Residents of Whitesboro voted on Monday to keep the village’s seal, which, according to the village’s website, “depicts a friendly wrestling match that helped foster good relations between [village founder Hugh White] and the Indians.”

According to, 212 people participated in the informal vote. Of those, 157 favored keeping the seal, rather than replacing it with something less bellicose. Mayor Patrick O’Connor said he wasn’t surprised by the result.

“I am aware that people are upset about it,” he told the Village Voice this summer. “I could understand why people would have concern about it. But, [as with] everything else, I think you have to take all the facts into consideration.”

“If people take the time to do that and they reach out to us, or they do the research themselves, it’s actually a very accurate depiction of friendly wrestling matches that took place back in those days.”

Contact the author of this post: