Where did Manor Grange come from?

In the year 1939 Manor Grange #1101 was organized with about 40 charter members.  We met in the old Manor School located on the same property we are on today. As of 2018 we currently have 3 charter members still with us.

From 1939 until 1946 we borrowed space from Manor School and then purchased the school from Battle Ground in 1946.  After using the existing building for about 10 years construction began on a new building to become the Manor Grange we know today, ground was broken and the construction happened in 1955..

Some may wonder where Manor came from well “It was first called Flatwoods because of the level ground grown over by stands of trees. Around 1872, the residents changed the name and reported that Mr. William Cross was Justice of the Peace for Manor. The old Manor Highway is now 72nd Avenue; the settlement was at about 179th Street”

Where did the Grange come from?

In the 1866 Oliver Hudson Kelly, who worked for the Department of Agriculture was sent to survey the farm conditions after the Civil War. He discovered that farmers were having trouble getting their product to market and getting a fair price. He came up with the idea of uniting the farmers of the North and South together through a fraternal organization. Kelly quit his job at the Department of Agriculture and with 6 friends and his niece who was his secretary, added that the only way it would work was to make it a family organization and allow women equal voice and vote. Working as a team, the National Grange was formally organized. The Grange is still active today. Our focus is still on family, education with regard to agriculture and working in and serving our communities.

Where does the Grange Plan to go?

While our precepts haven’t changed, we are looking toward the future and our goal is to continue to work on issues that concern our neighbors and be an active participant in our communities. The Grange has accomplished much, in helping better those who live in rural areas and we will continue to “fight the good fight” for our communities whether they are rural or urban. In order to do so, WE NEED YOU! In our legislative endeavors we have been able to bring changes to the law. Those of you who are concerned about the food we eat or are small growers and want to see regulations and changes made easier to get your product to market—the Grange is still here for you. Please consider this your invitation to visit us and consider joining us.