Backtracking: The Early Years: Parking, crowds, new buildings made news in October 1947 – Oneonta Daily Star

Newer buildings, higher downtown parking and improved athletic amenities had been making news in Oneonta throughout the autumn of 1947.


“The metropolis took a step yesterday towards getting a municipal car parking zone into form to be used earlier than winter,” The Oneonta Star reported on Sept. 6.

“Metropolis Clerk LeGrand B. Cummings, appearing on authorization of the Widespread Council, inserted an commercial asking bids for demolition of three barns and one outdated home on the Dietz Avenue facet of the Wilber tract which the town accepted.” This was in the realm in again of the Wilber mansion on Ford Avenue, the southern finish of the current Dietz Avenue car parking zone.


Two occasions in September drew audiences, first on Broad Avenue and later alongside Maple Avenue.

The Oneonta Pink Sox had made the playoffs that 12 months. Followers who couldn’t go to Gloversville for the sport lined the Broad Avenue sidewalk, throughout from the place The Oneonta Star had their places of work and print operations on the time.

A photograph on Sept. 11 confirmed the seated crowd, having gathered for a play-by-play account of the sport by managing editor Gerald Gunthrup, as he was getting data instantly from Gloversville. Chairs from native funeral properties, together with Lewis, Bookhout and Rothery, had been furnished for followers.

On Saturday afternoon, Sept. 27, crowds gathered on Maple Avenue, as advised by The Star.

“Greater than 600 individuals witnessed the Cleaning soap Field Derby…staged by the Cubs of Pack 21 on Maple Avenue hill. James Bowen, 7 Harmon Ave., rolled over the end line, the champ of the pack.

“The flashy little racers, manned by critical-minded, earnest cubs, rolled from State Avenue to the end line close to the intersection of Maple and Spruce streets.

“Different cubs are so extremely enthused with the concept they're requesting a bigger race for subsequent 12 months.” This was billed as Oneonta’s first Cleaning soap Field Derby.

It might or might not have had something to do with these two crowd gatherings, however The Star reported how the Metropolis Parks Fee moved to accumulate new transportable bleachers to soundly and comfortably seat three,000 at outside occasions in Neahwa Park or Webb Island. It was in cooperation with the Oneonta College Board and Hartwick School.

“Confronted with increasing crowds the fee concluded that transportable seats are the very best reply to the necessities for public faculty and athletic league baseball, subject days and winter occasions.”


Development was underway for a contemporary constructing at 212-214 Most important St., at present fronted by the restaurant Stylish Meals. The Star of Sept. 5 confirmed an architect’s drawing for the new Hoffman Cleansing and Urgent Works, being constructed for $27,000.

Beforehand on the positioning, razed in 1946, was a body constructing, constructed round 1851 by William McCrum, and had been used as a cupboard and casket works, funeral institution, furnishings retailer and farm retailer.

In the meantime, The Star reported on Nov. 14 new $65,000 subject home was set to start on the Hartwick School campus.

“The venture was accredited Wednesday by the Bureau of Neighborhood Services of the Federal Works Company and see of the approval was obtained yesterday from U.S. Senator Irving M. Ives of Norwich.

“The concrete block and wooden construction will likely be constructed on the Hartwick campus instantly north of the new Arts Constructing and can present 12,900 sq. toes of ground house.

“The new gymnasium will embody lockers and showers for women and men, places of work for the athletic division, a coaching room and a laundry.”

The constructing was razed in the late 1960s when the Binder Bodily Schooling Middle was constructed.

On Monday: Our native life and instances in October 1972.

Oneonta Metropolis Historian Mark Simonson’s column seems twice weekly. On Saturdays, his column focuses on the realm earlier than 1950. His Monday columns deal with native historical past 1950 and later.  In case you have suggestions or concepts concerning the column, write to him at The Daily Star, or electronic mail him at His web site is His columns could be discovered at

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Backtracking: The Early Years: Parking, crowds, new buildings made news in October 1947 - Oneonta Daily Star