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Victory Grange, “The Little Grange That Could,” decides it can’t



Photo by Steve Fuller
Jean Sargent stands outside Victory Grange in North Orland Monday afternoon and described how members built an addition in 1998 using donated labor and supplies. The Victory Grange membership recently voted to disband the organization.

ORLAND — For decades, Victory Grange served as the social hub of the farming community in North Orland.

Meetings were held twice a month, and events such as hunters breakfasts, bean suppers and musical performances provided a chance for fellowship and a sense of community.

Like the farms that used to dot the local landscape and the families that tended to them, however, the Grange on Bald Mountain Road has now faded into the realm of the past.

Though the building still stands, eight of the remaining members of Victory Grange gathered on May 4 for a final meeting and voted to resign the organization’s charter.

That action formally brings the group’s history to an end. Victory Grange, chartered April 29, 1920, had turned 93 only five days before.

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Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller

Reporter at The Ellsworth American,
Steve Fuller worked at The Ellsworth American from 2012 to early 2018. He covered the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. A native of Waldo County, he served as editor of Belfast's Republican Journal prior to joining the American. He lives in Orland.
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