Culled by Judy Garrison From August 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
Among the U. S. Marines who were recently assigned to duty at the naval station, Guantanamo, Cuba, is John Carlton Banker, formerly of Andes, NY, according to the official record of the Marine Corps. He will probably remain in the West Indies for a year or longer before returning to the United States. Guantanamo is a naval base for the Atlantic fleet at the eastern end of Cuba, close to Santiago where the famous battle was fought in 1898 that resulted in the destruction of the Spanish fleet. It has one of the finest rifle ranges in the world, and crews of various battleships frequently come ashore for target practice. The waters of Guantanamo abound with big game fish, and boating and swimming are enjoyed by the Marines every month in the year.
Andes was a dry town on Sabbath, the reservoir being entirely empty. In mid-forenoon the water ceased to run on upper Main street and investigation showed that the supply was exhausted. The water company got busy and the water was shut off the main and when it was turned on again Monday morning there was five feet of water in the reservoir. This showed conclusively that there was a big waste somewhere. The water is now held in check at the various shut-offs and the supply conserved. One cause of the trouble is that the creameries were allowed to tap the six inch main at extreme lower end—one with a three inch pipe and the other with a two inch—and there are other sources of water that can be remedied.
President Warren G. Harding died suddenly at 7:30 Thursday evening, August 2 (11:30 New York time) from apoplexy, while Mrs. Harding was reading to him.
In honor of the late President Warren G. Harding, Andes stores will be closed all day on Friday. Union services will be held at 2 o’clock Friday afternoon at the Methodist church.
The Delaware & Northern train due at Andes at 6 o’clock p.m. was wrecked below Pleasant Valley on the Andes Branch Wednesday and express messenger Ralph Fitzgerald was seriously injured. The trouble is said to have been due to a loose wheel on the passenger coach, causing the coach to leave the track back of the residence of Robert Parish. After running three or four car lengths on the ties the coach toppled over onto its side. The rest of the train did not leave the rails. Mr. Fitzgerald either jumped or was hurried through a car window and sustained a dislocated hip, a broken pelvic bone and ribs and several cut on the back….
Alex Fenton had a cow die Tuesday and five others were sick. Dr. Irvine was called and found that it was a poisoning. Investigation showed that telephone linemen had cut black cherry trees where the line passed through Mr. Fenton’s pasture and that the cows had eaten of the dried leaves, which are a deadly poison.
PERCH LAKE AS A RESORT
For many years Perch Lake has been famous as a summer resort and for camping parties, Lee J. Frisbee having cottages to rent.
Now J. E. Stanley, who owns the Washburn farm and the greater part of the lake has W. J. Howland surveying and laying out lots with 50 foot front on the lake and extending back 400 feet. Mr. Stanley has already sold 23 to people residing in Andes Delhi and Margaretville and it is reported that at least eight cottages will be built or started this fall. Those from Delhi who have purchased lots include H. S. Marvin, Glen Harper, Warren Honeywell and Russell Archibald. [Buffy Calvert: I read this to the Perch Lake Association in July. We were charmed to be known as a Resort. The lake is still ringed with the original lots surveyed by Stanley, but only two families claimed direct descent from original owners.]
Mrs. Margaret K. Palmer died at her home in Walton early Sabbath morning…from the infirmities of age… Her maiden name was Margaret Gladstone and she was born in the town of Andes. She married Romain Palmer in 1864 and he was killed at Honey Hill South Carolina, during a skirmish with the Confederates in December of that year, while serving in Co. E, 144tth Regiment, being picked off by a sharp shooter. She leaves two brothers and two sisters.
Ninety attended the Thomson reunion held at Margaretville last
Wednesday. The family sprang from three brothers who came to this country in about the year 1800. The next gathering will be held at the home of James W. Thomson in Bovina Center….
New Use for Dynamite
A new use for dynamite was found recently by a young Spaniard by the name of Bernardo Diaz, employed at the intake of the Gilboa dam located near Prattsville. He put a charge of it under the Ford car of one Munoz, against whom he had a grudge. The car was wrecked and the building in which it was stored was badly damaged. Diaz was arrested and held for the Greene county grant jury. The two men were said to have been rivals for the affection of the same girl and jealousy was the cause of the vengeful act.~