200 YEARS AGO
Infallible Cure for the Whooping Cough – Dissolve a scruple of tartar in a gill of water, and ten grains of cochineal, finely powdered; sweeten it with a fine loaf or brown sugar. Give an infant the fourth part of a tablespoonful four times a day, and from four years old and upwards, a tablespoonful may be taken. The relief is immediate and the cure in general is effected in four or five days. Let the patient’s drink at night, and when in bed, be water-sweetened with brown sugar. This drink is also recommended in all cases of tickling, irritating coughs when in bed – giving almost instantaneous relief.
September 18, 1820
175 YEARS AGO
Epitaph on a Poor Man: “Beneath this sod, from want secure, sleeps one who Jesus knew; not only poor in purse, but poor in spirit too. Scorn not the mean and humble guise, the heart thou canst not see! Lazarus may reach Paradise, long before thee.”
“Never Give Up! It is wiser and better always to hope than once to despair; Fling off the load of Doubt’s cankering fetter, and break the dark spell of tyrannical care. Never give up! Or the burthen may sink you; Providence kindly has mingled the cup, and in all trials or troubles, bethink you, the watchword of life must be Never Give Up!”
September 15, 1845
150 YEARS AGO
Prospect Rock – During the past season Prospect Rock has been, as usual, a very favorable resort. Many strangers, coming to the village in carriages have ascended to this admirable point for looking down upon the Lake. We are much pleased to learn that Messrs. Edward Clark and J.H. Story, proprietors of the land between the highway and Prospect Rock, have determined to improve and continue the road, and make a convenient circle for turning, so that carriages may be driven within a step of the summer house on the Rock. Next season visitors from Richfield, Sharon and elsewhere will have another point of beauty made conveniently accessible.
Mr. Ambrose J. Clark is about to erect a handsome brick cottage on the lot corner of River and Elk Streets.
Mr. Albert Pierce will this fall commence building a residence for himself on Leatherstocking Street.
September 18, 1870
125 YEARS AGO
There are now in Cooperstown Union School 305 resident and 45 non-resident pupils – total 350. This is an increase of about 50 scholars over last year. That is some compensation for the care and expense bestowed upon this flourishing institution.
The Jewish New Year occurs on Thursday of this week. This is the most solemn day in the Jewish year and it has ever exercised a profound religious influence upon Israelites. The services are very beautiful in their synagogues.
A severe injury – Patrick Fitzgerald of Meredith Hollow, who was returning from hop picking, attempted to board the 3 o’clock express at Phoenix Mills last week on Wednesday. He tried to get on the front platform of the coach, lost his balance and fell, his left foot going under the car, which ran over it, crushing it. Dr. W.T. Bassett, assisted by Dr. H.H. Clapsaddle, amputated the foot below the ankle joint.
September 19, 1895
100 YEARS AGO
Treasurer Ernest L. Pitcher, the dentist who put teeth into the effort to procure as a permanent memorial to baseball and the original field on which Abner Doubleday laid out the first diamond for the national game way back in 1840, reports that $4,000 has been raised. The Street Fair and Carnival Saturday evening, postponed from Monday on account of the rain, was a further great success. Saturday’s baseball game, while not for the benefit of the fund, since it had been arranged some time ago by the old management, proved a drawing card none the less and in addition to providing lots of amusement gave the street fair committee an opportunity to vend a large quantity of pop, peanuts and popcorn at considerable profit. (Ed. Note: In spite of this report published prior, the event was rained out and postponed again).
September 15, 1920
75 YEARS AGO
Lieutenant O. Gregory Clark, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Owen G. Clark of Cooperstown, is communications officer aboard the S.S. Europa, giant German prize ship taken over by the U.S. Navy. This is the third largest ship in the world and was the sister ship of the Bremen the exploits of which formed an excited episode early in the war. Lieut. Clark had been Communications Officer aboard the U.S.S. Monticello before transfer to the Europa. The Europa sailed last week for Northampton where it is expected to pick up a load of troops and return to the United States where the Europa will be placed in dry dock and refitted to transport 10,000 to 15,000 troops.
September 19, 1945
25 YEARS AGO
Media icon Martha Stewart, in Cooperstown at the request of a friend, to speak to a group of almost 1,000 at the Glimmerglass Opera Theatre, said she will begin penning a syndicated newspaper column to go along with her immensely popular television series and the magazine “Martha Stewart Living,” radio broadcasts and lecture junkets. Her television show, which airs in this area at Noon on Sundays, is in its third season and already has garnered two Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Service Show Host and Outstanding Service Show. At a Press Conference at the Cooperstown Country Club, Stewart said this was her first time in Cooperstown as an adult, but that as a child, she had also visited the village. “I hope to stay awhile, and poke around.”
September 19, 1995
10 YEARS AGO
Gertrude Worrall, 97, a nurse who tended children involved in the groundbreaking bone marrow transplant trials at Bassett Hospital in the 1950s, died Monday, September 20, 2010, surrounded by her family. She was 97. She was born March 5, 1913, at The Thanksgiving Hospital, a daughter of Allen G. and Goldie (Thompson) Brisack. In 1951, she began working at Bassett Hospital where she cared for children receiving bone marrow transplants for which Doctors E Donnall Thomas and Joseph Ferrebee were later awarded the Nobel Prize. She will also be remembered as a kind and compassionate nurse in the pediatric clinic.
September 23, 2010