200 YEARS AGO
Advertisements: Fresh Groceries – Among which are the following: Jamaica and St. Croix Rum; Molasses; Lump and Brown Sugars; Hyson and Hyson Skim Teas; Plug, Pigtail, Ladies Twist, and Paper Tobacco; Box, Drum and Keg Raisins; Shad, Mackerel, Herring and Codfish; Black and Scotch Snuff; Pepper, Allspice, Ginger, Starch, and Indigo; Pipes, Soap, Candles, Filberts, Almonds, Alabama and Pea Nuts, Spanish, New Orleans and American Segars; Alum and Pearlash. Also – Turks Island and Basket Salt; Powder and Shot; Bed Cords; Shovels; Corn Brooms; Shoe Brushes; Liquid and Paste Blacking; Penknives; Pocket Books, &c, &c. – All of which will be sold at reduced prices, for cash or approved credit. Philip Thurber, Ira A. Thurber.
November 22, 1819
175 YEARS AGO
Ring-Bone and Spavin – Persons having Ring-Boned and Spavined Horses, would do well to call and purchase a bottle of the “Ring-Bone Specific,” prepared by the
subscriber, if they wish their Limping, Spavined, and Ring-Boned Horses cured. The following are a few of the many who have recently cured their Horses by the use of this medicine, viz: Daniel Marvin, Charles Kellogg, Robert Russell, Hassan Monroe, Philip Gano, and Ebenezer House. P.ROOF – Sold by J.H. Babcock, Fort Plain and by the merchants generally in Otsego County. Cooperstown, November 1844.
November 18, 1844
150 YEARS AGO
Temporary Relief for Poor – The constant and large increase in the amount of money raised on the Town of Otsego for temporary relief of the poor very naturally attracts attention and calls out comment. The amount voted by the Board of Supervisors this year is $1,260; last year it was $1,000; in 1867, $900; in 1866, $800; in 1865, $600; in 1864, $500. What is the occasion and necessity of this great increase with little or no increase in population, and with ample work for all willing to labor at good wages? Where are the evidences of any increased suffering among the poor classes, or noticeable increase in their numbers? The several church societies in this village, and private individuals disburse no small amount in charity to the deserving poor each year and there is no disposition to see such suffer. As a general thing the most deserving are the least inclined to seek the aid to which they are best entitled. On the other hand is a class who spend a large proportion of their surplus earnings for whiskey, and expect the Town will carry them through the winter.
November 25, 1869
125 YEARS AGO
Local: Mrs. George Clarke is to sail for Europe on Saturday, going direct to Genoa, and will spend the winter in the south of France. Her daughters remain at “Dower House” Pegg’s Point.
If satisfactory arrangements can be made a football game will be played here on Thanksgiving Day between the Y.M.C.A. team and one from Oneonta.
The Orphanage is in pressing need of financial aid to carry on its good work being done for a class of poor and unfortunate children. On Friday evening the citizens of Cooperstown and vicinity will be offered an opportunity to show their good will toward that deserving charity, and at the same time to enjoy a lively Minstrel Entertainment, which is to be given at Village Hall by several young men of Cooperstown. The tickets are 25, 35 and 50 cents each – for sale at the drug store of H.C. Church.
November 22, 1894
100 YEARS AGO
What has become of the Chamber of Commerce of Cooperstown, to which several scores of firms and individuals pledged to give their funds in order that “it might be maintained.” E.A. Stanford, the capable and efficient Secretary resigned his position effective October 1. Since then the Chamber of Commerce has been as dead as a door mouse, whatever that may be. There have been two meetings called since then by William Beattie, the temporary secretary. One of these disclosed that not even a quorum of the Board of Directors was interested enough to attend. The second meeting, held two or more weeks ago, disclosed that the board acted on the proposition to have a memorial for baseball placed at the birthplace of the national game in this village.
November 19, 1919
50 YEARS AGO
The old Cooperstown High School building at the corner of Chestnut Street and Glen Avenue has been sold to Ralph Larsen, a Cazenovia developer who plans to demolish the structure and erect two twelve-unit apartment houses on the 2.9 acre site. The site has been on the market since the school was vacated last February and the students moved to the new Junior-Senior High School off Linden Avenue. Mr. Larsen, who is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bruno Larsen of Cooperstown, indicated that he hoped to tear the building down this fall and start construction of the two apartment buildings in the spring. The complex will be named Cooper Lane Apartments.
November 26, 1969
25 YEARS AGO
Bill Nelson’s seventh grade Social Studies class recently participated in a Colonial fashion show with costumes provided by the Glimmerglass Opera. Students donning the period attire were Aaron Mendelsohn, Martin Park, Charles Miller, Jennifer Jicha, Elena Mabie, Sarah Loveland, Christine Lane, Justin Yerdon, Justin Brooks, Jared Bowen, Ethan Buck, Jennifer Daley, Alexis Turner, Elaine Supp, Angie Erway, Christine Lane, Alan Linn, Athena Hall, Rachel Darling, Melissa Hayes, and Jessica Burgess.
November 23, 1994
10 YEARS AGO
When Cooperstown Rotarians sang “Bye, Bye Blackbird” at their Tuesday, November 17 meeting, Rotarian Margaret Savoie – a new Springbrook Home board member – remarked that her first tap-dancing routine, at age 7, was to that same tune. “I’d pay to see that,” a fellow club member said. “For Springbrook?” Margaret queried. Springbrook fundraiser Mike Stein put up $20, and the club sang “Blackbird” again, as Savoie performed her tap dance routine to the delight of her Rotary colleagues. Later in the meeting, Patricia Kennedy, Executive Director of the Springbrook Children’s Home, spoke about plans for a $5 million fund drive. Afterwards, Rotary Club President Bill Glockler, Treasurer Jake Majaika and Allocations Chairman Chad Welch presented Kennedy with a $1,000 check and announced that the club has committed to donating $5,000 over three years.
November 20, 2009