Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
July 30, 1988
Oneonta’s diaper factory is about to be sold, a move that will make Pope & Talbot the nation’s No. 2 maker of private label disposable diapers. The firm is slated to buy four plants owned by the Georgia Pacific Corp., including the one in Oneonta.
Pope & Talbot, already the leader in the manufacture of private label tissue, said the closing is scheduled for Monday on the $50 million sale of plants and inventory.
Peter Pope, chairman and chief executive officer, said that his company will have to “be innovative and operate as guerillas would fight in any kind of conflict” to compete in the diaper business.
Disposable diapers are sold under private, or store labels which go mainly to mass retailers like K mart and Fred Meyer to compete with national brands.
Pope said the move will help the company even out the cyclical swings in the pulp and lumber industry because private label markets perform well when consumers look for lower prices during recessions.
50 years ago
July 30, 1963
LIVERPOOL — Oneonta’s Little Leaguers got another great pitching performance and made its four straight playoff victories Monday by turning back Valley of Syracuse, 5-0.
Len Boschetti was the pitching star, allowing only two hits and those not until two were out in the last inning.
The victory sends the Oneontans into the sectional at Olean this weekend where they’ll meet other upstate teams for the chance to enter the state tournament the following week in Albany. Three other teams will be at Olean.
The Oneontans play in the second game of a doubleheader Friday at 5:30, then if they win, go into the sectional final Saturday afternoon at 3.
Boschetti not only pitched a great game but he batted in the run that was enough to win in the first inning. His hit followed a single by Roger Conte and Joe Lucia being hit by a pitch.