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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.

Highlights of 235 summers

The summer of 1780 was not peaceful in the Mohawk Valley — the American Revolution was underway. T

Amsterdam inventor was the furniture repair man

While Amsterdam’s carpet industry was starting to decline after World War II, Lawrence Pabis, a local man of Polish descent created a multimillion dollar company that made furniture repair products.

Ice cream and sweet sauce in Amsterdam


With its marble soda fountain, polished oak booths and tin ceiling, Wilson’s Drug Store on East Main Street in Amsterdam was a beloved landmark.

Sharing memories of a historian, a coach and an actor

St. Johnsville village and town historian Anita Bellen Smith died May 20 at age 90.

Serving in WWII’s Pigeon Corps

Amsterdam has produced some top homing pigeon enthusiasts, including a man who served with what some called the Pigeon Corps in World War II.

Cudmore: Mohawk Valley native had big impact in Alaska

Sheldon Jackson, born in 1834 in the town of Florida hamlet of Minaville, had a major impact on Alaska’s native population.

Rev. McIncrow was outspoken Amsterdam Catholic

Prominent in the community — he was an original trustee of Amsterdam Savings Bank — the Rev. John Patrick McIncrow received extensive newspaper coverage for his outspoken sermons.

Oneida Nation supported rebels during Revolution

James Kirby Martin, a history professor at the University of Houston, says Sir William Johnson, Britain’s Indian agent in our region, didn’t have particularly good relations with the Oneidas and the Oneidas became “good, faithful and active allies of the American rebels during the revolution.”

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