From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, November 25, 1926

Work on new hotel started

Ground was broken Monday for Oneonta’s new hotel which is being erected by Dr. J.H. Garner on the lot adjoining his drug store.

The plans call for a three-story building at a cost of approximately $20,000. The building will be 50-by-75 feet and is to be constructed of brick, concrete, and steel. It is to be made practically fire proof.

It is to be steam heated, hot and cold water in all rooms, and bath in each room. The lobby, dining room, and kitchen are to be on the first floor.

The furnishings will be modern and the entire equipment will meet the requirements of the most exacting guest. The building is being constructed under the supervision of H.M. Weaver of Birmingham.

Imported birds may replace the turkey

An experimental turkey farm has been established at Glendale, in the dry region of Arizona, by the United States Department of Agriculture to stimulate interest in turkey raising. The industry has declined greatly in the last 25 years. Scientific production methods are to be developed on this farm, and studies made of the turkey disease known as “blackhead,” a mysterious malady which wipes out entire flocks.

In the event of failure of these experiments, other birds, which have been introduced from South America and Mexico, may ultimately replace the domestic turkey made famous as an offering at Thanksgiving by the early Pilgrims.

One of these is the South American occelated turkey, which has plumage like a peacock. Another is the chacalaca turkey from Mexico and Honduras.

The domesticated turkey is now heading toward extinction. Breeding stocks have decreased from 6,600,000 birds in 1900 to around 3,500,000. New England raises scarcely enough to meet local demands.

Farms in the east have grown them usually as sidelines, individual flocks rarely exceeding 100 turkeys.

California turkeys are herded like sheep on the open range in flocks of 1,000 or more, tended by men on horseback.