The History of Amann’s Cigar Store – by P. Loatman

A few years ago, movie critics were raving about the originality of a Harvey Keitel film that  captured a “slice of life” by viewing a 24-hour day through the eyes of a Brooklyn cigar store proprietor.  “Artistes” and big-city sophisticates admired its cleverness, but the film lacked the verisimilitude of River City’s old cigar store-AMANN’S-which had a sixty year run on Park Ave. on the site of present-day Stewart’s. A picture in “The Express” showing the century-old store being bulldozed reminded me of this recently. The caption accompanying the photo correctly noted that “a cigar store” was the object of demolition, and readers were asked if they knew anything about the place.

Then entire article is in the Feb. 19 issue.

Dr. George T. Amann

Dr. George T. Amann of Park Avenue, passed away on Friday, December 14, 2012 at Saratoga Hospital.
Born in Troy on April 28, 1942 to the late Ludwig Alois, Sr. and Teresa Elizabeth (Holland) Amann.  He is the husband of Anne (Cononica) Amann.

Dr. Amann was a graduate of Mechanicville High School, class of 1959. He attended Siena College and graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a BA in Biology. He attended the College of St. Rose and graduated with Thesis Honors in 1976 from SUNY Buffalo, School of Dentistry. He was a former science teacher in the Greater Amsterdam School District and was the owner of Dr. George T. Amann Dentist Office in Mechanicville. He was a past captain and president of the J.L. Short Hook and Ladder Co. #1, and was a past safety officer of the Mechanicville Fire Department, where he served for 52 years. In his spare time George enjoyed construction, music, classic cars and above all his family, grandchildren and patients and he "always liked a good joke".

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