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Mark Simonson

December 21, 2013

Generosity made Christmas special locally in 1923



“If putting a measure of the joy which Christmas should bring to everyone in the hearts of 222 children who otherwise would have found little of happiness in the holiday season brings satisfaction,” the Star reported on Dec. 24, “then every member of Oneonta lodge of Elks who had any part, no matter how small in the dinner and Christmas party given yesterday for its unfortunate kiddies of Oneonta is about as satisfied a mortal as can be found on earth.”

The gathering was held at the Elks lodge, then found at today’s 99 Main St.

On Monday: A look back at Christmastime in 1983.

Oneonta City Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText ColorHistorian 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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