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Mark Simonson

February 22, 2014

Early efforts to halt Silver Creek were slow going


During 1939, work on Silver Creek started in the Brook Street area, and by Aug. 3 a Star photo showed progress had reached the Prospect Street area, near the entrance to Neahwa Park, where the creek empties into the millrace.

The two projects provided significantly less flooding in years since, compared to the late 19th and early 20th century incidents.

On Monday: A bit of our local life and times in February 1974.

Oneonta City Historian Mark Simonson’s column appears twice weekly. On Saturdays, his column focuses on the area during the Depression and before. His Monday columns address local history after the Depression. If you have feedback or ideas about the column, write to him at The Daily Star, or email him at His website is His columns can be found at

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