Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
May 23, 1988
STAMFORD — Dr. Frank Cyr, a pioneering innovator in rural education, was honored last week at Oneonta State graduation ceremonies, by being awarded another doctorate.
Cyr, 87, of Stamford was recognized for his lifelong service to education with an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.
His list of accomplishments in education is lengthy and includes establishing safety standards — including the uniform yellow color for school buses — consolidating one-room school districts into central school districts, establishing regional BOCES districts and locally-originated educational television.
The former Rexmere Hotel, now the headquarters for the Otsego-Northern Catskills BOCES, was renamed the Cyr Educational Center. And inside is RSEC-TV, the first low-power educational television site in the U.S., which Cyr originated.
Cyr has authored hundreds of articles and several books, as well as having served on numerous state and national educational commissions and conferences.
Now retired 23 years, he always has an eye on making things better for students. For example, he once converted an old juke box so students could select the educational records they wanted to hear and listen on headphones. It was the forerunner of what is popularly known today as the study carrel.
50 years ago
May 23, 1963
Eighteen new Red Cross First Aid instructors have been graduated from the largest instructor training class ever held by the Southern Otsego County Chapter of the Red Cross. The program at the Wilber Mansion, included a 15-hour course in which classes met from 7:30 to 10:30 for five nights.
The new instructors are Eugene Campagna, Otego; Victor Henson, Schenevus; Albert K. O’Brien, Cooperstown; Walter S. Sargeant, Norwich; John F. Cunero, Roy Hall Jr., Paul T. Henry, Hurley A. McLean, William R. Schaffer, all of Oneonta; Miss Sophie Dixon, Morris; Bernard Hughes, Gilboa; Harold Silliman, Colliersville; Mrs. Doris Cody, Davenport Center; Russell Groat, Howard E. Porteus, West Oneonta; Miss Ann L. Smith, Mrs. Richard Swift, Gilbertsville and Arthur N. Smith, Margaretville.
The number of First Aid-trained people has increased three times over last year, chapter authorities revealed. Chapter spokesmen anticipated that in the future there will be one First Aid-trained person in every family.