The Way We Were – May 2014

the way-we-were-thumbnailCulled by Judy Garrison From May 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


April showers are making the grass look green and making the buds swell. [Ed.: And may that never stop!]


Wednesday Albert Ruff who draws milk from Wolf Hollow for the co-Op creamery, had an exciting experience when the bridge which crosses the Tremperskill at John C. Fowler’s went down and the team, wagon and river were precipitated into the stream. The load was squarely on the bridge when the stringer on the down-stream side gave way and this threw the load and team sideways into the water which was several feet deep. Mr. Ruff landed free from the wagon and by quick action managed to keep the team from being drowned.

The outcome was certainly wonderful considering the seriousness of the situation, and the damage were comparatively small. Mr. Ruff and the team escaped with bruises, and one wheel of the wagon was dished. The principal loss was the spilling of 21 cans of milk out of the 25 on the load.

The bridge had a span of 22 feet and was about 10 feet high. The water was about three feet deep. The bridge was crossed daily by heavy loads and was supposed to be in good repair and no blame can be attached to anyone. Only a few days before a road worker with three teams attached crossed the bridge.

The Village Trustees are now doing what the state road contractors should have done last fall—raking up the stones left along the streets. The next thing should be to make the contractors remove the unsightly steam shovel and barrels of tar.


Determined to check the ravages of the tent caterpiller [sic], a pest responsible for thousands of dollars damage every year to fruit and shade trees, Calvin J. Huson, state commissioner of agriculture, issued an order Wednesday requiring all owners or persons in possession of trees or plants infested by tent caterpillers to destroy the nests before June 1, 1914. …

There are three methods by which the tent caterpiller may be controlled. The web may be taken out by hand in the early morning or on a rainy day or in the evening or trees may be sprayed. A torch may be used on trees of little value, but never on good trees. Choke cherry trees should be dug out and destroyed.


Mable & Gill are the new proprietors of the Andes meat market, James Mable and Irving Gill having purchased the market of Wilber Burrow. Mr. Burrow purchased the market last winter from Mr. Mable. The new firm is having the interior of the market brightened by a coat of paint.


Remember that next Wednesday, the 27th is Rubbish Day. Have your rubbish ready in bags when the team arrives.


John Burroughs, the naturalist, was honored Saturday at Napanoch by the Burroughs Nature Club, in celebration of his 77th birthday. Over fifty attended the banquet, among them Thos. A. Edison, Henry Ford, Bigelow the author, and Ex-Governor Dix.


Marshall Arbuckle, the genial landlord of the Edgerton House in Delhi, and wife were here on Sabbath. Mr. Arbuckle had not been in Andes in 25 years. [Ed.: True for some Delhians today, though the traveling is easier————————————————————

The Equal Suffrage meeting at Union Hall next Tuesday evening will be addressed by two of the most capable speakers engaged in this work.

Miss Harriet May Mills, recently president of the NY. State Woman Suffrage Association is a university graduate; a woman of engaging personality and an eloquent speaker. She has taken an active part in Equal Suffrage campaigns with Susan B. Anthony and Dr. Anna H. Shaw during the past few years and she is well known all over the empire state as a lecturer and organizer. As a member of the Empire State Campaign Committee and as chairman of its field work, Miss Mills is equipped—with a fund of information regarding the progress of the movements. She is always listened to with the keenest interest.

Dr. Helen Brewster Owens of Ithaca, N.Y. is a college graduate and one of two women who have obtained from Cornell University the degree of Ph.D. Dr. Owens is a logical and often an eloquent speaker and she is like Miss Mills, non-militant in views. She was one of those who did important work in carrying the state of Kansas for the women. She is chairman of the Sixth Judicial District committee. She is a devoted wife and mother. Her husband is a Cornell professor.

The discussion of the Equal Suffrage question by these women will prove intensely interesting to all Andes people and no one of whatever views on the subject should fail to hear what they have to say. ~