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Saturday, February 12, 2011

"Had a pretty good time with the girls"

A Day in the Life: February 12th

(Aged 14)
Wea. Clear                                   WED. FEB. 12, 1896                     Ther. 

Went to school.  Got a ride home with Edwin Warn
(Aged 16)
Wea.   Cold                                  SAT. FEB. 12, 1898                        Ther. 30

Grandma, Rollie + I went up to Aunt May’s.  I went to see about buying some cows guess we will get them.  The roads are getting awful muddy.
(Aged 17)
Wea.                                              SUN. FEB. 12, 1899                       Ther. 

Got up at 6.30 + done my chores.  Took a bath + changed my clothes in A.M.  In P.M. went up to S.S. Had a pretty good time with the girls.  It’s quite cold.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                               MON. FEB. 12, 1900                    Ther.

Stayed at home all day grandma came over.  In A.M. drew wood I drew grandma a load.  Ma took her home.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                               TUE. FEB. 12, 1901                      Ther.

Made myself a crudel (?) in the morning.  (Cudgel?)

(Aged 20)

Wea.                                              WED.  FEB.  12, 1902                   Ther.

Cold Cow
Rollie + I done the chores etc.  Had a brindle cow come in got her of(f) Pat Laughland + sent for milking tubes.  Ray + Harvey were down in eve.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              THUR.  FEB.  12, 1903                 Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Dave drew manure sold the bells to Dave.


Editor's Note:  I couldn't actually find a picture of a brindle cow in the public domain but a cow in the snow would be fairly accurate as well.  Brindle is a specific coat on animals. 

 And could it be any plainer about Allen's true "spiritual" motivation to go to Sunday School?

Friday, February 11, 2011

The Checkered Chicken: Diaries of a Farm Boy

The Checkered Chicken: Diaries of a Farm Boy: "In 1881, my great-grandfather Allen Frank Cass was born on his family’s farm in Western New York state. Fifteen years later he began t..."

Snowed-in in the Burg...Sort of

A Day in the Life: February 11th

(Aged 14)
Wea. Stormy                                TUE. FEB. 11, 1896                       Ther. 

Went to school.  Pa went down to the burg + let me stay all night at Mrs. Mason’s.  It stormed + blowed all day + drifted the road full.  It was a terible (sic) day.

Especially when you are snowed in and your grandma Mason will happily spoil you. 
 Postcard available for purchase here.

(Aged 16)
Wea.   Cloudy                               FRI. FEB. 11, 1898                        Ther. 36

Went to school got Topise shod.  Raymond Harrington rode home with me.  The snow is nearly all gone + it is getting kind of muddy.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                              SAT FEB. 11, 1899                         Ther. 

Stayed at home all day.  Pa + Ma went to the burg and brought home my pictures that came from town by mail. 

The thermometer is 22 below zero this morning.  George Walters took a load of logs to Falconer.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                               SUN. FEB. 11, 1900                      Ther.

Stayed at home in A.M. In P.M. went to S.S. at Ivory.  In eve Frank Warn and I went to the burg to church.  He went home with Jennie Danielson + Clara Longquist.  I took Bessie Traver home.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                               MON. FEB. 11, 1901                    Ther.

Went to the burg with a grist in A.M. In P.M. Aunt Addie and Bernice came down.  I drew wood from the Walters farm and took them part way home and also part of a load for grandma.
I brought her over in P.M.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              TUE.  FEB.  11, 1902                     Ther.

Pearle came down.  Rollie + I done chores + drew up some wood + pine roots.  Loren Scott brought a man down to hire out.  He comes Sunday to work a week + longer if we like each other.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              WED.  FEB.  11, 1903                    Ther.

Went to the factory in the A.M.  Ma came over in P.M.  Traded the old buggy to Arnie Shaw for some bells and a watch.



Editor's Note:  Aunt Ada is Frank's older sister Adaline Eccles.  Yes, that's right Frank Cass' two sisters each married an Eccles brother.  Ada had two daughters but the first, Myrtle, died quite young, in fact it is likely her second, surviving daughter Bernice never knew her sister.  Bernice was a few years younger than her cousin Allen. 

22 below zero!  That is brutal.  I hope it warmed up before everyone went out about their business.  This was before we even considered wind chill factor. 

Thursday, February 10, 2011

An Evening at the Theater Ripples Through Time

A Day in the Life: February 10th

(Aged 14)
Wea.                                             MON. FEB. 10, 1896                      Ther.

Went to school.

(Aged 16)
Wea.  Cloudy                                THUR. FEB. 10, 1898                    Ther. 38

Went to school.  Glendine Taylor + Lydia Lawson rode down with me.  In evening drew a map of South America + Chas Wygren was over to see about renting the Webster place.  Our sleighing is nearly gone.  I drove a buggy today.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                              FRI. FEB. 10, 1899                        Ther. 

Drove horse + cutter to school.  Bessie Traver rode up from school with me.  It is awful cold the thermometer is 18 below.
In eve I took Bessie Traver up to Cora Love’s to a surprise on her.  Had a fine time there were about 40 young folks there.
Frank Warn was there + we talked about trading maybe we will we will know next Fri eve.
Got home from the party at 2.45 A.M. with the thermometer at 16 below zero.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              SAT. FEB. 10, 1900                       Ther.

Worked all A.M.  In P.M. slept.  In eve Mearle Cowan and I went to town to the theatre had a good time. The play was "Unkle Tom’s Cabin".
Mabel Cass Lucas' very own copy.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              SUN. FEB. 10, 1901                      Ther.

Alice + I went to church in the morning.  We also took a bath in evening.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              MON.  FEB.  10, 1902                  Ther.

Went to factory + done chores.  Brined cows hay.  Rollie came over to help me do chores.  In P.M. went up to Lows Scotts to hire a man but he wasn’t there.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              TUE.  FEB.  10, 1903                     Ther.

In P.M. went up to Andrews.  The horses are just the same.  I went to Jamestown after some medicine for them.  I hired Hiley Markham to work for me this summer.  Dave drew up the rest of the logs.


Editor's Note:  I shouldn't complain about it being 16 below here with me today because it was at least that and more for Allen and he was in an open cutter.  I have a heated car.  I don't know how they stood it.

I hope we find out what Frank and Allen were considering trading.  I hope it wasn't girlfriends. 

Brining hay is salting it to preserve it.

It would seem Allen really liked "Uncle Tom's Cabin" since his daughter Mabel would own the Little Folks edition one day.  I can't help but believe he bought it for her.  It was a favorite of hers because it was saved for us.  I love seeing how things ripple out through the years.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

January Roundup 1904

January Roundup 1903

January Roundup 1902

January Roundup 1901

January Roundup 1900

January Roundup 1899

Allen is Perplexed by Women's Prerogative to be Inexplicably Annoyed

A Day in the Life: February 9th

(Aged 14)
Wea. Snowy                                SUN. FEB. 9, 1896                          Ther.  26

The snow is drifted in some places it is 3 ft + in some 6”

(Aged 16)
Wea.   Cloudy                              WED. FEB. 9, 1898                        Ther. 36

Went to school rode both ways with Leon Page.  In evening Frank Quaint +May Walters + Lilian Towns were here to have some papers drew up.  Ma went over to Nettie Hunts to a social.  Chas Slater went to a party down to Claus Bensons.
(Aged 17)
Wea.                                              THUR. FEB. 9, 1899                         Ther. 

Drove horse + cutter to school it is awful windy + cold.  Ma says its the coldest day we have had this winter.  Got a check for pa from the basket factory.

Bessie is going with me tomorrow eve.

Thermometer is 14 below zero.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              FRI. FEB. 9, 1900                         Ther.

Lone Pine (where Grandma lived in 1900) just down the road from the Page Farm.
Worked some.  In eve took Alice Warn to a surprise party on Leon Page had a fine time there was about 45 present.  Alice got mad at me for some reason and said she wouldn’t go anywhere.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              SAT. FEB. 9, 1901                         Ther.

Pa + Ma went to town in A.M. and I did chores.  In P.M. drew wood and also took a load over to Grandma’s.  Alice hurried me all day.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              SUN.  FEB.  9, 1902                      Ther.

Took Ruth home.  In eve Earle Stevens left.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              MON.  FEB.  9, 1903                    Ther.

We came home in A.M. and I slept in the P.M.  Dave drew up a load of logs to Irwin Co(?) mill.

(Aged 22) 

Wea.                                              TUE. FEB. 9, 1904                        Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE - The journal entries end here for 1904.


Editor's Note:  So Bessie agrees to the go to the party with Allen after letting him sweat about it for 24 hours but clearly that romance does not take off like it does with Alice Warn the following year.

Alice knows how to get Allen's attention by throwing a wee tantrum confusing him but at the same time successfully making him realize how much her good opinion matters to him or it wouldn't have been noted in his journal.  Crafty.

Oh, who knows?  Do we think Allen was flirting with other girls and making Alice cross?  Some how I feel Alice was at least feeling slighted even if she wasn't.  By now they have been dating a month and it seems like they are becoming exclusive.  In fact, this event could have been their moment of crisis so to speak.   Maybe it lead directly into the "Well, what do you want out of this relationship?" talk.  Allen did summarizes by saying they had a fine time so we don't know if she let him take her home in the end.  Very funny and sweet.   She does get her man and just one year later is hurrying him along.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

All Sorts of Going Ons

A Day in the Life: February 8th
(Aged 14)
Wea.  Snowy                                SAT. FEB. 8, 1896                         Ther.  25

Helped draw 2 loads of hay.
Allen's diaries

(Aged 16)
Wea.    Cloudy                             TUE. FEB. 8, 1898                         Ther. 38

Went to school.  Pa went down as the board met.  Chas. Rhodes was found dead in Mrs. Dingley’s barn last night.  Ma stayed at home Rollie went to school.  Rec’d a letter from Frank Warn.
(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             WED. FEB. 8, 1899                        Ther. 

Drove horse + cutter to school.
Lydia Lawson + Bess Traver rode up with me from school.  Alton, Jim + I were in the laboratory the second division. 

In eve Ed harrington came down.  I ask (sic) Bessie Traver to go to the party up to Loves with me.  She is going to tell me tomorrow.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             THUR. FEB. 8, 1900                      Ther.

Went to factory with the milk + skidded logs.  About 2 o’clock Mearle Cowan, Jay Helmick + I went hunting but didn’t get anything.  Ma, grandma + Rollie went to the burg.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              FRI. FEB. 8, 1901                          Ther.

Frank + I cut fence posts in P.M.  I never reached home until 8.00 P.M.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              SAT.  FEB.  8, 1902                       Ther.

Ray came down and got his clothes.  Earle found my fountain in his pocket.  Very Stormy.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              SAT.  FEB.  8, 1903                        Ther.

Andrew’s horses are sick.  Pa + I went up to see them and then came home to dinner.  Alice + I went up in afternoon again and stayed all night.  One of the cows had twin calves.

(Aged 22) 
Wea.                                                SUN. FEB. 8, 1904                      Ther.

Went up to farm.  Grandma’s cow is sick


Editor's Note:  Chas Rhodes, I believe, was a 65 year-old carpenter.  I wonder if he was helping Mrs. Dingley fix something in the barn and had an accident.  I haven't found an obit.  Chas was married to Juliet Rhodes who is widowed and living with her sister in the 1900 Census. 

A Cutter is an open sleigh that usually only seats two.  Hello Bessie Travers.  I like that she is taking the night to think on Allen's invitation.

Another fruitless hunting excursion. 

In 1902 I am uncertain what is happening but if you recall, Ray left the day before and did not return.  Now he has come for his clothes suggesting finality of the working arrangement.  Also there is now Earle eager to work in Ray's stead but what I don't know is in whose pocket Allen's fountain pen was found.  Did Earle simply pick it up himself by accident or did Earle find it in Ray's pocket as Ray was gathering to go?  It would be a way for Earle to make sure the bridge was burned between Ray and Allen so he couldn't change his mind.  Is it obvious I enjoy speculating?

Everyone is seriously worried about Alice's father Andrew Warn's horses.  I wonder what it is that they all are ill?  Don't know who owns the twin calves between Allen and Andrew.

Clearly it's a hardship to lose your animals and the following year it is grandma's turn to worry over her cow.

Monday, February 7, 2011

"I nearly killed myself by taking a summer salt"

(Aged 14)
Wea. Snowy                                 FRI. FEB. 7, 1896                           Ther.  30

Went to school.                      

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

Went to school rode down with Leon Page rode home with Josh Maxwell.  Had an invitation to the party Friday eve every girl asks a boy + Allie Smedley ask me but I told her I was engaged + I do expect to go riding.  Pa + Ma went to Sinclairville + bought the Webster Place.

The Ivory School around 1897-1898

I realize I've posted this before but now just about every girl has been mentioned.  Not sure who is who except for Alice Warn.  Likely, the first column of names is the back row and the second column is the first row.


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

Went to school.  Lydia Lawson + Bessie Traver rode up with me.  Pa drew logs.  In eve went up to Maxwell’s to a surprise party.  Had a fine time.  There were about 60 or 70 present and only 5 girls but they were all right.

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

Stayed at home until about 3 P.M. wehn I went to the burg to get a cow of Mrs. Binnel.  John Glaspy came up + stayed all night with me.  Pa + Ma went to town.  I wrote a letter to Casser Conner, May Rowley, Mabel Spencer + Mabel White.

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

Pa went up on the hill and Alice rode up home with him.  I cut fence posts up on Springers all day. Took my dinner.  I nearly killed myself by taking a summer salt (sic) over the horses head.
I went up after Alice and then in eve went to the burg.

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

Earle Steven commence work.  We cut wood in A.M.  In P.M. I went to the burg. J. Smith went down with me.  Ruth came down.

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

Alice + I went to town.

(Aged 22)
Wea.                                              SUN. FEB. 7, 1904                          Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Aunt Sally Woodward was buried today.


Editor's Note: 

Aunt Sally Woodward would have been Allen's great-great Aunt, or his grandmother Diantha's Aunt if you prefer.  Sally Woodward had been married to Pierce Woodward the younger brother of Reuben Woodward, Diantha's father.  Sally would have been about 86 years old at the time of her death.  So, pretty good innings.  The Woodwards are a very interesting branch of the family and our link to the American Revolution.  I'll be getting into them more as we go along. 

Cutting fence posts at the Springers!  There they are again and still no first name.

Still working on the discovering where the Webster Place was but clearly it was part of Frank Cass' plan to become a local land-baron. 

Poor Alice Smedley.  How mortifying.  And Allen knows he better make sure he has other plans that night.  I find his entry on the matter racked with guilt abated only by the promise to himself of other as of yet unmade plans for the evening. "Expect to go riding" indeed.  He better have.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Parties, Lectures and Baths = Romance

A Day in the Life: February 6th

(Aged 14)
Wea.                                             THUR. FEB. 6, 1896                Ther.  32

Went to school.
(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            SUN. FEB. 6, 1898                     Ther. 34 above

Stayed at home in A.M.  In P.M. went up the Hollow with Ma + Rollie to S.S.  Had an invitation to a Valentine Party next Friday Eve up to Will Rhode’s.  Elmer Warn asked me.                    

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             MON. FEB. 6, 1899                        Ther. 

Had an invitation to a surprise party up to Cora Love’s for next Fri eve. + Nellie Towns ask me yesterday.
Droved (sic) to school.  A part of the Physics class including me experimented the last division today.

Lydia Lawson rode up with me tonight.  Pa + George Walters have been drawing logs + bolts today. 
I brought my Algebra home and got part of my lesson for tomorrow.
In eve drove over + told Sib Miller + Chas Anderson not to cut any more logs but to cut bolts.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                               TUE. FEB. 6, 1900                      Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  In eve took Alice down to the burg to a lecture by Prof. Hawks the celebrated southern humorist.  It was fine got home at midnight.
A.W. Hawks


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              WED. FEB. 6, 1901                       Ther.

Did chores and stayed around the house.  We took a bath in evening.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              THUR.  FEB.  6, 1902                  Ther.
Ray went home last night but didn’t come home.  Thom Becker was here to hire out.  Went to the burg with a grist.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              FRI.  FEB.  6, 1903                        Ther.

Dave + I went down and cut wood.

(Aged 22)
Wea.                                               SAT. FEB. 6, 1904                         Ther.

Stayed at home all day.


Editor's Note: 
It's really sweet how Allen writes Elmer Warn invited him to a Valentine's Day Party.  You know Elmer was just trying to build his posse up so he wouldn't have to enter the party on his own.   Filed under cool juxtaposition:  the next year Allen rides up from school with Lydia Lawson who is the future Mrs.  Elmer Warn.  I have come to realize that everyone "rode" with everyone.  It was a kind, neighborly thing to do and didn't always imply romance.

In 1901 "We took a bath".  Does he mean together or in succession?  He didn't exactly say baths now did he?  He was a newlywed after all but I'm thinking the bath might have been a bit small for some reason. Still...

In 1902, Ray's tenure as the hired man on Allen's farm seem to be drawing to a close.