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Jacob Snell: Political force in Montgomery County

Jacob Snell was a large man. Snell also loomed large in politics in Montgomery County and New York state in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. When he died, newspapers called him “one of the best known Republicans in the state.”

Raymond Overbaugh, from loom repairman to artistic gunsmith


A man who repaired looms for an Amsterdam carpet mill set up shop as a gunsmith in 1948 and thereafter made his living crafting custom rifles and repairing firearms.

Washington Frothingham’s useful life

The Frothingham Free Library at 28 West Main St. in Fonda is named for a local man who was a writer and a minister.

Turner family's construction company left imprint on Amsterdam

The family construction company founded by John J. Turner built Amsterdam’s Clock Building and schools including today’s Lynch Literacy Academy.

1931 World Series trip turns tragic for Amsterdam men

Two Amsterdam men died and a third was badly injured after their car was struck by a bus in Pennsylvania as the friends drove to a World Series game in 1931.

Benjamin Paul Blood: Amsterdam’s psychedelic philosopher


Poet and philosopher Benjamin Paul Blood of Amsterdam was known for both his physical and mental strength.

Fooling the ragman


In his day, ragman Harry Demsky was better known in Amsterdam than his son Isadore.

Central Bridge barbershop fire claimed seven lives


An early-morning blaze in a building housing living quarters and a Central Bridge barbershop claimed the lives of seven members of the Teale family on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 1926.

A night to remember

A New York City area woman who survived the April 15, 1912 sinking of the Titanic felt compelled to write to President William Howard Taft to set the record straight.

Evolution of library in Amsterdam


The first organized book collection in Amsterdam was the Union Library, founded in 1805 and operated one day a week from the librarian’s home. There are no records for the Union Library after 1832.

Businesses closed for Monsignor Browne’s funeral

William Arthur Browne, who became one of Amsterdam’s most important Roman Catholic leaders, was born in Watervliet on April 9, 1858.

Internet pioneer was a top student with perfect pitch

Internet pioneer was a top student with perfect pitch

When computer programmer Raymond Samuel Tomlinson, 74, died March 5 in Lincoln, Massachusetts, news stories around the world noted his roots in Amsterdam, Vail Mills and Broadalbin.

Michael Wytrwal, city’s unofficial Polish mayor


Long before Polish-American John Gomulka was elected mayor of Amsterdam in 1967, Michael J. Wytrwal, who never held elected office, was widely known as the city’s unofficial Polish mayor.

Veterans sought affordable housing in Amsterdam


World War II had ended 11 months earlier and many Amsterdam war veterans were outraged over the lack of affordable housing.

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.

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