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Half-Shire Historical Society News – January 8, 2016


Winter has finally arrived in Half-Shire country.

We have adjusted our hours open to “by appointment” for the next couple months.

A group of unidentified railroad workers from the early 1910s. Hugh "Sie" Smith of Albion was among the workers. We are looking for additional names and have posted a high resolution of this on our facebook page "Half Shire."

A group of unidentified railroad workers from the early 1910s. Hugh “Sie” Smith of Albion was among the workers. We are looking for additional names and have posted a high resolution of this on our facebook page “Half Shire.”

Contact us by email at [email protected] or contact 298-3620 for an appointment.

During winter months, our volunteers will work from their homes on projects, as well as from the town of Richland Historian’s office.

Winter projects will focus on the Oswego County bicentennial projects, as well as our regular projects.

On December 16 the annual president’s luncheon was held in Pulaski honoring various volunteers and supporters for their efforts in 2015.

Vice president Greg Monette was home from Arizona for the event, which was a nice success.

On Tuesday January 5, the Oswego County Legislature met for its organizational meeting in Oswego.

Legislator Doyle from Pulaski organized an effort for all legislators to bring in family bibles or old ones from their district to be sworn in on.

During the afternoon, Sharon Turo took time to scan the various bible records included in the various books.

Copies of these records will be included in the planned time capsule, as well as the Half-Shire bible record collection.

Planning for this project brought forward some previously unknown bibles.

Milferd Potter’s brother, Richard, loaned him two bibles, one belonging to their great-grandparents, John Milferd Potter and Elmira Hicks.

Another bible found from this family belonged to J. M. Potter’s uncle, John Ephraim Potter and his wife, Jane Davis, the latter bible containing records more than 200 years old.

Jane Davis’ family were of Welsh descent and had come from Wales to the “Welsh colony” near Remson, NY.

The Potters came to the town of Floyd, Oneida County, from Rhode Island where they had originally settled in the early 1600s.

Sharon Turo loaned her Turo family bible to be used.

David Turo(t) had settled West Monroe after immigrating from France in the early 1800s.

His family were part of the French settlement in the western end of West Monroe known as “Little France.”

Legislator Margaret Kastler brought in two bibles, one belonging to her mother, Ina White Hollis, who had come to the US after Word War I from Canada.

The second bible belonged to Margaret’s great-grandfather, John Joshua Hollis (1841-1936), who had served on the County Board of Supervisors from Sandy Creek more than 100 years ago.

In promoting the bible project for the legislature, Half-Shire obtained several new records sent in by members.

A particularly interesting one is a set of copies from the Eagan family who once lived in Fernwood.

The Eagan bible is owned by Matt Eagan of Syracuse.

These records go back more than 200 years to the family’s roots in Ireland.

Copies of these and all other records will be placed in notebooks in the genealogy library at Half-Shire.

Several good photographic collections have been loaned to us recently for copying.

To keep up with the amount of scanning we have been doing we have brought one scanner down to Pulaski for the winter.

Our main computer has been filling up with memory and an application to the Snow Foundation was prepared recently for assistance with computer and software upgrades.

The John Ben Snow Foundation has been particularly generous to our organization over the past few years, a 2016 grant helped us to finish our window replacement project in the building.

Half-Shire can be reached at [email protected] our website is www.halfshire.com our facebook page is “Half Shire”

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