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November 24, 2022

210 YEARS AGO
Advertisement—Ambrose L. Jordan and Samuel Birdsall, have formed a connection in the practice of law: Their office is one door south of Phinney’s Bookstore, in the village of Cooperstown, where commands relative to the profession will be executed with pleasure. Cooperstown, November 14, 1812.
(Ed. Note: Ambrose L. Jordan was the father of Caroline Jordan, who attended school in Cooperstown as a girl. Jordan left the village in 1819 for a law practice in the Hudson Valley, later serving as New York’s Attorney-General. In the 1830s, Edward Clark became Jordan’s law partner and married his daughter Caroline. In the 1840s, Edward Clark represented Isaac Singer in patent lawsuits over the workings of sewing machines. By the mid-1850s Edward Clark and Isaac Singer had become business partners in the Singer Sewing Machine Co. In 1856, Caroline Jordan Clark persuaded her husband to purchase the farm then known as Apple Hill as a summer residence. Today, the property on the east side of River Street is known as Fernleigh, the residence of Jane Forbes Clark, the Great-Great-Great Granddaughter of Ambrose Jordan.)

November 21, 1812

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Novemer 17, 2022

210 YEARS AGO
Obituary – Died at Schlosser, in this state, on October 29th, Mr. Vine Griffin, late of this village, aged 21 years. Mr. Griffin belonged to the detachment of militia which was called into the service of the United States. Impelled by devotion to his country, he voluntarily bid adieu to his friends and home, and dedicated himself to her service. His manly and social virtues, conciliated the friendship and esteem of his companions in arms; and his merit, activity, and faithful discharge of his duty as a soldier, early attracted the notice of his superiors, and were rewarded by promotion. Frankness, generosity, sincerity, benevolence, sensibility to the woes of others, and a sense of honor which rendered him incapable of a mean action – these were virtues which strongly marked his character, and endeared him to his associates. A numerous circle of friends condole with his afflicted relatives on this melancholy occasion.

November 14, 1812

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November 11, 2022

210 YEARS AGO
Lieut. Col. Myers, Deputy Quarter-Master General, was stationed in charge of Fort Erie, and succeeded in completely silencing the fire of the enemy, drove a detachment from the encampment near the Black Rock, destroyed a barrack, in which was a considerable depot of ammunition. The Caledonia, lately captured by the enemy, was destroyed at her moorings. Lieut. Col. Myers speaks highly of the discipline of the detachment of the 49th regiment under Major Ormsby, and of the skill and spirit with which the guns were served.

November 7, 1812

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November 3, 2022

210 YEARS AGO
Yesterday, William Henman, a soldier of the 15th United States’ regiment, in pursuance of the sentence of a court martial, was shot. His crime was desertion, with intent to go over to the enemy. Another soldier of that regiment, who deserted at the same time, was brought out for execution, but was pardoned by General Bloomfield; it having appeared that he was enticed away by Henman.

October 31, 1812

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October 27, 2022

182 YEARS AGO
When the polls are open, vote yourself and then look out for the rest. Be at hand all day, and if there be a democrat missing start out after him. Possibly he may be backward with his seeding and unable to lose the time required to go to the place of voting. Send him along and work for him yourself. Do anything that is fair and honorable to get out the voters. Bear it in mind that the Democrats never have lost the contest when they all turned out to the election. Don’t forget this! Some men station themselves at the ballot box, on the day of the election, to brow beat and overawe poor men, who may happen to be in debt to them. Democrats! Will you suffer this thing to be done? No, you must never tamely bend to the tyrant oppressor’s yoke! You must be permitted to vote as precisely as you wish. Stand at the polls until the ballot box is closed, and see that the infirm Democrats are not kept away from voting by the crowd. Men are employed in some places to block up the polls and keep the Democrats away. Watch well that the way is kept clear.

October 26, 1840

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October 20, 2022

160 YEARS AGO
Choice Fruit – There was quite a display of choice fruit in our sanctum on Monday last, Dr. Byram, of this village, being the sole exhibitor. He might have carried off a premium had he made the exhibition at the Fair last week. He had three varieties of grapes, all grown in the open air (for which the present season has been unusually favorable) — the Green Cheslass, the Black Gamut, and the Isabella; the first named is a white grape which grows in large clusters. Of the pears there were four varieties, including the sickle and virgule. The people of Otsego are finding out that the choice varieties
of certain fruits can be grown in this county. They can make it a source of pleasure and profit.

October 17, 1862

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October 13, 2022

160 YEARS AGO
Voters – Register Your Names – The names of those who voted at the election last fall should see to it that they are duly registered. The register is now posted up in each election district, at the place where the poll is to be held, and the Board of Registers will meet at the same place next Tuesday, from 9 o’clock a.m. until 7 o’clock p.m. for the purpose of correcting and completing the Register. See if your name is registered, and if it is not, have it put on the board by next Tuesday. The Register in this election district is posted up at Keyes’ Hotel.
Conscripts – There are, it is estimated, about 525 persons in the Town of Otsego liable to draft; about 35 will be called for to make up the quota of nine months’ men — one in every 15. E.M. Harris, Esq., of this village, has accepted the Office of Commissioner for superintending the draft in this county.

October 24, 1862

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October 6, 2022

185 YEARS AGO
The Common Schools’ Curriculum Questioned – How much of the practical business of life do the children learn in the common schools? Does the young farmer in the district school learn anything of Agriculture — and of the nature of sods and manures? — Anything that teaches him to distinguish the different earths, and their peculiar adaptations to the different grains and grasses? Does he learn anything of the best breeds of stock — of the best manner of raising, keeping, and fattening his cattle, sheep and swine? Is he taught that which makes his profession useful, profitable or honorable?

October 9, 1837

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September 29, 2022

150 YEARS AGO
Released – Mr. Herkimer was released from Fort Lafayette last week by giving bonds for the appearance of his son, or a substitute, in case he should be drafted into the army. He was not called upon to surrender the opinion he holds, that there are some very great scamps holding office under this Republican Administration, and that the people would be benefitted by a speedy return to Democratic rule.
The 152nd Regiment (the 2nd Otsego and Herkimer) is now fully organized. L. Boyer, Colonel; Ferguson, Lieut. Colonel; Spaulding, Major; Campbell, Adjutant. Nine of the companies have been organized. Capt. Bingham’s is the ninth, Co. “I” with 83 men rank and file. There are about 825 men now mustered in. Otsego has furnished five companies. Two regiments in three months from Herkimer and Otsego! Who says the Hop District is not loyal, patriotic and wide awake!

October 3, 1862

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September 15, 2022

185 YEARS AGO
Items – A process has been discovered in Germany by which white crystallized sugar is made in 12 hours from beet root.
The deaths in New Orleans from Yellow Fever are said to be 100 daily. More than 40,000 people have been down with Yellow Fever at Sierra Leone.
The damage of the late hurricane at Barbadoes is estimated at $500,000. About 1,000 lives were lost in the late disasters in the West India Islands. There has been another terrible gale at Charleston, S.C. Damage not extensive.

September 18, 1837

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September 8, 2022

210 YEARS AGO
On Saturday, last, toward sunset, the sound of drum and fife, announced something martial. Soon, a regiment of volunteer militia commanded by Lieut. Col. Farrington, from the county of Delaware, appeared, preceded by an escort from this village of about 30 citizens, on horseback and a number of infantry. The regiments pitched their beautiful tents near to and eastwardly of the Court-house, which exhibited a spectacle, novel and interesting to a great part of the villagers. They remained in their encampment until Monday morning when the general was played — the tents struck, and they marched for Utica, from whence they will probably proceed to Sacket’s Harbor.

September 12, 1812

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August 18, 2022

160 YEARS AGO
Causes of fires: The aggregate number of fires for six months in New York is reported at 183. The causes and frequency are as follows: Stoves and stove pipes, 55; Gas in windows and leakage of gas and window curtains, 21; Carelessness with lights, communicating fire to beds or bedding, 20; Defective chimney flues, 10; Sparks on roofs, 11; Grates, fire places and fire boards, 9; Children playing with fire or lights, 8; Furnaces, 8; Steam boilers, 6; Hot air registers, 6; Intoxication 6; Matches 6; Fluid and camphene lamp explosions, 5; Dripping fat in smoke houses, 5; Ashes, 5; Spontaneous combustion, 5.

August 15, 1862

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August 4, 2022

135 YEARS AGO
We had occasion to step into the telephone office with a friend on Sunday last, when to our surprise we found counselor Brooks in charge. He was busily engaged in pulling out some stops and shoving in others, occasionally shouting “Hello!” and trying to hold a conversation with some party who must have thought that lightning had played mischief with the wires near Cooperstown. It was very warm in the office, and the new operator sweat like a man hoeing corn. He explained by saying: “Brady has stepped out for a few minutes and left me in charge.” After another ineffectual effort to find out “what the other fellow wanted,” he discontinued operations by shouting back: “If you are not drunk at that end of the line, just hold on about five minutes longer, and your wants will receive attention.”

August 5, 1887

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July 28, 2022

135 YEARS AGO
A pleasant affair — Thanks to the kindness and efficiency of the Misses Hamlin, Cuyler, Chase and Cooke, the guests of the Hotel Fenimore and a few friends had the pleasure of attending a very enjoyable impromptu entertainment Saturday evening, consisting of reading, music and tableaux. Miss Hamlin is a very cultured elocutionist, and shows excellent taste in her selections. Miss Cuyler is a favorite, not only on account of the excellence of her performance as a pianist, but for the cheerfulness with which she responds to the many requests for music.

July 29, 1887

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Thursday, July 14, 2022

160 YEARS AGO
Volunteers are needed to reinforce our brave army in the field. How shall they be obtained fast enough, and in sufficient numbers? The Government offers liberal pay; but the inducement is not sufficient in this crisis. Men are needed now, and they must be had, or the rebellion becomes a success. Otsego County should furnish 400 of the 50,000 men New York is called upon to raise. To do this properly, she should donate $50 to each volunteer as an additional inducement to enlist, or to assist in taking care of his family. Why should not the country, as well as the cities, aid in this manner? Let the Supervisors of Otsego County meet immediately, and vote to raise $20,000 by loan to aid in this movement.

July 11, 1862

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