Ekonk Community Grange presents 12 membership awards

By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Sterling - posted Mon., Jul. 18, 2011
(Front, l-r) Willis Maynard, Bob Jordan, Celia Bennett, Ethel Larkin, Lorna Champagne, Verna Cole, (back row, l-r) Russell Gray and Luther Thurlow received grange awards on July 17. Photos by Denise Coffey.
(Front, l-r) Willis Maynard, Bob Jordan, Celia Bennett, Ethel Larkin, Lorna Champagne, Verna Cole, (back row, l-r) Russell Gray and Luther Thurlow received grange awards on July 17. Photos by Denise Coffey.

Ekonk Community Grange No. 89 presented 12 of its members with awards recognizing their total of 625 years of service on July 17.

Robert P. Jordan, former Sterling first selectman for 27 years, received an award for 75 years of continuous grange service. Jordan joined the grange when he was 14 years old. At that time, dues for the monthly meetings were 5 cents. The former dairy farmer said the grange afforded agricultural families a chance to socialize. Jordan and his wife, Edna, owned and operated Jordan Acres Dairy Farm until 2007.
Jordan purchased 130 acres and a house in 1943 for $5,000. He added acreage as the years passed until his dairy farm totaled 500 acres. 

Sterling First Selectman Russell Gray received an award for 50 years of grange service. Gray has been a county grange president and state grange president for four years.

Receiving awards for 65 years of service were Celia Bennett, Willis Maynard and Barbara Stott. Mary Bingham received an award for 55 years of service. Receiving awards for 50 years of service were Lorna Champagne, Verna Cole, Ethel Larkin and Luther Thurlow. Rebecca Gervais and Betsy Molodich received awards for 25 years of service
Katrina Sebastian was awarded a $250 scholarship at the awards banquet.


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