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The Telegram
  • Historical club learns about Hyde Hall

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  • ILION — The Historical Club of Ilion met on Nov. 13 at the home of Phoebe Moore. She and Jane Spellman served as hostesses.
    During the business meeting, the group decided to continue giving a scholarship award to a senior at Central Valley Academy. In the past the scholarship had been awarded to a senior at Ilion High School.
    Karen Vosler wrote and presented a program about the first lady at Hyde Hall, Ann Low Cary Cooper Clarke (1783-1850). She was the daughter of Co. Richard Cary, an aide to Gen. George Washington and married Richard Cooper at the age of 16. They had five children. Richard died after a long illness. She later married George Clarke, a building, and the couple had Hyde Hall built from 1818-1834 in Cooperstown.
    The Dec. 11 meeting took place at the home of Verla Hill. The group decided to send Christmas cards to members unable to attend meetings.
    Mary Marley gave her report on the second lady of Hyde Hall, Anna Marie Gregory Clarke (1834-1914). She was born in Albany, the daughter of Dudley S. and Anna Marie Lyon Gregory. She was a social debutante who married George Hyde Clarke Jr. They had four children. She presided over Hyde Hall for 20 years from 1853-72. The home was not completely finished, so she spent the first few years making it more livable. The family spent the summer at Hyde Hall and the winter in a town house in New York City.
    The historical club’s annual luncheon will take place on Jan. 8.
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