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Step Back In Time

November 30, 2012

Step Back in Time: Nov. 30, 2012

Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.

25 years ago

Nov. 30, 1987

CHERRY VALLEY — Celebrity has come late to Howard Moore, 98, but the nation’s oldest conscientious objector is making the most of it to promote his economic and social beliefs.

In recent years, Moore has been interviewed and photographed many times and a documentary is now being made of his life. Moore, however, is not greatly moved by the media interest and prefers to concentrate on wider issues.

Sitting down to tea in his hilltop, gray stone house, the former engineer, fruit farmer, war resister and author theorizes that his longevity is the main reason he has become so newsworthy.

Moore and his wife of 44 years, Louise, remain active intellectuals, analyzing current events and railing against what they see as injustices.

Moore spends much of his time reading and writing. He communicates his opinions in conversations, lectures and letters to various editors. For decades he has been a contributor to “The Nation,” the prominent New York City-based radical news magazine.

The first test of Moore’s evolving morality came 70 years ago, when in 1918 he was drafted and refused to serve in World War I.

Moore and other conscientious objectors were rounded up and shipped to Fort Leavenworth, Kan. There they endured repeated beatings, taunting and torture among the rats and bed bugs for refusing to serve in the “war to end all wars.”

The coming film on his life, “Do Right and Fear Not,” is being filmed by New York photographer Sy Rubin. Gallery 53 of Cooperstown has received a $1,500 grant toward the film’s production and is seeking further contributions.

50 years ago

Nov. 30, 1962

Though construction of the kitchen and cafeteria of Delaware Academy’s new elementary school, in Delhi, is progressing satisfactorily, it no doubt will be some 10 months before any food will be cooked or served there. Seen in a picture rapped up in its winter overcoat, the left end is the kitchen and the opposite end the cafeteria.

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