HISTORY OF THE HOMETOWN: June 3, 2021



June 3, 2021

Compiled by Tom Heitz / SHARON STUART, with resources
courtesy of the Fenimore Art Museum Research Library

135 years ago

The board of directors reached a settlement with Harvey Baker whereby Mr. Baker releases the village from the contract the board of directors entered into two years ago to grade Main Street from Grove Street to the crossing, in order to give to Mechanic Street a true note from Main Street to the eastern limits of Mr. Baker’s property and to install a culvert in Mechanic Street, all in return for vacant land from Mr. Baker on which to erect a building for Wilber Hose Co. Council, as a compromise, agrees to drain the Baker Ditch from Victor Street to Mechanic Street, to lay a culvert across Mechanic Street and to level the hill from Mechanic Street as soon as possible. Mr. Baker withdraws all claims against the village, including the claim for $ 600 in damages accrued from the commencement of his action against the village until the judgment in his favor. Under this arrangement, the lot goes to Mr. Baker, the pipe building having been constructed elsewhere.

June 1886

100 years ago

Oneonta Residents Honor Living and Dead Veterans – Memorial services at Oneonta began this year on Sunday evening, when the annual memorial sermon was preached at First Presbyterian Church by Pastor Dr James C. Russell. Other churches in the city were closed for the evening and congregations and pastors attended the service. There were also large delegations from the Farmer Post, Camp Walter Scott and allied agencies, and Company G, all joining the common observance. Dr. Russell’s sermon was written in Paul’s words to Timothy, beginning with “I have fought the good fight. The sermon dealt first with Paul’s struggle as a soldier of the cross against the massed squadron of Roman idolatry and intolerance, and later with the struggle that the living veterans and their dead comrades fought for. the Union and against the acquired right of man within man. In conclusion, Dr Russell paid a great tribute to the work of the soldiers, but looked forward with hope to the right time to come when there will be peace in the world.

June 1911

90 years ago

Memorial Day is especially a day of remembrance for those who fought for the Union in 1861-65, and seven former wearers of the blue were among those who had places of honor in the day’s program. They were Charles G. Morrison, AJ Barlow, William Kelley, Mordicia Knapp, CE Ford, George Dugan and Darwin F. Vandeburg. Unable to walk as in their youth, these men, along with members of the Woman’s Relief Corps, were given cars to participate in the parade.

June 1931

70 years ago

The first steps in forming a Oneonta team to cooperate with 323 other mobile emergency preparedness teams across the state are underway. William W. Hughes, deputy director of civil defense, said he plans to organize a team under the recording and information category to operate in the event of an atomic explosion anywhere in the state. There are requirements for four types of mobile welfare teams: emergency feeding teams, welfare center teams, registration and information teams, and financial assistance teams. emergency. All teams are organized in communities outside of New York.

June 1951

50 years ago

A measure aimed at creating a new category of medical personnel to treat patients was finally voted in the Assembly Thursday after nearly two hours of debates during which opponents accused the quality of care of suffering. The bill, passed 94-45, allows certification as a medical assistant or specialist assistant after completing 40 credit hours of clinical training and
32 credit hours of classroom work. Assistants will be able to perform tasks such as laboratory tests. All their efforts would be supervised by doctors.

June 1971

30 years ago

The U.S. government could expand health care to all of its citizens while saving money by adopting Canada’s national system, according to a draft congressional report. The General Accounting Office’s study of Canada’s 20-year-old healthcare program concluded that the United States has a lot to learn from the system run by its neighbor’s government, which streamlines administrative costs and cuts red tape for doctors and hospitals. If the universal coverage and single payer features of the Canadian system were applied in the United States, the administrative cost savings alone would be more than sufficient to fund insurance coverage for the 35 million Americans currently uninsured. The savings could even be large enough to eliminate the deductibles and user fees that ensure citizens now pay, making health care free for all.

June 1991

20 years ago

More than 130 people have registered to participate in an Economic Development Summit at SUCO. Oneonta Mayor Kim Muller, who convened the summit, said “the issues we are addressing are ongoing challenges for us. I hope we can come up with new ideas and create a realistic vision of what we should be trying to achieve. The breakout sessions will focus on public safety, taxation and valuation, housing and business recruiting.
William Simons, professor in the Department of History at Oneonta State University College, will speak at the 13th Annual Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Simons will present his study entitled “The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg: The Mythical Hero of Aviva Kempner and Our Fathers”. Author and actor George Plimpton will deliver the keynote address.

June 2001



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