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Re: Hello
Posted by: George Hiram Derby Jr. Date: February 24, 2002 at 12:38:23
In Reply to: Re: Hello by Paul Derby of 669

Hi Paul; Thanx for responding.
The middle monicker "HIRAM" is most often associated with the Masonic Lodge. All 32nd degree Masons are awarded the name Hiram and all members of the Shrine (Shriners) greet one another as "Noble" in honor of King Hiram.
Hiram of Tyre was the original Master Mason who according to biblical text built King Solomons Temple. It is upon King Solomon, King Hiram of Tyre, and the Knights Templar who protected the ruins of the temple that free Masonry is structured. My father, and as I have been led to believe, all of my male ancestors were Masons; I however am not.
George Hiram Derby was a famous U.S. humorist and political pundit in the 1800's. My grand father George Hiram Derby, is mentioned several times in the writtings of Jack London. They sailed together on whaleing & sealing hunts. He (my grand father)graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School with an MD in the early 1870's.It is known that he never practiced medicine. At some point he became the Master of a "China Clipper" known as the "Anaconda" that sailed between San Francisco and Shanghi; he was highly suspected of being a Chinese slave runner. Later, he went to work for the U.S. Diplomatic Misson to China and became the International Diplomatic Compound's "Jailer" (something like the local Sherif of the non Chinese Diplomatic community).My father was born in Shanghi in 1896. My grand father, grand Mother (a Japanese named Kani Tanoguchi) and my father's only brother (Allen Stanly Derby)all died in China. My father made his way to the U.S. during the rebellion of 1919. George is one of the most common Derby first names and Hiram as a middle name is also quite common in Derby liniage
I am now on the short road to exiting this mortal coil and I have wanted to put this little bit of Derby history in writting for a long time.
To all of you Derby's who take the time to read it;
Thank You.
George H. Derby

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