Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
Oct. 27, 1987
COOPERSTOWN — The Friends of The Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital has raised over $30,000 for a planned birthing center.
By mid-October the drive raised $30,587 of the needed $200,000. The project is the largest one ever undertaken by Friends, the hospital’s fund-raising group. The proposed birthing room is a private, homelike setting for the expectant mother with the availability of hospital equipment if there are complications.
Bassett has sent a brochure to 25,000 patients in the hospital’s 10-county service area. An in-house campaign has also been underway, with 125 employees contributing as of mid-October.
50 years ago
Oct. 27, 1962
WALTON — Christ Episcopal Church in Walton will officially reopen with a special service at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4. The church was damaged by fire of undetermined origin, July 6, 1961. Since then services have been conducted in the Episcopal Parish House which is on lower Gardiner Place.
The Rev. Arthur W. Abraham, rector of the church said that rebuilding has cost around $55,000. A Walton contractor, Glenn Miller, and his men have been doing the remodeling.
The Rev. Darwin Kirby, rector of St. George’s Church in Schenectady will be the speaker at the reopening service. Several memorials will be blessed by the bishop. The Right Rev. Allen W. Brown of Albany, bishop of the Albany diocese, will be in the procession as will the clergy of the deanery.
Local pastors have also been invited to attend, as well as the architect, James Mowry, of Binghamton, and the engineer, Stephen Steele, of Greene.
Father Abraham said on Wednesday, “The old choir room and parish office in the back of the church will have to come off. At present the church school is meting in the Episcopal Parish house on lower Gardiner Place but this building has been sold to the J.J. Newberry Co. for $20,000 and they will take possession on Jan. 1.”