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

25 years ago

April 3, 1987

Plans to erect a $500,000 "incubator" building in the Pony Farm Industrial Park are proceeding smoothly and construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in July, members of Oneonta's Industrial Development Agency said Thursday night.

Although no tenants are yet committed to occupy the structure, the IDA is negotiating with one large manufacturer and at least one smaller manufacturer, who may want to move in when the building is completed in 1988, said James Bazan, county economic developer.

Engineer Charles Feiszli of Resource Engineering of Cortland reviewed plans for the 19,200 square-foot wood-frame building with IDA members last night. Staying within the $500,000 project budget may be difficult, said Feiszli. IDA Treasurer Stephen Gruver suggested possible ways to cut costs by eliminating some landscaping and scaling down a parking lot.

50 years ago

April 3, 1987

COOPERSTOWN _ The study of the strange-sounding languages of electrical impulses and their split second transmission in the world of tomorrow will be continued in Cooperstown through 1962 and well into 1963.

Cooperstown's newest "college," the Bell System Data Communications Training Program of the American Telephone and Telegraph Co. will remain in the village for one more year.

Richard A. Mathews, school director, announced yesterday that the AT&T has renewed its lease with the Leatherstocking Corporation, owners of Treadway-Otesaga Hotel, for the 1962-63 season, with a provision for an option for a third year.

The school, in operation since October 1961, trains AT&T personnel in the latest elements in data communications systems, engineering and marketing.

Laboratories and class rooms, equipped with intricate patterns of multi-colored wires, flashing lights, complicated dials, switches, data phone sets with electrowriters, computers and other equipment have been set up at the hotel, and the whole atmosphere is that of a real college.

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