Clark W. McKenzie

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Clark W. McKenzie, PGM,
Clark W. McKenzie, PGM (From the Michigan Masonic Museum and Library Collection)

Most Worshipful Grand Master, 1922-1923

Clark W. McKenzie was born on a farm in Sanilac County, Michigan, on March 23, 1880, and moved with his parents to Cass City, Michigan in April 1883. He graduated from the High School in Cass City in June, 1894, took a business course in the Detroit Business University in 1896 and then entered the employ of the Cass City Bank. He was made assistant cashier in 1898 and cashier in 1899. He continued in that position until January 1907. At that time, he went to Kalamazoo as the office manager of the A.M. Todd Company. He continued in that position for two and one-half years when he went with the Henderson-Ames Company of Kalamazoo as Secretary and as one of the Directors.

He was raised as a Master Mason in Tyler Lodge No. 317 of Cass City in February, 1903, and served as Worshipful Master of that lodge in 1905 and 1906. He received the Royal Arch Degree in Kalamazoo Chapter No. 13 in December 1910, and the Council Degrees in Kalamazoo Council No. 63, the Order of Knighthood in Peninsular Commandery No. 8 in December 1911. He received the Scottish Rite Degrees in DeWitt Clinton Consistory of Grand Rapids in February 1907, and also became a member of Saladin Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S. the same month. He was a member of the Order of Eastern Star in Echo Chapter No. 337 of Cass City and also a member of the White Shrine of Jerusalem, the Royal Order of Scotland, St. Vincent Conclave, Order of the Red Cross of Constantine of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and of Grand Rapids Court No. 11, Royal Order of Jesters. He was Coroneted a 33° Mason in Boston, Massachusetts, in September 1921. He was very active in all of the various branches in Masonry.

The DeMolay for Boys in Kalamazoo named their Chapter the Clark W. McKenzie Chapter.

He was elected Most Worshipful Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Michigan in May 1922.

He was married and was blessed with one son and two daughters.

He died on February 11, 1967.

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