200 YEARS AGO
Advertisement – New School. The subscriber gives notice that he has opened a Private School, at his dwelling house in Fair Street, where he will devote his time, and use every exertion in his power to facilitate the improvement of the pupils entrusted to his care – whilst strict attention shall be paid to their manners and morals. His number will be select and limited. The advantages of such a school every person is capable of appreciating. The subscriber hopes, by his exertions, to merit the patronage of the people in this vicinity. He will be pleased by having his employers and friends visit his school, as often as they may find it convenient, that the true merits or demerits thereof may be known. His terms for tuition are $2 per quarter, and no extra charges. Israel Day. The Watch Tower.
May 24, 1819
175 YEARS AGO
The timid in politics, fair weather Democrats, have been panic stricken, caused by the brag game and hurrahs of the Whigs. But the sky is clearing up, even to their vision; and as the hour approaches for the decision of the Democratic National Convention in regard to a Presidential candidate, the blood warms with devotion to the Cause, and all doubts of success are thrown to the winds. Although great efforts have been made at Washington to detract from Mr. Van Buren’s popularity with the masses and bring the Delegates against him, we have reason to know that they have utterly failed, and are sure that his name will this day be presented to the Democracy of the country as their standard-bearer in the great struggle for political supremacy, and that complete success is certain to await the count of the ballot boxes.
May 27, 1844
150 YEARS AGO
Base Ball – On Saturday last a match game of ball, the third and last of a series, was played by the Olympics of Hartwick Seminary, and the Clinton Club of Clintonville, which resulted in favor of the Olympics by a score of 29 to 27. The match consisted of the best two out of three games. The following is the complete score: Tuesday, April 27,
9 innings – Olympics 50, Clinton 18; Monday, May 10,
9 innings – Olympics 40, Clinton 42; Saturday, May 15,
6 innings – Olympics 29, Clinton 27. Totals: Olympics 119, Clinton 87.
The late Col. Prentiss. We feel very much indebted to Mrs. John H. Prentiss for a fine photographic likeness of her deceased husband, who established The Freeman’s Journal 61 years ago and remained its distinguished editor for 40 years. At our solicitation it was kindly presented to the office, to remain a permanent fixture, we trust, so long as the Journal shall continue to be published. The Colonel was a remarkably fine-looking gentleman of the old school, and this picture, enlarged by W.G. Smith from an excellent daguerreotype is recognized by all who have seen it as a life-like portrait.
May 21, 1869
125 YEARS AGO
The Danger of Sectionalism – The result of the Civil War in this country was in favor of a race of freemen, involving the abolition of slavery, and the maintenance of the Union. It was the strongest possible declaration against Sectionalism, after a contest that cost thousands of lives and untold wealth. We came out of that memorable contest with the old motto on our banners: “United we stand!” It was the common remark – “North and South, East and West – There will never again be an effort made to overthrow or divide this Union.” There are events occurring today which challenge the correctness of this hopeful declaration – and observing men, who closely observe the signs of the times, cannot fail to recognize them.
May 24, 1894
100 YEARS AGO
Newest Wrinkle to Dislodge Car – A resourceful motorist whose car has been stuck in the mud does not always have to fall back on a pair of mules to get free. For such an emergency the United States Tire Co. offers a suggestion that may prove valuable. This calls for having stored away somewhere in the car a stack of old newspapers. When the car gets stuck and the wheels refuse to take hold, feed in some of the old papers between the tires and the mud. Usually, only a few will have to be worked in before the wheels begin to grip and the car will start forward.
May 21, 1919
50 YEARS AGO
More than 20 Rotary International Exchange students who are spending a year in the area encompassed by Rotary International District 717, attended classes at Cooperstown Central School on Friday and were guests of Cooperstown students at over the weekend.
The temperature hit 82 degrees here Saturday afternoon, making it the warmest day of the year so far. On Sunday, the mercury touched 81 for only the third time this year temperatures have topped 80 or more.
Lieutenant and Mrs. David A Sanford of this village left May 12 from McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey, for Augsburg, Germany, where Lt. Sanford will be stationed with the Army’s 34th Field Artillery Battalion.
May 21, 1969
25 YEARS AGO
The Cooperstown girls took the Center State Conference’s East Division Championships on Tuesday, May 17. The girls’ team finished in first place, while the boys
placed second. As she has done all season, Megan Sanford helped lead the girls’ team to the championship with a
four-event winning performance. She took the 100 (13.0), the 200 (27.2), the 400 (1:01.7) and was a member of the winning 400 relay team (54.5) along with Betsy Roesch, Lisa Alicino, and Annie Winslow. Megan Sanford had a tremendous day and has had a tremendous season, Cooperstown Coach Connie Herzig said.
May 24, 1994
10 YEARS AGO
After a first sighting a few days ago, a “big cat” or mountain lion has been reported again. Maureen Wren, a DEC spokesperson said it is possible that a former pet may be ranging the west side of Otsego Lake. She also said the animal could have been a fisher cat or a bob cat. The last verified sighting of a wild cougar or mountain lion in New York State dates to 1894.
May 22, 2009