Introduced Version House Resolution 12 History

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(By Delegates Frazier and Porter)

[Introduced February 23, 2009]

"Recognizing the City of Princeton's Centennial."
Whereas, The City of Princeton, founded in 1837 to serve as the county seat, and named after Revolutionary War General Hugh Mercer, was the first organized town in Mercer County. The City of Princeton was incorporated on February 20, 1909 and began its Centennial Celebration on February 20, 2009; and
Whereas, Princeton has been more a city of adversity than other sections of Mercer County. It was burned to the ground in 1862 by Confederate soldiers and had bitter fights with Athens and Bluefield over the location of the courthouse; and
Whereas, Princeton has grown from a village to a city and hub of commerce starting with the Virginian Railway, known as "the Richest Little Railroad in the World" to other manufacturing endeavors such as North American Rockwell and others; and
Whereas, Princeton is also involved with the arts, entertainment and health care. It boasts the Chuck Mathena Center for the arts, and is home to the Princeton Rays, an affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. Princeton is proud to be the smallest town in North America to have a professional baseball team. Princeton has a modern Princeton Community Hospital and the Princeton Health and Fitness Center; a new, state of the art public library is under construction; and
Whereas, The City of Princeton has embarked on a new era of re- invention, restoration and rejuvenation with efforts to build a replica of the Virginian passenger station and the East Mercer Streetscape Project; and
Whereas, Two of Princeton's favorite citizens are Rod Thorn, WVU All-American and NBA player and outstanding executive who is now General Manager of the New Jersey Nets and Ken Kendrick, majority owner and managing partner of the Arizona Diamondbacks; and
Whereas, Princeton demonstrates its resilience by meeting its challenges head on and positioning itself for future growth while still keeping the city "a comfortable and pleasant place in which to live"; therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Delegates:
That the House of Delegates hereby recognizes the City of Princeton on its Centennial; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates forward a certified copy of this resolution to the Mayor of the City of Princeton, West Virginia.
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