Nov. 1st


Forty-eight Italians arrived in Little Falls from Buffalo to work on the Little Falls – Dolgeville railroad.


“Big Frank,” the little 90 pound kangaroo, which was to have boxed at the Star Academy, died in that building from cramps.

Nov. 2nd


Albert G. Story, a long-time fixture in Little Falls financial affairs, died of apoplexy sitting in his chair at the National Herkimer County Bank on South Ann Street.


Construction of the new Hoffman Paper Company plant (later Burrows; then Twin Rivers), one of Little Falls’ newest industries, on West Main Street, is nearing completion. High grade tissues are the principal product of this manufactory.


The second annual concert given by the Little Falls Military Band and sponsored by Little Falls Commandery, No. 26 K. T. was held at the Linton Theatre. Mr. George H. Bennett was the Director of the twenty-seven member group which is among the oldest bands of this type in New York State.

Nov. 3rd


A reception was held today at the recently enlarged Barnet Bros. tannery on East Mill Street, the second largest tannery on this continent. Rich and poor alike were made welcome with several visitors from abroad. Music and speeches are to be followed by a banquet this evening at the Metropolitan Hotel.


A resolution was passed by the Common Council authorizing the construction of a sewage disposal treatment plant for the City of Little Falls at an estimated cost of $5,700,000.


Mary Haggerty, considered the “Jill-of-all-Civic-Trades” in Little Falls passed away today at age 58. An educator in Little Falls schools for 34 years, she was nationally prominent in the Girl Scouts and the Red Cross, and held leadership positions in the Hospital Guild, DAR, WCA, Community Chest, Holy Family Parish, and the Little Falls Historical Society.


Mark Blask was elected as the new mayor of Little Falls on the Democratic ticket, gathering 745 votes, to 230 votes for current mayor Robert Peters Sr., and 36 for Michael Lonis.

Nov. 4th


Jack Dempsey, perhaps the most popular American prize fighter, arrived in Little Falls this afternoon, and will stay at the Girvan House. He will appear in “Bottom of the Sea” at the Cronkhite Opera House tonight.


Long-time LFHS wrestling coach, Charlie Young, was inducted into the Central New York Wrestling Hall of Fame. In addition to leading the wrestling program for over twenty years, Young also coached football, basketball, baseball, tennis, and physical education during his tenure at Little Falls High School.

Nov. 5th


The Chronkhite Opera House opened with a concert.


The Little Falls fire companies were well known throughout the State for their expertise in fire drill competitions. They did not do as well in foot ball. The local Erina Chemicals team met the Herkimer Field Club at the county fairgrounds and came out on the short end of the contest. Little Falls lost 56 to 0.


Rame Rovazzi (the unofficial mayor of the south side) led the Italian Citizens Band to the home of Nelson R. Gilbert to publicly congratulate him on being elected mayor of Little Falls. Gilbert’s motto had been “Fairness to All.”

Nov. 6th


John and Patrick Kearney have the contract to complete the St. Mary’s church steeple for $8,300. The original church building was topped at the height of the bell tower. The contracting masons built the handsome 185 foot steeple, and “crowned” the new spire with a massive gilded cross.


David H. Burrell laid the cornerstone of the present Y. M. C. A. building which was then called the Presbyterian Parish House.


A citizens’ mass meeting was held at the Hippodrome Theatre, sponsored by people not sympathetic with the strikers at the Phoenix Mill. The object of the meeting was: “to take action for the preservation of peace, business stability and the welfare in general to businessmen and wage earners alike, and the enforcement of laws regulating riotous and disorderly acts.”


Dr. Mary K. Irving returned to Little Falls and set up a medical practice at 29 North Ann Street, the same location as Dr. J. J. McEvilly. She was the first woman doctor to practice in the city’s history.

Nov. 7th


The employees of MacKinnon’s mill received their wages in gold. There is no longer a scarcity of the yellow metal, for there is no object to hoarding it, and all prospect of profit by doing so is dispelled by the election of McKinley.


An early morning large fire caused the destruction of the John Pierce Company stone crushing plant on Burnt Rocks, with the loss estimated at $150,000. The fire started in the electric transformer. The flames were difficult to fight because of the inaccessibility to the plant.


A new chapter was written in the city’s administrative history when local voters decided that the school board, now appointive, should become elective in the future.

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