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Fort Plain area benefits from inventor Yerdon

A foundation named for a Fort Plain inventor and his wife, both born in the 19th century, continues to support local charitable organizations.

Amsterdam horse owner’s 1929 Kentucky Derby trophy missing

Two horses with Amsterdam connections have won the Kentucky Derby and the trophy awarded to the 1929 winner is missing.

Modern meat market short-lived on Amsterdam's East End

Two experienced butchers opened a high-end meat market at 23 Market St. in bustling downtown Amsterdam on Saturday, Feb. 23, 1929, eight months before the stock market crashed.

Women in the Amsterdam carpet mills

Modestly but eloquently, Sue Fraczek described her life as an Amsterdam mill girl. “When I went to work, I was scared to death. It was my first time in a carpet mill. It was hot. It was noisy.”

Memories of a railroad man’s daughter

Marguerite Hackert Dickershaid, 97, of Schenectady has a place in her heart for Beech Nut from its days in Canajoharie when the food factory helped railroad families at Christmas.

Ballplayer Burns and his Gloversville ties

Sports enthusiast Mike Hauser has a personal stake in advocating National Baseball Hall of Fame status for George Joseph Burns, who played his best years with the New York Giants. Burns was the brother of Hauser’s great-grandfather on his mother’s side.

Bobby Stewart and Mike Tyson

Bobby Stewart of Tribes Hill won the National Golden Gloves Tournament as a light heavyweight in 1974, but his biggest claim to fame may be discovering future heavyweight champion Mike Tyson.

Carpets and computers

Mark Thomann, who has spent much of his working life on restorations of classic carpets, is skeptical of the idea that paper cards used to control carpet weaving in Amsterdam and other places directly foreshadowed development of the computer.

President Theodore Roosevelt was popular in Amsterdam

Douglas Robinson, Theodore Roosevelt’s brother-in-law, died at Amsterdam City Hospital on September 12, 1918. A native of Scotland, Robinson was a wealthy financier and real estate broker.

Amsterdam police officers, firefighters who gave all

Constable Madison Gage died in the line of duty following an incident in the village of Rockton in August 1883.

Fort Johnson speed skating champ killed by lightning

Speed skating champion Ted Ellenwood Jr., 27, died instantly on June 11, 1946, when struck by lightning while golfing on what was then the Antlers Course in Fort Johnson.

Amsterdam barber was black political leader

An Amsterdam barber, Robert A. Jackson, may have been active in the Underground Railroad and was an African American political leader in the late 1800s.

Love and marriage in the Rug City

The Sanford clan in the Mohawk Valley took steps in the 1800s to establish ties with another family of means in the lower Hudson Valley.

People’s Silk Store part of fabric of life in Amsterdam

Samuel L. Kupferberg’s ancestors were in the fabric trade, so it was only logical that he pursued that line of work.

Grandfather of Seahawks star was from Amsterdam

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson’s grandfather was a high school basketball star in Amsterdam.

Remembering Bishop Scully High School

When William Aloysius Scully was bishop of Albany, six new Roman Catholic high schools were established in the diocese. The school that opened on a 62-acre lot on upper Church Street in Amsterdam in 1966, three years before Scully’s death, was named in his honor.

Amsterdam family's market spanned 70 years

The Castler family operated a meat market on East Main Street in Amsterdam from the 1930s through the 1950s. In the 1950s, Charles Castler went into partnership with Langdon Cross. The name of the store was shortened to Castler’s Market.

Keep right rule imposed in Amsterdam in 1920


When the controversial Theron Akin was mayor of Amsterdam in the spring of 1920, the city made what were called radical changes in local traffic rules on Market Street, a busy downtown thoroughfare.

Best stories of 2014: The moon, movies and pool halls

The valedictorian of the class of 1938 at Perth High School has his name etched on a plaque left on the Moon, according to family sources.

Yule tales of yore in Rug City

Amsterdam retail sales records were broken in the 1902 Christmas shopping season, according to a newspaper account.

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