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Monday, February 21, 2011

Pre-Diary Cass Family Photo

A Day in the Life: February 21st

Frank, Baby Rollie, Allen, Nora Cass about 1892
(Aged 14)
Wea.    Stormy                               FRI. FEB. 21, 1896                       Ther. 4

Went to school.  Had to go up to Boatlin’s (Caitlin's?) Mill again.

(Aged 16)
Wea.  Cloudy                                  MON. FEB. 21, 1898                   Ther. 32

Went to school.  Pa + Ma went to Jamestown.  Raymond Harrington rode home with me.  Had an invitation to a party down to Pangborns tomorrow eve + another to a party over to Chas Wygren’s Wed. eve.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                              TUE. FEB. 21, 1899                       Ther. 

Drove to school the roads are pretty muddy.  In eve Chas Wygren came up here.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                               WED. FEB. 21, 1900                     Ther.

Went to school.  Ma came down to Mrs. Masons.  Got a letter from Mabel White and one from a G.W.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                               THUR. FEB. 21, 1901                   Ther.

In A.M. brought the logs down to the the road from the sugar bush.  In P.M. I took them to the burg.  They will bring $4.50.  In evening Alice + I drove over to Frank Kinneston’s and hired Frank + Devillo to help me cut logs for a day.  Herbert Bragg came down.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                             FRI.  FEB.  21, 1902                        Ther.

Gail drew 3 loads of manure.  Alice + I went to town.  Left Willard with Ma.  Paid a note of $11.50.  Borrowed $40* of(f) ma.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              SAT.  FEB.  21, 1903                       Ther.



Editor's Note: *The actual amount borrowed of(f) Ma is confusing.  It might not be as drastic as $40 but I can't tell for certain because Allen corrected the amount by writing over it.  It could have been $5.00 or $4.00.  In any event, I wonder if he borrowed from his Ma to pay off the note?  So not only is Ma a free babysitter for Willard but she "pays" for the privilege.  The power kids have over parents is amazing.

I'm unsure who the letter writer with the initials G.W. is but it is telling that Allen doesn't write out the whole name the way he does Mabel White's.  It could have just been a "personalized" advertisement because believe me we have found that direct-mailings have been around for a long time.  Of course, G.W. could be a girl whose identity he wishes to keep secret.


  1. I think G.W. might be his friend Geo. Washington Fenton, the g-grandfather of Tom Fenton in whose horse barn they had many a party. Remember the carvings Tom showed us? I don't think it is a girl. I think Allen would have gladly named names if a girl sent him a note. Can you say Lothario?

  2. I thought of that but he always referred to him as GWF and also he says "a" G.W which gave me pause to query it.

  3. How cool that a man kept diaries. Old diaries are always fascinating to me.