Resolution J5751-2013

Commemorating the 250th Anniversary of the Town of Salem



  • Jun 10, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Jun 6, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commemorating the 250th Anniversary of the Town
of Salem

WHEREAS, It is the intent of this Legislative Body to honor and  commem-
orate  the  proud  and distinguished histories of the towns and villages
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 250th Anniversary of the Town of Salem, in Washington  County,
New York; and
  WHEREAS,  In the summer of 1764, three men from Pelham, Massachusetts,
James Turner, Joshua Conkey, and Hamilton McCollister, built  the  first
log cabin in what is now the Town of Salem, and acquired title to 25,000
acres  of  lush  wooded  hillsides,  as well as clear streams containing
abundant wildlife; their families and others from Pelham came to  settle
one-half of the land now known as Turner's Patent; and
  WHEREAS,  Subsequently,  James  Turner  conveyed the other half of the
property to two land speculators, Oliver Delancy and Peter Dubois; and
  WHEREAS, In May of 1764, three hundred citizens from Ballybay,  County
Monaghan,  Ireland, left their homes and families in search of religious
freedom, and a suitable place for their families in America; and
  WHEREAS, Led by their Presbyterian seceder minister, Dr. Thomas Clark,
they arrived in New York City in July  of  1764;  in  this  search,  Dr.
Thomas  Clark  happened upon Oliver Delancy and Peter Dubois, and a deal
was made to acquire one-half of the Turner Patent for  the  Irish  Pres-
byterians; and
  WHEREAS,  These largely serendipitous arrangements between land specu-
lators, Irish immigrants, and  families  emigrating  from  New  England,
formed  the  foundation of the settlement of the Town of Salem 250 years
ago; and
  WHEREAS, Of historic origin, and remaining fruitful over the  ebb  and
flow  of  decades  of  growth and change, the Town of Salem continues to
provide the quintessential quality of life for its residents; and
  WHEREAS, The residents of the Town of Salem have a bright outlook  for
the  future of their community, which remains a beautiful place in which
to live and raise a family; and
  WHEREAS, In recognition of the Town of Salem's rich history and endur-
ing contribution to the State of New  York,  this  Legislative  Body  is
proud  to pay tribute to this spirited town/village upon the occasion of
its 250th Anniversary; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commemorate  the 250th Anniversary of the Town of Salem, and to enthusi-
astically salute its residents as they celebrate this  auspicious  occa-
sion; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the Town of Salem.


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