JFK SPOKE AT UNIVERSITY OF MONTREAL 60 YEARS AGO TODAY
Montreal, Canada (JFK+50) Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts spoke 60 years ago today, December 4, 1953, at the University of Montreal.
The young senator, enjoying his first ever visit to Canada, said that minor disagreements between the United States and Canada would not reduce the positive feelings that had existed for a hundred years.
Senator Kennedy said:
"I speak to you at this celebrated university in this ancient and famous city.
The functions of the private university, particularly those that are Roman Catholic, are basic and fundamental today for its task as a continuing search for the truth.
I speak for the great majority of American people when I say to you that the United States highly values her fraternal friendship and association with Canadians."
University of Montreal
Roger Gaudry Pavilion
Photo by Colocho (2008)
THE GRANGE FOUNDED BY OLIVER KELLEY
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) A clerk at the Department of Agriculture and a former farmer in Minnesota, Oliver Hudson Kelley, joined with six other men 146 years ago today, December 4, 1867, to found the Farmers Masonry.
Oliver Hudson Kelley
The organization was established to encourage farm families to band together for their common economic and political well-being.
Co-founders of the group included William Saunders, Francis M. McDowell, John Trimble, Aaron B. Grosh, John R. Thompson and William M. Ireland.
The official name of the group is the National Order of Patrons of Husbandry but more commonly it is called The Grange.
Grange is a Latin word meaning grain.
The motto of the Grange is:
"In essentials, unity; In non-essentials, liberty; In all things, charity."
The group was influential in gaining passage of the "Granger Laws" which helped end abuse of farmers by railroad companies.
In 2005, the Grange had a membership of 300,000. Its headquarters are located in Washington, D.C. in a building built in 1960.
The state of Washington has the largest # of members, at 40,000.