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Businesses that made house calls recalled

Johnstown baker Harold Bell used to bang a bell to alert the neighborhood when he was on the street with bread for sale. There was a Gloversville door-to-door baker named Peter Knapp.

Amsterdam mill had carpet-laying school


Mohawk Carpet Mills in Amsterdam started what may have been the industry’s first carpet laying school in 1947.

Accidental death at the Amsterdam Armory in 1898


Members of the 46th Separate Company of the National Guard were preparing to depart for the Spanish American War on Sunday May 1, 1898, at Amsterdam’s 4-year-old Armory on the city’s South Side.

Robert Hartley: A serious collector

When he died in 1940, Robert M. Hartley, a prominent town of Florida farmer of ancient English ancestry, left a treasure trove of powder horn sketches, Native American artifacts and military buttons.

Jewish history in Amsterdam


Amsterdam’s Jewish community started growing in the 1860s, according to research done by Abby Cretser at the Walter Elwood Museum on behalf of Congregation Temple of Israel Foundation.

Guy Park Avenue tragedy of 1949 recalled

A cold drizzling rain was falling on Amsterdam’s Guy Park Avenue shortly after 8 a.m. on Nov. 29, 1949.

Johnstown liquor store owner had been WWI flier


A man who operated a Johnstown liquor store with his sons the last three years of his life had once been a member of the storied Lafayette Flying Corps in France.

Proposed Maine-to-Amsterdam highway fell through

For a time, serious thought was given to the idea of making Amsterdam the western end of a 419-mile, four-lane road informally called Interstate 92 or the East-West Highway.

Amsterdam tragedies remembered


Three tragedies which occurred in Amsterdam during his lifetime haunt local native Sam Vomero to this day.

Pioneer female broadcaster helped with historic preservation


A pioneer woman broadcasting executive became town historian in Charleston, Montgomery County, and spearheaded restoration of an eighteenth century building there through the town historical society.

Historic sites making use of social media

Brian Mack of the Fort Plain Museum and other promoters of Revolutionary War tourism in western Montgomery County are regular users of social media.

Utica mental health facility known far, wide


Do you remember being told in the middle of the last century that you were so addled that you were going to be sent to Utica?

Two dogs named for ‘genial’ state legislator


State Sen. William T. Byrne from Albany gave a spaniel to the Huston family of Amsterdam in the 1930s.

Amsterdam woman was union pioneer


An Irish immigrant woman became a leader in the fledgling union movement while living in Amsterdam in the nineteenth century.

Area history book finally published


Columnist and reporter Hugh Donlon labored for eight years writing “The Mohawk Valley,” what he described as a history of the valley from the last ice age to 1940.

Clergymen on bicycles and the summer of 1886


A clergymen’s group called the Clerical Bicyclists reached Amsterdam on August 10, 1886 and stayed at the Warner Hotel on Main Street, according to the Daily Democrat newspaper. T

Unraveling a family history

Patricia Bush of Rotterdam has found stories of heartbreak and resilience while researching her family’s past.

Johnstown man was talk show phenomenon


Richard W. Stander Sr. of Johnstown, who almost made it to his 101st birthday, was an opinionated and entertaining caller to radio talk shows from the 1960s until shortly before his death in April 1993.

Sweet memories of soda fountain

Amsterdam native and retired Fulton County Historian Peter Betz has sweet memories of a soda fountain on Amsterdam’s Market Hill.

Lafayette’s visit to Fort Hunter


If you visit Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site in Fort Hunter during this weekend’s Canal Days, you will be following in the footsteps of Marquis de Lafayette. Lafayette, though, actually visited by canal boat in 1825.

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