Step Backin Time
features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
Sept. 21, 1987
NORWICH — Doctors, lawyers, schoolchildren, postal workers, and about 200 people from many other walks of life filed onto the 150-year-old steps of the Chenango County Courthouse and read the preamble to the 200-year-old U.S. Constitution at a courthouse anniversary ceremony Saturday.
Lt. Gov. Stanley Lundine told the crowd of about 800 people that the Constitution lives in places like the Chenango County Courthouse. “The real constitutional drama does not take place in Washington or Philadelphia … It’s here at the local level that the future of the Constitution lives,” Lundine said.
State Supreme Court Justice Irad Ingraham of New Berlin, who has seen the inside of the courtroom as attorney, district attorney, county judge and Supreme Court justice, said, “I can tell you that this courthouse is one of the finest in New York state. My message is one of thanks to Joe Benenati.”
Benenati, former Chenango County sheriff, spearheaded the courthouse’s renovations in 1976. He was also chairman of the Norwich Rotary Anniversary Committee, which put together Saturday’s parade and ceremony.
50 years ago
Sept. 21, 1987
Almeron A. Beach, Town of Harpersfiled Supervisor, chairman of the Building Committee of the Delaware County Board of Supervisors, and A.W. Dreyfus, Town of Delhi Supervisor and Chairman of the County Board of Supervisors, accepted on behalf of the county the plaque presented by Wilbur Gregory, of Walton, Delaware County American Legion Commander, on behalf of the organization, in memory of the men of the 144th Regiment, New York Volunteers, recruited from citizens of the county 100 years ago. The plaque was presented Wednesday night, Sept. 19, on the Court House Square in Delhi.
Lt. Col. John V. Gallagher, of Albany, director of Military and Naval Affairs of the State of New York, on behalf of Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller, presented to Delaware County the flag of the 144th Regiment, New York Volunteers. Herbert Van Valkenburgh, Town of Roxbury Supervisor, accepted the colors on behalf of the county. The flag will be on view in the Delaware County Surrogate’s Office, in the Court House for two weeks.
Representing the original Company “E,” 3rd Regiment, New York State Volunteer Cavalry, formed and commanded by the late General Ferris Jacobs of Delhi, during the Civil War, during the dedication ceremonies, Wednesday night, on the Court House Square in Delhi, of a plaque honoring the men of the 144th Regiment, provided by the Delaware County American Legion Committee, were Leslie Kipp, Michael Simmons, John Jeffries, Walter Stewart, Herbert Stewart, and Frank Bell of Stamford.