Resolution J1076-2013

Commemorating the 200th Anniversary of the Town of Mendon



  • Apr 17, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Apr 3, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commemorating the 200th Anniversary of the Town
of Mendon to be celebrated on April 13, 2013

WHEREAS, Each and every  city,  town,  village  and  hamlet  within  its
borders  proudly  resonates with the rich and noble history of the State
of New York; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative  Body  to  recognize  and
commemorate the anniversary of the founding of municipalities throughout
the State, noting in turn their contributions to the fabric and develop-
ment of this great Empire State; and
  WHEREAS,  This  Legislative  Body  is  justly proud to commemorate the
200th Anniversary of the Monroe County Town of Mendon, New York,  to  be
celebrated  at  a Bicentennial Gala at the Mendon Golf Club on Saturday,
April 13, 2013, recognizing the significance of this special anniversary
and applauding its distinguished history; and
  WHEREAS, Once a dense forest with a roaring stream, now known  as  the
Honeoye  Creek,  the Town of Mendon is today much different from the log
cabin era of 1790 when oxen pulled covered wagons through mud holes, our
pioneer families planted the seeds of settlement, and wolves  howled  in
the woods behind the clearings; and
  WHEREAS,  President  George  Washington  ordered  the Sullivan-Clinton
Expedition in 1779 to break forever the power of the Seneca Indians  who
fled  west  hoping  for protection from the British on the Niagara Fron-
tier; the Expedition was successful  and  hastened  the  development  of
Western New York; and
  WHEREAS,  When peace came and the land in the Finger Lakes and Genesee
River areas was opened for sale, the word was passed along  and  settle-
ments  sprang  up rapidly as people rushed to buy land either for specu-
lation or to farm for themselves; and
  WHEREAS, They set out on foot or  horseback  and  drove  their  stock,
while their families usually came by water or covered wagon; very often,
the  heads  of  families  or older sons came ahead as land hunters, made
their selection, bought land, built a hut or  cabin  and  then  returned
along  the  trail  to  pass the winter at the old home and to sell their
farm before bringing their family to Mendon; and
  WHEREAS, In January, 1789, Ontario County was formed  from  Montgomery
County; the Town of Mendon was originally part of Ontario County and was
annexed  to  Monroe County when it was formed in 1821; Mendon was organ-
ized in 1813 and held its first Town Meeting in April of  that  year  at
the  home  of  Thomas  Ewer  at the corner of West Bloomfield and Cheese
Factory Roads and later adjourned to his barn; and
  WHEREAS, It is believed that Mendon most likely got its name from  one
of its early settlers, Caleb Taft, who came there from Mendon, Massachu-
setts;  most  of  the  early  settlers  to Mendon came from Connecticut,
Massachusetts, Vermont, and from the eastern counties of New York State,
where their prospects for existence were poor; and
  WHEREAS, Between 1792 and 1800, 26 families settled in Mendon, most of
them near "Mendon village" or East Mendon, as it  was  called  in  early
days; and
  WHEREAS,  In  1800,  a road was opened from East Mendon westward; from
this time until 1805, numerous groups passed through the area from every
part of New England and, before long, the country  became  more  thickly
settled; and
  WHEREAS,  A  few  men started in the milling business; sites along the
streams were selected for their waterpower; a person looking for a  mill
site  explored up and down the stream for a desirable location, and when
one was found he went before the Town authorities to secure a writ of ad

quod damnum which enabled the miller to have the  adjoining  land  offi-
cially  examined  and  the  possible  amount of damage by building a dam
estimated; and
  WHEREAS,  The  mills also provided the local farmers with a market for
their wheat, corn and oats throughout the  19th  century  and  into  the
early years of the 20th century; and
  WHEREAS, Remaining fruitful over the ebb and flow of decades of growth
and change, the Town of Mendon continues its commitment to enhancing the
quality  of life of its citizens, ensuring a positive business, institu-
tional and educational climate, and providing  all  essential  services;
now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 200th Anniversary of  the  Town  of  Mendon,  New  York,
recognizing  the  significance  of  the role it continues to play in the
life of the community of the State of New York; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the Town of Mendon, New York.


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