Chapter History

In an effort to preserve the long history of Franklin W. Hornor Chapter, we’ve started to try to piece together important dates and will be scanning documents and taking pictures of various awards the chapter has accumulated over the years. These will be posted on this timeline so that everyone can see.

Putting together a history as old as ours is not going to be an easy task. Obviously, records get lost over the years and there are going to be gaps in the timeline. We are asking anyone with knowledge of important dates and functions to send me pictures or scanned documents to the chapter email address at so that we can add them here.

Our plaques with all the Past Master Councilors have been lost somewhere along the way and there is only one remaining without dates. If you know anyone who served as Master Councilor and the date they were installed, it would be helpful in creating the timeline.

Franklin W. Hornor Chapter History

Franklin W. Hornor Chapter History

April 21, 1924

Letters Temporary Issued

Letters Temporary issued for Woodbury Chapter, Order of DeMolay located in Woodbury New Jersey.

May 8, 1924
March 17, 1925
December 17, 1933

Chapter Namesake Dies

Franklin W. Hornor of Woodbury, NJ passed on December 17th, 1933 survived by his wife Nancy Fry-Hornor wed on June 9th, 1906. Franklin W. Hornor was a member of: Woodbury Masonic Association Woodbury Chapter No. 109, Order of the Eastern Star Odd Fellows Kemble Memorial Methodist Church Busy Man’s Bible Class of Kemble Sunday School Gloucester County Chapter of the American Red Cross

November 8, 1959

DeMolay Founder Frank S. Land Dies

“Dad” Frank S. Land passed away on November 8th, 1959.

September 24, 1988

Installation of Officers

Installation of Officers Master Councilor – Scott Gilligan

July 15, 1995

“Dad” Mervin M. Little Died

Long time Advisor, Chairman of the Advisory Council, and Senior DeMolay “Dad” Mervin M. Little born on September 8, 1930 passed away on July, 15, 1995.

August 5, 2016

Dad Alfred E. Hopper Died

Former Chapter Advisor “Dad” Alfred E. Hopper passed away on August 5th, 2016. “Dad” Hopper served as Chapter Advisor for several years and was an active member of Merchantville Lodge. He was also a Past Worthy Patron of the Eastern Star and served as a member of the Advisory Board for the Order of Rainbow for Girls.