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Serving Otsego County, NY, through the combined reporting of Cooperstown's Freeman's Journal and the Hometown Oneonta newspapers.



Agnes Grant Young, 81; Owned Magnet Factor, Pub; Raced Cars

IN MEMORIAM:  Agnes Grant Young, 81;

Owned Magnet Factory, Pub; Raced Cars

Agnes Grant Young

ONEONTA – Word has been received that Oneonta native Agnes Grant Young, 81, of Kimberling City, Mo., passed away peacefully Jan. 28, 2020.

She entered this life April 7, 1938, in Oneonta, the daughter of Edwin and Astrid (Peterson) Grant. Arrangements and cremation are under the direction of Cremations of the Ozarks.

Agnes was a hardworking woman who had many talents. She was self-employed, owning and operating a magnet factory and a pub. In her earlier years, Agnes was a stock-car driver and played in many pool tournaments, where she won several trophies.

Leroy E. Snyder, 70; Veteran, Mohawk Valley Entrepreneur

IN MEMORIAM: Leroy E. Snyder, 70;

Veteran, Mohawk Valley Entrepreneur

Leroy Snyder Sr.

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Leroy E. Snyder, 70, of Mohawk, who grew up in the Town of Richfield and served in the Army before going on to a career in entrepreneurship, passed away peacefully on Friday April 19, 2019 in Bassett Hospital.

LeRoy was born on Dec. 11, 1948, in Cooperstown, a son to the late Lester L. and Agnes M. Spooner Snyder. He was raised and educated in Richfield and a graduate of Richfield Springs High School. From 1968 to 1971, he served in the Army Infantry in Vietnam. In 1983 he married the former Beatrice Herringshaw.

Carl F. Bliss, 98, County Native; Aviation Pioneer, Entrepreneur

Carl F. Bliss, 98, County Native;

Aviation Pioneer, Entrepreneur

Carl Frank Bliss

COOPERSTOWN – Carl Frank Bliss passed away peacefully in his home in Encinada, Calif., with loved ones by his side, on Dec. 10, 2018. He left the world a better place than he found it 98 years earlier, dedicating his long life to service to his family, community and country.

Carl will be remembered for his deep love for the people in his life, his practicality, his entrepreneurial spirit, his mechanical inclinations and for his steadfast personal authenticity more beautiful than any sunset he ever witnessed from the cockpit of his plane. His legacy will forever inspire everyone who knew him best to emulate and hold dear the myriad of virtues he practiced every day.

Thomas Selover, 76, Cooperstown; Entrepreneur, Community Leader

Thomas Selover, 76, Cooperstown;

Entrepreneur, Community Leader

Tom Selover

COOPERSTOWN – Thomas J. Selover, 76, of Cooperstown, a devoted family man, egalitarian and friend to all, passed away on Aug. 8, 2018.

Born on April 24, 1942, in Merrill, Wisc., Tom’s parents, Anne and John, relocated his family to Murfreesboro, Tenn., when Tom was 14. In Murfreesboro, Tom would go on to earn both a Bachelor’s in Biology and a Master’s in Chemistry from Middle Tennessee State University.

Tom began his career as a science teacher in Hernando County, Fla., then earned his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Florida in Gainesville, becoming headmaster at Oak Hall Academy there.

Eugene A. Bettiol Sr., 85; Entrepreneur, Benefactor


Eugene A. Bettiol Sr., 85;

Entrepreneur, Benefactor

Eugene A. Bettiol Sr.

ONEONTA – Eugene A. Bettiol Sr., 85, prime mover in the development of Southside Oneonta and a community benefactor for decades, passed away suddenly on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, at Albany Medical Center surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Aug. 24, 1932, in Oneonta, to Anthony and Fannie Bettiol.  He married Elizabeth Ann Bump on June 27, 1953, in Otego.

He was raised in Morris, where he helped his family operate their farm.  After graduating from Morris Central School, he attended Hartwick College for one semester before needing to return home to resume farm operations.

Frederick I. Underwood, 92; Developed Underwood Heights

Frederick I. Underwood, 92;

Developed Underwood Heights

Frederick I. Underwood

OTEGO – Frederick I. Underwood, 92, a life-long independent businessman who developed Underwood Heights in Otego, passed away June 8, 2017.

He was predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Joyce Burnside Underwood, on Nov. 17, 2011.

Fred was born in Sidney Center on Dec. 10, 1924, to Henry and Fannie (Sheldon) Underwood, who along with siblings, Mildred, Seymour, Ken, Lucy and George predeceased him.


Oneonta History Center

Opens Holiday Exhibit


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HOLIDAY DISPLAY OPENS – Noon-3 p.m. Bresee’s Santa, model train layouts, and other traditional holiday displays. Oneonta History Center, 183 Main St., Oneotna. Info, (607)432-0960 or

FUNDRAISER – 4:30-7 p.m. Brooks Barbeque Chicken Dinner & Homemade Pie Sale. Proceeds benefit the church’s Global Mission Outreach. Christ Episcopal Church, 69 Fair St., Cooperstown. Info, (607)547-9555.

GINGERBREAD CONTEST ENTRY – 3-6 p.m. Gingerbread house contest will be accepting contest and exhibit entries. Foothills Performing Arts Center, 24 Market St., Oneonta. , (607)432-2941

PRESENTATION – 7:30 p.m. Dr. Allison Oakes, American Chestnut Research and Restoration Project, presents on the Return of the American Chestnut. Elm Park United Methodist Church, 401 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Free and open to the public. Includes refreshments. Info, or visit

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