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October 23, 2012

Step Back in Time: Oct. 23, 2012

The Daily Star

---- — Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.

25 years ago

Oct. 23, 1987

NEW KINGSTON — Nelson and Jean Gray are keeping a great-great grandmother on the job at their dairy farm in the New Kingston valley.

Molly, a Holstein cow, has four generations of descendants with her in the Nel-Jean Farm herd, something the Grays and dairy experts said was unusual in the modern dairy business. And Molly is no decrepit cow. She outproduces much younger Holsteins and can still bear calves. The Grays plan to breed her again to keep her milk flowing.

In human terms, it’s like having a 70-year-old woman bear children, according to local veterinarians.

The Grays hired photographer Maggie Murphy of Tully to take a family portrait of the five generations lined up along Winter Hollow Brook in their front pasture. In descending order at brook side there were Molly, Dolly, Jolly, Scarlet and month-old Rose Bud.

“I’ve never had a cow live this long,” said Gray, leaning on a pickup truck fender, watching eight friends and family members arrange and rearrange the bovine beauties for the shutter. “And she’s still pretty good, health wise.”

Jean Gray checked her farm records for Molly’s lifetime production — 170,350 pounds.


50 years ago

Oct. 23, 1962

“I think the Russians won’t do a darn thing.”

That’s the reaction of James B. Donovan, the man who is trying to swap medicines and drugs for 1,113 Cuban prisoners of war captured last spring when the Bay of Pigs invasion failed.

Mr. Donovan made his remarks about two hours after watching the president’s telecast at State University College in Oneonta.

After shying away from questions of students at SUCO, Mr. Donovan appeared at a dinner sponsored by the Otsego County Democratic Committee in Colliers.

Mr. Donovan is acting as general counsel for the Cuban Families Committee for the Liberation of Prisoners of War.

Speaking to reporters in a motel room at the Homestead, where he made long-distance phone calls, Mr. Donovan said, “I think the Russians won’t do a darn thing.”

Mr. Donovan had two “extensive talks” with Castro about 10 days ago.

The talks centered around a swap: the prisoners of war for about $62 million of drugs and medicines including baby food.

Mr. Donovan is articulate. He can speak rapidly with emotion. Or he can speak quietly like he did when he fielded the questions at SUCO last night.

He makes no bones about his many commitments and public appearances. The veteran attorney, now 46, even apologized for his hoarse voice at SUCO, saying, “I guess I’m talked out.”