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NEW YORK STATE GAZETTEER.

awakening a great local interest in agricultural matters. Tlie office of the society is kept at the
Agricultural Rooms, corner of State and Lodge Sts., Albany, where it has a museum and library.

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County and Town Societies.—The act of 1853 allows county agricultural societies to
purchase and hold real estate to an amount not exceeding '$25,000 and personal property not ex¬
ceeding $1,000, for the purposes set forth in their articles of incorporation, and for no other pur¬
poses. Town and other societies may hold real estate to the amount of $10,000 and personal
property to the amount of $3,000. Each county or union society must have at least one director
or manager for each town; and each {own, village, or city society must have not less than 10
directors, who are elected annually by ballot. Upon application of two-thirds of their members to
the Supreme Court of the district in which they are located, these societies may obtain an order
for the sale of a part or the whole of their property. An amendment to the act was passed April
13, 1855, by the provisions of which the number of directors was changed to 6, 2 of whom are
elected each year for a term of three years. Any person may become a life member by the pay¬
ment of a sum not exceeding $10; and the officers are jointly and severally liable for all debts
due from the society contracted while they are in office, if suit be commenced within one year

President, one Vice President from each of the Judicial Districts,
a Recording and a Corresponding Secretary, a Treasurer, and an
Executive Committee, consisting of the above and 5 others
chosen for the purpose.

Premiums are awarded in money, plate, medals, books, and
diplomas; and the society embraces within the field of its patron¬
age not only stock, farm, and garden products and implements
of husbandry, but a wide range of useful aud ornamental manu¬
factures, particularly those which are the products of homo in¬
dustry. The places and times of holding the State fairs, names
of Presidents, and total receipts of the State society have been
as follows:—


Time of
holding fair.


Receipts.

(Free.)

$1,296.10

3,000.00

3.650.00
4,370.18
4,333.17
4,034.22
6,272.86
8,144.55

10.465.61

11.956.25
8,125.41
6.009.90
9,248.70

11.527.25

8.010.00

15,073.89

10,815.81


Sept. 29, 30
Sept. 27, 29
Sept.' 20. 22
Sept. 18,19
Sept. 17,.19
Sept. 15,17
Sept. 14,16
Sept. 5, 7
Sept. 11,13
Sept. 3, G
Sept. 16,19
Sept. 7, 10
Sept. 20, 23
Oct. S, 6
Oct. 2, 5
f Sept. 30, \
| Oct.    3/

Oct.    6,    9

Oct.    5,    8

Oct.    4,    7


1841

1842

1843

1844

1845

1846

1847
184S

1849

1850
1S51

1852

1853

1854

1855

1856

1857

1858

1859


passed April 7,1819, created a board of agriculture and appro¬
priated $10,000 annually for 2 years, to be distributed for the pro¬
motion of agriculture and family domestic manufactures in the
several cos., on condition that a similar sum should be subscribed
by the co. societies formed under this act. A board, formed of
the president, or a delegate chosen from each co. society, met
annually at Albany, elected officers, examined reports, and
selected for publication such returns as they deemed proper.
These were published by the State. Three volumes of Memoirs
were issued, and the board continued in existence but little longer
than the appropriation was continued. County societies, on
the plan of the Berkshire Co. Agricultural Society, began to be
formed in 1817 ; and, by the exertions of De Witt Clinton, El-
kanah Watson, and other friends of the measure, they were
extended to most of the cos. These societies, after a brief
period, fell into disuse; and that of Jefferson co. is the only
one of this class that can trace an unbroken descent from that
period.

The first officers of the present State Agricultural Society,
formed in 1832, were Le Bay de Chaumont,
President; E. P.
Livingston, Jacob Morris, and Robert L. Bose,
Vice Presidents;
P. S. Van Bensselaer, Recording Secretary; Jesse Buel, Corre¬
sponding Secretary;
Charles R. Webster, Treasurer; and H. W.
Delavan, John Townsend, and H. Hickox,
Executive Committee.
County societies were again instituted in many of the cos. under
the influence of this society; but most of them were short lived.
The “Cultivator” was begun in March, 1834, by Jesse Buel,
under the guarantee of Stephen Van Bensselaer and James
Wadsworth, as the organ of the society and medium of commu¬
nication between the friends of agriculture; and it has been con¬
tinued ever since, under private auspices, but entirely devoted
to the interests of agriculture. It has for many years been pub¬
lished by Luther Tucker, of Albany.

Any person a citizen of the State may become a member of
the State Society upon payment of $1 annually, or a life mem¬
ber by payment of $10 at one time. Presidents of co. societies
and one delegate from each are
ex officio members. The officers
of the society are elected annually in Feb., and consist of a


Syracuse.........

Albany...........

Rochester.......

Poughkeepsie..

Utica..............

Auburn..........

Saratoga Sp’gs

Buffalo...........

Syracuse ........

Albany...........

Rochester.......

Utica..............

Saratoga Sp'gs

New York.......

Elmira............


Watertown.,

Buffalo.......

Syracuse ....
Albany.......


Place of
holding fair.


Joel B. Nott.........

Jas. S. Wadsworth
Jas. S. Wadsworth

J. B. Beekman.....

B. P. Johnston.......

J. M. Sherwood.....

George Vail.........

Lewis F. Allen......

John A. King.......

Ezra P. Prentice...

John Delafield.......

Henry Wager......

-Lewis G. Morris....

William Kelly.....

Samuel Cbeever...

Theod’re S. Paxton

Alonzo S. Upham.
Wm. T. McCoun...
A. B. Conger........


Presidents.


Town and Union Agricultural Societies.

(For County Societies see p. 103.)

Date of
organization.

Jan.

3,1857

March

5,1856

March 10,1858

March 14,1859

May

13,1856

Sept.

4,1858

Oct.

19,1857

March 23,1857

Aug.

16,1856

Dec.

28, 1855

8, 1858

Jan.

12,1859

Jan.

3, 1857

Jan.

3, 1857

Jan.

13, 1857

Feb.

9, 1869

Aug.

22,1857

April

5, 1859

Feb.

2,1856


Date, of
organization.


2-3,1858

19.1856

15.1856

22.1857
5, 185S


Feb.

Aug.

Sept.

Aug.

June


March 19,1859

June 27,1857
Feb. 9,1855

June 21,1856

March 20,1859

Nov. 10,1857
Jan. 27, 1857

April 4,1857

March 29,1S59
June 26, 1856
Feb. 26, 1857
June 10,1859
April 18,1859


Bainbridge Agricultural Society.....................

Brookfield Agricultural Society......................

Canaseraga Agricultural & Mechanical Society,

Dansville...................................................

Chautauqua Farmers’ & Mechanics’ Union at

Fredonia...................................................

Connewango Agricultural, Horticultural, & Me¬
chanical Society.........................................

Connewango Union Agricultural & Ilorticultu-

- ral Society.................................................

Constantsa Town Agricultural Society............

Coventry Agricultural Society.......................

Dryden Agricultural Society..........................

Ellisburgh, Adams, & Henderson Agricultural

Society....................................................

Farmers’ Club, of Little Falls.........................

{Farmers’ & Mechanics’ Association of Cazenovia
F’armers’
& Mechanics’ Association of Fenner...

Galen Agricultural Society.........................—.

Gorham Agricultural Society..........................

Gouverneur Agricultural & Mechanical Society
Hamilton Agricultural
& Horticultural Associa¬
tion of......................................................

Harpersfield Union Agricultural Society.........

Ilartland Agricultural Society........................

Hornellsville Agricultural Society..................


Name.


Jefferson Agricultural Society, Schoharie Co-

Lebanon Agricultural Society.........................

Leon Agricultural Society..............................

Lodi Agricultural Society, of..........................

Nelson Farmers & Meclianics’Association.........

Oswfego City Agricultural Society I..........

Otselic, Pitcher, Pharsalia, & Lincklaen Agricul¬
tural Society.............................................

Rusliville Union Agricultural Society..............

St. Lawrence International Agricultural &

Mechanical Society, Ogdensburgh................

Sandy Creek, Richland, Orwell, & Boylston Agri¬
cultural Society.........................................

Sangerfield & Marshall Town Agricultural So¬
ciety .........................................................

Somerset Agricultural Society........................

Susquehanna Valley Agricultural & Horticul¬
tural Society...........................i.................

Union Agricultural Society, (Broome and Dela¬
ware cos.)................................................

Union Agricultural Society, of Palmyra...........

Virgil Agricultural Society............................

Wilson Agricultural Society...........................

Winfield Union Agricultural Society...............

Wiskoy Agricultural Society, Genesee Falls,
Pike,
& Eagle.............................................


Dec. 6,1855


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