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Monday, March 7, 2011

"Way Down Upon the Conewango"

A Day in the Life: March 7th

(Aged 14)
Wea.  Snowy                                SAT. MARCH 7, 1896                    Ther. 24

Stayed at home + cut about 1/3 cord of wood.  Ma + Grandma went to the Old Folks Reunion.* Grandma (Diantha Cass) had an awful good time.

The back of the photo says this is the First Carroll Town Picnic.  The woman in the front with an X on her forehead is Diantha Cass (we did not mark her).  Frank Cass is marked with an X too further back.  We don't know the date but it is safe to say many of these people were at "The Old Folks Reunion" too given Diantha's age already.

(Aged 16)
Wea. Sunny                                  MON. MARCH 7, 1898                  Ther. 36

Went to school + played football Pa went to town with Mrs. Mason.  In evening I boiled sap.  Rode to school with Pa + back with Leon Page.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             TUE. MARCH 7, 1899                   Ther

Ma + I went up to Jamestown took up 22 doz of eggs sold them for $.16 per doz.
I had two double teeth pulled by Rawson he put odentunder in them but it hurt just the same.
Frank Warn came here in the eve he had been down to visit the school.  He stayed all night.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              WED. MARCH 7, 1900                Ther.

Rode to school with Gordon Taylor.  In eve took Alice Warn out for a ride.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                             THUR. MARCH 7, 1901                Ther.

Did chores in A.M.  In P.M. drew manure.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              FRI.  MARCH 7, 1902                  Ther.

Went to the burg + $3 Traded my watch to D. Springer for a gun.  Ma came over.  Ruth went home.  Gail drew 8 loads of manure.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              SAT.  MARCH 7, 1903                  Ther.



Editor's Note:  *Totally cool moment because I was randomly listening to Stephen Foster’s "Old Folks At Home" right when I transcribed that entry! (David Ball's version)

This photograph is amazing but the longer I stare at it the more unreal it looks.  The lighting is so dappled that some folks are over exposed, some under.  Heads look disproportionate to each other almost as if they were cut and pasted in and the way the rear rows blur makes those folks look like painted scenery.  One thing for sure is that it was an awesome turnout.  I really like the two women in the front row missing the camera click to carry on their conversation.  This is certainly a photo that would be wonderful to step inside.

As for Allen's teeth--clearly not wisdom teeth poor guy.   I have investigated (via the internet) the term "odentunder" to no avail.  I have found two mentions in old newspapers but none give a definition of the actual product.  They are dental service advertisements that suggest odentunder was meant as an anesthetic.  If there are any dentists out there who could be more specific on the history of this item,  please help us out.  Otherwise I'll be seeing my dentist next week and try to remember to ask him.

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