Resolution J872-2013

Commemorating the 200th Anniversary of the Town of Portland

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  • Mar 19, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Mar 19, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Mar 14, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commemorating the 200th Anniversary of the Town
of Portland, 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 Portland, in Chautauqua Coun-
ty, New York; and
  WHEREAS, With a  history  going  back  to  the  Holland  Land  Company
Purchase,  the  Town  of Portland was officially established on April 9,
1813; it initially included  the  present-day  Towns  of  Westfield  and
Ripley which were later subdivided from the Town of Portland; and
  WHEREAS,  The  first  settler  in  Portland  was Captain James Dunn, a
Revolutionary War soldier who moved his wife and  six  children  to  the
area  in  1805;  the home he built in 1806 became a center for the town,
including holding the first church services in Town; and
  WHEREAS, Early settlers in the Town of Portland faced  the  challenges
of  living in an area without roads, difficult winters and wild animals;
these hardy families built the farms,  mills,  churches,  post  offices,
schools,  stores and vineyards that enabled the Town to grow and thrive;
and
  WHEREAS, Throughout its history, from the War of 1812 to present  day,
the  citizens  of  the  Town  of Portland have bravely volunteered their
service, and even their lives, to defend  liberty  and  freedom  in  our
country; and
  WHEREAS,  The  Town  of  Portland  is a center of fruit-growing in the
State of New York; the introduction of grapes and the  creation  of  the
grape industry in Western New York can be traced back to Elijah Fay, one
of the first settlers in the Town of Portland; and
  WHEREAS,  The  Town  of  Portland  has played an important role in the
history of our country and the establishment  of  our  popular  culture;
George  Pullman, the designer and manufacturer of Pullman sleeping cars,
was born in the Town of Portland; Brad Anderson, who grew up in the Town
of Portland, created the comic strip MARMADUKE, which  he  continues  to
draw and is syndicated in newspapers worldwide; and
  WHEREAS,  The  citizens  of the Town of Portland proudly celebrate its
long and vibrant history, and they look forward to its future; and
  WHEREAS, It is the intent 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 Portland; and be it
further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the Town of Portland, New York.

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