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A favorite story of the West End

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One of my favorite stories in the new West End booklet put out by Historic Amsterdam League has to do with a garden hose and the Spanish American War. Seven-year-old Harvey Chalmers lived on Amsterdam’s Division Street about a dozen houses west of Caroline Street in 1898 when America was at war with Spain. Young Chalmers, who was the offspring of a wealthy family who ran a pearl button mill, told his mother he wanted ...

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