ADMINISTRATION OF ALEXANDER CLARK
Alex Clark, seventeenth Master of Broad Ripple Lodge, was born in Scotland on February 5, 1890, the son of Arch and Jessie Clark. His early education, consisting of grade and high school courses, was received at the place of his birth.
At an early age, Alex made his home in Canada and later the United States where he was employed in the banking business. He was later connected with the Indianapolis branch of Kingan & Co. In the capacity of office manager. He was the father of three sons, Alex H., Fred A., and Jimmy C.
Brother Clark received his degrees in Broad Ripple Lodge having been Initiated April 16, 1915; Passed, April 23, 1915; and Raised April 30, 1915. He is a member of Broad Ripple Chapter R.A.M. and Indianapolis Council, R. & S. M. As a reward for outstanding work as a line officer, Brother Clark was chosen to guide the destinies of Broad Ripple Lodge during the year 1920. This he did with considerable credit.
Lodge Events of 1920
At various times during the year proposals were submitted to add additional floor space to our Temple or to revamp the layout, but each proposition was indefinitely postponed. However, the building was redecorated during the “dark” months of July and August.
Word reached the Lodge that the hall at the corner of 63rd and Bellefontaine streets could be purchased for $7500.00 or leased at $15.00 per month and several Brothers felt that the offer was attractive financially. The motion to purchase, however, was lost for lack of sufficient support.
The stereopticon lantern was given much needed repairs and a cabinet was purchased suitable for housing the slides used by the organizations which meet in the Temple.
Following a very heated discussion the matter of dancing in the dining room, which up to this time was not permitted, received the sanction of the majority of the members in attendance at the December stated meeting.
In conformity with previous practice, the annual charity supper and entertainment was held as usual.
Ritualistic activity was heightened during this particular year and a total of forty-seven new members were added through the conference of the degrees.
The members added by conferring the degrees in 1920 were:
|Melvin H. Hays||William Fleming||Paul W. McComas|
|Frank Seidensticker||Roy F. Cooke||Edgar T. Lawrence|
|Chas. W. Clark||Wm. J. Church||Frank Osborn|
|Gideon Gemmer||Arthur F. Gemmer||Hiram C. Gemmer|
|Carl D. Spencer||Don A. Day||Maurice V. Dunlap|
|George G. Roetter||Chas. B. Sunderland||Alfred W. Todd|
|Paul C. Grimes||John H. Olney||Geo. V. Winings|
|Chas. VanMeter||Elmer E. Hitchcock||Roy J. Fitzgerald|
|Ralph E. Johnson||Arthur F. Hess||Othel L. Brant|
|Irving D. Hamilton||Guy G. Aronhalt||Claude V. Shelby|
|Leo George||Wilson C. Allen||Fred B. Hite|
|Arthur A. Cline||Frank W. Hesler||Alva W. Dodd|
|Frank H. Seay||Wm. R. Todd||Samuel D. Sampsell|
|Wilbur Lovinger||Howard G. Christena||James F. Neunan|
|Grant Engle||Frank E. Trowbridge||Elmer F. Rice|
|Byron C. Bellis||Horace E. Snyder|
Those added by affliation:
|Robert St. Pierre||William Mowat West||David J. Pert|
|Roy S. Herrin||Thomas J. Southern|