THE WAY WE WERE – February 2023

Culled by Judy Garrison From February 1923 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


Deaths of a Week

Mrs. Mary McLean Fenton

Mrs. Mary McLean Fenton, widow of the late Orrin Fenton, passed away at her home on Perch Lake Hill, where she had lived for over 40 years….at the age of 87 years, from pneumonia. She was the eighth child in a family of six sons and four daughters of Alexander McLean and Christina McClennen, of the McLean Clan, who came from Scotland to America in 1834….She was member of the Pleasant Valley Methodist church and was of a sunny disposition. The funeral was held Wednesday with burial in the Andes cemetery.

Sheldon Birdsall has leased the basement of W. T. Hyzer’s place (Dr. Wight building) and Saturday opened a restaurant and lunch room therein. He also handles the Muller bread. The name of the new restaurant is the Green Fan.

J.L. Atkins, who for 17 years has been clerk at the Armstrong store in Shavertown, has resigned his position and completed his work there January 31. About March 1, he will start in business for himself in the Hulbert store.

Stanley Bishop, an employee of the Dean & Bramley company of Delhi, was helping load coal at the plant one day last week and was in the act of loosening up the coal in a bin in the elevator when the frozen coal above loosened and came down in a mass, buying him up to his neck. It took two and a half hours to release him as great care had to be taken not to loosen more coal above and thus bury himself among the black diamonds. He was thoroughly chilled and was badly bruised, but no broken bones.

   February Cold Thus Far

According to the records kept by James Bruce the weather thus far for February of this year has been much colder than last. Below is the record:

1923                    1922

   4th…6 below      4th   18 above

5th…2 below      5th   10 above

6th…6 below      6th   28 above

7th…8 below      7th   24 above

8th…6 below      8th…3 above

Miss Georgiana Spiers is “hello” girl at the central office of the Birdsall Telephone lines this week. [Ed.: All of your editors remember the days of a telephone operator placing our call.]


Clifford Lee, in Biggar Hollow, has installed a radio.

James Cairns had a boil on his hand and got it infected with cow pox virus and has had a very sore hand.

D.& N. Hold-Up Not as Fatal as Was Painted by News. According to the Catskill Mountain News the crew and passengers on the D. & N. disappeared last Wednesday night “in one of the most unaccesable places on the Andes branch.” Perhaps their bones may be found next June. Here is what it said: “The Andes train which left here Wednesday evening got fast in the snow on the Andes Branch near Pleasant Valley and had not been shoveled out at nearly noon yesterday. Wire communications has been cut by the storm and it was impossible to find out yesterday what happened to the passengers and crew of the storm bound train fast in a snow bank in one of the inaccessible places on the branch.” So far as Andes was concerned the train was never lost. It was held up by ice just below Pleasant Valley only a few rods from a house. Frank Liddle brought the passengers to Andes with his team, arriving soon after 11 o’clock. The train reached Andes at noon Saturday, delay being due to the fact that the main line was opened up first…..

The postoffice department has a bug which would run a mail route from Arkville to Andes over Palmer Hill and cut out all mail by train. Such an arrangement as they propose would mean that no New York mail could be gotten out of Andes until late in the afternoon. Andes will not stand for any such a deal and will insist that the railway service is also retained if another route should be started. No one wants to depend on Palmer Hill alone.

 “Comments Upon the Movies,” was the subject of Rev. W. C. Robinson, D. D.’s sermon preached from his pulpit in the First Presbyterian church at Delhi Sunday evening. There was much curiosity and interest regarding what line of the subject he would pursue, and those who expected to hear this modern and popular form of entertainment severely condemned were disappointed. The clergyman used great fairness in dealing with the topic, pointing out the uses as well as the bad features.~