LETTER from JAMES S. CLOSE
To the Editor;
Your article about retiring Oneonta Fire Chief Pidgeon notes his recounting to you his memories of the D&H Train Disaster of Feb. 12, 1974. You state, “…when a D&H train derailed at Emmons and one of the tankers exploded.”
In fact, seven tankers carrying LPG or propane exploded that day – I know, because I was there, and saw the whole thing unfold from start to finish, as a nearby resident.
I have followed the story closely over the years, and have endeavored in vain to correct a major factual error that the NTSB carried into its report that states that the derailment occurred around 4 o’clock in the afternoon.
That is false – the derailment occurred between 12 noon and 12:30 p.m. that day, but the Daybook which the OFD maintained contained that error because an officer wrote it in several hours after the call actually came in – which is not the time of the accident.
Lazy investigators didn’t correct the error and it now goes forward in time as an inaccurate recollection of the events of that day.
I have interviewed surviving firemen on this issue, and have tried to have the record corrected for posterity – so far, to no avail.
You should, at least, correct this error for your readers.
On a related Oneonta Fire Department issue, it has been almost four years since Christopher’s Restaurant in Oneonta mysteriously burned down, and there are still no answers as to the cause.
Why not query the OFD and ask, “What gives?”
JAMES E. CLOSE
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
BOOK CLUB – 1 – 2 p.m. Enjoy mysteries, join the club on the porch to discuss crime novel ‘Cain His Brother’ by Anne Perry. Cooperstown Village Library. 607-547-8344 or visit www.facebook.com/VillageLibraryOfCooperstown/
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7
FESTIVAL OF COLORS – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. 24th annual quilt show features works by area quilting clubs Fenimore quilt club, “Winter Wonderland” quilt guild, “It’s A Mystery” ladies of sew nice. Includes demonstrations of various quilting skills. See 250+ examples of fine quilts, support historic, Tudor style inn. Admission, $5 donation. The Major’s Inn, 104 Marion Ave., Gilbertsville. 607-783-2967 or visit www.themajorsinn.com
PIT RUN – 10:45 a.m. Run a 10K,5K, 2 mile stroll, or sign up for virtual pit run. In memory of Ricky J. Parisian. Start at Neahwa Park, Oneonta. 607-432-8068 or visit www.facebook.com/ThePitRun
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5
GOLF TOURNAMENT – 8:30 a.m. Par for Paws 18-hole tournament invites players, sponsors to support the Susquehanna Animal Shelter. Great for golfers who love the game, animals, historic setting. Registration, $300/team. Otsego Golf Club, 144 Pro Shop Dr., Springfield Center. 607-547-8111 or visit www.facebook.com/Susquehanna-Animal-Shelter-121696841223218/
FESTIVAL OF COLORS – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 24th annual quilt show features works by area quilting clubs Fenimore quilt club, “Winter Wonderland” quilt guild, “It’s A Mystery” ladies of sew nice. Includes demonstrations of various quilting skills. See 250+ examples of fine quilts, support historic, tudor style inn. Admission, $5 donation. The Major’s Inn, 104 Marion Ave., Gilbertsville. 607-783-2967 or visit www.themajorsinn.com
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, AUG. 12
FAMILY FARM DAY – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Visit local farms in Otsego and Schoharie counties and bring home a cooler of farm fresh goods. Call (518) 234-4303, ext. 119 or visit FamilyFarmDay.org
CLOSING CONCERT – 8 p.m. End the season with an exploration of feminine sovereignty through dance, song, and text by Laura Carelss, dancer, choreographer, and actress, in the World Premier of “She Wolves.” Tickets, $15 adults, $12 youth, seniors, and veterans. The Church, at the decommissioned Baptist Church, 2381 St. Hwy. 205, Mount Vision. www.upsi-ny.com/upcoming-events-news/
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, JUNE 5
CCAL CLASS – 1-3 p.m. “Swart-Wilcox Ephemera: Piecing History Together Through Documents.” Learn how to use items of a short-lived nature, such as letters, checks, newspapers, flyers, tickets, etc, to piece together the history of a family, house, or town. Swart-Wilcox House Museum, Wilcox Ave., Oneonta. Info, Debra email@example.com or visit swartwilcoxhouse.wordpress.com/summer-schedule/ccal-classes/
LOCAL SCREENING – 2-4 p.m. The Lincoln Center streams the reunion of band mates Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, and Robert Ellis. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Info, hmloneonta.org/adult-programs/