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This is a 5-day auction ending Monday night, January 22.
For your consideration is a rare original May 4, 1869 issue of "Otsego Chronicle" newspaper, Vol. 3, No. 5, published in Morris, NY by William A. Smith. The paper later became the "Morris Chronicle." If you're from this area, this paper is worth your consideration as historical documentation for general regional news. This might be one-of-a-kind now. My research turned up none of this particular issue in original or microfilm in NYS institutional collections, and no papers of this title from 1869. This newspaper continued on as The Morris Chronicle (see my other listings). Unlike issues a decade later, this is lighter in gossipy news.
* "Local Matters" - stated that this is the last paper to be edited by the current proprietor; Hiram Barton's barn fire in Burlington; vandals paint vile epithets on the outside of a church over in Decatur; new organ arrives at the Morris M.E. church; bad fire at home of John S. Green by Middlefield NY; man in Cherry Valley elopes with wife's sister and father-in-law Ed Mosher offers reward for their arrest; Doctors Still and Munn dissolve partnership. This contains no vital records.
* local advertisements for Morris NY, including Moore's Banking House, W.F. & R. Leonard's dry goods and grocery store, Rockwell's woolens for sale; other advertisements for patent medicines, agri. equipment. Left front has "business card" type listings for local businesses and proprietors, serving as a business directory of the village during the years immediately after the Civil War.
* popular fiction(?) story about the Cunard steamer Arabia colliding with an iceberg at sea; "Progress of the Suez Canal"; 1868 letters from an unnamed gentleman regarding life in China, specifically Kuikian; article about a human "giant" found embedded in solid granite by the Sank Rapids Minnesota Power Company; agricultural and children's columns, e.g. wood ashes as a fertilizer, recipe for chilblains, and more.
* long ad regarding bonds being issued by named towns in contiguous counties to help build the New York & Oswego Midland Railroad.
CONDITION & DESCRIPTION: nice clean condition after almost 138 years! Approx. 21" x 13 1/2" closed, 4 pages, small type, carefully folded in half. More even in tone than my digital pictures, overall pale cream in tone, what appears to be a mix of rag and pulp paper content. This paper is free of tatters, dogears, stains, and specks, with less than a handfull of tiny edge nicks at upper and lower margins. Faint signature in pencil of former owner at upper left corner. Nice sharp corners! This paper is nice and supple, not dry, and no exposure to moisture or old paper smell whatsoever. I collect older newspapers for places of interest to me, and am meticulously careful in my storage, and do not list newspapers that are dry and chipping. Overall the suppleness condition is as good as many papers a tenth of it's age. You can read with confidence that this paper is not going to fall apart on you or chip onto your table. To preserve the integrity of my historical papers for the high bidder, I don't type up info, make scans or photos after listing, no exceptions. I thank you for not asking me to do so, as the lucky high bidder might be you. Someone kept this safely as a keepsake paper over the years and your good care will keep it going many more.
If you're interested in the interests of people residing in this particular section of Otsego County, this original antique newspaper won't disappoint! As it might be the only one left, it's certainly a dandy item to donate to a local...