Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
Dec. 16, 1988
Oneonta’s telephone system has been upgraded and by Sunday, Dec. 18, several new services will be available, although they will cost more than twice as much as basic service, according to a New York Telephone Co. spokesman.
New services will be available at the following rates:
For $5 a month, customers can subscribe to Call Waiting, which lets them answer a second call while on the phone with someone else.
For $4 a month, customers can subscribe to Call Fowarding, which transfers calls to another number.
For $4 a month, Three Way calling is available, allowing customers to talk to two callers at the same time.
For $4 a month, customers can order Speed Calling, allowing them to dial just a few digits to complete a call to eight different phone numbers.
For $6 a month, Speed Calling can be extended to 30 phone numbers.
All told, the new services with extended Speed Calling cost an extra $19 a month, but will not operate without touch-tone service. Touch-tone service costs an extra $2.21 per month.
For people who don’t mind dialing the old fashioned way, the charge for basic private line telephone service is $16.16, plus tax, in the City of Oneonta, said Gayle Germick of NYTEL.
The cost of touch-tone service on a private line with all the frills is more than twice a month — $37.37.
50 years ago
Dec. 16, 1963
Army Specialist Four Robert E. Freyer, whose wife, Elaine, lives at 8 East Man St., Sidney, received a transistor radio from his commanding officer, Lt. Col. Earl R. Velie, after being named soldier of the month for November of the specialist’s signal company in Vietnam.
Specialist Freyer, a radio operator in the company, received the award for exceptional individual performance of duty, correct military appearance and knowledge of general military subjects and current events.
The 20-year-old soldier, son of Mr. and Mrs. Johann Fryer, Masonville, entered the Army in November 1959 and has been overseas since last August. He is 1959 graduate of Sidney Central High School.