- Mark Simonson
- 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.
- Monday, October 22, 2012
October 1992 saw local 'explorations' of budgets, history
An "expensive proposition," better transportation across Otsego County, and a 500th anniversary celebration of Columbus covered some of the news as it was over a three county-region during October 1992.
- Saturday, October 20, 2012
Better road brought people together in October 1932
While highway improvements are always welcomed by motorists, the occasions following the improvements today get little notice other than perhaps a comment or two by the motorist, and that's about it. There are still a few around who can likely recall when a road was improved, it became cause for a celebration.
- Monday, October 15, 2012
Plans made for 1960s Oneonta expansions
When Dr. Royal F. Netzer, president of the State University College at Oneonta had announced a major expansion of the college over the next several years in October 1962, the city of Oneonta needed to prepare for the expansion as well.
- Saturday, October 13, 2012
Improvements, new ventures in Oneonta in 1912
A bigger school, street improvements, new businesses and organizations, and a future president's visit were among events making news in 1912 in Oneonta.
- Monday, October 8, 2012
Area saw meatless Tuesdays, 'Chickless' Thursdays in 1947
- Saturday, October 6, 2012
New buildings, boxing made area news in October 1937
- Monday, October 1, 2012
October a busy month for construction and demolition in 1982
- Saturday, September 29, 2012
Otsego County Economic Council became active for the 1932 elections
Regardless of your political affiliation, a website worth looking at is that of the U.S. National Debt Clock, www.usdebtclock.org. The speed of the numbers changing is one that may make a few jaws drop. The deficit and economy will certainly be growing on the minds of many in the coming weeks, during what has been called the worst recession since the Great Depression.
- Monday, September 24, 2012
Sidney closely follows Bendix takeover talks in 1982
- Saturday, September 22, 2012
First private planes delivered locally in 1927
You know someone was financially well-to-do in 1927 when it was reported in the newspapers that he had purchased his own personal airplane. This happened twice during the autumn of that year, by residents of Morris and Oneonta.
- Monday, September 17, 2012
1982 slaying sparked 3-month manhunt
Traffic was moving quite slowly within about 100 miles of the village of Afton on Thursday evening and Friday, Sept. 16-17, 1982, as many police agencies set up roadblocks in search for a killer or killers of a convenience store clerk.