THE WAY WE WERE – June 2019

Culled by Judy Garrison With Commentary by Jim Andrews
From June 1919 issues of
The Andes Recorder – 100 Years Ago


Events of a week as chronicled by  the Man on the Street

Thursday morning as Isabelle Hyzer was coming down Delaware Avenue enroute to the creamery the ring of the neckyoke gave way and let the wagon onto the team, which ran away and upset the wagon and spilled the milk. The little son of her sister Mrs. Hisman was caught under the wagon and one leg was severely injured [Ed.: This incident gives the lie to the dictum about not crying over spilt milk.] [Jim Andrews: The little son of Mrs. Hisman (who after Mr. Hisman died young, married Erastus Bramley so we all remember her as Margaret Bramley) was Bill Hisman, who along with his wife Louise ran Hisman’s store for several decades (now Andes Connection) and he was the rural mail carrier here for many years.]


Dr. C.L. Wakeman, who succeeded the late Dr. Thomas Wight in Andes in 1907, has given up his practice here and has gone to Stubenville, a town of considerable size in Ohio, to continue the practice of his profession. Mrs. Wakeman remains here for the present. [JA: Dr. Wight lived in Mike and JoAnn Warner’s house, I believe.  Dr. Wakeman didn’t stay long in Ohio and returned to Andes and continued his practice here.  He lived in and practiced from the large Italianate house which was torn down to make way for the Andes Town swimming pool.]


Rudolph Winand, of Delhi has rented Mrs. Mary Armstrong’s building on Delaware avenue and opened a meat market this week. He has moved his family into the house at the rear of Union Hall. [JA: Mrs. Armstrong’s building is now Marty Donnelly’s apartment building next to the brook on Delaware Ave. I would assume that the house at the rear of Union Hall (Tin Horn) would be the building now housing the Two Old Tarts restaurant.  When I was young, the building was owned by Mrs. Armstrong’s son Emory and was the village barber shop.  We older locals still refer to the building as “the Barbershop Building”.]


  1. Robert Doig has sold his farm in Bovina to Charles E. Hulbert of Downsville. Tunis Lake, a fishing resort, is located on this farm and this was doubtless an objective for the purchaser. Three generations of Doigs have owned the place, which was in the distant past the Northrup homestead.

The sale brings to mind a legand [sic]  told, which has it that the Indian Chief Tunis whose wigwam was on the shores of this lake, had located a lead mine in the vicinity and had taken a man blindfolded to it to prove his ascertion. [sic]. However, no one has ever been able to bring such a mine to light.


Miss Lillian B. Bruce, daughter of M. Linn Bruce, graduated from Vassar college on Tuesday. The class numbered 236. Her father and family spent from Saturday until Tuesday at Poughkeepsie attending the commencement exercises. Her sister, May, is a member of the sophamore [sic] class.


During a severe thunder storm that swept over Andes during last Thursday night, the hay barn of John A. Scott on the Tremperskill, was struck by lightning and burned. The building was a landmark of the town standing as it did not twenty rods from the spot where Under Sheriff Steele was shot during the Anti Rent trouble in 1845. The barn was insured in the Andes Mutual Fire Insurance company for $300 and the contents, which consisted of ten tons of hay, a thresher and a hay loader, for $400.


Wednesday Sergeant Fox and a state trooper went to the shanty on what is known as the Bramley place in Biggar Hollow and arrested Frank O’Dell and a man named Cohen and the housekeeper, whose name is reported to be VanSteenburg. It is reported that the trio were wanted for breaking into houses in Sullivan county. One of the alleged gang is reported to be still at large. The police are said to have procured considerable of the booty. The two men were cutting logs on the Biggar farm, for Merritt Brothers.~