100 YEARS AGO –June 2024

Culled by Judy Garrison
From June 1924 issues of
The Andes Recorder
100 Years Ago


Events of a week as chronicled by
the Man on the Street

There was large attendance in Andes last Friday to witness the Memorial Day exercises, in spite of the unseasonably cold weather.

The parade formed at 1 o’clock and headed by the Andes Band preceded to the cemetery. The organizations in line were the G.A.R., American Legion, and Fire Department, and school children. Of the Veterans of the civil war there were but five, viz: Dr. James A. Gladstone, Andrew Anderson, Peter Boyce, Gilbert D. Miller and S. T. Goodman.
Following the exercises, consisting of prayer, singing by male quartette, music by the band, reading of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.  M. Linn Bruce jr. of the world war, introduced Congressman John D. Clarke, who had made the trip from Washington especially for the occasion. He made a strong speech and one by which his hearers might well profit. The people of this district are to be congratulated on having a representative who is fearlessly doing his duty as he sees it. After the address the graves were decorated.

New Buildings at Tunis Lake

Twelve new buildings have been added to the summer colony of the Tunis Lake Camp company at Tunis Lake this spring, making about 25 in all. These new buildings were erected by C. A. Whispell and Jams Muir of Delhi. Mr. Whispell having taken the contract for the construction from F. W. Youmans. Ten tent houses and two camp houses of bungalow style were built. It is being made ready for the coming of the New York city boys who will arrive the latter part of this month to spend their summer vacations. [Dorothy McArdle: Tunis Lake is a glacial lake that was dammed and enlarged in 1919 by whoever it was that formed the original Tunis Lake Camp. Not sure what year the camp opened. My house was a guest house for the Tunis Lake Camp.  From what Jim and I could ascertain, it was constructed between late-1920s and early 1930s.

   When I first went to Tunis Lake with Jim and Eric Wedemeyer in 1973, the camp was still there; many buildings, bunk houses, auditorium/gymnasium, commercial kitchen, large dining room for the camp, infirmary, docks, etc.  I don’t have much more than a vague recollection.  All that’s left now are my house which Jim and I purchased from the developers in 1981.  And, the Rec Hall, a timber frame barn (which we believe pre-dated the camp and was part of the farm by the lake), and a small building on the lakeshore that we refer to as the Boat House located on the Tunis Lake Property Owners Association.]

Attorney Ralph S. Ives of Roxbury, has an interesting collection of Indian relics, numbering 65 pieces, nearly all of which are classified and labeled. They include arrow heads, pieces of pottery, stone pestles, tomahawk heads and other articles. Some of these were used by the Iroquois warriors, others by various tribes of the Algonquins. Most of the relics were found near the villages of Roxbury and Margaretville.

Mrs. Joseph Govern, of New York, spent over the week end with Andes relatives, She will be remembered as Kate More. [Ed.: Married women in those days—into the fifties, actually—lost not only their surnames, but their given names. Reminders of who they once were ended up being necessary for recognition!]

Hospital Will Close

The Mary Imogene Bassett Memorial hospital at Cooperstown is to be closed and the patients removed to Thanksgiving hospital as soon as the latter building can be repaired and put in shape for continued occupancy. Negotiations are under way, it is generally understood for the commodious buildings of the Bassett hospital to be used in the future for a boy’s preparatory school. Edward Severin Clark, who erected the hospital building at a large outlay and equipped them with every facility for hospital work has decided that it is unwise to continue the hospital as the facilities have been little utilized during the past two years with no increase of patients. [Ed.: Anyone know more about this history?]

For the first time since it was organized there were no graduates this year at Hilton Memorial High School and no closing exercises. A good sized class is promised for next year. [Ed.: This surprises me. I thought extremely small graduation classes was a new phenomenon.

The grand jury was presented with fifteen cases and twelve indictments were found. Among those handed in were :
Emma Pitcher of Arkville keeping a disorderly house. Bail fixed at $1000. [Ed.: A disorderly house—according to www.lsd.law  is when someone repeatedly does things in their house that disturb or endanger the people around them. The most common reason for this charge is when someone uses their house as a brothel, but it can also happen if they sell drugs or host gambling. It’s like being a bad neighbor, but it happens inside a house.]

Scaffold Went Down

While working on the barn of Perry Shaver on Beech Hill, Mr. Shaver and Herman Hanmer had a narrow escape when the scaffold on which they were working went down. The last piece of siding on that side of the barn was put on and was being nailed, and the two men were working near together, when the cross support gave way. In falling Mr. Hanmer caught the support of a scaffold below the other, breaking his fall and landed on his feet. Mr. Shaver was not so fortunate and while his fall was broken by the lower scaffold, he landed on his head and shoulders in a heap of stones. He was rendered unconscious for a time but escaped serious injuries.~