Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
Feb. 2, 1988
WALTON — The Hubcap Man in Walton has agreed with officials at Bettiol Fuel Service of Oneonta to have his wares removed from their property by April 1.
Gilbert Lane said he is seeking options, such as renting a barn, to house the bulk of his trade. However, he said he plans to keep his thousands of hubcaps and some farm equipment on the 30-foot state-right of-way.
Lane occupies the land at Delaware and West streets, which Bettiol bought at an auction a year ago this April. The attorney representing Bettiol, Joseph Pondolfino Jr. of Oneonta, said in the beginning of January the company was looking for a “reasonable solution.”
The April deadline for Lane will come five months after he received a civil notice on Nov. 6 to leave the property. Lane maintains he will continue his hubcap business, which was his first merchandise there, on a 30-foot piece of land in front of Bettiol’s land, abutting Delaware Street.
He said he has had offers of places to move the large items of his buy-sell trade business. “I look at it as an expansion,” said Lane. He said he has marked items at 50 percent off and will have a “liquidation sale” sometime in February or March.
50 years ago
Feb. 2, 1963
Masked city firemen, breathing canned air, penetrated some 300 feet into a smoke filled tunnel deep beneath the SUCO campus shortly after noon Friday to extinguish a small blaze which filled the Home Economics building with smoke.
Assistant Chief Ronald Rarick said the fire was deep in a five by four foot tunnel that travels underground from the Home Economics Building to the new Science building containing plumbing and heating pipes.
Started by workmen thawing pipes, Chief Rarick said the blaze was confined to wooden materials deep in the tunnel which were thought to be remnants of forms left over from concrete work when the tunnel was constructed.
Damage, Chief Rarick said, was confined to some slight smoke damage. He said an open end of the tunnel at the Science building served as draft and forced the dense smoke into the basement of the building.