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Mark Simonson

April 19, 2014

Signs of springtime in Oneonta arrived in April 1889


Oneontans knew it was spring as, “Wilson & Co. had the first strawberries of the season yesterday. A crate arrived on the noon train from Albany and before 3 o’clock they were sold at $1.00 per quart,” the Daily News said on April 10.

Finally, with the nicer weather thoughts were turning to skipping school, as the Daily News on April 16 reported, “The attention of the truant officer is called to a gang of boys averaging in age from 12 to 15 years who are loafing around the Westcott block and making themselves generally offensive pretty much every day.” The block was once found where the parking lot is today, next to 242 Main St.

On Monday: It’s long past due to dip into the historian’s mailbag.

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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