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Mark Simonson

March 3, 2014

Beauty, grooming took center stage in Oneonta in March 1964


“Fashionable dress was very much on display at all churches and during the weather-shortened Easter parade after worship.”

“New hats seem to be more obvious this year than usual and a dazzling array of headwear from perky bonnets to full-fledged, flowery hats was displayed. A gusty wind gave those with bigger hats a bit of trouble.”

“The noon hour snowfall did not stick in the streets and highways and heavy traffic was reported all across the area as families rounded out the day with the traditional family ride.”

This weekend: Reports of natural gas drilling were first appearing in our region over 125 years ago.

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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