THE WAY WE WERE – August 2021

Culled by Judy Garrison
With commentary by Jim Andrews
From August 1921 issues of
The Andes Recorder
100 Years Ago
Events of a week as chronicled by the Man on the Street

July Weather
The daily report of the weather for the month of July, as recorded at the Oneonta station of the United States Meteorological bureau, shows that the mean maximum temperature was approximately 85 2/3 degrees, the mean minimum 63 degrees and the average 74 2/5 degrees. The maximum for any one day was 98 on the 4th and minimum was 55 on the 16th and 22nd. The greatest daily range was 36 degrees on the 4th.
Miss Anna Hilton has returned from her long sojourn at Binghamton to her home in Walton, and her friends here will be glad to learn that she is in good health, and further the Hilton Memorial High School library has just received from her the gift of the twelve books on Applied Psychology written by her nephew, Warren Hilton, eldest son of Manetho Hilton,
copies of whose booklets, Womania and The New Regime are included in the gift. Miss Hilton and her brother are the sole surviving children of Silas D. Hilton, the Rev. John V. Hiltonhaving died last year at Denver, Colorado, in the 87th year of his age, a fact unknown here before. [Jim Andrews: The Hilton family donated to the Andes School District the land and the former Andes Collegiate Institute building which was located behind the present school building. They also gave enough money to outfit the old Collegiate building with a modern science laboratory and library. Silas Hilton was a down renter during the Anti-Rent war skirmishes of the 1840s and it was his hotel opposite Delaware Avenue that was the downrenters’ headquarters here in Andes. The Uprenters headquarters was the Hunting Tavern.]

The Delaware & Northern railroad complied with all the conditions of the order of the court and continues to run, in spite of agitators who do not want to take less wages. The annual
meeting of the company was held this week and there are rumors of changes among those higher up. [JA: The Delaware and Northern railway was in imminent danger of bankruptcy. The paving of a road between Andes and Margaretville was impacting the rail shipments. Another major blow was the annual loss of $75,000 in shipping charges when the Andes Creamery on Lower Main Street burned and did not rebuild. Two ways to ease the financial impact was to reduce employee wages and also to petition the affected towns to lower the assessments on the railway’s rights of way though those towns.]

Rev. Armin Holzer a converted Jew, an evangelist and bible teacher, preached in the U. P. church last Sabbath. Rev. Crawford, of Bovina, will preach at 2 o’clock next Sabbath. The farm belonging to Colonel Bartholomew, on Cabin Hill, town of Andes, on which is located the beautiful lake known as Bryden’s lake has been sold to Wilbur Doll of New York city. Mr. Doll has also purchased an adjoining farm of 300 acres, giving him a 400 acre estate surrounding the lake, which he expects to convert into a summer resort for himself and friends. [JA: This lake on Fall Clove road had been the site of a summer camp for youth “Camp Bryden Lake” and is now the site of Camp Nubar.]

(8/12 edition)
The report that J. L Strangeway had lost three cows from anthrax was not correct. Dr. Irvine has opened the cows and found the trouble to be hemorrhagic septicemia. The remainder of
the dairy has been vaccinated, and no more have died from the diseases. He had a cow died this week, but from other causes. (8/19 edition) [JA: Anthrax was a serious threat to dairies. Any milk produced from infected cows or mixed with good milk had to be dumped. The affected cows were destroyed. The cows were buried onsite and a note in the property deed was required stating that Anthrax infected cows were buried on the property. Anthrax spores can live for decades.]

Jury Renders Verdict of Guilty in
the Hadley-Liftgren Scrap
The much heralded Bovina assault case of A. E. Hadley against GustaveLiftgren and his son Edward Liftgren finally came to trial on Monday in thet own hall before Justice Thomas C.
Strangeway and a jury. The courtroom was packed with spectators anxious to hear the evidence. The case consumed the entire day and about 11 o’clock p.m. the jury returned a verdict of guilty of assault in the third degree. The court sentenced each defendant to pay a fine of $40 and Edward Liftgren was given an additional sentence of fifteen days in jail.


Recorder readers will remember that trouble arose a few weeks ago over a spring belonging to Gustav Liftgren, which was located on the farm of Mr. Hadley, and that Liftgren and his son went to the barn of Hadley while he was milking. Hadley charged that he was assaulted by the two defendants
and pounded and had a broken finger.~