200 YEARS AGO
Advertisement: Sale of Pews – The sale of the pews in the Presbyterian Church will take place on Thursday, the first day of July next at 2 o’clock p.m. Six month’s rent will then become due. It is earnestly desired that all would pay at that time. Geo. Pomeroy, Clerk, Cooperstown, June 21, 1819.
Advertisement: The inhabitants of Burlington intend to celebrate the anniversary of our national independence on the fifth day of July next, at Col. Sheldon’s, and invite the attendance of their friends in the adjacent towns. By order of the Committee of Arrangements, Burlington, June 15, 1819.
June 21, 1819
175 YEARS AGO
Democratic National Nominations – For President: James K. Polk of Tennessee; For Vice-President: George M. Dallas of Pennsylvania. Democratic Celebration – July 4, 1844 – Great Rally of the Democracy for Polk, Dallas and Victory! “Oh, flag of promise unto us, thy stars foretell thy country’s fame, our crimsoned stripes, translated thus, give promise to our foes, of shame.” “Honest labor seeks an equality of rights and privileges, and demands equal and exact justice to all men.” “Be always sure you are right and then go ahead.” In view of the vast consequences and momentous issues involved in the great contest for supremacy in the approaching Presidential Election, the undersigned, a Committee appointed by the “Otsego Democratic Association” for that purpose, hereby invite their fellow Democrats of Otsego and adjoining counties, to assemble in mass meeting in the Village of Cooperstown, on the Fourth of July next, at 10 o’clock a.m. to join in commemorating the glorious anniversary of American Independence and aid in cementing the Union.
June 17, 1844
150 YEARS AGO
New Grounds for the County Agricultural Society – At a meeting of the Managers two propositions for new grounds for the use of the Society were considered. The Committee appointed to select suitable Fair Grounds reported in favor of the purchase of a lot of Mssrs. Spafard and Hooker, to contain a sufficient number of acres for a first class track of not less than one-half mile, and a small piece called the “Oxbow” – about twenty acres at $250 per acre, and five acres at $150 per acre amounting to $5,750 in all. A resolution was offered authorizing the President and Treasurer to make the purchase, after the Society shall authorize the sale of the lot now owned by it. (Ed. Note: The property referred to is now occupied by the Cooperstown Elementary School, residences along Walnut Street from Delaware, and southward to the high school. The Old Fairgrounds is now occupied by the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital, the Bassett Clinic, the parking area and residences along Fair Street).
June 18, 1869
125 YEARS AGO
Base Ball – On June 29, the Athletics will play a famous Indian club from the West. They are known as the Minneconji Indians. A parade will be given before the game in full Indian costume. They are the genuine article, and will put up a great game of ball, and run bases like reindeer. They should draw nearly as well as the Cuban Giants. Information has been received that the Athletics have secured Schoenhut, the famous University of Pennsylvania pitcher, for the coming season. With White and Schoenhut as regular pitchers, and J. Hollister for an emergency, Reung, of the University of Pennsylvania as catcher, and Captain Charlie to go behind the bat in the event of any accident, the Athletics will be stronger than ever before. Taylor, our popular big first baseman has been keeping his eye and nerves in order by daily practice at handball and batting.
June 14, 1894
100 YEARS AGO
An effort to have the U.S. Aviation Hospital in Cooperstown perpetuated as an Army Rest & Recreation Camp, as suggested recently at a dinner given in honor of Major Francis H. Poole, commanding officer of the hospital, will be made shortly by a committee of three by the Chamber of Commerce. The committee will confer with Major Poole and Waldo C. Johnston, agent for the Clark Estates and builders of the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital now being used by the army. Inspectors from the Surgeon General’s department at Washington have been here during the meantime, and are said to have been impressed with the vast amount of good done at this hospital for officers of the air service who have come back to this country nearly nervous wrecks.
June 18, 1919
50 YEARS AGO
Mr. and Mrs. Frederick E. Crosier of North Adams, Massachusetts have announced the engagement of their daughter, Susan Carol, to C.R. Jones, son of Mrs. Weston E. Jones and the late Mr. Jones of Charles City, Iowa. Miss Crosier was graduated from Tufts University, studied Art History at the University of Kansas, and received the Master of Arts degree from the Cooperstown Graduate Program in May of this year.
She is Director of the Oneida Historical Society at Utica. Mr. Jones was graduated from Iowa State University at Ames, studied Art History at the New York University Institute of Fine Arts and received the Master of Arts degree from the Cooperstown Graduate Programs in 1965. An October wedding is planned.
June 29, 1969
25 YEARS AGO
Approximately 200 community members attended a meeting at Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown hosted by William F. Streck, M.D., Bassett’s President and Congressman Sherwood L. Boehlert. Boehlert provided the group with an update on health reform progress in Washington. Dr. Streck discussed state-level reform and Bassett’s
response to reform. Boehlert shared his concern that funding of health care reform plans has not been properly addressed. “Regardless of who is driving health reform, changes are coming,” said Dr. Streck.
June 21, 1994
10 YEARS AGO
Eight Cooperstown Central School students have been sent home with Swine Flu virus. That news followed CCS nurse Jane Hanson’s decision, Monday, June 15, the last day of classes for the high school and middle school to send home a couple-of-dozen students with flu-like symptoms.
The Cooperstown outbreak followed the confirmation of seven cases at Morris Central School and two at Oneonta High School. Countywide 18 cases have been reported.
June 19, 2009