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Pioneers' Association

First Annual Meeting/Picnic

Opening Address of the President, Hon. John Van Horn

Fellow Citizens, Old Pioneers and their descendants:

We assemble here this 15th day of August, 1878, to have a general county picnic, and to celebrate this, our first annual meeting of the Old Pioneer Organization, of the county of Niagara.

We meet here on this fine day, in this pleasant grove, alongside of this beautiful lake, to greet each other, to renew old associations and to make new acquaintances; to meet old friends; talk over old times and to listen to addresses from persons selected to address us, and others, as time may allow; and to have a good time generally. I am much pleased to see so many of the old pioneer settlers of the county present, in this large assembly, and pleased to see so many ladies present to give us encouragement by their presence, in making this a pleasant and enjoyable occasion. Since our meeting last year death has entered the ranks of our organization, and taken from our number the Hon. Elisha Clapp, one of our vice-presidents, representing the town and city of Lockport, in this organization. Mr. Clapp was an old settler in the town of Lockport; he came into the county a poor mechanic; was an industrious, hard-working and an honest man. He filled several important town and county offices and discharged the duties of all the offices he held faithfully and honestly, to the entire satisfaction of his constituents.

Mr. Clapp died June 15th, 1878, in the 71st year of his age, leaving a wife surviving him, who was also an early resident of the town of Cambria.

Old Pioneers, Ladies and Gentlemen, one and all, I thank you for your presence and encouragement, on this, the first anniversary of our organization.

Committee appointments

Committee on Resolutions (provided in article, but not transcribed here)

Willard A. Cobb
William Pool
Elton Ransom

Committee on Organization (select next year's officers, as given below)

Alfred C. Holmes
J. C. Hopkins
Sherbune B. Piper

Committee on death of Hon. Elisha Clapp

L. F. Bowen
Theodore Hulett
L. S. Payne

Committee appointments for the coming year

Chairman: Hon. Alfred C. Holmes
President: Franklin Spalding, Lewiston
Vice Presidents:

David Gould, Cambria
Ebenezer Seeley, Hartland
James Northam, City of Lockport
Jabez Pomroy, Town of Lockport
Peter P. Barton, Lewiston
Benjamin Stout, Newfane
Albert H. Porter, Niagara
Orrin Fisk, Pendleton
Peter Tower, Porter
David Barker, Somerset
Thos. Davison, Royalton
Harvey Miller, Wheatfield
Luther Wilson, Wilson

Secretary: Willard A. Cobb, City of Lockport

Executive Committee:

Stoughton Pettibone, Niagara
Geo. B. Townsend, Newfane
Oliver P. Scovill, Lewiston

Those listed as having made speeches:

David Barker, Somerset
J. C. Hopkins, Porter
Chipman Turner, Lockport
F. N. Albright, Olcott
Col. S. W. Torrance, Rochester
Capt. W. W. Bush, Lockport

Old Residents

Those who "left their names and other valuable memoranda with Secretary Albright."

Name

Age

Place
Settled

Date
Settled

Now [1878] Residing

Aikin, P. B.68Porter1816Lockport
Albright, F. Newton65Newfane1812Somerset
Avery, George64Royalton1816Lockport
Bangham, G. J.51Somerset1727 [sic]Somerset
Barber, Richard70Newfane1822Newfane
Barker, David84Somerset1815Somerset
Barnes, Thomas67Cambria1811Cambria
Beach, Harvey78Cambria1801Cambria
Bowen, Levi F.
Burtch, Lewis62Newfane1816Cambria
Bush, Getman73Cambria1819Somerset
Bush, Hulda69Somerset1815Somerset
Bush, W. W.49Lockport1832Lockport
Chaplin, Geo. W.63Hartland1812Hartland
Chaplin, Thos. J.60Hartland1825Hartland
Coats, 78Newfane1811Newfane
Coleman, Haron [sic]64Somerset1818Somerset
Congdon, Ira W.59Somerset1817Hartland
Crapsey, Moses C.76Lockport1822Lockport
Cuddaback, J. S.71Wilson1816Wilson
Davison, D. D.58Royalton1822Royalton
Davison, Thomas87Royalton1822Royalton
Edict, John76Lockport1837Niagara
Edmonds, B. H.62Hartland1818Lockport
Edson, Wm. H.64Newfane1828Newfane
Fitts, Loren78Somerset1810Somerset
Gould, David75Lewiston103 [sic]Cambria
Griswold, Barlay72Hartland18[1?]3Lockport
Griswold, James77Royalton1817Lockport
Halsey, Herman85Cambria1830Wilson
Halsted, Ransom69Newfane1811Newfane
Hayes, Henry56Newfane1816Newfane
Hoke, Jacob66Niagara1828Niagara
Holmes, Alfred74Royalton1815Lockport
Holmes, C.64Wilson1818Wilson
Hulett, Theodore S.67Niagara1833Niagara
Johnson, A. G.69Lockport1825Newfane
Kayner, Henry79Royalton1829Lockport
Mather, David M.6[5?]Royalton1830Lockport
Mesler, Absalom65Hartland1823Royalton
Millard, D. C.54Lockport1823Lockport
Miller, John71Newfane1828Lockport
Moody, Elisha
Newman, J. M.66Wilson1818Wilson
Niles, Ordelia67Lockport1822Lockport
Northrop, James85Royalton1822Lockprt
Paige, Jared
Paige, Timothy79Royalton1717 [sic]Lockport
Pease, Adam69Somerset1817Somerset
Pease, Enoch83Newfane1808Wilson
Perry, D.84Lockport1825Lockport
Razee, Reuben73Royalton1819Somerset
Rogers, Nathan B.72Lockport1816Lockport
Rose, George P.70Cambria 1811Cambria
Rott, Thomas60Lewiston1818Cambria
Shaw, G. V.66Hartland1812Harland
Sherman, J. A.73Ridgeway1813Newfane
Simons, H. B.55Lockport1822Lockport
Smith, E. J.61Hartland1817Hartland
Smith, Sumner C.59Porter1827Lockprt
Stahler, Uriah74Lockport1829Lockport
Statton, Ezra84Newfane1815Newfane
Stout, Benjamin76Newfane1815Newfane
Thayer, Lorenzo67Somerset1830Somerset
Thompson, C. W.69Cambria1818Cambria
Tower, Peter87Porter1815Porter
Underwood, Spelman81Royalton1819Lockport
Van Brocklin, John77Royalton1827Royalton
Van Horn, Burt54Newfane1823Newfane
Van Horn, Daniel84Newfane1811hartland
Van Horn, John65Newfane1819Lockport
Van Horn, Launey67Newfane18[1?]9Newfane
Van Wagoner, Solomon76Somerset1839Lockport
Wakeman, Harvey H.56Lockport1828Lockport
Warren, Henry64Cambria1814Cambria
White, Aliva G.74Royalton1816Lockport
Wicks, Almond75Royalton182[5?]Hartland
Wilson, Luther79Wilson1810Wilson
Wilson, Oliver76Wilson1810Wilson
Wilson, Stephen77Somerset1824Newfane
Winne, Moses64Somerset1817Somerset
Wischterman, Gaudaloupe75Royalton1820Royalton
Witmer, Joseph65Niagara1812Niagara
Young, Jonas68Niagara1810Niagara

Contributor: Unknown. Source: Lockport Daily Journal (exact date unknown), 1878. Note: not transcribed exactly, but in large part.


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