THE WAY WE WERE – March 2022

Culled by Judy Garrison With commentary by Jim Andrews
From March 1922 issues of
The Andes Recorder
100 Years Ago

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

 Margaretville, Arkville, Fleischmanns and vicinity villages are surely to be wiped out. This rumor that has been going the rounds for some months received an additional impulse when it was stated that the Ulster & Delaware railroad had been told by the City of New York that it should be looking for a new right of way from Highmount to Roxbury. The story is said to come from a man in authority. [Jim Andrews: There were many rumors about where the dam and resulting reservoir would be built. This rumor would have meant that the dam itself would be constructed above Shavertown in order for it to flood the aforementioned communities. There was another rumor that the dam would be constructed at East Branch. Neither, obviously, came to fruition.]


The town clerk issued a marriage license Monday to Raymond Leybolt, of Hamden, and Mrs. Melissa Brown, of Pepacton, both of whom have been employed on Perch Lake hill. They went to one of the ministers here but evidently changed their mind and left without having the knot tied.



Creation of a state public amusement commission, with power to regulate methods of dancing, is proposed in a bill introduced in the legislature by Assemblyman William Duke, Jr., Republican of Allegany, chairman of the assembly codes committee. The bill carries an appropriation of $20,000 for the commission’s expenses. Jazz dancing, hugging, cheek-to-cheek dancing, neck-hold dancing, and all classes of suggestive dances are sought to be banished by provisions of the bill.


On page two appears a poem by R. A. Graham, who is over 90 years of age and nearly blind. He is the father of Mary Graham, who is employed at Judge Bruce’s. [Buffy Calvert: I remember Mary Graham.  She kept a big jar of molasses cookies in the pantry, easily accessible by us children, and gave me a tiny pitcher of maple syrup for my pancakes.]


Lamont Jones, employed in a garage at Fleishmanns, died from blood poisoning March 11. The trouble was caused by cutting a pimple on his neck while shaving himself not long since. He had been ill from grip [sic] two or three times since Christmas. When alarming symptoms developed he was taken to the Fox hospital in Oneonta Thursday evening and died there at noon Saturday.


The dirt roads are in terrible condition and are entirely impassible for cars. [this appeared in the 3/31 edition]


Friday Dr. C. L. Wakeman left his horse tied to an apple tree while making a call at O.D. Smith’s at Pleasant Valley. [JA: This is Johann and Beatriz’s home at the corner of County Route 1 and Dibble Road.] The animal slipped the bridle and ran up the Tremperskill as far as Walter Liddle’s [JA: I believe this to be Marty Liddle’s farm.]where it went into a pasture lot, turning wagon bottom-up and it was caught. The top was torn from the wagon, seat and dashboard smashed thills [Ed.: This is how it is printed, but maybe he meant to insert “and” before thills?]  broken.[Ed.: Even though automobiles were in widespread use, you can see that the country doctor here still drove a horse and wagon in 1922.]~