Forging Into 2019 …

100th Anniversary of Armistice Day, November 11, 2018
Oswego Veteran’s Park in Oswego, New York

The plaque includes the names of six Town of Constantia soldiers killed in action:
Herbert Clough, Sigel Cook, Harold J. Dupre, Merritt R. Raymond, Lenerd H. Snyder, and George Vanderwerken

2018 Recap


  • Spaghetti Dinner, January.  The total amount raised, including the silent auction, was $1,272.00.  Our total income from dues was $555.00
  • American Girl Tea Party – Marge Thomas. Two parties were held this year, March and November.  All proceeds from the admission go to CHS for a total amount of $190.00.


  • Mr. and Mrs. Michael Fitzmaurice donated a 1729 framed map of the State of New York and framed poster for a New Year’s Eve Party at App’s Hall in 1920.  Mrs. Fitzmaurice is the daughter of former resident and WWI veteran, Arch Batchelor.
  • Andy Henry is moving and donated several boxes of books that belonged to him and his mother, Doris.  He also donated a brown bottle embossed with CC King – Constantia, NY which has been placed in the glass showcase.
  • Terry Winn Dignean, daughter of Courtney Winn, donated several old books that belonged to her father.
  • Grant of $125.00 from the CNY Community Foundation on behalf of the Joseph and Rosemary Wiedenbeck Family Fund.


  • Cleveland Glassworks Theatre held two shows this year; July – “Jungle Book” and December – “House of the World”.  A grant in the amount of $1000.00 was received from the CNY Council of the Arts which helps fund the plays.


  • Annual Open House/Ice Cream Social was held on August 12.  The ice cream social is a free event, but was not well attended this year.   We will review the event in 2019 and decide if we will continue or move to another date.
  • Guest Speaker:  John Baylis, Civil War Re-Enactor, portrayed Abraham Lincoln on May 31.


  • Gary Comins, webmaster, continues to do an excellent job researching local history and posting stories and documents on our website/blog.  He continues to add to the genealogy tree with help from Keith Schmidt and others.  Gary has posted the 1860 census and digitized articles mentioning the Cleveland Union School.
  • Keith Schmidt continues his research on local families which he forwards to Gary for the website.   
  • Rick Mansfield is researching grants for restoration work at the “church”.
  • Joni Hinds, CHS Historian, provided information to the Oswego WWI Commemoration Planning Group regarding our local WWI veterans.  A plaque with the names of the WWI veterans who died during the war was unveiled on the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, November 11, 2018 at Oswego Veteran’s Park in Oswego, NY.  Six men from the Town of Constantia are listed on the plaque.  Joni continued to research our local WWI veterans which resulted in a booklet and display at the village hall during November. 


  • Missing roof shingles were replaced.
  • The archives room, former kitchen, was painted and reorganized by our members.  Various holes were patched and plugged which will hopefully keep the critters out this winter.  Work will continue in the spring as continue to organize the records and replace damaged notebooks.  We will need 2-3” 3 ring binders in good condition and volunteers to replace the old ones.
  • Two outdoor lights at the church were stolen this year.  Rick Mansfield has replaced them.  We are looking into a security system for the buildings and grounds.

New in 2019

  • Dues – You can download a membership form on our Contact page. Forms can be mailed in or brought to the spaghetti dinner on January 19.
  • The museum and archive room will be open beginning in the spring for people to research their families and learn about the history of Cleveland and surrounding area.  Additional details will be announced at a later date.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Museum and Archive Room Staffing – We welcome volunteers to staff the museum.  Proposed dates and times are Tuesday mornings, 9 – noon and Saturday mornings, 9 – noon.  Other times can be arranged by appointment. 
  • Scrape and paint entry way in St. James Church.
  • Pews benches need repair.
  • Replace front door on Fellowship Hall.
  • Remove tree growing through the bushes in the south corner of the church.
  • The weather turned quickly and froze pipes in the Friendship house before the water had been shut off.  We will know in the spring if any pipes were broken.
  • Purchase a copier for people to use when they are researching history/family.

Save the Date

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser, January 19, 2019, 4 – 7 pm at the American Legion, St. Rte. 49.  The dinner includes spaghetti with homemade meatballs and sauce by our experienced cooks, sausage, tossed salad, Italian bread, homemade desserts and beverages.  The price is $8.00/adults, $5.00/age 6-12.  Children under 5 years of age are free.  Take-outs will be available.  Members are encouraged to donate an item(s) for our silent auction table.  2019 dues can be paid at the membership table. 

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