The Way We Were – August 2013

100 years-thumbnailCulled by Judy Garrison From  August 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


To owners or occupants of lands fronting on highways in the town of Andes. You are hereby notified and required to cut and remove the noxious weeds, briers and brush growing within the bonds [sic] of the highway fronting the premises owned or occupied by you…


Harry K. Thaw, the slayer of Stanford White, escaped from the hospital for the criminal insane at Matteawan at 8:45 o’clock Sabbath morning. A dart for liberty through an open gate, a dash into an open door of a powerful automobile that stood quivering outside, and a flight like a rocket for the Connecticut state line 30 miles away accomplished his escape. Thaw was arrested Tuesday at the village of St. Hermengilde de Garlord, just over the line in Canada and is in jail at Coaticook. [Ed.: Not an Andes item, but right on the front page and certainly the hot news of the day.]


[Ed.: The following is long and from a long time ago, but I couldn’t resist printing it in its entirety. The writer must have really gasped when women gained the right to vote nationally a few years later. And the question is, how did he know how the women voted?]


Tuesday at a special election in the Village of Andes the proposition to bond the village for $3,450 for the purpose of widening the Macadam of the county Road from ditch to ditch from the bridge at Tuttle’s store to bridge at Spiers and 20 feet on upper Main street and on Delaware avenue, was defeated by a vote of 2 to 1. [Jim Andrews: I am assuming that the bridge at Tuttle’s would have been the Delaware Ave. bridge and Spiers would have been the bridge by the library. So basically they were going to widen the road from 20 feet up Delaware Ave. from the bridge to 20 feet up Main Street above the bridge.] Sixty-seven of the eighty odd tax payers expressed their opinion by the ballot and of these twenty-five were women who (with a few exceptions) raised their voices in a “No” that will ring down thru the ages. [JA: Could it be possible that the women who voted no weren’t thrilled at the idea of the road being wider which would probably allow the cars (and mostly wagons) to travel closer to their homes thus creating more noise, dust and threat to their children?]


Of the 67 votes cast 7 were spoiled by the suffragettes –3 for and 4 against. Of the 60 votes counted 40 were against the proposition and 20 for it.


The Mayor and other election officials gasped for breath when eleven of the suffragettes in a body surrounded them and then with a rush filled the booths—trying to go in by pairs—but they recovered when they learned that there were no Pankhurst’s and none were from England.[Emmeline Pankhurst, is known as a militant woman suffrage organizer in England in the early twentieth century. She was jailed and went on hunger strikes resulting in her release and rearrest twelve times. She published her autobiography, My Own Story, published in 1914.]  Several causes were given for the defeat of the question—high taxes, form of proposition, benefitted someone more than “me”, etc.  ~