Two pivotal pieces of history have been donated to the City of Oswego that have cemented its catalog of historic documents.
Cousins Ron and Dan Tesoriero have deep family ties to the City of Oswego. They work together to preserve the Port city’s History.
The city has dozens of books that document laws, events and pivotal moments dating back 170 years, but its collection wasn’t complete.
A portion of history documenting Oswego City Council activity from 1868 to 1871 was missing, until recently.
“So a local antique dealer got in touch with the city clerk’s office and asked if I would be interested in acquiring them,” said Dan Tesoriero, Oswego City Clerk. “So, I called Ron, and I asked if he wanted to buy them so the city wouldn’t have to put out the money to buy them so we decided to do that. We purchased them and donated them to the city.”
The selfless act has secured all the council notes in the city’s history.
They also purchased a pristine copy of the original city charter. The City of Oswego had a copy, but it is in pretty rough shape.
The newly purchased one is in pristine condition, according to the Tesorieros.
“These were lost pieces that we didn’t have– some of it,” said Ron Tesoriero, Oswego City Councilor. “Now we have it. It is nice to have the historical reading, but I’ll tell you we reference this stuff all the time. All the time in this older city. A lot of the infrastructure is still pretty old.”
The city council book contains information about sidewalks and sewers that were just being built. Dan Tesoriero says back then, sidewalks were paid for by homeowners, so some of the minutes recorded have to do with getting estimates for sidewalks.