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Town of Clay Historian News

Town Historian Dorothy Heller

HISTORY MYSTERY: Ray B. Thompson WWI

 

As Memorial Day has recently passed, we should remember a veteran of WW 1, because he was the only WW 1 soldier from the town of Clay who died in that war.  Ray B. Thompson was born January 22, 1891 to Harvey and Nettie Thompson.  They...

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HISTORY MYSTERY: Monty’s Garage at Three Rivers Point

 

The picture is of Monty’s Garage on Gaskin Road at Three Rivers Point taken sometime in the 1920’s.  The garage was established in 1918 by Fred Monty as one of the places to buy gasoline.  He was originally from Glenn...

HISTORY MYSTERY: Kopp’s Corners

 

The name Kopp has been familiar around Clay for many years, but how many today remember Kopp’s Corners?  It is the corner of Caughdenoy and Mud Mill Roads!  Richard Kopp of North Syracuse, shown in the attached photo, contacted me with a...

HISTORY MYSTERY: Lemuel Ladd, 45th Supervisor

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The attached photo of Lemuel Ladd was taken in 1953 for his candidacy for Supervisor of the Town of Clay.  The election flyer stated:  “Lemuel Ladd, new Republican candidate for Supervisor, a plant manager and...

HISTORY MYSTERY: Jacob’s Elm Tree

 

Pictured is John Shepard of Clay leaning against a giant Elm Tree with a spread of 100 feet.  It was planted in 1812 by Jacob Young, one of the Young family settlers, the early owner of this farm, who plucked it from his corn field.  He...

HISTORY MYSTERY: Adam Anthony’s Sheep

 

One of the largest sheep farms in Clay was located in Caughdenoy.  The grazing was excellent and there was plenty of water.  The photo depicts some of Adam Anthony’s sheep and he is standing behind the fence way in the back. Although it is no...

HISTORY MYSTERY: Howard Renk Home

 

This photo of the home of Gus Renk on Route 31 was taken in 1914.  It must be remembered that Euclid was considered a much larger area back then.  The fire station that took its place was called the Euclid station.  When Howard, Gus’s son, grew up...

HISTORY MYSTERY: Clay Early Morning Blaze

 

On June 20, 1932, at 4:00 a.m. the fire alarm rang for a blaze on Route 31.  When the Clay Fire fighters arrived at the scene, they saw both sauerkraut factories and canning plants were in full blaze near the tracks crossing Route31.  The...

HISTORY MYSTERY: Turtle Pot

 

The 1960’s in Clay was a time of great building, expansion and improvements in the Town.   In September 1960, children were watching Earl Wallace dig the foundation for his new house at Oak Orchard off Oneida River with a bull dozer.  He scooped into a...

HISTORY MYSTERY: John  Lynn Gravestone

 

This mystery began April 29, 2008 when I received an email from a woman which said that she might have a piece of Clay history that would be of interest to the town and asking if I would be of help, and signed Carla Reid.  Of course it peeked...

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