|Signatures from the 1940s|
Greg found his great-great-great grandfather's signature in that book--truly remarkable. I found the signatures of many old friends, including the man that top-lined my petition--Worshipful Brother Raymond VanBuskirk. I wore Raymond's hat when I was Master of the Lodge, and after he passed away, his daughters gave me his Scottish Rite ring, which is one of my most treasured possessions. And on the same page Raymond signed more than seven decades earlier, was Bro. Joe Silkey. Believe it or not, I had the great privilege of presenting him his 70-year pin when I was Worshipful Master. He passed away last year, but he attended meetings regularly into his 90s.
|HWB Joseph Silkey|
But what occurred to me was that when they signed that book, there was nothing below their name. What came after them was still in the future. Each signature forming a link in a long chain going back to the beginning of the lodge in 1877. But they probably didn't understand back when they signed that register that they were responsible for what was to come after. All those signatures in our book are links to our past--all that came before. But those that sign it last represent the bridge to the lodge's future.