Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
July 5, 1988
The Association for Retarded Children will be moving its used furniture store into the former Oneonta Dress Co. building at 359 Chestnut St. from Main Street.
The move should be completed the next week, according to Joseph Creighton, owner of the Chestnut Street building.
Creighton said ARC will rent 6,000 square feet of space for a year or two.
He said walls will be built to divide the 20,000 square feet of space.
D. Hallberg Glassworks may become a tenant in the building a well, leasing 1,200 square feet, Creighton said.
But Doug Hallberg said he needs to consider clauses in the tentative agreement and how much work has to be done before he will move in.
Hallberg is a stained glass artist who is working on a building in Chicago right now.
If the business were to open on Chestnut Street it would provide local residents with a place to buy stained glass, Hallberg said.
The former dress company building has been vacant since September, Creighton said.
“I’m still actively trying to sell it,” he said.
Creighton sold the dressmaking business to the Canojaharie Manufacturing Company in 1986 but it folded in August last year.
50 years ago
July 5, 1963
Explorer Scouts of the Elm Park Methodist Church hope to begin painting the more than 300 fire hydrants in Greater Oneonta this Saturday.
Herbert Sousa Jr., advisor to the post said Thursday night that he had been given a go-ahead by Mayor Albert (Sam) Nader on the condition that the parents of the boys sign waivers of liability releasing the city from the responsibility for any injuries incurred while participating in the project.
Alderman John Kreger made the offer on behalf of the Post Tuesday night at the Common Council meeting. Mayor Nader received the idea enthusiastically until City Attorney Anthony De Angelo pointed out that the city could be held liable if any of the scouts were injured.
Mayor Nader said it would be necessary for the boys’ parents to sign waivers.
“It’s a very worthwhile community project and I’d like to see more of them,” the mayor said.
The present green and gray hydrants will be painted red and yellow.