Step back in time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
July 28, 1987
COOPERSTOWN _ The Hall of Fame weekend brings 10,000 people and a couple of million dollars into Cooperstown, a village of 2,300, and the surrounding area.
"It's well over $2 million that's generated," said Richard McCaffery, president of the Otsego County Tourism Bureau.
McCaffery said the estimate is conservative because it is based on the likely spending by visitors over 48 hours _ Sunday and Monday _ for rooms, meals, visits to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and souvenirs.
The impact shows up each year in the people who crowd around stands and inside the stores to buy hot dogs, ice cream, T-shirts and baseball mugs and in the activity at the Hall of Fame.
For Saturday, Sunday and Monday, the Hall of Fame sold about 10,000 tickets at $2 or $5. That is about 4,000 more than expected on a normal summer weekend and 8,000 over the average daily attendance of 2,000, according to spokesman William Guilfoile.
50 years ago
July 28, 1962
DELHI _ The blessing of the bells of St. James, the Rite of Holy Confirmation, and Solemn High Mass, will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Sunday, July 29, at St. James Church, Lake Delaware, Delhi.
The bells are to be dedicated in the memory of the late Angelica Livingston Gerry. A plaque, given by her four nephews, Elbridge T. Gerry, Robert L. Gerry, Edward H. Gerry, and Henry A. Gerry, will also be dedicated. The bells have been given by Miss Gerry's many friends, both of St. James Church, and the community.
The Rt. Rev. Allen Webster Brown, S.T.D., Diocese of Albany, will administer the Sacrament of Holy Confirmation, and will bless the bells and the plaque.