IRISH HISTORY

DR. ROBERT ROSE THE ANGLICAN DOCTOR THAT HELPED THE IRISH CATHOLICS - In 1815 the area just south of Binghamton, now called Susquehanna County Pennsylvania, was undeveloped and wild. The land was thick with large trees and rocky soil. Roads were virtually nonexistent, and the dominant occupants were wolves and wildcats. Yes, wolves and wildcats. Then came Dr. Rose and the Irish. 

    Who was this Dr. Rose and why the Irish. Dr. Rose was a wealthy Philadelphia doctor. He was born and raised in America after his Anglican family had immigrated here from Montrose, Scotland. In 1809 Dr. Rose hit upon an opportunity to purchase 100,000 acres of land in the Silver Lake area. But there were some problems: as mentioned – no roads, heavy forests, wolves, wildcats, and very few people. When he headed out from Philly he brought with him some workmen. They cleared land, built him a house, and a year later he sent for his wife. However, to build a thriving community you needed people, specifically at this time laborers and farmers. There was a small community of Quakers, (also known as the Society of Friends), in the Friendsville area, but they soon left. For various reasons other groups also found the area too formidable. His friend a Mr. Ed White suggested he try the Irish.   In the early 1800s these were not famine immigrant Irish. However, at the time the Catholic Irish could not own land in Ireland, (due to their English rulers). So, Mr. White convinced the doctor that the Irish would love a shot at land ownership. Also, that many of the Irish being former canal diggers were accustomed to heavy and brutal labor.

    Dr. Rose then took out advertisements throughout the east and wrote letters in publications such as the Tipperary Free Press in which he encouraged Irish families to come to Silver Lake. The tactic worked. Two thirds of people who moved to the area between 1815 and 1845 had contracts with Dr. Rose. The deal was this: Land could be bought for $3 -$5 an acre, with 10 years to pay it off, and you could buy up to 100 acres. He was lenient with payments and often traded labor for payment. He stipulated that you had to live on the land. You could also lease a cow for $3.00 a year, (of course if it died you paid $25). To build a sense of community, extended families were encouraged to buy land. Also, to this cause, the Anglican doctor gave land for the building of Catholic churches.

    Thus, due to a strong work effort, support of their Catholic faith, heavy family connections, and the generous contracts of Dr. Rose the newly arrived Irish survived and thrived. These immigrants saw the opportunity America offered. They built the foundation for the comfortable life many of us live today. We should be thankful and always remember. - by Bill Burke: Source – All credits due to Susquehanna County Historical Society staffer  Connie Snedeker’s research and presentation of 5.18.24.


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Next Meeting: June 11, 2024 @ 7:00 pm​

AOH FINANCIAL NEWS


The 2024 AOH membership cards will be arriving soon. We’d appreciate you paying your dues at your earliest convenience. The dues are $40.00. Drop off or mail your payment to: AOH Hall, 148 Main St., Binghamton, NY 13905. Attn: Mark Kadlecik. If you have an address change, please let us know. It’s the only way we can keep our records straight and ensure you’ll get all the mailings.


CORPORATION NEWS


The Corporation Meeting on June 10 at 7:00 is open to all AOH/LAOH members in good standing. The Queen of Hearts is now over $1,000- one dollar per chance- rules posted at the hall. The weekly drawing is Thursday at approximately 5:15. -Tom Kelly Corporation President.


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I’d like to thank all the members who have paid their 2024 dues. An arrears letter will be sent in April to those who haven’t paid, and the dues will then be $50. Those who are in arrears with their dues will need to bring them up-to-date as soon as possible. Drop-off your payment at the hall or mail to AOH; 148 Main St.; Binghamton, NY 13905 – Attn: Mark Kadlecik


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Parade Day 2024 is March 1, 2025

: Parade News- Thank you to everyone who helped in any way with the 56th “parade day.” Rest up- “parade day”2025 is 3/1/25.


MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION PROCESS


  Membership in the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Inc. is confined to men 16 years and older who are practicing Roman Catholics of Irish birth or descent and who are citizens of United States of America or who have declared their intentions to become citizens of the United States of America.


Associate memberships are also available to those who do not meet the aforementioned qualification.

It is a standing rule that Applications for Membership that languish without action for longer than 6 months are discarded.

Notifications for induction dates and times, through the Shamrock Degree, are sent to all applicants.
Those who have applied prior to this 6 month period, and are serious about joining the A.O.H., need to reapply for admission and make arrangements to attend a Shamrock Degree ceremony within the next six month.


Those interested in membership must stop into the Hall to submit an application as they must have an active member sponsor them and sign the form.

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