Compiled by TOM HEITZ with resources courtesy of the New York State Historical Association Library
200 YEARS AGO
175 YEARS AGO
Latter Day Saints – The Liverpool Chronicle contains the following: “The New York packet ship North America, Captain Lowbar, sailed on Tuesday with 19 cabin passengers and 200 in the steerage. The whole of the steerage passengers belong to a sect called “Latter Day Saints,” and are bound for Quincy in the State of Illinois, on the borders of the Mississippi, where a settlement has been provided for them by one of their sect, who has purchased a large tract of land in Illinois. We understand that upwards of 2,000 are in treaty to embark early next spring for the same locality. A great portion of those who sailed in the North America are members of the Total Abstinence Society, and are from Leicestershire and Herefordshire.
November 9, 1840
150 YEARS AGO
Excerpts from an address by Florida Governor Marvin to an assemblage of recently emancipated former slaves. “My friends: You are aware that for the last four years that there has been waged a terrible war between the white men of the North and the white men of the South, during which time many battles were fought, a great many people killed, cities were burned, many plantations destroyed, and large tracts of country devastated. It was a white man’s war. It is true that a few colored men were enlisted in the army of the United States, but they fought no battles, or, if engaged at all in such, they were trifling affairs; indeed you had nothing to do with it. When it (the war) commenced, it was neither intended nor prosecuted with the end in view to liberate you from slavery. Neither the northern white man nor the Southern white man expected or intended such a result. Neither, therefore, is entitled to your thanks or gratitude. To a higher power should you feel grateful for your freedom today – the Providence and tender mercies of Almighty God. If you ask me the question whether the white man of the North or the white man of the South is your friend, I will answer you by saying that I hope and believe both of them are. But, if it comes to a question of certainty as to which of the two is your better friend, I shall answer plainly and tell you, the white men of the South.”
November 10, 1865
125 YEARS AGO
News of the recent arrival from Paris of a lense for the object glass of the 40-inch telescope that is to be made by the Clarks of Cambridgeport, for the University of Southern California, has contracted considerable attention. A great deal of light may be thrown upon some of the vexed questions concerning Mars, Venus, and the other planets by the new telescope. There are very puzzling appearances on their surfaces, some of which seem to demand for their solution but a comparatively slight increase of telescopic power beyond our present limit. But, as to inhabitants of other planets, the new telescope will leave us as much in the dark so far as the possibility of seeing them or their architectural monuments is concerned, as we have ever been.
November 14, 1890
100 YEARS AGO
The fact that he had imbibed two glasses of beer before he appeared at the Court House Monday afternoon to obtain naturalization papers, prevented Jeremiah Ahern of East Springfield from becoming an American citizen. When Ahern was being questioned by Justice Kiley, he was asked if he was temperate or intemperate. He hesitated and was asked by the Judge how many drinks he had before coming to the Court House. Ahern admitted that he had taken two drinks. “It’s just two too many,” replied Justice Kiley. “We will put your case over until February and in the meanwhile, cut out the drinking.”
November 10, 1915
75 YEARS AGO
Nine men are to be called by Draft board No. 403, covering Cooperstown and 15 towns in Otsego County. However, this first quota may be filled entirely with volunteers who can be counted to satisfy the quota. Already, the district has six volunteers and it is thought that three more men may enlist before the induction date at Albany on November 28. The six volunteers are Angelo Pugliese, Albert Robert White, Robert N. Chase, Maynard M. Shumway, and Franklin N. Goddard, all of Cooperstown, and Albert J. Menan, of Richfield Springs.
November 13, 1940
50 YEARS AGO
In Cooperstown: Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth A. Tyler, Jr., are parents of a daughter, Terri Lee, weighing 9 pounds, 4 ounces at birth on October 19, at the Bassett Hospital.
Members of the faculty and students at the Bell System’s Training Program met Tuesday of this week with the Cooperstown Rotary Club at the Hotel Otesaga, during its regular weekly luncheon session. It is a custom followed since the Bell System program was set up here four years ago and gives AT&T personnel and Rotarians a chance to get acquainted.
November 10, 1965
25 YEARS AGO
Baseball Hall of Fame President Edward W. Stack will be keeping some pretty famous company this week when he accepts the United States Baseball Federation’s (USBF) “Corporate Executive of the Year” Award. The USBF is the governing body of amateur baseball. Stack will join New York Governor Mario Cuomo who will be honored with the USBF Achievement Award and by Tom Osenton, publisher, president and chief operating officer of The Sporting News. The awards will be presented at a luncheon at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City.
November 14, 1990
10 YEARS AGO
More than $4,300 was raised for hunger and hurricane relief at the “Sweet Relief” concert on Saturday, November 5, at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. The concert featured soprano Amy Burton, flutist Linda Chesis and pianist John Musto. The event was presented by the Cooperstown Chamber Music Festival, the Glimmerglass Opera and the Hall of Fame. The proceeds will be split between the Cooperstown Food Pantry and the Katrina hurricane relief fund.
November 11, 2005