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December 22, 2012

Step Back in Time: Dec. 22, 2012

The Daily Star

---- — Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.

25 years ago

Dec. 22, 1987

SCHENEVUS — A South Hill man says the presidential race is no longer a “closed shop” of high-profile candidates. That’s why he has filed as a Republican candidate in the New Hampshire primary.

“I’m just an ordinary person from grass roots,” said Paul Conley, 70, a retired rural mail carrier turned presidential hopeful.

“I’ve always been interested in politics and our country and I thought this was a good opportunity.”

So did 38 other political aspirants, a record field of candidates for the Feb. 16 primary in New Hampshire. Each, including Conley, put down $1,000 to run in the first primary of the political season. 

He and his wife, Irene, a former teacher, have raised seven children. He now raises beef cattle on the highland farmstead overlooking the Schenevus valley. Conley is a World War II veteran who landed at Normandy.

Conley has never held local office, being prohibited from doing so as a U.S. postal employee. However, he did try to get the Republican party nod to be a New York senator in 1958. Nelson Rockefeller got it instead.

He is now running against other Republicans such as Vice President George Bush, Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas and former Secretary of State Alexander Haig Jr.


50 years ago

Dec. 22, 1962

COOPERSTOWN — A total of 206 guests, including 170 children representing 37 families in the area, Thursday afternoon were entertained by “real friends” at the Alfred Corning Clark Gymnasium in Cooperstown.

Col. Simon Acoutin, director of the Gymnasium told The Star that this is the third annual event with each year bringing an increased number of guests.

He declined to disclose the identity of the benefactor asking this reporter to call him “real friends.” He said that each family received one turkey, one box of groceries, two blankets and a present for each child of the families participating.

Col. Acoutin expressed his appreciation to Ronald Reed, of the Cooperstown VFW who for the past three years has served in charge of “Operation Santa Claus” on behalf of the veterans group; to F. Robert Simmons, VFW Commander, Richard Olin and other members of the group, “who all worked hard to make Christmas a happier event for the children.”

The Veterans of Foreign Wars assisted in arrangements, transportation and purchasing of the gifts, reported Col. Acoutin.