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From The Historian's Desk
The history of our emblems
 

By Edith Schoell, State Historian

  JULY / AUGUST 2010 --

I hope you will find the following interesting. It is copied from an article written by Rev. A. B. Grosh in 1876. I am sure you all know Rev. Grosh was one of the Seven Founders of the Order.

"Rev. Grosh suggests that the following emblems be used: ‘EMBLEM FOR BRETHREN - The Emblem of the Order for Brethrem is a green ground, on which rests a Plough, surmounted with a Sheaf of Wheat. The Green ground represents grass, - the most universal, money-worth, and important product of our agriculture, - the primary produce of the soil, and the basis of all good farming, as is well expressed in the truthful old saying, "No Grass, no cattle, no cattle, no manure, no manure, no crops.' Grass is also Nature's own nourishment for renovating exhausted soils, and for the enrichment of waste places.

"The Plough is the principal instrument, and the representative implement, in the cultivation of the soil, and has the emblematic meaning of diligence given in our Ritual, from its continuous persevering pressure in breaking up the hard or matted soil and preparing it for the other needed processes of agriculture.

"And the Sheaf of Wheat, - many grains to each ear, and all the ears united in one sheaf by a common bond, -not only represents the resulting grain, but also presents an emblem of the Order; the many united to form a Grange, and the many thus united again to form the Order, and all bound together in one band of Fraternal unity."

 
 
 
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