December 19, 2008

The annual Christmas harp recital at the H. Douglas Barclay court house in Pulaski featuring Osceola’s Kelsey Munz was rescheduled from December 7th to the 14th due to weather. Seventeen people enjoyed the program on the 14th that varied from Christmas favorites to patriotic music. Kelsey had set the program up to honor world war II era veterans and families for the 7th, and explained the period significance of each song.
The program began with all standing and singing the Star-Spangled Banner, and ended with God Bless America. A set of five religious carols was also played with audience accompaniment. This was a very nice concert enjoyed by all, and like last year there were many remarks about how well suited the historic court room is to harp music. One young couple present asked Kelsey to play at their wedding next year.

The Half-Shire weekly hours continue each Friday at the court house office of the Richland historian.
Last week Richard Cooper spent considerable time with us examining his family tree. Richard is a fifth great-grandson of two area revolutionary war vets, Simeon Trumbull and James Campbell. We are indebted to Millie Reid for working with us last week over the phone to tie in some missing links on Cooper’s Campbell family line. Marie Parsons also worked with us from Florida via the internet.

Completion of the 2009 calendar has been a top priority. It is expected to be done by Christmas and can be delivered by Shawn Doyle within the area by placing a call. The 13-month calendar features bridges of the Half-Shire region and is available for $7 in person or $9 by mail. The Half-Shire newsletter is running very late, and is nearly ready to go out with raffle tickets that are due by February.

Over a week ago we learned of the sudden passing of longtime member and friend Pauline “Polly” Carner from Boylston. Polly was the mother of trustee Rita Rombach and member Patricia Eberle of Camillus. Born October 2, 1917 in Clayton, NY the daughter of George & Laura (Elliot) Plato, she had lived in Boylston over 50 years. Polly was a delightful woman, who attended most all of our meetings, and during research days could be found quietly crocheting in the sitting area. Our sincere condolences go out to her family.

We have just received a new shipment of Richland Cemeteries Volume II books from Julie Litts Robst. This book is the volume that details South Richland Cemetery internments. Obituaries are included for most all people, which in itself was an amazing feat. The nearly 400 page book sells fro $40 or $3 by mail and is still a bargain for its content.

Half-Shire can be reached at P.O. 73, Richland, NY 13144. Our web site is found at
Our winter quarters are located at the H. Barclay Court House in Pulaski where we keep hours in the 2nd floor annex from 12-4pm on Fridays.

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