Jul 11th


A letter from a British official, John Bradstreet, to the Petries: “I am directed by his Excellency General Amherst to acquaint you both of his being informed of your obstructing his Majesty’s Service at the Little Falls. If you do not immediately desist from such insolent behavior, he will treat you both with the severity your Crimes deserve.”

The Bradstreet letter was important because, outside the Water Powers, these and adjoining lots east were valuable as they controlled the carrying place around the Falls of the river, and the leases of lands for taverns, stores, and the license of passing the lands went with the title. 


Over two thousand tickets to Herkimer were sold at the railroad depot today.


The members of the New York Liederkranz society lay claim to being the first gentleman to ride over a part of the Little Falls & Dolgeville railroad.  However, the credit really belongs to about 400 public spirited citizens and youths who walked out to the work area and returned to the village in eleven work cars.


The Little Falls Building, Savings And Loan Association was  organized with the objective of the encouragement of industry, frugality, home owning and saving of money by its members.


Letter from Homer P. Snyder to employees: We closed our factory on December 1, 1920, when the sale of bicycles suddenly ceased because of the general business depression and the increasing cost of material and high labor costs. We can now purchase material at a reduced price, and can reopen July 17th, on a limited basis, with a plan for a reduced scale of wages.


One of the city’s oldest houses is the victim of Urban Renewal. A pile of rubble is all that is left of the brick home at the corner of Albany and Mary streets which was built in 1830 by Dr. Milton Gray.


Eleven months after the voters gave approval, Rupert Palmer, President of the Board of Education, signed a contract for $2,395,457 for the construction of the new Little Falls Junior-Senior High School at the Top Notch Road site. Work was to begin immediately.

Jul 12th


Colonel Morgan, proprietor of the “Stags Head Tavern” (formerly Cranes Tavern) entertained General Stephen Van Rensselaer and his officers on their way to the Canadian frontier. A sumptuous banquet was served followed by the usual toasts.


Edward Ellice sold his father’s property at Little Falls, consisting of lots from the Burnetsfield and Fall Hill Patents and other parcels, to Albany and New York City interests. A new Little Falls lawyer, Arphaxed Loomis, had aroused the local citizens against Ellice because of his unfair leasing practices. Commercial development at Little Falls had been hindered by lawsuits around Ellice’s sale of properties involving water rights.


A ball was held by The African M. E. Zion Church at the Temperance Hall in Little Falls to commemorate the 27th anniversary of their freedom in the North. Large crowds watched the festivities from the balconies of the hall.


He’s located; he’s not. Hadley Jones has been “located” by the newspapers but not yet by the officials and detectives looking for him. A gentleman who knew both Mr. and Mrs. Jones claim they were fellow passengers on a vessel sailing from New York City to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. From there, they took a steamer to a port further south. Most doubt these reports.


The Aldermen were unanimous in their approval of the plans for the East-West Arterial through Little Falls. The project will run from Glen Avenue to east of Ward Street, and will entail tearing down the homes on the south side of Hancock Street and many on John Street. Affected residents are asking that the route be changed.

Jul 13th


James Conover, having business on the Roll Way, took his nine-year old son along with him to the foot of the hill. Although he was told to “stay put,” the boy ascended the steep hill to a considerable height following his father, became dizzy, lost his balance and fell to the bottom of the hill. He was seriously injured and is under the care of Dr. Ingham.


Chief of Police James Long had a caller this morning – Mike Masco whom the chief had arrested in November 1916 for Little Falls’ celebrated trunk murder. Recently released from prison, Masco came to this city and wanted the chief to secure a job for him so he and his wife could start life anew.

Jul 14th


The prolongation of the Civil War necessitated replenishing the Union ranks, and volunteers weren’t numerous or enthusiastic. Major Zenas Priest, county supervisor from Little Falls village, proposed that the county offer a “bounty” of $300 to each man joining the colors.


The Bicycle Club, Rifle Corps, and the Union Guards joined together and incorporated as the Athletic Association of Little Falls. Dues will be used to equip the gymnasium and drill hall.


The Sheard’s Park bandstand on Furnace Street is now open.


A boulder weighing two tons has been drawn to the site of the old Octagon church, on Church Street, and will be fitted up as a marker. The D. A. R. will dedicate the marker during centennial week in September.


The aldermen have started the proceedings to condemn the property at the corner of Main and William streets, owned by Dr. D.H. Rowe, as a site for its $100,000 city hall. Dr. Rowe uses the property for a barn and a hospital for the care of animals.


New York State Comptroller Travis, after a review of the 1914 fiscal year for Little Falls, has deemed the city government to be confused and in a “chaotic condition.” Three incidents that have occurred are permitting friendship to intervene in the matter of enforcing the law, significant friction between city departments, and motives of personal revenge.


Birger Lundstrom is branching out in the business world. What started out as a joke, selling hotdogs and ice cream from a floating dispensary on Ingham Lake (Keyser Lake), has turned into a profitable business. His enterprise has been well received by the flocks of bathers and campers who congregate there.


Employees of industrial plants in Little Falls were being asked to volunteer to be observers for the local aircraft warning post atop Hotel Snyder. Forty observers were needed.

Jul 15th


Hugh Fitzgibbons, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Fitzgibbons of 68 West Monroe Street, the local aviator flying with the English Royal Flying Corps, previously reported missing after combat with a German flyer, is safe and will shortly return home.

Jul 16th


The Little Falls  Fire Department’s annual convention at the Firemen’s Association State of New York will be held in Auburn and continue in session for three days.  All of the fire companies have received an invitation to a picnic and dance at St. Johnsville, Thursday of next week.


Dr. Elveleth dies, practiced medicine here for 60 years.  Dr. George S. Elveleth succumbed to infirmaries at his house in Newport, NH.

Jul 17th


Finding that Barry St, Ledger had massed troops and loyalists at Oswego in preparation to invade the Mohawk Valley, General Nichols Herkimer issued a proclamation calling for all men from sixteen to sixty  to arm themselves and prepare to march to Fort Stanwix in defense of the valley. Men over sixty were to defend the homes.


Judge Loomis is having the swamp lot, on the corner north of the Catholic church, filled in with gravel from the hills above. This will make a good building site, and be an improvement over the duck pond that has existed there for years.


A contract was made by the village with McDermott & Ashenhurst to build a sewerage system for a city of 10,200 people.


WW II Era – Another accident at the Gorge View highway entrance to Little Falls as four tons of fish spilled when a  freighter upsets on East Main Street. It wasn’t Friday, but  dozens, if not hundreds, of local families had fish as their main course for dinner.

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