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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Saturday, March 7, 2015
Constable Madison Gage died in the line of duty following an incident in the village of Rockton in August 1883.
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.
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.
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.
Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015
Samuel L. Kupferberg’s ancestors were in the fabric trade, so it was only logical that he pursued that line of work.
Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson’s grandfather was a high school basketball star in Amsterdam.
Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015
When William Aloysius Scully was bishop of Albany, six new Roman Catholic high schools were established in the diocese. The school that opened on a 62-acre lot on upper Church Street in Amsterdam in 1966, three years before Scully’s death, was named in his honor.
Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015
The Castler family operated a meat market on East Main Street in Amsterdam from the 1930s through the 1950s. In the 1950s, Charles Castler went into partnership with Langdon Cross. The name of the store was shortened to Castler’s Market.