The Naming of the Town Part I
Perhaps the present time will be as convenient as any to
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
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.