Clayton Harvey Bantham, Jr., 90, passed away February 5, 2021, at Saratoga Hospital in Saratoga Springs. Born October 30, 1930, in Utica, Harvey was the son of Clayton Harvey Bantham, Sr. and Ruth Lucille Kline Bantham. The family moved to Cooperstown in 1936 when his father became manager at Iroquois Farm.
Upon graduating from Cooperstown High School, Class of 1948, he attended Rider University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism. In 1951 Harvey entered active service with the U.S. Army and proudly served his country during the Korean War. In May 1954, Sgt. Bantham received his honorable discharge from the military and returned home to Cooperstown. There he met the love of his life, Annie Welsh, and they were married on April 9, 1955. They resided in West Milford, NJ for many years, and later moved to Wilton, NY, although they always called Cooperstown home.
DUCK DERBY – 10 a.m. Help launch a flock of rubber duckies at the headwaters of the Susquehanna. Support Cooperstown Leo Club on day trip to the United Nations in NYC. Cost, $5/duck or $20/5-ducks at Otesaga, Mel’s @ 22, others. Finish line just South of Main St. Bridge, Cooperstown. 607-282-2956 or visit www.facebook.com/CooperstownLionsClub/
Some 135 OHS Alumni, top, pose on the Oneonta Country Club’s putting green before this morning’s start of the annual Alumni Golf Tournament, which begins the annual weekend of reunion celebrations. Players have a chance to win loads of prizes including a 2019 Chevy Cruze if they get a hole-in-one! At right, as the sun comes out, Jim Sandoli, ’63, lines up a shot as son Jim Jr., ’02, and Phil Meagley, ’63, look on. Awards will be given out around 2:30 p.m. The Alumni Banquet is this evening at the Asa C. Allison Building. Annual Wall of Fame inductions are Saturday morning at the high school, followed by the homecoming game in the afternoon. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
ONEONTA – The SUNY Oneonta Alumni Association today presented an award to Maj. Gen. Anthony German, ’81, adjutant general for the State of New York, and the first general from Oneonta since the Civil War, during the college’s Alumni Weekend brunch this morning at the Hunt Union.
The Schoharie County native, SUNY Oneonta grad and Oneonta resident was appointed commander of the New York State National Guard by Governor Cuomo March 9. He had previously commanded the state’s Air National Guard.