”SUBORDINATE LODGES, I. O. O. F.
Hampden Lodge, No. 27. —Hampden lodge was instituted February 7, 1844, with Addison Ware, James Henry, James M. Thompson, Josiah Hunt. Albert C. Cole, Thomas Hassard, jr.. as charter members, all of whom are deceased. …
Agawam Encampment, No. 25, was instituted at Springfield on January 6, 1847, with the following as charter members: James M. Thompson, George W. Wilson, Addison Ware, George Smith, William Hankerson, John F. Comstock, A. A. Upson, John Grant, Thomas A. Lewis, Benjamin K. Bliss, Samuel D. Holman, Jasper R. Rand, Lyman Lewis, Charles Dickerman and Henry F. Gardner.
Of these fifteen charter members but one is now living; our venerable and worthy brother and patriarch, George Smith.
The first elective officers installed into office were James M. Thompson, C. P.; John F. Comstock, H. P.; Addison Ware, S. W.; George W. Wilson, S.; Samuel D. Holman, T., and William Hankerson, J. W.
From that time until the present, the growth of Agawam encampment has been steady and continuous; and from a membership of thirty-two, at its beginning, it has at this time 415 members in good standing. In financial and numerical strength it ranks the second in this jurisdiction; while its reputation for business management and conducting its degree work is second to none. …”
Our Country and Its People: A History of Hampden County, Massachusetts, Vol. 1, by Alfred Minott Copeland, 1902, pages 485 ans 490