Greater Oneonta
Historical Society

P.O. Box 814
Oneonta, NY 13820


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Oneonta Firsts

  • Computers - the beginning of the IBM Corporation - Harlow Bundy
  • The beginnings of the Magnavox Corporation
  • Sherman Fairchild's first Aerial Camera, pilot cabins on aircraft and wing flaps
  • Pioneer in cable television with the first tower to transmit New York City programming to our area
  • Father of talking movies, tape recorders, and some television - Charles Edward Fritts. Patent was granted in 1916. The patent was first purchased by the Victor Talking Machine Co. and later transferred to RCA.
  • Birthplace of renowned photographer Carleton Emmons Watkins. He was responsible for Congress establishing Yosemite National Park.
  • Boyhood home of Collis, Henry, and Solon Huntingdon of railroad fame.
  • Home of the National Soccer Hall of Fame
  • Family home of Willard Huntingdon Wright (pseudonym S.S. VanDine), author of many books. Most notable were the Philo Vance mysteries.
  • Birthplace of the "Oneonta Clipper" plow. The inventor of the plow is unknown.


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