The Way We Were – April 2012

100 years-thumbnailCulled by Judy Garrison  From April 1912 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


The New York Methodist Conference closed its sessions at Kingston late on Monday night…The Conference also asked that Methodist discipline be amended as to amusements, by striking out references to dancing, card playing and theater attendance, and substituting the expression that Methodists shall not take any diversions “which we cannot take in the name of the Lord Jesus.”


A ditch is being dug from the foot of High street to the brook and tile laid to carry off the water from High street. The question of disposal of water in various parts of the village is one that requires considerable attention. [Jim Andrews: Water runoff from High Street was a problem in 1912 and is still an issue today.  The original tile running from the corner of High Street to the brook has been replaced several times and is currently plugged again.  The restructuring of High Street which is slated to commence this spring is abandoning this water route for a new system that will pass through Jim Andrews’ yard to the brook.] 


Governor and Mrs. Dix will sail for Europe on the steamer Titanic on April 20, and do not expect to return until the first week in June. [Ed.: The Titanic was making its maiden voyage from Southhampton, England to New York, and, as we know, collided with an iceberg and went down on April 15th. Governor and Mrs. Dix undoubtedly made alternate plans for their spring vacation.]


The steam yacht Electra, which has seen conspicuous service at the international yacht races, is to be dismantled and distroyed [sic] by orders of her owner, Commodore Elbridge T. Gerry, of Newport and New York and who has a summer home at Lake Delaware.

When a recent examination of the yacht disclosed the fact that several plates forward had become rusted and the steel showed weaknesses, Commodore Gerry decided that rather than repair or sell the yacht, which had seen twenty-eight years of service, he would have it broken up.

The yacht is 187 feet long and [has a] 22 feet beam. She is fitted with every convenience known to modern shipping, and is regarded as one of the finest private vessels afloat.~