Lower Valley historians working to form Granger Historical Society

GRANGER - Having worked diligently to celebrate Granger's centennial year, members of the Granger Centennial Committee decided the community is in need of a historical society.

Helen Dodd is a member of the group, and said she and the other members of the committee had positive experiences learning about the community from other Granger residents throughout the past year.

"We capped off the centennial celebration with a banquet in October, and Walter Granger's granddaughter attended the event," said Dodd.

She said the experiences spurred a desire to chronical the community's history and make the past come alive for others.

"We decided we need to publish a book, highlighting the history of Granger's first 100 years. The last book about its history was published in 1975," Dodd shared.

She said the group has other aspirations, too.

"Along with putting the book together, we would like to establish a museum," Dodd explained.

She said the Granger Library currently has a room in which individuals can access archives. That room, she said, could also serve as a museum filled with pieces of the community's history.

"We want to make it easy for individuals to take a step back in time, capturing a glimpse of Granger's rich history," Dodd said, stating there is much to be learned about the community through photographs and historical artifacts.

The committee working to establish a Granger Historical Society has already collected numerous photographs and stories from community members. Some photos and stories date back to the beginning of the town.

As the group has collected pieces of the bygone days, they have shared the idea of creating a book containing the stories shared, Dodd said.

She said many of those with whom they have spoken have expressed an interest in purchasing the book.

"We haven't started the book, but we have an outline of it in our heads," shared Dodd, stating the group has plans of beginning the work on the historical book after the holidays.

Their work won't stop with what they have already collected, she noted. She said the group hopes to continue gathering stories, photographs and items of historical significance.

"This community was founded by farmers. Thanks to Walter Granger and the Sunnyside Canal the farmers were able to live here," explained Dodd, stating the committee wants to give credit to the original founders of the city, as well as those who have followed.

"This experience, for me, has thus far been enriching," she commented.

A meeting for anyone interested in forming the Granger Historical Society will be held at the Granger Community Center tomorrow (Thursday) at 1 p.m. Those who are unable to attend, but are interested in helping with the projects, can contact Dodd at 854-1131 or Ann Liebert at 854-6386.

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