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This Week — March 19-20, 2020


The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

March 19-20, 2020


Sharon Oberriter, Cooperstown Food Bank president, and volunteer Ian Robinson pack food boxes Monday afternoon at the food bank on Church Street.  Local food banks are facing a double bind: an expected spike in the need as layoffs caused by the Coronavirus emergency take off, and the need to shift to takeout operations. (Jim Kevlin/



SCHOOLS: What About SATs, Sports, More?

GOVERNMENT: 50% Of Workers Sent Home

BUSINESS: Merchants Look For New Niche

POLITICS: Governor Cancels Village Elections

Baseball Hall Of Fame Closes ‘Indefinitely’

Hall of Fame Classic Weekend Canceled

Local Food Banks Bracing For Onslaught

Non-Profits Take Hit From Cancellations

Distillery To Distribute Free ‘Cooper’s Clean’


Rah, Team! Beat Coronavirus! (Like So. Korea)

Your Favorite Business Needs YOU To Survive


MACHOLZ: Protect High-Risk 60+ Somethings

SCHARFENBERGER: Catholics May Waive Mass

BENNETT: This Is What ‘Worst’ Looks Like


NORTHRUP: Close Schools, Then Dreams Park

WELCH: Be Strategic – Care For  Vulnerable

FALK, CROWELL: CGP, Army Teach Each Other

deBLIECK: ‘Right To Bear Arms’ Unalienable

GIBSON: Don’t Be Flippant On Serious MatterS


BOUND VOLUMES: March 19, 2020

HOMETOWN HISTORY: March 20, 2020

County Volunteers Help Honduran Town

Richfield Man Promotes Vintage Snowsleds


Richard Hanna, 69; Served County In Congress

James Paternak, 87; SUNY Business Office Retiree

Bob Benson, 89; Founded Oneonta Insurance Agency

Sarah L. Wilcox, 76; Waitressed At The Otesaga

Thomas Porteous, 86; NYSEG Retiree 4H Enthusiast



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THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS March 12-13, 2020


The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

March 12-13, 2020


From Oneonta to Roseboom, hundreds of people showed up at dusk Saturday, March 7, at the Bassett Hospital helipad, Cooperstown, to watch three UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters land during a U.S. Army Reserves, 353rd Civil Affairs Command, training mission in conjunction with the Cooperstown Graduate Program. In the foreground, Ken Morrisey and Sally Harrington of Cooperstown head back to their car after examining the chopper at close hand. (Jim Kevlin/


SUNY, Hartwick, Bassett Ban Travel

LeCATES: 6 Quarantined, But No Outbreak

Schenevus Top Site For Distribution Center

Newcomer, Waller Helped End Union Ticket

Mom  Found ‘Not Guilty’ In Twins’ Deaths

Elementary Principal To Succeed CCS Colleague


Mary Margaret Will Put People In Picture

Membrino Fills Key Role: Finance Chairman


MORGAN: Nothing To Fear But Flu Itself

ZAGATA: NYC Looks Upstate For Solutions

ATWELL: Ahoy, Maties!


TILLAPAUGH: Vote To Continue Upgrades

MEMBRINO: More Needs Doing. Let Me Help

KATZ: Give Mayor The Support She Needs

STERNBERG:  Village Moving In Right Direction

DEWEY: Incumbents Can Maintain Momentum

MacMILLAN: Reserve Flagpole For Stars, Stripes


COLONE: City Must Use Asset For Leverage

PAULITS: At Least Let Disenfranchised Donate


BOUND VOLUMES: March 12, 2020

HOMETOWN HISTORY: March 13, 2020

K9’s AT REST: Ricky, Mika To Retire

CSO Conductor Brings Beethoven, More


Frances Niles, 83; ‘Granny Fran’ To Unatego Fans

Barbara Harris, 90; 9 Children Survive Withey’s Clerk

John Arnold, 85; Wilber Bank Assistant VP



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This Week Feb. 27-28, 2020


The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

Feb. 27-28, 2020


The Knights of the Round Table – Sean Sansevere, Casey Thomas, Brian Ziemann, Nate Sloan, Mike Tamburrino and Fred Ploutz – invite King Arthur to a rather silly Camelot in Orpheus Theatre’s production of “Spamalot,” which ran Feb. 21-23 at Foothills.  Check out The ARTSCENE/Theater section. (Ian Austin/


Emmons Mystery: Homeowner’s Body Found

At 1-Year-Old, She’s Unsure She Can Make Debate

4 Grants, Lofts Will Bring 100 Apartments To City

Brooks BBQ Plan May Help Revive East End

Is Constitution Pipeline Really At An End?

Landlord Gets What He Asks, Changes Mind

Bassett Hospital 150-Space Parking Lot OK’d


Electorate Spoke – Now, Work Together

Cooperstown, Oneonta Face Common Problem


CLEINMAN: 100 Units Will Buoy Oneonta Downtown

HAYES: If You Build Housing, Bassett Can Fill It

KENNEDY: #KeepTheCap! State Must Pay Fair Share

ZAGATA: $1B In Fracking Royalties … To PA, Not NY


WEBB: Cooperstown’s Only Newspaper Needs Balance

HILL: ‘Green Light’ Mostly Protects The Harmless


BOUND VOLUMES: Feb. 27, 2020


The ARTSCENE: Theatre

In Oneonta, ‘ActALot’ Always On Marquee

Cooperstown Couple Keep Theatre Alive


Susan Vaughn, 52; Social Service Exec Dies In Crash

Edward Johnston, 72; Worked At Center St. Grocery

Doris L. Spearbeck, 89; 30-Year RN At SUNY Clinic

Margaret Schwarzhans, 52; Active In Rotary Exchange

Beverly Leneker, 74; C-V Native Worked In Canajoharie

Barbara A. Neff, 85;  Children, Grandchildren Survive

Ella M. Chase, 106; One Of County’s Oldest Residents



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THIS WEEK – Feb 20-21, 2020
THIS WEEK — Jan. 30-31 2020


The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

Jan. 30-31, 2020


Honoree Fred Lemister of Cooperstown received a lot of hugs, including this one from Hartwick EMT Sue Hascup, as well as handshakes and accolades at the Saturday, Jan. 25, testimonial in his honor at Bassett Hall.  Lemister retired on the second Monday in November, after 48 years with the Cooperstown Ambulance Squad, where he responded to a record 9,400 calls  He also trained hundreds of local EMTs over his career. At right is Sue’s husband Chuck. (Jim Kevlin/


Oberacker Runs To Succeed Senator Seward

Hundreds Honor Fred Lemister At Testimonial

Republican May Dent Village Democratic Wall

OYA Solar Seeking Leases In Town Of Otego

Arson Trial Testimony Sorts Tangled Tale


Parties Should Find Local Candidates For Senate


KUZMINSKI: Let Home Rule Guide Sanctuary Idea  

ATWELL: William The Conqueror Seized Moment

ZAGATA: How To Reduce CO2, Trees Or Panels?

LAPIN: Try A Downtown Improvement District

JOHNSON: Often, Jail Time Helps Drug Offenders


BROCKWAY: Guns Part Of Otsego County Heritage

HUSTON: When CNG Trucks Crash, Inform Public


BOUND VOLUMES: Jan. 30, 2020


In Nature, Michael Whaling Finds Inspiration

Bud Pirone Recalled As Inspirational Leader


Beatrice Merzig, 97; Managed MD Husband’s Office

Rick Pindar, 90; Owned Cross Supply, Golf Shop

John Barown, 67; Veteran, Milford Postmaster

Kenneth Vibbard, 88; Burlington Farmer, Assessor

Ruth Ellis, 87; Longtime Meadows’ Nursing Assistant



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As Did Garretson, So Does Kennedy


As Did Garretson,

So Does Kennedy

Kindred Spirits In Problem-Solving

Back in 2006, our first Citizen of the Year, Cherry Valley Tom Garretson, showed the same coolness in problem-solving as this year’s honoree.

In a way, our Citizen of the Year designation – it will continue, of course – has come full circle.

Interviewing Meg Kennedy, this year’s designee, brought to mind Tom Garretson, the first designee, in 2006.

Throughout that stormy year, when the Cherry Valley area was torn between those who feared 24 industrial-sized windmills would degrade the town’s environment and ambience, and those who saw a boon in new tax revenues, Tom always kept his cool.

And there was a lot at stake, municipally and personally: His father-in-law, who he had succeeded that Jan. 1 as town supervisor, strongly favored the wind project.

At meeting after stormy meeting, Garretson kept order, listened intently and – as
Kennedy would have observed – not only listened, but heard.

In the end, he came down against the turbines, and led the enactment of a law to hinder them. Reunion Power of Vermont finally gave up.

What changed Tom’s mind in the end wasn’t the arguments, but it was a trip he took to Fenner, a flat, indistinct town south of Utica, where a windmill farm was already functioning.

Garretson – a farmer, as is Meg Kennedy – came back with renewed enthusiasm for his adopted hometown – the Garretsons had come from New Jersey in the 1950s; the Kennedys from Long Island a decade or so later.

Compared to Fenner, he concluded, Cherry Valley simply had too much to offer – too much to preserve. Stunning scenery, among the richest and most textured local histories in the nation, a comfortable lifestyle, a farming community enrichened by the Glimmerglass Opera’s world-class culture.

He listened, he heard, he explored, he made the right decision.

This year’s designee, the county representative from Hartwick, Milford and New Lisbon, arguably made the best decision in coming up with a first step in professionalizing Otsego County’s $120 million government – a county administrator whose mandate is to implement the will of 14 representatives who, in effect, are our neighbors.

That what’s always been a controversial discussion obtained the support of 11 of her 14 colleagues is astonishing. And this was done with no table pounding or arm-twisting, but by calm consensus building.

She described what we’re labelling “the Kennedy Method.”

You listen. You HEAR. You ask, what’s fair? Then you decide. (One other step: You collect information.) “I have to get it proved to me,” she said.

Thinking as far back to the days when mom Margaret expected her to herd her nine younger siblings, she concluded, “I could always coalesce a group.”

Up to this point, it seemed impossible that the Energy Task Force effort she’s chairing would go anywhere. Now, there’s reason to be much more optimistic about a consensus result, targeted by the end of 2020.

While Kennedy made it happen, as important, the chairman of the Otsego County Board of Representatives for only one term, David Bliss, allowed it to happen. That’s another unappreciated aspect of his polite, level-headed and increasingly steady leadership.

He saw her potential. He saw her willingness to work. He saw a kindred spirit and let it fly. (Nor was he absent, attending most of Kennedy’s Intergovernmental Affairs Committee and joining IGA members in casting key votes.)

As with Tom Garretson, Meg Kennedy isn’t seeking to change Otsego County – nor is Dave Bliss, for that matter. The idea is, incrementally, to make things better, to create enough jobs to fill our needs; to solve problems one by one, not all right this minute; to make our communities more consistently vibrant in a quickly changing world.

Happy New Year.





Representative Shepherded In

Professional Management, More

County Rep. Meg Kennedy, C-Hartwick/Milford/New Lisbon, has been named Citizen of the Year for 2019 by, The Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta, for her role is leading creation of a county administrator position. She also led the formation of the county Energy Task Force, and became the first Otsego county representative in history named to the board of directors of the New York State Association of Counties. More in this week’s Freeman’s and Hometown, available now at Cooperstown and Oneonta supermarkets, and on all newsstands this afternoon.
The Christmas Message Gospel of St. Luke

The Christmas Message

Gospel of St. Luke

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

Madonna & Child
Giovanni Battisti Salvi

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you;

Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Gospel of Luke, Chapter 2
King James Version

YES, VIRGINIA… There IS A Santa Claus, Editor Wrote 8-Year-Old


There IS A Santa Claus,

Editor Wrote 8-Year-Old

Editor’s Note: The New York Sun’s Francis Pharcellus Church penned this famous response to 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon in 1897.

We take pleasure in answering thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Sun:

She was a little shy at first, but Jordyn Trask, 5, eventually did warm up and share her Christmas wishes with Santa Claus in his cottage in
Cooperstown’s Pioneer Park during a Friday, Dec. 13, visit. Her brother Harrison, 1, sat
on Santa’s lap for the first time. They are the children of Issac and Samantha Trask, Oneonta. (Jim Kevlin/

Dear Editor—

I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.” Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?

115 West Ninety Fifth Street

Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours, man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence.

We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The external light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies. You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if you did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing

on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

You tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived could tear apart. Only faith, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.

No Santa Claus! Thank God! He lives and lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay 10 times 10,000 years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

Libby Found Love, Work, Heartbreak — And Home


Libby Found Love, Work,

Heartbreak — And Home

Editor’s Note: What a decade! Her friends and colleagues celebrated Manager Editor Libby Cudmore’s 10th anniversary among us on production day, Tuesday, Dec. 10, and agreed to write this memoir.


Libby Cudmore with Mascot Goodie at the 2013 Goodyear Lake Polar Bear Jump. ( photo)

There’s a lot for Ian and I to celebrate in December. Our families do Christmas, Yule and Hanukkah, our original anniversary, the New Year’s Eve to cap it all off.

But this December, I realized that I had another anniversary to celebrate – 10 years with the Hometown Oneonta, The Freeman’s Journal and, most recently, It’s the longest I’ve ever stayed with a job, but in 10 years, I’ve realized that it’s more than than a job – it’s a way to give back to a community that has welcomed me so graciously.

When I moved to Oneonta in May 2007, I wasn’t sure if I would stay. This was my husband’s hometown, after all, but I wasn’t sure that there was a place for me yet. But that changed when Jim Kevlin hired me as a freelance reporter in April 2009.

My first story was about a bridal fashion show at SUNY. My second was an interview with Roger McGuinn of the Byrds, who was playing at the now-defunct Oneonta Theatre, then re-opened and full of promise.

I was hired full-time that December, Monday the 14th,  given a desk and the business cards I’ve been passing out ever since. If you look in your drawer, chances are you have one. If it was before 2017, it said “Reporter.” Since then, it has said “Managing Editor.”

Our new reporter, James Cummings, asked me: What’s the favorite story you ever written? How do you even pick?

But a few come to mind: getting to travel to Oneonta, Ala., and see the similarities (and a few differences) between our cities, and declaring actor Cuyle Carvin “Oneonta’s Heartthrob.” As an obsessive music fan, I still get giddy knowing that, at any time, I can pick up the phone and call Greg Harris, president of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, for comment.

I love being able to support the good deeds at the Susquehanna SPCA, see the rise and revitalization of the Milford Methodist Church, to be a first-hand witness to all of the change in Oneonta as the DRI gets underway. I absolute agree that we’re “Onta Something.”

Of course, there has been plenty of heartache too. The sudden death of Mayor Dick Miller was when I felt it the most profoundly. I was tasked with not only covering the tragedy, but also processing my own grief privately. I had seen Dick that Thursday evening at the Future for Oneonta Foundation reception. He gave me one of those sideways handshakes I knew so well, the quick “how ya’ doin’” in passing. We’d had our disagreements over the years – par for the course in both our professions – but I respected and enjoyed him immensely, and still miss him.

The murder of 11-year-old Jacelyn O’Connor still haunts me. I’ve written about far too many brutal deaths in our county, but in some ways, I’m honored to do so, because I task myself not with writing about the killer, but letting my readers know who the victim was to their family, their friends, their community. They’re stories I wish that I didn’t have to write, but I am always honored when I get to speak with survivors like Jennifer Kirkpatrick and Erika Heller, to be trusted with their loved ones’ legacies.

I am always in awe of the support that the people of Otsego County continue to bless me with. From the packed house at the Green Toad for the launch of my debut novel, “The Big Rewind,” to the votes that came in for my guest conductor bid at the Catskill Symphony Orchestra’s cabaret concert. Many of you were there to cheer when Ian proposed to me in the 2013 Halloween parade, and some of you came to our wedding in 2015.

But you have also been with me in the darkest times to. In 2017, we lost MJ Kevlin, my dear friend and mentor. The outpouring of love and support from all of you was overwhelming, and if I didn’t thank you then, consider this a much delayed appreciation for the kindness you showed me, the grief we shared.

Recently someone asked me where I was from. For the first time in my life, I didn’t reply “Oklahoma City,” where I was born, or generic “Upstate New York” to compensate for a hometown I don’t particularly associate myself with. “Oneonta,” I answered without hesitation.

I didn’t grow up here. But if home is where you hang your hat (and, as you know, I wear many of them) then it stands to reason that your hometown is the town where your home is located – and thus, your hat hangs.

Writing for the Hometown Oneonta, The Freeman’s Journal and has made me feel more a part of this community here than any career I thought I would have. Every week you welcome me into your home and your lives, you call me with good stories about graduations and strange collections and upcoming meetings, you allow me to lament with you when you send in obituaries and when we stand at the scenes of loss. It’s a position I do not take lightly, and I pledge to continue to my best to tell your stories accurately and honestly.

I’ve lived in a lot of places and I’ve traveled internationally and cross-country. But when I come off I-88 and turn onto the Lettis Highway, whether after a few days or a few weeks away, I always get the same feeling as the lights of Main Street greet me.

Welcome home.

Libby Cudmore Feted On 10th Anniversary


Libby Cudmore Feted

On 10th Anniversary

Libby Cudmore, managing editor Hometown Oneonta, The Freeman’s Journal and, cuts a 10th anniversary cake a few minutes ago at Iron String Press’ headquarters.  Celebrating with her are, from left, Advertising Consultant Thom Rhodes, Editor/Publisher Jim Kevlin, Advertising Director & General Manager Tara Barnwell, Photographer Ian Austin (Libby’s husband), and Office Manager Larissa Ryan.   Libby, a SUNY Binghamton graduate with a master’s from the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine, published her first novel, “The Big Rewind,” (William Morrow, 2016), while pursuing her duties here.  In remarks, Kevlin noted, “Libby’s energy, enthusiasm and talent have allowed us to continue expanding our reach and aspirations.  Thank you — and well done!”  (James Cummings/
This Week, Nov. 14-15, 2019


The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

Nov. 14-15, 2019


Joan Clark, the Cooperstown Vets’ Club’s grand dame, sings “Oh say can you see…” at the village’s Veterans Day commemoration Monday, Nov. 11, at the Doughboy Statue at Pine Boulevard and Lake Street. Next to her are Deb Green and her daughter, Meg Lindberg, and grandchildren Weston, 2, and Izzy, 8. (Jim Kevlin/


Helios’ Day Ayres, ‘Man With A Plan’

Dad Said ‘Talk To Folks’; Mom, ‘Be Leader’

Door Closes, Opens Onto Rustic Ridge


Rare Races Possible In Cooperstown

Oneonta Parking Reforms In Works

3rd CSO Prospect’s Focus: Tchaikovsky

County Manager Decision Is Nearing


From All, Best Wishes For Speedy Recovery


ZAGATA: The Haves And Have Nots

BENSEN: In Praise Of Tom Travisano

In Brave New World, No Parking Lots!


DUNCAN: If Laws Don’t Work, Try Tenderness

NORTHRUP: Hotter World Equals More Fires


BOUND VOLUMES: Nov. 14, 2019



Jim Millea, 93; Vet Brought Family From Iowa

Phil Zenir, 60; Local Stonemason, Musician

Bob Evans, 73; Key Player In Oneonta Media

Don Mitchell, 29; Oneonta Musician, Lyricist

Florence Savage, 85; Air Force Wife, Nurse



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This Week — Nov. 7-8, 2019


The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

Nov. 7-Nov. 8, 2019


Common Council candidates Dave Rissberger, center left, an unopposed Democrat, and Len Carson, a Republican who won the Ward 5 season, scrutinize tally sheets on Election Night, Tuesday, Nov. 5, at Foothills Performing Arts Center, the city’s polling place.  Behind Rissberger is Scott Harrington, the Republican who won the Sixth Ward seat. (Ian Austin/


New General Manager To Lead Otesaga

Republicans Keep County Board Majority

Debate: Was Clinton Expedition Genocide?

Glimmerglass Film Days To Feature Youth

3 Foes: Write Letter To Keep Dunkin’ Away

City Council OKs Selling Off Lots For Lofts


Reps Ready To Balance Credentials, Experience

You Can Read County Manager Job Description


BENNETT: Spend To Fight Internal Threat: Bad Health

ATWELL: My Right Leg Always Had Bad Karma


SCOVIRO: Keep Town Justices, Police Separate


DRY RUN: Vets’ Riders Seek To Ride Soberly

Couples Grew Closer By Working For Legion


BOUND VOLUMES: Nov. 7, 2019



Susan Reisen Brisson, 79; Retired From Bassett ICU

Margery Holdridge, 94; Attended One-Room School

Eleanor Campulli, 86; President Of Pen + Brush

Janet McKown, 101, Bridge Player Loved Travel

Donald Connor, 56; Metal Worker Leaves Schenevus Kin

Dennis Hoke, 79; Farmer, Roseboom Board Member

Allen ‘Zuky’ Zuk, 89; Korea Vet, Construction Worker



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Nov. 8, 2019

150 Years Ago

Not Slaves After All – At a meeting of the Women’s Franchise Association which was held in New York a few days since, the strong-minded women of the “divine sex” were addressed by some gentleman whose opinions were more truthful than palatable. One of these gentlemen, Mr. Freeman, the orator of the evening, took conservative ground upon the woman suffrage question and advised his fair listeners to move prudently. He said he was opposed to such expressions as calling husbands taskmasters and wives slaves. He didn’t think that women looked much like slaves, as they passed along Pennsylvania Avenue, decked in fine dress and jewelry. From the very fact of women wearing such finery and jewelry he would judge that men were the slaves, from the amount they had to furnish to
purchase such things.

November 1869

125 Years Ago

Fire Loss – On Saturday night, October 27, at about 10 o’clock, the large four-story barn belonging to Adam Shaver, a prosperous farmer living one and one-half miles from Pepacton, was completely destroyed by fire. Eight cows, 90 tons of hay, 350 bushels of grain and all the valuable farming implements were destroyed with the building. The cattle were fed by Mr. Shaver’s son, at about six o’clock, after which none of the family went to the barn. By 10 o’clock, the family had all retired, and at about this time James W. Shaver was awakened by the crackling sound of the burning building. He hastily roused the family who rushed from their beds to work as best they could to save their property. There were in the barn 25 cows, a span of horses, and a yoke of oxen. With the exception of eight cows, all the cattle were driven or led from the building. It was only by the most heroic efforts that the house was saved. The most valuable farm implement was a new McCormick mower. The insurance on the barn and contents approximates $2,000 while the value of the destroyed property is estimated at $4,000. The origin of the fire is shrouded in deepest mystery.

November 1894

100 Years Ago

Editorial Notes: “Is there any rebate if bottles are returned?” a woman in New York City is said to have asked her milkman the other day. It is the opinion of many milkmen in Oneonta, and in fact in all places where bottled milk is sold, that if a deposit were required the consumers would be more careful.
Mrs. William T. Hyde of Cooperstown, superintendent for Otsego of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, will give an address at 8 o’clock this evening at Municipal Hall. All Boy Scouts should be present, as it is one of the laws of scouting that scouts shall be kind to dumb animals. This year an active campaign is to be waged on behalf of animals and Mrs. Hyde believes that the boys can be of material assistance in this work.

November 1919

80 Years Ago

H. Raymond “Red” Griffin, 27, of 30 Hudson Street, Oneonta, was fatally injured Wednesday morning when his car left the highway between Glens Falls and Saratoga Springs. Mr. Griffin, while away on a deer-hunting trip, is believed to have fallen asleep at the wheel. His Ford Coupe left the highway, knocked over two guard posts and somersaulted twice, landing right-side up off the road. The victim was seen emerging from his car and heading back to the highway when he dropped lifeless to the ground. An autopsy revealed death was caused by a punctured lung.

November 1939

60 Years Ago

Oneonta School Lunch Menu: Monday – Baked pork slices with grazed apricot, sliced tomato, mashed potato, half pint of milk, bread and butter, apple sauce. Tuesday – Frankfurter on roll, green salad, milk, raisin and rice pudding. Wednesday – Meat loaf, Harvard beets, creamed potato, bread and butter, milk, fruited Jello. Thursday – Beef stew, cabbage and apricot salad; bread and butter, milk, ice cream. Friday – Baked tuna, macaroni and cheese, buttered Mexican corn, bread and butter, milk, and banana.
Chosen for their “morals, scholastic ability, personality and skill in sports,” seventeen Oneonta High School girls have been elected to the “Girls’ Leaders Club.” They are Joan Wood, Rose Zummo, Betty Oliver, Denella Chamberlain, Connie Cooper, Betsy Jester, Joyce Catella, Linda Hamm, Nancy Hall, Linda Vieweg, Martha Latcher, Jean Stevens, Dorothy Roe, Donna Loucks, Cheryl Bordinger, Kathleen Rogers and Lynn Nelson.

November 1959

40 Years Ago

Senator Edward M. Kennedy declared Wednesday he will seek the presidency in 1980 because President Carter has failed to provide leadership to a country that is “willing, even anxious to be on the march again.” The last of the Kennedy brothers and heir to a modern political dynasty made his announcement in Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall, listing what he called stark failures of the Carter administration’s domestic policies. Kennedy said that before the last Presidential election, “we were told that Americans were honest, loving, good, decent, and compassionate. Now the people are blamed for every national ill and scolded as greedy, wasteful and mired in malaise.

November 1979

10 Years Ago

On a breezy but comfortable Saturday afternoon at the National Soccer Hall of Fame fields, the second-seeded Yellowjackets dominated top-seeded Owego in a 3-0 victory, clinching their first sectional crown since 2003. “We definitely thought it was possible,” said sophomore Dan Joseph, who scored Oneonta’s first two goals, the first coming with 24 minutes, 11 seconds left in the first half. The Yellowjackets (16-2-1) await the winner of the Section III championship game with Marcellus and Skaneateles.

November 2009

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