- Mark Simonson
- Saturday, February 8, 2014
Military camp, jobs, new Sidney church made news in February 1934
Despite bitter cold February weather, some already had summer camp on their minds, including one camp that may not be very popular today. A re-employment service was experiencing unusual success during the Great Depression. Also, a new church opened in Sidney. All were part of our local life and times in February 1934.
- Monday, February 3, 2014
The Farm of Franklin became a 'commercial for God' in the 1970s
Their mission was pretty simple.
- Saturday, February 1, 2014
Oneonta businesses expanded, bonded in February 1904
While some of Oneonta's businesses were changing hands or expanding, some of them paused to remember one leader who helped make the village's overall prosperity possible. Other business people who had previously worked in a bit of vacuum saw the benefits of working together for a better business climate. It was part of Oneonta's "Business Beat" of February 1904, as read in The Oneonta Star.
- Monday, January 27, 2014
Business changes, energy conservation made news in January 1974
Our family's automotive parts store business on Valleyview Street in Oneonta was no place to be if you wore a short-sleeve shirt to work in January 1974.
- Saturday, January 25, 2014
Oneonta students responded strongly to Victory Corps in 1943
Oneontans seem to have a history of responding when being called upon to help. Earlier this week, when our local radio stations held an on-air fundraising event to help rebuild the Doc Knapp Little League field, after being hit hard by vandals last weekend, a goal of $3,000 was set. Local listeners responded with more than $10,000 in only two hours.
- Monday, January 20, 2014
Debates, updates dominated local education news in 1969
Need for another local college was debated, departures of two longtime college administrators, and the dedication of a new occupational center made local news during January 1969.
- Saturday, January 18, 2014
Civil War deserters challenged local law enforcers in 1864
Area law enforcers had their hands full with rough and tumble activities in the early months of 1864. While there were still many enlisting in the Civil War, there were also many local deserters from the front lines, and it was the latter men who challenged the authorities. These accounts came from January editions of The Oneonta Herald.
- Monday, January 13, 2014
Otsego Habitat for Humanity got start 25 years ago
Here's proof that good things can happen on any Friday the 13th. A potluck supper was held on Friday, Jan. 13, 1989 at the First United Methodist Church at 66 Chestnut St. in Oneonta, and over some good, shared food came the start of a positive mission in Otsego County.
- Saturday, January 11, 2014
Winters spent differently by Worcester residents in 1914
I hope you've been coping with the wild roller coaster ride of temperatures we've experienced the last few weeks, from the teeth chattering cold to days we could break out the barbecue grills. Worcester residents had an adventure in coping with the winter weather 100 years ago, while a few others from the village had it a bit easier.
- Monday, January 6, 2014
Moving clocks forward caused local controversy in January 1974
- Saturday, January 4, 2014
Juvenile delinquents stressed local authorities in 1919
As Oneontans turned over their calendars to January 1919, they soon learned that the city had a problem of bad behavior amongst some of their youngest citizens. News was abundant and reported in The Oneonta Star, and by February a crusade was called for to turn the tide on juvenile delinquency.
- Monday, December 30, 2013
ID cards, new math and construction plans made news in December 1963
Identification cards, a new kind of mathematics and plans for upcoming construction projects were all part of our local life and times of December 1963.
- Saturday, December 28, 2013
Today's news had similarities to stories in 1888
Bullying, gun control, smoking, mischievous behavior by youngsters and downtown Oneonta lighting may have made news locally during 2013. These same topics made news as well as few amusing others in 1888. Each wasn't lengthy enough for a stand-alone column, so just as we're dealing with leftovers from our holiday feasts this week, we can call this a leftover collection of 125 years ago.
- Monday, December 23, 2013
Oneonta's Christmas dinner tradition started in 1980s
Wednesday will mark the 26th annual Friends of Christmas dinner in Oneonta at the First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St., from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Some may not realize it or perhaps have forgotten, but there was a short-lived predecessor to this popular, free and well-attended event. It dates back to 1983.
- Saturday, December 21, 2013
Generosity made Christmas special locally in 1923
Here's a hypothetical question for you. If you received a holiday bonus at your workplace, what would you do with it? Some might answer they'd go shopping, give some of it to the needy, or save it for future use. Locally at Christmastime in 1923, all of these possible uses for a bonus were readily available.
- Monday, December 16, 2013
Bainbridge model railroad attracted many locals 35 years ago
Toys that were all the rage 35 years ago centered on the theme of outer space. Oneonta area merchants were hard pressed to keep the selection of Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Space 1999 and Star Trek toys on their shelves in 1978.
- Saturday, December 14, 2013
Oneonta name found in Northeast Pennsylvania lake borough
Harvey's Lake, Pa., is small enough so you can't miss a street sign that reads, "Oneonta Hill." Whether you're new to that area, or you're from this part of the upper Susquehanna Valley, a bit of curiosity might tug at your mind regarding the name of the hill and how it got there.
- Sunday, December 8, 2013
Oneonta's Foreign Exchange Student Program got green light 55 years ago
"A foreign exchange student, attending classes at Oneonta High School, looms somewhere near in the future."
- Saturday, December 7, 2013
It could be difficult to get around Oneonta in late 1888
In getting around Oneonta in 1888, there were pretty much two seasons for the streets -- summer and "mud" season. To add to the misery of "mud" season that year, the bridge over the Susquehanna River on lower Main Street was taken out of use for a short time, replaced by a new one.
- Monday, December 2, 2013
Professional basketball exhibitions played at armory
Every now and then our region gets a visit from basketball show teams such as the Harlem Globetrotters. In recent years no one can say they saw NBA caliber teams play in Oneonta. In late 1948 and in early 1953 however, Oneonta could boast of watching both levels of basketball talent play on what was their premier hometown court.