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Patrons of Husbandry. Ohio State Grange: Portage Grange #2122 - MS 516

Introduction | Agency History | Scope and Content | Series Description | Inventory

Introduction

The records of Portage Grange #2122, Portage Township, Wood County, Ohio, consist of approximately .5 linear ft. of minutes, a roll book, and a dues account book, dating from 1918 through 1969.

The collection was transferred to the Center for Archival Collections during April 1988 from the Wood County Historical Museum. This register was prepared by Marilyn Levinson, Curator of Manuscripts, Center for Archival Collections, June, 1989. No restrictions exist on the the use of this collection.

Agency History

The Grange, organized on a national, state, county, and local level, combines fraternity, ritual, and business with cultural and educational programs. Women have been admitted from the beginning as equal members, and a juvenile grange promotes total family participation in this organization.

The Portage Grange was formed around July of 1918. By 1967 the Grange membership had dropped to the point where it was decided to sell the Grange Hall to pay off debts made when it was built. The building, possibly located in North Baltimore, was sold for $5000, in July, 1967.

Scope and Content

This collection of Grange records will prove useful to those researchers interested in agricultural and rural studies. While the minutes are incomplete, they provide information on officers, membership, dues, programs, and business conducted. However, this information is in more of an outline format than narrative and thus lacks great detail. The roll book provides information on members, their addresses, and occupations. The dues account book only gives information on members names and whether their quarterly dues were paid.

Series Description

PROCEEDINGS

MINUTE BOOKS
1930-1940, 1944-1969
Arranged chronologically
Includes officers roll call, committee and business agent reports, bills and receipts, motions and resolutions, program and social activities, membership induction and members sick or in distress.

ROLL BOOK
1918-1927
Includes member's name, address, and occupation.

FINANCIAL DOCUMENTS

DUES ACCOUNT BOOK
1918-1922
Includes members' names, quarterly dues paid, and some remarks.

Inventory

Box 1

Folders

  1. Minutes, 1930-1933
  2. Minutes, 1933-1937
  3. Minutes, 1937-1940
  4. Minutes, 1944-1948
  5. Minutes, 1948-1951

Box 2

Folders

  1. Minutes, 1952-1955
  2. Minutes, 1955-1959
  3. Minutes, 1959-1964
  4. Minutes, 1964-1969
  5. Roll book, 1918-1927
  6. Dues account book, 1918-1922

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