1858 to 2001


Edward "Butch" Ervin

Edward C. "Butch" Ervin, 83, of 105 Protection Avenue, died on Saturday, November 29, 1997 in Little Falls Hospital. He was born on February 4th, 1914, in Middleville, the son of the late Charles and Nellie Hughes Ervin. A lifelong area resident, he was educated in Middleville Schools. An honorably discharged US Army veteran, he proudly served his country with the 443rd AAA Battalion in Germany, France, Italy and Africa. On June 28, 1947 he married Jean Bartels in Brooklyn. They lived in Newport where he was Justice of the Peace for twelve years until 1981 when they moved to Herkimer. For thirty- eight years, Butch was custodian and bus driver for the West Canada Valley School System, retiring in 1978.

He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church, Herkimer where he sang in the church choir. He was a member of Newport Lodge #455 F & AM where he served as Master in 1950, as well as Lodge Secretary for thirty-nine years, and was District Deputy Grand Master in 1981, a member of Kuyahoora Chapter #145 Order of the Eastern Star where he had served as Patron seventeen terms, and was District Grand Lecturer for the Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Montgomery District in 1958. Other memberships in Masonic bodies include, Zyarah Temple Shrine and Shrine Drum and Bugle Corp, the Little Falls Commandery and the Royal Arch Masons. He was a member of the Newport American Legion Post #1524, where he was past Commander, past County Commander of the American Legion, Adjutant for the Newport American Legion, County Adjutant and the Fifth District Color Guard. He was a member of both Newport and Middleville Volunteer Fire Departments, a member and past president of the Kuyahoora Senior Citizens where in 1995 he received the Meritorious Award for Outstanding Community Service from the Herkimer County Office of the Aging. He was a member of the New York State Magistrates Association.

Funeral services with Holy Eucharist were held at Christ Episcopal Church, Herkimer with the Rev. Brian Kellington, rector, officiating. Internment at Middleville cemetary. Memorial contributions were to the Masonic Research Laboratory, Utica or the Eastern Star Home, Oriskany, NY.

Sprig Lodge, No. 279, F.&A.M., was organized in 1818 and held its meetings in Norway, New York until July 19, 1820. June 24, 1826, the name was changed to Newport Lodge. On June 5, 1834, the charter was surrendered. The Lodge was revived May 21, 1858, and number 455 given it. It was incorporated in July, 1887 and purchased a building on Main Street which it occupied until February 7th, 1903 when the Temple which it now occupies was completed.

YearMasterSenior WardenJunior WardenSecretary
1858William ChapmanGeorge W. SkinnerWilliam S. BenchleyEdward P. Hancock
1859William ChapmanGeorge W. SkinnerWilliam S. BenchleyWilliam H. Chapman
1859George W. SkinnerAlbert BuellEdward P. HadcockWilliam H. Chapman
1860George W. SkinnerWilliam H. Chapman Edwin A. HarrisDaniel M. Holt
1861William ChapmanWilliam H. Chapman Edwin A. HarrisDaniel M. Holt
1862Edwin A. HarrisWilliam GetmanW. W. MosherDaniel M. Holt
1863Edwin A. HarrisEdward P. HadcockHenry W. DexterGeorge W. Payne
1864William GetmanW.W. MosherHenry W. DexterGeorge W. Payne
1865William ChapmanEdward P. Hadcock Edward C. CoffinFred E. Angell
1866William GetmanHenry W. DexterW. Irving Harris George H. Thomas
1867William GetmanW. Irving HarrisCharles L. EarlIra B. Barney
1868William GetmanCharles L. ReadHoratio NicholsIra B. Barney
1869Edward P. HadcockCharles BroadtCharles L. EarlIra B. Barney
1870William GetmanHerman E. BraytonWilliam E. MoreyGeorge H. Hurlbut
1871W. W. MosherJohn H. CountrymanWilliam E. MoreyGeorge H. Hurlbut
1872Herman E. BraytonHenry BarwellJoseph KelleyGeorge H. Hurlbut
1873John H. CountrymanHenry W. DexterAlbert J. BrowneCharles L. Read
1874John H. CountrymanHerman E. Brayton Hayden B. FennerCharles L. Read
1875Herman E. BraytonHenry BarwellJoseph KelleyGeorge H. Hurlbut
1876Henry W. DexterHayden B. FennerOmer R. BraytonGeorge H. Hurlbut
1877Henry W. DexterHerman E. BraytonWillis BrowningGeorge H. Hurlbut
1878Henry W. DexterOmer R. BraytonVarnum H. HarrisGeorge H. Hurlbut
1879Henry W. DexterOmer R. BraytonF. F. PotterGeorge H. Hurlbut
1880Henry W. DexterCharles L. EarlE.L. SchermerhornGeorge H. Hurlbut
1881Charles L. EarlThomas L. MerrittGeorge H. HurlbutAlbert J. Browne
1882Charles L. EarlEdward P. HadcockLyman C. DexterAlbert J. Browne
1883Albert J. BrowneEdward P. HadcockBenton K. BrownGeorge H. Hurlbut
1884Albert J. BrowneBenton K. BrowneJoseph KelleyGeorge H. Hurlbut
1885Thomas E. MerrittCharles L. EarlCharles A. SnyderGeorge H. Hurlbut
1886Omer R. BraytonE.L. Schermerhorn Lafayette BennettGeorge H. Hurlbut
1887Thomas E. MerrittCharles A. Synder Lafayette BennettGeorge H. Hurlbut
1888Charles. A. SynderRalph H. RathbunCharles A. ShumwayGeorge H. Hurlbut
1889Charles A. SnyderRalph H. RathbunCharles A. ShumwayGeorge H. Hurlbut
1890 Benton K. Brown Frank KelleyHenry I. FisherGeorge H. Hurlbut
1891 Benton K. BrownRalph H. RathbunPatrick J. GarganGeorge H. Hurlbut
1892 Ralph H. RathbunCharles L. FellowsErastus P. KimballGeorge H. Hurlbut
1893Ralph H. RathbunArthur E. RhodesEugene WestCharles Fellows
1894Charles L. FellowsArthur E. RhodesFred W. BegentGeorge H. Hurlbut
1895Charles L. FellowsErastus P. Kimball William H. Cone George H. Hurlbut
1896Arthur E. RhodesWilliam H. ConeHerman J. StrobelGeorge H. Hurlbut
1897Arthur E. RhodesDaniel P. WoosterJohn T. DavisGeorge H. Hurlbut
1898Erastus P. KimballJohn T. DavisFrank KelleyGeorge H. Hurlbut
1899Henry W. DexterDaniel P. WoosterJohn BairdRalph H. Rathbun
1900Benton K. BrownErastus P. KimballJohn D. MacDonaldRalph H. Rathbun
1901Arthur E. RhodesJohn T. DavisCharles B. Crumby Ralph H. Rathbun
1902Benton K. BrownJohn T. DavisE.L. SchermerhornRalph H. Rathbun
1903 Benton K. BrownJohn T. DavisE.L. SchermerhornRalph H. Rathbun
1904E.L. SchermerhornJas. GreenFoster WelshMerton A. Ford
1905 E.L.SchermerhornJas. GreenFoster WelshMerton A. Ford
1906 D.P. WoosterFoster WelshK.F. Ireland Merton A Ford
1907Foster WelshK.F. IrelandD.N.Boynton Merton A. Ford
1908K.F. IrelandD.N. BoyntonEdward Rice Merton A. Ford
1909K.F. IrelandMerton A. FordFrank D. Fox W.G. Farmer
1910C. L. FellowsFrank D. FoxE.B. Helligas W.G. Farmer
1911Frank D. FoxHarry M. FisherS.B.Harris W.G. Farmer
1912Merton A FordGeo. L. RathbunS.B.Harris W.G. Farmer
1913Merton A. FordGeo. L. RathbunS.B. Harris W.G. Farmer
1914Geo. L. RathbunA.G. JuddHenry M. Dexter W.G. Farmer
1915D.N. BoyntonJ.C.F. WalkerE.A. McAllister W.G. Farmer
1916D.N. BoyntonE.A. McAllisterL.C. Foss W.G. Farmer
1917E.A. McAllisterL.C. FossHarvey Brayton Henry Gaffey
1918 E.A. McAllisterFrank DickensFrank R. StarbirdMerton A. Ford
1919Frank DickinsJ.C.F. WalkerCarl DedickeMerton A. Ford
1920Frank DickinsJ.C.F. WalkerCarl DedickeMerton A. Ford
1921J.C.F. WalkerAlbert CaslerElmer ConradtMerton A. Ford
1922Albert CaslerElmer ConradtFloyd RasbachMerton A. Ford
1923 Leo C. FossU.G. WilliamsMelzur Smith Merton A. Ford
1924U.G. WilliamsHenry A. ClarkLinus C. FordMerton A. Ford
1925U.G. WilliamsFrank FoxPhillip FlansburgMerton A. Ford
1926Frank Fox Robert BurtWilliam Gibson Webster Harris
1927Robert BurtFrank D. FoxAlex ShelpW. R. Harris
1928Robert BurtAlex ShelpE. Macy DickensJohn Kennedy
1929Alex ShelpE. Macy DickensC.D. Huxtable John Kennedy

YearMasterSenior WardenJunior WardenSecretary
1930E. Macy DickensC. D. HuxtableB.M. RobinsonJohn Kennedy
1931Alex ShelpC.D. HuxtableB.M. RobinsonJohn Kennedy
1932E.M. DickensB.M. RobinsonW.F. ShermanW.A. Kennedy
1933C.D. HuxtableB.M. RobinsonW.F. ShermanW.A. Kennedy
1934 C.D. HuxtableB.M. RobinsonLeo KaveniusW.A. Kennedy
1935Leo KaveniusW. HalladayHoward PrentissW.A. Kennedy
1936Wm. HalladayH. PrentissLee HawverW.A. Kennedy
1937Wm. HalladayH. PrentissLee HawverMerton Ford
1938Howard PrentissLee HawverJ.H. StrobelMerton Ford
1939Howard PrentissLee HawverJ.M. StrovelLloyd Norton
1940Lee HawverJ.H. StrobelEarl FarberLloyd Norton
1941J.H. StrobelEarl FarberCharles LovellLloyd Norton
1942Earl FarberCharles LovellThomas LawsonLloyd Norton
1943Charles LovellThomas LawsonWillis HampstonE. Macy Dickens
1944Thomas LawsonWillis HampstonWesley NewmanE. Macy Dickens
1945Willis HampstonWesley NewmanMeridith MinnsE. Macy Dickens
1946Wesley NewmanMeridith MinnsArthur WhaleyE. Macy Dickens
1947Meridith MinnsArthur WhaleyRichard Heiser E. Macy Dickens
1948Arthur WhaleyRichard HeiserEdward ErvinE. Macy Dickens
1949 Richard HelserEdward ErvinLeo G. FossE. Macy Dickens
1950 Edward ErvinLeo G. FossRalph Bathke E. Macy Dickens
1951Edward ErvinLeo G. FossRalph BathkeE. Macy Dickens
1952Leo G. FossRalph Bathke Lawrence FlansburgE. Macy Dickens
1953Ralph BathkeLawrence Flansburg Raymond BathkeEdward Ervin
1954Lawrence FlansburgRaymond BathkeJerome DarrowEdward Ervin
1955Raymond BathkeJerome Darrow William StubbaEdward Ervin
1956Jerome DarrowWilliam Stubba Alden WealkeyEdward Ervin
1957Jerome DarrowWilliam StubbaAlden WealkeyEdward Ervin
1958William StubbaWilliam Halladay Alden WealkeyEdward Ervin
1959William StubbaWilliam Halladay Alden WealkeyEdwin Ervin
1960Alden WeakleyJesse HartGene Farber Edwin Ervin
1961Jesse HartGene FarberKenneth Farber Edwin Ervin
1962Gene FarberKenneth FarberHarold WarnerEdwin Ervin
1963Kenneth FarberHarold WarnerLeon DuhemeEdwin Ervin
1964Harold WarnerLeon DuhemeFloyd WaterburyEdwin Ervin
1965Leon DuhemeFloyd WaterburyEarl WilliamsEdwin Ervin
1966Jerome DarrowFloyd WaterburyEarl WilliamsEdwin Ervin
1967 Floyd WaterburyEarl WilliamsChester McBrideEdwin Ervin
1968Earl WilliamsChester McBrideWilliam FinchEdwin Ervin
1969Chester McBrideWilliam FinchJames ConstantineEdwin Ervin
1970 William FinchJames ContantineKenneth NagleEdwin Ervin
1971James ConstantineKenneth NagleLarry RenodinEdwin Ervin
1972Kenneth NagleReuben Alton Jr.Larry RenodinEdwin Ervin
1973Larry RenodinJerome DarrowWard MackEdwin Ervin
1974Larry RenodinWard MackErnest Darrow Edwin Ervin
1975Ward MackErnest DarrowAlbert MuellerEdwin Ervin
1976Ernest DarrowAlbert MuellerArthur WhaleyEdwin Ervin
1977Albert MuellerArthur WhaleyArthur JohnsonEdwin Ervin
1978Albert MuellerArthur JohnsonRonald MesickEdwin Ervin
1979Arthur WhaleyArthur JohnsonLloyd ArthurEdwin Erwin
1980Arthur JohnsonChester McBrideLloyd ArthurEdwin Erwin
1981Arthur JohnsonLloyd ArthurSam CrisinoEdwin Erwin
1982Lloyd ArthurSam CrisinoHarold ThomasEdwin Erwin
1983Sam CrisinoLeo G. FossHarold Thomas Edwin Erwin
1984Harold ThomasRonald ThomasRudolph DavisEdwin Erwin
1985Harold ThomasJerry LoomanRonald ThomasEdwin Erwin
1986Harold ThomasRonald ThomasRudolph DavisEdwin Erwin
1987Ronald ThomasRudolph DavisAlfred L. StrobelEdwin Erwin
1988Ronald ThomasAlfred StrobelRudolph DavisEdward Ervin
1989Alfred L. StrobelRudolph DavisEric Newman Edward Ervin
1990Alfred L. StrobelEric Newman Jay E. SicklerEdward Ervin
1991Eric NewmanLeo FossLawrence RenodinEdward Ervin
1992Eric NewmanJerry LoomanWilliam Moody Edward Ervin
1993Jerry LoomanWilliam MoodyRichard MoodyAlfred L. Strobel

The 1993 officers served for 1 & 1/2 years
(Jan 93 thru Jun 94). The following officers
serve from June thru May each year. New
officers installed 1st Wed of June.
1994 - 1995William MoodyRichard MoodyJohn FlansburgAlfred L. Strobel
1995 - 1996Richard MoodyJohn FlansburgRobert MoodyAlfred L. Strobel
1996 - 1997John FlansburgRobert MoodyRichard MoodyAlfred L. Strobel
1997 - 1998John FlansburgRobert MoodyMark PerkinsAlfred L. Strobel
1998-1999William H. StubbaMark PerkinsRonald ThomasAlfred I. Strobel
1999-2000William H. StubbaRobert MoodyKeith JoslinAlfred I. Strobel
2000-2001William H. StubbaMark PerkinsKeith JoslinAlfred I. Strobel

Source: The list of officers of the Newport, NY Masonic Lodge was laboriously typed and is provided for educational and research use by William McKerrow, who was raised a Master Mason in this Lodge on Feb 9th, 1955.

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