Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years go
March 9, 1988
SIDNEY — Except for four months of her life, 78-year-old Nettie Clum has lived in the same house on River Street, a house that this week celebrates its centennial in her family.
Mrs. Clum’s grandfather bought the house and its 162-acre farm on March 10, 1888, for $8,000 in cash, a large sum in those days. But in a letter to his son dated Feb. 20, 1888, Joseph Miles described the land as “the best farm in Delaware County.”
The house was passed to Miles’ son, James, and from him to Mrs. Clum and her husband, who raised their three children in the first house on River Street west of state Route 8.
“No, I have never wanted to leave here,” said Mrs. Clum. “I’ve just always been content here.”
Since here husband’s death in 1966 she has lived in the house alone, but up until four years ago she was able to mow her own lawn. Now that she has had her hip replaced and has foot problems, her son is urging her to move to Sidney’s senior citizen housing, especially since she can no longer keep the house up.
“If the house falls apart, when the last stick tumbles down, that’s when I’ll leave,” she said.
Her father sold off portions of the farm, which once bordered the present Camp and Union streets, including all the property the Bendix Connector plant now owns. Scintilla bought 75 acres in 1925, but Mrs. Clum still has a photograph of her father haying what is now the Bendix parking lot.
50 years ago
March 9, 1963
Oneonta, a major “classification” point on the sprawling Delaware and Hudson Railroad, will remain a terminal for the D&H regardless of the outcome of negotiations March 13 between American railroads and unions over rules changes.
D&H President J.P. Hiltz of Albany Thursday denied an earlier rumor that the D&H would, as part of rules changes legalized Monday by a Supreme Court decision, eliminate Oneonta as a major stop on the line.
Pointing out that Oneonta has the only “sizable” yard along the entire length of the D&H, Mr. Hiltz said that “about 80 percent” of all the unclassified freight handled by the railroad stops off in Oneonta to be classified.
He said yards at other points on the line are “handkerchief sized” in comparison to the Oneonta yards. If such a change were to be made, the president said, it would require the construction of a similar facility elsewhere.
On Monday the Supreme Court gave the OK to the railroads to change work rules to eliminate thousands of jobs which the carriers consider unnecessary.