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

25 years ago

Jan. 12, 1984

DELHI _ The Delaware National Bank in Delhi is hosting a display of natural wool creations, ranging from scarves to a king-size bedspread by Rhea Silber of Bovina Center.

Mrs. Silber raises her own Corriedale sheep for wool on a farm outside Bovina Center. She combs, cards, and spins the wool into yarn.

50 years ago

Jan. 12, 1959

Options for the purchase of two well-known Oneonta businesses have been taken, both to be exercised on May 1.

Frank Malzone, third baseman of Boston Red Sox, and his brother-in-law, John B. Gennarino, have taken an option to buy Molinari's Restaurant and Grill, 25 South Main St., from Lawrence P. Scott.

Mr. Scott in turn has an option to buy the Polar Bear ice cream business, 437 Main St., from Griffith L. Murtha. This latter option is contingent on the sale of Molinari's.

Molinari's Restaurant, established more than 70 years ago, is one of the best known in this area. It was bought in February, 1950, by Mr. Scott from John and Carol Molinari. Mr. Scott operated a restaurant on Broad Street after he returned from World War Two, during which he was a flight officer flying the "Hump" from India to China, and earning the Air Medal.

He sold his business on Broad Street and not only operated Molinari's but expanded it by additions to both sides of the structure. He is an Oneonta native and resides at 8 Walnut St.

Malzone, who formerly played for Oneonta Red Sox of the Canadian-American League, married Amy Gennarino, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Gennarino, 29 Grand St. His brother-in-law, John B. Gennarino, has been working in Molinari's for several months in anticipation of the purchase.

Atty. Alfred Farrese of Everett, Mass., represented Malzone and Gennarino in negotiations for the restaurant.

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