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BOUND VOLUMES Nov. 14, 2019

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Nov. 14, 2019

200 YEARS AGO

Bank Directors – The following gentlemen were chosen Directors of the Central Bank at Cherry Valley: Joseph White, president, David Little, Elias Bramin, Barnabas Eldredge, Jabez D. Hammond, Levi Beardsley, William Campbell, James O. Morse, Peter Magher, Delos White, William Beekman, Henry Brown, and Thomas Fuller.

November 15, 1819

175 YEARS AGO

When we look back upon the terrible struggle through which the democracy of the Northern States have lately passed, who does not feel the deepest admiration of the sterling character of the electors of our country? Who will now doubt the permanence of our institutions and the incorruptibility of the great masses of our voters? They have been lately tried in a fiery crucible and they have come out purified and strengthened. At no time since the organization of our government, has so concerted and well-devised a plan been carried out by the Whig leaders, for the purchase of power in New York and Pennsylvania, which states it was well known would decide the Presidency of the Union. Never before have such enormous sums of money been raised by the Whigs, as during the late campaign. The Masses have come to the rescue – the triumph is all their own. Every reflecting American must feel a pride in the recent result in this State. Not more because the People have elevated able, upright and honorable statesmen to the first offices in the nation, but because it conclusively shows that money, no matter how well devised, cannot purchase the Presidency of the United States.

November 18, 1844

150 YEARS AGO

Attention is called to the fact that the day of publication of this paper has been changed to Thursday. All communications and advertisements should be handed in not later than 10 a.m. of Wednesday – the earlier in the week the better.
Rev. C.L. Watt, a recent graduate of St. Lawrence University, has accepted a call to the Pastorship of the Universalist churches of this village and Fly Creek.
The salary of the Keeper of the County House should be raised to $1,000 a year. When the duties of the place are properly attended to, he will earn that amount. At present he is the poorest paid officer in the county. The position is an important one, which only a good and efficient man, such as we now have, should ever hold.

November 18, 1869

125 YEARS AGO

A New Pastor – At a meeting at the Presbyterian Church of the congregation, it was unanimously decided to extend a call to The Rev. Robert I. McBride of Mount Vernon, to become pastor of the church. He has had three years’
experience in the ministry, chiefly missionary work in New York City and among the “mountain whites” of Virginia.
We did not witness the panoramic farce of “A Trip to the City” given in Village Hall last Saturday evening – in regard to the merits of which there were different opinions expressed, some favorable in part or whole, others quite the reverse. Complaints were made by the company giving the performance that the stage is not deep enough for convenience in acting.
Y.M.C.A. – The “Week of Prayer” is being observed at the rooms of the Association, the services beginning at 8 o’clock. On Thursday evening they will be held in the Baptist Church, when Rev. W.B. Thorp of Binghamton will deliver an address.

November 15, 1894

75 YEARS AGO

Pfc. Donald C. Reed, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald C. Reed of Cooperstown has been awarded the Purple Heart and Oak Leaf Cluster for having been wounded in action a second time on October 15. Sergeant Reed received his basic training at Camp Croft, South Carolina. He was home on furlough in January 1944 and then returned to Fort Meade, George Meade. He went overseas in February and joined the Fifth Army in Italy. He was first wounded in June. He then rejoined his company and took part in the invasion of Southern France. He was serving with the Seventh Army when last wounded. He is now being treated in a hospital in Italy.

November 15, 1944

50 YEARS AGO

Richard A. White, instructor in Mathematics at Cooperstown Central School, has been named varsity
basketball coach at the school, filling the vacancy caused
by the resignation during the summer of John H. “Pete” Clark, Jr. Mr. White was moved up from the Junior
Varsity coaching job which he has held since 1965.
Mr. White played on the Binghamton North High School varsity basketball team while a student there, and on the Paul Smith’s College varsity team for two years. Don Howard, the Eighth Grade Social Studies teacher at CCS succeeds Mr. White as Junior Varsity coach.

November 19, 1969

25 YEARS AGO

A host of village merchants gathered at the Tunnicliff Inn Monday night to listen as the goals and aspirations of a proposed Cooperstown Merchants Association (CMA) were laid on the table. Vin Russo, owner of Mickey’s Place on Main Street, outlined the mission statement and the program ideas that were drawn up by the committee. Russo stated that the main goal of a CMA is to bring people into Cooperstown so that they might leave their money behind.

November 16, 1994

10 YEARS AGO

In 71 years in the meadow between Brooklyn and Susquehanna avenues, the Clark family’s fallow deer have never been attacked by predators, according to Jane Forbes Clark, whose great-uncle Ambrose brought the herd back from Europe in 1938. That changed in recent weeks as a dozen of the animals were bitten in the neck, possibly by a coyote, and either died or had to be put down. “We are going to put up a bigger fence and hope that does it,” said Miss Clark. “We’ll keep fingers crossed,” she added.
Cameras installed along the perimeter fence taped a large coyote inside the pen. There are a handful of spots where the coyote could have entered. Miss Clark said her great-uncle saw fallow deer herds in Europe, “thought they were pretty and wanted to see them from the house.” The house was the 40-room Iroquois Mansion located behind stone walls before it was demolished in 1983.

November 13, 2009

 

BOUND VOLUMES Nov. 7, 2019

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Nov. 7, 2019

200 YEARS AGO

The Editor of the Catskill Recorder, in speaking of the late Agricultural exhibition in this county, commends our citizens for having taken the lead in a march so important to the interests of the state, and says, “the President’s address, the report of the viewing committee, and “The Epitome of Agriculture,” were well-worthy the occasion, as the occasion was well-worthy of them.” He also compliments us upon the improved appearance of this paper, and hopes, that “although we may differ politically, yet in all measures for the advancement of the general interests of society, we may be allied.” To this we respond Amen. The post occupied by the editor of a public journal, is at all times important, and more particularly so, when the public mind seems fitted to judge candidly and impartially upon subjects intimately connected with the prosperity and happiness of the country. It shall always be our study to render as much service as lies in our power, to aid the cause of virtue and support the government which protects our life, liberty and property. And, we are not at all apprehensive, in discharging this duty, that we shall war with an editor so intelligent and respectable as Mr. Croswell, whose paper not only exhibits judgment and a refined taste, but very considerable talent.

November 8, 1819

175 YEARS AGO

Election Results – Otsego County: Democratic Majorities – Burlington, 140; Butternuts, 9; Exeter, 25; Edmeston, 52; Hartwick, 22; Laurens, 20; Milford, 50; Maryland, 42; Middlefield, 142; New Lisbon, 152; Oneonta, 138; Otego, 29; Otsego, 175; Pittsfield, 57; Plainfield, 31; Springfield, 86; Unadilla, 210; Westford, 2; Worcester, 42. Total: 1,494 less 172 gives Polk’s overall majority: 1,322, a gain of 508 on the vote of 1840, the majority then being 724. Otsego has done her part in pushing the column to Victory!

November 11, 1844

150 YEARS AGO

Thanksgiving Hospital – Second Annual Report (Excerpted): At the close of last year’s report, the hope was expressed that the year 1869 would not pass without an effort being made to pay off at least a small portion of the mortgage; also that the beginning of an endowment fund should be made, were it only a very small sum. These hopes have been more than fulfilled. The entire mortgage of $1,554 with interest to the amount of $146.68, has been paid. The beginning of an endowment fund amounting to $2,050, has also been made. Improvements on the house and grounds to the amount of $506 have been completed. A dumb-waiter, very ingenious in its contrivance, has been introduced, passing upward from the basement to the third floor. Apple trees, plum trees, pear trees, currant and raspberry buses have been set out. A neat plank walk has been laid from the porch to the street.

November 5, 1869

100 YEARS AGO

An enthusiastic meeting of forty or more service men and women was held on Friday night of last week in the Village Club, for the purpose of officially forming the Cooperstown Post of the American Legion, composed entirely of men and women who served the United States in an active capacity during the World War. Dr. George W. Augustin, Otsego County Chairman of the Legion, and representative of the Oneonta Post, together with Dr. F.J. McMenamin, also of Oneonta, addressed the gathering and pointed out the importance of former soldiers and sailors sticking together in the years to come. One important result of this might be, he said, the granting of an additional bonus for servicemen by Congress, which would amount in some instances to about $200 depending on length of service. He was loudly cheered.

November 12, 1919

75 YEARS AGO

In Cooperstown: The Cooperstown Central School basketball squad is hampered by a lack of playing shoes, which cannot be obtained because of a war shortage. Coach Lester G. Bursey therefore is making an appeal to former high school players to turn in their old shoes to the team and thereby aid the cause.

November 8, 1944

50 YEARS AGO

The cornerstone of Otsego County’s new office building will be laid Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Supervisor Guy E. Rathbun of Morris, chairman of the Otsego County Building Committee announced plans for the dedication and cornerstone laying ceremony at the final session of the Board of Supervisors. The Board of Supervisors goes out of business December 31 as Otsego County’s legislative body. The following day, the 27-member Board will be replaced by a 14-member Board of Representatives elected a week ago. Eight of the 27 members of the Board of Supervisors, seven Republicans and one Democrat, were named to the new Board of Representatives.

November 12, 1969

25 YEARS AGO

Losing a game in the last seconds is always tough. But, if you are a senior, and it’s your last game, it may seem even tougher. Those were the circumstances that the Cooperstown football team, with 15 seniors, dealt with on Saturday afternoon when they lost to host Oriskany 22 to 16 on a 20-yard touchdown pass with nine seconds left in the game. Seniors playing their last game for Cooperstown were Howard Graham, Buddy Lippitt, Mason Sanford, Chris Wells, Fred Koffer, Brian Ough, Tavish Rathbone, Frank Wilsey, Brad Ainslie, Roger Bennett, Dakin Campbell, Josh Maher, Roger Sprague, Jim Clyne and Sean Hill.

November 2, 1994

10 YEARS AGO

Brenda Wedderspoon-Gray was honored with receipt of the 2009 Patrick C. Fetterman Award for service to youth from Jane Forbes Clark, President of the Clark Foundation at a luncheon at the Otesaga Hotel on November 2. Wedderspoon-Gray is Aquatics Director at the Clark Sports Center.
Christopher Talevi, Roanoke, Virginia, grandson of Vera and Bruno Talevi, Cooperstown, has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Christopher raised $2,500 to build a 10 by 12 foot shed for his city’s recreation department. It took 400 man-hours. Christopher’s father Steven Talevi and his uncle Robert Talevi are also Eagle Scouts.

Bassett Hospital’s Hartwick Clinic for dermatology, pain management, plastic surgery and advanced skincare opened October 19 in a low-slung building on Route 28 that originally served as home to the Corvette Hall of Fame.

November 6, 2009

BOUND VOLUMES Oct. 31, 2019

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Oct. 31, 2019

200 YEARS AGO

Petticoat Government has rarely been established over nations. Queen Elizabeth exercised it but she was always considered more like a man than a woman. Besides, she governed men under a constitution which men made for their own use and benefit, and she was therefore a kind of usurper in her place. As it has always been difficult for men to contend seriously with women, we advise the ministry and the borough-mongers and let the Spinsters take the business in hand. What the peculiar features of the new constitution shall be, we pretend not to conjecture. Probably one provision of it will be, that the girls shall in future go a courting, and the lads stay at home and be wooed. And we should not be surprised if the old-fashioned mode of travelling on saddles and pillions should be revived, and the poor man be forced to ride behind. Whatever it may be it will be something laughable, that these modern Eves should produce a revolution in a country that has so long withstood the exertions and machinations of so many Burdetts, Hunts, Cartwrights, and Ruta Baga Merchants.

October 25, 1819

175 YEARS AGO

A Word of Caution – The Whigs are full of tricks and will resort to any means to prop up their failing cause. Even here in the country, we hear of their maneuvers and attempts at bargaining for votes. It is said that they propose in some cases to vote the Liberty Ticket if Democrats will pledge themselves to do so; in others not to vote at all, or “pair off” with a Democrat; and to vote for Mr. Wright in exchange for a Clay Electoral vote. All this shows a destitution of political principle in the proposer, and warrants the belief that such arrangements would not be regarded by him if made. Our advice then is that Democrats should frown upon every attempt at bargains made by a Whig, and vote as his principles indicate to be his duty to his country. Act honestly, openly, manfully, in exercising the electoral franchise, despising trick and bargain, and Democracy is certain to prevail.

October 28, 1844

150 YEARS AGO

Poor Gas – There is a very general complaint among gas consumers in this village, and not without just cause. The price is high, and the gas poor with so little illuminating power for a few nights past that men in a business like ours find it inadequate. The stores are also poorly lighted. At times the smoke from the gas has blackened the walls and annoyed those forced to breathe it. The dry goods merchants say it has damaged fine goods. The consumers have been imposed upon long enough and have borne it patiently until patience has ceased to be a virtue. Scolding in the newspapers will not remedy it. Our citizens feel that they must have better gas from the same source or go back to the use of kerosene, or organize a new gas company. The citizens might also authorize the village Trustees to put up works and run them for the public benefit. If necessary, let a meeting of citizens be called.

October 22, 1869

125 YEARS AGO

Mohican Club – At the annual meeting held at the club rooms on Monday evening, the following officers were chosen: G.M. Jarvis, president; Charles T. Brewer, vice-president; L.E. Walrath, secretary; C.W. G. Ross, treasurer; C.T. Brewer, C.R. Burch, M.C. Bundy and S.M. Shaw, trustees.

October 25, 1894

100 YEARS AGO

One of the largest real estate deals in Cooperstown for several months past was consummated on Monday when William Smalley, proprietor of the Village Theatre, became the owner and proprietor of Carr’s Hotel, on Main Street, one of the oldest buildings, and a distinct landmark in the Village of Cooperstown. The consideration was not made public. Mr. Smalley took possession immediately. Smalley then sold the west portion of the hotel, the main structure, to James J. Byrd Jr. The hotel’s annex portion will be torn down next spring and replaced with a handsome new brick business block containing a motion picture theatre with a seating capacity of 1,000. Another portion of the new building will be devoted to a retail business house.

October 22, 1919

75 YEARS AGO

Literacy tests for new voters will be given in the Cooperstown Central School building Tuesday, October 31 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, November 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on Election Day, November 7 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. All new voters must show evidence of literacy to the Election Board. The Regents preliminary certificate or any other higher certificate will be accepted. All people who completed the work of the sixth grade or its equivalent will be issued a Certificate of Literacy without examinations. All others will be required to take the test.

October 25, 1944

25 YEARS AGO

Four friends needed quick cash for a restaurant meal, and so decided to stop at an ATM in downtown Brooklyn over the weekend. They ended up thwarting a robbery. Dr. Eric Knight, 29, Bassett Hospital chief resident of internal medicine was with his fiancée, Susan Lasher, owner of Global Traders in Cooperstown, and Katherine Marks, a teacher. They were visiting Brooklyn resident, Elizabeth Cooper, 27. As Cooper was extracting funds from the machine in a bank lobby Enrique Maldonado, 44, of the Bronx attempted to grab the money from Cooper’s hand who then latched on to his arm to resist. Dr. Knight saw the struggle and intervened to help Cooper. As the struggle ensued two bystanders came to the rescue and a police cruiser was flagged down. Maldonado was arrested and charged with robbery and assault.

October 26, 1994

BOUND VOLUMES Oct. 10, 2019

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Oct. 10, 2019

200 YEARS AGO

Advertisements: Evening School – Israel Day, will open an Evening School, the Monday evening after the Fair, at his school room in which will be taught Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, and English Grammar.
Medical Meeting – Notice is given that an Annual Meeting of the Otsego Medical Society, will be held at the House of Joseph Griffin, in Cooperstown, on Monday, the 18th day of October next at one o’clock p.m. T. Pomeroy, Secretary.
Caution to Trespassers – As many persons have been in the habit of committing trespasses on the estate of the late William Cooper, I offer a reward of double the penalty prescribed by law, to anyone who will give me information of such trespass, and furnish sufficient evidence of the fact. William Cooper.

October 11, 1819

175 YEARS AGO

Notices – We are requested to mention that Dr. King will lecture at the Presbyterian Church in Fly Creek on Monday evening , the subject being the effect of alcohol on the human stomach.
Cassius M. Clay and Gerrit Smith are to hold a personal disputation at Syracuse, at a time to be fixed on, on the question whether Henry Clay or James G. Bibney is best qualified to the votes of abolitionists. The former is the challenger, which has been accepted at his convenience by the latter.
At a house warming in Warren, Herkimer County, where 70 farmers and mechanics were present, with 36 yoke of oxen, a vote was taken on the Presidential question, which stood 60 for Polk and 10 for Clay.

October 14, 1844

150 YEARS AGO

The New District School opens splendidly as to the number of scholars in attendance. The first day, notwithstanding the rain, 140 were there; the second day 175; on Wednesday nearly 200. The scholars are classified into three general departments. Most of them appear to be under thirteen years of age. They represent all walks in village life. The more advanced scholars occupy the large room in the second story of the building. Two recitation rooms are under the immediate charge of the Principal, Mr. Howe, assisted by Miss Gaylord and Miss Ball. The intermediate department is taught by Miss Reynolds and the Primary by Mrs. Brower. Mr. Howe is a Massachusetts man and a graduate of Albany Normal School. Miss Gaylord is from Ilion, a graduate of the Normal School at Oswego. Miss Ball is “to the Manor born” and one of the best lady teachers we ever had in Cooperstown. Miss Reynolds is from Middlefield, and has had considerable experience in teaching. Mrs. Brower is from Exeter and is a successful teacher of young children. The ship is afloat, well officered. Bon Voyage.

October 8, 1869

125 YEARS AGO

Mohican Club – The attendance of members on Friday evening last was unusually large, there being considerable interest felt in the matched games played. In four-ball billiards, 200 points, Charles Page and C.T. Huyck played against Dr. Butler and S.J. Conkling; the former making 200 points and the latter 179, a reasonably close game. In the game of bottle pool, best two and three, 31 points, S.M. Shaw (editor of The Freeman’s Journal) and L.N. Wood played against C.W.G. Ross and C.M. Alison, the former getting the first game, the latter the second and third, the last one by a single shot when they had five to make against four. On Friday evening next at 8 o’clock Dr. Butler and Mr. Page will play a matched game, three ball billiards for 100 points. Mr. Jarvis will umpire.

October 11, 1894

75 YEARS AGO

The first of the series of square dances which will be held every other Friday night during the winter season at the Alfred Corning Clark gymnasium took place on Friday of last week under the direction of Gene Gowing of New York City. A fine time was enjoyed by all and good music was furnished by Mrs. Anita Coleman and Mrs. Florence Sheridan.
Pvt. Murdock Hall, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Hall of this village arrived home Sunday to spend a 21-day sick leave. Pvt. Hall was in the Framington General Hospital at Framington, Massachusetts for several weeks following his return from Europe where he received an eye injury in Normandy.
The Presbyterian Rummage Sale will be held Saturday, October 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Chapel on Pioneer Street.

October 11, 1944

50 YEARS AGO

The Cooperstown Rotary Club entertained seven Japanese business and professional men at its regular weekly luncheon meeting at the Cooper Inn. The group is headed by Dr. Hiroji Mukasa, a psychiatrist who operates a mental clinic in Nakatsu City on the southern island of Kyushu, and is in this country for two months. The visitors arrived in Cooperstown Tuesday morning and were taken on a tour of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum by Howard C. Talbot, Jr., its treasurer and a past president of the Rotary Club.

October 8, 1969

25 YEARS AGO

The winning and the shutouts keep coming for the Cooperstown girls’ soccer team. Over the past week, the Redskins have won three games, outscoring their opponents by a 11-0 margin while extending their winning streak to 12 games. “We had some close ones this week, but we came out okay,” said Cooperstown coach Lisa Cherubin. The Redskins defeated Waterville 2-0 in overtime on Saturday for another Center State Conference win. Saturday’s win gave Cooperstown an overall record of 12-2 and 12-0 in league competition.

October 12, 1994

10 YEARS AGO

Gawkers gathered and shutterbugs snapped photos of the two-day-long scene at Main and Railroad in Cooperstown where crews struggled with a crane and a 30-tire flatbed trailer to load and move the 60-ton 1942 ALCO Locomotive that has been parked in the Delaware-Otsego Corporation’s parking lot for 20 years. The railroad relic is headed to a new home in western Maryland. The engine has been purchased with plans to restore it to running order by Bill Miller Equipment Sales of Eckhart Mines, Maryland, one of the largest Caterpillar Equipment dealers in the world. Efforts to uproot a small tree growing out of the smokestack were unsuccessful.

October 9, 2009

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Sept. 13, 2019

200 YEARS AGO

The inhabitants of Texas, disappointed in the hope of being included within the territories of the United States, by the recent treaty between our government and that of Spain, have declared themselves independent of the Spanish crown, and state that they have “prepared themselves to meet and firmly to sustain, any conflict in which this declaration may involve them.”
Died: In this village on Wednesday last, Ellen, an infant daughter of Mr. George Pomeroy.

September 13, 1819

175 YEARS AGO

Democrats! There will be a Pole Raising in the Village of Cooperstown on Tuesday next at 3 o’clock p.m. to which a general invitation to all Polkers is hereby given.
The State nominations made at Syracuse on the 4th instant, are in conformity with the Democratic voice. The whole proceedings were harmonious, and the Convention
separated with the best feelings. Throughout the entire State, the response from the Democracy has been warm-hearted, inspiring the strongest confidence in our strength, and inspiring a triumphant victory.

September 16, 1844

150 YEARS AGO

Baseball – A game of baseball between the first nine of the Haymakers of New Lisbon and the second nine of the Lightfoots of Morris, on the grounds of the former, on Saturday the fourth instant, esulted in victory for the Haymakers, 19 to 10.
Commodore Boden of the Otsego Lake flotilla has recently purchased the steam yacht Mary, formerly a government gun boat employed during the war for operating in southern rivers. The Mary is expected to arrive here today (Friday, September 10, 1869), whence she will be placed on a couple of cars and transported over the Albany and Cooperstown roads. Her machinery will be taken out upon her arrival here. She is about forty feet in length, and intended to be used for picnic parties on the beautiful Otsego Lake, and will also run during navigation, in connection with the C. and S.V. R.R. It will be, we believe, the first steam boat that ever woke the echoes of Natty Bumppo’s cave.

September 10, 1869

125 YEARS AGO

Local – A fine of $10 may be imposed for fast driving in the streets of this village. If inflicted in a few cases it might work a needed reform.
Mr. E.F. Beadle went up to the old family homestead in Pierstown on Tuesday, the anniversary of his seventy-third birthday.
About 80 young people are expected to join in the sport of “the paper chase,” at Hyde Hall, head of the lake, today, Wednesday.
Inspectors – The following additional inspectors of election have been appointed in the several districts of this town pursuant to Chapter 348 of the laws of 1894, which provides for four inspectors, instead of three – First District, Jesse P. Johnston; Second District, L Grand Brainerd; Third District, Harry Spingler; Fourth District, Alfred T. Williams; Fifth District, Jesse J. Ellsworth.

September 13, 1894

100 YEARS AGO

(Excerpts from an address by Dr. Anna Howard Shaw regarding the costs of World War I as experienced by women and the call for a League of Nations to ensure future peace) “Who can estimate the value of seven million one hundred dead sons of the women of the world? Who can estimate the price which the women have paid for this war? We hear the orators tell us of the courage of our men – how they went across the sea. Very few of them remember to tell us of the courage of our women, who also went across the sea, of the women who died nursing the sick and wounded, the women who died in the hospitals where the terrible bombs came and drove them almost to madness. They tell nothing of the forty thousand English women who went to work back of the trenches in France. If there is any body of citizens in the world who ought to be interested in a League of Nations to ultimately bring to the world peace, it is the mothers of men, and the women who suffered, as only women can suffer in the war and devastated countries.”

September 10, 1919

50 YEARS AGO

Christ Episcopal Church will take a giant step forward in its Christian Education program for adults and students during the coming academic year as it occupies its new and enlarged parish house for church school activities on Sunday, September 14. It will also mark the first time that families may attend services together with study sessions for all at the same time. All classes from pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 will attend the 9 a.m. Holy Communion Service with pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5 students leaving the church for their classes after the offertory. On the second and fourth Sundays of each month these grades will have their own services in the Chapel as they have in the past. Grades 6 through 12 will attend their classes after the 9 o’clock services. All classes will be dismissed at 10:30 a.m.

September 10, 1969

25 YEARS AGO

It’s only a trickle now, but some worry that the exodus of some downtown businesses to locations outside the village may become a stream, carrying away much of the local service village residents desire. Cooperstown Optical moved its Pioneer Street office to the former NYSEG customer service center on south Route 28. Cooperstown Optical’s former neighbor, the Leatherstocking Education on Alcoholism/Addiction Foundation, is set to move September 16 into the Hyde Park Office Complex. “It could be a potential tide,” said village Trustee Giles Russell, who also serves as chairman of the village Planning Commission. Lack of nearby parking for customers and staff was cited by both organizations as a factor in their decision to relocate.

September 7, 1994

10 YEARS AGO

There’s a photo somewhere showing Melanie Oudin’s great-grandmother, Dorothy Savage Oudin, playing tennis in a long white Victorian dress. Her great-granddaughter is taking the tradition farther than Dorothy Oudin could ever have conceived. At the U.S. Tennis Open, Melanie, age 17, of Marietta, Georgia, has beaten Elena Dementiava (ranked number 4), the famed Maria Sharapova (29) and Nadia Petrova (13, to enter the quarterfinals. She is the youngest player to get that far since Serena Williams in 1999.

September 11, 2009

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Compiled by Tom Heitz and SHARON STUART, with resources courtesy of The Fenimore Art Museum Research Library

200 YEARS AGO

Amidst the numerous and interesting objects which have experienced the benevolence of individuals, and the countenance of the government, it is pleasing to observe that the interests of the Dumb and the Insane have not been overlooked – two unfortunate descriptions of our fellow creatures, shut out from the blessings of social communion, and entitled to our deepest sympathy. The liberal grant of $10,000 a year to the Governors of the New York Hospital has enabled them to erect a most spacious and accommodating asylum for lunatics, about seven miles from the city, and on the island of New York – and the application of the fund has been so judiciously directed by its benevolent administrators, that the contemplated edifices and accommodations will be completed during the next season, and without the existence of any debt after the expiration of 15 years. (Excerpt from Governor DeWitt Clinton’s Annual Message to the Legislature)

January 11, 1819

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, JULY 27
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, JULY 27

Kick Off Induction Weekend

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FILM SCREENING – 3:30 p.m. Showing “A Hall for Heroes” narrated by Bob Costas. Depicts founding of Baseball Hall of Fame and first induction in 1939. Bullpen Theater, The Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown. 607-547-7200 or visit baseballhall.org/node/17914?date=0

PLAY BALL – 8 a.m. Ozzie Smith & Hall of Fame Guests host 2-hour fundraiser featuring breakfast in Hall of Fame Plaque Gallery, personalized instruction, chance to turn double plays. All ages welcome, registration required. Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown. 607-547-0397 or visit baseballhall.org/events/PLAYBall-2018?date=0

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, FEB.22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, FEB.22

Showing ‘Punch Drunk Love’

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FILM SOCIETY – 7 – 8:40 p.m. The Film Society of Cooperstown presents, for its premier event, “Punch Drunk Love” which follows an emotionally unstable business man whose mundane life radically changes when he falls in love. Cooperstown Village Library. Call 607-547-8344 or visit www.facebook.com/VillageLibraryOfCooperstown/

READING SERIES – 7:30 p.m. Red Dragon reading series presents writer & actor David Mills, reading from “Talking to the Bones,” the first poetic work on New York’s African American Burial Ground, the Oldest & largest slave cemetery in America. Lee Hall, SUNY Oneonta. Call 607-436-2571 or visit www.oneonta.edu/academics/english/reddragonreading/reddragonreadingseries.asp

Tom Garretson Named Newspaper’s First ‘Citizen Of The Year’ In 2006

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Tom Garretson Named Newspaper’s

First ‘Citizen Of The Year’ In 2006

Compiled by TOM HEITZ • Special to AllOTSEGO.com

Editor’s Note: Bound Volumes, which usually appears in The Freeman’s Journal, is being run online this week.  Check the newspaper for a special report on Citizen of the Year Margaret L. Drugovich and the 2016 Otsego County Yearbook.

200 YEARS AGO

25 YEARS AGO: Cooperstown Bat Company
December 25, 1991

Excerpts from an address by U.S. President James Madison to the Congress – Amidst the advantages which have succeeded the peace of Europe, and that of the United States with Great Britain, in a general invigoration of industry among us, and in the extension of our commerce, the value of which is more and more disclosing itself to commercial nations, it is to be regretted that a depression is experienced by particular branches of our manufactures, and by a portion of our navigation. As the first proceeds in an essential degree from an excess of imported merchandise, which carries a check in its own tendency, the cause, in its present extent, cannot be of very long duration. The evil will not however be viewed by Congress, without a recollection, that manufacturing establishments, if suffered to sink too low, or languish too long, may not revive after the causes shall have ceased; and, in the vicissitude of human affairs, situations may recur, in which a dependence on foreign sources for indispensable supplies, may be among the most serious embarrassments.
December 19, 1816

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