THE GLADSTONES of GLADSTONE HOLLOW: FROM WENDY GLADSTONE COOLEY

In response to the following entry in the January 1924 Andes Recorder, see the expanded family history submitted by Wendy Gladstone Cooley (daughter of Supervisor Bud Gladstone) who says that over the years she took random notes from her Grandma Marie Gladstone, supplemented with newspaper clippings and other things she found or heard.

“Arthur Hasting Gladstone, of Andes, and Miss Grace Allen, of Delhi, were jointed in marriage Saturday afternoon, January 12, at the parsonage by Rev. W. Courtland Robinson pastor of the First Presbyterian church of Delhi, Douglas Hume of Delhi, and Miss Grace McPhail, of Delancey, were the attendants. Mrs. Gladstone is a native of Scotland, who came to this country a few years ago and after training in Albany took up nursing as a profession and has been very successful. Mr. Gladstone is a prosperous farmer living in Gladstone Hollow, near Andes, where they will reside.”  See The Gladstones by Wendy Gladstone Cooley.

k random notes from her Grandma Marie Gladstone, supplemented with newspaper clippings and other things she found or heard.

“Arthur Hasting Gladstone, of Andes, and Miss Grace Allen, of Delhi, were jointed in marriage Saturday afternoon, January 12, at the parsonage by Rev. W. Courtland Robinson pastor of the First Presbyterian church of Delhi, Douglas Hume of Delhi, and Miss Grace McPhail, of Delancey, were the attendants. Mrs. Gladstone is a native of Scotland, who came to this country a few years ago and after training in Albany took up nursing as a profession and has been very successful. Mr. Gladstone is a prosperous farmer living in Gladstone Hollow, near Andes, where they will reside.”  See The Gladstones by Wendy Gladstone Cooley.

 

In response to the following entry in the January 1924 Andes Recorder, see the expanded family history submitted by Wendy Gladstone Cooley (daughter of Supervisor Bud Gladstone) who says that over the years she took random notes from her Grandma Marie Gladstone, supplemented with newspaper clippings and other things she found or heard.

“Arthur Hasting Gladstone, of Andes, and Miss Grace Allen, of Delhi, were jointed in marriage Saturday afternoon, January 12, at the parsonage by Rev. W. Courtland Robinson pastor of the First Presbyterian church of Delhi, Douglas Hume of Delhi, and Miss Grace McPhail, of Delancey, were the attendants. Mrs. Gladstone is a native of Scotland, who came to this country a few years ago and after training in Albany took up nursing as a profession and has been very successful. Mr. Gladstone is a prosperous farmer living in Gladstone Hollow, near Andes, where they will reside.”

See The Gladstones by Wendy Gladstone Cooley.

Art aka Arthur Hastings, also A. J. Gladstone was born 11/9/1894 on the “Back Farm” on Engels Road off Old Gladstone Hollow. His sister, Agnes was the long time Postmaster in Andes. He enlisted in the US Military during WWI under a “Special Call” on July 19, 1918. He was sent to technical school and discharged on December 31, 1918. He then worked on the Delaware & Northern Railroad, lived in Margaretville and was married to Mildred O’Conner but became a widower at 25. Civil offices held: Assistant Commander at the American Legion, Board of Fire Commissioners of the Town of Andes, Fire District No. 2.

Grace Allen: Born February 15, 1895, was one of 13 children, which included three sets of twins. She immigrated to the US from Edinburgh Scotland in 1920 via Ellis Island. She did travel back once to visit on the Georgic with her son Way. She was naturalized in Delhi on November 12, 1928. She was a nurse to Dr. Wakeman. (His house is where the town pool is.) She cared for many mothers during and after the birth of their babies. Such is the way in a small town, she attended to the births of her future daughter-in-law’s siblings. She was trained for the American Red Cross in “Home hygiene & care of the sick.” Civil offices held: Township chairman of Christmas Seal Sales in Andes, Board of Director for the Delaware County TB & Health Association, and President of the Ladies Auxiliary of the UP Church.

Art and Grace left for California and if conditions are favorable will make their home there. Their son Wayland Allen was born on October 4, 1924. I believe they were only there a couple of years. Wayland was their only child. They came back to the business with his brother and purchased a farm from Eddie Gladstone on Gladstone Hollow. There is a picture of the farm from across the street. It is undated.

Art went into business with his brother, Walter, to create Gladstone Brothers. It was a cattle exchange and a hardware business. The barn was located at the house to the left of the bank in Andes. I believe the barn was where the bank is today. The hardware store was in the building that the Hunting Tavern Museum is today. It had previously been a tenement house and supposedly they did still rent out rooms apart from the hardware store. They handled farm and estate auctions. They frequently bought and sold cattle from Illinois to New England. One news article talks about them buying two carloads of horses from Omaha, Nebraska! In 1947, the barn crashed under the weight of the snow during a severe snowstorm that closed school for two days as all traffic had ceased. They received 3 feet of snow and a 30-foot drift was noted in New Kingston. At one time they also owned a wagon shop that was purchased from John Miller. The business telephone exchange number was Andes 21-R-2. I have a note from 1934 that they intended to install gas pumps at the hardware store. The business was dissolved after 30 years and each brother went into business with their respective sons, thus A.H. Gladstone & Son was created.

Unfortunately, Art died soon after at 59 in the VA after a 2-month illness in 1955. Grace lived many more years in the house they bought together. After retirement, she continued to tend to her gardens and make breakfast daily for her farm family. She absolutely adored Princess Diana. She followed her life very closely. Grace died at 96 years of age in 1995, thankfully before the death of Princess Di. This would have broken her heart.

Today, the farm has seen many changes. However, the business continues as Gladstone Farms. Art and Grace would be pleased to know that their grandchildren, great grandchildren and even their great-great grandchildren are still raising cattle and tending to the same fields that they had worked themselves.