- Mark Simonson
- Monday, April 29, 2013
Job opportunities abounded in area 45 years ago
If you were looking for a job in April 1968 in our area, or perhaps looking to change your employment situation in the near future, opportunities were pointing in your favor.
- Saturday, April 27, 2013
Oneonta greeted an aviation giant in 1928
An early aviation superstar came to Oneonta in 1928.
- Monday, April 22, 2013
Area saw its own armed standoffs 30 years ago
This past Friday, we watched how the Boston area went into a lockdown during a tense search for the last suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings. Had I still been living and working in that area, as I was in the early 1990s, I would have had a day off from work Friday, as police scoured the city of Waltham.
- Saturday, April 20, 2013
U.S.S. Maine explosion, war drew much local sentiment
For most people in our area in early 1898, a growing conflict between two distant nations probably didn't get much attention, other than some glances at the newspaper. When a young Oneonta man was one of many injured or killed in an explosion of a battleship he was aboard, the local attention increased markedly to what was soon to become the Spanish-American War.
- Monday, April 15, 2013
Oneonta river walking path came from a surveyor's daydream
Leon Kalmus of Oneonta spent a lot of time surveying land near the Susquehanna River in the early 1970s around the time Interstate 88 was being planned and built in this area. What he saw along the shores of the river, he called â€œpristine,â€� and soon had an idea for some kind of walking or hiking pathway along the shores of the river in the town of Oneonta.
- Saturday, April 13, 2013
Decline of Prohibition led to return of beer in April 1933
â€œI think this would be a good time for a beer,â€� remarked President Franklin D. Roosevelt, when he signed the Cullen-Harrison Act on March 22, 1933. This marked the beginning of the end for Prohibition that year.
- Monday, April 8, 2013
Dietz Street shifted from residential to commercial through the years
By taking a walk along Dietz Street today, heading north to Walnut Street, one can see a lot of businesses and the recently refurbished parking lot on the east side of the street. It would take some imagination to see this street lined with houses and a church, but prior to the late 1940s, thatâ€™s what was there.
- Saturday, April 6, 2013
Oneontans voted for a 'dry' city in 1918
- Monday, April 1, 2013
Future city historian kept family busy for Easter and April 1958
- Saturday, March 30, 2013
Colliscroft became new Oneonta landmark in 1902
If the Oneonta building trade sector of the economy could have awarded a plaque to a most valuable individual customer of 1902, it would have nearly been a shoo-in. That was Edward H. Pardee, who was listed in the Oneonta Directory around that time as a farmer, on Southside.
- Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Historic Cooperstown cottage got a new address in 1988
To unknowing tourists seeking information from the tourism information center at 31 Chestnut St. in Cooperstown, they would probably believe that the mid-19th century cottage had always been on that site. It blends in well with some of the grand old houses along that street, and the same tourists might think it has an interesting history behind it.
- Saturday, March 23, 2013
Free mail delivery began in Oneonta 125 years ago
- Monday, March 18, 2013
Oneonta enacted first building code 60 years ago
There will be no parade, fireworks display or commemorative coins minted for the occasion.
- Saturday, March 16, 2013
Area isolated during historic March 1888 snowstorm
Earlier in the week, we recalled the "Blizzard of 1993," which was one containing historic snowfall that fell on our region on Saturday, March 13. It was the largest recorded in a single local snowfall in the 20th century, and ever since another storm dating back 105 years. The latter snowfall was worse than the 1993 storm, falling overnight into Tuesday, March 13, 1888. It was commonly referred to as the "Blizzard of 1888."
- 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