October 5, 2012

As the seasons change and move through to the inevitable North Country winter, we at Half-Shire also are hard at work preparing the building and grounds for the cold. Two new high efficiency propane furnaces will be installed in the main hall in the next week. These units come to us largely through the Pulaski Community Fund which awarded our organization $3,000 towards their purchase and installation. The old furnace, an oil unit that was installed in 1997 and came to us second hand, was removed for scrap on Saturday September 29, by Kollin Watson, Rodney Tilkins and Kari Bacon—three students at Pulaski Jr.-Sr. High School. Our thanks go out to these three who worked all day at the dissembling and removal of the unit and associated main duct work. Also over the last weekend, a crew from Oswego County’s Jail community service program did some light cleaning and yard work. The front gardens were also replanted with 120 new tulips and 60 hyacinths, along with hundreds of daffodils. The daffodils have been split from last year, and came to us from Bob and June Walker in Chaumont. We were very saddened to learn of the passing of Richard Corbett of Pulaski. Dick and his late wife the former Irma Warren were both long-time supporters of our organization and together with Irma’s siblings donated a window in 2000. Born in Watertown, Dick worked on the railroad for many years. He was one of the legendary “Corbett boys” known in Oswego city for their keen Irish wit and stories. We will sincerely miss our old friend. We also learned of the passing of Ralph Lundgren last week. Ralph and Betty have been long-time members and supporters of the society. Ralph was known in Pulaski for his years at the Ford dealership on US 11. Our sympathy goes out to Betty and the family. We were pleased last week to win a valuable small leather photo album on ebay that dates back to the 1850s. The album contains a dozen valuable photos of old settlers of the Town of Richland, including Sally Winch Brown, wife of Daniel Brown and daughter of Benjamin Winch the first settler of Pulaski, and first tavern owner. We posted some of the photos on our facebook site and have had a range of comments and emails. One remark current is the uncanny facial resemblance to one of Sally’s 4th great granddaughters Morgan Joss, who coincidently follows in Sally’s very footsteps as a waitress at the Riverhouse—on the site of Winch’s Tavern, two hundred years later. The joss families also own a portion of the Daniel Brown lands along the north bank of the Salmon River in Port Ontario. On Thursday October 11, the Society will host an open house from 6-8pm to showcase the historic Medal of Honor recipient panels compiled by the staff of Senator Patti Ritchie. The Senator has spearheaded a research effort to honor the winners of our nation’s highest military honor who lived in our region, and the panels have travelled around the three county district she represents. The public is welcome to join us for an evening of good company and refreshments. On Saturday October 13 the Society will host the Syracuse chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution for their October lunch meeting. The event was planned months ago to coincide with the setting of new gravestones for local Revolutionary War soldiers John McChesney and Samuel Gibbs, yet despite government letters in June that the markers were “on their way” we have yet to receive them. A program on both men’s lives and the other local vets will be given by Half Shire President and host Shawn Doyle who also serves as registrar for the order. A note to our subscribers and members, we have fallen behind in correspondence of late with research requests. We hope to be caught up in October as time permits. Check out our facebook site under “Half Shire” or our web site www.halfshire.com Our email remains the same at halfshire@hotmail.com.

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