- Mark Simonson
- Saturday, April 5, 2014
Area heartily welcomed home troops from WWI
World War I had ended in November 1918. While a few local men who served had already arrived home, there was a large group who were probably chomping at the bit to get home after a lengthy delay. Oneonta was ready for them with a festive arrival at the D&H Railroad station on Thursday, April 3, 1919.
- Monday, March 31, 2014
Local residents coped with lines for gasoline in 1974
Had I been a licensed driver at the time, I probably would have been surfing the songs playing on the car's AM radio in early March 1974. It could have been a bit of therapy for many local drivers, faced with long lines, waiting for gasoline.
- Saturday, March 29, 2014
Delhi bank saw many ups, downs in 175 years
They're a dying breed -- local banks with nearly original names. However, the oldest bank in Delaware County, The Delaware National Bank of Delhi, is approaching its 175th anniversary of doing business.
- Monday, March 24, 2014
Railroad declined, other industries surged locally in 1954
Oneonta was enduring several ups and downs in its employment picture. New fashion and music were also making news as diversions to these "big stories." It was a part of our local life and times during March 1954.
- Monday, March 17, 2014
Two fatal airplane crashes stunned area in March 1984
March 1984 will probably always be remembered by investigators of Oneonta airplane crashes, and the community in general, as tragically unforgettable. In less than one week that month, there were two crashes that claimed the lives of seven people, five of them local residents.
- Saturday, March 15, 2014
Teacher developed Oneonta's science fairs in the late 1930s
Enthusiasm toward science, engineering and technology abounds these days among our area's youth, as teams such as Sidney Project Lead the Way and Otsego 4-H FIRST Robotics, also known as "RoboKronos," have been busy preparing and competing in meets in Binghamton and Troy, with robots they created.
- Monday, March 10, 2014
Local pipeline construction stirred controversy in 1964
Unlike the proposed Constitution Pipeline project, planned to bring natural gas from northeast Pennsylvania through our region to a terminal in Schoharie County, another pipeline project built from Watkins Glen to Selkirk generated considerably less local controversy 50 years ago.
- Saturday, March 8, 2014
Natural gas drilling efforts of the 1880s found little locally
There was no such process as hydraulic fracturing. New York didn't have a Department of Environmental Conservation. Lawn signs for or against it weren't seen anywhere. Yet natural gas drilling efforts were going on in our region more 125 years ago. It was an industry still in its infancy. Numerous reports were published in local newspapers during the late 1880s and beyond.
- Monday, March 3, 2014
Beauty, grooming took center stage in Oneonta in March 1964
Good grooming, beauty and style seemed to be a recurring theme in the news around Oneonta during the month of March 1964.
- Saturday, March 1, 2014
Local news, opinion often mixed in 1889 newspapers
Modern-day newspapers make it very clear where local news is found, as well as opinion, separated by their own pages in weekly or daily editions, including The Daily Star.
- Monday, February 24, 2014
Gasoline, demons and baseball were 'trending' locally in 1974
"Trending" has become a popular word in our present everyday language. This word wasn't used in February 1974, but for what I write twice weekly, it could just as well have applied to local history.
- Saturday, February 22, 2014
Early efforts to halt Silver Creek were slow going
Incidents of Silver Creek overflowing into the streets of Oneonta aren't making news as often as they once did.
- Monday, February 17, 2014
Effort to establish Oneonta historic district began in 1970s
- Saturday, February 15, 2014
Experiment to treat inebriates began 150 years ago
Dr. J. Edward Turner came up with a unique idea in the 1840s on how to treat and restrain inebriates in the United States. Turne
- Monday, February 10, 2014
Milford fought over new school 30 years ago
At times nearly 30 years ago, the future of the Milford Central School District could have been portrayed as a weathervane, spinning in directions of either a new school, consolidation, or closing. The â€œwindsâ€� changed considerably between 1984 and 1988, but the end result was a new school in the village before the end of the decade.
- 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.