Nov. 28, 2019
200 YEARS AGO
From the Boston Recorder – Mr. Willis – Although my circumstances do not allow me to do much in the way of spreading the glorious Gospel, yet, taking the hint from the plan for doing good by having a “Missionary Field” on one’s farm, I reserved a spot, nine feet square in the corner of my garden, which is all the land I cultivate, and on the afternoon of election day, planted it with water melons. By the sale of these, I am able to enclose three dollars, which it is my wish should be appropriated to the Jerusalem Mission. And whether I am able to contribute any more, or not, I am resolved, while I live, to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. A Friend to the Missions.
November 29, 2019
175 YEARS AGO
Dr. Wieting’s Lectures – We have been much interested and edified during the past week by attending a course of Lectures on the Anatomy and Physiology of the human body, in connection with the laws of Life and Health, the causes of disease and the means of preventing it, illustrated with a large French Manikin, six feet high, representing to life nearly 2,000 parts of the human body. This wonderful machine, the first completion of whose model is said to have consumed a quarter of a century at hard labor, makes palpable before the eye of the admiring spectator every portion of the Human Form; and a few hours only are required to impart a more perfect knowledge of Anatomy and Physiology in general, than could be possibly obtained from the severest study, even at Medical Colleges, of months, if not years. The attendance of our inhabitants, embracing both sexes, has been large, and we hazard nothing in saying that all have been highly instructed in regard to their own existence and exceedingly gratified with the manner of Dr. Wieting, who united affability and humor with the most profound observations connected with his subject. Never were 12 and a half cents more profitably expended than in attending one of these lectures.
November 25, 1844
150 YEARS AGO
Your Reading for 1870 – This is the time of year when publishers of newspapers and magazines are actively canvassing for new subscribers. The competition is so great that care and discrimination are needed to determine which to accept, which to reject – to separate the wheat from the chaff. To meet various wants and needs, especially in large family circles, a choice assortment of publications is desirable. There are many families, however, who do not feel able to take more than one newspaper. To all such The Freeman’s Journal is especially valuable as a local and general newspaper and as giving a choice selection of the best miscellaneous reading the country affords, interesting and instructive alike to young and old. The amount of reading matter it has given has largely exceeded that of any other paper published in this county.
December 2, 1969
125 YEARS AGO
Local: The heavyweights of the Oneonta Normal School proved rather too much for our Y.M.C.A. boys at the game of football played last week. The Minstrel entertainment given by home talent on Friday evening for the benefit of the Orphanage was witnessed by a good-sized audience, and gave entire satisfaction. The jokes were new, and the singing, tumbling and the farce all drew forth merited applause. The Orphanage received $18.10 of the net proceeds.
It will soon be time to lay out plans for next summer. The Cuban Giants have written to know whether they will be wanted for three games at Cooperstown.
November 29, 1894
100 YEARS AGO
Royal Kretzinger, who lives on the Gay Hunter farm on Beaver Meadow Road found two of his ducks dead Friday morning. Their heads had been eaten by some animal and the bodies torn. Saturday, a rabbit was found, partially eaten. Mr. Kretzinger set a trap near the spot where he found the dead ducks and rabbit. On Monday he found the destroyer – instead of a fox or skunk that he had expected to find, instead there was an unusually large owl in the trap.
December 3, 1919
75 YEARS AGO
Ens. Howard L. Snyder, USNR, is spending a leave at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Snyder at Whig Corners, having completed a month’s training on PBY boats following his
graduation October 17 at Pensacola, Florida when he was awarded his gold wings and the rank of Ensign. A graduate of Cooperstown High School in 1934, Ens. Snyder entered the service in
February 1942, receiving his preliminary training at Colgate University, followed by work at Chapel Hill, N.C. and Peru, Indiana.
November 29, 1944
25 YEARS AGO
James E. Dow, president of Ingalls, Connell and Dow Funeral Home in Cooperstown, has announced the addition of Peter Albin Deysenroth, licensed funeral director, to the staff. Deysenroth brings with him eight years of experience in the funeral profession from his home state of Connecticut. In 1987, he graduated as valedictorian of his class from Simmons School of Mortuary Science in Syracuse with a membership in Mu Sigma Alpha, the mortuary fraternity. He further received his Associates in Applied Science degree in Mortuary Science from Herkimer Community College where he graduated cum laude with membership in Phi Theta Kappa. Deysenroth is also active as a musician and plays pipe organ and piano for his church and others.
November 30, 1994
10 YEARS AGO
Excerpts from a Letter to the Editor from Irwin Gooen: “Growing up in a home of immigrant parents, my English was good enough when I was in high school to earn me good grades in writing in
spite of splitting infinitives. When I served in the military, sharing space with other young men from around the country, I became more aware of how my companions spoke and got laughed at for my non-standard use of English – say when I wanted someone to turn off a light in the barracks and yelled – ‘Hey, make out the light!” Everyone started mimicking me – ‘Make out, make out!’ But people understood me and my English, which was good enough for me.”
November 27, 2009