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May 28, 2020

200 YEARS AGO

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

175 YEARS AGO

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

150 YEARS AGO

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

125 YEARS AGO

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

75 YEARS AGO

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

50 YEARS AGO

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

25 YEARS AGO

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

10 YEARS AGO

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

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May 13, 2020

200 YEARS AGO

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

175 YEARS AGO

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

150 YEARS AGO

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

125 YEARS AGO

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

100 YEARS AGO

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

75 YEARS AGO

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

50 YEARS AGO

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

10 YEARS AGO

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

BOUND VOLUMES April 30, 2020

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April 30, 2020

200 YEARS AGO

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

175 YEARS AGO

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

150 YEARS AGO

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

125 YEARS AGO

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

100 YEARS AGO

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

50 YEARS AGO

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

25 YEARS AGO

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

10 YEARS AGO

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

200 YEARS AGO

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

175 YEARS AGO

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

150 YEARS AGO

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

125 YEARS AGO

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

75 YEARS AGO

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

50 YEARS AGO

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

25 YEARS AGO

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

10 YEARS AGO

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

200 YEARS AGO

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

175 YEARS AGO

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

150 YEARS AGO

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

100 YEARS AGO

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

75 YEARS AGO

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

50 YEARS AGO

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

25 YEARS AGO

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

10 YEARS AGO

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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April 9, 2020

200 YEARS AGO

Newbern, North Carolina – An alligator, weighing 900 pounds, measuring 12 feet in length, and pronounced to be 33 years old, was recently killed in this vicinity, brought to town, and exhibited as a curiosity. This hideous monster had been assailed…upwards of 100 buck shot were found in his carcass which had hardly penetrated his “coat of mail” and seemed to have caused him no inconvenience. When last discovered, the old offender was basking quietly in the sunshine – and though so often the guilty murderer of calves, lambs, poultry, pigs, and many a faithful dog, was fallen into one of those sweet slumbers that attend the innocent. But the hand of justice, which never spares, stole upon him unperceived, and put a period to his false security and his career of criminality together. His corpse has been dissected, and two lightwood knots and a raccoon were found in his insatiate maw. The remains of such a monster have been deemed worthy of preservation and have been prepared for the distinguished place which will doubtless be allotted them in the Museum of the state’s metropolis.

April 10, 1820

175 YEARS AGO

Steamboat Disaster – Loss of Lives: The papers give detailed accounts of a calamitous accident that befell the steamboat Swallow, which left Albany on Monday afternoon, April 4 with nearly 300 passengers on board. At about 8 in the evening, the night being dark and during a snow squall, she ran upon a small island in the Athens channel, situate a short distance from the shore, nearly opposite Hudson, producing a tremendous concussion, and breaking the boat apart in the center, the stern sinking almost immediately, while the bow was thrown up nearly thirty feet, resting high and dry on the island some 20 feet from the water. The
consternation among the passengers and the crew was beyond description, some throwing themselves into the water, and others in agony seeking out their companions and friends. The alarm bell was rung, and the steamboats Express and Rochester, which were on their way down the river, and craft from Athens and Hudson, came to relief. Many persons were picked from the water in a state of exhaustion. The loss of life as far as can be ascertained is thirteen. Six of the dead were females from Troy and Albany.

April 14, 1845

150 YEARS AGO

On the afternoon of Thursday, April 7, Mrs. Pomeroy, a venerable lady, passed away, closing a highly honorable life of more than four score and six years which were in a great measure spent in this village. There is scarcely a family in our little town, among the older inhabitants at least, to whom her name has not been, during four generations, familiarly associated with acts of neighborly kindness and benevolence.
Mrs. Pomeroy’s recollection of past events connected with this village, and of personal incidents attaching to its early settlers and prominent characters, was remarkable. We have often listened with pleasure to her vivid descriptions of men and things which have passed into history more than 60 years ago. Unlike many old people, Mrs. Pomeroy did not lose her hold upon society and the pleasures of social gatherings with advancing years. She was always pleased when she saw young people in the enjoyment of innocent amusement. In her death we have broken the last link of the chain which connected us with the chain which connected us with the period of the foundation of our village. Henceforth, we must rely upon history and tradition to keep our memory green.

April 14, 1870

125 YEARS AGO

The United States Supreme Court has decided that the income tax law is unconstitutional as to these two points: 1. The tax to be collected on rents from real estate as it is a direct tax and the tax on Municipal and State bonds. On the other questions involved the court is equally divided, and hence the law in these particulars will stand, according to the opinion of the Department of Justice. It is estimated that only about $15,000,000 per year will now be realized from the income tax.

April 11, 1895

100 YEARS AGO

Oneonta – Tentative plans for opening the Inter-Church World movement in Otsego County were discussed at a conference held all day Friday at the Lutheran Church on Grove Street. About 125 delegates from the various
Protestant Churches in Otsego County were present and were addressed by prominent clergymen who have kept close in touch with the Inter-Church movement and who believe it to be the only way that the church can
accomplish real good. The various meetings throughout the day were timely an interesting. Both pastors and laymen were enthusiastic over the fine send-off that the movement was given.

April 14, 1920

75 YEARS AGO

Mr. and Mrs. Francis J. Tyler of Middlefield (RD 2) were notified by telephone on Sunday of the death of their son First Lieutenant J. Mahlon Tyler, of the Air Transport Service. The news was sent by their son’s mother-in-law from Dallas, Texas, where she and her daughter reside. There were no details except that the tragedy occurred as he was flying over the “hump” between India and China, one of the most hazardous runs of the entire service.
He was a graduate of Cherry Valley High School and of Cornell University and had been in the service for four years. Lieutenant Tyler died on his birthday just as his wife, who is a patient in a Dallas Hospital, became the mother of a child the day before. She has yet to learn of her husband’s death, but learned two weeks ago that her own brother was killed in Germany.

April 11, 1945

50 YEARS AGO

Last Saturday, April 4, was a big day in the history of the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown. Shortly after breakfast, the big move of patients began to the new wing of the hospital. It was both an exciting and trying time for both patients and the hospital staff. The new wing consists of four floors of patient facilities, a basement and partial sub-basement. Provisions were made for adding two additional floors in the future, if needed.

April 1970

10 YEARS AGO

In a rare village shooting on Good Friday, Anthony Pacherille, 16, a Cooperstown Central School sophomore, was transported to Bassett Hospital after allegedly shooting Wesley Lippitt, also 16 and a classmate of Pacherille’s. The first bullet had passed through Lippitt’s upper left arm. He was bandaged at the scene and transported separately to Bassett, where he was treated and released.

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200 YEARS AGO

Advertisement: Saddlery and Harness Shop – The subscriber feels grateful for that countenance and patronage from the public which he has received for many years, and respectfully informs them, that he continues the business in the Shop near the post office in Cooperstown, where all orders in any branch of it will be faithfully attended to. He keeps on hand an assortment of saddles, bridles, Harness, &c, &c. which he warrants of the best materials and well manufactured, which will be sold as low as at any shop in the County for ready pay either in cash, or any kind of grain at a fair market price. He also carries on at the same Shop, the BOOT and SHOEMAKING business. Time is the test of truth, and those who use articles of his manufacture, will in the end find that they were not made, like Pindar’s razors, merely to sell. Daniel Olendorf, Jun. Cooperstown, 1820.

April 3, 1820

175 YEARS AGO

(Editor’s Note: The following excerpts refer to people and events in Cincinnati, Ohio). Ups and Downs in Life – It is useful as well as interesting to notice the change for the better or worse which fifteen years serve to operate in a community. I know a business man on Main Street, who was refused credit in 1830 for a stove worth twelve dollars. He is now a Director in one of the banks and worth $150,000 at least. I know another business man, also on Main Street, who was refused credit in 1825 by a firm in the drug line for the amount of five dollars. In 1830, that very firm lent that very man five thousand dollars upon his endorsed note.

April 7, 1845

150 YEARS AGO

An Aged Minister – Reverend Benjamin G. Paddock, the oldest Methodist minister in this State, the first pastor of the Methodist Church in Cooperstown, who is here on a visit to his daughter, Mrs. Dr. Lathrop, preached in this church on Sunday morning last. Though 82 in age, Mr. Paddock has the appearance and mental and physical vigor of a younger man. It is 65 years ago since he first commenced to preach, under a permit from his church organization, which gift he exercised for several years before he became the settled pastor of a church. For 45 years he officiated in that capacity, and then was placed on the superannuated list. But he has continued frequently to preach, as health and strength would permit, and he enjoys the privilege.

April 7, 1870

125 YEARS AGO

Honest, Manly and Practical – Judge Moore, in his charge to the jury in one of the Brooklyn labor strike cases the other day said: “The doctrine that no man shall be permitted to earn a living in this country unless he earns it according to the terms proscribed at the beck and dictation of some other man, is a doctrine that can never be tolerated. It cannot be permitted. We are men! We have a right to earn an honest living. There is no right that God has given a human being above the right to earn an honest living by honest labor, and there is no organization, whether a labor organization or any other, that has the right to say to you, or to me, we shall not earn that living unless we submit ourselves to their wishes and dictation. That is worse than southern slavery ever was.”

April 4, 1895

100 YEARS AGO

A Picture Churches Have Chosen as That of The Typical American Girl – Seeking a poster which correctly presented the typical American daughter in her present-day attitude to the Church, the art directors of the Interchurch World Movement chose a painting by Denman Fink. This scene, calm-eyed wholesome young woman was selected as the type of the daughters of America being reared under the influence of the Christian Church. Mr. Fink’s painting shows her pausing as though waiting for her parents to join in restoring the complete membership attendance of this place of worship, one of the objectives of the Interchurch World Movement in which the evangelical group of Protestant Churches has joined. The poster has been prepared for distribution throughout the entire country for stimulating interest everywhere in extending the ideals and influence of the churches to men’s daughters throughout the whole world.

April 7, 1920

75 YEARS AGO

Makes the Supreme Sacrifice in Germany. Pvt. Richard E. Race, nineteen-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter A. Race of Toddsville, was killed in action in Germany March 15 according to a War Department message received last week by his parents. Letters dated March 6, 1945 from “somewhere in Germany” were received Monday by his parents and his Aunt, Mrs. Robert J. Wilber, Red Creek Farm. Pvt. Race entered the Army April 24, 1944. He took basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, advance training at Fort Meade, Maryland and went overseas last December. He was attached to an armored tank division. Before entering the service he was employed at Smith’s Feed Store, Cooperstown. Pvt. Race was born in Index, January 10, 1926, son of Walter A. and Mabel (Smith) Race. He attended Cooperstown high school, leaving for the Army during his academic course.

April 4, 1945

25 YEARS AGO

Greeting throngs of interested customers at a table set up in the lobby, Cooperstown Postmaster Connie Tedesco sold special cancellation stamped envelopes and packages Saturday as the Cooperstown Post Office celebrated its bicentennial. “When the post office opened this morning, there was a line going right out the door,” Tedesco said. The Cooperstown Post Office is the second oldest in Otsego County. Cherry Valley celebrated the bicentennial of its post office in the fall last year (1994).

April 5, 1995

10 YEARS AGO

Four new members have joined the Cooperstown Rotary Club. They are Richard Abbate, Chairman of the Cooperstown Village Democratic Party; Laurie Blatt, Executive Director of the Clara Welch Thanksgiving Home, Karen Cadwalader, Woodside Hall Director, and Sally Eldred, retired Executive Director of the Greater Liverpool Chamber of Commerce and a recent trustee candidate. The Cooperstown Rotary Club meets every Tuesday at Noon at the Otesaga Hotel.

April 1, 2010

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March 26, 2020

200 YEARS AGO

Married on the Ninth Inst. at Washington City by the Rev. Mr. Hawley, Samuel Lawrence Governeur, Esq. of New York to Miss Maria Hester Monroe, youngest daughter of the President of the United States.
Editor: To Patrons – This number completes half a year since the resumption of our editorial duties; and we should be unmindful of our obligations to the public, were we to refrain from expressing our thanks for the patronage this paper has received. There are but few country journals in the state, whose circulation is more extensive; and this evidence of approbation, is deemed sufficient to increase our exertions to make the paper more useful and respectable.

March 27, 1820

175 YEARS AGO

Anti-Rent actions in Delaware County – On Monday last, Sheriff Steele and C.E. Parker went to Andes to serve some Chancery Subpoenas and a summons. On their return, near Fish Lake, they were stopped by some fourteen disguised and armed men. It being evening and somewhat dark, they were forced to return to Andes, where they were detained till near night the next day. While in confinement at Andes, Steele succeeded in sending a special message to Delhi, who arrived at about 12 o’clock. The Sheriff then summoned almost every man in Delhi, who went with him to Andes, armed and prepared for a conflict. When we got there no Indians were to be found – their friends having sent an express from Delhi, to inform them the Sheriff was coming prepared for action. Yesterday, the Sheriff with his posse, returned through Bovina, and arrested one person, who is indicted for having been disguised, &c. Today, with a posse of about 400 men, armed, he went to Kortright, and sold on an execution where he had been prevented from selling before by the appearance of some 75 or 80 Indians. Steele has selected about 50 men and is preparing to start
to make arrests this evening.

March 24, 1845

150 YEARS AGO

Hospital Notice – Patients must make application before admittance at the Hospital – either in person or by letter. In no case are patients admitted without previous application, unless in the event of very sudden attacks, or accidents, when immediate help is needed. All applications should be made to Dr. Lathrop, or Miss Cooper, and accompanied by a letter from a physician of good character. There will be two vacancies in the men’s ward very soon, owing to the dismissal of convalescent patients. Rags for carpeting, will be gratefully received. The female patients are preparing them both for use at the hospital, and also for the new Orphan House. Susan Fenimore Cooper S.F.C.

March 24, 1870

125 YEARS AGO

Local: Charles R. Burch went to New York last week to consult occulists and had a successful operation performed upon his eyes. He was accompanied by T.C. Turner.  Mr. Burch is expected home in a few days.
A gentleman interested in bringing out “Mikado,” the entertainment, says: “Ladies should come prepared to take off their hats.” There are some very desirable seats left unsold for Thursday night, and not all are sold for Friday night.
Monday was the first really spring-like day of the season – sunshine and shower, light snow squalls at times, and a south wind melting the snow on the ground; in the evening the chirp of the robins.
James P. Kinney of this village has the contract for putting the hedge around the hospital building lot. The plants used will be from the celebrated Chautauqua Nursery of Portland, New York.
The Rev. Sherman Coolidge, missionary to the Shoshone reservation in Wyoming, who is a full-blooded Indian, will conduct a religious service in Christ Church Wednesday at 8 o’clock. The public is cordially invited to attend.

March 28, 1895

100 YEARS AGO

Mrs. Hyde Sued on Defamation Charge – Action for defamation of character was begun in this village on Saturday of last week, when summonses were served on Mrs. W.T. Hyde, owner of the Glimmerglen Farms and county agent for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The amounts sought as damages in these actions were not made public. The actions were brought by four employees of the Hyde properties and Glimmerglen Farms as a result of accusations made in connection with the disappearance of one fur-lined man’s overcoat, and one ladies’ leather overcoat. As far as known the missing property has not been recovered, although state troopers have been investigating the case. The plaintiffs are Charles Jennings, who is in charge of the poultry house at Glimmerglen Farms; Floyd Green, a stableman; Silas Marsh, a chauffeur, and Eugene Frank a greenhouse man.

March 24, 1920

50 YEARS AGO

Cooperstown Central School’s Girls Volleyball Team has won the Center State Conference championship. The Redskin girls beat Hamilton in the semi-finals 15-10, and 15-12 and then came back to upend Clinton 15-4, and 15-12. That finished the season for an unblemished 7-0 record. Members of the team are: Mary Chamberlin, Mary O’Leary, Margaret Towne, Cathy Towne, Elizabeth Blessin, Eileen Miller, Janet Phillips, Jeanne Warner and Laura Karkowski.

March 25, 1970

25 YEARS AGO

The $250,000 Doubleday Field renovation project is going “swimmingly,” according to the Chairman of the Doubleday Field Advisory Committee Chairman, Stuart Taugher. Taugher was recently elected to the Cooperstown Village Board. Drainage work on the field has been completed and workers are pouring the concrete for the restroom floors. Work on electrical service and plumbing will commence next week. Taugher added that the project is of such a nature that meetings of the Doubleday Field Advisory Board will be held at 5 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month.

March 26, 1995

10 YEARS AGO

Springbrook will soon welcome twenty-four children with disabilities from as far away as Wisconsin, while saving $890,000 annually. Springbrook receives fourteen million, seven hundred thousand dollars from state bonds, more than paid for by the savings, and can begin a twenty million dollar expansion that includes duplexes for the twenty-four residences, infrastructure, six classrooms and an expanded gymnasium.

March 25, 2010

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March 19, 2020

200 YEARS AGO

Advertisement: Academy and Boarding School for Young Misses – The Rev. Mr. Molther, respectfully informs the Ladies and Gentlemen of Cooperstown and its vicinity, that after New Year’s Day, 1820, he intends to establish in this Village, an Academy and Boarding School for Young Misses. Aided by his eldest daughters, he proposes to give instruction in the following branches of learning: Reading, English Grammar, Writing, Orthography (or correct spelling put to practice), Arithmetic, Geography, Use of the Globes, Composition, History, Vocal and Instrumental Music on the Piano, the French language taught grammatically, Knitting and Plain and Artificial Needlework. Days of tuition from Monday to Friday inclusive. The terms of tuition, as well as of boarding, will be regulated by the customary terms of other teachers and boarding institutions of this neighborhood. A few Young Gentlemen, between the age of six and thirteen years, may be admitted at school for the time being. Once a week, a catechetical in the principles of religion, will be given, without entering upon controversial tenets.

March 20, 1820

175 YEARS AGO

A Terrible Operation – The Lowell  Advertiser speaks of a terrible surgical operation at the Massachusetts General Hospital performed by Doctor Warren – No less than the complete removal from the head of nearly one-half of the upper jaw; that is from the mouth to the ear. The skin and flesh of the cheek were first turned up over the eye and then the separation was effected by saws and the use of the chisel and mallet. The whole occupied an hour and a half, and the unfortunate patient bore it with firmness. He is an elderly man (not robust) from the eastern part of Maine. A brother is one of the wealthiest and worthiest merchants. The disease is cancer. Dr. Warren is of the opinion that, though cancer may remain in the head, the sufferer will live several years longer than he otherwise would.

March 17, 1845

150 YEARS AGO

Attempting Jail Break – The Otsego County Jail is notorious for its insecurity. Of the three criminal cells, but one remains unbroken. Into this least insecure room, the Sheriff locked the two persons – John Kilpatrick and Geo. E. Hewitt – sentenced by Judge Sturges to one year each in the State Prison. But, knowing the reputation of the jail, and having seen its weak points for the past two months, Sheriff Franklin made an early inspection on Friday morning last, when ascertained that by the aid of a small piece of iron and a portion of their bedstead these prisoners had (“Just for the fun of it!” they said) made a hole in the partition wall large enough to crawl through, had concealed the dirt and bricks under their bed, and the hole with a portion of their bedding, expecting the next night to work their way out. The Sheriff felt constrained to put irons on these industrious lovers of liberty, and justified in putting the county to the expense of a watchman for a few nights.

March 17, 1870

125 YEARS AGO

Local: Dr. D.E. Siver commenced the practice of Dentistry in Cooperstown thirty years ago last Monday. For a few years he also manufactured artificial teeth which interest he afterwards sold out. Cooperstown has always been noted for its superior dentistry.
We are glad to learn that the Gymnasium is very well patronized this spring by ladies and gentlemen.
On Wednesday evening of next week, Rev. B.P. Ripley will deliver his lecture “Concerning Girls” at Mt. Vision by invitation of the W.C.T.U. of that place.
The Presbyterian Sunday School has a sleigh ride Sunday afternoon.

March 21, 1895

75 YEARS AGO

After one of the most severe winters in years Spring is here. She came early on the morning of Tuesday, March 20. Spring found the snow, which had been piled high everywhere, practically gone and everything ready for fixing the lawns, housecleaning and the like. Farmers say there is no frost in the ground which ought to mean good crops. Winter sometimes plays a trick on Spring and runs back for a last blast after supposedly saying goodbye. Maybe it will be so this year.
Sgt. Ralph Reid Birdsall, who has been in the European War theatre for some time, has been spending a brief furlough with
his mother, Mrs. H.S. Leverich, at the Tunnicliff Inn. He was accompanied by Mrs. Birdsall who is now making her home with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John F. Thompson at New Canaan, Connecticut. Sgt. Birdsall left Friday of last week for Officer Candidate School. He spoke briefly at the meeting of the Cooperstown Rotary Club.

March 21, 1945

50 YEARS AGO

Mike Phillips, a senior at Cooperstown Central School, was voted the Outstanding Wrestler in the Eighth Annual New York State Intersectional Wrestling Tournament in Syracuse on Saturday night after he had captured the 215-pound class individual championship in leading Section III to its first-ever victory in the state tourney. Philips, the overpowering Cooperstown youngster was the darling of the crowd of 5,500 which turned out at the War Memorial for the tournament finals. The raw-boned strong-boy, who was a star tackle on the Cooperstown Central School football team, is being recruited as a football player by Cornell, Notre Dame and Syracuse universities.

March 18, 1970

25 YEARS AGO

Paula Diperna, author and film producer from Cooperstown, recently spoke at the World Summit for Social Development.
The summit took up foreign assistance and jobs creation. “The summit focused on how best to use foreign assistance for the alleviation of poverty, as well as the need to consider unemployment as a global problem, particularly the phenomena of jobless economic growth. “There is a lot of concern that as productivity increases, workers are nevertheless permanently laid off. Thus, who is truly benefitting from the productivity increase? Also, many Americans would be surprised to learn that the United States ranks twenty-first, far below most developed countries in its foreign aid program taken as a percentage of GNP. Our foreign assistance is only about one percent of our federal budget.

March 19, 1995

10 YEARS AGO

In the largest turnout in memory and by a clear majority, Cooperstown voters Tuesday, March 16, elected Village Trustee Joseph J. Booan, Jr., a top BOCES administrator, as mayor. The tally was 431 votes for Republican Booan to 329 for Democrat Jeff Katz, the deputy mayor. But words of conciliation were heard from both men after a hard-fought campaign.

March 18, 2010

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On the February 24, at 12 o’clock at night, Joseph Nelson, Nathaniel Brown, Philip Johnson, Lemuel Wood, John O’Brien, James Joyce, David Linus, James Martin, and John N. Baldwin, escaped from No. 12, in the Middle Hall of the State Prison
at Auburn, by breaking through the outside wall of the cell. It was done with bars of iron, and is said to have been the work of a week or ten days. Wood and O’Brien have been retaken and are again in prison.

March 13, 1820

175 YEARS AGO

Poetry – “Woman” by Hannah More: “As some fair violet, loveliest of the glade sheds its mild fragrance in the lonely shade. Withdrawn its modest head from public sight, nor courts the sun, nor seeks the glare of light. Should some rude hand profanely dare intrude and bear its beauties from its native wood, exposed above its languid colors fly. Its form decays and all its odors die. So, woman born to dignify retreat, unknown to flourish and unseen be great, to give domestic life its sweetest charm. With softness polish, and with virtue warm, fearful of fame, unwilling to be known, should seek but heaven’s applauses and
her own. Should dread no blame but that which crimes impart, the censures of a self-condemning heart.”

March 10, 1845

150 YEARS AGO

A Masquerade Party will be held at Van Court’s Hall, Fly Creek, on Wednesday evening, March 16th, 1870. The proceeds are to be applied to the Universalist Society. A general invitation is given. Good music in attendance. By Order of Com.

Wanted: A live man to represent the Aetna Life Insurance Co. in Otsego County and vicinity. To a good business man, willing to work, a liberal and permanent contract will be given. Call on, or address James C. Mix, Manager, 12 South Salina Street, Syracuse, N.Y.

John Kilpatrick came into court on Wednesday morning and pled guilty to grand larceny. The Judge said that in
consideration of his age, and that this is the first crime with which he has been charged, and in the belief that the lighter punishment will have the effect to restrain him from the commission of crime in future, and to induce him to come to the place of his punishment determined to wipe out the stain which this offense has affixed to him, and become a good citizen and a comfort and blessing to his mother, the Court would inflict the lighter punishment – State Prison at Auburn for one year.

March 10, 1870

100 YEARS AGO

Before Judge Welch on Monday, March 22, a panel of jurors was drawn in the courthouse in Cooperstown to serve a term of court beginning March 22 with Judge Ulysses G. Welch presiding: L.F. Steere, Cooperstown, Clyde Bresee, Oneonta, Fred E. Hollister, Hartwick, Le McRorie, Westford, Frank Berry, Hartwick, Frank Mills, Rockdale, Rae Stanhouse, Hartwick, M.J. Multer, Cooperstown, L.N. Wood, Cooperstown; George Aspinwall, Cooperstown, Edward Yerdon, Cherry Valley, Henry Walters, Mt. Vision, Wardell Spraker, Cherry Valley, Homer Potter, Oneonta, John Hunter, New Berlin, H.E. Brooks, Edmeston, Lee Sargent, Otego, Clarence Goodale, Richfield Springs, George Aspinwall, Cooperstown, Wells Branigan, South Worcester, Robert Niles, Oneonta, Charles

March 10, 1920

75 YEARS AGO

Before a large and appreciative audience a cast of five talented players of the Cooperstown Academy presented a one-act play – “Who Gets the Car Tonight?” given Saturday night on the gymnasium stage as a feature of the annual Red Cross benefit entertainment. Neil Rudd took the part of Mrs. Jones. Bruce Dodd was Mr. Jones. Millard Wright was Paul Jones. Payton Pinkerton played Mary Jones and Tony Lind was Jack. Preceding the play, the Glee Club gave a delightful concert under the direction of Miss Lucy Cooke, instructor in Music. The Club sang with fine effect “Barcarole” by Offenbach; “Heav’n, Heav’n,” a Negro spiritual, and “Shortnin’ Bread,” Jacque Wolfe. A large sum was raised for the Red Cross Emergency War Fund.

March 14, 1945

50 YEARS AGO

The annual meeting of the Native Sons of Cooperstown will be held Thursday, March 19, at 7 o’clock at the Veterans Club according to Robert C. Tennant, the Native Sons president. A roast beef dinner will be served under the direction of Joseph M. Clancy, and entertainment will follow the meal. Male residents of Cooperstown and its immediate surrounding area, who are 50 years of age or older, or who have lived here for at least 50 years are invited to join the organization.

Sixty members and guests attended the annual Birthday Dinner of the Cooperstown Criterion Club, held March 4, in the Veterans Club rooms. A delicious baked ham dinner was prepared by Joseph M. Clancy and served by the Committee including Mrs. Clancy, chairman, Charlene Stevens, Janet Hurlbert, Juno Purvis, Rosa Dutcher and Elizabeth Peck.

March 11, 1970

25 YEARS AGO

The recently announced Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Upstate New York Men’s Second Team All-Star line-up includes Tim Osterhoudt, a Cooperstown Central School graduate and now a senior forward at Hartwick College. Osterhoudt finished his career at Hartwick with 1,308 points, good for tenth on the school top scorer’s chart.

An unusual exhibition of surreal images will open March 17 at Gallery 53 Artworks in a show of photographic works by Rose Mackiewicz and Timothy Sellers call “Reconstructions.” The exhibition is sponsored by Russ Smith, Garbologist. “It’s a rather dramatic exhibition,” noted Sydney Waller, Gallery 53’s director who has curated
more than 150 shows for the Arts Center since 1981.

March 12, 1995

10 YEARS AGO

Isabella Penola reigned champion when twenty-four spellers met at the eighth annual Regional Spelling Bee Saturday, March 6, at SUNY Oneonta’s Goodrich Theater. Her winning word was “sevruga,” a Caspian Sea sturgeon whose small gray roe is used for caviar. The daughter of John and Laura Penola, Isabella is home-schooled in Cooperstown. She qualifies for the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. in June. Sarah Siegel, a CCS student and daughter of Tim and Maureen Siegel, came in second. The word “homburg” stumped her.

March 13, 2010

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Feb. 27, 2018

200 YEARS AGO

Agitation in Virginia – Letters received from Richmond, Virginia, stating that a report circulated there, that a compromise would take place in Congress on the subject of Slavery, had excited a state of fermentation and acrimony never before witnessed in that place. The reported compromise was to embrace the admission of Missouri into the Union without restriction; and the passage of a law prohibiting the extension of Slavery west of the Mississippi, beyond Lat. 36 deg. 30 min. The agitation was so great that no person dared express an opinion contrary to that of the majority. An aged member of the Virginia legislature was so wrought upon by the subject, as to shed tears, and to say “Would to God we had war with England, France, Spain, or any other nation, which would unite the People, rather than a civil war with the Northern States, which must inevitably take place if any restriction is made on our right to hold Slaves, and to transport them where we please.”

February 23, 1820

175 YEARS AGO

The Special Court of Oyer and Terminer which was convened for the trial of prisoners confined in jail and others engaged in the late Anti-Rent disturbances adjourned on Tuesday last without the trial of any of the prisoners. As the excitement of the late disturbances dies away and the people examine and become acquainted with the causes which produced the outbreak, there is less feeling and sympathy expressed in favor of the tenants, that there was during the heat of the excitement. However much the people may wish to see a change in the existing relations between the landlords and tenants, still they are opposed to resorting to any forcible or unfair means to remedy the difficulty complained of, and will unite in bringing to punishment all who are engaged in violating the laws of the land.

February 24, 1845

150 YEARS AGO

Three Generations of Booksellers –
The recent expiration of the partnership of Ivison, Phinney, Blakeman & Co., New York, (when Mr. H.F. Phinney of this village
retired) completed about 80 years of the Phinneys with the publishing and bookselling business. This is one of the rare instances in this land of change of so long a continuance of one family in the same business.
Married – In Cooperstown, February 16, 1870, at the residence of the bride’s father, by Rev. C.C. Smith, Mr. Moses H. Lippitt to Miss Sarah M., daughter of John Hinds, all of Cooperstown.
Died – In Brooklyn, New York, February 14, 1870, Delos D., only son of George W. and Cornelia H. Pier, aged two years, seven months and 7 days.

February 24, 1870

125 YEARS AGO

Local: Probably the largest religious meeting ever held in Cooperstown, was that which assembled in the Baptist Church last Sunday
evening, to listen to Rev. Mr. Davidson, there being present not less than 850 persons.
The question has frequently been asked, “Of what denomination is Mr. Davidson?” The reply is: “He is a Congregationalist.
Those persons who have charge of the churches, public halls, and school in Cooperstown should feel impressed with the fact that on them rests responsibility for the keeping of such places at a proper temperature and well ventilated. It not infrequently happens that over-heated and impure air invites the absence rather than the attendance of people not compelled to be present. It too seldom occurs that these public rooms are thoroughly ventilated after crowded audiences have occupied them.

February 28, 1895

100 YEARS AGO

At the opening of the County Court Monday afternoon, the business was the matter of naturalization. Sixteen were admitted to American citizenship: Alfred Richard Carr, Springfield Center (England); Omar Felix Chatauvert, Prattsvelle (Canada); David Douglas Laurie, Oneonta (Denmark); Armand J. Vallie Oneonta (Scotland); Peter Petersen, Oneonta (Denmark); Salvatore Galtano Puccio, Oneonta (Italy); Luigi Bachetta, Otego, Italy; Pietro Alotta, Cooperstown (Italy); Thomas Anthony Morris, Oneonta (Greece); Harry George Lambros, Oneonta (Greece); Angelo Banard, East Worcester (Italy); Joseph Kominski, Richfield Springs (Germany); Antonio Defiori, Oneonta (Italy); and Sisto Sardiello, Oneonta (Italy).

February 25, 1920

75 YEARS AGO

The Board of Village Trustees will submit a proposition at the Charter Election in Cooperstown on Tuesday, March 13, a proposition providing for the purchase of a parcel of land long needed as a desirable part of Doubleday Field. If approved, the result will be the squaring of the right field corner where a jog has existed since the historic field was established. The Trustees have been granted a sixty-day option upon the plot which is 98 feet and six inches long and from 52 to 54 feet wide, at a price of $800, by the owners, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde A. Davis and Bertha May Russell. This is the first time the property has been obtainable. The “jog” has interfered with games brought here by the Major Leagues and also prevents the laying out of a full-sized football field, thus hampering games of the Cooperstown Central School and other local teams.

February 28, 1945

25 YEARS AGO

If the behavior of the students attending Cooperstown Elementary School was better than usual last week, it may have been the result of a special week of activities the school was involved in. Last week was “Caring and Sharing Week” for the 720 Kindergarten through fifth graders at the elementary school. The week’s theme was “Let it begin with me” and focused on conflict resolution. Activities focused on the steps of problem-solving, anger control, respect for others, and fostering friendship. Christine McBrearty-Hulse, school guidance counselor and the week’s organizer said, “everyone would like to see the good will exhibited during the week continue throughout the rest of the school year.”

February 22, 1995

10 YEARS AGO

The new New York Collegiate Baseball League’s Cooperstown Hawkeyes have a natural geographic rival waiting, in Oneonta. The Oneonta Outlaws will call Damaschke Field home while the Hawkeyes defend Doubleday Field. The geographic proximity is expected to fuel a natural rivalry that should benefit both teams. The Hawkeyes management team led by franchise owner Tom Hickey includes consultant Ted Peters, assistant manager David Pearlman, and marketing director Schuyler Pindar.

February 25, 2010

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Excerpt from the Augusta, Georgia Chronicle, February 1, 1820 reprinted with the following introduction: “A Horrible Punishment” Who can read it and believe that such horrible cruelties are practiced in this land of freedom and civilization! The heart sickens at the recital! ‘Oh Slavery! Thou art the curse of heaven!” Execution – on Friday last, two Negro men, named Ephraim and Sam, were executed in conformity to their sentence for the murder of their master, Mr. Thomas Hancock, of Edgefield District, South Carolina. Sam was burnt and Ephraim hung, and his head severed from his body and publicly exposed. The burning of malefactors is a punishment only resorted to when absolute necessity demands a signal example. It must be a horrid and appalling sight to see a human being consigned to the flames. The circumstances attending the crime for which these miserable beings have suffered, were of a nature so aggravated, as imperiously demanded the terrible punishment which has been inflicted upon them.

February 21, 1820

175 YEARS AGO

Letters from Washington mention that President Tyler had withdrawn from the Senate the name of Chancellor Walworth for the vacant seat on the bench of the U.S. Supreme Court, occasioned by the death of Judge Thompson of this State, and sent in that of Chief Justice Nelson, whose nomination it was confidently believed would be confirmed by the Senate. We had not supposed that objection to Judge Nelson would be taken from any quarter whatever, and was therefore surprised to find the Whig letter writers from Washington attempting to deprecate him in the public mind. His character is too elevated and his motives of action too pure, to be stained by the aspersions of political opponents at the Capitol or elsewhere.

February 17, 1845

150 YEARS AGO

Local: Efforts have been made to divide different counties and to remove county seats at about every legislature for the past 25 years. In some cases, strong and vigorous efforts, backed up by ample resources, have been made, and yet in all that time not a single county in the State has been divided. In but one case has a county seat been changed. An attempt to divide old Otsego, or to remove the county seat, would signally fail.

Advertisement: The Best – The Davis Sewing Machine now on exhibition and trial in the parlor of the Empire House, wins friends rapidly among all persons who have had experience with machines. Every family needs a sewing machine. In a large family, it pays for itself in a single year. The interest on $60 can be earned in a single week. Ladies are invited to call and examine this machine.

February 17, 1870

125 YEARS AGO

Local: The Opera “Mikado,” by Gilbert and Sullivan, will be given in Cooperstown on March 28, 29 and 30
under the personal direction of Mr. and Mrs. Harry F. Dixie of New York in the interest of the Phinney Hose Co.
A strong cast and chorus of 40 voices has been secured. The elaborate Japanese costumes come direct from the city.
Someone started a report that the floor of the Presbyterian Church settled last week from the large congregations gathered there. The trustees have thoroughly investigated the matter and assert that there is no foundation whatever for the report. The floor of the church rests upon the most solid foundation.

February 21, 1895

100 YEARS AGO

Republican members of the House of Representatives have been doing little else but investigating the Democratic Administration since they took over the legislative part of the government last May 19 when the extra session convened. Conduct of the victorious war, why America startled the world by its overnight shipping achievements, and anything else that it was thought might furnish political capital was eagerly seized upon by an investigative committee. The Democrats now propose to bring these committees to book and force them to confess officially how much of Uncle Sam’s money has been spent in chasing the elusive rumors. An investigation of the Shipping Board and the War Department from May 19 to July 1, 1919 makes it plain that these two committees alone have spent at least $150,000 in those six weeks. It is estimated that when all of the receipts are gathered the cost to the American public to satisfy Republican curiosity will closely approach $1 million dollars.

February 18, 1920

50 YEARS AGO

Cooperstown Central School’s basketball team defeated Richfield Springs 54 to 48, February 6 in a Center State Conference game at Richfield Springs. Brothers Cliff and Carter Coleman took control of the backboards grabbing 27 caroms between them. Carter Coleman joined Chris Shockley as Cooperstown’s top scorers of the evening with sixteen points each. The win moved Cooperstown into second place in the Eastern Division of the Center State Conference.
The many friends of Charles A. “Skip” Coleman III, of Cooperstown, will be glad to know that he is continuing his basketball career even while serving in the U.S. Air Force at Loring Air Force Base, Limestone, Maine. On his Wing team, Skip has been averaging 38 points per game, and as a member of the “Bombers,” the air base team, he is averaging 28 points per game. Skip graduated from Cooperstown Central School in 1968.

February 18, 1970

25 YEARS AGO

The Cooperstown High School boys’ hoop team closed out a 9 wins, 10 loss season with an 89-66 victory against Mohawk but will not be engaging in post-season action. Cooperstown Coach Dick White played all 12 members of his team in the game but it was the six active senior members who shined as they combined for most of the 89 points. Center Reid Nagelschmidt led the senior offensive barrage with 29 points and finished his varsity career with 1,065 points.

February 15, 1995

10 YEARS AGO

St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church was packed to honor all aspects of Stu Taugher’s life. His five daughters were pallbearers and participated in the service. Mayor Carol B. Waller praised his dedication of time to the village as mayor, as a village trustee and county representative – “something we give freely, something we cannot get back.”

February 18, 2010

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Excerpt from a Letter to the Editor dated Albany, February 9, 1820, signed Daniel D. Tompkins: “I occasionally get a glance at your paper, which I am glad to find conducted with a stability and moderation in regard to the political contentions which agitate the state, highly credible to your judgment. Faction has reared its head, and the party in
opposition to the state administration, appear determined by “hook or by crook,” to destroy all confidence not only in the ability of those at the helm of government, but in the integrity of their intentions. The important measures of the administration are not attacked, and for the most obvious reason, because any attempt to prove them injurious to the best interest of the state, would, with thinking men most effectually serve to exhibit their importance and usefulness. Invective and denunciation are therefore resorted to, in the hope that old party distinctions may be roused from their slumbers, and thus the judgment of the electors be controlled by their passions. But, I trust sober reason will not be discarded in making up an opinion on the question as to whether Mr. Clinton’s administration has proved beneficial or injurious to the state.”

February 14, 1820

175 YEARS AGO

Winter Weather: The storm which commenced on Tuesday, seems to have extended itself in all directions, so as to derange the mails. Our accounts ordinarily from Washington would have been to Tuesday last, but now only reach to Saturday, February 1. We were three successive days without mail from Utica.

February 10, 1845

150 YEARS AGO

Local – The Firemen of this Village have fitted up and furnished their Hall in a neat and substantial manner. With a portable furnace below in the engine room, the machines are kept in good working order and the Hall comfortable. Their Ball, to come off on February 17, is to pay off indebtedness incurred in making the above arrangements.
The present lot of paper used in printing the Journal is considered in this office the best ever made at the “Otsego Mills” – for the past year run by Mr. John Worthington of Cooperstown. Under his administration great improvements have been made in machinery and manufacturing.

February 10, 1870

125 YEARS AGO

Local – Favorable action will probably be taken at the coming Town Meeting to establish two district polling places in future – one at Cooperstown and one at Fly Creek. Lester Lettis and his son Fred have bought out Thomas Chapman’s livery business and will take possession this Friday. The former will remain with the Singer Company and the latter will have charge of the livery.
Edward S. Clark has added to his Fenimore flock
fourteen fine Cheviot sheep, purchased of the well-known local dealer, Geo. Lough of Hartwick.
The Great Storm of 1895 – Following several weeks of clear, cold weather, a fall of snow commenced last Thursday evening and continued through the night, adding a foot or more to the previous supply. During Saturday night, about six inches more of snow fell. Of course, roads in all directions were blocked and but few sleighs were seen
upon our streets.

February 7 and 14

75 YEARS AGO

Colored lights and sculptured snow figures, a huge ship, sail and all, and lots of snow formed the background of Knox School’s twenty-fourth annual Mid-Winter Carnival. This year the students presented the operetta “H.M.S.
Pinafore” by Gilbert and Sullivan on the school skating rink. An audience of about 150 parents and friends of the girls, as well as many Cooperstown residents enjoyed the graceful and finished performance of the skaters and the coronation of the Carnival Queen, Barbara Heinz, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her attendants were Meriwether Wright and Nancy Ferris. Betty Jane Cronk of Hamilton, New York read the story of the operetta as it progressed.

February 14, 1945

50 YEARS AGO

Prompt and efficient action by members of the Cooperstown Fire Department averted what could have been a major disaster in the village early Tuesday morning after a car smashed into a tractor-tanker laden with 6,200 gallons of gasoline. The tanker, driven by Milton Pitcher, 39, of Selkirk, was backing from Chestnut Street into Hunt’s Gulf Service Station at the corner of Elm Street about 2 a.m. when a car driven by Robert A. LaDuke, 30, of this village, slammed into the mid-section of the right side of the gasoline truck. The car caught fire on impact as gasoline in lines leading from the tanks apparently trickled through valves broken by the crash and onto the hot engine
of the passenger vehicle. Mr. LaDuke escaped from the wreckage with only a cut on his forehead. Mr. Pitcher rushed to the former St. John Grocery next door to the service station and alerted Mrs. Mildred St. John who has an apartment in the building. She turned in the fire alarm which sounded at 2:10 a.m. Firemen under the command of Chief Malcolm L. Root rushed to the scene with three pumpers and an emergency truck. Within three to four minutes after the alarm went off, firemen had discharged a huge blanket of foam to quell the flames.

February 11, 1970

25 YEARS AGO

Sydney Waller, a driving force in the Otsego County art world, is giving up her 14-year-old creation, Gallery 53 Artworks, to take a position as Director of Development and Public Affairs for the New York State Historical Association. “I will be involved in being an advocate for their wonderful programs and facilities, Waller said. “I will be involved with public relations and publicity, and I also hope to
expand and enhance appreciation and support for their incredible entities in the local, regional and statewide areas.”

February 12, 1995

10 YEARS AGO

2010 Winter Carnival Contest Winners – Carnival Court: King: Luke Folts; Queen: Elizabeth Szwejbka; Court: Carly Busse, Lauren Harris, Natalie Wrubleski, Edmund Donley, Jeremiah Ford and Scott Millea. Snow Sculpting: First Place: Cooperstown Graduate Program, Class of 2011; Second Place: Andrew and Erin Rock. Cheesecake Contest: First Place: Linda Smirk, Cooperstown B & B; Second Place: Elizabeth Dunn. X-Country Ski Race: First Female – Emily Stein (22:03); First Male – Gary Toombs (13:55).

February 11, 2010

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Greensburgh, Kentucky – Peter Kingensmith of Hempfield County has returned to his friends after an absence of 37 years, 9 of which he was a captive of the Seneca Indians. He was captured when eight years old, by a party of Senecas,
who massacred his father, mother and aunt. His existence was recently and accidentally discovered in Canada. He has five children and has a farm on the shores of Lake Erie, to which he intends to return. He speaks good English and says he lives in a neighborhood of English people.

December 13, 1812

175 YEARS AGO

Good Loco Foco Times! Mr. Elijah French, of Hartwick, in this county has made the past season from the milk of twelve cows 2,425 pounds of butter, and this to without extra feed. The butter sold for 14 cents cash, yielding $339.50. Mr. F. feels secure against “hard times” and Whig panics, believing that diligence in any pursuit, with good management, will insure a fair reward for enterprise and labor, particularly under a democratic administration of government, which seeks stability in all things.

December 9, 1844

150 YEARS AGO

Local – Mr. George Clarke stated to gentlemen of the Agricultural Society living in this village, at the annual meeting on Tuesday last, that as soon as the transfer of Fair Ground property shall be made, and the Society gives up possession to him, the Trustees of this village will be at liberty to open a street through the same; and that, even at an earlier date they may with his free consent proceed to run Fair Street through the Cooper Grounds property – an improvement and convenience very much desired by our citizens.
Court: Aaron Cross, Agent vs. John D. Waldron – Action to recover for a mowing machine claimed to have been sold to defendant. The testimony showed that if on trial the machine suited, defendant was to pay for it; on using the machine it broke down, and defendant refused to take it. The jury found for the defendant, and reversed judgment of $40 given by the Justice in the court below. E. Countryman for the Plaintiff and Lynes and Bowen for Defendant.

December 16, 1869

100 YEARS AGO

Purely Personal: Philadelphia papers last week
announced the resignation of Captain Charles P. Wharton as Coach of the University of Pennsylvania football team, after 26 years of service. Captain Wharton is well-known in Cooperstown, having been one of the most popular officers at the late U.S. Aviation Hospital here. Captain Wharton is noted for having evolved the Pennsylvania system of defense in football, which has often been declared second to none.
Mrs. James Pepper, who teaches the fourth grade pupils was unable to attend to her school duties Friday on account of illness. Mrs. Donald Root substituted for her.
J. Harry Cook and Ben Reisman were in Detroit last week, returning with a shipment of new Dodge cars for the local agency.
Rowan D. Spraker and Franck C. Carpenter spent a few days in New York on business last week.
Miss Pearl Matson spent last Wednesday to Friday in Albany attending a Western Union Conference.

December 10, 1919

75 YEARS AGO

The body of Mrs. Minnie U. (Marsh) White was found in the fourth floor of her home on Pine Boulevard on Monday afternoon by her chauffeur, Joseph O’Malley who had been in her employ thirty years. Mr. O’Malley became suspicious when he had not seen Mrs. White for some time. Coroner Harry V. Frink of Richfield Springs gave a verdict of death by suicide. Mrs. White’s health had been failing for the past several months. Her household and friends had noticed increasing signs of despondency when her health failed to improve. Mrs. White was born in the Town of Middlefield on July 23, 1872 and was the daughter of John and Emma (Smith) Marsh. She came to Cooperstown with her family at
the age of five and resided at Carr’s Hotel for several years. They then moved to number 8 Eagle Street where the family
remained for many years. She was graduated from the Coop-erstown High School in the class of 1887 at the age of 15.

December 13, 1944

50 YEARS AGO

Second Lieutenant Terrance C. Graves, 22, a 1963 graduate of Edmeston Central School, has been awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, posthumously, for saving the lives of Marine comrades in Viet Nam. The nation’s highest award for valor was presented to his family in Washington, D.C. by Vice President Spiro T. Agnew.
His father, a former Navy officer was until 1963 the supervising principal at Edmeston Central School. Lt. Graves was killed February 16, 1968 while on a long-range
reconnaissance mission. After Lt. Graves’ eight-man patrol ambushed seven enemy soldiers the unit was counterattacked by a large force. Lt. Graves then called for air support and artillery fire. After tending to his wounded men Lt. Graves launched an assault against surviving enemy soldiers before coming under heavy attack a second time. Although wounded himself, Lt. Graves called for rescue aircraft. However, the helicopter in which he was rescued was
hit by intensive ground fire and crashed, killing all aboard.

December 10, 1969

25 YEARS AGO

For more than a hundred years Cooperstown has been home to a facility called the Alfred Corning Clark Gymnasium. That will change after the holidays, according to A.C.C. Gym Director J. Bart Morrison. The new name will be The Clark Sports Center. “It’s because there is a belief that it is time to modernize the name of the organization and arrive at something with more of an illustration of our breadth and scope,” Morrison stated.

December 7, 1994

10 YEARS AGO

Three people suggested the name “Hawkeyes” for Cooperstown’s prospective baseball team. But, Dave Pearlman of Leatherstocking Street suggested it first. So the Pearlman family will enjoy a free pass next summer when the New York Collegiate Baseball League team comes to Doubleday Field, according to franchise owner Tom Hickey of Fly Creek. Other suggested names included “Leatherstockings,” Barrelmakers,” “Mohicans,” “Ghosts,” “Trappers” and “Phinneys.” “The name Hawkeyes,” said Hickey, “is consistent with Cooperstown history and the association with James Fenimore Cooper and his books.”

December 11, 2009

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Advertisements: Fresh Groceries – Among which are the following: Jamaica and St. Croix Rum; Molasses; Lump and Brown Sugars; Hyson and Hyson Skim Teas; Plug, Pigtail, Ladies Twist, and Paper Tobacco; Box, Drum and Keg Raisins; Shad, Mackerel, Herring and Codfish; Black and Scotch Snuff; Pepper, Allspice, Ginger, Starch, and Indigo; Pipes, Soap, Candles, Filberts, Almonds, Alabama and Pea Nuts, Spanish, New Orleans and American Segars; Alum and Pearlash. Also – Turks Island and Basket Salt; Powder and Shot; Bed Cords; Shovels; Corn Brooms; Shoe Brushes; Liquid and Paste Blacking; Penknives; Pocket Books, &c, &c. – All of which will be sold at reduced prices, for cash or approved credit. Philip Thurber, Ira A. Thurber.

November 22, 1819

175 YEARS AGO

Ring-Bone and Spavin – Persons having Ring-Boned and Spavined Horses, would do well to call and purchase a bottle of the “Ring-Bone Specific,” prepared by the
subscriber, if they wish their Limping, Spavined, and Ring-Boned Horses cured. The following are a few of the many who have recently cured their Horses by the use of this medicine, viz: Daniel Marvin, Charles Kellogg, Robert Russell, Hassan Monroe, Philip Gano, and Ebenezer House. P.ROOF – Sold by J.H. Babcock, Fort Plain and by the merchants generally in Otsego County. Cooperstown, November 1844.

November 18, 1844

150 YEARS AGO

Temporary Relief for Poor – The constant and large increase in the amount of money raised on the Town of Otsego for temporary relief of the poor very naturally attracts attention and calls out comment. The amount voted by the Board of Supervisors this year is $1,260; last year it was $1,000; in 1867, $900; in 1866, $800; in 1865, $600; in 1864, $500. What is the occasion and necessity of this great increase with little or no increase in population, and with ample work for all willing to labor at good wages? Where are the evidences of any increased suffering among the poor classes, or noticeable increase in their numbers? The several church societies in this village, and private individuals disburse no small amount in charity to the deserving poor each year and there is no disposition to see such suffer. As a general thing the most deserving are the least inclined to seek the aid to which they are best entitled. On the other hand is a class who spend a large proportion of their surplus earnings for whiskey, and expect the Town will carry them through the winter.

November 25, 1869

125 YEARS AGO

Local: Mrs. George Clarke is to sail for Europe on Saturday, going direct to Genoa, and will spend the winter in the south of France. Her daughters remain at “Dower House” Pegg’s Point.
If satisfactory arrangements can be made a football game will be played here on Thanksgiving Day between the Y.M.C.A. team and one from Oneonta.
The Orphanage is in pressing need of financial aid to carry on its good work being done for a class of poor and unfortunate children. On Friday evening the citizens of Cooperstown and vicinity will be offered an opportunity to show their good will toward that deserving charity, and at the same time to enjoy a lively Minstrel Entertainment, which is to be given at Village Hall by several young men of Cooperstown. The tickets are 25, 35 and 50 cents each – for sale at the drug store of H.C. Church.

November 22, 1894

100 YEARS AGO

What has become of the Chamber of Commerce of Cooperstown, to which several scores of firms and individuals pledged to give their funds in order that “it might be maintained.” E.A. Stanford, the capable and efficient Secretary resigned his position effective October 1. Since then the Chamber of Commerce has been as dead as a door mouse, whatever that may be. There have been two meetings called since then by William Beattie, the temporary secretary. One of these disclosed that not even a quorum of the Board of Directors was interested enough to attend. The second meeting, held two or more weeks ago, disclosed that the board acted on the proposition to have a memorial for baseball placed at the birthplace of the national game in this village.

November 19, 1919

50 YEARS AGO

The old Cooperstown High School building at the corner of Chestnut Street and Glen Avenue has been sold to Ralph Larsen, a Cazenovia developer who plans to demolish the structure and erect two twelve-unit apartment houses on the 2.9 acre site. The site has been on the market since the school was vacated last February and the students moved to the new Junior-Senior High School off Linden Avenue. Mr. Larsen, who is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bruno Larsen of Cooperstown, indicated that he hoped to tear the building down this fall and start construction of the two apartment buildings in the spring. The complex will be named Cooper Lane Apartments.

November 26, 1969

25 YEARS AGO

Bill Nelson’s seventh grade Social Studies class recently participated in a Colonial fashion show with costumes provided by the Glimmerglass Opera. Students donning the period attire were Aaron Mendelsohn, Martin Park, Charles Miller, Jennifer Jicha, Elena Mabie, Sarah Loveland, Christine Lane, Justin Yerdon, Justin Brooks, Jared Bowen, Ethan Buck, Jennifer Daley, Alexis Turner, Elaine Supp, Angie Erway, Christine Lane, Alan Linn, Athena Hall, Rachel Darling, Melissa Hayes, and Jessica Burgess.

November 23, 1994

10 YEARS AGO

When Cooperstown Rotarians sang “Bye, Bye Blackbird” at their Tuesday, November 17 meeting, Rotarian Margaret Savoie – a new Springbrook Home board member – remarked that her first tap-dancing routine, at age 7, was to that same tune. “I’d pay to see that,” a fellow club member said. “For Springbrook?” Margaret queried. Springbrook fundraiser Mike Stein put up $20, and the club sang “Blackbird” again, as Savoie performed her tap dance routine to the delight of her Rotary colleagues. Later in the meeting, Patricia Kennedy, Executive Director of the Springbrook Children’s Home, spoke about plans for a $5 million fund drive. Afterwards, Rotary Club President Bill Glockler, Treasurer Jake Majaika and Allocations Chairman Chad Welch presented Kennedy with a $1,000 check and announced that the club has committed to donating $5,000 over three years.

November 20, 2009

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