Past Grand High Priest Jewel of George W. Trout


GEORGE W. TROUT, professor of history at the State Manual Training Normal School at Pittsburg, Kansas, was born in Allen County, Kentucky, September 16, 1863, and is a son of Rev. Paton and Amanda (Black) Trout. He belongs to an old and honored family which originated in Ireland, and came to America during the days of the American Colonies; the first forefather in this country settling in Virginia, from whence the family drifted to various parts of the Union.

Professor Trout was married in 1887, in Allen County, Kansas, to Miss Mary L. Gilbert, daughter of Edward and Mary (Tucker) Gilbert, farming people, the former of whom is now deceased, while the latter is a resident of Kincaid, Kansas. To this union there have been born nine children, as follows: Deva, who died at the age of three years; Ola, who died when three months old; Aiden Camby, born May 5, 1893, a graduate of the academic department of the State Manual Training Normal School, and now a member of the Pittsburg Fire Department; Ruth, born December 28, 1895, who is the wife of James Stillwagh, the proprietor of an ice manufacturing business at Pittsburg, and has one child, Edith Lavon, born January 15, 1915; Anna, born April 4, 1898, who is a freshman at the State Manual Training Normal School; Gilbert, born February 28, 1901, a freshman in the high school department of the State Manual Training Normal School; Ralph, born September 10, 1903, who is in the ninth grade in this school; Harold, born February 7, 1906, also a student; and Mary E., born July 7, 1910. The family home is at No. 305 West Quincy Avenue.

In his youth George W. Trout received only an indifferent public school education, as the family was large and he was expected to contribute to its support. He was only fourteen years of age when he began to do a man's work on the farm, in Marion County, Illinois, thus earning $6 per month. He continued as a farm hand in the fields of Illinois, with gradually increasing wages, until 1882, when he came with the family to Allen County, Kansas, and during the next six years continued to work as a farmer during the summer months.  In the winter terms, however, he taught in the country schools, having managed to pick up some education through studying in the hours that were not demanded for farm work, and in 1885 was given a county teacher's certificate.  With his appetite for knowledge only sharpened by what he had secured, Mr. Trout determined to gain a thorough education, and in 1893 entered Ottawa University, from which institution he was graduated in 1899, with the degree of Bachelor of Arts. Subsequently, he went to Rochester, New York, where for three years he attended a theological seminary, specializing in history and sociology, and in 1902, on his return to Kansas, located at Pittsburg as pastor of the First Baptist Church, a pastorate which he filled for five and one-half years.   In 1908 he was offered and accepted the chair of history in the State Manual Normal Training School at Pittsburg, where he has since remained and where he now has two assistant professors.

In politics Mr. Trout is a Republican and by his ballot supports the men and measures of the party, but has had neither time nor inclination to hold office himself, his attention being fully occupied with his business affairs, which have resulted prosperously so that he is now one of the substantial farmers of his adopted county.  Professor Trout is one of the best known educators in the state, was one of the organizers of the Kansas Sociological Association, of which he is a member, and belongs also to the Kansas State Teachers' Association and the Kansas Historical Association.

Fraternally, he belongs to Pittsburg Camp of the Modern Woodmen of America, and to Pittsburg Lodge No. 187, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, of which he is a Past Master; Pittsburg Chapter No. 58, Royal Arch Masons, of which he is high priest; Pittsburg Commandery No. 29, Knights Templar, of which he is prelate; Mirzah Temple, Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine; Zabud Council, of Topeka; and Fort Scott Consistory No. 6, of the thirty-second degree. He also holds membership in the Pittsburg Commercial Club and allied himself with other progressive and public-spirited citizens in advancing movements for the welfare of the city and its people.

The procedings of the year 1927 has a picture of the man, George W. Trout, Grand High Priest, February 23, 1926, to February 22, 1927.  Sixty-first annual convocation held in Topeka, Kansas Monday and Tuesday Feb. 22, 23, A. D. 1926 A. I. 2456, morning session Tuesday, Feb. 22, 1927, under " Presentation of Jewel", M.:. E.:. George W. Trout was presented a Past Grand High Priest's Jewel on  behalf of the M.:. E.:. Grand Chapter by M.:. E.:. Elrick C. Cole.

He died June 23, 1947 at 83 years of age.

From the Proceedings of the Most Excellent Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Kansas

This beautiful jewel was donated to our museum by Daniel R. Day of Hamden, CT in honor of Mr. Blaine Butler, New Orleans, LA.




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