The Daily Star, Oneonta, NY - otsego county news, delaware county news, oneonta news, oneonta sports

Columns

March 30, 2013

Colliscroft became new Oneonta landmark in 1902

(Continued)

Pardee wasn’t alone in liking that area, as seen in a separate article on the same day, “While the growth on South Side has at no time approached a boom, it has been steady and substantial and the coming season is likely to see a larger outlay of money in buildings and improvements than any other previous season.”

Within days, it was reported that Pardee had purchased “a handsome carriage team” of horses, “a pair of stylish bay cobs,” so a carriage house was added to the plans.

Local residents learned from the Star on Friday, Dec. 12, 1902, “The attractive residence nearly completed of E.H. Pardee … has been named Collis Croft, in honor of his deceased uncle, Collis P. Huntington.”

As for the aforementioned economic impact of Colliscroft, the Star reported on Dec. 29, 1902, that more than $160,000 had been expended in building projects in Oneonta that year. Pardee’s expenditures of $10,000 for the mansion, $3,000 for the carriage house, and $1,000 for removing and then restoring Mrs. Fritts’ new home, amounted to just short of 10 percent of the total. The D&H railroad spent $20,000 on two new shops in the Oneonta railroad yards, and the First Baptist Society spent $25,000 on its new church at the corner of Chestnut and Academy streets.

Between the Pardee and D&H building projects, Nathan H. Briggs and Sons, the builders, smiled all the way to the bank during 1902. The style of architecture, not common to this area, remains a bit of a mystery, but relatives of E.H. Pardee who visited the site in 2005 speculated it was possibly influenced by similar mansions in Milledgeville, Ga., southeast of Atlanta, where Edward had relatives and visited in the past.

More work was scheduled in 1903, as reported on March 18. A water reservoir was to be built on the grounds, as well as a new barn and large poultry house. “He has secured Mr. Hogaboom as farmer for the place.”

Text Only
Big Chuck D'Imperio
Cary Brunswick

Chuck Pinkey
Guest Column

Lisa Miller

Mark Simonson

Rick Brockway

Sam Pollak
William Masters
  • Schreibman tops Chris Gibson on women's issues

    As the time to vote draws near, we need to remember how money can run politics more than we can. Raising funds is a prominent (if not the dominant) task of getting elected. Raising issues is also crucial, but those efforts are subject to distortion and fear-mongering.

    September 18, 2012

  • Republicans feelentitled to allthey can garner

    An entitlement is a legal benefit available from the government to individuals who are within a defined category of recipients, such as needing insurance for unemployment or health services.

    September 4, 2012

  • Romney focuses on self; Obama emphasizes unity

    Mitt Romney criticizes President Obama for saying a person's success is rooted in his community, and is not all his alone. Romney belittles this with his belief in individual initiative. He is better at the put-down than the push-up.

    August 21, 2012

  • Romney shows little regard for common man

    The Republicans in Congress have voted over and over, 33 times, redundantly and uselessly, to rescind what they call Obamacare.

    August 7, 2012

  • Scouts' gay ban creates problem where none exists

    The Boy Scouts of America's "emphatic reaffirmation" of its vow to exclude any and all homosexuals from its hallowed ranks is ill-considered and pathetic, especially in view of its having reviewed the matter for two years.

    July 24, 2012

Additional Content
Join the Debate
Helium
Additional Resources
CNHI News Service
Poll

Is Israel justified to conduct its military campaign against the Hamas in Gaza?

Yes
No
Undecided/no opinion
     View Results