The Way We Were – December 2016

Culled by Judy Garrison

 From December 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


Wlliam Clement has just finished an addition to his house on Delaware avenue, for use as a wood house and summer kitchen. [Jim Andrews: This is the current Delaware House on Delaware Avenue. At that time it was a small farmhouse with a dairy barn located behind it. The barn was torn down many decades ago. The addition was a small lean-to room added at the back of the kitchen.  When the Ali family operated the Ali Inn in the ‘50s and ‘60s, this room was used as liquor and soda storage.]


W.T. Hyzer has sold an Overland automobile to Robert McCandlish, of Delhi, taking a pair of horses toward payment. [Ed.: Interesting to note the rate of exchange: one horseless carriage for two horses!]


The first real winter of the season arrived Monday night and the ground is covered with several inches of snow. The first sleigh of the season appeared Tuesday, but there is not enough of the beautiful to make sleighing, except on the State road.


Ed.: One page of the 12/1/16 edition quoted at length a statement from the National Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage in opposition to a Federal Amendment granting the vote to women. Here is an excerpt: “We stand for the conservation of the best of American womanhood of all conditions and stations of life, for the preservation of the home, for the retention of the best ideals of preceding generations adapted to the advantages and opportunities given women under modern conditions We believe that women according to their leisure, opportunity and experience should take part increasingly in civic and municipal affairs as they have always done in charitable, philanthropic  and educational activities, and we believe that this can best be done by women without the ballot, as a non-partisan body of interested workers. [Ed.: All that expertise, but no vote?]


One night recently as Sherman Woodin [JA: He owned a farm at the Tremperskill end of Wolf Hollow] and son, Floyd, a lad of 12, were going from the barn to the house they heard the dog barking in the orchard and on going to investigate found what proved to be a fox up an apple tree. Mr. Woodin sent the lad to the house after a .22 calibre rifle and took a shot but missed in moonlight The animal then leaped from the tree and ran with the dog close behind, and soon took refuge in a hole under a ledge of rocks. The young lad set traps about the hole and two days later had a fox in the trap. The fox is of a species which old hunters say they had never seen in this locality. Along the back and well down on the sides of the skin is fine silver gray. [Ed.: Any help, Jack McShane?]


Halliday, son of Dr. C. R. Woods of Delhi, is home from Hamilton college. December 15 he sails from New York to Marseilles, France. He has been appointed a member of the American Ambulance corps and assigned to serve in France one year. The service is under the auspices of the Red Cross.


James Little, the nine-year-old son of John R. Little, on Cabin Hill, is ill with Infantile Paralysis. The boy was taken ill Monday in school and was scarcely able to get home at the close of school. Dr. Schumann was called and found symptoms of appendicitis, but Wednesday pronounced it Infantile Paralysis. One of the lad’s legs is paralyzed and the family is now under quarantine. The Cabin Hill school is closed.~