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February 6, 2013

Step Back in Time: Feb. 6, 2013

The Daily Star

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25 years ago

Feb. 6, 1988

The post office at 352 Main St. in Oneonta will stop picking up mail citywide on Sundays beginning Feb. 7, and it will have revised hours on Wednesday, starting Feb. 17.

The hours are being changed due to cuts in the post office budget.

Customers wishing to post letters on Sundays will have to drop them in mailboxes in front of the post office before 1 p.m.

On Wednesdays, the window will be closed from noon to 5 p.m. The outer lobby will remain open from 4 a.m. to 6 p.m. so that customers may pick up from post office boxes and deposit outgoing mail.

Customers may make change and purchase stamps from a vending machine in the lobby, and a service window also will remain open for parcel pick-up and customer inquiries.


50 years ago

Feb. 6, 1963

COOPERSTOWN — Berton G. Johnson, dean of Otsego County Bar, is 90 years old today.

The oldest practicing lawyer in Otsego County, he was born on Feb. 6, 1873, on South Hill in Worcester.

Told by this reporter that he does not look “a year older than 60,” he said with a friendly smile and a quick wit, for which he is noted, “flattery will get you nowhere, but I am glad that you think so.”

Jovial and outgoing, he spoke of many events here during his long career, particularly in civic affairs, but actually most of the information pertaining to Mr. Johnson’s distinguished career in the county was supplied by Attorney Orange L. Van Horne, his lifelong friend.

Mr. Johnson graduated from Albany Law School with the class of 1895 and was admitted to the bar in 1896, and opened an office in Cooperstown for the practice of law in September of that year.

In 1897 he was appointed by the late Judge Lynn J. Arnold as clerk of the Surrogate’s Court. He was clerk of the Otsego County Board of Supervisors for a period of four years, and in 1917 he was elected county treasurer.

In 1924 he was named postmaster at Cooperstown, serving until 1936.

Constantly devoting time and energy in advancing the welfare of the community, he held many places of honor in various groups and organizations.

Mr. Johnson is very proud of his connection with the Grange. He said that we must not forget to say (“whatever else you want to say”) that he is a life member of the Fly Creek Grange.

Mrs. Robert Johnson will hold “open house” between 3 and 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, in honor of her father-in-law’s 90th birthday, at 74 Fair St.