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Just a couple weeks ago, I had the great fortune to come into possession of an original manuscript written by Susan Avery Bick, which she completed just a few months before she passed away entitled “When It Was Country”* This and many photos and remembrances were in the possession of her son, Robert Bick, Town Assessor. Much of it I will quote in her own words. First let’s hear about her...

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We continue with Carl’s memories: “As my brother and I grew, we soon were driving the horses on the hay fork with one driving the team and the other handling the hay rope and ‘whiffletrees’. The next move was driving the team on the hay loader, and as we stood on the front ‘gallus’ of the hay wagon, we could sometimes get pretty well packed in and also many hayseeds down our necks....

Last November I was invited to the wedding of Radha Bhageloe in Holland, a former exchange student from 1995 – 1996 who lived with us during her senior year at Phoenix High school. Although we live in Clay, we are in the Phoenix School District, one of five in Clay. We reminisced about that time and she and her sister, who had visited us in 2002, began talking about Clay and America....

The first settlers in Clay are believed to be the Onondagas who made a settlement at Three Rivers. In 1570, the Iroquois Confederacy was formed with the Onondagas, Cayugas, Mohawks, Oneidas, and Senecas with the Tuscaroras joining later to become the six Nations. The Algonquins called them “Iriakhoiw”, meaning rattlesnakes, thus the white man called them “Iroquois”. Many of them sided with...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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