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October 26, 2012

Step Back in Time: Oct. 26, 2012

Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.

25 years ago

Oct. 26, 1987

Two men who saved the life of a truck driver in August received a citation signed by Gov. Mario Cuomo and a plaque from Chendelot Farm Equipment Dealer Association at an Elks Club dinner Saturday.

Jamie Potter of Oneonta and Davis Conley of Otego were told they would receive the award from the dealer association but were surprised with the governor’s citation. The Cuomo award was given to them by Gertrude Hingos, representing the Department of State’s Office of Regional Services in Binghamton.

The citation stated the governor “extends sincere congratulations to these courageous men for their selfless deed.”

The two men pulled truck driver Robert Wilday of Sharon Springs from a burning cab after the tractor-trailer jackknifed at the intersection of state routes 205 and 23 on Aug. 2. They removed Wilday just before the rig’s second fuel tank exploded, engulfing it in flames.

Wilday was on his way to the Otsego County Fair in Morris.

50 years ago

Oct. 26, 1962

DELHI — Harold D. Owens Jr., Delaware County Clerk, yesterday was asked by a reporter, “What in the world would happen if the County Clerk’s office were bombed and all the deeds, mortgages, and other important papers recorded there were destroyed?”

“You may tell the public,” replied Mr. Owens, “that all current documents are being microfilmed, and we are working on microfilming all old records.”

One set of films are being stored in a vault at the Delaware County Highway Department building, he said, and a duplicate set of films are being stored at Hall and McChesney’s vaults in Syracuse. They are the firm which processes the films for the county.

“Eventually we will be in a position to reproduce all records recorded in our office. In a crisis such as we are involved, this is something to think about.”

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