200 YEARS AGO
During the last week, the first experiment was made on the waters of the Grand Canal. The “Chief Engineer” an “elegant boat for passengers, built by a company of enterprising gentlemen at Rome, has just been completed for the purpose of the first trial. It is neatly finished and has two commodious cabins. On Thursday last about thirty gentlemen of Rome, took passage for Utica. This number was greatly increased on the way. They had a fine band of music, and the banks of the canal were crowded with people from the adjacent villages, who testified by every proper demonstration, their unfeigned joy at the sight of
the first boat to float upon its waters.
November 1, 1819
175 YEARS AGO
Boarding School for Young Ladies – The Third Quarter of the Misses Foote’s School, will commence on Thursday, November 21st. Instruction is given in all the English Branches, and Mathematics; in Latin and French; in Music, Drawing, Oil Painting, &c. The number of Pupils is limited, and the entire attention of the Teachers is devoted to their intellectual, moral and physical improvement. A portion of every day is passed in the Family Circle, when, and at all other times, particular attention is paid to the manners of the Young Ladies. Circulars containing Terms, &c. will be sent to those who desire it, and references given to several gentlemen of Cooperstown, and to Rev. Theodore Spencer of Utica; also to the patrons of the school, among whom are Hon. Philo Gridley, Circuit Judge; Hon. Thomas Hubbard; Henry White, Esq.; B.B. Landing, Cashier of the Oneida Bank, of Utica; Gen James R. Lawrence, of Syracuse; Hon. Sidney Breese, U.S. Senator, Illinois. Cooperstown, October 29, 1844.
November 4, 1844
150 YEARS AGO
The Cooperstown Railroad moved 17 carloads of freight on Monday last, out and in trips. There is now freight enough here and along the line, waiting shipment, to fill 70 cars, mostly hops, butter and cheese.
It costs $4.50 to advertise a farm, or anything else, to the extent of a square, three months in the Journal, or a dollar for a single insertion. The postage on a single batch of circulars, to the number of our weekly issue, would be $48, to say nothing of the expense of printing and directing them. And, almost everybody reads the advertisements. It is the cheapest way of making your wishes known, if you have anything to sell, or if there is anything you wish to buy.
November 5, 1869
125 YEARS AGO
Local: A number of persons living in this village will lose their vote this fall on account of having recently moved from one election district into another. The law needs amending, for no honest voter should be thus disenfranchised.
Mr. Alfred C. Clark and family arrived in New York from Europe last week. Mr. Edward S. Clark came to Cooperstown on Friday, and is at his “Fenimore” residence.
A survey is about to be made by the Fort Plain and Richfield Springs Railroad interest, of a route from Springfield Center to Cooperstown, the line to run some distance back from the Lake shore.
The Village Hall in Fireman’s Building, with its new scenery, is to be formally opened on the evening of November 10 by the Neil Burgess Company when they will present the famous play “A Trip to the City.”
November 1, 1894
100 YEARS AGO
The long-established Republican majority in the Town of Otsego again swept into office on Tuesday with the same ticket which it has offered the voters for the past several years. On top of that, Allen J. Bloomfield of Richfield Springs, defeated Mrs. Luella B. Clarke of Oneonta, the Democratic candidate by approximately a 2,000 vote majority. The race was of interest because of the fact that it was the first time a woman had been proposed for a general office in the county. At the same time the voters of the Town of Otsego disapproved the liquor propositions to the tune of about two to one on three amendments, and by a smaller majority of the question regarding the sale of liquor by pharmacists on prescription. It is interesting to note that the majority was smaller than when the town was first voted dry.
November 5, 1919
75 YEARS AGO
Saturday night, President Roosevelt outlined for America a sixty-million-job post-war program and said he was
giving Republican orators a chance to say “Me too.” “America must remain the land of high wages and efficient production. Every full-time job in America must provide enough for a decent living,” he told a 110,000 midwesterners crammed into Chicago’s Soldier Field on the shore of Lake Michigan. The crowd yelled lustily when Mr. Roosevelt declared men and women in the armed forces are coming back “to the best possible place on the face of the earth – to a place where all persons, regardless of race, color, creed or place of birth can live in peace, honor and human dignity – free to speak and pray as they wish – free from want and free from fear.”
November 1, 1944
50 YEARS AGO
Congressman Samuel S. Stratton last week received the Shevchenko Freedom Award from the Tenth Annual Congress of Americans of Ukrainian descent in recognition of his “loyal support of Americans of Ukrainian descent, and for his distinguished and dedicated service to the cause of Ukraine’s freedom.” Stratton was one of the co-sponsors of legislation creating a “Captive Nations Week” in 1959, and has long been a supporter of legislation for the establishment of a Special Captive Nations Committee in the House of Representatives. The award is named after famed Ukrainian poet laureate and national hero Tara Shevchenko, whose statue stands in Washington, D.C.
November 5, 1969
10 YEARS AGO
Andrew Lovitt, a Rotary exchange student from
Tasmania in 1965-1966, is back in Otsego County this
week visiting members of some of the 11 families he stayed with 44 years ago. One of those families was Judy Steiner’s in Otego, her residence at that time. Lovitt, who is an operations manager for the Hertz Corporation in Tasmania, spoke to the Cooperstown Rotary Club on Tuesday.
October 30, 2009