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BOUND VOLUMES: September 17, 2020


September 17, 2020


Infallible Cure for the Whooping Cough – Dissolve a scruple of tartar in a gill of water, and ten grains of cochineal, finely powdered; sweeten it with a fine loaf or brown sugar. Give an infant the fourth part of a tablespoonful four times a day, and from four years old and upwards, a tablespoonful may be taken. The relief is immediate and the cure in general is effected in four or five days. Let the patient’s drink at night, and when in bed, be water-sweetened with brown sugar. This drink is also recommended in all cases of tickling, irritating coughs when in bed – giving almost instantaneous relief.

September 18, 1820

BOUND VOLUMES: September 10, 2020


September 10, 2020


We, the undersigned members of the Visiting Committee appointed to examine the Students of Hartwick Academy under the care of the Rev. Ernest Lewis Hazelius, in gratification to our own feelings, as well as in discharge of the duty which we owe to the interests of Literature, are happy to take this public opportunity of expressing our entire satisfaction with the proficiency of the students of that Seminary, and of assuring Parents and Guardians of the many proofs which the examination afforded of the zeal, assiduity and fidelity of the Principal. The progress of the various Classes in Hebrew, Greek, Lain, French, Mathematics, Geography, English Grammar, Composition, &c. incontestably proved that the teacher was not only master of these branches himself, but possessed the happiest talent of imparting them to others. During the five years which have elapsed since the first establishment of this Seminary, 161 young people have received the advantages of education within its walls. Of these 161 pupils, 4 have applied themselves to Hebrew, 85 to Greek and Latin, 18 to French, 26 to various branches of Mathematical Science, and 28 to the simpler literature necessary to form the Tradesman and Mechanic. Seven young men have passed from the institution into Union College.

September 4, 1820

BOUND VOLUMES: September 3, 2020


September 3, 2020


Science – To witness the steady march of science in our country cannot but excite emotions of satisfaction in the mind of every true friend of literature. Nations, both ancient and modern, have received their rank on the historian’s page, not from the number of kingdoms desolated, the victories achieved or the extent of territory acquired, but from the aid they have furnished for the advancement of science. We see that science, not heroic deeds or warlike achievements, will fix the standard of a nation’s character.

September 4, 1820

BOUND VOLUMES: July 2, 2020


July 2, 2020


Important to Tanners – The patent right for preparing, using and vending chestnut wood for the purpose of tanning and dyeing in the New England states, is vested in the Springfield Manufacturing Company, who will soon have in operation machinery and apparatus for preparing the wood fit for use, and will deliver it to purchasers in large or small quantities, at any place within the above limits, for a sum that will not exceed two-thirds of the amount of the price of the equivalent of oak bark, on a credit of one year. The proprietors have no hesitation in saying that the above material, for the purpose of tanning, is in every respect superior to oak bark. The leather tanned with it is of a better quality, being firmer, less porous, and at the same time more pliable. It is also very neat and convenient in the application. Letters relative to the above, addressed to Benj. Jenks, Agent, at Springfield, Massachusetts, will be promptly attended to. (Ed. Note: This marks the beginning of the end for America’s chestnut trees which, though once numerous as the oaks, had virtually disappeared by the early 20th century. In replacing the oak tree as the preferred source, the chestnut may have saved the oaks from a similar demise.)

July 3, 1820


(Selected) List of Letters remaining in the Post Office at Cooperstown, June 30, 1845: Miss Polly Ball, Henry Brown. Amos Bissell, Henry Chadwick, Miss Jane Crippen, Marcus Dutcher, Miss Hannah Edwards, Estate of Herman Lord, George Fern, Heirs of Lieut. L. Loomis, Swift’s Continental Regt. Army of Revolution, Miss Mary M. Hicks, Erastus Horth, Joseph Husbands, E. B. Hubbell, Theron Ives, R.S. Johnson, Alver Kenyon, Anna Lum, A.V. and S.S. Moore, Van Booskirk Morris, Mrs. Elizabeth Quackenbush, R.E. Robinson, William Smith, Samuel Tabor, Mark Tomlinson, Walter S. Tunnicliff, Miss Eliza Ann Walker, David Waterman, George H. Webb, Miss Jane Wilcox, Simon Wolf, John Yale.

June 30, 1845


The Fourth (of July) was one of the most delightful days of the whole year so far as the weather was concerned. There was no celebration of the day at this place, and the “boys” had all the noise to themselves. If they had not commenced quite so early, their powder and crackers would have held out longer. After about ten o’clock “firing ceased all along the line,” and during the rest of the day only an occasional “pop” was heard in our unusually quiet streets. The Lake was the resort of a great many parties and individuals, and the “Mary Boden” had a paying day. In one little circle, at least, the day was duly “observed” after the good old fashion, the orator and poet being the great grandson of a soldier of the Revolution; patriotic songs were sung and toasts were given under the shadow of the stars and stripes, and the usual salutes were fired. In the evening enough fireworks were set off by different families about the village to have made quite an attractive display had they been concentrated.

July 7, 1870


Local – One of the handsomest horses which we have seen on this corporation in a long time is a five-year-old dark bay gelding whose sire was a famous Kentucky horse called “Banker.” He has the gait of a fast traveler and the action of old “Snip,” the finest horse ever owned in this county. He belongs to Mr. Barclay, the brother and present visitor of Mrs. Constable.
The Journal for this week is issued on “The Glorious Fourth” and it will be rather a quiet day in Cooperstown. In the afternoon there will be a baseball game played on the grounds of the C.A.A. at 2:30 o’clock between the home team and one from New York.

July 4, 1895


Sunday, when the mercury soared to 97 degrees Fahrenheit, hundreds sought relief in the cooling waters of Otsego Lake. The temperature equaled the former ideal record that stood until it was broken on August 4, 1944, with a reading of 93. Monday, the weather completely changed and became raw, wet and so cold that everyone around the lake had to jump in the water to get warm.

July 4, 1945


Boyd Bissell, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.H. Bissell, Jr. of Cooperstown, and a graduate of the University of New Hampshire’s Hotel Management School, knocked about on ocean liners for two years before coming home. Finding opportunities limited here, he headed for Paris, France where he landed a job cooking for an American family. After many “digestive” complaints he was “sacked.” He then applied to a cooks’ employment agency in Paris and two days later was told to present himself to LePre Catelan, a swanky restaurant in the Bois de Boulogne. To his surprise, he was hired and given a room to sleep in since he had none elsewhere. Recently he was introduced to Oliver, the renowned chef of LeGrand Vefour where he will work in an underground kitchen beneath the sidewalk of an arcade in the Palais Royal.

July 1, 1970


Gallery 53, having been under the charge of Interim Director Susan Friedlander since April, will officially welcome back Beth A. Bohling, a former Arts Administrator at Gallery 53, as the new Director on July 10. Bohling has recently been Director of the Pyramid Arts Center in Rochester. “While I was in Rochester, I missed the small town community. Living in a rural area is more for me than living in an urban area. I missed the camaraderie of Cooperstown, and I missed the hills.

July 2, 1995


It was a 35-day sprint, and Price Chopper crossed the finish line Tuesday, June 6, opening its new Cooperstown supermarket in time for the Fourth of July weekend. “It was an incredibly quick turnabout,” said Mona Golub, vice-president for public relations and consumer services. “To build a store from scratch takes nine months to a year,” she said. Interest was high in this super-market-starved community as 150 people gathered in the parking lot awaiting the 8:30 a.m. ribbon-cutting and opening.

July 1, 2010

BOUND VOLUMES: June 25, 2020


June 25, 2020


A new Republic appears to be rising in South America, at Caracas, including a vast territory and a population nearly equal to that of the United States in 1776, to the government of which, the people and their leaders are strongly attached. Should they succeed in becoming independent, they will be the second Republic on the globe, as, until this event the United States are not only the first, but the only republic on earth.

June 23, 1810


Newspapers – The man who takes no newspaper cannot reasonably expect to occupy a very high station in society.  How can he expect to know what is passing in the world, what mankind is about, and what he ought to occupy himself about, unless he has access to those chronicles of the times, which disseminate intelligence, and herald in due form all earthly Monarchs, to the birth of Mrs. John Smith’s twins – from the conquest of empires to the capture of a hummingbird? How can a man expect to rank equal with the best, unless he takes a newspaper?

June 29, 1840


Few men in this county are more widely known throughout the State than George Clarke of Hyde, Otsego County, and none have more marked personal peculiarities. Favors may be obtained of him; he has the reputation of being kind and indulgent to good tenants, though not inclined toward many improvements; but it is questionable whether his opinions or actions are influenced by any one; in politics an independent; a good conversationalist; educated well and well read; fond of music and the drama; caring nothing for everyday personal appearance, yet thoroughly at home in the drawing room. With an immense landed estate – much of it very valuable, extending over several counties in this state – which we think he could close up in his lifetime, meet all obligations, and retire on not less than a million and a half of dollars. He will run an expensive lawsuit if crowded for money as long as he can, or till he gets ready to pay, sooner than sell a valuable town lot or farm – because his income exceeds his expenses. On his farms are over 100 acres of hops. Mr. Clarke is about 63 years of age, is a hard worker, and wastes little vitality on fret or worry.

June 23, 1885


Cooperstown Topics – Judge L.J. Arnold, Harold T. Basinger, C.R. Hartson, and Wm. Macdonald danced a jig on the four corners Wednesday morning. The cause of it was the Fenimore Farm Milk Wagon, which was running away up Pioneer Street. Upon seeing the terpsichorean efforts of the
gentlemen above mentioned the horse stopped before any damage was done.

June 25, 1910


Carl Sandburg, winner of this year’s Pulitzer Prize in history, will give an address July 4th in Cooperstown at the Dedication of the Hall of Life Mask in the Museum of the New York State Historical Association. The dedication of the Hall of Life Masks will have patriotic significance as the author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, is represented in the collection by a remarkable mask for which he sat at the age of 82.

June 26, 1940


On Thursday, June 16, about 54 parents and younger brothers and sisters of the 31 Kindergarteners in Mrs. Rutledge Manchester’s room were entertained at a play day. The children presented a circus in which they demonstrated many of the songs and rhythm games which they have learned this year. The “Circus McGercus,” as it was called, was complete with a ring, a band, wild animals, tight rope acts, and refreshments. Mrs. Manchester was ringmaster. Taking part as galloping horses were Charles Jennings, Mark Butler, Jimmy Robinson, Billy Snoad, Richard Weland, Craig Phillips, John Cook and Michael
Kraham. High-stepping horses were Michael Mondore, Danny Dodge, Danny DeSena, Randy Selan, Michael Frey, David Wilfeard, Danny Coons, Charles Ainslie and Michael Kraham. Bareback riders were Kathy St. John, Randy Selan and John Cook. Elephants were Peggy Norwood, Aleyne McRorie. Shelly Schallert, Teresa Petrucco, Patty Larbig, Barbara Mahlum, Melody Williams, Susan Walrath, Peggy Rees, Karen Bozosi, Cheryl Newell, Kathy St. John and Patty Weir.

June 22, 1960


Portable signs became an official part of Cooperstown Monday night, following a packed public hearing on a proposed amendment to the sign ordinance. The village board voted 4-2 with one abstention to pass the amendment and quiet a controversy that had reverberated through the community for almost a year. The amendment goes into effect immediately, Mayor Bill Purcell said. The village planning board was to begin defining the amendment and possibly begin hearing requests from business people at its meeting on Tuesday, June 25. The amendment allows the signs from May 1 to October 15 from 7 a.m. to sunset when the businesses are open. Proper papers and a sign permit approved by the planning board must be obtained before a business can display a portable sign. Trustees Bill Burnett, Gerald Wilson, Tom Malone and Mayor Purcell voted yes; Pam Washburn and Stu Taugher voted no. John Mitchell abstained.

June 26, 1985


The provisions of a new dress code for students at Cooperstown Central School include the following: “Shirts may not be off the shoulder, sheer, nor low-cut; shirts worn outside the waistband must be of sufficient length that no flesh is exposed when the student fully extends one arm above the head.” Long-slung pants “exposing underwear” are outlawed as are “holes, rips or tears” in “inappropriate places.”

June 24, 2005


When Price Chopper opens its doors in Cooperstown Tuesday, June 29, it plans to have produce from at least one local farmer on its shelves. Gaia’s Breath Farm, Jordanville, was expecting Price Chopper inspectors at his farm Thursday, June 24, the last step to supplying the 127-store grocery chain – Cooperstown’s will be 128 – with locally grown food.

June 25, 2010

BOUND VOLUMES July 12, 2020


July 12, 2020


The pirates in the Persian Gulph have been wholly defeated by the English; the pirates amounted to 6,000 men; but 1,400 English troops landed at Rasul Kimaz, their principal seat on the Arabian shore, and gained possession of the town in about four hours. The enemy was severely cut up, and gave away in every direction, and the town was given up to plunder.

June 9, 1810


Two Negroes were recently burned to death in Mobile, Alabama, for the murder of two children under aggravating circumstances. The laws of the country had never conceived
that crimes could be perpetrated with such peculiar circumstances of barbarity, and had therefore provided no adequate punishment. Their lives were justly forfeited to the laws of the country, but the peculiar circumstances demanded that the ordinary punishment should be departed from – they were seized, taken to the place where they had perpetrated the act, and burned to death.

June 8, 1835


It is already well known that the Newspaper Express on the Hudson River has proved a complete success. We now learn that the New York Central has under consideration and will probably submit to the Government a proposition to carry the great United States mail from New York to Cincinnati and Chicago at a rate of speed heretofore unparalleled in the history of railroading, at least in this country. It is proposed to leave New York at 3 or 4 o’clock a.m. with the mail and New York papers, and reach Cincinnati at 3 o’clock a.m. the following morning, and Chicago at 5 or 6 o’clock a.m. Businessmen would receive their correspondence from New York twenty-four hours in advance of the present mail arrangement.

June 8, 1860


The origin of Memorial Day at the north is a matter of inquiry. John B. Murray was a lawyer and a native of Vermont; at the opening of the Civil War he resided in this state and entered the service as Captain in the 50th New York Volunteers. He rose gradually in command, and in 1865 was brevetted Brigadier General. He was the originator of the Decoration Day observances in the northern states. In the winter of 1867-1868, when in the south, he noticed the touching rite of the decoration of soldiers’ graves by the ladies, and deeply impressed with the beauty and solemnity of this custom, he instituted a similar one at his home when he returned in 1868. He died on October 8, 1884, and his remains were followed to the grave by a large number of veterans.

June 13, 1885


Topics of Cooperstown – Lung Fook is the latest addition to the laundry of Ah Choy. He, like the others in Choy’s laundry, has been “Americanized” by the loss of his queue.
The new parlor in the Hotel Fenimore is a dream. The side walls are artistically tinted, new pictures adorn them, a fine Brussels rug, newly upholstered chairs and new writing tables have been added. Just peep in there if you want to see something really fine.

June 11, 1910


Where Nature Smiles – The Meadowbrook Steeplechase Handicap at Belmont Park on Saturday was won by Mr. F. Ambrose Clark’s eight-year-old gelding Irish Bullet, favored in a field of six. Irish Bullet, perfectly ridden by F. Bellhouse, won practically as he pleased after setting the pace most of the way and after he had reached Mrs. C.V. Whitney’s Rideaway into the ground.
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Carlton Clark have issued invitations to the marriage of their daughter, Elizabeth Scriven Clark, to Mr. Henry Richardson Labouisse, Saturday, June 29, at 12 o’clock, Eastern Standard Time, at Christ Church, Cooperstown. Immediately following the ceremony a reception will take place at Fernleigh, the home of the bride’s parents here.

June 12, 1935


The Otsego County District Attorney’s office is handling the case involving vandalism caused by skateboarding in St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church Hall. Rev. John Sise said parishioners noticed some vandalism recently. Skateboarding in the hall has caused damage to floors, walls and tables. Last week, Sise said he saw three youths walking between the Catholic Church and the neighboring Baptist Church heading for the Parish Hall. He was able to seize one of the youths but the other two made off over the fence.

June 13, 1990


Otsego Lake has its secrets, many of which pertain to the lake’s marine biology. Other secrets of “The Glimmerglass” can be traced to human activity. Last Thursday, the lake yielded one of its human secrets. Lee Ferrara, a diver working for the biological field station on a research project was 500 yards north of the Cooperstown Country Club and about 50 yards offshore in relatively shallow water when he came upon a large device lying on its side and partly submerged in loose silt on the lake bottom. Ferrara, with the help of fellow divers Jeff Opar, Dale Webster and Paul Lord eventually recovered and brought to shore a contraption that resembled a cross between a bicycle, a boat, and a sled with flotation tanks attached. A chassis similar to a bicycle with a seat and handlebars is mounted on a sled-like base. A gear wheel turned by a crank with wooden bicycle pedals drives a marine propeller assembly to the rear. Flotation cans are attached to the front and rear along with a front rudder. “I haven’t seen anything like it before,” Bill Harman, biological field station director, said, noting that finding artifacts in the lake is a common occurrence. “But finding this artifact was quite out of the ordinary.”

June 9, 2000

10 Years Ago

CCS junior Adrian Lynch woke up six weeks ago to find “two guns pointed at my face.” Two village police officers handcuffed him and dragged him downstairs, where his landlord and roommate were handcuffed as well. When Lynch, who is black, asked what was going on, “nobody could give me an answer,” he told 150 people gathered in CCS’ Sterling Auditorium Tuesday, June 8.
A woman officer advised him there had been talk that he was selling drugs, but there has been no report of any charges being filed. Lynch told his story during “Broadening the Horizon: Reconciliation Across Differences,” the second of two presentations that grew out of a Good Friday shooting at Main and Fair streets.

June 11, 2010

BOUND VOLUMES: June 5, 2020


June 5, 2020


At the late Court of Oyer & Terminer, held in this county by His Honor Judge Spencer, Samuel McCollom was convicted of stealing a pocket-book from a Mr. Henry of Cherry Valley, and sentenced to four years imprisonment at hard labor in the State Prison. Intemperance, the father of much mischief and wickedness, seems to have led this man to his present disgraceful situation. It appeared from his own acknowledgement to one of the witnesses, that previous to the commission of the theft, so much was he wedded to his favorite liquor, that he actually took a pint of whiskey to bed with him. In aggravation of his crime, it seems that he had been in the habit of teaching school in the neighborhood. He took his departure for his new residence under the custody of the Sheriff last Thursday.

June 8, 1815


The following is taken from an account of the Republican Young Men’s Otsego County Convention in Cooperstown in late May, 1840. (Ed. Note: The word Republican in 1840 described members of the Democratic Party) “Not less than three thousand Democratic Young Men, of Old Otsego, came together in this Village on the 27th ult. (May, 1840). It was a grand display of the rising Democracy of Old Otsego, and cheering to the highest degree to the hearts of all those who love their country and have a just regard for its prosperity and happiness. Every Town in the County was fully represented, and the procession was of the most imposing character, and, as it proceeded through the Village, the several Delegations composing the same were enthusiastically cheered by the vast multitude which filled the sidewalks, the corners of the streets and the piazzas of the hotels.
The “Huge Paws” appeared truly formidable, and the hewing down of Federal Whiggery that will take place in this County at the next November Election will be like the effects of the sweeping tornado.”

June 8, 1840


Thursday, the 1st of June, being set apart by the President as a day of humiliation and mourning, on account of the death of Mr. Lincoln, a union service will be held in the Presbyterian Church of this Village at 11 o’clock a.m. Sermon by Rev. Mr. Peaslee.

Fourth of July Meeting – The Trustees of the Village invite the citizens generally to meet at Bowne Hall, on Friday evening of this week at 7:30 o’clock, to take into consideration the subject of a Fourth of July celebration.
A full attendance is desired. S.K. Thompson, President; C.R. Burch, Clerk.

June 2, 1865


Summary News – A sewer is to be laid through Church Street from River to Fair Street, and down Fair to Main Street – the expense of which is borne by Christ Church, Alfred C. Clark and James Bunyan, whose property flanks the sewer on each side the whole distance.
People leaving New York for Cooperstown will find the 9:50 train out of the city the best one, arriving here at 5:25 – only 7 hours and 35 minutes on the road – unless there should be a detention on one of the other roads. The train leaving Cooperstown at 2:10 p.m. connects with the boats at Albany.

June 6, 1890


Mayor Jack King was overseeing some public work on Chestnut Street the other day and was leaning against a tree. Down the sidewalk something unusual attracted his attention.
It was a cat and right behind it was a dog and they were coming. As they came nearer the dog gained on the cat and just as they reached Jack the race seemed to be lost for the tabby. Then spt z-z-z! swish 23 blankety-blank!-! – the cat thought the Mayor was part of the tree, and up him she scrambled. The dog tried to follow, but Jack administered a kick and down the street the dog went with a kiyi and astride his tail. The Mayor picked up his hat and rubbed the places along his anatomy where the cat’s claws had struck. The cat, astride a limb, looked down upon the scene triumphant.

June 4, 1910


Editorial – Into the 20th Century – When Governor Rockefeller signed a bill Tuesday which outlaws, with two exceptions, capital punishment in New York State, he brought the Empire State into the 20th Century insofar as the administration of justice is concerned. It ends a 17-year fight to banish an archaic and barbaric form of punishment that has no rightful place in modern society. Capital punishment has been in effect in New York since Dutch Colonial times. Since 1891, when the electric chair was first used, 614 persons have been executed. New York thus becomes the 12th state to abandon the use of the death penalty. Abolishment of the death penalty has had strong support from responsible segments of society.

June 2, 1965


Memorial Day weekend 1990 was a winning time for twelve-year old Erica Collier. Erica and her father Steve Collier won first place in the General Clinton Canoe Regatta Generation Gap race on Friday. She and her Dad beat the boys who came in second and third. Then, on Sunday, Erica got dressed to compete in her first-ever beauty pageant at Albany’s Empire State Convention Center where
she placed tenth among 59 contestants to qualify for a national beauty pageant in Orlando, Florida in January. “It was a dream come true,” Erica said.

June 6, 1990


Village native Teri Barown is getting her desk in order and greasing the wheels of Cooperstown’s government in her new position as Village of Cooperstown Clerk. Born and raised in Cooperstown, Barown graduated from Cooperstown High School in 1979. While she went to college part-time, Barown took a job in Lynn Green’s law office. In subsequent years she worked for the Otsego County Personnel Office, the New York State Historical Association’s Membership Department, and recently as District Clerk for Laurens Central School. “Until I worked in Laurens, I had always been in Cooperstown,” Barown said. “My kids go to school here. It’s like home to me. When I saw this position, I had to go for it. It’s nice to be back in Cooperstown.”

June 3, 2005

BOUND VOLUMES May 28, 2020


May 28, 2020


The following convictions took place before the Oyer and Terminer, which closed its session in this Village, on Thursday last. Bejamin A. Thompson, an Irishman, convicted of burglary, and sentenced to the State Prison at hard labor for life. At the time of passing sentence, Judge Woodworth intimated that there were doubts in his mind, whether Thompson had in fact committed the offence charged upon him, and that therefore, if he conducted himself well, it was probable a pardon would be obtained. Abraham Quackenboss, convicted of passing counterfeit money, and sentenced to the State Prison at hard labor for ten years – it appeared that this fellow was hardened in crime, and when sentence was pronounced upon him, he laughingly said, “I honor your judgment!” William Gannett, convicted of passing counterfeit money. He pled guilty, and threw himself upon the mercy of the Court – sentenced to the State Prison at four years hard labor.

May 29, 1820


The Binghamton Courier reports that the house of Mr. A.C. Angell was entered on Friday night by some person unknown. Mrs. A., being awake in bed, heard a slight noise, and aroused her husband, who made his way into the kitchen without a light, and discovering a person in the adjoining bedroom where slept his children, demanded to know his business there. Receiving no reply, he stepped a little back and seizing hold of a chair when the burglar did the same and an encounter ensued. At the fourth or fifth blow, Mr. A. floored his antagonist, and not knowing that he had made a finish of him, as he lay perfectly quiet without noise or motion, Mr. A. stepped to his room once again for a light. On returning the thief was gone, having failed in his object and received a sound drubbing.

May 26, 1845


The Great Democratic Victory in New York – The result of the Special Election in this state on the 17th shows an unexampled Democratic victory. The Democrats have carried the state by about 90,000! When the telegraph first announced that the City of New York had given a Democratic majority of over 50,000, the Republican press said, “The rural districts cannot overcome this large majority.” But it turns out that outside of that city, there is a Democratic majority of about 30,000 – and this notwithstanding the Republican reinforcement of say 8,000 colored voters. The Albany Argus says “New York was first of the Northern States to shake off the delusions and hallucinations by which American politics have been so largely affected since the breaking out of the late rebellion. The crimes, the frauds, and the various smaller “rascalities” inflected by radical politicians upon the State of New York upon pretense of “saving the nation” have been exposed by the Democracy and have been checked by the results of the New York elections of the last four years. The conservative elements all over the country have taken fresh courage.

May 26, 1870


Local: The lake water as it flows from the pipes in the houses of this village shows a temperature of 51 degrees, cold enough for pleasant drinking.
We have alluded to the fact that robins are not as numerous as usual this year. There are, however, many other birds, including one or two new varieties for this section.
Miss Chaffee of New York is visiting her Aunt, Mrs. Alfred Corning Clark at “Fernleigh.”
F.D. Dexter is in town this week tuning pianos. He will return next month as most of his patronage desire tuning in June. Orders for tuning may be left at the usual places, or addressed to Dexter the piano tuner at West Winfield.

May 30, 1895


A group of young women of the First Presbyterian Church met recently at the manse for organization purposes. Officers elected were: President: Katherine Bouton; Vice President: Barbara Hall; Secretary: Mrs. Frederick McGown; Treasurer: Mrs. Charles Hadcock; Chairman of the Membership Committee: Mrs. John Sill. The group will be known as the Service Guild and plans to meet the third Monday in each month.
Chief S.K.E. Sydney Smith and his son Hugh Smith, of Edmeston, had the pleasure of meeting recently and each spent a day on each other’s ship. This was the first time
father and son had met in three years, and the first visit since son Hugh has been in the Navy.

May 30, 1945


Federal Census Totals for Otsego County 21,636 (1800); 38,802 (1810); 44,856 (1820); 51,372 (1830); 49,628 (1840); 48,638 (1850); 50,157 (1860); 48,967 (1870); 51,397 (1880); 50,861 (1890); 48,939 (1900); 47,216 (1910); 46,200 (1920); 46,710 (1930); 46,082 (1940); 50,763 (1950); 51,942 (1960); 55,421 (1970). The 1970 total is a preliminary figure.  (Editor’s Note:  Census 2020 is underway, but the latest Census figures put Otsego County’s population at 60,244.)

May 27, 1970


Bernie Nonenmacher of Edmeston has been named Cooper Country Crafts June Artist of the Month. Nonenmacher contributes two very different crafts to the cooperative. She does black and white historical sketches and also constructs real fur-covered stuffed animals. Nonenmacher began drawing when she volunteered at the local museum. Taking many of the old, faded photographs, she tried to reconstruct how some of the older historical buildings might have looked. She has saved many historical scenes from extinction by converting the photos to black and white sketches.

May 31, 1995


Cooperstown Central School is planning two programs – on safety in schools and on cultural diversity. Parents and community members are invited to both. Dr. James Gabarino of Loyola University, Chicago, an author and expert on violence among children, will deliver a lecture on June 2. Funds for the event have been provided by the Clark Foundation and the Heilig Foundation. A panel discussion titled “Broadening the Horizon: Reconciliation across Differences” will also be presented June 8. The event is co-sponsored by the Cooperstown School District, the Village of Cooperstown and the Oneonta Branch of the NAACP. Panelists are Gretchen Sullivan Sorin, Ph.D and Cooperstown Graduate Program Director, Grace C. Olmstead, SUNY Oneonta, Dr. William S. Walker, SUNY Oneonta and Dr. Regina Betts, Vice-President and Political Action Chair of the Oneonta NAACP Branch.

May 28, 2010

HOMETOWN History May 29, 2020


May 29, 2020

135 Years Ago

Home & Vicinity – A few nights ago a fair damsel who was coming out of one of our churches was approached by a young man who requested the pleasure of seeing “her home.” The young lady replied,” “No, sir; if you want to go home with me you must go with me to church, sit with me during the exercises and thus show yourself worthy of my company!”
Sensible girl, that! If others would follow her example, the young men who loaf around the streets until service is nearly over and then station themselves near the church door, and when the ladies appear ask to go home with them, would soon become more familiar with the inside of the churches than at present.

May 1885

130 Years Ago

The street railway company has made arrangements to handle two thousand passengers on Decoration Day between West End and Wilber Park. The observation car will run only from the Windsor Hotel to the park; all other cars will run through as usual. Cars will leave the West End every half hour and the Windsor Hotel and Wilber Park every fifteen minutes.
The graduates of the Oneonta Normal School are from the first able to command very comfortable salaries.
Two members of the class of 1890 have already secured excellent positions. F.H. Lane, whose thesis is titled “The Jesuits,” goes to Babylon, Long Island at a salary of $1,000 per year, while one of the lady graduates has been secured by the Normal College of the City of New York where she will be teacher in the model department.

May 1890

125 Years Ago

Patrons who attended the sell-out performance of McIntyre & Heath’s “The Ham Tree,” a musical comedy, on Monday evening at the Oneonta Theatre, were unanimous in their verdict that it was the best of Manager George Roberts’ excellent shows. It was no place for a philosopher who wanted to do any serious work. But, for any human being who likes to laugh, it was the inner shrine. If there are any funnier comedians in the world than McIntyre & Heath they had better be locked up, or they might face a charge of manslaughter for tickling people to death.
The songs were good, the dancing clever, the show girls pretty, the costumes clean and bright and not a line in the show that would make a Quaker blush. The situations in which the busted down minstrels found themselves were the product of a mastermind and the dialogue of the two minstrels were put over in a way that would make imitators look awfully sick. Theatre lovers are grateful to Mr. Roberts for his nerve in securing an attraction like this for a city of this size.

May 1895

90 Years Ago

Professor Robert D. McKenzie of the University of Washington maintains that Nordic supremacy is not caused by racial differences, but rather by differences in culture and training. A good many people might disagree with him. However, the dissenters from McKenzie’s view might be persuaded differently by reading newspaper accounts of the marathon race at Amsterdam in the Netherlands. The marathon race is generally regarded as calling for distinctly Nordic strength and endurance. However, the race was won by a brown-skinned Algerian, with a dark-skinned Chilean second and two yellow-skinned Japanese fourth and sixth, while the white race had to be content with third and fifth places. The winner was trained as a dispatch runner for French troops – a fact that supports the professor’s theory that almost any race, with the same training as whites, can do what whites can.

May 1930

30 Years Ago

Pepsi is trading soda for vodka, McDonald’s is bringing
the golden arches across the iron curtain, and Thomas Scholet, an Oneonta businessman believes any size company can make a Soviet business connection. “Soviet Business Connections” is the name of the umbrella organization Scholet set up to facilitate commercial, cultural and recreational exchange between the super powers. Scholet himself is doing business with the Soviets, having recently entered into a joint venture with a Moscow-based organization called Soviet International Tourist Services. Scholet and his partners put together here in the U.S. to travel to the Soviet Union and the Moscow office organizes groups in the Soviet Union to tour in America. Scholet plans to lead 150 business travelers to the Soviet Union this year.

May 1990

20 Years Ago

Health insurance companies will have to settle claims faster and face higher penalties for failure to pay claims on time under the terms of legislation sponsored by State Senator James L. Seward. The measure passed unanimously on May 16. “We need to toughen the 1997 prompt payment laws because compliance isn’t what it should be,” Seward said. The legislation requires insurers to pay claims filed electronically within 30 days instead of 45. The bill also declares that failure to settle claims in a timely manner constitutes an unfair claims settlement practice,,, subjecting HMOs and insurers to additional penalties.
The bill requires that all health insurance contracts include a dispute resolution mechanism. “When a company agrees to cover medical procedures, it must pay policyholders and providers on time,” Seward said. The bill also prohibits HMOs and insurers from denying care that had been previously authorized. “I certainly hope the Assembly will support our effort to improve the claims settlement and payment process in New York on behalf of patients and providers,” Seward added.

May 2000

15 Years Ago

Jason West, the New Paltz Village Mayor who challenged New York law by attempting to marry gay couples will face trial, New York State’s highest court has ruled. Mayor West will face 24 misdemeanor counts of violating the state’s domestic relations law by marrying couples without marriage licenses last year. West’s defiance of a law that state officials say forbids gay marriage has made New Paltz a flashpoint in the national gay marriage debate. The New York State Court of Appeals refused West’s request to hear the case first, avoiding the usual process of hearing cases in town, county and state appellate courts before they are considered by the state’s highest court. West had sought a “leave application” because he argued the case was unique, novel and critical to the state. The Appellate Court issued its ruling following a teleconference.

May 2005

10 Years Ago

Oneonta native Jerry Jeff “Mr. Bojangles” Walker will be back in town in early August to visit his mother. And while here, he plans to play his first local concert in a half-dozen years Saturday, Aug. 14, at the by-then newly refurbished Oneonta Theatre.

May 28, 2010

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May 21, 2020


Shocking Accident – The Norwich Agriculturalist states that two men, by the names of Wood and Edwards, were burnt to death on Thursday last in the Town of Pittsfield, Otsego County. They had been engaged in firing some fallow land and retired much-fatigued to a small shingle house, where it is supposed they fell asleep. The wind, blowing fresh, communicated fire to the shavings about the shingle house, and before it was discovered by the neighboring citizens, the house was nearly consumed. Wood was almost literally burnt to cinders, and the arms and legs of Edwards burnt off. The remains of the unfortunate men were conveyed to New Berlin on Friday where an appropriate sermon was preached by Elder Sweet. Wood has left a wife, and Edwards a wife and several children.

May 22, 1820


Fires – There appears to be no end to the fires. From every quarter the newspapers bring us accounts of this calamitous element destroying all, or nearly all, of individual industry. As a general thing, there is but little insurance on the properties destroyed, which must cause much actual suffering. A large fire occurred at Damariscotta Bridge Village, Maine, which consumed nearly all the business part of the place on the east side of the river. About 32 buildings were burnt, and the loss is estimated at $60,000 on which there is $10,000 insurance.

May 19, 1845


Died: In this village, May 15, Maria L., eldest daughter of Mr. J.J. Short, aged 24 years. Her death was sudden and unexpected. She had been confined to the house a few days by what was supposed to be a slight indisposition. Not until within a few hours of her decease was she supposed to be in any danger. Miss S. made an early profession of religion and united with the Baptist Church of which she remained an esteemed member.

In Toddsville, May 9, 1870, Martha Botsford, widow of the late Martin Botsford, in the ninety-first year of her age.

May 19, 1870


Another important transaction in Main Street real estate was recorded in Cooperstown on Saturday of last week when M.F. Augur became the owner of the valuable property at Main and Pioneer Streets, which he purchased from James J. Byard, Jr. For the past 11 years this building has been known as the Byard Block. It is understood that as soon as leases on other ground floor portions of the building expire, Mr. Augur will enlarge his book and stationery store to include the entire first floor. The consideration was not made public.
The new bungalow lunchroom of George W. Jones on the site of the old lunch wagon, was opened to the public on Monday night, enjoying a good patronage from the start. This will be operated as an auxiliary to the Jones Lunch Room on the opposite side of the street, and will be open day and night.
The Cooperstown high school baseball team swamped a team from Cobleskill high school on Saturday last week at Doubleday Field by the ponderous score of 33-14. The game was a swat-fest throughout, as the score may indicate. Brilliant playing in the field was not frequently seen.

May 19, 1920


A Susquehanna Baseball League of which Cooperstown is a member has recently been formed. The circuit consists of ten teams. Those which have already made arrangements for competing are Worcester, Laurens, Morris, Otego, Franklin, Unadilla, Richmondville, Stamford and Cooperstown. It is expected that the tenth team will be either Roxbury or Downsville. The league season will officially open on Sunday, June 3. However, by special arrangement, Cooperstown and Worcester will meet for a pre-season game on Sunday, May 27 at Doubleday Field. The local team has been organized by Arthur Hall as manager. Several practice sessions have already been held. Those working out for Cooperstown include George Harrison, Frank Ott, Duffy Mohar, Fred Parshall, Kenneth Aney, Glynn Gregory, Dean Windsor, Arthur Hall, Lionel Pratt, Don Parslow, Carmel Pugliese and Homer Pier. All league games will be played on Sundays and holidays with game time at 2:30 o’clock.

May 23, 1945


The Cooperstown Lions Club will honor Cooperstown Police Officer William E. Ross at its meeting at the Tunnicliff Inn Wednesday, May 20 at 6:30 p.m. Mr. Ross will retire July 3 after 21 years on the
village police force. Among the guests who will be present at the dinner will be Mayor Emery C. Herman, Jr., and members of the Board of Trustees; Police Justice Edward B. Trosset; Village Clerk, Douglas K. Walrath; Police Officers Walter Gutman and Walter Bushby; Sheriff Harold F. Knapp; and
H. Gregory Lippitt, who was Mayor when Mr. Ross was appointed to the police force in July 1949.

May 20, 1970


On Saturday, May 13, the Sleeping Lion Chamber Players performed at the Fly Creek Community Church. The group was formed as a flexible music ensemble. Founder Paula Schaeffe envisioned the group as a showcase for local talent and an opportunity to bring musicians together in new and varied combinations. Saturday’s concert featured four members on flute: Diane Graf, Rebecca Gretton, Lorna Wilhelm and Paula Schaeffer, all seasoned musicians. Rebecca Gretton and Diane Graf are area music educators. Graf is also the conductor of the Cooperstown Community Band. Schaeffer and Wilhelm recently performed in the Fly Creek Philharmonic. Well-known guitarists Richard Saba and Catherine Mason compliment and add variety to the group.

May 21, 1995


Twenty years ago, a proposed bed tax was a hot-button issue. Route 80 motel owners banded together against a surcharge on hotel and motel bills, saying it was unfair to single them out. Today, with the bed tax generating $1.2 million, equivalent to ten percent of the Otsego County government’s $14 million local-tax levy, the idea of eliminating it is out of the question. What remains the same, however, is the $200,000 a year fraction that goes to promote tourism. Otsego County is losing out on the popular “I Love New York” promotion by failing to seek matching grants.

May 20, 2010

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May 13, 2020


It is said that the death of Tamaahmaah, King of the Sandwich Islands, has caused so much dissension among his successors and officers, as to threaten a revolution and civil war. The old King left upwards of $150,000 dollars in specie. The death of this venerable Indian Prince at the present time, is a cause of serious regret among the friends of Christianity in this community. He was very favorably disposed towards the propagation of Christianity among his subjects and their consequent civilization; and last fall, it will be recollected, an interesting Mission family, from New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts, sailed from Boston for Owyhee, accompanied by several natives who have been educated at the Cornwall School, in Connecticut. (Ed. Note: Among the missionary party was Betsey Stockton,

then a young woman of African and Caucasian descent. Although Betsey was the daughter of a slave mother who belonged to the Stocktons, she was raised within the family and considered to be a Stockton. Betsey’s father has never been identified. Betsey received an extraordinary education within the Stockton family whose library was among the largest private collection in early America. In 1826-1827, having returned from the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii),  Betsey resided in Cooperstown as a teacher with a Stockton-related family.)

May 15, 1820


Affairs at Washington seem steady-handed and without
excitement. The new reign appears to inspire general confidence throughout the country, nothing doubting that every relation of the great Republic will be looked to with care and molded for the honor and prosperity of the whole Union. The aspect of things in Texas there among the people, is clearly favorable to annexation, and it is believed that no foreign influence will be effective in controlling the action of the Texan Congress at its June meeting.

May 12, 1845


Local – We took a trip around the lake last week in the little steamer “Mary Boden,” on the invitation of the
“Commodore.” This is no “half-fledged bantling” but a fully developed steamboat. Small it may be in size, but complete in its appointments with engine and boiler, pilot house, cabin and locker (not Davy Jones’s), all in the regular way. The boat, with a party of about 20, including a delegation from the Cooperstown Band, left the anchorage at about half past eleven on Thursday last. After running a few times back and forth in front of the village, we made the tour of the lake, returning to the moorings a little after two o’clock. Thus was successfully inaugurated the first steamboat on Otsego Lake.

May 10, 1870


Constance Fenimore Woolson’s Grave – In the English Protestant Cemetery and but a few feet distant from the tombstone of the poet Shelley, lies a marble slab over the grave of the well-known authoress. The inscription on the stone is: “Constance Fenimore Woolson 1894.” No laudatory epitaph of high-sounding words is required, for her writings and a beautiful life have reared for her a most fitting monument, which will outlast bronze and marble, which are perishable.” It was the hope and expectation of Miss Woolson to spend the closing years of her life in Cooperstown.

May 16, 1895


F. William Gruby was released from the county jail on Friday night after a son paid the alternative fine of $25. Gruby was adjudged in contempt of court by Justice of the Peace Vanderwerker and was given the choice of paying a $25 fine or being a guest of Sheriff B.F. Van Zandt for a month. Gruby was hailed before the Justice for his failure to provide recompense to various families to whom his children had been farmed out by Miss Hazel Foster, Otsego County Agent for The Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

May 19, 1920


EM 3c Stuart O. Howe, age 19, whose wife Ruth Howe, lives in Portlandville, helped take a new yet unidentified cruiser into battle for the first time against the Japanese according to a delayed dispatch from the Pacific. Her guns sent two Japanese bombers crashing into the sea not far from Japan. The Captain of the newly baptized cruiser spoke from his station on the bridge to the men at their battle stations. The planes of returning U.S. airmen speckled the sky as they maneuvered for landings. The Captain’s words were proud: “Objective realized….losses of task aircraft light….damage to the enemy severe.”

May 16, 1945


Thomas Troeger of Cooperstown, a senior at the Colgate-Rochester Divinity School, has been called as assistant minister of the New Hartford Presbyterian Church. Mr. Troeger, a graduate of Cooperstown Central School and Yale University, will graduate from Colgate-Rochester later this month. He has worked as student assistant during his seminary career at several churches in the Rochester area. He is married to the former Merle M. Butler of Whitesboro. The Rev. Richard Manzelmann has announced that
ordination ceremonies are scheduled for June 14 at the New Hartford church.

May 13, 1970


A door to a window on 19th century Cooperstown history opened the other day for Roverta Russaw of Morristown, Tennessee, great, great, granddaughter of Joseph Thomas “Joe Tom” Husbands. According to Village Historian Hugh MacDougall, Joe Tom “was a well-liked and somewhat nostalgically remembered character.” Joe Tom was born into slavery in 1808, the property of Joseph Dottin Husbands, the British Colonial Secretary in Bridgetown, Barbados. He was brought to Hartwick from New Jersey in 1815. For 60 years he served his Cooperstown and area neighbors as a handyman, gardener, cook, boatman, fisherman, hunter, tour guide, story teller, musician and entertainer. He was also the Christ Church sexton. His descendant, Roverta Russaw was shown around the village by Hugh and Eleanor MacDougall.

May 13, 2010

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May 7, 2020


Agricultural: Mr. John G. Harden owns a lot of 14 acres of land in Bristol, Rhode Island, on which are a dwelling house, three barns and a shop. The last summer (1819) he rented a lot of the same for $20 and cultivated the remainder, which produced as follows: 18,600 bunches of onions; 100 bushels of corn; 100 bushels of potatoes; 40 bushels of beets; 40 bushels of Fr. Turnips; 100 bushels of round do; 10 tons of English hay; 5 loads of pumpkins; 300 heads of cabbages; 2 bushels of beans; One-half barrel of currant wine; 40 pounds of onion seed and one-half bushel of beet seed.
Farmers will do well to look to their orchards immediately. A thimble full of caterpillars, which can now be destroyed in an instant, would fill a hat a month hence and require ten-fold he labor to subdue them.

May 8, 1820


At the U.S. President’s House – Yesterday morning, a man named Milton Fowler, about 35 years of age and apparently deranged in mind, walked into the mansion carrying under each arm a loaf of bread,
and in each hand a bottle of wine. Having deposited his provisions with extreme nicety in a safe place, and after resting a few moments on one of the very softest cushions of the reception room, he began to take a review of the capacious premises. He drew from his pocket a knife and flourished it as he passed through empty rooms before coming to the private apartment of the ladies who called for assistance. Mr. J.W. Dexter, one of our most efficient police officers arrested him. He awaits trial on disturbing the peace and putting the inmates of the President’s house in bodily fear.

May 5, 1845


Local Briefs: “Lakeview Cottage” is being made one of the prettiest places in the village by its present owner, S.S. Edick, Esq., who has shown much good taste in the improvements made upon it.
The death of Dr. Halsey Spencer, of Edmeston, formerly of this village, takes from
our subscription list an honored name which had been on it upwards of 50 years. His death
was very sudden, just after he had passed the extreme bounds of four-score years.
Diminutive-looking Otsego bass, which average but little over a pound apiece, are selling here at 20 cents a pound. What would the “Old Admiral of the Lake” have thought of offering to give away such small fry in his day?

May 12, 1870


Football is a great game. According to the printed report of results in the last football season in England, there were twenty deaths from injuries received in the field; one hundred and fifty arms, legs or collar bones were broken and many cases of concussion of the brain, split kneecaps and minor casualties. Yes, it is a great game. But we cannot commend its adoption here. Let the British have it.
A majority of residents of Upper Main Street presented a petition asking for the construction of a sewer from the railroad crossing to connect with the one on Pine Street. The Clerk was instructed to take the steps necessary for its construction.
Mrs. Alfred Corning Clark’s pleasure steamer, “The Narrah-Mattah,” left its
winter quarters for the lake on Monday.

May 9, 1895


Women Can Now Effect Reforms Through Politics – Women’s entry into politics is likely to bring about many reforms that affect the public welfare. Through their club work they have been able to carry on important investigations that will lead to united effort within party lines. The Democratic Party women can be counted upon to lead, as always, in efforts that spell real progress. In New York City recently the subject of tenement house work has been brought up for discussion through surveys made by the Women’s City Club and the Men’s City Club. During the year, while public attention was diverted from many everyday problems, the number of houses in which piecework is done increased greatly,
and according to statistics there are now 16,219 of these tenements in the State of New York, 15,169 of them in the heart of the great city. Among the workers are numerous children under the age of 14 and in some places 12 percent were children. Tuberculosis and influenza are widespread in the tenements.

May 12, 1920


Germany surrendered unconditionally to the western Allies and Russia at 2:41 a.m. French time, Monday (8:41 p.m. Sunday). The surrender took place at a little red school house at Reims, France which is the headquarters of General Eisenhower. The surrender which brought the war in Europe to a formal end after five years, eight months and six days of bloodshed and destruction was signed for Germany by Col. General Gustav Jodl, the new Chief of Staff of the German Army. It was signed for the Supreme Allied Command by Lieutenant General Walter Bedell Smith, Chief of Staff for General Eisenhower. It was also signed by General Ivan Susloparoff for Russia and General Francois Sevez for France. General Eisenhower was not present at the signing, but immediately afterward, General Jodl and General Admiral Georg Friedeburg were received by General Eisenhower.

May 9, 1945


Thanksgiving Home Notes by Eleanor Atkinson: Dr. David M. Kydd passed away at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital on April 20. We shall all miss the gentle humor of Dr. Kydd who lived here at Thanksgiving Home as a resident for five years. He and Beatrice attended most of the parties that were given here and enjoyed the entertainment. Dr. Kydd made an excellent chairman at the Council meetings each month.

May 3, 1995


Price Chopper has signed a lease on the former Great American store. There are plans to renovate the building and re-open in time for the Fourth of July according to company spokesperson Mona Golub. The 30,000-square-foot building is satisfactory for the company’s needs, she said. Price Chopper has no plans to acquire the adjoining Cooperstown Motel for expansion. The Great American store closed down on the evening of Saturday, May 1.

May 6, 2010

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April 30, 2020


A Law Case (Leesburgh, Virginia): An action to recover damages for a breach of promise of a marriage contract was tried in the Supreme Court before the Hon. Judge White. The circumstances attending the case were of a very interesting nature, and excited a lively feeling on behalf of the plaintiff, whose character was proved to have been correct and exemplary. She was the daughter of a widow in a humble station of life, who had brought up her daughters in paths of piety and industry. The attentions of the defendant were proved to have been for many years devoted to the plaintiff. But, after having sipped the dew of her beauty, he refused to consummate a promise which he made in the sweet and tender language of a verse from the “Wisdom of Solomon.” The case was forcibly and pathetically pleaded by the plaintiff’s lawyers, and the jury did honor to themselves and their country, and gratified the moral and manly sentiments of their fellow citizens, who received their verdict of five thousand dollars for the plaintiff with the liveliest satisfaction.

May 1, 1820


A Goat in Church – A he-goat, with whom we had many a butt and pull, once entered the village church during service, and passing to the pulpit stairs, entered the place always to be found in old-fashioned churches, between the pulpit and the Deacons’ seat. He there laid down quietly, until nearly the close of a long prayer such as the Rev. Mr. F. (not a regular pastor) was accustomed to make. “Dick” seemed to partake of the general weariness of the congregation at “long prayers,” and rearing his fore feet upon the communion table, he looked up beseechingly in the face of the minister and sent forth a loud “baa!” If there was a long face in church it was out of our sight, and the prayer soon wound up.

May 5, 1845


Death of Dewitt C. Bates, Esq. This gentleman, so long and actively identified with the legal profession of this county, and with the interests of Cherry Vallley, died on Monday last, after a brief illness, aged about 62 years. Mr. Bates was a self-made man who commenced the study of law when nearly half his years had been numbered. His progress overcame obstacles and difficulties which might have discouraged one of less determined will and perseverance. He was a gentleman of marked peculiarities, and many estimable qualities of heart and head; a most devoted and faithful friend, a firm and unyielding opponent. He was a good lawyer, and one of the best advocates before a jury of any legal gentlemen in this county. He had the reputation of being one of the best District Attorneys the county had for many terms. To Mr. Bates’ exertions and influence, more perhaps more than any other man, Cherry Valley is indebted for its railroad.

May 5, 1870


The Leatherstocking Falls Farm lying north of Cooperstown on the lake was sold at auction last Monday to Charles I. Thayer, for $4,255. There are 78 acres in the farm, more than half of it tillable, a number of Pine trees, a small wood lot, and it has a frontage of about 85 rods on the lake. It brought at least $700 more than was generally expected, and is worth more to Mr. Thayer, who runs the home farm adjoining , than it would be to almost anyone else.

May 2, 1895


The Forest of the Dozen Dads: A short time ago Floyd S. Barlow, the forestry exponent of the Otsego County Improvement Association, formed a local corporation for the purpose of planting a tract in timber as a form of endowment insurance for the children of the incorporators. The “Forest of the Dozen Dads” has secured a tract of land about three miles from Cooperstown and with Claude Bliss as Manager, the tract has been planted and will be cared for. The incorporators are C.E. Stone, L.J. Gross, R.D. Spraker, Frank Stevens, R.H. Van Scoik, Earl Chase, C.H. Blencoe, and Claude Bliss, all of Middlefield, with Floyd S. Barlow and Harry M. Parker of Cooperstown.

May 5, 1920


Activity is humming for the July 27 Hall of Fame Day. The Expos, from Canada, will be the first major league team from outside the United States to play in Cooperstown. As representatives of the National League, the Expos will play the American League entry, the Chicago White Sox at Doubleday Field. Tickets in the outfield reserve section are available at $2.50. In the morning, at 10 o’clock, the public is invited to ceremonies outside the Hall of Fame Library without admission charge. Lou Boudreau, Earle Combs, Ford Frick and Jesse Haines will be inducted into the Hall of Fame with Major League Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn presiding and Hall of Fame President Paul S. Kerr as host.

May 6, 1970


Wednesday was the first day of practice for a group of local residents who volunteer as members of the Leatherstocking Base Ball Club (LBBC). Now in their tenth full season the LBBC team demonstrates how “Town Ball,” an early form of baseball was played under the 1858 Massachusetts rules. The game is demonstrated at the Village Crossroads site on the grounds of The Farmers’ Museum. “Elizabeth Warner, an employee of The Farmers’ Museum and I were the founders,” Heitz explained. “Our mailing list has about 50 names and we probably go through the summer with about 60 people participating. The Haney brothers, Tim, Bruce and Craig have been longtime of the LBBC.

April 30, 1995


Joy Shearer, an American Cancer Society “Hero of Hope” from St. Lawrence County, will be keynote speaker when the Cooperstown/Northern Otsego Relay for Life opens on May 21 at the Cooperstown Dreams Park. Cancer survivors will take the first ceremonial lap around the track, with caregivers joining in on the second lap. There will be a hair-cutting event to support partner Pantene Beautiful Lengths efforts to provide real-hair wigs for women fighting cancer. The fund-raising goal is $90,000

May 6, 2010

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April 23, 2020


To Agriculturalists – That valuable article SOOT, has hitherto been too much neglected. But the time has now come, that its use in some degree is understood. Although, for years past it has been used with great success in England, yet its valuable qualities have been but little known to American Agriculturalists. By my own experience it is found the best mode to preserve the Soot perfectly dry in large quantities. When the time of gardening commences, prepare your leach or large vat. Then, sift your soot, and all the coarse pound fine. Sift it again and then fill your leach or vat with soot. After this, pour in as much rain or soft water as it will hold. When your plants first come up is the time when insects commit their depredations. Draw off the lye, and while the dew is on the morning, with a water pot gently sprinkle the plants from morning to morning until weeding time. When you are sure one-half of the strength of the soot is extracted in lye, you may venture to strew the soot lightly over the ground closer to the vegetable. It will be the destroyer of the fly-bug-slug, wire worm and all kinds of insects that destroy vegetation.

April 24, 1820


Statistics of Pauperism from The Annual Report of the Secretary of State: “The whole number of paupers relieved or supported during the year 1844, exclusive of the City and County of Albany, was 97,961. Of the whole number thus relieved or supported, the number of county paupers was 90,744, and the number of town paupers 7,217. The number of persons temporarily relieved was 77,786, and included the whole number relieved or supported first above given. The whole number relieved or supported during the year 1843, including the City and County of Albany, was 82,754. Excess in 1844, exclusive of Albany, 15,207. The aggregate expense of relieving and supporting paupers, exclusive of the City and County of Albany, was $589,017. The total expense including Albany was $592,353. The number of persons received into the several poor houses in 1844 was 15,416; born in them 419; died 1,286; bound out 524; discharged 10,332; absconded 1,290; remaining as of December 1, 1844: 7,549 (of whom 2,775 were foreigners, 767 lunatics, 274 idiots, and 60 mutes).

April 28, 1845


Miss Mary J. Alger has just opened a fine stock of Millinery Goods at Fly Creek, to which she invites the attention of the public. She is prepared to do all kinds of Millinery Work in the latest styles, and feels confident she can give satisfaction to all who may favor her with their patronage.
Massachusetts proposes to appoint a Commissioner of Lunacy and Pauperism, to have a general supervision of persons confined for either of these causes in that State’s institutions. He is to make visits at least once a month to the hospitals without notice. Something of the same kind is needed in this State, where a number of persons of undoubted sanity have been shut up in insane asylums, within the past year or two.

April 28, 1870


The Cooperstown Athletic Association. Since the organization of the C.A.A., its financial outlook has never been better than it is at present. Thanks to the generosity of Mr. Wm. Constable and Mr. Edward S. Clark, and the liberality of a number of our citizens, the large deficit from last season’s games has been paid, and our Association is free from all indebtedness. We enter the fifth year of the C.A.A.’s existence with a good balance in the treasury, and renewed hopes for a prosperous season.
Death of Paul Fenimore Cooper – This event was not unanticipated by the relatives of the deceased in this village. It occurred of paralysis at his home in Albany last Sunday evening. Paul Fenimore Cooper was born in New York City, February 3, 1824. When an infant, he accompanied his father, James Fenimore Cooper, the novelist, to Europe, and remained there until he was nine years of age. He was a graduate of Hobart College and studied law at Harvard Law School.

April 25, 1895


Two well-known Cooperstown residents, Lynn Temple Pier aged 71, and his wife, Jean Crawford Pier, age 65, died Monday night within two hours of each other. Mr. Pier’s death occurred in Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown, at 8:55 p.m. He had been ill at his home for nearly a year and was admitted to the hospital five days ago in critical condition. Mrs. Pier was stricken with a heart attack at her home, No. 93 Pioneer Street shortly after she had returned from the hospital after the death of her husband.

April 25, 1945


In Cooperstown – Brief Items of Current Interest: A ladies’ ring with large stone and gold setting has been found on Delaware Street. If you have lost one, contact Ann Wilcox at 547-9725.
The Fellowship Guild of the Presbyterian Church will meet at the home of Mrs. Gilbert E. Cummings, Monday, April 27 at 6 p.m. for a covered dish supper. Mrs. Leroy L. Parshall will talk on “Planning Your Garden.”

April 22, 1970


Ten years after displaying his unique brand of wood carving, Lavern Kelley has risen to national prominence. Kelley got his start at Gallery 53 when it was at 53 Pioneer Street, now has works exhibited at Sate Fe’s Museum of International Folk Art and the Smithsonian Institution. He has received numerous grants from the New York Council on the Arts. Stories have been done about him on radio and television. Recently Kelley was a guest speaker at the New York Historical Society in New York City.

April 26, 1995


A spokesperson for UFCW Local One, which represents Great American Supermarket workers said the union is anticipating an announcement in the next few days that Price Chopper is buying the Cooperstown supermarket. Joseph E. Lapaglia, the union representative, said the date he has heard is “as soon as Wednesday, April 21.” Price Chopper spokesperson Mona Golub said she was unable to talk about the situation.

April 22, 2010

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April 16, 2020


Information Wanted: Amos M. Draper, an orphan grandson of the Subscriber, left the service of Captain Henry Stockwell, book-binder, Troy, N.Y. sometime in August or September last, since which time his friends have not heard from him. He is aged about sixteen years, round favored, pretty large blue eyes, and rather small in stature. Any person who will give information of said Boy, by mail, addressed to Ezra Williams, Post- Master, Westford, Otsego County, New York, will do a most benevolent deed and be eminently entitled to the thanks of the subscriber. Joshua Draper, Westford, April 10, 1820. N.B. Printers in the State of New York generally, will sub-serve the cause of humanity, by giving the above an insertion.

April 17, 1820


The indictment against Dennison Rogers, for the murder of his wife in Plainfield, July 19, 1842, was traversed on April 17 inst. in the Court of Oyer and Terminer in this village (Cooperstown), Judge Gridley presiding, resulting in the acquittal of Rogers, the counsel for the people having failed to identify him with the infliction of the blows which produced his wife’s death. The case, however, exhibited enormities of conduct which, under an indictment for manslaughter, would probably have immured him in the State prison during life. Intemperance was the besetting sin, and narrowly indeed has Rogers escaped the penalty of crime.

April 21, 1845


Summary of Local News – The thoughtless boy who shoots a robin this time of year should be made to feel the punishment which the law provides for the offense. Farmers and fruit-growers are especially interested in the protection of the birds.
Mrs. Bowers, of Lakelands, was enabled to receive and entertain many of her friends in this village on Friday last, the anniversary of her ninety-second birthday. Should General Grant do himself the honor to call upon her at any time, he would find her able to tell many personal incidents of the first President and first military general of the United States. She is one of the few ladies now living in the Great Republic who were personally acquainted with George Washington and its other leading founders
– and her recollection of past events is unimpaired.

April 21, 1870


Personal – Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lettis are in New York this week, while Mr. Lettis is on a purchasing trip for the Bundy and Cruttenden Store.
F.P. Whiting of New York, architect for the new Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital was in Cooperstown for a few days on business last week.
Mr. and Mrs. George Hyde Clark and children, who have spent the winter at Aiken, South Carolina, returned to their home at Hyde Hall, Springfield this week.
Mrs. Arthur Ryerson of Springfield Center and Chicago, accompanied by her son, John B. Ryerson, was in Cooperstown last week en route to their summer home. Mrs. Ryerson and son, accompanied by Miss Boree, sailed Saturday for Europe where they will spend several months.

April 27, 1920


Like the rest of the world, Cooperstown was stunned by the news which came shortly before 6 o’clock that President Franklin D. Roosevelt had passed away at 4:35 o’clock at Warm Springs, Georgia. Flags were placed at half-mast and on Saturday afternoon all business here ceased from 3 until 6 o’clock. At 4 o’clock memorial services were held in five local churches. Speaking before the Cooperstown Rotary Club on Tuesday at the Tunnicliff Inn,  Clermonte G. Tennant paid the following tribute (excerpted) to President Roosevelt: “The President’s greatest tragedy was not that he died on the eve of victory, but that he did not live to make the peace which was uppermost in his mind and which was so dear
to him. The role he dreamed of was not as a leader of the armed forces of his country but rather that of peacemaker. He was the leader of a coalition in a great world organization. He was the champion of the oppressed and despairing people in every country. This is why Americans in this hour are called upon to prove the purposes he embodied are the will and purpose of our beloved country.”

April 18, 1945


Following are the 22 seniors now attending Cooperstown Central School who will receive initial scholarship grants for the 1970-1971 academic year under the Clark Foundation and the Scriven Foundation: Andrew Thomas Armstrong, David Dean Austin, Timothy Randolph Bliss, Mary Eloise Chamberlin, Carol Rae Collier, Patricia M. Crippen, Linda M. Feltz, Richard Scott Irving, Hedwig Elizabeth Klenner, Barbara Joan Lehman, Henry Christian Loeffler, Patricia Anne Mickle, Maureen Ellen Mulligan, Mary Susan O’Leary, William Harold Parsons, Michael Edward Phillips, Linda Marie Polley, David William Potter, Christine Marie Roberts, Marsha Bernice Smith, Cynthia Anne Stewart, and Rita Jane Trinkaus.

April 15, 1970


The Otsego County Child Sexual Abuse Task Force will hold its second mock trial addressing the complicated issue of child sexual abuse. The event will be held at the Otsego County Courthouse in Cooperstown. Cheri Albrecht, task force coordinator, said “April Is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Therefore it seems fitting that the task force bring this educational forum to our community. Service providers in Otsego County have served approximately 100 children this year who were victims of child sexual abuse and assaults.” Judge Michael V. Coccoma will preside over the mock trial.

April 19, 1995


A hundred friends and well-wishers gathered at Templeton Hall Saturday evening, April 10, to honor Cooperstown Mayor, Carol B. Waller on her retirement. State Senator Jim Seward, R-Milford, read proclamations from the State Senate and General Assembly.

Speakers included Village Clerk Teri Barown who thanked the four-term Mayor for her support. “This, for me, has been a dream job,” Barown said. Police Chief Diana Nicols also spoke. Waller thus ends 16 years of village service, eight as a Trustee and the remainder as Mayor. Waller was Mayor during the tumultuous 2007 when the village celebrated its bicentennial and also hosted an estimated 84,000 baseball fans at the inductions of Cal Ripken and Tony Gwynn into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Waller is succeeded as Mayor by Joe Booan.

April 15, 2010

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