October 30, 2009

October 30, 2009

Our October 24th meeting which coincided with archives day went quite well at our Richland facility. We had 30 for a sit down lunch at noon, and another 10 or so folks came in and out through the afternoon. At 1 pm we held a brief meeting of the society, our last at Richland for the season. Our next meeting will be held at the H. Douglas Barclay Court House in Pulaski on Saturday November 21. We are trying to also reschedule our annual holiday musical concert for that afternoon, and will let everyone know in this space as time gets closer.

Also during the 24th four students from the Pulaski School History Club (SHIP) worked at photographing stones in Richland cemetery around the corner from our facility. The students have taken on a project to photograph all of the existing stones for our records. A good two hours work was undertaken before they were driven out by the rain. Our thanks go out to history club members: Ken and Cary, Dan, John. Back at the facility, Ian Lowery, another student worker assisted in insulating an interior wall on the second floor.

Our dinner was donated by Barbara Brown of Palermo, and consisted of three choice hams, scalloped potatoes and salads. Roberta Cleveland also brought one of her famed tossed salads that this writer is particularly partial to.

Tours of the nearly completed 2nd floor room were ongoing through the day. We need to install a drop ceiling before the room is put into use. Right now our insulation and the beams are exposed. The work has come along very well though, and we are grateful to the contractors as well as our volunteers and donors.

Effective Monday October 26, our librarian George Widrig will be working from the Barclay Court House Historians office off the elevator over DMV. George will be there Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays from 9-noon. On Fridays this writer will generally be there from 2 until 5 pm. We have moved our family files to this location for the winter, and many other research items are available for perusal, including access to our ancestry.com and footnote.com accounts.

We have had a couple of new life members: Bob & June Walker of Chaumont, NY and Edwin Fisher of Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Mr. Fisher has also made several archival donations in the past year. He is researching the Gurley, Laney, Hazzard and Edgar families of Central Oswego County. Life memberships are available for $250.00 while our regular membership is $12 annually or $25 per household.

Half-Shire can be reached at halfshire@hotmail.com or on the web at www.halfshire.com. Our mailing address is P.O. 73, 1100 County Rte. 48, Richland, NY 13144. 298-3620 for hours or inquiries.

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October 16, 2009

On Saturday October 24, the society will open its doors from 10am until 4 pm for a full day of research. At noon the society will serve a roast ham lunch just prior to our regular monthly meeting. The meeting and lunch are open to the public. There are many new research volumes on the shelves, and even those familiar with our collections will be surprised.

As the season goes forward we still continue to welcome researchers from near and far. Over the weekend of October 11, we had a research her in from Utah looking for information on Blakeslee and Kitts ancestors who lived along the eastern shore of Lake Ontario as well as the foothills of Tug hill.

Also on the 4th and the 11th Ian Lowery assisted us in some winter storage work. We began at the Heritage Hall on the fairgrounds, and put away the last of the remaining exhibits from the 2009 fair. Some items were then transported to Half-Shire for storage.

On October 2, the Agricultural Society of Oswego County held their annual meeting and dinner. Officers were elected for the upcoming year which include: President, Carol Sweeney; Sr. Vice President, Fred Potter; Three Jr. Vice Presidents: George Commins, Shirley Rice and Robin Seaman.; Treasurer Kathy McPhearson and Secretary Anne Gibbs. One third of the jurisdictional directors were also up for election, new among the list are Margaret Sullivan for Fulton; Kathy Mulcahey for Minetto and Betty Atkinson for Sandy Creek. The 2010 County fair will be held the first week of July at Sandy Creek.

Fall cleaning has begun at the Court House office of the Richland Historian in anticipation of relocating Half-Shire’s research center for the winter months of December-March. We’ve added a new set of shelves to try to alleviate some of the congestion. More information as the move gets closer.

Two seniors from Pulaski Schools have been meeting and communicating with us on their proposed projects for the school year. Colin Wansink will be starting a digitalization project that will focus on photographs from the Pulaski Masonic Lodge collection. Colin prepared his proposal and looked over the work area last week, and hopes to begin soon. Another student is looking to work on re-mapping of area cemeteries. More on that project as we get closer.

Half-Shire can be reached at www.halfshire.com or halfshire@hotmail.com. Our mailing address is P.O. 73, 1100 County Rte 48, Richland, NY 13144

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October 2, 2009

With the first week of autumn now past us, we still continue to see several researchers dropping in at Half-Shire. George Widrig is available to work with people during his regular hours at the facility each Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 am until 1 pm. Erma Schroeder follows George on Fridays keeping the doors open until 4 pm. For out of town researchers we can also open up by appointment most anytime.

George has been adding many new volumes of “topic binders” on the research shelf. One particularly interesting set is a three volume folio set on the Salmon River “from the source to the mouth” which is loaded with images, articles and even some poetry. A companion book on the 1983 Tube races is also available for review, with many familiar faces evident, including this writer as a 17 year old participant.

On September 26th several Half-Shire members spent time at the Silver Mine in Sandy Creek to take part in a Cancer society benefit organized by Trustee Glenna Gorski of Williamstown. Gorski has been undergoing treatments for several months now, and wanted to do something to advance the research into cancer cures. All proceeds raised were sent to the Cancer society. Williamstown Supervisor “Chip” Hamlin was also present to support his town historian.

Later in the day, Shawn Doyle, Roberta Cleveland and Anne LaDuke were among those who attended the 50th wedding anniversary of Warren and Florence (Pizon) Gardner held at the Sandy Pond Sportsmen’s club. Florence, our trustee from Albion was very surprised, and both were pleased to have all four of their daughters in attendance.

Work on the southwest classroom seems to be progressing well, the closet doors are all now attached and the primer coat of paint applied. We are going to be at a standstill on the drop ceiling until we raise a little more money, but none the less are quite pleased with the progress so far.

The Oswego County history consortium has set Saturday October 24th as a county-wide day of open houses for all historical and Cultural locations. Half-Shire will be open 10-4pm and offer chili and free coffee and cider to mark the day, along with full access to our research materials. More information will follow in future columns.

Half-Shire can be contacted at halfshire@hotmail.com or 1100 County Rte. 48, Richland, NY 13144. 298-3620

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