The staff of the Swart Wilcox House hosted an open house this afternoon in appreciation to all supporters who helped preserve Oneonta’s oldest surviving house and continue to prosper. Above, volunteers Norma Slawson, Debby Clough, Loraine Tyler, Pat Follett, Ann Schulz, Helen Rees, Richard Tyler, Ginny Pudelka and Len Pudelka pose for a photo on the lawn with a celebratory cake made by Barbara Clark, Otego. All but two items in the house were donated by local people from. Inset, Debby Clough holds up one of three nightgowns originally from the house donated by Ken Jones (on left) and wife Andrea. “We got them in an auction in 1974.” explained Jones. “They were in a box with other fabric and sugar bags. Even used fabric was valuable back then; they didn’t throw anything out.” Markers were also placed around the property in honor of Fred Morris, Mary Konstanty and Bill Slawson. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
HENRY WILCOX, IN HIS OWN WORDS
Some Of It Humdrum, Some Endearing
By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
ONEONTA – The Huntington Library didn’t know what it had.
When the Upper Susquehanna Historical Society – now the GOHS – was cleaning the Swart-Wilcox House for the 1976 Bicentennial, someone found all of Henry Wilcox’s diaries, said Helen Rees.
“They gave them to the Huntington Library and two were transcribed, but they didn’t think they were very important,” Rees said, founder of the Friends of the Swart-Wilcox House, Oneonta’s oldest home.
The diaries – seven in all – were later returned to the Friends. “We have very different views on what was important!” said Rees. “He wrote every day, so there are a very valuable insight into Oneonta’s life. He wrote about the weather, who died, what was going on.”
He wrote about his mother’s passing, his wife Phoebe and their sons Fred and Merton. A daughter, Myrtle, died at age 5 of “moreness” in 1875. The brothers were the last residents of the house.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JUNE 16
FATHER’S DAY TALK– 1-3 p.m. “The Man of the House” program offers Henry Wilcox’s 1867-1911 diaries’ excerpts to show drastic changes in that role since. Refreshments, house tours. Swart-Wilcox House, Wilcox Ave., Oneonta.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JUNE 2
COMMUNITY CELEBRATION – 3 – 9 p.m. Great Retirement Rumpus celebrating the career of Martha Van Burek, Executive Director of West Kortright Center. Includes pet parade, Shakespeare retrospective performances, Brooks BBQ dinner, dancing. Admission by donation, RSVP appreciated. West Kortright Center, 49 West Kortright Church Rd., East Meredith. Call 607-278-5454 or visit westkc.org/event/community-celebration-marthas-retirement/
PRIDEFEST – Noon – 8 p.m. Celebrate human diversity, raise awareness in the community. Gather at Noon, rally at 1, parade thru downtown Oneonta at 2, family friendly festival 3-8 p.m. Neahwa Park, Oneonta. Call 607-386-1508 or visit www.facebook.com/otsegopride/
In honor of Arbor Day, fourth graders from Riverside Elementary School joined Mayor Gary Herzig and other City of Oneonta officials to plant a birch tree on the lawn of the Swart Wilcox House this morning. Above, Yussef Pomero and Joe Jarmillo grab shovels and take their turn in helping to shovel the dirt around the 10 year-old tree that was supplied by Asbury Gardens. “This is the first birch tree we’ve planted in 32 years of planting.” said City Engineer Jim Hawver, ‘They are a nice hearty tree and we like to plant different types of trees in different locations so we have more of a variety.” Before the Mayor read an Arbor Day proclamation, the students spoke with the Mayor about the importance of having trees. “These are the young people who will take care of these trees.” said Herzig, “This is the first year the kids helped. We wanted them to understand the value of them. We walk down the street and see them all the time and we take them for granted. This is a chance to have them recognize how important they are and how to better care for them.” Afterwards, Craig Vollmer of FORECOM, right, gave a demonstration on inoculating Ash trees against the emerald ash borer, a small insect whose larvae has invested the trees since their first appearance in Detroit fifteen ago. “We are injecting the trees with an insecticide that is absorbed into the trees.” explained Vollmer. “The injection is good for about two to four years.and contains the best pesticide on the market. You can treat a tree several times for the same cost as it would take to remove an already infested tree.” The City has already made the investment to inoculate 87 other Ash trees throughout the city. “It’s better to be proactive that reactive.” said Hawver. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Above, Len Pudelka, Oneonta, a former history professor at Hartwick, gives the final Sunday Series talk of the season on the lawn on the Swart-Wilcox House this afternoon. His talk was on the local skirmishes in the surrounding area during the Revolutionary War. At right, Helen Rees, Oneonta holds a stone weight that Natives used for net fishing in the area. The artifact, and others like it, are part of a collection found in the fields around the Swart-Wilcox House in the 1950’s by Emerson Horth. He later donated the collection to the Swart-Wilcox House museum where it remains on display. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, AUG. 27
OPEN MIC POETRY – 3 p.m. The Barn welcomes those of you who would like to share your poetry with others on a summer afternoon at the Windfall Dutch Barn, 2009 Clinton Rd., Cherry Valley. www.windfalldutchbarn.com/events.html
ENGINE SHOW – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Engine enthusiasts from across the state join together to display their prized antique crank engines from the 1900s. Fly Creek Cider Mill, 288 Goose St., Fly Creek. Call (607)547-9692 or visit www.flycreekcidermill.com
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, AUG. 13
RENAISSANCE FAIR – 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dress in a period costume and take a step back in time on this 2nd day of the faire. There will be vendors, crafters, games, Celtic step dancers, and other performers. Enjoy a pig roast and other food vendors. Admission, $5. Windfall Dutch Barn, 2009 Clinton Rd., Cherry Valley. www.windfalldutchbarn.com/renaissance-fair.html
SUMMER SUNDAY SERIES – 1-3 p.m. Woodworking was an important resource for early settlers. Join Jack Ewen as he describes the techniques used such as carving, turning, splitting, drilling and even decorating with twigs. He will also provide examples. Junction of Wilcox Ave. & Henry St., Oneonta. Call 607-287-7011 or visit swartwilcoxhouse.wordpress.com/summer-sunday-2017/
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JULY 30
HOF INDUCTION – 1:30 p.m. Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown. baseballhall.org/events/Induction-Ceremony-17?date=0
CONCERT – 3 p.m. Redeeming Love performs abolitionist and shape notes songs, , coinciding with Oneonta’s Music History exhibition. Oneonta History Center, 183 Main St., Oneonta. Call (607)432-0960 or visit www.oneontahistory.org
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JULY 26
BASEBALL AUTHOR – 1 p.m. Bernie Carbo and Peter Hantzis, authors of “Saving Bernie Carbo,” comes to the Baseball Hall of Fame to discuss the book and take questions from the audience, followed by a book signing in the atrium. Bullpen Theater, Baseball Hall of Fame. baseballhall.org/events/author-series-bernie-carbo-peter-hantzis?date=0
WEDNESDAY WORKSHOP – 1-3 p.m. Try a new activity in a small group setting with a knowledgeable instructor. This week its Metal Detecting on the grounds of the museum with Alex & Michelle Osterhout and Christ & Kim Altman. Reservations required. The Swart-Wilcox House Museum, Wicox ave., Oneonta. Call (607)287-7011 or visit swartwilcoxhouse.wordpress.com/wednesday-workshops-2017/
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JULY 23
OPENING RECEPTION – 6:30-8:30 p.m. Hyde Hall’s Bicentennial art show featuring artists renderings of their favorite aspect of Hyde Hall, opens with a reception. The exhibit will continue thru October 6. Kent Center, Hyde Hall, Cooperstown. hydehall.org/call-to-artists/
KITE FESTIVAL – All Day. Come fly a kite with the NY Kite Enthusiasts. Includes food, vendors, and professional kite flyers to help get your kite in the air. Edgewood Mountain, 216 Crow Hill Rd., Laurens.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JULY 16
SUMMER SUNDAY SERIES – 1-3 p.m. Learn about Aluminumware with Jim & Diana Hickling. Learn its history from a collector and share your own stories. Junction of Wilcox Ave. & Henry St., Oneonta. swartwilcoxhouse.wordpress.com
SQUARE DANCE – 5-9 p.m. An evening of Round and Square dancing with Dr. Weismore. All persons age 18+ are invited. Cost, $9 per person. Oneonta Moose Club, 87 W. Broadway St., Oneonta. Contact Sandy @ 988-7753