The oldest of these organizations in this section was the Champaign County Agricultural, Horticultural and Mechanical Association, which was organized in 1870. Its constitution, as adopted October 8 of that year, reads thus: Article I. The name of this association shall be “The Champaign County Agricultural, Horticultural and Mechanical Association.” Art. II. The capital stock of this association shall not be less than fifteen thousand ($15,000) dollars, and shall be divided into shares of fifty ($50) dollars each. Art. III. The owner of one or more shares shall be a member of the association, but no member owning two or more shares shall be entitled to more than two votes. Art. IV. The officers of this association shall consist of a president, one vice-president for each township in the county, secretary, treasurer and an executive committee made up of seven (7) stockholders, and such others as may be necessary. Art. V. The term for which the officers of the association shall be elected shall be one year from the 1st day of January next ensuing after their election. Art. VI. The annual election of officers shall be held. each year at the October quarterly meeting. Art. VII. At all elections the holder of one share shall be entitled to one vote; the holder of two or more shares to two votes. Art. VIII. This association shall have a seal, which shall be circular in form, and bear the following superscription on its face: “The Champaign County Agricultural, Horticultural and Mechanical Association.” Art. IX. This Constitution and By-Laws may be altered or suspended by a majority vote of all the capital stock. Art. X. Quorum At all meetings one-third of the stock taken shall be represented to constitute a quorum.

Source: A Standard History of Champaign County, Illinois, by J. R. Stewart, published by The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago And New York, 1918.