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

25 years ago

Aug. 25, 1984

STAMFORD _ Once final paperwork is completed between the National Bank of Stamford and Pratessco Associates, ground-breaking for a new post office here will begin within two or three weeks, said a Pratessco company spokesman Friday.

Pratessco is an Albany area firm that has Thomas Pratico and Joseph Tessitore as partners, with several other investors providing financial backing. The spokesman said the company has already constructed "about a dozen other post offices in New York and New England," then leased them to the U.S. Postal Service.

Pratessco received zoning approval for the site after an extended search that included two other possible Main Street sites and an Academy Street site. Those sites either failed to meet U.S. Postal Service specifications or village zoning regulations.

The new Stamford Post Office will replace a deteriorating building about a half a block away on Main Street. The new structure will be located behind the village fire hall at the end of what is now the bank's parking lot.

50 years ago

Aug. 25, 1959

COOPERSTOWN _ The 30th anniversary of Stevens Farm Service, Cooperstown, as an agent-buyer unit of the GLF is to be observed today with an open house at the Farm Store, Railroad Avenue, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Edward C. Stevens, proprietor of the firm, has announced that the open house will coincide with the annual meeting by the patrons of the store.

The firm was founded in 1916 by the late Frank Stevens and the late Harrison B. Converse with the purchase of the Pratt Feed Company. They handled manufactured feeds until 1929 when they became agent-buyers for GLF in the Cooperstown area. The farmer's cooperative had then just been formed by the New York State Grange and the Dairymen's League.

Mr. Converse died in 1949. Edward C. Stevens joined the firm in 1950, as his father's partner and has continued the operation of the business since the elder Mr. Stevens died in 1954.

Business operations have changed since 1916, Mr. Stevens pointed out, noting that the institution of a feed mixing and grinding service, a fertilizer and lime spreading service, and the handling of bulk feed are material changes.

Senior employee in the firm is Edward Shove, a member of the firm staff the past 13 years. John Snyder has been an employee for seven years and Robert L. Banta, the past five years.

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