2003 - 2004 LEGISLATURE
January 27, 2004 - Introduced by Representatives Owens, Bies, Gronemus, Hahn,
Hines, Krug, Ladwig, J. Lehman, McCormick, Taylor, Townsend and Vrakas,
cosponsored by Senators Roessler, Hansen, Lazich, Welch and Wirch.
Referred to Committee on Rules.
1Relating to: celebrating March 1, 2004, as St. David's Day.
Whereas, March 1 is St. David's Day, a day honoring the patron saint of Wales; 3
Whereas, natives of Wales began moving to Wisconsin during the 1840's, 5
settling principally in the southwest corner of the state and in Columbia, Milwaukee, 6
Racine, and Waukesha counties; and
Whereas, among their early contributions to this state were their extensive 8
knowledge of mining and stock breeding and their musical talent, as evidenced by 9
the popularity of the Welsh Musical Union; and
Whereas, a few towns and villages in Wisconsin, such as Beaver Dam, Cambria, 11
Randolph, Wales, Pickett, Waukesha, and Oshkosh, still retain a Welsh flavor; and
Whereas, many prominent residents of this state were of Welsh descent; among 13
them are Frank Lloyd Wright; Evan Evans, a member of the U.S. Court of Appeals 14
for the Seventh Circuit; Joseph Davies, an ambassador to Russia; and Peter 15
Houston, the inventor of the folding film roll; and
Whereas, St. David's Day has traditionally been celebrated by the Welsh by 2
reading poetry, singing, and eating Welsh food; now, therefore, be it
3Resolved by the assembly, the senate concurring, That
the members of the 4
Wisconsin legislature salute all of the persons of Welsh descent for their significant 5
contributions to this state, express appreciation for those persons who have kept 6
alive Welsh culture and traditions, and join with all Wisconsinites who revere their 7
Welsh heritage in celebrating St. David's Day on March 1, 2004.