THE WAY WE WERE – June 1911

Culled by Judy Garrison
 From June 1911 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

Wednesday George Elliott sold his meat market business in Andes village to Willis Gladstone and James Mable [Jim Andrews: Jim Mable was the man who owned and lived in my house for well over 50 years. I believe that this meat market was in the Town Hall building where Alfalfa’s is now. So much for refrigeration and the USDA!], and these young men took immediate possession. The firm name will be Gladstone & Mable. The new firm will retain W. C. Derby in the market for the present. 


For years Andes has suffered from the terrible dust during the summer, especially since the days of automobiles, and while efforts have been made to over-come it the dust continued in the same old way.

 The Village Improvement society was organized last fall and one of the avowed improvements was to put down the dust and they commenced raising money to help toward it. Recently they voted in favor of putting oil on the streets and turn their money over to the Trustees to add to the $100 appropriated for sprinkling.

 However, it appears that the Ladies and Village Fathers are not of one mind, and the latter believe that water is the proper thing, while the ladies are equally strong in the opinion that oil is the best. The ladies held a meeting Friday evening at which it is said the talking was animated with blending of voices, and a phonograph would have had the time of its life to record it. But one thing they did was to vote that their money should be used for oil or not used at all. And there is an old saying that, “If a woman will, she will, and if she won’t, she won’t”

 Will Doig will try raising cauliflower and this week put out 3,000 plants on the land purchased last year of Mrs. Kaufman.

 James Kelley, who went to North Carolina a few weeks ago to take a job as civil engineer, was unable to stand the climate there and has returned home.

John Lynn was injured Monday in a runaway accident near Union Grove. Mr. Lynn had loaded some calves into his wagon to take them to market, and had the horses partly hitched to the wagon, when John Stork came along carrying an umbrella. The off horse was frightened and started to run, dragging Mr. Lynn under the wagon, which ran over both legs below the knees. W. E. Sattery hås completed the job of graining the wood-work and repapering the interior of the Methodist church at Pleasant Valley. Preaching services will be resumed next Sabbath [JA: Graining was a faux finish usually applied over painted wood. A base coat was applied, and then a stain applied over the base. Before the stain had completely dried it was “fooled” to simulate wood grain, hence the term “wood graining”. Professional wood grainers had tools to drag over the stain to create the grain (they could be purchased mail order through Sears or Montgomery Ward) while some used coarse cloth, combs, feathers, etc. These “tools” would separate the stain, allowing the base coat to peek through. The graining mentioned in this item is what is still in place at the Pleasant Valley Meeting House and was probably done at the same time the current pews were cut down and modified into their current configuration.]~

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