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To be
Rather then
To have

The things that I have can be taken away
But my skills are mine until the last day
Things are great they make life easy
If that’s all you want it’s kind of sleazy
World peace, family and friends
Will bring delight until it all ends
Be kind and generous dance and sing
We can make our life a joyous fling
Study,learn and build your knowledge
Make your life a perpetual college

To be
Rather then
To have
7/15/18. 468a

-Dean A. Roberts
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Downtown Oneonta Over 100 Years Ago


A recent visitor to the History Center brought in this postcard of Main Street. Postmarked 1910, the message on the reverse mentions a plane crash, probably during an air show at the Oneonta Fair. The Bissell Block, the oldest brick building on Main Street, is at the right of the card. That’s Walter Brown’s Hardware at the corner in what is now the History Center. Note the wall ad for Buffalo Bill’s Wild West & Rough Riders’ appearance in Oneonta. There’s still a bulkhead for deliveries at the front of the hardware store. The building to the west of the Bissell Block has a blade sign of a pair of eyeglasses. At the corner of Chestnut and Main is a trolley. Across the street from Brown’s is a sign on the sidewalk for Laskaris Delicious Ice Cream & Cream Soda. John Laskaris opened his shop on the south side of Main Street in 1898. When Walter Brown retired in 1916 he would move into the hardware store’s space.


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