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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Antedeluvian Corydon

A Day in the Life: February 19th

(Aged 14) 
Wea.  Stormy                               WED. FEB. 19, 1896                      Ther.

Went to school.
                    

(Aged 16)
Wea.  Cloudy                                SAT. FEB. 19, 1898                        Ther. 30

Went over to Corydon at Aunt Mary Ann's.  Had a good time.  Ma, Rollie + I went.  Asa printed us about 65 bills for our sale on the 15th of March.

Pa + Chas Slater went up to Unkle Gibs + brought down one of the cows that had come in.
Hand-colored photograph by Rollin Cass from the Corydon property of the Reeves

Both photos taken by Rollin Cass about 40 years apart


                     
(Aged 17)
Wea.                                            SUN. FEB. 19, 1899                         Ther. 

Stayed at home all day.  Pa + Asa went up to Maxwells to look at the cows.  I guess Asa will come out to Maxwell’s sale next Sat.  Asa went home about 2 o’clock.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             MON. FEB. 19, 1900                      Ther.

Went to school.

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

Helped the boys cut logs and bolts all day.  The man I hired did not show up.


(Aged 20)

Wea.                                             WED.  FEB.  19, 1902                     Ther.

Went to factory.  Alice went up home.  Gail came at noon.  We got a load of wood off the Webster place.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                             THUR.  FEB.  19, 1903                   Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE


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Editor's Note: I can't pretend that I wasn't really sad to learn the fate of Corydon, PA though Effie and Asa Reeves wouldn't live to know it.  Last night, in trying to decide on an illustration for this entry I looked up Corydon to see where it was on a map.  I was very surprised to see it was the other side of the Allegheny Reservoir and wondered how on earth the family crossed it to visit the Reeves...but of course it wasn't there in 1898.  It wasn't there until the 1960s when Corydon was razed and flooded for the Kinzua Dam.  Perhaps this is why I can't find any records of Effie and Asa's burials either.  They are quite likely under the Reservoir with the foundation of their homestead.  It wasn't just the people of Corydon who were displaced but Seneca land was taken as well.   I am not trying to deny the fact that flood control was necessary nor the ultimate importance of the Dam but that doesn't make Eminent Domain any less tragic for the families forced to leave their homes, their memories and the lives that they built.  I look back on my happy memories playing at Allegany State Park with different eyes now.  Each new generation builds on the foundations laid by the previous one but there is something unsettling about consciously walking on graves. 

I have to say this is where this genealogical undertaking becomes quite amazing.  I called my sister this morning and asked if she knew about Corydon and she said "Now I understand the pictures Uncle Rollie took".  Before I knew it I had the above pictures in my inbox.  On the back Uncle Rollie had written "All under water now."  It is our understanding that the photos were from the porch of our relative's home in Corydon.

Friday, February 18, 2011

"Hi-Ho the Dairy-O"

A Day in the Life: February 18th

(Aged 14)
Wea.                                             TUE. FEB. 18, 1896                         Ther.

Stayed at home all day was sick with a cold.    Pa+Ma went down to the burg it was town meeting.
                    
                   
(Aged 16)
Wea.  Rainy                                   FRI. FEB. 18, 1898                       Ther. 36

Went to school drove old Tom as Pa + Ma are going to drive Topsie up to Mrs. Bingham’s funeral.  She died Wed. night.  Had an invitation to a party down to Pangborn’s next Tues. eve.

                     
(Aged 17)
Wea.                                              SAT. FEB. 18, 1899                        Ther. 

Went to Jamestown with Asa.  Pa went to the burg with a grist.


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

Stayed at home all day.  Pa, Ma +Rollie went to S.S.  they brought me down a letter from May Rowley. In evening Bessie and I went riding then spent a part of the evening at her grandma’s.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                             MON. FEB. 18, 1901                      Ther.

Went to the burg with a grist.  Bought a dandy stave and two pitch forks, shovels, lantern, pails, etc. for $3.50.  Glenn Eccles came down with a fellow who wanted work.  I hired him a month for $10.00.  Don’t know whether he will come back or not.  Hired Herb Bragg + Will Burns to cut logs.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                             TUE.  FEB.  18, 1902                      Ther.

Drew a load of wood.  Gail North hired out to me.  My milking tubes came.

Butter wrapper from Allen's Dairy



(Aged 21) 
Wea.                                              WED.  FEB.  18, 1903                    Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE


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Editor's Note: I believe that Mrs. Bingham is Melinda Bingham who would have been 67 in 1898.  Her grave is located in Thayer Cemetery. 

In 1902 Allen seems to be making an effort to change over his family farm to a working dairy.  I don't know how long this endeavor lasted because one thing we continuously see is him working extra jobs in the local wood mills.  Before the dairy what was his main agricultural output?  How many animals did they have?  We're the pigs simply their own food supply?  I'll be interested to see if we ever learn more about the sheep the dogs harassed in 1896 again.  We hear a lot about grists being taken to the burg telling us they were crop farmers to some extent.  But the Cass family was also were part of the local logging industry as witnessed by the cutting of bolts and the drawing logs to the mills.  Additionally,  the Cass family once had their own saw mill during the early years of Carroll's settlement.  Pliny Cass owned Cass Tavern in Jamestown and, along with his son Judd (Frank's father), they owned a saw mill on Cass Run that operated seasonally.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

An Oyster Supper for 15 cents!

A Day in the Life: February 17th

(Aged 14)
Wea. Clear                                   MON. FEB. 17, 1896                      Ther. 10

Went to school.
                    

(Aged 16)
Wea.   Warm                                THUR. FEB. 17, 1898                    Ther. 37

Went to school drove the cutter but the sleighing is very poor.
Pa + Charles Slater cut some brush down on the Webster place.  Yale Simpson rode up with me.

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

Went to school drove horse + carriage.  In P.M. went up + saw Bradley for Pa.  In eve we had an oyster supper for the King’s Sons + Daughters.  There were about 70 people here they took in $11.00.
All the young folks had a fine time.

Broke up about 1 A.M.  I took Irma Bunce home got home at 2 o’clock.

William Bouguereau's  The Birth of Venus (love the oyster shell surfboard)

 Picture's location

Asa Reeves came out with a load of lumber to take to Jamestown.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              SAT. FEB. 17, 1900                        Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Killed a pig.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              SUN. FEB. 17, 1901                      Ther.

Did chores in A.M.  In P.M. Alice + I went for a ride.  We went nearly to the river.  In evening Frank + Irma came down to see us.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              MON.  FEB.  17, 1902                   Ther.

Alice went over to pa’s.  Pa + I went down on the Webster Place to get a load of wood.  Drew it up in the logs.  Lawrence came over to stay with me till I get a man.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               TUE.  FEB.  17, 1903                      Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE


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Editor's Note:
  Between her poetic Valentine warm-up on Wednesday and the Friday night oyster supper I would have thought Irma Bunce was in for some serious teenage-loving.  But Allen is not kissing or at least he's not telling. 

Asa Reeves lived in Corydon, PA and was married to a woman named Effie who seems to be related to the Cass family though I'm uncertain the connection.

I am still not used to the violent transitions in Allen's writing when he leads us into "killed a pig".  It never seems to me to be a logical time for him to mention the slaughter.  Once he was going out on date with Alice and here it seems like he was just bored at home that day and thought "oh I know what I could do..."

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

"Remember the Maine"

A Day in the Life: February 16th

(Aged 14)
Wea. Clear                                    SUN. FEB. 16, 1896                       Ther. 6

Went over to Grandma’s.
                    

(Aged 16)
Wea.   very cold + stormy             WED. FEB. 16, 1898                       Ther. 10

Drove the carriage to school.  Went over to Mrs. Mason’s brought her a pail of water.  Alice Peterson has got a sore throat + was sick in bed all day.  I heard last night our battleship Maine was blown up at Havana + 253 men were killed.
The Battleship Maine: Library of Congress

                     
(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             THUR. FEB. 16, 1899                    Ther. 

Drove to school.  Went into the laboratory the last division + experimented.  After school went up to Bradley’s to see if he had saved our boards.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              FRI. FEB. 16, 1900                       Ther.

Went to school.  In eve took Bessie Traver to a party up to Allie Smedley’s.  Got home at 3 o’clock.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                               SAT. FEB. 16, 1901                      Ther.

Did chores in A.M.  In P.M. Ma, Alice + I went over to Grandma’s.  I built her a hen house.  We stayed there to supper.  Frank Kinneston came over in the evening.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               SUN.  FEB.  16, 1902                    Ther.

Went to the factory + done chores.  Chained the little red devon cow.  Took my calf over to pa’s because it’s warmer.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                                MON.  FEB.  16, 1903                   Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE



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Editor's Note:  "Remember the Maine" was the cry that fanned the flames of the Spanish American War but The Battleship Maine's destruction may have just been a terrible accident and not the supposed result of an enemy mine.  Whatever the truth, the event was no less tragic.

On a different matter altogether,  I just don't understand what Allen is doing driving Bessie Traver around until 3 A.M. when he is stepping out with Alice.  Boys.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Irma Bunce: Byron of the Burg?

A Day in the Life: February 15th

(Aged 14)
Wea.   Clear                                 SAT. FEB. 15, 1896                        Ther. 34

Stayed at home.  Pa + Ma went to Jamestown.
                    

(Aged 16)
Wea.    snowy                              TUE. FEB. 15, 1898                        Ther. 30

Went to school Pa + Ma went down it is town meeting.  Ma went to Mrs. Mason’s after school.  I brought ma home + Chas Slater + I went down.  We each got Pa a cigar.  Got home at about 10 o’clock P.M.  Elmer Vanderwalk was elected by 4 majority over Russell Sternberg.  Recd a letter from France Long.

                     
(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             WED. FEB. 15, 1899                      Ther. 

Drove to school.  Ma + Grandma went down to the social at the Baptist Church.  I got a valentine from Irma Bunce it was a homemade one but the poetry which she made up herself was all right and I intend to put it into practice Friday eve.







(Aged 18)
Wea.                                               THUR. FEB. 15, 1900                  Ther.

Went to school.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              FRI. FEB. 15, 1901                        Ther.

Drew a load of lumber from the mill.  Alice + Ma went to the burg.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              SAT.  FEB.  15, 1902                      Ther.

Done chores + went up to the store + got some groceries.  Got some stock food.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              SUN.  FEB.  15, 1903                      Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE



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Editor's Note:  
I can't figure out who France Long is.  But she(?) has been Allen's regular correspondent throughout the diaries transcribed to date.  There is a Long family in Carroll at this time but none by the name of France or similar.

Well, Irma's pretty poetry sure got Allen all hot and bothered.  I hope she is braced for Friday night...saying that is he going to try and follow through on some sweet nothings that she has offered him or is he going to try out her lines on other girls? I hate to question Allen's intentions and he has been "dating" Irma more than others in this year but I get the sense that he likes lots of different girls.

Monday, February 14, 2011

I See London; I See France; Why Do I have These Underpants?

No, really, why do I have these?  Of all the treasure to be passed down through the years I am at a loss as to the survival of this garment.  I admit (because they technically aren't mine) they are not in pristine condition.  Which again begs the question, why save them?  Who saves their underwear for future generations?
Family bloomers from around 1900


Lace and pleat detail on the legs



In my careless youth I tore a family fur coat of uncertain provenance (beaver or bear--I so hope it wasn't baby seal).   I wore it to a Halloween party as a Flapper, and subsequently (almost without guilt) tossed away the rotting pelt believing it beyond repair.   The same party I wore a dress of my own grandmother's making.  It was black and green silk and fit me like it was tailor-made.  But why was I surprised that the 65 year-old thread was disintegrating with every Charleston kick I flung?  It was with shame and regret I discarded the dress deeming it past its use too.  I didn't know I would age into a textile lover and learn to sew.  I could have saved those treasures had I been twenty years older at the time.  Well, maybe not the fur.

My sister and I have carried many inherited clothes through the years.  Some make more sense than others like our Grandmother's wedding dress.  For years we thought it was the dress she wore when she married our grandfather.  I remember our  shock to find the beautiful, simple, silk wedding dress that we played bride in was not worn by Mabel when she married our grandfather Stuart but when she married her first husband David Berg.  David was a man who was systematically cut out of every photo he was ever in with my Grandma.  He was a man we didn't know existed until I found Gram's wedding ring from him under a bed when I was a teenager.  She said "You knew I was married before Stuart".  Um no.  No, we did not and she knew we didn't.  It was just a pretense to bring the information into our vernacular. 

Gram let us ransack her house every time we visited.  She let us paw through drawers and boxes finding joy in watching what caught our fancy.  I think she sometimes deliberately placed things for us to find.  I remember how pleased she was when I found Allen's diaries.  She wanted me to be thrilled and she was not disappointed.

Still none of this nostalgia explains the holdover of some unknown relative's unmentionables from a century ago.  I suppose I have kept them because Grandma did and a quick internet search shows she was not the only one to do so.  There are plenty of Victorian and Edwardian bloomers for sale out there.  So I will do what has been done.  I'll save them for my daughter to pass along to future generations.  However, should she feel the need to throw them out all I ask is that she cuts off the lace first because that is lovely. 

Where's the Love?

A Day in the Life: February: February 14th

(Aged 14)
Wea. Stormy                                 FRI. FEB. 14, 1896                        Ther.  28

Went to school
                    

(Aged 16)
Wea.  cloudy                                 MON. FEB. 14, 1898                     Ther. 30

Went to school.  Had an invitation to a Valentine party up to Clarence Love’s tonight but am not going.  Glendine Taylor and Lydia Lawson ask me.  Pa + Ma went up to Aunt May’s he bot 20 cows for $700.
                     

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                              TUE. FEB. 14, 1899                        Ther. 

Drove to school sent my picture to Mabel as a valentine.  In eve went up to Ed Harrington’s to a Valentine party had a fair time but there were no large girls there.  Got home at 2 A.M.
Oh, for the want of larger girls...



(Aged 18)
Wea.                                               WED. FEB. 14, 1900                     Ther.

Went to school.  Took up Geology instead of Physical Geography.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                               THUR. FEB. 14, 1901                   Ther.

Did chores + went to the burg after our furniture.  I got it home all right.  Took a bath in the evening.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               FRI.  FEB.  14, 1902                      Ther.

Kineston drew loads of logs.  They eat dinner here.  I had a come come in this morning heiffer calf.  the red devon cow.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               SAT.  FEB.  14, 1903                       Ther.

Dave drew out manure all day.  I did chores. Andy had a nice shear calf.  Jim Smith paid me $3.00 for pasture.  Dave + I went to Jamestown.  Drew the milk.  We had over 40lbs.





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Editor's Note: 
I love how Allen turns a phrase.  I'm sure he meant "older" girls his own age when he says "no large girls" were there.  I think he turned Allie Smedley down the other day because she was younger than him by three years.

Too bad he mentions no wooing of his own Alice in 1900.  Clearly, he was more concerned with getting the more palatable science class.

Why didn't Allen go to Clarence LOVE'S Valentine's party?  It sounds like Allen could have had either girl and if anyone could throw a good Valentine's party wouldn't it be someone named Love? 

Oh, and I'm beginning to think when Allen says he "had a cow come in" he means it like the delivery of an order as in "We just had a shipment of tomato seeds come in".  Otherwise he is just collecting stray cows from neighboring farms which is not really likely.  No such thing as bovine finders-keepers I suspect.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Happy Birthday Mr. President!

A Day in the Life: February 13th

(Aged 14)
Wea.    Rainy                                 THUR. FEB. 13, 1896                  Ther. 

Went to school.  Ma went down to the burg with me + stayed at Aunt Emma’s all day.  So did Rollin.
                   
 
(Aged 16)
Wea.   Sunny                                SUN. FEB. 13, 1898                       Ther. 36

Went over after grandma.  She came over and stayed all the P.M.  We looked for Gib’s folks all day but they didn’t come.  Carried grandma home about 5:15 P.M.
               
 
(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             MON. FEB. 13, 1899                      Ther. 

Went to school rode down with pa he went to Jamestown.  School let out at noon as it is Lincoln’s birthday.  I got around in time to ride up with pa when he came home from town.  In P.M. took the colt up the hollow  + got her shod.

In eve got my picture ready + wrote a letter to Mabel.
Happy "Moveable Feast" Birthday President Lincoln!

Library of Congress Photo
 
(Aged 18)
Wea.                                               TUE. FEB. 13, 1900                      Ther.

Began going to school am riding with Gordon Taylor.  The subjects I take are, Algebra, Economics, Adv. English and Physical Geography.

 
(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              WED. FEB. 13, 1901                     Ther.

Did chores in A.M.  In evening we , Ma, Alice, Rollie + I went down to the burg to a lecture.  It was very good subject “Musical (?) + Misfits” by Spullman Riggs.  We went over to Chases.  I got a table for $4.50.  It is all right.  Ma bought us a fine bedroom suite for $80.    It is marble top and a bargain.
 

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              THUR.  FEB.  13, 1902                 Ther.

Went to factory.  Pearle went home.  Brought a 4 year old cow over from pa’s got her of (f) Hiram Haley $20.  Drew grandma a load of wood.  Kineston is going to draw my logs.

 
(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              FRI.  FEB.  13, 1903                        Ther.

Dave drew out manure.  I did chores.  I went up to Joel’s .  He paid me $5.00.  Went up to see how Andrew’s horses were.  One is getting well.  Braided watches with Dave.




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Editor's Note:  Aunt Emma would have been Nora's sister Emma Babcock Fenton.  I didn't realize she lived in the burg.  I thought she was out on a farm.  Interesting.  She was the mother of Blaine. 

Sort of sad I can't figure out what the lecture title was but I couldn't find Spullman Riggs in any event.  Wish also I knew what the furniture really looked like.  It sounds heavy and dark to me.  Well, Victorian on sale at the end of the century.  Chase Hall seems to have been some sort of emporium because that is where Allen bought the cigar for his Dad around the Caucus time and now where they get the furniture.