two Joint Meetings This Summer?
Ogden Lodge and Homer Lodge will be seeking special dispensation from our Grand Lodge to hold two special joint meetings this summer—both to be held at Ogden Lodge. Homer Lodge No. 199 requested use of Ogden’s building for two of their regular meetings this summer—their lodge is difficult to cool during the hot summer months. The members of Ogden Lodge thought it might be interesting to try something different and bring the brethren of both lodges together for two special joint meetings over two months this summer, and Homer’s Master Steve Hooper agreed. One of the meetings would be held on Homer’s regular night (the second Tuesday) and would be run by the Master and Officers of Homer Lodge. The other monthly meeting would be held on Ogden’s regular meeting night, and would be run by Ogden’s Master and officers. We think it will be a lot of fun, and we hope the Brethren of both lodges attend these special meetings (and it goes without saying a fine meal will be provided afterwards). More information will be forthcoming as the details are worked out. å

June 19 Ogden will host a pancake breakfast at the lodge between 6-10 AM. Later in the day, we’ll be holding a IL-CHIP (Child Identification Program) between 11AM – 1PM. We’re also going to participate in the parade—come out and join us. It should be a lot of fun. TO SEND ITEMS TO THE NEWSLETTER: You can email items to our editor Todd Creason, or call him with items at (217) 260-1960. You can also mail items to Ogden Lodge No. 754, Attn: Newsletter, PO BOX 74, Ogden, IL 61859. We also have a FaceBook page, and you can contact us there as well. We welcome any and all comments and suggestions about our newsletter. Thank you! EDITOR’S NOTE: I’m looking for photographs of our old lodge building, inside or out, group photos, etc. If you have any you would be willing to share, please contact me. If it’s a group photo, let me know who’s in it. I’d like to scan the photos, and then I’ll promptly return them. I’d like to print some of these in a future newsletter. Thanks.

Who Was That Mason? (Answer from Page 2) The University of Michigan football player was none other than Gerald R. Ford, the fortieth President of the United States of America. Ford became a Master Mason at Malta Lodge No. 465 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1949. He later joined the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, and received the 33rd Degree.

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The Ogden Window
A Beautiful Piece of Ogden Lodge’s Past Restored
It’s nothing short of amazing that this beautiful stained glass window from the old lodge building survived the 1996 tornado. For more than a decade, it has been sitting in storage in a back room of the lodge. In 2010, thanks to the help of several brother Masons who helped repair and strengthen the piece, and framed and lit it, this piece of our history has finally returned to a prominent place in our lodge . . . a constant reminder of where we’ve been, and the long history of Ogden Lodge. å

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