The Town o f Humphrey was apportioned from Burton (also known as Allegany) in
1836. The Town received its name in honor of Charles Humphrey, Speaker of the
NYS Assembly. Some of the highest summits carry the names of early settlers
(i.e . Bozard Hill, Chapell Hill, Cooper Hill). Humphrey is blessed with excellent
spring water from Wright's Creek, Five Mile Creek, and Forks Creek.
The first settler arrived in 1815. In the earlier days, lumbering was an important
industry, but in the 1890's, dairying, grazing, and cheese making took the