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Saturday, January 15, 2011

A Day in the Life: January 15th

(Aged 14)
Wea.   cloudy                                WED. JAN. 15, 1896                     Ther.     22

Went to school got a ride home with Frank Nelson.  Nice sleying (sic) we are getting in logs at Brunts Mill for a barn.

(Aged 16)
Wea.  Rainy                                   SAT. JAN. 15, 1898                        Ther.   34

Stayed at home.  Pa + Ma went to Jamestown.  They got a collar button, a stand up (collar) and an undershirt.  Sent a letter to Fannie Fower. After they got home from town pa went up to Ed Bragg’s.  They got Rollie some Tiddledy (sic) Winks.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             SUN. JAN. 15, 1899                         Ther. 
Basic corncob pipe--most likely the type Allen would have had.

Went to the factory.  When I came back Pa was down to the barn and had found my pipe and tobacco.  I hadn’t used hardly any.  He said I must quit or leave home.

Ma+ Grandma went up to see Aunt May she is better.  In the eve went down to the burg with Mearle Cowan went to the Baptist Church.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              MON. JAN. 15, 1900                      Ther.

Ma, Rollie + I went to Jamestown got me a pair of undressed kid gloves cost $1.20. 
In eve, Pa, Ma + Rollie went up to the Maxwell place. 

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              TUE. JAN. 15, 1901                        Ther.

Did chores in A.M.  In P.M. Alice and I went up after the guns cost .50 to have them fixed.  One of them shook so good there was no danger of anything getting killed.
Alice and I stayed over in the evening.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              WED.  JAN.  15, 1902                    Ther.

Drew manure.  Pa + I dehorned 5 cows and the bull.  I sawed of(f) 5 of them.  Drew 3 loads of manure.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                             THUR.  JAN.  15, 1903                   Ther.

Worked in Joel’s Mill all day.

(Aged 22)
Wea.                                                FRI. JAN. 15, 1904                      Ther.

Went up on Wheeler Hill with Lyle Coe to look for a boiler.  Didn’t find any.


Editor's Note:  I really appreciate Frank's hard stand on tobacco.  Good dad, indeed.  However, Allen is such a typical teen lamenting only that he had barely used it yet.  Was this in regard to the monetary loss or the fact that he wasn't done determining his interest in the habit yet?

I'm thinking a boiler means a rabbit.  

Follow-up:    Mrs. Mason actually is Nora's step-mother and therefore a grandmother figure to Allen.  She was married to Harry Babcock and presumably, later to a Mr. Mason.

Friday, January 14, 2011

A Day in the Life: January 14th

(Aged 14)
Wea.      Snowy                             TUE. JAN. 14, 1896                       Ther.  18

Went to school stayed all night to Mrs. Mason’s in evening went to church.                           

(Aged 16)
Wea.     Cloudy                              FRI. JAN. 14, 1898                        Ther.   29

Went to school.  Ma, Rollie + grandma went up to Aunt May’s.

Helped Percy Johnson along a little by giving him a handkerchief.

Chas Slater went up to Jack Maxwell’s this evening.  Elmer Warn rode up with me from school.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                              SAT. JAN. 14, 1899                        Ther. 

Got up at 7.10.  Pa took a grist to the burg.  Ma, Rollie + I went to Jamestown.  Rollie + I had our pictures taken.  Rained all day in P.M. it turned to snow.  The wind blew the roof off the barn down on the Webster place + it fell in on a cow + hurt her.  Don’t know whether she will live or not. 
While we were at town the water rose and was about 2 ft over the road when we came home. 

Rollie and big brother Allen as photographed that morning in Jamestown.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                               SUN. JAN. 14, 1900                      Ther.

Went to S. S. (Sunday School) at Ivory.  Took a bath.  Sent a letter down to Mattie Cowan telling her I would not be down.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              MON. JAN. 14, 1901                      Ther.

I took Pa to Falconer where he met the doctor.  Had to bring sleigh.  Came home about 2 P.M. and did the chores.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              TUE.  JAN.  14, 1902                     Ther.

Drew out manure and went to factory.  Leon Page stayed all night with us last night.  I went to the Burg and got a horse shod.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              WED.  JAN.  14, 1903                    Ther.

Pa + I went to Jamestown.  I went up to see Mr. Miller (?) again for Kerler Raleigh Company.  I did not take the job.

We contracted our pigs at Falconer.   Worked in Joel’s mill after I got home. 


(Aged 22)
Wea.                                               THUR. JAN. 14, 1904                     Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  In eve Alice + I went to the Odd Fellows Banquet given in their hall.


Editor's Note:
Could they be any cuter?  Really, that photo is one of my very favorites.  I love how they care about each other despite the 10 years between them.  I don't know why there is such a difference in age.  I don't know of any losses to the family but perhaps Nora just had a hard time conceiving. 

Also love the wording "helped Percy Johnson a long a little..." 

And it is curtains for Mattie Cowan's hopes and dreams of keeping her monogram through the Cass route.  Alice is firmly in Allen's heart.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

A Day in the Life: January 13th

(Aged 14)
Wea.   Windy                                MON. JAN. 13, 1896                      Ther.     23

Went to school got a ride down with Eddie Towns + a ride back with Ezra Thayer.                       

(Aged 16)
Wea.   Windy                                THUR. JAN. 13, 1898                    Ther. 36

Went to school drove my own horse.  In evening went down to the burg + went to church with Irma Bunce,  Yelmer Warn + Lydia Lawson.  Chas Slater went down with me + went into church + sat down with a little Brooks girl.  Rec’d one doz. pencils + this fountain pen which I sent for a while ago. 

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                              FRI. JAN. 13, 1899                        Ther. 

Drove to school.  Played football at noon.  After school went up to Bradley’s after some money but didn’t get it.

Ma + Rollie went up to Unkle (sic) Gib’s, Aunt May is sick abed with gripe.
Rained nearly all day.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              SAT. JAN. 13, 1900                        Ther.

Drew 3 loads of manure. 
In eve took Alice Warn to a coasting party over to Glendina Taylor’s.  After we got down coasting we took a sleigh ride over to Clark. 

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                               SUN. JAN. 13, 1901                      Ther.

Helped do chores and Alice and I stayed home all day.  In eve took a bath.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              MON.  JAN.  13, 1902                    Ther.

Ray drew out 3 loads of manure.  Alice, the baby + I all went over to pa’s.  I helped him put in a sled tongue.  Paid Ray $10.  Traded coats + capes.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              TUE.  JAN.  13, 1903                     Ther.
Worked in the mill all day.

(Aged 22)
Wea.                                                WED. JAN. 13, 1904                     Ther.

Worked up in woods for Lyle Coe. 
Bought a revolver + shot gun of (?) Vanderwark for $4.00.


Editor's Note:  "Yelmer" Warn seems to be Elmer's nickname. Uncle Gib and Aunt May are Gilbert Eccles and his wife Mary Cass Eccles.  Mary is Frank Cass' sister.

So 1900, the day after Alice's birthday party, Allen has another date with her.  It is looking like Alice has no problem with "eau de manure" in fact it looks like our boy is smitten too.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A Day in the Life: January 12th


Alice Warn Cass 1st row, second from left; Ivory School 1896 (?)

In celebration, I will be making her mother-in-law's (Nora Babcock Cass) cake and frosting it with her  daughter's (Mabel Cass Lucas) chocolate frosting.  If all turns out according to plan I shall post the recipes and a picture soon.

(Aged 14)
Wea.                                              SUN. JAN. 12, 1896                       Ther.  33

Went over after grandma + ma + her went to church.  I did not have to go.  Ma was pretty cross when she got home.

(Aged 16)
Wea.   Rainy                                 WED. JAN. 12, 1898                      Ther.  40

Went to school rode with Leon Page drove a cart --it was sleighing yesterday.  Was going to church but it rained.

After school went up to Morgan Clark’s office + hear(d) a trial for assult (sic) + battery.  Wrote two letters one to Frank Warn and one to France Long.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                              THUR. JAN. 12, 1899                    Ther. 

Went to school.  Rode down with Ed Bragg + home with Lou Shaw. 
In eve Pa + Ma + Rollie went down to the Burg to church.  I stayed home and read “Thaddeus of Warsaw”.  I read 100 pages of it.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              FRI. JAN. 12, 1900                         Ther.

Drew 4 loads of manure.  In eve went to a party at Alice Warn’s

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              SAT. JAN. 12, 1901                        Ther.

Alice + I came home today.  It is her birthday.  She is twenty one and “boss”.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              SUN.  JAN.  12, 1902                      Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Frankie Kineston came up to borrow a horse collar. 

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              MON.  JAN.  12, 1903                    Ther.

Alice did her washing to home.  Rode up to John Smedley’s.

(Aged 22)
Wea.                                              TUE. JAN. 12, 1904                        Ther.

Worked in the woods for Lyle Coe all day.  Alice’s birthday she is 24 years old. 


Editor's Note:
    One wonders if it was church or grandma who put Ma in a bad mood in 1896. 

Allen’s curiosity in watching the trial is fantastic.  He doesn’t seem to be there because he knows who the person on trial is but he’s there because of what it is.

Glad to see he’s still reading “Thaddeus of Warsaw”.  I took a look at my link and thought “not for me”.

As for Alice’s birthday through the years, I hope Allen bathed before the party in 1900 after a day working in manure.  Unfortunately for Alice, she doesn’t always get a big birthday shout out from her love in these journals.  In fact, the "washing" entry sort of pings at how quickly their lives moved from romancing to reality.  In 1903, Alice had two children under 3 years old.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A Day in the Life: January 11th

(Aged 14)
Wea.  Clear                                   SAT. JAN. 11, 1896                         Ther.   24

Stayed at home helped Geo Walters kill 1 one year old beef.
Went up to Burt’s Mill 2 trips with Geo Walters drawing logs for a barn.
Allen aged 14 at home, September 1896

(Aged 16)
Wea. cloudy                                  TUE. JAN. 11, 1898                        Ther.   34

Went to school.  Rec’d a letter from Frank Warn also one from France Long.  Rode to school + back with Leon Page. 
Ma+ Rollie went down to Grandma Mason’s but she wasn’t at home. 


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                              WED. JAN. 11, 1899                      Ther.

Got up at 5.30.  Rode down to school with Mearle Cowan + back with Pa. 
Pa + George are drawing bolts from the Webster place up to Bradley’s
It was awful cold this morning.  Mearle froze his nose the ther. was down to 16 below zero.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              THUR.  JAN. 11, 1900                   Ther.

Drew wood and corn stalks.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              FRI. JAN. 11, 1901                         Ther.

In A.M. took Alice home.  In P.M. went up to Miles Coes to have his guns fixed.  After that I went up to (?) and it rained so we had to stay all night there.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              SAT.  JAN.  11, 1902                      Ther.

I was sick all day with a cold.  Pearle, Ruth, Pa + Ma came over.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              SUN.  JAN.  11, 1903                      Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Did the chores.  Pa, Ma + Rollie came over in the evening.


(Aged 22)
Wea.                                                MON. JAN. 11, 1904                     Ther.

Went up to farm and stayed around home.  Lyle Coe paid me $5.00.


Editor's Note:
  Grandma Mason is not a relative.  I believe Mrs. Mason to be a very close friend of the family that is all since this is the first she is referred to as "grandma" and Allen is at his youngest in his diaries.  ADDENDUM:  I just unearthed some documents that suggest otherwise so TBC...

Also a NOTE BENE  I may have incorrectly suggested Lone Pine as the house Allen grew up in when in fact that is where he raised his family including my grandmother Mabel.  During the early diaries Allen was living in Valley Gate Farm built by his father Frank as seen here:
 L-R Rollie, Frank, Nora, Allen Valley Gate Farm, September  1896

Monday, January 10, 2011

A Day in the Life: January 10th

(Aged 14)
Wea. Clear                                    FRI. JAN. 10, 1896                         Ther.  23
Went to school and got a book out of the library by the name of Hans Brinker.

(Aged 16)
Wea. Rainy                                    MON. JAN. 10, 1898                     Ther.  34

Went to school.  Rec’d a letter + catalogue from Cash Buyer Union. (second paragraph is of interest).

Ask(ed) someone to go to a social Friday eve 21.  Geo. + Chas went over to Barnes + Chapples’ mill after wood for grandma.  Rode to school  + back with Leon Page.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                              TUE. JAN. 10, 1899                        Ther. 

Got up at 5:30 and done my chores.  Rode as far as Will Smith’s with George Walters than walked to school.  Rode with George Walters got Rollie a pair of rubber boots cost $1.75.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                               WED. JAN. 10, 1900                     Ther.

In A.M. stayed at home.  In P.M. Frank Warn + I went down and visited the school at the burg. 
Frank stayed all night with me.  Mattie Cowan made a date with me for Sunday eve.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                             THUR. JAN. 10, 1901                     Ther.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              FRI.  JAN.  10, 1902                      Ther.

Took a cow up to E.M. Vanderwarks.  Got $9 for her.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              SAT.  JAN.  10, 1903                      Ther.

Worked in Joel’s (?) mill all day.

(Aged 22)
Wea.                                              SUN. JAN. 10, 1904                        Ther.

Stay at home all day.  Bought a buggy from Dell (?) Robinson for $4.00.  In eve went to church with Alice.


Editor's Note:  * “Got up and eat and went to bed.  Fixed the bobsleds.” apparently is the DITTO here.   This seems to be the obligation to the journal kicking in when the desire is lacking.  I’m sure Allen had to have done a few other things on the next day otherwise those bobsleds really weren't a bargain.

How wonderful to think of 14-year-old Allen reading about Hans on the frozen canals half a world away.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

A Day in the Life: January 9th

(Aged 14)
Wea. Stormy                                 THUR. JAN. 9, 1896                      Ther. 30

Went to school got a ride home with Gust Munson’s team.

(Aged 16)
Wea.  Clear                                   SUN. JAN. 9, 1898                           Ther.   34

I went over after grandma and we all went up the Hollow to S. School.  I took my bicycle out + rode it out to the watering trough + back but the snow had melted so it cut through + slid.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                              MON. JAN. 9, 1899                        Ther. 

Pa + Geo are drawing bolts with both trams.  I rode to school with pa + home with Ada Page.  Filby is made (sic) as can be but Mabel returns smile for smile. 

I brought a football bladder home and patched it.  It is fair sleighing.  Snowed all day nearly.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              TUE. JAN. 9, 1900                         Ther.

Stayed at home in the A.M.

In the P.M.  Pa, Jud + I went up to John Rhode’s and got 3 cows paid $100 for them.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              WED. JAN. 9, 1901                        Ther.

Got up and eat and went to bed.  Fixed the bobsleds.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              THUR.  JAN.  9, 1902                    Ther.

Ray + I went over to the river and got 4 cows 2 for Pa and two for me paid $35 for one 9.50 for the other.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              FRI. JAN.  9, 1903                          Ther.

Went up to the surprise on Alice’s folks.  They gave their two chairs and some money.

(Aged 22)
Wea.                                              SAT . JAN. 9, 1904                         Ther.

Worked in woods all day. Quite cold.  In eve got pay for the work of J(?) $12.50.  Got shaved + bought Alice a book + 2 (?) Grandma was down all day.


Editor's Note:  Okay, so the ride into Frewsburg to the Baptist church seemed to pay off for Allen since Filby is mad and Mabel is full of smiles.

The mill work is must likely referring to saw mills.  The area was known for its pine forests and lumber was an important industry to the community.  

Cows seemed to range from the low end of $10 to the high end of $35 per head.