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BOUND VOLUMES: Mar. 14 – 15, 2019

BOUND VOLUMES: Mar. 14 – 15, 2019

200 YEARS AGO
In the case of Sturges vs. Crowninshield – the opinion of the U.S. Supreme Court dated February 25, is summarized as follows: “Discharges under state insolvent laws, exempt the body of the debtor from imprisonment. But his property, subsequently acquired, is liable to his creditors; or, in other words, the contract is discharged as to the person, but not as to the future state of the party.” It is further decided, that until Congress acts upon the subject, the states may pass insolvent or bankrupt laws, which, however, can have no other effect that is above stated; but may be beneficial in putting an end to the partial dispositions of property, which now operate so severely upon the great mass of creditors of those who fail among us. This is all that has yet been decided upon this interesting subject. Gentlemen of the profession will perceive that many points remain for discussion.”
March 15, 1819

175 YEARS AGO
Advertisement: Blacksmithing – Those who want their Horses well shod, or their axes new-laid, or other edge tools made or repaired, are respectfully invited to call at Badger’s Fly Creek Machine Shop, who has on hand the best materials, and has employed Mr. E. Wentworth, whose experience as a Shoer is well known, and who can remedy the defects in the feet of horses which have come from bad shoeing and otherwise. Please give us a trial. Fly Creek, March 1, 1844.
March 11, 1844

150 YEARS AGO
Mr. H.F. Phinney, after having appealed from the present location of the railroad line and terminus in this village, has gracefully yielded to an adverse decision; and, as an evidence of his good will and hearty cooperation in the work in which we are all interested, has released the right-of-way through his entire property, embracing the Lough Farm and the Seminary grounds, to the company, free of charge. This is one evidence among others that Mr. Phinney is not making his investments in this village from purely selfish and personal motives, but that he has a higher view than some minds comprehend of the obligations resting upon men of wealth in the discharge of their stewardship.
March 12, 1869

Near Record Crowds At Empty Bowl Event

Near Record Crowds

At Empty Bowl Event

Bowls and soup were going fast as over 180 people in the first half hour streamed through the doors of the Christ Church in Cooperstown for the annual Empty Bowls event which benefits the local food pantry. Hungry crowds came to try the many different soups offered by 10 area restaurants and  seven individuals who in all created over 40 gallons of soup. Above, Amy Zoltick serves a bowl of curried butternut squash soup with wild rice edamame to Stephanie Adams. At right, event organizer Kathy Chase enlists helps from Diane Detrinis, to refill a crockpot with her Thai chicken and rice soup. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

bound volumes cooperstown 1 30 2019

Bound Volumes
Jan. 30 – Feb. 1, 2019

200 YEARS AGO
Information Wanted – In the year 1814, a young man of the name of Carlos L. Mallory, a native of Woodbury, Litchfield County, Connecticut, and then resident with David Woodward, of that place, as an apprentice to the tanning and currying and shoemaking business, left his home, and has never been heard of by his friends since that period. He is now, if living, 24 years of age, about six feet high, black eyes, and of a dark complexion.
The object of this notice is to obtain information of his present situation. Any person, therefore, who can communicate anything relative to the fate of this young man, will do an act of humanity, which will be remembered with lasting gratitude by his afflicted parents and relatives, by addressing letters to Mr. Nathaniel Mallory, Newton, Fairfield, Connecticut.
February 1, 1819

175 YEARS AGO
Editor’s Note: It is rather annoying to an editor who has any brains and wishes to say something to his readers, to be put all aback by finding so much matter in type as to fill up his columns, affording no room for him to be heard. Brains, or no brains, we know of such a case. John H. Prentiss.
Mr. B.B. Bowen, an educated blind man, will address the people of this county upon the institution and condition of the blind, as follows: At Fly Creek, Tuesday evening February 13; at Hartwick Academy, Wednesday evening, February 14; at West Hartwick, Thursday evening, February 15; at Laurens Village Friday evening, February 16.
February 12, 1844

150 YEARS AGO
The Ladies’ Festival held at the Hall on Thursday evening of last week was a very pleasant affair, especially in its social aspect. It was good to see so many of our villagers “taking tea” together, and then tarrying for a chat and to listen to the music kindly furnished by the Cooperstown Band. The ladies who do the work on such an occasion find it no easy task to earn two or three hundred dollars, but they confer a real favor in more than one direction.
A Private Hop will be given by Mr. L.A. West at Bowne Hall this Friday evening when those of our young people who could scarcely keep their feet still at the festival last Thursday evening, will have an opportunity to gratify their desire for a pleasant dance. Mr. West’s classes have been large, and their proficiency is commended.
February 5, 1869

125 YEARS AGO
Local – The Military Band of Cooperstown is getting on very nicely since its reorganization and is making good progress. There are now 14 members and there are applications from others who desire to join. Our citizens have given the band a “lift” of nearly $200.
The sad news of the death of Miss Constance Fenimore Woolson in Venice, Italy was received here by cablegram, and by the daily papers of Thursday. Her relatives, the Cooper and Keese families had no previous advices of her illness, which must have been brief. The dispatch came from Miss Grace Carter, who is in Europe. Miss Woolson had for several years been a subscriber to The Freeman’s Journal. When we occasionally heard from her, she always expressed her love for her own country and her expectations later on to make Cooperstown her summer home. She was buried in the Protestant cemetery at Rome.
February 1, 1894

100 YEARS AGO
Frank N. Bliss of Cooperstown, R.D. 5 received a telegram from the War Department on Tuesday stating that his son, Sergeant F. Clifford Bliss, had died of bronchial pneumonia on January 9 in France. Sergeant Bliss was one of the original members of the Cooperstown detachment of Co. G. But, when he went overseas he was transferred to the Anti-Aircraft Division.
Orville A. Grover arrived at his home here on Monday, having been honorably discharged from Camp Upton. Grover left Cooperstown with the draft contingent on April 29 last, going to Camp Dix at Wrightstown, N.J. and becoming a member of the 311th Infantry. He went overseas in May and while engaged in the battle at Arras in August he received a wound in his left arm. He was cared for in hospitals in France and England until his return from overseas on December 21. He has been receiving treatment for his wound in a hospital in Hoboken, until transferred to Camp Upton for his discharge.
January 29, 1919

75 YEARS AGO
Mr. and Mrs. Carmen Booan of Cooperstown have received a card from his brother, Pvt. Stephen Booan, son of Dominick Booan of Oneonta, a prisoner of war in Germany. The card, the first word received by any of the family since October, states that he is in good health, and advised the family to get in touch with the Red Cross. It was dated October 7. He was listed by the War Department as missing in action since September 13, 1943, and soon after was listed as a prisoner.
February 2, 1944

50 YEARS AGO
The Girls’ basketball team at Cooperstown Central School finished in second place in the Center State Conference for the 1968-1969 season. Team members are Margo Allemant, Jeanne Marlette, Manager, Debbie Kuck, Judy Wedderspoon, Judy Talbot, Mary O’Leary, and team coach Pat Mihalko.
Bill Washburn, Cooperstown’s championship foul shooter missed one in a clutch situation last Friday night at Morrisville. But the miss proved to be better than the proverbial mile for the play resulted in the winning field goal as Cooperstown edged Morrisville, 59-58. With six seconds left in the game Cooperstown trailed Morrisville, 57-58 with Washburn at the free throw line. Washburn missed the shot but was able to grab the rebound and promptly popped the ball into the net for the winning bucket. The Redskin dandy finished with 32 points for the night. The Redskins will open their new gymnasium at the junior-senior high school next week against Clinton.
February 5, 1969

25 YEARS AGO
Governor Mario M. Cuomo recently introduced legislation that will keep 24,000 children enrolled in New York State’s Child Health Plus Insurance Program (CHIP), a subsidized program as they turn 13 and 14 years of age. The program currently provides affordable primary and preventive health insurance coverage for uninsured children from birth through 12 years of age.
February 1, 1994

So Long, Harper

So Long, Harper

Preparations Minimized Accidents,

Kept People Home, Authorities Say

By LIBBY CUDMORE

Jim Kevlin – Mom Rebecca Smucker of Cooperstown had herself and daughter Ada, 11 months, bundled up Saturday, Jan. 19, as Storm Harper began dusting the village at about 4 p.m.
Ian Austin – For Sam Wyant, Oneonta, the empty streets were an opportunity to take his Indie ‘95 600 Triple snowmobile out for a spin on Chestnut Street.

Preparation, Otsego County agreed, was the secret to riding out a successful winter storm.
“We prepared for the worst, and that made a big difference,” said Art Klinger, county emergency services coordinator at The Meadows Office Building, Town of Middlefield.
Though Winter Storm Harper threatened 20-30 inches over the weekend, the final total came to around 10 inches in most places.
“I don’t think not getting as much snow as we planned for hurt anybody’s feelings,” said Klinger.
After National Weather Service warnings on the storm Wednesday, Jan. 16, Klinger coordinated with the towns, who all said they were on

After 5 Years, Hazzard Leaves Chamber Helm

After 5 Years,
Hazzard Leaves
Chamber Helm

He Plans To Focus
On Leatherstocking Trolley

By PATRICK WAGER

COOPERSTOWN – After five years, the man who helped the village declare “We Are Cooperstown” will be stepping down.
Matt Hazzard, Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce executive director since 2014, announced Monday, Jan. 21, that he would be resigning from the position in April. 
“I’m most proud of the compilation of successes we had during my time there,” he said. “When I look at the Chamber, I felt we have accomplished some great things and with two great summers ahead in 2019 and 2020, it would give a new executive director some great opportunities.”
During his tenure, Hazzard started Cooptoberfest, fall fun for youngsters Columbus Day Weekend as a chance for adults to sample the latest New York beers and ciders in the evening.

Freedom, Suffrage Signs On View At MLK Day Event

Freedom, Suffrage Signs

On View At MLK Day Event

Historical markers commemorating New York State’s freeing the slaves in 1827 and Susan B. Anthony’s visit to Cooperstown in 1855 greeted attendees at this evening’s Special Worship Service marking Martin Luther King Jr. Day, now underway at this hour at First Presbyterian Church, Cooperstown. Inset, the Rev. LaDana Clark, Oneonta, sings out a rendering of “I’m Going To Praise My God All Over This Land.” Attendees, who read and listened to excerpts on the history of race relations in Otsego County, included Lee Fisher, NAACP/Oneonta chapter president. (Jim Kevlin /AllOTSEGO.com)

BOUND VOLUMES

BOUND VOLUMES

Compiled by Tom Heitz and Sharon Stuart, with resources courtesy

of The Fenimore Art Museum Research Library

200 YEARS AGO
Information Wanted. In the year 1814, a young man of the name of Carlos L. Mallory, a native of Woodbury, Litchfield County, Connecticut, and then resident with David Woodward, of that place, as an apprentice to the tanning and currying and shoemaking business, left his home, and has never been heard of by his friends since that period. He is now, if living, 24 years of age, about six feet high, black eyes, and of a dark complexion. The object of this notice is to obtain information of his present situation. Any person, therefore, who can communicate anything relative to the fate of this young man, will do an act of humanity, which will be remembered with lasting gratitude by his afflicted parents and relatives, by addressing letters to Mr. Nathaniel Mallory, Newton in Fairfield County, Connecticut. January 1, 1819. Printers in the United States will sub-serve the interest of society, by giving the above one or two insertions.
January 18, 1819

175 YEARS AGO
Found Dead – A man named John B. Taylor was found dead by the

COOPERSTOWN AND AROUND

COOPERSTOWN AND AROUND
and
CITY OF THE HILLS

20 Inches Of Snow On Way This Weekend

Ian Austin/The Freeman’s Journal –  Chandra Kaczor of Cooperstown learns about Destination Wedding at Beaver Valley, Hartwick Seminary, at the Foothills’ annual Wedding Expo Sunday, Jan. 13, in Oneonta
Shannah Kane, Oneonta, was on site with The Village Printer, and Lydia Palmer, was representing Morris Tent Rental and table settings at the Foothills Wedding Expo on Sunday, Jan 13

As much as 20 inches of snow could fall on Otsego County this weekend, according to Accuweather.
The strong snowstorm is predicted to start in the Midwest and sweep up central Pennsylvania and into central New York by Thursday or Friday.
Though snow will start on Friday and continue on Saturday, the majority of the snow will fall on Sunday. Snow is also predicted through the rest of next week.
Follow developments on www.AllOTSEGO.com

►CONGRESSMAN DELGADO introduced his first bill in Congress: to extend veterans’ benefits to their spouses. He also refused a paycheck until the shutdown ends.
►2018 TEMPERATURES hit record highs, but was also 6/10ths of a degree below normal overall, Oneonta weather watch Dave Mattice reports.
►SENATOR SEWARD will also serve on the education, finance, higher education, insurance and rules committees.
►YOUNG REPUBLICAN Bobby Walker of Cooperstown is

LET IT SNOW…AND SNOW AND SNOW AND SNOW!

LET IT SNOW…AND SNOW AND SNOW AND SNOW!

Jim Kevlin/The Freeman’s Journal – Linda Parmalee clears four inches of snow that fell overnight on Thursday, Jan. 10 from in front of her Glen Avenue home, Cooperstown. But don’t even think about putting away those shovels – as much as 20 inches of the white stuff is expected this weekend.

CASTLETON LAUDS: Daniel Bosma, and Mallory Timpano, both of Cherry Valley, were named to the Castleton University President’s List for the fall semester of the 2018-19 academic year.

ATHLETE HONORED: Addy Lawson, Milford, a member of the SUNY Cobleskill women’s basketball team has been

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16

Film Society Opening Night

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OPENING NIGHT – 7 p.m. Returning for a second season, Film Society of Cooperstown presents “All The President’s Men” (1976) with after film discussion led by Will Walker, associate producer of history at CGP. Free, refreshments included. Village Ball Room, 22 Main St., Cooperstown. 607-437-6903 or visit www.facebook.com/FilmSocCoop/

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PEOPLE NEWS

COOPERSTOWN

Baby Boy From Walton First 2019 Bassett Birth

Austin James Robinson is the first baby born in 2019 at the Bassett Birthing Center in Cooperstown. Austin arrived at 3:01 a.m. New Year’s Day to his mother and father, Destiny Grant and Adam Robinson of Walton, Austin weighs 6 lbs.,13 oz,, and is 19¾ inches long. Destiny noted that Austin’s birthday is exactly 30 days before her own birthday. 2018 was another record setting year with 1,081 babies born at Bassett.

Cooperstown And Around

Cooperstown And Around

Both Mayors, Seward Weigh State Of State

By: Ian Austin

Christian Shaefer of Richfield Springs, who mounted a surprise write-in campaign to win a county coroner post in the Nov. 6 election, takes the oath of office Tuesday, Jan 1, at Foothills in Oneonta Ian Austin/The Freeman’s Journal

ONEONTA

Christian Shaefer of Richfield Springs, who mounted a surprise write-in campaign to win a county coroner post in the Nov. 6 election, takes the oath of office Tuesday, Jan 1, at Foothills in Oneonta

State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, and two mayors, Cooperstown’s Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch and Oneonta’s Gary Herzig, were due to address the Otsego Chamber’s annual State of the State Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, at SUNY Oneonta’s Morris Conference Center. Click for details.

►THE OTSEGO LAND TRUST announced the  donation of a conservation easement on 133 acres of forests, hills, farmland and wetlands in the Town of Oneonta on Friday, Dec. 28..

►A FIRE DESTROYED the Fred A. Roos Jr. house at 264 Geywits Road, Town of Springfield on Friday, Dec. 28, according to Assistant Chief Dale Schulz of the Springfield Center Fire Department. No injuries were reported, but the fire remains under investigation.

►OUTGOING CONGRESSMAN John Faso wouldn’t rule out running for Congress again in 2020 – but wouldn’t rule it in either, he told WAMC President Alan Chartock.

►310 AIRBNB HOSTS in Otsego County each earned about $5,900 in supplementary income in 2018, the company announced at year’s end.

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