The 2019 Year In Review

Save the Date:  Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser, January 25, 2020, 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.  2020 dues can be paid at the membership table or by mail to:  Cleveland Historical Society, PO Box 29, Cleveland, NY 13042.  $10/per person, $15/per couple, $20/family.  All members will receive information about the activities of the historical society by email throughout the year.

The following is a summary of our activities in 2019:


  • Spaghetti Dinner with silent auction, January
  • 2019 Membership dues
  • North Shore Community Festival donations and sales
  • Donations from July 27 (Guest Speaker/Ice Cream Social)
  • Doll Tea Party – Marge Thomas in November
1914 Portrait of Crawford Getman


  • St. Mary’s Oratory donated a copier
  • Michael Fitzpatrick and his mother visited in July and donated a framed sketch of New York State.  Mrs. Fitzpatrick brought her photo album for us ((Janet Tyler & Joni Hinds) to look at.
  • Grant of $125.00 from the CNY Community Foundation on behalf of the Joseph and Rosemary Wiedenbeck Family Fund.
  • Ledgers, papers and a framed picture of the Constantia O&W train station were donated by Mary Youmans.
  • Mr. Heath (former resident) donated a written history of Whiskey Island.
  • A framed picture of Crawford Getman dated 1914 was donated by the Madison County Historical Society.


  • Cleveland Glassworks Theatre held two shows this year; July, “Treasure Island” and November, “Aladdin”. 
  • Drama Camp was held the week of July 8-12 to prepare for the play “Treasurer Island”.  Information about the camp was distributed at A.A. Cole Elementary School.
  • A grant in the amount of $1,500.00 was received from the CNY Council of the Arts which helps fund the plays.
  • The children participated in the Memorial Day Parade in Cleveland with a float and dressed up in costumes promoting the “Treasure Island” play.


  • Buckingham’s Market in Constantia sponsored the North Shore Community Festival on June 7th & 8th.  We passed out our new brochure and sold reprints of old postcards. 
  • Guest Speakers: 
    • May – Edward Hogan presented “Impact and Importance of Colonial Trade in America”
    • July – Chris Crawford presented her research on local WW II veteran Charles Leonard Tufts who served as a medic.  She found his diary and did extensive research to document where he was according to his diary and added information about the war at that time period.  The Friendship House was open following the presentation with a display of WW II items by Mr. and Mrs. Crawford who are both veterans and have done extensive research on WW II history.


  • Gary Comins, webmaster, along with Keith Schmidt continue to do an excellent job researching local history and posting stories and documents on our website/blog. 


  • Pipes that froze last year were repaired/replaced in the Friendship House.
  • Front door replaced on Fellowship Hall.
  • Tree growing through the bushes in the south corner of the church has been removed.
  • Light in archive room replaced.
  • Alarm system installed in Friendship House which will detect entry and smoke.  The system is monitored by Volney Multiplex at a cost of $36.95 per month.
  • Tom Warner from Upstate NY Wildlife Control inspected the Friendship House and gave us an estimate of $4,500.00 for bat abatement and clean-up of debris in attic area.  This will be discussed in the spring of 2020.

To Do List:

  • Scrape and paint entry way in St. James Church.
  • Pews benches need repair.
  • Inspect and repair foundation as needed.
  • Remove bat excrement and debris from attic in Friendship House.  Plug outside holes where bats enter with one-way valves.


  • The museum and archive room was open several days during the summer for visitors.  New member, Matt Fidler, organized our collection of old newspapers.
  • All items in the archive room have been sorted by categories.  Some notebooks need to be replaced.  


One Year Terms:

President:                    Marjorie Thomas
Vice President:                      
Treasurer:                    Debra Everson
Secretary:                    Joni Hinds
Historian:                    Joni Hinds

Directors – Two Year Terms Expire December 2020:

Richard Mizerski
Patricia Cerro-Reehil
David Thomas
Geoffrey Gursky
Gary Comins
Joanne Demma
Ann Ebbitt
John Ebbitt

Directors – Two Year Terms Expire December 2021:

Nancy James
Dick James
Rick Mansfield
Laurie Martin
Kathy MacDowell
Dail Mizerski
Ron Darrow
Suzanne Walters

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