December 10, 2010

The November 27, meeting at the Barclay Court House was only attended by a core group of five people. Snow that morning, along with failure of the column to appear in the Pulaski papers contributed to the number. A lunch of baked ziti and salad was enjoyed, and some planning for 2011 was accomplished.

Many of us were saddened to hear of the passing on Sunday December 5, of Dora Traphagan of Pulaski. Dora was a quiet institution in our community; she was for many years the head of the cafeteria at the Lura Sharp School. Dora was also very involved in the Pulaski Grange for many years, and oversaw the orderly closure of the institution. The night before she passed away in her sleep Dora spent time laughing and reminiscing with neighbor Maggie Seeley who stopped by to help her hem some slacks in preparation for a senior citizen trip. Dora had recently given many old yearbooks to our library collection, and was a good friend; our condolences go out to the family members.

Member Virginia Loomis of Syracuse passed away on December 2, after a brief illness. Virginia was an occasional visitor of our lunch programs, accompanying her brother Willard Loomis. She was a kind and intelligent lady, and a treasure to her close knit family whose origins were in Kasoag and Williamstown. Our sincere condolences are extended to Willard and Lynne and their children.

Member Dee Dee Barclay has been continuing her valuable transcription of the Douglas family diaries. It is fascinating to read about some of the day to day events on the old farm and in the Port Ontario community. The Barclay family have made copies of many of the transcriptions to both Pulaski historical and Half-Shire.

During the winter months Half-Shire will be working out of the Richland Historians office in the Barclay Court House. Friday afternoon hours will be conducted as often as possible, with weather a consideration for volunteers. Researchers looking for family files should call ahead so we can bring materials down from Half-Shire on various files.

Half-Shire can be reached at P.O. 73, Richland, NY 13144 or on the web at,

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