THE WAY WE WERE – December 2023

Culled by Judy Garrison From December 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

An open winter until February is prophesied by Major J. I. Webb of Walton… Years ago when engaged in the lumber business in the East Branch valley Mr. Webb governed the drawing of his timber by watching the line storms. A fall line storm with the wind from the northwest and cold raw weather brought a cold winter while when the wind came from the south during the storm an open winter was ahead. Mr. Webb states that during the seventeen years he engaged in the lumber business he never knew this sign to fail.

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James Glendening, a farmer living on Dingle Hill in the town of Andes, was killed Saturday evening, December 1, when his Ford touring car overturned near Nick Shaver’s on the Perch Lake road and went over the bank into the Bushkill, a small stream at the side of the road. Searchers found him lying in about three feet of water with the steering wheel pressed tightly against his breast. There was no water in his lungs showing that he must have either been dead or unconscious when he went into the water….Mr. Glendening was a bachelor, aged 52 years and a son of the late John Glendening.

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Dr. J.D. Frisbee is installing a radio in his residence. [Judy Garrison: I recently had a call from Roy Frisbee, just turned 90, presently in rehab in Virginia after experiencing a bad fall (a year earlier, he reports matter-of-factly, he underwent the amputation of his leg). Doc Frisbee, town dentist, was his great uncle; Graham Frisbee, who ran the drugstore that was later Paisleys where I lived and worked, was his cousin. I listened attentively as this engaging man recounted for me many vivid memories of life in Andes: as a student athlete, later a machine shop owner, with interests in a slew of businesses, later fast friends along with his wife, Gussie, of Red and Millie Johns when they all spent time in Florida.]

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The changes and improvements on the John Bohlmann house for the Andes public library are nearly completed. Mr. and Mrs. John Muir will move into it and Mrs. Muir will be librarian.

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The Catskill Mountain Fur Farm at Stamford has been started with 30 foxes. Fifteen fox pens have been constructed and two animals are placed in a pen. Three acres about the pens are being enclosed with a high board fence and work will begin at once on a tower from which all parts of the enclosure can be seen. [Judy Garrison: Those fox stoles with one fox mouth biting the tail of another—still popular when my Aunt Agatha wore one in the 1950s—must have stoked the demand for fox farms.]

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Cross burning is getting to be a frequent occurrence on the hills of Delaware county lately. A large one, very perfect in outline, was seen Saturday evening burning on Youman’s hill a short distance from Delhi village and plainly visible from Main street. This is the second time within a few weeks that a cross has been burned on this hill. [JG: The KKK was active in New York State in the 1920s.  With the paucity of a Negro population, their targets were largely Catholics, Jews and immigrants. An online search produced a manifest in Buffalo listing pages of members by profession and occupation. Many were middle class.] _______________________________________

Snow shovels came into use Wednesday morning for the first time this winter, a few inches of snow having fallen during Christmas night.~