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February 5, 2014

Step Back in Time: Feb. 5, 2014

50 years ago

Feb. 5, 1964

Supporters of the Wilber mansion had their “day in court” at Tuesday night’s Common Council session. By letter and by personal appearance they vigorously opposed any recommendation that the mansion be torn down and the space used for additional parking.

As of Tuesday night, no such recommendation had been made although the Common Council Parking Committee are known to be studying the possible advantages of such action.

Some of the opponents of the mansion’s destruction appeared more concerned over the trees on the property than the mansion itself.

A letter from the Oneonta Federated Garden Club stated that the mansion should be preserved but if demolition of the mansion is necessary, the city should preserve the trees and shrubs on the south side of the property.

A suggestion that the mansion be used as a museum was contained in a letter from Mrs. W. C. Dailey. She suggested the house be refurnished and used as a museum and display center. She also proposed that part of the mansion be used as a tropical fish shop.

Also speaking on behalf of the mansion was Charles Truscott, 53 Spruce St. Mr. Truscott noted that several other sites could be acquired for additional parking.

He mentioned the former Trading Post building on Ford Avenue, the Wilson Hotel on Market Street and a vacant building at the corner of Market and Broad Streets.

At the end of the session, Alderman James Lettis, chairman of the Council Parking Committee, stated his group has considered several pieces of property for possible use as a parking lot but that acquisition costs were high.

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