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March 30, 2013

Colliscroft became new Oneonta landmark in 1902

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Edward was active in local organizations such as the Oneonta City Club, once found at 51 Dietz St., as well as the Oneonta Country Club. As a bachelor, he apparently wasn’t much of an entertainer at his mansion, so on Friday, Jan. 15, 1904, a party was brought to him.

“A surprise house warming was given to E.H. Pardee … last evening, at which delicate refreshments were served by the going party.” The guest list had prominent last names such as Ford, Lewis, Kirkland, Elmore, Stewart and Fairchild in attendance. It was said, “they made a bachelor extremely happy without bringing him the sorrows of planning for the comfort of his guests in advance. The host rendered exquisite piano music by the aid of perforated rolls and was, withal, a most delightful entertainer.”

Pardee enjoyed Colliscroft until 1914. It remained in the family until 1949, and has had several private owners since.

On Monday: A bit of our local life and times in April 1958.

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 simmark@stny.rr.com. His website is www.oneontahistorian.com. His columns can be found at www.thedailystar.com/marksimonson.

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