200 YEARS AGO
A Recipe for the Bite of a Mad Dog – Take the plant called “Scull-Cap, gathered either before dog-days begin, or after they are over (that is, before July 30 and after September 10). Cure it in the shade. Cut it fine and bottle it up close. Of this powder take a decoction as strong as common tea, and give it to an adult, half a pint, night and morning, fasting; to a child of three years old, one gill; to a child of 8 years old, 1.5 gill; to a child of 12 years, 2 gills. The patient, on every third day, during the period of taking the decoction must miss taking it; and instead of it must take two tea-spoons full of roll of brimstone, with molasses, or sufficient to procure a free passage. Continue this course for 40 days. The patient must abstain from butter or milk, or anything of a greasy nature in the diet and wholly free from spirituous liquors. It is important that the feet should not be wet.
August 30, 1819
175 YEARS AGO
To the Abolitionists of Montgomery, Otsego & Fulton Counties. The friends of freedom and the rights of man, in the County of Herkimer, aware of the importance of the current crisis in the struggle between Liberty and Slavery in this county, and believing that the people only need light on this subject, to induce them to throw off all allegiance, political and ecclesiastical, to the Slave Power, have established a Liberty Paper at Little Falls, called the Herkimer Freeman, a leading object of which will be to exhibit facts and arguments showing the inconsistency and wrong of slavery and its deadly injury to the whole country.
August 26, 1844
125 YEARS AGO
Baseball: Athletics 7, Richfields 4 – A most disgraceful termination to the series with the Richfield club occurred
on the latter’s grounds. Before the game took place, the Captain of the Athletics was informed by persons of
repute that the umpire had been “bought” by betting men of Richfield, in the interests of their home club. Upon this information, our Captain requested that some other man be secured to umpire the game, and at first refused to play unless such change was made. The Richfield managers and captain declined to have any other umpire, and after protest, the game began. The umpire displayed his unfairness from the first inning. Even the Richfield pitchers declared his
decisions unjust toward the Athletics. At the close of the fifth inning the score stood 4 to 1 in favor of Richfield. In the sixth, the Athletics made six runs – score 7 to 4 in favor of the Athletics. When the Richfields came to bat, they made no effort to hit balls that were pitched squarely over the center of the plate, waist high; and such balls, which should have been “strikes,” were called “balls” by the
umpire. The first batter received his base in this way.
He was caught napping between the bases and put out by White throwing to Taylor. The umpire declared that White had made a balk, and gave the man his base. Mitchell,
who was catching, went down to the pitcher’s box, and protested against the decision. In the argument that
followed, the umpire is said to have called him a “d__d” liar,” and Mitchell knocked the umpire down! A fat man wearing glasses, threw off his coat and started for the seat of war, but a punch in the stomach doubled him up and calmed his enthusiasm. Mitchell was arrested and put
under $500 bond to appear before the Grand Jury. Mr.
R.H. White went his bond. The umpire declared the game for Richfield, 9-0.
August 30, 1894
100 YEARS AGO
The Cooperstown Air Service Corporation, with a capital stock of $6,000 and with Articles of Incorporation now pending, was formed in the Chamber of Commerce rooms on Monday afternoon this week for the purpose of conducting a business in airplane travel, and of filling contracts for exhibition flying at various fairs and towns in this vicinity. The corporation was formed by former Lieutenant
Wilfred (Tony) Yackey, recently a patient at the U.S.
Aviation Hospital here, and recently discharged from
the army, and by Lieutenant Goodsell, also a former patient. Yackey will pilot the Canadian Curtiss airplane which the corporation voted to purchase. More than 40 Cooperstown businessmen are interested in the corporation. A Board of Directors of five has been elected as follows: Dr. B.W. Dewar, Orange L. Van Horne, George Hyde Clark, William Smalley and R.W. Ellsworth.
August 27, 1919
75 YEARS AGO
Ryerson shoots 69 On Local Golf Course – Playing one of his best rounds of golf in recent years, Jack Ryerson toured the Cooperstown golf course in 69 strokes, three under par. He was out in 35 and back in 34. The present nine-hole course, now being played, measures around 3,225 yards, or 6,450 yards for 18 holes, as against 6,372 yards for the regular 18-hole layout which was played up to two years ago. Ryerson was playing a four-ball match with
Edward Marion, Bert McCloskey and Len Rayner.
August 30, 1944
50 YEARS AGO
Cooperstown Central School’s football squad will
commence practice sessions at 6 p.m. Wednesday on the new high school athletic field according to Head Coach
Ted Kantorowski. The six lettermen returning to the squad are Co-captains Mike Phillips and Lyle Jones, defensive backs Richard Irving and Edward Ayers, quarterback
Alan Vines and center Tim Bliss. The following boys are expected to see action during the coming season – Carter Coleman, end; Cliff Coleman, end and back; John Phillips, guard; Craig Phillips, tackle; Paul Brown, center; Bruce Buffet, Tom Barns, Richard White and Greg Dibble,
all running backs.
August 27, 1969
25 YEARS AGO
Fly Creek by Lydie Mackie – The “Senior Renditions”
duo was discovered audiotaping themselves in the United Methodist Church basement. Elaine Harvey, our postmistress,
and Len Price sing beautifully together and have entertained in Fly Creek. They were last heard at the Historical Society’s “Music Day” in the firehouse. Marie King, wife of Rev. King, also performed at the Music Day. Dressed as a clown, she sold and delivered singing telegrams. At a quarter each she cleared $1.25 for the Historical Society.
August 31, 1994