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
The Village Trustees are to be commended on the stone road that they are putting in on Railroad avenue. [Jim Andrews: The Railroad Ave. referred to is the current Depot Street. It was probably crushed stone, or possibly macadam.]
Robert Liddle has leased what is known as the Thomas Mabon farm in the town of Bovina for three years. He has rented the farm to Geo. McNair who moved to it this week from Andes, The farm was purchased a few years ago by Margaretville parties who built a lake on the property, which they called Lake Makiken, and stocked it with trout. [JA: I believe the farm rented to be the Silver Lake House—Lake Makiken is currently Silver Lake—named after the man who built it, Ambrose Silver. George R. McNair was described in another clip in the same issue, working for W.C. Oliver. Oliver, in addition to being a local merchant, was the community mortician. George McNair was the mortician who preceded Harland Jester, whom many Andes residents will remember. McNair could have been apprenticing with Oliver—or even learned the trade from him.]
The Village Improvement society met Friday with their president, Mrs. C.B. Johnson, and after a business meeting and discussion of various methods of raising money for beautifying the town, a hide and seek lunch was held.
The home of Frank Liddle on the Tremperskill, a short distance above Shavertown, was struck by lightning Monday afternoon but fortunately the building was not fired. [JA: This underscores how dangerous lightning strikes were. They occurred much more often than now. Many farmers lost their barns to lightning.]
Ziba Sanford of Dunraven, who has a boarding house, has purchased a private electric lighting plant with storage battery and will operate it by water power. [JA: This private electric plant would be a Delco, battery powered plant. The lady apparently had a water-powered generator to charge the batteries. Many people had Delco plants well into the 1930s, but used gas engines to recharge the batteries that provided the DC current. The water-powered one would have been unique.]
John H. Liddle, who a few weeks ago moved from Andes to Herkimer to work in a paper mill, had his left arm torn off last Thursday. Mr. Liddle was operating the machine known as the “picker” which tears the rags into bits and the machine became clogged.
William Roney was at New York City and Newark, N.J. Saturday, on business errands, and returned home with a seven passenger Studebaker car.
Charles Townsend, of Lew Beach, died about 8:30 Tuesday evening after an illness of 24 hours. He was assisting Byron Yager in painting on the Hotel and was taken suddenly ill Monday evening and the physician pronounced it painter’s colic. He was 25 years old and unmarried. [Ed.: Have any of our readers heard of this condition?] ~