- Mark Simonson
- Monday, March 11, 2013
Blizzard of 1993 was a local memory maker
- Saturday, March 9, 2013
Oneonta area easily endured bank holidays in 1933
Business had been essentially normal at Oneonta's three major banking institutions during February 1933.
- Monday, March 4, 2013
New life returned to Oneonta landmark in 1983
Back in the early 1980s, the convenience of having some county agency satellite offices in Oneonta was diminished by the fact that they were scattered all over town. An effort to bring these agencies under one roof began at that time, which meant new use for an old, nearly empty building in downtown Oneonta.
- Saturday, March 2, 2013
Oneonta's Company G witnessed presidential inauguration in 1913
Not long ago, many local residents made the trip to Washington, D.C. for the inauguration ceremonies of President Barack Obama's second term. The same was true 100 years ago, but a difference back then was that presidential inaugurations took place later, in early March. Company G of Oneonta made the trek south to witness the inauguration of President Woodrow Wilson.
- Monday, February 25, 2013
Changes, challenges made local news in February 1968
Carl Delberta made a big career move. A new kind of television programming debuted in our region. Gun control laws were a hot topic of debate, and Otsego County residents prepared to shell out a little more on their purchases. It was all part of what was going on in our area during February 1968.
- Saturday, February 23, 2013
Firearms manufacturing created Ilion in the 19th century
- Monday, February 18, 2013
Deposit never quit on the State Theatre
If you haven't noticed it in the past, this historian often refers to old pop songs for many situations relating to something historic.
- Saturday, February 16, 2013
Local war service organizations began in February 1943
- Monday, February 11, 2013
Local challenges taken in President's Fitness Program in 1963
I remember my first 20-mile walk. It was when I was at Oneonta Junior High School in the early 1970s. A few of us decided to take the challenge of a March of Dimes Walk-a-Thon, so my Dad drove us over to Norwich, for the walk from Norwich to Oxford and back.
- Saturday, February 9, 2013
Oneonta building projects made news in early 1888
Andrew Bresee was in for quite a surprise when he began constructing a home in 1888. His project was among a number of building projects going on in Oneonta in the early months of 1888, as the village was expanding outward from today's center city.
- Monday, February 4, 2013
Lady Justice became plastic in 1970s Norwich
Iâ€™d guarantee that if you stood atop the Chenango County Courthouse for nearly 140 years through all the elements, youâ€™d look pretty tattered, too. This was the situation in the late 1970s for Lady Justice, the wooden statue having had an outstanding view over Norwich since the Andrew Jackson administration. The time had come for her retirement from the outdoors and a suitable successor. A debate began on whether she should be bronze or plastic.
- Saturday, February 2, 2013
Area residents sought gold in Alaska in 1897
"Where the river is windin,' Big nuggets they're findin,' North to Alaska, They go North, the rush is on."
- Monday, January 28, 2013
Methodist retirement center chose Norwich location in 1978
Opportunity came knocking Oneonta's way in January 1978 in the form of filling a large vacant lot on Academy Street with a senior citizen retirement center. Oneonta embraced the idea but in the end, the developer had a change of heart. The dividing issue was over property taxes.
- Saturday, January 26, 2013
Oneonta's Arabian Knights tumbled across the U.S. in the 1930s
Thereâ€™s nothing more satisfying to this historian than solving a mystery of local interest. Some are pretty easy, but then there are those that can go on for years. I mentally tuck some cases away now and then, and when I least expect it, a clue surfaces.
- Monday, January 21, 2013
Local greetings and farewells took place in January 1978
That early 1970s song by Melanie, "I've Got a Brand New Pair of Roller Skates (Brand New Key)," might have been played at a Sidney wedding. There was a change in local state Supreme Court justices. The world said goodbye to a Beetle while Delaware County said hello to an ex-Beatle. The local history book closed for a landmark downtown Oneonta business, itself a former bookstore. These were just a few of the events going on in our region in January 1978.
- Saturday, January 19, 2013
Phinneys of Cooperstown used unique marketing methods
Baseball Hall of Famer "Wee" Willie Keeler once advised hitters to "Keep your eye clear and hit 'em where they ain't." It's a good strategy for the game, and not a bad one for competition in business, either. The Phinney family of Cooperstown would likely agree, when it came to its book publishing business in the 18th and 19th centuries. The Phinneys were innovators, bringing the written word to places others had not, or perhaps hadn't yet thought about.
- Monday, January 14, 2013
Oneonta's Homer Folks Hospital closed in 1973
To some, it was inevitable. For others it was a time to choke back tears.
- Saturday, January 12, 2013
Four attempts made to establish state agricultural school in Delhi
Talk about not taking "no" for an answer. Had area residents of Delhi given up about 100 years ago, there would never have been today's State University College of Technology at Delhi.
- Monday, January 7, 2013
Otsego tourism was enhanced in 1988
- Saturday, January 5, 2013
Thousands showed for 1928 new car debut in Oneonta
Other than some football and news, I didn't view a lot of television over the holidays.