THE WAY WE WERE – July 1908

Culled from July 1908 issues of
The Andes Recorder — 100 Years Ago
THE NEWS IN AND ABOUT ANDES

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

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Howard Coulter and May Campbell attended the Buffalo Bill Wild West at Oneonta on Wednesday. [Jim Andrews: May Campbell later married Jim Mable and they lived in what is now my house for over 50 years.]
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The Ballantine store has been leased by Rozofsky Brothers, who have a store at Downsville, and they took possession this week. [Buffy Calvert: It was a dry goods store between the bank building-now Guichard Real Estate-and the Ballantine house.]
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Marvin Anderson is taking up the pump logs used to convey the water thirty-six rods to the house and is replacing them with two inch cast pipe.
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H.L. McWhirter, who has just returned from a trip to Paris, was here over Sabbath. Monday he went to New York and after a few days there will go to his home in Denver.
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Supervisor Todd, of Hardenburgh, says that forests in that vicinity are a sorry looking sight. Hundreds of trees are covered with a web made by a black moth worm which is eating holes thru leaves, and unless the state takes action to stop the work of the worm, thousands of trees in several thousand acres of State Forest lands are likely to be killed. It was stated that there was a slight frost on the morning of July 9. Quite a change from the excessive heat for several days previous.
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The following are the recent arrivals at Lakeside Farm, Perch Lake: Chas Nordley and wife and Edward Wilckie, of New York; Rev. W. P. Bruce and family, J. W. Gordon, Mrs. Frank Gilmore and two sons, of Yonkers, Mrs. George Taylor and dauter, of Kingston.
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Sabbath evening Oliver C. Gilbert who had in past years been in Andes as manager of the Gilbert Jubilee singers, spoke in the Methodist church to good audience. He was a slave in Maryland 75 years ago and got to Boston by the famous “underground railroad” and succeeded in getting some education. He has a large acquaintance over the country and is evidently enjoying his present trip.
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Thursday near the old mill 19 dead trout were counted by an Andes citizen without moving from his tracks. The refuse run into the stream is said to be the cause. The smell is not pleasant. [JA: I would surmise that this is the Dowie mill at the site of the present Ballantine Park, since the Armstrong mill was in full operation in 1908. The Dowie mill had been in ruins for many years at that point. I wonder if the smell was from the fish or from runoff. At that time most of the sewers (for those that had indoor plumbing) and outhouses (which was more common) ran into the brook.]
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Max Elliott, agent of Hunt’s Silver Plate Shows, billed Andes, Saturday, for their circus to be held here July 25, at E. A. Worden’s. This season 40 horses are used with 35 people, including a 14 piece band. Street parade at noon. [JA: the E. A. Worden farm was on the site of the present Skovesende farm on Route 28, going north before the turnoff for Tunis Lake.]
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Tuesday the Town Board met and instructed Commissioner Mayham to contract with the Canton Bridge company for a bridge of 28-foot span to be erected in Andes village at Hotchkiss & Tuttle’s store. They also instructed the commissioner to contract with the United Construction company for a bridge to span the Tremperskill at Shavertown. The length of this bridge is 60 feet. [JA: I think the store was where Merna Popper currently has her shop, especially since that is the only bridge in town that would have been near a business and be 28 feet in length.]~

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