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August 3, 2013

Oneonta paid tribute to President Harding in 1923


“We should thank God that the President had surrounded himself with able men,” Judge said, “With Coolidge and Hughes at the helm the country is safe.” Judge’s referral to the latter was Charles Evans Hughes, a former governor of New York and U.S. Supreme Court justice, who as a young man had started his career in law by studying at Delaware County Judge William Gleason’s office in Delhi. Hughes served as secretary of state in the Harding Cabinet.

Later that afternoon the Star reported, “The service conducted by the American legion in Huntington park was the tribute of fighting men to a fighting man, the soldiers’ farewell to a departed comrade. At 4:30 p.m., the time announced as that when all that is mortal of Warren Harding would be placed in the vault at Marion, a firing squad from Company G fired three volleys and as the last salvo rang out, ‘Taps,’ the soldier’s requiem, was sounded by the bugler with the detail. It was a simple service but one deeply impressive to the good sized multitude gathered to share in the tribute.”

On Monday: A glance at a busy news month for the area in August 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 His website is His columns can be found at

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