In 1959 Louis C. Jones, a celebrated folklorist who was at the time director of the New York State Historical Association in Cooperstown, published “Things That Go Bump in the Night,” a compendium of stories about ghosts who roamed New York State and beyond. “It is a great privilege to live in a town which the dead have not deserted,” he writes. “Walk the streets of Cooperstown…on a moonlight night and [you will see] a village where the enchantment of death is a warm and friendly quality.”
River Street is a pretty good start. At its juncture with Main, under a giant pine tree, stands Pomeroy Place, where Ann Cooper Pomeroy came back long after her death in 1870. Just up the hill is Greencrest, where the portrait of Jane Storrs Cooper Worthington (1843-1863) has once again been removed from the main staircase. While its occasional removal in the past has scared up a great deal of physical commotion in the house, now at last the house is quiet.
Top honors at the 74th Annual Junior Livestock Show in Cooperstown went to young handlers from Otsego, Herkimer and Schoharie counties during the show’s final event on Tuesday, July 12. Sponsored by The Farmers’ Museum and conducted in cooperation with Cornell Cooperative Extension, county 4-H educators, and clubs throughout central New York, this event brings together youth handlers from a nine-county area for three days of competition. Earning The Farmers’ Museum Cup for Best of Show Dairy was Justin Wolfe of Otsego County and his Holstein, Ovaltop Jordy RoJo-Red. The F. Ambrose Clark Livestock Cup for Best of Show in the Beef, Swine, Meat Goat and Sheep categories was awarded to Laken Dyn of Herkimer County showing her Market Steer. The Farmers’ Museum Dairy Goat Cup for Best of Show Dairy Goat went to Alexandria Lincoln (pictured at left receiving her award from Jane Forbes Clark) of Schoharie County and her Nigerian Dwarf goat, Dragonfly Tho Thalia Grace. The Farmers’ Museum Junior Livestock Show is sponsored in part by Stewart’s Shops and Chobani.