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June 2, 2014

Step Back in Time: June 2, 2014

25 years agoJune 2, 1989

MASONVILLE — The facelift of state Route 8 in the town of Masonville has begun.

A $2.2 million construction project was awarded to Lancaster Development of Cobleskill in March to relocate and reconstruct the road which winds its way through the hamlet of Masonville.

So far, crews have dug up areas where new road will be placed and have put new drainage underneath the road near Masonville Elementary School, according to Masonville town Supervisor Jack Thomas.

One of the major portions of the reconstruction will be realignment of the sharp, 15-mile-an-hour curve in front of the school. The “S” turn near Butts Road will also be made straighter.


50 years agoJune 2, 1964

Eleven staunch youngsters, ranging in age from 4 to 11, raised their young voices through Monday afternoon’s slight drizzle and marched down Maple and Main Streets protesting any move to destroy the Wilber House.

Urged along by a small bass-drummer and a smaller clarinetist, each carried a sign all the way from Bugbee School to Main Street, along Main to Dietz Street, up Dietz and through the parking lot to the Wilber House on Ford Avenue.

City officials have indicated they favor razing the Oneonta landmark to add more space to the parking lot. The building was left to the city by George I. Wilber to be used “in the city’s best interest.”

The children chanted “Save the Wilber House” and “Call your alderman,” slogans of a newborn campaign to save the old structure.

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