October 27, 2008

The October meeting of the Society was held on Saturday October 18, with over 35 members and friends present. Kelsey Munz of Osceola entertained all with selections on her concert harp during lunch. Lunch served up by Erma Schroeder featured a selection of three different noodle dishes, mixed vegetables and German chocolate and spice cakes.

Business of the day was taken care of in a brief meeting that went over the recent renovations outside to the fascia, chimney and the entryway. Thanks were extended to Phil and Rita Rombach for their generous assistance and for Phil superintending the work. Former Librarian Pam Kellogg was thanked for her past efforts and wished well in her new South Carolina home.

It was decided that October 24, 31 and November 7 & 14 would be the last research days of the season in Richland. Beginning Friday November 21, research hours will be moved to the 2nd floor office of the Richland Historian in the Barclay Court House. This office will have hot coffee and tea and be equipped with the main census and family file books thought the winter months.

Greg Monette reported on the two seminars that he and Rhonda Nipper attended in Potsdam that helped educate them on proper scanning techniques. Shawn introduced the new cemetery book on South Richland cemetery that has been compiled by Julie Litts Robst. The book is a comprehensive listing complete with all available obituaries. At 380 pages it really is a bargain at $40, many of the death notices are here seen for the first time in over 100 years. Half-Shire has a limited number of these books available.

Julie brought in four albums for scanning that had been found in her fathers attic. These albums are from the Litts and Tollerton families, and include rare photos of Daysville Church including a 1903 play that was cast at the church. Four of these photos have been taken by Willard Loomis to try to restore the clarity of them. The Daysville church was taken down in 1942 and little is left of the former hamlet.

Correspondence with members of Richlands Hubbell and McCHesney families has proven very beneficial to the Revolutionary War book project. Bonnie Waters and Diane Parks have been assisting us in our research on their progenitors. Both ladies are friends and active in historical endeavors in the greater Rochester area.

Half-Shire can be reached at P.O. Box 73, 1100 County Rte. 48, Richland, NY 13144 or on the web at www.halfshire.com

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October 10, 2008

Despite high gas prices it is still a bargain to take a country drive and explore our region on a sunny fall day. The autumn colors across the Tug hill/eastern Lake Ontario landscape are now approaching their most brilliant. This writer looks forward to just such a day next week, to travel around and wander some of the cemeteries from Barnes Corners to Florence, Glenfield to Redfield. This anticipated road trip will offer an opportunity to gather material for our autumn 2008 edition of the Tug Hill Literary Review—our occasional periodical that was suspended for the past year and a half due to lack of content.

Work on the 2009 calendar and next edition of the newsletter has also been stepped up. We are in hopes of getting both done before months end. The next newsletter will contain a set of raffle tickets on the two hand crocheted afghans that were donated to us for our annual holiday raffle. Look for the newsletter to come out the first week of November.

Vice President Greg Monette and Rhonda Nipper both represented Half-Shire at a set of workshops put on by the Northern New York Library Network in Potsdam on September 24 and October 8. The classes have enhanced out knowledge in the process of scanning old photos and documents. In Greg’s report we learned that we should be scanning at a higher resolution and saving our original scans to the external drive instead of CDs for better clarity. Other methods that we have been using for presentation and CD storage have been approved. Thanks to Greg and Rhonda for taking the time to go to these classes for us!

The next meeting of the Society will be an extra special one as Kelsey Munz of Osceola will be coming with her concert harp to perform. A home cooked beef stroganoff dinner is planned with salads and desserts to accompany it. All are welcome; however we would appreciate a phone call or quick email to let us know in order to plan the menu amount. 298-3620 or SPDinPUL@hotmail.com. Our former Librarian Pam Kellogg will be stopping by to say goodbye, she has recently relocated to Cottageville, South Carolina. Pam is the one who took the time to organize our research library to its current state. During the years 2005 and 06 when she Penny Schott worked together an incredible amount of work was done. Friends of Pam are encouraged to stop in and wish her well.

We are running a bit behind in our research correspondence due to this writers work schedule, it is anticipated that we will catch up in mid October. If you have called or written with a request please be patient. Inquiries on the Olcott, Averall, Miner, Preston and Baldwin families all await our attention.

Condolences go out to the family of former Redfield resident Nellie Lago, who passed away on September 27 in Rome. She was the last of the children of Joseph and Kathleen (Helbock) Lago who were born and raised in Redfield. Of the many Nieces and nephews who survive are: Fay Ann, Paulette and Don Yerdon.

On the brighter side of things, we received two phone calls from member Ron Bumpus of Redfield, who is currently “on the road” working in the tidewater region. Our last call came while Ron was visiting our friend and member John Stedman in Virginia. We are glad to hear the pair got together, and imagine it was quite an evening!

Half-Shire can be reached at P.O. 73, 1100 County Rte. 48, Richland, NY 13144 or on the net at halfshire@hotmail.com. Our web site is www.halfshire.com with a link to this weekly column on our blog.

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