THE WAY WE WERE – October 2020

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


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

The Andes Odd Fellow’s lodge has combined with the Delhi lodge, and moved their paraphernalia to Delhi this week.  [Jim Andrews: The International Order of Odd Fellows lodge was active here in Andes at the turn of the century and occupied the rooms above Dickson’s Store, commonly advertised as “The Big Store on the Corner” (now Willbees). I have in my collection several IOOF lodge ribbons which would have been worn at regional meeting identifying the participant’s home lodge.  The reverse of the ribbon was all in black and printed with the words “In Memoriam.” I am assuming they would have been worn by lodge members at the funeral of one of their members.  Marguerite Fowler (1891-1994) told me once that when she was a child, the school children used to joke that IOOF stood for “I’m One Old Fool”!!]

T. Hyzer and wife, D. L. Bruce and wife and Mrs. E. P. Cooke motored to Binghamton on Wednesday and spent the day. [JA: The Bill Hyzer family and the Dave Bruce family were next door neighbors for decades and good friends (the two houses above the former Citihope building). When was the last time you motored to Binghamton with your next door neighbors?]

The time has arrived when men and women, fathers and mothers must stand together for the protection of their firesides against such a deadly menace as the league of nations. Its adoption would mean the perpetual conscription of American youth to die upon foreign battlefield in strifes not their own.

Kortright Center was called Healthville by the early settlers.

Eno Strong is preparing to post his farm below Shavertown and keep off trespassers. For several months a herd of deer, seven in number, have made their home in the woods on his farm, and he desires to see them live unmolested. [JA: Eno Strong was the father of Inez Atkin—long time postmistress of the Shavertown Post Office. In addition to running his small farm, Eno was employed by the D & E railroad which ran through Shavertown.]

Women who marry between the date of registration and election day will lose their vote. [Ed.: By changing their names?]

Thomas S. Miller passed away at his home on upper Main street in the village of Andes on October 8th…Deceased was of sturdy Scotch ancestry and was the last of his generation. He was born in Gladstone Hollow on October 25, 1836 …On August 26, 1862 he enlisted in Co. E 144th Regt., and on September 26, 1863 was transferred to Co. A 22d Regt. Veteran Reserve Corps and served until the end of the war. In 1867 he purchased the property on upper Main street, where he died, and conducted a foundry for many years…[JA: The foundry was located in a now demolished building adjacent to the Jaddis residence next to Allison Oil. There was a mill dam constructed behind the foundry. T.S. Miller was the father of LeRoy Miller (he ran the drug store in Paisley’s building) and Nettie Wagstaff (a one room schoolhouse teacher and the queen of the Andes Village Centennial Parade in 1961) whom some older residents might remember.]

Mr. Samuels of the Elk Cheese Co. who has the Andes Co-Op Dairy Company under lease, will make it an up-to-date plant. A large addition is being built and the interior of the present structure is being re-modeled. In addition to making cheese the company will make commercial buttermilk for which there is a ready market. Linn Moore, of New Kingston, has been secured as cheese maker and has rented the Wakeman house. [JA:  (large Italianate home located on the site of the Andes Town Pool).  The Co-Op Creamery stood on the site of the current Romo Machine business and was enlarged several times before it burned (the fate of many early creameries) in 1946.]~