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Trout Lake Grange Publishes Cookbook

Celebrating 100 years of service

Trout Lake Grange #210 presents a new commemorative cook book, to celebrate 100 years of service, since its inception in 1907 by early settlers of Trout Lake.

The goal was to work for the community, by supporting its needs in this valley, which had no real roads and no amenities. On Feb. 10, 1908, the Grange Charter was signed in the then 2-story Masonic Temple. That building was later purchased by the Grange, remodeled in 1974, and is now the single story building in "downtown" Trout Lake.

The cookbook features highlights of the families that were instrumental in the growth of Trout Lake. It also includes interesting insights into the past, and to the people who made a difference in the quality of life.

Some of the fascinating photographs featured in the book include Trout Lake School as it was in 1898; the first Trout Lake Fair in 1914; and downtown Trout Lake as it was in the early 1920s.

In 1952 some Grange members put together a collection of their favorite recipes and stored them away in a ring binder. They were mainly notes, and in some cases almost complete recipes, and they show us the way people cooked back then. Where possible, there are highlights about the contributing members and their photographs.

The recipes have been updated to reflect current ingredients and methods. There are 139 recipes, some of which will bring back memories of childhood, and others designed to feed a crowd!

The proceeds of sales of this book will go towards much needed repairs and renovations to the Trout Lake Grange Hall, which is the center of life in Trout Lake.

Saturday Market, a tradition in the community, takes place at the grange, as well as wedding celebrations, birthdays, and other community fun events.

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