Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
Oct. 7, 1988
Students in Samuel Sandoli’s eighth-grade social studies class got a surprise when they walked in Thursday to find their teacher dressed as an officer in the United States Cavalry, the cavalry that rides to the rescue in Westerns.
His students were inquisitive about the costume and asked many questions, which was just what Sandoli, a social studies teacher at the Oneonta Junior High School, wanted.
“They asked me, ‘What is that?’,” he said “I was very impressed that some even knew my rank, a colonel, and that I was a cavalryman.”
The kerchief, tied around Sandoli’s neck, served as more than an ornament for the cavalryman, Sandoli said.
“They would put it around their face, to keep the dust and wind off,” he said, “and if they got shot, they used it to plug up the holes so too much blood didn’t fall out, and as a washcloth.”
The uniform, which cost $200, didn’t fall into Sandoli’s lap. He had to hunt for separate components, and he finally found them in different states across the nation, Sandoli said.
Sandoli said he ordered the navy-blue shirt and light-blue pants from Virginia, the suspenders from Binghamton, and the hat from California.
It took Sandoli six months to get the costume together.
“When I teach social studies, I try to make history more real,” he said.
Thursday’s lesson centered on the Old West and Sandoli said, “I wanted the students to see what a cavalry person would look like.”
50 years ago
Oct. 7, 1963
Harold R. Anderson, formerly of Oneonta, and son of Mr. and Mrs. B.R. Anderson, 10 Telford St., has been promoted to the position of assistant promotion manager of the Vick Chemical Company, New York City.
With Vick since October 1955, he was responsible for upstate New York sales territory until 1961 when he was picked in national competition as the “Most Outstanding Salesman of the Year.”
An OHS graduate of 1948, Mohawk Valley Technical Institute, and Syracuse University, he married Joyce Payne, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Payne of 37 Monroe Ave. They have three daughters, Laurie, Julie and Nancy, and reside at 58 Waterbury Parkway, Peekskill.
Hal was an active participator in both city and school affairs while in Oneonta.
While in high school he helped start the Kiwanis Key club of which he was the charter president. He was also president of the student council, the city youth council and active in Boy Scouts.
Before moving from 68 Dietz St. to Peekskill, he was active in youth work through his church, Main Street Baptist, a bass soloist and member of the local quartet group, “Barrels and a Stave” made up of Wayne Kniskern, Kenneth Kniskern and Donald Shaver.