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HOMETOWN History Oct. 18, 2019

HOMETOWN History

Oct. 18, 2019

150 Years Ago

It was supposed when the law was passed that about 1,200 of the veterans were still living in this State, and that the $50,000 appropriated would be sufficient to pay off the certificates of all the survivors. But it seems that 2,700 of the old soldiers were alive and filed their certificates with the Adjutant General. Many are still living to whom certificates were never granted. The result of this mistake on the part of our lawmakers is that the amount appropriated is only sufficient to pay about thirty-six percent on the principal of the certificates, saying nothing about the interest. The pro rata distribution has been made, and the soldiers are now being paid at the State Hall. The deficiency in the appropriation rendering a pro-rata distribution necessary, and the great difficulty in gathering in these certificates with the proper proofs, has given some of the state’s departments an immense amount of extra labor. The brave old veterans have long waited for the small amounts they are now receiving. We trust the next Legislature will see that justice is done.

October 1869

125 Years Ago

A girl balloonist lost her life at a fair in Franklinville, New York last Saturday. As the balloon started it was noticed that the girl held the trapeze by only one hand. Her strength was not equal to the effort of getting a grip with the other hand. When she reached a great elevation she lost her hold and fell to the earth. She struck on her head and shoulders and her body dug a hole in the ground a foot deep and three feet long. Her neck was broken and her body terribly crushed. She was only 18 and had promised her parents that this should be her last trip.

October 1894

100 Years Ago

A United States census will be taken commencing on January 2, 1920, and ending in cities and villages that had 2,500 or more population in 1910 in two weeks and in all other localities in one month. The fifteenth district of the State of New York is composed of the counties of Broome, Otsego, Chenango and Delaware and has been divided up into enumeration districts small enough so that the work can be done in the allotted time. An enumeration of the population and also of the agriculture will be taken.
Applications for appointment as enumerator were supposed to be filed with the supervisor on or before the fifteenth day of October, 1919. Persons between the ages of 18 and 70 are qualified, providing they have the other necessary qualifications.

October 1919

60 Years Ago

Two hundred shares of capital stock of the International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) valued at about $81,000 have been donated by Mrs. Charles W. Collins of Cooperstown to the State University College of Education at Oneonta to purchase rare books, unusual collections and special supplies, not normally provided from state appropriations. Mrs. Collins made the donation in honor of Dr. James M. Milne, the first principal of the Oneonta State Normal School for whom the college’s new library has been named. She was one of Dr. Milne’s students while attending the school. After graduation, she continued her education at Vassar. Raised in one of the oldest families in Oneonta, Mrs. Collins is the former Florence Ford, whose original family home stood where the Acme Market now is located. Her grandfather, Elaikim Feed Ford was one of the first merchants to settle in the village of Oneonta.

October 1959

40 Years Ago

The menu of the Otsego County Nutrition Program for the Aging the week of October 22-26 will be: Monday – Pineapple-grapefruit juice, Chop Suey with pork on rice sliced carrots, onion-dill bread, ice cream, coffee, tea, milk served with each meal daily. Tuesday – Cran-apple juice, stuffed peppers with tomato sauce, wax jellied fruit-cottage cheese salad, oatmeal bread, mixed fruit cup. Wednesday – Salmon loaf with white sauce, baked potato, broccoli, whole wheat bread, chocolate tart. Thursday – Tomato juice, roast beef and gravy, mashed potatoes, Brussel sprouts, tossed salad, popover apple. Friday – Grapefruit juice, cheese strata, Harvard beets, lime gelatin salad with shredded carrots, apricot halves. Meal locations: Nader Towers, Cooperstown First Baptist Church, West Oneonta Fire House, Worcester American Legion Hall, Unadilla Methodist Church.

October 1979

20 Years Ago

The Ku Klux Klan sued New York City and its police department alleging that its First Amendment rights to wear the traditional white hoods would be violated if the group was denied a permit to rally. The permit was denied on the grounds that the wearing of hoods violates a state statute that prohibits groups from congregating in public places while wearing masks or disguising their faces except for authorized masquerade parties or entertainment. The law has been on the books 150 years but is rarely used, officials said. New York Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Norman Siegel said “This is an important First Amendment case. Regardless of the message, the First Amendment says people have a right to express their views. They have a right to anonymous political activity.” The KKK contends its members wear the hoods to protect their identities because they have been subjected to retaliation because of their views. KKK National Imperial Grand Wizard Jeff Berry has also said that the hood is part of the group’s “religious attire.”

October 1999

10 Years Ago

The affiliation of A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta
with Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown is expected to be completed by January 1, 2010, officials at both organizations confirmed at a media conference at the FoxCare Center in Oneonta. Following the unanimous approval by the boards of both Bassett and Fox, the decision only needs the approval of regulators and the completion of a management and medical services agreements. Under the agreement, Fox will become an affiliated hospital in the Bassett Healthcare Network according to Bassett President and Chief Executive Dr. William Streck. “Any time health care is delivered in a more coordinated fashion, access, quality and efficiency improve and there is a reduction in the fragmentation of patient care,” Streck said. As part of the agreement Bassett will provide management and medical services to Fox.

October 2009

HOMETOWN History Oct. 11, 2019

HOMETOWN History

Oct. 11, 2019

150 Years Ago

The great storm which occurred here on the second and third of the month extended over several States – south beyond Washington and north and west into the British territory. Property to the amount of millions was destroyed and quite a number of lives lost, while shipping along the coast suffered very much. Hundreds of cattle, sheep and swine were carried into the streams and drowned, In the Hudson and other navigable rivers the boats were obliged to lay by on account of the great quantities of logs, timber, &c., floating down. Last Sunday, the third successive Sunday, it again rained all day. The streams and river here were high Monday morning, but not a flood. We see by the Albany papers that the rise in the river before twelve o’clock Sunday night was five feet, and the merchants began to move their goods to the upper stories.

October 1869

125 Years Ago

Local & Regional: H.G. Bishop, formerly of Oneonta, has bought off the Oneonta Press, and took possession last week.
Stamford now has a local telephone line with 21 subscribers. The subscribers not only have the advantages about the village, but they all connect with the Delhi, Grand Gorge, Harpersfield and Jefferson lines.
Ex-Governor Cornell is out with the
usual anti-election statements about the fearful increase of taxation under Democratic rule. He alleges that the state taxes have been increased nearly 100 percent. This is the annual chronic nonsense of Republican leaders. However, Delaware County is not weighted down with Democratic misrule. In 1882, the tax budget for Delaware County was $17,600. Under Republican rule it steadily increased, until in 1893 it was $63,800, an increase of nearly 400 percent. Meanwhile the increase in population has risen only about 5 percent.

October 1894

80 Years Ago

Speaking to members of Oneonta’s Rotary Club at the Hotel Oneonta yesterday afternoon, Bishop G. Ashton Oldham of the Episcopal Diocese of Albany said “With the determination to stay out of Europe’s conflict, I am in complete agreement – but for a different motive than that advanced by some of our leaders who seek the protection of our skins and our possessions, but rather because I want to see America ready to serve after the war in the leadership toward a lasting peace.” The Bishop commented further on the war and its effect on churches saying “the effect of war on our churches is feared by many who point out that they suffered during the last war because each side claimed that the church was on its side. However, that there is any war simply demonstrates that the church does not have the influence it should have upon governments, for every church and every denomination is most active in the cause of peace. Perhaps the fault lies in large part with the church which is too material and not sacrificial enough.”

October 1939

60 Years Ago

Bradenton, Florida – The home an elderly Negro woman was building in a new white neighborhood has been damaged by fire and authorities say the blaze was set deliberately. The woman, 67-year-old Elizabeth Jenkins has owned a 2.5 acre tract west of Bradenton since 1916. She has lived in one house there for 43 years and was building a new frame house nearby. She planned to move into the new house in a few weeks. Miss Jenkins’ property is surrounded by a fashionable white neighborhood which has been developed during the past two or three years. Sheriff Roy Baden said the woman had asked $20,000 for her land. But, when developers offered to meet her price, she hiked the figure to $40,000 and later to $50,000

October 1959

40 Years Ago

Hartwick College has received a $100,000 federal grant to establish a continuing education program for registered nurses. The grant, provided by the Health, Education and Welfare agency will fund classes, seminars and workshops for three years for nurses in Otsego, Delaware and Chenango counties. Hartwick College nursing department chair Mary Sees said the project is intended to provide additional training to as many as possible of the 1,300 nurses employed in the area. The exact line-up of programs will be determined in a survey of nurses. A coordinator will be hired.

October 1979

20 Years Ago

A wallet stolen during a recent robbery was recovered according to Oneonta police sources. In the past three weeks, three incidents of armed robbery were reported to police, compared to two robberies in all of 1998. “To have this number reported in this short a time is alarming,” said Oneonta Detective Sgt. Joseph Redmond. “People should exercise caution as in everything they do in life.” No one was hurt in the armed robbery incidents, during which wallets, cash, and keys were stolen, police said. At about 3:20 a.m. October 2, three people walking near 218 Chestnut Street told police they were robbed by two ski-masked men with handguns. Minutes later on West Street, another man was accosted by two men, one with a handgun. And, a man near Potter and Maple streets reported being robbed about an hour later, police said. Previously, a man told police someone had held a knife to his throat at about 3:15 a.m., September 23 while he was walking on Myrtle Avenue.

October 1999

10 Years Ago

When Chad Hall, a farmboy from Walton, was studying electrical mechanical design at SUNY Delhi, he figured he get a job as a draftsman, maybe in a some local firm. And he did, at Oneonta’s Custom Electronics. But instead of a job, Hall had found himself a launching pad.
Today, a mere 34, he’s COO of Custom Electronics’ spinoff Ioxus, jetting all over the country, to Korea, to Europe, pressing the cutting edge of ultracapacitors, a technology that, quite simply, could change the energy world as we know it.
The possibility is being recognized Thursday, Oct. 10, at the Otsego County Chamber’s 10th annual Small Business Banquet at The Otesaga, where Hall – and Chief Technical Officer Thor Eilertsen – will be accepting the chamber’s Breakthrough Award on their company’s behalf.

Oct. 9, 2009

HOMETOWN History Sept. 27, 2019

HOMETOWN History

Sept. 27, 2019

150 Years Ago

The Erie Railway Company announces that “on and after Monday, September 30,” they will reduce the running time to Chicago seven hours by means of the thirty-hour train, to be known as the “Great Pacific Express.” The westward traveler, taking his seat at ten o’clock on any given morning in one of the superb Drawing Room Coaches of the Erie line at Jersey City, may thus enjoy a ride rendered comfortable by all the accessories of Epicurus and Somnus, and alight in Chicago at 4 p.m. the next afternoon, not wearied and hungry with travel, but fresh as if awaking from a quiet snooze after dinner.

September 1869

125 Years Ago

Captain John Crawford of Davenport died suddenly at his residence about 2 a.m. Friday morning. On Thursday he had attended the Oneonta Fair and in the evening retired apparently in good health. Mr. Crawford has been a very active man, and at the time of his death was carrying on a very large lumber and manufacturing business. In 1862 he enlisted and was elected Captain of a Company in the 144th Regiment. In 1879, he was elected Sheriff of this county. He was 66 years old and leaves a wife and two sons, William and Henry, proprietors of the carriage factory in the Village of Davenport. Captain Crawford’s funeral was held at his late residence in Davenport on Sunday. Large delegations from the Masonic Fraternity and the G.A.R. of Oneonta were present.

September 1894

100 Years Ago

Will the Flu Return? Probably, but by no means certainly, there will be a recurrence of the influenza epidemic this year. Indications are that should it occur, it will not be as severe as the pandemic of the previous winter. The fact that a previous attack brings immunity in a certain percentage of cases should allay fear on the part of those affected in the previous epidemic. It is not yet certain that the germ has been isolated, or discovered, and as a consequence there is yet no positive, preventive, except the enforcement of rigid rules of sanitation and the avoidance of personal contact. A close relation between the influenza pandemic and the constantly increasing pneumonia mortality rate prior to the fall of 1918 is recognized. It is now believed that the disease was pretty widely disseminated throughout the country before it was recognized in its epidemic state. This failure to recognize the early cases appears to have largely been due to the fact that every interest was then centered on the war.

September 1919

80 Years Ago

That revolutions and dictatorships follow similar patterns through the ages of history may be the result of a system of society that cannot keep pace with public conceptions of rights, opportunity and justice, was the message of
Rev. Boyd McCleary, minister of the First Presbyterian Church in his address titled “Patterns in Dictatorships” at the meeting of the Oneonta Rotary Club at the Hotel Oneonta. Dr. McCleary said that an understanding of world unrest in our time can be gained through a study of a pattern into which earlier revolutions and dictatorships may fall. The speaker observed that peoples never break with their past save by cruel wrenches and then the pendulum swings to extremes. Dr. McCleary cited the earlier English and French revolutions and the Russian and German revolutions following the World War in his talk. Once the ball of unrest starts rolling it must finish its course, the Left of today becoming the Right of tomorrow as people search for justice which they feel the integrated systems of society under which they live will never provide. Dr. Cleary reviewed the lives of dictators such as Cromwell, Napoleon, Lenin and Hitler. In closing, Dr, McCleary expressed the conviction that in the development of society the time will come when force will no longer prevail and right and justice
will be enthroned.

September 1939

60 Years Ago

Memories of a lively portion of Otsego and Herkimer County history flew thick and fast yesterday as former employees of the Southern New York Railroad staged their first reunion since 1922 at the Milford American Legion Home. On hand were about 60 former employees of the now long-vanished electric line which once served commuter and freight needs between Oneonta and Mohawk. Chairman for the reunion, now to be an annual event, was Claude Tilley of Milford. Some of the individuals on hand can trace their memories of the railroad to its beginnings. Among those is Sherman Stone of Oneonta. Mr. Stone drove the first passenger trolley to operate under its own power between Oneonta and Hartwick. Mr. Stone worked on the construction of the line in 1902. He is now a prominent Oneontan and a member of the city’s Public Service Board.

September 1959

40 Years Ago

A resolution recommending no practicing homosexual be ordained by the 3-million member Episcopal Church was approved Tuesday night by the church’s House of Deputies, and is now official church policy. The resolution was approved Monday by the 239-member House of Bishops at the church’s Sixty-sixth General Convention. The vote followed lengthy debate. Among lay members in the House of Deputies, the vote to concur with the House of Bishops vote was 77-18 with 13 divided. Among clerics the vote was 70-29, with 11 divided. The divided tallies signify dioceses that were split on the question. On Tuesday, 21 bishops issued a strong “Statement of Conscience” saying they would not accept nor implement Monday’s resolution.

September 1979

10 Years Ago

State University of New York Distinguished Service Professor Gretchen S. Sorin, Professor of Museum Studies and Director of the Cooperstown Graduate Program of SUNY Oneonta, has been named the 2009 recipient of the Katherine Coffey Award, the top honor presented by the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums. The Coffey Award is presented to a museum professional who demonstrates superior professional accomplishment; a record of service to the profession on state, regional, national and/or international levels; and a proven record of service to the community in which the museum is located. Sorin has been active in the museum field for 35 years, having served as Director of the Cooperstown Graduate Program for the
past 14 years.

September 2009

HOMETOWN History Sept. 20, 2019

HOMETOWN History

Sept. 20, 2019

100 Years Ago

An Assemblage of “Fat Men” – A convention of fat men has recently been held in
Norwalk, Connecticut at Gregory’s Point Hotel. One hundred and forty of the fattest men of New England and the adjoining states assembled. The names and weights of the various individuals are recorded. The weights ranged from two hundred to three hundred and fifty-eight pounds. The 358-pounder was John A.P. Fisk of New York who was elected president of the society for the ensuing year. James A. Lincoln of Springfield, Massachusetts, weighing 329 pounds was elected vice-president. The aggregate weight of the six heaviest was 1,922 pounds giving an average of 320 and one-third pounds each. The aggregate weight of the whole 140 men was 31,385 pounds, being an average of 224 pounds each. They feasted on shell fish, scale fish, fish without scales and a great variety of vegetables. They devoured thirty bushels of oysters, 47 bushels of clams, 359 pounds of bluefish and eight barrels of sweet potatoes. Due to the intense heat the foot races were cancelled.

September 1869

125 Years Ago

Celestial Photography – Celestial objects can be photographed that will never be seen by the keenest eyes, aided by the most powerful telescope that can be made. One reason of this is that the photographic plate is sensitive to a far greater range of vibrations than the eye. Not only is it acted upon, to a slight extent, by the visual rays, but by those as rapid as 40,000,000,000, a second. Another reason is that, while the human retina can only retain an impression for about one-seventh of a second, the feeblest light that falls upon the sensitive plate is not lost, but is stored up. The countless millions of waves of light striking persistently upon one point of the plate must, in course of time, produce an image of the star. In this way, apparently blank parts of the heavens
have been shown to be crowded with stars. The total number of stars visible to the naked eye is only about six thousand. With our large telescopes this number becomes more than 50,000,000, while with the photographic eye it cannot be less than 160,000,000.

September 1894

100 Years Ago

Anti-Divorce Experts Advice: Kiss your wife three times before each meal. Don’t argue with her about her mother’s disposition. Don’t hide the change in your trousers pocket when retiring, but put it under your wife’s pillow. When she reads Shakespeare, forget the American League averages and read it with her. Don’t test the quality of her raised biscuits with your heel. Wipe your feet seven times before crossing the family threshold. So runs the advice of the anti-divorce experts. The City of Norwich, New York does not believe in issuing a series of impeachments on how to avoid divorce. It goes straight to the heart of the problem. For seven weeks, Norwich, through the medium of a summer school, has been teaching its girls how to become successful wives. It has taught them how to cook and sew. It has taught them how to make a successful home. It has taught them how to buy judiciously and how to make the pennies count.

September 1919

80 Years Ago

Village of Sidney Named for British Admiral – Once a part of the Indian conference grounds of Unadilla and later part of the Town of Franklin, Sidney, in the early nineteenth century, acquired the name Sidney Plains. When the village was incorporated in 1888 the name was shortened to Sidney. Tradition says that the name Sidney Plains was given in honor of Sir Sidney Smith, famous British Admiral who had gained much fame for his naval victories of that period. The name was first applied by John Mandeville, an English schoolmaster then living in Sidney Plains. Jay Gould, in his history of Delaware County published in 1856 confirms this origin of the name.
Unadilla was the original name that once applied to the whole region where the
counties of Delaware, Chenango and Otsego meet. The first settlement on the
site was established when Rev. William Johnston and his family arrived about 1790. For a time the area was known as Johnston’s Settlement and later called Susquehanna Flats before that name was replaced with Sidney Plains.

September 1939

60 Years Ago

The Oneonta Yellowjackets will host Ilion in their 1959 grid opener. Coach Lloyd Baker’s Yellowjackets who last year ran up a 6-2 record, have last year’s line practically intact but the backfield is missing three big fellows – Chuck Sweeney, Denny Weir and Mike Syros. Returning linemen are George Lynch, Charlie Hamwey, Tony Coraro, Pete Van Woert, Co-Captain Mike Zagata, Joe Rizzo and Skip Knott. Jim Konstanty will return as the starting quarterback. Pete Van Woert, who took over at center the second game of the season and remained there doing a fine job is back again. Pete is 6’ 1” and weighs 190 pounds. Big Jim Konstanty (6’ 2” 200 pounds) will share the quarterbacking with Pat Delaney, a promising sophomore.

September 1959

20 Years Ago

A recently published book about Yankee slugger Joe DiMaggio includes an article written by SUCO history professor William Simons. In the book, “Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio”
Simons describes how DiMaggio’s place in American history extends well beyond baseball. Titled “Joe DiMaggio and the American Ideal” follows DiMaggio from his start as a baseball rookie in 1936 through his marriage to Marilyn Monroe, to his success as an advertising pitchman. DiMaggio became a role model for Italian-Americans and a model for masculinity
for 60 years.

September 1994

10 Years Ago

Meizhu Lui, Executive Director of United for a Fair Economy will present “The Color of Wealth” at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Center for Multi-cultural Experiences in Lee Hall at the State University College at Oneonta. Lui’s group is a national nonprofit organization that helps build social movements for greater equality, according to officials. In her presentation, Lui will explore why the distribution of wealth in the United States is so uneven and whether public policy, even when well-intentioned, reinforces existing inequalities, and whether race and ethnicity continue to play a pivotal role in defining the haves and have-nots in society.

September 2009

HOMETOWN History Sept. 14, 2019

HOMETOWN History

Sept. 14, 2019

150 Years Ago

Temperance – If the temperance question could be withdrawn from the areas of party politics it would be far better for the morals of the rising generation. We have urged the same views in relation to Sabbath observances. The claims of truth upon the conscience are weakened by alliance with the demands of warring political factions. If faith in the Supreme Being were made the test of political orthodoxy, there are many who now reverence the Creator that would become infidel in the excitement of a party contest. The Springfield Republican comes out decidedly in favor of substituting moral suasion for the machinery of the statute. No moral progress was ever made by legal force. Temperance is a moral virtue, and can only be promoted by reason and argument.

September 1869

125 Years Ago

Architecture of the Future – The Eiffel Tower, built wholly
of metal, is an example, and a good example, of a step in the direction which architects will be forced to follow in the future. The great railway stations, exhibition buildings and other structures of steel, concrete, paper and glass, which the needs and inventions of our day have called into existence, show which way flows the stream of tendency. The new building material has come to stay. In another century houses may not be merely built with steel girders. They may be made of metal frames bolted together and gripping walls of paper. Then the age of the tent will return. A man will buy his house from a manufacturer and will hire a site to set it upon. When he moves from one place to another, he will take his home with him. Building leases will die a natural death. Towns will wander about and a great many curious results will arise.

September 1894

100 Years Ago

The Oneonta Electric Lighting Company’s pond at East End claimed another victim Friday when Clayton Anderson, a colored man, aged about 26 years, was seized with cramps while swimming. Anderson, who was a member of a section gang working on the D. & H. tracks near the pond, had gone in for a swim before he was to resume work at one o’clock. He had been swimming about for a short time when he gave a loud cry and sank out of sight. The other members of the gang, most of them Italians, were apparently somewhat confused. But, after finally reaching the scene they were unable to render any assistance because of the absence of any boats or other means of reaching the
unfortunate man. After about three hours search by policemen and others the body was located about 40 feet from shore in 20 feet of water. Anderson had no relatives in this vicinity. Others of his race said his home was in the south where his mother lived. He had lived in Oneonta for a year or two and had been employed on the section gang only five days before his death.

September 1919

80 Years Ago

Contrary to public belief, the majority of automobile accidents in Otsego County in 1939 have occurred during the daytime. Authority for this statement is Corporal W.E. Cadwell of Sidney, assistant to the Head of the New York State Police Traffic Division. Corporal Cadwell has addressed
many area organizations since being promoted to the post two years ago. The accident chart reveals that most of the crashes in Otsego County have occurred between the hours of 12 to 1 and 2 to 3 in the afternoon and from 6 to 7 in the evening. Since January 1, 1939, Otsego County has had 134 highway accidents involving injuries or deaths. Corporal Cadwell said 103 people have been injured and 10 killed. Of five accidents involving pedestrians, one resulted in death.

September 1939

40 Years Ago

Puerto Rican terrorists are freed by President – Four defiant Puerto Rican nationalists granted clemency by President Carter left U.S. jails Monday where they spent at least a quarter century for terrorist acts in Washington, D.C. All four were heading to a Chicago rally to renew pleas for independence for their Caribbean homeland. Three of the four nationalists were convicted in a 1954 shooting in the U.S. House of Representatives that left five Congressmen wounded. The fourth was jailed four years earlier for attempting to assassinate President Harry Truman. Released for the House shootings were Lolita Lebron, 59, Irving Flores Rodriguez, 54, and Rafael Concel Miranda, 49. The fourth nationalist, Oscar Coliazo, 65, told reporters, “The fight for freedom is always a long fight and always a hard fight. I have nothing to be disappointed about.” Steve Guerra, a spokesperson for Chicago’s Puerto Rican Cultural Center said the four would be brought together for a rally outside Roberto Clemente High School on the city’s northwest side, a home for many of Puerto Rican heritage.

September 1979

20 Years Ago

If legislators had passed the state budget sooner, the Oneonta school district probably would have its first universal pre-Kindergarten educational program in place. Classes must begin by October 6 in order for students to complete a 180-day school year. On October 1, the district will send applications to area childcare agencies that would provide pre-K services for the rest of the year. The state has awarded $51,300 or $2,700 per pupil, to fund 19 universal pre-K slots in Oneonta this school year. Exactly how the district will choose the 19 students has not been decided but “economically disadvantaged” students will be considered first. Experimental pre-K, the sister program to universal pre-K began this week with a class of 32 students. That program is reserved for students and families with special needs. Any child not in the experimental program would be eligible for universal pre-K.

September 1994

10 Years Ago

The eighth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11 was remembered Friday night at the State University College at Oneonta. “Eight years ago Americans united to show that they would stand tall in the face of the terrorist threat,” said Student Association President Rick Heil as he addressed the crowd. “It was important because without a sense of unity and purpose, the terrorists would have achieved their purpose.”

September 2009

HOMETOWN HISTORY: Sept. 6, 2019

HOMETOWN HISTORY

Sept. 6, 2019

150 Years Ago
Brutal Outrage in Hartwick – A young Irishman, one James Kelley, was passing through the Village of Hartwick, on his way from Cherry Valley, where he had been
employed as a laborer to the Midland road. He had money with him, which was seen by several of the citizens, also a watch, razor, and tobacco. He was intoxicated, and soon fell among thieves. The village plug-uglies, who for years have held undisputed sway in that place, soon detected by professional scent, the game ahead, and no time was lost in securing the unfortunate fellow. He was induced, in his intoxicated state to visit the Lodge of Good Templars, assured that it was a brothel kept in the place. As a consequence, the victim was thrown down the stairs by members of the Lodge. He was enticed away by those having him in charge, and upon the four corners of the streets, in a clear moonlit night, he was garroted, his money, watch, razor and tobacco taken away from him, and the poor fellow left bleeding upon the ground. His hair was sheared from his head in a barbarous manner and he was left to seek refuge in an out building.
August 1869

125 Years Ago
Baseball English as she is wrote for the edification of the public is luridly picturesque. The other day, I went up to the Polo Grounds to a prettily played game and enjoyed it. Later, I glanced over a published account of the same game and found that my impressions of it, formed on the grounds, were entirely wrong. In the first place, players who were supposed to have family names hadn’t any such. In the paper, one was “Midget.” Another was “Spud.” There
was a “Fatty” with “Skeleton” to keep him company.
The first man who came to bat did not make a base hit.
He “walloped out a single.” The next batter did not do anything so tame. He got real demonic and “fungoed to center.” The centerfielder wasn’t a bit terrified either, “for he hugged the musty fly.” What I had taken for a three-base hit was nothing of the kind. It was worse than crying twins. It was a “whistling triplet.”
August 1894

80 Years Ago
The communities of Fort Plain and Cooperstown joined Saturday afternoon in observance of Alexander Cartwright Day on the Baseball Centennial All-Summer Program. The Centennials defeated the Fort Plain team at baseball on Doubleday Field 8-5. The program opened with a parade through Main Street to the field, headed by the Cooperstown band, augmented with musicians from Fort Plain. The $5 prize for the best costumes in the parade was won by the Red Men’s organization of Fort Plain. Little Mary VanDeusen of Portlandville won the second prize of $2.50, wearing a beaded Indian costume. A life-size photograph
of Alexander Cartwright was autographed by Cooperstown Village and Centennial officials and the participating ball teams. It will be returned to members of the Cartwright
family in the Hawaiian Islands. Ceremonies included a
10-minute pantomime in which America Russo, representing
Cartwright and five other young men, depicted the laying out of the dimensions of the playing diamond. Members of the two ball teams were decorated with floral leis sent to Cooperstown by the Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce.
August 1939

60 Years Ago
Ruth Ray, daughter of the Rev. and Mrs. Mark S. M. Ray, 2 Walling Avenue, has been appointed as a special term missionary by the commission on Ecumenical Mission and Relations of the United Presbyterian Church. She has been assigned to the American College for Girls in Cairo, Egypt, where she will teach music. This instruction includes violin, voice, theory and appreciation, general music classes and choir. The school consists of study from the first grade through the second year of college. Nine tenths of the student body of more than 1,000 are Egyptians. About one-third are Christians, while the remaining students are Muslims. Fourteen of the teachers in the school are Americans. The college was founded by the United Presbyterian Church in 1910 and since then has aided in the education of upper class Egyptian women who include the daughters of royal parents, cabinet ministers and foreign ambassadors.
August 1959

40 Years Ago
Latches have been removed from refrigerators behind Dundam’s Furniture on Chestnut Street following an inspection according to City of Oneonta engineering aide Bruno Bruni. City enforcement officials checked the site recently to find most of the machines were tied shut with string, a closing that would not meet with safety regulations if the locks were still in place. When re-checked, officials verified that the locks had been removed. John Dundam said the refrigerators are stored temporarily in back of his store while waiting for repairs or to be junked.
August 1979

20 Years Ago
Although formal campaigning is banned at the New York State Fair, elected leaders from the governor down to local lawmakers have become a common sight strolling the fairgrounds over the years. Governor George Pataki extended that tradition again this year when he helped officially open the 1999 fair on Thursday. He was joined by more than two dozen state, county and local elected office holders – even a few Democrats – looking for a chance to be seen and heard
by the public. “I don’t think people go to the fair to see politicians. But I do think the public has come to expect that politicians come to the Fair,” said Tom Young, the State Fair’s Director for a decade and a two-term Mayor of Syracuse.
August 1999

10 Years Ago
The start of classes at Hartwick College on Tuesday, Sept. 8, will mark the beginning of its “Three-Year
Bachelor’s Degree Program” option that has won nationwide attention and interest, saving participants $40,000
on a college education.
September 2009

HOMETOWN History Aug. 30, 2019

HOMETOWN History

Aug. 30, 2019

150 Years Ago
Delaware Academy – The fall term of this institution opened very favorably last week. The gentlemen in charge are men of large experience in teaching, and we can assure parents and scholars that an opportunity is now offered for a thorough and complete course of education. The corps of teachers in the Academy excel in scholarship, and are fully prepared to give scholars a full and complete Academic course. The buildings have been refitted and are in perfect condition. The library is the largest and best selected in the county, and the laboratory is in complete order, and the boarding halls are open for boarders on reasonable terms. We know of no institution so complete and perfect in all respects and so desirable for scholars seeking education.
September 1869

125 Years Ago
Stamford was visited by a big fire last week Tuesday evening. The Tanner House, just below the Village of Stamford, was discovered to be on fire. The fire was in the top of the house and spread rapidly. It was soon beyond control and all that could be done was to save furniture from the lower stories. Only one stream of water could be turned on the flames and what could be done had to be done very quickly. By midnight the building was burned to the ground.
September 1894

100 Years Ago
Two automobiles collided late Saturday afternoon at a sharp turn of the state road just west of Davenport Center. One of the cars was a large Auburn sedan driving west from Kingston, and the other a Buick six. The Auburn car skidded
on the slippery road in making the turn and sideswiped the Buick, itself landing on the bank. The driver, in righting the car, sideswiped a tree and then ran head-on into another tree, practically demolishing his car. The Buick was less seriously damaged and taken to the local garage for repairs. Of the occupants of the cars two women and a man were injured but none seriously. The occupants of the Auburn car, who were from New Jersey on their way to Norwich, were taken to Oneonta, where they caught the evening train.
September 1919

60 Years Ago
“All the little boys look the same with short haircuts and long trousers.” That was the observation of John Milsome, exchange teacher from England who will teach sixth grade at Chestnut Street school this year. Mr. Milsome, the assistant headmaster at Roe Green Primary School, Kingsbury, England replaces William Swain, who will teach in England.
The swap was made possible through the U.S. Office of Education and the Ministry of the United Kingdom.
Mr. Milsome along with his wife and daughter are living at 7 Cleveland Street. Mr. Milsome anticipates no problems with American youngsters. “I don’t know baseball but I’m sure the youngsters will teach me. I could tell them about cricket and football (soccer),” he said. Mr. Milsome in concluding the interview remarked that Bill Swain, the Oneonta teacher who replaced him in England, was probably being interviewed by one of our reporters.
September 1959

40 Years Ago
A federal judge on Thursday ordered the virtually all-male New York State police force to give half of its job openings for years to come to women and members of minority groups. U.S. District Judge James Foley set quotas for future hiring by the police division at 40 percent of all new trooper positions to blacks and Spanish surnamed citizens and 10 percent to women. The ruling will remain in place until the 3,400 member force reflects the racial make-up of the population it serves – a process estimated to require at least five years at current hiring and staffing levels. The civil suit originated with the U.S. Department of Justice in 1977. Judge Foley said he had found no evidence that the past hiring practices had been purposely discriminatory or to any extent selected and continued because of adverse impact upon Negroes, Spanish-surnamed Americans or women. However, he said they had a discriminatory effect in violation of federal law and that must change.
September 1979

20 Years Ago
The Upstate Home for Children opened a new home on Glens Bridge Road in the Town of Oneonta last week. Five people will live in the home which will be staffed by about 10 people on rotating shifts. The home meets a housing demand for adults with mental and physical handicaps. The home provides a home-like environment where residents are involved in cooking meals and other chores said Bill Twasutyn, Director of Adult Services at the Upstate Home. There is a similar home for six people under the age of 21 in West Oneonta. The residents at the Glens Bridge Road home will range in age from 23 to 29 and will attend programs at the Upstate Home Center on Water Street in Oneonta or a program with the Association for Retarded Citizens, Twasutyn said.
September 1999

10 Years Ago
Standing in the lobby of the 1897 Chestnut Street theatre, state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, announced a $10,000 senate grant to help the Friends of the Oneonta Theatre reopen the theater.”.
The money is an operating grant. Under an agreement with the new owner, Thomas Cormier of Burlington Flats, proprietor of Information Technologies, the Friends will manage the theater portion of the complex.
“The Oneonta Theatre has played an important role in local history and the downtown Oneonta economy,” said Seward in making his announcement. I am excited that the role will continue and expand in the future,” he said.
Septermber 2009

HOMETOWN History Aug. 23, 2019

HOMETOWN History

Aug. 23, 2019

150 Years Ago

Tell Your Wife – If you are in trouble or quandary, tell your wife – that is, if you have one – all about it at once. Ten to one her intervention will solve your difficulty sooner than all your logic. The wit of woman has been praised, but her instincts are quicker and keener than her reason. Counsel with your wife, or mother, or sister, and be assured light will flash on your darkness. Women are too commonly adjudged as verdant in all but purely womanish affairs. No philosophical student of the sex thus judges them. Their intuitions, or insights, are subtle, and if they cannot see a cat in the meal, there is no cat there. In counseling a man to tell his troubles to his wife, we would go further, and advise him to keep none of his affairs secret from her. Many homes have been happily saved and many fortunes retrieved by a man’s full confidence in his “better-half.”

August 1869

100 Years Ago

With four gold service stripes on the sleeve of his uniform, Private James H. Harrison, once mourned as dead, returned to Oneonta Friday, after 23 months service overseas. He is at the home of his sister, Mrs. H.C. Whitcomb, 50 Spruce Street. Private Harrison was a member of the famous Second Division, which was made up half of regular infantry and half of Marines. The division made for itself a most gallant record. It played an enviable role in five great battles in which American troops were engaged – Chateau-Thierry, Soissons, St. Mihiel, the Champagne and the Argonne. It was shortly before the signing of the Armistice that Mrs. Whitcomb received official notification that her brother had been “killed in action” in October. Having received letters from him after the date on which he was “killed,” Mrs. Whitcomb thought that some error had been made. She notified the Red Cross Service Bureau and also asked the War Department for an investigation. In a few weeks it was established that Private Harrison was in good health. However, another soldier by the same name and in the same company had been killed and the notification sent to Mrs. Whitcomb by mistake.

August 1919

80 Years Ago

President Roosevelt addressed appeals for peace to Adolf Hitler and President Moscicki of Poland, suggesting three methods for avoiding war. These methods were 1. Direct negotiation. 2. Submission of the controversy to impartial arbitration. 3. Agreement to adopt the procedure of conciliation, selecting a conciliator or moderator. President Roosevelt told Hitler: “The people of the United States are as one in their opposition to policies of military conquest and domination. They are as one in rejecting the thesis that any ruler, or any people, possess the right to achieve their ends or objectives through the taking of action which will plunge countless millions of people into war and which will bring distress and suffering to every nation of the world, both belligerent and neutral….Because of my confident belief that the cause of world peace – which is the cause of humanity itself – rises above all other considerations, I am again addressing myself to you with the hope that the war which impends and the consequent disaster to all peoples everywhere may yet be averted.”

August 1939

60 Years Ago

Oneonta’s first foreign-exchange high school student has arrived here. Miss Marketta Karkinen, 18-year-old honor student, who hopes to become a doctor, is now settled with Dr. and Mrs. Carroll E. Rusch, 35 Cedar Street, her foster parents for the year. The Finnish miss was selected as a foreign exchange student by the American Field Service and will attend Oneonta High School. She will be a senior. Miss Karkinen is the daughter of the headmaster of the Commercial School at Lahti, Finland, a city of 60,000 population north of Helsinki. Marketta, who has already studied four years of physics, geometry, algebra, two years of biology, and one each of zoology and botany, said it is not uncommon for a Finnish woman to become a doctor. In her application to become an exchange student Marketta wrote: “I think America is a free and progressive country which has already achieved great things in many fields and is a land of the future.”

August 1959

40 Years Ago

Despite double-digit inflation, stagflation, recession and depression, Beth Walter’s business is picking up. She’s a janitor. And every morning, when the city is fighting to come awake, she’s in the parking lot of the Clinton Plaza sweeping up after last night’s revelers. On the job since mid-May, she took over when her brother-in-law quit. “He got a job with SUCO,” she said. “Now, he’s going to go to work for the railroad.” Beth’s job consists of sweeping sidewalks, cleaning up the parking lot and picking up garbage. She doesn’t do lawns. “But, I’d like to,” she said. A college-trained janitor (she worked on the maintenance crew at Cornell University), she said she has no bigtime janitorial ambitions. “I’m really into horses,” the 18-year-old said. “Someday, I’d like to own some horses and teach riding.”

August 1979

20 Years Ago

When plans were announced to convert the Perkins Family Restaurant in the Town of Oneonta into a Denny’s restaurant, the new owner was eager to get started. As a result, the restaurant’s menu and a few signs were quickly changed, and Denny’s opened within a couple of weeks. But the speedy opening prevented major changes to the overall look of the place. Now that the business has established itself, plans are being made for some further dramatic improvements. “We’re basically going to be bringing a whole new look to the place, both inside and outside,” said Kristin Murphy, a manager at the restaurant. “It’s going to be really, really nice.”

August 1999

HOMETOWN History Aug. 16, 2019

HOMETOWN History

Aug. 16, 2019

150 Years Ago

The total eclipse of the sun which occurs this week Saturday, will not only be a most imposing spectacle, but also one of the most important of astronomical phenomena. Among barbarian tribes it ever excited apprehension, while among cultivated nations it is recognized from the exactness with which the time of occurrence and the various appearances answer to the prediction, as affording one of the proudest triumphs of astronomy. Although such an eclipse occurs nearly every year somewhere on the earth, yet the area within it can be observed is so smallish, it happens to few persons to witness one in the course of a lifetime. Two total eclipses only have been visible in the United States since the beginning of the present century, those of 1806 and 1834.

August 1869

125 Years Ago

The first annual convention of the Otsego County Fireman’s Association met in the Exchange Hall on Dietz Street, Oneonta Wednesday at 11 a.m. Some fifty delegates were present at the business meeting,
representing the fire companies and
departments of Morris, Schenevus, Cooperstown, Unadilla, Richfield Springs, Otego, Gilbertsville and Oneonta. In the evening a banquet in honor of the visiting delegates was given by the executive committee of the local fire department at the Windsor Hotel. The menu was very elaborate and the good things provided were partaken of with a gusto which was in itself the banquet’s best praise. Thursday occurred the first annual parade and tournament of the Otsego County Firemen’s Association. The parade started at about 11:40 a.m. from the foot of Broad Street.

August 1894

100 Years Ago

Otsego County is now represented in the American Legion. This is the first post to be organized in Otsego County despite the fact that many other counties with smaller population and considerably less number of service men have several posts in operation. At American Legion state headquarters it is believed that additional posts will be formed in Cherry Valley, Cooperstown, Edmeston, Hartwick, Otego, Richfield Springs, Unadilla, Worcester, and many other towns as sufficient service men reside in those localities to start good posts. Only fifteen men are required to sign an application, which should be mailed to the County Chairman, George W. Augustin, of Oneonta.

August 1919

80 Years Ago

Three Oneontans will be among the ten musicians who will compete for cash prizes of $15 and $10, as well as merchandise awards, in the “Old-Time Fiddlers’ Contest”
on Wednesday evening in front of the Townsend Hardware Co. where the public can gather in the street to witness the competition. Contestants will be Charles Ellis, Floyd Wheeler, and Robert O’Brien
of Oneonta; Ferris Layman of Otego; Clifford Hess of Sydney; William Kellogg of Portlandville; L.H. Wheat of Mt. Vision; Charles Couse of Sidney Center; Omar Spooner of Richmondville; and Russell Alger of Masonville. The evening’s program will open with a half-hour concert by Keeton’s band.

August 1939

60 Years Ago

It was all through the assistance of Huntington Memorial Library. Chris Spingola, 15 Main Street, was one of 15 applicants who passed the examination to receive a Federal Communications license as second class radio telephone operator. Mr. Spingola pointed to literature from various schools offering courses leading up to such a license
at fees up to $1,000. He also showed courses offered leading to a high school diploma. Last year he was granted his High School Equivalency diploma after passing examinations at Oneonta High School. For both examinations, he emphasized, his sole source of study, was Huntington Library. “It’s a wonderful thing for a city this size to have such a library, and librarians who are so helpful,” he declared.

August 1959

40 Years Ago

The Main Street viaduct over the D&H tracks, connecting downtown Oneonta
with the Sixth Ward, will be opened with
a ceremony August 24 at 11 a.m. The ceremony is being coordinated by James T. Catella and the Oneonta Lions Club. Catella is the city’s former Parks and Streets Superintendent and also the father of the contractor’s chief engineer on the job. He is also the city’s official liaison person with the D&H Railroad. Family connections will loom large at the ceremony. Among other guests will be Duncan Briggs, whose grandfather was President of the Oneonta Village Board which authorized the viaduct about 1900. Also, William H. Lunn, whose grandfather was Mayor of Oneonta when the original bridge was completed will be present. Speakers will include Mayor James Lettis, Sixth Ward Alderman Jean Scarzafava, and a representative of the state’s Department of Transportation. D & H. Vice President Thomas O’Brien of Albany is expected to attend. The new $2.1 million bridge, begun in 1978, was finished two months ahead of schedule.

August 1979

20 Years Ago

The Pentagon updated its “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy for gays in the military on Friday to require mandatory training on anti-harassment for all troops, beginning with boot camp. “There is no room for harassment or threats in the military,” Defense Secretary William Cohen said in issuing the guidelines. Michelle Benecke, co-director of the Service-members’ Legal Defense Network, the leading advocacy group on the issue of gays in the military, praised Cohen’s statement but with reservations. “The real issue is whether leaders will be committed at every level to stop anti-gay harassment,” she said.

August 1999

HOMETOWN History Aug. 8, 2019

HOMETOWN History

Aug. 8, 2019

150 Years Ago

Humorous – This world is full of music, even as an egg is full of meat, or as my neighbor Jones is full of beer. We see it everywhere – Where’er there’s harmony of sound. All harmony is music. Now, my next door neighbor Mr. Love-a-pet – he keeps only three dogs and just six cats. And they, sweet songsters of the night, do make the peaceful hours of sleep resound with melody harmonies to the deafened ear. Oft from my quiet slumbers do they rouse me up, and stir my tranquil soul, even to its very depths. Sometimes these feline warblers ‘neath my window “git” and “set,” and sing at midnight’s quiet hour. And then the canine songsters raise their notes of bass, which mingling, sounds like dying wails of demons in despair, and makes my inmost soul, and wakes the babies up, and makes my better half
to ask, in bitter terms inspired, “Oh, why do other folks keep dogs and cats?”

August 1869

125 Years Ago

News from Nearby Counties – The Baptist Church at Oneida will use individual communion cups at their next communion service. This is an innovation in church circles due to the liability of communicating disease by the use of the common chalice.

Miss Laura Gay, who died last Saturday left to Christ Church, Walton, the house that was her home and which had been that of her parents also, together with its furniture to “The Gay Memorial Parish House of Walton, N.Y.” She also left to the church a life insurance policy for $2,000 and $500 to be used for the erection in the church of a suitable memorial to her father, David Hyde Gay.

James A. Parshall of Delhi enumerates a list of 36 persons in that town over 80 years of age. Nearly one-fourth of that number were born in Scotland.

August 1894

100 Years Ago

Dr. Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone, has found a way to cool a house and make it comfortable on the hottest day of the year. Recently, while other Washington people were sweltering, he worked in a room which had been cooled to 65 degrees. His plan which can be used by anybody,
is to store ice in the garret and conduct the cooler air to rooms below. Bell explained his discovery to the National Geographic Society. “You heat your house in winter. Why not cool it in summer? We get up to the Arctic regions and heat our houses and live. We go down to the tropics and die.”

August 1919

80 Years Ago

Miss Betty L. Bresee and John A. Bookhout were wed in an outdoor ceremony at Goodyear Lake. The nuptial rites of these two popular Oneonta young people were solemnized Saturday afternoon by Dr. Boyd McClary, First Presbyterian pastor before an arbor in the garden of the Bresee summer residence at Goodyear Lake. Mrs. Jerry Wilson of Oneonta was at the piano.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bert E. Bresee of 8 Taft Avenue. John Andrew Bookhout is the son of Mr. and Mrs. I.J. Bookhout of 357 Main Street. About 80 guests attended the wedding reception. Refreshments included a wedding cake made by the groom’s grandmother, Mrs. John Bell of Oneonta.

Mr. and Mrs. Bookhout graduated from Oneonta High School in 1934.

Mrs. Bookhout graduated from Simmons College, Boston, Massachusetts as a librarian in 1938. Mr. Bookhout received his degree from Amherst College and completed a course at the Renouard Training School for Embalmers, New York City. He is now associated with his father as a licensed embalmer and funeral director.

August 1939

60 Years Ago

A standard 30 miles per hour speed limit on all city streets with one exception was ratified last night by the Public Safety Board, subject to approval by the Common Council. The one exception would be Main Street from River to Pine Street where a 20 mph zone would remain. In effect, the board favors abolishing all 20 mph zones except the one on Main Street.

The official ambassadress for the 1959 New York State Fair will arrive in Oneonta by helicopter Wednesday night. The whirlybird will land in Wilber Park’s upper level at 7 p.m. with pretty Jane Snell, also known as the Princess of the Fair. The winner of last year’s Miss Syracuse title, Miss Snell will spend several hours in Oneonta as part of a nine-day air tour.  She will be welcomed at the park by Lucien Bowen. Oneonta’s acting mayor. All 23 candidates for the regional State Fair Queen title are invited to join Miss Snell to ask any questions they wish. As a surprise for children, Miss Snell will be carrying buttons designating them as junior State Fair ambassadors in their communities. The dark-haired Miss Snell, age 20, will give to the City of Oneonta a replica of the Vanguard I satellite. The gates of the big fair will be opened by radio signal from the Vanguard as it passes from Texas to the African coast some 2,000 miles away in outer space.

August 11, 1959

10 Years Ago

Oneonta native Don Sherwood, famed creator of the nationally syndicated cartoon strip, “Dan Flagg,” signed autographs during the opening of an exhibit of his work at the B. Sharp Gallery, Route 28, Franklin Mountain. The signing was a chance for Sherwood to get together such such Oneonta pals as David W. Brenner, the former mayor and county baord chairman, and Joe Campbell, the legendary voice of local radio.

August 7, 2019

HOMETOWN History Aug. 2, 2019

HOMETOWN History

Aug. 2, 2019

150 Years Ago

Excerpts from a letter submitted Mrs. Dr. Bassett, mother of Mary Imogene Bassett, then practicing medicine with her husband in Mt. Vision – “We maintain there is nothing in the study or practice of medicine to unsex the sexes; nothing unwomanly, or un-Christian in responding to the calls of suffering humanity; that it is truly woman’s nature and province to practice the healing art; that it is a necessity of the age to have well-qualified female medical practitioners; that gentlemen physicians themselves have complimented us by requesting our assistance in treating the wives, daughters and patients, in cases where their innate modesty and refinement of character have prevented and excluded knowledge essential for the proper treatment of disease.”

August 1869

125 Years Ago

Brakeman Killed – Peter Tigue, head brakeman on Conductor Flannigan’s train on the D. & H., met with a horrible death last Thursday morning at Cobleskill. He was unmarried and boarded in Oneonta. The crew had been taking on cars, and owing no doubt to the darkness he stepped from the end of the car to the ground, thinking that another car was attached. He probably died almost instantly as his body was completely severed just above the hips, he having fallen across one rail.
Portlandville – Last week Mr. Aaron Wilber met with what might have been a very serious accident. His hay fork failed to dump, and in trying to loosen it, the hay, about 500 pounds, dropped upon him, crushing him to the load. He is doing well.

August 1894

100 Years Ago

A woman’s brain reaches its greatest weight about the age of 25, while in the case of a man, this does not occur until ten years later. This explains the assertion that a woman at the age of 21 is in a better position to give a mature judgment than a man at the same age.
Dogs of War – On July 28, 1838, General Zachary Taylor, afterward President of the United States, requested the government to furnish him bloodhounds to be used in hunting the Seminole Indians of Florida. He was furnished with the dogs.
Education always helps. The success of the unlettered man is often argued to show that men do not need education. In special cases the truth may seem to be conclusive. But did you ever stop to inquire what the fellow might have become had he added education to his natural talents? He has succeeded in spite of a handicap and not because of it.

August 1919

80 Years Ago

Mrs. Willard E. Moxley of 16 Fifth Street, Oneonta, has a hobby of collecting pictures of twins. Mrs. Moxley started July 12, 1938 compiling a scrapbook of pictures of twins, and she now has snapshots or photographs of 91 pairs. In some cases she has more than one picture of the same twins, showing them at different ages. In another part of her scrapbook she has newspaper pictures of 128 pairs of twins, many of them accompanied by descriptive clippings. Among these views are pictures showing from five to ten pairs of twins enrolled at the same school. Her next door neighbor, Mrs. George W, Wright of 18 Fifth Street, was credited by Mrs. Mrs. Moxley with having given her much encouragement and assistance in this hobby. In the collection are pictures of 18 sets of twins who live in Oneonta, or who formerly resided here.

August 1939

60 Years Ago

Haloka, a three-month-old woodchuck listens like a puppy dog to the commands of its master, 11-year-old Faith Deering, of 38 Ford Avenue. “Hokie” as Faith calls the animal came to her when just a few weeks old. Hokie was found by some classmates of Faith, and with Faith, Hokie has received the best of attention – bottle fed, washed and kept warm. Soon Hokie became a real household pet. Faith began to take the animal for walks, came back when she called, and according to Faith “just loves candy and other sweet things.” She plans on keeping the animal a few more weeks and then hopes to find Hokie a permanent home in the Bronx Zoo. “Daddy (William Deering) is in New York City now, and I think he might be able to get Hokie into the Bronx Zoo for display.

August 1959

20 Years Ago

Less than 17 months after it opened the Sav-A-Lot grocery store in Oneonta is closing. Store manager Jeff Allen said executives from Houchens Industries, Inc. the Kentucky-based firm that owns the store informed him and his fourteen employees last week of plans to shut down. The Oneonta Sav-A-Lot is located in the Ames Plaza at the corner of Chestnut Street and Winney Hill Road. It opened in April 1998 in the building formerly home to a Grand Union grocery store. Houchens Industries Inc. owns or operates more than 200 grocery and convenience stores in 11 states and is ranked among the top 500 private businesses in the U.S., according to Forbes.

August 1999

10 Years Ago

The National Soccer Hall of Fame inducted former U.S. National Team standout defenders Joy Fawcett and Jeff Agoos on Sunday. Alex Yannis was honored also as the Colin Jose Media Award winner. Yannis spent 35 years with the New York Times covering Soccer in the United States. The event drew a crowd estimated at 500 including eleven returning Hall of Famers. Shannon MacMillan introduced former teammate Fawcett who played a key role as a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team that won the first FIFA World Cup in 1991. Fawcett became the eighth players from the “91ers” inducted into the Hall. Agoos acknowledged his father Andy Agoos and several coaches who contributed to a career highlighted by 134 international soccer matches, World Cup appearances in 1998 and 2002, plus a 10-year stint in Major League Soccer that produced three titles for D.C. United and two for the San José Earthquake.

August 2009

HOMETOWN History July 19, 2019

HOMETOWN History

July 19, 2019

By TOM HEITZ & SHARON STEWART • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

150 Years Ago

Jacob C. Dietz, of Anamosa, Iowa, is spending a few weeks here among the homes and haunts of his early life, and is greeted most cordially on all hands. In childhood, youth and early manhood, “Jake” had the way that always wins and keeps many friends. Now that he comes back to us broadened-out by the whole-souled progressive manhood of glorious Iowa, it does one good to grasp his warm hand and feel the throbbing of his liberal soul. He finds his native village doubled in size since he left, and much of the old farm covered with busy streets. We are glad that young Iowa gets so many Otsegoes and puts them into the front rank of its thinking, working conquering hosts.

July 1869

125 Years Ago

The Local News – Sewer and water pipes are being laid on the Walnut Street extension, thus avoiding a necessity for expensive excavation after the grading is completed.
A new mineral spring has been found at Wilber Park, Oneonta. It is very pleasant and cool, and has an abundant flow and tastes very similar to Waukeshau water which was sold everywhere on the World’s Fair grounds for a cent a glass. Many take the health-giving waters to their homes. The water is free to all.
Lady passengers traveling on trains 6 and 7 will hereafter during the summer months be presented with a handsome bouquet when the train reaches Oneonta. This graceful little custom was inaugurated Monday, when bouquets of sweet peas were given out. Tuesday and Wednesday sweet peas and pansies were used. Each day hereafter the flowers will be varied.
D.F. Wilber has just stocked Crumhorn Lake with 500 adult black bass.

July 1894

100 Years Ago

Five physicians and two druggists were held today in heavy bail for trial when they were arraigned before United States Commissioner Hitchcock – the first result of the crusade started by the federal authorities against alleged traffickers in habit-forming drugs. Bail was fixed at $7,500 for Dr. Jacob Kornblum, Dr. M.A. Levy, Dr. H. Stern, Dr. Jacob Katz, Dr. Edward E. Gardner and Aaron Goldberg, druggist. Dr. F. Phillips, the second druggist was held on $5,000 bail. According to one of the federal agents who conducted the raid, several doctors against whom evidence had been collected were warned in time and disappeared. The federal campaign was reinforced by New York State officials who prepared to enforce the new state law under which doctors are forbidden to prescribe narcotics for any person who has not obtained a registration card with his photograph attached. The city health department estimates that there are 200,000 drug addicts in Greater New York City and out of that total, 11,500 are registered.

July 1919

60 Years Ago

Nee and Waa, baby swans of Oney and Onta, ventured into the water for the first time yesterday. Protected by their hovering parents, the little birds made a dash for shore. After greeting several youngsters lined along the edge of Neahwa Pond, the small swans were escorted back to their island home and nestled under the wings of their mother. The mother bird did most of the nesting yesterday and treated a third egg with much more care than the two little swans that have been hatched during the past two days. While the little swans were herded under the mother swan’s wings somewhat roughly, the egg was rolled onto the nesting with the same care a human being would offer a newborn baby. The little birds amused several hundred youngsters yesterday. Cars came and went, stopping for a few minutes to see how the little swans were doing.

July 1959

40 Years Ago

The Fourth Annual Oneonta Farmers’ Market in the city parking structure will open Saturday at 9:30 a.m. At least 15 businesses or individuals will sell produce, handcrafted items, and baked goods in the market, organizer Su Yates said. The market in the Water Street level of the parking structure will continue to 2 p.m. each week and will operate each Saturday until the end of October. In addition to the sales booths, there will be music, demonstrations, and such events as watermelon-eating contests on Saturdays. At least 15,000 people came to the market last year, she estimated. Among the current list of farmers and craftsmen are Roger Wilms, produce; Arvilla Juhl, handicrafts; Otsdawa Gardens, plants; Ellen Myiri, home-baked goods; Reynolds Greenhouse, plants and flowers; Judy Douglas of Meadowland, Herbs; Alice Siegfried, Pottery; the Wider Oneonta Rights Coalition; Joe Hendricks, produce.

July 1979

20 Years Ago

A powerful, sweeping thunderstorm ripped through parts of Otsego, Delaware and Chenango counties Sunday night, knocking down trees and cutting power to many areas. Oneonta was one of the hardest hit areas according to officials with the National Weather Service (NWS) in Binghamton. Other parts of Otsego and Delaware counties were affected as well. However, no injuries had been reported to law enforcement officials as of 11:30 p.m. Sunday. Bob Hudgins, a spokesman for the NWS, said the thunderstorm blew through the area starting in Chenango County at about 7 p.m. with wind gusts ranging from 50 mph to 60 mph. The storm, which lasted about 30 minutes, ravaged the River Street area in Oneonta, where residents lined the streets afterward. Mary MeHegan was sitting outside her home at 16 Ann Street around 7:30 p.m. as the storm began to rumble toward Oneonta. She began to see lawn chairs, buckets and other outdoor paraphernalia being blown around and swept up into the wind. “Everything was being blown all over the place.”

July 1999

HOMETOWN History July 12, 2019

HOMETOWN History

July 12, 2019

150 Years Ago

The second annual commencement of Oneonta Union School occurred on Monday, July 12 and closed with the Tuesday evening following. The address before the Pioneer Society by Dr. Jewell was attended by a fair concourse of our citizens, but not nearly as large as it ought to have been. The address was excellent. The suggestions advanced ought to be made practical by our young people, tending as it did to the promotion of morality, virtue and purity. At the conclusion of the meeting they repaired to the residence of David Yager, where the Calliopa and Pioneer Societies were to hold their first annual reunion. The evening passed off pleasantly and profitably. The members of the Calliopa Society merit much commendation for their untiring efforts to prove their first attempt a success. Oneontans should be proud of the rough Pioneers and the more fair members of the Calliopa. Mr. and Mrs. Yager did much to conduce to the advantage and pleasure of the occasion. The exercises at the Presbyterian Church on Tuesday evening were flattering
to the school, and indicated that its students are being thoroughly and properly instructed in whatever pertains to education. The orations, compositions, declamations and music were of the highest character, evincing the finest discrimination, style and beauty.

July 1869

125 Years Ago

The announcement of the death of Charles E. Bunn on Saturday afternoon of last week came as a shock to his
numerous friends in Oneonta, few of whom knew of his
serious illness. Mr. Bunn was born in Hartwick 47 years ago. He was the son of William Bunn, a life-long resident of that town, and a brother of Mr. Henry C. Bunn of Mt. Vision. In 1861, being then only fifteen years of age, he enlisted in the 152nd New York volunteers and served his country well until the close of the war. In 1866 he came to Oneonta and engaged in business, and the following year was married, his wife being a daughter of M.H. Bissell, who with three children survives him. Kind, unselfish and generous in the days of prosperity, his death removes from our town one who will long be remembered with affectionate
regret alike by his comrades on battle’s bloody field and by those who knew him in more peaceful walks of life.

July 1894

80 Years Ago

First of the three tourist information booths sponsored by the Youth Frontier Movement opened Saturday on South Side and will be operated 12 hours daily from 9 until 9. Plans are underway to open another at West End today but the East End booth will not be ready for several days. The South Side booth is manned at present by Boris Panko and Edward Byard. Money for its operation has been secured partly through N.Y.A. funds and partly through contributions
from local merchants. The boys work in shifts of six
hours each, six days a week with one boy who will rotate, relieving the other two at each of the booths. Each booth
is equipped with a telephone which tourists may use for
local calls and information about hotels, restaurants,
tourist homes, churches, church services, historical sites, recreation and entertainment.

July 1939

60 Years Ago

Fox Hospital – Today’s Census: 85. Births – Mr. and Mrs. Henry Kellner, 3 Tilton Ave. a son, 8 lbs. 3 ozs., 10:47 p.m., July 7; Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Condon, 30 Pine Street, a son 8 lbs. 11.5 ozs., 6:52 a.m., July 8. Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Benjamin, Oneonta, R.D. 3, a son, 10 libs. 1 oz., 7:40 a.m., July 8. Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Lyon, Milford Road, a son, 6 lbs., 12.5 ozs., 9:35 p.m., July 7. Admissions: Mrs. Emma Cronin, 50 River Street, Mrs. Margaret Platts, Worcester; Mrs. Ruth Sprague, Morris; Mrs. Beverly Sanford, 6 Shepherd Avenue. Discharges: Mrs. Mary Ann Spoor and baby daughter, Laurens; Mrs. Elizabeth Waterhouse and baby daughter, Emmons Farms; Mrs. Suzanne Mykytyn and baby daughter, West Oneonta.

July 1959

40 Years Ago

Pat St. John, the self-proclaimed psychic who predicts
a catastrophe at Niagara Falls this Sunday has taken a tour of the famous attraction and come away convinced of impending doom. “I can turn away and look toward Buffalo and feel absolutely fine,” said the housewife from Bridgewater, Connecticut. “But, when I turn toward Niagara Falls, I get a tremendous feeling right in my solar plexus.”
Mrs. St. John’s July 4 prediction of a disaster at Niagara Falls picked up considerably more public attention when a seismic alarm at the falls indicated that a huge mass of rock had shifted by a quarter inch. It could not be determined if the rocks had shifted at once or gradually since the sensors were installed in 1971. The U,S, Army Corps of Engineers who were brought to the falls after the alarm said that three days of monitoring sensor devices had shown no further evidence of any movement.

July 1979

20 Years Ago

Local artists Bonnie Gale and Bertha Rogers were awarded
a total of $1,000 in the third round of the Upper Catskill Community Council of the Arts Special Opportunity Stipend Program. Gale, a traditional willow basket maker residing in Norwich received a stipend to study with a
mentor. She will work with Stanley Kraus, a Polish
immigrant basket maker who lives in Rochester. Rogers,
a Delhi poet, will use her stipend to help pay her expenses for a residency fellowship at the Hawthornden Castle
International Retreat for Writers in Scotland for a month this fall. She will work to complete a poetry manuscript.

July 1999

10 Years Ago

A self-described entrepreneur recently bought the historic Oneonta Theatre and seeks ideas to restore entertainment to the stage and screens at 47 Chestnut Street. “This building has some great potential,” its new owner Thomas Cormier said. The purchase is a “fine resolution” to questions about the theatre’s fate, said Patrice Macaluso, president of the Friends of the Oneonta Theatre. The group formed last
year to preserve the historic site and had launched plans
to buy the complex in downtown Oneonta. The purchase price paid by Cormier was not revealed. The Oneonta Theatre name would be maintained because of its history, Cormier said.

July 2009

HOMETOWN HISTORY: July 5, 2019

HOMETOWN HISTORY

July 5, 2019

150 YEARS AGO

The second annual commencement of Oneonta Union School occurred on Monday, July 12 and closed with the Tuesday evening following. The address before the Pioneer Society by Dr. Jewell was attended by a fair concourse of our citizens, but not nearly as large as it ought to have been. The address was excellent. The suggestions advanced ought to be made practical by our young people, tending as it did to the promotion of morality, virtue and purity. At the conclusion of the meeting they repaired to the residence of David Yager, where the Calliopa and Pioneer Societies were to hold their first annual reunion. The evening passed off pleasantly and profitably. The members of the Calliopa Society merit much commendation for their untiring efforts to prove their first attempt a success. Oneontans should be proud of the rough Pioneers and the more fair members of the Calliopa. Mr. and Mrs. Yager did much to conduce to the advantage and pleasure of the occasion. The exercises at the Presbyterian Church on Tuesday evening were flattering to the school, and indicated that its students are being thoroughly and properly instructed in whatever pertains to education. The orations, compositions, declamations and music were of the highest character, evincing the finest discrimination, style and beauty.

July 1869

125 YEARS AGO

The announcement of the death of Charles E. Bunn on Saturday afternoon of last week came as a shock to his numerous friends in Oneonta, few of whom knew of his serious illness. Mr, Bunn was born in Hartwick 47 years ago. He was the son of William Bunn, a life-long resident of that town, and a brother of Mr. Henry C. Bunn of Mt. Vision. In 1861, being then only fifteen years of age, he enlisted in the 152nd New York volunteers and served his country well until the close of the war. In 1866 he came to Oneonta and engaged in business, and the following year was married, his wife being a daughter of M.H. Bissell, who with three children survives him. Kind, unselfish and generous in the days of prosperity, his death removes from our town one who will long be remembered with affectionate regret alike by his comrades on battle’s bloody field and by those who knew him in more peaceful walks of life.

July 1894

80 YEARS AGO

First of the three tourist information booths sponsored by the Youth Frontier Movement opened Saturday on South Side and will be operated 12 hours daily from 9 until 9. Plans are underway to open another at West End today but the East End booth will not be ready for several days. The South Side booth is manned at present by Boris Panko and Edward Byard. Money for its operation has been secured partly through N.Y.A. funds and partly through contributions from local merchants. The boys work in shifts of six hours each, six days a week with one boy who will rotate, relieving the other two at each of the booths. Each booth is equipped with a telephone which tourists may use for local calls and information about hotels, restaurants, tourist homes, churches, church services, historical sites, recreation and entertainment.

July 1939

60 YEARS AGO

Fox Hospital – Today’s Census: 85. Births – Mr. and Mrs. Henry Kellner, 3 Tilton Ave. a son, 8 lbs. 3 ozs., 10:47 p.m., July 7; Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Condon, 30 Pine Street, a son 8 lbs. 11.5 ozs., 6:52 a.m., July 8. Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Benjamin, Oneonta, R.D. 3, a son, 10 libs. 1 oz., 7:40 a.m., July 8. Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Lyon, Milford Road, a son, 6 lbs., 12.5 ozs., 9:35 p.m., July 7. Admissions: Mrs. Emma Cronin, 50 River Street, Mrs. Margaret Platts, Worcester; Mrs. Ruth Sprague, Morris; Mrs. Beverly Sanford, 6 Shepherd Avenue. Discharges: Mrs. Mary Ann Spoor and baby daughter, Laurens; Mrs. Elizabeth Waterhouse and baby daughter, Emmons Farms; Mrs. Suzanne Mykytyn and baby daughter, West Oneonta.

July 1959

40 YEARS AGO

Pat St. John, the self-proclaimed psychic who predicts a catastrophe at Niagara Falls this Sunday has taken a tour of the famous attraction and come away convinced of impending doom. “I can turn away and look toward Buffalo and feel absolutely fine,” said the housewife from Bridgewater, Connecticut. “But, when I turn toward Niagara Falls, I get a tremendous feeling right in my solar plexus. Mrs. St. John’s July 4 prediction of a disaster at Niagara Falls picked up considerably more public attention when a seismic alarm at the falls indicated that a huge mass of rock had shifted by a quarter inch. It could not be determined if the rocks had shifted at once or gradually since the sensors were installed in 1971. The U,S, Army Corps of Engineers who were brought to the falls after the alarm said that three days of monitoring sensor devices had shown no further evidence of any movement.

July 1979

20 YEARS AGO

Local artists Bonnie Gale and Bertha Rogers were awarded a total of $1,000 in the third round of the Upper Catskill Community Council of the Arts Special Opportunity Stipend Program. Gale, a traditional willow basket maker residing in Norwich received a stipend to study with a mentor. She will work with Stanley Kraus, a Polish immigrant basket maker who lives in Rochester. Rogers, a Delhi poet, will use her stipend to help pay her expenses for a residency fellowship at the Hawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers in Scotland for a month this fall. She will work to complete a poetry manuscript.

July 1999

10 YEARS AGO

A self-described entrepreneur recently bought the historic Oneonta Theatre and seeks ideas to restore entertainment to the stage and screens at 47 Chestnut Street. “This building has some great potential,” its new owner Thomas Cormier said. The purchase is a “fine resolution” to questions about the theatre’s fate, said Patrice Macaluso, president of the Friends of the Oneonta Theatre. The group formed last year to preserve the historic site and had launched plans to buy the complex in downtown Oneonta. The purchase price paid by Cormier was not revealed. The Oneonta Theatre name would be maintained because of its history, Cormier said.

July 2009

HOMETOWN HISTORY: June 28, 2019

HOMETOWN HISTORY 

June 28, 2019

150 YEARS AGO

Oneonta Local: The subterranean grog holes of this village are damaging humanity pretty badly nowadays. What law we have to preserve public order ought to be thoroughly enforced.
The ladies of the Presbyterian Church will hold an ice cream and strawberry festival at Blend’s Hall, on Tuesday evening. Admission, including strawberries or ice cream, twenty-five cents.
The first nine of the Lightfoot Base Ball Club of this village, will play a match game of ball with the first nine of the Laurens Fearless Base Ball Club, on July 3. Also, on June 26, the second nine of both clubs will play a friendly game at Laurens.
A festival for the benefit of Samuel Carr, who lost an arm and both eyes by the premature discharge of a cannon at the railroad celebration in Hamden on May 4, will be held at the village on the afternoon of July 3 under the auspices of Hamden Union Lodge, No. 473, L O. of G.T.

June 1869

125 YEARS AGO

The Local News: Monday of this week, 900,000 out of the 1,700,000 bricks required for the new Normal building had been laid. With favorable weather there will be no trouble in getting the west wing ready for occupancy next September.
A combination of bicycle and street car frightened a pair of blooded horses belonging to O. Fleming so badly on Main Street last Saturday afternoon that they ran away, throwing Mr. Fleming and Miss Jean Russell out on the pavement in front of the fire department building. Mr. Fleming was not much injured, but Miss Russell had one foot badly bruised and it is possible she will be confined to her room for several weeks. Bad as the accident was, it is really remarkable how both got off so well.
The last Normal ball game of the season was played Saturday with the Schenevus club. It was an exciting game and was won by the visitors by a score of 4 to 2. Inability to hit Mills, who pitched an excellent game, was the principal cause of defeat.

June 1894

100 YEARS AGO

Nearly 200 members of the Alumni of the Oneonta High School and friends of the institution were in attendance at the annual banquet held in the Paul Revere corridor of the school building. Not the least interesting feature of the evening was the decision reached during the business meeting to purchase a bronze tablet to be placed in the walls of the building in honor of the 170 men from the alumni who have served with the colors of whom seven are known to have made the supreme sacrifice. Louis B. Capron, Class of 1910, was the first speaker and responded with “The Present Victory.” Mr. Capron told of his experiences at the front in an interesting way and declared that the victory can be made permanent only by untiring activity in the future. “In Flanders Field” was the topic assigned to Miss Brennan, the faculty member on the toast list. She delivered a well-worded fitting tribute to the seven members of the alumni who fell or died while with the colors.

June 1919

80 YEARS AGO

Four threats to peace dogged Europe on the anniversary of the event that plunged the world into war and another which started the current series of crises. Exactly 25 years ago (June 28, 1914) at Sarajevo, Bosnia, then Austrian territory, the heir to the Austrian throne, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and his wife were assassinated by a Serbian student, Gavrillo Princip. That started the chain of events which ended in a four-year World War. Twenty years ago today (June 28, 1919) a solemn gathering of statesmen at Versailles signed a “peace treaty” between 27 nations and Germany. That furnished the basis for Adolph Hitler’s Nazi campaign which is now gathering momentum toward scrapping the few parts of the Versailles document that remain in effect. Throughout the world, governments are frantically rebuilding their war machines.

June 1939

60 YEARS AGO

Kurt Franz Rossmeisl learned Thursday he must leave the United States – the country he adopted illegally. He agreed to go of his own accord. But the onetime German Army officer who escaped from a prisoner of war camp said he doesn’t want to get far from America. “I hope to go to Mexico,” he said, “and go to the nearest American Consulate and apply for an American visa. Milton V. Milich, hearing officer for the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, ruled Rossmeisl is in this country illegally because he has no valid visa. Rossmeisal also lacks a passport, his biggest worry right now. Rossmeisl is a master of nine languages and served the German Army as a linguist with Rommel’s Afrika Corps when he was captured in 1943.

June 1959

40 YEARS AGO

Four years from now, all New York State motorists will have their pictures on their driver’s licenses under a bill given final legislative approval. The measure, which is expected to be signed by Governor Hugh L. Carey, would replace the current drivers’ licenses with a credit card type bearing a photograph of the motorist embossed into the material. The new licenses will cost a dollar more than the current ones. The changeover will take place over the next four years as new licenses are issued and old ones expire and are renewed. The bill was supported by many groups as a means of providing more accurate identification.

June 1979

20 YEARS AGO

It was something Joan Stanley did not want to do, but she had no choice. Battling health problems and running a business have become too much for one person to do. As a result, Stanley has put up “For Sale” signs in Nick’s Diner, her Chestnut Street restaurant. Out of love for customers though she will keep the business open until she finds a new owner. “I’m trying to find somebody who will carry it on because this place shouldn’t close down,” she said. “It’s a landmark. Everybody that’s ever lived in Oneonta knows Nick’s Diner. Stanley has owned the diner about three years, but its history goes back many years when the Oneonta rail yards were thriving.

June 1999

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