Thursday, November 1, 2012

Trivia Answered!

Here is the answer to yesterday's Stockton trivia question. We've also included all of our past questions below. A week from today we will know the results will be in and we will learn if all our hard work over these past few months has paid off! Remember to keep reminding everyone to vote YES for Amendment 3 on Tuesday!

Question: Which 3 major European nations have at one time called Stockton home?

Answer: France, Spain, and England. Stockton's original settlers were of course, Native Americans. The "Taensa" Indians from whom we derive the name "Tensaw" are believed to have been first brought to the Mobile area from Louisiana in 1714 by Bienville. The French settled along the banks of the river along with the Taensa. Around 1765, the French began to move into what is present day Louisiana and English settlers began to arrive, the most prominent being Major Robert Farmar. On May 4, 1796, President George Washington commissioned Major Andrew Ellicott to survey the boundary line between the U.S. and the Spanish colonies in West Florida. The 31st parallel runs straight through present day Stockton. Remains of the mounds built to mark the line are still visible in the area's woodlands. Thus, Stockton became a border town and grew to be quite a lively place by the mid 1800s. 

Question: This beautiful and rare flower is native to Stockton. It was first documented by William Bartram during his travels through the area in 1775. Can you name it?


Answer: The Evening Primrose, also known asOenothera Grandiflora. In 1775, William Bartram who was commissioned as the the King of England's Botanist to the colonies spent a week in Stockton at Major Robert Farmar's plantation on the Tensaw River. He collected and sketched specimens of native vegetation in the area. He identified  this beautiful flower that grows along the river and our roadsides. This plant is very rare and was thought to be extinct for many years until botanists re-discovered it growing here in Stockton. The Evening Primrose is sought because it is an extremely primitive species, highly useful in the study of plant evolution. Oil from its seeds is also said to have health benefits. Seeds from Stockton's Primrose have been sent to the King's Botanical Garden in England, the University of Cologne, Germany, and the University of Michigan. This flower only blooms for a very short period of time, just a few hours. There are stories of Stockton's young men going door to door serenading girls and bringing them bouquets of Primroses. 

Question: Many people do not know that Stockton was once an incorporated town. Do you know what year it was officially incorporated?

Answer: Joshua Kennedy built one of Alabama's first sawmills in Stockton in 1811. The timber industry became the life blood of Stockton and by the 1830s, it had become a very prosperous town of considerable importance, second in size to Mobile! Kennedy began the process of incorporation but died before it was completed. His son-in-law, William Kitchen, carried out Kennedy's dream and the "Town of Stockton" was officially incorporated in 1839. Streets were laid out and a post office was established. Residents could travel to Mobile by a daily steamboat and the Stagecoach made 2 stops in Stockton on its way to Montgomery. It was a lively town, having three of four large stores, three or four hotels, several saloons, a barber shop, a ten-pen alley, and a number of gambling dens. It is unclear at what point Stockton lost its incorporation, most likely when local industry and transportation changed and Stockton's commercial importance diminished. 

Trivia Tuesday Question: What was the original name given to Stockton by its earliest settlers in the mid 1700s?

The Answer: In early history, Stockton and the area to its north was referred to as "Tensa." It was named for the Taensa Indian tribe whose principal village was located in the area. There have been many spellings and variations of the "Taensa" tribe from Taensa, Tensa, Tensau, and finally Tensaw. The community north of Stockton is known as Tensaw today. Prior to the withdrawal of the French around 1765, there were a number of settlers living along the riverbanks in addition to the Taensa Indians. 

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