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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.

Amsterdam marked 150th birthday with raucous celebration

Saturday, April 26, 2014
Amsterdam’s 150th birthday celebration — or sesquicentennial — was a joyous and raucous event that took place at the beginning of the end of the city’s reign as one of the nation’s top carpet-manufacturing centers.

Likeable Fort Johnson man shot by girlfriend in 1919

Friday, April 18, 2014
Likable but boisterous William H. Marshall Jr. was shot twice through the head at suppertime on Wednesday, March 12, 1919 at his home in Fort Johnson.

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.

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