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Mark Simonson

October 6, 2012

New buildings, boxing made area news in October 1937

A new school was dedicated in Stamford, Oneonta’s Carl Delberta entered the professional ranks of boxing, Oneonta police got an innovative tool in crime fighting, a 4-year-old quit smoking, and new dental offices got under construction on Chestnut Street. These were only a few items in our area’s news during October 1937.


The new $425,000 Stamford Central School was the site of dedication ceremonies on Friday evening, Oct. 1. There were plenty of speeches, as state education officials were the principal speakers. A representative of the Public Works Administration, Arthur J. Benline, spoke of how this school construction put several unemployed people back to work during the Great Depression.

Harold O. Fullerton, the architect of the school, presented the keys of the building to the principal, J. Arthur Rich. Visitors were invited to tour the building and teachers were in their respective rooms.


“Fighting his first scheduled six-round semi-final battle in the professional ranks,” The Oneonta Star reported on Tuesday, Oct. 5, “Carl Delberta, Oneonta’s entrant for honors in the square circle, knocked out his opponent in eight seconds of the second round at the Ridgewood arena, Brooklyn, Saturday night. The victory, Delberta’s fourth in a row, stopped a string of eight made by his opponent, Seigi Aschaenan, Swiss welterweight.”

Delberta fought under the name of Carl Dell. The Star continued, “Delberta’s manager now plans to put him on a card in Madison Square Garden, the mecca of American pugilists, as soon as possible, and has high hopes for the Oneontan to go high in the rank of box fighters.”


Oneonta police recently put several more video cameras in place in downtown Oneonta, to improve law enforcement in the city. The same idea was in mind when patrolmen were equipped in October 1937 with a new device, the iron claw. 

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