Saturday, April 13, 2013
John Collier Jr. documented the waterfront and downtown Amsterdam during a photo shoot for the U.S. government in October 1941.
Saturday, April 6, 2013
According to one of his grandsons, Adam Betz had a knack for subduing people without damaging them.
Saturday, March 30, 2013
March and April were the months for the annual Sportsmen’s Shows put on by the Amsterdam Fish and Game League from the 1930s into the 1950s.
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Born about 1735 to Christian Mohawk parents in the western Mohawk Valley, Molly Brant’s life of influence began in 1759 when she became the consort of British Indian agent William Johnson.
Saturday, March 16, 2013
When he was 15, Amsterdam native Mark Copp was “a heckuva pool player” at Frank’s Pool Hall, above the Sears store next to the bus station on Amsterdam’s East Main Street.
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Vaudeville was a mix of specialized stage acts including dancers, singers, comedians and even roller skaters. Vaudevillians toured America, some visiting big cities and others going to smaller towns.
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Everyone dressed up to go downtown.
Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013
More than 2,000 people gathered in Johnstown for the funeral of Sir William Johnson on July 13, 1774.
Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013
A group of concerned women started a home for needy children in Amsterdam in 1883. When it first opened, four children were taken in, but the numbers grew rapidly.
Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013
Historian Christopher K. Philippo of Glenmont had to consult the Oxford English Dictionary to explain a newspaper account of a burglary in Mayfield in 1914.
Friday, Feb. 1, 2013
In the 1940s the Amsterdam area could boast of several drum and bugle corps.
Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013
Amsterdam resident James J. Sheridan has contributed memories of war hero John Blanchfield, who died last November at age 88.
Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013
Cousin George Henry Casabonne was a farmer, stonemason and factory worker who was famous for his long-range Mohawk Valley weather forecasts.
Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013
The Sassafras Bird Sanctuary in Amsterdam opened in 1931, spearheaded by two formidable city institutions — the Century Club, composed of prominent women, and naturalist Walter Elwood.
Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013
Private Michael Lynch, 20, a medical corpsman and former president of the high school drama club in Amsterdam, was bending down to tend to a wounded soldier in Vietnam when Lynch himself was killed by small arms fire March 15, 1969.