June 16 – Happy Birthday Deborah Delamater Campbell & Allie Clark

Deborah-Campbell-1425293854Deborah Delamater Campbell – She used to lovingly refer to the hundreds of kindergarten students she taught during her 30 years at Amsterdam’s McNulty School as “Campbell’s Kids.” When Debbie Campbell died from complications from Alzheimer’s Disease in February of 2015 at the very young age of 66, many of those former students expressed their gratitude and love for the first classroom teacher they ever had and one of them nominated her for this Blog. Debbie was also much loved and respected by her co-workers at McNulty. She was born in Amsterdam on June 16, 1948. She graduated from Lynch and attended Buffalo State, where she received her teaching degree. After briefly teaching in Buffalo, she accepted the kindergarten job at McNulty and remained there for the rest of her career. A deeply religious lady, her brother Alan and her husband Gary were both Methodist Ministers in area churches and Debbie’s beautiful …

13000c82_davisAlfred Aloysius Clark – The Yankees signed Allie Clark right out of his South Amboy, New Jersey High School in 1941 and sent him to the D-level affiliate in Easton, Pennsylvania. He tore up the pitching in that Eastern Shore Leage, averaging a robust .325 after 70 games, which earned him a promotion to C-level ball and a bus-ticket to Amsterdam for the final 20 games of the Rugmakers’ 1941 season. He treated Can-Am league pitchers even worse…


You can read the rest of my stories about these two folks in my new book “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam Birthdays.” To order your copy, click here.

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