History Matters

Did you know the saying “God willing and the Creek don’t rise” was in reference to the Creek Indians and not a body of water? It was written by Benjamin Hawkins in the late 18th century. He was a politician and Indian diplomat. While in the south, Hawkins was requested by the President of the U.S. to return to Washington . In his response, he was said to write, “God willing and the Creek don’t rise.” Because he capitalized the word “Creek” it is deduced that he was referring to the Creek Indian tribe and not a body of water.

History Matters          

April 20, 1911—Binghamton organizes the first FARM BUREAU in the United States. The organization aims to spur agricultural production by sharing practical skills and technical information with local farmers.

April 26, 1936—Clouds of dust from the DUST BOWL storms in the southwest reach Broome County, dimming the sunlight and settling a film over the area.

May 25, 1899—Street Commissioners decide not to buy a fancy pneumatic street cleaning machine, in a vote of confidence for the tried and true workmen of the City of Binghamton.

May 29, 1914—Taxpayers vote solidly in favor of a city-owned ELECTRIC LIGHT PLANT, much to the dismay of the Binghamton Light, Heat and Power Company, which holds the monopoly on those services.




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