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Mark Simonson

March 1, 2014

Local news, opinion often mixed in 1889 newspapers


White Caps, or Whitecapping could be defined as a violent, lawless movement in the late 19th and early 20th century, created by people to enforce community standards, appropriate behavior and traditional rights. The Whitecapping movement began in Indiana in the 1870s by the formation of secret societies to deliver justice independent from the state.

On Monday: Beauty and grooming thrived in Oneonta in March 1964.

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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