Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
Dec. 29, 1987
HARTWICK — The Hartwick Historical Society’s dream of raising $100,000 for a museum is coming true.
The society and the Kinney Memorial Library have received a little over $60,000 so far for a building that will house the society’s collections and exhibits, said Anita Harrison, town historian.
“We’re hoping to break ground in the spring,” said Mrs. Harrison, who is vice president of the society and a trustee on the library board.
Mrs. Harrison initiated fund-raising with 10 other volunteers and took in about $5,000 from private donations. A local letter campaign helped to spur response from Hartwick residents, she said.
The society has accumulated $36,000 in two revenue sharing monies before the August fund drive and had received $15,000 from the Nourse Foundation in Otsego County and $5,000 from the O’Connor Foundation of Delaware County.
The proposed building will sit directly in back of the library, which is on East Main Street, and be connected to the library by a vestibule. The exterior design will be similar to the library’s, Mrs. Harrison said.
Henry Loeffler, a local building engineer who grew up in Hartwick, donated his time and knowledge to draw the building specifications, Mrs. Harrison said.
50 years ago
Dec. 29, 1962
One hundred and three years of service to the people of Oneonta is the record compiled by two Oneonta brothers, Nicholas and Anthony Chicorelli.
The imminent retirement of Nicholas, the elder brother, who puts in his last day at his shoe repair shop, 1 Broad St., today, revealed that he has been repairing local footwear for 54 years, and that Anthony has been cutting the hair of Oneontans for the past 49 years and plans to keep doing it for many more years.
The two are the remaining members of the family of Dominic Chicorelli and four sons who arrived in Oneonta in 1907 from their native Italy, coming from a small town about 45 miles from Naples.
On arrival the elder Chicorelli set up a meat market and a shoe store on Main Street where the post office now stands. At age 16, Nicholas, now 70, went to work in the shoe shop.
Anthony, who has barbered for 49 years and is “starting on his fiftieth” learned his trade under the late Norris Ogden at 1 Broad St. in the same shop his brother has occupied since the mid 1930s for a shoe shop. He later took over the shop at 3 South Main where he lives upstairs.
Mr. Ogden later sold the Louis Thurston. When the Main Street building was demolished to make way for the Sears store, Nicholas moved to the present address “about 30 years ago.”