- Mark Simonson
- 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."
- Saturday, June 30, 2012
Fourth of July celebration drew thousands to Oneonta in 1862
"Let The Eagle Scream!!"
- Monday, June 25, 2012
Longtime Norwich grocery chain headquarters departed for Utica in 1992
"We're sitting on pins and needles."
- Saturday, June 23, 2012
Oneonta became convention central for two weeks in June 1922
One doesn't really think of Oneonta as a business convention destination in the 21st century, but given the many nice surprises we keep hearing about from Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center, one never knows what may be brought to this city in the future.
- Monday, June 18, 2012
Iroquois Indian Museum grew from humble beginnings
The last week of May was a special one for The Iroquois Indian Museum in Howes Cave. It marked the 20th anniversary of the opening at that site, on the road leading to Howe Caverns. That opening was a milestone for the museum, having originated nearly a dozen years earlier in another nearby location.
- Saturday, June 16, 2012
1937 a turning point year for Baseball Hall of Fame
Part of the job description for Jeff Idelson, president of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, is the enviable task of going to Major League Baseball cities to bring historic memorabilia, for loan or to keep, to Cooperstown for public display.
- Monday, June 11, 2012
Kidnapping and murder stunned Greene in 1977
When George Raymond Jr. arrived for lunch at his Greene home Wednesday, June 1, 1977, and found lights and the television on, as well as his wife Cynthia's purse, clothing and car -- but not a sign of her anywhere -- he knew something was wrong.
- Saturday, June 9, 2012
First education degrees given at Oneonta State Teachers College in 1942
- Monday, June 4, 2012
Cooperstown trolley service a help during busy tourism season
There is certainly no secret that once the tourism season picks up in Cooperstown after Memorial Day, parking and traffic can be nothing short of a challenge in the village. It has been a problem for decades, but a solution to help ease the congestion has been around for 25 years that has helped somewhat. That was the introduction of the motorized trolley vehicles that brings visitors from remote parking areas into the village and all the attractions.
- Saturday, June 2, 2012
A short but influential baseball season for Oneonta in 1912
The Oneonta Outlaws will be opening another season later this week, with a home opener on Friday, June 8. Oneonta will be participating in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League. It will be a pretty short season, as regular season play ends on Wednesday, Aug. 1.
- Saturday, May 26, 2012
A Main Street facelift for Oneonta in the 1920s
It has been just a little over 30 years, 1980 in fact, that Main Street in Oneonta went through a major transformation in appearance. Even now I'll hear mixed comments about the changes, which included antique style lamps, trees, planters and brick trim. Some liked the changes while others liked the wider street with the even-sized sidewalks.