Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
Feb. 5, 1988
ONEONTA — The gift shop at Fox Hospital, operated by the Auxiliary, serves patients in two ways: it provides a place for visitors to purchase flowers, cheerful gifts and toiletry items, and it provides large sums of money each year used to purchase hospital equipment.
The gift shop is busier than ever in its new location. Moved to larger quarters, to the left of the main entrance to the lobby, the bright area with its colorful displays catches the attention of visitors.
“The gift shop is our biggest fundraiser,” said Chris Truesdale, Auxiliary president.
Elaine Feder, gift shop chairman, provided the figures: $15,000 profit in 1987. A total of $23,257 was given to the hospital by the Auxiliary. The money was used to buy surgical equipment, diagnostic equipment, monitoring equipment, television sets for patients and other items. A check for $500 recently given to the nursing home was used to buy three black and white television sets, a 35 mm camera and an AM/FM radio for the activities department.
The shop is staffed by about 25 volunteers in three shifts — morning, afternoon and Tuesday evenings.
Items sold in the shop include stuffed animals, candy, novelties, magazines, cards, baby items, music boxes, stationary and jewelry.
50 years ago
Feb. 5, 1963
“We sang so we won’t get worried” — a simple explanation by a southern Negro was the theme and philosophy behind the history of American folk songs, Alan Lomax said Monday night in a performance attended by over 600 Oneonta area residents and students packed into the Hartwick College Chapel.
Mr. Lomax was the second guest artist to appear this week-long Festival of the Arts program on the Hartwick campus. Sitting in window sills and standing in the rear of the chapel, the audience joined in singing and hand clapping to the accompaniment of Mr. Lomax and his guitar.
Tracing the history of the American folksong, Mr. Lomax indicated that each minority group arriving in this country brought over a wealth of folk lore with them and the life they left behind was reflected in their early ballads.
At 2 p.m. this afternoon Dr. Frederic Fay Swift will moderate a panel discussion on the Value of Folk Songs. Participating on this panel will be Hewitt Pantaleoni, State University College at Oneonta; Edwin R. Moore, the Star; Dr. Joseph Saetveit, New York State Supervisor of Music; Willis L. Walley, supervisor of music in the Oneonta Public Schools and Mr. Lomax.