200 YEARS AGO
In the case of Sturges vs. Crowninshield – the opinion of the U.S. Supreme Court dated February 25, is summarized as follows: “Discharges under state insolvent laws, exempt the body of the debtor from imprisonment. But his property, subsequently acquired, is liable to his creditors; or, in other words, the contract is discharged as to the person, but not as to the future state of the party.” It is further decided, that until Congress acts upon the subject, the states may pass insolvent or bankrupt laws, which, however, can have no other effect that is above stated; but may be beneficial in putting an end to the partial dispositions of property, which now operate so severely upon the great mass of creditors of those who fail among us. This is all that has yet been decided upon this interesting subject. Gentlemen of the profession will perceive that many points remain for discussion.”
March 15, 1819
175 YEARS AGO
Advertisement: Blacksmithing – Those who want their Horses well shod, or their axes new-laid, or other edge tools made or repaired, are respectfully invited to call at Badger’s Fly Creek Machine Shop, who has on hand the best materials, and has employed Mr. E. Wentworth, whose experience as a Shoer is well known, and who can remedy the defects in the feet of horses which have come from bad shoeing and otherwise. Please give us a trial. Fly Creek, March 1, 1844.
March 11, 1844
150 YEARS AGO
Mr. H.F. Phinney, after having appealed from the present location of the railroad line and terminus in this village, has gracefully yielded to an adverse decision; and, as an evidence of his good will and hearty cooperation in the work in which we are all interested, has released the right-of-way through his entire property, embracing the Lough Farm and the Seminary grounds, to the company, free of charge. This is one evidence among others that Mr. Phinney is not making his investments in this village from purely selfish and personal motives, but that he has a higher view than some minds comprehend of the obligations resting upon men of wealth in the discharge of their stewardship.
March 12, 1869
125 YEARS AGO
Managing People – The world of the managing person is divided into those who allow themselves to be managed and those who object. Generally the managing person is a woman. Women are the born managers of the world. The woman who has this “executive ability” soon masters the affairs of her own particular household, and then she looks around for fresh worlds to conquer. She devotes herself to the business with energy. To those of her neighbors and friends who will allow themselves to be managed she is untiringly attentive. She studies each case with ardor and persistency, arranging circumstances publicly and privately, and giving advice by wholesale and retail.
March 15, 1894
100 YEARS AGO
The members of the senior class of the Cooperstown High School met for organization on Monday. The following officers were elected: President, Bradford L. Klock; Vice-President, Gladys L. Hayner; Secretary, Helen G. Willsey; Treasurer, George E. Dana. The other members of the class are Bernard D. Carr, Doris R. Coe, Louise L. Ferns, Gertrude Fish, Dorothy J. Green, Blanche M. Johnson, Howard J. Mitchell, Martha M. Smith, William L. Taylor, Helen Thomas and Marjorie VanZandt.
The aviators of the U.S. Military Hospital enjoyed a hike to Hartwick Seminary and a chicken dinner served by the good people of the Seminary at Yetter Gymnasium last Thursday. This week, Thursday, they are to again be the guests of the ladies of the Pierstown Grange.
March 12, 1919
75 YEARS AGO
Mr. and Mrs. Anton Koshar of Christian Hill, near this village, received the sad intelligence Sunday that their son, Technician Anthony Koshar, had been killed in action in defense of his country on Eniwetok Island, Marshall Group. Tech Koshar was born July 17, 1918 in West Virginia. With his family he had lived on Christian Hill for about 20 years. He attended the local school and was employed in the Fly Creek cooperative milk plant and on the home farm before he entered the armed service. A member of the first contingent to leave Cooperstown under the Selective Service Act on January 31, 1941, he received basic training at Fort
McClellan, Alabama and went overseas in March 1942. This is the second life that the Christian Hill district has contributed to this country in World War II. Albin Bradley was killed in action in New Guinea in December 1942. Koshar and Bradley lived on adjoining farms.
March 15, 1944
50 YEARS AGO
Entry blanks are now available for the 7th Annual
General Clinton Canoe Regatta sponsored by the Bainbridge Chamber of Commerce, to be held on Friday, May 30. This year’s Regatta will have several innovations. The 70-mile
endurance race will now be run in two sections – an open race which will include certain racing-type canoes and
second Stock Model class which will be for double-end
family type canoes. They will start at Cooperstown a half-hour apart with destination point at Bainbridge. The prize money for the open class has been increased to a $400 first place, with two giant trophies. Second place will be worth $200, third $100, fourth $75, fifth $60 and 6th $40. Trophies will be awarded to all these places, plus a finisher’s trophy for anyone who finishes the race. The Stock Model class will carry no money prizes, but there will be trophies for the first through third place finishers.
March 12, 1969
25 YEARS AGO
A five-year employee at McEwan Hardware on Main Street, Cooperstown has been arrested on a charge of embezzlement, accused of taking more than $15,000 from the business. As a full-charge bookkeeper, he had authority to write checks and perform data entry. “He had a lot of responsibility and a lot of trust on our part,” said Bill Clark, store owner. “This has been a hard thing for us to go through. We have been in business for 110 years and served the community, and we hope the community will stand behind us now and help us out.”
March 15, 1994