Wea. Stormy WED. FEB. 19, 1896 Ther.
Went to school.
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|
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.
Wea. MON. FEB. 19, 1900 Ther.
Went to school.
Wea. TUE. FEB. 19, 1901 Ther.
Helped the boys cut logs and bolts all day. The man I hired did not show up.
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.
Wea. THUR. FEB. 19, 1903 Ther.
NO ENTRY MADE
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.