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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.

Goldwyn once lived in Gloversville

Friday, Feb. 21, 2014
Samuel Goldwyn, one of the movie moguls who led Metro Goldwyn Mayer, or MGM, in the last century, lived in Gloversville as a young man.

Noted artist Remington married to Gloversvillian

Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014
Artist Frederic Sackrider Remington, famous for depicting the American West in paintings and sculptures, married a woman who lived in Gloversville.

Battle brews over monument where local soldiers fought

Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014
There is an ongoing dispute over plans to build a Union memorial at a state park in Olustee, Fla., where many Mohawk Valley soldiers died in the Civil War and where their regiment commander, Col. Simeon Sammons of Fonda, was wounded in the foot.

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.

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