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.
They will share with the residents of Dallas, Texas, the deep and abiding shame that such violence as took President Kennedy to his death Friday can and does exist is this most civilized of all lands.
Mayor Albert S. Nader, obviously shaken by the startling events of the last 72 hours, said last night: “I can only ask people to attend their place of worship and pray for the deceased President Kennedy and for divine guidance for President Lyndon Johnson in the trying days ahead.”
A Community Memorial service for President Kennedy will be conducted at 9 a.m. today in Atonement Lutheran Church by Dr. Harold C. Fry.
A Requiem High Mass for the repose of the soul of President Kennedy will be conducted at St. Mary’s Catholic Church at noon. Oneonta Mayor Albert S. Nader will be in attendance and all city officials have been invited.
All independent stores in Oneonta will be closed all day. This list also includes Bresee’s, Newberry’s, Grant’s, Woolworth’s, J. C. Penney, and Sears and Roebuck.
Classes have been suspended all day Nov. 25 at SUCO.
A spokesman for the Oneonta Dress Company said that the plant would remain closed today “in deep sorrow and mourning for President Kennedy.”