Congratulations Dan Gates – 75-years!

R-L – Scott Gates, Dan Gates, Pam Gates

On February 24th, Oakland Lodge #140 had the honor of presenting Brother Dan Gates, PM with his 75-year Masonic pin.  Though we could not be together to make the presentation, several brothers gathered at the Lodge and through the coordination of Dan’s children, we were able to make the presentation virtually.

Brother Gates was born in 1925, initiated as an Entered Apprentice on 11/8/1946, passed to the degree of a Fellowcraft 12/9/1946, and raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason 12/20,1946.   Of the brothers who were present at the presentation, none of them had been born when Dan was raised as a Master Mason.  His life exemplifies what it means to be a Mason.  Throughout his life, Dan gave back to his community.  He served for many years as the official photographer for the City of Lawrence Fire Department.  He served in the same capacity for the City of Indianapolis Fire Department.  Both of his sons – Greg and Scott are also Master Masons.

To say this is a tremendous milestone in an individual’s Masonic history is an understatement.  The number of lives that Dan has touched over the course of his Masonic career is countless.  But, from talking and hearing from those that know him – he has made a profound impression and remained true to his Masonic teachings.

The highlight of the evening was the presence of Kenneth Roy, Jr. – Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Indiana.  Though unable to be there in person, our Grand Master joined in the celebration virtually, and congratulated and praised Dan on his momentous achievement.

Presentation of Dan’s 75-year pin and certificate was completed by his son Scott and his daughter Pam.  Also present was Marcia Greene, past matron of the OES, who assisted in the coordination of the virtual call.

Thank you, Dan, for your dedication and commitment to your family, your community, and our fraternity.  You serve as an inspiration to us all.  CONGRATULATIONS for achieving 75-years as a Mason.          

A Brother Returned…

As part of our new website, we pay tribute to those individuals who served as Worshipful Master. The history of Oakland Lodge #140 is long and there have been several good men presiding over the years. As part of our process to get this website up and running, and to embrace current technology, we undertook the task of digitizing images from our past. If you have taken the time to browse our pages, you have likely run across our pictures of our past masters. The ultimate goal is to obtain a photo of each individual who has served as Worshipful Master.

Some individuals we currently have nothing but the dates of when they led our lodge. While there are others whose photo has succumbed to the ravages of time and water damage. For some reason one individual stood out. We had a photo – but water damage had taken its toll. The face was completely gone. What better place to start.

This individual served Oakland Lodge #140 as Worshipful Master in 1939. His name – Milton A. Newhouse, P.M. A quick search of the internet was done and very rapidly an obituary came to light – but no picture. The next step was to reach out a broader audience – to see if we could possibly get a response from a relative. Within 24 hours of the online search beginning, information was coming in. Within 48 hours we had a photograph. Though not the image when Mr. Newhouse when he served the lodge, but of the 18 year old boy that would grow to be the man who led our lodge. But that was not all. Among the articles received, there was a very interesting snippet from a local newspaper regarding Mr. Newhouse, and when he was raised to the degree of a Master Mason.

Reintroducing – Mr. Milton A. Newhouse, PM…
Milton Azariah Newhouse – born 21 April 1905, died 1 March 1978 in Rochester, IN. He was married to Bernice Milton. It was noted that he had a World War II draft card, and professionally he was a doctor. He was raised to the degree of a Master Mason in 1930

Milton A. Newhouse 1923 photo from Arsenal Technical High School – Indianapolis, IN

Welcome home Brother.