Allen’s mother Nora had been a school teacher before she married Frank, a farmer. His brother, 10 years his junior, was Rollin. Allen would one day inherit the farm and raise his own large family there though none of them would carry on the rural tradition. The house "Lone Pine" stands to this day in Ivory, NY.
|Painted by Mabel Cass Lucas 1970|
When I was 15, I found Allen's diaries at my grandma Mabel's house. After she died a few years later I found them as I helped clean out her room. A note was attached in her hand that said "Jenny once asked that these diaries be hers. Now they are." My grandmother was very effective like that.
A Day in the Life
Wea. Cold WED. JAN. 1, 1896 Ther.
Pa went to Jamestown + had 3 teeth pulled. I stayed at home and went skating.
Wea. Stormy SAT. JAN. 1, 1898 Ther. 15
Very windy day snow is about 1ft deep. + still coming. Pa + Rollie went up to the store in Pope Hollow. Geo Walters and Chas Slater are cutting cherry logs to haul to Falconer. I went over and got grandma took her home this P.M. Milked 9 cows. Killed a pig.
Wea. Clear SUN. JAN. 1, 1899 Ther. 0
Stayed at home all day and took a bath.
Ma and Rollie went down to church and Mrs. Mason’s. Mrs. Mason sent me up a book named Thaddeus of Warsaw for a New Years present she also gave me this diary for Xmas.
Ed. Harrington came down after his mail this A.M. and stayed a while.
In the evening I stayed home and read.
Pa and Ma are both cross as two half-starved bears.
Wea. Stormy MON. JAN. 1, 1900 Ther. 8
Went over and got grandma at 11AM took her home about 4 P.M. Stayed at home all day. There is about 6” of snow and it is awful windy + cold. Happy New Year.
Wea. TUES. JAN. 1, 1901 Ther.
Alice’s folks came down for a New Years dinner and Gil’s folks came down in the afternoon and stayed for supper. Grandma was over.
Wea. WED. JAN. 1, 1902 Ther.
We all went over to grandma’s
Wea. Cold THUR. JAN. 1, 1903 Ther.
My folks, Grandma, Alice + I all went up to Andrew’s to dinner. Dave finished drawing out manure by the cow barn.
Wea. Cold FRI. JAN. 1, 1904 Ther.
We all went up to Grandma’s. Aunt Ada came down.