Andes historian will unveil kiosk on Saturday


Andes — The site of the former Moses Earle farm, on Dingle Hill in the Town of Andes, has a special place in history. On August 7, 1845, Delaware County Undersheriff Osman “Bub” Steele went to the farm to collect rent or sell the cattle, and he never left the site alive.

That event led to the arrest of many area residents who were believed to have had a part in the incident. All of them were later pardoned, and the feudal system that brought about the system was abolished.

On Saturday, Sept. 24 at 2 p.m., the Andes Society for History and Culture (ASHC) will dedicate a kiosk at the Dingle Hill scene, and the public is welcome to attend. Following the dedication, all are invited to gather at the society’s Hunting Tavern Museum on Main Street in Andes for refreshments.
Included in the contents of the kiosk will be a narrative on the Anti-Rent war and the events of that day and after; a lithograph showing the incident; a photo of the portrait of Steele; a photo of a “Calico Indian” disguise worn by Anti-Rent activists; a postcard showing longtime local resident Bob Cole in a similar costume; photos of the three buildings maintained by the society and other information on the ASHC.