- Mark Simonson
- 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.
- Monday, December 31, 2012
1972 marked beginnings of 'civic center' and a political career
The year 2012 has been quite successful for big-name performers, and securing better acoustics for the Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center in Oneonta. The city had visions of such a center 40 years ago, and earlier. That same year a future state legislator, who helped secure funds for Foothills in more recent years, made his first run for office.
- Saturday, December 29, 2012
Oneonta's music, art, dance offerings increased in 1887
- Monday, December 24, 2012
Non-violent toys were promoted locally for Christmas 1987
Gift giving without a violent theme was part of the mood at Christmastime in 1987, much like it probably has become this year. Shoppers were seeking out the traditional toys and gifts, as well as the ultramodern items of the late 1980s. When the shopping was done, one could join in on a caroling tour in the Otsdawa area of Otego.
- Saturday, December 22, 2012
Oneonta's water supply expanded in 1887
It wasn't specified if there were any kind of ceremonies for the first water being pumped from Oneonta's new, larger reservoir in the early part of November 1887.
- Monday, December 17, 2012
Chinese teacher learned American education methods in Oneonta
An experiment of â€œEast meets Westâ€� began for sixth-grade students at the Percy I. Bugbee School in the autumn of 1947. It was early October, and the students were anxiously awaiting the arrival of their new teacherâ€"from China.
- Saturday, December 15, 2012
The Diana Restaurant served area diners for many decades
- Monday, December 10, 2012
Three found gift of freedom in area in 1940s
Probably the greatest gift three area people could think of ever receiving in December 1947 was that of freedom, especially from Nazi slavery during World War II. Two men in Oneonta and one woman in Schenevus had relocated here recently, were doing well and finding this area much to their liking.
- Saturday, December 8, 2012
Walton Theater emerged from aftermath of 1912 fire
- Monday, December 3, 2012
Leatherstocking Railway Historical Society rolling along at 30
It passed quietly in 2012, but the Leatherstocking Railway Historical Society commemorated its 30th anniversary of formation, to preserve the area's railroad heritage. It was a year of some adversity, what with their excursion train being idled for awhile, but as with every other setback or triumph in the past, the Society is back to full strength and has no plans to call it quits anytime soon. Their ups and downs have been the norm since 1982.
- Saturday, December 1, 2012
South Kortright woman threw a heck of a party in 1940
"This little hamlet of South Kortright Saturday night was the scene of a party such as Delaware county had never seen before," reported The Oneonta Star of Monday, Sept. 23, 1940.
- Monday, November 26, 2012
Oneonta STC basketball resumed after World War II
Sometimes when a new or re-established sports team gets started, fan patience becomes a pre-requisite. On a professional level, the 1962 New York Mets comes to mind. In 1976 and 1977, the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost their first 26 games.
- Saturday, November 24, 2012
1942 wartime home front news on a lighter side
Wartime, as hectic and nerve-wracking as it could be on the home front, also had its more amusing times. In the latter months of 1942, Bloomville became a place of respite for soldiers, Delhi got unexpectedly buzzed by warplanes, and war material shortages changed the choices for buying Christmas toys that season.
- Monday, November 19, 2012
Roxbury’s ties to Manhattan school date back to the mid-1960s*
If I were ever asked to substitute for Jay Leno in his popular "Jaywalking" segment on The Tonight Show, and ask most local people in our region where the Manhattan Country School is, I'd imagine many would respond near Manhattan, Kan., a small city in primarily a rural state.
- Saturday, November 17, 2012
First electric lights for Oneonta on Thanksgiving 1887
We keep hearing of how "Black Friday" will start even earlier this year in some stores, with openings on Thanksgiving night for shoppers who just cannot wait for midnight anymore. Most of us remember when all stores remained closed on Thanksgiving, but there was an exception in Oneonta just 125 years ago this coming week. The reason was the introduction of electric light.
- Monday, November 12, 2012
Deposit became civil defense evacuation zone in 1957 test
The village of Deposit, which is split between Delaware and Broome Counties, had about 2,000 residents back in May 1957. On Sunday, May 5 the village almost doubled in population. The visitors were expected, although the theme of their arrival was a bit sobering. It was for a mass evacuation of nearby Binghamton residents, as a history-making exercise in civil defense.
- Saturday, November 10, 2012
Oneonta's First Presbyterians sought a better church in 1887
Building items from the old and new First Presbyterian churches. A saved wooden pin was used in the beams for construction of the original church in 1816. The two nails forming the cross were extras used in construction of the newer church in 1887-88. (Photo courtesy of Harriet Johnson)
- Monday, November 5, 2012
Notable construction projects got started in November 1977
They may be only 35 years old or younger, but many buildings and construction projects we know in the modern era across our region got their start on either the drawing board or in groundbreaking events during the month of November 1977.
- Saturday, November 3, 2012
Gift of land, home created Huntington Park, Library
Arthur Coy's work crew probably had a significant audience of passers-by at times on Thursday, Nov. 15, 1917, as work began on clearing an old apple orchard on the Huntington property on Chestnut Street. We know the site today as Huntington Park and Huntington Memorial Library, and this work marked the start of turning the land into the places we enjoy today.
- Saturday, October 27, 2012
Indoor Baseball League formed in Oneonta in 1912
If your favorite team didn't make it to the World Series this year, take heart, there's always next year, as the new baseball season will be back soon enough. By this time of year, the bats and gloves have been packed away for the recreational leagues in Oneonta. This wasn't the case 100 years ago, as the city got its first Indoor Baseball League started.