November 10 – Happy Birthday Charles Winegar

Born in Coxsackie, NY on November 10, 1835, today’s Birthday Celebrant was the son of Reverend Reuben Winegar who served as the long time pastor of Amsterdam’s Baptist Church. Charles P. Winegar grew up in Albany County, attended college at Colgate University and then came to Amsterdam to study law with a lawyer named S. P. Heth, right before the Civil War. He married an Amsterdam woman named Mary Sammons and they raised two daughters and a son. He also had a journalistic bug. In 1863 he began publishing the very first daily newspaper in Amsterdam’s history called the Daily Dispatch…

You can read the rest of my story about this former Amsterdam journalist in my new book “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam Birthdays.” To order your copy, click here.

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