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 and Phyllis Galowitz
COWS GOT DRUNK
Ezra Smith, on Mary Smith Hill, had his entire dairy of cows get drunk last Sabbath from eating apples that had fallen onto the ground. Four of the cows died and the remainder had to be drawn to the barn on a stone boat. The animals are supposed to have found the apples in the brush where Mr. Smith had failed to pick them up. Peter Maulick also had several get drunk the same way but none of them died.
Friday as Hiram Bedell, of Sidney, was cranking his automobile the engine back-fired, and the crank handle whirling suddenly around struck Mr. Bedell on the nose with such force as to knock him down and rendered him unconscious for a time, but no bones were broken.
Hallowe’en pranks were numerous about town Saturday night and, as often the case, the sport was carried too far. Numerous things were moved to new locations, a bonfire was lighted and three calves owned by Jas. Wight [Jim Andrews: Dona and Larry Etsitty’s farm on Cabin Hill] were placed in A. D. Liddle’s barber shop.
George Polley and James Wight had to postpone the sale of the dairy of John Roney, owing to the state wide quarantine against the foot and mouth disease. The sale will be held at Bloomville, Wednesday, November 18.
George E. Davis, of the firm of Elwood & Davis at Walton, who was a former Andes resident, is exhibiting a mammoth potato, which was grown by his brother-in-law, H. D. Mayham, at Java, Wyoming county, New York. The potatoe [sic] measures 15 by 23 inches and weighs 3 pounds and 10 ounces.
Unless the unexpected happens, all printing in this country will be done in black and yellow after January 1. For all other colors we have always been dependent upon Germany and she is out of business. For the same reason the ladies will have only two colors to choose their dresses from, as manufacturers of textiles will be restricted to black and yellow. [Phyllis Galowitz: During WWII, yardage was limited, skirts were narrow and short, shoulders wide.]
Colin Reside had his hand injured Tuesday morning while working in the Shavertown Excelsior factory, by getting it caught in the knives. He was tending the gang of six machines and in turning the blocks his glove or the block caught and the knives came down and shaved the back of his right hand. He went to Arena and Dr. Faulkner dressed the hand and while Mr. Reside will be laid off for a few days there will be no permanent injury to the hand. [JA: The Excelsior factory was a sporadically run business that operated from approximately 1911-1920. It turned poor soft woods into shredded packing material. It generated huge amounts of dust, and since there were no OSHA standards at that time, the workers were exposed to this dust on a daily basis. This contributed to the early deaths of some who worked there-long after the factory closed.]~