THE WAY WE WERE – December 2019

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


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

Miss Sarah Powell, aged almost 93 years, the oldest inhabitant of the town of Roxbury, voted at the polls for the first time on last election day.


Mrs. Joseph Kehoe, who will be remembered by Recorder readers as Jennie May Muir, of Andes, was held up in New York City, one night recently while returning to her home from the movies, and robbed of her diamond rings, valued at $500. The man hit her three times on the head with the black jack and one gash just missed the temple. When she regained consciousness the blood was running down the side of her head.


William Coulter had the misfortune to have one of his valuable horses die this week from astoria. [Ed.: The true spelling is azoturia and refers to a kind of tying-up disease, which include muscle disorders.]


A letter from David Ballantine, who with Mrs. Ballantine are now in Florida [Ed.: Their final destination being Miami Beach.], contains the following: ”We left New York at noon on Thursday the 11 th and are just making the landing at Charleston where we expect to remain for 8 hours unloading freight, etc. This has been a very rough trip. In fact, one man who has made the trip for 16 years in succession told me he has never known the sea to be so rough. A great many people on board have been very sick, Mrs. Ballantine included. We expect to reach Jacksonville some time on Sunday.


Miss Georgianna Spiers slipped and fell from the landing of an outside stairway leading to the rooms over the store of L.E. Woolheater by the bridge on Delaware Avenue and landed on the icy waters of the Tremperkill Stream 20 feet below. Strange as it may seem she escaped without broken bones or serious injury. She was unconscious for about 3 hours.


She had taken out a pan of coal ashes to empty them and as she stood on the landing of the stairs and threw the ashes over, she slipped on the icy surface and went over the railing and landed in the river below. Those in house heard the noise and her brother Charles Spiers, went to ascertain the cause. His sister had disappeared. He thought he saw a dark object in the water, and hurrying down the stairs he let himself down into the stream. The water was quite deep and running swift and nothing was in sight. Mr. Spiers went down the stream as fast as he could in the darkness and found his sister floating about 50 feet below where she had fallen in. He was unable to get her up the bank, but by working her arms considerably, water was expelled from the lungs and his cries brought help. She was carried to the house and Dr. Pace summoned. No bones were broken and she is now recovering nicely from her thrilling experience. One side is black from her head to her hip, and she had a cut on the head and one on the hip. It is supposed that in falling she had struck on the side against the sloping stone set along in front of the docking and this shot her out into the stream. It is an experience she does not care to repeat.~