25 years ago
Oct. 12, 1987
NORWICH — A Norwich fireman said he will keep working until his retirement seven years from now, even though he won Saturday night’s $5 million lottery.
Howard Franklin of Heady’s Corners picked the winning numbers, 3-6-21-33-36-37, at Tucker’s Smoke Shop on East Main Street in Norwich. He said so far he is the sole winner in Saturday’s lottery.
Franklin said he and his wife, Cheryl, plan to use the money to put their four children through school. “I want the kids to get a good education. That’s my main concern,” he said.
“I was working when I found out that I won,” he said. “I was sitting at the table looking at the final numbers. I asked my partner to double check the numbers.”
When a worker at the smoke shop verified the winning combination, Franklin went to the shop and had his ticket validated.
A fireman in the city for 18 years, Franklin said he couldn’t talk for a while after learning he won $5 million.
This is the second time he has won money in the lottery. The first time, a couple years ago, he won $8.
50 years ago
Oct. 12, 1962
The Public Service Commission Thursday authorized the New York Central Railroad to cease resident freight agent service in Oneonta.
The move, expected ever since a public hearing in June went unopposed, is one more step downward in services for a railroad line that came into being in 1866 as the Rondout and Oswego R.R.
Freight service will be continued to Oneonta over the line with service being in charge of a traveling assistant agent with headquarters in Stamford.
The report from the Public Service Commission noted that gross revenues of less-than-carload freight at Oneonta just barely covered the operating expenses of the station which is to be retired from use.
The current agent, Ronald A. Kent, has been here since 1960.
The Rondout and Oswego R.R., founded in 1866, reached Shandaken in 1870, Roxbury in 1871, and Stamford in 1872, when the name was changed to the New York, Kingston and Syracuse Route.
It went into receivership in 1873 and was sold under foreclosure in 1875 to the Farmers Loan and Trust Co., then conveyed that same year to the newly formed Ulster and Delaware RR Co.
About 1900 the line was extended to Oneonta via Kortright Station, E. Meredith, Davenport Center, West Davenport, and at that time it was arranged to connect with the Delaware and Hudson RR at Oneonta, the first through route for passengers and freight.
It once served 5 counties with a combined population of 211,052 of which some 75,000 lived in towns directly served by the U&D. During this period it transferred to New York annually 1,000,000 cans of milk and delivered an average of 100,000 passengers, mostly summer trade to the Catskill Mountain resorts and hotels.
The current agent, Mr. Kent, is a 17-year veteran of Central service and has long-time recollections of the U&D on which his father, W.S. Kent, was trainmaster, coming to Oneonta about 1920.