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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.

1883 mill blast was sparked by lantern

Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014
An Amsterdam-area factory explosion in 1883 claimed one life and made news across New York state.

The Carpet City Airport

Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014
Local residents say that bootleggers used an airstrip on Route 67 in Amsterdam during Prohibition to fly liquor in from Canada.

The criminal life of ‘One-Legged’ Billy

Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014
Three Amsterdam men led by “One-Legged” Billy Wilczopolski burglarized a Ballston Spa drugstore in 1931.

Northville homemaker’s life anything but ordinary

Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014
Rhoda Barker Duncan was 65 in January 1897 when she began keeping a log of her life as a homemaker on West Prospect Street in Northville.

Cuing up pool hall stories

Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014
Amsterdam natives who were young in the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s pay tribute to Market Street pool hall proprietor Louie Allen.

Amsterdam resident recalls time at ballpark concession

Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014
A small company in Broadalbin made the hot dogs for the concession stand at Mohawk Mills Park during the era of Amsterdam Rugmakers baseball games.

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