Culled by Judy Garrison With commentary by Jim Andrews From June 1922 issues of The Andes Recorder – 100 Years Ago
WEEK IN AND ABOUT ANDES
Events of a week as chronicled by
the Man on the Street
William T. Forrest has sold his farm on the hill back of Livingston Lake in Southern Bovina to the Gerrys. This is the old Forrest homestead and had been in the family for about 150 years. His future plans are not definitely decided.
Thomas B. Elliott is the owner of a Leghorn hen which recently laid an egg measured 8½ by 6½ inches.
The Andes Village Improvement Society has rented Union Hall [Jim Andrews: Tin Horn Building] from Alex Fenton for a year and took possession June 1. They will have their first movies Friday evening, June 9.
M. E. Church Sabbath morning worship 10:45 sermon topic: The Scriptures teach that God is love. It is a fact that there is a place of eternal punishment. If so, who will be there? Evening worship 7:30, topic: Seguement, Is the world growing better or worse? Prove the answer….
MEMORIAL DAY IN ANDES
Memorial day—that day of tender and emotional patriotic feeling—which had its official beginning with the general order of John A. Logan, commander of the G. A. R. in 1868, passed off nicely in Andes on Tuesday. The exercises were among the best held in Andes in recent years….Only five members of the G. A. R. were present making us realize that only a mere handful of the boys of 61 and 65 are left. [Jim Andrews: One hundred years later we are realizing the same situations—there are left only a handful of WWII veterans, Korean War veterans and now even Vietnam War veterans.]
A gang of young men from out of town came here Wednesday to attend a dance and were drunk and very noisy. The proper medicine would have been their arrest.
Within a year 75 families have moved to the village of Fleischmanns, the most of them coming from New York City. Since last fall nearly a million dollars has been expended for new construction and repairs.
Miss May Hunting Bruce, youngest daughter of former Lieutenant Governor and Mrs. M. Linn Bruce, was united in marriage with Merritt Corbett Stuart, son and Mr. and Mrs. John Stuart, of Corbett, N. Y. at the Bruce summer home in Andes at noon on Friday, June 23. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Dr. John H. MacKaye, pastor of the North Presbyterian church of New York City, in the presence of only the immediate families. The bride was graduated from Vassar college, in the class of ’22. Mr. Stuart was a member of the class of ’12 at Amherst. After a honeymoon trip spent motoring through Canada, Mr. and Mrs. Stuart will live at Corbett and Binghamton, N.Y. [Ed: Buffy Calvert’s parents!]
The House of Representatives by a vote of 206 to 9 has passed a bill to grant independent citizenship for married women. It also provides that a woman citizen of the United States by reason of her marriage to an alien shall not cease to be a citizen, as is now the case, unless she makes formal renunciation of her citizenship before a qualified court.
In some localities a lunar or white rainbow was witnessed in the northwest sky Sunday night. This is a rare occurrence and seen only when the moon is comparatively full and when climatic conditions are favorable.
The Meridale Farms sale of imported Jersey cattle, one of important annual events of the dairy world, was held Thursday. It attracted large numbers of the most prominent breeders of the country. Fifty-two head were sole, bringing a total of $40,500, an average of $780 each. High prices were paid by breeders for outstanding show cattle to be exhibited next fall. T. S. Cooper and sons of Coopersburg, Pa., paid $2,800, and P. H. B. Frelinghuysen of Morristown, N. J. paid $2,750 for two of the great cows of the breed.
WAS THE JURY HYPNOTIZED?
For a month Andes village has been stirred from center to circumference and former friends are now foes and enemies now hob nob together. The trouble all came from the failure to keep an agreement into which entered a few paltry dollars.
The facts are that Alex Fenton leased Union Hall to W. T. Hyzer under a lease which expired June 1, 1922, and Hyzer last fall subleased the hall to G. S. Hotchkin. When the question of public library for Andes came up this spring Hotchkin agreed with the library committee that they should have the proceeds from the movies on the night of May 30…..No sooner had Hyzer gained possession of the hall than he informed the library committee that he proposed to keep the proceeds of the May 30th movies himself. This stirred up a hornets nest and with a view of raising money for the library during the coming year the Village Improvement Society voted to lease the hall for one year from June 1. A lease was drawn up and agreed to on May 26, and signed on May 27, and $25 rent paid. On June 1, Hyzer would not give up the hall, alleging that he had a verbal lease for another year. Fenton denied any verbal lease and entered the hall, purchased a new lock, and turned the keys over to the V. I. S. Hyzer then forcibly entered the building and put on a lock of his own. Fenton then instead of removing Hyzer’s lock and taking possession of his property, brought an action against Hyzer for possession. The case was tried last Thursday and Friday before Justice Hanmer and a jury. The defense imported a damsel from Downsville to testify as to his alleged verbal lease and the plaintiff showed that there was nothing to it. When the case went to the jury even defendants friends conceded that they were beaten. But the old saying “You cannot tell what a jury will do” was verified and they returned a verdict for Hyzer. The only explanation of verdict is that the jury was hypnotized. What further action will be taken is not known, but as the jury was an illegal one the verdict can easily be set aside.~