THE WAY WE WERE – November 1909

Culled by Judy Garrison

From November 1909 issues of  The Andes Recorder

100 Years Ago


 Events of a Week as Chronicled by the Man on the Street

Thursday evening, October 28, about 75 of the neighbors and friends of Mr. and Mrs. William H. Liddle walked in upon them unannounced and took possession of their home. The occasion of the visit was to assist Mr. and Mrs. Liddle in celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of their marriage and as a reminder of the event they presented the couple with a handsome couch. [Ed.: Wonder if this style of party would go over well these days?]

Ed Gladstone’s cows went on a drunk Wednesday, caused by eating to [sic] many apples. [Ed.: See next entry for item appearing the following week.]

Ed Gladstone, in Gladstone Hollow, had the misfortune to have 15 cows die last Thursday. The herd had eaten frozen apples, and when opened the cows’ stomachs were found filled with a hard mass of apples and frozen grass and it is stated that lack of sufficient water supply did not help matters.

A Social: There will be a Poverty Social for the benefit of Cabin Hill U.P. church held at the home of William M. Aitken, Fall Clove, Friday evening November 19. Prizes will be given to the most poverty stricken gentleman and lady. Reasonable taxes will be imposed upon all articles pertaining to finery. Come in calico and rags, but not in velvet gowns. By order of Trustees.

The Wilson moving picture show, here this week, equals anything seen in cities.

William T. Hyzer has purchased a five passenger Ford touring car from A. M. Butts, of Oneonta, for delivery next April, which will, when it arrives, be placed in commission on the stage route between Andes and Delhi. Mr. Butts demonstrated the Ford Friday by taking Mr. and Mrs. Hyzer to Oneonta and return. The trip was made without change from high gear, and the entire distance covered in an hour and thirty-one minutes. They made Delhi in 32 minutes.

John T. Roney has bargained for the sale of his farm on Palmer Hill to Mr. Ruff from Hamden. This is the Roney homestead farm and was settled by his grandfather, John T. Roney, about 1820 and has been the birthplace of three generations and four generations have lived on it. [Ed.: Spoke to Ruth Roney, wife of the late John Roney whose father’s family farm this was, about her memories. Born Ruth Todd in Roxbury, she taught 4th grade in Union Grove, and when there was a vacancy in 1943 in Andes, taught here for 4 years and married John Roney. She was home for a while with her 4 young children, resumed teaching as a substitute in Andes, and then taught 4th grade in Margaretville for 20 years. She remembers her mother-in-law talking about her husband bringing horses up from the farm to help people over Palmer Hill when the snow was deep. Ruth recalls that it was often one-way traffic when snowy. Cars going in each direction would take turns manually planting the flag enabling one lane at a time to progress. She also recalled how in the 1940’s Dr. Frisbee suggested they plant pine trees to keep the snow from drifting into the highway, and it helped.]~

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