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Charles M. Warner, Charles C. Cole, William H. O'Donnell, Fred C.
Allen and Stephen L. Rockwell (incumbent). About the same time, or
a little later, the canal also gave existence to the hamlets called Peru
and California.

Contemporary with the completion of the canal the Presbyterians in-
augurated religious services in Jordan under the pastor of their church
in Elbridge, and on June 9, 1839, the First Presbyterian Society of Jor-
dan was legally organized at the brick school house on the academy
lot, which was later occupied by the Nicholas Craner dwelling. Dr.
Aaron Pitney presided and Lemuel B. Raymont acted as secretary.
The first trustees were Dr. Pitney, Edmund W. Botsford, Herman Jen-
kyns, James W. Redfield, Eben Morehouse and Sidney M. Norton
(clerk). On July 3 of the same year the church was incorporated with
Alva D. Botsford, Ebenezer Daggett, Salmon Greene, Pomeroy Tobey,
William Newall and Ebenezer Morehouse as elders, and with eighteen
members, among whom were Thomas L. Carson, Delatus Frary, Will-
iam Nickerson and Thomas and John Stevens. An edifice was built-
in 1830-31 at a cost of $4,000, and was dedicated June 30, 1831. Among
the pastors have been Revs. Washington Thatcher, Richard Dunning,
Cyrus M. Perry and J. Edward Close.

The following list is taken from the assessment roll of the town of
Camillus for 1835, and shows who owned property at that time within
the present limits of Elbridge:

Residents. Lot No. Acres. Quality. Real. Personal. Tax.

Atwater, Leverets .._ 30 89 3 $285 $1.20

Anson, William, heirs of 35 50 2 250 1.02



THE TOWN OF BLBRIDGB. 693



Residents. Lot No.

Armstrong, Daniel 49

Austin, Aaron_._ 59

Adams, Truman _ _.. 86, 53

Blanchard, George _.. 83

Bisbie,^Jesse 31, 46

Brotherton, Daniel, jr 33

Brotherton, Moses 33

Brotherton, Reuben 33

Brotherton, Joshua 33

Brotherton, Nathan 33

Brotherton, Othenial 34, 35

Brotherton, Jeremiah 34

Birge, Jonathan W 35

Bond, Henry W 45

Butler & Morns 46

Botchford, A. D. & E. W 46

Bunyea, John 48

Babcock, Jonathan 57

Barr, Henry . 59

Burst, John 61

Bell, James. _ 61

Butler, Gould 73, 83

Bjown, Timothy 73, 84

Brown, Squire M 78

Bond, Samuel 75, 76

Bracket, Ezra 83

—gancker, Peter 83

Barber, Samuel . - r 83

Bennet, James ... 88, 85, 76, 77, 87

Baldwin, James 91

Breed, Ezra 46

Burrili; Jacob _ 50

Bears, Fanny 73,83

Collins, James 93

Cleaves, John 30

Cornell, James 83,45

Cahoon, Samuel 35

Cheesbrouch, Benarold 46

Carson, John 46

Corey, Calvin 47,59

Camp, William 49

Clemmons, Tobias... — 57

Grossman, Samuel. 57

Chase, Wilcox 58,71

Cronk, Andrew 59

Coleman, Alexander 60

Chappell, Jonah 61

Canfield. William M 61, 75, 86

Cain, John 61

Corwin, James 70

Grossman, Lemuel 70, 81

Convis, David.. 73

Curtis, Simeon R 73,83

Chamberlain, Jacob 73, 83

. Carpenter, Moses 73, 74, 84, 94

Clark, Levi 73, 83

Clark, John 75

Curtis, Heman 83



Acres.


Quality.


Real.


Personal.


Tax.


50


2


S 550




$ 3.44


50


1


600




.3.51


137


1,3


1,750




7.32


3


1


200




.80


m


1, 3


850


$150


4.17


50


3


300




1.34


193


3


1,150




4.80


50


3


300




1.34


84


3


500




3.33


50


3


300




1.34


300


3


1,150




4.80


50


3


250




1.01


50


3


250




1.01


50


3


550




3.24


H


1


575


500


4.50


+


1


700




2.92


100


3


800




8.34


183


1


3,580




10.95


35


3


350




1.03


40


1


460




1.92


53


3


630




3.64


37|


1, 2


1,760


1,500


13.63


393


1


4,712


804


33.23


10


1


550


300


3.13


100


2


1,050




4.38


130


1


2,880




9.75


*


1


250




1.02


^


1


300


365


3.33


411


1, 2, 3


5,880




34.41


36


2


860




1.51


11


3


150




.61


1


500




2.28


5f


1


850




1.45


150


3


3,400




10.04


60


3


350




1.01


86


2


940




3.92


100


3


500




3.23


i


1


300




1.34


i


2


300




1.24


150


3


1,701




7.14


115


3


1,000




4.17


98


2


1,080




4.51


50


1


850




3.55


171


1


3,070




8.66


35


3


800




1.33


84


3


340




1.49


53


1


625




3.69


305


1


3,330




13.89


34


1


240




1.10


48


1


480




1.33


148


2


3,300




96.0


8*


3


130




1.36


1


1


1,000




1.57


10


3


370




14.1


316


3


8,342




14.40


72


1, 3


2,683




10.97


35


2


300




1.34


13


1


300




1.34



694



ONONDAGA'S CENTENNIAL



Residents. Lot No.

Curtis, Walter 83, 93

Clark, Ashley 83

Camp, Abram 83

Campbell, Daniel 83

Clark, Moses 84

Cox, John 84

Cox, William 84

Chandler, Benoni 86

Collins, Laura 86

Campbell, Ira 86

Clark, Nathaniel 93, 94

Cox, William, 2d 94

Campbell, Levi, heirs of 94

Campbell, Daniel 94

Cuck, Philip 94

Cox, Charles & Gabriel 95

Campbell, Jacob 95

Crane, Edward 46

Clark, Dexter 72

Campbell, Ethan. 18, 62, 63

Cain, Francis, heirs of 62

Durphv, Clarissa 46

Dodge; Don C 30,46

Digcrt, Hermon 46

D' Lamather & Stanton 46

Dodge, Horris & John 46

Digert, Ebenezer 57

Dickinson, Jonathan 71, 82, 83

Davison, Augustus 72

Dorey, John 82

Dewey, Sylvenus M 82

Dunn, William 83

Dikeman, John 86

D'Waters, Samuel 91

D'Waters, Elijah B 91

Eggleston, John . . 46

Edwards, Smith I 61

Evans, Jacob N _. 73

Eaton, Manassah 83

Edwards, 36

Eaton, Samuel 50

Elsworth, Elihu 62

Farnham, Reuben 34, 72, 83

Fulton, Eleazer E 45

Fulton, Robert C 46

Fort, John 49

French, Jeremiah 59

Frisbie, Benjamin 61, 62

Ferral. Thomas : 50, 61, 62

Fenton, Ebenezer B _ 71

Freeman, John 73

Frisbie, Frederii^k W 72

Green, Ezekiel 46

Green, Alson 46

Graves, Major 59

Gardner, Ezekiel 72, 83

Gale, Augustus 73, 83

Gale, Piatt.. 73, 84



Acres.


Quality.


Real. Personal. Tax.


89


1


$1,070


$ 4.51


h


1


600 § 300 3.75


1


1


1,500


6.42


135


1


250


LOl


2


1,600


6.70


29


3


400


1.66


85


1


1,635


6.82


51


1


800


3.34


30


2


350


1.45


5


1


600


2.51


34


3, 3


330


1.37


100


2


1,300


5.43


50


2


550


2.44


96


1


1,350


5.64


52


2


800


3.34


100


1


1,300


4.99


215


1


3,300


13.36


^


1


50


.20


10


2


350


LOl


139


1, 2


1,386


5.36


98


1


650


2.73


A


1


75


.31


101


2


800


3.35


iV


1


500


2,23


1


1


2,000


8.36


5


1


3,600


15.07


25


2


300


1.24


318


1, 2


5,780


24.21


28


2


450


1.87


20


2


200


.81


^


2


200


.81


i


1


400


1.66


5i


1


135


.51


80


3


800


3.34


30


2


300


1.24


'I


2


350


1.03


2


35


.14


3




350


1.45


1




1,500


6.42


i




50


.21


28




375 . .


1.15


40




400


1.66


35


1,3


290


1.19


150


1


1,500


6.42


n


2


350


LOl


35


2


350


L38


98


2


1,150


4.81


12


2


350


1.01


245


2


3,350


300 10.82


141


2


1,700


7.11


2


3


100


.42


IS


3


500


3.34






300


1.35


I




350


V 1.02


128




1,480


6.20


68




3,000


8.36


525




875


3.77


4^




300


1.25



I'HE TOWN OF BLBRIDGB.



696



Residents. Lot No.

Garrison, Jacob G _ 74

Glass, James, jr _ 74

Gorham, Nathan ...83, 93

Goodrich, Silas 84

Goodrich, Levi 83

Glass, Alexander 85

Glass, William 85

Goetcheus, Christian 86

Gorham, Ephra,im 92

Gorham, Shubael ._ 92

Goodrich, Squire W 94

Gillies, James 96, 96

Hunt, Reben, heirs of 86

Huntington, Calvin 33

Hopping, Jehiel 48

Holstead, Abraham.. 49

Holstead, Jacob 49

Holstead, Timothy 49

Huntington, Luther. 58

Healy, John 73,81

Hawley, George W 72, 83

Hannah, Alexander 74

Hill, Isaac .37, 38, 74, 83, 85, 86, 87

Hawley, Burton 83

Hastings, Francis F 83

Holstead, Stephen . 85

Harmon, Silas 29, 93

Harmon, Mead.. 92

How, Benjamin 46

House, James 36

Johnson, Stephen 33

Jenkins, Harmon ..46,49

Jones, William 36, 49

Jilson, David — 83

Johnson, Anthony .. 94

Jacoby, Henry. 36

Knowlton, Hollis 34, 45, 46, .58

Knowlton, Samuel... 45

Kester, William 35, 37, 49

Kester, Teunis 75, 85

King, Kuble — 83

Kellogg, Horris, heirs of 83

Kellicut, David 91

Knap, Solomon 36

Lawrence, Dorastus 35

Lane, William 58

Lampmore, John 70

Lombard, Charles 72, 83

Livingston, Robert G 72, 73

Langdon, James 73, 84

Lisle, John 83

Little, William 94

Laird, John 37,62

Munro, Squire... 53, 60, 70, 81, 82

Munro, John., 59, 70, 73, 81

Munro Nathan

30, 31, 33, 34, 46, 58, 72, 83



Acres.


Quality.


Real.


Personal.


Tax.


2


2


.? 300




1 1.25


70


1


800




3.34


509


1


6,500




37.36


100


2


1,400




5.85


50


1


550




3.46


94


1


1,400




5.85


94


1


1,200




5.01


100


1


1,600




6.70


150


3


2,200


? 300


10.5};


98


3


1,300




5.43


185


1


1,600




6.70


187


1, 3


1,835




7.69


15


1


150




.63


50


2


350




1.01


50


2


500




3.23


83


2


900




3.75


75


3


825




3.46


5


3


50




.21


45


2


700




2.93


130




2,200


300


10.61


17




1,100




4.59


18




180


'


.76


311|


1, 2


5,890


500


26.75


1




500




2,23


9l




400




1.68




218




.91


200




3,000


800


15.92


50




700




2.92


tV




400




1.66


50


2


300




1.36


35


2


150




.63


1


3, 3


850


2,000


11.93


154




1,100




4.59


1


1


300




1.35


80


3


1,060




4.43


53


2


800




3.34


222


3


2,975




12.46


74


3


750




8.13


78


2


850




3.55


162


1, 3


1,880




7.87


f


1


400




1,66


24


1


1,600




6.70


40


3


400




L66


1


1


50




.21


106


2


580




3.59


108


2


1,440




6.02


130


1


1,375




5.31


4H


1, 3


1,900




7.94


85


1, 2


1,400




5.85


It


1


375




1.59


2


700




2.92


88


2


1,150




4,80


39


2


300




1,30


819


1, 3,3


11,300


4,000


64.06


56i


1


800


1,000


.753



4394



1, 3, 3 5,400 7,000



51.84



696



ONONDAGA'S CENTENNIAL.



Residents. Lot No.

Munro, David

23, 34, 65, 68, 69, 60, 80, 90

Manly, Austin 30

McMullin, Hugh. 35

McCrillies, James _ 46

Miller, Ithamer 48

Mclntyre, Abraham 48

Morgan, Thomas 57

Minor, Amos _.. 58

Millions, Jacob, heirs of 60

Malorey, Joseph ___ 61

McKee, David 70

_„.,JVIerriman, Charles J 34, 71, 83

Marrks, Joseph _ _ . 72

Mather, Hiram F 72, 83

^^^erriman, Titus _ 72,83

McCrillies, Betsey 82

McGown, John 83

Merriman & Nicholson 83

McClaughry, Richard 50

Multer, Peter, A 63

Marshall, Chester 50

Nickerson, John 47

Nickerson, William .... 58, 59

Nichols, Russell 95

NorthDanielH 95,96

North, Joseph _._ 96

Otis, Isaac 46

Persons, Chauncey 93

Pach, William _. 46

Powers, Charles 45

Purdy, James, jr. _ 57, 58

Porter, Samuel 59

Pickard, Mary _. 61

Pickard, Nicholas N _ 61, 75

Powers, Samnel 72

Powers, Valentine 72

Pewers & Wimple 72

Persons, Daniel _ 73

Persons & Spalding 73, 84

Pierce, Samuel 73

Perry, Elizabeth 75

Perry, John 75

Powel.Daniel 82

Pierce, Daniel 95

Page, Jacob W._. 83

Pitney, Aaron _ 83

Paddin, Thomas. 84

Preston, Ephraim 95

Paddock, Mary 50

Paddock, William 50

Paddock, Anthony 50

Reed, Jesse 60

Redfieid, James M 45,46

Rynderse, Andrew _ . 46

Rynderse, Benjamin... 46

Rowley, Jonathan 57

Rogers, Elizabeth 59



Acres.


Quality.


Real. Personal. Tax.


1,379


2,3


110,930


.... $ 45.74


57


2


375


1.15


50


3


300


1.25


1


3


300


1.26


50


3


500


2.23


307


2


3,177


9.14


40


1


550


3.44


12


3


860


3.60


50


3


500


3.23


104


1


1,150


4.80


48


2


550


3.44


34i


3


4,500


18.87


i


1


400


1.66


35


1, 2


1,830 S 500 9.75


15i


1, 2


2,100


8.78


79


3


800


3.34


i


2


500


3.23




1


600 1,000 6.10


75


3


500


2.33


40


1


300


1.35


66


1


650


2.73


52


3


500


2.23


83


1, 2


960


4.01


47


2


470


1.97


67


2


950


3.96


51


2


500


2.35


90


1


1,860 1,000 11.98


1


1


100


.43


i


1


350


1.03


74


2


740


3.09


53


2


740


3.09


50


2


600


2.49


35


.- 2


300


.81


138^


2


1,430


5.94


64


2


1,300


5.01


6


1


380


1.59






500


2.23


2


1


200


.81


25J


1


350


1.47


50


3


700


2.93


51


3


460


1.93


35


3


200


.81






200


.81


si


3


570


2.54


H


1


1,200


5.01


5t


1


700


3.92


2


550


2.44


66


2


660


3.77


100


3


700


3.92


50


2


300


1.25


50


2


850


1.47


127


2


1,270


5.39


16


1.3


1,000


800 5.43


i


1


300


1.25


7i


1


250 ;.


1.08


1


1,100


4.59


50


1


575


3.56



THE TOWN OF ELBRIDGE. 697



Residents. Lot No.

Rogers, Abram 37, 59

Redman, Michael.. _. 27, 60, 73, 84

Redman, Michael, 3d 61, 63

Rice, John 73

Redman, David, jr. 61, 62

Redman, John, 3d 75

Redman, William, heirs of

75, 86, 87

Richards, Jedediah 83

Redman, David 83, 86

Ransom, James 36

Richmond, Sylvester.. 50, 51

Roods, John 57

Sabins, Joseph _ 70

Skinner, Ezekiel 46

Sands, Daniel 30

Stevens, John 31,46

Smith, John 46

Sowls, Lemuel _ 31

Sands, Samuel 32

Simpson, William, heirs of 34

Steel, Solomon G 35

Simpson, John 35

Stockwell, 46

Smith, Aaron 45

Simpson, Benjamin, heirs of

35, 36, 37

Sands, Ephraim 58, 59

Snow, John _ 72

Stevens, Robert 46, 58

Sawdy, Thomas C 72, 83

Signey, Alabartus 74

Streeter, Benjamin 74

Stevens, Hannah 82

Stevens, John... ....88, 92, 93

Stevens, Thomas 83

Smith, Daniel 85

Skut, John 91

Skut, William 95

Skut, Stephen 95

Smith, Abraham. 96

Spalding, Amasa 96

Turbush, John.. 49

Turbush, John, for G. Johnson. 49

Taylor, Stephen. 49

Taylor, Benjamin 61

Taylor, John 61

Taylor, Tennis 61

Tyler, Ichabod L 58, 72, 83

Townsend, Robert.. 70,81

Thomas, Daniel 95

Totten, Gilbert 36

Upham, Joshua 73

Vial, Daniel 73

Wood worth, Solomon 30

Ward, John..... _.. 32

Ward, Joseph . _ 32

88



Acres.


Quality.


Re.\ . Personal. Tax.


55


1,3


$1,375


$ 5.76


277


1, 3


3,600


15.07


100


1


1,050 $


80 4.74


3


1


450


1.87


139


3


1,327


5.55


115


3


1,200


5.01


38^


1


380


1.59


*


1


800


3.84


330


1


3,500 400 16.31


150


3


800


3.35


40


3


325


1.87


73


3


876


8.67


30


3


850


1.47


i


1


350


1.03


50


2


250


1.03


100^


1, 2


750


8.15


1


1


400


1.66


845


1


1,725


7.33


50


2


250


1.03


100


3


600


2.51


136


3


756


3.16


'50


2


400


1.66


A


2


150


.63


74


3


860


3.60


134


3, 3


1,460


6.11


105


3


1,455


6.10


14


3


200


.81


83


2


400


1.66


74i


1


1,450


6.06


80


1


900


3.75


65


2


660


2.78


70


3


700


3.92


150


1, 3, 3


3,800


11.73


H


1


1,000 400 5.85


138


1


1,400


5.85


19


2


190


.79


35


3


350


1.47


60


1


800


3,34


100


1


1,765


7.40


300


1


3,535


10.73


59


2


500


3.23


83


2


700


3.98


63


2


550


3.45


52


2


518


3.33


50


2


550


3.45


53


2


500


3.23


90


1, 2


1,844


7.74


153


1, 3


1,800


7.54


9


1


100


.43


106


2


530


3.38


5


3


500


.— 2.28


16


2


250


. . 1.08


75


8


300


1.25


50


3


350


1.47


40


3


350


1.03



698 ONONDAGA'S CENTENNIAL.

Residents. Lot No. Acres. Quality. Real. Personal. Tax.

Ward, Orsemus 33 28 2 170 s .7:5

Wright, Elizur_ 34,83 27 2 93r) H.H9

Wright, Horace ....46 i 1 500 2.23

Welch, Comer 58 4 1 400 1.66

Wright, Gideon.... 72 14 2 300 1.25

Wheeler, Jerod 72,83 39^ 1,2 1,100 4.59

Wilcoxen, Gideon 83 i 1 600 .. .. 2.51

White, George W 83 i 1 Sod 1.03

Waldrom, John.... 91 300 2 3.00O 12.50

Whipple, Philip 93 69 2 830 3.49

Wetherbee, David 46 ^ 2 150 .63

Wetherbee, Gideon & Co 46 i 2 200 .81

Wilcox, Laomi 37,50 132 2 1,450 '. 6.08

Williams, Lloyd 50 66 1 57(1 2.55

Youngs, Thomas ..84,94 35 2 535 2.42

On March 20, 1829, the town of Elbridge was created out of the town
of Camillus, and the first town meeting- convened at the house of Hor-
ace Dodge on the 28th of April of that year. Squire Munro was made
moderator and Seneca Hale, secretar> ; Timothy Brown was elected
supervisor, and James McClure clerk. The town records between this
date and 1854 have been lost or destroyed, either from fire or careless-
ness; persistent inquiries have failed to discover them, and it is there-
fore impossible to give more of the early proceedings than have just
been quoted from Clark's Onondaga. Two years after the organiza-
tion of the town it contained ten whole and six joint school districts, in
which 961 scholars were taught. This indicated the progress of edu-
cational facilities, which soon afterward were still further advanced, as
will presently appear.

Methodism had already secured a footing in the growing settlement,
a class having been organized about 1820. An M. E. Society was
formed in 1830 or 1831, and in 1832 a church was built on the corner of
Chapel and ]\lechanic streets in Jordan, at a cost of about $3,000. This
has since received many improvements. During its erection Rev. Ros-
well Parker was pastor, but prior to him Rev. Seth Mattison, Father
Purdy, Herman Judson, Revs. Barnes and Harris and others had served
on the circuit. Among the earlier members of the society were:

Luther Huntington, Father Rhinus, Daniel Pickard, Benjamin Rider, Mrs. Harry
Barr, Mrs. Anna Graves, Rev. Nathaniel Salisbury and sister, Mrs. Eunice Sands,
Mrs. Goodrich, Henry Miner, Mrs. Maria Bates, Sarah Holway, Father Crysler,
Isaac Fowler and wife, RulofE Fuller and wife, William Gibbs, Benjamin H. Brown,
HoUis Knowlton, Henry Allen, Simon Converse, Michael Oglesbie, Jared Whiting
and Mrs. James Rodger (died in 1894).

James Rodger was an officer of this church from 1842 until his death,
a few years ago. In 1886, under the pastorate of Rev. Francis M.



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Wheeler, their church edifice was remodeled at a cost of $11,000, and
was rededicated in March, 1887. This society was followed by a class
at Peru, where a church was organized about 1850, by William Prior,
George Stickles, Alanson Barnes and others. In 1852 an edifice was
built at a cost of aboitt $1,500, the pastor at that time being Rev.
Charles H. Austin. When the M. E. class at Elbridge became a sta-
tion in 1850 it contained fifty members, and at that time and until 1852
was under the pastoral care of Rev. E. S. Bush. The brick edifice in
the village was erected in 1850.

By 1835 the Baptists in Jordan had become so numerous as to require
a separate organization, and on November 10 a church was formed
from about thirt3'-three members of the Elbridge Society. Rev. E. D.
Hubbell was the first pastor, and Tobias Clements and A. Case were
chosen the first deacons. Subsequent pastors were Revs. Henry Davis,
H. J. Eddy, W. R. Webb, F. D. Fenner, D. B. Pope and others. In
183G the society was received into the Cayuga Baptist Association, and
in October, 1837, their church edifice was dedicated. It is still stand-
ing in a remodeled form.

The year 1835 marks an important epoch in the history of Elbridge,
not only in a religious sense, but more conspicuously in educational
and municipal matters. During the preceding decade an era of gen-
eral prosperity had reigned throughout the town, and especially in Jor-
dan. The State Gazetteer of 1836 credits that village with three grist
mills, having ten runs of stone ; three saw mills, a sash factory, distil-
lery, clothing works, a pail factory, one tannery, five taverns, seven
general stores, five groceries, two drug stores and 150 dwellings. On
May 3, 1835, the village was legally incorporated, but owing to the loss
or destruction of the records down, to 1845, between 1859 aiid 1873, and
from 1878 to 1880, inclusive, desired extracts cannot be given. It is
claimed that some or all of these lost proceedings were never recorded
in a book kept for the purpose, but, instead, were filed on loose sheets
of paper. The presidents of the village, as far as can be ascertained,
have been as follows :

Lyman H. Mason, 1846-47; M. T. Sperry, 1848; Alonzo Case, 1849; R. T. Paine,
18r)0; William H. Boardman, 1851; Lyman H. Mason, 1852-54; E. Wheeler, 1855;
James Rodger, 18.")6; R. S. Sperry, 1857; John Dale, 1858; Charles Kelley, 1874; Rob-
ert Keuren. 1875; Robert E. Greene, 1876; A. D. Peck, 1877; A. F. Trace5^ 1881 ; W.
C. Rodger, 1882; Royal K. Craner, 1883; Charles M. Warner, 1884; Richard Niles,
1885; Nelson C. Watson, 1886-87; Stephen L. Rockwell, 1888; Richard Niles, 1889;
S. L. Rockwell, 1890; John W. Reynolds, 1892; William F. Jayne, 1893; Smith Peck,
1894; Isaac C. Otis, 1895.



700 ONONDAGA'S CENTENNIAL.

In 1835 Nathan Munro founded what was then called the Munro
Academy, the first term of which was held in the ball room of Ezekiel
Gardner's tavern in the village of Elbridge, during the winter of 1835-
36. In 1836 a frame building was erected, and on April 23, 1839, the
institution was incorporated. On July 5 of that year Mr. Munro died,
aged nearly forty-nine, leaving, besides the site, building, library and
apparatus, an endowment of $20,000 as a perpetual fund for the main-
tenance of the school. The first officers of the Board of Trustees, elect-
ed July 13, were: John Munro, president; James Munro, secretary,
and Hiram F. Mather, treasurer. From the income of this fund and
from the sale of the old academy property the trustees in 1854 erected
the present Munro Collegiate Institute, and in 1859 added a chapel. It
is of brick with stone trimmings, and is one of the most substantial
buildings in the town. From its halls a large number of students have
gone forth, well equipped in the English and classical courses of study
which it affords, and ever since its inception it has held a leading place
among similar institutions of Central New York. Its graduates have
generally attained distinction and prominence, while its teachers have
been imbued with high ideals. During one period its catalogue of stu-
dents numbered 600. It has a library of about 1,000 volumes, an ex-
cellent laboratory and a valuable cabinet of minerals. Among its
former societies may be noticed the Ladies' Literary Society and the
Gentlemen's M. I. C. Club (succeeded in 1873 by the Lyceum). John
Munro, brother of Nathan, was president of the Board of Trustees
until his death, March 13, 1860, aged eighty, when he was succeeded
by John Rice, who came to this town in 1820, and died June 20, 1875,
aged seventy-six. Hon. Luke Ranney has held the office since Oc-
tober 5, 1875. James Munro was secretary until October, 1869, when
he was followed by Hon. Luke Ranney, who was succeeded in 1875
by Charles G. McGowan. Among the treasurers have been Squire
M. Brown, 1842-49; W. C. Van Vechten, 1849-53; Elijah D. Will-
iams, 1853-69 ; L. B. Bennett, 1869-71, and John Munro several years.
The charter trustees were : Nathan Munro, Rev. Washington Thatcher
'•^. J. Merriman, Hiram F. Mather, J. B. Evarts, Rev. Medad Pome-
roy, William Ranney, John Rice, John and James Munro, Squire M.
Brown, William C. Van Vechten, Reuben Farnham, Abram Hall,
Elijah D. Williams and Charles Lombard. Among other members
of the board have been: Jared Wheeler, Allen Monroe, Daniel C.
Munro, Stephen W. and Z. S. Clark, John Burnett, Levi Clark,




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David A. Munro, John Munro, jr., Thomas W. Hill, James M. Munro,



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