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‘Uxurious’ Misread Fateful Visit

‘Uxurious’ Misread Fateful Visit

Painted As Figure Of Fun, Susan B. Anthony Went On To Make History

Editor’s Note: Here is The Freeman’s Journal Feb. 9, 1855, account – in prose and poetry – of Susan B. Anthony’s appearance in Cooperstown, to be commemorated with a State Historical Marker that has just arrived at the village’s First Presbyterian Church. The tone marks the flippant attitude in some quarters at that time.

Mr. Editor:
Your readers should be apprised that last Friday was a great and eventful day in the history of human events. It was one of these epochs whereat Time pauses to set down a stake from which after generations may measure his further flight.
Henceforth, let it be noted in Phinney’s calendar that the 9th day of February, 1855, was the day when the memorable “Woman’s Rights Convention” was held at Cooperstown! – and let the mothers of Otsego, in all coming ages, teach their children to revere its anniversary, as the day when “the strong-minded women” gave the horn of liberty such a rousing blast among the echoing hills of our county.
…A gentleman was called to the chair, and a secretary and two vice-presidentesses were appointed. The president, after a few appropriate remarks, introduced to the audience, Miss Susan B. Anthony, who took the rostrum.

Her theme – the wrongs that
patient woman bears;
To sew, to spin, to mop and darn
her lot;
To do the drudg’ry, while man
takes the pay.
She all the pangs of Eden’s curse endures,
While man her pleasures shares,
but not her pains.
Give woman but the right of
suffrage, she
Will soon have equal laws,
and what is wrong
Will speedily set right.

Audible sobs were heard among the henpecks

Delgado Thanks Volunteers, Supporters In Oneonta

At Oneonta Victory Event,

Delgado Thanks Supporters

Just back from his Washington D.C. initiation, Congressman-elect Antonio Delgado, D-19, thanks volunteers at a victory gathering this afternoon at his Oneonta field office on Dietz Street.  Delgado thanked all the volunteers and supporters who, he said, knocked on more than 200,000 doors on the days leading up to the Nov. 6 midterms to encourage people to get out and vote. Following his speech, people lined up the thank the Delgado and get their pictures taken with him. Above, Oneonta’s NAACP President Lee Fisher and wife Joanne congratulate Delgado on his victory over Congressman John Faso. (Ian Austin/

Department Heads Must Learn To Use New System, Clark Says
THE ISSUE: Laurens Lacked Road Salt

Department Heads Must Learn

To Use New System, Clark Says

Onondaga County's purchasing director, Andrew Trombley, center, is flanked by county reps, from left, Meg Kennedy, Dan Wilber, Keith McCarty and Kathy Clark at this morning's "committee of the whole" meeting. (Jim Kevlin/
Onondaga County’s purchasing director, Andrew Trombley, center, is flanked by county Reps, from left, Meg Kennedy, Dan Wilber, Keith McCarty and Kathy Clark at this morning’s “committee of the whole” meeting.  In the foreground are county Reps. David Bliss, left, and Len Carson. (Jim Kevlin/

county-logoCOOPERSTOWN – When the County of Otsego was preparing to centralize its purchasing through Onondaga County’s system, county Board Chair Kathy Clark scheduled a briefing for department heads.

Only three showed up.

Happenin’ Otsego Sunday, Nov. 6

Turning Back The Clock


DAYLIGHT SAVINGS ENDS – At 2 a.m. set the clocks back by 1 hour to 1 a.m. Check out this Fall Back Checklist from Bruce Hall.
GUN SHOW – 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 60 Dealers showing arms and military relics from pre-Revolutionary War to present. Holiday Inn, 5206 NY-23, Oneonta. For more info visit
THEATER – 2 p.m. Hartwick College Theatre Arts Dept. presents “Underneath the Lintle” by Glen Berger and performed by Taylor Morin. Free and open to public. Lab Theatre, Bresee hall, Hartwick College, 1 Hartwick Dr, Oneonta. Registration suggested,, (607)431-4227 or visit their WEBSITE.
VETERANS CONCERT – 3 p.m. St. Mary’s Parish Hall, 38 Walnut St., Oneonta. Info, (607) 437-0152
CONCERT – 4 p.m. A tribute to veterans by Collin Raye. Foothills Performing Arts Center, 24 Market St., Oneonta. Info,



Happenin’ Otsego Friday, Nov. 4

GOHS Benefit Auction

Tonight At Elks Club


AUCTION – 5:30 p.m. Greater Oneonta Historical Society Annual Benefit Auction. Elks Club, 84-86 Chestnut St, Oneonta. Info, to donate Jane Backman (431-9509), Loraine Tyler (433-2452), Bob Brzozowski, Greater Oneonta Historical Society, 183 Main St., Oneonta. (607) 432-0960, or visit their WEBSITE.

ART – 5-8 p.m. Opening reception for Atelophobia-themed exhibit. Runs through 11/20. Community Arts Network of Oneonta (CANO), Wilber Mansion, 11 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Info, (607) 432-2070,, or CLICK HERE to learn more.

CONCERT – 7:30 p.m. Oneonta Concert Association presents Narek Arutyunian, clarinet and Yunh-Chin Zhou, piano. Concert opening by Little Delaware Youth Ensemble. Tickets $25; student $6. At door or The Green Toad Bookstore, The Eighth Note. Info, tickets, (607) 433-7252,

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for Saturday, Oct. 29

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for Saturday, Oct. 29

World Series Viewing Party

in the

Baseball Hall of Fame!




HALL OF FAME – 7:30 p.m. Baseball World Series Gala. Adults $10, Child $5. Info, (607) 547-0397,

RECEPTION – 5-7 p.m. Exhibition opening “Ceramics & Photo Journals: Capturing the Process.” Cherry Branch Gallery, 25 Main St, Cherry Valley. For more information visit their website at or call (607)264-9530.

Thomas Herring, 63, Sidney; Toolmaker At Amphenol Corp.

IN MEMORIAM: Thomas Herring, 63,

Sidney; Toolmaker At Amphenol Corp.

Thomas R. Herring
Thomas R. Herring

SIDNEY – Thomas R. Herring, 63, of Unadilla, a career-long toolmaker, passed away on Aug. 27, 2016 at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton.

A brother’s family and nieces survive in Oneonta.

Tom, who many knew as “Hoby,” was born in Stamford to Hobert and Helen Herring on Dec. 9, 1952. He graduated from Unatego Junior/Senior High School in 1970 and  went on to earn a certificate in toolmaking from the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers. He was a toolmaker at several companies, including many years at Amphenol Corp.

After 45-Minutes In Chambers, No Decision; Lawyers Try Again

After 45 Minutes In Chambers,

No Decision; Lawyers Try Again

Judge Coccoma
Judge Coccoma

COOPERSTOWN – State Supreme Court Judge Michael V. Coccoma took lawyers for the City of Oneonta and Town of Oneonta Fire District #1 into his chambers at 10:15 a.m. to see if they could talk their way through to a resolution of the fire-contract standoff.


The closeted discussion was supposed to last half an hour, but City Attorney David Merzig and the fire district’s lawyer, Terence Hannigan of Delmar, emerged after 45 minutes at 11 a.m. with no resolution.

Coccoma had a hearing on another case, and directed Merzig and Hannigan to return at 11:30 a.m. to resume the negotiations.

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