Little Falls Historical Society Museum Events

  • This day in history: March 1

    1814

    At a meeting, residents of Little Falls gave their consent and professed a desire to erect a library in the village.

    1839

    Richard Ray Ward transferred land to Nicholas Devereaux for a Catholic cemetery in Little Falls. Note:  The one-half acre of land was adjacent to the Church Street cemetery, and was eventually sold to the village and became “Arthur Street” when the Catholic cemetery was opened on Sherman Street.

    1896

    The hospital, formerly located on North Ann Street, has been moved to larger quarters at the Ackerman property at 610 West Monroe Street. Future plans call for erection of a new building once the hospital association is in shape fiscally.

    1912

    The Polish Roman Catholic community in Little Falls dedicated their new “basement” church on Furnace Street.

    1929

    “Talkies” make a hit. Large crowds witness the initial Vitaphone productions at the Rialto and many praise the clarity of the machine. The movie, “Alias Jimmy Valentine” featured Lionel Barrymore, William Haines, and May McEvoy.

    1956

    Stephen Adasek, son of parents from Myjava, Slovakia, had a dream. He wanted to build a theme park, “The Land of the Easter Bunny”, near Little Falls. Construction plans and specifications were drawn up for eighteen buildings and financial backing was received from New York City banks. However local banks did not back the plan and the dream died.

    1965

    Today is moving-in day at the Valley View Courts housing project. The first five families to move in are Mr. and Mrs. Richard Grogan, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Wauffle, Mr. and Mrs. Miles Gardner, Mr. and Mrs. James Bucenec and family, and Mrs. Alice Curtis.

  • This day in history: March 2

    1849

    Rev. Samuel Orvis gave a lecture at Washington Hall on anti-slavery.

  • This day in history: March 3

    1870

    The opening of the Skinner Hall ushered in an era of entertainment consisting of travelling shows, dances, G.A.R. meetings, and walking matches. Highlights of the day included a parade in the afternoon and dancing in the evening.

    1903

    A chapter of the Order of Eastern Star was instituted In Masonic Hall to be known as Rock City chapter, No. 148. There were 63 charter members.

    1911

    Beautiful Moreland Park in this city is the scene this winter of merry snowshoe and skiing parties of the younger crowd.

    1916

    The “White Schoolhouse” on the south side of the river went up in flames. The neighbors tried to extinguish the fire by means of a bucket brigade, but were unsuccessful. The building was entirely consumed along with the contents. Insurance carried was $1,000.

    1932

    The Great Depression is in its third year, and the common council appropriated an additional $5,000 for work relief projects. The police and firemen will contribute 5% of their salaries to relieve unemployment if other city workers and teachers do likewise.

    1954

    George Wiley, born in Little Falls on May 7, 1881, died today in the Little Falls Hospital. Starting bicycling as a young boy as a form of healthful outdoor exercise, he became a five-time American champion. He then made 14 trips to Europe where he won the world title, and performed before the Old World’s leading figures including the late Kaiser Wilhelm.

  • This day in history: March 4

    1905

    The New York Grocery at 583 East Main Street advertised the following prices: 4 cans of tomatoes, corn, peas, or beets – 25 cents; 4 packages of Macaroni – 25 cents;  3#  Tea – 25 cents;  Hams, per pound – 7 cents;  3 # Sausage or Frankfurters – 25 cents;  13 large, juicy Naval Oranges – 25 cents.

    1971

    The worst snow storm to hit Little Falls in years virtually closed the city. The blizzard dumped nearly 30 inches of snow. Main roads were plugged, secondary roads completely closed, schools closed, and many businesses and industries are shut down. Top Notch Road in the city was closed for four days.

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Using a treasure trove at the Little Falls Historical Society Museum, Louie Baum toiled for months creating an over 200-page document to chronicle the historic past of Little Falls.

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