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Town Historian Dorothy Heller

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...

HISTORY MYSTERY: Clay Sauerkraut History

 

When Clay’s...

HISTORY MYSTERY: East Clay Grange

The photo shows the last surviving Charter Members of the East Clay Grange, 469, in 1915. They were left to right seated Melvin Young and Allen Gilmour: standing Mrs, D. A. Young and Mrs, Allen Gilmour. After the close of the Civil War, Ulysses S. Grant gave orders: “Let the men keep their horses; they will need them to put in their...

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: Clay Winters

 

This photo is a winter shot...

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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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