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For Immediate Release
November 15, 2001
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky

Wilson Grange No. 321 to be Honored for
100 Years of Incorporation

Bureau of Corporations Director, Timothy Poulin, on behalf of Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky, will honor the Wilson Grange No. 321 for 100 years of incorporation on Saturday, November 17, 2001 at 7:30 p.m. at Wilson Grange Hall in East Wilton. Wilson Grange No. 321 was incorporated in the State of Maine on August 8, 1901.

Nineteen corporations are celebrating their centennial anniversary this year. They include eight business corporations--Beta Theta Pi Co., Chilton Paint Company, Edward H. Best & Co., Hodgco, Inc., Lewiston Daily Sun, Oxford County Telephone and Telegraph Company, Psi Upsilon Chapter House Association, The Dunlap Agency--and eleven non-profit corporations--Library Club of Lovell, Megunticook Golf Club, Northeast Harbor Fire Co., Inc., Silver Harvest Grange Association, The Aid Society of Otter Creek, Maine, The Maine Optometric Association, Waldo County General Hospital, Wilson Grange, No. 321, The Tracy Reunion Association and Wilton Free Public Library Association.

"I enjoy this opportunity to recognize these Maine businesses and nonprofit organizations that have attained this milestone," said Secretary Gwadosky. "Many dedicated people have been involved in keeping these organizations and businesses active for 100 years. It is a significant achievement, given that my Department has over 50,000 active corporations on file."

In September 1894, fifteen men and women gathered in East Wilton to form the Wilson Grange. The Grange incorporated in 1901. The Wilson Grange met at Lothrop and Smith Halls until moving to its current location in 1904. Since that time the Grange members added many conveniences to the hall. After a fire in 1948, the building under went major repairs and the Grange members continue to make improvements to the building and grounds. The Wilson Grange members have been a harmonious group throughout the years and enjoy meeting with other area Granges.