BOUND VOLUMES, November 7, 2013
200 YEARS AGO
Notice – On Sunday, the 14th inst. the Rev. Nathaniel Stacy, will deliver a discourse upon Universal Salvation, at the School House near the Cotton Factory, in Hartwick, at which place he will preach on the second Sunday of each month for the year to come (extraordinary cases excepted) November 6, 1813.
November 6, 1813
175 YEARS AGO
Ultimate dissolution of the solar system – The idea of the ultimate dissolution of the solar system, has usually been felt as painful and forcibly resisted by philosophers. When Newton saw no end to the deranging effect of the common planetary perturbations, he called for the special interference of the Almighty to avert the catastrophe; and great was the rejoicing when that recent analysis described a memorable power of conservation in our system’s constituent phenomena; but, after all, why should it be painful? Absolute permanence is visible nowhere around us; and the fact of change merely intimates that in the exhaustless womb of the future un-evolved wonders are in store. The phenomena referred to would simply point to the close of one mighty cycle in the history of the solar orb – the passing of arrangements which have fulfilled their objects that they might be transformed into new.
November 12, 1838
150 YEARS AGO
Edward B. Crandal, Esq., for many years an active business man and politician in this county, died at his residence in Cooperstown on Friday last, in the 74th year of his age. Mr. C. came to this village in 1806 and was apprenticed to Mr. Phinney to learn the printing business. In 1817 he commenced the publication of the Watch Tower, and continued to print it until 1831. In 1824 he was appointed by the Legislature of the State one of the Electors of President and Vice President of the U.S. and in 1826 he was elected County Clerk, which office he held for three years. For many years he held the office of Justice of the Peace. In all those public positions, and in the social and domestic circles, Mr. Crandal was esteemed for his integrity and worth. He was buried with Masonic honors on Sunday last.
November 6, 1863
125 YEARS AGO
The result of the election in this county is a surprise to both parties. While a few well-informed Democrats hoped to carry it by a small majority for Cleveland, it was the expectation of most of them that it would go Republican by one to three hundred. No one looked for a Republican majority of over 800. The causes which have combined to produce this result are recognized by all. It is most largely due to the immense amount of money at the disposal of the Republicans, and the use made of it in controlling the floating vote. Of State and Congress district funds, they must have had from $25,000 to $30,000. The money put up in the interest of Mr. Wilber was largely used for the benefit of the whole Republican ticket. When paying from $10 to $25 for votes, this could easily be done. It was the amount such visitors were looking for, and caring little in turn what they did for it.
November 9, 1888
100 YEARS AGO
Local – Some mysterious individual seems to have a mania for traversing the streets at night, disturbing the inhabitants of the village by running up on the doorsteps and leaving handbills and tracts attacking the Roman Catholic Church in general and the pope in particular. If these reformers have anything important to say, we would suggest that they hire a hall, or come around in the daylight.
Linn Pope of Toddsville has been feasting on Calarab figs since Friday last, he having guessed the nearest to the number of figs in the basket in the Mulkins’ Store window for four weeks past. There were 3,657 figs in the basket and Mr. Pope guessed 3,600. Every customer who purchased a pound of Calarabs was entitled to a guess and the estimates ranged from 500 to 100,000.
November 5, 1913
75 YEARS AGO
The Cooperstown high school gridiron season ended Friday afternoon when the Redskins fell to a powerful Oneonta high school eleven, 21 to 13. The traditional game between the two schools was played before a throng of 2,500 at the new Webb Island field. Trailing throughout the contest, and after Oneonta scored its last touchdown with less than two minutes remaining, the Redskins scored two touchdowns, the first drive starting with an aerial heave from star back Walt Eggleston to Jim Callahan. Bob Dodge then took the handoff on a reverse, smashed off right tackle and took it to the Oneonta twelve before going out of bounds. Two plays later Eggleston scored when Dodge passed to Callahan who lateraled to Eggleston. Eggleston dropkicked the extra point. The Redskins then recovered an Oneonta fumble and scored on a 35-yard pass from Eggleston to Callahan who took it in from the five.
November 9, 1938
50 YEARS AGO
Paul S. Kerr, President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. announced the appointment of Ken Smith as Director of the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum. He covered baseball for the Hartford Courant while attending Trinity College and later became office boy for the New York Evening Mail. Smith has been with the New York Mirror since 1931 and covered major league baseball for 38 years. He helped to count ballots in the first election for Hall of Fame members in 1936 and attended the dedication of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in 1939.
November 6, 1963
25 YEARS AGO
Jennie Bailey Elliott celebrated her 100th birthday at Woodside Hall October 21. Mrs. Elliott was born on October 21, 1888 in Massena, the daughter of Frank and Anna Miller Bailey. She graduated from Syracuse University in 1910, majoring in music. For many years, she taught lessons and played the church organ. She married Carl Elliott and lived in Massena until she was 94 before joining her daughter Jane Brayden in Cooperstown.
November 9, 1988