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Highlights of 235 summers

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Amsterdam inventor was the furniture repair man

While Amsterdam’s carpet industry was starting to decline after World War II, Lawrence Pabis, a local man of Polish descent created a multimillion dollar company that made furniture repair products.

Ice cream and sweet sauce in Amsterdam

With its marble soda fountain, polished oak booths and tin ceiling, Wilson’s Drug Store on East Main Street in Amsterdam was a beloved landmark.

Sharing memories of a historian, a coach and an actor

St. Johnsville village and town historian Anita Bellen Smith died May 20 at age 90.

Serving in WWII’s Pigeon Corps

Amsterdam has produced some top homing pigeon enthusiasts, including a man who served with what some called the Pigeon Corps in World War II.

Cudmore: Mohawk Valley native had big impact in Alaska

Sheldon Jackson, born in 1834 in the town of Florida hamlet of Minaville, had a major impact on Alaska’s native population.

Rev. McIncrow was outspoken Amsterdam Catholic

Prominent in the community — he was an original trustee of Amsterdam Savings Bank — the Rev. John Patrick McIncrow received extensive newspaper coverage for his outspoken sermons.

Oneida Nation supported rebels during Revolution

James Kirby Martin, a history professor at the University of Houston, says Sir William Johnson, Britain’s Indian agent in our region, didn’t have particularly good relations with the Oneidas and the Oneidas became “good, faithful and active allies of the American rebels during the revolution.”

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.

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