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Northern Illinois Granges Collection

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Series I.

Carroll County Pomona Grange

Galt Grange

Jordan Grange

Palmyra Grange

Rock Creek Grange

Rock River Grange

Whiteside County Pomona Grange

Illinois State Grange

National Grange

Artifacts



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Collection Overview

Title: Northern Illinois Granges Collection, 1872-2004

ID: RHC/RC/262

Extent: 8.75 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 05/14/2004

Subjects: Carroll County (Ill.), National Grange, National Grange. Black Hawk Grange. (Carroll County, Ill.), National Grange. Black Oak Grange (Carroll County, Ill.), National Grange. Carroll County Pomona Grange (Carroll County, Ill), National Grange. Galt Grange (Carroll County, Ill.), National Grange. Hanover Scenic Grange (JoDaviess County, Ill.), National Grange. Jordan Grange (Ogle County, Ill.), National Grange. Palmyra Grange (Lee County, Ill.), National Grange. Rock Creek Grange (Whiteside County, Ill.), National Grange. Rock River Grange (Whiteside, Ill.), National Grange. Whiteside County Pomona Grange (Whiteside County, Ill.), Whiteside County (Ill)

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The records for the Northern Illinois Granges consists of eleven series: Black Hawk Grange, Carroll County Pomona Grange, Galt Grange, Jordan Grange, Palmyra Grange, Rock Creek Grange, Rock River Grange, Whiteside County Pomona Grange, Illinois State Grange, National Grange, and Artifacts.  Each series represents a different grange located in the northern Illinois region that is no longer in existence.  The types of records vary from grange to grange depending on what has survived through the years.  Carroll County Pomona Grange, Jordan Grange, Palmyra Grange and the Whitside County Pomona Grange have the most complete records while little is included in the Black Hawk, Galt, Rock Creek and Rock River Granges records.  Records may include meeting minutes, secretary’s reports, treasurer’s records, and membership information.

Collection Historical Note

The Black Hawk Grange organized in 1922.

The Carroll County Pomona Grange began organizing on August 13, 1951.  Before the first meeting, Carroll County Deputy Harold Stoner visited subordinate granges to seek input on organizing a pomona grange in Carroll County.  Members came from the three subordinate granges in Carroll County, Black Hawk, Milledgeville and Rock Creek.  Grange members also transferred from the Whiteside County Pomona Grange.  The Carroll County Pomona Grange incorporated on July 12, 1952.  The first resolution written by the Grange asked the stores in Sterling to remain open on Saturday night due to the inconvenience early closures caused the farmers in the surrounding area.  One of the many projects done by the Grange was the traveling wagon.  The wagon went to all the granges in the Carroll County Pomona’s area.  Canned goods, toys, clothing, and money were put in the wagon and all donations were donated to the children’s home in Freeport.  Donations were given to many charities including the March of Dimes, the Deaf Fund, CARE, and the Flood Relief Fund during the flood in Fulton, Illinois in the mid 1960's.  The members helped the community by starting a literacy program, delivering food boxes to shut ins, and taking on the responsibilities of a farm for a man who was paralyzed when a tree fell on him.

The Galt Grange organized in March 1931.

The Jordan Grange organized on May 14, 1935.  There may have been an earlier Jordan Grange because we have meeting minutes and a membership list from the 1870's.  The purpose of the Grange was to benefit the community, educate and elevate the interests of the American farmer, bring neighbors and friends closer together in working for the betterment of rural life and the advancement of agriculture, be a loyal defender of school and church principals, and be an inspiration to the youth organization in building community life for the future.  To raise money the members held bake sales, sold Jello, sponsored dances, served at public sales and banquets, held old clothes auctions, and sold magazine subscriptions.  The money raised was give to the sick and unfortunate, the Red Cross, the flood sufferers, orphanages, Taber Pine Forest, and Lowden and Black Hawk Parks.  They also bought bonds.  The Jordan Grange held their last meeting on March 20, 1986.  The remaining funds were given to the Illinois State Grange.   

The Palmyra Grange organized on July 26, 1940.  They incorporated on April 28, 1955.  The Grange raised money by selling greeting cards, having bake sales, serving dinners, ice cream social and cake walks.  The members helped farmers put in crops and donated money to charities such as the Red Cross, Salvation Army, Heart Fund, Mental Illness, School for the Retarded Children, and the Polio Foundation.  All members contributed clothing to the State School, gave food and clothing to families that were burned out, the Dixon Goodfellows, and the Lee County Nursing Home.  The Grange held their final meeting on December 19, 2003 with the money left in their checking account donated to many different charities.

The Rock Creek Grange held an annual fish fry and the Livestock Feeder’s Banquet.

The Rock River Grange organized in 1951.

The Whiteside County Pomona Grange organized on September 5, 1931 with 54 members.  The Grange had picnics, canning demonstrations, published a cook book and were involved in many other activities.  They served the annual Chamber of Commerce banquets and had lunch stands at sales for money making projects.  They donated to the Polio Fund, Sterling Parks, Red Cross, Cancer Fund, March of Dimes, Salvation Army, Winning Wheels, National Grange Building Fund, National Grange Youth Leadership Fund, CARE, the blind and the deaf, and many others.  The Grange disbanded on December 5, 1992 with a final donation to Amcore Bank to help buy caps and mittens for needy children.

Subject/Index Terms

Carroll County (Ill.)
National Grange
National Grange. Black Hawk Grange. (Carroll County, Ill.)
National Grange. Black Oak Grange (Carroll County, Ill.)
National Grange. Carroll County Pomona Grange (Carroll County, Ill)
National Grange. Galt Grange (Carroll County, Ill.)
National Grange. Hanover Scenic Grange (JoDaviess County, Ill.)
National Grange. Jordan Grange (Ogle County, Ill.)
National Grange. Palmyra Grange (Lee County, Ill.)
National Grange. Rock Creek Grange (Whiteside County, Ill.)
National Grange. Rock River Grange (Whiteside, Ill.)
National Grange. Whiteside County Pomona Grange (Whiteside County, Ill.)
Whiteside County (Ill)

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on the collection.

Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection belong to the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Acquisition Source: Betty Sites

Acquisition Method: Betty Sites donated the records for the Northern Illinois Granges to the Regional History Center on May 14, 2004.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series I.],
[Series II.: Carroll County Pomona Grange],
[Series III.: Galt Grange],
[Series IV.: Jordan Grange],
[Series V.: Palmyra Grange],
[Series VI.: Rock Creek Grange],
[Series VII.: Rock River Grange],
[Series VIII.: Whiteside County Pomona Grange],
[Series IX.: Illinois State Grange],
[Series X.: National Grange],
[Series XI.: Artifacts],
[All]

Series IV.: Jordan Grange
Box 2
Folder 8: History, 1935-1965
Folder 9: By-laws, no date
Folder 10: Minutes, May 1874-May 1976
Folder 11-14: Minute Books, June 10, 1935-September 14, 1936, September 24, 1942-November 8, 1956
Box 3
Folder 5-Jan: Minute Books, November 22, 1956-March 20, 1986
Box 4
Folder 1-2: Quarterly Reports, 1951, 1969-1986
Folder 3: Secretary's Quarterly Report, December 1875
Folder 4: Secretary's Order to the Treasurer, 1978-1982
Folder 5-6: Treasurer's Receipt Book, 1961-1965, 1983-1986
Folder 7-8: List of Members and Dues, 1872-1876, no date
Folder 9: Application for Membership and Card of Demit, 1950-1962
Folder 10: Attendance Record, 1940-1952
Folder 11: Roll Book, 1935-1986
Folder 12: Dues Account Books, 1947-1985
Box 5
Folder 1: Correspondence, 10-Jun-81
Folder 2: Yearbook/Programs, 1960-1975
Folder 3: Lecturer's Yearbook, 1973-1974
Folder 4: Community Service Contest, 1961
Folder 5: 25th Anniversary Guest Book; Open House Guest Book, 1960; February 22, 1962
Folder 6: Certificates, 1972-1980
Folder 7: Photograph, Drill Team (2), no date

Browse by Series:

[Series I.],
[Series II.: Carroll County Pomona Grange],
[Series III.: Galt Grange],
[Series IV.: Jordan Grange],
[Series V.: Palmyra Grange],
[Series VI.: Rock Creek Grange],
[Series VII.: Rock River Grange],
[Series VIII.: Whiteside County Pomona Grange],
[Series IX.: Illinois State Grange],
[Series X.: National Grange],
[Series XI.: Artifacts],
[All]


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