I need your help in trying to identify a lapel pin that my great grandfather had. Adolph Roeder was a Missouri Lutheran pastor from 1890-1937, serving congregations in Michigan. I have a lapel pin of his which at first glance seems to have characters on it that would suggest Masonic connections. However, given that he was a Missouri Synod pastor, I seriously doubt that. Has anyone ever come across a similar pin? You can see a picture of it at http://dl.dropbox.com/u/16425747/Pin.JPG. You may need to copy and paste this address in your browser. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!
I was just taking a break from weekend chores, and also waiting for news about my brother, and decided to read what you wrote, since I enjoy reading your posts more than some others. That's how I noticed the post about the pin, and it piqued my interest. I guess I have a natural curiosity, so I wanted to find out what it was. Of course, with the Internet, you can find just about anything in a short period of time. First I googled Masonic pins, and I discovered that they do, indeed, have pins in the shape of a cross similar to this one. This is sort of a Maltese cross, so I googled that, too. I also noticed the crescent and stars, so I researched that - no luck. Then I thought maybe a military insignia. The German iron cross is also in the shape of a Maltese cross. No luck there, either. Then I remembered that there are some Lutheran fraternities, so I googled "Lutheran fraternity" and ended up ... at Thrivent, of course. I discovered there is also another organization in Michigan called "Lutheran Fraternities of America", but I couldn't find a website for it. So I just googled "fraternity pins", and up it came. I learned a lot in maybe 20 - 30 minutes. Maybe I should have become a librarian, huh? Or maybe a genealogist?
A librarian for sure. You are a genius. Have you done any geneology? My son and I are both working on our various family trees and, oh, the neat things I have found. I will share them with you some time, although I may have posted some of it elsewhere on this site.
To bind men together in a brotherhood based upon eternal and immutable principles, with a bond as strong as right itself and as lasting as humanity; to know no North, no South, no East, no West, but to know man as man, to teach that true men the world over should stand together and contend for supremacy of good over evil; to teach not politics, but morals; to foster, not partisanship, but the recognition of true merit wherever found; to have no narrower limits within which to work together for the elevation of man than the outlines of the world: these were the thoughts and hopes uppermost in the minds of the founders of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity.
Still an active fraternity. Seems highly unlikely that a Missouri pastor would have been a member.