Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
Dec. 5,Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Color 1987
OTEGO — Woodworker Stephen Seitz has been playing with giant Lincoln Logs, and when he gets done F.J. and Jacqueline Hesse will have a house and a place for their Otsego County antiques.
In the process, they will have saved an Otsego County landmark from extinction. Former owner Joan Bookhout was ready to have the unoccupied house torn down, Hesse said.
Seitz immediately dismantled the early 1800s house at the Bookhout farm in Laurens piece by piece and moved it to Otego, where he is fitting it back together for the Hesses.
“It took a lot of care” to keep the heavy wooden beams in order, Seitz said.
Some of the beams are 40 feet long, Hesse said, but Seitz and his crew “made no mistakes.”
The house is listed as an Otsego County landmark because it is one of the county’s earliest houses and a prime example of Greek Revival architecture, which was popular in the early 1800s. It has pillars in the corners supporting triangular end gables modeled after those on Greek temples.
The house had been on county Route 11 about halfway between West Oneonta and Laurens. Now it stands on Main Street in Otego.
50 years ago
Dec. 5,Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Color 1962
Plans for a new church structure on Chestnut Street are currently on the drawing boards and officials of the Church of Christ, Scientist are hopeful to be able to build “in the foreseeable future.”
The new church, to be the First Church of Christ, Scientist, is to be located at 61 Chestnut Street, and will replace a building at that address now owned and used by the religious order.
Mrs. John New, of 15 College Park Drive, is chairman of the building committee for the new church.
Mrs. New told The Star Tuesday, “we have seen various plans from the architect — they have been revised and sent back — and we are currently waiting for more plans.”
She explained that the current building at 61 Chestnut St. will be razed and the new structure erected on the same site.
The building committee for the church has been working towards its goal for the past three years, she said, noting that officials of the group voted to go ahead with plans for the new building about a year ago.