18 Popular Brands You Didn't Know Were Founded By Freemasons
This is a follow up to the "10 Famous Men You Didn't Know Were Freemasons" blog that I wrote about 5 years ago.
I present to you well-known US / Canada brands (alphabetically arranged) that were founded by a Freemason. Some on this list have local popularity and some are known on a global scale. Got something to comment or add? Please leave a comment below.
Alexander Keith's Brewery
Founded by Brother Alexander Keith. Initiated in 1816 at St. John No. 118, Sunderland, Scotland. Affiliated with Virgin Lodge No. 2, Halifax, SC. Grand Master, Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia from 1869-1873.
Co-founded by Steve Wozniak. Initiated in 1979 at Charity Lodge No. 362 in Campbell, California, now part of Mt. Moriah Lodge No. 292 in Los Gatos, California. (Note: I heard uncomfirmed reports that he have demited a long time ago)
Founded by Brother Walter Percy Chrysler. I can't find information about his Initiation-Raising but I came across this interesting article by a Brother who said he was a member of Scottish Rite Isis Shrine Temple of Salina in Kansas.
Colt's Manufacturing Company
Founded by Brother Samuel Colt. Member of St. John’s Lodge No. 4, Pythagoras Chapter No. 17, Washington Commandery No. 1, all of Hartford, CN
Ford Motor Company
Founded by American industrialist Brother Henry Ford. Palestine Lodge No. 357, Detroit, MI and was a member of Zion Lodge No. 1.
Founded by Brother King Camp Gillette. Adelphi Lodge, Quincy, Massachusetts. Affiliated with Columbian Lodge, Boston on April, 1909.
The Hoover Company
Founded by Brother Frank G. Hoover, William McKinley Lodge No. 431, Ohio.
Founded by Brother John Bayne Maclean. Ionic Lodge No. 25, Toronto.
Founded by Brother William Worrall Mayo. Rochester Lodge No. 21
Founded by Brother Frederick L. Maytag. Newton Lodge No. 59, Iowa.
Founded by Brother John Molson, Sr. Master of St. Paul's Lodge in 1971 and served as the Provincial Grand Master for Lower Canada in 1826.
Founded by Brother James Cash Penny. Wasatch Lodge No. 1, Salt Lake City
Give me a stock clerk with a goal and I'll give you a man who will make history. Give me a man with no goals and I'll give you a stock clerk.
Founded by Brother Rowland Macy Merrimack Lodge, Haverhill, Massachusetts.
While he is not the founder of the NBA as an association, Dr. James Naismith invented the game of basketball itself. He was Initiated at Roswell Lee Lodge, Springfield, Massachusetts. Affiliated and became the Worshipful Master of Lawerence Lodge No. 6, Kansas.
Kentucky Fried Chicken
Founded by Colonel Harland Sanders. Lodge No. 651, Henryville, Indiana. Hugh Harris Lodge No. 938, Corbin, Whitley County, Kentucky
Founded by former hockey star and Brother Tim Horton. Kroy Lodge No. 676, Thornhill, Ontario.
Founded by Brother Dave Thomas. Sol. D. Bayless Lodge No 359, Fort Wayne, Indiana
The Ringling (Rüngeling) Brothers were all members of Baraboo Lodge No. 34 in Baraboo Wisconsin.
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