Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
Aug. 19, 1988
Psst. Looking for a job? Here’s a tip. Restaurants all over Oneonta are hungry for waiters and waitresses.
“I’m panicking,” said Bill Wilhelm, chef and manager for Dailey’s Tavern. “The freshmen are coming this weekend and I don’t have the staff.” Usually, the new and returning college students and their families eat out while visiting the campuses.
Wilhelm said he needs about 12 new people to work as waiters, bartenders and kitchen helpers to augment his staff of 15. But, after advertising extensively, he received only six replies, and none of the applicants worked out because they lacked experience.
Restaurants are facing stiff competition from grocery stores and fast food places for recruiting because the work is easier than in restaurants and the pressures are less, Wilhelm said.
“We tried college students and it worked out OK, but during break and fest time, they check out,” Wilhelm said.
Other restaurant managers, even those who are willing to hire students, said there is a shortage of help.
Doug Gibson, manager of Farmhouse Restaurant, said he always needs servers this time of year because students who are home for the summer leave to go back to their colleges. He is looking for two waitresses.
50 years ago
Aug. 19, 1963
WALTON — A Masonville miss, one of nine children of a Delaware County farm family, walked off with the first Dairy Princess crown ever to be awarded at the Delaware County Fair in Walton.
Miss Linda Hager won the nod as Dairy Princess over field of four other finalists, the Misses Emily Vamosy, Stamford; Betty Shaver, Franklin; Eleanor Johnson, Delhi, and Madelynn Leonard, Deposit.
This was the first time that the princess contest has been held in Walton, according to Howard Merrill, district director of the American Dairy Association and the National Dairy Council of New York. Mr. Merrill was in charge of the program and awarded the Princess crown.
A deluge of rain drove the performance and the picking of the Princess into the judges stand. However, the rainfall did not dampen attendance at the fair Saturday night when 1,251 general admission tickets were sold and 455 persons climbed into the grandstand to see the program at the outcome of the contest.
Miss Hager will now go on to State Fair at Syracuse where she will compete against other contestants from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Vermont.