POLK COUNTY MISSOURI HISTORY
1874 GRANGE ORGANIZATIONS IN POLK COUNTY
The Order of Patrons of Husbandry, The National Grange, commonly known as "The Grange" was an agricultural fraternal organization founded in 1867, in an effort to organize and support farm families. Membership was open to both men and women over the age of 14 years. It was both social and economical; it sought to unite the northern and southern farmer in a common cause--fair prices for their goods and minimizing the "middleman," especially the railroads, whom they felt drove up the price of grain and livestock by charging overly high transportation costs.
The list of Granges below is from November of 1874--just about the time when the popularity and membership of the Grange was at its highest. The Grange supported, and sometimes was responsible for many changes in the policies of the Federal Government. Because of the Grange, "Rural Free Delivery," and Parcel Post were introduced to the Postal Service. Opposition to the power of the railroad barons brought about the National Trade Commission. The Grange supported a graduated income tax. They also warned against large-scale and corporate farming, and the subsidation thereof, believing it would be the end of the traditional farm life, of which, of course, they
were largely correct.
The Grange still exists today, mostly in Northern states.
Rondo Grange, No. 526. J. T. French, Master; J. R. Allison, Secretary
Grove Grange, No. 572. S. W. Jones, Master; W. M. Hill, Secretary
Morrisville Grange, No. 575. N. W. Okey, Master; M. A. Ewing, Secretary
Slagle Creek Grange, No. 576. E. N. Vincent, Master; W. A. Ruyle, Secretary
Three Mound Grange, No. 1111. R. H. Frizell, Master; E. C. Devin, Secretary
Valley Prairie Grange, No. 1112. H. M. Woolard, Master; A. B. Hughes, Secretary
Central Grange, No. 1114. S. S. Carrier, Master; A. T. Claypool, Secretary
Sentinel Grange, No. 1128. James M. Zumwalt, Master; T. W. Simpson, Secretary
Benton Grange, No. 1145. S. Mapes, Master; E. Plummer, Secretary
Union Grove Grange, No. 1215. W. J. Wollard, Master; C. J. Hahn, Secretary
Pleasant View Grange, No. 1217. S. A. Morgan, Master; G. W. Harper, Secretary
Oak Grove Grange, No. 1218. John Lightfoot, Master; R. H. Wallace, Secretary
Social Grange, No. 1233. James M. Akard, Master; Clinton Hughs, Secretary
Pleasant Hope Grange, No. 626. J. C. Fullerton, Master; J. H. Cochran, Secretary
Burns Grange, No. 1576. W. F. Burns, Master; J. T. Craig, Secretary
Humansville Grange, No. 1580. S. M. Tinker, Master; W. R. Davis, Secretary
Lindley Grange, No. 1583. S. Goodson, Master; A. Huckaby, Secretary
College Hill Grange, No. 1641. Thomas Lushbaugh, Master; W. J. Akard, Secretary
County Line Grange, No. 1642. D. M. Strain, Master; F. S. Dunn, Secretary
Jackson Grange, No. 1338. A. Edmonson, Master; Henry King, Secretary
Lone Star Grange, No. ??. J. K. P. Jump, Master; F. M. Wisdom, Secretary
Fairplay Grange, No. 1682. J. O. McGee, Master; William Wakefield, Secretary
Bear Creek Grange, No. 1763. R. T. Ellis, Master; James D. Mitchell, Secretary
Flint Prairie Grange, No. 1778. Reuben Lunceford, Master; S. R. Little, Secretary
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