THE WAY WE WERE — March 2019

The Way We Were

Culled by Judy Garrison
From March 1919 issues of
The Andes Recorder
100 Years Ago


Events of a week as chronicled by  the Man on the Street

With Commentary by Jim Andrews


Merritt Brothers, who have about 1800 cords of acid wood on the Brown or Graby farm in southern Bovina, are preparing to send it to the Andes station and ship it by the D. & N. to their factory in Shavertown.  [Jim Andrews: The Shavertown Acid Factory was located on the Tremperskill end of the reservoir—in fact the Tremperskill stream ran right by it before it dumped into the Delaware River. There was a railroad spur that ran to the factory. In 1963 when the reservoir water level was at a record low, the concrete first floor of that acid factory was visible—it hadn’t been bulldozed when the valley was grubbed.]


Oscar S. Nichols, of Delhi, died …from cancer of stomach….Mr. Nicholas was born in the town of Bovina 66 years ago and is survived by his wife, who was Theresa Shaffer, a daughter of Daniel B. Shaffer, of Andes…Mr. Nichols established himself in the hardware business in Andes in 1876, and was in partnership with Henry S. Murray for a time. In 1889 he assumed the agency of the Adrianes Platt & Co., agricultural implements, covering a large territory. He was instrumental in organizing “The Security Mutual Fire Insurance Company” with office in Delhi…


A petition has been circulated this week for submission of question of lighting the village with electric lights. The present system has been tried for several years and has proved very unsatisfactory, and is simply a waste of money. “Let us have light.”


H. Thomson, who for several years has held a position in the U.S. Department of Agriculture at Washington, has resigned on account of poor health and he and his family will make their home with his father, Wm. J. Thomson, on the Little Delaware. [Ed.: Would he be the grandfather, perhaps, of Jim Thomson and Kathy Sullivan?]


The most effective glue yet discovered for fastening aeroplane parts has been made from milk.


A.D. Liddle, town truant officer, was at the Barkaboom on Wednesday looking after truants.


Donald Dickson, of the 74th Engineers, arrived at Newport News, March 11, on board the Nansemond, carrying 5,427 men. He is expected home in a few days.


Tuesday in the Andes Village election the largest vote was cast that had been polled in three decades or since the village hall was the bone of contention. The question that had been uppermost in the minds of all for ten days previous was “LIGHTS”. There had been opposition talk but in the “show-down” only four out of 49 votes cast were against, while 43 voted “for” and about 25 taxpayers did not vote.


Thomas Hyzer believes that the “early bird catches the worm” and planted potatoes last Friday. [Ed.: That would have been around March 21st.]


It has often been said that the farmer is the funniest “animal” in the world, and sometimes you would almost think so. For instance, think of the dairyman who is making for the fluid milk market and always complaining of not getting enough for his milk, who will go into a store and buy butterine to take home for his family to eat…a substitute made up of skim milk, cottonseed oil, tallow, stearine and other cheap greases, without food value, in return nothing, whereas he by using his own good home-made butter, receives food value that cannot be equaled.~