THE WAY WE WERE – April 2019

Culled by Judy Garrison With Commentary by Jim Andrews
From April 1919 issues of 
The Andes Recorder – 100 Years Ago


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


There was an important business change in Andes this week, when E. J. Turnbull sold his stock of hardware to C. W. Hulbert & Son, of Hamden, who will conduct the business at the old stand….Mr. Turnbull has sold his concrete store building, which is the best hardware store building in this section of the state, to Chas. E. Hulbert, of Downsville. Mr.Turnbull retires from the hardware business after thirty years, having taken possession of the business on the old Union hotel site. [Jim Andrews: This concrete store building was the predecessor of bank building that many of us can remember that was located at the stop light.  The building mentioned here burned shortly after Hulbert’s bought it and was rebuilt exactly as it was. At that time the First National Bank of Andes moved from the Ron Guichard’s real estate office building to the left hand side of the new building. The hardware store occupied the right hand side. In the 50s the Victory Food store used the space.  The last business there was Mary Fenton’s law office. Unfortunately, the building was not maintained and eventually had to be torn down.]


A spirit of unity was manifest among the nearly two hundred who were present Tuesday evening at the Banquet in Union Hall, given by the Reds to the Blues, who out-distanced them in the M. E. Sabbath School membership contest, which closed on April 1. After the wants of the inner-man had been amply satisfied by the store of good things provided by the ladies, came the speech-making, with Leslie Muir ably filling the position of toastmaster.


Excellent music was furnished by the orchestra. There was a solo by Graham Frisbee [JA: Eventually he owned and ran the drug store—now Paisleys—he would have been young then], a song by the children, a recitation by Evelyn Williams, and humorous readings by Mrs. Derkes, all bringing applause…..Rev. Fred Hults gave the toast, “The Church.” Barna Johnson with an experience of forty years, spoke on “Andes Police Department.” C.B. Johnson [JA: local lawyer and school treasurer] read “The Community” and urged all to be boosters, not kickers. Dr. J. D. Frisbee [JA: father of the above Graham Frisbee and local dentist] paid a glowing and fitting tribute to “The Women” and T. LeRoy Muir, the last speaker, gave a toast to the American soldier. [JA: All of the above were staunch members of the Andes United Methodist Church. I can remember, of course, Graham Frisbee and just barely remember Doc Frisbee and Charlie Johnson.] The Banquet closed with the singing of “Onward Christian Soldiers,” and the benediction.


Tuesday the Assembly passed and sent to the governor for his approval the so-called Sunday movie bill, which gives cities the right to allow exhibition of motion pictures after 2 o’clock Sunday afternoons. The vote was 84 to 58. It is believed that Governor Smith will sign it.


All can help. Instead of having your coal ashes hauled away just look and see if they cannot be used to good advantage in leveling and in some instance raising your sidewalk. Some of them need it.


A teachers conference was held here on Tuesday. This is another fool law regarding physical training. It only serves to knock pupils out of time they should devote to study. [JA: Another caustic editorial by the Andes Recorder.]


Shavertown had a little excitement Saturday evening in which a woman, two State troopers, three men and hard cider were the prominent figures. The Troopers, who were at Pepacton, could not get a message thru to Albany so came up to Shavertown on a hand car [JA: on the railroad track] to send the message and the excitement followed. While they were at the Central office they were given a tip that put them on a hard cider trail. The troopers took the scent and made the hill above the depot on the double quick and soon returned each with a man in tow. One trooper was leading his captive, who was unsteady on his pins, and carrying a jug of cider. The other man could navigate in good shape.

As the troopers and their prisoners passed the hotel Mr. Dutcher did a little talking and in reply to a question told them it was none of their d—– business. The troopers, thereupon, marched him along also for a visit to Justice Gladstone. His Honor fined Dutcher $5 and Aaron Thomas $10, while Frank VanDusen got off during good behavior. It is stated that there was a barrel of cider over the top of the hill where numerous thirsty ones went. Saturday night the others saw what was up and hid. It is reported that the head of the cider barrel has since been smashed in. The justice got the jug. [Ed. What about the woman?]~