Item - Kings County Union Agricultural Society Minute Book

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Kings County Union Agricultural Society Minute Book

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  • 1882 - 1912 (Creation)
    Kings County

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1 book; 34x21.5x2 cm

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An account ledger/minute book belonging to the Kings County Union Agricultural Society located in Kingston, Kings County.

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This item is in relatively poor condition. This item's text is clear, but many of its pages are no longer attached to the binding.

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Administrative History: The Kings County Union Agricultural Society was a society responsible for overseeing agricultural affairs in Kings County. For example, the Society regularly assisted in holding an Annual Exhibition of the Union Agricultural Society. The exhibition was set in Clifton, and the Society regularly prepared the exhibition grounds, hired judges for competitions, funded luncheons and dinners to reward judges for their work, and funded premiums awarded at exhibitions. The earliest record of this is available in an entry from the 28th of October in 1882. The Society would also purchase animals for community use. For example, an entry from the 31st of October in 1885 notes the purchase of a bull from Rothesay to be rented to members for $0.25 and to non-members for $1.00.

Each year, one president, two vice presidents, and one secretary/treasurer would be elected from a body of fifteen directors. For example, in the first year, Joseph H. Gorham was elected president, J. S. Marvin and Charles Foster were elected vice presidents, and W. E. Pickett was elected secretary and treasurer. John Howe, Ed M. Toole, John A. Parlee, J. J. H. Scovil, D. D. Northrop, Alex McAlary, and Philo A. Northrop were directors.

The first president of the Society, Joseph H. Gorham, was born around 1827 and he died in 1901.

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