You are here

Remembering Clay Articles


The Mystery of Charles Morgan Continues

Ever since I became involved in the history of Clay as a member of the Clay Historical Association and as church and Town Historian, tales of Charles Morgan as a spy in the Revolutionary War have reached me. I began research in order to obtain a Historic Marker....


Side Track Farmer's Market

This new Farmer's Market on Route 31 near the railroad tracks open Thursdays and Fridays 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. has a history of catering to farmers’ needs and now sells farm products. The first record in Clay’s archives of this property’s history is its purchase in 1923 by Frank...


Morgan Road Church Has a Fresh Look

In response to inquiries concerning the old Morgan Road Church, dating back to 1839, I held two meetings with, and interviewed, the new Priest, the Rev. Fr. Richard Cumming, OHI, Rector of the Anglican Church of St. Mary the Virgin. He wanted the history of the church...


History of Clay Historical Association

On March 23, 1974, an invitation was sent out to interested parties to attend a meeting on the formation of a Clay Historical Association CHA) by Patricia Urquhart, Director of Clay Human Resources. At this April 10 meeting at the Town Hall, their potential and future...


Steamboats on Oneida Lake and Oneida River*

The Oneida Lake and River Steamboat Co. began with the launch of the steamboat OSWEGO on November 1, 1849 to run the Oneida River from Three Rivers Point to Caughdenoy. The ONEIDA was eased into the river four days later to pull barges down Oneida Lake from Fish...


Remembering May Dorn at 92

Her maiden name was Sparrow. How well her name fitted her. She was born on May 23, 1923 and loved birds – in fact all animals. At her funeral last month, many stories were told of her involvement in nature, politics, the environment, the Town of Clay, Immanuel Church, her family and the world. Her life touched others in all these areas...

Immanuel Lutheran Church Groundbreaking

On Sunday September 20,2015 approximately 100 people celebrated the tooth anniversary of the groundbreaking for a new edifice for Immanuel's congregation. (See attached photograph from 100 years ago.) Their story begins in 1708 in the Palatinate of Germany.

The ancestors of the church founders were evicted from...

Influence of Brewing on early America and Clay

Clay’s earliest settlers who arrived en masse were German and Dutch, coming from the upper Hudson River area where they had lived for about 100 years after leaving the lower Hudson around 1712. These Palatines...

Influence of Brewing on Early America and Clay – Part III*

The community life of New York was further enhanced when Albany was given its own charter in 1868 by New York Governor, Thomas Dongan. Now a city, it was completely separate from the Patroon. It created a council of Aldermen who controlled trade, including trade with...