Culled by Judy Garrison From July 1910 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
Tunis Lake is a lively place these days. Friday evening 50 boys arrived on the D. & E. and were taken to the lake. Robert Doig and J. Alex Stott were in waiting when the train arrived with their lumber wagons on which were riggings covered with hay, and the happy youngsters were loaded on and departed on last stage of their journey with cheers and waving of caps.
Mrs. Christina Cowan died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John G. King in Wolf Hollow…. Her maiden name was Christina George and she is the last of the George family of that generation. She was born in Scotland, November 8, 1817, and came to America when only 11 years of age…She was one of a family of nine children and of these six had their birthdays on November 8, and there probably is not another case of its like on record. [Ed.: Can’t help speculating: Did something about Valentine’s Day bring out the amorous in Christina’s Dad?]
Two old “Cottage Row” houses burned in the early morning. About 2:30 the sleeping village (except a few sound sleepers) was aroused by the ringing of the fire bell. At first many thought that it was for the Fourth, but this idea was dispelled as people glanced from their windows and saw the flames shooting high in the air in the lower part of the village…The owners of the property live out-of-town and the buildings have been an eyesore for years and there is no regrets expressed that they are wiped out. [Ed.: The reporter is certainly not holding back on his opinions!] [JA: I believe that I’ve discussed the location of Cottage Row several times, but if I haven’t, here goes again: Cottage Row was a series of small rental houses located between the brook and the site of Rima Walker’s house on Lower Main Street. Just above Cottage Row towards the corner store was the village tennis court. Cottage Row houses, as mentioned by Print Miller in this article, were in a dilapidated condition and were often the target of vandalism and the routine Fourth of July fires which seemed to occur every year. It seems that 1910’s attempt at the annual fire actually ended Cottage Row.]
At 12:30 the parade formed with T. S. Miller as marshall and was made up of the band, Fire department, floats, and those on horseback, among the latter being one garbed in an original costume of anti-rent days.
If you happen to notice any lady walking as if she was hoppled do not stop and stare at her; she is only wearing one of those new fangled skirts.
All persons are hereby notified to cut all briers, woods and brush growing within the bounds of the highway fronting the premises owned or occupied by them between June 15, and July 1, and August 15, and September 1, 1910; also trim all shade trees within the bounds of said highway.
D. P. Mayham, Sup’t Highways of Town of Andes ~