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From The Historian's Desk
What’s in a name?

By Edith Schoell, State Historian

  APRIL 2, 2011 --

Have you ever given any thought about the names of various Granges?

Cherry Brook Grange #210 was named after the brook that flows through the area, as well as for the many wild cherry blossoms blooming in the area (Canton).

Wolf Den #61 was taken from the cave made famous by its connection with the wolf killing exploits of Israel Putnam.

Senexet and Tunxis were Indian names.  Taghhannuck #100 was taken from the Indian name for a range of mountains.

Beacon Valley #103 was from “A Light in the Valley,” located in the village of Straightsville in the Town of Naugatuck.

Echo Grange #180 was named after the lake in town.  When one calls from one shore the echo returns plainly (Village of Mansfield Center).

Many of our Granges adopted the name of the town in which they were organized.

The above Granges are still operating and have contributed to their locales through many community service projects over the years.

(Information taken from “The Grange in Connecticut” by Lida S. Ives.)


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