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D&H Railroad

Kenneth Hungerford, 89; Oneonta Native Worked 39 Years For D&H

IN MEMORIAM: Kenneth Hungerford, 89;

Oneonta Native Worked 39 Years For D&H

Ken Hungerford

ONEONTA – Kenneth A. Hungerford, 89, of Olmstead Lane, Averill Park, an Oneonta native who served 39 years with the D&H Railroad, died on Saturday, June 29, 2019, at the Van Rensselaer Manor with family by his side.  Ken had recently moved to the Manor from his home after years of decline from dementia.

Born in Oneonta, Ken was the son of the late Ernest and Ina Edwards Hungerford and devoted husband of the late Shirley Young Hungerford.

Nelson A. Wells Sr., 93; WWII Vet Retired From City Government

IN MEMORIAM: Nelson A. Wells Sr., 93;

WWII Vet Retired From City Government

Nelson A. Wells Sr.

ONEONTA – Nelson Alfred Wells Sr., 93, a World War II veteran who then settled in Oneonta, went home to be with his Lord April 29, 2019, at  Fox Nursing Home.

He was born in North Clymer, in Chataqua County, the son of the late Anna (Ingram) and Alfred T. Wells.  He married Lena Belle Martin on Aug. 29, 1943 and had a blessed marriage of 73 years.

During the Second World War, a ham radio operator in the Army Air Corps, he served on Okinawa in the Pacific Theater.

In Memoriam: Donald R. Stiefel, 92; Worked for D&H Railroad

In Memoriam:

Donald R. Stiefel, 92;

Worked for D&H Railroad

Donald Stiefel

ONEONTA –  Donald R. Stiefel, 92, a former D&H Gang leader, passed away March 6, 2018 at Bassett Medical Center, Cooperstown after a brief illness.

He was born Dec. 27, 1925 in Oneonta, the son of Frederick and Mabel (Moon) Stiefel.

Don was a United States Navy veteran serving from 1944 to 1946 in the Merchant Maines Convoy duty.

He married Margaret “Peg” Jordan on Sept. 19, 1946 at the Zion Episcopal Church in Morris.

Springbrook, D&H Rail Yards Big Winners of CFA Funding

SPRINGBROOK, D&H YARDS

AMONG BIG CFA WINNERS

By LIBBY CUDMORE • allotsego.com

ONEONTA — A $400,000 renovation to upgrade Springbrook’s residential facilities was awarded today through the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council’s Consolidated Funding Application.

In all, four of the eight Otsego County projects were funded, a total of $700,000 towards economic development and job growth for the region.

“It’s a positive step forward,” said IDA president Sandy Mathes.  “Our projects were all linked directly to job growth.”

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