Part 2

Amsterdam, NY Saturday Evening, August 4, 1904


Editorials and News Items of Twenty-Five Year Ago
Copied Verbatim from The Daily Democrat
Of Wednesday, August 20, 1879

Congressman John H. Starin can not fail to become a very prominent candidate for governor at the Republican state convention. The Starin clubs, which are springing up in every part of the state, show that Starin is a very popular man with the people. He was elected to congress last fall by a majority which the leaders of the party can not afford to disregard. Starin is a lively, go-ahead man. He would poll 25,000 more votes than either Cornell or Pomeroy. He is a large-hearted man, with unbounded generosity; hence the large majority which he obtained for congress last fall. He is a man of the people. The people would very much like to show their appreciation of Starin in November. Will the "slate-makers" allow the people to do this? The state convention will determine. -Albany Post

- McNaughton is improving his newsroom.

- Barton and McNaughton sell over 500 out of town dailies - daily.

- There was a general colored jamboree in the Goat Alley region on Tuesday.

- Walter Welch, the colored imbiber of narcotic poisons, is out of doors again.

- The publication of the Amsterdam Democrat and the Friday Democrat and the Broadalbin Herald will continue as heretofore.

- Strangers visiting Amsterdam remark that it is an enterprising town - but dirty.

- A new brick blacksmith shop is being added to the Sanford's carpet mill buildings.

- One ten cents a week for the Daily Democrat, delivered every evening at your door.

- The Robin Hood Archer club had a pleasant meeting for practice at McElwain terrace Tuesday afternoon.

- The Gentleman's Driving association will have the best meeting of the season at Fultonville on Saturday.

- When the canvasser drops in to see you this week, don't fail to greet him with a smiling face and give him the privilege of putting down your name.

- The regents of the university have appointed the Amsterdam Academy to instruct a teachers' class of twenty pupils. Members of this class receive free tuition. Early applications should be made for admission to the class to Professor Thompson.

- On Monday night some burglars made an unsuccessful attempt to enter L. G. Strang's residence on Division street. Seeing that they were discovered, they hastily departed, taking along a few pieces of clothing which were hanging out to dry.

- Mssrs. C.S. Shattuck, Peter B. Gardner, and Dr. Bacon spoke in Association hall on Tuesday evening. They denounced the papers which call the doctor a "fraud," and asserted that the man referred to is another Bacon, who is not in any way related to the doctor.

- The question of a Firemen's Mound in Green Hill Cemetery-similar to the Soldier's Mound-has been agitated somewhat of late by the members of our department. In the opinion of Captain Degraff, it would be a good plan for the boys to unite and select a plot at once in the addition to the cemetery which he is now surveying. They could have their choice, as none of these lots are taken.

- A friend suggests that if the peddler who cries his peaches, melons, etc., through our streets, would only make his melodious announcement in the Choctaw language, that nobody could possibly understand, and then have a rehearsal before starting out, in order to make his yelling more hideous and unearthly, it would be a decided improvement over his present feeble attempt at whispering!!!

- This morning, while workmen were blasting for the new Livingston street bridge, a piece of stone weighing thirty-five pounds was thrown through one of the windows in the finishing room in the second story of McDonnell, Kline & Co.'s knitting mill striking Miss Eunice Green on the head and causing a severe scalp wound. The stone then passed over the heads of five other girls and dropped upon the floor, doing no further damage.


Mr. John Fea has returned from his western trip.
Judge Westbrook returned from New Jersey this morning looking hale and hearty.
Dr. Scoon and party report a fine time and splendid success fishing at Lake Piseco.
Rev. Willard Scott of New York is spending his vacation with his father, Alexander Scott, Esq.
Eugene B. Abel a prosperous merchant of Ann Arbor, Mich., (formerly of Amsterdam) made us a pleasant call on Tuesday.
Miss Carrie Covey of the Academy faculty, is in New York adding to her attainments in art and making a collection of copies for her studio.

Harriet E. Stanton, daughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and a graduate of Vassar college, will step upon the lecture platform this winter. She will make her debut in Johnstown, where she has many relatives and friends.

Our esteemed townsman, Mr. John Kenworthy, called at our office a short time ago for a few copies of the Democrat containing a notice of the recent arrival of his sister in town. "I wonder why we cant' have a daily paper," he said, the conversation having turned upon the subject of newspapers; "Schenectady has three, why shouldn't we be able to support one? I believe we can and furthermore," he added, "I think Amsterdam is behind the times in this respect." Mr. Kenworthy little knew that he was talking on a subject which was just then agitating the editor's mind, and he will doubtless be surprised to learn that to the encouraging words he then uttered in favor of an enterprise of this kind is largely due the existence of this first issue of the Daily Democrat.


The German Picnic Our German brethren are having a delightful time this afternoon at their Turnverein Fortschritt picnic in Guy Park grove. The procession, headed by the 13th Brigade band, Orvill Lingenfelter, drum major, started from Turner hall for the grove at 1 o'clock arrayed in gala attire. The weather-which seems to be generally unfavorable to German demonstrations of this kind in Amsterdam-is for once delightful and a large crowd of pleasure seekers will no doubt assemble under the trees this evening to keep time to the melody of the Brigade string band.


Republican County Convention

        At the Republican county convention, held at Fonda this afternoon, Hon. A.W. Kline was chosen chairman and L.A. Serviss, secretary.

        The following delegates to the state convention were chosen: D.W. Shuler, G.B. Shultz, F. Fish, and James Arkell. They were instructed to vote for Hon. John H. Starin for governor. To the senatorial convention - A.Z. Neff. G.C. Simpson, C.G. Barnes. Instructed to vote for Hon. W. Wagner.


From Newspaper Friends Who are Unable to be
Present at This Evening's Anniversary
Dinner at Sacandaga Park

Among the letters of regret received by the publishers from newspaper friends invited to attend the anniversary dinner at Adirondack Inn, Sacandaga Park this evening are the following:

John A. McCarthy, Press-Knicherbocker-Express, The Sunday Press.
Fred P. Hall, The Journal, Jamestown, NY
Charles S. Francis, The Troy Times
Otto A. Meyer, The Press Utica, NY
H. R. Bryan, The Republican, Hudson, NY
A. N. Liecty, The Gazette, Schenectady, NY
Garry A. Willard, The Herald, Boonville
H. J. Knapp, Daily Advertiser, Auburn, NY
John K. Walbridge, The Saratogian, Saratoga Springs, NY
Jay E. Klock, The Kingston Daily Freeman
Elias Vair, The Seneca County News, Waterloo, NY
A. O. Bunnell, The Advertiser, Dansville, NY
F. B. Beers, The Rome Sentinel, Rome, NY
A. E. Blunck, The Lafayette Evening Call, Lafayette, Ind
M. H. Hoover, The Daily Union-Sun, Lockport, NY
Fred W. Hyde, Jamestown Journal, Jamestown, NY
W. H. Greenhow, The Evening Tribune, Hornellsville, NY
W. A. Smyth, The Times, Oswego, NY
Mrs. Fred W. Corson, Union-Sun Co., Lockport, NY
A. J. McWain, The Daily News, Batavia, NY
W. D. McKirnstry, Watertown Daily Times
Arthur T. Smith, Herkimer Citizen
Wm. Barnes, Jr., Albany Evening Journal
John W. Slauson, Middletown Times
Wm. J. Marlette, Schenectady Star

William P. Belden
Died April 7, 1903
Seward Kline
Died July 10, 1903


Fr. L to R, back row: A.C. Hindle, Chas. T. Conover, W.B. Wilmot, L.O. Eldredge, S.F. Sharp;
Seated: W.P.Belden, Elmer Schuyler, E.A. McMillin, Raymond Christman;
In Front: W.B. Greene, C. A. Kenworthy

Edward Payson White

Morris Dey
Ft. Hunter Correspondent

John Edmund Willoughby
Former City Editor


Excerpts from Anniversary Article by
John E. Willoughby
Interesting Contribution From Former City Editor of Daily Democrat

.My thoughts run back two decades to the time when I entered upon a connection with with the old Daily Democrat which lasted altogether for about eleven years. The paper was then four years old. It had passed well beyond the experimental stage and had become an institution. Amsterdam was full of life and activity-who can remember a time since the Civil was when it was far from being what it is now. It was yet in the swaddling clothes of village life, becoming a city two years later. The present fifth ward was still Port Jackson and the West Shore railroad had not been opened, although very near completion. Rock City was well out in the country. There were not many houses beyond Bayard street on the west, and the spot where the East Main street Methodist church now stands marked the limit of buildings in the east end. Bunn street was the last street on the north on Academy hill. Brookside avenue had not been laid out. Not until some years later did the influx of Italians, Poles, and Hungarians drive the majority of its Irish resident from "Cork Hill." On East Main street, nearly opposite the newly opened Hotel Warner, in which the village took great pride, was a potato patch, now covered by the handsome Cassidy buildings. On Market street the erection of the Sanford flats had just been begun. East Main and Market streets have been transformed since that day. Changes have been made in every part of the town. The most notable improvement is the pavement of asphalt, brick, or macadam with which the streets are covered, contrasting strongly with the dust or mud of years ago. It was shortly before my advent that in the early spring a boat was dragged with very little difficulty through the water, mud and slush the whole length of East Main street. Today, for driving, bicycling or automobiling, no city, not even Washington or Buffalo, has better streets than Amsterdam. What a difference too, between the horse cars, which slowly jingled back and forth, and the speedy and comfortable cars of Mr. Hee's electric road!

.The man who has established on a firm foundation so excellent a newspaper as The Evening Recorder has accomplished a task of which he may well be proud, and for which the people in its parish should be thankful. Amsterdam is thankful to Mr. William J. Kline. It crowns him today with the laurel wreath of appreciation, esteem and gratitude. It welcomes the son who promises to follow in the footsteps of his father, and to both it tenders the heartiest of congratulations-in which I join-on this silver anniversary.

John Edmund Willoughby
The Kingston Daily Freeman
Kingston, NY

William J. Kline & Son
Publishers of The Amsterdam Evening Recorder

Evening Recorder Plant, NO. 16 Railroad Street
Main building erected 1884, addition built 1902

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