Frank W. Baltes Ca. 1882 by Michael D. Robinson 32° KCCH.

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Frank W. Baltes Ca. 1882 

Frank William Baltes was born on March 19, 1860 near Oak Point, Washington, just across and upriver from Astoria. He was trained in the Printing business and became President and Manager of the F.W. Baltes Printing Co. in Portland by 1890, they specialized in “Books and Job printers”.

Cylinder press Baltes

On November 12, 1887 he filed a patent for a Receiving Table for Cylinder Printing Presses (serial # 254965). The combination, with a receiving-table, of finger guides, adjustably secured to said table and provided with laterally projecting arms, substantially as described, whereby the fingers are made to serve a twofold purpose-viz., guides to the sheet and stops for the fly-asset forth.

He printed the books and Reunion programs for the Scottish Rite for many years.

He was Raised a Master Mason in Temple Lodge #7 in Astoria on March 27, 1882[1]. He was appointed Senior Deacon to serve out the rest of 1882. He demitted from Temple Lodge and petitioned Portland Lodge #55 in Portland on February 2, 1883 and was received by affiliate on March 2, 1883. He was appointed Senior Deacon in 1884 and elected Junior Warden for 1889 and 1890. He was elected Senior Warden in 1890 and served as Master of Portland Lodge #55 in 1891. He joined Al Kader Shrine on May 17, 1888.

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Frank W. Baltes

Master of Portland Lodge #55 in 1891

He joined the Portland Scottish Rite and received the 4° on March 3, 1891, 14° March 17, 1891, 18° July 21, 1891, 30° January 26, 1892 and the 32° January 31, 1893. He was elected KCCH on October 19, 1897. He received his 50 year pin on December 25, 1931. He died on October 31, 1932 in Portland, Oregon. His Masonic service was held at the Portland Crematorium on November 2, 1932. He was buried in the Greenwood Cemetery in Astoria.

 

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Frank Baltes married Josephine May on Jan 17, 1895 in Tecoma, Washington

Baltes Printing

Baltes Company from the Portland Directory

 

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Early Reunion Program Printed by the F.W. Baltes Company

[1] The records of Portland Lodge #55 say he was Raised on March 27, 1881. First problem was he couldn’t legally join until he was 21, his birthday being March 19, that would leave 8 days to receive the degrees and give back his proficiencies. Second the Grand Lodge Proceedings show that he went through the degrees between May 1881 and May 1882.

About the author:

MDR Fall 2016

Michael D. Robinson 32° KCCH, was the second Master Mason Raised in Esoterika Lodge #227, and the first member Raised in that Lodge to serve as Worshipful Master. He was elected Master in 2013 and 2014, and currently serves as Historian.  He is also Historian for Research Lodge #198 and Eugene Lodge #11 and District Deputy of District #13. Brother Robinson was appointed Historian of the Scottish Rite Orient of Oregon in December of 2014. He was the recipient of the “Novus Astorum” from the Portland Valley Scottish Rite in 2010, and the Hiram Award from Esoterika Lodge in 2012. In March of 2015 he was made Secretary of the Eugene Valley, and Director of the Work for that Valley in January of 2017.

Illustrious Bro. Thomas Duane Winbigler 33° has Passed Away.

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Brethren,

The roll of the workmen has been called, and one Master Mason, Illustrious Brother Tom Winbigler, has not answered to his name. He has laid down the working tools of life and with them has left that mortal part for which he no longer has use. His labors here below have taught him to divest his heart and conscience of the vices and superfluity of life, thereby fitting his mind as a living stone for that spiritual building, that house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. Strengthened in his labors here by faith in God, and confident of expectation of immortality, he has been granted admission to the Celestial Lodge above. His Brethren mourn the passing of a great man and Mason.

Illustrious Brother Thomas Duane Winbigler, 33° (Teacher/Coach) was born on December 9, 1924 in Longview, Washington. He was a member of McKenzie River Lodge #195 and received the Hiram Award in 1998, he was an Honorary Past Master. He received the 32° on May 4, 1985 in the Eugene Valley Scottish Rite. He was Invested KCCH on October 18, 1993, Coroneted Inspector General Honorary 33° October 3, 2001, and in Portland on November 3, 2001. He was also a member of Al Kader Shrine. He died on February 2, 2018 in Eugene, Oregon.

His funeral will be ‪at 10 am on Tuesday the 6th of February‬ at Musgrove Mortuary 225 S. Danebo in Eugene.

Brother Commander John E. Otterstedt, 32°, Knight Commander of the Court of Honor has Passed.

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Brethren,
The roll of the workmen has been called, and one Master Mason, Brother Commander John E. Otterstedt, 32°, Knight Commander of the Court of Honor, has not answered to his name. He has laid down the working tools of life and with them has left that mortal part for which he no longer has use. His labors here below have taught him to divest his heart and conscience of the vices and superfluity of life, thereby fitting his mind as a living stone for that spiritual building, that house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. Strengthened in his labors here by faith in God, and confident of expectation of immortality, he has been granted admission to the Celestial Lodge above. His Brethren mourn the passing of a great man and Mason.

John Edwin Otterstedt was born March 1, 1938 in Portland Oregon. He received the 32° May 14, 1978 in the Portland Valley. He was invested with the KCCH on October 9, 1995. He rebuilt the pipe organ at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Portland. He affiliated with Eugene Valley on February 3, 2009. He was Raised a Master Mason in Orenomah Lodge #177, he later affiliated with McKenzie River Lodge #195 and Beaverton Lodge #100. He was a Teacher. He Died on January 5, 2018 in Portland, Oregon.

Letter from Albert Pike to Rocky P. Earhart December 31, 1885 by Michael Robinson 32° KCCH

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Letter from Albert Pike to Rocky P. Earhart December 31, 1885

In the vault of the Portland Scottish Rite are a number of letters written by Albert Pike to members of the Orient of Oregon. Brother Pike’s writing is challenging to decipher, and after failing to discover what the first word of the letters was, I was not hopeful as to my success. However after some effort it was possible to translate his writing, except that aforementioned first word. That was solved by WB Dan Gray who quickly revealed that the word was Mortified. The letter comes after the Secretary General William Morton Ireland (1834-1892) had been sick for some time with pneumonia.

Ireland

Brother Ireland was Initiated in Union Lodge #121 in Philadelphia on January 10, 1856, and served as Master of that Lodge in 1862. Wm. Ireland rose through the ranks of the Scottish Rite receiving the KCCH on May 8, 1872, Inspector General Honorary May 5, 1874, receiving the Grand Cross the same day. He became an Active member of the Supreme Council and was crowned on October 18, 1882 and at that time elected General Secretary. He took up the Secretaries work, which had been mostly done by Pike in 1877, helping to relieve Pike’s burden, and was officially elected to that position as mentioned above.

 

Orient of Washington, 31st December, 1885
Brother Rocky P. Earhart, 33°
Inspector General in Oregon:
Dear Brother
Mortified and beyond measure disgusted and indignant I am compelled by duty to the order as well as to myself, to write you this letter.
The Secretary General has been sick since the 3rd instant, having had pneumonia. The physician has ceased with visiting him, and he sits up all day, he has not yet got down stairs.
Many letters addressed to me having failed to reach me, and since to embargo has been removed, these now have reached me being full of complaints of unaccountable neglect and delay in every way, on the part of Brother Ireland, with, in some cases, inclusion of myself in the censure, than have to explore the chaos of papers on his table and in an unlocked closet, and have found many letters addressed to him, some mailed as long ago he-
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___(missing corner of letter)___pened, and several in like condition, addressed to my-(self) __(missing)__ow where others to me are locked up unopened, in a drawer. I have found money in letters, many orders and drafts, not collected, and scattered about in various places.
Among other unopened letters, I found yours of 10th October last, delivered by carrier, 16th October, and your large registered package of 5th October, delivered 14th October. After several days had passed, I opened the letter last night, in the presence of Brothers Webber and MacGrotty, found your letter, the account stated by you, and the money order, $559.75. These I have placed in the hands of the Treasurer-General.
I cannot find your letter ordering patents for William Valentine Spencer. I have gone through the Register of Patents, to find data for 33° Patents for Brothers Christopher Taylor, John R. Foster, and F. N. Shurtliff, and can find none.
I can find no data for Ladies certificates for Mrs. Wygants, or her daughter, or for Brother Taylor’s relative, and there is nothing here to show were Brothers Henin, deLin, Colburn and Ackerman have applied for Patents. I send you blank slips to cover all the cases; and, if they are sent to me, registered, when filled up, (ther)e will be no delay, I assure you.
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(Irelan)d’s conduct is unacceptable ___(missing corner of letter)___ were he has been demitted for months __(missing)__ he has been devotedly paying attention to almost every evening, all this year, except while away, and who has been nursing him while he has been sick, been with him all day and evening for a month ending yesterday, and though he is sitting up all day, is still with him all day and until 9 in the evening. He seems to have neglected nearly everything: he has certainly not appropriated any money to his own use.
I see that you charge commissions on the money received for the 33° Degree. No commissions on such money’s have ever been allowed: and no account charging them can pass. The Statute giving commissions has never been considered to refer to any degrees except those that Deputies can confer, as well as Inspectors General.
So you will have to remit $112.50. I will insist on Ireland going over your accounts. If you order any thing for a time hereafter, you had better enclose the letter to the Secretary General in an envelope addressed to me, and register your letter.
I do not know what the result will be, when I hand he-
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___(missing corner of letter)__ have taken charge of, and _(missing)_ and my letters, ___(missing corner)___ps locked up. But there has to be a new Dispensation and order of things at all costs.
If you have written to me during the year, in respect to the answers spoken of herein, the letter or letters have been kept from coming to my hands.
Always truly and fraternally yours
Albert Pike 33°
Grand Commander
(PS) Does Bro. Shurtliff spell his name leff or liff?
Is there an s at the end of Wygant?
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About the author:

MDR Fall 2016

Michael D. Robinson 32° KCCH, was the second Master Mason Raised in Esoterika Lodge #227, and the first member Raised in that Lodge to serve as Worshipful Master. He was elected Master in 2013 and 2014, and currently serves as Historian.  He is also Historian for Research Lodge #198 and Eugene Lodge #11 and District Deputy of District #13. Brother Robinson was appointed Historian of the Scottish Rite Orient of Oregon in December of 2014. He was the recipient of the “Novus Astorum” from the Portland Valley Scottish Rite in 2010, and the Hiram Award from Esoterika Lodge in 2012. In March of 2015 he was made Secretary of the Eugene Valley, and Director of the Work for that Valley in January of 2017.

SIGMUND SICHEL by Michael Robinson 32° KSA

1907 Sigmund Sichel KCCH

“Coming to America at the age of fifteen years, Sigmund Sichel has established himself in a creditable position among Portland’s citizens of true worth and value. Not only has he won a creditable place in commercial circles but has also left the impress of his individuality upon the legislative history of the state and has been concerned in those movements which work for a cleaner, better city and a higher, nobler citizenship.

He was born in Germany, December 16, 1857, and is a son of Simon and Malie Sichel, the former a merchant. He acquired his early education in the public schools of Germany and completed his course in a private school. At the age of fifteen years he crossed the Atlantic to America and on the 1st of April, 1873, arrived in Portland, making his way to the home of an uncle. Solomon Hirsch. He immediately sought employment and was engaged in clerking in retail stores until 1879, during which period he carefully saved his earnings until his capital was sufficient to enable him to engage in business on his own account.”[1]

“Looking northward he spent six months at Nanaimo, but, returning to Oregon, found employment eighteen months in our metropolis.

In 1880 he went to Goldendale and engaged in the mercantile business in the firm of Lowengart & Sichel, doing a very thriving business. In 1887 he became sole proprietor; and his operations were quite extensive, his annual sales amounting to one hundred thousand dollars.

On May 13, 1888, Goldendale was destroyed by fire, Mr. Sichel being a heavy loser. Still he at once started again in business, but sold out his interest there and removed to Portland, and is the senior partner of Sichel and Mayer, who are engaged in the wholesale and retail tobacco and cigar trade. This last venture reaps a golden harvest; and such is due to the patronage of the numerous friends Mr. Sichel has made through courtesy and fair dealing.” [2]

“ He conducts his business interests along well defined lines of activity and enterprise and has achieved results which are of a most substantial and gratifying character.

In 1903, when the city was granted a new charter, Mr. Sichel was made a member of the executive board by appointment of Judge George H. Williams and also became police commissioner, in which capacity he served for three years. In 1904 higher political honors were conferred upon him in his election to the state senate for a term of four years. He left the impress of his individuality upon many measures which were enacted and have found their way to the statute books of the state. He was the author of the bill providing a whipping post for wife beaters and also of the bill which allows the state to imprison a man who deserts his wife, his earnings to go to the wife. He was also instrumental in securing the passage of a law which reserved for the state the beautiful Multnomah Falls, among the highest falls of the country. He gave earnest and stalwart support to every measure and movement which he believed would benefit the state, and in the discharge of his public duties ever placed the general welfare before personal aggrandizement and the good of the commonwealth before partisanship.

In July, 1909, he was appointed on the executive board of public commissioners by Mayor Joseph Simon and was made chairman of the committee on city lighting. His labors in behalf of Portland have ever been of a practical and effective character, producing results which have constituted important factors in the city’s development.

On the 23d of October 1888, Mr. Sichel was married to Miss Sarah Solomon, a native of Gloucester, Massachusetts, and unto them have been born two daughters, Ruth and Marian Josephine. Fraternally Mr. Sichel is connected with the Masons, in which he has attained the thirty-second degree of the Scottish

Rite, and is also a member of the Mystic Shrine. He likewise belongs to the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and was at one time grand president of the B’nai B’rith. He is serving on the board of governors of the Commercial Club and is a member of the Concordian Qub. He is president of the congregation of Beth Israel of Portland and was one of the first fifty members of the American Jewish committee. He was the vice president of the first Hebrew Benevolent Society of Portland. He is a correspondent of the Industrial Removal Society of New York, is president of the Society of Social Hygiene and has been a member of the ways and means committee of the Rose Festival Association. The extent and scope of his activities indicate the nature of his interests. He is a deep student of the vital, political, social and economic problems, has informed himself thoroughly on many subjects relative to the public welfare and at all times casts his aid and influence on the side of progress, reform and improvement.” [3]

Sichel Whipping post

Senator Sigmund Sichel, the father of whipping-post law” in Oregon – 1907

Portland, Ore., Jan. 10. – Senator Sigmund Sichel, the father of whipping-post law” in Oregon, is spiking his guns for a bitter fight which will be a feature of the legislative session next month. The Bar association of Multnomah county, is at the back of a movement to repeal the whipping-post law, and Senator Sichel, who drew up, introduced and successfully engineered the hard fight which placed the law on Oregon’s statute books two years ago, is preparing to battle against the repeal, tooth and nail.

 Oregon is one of the few states providing for the official whipping of wife beaters, and the Oregon law is perhaps the most conservative of any, in drafting the measure, Senator Sichel intended it to be more of a deterrent influence, preventing brutal men from beating their wives, than a means of wreaking punishment upon the offenders. That his intention was carried out in the actual working out of the whipping-post law is attested by the statement of District Attorney John Manning of Multnomah county, in which Oregon’s largest city in situated. Mr. manning declares that wife-beating has decreased fully ninety per cent since the passage of the whipping-post law, and that, while the fining and even imprisonment of wife-beaters for atrocious brutalities was formerly a matter of almost daily occurrence, since the whipping-post law has been in force it has been necessary to punish only two men at the post. 

The Sichel law is so drafted that the penalty of official lashing is to be ministered only in deliberate and brutal cases, the fine or term of imprisonment serving as a penalty where the wife beater can show that extreme aggravation or had other partial justification. The criminal is further guarded front unjust or undue suffering at the fact that three different tribunals must pass upon a case before the offender be sentenced.

Senator Sichel will go to the coming session at Salem next month armed with the written testimonials of police judges, superior court judges and district attorney, warmly commending the law, and Gov. Geo. E. Chamberlain who was recently quoted in favor of repeal, has assured Senator Sichel that instead of favoring the repeal, he will be one of the law’s most ardent defenders.

Senator Sichel, while acting as police commissioner, witnessed the abuse of women in the lower walks of life, many being compelled to lead a life of shame under the fists of men who had married them for the revenue they could bring from the dives, and this determined him to devise some means effective protection for these unfortunate women.

In the whipping-post law this means has been found, says Senator Sichel, for the ninety percent decrease in wife beating has proved it. In fight against the law’s repeal, Senator Sichel will have the support of the women as well as a generous proportion of the men. [4]

Masonic History

He likely was Raised during the years he was in Goldendale, Washington. He affiliated with Harmony Lodge #12 in Portland, in 1892. He joined the Oregon Scottish Rite becoming a member before 1896. He was Elected KCCH on October 24, 1907. He died about December 12, 1917 in Portland, Oregon.

[1] Portland Oregon Its History and Builders…, Gaston pages 149-150

[2]History of the Pacific Northwest Oregon and Washington 1889.

[3] Portland Oregon Its History and Builders…, Gaston pages 149-150

[4] [“Wife Beating Now Decreasing – In Oregon Because of the “Whipping Post” Law. – Since Establishment of Law Only Two Men Have Been Whipped – Ninety Per Cent Decrease. – Despite Good Law Has Done, Some in the State Want Law Repealed.” Logansport Daily Reporter (In.), Jan. 10, 1907, p. 5]

About the author:

MDR Fall 2016

Michael D. Robinson 32° KSA, was the second Master Mason Raised in Esoterika Lodge #227, and the first member Raised in that Lodge to serve as Worshipful Master. He was elected Master in 2013 and 2014, and currently serves as Historian.  He is also Historian for Research Lodge #198 and Eugene Lodge #11 and District Deputy of District #13. Brother Robinson was appointed Historian of the Scottish Rite Orient of Oregon in December of 2014. He was the recipient of the “Novus Astorum” from the Portland Valley Scottish Rite in 2010, and the Hiram Award from Esoterika Lodge in 2012. In March of 2015 he was made Secretary of the Eugene Valley, and Director of the Work for that Valley in January of 2017.

Very Successful Southern Oregon Spring Reunion in Medford

The Southern Oregon Spring Reunion was held in Medford on the weekend of March 24-25 raising 6 candidates from the 4° to the 32°. The hardworking members of the Medford Valley, spearheaded by the Knights of St. Andrew hosted the event and conferred the 4th, 6th and 8th on Friday and 14th degree on Saturday. Eugene Valley gave a good rendition of the 18th degree and Roseburg and Klamath Valleys were delivered the 30th and 32nd degree, respectively. Also on hand were dignitaries and members of the Portland and Coos Bay Valleys. Good degrees, food and fellowship abounded.

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Eugene Valley 18th degree team Medford March 25, 2017 – left to right: Rich Maris, Michael Robinson, Sterling Dailey, Steve Karner, Alex Caspar and Terin Mueller.