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Mark Simonson

April 1, 2013

Future city historian kept family busy for Easter and April 1958


Ready to retire

Forty-six years of being an educator provides a good span of time to judge whether children had changed over the years.

For Iva S. Shutts, approaching the end of her career in teaching, she was asked if children of 1958 were different than those of years ago.

“They certainly are. They are more genuine … not as stubborn … you don’t have to make them do things … they want to cooperate … they are more friendly,” Shutts told The Star.

On April 16, Shutts submitted her resignation to the Oneonta Board of Education, ready for retirement. She began teaching locally in 1911 at the former East End School, where the Oneonta Veterinary Hospital is found today, at 525 Main St. This was after she graduated from Oneonta High School, attended the Oneonta Normal School, and first taught for two years on Long Island.

In addition to teaching grade school at East End, she was music supervisor in the Oneonta School System, so she met many students at other schools. At time of her retirement, she not only taught but also was principal of both the former River Street and Mitchell Street Schools.

This weekend: Mrs. Shutts probably also remembered when Oneonta went “dry” in April 1918.

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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