Otsego Herald for Oct. 5, 1818, compiled, with comments:
Otsego County Cattle Show & Fair
FIRST DAY (Tuesday, October. 6). ... The Bells commence ringing at sunrise. The (Agricultural) Society will meet at Munn’s Hotel (in Cooperstown) at 12 o’clock, and the several committees of awards enter upon their duties at 1 o’clock P.M.
The premium cattle, sheep, &c. will be placed in the Pens, prepared near the Court House. under the direction of Mr. George H. Derbyshire, previous to 12 o’clock, and the sale cattle will also be pastured as shall be directed by him.
The articles of Domestic Manufacture and produce will be placed in the Brick Store, in Main Street, from which will be suspended a standard representing a Spinning Wheel and Bee-Hive, previous to 12 o’clock, under the care and direction of Mr. Oliver Cory.
All specimens of Machinery and Agricultural Implements, will be deposited in the coach house opposite Mrs. I(saac) Cooper’s.
The several committees will make up their awards previous to sun setting, and deliver them to the Recording Secretary.
SECOND DAY.... The procession will be formed at 11 o’clock, in Second-street ... in the following order: (15 groups of marchers listed) The procession will then move through Second (now Main), Chestnut, First (now Lake), and West (now Pioneer) streets, to the Presbyterian Meeting House ... and enter the church in inverted order.
ORDER IN CHURCH. (2 Odes, 1 Prayer, President’s Address, Proclamation and delivering of the premiums; Music, by the band, Benediction).
When Premiums are proclaimed for Ladies, they will rise in their places; the first Marshal (Colonel Morell) will take to them their premiums and Certificates of Honorable Testimony; when the premiums are proclaimed for Men, they will come forward and receive them from the hands of the Treasurer.
The procession will then form in the same order in which it came, and return through West, First, Fair, Second and Water (now River) streets to the Bowery, where a Dinner will be provided for the Society, Citizens and Strangers. Tickets for the Dinner on Wednesday, at $1 each, may be had at the bar of Munn’s Hotel.
COMMENT: George H. Derbyshire (1785-1864) was a prominent farmer in Hartwick, who had immigrated from Yorkshire, England. Oliver Cory (1764-1868) was the long-time school teacher in Cooperstown. Isaac Cooper (1781-1818) was the son of William Cooper and older brother of James Fenimore Cooper; his widow, Mary Ann Morris Cooper (1784-1863) was still living in Edgewater, on Lake Street.
The Otsego County Agriculture Society had been founded the year before, in 1817, with James Fenimore Cooper as its “Corresponding Secretary.” Its President, in 1818, was Judge Elisha Foote (1784-1842), The Presbyterian meeting house was today’s First Presbyterian Church.
Thanksgiving Day Proclaimed
Whereas the great and multiplied blessings conferred by Almighty God on the people of this State demand from them the solemn and united expression of gratitude to the Author of every good and perfect gift; I have therefore consider it an indispensable duty to recommend the observance of a day of Public PRAYER AND THANKSGIVING, and I do accordingly recommend for that purpose the FIFTH day of NOVEMBER next. ... DE WITT CLINTON
COMMENT: De Witt Clinton (1769-1828) was then governor of New York, and is best known for his Erie Canal project. Thanksgiving Day was celebrated on and off after 1789, but was clearly very different from the family celebration of today.
Hailstorm in Massachusetts
On Tuesday, 15th (September), about 4 P.M. a rain of Hail passed through the town of Greenfield and Hadley ... preceded by a noise resembling that of distant thunder ... and destroying every thing before it: the trees were literally stripped of their limbs and fruit, and buckwheat and corn were level with the ground.
The dwelling house of Major Samuel Baily, had about 180 panes of glass broken, and such other facing the storm shared a like fate.... Men of credibility informed us, that some of these stones measured NINE INCHES in circumference. ....The oldest inhabitants have no recollection of witnessing so destructive a storm of hail, as the above. — People’s Watchtower
Courthouse Burned in Kentucky
Ceresburg, (Ken.) Sept. 1. On Saturday night last, the handsome and spacious court house of this county took fire, and the wind being high, and there being no engines in the town, it was soon reduced to ashes; and what, but yesterday was the sanctuary of justice and the pride of our town and country, is now a pile of smoking ruins.
What renders this catastrophe the more distressing is, that all the records of wills, title-deeds to land, &c. of this extensive, rich and populous county, are swept away, and every man is left to hold his property as he may.
A few years back an act was passed ... to erect a fire proof building for the preservations of the records of the county; but as the artifice of a few raised a popular clamor against it ... the county is left, for generations, to lament and pay for (this) time serving policy & imbecility. ...
COMMENT: If you Google “Ceresburg,” you get only Petersburg, Kentucky, (pop. 620), in Boone County, home of the “Creation Museum.”
Pay Your News Rider
GEORGE GRIFFITH — Postrider, earnestly calls for payment from all persons indebted to him for newspapers; and informs them that he shall be obliged to stop riding for one week only, as he intends going a short journey.
“How rare we find a Post that’s true?
Then let us pay him all that’s due”
COMMENT: Possibly George Griffith (1786-1857) of Laurens.