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

25 years ago

Sept. 29, 1983

The United Way of Greater Oneonta kicked off its 1984 fund drive with 10 percent of its $110,000 goal already in hand.

"I have no doubts we're going to make our goal, no doubts whatsoever," said George Tyler, campaign chairman for 1984.

Tyler owns Clark's Color Center, 98 Chestnut St.

Fund raising officially starts this Saturday and lasts until Oct. 31, but $10,220 has already been pledged, Tyler said. In 1982, the campaign totaled $101,000.

Committee chairman were named at a campaign kickoff reception held Tuesday at the Anderson Center for the Arts at Hartwick College. The chairmen will direct fund raising in 12 different categories.

A total of 45-50 persons work on the fund drive each year, according to United Way officials.

This year marks the first for the United Way in Oneonta. The former Oneonta Community Chest applied for membership in the United Way of America in December.

50 years ago

Sept. 29, 1958

JEFFERSON _ Jefferson Grange League Federation Store held its annual election of committeemen at an open house for members and patrons.

The highlight of the day was a turkey shoot with a check for a turkey awarded every hour for the best marksmanship.

Winners were Mike Zellner, the Rev. Mr. Riley, Maurice Burnett, Robert Strasser and George Harrie.

Committeemen Harold Hait and Wayne Moyster were re-elected for a three-year term.

District Managers Ferris Middlemast and Don Washburn, Area Sales Representative Ben Houghton, Walter Ruland and Lyle Mackey were on hand to make the day a success along with Store Manager and Mrs. Jack Harmon.

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