THE WAY WE WERE – February 2018

Culled by Judy Garrison

 From February 1918 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


Well informed persons assert that 1918 is a circusless year and all because railroads have declined to furnish transportation to circuses this year.


Coal will be refused next winter to persons who have access to supplies of wood…is a forecast made by Albert H. Wiggin, State Fuel Administrator in New York state….


All German alien enemies may register at their postoffices from Feb. 4-9.


Captain Arthur Rudd, formerly attached to the American Embassy at Petrograd, was a speaker at a recent Red Cross rally in Oneonta. He referred to the cheer the arrival of the American troops gave France, which he said had not been bled white, but was suffering from nervous fatigue. He said that the present predicament in Russia could have been avoided had we sent some American officers and troops to that country. They look upon America as the ideal democracy of the world and admire greatly Theodore Roosevelt. Had he gone over there with some troops the country could have been saved to the allies. The Bolsheviki is not typical of the Russian people. The great army of middle classes are much like Americans. They are the most hospitable people in the world.


Sabbath night the entire family of James T. Aitken were made ill by eating corn meal porridge and milk. It is supposed that the meal must have been spoiled in some way.


George Hoag, carrier on the Rural delivery mail route which runs from Shavertown over Dingle Hill and down the Tremperskill, had to make most of the trip on foot Friday. When he got to the Jacksonburg bridge he found that the pier had been taken out by the ice. He left his horse and made the remainder of the trip on foot.  [Jim Andrews: George Hoag was Alice Jacobson’s father. The Jacksonburg Bridge was a secondary bridge that crossed the Delaware River between Union Grove & Arena. My mother said they used to have ice jams in the river at Shavertown and that at the turn of the century the large covered bridge that crossed the East Branch at Shavertown was taken out when ice jammed up against it. Bob Jacobson has a picture of the bridge after it was shoved off its foundation. The iron bridge that remained at the time of the flooding of the valley replaced it.]


The Andes Red Cross has received the following letter from M. Linn Bruce Jr., who is with the American forces in France: Dear Friends—The only package I received in time for Christmas was yours and cannot tell you how much I appreciated it. The cookies were just as fresh as the day they were made and I can tell you they made all the French pastry I have ever seen look like a lot of cold pancakes. I shall never forget the contents of that box and all I can say is “thank you.” Sincerely, Linn.~