Resolution J5280-2013

Commemorating the 200th Anniversary of the Town of Friendship



  • May 29, 2014: ADOPTED
  • May 21, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commemorating the 200th Anniversary of the Town
of Friendship, New York

WHEREAS, It is the intent of this Legislative Body to honor and  commem-
orate  the  proud and distinguished histories of the people and communi-
ties which comprise the noble body of this great Empire State; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions,  this  Legislative Body is justly proud to commem-
orate the 200th Anniversary of the Town of Friendship, New York; and
  WHEREAS, The Town of Friendship was officially  formed  on  March  24,
1815, when it separated from the Town of Caneadea; Friendship originally
included the present-day towns of Cuba, Bolivar, and Wirt; and
  WHEREAS, The first settlement in Friendship was built in 1806 by Rich-
ard Friar, who originated from Ulster County, New York; the first school
lessons  were  taught by Pelatiah Morgan in the winter of 1810-1811; the
first store was opened in the spring of 1818 by Stephen Smith; and
  WHEREAS, In 1851, the first locomotive came into town, and a depot was
erected on Erie Road; as a result, various businesses  were  established
and  manufacturing was developed in the town including the production of
cheese, butter, and flour; and
  WHEREAS, Churches were established in many denominations in  the  Town
of Friendship including Presbyterian in 1813, Baptist in 1822, Methodist
Episcopal  in  1825, the Seventh Day Baptist Church of the Nile in 1824,
and Universalist in 1854; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to  publicly  recog-
nize  and honor milestones in the history of communities large and small
in this great Empire State; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commemorate  the  200th Anniversary of the Town of Friendship; and be it
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the Town of Friendship, New York.


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