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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.

Yule tales of yore in Rug City

Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014
Amsterdam retail sales records were broken in the 1902 Christmas shopping season, according to a newspaper account.

Former Amsterdam businessman built Saratoga County landmark

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.

Character actor had ties to Amsterdam

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.

1956 movie ‘Mohawk’ had premiere in Amsterdam

Friday, Nov. 28, 2014
An independent film called “Mohawk” premiered in Amsterdam in 1956 and used some footage from the 1939 movie “Drums Along the Mohawk.” The 1956 movie was distributed by 20th Century Fox.

Johnstown doctor overcame cocaine addiction

Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014
A doctor and coroner from Johnstown, Sherman S. Kathan, was described in several 1893 newspaper accounts as becoming suddenly insane from eating cocaine.

Ed Sullivan and his Amsterdam roots

Friday, Nov. 14, 2014

Television star and newspaper columnist Ed Sullivan’s parents were married in Amsterdam on September 22 1896, five years before he was born.

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.

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