Lodge Members Get A History Lesson

Alex Shipley and Larry Bodine

RAHWAY — Earlier this year, LaFayette Lodge made a donation to Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum Association. F. Alexander Shipley accepted it on the museum’s behalf and returned the favor in April by giving a great talk to the members of the lodge on Irving Street.

Shipley, a popular Rahway author, local historian, and retired Rahway High School English teacher, educated the members on the history of Rahway and the early residences of LaFayette Lodge. He inspired the May Trestleboard written by Worshipful Master Larry Bodine when he spoke of Mason Brother and Companion Seymour Williams. Williams was a famous Rahway architect who not only designed the Masonic Temple built in 1924, but Grover Cleveland School, the Rahway Savings Institution, the original field house for Veterans Field, and several church annexes and homes in the area.


Shipley also spoke about his new award nominated book, “The Case of the Unknown Woman”, the famous story of the murder of a young woman in 1887 in Rahway. Shipley autographed several books for the brethren and promised Bodine that he would find more historic Rahway Masons for the Worshipful Master to write about.

To promote Masonic Awareness, LaFayette Lodge will hold an open house in conjunction with Rahway’s First Thursday and National Night Out on Aug. 4. The open house, with free tours, will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Inquiries about the lodge or Freemasonry can be made to Larry Bodine at 1-732-388-7081.

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