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of Amherst, Chaplain ; D. M. Clough
of Canterbury, Treasurer; C. C.
Shaw of Milford, Secretary ; F. L.
Tavlor of Danbury, Gate-Keeper ;
Mrs. F. F. Taylor. Ceres; Mrs.
George L. Stevens of Grafton, Po-
mona; Mrs. C B. Mason, of Ports-
mouth, Flora, and Mrs. Elliott
Whitord of Nashua, Lady Assistant
Steward.

At this meeting it was voted that
the next annual meeting be held in
Newport; also that one-half the
expenses of members attending the
Session, for travel and board, be
paid from the Grange treasury.

The annual meeting of 1876,
opened in Bennett's Hall, Newport,
December 19, the address of wel-
come being given by Dea. Simon A.
Tenney of that town, whose death
occurred during the past year. At
this meeting the Secretary's report
showed 88 .subordinate Granges in
the State, with 4,308 members. A
new set of by-laws was adopted and
the fifth degree was conferred on
19 candidates.

The meeting for 1877 opened
December 18, in Post Office hall,
Manchester. The secretary report-
ed 4,390 subordinate grange mem-
bers, in 88 subordinate granges,
the same number as the previous



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year, with an increase in member-
ship of only 82. The fifth degree
was conferred on 52 candidates at
this meeting-. W. H. Stinson of
Dunbarton and N. J. Bachelder,
and Mary A. Putney (subsequently
Mrs. Bachelder) of East Andover,
being among the number. Dudley
T. Chase was again elected Master;
George A. Wason of New Boston,
Overseer; John D. Lyman, Lec-
turer; David M. Clough, Treasurer;




Luke H. Rickert,
Lecturer

and C. C. Shaw, Secretary. It may
be stated here, that Mr. Lyman,
who was the first Lecturer, but had
been displaced for the second term
by Mr. Putnam of Cornish, was
continued in the office from this
time on until 1891, making ten
terms, or 20 years of service in all —
a record unapproached by any sub-
sequent incumbent.

At the 1878 meeting, which was
held in the town hall at Plymouth,



90 subordinate granges were re-
ported, with 4,464 members, and
the fifth degree was conferred on 92
candidates.

The meeting for 1879 was held
in Manchester, as were also subse-
quent meetings up to and including
that for 1893. No increase in
membership was reported for the
year, and two granges were report-
ed as havng surrendered their char-
ters. One hundred and fifty-two
candidates received the fifth de-
gree. George A. Wason was
chosen Master ; F. L. Taylor of
Danbury, Overseer; John D. Ly-
man, Lecturer ; and W. H. Stinson
of Dunbarton, Secretary.

At the meeting* in 1880, there
were reported but 84 active .subor-
dinate granges, with 4,094 mem-
bers, a material falling off from the
previous year. At this time there
were six granges in the State with
over 1C0 members each — Sou-
hegan Grange of Amherst lead-
ing, with 138. The fifth degree
candidates at this session number-
ed 153.

George A. Wason was re-elected
Master and William H. Stinson,
Secretary at the 1881 session. E.
C. Hutchinson, who had served as
Assistant Steward in the previous
term, was promoted to Steward.
There had been 247 fourth degree
candidates initiated during the year.
The fifth degree was conferred on
52 candidates at this session.

In 1882 two County Councils
were reported as having been or-
ganized, in Hillsborough and Mer-
rimack Counties. The total active
paying membership of the subordi-
nate granges of the State was re-
ported at 3,112, showing a material
falling off. Mention was made of
the first annual picnic and festival
of the State Grange, held at the
Weirs, August 29, 30 and 31.
Eighty candidates received the
fifth degree.



THE N. H. STATE GRANGE



521



At the annual meeting in 1883.
3,788 subordinate grange members
were reported. Fifty-five candi-
dates were initiated in the fifth de-
gree. Among these were George
R. Drake, present Secretary. N.
J. Bachelder served as chairman of
the Committee on Education at
this session. William H. Stinson
was elected Master ; Chas. McDan-
iel, Overseer; and N. J. Bachelder,
Secretary. Hillsborough County
Pomona Grange, No. 1, had been
organized during the year.

In 1884 there were reported 4,120




James C. Farmer,

Steward

subordinate grange members.

Eastern New Hampshire Pomona
Grange, No. 2, had been organized,
with George R. Drake, Master.
Amoskeag Grange of Manchester
led all subordinate granges in mem-
bership, having 182. Eight others
had over 100 each. The fifth de-
gree was conferred on 119 candi-
dates.

In 1885 the subordinate member-
ship was reported to be 4,423. The
fifth degree was conferred on 134.
Gov. Moody Currier attended the



public session, being the first Gov-
ernor to attend a Grange session.
The old officers were re-elected.

The annual meeting for 1886, was
held in Mechanics Hall, most of the
previous sessions in Manchester
having been held in Mirror hall.
There were 5,300 subordinate mem-
bers reported. Nine subordinate
granges and Merrimack County Po-
mona Grange No. 3, had been or-
ganized during the past year, among
them Rumford of East Concord,
Capital of Concord, and Pembroke,
and the latter had initiated the
largest class in the fourth degree
that had ever been initiated in the
country — 133. Notice was taken
of the' death of Col. David M.
Clough of Canterbury, who had
served the Grange as Treasurer for
the first six years. The success of
the first State Grange Fair, held at
Tilton in the autumn previous, was
also reported. These fair.s were
continued at Tilton for about fifteen
years, with varying success. Fifth
degree candidates were initiated at
this session to the number of 125.
The resignation of Col. Stinson as
Master was received, and Charles
McDaniel of Springfield was chosen
for the unexpired term. There
were 120 candidates initiated in the
fifth degree.

At the meeting of 1887, held in
the Manchester City Hall, there
were 5,865 subordinate grange
members reported. The sixth de-
gree was conferred for the first
time by the State Grange at this
time, the work in this degree hav-
ing been turned over by the Na-
tional Grange to the State Granges,
and the fifth degree to the Pomona
Granges. This first sixth degree
class numbered 131, among whom
were John D. Lyman, the State
Lecturer, Prof. C. H. Pettee of the
Agricultural College, William P.
Ballard of Concord, of the first
graduating class in that institution,



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and Mrs. N. J. Bachelder. Charles
McDaniel was re-elected Master
and N. J. Bachelder, Secretary.

At the 1888 meeting, in the same
place, it was reported that eleven
new subordinate granges had been
organized during the year, making
103 in all in the State, with 6,701
members. The sixth degree was
conferred on 86 candidates.

In 1889 there were 107 subordi-
nate granges reported, with 7,560
members. Pembroke Grange then
held hrst rank, with 202 members.




Horace F- Hoyt,
Chaplain

The sixth degree was conferred on
79 candidates, among whom was
Herbert O. Hadley of Temple, who
subsequently became State Master,
and Mrs. Hadley. The old officers
were re-elected.

In 1890 it was reported that 13
new subordinate granges had been
organized during the year, and that
the total membership was 8,954.
The sixth degree class numbered
122.

In 1891 there were 131 active sub-
ordinate granges reported, with
9,870 members, making a net in-



crease during Worthy Master
McDaniel's adminstration, of 4,570.
The sixth degree was conferred up-
on 102 candidates. At the meeting
thi.s year, Nahum J. Bachelder of
East Andover was promoted from
the office of Secretary to that of
Master; James E. Shepard of New
London was elected Overseer ; Ed-
ward J. Burnham of Manchester,
Lecturer; and E. C. Hutchinson of
Milford, Secretary.

The Grange in New Hampshire
was well started on the highway of
prosperity, and continued in a
career of remarkable progress dur-
ing the succeeding twelve yea^s of
Mr. Bachelder's incumbency a.s
Master. There were 11,274 subor-
dinate members reported in 1892 ;
in 1893, there were 13,242; in 1894.
14.832; in 1895, 16,534; in 1896.
18,158; in 1897, 19,116; in 1893, 20.-
702; in 1899, 22,330; in 19C0, 23,687;
in 1901, 24,208; in 1902, 25,362; in
1903, 26,800; showing a net increase
in the twelve years of 16,930.

At the 1892 and 1893 meetings,
both held in Manchester, the sixth
degree candidates numbered 74 and
1-19 respectively. At the meeting
in 1894, which was held in Concor 1
for the first time (White's Opera
House being the meeting place)
there w r ere 156 initiates in the sixth
degree. In 1895, also in Concord,
97 candidates were initiated. In
1896, at Mechanics Hall, Manches-
ter, the degree was conferred upon
132, H. N. Sawyer, present Over-
seer, and Joseph D. Roberts, long
time Treasurer, being members of
the class. In 1897 at Concord for
the third time, 281 were initiated —
the largest class initiated up to that
time. At the meeting in 1898, held
in Manchester, 62 candidates re-
ceived the degree. In 1899, at Con-
cord, 184 were initiated. In 1900
the annual meeting was held in the
City Hall at Dover, the finest audi-
ence room in the State, and a class



THE N. H. STATE GRANGE



523



of 292 was instructed in the sixth.
degree. At the next annual meet-
ing in Concord, 192 were instruct-
ed ; at Manchester, in 1902, 265 ;
and at Concord in 1903, a class of
235 received the lessons of this de-
gree.

Emri C. Hutchinson held the of-
fice of Secretary throughout the en-
tire twelve years of Worthy Master
Bachelder's incumbency, as did
Joseph D. Roberts that of Treas-
urer, in which he has been con-
tinued up to the present time, hav-




Joseph D. Roberts,
Treasurer

ing served for a longer period than
any other man in any State Grange
office. E. J. Burnham continued
as Lecturer four years; was follow-
ed by Hezekiah Scammon of Exe-
ter for two years, who was suc-
ceeded, in 1897, by Henry H. Met-
calf of Concord, who continued till
1903.

Two annual meetings of the Na-
tional Grange were held in the
State, during Worthy Master Bach-
elder's term, both in Concord, the
first in 1892 and the other in 1898.



It was mainly through the influence
of Mr. Bachelder that the National
Grange came here, and the inspira-
tion resulting from these sessions
had a powerful influence in promot-
ing the wonderful growth of the
order in the State.

It was in 1893, that the first suc-
cessful series of Pomona Grange
field meetings was held in the
State, Col. J. H. Brigham of Ohio,
Master of the National Grange,
being the leading speaker. It was
through Worthy Master Bachel-
der's efforts that his services were
secured. The meetings were all
largely attended, that of Merri-
mack County Pomona, at Blodg-
ett's Landing, Sunapee Lake,
being the largest. Two thousand
people were in attendance, and
Col. Brigham pronounced it the
finest meeting of the kind he had
ever attended. These field meet-
ings were continued with great suc-
cess throughout Mr. Bachelder's
administration. Among the speak-
ers for several years was Aaron
Jones of Indiana, who succeeded
Col. Brigham as Master of the Na-
tional Grange. In recent years
these meetings have been held un-
der the joint auspices of the Grange
and the County Farm Bureaus, and
have been less helpful and inter-
esting, on account of the divided
responsibility.

At the annual meeting of the
Grange, held in Concord, in 1903,
Herbert O. Hadley of Temple was
chosen Master ; Richard Pattee of
New Hampton, Lecturer ; and
George R. Drake of Manchester,
Secretary, the latter continuing in
office to the present time. Mr.
Hadley held the Master's office six
years, being succeeded in 1909 by
Richard Pattee, who gave way in
1913 to Wesley Adams of London-
derry, and the latter, in 1917, to
Fred A. Rogers of Mefiden, the
present incumbent. Richard Pattee
served as Lecturer during Worthy



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Master Hadley's term, and was suc-
ceeded in 1909 by Andrew L. Felker,
present Commissioner of Agricul-
ture, for four years, when Charles
\Y. Varney of Rochester, came in,
who gave way in 1917 to Luke H.
Rickert of Belmont, who now holds
the office.

At the annual meeting of 1904,
in Dover, the subordinate Grange
membership was reported at 27,466
and the sixth degree was conferred
upon 318 candidates. In 1905 there
were 27,752 members, and at the




George R. Drake,
Secretary

annual meeting, in Manchester,
314 received the 6th degree. At
Concord, in 1906, 28,026 subordinate
members were reported, and 284
were initiated in the 6th degree.
At the 1907 meeting in Manchester,
the Secretary's report showed 28,
286 subordinate members and the
6th degree initiates numbered 286.
Four special meetings for conferring
the 6th degree had been held in the



State during the year, at Keene,
Plymouth, Littleton and Ports-
mouth, at which, in all, about 400
candidates had been initiated. The
1908 meeting was held in Ports-
mouth, when 28,350 members were
reported ,and 373 received the 6th
degree. In 1909, Manchester again
being the meeting place, the report
showed 28,821 members of subordi-
nate Granges, and 277 candidates
were instructed in the 6th degree.

From the figures presented, it ap-
pears that there was a net gain of
2021 subordinate members during
the six years incumbency of Wor-
thy Master Hadley, from 1903 to
1909.

The annual meeting for 1910 was
held in the Auditorum at Concord,
when 29,086 members were reported
and 239 candidates were initiated
in the 6th degree. At Manchester,
in 1911, 29,019 members were re-
ported , and 373 received the 6th
degree. The meeting for 1912 was
held in Nashua, when the subordi-
nate membership was reported at
29,445, and 510 were given the 6th
degree, being the largest class ever
initiated up to that time. At the
3913 meeting, in Concord, the sub-
ordinate members numbered 29.418,
and 90 candidates received the 6th
degree. Nearly 1400 had been given
this degree in the previous month,
at Manchester, where the National
Grange session was held that year,
making three sessions in all, of that
body held in the State.

At the 1913 meeting Capital
Grange No. 113. of Concord was
credited with a membership of 508,
being the largest in the State, which
position, for many years previous
held by Amoskeag of Manchester,
it still" holds.

During the four years of Worthy
Master Pattee's incumbency the net
gain in membership of the subordi-
nate Granges, was 597, and it was
generally felt that it would be diffi-
cult to make further increase, even



THE N. H. STATE GRANGE



525



if possible to maintain the existing
strength.

The annual meeting of 1914 was
held in Lacona, at which 29,314
subordinate members were reported,
and 188 candidates received the les-
sons of the 6th degree. In 1915
Keene was the meeting place. The
subordinate membership was given
as 29,181, and 252 6th degree candi-
dates were initiated. In 1916 Man-
chester again had the annual meet-
ing, at which time it appeared that
the total membership was 28,126,




Mrs. Lillian F. Cooper,
Flora

and 199 were given the 6th degree ;
but at a special meeting in August,
previous, at Laconia 114 candidates
had been initiated. The meeting for
1917 was held in Concord. The sub-
ordinate Grange membership was
reported at 28,514, and 166 candi-
dates received the 6th degree.
At a special meeting, previously held
in Newport, 159 had been initated.
There was a net loss in member-
ship during the four years of Worthy
Master Adams' administration, of



904, accounted for largely by the
general demoralization resulting
from the World War, into which
the United States had entered.

The annual meeting for 1918 was
held in the city hall in Rochester.
At this meeting 28,359 members of
subordinate Granges were reported,
and 211 candidates received the 6th
degree. Laconia was again the
meeting place of the Grange in 1919.
There were 28,810 subordinate mem-
bers reported and 275 6th degree
candidates were initiated. At Pet-
erborough, at a special meeting in
September, 98 others had been in-
itiated. At Claremont, last Decem-
ber, there were 30,035 subordinate
members and the sixth degree can-
didates initiated numbered 158. At
nine special meetings held" during
the year, in different sections of the
State, there were 1,223 sixth de-
gree members initiated.

During the first three years of
Worthy Master Rogers' incumbency
there was a net increase of 1,521 in
the subordinate grange membership
of the State, and, though the of-
ficial figures of the last year are not
at hand, it is certain that there has
been a large increase in the last
year, and the total membership now
stands at a higher figure than ever
before. The financial condition of
the organization is also better than
ever before, the amount of funds
in the treasury, and invested, being
reported at $31,299.75, at the last
annual meeting.

The New Hampshire
Grange has holden 47 annual
ings, besides various special
ings for conferring the sixth degree
and other purposes. Of these
meetings 27 have been held in Man-
chester, 9 in Concord, 2 in Dover,
2 in Laconia, and 1 each in New-
port, Plymouth, Portsmouth,
Nashua, Rochester, Keene and
Claremont. Since empowered by
the National Grange to confer the
sixth degree of the order, it has in-



State
meet-
meet-



526



THE GRANITE MONTHLY



structed between eleven and twelve
thousand candidates in the lessons
of that degree.

The Grange, in this State, is the
largest in point of membership, as
well as the most influential in the
direction of public affairs, of all the
fraternal organizations. While in-
stituted, primarily, to advance the
material interests of the farming
population, it has become a great
educational force and a prime in-
strument in the promotion of bene-
ficial legislation along various lines.
While in the country at large it is
to the active work of the Grange
organization that the people are in-
debted for free rural mail delivery,
the parcel post, postal saving banks
and the popular election of United
States Senators, in this State it has
been the prime factor in .securing
ecpial school advantages for the
children of the rural districts, with
th< se in the cities and larger towns,
also in the promotion of highway
improvement, in advancing the
cause of temperance and maintain-
ing the laws against the desecra-
tion of the Sabbath.

Of the nine men who have held
the office of Master of the N. H.
State Grange, five — Messrs. Chase,
Wason, Stinson, McDaniel and
Stinson have passed on. Four —
Messrs. Bachelder, Pattee, Adams
and Rogers, the present incumbent
— survive. Mr. Bachelder, the old-
est of the survivors in point of
years and time of service, has lived
in retirement on his East Andover
farm, after serving with distinction
for more than a quarter of a cen-
tury as Secretary of the State



Board of Agriculture., and two
years from 1903 to 1905, as Gov-
ernor of the State, aside from his
service eight years as Secretary
and twelve years as Master of the
State Grange, and six years as
Lecturer, and four years as Master
of the National Grange.

Joseph D. Roberts of Rollins-
ford, who has been Treasurer since
1897, is the oldest officer of the
Grange in point of service at the
present time. Next in rank in this
respect is George R. Drake of Man-
chester, who has been Secretary
since 1903 ; while Horace F. Hoyt
of Hanover has served as Chap-
lain for the last fourteen years.

The present officers of the
Grange, whose successors are tp
be chosen at the annual meeting in
Concord opening December 13, are:
Master, Fred A. Rogers; Overseer,
Herbert N. Sawyer; Lecturer, Luke
H. Rickert ; Steward, James C.
Farmer; Assistant Steward, A. W.
McDaniel; Chaplain, Horace F.
Hoyt ; Treasurer, Joseph D. Rob-
erts ; Secretary, George R. Drake ;
Gatekeeper, J. G. Beattie ; Ceres,
Mrs. Addie M. Rogers; Pomona,
Mrs. Mary W. Heath; Flora, Mrs.
Lillian Foss Cooper ; Lady Assist-
ant Steward, Mrs. Caroline C.
Edgerly.

The Executive Committee con-
sists of the Master and Secretary,
ex-officio, and Orville P. Smith,
Charles W. Varney and Wesley
Adams. Wilbur H. White of
Deerfield is the General Deputy,
assisted by three Pomona and
twenty-five district deputies.



BY THE VEERY'S NEST



By Caroline Stetson Allen



Chapter I
Louisa.



"Are all your things packed, dear?"

"Every last thing. Bridget's cake
about fills the top tray. She would
put it in, banishing my shirts to the
under tray, where there wasn't any
room for them. I managed to roll — "

"You rolled them! Oh, my dear!
And they were laundered so beauti-
fully!" And Airs. Gray hurried up-
stairs to her son's room.

Robert,' left with Louisa on the pi-
azza, looked at her, and laughed rue-
fully-

"This comes of encouraging Bridg-
et in my youth," he said. "She re-
fuses to see in me the grown man,
and is in the depths of woe if my
zest for her sweets appears to wane."

"I didn't see much signs of its
waning at dessert yesterday," said
Louisa. "Three helps of blueberry
pie. was it? Bob, it's too bad for
Aunt Helen to have all the bother of
repacking. Perhaps I can help her.

"Don't fuss. She likes nothing
better. Louisa, see here. Sit still !
Honestly, she likes to do it. Are
you going to write to a fellow once
in a while?"

"Perhaps so," said Louisa, looking
pleased. Louisa Acton was not Rob-
ert Gray's cousin, although from her
childhood, living next door and play-
ing constantly with "Bobby," she had
always called his mother aunt. Both
families lived in a small New Eng-
land village, from which Robert had
been absent only during four college
years. He was now going to the far
West for a year on a ranch of an
uncle, and this would be his first
long absence from home.

His two young neighbors, Louisa
Acton and Alicia Dale, frankly ad-
mitted that they should miss him, as



well they might, since a summer
day hardly passed without their joint-
ly, or separately sharing his compan-
ionship in a walk or climb, or row
on the Saco River. Each girl was
now secretly wondering how often
Robert would write to the other- Not
that there was jealousy between them ;
the triple intimacy had been too long
continued and open for that.

Mrs. Gray was younger than her
years, and particularly enjoyed the
company of her only son's friends,
so that her large house, with its spa-
cious livingroom and wide piazza,
had always been the young folks'
common meeting-ground. "Tangle-
wild" was, indeed, like an ideal
most comfortable camp. It stood sur-
rounded by pines and spruce, through
which the mountain air blew, de-
liriously fragrant. No plaster had
been used in the walls, which showed,
in varying browns or grays, the beau-
tiful grain of native woods. A vast
rock, centuries old, formed a natur-
al wall to the cellar.

( )n stormy days the living-room
was a welcome retreat, with its open
fireplace, friendly ranks of well-worn
books, and a piano on which the girls
occasionally played, but which no one
dreamed of touching if Robert were
at hand to draw magic from the keys.
Best of all were the w r ide windows,
giving lovely glimpses of hill and
valley, even though the pictures were
sometimes pearled with rain.

The smaller Acton and Dale houses
were about half a mile distant, to
right and left, one in the direction of
Intervale, the other toward Conway.

Louisa Acton was of medium
height, with a trim, graceful figure
and pretty curves. She was always
correctly dressed for the occasion,
small or great, and was fond of light
colors. On this warm morning of



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THE GRANITE MONTHLY



early September her gown was of
pale lavender, belted with white.

"Let's have a bit of a stroll," said
Robert, rising and approaching the
girl. "Come down by the veery's
nest. There's an hour, — yes" — look-
ing at his watch — "seventy-eight min-
.utes before 1 leave. Come."

Louisa hesitated a moment, looking
up at him- It was never easy for
anyone to refuse Robert Gray any-
thing. Inclined to gayety when with
his familiars, he was quiet and some-
what reticent when among strangers ;
but even they felt in him a certain
magnetism, and now, as he smiled
down at her. Louisa, his long-time
friend, thought she had never seen eyes
of such unfailing sunshine. She felt
an unwonted sinking of heart as she
realized how empty the place was go-
ing to seem without him- Why — there
was hardly a day that they had
not played around together since



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