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Collection Overview

Title: Willowdale Grange Records (Fairdale), 1914-1962

ID: RHC/RC/080

Extent: 1.0 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 10/11/1979

Subjects: Fairdale (Ill.), National Grange, National Grange. Willowdale Grange (DeKalb County, Ill.)

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The records in this collection document the history of the Willowdale Grange No. 1773 from 1914 to 1962.  Minutes comprise the major series (1914-1962) and detail the organization’s projects, agricultural concerns, legislative programs, social affairs and membership statistics.  The quarterly reports also document membership changes.  Secretary’s account books record dues and exnenses.  Correspondence, community service reports, annual programs, and a scrapbook further delineate the Willowdale Grange’s concerns and programs.  Some materials from the Illinois State and National Grange organizations provide a broader view of the grange’s commitments.

Researchers should note that Box 1, Folder 1 contains a Willowdale Grange history.

Collection Historical Note

Charles B. Chena and 52 charter members organized the Willowdale Grange of Fairdale, Illinois, the oldest subordinate grange in DeKalb County, on June 19, 1914.  Herbert Jones, Ralph Protor, G. W. Meyer, and Bessie Strawn served as the first master, overseer, treasurer, and secretary, respectively.  The group held bi-monthly meetings in the Woodman Hall until 1918 when the Upstone Hall became the meeting house for accommodating the increasing membership.  As with other subordinate granges, Willowdale Grange supports various civic activities including sponsoring farm bureau presentations, health and athletic programs, harvest festivals, dramatic plays, and dances.

Subject/Index Terms

Fairdale (Ill.)
National Grange
National Grange. Willowdale Grange (DeKalb County, Ill.)

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.

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

Acquisition Source: Eunice Bailey

Acquisition Method: Eunice Bailey, Kirkland, Illinois, donated the Willowdale Grange Records to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center on October 11, 1979.

Related Materials: Researchers should note that Box 1, Folder 1 contains a Willowdale Grange history.  In addition, the Regional History Center holds a number of other northern Illinois grange collections (See Guide index).

Related Publications: The reference book collection may also provide information on the grange organization.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Box 1],

Box 1
Folder 1: History, 1914-1953
Folder 2: By-Laws and Resolutions, circa 1930, 1958-1961
Folder 3-12: Minutes, 1914-1945, 1954-1962
Folder 13: Quarterly Reports, 1915-1931
Folder 14-15: Secretary, 1918-1943
Folder 16: Correspondence, 1917-1958
Folder 17: Community Service Reports, 1958-1959
Folder 18: Annual Programs, 1930-1933
Folder 19: Scrapbook, 1940-1941
Folder 20: State Grange By-Laws, 1914-1943
Folder 21: State Grange Rosters, 1931, 1940
Folder 22: State Grange Journal of Proceedings, 1930
Folder 23: State Grange Convention Program, 1937
Folder 24: National Grange Legislative Program, 1937, 1951
Folder 25: Juvenile Grange Information
Folder 26: Grange hall Information, 1875-1919
Folder 27: Song Books
Folder 28: Grange Brochures

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