Half-Shire Historical Society News – Week of April 15, 2013

Spring has finally arrived in Half-Shire country.

Our spring flowers are finally starting to pop up, and the grass is greening up. A little snow still remains from our mountainous piles from roof shoveling.

On both April 13 and 14 we were open and helped many visitors with research. We were especially pleased to welcome Penny Schott home. Penny was our chief researcher and librarian for many years until she moved to New Hampshire.

She and a friend returned for a visit and brought us four boxes of genealogy and research books for our library.

We tried to convince her, without luck to return “home” and rejoin our staff.

It really was good to see her again, and we are grateful for all the material she left with us.

Richard Cooper our newspaper researcher spent a good deal of time with us over the weekend assisting people.

Richard has devoted a great deal of time and effort to searching out particular topics.

He found many good articles that we can use with two of our projects of importance.

On April 20, we will hold our regular monthly meeting at Richland.

All are welcome to join us for a noon lunch, and 1 p.m. meeting.

We expect about 40 based on the numbers from last month.

Vice president Greg Monette will be holding research hours 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the society each Wednesday beginning next week.

As former president of Central New York Genealogical Society, Greg has a wealth of experience and know-how.

Stop by and have a cup of coffee and check out our files with Greg.

Sharon Turo observes the same hours Thursdays and Saturdays.

Erma Schroeder is available by appointment, and also each Friday.

We have been spending time sorting out area Adams families.

Three distinct lines have been identified going back into the 1800s.

Most Adams families seem to converge in Massachusetts; however some lines seem to end in Connecticut.

Anyone with Adams in their family tree drop us a note.

We have been able to sort out some of the families and their relationships to the two President Adams.

An anonymous donor brought us four boxes of slightly used notebooks and miscellanous office supplies on Saturday.

We are very grateful for this donation as it saves us hundreds of dollars!

Libby Wansink of Pulaski has been finishing up her Snow Scholarship project on researching former Pulaski Masons from the 1890s.

One man we worked on last week, Holly Wilson Wilder, turned out to be a well known coronet player from John Phillip Sousa’s band.

Wilder was born in Brownville, NY, and lived many years in Pulaski where he had a music shop.

He spent a few years traveling the world with the Sousa band until his health weakened.

After a few years in Pulaski he married and moved to St. Louis, Missouri, where he died.

Half-Shire can be reached on facebook at “Half Shire” or on the web at halfshire.org

Our email is [email protected] and our mailing address is P.O. 73, 1100 County Route 48, Richland, NY 13144.