Benjamin Parker Williams in 1918

In September 1918, only two months before the Armistice on November 11 that also marked the opening to the public of the Brotherhood of Light, the group’s leader filed a draft registration listing his occupation as a rivet carrier at Moore Shipbuilding in Oakland who resided at 2514 Bancroft Way in Berkeley.

Moore Shipbuilding where Williams worked as a rivet carrier in 1918

Williams married the former Elizabeth Dorris in 1919 and they jointly filed a petition for a name change on December 22, 1920 as reported in the Los Angeles Times the following day. Their work together for the next two decades nurtured the Brotherhood of Light lessons. Shared in this December 2020 blog entry in honor of the Sagittarian Iowan whose new name was Elbert Benjamine and the Taurean Californian, the grounding influence whose new name was Elizabeth Benjamine.