35 Years Ago – March 1973
Louis R. Bruce of Richfield Springs, former U.S. Commissioner of Indian Affairs, has been named a senior fellow of the Antioch Law School in Washington, D.C. According to the school, Bruce plans to convene regular seminars on various political matters of interest to Indians and to serve as an advocate for Indians in the District of Columbia, as well as an “information feedback” for existing Indian programs.
40 Years Ago – March 1968
Thomas R. Goodale has been promoted from Private First Class to Sp-4, according to word received from his mother, Mrs. Bette Goodale of Cooperstown. Sp-4 Goodale entered the service on April 13, 1967, and took his basic training at Fort Gordon, Georgia, where he received an award as expert on the rifle range. From there he went to school at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, and was graduated third highest in his class of Army Surveillance. He left October 15, 1967 for Vietnam following a furlough at home. Sp-4 Goodale is attached to the 73rd Aviation Company, Army Surveillance, at Vung Tau, Vietnam. He operates infra-red equipment; also radar, map-reading and aerial photography equipment during night reconnaissance flying.
50 Years Ago – March 1958
The teaching of physics by television kinescope as a supplementary aid to the present course was begun in Richfield Springs Central School this week. Richfield is one of 14 central schools in the Catskill area Project in Small School Design who are participating in the program on an experimental basis. Richard Nostrant, local teacher of senior high physics and visual aids, is conducting the experiment. The complete course in high school physics, which consists of 162 half-hour lessons, requires more than 160,000 feet of film and costs $13,000, has been made available to project schools by the Ford Foundation. A grant of $120,000 is financing the two-year study to improve the variety and quality of educational opportunities in small rural high schools.
A group of our young couples decided to try one of those old-fashioned sleigh rides they have been hearing about lately. The only hitch was they had to go and get “Old Dobbin” in their gas wagons. They journeyed to the Jack Mulligan farm on Allen’s Lake road by gas wagon, transferred to an old-fashioned sleigh and were taken by the horses around Allen’s Lake and about the village guided by Mr. Mulligan and son John. In the sleigh party were Mr. and Mrs. J. Seaton McGrath, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Beadle, Mr. and Mrs. James Hines, Mr. and Mrs. Al Druse, and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Dibble. The group stopped for supper at the Genesee Restaurant.
60 Years Ago – March 1948
Sgt. Mike Kaminski writes from Japan: “Dear Mr. Ackerly: Today I received another Mercury and believe me it is like being in Richfield to read same. Here we don’t get any other paper but the “Stars and Stripes.” Some of the libraries have stateside papers, but, by the time one gets to read same, the papers are in bad shape. I share the Mercury with another fellow here who is a resident of Richfield. His name is T-Sgt. Heath. I believe that his mother is residing with William Babb and wife. I don’t have long to serve over here in Japan and I will be glad to get back again, especially out of this country. Upon completion of my tour here, I will have served in the Pacific Theatre for over 80 months. My next assignment, if it can be arranged, will be the European Theatre, providing there are openings for enlistments over there. I was really shocked to hear about Father Kelly and Floyd Curtis passing away – two great people are lost to Richfield.” Mike Kaminski
75 Years Ago – March 1933
The Lake Street store of the Victory Grocery chain was closed Monday of this week and the stock and furnishings removed. William Hecox, manager of the store, continues in the Victory chain’s employ and is at present working in a store at Red Creek, Wayne County.
The report of the library for February shows a total circulation of 1,616 books and 99 magazines. The largest circulation on any one day of the library’s history was 166, on February 11. Ninety-nine persons visited the library for reading or reference work. $4.39 was collected in fines; 46 cards were issued to borrowers; 11 books were added by purchase and three by gift.
100 Years Ago – March 1908
Springfield Center – Rufus C. Armstrong is an old subscriber of the Mercury; his first number was in the year it was first published, 1865, and he has been a continuous subscriber since. Mr. Armstrong was born in the Town of Warren, near the Springfield, Otsego County line, and came to this village 45 years ago. He lives at peace with all mankind. He is a member of the Evergreen Lodge, F. & A.M., of long standing. He has also held many town offices. Mr. Armstrong married Adeline Tunnicliff, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. George Tunnicliff, over 40 years ago.
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