THE WAY WE WERE – May 2023

Culled by Judy Garrison From May 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

Trustees elected for vicinity schools Tuesday evening were Elmer Burtch, State Road; George Samuels, Pleasant Valley; Andrew Worden, Palmer Hill; James L.  Doig, Gladstone Hollow; Louis Barrett, Davis District, Dingle Hill; Henry Close, lower district Dingle Hill; Thos. B. Elliott, Biggar Hollow; Herbert Fletcher, Bussy Hollow. [Ed.: In the days before there was a central school in Andes Village, the local schools reinforced neighborhood identity.]

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There are a number of auto drivers who think Andes streets are a speedway—hitting 65 miles an hour. Complaints have been entered and the trustees have taken action.

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Edwin B. Sheldon passed away at Longwood, his summer home at Delhi, on April 28, at the age of 74 years….He was a son of Edwin H. Sheldon and Frances Ogden Sheldon and a grandson of Crawford Sheldon who purchased the Sheldon homestead at the corner of Main and Kingston streets in Delhi in 1824. [Ed.: The family estate covered the present grounds of Delaware Academy & Central School. I’ve seen old postcard photos showing the mansion. It was the showplace of the area. [See photo below.]

 

The Sheldon Estate was once standing on the same grounds as the current Delaware Academy. All that remains of the original estate today is the beautiful front stonewall, with a stone dated 1889, and a cold storage cellar built into the side of the mountain.

 

Mrs. James A. Gladstone died at her home in Andes village at about 8 o’clock, Thursday evening, April 26, from cerebral hemorrhage. Deceased was one of the eight children of the late Duncan Ballantine and was born in Andes 63 years ago. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Gladstone, and one daughter, Mrs. Walter Pattberg, by her first marriage, also a sister, Mrs. M. Linn Bruce and one brother, George Ballantine.  [Buffy Calvert: The Gladstones lived in the gray house on High Street next to the Bruce Mansion where my grandparents (M Linn and Lillian Bruce) lived. Her brother, George Ballantine was our own George  Ballantine’s grandfather.] 

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Andes stores will be closed all day next Wednesday. [Ed.: When they called Memorial Day Decoration Day, and evidently it was celebrated on the 31st itself.]

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From the Recorder of May 14, 1868: Our readers were no doubt somewhat surprised, on looking out of their windows last Friday morning to see the ground covered with snow. Rather rough we think for the 8th of May. It was three inches deep on the hills.

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Friday morning as Ray Place, train man on the D & N railroad, was coupling cars at Andes, his foot was crushed when two cars came together. Place attempted to open the coupling with his foot just as the two cars were about to couple, and he slipped the coupling catching his foot and crushing it. Dr. Wakeman made an emergency dressing and Place was taken to the hospital at Kingston. The surgeons found it necessary to amputate all of the toes on the injured foot, with the exception of the little one. They hope to save the rest of the foot.

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E. H. Winner, on the Tremperskill, is the champion fisherman. Saturday he caught a trout at More’s falls which weighed 3 ½ pounds. The combined weight of three trout caught was seven pounds.

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Governor Smith when he assumed office took oath to support the constitution of the United States. If he does not veto the repealer of the Mullan-Gage law he will break such oath. The American Agriculturist says, “The repeal would throw the State open to a revel in lawlessness never before approached.” “It will give open support and comfort to the criminal bootlegger.” [Ed.: Popular Governor Al Smith, from the Lower East Side of Manhattan, was later the first Catholic to be nominated by a major party to run for president. He was beat in a landslide by incumbent Herbert Hoover in 1928.  Smith, called a “wet,” attracted people who wanted beer and liquor, but didn’t like dealing with bootleggers.]

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The New Andes Creamery Inc. commenced the manufacture of baby food at their plant on lower Main street on Thursday morning. This means a new industry for Andes and assures dairymen top prices for milk. It gives employment to several. The company starts off with a big rush order for the food.

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Arthur J. Holmes & Co., of Walton, have purchased of Mrs. Hugo Gorsch the undertaking and furniture business of her late husband at Margaretville, and has taken possession. The sale includes the real estate, hearses, casket wagon, etc.

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A.D. Liddle is having a radio installed at his residence on upper Main street. [Ed.: Having a radio in 1923 was apparently worth commenting on. But by 1934 60% of the nation’s households had a radio.]

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Jude Frank Cooper has handed down a decision denying the application of the Delaware & Northern railroad for permission to discontinue the operation of the Andes branch of said railroad…The following comment by the court in handing down the decision is of interest, viz: “This Court wishes to make the following observation, and would suggest that counsel inform the people of Delaware county who are served by this Andes branch of the road, that they give heed lest the losses upon this branch, with its excessive maintenance and annual deficit, may not eventually submerge the profit from the operation of the rest of the system, and result ultimately in the abandonment of the entire road.” The Recorder is of the opinion that a proper audit of business done on the Andes branch would show that it is operated at a profit and not at a loss.

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A.P Wood of Mundale, on his 81st recently tried a little practice with his rifle and in three consecutive shots drove three nails into a board at 50 yards. He is an expert in repair of guns and recently made a rifle out of a single shot Winchester and in trying the gun out placed seven shots consecutively in a space the size half a dollar at 50 yards. ~