Step Back in Time
features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
Sept. 5, 1987
Simple Design, a line of patented sofa and platform beds made in Richfield Springs, is the newest tenant in the downtown Ford Block.
Nikita Grigorier, owner and designer, said he decided to open a store in Oneonta because about 50 percent of his customers at the Richfield Springs outlet are from Oneonta.
Grigorier has numerous outlets across the country, including New York, Maine, Ohio, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Colorado. The 1,570-square-foot Oneonta store will open at the end of September or early October.
Grigorier is a design engineer who specialized in aeronautics. His hobby was carpentry, and he decided to design the beds after suggestions from friends who owned a furniture store.
50 years ago
Sept. 5, 1962
STAMFORD — Stamford, a village of approximately 1,200 residents, for the last few years has been seriously plagued with an unsatisfactory supply of water.
Within a few months, however, Stamford will have an abundant water supply. How come this complete “about face” situation?
Within the past year, Fred P. Murphy, a native of Stamford, chairman of the board of directors of the Grolier Society, which publishes and distributes “The Book of Knowledge” and the Encyclopedia Americana, acquired from Charles Blazer some 50 acres of land located about one and a half miles east of Stamford village on Route 10.
Mr. Murphy is having two new reservoirs constructed on this property as a gift to Stamford village.
The reservoirs are being constructed under the supervision of John Rampe. Mr. Rampe also supervised the construction of the $500,000 Community Hospital in Stamford; the new $250,000 Region Seven State Conservation Department Headquarters donated to the state by Mr. Murphy and Avery Robinson, and the $250,000 reconstruction of and addition to Churchill Memorial Building, also a gift by Mr. Murphy.