HISTORY OF THE TOWN OF ORIGIN: April 29, 2021
April 29, 2021
Compiled by Tom Heitz / SHARON STUART, with resources
Courtesy of Fenimore Art Museum Research Library
110 years ago
Since spring has arrived, interest in the national game has come back to life, and at Gildersleeve and other areas of baseball interest there is a lot of talk about what’s going on and speculation about what will be done later. . A team valid at Oneonta in 1911 is assured. In Elm Park, considerable improvements have already been made to the terrain. While the diamond itself has always been quite good, the outfield has been rough and uneven – a condition now proposed to be remedied. The field was therefore plowed, and later will be leveled and rolled, making it a park surpassed by a few in the state for bale purposes. A new and larger grandstand is also needed, but it is unlikely to be built this year. “Bobby” Vaughn, who everyone at Oneonta remembers as a boy from Stamford and his club manager two years ago, has been doing a good stick job this season with Montreal. Vaughn is under contract with the Americans in New York, but is grown in Montreal. His
many friends expect to see him “break through” in the big leagues.
90 years ago
Amid the screams of a group, overhead lights and a large crowd, the Cirque des Merry-makers gave its first performance on Friday in the gymnasium of Hartwick College. There were clowns, funny men, rubies, goblets, acrobats and about twenty other performers, who wowed the crowd with their exploits and won applause. That night, the college administrative building was transformed into a house of wonders. Upon entering the doors leading to the foyer, all traces of classical knowledge had disappeared and in its place were various side exhibits. There were dancing dwarfs, a two-headed calf, puppets, hot dogs, popcorn and lemonade stands. There were even fortune tellers. Barkers stood in the halls selling the attractions to the crowd. After a halfway visit, the crowd crept into the marquee where the performance began. The closing act included sixteen female students from Hartwick dressed in green berets and clown costumes.
70 years ago
Speaking at a meeting of the Oneonta Community Peace Council at the First Presbyterian Church in Oneonta, Ms Merwyn Fenner of Afton called for a global constitutional convention of delegates elected by the people of different nations instead of persons designated by current government regimes. Ms Fenner stressed that we are gradually losing control of our internal affairs and said that we are faced with these alternatives – dictated by the executive over national policies, or action by the people under their powers reserved in the Constitution to take charge foreign affairs. matters which so vitally affect internal affairs. The fundamental flaw of the United Nations, she said, is that it is based on the sovereignty of its member countries and thus becomes “just another area of power politics.” Ms. Fenner does not advocate any particular type of constitution, or arrangement, but believes that a constitution drawn up by elected delegates from the peoples of the world, who were chosen after running through their various nations on platforms that enabled the peoples to choose which principles to incorporate. , would be satisfactory. Such a constitution, she said, would come into force upon ratification by the people’s vote and when ratified by an agreed majority. Groups seeking legislation to call for such a convention are at work in six states in the United States and 42 other countries.
50 years ago
According to a survey of residents of Otsego and Herkimer counties, there is unanimity in believing that healthy welfare recipients should work and that “drug traffickers” should be sentenced to death. mandatory rigid imprisonment. The majority of those polled also want to prevent New York State scholarship recipients from using the money to attend out-of-state schools. A large majority also spoke in favor of the establishment of drug treatment and rehabilitation programs, especially for young people. Participants in the survey were almost evenly divided over whether a woman seeking an abortion should be required to obtain her husband’s consent before proceeding. Twice as many respondents were in favor of capital punishment as those who opposed it, but around 16% of those surveyed were undecided.
40 years ago
A study prepared by Albany’s Triad Associates concludes that Oneonta cannot support a large shopping center on the downtown urban renewal plot. “We don’t think there is enough business to support a 200,000 square foot shopping center,” said Glenn C. Seale of Triad Associates. “But, if you improved what you have downtown, you could do better,” he added. Triad Associates based its findings on a survey last year of 500 Christmas shoppers. “We asked people where they live, where they shop and what they buy,” Seale said. The survey found that downtown businesses lose $ 27.8 million annually to local and regional malls. According to Seale, Pyramid Mall alone costs the town of Oneonta $ 9 million a year. “The retail space that would have filled that hole downtown is sitting in the Pyramid Mall,” Seale said.
30 years ago
Our county stands up for social justice Otsego County lawmaker Kevin Hodne said Monday evening at a rally of Young Democrats at SUCO. Hodne, along with City Alderman Kathryn King and William Schebaum, Chairman of the Otsego County Democratic Committee, spoke at the meeting. Hodne, citing statistics from 1980, said that just over 9,000 people in the county live below the poverty line and speculated that this number “has increased dramatically over the past decade.” Hodne attributes the problem of poverty to Otsego County’s lack of an industrial base and the slowdown in the dairy industry.
20 years ago
SUCO students, cellist Minako Yoshiwa and pianist Mai Kimura, will perform in a recital at the college’s William Cole Recital Hall on Sunday evening. Ms. Yoshiwa will perform Beethoven’s Sonata No. 3, Opus 69, and Ms. Kimura will perform Schumann’s Symphonic Studies. “It’s the kind of work you expect to hear at Carnegie Hall,” said Janet Nepkie, music teacher at SUCO.