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A Tale of Two Villages

A long time ago, there were two villages in upstate New York.  Both about the same size. Both with manufacturing and production. Both bedroom communities of IBM.  Both with one-time business sections of the village which were quite similar with the active business life in each village.

One village was actually closer to the IBM plants than the other, but both were still considered bedroom communities.  How much did IBM help these communities? Did they offset taxes? Not certain.  Did they pay employees? That they did.

The village closer to IBM plants had a ladder factory.  That ladder factory was purchased by a big American corporate conglomerate called Werner Ladder.  According to a Google search, Werner is today located in Illinois. 

What did Werner do?  Shut down the plant and laid off all the employees in the one village.  No longer a tax base for the community.  By way of hearsay, I learned that the AMERICAN corporation wanted to pay less to employees – cheapskate big fat pigs at the top of a company which, like so many others in America, are Leona Helmsley and Donald Trump types and don’t want to pay taxes because “those are for the little people.”  Is this hearsay correct?  I believe it is and there are plenty of other examples of AMERICAN run corporations which have shipped jobs overseas – a bunch of cheapskates who also cancelled pensions and amassed fortunes at the top with corrupt bonuses paid to such fat pigs at the top.  (See the book, Retirement Heist which identifies General Electric and other companies which did this and then put peer pressure on the others at the top to do the same).  Corrupt self-centered narcissists doing everything for themselves and no damn concern for the “common folk,” but lying and being hypocritical, mesmerizing too many of the common folk that their way is best. 

What about the other village? See if you can guess what it is. The first village is located in Tioga County, NY, one of many very impoverished counties today in upstate New York.  A county run by Republicans who side with these big corporate conglomerate assholes at the top and have achieved NOTHING for the “Common folk.”  This second village has, for many years, had a production facility for another company. Can you guess what it is?  They manufacture devices for the types of lifts, etc. which a Home Depot might purchase for use in their stores.  BTW.  Home depot also sells the Werner ladder, too.  What about this other company?  It is still in existence today, after about 100 years or so being there.  Guess who owns this company in the second village? An overseas concern, not big fat American culprits making money hand over foot.  It is owned by a company called Toyota. 

Fascinating story.  A production facility in upstate New York owned by the capitalist giant in a nation we defeated in World War II. 

There are more examples which are similar to the first village in other communities throughout the northeast.  Production shut down and work sent overseas.  The claim? Too high a labor cost in the USA.  To which I say, with the example of a Toyota owning another production facility:  such things by cheapskates of America is nothing but bullshit. 

If I am correct, the congressional district to which the other village is part of is that of Anthony Brindisi who, by way of fraud from the Republican opponent, Claudia Tenney, lost to Tenney by just a few hundred votes.  But to Republicans, the only ones who perform fraud are Democrats, don’t you know?  Anthony Brindisi BROUGHT industry back to that district and how is he repaid?  Removed from office, for doing a good thing.  Imagine that.  Brindisi.  A Democrat.  Unlike the liars I heard recently in Owego, NY, with the lies of a conspiracy theory that “Democrats do what the Chinese want,” Brindisi worked with the military to stop purchasing products from the Chinese and producing them in upstate New York.  And this is how Brindisi, a Democrat, is rewarded?  I once worked for Democrats in a corporation in Florida which made good money and was considered a “cash cow.” Ripe for the picking by lousy Republican business people when they came in, took over the company, laid most of us off, and scrapped the good fortunes of the company in order to knock the stock price so low it would be ripe for merger and acquisition.  It was. It is now part of a huge company in North Carolina, while the Florida part of it was scrapped.  Regarding this corporation, facts not fiction.  But hell, A Tale of Two Villages is supposed to be fiction, right?  The fiction is the assholes who repeat Fox commentary in Owego with lies and conspiracy theories.  Perhaps it is Sloppy Don and the Republifascists at fault for many of our problems?  That is what I can prove with facts, not conspiracy theories. 

The other day, in driving through the second village, I saw the village and its business district doing far better than the first village with the ladder factory.  Most of the business district in the ladder factory village has been burned to the ground and no one has the balls to build it back up.  Don’t tell me there are problems with finances because I know about villages which have had, at their disposal, grant money to help build the villages.  I don’t believe the damn pessimism I hear.  I refuse to believe it any more.  As the writer of A Tale of Two Cities, I am sick and tired of hearing the pessimism. My Scottish family has a motto:  “As I breathe, I hope.” 

I don’t know if my first name comes from General Douglas MacArthur or not.  My dad served in the Pacific and told me about working some of the time with the occupation forces there in the hotel in Tokyo where MacArthur was headquartered in Japan.  When I asked my parents whether my name came from Douglas MacArthur, the answer was usually a smart ass one, “its for you to find out.”  Never mentioned.  But I was born in the early years of the Gen. Eisenhower administration in Washington.  It was just a few years after Harry S. Truman fired MacArthur for wanting to invade China from the Korean peninsula.  There still remain questions as to whether MacArthur, who had the ear of FDR, was correct in trying to convince FDR NOT to drop the a-bomb.  Cannot speak to that, except to report on the William Manchester biography of MacArthur, which is where I obtained some of this knowledge.  I am not going to debate the question of a-bomb or not because no one knows what the future could have held should we have done something different.  I repeat. NO one is knowledgeable enough to make and assumption of a “what if the bomb were not dropped on Japan.”  No one can predict the future of anything with a certainty. But we can try to find best practices which exist today, learn from history, and move forward.  The preponderance of pessimism for the future makes me ill and nauseous.  There is no certainty, either whether my first name comes from General MacArthur.  Just a bunch of circumstantial evidence which MIGHT point to this fact. 

With all of this being said, I now lead into a bit of information about Gen. MacArthur who was appointed by Truman to be the Supreme Commander over Japan, following VJ Day.  MacArthur was swift in putting down the communist movement in Japan.  Because it was raging after World War ii.  At the same time, Douglas ended the fascist dictatorial means created by a leader who claimed to be divine like a god and to be worshiped.  He squelched that, as well.  He squelched the type of Medieval supply side economics which was similar to Western Europe and pushed by Hitler and Mussolini.  MacArthur was the one responsible for putting Japan back on its feet, even if it took a couple of decades for the results to be noticed. 

Thus, for the one village with manufacturing facilities owned by Toyota today, it demonstrates that the Japanese have developed a mentality to hire American labor and not be cheapskates about providing living wages and benefits. 

I have no objections to those claiming the unions were at fault.  Perhaps they were? But in comparison to the Reagan supply-side economics and Trump cronyism for corporate welfare (and DeSantis and Scott of Florida), a good leadership SHOULD  have been able to mange by checks and balances.  Sure. Perhaps the UAW pushed the envelope too far. But did Lee Iacocca, a Democrat, have difficulty in dealing with the union, from a leadership position?  (See the Iacocca book, Where Have All the Leaders Gone?  —- bet you will just snipe at me rather than read what I suggest here). 

Ass for the village with the company bought out by Toyota, it lives happily ever after? That is a statement of fiction, in case someone reading this does not have the intelligence to differentiate fact from fiction. If you grasp and put your arms around what Fox Commentary says, you demonstrate you are not able to differentiate fact from fiction. 

What can I say about the other village which once had a ladder factory for years?  Pessimism rules and is a preponderance over what it could be.  But the big problem are the fat pig robber barons at the top.

As I breathe, I hope.  With these words, I have to wonder whether the Scottish family of Gen. MacArthur used the same motto? 

For both villages to live happily ever after, there needs to be a change in attitude and stop being like a bunch of spoiled brats with pessimistic beliefs for the future.  How does that happen?  I know the answers, but do readers know the answers?  If we put our heads together with the goal of finding the best practices as our solutions, not some dimwitted answers from people like Trump, DeSantis, Scott or others, we can do it – together.  Best practices are not always those on the right OR the left.  Best practices are not always those identified with conservative or liberal.  Best practices are solutions which work and have been identified as working, as well as identification of consequences and the strength of those consequences where good overrides bad.  I am sick and tired of the ideology. I am sick and tired of the political parties.  I am also sick and tired of too many Americans who cannot see that whether ultra right wing or ultra left wing, the results are the same:  dictatorship and the destruction of democracy and a democracy which CAN work effectively, even if it can be slow at times.  A dictator rules with an iron fist, but that rule is usually only good for a few people, not all.  Peace and justice does not exist under such circumstances. In the case of national dictators, genocide is performed for “cleansing” the population of opposition to the dictators.  That might create a peace, but not justice.  Only cowards want to achieve such peace in this manner by extinguishing the opposition.  Such iron fists at a local level would only provide justice by literally banning the opposition from living there.  I saw this happen under a local iron-fisted dictator at the local level.  I saw it happen by studying the history of my ancestors who were banished by puritanical shitheads from Boston in the late 1600s.  In those cases, people had a place to escape.  Today, where can the opposition escape to, should such things happen at the national level?  They can only escape by means of death? Only cowards would want such a thing because it makes their lives easier.  Lazy bums.  Both villages now have solutions for the future.  What are those solutions?  Solutions so as to live “happily ever after and do so with solutions which does not make for a hell on earth for many and a paradise of money loving bastards on the other side?” 

Tioga County Herald (Newark Valley, New York) 1876-1966

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For a number of years, there has been writing about the Tioga County Herald, a weekly newspaper founded in Newark Valley, running successively from 1876 to 1966 when, under the last owner and publisher, Gus Brandes, it folded. To celebrate the Bicentennial in 1976, exactly 100 years after the publication of the first Tioga County Herald during the year of the American Centennial celebration, three graduates of Newark Valley High School’s Class of 1973 put out a special edition of the newspaper for the Bicentennial celebration in Newark Valley. Douglas Cornwell, then a Music Education major at SUNY Potsdam with a major interest in history and genealogy (taking many classes at Potsdam with History professors such as Dr. Judith B. Ranlett and Dr. Vincent J. Knapp) was the editor. Mark Monroe, a student at Cornell University, did the lion’s share of the writing, and Eric Steinkamp, a student at Clarkson UniversityClarkson UniversityClarkson University, was the financial manager, managing the books and the sales of advertising. (Today, Douglas has a tintype photo of his great-grandfather, Samuel J. Cornwell, at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia).

Looking back at these events, people have some good memories!

Retired Professor Douglas Cornwell has been writing that the newspaper was founded in 1876 by Gilbert E. Purple. Correction to this. According to records at the Library of Congress, it was not until just about a decade later that Purple was involved. Perhaps Professor Cornwell was clouded by his great-grandfather’s (Samuel J. Cornwell) tintype at the Centennial Exposition of 1876 and wished, after reading the deed of 1919 when Samuel purchased a property in Newark Valley from Gilbert E. Purple. Clouding of the mind is not unusual for any human being. Let that be a lesson!

Provided below is the actual information about the Tioga County Herald and its publishing history from 1876 to 1966 (Library of Congress, Newspaper: Tioga County Herald… 1876-1966).

Notes –  Weekly, –  Vol. 1, no. 1 (Mar. 4, 1876)- –  Ceased in Aug. 1966. Cf. Faibisoff, S.G. Bibl. of newspapers in 14 N.Y. counties.

[George M.?] Jordan & [?] Riley, 1876;
George M. Jordan & Henry A. LeBarron, 1876- ;
Jordan & [Charles Louis] Noble, 1877;
Charles L[ouis]. Noble, 1879-1883;
Charles L[ouis]. Noble & G[ilbert].Elsworth]. Purple, 1884-1889;
[?] More & Purple 1890;
G.E. Purple, 1901-1908;
[?], 1909;
A.L. Sherman & L.A. Worden, 1910;
Ivan C. Purple, 1913-1931;
[?], 1932-1945;
Grace B. Allen, 1946-1955;
[?], 1956;
Lloyd C. Allen, 1957;
Leon G. [“Gus”] Brandes, [1958?]-1966.

Further notes from the Library of Congress with regard to the Tioga County Herald (Library of Congress, The Owego Times … 1867-1967) indicate that the Tioga County Herald had a brief “after life” from 1966 to 1967. “Published as: Owego times-Tioga County herald, Sept. 2, 1966 and Oct. 14-Nov. 11, 1966. –  Tioga County times-herald (DLC)sn 90066443 (OCoLC)22044833″ until 1970.

Also, according to Library of Congress records, the newspaper was published as The Tioga County Sun-Times & Herald from 1970-1971. From 1971 to the current time, Library of Congress records say the publication was titled the Tioga County Gazette & Times. Apparently, the “Herald” name dropped. However, there is a discrepancy in the Library of Congress records as Professor Cornwell now subscribes to a newspaper from Owego titled Tioga County Courier and the Gazette name has been dropped.

Circumstantial evidence has indicated, since Rollie Noble of Newark Valley owned the complete run of the Tioga County Herald (1876-1966), that he was related to one of the original people involved in this newspaper. That person was Charles L. Noble who was involved from 1877-1889. Research of has hopefully provided the answer. Rollie Noble is a 1st cousin once removed to Charles Louis Noble who was living in Newark Valley. Once Charles Noble married his wife in 1889, he departed town, the nearest which can be determined. This coincides with the evidence that Charles L. Noble was part of the Tioga County Herald from 1877-1889. Research is always continuous. Probably another reason why Rollie Noble had in his possession, the complete sequence of newspapers from 1876-1966. Later, Mr. Noble indicated he had worked with the New York Newspaper Project to put those newspapers on microfilm and copies of the microfilm had been placed in Newark Valley’s Tappan Spaulding Memorial Library. However, this was prior to Rollie’s death in 1983. It was confirmed that the microfilm was in the local library, but it has not been confirmed in 2021.

The New York State Historic Newspapers website contains digital copies of other Tioga County newspapers, but the Tioga County Herald has not been found there. Why?

In the list of newspaper availability, Tappan Spaulding is not on the list. Why? It was there at one time with the entire sequence, as had been seen at Rollie Noble’s home.

Here is a list of availability found on a New York State Newspaper website:

Tioga County herald (Newark Valley, N.Y.) Published 1876-1966 : Weekly. OCLC 11405329 Continued by: Owego times (Owego, N.Y. : 1867)

  • New York State Library NY 77 Newark Valley 93-32030
    F Scattered issues missing 1888-1916. <1876:3:4-7:8,29, 8:26-12:30> <1877:1:6,27-4:21, 5:12-6:30, 7:14,28-8:11, 8:25-9:1,15-12:22> <1883:5:26-7:7,21-28> <1884:1:5-1888:12:29> <1889:1:5-6:29, 7:13-1908:2:21> <1910:1:4-12:30> <1916:1:4-6:30> <1923:1:5- 1966:7:22>
  • New York State Library Master microfilm
    M Scattered issues missing, 1888-1916 <1876:3:4-7:8,29, 8:26-12:30> <1877:1:6,27-4:21, 5:12-6:30, 7:14,28-8:11, 8:25-9:1,15-12:22> <1883:5:26-7:7,21-28> <1884:1:5-1888:12:29> <1889:1:5-6:29, 7:13-1908:2:21> <1910:1:4-12:30> <1916:1:4-6:30> <1923:1:5- 1966:7:22>
  • Cornell University
    P <1881:9:24> <1882:7:8> <1890:3:8,22> <1891:3:8,22> <1902:2:28> <1903:11:20>
  • Cortland County Historical Society
    P <1887:10:8>
  • Tioga County Historical Society
    F <1876:3:4-1877:12:22> <1883:5:26-7:28> <1884:1:5-1908:12:25> <1909:4:2-1916:12:29> <1918:7:5-1919:6:27> <1923:1:5-1966:7:22>
    P <1879:7:5> <1882:9:30> <1896:9:4> <1905:1:6,20-2:17, 3:3-4:28, 5:12,26-12:29> <1906:9:28-11:16> <1912:7:2-9,16-9:10,17-12:31> <1913:1:7-5:26, 6:3-7:22, 7:29-10:7,21,28-12:30> <1915:1:1-6:29> <1923:1:5-12:28> <1924:2:22-3:28, 4:11, 8:29> <1925:5:15> <1926 :1:15, 10:15> <1927:1:7-4:29, 6:3-12:30> <1928:1:6-12:28> <1929:1:4-12:27> <1930:3:7> <1931:1:2-1933:10:13> <1936:3:27-4:3,17, 5:1-1962:12:21>

Having all issues of this newspaper, from 1876 to 1966, are of great concern, not exclusively as a means to complain about this loss, but because of the collection which was seen at Rollie Noble’s home and a need to preserve historical information, but because locating some obituaries during that time frame, for those who resided in Newark Valley during those days, it has been the Tioga County Herald which has been the best resource. Also, it has been the best for many other news items which are very local to Newark Valley and not published in other newspapers in the county, as well as big city newspapers. Even the Tioga County Historical Society does not list the newspapers past 1962 and it was published until 1966. What has happened?

When the Bicentennial edition of the Tioga County Herald was published in 1976, Professor Cornwell, then a student at SUNY Potsdam, recalls working with “Duke” Evans of Owego, in order to publish the newspaper. In the Fall 1975 academic semester, Cornwell had enrolled in Dr. Ranlett’s American Family History class at SUNY Potsdam. Cornwell was then off his family history “starting gate” with a large part of his four family lineages of Cornwell, Schoonmaker, Eldridge, and Albro. The results were submitted as a research paper. He then went to work on putting together the Bicentennial edition of the Tioga County Herald. He also continued with the research begun in 1975, at a time when he traipsed through many cemetery sites (with Rockefellers buried there) and so forth, in southwestern Cortland County and northeastern Tioga County.

Cornwell is mystified by the success of commerce in what was once known as “Tioga” and run by the indigenous people here in an area which crosses our geography from Pennsylvania to New York.

Cornwell is seeking to research in more detail about this topic. Knowing about those who tried to develop a “research triangle park” with IBM in Endicott as the foundation of it and extending in a “triangle” to Ithaca (Cornell) and Elmira, Cornwell finds the results deplorable because IBM has departed from this area and now has a large base in a Southern research triangle park. The triangle park in the Southern Tier would have been better. The center of the “triangle” in the Southern Tier would have had Tioga County, NY, right in the middle of it all. Instead, the movement South (and North Carolina) destroyed it and there is no IBM anymore here in the Southern Tier.

The indigenous folks were more intelligent, were they not? With counties such as Broome, Tompkins, and Chemung (plus others) carved out of the original Tioga County, NY, we have divided this land as people from each geographic urban area fighting with one another rather than making life better for all.

Perhaps Cornwell lives in a fantasy world, right? The reality was dictated to the Southern Tier by fat cats at the top of big corporations who have worked to herd everyone into Dixie. It is very disgusting. Cornwell speaks out bluntly about it. Today, Cornwell finds too much pessimism in this area. Sad. To overturn this pessimism, Cornwell is using this medium of a blog named Tioga Herald.

Call Professor Cornwell crazy, but he believes in the American melting pot of multi-culturalism. The outgoing Trump Secretary of State made a claim in a mentally ill state of mind saying that “America is not multi-cultural.” Sure. Embolden Proud Boys, the KKK, John Birchers, and racial hate groups. What a dolt who has a right to an opinion, but not his own damn facts and emotions. Here Professor Cornwell is, bringing to the table the stupidity of the Trump regime of dictators favoring white supremacy. Perhaps people should examine Professor Cornwell’s family tree called American Tree with Multi-cultural Roots. Then there would be those who, with humility for learning, might learn and gain wisdom. As pessimists would say, “don’t count on it.” Jenna Bush just described how her grandmother, Barbara Bush, adamant against the LGBTQ people, listened to someone and changed her mind. Humility and someone learns. Too many Republicans today refuse to do this and that is also very sad, causing the pessimism which I hear from so many people. Optimism, not pessimism.”The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Do you know who said that?

Tioga Herald. A blog for optimism for the future and based on the name, Tioga, from the indigenous folks of this region. Like it or lump it, but amen and so be it. This particular blog provides a history of a newspaper in this region and the folks who made it happen. Gilbert Elsworth Purple also started the first telephone company in this area. It became Chenango & Unadilla Telephone and is now called Frontier. Hearsay says the original phone lines for the switchboards of that phone company still exist in the basement of the home once owned by Gilbert’s son, Jay Purple. (See the Purple Family Tree on Professor Cornwell’s website)

8 August 2011

I love Upstate New York!

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