Culled by Judy Garrison From April 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
Freak of Nature— John Koter, of Gulf Summit, who is 88 years of age, has just grown a full upper and lower set of new teeth. His last old tooth disappeared about a year ago and the new set has grown since then.
Charles Estus, who was operated on for the removal of pus following pneumonia, does not improve much. Thus far about eight quarts of pus has been taken.
The American Legion dance held at Union Hall last Friday evening was the largest of the season, there being 105 numbers. Junitta Thomson, of Delhi, with Edward Drum as partner, was awarded the gold wrist watch as the best lady waltzer.
The Studebaker car of Clyde Bloodgood was burned Monday. Mr. Bloodgood was enroute to the village and when a short distance below William Wight’s the steering gear went wrong and the car went over the bank. Mr. Bloodgood managed to jump as the car left the road. The car turned over and instantly caught fire and so rapidly did it burn that he was unable to save even the blankets….A few rods further down the road and Mrs. Harold Tuttle and little child would have been in the car.
George Shaver will move to what is known as the Oliver house back of the Livingston Lake and will be employed on the Gerry estate.
The building operations at Tunis Lake was resumed this week by the new owners. A number of cottages were erected last fall and when work is completed the place will be a small town.
An airoplane passed over just to the west of Andes village on Sabbath afternoon.
Norton Drug Store Sold—Mrs. E. M. Norton has sold what is known as the drug store building opposite Union Hall, and the stock of goods, to LeRoy Miller and he took over the business Monday. Miss Edith Norton has been in charge of the business since the death of her father two years ago. [Ed.: The former Paisleys and current Bevan Interiors building.]
Walter Armstrong, Native of Scotland Passed Away April 21, Aged 94
Walter Armstrong, the oldest resident of the town of Andes passed away at his home in Andes village at about 6 o’clock Saturday morning, April 21, from the infirmities of age in his 94th year.
Mr. Armstrong was born in Scotland in September, 1829, and when he was about 10 years of age the family came to America in the slow sailing vessel of that time and settled at the Butt End in the town of Bovina. They only remained there a short time and removed to Andes where he had since resided with the exception of two years, spent on the Little Delaware.
On January 1, 1862 he was united in marriage with Jane Robson Mark, and she died about four years ago. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Duncan Campbell and Miss Margaret Armstrong, both of Andes, and three sons, Walter J. Armstrong, of Delhi, James Armstrong, of Andes, and Albert Armstrong, of Shavertown.
The funeral was held on Tuesday and interment made in the Andes Cemetery.
Lovesick Swain Shoots Himself—Following the refusal of the girl, to whom he had been paying considerable attention, to marry him, Angelo Nanco, 52, an Italian employed at the Meridale farms, shot himself through the head at about 5 o’clock Sunday afternoon, dying at 8:10.
Nanco, who had been working at Meridale for about a year and who had seemed to be a decent sort of a man, had been paying considerable attention to Miss Dorothea Palmer, daughter of Mrs. Effie Palmer. He had made several proposals of marriage to her but she had never encouraged his advances in any way. [Editor: A detailed account of the scene follows.]~