This day in Mohawk Valley history: January 18, 1917
The Cobleskill Index., January 18, 1917, Cobleskill, Schoharie County, New York
ROUND ABOUT US
NEWS AND NOTES FROM THIS PART OF THE STATE.
Short Items of Interest Gathered From Our Exchanges, Telling of What Other People Are Talking About.
The Otsego supervisors voted to increase the pay of supervisors, town clerks and justices of the peace from $2.00 to $3.00 a day. (Today, that would be $46.37 to $72.10.)
Since January 1, 1916, Charles Sisson of Unadilla sold $700 worth of eggs ($16,231.09 today). He has 240 hens, the feed for the same cost $323 ($7,763.19 today).
Taxes Were Higher.
A well informed lady in this town asked us the other day what the tax rate in the town of Jefferson was 50 years ago, or at the close of the Civil war. We could not answer her nor have we found anyone who could give the correct information. the proceedings of the Schoharie county Board of Supervisors were not printed until the year 1878. W. J. Jones represented this town then and Jefferson’s tax rate was $4.80 ($115.37) on each $1,000 valuation. Jefferson had the lowest tax rate of any town in the county. The Board of Supervisors met in annual session Nov. 30. The Jefferson tax rate in 1879 was $6.65 ($159.83) and in 1880 was $8.60 ($206.70) on each $1,000 valuation. Of course in those days there were no highway tax—Jefferson Courier. (Note: Today’s adjusted values in parentheses.)
Causes Advance in Cost of News—Many Daily and Weekly Papers in New York Increase Rates.
The excessive cost of paper of labor and of printing material generally has during the past few months been quite generally commented upon, and as a result of it many newspapers throughout the country have been compelled as a matter of self-preservation to increase their rates.
The following papers in this section made the initiative January 1: Deposit Courier, Harpursfiled Budget, Aston Enterprise, South New Berlin Bee, Lisle Gleaner and the Binghamton Daily Press. The following have heretofore raised the price: Schenevus Monitor, Unadilla Times, Sidney record, Bainbridge Republican, Smyrna Press, Sherburne News, Richfield Springs Mercury, Richmondville Phoenix, Worcester Times and Edmeston Local.
Others will soon be obliged to advance prices or go out of business. No publisher who depends upon his income to pay his bills can stand the present condition long without increasing his revenue in some way.
According to recent dispatches more than 800 newspapers in the United States have gone out of business during the past year, 150 of which were published in the Empire State. —Oneonta Star.