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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.

Two businesses on Forest Ave. in Amsterdam stand the test of time

Saturday, June 28, 2014
Two long-standing Forest Avenue businesses, Mohawk Dairy and Tuman’s tavern, were profiled in the Rockton booklet published as part of the recent tour of that part of Amsterdam.

The man with the elaborate signature

Saturday, June 21, 2014
Francis E. Spinner, the nineteenth century U.S. Treasurer who developed an elaborate signature to prevent counterfeiting of currency, spent time in his youth apprenticed to saddle and harness maker David DeForest in Amsterdam.

Reporter Donlon preserved Amsterdam history

Saturday, June 14, 2014
The deck was stacked against reporter and historian Hugh P. Donlon of Amsterdam in the 1930s.

Rockton was growing in early 1900s

Saturday, June 7, 2014
Historic Amsterdam League is conducting tours Saturday of Rockton, a section of north Amsterdam with a rich industrial, business and recreational history.

Amsterdam’s Boy Scout Troop 1 began in 1915

Saturday, May 31, 2014
A descendant of late Cranesville justice of the peace Malcolm Malpass has been trying to locate a picture of Amsterdam Boy Scout Troop 1.

‘Pete’ O’Connor, a positive voice in Fort Plain

Saturday, May 24, 2014
Walter Wallace “Pete” O’Connor, 59, was village postmaster and for 30 years worked with his brother George in publication of the Fort Plain Standard newspaper.

The house that cheese built in St. Johnsville

Saturday, May 17, 2014
St. Johnsville residents are proud of their Community House, originally known as the house that cheese built, on Washington Street just off Route 5.

Mohawk Carpet and its Wheel of Life

Saturday, May 10, 2014
A few years before World War II, Mohawk Carpet Mills showed artistry and a flair for drama in making the Wheel of Life, probably the most spectacular carpet ever produced in Amsterdam.

Show business siblings retired to Gloversville area

Saturday, May 3, 2014
The Glorias were a popular and highly-paid brother-and-sister dancing team born in Europe who spent their later years in Gloversville and Caroga Lake.

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