- Mark Simonson
- Monday, April 1, 2013
Future city historian kept family busy for Easter and April 1958
- Saturday, March 30, 2013
Colliscroft became new Oneonta landmark in 1902
If the Oneonta building trade sector of the economy could have awarded a plaque to a most valuable individual customer of 1902, it would have nearly been a shoo-in. That was Edward H. Pardee, who was listed in the Oneonta Directory around that time as a farmer, on Southside.
- Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Historic Cooperstown cottage got a new address in 1988
To unknowing tourists seeking information from the tourism information center at 31 Chestnut St. in Cooperstown, they would probably believe that the mid-19th century cottage had always been on that site. It blends in well with some of the grand old houses along that street, and the same tourists might think it has an interesting history behind it.
- Saturday, March 23, 2013
Free mail delivery began in Oneonta 125 years ago
- Monday, March 18, 2013
Oneonta enacted first building code 60 years ago
There will be no parade, fireworks display or commemorative coins minted for the occasion.
- Saturday, March 16, 2013
Area isolated during historic March 1888 snowstorm
Earlier in the week, we recalled the "Blizzard of 1993," which was one containing historic snowfall that fell on our region on Saturday, March 13. It was the largest recorded in a single local snowfall in the 20th century, and ever since another storm dating back 105 years. The latter snowfall was worse than the 1993 storm, falling overnight into Tuesday, March 13, 1888. It was commonly referred to as the "Blizzard of 1888."
- Monday, March 11, 2013
Blizzard of 1993 was a local memory maker
- Saturday, March 9, 2013
Oneonta area easily endured bank holidays in 1933
Business had been essentially normal at Oneonta's three major banking institutions during February 1933.
- Monday, March 4, 2013
New life returned to Oneonta landmark in 1983
Back in the early 1980s, the convenience of having some county agency satellite offices in Oneonta was diminished by the fact that they were scattered all over town. An effort to bring these agencies under one roof began at that time, which meant new use for an old, nearly empty building in downtown Oneonta.
- Saturday, March 2, 2013
Oneonta's Company G witnessed presidential inauguration in 1913
Not long ago, many local residents made the trip to Washington, D.C. for the inauguration ceremonies of President Barack Obama's second term. The same was true 100 years ago, but a difference back then was that presidential inaugurations took place later, in early March. Company G of Oneonta made the trek south to witness the inauguration of President Woodrow Wilson.
- Monday, February 25, 2013
Changes, challenges made local news in February 1968
Carl Delberta made a big career move. A new kind of television programming debuted in our region. Gun control laws were a hot topic of debate, and Otsego County residents prepared to shell out a little more on their purchases. It was all part of what was going on in our area during February 1968.
- Saturday, February 23, 2013
Firearms manufacturing created Ilion in the 19th century
- Monday, February 18, 2013
Deposit never quit on the State Theatre
If you haven't noticed it in the past, this historian often refers to old pop songs for many situations relating to something historic.
- Saturday, February 16, 2013
Local war service organizations began in February 1943
- Monday, February 11, 2013
Local challenges taken in President's Fitness Program in 1963
I remember my first 20-mile walk. It was when I was at Oneonta Junior High School in the early 1970s. A few of us decided to take the challenge of a March of Dimes Walk-a-Thon, so my Dad drove us over to Norwich, for the walk from Norwich to Oxford and back.
- Saturday, February 9, 2013
Oneonta building projects made news in early 1888
Andrew Bresee was in for quite a surprise when he began constructing a home in 1888. His project was among a number of building projects going on in Oneonta in the early months of 1888, as the village was expanding outward from today's center city.
- Monday, February 4, 2013
Lady Justice became plastic in 1970s Norwich
Iâ€™d guarantee that if you stood atop the Chenango County Courthouse for nearly 140 years through all the elements, youâ€™d look pretty tattered, too. This was the situation in the late 1970s for Lady Justice, the wooden statue having had an outstanding view over Norwich since the Andrew Jackson administration. The time had come for her retirement from the outdoors and a suitable successor. A debate began on whether she should be bronze or plastic.
- Saturday, February 2, 2013
Area residents sought gold in Alaska in 1897
"Where the river is windin,' Big nuggets they're findin,' North to Alaska, They go North, the rush is on."
- Monday, January 28, 2013
Methodist retirement center chose Norwich location in 1978
Opportunity came knocking Oneonta's way in January 1978 in the form of filling a large vacant lot on Academy Street with a senior citizen retirement center. Oneonta embraced the idea but in the end, the developer had a change of heart. The dividing issue was over property taxes.
- Saturday, January 26, 2013
Oneonta's Arabian Knights tumbled across the U.S. in the 1930s
Thereâ€™s nothing more satisfying to this historian than solving a mystery of local interest. Some are pretty easy, but then there are those that can go on for years. I mentally tuck some cases away now and then, and when I least expect it, a clue surfaces.