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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

A Political Animal

A Day in the Life: February 1st

(Aged 14)
Wea. Cloudy                                SAT. FEB. 1, 1896                           Ther. 40

Stayed at home.  Pa + Geo Walters went to Frewsburg as caucus.
Political Cartoon from 1902
                                               Library of Congress

Frank Cass was great supporter of the Republican Party

 Another example of Frank's political value.

(Aged 16)
Wea.    Cold                                 TUE. FEB. 1, 1898                          Ther. 16

Went to school.  Rode down with Leon Page and home with him.  Rec’d a letter from Frank Warn also one from France E. Long.  At night it was down to zero and the wind blowing hard.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             WED. FEB. 1, 1899                        Ther.

It’s awful cold the thermometer was 12 below zero when I started for school + I had to go up to Bradley’s and get a check before school.

Pa paid Colburn all up today.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              THU. FEB. 1, 1900                        Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  In eve Leon Page came over to get me to stay all night with him but I didn’t as there is so many chores.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              FRI.  FEB. 1, 1901                         Ther.

Drew down pa’s logs from the sugar bush to the road.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              SAT.  FEB. 1, 1902                         Ther.

Ray + Lawrence cut bolts.  I went to factory + drew logs.  Got a dividend $22.34.

(Aged 21)

Wea.                                              SUN. FEB. 1, 1903                          Ther.

Ma + Rollie came over in the afternoon.

(Aged 22)
Wea.                                               MON. FEB. 1, 1904                        Ther.

Went over to Dry Brook with Lyle to buy a boiler.  He bought one of Bill Forbes.


Editor's Note:  Frank was thoroughly interested in politics and a Republican Party supporter.  The letter, while later in date than the caucus referenced, demonstrates that Frank was regarded as having  a position in his community that might hold sway over other constituents.

Leon Page seems to be a very good friend of Allen's.  He is one year younger and most likely lived right "next door" in farm speak.  After all, the Cass Farm was on the Page Road and their family names appear next to each other on NY State Census of 1892.

1 comment:

  1. I am guessing that this is one of the ways we got our intense interest in politics. Between Frank's political interests and our Grandmother Nye's (our mother's mom) we are a wonderful blend of conservative liberalism. Or is that liberal conservatism?