THE WAY WE WERE – March 1912

The Way We Were

Culled by Judy Garrison

From March 1912 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


 E. J. Turnbull has the contract to furnish the lumber and other material necessary for the erection of the camphouse and chapel for the Boys’ Camp which Robert L. Gerry has established near Andes and which for two years has been located at Tunis lake. The new camp will be located on the Jas. H. Wight farm, which Mr. Gerry purchased last year, and permanent buildings will be erected.


James Kelly, who about January 1, purchased the Elliott Graham farm at the head of Gladstone Hollow, has sold the property to Ziba A. Seymour of Cannonsville, at an advance in price. The place contains 500 acres and includes Mt. Pisgah. It is understood that the new owner will remove the timber and convert part of it into mine props. [Jim Andrews: I would assume that mine props are the timbers that were used to frame out the tunnels in underground mines.  They would need to be sturdy and very large.  The timber on this property probably was mature and suitable for this use.  Mr. Kelly likely did well financially on this venture.]


Andes is to have a new industry. Thomas Hyzer has purchased the little house adjoining his own on upper Main street and will fit it up for a canvass [sic] factory and under the firm name of Thos. Hyzer & Co. will manufacture grass catchers for lawn mowers, feed bags, canvass aprons of all kinds, and numerous other articles from canvass. The firm holds patents on all the articles they will manufacture and begin operations as soon as necessary machinery arrives.


Twenty-four years ago Tuesday [this appeared in the March 15th edition] was the beginning of the blizzard of 1888, which blockaded roads for several days.


The Board of Supervisors of Delaware County convened at Delhi, last Friday evening, in special session. An organization was effected by the re-election of James W. Dickson, [JA: He owned the corner store.] of Andes, chairman, he receiving 16 votes, even the Democratic members favoring him.


The Board authorized an appropriation for the construction of the Andes-Delhi state road. This road is 13.37 miles in length…[JA: The construction of this state road eventually killed the D & N railroad in Andes. It became cheaper to transport goods by truck than by train.]


The explosion of the fire pot used in Turnbull’s tin shop caused some excitement Thursday. In trying to get the blazing fire pot out doors Frank Crispell had his hands scorched, and making his way to the door a measure in which there was a little gasoline was overturned and the blaze ignited the clothing of Ira Hubble, who was standing near, but he put it out. Mr. Crispell finally kicked the fire pot out the door and it brought up against W.C. Oliver’s store and the blazing gasoline scorched the side of that building but the flames were smothered by using a bag. [JA: Turnbull’s hardware store was located on the site of the former bank building adjacent to the stoplight.  Oliver’s store was right next door, where Blink is now located.  These buildings eventually burned to the ground in, I believe, 1927.]


Recently at Bellevue hospital Dr. F. H. Marx, assisted Dr. Kempf in an operation on a boy for cure of epilepsy, which has baffled medical science in the past. A piece of skull was removed and membranes that enclose cells of the brain lifted, and therein was laid ten layers of thinnest of silver foil and thus was the pressure on brain relieved.


Winter is certainly lingering in the “lap of spring” with about a foot of snow. The past week has been one of unseasonable cold. Saturday morning it was 1 degree below zero and Tuesday morning it was 6 degrees below. A record for March 26.


W. T. Hyzer went to Milford this week and returned Wednesday with an Overland automobile, He will be pleased to have the car inspected by all and as soon as the roads permit will be glad to demonstrate the car to anyone. It is a strong and reliable car and adapted for our steep roads. ~


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