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Wayne Hanson of Fulton (left) stands with his son, Christopher Davis of Illinois. The father and son recently reunited for the first time in 33 years. Hanson held onto two photographs of Christopher as a toddler and has searched for his son since 1979.

Father and son reunited after 33 years

Wayne Hanson of Fulton (left) stands with his son, Christopher Davis of Illinois. The father and son recently reunited for the first time in 33 years. Hanson held onto two photographs of Christopher as a toddler and has searched for his son since 1979.

by Nicole Reitz

A Fulton resident and his first-born son were happily reunited last week after being separated for more than three decades.

Wayne Hanson, a supervisor at the Energy Recovery Facility, has four sons and one daughter.

Hanson, however, had not seen his first-born son, Christopher, for 33 years — that is, until they met last Friday.

Hanson became a father when he was 22 years old. He and his son’s mother lived together in Mississippi, but split up before Christopher’s third birthday.

Hanson, a deputy officer at the time, paid for his son’s immediate needs, but Christopher’s mother wanted a monthly child support sum.

Unsure whether or not the money would make it to Christopher, he was left with three options: get prosecuted for failure to pay child support, come up with the money, or sign off on parental rights.

He sought legal advice and chose to sign off on his son’s parental rights.

Hanson, describing himself as “young and dumb,” thought that giving up his rights meant that he had no say in matters such as discipline or what school he went to.

He realized the extent of his decision when he was told by his ex-wife that he couldn’t hold Christopher because he was no longer his son.

Three months following their split, Christopher and his mother left Mississippi, unbeknownst to Hanson.

“I didn’t know if she went across the street or to Russia,” he said.

With no Internet in the 1970s, Hanson found it impossible to track down the location of his son.

Making his search even more difficult, Christopher’s name was legally changed from Christopher Wayne Hanson to Christopher J. Davis.

Hanson moved to Fulton in the late 1980s and had two sons, Aaron and Cory. Hanson still searched for Christopher, but found that his son’s name was a common one.

“There were a million of them, but it wasn’t him,” said Hanson.

In 1985, Hanson even called the Maury Povich show, seeing if they could help. He hit a brick wall with the producers because Hanson couldn’t be certain what his son’s name was.

After years of actively searching, and assuming that his son’s middle initial was still W., Hanson’s search wasn’t producing any hits.

The last place he had seen Christopher was in Mississippi, but he could of easily of lived in any of the 50 states or abroad.

Frustrated with looking, Hanson gave up on finding his son five years ago. He figured that sooner or later, curiosity would get the best of Christopher and he would start looking.

One month ago, Christopher Davis found him.

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Bill and Pat Sawyer of Phoenix and originally from Fulton celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 2. Their children sent them on a second honeymoon.

Phoenix couple celebrate 50 years together

Bill and Pat Sawyer of Phoenix and originally from Fulton celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 2. Their children sent them on a second honeymoon.

Lindalee, David, and Dennis Sawyer announced the 50th wedding anniversary of their parents, Bill and Pat Sawyer of Phoenix and originally from Fulton. Swayer is the son of Ben and Margaret Sawyer while Mrs. Sawyer is the daughter of Roger and Betty Marra. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 2.

There was an anniversary party in their honor at The Oasis at Thunder Island June 17th with family members, high school friends and close friends.

They met each other at Phillips Street School and were sweethearts all through high school at Oswego Catholic High. They graduated in 1960.

They were married at Holy Family Church June 2, 1962. He retired from the New York Army National Guard with 34 years of service, while she retired from Marine Midland bank.

They have two daughters-in-law, Cheryl and Jennifer, and two granddaughters, Alaina and Elizabeth.

They enjoy their house on the Oswego River also well as going to Florida during the winter.

Their children sent them on a second honeymoon, which they thoroughly enjoyed.


Ruth Casey, retired from Sealright

Ruth E. Casey, 106, of Fulton, died Sunday July 15, 2012 at Michaud Nursing Home.

A private burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.

She was born Oct. 23, 1905 in Fulton to Verner and Clare DeCare Dealons. She retired from Sealright. She enjoyed Bingo and antiquing.

She was predeceased by her husband, Patrick J. Casey, in 1971 and son, Richard Albright, in 1979.

She is survived by grandchildren, great-grandchildren, special friends, Pauline Kaestle and Joanne Graham, many friends, and the caregivers at Michaud Nursing Home.

Ann Foster, retired bookkeeper

Ann Foster, 94, of Fulton, died Saturday, July 14, 2012 at Seneca Hill Manor, Volney.

She was born in Utica to the late Graham and Carrie (Fuller) Bushell. Mrs. Foster retired as a bookkeeper with Ure Insurance Agency, Fulton.

She was a member of the Daughters of American Revolution, a past Matron of Elizabeth Chapter #105 Fulton, and a member of the Fulton Women’s Club, and the Interior Decorators Club.

She is also a member of the Granby Seniors, Volney Seniors, and A.L. Lee Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

Mrs. Foster was a past member of the 1st Baptist Church, Fulton and a member of the First United Church, Fulton.

She was pre-deceased by husband Willard Foster in 1980.

Mrs. Foster is survived by her daughter, Sharon (Charles) Irwin of Martville; her twin sister, Mary Phares of Fulton; two grandchildren, Cheryl Horning, and Richard Burdick; nephew, David Phares; great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services and burial will be held privately. There are no calling hours.

Sugar Funeral Home, Fulton has care of the arrangements.

Margaret Calderone, retired account clerk

Margaret E. Calderone, 88, of Oswego, died Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at Oswego Hospital.

Born in Adams, she resided in the Fulton and Oswego areas for many years. She retired in 1988 from Oswego County Department of Public Works as an account clerk after 15 years.

She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Fulton. She enjoyed genealogy, reading and puzzles.

Surviving are four sons, William W. (Cheri), Thomas M. (Gloria) and David L., all of Oswego, and August J. (Susan) of Fulton; two daughters, Ann M. Calderone of Syracuse and Jean C. (Michael) Truckey of Erving, Mass.; 14 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held today at 10 a.m. at the Church Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 837 State Route 48, Fulton. Burial will be at Elmwood Cemetery in Adams. Calling hours were held yesterday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton.

Contributions may be made to a favorite charity.

William Frawley, served in Air Force

William “Bill” Frawley, 79, died Wednesday, July 4, 2012.

Mr. Frawley served four years in the Air Force and then went on to American Airlines where he was an aircraft maintenance crew chief for 40 years.

Upon retirement, he continued with his passion through volunteering at the American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum.

He is survived by his wife, Joan Carvey Frawley of Trophy Club, Texas; children, William Frawley Jr. (Karen Santillo) of Liverpool, Mark Frawley of Keller, Texas, MaryFrances Frawley of Keller, Texas and Steven Frawley of Dallas, Texas; and grandchildren, Amanda Frawley, Tatum Frawley, Corey Crockett and Sean Frawley.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m., Friday, July 27 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, corners of South Third and Rochester streets, Fulton. A luncheon at The Oasis at Thunder Island, 21 Wilcox Road, Fulton will immediately follow.

Contributions may be made to the Grapevine Library. Those seeking morei information may visit “Remembering Bill” at

Foster Funeral Home in Fulton has care of local arrangements.


Jerry’s Journal: July 21, 2012

by Jerry Kasperek

Additions and corrections to my last column about dairies that no longer exist:

First, I need to correct the name of Leland Rogers who I mistakenly called Larry (and I knew better). I also found out through one of my informants (namely Bud Dyer) that in addition to Leland, Lorrie (Lorry?) and Natalie, there were three other siblings, Jaleen, Margaret and Jane of the Rogers Dairy family.

Also, upon attending our monthly meeting with the Class of 1951 Lunch Bunch, I was reminded there were at least three or four other dairies in our city that once delivered milk right to the door.

My sources of information (namely Mary O’Brien, Marlene McNamara, Mary West, Ellie Pryor, and others whose names I can’t come up with at the moment) said there was Mangeot’s Dairy, Sheldon’s Dairy, Ingamells’ Dairy and possibly a Miller’s Dairy.

I have no recall of Miller’s at all, but yes, I said, now that I think about it I do remember Mangeot’s.

They had a large spread of land off of Hannibal Street, actually right around the corner and across the street from where we turn into Tannery Lane where Ed and I live.

As for Sheldon’s Dairy, I am told it was out in Granby on the Lakeshore Road and that Brian Guyer worked there as a kid and that their cows were Guernseys so their milk was super creamy.

Ingamells’ dairy I faintly remember but had no particulars. Thus, per a suggestion from one of my “sources,” I called a fine gentleman by the name of Jim Ingamells to see what I could find out.

Yes, indeed, he said, there was an Ingamells’ Dairy and his father, Clyde, was the owner.

But, he didn’t have a farm or cows, Jim said. He bought the milk from a farmer and processed it for home delivery. That’s how a lot of the dairies did business, Jim said. They were processors and not farmers.

He also surprised me by saying that at one time there were 14 dairies delivering milk right here in town. A good many of them were milk processors like his dad had been. I thank Jim for the info.

Who remembers dinners and parties at the Knights of Columbus? That stately old building was on South First Street, where now resides a parking lot.

It was in the block between the old Quirk building, now Towpath Towers, and where city hall is today. You couldn’t miss it; it was adorned with a fancy wrought iron fence.

If you remember the dinners, then you probably also remember my brother-in-law, Bill Baldwin. He was the chef at the K of C for years. And as many of you know, Bill passed away a couple weeks ago.

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Legislators question grant application for Camp Zerbe

by Carol Thompson

A grant application seeking funds for the repair of a lodge at Camp Zerbe that would require Oswego County taxpayers to kick in 25 percent of the cost was questioned during Thursday’s meeting of the Oswego County Legislature.

“I still remain extremely concerned over this,” Legislator Jim Karasek said. “Even when the project is completed, it still won’t have heat and water.”

Oswego County Youth Bureau Director Kathleen Fenlon requested permission to apply for a grant not to exceed $349,419 to repair the ailing lodge. The old Adirondack-style lodge, built around the mid 1940s, consists of a large room that features a fireplace at each end, a kitchen and a large front porch that overlooks Lake Lorraine. The county has never used the lodge.

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