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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.

Christmas in Amsterdam historically a time of sharing, caring, community

Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013
Stories abound from throughout the years of the people of Amsterdam coming together to celebrate and help others at Christmas.

Amsterdam site of visit from RFK

Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013
U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was expected in Amsterdam on or about June 6, 1968, the day he died.

Cornplanter’s father lived in the region

Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013
John Abeel, father of the famous Seneca chief Cornplanter, had ties to our area.

Larrabee’s a well-loved local business

Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013
Larrabee’s hardware store, located on Market Street in downtown Amsterdam for more than 80 years, was a beloved institution.

Jack Ruby’s roommate was Gloversville native

Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013
Gloversville native George Senator was Jack Ruby’s roommate in Dallas on Nov. 24, 1963, the day that Ruby shot and killed Lee Harvey Oswald.

Antlers golf course had its time in spotlight

Friday, Nov. 15, 2013
The Phil Kilfoil Company’s Woodland Players from New York City performed Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” on the grounds of the Antlers Club in Fort Johnson in 1904.

Opera House was prime spot to debut shows

Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013
According to historian Hugh Donlon, Opera House patrons sometimes loaded up on discarded vegetables before curtain time and showed disapproval by hurling rotten tomatoes at performers on the stage.

1960s singer and songwriter Buckley grew from local roots

Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013
The 1960s singer-songwriter Tim Buckley spent his early years in Amsterdam and Fort Johnson.

Thar’s gold in them thar Adirondacks?

Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013
In 1896, gold fever was so intense in northern New York that the New York Times reported, “There is not a guide in the whole Adirondack region who has not dreamed at some time of stumbling upon this fabled Golconda, and of coming forth in the end to astonish the world with his riches.”

Aviator got his start on local golf course

Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013
Pioneer aviator Edward Bayard Heath tried to fly his first airplane at the Antlers golf course in Fort Johnson in 1910. Today, the golf course is called Rolling Hills.

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