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Yankees visited Amsterdam in ’49 at dawn of dynasty

Friday, April 11, 2014
In May of 1949, a year in which they would win the first of five World Series in a row, the New York Yankees came to Amsterdam and bested their Canadian-American League farm team, the Amsterdam Rugmakers, 9-2.

Elwood and Frothingham had eye for collecting special items

Friday, April 4, 2014
Amsterdam museum founder Walter Elwood’s own collection of natural wonders was augmented in the late 1930s and 1940s by objects including an elephant’s foot from the estate of world traveler, author and advertising man Robert Frothingham.

When Rocky visited Amsterdam

Saturday, March 29, 2014
Former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Marciano was 35 when he visited Amsterdam for two public appearances on Sunday, November 9, 1958. Born Rocco Francis Marchegiano in Brockton, Mass., Marciano won 49 consecutive professional fights, 43 by knockout. He held the title from 1952 to 1956, defended it six times and retired undefeated.

Nellis Tavern has survived war, road expansion and neglect

Friday, March 21, 2014
Farmer Christian Nellis built a log cabin when he arrived with the Palatine Germans in the Mohawk Valley near what is now St. Johnsville in 1725. Descendants believe the name Nellis is French, but in the 16th and 17th century there was a lot of moving around and the Nellis family ended up in the Palatine section of Germany.

Fish House native involved in the Solomon Northup case

Friday, March 14, 2014
Thaddeus St. John, who was instrumental in bringing Solomon Northup’s kidnappers to trial, was a native of Fish House, a Fulton County hamlet in the town of Northampton.

Doctor Riggs and his stomach globules

Friday, March 7, 2014
The great-granddaughter of a homeopathic physician and pharmaceutical maker from Amsterdam finally has secured one of her ancestor’s signature products, Dr. Riggs’ Stomach Globules for Dyspepsia and Indigestion.

Theodore Roosevelt's 1898 visit to Amsterdam

Friday, Feb. 28, 2014
What was called “a monster overflow meeting” took place in Amsterdam on Oct. 29, 1898, when Theodore Roosevelt barnstormed the Mohawk Valley during his campaign for governor.

Goldwyn once lived in Gloversville

Friday, Feb. 21, 2014
Samuel Goldwyn, one of the movie moguls who led Metro Goldwyn Mayer, or MGM, in the last century, lived in Gloversville as a young man.

Noted artist Remington married to Gloversvillian

Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014
Artist Frederic Sackrider Remington, famous for depicting the American West in paintings and sculptures, married a woman who lived in Gloversville.

Battle brews over monument where local soldiers fought

Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014
There is an ongoing dispute over plans to build a Union memorial at a state park in Olustee, Fla., where many Mohawk Valley soldiers died in the Civil War and where their regiment commander, Col. Simeon Sammons of Fonda, was wounded in the foot.

When the circus train came to town ...

Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014
Heavy rain was the major drawback when the Ringling Brothers/Barnum & Bailey Circus played two performances Wednesday, July 9, 1952, on Northern Boulevard in the town of Amsterdam.

Theron Akin was a colorful character

Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014
Theron Akin was a farmer and dentist who served one term as a congressman and two controversial terms as mayor of Amsterdam.

Mill worker publication a peek into past

Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014
A picture of Amsterdam mill workers on the cover of a Mohawk Carpet Mill publication from 1928 gives an indication of what people in the Roaring Twenties saw as old fashioned.

Baseball pioneer was Amsterdam native

Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014
Nicholas E. Young, one of the founders of baseball’s National League, was a native of Amsterdam.

Family’s path to stardom a classic tale for 2013

Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013
The starting quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks in the National Football League, Russell Wilson, is the great-grandson of an Amsterdam man.

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