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

25 years ago

Feb. 15, 1986

HOBART _ A wood-burning stove is believed to be the source of a fire which destroyed a family hardware and farm implement business on Route 10 early Friday afternoon.

Hobart firemen rushed to the blaze at the Hillis hardware store at 1:45 p.m. and immediately called for assistance from departments from Stamford, Bloomville and Delhi. About 60 firefighters fought the blaze, but the store was lost to flames soon after the alarm was sounded.

The store is owned by Hillis brother, Rod, and his father, Harry, who was in the store when the fire was discovered.

No one was injured in the fast-moving blaze.

The store was originally a barn on the Foote family farm, then was renovated as a farm machinery business by Robert McIntosh.

Then R&M Farms, a four-farm group of dairies, bought the business from McIntosh in 1981. R&M had a methane generating plant just across Gun House Hill Road from the store and used the building as a machine shop.

The Hillis family bought the building and began the hardware and equipment shop after R&M went out of business.

50 years ago

Feb. 15, 1961

W. G. Ready of 36 Otsego St. points out that Oneonta made the February 9 issue of the San Francisco Chronicle.

A quote from the metropolitan newspaper reads "...the temperature dropped to 11 degrees below zero in Oneonta, N.Y."

Mr. Ready writes, "Good to see Oneonta in the San Francisco paper. ... but not too keen on reason for mention."

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