The Way We Were – July 2015

100 years-thumbnail Culled by Judy Garrison From July 1915 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


The members of Dr. Frisbee’s Sabbath School class picnicked on Gray Mountain last Friday.


During the absence of William S. Coulter and family Saturday night their house at the foot of Palmer Hill was entered by sneak thieves and every thing in the eating line taken.


Frequent complaints of depridations [sic] about town are heard. The latest is that someone has been doing numerous acts of desecration at rural cemetery. Two persons were seen coming away from the cemetery shortly before the depridations were discovered and there is little doubt that they are the guilty ones. Further deeds will mean a trip over the road.


From 8:30 Wednesday evening [probably July 7th] until noon on Thursday 4 inches of rain fell, and rain is still falling at 3 p.m. Streams are well up to flood height. [Ed.: A bit of useful info for the present flood commission?]


A Vanishing Race

There are 609 less Indians on the reservations of New York State than ten years ago. But three tribes, the Onondagas, Tonawandas and Tuscaroras, show any gain according to census figures. The total number of Indians now living on the eight reservations is 4,451. Out of this number, not less than 762 confess to being pagans and 748 speak little or no English. In the eight reservations there are 87,976 acres of which the Indians are cultivating 30,556.


The old saying that rain on St. Swithin’s day means that it will rain forty days, bids fair to come true. [Ed.: The Encyclopedia Britannica tells us that according to folklore the weather for a period of forty days after July 15th will depend on whether is was rainy or fair on that day. St. Swithin was bishop of Winchester from 852 to 862. At his request he was buried in the churchyard where rain and the steps of passersby might fall on his grave. According to legend, after his body was moved inside the cathedral on July 15, 971, a great storm ensued.]


Margaretville Fair

The Margaretville Fair Aug. 3-4-5-6 is the biggest yearly event that takes place in the Catskill Mountains. It combines the attractions of an old fashioned county fair with the modern amusement park.


Foremost among the attractions will be some of the best horse racing that has been seen in this section. There will be a red hot ball game each afternoon. Flexon, the best known hot air balloonist in the United States, will make an ascension each day and will do a triple parachute drop. Another attraction will be the diving of a man and dog from a platform 104 feet high into a tank of water.

The midway will be full of all kinds of shows.~