Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
March 28, 1988
A little over an inch of precipitation the last three days raised water levels around the region but did not cause any extensive flooding in the area.
Some farm fields in lowland areas were flooded, one road was closed in Delaware County and only one fire department reported a cellar pumping, according to emergency management officials.
Robert Utter, emergency management director in Delaware County, said Fulton Road in the Town of Hamden was closed Sunday due to slight flooding. He said the county’s most vulnerable areas, Margaretville, Delhi and DeLancey, did not report any flooding over the weekend.
High levels of water on area rivers peaked Sunday afternoon and were receding into today. The Susquehanna River was more than four feet above the flood stage Saturday morning but was receding late Sunday, said William Scharnikow, meteorological technician with the National Weather Service.
“The threat of flooding has not been that great compared to past years because of the lack of snow cover and the dry first three months of this year,” said David K. Mattice, National Weather Service observer for Oneonta.
He said the winter months were unusually dry this year. The average amount of precipitation for November through March is about 14 and a half inches; this year precipitation is four inches short at 10 and a half inches, he said.
50 years ago
March 28, 1963
Some people service their fellow man with a flourish, making plenty of headlines and repeating lots of publicity in the process.
Many, many others live out their lives serving their friends and neighbors in a multitude of ways, all important and all unheralded. Ralph Taber of Davenport is such a man.
This week he closed the deal which turned his general store over to Mr. and Mrs. Helmut Beck. The store had been in the Table family for more than 80 years.
Taber feels the store is a service, that the people of the area should have a store of this type and that there might be an emergency which he could not handle.
“If anything happened to me the way we were operating,” he explains, “the store would have to close down. That isn’t fair to the people of the area.”
The Becks proved just how industrious they are by completely transforming the old general store into a self-service market in five hectic days earlier this month.
Beck, a German with an engaging smile and a delightful accent, did the carpentry work himself.
He was in the German Youth movement as a youngster and learned some carpentry there. Then he went into glider pilot training and the philosophy there was “if you are going to fly them, you must know how to build them.” He learned carpentry under forced draft.