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Klock Memorial Park, Gift documentation

"Dr. Charles M. Klock Memorial Park"

Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Village of St. Johnsville, N.Y., duly called and held at the Rooms of the Village Board in the Village of St. Johnsville, N. Y., on the 12th day of May, 1920.

May 12th 1920.

Present: Frederick J. Kornbrust, President, Board of Trustees: John Walsh, Edward Miller, George D. Snell, Arthur B. Conover.

On motion duly made and seconded, Arthur Conover, was appointed Secretary in the absence of William J. Crangle, Village Clerk.

The following letter signed by Mr. Joseph H. Reaney and Gertrude K. Reaney, his wife, was presented to the Board by Mr. Joseph H. Reaney, he stating that he and his wife wished to present to the Village, land for a park and playground as therein stated.

St. Johnsville, N.Y., May 12, 1920.

To the President and Board of Trustees of the Village of St. Johnsville, N.Y.

Gentlemen:-

We desire to present to the Village of st. Johnsville a gift of the following described land for a public park and playground:

That parcel of land situate in the Town of St. Johnsville, bounded northerly by lands now or formerly of Charles M. and George S. Klock; easterly by lands of Jay Chawgo; southerly by land now or formerly of J. Salem Snell, and westerly by lands now or formerly of A. E. Seaman, said to contain ten acres of land more or less.

If accepted, it shall be maintained by the Village in accordance with the provisions of the Village law of the State of New York, and shall be known as the Dr. Charles M. Klock Memorial Park.

This gift is made in recognition and appreciation of the pure, generous Christian character of Dr. Klock, and of his faithful and unselfish devotion throughout his entire professional life to the people of St. Johnsville, and especially to those in illness and distress. he always regarded his professional duties as sacred trusts committed to his care: his entrance into the sick room was the entrance of a ray of sunshine; he was as tender and affectionate as a mother in the care of little children. It needs no park or public memorial to enshrine him in the memory of those of us who loved and knew him, but it is trusted that this gift may serve to perpetuate in the minds and hearts of those who will come after us, all that his life stood for, and be, as he was so long as God spared him to us, a perpetual source of health and strength to our citizens. The park shall be as broad in its scope as humanity,--for the use of all, without discrimination as to age, race, color, condition or religion.

If this gift is accepted, steps will be promptly taken to make it effectual.

Cordially,

Joseph H. Reaney

Gertrude K. Reaney


May 12th, 1920.

The following resolution was thereupon offered by E. M. Miller, Trustee, and seconded by John Walsh, Trustee:-

WHEREAS, Mr. Joseph H. Reaney and Gertrude K. Reaney, his wife, have by letter in writing signed by them and this day entered on the minutes of this Board of Trustees, offered to grant to the Village of St. Johnsville lands therein briefly described. for a public park and play ground, the said lands being wholly within three miles of the boundaries of said village, the said park to be maintained by the village in accordance with the provisions of the village law of the State of New York, and to be known as the Dr. Charles M. Klock memorial Park.

No, therefore, RESOLVED, that said offer contained in said letter be and the same hereby is accepted.

After discussion the resolution was unanimously adopted, all members voting therefore.

Thereupon, Mr. Reaney produced and delivered to the Village of St. Johnsville a deed of conveyance of the lands referred to and described in said letter, duly executed by himself and his wife, of which deed the following is a copy:-

THIS INDENTURE

Made the twelfth day of May, in the year one thousand nine hundred and twenty. BETWEEN JOSEPH H. REANEY and GERTRUDE K. REANEY, his wife, of the Village of St. Johnsville, Montgomery County, New York, parties of the first part and THE VILLAGE OF ST. JOHNSVILLE, Montgomery County, New York, party of the second part.

WITNESSETH. That the said parties of the first part, in consideration of the desire to promote public welfare and One Dollar, lawful money of the Untied State, paid by said party of the second part, do hereby remise, release and forever Quit-Claim unto the said party of the second part, its successors and assigns forever.

ALL THAT CERTAIN PIECE, PARCEL OR LOT OF LAND, with the timber thereon situate, lying and being in the Town of St. Johnsville, Montgomery County, New York and which is bounded and described as follows, to wit: Bounded on the northerly side by lands now or formerly of Charles M. and George S. Klock; on the easterly side by lands of May Chawgo; on the southerly side by lands now or formerly of J. Salem Snell, and on the westerly side by lands now or formerly of A. E. Seaman, said to contain ten (10) acres of land be the same more or less. Being the same premises conveyed to the party of the first part, Joseph H. Reaney by Alvin Kneeskern and Marguerite Rider Kneeskern, his wife, by deed with covenant against grantor, bearing date the fourth day of May, 1920.

This grant is to said Village for a public park and play ground to be maintained by the Village in accordance with the provisions of the Village Law of the State of New York, and shall be known as the Dr. Charles M. Klock Memorial Park.

TOGETHER with the appurtenances; and all the estate and rights of the parties of the first part in and to said premises.

TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the above described premises unto the said party of the second part, it successor and assigns forever.

AND the said Joseph H. Reaney does hereby covenant with the said party of the second part that the said parties of the first part have not done or suffered anything whereby the above described premises have been encumbered in any way whatever.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, The said parties of the first part have hereunto set their hands and seals the day and year first above written.

In Presence of : Joseph H. Reaney (L.S.) Gertrude K. Reaney (L.S.)

State of new York, County of Montgomery ss:

On this twelfth day of May, in the year one thousand nine hundred and twenty, before me, the subscriber, personally appeared Joseph H. Reaney and Gertrude K. Reaney, his wife, to me personally known to be the same persons described in and who executed the foregoing instrument, and they duly severally acknowledged to me that they executed the same.

Adam Horn (Notary Public).


Thereupon the following resolution was offered by Trustee E. M. Miller, and seconded by Trustee George Snell.

RESOLVED. That the grant of land described in the deed from Joseph H. reaney and Gertrude K. Reaney, his wife, bearing date May 12th, 1920, now produced, be and the same hereby is accepted on behalf of the Village of St. Johnsville for a public park and play ground.

After discussion the resolution was unanimously adopted, all members voting therefore.

Thereupon the following resolution was offered by Trustee A. B. Conover, and seconded by Trustee John Walsh.

RESOLVED, That the land granted by Joseph H. Reaney and Gertrude K. Reaney, his wife, to the Village of St. Johnsville, be established and maintained for its intended purpose in accordance with the provisions of the village Law of the State of New York, and shall be known as the Dr. Charles M. Klock memorial Park.

After discussion the resolution was unanimously adopted, all members voting therefore.

Thereupon the following resolution was offered by Trustee E. J. Miller, and seconded by Trustee George Snell.

RESOLVED, That the Clerk of the Village Board attend to having the said deed from Joseph H. Reaney and gertrude K. Reaney recorded in the Montomery County Clerk's Office.

The resolution was unanimously adopted, all members voting therefore.


June 8th, 1920

At a Special Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Village of St. Johnsville, N.Y., held at the Chambers of the Board on the 8th day of June, 1920.

PRESENT:-- Frederick J. Kornbrust, President, Trustees; Edward J. Miller, George D. Snell, John Walsh.

Roll Call.

Minutes of last meeting read and approved.

Moved by Mr. Walsh, seconded by Mr. Snell, that Frederick J. Kornbrust, President of the Village, and William J. Crangle, Clerk, be authorized and directed to sign the Tax Warrant of the Collector, for the collection of the 1920 Taxes.

Carried.

On motion duly made by Mr. Miller, seconded by Mr. Walsh, it is hereby RESOLVED.

WHEREAS, the Village of St. Johnsville, New York has lately been the recipient of a piece of property for park purposes situate in the Town of St. Johnsville, New York, and described as follows:--

Bounded northerly by lands now or formerly of Charles M. and George S. Klock; easterly by lands of Jay Chawgo; southerly by land now or formerly of J. Salem Snell, and westerly by lands now or formerly of A. E. Seaman, said to contain ten acres of land more or less.

AND WHEREAS, the same having been duly accepted by the Village, with the provision that it shall be maintained by said Village in accordance with the Village Laws of the State of New York, and other provisions as to the name, etc., and

WHEREAS, the Water Department of said Village having better facilities in its organization to oversee and perform the work necessary to the maintenance of said park, the same naturally pertaining to said Water Department, as there is a supply of water upon said lands, which might be available for village purposes.

IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED, that the Water Department of the Municipal Board of said Village shall have the full charge and management of said park property hereinbefore described.

That said Municipal Board, acting as Water Commissioner, is hereby directed to pass certain rules, ordinances and regulations pertaining to said park lands, and submit same to the Board of Trustees of the Village of St. Johnsville, N.Y., for approval; that upon the approval of said rules and regulations, said Water Board shall proceed and manage said lands hereinbefore described in the interests of said Village, as a public park of the Village of St. Johnsville, N.Y.


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