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Col. John Brown finally gets his monument

October 18, 2016 There remain many unanswerable questions regarding the life and death of Col. John Brown of Pittsfield, Mass., who died in the battle of Stone Arabia on his 36th birthday, Oct. more »»

Firearms lecture planned for Oct. 27

October 18, 2016 FORT PLAIN — On Oct. 27 at 7 p.m., the Fort Plain Museum will present 350 years of firearms including the Hamilton/Burr dueling pistols by John Phillips. more »»

One man’s quest to bury a murderess

October 3, 2016 What was a spurned young Amsterdam woman to do back in November 1895 when her handsome saloonkeeper lover rejected her? Why, shoot him of course. more »»

Odd but interesting local news from the past

September 19, 2016 While gathering material for these articles, sometimes other shorter, but still interesting, stories appear. This is a collection of such odd bit. more »»

Moody elephant Alice paid visit to cemetery

August 22, 2016 We continue our August elephant tales, but no political bias is implied. more »»

The legend of Romeo, Juliet and the Cayadutta Bridge

August 9, 2016 In 1975, Johnstown’s Catherine Rowles published a collection of local history essays titled, “From Tomahawks To Hatpins.” It sold well, and copies often appear in area used bookstores. more »»

Sacandaga Park Rustic Theater lost out to newer trends

July 25, 2016 Apparently, “Guys and Dolls” was too hot a show for the the old, wooden Sacandaga Park Rustic Theater, for shortly after the popular musical’s July 20, 1955, matinee concluded, ticket office... more »»

Exploring the origin of Tribes Hill’s name

July 11, 2016 During the mid-1950s, multi-lane highways were built everywhere, bypassing valley towns and villages people formerly had to drive through slowly. more »»

Local motorcycle clubs started in early 1900s

June 27, 2016 Sources agree that the first American-made “moto-cycle” was a “high-wheel” bicycle with a small steam-powered engine speeding along at 12 mph. The Indian Motorcycle Co. more »»

Tourism, economic initiatives aren’t new to area

June 13, 2016 On Aug. 6, 1930, the Rome Daily Sentinel ran a headline in its Mohawk Valley Section proclaiming, “Mohawk Valley Towns Association Has Brought Unity to Our Valley. more »»

Last area Civil War veterans lived in Broadalbin

May 30, 2016 Usually when asked to address a group, the speaker chooses the subject, but when a specific topic is requested, it becomes a challenge to comply, as it was last fall when I was asked to address the... more »»

County’s female sheriff served with distinction

May 16, 2016 When Sarah Todd, wife of former Amsterdam School System Administrator Hollis Todd, died at their Melbourne Beach, Fla., home Dec. more »»

Hill was early Fulton County female physician

May 2, 2016 In 1874, Caroline and Reuben Hill moved from Fortsville, town of Moreau, Saratoga County, to Gloversville, where most of their nine daughters remained throughout their lives. more »»

Former Gloversville judge drafted GI Bill

April 18, 2016 On March 7, when the Leader-Herald profiled the life of former Vail Mills resident Raymond Tomlinson, who conceived and launched the electronic communication system now known worldwide as email, ou... more »»

Good detective work solved 1930s murder

April 4, 2016 At 8:30 on the morning of July 25, 1936, Amsterdam iceman Frank Jablonski made a routine stop a mile north of Amsterdam at the Perth Road (now Route 30) garage of Anthony Coppola, 40-year-old father... more »»

Warren Johnson made winter visit to fort

March 21, 2016 Private journals reveal glimpses of life in the distant past, but few accounts exist from our colonial-era Mohawk Valley, mainly because few were writte. more »»

Gloversville crew fought four fires in one day

March 7, 2016 While fire very recently destroyed two Gloversville buildings simultaneously, it wasn’t the first time multiple fires have occurred in Gloversville on the same da. more »»

McNab School was gift from local family

February 22, 2016 The president of Gloversville’s 1919 School Board must have almost fallen from his swivel chair when he received an unexpected letter from wealthy Emma McNab Burton that read, “Understanding you are... more »»

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 »»



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Arts grants opportunities for 2014

October 8, 2013 Saratoga Arts has announced the following information about its 2014 grant program in Fulton and Montgomery counties: Fulton-Montgomery Arts Grants (F-MAG) provides funding for arts & cultura... more »

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