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Albert Utterstrom (1898-1973)
Albert Utterstrom (1898-1973)
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During the research for my “Blanchard Project” I was taken to search out articles about Albert Utterstrom (1898-1973). The above Reference search yielded 49 articles. I was surprised when I learned that Albert was a Mason, very high up in Masonic hierarchy in Maine. I was surprised because there was no Masonic symbology on his grave marker. Often, when a Mason is buried, the Masons assist in the funeral and bury the individual with “Masonic Honors.” This does not appear to be the case with Albert as nothing graveside nor in the newspapers of the time indicate anything about his Masonic activities.
That commentary aside, it is clear that Masonic actions and activities were an important part of Albert Utterstrom’s life. The following are extracts from many of the 49 articles I found through Find My Past and NewspaperARCHIVES:
December 10, 1942 – Daily Kennebec Journal – Augusta, Maine – Photo of the SPECIAL GUESTS AND PRINCIPALS at annual inspection of St. Omar Commanders, No. 12, Knights Templers includes Albert T Utterstrom of Portland, Grand Warden.
September 17, 1945 – Daily Kennebec Journal – Augusta, Maine – Grand Commandery Military School of Instruction – Grand Commandery military school of instruction, Knights Templar was held Friday evening at the Masonic Temple under the direction of Albert Utterstrom, Eminent Sir of Portland, with Maine Commandery No. 1 of Gardner as hosts….
September 19, 1946 – Bath Independent – Bath, Maine – DUNLAP COMMANDERY INSTRUCTION SCHOOL – Seventy-five Sir Knight attended the successful School of Instruction at Masonic Temple, Thursday evening. Five commanderies were represented, Bath, Portland, Lewiston, Gardner and Augusta… Albert Utterstrom of Portland, Grand Military Instructor, was in charge of the school, and great interest was developed by the many questions ask and by his suggestions.
June 25, 1947 – Portland Press Herald – Portland, Maine – Knights Templar Parade Here in St. John’s Day Observance – Nearly 1,000 Knights Templar, representing commanderies from Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, members of the Tri-State Association paraded in Portland streets Tuesday in annual observance of St. John’s Day… Officers of the Tri-State Association are Albert C. Utterstrom, Portland, president; William….
October 19, 1947 – Portland Sunday Telegram and Sunday Press Herald – Portland, Maine – Photo – PROMINENT AT SHRINE PARTY – Mr. Utterstrom [shown]
[Same page – Different Article]
1,2000 Attend Kora Shrine Ladies’ Night At Poland Spring – More than 1,200 Kora Temple nobles and their wives and guests met at the Poland Spring House Friday evening for their annual Ladies Night observance…. Mr. and Mrs. Albert T. Utterstrom [Portland] and [eight other people] were co-chairmen of the party.
January 11, 1948 – Portland Press Herald – Portland, Maine – KORA TEMPLE OFFICERS – Elected at annual meeting in Lewiston Friday evening were… Albert T. Utterstrom Portland, marshal….
October 17, 1948 – Portland Press Herald – Portland, Maine – Shrine Plans Ladies’ Night – Several hundred are expected to attend the annual Shrine Ladies’ Night scheduled for Friday evening at the Poland Spring House….
At dinner the head table will be occupied by Governor and Mrs. Horace A Hildreth…. Mr. and Mrs. Albert T Utterstrom….
May 6, 1949 – Portland Press Herald – Portland, Maine – Nights Templars of Main Install Cony A. Duncan Grand Commander – Grand Commandery, Knights Templar of Maine, elected and installed Cony A. Duncan, Augusta as grand commander Tuesday afternoon as Maine Masons concluded their four-day annual get together in Masonic Temple here. Also elected were… Albert T Utterstrom, Portland, grand captain general….
October 14, 1949 – Portland Press Herald – Portland, Maine – Frank C. Allen to be Honored Today by Maine Consistory of Scottish Rite – Marks 20th Yeas as Maine Deputy. Frank C. Allen of 3 Bay Road, South Portland and Mrs.Allen will be honored by the Maine Consistory, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite… Albert T. Utterstrom, commander-in-chief of Maine Consistory, will preside….
October 16, 1949 – Portland Sunday Telegram and Sunday Press Herald – Portland, Maine – Photo: AT SCOTTISH RITE DINNER – [Head table is shown with Mr. and Mrs. Albert T. Utterstrom.]
January 26, 1950 – Portland Press Herald – Portland, Maine – Real Estate Transfer – Ruth A. Lewis to Albert T. Utterstrom, et als, all of Portland, land and buildings on Washington Avenue.
May 5, 1950 – Portland Press Herald – Portland, Maine – Photo: GRAND COMMANDERY ELECTS – Harold A. Carman… Albert Utterstrom, Portland, grand generalissimo…
October 1, 1950 – Portland Sunday Telegram and Sunday Press Herald – Camden – Camden, Sept 30… Albert T. Utterstrom, Portland, eminent grand generalissimo of the Grand Commandery of Maine, will install the offers of the Camden Commandery at a semi-public installation… All Blue Lodge Masons and their ladies are cordially invited.
October 20, 1950 – Portland Press Herald – Portland, Maine – Photo: KNIGHTS HONORED – … Albert T. Utterstrom….
February 25, 1951 – Portland Press Herald – Portland, Maine – Sanford-Springvale – … A supper meeting of the pioneer Scottish Rites Club will be held… at the Springvale Masonic Hall. The speaker will be Albert Utterstrom, commander-in-chief of the Maine Consistory.
May 4, 1951 – Portland Press Herald – Portland, Maine – Photo: NEW KNIGHTS TEMPLAR LEADER – Officers of theGrand Commandery, Knight Templar elected and installed Thursday in the Masonic Temple… Albert D [sic] Utterstrom, Portland, deputy grand commander.
May 18, 1951 – Portland Press Herald – Portland, Maine – Photo – Masonic Leaders … Albert T. Utterstrom, Portland, commander-in-chief of Maine Consistory….
May 3, 1956 – Bath Independent – Bath, Maine – All 13 Chapters In State Represented at DeMolay Conclave in Bath Saturday – Among distinguished guests present were… Albert Utterstrom, Portland, illustrious potentate of Kora Shrine…
[Note: Albert Utterstrom died 1 June 1973.]
January 16, 1974 – Portsmouth Herald – Portsmouth, New Hampshire – Kora Temple Plans Meeting for Lewiston – The program will be dedicated to the honor and memory of Albert T. Utterstrom, past potentate 1956, and Malcom B Dunlap, post potentate 1959.
Attempt to find higher quality images from photos in newspapers from:
Daily Kennebec Journal – Augusta, Maine – December 10, 1942 – Page 5.
Portland Press Herald – Portland, Maine May 5, 1950 –Section A, Page 28.
Portland Press Herald – Portland, Maine October 20, 1950 – Page 2.
Portland Press Herald – Portland, May 4, 1951 – Page 31.
Portland Press Herald – Portland, Maine May 18, 1951 – Page 18.
Portland Sunday Telegram and Sunday Press Herald – Portland, Maine- October 19, 1947 – Section B, Page 8.
Portland Sunday Telegram and Sunday Press Herald – Portland, Maine October 16, 1949 – Section A, Page 28.
Learn more about the Real Estate Transfer about 26 Jan 1950 regarding land and buildings on Washington Avenue.
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