Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
May 4, 1988
NORTH FRANKLIN — A town of Franklin dairy farmer has found a way the public, as well as himself, can enjoy a subdivision in his 400 acres of land.
Ralph Sitts Jr. is planning a public golf course and clubhouse on about 75 acres of the land at routes 28 and 357 in North Franklin. If the project goes smoothly, Sitts hopes to open the greens and fairways in two years.
“With dairying the way it is, agriculture is not a viable living. So, if I want to retain possession of my land, I need to do something productive with it,” said Sitts about why he decided to develop a golf course. Sitts said he did not want to subdivide and then sell the land.
Sitts took his idea, which has been in the making for about a year, before the Franklin Planning Board April 7 for their consideration. Members requested Sitts bring a formal proposal to the May meeting stating what he plans to do with the land, said Herman Herklotz, chairman of the board.
The golf course will be one-tenth of a mile toward the village on the left side of Route 357. It will be about six miles from Oneonta and about 18 miles from Walton.
Sitts said he is planning to put a foot bridge over the creek and two of the green’s nine holes will go over the creek. Seven holes will be on flat land and two will be on 25-foot plateaus.
He has plans for two ponds at one hold and either a grass or a sand bunker at another hole. “The golf course will blend with the aesthetic value of the land,” he said.
50 years ago
May 4, 1963
WALTON — The S.J. Bailey & Sons furniture factory at Walton will be shut down the week of May 6 to 13, according to information revealed Friday night by the firm’s superintendent.
Joseph Carpenter, of 89 North St., Walton, the superintendent, said the shut-down, which will idle some 110 workers at the plant, was “seasonal” in nature.
He denied a rumor prevalent in the area that inroads made into the business by competitive imported merchandise was responsible for the shut-down.
The plant, which manufactured unfinished (unpainted) furniture, has been cutting back to a 30-hour work week recently, the superintendent revealed.
However, he said last night, plans are to reopen the plant on May 13.