THE WAY WE WERE – May 2017

Culled by Judy Garrison From May 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


Mrs. Patrick S. Doig, of Walton, is visiting her relatives here. She will be remembered as Anna Gladstone.[Ed.: I’m glad the tradition is over of subsuming a woman’s identity in her husband’s name making her lost to those she once knew. ]


Ed. S. Gladstone, who was re-elected clerk of the Gladstone Hollow school Tuesday evening [Ed.: Above this item is a listing of Trustees Elected which includes districts of Andes village, Fall Clove, Cabin Hill, Wolf Hollow, Pleasant Valley, State Road, Dingle Hill, Biggar Hollow, Shavertown and Gladstone Hollow] has served as clerk since 1887, with the exception of two or three years, and in one of those years he was trustee. [Jim Andrews: The Gladstone Hollow schoolhouse was located on the site of John and Sharon Drew’s home on Gladstone Hollow. The schoolhouse was still there when I was in grade school. I believe the road in front of their home is still referred to as “Schoolhouse Hill”.]


Frank G. Barkley, a former editor of the Andes Recorder, who has been an officer of the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children since May 1, 1884, has been retired on a pension. A check of $500 was presented to Mr. Barkley as a token of good will….


Charles W. Wilcox, of Delhi has been King of a Sugar Bush for sixty-five years, beginning when the trees were tapped with an axe and boiling done in an iron kettle. He has witnessed the evolution that the intervening years have brought—the wooden spile and trough which were made during the winter by young and old, and a little later the tin pan replaced the wooden trough, and then came the iron spile and the tin bucket and the modern evaporator of today. At the World’s Fair he was awarded a medal.


Twenty-six Russians and Pollacks who were brought here from New York to work on the stone road being built on the Gerry estate at Lake Delaware, have quit and returned to their former haunts.[JA: Doesn’t say much for how they were thought of: “…they returned to their former haunts.”]


Thomas Hitt suffered a shock some time during Friday night. He went to bed feeling as well as usual and when he went to get up Saturday morning he found his left arm helpless. His speech was also slightly effected [sic].  He has one advantage over most people it would not paralyze his wooden leg.


Our Prussianized Government is asking the newspapers to donate their space. They do give enormous free contributions to government publicity but advertising space is their stock in trade. As well ask munitions makers, uniform makers, and food producers to work for nothing. Not satisfied with asking free space the government is now trying to saddle unbearable burdens on the newspapers by taxing the print paper, raising postage rates and installing a zone system, which would mean that hundreds of newspapers already staggering under added costs must quit.


Notwithstanding the enormous hay crop of last year many farmers are out or nearly out of hay. This fact coupled with the high cost of feed will make the temptation great to turn the cows out too quick. If you do you will pay for it later.


George Finkle, of Shavertown, has a calf two months old which is a freak of nature.  The calf which is rugged and healthy has a wing on its back which it can flap back and forth just like a bird. It was white but is now turning red. Mr. Finkle has refused $100 for it.


Frost hard enough to form ice was experienced on Wednesday night, May 23. The old residents say this is the most backward spring they have ever seen. Farmers are unable to get in even oats and unless conditions change soon the food production must be far below the normal. Even cows cannot be turned out on pasture—a condition that runneth beyond the memory of man.


Trainmen, engineers and station agents on the Delaware & Northern are all wearing smiles on account of $10 and $5 a month raise in wages.


Saturday three young men whose fathers were students at the Andes academy 30 years ago, will sail for service in the ambulance corps in France. They are William T. Black 2d, son of the late Rev. Jas. T. Black, of Detroit, Mich., Linn Bruce, son of Judge Bruce of New York, and Donald MacWhirter, son of Hugh J. MacWhirter, of Denver, Colorado.~