- Mark Simonson
- 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.
- Saturday, November 30, 2013
Railroad, related developments expanded Oneonta in 1863
- Saturday, November 23, 2013
Famous hobo discouraged youths from becoming wanderers
A-No.1 made an appearance in Oneonta 80 years ago this week.
- Monday, November 18, 2013
Local college students pushed for equality in the late 1960s
A modern day college student at any of our region's institutions of higher learning might either get a chuckle or cast a jeer at some of the customs and rules of campus life in the late 1960s and early '70s. For instance, only female students had curfews until 1968 and college dormitories were strictly male or female until 1970. These customs began to change during those years at the State University College at Oneonta.
- Saturday, November 16, 2013
IBM thrived in region during Great Depression
Last weekend we learned that many local unemployed men found much-needed temporary work by building new sewers and water lines in Oneonta during the Great Depression. While the times were tough for so many, just about 65 miles southeast of here a totally different employment strategy was in progress in Endicott, at the IBM Corp.
- Monday, November 11, 2013
Mansion was leveled for Cooperstown's Clark Sports Center
There were considerable rumbling and crashing sounds coming from the lower section of Susquehanna Avenue in Cooperstown 30 years ago this week. Workers on bulldozers were tearing down the 40-room Iroquois Mansion, in order to make way for the present Clark Sports Center.
- Saturday, November 9, 2013
Creating better sewers helped many during Great Depression
Many remember from the 1950s sitcom "The Honeymooners," Ed Norton worked in the sewers and made plenty of funny remarks about his job. It wasn't a glamorous job, but someone had to do it.
- Monday, November 4, 2013
Local enthusiasm was high in 1968 presidential election
- Monday, October 28, 2013
A variety of local changes made news in October 1988
Departures and arrivals of various kinds could easily describe many local news items reported during October 1988.
- Saturday, October 26, 2013
'War of the Worlds' caused little local concern
If there was ever a big boost in the career of actor, director, writer and producer Orson Welles, it came 75 years ago this coming week when radio was a media giant. It was Sunday night, Oct. 30, 1938, when Oneontans and those across the nation tuned in -- many of them after the program's introduction -- to the Mercury Theatre play, "The War of the Worlds."
- Monday, October 21, 2013
Local education, employment trends shifted in early 1960s
- Saturday, October 19, 2013
Search for Upstate Baptist Home site began locally in 1923
These days, you don't have to wait for tomorrow's newspaper to learn the latest breaking news. A look nearly each day at The Daily Star website will show something you'll read in print the next day. In Oneonta, 90 years ago, if you didn't hear breaking news by word of mouth, you had to wait for the next day's newspaper.
- Monday, October 14, 2013
Oneonta campaigned to keep a Sears store downtown in 1978
Downtown Oneonta as a retail hub was showing signs of distress in the late 1970s. A "SOS" message was being delivered by many retailers in October 1978. In this case, the message meant, "Save Our Sears."