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John Philip Sousa and his St. Johnsville friend

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.
 

'Immoral' show sparked controversy

Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014
Two Amsterdam clergymen had concerns and asked Mayor John Dwyer to do something about the Rose Hill Folly Company planning to perform Wednesday, Nov. 6, 1889, at the Potter Opera House on Market Street, across the thoroughfare from the future location of the Rialto Theatre.
 

Amsterdam mayor was noted ally for FDR

Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014
During the 1920s, Arthur Carter of Amsterdam worked as an auditor for the state Comptroller’s Office in Albany and got to know Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt.
 

19th century inventor’s impact still felt

Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014
The man who invented a hose-coupling device used by America’s railroads and automakers spent most of his life in Fort Plain.
 

A century ago, Amsterdam walked the walk

Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014
Competitive walking was the rage over 100 years ago, and one of America’s top marathon walkers visited Amsterdam several times.
 

Storming Fort Fisher during the Civil War

Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014
Bruce Anderson, an African American man buried in Amsterdam, fought alongside a Canajoharie white man, Zachariah C. Neahr, in a daring mission during the second battle of Fort Fisher, North Carolina near the end of the Civil War.
 

1883 mill blast was sparked by lantern

Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014
An Amsterdam-area factory explosion in 1883 claimed one life and made news across New York state.
 

The Carpet City Airport

Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014
Local residents say that bootleggers used an airstrip on Route 67 in Amsterdam during Prohibition to fly liquor in from Canada.
 

The criminal life of ‘One-Legged’ Billy

Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014
Three Amsterdam men led by “One-Legged” Billy Wilczopolski burglarized a Ballston Spa drugstore in 1931.
 

Northville homemaker’s life anything but ordinary

Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014
Rhoda Barker Duncan was 65 in January 1897 when she began keeping a log of her life as a homemaker on West Prospect Street in Northville.
 

Cuing up pool hall stories

Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014
Amsterdam natives who were young in the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s pay tribute to Market Street pool hall proprietor Louie Allen.
 

Amsterdam resident recalls time at ballpark concession

Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014
A small company in Broadalbin made the hot dogs for the concession stand at Mohawk Mills Park during the era of Amsterdam Rugmakers baseball games.
 

Parade sends wedding party outside for pictures

Saturday, July 26, 2014
An unintended consequence of Amsterdam’s victory parade at the end of World War II may have been to encourage a trend in wedding photography.
 

Perth valedictorian memorialized on the moon

Saturday, July 19, 2014
According to his family, the name of the class of 1938 valedictorian at Perth High School is inscribed on a plaque left on the Moon.
 

‘Uncle Art’ a friend to park users

Saturday, July 12, 2014
When Arthur J. Hartig died, the line at the funeral home went out the door, as people paid their last respects to the popular caretaker of Amsterdam’s favorite recreational facility.
 
 

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