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Harold Baker
Harold Baker
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The earliest recorded mention of political parties since the founding of Clay was from a New York State Legislature report on its naming. The citizens of Clay in 1827 petitioned the State Legislature to create a town from the western portion of Cicero to be called “Bolivar,” probably after the famous South American...

On April 29, 2017, the Town of Clay honored former Town Highway Superintendent and longtime Town Councilor Bill Weaver by dedicating the highway department garage in his honor. Read the full article below.


The Clay Historical Association (CHA) is offering for the first time, a scholarship to someone who has a deep interest in History. It is open to a Senior in High School OR a recent graduate of not more than two years. The applicant must reside in the Town of Clay and be planning to attend college for the first time. For an application, please see your...

CHA Members Honored

At their regular meeting, October 17, 2016, the Clay Historical Association presented two of its members with recognition awards. They are Howard Snow (left) and Carl Lepinske (right). For Howard, it was a couple award including his wife Beverly (posthumously), who was president many times and on many committees. During one of her terms of...


The Clay Historical Association (CHA) held their introductory meeting on April 10, 1974 at Clay Town Hall through the efforts of Tim Gulmac and Patricia Urquhart of the Human Resources Department. In September they elected their first slate of officers: Freda Lewis – President (of interest is that her daughter is now our president...

REMEMBERING CLAY  Australians visit Great great-grandfathers homestead Part III

Having the lamb chops delivered to the meat market frozen was a surprise to the Patterson’s. Lamb is their largest meat seller as the sheep are raised locally in Australia and New Zealand. The meat would be butchered and cut at the site of the market. Since most cities, towns, etc. are located near the ocean...

Australians visit great great-grandfather’s homestead – Part II

On Monday evening, October 19, the Patterson’s (from Australia) and I attended the Clay Town Board meeting where Deputy Town Supervisor, Joe Bick welcomed them to Clay. After I gave a brief background of how we became acquainted from over 8,000 miles away,...

Australians visit great great-grandfather’s homestead

About three and a half years ago, I received an email from Terry Patterson of Australia asking me if I had any information on a Hiram Sharp who was born in Clay, fought in the Patriot’s War in 1838, was captured by the British, eventually sent to the penal...

The Rev. Canon Nelson B. Skinner, SSC, SKCM

Twenty years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting this friendly, outgoing personable man at the annual Clay Tree Lighting and Children’s Christmas Party at Moyers Corners Fire Department. He said his name was Nelson. When I asked later who he was, I was told, “Why he’s the Priest of the Anglican Church on Morgan Road,...