- Mark Simonson
- Saturday, October 12, 2013
Infrastructure, social growth made news in October 1888
If one could quickly describe Oneonta in October 1888, it would be that the village was experiencing growing pains. By looking through the pages of a recently started daily newspaper, The Oneonta Daily News, the news and some debates made it quite clear the growth had its effects on daily life.
- Monday, October 7, 2013
Beat poet Ginsberg had ties to local area
It would be safe to say that the late poet Allen Ginsberg raised a few eyebrows, good or bad, with some of his work through the years.
- Saturday, October 5, 2013
World Series scoreboard attracted many in Oneonta in 1913
If you've attended Minor League baseball games in recent years in Binghamton and Syracuse, you can't help but notice the state-of-the-art video scoreboards the ball clubs have added to the baseball game atmosphere. Having attended some games in these cities myself, oftentimes the scoreboards became more interesting than the actual game.
- Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Oneonta inched closer to becoming a railroad town in 1863
When the Albany & Susquehanna Railroad finally reached Oneonta in 1865, signs seen at the celebration in August read, "Isolation Obliterated," among others.
- Saturday, September 28, 2013
War Trophies Train visited Oneonta area in 1918
There was no doubt about the curiosity Oneontans had about the First World War in 1918. That curiosity was evident on Tuesday, Oct. 1, when more than 5,000 people showed for a special appearance of the War Trophies Train as part of a war bond fundraiser in the city.
- Monday, September 23, 2013
Oneonta saw construction, destruction in fall of 1973
Whether it was the sounds of a pile driver to start construction, or a wrecking ball to demolish old construction, decibel levels were pretty high at times during the month of September 1973 in Oneonta.
- Saturday, September 21, 2013
First Hartwick College event held 85 years ago at theater
Several Oneontans gathered at the former Palace Theatre on Wednesday morning, Sept. 26, 1928, but it wasn't to take in a movie. They were here instead to witness a piece of Oneonta's history -- the day Hartwick College opened its doors and began classes.
- Monday, September 16, 2013
SUCO's Field House construction was a 30-year struggle
"Oneonta State is currently seeking a new physical education field house, college president Clifford Craven said Monday."
- Saturday, September 14, 2013
'Picturesque Oneonta' filmed 100 years ago
Even though we're in an age when everyone captures images or video on their phones or tablets and uploads them to places such as YouTube, there's still something exciting about seeing your hometown where potentially millions can also view it. The same might be said about filming portions of a motion picture in Oneonta last week, "The Automatic Hate."
- Monday, September 9, 2013
Some locals grumbled about bottle law 30 years ago
- Saturday, September 7, 2013
Oneonta Federated Garden Club celebrates 75th anniversary
- Saturday, August 31, 2013
Value of education stressed at 1923 Back to School Picnic
To girls and women reading this, an advance apology is in order, although it was the custom of the era.
- Monday, August 26, 2013
Sports cars rumbled up Mount Utsayantha in the early 1960s
- Saturday, August 24, 2013
Revolutionary War vet founded Van Hornesville in the 1790s
It takes a unique imagination and vision for someone, while moving pretty much through a war zone, to see a future place in which to live and start a business. Abraham Van Horne was that someone when he passed through what is today's Van Hornesville around 1779 during the Clinton-Sullivan campaign
- Monday, August 19, 2013
Equine lovers enjoyed a new horse show in Oneonta in 1948
This time of year we think of Saratoga as being the horse capital of the Northeast. For a short time in the late 1940s, Oneonta attempted to establish itself as a key equestrian center of New York state, enjoying moderate but short-lived success in the process.
- Saturday, August 17, 2013
A farewell, sidewalk supervising and cheers made local news in August 1928
Oneontans said farewell to one of their esteemed residents. Two big construction projects got underway, and crowds cheered on Oneonta's "Iron Man." These were all part of our life and times in August 1928.
- Monday, August 12, 2013
Efforts to improve Canadarago Lake began in August 1963
Canadarago Lake was simply a mess in the summer of 1963. It wasn't easy on the eyes, or nose, no thanks to sewage and dead fish. Water levels were very low and shrinking, leaving mud lots and many boat docks far from the camps. Parents wouldn't let their children swim in the lake. Conditions got so bad that resident Peg Reynolds brought in a pail of lake water to a Richfield Springs Town Board meeting for officials to recognize that there were problems at hand.
- Saturday, August 10, 2013
A cool new business came to Oneonta in 1932
If July of 1932 was as hot as it was at times last month, local residents were finding as many ways possible to escape the heat. One unusual way of finding temporary relief 81 years ago was by attending an open house at the newly opened Stewart Ice plant, once found at today's vacant 45 Valleyview St. in Oneonta.
- Monday, August 5, 2013
Oneonta railroad traditions shifted in August 1958
Oneontans were starting to realize that the railroad dynasty the city had enjoyed for nearly 100 years was changing, and news from August 1958 was clearly documenting those changes.
- Saturday, August 3, 2013
Oneonta paid tribute to President Harding in 1923
Two U.S. presidents have passed away since my returning to live in Oneonta, with Ronald Reagan in June 2004 and Gerald Ford in December 2006. Other than flags being at half-staff, there wasn't much, if any, local tributes paid to our former chief executives.