R 336
2018 -- S 2996
Enacted 06/22/2018

S E N A T E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Senator Maryellen Goodwin
Date Introduced: June 22, 2018

     WHEREAS, In May of 1918, John P. Fogarty, a bricklayer, and his wife Cora Whelan
Fogarty and their five children, William, Margaret, John, T. Frank and Ray, left the bustling
urban environs of Providence for the woods of Glocester, and in 1920 welcomed the 6th member
of the family, the Honorable Charles Fogarty, who was born at the farm, served with distinction
in the Rhode Island State Senate, and would be the father of two future Rhode Island State
Senators; and
     WHEREAS, Leaving a brick bungalow with all the comforts of civilization, including
central heat, electricity and indoor plumbing, the Fogarty family found themselves now living in a
farm house with no central heat, no electricity and no indoor plumbing, located on a dirt road
which was to be their home; and
     WHEREAS, As an Irish, Catholic and Democratic family now living in a solidly
Yankee, Protestant, and Republican small town, they soon found that not everyone welcomed
their arrival, as when the local Ku Klux Klan burned a cross at Fogarty Farm one Saturday night
during the 1920’s; and
     WHEREAS, The Fogarty family was undaunted. They persevered and expanded the farm
and became actively involved in the community, helping to establish the Harmony Fire
Department, the local Democratic Party and the Glocester Lions Club, among several
organizations; and
     WHEREAS, Although normally a reliably Republican town, the citizens of Glocester
over the past one hundred years have elected four members of the Fogarty family to the Town
Council, sent three members to the Rhode Island State Senate, one member to the Rhode Island
House of Representatives, one member to serve as Lt. Governor of Rhode Island, and one
member to serve in the United States Congress; and
     WHEREAS, Throughout this distinguished history, Fogarty Farm has served as a
gathering place for family, friends and people of all political persuasions and backgrounds at
numerous parties, community events and celebrations; and
     WHEREAS, Our colleague, the Honorable Senator Paul Fogarty, is the current steward
of Fogarty Farm and his children are now the 4th generation to have lived there; and
     WHEREAS, May of 2018 marks the centenary of the establishment of Fogarty Farm in
Glocester; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
hereby recognizes this milestone and momentous occasion and expresses its hope that Fogarty
Farm will continue to thrive in the next one hundred years; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to the Honorable Paul W. Fogarty and Family.