THE WAY WE WERE – March 2017

Culled by Judy Garrison

From March 1917 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


Edwin Gould, the 23-year-old grandson of the late Jay Gould, was killed by the accidental discharge of his shotgun while hunting at a game preserve two miles from Jekyl Island, Georgia. . . The two had traps set on the Hammock, a Gould preserve, and intended to spend the night hunting coons. After walking some distance they came upon a large coon in a trap and young Gould struck it on the head with the butt of his gun. The first blow was not sufficient and the hunter struck again. The second blow was followed by the discharge of the gun and the load of shot penetrated Gould’s groin and ranged upward. Death is said to have been almost instantaneous.


Barton Gladstone has secured employment with Alden Liddle, formerly of Andes, who is now a contractor in Binghamton. His two sons, LeRoy and Henry Gladstone, will have employment in the shoe factory at Johnson City. [Jim Andrews: Alden Liddle was the carpenter who lived in and remodeled my house in 1909.]


John H. Liddle has sold what is known as the Scutt place at the head of Delaware avenue to J. V. McQueen, for $1,400, and will move to his house on High street which Mr. McQueen has occupied for some time. Mr. Liddle has also sold his farm up Biggar Hollow, (the Bramley place) to his brother, William H. Liddle. [JA: In answer to your question, Judy, I think that the John Liddle house was possibly one of the three small houses on High Street that used to be next to the brook, all of which have been torn down. Dick Liddle, was it your grandmother who lived there and possibly worked as a cook for Judge Bruce? I seem to remember hearing that somewhere.]


The February grand jury failed to indict Charles Dutcher of Shavertown, for selling hard cider, but he conceded the seizure of his cider and satisfied his inquisitors as to future conduct.


With a gain of 961 automobiles during the past year, Delaware county now has a car of some description for every 21 inhabitants as compared with a year ago when there was one to every 38 persons.  Delaware county has 2,189 cars of which 2,080 are pleasure, 80 commercial and the remainder dealers and exempts.  There were 405 chauffeurs in the county last year, an increase of 106. The county had 116 motorcycles last year.


Silas Winner, of Beech Hill, was injured last week when his horses ran away. He was struck by the tongue of the sleigh and knocked down and the horses and sleigh passed over him. While quite severely injured no bones were broken. His mother from Shaver Hollow is caring for him.

Ed.: We understand that Asa and Kay Winner grew up on Shaver Hollow, and it seems the family history goes back quite a ways there. The Gazette would be pleased to learn some of the particulars from a family member.]


Shavertown Advents and Methodists had a lively gathering Friday. The former held their meeting in the church and the latter stayed outside and when the Advents came out there was some lively tilts with the tongue. The result was that the Advents told the Methodists they could not hold any more meetings in their church. [JA: Shavertown had an Advent Christian Church on River Street, just down the street from my mother’s farm. It would appear that they were renting their building out to a small Methodist gathering that met sporadically. I would assume that there were “denominational differences” between the two religions, and the Advent church evicted the Methodists. Odd that there was a fledgling Methodist congregation in Shavertown when there was an established Methodist congregation with their own building at Pleasant Valley! There was also an Advent church in Arena.]

There was some excitement at the Acid Factory [in Shavertown] a few days ago, when two women had a quarrel. One woman threw bricks and the other stove wood, but no lives were lost.~