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Saturday, February 26, 2011

"Author! Author!"

A Day in the Life: February 26th

(Aged 14)
Wea. Stormy                                WED. FEB. 26, 1896                      Ther. 32

Went to school.  Had a great snow-ball fight.  Caitlin came over to see Pa.

(Aged 16)
Wea.   Snowy                               SAT. FEB. 26, 1898                       Ther. 30

Went over on that place by grandma’s + cut sugar wood out of the stump fence.  Jeff Owens came here + tried to rent that old house in front of Smiths.  In evening we played Authors.

Authors from 1897--most likely the version played that night.

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(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             SUN. FEB. 26, 1899                       Ther. 

Asa went home in the P.M. Chas Slater came over.  Rollie + I went over to grandma’s with Glen and Frank.  Aunt May was there with all the kids.  Unkle Gib came down after them about 8 o’clock and I came home.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             MON. FEB. 26, 1900                      Ther.

Went to school.  Awful cold about 0 and the wind blowing awful.  Bought Bessie a ticket for the moving picture entertainment tomorrow eve.  Had a new scholar her name is Jeanie Howard from Dodge, NY.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                             TUE. FEB. 26, 1901                        Ther.

Went with Pa and Frank Kineston on a “jockey” trip.  Pa got a horse.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              WED.  FEB.  26, 1902                    Ther.

Drew 3 loads of manure.  Took the hams over to pa’s to brine them.  In P.M. took Alice over to Pa’s.  Bot a horse (Kilt?) of(f) Percy Springer for note of $40 + dog cart I gave $12.50 for.  Bot a single harness of(f) Arnie Shaw for $9.70.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               THUR.  FEB.  26, 1903                 Ther.



Editor's Note:  Where is Alice in 1900?  After a hot start to the New Year, Bessie Traver has definitely begun to outpace her for Allen's attention.  I can't help but think this dates back to the party at the Page Farm when Alice was annoyed with Allen and would not be moved.  Maybe Allen is just trying to prove to himself that he's not caught yet.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Photo Fantasy Friday


Have you ever wanted to step inside a photo and breathe in the exact moment of time captured and stilled in it? Having found a number of such evocative photos in our archives we thought we'd begin sharing some of them.  The first is a pick of mine and it shows sisters Ruth and Mabel Cass sitting on the front porch of Lone Pine in the early 1920s. 

There is something about this photograph and the looks on their faces that makes me want to pour a glass of lemonade and sit down on the cool concrete step next to them.   I feel their confidence in their beauty and style lift off the image.  I adore their outfits and can imagine the feel of the fabrics and the slight pinch of the shoes on their feet.  Summers in Central and Western New York are my favorites.  They are warm, lush and fragrant.  Though there's no date on this photograph there is no doubt it is a warm day and I am so certain there are pretty flower beds just out of view on either side of the step that I can imagine their smell. 

Ruth and Mabel Cass

"So Pure it Floats"

A Day in the Life: February 25th

(Aged 14)
Wea.   Clear                                 TUES. FEB. 25, 1896                      Ther. 3

Went to school.  Went up to Catlins.

(Aged 16)
Wea.    Cloudy                              FRI. FEB. 25, 1898                        Ther. 30

Went to school.  In evening pa went up the hollow to a post office meeting he has got to write a letter to Hooker.
Library of Congress; 1898

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                              SAT. FEB. 25, 1899                       Ther. 

Asa, Pa, Ma, Rollie + I all went up to Maxwell’s sale.  Pa was bookkeeper. Asa didn’t buy anything.  Everything went awful high.  Glen + Frank came down + stayed all night.  Luella + Aunt May are over to grandma’s.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                               SUN. FEB. 25, 1900                      Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Awful cold.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              MON. FEB. 25, 1901                     Ther.

In A.M. drew a load of bolts to Frewsburg.   Drew a load also in the P.M.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              TUE.  FEB.  25, 1902                     Ther.

Drew 3 loads of manure + went to factory.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              WED.  FEB.  25, 1903                    Ther.



Editor's Note:  The 1898 entry seems to be referencing the naming of the Town of Ivory.  Previously, the area was known as Pope Hollow but since the use of two words in the naming of any new Post Offices was forbidden, a different one had to be found.  According to our Grandmother, a local man happened to look down at a box of Ivory Soap at his feet and thought it was a most suitable name.  Of course, there are many versions and many sources on this story one of which I have in my hand: a brochure from "The Fiftieth Anniversary of the Ivory Chapel of the Frewsburg Baptist Church".  It is dated August 17, 1947.  In it, they tell the story our Grandmother did but they actually name Clarence Love as the local man.  There is also the mention of a contest held to decide the name found at the History Page on the Town of Carrol Website.   I'm sure the truth is a bit of all of these accounts.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

A Skyview of the Cass and Bunce Farms

Thanks to our cousin De Warn for sharing his photo of an aerial view of Valley Gate Farm.  His grandparents were Frank Warn and Irma Bunce!

Photo taken by DeForest Warn in June 1958

Valley Gate Farm is marked by the barn on the left half of the photo.  The road to the left of the barn is the Bunce Road and Irma's childhood farm was first on the left.

Off to see a man about some cows.

A Day in the Life: February 24th

(Aged 14)
Wea. Windy                                  MON. FEB. 24, 1896                     Ther. 24

Went to school.

(Aged 16)
Wea.  Snowy                                THUR. FEB. 24, 1898                    Ther. 32

Went to school.  Pa went down to the burg town board met.  John Scudder came here to see about some cows.
Anders Warn (Alice's Dad) at Valley Gate Farm July 9, 1923

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             FRI. FEB. 24, 1899                         Ther. 

Pa + Asa went to Jamestown.  I went to school.  Irma couldn’t go to the entertainment as her folks wouldn’t let her.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             SAT. FEB. 24, 1900                        Ther.

Stayed at home + slept all day.  Frank Kinneston came over to see pa. 
Mearle Cowan came down + stayed all night with me.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              SUN. FEB. 24, 1901                       Ther.

Stayed at home nearly all day.  We had a chicken for dinner and it took (?) hours and a half for my dinner to settle.  Then I took a bath and about four o’clock Alice, Rollie + I got started for Grandma’s.  From there we went to Alice’s to see the new piano.  We got home about 9.00 P.M.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                             MON.  FEB.  24, 1902                    Ther.

I sent for a jack knife, box of cigars + repair links for chain from Sears Roebuck + Co.  Drew five loads of manure.  Pearle came down.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              TUE.  FEB.  24, 1903                     Ther.



Editor's Note: 
Now I ask you, did Irma's parents really say she couldn't go to the entertainment or did she just want to politely let Allen down?  Given his ambivalence in asking her in the first place I'm glad Irma had the last word on the matter.

Lots of cow viewing at the Cass farm the last few days.  From what we can gather there is going to be a big sale there on March 15th.  Speaking of, it also seems Maxwell's is a local auction place.  If anyone can help me out with its history it would be appreciated.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Spoiler Alert! Don't read if you don't want to jump ahead 40 years

You were warned!

In 1936 Alice Warn Cass died at age 54.  There is much more of her story to tell but for now we'd like to post this photo of Allen and his second wife Lillie or Lil since we have heard from her descendants.  Here they are on a family vacation to Massachusetts.

L-R:  Unknown, Lil, Pop (Allen Cass), Richard Lucas, Mabel Lucas

Photo Forensics: Can you identify where it was taken?

A Day in the Life: February 23rd

(Aged 14)
Wea.  Rainy                                  SUN. FEB. 23, 1896                      Ther. 34

Went over after grandma.
(Aged 16)
Wea.  Snowy                               WED. FEB. 23, 1898                      Ther. 34

Went to school.  In evening Pa + Ma went over to Chas Wigren’s to a surprise party and about 6 o’clock I went over to grandmas + Geo Waters to get a shoe fixed on Topsie.  Rec’d a letter from Frank Warn.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             THUR. FEB. 23, 1899                    Ther. 

Went to school it is awful muddy.  In eve pa draw up a lease for M. Bingham + P.H. Coeburg after they went Asa came he says the roads are awful.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                               FRI. FEB. 23, 1900                        Ther.

Drove my horse to school.  In eve took Bessie Traver up to Jamestown to a party.  Had a fine time.  Elmer Warn, Lydia Lawson, Gorden Taylor Jessie Herrick and Miss Limburg were there from the burg.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                               SAT. FEB. 23, 1901                     Ther.

Can you tell us where these folks are sledding? We think it's from the 1920s based on the type of negative.
Pa + Frank Kineston went to Jamestown on a horse trade.  I fixed the sleds.  Frankie had my team to draw the wood with.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              SUN.  FEB.  23, 1902                    Ther.

Stayed in house in A.M.  In P.M. went over to pa’s. Alice, Ma + the baby went up the hollow to church

(Aged 21)

Wea.                                              MON.  FEB.  23, 1903                   Ther.



Editor's Note: 
Diana has located the above scanned photo in her online database and is still looking for the original.  Based on her photographic knowledge she guesses it dates from the 1920s due to its finish and the border on the negative.  She thinks it may be in the Town of Poland thinking that the structure to the right is the School House.  However, it doesn't topographically make complete sense to our memories.   But then we've only ever known that stretch of road more populated.  Our other thought was that the water with the bridge was Cass Run.  We'd appreciate any help in identifying the true location.

Also, should anyone find a relative mentioned on this site and want to know if we might have any more information or if you have a photo/information you would like to share we'd love to know!  We are continuously surprised by what we find and who it matters to.  We have already found an Eccles cousin, a Warn cousin and and a step-great-Aunt!  We love the exchange so keep your posts coming.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Farm Work First

A Day in the Life: February 22nd

(Aged 14)
Wea.  Clear                                   SAT. FEB. 22, 1896                       Ther.

Helped Geo. Walters draw a load of hay.  Frankie Kineston was here in the evening.
(Aged 16)
Wea.  Cloudy                                TUE. FEB. 22, 1898                      Ther. 34

Went down on the Webster Place + cut fence posts.  Worked all day.  In evening we up the Hollow to the store + Ed Harrington came down.

The roads are very muddy.  Some people have tapped their sugar bushes.

               Photo from Wikipedia Commons      
(Aged 17)
Wea.                                              WED. FEB. 22, 1899                     Ther. 

In A.M. cleaned out the barn.  In P.M. stayed at home till about 5 o’clock then went over to grandma’s + from there up the hollow to the King’s Sons + Daughters’ meeting.  Aunt Ada, Aunt May + Luella were over to grandma’s.

Frank Warn wrote a letter to Bessie Traver + I am to give it to her tomorrow. 
He is going to take her to the entertainment Friday eve + I will take Irma, I guess.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             THUR. FEB. 22, 1900                    Ther.

Stayed at home and worked in A.M.  In P.M. went over to grandma’s.  There was a ladies missionary meeting in the afternoon at our place.

Pa divided Pages stuff.  Gordon Taylor stayed all night with me.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                             FRI. FEB. 22, 1901                         Ther.

Frankie Devillo + I cut logs and bolts all day.  Ma + Alice went to the burg in the P.M.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              SAT.  FEB.  22, 1902                      Ther.

Gail + Lawrence cut wood.  I went to factory + split wood.  In eve Chas. Wygren + Will Peterson came down.  Alice’s mother came down.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              SUN.  FEB.  22, 1903                      Ther.



Editor's Note:
  It is clear farm kids go to school as and when depending on the needs of the season.  For 3 years in a row, Allen doesn't go to school on this day though he is still school-aged he seems to have much work to do on the various properties.

The G.W letter from yesterday could always be Geo Walters though I'm not sure why other than my initial thought.

And, is it just me or do Frank Warn and Allen keep swapping girls?  Frankly, I don't like how Allen "settles" on Irma as his date.  I guess that post valentine party really didn't work out for him.

"Kiss your brother for me"

Effie Stryker's letter to her little 1st cousin- once- removed Allen Cass:


 Corydon, Pa
Jan. 25, 1892

Dear Allie,
I hope you will pardon me for not answering you letter before.  I was delighted to get a letter from you.  I can hardly believe you are old enough to write a letter and milk cows and a still greater surprise to me was to hear you had a little brother.  Would you liked a little sister better for now you will have to let him have half of the cows and horses that you might have.
I am going to try hard to go out there while there is good sleighing.  Tell your Ma that my ma and I may take a start any time if Pa gets feeling quite well but he is feeling very poorly most of the time. I think if you are large enough to milk cows you can drive a horse so you can come and see us.  I would like to see you once more before you get as big as your Pa.
Now we want to see you and your brother, your Pa and your Ma over here just as soon as that baby can be taken out of doors.  Ma wanted me to write this for her as well as for myself.  Her eyes trouble her so she can not write herself.
If we possibly can Ma and I are going out there as Pa will not be able to go.  He does not get out of the house.  I do not think of anything that will interest you.  Hope you will write me again.
 With love to all I remain
            You Cousin Effie

Kiss your brother for me.

P.S. Asa is quite busy just now but if Ma can not leave to go Asa and I may arrange to go and see you ere long.  E.M.R.  

Editor's Note: Rollie was born December 19th so he was just a month old when this letter arrived, Allen would have been 10.  Effie's father Jasper Stryker was 72 years-old and sounds like he is in very bad shape.  I don't know when he dies yet but he does not make it out of the century.  Effie's mom, Mary Stryker was 54 years-old in 1892 but is listed as living with her son Leslie in the 1900 census.

Cousin Effie is 32 years old and Asa is 33. 

Monday, February 21, 2011

The Answer is the STRYKERS!

The Question is how are we related to Effie and Asa Reeves?
Effie's father Jasper Stryker

We knew Effie was a cousin of some description and we knew that Asa came to the farm on business with Frank.  When the family visited Aunt Mary in Corydon the other day, I had to figure this was Effie’s mom and tried to sleuth her out that way.  My sister said she was fairly certain Effie was Nora’s cousin so I started searching Babcock leads.  Then with unbelievable luck she found a picture of Effie Stryker Reeves!

Of course!  Nora’s mom was Lydia Stryker who died young but she came from a family of four.  Lydia’s brother Jasper was Effie’s father and is referenced in her letter to Allie (Allen Cass) in the next post.  Ergo Effie is Nora’s first cousin and her parents are Nora’s aunt and uncle.  Woohoo! 

On the very same tree branch, Nora’s cousin Cora Stryker Servis (Effie’s sister) was the mother of Mabel Servis Dysart whom Allen sent his photo to as a valentine and whom our grandmother definitely was named after because I have since found this in her own notes.

I think Effie and Asa were a fabulous looking couple.  I can’t find that they had children but we’re still at the start of this story and frankly, I’m loving watching it unfold.

Sweet Cousin Effie Stryker Reeves

Effie's Husband Asashel (Asa) Reeves
 I believe Asa is sporting an Odd Fellows tie pin!

Editor's Note:   Okay, way too many exclamation points in one post but anyone who has had a Eureka moment with their own genealogy can understand.  But apologies just the same.

Pre-Diary Cass Family Photo

A Day in the Life: February 21st

Frank, Baby Rollie, Allen, Nora Cass about 1892
(Aged 14)
Wea.    Stormy                               FRI. FEB. 21, 1896                       Ther. 4

Went to school.  Had to go up to Boatlin’s (Caitlin's?) Mill again.

(Aged 16)
Wea.  Cloudy                                  MON. FEB. 21, 1898                   Ther. 32

Went to school.  Pa + Ma went to Jamestown.  Raymond Harrington rode home with me.  Had an invitation to a party down to Pangborns tomorrow eve + another to a party over to Chas Wygren’s Wed. eve.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                              TUE. FEB. 21, 1899                       Ther. 

Drove to school the roads are pretty muddy.  In eve Chas Wygren came up here.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                               WED. FEB. 21, 1900                     Ther.

Went to school.  Ma came down to Mrs. Masons.  Got a letter from Mabel White and one from a G.W.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                               THUR. FEB. 21, 1901                   Ther.

In A.M. brought the logs down to the the road from the sugar bush.  In P.M. I took them to the burg.  They will bring $4.50.  In evening Alice + I drove over to Frank Kinneston’s and hired Frank + Devillo to help me cut logs for a day.  Herbert Bragg came down.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                             FRI.  FEB.  21, 1902                        Ther.

Gail drew 3 loads of manure.  Alice + I went to town.  Left Willard with Ma.  Paid a note of $11.50.  Borrowed $40* of(f) ma.

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



Editor's Note: *The actual amount borrowed of(f) Ma is confusing.  It might not be as drastic as $40 but I can't tell for certain because Allen corrected the amount by writing over it.  It could have been $5.00 or $4.00.  In any event, I wonder if he borrowed from his Ma to pay off the note?  So not only is Ma a free babysitter for Willard but she "pays" for the privilege.  The power kids have over parents is amazing.

I'm unsure who the letter writer with the initials G.W. is but it is telling that Allen doesn't write out the whole name the way he does Mabel White's.  It could have just been a "personalized" advertisement because believe me we have found that direct-mailings have been around for a long time.  Of course, G.W. could be a girl whose identity he wishes to keep secret.

Dad's 75th Birthday

Richard Cass Lucas was born this day in 1936.  Loved in life and now as an ancestor.  He would have enjoyed this blog and wished he'd done it himself.


Dad's hospital bracelet

Hospital bill for Dad's birth -- cheap at the price!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

A Cold Wind Blows

A Day in the Life: February 20th

(Aged 14)
Wea.   Windy                               THUR. FEB. 20, 1896                    Ther. 2 below

Went to school.  Frank Warn stayed all night with (me).  I had to go up to Caitlin(?) Mill to see if he could pay Pa.

When I came home I came over the hill + the wind blew hard.  We were very cold when we got home.

(Aged 16)
Wea.  Cloudy                                SUN. FEB. 20, 1898                       Ther. 36

Came home got here about 6.30 o’clock P.M.  Mrs. Putney died last night.  Pa said Luella went to a dance Fri. eve over to Scotts is sick so she can’t get home.  It rained some as we came home from Corydon.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                              MON. FEB. 20, 1899                     Ther. 

Went to school.  In eve we all went up to Maxwells.  Mrs. White and Mabel were up there.  Mabel + I played Pedro against Yale Simpson + Roman Tory.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              TUE. FEB. 20, 1900                       Ther.

Went to school.  Pa took a grist to the burg.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              WED. FEB. 20, 1901                     Ther.

Did chores in A.M. I took a grist to the burg.  It was awful stormy day.  Frankie Kinneston came over.

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

Drew wood in A.M. in P.M. cut some.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              FRI.  FEB.  20, 1903                      Ther.



Editor's Note:  Women of a certain age seem to be dying quite frequently in 1898--first Mrs. Bingham, now Mrs. Putney.  I believe that Mrs. Putney was Jane Putney aged about 58.  She was married to Warren Putney whose grave I found in Levant Cemetery but Jane was not with him.

How very Jane Bennett of Luella to go to a dance and get sick forcing her to stay through her recovery.  I hope her host was a man of good fortune. 

Jane Bennett before her convalescence at Mr. Bingley's