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Town Historian Dorothy Heller

HISTORY MYSTERY: Hafner Family Homestead

 

On the day before...

HISTORY MYSTERY: Plank Roads

The first plank road was brought to the United States from Canada by Syracuse Engineer George Geddes. The first plank road in American led from Toronto and was cited by Geddes in his promotion of plank roads. He reported that wooden roads lasted eight years and cost much less than compacted crushed stone macadam roads. He states: “Over the...

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HISTORY MYSTERY: Surviving on a Farm 100 Years Ago

 

The first photo shows corn being hay mown by hand with a sickle and in the second photo, corn is being shocked by hand.  Carl Sotherden* will tell us some of his personal experience growing up as a young farmer.

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HISTORY MYSTERY: Clay Town Hall Story

 

The first building...

HISTORY MYSTERY: Clay Winters

 

This photo is a winter shot...

HISTORY MYSTERY: Earl Butterfield

 

Earl Butterfield, our 49th Town Supervisor, is shown in this picture with his granddaughter Jody, son Gary who is mayor of North Syracuse ,and his wife Maureen.  Earl accepted from the town on October 2, 2017 a Proclamation of his service...

HISTORY MYSTERY: George Blanchard Farm and Family

 

The photo is of the George Blanchard Farmstead. The large white house is on the left is the original farm house; in the center back is the horse/cow barn; and to the right the tobacco barn with the tobacco shed in the front...

HISTORY MYSTERY: SOLOMON KITTLE of CLAY, Confederate Prisoner

 

Solomon was born in 1828 to James and Cornelia Kittle in Morgan Settlement, a small hamlet on the corner of Wetzel and Morgan Roads in the Town of Clay, just 5 years after it was incorporated.  In the late 1830’...

HISTORY MYSTERY: Clay’s Best Kept Secret

 

Over 10 years ago, at an interview with Lockmaster Peter Case at Lock 23, he told me stories of the locks that very few, if any, people know.  First a simple explanation of how a lock functions.  Tunnels at both sides of the lock...

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