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Mark Simonson

March 4, 2013

New life returned to Oneonta landmark in 1983


Even before any tenants moved into 242 Main St., there were several Otsego County legislators who proposed the idea of the county purchasing the building from Daverman Associates. The idea was reported Oct. 6, 1983.

Not even a week later, it was reported that the general contractor in charge of the restorations under way at the old city hall was purchasing the building. Frederick Jacobsen of Morris and his two sons, Gary and Peter, were in the process of purchasing the property. It was reported that they paid $890,000 for the cost of the building and all their renovations made.

Board chairman David Brenner was pleased with the purchase by the Jacobsens, saying he was against the county’s purchase because the building would then have become tax-exempt.

First to move into the building was the chambers of state Supreme Court Justice Robert A. Harlem on Monday, Nov. 28. Harlem’s chambers opened on Tuesday, having departed the former 16 Dietz St. location.

The state Department of Motor Vehicles, operated by Otsego County, was the next to move in to the new building, opening Monday, Dec. 19, making the move over the weekend from the previous site at 125 Main St.

Other agencies followed in the next few months. The county eventually purchased the property.

This weekend: Oneonta coped with banking holidays in March 1933.

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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