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Focus on History: Early days of Hagaman, Amsterdam

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The year Joseph Hagaman founded the Montgomery County community that bears his name is traditionally cited as 1777. However, historians Kelly Farquhar and Scott Haefner, in their book “Amsterdam,” report that Hagaman likely arrived there at the end of the American Revolution in 1783. Hagaman was from Dutchess County and of Dutch descent. One story is that he was going to settle near the confluence of the North Chuctanunda Creek and Mohawk River, the present ...

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