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FREDONIA
Held its first township meeting at the house of Ebby Hyde, April 2d, 1838. John Houston was the moderator, and James Winters and A. H. Blakely clerks. The election resulted as follows: Solomon Platner, supervisor; James Winters, town clerk; Putnam Root, collector. At this first meeting, one hundred dollars was raised for schools, and fifty dollars for the relief of the poor. This particular fifty dollars was deposited for safe keeping, against the time of need, in Calhoun County Bank, which long since became itself a pauper. At a special town meeting held January 7th, 1839, Ebby Hyde was elected supervisor. At the second annual election, John Houston was elected supervisor; Putnam Root, town clerk; David Aldrich, town treasurer. At the third annual town meeting, John B. Fredenburg was elected supervisor. By general agreement, the office of supervisor alternated between Messrs. Houston and Fredenburg, irrespective of politics. The early office-holders in this town were men of uncommon capacity and fitness. May 14, 1832, lands were entered in this town by Dan'l Sykes, Thos. Burland and Rob't Williamson. October 26, 1832, Asa B. Cook bought 75 acres. 1833, John Houston, Alfred G. Smith, David Aldrich, and many other well known citizens, bought a large amount of land, and a portion of them ultimately became the largest and best farmers in the town.

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