Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
Oct. 25, 1988
NORWICH — Sen. Robert Dole will spend just over an hour in Norwich tonight, but for Chenango County Republican Committee Chairman Tom Morrone the trip has lasted three weeks already.
Three weeks of talking to Dole’s staff, setting the itinerary and preparing a reception for 300 fellow Republicans at the Canasawacta Country Club.
“My eyeballs are popping out, I’m so tired,” Morrone said Monday.
Dole will leave Elmira at 5:20 p.m., where he’ll attend a reception with Rep. Armory Houghton, R-Corning. He is to arrive at the Lt. Warren E. Eaton Airport in North Norwich at 5:45 p.m., and will hold a 15-minute press conference, then go to the country club for 50 minutes, Morrone said.
The country club is the biggest reception facility in the Norwich area, Morrone said.
Dole will speak for 10 or 15 minutes after an introduction by Assembly Minority Leader Clarence Rappleyea, R-Norwich. Then he’ll go back to Washington.
Money raised by the $50-per-person stand-up cocktail reception will support Republican candidates in and around Chenango County, Morrone said. The only contested race in the county is between Republican Thomas Libous and Democrat John Burns for the state Senate seat held by Warren Anderson, who is retiring.
Getting a national figure like Dole, who was the nearest contender to George Bush for this year’s Republican presidential nomination, is a big deal for Chenango County, Morrone said. Rappleyea was the instrumental force in arranging it, he said.
50 years ago
Oct. 25, 1963
Town of Oneonta Democratic candidates gathered Thursday night for a meeting to polish their campaign plans for the final two weeks before election when they hope to wrest control of the Town from the Republicans who hold every office. Pictured were Harry Lingner, assessor, four years; Mrs. Jeannette Miller, town clerk (write-in); Charles Blanchard, collector; Renwick E. Boggs, supervisor; and Arnold E. Spence, assessor, two years. Absent when picture was taken were Theodore Hurwitz, candidate for councilman, and Harvey Laures (write-in) candidate for highway superintendent.