Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
Dec. 10, 1988
Hundreds of tree stumps have been moved in recent ground clearing for the future site of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
Company D of the 204th Engineering Battalion of the New York State Army National Guard began to clear the path for the Browne Street extension project during the first weekends of November.
“The project costs savings resulting from the Guard’s participation is tremendous,” said Albert Colone, executive director of the museum. He praised the Guard’s work and said he hoped they would be able to help with the project into 1989.
Plans for a new National Soccer Hall of Fame and campus call for a 45-acre, $10 million complex on Browne Street in the Town of Oneonta, with a 27,000 square-foot museum and eight playing fields. The National Soccer Hall of Fame now operates out of a building on Ford Avenue in the City of Oneonta.
The new museum site has been officially designated by the National Guard as a training site. Company D, under the command of Capt. Michael K. Covert, worked under the direction of museum engineering consultants.
The County of Otsego Industrial Development Agency is administering the project with state funds.
50 years ago
Dec. 10, 1963
Residents in the Oneonta school district will vote today, beginning at noon, on a proposal to bond the school district for $2 million to build two new elementary schools — one in the Sixth Ward and the other in the West End.
Voters in the City and Town of Oneonta, and in parts of the towns of Maryland, Milford, and Laurens in Otsego County, and Davenport in Delaware County, may cast their ballots at six polling places between noon and 9 p.m.
The polling places and the voters who will ballot at each one are: Valleyview School, all voters in the First Ward, Southside, Davenport, Hemlock Road, Emmons, Gifford Hill, Upper East and West streets, and Colliers. Bugbee School, Second Ward, Center Street School, Third Ward, Plains School, Plains, West Oneonta, Winney Hill, Laurens and Morris roads, Franklin Mountain.
High School, Fourth and Fifth Wards, Mitchell Street School, Sixth Ward.
Eligible voters are those who voted in the Nov. 5 General Election or who registered at two special registration days, Nov. 18 and Nov. 25. A total of 6,979 voters are registered to cast their ballots out of a total of 8,500 possible voters in the six areas.