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Bowler’s Brewery, an Amsterdam institution


Harry Fitch Bowler was born in Ipswich, England, in 1854 and at age 4 relocated with his family to Troy, where his father, Henry, operated a brewery. Harry grew up in Troy, then worked for a brewer in Virginia.

Tragedy on the Mountain Lake Electric Railroad on July 4, 1902

A steep grade, human error and a wet night contributed to what one newspaper headline described as an appalling accident on the Mountain Lake Electric Railroad near Gloversville on July 4, 1902.
Fourteen people died and 60 were injured.

African-Americans in the Mohawk Valley

British Indian agent Sir William Johnson owned at least 40 slaves at his Johnstown plantation in the 1700s. Dutch plantation owners in our area also enslaved African-Americans to work their lands.

Local connection to Boston Tea Party

Jelles Fonda was in a tough spot in 1774. A prominent trader and landowner who had served in the French and Indian War under the recently deceased British Indian agent Sir William Johnson, Fonda was being chastised by attorney Walter Butler and members of Johnson’s family, presumably including Johnson’s son John.

A Disney link to Mohawk Carpets

A Disney link to Mohawk Carpets

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


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

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

His son and grandson want to hear the voice of Rabbi Samuel A. Bloom once again.

Cranesville ‘lighthouse’ was guide for motorists


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

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Christmas memories in the Mohawk Valley

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'

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

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


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


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

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


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

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


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.

Proposed Maine-to-Amsterdam highway fell through

For a time, serious thought was given to the idea of making Amsterdam the western end of a 419-mile, four-lane road informally called Interstate 92 or the East-West Highway.

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