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The early history of the Town of Ellicott, NY.

Personal recollections of Dr. Gilbert W. HAZELTINE, 1887

Respectfully submitted by Dolores Pratt Davidson 
 
 

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The Naming of the Town Part I

   Perhaps the present time will be as convenient as any to give the 
principal doings and sayings of a few gathered for the purpose of giving a name to the hamlet of the Rapids. There was much hard feeling at that time, and words were spoken which we do not transcribe from the records. 

   During the summer of 1815 frequent mention was made of giving the town a name especially by the "junto" as it was called., which consisted of 5 or 6 individuals opposed in all things to Judge Prendergast. Some good, as well as some astounding names had been proposed.  In the fall of that year, a few of Judge Prendergasts friends, fearing a name might be foisted upon them in the  establishment of a post office, through the legislature or otherwise, came together in the office room of Dr. zeltine, (the BLOWERS House),  the usual place for such gatherings, to consider the subject. 

   It certainly is strange, that in a small hamlet containing but 13 
families, located in a wilderness and almost cut off from civilization, should thus early be divided up into "cliques" and "juntos," and quarreling with one another worse than a pack of wolves over a half-picked bone, and that quarrel should continue unabated for 
15-20 years and until the principals should be removed by death or 
otherwise from the scenes of their bickerings and turmoils. And yet for the most part, we are convinced that these very persons had 
in view the best interest of the little town in which they were the leading and most important citizens. 

   The truth is that at that early day, not only citizens of Ellicott, but of the county, believed,  and this belief extended beyond the eastern portion of the state and into New England, that the little hamlet of the rapids was to become a place of importance in the not far distant future. 
 
 


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