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May 30, 2013

Cooperstown election and law

From the Otsego Herald

for Saturday, May 29, 1813

Compiled, with comments


Village Election

On Tuesday the 18th inst. [May], the following persons were elected officers for this village for the ensuing year: --

Isaac Cooper, Elijah H. Metcalf, Robert Campbell, Henry Phinney and Cyrus Clark, Trustees. George Pomeroy, Treasurer. John F. Ernst, Collector.

On the same day, the trustees elected Isaac Cooper, for their President, and George Pomeroy, Clerk.

COMMENT: Isaac Cooper (1781-1818), second son of William Cooper, would remain village president until his unexpected death in 1818. He had moved into “Edgewater” on Lake Street in 1813. Elijah Hyde Metcalf (1778-1821) came from Connecticut and married a daughter of Cooperstown’s Elihu Phinney; he served two terms in the New York State Assembly. Robert Campbell (1781-1847) was an attorney, and a founder of the Otsego County Bank.

Henry Phinney (1781-1850) was the son of and a successor to publisher Elihu Phinney; he built Willowbrook (now the Cooper Inn). Cyrus Clark (1772-1822), with his twin brother Cyrenus, built Cooperstown’s Presbyterian Church. George Pomeroy (1779-1870) was a druggist and retailer who married William Cooper’s daughter Anne, and for whom William built Pomeroy Place, the stone house at the corner of Main and River streets. John F. Ernst (1779-1830) was the son of Cooperstown’s first minister (Lutheran), but himself became a Warden of Christ Episcopal Church here.

Cooperstown Street Law

Passed 21st May, 1813:

I. Be it Ordained by the Trustees of the Village of Cooperstown, that one fifth part of the streets on each side thereof, be appropriated for side-walks, and that no person shall lay or deposit, or leave any wood, timber, wagon, cart, sleigh, wheel-barrow, or other obstruction whatever, in or upon the said side-walk, under the penalty of fifty cents for every offense, and the further sum of fifty cents for every twenty-four hours the said obstruction shall be thereafter suffered to remain on the same.

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