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Flora Grange No. 1762 Records (Boone County)


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Box 1

Box 2

Box 3

Community Service Scrapbook (1 volume)

Flora Junior Grange: Flora Junior Grange Scrapbook (1 volume)

Flora Junior Grange: Flora Junior Grange "Build A Better You" Scrapbook (1 volume)

Box 4

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Collection Overview

Title: Flora Grange No. 1762 Records (Boone County), 1894-2002

ID: RHC/RC/263

Extent: 2.75 Linear Feet

Arrangement: .

Date Acquired: 05/26/2004

Subjects: Boone County (Ill.), Good Roads Movement, National Grange, National Grange. Flora Grange (Boone County, Ill.), World War II

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The records for the Flora Grange consists of meeting minutes, communications, membership records, and scrapbooks.  The meeting minutes date from August 17, 1956 through November 2000 with the earliest records missing from the collection.  The meeting minutes contains information on the activities of the Flora Grange, the Flora Junior Grange, and the Boone County Fair and fairgrounds.  The scrapbooks give a great deal of information on the activities of the Flora Junior Grange during the 1970's

Collection Historical Note

The Flora Grange No. 526 organized in 1873.  Until the meeting hall was built in the fall of 1873 they met in a schoolhouse.  The grange disbanded in 1889 due to non-payment of dues to the State Grange.  In 1910 Flora Grange No. 1762 was organized.  A new hall was built on Stone Quarry Road in 1946 due to the condition of the old Grange building.  On October 12, 1978 a fire caused approximately $35,000 in damage to the Grange Hall.  The insurance company totaled the building so the Grange demolished it and rebuilt a new wood structure.  On April 18, 1980 the new building was dedicated.  Pancake, chicken and roast beef dinners were served to pay for the hall.  They also earned money by hosting dances, serving dinner to other organizations, bake sales, and food stands at sales and at the Boone County Fair. 

In April 1998 the Grange passed a Vision Program that included eight items.  Included in the eight items were the following: to promote the grass roots legislation policy to area residents and community members, to publicize the Grange to the community, to have more community service projects working as a team, and to change the obligation ceremony to be more user friendly with easier words to understand and speak and with a more comfortable approach in presentation.  

Resolutions for the Flora Grange included changing fees for personal truck licenses to be less than the fees for trucks for hire, putting up county roads signs and marking them on maps, keeping a six day mail delivery service, having farmers start conserving soil before the government enforces strict measures, and promoting the use of ethanol as a gasoline additive because of the great market for corn and the ability it has to decrease our dependency for oil from other countries.  Also included in the Grange’s resolutions were the concern for energy conservation and for land preservation due to the loss of prime farm land to urbanization energy conservation

Flora Grange was involved in many community service projects such as taking boxes of cookies to shut-ins for Christmas, sending Christmas bags to the men over seas,  ringing bells for the Salvation Army, delivering meals on wheels, participating in CROP Walks, keeping Bloods Point Cemetery trimmed and mowed, collecting newspapers, bottles, and cans for recycling, saving used eyeglasses, hearing aids and hearing aid batteries, assisting local families with their electric bills, and collecting canned goods for distribution to needy families.  As with all Boone County granges, the Flora Grange is involved in the running of the Boone County Fair every year.

Many charities benefitted by receiving cash donations from the Grange.  Some of the donations went to the Red Cross, the Arthritis Foundation, March of Dimes, CARE, Muscular Dystrophy, Goldie Floberg Children’s Home, Belvidere Park District, the Grange Deaf Fund, and the St. Joseph’s and Highland Hospitals in Belvidere.  Money was also donated to the Belvidere Tornado Disaster Relief Fund organized by the Pomona Grange, Xenia, Ohio Tornado Disaster Fund, and to the Oklahoma City rescue workers through the Red Cross.

Subject/Index Terms

Boone County (Ill.)
Good Roads Movement
National Grange
National Grange. Flora Grange (Boone County, Ill.)
World War II

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: Thomas Ratcliffe

Acquisition Method: Thomas Ratcliffe, Master of the Flora Grange, donated the records for the Grange to the Regional History Center on May 26, 2004.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Box:

[Box 1],
[Box 2],
[Box 3],
[Volume 1: Community Service Scrapbook (1 volume), 1958],
[Volume 2: Flora Junior Grange: Flora Junior Grange Scrapbook (1 volume), 1970-1971],
[Volume 3: Flora Junior Grange: Flora Junior Grange "Build A Better You" Scrapbook (1 volume), 1971-1972],
[Box 4],

Box 3
Folder 1: Rollbook, 1922-1955
Folder 2: Membership Applications, February 1919, July 1922-June 17, 1924
Folder 3: Secretary's Individual Membership Records Book, 1937-2002
Folder 4: 25 and 50 Year Members List, no date
Folder 5: Membership and Dues, 1894-1896
Folder 6: Dues Account Book, 1951-1974
Folder 7: Financial Reports, 1895-1896, 1926
Folder 8: Correspondence, 1944-1945, no date
Folder 9: Resolutions, 1896, 1912, 1917, no date
Folder 10: Grange Bond, no date
Folder 11: Flora Grange 60th Anniversary Program, 1970
Folder 12: Bonus and Flora Granges 75th Anniversary Program, 13-Oct-85
Folder 13: Certificates, 1973, 1976, no date
Folder 14: Proposed Lowden Memorial State Park, 1944
Folder 15: Women's Activities Committee, "Happiness is . . . " Scrapbook, 1973
Folder 16: Flora Junior Grange: "Flora Juniors Grow" Scrapbook, 1970-1971
Folder 17: Flora Junior Grange: "Image 75" Scrapbook, 1974-1975
Folder 18: Flora Junior Grange: Community Service Scrapbook, 1976-1977
Folder 19: Flora Junior Grange: "ABC's of Music" Exhibit Scrapbook, 1977

Browse by Box:

[Box 1],
[Box 2],
[Box 3],
[Volume 1: Community Service Scrapbook (1 volume), 1958],
[Volume 2: Flora Junior Grange: Flora Junior Grange Scrapbook (1 volume), 1970-1971],
[Volume 3: Flora Junior Grange: Flora Junior Grange "Build A Better You" Scrapbook (1 volume), 1971-1972],
[Box 4],

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