Adolphus P. Thornton, Grand Master and his associates then entered injunction proceedings against Jordan Leftwich and his associates. A decision was rendered by the Supreme Court when ruled in favor of Adolphus P. Thornton and his associates. The decree was signed by Justice Barlow S. Weeks on the nineteenth day of March 1918, enjoining Jordan Leftwich and his associates from using the name of Hiram Grand Lodge, A. F. & A. M., Inc., State of New York and from working as a Masonic organization in this Jurisdiction.
Henry A. Toppin (1887-1965) Born in Barbados, Toppin came to New York as a child. He started as a Chef, working at the Waldorf-Astoria and on the Pennsylvania Railroad. In 1926 he became a licensed undertaker and eventually the manager of the Henry A. Toppin and Son Funeral Home. He was active in politics for many years serving as a member of the state Democratic Committee, a delegate to the Democratic Convention in 1952 and a member of the Electoral College.
Born in Washington DC April 7, 1906, Died December 23,1977. Married to Mildred Graves 1954(d. 2010). Served in the following capacities: Grand Master, Hiram Grand Lodge; Grand High Priest, Royal Arch Masons; Imperial Grand Treasurer AAOMS; Grand Lecturer of the Grand Lodge; Order of Knights Templars; Illustrious 33degree, AASR, and extensive works within the Masonic Order.
Edwin Sturrup Jr. was born on 02/09/1916 and died on 05/12/2001. Edwin Sturrup is buried in Calverton National Cemetery, which is located in Calverton, NY.