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Saturday card parties at grange might be ending

September 25, 2020 Digital Media Exclusive

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Lillian Bachman has been playing cards at the Jefferson Grange for the past 73 years.

JEFFERSON TWP — For 73 years almost every Saturday night, you knew where to find Lillian “Lil” Bachman, 91, of Saxonburg. She would be at the Jefferson Grange, 211 Bullcreek Road, for card night.

Through wars, weather and social upheaval, Bachman would take her place at a table at 7 p.m. Saturday and for the next three hours play 500.

“I started playing with my husband Herbert on Jan. 17, 1947,” she said. “We got married Oct. 18, 1946. Then, we had an apartment on Saxonburg Road.

“The people we rented off brought us here for a card party,” she said.

She remembers the date because she used to keep a diary, and she recently cleaned out a drawer and found hers.

“That's how I knew the exact date. Once in a while we would miss one, but generally on Saturday night we were always at the grange,” Bachman said.

But now Bachman's streak is in danger of being interrupted.

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Eric Freehling

Eric Freehling

Eric was born in Butler and grew up in Winfield Township. He graduated from Knoch High School and later Indiana University of Pa. with a degree in Journalism. After working as a reporter and editor with the Kittanning Leader-Times, he moved to Bloomington, Illinois, where he worked at The Pantagraph newspaper as a copy editor, page designer, reporter and business editor. Freehling later worked at the Houston Chronicle as senior copy editor and the Chicago Tribune as a copy editor on the business desk. He moved back to Pennsylvania in 2010 and joined the Butler Eagle as Community Editor in January 2011.