Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
Feb. 26, 1988
ONEONTA — Harold Dibble is learning to use a microwave oven at the age of 90.
“It’s awful nice to warm up a cup of coffee,” he said. But he uses the oven for more than warming coffee and left-overs. He cooks chicken and other meats in it.
Dibble’s wife of nearly 68 years, Dora, died in August. He maintains his mobile home, doing the cleaning, the cooking, shoveling snow and mowing the lawn.
He has lived in the Mountain View Trailer Park, Route 23, Southside, since 1978.
A birthday dinner was held in his honor Feb. 14 at the Holiday Inn. Among those attending were his three daughters, Frances Morse of Cold Spring, Evelyn Beach of Ithaca and Betty Mauger of Oneonta R.D.; and one of his six grandchildren, Mrs. Ernest Sills of Stamford. He also has eight great-grandchildren.
Dibble lived near South Kortright for many years, operating a dairy farm and then a chicken farm. He retired from the highway department in 1962. Then he worked with his brother, Perry Dibble, of Stamford, a painter for several years before moving to Oneonta.
Dibble still drives his car and sometimes goes to a restaurant for his noon meal. He was one of eight members of the Delaware Campers Club who met for dinner one day this week. He also belongs to the Silver Kettle Retirees Club.
50 years ago
Feb. 26, 1963
“The American Dream,” a one-act critique of the typical American family, will be presented by the Hartwick College Cardboard Alley Players Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The highly successful play was written by 34-year-ol Edward Albee, who has been hailed by many as “the new O’Neill” or “The Northern Williams.” The play is a masterpiece of chillingly humorous terror.
Bruce D. Kellner, assistant professor of English at Hartwick, is the director.
Evening performances are scheduled for 8 in the Hartwick College Little Theatre. A matinee will be presented on Saturday afternoon at 2:30.
All performances are free.