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HOMETOWN History Nov. 29, 2019


Nov. 29, 2019

150 Years Ago

A genuine Yankee at Lisbon, Connecticut, who wanted to put a water pipe through a drain tied a string to a cat’s leg, thrust her into one end of the drain, and then giving a terrific “Scat!” the feline quickly appeared at the other end. The pipe was drawn through the drain by means of the line, and at an expense of ten dollars saved by the operation.
Advertisement: New discovery in Dentistry – Dr. Peabody has purchased the right to use Iodized Rubber for dental use for seventeen years. The rubber is free from
Sulphur, and is said by six of the best chemists in the United States, if not in the world, to be the best for dental use. Dr. Peabody has within the last three months, put up a great number of sets with the Iodized Rubber. Taking the testimony of those who wear them and my own experience in the last twelve years in working Rubber. I consider it the best in use by more than one-half. All Dental work will be done in my office from fifty- to one-hundred percent cheaper than any other office in Delaware County, and warranted to give satisfaction. All in want of good work and good material, call and examine the new rubber. Dr. D. Peabody.

November 1869

125 Years Ago

More than 60 years ago it was known that illuminating oil of an excellent quality could be extracted from bituminous coal, and in 1860 there were more than three-score manufactories of it in this country. In that year it was first discovered that vast deposits of rock-oil lie under the soil of Pennsylvania and adjoining states. Throughout wide districts, wherein wells were driven, the oil flowed like water. The cost was almost nothing, and in ten years the native product could be bought in any quantity for ten cents a barrel.

November 1894

100 Years Ago

The first national convention of the American Legion in Minneapolis today started with a pronouncement of its policy declaring the organization to be non-political. The first resolution passed demanded the deportation of Victor
Berger of Milwaukee as a “disloyal citizen.” Another resolution called for an investigation of Representative Voight of Wisconsin who supported Berger in a recent vote in the House of Representatives. Endorsement of universal military training, with a small standing Army and no compulsory military service in time of peace was voted enthusiastically tonight. It was recommended that the national citizen Army be under local control and administration. Indianapolis was chosen as the site of the permanent national head- quarters of the Legion. Debate on an amendment to the Legion’s constitution that sought to admit foreigners who served with the American or Allied armies, and who hereafter become American citizens, lost by a 2 to 1 vote with many speakers objecting to admission of foreigners.

November 1919

60 Years Ago

Oneonta High School Cagers – “It would be hypocritical for me to say anything bad about these boys,” said Coach Tony Drago. “They have been looking real good in scrimmages so far. In fact, maybe too good for this time of season.” Lest they get rusty, Drago is sending them to Delhi tomorrow to scrimmage Ed Shawkey’s five for the third time. “The only trouble,” Tony remarked, “is that Delhi and the likes who we’ve been scrimmaging against cannot match our boys in height. We’ll be facing bigger teams when the season begins.” The Yellowjackets open with a non-leaguer against Frankfort this Saturday. Those in line for starting berths against Frankfort are co-captains Bob Terrell and Bill Ronovech, Ron Crosby, Sonny Carey, Jim Konstantly and Mike Lewis, all seniors. In practice, Drago deployed this offense around a triple-pivot, an innovation of the 1958-59 campaign. The coach also disclosed that for the first time Oneonta will be garbed in knee socks in line with his policy of dressing his charges as befits champions.

November 1959

40 Years Ago

Students in a high school Civics class in Vassalboro, Maine took to the streets in Waterville and Augusta with petitions urging repeal of laws they said coddle criminals and found – to their dismay – plenty of supporters. A majority of the adults they approached readily penned the document, most perhaps not realizing that it called for the repeal of the Bill of Rights. “As a history teacher, the whole thing kind of scares me,” said Bill Forstchen, who conceived the project. “It all started when I was trying to think of a way to teach the Bill of Rights so the kids will remember it six months from now.” Deleting the title, but retaining the text of the Bill of Rights word for word, the petitions urged that a proposal to repeal the entire document be placed on the 1980 election ballot. In their solicitations, students said the document “coddles the criminals.” Forstchen’s 45 students, ages 16 and 17, told respondents that they were operating under the auspices of two organizations – “The Young Americans for Law and Order” and the “Peoples’ Freedom Movement.” Both were fictitious.

November 1979

20 Years Ago

About two-thirds of all medical X-rays in the United States are captured on film. Now comes the digital alternative. Eastman-Kodak Co. plans to unveil three radiographic products next week that record X-rays electronically rather than on silver-halide-coated film. Someday, X-ray technology may be hard to find in hospitals and doctors’ offices. However, the transition to the digital era is likely to be a slow one Martin Coyne, Kodak’s health imaging division chief says.

November 1999

10 Years Ago

Otsego County residents will be able to review Otsego County’s preliminary “flood map” at an “open house” on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Oneonta Middle School. The event is hosted by the State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. No public presentation is planned, but flood plain managers and flood insurance experts will be on hand to answer questions. Properties located in flood plains carry a mandatory requirement for flood insurance if the structure has a federally-backed mortgage.

November 2009

BOUND VOLUMES Nov. 28, 2019


Nov. 28, 2019


From the Boston Recorder – Mr. Willis – Although my circumstances do not allow me to do much in the way of spreading the glorious Gospel, yet, taking the hint from the plan for doing good by having a “Missionary Field” on one’s farm, I reserved a spot, nine feet square in the corner of my garden, which is all the land I cultivate, and on the afternoon of election day, planted it with water melons. By the sale of these, I am able to enclose three dollars, which it is my wish should be appropriated to the Jerusalem Mission. And whether I am able to contribute any more, or not, I am resolved, while I live, to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. A Friend to the Missions.

November 29, 2019


Dr. Wieting’s Lectures – We have been much interested and edified during the past week by attending a course of Lectures on the Anatomy and Physiology of the human body, in connection with the laws of Life and Health, the causes of disease and the means of preventing it, illustrated with a large French Manikin, six feet high, representing to life nearly 2,000 parts of the human body. This wonderful machine, the first completion of whose model is said to have consumed a quarter of a century at hard labor, makes palpable before the eye of the admiring spectator every portion of the Human Form; and a few hours only are required to impart a more perfect knowledge of Anatomy and Physiology in general, than could be possibly obtained from the severest study, even at Medical Colleges, of months, if not years. The attendance of our inhabitants, embracing both sexes, has been large, and we hazard nothing in saying that all have been highly instructed in regard to their own existence and exceedingly gratified with the manner of Dr. Wieting, who united affability and humor with the most profound observations connected with his subject. Never were 12 and a half cents more profitably expended than in attending one of these lectures.

November 25, 1844


Your Reading for 1870 – This is the time of year when publishers of newspapers and magazines are actively canvassing for new subscribers. The competition is so great that care and discrimination are needed to determine which to accept, which to reject – to separate the wheat from the chaff. To meet various wants and needs, especially in large family circles, a choice assortment of publications is desirable. There are many families, however, who do not feel able to take more than one newspaper. To all such The Freeman’s Journal is especially valuable as a local and general newspaper and as giving a choice selection of the best miscellaneous reading the country affords, interesting and instructive alike to young and old. The amount of reading matter it has given has largely exceeded that of any other paper published in this county.

December 2, 1969


Local: The heavyweights of the Oneonta Normal School proved rather too much for our Y.M.C.A. boys at the game of football played last week. The Minstrel entertainment given by home talent on Friday evening for the benefit of the Orphanage was witnessed by a good-sized audience, and gave entire satisfaction. The jokes were new, and the singing, tumbling and the farce all drew forth merited applause. The Orphanage received $18.10 of the net proceeds.
It will soon be time to lay out plans for next summer. The Cuban Giants have written to know whether they will be wanted for three games at Cooperstown.

November 29, 1894


Royal Kretzinger, who lives on the Gay Hunter farm on Beaver Meadow Road found two of his ducks dead Friday morning. Their heads had been eaten by some animal and the bodies torn. Saturday, a rabbit was found, partially eaten. Mr. Kretzinger set a trap near the spot where he found the dead ducks and rabbit. On Monday he found the destroyer – instead of a fox or skunk that he had expected to find, instead there was an unusually large owl in the trap.

December 3, 1919


Ens. Howard L. Snyder, USNR, is spending a leave at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Snyder at Whig Corners, having completed a month’s training on PBY boats following his
graduation October 17 at Pensacola, Florida when he was awarded his gold wings and the rank of Ensign. A graduate of Cooperstown High School in 1934, Ens. Snyder entered the service in
February 1942, receiving his preliminary training at Colgate University, followed by work at Chapel Hill, N.C. and Peru, Indiana.

November 29, 1944


James E. Dow, president of Ingalls, Connell and Dow Funeral Home in Cooperstown, has announced the addition of Peter Albin Deysenroth, licensed funeral director, to the staff. Deysenroth brings with him eight years of experience in the funeral profession from his home state of Connecticut. In 1987, he graduated as valedictorian of his class from Simmons School of Mortuary Science in Syracuse with a membership in Mu Sigma Alpha, the mortuary fraternity. He further received his Associates in Applied Science degree in Mortuary Science from Herkimer Community College where he graduated cum laude with membership in Phi Theta Kappa. Deysenroth is also active as a musician and plays pipe organ and piano for his church and others.

November 30, 1994


Excerpts from a Letter to the Editor from Irwin Gooen: “Growing up in a home of immigrant parents, my English was good enough when I was in high school to earn me good grades in writing in
spite of splitting infinitives. When I served in the military, sharing space with other young men from around the country, I became more aware of how my companions spoke and got laughed at for my non-standard use of English – say when I wanted someone to turn off a light in the barracks and yelled – ‘Hey, make out the light!” Everyone started mimicking me – ‘Make out, make out!’ But people understood me and my English, which was good enough for me.”

November 27, 2009

BOUND VOLUMES Oct. 24, 2019


Oct. 24, 2019


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

This Week’s Newpapers, Aug. 15-16, 2019


The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

Aug. 15-16, 2019


An intent Elizabeth Reynolds, Oneonta, scales the climbing wall at Cooperstown’s Clark Sports Center, which will be receiving the Otsego County Chamber’s 2019 Quality of Life Award Thursday, Aug. 22, at a Summer Soiree at the sports center. Also that evening, ISD Tech, also profiled in this week’s Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta, will receive the chamber’s Environmental Stewardship Award. (Ian Austin/



FRONT PAGE: From Harlem Aristocracy To Nation’s Heights

EDITORIAL: With Determination, Discipline, Whartons Led Way

EXCERPT: Ekofisk Trip Built Phillips Petroleum Camaraderie



• Clark Sports Center: ‘Luckiest People’ Have Access

• ISD Tech: Firm Sells Computers, Recycles Them Too

Woodstock Memories Still Vivid

‘Grassroots’ Gets Kids To Put On Mitts

Eardley Slips, But Will Try ‘Ninja’ Again


With Determination, Discipline, Whartons Led Way


SEWARD: Dems Tie Up Bill To Protect Police

ATWELL:  The Newspaper Roundabout

ZAGATA: Here’s Life Without Fossil Fuels


GRADY: Make Baseball Kid-Centric Again

STERNBERG: Trump Oughtn’t Disparage ‘Squad’


BOUND VOLUMES: Aug; 15, 2019



As U-Pick Peaks, Ingalls A Favorite

FINE, FUN FOOD: Nothing Like A Diner

THINGS TO DO: Art By Lake, Power Days


David Denny, 87, Retired Education Professor

Rev. George Goodwin, 84; Ran ‘Tent Meeting’

Charles Blanchard, 91; WWII Vet, OPT Driver

Joan E. Fluke, 80; Coloradan Traveled Extensively



THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta May 9-10, 2019


The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

May 9-10, 2019


Nate Roberts of Oneonta tries on an “Onta” T-shirt Monday, May 6, at a launch party at the B-Side Ballroom, where Trampoline, a Glens Falls advertising and design company, unveiled a promotional campaign for the City of the Hills. (Ian Austin/


New Oneonta Slogan: ‘We’re Onta Something’

Cooperstown Noise Law: 88 Decibels Is It

Concertgoers To Help Pick New Conductor

HoF President Mead’s Mantra: Teamwork

Relay for Life Message: You Have Friends

 First UM May Vote To Reject Limits On Gays


Stop the Rot! Village Should Buy CVS, Redevelop It

While At It, Fund Strong Merchants’ Association


LANDERS: Key To Success: Place, People, Purpose

SCOLINOS: Home Plate Is 17 Inches, Period

ZAGATA: Hidden Consequences Of Saying No:


DILLINGHAM: What Are Litterers Thinking?

POKORNY: Milford Requires Live-In Landlord

RUDY: Resisting Everything Prescription For Decline

WILCOX: Change Constitution To Serve Nation

RSS Cites ’40 Years Of Exemplary Service’ To Area


BOUND VOLUMES: May 10, 2019

HOMETOWN History: May 3, 2019

Dial ‘O’ For Murder: S.S. Van Dine Story

Everyone Needs A Mother’s Hug



Bill Isaac, 81, Cherry Branch Gallery Owner

Gary A. Weaver, 78; Bassett Gastroenterologist

Richard Kroll, 78, Worked On Apollo Mission

Nelson A. Wells, Sr., 93, Retired WWII Veteran

Debra A. Klein, 66; Otego By Unatego Students

Agnes Ruth Valentine, 80; Raised 5 Daughters


200 Praise Pathfinder, Grummons At Gala


OHS, CCS Shine At Don Howard Invitational




First Night Frolics At Foothills!

First Night Frolics

Underway At Foothills!

Leah Puylara and her friend Owen Meade, Milford, help add to the music as part of the the First Night festivities, now underway at Foothills in Oneonta. With music, dancing, magic, performances, a make-your-own-sundae bar and more, the festivities go on until midnight to help Oneonta ring in 2019. (Ian Austin/
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