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October 6, 2012

New buildings, boxing made area news in October 1937


The inventor of the device, Y. Smith Strange, gave a demonstration to the department on Thursday, Oct. 14. The iron claw was designed to replace handcuffs and night sticks to subdue an unruly prisoner. It could be done without apparent force on the part of the officer or injury to the prisoner. 

“A quick twist and the prisoner will move without argument.” In case of a struggle, “only an additional twist is necessary to produce pain so excruciating that further resistance is out of the question.”


Carlton “Sonny” Yanson, according to the Star of Monday, Oct. 25, “brought Oneonta probably its greatest national notice since the Eva Coo murder trial Saturday when he was included in the ‘Believe It or Not’ panel of Robert Ripley.” Under a drawing of the child with a big cigar in his mouth, appeared how “Sonny” age 2, smokes 10 cigars a day.

Yanson was 4 when the Ripley panel appeared. It was true about the smoking. Sonny’s mother had been working at breaking the boy of the habit. It had been discovered that when he was given a nickel, while most boys would buy candy or ice cream, Sonny bought cigars. It became necessary for Mrs. Yanson to tell the storekeeper not to sell the youngster any more cigars.


It was reported on Friday, Oct. 29, that excavation work would begin the next week for a new $20,000 office building to be built by Dr. C.C. Gregory at 53-57 Chestnut St., today’s dental office suites on the western side of the street, next to the Oneonta Theatre. Older buildings on the site had been razed during the summer.

“Plans call for a two story brick building with a slate roof. Each room will be of standard size and will be heated by a modern air conditioning plant. Dental offices of Dr. Gregory will locate on the first floor, and will include an operating room, laboratory and reception room.” The design was Georgian colonial style. H. Vincent Edgarton was the architect and the building was expected to be completed and opened in the spring of 1938. Dr. Gregory was relocating his office here from the Physician’s Building, once found at the corner of Church and Chestnut streets, formerly the Baird mansion, and today a series of retail shops.

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