Patterson in Putnam County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Patterson Grange No. 939
Patterson 200 Years
Patterson Grange No. 237)
Many other organizations which started up during these difficult times have disappeared. But the Grange has remained alive and relevant. While continuing to support legislation controlling the power of the railroads, it also lessened the farmersí dependence on other “middlemen” by forming cooperatives to process and market farm products and purchase general merchandise and farm implements. The Grange membership represented enough of a market that Montgomery Ward, the first large mail order business, was established primarily to sell to it.
The present Patterson Grange No. 939, chartered in November 1902 with 43 members, grew to 165 by 1910. Meetings were held in rented halls for several years until 1912, when the old school building was purchased and remodeled for a permanent meeting hall. Money for remodeling and other major expenses was raised by dances, auctions, minstrel shows, food sales, etc. the annual clam bake was the big event in Patterson for many years but was discontinued because of the polio epidemic. Two day “Farmer Institutes” were held with speakers, usually from agricultural colleges, who came in to lecture on pertinent topics. Franklyn Delano Roosevelt, our state senator-elect at the time, spoke at one.
Today we live in a different world from that described in the old minutes. Patterson is no longer a farming community but because of the presence of organizations like the Grange, the lessons and values learned during the period when it was, are kept alive and are available to us today.
Location. 41° 30.83′ N, 73° 36.727′ W. Marker is in Patterson, New York, in Putnam County. Marker is on New York State Route 311 0.1 miles east of Maple Avenue, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Located in front of the Patterson Grange Hall. Marker is in this post office area: Patterson NY 12563, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. District School No. 1 (a few steps from this marker); The Fellowship Hall (a few steps from this marker); Maple Avenue Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Ludington Graves (within shouting distance of this marker); The Presbyterian Church (within shouting distance of this marker); The War Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Christ Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Patterson Veterans Monument (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Patterson.
Also see . . . Patterson Historic District 3. (Submitted on November 25, 2009, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Categories. • Agriculture • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations • Notable Buildings •
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