Only a few months after the first electric lights had been lit in Oneonta, “The electric light company have decided to construct a building and supply their own power. A lot on Prospect street opposite the freight house has been secured.” That building was in the area of today’s Sears and Rowe’s Auto Service, and the freight house is now a brick apartment complex. That area of Prospect Street was renamed Market Street in the 1970s. The electric light company had started their powerhouse in the area of lower Rose Avenue in what was then a new chair factor.
On Monday: Striving for better physical fitness in 1963.
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