When the Brothers of Ashlar-Aspetuck Lodge No. 142 set out to complete their annual clean-up at Union Cemetery on October 21, they were not only providing a service to the community of Easton, CT but also to the many departed Brethren that are buried there. “The cemetery clean-up was something we started last year after a suggestion by Worshipful Brother Darrin Silhavy” said Joe Zannino, Past Master of Ashlar-Aspetuck.
After a very rewarding experience, the Lodge decided that this was something they wanted to make an annual event and this year, they would do a little more. “With the blessing of the Worshipful Master and donations from the members of the lodge, we were able to raise funds to purchase grave markers for our departed brethren to honor them for their achievements, many of which directly impacted the history of our lodge.” Zannino added.
To get an idea of how many grave markers were needed, some research needed to be done, which in cluded some internet research as well as walking the cemetery to find some of the graves. During the internet research, it was discovered that some of the lodge’s founding members, Brother Laurence S. Marsh and Charter Past Master Alfred Hamann, were buried there. It was during an actual visit to the cemetery that something additional was discovered.
While walking through the cemetery, a large bush was noticed near some of the graves. Last year the Brothers discovered the grave of a civil war soldier in what appeared to be a bush, but was actually an overgrown part of the cemetery. When they saw something similar this year, it was decided that a closer look was warranted. Well it’s a good thing a closer look was taken because upon removal of some of the vegetation, the headstone of another founding member of the lodge was found, but this one had even more significance. It was the headstone of Clarence O. Lister, Most Worshipful Past Grand Master of the State of Connecticut Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. According to the Grand Lodge website, it was under his guidance that a new Blue Lodge was constituted in his town of Easton, CT on May 9, 1956, known then as Aspetuck Lodge No. 142 where he also served as Secretary for several years.