Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
April 27, 1988
Benjamin Preston, manager of the J.C. Penney department store in the Southside Mall, Oneonta, has won the J.C. Penny Chairman’s award for managerial excellence.
William R. Howell, J.C. Penney chairman, cited the Oneonta store as one of the firm’s best operations, saying, “Mr. Preston and his management team have made a big contribution to our company’s strong 1987 results. We are proud of the job that they and their associates did.”
In winning the award, the Southside Mall store ranked among the top 25 percent of the Company’s nearly 1,400 stores nationwide in productivity. Preston will be honored at a dinner later this month.
50 years ago
April 27, 1963
Phyllis Elaine Shoecraft, a 20-year-old miss from Bainbridge RD 1, with a penchant for dramatic reading and a strong desire to work with children, was crowned Miss Oneonta at the 1963 Pageant Friday night.
The SUCO junior was visibly shaken when she learned she had won the coveted crown. As soon as the curtain closed, her fellow contestants rushed to hug her, as the tears rolled down her cheeks.
“It’s so wonderful … I never thought …” was all she said as flashbulbs popped away.
As the reigning Miss Oneonta, she will receive an all expense paid trip to compete in the Miss New York State Pageant. She’ll also receive a scholarship, merchandise and trophies.
Miss Gail Hopkins, a SUCO co-ed, was picked as Miss Congeniality last night.
Lana Robinson was first runner-up; Mary Nixon, second runner-up; Sandra Boritz, third runner-up and Judith Di Lena, fourth runner-up. All are SUCO students.
The affair was sponsored by the Oneonta Jaycees.