Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
Nov. 20, 1987
COOPERSTOWN — The historic Cooperstown Theater, built in 1920, has been sold to three men who have organized themselves as a real estate firm, according to the former owners, Roland Young and his family.
The buyers are Steven Blumenkranz, an Oneonta attorney and certified public accountant, Blumenkrantz’s associate, Robert Rothenberg, and Frank Grey of First Albany, an investment firm.
The three purchased the theater Oct. 30 under the name of B.F.R. Realty.
Both Young and his wife, Pat, expressed their thanks for the community support during the four years they have operated the Main Street theater.
“The community was great to us,” Young said Wednesday afternoon.
William Smalley began building the theater in 1920 and opened for business Jan. 1, 1922. For its time the theater with 550 seats downstairs and 115 seats upstairs, was considered the leading attraction of its kind in the area, Young said.
“At one time, years ago, this was the largest theater in central New York,” Young said.
The family’s future plans are uncertain, though they intend to remain in the area. Mrs. Young is the clerk for the Cooperstown Village Court.
The new owners could not be reached for comment.
50 years ago
Nov. 20, 1962
FRANKLIN — Dramatic scenes of events in the Revolution actually were relived in the eighth grade social studies class, Franklin Central School, when the grade presented several original scenes of American Revolutionary times.
Frank Robinson was hung for treason by angry Britishers after a Kangaroo court judged him guilty; Walter Nott was dragged off the stage in bonds because he was trying to perform his duty as a Stamp Act officer; John Terwilliger died beautifully as an angry British soldier shot him because John opposed the enforcement of the Writs of Assistance.
Colonial wives struggled to free their husbands from death or imprisonment to no avail, and wept audibly at their sad fate. Jack Hughes and David Robinson, as lawyers, tried to win a “not guilty” but the jury, led by Patty Nolf, pronounced the grim verdicts.
Ingrid Wendelen and Nina Champlin, due to the absence of so many, played the parts of the judges. Others taking part either as members of the jury, soldiers, or colonial wives were: Christine Law, Larry Odell, Donna Denison, Kathy Sickler, Darrel Drayton, Gary Lyons, Roy Geertgens, Ronald Bryden.
The final scene was enacting the Boston Tea Party. The seventh grade attended as guests.
Ingrid Wendelen wrote and conducted one play and John Terwilliger planned and conducted the other acts.