_______________________, read first time and referred to Committee on
A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION recognizing the sesquicentennial
of Brookston, Indiana.
Whereas, Brookston, Indiana, located in White County near
the center of Prairie Township on the old New Albany and
Salem Railroad line, is celebrating its 150th birthday this
Whereas, Brookston, which was laid out and platted by
Benjamin Gonzales, Isaac Reynolds, and Joel McFarland on
April 26, 1853, was named in honor of James Brooks, the
president of the New Albany and Salem Railroad;
Whereas, Royal Hazelton, the first settler, arrived in
Brookston in 1829 and set up a one room cabin a mile
southeast of the future site of the town;
Whereas, Brookston, nicknamed "The Little Wonder City"
by Howard T. Brockway, erected its first school, the
Brookston Academy, in 1867;
Whereas, By the second half of the twentieth century,
Brookston had changed from an agricultural town to a
bedroom community but kept strong ties with its agricultural
Whereas, Brookston will mark the beginning of its sesquicentennial celebration on April 26, 2003, and will continue to celebrate with events scheduled throughout the year;
Whereas, There are three large churches, Methodist,
Federated, and Church of Christ, to meet the spiritual needs
of the community, and the town is governed by a five member
town council; and
Whereas, Brookston is a wonderful community in which to
raise a family: Therefore,
SECTION 1. That the Indiana General Assembly recognizes
Brookston, Indiana, on the occasion of its sesquicentennial celebration
and recognizes the value small towns like Brookston have in creating
an atmosphere that is beneficial to the citizens of Indiana.
SECTION 2. That the Principal Clerk of the House of Representatives shall transmit a copy of this resolution to Joseph E. Butz, president of the Brookston Town Council.