Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
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OTEGO — Lynwood and Irene Simonds thought they might break tradition this year and not make the hay wagon Christmas caroling tour of their Otsdawa neighborhood, passing out cookies and candy and singing Christmas carols.
Last March a fire destroyed their home and they aren’t quite settled yet into their place.
But their children and neighbors wouldn’t let them get away with it, and organized the ride themselves in just two days’ time.
The Simonds led a hay wagon ride of about 25 local children and adults Sunday afternoon. They rode by houses.
Santa Claus gave out bundles of treats and the whole wagonful sang. And when they were done they went inside and warmed their chilled bones with hot chocolate and food.
“About halfway through you wonder why you’re doing it — and then you see people’s faces and you know,” said Simonds. “They’re just so baffled.”
The traditional Christmas ride started many years ago — Simonds doesn’t recall exactly when — with a bobsled and a team of horses.
50 years ago
Dec. 14,Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Color 1962
SOUTH NEW BERLIN — Monroe C. Pelton of Merrill, will again provide Scotch Pine Christmas trees to all householders in South New Berlin and Holmesville, who will set them at the curb and illuminate them Dec. 20 1962, through Jan. 2, 1963, according to T.R. Brining, public relations chairman.
Howard Welton and the Rev. Kenneth Simpson, advisor to the local Explorer Scout Post, announced that they have canvassed the residents to determine the number of trees needed.
Tim McCarthy, Post President, will assist in South New Berlin and Bobbie Thompson will contact Holmesville residents.
The Scouts voted to decorate trees for citizens who are unable to do the work themselves but will provide extension cords and light bulbs. Howard Welton, assisted by Scoutmaster Robert Benjamin, Stewart Conkley, assistant, and Scout Troop 59 will transport the trees Saturday, Dec. 15 at 9 a.m. from the Great Brook site where Cyrus Pike will supervise the cutting.