May 19, 2022


For splendid leisure

Backtracking: The Early Several years: Leisure time locally invested on bikes, at circus or at lakes in 1936 | Columns

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Just as a lot of of us are attempting to sneak in some leisurely entertaining functions before summertime ends, generations right before us have been executing exactly the similar locally in 1936.

For the reason that of the Terrific Melancholy, a couple experienced funds even though most did not, so pursuits ranged from bicycling, going to the nearby lakes, or attending other inexpensive functions.


Visitors of The Oneonta Star’s July 17 version realized, “The metropolitan bicycle trend, which in turn has distribute during the nation, has apparently struck Oneonta. At least two young notable business males have acquired bicycles, and in addition to employing them in their business, are reported to be about to manage a wheelmen’s club.

“In Oneonta, one nicely-acknowledged youthful business man was observed rushing down Key street the other working day, pedaling in and out of website traffic as if he were a veteran bicycle owner. A basket provider on the handlebars of the automobile indicated that it also was utilized in his business.

“Another not long ago bought a new wheel and right after various practice spins in Neahwa park has come to be enamored of the activity. He initial observed the fad while on a excursion to New York and was taken with the benefits of bicycling, which is explained to furnish recreation and nonetheless provide worthwhile and a lot essential work out.

Regrettably, names ended up not posted in the write-up.

Celeb CIRCUS Arrived TO Town

Information came from The Star of July 21, “Jack Hoxie, really hard using cowboy of the display screen, will show up in individual in Oneonta with Downie Brothers when the massive Sparks managed circus will come in this article for matinee and night performances on the Wilcox great deal, Friday, July 31.” This is the region where by Riverside Elementary Faculty now stands.

“Hoxie is bringing his entire company of cowboys and cowgirls including Skip Dixie Starr, his leading woman of the movies and his sturdy all white stallion ‘Scout’ who support him on the presentation of 1 of the most thrilling exhibitions of ‘movie stunts’ staged just as they movie them on the Hollywood tons with all the trimmings. Incorporated in the Hoxie contingent are cameramen, electricians, seem professionals and a director with all the lights and digital camera derricks, for real videos are shot, some of which will be employed in a circus and western serial which will soon be launched. A lot of of the episodes of this serial have been taken in Hollywood during the winter.


You could say, for far better or even worse, there was a lot less to see, as The Star described on July 18 that, “For the initial time in the record of Gilbert lake condition park, male swimmers will appear today at the preferred swimming resort clad only in trunks.” It was a custom made commonplace at other resorts in modern yrs, but the regulation of the shirt and trunks had been peaceful.

Rules wanted some tightening in the meantime at Goodyear Lake, as Star audience discovered on July 20, “Moves to control motorboats on the lake and maintain legislation and buy on its assets were being manufactured by the Goodyear Lake association at a assembly held at its grove on Cliffside yesterday afternoon.

“According to an formal of the association, motorboats have turn out to be a trouble on the lake in that operators of quite a few have discarded mufflers and the excessive noise has become obnoxious to campers there trying to get relaxation and quiet.” Boat speed was also a worry. Point out police in Sidney experienced promised their enable in circumstance the inadequate actions grew to become excessive.

Speed on Otsego Lake was a various problem that month, as The Star documented on Aug. 12, “More than 75 sailing craft have been enrolled in the sixth yearly regatta of the Central New York Yacht Club Racing association, which will be held at the Region club tomorrow through Sunday.”

Not only ended up there gatherings at the Place Club, these lining the shores of the lake became spectators. Even though yachters arrived from all more than the condition, community people had substantially to cheer about as The Star of Aug. 17 claimed, “Cooperstown skippers annexed 4 of the eight key trophy awards as the final result of three times sailing.”

On Wednesday: More regional leisure everyday living as we bounce ahead to August 1991.

Oneonta Metropolis Historian Mark Simonson’s column appears two times weekly. On Saturdays, his column focuses on the spot in advance of 1950. His Wednesday columns address area history 1950 and later on. If you have opinions or suggestions about the column, write to him at The Each day Star, or electronic mail him at [email protected] His website is His columns can be uncovered at

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