Main Street circa 1880, looking west from Mary St

Those Were The Days by John Frazier

St. Mary’s Parish (now Holy Family Parish) had a new priest, and this was his first assignment out of the seminary. He was young, he was friendly, he had an easy smile, most of the girls liked him because he was good looking, and the boys liked him because if there was a basketball game going on, he liked to take off his collar and join the game.

Broomsticks and Ballots by Ray Lenarcic

I love Halloween. Always have. My earliest remembrance is dressing up in a cowboy outfit complete with flannel shirt, neckerchief, vest, chaps and the piece de resistance, a pearl-handled, silver Lone Ranger cap pistol.

Upon Turning 80 by Ray Lenarcic

I never thought about turning 80. Because I hadn’t. But now that I’m about to, I was asked by a friend if there was one word that could describe how I felt about becoming an octogenarian.

The Military Road and the War of 1812 by Pat Stock

After the American Revolution, many New Englanders moved to New York State – specifically to the Royal Grant that had belonged to Sir William Johnson.

Reflections on the 245th Anniversary of the Battle of Oriskany and Beyond by Jeffrey Gressler

Two years into the Revolutionary War, the British three-prong campaign of 1777 sought to seize New York’s waterways and thus divide New England from the rest of the colonies.

The Quirks of Fate – Battle of Oriskany by Ray Lenarcic

I was asked recently my a friend- “Who are your heroes?” I answered based on my understanding that a hero is a person(s) whose effort or achievement goes way beyond the expected to the point of deserving to be memorialized for decades or even longer.

Growing Up on The Southside 1957 – 1970 by Gary T. Staffo

For the past 8 years I have had the privilege of conducting a history and storytelling tour, “Growing Up on The Southside 1957 – 1970.” It is important to understand how and why this tour started. It was to have a better understanding of why the “Southside” of Little Falls, NY has such a very special and perhaps unique place in the hearts of each and all who have had the privilege of growing up there during the “baby boomers” period, and those who followed, up until perhaps the late 1970s, when it’s aura and special ethnic qualities faded away.

Happy 70th Birthday to Little League in Little Falls

Little Falls has always been a great baseball town with this year marking the 70th birthday of Little League baseball in Little Falls.

Little Falls Pool Halls – Reflections on a Bygone Era

Coming of age in the 1950s and 60s in Little Falls, New York included a number of rites of passage for the young men of that time.

Little Falls South Side in the 1970s by David P. Talaba

Growing up on the South Side of Little Falls in the decade of the 70s was a wonderfully unique, cultural, and educational experience. Residents looked out for each other, fed each other, helped raise each other’s kids, and basically loved and respected each other.
The Lighter Side of Vietnam

The Lighter Side of Vietnam by Schuyler Van Horn

My journey with the US Army started on June 17, 1968, the day after I graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and started looking forward to law school. 
Old postcard image of Sheard Park looking north to south with an unpaved Furnace Street on the right.

SPORTS CITY U.S.A. – LITTLE FALLS, N.Y. by Ray Lenarcic

As I get on in years, I’m often asked what factors accounted for my becoming the person I am. And surprisingly, given my legendary longwinded nature, the answer is five words. Music. Sports. Church. Little Falls.
LF Historical Society Writing Series dedication to Hector Allen
A view of the building as it appeared prior to scheduled demolition.
View of the Mohawk Valley looking south towards Little Falls, NY.
Moose Club Basketball Team
Dairy Farmers Dumping Milk During The Great Depression
The Magnificent Mile at Little Falls - Photography by Dave Warner, MyLittleFalls.comPhotography by Dave Warner, MyLittleFalls.com
Late 19th century map of Moreland (Park).
Jan Holick taken at Caroga Lake Photo Booth.
New York State historic marker nearby Yellow Church Cemetery.