Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
Nov. 15, 1988
COOPERSTOWN — The scars are slowly healing from a fire that threatened Cooperstown’s Main Street one year ago today.
The inferno gutted The Market Place, a gourmet delicatessen, and the upstairs offices for the Glimmerglass opera company. An adjacent store, The Cupboard, had heavy smoke and water damage. The First American Bank, on the other side of the delicatessen, also had smoke and water damage but resumed regular business within a few days of the fire.
William Peper, owner of the three-story 93 Main St. building, rebuilt two floors and restored the front façade for all three floors. He had an open house Sunday for all county firemen. An estimated 150 firemen were on hand to contain the worst of the fire damage to Peper’s building; about 40 to 50 returned to accept Peper’s thanks during the open house.
Insurance covered part of his loss, and two local businessmen loaned him the difference.
“We’re going to survive, no question about it,” Peper said Monday. Paul Kellogg, general director of the opera company, echoed the optimism.
Pleas from his son helped convince Peper to restore the building at 93 Main St.
50 years ago
Nov. 15, 1963
WALTON — We don’t know his Zip Code number, but if you want to get in touch with the stork try the Walton-Delhi Road in the early morning.
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Rigas of Walton were on their way to the Delhi Hospital early Wednesday morning but they didn’t quite make it in time.
When they reached the turn off Route 10 to DeLancey, the baby arrived at 3:55 a.m. They made the hospital after some delay. The baby was weighed and tipped the scales at seven pounds, seven and a half ounces. The new arrival gave the Rigas couple two boys and two girls.
The stork was also busy last September in the same area when Mr. and Mrs. Garrett Platt of Delhi, were headed the other way — to Delaware Valley Hospital, Walton. They managed to get as far as the Everett Miller home on the River Road before the stork took over. The baby arrived at 3:15 a.m. this time and weighed eight pounds, 11 ounces.