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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Working Farm to Pony Rides in 70 years

A Day in the Life: February 5th

(Aged 14)
Wea. Cloudy                                 WED. FEB. 5, 1896                  Ther. 36

Went to school.                     

(Aged 16)
Wea.    Snowy                               SAT. FEB. 5, 1898                    Ther.  32

Stayed at home + helped ma wash in the A.M.  Pa went up to the hollow in P.M. helped Chas Slater draw 5 loads of manure for which I am to get 15 cents. In P.M. Pa, Ma + Rollie went over to grandma’s.                     

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                              SUN. FEB. 5, 1899                         Ther. 

In A.M. got the milk from the other place + brought it over + got grandma.

Took a bath + went to Sunday school.  Frank Warn came down to stay all night with me and Lydia Lawson rode down from S. S. + waited here till I went to the burg.  In eve. Frank, Lydia + I went down to the burg to church.   After church Frank + I saw Percy Johnson + he wanted us to come up and spend the eve with him some night + I guess we will go.  We are going to have social here on Fri. Feb 17.  Mr. Springer was over.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                               MON. FEB. 5, 1900                      Ther.

Stayed at home in A.M.  In P.M. went down after the mail with Mearle Cowan.
Pa took off a grist.  In eve, Pa + I talked about raising the barn and putting an underground stable in.

Cocoa on the old Cass Farm, 1971

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              TUE. FEB. 5, 1901                         Ther.

Went over to Grandma's (?) and drew a load of manure and also went after the rack that Frank K gave me.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                             WED.  FEB.  5, 1902                      Ther.

Ray + I killed 3 hogs.  Frank + Irma were down.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              THUR.  FEB.  5, 1903                    Ther.


(Aged 22)
Wea.                                                FRI. FEB. 5, 1904                         Ther.

Stayed at home all day.


Editor's Note: I believe the underground stable did come into being because I remember the barn from when I was a child and Uncle Rollie owned it and leased it out.  It was right next to the road but down  a slope.  The door was level with the road but the rest of the barn was lower and there was a small bridge from the road to the main door.  In fact we had pony rides there.  Our all-time favorite was Cocoa.

Note the mention of Mr. Springer!  I find this interesting on many levels.  There is no first name given which means it is a formal relationship.  No "Ed Harrington" or "Chas. Slater" type of friendship or a first name would be given.  Mr. Springer was most likely there on business with Frank in his position of Justice of the Peace but I wonder if there was tension because of what may (or may not) have been the history with the Springer Family and The Cass Family in regards to Luella's birth.  At this point Luella is 15 years old and living life as an Eccles.  So the bad blood might have thinned by this time.  I know it is all conjecture but I think conjecture is a huge part of genealogy.


  1. Luella was absolutely born on the wrong side of the bedsheets as the British would say, I wish we had her diary. I bet she was brilliant and well aware of her delicate position in society.