Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
June 21, 1988
The Oneonta Common Council tonight will consider approving a resolution that supports assignment of a substitute operator to run the Delaware & Hudson Railway, which filed for bankruptcy Monday, said the city’s railroad liaison.
The resolution, already given the go-ahead by local shippers and politicians, also calls for local representation if and when the Interstate Commerce Commission appoints trustees to oversee the operating railroad, said Jim Catella, Oneonta liaison to the railroad. He said the resolution will be sent to the ICC.
Oneonta Mayor David Brenner, state Sen. James L. Seward, R-Milford, and a representative from U.S. Sen. Daniel P. Moynihan’s office also endorsed the resolution, Catella said.
Five of Oneonta’s biggest shippers, including Lutz Feed Co. Agway Inc., West Nesbitt Inc., Georgia Pacific Corp. and Finch, Pruyn and Co., approved the resolution during a meeting in City Hall Monday, Catella said.
Of the two railroads offering to run the D&H, Catella favored the New York Susquehanna and Western Railway Corp., a division of the Delaware-Otsego Corp. of Cooperstown.
“It’s a matter of having someone competitive so that there’s not a monopoly,” Catella said.
If the other contender, Conrail, were to run the line, it could limit operations to local deliveries and not route any through traffic to Oneonta, Catella said.
50 years ago
June 21, 1963
COOPERSTOWN — Tenderfoot Scouts Scott Tabor, Richard Irving, Eddie Turner and Scott Reed, were accepted into Cooperstown Boy Scout Troop 54 at a Court of Honor of the Mohican District-Otschodela Council.
The opening ceremony was conducted by James Gallagher and James Chase, both junior assistant scoutmasters.
In Scoutmasters’ Special Notes presentation, Daniel M. White discussed camp promotion. Of special interest was the word “square.” Mr. White explained the origin of the word, such as “square look, square treatment etc.” all having a quite different connotation of the present word “square.”
“We would all be much better off if we were squares in the original meaning of the word,” Mr. White noted.
The scoutmaster also announced that $155 was turned over to Troop 54 by 10 boy scouts of the troop, who made this money by selling various objects. The high salesman, Gary Jennings, was awarded $5 for his effort, with Kent St. John placing second, with a prize of $2.50.