200 YEARS AGO
Excerpts from the New York State Comptroller’s Report: Funds of the State excluding 970 thousand acres of land, yet unsold, and of the funds appropriated for the Common Schools, and for the promotion of literature: $3,500,754; Funds appropriated for the Common Schools: $1,229,076; Funds for the promotion of literature: 132,529; The yearly revenue of the state, exclusive of what is derivable from lotteries: $782,562.
Legislation: Mr. Ruggles reported a bill for the relief of David Anderson. Mr. Anderson was indicted at the Otsego Oyer and Terminer, in 1817, for stealing a trunk and contents from a stage in Cherry Valley. He was convicted and imprisoned. But, his innocence being afterward discovered, he was discharged
March 6, 1820
175 YEARS AGO
Hudson River Navigation – The Steamboat Norwich, Captain Dodge from New York, arrived at Albany on Monday morning at 1 o’clock. She started at 8 on Saturday evening, and from Rhinebeck up, made her pathway through until then unbroken ice, by which she received some damage. On Tuesday, the river was clear of ice opposite Albany, and as far down as the eye could reach, so that an open navigation for the season was relied on. The Utica, which left New York on Tuesday at 5 p.m., arrived at Albany noon on Wednesday, and returned at 3 p.m. The mails now go by the steamboats. Only think of it – where were only sloops and shallops forty years ago upon the Hudson, steamboats are now almost countless. I learn that one is to traverse that noble river the ensuing season which measures 300 feet in length and capable of transporting 2,000 passengers.
March 3, 1845
150 YEARS AGO
Larceny – On Saturday evening last, a young man named John Kilpatrick, about 19 years of age, who had for several months been in the employ of J.H. Story & Company as a clerk, and who was discharged in January, entered the store and succeeded in secreting himself in the upper part of the building. About 10 o‘clock, while a clerk and several associates were sitting in the store, they heard some suspicious noises outside in the rear of the building, and on examination found that Kirkpatrick was in the act of lowering a piece of carpeting from the room above to add to various other house furnishing articles he had already sent down in the same manner. Finding that he was detected, he made no effort to escape, and at first stated he was put up to the theft by other parties – and the nature of the goods he had taken confirms the suspicion that he told the truth in that respect, though he afterwards denied it. He was lodged in jail, and on his examination before Esquire Wilson on Monday, confessed the crime and was to answer at the next Sessions.
March 2, 1870
125 YEARS AGO
For The Ladies – In the Daughter’s Room: A girl ought to have a pretty dainty room, simply but cozily furnished, where she can spend an hour or two every day in peace and quiet, with her work, her books and her little personal interests and belongings. The girl herself should make the fittings for her room and take the care of it. She must be taught to sweep regularly, to keep the bed spread and pillow shams fresh and unwrinkled, to laundry the curtains just about once in so often, and to dust every day. To teach all this to her without making drudgery of it – give her a pretty room.
March 7, 1895
100 YEARS AGO
As temporary Chairman of the New York State Republican state convention, Elihu Root takes a firm stand against the Reds and Bolsheviks. “The right of free speech,” he said, “does not include the right to incite crime. Yet we must be careful not to overlook the distinction. Let there be fair hearing, and let no expression of mere difference of opinion, however radical or distasteful, be punished. One of the things the Republican Party has to do apparently,” Mr. Root added, “is to clear a lot of Bolsheviki, or sympathizers with Bolsheviki, out of the public offices of our government.”
March 3, 1920
75 YEARS AGO
What will happen to jobs for women after the war? Will women be allowed to hold the skilled jobs they now have that were formerly held by men? In a recent talk on “Reconversion and New Avenues of Employment,” Sarah G. Blanding, Dean of the New York State College of Home Economics at Cornell University, said women’s most powerful weapon against the forces that would deny jobs for women is their numerical supremacy. For the first time in the country’s history, women outnumber men. This supremacy is powerful only if welded together and expressed through voting. Concerning new avenues of employment, Miss Blanding stated that women have a high degree of proficiency in occupations that require manual dexterity.
March 7, 1945
50 YEARS AGO
In Cooperstown: The next meeting of the Women’s Club of Cooperstown will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11, at the new building of the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital. Following an hour tour of the new building, Dr. Rodman Carter will talk on “How Much Do You Know about Alaska?” Tea will be served by the food service department of the hospital.
The regular monthly meeting of the Leatherstocking Stamp Club will be held at the home of George G. Tillapaugh on Tuesday, March 10, at 8 p.m. All persons interested in stamp collecting are welcome to attend.
March 4, 1970
10 YEARS AGO
After searching for 15 years, the Richfield Springs Historical Society has home. “We’ve got a key,” said
Historical Society president Marjorie Walters, waving it before the 40 attendees Monday, March 1, at the society’s monthly meeting in the library’s Proctor Room. “I’m really, really happy. This is a great day”, she said.
March 4, 2010