Illinois Credit Union Hall of Fame
Ralph G. Long
Ralph Long was dedicated to the credit union movement for thirteen years. He witnessed and participated in two significant events in the history of the movement. First, Long was one of fifty-two delegates to participate in the CUNA organization meeting in 1934. Ralph later became a key organizer of the Illinois Credit Union League.
From 1939 to 1940 Long served as a CUNA director. He was board chair of the Illinois Credit Union League at the same time. Long held both positions until his untimely death in 1940.
Long began his involvement with credit unions in 1927 by chartering the Decatur Wabash Credit Union (now the Horizon Credit Union). He was selected as the first manager and treasurer of the credit union.
Nearly every credit union in the central part of Illinois was organized in part through Long’s efforts. One could say that Long had a knack for organizing.
Not only did he participate in leadership roles in many credit union launches, he also organized the Easter Seals of Decatur. He established the Decatur Hospital Service Corporation in 1937. Long founded the Longview Housing Project. It still provides housing for low income families in Decatur.
We honor his memory and dedication to the credit union cause. Long is truly a person who belongs among those honored in the Illinois Credit Union League Hall of Fame.