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Mark Simonson

July 8, 2013

A relaxing Fourth of July weekend was enjoyed locally in 1958


The noise, nicknamed “Drums along the Susquehanna” had begun after a colony of beavers had moved in and were apparently fascinated by the oil drums on which the docks floated. “At night they kept up a tom-tom beat” with their powerful paddle tails on the drums, which was highly audible and described as eerie.

“I don’t know what happened,” said Mr. Bresee, “but we haven’t heard or seen a beaver yet. Maybe they took a sabbatical leave.”

This weekend: A new church was dedicated in Oneonta’s West End in 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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