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December 21, 2013

Generosity made Christmas special locally in 1923

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“The news comes as a complete surprise to the business community and summarily throws out of employment 123 women and girls employed in the plant, none of whom had the slightest inkling until yesterday of what was about to happen.”

Any employees who wished to transfer to Kayser plants in Sidney, Cobleskill or Bangor, Pa., near Stroudsburg, would be given employment.

The reason given for the sudden closure was that Oneonta’s plant was manufacturing plain silk gloves, while the present market demanded “fancy gloves.” The U.S. market was reportedly full of plain gloves, made in foreign countries.

CHRISTMAS SEAL CAMPAIGN SUCCESSFUL

Kayser employees and everyone else in Otsego County were encouraged to give money to this annual campaign, used at the time to fight tuberculosis.

The Star reported on Tuesday, Dec. 25, that, “Richfield Springs under the leadership of Mrs. John D. Cary, again has the honor of being the first town in Otsego county to raise its quota in the Christmas Seal campaign.” The quota was $325, and $330 had been raised to date. Oneonta had $1,500 of its $1,750 quota to date.

CHRISTMAS AT SANATORIUM

Tuberculosis patients at the Mount Vision sanatorium weren’t forgotten by area residents, as on Saturday, Dec. 22, “The annual Christmas tree was held with a pretty tree donated by Isaac Gage of Worcester, which was trimmed to perfection and bedecked with presents not ordinarily found or expected in a county institution.”

A Christmas dinner was held for what were called the “inmates” on Tuesday, Dec. 25. Another featured event of the day was hearing Christmas programs broadcasted by radio stations within reach of a radio, still a very new medium at the time. A set with a loudspeaker had been installed at the sanatorium for the celebration.

A pleasant Christmas had been made possible at the TB sanatorium by a very long list of published names in a Star article.

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