Town of
Madison County, NY
Information from the Dog Control Officer
Did you Know?
The number of stray and wild cats in Madison County, and around the country has been on the rise. The problem often goes unnoticed until you have the problem yourself. You ask what can be done but there is  no simple solution. We must address the root of the problem in order to fix it. So what is causing this rise? The high number of cat owners who allow their unaltered pets to roam freely causes a majority of the problem. This results in cats reproducing in the wild, their kittens reproducing and so on. A pair of breeding cats and their offspring can produce 420,000 kittens over a seven-year period. Stray and wild cats need to be socialized young, otherwise it is extremely difficult to find homes for them. Each year, almost 9 million dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters in the U.S. because they are not socially adoptable or there are not enough homes. Of the approximately 146 million cats in the United States, about half of them have no owners. Socializing them young will give them better odds of being adopted. Contact your local animal shelter on advisement on caring for the kittens.

History of Lebanon

In the Gazetteer and Business Directory of Madison County, N. Y. Hamilton Child described the town of Lebanon thus:

It is the center town upon the south border of the County. Its surface is a hilly upland, lying between the Chenango and Otselic Rivers. The summits in the west part are 500 to 800 feet above the valley. The valley of the Chenango River, extending through the east part is about one mile, and is bordered by steep hillsides.

That picture must have been in the mind of General Erastus Cleveland when he brought before the state legislature the act to split off a portion of the town of Hamilton to create a new township on 6 February 1807. When asked for the new town's name, he cried out, alluding to the Bible, "Ah, as the cedars of Lebanon. The new town of Lebanon." The name pleased many of them who had trudged long miles from Lebanon, Connecticut, and they believed that the general had suggested the name as a tribute to them. The area was first settled in 1791 by Joshua Smith of Franklin, Connecticut. Colonel William S. Smith (no known relation to Joshua but his commanding officer during the Revolution), the son-in-law of John Adams, first vice president and second president of the United States, was interested in buying the land. Joshua sent the colonel a firsthand report. The colonel was impressed and purchased the 150,000 acres for $24,375, paying for it in three installments.

The colonel had nine brothers who settled in that part of the town which became Smith's Valley, near modern Randallsville. One of these brothers, Justus B. Smith, acted as the colonel's land agent, supervising the division of the land into lots and the sale of these lots to pioneers.