Step back in time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.

25 years ago

April 18, 1987

GUILFORD _ The whole idea began as a lark.

While living in Florida, Archie Hubbard told his family he would move back to Guilford and open a museum. His family told him he couldn't do it and was crazy to try.

Six years later, Hubbard, 72, works on his museum almost full time, preparing for the Eastern Fayette Guilford Museum's seasonal opening in May.

Unlike other museums which concentrate on a specific time period, the Eastern Fayette Guilford Museum displays anything old.

"We like to focus on nothing, so that it's really broad," said Roger Ree, who has worked at the museum, mostly as a volunteer, since 1984.

Hubbard had no experience running a museum when he opened it in 1982 with objects he had collected. His mother's wooden rocking horse, which he had shared with his brother, Theodore, stands in one corner. In another, lie the wooden walls of a voting booth used in Guilford when ballots were paper and, once filled out, dropped into a can outside. Hubbard had salvaged the booth from a building to be torn down.

About half of the objects in the museum are given by others, said Ree. The O&W railroad car, which had been wrecked in an accident, was salvaged four years ago from a Worcester farm. The part of the car which they restored now holds railroad memorabilia.

If Hubbard has his way, the museum will continue growing. He said he wants families to come to the museum and have children interested in the exhibits while their grandparents see equipment they had used.

50 years ago

April 18, 1962

Oneonta Parks Board Tuesday set a flat fee of $35 for use of the baseball diamond for night games.

The Board took this action at a special session Tuesday in City Hall.

The flat fee was decided on after C.M. Taylor, director of public service, notified the board that it costs the city "about $200" to get the diamond lights in working order.

Last year, the Milford Macs baseball team was the only organized group to use the park facility at night.

Chairman Jack Wells cautioned the board when a flat fee was suggested, "We don't want to be accused of forcing them (the baseball team) out of the city."

He noted that the average paid by the Milford Macs for use of the park was around $19. He said they scheduled around 12 games but he didn't know how many they played at night.

"Neither can we be Santa Claus," Commissioner Sherman Decker interjected.

Commissioner W.E. Long said, "I don't see why the citizens should pay for the deficit."

It was Commissioner Anthony C. Drago who suggested that a flat fee be set.

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