Monday, June 18, 2012

Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt Visited Central NY 1930

Governor Roosevelt Cordially Greeted

By Large and Enthusiastic Assemblage

Tells Throng That He Finds Schools, Hospitals and
Prisons Antiquated and in Need of Modern Equipment
State Normal School Visited and Assurances
Given of New Building

An enthusiastic and cordial crowd greeted Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt in front of the Oneonta Hotel yesterday morning shortly before 10 o'clock, when after spending the night at the O-te-sa-ga hotel in Cooperstown, and following a hurried trip here, he had paid a visit to the State Normal building and conferred with Principal Bugbee relative to the new building and its need and then hastened to the hotel to greet the large gathering there assembled. The police arrangements were complete and the street for some distance was filled with citizens and visitors who had assembled to greet the state's executive. His appearance was greeted with cheers.
Hon. Chester A. Miller, who with a core of other citizens had gone to Cooperstown and accompanied him on the trip here, presented him to the throng. Mr. Miller spoke briefly, referring to his experience in the legislature with the governor, when the latter was an assemblyman, and at times opposed the proposals of Tammany. Mr. Miller also recommended the governor for his support of the new building for the training school at the State Normal.
Governor Roosevelt made some pleasant remarks relative to the enterprise of Oneonta and the beautiful scenery along the route from Albany to Cooperstown and thence here, and then said that he is making these trips about the state to ascertain the buildings and the equipment in the state institutions and their needs. We find much of the equipment out of date and the buildings inadequate. We find our prisons, some of them built back in 1830, only allowed a space 6 ½ by 6 ½ by3 ½ feet for a prisoner, while now we have come to realize that these same prisoners, or at least 94 percent of them, are coming back into our communities to live and it is far more creditable to treat them as human beings and endeavor to build them up physically and morally and must supply good air and food and wholesome conditions.
Equipment in our educational institutions is also much of it antiquated. Formerly all the teacher was required to possess was a knowledge of the three R's, with a few frills added. Now we desire the teachers in our schools to possess knowledge of many things and be able to give instruction in home making, arts, and mechanics, and much equipment is required. We desire to fit our boys and girls to take up life's activities in these modern days and we must turn out well equipped teachers.
I had a a very pleasant talk with Dr. Bugbee a few minutes ago about the needs of your Normal school and I was pleased when I found the need of the institution, that we had been able last winter to include $85,000 for the foundations of the new building in the appropriations which means that the $400,000 needed will be made another year for the building.
At first it did not seem possible to include the $85,000. One Normal school at Plattsburg had burned down and a second, that at Potsdam, was falling down and had to rebuild them. However, when my friend, Chester Miller, came to Albany and told me of the high standing of Oneonta Normal graduates and the excellent work the school is doing and its graduates also, I said we must at least give them the foundations this year, and this was done. We realized that the new building is needed and the state wishes to help the school continue its good work.
In closing Governor Roosevelt thanked the gathering for the cordial reception accorded and expressed a determination that it should not be ten years before his next visit here. He left at once for Oxford to visit the
W. R. C. home there, and later went to Delhi to address the Farm Bureau picnic of Delaware county.

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