The Way We Were – June 2012

100 years-thumbnailCulled by Judy Garrison From June 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


Twenty Italians arrived Sabbath evening at Andes and were taken to Lake Delaware, where they will be employed on the excavating for the foundation of Robert L. Gerry’s new summer residence, and digging for the sewerage system. Fifteen Italians have since arrived and more are to come.


The house on the Thomson place is being used as quarters for the Italians and the Mabon wagon house turned into a shelter for the American help. A road is being put across the Thomson place, thus giving a better grade, and a motor truck will be put on to do the heavy hauling.


June 3 was the fiftieth anniversary of the marriage of Hon. And Mrs. William H Johnson, formerly of Andes, now residing in Oneonta, and they celebrated the occasion by visiting Cooperstown, where Mr. Johnson attended court and Mrs. Johnson enjoyed herself in a ride about the lake. [Ed.: Maybe they had dinner together afterwards?]


Tuesday evening fully 150 people gathered at the rooms of the Andes I. O. O. F. for the reunion and banquet of the organization…the exercises of the evening were interspersed with excellent music by the orchestra and male quartet.

The call to the festive board met with a ready response and the company found the tables loaded with the appetizing things prepared by the ladies of Andes who cannot be excelled in the cullinery [sic] art, and theirs was not gained thru the domestic science fad either. [Jim Andrews: The IOOF was the International Order of Odd Fellows who had a lodge here in Andes. Their lodge rooms were located on the second floor of the former Cantina building (it was James Dickson’s store then). Marguerite Fowler (1891-1994) recalled that they were very nice lodge rooms…..with carpets and a pool table. She also remembered that as kids they used to joke about the IOOF as standing for “I’m One Old Fool”! (As an aside, I have a fancy membership ribbon from that lodge that I bought at an auction several years ago—it’s pretty interesting)].


Angry women in Brooklyn are making war against high prices of meat. In first day’s campaign they smashed the windows in many butcher shops. The second day some twenty women, calling themselves the meat boycotting committee, started out to see that Williamsburg should eat no meat. They adopted a new weapon, kerosene, and this brought results. One shop after another, to save their steaks and chops from a bath of oil, capitulated, pulled down their blinds and locked their doors. [Ed.: OK, this isn’t Andes, but it was mixed right in with Andes news, and I couldn’t resist.]


  1. T. Hyzer drove an Overland car from Syracuse, a distance of 147 miles in six hours. Only seven gallons of gasoline was used on the trip.
  2. J. Turnbull, Misses Ella Turnbull and Reta Chamberlain, Dr. and Mrs. J. D. Frisbee went to Oneonta on Thursday to attend the operetta “Martha” in which Miss Lillian Graham takes the leading part. [JA: Ed Turnbull worked (and died in ) the First National Bank of Andes and lived, along with his sister Ella Turnbull, in the former Martha Campbell home on Main Street. His other sister, Ella May Graham was Doc Frisbee’s first wife (the Frisbees lived in Marty Donnelly’s insurance office building right next to the Turnbull house) and the mother of Graham Frisbee, who many of the Gazette readers will remember as the owner/operator of the “drug store” now occupied by Paisley’s and who was a talented organist at the Methodist church.]————–————————————————————-———

    During the month of April there were 17,963 births and 12,775 deaths in New York State. Pneumonia caused 1,735 deaths, tuberculosis 1,349, organic heart trouble 1,310, cancer 690, Bright’s disease 994, apoplexy 529. [Ed.: From the late 14th to the early 20th century, the term apoplexy was used to describe any sudden death that began with a sudden loss of consciousness, especially one in which the victim died within a matter of seconds after losing consciousness. It was often used to describe symptoms rather than a verified disease process, and probably included sudden cardiac deaths, ruptured cerebral aneurysms, certain ruptured aortic aneurysms, even heart attacks. Bright’s disease in the 20th century might have been applied to not only nephritis but described kidney failure due to any number of causes for which there was no treatment at the time.]~