Montgomery County NY
Ancestral Sightings Part 3

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Amsterdam Evening Recorder, Monday, July 24, 1922, page 3

A daughter was born this morning at the City hospital to Mr. and Mrs. John Wilbur of 45 Arch street. [Amsterdam]

Saturday afternoon at the City hospital a daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Louis Jones of Manny's Corners.

Amsterdam Evening Recorder, Thursday, June 13, 1912

Fonda, June 13

Following are the names of the graduating class of the Fonda High school for 1912: Albert Fonda, the Misses Fanny Pearson, Mildred Kested, Hazel Howard, Elizabth Lingenfelter, Anna Jansen and Blanche Wolcott.

June 13.- In the window of E. Corning Davis' store today appeared the following ancient sign, lettered as follows:

"G. and F. Mills' Store,
June 16th, 1812."

This sign was used on a store kept by the father and uncle of our townsman, Alexander H. Mills, who is the only surviving son of the G. Mills which appears on the sign. The store was situated at a small hamlet now called "Mills' Corners," four miles east of Broadalbin, on the direct road running to Saratoga, which was at that time the main road running from the Adirondacks south through Northville, Fish House, Galway to Amsterdam and Schenectady. It was a general country store and great quantities of lumber, shingles, etc., were taken their (sic) and exchanged for dry goods and groceries. It was said this store was visited by the army of 1812 on its march to Sacketts Harbor, and it is related that many soldiers in passing the store broke from the ranks and ran in to buy small necessaries, throwing down in their haste pieces of money in some cases many times the value of the article and rushing back to their places in ranks. This store was conducted by the Mills Bros. for many years, and it was their proud boast that no person ever called on them for a bill the second time. The sign is old and weather beaten, so that the black letters stand raised above the wood nearly 1/16 of an inch. A. H. Mills preserves this relic with great care and pride.

The Register, Fort Plain NY, November 14, 1873

NOTICE TO CREDITORS - Notice is hereby given according to law, to all persons having claims against Sylvia H. Keller, late of the town of Minden, Montgomery County, N.Y., deceased, that they are required to exhibit the same, with the vouchers thereof, to the subscriber, as administrator of the estate of said deceased, at the store of Stuart Keller in St. Johnsville, N.Y., on or before the last day of April, 1874.
Dated, St. Johnsville, Oct. 22, 1873
J.P. KELLER, Administrator, &c.

St. Johnsville Enterprise, Wednesday, January 16, 1902

James L. Cook, formerly of Fort Plain, has been awarded an absolute divorce by the circuit court at Sioux Falls, South Dakota, from his wife, Agnes Duncan Cook, on the ground of desertion. Cook has been living in Sioux Falls for the past year.

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The Mohawk Valley Register, Fort Plain, NY, unknown date in early February 1882

St. Johnsville

George Stansell, whose reputation as a law-abiding citizen is not the best, has sold his blacksmith shop to Augustus Hoffman and will leave town immediately, much to the satisfaction of his neighbors.

Van Hornesville.
Will. Johnson, son of Lester Johnson, on the Cyle, is dangerously sick. Little hopes are entertained for his recovery. Dr. Crane, of Richfield, attends him.

Sprout Brook.
Scarlet fever has made its appearance among children in many families in this neighborhood.

The Mohawk Valley Register, Fort Plain, NY, unknown date in January 1881

List of letters remaining in P.O. Fort Plain, N.Y., and avertised (sic) Jan. 7th 1881: Felix Burns, Mrs. Henry Body, Alex. Collins, Elisa Dezell, George Foote, Mrs. Libbie Kelley, Julia Lampman, Dennis Mahney (?), Alma Nellis, Christian Sitterly, Adam Walrath.

Mr. and Mrs. James Zeilley were called to Wooster, Mass., a few days ago, on account of the death of a sister of Mrs. Z.

The Mohawk Valley Register, Fort Plain, NY, unknown date in late May 1881

List of letters remaining in the Fort Plain, P. O. and advertised May 26th 1881: Byron C. Miller, Fernando Bonine (2), Jacob Power, Henry Sitts, C. W. Thorp, John Smith, Mr. Vestal, Messrs. Davis & Co.

The Mohawk Valley Register, Fort Plain, NY, unknown date in July 1881

List of letters remaining in Fort Plain, Post-Office and advertised July 14th, 1881: Joshua Getman, Jno. Schmudt (2), Coon Kisner, Charley Swan, W. H. Stevens, O. W. Lenard, Mrs. Mary Hoffnail, Mrs. E. D. Evans, Miss Eliza Miles (2), Miss Ella Reid, Miss Maggie B. Snell.

The land between Dr. Potter's residence and Edwards & Co's. furniture factory has been secured for a base ball ground. The ground is being prepared for "business," and a club has been organized, to be known as the "Young Washingtons." They play at Fultonville on Monday.

The Mohawk Valley Register, Fort Plain, NY, unknown date in January 1882

List of letters remaining in Fort Plain post-office and advertised Jan. 20th. 1882. Michal Donlan, Aaron Steenburg, W. H. PIedmont, Mr. Pordie, Homer Mead, J. M. Backus, Delos Buel, Cora M. Bradley, Miss Maggie Bradley, Clara M. Nestle.

Albert P. Walrath, of Palatine Bridge, has accepted the position of book-keeper in the clothing house of John W. Diefendorf & Co., at Wilmington, Del., and has removed with his family to that city.

Just found in the back mail! Sent to us March 11, 2014, and article still on line:

"From this morning's Tucson Daily Star. My great grandmother was born in St Johnsville and Arthur Van Alstine (born circa 1851) was her 3rd husband so the story caught my attention."

Bob Swanson

Street Smarts: Soldier and lawman the namesake for downtown's Van Alstine Street

new 1/18/15   A new contribution titled "Genealogy: McGrady Fun," from Richard Sullivan!

"These newspaper stories are about my Great-great grandmother Mary McGrady's brother's son John P. McGrady. While Mary lived in Buffalo, her brother James and his family lived on Wall Street in Amsterdam:"

Thursday September 25, 1884


Baker & Farron Performance Interrupted by a Fight In The Gallery.

John P. McGrady went to the theater in the company with Frank Parmentier, more commonly known as "Parm" last night. It is to be hoped he will in the future be more careful in the selection of his company or refrain from accepting his freely-given advice to kick up a row. As it chanced both had imbibed rather too often in the early part of the evening and there was just liquor enough inside them to create a desire to criticize the performance out loud. It is not known exactly to what canon of dramatic art Mr. McGrady holds, in forming his opinion of a performance, but it is certain that his expression of his views were frank. Talking in the gallery so loudly as to disturb players or the audience is expressly forbidden by Manager Neff, and Special Policeman Woodruff, who is stationed in the gallery to prevent disorders from occurring there, has strict orders not to allow it. Observing McGrady's proneness to talk out loud, Neff went up to him and cautioned him against it. Shortly after, about ten o'clock, during the third act, Farron's character asked Baker's who was going to be elected. This put McGrady on his political nerve and remembering the enthusiasm he had seen exhibited at the depot in the afternoon, he shouted, "Blaine!"

This was too much, and Woodruff came down and asked McGrady to come up one side as he wanted to talk to him, thinking in this way to get him away from Parmentier and keep him quiet.

McGrady went in spite of Parmentier's advice not to, but on getting out to the aisle, repented and said "What in - do you want of me?" and tore the left lapel from Woodruff's coat. Woodruff saw that it was necessary to put him out, but Parmentier and about thirty others of their comrades present thought differently. Springing out of their seats they made a dive toward Woodruff and his prisoner. They were now on the right side of the gallery and a free fight from here all the way downstairs into the lobby took place amid much excitement, the people all rising from their seats and the play being stopped entirely. Woodruff faced the crowd and dragged McGrady to the head of the stairs where he got a firmer hold on him and hurried him down. Once on the ground floor the cowardly roughs "gave it to him" from all sides. Woodruff was struck behind the ears and kicked twice, once in the ribs and once in the leg. "Bite him, McGrady!" yelled Parmentier, and the dramatic critic fastened his teeth to the policeman's forehead. The latter raised his locust to club the man who was chewing him, when the leather strap was broken by a violent wrench from behind and the club torn from his grasp. Finally someone separated the two men and McGrady was taken by sympathizing friends to the Globe Hotel. Woodruff, it is said on good authority has an old grudge against McGrady and so was a little too fast in ordering him about. "fresh" and a "crank" are epithets applied to him by McGrady's friends. Manager Neff is criticized for not making more effort to quell the disturbance.

Officer Firth this morning arrested McGrady. Application has been made to Judge Westbrook to take the matter before the grand jury.

(John P. McGrady Married Kittie McCormick May 21, 1884 in Johnstown at St. Patrick's Church by Father McNulty.)

Monday August 2, 1886


John McGrady Bites John Bulger's Ear Off at the Windsor.

At the Spinners' picnic on Saturday, some trouble arose between John McGrady and John Bulger, two well-known young men of this city. Bulger claims that McGrady tried to bring out a quarrel between him and John Kehoe, but that he refused to enter into any wrangle, saying that was not the place for it. Saturday evening, about 9 o'clock, while McGrady was in the bar-room of the Windsor restaurant, Bulger came downstairs and entered the apartment. McGrady seized him by the


and struck at him. Bulger is a light fellow, weighing little more than half as much as McGrady, who tips the beam at considerably over 200 pounds. He possesses plenty of pluck, however, and was not at all dismayed at the attack, but struck his bulky assailant a powerful blow, knocking him down. McGrady rose to his feet and clinched with Bulger, who put him on his back twice more in succession. The friends of the combatants then


and a seeming reconciliation was effected. As Bulger was standing by the bar, McGrady put one arm about his neck saying "you're a better man than I am, and we'll be good friends" suddenly seized the latter by the right ear with his teeth and bit it badly, so that the blood gushed freely and a piece of the ear hung down. The wound was dressed and the ear will heal in a short time. There had been ill feeling between McGrady and Bulger for some time. The two were formerly


and Bulger acted as best man at McGrady's wedding a little over two years ago. McGrady is naturally kind hearted, and the disgraceful performance of Saturday night was due to too excessive indulgence in liquor. Both young men are prominent politicians, Bulger having an active influence in the local Democratic ranks, and McGrady possessing equal power among the Republicans.


To a Democrat reporter to-day, McGrady said that he greatly regretted the occurrence and that it would not have taken place if he had been himself. He claimed, however, that he had been much persecuted and abused by Bulger and his friends, who he thought were actuated by jealousy, and their treatment of him had aroused his temper. He also said that just before he encountered Bulger, he had been run into roughly by John Kehoe, which had much


He claimed that to the best of his recollection, the injury to Bulger's ear was caused not by his teeth, but by a swinging blow from his fist. He had always been a warm friend of Bulger and regretted that the intimacy between them had ceased. It was not his fault that it had done so.

August 4, 1889 - Fulton County Republican:

At one o'clock Tuesday morning officers Soles and McGrady engaged in a brutal fight on Market Street, Amsterdam, in which McGrady was knocked down with a club and badly beaten over the head, receiving a number of severe cuts. During the fight a pistol in the hands of McGrady was discharged. Soles claimed that he pounded McGrady because he thought the latter was going to shoot him, and that throughout the battle he acted in self defense. McGrady says that while Soles was striking him with the club, he fired the pistol in order to scare him away. Charges have been preferred against both men, and they have been suspended from the force pending an investigation. It is reported that Soles has resigned. He told a friend that he intended doing so. Soles has been on the force for three years and McGrady for two. While Soles was not as popular as McGrady, there has never been any complaint made against him, while charges have been preferred against McGrady on two or three previous occasions. It is alleged that the officers were intoxicated that night.


Richard Sullivan

From: The Knights of Columbus in Peace and War, by Maurice Francis Egan and John B. Kennedy, Volume II, Knights of Columbus: New Haven, Connecticut. Copyright 1920.

"Below, without any designation of rank - be they officers or enlisted men, is presented the roster of the Knights who served with their country's colors in the war. ... But whether in the trenches, on the seas, or in the camps at home, all did their duty.

It is a striking coincidence that the first American to fall in the war was a Knight of Columbus and that the last American to fall was also a Knight, and that the first man to win the Distinguished Service Cross was a Knight."

NOTE: the men below were members of the Knights of Columbus who'd served in World War I. All spellings are as in the original book.

AMSTERDAM COUNCIL No. 209 - Amsterdam, New York (page 222 in book)
Bergen, Aloysius T.
Caruso, John E.
Clary, James J.
Cady, William J.
Donnelly, John B.
Donohue, William F.
Egan, William V.
Fitz-Gibbons, Michael
Fay, Paul M.
FitzGibbons, John P.
Greebe, William T.
Gillans, Raymond
Harrington, Leo A.
Hughes, Cyril
Hughes, Edward
Howlan, Francis
Isadore, Floyd
Lynch, Maurice F.
McBride, John J.
Mullarkey, John A.
Murnighan, Thomas F.
Ramsay, James A.
Reilly, Clarence J.
Seward, Dr. William H.
Shelly, James J.
Shelly, Joseph A.
Stewart, Charles E.
Tessero, John F.
Trivett, Martin A.
Turner, Thomas A.
Whelly, Bernard
Whelly, John P.
Wilson, James P.
Wilson, Joseph P.

WEST WINFIELD COUNCIL No. 1805 - West Winfield, New York (page 266 in book)
Droongoole, Charles J.
Gagan, John B.
Matthews, William A.
Mattresse, Samuel
Murphy, James
Nolan, Dennis
Nolan, Thomas
Smith, Thomas
Walsh, John J.
Walsh, Raymond

From the Utica Weekly Herald, Tuesday, April 21, 1891

Amsterdam, April 19.-

A plumber named James N. Woodward, while suffering from pneumonia yesterday morning, jumped from his bed and thro' the window, taking sash and glass with him. He was found on Morris street in his night clothes and taken home. His recovery is very doubtful.

From the Utica Herald-Dispatch, Saturday, August 5, 1911

Canajoharie Items

Frank Countryman and his bride arrived last night from New York. Mrs. Countryman was formerly Miss Elizabeth Rehme of New York, and for several years has been a summer visitor here. Their marriage took place on Wednesday. Mr. Countryman is a native of Canajoharie, and one of its well known barbers.

Amsterdam Evening Recorder, Saturday, May 21, 1932, page 12

Reid Hill Notes.

Singing Society Meets.

A meeting of the Harfa Singing society was held Tuesday night at the club rooms, Miss Lucia Faszcza presiding. A report on the dance which was held at the Z. N. P. hall April 23 was made by the committee. The affair proved a successful venture. The committee in charge of the May day celebration and two plays which were held at the Junior High school May 1 also made reports showing that both were successes. The following committee was appointed to set a date and arrange for a picnic: Miss Helen Blongiewicz, chairman, the Misses Helen Chmura, Jane Kowalski, Catherine Szala and Lucia Faszcza.

Miss Helen Gutowski, 63 Reid street, was elected secretary in place of Miss Bernice Myczek, who resigned. Miss Regina Dybas was elected treasurer in place of Miss Anna Reczek, who also resigned. Miss Henrietta Culick and Miss Agnes Holick were appointed to the house committee for the month.


New Structure Housing Many Documents of Auriesville to be in Use Sunday.

The library building recently constructed at the Shrine of the North American Martyrs at Auriesville will be formally opened tomorrow, it was announced today by the Rev. Peter F. Cusick, S. J., shrine director. The work of removing the many historical volumes relative to the early history of the valley from the various places in which they have been stored to the new library is now completed and the many valuable documents that led to the determination of Auriesville as the site of the ancient Indian village of Ossernenon will be displayed from time to time.

The new library building is located near the massive coliseum and four large display windows will be used to exhibit the more important works that are being preserved. Other documents will be found on shelves to the rear of the display windows. This library is the first structure of the shrine's building program for the season to be completed.

Amsterdam Daily Democrat, Monday evening, September 14, 1885

Gov. Hill has denied the application for pardon of Patrick Claffey of Montgomery county, convicted of burglary in the third degree, and sentenced Oct. 1882, to the state reformatory - transferred to Auburn.

Misses Kittie Riley and Sarah Charles of Reid's Hill intend making a three months' trip to Ireland for the benefit of their health. They will sail from New York on Saturday.

Albany Express: Hiram Van Denbergh, the Prohibition candidate for State treasurer, is a lumber dealer of Bleecker, Fulton county, and a cousin of Lawyer Van Denbergh, of Amsterdam.

From History of Ontario County, New York, by George S. Conover and Lewis Cass Aldrich, Syracuse, N.Y.: D. Mason & Co., Publishers, 1893

Page 173

Snyder, the late John J., Victor, was born in Hallsville, Montgomery county, September 24, 1850. He was educated in the common schools and Fort Plain Academy, and in early life was a farmer. September 1, 1874, he married Libbie, daughter of George W. and Catherine (Wagner) Johnson, formerly of Cooperstown, Otsego county. They came to Victor March 15, 1877. Mr. Snyder was in the coal and lumber business with T. M. Norton, and died April 9, 1889, as the result of an accidental injury received in their lumber yard. Mrs. Snyder's father, George W. Johnson, was born in Cooperstown, Otsego county, and was a miller by occupation. In 1849 he married Catherine Wagner of Fort Plain, Montgomery county. They had two children: Minerva R., (now Mrs. Theodore M. Norton); and Libbie. The ancestry of the family is English and German. Mrs. Snyder is a member of the Universalist church.

From The Ontario County Journal, April 19, 1889 (Canandaigua NY)

In Victor, April 9, John J. Snyder, in the 39th year of his age.

NOTE: John Jacob Snyder is buried in Boughton Hill Cemetery, Victor NY (Ontario County) with his wife Hannah Elizabeth Johnson. A view of their joint tombstone can be viewed on line. His wife's inscription reads "Libbie Johnson, his wife, Feb. 24, 1942, aged 85 years." There is also a photo of the tombstone of his brother Jonas' young daughter Catherine Johnson Snyder.

John Jacob Snyder appears in the 1860 census of the Town of Minden, residing with parents Jacob and Catherine, and siblings Jonas, Charles and Elizabeth. This was a prosperous family as his father's real estate was valued at $12,000.

Amsterdam Daily Democrat, Friday evening, December 4, 1885

M.M. Morse, a former old resident of this place, started last night for his home in Sumpter county, Florida.

John A. Sullivan, just appointed collector of internal revenue in New York city, was formerly partner of David G. Hackney, of Fort Plain.

From Illustrated history of Nebraska: a history of Nebraska from the earliest explorations of the trans-Mississippi region, with steel engravings, photogravures, copper plates, maps, and tables, Volume 3, by Albert Watkins, and George L. Miller, published by Western Publishing and Engraving Company, 1913.

Page 610.

SMITH, PIERSON DAVID, of the Smith National Bank, and the Nebraska Land and Live Stock Company, of St. Edward, Neb., was born in Fort Plain, N. Y., in 1845, son of Adam and Nancy (Pierson) Smith. The family was founded in America prior to 1775, by Dr. William Smith, father of Adam Smith, and himself, the son of George Smith of Edinburgh, Scotland, noted as a teacher and a merchant.

Adam Smith was born in Montgomery county, N. Y., in 1815. He engaged in the milling business, later in the general mercantile business, and was a contractor on the construction of the Erie canal, he went to New York city and engaged in the shipping business and early in the fifties was the owner of seventeen vessels sailing to California, and owned and operated the first steamship that went from New York to Australia. In 1857 he removed to Chicago, and purchased from the Illinois Central Railroad Company forty thousand acres of land south of Chicago, upon which he founded a number of towns. For some years he resided at Loda, Ill., where he operated one of the largest farms in the United States. In 1869 he settled in Chicago, where he acquired large realty interests, and was one of the principal promoters and owners of the Swansie & Brighton Silver Smelting and Refining Works, and was the founder of the private banking house of Adam Smith & Son.

In 1877 he purchased from the Burlington & Missouri Railroad Company 100,000 acres of land in Boone county, Neb., with an option on 74,000 acres. In 1877 he settled about a mile west of St. Edward, Neb., twenty-one miles from the nearest point on the Union Pacific railroad. From the town of Silver Creek on the Union Pacific main line, to Albion, he built a road, with a bridge over the Loup river. He had made elaborate plans for the settlement of the lands he had acquired, by an industrious class of farmers, when he died in Chicago in 1880. His plans were then taken in hand by his son, Pierson D. Smith. Tracts of land were sold to Samuel W. Allerton, N. K. Fairbanks, Franklin W. Head, Charles S. Dole, and Lyman J. Gage, all of whom opened large ranches, and rapidly brought into the county a number of settlers, who have become recognized as prosperous farmers and stock raisers.

Eventually, all of the tracts purchased by Adam Smith were disposed of, with the exception of the homestead of ten thousand acres, which is retained and operated by Mr. Pierson D. Smith.

Adam Smith was a life-long member of the Baptist church and was active in church and Sunday school. He was charitable, an advocate of temperance, and one whose private as well as business life was above reproach. His wife, Nancy Pierson Smith, was a native of Montgomery county, N. Y., and finished her studies in the Emma Willard Seminary of Troy, N. Y. They were married in 1840. and became the parents of five children, of whom Pierson D. Smith was the second born. She was active in church and benevolent societies, and was a woman of refinement and character, and was loved by all. She died in Chicago in 1885.

Pierson D. Smith attended the University of Chicago, and for eighteen months studied in Europe. He studied law at Union College of Law and was graduated from the same. He commenced his business career in the banking house of Adam Smith & Son, was interested with his father in the real estate business, and became treasurer and secretary of the Richard Iron Works, and the Swansie Smelting and Refining Works, of Chicago. Upon locating in Nebraska in 1878, he assumed full control of the enterprises which his father had inaugurated, and carried them out in a successful manner. He is one of the chief organizers of the Nebraska Land and Live Stock Company of which he is president; was the founder, owner, and president of the Smith National Bank of St. Edward, and is largely interested in the grain business, having at St. Edward an elevator of 125,000 bushels capacity. On his farm of 10,000 acres he has many tenants, and the farm is one of the best cultivated in the state. Mr. Smith is a republican, and a member of the Omaha Club, of Omaha. He was married in 1878 to Martha Shaw McMillan, a native of Scotland. Mr. and Mrs. Smith are the parents of three children, Aubrey Adam Smith, president of the Smith National Bank. William Redding Smith, and Pierson D. Smith. Jr.

Aubrey A. Smith, after five years' study in Europe at Geneva, Switzerland, and Heidelberg, Germany, entered Yale University and graduated in the class of 1902. In 1906 he was elected to the Nebraska legislature, serving in the house in the 30th session. In 1910 he was elected to the senate of Nebraska.

Amsterdam Evening Recorder, Friday, May 6, 1921, page 3

Miss Palma M. Ferraro of Canajoharie was a member of the class graduated Thursday evening from the training school for nurses of Ellis hospital Schenectady. Miss Ferraro was formerly a resident of this city.

The social column of Thursday's New York Times includes the following: "Mr. and Mrs. Walter Busch Reisinger of 950 Park avenue are receiving congratulations on the birth of a daughter yesterday." Mrs. Reisinger was formerly Miss Elizabeth Chalmers, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. W. Chalmers, of this city.

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph L. Hall of Boston are guests at the home of Mrs. Henry E. Greene, Sr., 92 Market street. Over 25 years ago Mr. Hall was a resident of Amsterdam. For the past 12 years he has been the Boston representative of the Spencer Kellogg Linseed Oil Company of Buffalo. Mrs. Hall will be pleasantly remembered as Miss Katherine Warnick, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Middleton Warnick and sister of former Senator Spencer K. Warnick. Miss Marion Hall, daughter of the visitors and a student at Smith college, is enjoying the pleasures of Junior Prom week at the Alpha Delta Phi house at Union college.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Szustak of 30 Cornell street are today celebrating the tenth anniversary of their marriage.

From the Amsterdam Evening Recorder, Monday, August 16, 1909

Harry Bennett visited his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. N. H. Bennett, at Carman, last week.

Miss Vesta A. Sittser, of Auburn, N.Y., is the guest of her nephew, John E. Willoughby, on Arnold avenue.

Miss Florence Rothmeyer will leave today for a week's vacation with friends and relatives in Schenectady.

Benjamin Taylor, of Grafton, Ontario, is visiting his brother, Edward Taylor, of Storrie street.

Mr. and Mrs. A. Fairbanks of Locust avenue will leave on Tuesday for a two months' visit in Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan, where brothers of Mr. Fairbanks reside.

Miss (sic) L. Spiro and daughter, Ethel, of Stamford, Conn., are visiting Mrs. Spiro's parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. Wagenheim, of Kline street.

Miss Emma Rothmeyer returned yesterday after a three week's vacation, spent with her cousin, Miss Feldman of the town of Florida.

Mrs. Albert Gerling and daughter, Marion, of Amsterdam, are enjoying the month of August at the home of Mrs. Gerling's' parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Bell, of Northampton.

Henry Hatcher, who has been located in the west for the past dozen years of more, is visiting his parents and the scenes of his boyhood in this city

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Heath, who have been passing a few days in Amsterdam, left this afternoon for their home in Chicago. Their daughter, Dorothy, will remain here for a time.

Mr. and Mrs. George L. Bennett and daughter are visiting Mrs. Bennett's father, A. T. Van Heusen, in this city. Mr. Bennett is on his way to Hackensack, N.J., where he has accepted a position as principal of the High school.

Miss Ethel Overbaugh, A. B., who will teach Latin and German in the Scotia public schools is a graduate of Amsterdam High school and Cornell university. She has been teaching Latin and German in Philadelphia for the last year.

Theodore C. Schoeffler, formerly well known as a news dealer, has taken a position with Paul Berger, vender of confections, fruits and daily papers on Market street.

In speaking of the big parade of the Grand Army veterans at Salt Lake City during the encampment the Salt Lake City Tribune says that "James Dennis, colored of Amsterdam, was color bearer for the second division of the New York state veterans."


Miss Marion Mead is visiting her aunt at Brandon, Vt.

All persons wishing to have first class photographs taken on postals, watch fobs or brooches, may obtain the same by calling at the studio of Charles Benn, on Pawling street, where all orders are promptly filled.

Mrs. William Thompson with friends from Albany, starts this evening for a two week's visit with relatives at Beloit, Wis.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Brown, of Boston, Mass., are visiting Mrs. Brown's sister, Mrs. Charles Benn, on Pawling street.

David Thompson and family are spending their vacation with relatives at Rochester.

Mr. and Mrs. Omar H. Cheer and daughter, of New York, are visiting Mr. Cheer's parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Cheer.

Mrs. James Cheer starts Monday to visit her sister, Mrs. Van Buren, at Hudson, who is seriously ill.

From the The Amsterdam Daily Democrat, Wednesday, June 21, 1893, page 8

Officers of the Young Men's Sodality.

At the annual election of the Young Men's sodality of St. Mary's church the following young men were elected for the ensuing year: Prefect, James Strain; first assistant, John J. Hennessy; second assistant, Michael Laffin; secretary, John Kronkhite; treasurer, John Griffin; librarian, Lawrence Dunn; reader, Patrick Whelly; councilors, Thomas Cotter and John Mallowney. The installation of officers will take place next Saturday.

From the Amsterdam Evening Recorder, Saturday, April 22, 1911

Mr. and Mrs. John Ruback of Troy are week-end guests of relatives in this city, their former home. Mr. Ruback holds a responsible position with the Troy Knitting company.

Harry and Lauren Borst will return to Harvard university tomorrow morning, after spending several days at the home of their parents, Judge and Mrs. Borst.

Mrs. Clarence Palmer and daughter, Helen, are visiting at the home of her mother, Mrs. George T. Williams, of Summit avenue, Catskill.

Miss Olive Farnsworth returned to her home at Clifton Springs this morning, after spending several weeks at the home of her cousin, Miss Nina V. Farnsworth, of Guy Park avenue.

The closing session of the Young Ladies' Bridge club was held Friday afternoon at the home of Miss Mabel Van Derveer on Locust avenue. The prize for the afternoon was won by Mrs. Theodore S. Dutcher. The season's prizes were awarded as follows: Mrs. Spencer K. Warnick, first prize; Miss Natalie F. Bennett, second prize; Mrs. Harry W. DeGraff, third prize.

James L. Hamilton of Division street has purchased the "Bee Hive," a confectionery store on upper Spring street, of Robert Brown, and took possession today. Mr. Brown has accepted a position with Foster & Gregory, wholesale candy dealers, of Gloversville.

Marion, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles LaRowe, of Grant avenue, was operated on Friday by Dr. Phillips for adenoids and sub-maxillary abscess.

From the Amsterdam Daily Recorder, Tuesday, June 20, 1893, page 8

Fire Near Fort Hunter.

The dwelling and barn of Charles Seible, located near Fort Hunter, were burned about 2 o'clock this morning together with their contents. The origin of the fire in unknown. The property was fully covered by insurance in Seymour Birch's agency of this city. Mr. Seible is a shoemaker at Fort Hunter. He had a house burn on the same site a few years ago.

new 8/15/10   From the Amsterdam Evening Recorder, Wednesday, July 24, 1907

Emma May Liebetrau, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Liebetrau of Pearl street, and Helen Louise, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Davis, of Albany, were christened last Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Liebetrau by the Rev. Mr. Straus, of the German Lutheran church of Albany.


Dessau & Kane Have Contract for Erection of Edifice for St. Casimir's Congregation.

St. Casimer's Lithuanian congregation, which sometime ago began the erection of a church on East Main street, has now let the contract to complete the job. The basement wall is all that is up so far and this had been arranged with a roof in such a manner that services could be held there. The Lithuanians will now have one of the finest edifices in the city. At a cost of $35,000, Dessau & Kane, local contractors will soon start the work of building the church. It will extend fourteen feet further back than the present foundation and the architecture will be of the most modern design. It is expected to have the new church completed in time to hold services in Christmas.

From The Amsterdam Daily Democrat, Wednesday, November 13, 1901

Auriesville, Nov. 13.

Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Casler will celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of their marriage on Friday evening.

Canajoharie, Nov. 13.

Mr. and Mrs. Augustus L. Rumpff attended the golden wedding (50th anniversary) of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred J. Wagner, at Fort Plain last Wednesday evening, Nov. 6. Mr. Rumpff was the only guest present at this time who attended the wedding fifty years ago.

From the Amsterdam Evening Recorder, Thursday, December 31, 1931, page 9

Fort Plain D.A.R. to Meet Jan. 12

First Meeting of Year Will Take Place at Home of Mrs. George Duffy.

Fort Plain, Dec. 31.- The January meeting of the Fort Plain chapter, D. A.R., will meet Tuesday, January 12, at 5:30 p.m. at the home of Mrs. George Duffy. This meeting was postponed from January 6 on account of the week of prayer. Delegates to the Continental congress will be elected. Following is the committee: Mrs. George Duffy, Mrs. Ralph Nestle, Miss Elizabeth Reis (?) Adams, Mrs. Albert Keller, Mrs. Russell Nellis, Mrs. Lelah S. Pierce, Mrs. Albert D. Sheffield, Mrs. R. Z. Smith, Mrs. Ada Z. Vedder, Mrs. Rufus Wiles, Miss Ruth Sheffield, Miss Ella R. Zielley, Miss Jennie Zimmerman and Mrs. Charles Scott.

Reid Hill Notes.

St. Michael's Elects.

Members of the St. Michael's society of the St. Stanislaus church held their monthly meeting Tuesday evening at the church hall. Stanislaus Smitka, president, opened the meeting with a prayer after which business was transacted. Two new members were received into the organization, John Tyszko and John Piecuch.

The treasurer submitted his report which showed that the society is financially sound. Several other reports were made after which the election of officers took place. The entire staff was re-elected. Following are the officers: The Rev. Father Anton Gorski, chaplain; Stanislaus Smitka, president; Casimir Winkiel, vice president; Anthony Chmielewicz, treasurer; William Wyzykowski, financial secretary; Stanislaus Skowronek, recording secretary; Alexander Wyszomirski, director of the sick; William Jaczkowski and Andrew Kusiak, visitation of the sick; Albert Karp, tyler; Stanley Felczar, marshal; Anthony Syrylo, vice marshal; Mathew Zajaczkowski, assistant secretary; Joseph Lewek and Frank Opalka, standard beareres; Albert Wojcik, Anthony Bartyzel and Joseph Lewek, trustees; Stanislaus Smitka, Anthony Syrulo, Joseph Kosiba and Louis Zajaczkowski, delegates to the Federation of Polish Societies in Amsterdam.

The yearly meeting will be held January 26, at which time installation of officers will take place.

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