When members of Astoria's Seaport Lodge No. 7 Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Oregon celebrated their 150th anniversary Saturday, DONALD LINK was presented with his 50-year membership pin.
Oregon Grand Master GARETH DUGGAN asked for other 50-year Masons to stand and eight others joined Link amid guests' applause. Among them was retired Seaside educator LLOYD DUNN, right, who is a sprightly 99 years young and has been in the fraternity for 76 years.
More than 60 people attended the event, at which secretary Ronald Collman described the colorful history of the lodge, which had been painstakingly researched by the junior warden, SKY OLSEN. Visitor LARRY WARD offered a history of Masonry in Oregon dating back to 1846.
Music was provided by the talented North Coast Chorale under the direction of JUDITH MARKHAM TAYLOR with accompanist DEBBIE LOYD. Performers included CAROL RAY, CHERYL GRAMSON, JOHN COMPERE, GARY WEBB and JO POMEROY-CROCKETT, wife of DAN CROCKETT, master of Seaport lodge.
The choice of the U.S. Marine Corps' hymn among musical sections was no surprise as Crockett is a retired captain in the corps and has a giant flagpole with the Marines' distinctive red flag outside his Astoria home. It prompted some good-natured ribbing from fellow veterans, especially Navy types, as to which is the superior service. Semper Fi!
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