Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
April 23, 1988
Temperatures in the past week, have been 10 to 15 degrees colder than usual, but although it may not seem like it, the average temperature of the first 21 days of April was slightly warmer than normal.
It’s a typical spring, said David K. Mattice, weather observer at Goodyear Lake for the National Weather Service. Yet many Otsego County farmers have not been able to seed their hay fields because of the temperatures.
Cold air in the past seven days moved into the area from central Canada following a cold front. High temperatures dipped to 43 degrees Thursday about 17 degrees below the average for this time of year, said Mattice.
On Friday, the high reached 50, and a near normal Saturday is expected to deteriorate into a chilly Sunday.
During the week high temperatures ranged from 45 to 50 degrees.
“Right now we should be averaging 59 to 60 degrees,” he said.
However, warm weather averaging 57 degrees in the first half of the month caused the mean temperature of 44.5 degrees for April 1 though 21 to be nearly two degrees above the April average.
Harold Hollis, a National Weather Service observer in Cooperstown, said the spring is shaping up as a dry one with only about half of the normal precipitation since the beginning of March. In Cooperstown rain and snow have brought April’s total precipitation to 1.1 inches, less than half the normal amount, he said.
The dry spring should allow farmers to get their plowing done earlier, but they’ll need at least normal rainfall from now on, he said.
50 years ago
April 23, 1963
Mrs. Susan H. Chace, Oneonta High School English teacher, will retire in June after 40 years in the teaching profession in Oneonta.
Mrs. Chace described her 40 years at OHS as a period of struggle, change and constancy.
Some of the things she and other teachers have struggled for or against have changed; some have not, she says.
Among those that have changed, Mrs. Chace lists teachers’ salaries, subject content in English courses and ways of teaching.
Among those the seasoned teacher has seen remain constant are the quality of education her students have received, the type of students she has had and the overcrowded conditions of Oneonta High School.
Mrs. Chace came to Oneonta in 1923. She brought with her a BA degree from Albany State College for Teachers, three years teaching experience in Edmeston and a degree from Oneonta Normal School.
Her starting salary was $1,550 a year.
The climb to her present salary of $7,700 a year was long and until recently, unpromising, she added.
“Several years after I started at OHS, my salary was raised to about $2,500 a year. It hovered around that figure for many years. It wasn’t until about 10 or 15 years ago that teachers’ salaries climbed to anywhere near what they are now,” she recalled.