Rufus C. Hatheway

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Rufus Claghorn Hatheway, PGM,
Rufus Claghorn Hatheway, PGM (From the Michigan Masonic Museum and Library Collection)

Most Worshipful Grand Master, 1887

Rufus Claghorn Hatheway was born in the old town of Rochester, (now Marion), Plymouth County, Massachusetts, on December 21, 1837. He came with his parents to Michigan in 1849. He passed through his studies in school with credit, always one of the leaders in his numerous classes. He decided to become a seaman instead of going to college. He followed this profession for several years, and sailed in various parts of the world. At his mother’s insistence, he abandoned that way of life, and returned to Michigan in the early 1850’s. He joined his father in the lumber business in eastern Michigan. He continued in business with his father until 1865, when he moved to the western part of the state and began his own lumber business. He met with several severe losses from fire, the last time being in 1879. After that time he entered the real estate, insurance, and commission lumber business.

He married Miss Alma A. Sage, of Memphis, Michigan in 1860. She died in 1876. In 1883 he married Lizzie Innes. She was the daughter of Most Worshipful Grand Master William P. Innes (1892).

Brother Hatheway was made a Master Mason in Ionia Lodge, No. 36, in 1868, and in 1871 he received the York Rite degrees in Ionia Chapter, No. 14.

He was elected Junior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge in 1877, and Senior Grand Warden in 1878.

In 1886 he was elected Deputy Grand Master, and in 1887 Most Worshipful Grand Master.

He was a Past Most Illustrious Grand Master of the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masons of Michigan.

He attained the thirty-second degree in the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, and was a member of DeWitt Clinton Consistory in Grand Rapids.

He died on Wednesday, December 9, 1896.

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