200 YEARS AGO
Advertisement: Saddlery and Harness Shop – The subscriber feels grateful for that countenance and patronage from the public which he has received for many years, and respectfully informs them, that he continues the business in the Shop near the post office in Cooperstown, where all orders in any branch of it will be faithfully attended to. He keeps on hand an assortment of saddles, bridles, Harness, &c, &c. which he warrants of the best materials and well manufactured, which will be sold as low as at any shop in the County for ready pay either in cash, or any kind of grain at a fair market price. He also carries on at the same Shop, the BOOT and SHOEMAKING business. Time is the test of truth, and those who use articles of his manufacture, will in the end find that they were not made, like Pindar’s razors, merely to sell. Daniel Olendorf, Jun. Cooperstown, 1820.
April 3, 1820
175 YEARS AGO
(Editor’s Note: The following excerpts refer to people and events in Cincinnati, Ohio). Ups and Downs in Life – It is useful as well as interesting to notice the change for the better or worse which fifteen years serve to operate in a community. I know a business man on Main Street, who was refused credit in 1830 for a stove worth twelve dollars. He is now a Director in one of the banks and worth $150,000 at least. I know another business man, also on Main Street, who was refused credit in 1825 by a firm in the drug line for the amount of five dollars. In 1830, that very firm lent that very man five thousand dollars upon his endorsed note.
April 7, 1845
150 YEARS AGO
An Aged Minister – Reverend Benjamin G. Paddock, the oldest Methodist minister in this State, the first pastor of the Methodist Church in Cooperstown, who is here on a visit to his daughter, Mrs. Dr. Lathrop, preached in this church on Sunday morning last. Though 82 in age, Mr. Paddock has the appearance and mental and physical vigor of a younger man. It is 65 years ago since he first commenced to preach, under a permit from his church organization, which gift he exercised for several years before he became the settled pastor of a church. For 45 years he officiated in that capacity, and then was placed on the superannuated list. But he has continued frequently to preach, as health and strength would permit, and he enjoys the privilege.
April 7, 1870
125 YEARS AGO
Honest, Manly and Practical – Judge Moore, in his charge to the jury in one of the Brooklyn labor strike cases the other day said: “The doctrine that no man shall be permitted to earn a living in this country unless he earns it according to the terms proscribed at the beck and dictation of some other man, is a doctrine that can never be tolerated. It cannot be permitted. We are men! We have a right to earn an honest living. There is no right that God has given a human being above the right to earn an honest living by honest labor, and there is no organization, whether a labor organization or any other, that has the right to say to you, or to me, we shall not earn that living unless we submit ourselves to their wishes and dictation. That is worse than southern slavery ever was.”
April 4, 1895
100 YEARS AGO
A Picture Churches Have Chosen as That of The Typical American Girl – Seeking a poster which correctly presented the typical American daughter in her present-day attitude to the Church, the art directors of the Interchurch World Movement chose a painting by Denman Fink. This scene, calm-eyed wholesome young woman was selected as the type of the daughters of America being reared under the influence of the Christian Church. Mr. Fink’s painting shows her pausing as though waiting for her parents to join in restoring the complete membership attendance of this place of worship, one of the objectives of the Interchurch World Movement in which the evangelical group of Protestant Churches has joined. The poster has been prepared for distribution throughout the entire country for stimulating interest everywhere in extending the ideals and influence of the churches to men’s daughters throughout the whole world.
April 7, 1920
75 YEARS AGO
Makes the Supreme Sacrifice in Germany. Pvt. Richard E. Race, nineteen-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter A. Race of Toddsville, was killed in action in Germany March 15 according to a War Department message received last week by his parents. Letters dated March 6, 1945 from “somewhere in Germany” were received Monday by his parents and his Aunt, Mrs. Robert J. Wilber, Red Creek Farm. Pvt. Race entered the Army April 24, 1944. He took basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, advance training at Fort Meade, Maryland and went overseas last December. He was attached to an armored tank division. Before entering the service he was employed at Smith’s Feed Store, Cooperstown. Pvt. Race was born in Index, January 10, 1926, son of Walter A. and Mabel (Smith) Race. He attended Cooperstown high school, leaving for the Army during his academic course.
April 4, 1945
25 YEARS AGO
Greeting throngs of interested customers at a table set up in the lobby, Cooperstown Postmaster Connie Tedesco sold special cancellation stamped envelopes and packages Saturday as the Cooperstown Post Office celebrated its bicentennial. “When the post office opened this morning, there was a line going right out the door,” Tedesco said. The Cooperstown Post Office is the second oldest in Otsego County. Cherry Valley celebrated the bicentennial of its post office in the fall last year (1994).
April 5, 1995
10 YEARS AGO
Four new members have joined the Cooperstown Rotary Club. They are Richard Abbate, Chairman of the Cooperstown Village Democratic Party; Laurie Blatt, Executive Director of the Clara Welch Thanksgiving Home, Karen Cadwalader, Woodside Hall Director, and Sally Eldred, retired Executive Director of the Greater Liverpool Chamber of Commerce and a recent trustee candidate. The Cooperstown Rotary Club meets every Tuesday at Noon at the Otesaga Hotel.
April 1, 2010