The only surviving Grange in DeKalb County, Ney Grange,
was founded in 1929 and is celebrating its 85th year in 2014.
To find out more about joining this heritage group dedicated
to community service and preserving our rural heritage contact
any officer listed below or call 815-758-5424. All citizens age
14 and up are eligible to become members. Dues start at $20 for
the first year.
(In Photo) Officeholders in the revived Ney Grange #1845
gathered at the 1835 Miller-Ellwood log cabin near Genoa for
this photo after their installation ceremonies on April 21, 2013.
From left are Ney Vice President Bill Braksick, Executive Committee
member and Grange historian Steve Bigolin, Chaplain Rev. Harlene
Harden, Executive Committee member George Astling, Flora--Mildred
Drake, Lady Assistant Steward Emily Weil, Gatekeeper Dale Swanson,
Secretary Lori Swanson, Treasurer Joanne Helmold, President Barry
Schrader, young Madelynn Swanson (down in front), and State Grange
President and installing officer Lyle Lee.
Officers not shown include Lecturer Tom Rhoads, Steward
George Helmold, Grange Musician Kay Schrader, and Executive Committee
members Roger Watson and Debbie Behrends. There were 30 members
and officers installed in the local Grange, the only remaining
chapter in DeKalb County and one of only 31 in the state.
Their main project will focus on the restoration, maintenance
and serving as docents for the historic log cabin at the Hoppe
farmstead. They normally meet the fourth Tuesday of each month
at the Mayfield Congregational Church south of Kingston on Church
Road. For information on joining or visiting a meeting, call
815-758-5424, or go to the website www.neygrange.com or www.nationalgrange.org.
The Grange also maintains a mailing address at P.O. Box 44, Genoa, IL 60135
State Rep. Bob Pritchard addressed the inaugural meeting of the revived Ney Grange #1845 on April 21 at the Hoppe Farmstead between Genoa and Kingston on Pleasant Hill Road, now part of the DeKalb County Forest Preserve District. The Grange elected officers and inducted new members which now total 29 people. Also in the photo from left are State Grange Vice President Adam Ellwanger, Ney President/Master Barry Schrader and seated Executive Committee members Marlin Chaplin, George Astling and Steve Bigolin, with Grange pianist Kay Schrader in back.
Other public officials in attendance included Genoa Mayor Mark Vicary and his wife, Kirkland Village President Les Bellah, Sycamore Mayor Ken Mundy and his wife, DeKalb Mayor John Rey, and DeKalb County Sheriff Roger Scott. (David Hegberg Photo)