Culled by Judy Garrison
From August 1916 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
Mrs. Hugo Gorsch, of New York, is here to spend several weeks at her old home—the Bohlmann homestead. [Buffy Calvert: Helen Bohlmann Gorsch, after the death of her parents in 1918, bought the “old homestead” and its land from the estate. She then donated it to the Village of Andes to be used as a park with the house “never to be torn down.” The Village decided to use it as a public library with the librarian exchanging the use of the residence for her duties. Mrs. Gorsch donated a number of books to start the initial collection. The original building has been expanded, renovated and restored. It no longer houses the librarian.]
Teachers of arithmetic must remember that since July 1st, three bushels make a barrel, the new federal law having become effective…A fine of $500, or imprisonment for six months, are the penalties provided by the violation of the law.
The Wicks Legislative Committee appointed for investigating the conditions under which farm products are sold gave a hearing at Delhi July 17. The courtroom was filled with farmers from all parts of the county. The Farm Bureau has for some time been collecting evidence on the cost of producing milk, and the result of this investigation were presented to the committee in summarized form. It showed conclusively that milk is produced at a loss on the average farm. [Jim Andrews: Not much has changed!]
The Village trustees have put in three new hydrants the past week. The hydrants replaced have done service since the water system was installed in 1876. [JA: The hydrants that were replaced when the new water system was installed only a few years ago were in operation much longer than these. The ones recently replaced had been in use since the turn of the last century—quite possibly some of the ones mentioned here.]
A traffic signal has been put up at the corner of Delaware avenue and Main street. A red flag waves from it by day and a red light burns at night. The first driver of auto or wagon who fails to “keep to the right” should be “pulled”.[JA: Once again the editor adds his “two cents.”]
Joseph W. Brown, a blacksmith of Andes, who has been subject to periodic fits for the last 18 years, was recently advised by Dr. J.D. Frisbee that an infected tooth was sufficient to cause such trouble, and that it looked as though he might have an infected wisdom tooth in the right lower maxilla…The tooth was removed [after x-rays showed the wisdom tooth was covered with bone with pressure on a nerve] and it is now believed that he will have no more trouble from the fits. [JA: Don’t you wish your dental woes could be advertised to the whole town?]
The excessive heat of the past week, with thermometers over 90 and in some cases nearly 100, was broken by a severe storm which swept over this section about 3 o’clock Wednesday afternoon. The storm was accompanied by a high wind which did considerable damage to oats, corn and buckwheat. When the storm was at its height almost the darkness of night prevailed.
When Hettie Green died a short time ago a trust amounting to exactly $1,635,557.66 was released, and which will now be distributed among some 480 heirs of her aunt, Sylvia Ann Howland. A number of these heirs are residents of Delaware and Otsego counties. The fortune thus scattered to the four winds of the heavens, is said to have had its start in a distillery. This business was the discontinued and the Howland ancestors went into the whaling trade, and in those days coined a mint of money.~