The Way We Were – May 2013

100 years-thumbnailCulled by Judy Garrison From May 1913 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 free delivery route was started last Thursday. George Rhinehardt is carrying the mail until a regular carrier is appointed. The route goes up the river and onto Perch Lake hill and then back to the river and then over Dingle Hill and down Tremperskill. The route must be covered in five hours. [Ed.: We would enjoy hearing from any postal carriers, past or present.]


A proposal to divide the state of California at Tehachapi pass, naming the northern half “California” and the remainder “South Cafeteria,” [Ed.: This must be a typo!] is made in a resolution introduced in the senate by Senator Sanford, democratic national committeeman.



The following are the teachers who will instruct young America in Andes and vicinity the coming school year: Netta Miller at Pepacton; [Jim Andrews: I knew her as Nettie Wagstaff—her given name was Margaret, Roy Miller’s sister. She lived on the second and third floor of Doc Frisbee’s house—now Marty Donnelly’s insurance office.] Elizabeth Fletcher at Dunraven; Margaret Craig in Gladstone Hollow; Nell Reynolds at Pleasant Valley; Bessie Wight in lower district, Dingle Hill; Gertrude Miller in Davis district, Dingle Hill; Marguerite Fowler on State road; [JA: This is the same Margeurite that I often quote. She grew up on the Eisle farm at the mouth of State Road and actually started school at age 4 in the very school in which she was now teaching. She wasn’t supposed to start school until the next year and she threw such a tantrum when her brother Leslie got to go, that her parents, and obviously the school board, allowed her to attend.] Roseanna Seacord on Cabin Hill; Elizabeth Little in Bagley Brook; Kathryn Reynolds in Biggar Hollow; [JA: Kathryn was later the wife of Leslie Fowler, Marguerite’s brother. They lived in the Fowler farmhouse until their deaths in the 1960s.] Elizabeth Worden, Palmer Hill. [Ed.: If you recognize your great-grandmother’s or great aunt’s name, please write and tell us. I found the heading interesting and wonder how often the birch rod was actually used for discipline.]


The Andes-Delhi road from Delhi to the old Flower’s place is closed to travel. Andes traffic now goes over Cabin Hill, and Bovina via Bramley Mountain to Delhi.


Judge M. Linn Bruce is having a tennis court made on the grounds of his summer home here. Posts are being set in concrete for the fence with which it will be surrounded. [JA: The remains of this court were still evident up until the time the current owner of the mansion graded the back yard.The court was made of clay and kept flat by the use of a heavy roller. I remember a postcard showing the tennis court with the roller at the side.]


Albert and Arthur Mitchell, sons of Elias Mitchell, who was a pioneer raftsman on the Delaware, recently ran what will probably be the last raft ever run down the Delaware river. The raft was 210 feet long, 54 feet wide and worth $1,000. Wm. Skinner, a descendant of Daniel Skinner, who ran the first raft down the Delaware, in 1764, was the steersman; thus this family bears the distinction of having run the first and last rafts floated to tidewater on the Delaware. In the old days rafts were floated down the river by the hundreds. [Alice & Bob Jacobson: The book Rafting on the Delaware tells of Joshua Pine’s experiences on his rafting trip from Delhi to Philadelphia in 1883.]


We are in receipt of a copy of a book entitled “Womania” from the press of the Hilton Publishing company of Yonkers, N. Y. The author is Manetho Hilton, our former townsman. The illustration of the bee in the bonnet on the cover will suggest the subject matter for the poem but not its contents, for while the source of the author’s inspiration was evidently the mania of many English-speaking women for the ballot, the poem itself has been likened by a friendly critic to a mountain stream, which, by reason of accessions from may rivulets, flows with increasing volume and force to its destined outlet. The rivulets here spring from many topics of universal human interest. The book should be read by every intelligent woman in this country and England. [Ed.: Is there anyone out there who can illuminate us further on the contents of “Womania”?]~