Oneonta’s last surviving Civil War veteran, William A. Kelley, then 86, died on Sunday, Jan. 9, 1938. Kelley had served in the New York 79th Volunteer Infantry. After an honorable discharge, he went to work for the D&H Railroad in Carbondale, Pa., and later moved to Oneonta to work in 1890.
On Monday: Oneontans embarked on a new shopping experience on Southside 30 years ago this week.
City Historian Mark Simonson’s column appears twice weekly. On Saturdays, his column focuses on the area during the Depression and before. His Monday columns address local history after the Depression. If you have feedback or ideas about the column, write to him at The Daily Star, or email him at email@example.com. His website is www.oneontahistorian.com. His columns can be found at www.thedailystar.com/marksimonson.