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Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Corruption of Young Man Blaine

A Day in the Life: January, 29th

(Aged 14)
Wea.    clear                                 WED. JAN. 29, 1896                       Ther.  25

Went to school.  Blaine came home with me + stayed all night.   Smoked cigarettes coming home.
Not really so pure and sweet.                                             

(Aged 16)
Wea.    clear                                  SAT. JAN. 29, 1898                        Ther.   16

Stayed at home all day.  Pa + Ma went to the burg.  It is Caucus.  In the evening Chas Slater and I went down to get Geo Walters 2 6” stove pipe elbows.  Went up to Chase’s Hall.  I got a cigar + brought it home to pa.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             SUN. JAN. 29, 1899                        Ther. 

Stayed at home all day.  In eve went down to the burg to Church.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                               MON. JAN. 29, 1900                    Ther.

Awful cold 8 below zero.  In P.M. drew grandma a load of wood and brought back a load of manure.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              TUE. JAN. 29, 1901                      Ther.

Drew a load of bolts to the mill and loaded part of another.  Alice and Ma went to Jamestown to see Pa.  He is better and thinks he will be home Saturday.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              WED.  JAN.  29, 1902                   Ther.

Ray went to the factory brought the cart over I bot (sic) of(f) pa for $2.50.
In eve pa came over.  Ray + I skidded logs. 

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              THUR.  JAN.  29, 1903                  Ther.



(Aged 22)
Wea.                                               FRI. JAN. 29, 1904                        Ther.

Worked up to mill.


Editor's Note: 
It was at age 17 that Frank said "quit or leave home" to Allen over tobacco.  But here was our young hero at 14 years old smoking cigarettes with his younger cousin Blaine.  Blaine, the son of Aunt Em (Babcock Fenton)  was around 10 or 11  years old at this time.  Obviously, we can't be sure Blaine smoked too because of how it is written.  However, we can be sure he was sworn to secrecy.

I'm wondering if the Caucus in 1898 was for Frank's job as Justice of the Peace?  Perhaps Allen bought the cigar as celebration present.

I will pursue what Chase Hall might be.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Did Allen Learn to Hunt From Elmer Fudd?

A Day in the Life: January 28th

(Aged 14)
Wea.   clear                                   TUE. JAN. 28, 1896                       Ther.  24

Went to school.  Aunt Em + Grandma Mason were here.                         

(Aged 16)
Wea.   stormy                                FRI. JAN. 28, 1898                         Ther.   24

Went to school had an examination in Physiology.  Elmer Warn rode home with me.  Geo Walters went to Falconer with a load of logs. 

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                              SAT. JAN. 28, 1899                         Ther. 

Got up at 7 o’clock then after breakfast Glen + I went hunting.  We didn’t kill anything but I shot at a partridge.

It is awful cold down to zero.  Glen went home + I stayed home in the P.M.

Two Partridge having a bit of a laugh

 (Aged 18)
Wea.                                              SUN. JAN. 28, 1900                        Ther.

Stayed at home in A.M.
In P.M. went to SS (Sunday School) at Ivory.  Alice and I were to go riding in eve but it was too stormy.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                               MON. JAN. 28, 1901                    Ther.

Drew a load of bolts to Frewsburg and had the horses shod cost me $2.40.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              TUE.  JAN.  28, 1902                     Ther.

In P.M. went over to pa’s.  In P.M. Lawrence, Ray + I cut logs.  Pearl is here.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              WED.  JAN.  28, 1903                    Ther.


(Aged 22)
Wea.                                               THUR. JAN. 28, 1904                    Ther.

Worked up to mill all day.


Editor's Note:  Aunt Em is Nora's sister Emma Babcock Fenton.  As previously discovered, Grandma Mason was Nora and Emma's step-mother.  Their father Harry Babcock was a serial monogamist who was married for his entire adult life to a succession of three women.  He was widowed twice before he married Mrs. Mason who outlived him to marry one Lyman Mason.  I can't find that she had children of her own but she certainly raised Nora and Emma who were young when their mother Lydia Stryker passed away.

I think Glen and Allen ought to have found other hunting buddies since they seem to be an unlucky duo.  Now I'm no hunter and one probably does come up empty more often than not in the sport but it seems to me Allen never gets his "wabbit".

And our developing romance between Alice and Allen is off to a slow start this month due to inclement weather.  Sure it was fine when they were sleighing but now dates are getting called off way too often for my liking.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

"...never hated to do a thing as bad in my life as I did that".

 A Day in the Life: January 27th

(Aged 14)
Wea.   Clear                                  MON. JAN. 27, 1896                     Ther.   28

Went to school. In morning my arm was worse at night it was a little better.        

(Aged 16)
Wea. Snowy                                  THU. JAN. 27, 1898                      Ther.  30

Went to school.  Glendine Taylor + Lydia Lawson  rode down with me.  Had examination in U.S. History and reading.  Between time I went up to a part of Clyde Putnam’s house also to a law suit.  In eve. Fred Bingham was here.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                              FRI. JAN. 27, 1899                         Ther. 

Went to school in the A.M. and had examination in drawing.  In P.M. Glen and I went hunting started five rabbits and I shot at one but didn’t hit him.
It is awful cold + the wind blows hard. Glen will stay all night with me tonight as it was so cold he couldn’t go home.
Another gem found @

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              SAT. JAN. 27, 1900                         Ther.

Pa went to the burg.  I drew a load of wood.  Ma + Rollie went over to Page’s.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                               SUN. JAN. 27, 1901                       Ther.

I worked doing chores until about one o’clock.  In eve I took Alice to church but never hated to do a thing as bad in my life as I did that.  Took a bath after we came home.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              MON.  JAN.  27, 1902                    Ther.

Chas Wigrene sent his milk for the last time yesterday.

(Aged 21) 
Wea.                                              TUE.  JAN.  27, 1903                      Ther.

Ma came over in P.M.  Pa + Rollie came over in evening.

(Aged 22) 
Wea.                                                WED. JAN. 27, 1904                      Ther.

Lyle, Jim + I all went up to mill + worked.


Editor's Note: 
Allen is still not throwing any snowballs nor is he catching rabbits a few years later.  But how can anyone not laugh aloud at his comment regarding driving Alice to church?  What made the experience so miserable?  It is even hilarious that it seems he had to wash the whole thought of it off him in the rare bath.

Curious about the milk ending.  Not sure what this means.  Did Allen have enough cows of his own? Were they in a co-op?  I will pursue.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

RIP "Old Tom" You Were a Fine Horse.

A Day in the Life: January 26th
(Aged 14)
Wea. cloudy                                     SUN. JAN. 26, 1896         Ther.  34

Stayed at home.  Pa + Ma went over to Sarah Babbits.  My arm is worse.                    

(Aged 16)
Wea.   snowy                                 WED. JAN. 26, 1898                      Ther.   24

Went to school.  Had examination in El. English.  Elmer Warn rode down + back from school with me.  We have got a sleigh ride started now it is sleighing.  In evening drove over to grandma’s + then went up to the King's Sons + Daughters  meeting. 

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                              THUR. JAN. 26, 1899                     Ther. 

In A.M. cut brush on the Webster Place.  In P.M. Glen came down with his dogs and gun and we went hunting but didn’t kill anything but started two rabbits just about dark and while the dogs were running the last one an awful wind + snow storm came up + covered the ground  in a few minutes.  It covered us too.

Glen is going to stay all night with me.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              FRI. JAN. 26, 1900                         Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  It stormed awful.  In eve there was a meeting of the Trustees of the Baptist Church here.  I was to take Alice to a lecture at the burg but it stormed so we did not go.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                               SAT. JAN. 26, 1901                        Ther.

Frank came but Charlie was sick so he could not come.  I cut bolts with Frank.  Ma, Grandma and Rollie went up to see Pa.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              SUN.  JAN.  26, 1902                      Ther.

Ray went up to Factory.  I took Alice up home and came back to Pa’s.  Old Tom was taken sick with the colic.  I drove him home and took him up to Shaw’s.  I sent for Dr. Bender but he didn’t do any good.  Tom died about 11 A.M. today.
Frank Cass on who we believe to be "Old Tom"


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              MON.  JAN.  26, 1903                    Ther.

Took Alice over to Pa’s to do her washing.   Dave drew out manure.  I took him up to Jamestown in the evening.  He gives me a dollar. 
We went to the theatre.  We saw all sorts of tricks.


(Aged 22) 
Wea.                                                TUE. JAN. 26, 1904                      Ther.

Jim + I worked up in woods.


Editor's Note: 
Allen's snowball-throwing injury worsens.  Mrs. Babbit gets a mention and a visit but, as of yet, not found in the Census of the time.

In 1898, Allen is heading off to a relatively new religious order.  As noted in the history I attached it was simply for the King's Daughters at first and the Sons were a late addition.  Allen does not consciously mind the afterthought though he does transpose the placement of Sons in front of Daughters in the title of the group.

Allen and Glen are first cousins.  I believe they have hunted together before but they never seem to have much luck.  I can imagine the snowstorm that blew up so well. 

Cutting bolts has been deciphered!  It refers to a lumber and I will post on it soon.

Poor Old Tom.   Colic in horses seems to be fairly dangerous.  Dr. Bender was a veterinarian from Jamestown.  Between the summons and his arrival, Old Tom probably just couldn't hold on.  I am curious as to how old "Old Tom" was and if he was once just called Tom.  There is more than a good chance that it is Old Tom that Frank is riding on given the 25-30 year lifespan of a horse.

A year later Allen is off to town watching magic tricks with his hired man Dave while Alice is doing her washing at her in-laws.  Something doesn't seem fair.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Nobody Really Skates on Thin Ice

A Day in the Life: January 25th
(Aged 14)
Wea.    cloudy                               SAT. JAN. 25, 1896                        Ther.    40

Helped Geo Walters draw 2 loads of hay,  In the P.M. Carson Russell was here.  My arm was strained throwing snowballs.
Image found @

(Aged 16)
Wea.  Snowy                                TUE. JAN. 25, 1898                       Ther.   24

Went to school.  Had an examination in Arithmetic and Geography was pretty hard.  Elmer Warn rode home with me.  Ed Harrington and his wife was down in the evening.  Chas + I went skating but the ice was too thin. 

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                              WED. JAN. 25, 1899                     Ther. 

Went down on the Webster Place and cut brush in the A. M.
In P.M. went up to Will Rhode’s and got his tackle blocks (Block and Tackle) to lift up that cow that got hurt by the roof.

In eve went down to the burg to church so did Frank + Elmer Warn.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                               THUR. JAN. 25, 1900                  Ther.

Drew manure + corn stalks had a cow come in.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                               FRI. JAN. 25, 1901                       Ther.

Charlie came but Frank did not.  Charlie and I cut bolts all day.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              SAT.  JAN.  25, 1902                       Ther.

Ray + I went over to Onoville to see Sutton’s cows but didn’t get any.  Got $5.50 of(f) Pat Laughland for drawing lumber. 

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              SUN.  JAN.  25, 1903                       Ther.

Grandma, Alice + I all went over to Pa’s for dinner.  We brought Willard home.

(Aged 22)
Wea.                                               MON. JAN. 25, 1904                       Ther.

Lyle + I went up and worked on mill.


Editor's Note: 
I almost forgot about that cow that had the roof come in on it.  I thought for sure she didn't make it but here they are righting her...I believe. 

In 1900 I think the cow came in because their is a cold snap coming...And where exactly does all this manure get "drawn to"?  I believe Allen is mucking out the barn but where does one put it in the middle of winter?  I am too far from my farming roots.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Regents Exams: torturing students for over 100 years!

 A Day in the Life: January 24th

(Aged 14)
Wea.  Cloudy                                FRI. JAN. 24, 1896                       Ther.  38

Went to school.  Will Wate + Charles Anderson had a lawsuit here.                     

(Aged 16)
Wea.   Windy                                MON. JAN. 24, 1898                     Ther. 24

Stayed at home in A.M. till about 11.30 then went to school + took regents exam in Adv. English.  We have regents examinations all this week + they are not very easy.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                              TUE. JAN. 24, 1899                       Ther. 

Drove to school.  Had an examination in Geography.  Ma went down and went to a fasting meeting.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                               WED. JAN. 24, 1900                     Ther.

Pa + I went to the burg to buy a cow but didn’t.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              THUR. JAN. 24, 1901                    Ther.

Things easily forgotten...
Charlie Slater came over in the morning and I hired him to cut bolts.  Frank did not come down so we drove up after him.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              FRI.  JAN.  24, 1902                       Ther.

Ray + Laurence cut wood.  I went over to Pa’s.  Rollie has the measles.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              SAT.  JAN.  24, 1903                       Ther.

Dave drew the last of the bolts up to Smedley’s .
Alice + I went up to the theatre.  The play was “East Lyme”.  We also went to the shoe sales.   We left Willard over to Pa’s.

(Aged 22)
Wea.                                                SUN. JAN. 24, 1904                      Ther.

Stayed at home all day.


Editor's Note:
  Rollie has the measles at the same time Allen has a two-month-old baby at home!  Get out of that house already there's no Purell or vaccines yet!  The Wikipedia article I linked to says that the current strain of measles around today probably developed in the beginning of the 20th Century shortly after Uncle Rollie had it.   I have to believe he was on the cutting edge.

Regarding the lawsuit in 1896, if not previously mentioned, Frank Cass was Justice of the Peace.

And, I can say without reservation that I'd want no part of a "fasting meeting".  Somehow I doubt it was a Weight Watchers gathering --quite likely it was religious of origin.

Sadly, I couldn't find information on the play.  While Allen's handwriting is usually very easy to read sometimes I get thrown.  The play could be "East Hymn"  Or "Coast Lyme," etc.  I Googled all likely possibilities and came up empty.   I wonder what shoes they bought!  All-in-all a pretty good date.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

A Day in the Life: January 23rd

Allen Frank Cass' initials carved into the Fenton Barn photographed 1999
(Aged 14)
Wea. Rainy                                   THUR. JAN. 23, 1896                     Ther. 34

Went to school.  It rained most all day.  R.A. Tracy and Jake Springer were here.                     

(Aged 16)
Wea. snowy                                  SUN JAN. 23, 1898                   Ther. 36-26

This morning it was warm + not a bit of snow on the ground but before noon we had a regular blizzard + the ground is all white.
Stayed at home all day. 

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                              MON. JAN. 23, 1899                      Ther. 

Drove to school.  Had an examination in 1st year English don’t know as I passed.
Bessie Traver rode home with me.
In eve Pa + Ma went to church with Ed Harrington. 
Rollie + I stayed home.  I wrote a letter to Vernie White.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                               TUE. JAN. 23, 1900                      Ther.

Stayed at home and worked. 
In eve took Alice down to the burg to a lecture given by Dr. Killings.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                               WED. JAN. 23, 1901                      Ther.

Sawed bolts all day with Frank besides doing the chores.  Ma and Rollie went to the lecture at Frewsburg.  I was so tired I did not care to go.  Frank Harrington (?) came over in the evening. 

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              THUR.  JAN.  23, 1902                  Ther.

Ray went to factory.  I went over to Pa’s.  I got dinner as Alice was sick.  In P.M. Ray and Laurence sawed wood.  Ed Harrington sent his milk for the last time.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              FRI.  JAN.  23, 1903                      Ther.

Drew up wood.

(Aged 22)  
Wea.                                               SAT. JAN. 23, 1904                        Ther.

Stayed at home all day.


Editor's Note:  Sawing bolts; Cutting bolts, what does it mean?  I have never heard of a bolt of wood.  I did happen upon a possible Farm Blacksmithing connection.  Well,  Allen was pounding irons the other day but where did he get it all if this is the case?  When did he get skilled as a Smith?

Sadly, I couldn't turn up anything on Dr. Killings to find out what the lecture may have been on.  Does not sound like a hot date in any case.  The name isn't very appealing for one thing.