May Flowers

A Day in the Life: May 2nd

(Aged 14)
Wea. rainy                                    SAT. MAY 2, 1896               Ther.  75

Went fishing got nothing.  Helped Ma make garden + flower bed.  Picked up 15 loads of stone in Rollie little wagon. 

Grandma + I went down to the bayou fishing didn’t get anything.

(Aged 16)
Wea.                                             MON. MAY 2, 1898               Ther.

Went to school rode both ways with Mattie Cowan but don’t think I will again.  Chas Slater went over on the other place to stay yesterday.  I don’t have so many chores now.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             TUE. MAY 2, 1899               Ther.

Ma carried me to school.  Rode my wheel home.  It hailed today.  Pa, Ma + Grandma went to town to Jennie Hotchkiss’s husband’s funeral.  Got a letter from Mabel White.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              WED. MAY 2, 1900                 Ther.

Painted in the A.M.  In P.M. took out Grandma’s potatoes.  In eve took Alice Warn out riding.  We had a fine time.
Another offering from Mabel Alice Cass

(Aged 19)

Wea.                                              THU. MAY 2, 1901                Ther.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               FRI.  MAY 2, 1902             Ther.

Fixed fence.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              SAT.  MAY 2, 1903                  Ther.

Finished putting in oats.  12 acres.  Alice, Pearl, Willard and I went up to Blockville to see Andrew. 


Editor's Note: How absolutely wonderful to think of 71-year-old Diantha Cass fishing with her grandson on the bayou.  However, I don't know where this bayou was meant to be just as yesterday I didn't know what Allen meant but biking across "the flats".    It must be at the new house that he is making the garden with his mother.

Also, uncertainty surrounds what possibly could have put Allen off riding with Mattie Cowan again.  Perhaps he doesn't wish to lead her on.  Don't worry about her though.  She is not left on the shelf.  She marries Adam Vandewark and has a son named Glenn.  Likely, some of her descendants are still around today.

As for Jennie's Hotchkiss' husband, I don't think Hotchkiss was her married name because there was a Jennie Hotchkiss who would have been more of Frank and Nora's contemporary but that was her maiden name.  Maybe she married later in life and folks never were able to think of her as Mrs. ...

There is another Jennie, much younger but still older than Allen.  Her married name is Hotchkiss but her husband is still alive in 1900.


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