Step back in time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
June 26, 1987
Plans are starting to fall into place for the Leatherstocking Railway Museum in Cooperstown Junction. The Oneonta Chapter of the Leatherstocking Railway Historical Society bought 1.5 acres from the state, including an 1890s era Victorian style house, for the museum.
The next step in developing the museum, society President Bruce Hodges said, is conducting a feasibility study, costing about $15,000. The funding will come from donations, and possibly from state and federal grants.
The complex is planned to include an excursion ride to Milford and Cooperstown on the 16-mile Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad. The house will be used to display maps and memorabilia about railroads, while the grounds will display railroad cars and equipment.
The former Unadilla Valley depot building will be moved from its location in New Berlin to the Cooperstown Junction for additional display space, and will be the starting point for the excursion.
50 years ago
June 26, 1962
Grammar school report cards, designed to paint a more complete picture of the child's achievement and his potential, will be put into operation in Oneonta public schools next fall.
The new "more informative" report cards were explained to the Oneonta Board of Education Monday night by Robert White, administrative assistant in charge of instruction.
The biggest change in the new card is this:
The child will get an A, B, C or D mark for his achievement. And he'll get another mark for his effort _ a check on his potential.
Another innovation in the cards is that the parent will be told what grade level work the child is doing.
For example, the card will indicate if he is reading pre-primer work or if he has advanced to, say, first or second grade reading level, Mr. White explained.