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November 7, 2013

Step Back in Time: Nov. 7, 2013

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The Daily Star

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

50 years ago

Nov. 7, 1963

DELHI — The world’s first all-electronic main dial telephone office and toll center will be installed next year by Stromberg-Carlson, a division of General Dynamics, at Delhi, N.Y.

The Delhi Telephone Company will operate this latest electronic telephone equipment to provide complete telephone service for all its subscribers in this upstate New York village in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains.

Independent telephone operating companies, such as Delhi, have pioneered each step in the introduction of electronic telephony, with its many special services and features for subscribers.

When installation of this latest DYNALOGiC exchange is completed next year, the Delhi Telephone Company will have in operation the first Electronic Main Dial Office (EMDO) and toll center. Solid-state common control equipment will accomplish all the necessary memory, logic and switching functions.

Horatio Adee, president of the Delhi Telephone Company, said that initially this exchange will be equipped for 800 lines, expandable to 1,600. DYNALOGiC main dial offices in general will be expandable to 10,000 lines.

25 years ago

Nov. 7, 1988

Strains of Vietnamese music filtered through the living room. A Dr. Seuss book lay open on the table as the family sat talking in Vietnamese.

After living for nearly three years in Oneonta, the Huynhs, a Vietnamese family of seven, are more glad than ever to have escaped from their country.

“We like living here because we have our freedom,” said Dau Huynh, the mother. “We left Vietnam because we don’t like the Communist government.”

The family arrived in Oneonta in February 1986 under sponsorship of The World Relief Commission of the National Association of Evangelicals.

After getting to Oneonta, students in Campus Ambassadors, a Christian group with members from Hartwick College and the State University College at Oneonta raised $1,000 for the family, said Christopher Deemer, a campus minister associated with the Main Street Baptist Church.

Another $720 were raised under a government relocation grant. The Huynhs first lived with Ken and Margaret Kulkosky, Oneonta residents, at 3 Maple St., for two months, Deemer said.

The house was funded by the Main Street Baptist Church and the two families only paid for the utilities, not rent, Deemer said.

Huynh earns money for the family by doing laundry for the Oasis Motor Inn in Oneonta. Since the family does not own a car, Huynh bicycles to work everyday, even during the winter.

“I like the work, but in Vietnam I used to be a carpenter and I would rather be doing that,” Huynh said.

The family has been renting a three-bedroom house in Grand Street since May 1987.