Culled by Judy Garrison
With commentary by Jim Andrews
From September 1920 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
The Home Harvest Dinner given annually at Shavertown under the auspices of the Ladies Aid Society of the Presbyterian Church has become widely known and draws a big crowd. The 1920 dinner was held last Friday at the parsonage and there was the usual abundance of good things to eat. A chicken dinner and everything that goes with it had been advertised and they had it and then some more. Thirty large chickens lost their lives that the multitude might be fed.
The Shavertown Presbyterian church has but 60 members and at present are without a regular pastor. They are hustlers, however, and keep things moving. This is one rural church that shows that it is alive and every member helps push. [Jim Andrews: I have heard my mother talk about these dinners which drew huge crowds and how they had wished that there would be that many people in church on Sundays! Her mother and father used to make all the ice cream served at those dinners.]
Recently as Charles Hafele was coming off his hill from reaping oats he saw a wildcat out in the meadow. It went into a woodchuck hole and after putting a big stone over the hole Mr. Hafele went to the house and procured a trap. This he set in the hole and stopped it up. Next morning the trap was sprung and the cat had dug out.
There should be an open season for traveling salesmen and help cut high cost of living. The small village of Andes is visited every two weeks by six grocery agents. Then there are three selling candy alone, four tobacco besides meat and other salesmen and special men galore.
There is a movement underway in Andes to raise money by subscription to purchase the Burdett land between Main street and Hilton Memorial High School property for an entrance to the school. A proposition to buy was defeated at the annual school meeting. [JA: I found it interesting that this proposition was defeated (nothing new). The only entrance was through the Old Boarding hall property which was located on the current site of the Presbyterian Church manse.]
The United Presbyterian church is being re-papered, etc. S. D. Oliver and son are doing the job. [JA: The church records show that the sanctuary was re-papered in 1904 when the sanctuary was remodeled and is now being done a mere 16 years later. Papering a room this large was quite an undertaking (ironically the work was done by Silas. D. Oliver who owned the local furniture store and who was also the local undertaker! According to church records, the wall and ceiling paper was all removed from the sanctuary and the plaster painted in 1937 when the choir loft was removed.
Arrangements have been made for a series of seven games of ball between the east and west sides in Andes and the first game will be played to-day. Collections will be taken at the games and the money will be used toward buying a new horn for Dr. Frisbee. Andes can have no band until a new horn is secured.~