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Town Historian Dorothy Heller

HISTORY MYSTERY: Trains in Clay

Train service first came to Clay in November of 1871 when the Syracuse Northern Railroad opened from Syracuse to Sandy Creek. There were three stations in Clay. They were Woodard, just off Buckley Road; Cigarville on Route 31 east of the Historic Park; and Dutch Settlement near Caughdenoy Road and no longer in use after 1098. In 1871,...

HISTORY MYSTERY: Freight Yard Brewing Tap Room

This two-story building was built as a feed mill in 1921 and catered to the needs of area farmers until the mid...

  HISTORY MYSTERY: North Syracuse Library

In 1971, we moved to a wonderful house just eight properties west of this old house made into the North Syracuse Library on Route 11 in North Syracuse. I was a constant visitor...

YOUNG GEORGE WASHINGTON

Doing some research on all that is being written to celebrate his birthday, I found some information that is all new to me on Washington’s part in the French and...

HISTORY OF CLAY POLITICAL PARTIES

The earliest recorded mention of political parties since the founding of Clay was from a New York State Legislature report on its naming. The citizens of Clay in 1827 petitioned the State Legislature to create a town from the western portion of Cicero to be called “Bolivar,” probably after the famous South American...

On April 29, 2017, the Town of Clay honored former Town Highway Superintendent and longtime Town Councilor Bill Weaver by dedicating the highway department garage in his honor. Read the full article below.

HISTORY SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE

The Clay Historical Association (CHA) is offering for the first time, a scholarship to someone who has a deep interest in History. It is open to a Senior in High School OR a recent graduate of not more than two years. The applicant must reside in the Town of Clay and be planning to attend college for the first time. For an application, please see your...

CHA Members Honored

At their regular meeting, October 17, 2016, the Clay Historical Association presented two of its members with recognition awards. They are Howard Snow (left) and Carl Lepinske (right). For Howard, it was a couple award including his wife Beverly (posthumously), who was president many times and on many committees. During one of her terms of...

REMEMBERING CLAY  Australians visit Great great-grandfathers homestead Part III

Having the lamb chops delivered to the meat market frozen was a surprise to the Patterson’s. Lamb is their largest meat seller as the sheep are raised locally in Australia and New Zealand. The meat would be butchered and cut at the site of the market. Since most cities, towns, etc. are located near the ocean...

REMEMBERING CLAY
Australians visit great great-grandfather’s homestead – Part II

On Monday evening, October 19, the Patterson’s (from Australia) and I attended the Clay Town Board meeting where Deputy Town Supervisor, Joe Bick welcomed them to Clay. After I gave a brief background of how we became acquainted from over 8,000 miles away,...

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