The Way We Were – August 2015

way-we-were-thumbnailCulled by Judy Garrison From August 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

With commentary by Jim Andrews


Anniversary of Anti-Rent Tragedy

Saturday is the 70th anniversary of the shooting of Osmon N. Steele at the Earl (now Scott) place on the Tremperskill in the town of Andes. On August 7, 1845, Steele, who was then the under sheriff of Delaware county, had gone to that place to make a sale of cattle for the non-payment of rent, and the barway near which he was shot stood for many years a mute reminder of the deed. Enroute to the sale Steele and his companions stopped at the Hunting hotel in Andes and there, when warned that he had better stay away from the sale, boasted that lead could not hurt steel (Steele).


Theodore Becker has sold his farm, the Thos. Mullnix place near Union Grove, to a Hebrew from New York for about $6,500. This includes all of the stock and implements with the exception of one horse, harness and wagon, which Becker reserved.


The use of ferrets for hunting rabbits in Montgomery, Otsego and Delaware counties during the next open season has just been allowed by the conservation commission, as a result of an investigation which showed that they [rabbits] are sufficiently numerous and are doing enough damage to property to justify this action. The rabbits must be shot with a gun, and not be caught with the hands or a bag at the mouth of their burrows, and the period covered by this permit shall begin October 1, 1915, and end on January 31, 1916. Only holders of hunting licenses shall be permitted to take rabbits with ferrets. No person shall take more than six rabbits in any one day.


A steady down-pour of rain and a high wind Tuesday and Wednesday did thousands of dollars damage to crops, especially to oats and corn, in many instances whole fields being flattened as if a roller had passed over them.

Robert Lamont has completed the work of leveling the graves, grading and seeding the ground of the “Flats” Cemetery, which is a great improvement and will enable the trustees to keep that historic landmark in better shape and with less expense than formerly. The effort which was recently made to raise a fund for the maintenance of the cemetery has met with generous responses from many whose relatives are buried there. [Jim Andrews: Robert Lamont is an ancestor of mine on my mother’s side. Many of our Lamont relatives are buried in the Flat’s Cemetery This is at the base of Scotch Mountain Road. If you go by the Delhi college golf course and turn left to go up Scotch Mountain, the cemetery is on your left, just past the golf course. It’s quite large and right on the road, so you can’t miss it.]


George Calvi, the Italian shoemaker formerly of Andes, has been notified by the Italian government that he must return to Italy and go into the army. Calvi has a wife and several children in Italy and he had hoped to bring them to America this fall, but the government has notified him that his family will not be permitted to leave the country at all unless he returns and serves in the army. Calvi says that he will return to American and bring his family with him after hostilities cease and he hopes that will be soon. While Calvi is somewhat under size and was not obliged to go into the army before coming to America, he is recorded in the army register as a reservist…..traveling expenses will be paid by the Italian government. Calvi understands that about 200,000 of his compatriots in American have been notified that they must return to Italy at once. [JA: George Calvi was indeed a very small man—looked more like a boy—and had his shoe shop in the old Town Hall (Tin Horn building).]


The new building of the State School of agriculture and domestic Science at Delhi, is nearing completion and the school expects to open its doors early in October. Plans are now being drawn for a modern dairy barn, poultry houses, a green house and other buildings to be erected this fall…..Any boy who has completed the 8th grade and is sixteen years of age may enter the school. Tuition is free to residents of New York State.~