Commemorating the 200th Anniversary of the Town of Evans

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Senate Resolution No. 851

BY: Senator RYAN

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 Evans, in Erie County,
New York; and

WHEREAS, The Town of Evans is located approximately 20 miles
southwest of the Buffalo metropolitan area, and is considered a rural
community with the benefit of 12 miles of waterfront; it is located in
geographic proximity to the major trading centers of the Northeast and
is a bi-national gateway for commerce due to the region's border
location with Canada; and

WHEREAS, As of the 2010 census, 16,356 citizens lived in the Town of
Evans; and

WHEREAS, The very first settler in the territory later to be known
as the Town of Evans was Joel Harvey, who arrived in 1804, and made a
home for himself on the west side of 1 8-Mile Creek near its mouth; to
accommodate the emigrants who came from the East, he renovated his home
into a hotel and tavern, named The Frontier House; and

WHEREAS, Although many migrants stopped at The Frontier House on
their way to their lands newly purchased from the Holland Land Company,
no permanent settlement came until early in 1809, when young Aaron
Salisbury located about three miles southwest of the hotel and Aaron
Cash settled near the North Evans locale; and

WHEREAS, In 1810, Anderson Taylor settled at the site of Evans
Center while Elijah Gates, Nathaniel Lay, John Barker, and Martin and
Seth Sprague built their log houses in the general vicinity but nearer
the lake shore; the following year, other newcomers in that area were
Gideon Dudley, David Corbin, Timothy Dustin, and a Mr. Pike; about the
same time, Job Palmer replaced Joel Harvey at The Frontier House; and

WHEREAS, Settlers arriving in 1811 included James Ayer, from
Haverhill, Massachusetts, with his children: Gorham, Low Bradley, Mrs.
Martha Dart, Mrs. Mary Low Beal, Mrs. Sarah Bradley Black, Mrs.
Henrietta Atwood, and Ira James, the youngest of the family, was not
born until later, when the Ayers were ensconced in their new
"wilderness" log home; and

WHEREAS, Later, Hezekiah Dibble arrived, and in 1812, William Cash
from Dutchess County came and located in the southwestern section of
Evans along the lake shore; with his family of 12 children, he cleared
his large acreage and developed it into one of the fine farms of Evans;

WHEREAS, Practically all of the families mentioned became
prominently involved in the civic affairs of their community in those
early pioneering days; and

WHEREAS, Year by year following the War of 1812, immigration to the
lakeside area increased at such a brisk rate that it was not long before
the authorities began considering "town-hood" for the general area; in
March of 1821, the New York State Legislature proposed and passed an Act
for the purpose of "erecting" the Town of Evans, to become effective on
March 31, 1821; and

WHEREAS, In 1852, the first railroad in Evans was built, and
business rapidly moved to a new location, Evans Station, later to be
known as Angola; shortly thereafter, other buildings were moved into the
village where only three farms and farmhouses had been before; and

WHEREAS, The Town of Evans was named after David E. Evans who was
the nephew of Joseph Ellicott, a prominent agent for the Holland Land
Company who had served as its clerk for that organization; in 1827,
Jacob Otto, the resident agent, died, and David E. Evans was selected to
succeed him; and

WHEREAS, David E. Evans was well-known for his efficient and humane
management of the Holland Agency's affairs in relation to their nearly
impoverished settler-clients, and became very popular with both the
pioneers and the Company; under his administration, about one-half of
all the lands ever owned by the Holland people in Western New York were
sold, and the receipts of the Company were said to be larger than all
such receipts under the administrations of both Joseph Ellicott and
Jacob Otto; and

WHEREAS, With the continuous coming of settlers, a housing problem
developed; log cabins and, with the assistance of the first sawmills,
board-and-batten houses, and hotels were hastily constructed to meet the
ever-increasing demands for dwellings; and

WHEREAS, Today, under the luminous leadership of Supervisor Mary
Hosler, the Town of Evans stays true to its mission of being a home for
work, community and play; and

WHEREAS, Remaining fruitful over the ebb and flow of decades of
growth and change, the Town of Evans 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 Evans, recognizing the
significance of the role it continues to play in the life of the
community of the State of New York; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to Mary Hosler, Supervisor, Town of Evans.


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