Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson’s grandfather was a high school basketball star in Amsterdam.
Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015
When William Aloysius Scully was bishop of Albany, six new Roman Catholic high schools were established in the diocese. The school that opened on a 62-acre lot on upper Church Street in Amsterdam in 1966, three years before Scully’s death, was named in his honor.
Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015
The Castler family operated a meat market on East Main Street in Amsterdam from the 1930s through the 1950s. In the 1950s, Charles Castler went into partnership with Langdon Cross. The name of the store was shortened to Castler’s Market.
Friday, Jan. 9, 2015
When the controversial Theron Akin was mayor of Amsterdam in the spring of 1920, the city made what were called radical changes in local traffic rules on Market Street, a busy downtown thoroughfare.
Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015
The valedictorian of the class of 1938 at Perth High School has his name etched on a plaque left on the Moon, according to family sources.
Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014
Amsterdam retail sales records were broken in the 1902 Christmas shopping season, according to a newspaper account.
Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014
A man who started in the knitting business in Amsterdam built the lavish structure now known as Villa Balsamo restaurant off Route 50 between Ballston Spa and Saratoga Springs.
Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014
Malcolm Atterbury, who later became a well-respected character actor in Hollywood, married an Amsterdam woman and built a summer theater in the Adirondacks in the 1930s.
Friday, Nov. 28, 2014
An independent film called “Mohawk” premiered in Amsterdam in 1956 and used some footage from the 1939 movie “Drums Along the Mohawk.” The 1956 movie was distributed by 20th Century Fox.
Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014
A doctor and coroner from Johnstown, Sherman S. Kathan, was described in several 1893 newspaper accounts as becoming suddenly insane from eating cocaine.
Friday, Nov. 14, 2014
Television star and newspaper columnist Ed Sullivan’s parents were married in Amsterdam on September 22 1896, five years before he was born.
Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014
When the world-wide influenza pandemic struck in 1918, Amsterdam had its share of disease and death.
Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014
Amsterdam native and movie star Kirk Douglas, who will turn 98 next month, killed a leopard and other big game during a 1962 African safari.
Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014
A snapshot of Amsterdam life almost 60 years ago can be gleaned from programs for community events collected by the late Raymond J. Zierak.
Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014
John Philip Sousa, “The March King” who composed “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” unsuccessfully courted a woman from the Mohawk Valley and remained a close friend of hers through the years.