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.
Friday, Jan. 9, 2015
When the controversial Theron Akin was mayor of Amsterdam in the spring of 1920, the city made what were called radical changes in local traffic rules on Market Street, a busy downtown thoroughfare.
Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015
The valedictorian of the class of 1938 at Perth High School has his name etched on a plaque left on the Moon, according to family sources.
Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014
Amsterdam retail sales records were broken in the 1902 Christmas shopping season, according to a newspaper account.
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.
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.