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Mark Simonson

October 14, 2013

Oneonta campaigned to keep a Sears store downtown in 1978


Sears returned to the city in May 1983. Thomas Talbot, then the store manager, said the store would locate in half of 61 South Main St., opening on May 14, as “The downtown area is an up-and-coming thing.” Despite a national shutdown of catalog stores in 1993, Sears stores in Oneonta and Norwich survived the cuts, remaining as locally owned retail stores.

This weekend: Where to locate a local Baptist Children’s Home turned into a two-year mystery beginning in 1923.

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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