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A Disney link to Mohawk Carpets

A Disney link to Mohawk Carpets

Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016
A cartoon character called Mohawk Tommy was used by Mohawk Carpets of Amsterdam in advertising and promotional items starting in the 1950s.

Amsterdam artist John Harvey had a sign-painting business

Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016

An accomplished artist, John Frasier Harvey’s life was marred by the death of one of his sons in a collision between a milk train and an automobile.

Saloon keeper killed by paramour in 1895

Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016
Florence Haun rushed into the Amsterdam police station on Wednesday morning, Nov. 6, 1895 and blurted, “My God, I have killed Charley.”

Rabbi Bloom served Amsterdam congregation for 39 years

Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016
His son and grandson want to hear the voice of Rabbi Samuel A. Bloom once again.

Cranesville ‘lighthouse’ was guide for motorists

Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016

George Washington Phillips, a leading citizen of the Montgomery County hamlet of Cranesville, made his home a lighthouse to guide motorists on busy Route 5.

Lost highway, speed skater remembered

Friday, Jan. 1, 2016
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Christmas memories in the Mohawk Valley

Friday, Dec. 25, 2015
Fulton County children wrote letters to Santa addressed to the local newspaper over a hundred years ago. Historian Peter Betz has made a study of these letters and found that ice skates and sleds were the most desired gifts.

Daly family of Amsterdam just kept on truckin'

Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015
Trucking already was in their blood when John A. Daly and his wife, Gertrude, founded Amsterdam Despatch in 1932 with offices at 23 Schuyler St.

Businesses that made house calls recalled

Friday, Dec. 11, 2015
Johnstown baker Harold Bell used to bang a bell to alert the neighborhood when he was on the street with bread for sale. There was a Gloversville door-to-door baker named Peter Knapp.

Amsterdam mill had carpet-laying school

Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015

Mohawk Carpet Mills in Amsterdam started what may have been the industry’s first carpet laying school in 1947.

Accidental death at the Amsterdam Armory in 1898

Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015

Members of the 46th Separate Company of the National Guard were preparing to depart for the Spanish American War on Sunday May 1, 1898, at Amsterdam’s 4-year-old Armory on the city’s South Side.

Robert Hartley: A serious collector

Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015
When he died in 1940, Robert M. Hartley, a prominent town of Florida farmer of ancient English ancestry, left a treasure trove of powder horn sketches, Native American artifacts and military buttons.

Jewish history in Amsterdam

Friday, Nov. 13, 2015

Amsterdam’s Jewish community started growing in the 1860s, according to research done by Abby Cretser at the Walter Elwood Museum on behalf of Congregation Temple of Israel Foundation.

Guy Park Avenue tragedy of 1949 recalled

Friday, Nov. 6, 2015
A cold drizzling rain was falling on Amsterdam’s Guy Park Avenue shortly after 8 a.m. on Nov. 29, 1949.

Johnstown liquor store owner had been WWI flier

Friday, Oct. 30, 2015

A man who operated a Johnstown liquor store with his sons the last three years of his life had once been a member of the storied Lafayette Flying Corps in France.

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