Brethren, the story is finished. We have followed Maine Masonry from its feeble beginnings in 1762 up to its present favored position of influence and strength. We have seen it triumph over a bitter and vindictive persecution. We have seen it survive the disruptive effects of two cruel civil wars. We have seen it enjoy periods of abnormal and extravagant prosperity and we have seen it endure periods of prolonged and abnormal depression. We have seen it grow with our State and become one of the most typical and familiar of our American institutions.
There is no doubt that Masonry has, in her quiet and unobtrusive way, played a major part in the development of our peculiar civilization. Side by side with the Church and the School, the Masonic Lodge has made its contribution to the moral, religious, and social life of the community. Its work is with the clay of human character. No man has ever knelt at a Masonic altar without being a better man for that experience. No man can live his Masonic obligations without thereby becoming a better neighbor, a better husband, a better father, a better citizen, and a better man. By its gentle teachings, Masonry has helped to shape the character of those men who have, in turn, shaped the destinies of the State. We cannot doubt that our Masonic Presidents, from George Washington to Harry Truman, and our Masonic Governors from William King to Horace Hildreth, have been influenced in their public acts by the pure and beneficent tenets of our Fraternity.
Maine Masonry has survived and flourished because there have been, in every generation, great and noble men who have given to the Fraternity the best work of their hearts, and minds, and hands. Our Masonry today is a sacred inheritance from Simon Greenleaf, Samuel Fessenden. Robert P. Dunlap, Abner B. Thompson, Josiah H. Drummond, and Albro E Chase.
It is our sacred duty to preserve its purity and pass it on unchanged to those who shall come after us, with no Landmark cast down and no jewel tarnished.
Finally, my brethren, in the words of the immortal Drummood "As you love Masonry, whatever betides, come prosperity, come adversity, adhere with unflinching tenacity to the ancient usages of the Craft."
But this isn't "The End" even for Brother Pollard's history for in 1970, he added another 24 years to the story!