Masonic Mutual Benefit Society Insurance Certificate
The above certificate was issued
by the Masonic Mutual Benefit Society of Indiana as a 3rd Class Insurance
Policy to Brother Phillip H. Ferguson on the 22nd day of December 1888.
The monthly premium for the above third class policy was 95 cents per month
and paid a death benefit of $1,500.00.
This would generally have
been enough to pay off the mortgage on the family farm and perhaps support the
family thereafter. (This is most likely the origin of the term "he bought the
farm" meaning he died.)
A special "Thank You" to Ms. Avis
A. Ferguson of Alexandria, Virginia, who was the great-great-grand daughter of
the late Brother Phillip H. Ferguson, for whom this certificate was issued,
for donating it to our museum collection.