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August 1, 2013

Step Back in Time: Aug. 1, 2013

The Daily Star

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

25 years ago

Aug. 1, 1988

Catskill Airways will have flights from Oneonta to Washington, D.C. starting today. Its first flight, at 5:50 a.m., was expected to carry Sen. Daniel P. Moynihan to Washington.

Washington, D.C. is the last part of Catskill Airways’ expansion program which opened up service to Boston, Bedford, Mass., and Elmira/Corning.


50 years ago

Aug. 1, 1963

DELHI — The Dairymans League creamery at South Kortright is suspending operations at the close of business today, it is believed for keeps.

John Sharpe of South Kortright, who has been closely associated with the League since its inception, told The Star, “It’s just too bad but it looks to me as though the League is going out of Delaware County about as fast as they can.”

Mr. Sharpe said, “The Dairyman’s League came to Delaware County in 1916 when the first big milk strike took place in the county. In January 1919, there was another milk strike for 21 days, and then the dealers had their own way beginning Feb. 1, 1920. Then the League members got busy and organized what is now the pool.

“South Kortright plant opened early in January 1923; at one time 25 men were employed when milk was being pasteurized and being bottled; then Borden’s got the idea of taking the milk in tankers to their plant near New York City,” Mr. Sharpe said.

“I gave about an acre of land on my farm for the plant to be built on, for the sum of $1, but I never did get the dollar,” he chuckled. “The building,” he said, “cost $52,000 when it was first built but I don’t know how much has been put in it since, but it has been considerable.”

Mr. Sharpe, 78, was born Feb. 9, 1885 at South Kortright on the farm generally known as the John Sharpe place.

The 400 acre farm had been in the Andrews and Sharpe family from Oct. 17, 1792, 148 years, until Mr. Sharpe sold it on Sept. 1, 1940, to Paul Denman of Neversink, who was driven from his farm there by the construction of the Neversink reservoir.