THE WAY WE WERE – November 1911

The Way We Were

Culled by Judy Garrison From November 1911  issues of The Andes Recorder

100 Years Ago



  Events of a Week as Chronicled by

the Man on the Street


With commentary by Jim Andrews


At the social at A. A. Glendening’s last Friday evening for the benefit of the Dingle Hill Sabbath School, the receipts were $18.50. The school was started a few weeks ago and has over thirty members. M.W. Davis is the superintendent. It is held Thursday evening.


Monday evening about twenty of the residents of Palmer Hill made Rev. and Mrs. G. A. Forbes a surprise visit at their home on Delaware avenue. Rev. Forbes has conducted meetings during the past summer in the Palmer Hill school house every Sabbath afternoon and that they might express their appreciation of his work the people of that section planned the surprise and as a further expression of appreciation they presented Mr. Forbes with a fine fur overcoat. Not forgetful of the wants of the inner man the company came prepared and a bounteous repast was also served .[Jim Andrews: Rev. Forbes was the pastor of the United Presbyterian Church from 1911-1937. And had been holding church services in the Palmer Hill school house (which incidentally was the site of the first services held in 1833 by the Associate Reformed Church of Andes – later the Presbyterian church). These types of gifts were not uncommon. The Palmer Hill people probably realized that Rev. Forbes needed a new coat and provided him with one.]


Excise fights in Delaware county resulted in most cases in no-license. Davenport and Colchester, heretofore wet go dry, while Sidney is a tie The town of Middletown will be the only Mecca for the thirsty after October next. [JA: Andes went “dry” in the 1870s due to the diligent efforts of teetotaler Rev. James Bruce, pastor of the United Presbyterian Church.  Alcohol consumption was frowned upon by most Protestant churches of that era.  Andes remained “dry” until the late 1940’s.]


Some Andes voters did not go to the polls because of the latest nonsense in requiring each voter to sign his name.


Tuesday evening, November 14, at Union Hall, a chance to hear the wonderful dramatic reciter, Miss Nahar of Boston, who is a descendant of King Philip, American’s only King…In her Indian selections, Miss Nahar will wear a valuable Indian costume beautifully beaded, which once belonged to the daughter of the chief of the Blackfeet. Among her selections will be “The Souix [sic] Chief’s Daughter,” “Legend of Bregenz” and “the Chariot Race.”


No matter whether you like it or not your children must go to school if they have not reached the age of 14, and up to 16 unless they are employed, for so says the mighty Draper at Albany and the said authority has notified the local school trustees that the first offender must be prosecuted and there is nothing to do but obey, so parents will remember that prosecution stares them in the face in this free ? country thanks to Draperism. The law needs amending and this one man power abolished.


Six new boulevard lamps have been installed in Andes village. One at Village Hall, [where Alfalfa’s Antiques is now], one in angle formed by intersection of Main street and Railroad avenue [what we call the Triangle], one at W. C. Laing’s [across from ROMO Machine], one on Delaware avenue [in front of the former Floyd Liddle residence], one at the old Ballantine store site [adjacent to Ron Guichard’s real estate office], one on upper Main street. The last named would, we believe, have given much better results if it had been placed on the other side of the street. [JA: Once again, the editor adds his two cents.]~

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