THE WAY WE WERE – August 1908

Culled from August 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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The Ladies Improvement Society of the United Presbyterian church are arranging for a festival and handkerchief bazaar in the U. P. church on Sabbath.
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The work on the improvements on the Andes cemetery, which is being done thru the benevolence of our former townsman, Harry Dowie, is nearing completion. The contract for furnishing the coping stones for the wall, has been let to James Nevins’ Sons, of Fish Eddy.
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Wednesday afternoon Robert Reynolds, who is employed at W. J. Armstrong’s Flour and Feed Mills had his left hand mangled by getting it caught in the buckwheat rollers and three fingers had to be amputated. He was grinding buckwheat and opened a small door at the front and above the rapidly revolving rollers to take out some dirt. He then wrapped his hand in his handkerchief and after shutting off the engine walked to Norton’s drug store. As soon as the extent of the injury was ascertained Dr. Gates was summoned.
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Saturday evening train on the Delaware & Eastern brought about fifty people to Andes.
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George Calvi, who has been in charge of the shoe shop here, owned by his uncle, Frank Calvi, of Delhi, has purchased the business and taken possession. [Ed.: It so happens that the recently installed exhibit at the Hunting Tavern Museum, “You Could Buy It Here,” includes a couple of photos of Calvi. Don’t miss this pictorial exhibit featuring Andes businesses of over 100 year ago!]
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Chandler Young, of Liberty, the genial president of the Liberty bank and head of Young & Co. store and other enterprises, took dinner with a party of friends at the Central House on Tuesday. They were touring in his auto. [Ed.: One gets a sense of what an elite activity “auto touring” was in that day: another group was described as “making a pleasure tour on their wheels to Buffalo and Niagara Falls.”.]
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The moving picture show last Saturday night at Union Hall, was an excellent one and a well filled house had an evening of enjoyment. The show was repeated Thursday night with an entire change of program. [Ed. “Moving pictures”-remember they weren’t “talkies”– were quite new and a real draw.]
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It would be a good idea to clean the reservoir while it is empty. A visit to it will convince you.
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John Roney is attending the fair at Troy, N.Y., this week, representing the Genesee Valley Manufacturing Co., for whom he is agent.
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Saturday morning George Polly, A. B. Worden, D. Ward Coulter, James B. Whitson and Anthony Banaut, started for a western trip with Alberta, Canada, as the objective point. If they like the country they will probably invest in land there before their return. [Ed.: They seem quite adventurous. Anyone know if they did invest in Alberta?]
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Friday evening the sawmill of the Howard & McNair Company, which is located on the Tremperskill, was destroyed by fire….A bucket brigade was formed and although the lumber was on fire repeatedly, the fighters finally succeeded in extinguishing with the loss of only about three thousand feet of lumber.~

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