Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
50 years ago
Nov. 7, 1963
DELHI — The world’s first all-electronic main dial telephone office and toll center will be installed next year by Stromberg-Carlson, a division of General Dynamics, at Delhi, N.Y.
The Delhi Telephone Company will operate this latest electronic telephone equipment to provide complete telephone service for all its subscribers in this upstate New York village in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains.
Independent telephone operating companies, such as Delhi, have pioneered each step in the introduction of electronic telephony, with its many special services and features for subscribers.
When installation of this latest DYNALOGiC exchange is completed next year, the Delhi Telephone Company will have in operation the first Electronic Main Dial Office (EMDO) and toll center. Solid-state common control equipment will accomplish all the necessary memory, logic and switching functions.
Horatio Adee, president of the Delhi Telephone Company, said that initially this exchange will be equipped for 800 lines, expandable to 1,600. DYNALOGiC main dial offices in general will be expandable to 10,000 lines.
25 years ago
Nov. 7, 1988
Strains of Vietnamese music filtered through the living room. A Dr. Seuss book lay open on the table as the family sat talking in Vietnamese.
After living for nearly three years in Oneonta, the Huynhs, a Vietnamese family of seven, are more glad than ever to have escaped from their country.
“We like living here because we have our freedom,” said Dau Huynh, the mother. “We left Vietnam because we don’t like the Communist government.”
The family arrived in Oneonta in February 1986 under sponsorship of The World Relief Commission of the National Association of Evangelicals.
After getting to Oneonta, students in Campus Ambassadors, a Christian group with members from Hartwick College and the State University College at Oneonta raised $1,000 for the family, said Christopher Deemer, a campus minister associated with the Main Street Baptist Church.