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November 16, 2012

Step Back in Time: Nov. 16, 2012

25 years ago

Nov. 16, 1987

BINGHAMTON — Odessa-Montour coach Roger Meyers said the Walton Warriors made a believer out of him Saturday.

Walton made believers out of a lot of people, defeating Odessa-Montour 42-14 in the Section Four, Bowl III football game.

“They outcoached us and outplayed us in every way,” said Meyers, who saw Walton score twice before the Indians were even able to run a play from scrimmage. “We had heard what a good team they were and I’ll tell you, I’m a believer. Walton is the best team I’ve seen this year at any level.”

Walton, which has a 12-game winning streak, showed the balanced offensive attack it has used all season, taking the Indians out of the game before many of the 1,200 fans had settled into their seats at Chenango Valley High School.


50 years ago

Nov. 16, 1962

The land in and around Cooperstown, once belonging to Mohawk Indians, has never been paid for.

That’s what Miss Ethel Brant Montore, great-great-granddaughter of Iroquois Chief Joseph Brant told the Oneonta Rotary Club Thursday. Miss Montore spoke on the life of the great Mohawk chieftain.

She described how the land belonged to the Chief’s mother-in-law. It was inherited by Joseph Brant’s wife and was given in dowry to the chief when he was married.

Miss Montore said the family settled down on the shore of Otsego Lake “just about where Cooperstown is now.”

Then along came the American Revolution. History books tell us the Indians in New York State were pretty much divided as to which side they supported in the war. The Iroquois fought on both sides before it was over.

In the end, New York State Indians lost their lands and either moved or were put on reservations.

Joseph Brant chose to move his village to what is now Branford, Ontario, in Canada.

There, according to Miss Montore, the chief founded a village of houses better than many houses that Canadians live in.

She quoted a fur trader who described the Canadian village after it had been augmented by Irish settlers. At that time it was called Loyal Village.

Later, Loyal Village took the name Branford after the arrival of many more Irish settlers from Montreal.

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