Daniel Striker

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Daniel Striker, PGM,
Daniel Striker, PGM (From the Michigan Masonic Museum and Library Collection)

Most Worshipful Grand Master, 1879

Daniel Striker was born on April 9, 1835 in Rose located in Wayne County, New York. In August 1835, he traveled to Michigan with his parents and settled at Concord in Jackson County. Later, in March 1851, he moved to Baltimore in Barry County. In 1855, he moved to Hastings and found work as a Clerk with Barlow & Goodyear Merchants. He remained with them for three years, when he was elected County Clerk in 1858, and served four years. In 1866, he was again elected County Clerk and served four more years. In the meantime he had been Deputy for two years, Supervisor, Superintendent of the Poor and Assessor of the Village for a number of years. In 1870 he was elected as Secretary of State which position he filled for four years. In this same year he was admitted to the Bar of Barry County. From January 1861 to November 1866 he was engaged in the pharmaceutical and book trade with James P. Roberts under the firm name of Roberts and Striker.

Like most boys brought up on a farm, his education was limited to the common district school save one term at the Michigan Central College at Spring Arbor, Michigan, and one term at Hastings Union School. He taught school two winters.

In 1873 he was chosen a Director of the Hastings National Bank, and in 1877 was made its Vice President. In 1882 he was elected Chairman of the Albion College Endowment Fund Committee.

On October 1, 1862, he married Miss Sarah E. Fancher, a native of German Flats, in Herkimer County, New York.

He was raised as a Master Mason in Hasting’s Lodge, No. 52, in 1858. He was Secretary in 1859 and in 1860, Senior Deacon in 1862, Senior Warden in 1863 and Worshipful Master in 1864, 1866, 1869, and in 1870. Was elected a Royal Arch Mason in Battle Creek Chapter, No. 19, in May 7, 1863, and was demitted in April 1869 to become a charter member of the Hastings Chapter, No. 68, and served as the High Priest of the new Chapter Under Dispensation., also for the years 1870 and 1871. He received the Council Degrees in Giblum Council No. 49, in 1876, the Commandery orders in DeMolai No. 5, Grand Rapids, July 15, 1870, received the Consistory degrees of the Scottish Rite in DeWitt Clinton Consistory at Grand Rapids, on February 20, 1879 and was Coroneted as a 33rd Degree Mason in Chicago on September 14, 1866. He was also a Shriner being a charter member of the Saladin Temple.

Brother Striker was elected Deputy Grand Master in 1878 and Most Worshipful Grand Master in 1879.

He died on April 12, 1898.

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