Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
Jan. 29, 1988
COOPERSTOWN — Heating cables have been installed on the roof of the Otsego County Courthouse in Cooperstown in an effort to prevent leaks from accumulated snow and ice.
The leakage has caused the interior paint to buckle in streaks down sides of courtroom walls.
The problem has been evident the past two winters since the completion of a $2 million restoration of the courthouse building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Two workers for Armao and Kleitz Roofing of Richmondville worked on one side of the roof this week. Cables had already been installed on the other side of the roof in September.
The original contract to restore the courthouse did not include heating cables, said Rep. Joseph Franzese, R-Cherry Valley and chairman of the county Buildings and Insurance Committee.
Armao and Kleitz plans to place the cables at roof junctions where snow and ice build up. The heat from the courthouse is insufficient to prevent the accumulation, but does melt some of the snow. The resulting water, unable to drain properly, leaks inside. The cables would prevent ice and snow from accumulating in the first place, keeping drainage channels clear.
The project is costing county taxpayers about $2,500, Franzese said.
50 years ago
Jan. 29, 1963
COOPERSTOWN — Transplantation of bone marrow, necessary in leukemia and in other conditions affecting this soft tissue that forms blood cells, may be more successful when accompanied by early brief injections of the drug methotrexate than when these drug dosages are prolonged or delayed.
A journal in the British scientific journal “Nature” and digested in “Science News Lettor” of Jan. 12, tells of success with marrow implants with mice which have first been irradiated to reduce their immunity to the foreign substance from other mice.
Previous reports on the use of methotrexate have indicated possible help in overcoming the immunity problem in skin and kidney transplants, as well as in bone marrow injections, but problems of timing and quantity of the drug remain to be solved.
Drs. H.L. Lochte Jr., A.S. Levy, D.M. Gunther, E.D. Thomas and J.W. Ferrebee, all of Bassett Hospital, working under a grant from the United States Public Health Service, reported the present study.