Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
Jan. 3, 1989
State Sen. James Seward was sworn in Monday afternoon to a second two-year term, saying he will rally people against a proposed local waste sites, keep taxes down and promote recycling efforts.
Seward, R-Milford, and Otsego County's new clerk and coroner took oaths of office as about 225 people gathered at Cathedral Farms in Oneonta for the ceremony.
Charlotte Koniuto, who has been deputy clerk for 18 years, took the oath of office as county clerk to succeed June B. Hotaling who resigned in September after 14 years.
Richard Swift was sworn in as county coroner to replace George Tillapaugh, who died Oct. 18. He has been involved in emergency medical squads for 35 years and is training instructor in the county.
50 years ago
Jan. 3, 1964
Only 92 are residents turned up at the visit of the Syracuse Regional Bloodmobile Thursday in Oneonta. Six were rejected; 86 pints of blood were collected.
Quota was 125 pints, but Southern Otsego County American Red Cross Chapter officials need an average of 146 pints per visit in this new year in order to safeguard its membership in the Syracuse Regional Bloodbank program.
The local chapter's membership has been threatened ever since the first visit of this fiscal year, which started July 1, 1963, With one exception, all quotas for all visits have not been met. Quota is 125 pints for each visit.
On Dec. 2, after a vigorous telephone campaign by Oneonta Masons led by Bill Bright and Fred Hickein, 138 pints of blood were collected.
A similar campaign was carried out before Thursday's visit. Also, Blood Program Chairman Mrs. Aaron Foster appealed to Oneonta High School teenagers 18 years old or more to give blood. Peter Jacobsen helped recruit nine eligible teenagers who gave blood Thursday.
There were 13 other first timers, making a record high of 22 first-time donors at Thursday's visit.
Gallon donors at Thursday's visit are:
Mrs. Elma Miller, three gallons; Mrs. Nila Wells, two gallons; and Mrs. Ruth Stearns, Earl Rowe and Thomas Carson, one gallon.
Teenagers who donated for the first time were: Peter Jacobsen, William Handy, Dianne Bellew, Arnold Greenblatt, David Erbe, Donald Payne, Marianne Sweeney, Joseph Harrington and Richard Lucas.