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March 27, 2014

Step Back in Time: March 27, 2014

The Daily Star

---- — 25 years ago

March 27, 1989

Plans are underway to get the community interested in Oneonta’s oldest house.

Three Girl Scout Cadette groups and the Swart Wilcox steering committee will meet Monday afternoon with a botanist from the State University College at Oneonta to discuss where to plant trees in the house’s garden, said Ellen Alex, group coordinator for the girl scouts.

“The girl scouts will plant gardens to draw attention to the project,” she said. “The girls are very excited. Talks about restoring the house have been going on for so long that we wanted to do something to get things off the ground.”

The 15 girls who are members of the girls scouts, will plant apple trees. After doing much research, they found that the house, located in the Sixth Ward, near the Riverside School, originally had an apple orchard, she said.

The group has applied for a $315 Reader’s Digest grant. Some of the money will go toward planting the apple trees and the rest of the money will be used to set up a garden around the house. They are waiting to hear from the foundation, Alex said.

50 years ago

March 27, 1964

COOPERSTOWN — A long-cherished dream by Edward H. Shove of Cooperstown, and his late son Elton Scott Shove, to provide a permanent and suitable camping site for boy scouts, has become a reality.

Elton Shove, a prominent sea scout and a senior at Cooperstown Central School, was fatally injured on June 25, 1960, on the eve of his graduation.

In July of the same year, friends of Elton Shove formed a committee to raise funds to purchase a tract of land near Cooperstown, to be given in perpetuity to the Boy Scouts of America.

Termed the most suitable was a 45-acre tract of land near the shore of Otsego Lake, north of the Fairy Spring Park, owned by the Stokes Gazley Estate.

Many worked hard, and over $2,000 was raised through donations in about two months during the summer of 1960.

Tuesday afternoon the deed to the “Elton Scott Shove Memorial Campway,” to be so called from now on, was officially presented by Mr. Kepper, organizational extension chairman of the Otschodela Scout Council, to Delaware County Judge Walter L. Terry of Walton, president of the council.

Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.