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Town Historian Dorothy Heller

HISTORY MYSTERY:  Jerome Fire Equipment Company

 

For the celebration of the Town of Clay’s 175th Anniversary in 2002, Manford “Manny” Jerome relayed the history of the beginning years of the Jerome Fire Equipment Company.  Actually as a cottage industry, it...

HISTORY MYSTERY: Wellers of Dutch Settlement

 

Dutch Settlement was a community founded by the Young brothers who settled in the Caughdenoy area of Clay.  Actually they were Germans from the Palatinate area who were kicked out by the French.  Deutsch means German, but was...

HISTORY MYSTERY: Tobacco Farming

 

Fields of tobacco, sometimes as tall as a man and weathered curing sheds were once a common sight in Onondaga County particularly in the towns of Lysander, Van Buren and Clay.  See the photo of Albert Hamlin standing in his field of tobacco...

HISTORY MYSTERY: VerPlank Home

 

The builder of the VerPlank home has a connection back to John J. Young, one of the first three Young brothers who came to Clay.  His son, Joseph was born in Dutch Settlement on June I, 1811.  He married Eliza E. and they lived in a log cabin...

HISTORY MYSTERY: New Life on the Sotherden Farm 

 

Originally owned by...

HISTORY MYSTERY: Ethel Champion - The Pride of Clay 

 

In the photo, Ethel Champion is holding one of the over 500 hybrids of African violets she has created.  My first contact with her was when I joined the church choir and heard her strong alto voice.  This made it easy...

HISTORY MYSTERY: Clay and Canals

 

There is no doubt that the state canal system was a major influence in the development and prosperity of the state, the country and the Syracuse area, including the township of Clay and the other small municipalities of the state.

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HISTORY MYSTERY: Henry Clay-Towns Namesake

 

Henry Clay Sr. was born at the Clay homestead in Hanover County, Virginia in a story and a half frame home April 12, 1777.  It was an above average home for a ‘common’ planter with 22 slaves.  His ancestors had been in Virginia...

HISTORY MYSTERY: Great Northern Mall 

In 1975, things began to happen in the northern part of Onondaga County, in the Town of Clay.  Family farmers were selling their land.  In 1976, Walter Farnholtz sold 2.5 acres, Lillian Gaylord sold 5.2 acres, and Lois and Helen Bettinger sold 1 acre to Wilmorite.  June Hullin sold 5.6 acres in 1977 and...

HISTORY MYSTERY: Clay Archaeological Digs 

Pictured are Jessica Bicko, left and Cassie Hough participants in the second dig at the original location of the old Clay Hamlin log cabin on Henry Clay Blvd.  They are recording their activities after having dug in one of the six test pits in the twenty-meter square grid that had previously been...

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