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Scotchbush School

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This publication was the result of work by Hector Allen, Town Historian for the Town of Oppenheim and Eleanor Frazier, Ephratah Town Historian.  This pamphlet was prepared by the Herkimer County BOCES for a ceremony in celebration of the new addition to the Oppenheim-Ephratah Central School.  Mr. Allen contributed this booklet to the Fulton County GenWeb site and notes:  "...the school records that I have seen, the older ones, do not often mention the names of the students."  There are some listings here within these pages but they are a rarity.

Information contained herein was compiled for the new building/renovation ceremony held on March 30, 1998.

First Published 30 March 1998


This booklet is a collection of photos, newspaper articles, and memos and official documents collected by members of the Oppenheim-Ephratah community. We hope you enjoy reading this valuable information on the history of our school district and community.

This booklet was put together with the cooperation between the school district, historical society and many volunteers.

There are people in photos who have not been identified. Anyone with any photo identifications or has additional information, please contact: Hector Allen, Oppenheim Town Historian, 6846 St. Hwy 20, Dolgeville, NY 13329.

The following article appears on page 2 of the booklet:

  Looking Backward

Sixty Years Ago
 February 5, 1937

The stock price of U. S. Steel rose to $100 per share for the first time since May of 1931, prompting cheers from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The stock had reached a high of $261.75 in 1927 and was as low as $21.37 after the market crash.

Tennessee authorities admitted there was no law which could have prevented the marriage of 9 year old Eunice Winstead to 22 year old Charles Johns. New York authorities were attempting to end the marriage of a 19-year-old man and a 12-year-old girl in Watertown.

The New York State Legislature was considering a law to abolish the death penalty for murders committed by persons under the age of 21.

Residents of 12 rural school districts voted 243-159 not to form a centralized school district in Oppenheim.

A move was afoot among the members of the Common Council to increase the size of the local police force and to require firemen to wear uniforms while on duty.

The south-side hose house, built in 1866, was undergoing extensive renovations. The original cost of the building was $3,400.

Led by center Bruddy Fitzsimmons, the Spartans beat the Gazelles 24-22 in the City Amateur Basketball League playoffs.



This booklet contains the following articles:  


All of the above links (that were in whole a part of the pamphlet mentioned above)  were transcribed by volunteer Peggy Menear, who returns again and again to help the Fulton County GenWeb site.   Thank you Peggy!  Peggy is researching her Chatterton line from the Mohawk Valley.  If you have any connection to or information about the Chatterton's, she would love to hear from you.    


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