To the Editor:

To friends of Oxford Grange 194, the annual Chili Cook Off Competition will be held on Saturday, September 12, between 4 and 7 p.m., Oxford Grange, 482 Oxford Rd., Oxford.

In April of 1928, Oxford farmer, Charles W. Nix, proposed the Grange idea to his neighbors. Later that year, 24 men and 24 women founded Oxford Grange 194. At the meetings that ensued, local farmers discussed such topics as pest control, how to overcome the challenges of working in isolated locations, changes in technology, the promotion of agricultural colleges and the creation of cooperative fire insurance companies.

The results of these early efforts helped ensure the prosperity of future generations of farmers and promoted the maintenance of a way of life that still plays an important part in shaping the town’s identity (

Oxford Grange is unique in that is one of the few towns in the state that owns a Grange building. We need help raising funds for maintenance and improvements to the Grange. If you are unable to attend, please consider sponsoring our “Save Our Grange” ad book. For additional information, please reach out via email to

If you would like to enter your chili in the competition, please contact us and help the Grange.

Looking forward to seeing you on September 12.


Ed and Tanya Carver

Save Our Grange Committee


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