THE WAY WE WERE – November 2021

Culled by Judy Garrison
With commentary by Jim Andrews
From November 1921 issues of
The Andes Recorder
100 Years Ago


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

William Daley has opened a shoe repair shop in the Town Hall block. [Jim Andrews: The Town Hall block is now the Tin Horn building. Aside from having the large meeting hall on the entire second floor, the first floor contained a series of small shops—it was the older version of today’s mini-mall.]


All Andes stores will close at eleven o’clock to-day (Friday) Armistice Day.


The first taste of winter came last Saturday when enough snow fell to cover the ground, but it has since disappeared. Tuesday was the coldest morning of the season, when thermometers reached 16 above zero.


The largest crowd that ever witnessed a movie or any other show in Andes was here Friday evening of last week to see “Single Track”. Two shows were held and the hall was filled both times. [JA: “Single Track” was a “Perils of Pauline” type silent movie part of which was filmed on the More Trestle of the D & N Railroad which was located on the Andes Spur and crossed the Tremperskill stream at Pleasant Valley just below the Pleasant Valley Meeting House. Just before the entrance to the Pepacton Reservoir, there is a large pull off and if you walk to the rear of that pull off, you can see the remaining abutments from that trestle. The trestle appeared too new for the filming, so it was painted to look “old.” A fight scene was captured on that trestle. The trestle was removed when the Andes spur was abandoned in 1926. Unfortunately, “Single Track” was destroyed in a fire in the Vitaphone production company warehouse where it was stored. Early movie films were extremely flammable.]


Clifford Dibble, in Bussy Hollow, had a narrow escape from being shot. He was going from the barn to the house when a bullet passed through his hat. It is supposed that it came from the rifle of someone hunting deer.


Clarence Little and Roy Owns shot a 10-point buck in Fall Clove on Tuesday. It has not been necessary this year for hunters to go to the Adirondacks or the Beaverkill in order to get a shot at a deer. [JA: At the turn of the century, whitetail deer in this area were almost extinct whether from over hunting in earlier years or from disease. In an earlier edition of the Recorder, there was a news item about a whitetail deer sighting. By this time, the herd was beginning to enlarge, offering local hunters prey.]


Henry Ford Buys Woodchuck Lodge

Henry Ford, long time friend and companion of the late John Burroughs, has purchased Woodchuck lodge, the old homestead of Burroughs near Roxbury, which late in life he restored and where he spent his summers. Whether Mr. Ford eventually expects to retain the property or to transfer it to the John Burroughs Memorial committee which has been formed to restore and maintain not only Woodchuck lodge, but also Slabsides and Riverby is not known.


Thanksgiving Dance

A masquerade ball will be held at the opera house at Shavertown N.Y. on Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday November 28. Come one, come all and try for the prizes. A prize for the most handsome dress and also a prize for the most comical costume. The judges will be ladies. Try to please their critical eye. Music by Pease Orchestra. All are invited. A good time for all.


Andes Postoffice Race

The commission of George M. Miller as postmaster at Andes expires on January 24, 1922, and an examination for the vacancy will be held at Delhi on December 10, at which candidates must appear and also submit their photographs. So far as known there are two candidates—Donald Dickson and Howard Gladstone—and both have petitions, and both saw overseas service. Petitions do not count and civil service is a farce. Whoever gets it will be the one with the greatest “pull” just as it always has been.


Last Friday night the restaurant of Harold Bouton, in the Goodman building, was broken into and cigars, cigarettes, candy, etc. taken. [JA: The Goodman building was located behind the current Andes General Store adjacent to the Tremperskill Stream. It had been part of the Armstrong Mill complex which had ceased operation by that time.]


John Birsdall, of Margaretville, has been here this week setting some new poles and preparing to move the central office on his telephone line from the Gladstone & Hanlon store to the house which he recently purchased at the rear of Union Hall. It is understood that his son will move here to take charge of office, unless he can arrange for someone to move into the house and tend the office. [JA: The phone exchange was being moved from the now Andes Connection Ltd. Store building on Main Street to the former Two Old Tarts building located behind the Tin Horn building. The phone company remained there for several decades.]~