135 Years Ago
Notice: Removal – The hop business of D. Wilber & Son has been removed from Milford to Oneonta. Office room has been secured in rooms opposite Brown’s Hardware on Main Street, where we will be pleased to see our friends. All letters intended for D. Wilber & Son should be addressed to Oneonta instead of Milford, as formerly.
Attention was drawn last week to the frequency of fatal railroad accidents by persons stepping from one track to another to get out of the way of a train and being struck by a train running in an opposite direction. The latest victim is Alfred Haines, son of the widow Haines at Cobleskill, who was killed there last Thursday afternoon. The evidence taken at the Coroner’s inquest disclosed that the boy unconsciously stepped in front of the train which killed him to avoid an approaching freight train bound west. The unfortunate lad’s father and sister died not long ago.
110 Years Ago
James Hackett, an employee of the Wilcox livery, Elm Street, was found unconscious and near death Friday morning on his bed in the livery office. His condition was caused by asphyxiation from illuminating gas. He was taken to the Fox Memorial Hospital, where he soon regained consciousness. Hackett, who is about 22 years of age, retired at 9:30 Friday night and it is thought that after turning off the gas he accidentally turned it partly on again and went to sleep without noticing that gas was escaping.
James Boland, who recently leased the barber shop at The Oneonta, has managed to secure a fine equipment, lately shown at an exhibition, which embraces all the most improved features of a sanitary shop. Mr. Boland’s shop opened Saturday evening. The outside entrance is not yet completed but in the meantime easy access can be had through the hotel. The shop has four chairs; and N.D. Ogden, one of the best known barbers in this section, has been engaged as one of the tonsorial artists.
90 Years Ago
Over 46 years of railroading with the Delaware & Hudson Railroad John Bell has climbed from the bottom of the trainmen’s roster to conductor number two. During that term of service he saw the coming of air brakes, the substitution of electric lights in coaches for candles and oil lamps, the change from names to numbers for locomotives, the laying of a second track over most of the Susquehanna Division, the installation of automatic signals, the growth of cars from 10 to 100-ton capacity, and a corresponding increase in the locomotive force of engines.
70 Years Ago
Three Cobleskill men who shot a pet doe in Worcester Sunday and another doe on Warnersville Mountain, near Cobleskill, November 15, have made civil settlement for a total of $507.50. Admitting the slaughter before Justice of the Peace C.R. Clark, Harry Berard, 31, and Carlton Christman, 32, each settled for $202.50, and Arthur Berard, 29, a passenger on their trips, for $102.50. One of the deer shot was a spring fawn doe, pet of the family of Michael Benyo of East Worcester, which had a two-inch red and white calico ribbon bow around its neck. State Police of Oneonta and Cobleskill substations aided Game Protector Fred Barnard of Milford in the investigation and
50 Years Ago
The status of women will not change until women make it change, two women from Cornell University told members of the Hartwick College Women’s Club Tuesday evening. Stephanie Seremetis, coordinator of female studies at Cornell, and Janice Kelly, a technician
in the Department of Neuro-Biology at the university, described conditions at Cornell University which led to the development of special courses on women. The first course taught was the “Development of the Female Personality.” A small registration was expected, but
200 women enrolled in the course. Other courses added have been “Women and Biology,” “Women in Education,” and “Women in Literature.” These are credit courses open to the whole academic body. All have had large enrollments. When the Cornell speakers inquired about conditions for women at Hartwick College there were no criticisms save for the complaint that women at the college cannot use the sauna.