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Stump City

Exhibit series to focus on 200 years of Gloversville

March 9, 2008
By RICHARD NILSEN, The Leader-Herald
From Stump City to the present, former city councilwoman Cynthia L. Morey wants to take area residents on a pictorial tour through the history of Gloversville.

The first of a five-part series sponsored by the Fulton County Historical Society will be presented Thursday at the First Congregational Church, 31-33 E. Fulton St. at 7 p.m. with refreshments to follow.

It will be free to the public.

Morey said she started on the seven-year project of photo, art and postcard collecting out of boredom.

“I wanted to while away some dismally cold and blustery days of winter,” she said. “I was looking at a book titled ‘Images of America’ by Lewis G. Decker given me for Christmas in 2000 by my dear friend Joan Fudger.”

Morey said she thought it would be great to have a DVD with the history of Gloversville entirely in pictures.

“And so I commenced searching through books, magazines, newspapers, postcards, photo albums and Web sites for pictures of Gloversville,” she said.

Morey said she had more than 1,600 photos, sketches and postcards represented on her compilation DVD.

She plans to have copies for sale by the end of the five-part program and hopes to donate most of the sales proceeds to the county museum.

“People are hungry to know and see what the city used to be like,” Morey said.

Former county historian Bill Loveday said the area was known as Stump City from about 1816 to 1828.

“I think new residents to the area will be very interested to see what it was once like,” Morey said. “I hope people get a better understanding of their heritage — the ups and downs of the city.”

Titled “The Early Years — 1773-1902,” the presentation will continue March 27 with “Gloversville Grows — 1903-1919,” then “Gloversville’s Cultural Revolution — 1920-1949,” April 10, “Decline of the Leather Industry and Urban Renewal — 1950-1999,” April 17 and finally “Recent Times — 2000-present,” May 22. All presentations will be at 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church.

At the museum Wednesday, besides Morey and Bill Loveday, were Joan Loveday, president of the historical society, Martin Luey, a Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services work-study coordinator and his student Dene Denton of Broadalbin.

Luey said he went to elementary school where the museum is.

Asked where his classroom was, he replied, “I was in all of them at one time or another.”

Bill Loveday explained to Denton how Stump City came to be Gloversville.

“Most cities grow outward,” Loveday said. “The downtown area was actually the last to be part of the city because a farmer by the name of William Ward didn’t want to sell his land there.”

The western village was McNab Mills, formed from the 125-acre plot purchase by John McNab Sr. in 1802 on both sides of the present West Fulton Street. To the north was Kingsborough, founded in 1786 and to the east was Throopville formed from the holdings of the Throop family at the end of the 1700s. More details on the growth of Gloversville were in an exhibit titled “The Evolution of Gloversville” at the museum in summer 2006. The city finally was incorporated by state charter in 1890.

“This project could not have been created without many people, organizations, businesses, and Web sites that in some way contributed — knowingly or unknowingly — to its development,” Morey said.

Among those credited with materials used in the project are Frank Ambrose, Barbara McMartin, Janice Ligon, Deborah Palmieri, Dave Gibson, and city historians James Morrison and Judith Marcoux. A more complete listing accompanies the showings and presentation.

Morey said many photos used are the dates found on photos and not necessarily that of the event pictured, while others are “best guesstimates” of dates.

For more information, call Morey at 725-0804.

Richard Nilsen is a general assignment reporter and can be reached at

Article Photos

The Leader-Herald/Richard Nilsen
From left are Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services student Dene Denton and Joan and Bill Loveday listen as Cynthia Morey, seated, talks about her compilation of historical photos of Gloversville at the Fulton County Museum Wednesday.



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