Although it was last to organize in Somerset County, by 1900 it had over 200 Members and was the 10th largest Grange in the County
The Patrons of Husbandry Hartland Grange No. 452 formed in the late 1800s holding their first meetings at the Hartland Opera House-Town Hall until their expanding membership finally outgrew the venue and a dedicated Grange Hall was built in 1905 on recently built Seekins Street .
New P. of H. No. 452 Grange Hall on Seekins Street – 1905
Details about the Grange and the opening of their new Grange Hall was announced in a newspaper article soon after.
October 10, 1905 Newspaper Article
Pittsfield Advertiser – May, 9 1907
“On Thursday, May 9th, all the roads in Hartland led to the Opera House where the Hartland Grange celebrated their Second Anniversary. They gladly welcomed friends and gave them a delighted time.”
P. of H. Grange No. 452 2nd Anniversary “Party in the Rose Garden” Program – 1907
The new Grange Hall seen in the background to the right of this photo taken on Commercial Street
1947 Degree of Flora (Photo courtesy of Rochelle (Ham) Oelrich)
P. of H. Grange No. 452 Members (Photo courtesy of Rochelle (Ham) Oelrich)
P. of H. Grange No. 452 Members
We are still working on correctly identifying the folks in the photo below.
(L-R) 1. Beulah Rowe(?) 2. Edna Nadeau 3. Priscilla Estes 4. Diane Trembly(?) 5. Grace Duncan 6. Arline (Willey) Ham 7. Elsie (Seekins) McCrillis 8. Wilfred Nadeau 9. _____ _____ 10. Leonard Trembly(?) 11. Ardis (McPherson) Coston 12. Clair Woodman 13. Francis L. Coston 14. (Man Sitting in Front) _____ _____.
By the mid 1960s, interest in Grange activities and membership had fallen sharply across the country including Maine. Soon after, the P. of H. Hartland No. 452 chapter disbanded. The building was abandoned for several years and although it was used for several community events, it soon began deteriorating beyond reasonable repair. In the early 1970s, the building was razed and the lot cleared for a new public tennis & basketball court.