Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
April 11, 1988
The Oneonta Salvation Army will be celebrating its centennial with a dinner and an historic performance in the ballroom of the Hunt College Union at the State University College at Oneonta starting at 6:30 p.m., Monday, May 9.
“It’s to celebrate the completion of 100 years of service and to appreciate the volunteers who’ve made it possible,” said Capt. Richard A. Kelly of Oneonta.
The Salvation Army was started in Oneonta 100 years ago. The organization has helped people down on their luck through the years, said Kelly. While in the past, the army helped railroad workers by providing meals, the army today helps youth, many of whom come from broken homes, he said.
“As society changes, we’ve evolved new ways of meeting the most pressing needs,” Kelly said.
At the dinner meeting, Major Joseph Bassett of the Salvation Army in Albany will take the stage and transform himself on stage through a dramatic presentation into William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army.
50 years ago
April 11, 1963
COOPERSTOWN — “Ten thousand signatures, as proof of our concern for anyone who may be in trouble, or headed for it, is our means for action,” Mrs. Charles G. Nevill of Cooperstown announced.
Mrs. Nevill, president of the Susquehanna Presbyterial which lies within Otsego County said:
“We the women are concerned because of the lack of available help in the area of mental health in our county, and the women of the churches in the Presbyterial felt that time has come for action.
“We are hoping to get participation from all the women in the county, members of all denominations. All we wanted is to get the ball rolling,” she emphasized.
She said that the idea originated when “Target — Youth in a Troubled World,” was made a concern of United Presbyterian Women all over the nation.
The women felt that the “target interpretation” considered most valuable here would be a consideration of the mental health needs of Otsego County, “which according to all information at hand, are inadequate.”