Search This Blog

Friday, February 18, 2011

"Hi-Ho the Dairy-O"

A Day in the Life: February 18th

(Aged 14)
Wea.                                             TUE. FEB. 18, 1896                         Ther.

Stayed at home all day was sick with a cold.    Pa+Ma went down to the burg it was town meeting.
(Aged 16)
Wea.  Rainy                                   FRI. FEB. 18, 1898                       Ther. 36

Went to school drove old Tom as Pa + Ma are going to drive Topsie up to Mrs. Bingham’s funeral.  She died Wed. night.  Had an invitation to a party down to Pangborn’s next Tues. eve.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                              SAT. FEB. 18, 1899                        Ther. 

Went to Jamestown with Asa.  Pa went to the burg with a grist.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              SUN. FEB. 18, 1900                        Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Pa, Ma +Rollie went to S.S.  they brought me down a letter from May Rowley. In evening Bessie and I went riding then spent a part of the evening at her grandma’s.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                             MON. FEB. 18, 1901                      Ther.

Went to the burg with a grist.  Bought a dandy stave and two pitch forks, shovels, lantern, pails, etc. for $3.50.  Glenn Eccles came down with a fellow who wanted work.  I hired him a month for $10.00.  Don’t know whether he will come back or not.  Hired Herb Bragg + Will Burns to cut logs.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                             TUE.  FEB.  18, 1902                      Ther.

Drew a load of wood.  Gail North hired out to me.  My milking tubes came.

Butter wrapper from Allen's Dairy

(Aged 21) 
Wea.                                              WED.  FEB.  18, 1903                    Ther.




Editor's Note: I believe that Mrs. Bingham is Melinda Bingham who would have been 67 in 1898.  Her grave is located in Thayer Cemetery. 

In 1902 Allen seems to be making an effort to change over his family farm to a working dairy.  I don't know how long this endeavor lasted because one thing we continuously see is him working extra jobs in the local wood mills.  Before the dairy what was his main agricultural output?  How many animals did they have?  We're the pigs simply their own food supply?  I'll be interested to see if we ever learn more about the sheep the dogs harassed in 1896 again.  We hear a lot about grists being taken to the burg telling us they were crop farmers to some extent.  But the Cass family was also were part of the local logging industry as witnessed by the cutting of bolts and the drawing logs to the mills.  Additionally,  the Cass family once had their own saw mill during the early years of Carroll's settlement.  Pliny Cass owned Cass Tavern in Jamestown and, along with his son Judd (Frank's father), they owned a saw mill on Cass Run that operated seasonally.


  1. I like how you have done entry from each year on the same day. I too have my great grandfather's diary (contained in four books) that he wrote over a period of about 7 years but covering his life which was only 37 years. Aren't we the lucky ones?

  2. Yes Lisa we truly are. So many people wonder where they came from and although our people were of modest means they valued reading, writing and above all photography. For a family that had a hard time feeding all the mouths that would soon be at the table I honor and respect that they always budgeted for portraiture.

  3. My g-uncle used to say: 'went to the burg'. Thank you for reminding me of him.
    (Tangled Trees)

  4. Yay! Sometimes it's all too easy to think our experiences are singular.