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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