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Mark Simonson

April 22, 2013

Area saw its own armed standoffs 30 years ago


Constable was arraigned on kidnapping charges on Tuesday, July 19 while in a hospital bed at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown. He was indicted on six felony counts related to the kidnapping on Aug. 29 at the Delaware County courthouse, entering pleas of not guilty for all charges. 

In early March 1984, Philip Constable was sentenced to two concurrent six-month terms in county jail. On March 15 it was reported that Constable was released from county jail, having served eight months of his terms.

This weekend: Chamberlin Day was celebrated in Oneonta in 1928.

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


* Story was changed at 2:50 p.m. Monday, April 22, to correct headline.


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