Kevlin: Homer M. Osterhoudt dies at 100, attended all but three Hall of Fame inductions

From Jim Kevlin at on July 3, 2018:

Homer M. Osterhoudt, 100, who mixed concrete to build the Baseball Hall of Fame and attended all Inductions since 1939 except three, passed away peacefully Saturday, June 30, 2018, at Woodside Hall.

He was born on Jan. 17, 1918, in Oneonta, the son of Maurice C. and Catherine Hopkins Osterhoudt.  Later that year, the family moved to 98 Lake St., Cooperstown, where his father worked for the Fenimore Farm Dairy delivering milk by horse and wagon.  His parents bought a farm in Phoenix Mills in 1920 where he lived until 1946.

He attended Phoenix Mills’ one-room school house through eighth grade, moving to Cooperstown High School in 1932.  For many years he organized annual reunions of his Class of 1936.  He was a member of the Cooperstown High School Alumni Association, and its president at one time.

As a young boy, he caddied at the Leatherstocking Golf Club and served a couple years as caddy master.  He worked for the local Grand Union grocery in 1939-41 as a clerk and delivered groceries by van.

Homer received his Social Security card in 1937 when he worked for Bedford Construction Co. of Utica building the Baseball Hall of Fame.  He mixed cement for the foundation and was a block and brick helper for the masons.

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Originally published: July 5, 2018. Last Updated: July 5, 2018.