Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
Oct. 3, 1987
NEW LISBON — It’s going to take a lot of time and patience but Gloria Gregory is going to have a good, old-fashioned, sturdy barn. It might just last 100 years, like the one before it did.
Mrs. Gregory’s son, Brian, is building the barn the way barns used to be built, cutting out wooden dowels to fit the barn walls together, as Lincoln Logs fit together.
Most people are slapping together pole barns, which are quicker to build and, therefore, cheaper, said Gregory, who is a maintenance worker at Gilbert Lake State Park.
“I enjoy doing it this way. It makes a stronger barn,” he said.
He started at the end of August and hopes to have the walls and roof up by winter and finish the inside during the winter, It will have six box stalls, three straight stalls and a hay loft for his mother’s 25 horses.
It will replace a barn that was falling down, after more than 100 years, he said.
Gregory said he learned to build barns by looking at old ones. “I looked at the one we took down and sized it up and copied it.”
He has also built a garage and a smaller barn the old-fashioned way, but this is his biggest project so far, he said.
50 years ago
Oct. 3, 1962
COOPERSTOWN — Twelve area science teachers spent Tuesday at Bassett Hospital where they received briefings on basic concepts of heart physiology and modern methods of diagnosing heart disease.
The day started with a tour of the hospital’s cardio-pulmonary laboratory. The tour was guided by Dr. John C. Mithoefer, laboratory director, and sponsored by Otsego County Heart Chapter.
After the tour, the group watched a demonstration of the latest methods of diagnostic heart surgery, involving the use of several devices.
Teachers and the schools they represented in the program were as follows: Miss Miriam Wolf, Nicholas Occhino and John Stoffalano, Oneonta High School; Joseph Gardner and Donald Starkweather, Bugbee School; High Kennedy, Laurens Central School; Rudolph Garoch, Worcester Central School; Michael La Caro, Cooperstown Central School; James Lyons, Morris Central School; Henry Foster, Edmeston Central School; James Sears, Otego Central School and Donald Vincent, Milford Central School.