- Mark Simonson
- Monday, June 23, 2014
Dry post-prom party tradition began locally in 1984
High school prom and graduation season can be an incredibly exciting time for local students. It can also be a time of high anxiety for the parents of the grads, especially the times after the prom or graduation events end and the after parties begin.
- Saturday, June 21, 2014
Area schooling could be rough-and-tumble in 19th century
Another school year is coming to an end for the schools across our region. It is a time to reflect upon achievements for some, what lies ahead after school is out, and to say so long to friends and good riddance to enemies.
- Monday, June 16, 2014
Changing downtown Oneonta, education made news in June 1984
A new role was emerging for downtown Oneonta. High technology was also emerging as an aid in teaching in Oneonta's schools. The city mourned in the loss of an OHS grad, working as a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa. These were all a part of our local life and times during June 1984.
- Saturday, June 14, 2014
Oneonta's brick, construction industries thrived in 1894
Any business that manufactured bricks, or those who were skilled in bricklaying and masonry, were in for a robust construction season in Oneonta in 1894.
- Monday, June 9, 2014
Emergency management plan paid off for Sidney in 1984
If there had ever been any doubts about the value of a having an emergency management plan in place in Sidney, all doubts were cast aside in June 1984 when a fuel depot in the village experienced a series of explosions in the early morning hours of Saturday, June 9.
- Saturday, June 7, 2014
Harold Hunt tallied decades as iconic coach, teacher at OHS
It would have been a monumental task as an Oneonta High School student from the late 1920s to early 1970s not to know or hear about Harold "Hal" Hunt, a well-respected sports coach and social studies teacher.
- Monday, June 2, 2014
Business changes, developments were plentiful in June 1974
Oneonta witnessed an abundance of new developments, changes and a major anniversary on the business front through the month of June 1974.
- Saturday, May 24, 2014
A good militia in Oneonta became reason for building an armory
Oneonta villagers werenâ€™t exactly clamoring or actively lobbying for an armory to be built in the village in the mid-1880s. On the other hand, if the village were to be offered an armory here, Oneontans didnâ€™t turn their noses up at the idea. We had a railroad, we were in a good central location, and New York state government felt Oneonta would be a good place to locate an armory. Thatâ€™s because we had a good militia in the past, with the formation of the Third Separate Co. here in 1875.
- Monday, May 19, 2014
Sidney saw major housing booms in 1940 and 1964
Weâ€™ve learned in recent weeks about grants received in Sidney to attempt to buy out flood ravaged homes to demolish many of them, relocate some residents to higher grounds and then turn that lowland area into green space for recreation. The damage came from major floods in 2006 and 2011.
- Saturday, May 17, 2014
Agriculture, housing boosts sought locally in 1919
Restoring prosperity to the Oneonta area and Otsego County has certainly been in the local news in recent years. Formation of organizations such as the Greater Oneonta Economic Development Council may come to mind, as well as the much publicized economic and "sustainability" summits, all to promote job growth and new business ventures.
- Monday, May 12, 2014
Changes to landscape, local media made news in May 1974
Construction projects, a notable land acquisition and some changes in local media were topics making news during the month of May 1974.
- Saturday, May 10, 2014
Paving Oneonta's streets became controversial in 1889
"The bill authorizing the village of Oneonta to bond for $20,000 for the purpose of paving certain streets, was signed by the Governor Monday. Now for business, gentlemen."
- Monday, May 5, 2014
Worcester rebounded from devastating 1994 fire
- Saturday, May 3, 2014
Tank Day attracted thousands in Oneonta in 1919
The Walling Heights area of Oneonta, near today's Wilber Park, has been my neighborhood since early childhood, except for the 16 years I was on the "out of town" portion of the career.
- Monday, April 28, 2014
Student issues caused strike at Delhi Tech in May 1970
William F. Kennaugh got a little more than he probably ever anticipated on the job, when his colleague at what was then called Delhi Tech left him in charge for a short time in the spring of 1970.
- Saturday, April 26, 2014
Oneonta businesses saw expansion in 1914
The appearance of downtown Oneonta was changing during the springtime months of 1914 in the form of new buildings, expansion of an established business and a move to a new location, all as part of the "business beat" of yesteryear.
- Monday, April 21, 2014
A historian's mailbag reflects, corrects recent columns
It seems like an eternity since I last reached into the historian's "mailbag" to share some correspondence. The "bag" of today can include electronic mail, or just someone stopping to chat with me in the supermarket or places I may be speaking to groups. But I'll reiterate what my fellow columnist Big Chuck said recently, "Keep those cards and letters coming."
- Saturday, April 19, 2014
Signs of springtime in Oneonta arrived in April 1889
Spring was in the air as Oneontans turned over their calendars to April in 1889. Muddy streets, the start of construction projects, clothing styles and other visible signs made it clear that warmer weather was more the norm than a novelty in Oneonta 125 years ago.
- Monday, April 14, 2014
Student housing stirred unrest in 1970s
Oneonta has certainly been no stranger to controversial college student housing projects in recent years. The proposed dormitory just south of the State University College at Oneonta campus on Clinton Street in 2011, and the more recent Hillside Commons project, which is under construction at the top of Blodgett Drive, both ruffled feathers.
- Saturday, April 12, 2014
Oneonta reveled in spring 'Dress Up Week' in 1919
Here is a downtown Oneonta promotion that hasn't been tried recently -- Dress Up Week. I'm not suggesting it be resurrected, as I'm doubtful the response would be the same as it was in April 1919. If in doubt of my doubtfulness, just do some "people watching" and their attire downtown or at the mall in the next week or so.