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Senate Resolution No. 37
BY: Senator GRIFFO
        COMMEMORATING  the  60th  Anniversary of the Pratt
        Northam Foundation
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to  commend  those
illustrious  organizations  of  the  State  of  New York whose focus and
intent have made a substantial impact on the quality of  life  in  their
communities; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant  to  such  concern,  and in full accord with its
long-standing traditions, this  Legislative  Body  is  justly  proud  to
commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Pratt Northam Foundation; and
  WHEREAS,  The  Pratt Northam Foundation was established in 1962, and
is named for the late C. Walter Pratt of Boonville, New  York,  and  his
cousin, the late Hazel Northam of Brooklyn, New York; and
  WHEREAS,  Named  after his father, C. Walter Pratt was born on March
6, 1888; educated in Boonville and  Carthage,  he  defied  his  father's
efforts  to  keep him out of the military ranks and volunteered for duty
in World War I, serving as an ambulance driver in France; and
  WHEREAS,  After  his  discharge  from  the  military,  Walter  Pratt
returned  to  the  Black  River  Valley  area  to join his father in the
management of the Moyer & Pratt Mill in Lyonsdale, the Deere River Power
Company in Copenhagen, the Island Mill in  Carthage,  and  the  family's
extensive timber tracts in the Adirondacks; and
  WHEREAS, Walter's father, Charles W. Pratt, acquired large tracts of
land  in  the Adirondacks and Vermont, from which the Pratt family built
their timbering, paper-making and related business empire; together with
Gordias HP Gould and John E. Haberer, Charles W. Pratt formed the  Gould
Paper Company in Lyons Falls in 1892; and
  WHEREAS,  Under  his  able  leadership,  the Gould Paper Company was
later known as Georgia-Pacific Paper, then Lyons Falls Pulp  and  Paper,
until it ceased operation in 2001; and
  WHEREAS,  Mr. Pratt also owned the Island Paper Company in Carthage,
which was incorporated on November 16, 1898, and  operated  until  1932;
  WHEREAS,  The  Island  Paper Company purchased the Deere River Power
Company plant, and Mr. Pratt and John Moyer formed a corporation,  Moyer
&  Pratt,  for the manufacture of paper on the Moose River at Lyonsdale,
New York in 1923; and
  WHEREAS, The Moyer & Pratt Mill later operated for many years as the
Burrows Paper Company; a lifelong bachelor, Walter  Pratt  continued  to
operate  the  various  family  businesses until his death at his home on
Schuyler Street in Boonville on June 13, 1961; and
  WHEREAS, Hazel Northam was born  to  Wallace  and  Margaret  Frazier
Northam  on  December  11, 1887, in Watertown, New York; after attending
the Simmons School of Embalming and Mortuary Science  in  Syracuse,  she
became  associated  with  her  father  and  the  late Charles Fox in the
undertaking firm of Northam & Fox; and
  WHEREAS,  Relocating to Brooklyn, New York, Hazel Northam worked for
the late  Walter  B.  Cook  Funeral  Home,  Inc.  where  she  enjoyed  a
successful career; and
  WHEREAS,   With   a  steadfast  and  unwavering  commitment  to  her
community, Hazel Northam gave tirelessly of her  time  and  energies  to
several  local  organizations, including faiths of all denominations; an
avid Brooklyn Dodgers fan, she always had a season  box  seat  and  took
time off work to see the team play; and
  WHEREAS,  After the death of Walter Pratt in 1961, it was determined
that his cousin, Hazel Northam was the sole heir to his estate;  it  was
during this time that she established the Pratt Northam Foundation; and
  WHEREAS,  The  Pratt Northam Foundation, created at the direction of
and funded from the estate of Hazel Northam, was officially incorporated
on August 22, 1962; and
  WHEREAS, Today, the Pratt Northam Foundation continues to serve as a
catalyst  to  projects  which  improve  the  quality  of  life  in   the
communities  of  the  Black River Valley from Boonville to Carthage; the
Foundation provides financial support  to  not-for-profit  organizations
and  government  agencies  with  an  emphasis  on projects which provide
opportunities for young people and other innovative initiatives; and
  WHEREAS, Furthermore, over the past six decades, the  Pratt  Northam
Foundation  has  distributed  over  $8.25  million dollars for community
projects, college scholarships, career  internships,  summer  recreation
programs and school-based advocates; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is  the  custom  of  this  Legislative  Body that when
individuals and organizations of such noble aims and accomplishments are
brought to our attention, they should be celebrated  and  recognized  by
all the citizens of this great Empire State; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Pratt Northam Foundation; and be
it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this  Resolution,  suitably  engrossed,  be
transmitted to the Pratt Northam Foundation.
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