THE WAY WE WERE – January 2018

Culled by Judy Garrison

 From January 2018 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


Complaint having been made that parties scraped the snow from the highway between Oneonta and Otego after the last snow storm, which act later caused the road to be unfit for sleighing, John P. Mabon of Otego, formerly of southern Bovina, wrote the state commission of highways in relation thereto and received the following letter [Ed.: The gist of the reply was that the town superintendent should make sure that all classes of traffic entitled to the use of the highway, which presumably includes sleighers, should not have their use interfered with.] [Jim Andrews: The cars of that era were usually put up for the winter and people resorted to their previous modes of transportation, i.e. horses and, in snowy weather, sleighs. Many times the horse drawn sleighs would take to the fields rather than use the roads since the ruts and potholes underneath the snow could easily overturn a sleigh.]


During the last week a wide area of country has been in the grip of severe cold and December, 1917 has been a record breaker according to the records of the weather bureau. On 9 days in the month it has been below zero. In New York city it reached 13 below and the suffering has been intense. In Andes nothing equal to it was ever seen by the oldest inhabitants. Starting the 27th it went 10 below but following day rose to 10 above. Then it took a plunge and went to 14 below on the 29th; 28 below on the 30th; 24 below on the 31st….Now, however, there is no let-up and even in the middle of the day it is below zero.


The extreme cold weather of the past week will mean loss of thousands of dollars in Delaware county in frozen potatoes, etc.


The family of Henry Young, in Hallidays Brook, near the line between Andes and Colchester, is under quarantine for diphtheria. Two weeks ago a son four years old died with what was given out as membranous croup and a public funeral was held. A few days later the mother was taken ill with what has been pronounced as diphtheria.


It takes twenty sheep to produce the wool needed for one soldier’s uniforms, blankets, socks, and other wool equipment. There are not many regions in New York where sheep would not be profitable.

What is known as the Ward long distance telephone line is being put in working order between Margaretville and Andes and in a few days connection with line coming up the Tremperskill will be made at the Scott place. Long distance messages to New York will then be sent via Fleischmanns.


Mr. and Mrs. John Dickman, on Dingle Hill, received a cable Tuesday from Liverpool, saying that their son, Smith V. Dickman, was well and safe. Mr. Dickman has been aboard U.S.S. Leviathan since October 15.


An official of the Methodist Episcopal church reports that for the first time in the history of Methodism the average salary of its preachers is more than $1,000.


Andes stores observed the federal fuel saving order Monday and patrons should remember than only food stuffs and feed can be purchased on Monday.~