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Resolution of the Board of Supervisors celebrating the sesquicentennial of Glen Ellen

Resolution of the Board of Supervisors celebrating the sesquicentennial of Glen Ellen
Fans of Glen Ellen gathered at the Jack London Saloon on June 20, to celebrate the town’s 150th birthday. Supervisor Susan Gorin presented a Gold Resolution from the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors to representatives from the North Sonoma Valley Municipal Advisory Council (NSVMAC), the Glen Ellen Historical Society (GEHS), and The Glen Ellen Forum in celebration of the Sesquicentennial of Glen Ellen. Pictured left to right: Arthur Dawson, Chair of the NSVMAC, Jim Shere, one of the founders of the Glen Ellen Forum and past President of GEHS, Sonoma County 1st District Supervisor Susan Gorin, and Angela Morgan, Board President of GEHS.Photo by Paul Goguen

WHEREAS, Glen Ellen became a town 150 years ago on June 20, 1872; and WHEREAS, a document, dated June 20th in 1872, officially recognizes the “Glenelen Post Office” at “Lebanon”, a settlement a quarter mile east of Calabazas Creek with a population of 200; and

WHEREAS, on August 3rd 1872, the following notice appeared in the Sonoma Democrat: “Mr. Temple, Postmaster, informs us that he has received official notice of the establishment of a new post office on the road, between here and Sonoma, to be called ‘Glen Ellen,’ and that Capt. Justa [sic] had been appointed postmaster for the new office… the petition for this office, we believe, named it Lebanon, but on examining the list of post offices, it was found that there were no less than six or seven called Lebanon, and to prevent confusion another name was selected, and the one chosen is certainly beautiful and appropriate.”; and WHEREAS, it was soon afterwards that, in an effort to avoid further confusion, Charles Stuart changed the name of his nearby ranch from Glen Ellen (originally named in 1858 for his wife Ellen Mary Stuart) to Glen Oaks; and WHEREAS, the need for local policing increased until 1901, when residents asked the County of Sonoma that Glen Ellen be named a township so they would be able to hire a constable to keep law and order. The township of Glen Ellen was established that year by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, combining the original Agua Caliente and Los Guilicos land grants to include the entire Valley of the Moon, from the City of Sonoma all the way up to include Oakmont; and WHEREAS, in the subsequent 150 years, Glen Ellen has developed into a vibrant community with a strong appreciation for history, the surrounding natural landscape, and people, whether they are just passing through or they call Glen Ellen home. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Supervisors of the County of Sonoma do hereby celebrate the sesquicentennial of Glen Ellen.

Signed Sonoma County Supervisors Chris Corsey, Lynda Hopkins, Susan Gorin, James Gore, David Rabbitt.