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Frank Ocar Gilbert (1845-19??)
Born at Norfolk, Ont., dentist, Mason holding high positions locally and at State level.

1908 biography. - Added Oct., 2010.

Proceedings of the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters, May 18, 1908

Grand Master 1907

The subject of this sketch was a native of Canada being born in Norfolk, Ontario, on September 4, 1854. His parents were farmers and he remained on the farm until he was eighteen years old when he removed to Bay City where he has since resided. He became interested in the science and took up the study of Denistry, graduating from the Dental Department of the University of Michigan in 1880, and established himself in the practice of his chosen profession in him home city, where he continued until failing health a few years ago caused him to discontinue his practice.

He was married in 1884 to Miss Carrie Van Campen who died three years later leaving him one son, now a student at the Michigan university. His political affiliations have have been with the Republican part.

The Masonic life of Companion Gilbert has been a particularly brilliant one, and he has enjoyed the confidence and esteem of his associates in that Grand Body of men, and few have been honored as he has at the hands of his brothers. His Masonic record opened when he was initiate into the mysteries of Masonry in Bay City Lodge, No. 129, F. & A. M., and he was raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason on May 18th, 1882. He was elected and served as Worshipful Master of his lodge in 1887, 1888 and 1893, in the semi-centennial year of the history of the M. W. Grand Lodge of Michigan, Companion Gilbert was elected Grand Marshal and thus started on a pilgrimage whose ultimate goal was the chair of the Grand Master of all Masons of the State of Michigan. He reached this goal in 1901 where in the city of Detroit he was elected to that most exalted station and presided over the Craft for one year.

In 1907 at the Grand Lodge meeting in Bay City, he was elected to the important and responsible position of Grand Lecturer and has made the enviable record of meeting with some representatives of every lodge in the state during the year and of holding more schools of instruction than have ever been held in any one year.

In Capitular Masonry he received the degrees of Mark Master, March 15, 1883, Past Master, March 22, 1883, Most Excellent Master, March 29, 1883, and Royal Arch, April 12, 1883 in Blanchard Chapter, No. 59 of Bay City. He was elected High Priest in 1888 serving one year. He dimitted January 7, 1897. When a charter was granted to Bay City Chapter, No. 136, on January 20, 1897, Frank O. Gilbert was named as the first High Priest. He has been a regular attendant at the Grand Chapter convocations, and served for several years on the Finance Committee.

On April 1, 1884, he passed the Circle of Perfection in Ancient Masonry by receiving the degrees of Roy and Select Master in Bay City Council No. 53, and two years later was elected Thrice Illustrious Master. In 1903 he started in the lines in the Grand Council of Michigan and on this the Semi-centennial year of that Grand Body he presides over the Royal Craft, closing a very successful year.

Companion Gilbert received the Orders of Knighthood in Bay City Commandery, No. 25, K. T., where he was dubbed January 4, 1884. He was elected and served as Eminent Commander in 1894.

In the Scottish Rite he has also achieved distinction being created a Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret on March 26, 1884, in Michigan Sovereign Consistory of Detroit, and on September 18, 1884, he was crowned a Sovereign Grand Inspector General of the 33d and last degree, and honorary member of the Northern Jurisdiction of the United States of America.

He has crossed the hot sands of the desert and made the journey to Mecca under the scorching rays of a tropical sun and after a difficult and dangerous journey with the caravan arrived at the oasis in the valley of Detroit and in Moslem Temple. The weary travelers were resuscitated with zem zem water and tea biscuit.

Additional Notes.

    Family from biography of Harvey Gilbert, M.D.

  • Parents: John W. Gilbert and Christine Smith.
  • Harvey, M.D.
  • Isaac A. - b. 1850 Canada, wife Eunice M. Munro, law firm or Pratt & Gilbert.
  • Samantha, wife of William Culver of Simcoe.
  • Peter - b. 1844 Canada, d. 1920 Arenac Co., Senator.

    1879 - Proceedings of the Board of Regents, University of Michigan.

  • Gilbert, Frank Oscar of Bay City, conferred as Doctor of Dental Surgery.

    1883 Directory: Bay City, Mich.

  • Gilbert, Frank O. - dentist 407 Center, bds 209 S. Jackson.

    1886 - Michigan Deaths: Bay City.

  • Carrie V. Gilbert, age 32, b. N.Y., married, died Feb. 26, 1886.

    1886/7 - Directory: Bay City, Mich.

  • Gilbert, Frank O. (Gilbert & Light) res 521 N. Adams. Gilbert & Light (Frank O. Gilbert, Eugene W. Light), dentists 405 Center.

    1896 - Dental Journal, Vols. 4-5:

  • Gilbert, Frank O., Bay City, MI, Secretary Michigan Dental Assoc.

    1901 - Michigan Official Directory & Legislative Manual.

  • Frank O. Gilbert, member of State Board of Examiners in Denstry, term expires Nov. 9, 1902. Other members of this board are Henry H. Hinds, Stanton and H. T. Harvey, Battle Creek.
Related Pages/Notes

Frank O. Gilbert

Related Pages:
Gilbert, Harvey M.D.
People Referenced
Gilbert, Frank O. (subject)
Gilbert, Harvey (bro)
Gilber, Isaac (bro)
Gilbert, John W. (father)
Gilbert, Peter (bro)
Gilbert, Samantha (sis)
Harvey, H.T.
Hinds, Henry H.
Light, Eugene W.
Smith, Christine (mother)
VanCampen, Carrie V.(wife)
Subjects Referenced
Battle Creek, MI
Bay City, MI
Bay Co., MI
Detroit, MI
Gilbert & Light
Mason Grand Marshal
Norfolk, Ontario
Stanton, MI
Univ. of Michigan
WRITINGS: History As It Was Written Then.