Half-Shire Historical Society News – November 20, 2015

The fall newsletter has brought in many 2016 dues and some good donations in the first week.

We are very much in appreciation for all of the donations as we prepare for the winter months.

Winter hours will likely be cut back to Fridays or by appointment for the time being.

After our meeting on the 21st we will be doing some light work inside.

On November 14 the society hosted the Parish Historical Society members for a Christmas luncheon.

A dozen guests attended and enjoyed a hot meal and good company.

The Half-Shire ladies had some of our Christmas decorations up to kick off the season.

President Doyle was away for four days attending his son’s navy graduation in Chicago, as well as doing some research on the return trip.

In Maumee, Ohio, Doyle visited third cousins, who descend from the Redfield McCaw family.

Following a family dinner several photos and documents were reviewed, many were brought back to be scanned at Half-Shire.

On the return trip to Oswego County, Doyle visited the graves of Revolutionary War ancestors Mason Hatfield in Saline, Michigan, and Joel Bishop in Havana, Ohio.

In Linesville, Pennsylvania, Doyle placed a stone on the unmarked grave of great-great-grandfather Ichabod Randall Crouch (1837-1911).

Crouch had died in the Crawford County poorhouse and was buried in the Paden family lot in Linesville.

Thanks to the Linesville Cemetery Association for help in finding this grave.

The marking of this grave out of our area calls to mind the research led up by Pulaski resident Bill Davies into the Oswego County Poorhouse cemetery.

Through Davies’ advocacy the staff at CiTi (formerly BOCES) has cleared the site of the old abandoned cemetery and await proper grave site identification by Fort Drum ground radar team.

Once this is done and documented, CiTi Principal Chris Todd has committed that staff and students will work to landscape and maintain this historic site where an estimated 100-200 unmarked graves of Oswego County’s poor lie at rest.

The Oswego County bicentennial committee views the Poorhouse cemetery restoration as a priority for the 2016 celebration.

Special thanks are due to Bill Davies for his long term commitment to seeing this neglect corrected, and to advocating for the families of the deceased.

Special thanks to Senator Patty Ritchie and her office as well as Assemblyman Will Barclay, for their assistance in obtaining the cooperation of Fort Drum.

Informal “witching” for the graves has been promising, and we look forward to a final verdict.

The end of the year newsletter will come out before Christmas to try to “catch us up” we have many other members and friends whose passing was not noted in the last issue, along with several interesting articles.

In 2016 we are committed to being “on time” with our newsletter!

Half-Shire will lead a cookie cutting and decorating event as part of Light up Pulaski on December 6 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Pulaski masonic Temple on Broad Street.

Children of all ages are invited to stop by, and decorate some cookies to take home, as well as to prepare packages for the residents of Unity Acres in Orwell.

Coffee and cocoa will be available as well as a display on the history of the Masons.

Half-Shire can be reached at [email protected] as well as Facebook Half Shire.

Our website is www.halfshire.org