Commemorating the 200th Anniversary of the Town of Erin

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Senate Resolution No. 2835

BY: Senator O'MARA

COMMEMORATING the 200th Anniversary of the Town of

WHEREAS, It is the intent of this Legislative Body to honor and
commemorate the distinguished histories of the communities 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
commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the Town of Erin in Chemung County,
New York; and

WHEREAS, The Town of Erin was formed in 1822; the first settler was
Basil Sperry in the Red Chalk area in 1815; his wife was the first death
in Erin; and

WHEREAS, The town had several names before they decided on the name
Erin; they were Rodbournville, Erin Centre, and Erin Go Braugh which
means "Erin for Ever"; and

WHEREAS, Michael Robinson was from Ireland and he was involved in
numerous activities in Erin and became well-respected by all; the area
reminded him of his homeland so the name Erin was chosen for the town;

WHEREAS, The Town of Erin was a dense land of trees and settlers had
to remove them and blaze trails through the wilderness to make room for
their homesteads; and

WHEREAS, There were several small mills until Joseph Rodbourn built
one in 1868 where the Erin Post Office is currently located; and

WHEREAS, In 1874, the railroad came through the Town of Erin; there
were two stations, one where Erin Estates is now and the other was at
Park Station; the last train came through Erin in 1938; and

WHEREAS, There were many churches in the Town of Erin including a
Presbyterian Church, a Methodist/Protestant Church, a Baptist Church,
and another Methodist Church which is still being used today; and

WHEREAS, The Town of Erin also had several cemeteries, schools,
three hotels, and taverns; furthermore, the residents were doctors,
cobblers, coopers, and chair makers; and

WHEREAS, Remaining fruitful over the ebb and flow of decades of
growth and change, the Town of Erin continues its commitment to
enhancing the quality of life of its citizens, ensuring a positive
business, institutional and educational climate, and providing all
essential services; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the Town of Erin, recognizing the

significance of the role it continues to play in the life of the
communities of the State of New York; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to the Town of Erin.


  • 27 / May / 2022
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