NO. R-148.  House concurrent resolution honoring the Proctor Library on the occasion of the library’s centennial anniversary.

(H.C.R.93)

Offered by:  Representative Shand of Weathersfield.

Offered by:  Senator Campbell of Windsor County, Senator Dunne of Windsor County and Senator Welch of Windsor County.

     Whereas, Benjamin Franklin Blood, the son of Roxellana Proctor and Nathaniel Blood, was born in 1822 in the town of West Windsor, but spent much of his youth at the Proctor family farm in Weathersfield, and

     Whereas, while not known to have been a man of literary pursuits by profession or avocation, Benjamin Franklin Blood recognized the importance a public library serves in a community as a center for educational

self-improvement and reading pleasure, and

     Whereas, he donated three public libraries in Vermont, one each to the towns of Windsor, West Windsor, and Weathersfield, and

     Whereas, the library in Weathersfield, known as the Proctor Library in his mother’s honor, located in the village of Ascutney, is an exact duplicate of the public library in West Windsor, and

     Whereas, the Proctor Library is constructed of brick, has a slate roof, the interior contains oak furnishings and paneling, and the foundation is made of stone from his grandparents’ Weathersfield farm, and

     Whereas, Blood’s gift to Weathersfield was conditioned on the town’s acceptance of responsibility for the Proctors’ family plot at the Ascutneyville Cemetery, an offer readily accepted during town meeting in March 1903, and

     Whereas, the dedication of the Proctor Library on June 9, 1903, was both a festive and solemn event, consisting of an address by Professor Bisbee, the Dartmouth College librarian, musical selections from the Claremont Band, prayers, and of greatest importance, Benjamin Franklin Blood’s formal presentation of the deed to the town of Weathersfield, and it occurred on the 112th anniversary of the library’s namesake and the 81st birthday of Mrs. Olivia Gage who generously donated the site, and

     Whereas, since the first librarian Mrs. F.W. Blanchard was paid the magnificent sum of $75.00 per year, the Proctor Library has become an important place for young and old to enjoy the pleasure of a good book, and

     Whereas, on June 9, 2003, a century will have passed since the Proctor Library’s dedication, a date to be marked with joyous celebrations in the town of Weathersfield, now therefore be it

     Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

     That the General Assembly congratulates the Proctor Library’s staff and volunteers, and most especially, the residents of Weathersfield who regularly patronize the Proctor Library, on the occasion of the library’s centennial anniversary, and be it further

     Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the board of trustees in care of the Proctor Public Library in Weathersfield.