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Healthsource and Wright County Crisis Nursery drive is now accepting donations 

HealthSource and the Wright County Crisis Nursery are teaming up to help local children in need by coordinating a new pajama and diaper drive.

Our mission is to continue the season of giving outside of the typical holiday season while providing Crisis Nursey with items in which they are in constant need. 

This includes diapers (size 3-6), pull-ups, new pajamas (NB-18 year old), and wipes. New, and also open bags of diapers are accepted! Please help us make this drive a success and help as many kids as possible. See the list below for participating businesses in the Buffalo area for donation drop off locations: HealthSource of Buffalo, KleinBank, Now and Again, Deitering, McClellan and Rassat Inc., Wright County Health and Human Services, Wright County Government Center, Wright County Historical Society,  BANKWEST, Lake Ridge Manor, Lil Explorers Daycare, Kids Haven Daycare, Fitness Evolution, Strive Therapy, Dental Care Associates of Buffalo, Zion Lutheran Church, Buffalo Evangelical Free Church, Hosanna Lutheran Church, and Monticello Community Center.

 


Rockford Area Historical Society to host Privy Dig on Saturday, July 14

The Rockford Area Historical Society is hosting a Privy Dig at the Ames-Florida-Stork House in Rockford on Saturday, July 14. 

During a privy dig, the ground is dug up where an outhouse previously existed.  Because items such as glass bottles were frequently thrown into outhouses to dispose of them, these and other items are often found preserved during a privy dig. 

Prior to the Privy Dig, the Rockford Area Historical Society is sponsoring a free Privy Dig program at 9 a.m. at the Rockford Community Center.  Mark Youngblood, our "privy digger", will be presenting information on Privy Digs, and will show artifacts he has dug up at other locations.  He will then move to the Stork House to start our dig. 

The Ames-Florida-Stork House will be open for tours from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 14.  The public is welcome to come tour the 157-year-old house, and to watch progress as it is made during the Privy Dig.

 


Waverly Daze is right around the corner, don't miss the kickoff on July 6

Waverly is excited to announce its schedule for its yearly Waverly Dazy summer festivities, beginning Friday, July 6, and ending Sunday, July 8.

Events kick off with Friday Family Night, including a tractor show at Railroad Park at 12:00 p.m., a kid's bounce house, face painting, and fireworks by the lake beginning at 10:15 p.m. From 7:30 p.m. to midnight, make sure to catch live music from DJ "Chopper," the World's Nuttiest DJ.

Saturday,  July 7, be sure to check out the fishing contest, with registration from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. and the competition going from 8 a.m. to noon. An assortment of tournaments also will be underway on Saturday, so be sure to visit www.waverlymn.org for a full schedule. To finish off Saturday's events, the Radio Active Band, beginning at 8 p.m. and playing until midnight, will provide live music.

To conclude Waverly Daze on Sunday will be a pancake breakfast at KC Hall from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., followed by the Chase the Fire Truck 5k Run/Walk. The run will begin at 8 a.m., and the walk will start at 8:15 a.m.

The Waverly Daze parade kicks off at 1 p.m., with line-up at the Waverly School. Following that, The Ambassadors Luncheon will take place at St. Mary's Fellowship Hall, at 2 p.m., and afterward, the Coronation of Ambassadors will be held at the church at 3 p.m.

 


Summer Reading Program takes off at Wright Co. GRRL locations

Kids of all ages are invited to read books and win great prizes this summer with Great River Regional Library (GRRL.)

GRRL kicked off the annual Summer Reading Program (SRP) on Monday, June 11, and continues the celebration through Saturday, Aug. 11.

The theme of this year's program, Reading Takes You Everywhere, focuses on the excitement and new discoveries to be found in books, libraries, our communities and beyond.

The purpose of the SRP is to defeat the summer slide – the tendency for students to lose their academic footing during the break from the classroom. Studies show that the summer slide disproportionately affects children from lower income families, leaving them even further behind their peers come fall.

The benefits of summer reading are undeniable. Research by the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) finds that students who participate in public library summer reading programs scored higher on reading achievement tests at the beginning of the next school year than those who did not participate - in some cases, significantly higher.

GRRL can help all young readers forestall the summer slide.

Signup for the SRP by visiting your local GRRL. Children and teens ages 0-18 will receive a reading record to track their activities. These reading records must be completed and returned to the library by the end of the program in order to be eligible for prize drawings. 

Check the events calendar on griver.org/events to find out about SRP activities – including special kickoff parties and grand prizes – specific to your local library. 

Great River Regional Library (GRRL) provides library services at 32 public libraries in Benton, Morrison, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd and Wright Counties. GRRL supplies Central Minnesota residents with nearly 1 million books, CDs and DVDs, 250 public computers, programming and information services.

Find more information at http://www.griver.org/summer-reading-program/kids.

Wright County GRRL locations and phone numbers include: Buffalo, 763-682-2753; Cokato, 320-286-5760; Howard Lake, 320-543-2020; Rockford, 763-477-4216; and St. Michael, 763-497-1998.

 


Summer brings high temps and lazy sunsets

Hot summer days and nights have made area lakes fun gathering spots this season. Cokato Lake was busy with activity during the day and evening on Friday, June 29, then produced this beautiful sunset. Remember to seek shade frequently during hot weather, apply a sunscreen of 30 SPF or more, and drink plenty of water while outside enjoying the summer. Also, keep an eye out for sunsets, and other fun activities, too! (Submitted photo)

 

 

 

 


Wright County continues with no roadway fatalities for eight months, as of this July  

By Miriam Orr

"Now, it's been eight months since Wright County has had a car crash resulting in a fatality," stated Patricia Hackman, of Safe Communities of Wright County. "That is something that deserves to be recognized."

Lieutenant Matt Treichler of the Wright County Sheriff's Office agreed with Hackman's statement. "This has always been the goal, to move the County forward in the Towards Zero Deaths initiative – now that we've got this eight month span, it's a matter of figuring out how we can maintain that span."

According to statistics observed and documented by the Star Tribune, Minnesota has seen a 45% decrease in roadway deaths since the Departments of Transportation, Public Safety, and Health launched the "Towards Zero Deaths" (TZD) initiative, which is modeled after a Swedish safety program.

The Star Tribune reported that nationally, states showed that roadway and crash-related fatalities decreased a total of 40% between 1985 and 2011, but then saw increases in 2016. Of the state reports, Minnesota was the only Midwestern state to report a decline in these fatalities in 2017 – Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois were among those states that all reported increases in roadway fatalities.

Departments involved in this initiative all employ different areas of expertise to contribute to TZD goal. Whereas MnDOT may use engineering expertise to aid in the effort, an area like the Department of Health provides steady research and the implementation ofemergency and trauma systems.

So, you're probably wondering how Wright County fits into all of this. 

For many years, the Sheriff's Office, Police Department, and other county and city entities have been working towards a decrease in crash-related injuries, as well as fatalities, with the help of Safe Communities.

Safe Communities exists to, as their website states, "change the odds of crashes and the resulting injuries and fatalities," while simultaneously educating the public on how exactly they can lower the risk of such traumatic outcomes.

"It really boils down to the risk and dangers that driving presents in our modern world," said Hackman, who is the Executive Director of Safe Communities. "The County has been really good about coming together to make this a priority. Entities like the Highway Department, the Sheriff's Office, the Police Department, and others are what makes initiatives like this successful."

Treichler added, "This is really about educating the public, because education is what is going to increase public awareness. Routine traffic stops exist not to get drivers and the public in trouble – they exist as educational opportunities the majority of the time."

So far in 2018, Treichler stated that there's been approximately 13,000 traffic stops recorded in Wright County, with only 2,400 resulting in arrests and/or citations. Treichler added that recent partnerships with the Wright County court system, to implement learning opportunities  like WrightROAD classes as a part of offense corrections has been beneficial, and an added way of raising awareness.

"Education is really important," Hackman added. "We are involved with the high school in driving classes, as well as parent/teen partnerships and social awareness programs within the area. Media relations is another avenue where we try and get as much information out to the public as we can."

Hackman continued, "For us, it's the Five E's – empowering, education, emergency response, enforcement, and everyone. These basic concepts drive appropriate behind-the-wheel behaviors. It's an 'everyone issue,' not just those beside us in traffic. It starts with us, and the statistics have really been changing the lives of people who take the time to get involved."

Treichler and Hackman stated that the County's growth in decreasing roadway fatalities has been impressive, to say the least. Programs like Sober Cab, started in 2005, have been a large success in the County, as there was never a taxi service in the area. Partnering with a service in St. Cloud, the Sober Cab program was launched in Wright County, and has been keeping roads safe, and increasing business, since.

"For instance, did you know that the 100 days from Memorial Day to Labor Day are the 100 deadliest days of summer?" Hackman interjected. "Summer driving is notoriously more dangerous than winter driving, and this statistic proves it. One of the ways we are combating these 100 deadly days are really pushing education to teenagers in school and drivers ed, and just making that simple statistic known."

However,  challenges regarding safe driving and decreasing roadway deaths are still large. Driving distracted still remains a large contender for the cause of roadway fatalities, while alcohol is still responsible for a large 70% of these deaths. Hackman hinted that, from the ages of 15 to 55, drivers do not undergo any sort of education or review in the area of driver's education. Since laws and protocols are always changing, keeping "up-to-speed" on driving education is a priority. 

For now,  Safe Communities and its partners want to celebrate the fact that you, the driving public, have achieved a large accomplishment in the past eight months: no crash-related fatalities. That is something to be truly celebrated, commented Hackman, who shared that Safe Communities of Wright County is consistently working with present data and the pressing issue of distracted driving.

Continue to be safe behind the wheel, Wright County. 

 


4-H schedule announced for Wright County Fair

With the Wright County Fair starting early this year on Wednesday, July 18, and going until Sunday, July 22, 4-H has been busy planning its schedule of events for the county's summer get-together. Events for 4-H are as follows:

Wright County 4-H Centennial: 4-H is celebrating one hundred years in Wright County during 2018.  Stop by the 4-H Building at the Wright County Fair to see the 4-H Historical Display.  Wright County 4-H alumni are invited to sign the alumni guest book and pick-up a 4-H alumni sticker to wear proudly.  We are interested in our 4-H alumni! 

4-H Grilling Contest: Wright County 4-H will be a hosting a grilling contest at the fair this year.  4-H'ers will assemble a team, and then prepare and grill one meat cut from their species. Teams will be given 30 minutes to prepare a final product. Teams will be judged on their final product's taste and appearance, as well as their team knowledge of basic nutrition. Come watch this exciting event on Saturday, July 21 at 4 p.m. near the Free Stage.  Sponsored by T & R Meats, Best Friends Veterinary Clinic, Keith Wilts/Lisa Sell, and Bill and Renae Neumann.

4-H Engineering Design Challenge (formerly Rube Goldberg) Showcase: Experience the fun of Rube Goldberg machines by attending an Engineering Design Challenge Showcase on either Saturday, July 21 at 2:00 p.m. or Sunday, July 22 at 2:00 p.m. at the Wright County Fair. 

A Rube Goldberg machine is a deliberately complex machine that does a simple task.  This year's task is to plant a seed and water it. The showcase will be in the 4-H Exhibit Building.  Come join in the experience as teams show off their machines.

4-H Parade of Champions: The youth and volunteers of Wright County 4-H invite the public to share in the Parade of Champions at this year's Wright County Fair.  4-H'ers in every project area are recognized at this very special event, which takes place Sunday, July 22 at 5 p.m. in the Dairy Show Arena at the Wright County Fairgrounds.  Please come and show your support for the future leaders of our community.

4-H Kids' Fair: Calling all children ages three to seven years old!  Do you have something special to show at the Wright County Fair this year?  Bring your favorite treasure, craft, hobby, or project on Tuesday, July 17 between 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to the 4-H Building.

Each child can participate in a short show and tell, along with a judging session, and then they will receive a participation ribbon plus a cool prize!  4-H'ers and non-members are welcome to participate!  Pre-registration is not required.

4-H Livestock Shows: Have you ever seen a poultry show?  How do you show a pig?  Come find out at one of the many 4-H Livestock shows at the Wright County Fair. 

Shows include:  Thursday, July 19, at 8 a.m. is the Poultry Show; 8:30 a.m. is the Dairy Show; 4 p.m. is the Meat Goat Show; 6 p.m. is the Dairy Goat show.

On Friday, July 20 at 8 a.m.  is the Rabbit Show; 9 a.m. is the Beef Show;  and 2 p.m. is the Sheep Show.

Finally, on Saturday, July 21 at 8 a.m. is the Swine Show, and at 1 p.m. Fleece Judging begins.

4-H Fashion Workshop and Show: You are invited to attend the 4-H Fashion Show at the Wright County Fair on Thursday, July 19 at 6 p.m. in the 4-H Exhibit Building.  The 4-H participants will first do a workshop at 4:00 p.m. where they will learn everything they need to know about walking a runway and participating in a real fashion show.  The Fashion Show will involve members modeling garments they either made or purchased and paired with accessories. 

4-H Livestock Auction: You can plan on attending the Wright County 4-H Blue Ribbon Auction on Saturday, July 21 at 6:30 p.m.  The auction will be held in the Dairy Arena.  It's a great way to see the 4-H projects and support your local youth.  Bidders have the option to purchase an animal or make a donation (where the 4-H'er keeps the animal).  If you are interested in becoming a bidder, go to http://z.umn.edu/wcauction.

4-H Round Robin Showmanship Contest: The Round Robin Showmanship Contest is a fun-to-watch contest that gives select livestock showmanship winners a chance to compete for "overall" showmanship honors by showing a wide variety of livestock species.  Attend on Sunday, July 22 at 3 p.m. in the Dairy arena. 

Don't miss all the fun that 4-H has in store for the 2018 Wright County Fair!

 


2017 Wright County Population Growth Estimates

The population continues to grow at a steady pace in Wright County. Between 2012 and 2017, 7,232 people moved to various towns and townships within the County. This is a 5.7% increase.

The greatest increase is in eastern Wright County, with Otsego gaining 2,571 residents, leaving the population of the city at 16,605. Otsego moved past Buffalo as the second largest town in the County, behind St. Michael at 17,536.

Buffalo's population, as of 2017 records, was 16,247. The largest township recorded in Wright County is Rockford, at 3,365 with Monticello Township close behind at 3,289.

To the right is a complete listing of towns and township population statistics for the last five years in Wright County.

 


Concerts in the Park still going, July 5

Concerts in the Park are going strong as the Fourth of July concludes. Concerts will still be playing at Sturges Park, beginning at 7:00 p.m., every Thursday evening until August 30.

The events run from June to August, featuring a number of musical concerts and bands, sponsored by local businesses in their performances for the community. It promises to be a good time, with family-friendly music, and all the concerts are free of charge for anyone who wants to join in on the fun.

On July 5, make sure to check out the "The West Metro Big Band," who will play a variety of Big Band/jazz music at Sturges Park. Then, keep an eye out on July 12 for Leadfoot Larry," who will feature a selection of country music for your enjoyment!

Anyone wanting to make a donation to the event, and others like it in the community, please contacts the Buffalo Parks Department at 763-682-4132.

 


Montrose ambassador seeks supplies

This year, Brittany Wright will representing Montrose at the Minneapolis Aquatennial.

Brittany asks that if anyone would be willing to donate some supplies for her wonderful program that they reach out and extend a helping hand.

The supplies needed are at least one backpack filled with: two packs of pencils, one pack of standard Crayola markers, one box of Crayola crayons, one pair of safety scissors, two glue sticks, two spiral notebooks, two folders, a pencil box and a highlighter. 

Backpacks are needed by July 14. 

To drop off donations, you can contact Brittany at 763-232-0964 or Paul 763-238-8262.

 


July 10 senior safety seminar by BPD

The public is invited to attend a senior safety seminar presented by the BPD, on July 10. This interactive event will cover topics from safe driving, to personal safety and avoiding scams, presented by Detectives Barrett Chrissis and John Less.

This presentation will be held Tuesday, July 10,  from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at the Buffalo Community Center.

 


14th Annual Golf Tourney, July 26

The 14th Annual Buffalo Green Bean Open Golf Tournament is the major fundraiser of the year for the Buffalo Food Shelf. 

By becoming a sponsor, you can support this important community need and benefit your company in the process. The Green Bean Open offers numerous sponsorship levels, each with their own benefits. This event is scheduled for Thursday, July 26, beginning at 12:00 p.m. (which is registration), with a 1:00 p.m. shotgun start at the Wild Marsh Golf Club.

We would like to invite all golfers to join us in a round of golf. Individual and team sign-up forms are printable via our website or by going online and emailing Tennille at:     

buffalofoodshelfvolunteer@gmail.com.

Please help us keep our shelves full so we can continue to help Buffalo families in crisis. For more information about the Buffalo Food Shelf, please go line and visit our website at buffalofoodshelf.com. The mission of the food shelf is to provide quality food and family support services to those in need in the Buffalo, Minnesota area.

 


A Declaration of Independence

Taking a look at the document that changed the world

A Note from the Editor: It is difficult to imagine the sheer trepedation rushing through the veins of those men and women, who were awaiting the results of long deliberation on the matter of revolting against the mothercountry in those days before July 4, 1776. A monumental change would be coming on the horizon; however, as representatives of the once British Colonies gathered to make their mark on history by declaring the beginning of what would become the United States of America.

In honor of our great nation's birth, we at the Wright County Journal-Press have published for you an image of the Declaration of Independence, the document which sparked life into our land. Though not inherently legible here, below are its contents, published for you to contemplate as we  band together to commemorate a monumental event, for love of a strong and enduring America. Please keep in mind that the Declaration was written in old English, and spellings, definitions, and word choice will not necessarily match our modern day verbage.

Have a safe and reflective Independence Day, and may God Bless America.

 

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good. He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.  He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.  He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.  He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.  He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.  He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.  He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.  He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.  He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.  He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.  He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.  He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:  For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:  For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:  For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:  For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:   For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:  For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences  For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:  For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:  For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.  He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.  He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.  He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.  He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.  He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

The 56 signatures on the Declaration:

Georgia: Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton; North Carolina, William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn; South Carolina, Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton; Massachusett, John Hancock; Maryland, Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton; Virginia, George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton; Pennsylvania, Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross; Delaware, Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean;  New York, William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris; New Jersey, Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark;  New Hampshire, Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple; Massachusetts, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry; Rhode Island, Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery; Connecticut, Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott; New Hampshire. Matthew Thornton.

"We must hang together, gentlemen...else, we shall most assuredly hang separately." -- Benjamin Franklin, 1776.

 


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