The Way We Were – April 2018

Culled by Judy Garrison From April 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


Thru the kindness of Mrs. E. T. Gerry, Lucy Ferguson, daughter of Frank Ferguson, of Arena, has been taken to St. Faith’s Home at Tarrytown, N.Y., where she will be kept for three years.


Three small boys who were boiling some sap on the sidehill back of the Raitt bungalow above the depot Monday had more excitement than they bargained for. The dry grass caught from their fire and the flames swept rapidly across and up the hill, even leaping the walls. It required the efforts of seven or eight men to check it, and this was not done until it had burned over a large area and had reached the edge of the woods.


The Belle Ayre mountain, one of the best known of the Catskill peaks, will not be stripped by the acid companies. During the week the state of New York has condemned the big tract owned by the Belle Ayre Conservation Co. and the Backwoods Club, comprising about 4,300 acres, and the matter will be taken to the court of claims where a value will be put on it. This is the end of the ill fated Project at Highmount. —Margaretville News.


Supervisor James W. Dickson and County Clerk E. J. Turnbull attended the funeral of J. D. Lawrence at Kingston on Wednesday.


Duncan Lawrence died at East Schodack, near Albany on April 1. He was born in the town of Andes 72 years ago and in early life was a drover and during the civil war served in the union army. Later he resided on a farm below Bloomville and for several years was supervisor of Kortright. He was sheriff of Delaware county for one term and held the office of deputy forest, fish and game commissioner. For a number of years he was a power in Delaware county politics. He leaves a wife and adopted daughter, Miss Minnie Husted [Ed.: What a diverse set of accomplishments!]


D. K. George, food administrator for the town of Andes, hands us the following:

Meatless days are suspended for 30 days from March 30. Wheatless days must be strictly enforced—no one in this town is exempt from buying substitutes for whole wheat flour.

The federal food board warns: Look out for glass in bread, bread wrappers and flour; complaints of this character have been sufficiently frequent to warrant the board in publishing this, much as we dislike to be put in the position of seeming to alarm the public, unduly.

When bread is baked in the home, the flour should be thoroughly sifted for foreign substances. [Ed.: Maybe fear of glass particles rather than the need to aerate flour originated the rigid rules for double sifting flour when baking that I was taught as a girl.]~