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Saturday, December 31, 2011

The Checkered Chicken's Final Word of 2011

Out with the old


As I look back over the inaugural year of the Checkered Chicken I feel quite satisfied at having finished a task nearly 20 years after I set it for myself.  I took a "Someday I'd like to" and turned it into an "I did that". I'm not always that good at that.

Having Allen's journals to transcribe and put into the bigger context of our family's story has been an incredible sort of voyeuristic time-travel for me.   It was a rare privilege to watch my great grandfather as he grappled with the emerging independence and responsibilities of adulthood and bid farewell to his youth.



I have to admit I developed a little crush on Allen Cass.  I really liked him even when I felt he was a bit of romancing rogue at times.  I know why Alice Warn fell for him and why no one ever discounted his abilities though his leg was deformed.  He played sports, rode bicycles, did manual labor, and never wanted for a friend or a girl.  Allen was a charmer who, like his father, was honest and civic-minded.

When I think of how my grandmother spoke of her father I remember her tone of voice puffed full of pride. I just wish I had listened better to her stories.   Honestly, Diana paid better attention than me and knew the relationships and the names of everyone whereas I was more of a "nodder".  I know well what it's like to hear someone enthusiastically rattle off genealogy while everyone else's eyes glaze over.  And Gram's enthusiasm didn't always carry the day with me but I did absorb enough of an interest to appreciate what a gift she gave us in teaching us to know and honor our ancestors.

I realize I have tested many people's enthusiasm for my genealogy this year and I'm sure quite a few eyes glazed over when another entry of "went to factory stayed home all day" was put forth on offer.  But this site has also had almost 30,000 hits which is really quite something.  My favorite story lines to follow were "the runaway" and "the courtship" which someday (there that word is again) I plan to edit out on their own for clarity.

I am thankful for new-found family and friends I have met through The Checkered Chicken whom otherwise I would never have known and I know that Diana is too .  But for now, after 365 days of posts--sometimes multiple, I am taking a little break.  By no means are we finished-- there's more to tell but obviously the format will change somewhat and we hope you will continue to follow us.


 Diana and I both thank you all for your support and interest and wish you a fabulous 2012. 


Jennifer


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"Something Better Beginning"

A Day in the Life:  December 31st


(Aged 15)
Wea.                                            THU. DEC. 31, 1896               Ther.

Charley + I cut bolts in the A.M. + part of the P.M.  Put up 1 1/4 cd.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                            SAT. DEC. 31, 1898                 Ther.

Went to factory.  came home and loaded some cartridges.  In P.M. Ma,  Rollie and I went over to grandma’s I went hunting with the rifle the cartridge busted and part of it went up in the barrel so I can’t get it out so this ended my hunting for this year.



(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             SUN. DEC. 31, 1899                 Ther.

Stayed at home in A.M. In P.M. went to S.S. at Ivory.  In eve went up to Frank Warn’s to watch the old year out had a fine time.  There was about 10 of us there.  Asked Alice Warn to go to a party up to Hermy Anderson’s next Tues. eve.  She is going.



(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              MON. DEC. 31, 1900               Ther.

Helped draw 2 loads of manure.  Went down to the burg for a sleigh ride + then went up to Irma’s to a watch party.  Came home about 1 o’clock. XX



(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              TUE. DEC. 31, 1901                Ther.

Went to the burg with a grist.  Took 23 bags.  Grandma went down with me.

Good Bye 1901



(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               WED.  DEC. 31, 1902             Ther.

Drew out manure.

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Editor's Note:  Frank Warn's New Year's Eve gathering is the first time that Allen takes romantic notice of Alice and asks her out.  The rest is history.


Goodbye 2011

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Friday, December 30, 2011

Winding Down the Year

A Day in the Life: December 30th


(Aged 15)
Wea.                                           WED. DEC. 30, 1896               Ther.

Ma + I + Rollie + Grandma went up to Aunt May’s.  Glen got hurt in the breast.  They have the windmill up.  I went up it.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             FRI. DEC. 30, 1898               Ther.

Went up to Ed Harrington’s in A.M. and P.M. and saw them cut corn for the silo.  Stayed at home in eve.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             SAT. DEC. 30, 1899               Ther.

Went over to Jud Grover’s and got a load of corn 47 1/2 bu.  In P.M. went up to Ivory + got the mail.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              SUN. DEC. 30, 1900                 Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Edd + Ida came down in the evening.  XX


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              MON. DEC. 30, 1901                Ther.

Rollie + I went over on the river buying cows bot 3 two at $22 + one for $18.  Go after them Saturday.



(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               TUE.  DEC. 30, 1902             Ther.

Drew out 4 load of manure.



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Editor's Note:  Nothing of note except poor 9-year old Glenn was wounded in the erecting of the windmill. 

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Thursday, December 29, 2011

An Even Older Mill Stream

A Day in the Life: December 29th

(Aged 15)
Wea.                                         TUE. DEC. 29, 1896               Ther.

Stayed at home all day.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                          THU. DEC. 29, 1898               Ther.

Got up about 7.30 A.M my leg is some what better.   Pa + Ma went to the burg.  Rollie and I went up in the sugar bush and killed 2 red squirrels.  May Walter’s is sick so Geo can’t work.  Chas slater cut wood.



(Aged 18)
Wea.                                           FRI. DEC. 29, 1899               Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Pa went to the burg.



(Aged 19)
Wea.                                           SAT. DEC. 29, 1900                 Ther.

Came home from Alice’s about 11 o’clock.  XX


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                            SUN. DEC. 29, 1901                Ther.

Done chores in A.M.  In P.M. Alice Jim + I went to pa’s.  In eve Andrew, Hattie, Pearl, Ruth Ester + Della Morris were down.  Had a cow slink.



(Aged 21)
Wea.                                             MON.  DEC. 29, 1902             Ther.

Drew out 4 load of manure.  In eve Alice, Rollie + I went to town to the opera.  “The Old Mill Stream”.
song written in 1904




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Editor's Note: So I'm learning something new even here at the end of the year. I'd never heard of a cow slinking which means to have your calf prematurely.  Also, slink can be the soft unborn animal's hide used for gloves.  "Fabulous" said Peta and the vegan.

I couldn't find the play "Old Mill Stream"  and funnily enough it predates the song "Down by the Old Mill Stream"  by at least two years.  I'd imagine they must have some connection but maybe not.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Off to See a Man About a Cow

A Day in the Life: December 28th


(Aged 15)
Wea.                                           MON. DEC. 28, 1896               Ther. 

Cut cornstalks in the A.M. In P.M. read a book called The Orient Boys.  In evening Charley + I played authors.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                            WED. DEC. 28, 1898               Ther.

When I was coming downstairs this morning my crutch slipped and I fell + hurt my lame leg.  I will have to give up the singing school I am afraid.  Mr. Grover was here + rented the other place for $440.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             THU. DEC. 28, 1899               Ther.

Pa went over to Hartson’s to buy a cow.  Got a letter from Irma saying she couldn’t go to the party at Glendine’s tonight.  Wrote a letter to Fred Wetmore, one to Edna Watsons, one to Cassie Conner.  In eve went to party had a fine time with everybody.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                             FRI. DEC. 28, 1900                 Ther.

Stayed at home in A.M.   In P.M. went up to Alice’s + we stayed all night.  XX


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              SAT. DEC. 28, 1901                Ther.

Greased harness.  Drew 2 loads of manure.  Ma came over.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               SUN.  DEC. 28, 1902             Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Went to factory.

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Editor's Note:  The Orient Boys does not seem to be a title one can easily find.  I can't imagine why.   As for falling down the stairs, clearly at some point he gives up on crutches and wears a seriously built-up shoe instead.  None too soon.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Love Struck Charley

A Day in the Life: December 27th


(Aged 15)
Wea.                                           SUN. DEC. 27, 1896               Ther. 

Rollie, Ma + I went up to Pope Hollow Sunday School.  Charley went up to see Iva White he asked her to marry him.  He said it is the first time he has seen her.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                            TUE. DEC. 27, 1898               Ther.

In A.M. Ma + I went to Jamestown.  Got me a new overcoat came back and I stopped at the burg to the singing school.  eat supper at Mrs. Mason’s then went to singing school.  In eve went home with Lydia Lawson.  Rode home with Leon.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             WED. DEC. 27, 1899               Ther.

Stayed at home all day + read.  In P.M. drew a load of wood .  Pa took a load of corn to the burg.  Got a letter from Edna Watsons.



(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              THU. DEC. 27, 1900                 Ther.

In fore noon had a few words with Will Rhodes and went up to add’s (?) to settle it.  In afternoon + evening stayed at home along. XXX


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                             FRI. DEC. 27, 1901                Ther.

Greased harness helped pa draw a load of wood.  Went to factory.  Pearle + Ruth went home.



(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               SAT.  DEC. 27, 1902             Ther.

Drew 4 load of manure.



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Editor's Note:  The only local Iva White I find was born in 1866 in Warren, Pa.  I have no idea if this is the intended of Charley.  I think he didn't succeed with his proposal because I can't find a couple with those names in the census.

I can't believe Allen had "words" with anyone and much less Will Rhodes who seems to be a comrade.

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Monday, December 26, 2011

"Alice went to sleep"

A Day in the Life: December 26th


(Aged 15)
Wea.                                             SAT. DEC. 26, 1896               Ther.

Pa + Ma went to Jamestown.  Geo + Charley cut bolts.  Rollie + I stayed at home.  Charley + I played Authors in the evening until 9.30 o’clock.



(Aged 17)
Wea. snowy                                  MON. DEC. 26, 1898               Ther.

In A.M. went to factory came back + helped kill + dress 4 pigs and in P.M. we killed 4 more pigs.  In eve took Mrs. Mason home + went to signing school let by Mr. Davis.  Went home with Lydia Lawson + Lucia Lunbard.




(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             TUE. DEC. 26, 1899               Ther.

Stayed at home all day  In eve went up to see Irma Bunce.  Pa went to town and got me a diary for 1900.  Got him one too.



(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              WED. DEC. 26, 1900                 Ther.

In A.M. stayed in the house and in P.M. went up to Ivory + set up the cigars in the pot that the boys gave me for Xmas.  Pearl + Ruth came down in the evening.  We popped corn + had a great old time.  XX Alice went to sleep.

John Collier's Sleeping Beauty

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              THU. DEC. 26, 1901                Ther.

Greased harness.  Pearle came down.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               FRI.  DEC. 26, 1902             Ther.

Split wood.  Took Alice over to Pa’s.  In eve we went over to see Rollie’s magic lantern. 


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Editor's Note: Poor woman was exhausted by the honeymoon no doubt.   Romance aside, I think it is lovely to see the little brother picking up the interests of the older.  It was Allen who was the photographer first but Rollie who took it to an artistic level.  I'm not sure Rollie's magic lantern show goes too far but for sure Allen's latest a few months.

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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Sunday Smiles

The Checkered Chicken wishes you a very Merry Christmas!



A Very Happy Christmas!

A Day in the Life: December 25th

Quote of the day:  

" It was not half so hard as we expected".  Allen Cass reflecting on his wedding day.



(Aged 15)
Wea.                                            FRI. DEC. 25, 1896               Ther. 

I got a pair of slippers + a game of Authors.  Charley got a pair of slippers + a jacknife.  Rollie got a pair of slippers + a top.  We all had some candy.  Unkle Gib’s folks came down.  We had a turkey for dinner.  Grandma came over.  Gibs folks brought down some candy.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                            SUN. DEC. 25, 1898               Ther.

I got a collar, diary, necktie, pair of gloves and shirt bosum.  Ma got a toilet set, Rollie a gun + some trinkets and pa some stockings and gloves.  In P.M. Pa, Ma, Mrs. Mason, Rollie + I went up the hollow to S.S.  In eve rode down to church with Leon.  Went home with Lydia Lawson.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             MON. DEC. 25, 1899               Ther.

Stayed around home all day.  In eve went up the hollow to Xmas tree.  Frank Warn stayed all night with me.  Got a neck scarf for a present.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              TUE. DEC. 25, 1900                 Ther.

Alice + I were married at high noon by the Rev. P. Knight.  The marriage took place at the Warn residence.  There were only a few friends invited.  It was not half so hard as we expected.  We received some very nice presents consisting of ?, flint(?) knives, table apron (?), butter knife, 8 sugar shell (?), 3 rocking chairs, knives + forks, salt + pepper set, candles, some ornaments.  I brought Alice to my folks + we stayed there First night. XXXXX
Alice and Allen wedding portrait


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              WED. DEC. 25, 1901                Ther.

Alice, Jimmy + I went up to Andrew’s to eat turkey.  Got several fine presents.  So did Alice.  Ruth came home with us.  Had a cow slink.



(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               THU.  DEC. 25, 1902             Ther.

Andrew + family, pa, ma, Rollie, Grandma + Mrs. Mason came here.  We got a number of presents: gloves; books; shirts, etc.  Had a fine time + a good dinner.


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Editor's Note:  How sweet is Allen's listing of their wedding presents?  Kind of heavy on the rocking chairs but still...a 5 X night. LOL.  They sure were a beautiful couple.  I have loved the journey I have shared with them this year.
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Saturday, December 24, 2011

"Oh Christmas Tree"

A Day in the Life:  December 24th


(Aged 15)
Wea.                                            THU. DEC. 24, 1896               Ther.

In A.M. helped Char cut cornstalks.  Had a Christmas Tree down to Rollie’s school.  He got a game of sliced birds.  In evening Charley and I went to the burg and to the M.B. Church Christmas tree.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                            SAT. DEC. 24, 1898                 Ther.

Went to factory then went over and got grandma and Luella.  Took them home about 3.30 P.M.  In eve went down to the Xmas tree at M.E. Church went home with Clara Lonquist.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             SUN. DEC. 24, 1899                 Ther.

Went over to grandma’s.  All of Unkle Gib’s folks were there also Aunt Ada + Bernice.  They were all very glad to see me.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              MON. DEC. 24, 1900               Ther.

In A.M. went to the burg got my haircut + a box of cigars.  Mrs. Mason came up.  In afternoon stayed at home.  Spent Xmas eve with Alice. X



(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              TUE. DEC. 24, 1901                Ther.

I went to factory.  In P.M. greased harnesses.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               WED.  DEC. 24, 1902             Ther.

Split wood.  Ruth came down. 

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Editor's Note:  Apparently, sliced birds was a game and not a "typo".  Follow the link to own your very own copy of the game.  I'm thinking that there weren't too many Christmas trees in people's houses yet since Allen seems to keep making the rounds to see the trees in the various local churches.

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Friday, December 23, 2011

The Prodigal Son

A Day in the Life: December 23rd


(Aged 15)
Wea.                                           WED. DEC. 23, 1896               Ther.

Drew 1 load of manure.  Drew 1 load of wood for us + one load of wood for grandma.  In P.M. laid still.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             FRI. DEC. 23, 1898               Ther.

Drove to school.  Mrs. Mason came up with me going to stay with us awhile.  In eve went down to Xmas tree at U.B. Church.  Went home with Clara Lonquist.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             SAT. DEC. 23, 1899               Ther.

Left Roswell’s.  Took the 8.13 A.M. train from Centreville for home.  Got home all right.  Rode up from the burg with Steve Littlefield.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              SUN. DEC. 23, 1900                 Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  In eve went up to see Alice. XX  Andrew has got Alice + I each a chair.



(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              MON. DEC. 23, 1901                Ther.

Boarded up in front of cows borrowed boards of pa 455.  In P.M. built a stall for Bill + Tom.  In eve went down to X-mas tree at Thayer school.  Good pieces.



(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               TUE.  DEC. 23, 1902             Ther.

Drew a load of hay + split wood.



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Editor's Note: Steve Littlefield must have been hailed a hero bringing the runaway son home that last mile.  It had been 5 months since Allen crossed the threshold into his house and just as long since he'd seen his family.  He wandered and provided well for himself but he needed to come home.  His point was made.  He was his own man outside his father's shadow but if you're coming home, you might as well make it happen for Christmas.


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Thursday, December 22, 2011

"Funny as a Crutch"

A Day in the Life: December 22nd

(Aged 15)
Wea.                                         TUE. DEC. 22, 1896               Ther.

Charley + I cut 1 1 /4 cd in A.M.  In P.M. laid still.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                          THU. DEC. 22, 1898               Ther.

Rode down to school with ma.  She + Mrs. Mason went to town.  Rode home with Ma.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                           FRI. DEC. 22, 1899               Ther.

Left Mathison’s and went to Chase + Bement School where we show tonight.  Took dinner at Henry Roswell’s.  Went up to Nick Grave’s to get my crutch.  It is a dandy.  Weighs about 1, 000  lbs. In eve took in $1.00.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                           SAT. DEC. 22, 1900                 Ther.

In A.M. helped Frankie Kineston fix the house in front of Smith’s.   Paid Jim $2.  In P.M. drew wood for Pa + Grandma.  In eve went to bed.



(Aged 20)
Wea.                                            SUN. DEC. 22, 1901                Ther.

Stayed at home all day.



(Aged 21)
Wea.                                             MON.  DEC. 22, 1902             Ther.

Put a roof on hog pen.  In eve Dave + I went to town.  Got Alice a fur. 





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Editor's Note:  Alice wins!  Oh dear, I so hope it wasn't the fur coat I destroyed.  :(  It was rotten.  It was rotten.  It really was but I still feel awful, what if it was this very one?

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

So Many Questions

A Day in the Life: December 21st


(Aged 15)
Wea.                                           MON. DEC. 21, 1896               Ther. 

I drew out 2 loads of manure.  Pa sold 1 ton of hay to Caitlin’s for $8 cash.  They came and got it in the P.M.  The preacher that boards with Aunt Maryann got a telegram last night that his father was dead + he went home today.  He stopped here + took dinner.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                            WED. DEC. 21, 1898               Ther.

Drove to school pa went down and drove the horse back.  The Town Board met.  Rode home with Ada Page.



(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             THU. DEC. 21, 1899               Ther.

Went to Titusville with Mr. Mattison got me a suit of clothes price $12.  In eve showed at Suckerville took in .80cents.  Stayed all night with Mr. Mattison.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              FRI. DEC. 21, 1900                 Ther.

Cut wood all day.  2 3/4 cd.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                            SAT. DEC. 21, 1901                Ther.

Ray went to factory.  In P.M. worked around the barns.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               SUN.  DEC. 21, 1902             Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Alice stayed in woodshed because her fire went out + I couldn’t get her a fur for X-mas.  Pa, Ma + Rollie came over it rained all day. 
Look out, it is a disappointed woman!



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Editor's Note:  What the hell is going on with Alice in 1902?  It sounds like she is in a right old strop since her fur is not forthcoming.  She's pregnant and she's cold.  Her fire went out where, in her heart, in her stove?  Could they really not re-light it?  And is the woodshed really the warmest place to hide out or is she just keeping clear of Allen whom she is disappointed in?  Woodsheds are usually uninsulated.  One more question, did she remain there when Pa, Ma + Rollie came over or did she come out and play the hostess?  I wish I could see what really went on.


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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Grandma's Approval

A Day in the Life: December 20th


(Aged 15)
Wea.                                           SUN. DEC. 20, 1896               Ther. 

Stayed at home all day.  Ma + Rollie went to Sunday School up in the hollow.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                            TUE. DEC. 20, 1898               Ther.

Drove to school rained all last night.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             WED. DEC. 20, 1899               Ther.

Left Mr. Chase’s went to Rome townhouse but the town clerk wouldn’t let us in so we went and got a written order from two of the supervisors and showed in the eve.  Took in $2.75.  Stayed all night with Geo Mattison.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              THU. DEC. 20, 1900                 Ther.

Cut wood.  1 1/2 cd. In eve went over and asked Grandma to see me married.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                            FRI. DEC. 20, 1901                Ther.

Drew out 4 loads of manure.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               SAT.  DEC. 20, 1902             Ther.

Drew out wood all day.



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Editor's Note: I love imagining the moment between Grandson and Grandmother when Allen goes to personally invite Diantha to his wedding.  Presumably, Grandma already knows all about the engagement and the forthcoming nuptials.  She would have been privy to the courtship details since the family was so close both geographically but more importantly emotionally.  Allen was forever doing jobs for grandma and visiting her.  I believe he was just following protocol and that is very touching. 


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Monday, December 19, 2011

Notable Births on this Day

A Day in the Life: December 19th


(Aged 15)
Wea.                                             SAT. DEC. 19, 1896               Ther.

Pa + Ma went to Jamestown.  Charley + I cut corn stalks.  Pa + Ma got Charley + I each a pair of mittens.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             MON. DEC. 19, 1898               Ther.

Went to school with horse + cutter.  Luella rode down with me.  Raynor’s ankle is pretty sore.  He uses a cain.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             TUE. DEC. 19, 1899               Ther.

 Left McGees and went to Chase Ridge where we show tonight.  Got our bills today cost $2.25.  In eve showed took in $2.10.  Stayed all night with Mr. Chace.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              WED. DEC. 19, 1900                 Ther.

Cut wood all day. 3 cord.  In evening went up to see Alice. X



(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              THU. DEC. 19, 1901                Ther.

Ray went to factory.  Pa, Ma + Alice went to the burg.  I took care of the baby.   Got some X-mas presents.  Ray drew out two loads of manure.  In eve pa + Rollie were over.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               FRI.  DEC. 19, 1902             Ther.

Drew bolts.  Finished drawing 36 in. bolts.  In eve went to town had a tooth pulled.  Alice went too.  We stayed to the opera.


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Editor's Note: I guess having a tooth pulled doesn't stop one from keeping their appointment at the opera but this is the rare instance when Allen doesn't tell me what he saw.  Perhaps he was too distracted after all.

 Notable Births on this Day


In 1891, my great, grand Uncle Rollie Cass was born.  As he would say "Well, bless your heart".


And in much more recent history, my dear friend Lori was born.  In 1971 I made her my Kindergarten Christmas Angel.  She has lost her doily wings and most of her straw hair along the way but the real Lori has held up much better.



I think this was one of Lori's b'day parties way back when.  My childhood sweetheart David was in the middle of me and Lori.  Diana and Michelle are the Bluebirds in the back.

Front:  Jen, David, Lori 


Sunday, December 18, 2011

Sunday Smiles

I thought I'd better roll out the old Snow Fairy photos and hope for a white Christmas.  Does not look like it from here though.




How's the Farm?

A Day in the Life: December 18th


(Aged 15)
Wea.                                            FRI. DEC. 18, 1896               Ther. 

Went to school in A.M. In P.M. had a literary.  I got excused + came home.  I kept fires at school.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                            SUN. DEC. 18, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory.  In eve went down to the burg to the M.E. church + heard a Japan fellow talk + saw some views from Japan.



(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             MON. DEC. 18, 1899               Ther.

Left Roswell’s and went to McGee Town where we show tonight and left the things. After that we went to Vroman, Red Oak and Cloverdale.  We billed Cloverdale for Thus eve.  In eve showed at McGee school took in $3.20.  Stayed all night with Miss McGee the school teacher.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              TUE. DEC. 18, 1900                 Ther.

In A.M. helped Ma wash.  In P.M. went up to see Alice.  In eve stayed at home.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              WED. DEC. 18, 1901                Ther.

I helped pa kill two pigs of 70 lbs each.  Ray drew out 4 loads of manure.  We fixed the hen house some and put the hens in.  Today is the first we have fed them. Frasier cut 1 cd of wood.

Martin- 1998, County Kerry, Ireland--Bachelor Farmers Calendar postcard promo.  Green Fields Productions

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               THU.  DEC. 18, 1902             Ther.

Drew 36 in bolts to Smedley.






Editor's Note: While my family is a few generations off the farm by now, I've always appreciated rural life.  In 1997, my friend Patricia and I started work on our 1999 Bachelor Farmer's of Ireland Calendar.  Not a money maker...and I have a stack or two still in my basement but it was an awesome experience doing our part to turn around the fate of Ireland's family farms.  To our credit, Mr. June found a bride and he was the only one who really was in it for love.  :-)


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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Oh Brother...

A Day in the Life:  December 17th




(Aged 15)
Wea.                                            THU. DEC. 17, 1896               Ther.

Went to school.  In evening went over to grandma’s + got two roosters for Geo. to take to Jamestown to sell tomorrow.  I kept fires at school.



(Aged 17)
Wea.                                            SAT. DEC. 17, 1898                 Ther.

I went over + got grandma + ma took her to the burg.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             SUN. DEC. 17, 1899                 Ther.

Stayed at Roswell’s all day.  Rosa Flaugh came down.  She said she wouldn’t have come down if she had known we were there.  Ha Ha!  I did the best I could to entertain her.  She wanted me to go home with her but I wouldn’t.  Fred sat up all night.  We stayed at Roswell’s.




(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              MON. DEC. 17, 1900               Ther.

Went up to Jamestown.  Got me 2 suits of underware, a pair of shows + rubbers and several other things spent $4.35.  In eve stayed at home.



(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              TUE. DEC. 17, 1901                Ther.

I went to factory with bobsleds.  Ray fixed the sled rack.  In P.M. drew out 2 load of manure on bobs.  This is first sleighing.  Pearle came down.  In eve Ray went to lecture.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               WED.  DEC. 17, 1902             Ther.

Drew up wood.  It rained.

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Editor's Note:  In 1899, Rosa Flaugh was a bit of a scamp.  She was 15 years old flirting with 18 year-old Allen.  He knew better than to take the bait though he enjoyed the evening with her.  In 1900, Allen continues to acquire his wedding trouseau--this time getting some sexy "suits of underware" for his new married life.

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Today would have been our brother's 52nd Birthday.  Mom always insisted that we wait until this day to put up the Christmas tree each year.  Now, Diana and I both put ours up as soon as the Thanksgiving dishes are cleared away.  This year her family didn't even wait that long. I have mixed feelings about my brother.  But there was a time when he was full of promise and joy. I like to think of that.

 Mom and Richard in December 1960

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Friday, December 16, 2011

"You are a stranger here BUT ONCE"

A Day in the Life: December 16th


(Aged 15)
Wea.                                           WED. DEC. 16, 1896               Ther.

Went to school.  I kept fires at school.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             FRI. DEC. 16, 1898               Ther.

Went to school.  Luella rode home with me.  In eve Pa + Ma went up to Herman Anderson’s to a social.  Raynor sprained his ankle playing football.

Same Andersons?  Matchbook for sale on e-bay.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             SAT. DEC. 16, 1899               Ther.

Stayed at the Pine Tree school house all the P.M.  Rosa O’Grady was down there too with some of the other young folks.  Fred went over into Rome Township billing.  In eve showed at Pine Tree.  Cassie Connors was there.  I visited with her + Abbie Fish of Centerville all through the evening.  After the show was over I took Cassie home.  Got a letter from home.  Stayed all night at Henry Roswell’s. 


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              SUN. DEC. 16, 1900                 Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Pa, Ma + Rollie went to S.S. In eve went up to see Alice, my betrothed.  Xx


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              MON. DEC. 16, 1901                Ther.

Ray went up + got my sleds from Elmer’s + pa took over our team + wagon + got him a load of coal.  We put a partition between Dandy + Maude.



(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               TUE.  DEC. 16, 1902             Ther.

Drew bolts to Smedley.  Finished drawing 2 in bolts. 



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Editor's Note: I wonder if Herman Anderson was a relative of the folks who own Anderson's Tavern?   It seems likely. 

Are the girls coming to the show for the magic lantern or the cute boy?

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

"God Bless Us, Everyone!"

A Day in the Life: December 15th



(Aged 15)
Wea.                                         TUE. DEC. 15, 1896               Ther.

Went to school.  I kept fires at school.



(Aged 17)
Wea.                                          THU. DEC. 15, 1898               Ther.

Went to school.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                           FRI. DEC. 15, 1899               Ther.

Stayed at Grave’s till about 3 o’clock.  He is going to make me a crutch and send me.  In eve showed at Whitman School.  Took in $1.20.  Stayed all night at Harrison Marsh’s.
Scanned image by Philip V. Allingham



(Aged 19)
Wea.                                           SAT. DEC. 15, 1900                 Ther.

Went to burg in A.M. Got me a pair of felts.  Alice came down to see me.  She went home after supper.  We did nothing but fight.  In evening I read.



(Aged 20)
Wea.                                            SUN. DEC. 15, 1901                Ther.

Went to factory.  Stayed at home all day.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                             MON.  DEC. 15, 1902             Ther.

Drew bolts to Smedley’s.


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Editor's Note: I love how Allen inspired generosity in others as when the man let him spend the night in the auditorium for free and now the man who wants to make him a crutch. 

Nerves are still jumping in the run-up to the wedding.  What were they fighting over?  And waht are felts?  I was thinking warm clothes for the winter but I couldn't find a proper reference.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Keeping the Fires Burning

A Day in the Life: December 14th


(Aged 15)
Wea.                                           MON. DEC. 14, 1896               Ther. 

Went to school.  I kept fires at school.
Canadian Archives


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                            WED. DEC. 14, 1898               Ther.

Went to school.  In eve went over to a party at Mrs. Hunt’s at Mud Creek.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             THU. DEC. 14, 1899               Ther.

Stayed at Mr. Connor’s all day.  Cassie + I had a fair time.  Fred went over in Rome Township + billed.  In eve got started to Hatch School but got lost + the horse tired out so we stopped + put up at Nick Grave’s. 


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              FRI. DEC. 14, 1900                 Ther.

Cut 3 cd of wood.  Paid Jim $1.00.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              SAT. DEC. 14, 1901                Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  hard rain.  Frasier was down from Mrs. page’s + I let him a job of cutting wood + bolts at .55 and .60 cents a cord.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               SUN.  DEC. 14, 1902             Ther.

Stayed at home all day.   Pa, Ma, Rollie came over.



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Editor's Note: Just a "fair time" not a fine time with Cassie?

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Short on Billing

A Day in the Life: December 13th


(Aged 15)
Wea.                                           SUN. DEC. 13, 1896               Ther. 

Pa + Ma + Rollie went over to grandma’s.  Charley + I stayed at home.  Charley learned to ride my wheel in the yard today.  It is a very nice, warm day.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                            TUE. DEC. 13, 1898               Ther.

Drove to school.  Ma rode down with me + went to Mrs. Mason's.  My boil is better. 



(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             WED. DEC. 13, 1899               Ther.

Went over into Rome Township to bill but didn’t bill any because we couldn’t get the places.  In eve showed at Clement School.  Took in $2.15. Stayed all night at Mr. Conner’s.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              THU. DEC. 13, 1900                 Ther.

Drew grandma and ourselves a load of wood.  In P.M. stayed at home.  Paid Jim $3.00.  Mearle stayed with me.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              FRI. DEC. 13, 1901                Ther.

Went to the factory.  Ray went to the burg got 2300 of coal at $2.80 a ton.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               SAT.  DEC. 13, 1902             Ther.

Went to factory.  Drew one load of bolts then quit for it stormed so.


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Editor's Note: I really don't understand his measurement of coal.  Was it 2300 lbs?  $23.00?  Confused.




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Monday, December 12, 2011

"It was a Teenage Wedding"

A Day in the Life: December 12th


(Aged 15)
Wea.                                             SAT. DEC. 12, 1896               Ther.

Charley + I cut wood put up 2 cd.


(Aged 17)
Wea. snowy                                  MON. DEC. 12, 1898               Ther.

Drove horse + cutter to school.  Have got a boil on my neck.


(Aged 18)

Wea.                                             TUE. DEC. 12, 1899               Ther.

Went to Centerville.  Billed Whitman + Pine Tree school Houses.  In eve showed at Centre school.  Took in $3.50.  Stayed all night at Mr. Simmon’s. 


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              WED. DEC. 12, 1900 
               Ther.

Cut 3 cord wood.  In eve went up to Alice’s.  Gave her a calling down she didn’t deserve.  XX


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              THU. DEC. 12, 1901                Ther.

Went to town payed two notes.  Got a shovel, two pitchforks, etc.  Drew 7 loads of manure.  Eat oysters over to pa’s.  This is the first Alice + the baby have been out.


(Aged 21)

Wea.                                               FRI.  DEC. 12, 1902             Ther.

Drew bolts. I put up the kitchen stovepipe.


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Editor's Note:  In 1900 it is less than 2 weeks until their wedding and Allen gives Alice "a calling down".  Given that there are XXs I'm guessing it was all easily resolved but they were just kids really and I can imagine the stress and nerves they must have had no matter how excited they were.

Exactly one year later is Alice's first post-birth outing with her baby boy.  Willard was just one month old.


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Sunday, December 11, 2011

An Evening at the Theater

A Day in the Life: December 11th


(Aged 15)
Wea.                                            FRI. DEC. 11, 1896               Ther. 

Went to school.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                            SUN. DEC. 11, 1898               Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Ma + Rollie went up to Ivory to S.S.


(Aged 18)

Wea.                                             MON. DEC. 11, 1899               Ther.

Left Mr. Lord’s and went to Drake Hill where we showed in eve took in .50 cents.  Billed Hatch school House.  Stay all night at Mr. Will Drake’s.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              TUE. DEC. 11, 1900                 Ther.

Cut wood 2 cd. In eve went up to see Alice but she wasn’t at home.  She had been to town.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              WED. DEC. 11, 1901                Ther.

Went to factory.  Skinned a calf.  Drew 4 loads of horse manure.


(Aged 21)

Wea.                                               THU.  DEC. 11, 1902             Ther.

Alice + I went to town.  Dave drew bolts.  I got me a new coat, pants + shirts.  we stayed to the opera.  Play "The Rivals".




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Editor's Note:
The play had to have been Richard Sheridan's comedy.


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Sunday Smiles

Santa and with 2/7 Little Leavengoods.
Florida--1960s

Bill, Santa, Henry



Saturday, December 10, 2011

He Shells Corn Cobs in the Barnyard

A Day in the Life:  December 10th


(Aged 15)

Wea.                                            THU. DEC. 10, 1896               Ther.

Went to school.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                            SAT. DEC. 10, 1898                 Ther.

In A.M. Leon Page + I went hunting killed 2 woodpeckers.  In P.M. shelled corn with the new shellers which we got today + read.
Corn Sheller



(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             SUN. DEC. 10, 1899                 Ther.

Left Bunce’s went to Mr. Lord’s where I will stay tonight.  Wrote a letter home + one to Irma.


(Aged 19)

Wea.                                              MON. DEC. 10, 1900               Ther.

Cut wood all day.  Cut 3 cd.  In eve read.


(Aged 20)

Wea.                                              TUE. DEC. 10, 1901                Ther.

Took 4 pigs off weighed 93lb each 6 1/2 cents per lb $24.18. Geo. Weyman began work at noon at $6 per month to work till April 1st.  In eve Pa came over.


(Aged 21)

Wea.                                               WED.  DEC. 10, 1902             Ther.

Drew bolts.  Got up 12 cd.  John gave me a check of $15.36.  Alice went up home.

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Editor's Note:
I can only hope Allen wasn't eating those woodpeckers.


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Friday, December 9, 2011

Horse and Buggy

A Day in the Life: December 9th


(Aged 15)
Wea.                                           WED. DEC. 9, 1896               Ther.

Went to school.  Pingray jerked Erd and Erd laughed at him.  Meridith came + tried to cure Jim.  I don’t know but I think he’ll get well soon. 


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             FRI. DEC. 9, 1898               Ther.

Drove to school.  Luella + Frank Warn rode up with me.  Frank stayed all night with me.

 

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             SAT. DEC. 9, 1899               Ther.

Went to the Danfries school house.  Showed in  eve. Took in .75 cents. Bought a buggy for $12 paid for it.  Stayed all night at Mr. Bunce’s.  got a letter from home.  It was sent from Miller’s to Cambridge and from there to Jewel. 


(Aged 19)

Wea.                                              SUN. DEC. 9, 1900                 Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Glen was here.  Had the partridge for dinner.  Very stormy.  In eve went up to see Alice.  B. Baldwin was there and F. Warn.  Came home at 9. o’clock.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              MON. DEC. 9, 1901                Ther.

In A.M. went to Frewsburg + contracted 4 pigs.  In P.M. Pa came over + we killed them. 


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               TUE.  DEC. 9, 1902             Ther.

Took the milk to factory went up to John Smedley’s  sold him my bolts at .8 cents per in.  Began drawing in P.M.


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Editor's Note: It is always nice when Allen gives me names to research.  Erd White has certainly come up before.  I believe him to have been a little older than Allen.  I can't find a specific Pingray in the area--could have been the teacher??  However, just over the county border in Cattaragus, there is a slew of Pingrays so there is likely a connection.  Now the term jerked as used above could obviously mean a physical altercation in which a bulky Erd was amused by the fiesty-yet-puny Pingray.   It could also mean, if Pingray was the teacher, that he was verbally giving Erd a tough time.  The event was worthy of entry so it must have been very exciting.

As for Meridith, he was Thomas Meridith the Veterinarian from Jamestown leaving the role of Jim to be that of a horse.



Something that hadn't occurred to me but once was that somewhere along the line in 1899, Allen acquired a horse.  I knew he had something to ride when he was picking up his mail but I don't remember him mentioning his actual acquisition of a horse and yet you would never put the cart before the horse--in this case a buggy...  Basically, Allen now owns his very first "car".  Sure his dady used to let him borrow the horse and buggy at home but this is something he bought all by himself.

As for the Mr. Bunce Allen stayed the night with, it could have been an elderly man and his wife or an young man in his 20s who lived in a boarding house.  Perhaps there is a connection to the Bunce family of Carroll?
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