The Way We Were – January 2014

100 years-thumbnailCulled by Judy Garrison From January 1914 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


James R. Hoag died suddenly at the home of William H. Reynolds, just above Andes village Friday evening. He had been ill with grip and that evening had received a letter from his sister. The nurse was preparing to read it to him, and he asked for a drink of water and instantly expired.


Mr. Hoag was born in Scotland in June, 1847, and with his parents came to America in 1851, and they settled in Glenburnie, where his early life was spent. In the civil war he served in the 46th Regiment N. Y. V. and was wounded in the attack on Petersburg on the Sunday morning before it was evacuated by Lee. In 1867 he went to California, and remained in the west until 14 years ago. For about 5 years he lived in Colchester and about 9 years ago came to Andes and has since passed the greater part of his time here, making his home with Mr. Reynolds.


Postmaster Robert Maxon, of Bloomville, has purchased the Corbin store building and will remove the post office thereto in a short time. He will also put in a stock of groceries and make living rooms on second floor. [Jim Andrews: I’m not sure where the post office was in 1914.  To my knowledge, the only locations in the 20th century were the “post office building” (in there twice), the Tin Horn building and Linda Jones’ building. I have never heard a reference to the Corbin store building; Linda’s might be the logical location; however, I don’t believe that it’s big enough for a post office and a store.]


Corbin Bouton has opened a pool room in John Connor’s building.  [JA: I know there was a pool room in the Apple Tree realty office at the turn of the century. John Connor’s building was located on the site of Hogan’s store (now the Andes General Store) and he torched it in the early 1920s.]


Refusal of Railroad to Reinstate Two Men Caused Tie-Up of Road for sixteen Hours

Practically the entire D. & H. railroad was tied up by a general strike which went into effect at 5:45 o’clock on Monday morning.

….About 6,000 employees of the company were affected by the strike order including all engineers, firemen, conductors, trainmen, telegraphers, and other employees of the road. Seldom has a strike order been so generally obeyed in an orderly manner. The train and engine crews completed their runs, left the railroad property and quit the service without any demonstration or disorder….


While coasting Thursday morning Eunice Russell, the seven-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Russell, who live on the Little Delaware, was severely injured. The child attends school in the “Toll Gate” district, and the children were coasting during recess. The little girl was thrown from her sled and her head struck a post, cutting a deep gash. The teacher carried the child to the home of M. A. Thompson and the parents were notified. The child was taken to Delhi and Dr. Ormiston on making an examination found that the child’s skull was cracked, but it is hoped that no serious results will follow. ~