History of Paris Grange to be historical society topic

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SOUTH PARIS — A history of Paris Grange #44 will be the topic of the Paris Cape Historical Society meeting to be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at the museum at 77 High St.

After the Civil War was over and the rich farmland of the West was opening up, there arose amongst farmers of that era a purpose to form an organization that would unite for a worthy cause. This was the beginning of the well-known Grange movement that branched out near and far and continues even to the present.

The Paris Grange #44 was organized Oct. 24, 1874, with 30 charter members coming from the descendants of the old settlers of the area to form a group that represented the farmers for about a century.

Through the kindness of the Bethel Historical Society, the Paris Cape Historical Society has obtained copies of the secretaries’ records from 1874-1892. In these pages one can glean a wealth of history of the growth of the local range, where the meetings were held and what transpired in that movement to benefit local farmers. When the Paris Grange disbanded, the organization donated many photos of the past masters and other items to the Paris Cape Historical Society.

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Following a brief business meeting, Ben B. Conant will share a bit of the history. All are welcome to attend, with refreshments to follow.

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