Author Archives: Shawn Doyle

August 24, 2012

August 24, 2012 The Society hosted the annual Redfield Schools Reunion on Saturday August 18, from noon till nearly 5 pm. There were about 25 in attendance, and among the number were two graduates of the one time full school district. Doris Brown Allen (1938) and Edward Simson (1942) both were pleased to be present, and also spoke on the phone with fellow graduate Yvette “Chiki” Dahl Harmon in Florida. There were a number of Yerdons present, representing the number of that family who attended schools in Greenboro. Harwood “Satch” Yerdon was able to attend thanks to his good friends Gordon and Nancy Soule who brought him for the day. Satch got to spend quality time with his Uncle Vic Yerdon, as well as many other cousins. Both Satch and Doris Allen utilized our new lift to their comfort getting in and out of the building. Cards were signed for several that were known to be ill or deserving of extra “hello”. Another person phoned was Carol Williams Pelosi in North Carolina who had sent up many great items of school memorabilia from her family. Carol’s Mom Marian Williams was a teacher at Redfield. Special thanks to Fay Anne Colvin and sister Paulette Yerdon for organizing the event, and to Erma Schroeder and Kathy Watson for seeing to the catering. The week before the Redfield event, Erma and Kathy led the catering of the private Jackson-Belser wedding reception that took place at our facility. Some very nice pictures are on our facebook page. For the event we were given 100 chair covers and some new table cloths to add to our inventory. The facility was all decked out in white with red ribbons on the chairs and tulips on the tables. The reception went very well thanks to Erma, Kathy and also Doreen Tilton who helped with desserts. Much credit is owed to the mother of the bride, Selena Belser, who spent the week previous to the affair cleaning and organizing our main room with us. Selena and Jim made a generous donation with the new linins and some other odds and ends for which we are grateful. Our next meeting will be Saturday August 25th and will be held after the noon luncheon. Slate of officers for the September annual meeting will be presented and other business transacted. We expect to have a good amount of research work take place as always. Sharon Turo, our librarian has been particularly busy with the library research area of late, and the easy access files are in great demand. One project of note lately is the updating of the family bible files. We are in search of old family bibles to copy the records for our collection. Quality printed copies will be made to return to the owners after scanning. Half-Shire can be reached at or by phone 315-298-2986. We are open Thursday-Sunday from 11-3pm and also have a good website at and a facebook page at “Half Shire”

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July 20, 2012

Half-Shire Historical Society July 20, 2012 The 155th Oswego County Fair is now history and the record of activities in Heritage Hall show a very productive week. We had many 100s of people walk through our building and visit with us. Our volunteers scanned 1,000s of photos and made corrections and additions to numerous family trees. The weather cooperated fully, with only one day that was overly warm. On Thursday July 5 we had moved all of our materials back to Richland and were fully functioning there again. Our snow scholars Marshall and Will relocated to the Court House to work on the Richland Civil War soldiers. Since our return to Richland we have picked up our work at sorting through accessions and scanning photos. We continue to welcome guests from across the country as summer travel is in full swing and our hors Thursday through Sundays are quite accommodating. On Saturday July 21 our monthly lunch meeting will be led by Vice President Monette. All are welcome for this first luncheon with the access lift installed. Lunch will be served at noon with a 1pm meeting followed by research time. Our work on the Pulaski walking tour continues with our AmeriCorps shared worked Kristin Pulvermiller. Kristin has photographed hundreds of images across the community and will be inserting these photos into the narrative tour along with older images copied from our collection as well as the holdings of Pulaski Historical Society. Kristin also works for our neighbor Rural and Migrant Ministry in Richland. Rodney Tilkins and Shawn Doyle have nearly completed a photographic documentation of three miles of the Salmon River that will also become part of our website as a “blueway tour” for kayak and tubing enthusiast. The tour will feature some great photos of the natural beauty of the river as well as some older rare photos taken in the early 1900s, as well as history of the river and its settlers. The Redfield Schools Reunion set for Saturday August 18 is now planned and invitations have gone out. Anyone who ever attended school in Redfield is welcome to join us for a lunch and reunion on that date in Richland. Fay Ann Colvin has headed up the planning along with her sister Paulette Yerdon. We had an interesting conversation with Redifeld graduate Yvette “Chiki” Dahl Harmon one day during the Fair. “CHiki” lives in Florida and was phoned up to check on her address. She will be 92 in October and sends her regards to all whom she once knew in the area. Half-Shire can be reached at or on facebook at Half Shire. Our website is . Our building phone is 298-2986. Check out our interactive facebook page where we post photos while we are working to elicit comments. We have had a lot of good info come in as well as some fun with photos such as our recent 1903 Upton Rd. photo.

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May 26, 2012

On Friday May 18, Jonathan Snow, Dr. Ann Scanlon and three other members of the Board of Directors of the John Ben Snow Foundation stopped by for a tour of our facility in Richland. They were greeted by the smell of fresh baked goods coming from our kitchen, courtesy of Erma Schroeder, as well as the pleasant surprise of our new entryway. While our handicapped lift is still on order, the $10,000 in other renovations including solid ash flooring and stairs, as well as freshly painted walls, fresh plants and freshened photo displays, are a stark difference from the former first impression one would get of entry to our building. Our guests stayed an hour and a half and spent time going through our storage room examining accessions, as well as looking over the last nine windows that we hope to replace and finish the walls off around with Snow monies applied for. We hope to see these folks again in the near future, and appreciate the interest and past support. Inventories continue to be done throughout the building led by President Doyle and Librarian Sharon Turo. 512 research volumes were noted to stand on the back wall in the main hall, in addition to nearly 2,000 family files from one page to three volumes. The Pulaski, Sandy Creek, Mexico and APW yearbook collection is growing nicely, with concern for missing issues in the 1990s still being worked on. A nice collection of Civil War reference materials is shaping up in the second floor SW classroom, accompanied by scores of genealogical research journals gifted to us by the now defunct Oswego County Genealogical Society. The Spring 2012 newsletter is coming together well, and hopes are to have it out by June 1. Work on the 2012 Fair Association premium book and newsletter has slowed progress on the society letter. Research days are conducted Thursday through Saturday from roughly 11am till 3pm with other days or additional hours available on request. Contact Shawn Doyle at 298-3620 or to set up an appointment. Work on the grounds has been nearly finished; a crew was present on May 13 to finish most of the mulching and trim work. On May 17, Nancy Smith and daughter Lisa from Greenhouse Effect Gardens finished our four whiskey barrel planters off nicely. We need to move one of our perennial beds and deadhead the spring bulbs to have the rest of the gardens completed by Memorial Day. Mary Hicks of Mary’s Needle Art has been doing some re-framing of several valued photos for us. Mary has agreed to take on a large framing project for us as well as new area resident Richard Koch, who has purchased the old Ski complex at Noble Shores. Mr. Koch, a new life member of ours has graciously offered to frame and matte all of our principal collection of River related maps in return for copies of the same. Our member Roger Pape had previously made a set of these maps that Mr. Koch was greatly interested in. The work will be done this summer, and will be set out on our back wall in the main hall, replacing the old 1999 exhibit on windows of the past that we are going to retire to an upper classroom. On May 19 we hosted over 60 members of the Oswego County ATV club for a lunch and meeting. The group meet annually at our facility, and left us a good donation. Half-Shire can be reached at P.O. Box 73 1100 County Rte. 48, Richland, NY 13144 or on the web at or on facebook at “Half Shire”

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May 11, 2012

A fresh batch of Julie Litts Robsts cemetery books of the Town of Richland have arrived and are for sale. These books cover Daysville on Rt. 3 and South Richland on Old Mexico Rd., along with some of the smaller burial grounds. They will be available at Half-Shire or by mail. Julie is working on the Riverside Cemetery on Rt 13 and the Brookside cemetery in Richland Hamlet. She is researching the families in each location and working very closely with Half-Shire. The cool weather has kept of visitors down at Half-Shire, as well as volunteers. We are open Thursdays through Saturday each week between 11am and 3 pm. If there is not a pot of coffee made we have a new K-cup machine that is sure to please! Stop in and check out our renovations as well as our expanded research area. On May 12 we will be open all day until midnight. Our regular lunch meeting will be held 12-2pm, followed by a day long open house and from 7-midnight musical entertainment by the Camden area band “Still Kickin’”. The evening concert is free admission and is sponsored by the CNY Cultural Resources Council grant we obtained in 2011. Over the past month we have lost some members and friends. Norma Coffin was a long-time member and frequent gust for luncheons and other events. Norma bought most every publication we had, and was an avid researcher as well as reader. Her family generously has had donations made in her name, and we will use these funds to further expand our research materials in her honor. Jerry Pflueger who passed away on April 30, was a recent member but longtime friend. Jerry was known to many in the area for the time he owned and operated the “Corners” at Sandy Pond. A member of Pulaski’s Class of 1961, Jerry was popular among his classmates as was evident by those seen at his services. RIP. Other members we have lost over the winter will be noted in our newsletter which we hope to send out in late May. Lynn Loomis, widow of our departed member and long time photo restoration expert Willard Loomis, has donated a scanner and several items of interest to the Society. We are very appreciative for Lynn’s thoughtfulness, and we join her in the mourning of her dear husband who was such a key member of ours over the years. The Alumni shelves in the SW classroom have been “restocked” and inventoried by Sharon Turo and Shawn Doyle. Nice collections of yearbooks and photos from four of our area school districts are shelved here. Yearbooks from Pulaski, Mexico, APW and Sandy Creek Schools are available for reference use. A collection of Pulaski clippings, as well as four boxes of “raw” photos covering the 1970s and 80s in Pulaski school are also located here. We are still missing many yearbooks from the area schools, and gladly accept any donations! We are looking for a volunteer or volunteers to work at copying and sorting clippings from area newspapers. This is a tedious task, but very rewarding work for researchers! Our goal is to reproduce the Widrig obituary collection and merge it with two others in a master obituary notebook collection that will be shelved with our research. We have 20 years plus of Queen Central News, Salmon River News and Pulaski Democrats to fill in the missing notices. Contact Shawn Doyle for more information 298-3620 Julie Litts Robst has sent us a nicely done 255 page family history of the area Manwaring family that will be added to our shelves this week. We welcome copies of any family history that might be shared. Half-Shire can be reached at or 315-298-3620. our website is

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May 7, 2012

On Saturday May 12, the Society will be open all day. At noon our monthly lunch meeting will take place, discussion will center on the 2012 Oswego County Fair set up and Heritage Building activities. Following this meeting from 2-6 there will be a special research afternoon with area historians and volunteers on hand to assist patrons with family tree research. Along with our “great wall of Research” which includes over 2,000 individual family files, Half-Shire has wifi internet and accounts with and fold 3 to better assist researchers. Beginning at 7pm live entertainment with the popular band “Still Kickin” will be available to the public free of charge. This evening of good old fashioned country music is brought to you as part of our 2011 arts grant from the Central New York Arts council. “Still Kickin” is a Camden area band with a large following that mixes traditional country with some popular tunes of today. Don’t miss this evening of good music and good times! Refreshments will be available. On April 21, the society held its first meeting of the year. Our guests and officers all were pleased with the new entryway which includes a solid ash floor and molding going to the lower level. Our new victory lift is going to be installed in May; final dimensions were taken on April 21 along with a delivery of brochures and a short talk by a company representative. Work continues on some sheetrock around the upper stairs along with some molding there. Some additional painting will also be going on in the next month as we touch up our work. The grounds look really well, and we are again indebted to June Walker of Chaumont for the wonderful spring bulbs. Half-Shire can be reached at Check out our website at, note there is a new link to maps there that has been added by member Roger Pape of Redfield. Our phone in Richland is 298-2986 and we are open Thursdays through Saturdays each week 11-3.

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