Little Falls Historical Society Museum Events

  • This day in history: June 21

    1821

    While the stage was rapidly passing westward through the village, a passenger was thrown off and crushed beneath the wheels. Joseph Cowden, a merchant from Genesse County, returning home, died twenty minutes later. His remains were buried in our village cemetery.

    1870

    Recently, a new block at the corner of Main and Second Streets was erected by Hon. William I. Skinner, and designed by J. E. Warren of Rochester. The three story building, with a beautiful Mansard roof, stretches 120 feet on Second Street and 70 feet on Main Street. The structure contains 700,000 bricks made by Mr. Skinner. It will be known as the Skinner Opera House.

    1889

    After a meeting of the Village Board, and at the suggestion of the Trustees, a local campaign was started for the relief of the sufferers by the great flood in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. In a short order, $2,700 in cash was raised in twenty-four hours.

    1892

    A severe shock of an earthquake was felt about 11:30 AM. There was a tremulous motion accompanied by a rumbling sound like that of distant thunder.  Windows rattled and glassware jingled. About four minutes after the first shock a second one occurred but less severe than the first. No damage was reported.

    1901

    The Pinkerton detective agency has taken up the search for Hadley Jones. The agency has branch offices all over the world including Central and South America. The Pinkerton’s are employed by the Bankers’ Association, to which the area banks,  which have been defrauded by Jones, belong.

    1911

    Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show made its farewell stop in Little Falls. Colonel Cody was quite feeble and nearly fell off of his horse.

    Work began on the construction of the Y.M.C.A.

    2016

    Independent candidate for Congress Martin Babinec, of Little Falls, announced the launch of the petition drive to gather signatures to qualify the Upstate Jobs Party as an independent party line for the November ballot.

  • This day in history: June 22

    1913

    At 3:00 am, a blaze, starting from defective light wiring, caused considerable damage at the Chronkhite block at the southwest corner of Main and Ann streets. Thick volumes of smoke were rolling from the Thomas Fitzgerald saloon, the Lasch & Kirchner tailor shop, and the Joseph Fleming shoe store.

    1952

    WLFH began broadcasts today at 1230 on the dial with Robert Earle as station manager. In addition to local programing,  comedy, mystery, and news programs will be relayed from the Mutual Broadcasting System. Included in the congratulatory messages will be one from Johannes Hansen, chairman of the board of Chr. Hansen’s Laboratories.

    1977

    Professional baseball comes to Little Falls. The Little Falls Mets, a farm team of the New York Mets, played their first game at beautiful Veterans Memorial Park before a crowd of 1371 fans. Little Falls beat the Utica Blue Sox 4-2 in an exciting contest.

From the Cooney Archives

News and Updates

Charlie Young: From Undefeated Football Team to Wrestler Revolt–And Beyond

Known as “Chub” by his family and close friends, Charlie taught and coached at LFHS for over two decades, and left an indelible mark.

Milan Mosny

The Pride of Little Falls

Every high school class has its outstanding students – the class valedictorian, the star athlete, the naturally-born leader, the most likely to succeed…

2024 PATRIOTS DAY EVENT AT 1824 BELLINGER HOME

May 18 2024 PATRIOTS DAY PROGRAM AT THE 1824 BELLINGER HOME

The Little Falls Historical Society will co-host a Saturday, May 18, Patriots Day observance program beginning at 11 AM.

2024 PATRIOTS DAY EVENT AT 1824 BELLINGER HOME

2024 PATRIOTS DAY EVENT AT 1824 BELLINGER HOME

The Little Falls Historical Society will co-host a Saturday, May 18, Patriots Day observance program beginning at 11 AM.

Today, April 26, 2024, is National Historic Marker Day

View a list of historic markers that offer a glimpse into the history of Little Falls and preserve the city’s history for future generations.

The Railway Express Agency and Pigeon Releasing

Sometimes all it takes is a picture or a story to generate a Historical Society writing series piece. Such is the case with this article.

Springtime Greetings Historical Society Members

Spring’s arrival serves as a reminder for me that our directors and officers need to communicate a number of updates to our membership.