Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years old
Aug. 24, 1988
WALTON — An experimental program planned by Dreamstreet Holsteins Inc. to test the sex of cattle embryos was among 16 grant recipients announced earlier this week by New York state.
The Holstein dairy outfit in Walton will receive $45,000 to make marketable technology to determine the sex of cattle embryos before transfer into a surrogate mother cow.
According to Dr. Walter Logan, veterinarian and vice-president at Dreamstreet Holsteins Inc., the $45,000 will augment about $250,000 the farm has already invested in the program in the past year and a half.
Determining the sex of an unborn animal is significant in the age of artificial insemination, Logan said. Female embryos are desirable in the dairy industry for milking purposes, and Logan said those found to be female embryos would then be transferred into surrogate mothers while male embryos would be frozen for future use.
Eventually, Logan said, Dreamstreet hopes to begin marketing a kit allowing farmers to do the test themselves.
Logan said his cattle company has the largest registered herd in the country, totaling 8,500 Holstein dairy cattle.
50 years ago
Aug. 24, 1963
A nationwide railroad strike, such as could begin next Thursday, would put approximately 1,500 D&H railroad employees out of work in this general area.
The financial impact of such a strike, including the impact on the City of Oneonta as well as on the unemployed D&H workers, would, one spokesman says, “probably hurt the city just as bad as it does the men.”
Possibility of the strike continues to become more and more likely as negotiations between carriers and unions are stalled on dead center over the imposition of work rules changes the carriers say they must put effect to stay alive economically.
A sampling of opinion reveals that men in the shops and yards are divided on the question of a strike, some very sure that “the men are as good as out now” and others positive that some “miracle” will avert a strike.
The question drew differing opinions probably best explained by two veteran employees of the railroad, Engineer Mark Finch, a 55-year-veteran and the “second oldest man in service in Oneonta,” and Signalman Harry Congdon, a veteran of 47 years serving with the line.
Mr. Finch, who is engineer on a local that travels into Delaware County from Oneonta, is sure that there will be no strike.
Instead, he says, he is sure that President Kennedy will throw the matter into the hands of the Interstate Commerce Commission.
Mr. Congdon is equally sure there will be a strike because the time has run “too short” to avert it and expressed worry over the men out of work. His most pointed comment concerned the 35,000 men the work rules change would make jobless and pointed out that most of these men have been railroad men “all their lives.”
“They don’t know how to do anything else,” he said.