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Backtracking: The Early Years: Local residents put a wrap on the summer of 1941

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With Labor Day behind us and the first day of autumn coming soon, some are assessing the past summer, as many also did in 1941.

A lot of activities took place 80 years ago. For example, The Oneonta Star reported on Aug. 6, “Announcement that CCC Camp SP 11, Gilbert lake state park, established in June 1933, would close Thursday night was received yesterday from the department of the Interior by Supt. John J. Ryan of Delhi.

“Enrollees at Camp SP 11 have carried out extensive work projects at the park, which have made the spot one of the most popular places in this area for picnics, reunions, swimming, overnight camping and summer camping.

“Fireplaces, trails, roads, a swimming beach, tourist camp and overnight shelters are other conveniences built in the park by CCC members. Their work also included extensive landscaping.”

As popular as Gilbert Lake had become, Oneonta’s city parks were also very busy, as Star readers of Sept. 6 found out. More than 6,000 attended family reunions, picnics, clambakes and other gatherings in Wilber and Neahwa parks.

“The above total does not include attendance at the three concerts played in Wilber park by Keeton’s Co. G band. Concert........

© The Daily Star

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