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Carla MacMillan was born in Brooklyn, New York in the 1940s. She grew up in New York City and attended boarding school after her parents moved to Saratoga, New York. She attended Elmira College and obtained a bachelor’s degree in psychology; she…

Dr. Carol Beechy is a doctor with Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown, New York. Dr. Beechy was born in Wooster, Ohio in 1948. She grew up there with her two sisters as the daughters of two Mennonites. She later went to Goshen College in Indiana for…

Carol Malz is a lawyer in Oneonta and a past board president of the Otsego County Conservation Association (OCCA). Malz treasures our planet’s natural resources. She grew up on Long Island, but through her travels, domestic and abroad, she…

Carol Mandigo has made a life in the arts and community service since the 1970s. She was born and spent her childhood residing in Clay, NY. Ms. Mandigo has extensive familial roots in Oneonta, NY and fond memories of visiting family there as a child.…

Carol Waller, the first female mayor of Cooperstown, New York, is a local businesswoman and lover of the town she calls home. Waller was born in Queens, New York and grew up on Long Island before moving to Cooperstown after marrying. She has spent…

Carolyn Lindberg, a long-time resident of Burlington Flats, New York, was born on August 29th, 1936, in her family home in Burlington Flats. Carolyn went to school, church, and attended social activities all within the local community. She married…

In the fall of 2009, the Cooperstown Graduate Program Class of 2011 completed oral history interviews with members of the Cooperstown community and surrounding villages of Otsego county, adding to the rich oral history database started by the Program…

Charles Alfred Coleman Jr. was born in Cooperstown, NY on April 30, 1928 as one of five children. His father was a bartender and a painter, and his mother was well-known for playing piano engagements around the area. Coleman attended school in the…

Dr. Charles Schoenlein was born in 1929 in Queens County, New York. His upbringing encouraged a love of music and an active, involved life-style. Educated at Queens University and then at Columbia Dental School, Dr. Schoenlein met his wife, Louis,…

Mrs. Charlotte Collett was born in Harlem, New York in 1951 She is the daughter of Charles Brown, a barber and Hazel Campbell, a dress maker. Growing up in government housing, during the 1950s and 1960s, Mrs. Collett learned the realities of growing…
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