November 5, 2010

The monthly meeting of the society was held on Saturday October 23rd and was well attended by both members and guests. A beef stroganoff dinner was served, along with all the fixings. The 2011 budget was presented and approved, along with past minutes.
This was the last meeting at the Richland headquarters until March 2011. Our November meeting will be held at the H. Douglas Barclay Court House on Saturday November 27.

On Saturday November 6, Half-Shire will host a reception and silent auction of arts works of the late George Widrig, one of our founders. George was a multi-talented artist, and many of his oils, watercolors and pen and ink sketches will be on display and open for bid. The reception will begin at 5pm and run through 8pm. Refreshments, hors d’oeuvres and desserts will be served. We anticipate having some piano music in the background by various artists. This event is open to the public and we are hoping for a good turnout to honor George.

Research continues on at a brisk pace, the last week of October we had two guests in from Utah researching the Bohannan family who were early Richland settlers. We have had several inquires regarding Redfield and Osceola families also. We will continue to open up on Tuesdays and Fridays through November until we move down to the courthouse for winter hours.

The passing of Pauline Tanner on October 18, 2010 was a milestone in the history of Lacona Village. Pauline had spent her life in that community and was long identified with its social and community affairs. Her death at her daughters’ in Peoria, Illinois was a shock to her friends here who all anticipated her 100th birthday this month.

This writer had known Pauline for over 40 years, and remains grateful for a 1978 lunch with the late Harold Samson that was arranged by Pauline at Seeley’s Restaurant. I was only 12, but just as interested in history as I am now, and Pauline had told me about Harold Samson and his then current book “The Other Side of the Hill” about Tug Hill. Pauline arranged the lunch at my grandmother’s restaurant and I received a signed book from Mr. Samson that is a cherished part of my library today. Pauline continued to support historical research in her village and town, and was a patron of the Sandy Creek Records Center.

Another friend of Half-Shire and volunteer at Sandy Creek, Betty Otis Monson Atkinson is on the sick list of late. She has been a patient at a Syracuse hospital recently, and our thoughts and prayers go out to her as well as her grandson and his family who have been her caregivers.

On October 19, Author Doris Brown Allen and Oswego members Barb and Travor Knight joined Secretary Fay Colvin and Marie Lambie for a dinner at my home. The conversation revolved around Redfield history and the Donahue families. Doris is a graduate of the former Redfield Union School and served as the first alderwoman in Oswego City. She is a fascinating conversationalist and we were so pleased to have her there for an afternoon. This was the first official dinner around my “new to me” table imported from Osceola, for which I owe Marie a debt of gratitude and more.

Half-Shire can be reached at or at our mailing address P.O. 73, 1100 County Rte. 48, Richland, NY 13144

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