The Way We Were – February 2017

Culled by Judy Garrison

 From February 1917 issues of

The Andes Recorder 100 Years Ago

 

Week In and About ANDES

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Events of a Week as Chronicled by the Man on the Street

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With commentary by Jim Andrews

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Mrs. Thomas R. Jackson died suddenly at her home at the head of Gladstone Hollow…aged 48 years. Mrs. Jackson, who for some time had been under the doctor’s care for neuritis, was sitting in a wheel chair and was apparently as well as usual…Mr. and Mrs. James L. Doig arrived in a few minutes and she was gotten onto the bed and brandy administered but she died in about ten minutes and before the physician arrived. Her maiden name was Carrie Baker and besides her husband she leaves 10 children, three of whom are in Alberta…[Jim Andrews: The brandy was used as a heart stimulant. Using alcohol as a stimulant was common.]

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Mrs. Guerdin Hotchkins, residing near Downsville, sustained a broken leg Wednesday in a runaway accident. Mrs. Hotchkins, who had been called to Andes by the death of her sister, Mrs. Thos. Jackson, was being taken to the station to take the train, when the horse ran away and she sustained a broken leg.

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A Carpet Rag Social will be held in the Cabin Hill church on Friday evening, February 9. Each girl will please bring a ball of carpet rags. All invited.

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Edmund Whitaker, of Shavertown, had leased of Alex Fenton for one year with privilege of five, the public hall on the second floor of Union Hall block. Mr. Whitaker will put in electric lights and have moving pictures. [J.A.: This is the Tin Horn building. The movie “Single Track” which was filmed on the More Trestle at Pleasant Valley was shown in this “theater”. Janis Reynolds’ mother, Bertha Reynolds, used to play the piano for the silent movies in the Town Hall.]

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Commencing Thursday, water from the Ashokan dam will be taken to fill the 40,000,000 gallon reservoirs at Silver Lake, S.I. This water will supply Richmond borough and it is expected that the work will take about 20 days. This is a wonderful engineering feat to take water from the Catskill mountains such a long distance under the Hudson river and under New York city(sic) to Staten Island, over 100 miles. [Ed.: a foreshadowing of things to come closer to home.]

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Sheep are coming back on New York’s many untillable hillsides, the menace of the sheep-killing dog is being met by proper fencing and neighborhood cooperation.

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O.E. Miner, who resides below Arena, in the town of Andes, celebrated his 96th birthday February 3. He is still remarkably active.

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In literature Valentine day has been touched upon for several hundred years. As far back as February 14, 1667 the famous Pepys made entry in his more famous diary that he had been able to escape buying his wife a valentine by buying her a ring she had long wanted, and he would have to get anyway. St. Valentine died in 270 A.D. and his tomb is in St. Praxed’s church in Rome, more famous, perhaps, as the tomb of Browning’s “Paracelsus.”

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During the services at the United Presbyterian church last Sabbath a section of plaster fell from the ceiling and landed in the laps of those in the rear seat. That it did not hit anyone on the head was lucky indeed. [J.A: That should be fair warning for Presbyterians to not sit in the back pew (Presbyterians are noted for sitting in the rear of the sanctuary!). About 20 years ago we had leaks around the steeple which caused the plaster to fall in probably the same area. We roped off the back pews on that side until the leaks could be fixed and the ceiling repaired and the people moved to the back pews on the other side! Change comes hard!!]~