March 10, 2017

Half-Shire Historical Society
March 10, 2017

The winter work schedule at our Richland headquarters is in full swing, delayed for a time due to the excessive snow in January.

During the weekend of February 25-26 we were able to remove some sheet rock on our back wall that we have long desired to replace, adding some new electrical in the process.

We also worked that weekend to catch up on files and correspondence, as well as to sell many of the Richard Brennan autobiographies that we took on consignment.

As this goes to press, another work weekend March 4 and 5 continues the same degree of work with some additional preparation for the carpenter to begin work replacing sheet rock the following week.

Thanks to Debbie Butler for answering our call for information on the Greenfield family.

Debbie had several years back brought in a small file with names and dates, she has now added to this with some high-resolution scans of old photos of people and places tied with that family in the Orwell area.

We continue to update our database as the information comes in!

Another member, Debbie Pollic of Richland, brought in many items of interest that belonged to her mother in laws family the Mattisons of Albion and Richland.

Some great images of old logging operations in Redfield and clippings from Pulaski made this a nice donation we can use in research!

On February 27, Trustee Margret Kastler and I met with an area church council to discuss digitizing their records.

More on that as we hear.

The church we were at has detailed records that span 200 years.

Our IT specialist and deputy Richland historian Kevin Stewart has been working with Trustee Erma Schroeder and secretary Fay Colvin through the winter in indexing the George Widrig obituary collection, as well as more recent deaths.

Kevin also took the smaller birth and marriage collections and has compiled databases of each.

These tables, along with the obituaries are all available in index format at our website.

There are errors in exact dates for birth and marriages due to some occasions when the local newspaper announced a birth as “last week” or “recently.”

In his role as deputy town of Richland Historian, Kevin Stewart continues to lead the Pulaski Alumni biography project.

This project seeks to prepare biographical sketches of all Pulaski school graduates from 1854 forward.

This will assist researchers as well as the Pulaski Alumni Association.

Librarian Sharon Turo continues to scan from her home, and to assemble proper family books for the shelves.

When we have seen Sharon this winter, it has been to exchange half dozen boxes or more of work, for new material that needs her special touch and expertise.

Our other trustees all have similar projects ongoing, and we look forward to gathering everyone together for our first meeting of the season on March 25 at noon.

We continue to review and identify images from the Pulaski area Chauffer license photos scanned form original negatives.

Among the collection of 290 images is a little boy who was quickly identified as Fred Potter by his sisters.

In reviewing the negative strip, we found the photo immediately before it was of Fred’s father, Harry I. Potter (1912-67).

Erma Schroeder went home and located the original chauffer’s license photo that matched the image we had.

All 290 images are on our facebook page, and also printed out in an album at Half-Shire.

We still have a small number of Oswego County Bicentennial books for sale. $10.80 soft cover, $21.60 hard cover.

Add $3.50 for shipping.

It is expected these will all be gone in six months; there is no plan to reprint these.

Dick Brennan’s autobiography is also still available, $16.20 with also $3.50 book rate shipping.

All prices include sales tax.

Half-Shire can be reached at P.O. 73, Richland NY 13144.

Our building is at 1100 County Route 48 and out website is www.halfshire.org.

*Picture: Harry Isaac Potter, 1912-67 of Richland, one of the 290 images from the chauffeur license collection we have identified.*

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