Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
Nov. 2, 1988
Area students elected Republican Vice-President George Bush to be the next president of the United States by nearly a three-to-two margin in a mock election Tuesday.
But Michael Dukakis, the Democratic candidate and governor of Massachusetts, was elected by a slim margin at the Oneonta High School and overwhelmingly by the Job Corps Center in Oneonta.
Overall, Bush garnered 59 percent with 2,737 ballots cast by young voters. He had 827 more votes than Dukakis with 1,910 or 41 percent of the ballots cast.
On a countywide basis, Delaware was the most conservative with 64 percent of its students voting for Bush, followed by Otsego County students who cast 58 percent of their ballots for the vice-president.
Chenango County students were the least conservative in a conservative region, with 54 percent voting for Bush and 46 percent for Dukakis.
The mock vote, which was sponsored by The Daily Star, required students to register before the election, as in real life. Some schools had real voting machines, and in some districts students were involved in organizing the election.
50 years ago
Nov. 2, 1963
Four Indonesians will arrive in Oneonta Monday, Nov. 4, to visit schools in this area and observe activities of the Catskill Area Project.
The visitors, headquartered at State University of New York at Buffalo while in this country on a special Ford Foundation travel grant, plan to base their Oneonta area tour on the local State University unit campus. Arriving at 1 p.m., the group will meet at Morris Hall and then drive to Walton Central School to observe an elementary school teacher language workshop.
The four Indonesians will have dinner Monday evening at the Walton School and meet with a group of school officials from that area.
Indonesians included in the tour are: Moeljono Dwidjoloekito, Isaac Nanulaitta, R. Soemadi Soemodiwirjo, and S.N. Turangan.
On Tuesday, Nov. 5, the group will confer with Melvin Carpenter, South Kortright education official, and discuss shared services, functions of the Board of Cooperative Educational Services, telephonic instructional systems, use of school aides and other educational innovations.
The traveling educational specialists will dine at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Matzen, 71 Maple St., Oneonta, Tuesday evening. Mr. Matzen, SUCO faculty member, was born in Semarang, Java, and has traveled throughout Indonesia.