The Way We Were – April 2007

Culled from April, 1907 issues of The Andes Recorder —- 100 Years Ago

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 Events of a Week as Chronicled by the Man on the Street

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Alden Liddle has been clearing rubbish from the old rink site [Note: Now part of Jim Andrews’ yard. He tells that the old roller rink extended over the brook, almost up to his porch, and back to the very end of his property. It was owned by Daniel Hawkes, who sold the property to Alden Liddle.] and will raise it by filling in, making a great improvement to his property.

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William Ryan, who has been occupying the old Drummond house at “Red Hook” on the Tremperskill, has moved to Arkville and will work on the State road.  [Editor’s note: Can someone tell us where “Red Hook” was/is?]

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Friday Mrs. Mary Crispell received a telegram from her son, Howard Crispell, who for several years has been in Bellevue Hospital stating that he was to sail for England as a companion for a patient and his family.  He sailed Saturday on the Lucania and will return early in May.

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It is seldom that the second week in April brings such a wintry storm as that which prevailed this week.  Disagreeable conditions which set in Sabbath night, continued thru Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday with sleet and snow. About eight inches of snow fell.  Thursday the sun again appeared.

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The “Deep Snow”

Fifty years ago Saturday, April 13 [Note: this would make the date 1857], what is known as the “deep snow” began.  On the afternoon of that day snow commenced falling and continued throughout the night and on the morning of the 14th the snow lay over two feet deep. It was of great density and had to be shoveled from roofs in order to keep them from being crushed in. Matters were made worse when about a week later another snow storm added between two and three feet more, and buildings were crushed and trees broken down under the enormous weight. Farmers were plowing when the snow came and did not get back to work for six weeks.~