The Naming of the Town Part 3 Conclusion
As a record of this meeting, by one who was present, says
"The junto intends to rule us . The Judge is opposed and vexed on all sides,
in the most trivial things, and his friends are prompted to work against
him, not knowing they are doing so:
The devil is surely here: some think his headquarters are
on the Stillwater, but Uncle Solomon JONES says "we need not travel as
far as that to find him." " FORBES says JAKINS is full of tricks
but harmless, why is somebody so anxious to have a post office here? I
tell you they have got it all cut and dried to name the town and raise
themselves to the top of the heap AKINS was over yesterday
and the Junto had a meeting *
*know that we intend to give the locality a name tonight; they are troubled
but dare not interfere.."
"Captain FORBES" said Phineas PALMITER, "They take off scalps about
as savage as they did over on the 'conjockety' but you remember it
was Stillwater , not the Rapids that run away there, we are to be depended
on every time."
Several names were suggested in which the name of Prendergast
was used; all of them with a suffix of town, ton, berg, or ville. It did
not appear to enter the minds of our fathers that Prendergast would
have been an appropriate name, for that was not the fashion and usages
of the day. It was decided that Prendergast was too long a name,
so they took up the word James, and hitched all kinds of suffixes to it.
Finally the majority favored JAMESVILLE as the name but
Dr. Hazeltine opposed it because there were already one if not 2 towns
in the state with that name already, and favored the name JAMESTOWN. Which
was finally decided upon, although the majority were in favor of adjourning
for a few days before the name was fully adopted.
BLANCHAR declared it was time to go home, that he himself should take
the responsibility of naming the town himself and if they would examine
the door of the grist mill in the morning, they would find the name there.
That if the "junto" wanted to shear their goats they would find him and
Walt at the grist mill, and they would grind, their grist, or pick and
card their wool, he didn't care a cuss what, but he had lived too long
at the Rapids to be whipped by Stillwaters and old Jacobs boarders.
True to his word, there was found on the grist mill door
morning, an advertisement for SIMMONS and BLANCHAR, written in
ink on a half sheet of fools cap paper, calling for wool to be cleaned,
dried, picked oiled and carded into rolls if delivered to them at their
carding works in the Village of JAMESTOWN, formerly known as the RAPIDS.