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Past Masters of Chapman Lodge

The Worshipful Master of a Masonic Lodge is the highest ranking of all Lodge Officers which a Lodge may elect.
The Worshipful Master sits in the East of the Lodge room (symbolic of the Rising Sun in the East)
and directs all of the business of the Lodge.
His position is similar to a President of any other organization.
As Master, his word is final over any and all actions pertaining to his Lodge.


It is his duty to"
"Set the Craft to work and to give them proper instructions to pursue their labor".

While the Worshipful Master's rank is the highest of all members, his Lodge Officer Duties are the easiest to remember.
The Worshipful Master is responsible for every single thing within his lodge during his year as Master.
He is ultimately responsible for every other lodge officer and their duties, every lodge committee, ritual and degree work,
Masonic education, social functions, fundraisers, District and Grand Lodge liaison, Trestle Board communication, etc.

All eyes are upon the Master. If lodge functions go smoothly, it is the Master who takes the credit.
If lodge functions go awry, it is the Master who bears the blame. Therefore, the Master wears many hats.
It is his duty to preside over business meetings, the conferral of degrees, and delegation of duties to all other Lodge Officers.

While Freemasons call the Master, "Worshipful Master", they do not, as some people may erroneously believe, actually worship him.
"Worshipful" is an honorary title which shows respect for his position.
In France, the word "Worshipful" is replaced with the word "Venerable".
It is no different than respecting the office of our President of the United States.
He would be addressed, formally, as "Mr. President" rather than by his first name.
Likewise, if you go before a judge, you would address him as "Your Honor", rather than by his first name,
as a measure of respect that you hold for his office.


122 Brothers have served as Master of Chapman Lodge and
seven have served as Grand Master of Masons in New Mexico.
We have also had five Honorary Masters.


* Indicates a Past Grand Master of New Mexico

(Note: if the Masters name is underlined, click on it for a photo of that Master.)
1862 - Henry Allen
1863 - Jonathan E. Jewell
1864 - Jonathan E. Jewell
1865 - Morris Bloomfield
1866 - Morris Bloomfield
1867 - Morris Bloomfield
1868 - J. D. Ousterhaut
1869 - George W. Stebbins
1870 - Lachonius Frampton
1871 - George W. Stebbins
1872 - Richard Dunn
1873 - S.H. Wells
1874 - Charles E. Wesche
1875 - John B. Wooten*
1876 - Joseph Rosenwald
1877 - James T. McNamara
1878 - Richard Dunn
1879 - Truman F. Chapman
1880 - John B. Wooten*
1881 - George J. Dinkel
1882 - Charles P. Hovey
1883 - Charles E. Wesche
1884 - James T. McNamara
1885 - Josiah S. Pishon
1886 - Louis Sulzbacher
1887 - Charles W. Danver
1888 - Robert C. Stewart*
1889 - Joseph R. Harrison
1890 - Charles H. Sporleder*
1891 - Charles H. Sporleder*
1892 - George H. Marshall
1893 - James S. Duncan
1894 - James S. Duncan
1895 - Robert L. M. Ross
1896 - John McMullen
1897 - Louis H. Hofmeister
1898 - George W. Ward*
1899 - John Hill
1900 - Robert L. M. Ross
1901 - A. B. Smith
1902 - Lucien Rosenwald
1903 - Oscar L. Gregory
1904 - Marine R. Williams*
1905 - Marine R. Williams*
1906 - Cyrus D. Boucher
1907 - Cyrus D. Boucher
1908 - Cyrus D. Boucher
1909 - George H. Kinkle
1910 - George H. Kinkle
1911 - William H. Stapp
1912 - Nicholas O. Hermann
1913 - William Porter Mills
1914 - Guy M. Cary
1915 - Arthur M. Staley
1916 - William J. Lucas
1917 - Dr. Franklin H. Crail
1918 - Frank R. Williams
1919 - Albert F. Blackburn
1920 - John F. Sackman
1921 - Lloyd Fontelroy Grinslade
1922 - Jesse T. Buhler
1923 - John W. Lewis
1924 - James G. Padem
1925 - Ralph Waldo Emerson
1926 - John H. Bell
1927 - Jas. N. Cook
1928 - Frank Fitch*
1929 - Ora E. Ambrose
1930 - Edgar C. King
1931 - H. B. Peterson
1932 - George D. Smith
1933 - Jas N. Cook
1934 - J. S. Jones
1935 - Carl A. Hursh
1936 - Gordon E. Melody
1937 - Albert J. Atkins
1938 - Harold Voda
1939 - Frank Fitch*
1940 - Paul D. Henry Sr.
1941 - A.V. Franke
1942 - Henry E. Blattman
1943 - Gordon E. Melody
1944 - James T. Owen
1945 - Paul B. Dailey
1946 - C. Rex Morrison
1947 - C. Rex Morrison
1948 - James C. Wright
1949 - Robert O. Sipe
1950 - Wm C. Russell
1951 - Elmer C. Hedquist
1952 - Smith A. Connell
1953 - Maurice J. Holscher
1954 - Robert H. Beeler
1955 - Charles V. Glover
1956 - José D. Vasquez
1957 - Ralph H. Conklin
1958 - George A. Stracke
1959 - James C. Brown
1960 - Witt B. Harwell
1961 - Berva D. Roberts
1962 - Charles N. Slaughter
1963 - H. Clyde Turner
1964 - E. E. (Pete) Gardner
1965 - Bennie Colvett
1966 - William L. Erb
1967 - E. E. (Pete) Gardner
1968 - Witt B. Harwell
1969 - Eugene Akin
1970 - Herbert E. Coulter
1971 - Joe E. Contreras
1972 - R. Glen Elliott
1973 - John H. Lloyd
1974 - Jay G. Harris*
1975 - R. Dale Turpen
1976 - Robert J. Henry
1977 - James C. Sampson
1978 - Lee N. Smith
1979 - Jimmy G. Simpier
1980 - Louis E. Lyster
1981 - Lyman J. Chapman
1982 - Peter J. Laumbach
1983 - R. L. Gardner Johnson
1984 - Cary C. Culbertson
1985 - Norman W. Smith
1986 - Ebben E. Holt
1987 - Lee N. Smith
1988 - Harold F. Thatcher
1989 - John C. McCord
1990 - Lee N. Smith
1991 - Edward J. Pierce
1992 - Edward J. Pierce
1993 - Cary C. Culbertson
1994 - Cary C. Culbertson
1995 - John H. Lloyd
1996 - Henry S. Rogers
1997 - Luis Sanchez
1998 - Arthur Ingraham III
1999 - Lee N. Smith
2000 - Mack Crow
2001 - Antonio Astorga
2002 - Stephen Astorga
2003 - Luis A. Montoya
2004 - Luis A. Montoya
2005 - Luis A. Montoya
2006 - Rudolph E. Laumbach
2007 - Rudolph E. Laumbach
2008 - Rudolph E. Laumbach
2009 - Cary C. Culbertson
2010 - Rudolph D. H. Laumbach
2011 - Robert C. Ramsdell
2012 - Darryl P. Laumbach
2013 - H. Clyde Turner
2014 - Donald G. Bovia Sr.
2015 - Donald G. Bovia Sr.
2016 - Donald G. Bovia Sr.
2017 - Dean L. Scoggin

Past Grand Masters


1882 - John B. Wooten
1893 - Charles H. Sporleder
1898 - Robert C. Stewart
1904 - George W. Ward
1912 - Marine R. Williams
1946 - Frank Fitch
2008 - Jay G. Harris

Honorary Masters


1881 - Charles Ilfeld
1960 - Ed Comstock
1960 - Noble G. Vansickle
1995 - James V. Stewart
1995 - Lucien Hoch


 



Pictures of Past Masters
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