Fletcher E. Turrell
Most Worshipful Grand Master, 1904 – 1905 *
Fletcher E. Turrell was born in Woodstock, in Lenawee County, Michigan, on December 19, 1849. At the age of ten he moved to Hillsdale, Michigan, and two years later to Litchfield, Michigan, where he later was engaged in the mercantile business for eighteen years. On July 2, 1874 he married Miss Mary E. Burgett of Litchfield. He moved to Bellaire, Michigan, in 1884 and engaged in the hardware business and later organized and opened its first bank. In 1905, he entered into the lumber business at Turrell, Arkansas. In 1906, he organized the Charlevoix State Savings Bank, at Charlevoix, becoming its president. The later years of his life were spent in the sale of bonds and securities.
He was raised as a Master Mason on May 16, 1887 in Eaton Rapids Lodge No. 63; was elected Junior Warden in December, 1887. He was demitted on December 2, 1889 and admitted to Bellaire Lodge No. 398 on January 3, 1890. He was elected Worshipful Master of that Lodge in 1891, 1893, 1894, 1895 and 1896. He transferred to Charlevoix Lodge No. 282 on August 8, 1905, and transferred back to Bellaire Lodge No. 398 in November 1919. He was made a Life Member on December 5, 1930. Brother Turrell belonged to all the bodies of both the York and Scottish Rite. He received the degrees of the Scottish Rite 4° - 32°, in DeWitt Clinton Consistory, and coordinate bodies of Grand Rapids, Michigan, on February 8, 9, and 10, 1898 and was created a Life Member, on February 8, 1923. He was elected Grand Marshal of the Grand Lodge F. & A. M. of Michigan in 1898; Junior Grand Deacon in 1899; Senior Grand Deacon in 1900; Junior Grand Warden in 1901; Senior Grand Warden in 1902; Deputy Grand Master in 1903 and Most Worshipful Grand Master in 1904.
- From its inception, the Grand Lodge of F. & A.M. of Michigan had established and held its Annual Communication on the fourth Tuesday of January. However, in 1902 representatives of the lodges of the Upper Peninsula, while traveling to the Grand Lodge in Muskegon, were unable to make the trip. Their ferry, crossing the Straits of Mackinac, got stuck in the ice. Therefore, the date of the annual meeting of the Grand Lodge, was changed from the fourth Tuesday in January to the fourth Tuesday in May of each year. Consequently, Brother Turrell, served as Grand Master from January 26, 1904 to May 23, 1905.
He died on July 2, 1935.