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Niles Eggleston, 99; Milford Benefactor, Historian, Author of “Eva Coo Murderess”

IN MEMORIAM:  Niles Eggleston, 99;

Milford Benefactor, Historian, Author

His "Eva Coo Murderess," on a celebrated 1934 murder case, is now in its second printing.
His “Eva Coo Murderess,” on a celebrated 1934 murder case, is now in its second printing.

MILFORD CENTER – Niles Ward Eggleston 99, a community benefactor, local history enthusiast and author of “Eva Coo Murderess,” passed away Tuesday Nov. 3, 2015, at his residence in Milford Center.

Niles Eggleston
Niles Eggleston

He was born at home on Eggleston Hill in the Town of Middlefield on May 27, 1916, the first of eight children born to J. Ward and Maria (Osborn) Eggleston. He graduated from Milford High School in 1935. On June 9, 1943, he married his wife of 52 years, “the prettiest girl in the school,” Georgia Anna Pelton.

In 1937, he established a mail order business, Eggleston Enterprize, in Milford to supply contest information, supplies and newsletters to contestants. At first, it was a part-time venture while he continued to work on the family farm and sell farm produce to area stores. By the early 1950s it was a full-time business with several employees.

He retired in 1982 to enjoy traveling and to devote more time to gardening, photography, writing and his favorite hobby of all, fishing.

‘Opi’ Schoellhammer, 93; WWII Veteran, Former Milford Mayor’s Dad

IN MEMORIAM: ‘Opi’ Schoellhammer, 93;

WWII Veteran, Former Milford Mayor’s Dad

Gerhard Schoellhammer

MILFORD – Gerhard Hans Schoellhammer, more commonly known in his silver years as “Opi,” turned the final page in his epic journey on Oct. 4, 2019, surrounded by his family.

Opi was born in Germany in 1926 and lived many lives, which when weaved together tell a remarkable and unbelievable story of bravery, resilience and the power of destiny.

He was a German paratrooper in World War II, an escaped prisoner of war, an optometrist, an immigrant to America, and the founder of a successful optical shop which is still open for business today.

THE GARY HERZIG STORY

THE GARY HERZIG STORY

‘I’ve always been drawn to trying to make things better’
Gary Herzig thanks Oneonta Common Council members after they unanimously elected him mayor Tuesday evening. In the foreground are, from left, Council members Madolyn Palmer, Russ Southatd (acting mayor),
Gary Herzig thanks Oneonta Common Council members after they unanimously elected him mayor Tuesday evening. In the foreground are, from left, Council members Madolyn Palmer, Russ Southatd (acting mayor), (Ian Austin/allotsego.com)

 

Editor’s Note: This profile of Gary Herzig’s life and career, published in Hometown Oneonta Feb. 6 of this year, has new currency after Oneonta Common Council named him mayor on Tuesday.

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to allotsego.com

Gary Herzig smiles on being elected Oneonta mayor, effective Sept. 15.
Gary Herzig smiles on being elected Oneonta mayor, effective Sept. 15.

ONEONTA – To help pay his way through Queens College, Gary Herzig drove cab nights and weekends.

“In New York City,” he said of the experience, “you see, on the one hand, extraordinary wealth – on the other hand, extreme poverty.”

That sensibility informed his career, from Inner City teacher, to Oneonta Job Corps director and, for the past two decades, an Opportunities for Otsego administrator, most of that time as chief operating officer.

“I’ve always been drawn to trying to make things better,” he said in an interview Saturday, Jan. 31, at Capresso, after the news that he was running for mayor broke the afternoon before on www.allotsego.com.

A member of the city’s Housing Task Force, Herzig said the issue that caused him to announce his candidacy in the Nov. 3 elections, is the city’s housing dilemma:  “There’s a shortage, yet there’s a growing number of abandoned houses.”

Former mayor John Nader, who recruited the late Mayor Dick Miller in 2009 to replace him, said he is “very enthusiastic” about Herzig, adding, “I had encouraged him to run.  I don’t know of other people who are interested in running at this point, and I’m focusing my energies on Gary as much as I can.”

“The range of things he’s been involved in for the past several years make him an ideal person to step in and be mayor at a challenging time for the city,” Nader continued.   “His work on the  housing plan, his work on the comprehensive plan – in all those capacities he’s done extraordinarily good work.”

Howard ‘Howdy’ Cornish, 92; WWII Veteran, Last Of Original Milford Macs

IN MEMORIAM: Howard ‘Howdy’ Cornish, 92;

WWII Veteran, Last Of Original Milford Macs

Howard Cornish

MILFORD – Howard “Howdy” I. Cornish, 92, a World War II veteran and last of the original Milford Macs, passed away peacefully on Tuesday April 2, 2019, at Fox Nursing Home, Oneonta.

Born Nov. 2, 1926, at the Thanksgiving Hospital in Cooperstown, Howard was the son of Horace P. and Leta (Persons) Cornish.

He graduated from Milford High School, Class of 1945. Immediately after graduation, Howard enlisted in the Army and, following basic training, was assigned to the 778th Tank Battalion. Howard was dedicated to his country and proud of his service and that of his fellow comrades in arms.

In Retirement, Father Rosson Is Anticipating Travel, Service

INTERIM TEAM IN PLACE AT ST. MARY’S

In Retirement, Father Rosson

Is Anticipating Travel, Service

By JIM KEVLIN • The Freeman’s Journal & Hometown Oneonta

Father Rosson blesses the host at his final mass Sunday, March 31, at St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Catholic Church after 19 years as pastor. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

COOPERSTOWN – On May 30, 1955, little John Rosson, 7, underwent his First Holy Communion at his hometown church, Immaculate Conception in Irvington, on the Hudson River.

As the host – in Catholic doctrine, the small, round wafer is the actual Body and Blood of Jesus Christ – passed his lips, the boy immediately knew: He was destined to be a priest.

Almost 44 years later, Father Rosson, 71, said his final mass at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 31, signaling the end of 19 years as pastor of St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church on Elm Street.

FULL OBITUARY: Father John R. Roos, 86, Catholic pastor

IN MEMORIAM

“Well done, good and faithful servant 
enter thou into the joy of thy lord.”

St. Matthew 25:23

Father John R. Roos, 86, Pastor

At Cooperstown, Other Parishes

Retired Bishop Hubbard To Preside At Cooperstown Funeral

Editor’s Note:  This is the complete obituary for Father John R. Roos, released a few minutes ago by the funeral directors.

Father John R. Roos
(Dennis Laughlin photo)

COOPERSTOWN – Father John R. Roos, 86, of Cherry Valley, who served Catholic churches in Cooperstown, Cherry Valley, Springfield Center and Sharon Springs, passed away Tuesday night, Jan. 3, 2017, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica following a brief illness.

He was born Jan. 5, 1930, in Albany, a son of the late Frank and Katherine (Purcell) Roos.  A graduate of Vincentian Institute, Father Roos was ordained to priesthood on July 17, 1955, (The Feast of Our Lady of Humility) at the Church of Twelve Apostles in Rome, Italy.

His first assignment was at The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany, in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany. He completed graduate studies at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., where he studied canon law, and served as secretary the Diocesan Tribunal. He later taught and was rector at Mater Christi Seminary in Albany.

ALL ABOARD! Highlights From The 150th Anniversary of Milford Trains

ALL ABOARD!

Highlights From The 150th

Anniversary of Milford Trains

Bruce Hodges, president, Leatherstocking Railway Historical Society and founder Jim Loudon, invite you to join two days of fun celebrating Otsego County’s railroad history. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

MILFORD – The Cooperstown-Charlotte Valley Railroad celebrates 150 years with two days of train rides, talks, ice cream, music and more Saturday – Sunday, July 13-14.

  • 9 -11 a.m. Special Postal Cancellation by Milford Postmaster Judy Kessler @ Milford Depot
  • 10 – 11:30 a.m.: Steam powered Train Ride W. Big Hook Demo to Milepost 6 ($30/adult, $28/seniors, $25/kids, under 3 free)
  • 10 a.m. – Noon: Dixieland Band performs (tent in front of Milford Depot)
Milford Park Dedicated In Former Mayor’s Name

In Milford, Park’s Naming

Surprises Former Mayor

After serving as mayor for the Village of Milford for 20 years, Sabine Curry now serves as the manager of the Milford Farmers’ Market. Today, the village recognized her service by naming a new Milford Community Park at the village’s north end in her honor. The dedication was a surprise to Curry, who reacted with tears as the sign was unveiled. The newly dedicated Sabine Curry Outdoor Recreational Park is the village’s newest park, and has served as the home for the village farmers’ market which, under Curry’s management, opened this year.  At today’s noontime announcement are, from left, Assistant DPW  Chief John Muir, Village Clerk Kitty Ruling, Village DPW Chief  Paul Francis, Trustee Taylor Brose, Deputy Mayor Dave West, Sabine Curry, Mayor Brian Pokorny and Otsego County Sheriff (and village resident) Richard J. Devlin, Jr.  Inset, West hugs Curry after the announcement.  (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

Trudy Lord, 77, Milford; Ceramist With Milford, Oneonta Studios

IN MEMORIAM: Trudy Lord, 77, Milford;

Ceramist With Milford, Oneonta Studios

Gertrude Lord

MILFORD – Gertrude “Trudy” Lord, 77, an accomplished ceramist who operated studios here and in Oneonta, passed away peacefully at The Centers Nursing Home on Sunday March 3, 2019, after a four-year courageous battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Trudy was born on Sept. 20, 1942, in Patterson, N.J., the daughter of the late Samuel L. and Gertrude Margroff Mott. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a sister Geraldine, and brothers Gary and Ronald.

Brian Pokorny Elected Milford Mayor

Brian Pokorny Elected Milford Mayor

MILFORD – Brian Pokorny, the county’s director of information technology, was elected mayor of the Village of Milford tonight.  He had been serving as deputy mayor.

Taylor Brose, a Democrat, was elected to the single vacancy on the Village Board, over Republicans Bill Tallman and Michael Strong.

After ‘Unlawful Activities,’ Mayor Has Closed Milford Park Overnight

After ‘Unlawful Activities,’ Mayor

Has Closed Milford Park Overnight

MILFORD – The Village of Milford is closing its Wilber Park from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. after “continual unlawful activity” there, Mayor Brian Pokorny announced today.

While providing no details, Pokorny said “last night’s activities are being investigated” by the county Sheriff’s Department.

“Law enforcement will be expanding their coverage in the park,” the mayor continued. “Violators may be charged. (IMO, no reason for teens to be in the park at 2 a.m.)”

Charter Commission Recommends Giving Mayor Vote on City Manager

Charter Committee Recommends:

 Let Mayor Vote On City Manager

Joining the Charter Review Commission was new City Council Member John Rafter, Seventh Ward. Behind him is Council Member Russ Southard, Sixth Ward. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Joining Mayor Herzig’s ad hoc Charter Review Committee is new Common Council member John Rafter, Seventh Ward. Behind him is Council member Russ Southard, Sixth Ward. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • for www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – Though a mayor’s vote is normally limited to breaking ties, the ad hoc Charter Review Committee is recommending that a mayor be part of the search for the city manager, and be allowed a vote along with Common Council to make the appointment.

“Both have to be heavily involved,” said Council member Russ Southard, Sixth Ward.  “Otherwise, you don’t have a buy-in.  Mayor Dick Miller was heavily involved in the search for the first two city managers.”

The continued clarification of the mayor and city manager’s roles were discussed in length at the charter review meeting this evening.  Former Council member Maureen Hennessy had resigned from committee, and Mayor Gary Herzig appointed new Council member John Rafter to take her place.

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