April 11 – Happy Birthday Dorothy Waterstreet

Waterstreet222It was probably an omen that I missed her birthday because Dorothy Waterstreet really was the almost forgotten victim in what was probably Amsterdam’s most notorious murder. She was born on April 3, 1911 but I had accidentally put her name in the 4/11 slot of my Amsterdam Birthday spreadsheet. The man who killed her on a rainy January evening in 1958 was a monster who received far too much publicity for his evil deeds and escaped justice for far too long. The precious life he ended belonged to a remarkable woman who in addition to being a loving wife and mom, helped her husband run his business, managed one of her own and still found the time to play an active and valued role in her community. Her death is not what made this lady special it was instead her full, productive and accomplished life.

Dorothy Waterstreet’s maiden name was Overbaugh. She was a lifelong resident of Amsterdam. Her Dad had been killed in a railroad accident while picking up mail at the West Shore train station when she was just a young girl…

The rest of Dorothy Waterstreet’s birthday post will be published in the second editionof A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam NY Birthdays, which will be available for sale right after Thanksgiving. To make sure you get your hands on one of the first copies, join my mailing list here.

The first edition of A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam NY Birthdays, which features my birthday posts for 320 current or former Amsterdam residents, is currently being sold at Liberty Fresh Market, on Route 30 in Amsterdam. You can also purchase it online here.

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