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              32nd Grand Master

         Reid Gardiner (3)

                         Born in Kentucky March 20,        He was a member, American Bar Association; Chi
                         1862, Edward Carson Day lived     Phi; past Exalted Ruler for the Livingston Elks; and
                         the life of a country boy in his  President of the Rotary Club.
                         youth. He attended the schools    During the war he served as state chairman of the
                         of Cynthiana and graduated        Red Cross, YMCA and United War Work drives, and
                         high school in 1878. He had       chairman of the state speakers bureau of the Council
                         attended Lee University in        of Defese.
                         Lexington, VA, graduating in      He receivied this degrees in Livingston Lodge #32:
                         1880 with a Bachelor of Arts      Initiated on August 15, 1891; Passed September 5, 1891
                         and and Bachelor of Laws in       and raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason
                         1883. He was admitted to the to   on September 19, 1891. He was appointed Senior
                         the Bar in Kentucky in 1882 and   Deacon four months later, and elected Worshipful
the Ohio Bar in 1884. From 1887 to 1890 worked with        Master two years after that. He first appeared on the
the editorial board of a law publisher in Minnesota.       floor of the Grand Lodge of Montana in 1894, and
Desiring to enter active practice, E. C. Day moved to      was there unanimously elected Junior Grand Warden.
Livingston, MT in 1890, where he became associated         He became Grand Master in 1897.
with Judge Savage under the firm name Savage and           He was a member of the York Rite bodies, and served
Day. He was admitted to the Montana bar in 1890            Grand Commander of Knight Templar in 1900; and
practicing law in Livingston until 1896.                   Grand High Priest of the Royal Arch 1909. He was
In 1897, E. C. Day moved to Helena, associating            also a member Algeria Shrine and served as Potentate.
himself with William Cullen. The “copper war”              E. C. Day was also president of the Masonic Home
came on, and many great cases were fought out in           board of trustees for 25 years. He went on to become
district and supreme courts in which Cullen & Day          Sovereign Grand Inspector General for the Orient of
participated. Day was personal attorney for many           Montana in the Scottish Rite in 1915.
prominent Montana industrialists as well as some of        A few minutes after the opening of the 6th Conclave
the state’s first corporations.                            on February 1, 1929, the whole assembly arose in one
An ardent supporter of the public schools, for 24          tremendous burst of applause as down the center
consecutive years a member of the board of trustees        aisle, escorted by Honorable Edward C. Day of
of the Helena school district and chairman of that         Helena, walked the Founder of the Order of DeMolay,
body for 23 of those years.                                Honorable Brother and Dad to millions of DeMolays
He was elected as a member of Montana state house          across the country, Frank Sherman Land of Kansas
of representatives, 1899, 1913-15. In 1918 he was          City, Missouri. After being introduced, Dad Land
appointed the United States attorney for the District      gave a very inspirational talk on the possibilities of
of Montana by Presidnet Wilson, serving in that            the Order and about his dream for this organization.
position until 1920. He served as Helena City Attorney     E. C. Day Chapter in Helena, Montana was named
from 1905 to 1907 and 1919-1920.                           after Edward Carson Day when it was constituted on
An outstanding leader he also served as President          March 2, 1922.
of the Helena YMCA, member of the board of St.             M.W. Brother Day died on June 7, 1936 in San Diego,
Peter’s Hospital, on the Board of the Montana Club,        California. He was interred in Battle Grove Cemetery,
he was a member of St Peter’s Episcopal Church and         Cynthiana, Kentucky.
chancellor of the diocese of the Episcopal church of

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