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UNIVERSITY OFILLINOIS LIBRARY

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L161 O-1096

The Knights TemplarA COMPILATION OF THE

HISTORY OF OTTAWA COMMANDERY,NO.10,

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR,OTTAWA,ILLINOIS.

COMPLETE ROSTER OF MEMBERS AND HISTORICAL DATA OF PILGRIMAGES AND MEMORABLE EVENTS FROM DATE OF ORGANIZATION UNDER A. D. 1861, A. O. 742, DISPENSATION, FEBRUARY A. D. 1916, A. O. 798. TO JUNE1, 1,

ALSO A COMPENDIUM OF THE HISTORY OF THE CRUSADES IN THE ELEVENTH AND TWELFTH CENTURIES,AND A SUMMARY OF THE HISTORY OF THE KNIGHTS TEMPLAR OF THE MIDDLE AGES AND THEIR RELATION TO FREE MASONRY AND THE MODERN ORDER OF KNIGHTS TEMPLAR.THE INTRODUCTION OF THE ROYAL ARCH AND KNIGHTS TEMPLAR IN THE BLUE LODGES DOWN TO AND INCLUDING THE ORGANIZATION OF THE GRAND ENCAMPMENT OF THE UNITED STATESAND THE

GRAND COMMAMDERY OF

ILLINOIS, A. D.

1857.

BY

WILLIAM LEE ROY MILLIGAN

33, P. C.

Republican-Times Printing Company,Ottawa,Illinois.

WILLIAM LEE ROY MILLIGANCommander Ottawa Commandery,No.

33,

10, 1886-7, 1891-2.

Historian Ottawa Commandery.

UNIVER

!TV

Ot ILLINOIS

THISIS

WORK

MOST RESPECTFULLY DEDICATEDTO THE MEMORY OFR. E,

SIR

JOHN FISK NASH,No.10,

Past

Commander Ottawa Commandery,

K.

T.,

Grand Commander Grand Commandery,Died July6,

Illinois,

A. D.

1878.

1913.

AND TOR. E.

SIR

ALBERT FREDERICK SCHOCHNo.10,

33

,

Past

Commander Ottawa Commandery,

K. T.,

Grand Commander Grand Commandery,

Illinois,

A. D. 1907.

Their good works will live long after their day.

HISTORY OF OTTAWA COMMAXDERY,

THE APOSTLES' CREED.I

believe in God, the Father Almighty,in

Maker

of

heaven and earth, andour Lord;

Jesus Christ, His only Son,

was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried He descended into hell; the third day He rose from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.;

Who

1

believe in the;

Holy Ghost;of Saints;

the

Holy Catholic

Churchlasting.

the

Communion

the Forgiveness of

Sins; the Resurrection of the Body, and the Life Ever-

Amen.

I

II

E

KNIGHTS

T!-:m

PLAR.

The rising God forsakes the tomb, Up to his Father's court he flies; Cherubic legions guard him home, And shout him welcome to the skies.Breakyour tears, ye saints, and tell, high our gieat deliv'rer reigns; Sing how he spoil'd the hosts ot hell, And led the tyrant Death in chains.off

How

Say "Live forever, glorious King, Born to redeem, instruct, and save!" Then "O death, where is thy sting? And where thv victorv, O Grave?"

L1BRMW

UNNER

TV OM'J-INOIS

HISTORY OF OTTAWA COMMANDERY.

INTRODUCTORY.Itis

recorded of an ancient author, that while apologiz-

ing for the imperfections of one of his books, he was interrupted by the inquiry,

"Who

asked yon to write it?"

Jt might be asked with equal propriety, published ?"

"Why

is

this

book

Xo

person asked

me

to write this book.

Its

publica-

tion arose

from

a desire to

perpetuate the fond recollections

of days and associations long since vanished.

Days

that

were epoch-makingborn.It

in

the valley of the Illinois, long be-

fore ninety-rive per cent, of the readers of this

volume were

arose from a desire to perpetuate the names of theof our ordernot

membersmentof,

who were foremost

in

the develop-

only our immediate locality, but the great

state of Illinois,

and our order

in particular.

It

is

with a

we record in this volume the roster of Ottawa Commandery, in which is found the names of men who ranked high in their professions and councils of our nation, and were men of national fame in military andsense of just pride thatcivillife.

We

regret thatto give a

it

is

not possible to allot space

of

more extended biographical sketch Ottawa Commandery who have been prominent in military and civil life or in the different grades of Free Masonry, or even a synopsis of prominentin thisall

volume

the

members

of

incidents connected

with

their

lives.

Sufficein

to

say that

Ottawa Commandery was representedice of the

the military serv-

United States during the

civil

war by two genand other

erals,

three colonels,officers.in

two majors,In civillife,

six captains

subordinate

Ottawa Commandery

has been honored

both branches of our state legislature,

as well as in the congress of our nation.

Two

of our

mem-

tO

111

I".

KNIGHTS TKM

I'l.AK.

bers have beenIn

Attorney Generals of the state of

Illinois.

our courts of justice, the benches of the Circuit, County

Probate Courts arc graced by members of Ottawa Commandery. Men have been chosen from the ranks o\ Ottawa Commandery to till every county office in the gift of the electorate, and several times lias the city ^i Ottawa chosen its mayor from the membership of Ottawa Com-

and

mandery, andcommissionersto-daylic

atis

present one of the city's most progressiveaits

many

of

member members

of

Ottawa Commandery. andin

are holding positions ^\ pubprofessional and

trust,

while others are prominentlife,

mercantile

and others engagedof

in agricultural pursuits,

the noblest and most ideal life of

all.

Thein

fraters

Ottawa Commandery have been

active

other Masonic bodies.

Some have

rilled

the chairs in

and Humboldt Lodges, Shabbona Chapter. Arch Masons, and Oriental Council, Royal and Two of its members have been honored Select Masters. the Grand Commandery of Illinois by being elected to by the honored position of Grand Commander. Two have presided over the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, and one has presided over the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of Illinois, and he was also one of theOccidental

Royal

original promoters of the Illinois

Masonic Orphans' Home,fori

and wasyears,

a

memberlife

of the board of trustees

severalin

and holds

membership

certificate

No.

that

institution.

He

also holds a certificate of honorary

mem-

bershipofits

Fortitude Lodge. No. 47, La Grange, Ky. Three members have, as a recognition of their Masonicin

services,

been awarded the 33d andin

last

degree of the

Ancient and Accepted Scottish Ritesonic Jurisdiction of the U. S. A.

the Northern

Ma-

Although,tinguishedin

as

above stated,

so

many havethatit

been dis-

military

and

civil

life

would seem

HISTORY OF OTTAWA COMMANDERY.invidious to

II

make

special

mention of any one, yet there are

some who have beenjustice to their

so conspicuous in

Masonic

circles that

memories, some of

whom

are with us no

more forever, demands more than a passing notice: Oliver Cromwell Gray, the first commander of Ottawa Commandery, Generalssom, George\Y.11.

L.

Wallace and T. E. G. Ran-

W.

Lininger, and the dedicatees of this work,

Past Commanders of Ottawa Commandery and Past Grand Commanders of the Grand Commandery of Illinois, whosebiographical pages will he foundin this

volume.

do not hestitate in stating "White Apron," is a labor of love.

We

that this hook, like the

We

had the pleasure ofall

having been intimately acquainted with

the

Past

Com-

manders of Ottawa Commandery, from Oliver Cromwell Gray, on whose lap sat when a boy, down to the present1

time.

To-day, as the senior Past

Commander

of

Ottawa Coma

mandery,white

I

seem

to be standing alone

on the shore of

great ocean, scanning the vast horizon for a glimpse of asail.

WeWade,

look in vain for a Gray, a Rhoads, a Peckham, aa Burgess, a Lininger, the

two Gibsons, a Nash,

a

Smith, a Trimble, a McArthur,siding over the destinies of

w