August 3, 2007

Half-Shire Historical Society
August 3, 2007

On Saturday July 28, Half-Shire held the annual July picnic meeting. Twenty-five members attended and enjoyed a picnic lunch and dessert. Thanks go to Erma Schroeder of Richland and Greg Monett of Oswego for their key assistance in getting the meal out on time. Trustees Rita Rombach, Mary Munz and Margaret Kastler were also key components of the kitchen team.
Following lunch a brief meeting was held. Reports were given on the Society’s finances, building work, publications and other items of interest. Grant monies received from Entergy Corporation and The Pulaski Community Fund has greatly enhanced our ability to work on building repairs as well as our continued photo digitalization. Paid memberships have now surpassed 200, and this milestone is of great importance not only to our finances but our outreach and presence in the region and state. The meeting was adjourned before 2 p.m. with the next meeting planned for Saturday August 25 at the Richland facility. Lunch will be served at noon, followed by another quick meeting and program.
During this last meeting Leah Munz worked on scanning and storing images for our collection from Osceola. Leah will be working with her grandmother for the remainder of the summer on the Osceola Cemetery photo project that they began last summer, a copy of which is held at Half-Shire
We received a phone call last week from Ed & Rhea (Noble) Roche of Wooster, Ohio. The Roche’s called to order copies of the photo of 1957 Oswego County Fair officers that ran in our last newsletter. Rhea was friends throughout her youth with the late Paul Woodard’s daughters, and wanted to get them copies. Paul was the President of the Fair Association for the centennial fair. Congratulations also go out to the Roche’s on the milestone of their 60th wedding anniversary, which was marked on Sunday July 22, in Pulaski by a renewal of their vows at St. John’s Roman Catholic Church where they were first married in 1947.
In other member news, Esther Rancier of Carson City California has been assisting us with research on various families for several years. Esther has recently taken up the task of editing our veterans list by cross referencing the names we have with her extensive files. Esther has sent us data on one of her Revolutionary War ancestors, David Soule, who lived and died in the town of Richland. Esther continues to gather proof of David’s service in the Rhode Island Militia, and with what she has sent we are confident enough to count David as number 35 in our biographies of Veterans from The Revolution who will be featured in our new book due out by years end.
On Saturday August 11, Half-Shire will host the 24th annual lunch for Alumni of Redfield School. This group was started by Meda (Perry) Yerdon and Florence (Adsit) McCaw in 1983, and each year former graduates and students who attended any of the rural schools of the Town of Redfield have gathered for an afternoon of reminiscing. A Chicken and Biscuit lunch will be served at noon, and the remainder of the afternoon will be devoted to catching up. Half-Shire is a perfect backdrop for an affair such as this, with the wealth of research materials and photos on display and file in the hall. Anyone who attended Redfield Schools is invited to attend, contact Shawn Doyle at 298-3620 or to reserve a spot for lunch. A $5 donation is asked for lunch.
Half-Shire is open to the public each Friday from noon-4 p.m. or by appointment. We can be reached at P.O. 73, 1100 County Rte. 48, Richland, NY 13144 or on the web at

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