Culled from February, 1908 issues of
The Andes Recorder –100 Years AgoWEEK IN AND ABOUT ANDES
Events of a Week as Chronicled by the
Man on the Street
A Fierce Gale in Catskills- Saturday and Sabbath the severest gale of the winter raged throughout the entire Catskill region, and many hill roads were blocked with drifts…Reports say that many farmers were unable to reach the creameries with their milk, and those who did make the trip were minus milk can covers, or had to chase them across the fields.
David Amos, the blind piano tuner, has secured Carlton T. Spiers to accompany him on his trips during the coming tuning season.
An entertainment will be held next Thursday evening at the high school. The main features of the entertainment will be a debate and an old fashioned singing school.
It is said that Shavertown and Union Grove have a deserted appearance this week. About 60 received invitations from the Sheriff to visit Delhi. Last fall Andes voted for no-license, but the two places above named have not been “dry”. And whatever may be the result before the grand jury, whisky has been there seven days in the week according to residents of that part of the town….
Donald Gladstone, son of Dr. Gladstone, will enter E. M. Norton’s drug store [the present Paisley’s Country Gallery] next Monday, and expects to learn the business.
[Jim Andrews recounts that Donald Gladstone died in his early 30’s from consumption (tuberculosis) and is buried in the Rural Cemetery on the Gladstone plot.]
Owing to the fact that there was two feet of water in the basement of the United Presbyterian church, preventing the starting of the fire in the furnace, there were no services there on Sabbath. At the Methodist church there was also water in the basement and services were held in the chapel.
Dr. C. L. Wakeman had a trying experience Friday night while on his way over Cabin Hill. The thaw had softened the drifts and transformed them into a mixture of ice and water. When below Thomas B. Elliott’s on the McNaught farm his cutter became embedded by the depth of the drift and in trying to draw it thru a drift the whiffletrees [the pivoted swinging bars to which the traces of a harness are fastened and by which a vehicle, in this case a cutter (a light sleigh) is drawn] broke and the doctor was pulled over the dashboard and landed full length in the watery mess and received a thoro wetting. After getting aid and changing his wet clothing at Mr. Elliott’s he continued on his way, having been fully initiated in winter travel.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Herman Edwards on Dingle Hill, February 26, a son. [probably a younger brother of Clide Edwards, late husband of Ethel Edwards.]