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April 1, 2014

Step Back in Time: April 1, 2014

25 years agoApril 1, 1989

SIDNEY — John Keith Clark, who moved his 10-employee firm to Sidney in 1947 and put it on course to become the nation’s leading business calendar maker with 1,000 workers, died Thursday in Port St. Lucie, Fla. He was 76.

Clark, known as Pete Clark, had been battling emphysema for several years, friends said.

Though he sold his interest in the company to a group headed by James O’Neil in 1963, Clark is still regarded in Sidney as one of the most important figures in the company’s growth and a benefactor in the community.

“He’s part of the founding family of the company,” said Keith Clark spokesman Joseph Forgiano.

Clark became president of the New York City-based date product maker upon the death in 1936 of his father, for whom the company was named. The company had been leasing a cramped plant in the city since 1921, but Clark decided to look elsewhere as space ran out and the company’s lease was about to expire.

 50 years agoApril 1, 1964

Ticket holders for the opening of the “West Street Story,” originally scheduled to open today, may have to take a rain check. Several members of the cast will not put in an appearance this week and probably until next week.

Lloyd Smith, an engineer with the contracting firm of Adam Gallucci Inc. of Cortland, said Tuesday night that work on West Street may resume “early next week.” He said representatives of the firm will be in Oneonta later this week to discuss changes in the specifications with city officials.

Mr. Smith said that equipment may be moved here this weekend and work may begin sometime next week, “weather permitting.”

Early in March, Mayor Albert S. Nader announced that work on West Street would “get under way April 1 at the latest.” He said he had conferred with the contractor and been assured that work would be resumed by that date and possibly earlier since the contractor “is as anxious as we are to get going.”

Reconstruction work will be done on the lower length of West Street and will include Hartwick College Drive.

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