From January 1915 issues of
The Andes Recorder
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
Chicken pox is fashionable. [Ed.: This is the first item in the Jan. 8 issue. Whatever does the editor mean: Everyone seems to have it? Or: Those little red bumps are the thing to acquire? Or: What lovely little scars are left from the chicken pox pick marks?]
After March 1, barbers must sterilize their razors, immerse hair brushes and combs in an antiseptic, etc. The public drinking cup and roller towel will be no more, and you must not spit in public. [Jim Andrews: Amazing that in 1915 these practices were still around.]
Mr. Jaycox, employed at the saw mill located on the lands of W. R. Doig at Tunis Lake, in the town of Bovina and doing the sawing on the lumber job of James Cole, who purchased the Gill farm, was injured on Tuesday while operating the cut-off saw used for cutting up the slabs. The saw is arranged so that when in operation the operator pulls it toward him. Jaycox pulled the saw and the wire used to prevent the saw coming only so far broke, letting the saw swing around. The rapidly revolving saw caught him on the inside of the leg well up to the body and cut deeply into the flesh. Fortunately he had presence of mind to shove the saw back and prevent a complete severing of the leg. Dr. Whitcomb was called and dressed the wound. The injured man lives at Rock Rift. [Dick Liddle comments that he remembers those saws. They could be dangerous, and are no longer in use.]
Mrs. K. M. McElman is very ill at the Methodist parsonage and on Tuesday Dr. Gladstone, of Andes, and Dr. Goodrich, of Delhi, were called in consultation with Dr. Wakeman, the family physician. Two trained nurses, Miss Hughes and Miss Smith, are in attendance. [Ed.: Sounds like top-of-the-line health care. And in her own home. Those were the days.][JA: Remember, we had no hospitals in this rural area in those days and all medical care was rendered in the patient’s home. Think about how entire households were quarantined and forced to stay in the house so as to not infect the whole community.]
Each year the requirement for teachers in districts schools are made more strict. The equivalent of three years in the High School will be demanded for entrance to training classes next fall and in 1916, it is expected that graduation will be asked.
E. J. Dickson, formerly of Andes, has been appointed in the office of Markets and Rural Organization of the United States Department of Agriculture, to take charge of the Stenographic Section as head stenographer. He will have fifteen stenographers under his charge. He is a brother of James W. Dickson.
Monday the case of Andrew Anderson as overseer of the poor in Andes, against Emmett J. Shaver of Big Pond, came before judge Raymond at Delhi. The action was to relieve the town from the support of Nate Conklin the father of Mrs. Shaver, who is an only child. He had lived with the daughter but left and went to the poor house and although Shaver’s were willing to keep him he absolutely refused to go back, declaring that he was in a fine place and that he was not going to leave it. The Judge decided that Mr. Shaver must pay $2.65 per week for support of Mr. Conklin at the County Farm.
John Pernod, who suffered a shock last week, paralyzing the throat, can swallow a little better, but is still speechless.
People Who Never Catch Cold
PUBLIC HEALTH HINTS BY THE NEW YORK STATE
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH [Excerpted Below in 2015:]
The chief thing which enables some people to resist colds is a HEALTHY CIRCULATION. If the blood vessels of the skin and of the nose and throat do their work well the germs of cold will not gain a foothold. This is why people who live in the open air seldom have colds, while those who live in OVERHEATED HOUSES or wear several suits of underwear constantly catch them…..So the first rule for avoiding colds is to KEEP THE HOUSE COOL.
Cold water like fresh air, plays an important part in SKIN TRAINING. A COLD BATH every morning, or at least a cold sponging all over, followed by brisk rubbing with a rough towel, is a fine tonic and a good preventive of colds
Sufficient, though not too heavy, underclothing, is an essential to keeping healthy in winter, and wool is by far the best material, since it is porous and allows the evaporation of moisture from the skin, while keeping in its pores a warm cushion of air around the body.
Moderation in eating and drinking are important factors in sound health. Colds in the head very often follow a lowering of vitality due to the evil effects of constipation or of overeating.
It should be remembered that a little cold in a big person may produce a big cold in a little person. Patients should keep away from babies and take every precaution to avoid infecting others by the discharges from the mouth.~