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

25 years ago

Dec. 27, 1983

FRANKLIN _ Nearly a decade ago, a band of young men and women staked their claim to 300 acres here and built a "spiritual community" they called The Farm _ a place where people lived together and worked for the common good.

Today only a few members of the collective community still live on the land along Campbell Road, five miles south of Franklin. The property, once home to more than 100 people, is scheduled to be sold sometime early next year.

According to 31-year-old Bob Reifel, a five-year resident of The Farm, the community decided to break-up primarily for financial reasons. In the past several years he said the commune's population had dwindled to about 40 and there were fewer working members to support the land.

50 years ago

Dec. 27, 1958

HOBART _ Twelve new members were received into the fellowship of the Hobart Methodist Church last Sunday morning at the Christmas workshop service, marked by special music by the senior and junior choirs, directed by Gerald Leonard.

The front of the church was decorated with two lighted Christmas trees at either end of the white chancel decorated with gold stars and ground pine and candles. In the background was the painting by a former pastor, the Rev. P. St. John Coleman, of the shepherds following the star of Bethlehem.

The eight youths confirmed by the pastor, the Rev. Kenneth B. Truran were James Truesdell, Ronald Davis, Lawrence Davis, Damaris Yanson, Victor Stevens, Theodore Archibald, Frederick Joedicke and Andrew Cline.

Those received by letter of transfer were Arthur Brownell, Second Presbyterian Church, Delhi; Mrs. Arthur Brownell, Church of Christ, Danville, Ohio; Kurt Gunther Jr., Hobart Presbyterian Church; and Mrs. Kurt Gunther Jr., First Methodist Church, Gloversville.

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