F. Homer Newton

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F. Homer Newton, PGM,
F. Homer Newton, PGM (From the Michigan Masonic Museum and Library Collection)

Most Worshipful Grand Master, 1928-1929

F. Homer Newton was born in Oakland County, Michigan, near Pontiac on October 25, 1878. He spent his early years on the farm. He attended the Pontiac Public and High schools and prepared himself for a career in business. At sixteen he became a clerk in a general store. He went to Business College and later prepared for his career by diligent study and effort. In 1900 he entered government service at the Pontiac Post Office. During the next ten years he advanced through every department, and held every position except that of postmaster.

In October 1904 he married Fanny Ardella Carter and later they were blessed with two daughters. In 1910 he resigned from government service to engage in the manufacture of fine lettering pens, inks and commercial and school lettering supplies. He consolidated several small concerns into the Newton Automatic Lettering Pen Company in Pontiac.

He was raised as a Master Mason in Pontiac Lodge, No. 21 on October 18, 1901. In 1906 he was elected Junior Deacon of his Lodge, rising successively through the chairs. He was elected Worshipful Master in 1910. In 1912, he was elected High Priest of Oakland Chapter, No. 5. In 1915, he was elected Thrice Illustrious Master of Pontiac Council, No. 3, R. &S.M. In 1919 he was elected Eminent Commander of Pontiac Commandery, No. 2, Knights Templar. In addition, he was a member of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Free Masonry, Valley of Detroit and a member of Moslem Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S. in Detroit.

He was elected Grand Marshal of the Grand Lodge in Grand Rapids on May 24, 1922. He was elected and advanced of all of the successive positions until he was duly elected Most Worshipful Grand Master at the Eighty-Fourth Annual Communication on May 23, 1928 in Detroit.

He was an officer of the First Methodist Church in Pontiac for nine years. He also served for nine years as a member of the Pontiac Masonic Temple Association and was elected again in 1925 to serve another three-year term. He was a director of the Peoples State Bank of Pontiac. He was active in all the Masonic Bodies as well as in the Order of the Eastern Star.

He died on April 18, 1966.

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