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Rev. McIncrow was outspoken Amsterdam Catholic

Saturday, May 23, 2015
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

Saturday, May 16, 2015
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

Saturday, May 9, 2015
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

Saturday, May 2, 2015
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

Saturday, April 25, 2015
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

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
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

Saturday, April 11, 2015
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

Saturday, April 4, 2015
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

Saturday, March 28, 2015
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

Friday, March 20, 2015
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

Friday, March 13, 2015
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

Saturday, March 7, 2015
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

Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015
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

Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015
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.

Love and marriage in the Rug City

Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015
The Sanford clan in the Mohawk Valley took steps in the 1800s to establish ties with another family of means in the lower Hudson Valley.

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