Aug. 1, 2019
200 YEARS AGO
Advertisement – Books just received for sale at the Book Store of H. & E. Phinney. “The New York Justice or a Digest of the Law relative to Justices of the Peace;” “Works of the Rev. John Newton,” 6 Vols. – also his letters and Conversational Remarks; “Cooper’s History of N. America;” “Love’s Surveying;” “Domestic Cookery;” “Woodsworth’s Poems;” “Don Quixote” 4 Vols.; “Young’s Night Thoughts,” and “Young’s Misses’ Magazine;” “Tales of Aunt Mary For boys;” “The Lottery Trial of Charles N. Baldwin;” “Stenography, or the Art of Short Hand Writing Perfected;” “Death, A Vision.”
August 2, 1819
175 YEARS AGO
Democratic Mass Meeting at Oneonta – August 17, 1844. Democrats we invite you to rally for young Hickory Dallas and Victory. The honest laborer understands and will protect his rights. The people are capable of self-government. The approaching political contest is of intense interest to the people of this country. It is to decide for a long time, at least, whether they will adhere to, and endeavor to advance and perpetuate the principles of Jefferson – themselves continuing the sovereigns – or submit to federal misrule, and tamely crouch to a powerful, moneyed monster. It would seem that they could not long hesitate which to choose. Considering therefore, the immense importance of the next Presidential Election, it has been thought advisable to call a Mass Meeting to be held in the Village of Oneonta on the Seventeenth Day of August at 11 o’clock in the forenoon. A Young Hickory Pole about 125 feet high, with a flag to correspond, will be raised on the occasion. We cannot promise you “roast beef and two dollars a day” but we will extend to you the right hand of fellowship.
August 5, 1844
150 YEARS AGO
Volume Sixty-two – With this issue the Freeman’s Journal enters upon the 62nd year in the enjoyment of good health and a vigorous constitution.
Enforce the Law – Our advice to temperance men is to be content with the present License Act, instead of putting forth vain efforts to enact a Prohibitory Law for this State, and endeavor to enforce it. Spur up all Sheriffs, deputies, constables, commissioners and justices to do their whole duty, and aid them in its discharge. The law is violated every week in Cooperstown. Liquor is sold to minors, to intoxicated men, and on the Sabbath. A stop must be put to this business. If necessary, the law-abiding people should band together to secure the enforcement of a wholesome police regulation in regard to the sale of liquor. And, we call upon the Commissioner of Excise to set a mark upon every dealer in the county known to be guilty of selling ale or liquor on Sunday, and to refuse him a license next year.
August 6, 1869
125 YEARS AGO
The Freeman’s Journal this week completed its eighty-sixth year, having been established in 1808.
The weather was pleasant on Thursday last, and a very large number of people gathered on the ball grounds to witness the game between the Athletics and the Cuban Giants. There was any amount of disappointment. The playing of the home team was not up to its recent record, while the Giants put up better ball than what was expected of them. (Ed. Note: Sol White, second baseman, and Frank Grant, shortstop, for the Cuban Giants in 1894 are now enshrined and honored as members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. They are believed to have been the first future Hall of Fame members to have played baseball in the Village of Cooperstown. Today, the site where baseball was played in 1894 for the most part is the parking lot adjoining River Street and Atwell to the west of the Bassett Hospital Clinic building and extending out across Fair Street).
August 2, 1894
100 YEARS AGO
Carey Webster, about 60 years old, a former resident of Otsego County, but now of Gloversville, is dead at the home of John Blumenstock, a farmer at East Springfield, as the result of a shooting accident on the Blumenstock farm about 5:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon, when a bullet from the rifle of Charles Dentz, also of Gloversville, glanced from a tree and struck Webster, inflicting a wound from which he died within an hour. Dentz was exonerated from any blame in the shooting, on the statement of Dr. W.R. Rathbun of East Springfield, who attended the wounded man. Webster and his wife and Dentz and his wife, were spending the day at the Blumenstock home, having motored from Gloversville. In the afternoon they went out in the fields, each with a rifle, bound on shooting woodchucks. When Dentz fired, he did not know Webster was in his immediate vicinity.
August 6, 1919
50 YEARS AGO
Sgt. John K. Winslow, aged 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chester J. Winslow, Jr., of Hartwick, was killed in action Wednesday of last week while serving with the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam. Sgt. Winslow, who was the twentieth Otsego County man to lose his life in the Vietnam fighting, was on his second tour of duty in the war zone. He entered the Marines in August 1965, and was awarded the Purple Heart last year for wounds received in the fighting. After recovering he signed up for his second tour in Vietnam last summer. He was due to return home for discharge later this month. He was killed eight miles north of Vandergrift Combat Base in Quang Tri Province by a misguided friendly air strike in a combat operation. Sgt. Winslow was a 1964 graduate of Cooperstown High School.
August 6, 1969
25 YEARS AGO
Fly Creek by Lidie Mackie – Walter Dusenberry will be a judge for the Cooperstown Art Association’s Art Show. He has just returned from teaching at the Vermont carving studio in Rutland. Young Finn Dusenberry attended the annual campout for the karate group. The Otsego Lake Boating Association held its first annual boat parade on Otsego Lake. Charley Michaels won the “Shiniest Boat” prize with his 1963 Chris Craft, “Holiday.” Judges were Mayor Woolson and Catherine Black. After a year as a Rotary exchange student in Argentina Elizabeth Tedesco will attend Middlebury College.
August 2, 1994