- Mark Simonson
- Saturday, September 15, 2012
Thrift campaign launched in Oneonta in 1917
- Monday, September 10, 2012
Up to 30,000 visited Delhi in 1957 for parade of armed forces
It has been quite awhile since between 25,000 to 30,000 visitors descended upon Delhi on a single weekend.
- Saturday, September 8, 2012
Bigger roundhouse, new gym were news in 1917 Oneonta
- Saturday, September 1, 2012
Railroad strike in 1922 caused local clashes
In what was called the “Great Railroad Strike” of 1922, most Oneonta residents were deep in the labor frustration and tension, along with the rest of the nation. We didn’t have National Guard troops here, as railroad towns in seven other states did, but Oneonta saw its fair share of scuffles between strikers, the railroad and strike breakers.
- Monday, August 27, 2012
Computer age reached Oneonta schools in 1980s
I took computer science in college.
- Saturday, August 25, 2012
Governor's visit to Schenevus fair in 1912 was memorable
It was one of the last in a long series of events known as the Schenevus Fair, but the 1912 edition probably had people talking about it for years to come around the village. It was a case of severe weather striking when a governor came to visit.
- Monday, August 20, 2012
Oneonta Municipal Airport experiences expansion in August 1987
Oneonta's airport was seeing expansion, Hartwick College did a bit of revising of its history, it was payoff time for those communities affected by the Marcy South Power line project, horror visited Cherry Valley and Christmas tree farming was on the rise. It was all part of our local life and times in August 1987.
- Saturday, August 18, 2012
‘Mr. Dollar,’ other characters populated 1937 Oneonta
- Monday, August 13, 2012
Veteran bus drivers in area have many stories to tell
There are plenty of large passenger buses on the roads these days, but a majority of them are for charter services. Only a few are on scheduled routes, such as the Utica-New York or Albany-Binghamton routes, passing through Oneonta. Years ago, there were several more bus companies on scheduled routes, and the drivers logged a lot of miles, complete with many stories to tell.
- Saturday, August 11, 2012
A wake-up call sounded in August 1942
- Monday, August 6, 2012
Deteriorated Maple Street playground became green space in early 1990s
Today there is a green space with a number of trees, benches and a walking path at the top of Maple and State streets.
- Saturday, August 4, 2012
Site in Oneonta chosen for Hartwick College in 1927
By August 1927 it was no longer "late, breaking news" that Hartwick College would be established in Oneonta. That news had been learned back in March. A "Greater Hartwick" campaign to raise $600,000 by both the Hartwick Seminary and Oneonta's citizens was well under way.
- Saturday, July 28, 2012
Men got ready for military camp in August 1917
Emotions were starting to run high as the calendar was changed over to August 1917, regarding the local preparation of men heading off to Europe for World War I.
- Monday, July 23, 2012
Summer Olympics bragging rights on the line in 1952
With the 2012 Summer Olympic Games set to begin in London later this week, excitement will be varied, depending on the sport or a specific athlete.
- Saturday, July 21, 2012
James Fenimore Cooper wasn't always liked in Cooperstown
It might be a slight stretch of the historical imagination, but back in the 1830s, Cooperstown had a situation involving "Occupiers" and the "One Percent." Village residents, the former, had a run in with the world famous novelist, James Fenimore Cooper, about a stretch of land we know today as Three Mile Point on Otsego Lake.
- Monday, July 16, 2012
Bluegrass played first fiddle during 1982 festival near Cooperstown
It was a summer when the Berkshires met the Catskills, at least by name and only for a few days near Cooperstown. Fans of bluegrass music couldn't have been happier about that meeting.
- Saturday, July 14, 2012
Scintilla's 'Production Army' praised in July 1942
They weren't merely production workers at the Scintilla Magneto plant in Sidney in July 1942. They were soon known as the "Production Army," after being shown plenty of appreciation by a huge rally on Saturday, July 25.
- Monday, July 9, 2012
Former NFL quarterback John Elway considered future while in Oneonta
Only in my boyhood daydreams did I ever have to face such a conundrum concerning my future.
- Saturday, July 7, 2012
Despite dangers, aviators still thrilled the masses in 1937
Air travel, just like any kind of transportation, has its inherent dangers. Even the most experienced pilots can deal with disaster
- Monday, July 2, 2012
Junior Livestock Show encourages responsibility, competition, leadership
Monte Munford once considered himself to be bashful and quiet. To those who know Monte or have recently met him, such as this writer, the response would likely be, "You've got to be kidding."