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Little quick bits of history number four

Readers state they enjoy these occasional collections of accidently-discovered short items, so here’s another collection. The May 8, 1911 Amsterdam Evening Recorder reported an unfortunate item. “The first fatality ever caused by an automobile in Gloversville occurred at seven Wednesday ...

First burial in Jewish cemetery due to an accidental death

On May 31 1887, referring to a major Little Falls fire, the Utica Weekly Herald noted, “There has been no similar excitement in that village since the death of Mark Mendel, the Amsterdam fireman, accidentally shot during a target practice on the flats at a fireman’s tournament.” My ...