200 YEARS AGO
Land for Sale – The subscribers offer for sale Two Hundred acres of Land it being part of the Farm formerly owned by Jacob Ten Broeck, late of the Town of Edmeston, deceased, and is the southeast part of said Farm – through which passes the Cayuga Turnpike Road. The whole is well watered – about sixty or seventy acres only are improved with a small orchard on the same. They will sell the whole or either end thereof, as its form will admit of division to no dis-advantage. Those who wish to purchase, are solicited to see and call for themselves – the terms will be made easy, and a good title in fee simple or warrantee given for the same. Wessel Ten Broeck and George Ten Broeck. The Watch Tower.
May 31, 1819
175 YEARS AGO
Tonawanda Indians – The Ogden Company has paid the installment of $75,000 for the purchase of the Seneca Reservation, and would exact the enforcement of the law which compels the Indians to yield up their lands to the Company, and appends the following remarks reported in The Batavia Times: “The Chief of the Senecas (Blacksmith) was in the village last week, endeavoring to borrow money at one of our banks, for the purpose of delaying or preventing the consummation of the treaty. He did not succeed. Sanford, their physician, and a well-educated man for an Indian, says the Senecas cannot bear the idea of being driven out from their old homes, and that, in his opinion, great difficulty will be experienced before their final expulsion.”
May 27, 1844
150 YEARS AGO
Local – Persons interested in seeing handsome stone work should take a look at the massive foundation walls of Mr. Edward Clark’s house. Some might think the architect engaged in the erection of a fort or castle. The first freight brought over the Cooperstown Railroad, as far as Milford, will be a quantity of plaster and the stone window and door sills for this mansion, all shipped from Howe’s Cave.
An additional force of masons has been placed on the new
hotel, and their work will soon begin to show. The large piles of stone near the premises are fast taking position in the solid foundation walls of what is to be the finest Hotel of any country village in the State, if not in the Union.
May 28, 1869
125 YEARS AGO
Local – A killing black frost followed the hard rain storm of Monday afternoon and evening. Ice formed in many places, and advanced vegetation in not a few gardens was nipped in the bud.
On two of the incoming steamers last week were Mr. and Mrs, G. Hyde Clarke and children, Mrs. George Clarke, Mr. and Mrs. Torry and children, Mrs. Entwisle, Miss Grace Carter, and Mr. Mercer Pell – forming quite an addition to society at the upper end of the Lake.
When the morning train on the Cooperstown railroad reached the Junction last Saturday, it landed about 300 passengers – nearly all of whom were on their way to “The Greatest Show on Earth” at Oneonta.
Twenty-two liquor licenses issued in Oneonta netted $1,585. The same number was issued in Cooperstown and cost only $750.
May 31, 1894
100 YEARS AGO
Milford – Before a jury in the Justice Court here Tuesday, Lawrence Graves and Amos Cook, two young men whose homes are in the Fly Creek and Oaksville neighborhoods were found guilty of stealing and selling chickens, and were sentenced to the limit, six months each in the Otsego County jail with a fine of $50 each. The defendants were represented by C.G. Tennant of Cooperstown. The case was prosecuted by W.C. McRorie of Milford. The complaining witness was Charles Spencer of Milford, whose chickens were alleged to have been stolen. The chickens, the prosecution endeavored to prove, were stolen and sold in Cooperstown to Joe Rotchstein, who also was a witness. Work on the part of Sheriff Van Zandt and his deputies resulted in the arrest of the men a short time after the crime was discovered. The men were located in Watertown and brought to the county jail to await trial.
May 28, 1919
75 YEARS AGO
A capacity audience greeted the minstrels sponsored in the Cooperstown Academy Gymnasium by the Westminster Fellowship of the First Presbyterian Church. Proceeds were over $100. Dr. William H. McDonald, acting as interlocutor, was supported by the following cast, all in blackface: Hugh and LaRue Jones, John and Richard Shevalier, David McGown, Burton Beals, Nancy Carpenter, Virginia Johnson, Jane Wedderspoon, Joan Veitsch and Robert Johnston, Jr. Chorus members were Mary Gray, Sally Shumway, Diane and Jacquita Smith, Merrill Nelson, Gloria Thompson, Connie and Marjorie Gray, Gloria Rowe, and Vivian Smith. The Kirsch trio played between the acts. Mrs. Francis Shevalier and the Rev. Gustavus Warfield directed the production, with the assistance of Miss Rhoda Smith, as accompanist. Mrs. Virginia Hamblin was in charge of dramatics and Harry Hamblin directed the instrumental numbers by the brass quartet. George H. Carley assisted with make-up.
May 31, 1944
25 YEARS AGO
Fly Creek Notes by Lidie Mackie – Jim Atwell has returned home after two weeks hiking in England. He hiked in West Sussex and the Isles of Wight. The high point of his trip was an evening reception at the Queens Gallery on the grounds of Buckingham Palace. On Thursday, June 2, at 7 p.m., Florence Michaels will lecture to the Methodist Church women. Her topic will be “The Church Calendar Year.” Emma Zigon tells us Joseph is feeling much better. She also told us how proud she was of granddaughter Jaci Aufmuth Domin. Jaci wrote an article that appeared in last week’s paper. Jaci has two sons, Jared 17 and Ben 14.
June 1, 1994
10 YEARS AGO
Four new shops have opened downtown – and, heavens, none one them sell baseball memorabilia. Renee LaFond has opened Blue Sky, a “tweens” boutique; Jillian Boss opened an upscale-apparel consignment shop, Frugal Fashionista; Brenda Berstler found a home at 171 Main St. for her successful Internet business, Savor NY, and Rich Busse opened a ladies’ accessory and gift shop, Silver Fox.
May 29, 2009