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MO’NE DAVIS WILL DONATE HISTORIC JERSEY TO HOF

MO’NE DAVIS WILL DONATE

HISTORIC JERSEY TO HOF

Mo'ne Davis shows her stuff while playing at Cooperstown All-Star Village earlier this summer.  (All-Star Village photo)
Mo’ne Davis shows her stuff while playing at Cooperstown All-Star Village earlier this summer. (All-Star Village photo)

COOPERSTOWN – Mo’ne Davis, the first female pitcher to win a game at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., will be at the Hall of Fame Thursday to donate the jersey she wore during the historic victory.

Davis will visit the Hall along with teammates from both her Taney Little League World Series team and the Anderson Monarchs, her travel team since she was 7, to present the donation to Museum President Jeff Idelson. She was in Otsego County earlier this summer, where she played with the Monarchs at Cooperstown All-Star Village in West Oneonta.

Mamie “Peanut” Johnson, a former Negro Leagues pitcher and one of only three women to play in the Negro Leagues, will also attend Thursday’s donation event at the Museum.

Chance, Romance Change Everything

 THE NIGHTINGALE & THE FIREFLY/PART II

Chance, Romance

Change Everything

Ashok Malhotra and Nina Finestone in the days after their chance meeting in late 1965 in the basement snack back of NYU’s Loeb Student Center.
Ashok Malhotra and Nina Finestone in the days after their chance meeting in late 1965 in the basement snack back of NYU’s Loeb Student Center.

Editor’s Note: This is the second article in a three-part series on Ashok Malhotra, who retired in December after almost a half-century in SUNY Oneonta’s Philosophy Department.  In was published in Hometown Oneonta & The Freeman’s Journal on March 3-4, 2016.

By JIM KEVLIN • for www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – His first snowstorm, magical white flakes falling out of the night sky: It was a pivotal point in his life.

“It was like being in heaven,” Ashok Malhotra remembers.

It was Dec. 21, 1965, and he and Nina Finestone, after cleaning up from his 24th birthday party, had just left the apartment near the NYU campus where he rented a room.

Just three days before, Ashok and a pal – another foreign student – had been chatting in the snack bar in the basement of the Loeb Student Center.   “The door opens,” he remembers, “and a beautiful woman walks in.”

“Are you people from Pakistan?” she asks.

“No, we’re from India,” he replies.

“Do you have four wives?”

Joseph Paul Campbell, 91½ ;Teacher, Coach, Broadcaster

IN MEMORIAM

Joseph Paul Campbell, 91½ ;

Teacher, Coach, Broadcaster

Joseph Paul Campbell

ONEONTA – Joseph Paul Campbell, age 91½, passed away on March 6, 2019, at 4:05 p.m. after hearing “The Campbells are Coming” on the bagpipes while surrounded by family.

A few days earlier, Pastor Eda Dorosky led a family prayer circle around Joe, welcoming him with grace to God’s table. A memorial service will be scheduled at a teacher-friendly time, with so many family members following in Joe’s footsteps.

Joe, Oneonta High School Class of 1945, was one of Oneonta’s most dedicated life-long community members. He was recognized through honors and awards throughout his life. Joe’s dedication to teaching, coaching, broadcasting, and community service were among his greatest contributions, which were woven through his life as a father, athlete, philosopher, educator, radio personality, music aficionado, and coach.

HOMETOWN HISTORY: June 21, 2019

HOMETOWN History

June 21, 2019

150 Years Ago

Definitions: Sisters of Charity? Faith and Hope. A Cow Belle? A beautiful milkmaid. Dearer than life? A fashionable funeral. High words? Conversation on Mount Blanc. What is everybody doing at the same time? Growing old. How to cure a “Girl of the Period?” Put a stop to her. What love’s young dream often turns out to be? A nightmare. Men who “take things easily as they come along? Thieves. How does time turn into money? A pawned watch. Who are the most interested followers of our fortunes? Our creditors.

June 1869

125 Years Ago

The Local News: One of the features of the Fourth of July celebration here will be a ten-mile road race starting from the foot of Dietz Street at 10 a.m. The trophy will be an elegant vase which must be won three times in succession before it becomes individual property. The race is open only to members of the wheel club.
The Merry-Go-Round now on Dietz Street will be moved to Wilber Park this week, where for a season it will be an added attraction for the young people.
T.E. Wainwright of West Oneonta has a mammoth seedling strawberry, discovered in the meadows two years ago and since carefully cultivated. A basket of the berries brought to the Herald office shows them to be uniformly of large size, oval in shape and of a delicious flavor commonly supposed to be found only in the smaller berries of the meadows.

June 1894

100 Years Ago

Among sixteen featured speakers and musicians appearing in Oneonta with the Redpath Cahatauqua (Admission $2) are the following: “Williams’ Jubilee Singers” Eight Colored Artists. Organized in 1904. Toured around the world. One hundred and thirty concerts in London. Educated and cultured, representing Fisk University, Knox College, Oberlin College and Rush University. Repertoire comprises the Jubilee of the Dixies and the grand old melodies of the years gone by. “Bhaskar P. Hivale” A native of India; graduate of Bombay University; post graduate course at Harvard. Mr. Hivale’s subject will be “What About India and the World Events?” A message of absorbing interest with flashes of wit to illuminate the seriousness of his discourse. Speaks in a simple, direct language, with a slight Oriental accent. “Princess Watahwaso” An Indian soprano of the Penobscot Tribe. Has had training under masters in musical art and besides is a born entertainer. Her program is a lecture recital, consisting of Indian songs, legends and descriptive dances. Her names means “Bright Star,” which is truly characteristic of her personality.

June 1919

80 Years Ago

The Manlius School will present two major awards to Charles Swart of Oneonta at its commencement exercises in Knox Hall at Noon today. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Loughgran Swart of 384 Main Street. The Stark Trophy, awarded annually to the most valuable member of the basketball team, will be presented to Swart, who was a high-scoring guard on the crack Manlius quintet last winter. He was named on the All-Star team following the Eastern Tournament at Glens Falls. Before matriculating at Manlius last fall, Swart was an outstanding athlete at Oneonta High School, earning letters in football, basketball, baseball and track. His ability as an athlete was recognized by leading coaches in the Southern Tier. Swart was captain of the 1938 Yellow and White basketball team, which swept to the championship of the Southern Tier Conference. He led the league in scoring, averaging 15 points per game during the season. Swart plans to enroll at Syracuse University next fall and may be playing with two former teammates on the Orange basketball team during the season of 1941-1942. Bill Ouimette and Sam Pondolfino were members of the freshman quintet at Syracuse last winter.

June 1939

60 Years Ago

One hundred and sixty-seven Oneonta High School students graduated in the 90th annual commencement exercises at the Oneonta Theatre. Twenty-five students received prizes, among which were Patricia Sweet, Mrs. D.F. Wilber Prize for the highest standing; Elizabeth Downie for the second highest standing; Patricia Seward for the Lynn, Clyde and Fred Bresee Award for highest average among senior girls for the senior year and the Mrs. D.F. Wilber prize for the highest standing in English and a certificate of acceptance from the National High School Poetry Association. Donald Plants was awarded the Lynn, Clyde and Fred Bresee prize for the highest average among senior boys. Donald Plants and Sandra Lare were given awards as the senior boy and girl who “have shown the greatest personal advancement during the years in high school.”

June 1959

40 Years Ago

Dr. Frank A. Burdick, associate professor of history with State University College at Cortland has been awarded a year-long research fellowship by the National Endowment for the Humanities to complete a detailed study on the American Military establishment’s evaluation of the Vietnam War. According to Dr. Burdick, the purpose of his study is to examine the way military thinkers have assessed the Vietnam experience and to consider if the pessimism and bitterness that exist represent “a threat to the historic concept of civilian control over the military” in American life.”

June 1979

10 Years Ago

Two former Oneonta Yankees did most of the damage at the inaugural Hall of Fame Classic. Mike Pagliarulo, who played for Oneonta in 1981, hit an RBI double in the bottom of the sixth inning as Team Wagner rallied for four runs to earn a 5-4 victory over Team Collins in front of 7,069 fans at Doubleday Field on a warm, but overcast Sunday afternoon. Another former O-Yank, Kevin Maas – hit a two-run homer during the third inning to give team Collins the 4-0 lead. Maas played for Oneonta in 1986. The team names were selected for Hall of Famers Eddie Collins and Honus Wagner.

June 2009

HAIL TO THE CHIEF! Tim Mead New HoF President

Tim Mead New HoF President

HAIL TO

THE CHIEF!

Tim Mead poses with fans from Hartford, Conn., after they asked him to snap a photo of them at the scoreboard in front of 25 Main St., which he gladly did. From left are Luis Garcia, his wife Carmen and daughter Glendaly. In front is granddaughter Macci, 8. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Tim Mead pauses in front of Baseball’s Mecca, which he now oversees.

COOPERSTOWN – Tim Mead is anything if not approachable.

Walking by that display board of standings in front of the Hall of Fame the other day, Glendaly Garcia of Hartford, Conn., called out to the new president of Baseball’s Mecca:  “Can you take our photo?”

Unhesitatingly, he did, then posed with the family, now thrilled at meeting the man who holds one of the highest-profile jobs in the National Pastime.

That kind of personal touch is important, the Garcias can tell you:  A decade ago, dad Luis was diagnosed with cancer, and the family brought him to Cooperstown to fulfill a lifelong dream.   He recovered, and a month ago was diagnosed with brain cancer.

Meeting Tim Mead made their visit that much more special.

Paul Kellogg, Glimmerglass Artistic Director Emeritus, Dies at 84

Paul Kellogg,
Glimmerglass Artistic Director Emeritus,
Dies at 84

Paul Kellogg’s love of opera transformed Otsego County’s summer tourism season by making Springfield Center a destination for world-class performances, as the Glimmerglass Opera and now as The Glimmerglass Festival.

Cooperstown Paul Edward Kellogg came to Cooperstown in 1975 to write, but stayed to develop one of the premiere summer opera and music-theater festivals in the United States. He leaves as a highly respected and well-beloved member of the greater Cooperstown community. Paul Kellogg died in Cooperstown at Bassett Hospital on April 28, 2021, of natural causes. He was 84.

Kellogg was born on March 11, 1937, in Hollywood, California, into a family passionate about music. His father, Harold Kellogg, a student of Jean de Reszke and Oscar Seagle, worked at 20th Century Fox teaching voice projection and diction. His mother, Maxine, was an accomplished pianist. Kellogg, however, began his career focused on another art form, language. He and his parents moved to Texas in the late 1940s, and Kellogg received his undergraduate degree in comparative literature from the University of Texas at Austin. He continued his studies at the Sorbonne in Paris and at Columbia University. In 1967, he joined the faculty of the Allen-Stevenson School in New York City as a French teacher, and ultimately became Assistant Headmaster and Head of the Lower School.

Kellogg relocated to Cooperstown in 1975.

BOUND VOLUMES, April 11, 2013

BOUND VOLUMES, April 11, 2013

200 YEARS AGO
Another gratification – His Britannic majesty’s brig Emu, of 12 guns, a prize to the privateer Holkar of New York, arrived on Sunday last at Providence, and saluted the town. She is an uncommonly strong and well found vessel, burthened upward of 200 tons; was fitted with a new patent defence surmounting her bulwarks, composed of spring bayonets, and had a great quantity of ammunition and provisions for Botany Bay, whither she was conveying a number of convicts. She was commanded by an arrogant Lieutenant of the British Navy who could not persuade his crew to fight the Yankees. The ammunition and provisions were taken on board the Holkar; the crew and convicts were landed on one of the Cape Verde Islands.
April 10, 1813

175 YEARS AGO
A discussion upon the merits of the Anti-Slavery or Abolition movements which at present so deeply agitate the Union, transpired at the Court House in this village, on Friday evening and Saturday, the 30 and 31 of March and on Monday, April 2. On Friday the lecture by Gerrit Smith, Esq. of Peterborough, New York, was presented upon the following propositions: 1. That slavery is a moral and political evil. 2. That we (this community) are bound to exercise our political power, to the extent of its constitutional limit, effect its immediate abolition. On Saturday morning, after a sort of random discussion, during which some reasons were offered by the mover why the resolutions should pass, separate motions were made, under which both resolutions were laid on the table, and the meeting adjourned sine die. Mr. Smith lectured on the same subject in the afternoon, which he did, and likewise in the evening. J. Fenimore Cooper, Esq. submitted a few brief remarks at the afternoon session. On Monday morning, a large auditory was in attendance. Mr. Cooper enchained the attention of the assemblage for two and a half hours, in a speech characterized by great compactness and masculine power of thought, logical accuracy, and a great diversity of valuable information; and so perfect was his amenity of manner, his candor, and so happy the strain of genuine eloquence in which he clothed his arguments, that men of all parties freely expressed their high gratification at the intellectual feast to which the discussion had introduced our citizens.
April 9, 1838

150 YEARS AGO
One year ago today there occurred the Great Fire of Cooperstown. The spectacle which the eye rested upon, on the morning of April 11 was saddening in the extreme. Dwellings, hotels, stores and shops had all been consumed in a night – that grandly awful sight! Who that witnessed it will ever forget it? Property to the amount of $100,000 had been swept away in a few hours and there were those who thought that Cooperstown could scarcely recover from the effects of so severe a blow. A brief year has passed by, and what do we behold! An expenditure of $10,000 has secured the widening and grading of Main Street from the old Eagle Hotel corner to the Court House; twelve new stores, two of iron, six of brick, one of stone, two of brick and wood, and one of wood, have been erected; also a large three-story brick dwelling house, and one large hotel.
April 10, 1863

125 YEARS AGO
Local – L.I. Burditt, Esq., has returned home from Florida, where he has spent about three months.
A very successful operation for cataract was recently performed on one of Mr. Marcus Field’s eyes, and he expects to be out again as usual in a few days.
April 13, 1888

100 YEARS AGO
The Prayer of Nelson Avenue: “Look down upon me, O Village Fathers, and observe my many faults. I am homely and rough and uncouth, and am no more worthy to be called a thoroughfare in the beautiful village of Cooperstown. I am a useful street. Many visitors travel over me or along beside me and comment upon my neglected appearance. Teamsters swear at me and automobiles sputter. I am called a wart on the fair face of Cooperstown. I am a proud street, proud of the good people who have chosen their habitation beside me. Help me O Village Fathers, to rise out of the mire and create of me a clean and commendable thoroughfare.”
April 16, 1913

50 YEARS AGO
The Board of Trustees amended and replaced the village’s 21-year-old zoning code by voting in proposals contained in the village section of the Cooperstown Area Plan. The new ordinance takes the place of a code which was originally passed in April 1942, becoming effective on April 22 of that year.
April 10, 1963

25 YEARS AGO
Pittsburgh Pirates star Willie Stargell will be inducted on July 31st as the 200th member of baseball’s Hall of Fame. Born March 6, 1940, at Earlsboro, Oklahoma, the big Bucaneer spent 21 seasons on the Pirate ship raiding National League cities coast to coast and defending Forbes Field, the home port. Willie and the Bucs played for the National League treasure chest six times in that span, but made it to the World Series only twice – in 1971 and 1979. They won the World Series crown both times in seven games. Stargell’s 12 hits, three home runs and seven RBI’s earned him MVP booty in the 1979 fall classic.
April 13, 1988

10 YEARS AGO
Mike Staffin rolled a 780 – 290, 269, 221 to lead all other bowlers in the Wednesday night Bowling League on April 2. Reid Nagelschmidt tossed a high series of 674 – 226 277, 171, followed by Jason Tabor, 652, Barry Gray, 646, Gerry Gage, Jr., 642, Jim Jordan, 625, Buddy Lippitt, 605, and Richie Anderson, 600.
April 11, 2003

Smithsonian Secretary: Museums Bring Us Together

Smithsonian Secretary:

Museums Bring Us Closer

Lonnie Bunch III, secretary of the Smithsonian Institute, spoke to Cooperstown Graduate Program students on “A Vision for Museums” via Zoom this morning.

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – One afternoon, while walking through the Smithsonian’s exhibit of Emmett Till’s glass-topped casket, Secretary Lonnie Bunch III saw a young African-American woman sitting on a bench, sobbing.

“I was about to go over to her, but a white man approached her and said, ‘I’m crying too. Can we cry together?’ And they hugged. That’s what museums can do. Museums can help us come together, share our pain and take sustenance.”

Bunch, the first the first African American and first historian to serve as head of the Smithsonian, gave a Zoom presentation on “A Vision for Museums” to the Cooperstown Graduate Program this morning.

ABOLISH OTSEGO 2000!

ABOLISH OTSEGO 2000!

Abolish Otsego Now? Goodness. It’s Otsego County’s “single point of contact” on economic development, the locus of job-creating efforts.

Adrian Kuzminski, our creative and thought-provoking columnist, suggests such in the column on the opposite page. Read the column. But here’s an alternative idea.

How about abolishing Otsego 2000? It’s arguably the “single point of obstruction” to any economic development in Otsego County, evident most recently in the drive to stymie a
10-year effort to  redevelop Oneonta’s vacant D&H railyards.

Here’s just one instance: A few years ago, Otsego 2000 successfully blocked the 160-turbine
Jordanville wind farm because the windmills would have degraded the “viewshed” from James Fenimore Cooper’s Glimmerglass.

The typical 1.5 MW wind turbine creates enough electricity to power 332 homes; 160 would have powered 53,120 homes, more than double the 23,921 homes in Otsego County.
Now, Otsego 2000 has dug in its heels on bringing any more natural gas to Otsego County. Zilch. Nada. Zero.

Philip W. Bresee, 93, Oneonta; Department Store Executive
IN MEMORIAM

Philip W. Bresee, 93;

Led Department Store

Philip W. Bresee

ONEONTA – Philip Wade Bresee, our cherished father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend, passed peacefully Tuesday, July 24, 2018, from the life he loved here to join his beloved wife, Ruthie, his parents, and his friends in eternal life.

During decades as an executive at Oneonta’s landmark Bresee Department Store, he was a leader in the city’s business community.

Phil’s long and happy life was filled with fun, adventure, friendship, and love. He was born at home in Oneonta, New York, on Oct. 29, 1924 to his loving parents Cora Wade and Clyde F. Bresee. Phil happily reaped the benefits of being the only child of indulgent parents but was never, as Ruthie sometimes fondly suggested, spoiled. He did, however, have a wonderful life from start to finish.

Smart, friendly, and kind, Phil had many lifelong friends. He loved to entertain and was the best of hosts. Even in his last days, he often asked us if we were thirsty, or needed a cookie (eating cookies — particularly ones with chocolate — was one of his favorite hobbies).

Homer Osterhoudt, Citizen: A Life Of Service, Leadership, Joy Is An Example To Us All

Editorial, July 6, 2018

Homer Osterhoudt, Citizen

A Life Of Service, Leadership,

Joy Is An Example To Us All

Homer Osterhoudt with son Darrell at the 2016 Hall of Fame Induction, his 70th.

Interviewed as his 100th birthday last January, Homer Osterhoudt remained full of life and curiosity, enthusiastically reporting deer peering in the window of his Woodside Hall room most evenings.
His back, which had carried
Cooperstown’s mail on a 10-mile
route daily for many of his 34 years at the Cooperstown post office, had begun to bend, but he was as warm and pleasant as always, as if he didn’t have a care in the world.
While waiting for him to return to his room from lunch, his caregivers praised his courtesy and calm. He was uncomplaining as the inevitable approached, perhaps a testimony to his Baptist faith.
The inevitable arrived Saturday, June 30, and Homer Osterhoudt, one of Cooperstown’s first citizens – none were more beloved – made his final departure from the community that had been his home for a century.

Many knew of Homer through his connection to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, which goes back to the very beginning. At 19, he was running a cement mixer in front of the post office on Main Street for Bedford Construction of Utica. The cement he produced, he would remember fondly for the rest of his life, was used in every single part of the original building.
Then, he thought the Hall of Fame would be “a little museum on Main Street” – so did Stephen C. Clark, his granddaughter attested when she and Homer participated in a panel discussion in the Bullpen Theater during 75th anniversary commemorations. Both, it turned out, were wrong.
Still, Homer must have had an inkling of great things to come during the first Induction in 1939, when he photographed Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner and other immortals in the first class. Those many photos are now in the Hall’s collection, a permanent memorial to a curious and lively mind.
Since, there have been 74 Inductions – during World War II, the practice lapsed 1940-34 – and Homer reported his was proud to have attended all but three. In recent years, what frequenter of Inductions doesn’t remember Homer, under his bucket hat, with a “I was here on June 12, 1939” sign around his neck.

His obituary on the front of this week’s edition further reminds us that his Induction record was just a small part of a small-town life well lived.

Hall of Fame photo – Homer Osterhoudt rides in the Hall of Fame’s 75th anniversary parade in 2014 with two others who were at the first Induction in 1939: former Hall director Howard Talbot, who has since passed away, and Catherine Walker of Hartwick.

He maintained friendly relations for decades as a long-time member of the Cooperstown High School Alumni Association, serving as its president. He was, of course, eventually a Native Son – his birth, in Oneonta, forestalled that until he reached age 50 – serving as president of that signature community organization.
He was active in his church, locally and as vice president of the Otsego County Baptist Men’s Association; (one of the three Inductions he missed, he recalled, was to attend an annual state Baptist conference.)
He was more than a postal carrier, (although he credited the miles he walked daily, in part, for his long and, until and healthy life): A career-long member of the National Association of Letter Carriers, he once was president of the Southern Tier District.
All of these community and professional leadership roles underscore that Homer Osterhoudt lived a full life of service, leadership and caring.
That final quality was passed on through his and wife Marion’s only child. The care and attention son Darrell and his wife Priscilla devoted to tending the beloved man in recent years, frequently commuting back and forth from their home in Springfield, Va., was an example the rest of us can only hope to duplicate.

A life well-lived: What was Homer’s secret?
At his 100th birthday party Jan. 14 in the Baptist Church’s community room, Ina Phillips of Hartwick, who worked at a downtown law firm during Homer’s years delivering mail, recalled, “He always came down the street with a smile.”
Asked about his father’s cheerful outlook, son Darrell replied, “Maybe that’s his secret.”
It’s a secret we’d all do well to emulate. Meanwhile, we can only reflect in awe and appreciation on a happy life well lived.
Goodbye, friend to us all, and thank you.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: With Hall of Fame’s new President Tim Mead

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

Teamwork: A Way

Of Life Tim Mead’s

Now Bringing Here

L.A. Angels Communications/VP

To Succeed Idelson After Induction

Tim Mead, L.A. Angels vice president/communications, answers local press’ questions Tuesday after he was named Baseball Hall of Fame president. (Photo courtesy Orange County Register)

By JIM KEVLIN • www.AllOTSEGO.com Exclusive

COOPERSTOWN – Tim Mead, who will become the seventh president of the National Baseball Hall of Fame following this year’s Induction on July 21, has been a team player in the front office at the Los Angeles Angels for four decades.

But for the Angels’ vice president/communications, team playing didn’t start there.

When young Tim was a sophomore at San Gorgonio High School in San Bernadino, he tried out for the Spartans varsity baseball team.  He tried out again when he was a junior.

When he was a senior, he made the cut, but just barely.  The team was waiting for a player to finish the basketball season, and when he did, Mead and another player were bumped.

He was standing out in the rain when he got the news, he remembers.

HOMETOWN HISTORY • April 12, 2019

HOMETOWN HISTORY • April 12, 2019

150 Years Ago

We are glad to announce the dedication services of the Presbyterian Church to occur on April 23. The pastor has been fortunate in securing the services of Rev. Dr. Darling, of Albany, and Rev, C.K. McHarg of Cooperstown, as preachers for the occasion. It is hoped that the neighboring pastors and congregations will be present, and that the people generally will welcome the completion of a good enterprise among them.
Mr. R. Monell of Poughkeepsie has completed the fresco painting on the new M.E. Church. It is a beautiful piece of work. Harvey Bissell will continue at his present place of business for another year. His excellent bakery goods are quite satisfactory to the public and a great convenience to housekeepers. In fancy goods and confectionery, Bissell’s stock is equal to the best, but seeing is believing – therefore call and see.
L.P. Carpenter offers for sale his house and lot. This is a nice little place and whoever is fortunate enough to secure it, will have a pleasant house.

April 1869

125 Years Ago

Local – About one hundred and fifty Oneonta ladies attended the reception given last Friday evening by Mrs. I.H. Rowe and Mrs. S.R. Barnes at the residence of the latter on Ford Avenue, the occasion being a very enjoyable one to all present.
It is rumored that Mr. D.F. Wilber is financially interested in the Erie Canal Traction company certificate of incorporation of which was filed yesterday in the Office of the Secretary of State. The capital stock is placed at $100,000 with power to increase to $4,000,000. The company proposes to furnish electric power from Niagara Falls for the propulsion of vessels along the Erie Canal.
The Normal Dramatic Company presented the comedy of “Married Life” at Unadilla Friday evening to a large and
well-pleased audience. The play will be given by the same company at Hamilton April 13 and at New Berlin April 27.
The Normal societies netted $30 from the Unadilla entertainment.

April 1894

80 Years Ago

Mrs. Walter Larter of 38 Center Street has been invited to exhibit her hobby, a collection of glass slippers, in the hobby section of the New York World’s Fair. Her collection, which numbers over 600 pieces, first brought her fame when she was invited to broadcast over the Hobby Lobby program in March 1938. Typical of many hobbies, it has now grown into a business, as Mrs. Larter now operates the Golden Slipper antique shop at her home, having become interested in antiques in her collection of ancient glass slippers. She still continues her hobby, despite the demands on her time of the antique shop. She now concentrates on slippers of considerable age.
Hogan’s Shamrocks, Oneonta’s Girls’ basketball quintet finished the 1938-1939 campaign with a record of 18 victories over leading basketball teams in Otsego, Delaware and Broome counties, against two losses in exhibition contests including one to the Bucktown Cagers, champions of western Pennsylvania. The team was coached by Francis Delaney and managed by Irwin Hartman. Squad members are Emma Joy, guard, 15 Grand Street; Helen Delaney, guard, 18 Center Street; Dorothy Hartman, center, 14 West Street; Katherine Hogan, forward, 87 Main Street; Edith Conte, forward, 30 West Broadway; and Ruth Fraser, forward, 192 West Street.

April 1939

60 Years Ago

Alarms are being raised over our waning foreign trade advantage, and with reason. Exports of such things as farm equipment, steel and automobiles are declining. Imports are on the increase. The country is pricing itself out of the world market. For the first time in history, imported automobiles in 1957 exceeded U.S. exports. The 259,343 new cars imported that year being nearly twice the total we sent abroad. The auto import figure was more than 10 percent of U.S. production in 1958. Tractor and farm implement manufacturers are making parts overseas and shipping them here for assembly. This is cheaper than making them here in this country. Sale of foreign steel in this country is growing and would be larger if European and Japanese mills could supply more tonnage. The impending steel strike worsens this picture. The higher wages and prices expected to result would further weaken American steel’s position relative to foreign steel.

April 1959

40 Years Ago

Debbie Herklotz of Franklin volunteers one day a week to a job she finds most interesting. Debbie is a recruiter for the Job Corps. As a recruiter, she talks with young women 16 to 21 years of age from lower income families in the area to provide information about opportunities at the Job Corps. Debbie serves under the “Women in Community Service (WICS) program sponsored by Delta Kappa Gamma, a society for women educators. Other local women in the program include Mrs. Ruth Davidson in Treadwell and Mrs. Esther Brooker in Worcester, also volunteers, who look for candidates in their areas.

April 1979

20 Years Ago

Organizations throughout the region are participating in a national discussion on bereavement to be held Wednesday afternoon. Area residents can participate in the Hospice Foundation of America’s sixth annual National Bereavement Teleconference.

April 1999

10 Years Ago

This month, the Sixth Ward Athletic Club celebrates 50 years since its founding and 30 years at its current location this month, according to a club history prepared by Albert Colone. The club started in 1959 when 12 men wanted to create an organization to promote fast-pitch softball.

April 2009

Want To Revive Baseball? Make It Kid-Centric Again
LETTER from KEVIN GRADY

Want To Revive Baseball?

Make It Kid-Centric Again

To the Editor (and baseball fans everywhere):

Kudos to former Baseball Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson for co-founding Grassroots Baseball, an effort to connect young kids to what at one time was our National Pastime. When my generation was growing up, we would race home after school to catch the World Series at about the third inning, creating fond, lifelong memories.

My kids didn’t have that opportunity. For too long, all MLB playoff and World Series games start past Little Leaguer bedtimes. As usual in our country, the almighty dollar runs the show.

On another note, I read the other day of MLB’s plans to have the White Sox and the Yankees play A REGULAR SEASON GAME at the corn field in Iowa where “Field of Dreams” was filmed. I hope it’s a day game.

The Yankees and Red Sox played TWO REGULAR SEASON GAMES in London earlier this year and there are plans for games in Williamsport, Pa., and Omaha, Neb. I think it’s wonderful that MLB is taking the initiative to reconnect people to baseball.

Once upon a time for more than 50 years, two Major League teams played AN EXHIBITION GAME every year on Doubleday Field to celebrate the induction of baseball’s greatest players into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Commissioner Manfred, would you care to comment about any of this?

KEVIN GRADY
Cooperstown

Carl F. Bliss, 98, County Native; Aviation Pioneer, Entrepreneur

Carl F. Bliss, 98, County Native;

Aviation Pioneer, Entrepreneur

COOPERSTOWN – Carl Frank Bliss, 98, a WWII veteran who flew for his country, for love and for sport, passed away peacefully in his home in Encinada, Calif., with loved ones by his side, on Dec. 10, 2018.
Born on the family farm outside Cooperstown on Nov. 3, 1920, (or as his favorite hat said, “Born in the USA a long, long time ago”), to Claude and Anastasia (Cramer) Bliss, Carl was a brother to Claud E. Bliss Jr., Clyde G. Bliss, and Ann C. “Sis” Grover.
In his early years, he learned the values of hard work and good humor, delighting his beloved younger sister with motorcycle rides around their property to speed up (and add amusement to) their long list of farm chores.
He was a graduate of Cooperstown High School, class of 1937. Growing up with more work than wealth, Carl developed a set of do-it-yourself skills that would last him a lifetime.
He took those skills with him to the Army Air Corps, where he received formal training as an aviation mechanic in Tonopah, Nev. From there, Carl served his country as a crew chief, seeing combat in the Northern France, Ardennes-Alsace and Rhineland campaigns of the World War II European Theater.

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