25 years agoMay 27, 1989

COLLIERSVILLE — Leland Red Pipe Soldier is setting up teepees on Stone Robby Road with help from local residents who want to further the Indian cause. But some of his neighbors don’t want a permanent American Indian Movement camp close to their homes.

Red Pipe Soldier, a Sioux Indian from South Dakota, is trying to establish an AIM camp, one of only two in the nation, in Colliersville. AIM is an organization dedicated to preserving Indian traditions, culture as well as fighting for Indian political rights.

If Red Pipe Soldier receives approval from the state Department of Environmental Conservation and local zoning officials, the Red Elk encampment will be set up on 200 acres of land belonging to Janet Benavides, a Colliersville resident. Red Pipe Soldier said the state Department of Health has already approved the camp.

Despite the cool welcome from his neighbors, Red Pipe Soldier said he has received a lot of warmth from others in the area. People have sent letters, called him, sent money and donated their time to help set up the camp, he said.

50 years agoMay 27, 1964

COOPERSTOWN — It was better than a parade. People came from all over the area to observe transportation of two sections of a frame house from Chestnut to Church Street, Tuesday morning in Cooperstown. It was estimated that 1500 spectators watched.

The job did not look easy to onlookers who lined Chestnut, Main and Pioneer Streets, the route taken, but the eight men of the L.D. Dexheimer and Son, Inc., of Guilford, considered it routine. “We move about two houses weekly,” said Newton D. Dexheimer, President of the firm, who was on hand here for the operation.

The Wilson E. McGown house given to the Presbyterian Church here last September, was first cut into two sections by the workmen of the Neil R. Nielsen Company in Oneonta. Then began the process of raising each section and placing it on special rigs for transportation.

The Dexheimer crew worked five days here and prepared the house for moving very efficiently, as everything went according to plan.

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

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