Amsterdam observed its 150th birthday with a 10-division parade and other celebrations in July 1954. The sesquicentennial was a joyous and raucous event that took place at the beginning of the end of the city’s years as a carpet-manufacturing center.
Jacob Snell was a large man. Snell also loomed large in politics in Montgomery County and New York state in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. When he died, newspapers called him “one of the best known Republicans in the state.”
Harry Fitch Bowler was born in Ipswich, England, in 1854 and at age 4 relocated with his family to Troy, where his father, Henry, operated a brewery. Harry grew up in Troy, then worked for a brewer in Virginia.
A steep grade, human error and a wet night contributed to what one newspaper headline described as an appalling accident on the Mountain Lake Electric Railroad near Gloversville on July 4, 1902.
Fourteen people died and 60 were injured.
Jelles Fonda was in a tough spot in 1774. A prominent trader and landowner who had served in the French and Indian War under the recently deceased British Indian agent Sir William Johnson, Fonda was being chastised by attorney Walter Butler and members of Johnson’s family, presumably including Johnson’s son John.