Most Worshipful Grand Master, 1908-1909
Herbert Montague was born in Henderson, Jefferson County, New York, on August 29, 1849. He came with his parents to Cleveland, Ohio, in April, 1853. In April, 1855, they continued to journey westward and settled on a farm in Farmington, Jefferson County, Wisconsin. They lived there until May 1868 when they came to Michigan. They settled at Old Mission. In April 1872, Brother Montague came to Traverse City and entered in the employ of the Hannah-Lay Co., the largest business concern of Northern Michigan. He eventually was promoted to General Manager. He retired in that position in 1906.
The larger part of his education was received from his mother, who was a highly educated and intellectual woman. He attended the common schools at Farmington, Wis., and had one year in a German Lutheran college at Watertown, Wis.
He was raised as a Master Mason in Traverse City Lodge No. 222, on April 3, 1882. He received the York Rite degrees in Traverse City Chapter and was the first one to be knighted in Traverse City Commandery No. 41, K.T. He is also a member of DeWitt Clinton Consistory A. & A.S.R. 32º and of the Saladin Temple A.A.O.N.M. S.
He entered the Grand Lodge F. & A.M. of the State of Michigan as the representative of his lodge at the annual communication in 1884 and returned in 1885 and in 1886. In 1887 he was made a member of the standing committee on lodges and in 1888 a member of the standing committee on finance, on which committee he continued to serve for eighteen years. In 1895 when Brother William Wente was elected Grand Treasurer, Brother Montague succeeded him as chairman of the finance committee and continued in that position until elected Deputy Grand Master at the annual communication of Grand Lodge in 1907. This was the first instance in 33 years of the election of a member of the Grand Lodge from the floor to the office of Deputy Grand Master. At the sixty-fourth annual communication of Grand Lodge at Jackson, on May 27, 1908, he was elected Most Worshipful Grand Master.
He died on June 15, 1931.