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160 YEARS AGO
It is well known that a year ago the village of Cooperstown suffered to the extent of perhaps $20,000 on account of the prevalence of small pox — which was first contracted by one of our citizens in New York City. It nearly destroyed one trade for the entire winter; and put the county and the village to a large expense. To the mild type of the disease and the active precautions taken by the authorities may be attributed the fact that but few deaths occurred. It is to be hoped that the legislative members from this county will do what they can to aid the passage of some law which will place the sanitary affairs of our great seaport town (New York City) in better hands and under an improved system.
January 10, 1862

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210 YEARS AGO
Those who have been led by federal falsehoods to fear that our country was in the high road to destruction will be gratified by that paragraph of the President’s Message which adverts to the state of our finances. From this it appears that no loan has been made during the past year; that the loan made in 1810 has been paid off; that the current expenses of the government have been defrayed; that the interest of the whole national debt has been discharged; and, that more than five millions of dollars of the principal of that debt have been reimbursed.
January 4, 1812

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We present our kind readers with the compliments of the season. The good Apostle said, “Is any man afflicted, let him pray; is any merry, let him sing psalms.” “A Merry Christmass” is reciprocally given and received, and we sincerely hope that few or none will be otherwise than “merry and wise,” and not “merry and sad,” as we fear is sometimes the case with the inconsiderate. Such seem to have forgotten the intent of rejoicing on the anniversary of the birth of our savior. They deserve our pity but not our approbation.
December 28, 1811

135 YEARS AGO
Rev. Mr. Boardman delivered an earnest temperance discourse in his own pulpit on Sunday evening last, and though all his hearers may not have fully coincided with all the views put forth by him, probably none of them underrated the evils depicted as resulting from habits of dissipation. The hard times experienced by a large class of people, the speaker rightly contended, results from the habit of dram-drinking.
January 1, 1887

160 YEARS AGO
The year 1861 sums up – Thousands of lives lost; an Army of 650,000 men; a Navy of 270 vessels and 22,000 men; a national debt of 500,000,000; the treasury nearly bankrupt; no foreign market for our loans; the initiation of
a Government paper currency, and a national bankrupt law; a foreign war threatened; 400,000 rebels in the field.
January 3, 1862

110 YEARS AGO
Town Topics – The employees of Iroquois Farm and their families, numbering 130, were entertained at a Christmas dinner at Parshall’s Restaurant Monday evening by Mr. and Mrs. F. Ambrose Clark. Following the dinner the guests repaired to the Village Hall, where a Christmas tree, laden with gifts for all, awaited them. Later, dancing was enjoyed, with music by Bronner’s orchestra.
The feature at the Star Theatre on New Year’s night will be a series of scenes from the world’s championship baseball games between the Philadelphia Athletics and the New York Giants. The baseball pictures will be shown in addition to the usual good program.
December 27, 1911

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Advertisement – Millinary (sic), Miss Smith informs the public that she has commenced the Millinary business in a part of the store formerly occupied by Cory & Cook; where she has just received from New York the latest fashions for Velvet Jockies, Winter, Straw and Silk Hats, Turbans, etc, which will be sold at the most reduced prices for cash. Cooperstown.
December 21, 1811

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210 YEARS AGO
From Washington – the report of the Committee of Foreign Relations, so anxiously looked for, was this day presented to the House. The Committee reports six resolutions: 1. That our present military establishment be completed. 2. That 10,000 additional troops be immediately raised. 3. That the militia be organized to be ready for service. 4. That the President be authorized to accept the service of 50,000 volunteers. 5. That the national vessels out of repair, worthy of repair, be repaired and put in commissions. 6. That merchant vessels be permitted to arm for their defence.
December 14, 1811

185 YEARS AGO
The Ladies’ Society of Christ Church intend meeting on Thursday, December 22, at the Otsego Mansion where they will offer for sale a number of fancy articles — suitable mementoes for the coming year. A substantial supper will be provided, with lighter refreshments of various descriptions. Doors open at 6 o’clock. Tickets to be procured at all the Stores. Admittance, 12 and one-half cents; Children half price.
December 19, 1836

135 YEARS AGO
Buildings have been erected on the corporation of Cooperstown during the present year at an aggregate cost of about $54,000. These include five stores and one dwelling on Main Street, five dwellings on Nelson Avenue, four small dwellings on Delaware Street, and five on other streets. On the Central Hotel and other repairs about $10,000 more have been expended. At present, we hear of but two or three dwellings likely to be put up next spring, though it is probable more will be built. There is but one unoccupied dwelling on the corporation.
December 18, 1886

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Man is so constituted, that when he directs all his energies to a single employment, the products of his labor are far more abundant and excellent, than when he follows several employments. By confining both body and mind to a single operation, a degree of skill and dexterity in that operation is acquired, which could not be attained if the same, or even a much greater amount of labor had been bestowed on several direct objects.
December 12, 1836

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210 YEARS AGO
Advertisement – The co-partnership of Cory & Cook is, by mutual consent, this day dissolved. All persons indebted to said firm are requested to make immediate payment to said Cory, who will attend to said business at the store of Mssrs. Goodsell & Cook. They do not forget to offer their sincere thanks to all those who have been their good customers. O.L. Cory, Seth Cook, Cooperstown.
November 30, 1811

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Education – Mr. Bond offers his services to the
inhabitants of Otsego Village to give Lessons in a new and fashionable style of Dancing. Mr. B. proposes to give his first Lesson on Friday Evening next, at Stephen Fitch’s Hall in said village, where he solicits the patronage of the Parents and Guardians of Young Masters and Misses who may wish to encourage this accomplishment. Satisfactory references will be given by applying to Mr. Isaac Williams. Terms Three Dollars, to be paid at the close of the School.
November 23, 1811

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Notice: Removal – The hop business of D. Wilber & Son has been removed from Milford to Oneonta. Office room has been secured in rooms opposite Brown’s Hardware on Main Street, where we will be pleased to see our friends. All letters intended for D. Wilber & Son should be addressed to Oneonta instead of Milford, as formerly.

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Theodore Pomeroy, having opened an Office two doors east of the Druggist Shop of George Pomeroy, offers himself to the inhabitants of the village of Cooperstown and its vicinity, as a Practitioner in Physic and Surgery. Having furnished himself with Trepanning Instruments and all others necessary in common operations, he holds himself in readiness to attend to calls with the most rigid punctuality.
November 9, 1811

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210 YEARS AGO
Notice — All persons indebted to the estate of William Cooper, of Cooperstown, County of Otsego, and State of New York, deceased, are requested to make payment to the subscribers; and all persons, having demands against said estate, are requested to present the same for settlement. Richard Fennimore Cooper, Isaac Cooper, Executors.
Public Notice — The proprietors of the Otsego Library, are requested to meet on Wednesday, the third of January, at 3 p.m. at the house of William A. Boyd — to adopt such measures as shall be thought advisable. A general and particular invitation is hereby given by order of the trustees, Wm. A. Boyd, Librarian. N.B. It is requested that all books be returned at the above time.
January 6, 1811

160 YEARS AGO
New Type — The Journal commences the New Year with a complete and beautiful “new dress” from the celebrated foundry of Conner & Sons, New York — an improvement rendered necessary by the amount of work the old type had sustained during a period of upwards of four years. All the advertisements will be reset by another week. The general typographical features of the paper are retained.
January 6, 1861

135 YEARS AGO
Slave to fashion — She was dressing for church and the bells had continued to ring. He was impatiently waiting and when it came to placing in position an article of
feminine attire that had been omitted in its regular order
he suggested that it was an unnecessary appendage. “Yes, but it is the fashion.” “But remember you are going to church, and the fashion of this world passeth away.”
“True, my dear, but the bustle of the world does not!”
January 10, 1886

110 YEARS AGO
Deputy County Clerk Robert O. Marshall came downtown New Year’s morning and spotted Muggs, the Orphan House donkey walking dolefully down the middle of the street alone and unattended. Imbued with the beneficent spirit of the season, Marshall concluded that Muggs must have wandered away and was lost and thus needed shelter, food and care. When the Good Samaritan approached, Muggs flopped one of its hind legs, then both of them. After a while Mr. Marshall coaxed Muggs into the Lettis livery stable, telling the landlord thereof to feed him and when he came again that way he would repay him. Mr. Lettis fed the donkey a bale of hay and then telephoned the matron that her orphan child was in his custody. The request came back that Muggs be again liberated; that he was only taking his morning walk and would come back home when he got ready.
January 8, 1911

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210 YEARS AGO
On Wednesday last, Captain Van Buren, one of the
officers of the custom-house in New York, seized a sloop load of British goods in Troy, and on Thursday morning the same gentleman seized five wagon loads in State Street, Albany. These goods were brought in by way of Canada, and were seized under the Non-Intercourse Law. They have since been claimed by Frederick Sheldon, of this city, and Mathias Bruen, of New York.
October 26, 1811

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Artimesia Norton, daughter of Mr. George Norton of Hartwick, 13 years and 4 months old, did, on the 27th of September, 1811, spin five runs of good woolen yarn, on a single-geer’d wheel in 11 hours and 26 minutes. The reel measured, in circumference, two yards, two inches, and ¾ of an inch. Industry rather than silver and gold, constitutes the riches of a country.
October 5, 1811

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210 YEARS AGO
The Navy – There is a question of great importance in the future policy of our government, which we think, Congress will be compelled to decide. Shall the United States complete and maintain a Navy? It is a question which has never yet been fairly met by the national legislature; but which ought no longer to remain in suspense. If we are to have a Navy, in the name of our country’s honor,
let it be placed on a more respectable footing than it now is.
September 28, 1811

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210 YEARS AGO
Domestic Difficulty — Elopement — Whereas my wife Polly has refused to live with me and behaved herself in such a manner that I do not think proper to live with her — I therefore forbid all persons harboring or trusting her on my account as I will pay no debt of her contracting after this date. John Pringle, Jun.

Absconded — From my father’s house and this country, the above-named John Pringle, Jun., with my Snuff Box and Handkerchief pin, and every small article my father gave me that he could lay his hands on. Johnny, do not fear that any person will trust me on your account, when you have twice fled your country in the night.

I was 15 years old when I married you — I hope no other young girl will be deceived by you as I have been.

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