- Mark Simonson
- 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.
- Monday, July 29, 2013
Onesiphorai Reading Club celebrating a centennial in Franklin
As kids, it's a joy to be read to by an adult. As adults, we then read to our kids. As for adults reading to adults, there's not an abundance of that going on locally. In recent years we've had creations such as books on tape or CD, but it's not the same as someone being in the same room, reading to one another.
- Saturday, July 27, 2013
Rogers Hornsby, Baseball Hall of Famer, played in Oneonta in 1923
This weekend, 12 members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame will be honored during ceremonies at the Clark Sports Center grounds in Cooperstown. The dozen inducted members were never previously honored in a public ceremony due to restrictions caused by World War II.
- Monday, July 22, 2013
Korean armistice received with relief locally in July 1953
- Saturday, July 20, 2013
First talking movies came to Oneonta in July 1913
No matter how hard we'll ever try, historians will not be correct all the time. Future historians will more than likely review my work someday and find that I made a few oversights and errors in presenting facts. I'm fine with that, and hope they'll make things correct.
- Monday, July 15, 2013
Procter & Gamble rose and fell in Chenango County
- Saturday, July 13, 2013
Elm Park Church dedicated 95 years ago
After two years of meetings, fundraisers, reviewing architect's plans and watching construction of a new church, one would believe that a dedication of the building would be a grand affair. In the case of the Elm Park Methodist Church in July 1918, a one-day celebration just wasn't enough, so they turned it into six days. While the festivities were interesting and enjoyable, they were also good moneymakers.
- Monday, July 8, 2013
A relaxing Fourth of July weekend was enjoyed locally in 1958
With a long Fourth of July weekend now in our memories, hopefully you got to relax a bit, have a cookout, or get a few things done, like mowing the lawn between the raindrops. Local residents enjoyed a long Fourth weekend in 1958 as well, getting an interesting month underway in our lives and times.
- Saturday, July 6, 2013
Richfield Springs started a seasonal daily newspaper in 1888
The resorts and village of Richfield Springs made the summer of 1888 most memorable for their big city guests. If the guests couldn’t enjoy their daily newspaper from home, Richfield Springs did the next best thing. In addition to their weekly edition, The Richfield Springs Mercury began a new publication on Saturday, June 30, The Richfield Springs Daily. It was a seasonal publication that ceased around Labor Day each year, a tradition that lasted until around World War I.
- Monday, July 1, 2013
Southside Mall's opening 30 years ago drew heavy traffic
- Saturday, June 29, 2013
Local Civil War veterans held reunion in Gettysburg in 1913
Excitement is building in Gettysburg, Pa., these days as the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg will be commemorated in the next few days.
- Monday, June 24, 2013
Portlandville School closing ended a country tradition
It was considered a last remnant of the country school of yesterday in our region, as the Portlandville School closed its doors for the last time on Friday, June 24, 1983. It ended a more than three-quarter century era of the place where kids learned their "three R's."
- Thursday, June 20, 2013
Graduates were given words of wisdom at OHS in 1923
I had to go look it up. I kept my high school commencement program in with my yearbook, and I was trying to remember recently who spoke at our graduation ceremony. I couldn't remember much about it except I sat between Kathy Simmons and Mary Sisson, because we sat in alphabetical order, nearly 280 of us at Oneonta High School, the Class of 1976.
- Monday, June 17, 2013
Otsego County woman drove her way to success
- Saturday, June 15, 2013
'Robber baron' helped provide landmark church in Roxbury
Jay Gould was called a lot of things in his day, and not much of it was flattering in the business world, such as "robber baron." In the 21st century some might call him a "one percenter."
- Monday, June 10, 2013
Bridge workers found toxic surprise in Neahwa Park in 1988
Plans were in place to build a permanent bridge over the millrace to enter Neahwa Park from Gas Avenue in Oneonta in June 1988. That roadway is known today as James Georgeson Avenue.
- Saturday, June 8, 2013
Oneonta became a movie set in June 1918
In "real life" Oneonta, you'd never have found an automobile plant manager facing a crisis of having his young daughter kidnapped by two disgruntled employees. However, it would make for a good movie plot, and that's exactly what took place in Oneonta during June 1918.
- Monday, June 3, 2013
Local marbles players sought national championship in 1948
Louis Parisi and Eugene Platt of Oneonta had good aim when it came to the game of marbles. So good, in fact, their skills earned them an all-expenses-paid trip to Wildwood, N.J. in June 1948.
- Saturday, June 1, 2013
Samuel Morse's telegraph plans perfected in Cherry Valley
In late May of 1988 Cherry Valley received some welcomed news that the village had been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A most fitting designation, considering its history dates back to 1740 and all that happened here during the Revolutionary War, for starters.
- Saturday, May 25, 2013
Blackmail scheme failed to hurt Richfield Springs resort season in 1888
The timing simply couldn't have been worse. Thousands of visitors were making plans for their summer vacations to Richfield Springs in 1888 when a bombshell of a newspaper article hit the newsstands of New York City. The article appeared in The New York Sun that stated typhoid fever and diphtheria had a "heavy presence" in the resort village, known and respected worldwide for its cleanliness and good health.