100 Years Ago
Week In and About ANDES
Events of a Week as Chronicled by the Man on the Street
With commentary by Jim Andrews
Only five civil war veterans were out Memorial Day. There were two Spanish-American veterans. Thirty graves were decorated.
Floyd Woodin, son of Sherman Woodin, attended the 36 weeks of school the past year in the Pleasant Valley district without missing a day. The lad, who will be 10 years old next week, lives over two miles from the schoolhouse.[Ed.: And you can bet he walked to school, unless he went by pony.] [JA: Floyd Woodin was the father of Gladstone Hollow resident Doug Woodin. He lived on the Tremperskill end of Wolf Hollow and attended the Pleasant Valley one room school which is now the Tremperskill Country Store and was, indeed, about two miles from his home.]
Dr. Jay D. Frisbee has purchased an automobile—-an Overland roadster—of W. T. Hyzer.
David Ballantine has purchased a large Chandler automobile and arrived home with it Friday. [JA: Automobiles were a rarity in 1914, especially in rural Andes. It was a big deal when a resident purchased one, as the vast majority still used horses for transportation.]
Hugo Gorsch died at his home in New York City. …aged 75 years. Mr. Gorsch was born in Germany and came to America when about 21 years old and a year later came to Andes. Fifty-two years ago he married Helen Bohlmann, of Andes, and a year or so later they removed to New York city. He is survived by his wife.…..[Buffy Calvert: See page 4 of the May issue of the Gazette for Helen Gorsch’s donation of her family homestead and grounds to the Village of Andes in 1918. They are now Andes Public Library and Bohlmann Park.
MAY SOLICIT FOR BOOSE [sic]
The court of appeals has handed down a decision in the case of People against Isaac N. Wiener, the Kingston liquor dealer, for alleged violation of the excise law in soliciting the sale of liquor and shipping the same into the town of Andes, which is no license. In plain language the decision means that a dealer in wines and liquors, doing business in a territory that has a license, may solicit by mail, orders for liquors from private individuals for their personal use and have same delivered by prepaid express, even though the persons solicited and whose orders are thus delivered, reside in and have goods delivered to them in territory that is dry.
Wiener was indicted by a Delaware county grand jury on the charge of soliciting for the sale of whisky in the no-license town of Andes. In December, 1911, the case was tried before Judge Grant and Wiener was found guilty. The case was appealed to appellate division and in 1912, the judgment of the lower court was reversed and the court of appeals now affirms the appellate division.
The Andes Town Board held a meeting Wednesday and voted to purchase a 80-foot span iron bridge to put across the Tremperskill stream at John Fowler’s, to replace the wooden one that recently went down. The old abutment will be faced with concrete.
The vault committee are renewing their efforts to finish up their subscription for the building of a vault at the lower cemetery and hope to have the work commence this summer. [JA: The vault mentioned here is the old vault that the cemetery association had demolished last October. I’m sure it took far longer to build than the 22 minutes it took to demolish! The board was wondering when it had been constructed and now that question has been answered!! The current vault opposite the ornamental pool and fountain was built in 1958 under the direction of Dr. Jay D. Frisbee, then president of the cemetery association (the Dr. Frisbee who purchased the Overland Roadster in the above article). He was the local dentist who also had an office in Downsville and would, most likely, use the car for transportation to Downsville during the warmer months and revert back to equine transportation in the winter when the roads became impassable.] ~