Granger History 101
A Brief History of the Township
The earliest inhabitants of the township were the prehistoric Native Americans known as the Mound Builders. Granger is believed to have even had 2 mounds. Much later, those from the Seneca, Ottawa, Iroquois, or Wyandot tribes came to Granger. They seemed only to have passed through while hunting, but many of their arrowheads have been found by residents.
Next came hunters, the most colorful of whom was William Coggswell. He recorded many of his hunting adventures involving bears and wildcats.
Ezekiel Mott was an example of a squatter. He came to Granger in 1816, and built a cabin, although he didn’t really own the land.
Granger was part of the Connecticut Western Reserve. In 1795 the state sold the area to the Connecticut Land Company, a group of 36 investors. The investors drew lots to see who would own which lots. Oliver Phelps drew Granger, as well as many other lots in northeastern Ohio. When Phelps died in 1809, he had debts to Gideon Granger. To settle the debts, his land holdings were transferred to Gideon.
In 1817 Gideon Granger sold the northwest part of the township to Henry Remsen, and the remainder to Anthony Low, Elizur Hills, James Ganyard, and Burt Codding, all of the Canandaigua area of New York. The Hills, Lows, Ganyards, and Coddings brought their families to settle Granger, and sold parcels to other settlers as well. The area owned by Remsen was held in trust for his daughter’s children, so it was not settled until 1845.
In 1820 Granger officially became a township, and the name Granger was chosen by vote as an honor to Gideon Granger, the previous owner, a legislator in Connecticut, and also Postmaster General under Jefferson. A few months later, Granger held its first election. The first town hall was built in the early 1820s. Other work accomplished by the early settlers included clearing the virgin timber, preparing farm fields, and building homes, roads, schools, churches, and businesses.
From these beginnings, Granger grew to be the township we love today.
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How Granger Celebrated Its Bicentennial
Preparations for Granger’s big 200th birthday party began in 2018. Covid hit hard in the spring of 2020, necessitating a postponement until 2021. Since Covid was still rampant in 2021, a second postponement meant a Bicentennial + 2 celebration being held June 24, 25, and 26, 2022. It was a very full weekend as shown on this timeline.
FRIDAY, June 24
7-8 p.m. – “Our Town: Granger”
This entertaining and educational production will be held in the Highland High School Auditorium (upper-level entrance).
8-9 p.m. – Birthday Cake Reception
Lobby outside of the HS auditorium.
SATURDAY, June 25
9-10:45 a.m. – Parade Forms
Parade forms in the back tennis court parking lot of Highland High School Stadium (4150 Ridge Rd.).
10-10:45 a.m. – Opening Ceremonies Highland High School Stadium – Celebrate Granger "then and now" with music and recognition of winners in our competitions.
10:45 a.m. -12 p.m. – Parade
Travels around the perimeter of the upper parking lot of Highland High School.
The following activities will take place on the grounds of Highland Middle School:
12-3 p.m.: Food Truck Lunch Available for Purchase; Historic Car Cruise-In
12-1 p.m.: Roving Balloon Artist
12-4 p.m.: Inflatable Obstacle Course for Kids
1-2 p.m.: Magician Show
2-3 p.m.: Barbershop Quartet; Roving Balloon Artist
3-4 p.m.: Kids’ Games (Sack Race, Water Balloon Toss, 3-legged Race, Wheel Barrow Race, etc.)
3-5 p.m.: Open House at Granger Historical Society (1261 Granger Rd.). See artifacts from Granger’s earlier years!
4:30-6 p.m.: Wiffle Ball Game (directed by RAH). All ages welcome.
5:30-9:30 p.m.: WIXY 1260 Broadcasts from the event. Enjoy ‘50s, ‘60s, & ‘70s favorites
6-8 p.m.: Pig Roast Dinner Join your friends and neighbors for a pig roast! Gridirne Cookery in Medina is preparing and serving up the mouthwatering dinner! The cost for dinner is $12 per person -- advanced ticket sales only.
7-9 p.m.: Open House at Granger Historical Society (1261 Granger Rd.). See artifacts from Granger’s earlier years.
Approximately 9:45 p.m.: Fireworks (can be viewed from Highland Middle School parking lot, hill or bleachers. Also from Township Administration Building parking lot).
SUNDAY, June 26
12-5 p.m. – Open House Granger Historical Society - Features guidance in researching the history of your own home or neighborhood, and see artifacts from Granger's early years!
1 p.m.: Doc Loomis offers anecdotal talk on Granger churches
2 p.m.: Hammered dulcimer
(RAINDATE) 9:45 p.m. – Fireworks Highland Middle School
Pioneer cast members of Our Town: Granger (bicentennial play)
Granger Elementary students singing “Onward” to close the opening ceremonies
On Sunday former resident Karen McCurdy entertained guests, on her hammered dulcimer.
Following the play we celebrated with cupcakes and the unveiling of the Granger Bicentennial Quilt