On the morning of August 28, 1888 residents of Dimmock Hollow (Ostego County) woke up knowing that it was going to be a memorable day. They couldn’t have known how right they were.
A political rally had been planned by local Republicans to support Benjamin Harrison in his presidential campaign against Grover Cleveland. They knew that the race would be close, nowhere more so than here in Cleveland’s home state of New York and wanted to whip up all the support they could get.
The Republican gathering was planned shortly after Democrats raised a liberty pole near the schoolhouse in Dimmock Hollow, a tiny crossroads between South New Berlin and Morris. [Read more…] about A Cannon Explodes: 19th Century Electioneering In Otsego County