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

25 years ago

Oct. 29, 1983

COOPERSTOWN _ Demolition of the 40-room Iroquois Mansion on Susquehanna Avenue, once the home of the late Mr. and Mrs. Ambrose Clark, is expected to begin this fall.

Edward W. Stack, secretary of the Clark Foundation, owner of the property, said Friday that the decision to raze the mansion was made at a meeting of the foundation's board of directors in New York earlier this month.

Foundation officials unveiled plans here last May for a new $7 million Clark gymnasium to be built on the mansion grounds.

Ambrose Clark, a sportsman with an international reputation for his interest in horses, was an heir to the Singer sewing machine fortune. He died in 1964 at the age of 83. His widow died in 1981 while visiting in England.

An auction of the contents of the mansion was held here in 1982.

50 years ago

Oct. 29, 1958

WALTON _ A new Women's Republican Club has been formed in Downsville, known as the Colchester Club with Mrs. Frank Race as president; Mrs. Emalie Bullis, vice president; Mrs. Molly McDonald, secretary, and Mrs. Elizabeth Vernold, treasurer.

The meeting was held in the Grange Hall and conducted by Mrs. Julia Bruce of Walton, president of the Delaware County Women's Federated Clubs, and Mrs. Harriet Austin, vice chairman.

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