The Way We Were – August 2017

Culled by Judy Garrison From August 1917 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

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A son was born July 20, to Mr. and Mrs. Reese Finkle on Palmer Hill. [Jim Andrews: I’m thinking that this was Frances’ husband Jim’s father (also Jim) or uncle (Reese).  They are definitely closely related and Jim and Reese lived on the farm on Palmer Hill.]

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While engaged in hiving a swarm of bees Mrs. Robert Little on Cabin Hill, was attacked by the bees and stung 38 times on arms and hands.

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Ed..: Excerpts below from messages sent home June 22, 1917 by Donald MacWhirter on his experience in the American Ambulance Corps to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh L. MacWhirter of Denver, Colorado, the mother being a native of the town who was visiting in Andes at the time of publication. [JA: I don’t know her maiden name, but I believe they are buried in the Andes Cemetery—the plot is easy to find since it’s the second plot in on the right when you drive in the main gate (behind Armstong’s).]

  • Am still in Paris and having a very fine time in this beautiful city with its wonderful trees and shrubbery shading every street and corner, and its absence is only marked with a beautiful building or statue.
  • General Pershing arrived from England and was given a great welcome by the people of Paris. It certainly looks fine to see American soldiers on French soil.
  • Paris is quite sad and the men are nearly all in uniforms, either on leave for ten days or else wounded. Mourning is as prevalent here as the Sportsuits are at home on a hot summer day.
  • We have a sympathetic feeling toward and wish to do more for them. France has buried over a million men in the last three years, so you see what our first army will be in face of.
  • It will take two of them to do what France has already done and then that is not speaking of their wounded. Here at this hospital are the greatest surgeons of the world.
  • It is nothing to replace a jaw, chin or nose with a silver one here, and daily there are great operations being performed here. We serve 4,000 meals a day.

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Between 50 and 75 people were made ill last Wednesday by eating ice cream at a church social at Margaretville.

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Andes is to have electric lights. The public service commission has granted a charter to William T. Hyzer to install a plant and furnish electricity to patrons for lighting purposes. The village trustees had already granted permission. [JA: I believe this to be a large Delco plant which generated direct current from a gasoline powered generator and the power was stored in large battery jars. The generators were only run when the batteries got low.  Not everyone got their house wired as it was expensive. There were still homes in the village lighting with kerosene well into the 1930s. William T. Hyzer owned the livery behind his house on Main Street (Dana Leal lives there now) and quite possibly the plant was back in the livery. I also know that the Delco plant was once located in the former Armstrong Mill building—whether this was the same charter or not, I don’t know.]


It is reported that a certain party recently brought thirty bottles of beer into town and that the entire lot was stolen by another person, who proceeded to have a glorious time.~