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.