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

25 years ago

Dec. 30, 1983

SYRACUSE_ Herbert Hait of Hobart and Bill Musson of Gilbertsville will be recipients of the Century Farm Award given annually by the New York State Agriculture Society in Syracuse.

Presentation of certificates signed by Gov. Mario Cuomo will be held Thursday, Jan. 5, 1984, during the Society's annual meeting.

The award, offered to four farms each year, is granted to those farms that have operated within the same family for a century of more, according to Don Neilson, treasurer of the society.

The Hait farm, located on Roses Brook Road in Hobart, has functioned since 1790, starting with Ezra Hait. The Musson dairy began in 1838 under Daniel Adcock Musson. Bill Musson earlier this year was named Otsego County Soil Conservation District.

The Society, founded in 1927, began granting its Century Farm Awards in 1937.

50 years ago

Dec. 30, 1958

SIDNEY _ Plans are complete for a gala New Year's Eve party sponsored by the Sidney Moose Lodge for members and their ladies and invited guests.

There will be dancing from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. with music by the Harold Latham Orchestra. A free buffet lunch will be served during the evening.

Hats, noisemakers and balloons will be furnished by the lodge to add to the gaiety of the affair, according to J. Arthur Belcher, civic affairs chairman.

Francis M. Parent, lodge governor, who heads the committee in charge of arrangements, will be assisted by Norris Hobie, Fred Sandike, Les Searles, Donald Fitzgerald, Ray Hale, William Coy, Richard Dilmore, William Slawson Jr., Harvey Bolen, Fred Bishop and Nicholas Mazzarella.

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