From the Pittsfield Town Register, 1904:
"Pittsfield Grange was organized in 1876, but its charter afterwards given up. It was reorganized about sixteen years ago [~1887].
The present membership is about 200 of the most intelligent citizens. Officers: J. D. M. Foster, master; E. E. Libby, overseer; Mrs. Edith Phinney,
secretary. New hall dedication February 2, 1903. It is 38 by 70 feet and cost about $5000."
From The Waterville Morning Sentinel supplement, "Pittsfield, A Great Place to Live, Work and Shop",
Saturday April 3, 1948:
Grange Exerts Powerful Influence On Social, Economic Life of Town
PITTSFIELD GRANGE OFFICERS GROUP
In the above picture are officials of Pittsfield Grange, No. 102, with the state master, E.
Carroll Bean of Augusta, and Mrs. Bean. Seated, left to right, are Raynor Crosman, Mrs. Raynor
Crosman, Mrs. Grace Bean, state juvenile chairman; E. Carroll Bean, state master. Standing
are, left to right, Roland Wiles, George Richie, Harry Dunton, Katheryn McLeod, Melvina
Durand, Maryan Wiles, Lillian Goodrich, Dorothy Withee, Helen Shorey, Sadie Oliver, Grange
Master Leigh T. Shorey, Ethel Davis, Dana Withee, Elizabeth Sobie, Hartlow McLeod, Olive
Wright, Denzel Davis, Harry Wright, Vernon Shorey, Gladys Shorey. (Photo by Wakefield)
Click on photo to enlarge.
A powerful influence in the social and economic life of Pittsfield is
the Grange. Pittsfield Grange, Patrons of Husbandry, No. 102,
received its charter on Feb. 20, 1875. As far as can be learned from
the records Alonzo Patton was its first master.
Early meetings were held in hired halls where the rent amounted to
a dollar a month. Sometimes meetings were held in the home of a
Members followed this course for 20 years and then decided to
build a hall of their own. This was constructed on Easy Street and
is still in use. It was built in 1904 and is a well constructed edifice
and on a fine foundation.
There were times when the pioneer groups found it difficult to
complete the building, but they finally did so and the present
members are grateful for their efforts.
The Grange is an organization where men and women have equal
voice. All work for a higher standard of living for the farmer and
his family and members seek to do all they can to help each other.
Grangers are ready to help on community projects which may be
helpful to the non-Grangers as well as the member and his family.
Leigh T. Shorey, whose home, Twin Elms Farm, is on the Hartland
Road, is the present master of Pittsfield Grange. Mr. Shorey points
out that the members of the Grange have diversified interests and
raise poultry, dairy products, potatoes and canning crops. He feels
that their farms are the equal of any in the state, and that their
successful operation has been advanced much through the efforts
of the Grange.
Master Shorey says there are several things that Pittsfield should
have within its borders, one of which is a vocational agricultural
course at the Maine Central Institute, which is the high school for
Many boys from Pittsfield farms attend classes there, he states and
many of them never go farther in their school work. A course in
agriculture would be very helpful to them for their future work, he
Another need for Pittsfield, according to Mr. Shorey, is a
veterinary surgeon established in town, who would take care of the
needs in the growing livestock industry in this and surrounding
Pittsfield Grange has a membership of 246 at this time, the ages
being from 14 years and up. Meetings are carried on with the idea
of making life more cheerful for the young and old, especially for
the younger groups, who will be the future farmers and home
makers of America. The lecturer's hour at Grange meetings is one
that is anticipated with pleasure by all members and is planned to
be both social and educational. This is usually followed by an hour
for recreation which includes games and dancing.
Pittsfield Grange has four members who have been paying their
dues and taken part in activities for over 50 years. They are Charles
Ames, Mrs. Etta Libby, Mrs. Mary Willis and Myra Dyer.