Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
Nov. 30, 1988
Friends and relatives of Americans who died in the Vietnam War will be able to visit a replica of the national Vietnam Memorial in Oneonta next August.
Oneonta Mayor David Brenner is scheduled to proclaim the week of Aug. 18-24 as Vietnam Awareness Week at a public press conference in the Oneonta Theater, 47 Chestnut St., at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7.
The movable Vietnam Memorial, or “Moving Wall,” is a half-size replica of the monument in Washington, D.C. The wall carries names of 58,022 men killed in Vietnam, including more than 9,000 men from New York state.
Having the Moving Wall in smaller communities such as Oneonta is part of that process of commemoration, Brenner said.
The mayoral commission’s goal is to help the local Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter No. 85, which has been working since May on bringing the 250-foot Moving Wall to the area.
The local Vietnam Veterans chapter has raised about $2,000 toward the $5,000 cost of bringing the memorial to Oneonta, said Joseph Ferrandino, public relations officer for the mayoral commission and a Vietnam veteran.
The week will also feature a Vietnam Museum, including a “Fire Base” installation with an operations base camp, battalion aid station, a prisoner of war camp, a supply depot and other activities.
50 years ago
Nov. 30, 1963
The Salvation Army has a new booth to use during the Christmas holidays, thanks to the cooperative efforts of several Oneontans and their firms.
This was reported Friday by James Catella, chairman of the Salvation Army advisory board, who designed the Christmas operation in front of Bresee’s Oneonta Department Store.
Mr. Catella said Edward Luckhurst, Peter Bennett and Thomas Pederson, all carpenters for Neil Neilson, an Oneonta contractor, donated their time and efforts to the construction of the new booth.
The wooden materials were supplied by Briggs Lumber Co. Inc. and Winney Hill Lumber Co., he said. Oneonta Sales Company took the booth and had it sprayed in their auto body paint shop, Mr. Catella said.
Here are the firms that took part in the construction of the new booth, according to Mr. Catella:
Utter’s Electric Company did all of the wiring for the heating and lighting of the booth. Otsego Electric supplied the materials. Baker’s Hardware supplied the hardware facilities needed.
Bresee’s pays for the heat and light in the booth which has been in front of the downtown store for many years.