What is the Grange?

The Grange is a national organization that began in the late 1860's. The Marys River Grange was established in 1933.

Recent History of Marys River Grange

At the November 2009 Grange meeting, Marys River Grange was about to be demitted and the Grange Hall put up for auction due to lack of membership. Fortunately, twenty five farmers, farm workers, and rural community members got together to join the Grange and vote against the demit.

Since then, our ranks have continued to swell with new people and enthusiasm. Our goal is to restore this old Hall to its historic position as a rural community center devoted to agrarian values.

Anyone is welcome to join Marys River Grange.

What is the Grange? 
The National Grange is the nation's oldest national agricultural organization, with grassroots units established in 3,600 local communities in 37 states. 

What does the Grange do? 
Its 300,000 members provide service to agriculture and rural areas on a wide variety of issues, including economic development, education, family endeavors, and legislation designed to assure a strong and viable Rural America. 

Why was the Grange started? 
It was formed in the years following the American Civil War to unite private citizens in improving the economic and social position of the nation's farm population. Over the past 142 years, it has evolved to include non-farm rural families and communities. 

 

Grange Beginnings and Accomplishments 

The grange is our nation's oldest national agricultural organization, begun in 1867 by Oliver Hudson Kelly and six associates, formed in the years following the American Civil War to unite private citizens in improving the economic and social position of the nation's farm population. 

Major objectives of the National Grange support stewardship of America's natural resources; promotion of world-wide free trade; a combination of local and federal support for rural education, medical, communications, and road systems; nonpartisan, political support  of policies, never political parties or candidates; assurance of safe and properly labeled food products; organization of cooperatives and other economic services to support rural Americans; and elimination of direct government farm programs so as to assure a competitive and efficient farm system. 

The National Grange supports the passage of progressive legislation that will benefit U.S. agriculture, rural America, and the nation in general. After 143 years, it remains the nation's oldest and strongest sustained organizational force working for a better life for rural Americans everywhere. 

The Grange has been an important advocate for: 

  • The Right of Women to Vote
  • Full and Equal Participation of Women
  • Establishment of U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Direct Election of Federal Senators
  • Rural Electrification
  • Free Rural Mail Delivery
  • Rural Telephone Service
  • Cooperatively Organized Activities (including Credit Unions, Farm Suppliers, Farm Credit Bureaus, Life and Health Insurance, Telephone, Grain Elevators, etc…)
  • Agricultural Extension Service
  • Quality and Equity in Rural School Systems
  • Future Farmers of America
  • 4-H Clubs
  • Vocational Education in Public Schools
  • Rural Medical Services & Rural Hospitals
  • Preservation of Economic Viability of Small Family Farms
  • Protection of Small Farms from Large Agri-Business
  • Farm Friendly Credit and Banking Reforms
  • Food and Medicine Purity and Labeling
  • And many more rural issues.

 

 

 

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"The Grange would be proud to claim you as member. Through such wise investment of your talents, you will receive rich dividends."

- Patrons of Husbandry