THE WAY WE WERE – September 2014

Culled by Judy Garrison From September 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  and Barbara Cole

Clifford Dickson, salesman at the Big Store in Andes, has an injured foot. Wednesday while attending the fair at Delhi a horse stepped on his heel, tearing the back off his shoe and injuring his heel so that the services of a physician was required. [Jim Andrews: The Delaware County Fair has always been in Walton. However, there were other smaller local fairs, including the Shavertown Fair, which operated for about 6 or 8 years around the turn of the century. Apparently Delhi had a fair also. With transportation being limited, not everyone could get their livestock or themselves to Walton, so other communities sponsored fairs. Walton is the only one that has survived.]


Below is a partial excerpt from a letter from James C. Aitken, an Andes boy “who is now serving Uncle Sam in the capacity of Chief Mechanic in the Philippines:

After three days at the fort I was ordered to join my organization, Battery ‘E’, 2d Field Artillery, at Camp Stotsenburg, 60 miles north of Manila. I boarded a train for Dagupan, the northern end of the railroad. At Angeles I had to change cars for Camp Stotsenburg. (It reminded me of Union Grove only the service was faster, even though the railroad is a narrow-gauge British type, English owned affair.)

Since October 10, 1913, I have been in and around this Military Post, excepting for two months, while on maneuvers in the southern part of this island, Luzon, and in and around Manila Bay and Saguna de Bay.

So much for my trip. I will spare you the nerve-racking job of reading my description of army life. Every little while I notice where some firm in Meridale is selling butter to the army or navy. This butter is for the officers and not for the enlisted men in the service. Of course you must understand that the enlisted men have butter to eat, but not the kind that is turned out in Delaware county.


George Calvi, who has conducted a shoe shop in Union Hall block, has disposed of his business to Joe Macri, and will go to Italy and bring his wife to America. [JA: He was a small, very young man. The ASHC has pictures of Mr. Calvi making shoes.]

Mrs. Edward Shaffer has sold her house and lot adjoining the Central Hotel in Andes village, to Addison B. Liddle, the consideration being $900. Mrs. Shaffer and son, Ernest will go to a small farm near Binghamton where the young man will engage in the poultry business. [JA: Ad Liddle was Barb Cole’s grandfather, I think.] [Barbara Cole: “Yes, he was my grandfather, a ‘man around town’ who loved to play checkers and cards. He had it until my mother and father bought it. It is the same house where I live now, next to the building where Ann Geiger had her Flyalong Farms antique store.”]


David Ballantine has sold to John H. Liddle his tenant house on High street, known as the Scott place. The consideration is $500. [JA: This was one of the small houses in the vicinity of Barry Hilton and Lisa Schroeder’s house. There were four other smaller homes clustered together right there. They have all since been demolished.]


T. M. Avery, farm agent for Delaware county, believes that the soil in this county is adapted to sugar beet raising and sees large profits for the farmers if they will take advantage of the situation caused by the European war. Of the world’s production of sugar last year nearly half was European beet sugar from Germany, Russia and Austria. It is believed that the war will practically kill this industry for a number of years.~