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CHRONOLOGY ABOUT MAX HEINDEL

AND THE ROSICRUCIAN FELLOWSHIP

 

 

by

 

Ger Westenberg

 

 

 

 

CHRONOLOGY

 

1865

 July  23   Birth of Carl Louis Fredrik Grasshoff in Aarhus,Denmark.

Oct.  15  Baptised in the Lutheran Cathedral in Aarhus.

 

1867

July  20   Birth of Louis Julius August, brother of Carl.

 

 

1869

April  8   Decease of Carl’s father by a boiler explosion.

 

1872 

Nov.  6   Removal to Copenhagen.

 

 

1872 

Nov. 26  Birth of Anna Emilie, halfsister of Carl.  

       

1873  about  

Accident by jumping over a ditch.

 

1884  about  

To Glasgow, Scotland, tobacconist.

 

1885

Dec.  15  Carl married Catherine Dorothy Luetjens Wallace,

born Jan. 4, 1869; removal to Liverpool.

 

1886

  June 15   Mrs. Grasshoff Sr. remarried to Fritz Nicolaj Povelsen.

Nov.  5   Birth of daughter Wilhelmina; Carl became a seaman.

 

1888 

Nov.  6   Birth of daughter Louise.

± Dec.    Removal to Copenhagen.

 

1889 

Nov.  5   Birth of daughter Nellie.

 

1891

 Jan. 15  Birth of son Frank.

 

1896  about  

Carl alone migrated to America and changed his name to MaxHeindel; engineer in a brewery in Somerville near Boston, MA.

 

1897 about     

  Heindel remarried to a Danish woman named Petersen who           

had four children.

 

1898 

 Sept.   7  Heindel’s  four children leave Copenhagen for America.

 

1899  about    

 Divorce. Heindel moved with his four children to Roxbury,

a suburb of Boston, MA.

 

1903 

Heindel goes to Los Angeles, CA. to find work.

          Dec. Attending lectures by Leadbeater in Los Angeles, CA.

 Membership of the Theosophical Society; becomes a

vegetarian; friendship with Augusta Foss born Jan. 27, 1865 in

 Mansfield OH.

 

1904/5 

Vice-president of the Theosophical Society in Los Angeles.

 

1905

 Summer  Serious ill; a good lady-friend, Alma von Brandis, goes to

Europe. Heindel withdraws as a member of the Theosophical

Society after illness.

 

1906 

 April  Own lecture tour to the North, lecturing Christain mysticism

and astrology.

 

1907

Autumn  Alma von Brandis and Heindel go to Germany to hear Steiner.

 

1908

April Split with Alma von Brandis;

 

   April/May  Heindel stands test by a Brother of the Order of the Rose  Cross;

first initiation. Writes The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception.

 

1908

Summer   Return to America, New York City;

rewriting  manuscript of the Cosmo

 

          Sept.  Heindel goes to Buffalo, NY, and finishes manuscript Cosmo.

          Nov.  Foundation of the first Rosicrucian Centre in Buffalo, NY.

 

1909

 Summer   On his way through Seattle, WA.

Aug.  8    Launching of ‘The Rosicrucian Fellowship’ at  3:00 pm.

Heindel and William M. Patterson go to Chicago to have

the Cosmo and Christianity Lectures printed.

 Nov.  To Yakima, WA, lecturing and starting a Centre.

 

1910  

 Printing of Simplified, Scientific Astrology.

To Portland; lecturing and establishing a Centre.

 Febr. To Los Angeles; visit to Augusta Foss.

 Febr. 27   Launching of the Los Angeles Center.

         April  Heindel very ill; second initiation on April 9th.

Writing of Questions and Answers (I).

         Aug. 10  Third marriage to Augusta Foss.

Writing of The Rosicrucian Mysteries.

         Nov.   Housing of Headquarters in a beach cottage in Ocean Park.

  Max Heindel very ill; third initiation.

 

1911

 Febr.  Plans with Mr. Patterson to buy land for a permanent Headquarters.

May  3   Purchase forty acres of land in Oceanside at 3.30 p.m..

 Oct.  28   Turning of the ground at 12.40 p.m. and planting of the cross.

Oct.  30   Start building of the first Building.

 

1912

Spring  Own water-plant.

 Probationers from Seattle, WA, make from metal a lighted emblem for outside and transport it to Headquarters by train.

 Dec. The Rosicrucian Fellowship acquires corporate personality.

 

1913

June   3    First probationer meeting. [not May 25?] Changing cross from  black to white.

 

1913 June  4  First Summer School meeting.

         June  Start publication of Echoes.

         Aug.   6    Making cornerstone for the Sanitarium.

         Nov. 27   Start building of the Pro-Ecclesia; ready on Dec. 24.

 

1913

Dec. Construction of the most important road on Headquarters, Ecclesia Drive; donation of 78 palm-trees. Purchase of a little 2nd  hand organ  for the Pro Ecclesia.

1913 Dec. 24    Dedication of the Pro Ecclesia.

 

1914

Apr. 12     First Easter Service at Mount Ecclesia.

 June  23   First Healing Service.

         Nov. 26  Dedication of the Cafeteria, and laying of the cornerstone for

the Ecclesia or Healing-Temple. Own electric plant.

 

1915 

 July  Paying last money on the mortgage of the grounds.

       Summer     Building of the Heindel Cottage. Rewriting of the Message of the Stars and Simplified Scientific Astrology, printed in 1916.

 

1916

 March 13 Decease of Max Heindel’s mother.

         May Publishing of the magazine Rays from the Rose Cross.

 

1917

March  Max Heindel meet the poet Ella Wheeler Wilcox.

         March 13 Start building of the new Administration Building; ready in June.

1917 May  Building of Ecclesia Cottage.

         July 15    Mr. and Mrs.  Heindel on vacation. Calculating of ephemeredes

 and table of houses. Calculating the ephemerides and table of houses.

 

1918 May  Plans to install a bookbindery.

 

1919

 Jan.  6  Decease of Max Heindel due to a heart attack at 8:25 p.m. Mrs. Heindel succeeds.

 

1920

 June 29   Ground breaking for the Healing Temple at 11:45 a.m.

         July 23    Laying of the cornerstone for the Temple, which was already

 made by Max Heindel on November 26, 1914.

Dec. 24   Dedication of the Temple

 

1923

Aug.  7    Ground breaking for the Rose Cross Lodge. Buying 4½ acres of

 land from a neighbor.

         Dec.  1     Mrs. Heindel’s Birth of the Rosicrucian Fellowship printed.

 

1924

 Mach/Apr. New electrical system.

1924 Nov. Purchase of a pipe organ for the Temple.

 

1925 

 Plans to bild a Children’s School; ready in Sept. 1926, closed in

March 1931. Then named West Hall.

 

1925 Sept.   Mrs. Heindel makes a lecture tour in 20 large towns in the

North-Western and Eastern States. Buying of another plot of  land.

Max Heindel’s Lessons to students published in five

books and one booklet.

 

1926

 Jan. Publication of Evolution from the Rosicrucian Standpoint by Mrs. Heindel.

 

1928

Aug.  Publishing of Astro Diagnosis, a Guide to Healing.

 

1929

 Dec. 11 Laying of the corner stone for the Sanitarium.

 

1931

April  Mrs. Heindel withdraws as president and moved to Oceanside.

 May   Mrs. Heindel very ill.

         June  Mrs Heindel establishes the “Max Heindel Rose Cross Fellowship.’

 

1932

Jan.  6  Start building of the Sanitarium; opening at Christmas 1938.

 

1934

 Dec. 25    The parties agree to a consolidation and Mrs. Heindel returns

to Headquarters. She has a cottage build which is ready in June 1937.

 

1938

April   Start building of the Healing Department.

1938 April   Continuation of the building of the Sanitarium, which was

started in 1932.

        Aug. 27  Opening of the Healing Department.

        Dec.  25   Opening of the Sanitarium.

 

1942

Febr. Mrs. Heindel removed from her positions against her wishes.

 

1943

 May 21   Mrs. Heindel suffered a bad car accident

and ended up in a wheel-chair.

 

1944

July   6    Incorporation of ‘The Rosicrucian Fellowship Non-Sectarian

 Church,’ formed in Jan. 1943 by Mrs. Heindel and part of the  members.

 

1947 

Publishing of Questions and Answers, part 2.

 

1949

 May  9    Decease of Mrs. Heindel.

 

1951

    Between 1951 and 1971 was published Aquarian Age Stories for

 Children in seven volumes.

 

1956

March 25 End of the conflict; burial of the hatchet at 12:00 Noon.

 

1959 

 Jan.  Donation of a 12 passenger bus to Headquarters.

 

1960 

 The Fellowship is no longer reguiered to pay property tax.

 

1961 

 Members are allowed to build cottages at Headquarter grounds.

 

1962

Febr.  Demolishing of Heindel Cottage

     Summer   22 acres of the land sold.

 

1963

 Plans for widening of the highway and erecting of a new

entrance gate, realized in 1965/67.

       Summer    Ecclesia Cottage torn down.

 

1965

Nov. Building of five cottages.

 

1968/72  

 Several new booklets off the press.

 

1971

   Decease of Mr. Theodore Heline at the age of 87.

 

1971  Publication of Your Child’s Horoscope in two volumes by Max  Heindel.

 

1974

Nov. 12   Building of a new Administration Building; ready on Febr. 18, 1975.

 

1975

July 26  Mrs. Corinne Heline passed on.

 

1976

March  Building of an annex to the Administration Building.

 

1978

Sept.  2    The late Mr. Fred Meyer of Portland, OR, leaves $ 200.000 to the  Fellowship.

 

1982

 Summer   Installment of three solar hot water heating systems,

and  purchase of the first computer.

 

1983

Jan. Opening of ‘The Rosicrucian Fellowship Museum.’

         Febr. Placing of a new entrance sign.

 

1983 June The paper Mystic Light appears, but the publishing is stopped

in December 1983 by lack of finances and technical means.

 

1986

 April A book named The Sacred Word and its Creative Overtones,

  by Robert C. Lewis came from the press.

1986  autumn   Another gift from the Fred  Meyer Fund of $100.000 for the               laying out of a new landscaped lawn with sprinkler system.

 

1987

Summer   The Fellowship decided to print the books by Corinne Heline.

 Also completion of the History Room in the Guest House.

 

1988 

 The City of Oceanside celebrates its centenary.

 

1991

 April 24   Oceanside passed an earthquake ordinance. This means that

three buidings on Mount Ecclesia have to be demolished and

 that some expensive repairs have to be done.

 

1992 

  ‘The Carpenter property” in the valley was sold.

 

1993

Spring  Purchase of a new computer system.

 

1994

 June  The restoration of the temple is ready.

 

1995

 Febr. The Healing Temple approved for designation on the California

Register of Historical landmarks.

 

1997

 July  Publication of Memoirs about Max Heindel and the

Rosicrucian Fellowship, written by Mrs. Heindel in 1941. It contains 90       

 historical pictures. The books of Max Heindel put on cd-rom as well as

an astrology program and the ephemeredes of 1900-2000.

1997 Summer   All books available on cd-rom.

 

1998

 Feb.   Echoes from Mount Ecclesia 1913-1919  was published which

contains 51 pictures from the past.

 

2002

 March 7  Mount Ecclesia decides to publish a periodic treasurer’s report.

 Much information will be available via e-mail for everyone;

 confidential information only with use of a special code word.

2002 Summer   Rises in Prices and crash, with the result of impending financial

 problems.

 

Ger Westenberg

Prof. Huetlaan 4

6957 AR Laag-Soeren

Holland; Europe.

 

 

 

 

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