THE WAY WE WERE – April 2020

Culled by Judy Garrison With commentary by Jim Andrews – From April 1920 issues of  The Andes Recorder – 100 Years Ago


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


Dr. Faulkner and Dentist Gladstone came down from Margaretville last Friday and extracted Harvey Winnie’s teeth, with a view of helping his rheumatism

  1. W. Palmateer says that his sale will be held as advertised, in spite of reports to the contrary. [Ed.: Sounds like the old gossip mill was churning as it always does!]

There were according to our best information 108 days of continuous sleighing during the past winter, and longer on many of the back roads. [Jim Andrews: Obviously more snow than we’ve had this year. There has to be enough on the ground so that the sleigh runners don’t get caught on bare ground.]

The five Socialist members of the state assembly—Louis Waldmann and August Claessenss of New York, Samuel A. DeWitt and Samuel Orr of the Bronx, and Charles Solomon of Kings—were expelled from the lower house of the legislature last Thursday by an overwhelming majority.

There seems to be a disposition on the part of Governor Smith and many city residents to hurl the curse “The Farmer Be Damned” at the men who furnish the material to keep the city dweller in existance [sic]. Anything that will add to the burden of the farmer is favored by the governor.

Mrs. Matilda Dewitt, a Delhi colored woman, who is supposed to be over 100 years of  age, died March 28. Her husband was a soldier in a colored regiment during the civil war.

The Board of Control of the Delaware County Tuberculosis Hospital has decided upon May 15th as the day for the opening to receive patients. The hospital is free for people suffering with tuberculosis residing in Delaware county who are unable to pay. Non-residents and those able to pay will be admitted at the rate of $8.00 per day. Patients will be admitted however, upon the payment of any fraction of this sum according to their means. [JA:  Primary treatment of tuberculosis in that day was quarantining those afflicted with the disease. That would explain why ability to pay wasn’t acceptance criteria.]

For the first time since the three churches were organized in Bovina the town is without a resident pastor. In years gone by all three churches were filled and everybody attended church, but now, alas, all is changed. The Methodist congregation numbers so few that it cannot support a pastor and the church has been closed for several years. The Covenanters and United Presbyterians feel the effect of the times, and one church would suffice.

[Ed: The below is a grisly description that not all may want to read.] 

Guy A. More, a young man aged 16 years, of Bainbridge, met a frightful death Saturday afternoon, while employed at the new building at the Dry Milk plant in that village. He was engaged in tending masons and while moving along a temporary platform near the end of a revolving shaft the latter caught in his denim dicky and he was whirled about until his lifeless body dropped to the concrete floor below badly mutilated, one arm being torn from the body and the other off between the wrist and the elbow. The body was otherwise mangled. [JA: It is interesting to reflect that safety precautions in use now generally prevent that sort of horrific accident from happening.]~