Grant Provided to Town will be Used for a New Snowplow


As communities near Lake Ontario—and those in its lake effect snow band—are preparing for yet another potentially significant snowstorm, State Senator Patty Ritchie is helping make sure people living and working in one of our region’s snowiest towns are able to travel more safely by providing a grant to the Town of Oswego for a much-needed snowplow replacement. 

“Last winter, the Town of Oswego was hit with more than 200 inches of snow. That was one of the highest snowfall totals in the entire state,” Senator Ritchie said. “In order to handle that kind of snow, our towns must have the equipment necessary to keep up. I am pleased to have secured this grant for the Town of Oswego to ensure it can continue to handle the significant snowfall it will receive this winter and help keep people safe.” 

Currently, the Town of Oswego has five snowplows in rotation, but one is nearly 20 years old with several mechanical issues and a severely rusted frame. Using the $200,000 grant secured by Senator Ritchie, the town has purchased a 2019 International snowplow outfitted with Viking snow removal equipment critical to keeping roads clean—including a plow, wind and sander. 

“I would like to thank Senator Patty Ritchie for securing the $200,000 grant that allowed the Town of Oswego to purchase a new snow plow truck,” said Oswego Town Highway Superintendent David Sterio. “We greatly appreciate her support and the effort she provided so we can ensure our highway department can keep the roads clear and safe for our residents and travelers during our inclement weather.” 

The new snowplow is expected to be delivered to the Town of Oswego in the coming weeks .

An update on the Thompson Road Bridge

Many residents have asked about the condition of the bridge, and why it had to be closed before repairs are made. Attached is a photographic summary of many of the deficiencies, along with the Red Flag Report issued by the NYS Dept. of Transportation. For the bridge to remain open, the Town is required to provide a report to the DOT, conducted by a licensed NYS Engineer. The Town contracted an engineer to do an inspection and prepare a report at the end of October 2018. The engineers report stated…“that the Town close the bridge until a reconstruction or rehabilitation is designed and implemented.” This report is also attached. 

Recently, options have been discussed with different contractors and engineers for temporary repairs, so that the bridge can be re-opened as soon as possible. Once the town has an idea of potential costs, the Town Board will be able to choose a option and provide funding as necessary.

If you have any other questions or concerns or for more information, feel free to contact David Sterio by email at or phone (315) 343-0937.

New Museum

In exciting news, the Historical Society is proud to announce the creation of the first Oswego Town Museum. 

The Oswego Town Historical Society will open the doors on its new museum next weekend, taking visitors on a journey through nearly 200 years of the lives, times and adventures of its citizens.

The Oswego Town Museum will hold its grand opening and dedication ceremonies on Oct. 23 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the former Oswego Center United Methodist Church at 2316 county Route 7, adjacent to the Oswego Town Hall.

For Historical Society members, the museum offers a chance to showcase exhibits tracing the town’s lineage back to its founding in 1818. The museum will also house a working research center.

“We never thought this dream would come true,” said Town Historical Society President George DeMass.

The church merged with the Southwest Oswego United Methodist Church in 2014 to become the new Journey of Faith United Methodist Church and the town of Oswego purchased the building shortly thereafter.

After several years of collecting artifacts and correspondence chronicling the town of Oswego’s rich history, the Historical Society is finally ready to welcome guests to the museum.

One of the most prominent exhibits will feature relics and information on the life of Dr. Mary Walker, the world-famous physician and Oswego town native who received the Congressional Medal of Honor for her service to the Union during the Civil War.

The Dr. Walker exhibit will feature her personal Bible, which she purchased while working during and in the aftermath of the Battle of Chancellorsville in 1863.

“We’re going to have a great educational program here and hopefully get school groups to come and experience this history,” said DeMass.

Several of the exhibits feature items donated by local residents, including an Emma Adams Columbian Doll, produced by Emma and her sister Marietta on Maple Avenue in the town of Oswego and exhibited at the Chicago World’s Fair Columbian Exhibition in 1893.

An upright piano from the Oswego Grange Lodge 115, founded in 1874, is also displayed.

David H. McConnell’s original sales case will be available for viewing. McConnell founded the California Perfume Company in 1886 – the cosmetics company would later become known internationally as Avon.

Several exhibits will highlight the military service of Oswego Town natives and residents. James Lee, the town’s other Medal of Honor winner who was recognized for his service in the Civil War, is featured as well as a footlocker from Captain L.F. Briggs used during his service with the 157th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment.

The museum will also showcase amenities of the former United Methodist Church in which it is housed. Stained glass windows from the turn of the century remain intact as well as much of the original woodworking from its construction in 1892.

More information on the museum and exhibits can be found at Sunday’s event is free and open to the public.

March, 2016 Report

Overseer of the Poor Reocrds 1818-1847 For Oswego Town –A Gift from the Town of Hannibal

Our Intern Janelle, Is Working On The Historical Society Website And Has Indexed Obituaries In Three Volumes.

Working On Grants For The New Museum

First Meeting For The Hist. Society Is Wed. March 16 6;30 Pm At The New Museum. 
Topic; Beginning A Museum 

George DeMass, Historian

October 12, 2015 Report

The next Oswego Town Historical meeting will be October 21, 2015 at 6:30 PM.  The topic is Ontario Orchards  50th Anniversary ,the presenters will be Dennis & June Ouellette.

A cemetery walk will be Friday October 30th at 6:00 PM in Rural Cemetery. A SUNY OSWEGO College class will portray people buried there.

VETERAN’S DAY Program will be Saturday,  November 7 at 10 am at town hall.

Three volunteers, Pat Shortsleeve, Earl Engle and George DeMass washed and cleaned the Dr. Mary Walker Statue on Saturday Oct. 10th. 

George DeMass, Historian

August 10, 2015 Report

Participation in the Sheldon Institute at Oswego Town Rural Cemetery, specifically at Dr. Mary’s grave.
Conducted 4 hr. tour of Walker sites Sat. Aug. 8 at request of Oswego County Hist. Soc.

From Norman Simmons estate: Norman’s Eagle Scout badge and sash c. mid 1930’s.

From the Benjamin B. Place family –letter written by Samuel Place first Place in Oswego Town, 1832.

George DeMass, Historian

March 9, 2015 Report

March 9, 2015 Report

Michael, the college intern, continues to work with the Walker archives. 

The new historical marker for Rural Cemetery has arrived and will be placed and dedicated at the site in May 2015.

The 2015 program for the OTHS begins March 18 6:30 pm with a presentation by Reuel Todd of the Todd Cider and Vinegar Mill in Oswego Center.

Granddaughter of George King a merchant in Fruit Valley has given some family paper items and pictures for the archives

George DeMass

February 9, 2015 Report

Michael Heagerty, a junior at SUNY Oswego, is the intern for the Spring. He will earn 3 credits on completion of the term. He is presently cataloging and indexing the Dr. Mary Walker archives on a spread sheet, available for research.

The historical marker for Rural Cemetery will be delivered in about three weeks. A program for its placement will be held in early May 2015.

The book, TOWN OF OSWEGO, is still selling, especially at river’s end book store.

The 2015 season of meetings will begin March 18 Wednesday 6:30 pm with Sheriff Todd presenting Todd’s Cider and Vinegar Mill.
The program brochure will be available by March 1.

LOCAL HISTORY ON TAP will begin Tuesday, March 3, 7pm at GS Steamers Bar and Grill. The topic will be OSWEGO AND THE HOLOCAUST. The program is a time for discussion about the topic.

November 10, 2014 Report

The Veterans Day program was held Sat. and was well attended including four WW II veterans. The next and last event for 2014 will be the Open House, Sat. Dec. 6 12- 2pm The Concinnity singers will be singing carols

2015 meetings and events will begin in March.

As Town Historian. I am working on the following:

Ecumenical Memorial Service for the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s death this will be held in Oswego City.

A seminar on women’s and social justice issues in conjunction with SUNY Oswego to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Dr. Walker receiving the Medal of Honor. 

A program LOCAL HISTORY ON TAP at a local bar possibly at Alex’s

August 11, 2014 Report

The Town Historian attended the one day seminar sponsored by the Northern Region of the NYS Historical Assoc. on May 2 in Hogansburg, NY. The seminar dealt with pests that get into archives and making archives to local teachers for classroom activities. 

The Pomeroy foundation has awarded a grant of $1050 to the Town Historical Society for an historical marker to be placed at Oswego Town Rural Cemetery stating that it is the resting place for two Medal of Honor recipients, Dr. Mary Edwards Walker and James Lee. 

The Arcadia book TOWN OF OSWEGO will be ready for proof reading by the first week of June and will be published Aug. 11. 

The May meeting of OTHS will be Wed. May 21, 6:30 pm. The program will be on the Perry Inn on top of Perry Hill and will be presented by present residents, Dr. and Mrs. Michael Nupuf.
The house is two hundred years old this year, 2014.

The annual Memorial Day service will be held at Oswego Town Rural Monday MAY 26th 10 AM the national day of memorial. 
Special honor and attention will be given to Medal of Honor recipient James Lee of the Kearsage and Alabama battle occurring 150 years ago this June