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St. Francis Commons Welcomes Bicentennial Committee Chair Who Recounts Tales from Local History

Shawn Doyle looks through the county history book with Norma Randall.

Shawn Doyle looks through the county history book with Norma Randall.

OSWEGO – Residents at St. Francis Commons enjoyed a presentation by Oswego County Bicentennial Committee Chairman, Legislator Shawn Doyle, as he recounted some of the more interesting stories taken from local history.

Shawn Doyle looks through the county history book with Norma Randall.
Shawn Doyle looks through the county history book with Norma Randall.

Doyle, who is also Historian for the Town of Richland, spoke about some of the founders who helped lead successful efforts to incorporate as the 48th county in New York State on March 1, 1816.

Stories about some of the more interesting local characters like George Barnard, Gerrit Smith and Dr. Mary Walker, to early “captains of industry” like Thomas Kingsford were highlighted.

Doyle drew information from a new commemorative book, “The History of Oswego County New York,” produced as part of the county’s bicentennial celebration last year and now available to the public.

The book represents a general summary of the county’s history as well as that of its various cities, towns, villages and hamlets. Histories of SUNY Oswego, Fort Ontario State Historic Site, and the Safe Haven Holocaust Refugee Shelter and Museum are included.

Colorful stories about the people and events that helped to shape Oswego County, biographies of the founding fathers, the Underground Railroad; and chronicles of the county’s shipping industry and maritime history found in its pages.

“Many of our residents at St. Francis have spent their entire lives in the Oswego area and take great pride in its history,” said Director of Activities Peg LiVoti. “We would like to thank Shawn for the wonderful presentation and the entire Bicentennial Committee for honoring the history of Oswego County.”

St. Francis Commons Assisted Living Residence is a part of The St. Luke Family of Caring, an affiliation of community-based, not-for-profit healthcare providers serving the greater Oswego County area.

Located on the St. Luke healthcare campus in the city of Oswego, St. Francis Commons provides supportive housing and home care services in a comfortable, single-story residence accommodating 60 individuals in fully equipped private or shared-private rooms.

For more information, or to make an appointment for a tour, call (315) 326-0870.

On the web at www.stlukehs.com/st-francis-commons-at-st-luke