Trojan Bowling

In 1935, the bowling and billiard hall that Erve managed was in the Hall-Rand building on the northwest corner of Congress and Third Streets in Troy. This was the former […]

Ferret Attack!

What was showing at the Lyceum Theatre in Amsterdam of an October evening in 1918? Why, “Queen of the Sea.” They had me with “Thrilling Escape From Tower of Knives […]

The Carl Company

Well of course I couldn’t talk about Wallace’s without mentioning its across-the-street complement, The Carl Company. One of Schenectady’s home-grown department stores, it opened in 1906 and was owned by […]

Steam Planing!

Steam was all the rage in the 1860s. Like electricity would be in just a few decades, “steam” became a symbol of modern industry, a sign of a business that […]