Culled from May 1909 issues of
The Andes Recorder
100 Years AgoWEEK IN AND ABOUT ANDES
Events of a Week as Chronicled by
the Man on the Street
Snow covered Pisga [sic] and Craig mountain [Jim Andrews: I believe Craig Mountain is past Cabin Hill where the old radar tower is located-now called Craig Hill.] Friday. As we go to press it is snowing. [Ed.: this is very early May]
The old picket fence along the front of the old Hunting hotel property has been removed, and we understand will be replaced by a wire fence.
A May Flood in Andes
Main Street made a River by Monday’s Storm- Landslides and Washouts
Monday afternoon and evening [probably May 10th] a severe rain storm swept over Andes and low lands were covered and every small rivulet and stream was a raging torrent. Armstrong’s mill-dam broke at the back of W. T. Hyzer’s [now Groom’s residence] livery stable and a large volume of water came out onto Main street and it was virtually a river. Water flowed from the hillsides and nearly every cellar in the village was flooded. Many roads were washed.
The storm did considerable damage down the East Branch valley. About two miles below Shavertown there was a washout on the Delaware & Eastern and between that point and Pepacton there were several slides. Traffic was delayed and Tuesday afternoon a train was made up at the shops at Margaretville and run to the scene and a transfer made from the train below the washout, thus making it possible to run the afternoon train on schedule time. Trains were again running thru Wednesday. Wires were also down.
Friday afternoon Alfred, the 7 year old son of A. J. Sears, fell into Armstrong’s mill-dam and narrowly escaped being drowned. The lad started to cross to the opposite side of the dam [JA: behind Hogan’s. There was a board walkway that ran across the top of the dam. I don’t think there were any railings.]and slipped and fell in. Fortunately Mrs. Knapp [JA: she lived in the present Frances Finkle house] saw the accident and called to Daniel Butler, who was fishing in the pond, but who did not notice the boy go in. Mr. Butler went to the rescue and managed, by clinging to the side to get one foot down far enough so that the lad, who had gone down the second time and was lying on his back, grasped it and was pulled out.
Five persons desire board at a farm house for three months. Who wants them?
June 14th will be Flag Day-the 132nd anniversary of the adoption of the Stars and Stripes [Ed.: guess that makes it the 232nd anniversary this year.]
New Church for Cabin Hill
To be Erect [sic] on Same Site at a Cost of About $2,500
Last Thursday at a special meeting of the Cabin Hill Presbyterian congregation it was voted to build a new church on the same site as the present church edifice.
The new church will be 30×40 feet with an annex 15×20 feet for Sabbath School room, etc. A basement will be put in and a furnace installed. The old church will be torn down and all available timber and material in it will be used in the new structure. It is expected that the new place of worship will cost about $2,500 in addition to what material is used from the old building. The work will be done by the day and will soon be commenced.
Governor Hughes has signed the bill compelling boarding houses, restaurants, saloons and lunch counter keepers to mark on the bill of fare “oleo-margarine used here” when it is used.
Judge M. Linn Bruce, of New York, was here from Saturday until Tuesday. Monday on invitation, he went to the Gerry lake and returned with four fine trout that weighed an average of two pound each.
An Ideal Place for Boarders
From our Special Correspondent
We understand that Colonel Bartholomew, who recently purchased the Bryden Lake farm on Cabin Hill, expects to develop it into a resort for summer boarders and for camping parties. He has purchased about half of the frame of the original part of the old boarding hall at Andes [JA: stood on the site of the present Presbyterian Church manse; old boarding hall was the original Andes Academy which had sat empty and fallen into disrepair], of Campbell Cairns, and will erect a house on the shores of the lake. In time this can be made an ideal spot for city people.
Campbell is Hustling
Last October Campbell Cairns purchased the old boarding hall [JA: Students from the Andes Collegiate Institute had boarded in this building.] from M. Hilton and was under agreement to have it removed in six months, which time expired April 15, but the building was far from being removed. Last week Mr. Hilton served a notice on Mr. Cairns to have said building removed by June 1, and all lumber remaining on the premises after that date will be forfeited. Campbell is now doing some hustling.
The recent flood in Andes carried away considerable of the bank along the rear of the Burdett, “Cottage Row” property [JA: would have been the section of the Tremperskill by the school tennis courts.]
Twenty Cows Slaughtered
Twenty Cows From the Gerry Herd at Lake Delaware Found to Have Tuberculosis.
A slaughter of cows took place at Gerry farm at Lake Delaware, Saturday and Sunday, when 20 cows that had responded to the test for tuberculosis were killed.
The herd, as regards outward appearance was in prime condition and to all appearances in perfect health, but in order that there might be no doubt as to any existence of disease Dr. W. Runge, V.S., of Newark, N.J. was secured to make the test. The cows killed were all found to have tuberculosis in various stages. In some it had not developed much, while in others it was in advance [sic] stages. Seven cows of the herd and a dozen or more young stock proved sound and healthy in every respect and were not killed.~