After being placed on the project, working alongside the Grand Historian (MWPHGL of WA), WB Rick Sepolen, to restore and organize the Grand Lodge Proceedings, I learned of the sizeable Masonic Collection at the University of Washington. I went there to see if I could find information on Conrad A. Rideout, a figure of interest and upcoming article for the Phylaxis Society. I believe that every researcher and historian can attest to the fact that during the course of research sometimes inspiration for new projects and leads can come from just an interesting sounding Collection name.
One such name was Dr. Nettie J. Asberry; I saw her collection of papers mentioned and decided to sign them out to find out who she was and her story. Upon search of the papers, I found myself intriguingly drawn to her story. I needed to find more about her life and work. I came across a particular piece that looked, at first glance, like a handwritten letter. I noticed the name, or what appeared to be the name of Most Worshipful E. H. Holmes, Past Grand Master of Masons for the State of Washington, Prince Hall (1917-1923). I immediately designated it a document of interest and took photographs of all five (5) pages and continued with my research.
After getting home, I wanted to go through all of the pieces that I had obtained, and list them in my database. Upon further review, I discovered that the letter was actually a Eulogy HANDWRITTEN by Most Worshipful Past Grand Master E. H. Holmes. But for whom it was written was even more rewarding, because it was a two-fold wage. The eulogy was written for Dr. Nettie J. Asberry's husband, who had transitioned this life on July 25th, 1939. Her husband, I was soon to find out, was none other than Most Worshipful Henry J. Asberry, Past Grand Master of Masons for the State of Washington, Prince Hall (1910-1911). He was the 4th in succession after Most Worshipful J. E. Shepperson.