The Way We Were – December 2018

Culled by Judy Garrison From

  December 1918 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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During the Winter 1917-18 there were 27 snow storms with a total snow fall of 5 ¼ feet. A year ago this week thermometers went to 10 degrees below zero. Ice was being harvested.

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James Little and brother on Cabin Hill have been successful hunters and trappers this season. Thus far their stock of furs consists of five or six foxes, 17 coons, 13 skunks and several muskrats.

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Democracy in this country is in danger and never before have the people’s rights been so curtailed as at present, both in state and nation, and the ship of state is drifting toward the shoals of centralized or one man power. Compulsory military training, curtailment of freedom of the press and exercise of arbitrary and autocratic powers menace the welfare of the people. [Ed.: The editor is sounding off again—right with the local news. Sounds familiar, too!!!]

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Mrs. Jean Folsom, a resident of Scotland, and a sister of Peter, James and John Wilson, of Delhi, died from joy November 19, following the receipt of the news that peace had been declared. Three of her seven children were in the British army and the good news were too much for her over-wrought feelings.

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The reputed order from the War department that discharged soldiers shall send their uniforms back to original source of supply is a hard blow to the men who have worn them on the battlefields of France, and now they are disturbed by a rumor that threatens to deprive them of the metal helmets and gas masks to which so many of them gave their lives….After the close of the civil war the soldiers retained their uniforms, and until quite recent years a worn and shabby overcoat was often seen on some old farmer in remote New England settlements. How would it do to let the soldiers purchase their old uniforms and equipment at the price that they would bring at the scrap heap?

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Evangelist T. LeRoy Muir of Andes is spending the week with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John D. Muir on Delaware avenue. He has just returned from conducting an evangelistic campaign in the M. E. church at Rock Royal, N.Y. As a result 20 people were baptized and 14 received into the church.

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Smith V. Dickman of U.S.S. Leviathan is spending a ten days furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Dickman, on Dingle Hill. He has just returned from his tenth trip abroad.~