News from our Yellowed Pages

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A century ago this week, locals were watching movies in the Opera House, decorating store windows and participating (and winning) in the New York State Fair. Some things never change. Sadly, there were also injuries to report, and devastating fires along with college openings, real estate transfers and hunting tales,. Whether the news is 25, 50 or 100 years old, it shows that there is never a dull week “In This Place.”


“The Opera House offers an unusual program for Saturday evening. The feature is Caruso, the great singer, in “My Cousin.” Few pictures attracted more attention than this one. In addition Fatty Arbuckle in “Camping Out,” a picture that will make you laugh whether you want to or not” (“Caruso, Great Singer At Local Opera House” September 19, 1919, page one)

“E Reynolds of Fleischmanns has sold his hotel property there known as the “New Tuxedo,” to some New York parties, for a consideration of $17,500. It will be operated next season by the owners, it is said” (“Reynolds Sells His Fleischmanns Hotel” September 19, 1919, page one).

“One of the most attractive window displays ever prepared in the village is shown this week at the F. W. Bishop store on Main Street, and great credit for the preparation is due Vern Cook and George Leyden. In the display are included goods for the hunter and some excellent specimens of game killed by local men. Heads of two fine specimens of deer killed by Raymond Marks and Attorney A.C. Fenton, some wild ducks that fell victim to Dr. S. W. Reed while in the north country, a black squirrel shot by Mr. Fenton and a bog owl, the property of R. M. Delameter, lend charm to the scene” (“An Attractive Display” September 19, 1919, page one).

“D. E. Hill, leader of Junior Project work for Delaware county at the Delhi State Agricultural School, received word Thursday night that Ralph Every, son of R. L. Every, formerly of Delhi, now of Davenport, had received the first prize for Junior Project work at the State Fair, for best calf, in competition with all others from the other sixty counties of the State. Young Every, who is 14 years of age, received first prize last fall at the Delaware County Fair on this same animal, then a mere baby calf. He is to be congratulated on his success along this line thus early in life” (“Boy Won State Prize” September 19, 1919, page two).

“A the second annual meeting of the Union Delaware County Sunday School Association of the Third District, comprising the township of Andes, Colchester and Middletown, held with the Arkville M. E. church, June 27 and 28 last, it was voted to have he next semi-annual convention in November next at a time and place to be appointed by the president of this association” (“Big Sunday School Gathering At Arena” September 19, 1919, page two).


“Fire destroyed the main building of the Hollywood lodge at Highmount Thursday evening of last week at 10:30. Fire companies from Pine Hill and Fleischmanns were called to the scene and worked a long time to save part of the building. But it was too far gone and there was little they could do but nearby structures. They did a good job.

The Hollywood was purchased about two years ago by A. Diaz and had enjoyed the most successful season in its history as a summer hotel” (“Fire Destroys Hollywood Lodge; Had Good Season” September 15, 1944, page one).

“Mr. and Mrs. Roy Rickard of Arena escaped serious injury the latter part of last week when their car, with them in it, fell to the bottom of the Millbrook creek as a bridge gave way. They were driving from the Harvey DeSilva farm on the Millbrook and were crossing the bridge over the stream near the farm. Without warning the wooden bridge sleepers broke as the car was in the center of the structure. Bridge, passengers and car crashed into the nearly dry stream. The car overturned. Mr. and Mrs. Rickard were able to creep out of the car. Badly shaken and bruised they were not seriously injured” (“Passengers, Bridge, Car Falls Into Millbrook” September 15, 1944, page one).

“The State Teachers College at Oneonta opened Monday for its 55th year. Classes began on Wednesday. The traditional candlelight procession was held Monday night at 6:45. After singing college songs, Seniors and Sophomores formed a large ‘O’ on the opposite side” (“State Teachers College Opens” September 15, 1944, page four).

“A golf tournament, an annual [event, was held Labor day at the Mount Helena golf course, Roxbury]. About twenty participated. Prizes were won by Thomas Cheske and F. Leighton Enderlin, with honorable mention by William C. Tyler and consolation prize by James Fusscas” (“Held Golf Tournament” September 15, 1944, page seven).

“More than one thousand workers are wanted by the Oneonta area office of the U. S. Employment Service of the War Manpower Commission, The total needs in Delaware and Otsego counties are 1,333 in the following fields: Lumbering, 105; rural electrification, 110; dairy farm hands, 100; harvest hands, 100; dress factories, 125; woodworking, 17; industrial, 91; garage, 18; milling, 56; glove, 44; laundry, 31; creamery, 38; retail stores, 38; hotel and restaurant, 41; hospital, 34; domestic, 48, and miscellaneous, 33” (“Workers Are Needed” September 15, 1944, page eight).


“Lift ticket rate schedules for the three major ski areas operated by the New York State Conservation Department feature a new five-day, Monday thorugh Friday, all-lifts ticket for $20. Day ticket rates, which formerly varied from area to area, will be uniform for all three- Belleayre, Gore and Whiteface mountains- have been increased in price” (“State Ski Centers Revise Prices” September 18, 1969, page one).

“Town Justice Donald Fenton of Margaretville reported that August was one of the busiest months he has experienced outside of deer-hunting seasons. On his docket were 74 motor vehicle cases and four criminal cases. Most of motor vehicle cases, 39, were for speeding, the result of state police radar operations” (“August Busiest For Town Justice” September 18, 1969, page one).

“The State Conservation Department has announced that a turkey hunting season will be held from Oct. 1 to Oct. 12 in that part of Delaware county south and west of a continuous line extending from the Delaware- Broome county boundary along route 17 to route 10, then along route 10 to route 28 to the Delaware- Ulster county line” (“Season on Turkeys Set for Oct. 1-12” September 18, 1969, page one).

“A surprise baby shower and luncheon was held Sept. 9 at the home of Mrs. Joseph Guglielmetti in honor of Mrs. Steve Stettine. Hostesses for the shower were Mrs. Richard Murphy Sr. and Mrs. John Staiger…After the opening of gifts, a buffet-type luncheon was served, with cake and coffee” (“Baby Shower Given” September 18, 1969, page two).

“William L. Hunt of New York city paid a civil compromise settlement of $32.50 Friday before Town Justice Donald Fenton. Hunt had been apprehended by Conservation Officer Ted Washburn for fishing without a license on the river” (“Fisherman Settles” September 18, 1969, page six).

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