THE WAY WE WERE – March 1911

Culled by Judy Garrison From March 1911
issues of The Andes Recorder
100 Years Ago
with commentary by Jim Andrews
 Week In and About ANDES
  Events of a Week as Chronicled by
the Man on the Street


 A warm sugar social will be held at the M. E. Chapel on Wednesday evening, March 22.  Everybody invited to attend. …[Jim Andrews:  The warm sugar mentioned here is “stirred sugar” which is maple syrup boiled thicker and then stirred until it formed sugar which was probably put on cakes and ice cream while still warm.  “Sugaring off” parties were common back then and were held by the farmers during the sap season.]



Henry Winnie, of Andes, and Miss Minnie Tremper, of Arena, were united in marriage at the home of the parents of the groom in Andes village. [JA:  Yes, she became “Minnie Winnie,” but remember that in that era she would have been referred to as Mrs. Henry Winnie, from her marriage to her obituary.]


From their oyster supper last Friday evening the Andes V. I. S. [Village Improvement Society] realized $35.  An old-fashioned dance followed with music by Tuttle and Reynolds. One thing was very noticeable, i.e. the present generation can not dance in comparrison [sic] with their forefathers.  Thru the generosity of W.C. Oliver the Improvement Society had the free use of his new store building and he also furnished the oysters for the supper.


It is stated that the Andes Creamery Company is preparing to make butter after April 1, instead of shipping their cream. [JA: I would imagine that by 1911 the creameries were making and shipping whatever was in the most demand at the time.  Butter making in this area peaked before the coming of the railroad, since prior to that farmers didn’t have a quick and convenient way to ship their milk to a processing plant.  Converting the cream into butter provided an easier-to-store commodity since the butter wouldn’t spoil as easily as milk, which would sour quickly.  Once the railroads appeared, creameries were built – often owned by the railroads – to process the farmers’ milk, which could now be shipped to the creameries on a daily basis.]


A number of the lady friends of Mrs. Robert G. Thomson gave her a “kitchen shower” Tuesday evening, on the eve of her going to Bovina to begin housekeeping.  [Ed.: Sounds like they gave showers for people other than those about to be married.  Perhaps she was just married and about to set up housekeeping for the first time.]~

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