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January 21, 2013

Local greetings and farewells took place in January 1978

(Continued)

From Delhi on that same day, it was reported that ex-Beatle John Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, were becoming Delaware County dairy farmers. They bought 1,400 to 1,500 acres in four parcels in the towns of Delhi, Franklin and Stamford. One site was to serve as a vacation home while the rest was for long-term investments.

George B. Morgan of Walton, an agricultural investment specialist, arranged the sales. He described the Lennons as “nice people,” not fond of fanfare, but “very sharp businesspeople.”

Closing the page on a local bookstore

Brackett’s, a landmark downtown Oneonta store, was set to close soon, it was announced Thursday, Jan. 26. This ended a 45-year stretch, concluding at 142 Main St.

In 1933, Caleb Brackett purchased the Corner Book Store, which was then found at the eastern corner of Main and Broad streets, eventually demolished in Oneonta’s urban renewal endeavors of the 1970s. The location is now part of the Kim K. Muller Plaza. Mr. Brackett renamed the store Brackett’s Book Store. It had been previously operated by Edwin R. Moore. Even earlier, it was known as Saunders’ Corner Book Store.

Brackett moved the business from that corner after several years a bit further west to 190 Main St. for a short time, and then in 1964 moved again to what is today’s 142 Main St. That storefront had been previously occupied by offices of New York State Electric & Gas, as they had recently moved to their present Country Club Road location.

In 1973, Brackett sold the business to Peter and John David Van Woert. It continued to do business under the same name until 1977, when the Van Woerts changed it to Brackett’s Office Supply.

Brackett’s was set to close by the end of March 1978.

This weekend: We’ll meet Oneonta’s Arabian Knights of the 1930s.

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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