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Town Historian Dorothy Heller

HISTORY MYSTERY: Clay Train Wreck 

The first serious casualty that occurred since the construction of the Northern Railroad which traveled through Clay happened in 1874 on a morning about five o’clock at the drawbridge over the Oneida River to Brewerton.  The unfortunate train was the regular morning passenger train from Syracuse, going...

HISTORY MYSTERY: Bayberry Early Years 

Early in 1955, according to the Liverpool-Salina Review, the construction of arterial highways (Thruway and Route 81) was expected to dramatically impact our area.  Another impetus for home construction was the new guarantee of the federal...

HISTORY MYSTERY: Warren F. Moore Memories

 

At a casual Farewell Party for Warren F. Moore on September 5, 2014, at Pine Plains Cemetery, I finally meet the famous man.  You would have seen him on the riding mower taking care of the grounds from 1986 until 2013.  He went...

HISTORY MYSTERY: Pine Plains Cemetery History

 

On April 9, 2012, the cemetery celebrated its 200th birthday to honor the first burial on April 9, 1812 of Peter Young, a member of the Young family, one of the first Palatines who settled in Clay.  At that time it...

HISTORY MYSTERY: Towpath Road and Bridge

 

When the Oswego Canal was built in 1820, it utilized the Seneca and Oswego Rivers between Mud Lock near Liverpool and a lock around the falls at Phoenix.  It was needed to connect Oswego, Fulton and Phoenix north with Syracuse and...

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...

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