Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
Nov. 25, 1988
Americans, all across the country, sat down Thursday to celebrate Thanksgiving with their families. But residents of Mosca House, at 52 Maple St., shared their turkey with a different kind of family.
Reggie Brown calls the Mosca House his “home away from home.” Although his family lives in New York City, Brown opted to spend Thanksgiving with some of the residents at the single-room occupancy house.
“I’m grateful to be here. I’m making friends and everyone’s really close,” he said.
Brown is one of 13 living in Mosca House, intended for people making an income of $10,000 or less, said Pat Devine, director of the Housing Program at OURS Associates. The city of Oneonta owns the house and OURS runs it.
The McLaud Residence, located at 3 Grand St., is similar to Mosca House and is also run by OURS, she said.
Ruth Emerson also lives in Mosca House and she stuffed the turkey, a gift from OURS, for Thanksgiving Day.
“Everyone else has chipped in for the other things,” she said.
Both Emerson and Brown cannot work because they are disabled. He is on a dialysis machine and she has arthritis and needs to use a cane sometimes to walk.
They pay $170 a month and do chores around the house, along with the others, Ms. Devine said.
50 years ago
Nov. 25, 1963
Today Oneontans will bow their heads in sadness and in shame, in mourning and in reverence, as they pray for the repose of the soul of their lost President and for blessing upon the undertakings of their new President.
They will share, with 180 million other Americans and with a majority of the three billion inhabitants of the world, the deep and abiding sadness that comes with the untimely death of a great and Christian world leader.