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A Noted Mason Gone

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Alexaixler McGregor, one of the most prominent Masous in Michigan, died at 1 o'olock Suuday afternoon at Lis home, 209 Sixth street, Detroit, aged 66 years. He had been suSering for several days froru inflammation of the bowels, and Saturday night, after a drive with his sou, retired as usual, but Snnday ruorning when the family went to wake him up he was fouud unoonscions, though still breathing. He remained unconscious uutil death. As a Masón Mr. McGregor was tyler for all the Masonic lodges in Detroit during the war, and for Peninsular cbapter since 1863. He became tentinel of the council and commandery in 1871. In 1872 he was elected grand tyler of the grand lodge of Michigan, a position which he held ever since. Iü 1877 he was also elected grand tyler of the grand chapter, grand sentinel of the grand council, grand sentinel of the grand coniniandery, K. T., and has held the positions since that time. It is said of Mr. M(Gregor that he knew more Masons than any man in Michigan, and could recall more faces and vouoh for more Masons than aay other one Mason. He was personally known by niue-tenths of the 4,000 Masons of Detroit. Private funeral services were held first at the late home of the deceased, 509 Sixth st., at which only the immediate family were present. At noon the remains were removed to the auditorium of the Masonic Temple, where they lay in state until 2 :30, when the funeral services of the fraternity were performed. The - services were in charge of the grand lodge, of which the deceased was grand tyler. The grand 1 dge, grand chapter and grand coinmaudery were all present in their respective bodies. The services were conducted by Rev. Garrett E. Peters, acting prelate of Detcoit commandery ; Rev. Geo. W. Forsey, prelate of Damascus commandery, and Rev. C. L. Arnold, and were of that simple and irupressive nature ■which characterizes the last rites of the blue lodge Masons. The floral decorations' in the temple were of a splendor rarely seen. The entire interior was drapped in black, over which was festooned garlands of smilax. An immense curtain of black was hung across the proscenium, entirely obscuring the drop curtain. In the center of this were the words in white, "Faithful unto death." The floral tributes were mostly of an emblematic nature and of a quantity and beauty never before seen at a masonic funeral in Detroit. The funeral procession, headed by Parke, Davis & Co. 's band, was the largest of a similar nature ever seen in Detroit.


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