Hi, Dad! A Story about Frank S. Land and the Order of DeMolay

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"The life story of Frank Sherman Land is the story of the Order of DeMolay. One would not be complete without the other. So begins the Reverend Herbert Ewing Duncan, as he weaves together the biography of a remarkable man with the history of the creation and promotion of the Order of DeMolay.

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Hi, Dad! – Copyright Acknowledgment

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This book, Hi, Dad! A Story about Frank S. Land and the Order of DeMolay, was written more than two decades ago. This is not to say that the story…

Preface

The following pages written by Reverend Herbert E. Duncan, one of Frank Land’s “boys,” depicts in more than ordinary detail, the life and activities of Frank Sherman Land from his…

Prologue

THE LIFE STORY of Frank Sherman Land is the story of the Order of DeMolay. One would not be complete without the other. The life of the man and the…

Chapter 1: As the Twig Is Bent

FRANK LAND WAS to say in later years, after he had seen thousands of young men grow into manhood, that “It is the beginning that is most important. The early…

Chapter 2: The Formative Years

MIDWEST AMERICA in the first years of a new century was caught up in the potential changes and the high optimism of the time. The twentieth century was believed to…

Chapter 3: Nine Boys and a Man

Frank noticed that they were of the same height, of what was then called average, a few inches under six feet. The boy’s hair was brown, cut short and smoothed…

Chapter 4: I Do So Promise and Vow

Land found Marshall slumped in a well-worn upholstered chair, the picture of a man at leisurely ease. The old newspaperman was dressed in his habitual careless manner. His suit out…

Chapter 5: When a Dream Enslaves a Man

Master Masons by the score rose in standing ovation and crowded around Dad Land to extend congratulations and pledge support and help for what they called the “greatest thing” that…

Chapter 6: DeMolay Reaches Out

“I had never heard of this club for boys, but I understand they have a beautiful ritual. They call it DeMola, or something like that. Maybe it is DeMolay from…

Chapter 8: A Shrine to Youth

DEMOLAY WAS NOW in the throes of “growing pains.” Personality clashes, differing opinions and lack of financing pressed constantly for solutions. The sixth annual session of the Grand Council was…

Chapter 10: New Frontiers

Louis Gordon Lower was the man most “sought after” from all the prominent men present for the First and Second Founder’s Conferences. The boys wanted to meet him and to…

Chapter 11: With the Highest Honors

THE THIRTIETH ANNIVERSARY of the Order of DeMolay in March of 1949, came as the nineteenth century approached its halfway point to look back upon a decade of violence and…

Chapter 12: Citizen Extraordinary

FRANK LAND was now a citizen extraordinary of America. He was known in every State and Province, and welcomed in cities and communities all across the nation. Shrine Temples presented…

Chapter 13: It Is the Beginning

The departed whom we now remember has entered into the peace of life eternal. He shall live on earth in the acts of goodness he performed and in the hearts…

Chapter 14: In Remembrance

“I feel that the greatness of DeMolay lies beyond the rituals, the pomp and ceremony, the necessary organization, and even beyond these Memorial Rooms. It is something as bright as…