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February 18, 2014

Step Back in Time: Feb. 18, 2014

25 years agoFeb. 18, 1989

COOPERSTOWN — The Cooperstown village street department trucked in 14 loads of snow early Friday morning to prepare for today’s Ice Sculpture Contest, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The contest is part of the Cooperstown Winter Carnival.

Fred Marr, who supervises the village street department, sent his men down to the village sewer plant at 7 a.m. Friday to collect truckloads of snow to dump on Main Street so sculptors will have enough to work with for the contest.

Most plans for the event remained intact Friday despite the lack of snow. Any changes or cancellation will be announced during the weekend, using a public address system in a van. In some cases event changes will be noted with signs and posters.

50 years agoFeb. 18, 1964

Hopes that Oneonta might become the site of a railroad museum were riding high last Monday when three city men pointed their automobile north on Route 7, and headed for Bellow Falls, Vermont.

Some 24 hours later those hopes, though still alive, had been reduced to a mere flicker.

Mayor Albert S. Nader, Vernon Seeley, chairman of the city’s railroad museum committee and Gordon Roberts, insurance executive and president of the Oneonta Chamber of Commerce made up the trio of city men who journeyed to Bellows Falls and the lair of one F. Nelson Blount.

Mr. Blount, a millionaire several times over, has a huge collection of steam locomotives and other railroad rolling stock gathered into one unit which he calls “Steamtown, USA.”

He sparked Oneonta’s interest in a railroad museum several months ago when he announced that he would move his entire layout from Vermont to another location and that he was seeking bids from interested communities.

The Oneontans spent five hours or so with Mr. Blount. No decision was arrived at — nothing really came from the meeting. The Oneonta contingent, weary and disappointed, started for home.

The Oneonta presentation was given only casual treatment.

Blount said he probably would not make any final decision until late spring or early summer — meanwhile he’s off to Brazil to pursue private interests.

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