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Backtracking: The Early Years: Pre-war traditions, post-war progress were local newsmakers in 1946

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A return to pre-World War II life, and post-war programs, could both be observed locally during September 1946.

Readers of the Sept. 11 edition of The Oneonta Star found out, “From fertile lands of Otsego county, a bountiful horn of plenty was poured out yesterday in a varied setting uniting Coney Island gayety with assembly line genius of the machine age as historic Morris fair came pulsatingly to life after an eight-year lapse.

“Official attendance was 9,612, termed by the sponsoring association as ‘exceedingly gratifying.’” Morris wasn’t always the site of Otsego County’s fair, as that event was still held in Cooperstown.

Gov. Thomas E. Dewey was scheduled to open the fair but at the last minute was unable to attend. Local state Sen. Walter W. Stokes of Cooperstown filled in, and “in a short commentary on current national life, called for a ‘return to the fundamentals of living.’ He stressed the ‘need for more religion and less selfishness.’”

For a feature act at the fair, it was a bit of a homecoming to the area for one man.

"An Oneonta bellhop in 1919, Earl L. Woodward is now a globe-trotting showman currently featured in the Skating Earls,” The Star reported on Sept. 12.


© The Daily Star

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