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Memories of a railroad man’s daughter

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.

Ballplayer Burns and his Gloversville ties

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.

Bobby Stewart and Mike Tyson

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.

Carpets and computers

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.

President Theodore Roosevelt was popular in Amsterdam

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.

Amsterdam police officers, firefighters who gave all

Saturday, March 7, 2015
Constable Madison Gage died in the line of duty following an incident in the village of Rockton in August 1883.

Fort Johnson speed skating champ killed by lightning

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.

Amsterdam barber was black political leader

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.

Love and marriage in the Rug City

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.

People’s Silk Store part of fabric of life in Amsterdam

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.

Grandfather of Seahawks star was from Amsterdam

Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson’s grandfather was a high school basketball star in Amsterdam.

Remembering Bishop Scully High School

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.

Amsterdam family's market spanned 70 years

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.

Keep right rule imposed in Amsterdam in 1920

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.

Best stories of 2014: The moon, movies and pool halls

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.

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