Title: The story of Cooperstown
Year: 1917 (1910s)
Authors: Birdsall, Ralph, 1871-1918
Publisher: New York, C. Scribner
Contributing Library: Cornell University Library
Digitizing Sponsor: MSN
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streets, afterward torn down, had been built by Richard Cooper,and never had belonged to the Ernst family. Furthermore, in aletter dated May 23, 1805, Rev. John Frederick Ernst, in replyta an inquiry concerning the location of his property in Coop-erstown, wrote to his son—Here is a copy from the deed: Thehouse-lot—being the northwest corner of Water Street and Sec-ond Street, is seventy-five feet front on the said streets, andseventy-five feet in rear on the west and north by [then] vacantlots, belonging [then both] to Wm. Cooper, Esq. It is clearthat this is the same property which Fenimore Cooper, by someslip, described as being at the southeast corner. Some of theearlier charts of Cooperstown were drawn with the lake front 86 THE STORY OF COOPERSTOWN In this year William Cooper decided to give uphis residence in New Jersey, and to bring hisfamily to Cooperstown for their permanent home.Accordingly he returned to Burlington, and earlyin the autumn completed arrangements for the
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The Oldest House C. A. Schneider transportation of his family and belongings toOtsego. Only in one quarter did he find anyopposition to his project, but that opposition was at the bottom of the map, for convenience of reference, thusreversing the north and south of the usual cartography. It mayplausibly be conjectured that Cooper had one of these mapsbefore him as he wrote, and unthinkingly recorded, in this in-stance, its transposed points of the compass. This labored ex-position of a small matter would be an inexcusable pedantry,except that the location of the oldest house in the village is ofparticular interest. THE BEGINNING OF THE SETTLEMENT 87 serious. His wife positively refused to go. Three years before, Mrs. Cooper had had abrief experience of the new settlement. She re-membered the tippy boat, the rough pioneers, andthe carriage that had to be steadied with ropes asit careened through the woods. In Burlingtonthere was a well-established society, congenialfriends, an atmosphe
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