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Yule tales of yore in Rug City

Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014
Amsterdam retail sales records were broken in the 1902 Christmas shopping season, according to a newspaper account.
 

Former Amsterdam businessman built Saratoga County landmark

Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014
A man who started in the knitting business in Amsterdam built the lavish structure now known as Villa Balsamo restaurant off Route 50 between Ballston Spa and Saratoga Springs.
 

Character actor had ties to Amsterdam

Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014
Malcolm Atterbury, who later became a well-respected character actor in Hollywood, married an Amsterdam woman and built a summer theater in the Adirondacks in the 1930s.
 

1956 movie ‘Mohawk’ had premiere in Amsterdam

Friday, Nov. 28, 2014
An independent film called “Mohawk” premiered in Amsterdam in 1956 and used some footage from the 1939 movie “Drums Along the Mohawk.” The 1956 movie was distributed by 20th Century Fox.
 

Johnstown doctor overcame cocaine addiction

Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014
A doctor and coroner from Johnstown, Sherman S. Kathan, was described in several 1893 newspaper accounts as becoming suddenly insane from eating cocaine.
 

Ed Sullivan and his Amsterdam roots

Friday, Nov. 14, 2014

Television star and newspaper columnist Ed Sullivan’s parents were married in Amsterdam on September 22 1896, five years before he was born.
 

Amsterdam and the flu pandemic of 1918-19

Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014
When the world-wide influenza pandemic struck in 1918, Amsterdam had its share of disease and death.
 

Kirk Douglas and his safari in Africa

Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014
Amsterdam native and movie star Kirk Douglas, who will turn 98 next month, killed a leopard and other big game during a 1962 African safari.
 

A portrait of life in Amsterdam in 1957

Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014
A snapshot of Amsterdam life almost 60 years ago can be gleaned from programs for community events collected by the late Raymond J. Zierak.
 

John Philip Sousa and his St. Johnsville friend

Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014
John Philip Sousa, “The March King” who composed “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” unsuccessfully courted a woman from the Mohawk Valley and remained a close friend of hers through the years.
 

'Immoral' show sparked controversy

Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014
Two Amsterdam clergymen had concerns and asked Mayor John Dwyer to do something about the Rose Hill Folly Company planning to perform Wednesday, Nov. 6, 1889, at the Potter Opera House on Market Street, across the thoroughfare from the future location of the Rialto Theatre.
 

Amsterdam mayor was noted ally for FDR

Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014
During the 1920s, Arthur Carter of Amsterdam worked as an auditor for the state Comptroller’s Office in Albany and got to know Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt.
 

19th century inventor’s impact still felt

Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014
The man who invented a hose-coupling device used by America’s railroads and automakers spent most of his life in Fort Plain.
 

A century ago, Amsterdam walked the walk

Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014
Competitive walking was the rage over 100 years ago, and one of America’s top marathon walkers visited Amsterdam several times.
 

Storming Fort Fisher during the Civil War

Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014
Bruce Anderson, an African American man buried in Amsterdam, fought alongside a Canajoharie white man, Zachariah C. Neahr, in a daring mission during the second battle of Fort Fisher, North Carolina near the end of the Civil War.
 
 

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