Backtracking: In Our Times: Disease battles, baseball leadership made news locally in February 1950 | Columns


Few may remember, but Oneonta was once a “chicken” town, and not just for farming. Fighting heart disease took shape locally. Plus, some new leadership joined in an athletic association who eventually had heavy influence into the 21st century.

It was February 1950, and these were all a part of our local life and times.

POULTRY DISEASE LABORATORY DEDICATED

“Poultrymen and others interested from a wide area today will attend the open house of the new Poultry Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, Country Club Road, to inspect the facilities,” The Oneonta Star reported on Feb. 21. This is in the area of the former airport, near the businesses now found in the Browne Street area.

First the gathering took in a luncheon at the Oneonta Hotel, today’s 195 Main St., where they heard speakers from the state Department of Agriculture and Markets.

“While the laboratory has been in operation for about a month, this will be its formal opening, when the farmers, businessmen and others who cooperated in obtaining state funds for the establishment of the laboratory and in persuading authorities that Oneonta was its logical site will have an opportunity…

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