200 YEARS AGO
Monument to General Jackson – The City Council of New Orleans passed a resolution for the appropriation of the sum of 50,000 dollars to defray the expense of erecting an equestrian statue of General Andrew Jackson, in the public square in front of the Cathedral church. It is intended that the statue shall be executed by Canova, the Roman sculptor, the most celebrated artist of the age and that it shall be commenced and finished as soon as circumstances will permit. We congratulate our countrymen and the citizens of Louisiana particularly, on the adoption of this liberal and public-spirited measure. It would be opprobrious that this wealthy city saved by the valor and skill of Jackson from plunder and devastation, should not contain within its limits a single memorial of the gratitude of her citizens.
October 2, 1820
175 YEARS AGO
Missions to Slaves – From a report of the Methodist Convention lately held in Charleston, South Carolina it appears that besides the attention paid by traveling and local preachers to the Negroes in their regular ministrations, there are between 80 and 90 missionaries to them, who have under their charges over 18,000 church members and 100,000 attendants on their services. Over 1,000 Negroes are in connection with the Methodist Church in Texas. The South Carolina Conference has 16 missions to the Negroes; Georgia Conference 12; Tennessee 5; Alabama 7; North Carolina 2; Virginia 2. The catechizing of the children and youth is a prominent part of their labor. Dr. Caper’s catechism, prepared expressly for the purpose, is extensively used. The expense of those missions is over $11,000 annually.
October 6, 1845
150 YEARS AGO
Lost September 27 on the road leading from Westville to Schuyler’s Lake, a Black Satchel, considerably worn, containing two pairs of pants, one farmer’s frock, one pair overshoes, and other articles too numerous to mention.
Also, on September 6, on the road leading from Cooperstown to Westville by way of Enoch Reynolds, a heavy black lace veil. If anyone that will give information where the above may be found. Or return the same to Murdock & Bros., Cooperstown, they will be liberally rewarded. October 4, 1870. A.B. Cornish.
October 6, 1870
125 YEARS AGO
Christ Church was presented last Sunday, by J.F. Brower of Brooklyn, a long-time visitor here, with a beautiful brass Processional Cross, a memorial to his mother. The staff bears the inscription “To Him Crucified and in loving memory of Jeanette Catherine Brower, Died May 28, 1874, Christ Church, Cooperstown, N.Y., St. Michael and All Angels Day, 1895. The cross is borne before the vested choir, of which Mr. Brower has been for some time an honorary member.Marshall McDonald, the fish commissioner at Washington, has ordered 100,000 lake trout to be placed in Otsego Lake.
October 3, 1895
75 YEARS AGO
The Cooperstown Redskins smashed their way by sheer power to a 7-6 victory over a favored Scotia eleven in the latter city’s rain-soaked gridiron. The contest was played in a heavy downpour throughout the entire first half, and a steady drizzle the last half. Members and positions of the Cooperstown high school team are Canker RE; Jones RT; Shevalier RG; D. Welsh C; Murdock LG; Micklavzina LT; Andrews LE; Lynch QB; Clark RH; Coleman LHR. Welsh FB.
The first of several popular lectures on the methods and accomplishments of science planned by the staff of the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital will be held Monday, October 8 at 4:30 p.m. The subject of the first lecture will be “The Atomic Bomb. Dr. Halvor N. Christensen, formerly on the staff of the Biological Chemistry Department at Harvard University and now biochemist at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital, will deliver this lecture.
October 3, 1945
50 YEARS AGO
Mr. and Mrs. Birger Larssen, a Swedish couple, in this country for three weeks to attend a marine insurance conference in San Francisco, stopped off in Cooperstown for two days last week to visit Per Larssen, their son who is spending the year here as a Rotary International Exchange student. Per Larssen is being hosted by Dr. and Mrs. W.H. Barns and family at their home on Pioneer Street.
The Larssens called their visit in Cooperstown “the high spot of their visit to this country.” Back in Jonkoping Sweden, the Larssens are hosts to Wilbur H. Hill, a Minneapolis boy, also on Rotary International Exchange. Regarding Cooperstown Per Larssen says “It’s just like a town taken out of a fairy tale.”
October 7, 1970
25 YEARS AGO
With Otsego County’s long-term care facility running deficits as high as $400,000 per year, an Otsego County appointed Review Committee has announced to the full Board of Representatives a proposal to privatize the Meadows. The proposal would allow private firms to bid for the operation of the facility in Phoenix Mills which is now solely the responsibility of the county. There are no plans to close The Meadows and it could take months before the county even prepares an RFP for sending out to private health care organizations. “The Review Committee was appointed because of the physical condition of The Meadows,” John Nader, a County Representative said. “It was primarily the result of our being keenly aware that it was in poor condition and is an aging facility. Many of the residents are four to a room. Of course, we were also aware of the deficit.” The report anticipates closing the Meadows down, but not before another structure is built at another location.
October 1, 1995
10 YEARS AGO
Anticipating a lean January and February, the Hunger Task Force of Otsego County, is planning an Open House on Sunday, October 17, at 17 of Otsego County’s food pantries. “The open house is to collect non-perishable foods, but part of this effort is to educate people as well,” said Ellen St. John, co-director of the Cooperstown Food Bank. Audrey Murray, St. John’s co-director, will be at the Food Bank located in the basement of the Cooperstown Presbyterian Church to discuss the goals of the food pantry program which is part of a regional and national network. Concerns for food pantry collections were raised when food drives in recent years conducted by postal workers in the spring and fall were cut back to just spring.
October 7, 2010