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May 15, 2014

Step Back in Time: May 15, 2014

25 years ago

May 15, 1989

Oneonta residents, students, and community and city leaders were on hand Saturday afternoon to witness the unveiling of the former city hall clock that now sits atop the county office building on Main Street.

Scott Paness and Seth Shore, students at the State University College at Oneonta, decided late last year to raise money and get the clock fixed. The unveiling was in memory of Dr. Philip P. Robbins, who died in December.

Robbins had helped the students organize the fundraising drive. He was Paness and Shore’s economic professor and a member of the Lions Club. The Lions Club, which had donated the clock to the city and had fixed it in the late 1970s, had helped in the restoration during the past few months.

All the repairs on the clock were made by William Schaffer and his son, Jeffrey.

 

50 years ago

May 15, 1964

A pledge of $20,000 towards the cost of the new Nursing Care Unit on the third floor of the Rehabilitation Wing at Fox Hospital has been given by Henry S. Russell of 4 Union Street in memory of several members of his family.

The pledge by Mr. Russell, announced this week by Mrs. Carolyn Tucker, secretary of the Hospital Society and by Edward C. Ackerman, hospital administrator, is the first such pledge of the funds specifically for the Nursing Care Unit.

Mr. Russell, who spent his boyhood in Oneonta, made the pledge in memory of his wife, Grace Miller Russell; his sister, Marjorie S. Russell, and his parents, Dr. and Mrs. James C. Russell.

Dr. Russell was pastor of the First Presbyterian Church for many years and was a highly respected member of the community.

The 29 bed unit is nearing completion with the intensive care facility already in operation, officials said Thursday.

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