The Daily Star
---- — Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
June 11, 1988
Ralph Underwood was calling everyone he knew Friday because he had to raise $160 bail.
The arrest was a first for Underwood, a manufacturing manager at F.N. Burt in Oneonta, and he said he suspected his second shift employees of having him arrested. But he smiled as he talked on the telephone.
“It’s for a good cause,” he said.
The American Heart Association “arrested” 55 people Friday and raised $8,155.70, said Dick Mattia of the association staff. The money will be used for heart research, he said.
Last year, the event raised just over $10,000 based on 77 arrests.
On Friday, suspects were taken to the Oneonta Police Benevolent Association meeting room at 11½ Ford Ave., where they appeared before a judge in a bail hearing and were put behind bars for a souvenir photo.
And then each suspect joined others dialing for dollars at a table lined with red telephones.
“It’s fun,” said Wayne Morse Sr. of Bloomville, a kitchen manager at the Farmhouse Restaurant in Emmons. He said he had been arrested by his employees, and he promptly called the restaurant and raised part of the $142 bail the judge had ordered.
The fund raiser was sponsored by the Otsego County Branch of the American Heart Association in cooperation with the Oneonta Moose Lodge, Oneonta Police Department, the Oneonta Police Benevolent Association and WZOZ FM 103 radio.
50 years ago
June 11, 1963
COOPERSTOWN — Thirteen Certificates of Commendation by the Office of Civil Defense are being awarded this week to owners of private buildings throughout the county, for their cooperation in the civil defense effort, according to W. Earl Winger, Otsego County Civil Defense Director.
Dated June 10 and signed by Stewart L. Pittman, Assistant Secretary of Defense and Mr. Winger, the certificates note “outstanding community leadership and cooperation in national Civil Defense by providing fallout shelter facilities for the public, thereby increasing the capacity of our country to survive and recover in the event of attack.”
“These certificates are being awarded only to owners of buildings which provide facilities for 50 or more persons, as these are the only ones that the government recognizes as far as marking and stocking with supplies,” explained the Civil Defense Director.
One such Certificate of Commendation was awarded Monday to the National Commercial Bank and Trust Company, Cooperstown. Mr. Winger made the presentation to John J. O’Connell, head of the bank.
Mr. Winger expressed hope that more owners “will come forward” and offer their buildings for fallout shelters.