THE WAY WE WERE – November 2019

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


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


Supervisor Walter Gladstone is at Delhi this week attending the annual session of the Board. [Ed.: This is the contemporary Walter Gladstone’s grandfather. His father also served as Town Supervisor, as did the Walter Gladstone we know (from 1974-1980 and then another term in the 1980s.           ____________________________
W. T.  Hyzer, assisted by Robert Brittain, is stringing the wires for his electric lighting system throughout Andes village and will probably have it in operation by December first. [Jim Andrews: This was the wiring for the battery-operated Delco plant which provided direct current electricity to those in the village who would pay to have their houses wired. When depleted, the batteries were charged by a gasoline engine. W.T. Hyzer owned the livery behind the Main Street home now occupied by Dana Leal, and this is probably where the batteries were stored. This system predated the alternating current “high line” which came through several years later.  Many farms and rural residences had their own Delco systems long after the high line came through, since those poles and wires didn’t extend into all the outlying areas until well into the 1940s.] 


Rum having been surpressed [sic] in America the W.C.T.U. this week in convention at St. Louis decided that the next campaign for righteousness in this country should be directed against tobacco in every form. Virtue cannot be brought about by constitutional amendment.


The Woodin farm on Dingle Hill, has been sold to Laverne Robion, of Arena. Grover Dumond has the place under lease until next April.

About 650 people were engaged in taking the first census of the United States. The 1020 census will require the services of 90,000. [Ed.: Anyone have access to the figures for 2020?]

Health insurance, efforts for which are being made in the Legislature, was attacked, vigorously by the New York Physicians’ Association legislation committee and by Senator Clayton R. Lusk chairman of the legislative committee investigating Bolshevism and industrial unrest. The physicians sent a circular to every legislative candidate saying that health insurance as a compulsory thing is not needed by the workers and that any such laws will result only in increasing the taxes and cost of living to the general public, and increase the pernicious habit of malingering. [Ed.: Could not resist printing this entry. 100 years later the country is still debating health care issues!]


Attorney Charles R. O’Connor, of Hobart, Democratic leader of Delaware county, has been named by United States Commissioner of Revenue Roper to supervise the enforcement of national prohibition in New York state. Mr. O’Connor will at once establish an office at Albany and assemble a staff to cooperate in the work…[Ed.: If you Google his name + Delhi you will be directed to an interesting article about him, his relatives and the founding of the O’Connor Foundation that has been so generous in endowing various Delaware County projects over the years.]