185 YEARS AGO It is estimated that the population of the United States consume annually 18,000,000 barrels of flour, the product of 8,000,000 acres of wheat land, the average production being estimated at 25 bushels per acre. This gives 200,000,000 bushels of wheat as the aggregate production of the country the present year, which at five bushels to the barrel, makes a total of 40,000,000 barrels of flour – 22,000,000 more than the annual consumption of the United States. It appears that there is an overplus in the production of breadstuffs. Upon this state of facts, we naturally look for a material reduction of price. However, the present price of flour is exorbitant when compared when compared with those of former years. On Saturday, common Western Flour was quoted in New York City at $9; fancy brands at $9.25; Georgetown and Richmond flour at $10; and wheat at $2 and $2.06.
COOPERSTOWN – Steve Wilson, having assumed the appointed role of county administrator in August of this year, has had a rather quiet transition into Otsego County government. Having previously done the same job in Schoharie County, he’s applied learned lessons to the situation here.
Tara Barnwell promoted to publisher;
Greg Klein named editor;
ownership remains In local hands
COOPERSTOWN – As of Friday, April 16, Iron String Press, Inc, publisher of The Freeman’s Journal, Hometown Oneonta and www.allotsego.com is under new ownership.
Tara Barnwell, general manager of Iron String Press, becomes president and publisher and actor-writer Greg Klein becomes editor of the company’s print and digital news and entertainment sources, succeeding Jim Kevlin.
Kevlin after 15 years as editor, publisher and president of Iron String Press and its media family, has retired.
With the new ownership, Iron String Press remains the only locally owned and locally focused news and entertainment operation in Otsego County.
A full story will appear in this week’s print editions of The Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta.
Chris Gustafson, top, counts the chimes as Rev. Mark Montfort rings the church bell at First Presbyterian Church in Oneonta this morning. Today marks the one-year anniversary of the passing of Brenda L. Utter, Morris, who was the first COVID related death in Otsego County. In the year since Utter’s passing, 55 residents have died from COVID-19, and this morning members of the congregation took turns ringing the bell in memory of those lost. “This is a somber anniversary for the community,” said Montfort, “We didn’t ring the bell for those who believed the way we do, vote how we vote, or for any other consideration. We’re all in this together and each loss is a loss for everyone. We rang the bell for all who have gone on and for everyone who is still here.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
ONEONTA – Oneonta City Judge Lucy Bernier announced her retirement this morning; and Attorney Bob Gouldin this afternoon announced his candidacy to succeed her. Both are Democrats.
Gouldin is the only candidate to have filed his petitions by the deadline of Thursday at 5 p.m. However, independent candidates can circulate petitions by May 25 to get on the ballot.
The candidate has lived and practiced in Oneonta for over 20 years, and was recently appointed city prosecutor by Mayor Gary Herzig. Before that, Gouldin had been a part-time county public defender for 15 years, focused on representing indigent defendants in City Court.