Follow the Yellow Brick Road from Downtown Gloversville to “Oz”
“The Wizard of Oz” is a family favorite and typically runs on TV during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. While watching it, be sure to keep an eye out for the Munchkin that hailed from Fulton County and has ties to Gloversville.
Her name is Margaret Cynthia Nickloy and she was known as the “Mayfield Munchkin.” According to an article The Recorder Newspaper did in 2018, Nickloy was a Mayfield native and after a brief stint in the circus as “Princess Marguerite,” she was cast in “The Wizard of Oz.” A bio and photos can be found at www.findagrave.com.
She happened to be back in Fulton County when the movie was released and was at the Glove Theatre for the viewing.
According to a Facebook post by Fulton County Historian on March 3, 2017, Nickloy returned to Gloversville where she passed away in the early 1960s. She was buried in the pauper section of the Gloversville Prospect Hill Cemetery.
There are upcoming events at the downtown Gloversville theater that you may want to attend where you can almost be in her shoes as you take in the historic venue. Visit The Glove Theatre's website for a list of activities. Before or after your Glove experience, walk the estimated mile to Pearl Street, where the entrance to the cemetery and Nickloy’s grave is at the dead end. It may be covered in snow at this time of year, but only a few weeks ago, the entrance was a small path flush with green trees and leaves so heading into it was almost a magical feel.
And if you watch “The Wizard of Oz” this week, be sure to look for our own Margaret Cynthia Nickloy. Here's a hint: She was Dorothy's Coachman and would shout out "Where is the Wicked Witch?!"
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