THE WAY WE WERE – June 2016

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culled by Judy Garrison from June 1916 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


The Memory Day of 1916

…The ceremonies of Memorial Day cannot fail to enkindle patriotic emotions in the breasts of the youth, and to all they become the significant symbol of perpetual nationality.

In Andes the day was fittingly observed. The parade formed at 1 p.m. with Thos. S. Miller as marshall, and headed by the Andes Band, with six veterans and six sons of veterans in automobiles, the Andes Fire department and school children in line the march to the cemetery was made. At the cemetery the G. A. R. service was held, with Dr. Jas. A. Gladstone commander, and Dr. J. D. Frisbee of the Spanish-American war, chaplain. The address of Lincoln at Gettysburg was read and Rev. Geo O. Wilsey, pastor of the Methodist church, delivered a brief but excellent address. Following the exercises the various organizations decorated the graves of comrades. The graves of 32 soldiers were decorated—28 of the civil war, 2 of war of 1812 and 2 of the Spanish-American. The parade then re-formed and returned to the hall where it broke ranks.


Local View Souvenir Stamps. [JA: These postage sized stamps were printed at the Recorder Office and were for sale to be used with specially printed postcards. The cards had a space for one stamp which became the picture part of the card. There were stamps of 8 views of Andes (smaller version of existing postcards) as well as stamps of Arena.


Hon. M. Linn Bruce and family, of New York, arrived at their summer home in Andes Wednesday. [JA: This, of course, was former Lt. Governor Matthew Linn Bruce whose wife’s family home (Duncan Ballantine’s) was their summer home. Judge Bruce was Buffy Calvert’s grandfather.]


A new time schedule goes into effect on the D. & N. Monday….[JA: The railroad was a important means of transportation connecting Andes with the rest of the world from 1907 to 1924.


A.B. Liddle has had a bath room fitted up in his residence. [JA: This is just a reminder that in 1916 most homes in Andes and the surrounding area still used privies, and having a bathroom installed was a big deal.]


Two deer were seen one morning recently by Thomas Tuttle going along the side-hill across from E. A. Worden’s. [JA: White-tailed deer in this area were almost extinct 100 years ago. They had been hunted with no regulation, so there were very few left. Of course they were used for food. Seeing two deer apparently was exciting news, since the report of their sighting just outside of town made the newspaper.]


Henry Clay Cox, of Shavertown, and Maud Dawson, of Union Grove, were married in Andes on Saturday, June 17. The young people of Shavertown and Union Grove, gave them an old fashioned skimmelton at the latter place Saturday night. [JA: “Clay” Cox was the owner of Cox’s Sawmill in Shavertown and was an important business figure in that community. His stylish wife Maud was the Shavertown Presbyterian church pianist and active in Shavertown community activities.] [Buffy Calvert: When we were newlyweds in Sydney Center, in 1950, a group of couples treated us to a skimmelton, also called a shivaree.  They drove up, flashed lights into our windows and barged in shouting, “shivaree! Get up and get us some eats!” We served cake and iced tea, then piled back in cars to “Shivaree” two other newly married couples.]


The annual meeting of the Dingle Hill Telephone company will be held on June 28, 1916… [JA: With the use of telephones becoming more wide-spread, each general area established its own independent telephone company. These were battery operated phones which at that time connected farm to farm. Each phone had a small magneto generator which, when cranked, generated a current that would ring the bells of the other phones on the line. A system of short and long rings would identify which phone was to be answered. “Listening in” was a pastime of many on the line—sometimes to the point where there would be so many interested parties listening in (presumable to get some gossip) that the batteries would get drained and the connection would be lost!]


The man who lights the street lamps has received orders to put in less gasoline with the result that the lamps go out just when most needed…[JA: This is the editor’s comment on the village being cheap by ordering the lamplighter to use less kerosene to save money so that the lamps would be going out early in the evening. He ends with the comment: “If lights cannot burn until 11 o’clock, better save the dollar paid for lighting and have none, or light them later.”] ~