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The Grange Women
Following the Civil War and into the 1870s, the Grange movement grew in the central states and emerged as the Southern Farmers Alliance in the South. First formed as a secret fraternal organization in 1867 and called the Patrons of Husbandry, the Grange movement spread quickly, fueled by farmers’ concerns over high railroad shipping rates and what they saw as monopolies by middlemen, like the companies that owned grain elevators. By 1875, the national Grange membership had passed 850,000. Indiana ranked second behind Missouri in Grange membership in Mid-Central region of the US that year, with 60,298 members and 1,485 Granges, 498 for every 100,000 in agricultural population.

Early in the movement, Grangers welcomed women into their ranks with equal voice and voting rights, recognizing their importance to rural family economies and communities. Women took the opportunity and participated fully. They wrote for the Grange Visitor and other rural papers, lobbied in state and local forums for fair treatment of small farmers and gave speeches at Grange sponsored speaking tours. The extension of equal voting rights in this organization led Grange women to support both woman suffrage and temperance. The Grange also provided a very important social outlet for farm women, one that allowed them to participate as equals in an organization that attempted to directly improve their lives and the lives of their families.

The Grange formed cooperatives and farmer-owned businesses in addition to political activism. Most of the business ventures failed and, as agricultural conditions improved in the 1880s, the Grange movement slowly lost members. In later years, the Grange became, for the most part, a social organization, fostering cooperation among farm families.

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Many  Grange Members Have Been Pushing For A "Recipe Corner" For The Longest Time

Soooooo, Here It Is The LEGrange Pantry


All the recipes, web sites, culinary creations and cultural yummy history we use in future LEGrange editions; as well as, those we can retrieve from past ones, will be archived here on the shelves of the LEGrange Pantry.


This will take a little bit of doing, so bear with us while build our LEGrange Pantry.

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Welcome,  I'm Miss Maggie, the owner and creator of the Hillbilly Housewife. The focus here is on low-cost, home-cooking from scratch.  The recipes are all tested in a real kitchen with hungry children, stalking cats, begging puppies and a playful husband underfoot.  The ingredients are affordable and readily available in most areas. 

Many of us are feeling the squeeze at the supermarket these day, and all of us are feeling it at the gas pump.  The government continues to deny inflation, but I see the results of it in my grocery bill and my gas tank.  The official USDA cost of food has risen to $500 a month for a family of 4 on the Thrifty Plan! As most of us tighten our belts, we may be wondering how to juggle expenses that only seem to rise. 

Many of us have played the credit card game, using one card to make payments on another and then having no choice but to charge everyday expenses like gas and food.  We know how fast a few charges can add up to an almost insurmountable mountain of debt. We sympathize with your situation because we've been there. 

That's where this site comes into play.  We are designed to help you reduce your grocery bill as low as it can go.  It won't solve all of your financial woes, but it may give you some breathing room so you can make a significant dent in your situation.  We teach you the best foods to buy on a budget and how to cook them so the family will be better fed than they've been in years.  You'll find tips and techniques here that you won't find anywhere else on the web.  Everything here is free, provided by God's grace.  If the information you find here helps you and your circumstances, then please share what you have learned with others, so they too can benefit from your new knowledge.

--Miss Maggie

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