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Letter - Hartle to Dr Young, (Mason) 1945

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Hightower Apts
Tyler Texas
Oct 26, 45

Dr Claud F Young
209 So. Main St
Ft Scott, Kans

Dear Dr Young

Again I want to emphasize my gratitude for and appreciation of the outstanding Masonic honors recently bestowed upon me through your most kind and generous efforts. It was all, indeed a privilege and distinction and I shall ever be grateful to you and our grand mutual friend Galloway, for your constant thoughtfulness and consideration.

I have not seen Galloway since my return ( which was yesterday evening ) to Tyler, but I shall be having that opportunity in the not distant future and we shall reminisce [?]

Do come down to see us and in the meantime thanks a million.

Most sincerely
Russell P Hartle,
Maj Gen US Army



Russell P. Hartle

Washington County Free Library

Major General Russell P. Hartle was invited “…to be Present at the Investiture of the Designates to the Rank and Decoration of KNIGHT COMMANDER OF THE COURT OF HONOUR Of the Ancient and Accepted Rite of Freemasonry for the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States…” on December 14, 1945 at the Scottish Rite Temple, in Wichita, Kansas. Hartle was to be awarded his 33rd Degree Rank of Freemasonry.

Achieving the 33rd Degree is the greatest honor that can be bestowed upon a Mason. It is not a rank that one can campaign or strive for. The rank can only be granted and installed through recognition form the Supreme Council, comprised of 33rd Degree Masons.

The Supreme Council awards the 33rd Degree as a way of honoring “outstanding and selfless” work performed in the rite or public life. Members are elected unanimously and are eligible to become honorary members of the Supreme Council.

This document is a copy of the letter from General Hartle to Dr. Claud Young, 33rd degree Freemason and Sovereign Grand Inspector General in Kansas, dated October 28, 1945. He thanked him and the members for the “privilege and distinction” of receiving this honor.

Reference: Scottish Rite of Freemasonry – Michigan Council of Deliberation


Collection Location:
Western Maryland Room, Washington County Free Library

Original Size:
27 x 21 cms

United States. Army, Biography; World War, 1939-1945, United States; Hartle, Russell P.

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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