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On this day: January 29, 1889
Jan 29 all-day

The question was raised as to why the number of establishments in Little Falls employing men have decreased while the factories employing large quantities of women and girls have increased. Yet the town is quite prosperous!  Officials asked if the town could continue to prosper unless more employment is furnished for men.

On this day: February 14, 1788
Feb 14 all-day

The first house in Little Falls, the home of Mr. John Porteous, commonly known as the “Yellow House”, became the first hotel in Little Falls. Past its doors on Sixth Street, near Furnace Creek, went the stages on their way to and from Albany and Utica, and at its table the hungry traveler’s appetite was satisfied.

On this day: February 18, 1861
Feb 18 all-day

At 12:10 p.m. a train with Abraham Lincoln, his family and friends arrived in Little Falls en route to Washington to assume his presidency. The five minute stop was “the prettiest brief reception since he left Springfield.” The Journal & Courier stated “Those who saw the smile upon his countenance wondered that face could be called homely, and all who heard his manly voice felt intuitively that it was the voice of an honest man.”

On this day: March 11, 1811
Mar 11 all-day

Little Falls was incorporated as a village.

On this day: March 14, 1833
Mar 14 all-day

By an act of the New York State legislature, commissioners were appointed and the Herkimer County National Bank was organized and located in the village of Little Falls. Commissioners included Nathaniel Benton, Dudley Burwell, Arphaxed Loomis, and David Petrie. Business commenced on Saturday August 24, 1833. Burwell took the contents home, deposited them under his bed without a pistol or club near them.

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