Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
Sept. 8, 1987
GILBERTSVILLE -- Eight-month-old Tanya Lynn Van Dusen was there. So were 96-year-old Flora Card and most of the other residents of the village of Gilbertsville and the surrounding town of Butternuts.
They were on hand Monday to set the history of Gilbertsville into the ground, to be unveiled 50 years from now. In the year 2037, residents will find a blue Coleman cooler full of 1987 trivia buried in the triangular plot of land at the intersection of Bloom, Spring and Commercial streets.
Gilbertsville, a village 455 people, has been celebrating its 200th birthday all year. In a Labor Day weekend celebration designed to wrap it all up, residents and visitors danced, sang, played music, spun looms, carved stone, showed off antique cars, sold crafts and ate food.
It was all in honor of a trip Abijah Gilbert made 200 years ago over land and water to settle a plot of land he had purchased, said Roger Halbert, chairman of the Bicentennial Committee.
Saved inside the Coleman cooler "capsule" are a book on Gilbertsville history written by resident Douglas McKee, a pictorial history book of the village, a local telephone directory, maps of the town's historical district, the town of Butternuts and Otsego County, the town, village and school district 1987 budgets, class of 1987 graduation and prom programs, a copy of the Sept. 3, 1987, New Berlin Gazette and of the Sept. 5, 1987 Daily Star, the U.S. Constitution, a 1987 penny, two butternuts and other items.
Also included were envelopes from individual families with messages to their children and grandchildren and a list signed by people who attended Monday afternoon's burial of the capsule.
50 years ago
Sept. 8, 1962
WALTON -- Groundbreaking ceremonies for the new St. John the Baptist Church and catechetical center were held Thursday evening in Walton on the grounds adjoining the present church on Benton Avenue.
Several dignitaries were present to take part in this momentous occasion. They were Judge Walter Terry, Dr. E. Ogden Bush, Mayor Clifford Dennis, Supervisor Harry Clark, Dr. Harry Wilbur, Frank More, Trustees Paul Eaton and Martin Doyle Sr., The Rev. James J. Minehan and The Rev. John Harzynski.
Father Harzynski spoke as follows: "Fifty years ago in 1912 events led up to the establishment of our church. St. John the Baptist Church was founded. It is fitting we build on this anniversary.
"We are most mindful of those who have made this possible today for their charity and are grateful to those who have contributed. A gilded spade is to be used to break the ground. It is symbolic of the faith and work of you good people -- your sacrifices. You bring forth a dream and now it is very near fulfillment.
"With this spade the Bishop, two and one-half years ago, sent me to dig. I dug and struck gold. You are that gold. I have found you a golden people, willing to sacrifice."