Pleasant Grove (Missouri) Grange Records (KC303)
The Grange Patrons of Husbandry claimed to be the "first labor organization ever instituted." Its goals were to protect farmers against corporations and monopolies and to influence legislation concerning agriculture. The Pleasant Grove Grange Patrons of Husbandry was first organized on December 22, 1873, with thirty-two charter members. It operated under the jurisdiction of the Missouri State Grange and the national organization. Jacob Sweaney of Dallas, Missouri, appears to have been the chief force behind the local chapter. At some point after its organization, the Pleasant Grove Grange must have decreased in popularity, for in 1887, and then again in 1890, there was correspondence concerning its reorganization. The Pleasant Grove Grange operated a store in Dallas, Missouri, managed by E.H. Matney.
The collection consists of mostly handwritten records of the Grange, including correspondence, brief minutes, voting results, financial reports, store inventories, and a small, bound book of rituals. 1873-1893
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