The Way We Were – March 2013

 Culled by Judy Garrison From March 1913 issues of

The Andes Recorder  –100 Years Ago

 Week In and About ANDES

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Events of a Week as Chronicled by the Man on the Street


With commentary by Jim Andrews


Three Italians, Titis Giovanni, Resi Jairde and Antonio Salvatore, employed on work on the Robert L. Gerry place in southern Bovina, were taken to the hospital at Oneonta, Tuesday morning. One was suffering from a severe attack of rheumatism, a second had a fractured arm of several days standing, and the third had a broken leg, sustained the previous day.


William B. Dowie died at his home in Brooklyn, on March 8, 1913, in his 85th year.   Mr. Dowie spent half his life in Andes….Andes owes much to his enterprise and public spiritedness, and indeed he was a leader in whatever enterprise would most aid the town.


In 1858 he built what is known as the “Big Store” and its equal could not be found outside of a city and it still stands as a monument to him. In his business years here his dealings in butter brought farmers from all parts of the county with their product.


When Andes village was incorporated in 1861, he was on the first board of trustees. On September 27, 1862, he was mustered into the service of Uncle Sam as Captain of Co. 4, 144th Regiment, resigning his commission in 1863. In 1866, he built the first creamery ever erected in this section of state, it being located near where the feed store of W. C. Oliver stands on “creamery hill.” [Ed.: Will you tell the readers where this is?] [Jim Andrews: This is puzzling to me since W.C. Oliver’s feed store was located on the current site of the Blink Gallery building, and would have been in existence in 1913 (it exploded and burned in the 1920s). I have heard some old timers refer to Depot Street as “Creamery Pitch” since the old railroad creamery and the Andes Co-Op Creamery were both located on that incline where ROMO Machine is now. The former Decker’s Feed and Hardware was located on the site of a former feed store that burned, but whether or not it existed in 1913 I can’t verify. Perhaps some of our older readers might know who owned the feed store prior to the Hyzers who owned it prior to Ed Decker.] In 1872 he served the town as supervisor. In 1873 he left Andes and went to Poughkeepsie where he was in the creamery business for a short time. From Poughkeepsie he went to Brooklyn where he conducted an extensive grocery and produce business.


About 2:50 Wednesday afternoon the south bound way freight on the Delaware & Northern was wrecked at the Neish crossing just below Shavertown and Conductor Sanford sustained severe injury to his leg and at first it was reported broken….The combination car attached to the rear of train was thrown from the track and went down a 25-foot embankment and landed in the river, turning over twice in its descent. Another version is that the car did not upset but was shot off into the river and the position of the track would indicate this….[JA: I have seen photos of a train wreck which would be of a similar nature, but seem to remember that one being on the Union Grove side of Shavertown.]


The members of the Andes Book Club will meet with Mrs. Walter A. Ostrander at 2:30 Saturday afternoon. [JA: now Dr. Chakar’s residence.]


Friday afternoon [Ed.: from the March 28th issue] a storm of tornado proportions did considerable damage in parts of Delaware county. In the vicinity of Andes roofs were torn off, trees up-rooted and other damage done. The roof was taken off the barn on Jas. Liddle’s farm on Palmer Hill, occupied by Reese Finkle, not even a rafter was left. In Gladstone Hollow, the wind caught under the shingles on the house of J. V. McQueen and stripped off a section about four feet wide and extending from the eaves nearly to the ridge board. Two large evergreen trees in front of W. C. Laing’s residence in the village went down, after having withstood the blasts of fifty years. At Mrs. Raitt’s, back of the depot, a window was blown in….A heavy rain during Wednesday night and Thursday morning caused streams to overflow their banks and rivers were running down both sides of Main street.


The village of Andes will be compelled to make provision for keeping the water off Main street or there is no use of building the State road. A concrete lining to the wall at the “Cooper Shop” bridge would stop part of it and proper ditches to control the water that rushes from the hillsides onto upper Main street will do the rest.~