Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
April 22, 1988
COOPERSTOWN — The Otsego County Tourism Bureau hired Doris Holdorf of Edmeston as the bureau’s first executive director Thursday at a salary of $18,500.
Mrs. Holdorf for the past 10 years has worked for Cazenovia College and currently chairs the Center for Management Studies and is director of the Business Management Program at the college. She holds a master’s degree in educational administration and a bachelor’s degree in business education.
Her background lies mainly with administration and marketing and she has no direct experience in the tourism field.
But Richard McCaffery, tourism bureau president, said he is confident the new director can learn all she needs to know to run an effective tourism program for Otsego County.
Mrs. Holdorf, who has lived in Edmeston 11 years, said she looks forward to the job as a “new challenge and way to be creative.” She will start work on June 6.
The position of the tourism executive director, approved by the Otsego County Board of Representatives last year, will be generally responsible for the county’s matching funds program, public relations, marketing for tourism and membership development for the tourism bureau.
50 years ago
April 22, 1963
MILFORD — Maurice Harrison, Chief of the Milford Volunteer Fire Department, Saturday was honored by the members of the department at the annual banquet held at the American Legion Hall.
Chief Harrison, who was elected last week to his 20th consecutive year as chief, was presented with a handsome slide projector on behalf of the firemen.
He also received a 30-year Award of Membership. Lee Eckler of Milford, a trustee, was another 30-year member receiving the award. A 10-year pin was presented to Stanley R. Church, secretary of the department.
Mr. Harrison became a member of the Milford department in September of 1932. He was appointed assistant fire chief in 1939 by Chief Stuart Haight. In 1940 and 1941, he was elected assistant fire chief, serving under Millard Armstrong, and then in December, 1942, he was elected chief, a position he held with distinction for the past 20 years.