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Half-Shire Historical Society News – January 13, 2017

Over the holidays we learned of the loss of a few dear friends.

On November 17, Ellsworth Barber, longtime member of ours and former Sandy Creek resident passed away after a long illness.

Ellsworth will be long remembered by our Heritage hall staff at the (county) fair for the many fair weeks past where he was a daily visitor.

Ellsworth was a great conversationalist, and a supporter of genealogy research, working with the national Barber family organization.

He and his wife Rose helped host a reunion several years back.

On November 22, “Woody” Joslyn of Sandy Creek passed away unexpectedly.

Woody was the son of our members Jim and Barb Joslyn.

His passing was a shock to the community and his parents have the heartfelt sympathy of us all.

On December 1, Helen Grossman of Sandy Creek passed away.

Helen also was long identified with the Oswego County Fair.

On December 22, longtime member and supporter Eben Forbes of Richland passed away.

We assisted the Forbes family in a funeral luncheon on December 27.

Eben will long be remembered for his quiet wit and, of course, his Belgian work horses that were so much enjoyed by those of us who drove by them daily on Richland Road in years past.

All of these families have our sincere sympathy in their time of loss.

In mid-November we started to close for the season and only go to the building by appointment only until March.

The plan this winter is to remove sheetrock from our west wall in the main hall and to re-stud, insulate and improve our wiring here before installing fresh sheetrock.

We have applied to the John Ben Snow Foundation for assistance in also replacing the current drop ceiling and old Fluorescent lighting in the main hall with solid sheetrock over new insulation and add LED lighting for efficiency.

We also plan to do some major organizing in the kitchen before our spring opening.

This being said, we are able to retrieve files and books for anyone requesting information through the winter months.

Some of our volunteers will continue to be in and out of the building regularly.

During the New Year holiday Makaylee Gareau , a Syracuse  University student, worked several days scanning the Ann Hopkins collection of post cards donated, as well as a five volume set on loan covering Camden Town and village.

We are very pleased with Makaylee’s persistence and solid work, and many examples will be featured on our  Facebook page in the upcoming days and weeks.

Sales of the Oswego County History book published for the bicentennial are going very briskly.

Half-Shire took a large consignment of books and the supply is moving out fast with between five and ten mailed out daily across the country.

Paperbacks are still available for $10.80 through Shawn Doyle, or by mail for $13.80.

Our address is PO 73, Richland, NY 13144.

All non-profits who took books on consignment benefit by a profit of $4 each paperback book.

There are very few hardcover copies left, contact Shawn at [email protected] or call 315.298.3620 to check on availability before ordering these.

The new Williamstown book on the neighborhood of Maple Hill in the northeast quadrant of that town is also selling well.

These books are available for $30 in person, or $34 by mail—same address.

The Maple Hill book has many wonderful photos and great biographies of early settlers and their families in the region.

Check out the Half-Shire facebook page at “Half Shire” or contact us at [email protected] for inquiries.