Dewey H. Hesse

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Dewey Holden Hesse, PGM,
Dewey Holden Hesse, PGM (From the Michigan Masonic Museum and Library Collection)

Most Worshipful Grand Master, 1941-1942

Dewey Holden Hesse was born on April 11, 1898 in Saginaw. He attended the Saginaw grade and high schools, and graduated in 1915. He then entered the employ of his father in the jewelry business until the outbreak of the war. At this point he enlisted and served with distinction in the United States Navy until March 1919, when he received an honorable discharge. At the time of his discharge, he held the rank of Quartermaster, first class. He again became associated with his father in the jewelry business. Upon his father’s death, in March 1923, he took over the management of the store until 1939 when he retired. On June 30, 1920 he married Dorothy A. Houppert. They were blessed with a daughter and a son.

He was raised as a Master Mason in Saginaw Lodge No. 77, F. & A.M. on June 17, 1919, served as Worshipful Master in 1924 and as Secretary in 1926-27; Exalted in Saginaw Valley Chapter No. 31, R.A.M.; Greeted in Saginaw Council No. 20, R. & S.M.; Knighted in St. Bernard Commandery No. 16 K.T. of Saginaw; Made a Sublime Prince in Bay City Consistory and was an Officer in the Lodge of Perfection; Created a Noble of the Mystic Shrine in Elf Khurafeh Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S.; also a member of Martha Washington Chapter No. 113, O.E.S. and Saginaw Shrine No. 34, W.S. of J., and an honorary member of all five Saginaw Lodges. He was the representative of the Grand Lodges of Tennessee and Sweden near the Grand Lodge of Michigan. In Grand Rapids in May 1935 he was elected to the office of Grand Marshal of the Grand Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons of Michigan and steadily progressed through the line until on May 28, 1941, he was installed as Most Worshipful Grand Master of Michigan.

He was been active in other fraternal fields, having served as Dad of the Order of DeMolay for Boys and President of the Saginaw Lions Club. Long interested in boy’s work, he was a member of the Saginaw Area Council, Boy Scouts of America and served for a number of years as Commodore of the Saginaw Sea Scouts. He was a member of the Jefferson Avenue Methodist Church of Saginaw and was a director of the Peoples-American State Bank.

He died on November 22, 1974.

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