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Local auto shows of 1920s were big, festive attractions

February 8, 2016 In 1921, the Department of Motor Vehicles’ annual report revealed there were 632,919 New York state-registered autos, one for every 15 residents, an increase of 10 percent over 1920. more »»

Wealthy curmudgeon donated Fort Johnson

January 25, 2016 While many important, historic Mohawk Valley colonial-era buildings survived the 19th century, others didn’. more »»

Quarrel over woman led to man’s shooting death

January 11, 2016 The death of Edward Eddy on the morning of Jan. more »»

Store clerks protested long hours of work

December 28, 2015 “Oh, those ungrateful clerks!” No doubt some local shoppers felt that way in 1899 when it appeared Gloversville’s retail store clerks had caught what one concerned merchant called “the union bug” an... more »»

Conspiracy commissioners were always busy

December 14, 2015 During the Revolutionary War, our nine Commissioners for Detecting and Defeating Conspiracies had the difficult task of unmasking and punishing those who worked against our cause. more »»

Committee, state investigated Loyalist plots

November 30, 2015 Who were Whigs supporting the Continental Congress and who were Loyalists secretly supporting King George? Inquiring and very suspicious minds wanted to know. more »»

Fonda’s Bush has some interesting history

November 16, 2015 The genesis of this article was in a search for the text of a “remonstrance,” a vitriolic document composed by some angry, opinionated town of Broadalbin citizens and formally delivered to the state... more »»

Amsterdam’s foray into automobile manufacturing

November 2, 2015 Having grown up in Amsterdam with a fair knowledge of its history, it surprised me to learn recently that an early steam automobile called the Empire was once built there. more »»

Chief Maxson modernized Fire Department

October 19, 2015 On Friday, Feb. 1, 1901, at 2 a.m., Gloversville resident William Oathout J. more »»

Johnson’s grave relic was bone of contention

October 5, 2015 On May 28, 1862, Margaret Van Voast of Johnstown recorded in her diary: “We went where they were digging up the remains of Sir William Johnson. I got a piece of his coffin. more »»

Newspaper man wrote popular 1858 love song

September 21, 2015 Whenever Gary Van Slyke and I share a music showcase, we almost always include the beautiful 19th-century romantic song, “Bonny Eloise, The Belle of the Mohawk Vale,” a ballad indigenous to our... more »»

Railroad, Antlers Club battled over property

September 8, 2015 When early railroads needed to extend tracks, they either had to buy the land over which the new tracks were to be laid or make some lease arrangement with landowners. more »»

Local man was a pioneer of modern beekeeping

August 24, 2015 Indians called the buzzing insects “white man’s flea. more »»

Father’s marriage to son’s wife ended tragically

August 10, 2015 The March 6, 1930, Morning Herald featured the sale of a downtown Johnstown property, headlining, “Landmark on South Perry Street Purchased of L. N. Karl by Van Antwer. more »»

Old bridge was moved to Union College

July 27, 2015 Sometimes while walking, one passes things that don’t appear important at the time. more »»

Gloversville once had its own mineral spring

July 13, 2015 Before early white settlers laid claim to “discovering” them, the Iroquois were well aware of the locations and medicinal properties of mineral springs situated in the Saratoga, Ballston, Richfield... more »»

Trial for murderer was point of contention

June 29, 2015 On March 15 1912, a small item appeared on an inside page of the Warrensburg-Lake George News. more »»

Baker was Fulton County’s Billy the Kid

June 15, 2015 Among the annals of 20th- century Fulton County murders, four cases received the most newspaper coverage — these being offenses committed by Charles Edward Baker in 1911, the 1934 murder of Gregory... more »»

Assistant saved victim in Robison tragedy

June 1, 2015 After publishing May 18’s Leader-Herald article concerning the tragic deaths of Gloversville merchant Franklin Robison and his fellow victims at Robison and Smith’s Amsterdam laundry plant accident... more »»

Death of Robison in ’47 shocked Gloversville

May 18, 2015 Every city has civic leaders, and during the 1940s, Franklin Robison was one of Gloversville’s most active community supporters. more »»



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