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March 21, 2024

210 YEARS AGO

On Thursday morning last, between the hours of 3 and 4 o’clock, our citizens were aroused from their slumbers by the alarming cry of fire, which proved to be in the building occupied by Taylor and Graves as a Tailor’s and Barber’s shop, and had made such progress before the alarm became general, that it was impossible to save the building. The end of Messrs. Cook and Craft’s store, which stood about ten feet east, was several times on fire, but by the prompt exertions of the citizens in hastening supplies of water, and the well-directed application of it through the fire engine, united with the calmness of the weather, its desolating progress was arrested, and the whole range of buildings east to the corner saved from impending destruction. The shutters and windows in Col. Stranahan’s brick house, facing the fire, were burnt out; this building formed a barrier to the progress of the fire westward. The Ladies of the village deserve much praise for the promptitude and alacrity with which they volunteered their aid to the general exertions. They joined the ranks at an early hour, and continued during the whole time of danger, to render every assistance in their power.

March 19, 1814

110 YEARS AGO

The general health of the pupils of the Cooperstown Union and High School is good according to Dr. Floyd J. Atwell, school physician. The work of examining the pupils required several months as each was examined very carefully. In some cases the parents took advantage of the fact that the family physician was allowed to make the examination, but in most cases the school physician did the work. The strangest fact shown by the results is the comparatively large number of children suffering from goiter. A total number of 15 cases are reported out of a total of 428 examined, or about 1 in every 28. Of the 15 cases, 7 are in the high school.

March 18, 1914

85 YEARS AGO

Cooperstown listeners were thrilled Sunday evening with the coast-to-coast salute to baseball as presented over the Blue Network of the National Broadcasting Co., under the title “Cavalcade of Baseball.” The broadcast was in the form of a dramatized history of the first 100 years of the national game, originating from NBC’s New York studios in Radio City, New York with the aid and supervision of the network’s ablest dramatic artists.

March 22, 1939

60 YEARS AGO

The will of the late F. Ambrose Clark, who died at his Westbury, Long Island home on February 26, was filed for probate on Friday. The 30-page typewritten document listed specific cash bequests totaling $275,000 to eight individuals and two churches, paintings to four individuals and three organizations, and certain personal items to friends and members of his family. The bulk of his estate will go to his widow, Mrs. Constance Augusta Clark, to the family of his nephew, Stephen C. Clark, Jr., and to the Scriven Foundation, a family philanthropic trust.

March 18, 1964

20 YEARS AGO

Following a complete rebuilding that has taken nearly 12 months, The Clara Welch Thanksgiving Home will host an Open House and Celebration on Monday, April 5, from 4 to 7 p.m. “This has been a very trying year and a half for the residents and staff,” said Jane Forbes Clark, chair of the CWTH Board of Directors. “Everyone, however, is excited about moving from their temporary accommodation in the Otesaga Hotel and back into their new home.” Last year, on March 26, the historic landmark that had been undergoing a $4 to $5 million renovation burned to the ground.

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