The Way We Were – November 2017

Culled by Judy Garrison

 From November 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

An October Flood

Many parts of Delaware county was [sic]visited by floods Monday night and Tuesday and considerable damage was done. In Andes the dam at Thos S. Miller’s foundry in the upper part of the village was swept out, roads were damaged and washouts on the main line of the D. & N. stopped traffic until Wednesday. The train out of Andes Tuesday morning did not get back until Wednesday night. [Jim Andrews: The Miller’s Foundry dam was located behind the current Jaddis residence (which was the site of the foundry) and Bill Duke’s apartment complex on Upper Main Street.  Postcards exist which show this dam.] Every little rill from the hillside became a raging stream.


Andes air is apparently conductive of long lives. Dr. Jay D. Frisbee has been compiling a list of those who have passed the allotted age of three score and ten. He finds that there are 28 persons over 75 whose average age is 80 years, and 15 are over 80 with an average age of 83 years. [JA: Doc Frisbee was one of those who eventually lived to be well over the Biblical three score and ten—passing away at the age of 88 in the early 1960s.]


It is stated that in different parts of the state thousands of bushels of potatoes remain undug because of the lack of help.


December 10 bakeries will begin making war bread. The composition will be drum [sic] wheat 15 per cent, soft winter wheat 15 per cent, hard spring wheat 70 per cent, with less fats and sugars. This bread will not be of as high quality as formerly.


It is reported that A. B. Liddle has sold his tenant house on High street, now occupied by Ed W. Goodrich, to Archie Elliott for $600.  [JA: I believe this to be the current Lisa Schroeder house.]


To of the State mounted police arrived in Andes Sabbath morning and remained until Monday. Their business here is not known. One report had it that they were looking after the Pro-Germans.


[Ed.: In another letter from M. Linn Bruce, Jr. received from the Western Front with General Pershing’s forces, he gives an account of his experience at the recent battle at Soissons, and concludes the following:]

“The day after the battle I walked over a good part of the battlefield and endeavored to reach Fort Malmaison but had to turn back on account of the shell fire. I have been over the battlefield of the Aisne and the battlefield of the Somme and I thought they were terrible, but the field of Soissons is beyond description.” ~