Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
Oct. 6, 1987
Rural electric customers not connected to a main electrical circuit may have to wait until today before power is restored and the lights come back on.
“We’re roughing it,” said Chuck Brainerd, highway superintendent in Gilboa. He had taken out candles about 9 p.m. Saturday and lighted a fire in his wood stove to keep warm, and he was expecting to be without power perhaps today and tomorrow.
Saturday’s wet, heavy snow that came to rest on autumn leaves, weighed down branches and trees that in turn tore down electrical wires in area counties.
Brainerd and his Gilboa highway crew spent all day Sunday and well into Sunday night clearing main roads in and around Gilboa of trees, branches and snow.
“We had 22 inches in the deepest spot in town,” he said.
About 75 percent of the roads were closed down by the early snowstorm, and Gilboa crewmen had to convert their dump trucks into snow plows before they could start work.
Power to most of the 10,000 NYSEG customers affected was scheduled to be restored by Monday night.
Paul Rottingen, general manager of Delaware County Electric Cooperative Inc., estimated between 1,200 and 1,500 customers in Gilboa, Jefferson, Kortright, Andes and Davenport lost power because of the storm.
“I believe everything is restored,” he said.
50 years ago
Oct. 6, 1962
Seventy Oneonta Junior High School ninth graders visited the New York Stock Exchange, United States Federal Reserve Bank and Federal Hall Museum in New York City this week.
For most of the students, the trip was their first to the big city.
They all seemed to be impressed with the millions of dollars in gold and money stored in the Federal Bank.
Some of their comments were:
Linda Trinkino, 14, of 12 Hill Place: “The bank was best; all that money makes you feel so tempted, but nice. They shouldn’t burn that mutilated money. I’ll take it. I’ll even paste it together.
Janet Couse, 15, of 308 Chestnut St.: “I liked the Federal Reserve best because I saw money that I’ve never seen before; bricks of gold too. I liked the ride on the ferry because I’ve never been on a boat before.”
Norma Martin, 14, of 367 Chestnut St.: “The enunciator boards at the Stock Exchange were fascinating to watch. I enjoyed looking over the trading floor. The ferry ride was refreshing — my feet were killing me. I saw the Statue of Liberty for the first time.”