Frank S. Gould

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Frank S. Gould, PGM,
Frank S. Gould, PGM (From the Michigan Masonic Museum and Library Collection)

Most Worshipful Grand Master, 1934-1935

Frank S. Gould was born in Philadelphia, New York, on October 3, 1870. He came to Grand Rapids as a boy in 1881 and attended the public schools. Early, though, he entered business life. A year or two after coming to Grand Rapids he became a cash boy at Wurzburgs dry goods store; next he became a messenger boy and was one of the first uniformed messengers in the city. He progressed and learned telegraphy and for four years was a railroad telegrapher. Then he became operator for the United Lines-later Postal Telegraph. Later, he became a press wire telegrapher and for years worked for The Associated Press and the United Press, for six years with the Grand Rapids Herald. He then became a local manager for the Postal for ten years and was transferred to Detroit for six years, and then returned to Grand Rapids to manage the Western Union Office, where he continued for another ten years. He finally gave up the telegraph business to help organize the Preferred Automobile Insurance Company and within a year became its President. He has always been active in the business and social life of Grand Rapids, and was a member of the Rotary, Peninsular Club and the Cascade Hills Golf Club.

He was raised as a Master Mason on May 28, 1896 in Doric Lodge No. 342 in Grand Rapids. He was elected Junior Warden in 1903, Senior Warden in 1904 and Worshipful Master in 1905. He was made a Mark Master Mason on February 4, 1904, a Past Master on February 25, 1904, Most Excellent Master on February 25, 1904 and a Royal Arch Mason on March 10, 1904. He was elected High Priest in December 1909 in Columbian Chapter No. 132, R.A.M. He received the Royal Master degree on February 8, 1905, Select Master on February 8, 1905, Super Excellent Master on February 22, 1905 and was elected Thrice Illustrious Master in 1906 in Tyre Council No. 10. R. & S. M.

He was elected Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons in Michigan in May of 1934.

He was Knighted on January 28, 1910 in DeMolai Commandery No. 5, K.T. of Grand Rapids. He received the degrees of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite 4th to 14th in Moriah Lodge of Perfection on April 21, 1931; 15th and 16th degrees in Cyrus Council Princes of Jerusalem, on April 22, 1931; 17th and 18th degrees in Robinson Chapter of Rose Croix, on April 22, 1931, and the 19th to 32nd degrees in DeWitt Clinton Consistory on April 23, 1931. He was created a Noble of the Mystic Shrine on May 13, 1910 in Saladin Temple A.A.O.N.M.S., all in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

He died on March 26, 1951.

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