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population of two hundred and forty thousand souls. At the rate the city now progresses it is impossible to predict the magnificence of her future.
Our association has repeatedly suggested for consideration the expediency of erecting a monument in honor of General Moses Cleaveland, the founder of our beautiful city. This is an enterprise, it is believed, in which the citizens of Cleveland will cheerfully unite with us in carrying into effect. Great care has been taken by the executive committee of the association to procure a design of the proposed monument that is not only artistic but appropriate. The model in plaster which you see standing before you is the result. The statue is to be cast in bronze and will stand upon a circular pedestal of polished ganite. The pose of the statue refers to the moment when the founder of the city pointed out the original site on which he predicted would arise a great commercial city. Verily this modern Moses was a true prophet.
The executive committee have ascertained that a contract can be made with the Smith Granite company of Westerly, R. I., to erect the monument at one-fifth less than the estimated cost, which is five thousand dollars, in consideration of the fact that the monument is of a public character and intended to commemorate a public event. It is proposed to place the monument, the city council permitting, in Monumental park, or Central park as it should be named, and to inscribe it with the words: “General Moses Cleaveland, Founder of the City, 1796." It is confidently believed that the monument, if erected as proposed, would be regarded not only as a fine specimen of American art, but as an honor to the city. General Moses Cleaveland, the founder of our beautiful city, was a noble man—an honor to the age in which he lived. His name is a bequest of which our city should be proud.
What can be more creditable than for the city to perpetuate a similitude of its founder standing by the wayside of the passing centuries as an educator not only of the present generation, but of unborn generations that will succeed each other for all time? Our association has great reason to be gratified with its work. It will not only continue its work, but will doubtless be able to perpetuate itself by the annual accession of new memberships. It is a noteworthy fact that our association, since it was
organized, has increased from less than twenty to six hundred and thirty members. In looking over the heads of the audience I am reminded of a wheat field ripe in spots. The reaper lingers on its border ready to gather sheaves. He has already gathered, since our organization, ninety-nine of our number to the “Lord of the harvest ”—all good wheat I trust. Thus one after another has fallen by the wayside and passed over the crystal sea into the realm of celestial life. Their memories are sacred and will ever be cherished by their friends and by the brotherhood of this association. Though life will ever have its sorrows, both in youth and in age, yet it is always wise to look at the bright side of things, and thus cheer the path of our earthly pilgrimage to its termination. Life is but a temporary gift, a gem in the rough, to be polished and set in gold and then returned to the giver.
The following are the names of members of the association who have died within the past year, with the exception of seven who died in previous years but were not reported :
Mrs. E. W. Bishop,
WHEN. 1821 1820 1808 1801 1810 1808 1814 1805 1799 1821 1811 1809 1815 1810 1815 1790 1790
1821 1835 1838 1828 1838 1814 1838 1827 1818 1821 1834 1827 1831 1835 1817 1832 1827
DIED. 1886 1886 1885 1886 1886 1886 1885 1886 1885 1884 1886 1886 1886 1886 1882 1886 1886
The Executive Committee respectfully report that the affairs of the association appear to be in a prosperous condition, and that its work in
rescuing local history, relative to pioneer life, from being lost has, during the past year, been remarkably successful. Its number of memberships is constantly increasing from year to year, and this fact has the effect to increase the extent of its labor and usefulness. Your committee, as requested by resolution of the association at its last annual meeting, have made progress in reference to the erection of a monument in honor of General Moses Cleaveland, the founder of our city, to the extent of receiving a design, or model in plaster, now on exhibition before you, the pedestal to be of polished granite, surmounted by a bronze statue, and put in place at $4,000. The committee cheerfully commend the enterprise to the favorable consideration of the association and of the citizens of Cleveland generally.
A. J. WILLIAMS, Acting Chairman. July 22, 1886. On motion the report was adopted.
RESOLUTION BY GENERAL H. H. DODGE.
WHEREAS, st'is proposed to erect a monument in honor of General Moses Cleaveland, the founder of the city, the pedestal to be of polished granite, surmounted by a bronze statue, and to be placed, the city council permitting, in Monumental park ; and
WHEREAS, The “Smith Granite company," of Westerly, Rhode Island, in view of the fact that it is to be a monument to perpetuate a public event and the cost to be met by subscription, have expressed a willingness to erect the same in the most artistic manner and put it in place for the moderate sum of four thousand dollars ; therefore,
Resolved, That this association approves the project, and requests the executive committee to take such steps as they may deem advisable to secure the erection of the monument.
On motion the resolution was unanimously adopted.
In this connection it should be stated that the height of the monument from the ground to the apex, when erected, will be fourteen feet, the statue being seven and a half feet, and the pedestal six and a half or
The proposal for the erection of the monument has been accepted upon the condition that the expense can be met by the voluntary subscription of the citizens of Cleveland. The Smith Granite company are builders of artistic monuments. They have been in business for forty years and enjoy a wide reputation for skill, good taste, and prompt work in their line of art. Their work is limited to bronze and granite. They employ none but the most skillful artists. The model of the monument is the work of Mr. J. G. C. Hamilton, who is in their employ, and who is an artist of eminence as a modeler and sculptor. The resident agent at Cleveland is Mr. R. A. Young, a gentleman of character and reliability. It was through him that the conditional contract was so favorably negotiated. It is believed that the citizens of Cleveland will generally approve the project.
Hon. John W. Allen, one of the vice-presidents of the association, having tendered his resignation on account of slender health, the same was accepted, and on motion a vote of thanks was tendered him by the association for the valuable service he had rendered, accompanied with expressions of respect and admiration of his noble traits of character.
On motion of Hon. John A. Foote, a resolution was adopted requesting the chair to appoint a committee of three to report a list of officers for election to serve for the ensuing year. The chair appointed John A. Foote, Dudley Baldwin and T. S. Paddock, who reported the following :
President, Hon. Harvey Rice.
| Hon. John Hutchins.
Mrs. J. A. Harris.