Living frugally, revolutionary for a church, a local man in Korea, and entertainment in education were all newsworthy events during the month of March 1952.

Being “smart” in the classroom is one thing, but it never hurts to learn by doing, and it became a part of life for local students that month.

“Learning to live in an ‘easy and graceful style’ on $10 a week isn’t easy,” The Oneonta Star reported on March 14, “but it’s being done by senior home economics students at Oneonta State Teachers College. “, known today as human ecology. at SUNY Oneonta.

“As part of their graduation requirements, the girls live, in groups, in a ‘home-based management house’ for six weeks, where they practice what they have learned over the past three years. and a half.

“The college recently rented the two-story, 10-room house at 16 Ford Ave. as a place, away from college, where home economics students could ‘live’ managing the house, where they could actually plan and run their own daily lives 24 hours a day.

“’Here at home, the girls learn to be housewives, instead of cleaners,’ said Miss Coral K. Morris, director of house management. “It helps them decide what their goals will be when they finally settle down, it helps their life philosophy.”

With this house came news of a new house of worship in Oneonta’s West End.

Featured readers of March 8 found: “A large bulldozer biting chunks of the intersection of Winney Hill Road and North Street in the West End today officially marks the birth of a new Oneonta Church – the West End Community Baptist – to be erected at an estimated cost of $13,000.

“The price of the proposed structure, however, only reflects material costs, as all labor will be voluntarily provided by the male parishioners of the new congregation.

“At 12.30pm yesterday, a small group of West End residents solemnly watched a simple groundbreaking ceremony at the site.”

No specific time of completion was given, but work would “move as quickly as possible”.

Snowflakes were seen during the inauguration, but the cold was negligible compared to where another Oneontan was overseas at the time.

As The Star reported on March 17, “From the notorious ‘Gypsies’ who airlift evacuees out of Korea’s ‘frozen hell’, comes a first-hand report to the Oneontans of what happens to the blood they give.

“The report is contained in an issue of ‘The Airlift Times,’ recounting the exploits of the fabulous 21st Personnel Carrier Squadron, and in photos returned by an Oneonta from that squadron, 1st Lt. Frank Foster Sherman.”

The report spoke of the risks the squadron takes with each airlift to get injured soldiers to safety. He also talked about the importance of the need for blood donation for the hospitals where the men are taken. The story ended with the promotion of a Red Cross blood drive the next day.

Local schools weren’t just serving the education of our future young Americans that month. They have also become places of entertainment.

According to The Star on March 11, “Several hundred Oneonta schoolchildren and a significant number of adults gathered in the Junior High School gymnasium yesterday to watch the James Cole Indoor Circus, perform here under the auspices of the Junior High School Student Council.” The school was then located on Academy Street.

“Circus owner James Cole, presenting the trained pony act, told the crowd that Sunday night was the first time one of his ponies had spent the night in jail.

“Shetland somehow escaped the trailer late on Sunday and was found… wandering on Deputy Fire Chief Joseph Scanlon’s lawn. He was taken to police headquarters… and not claimed until… Donald Morris of the circus staff discovered that he was missing.

A few days later, other school entertainment continued next to Oneonta High School, as reported on March 21.

“Donald Spence and Joseph Ranieri’s antics, billed as a team of comedians, won the top $5 prize for both comedians on Wednesday in a talent contest sponsored by the Oneonta High School Varsity ‘O’ Club.”

In front of an audience of 600 people in the school’s auditorium, the duo was declared the winner by the number of applause they received.

This weekend: Fires ravaged Delaware County in the winter of 1922.

Oneonta Town Historian Mark Simonson’s column appears twice a week. On Saturdays, his column focuses on the area before 1950. His Wednesday columns deal with local history from 1950 and later. If you have any comments or ideas for the column, write to him at The Daily Star or email him at [email protected] His website is His columns are available at

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