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Town Historian Dorothy Heller

HISTORY MYSTERY: Rites of Spring

 

Several years ago while on a visit to Lock 23 on the Oneida River in Caughdenoy, I met this group of men with fishing gear setting up their Bar-B-Que on a picnic table.  Of course I asked them what they were doing so early in spring (March...

HISTORY MYSTERY: Clay Country Crafters

 

Thirty years ago on March 11, 1991, the Clay Country Crafters held their first class and meeting.  It all started with two women who loved history and Clay discussing at a church coffee hour, “how could we bring to the women (and men...

HISTORY MYSTERY: Hamlet of Euclid

 

Even to this day, Euclid retains many of the original structures of the days of the attached map when it was a bustling neighborhood with many enterprises.  Before the Town of Clay incorporated in 1827 taking half of the Town of Cicero and...

HISTORY MYSTERY: Hamlet of Belgium

 

Although its importance as the center of Clay was short-lived, Belgium had a very unusual history.  Seven sources agree on this story.  Originally called “Gaskin Rifts, it grew up on both sides of the Seneca...

HISTORY MYSTERY: Three Rivers Point

 

Attached is a photo of Three Rivers Inn in the late 1800’s.  But, Three Rivers Point, where the Oneida and Seneca Rivers meet and form Oswego River flowing north, has a long varied history.  The five tribes of the Iroquois Nations found...

HISTORY MYSTERY: Tri-Town Park

 

The first park in Clay was called Tri-Town Park.  Its history begins a few years after World War II ended.  In 1949, the construction boom in North Syracuse was in full swing as population growth moved north out of the city of Syracuse. ...

HISTORY MYSTERY: Clay Post Offices

 

Pictured is the dedication of the New Clay Post Office on July 23, 1966 with Postmistress Margaret K. Schneider, Regional Post Office Director Sean Keating, and Congressman James M....

HISTORY MYSTERY: Snowmobile Kids

 

When winter arrives, snowmobile drivers, parents, special needs kids, members of police department and Clay Fire Department wait for Mr. Rob Bick to start the annual Snowmobile Ride Day for Special Need Kids behind the Clay Town Hall.  In...

HISTORY MYSTERY: The Old Cider Mill

 

The picture referred to...

HISTORY MYSTERY: Moyers Corners

Although there is a discrepancy between different resources of the age of this house, this photo from an unknown source had 1871 as to when it was taken. Tax records say it was built in 1860. The 1855 Census for Nathan Teall, the first post master, says it was wooden. The 1875 Census for Abram Moyer says he lived at that address and since...

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