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Town of Lee, Oneida County, New York

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ROMAN CITIZEN ARTICLE August 21, 1850

TOWN OF LEE
Its Soil, Timber and Inhabitants.


The Town of Lee was settled about 1794 by the Messrs. Taft, Story, White, Lany, Eams, Young, Castle, Clark, Harger, Comstock, Williams and others. Its soil is varied. On the south-east part of the town the soil is gravelly and rich, well adapted to grain and grass, producing heavy crops of grain. The south-west part light, sandy, easily tilled. The north part of the town is high ground peculiarly fitted for the Dairy, making the best of farms for that purpose and the farmer's are improving them so as to be a source of wealth to them, and constantly growing better by their stock of cows kept on them, it will in a few years be the richest part of the town and vie with other dairying towns in the north part of the County.

There are five Post Offices in the town of Lee. One at Delta a pleasant village with a Flouring Mill within half-a-mile of the Black River Canal, three Stores, an Iron Foundry, with Mechanic Shops. Stokes Post Office at Nisbet's Corners, West Branch on the Mohawk, near Ava. Lee Centre a pleasant village with one Flouring Mill, a Tannery, three Stores and a pleasant neat place. The other office is at Matteson's on the State Road. There are two important roads through Lee --the great Plank Road leading from Rome to Watertown and Kingston in Upper Canada, and south through Augusta to Binghamton and into Pennsylvania. The other road (the old State Road) from Rome via Taberg and Redfield to Sacket's Harbor.

The Mohawk River the West Branch rises in Leyden north and passes through the north-east part of the town. Fish Creek has its source in the same neighborhood and bounds the north and west side of the town, it empties into Oneida Lake, in the Town of Vienna, a large creek.

Wood Creek (formerly used for navigation by boats) takes its rise in the town of Lee and passes through the Village of Rome. Oneida Creek rises in the same vicinity and unite their waters four miles west of Rome, and after running two miles empty into Fish Creek two miles from its mouth. The town is well watered by the many streams that pass through it, giving it the best of mill privileges. The timbers on the up lands are beach, maple and hemlock, the low land produce beach birch, hemlock and ash. There are between three and four thousand inhabitants, and like all the north part of the county are constantly improving their farms by keeping large stocks of cattle, which otherwise would become barren under cultivation of the plow.

Its schools are cared for and the school-house is in every neighborhood. Its inhabitants are an intelligent reading community, improving in morals and every good work. The town has given to Oneida County some of its brightest sons and promises yet to be one of the richest jewels in her crown, and proud as Oneida is of being the Empire County in the Empire State, she will yet rise higher in wealth, intelligence and virtue, having such a land "flowing with milk and honey, a land of rivers and brooks stamped by the Almighty's hand as his goodly land," with His blessing still resting upon and dully estimating His mercies and using them aright, Oneida County, with its thirty towns interspersed with cities, villages, colleges schools and churches, its cattle upon a thousand hills, a virtuous intelligent farming and mercantile population, fifty years hence what will it be? Foretold what it is now and in every deed the Glory of the Land and State.



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