Wednesday, July 19 – 1871
The interest attached to the meeting of Everton Lodge (No. 823) attracted a strong muster to the meeting held at the Masonic Hall, Hope-street, on Wednesday evening. That interest lay in the fact that worshipful master elect was to be installed, and, as true masons, the brethren and a large number of visitors assembled to do honour to the occasion.
Brother Thomas D. Pierce was installed as W.M. for the ensuing year, the ceremony of installation being performed by Brother S. Haynes, I.P.M., in a highly-creditable manner. The W.M. then invested the following officers: – Brothers Joseph Holland, S.W.; William Boulton, J.W.; William John Lunt, treasurer; Joseph Sharpe, secretary; William Cottrell, S.D.; Thomas Shaw, J.D.; Wm. Wilson, I.G.; Alfred T. Lowe, S.S.; John Houlding and T. Evans, J.S.; T. Ashmore, P.M., D.C.; H. Ashmore, choirmaster; John Carter, organist.
The W.M. afterwards gave the first degree to three gentlemen in a manner which augurs well for the efficiency of his services during his year of office. In the course of the evening he also presented a very handsome P.M.’s jewel to Brother Haynes for the highly satisfactory and admirable manner in which he had fulfilled the duties of the chair which he had just passed, by which he had maintained the harmony, good feeling, and prosperity of the lodge.
In reply, Brother Haynes tanked the brethren for their substantial remembrance of his services, and assured them he would continue to maintain and advance the position and well-being of the lodge.
The brethren, after some other business, were called from labour to refreshment, and during the merry gathering a number of loyal patriotic, and masonic toasts were given and responded to with great enthusiasm, the proceedings being greatly enlivened by the fine harmony for which the lodge is famous.
(Liverpool Mercury, 22-07-1871)