Our retiring Grand Master, Brother Anthony H. Barret, is a native of Kentucky, born at Leitchfield, Grayson County, January 25. 1834.
He lived several years in St. Louis, and there was made a Master Mason in George Washington Lodge No. 9, February 14, 1865.
He was made a Royal Arch Mason in Deer Lodge Chapter No. 3, at Butte, Montana, May 23, 1879.
He received the Council Degrees in Helena Council No. 9, Royal and Select Masters, October 9, 1895.
He was created a Knight Templar in Montana Commandery No. 3, Knights Templar, at Butte, Montana, November 3, 1882.
The Degrees of the Scottish Rite, including the Thirty-Second Degree, were communicated to him by Harry R. Comly, Active Inspector General 330 for Montana, January 31, 1882, and he was elected K. C. of the Court of Honor, October 26, 1896.
He was coronetted Hon. Inspector General of the Southern Jurisdiction A. & A. Rite, March 14, 1900, at Little Rock, Arkansas, by Charles E. Rosenbaum, Active Inspector General 330.
He was W. M. of Butte Lodge No. 22 in 1887, High Priest of Deer Lodge Chapter No. 3 in 1882, and Eminent Commander of Montana Commandery No. 3 in 1886.
In Grand Lodge he was elected Junior Grand Warden in 1896, and by regular advancement became Grand Master, September 21, 1899.
In Grand Chapter he was chosen R. E. Grand King at the organization in 1891, and M. E. Grand High Priest in 1893. It was upon his motion that Grand Chapter set apart $500 from its general fund, and ten per cent of its revenues for the Masonic Home Endowment Fund.
In the Grand Commandery of Montana he was first V. E. Deputy Grand Commander in 1888, and R. E. Grand Commander in 1889.
Brother Barret is the only person who has been called to serve at the head of the three Masonic Grand Bodies of Montana.
Our Brother has been active and successful in business, being at present at the head of an abstract company in Butte, is happily married and has an adopted daughter, now married. In politics Brother Barret is a Democrat, has held many offices, and is now a candidate for State Treasurer.
For two years his health has been poor, necessitating prolonged absences from the State.
Among minor accomplishments he is something of a crib player.
He has outlived many whose chances of life seemed better than his, and he has a good stock of vitality left. C. H.
1. "Anthony H. Barret", Proceedings of the Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of Montana, 1900, page 3.
See AlsoMontana Grand Lodge, A. F. & A. M. 1900 Annual Report