Hastings, Minn: Irving Todd, nd [ca. 1909?]. Broadside advertisement, 31 x 10.5 cm., printed on tan paper. Old fold lines, one closed tear (with no loss), a good copy unevenly trimmed along the top margin. Todd advertises his interest in specific Freemasonry publications for Grand Lodges, Grand Chapters, Grand Councils, Grand Commanderies in the various states, as well as A.A.S. Rite publications in the Northern and Southern Jurisdications, and another "Special List" of publications, "originals to complete files." Item #68346
According to a retrospective article in the Hastings Journal published Nov. 16, 2021, Irving Todd came west in 1857, settling in Prescott, Wisconsin where he learned the printer's trade. In about 1862, he moved to Minnesota and became proprietor of the Hastings Conserver. That paper later consolidated with the Independent becoming the Gazette in 1866 and Todd was its editor and publisher for most of the rest of his life. His brief biography in Edward Neill's "History of Dakota County and the City of Hastings," [North Star Pub. Co., Minneapolis, MN, 1882], notes that Todd was a freemason, taking "an active interest in masonry and masonic literature, and is the author of a digest, which is being published by the grand lodge of the state" in 1865. Over the years, he compiled and printed several digests of laws, rules and regulations for the Grand Lodge of Minnesota.