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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Today's Treasure

This sampler was made for our grandmother Mabel Cass by a former student Betty Cowden whom she taught at the one-room school house in Poland, NY during her first year teaching.  Our Grandma was 20 years-old and Betty was about 10 in 1926.  Betty made this for Mabel in 1973--I think it's safe to assume our grandmother was a well-loved teacher to inspire such a gift nearly 50 years later.

School Days

A Day in the Life: March 5th

(Aged 14)
Wea.  Clear                                   THUR. MARCH 5, 1896              Ther. 34

Went to school had examination in Arithmetic + Grammar.  Got out of school at 3 P.M.  Came home + cut poles for wood.  Geo Walters tapped our sugar bush.  Sap ran from some trees + from some it did not run.
School book from the 1874

A page from the book

(Aged 16)
Wea. Sunny                                   SAT. MARCH 5, 1898                  Ther. 30

In A.M. stuck up auction bills over Oak Hill + Frew Run.  In P.M.  put them up over through Clark, Kennedy + Poland Center.  Pa went up to the factory meeting + Ma + Rollie went over to Grandma’s.  Awful windy.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                               SUN. MARCH 5, 1899                  Ther. 

Stayed at home all day.  Chas Slater came down after his lantern.  Ransom King came about 6 o’clock P.M.  We are to try him a week and if we like him he is to work a year for $100.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                               MON. MARCH 5, 1900               Ther.

Rode to school with Gordon Taylor.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                               TUE. MARCH 5, 1901                 Ther.

Did chores.  Drew five loads of manure in the A.M. Pa + Ma came down.  Drew manure in P.M.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               WED. MARCH 5, 1902                Ther.

Gail helped pa cut wood.  I done chores.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               THU.  MARCH 5, 1903                 Ther.

Irvin drove fence posts for a while but it rained so we worked in cow house.  G. North came after a recommend which I gave.  Pa + Rollie came over in the evening Pa + I went over to see Grandma.


Editor's Note: I wonder what the true school hours were that 3:00 is worth a mention.  Would that be early or late?  We already know he sort of turns up depending on his farm chores.  I'm very curious as to how the school system worked then--what was expected and what was provided.  I think we already know it was likely more academic challenging than today.  These were the days when an education was seen as a privilege.  Oh, dear I'm sounding political but I'm thinking of an article my sister recently shared with me.  Could you pass this test?

Friday, March 4, 2011

Photo Fantasy Friday


For this week’s Photo Fantasy Friday I have selected a photo that I discovered after my father’s death in 1999. That’s Richard Cass Lucas front row on the left. I would want to walk into this photo and say a couple of things to my father like: “I never knew you were volunteer fireman.” (I am assuming that is what this group is, if I am wrong please tell me) or “Dad, why don’t you have a beard and cool tie like all the other guys?”

I would dearly love to know what this photo is about. Whatever it is, it looks like a good time was had by all and I hope that this tradition is carried on to this day in Frewsburg. Dear distant cousins please get me up to speed on this.


Please help us identify folks!

Alice Warn Takes Charge of Her Destiny

A Day in the Life: March 4th

(Aged 14)
Wea.  Clear                                   WED. MARCH 4, 1896                Ther. 7

Went to school was 15 min. late walked nearly all the way.  Got a ride home with Oscar Johnson.  School let out for our class at 3 P.M.                 

(Aged 16)
Wea.  Cloudy                                FRI. MARCH 4, 1898                   Ther. 36

Went to school played football.  Mars John Page was over + stayed all day.  In evening Pa, Ma + Rollie went up to Ed Harrington’s.  Chas. + I stayed at home.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             SAT. MARCH 4, 1899                    Ther. 

In A.M. went over and got grandma then went up and tapped part of the sugar bush.  In P.M. ma took grandma home.  I tapped more trees.  Pa settled up with Grandma.  I am awful tired.  Pa is nearly sick.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              SUN. MARCH 4, 1900                  Ther.

Stayed at home in A.M. In P.M. went up to Ivory to S.S. Alice Warn came up and asked me to go to the party at Frank Warn’s Friday eve. In the eve I came down to the burg with Mearle Cowan.

Alice Warn

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              MON. MARCH 4, 1901                Ther.

Drew Grist to the burg.  Bought three milk cans.  Pearl + Ruth came down put curtains up.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              TUE.  MARCH 4, 1902                 Ther.

Went to factory.  Gail helped pa.  Gave Ivan a check for $10.60 on my store bill.  Bot a bull calf of Jim Smith for $11.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              WED.  MARCH 4, 1903                Ther.

Andrew went home.  I helped him load his pigs.  Irvin went to the factory and then got the pig at pa’s and took it up to Clarence Love’s.  In A.M. we went up to (?) and got a lot of crates and his stores that Andrew gave me I sold one to Irvin for $4.00.


Editor's Note:  Now I am not saying Allen doesn't know his own mind but I am certain he doesn't have a clue how fast word got around Carroll that he was no longer with Bessie much less that Alice had kept her torch for him well tended.  Alice's return is beautifully timed.  She doesn't even give him a day to let his breakup settle much less wait around to see if he'd come calling on her.   I can just imagine Alice's courage and determination growing with each step bringing her closer to Allen.

Thank you, thank you, thank you Frank Warn for having a party so Alice had a ruse to get Allen's attention back on her where it belonged.  Think of all the people who would never have been if Alice Warn didn't take charge of her own destiny!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Thursday's Child

Sweet Myrtie Eccles was the daughter of Adaline Cass and Josiah Eccles (making her Allen's cousin).  Though I don't know the precise date, Myrtie died young.  This photo was taken in 1883 at the age of 9.

Myrtie Eccles

The Curtain Falls on Bess the Understudy

A Day in the Life: March 3rd

The Checkered Chicken frowns on the serving of chicken for dinner and the fickleness of boys.
(Aged 14)
Wea.  Clear                                   TUE. MARCH 3, 1896                  Ther. 10

Went to school.  Pa went down for the Board of Health met.  He drove the horse home + I got a ride up with Ezra Thayer.

(Aged 16)
Wea.  Sunny                                 THUR. MARCH 3, 1898               Ther. 36

Went to school played football.  Had company.  Cora Love was at school in the P.M.  Pa, Charles + Geo went up to Gib’s + got six cows that had come in.  Ma + Grandma went down to the burg to a chicken dinner--was a large crowd.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                               FRI. MARCH 3, 1899                   Ther. 

Drove to school.  John rode with me.  Had a new milck (sic) cow today.  Geo Walters finished moving.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              SAT. MARCH 3, 1900                   Ther.

Stayed at home all day helped cut a saw log.  Bess and I had a flair up last night because I am getting tired of her.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              SUN. MARCH 3, 1901                  Ther.

Went to the factory for the first time drew pa’s milk.  I had 30 lbs.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              MON.  MARCH 3, 1902               Ther.

Alice + the baby went over to pa’s.  Gail helped pa cut wood.  Traded my shot-gun for a watch + 5 dollars.

I fixed a place on the barn floor for the cows to come in on.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              TUE.  MARCH 3, 1903                 Ther.

Andrew came after a load of goods and stayed with us all night.  I bought a jug of pa for $8.00.


Editor's Note:  I checked back on the entries and it is true, Alice and Allen do not seem to have gone out or communicated since the Page party on February 9th when she was angered by him.  Bessie Traver became his steady two days later after he gave her a ride home from church. Just short of 3 weeks later and he is "tired of her".  Charming.  Well, most likely poor Bess was rebound from the fall out with Alice anyhow. Stay tuned and don't worry about Bessie.  She marries a man named McNeal and moves to Warren, Pa where she has 3 children.  

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Wedding Wednesday - Allen & Betty

AUGUST 28, 1937

L-R: Unkn, Unkn, Jack Mulford, Stuart Lucas, Willard Cass, Bill Cass, Allen A. Cass, Elizabeth (Betty) Anderson, Ruth Cass Mulford?, Janet Cass, Unkn, Unkn, Unkn, Florence Cass

Please let us know if you recognize anybody. Thanks!

Another Photo Forensics: Can you identify this house?

A Day in the Life: March 2nd

(Aged 14)
Wea.  stormy                                 MON. MARCH 2, 1896               Ther.

Went to school.

(Aged 16)
Wea.  Snowy                                 WED. MARCH 2, 1898                Ther. 30

Went to school played football.  Pa went down to the burg + got a load of ice for the Fenton Creamery.  In evening Unkle Gib + Aunt May were down to tell us that six of the cows we had bot had come in.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                              THUR. MARCH 2, 1899               Ther. 

Drove to school.  John Glaspy came up from school and is gong to stay all night with me.  We went over to Glendine Taylor’s to a surprise party on her had a fine time mostly with Clara Nordine.  Got home at 2.30 A.M.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              FRI. MARCH 2, 1900                    Ther.

Went to school.  In eve Gordon Taylor got his horse + Klock got Mrs Page’s and hitched them onto a three seated sled and went down to Jessie Herick’s had a fine time there was another load went down.  I took Bess Travers.  Klock =Rosa Howard; Taylor= Allene Davis.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              SAT. MARCH 2, 1901                  Ther.

Did chores and tinkered about the house.  Went over and got my pig and some things.  Drew his cows to the horse barn and went after a load of straw.
Battened up the farm.
Allen and Alice's two eldest children Willard and Dorothy facing into the sun.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              SUN.  MARCH 2, 1902                Ther.

Went to factory + done chores.  Gail went away.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              MON.  MARCH 2, 1903                Ther.

Took Alice’s mother + Pearl + Ruth to Jamestown.  John Smedley payed me $45 and I straightened everything up with the bank.


Editor's Note:  We don't know if this house is still standing nor if it is the one Allen refers to as Elm Wood.  The back of the photo says Ivory Street.  Does anyone recognize it or remember it if it is now gone?

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

"Deus lo Vult"

A Day in the Life: March 1st

(Aged 14)
Wea.                                             SUN. MARCH 1, 1896                  Ther.

Tied the cows over on other place.  Aunt May + Uncle Gib came down with Luella, Glen, Frank, Harry and the baby.  Grandma came over.                

(Aged 16)
Wea.  Clear                                  TUE. MARCH 1, 1898                  Ther. 34

Went to school + played football when I got home went up to the store + got some things then went down to church with Fred Smedley.  They are holding meetings a the U.B. Church all this week.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                              WED. MARCH 1, 1899                Ther. 

Drove to school.  Chas Wygrene came up and told us he had lost one of our (no noun!) this made two that we have lost this year.   In eve went up to King’s Sons + Daughters meeting on horseback.

Deus lo vult

No? Okay, I rather liked the image of Allen crusading on horseback to the meeting.
 Public domain image here.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              THUR. MARCH 1, 1900              Ther.

Went to school.  We are going sleighing riding tomorrow night.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                               FRI. MARCH 1, 1901                  Ther.

Got up at half past five and got over to Pa’s before they had their breakfast.  Got a lounge and some chairs and other things. We spent about $45.  We saw Alice’s father there.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              SAT.  MARCH 1, 1902                   Ther.

Went to the burg took the buggy down to get a reach put in and an iron in the wagon to get welded.  cost .35 cents.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              SUN.  MARCH 1, 1903                  Ther.



Editor's Note: The Eccles baby would have been Marvin who was coming up on a year old.  Aunt May was still to have two more babies having her one at 46 years-old.  No thank you.

Well thank goodness the football is back.  How were they getting on without it for so long?  

While I'm not really reading ahead, I have found I need to a little bit to be able to post daily.  Therefore, in the entry when Chas Wygrene tells them of another loss, I think the missing noun--which is clearly an animal--is in fact a sheep. You will shortly see why I assume as much.

In 1901, they are so excited to keep setting up their house they are up and visiting before breakfast!

Monday, February 28, 2011

One Day More

A Day in the Life: February 28th

(Aged 14)
Wea.  Cloudy                               FRI. FEB. 28, 1896                        Ther. 34

Went to school.  Stayed all night at Mrs. Mason’s because I could not get a ride home.

(Aged 14)
Wea.  Windy                               SAT. FEB. 29, 1896                        Ther. 34

Came home.  Got a ride with Frank Thayer.  Stayed all night with Grandma.

"Leap-Year on the Farm"
Card available for purchase here.

(Aged 16)
Wea.  Sunny                                MON. FEB. 28, 1898                       Ther. 34

Went to school our football has come.  Andrew Warn was down to see about buying some cows but is going to wait till the sale on the 15th of March.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                              TUE. FEB. 28, 1899                       Ther. 
Drove to school.  It is quite muddy.  Judd Grover moved onto the other place and George Waters is moving out.  Chas Slater is to stay here for a week or 8 days.  Pa + Chas and Pa + Geo settled up.  Chas Slater goes up to Si Eccles to work tomorrow.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                               WED. FEB. 28, 1900                    Ther.

Went to school.  Elmer Odel came tonight to begin work tomorrow.  Went up to see Frank Warn in the eve about a sleigh ride for Friday.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              THUR. FEB. 28, 1901                   Ther.

Drew a load of wood over here and also brought the rest of our things.  We set up the stove and went over to Grandma’s to supper.  We spent our first night here.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              FRI.  FEB.  28, 1902                      Ther.

Rained.  Went to the factory and got the wagons and things in shape.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               SAT.  FEB.  28, 1903                     Ther.



Editor's Note:  In 1896, I believe the friction with Frank continues even though he says he stayed with Mrs. Mason because he didn't have a ride home, the next night he is at Grandma Cass' for the night.  I think they're giving each other a little distance.

In 1899, doesn't it seem like Allen is sitting at the kitchen table writing in his journal listening to his pa conduct business?  First Chas is staying and then it is scratched out and Pa settles up with him instead.

1901--Allen and Alice spend their first night in their own home!   On my huge wish list of things to do is finding a map of the area from this time and seeing where everyone lived and what house might have been called Elm Wood.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

The Desperate, Over-Solicitous Side of Sears

A Day in the Life: February 27th

(Aged 14)
Wea.  Clear                                  THUR. FEB. 27, 1896                    Ther. 30

Went to school  Pa tried to lick me but I ran out doors + he did not come because he was not dressed.  In the evening I got a ride down with Joel Harrington + went to a Washington Celebration of the school.

(Aged 16)
Wea.  Clear                                   SUN. FEB. 27, 1898                       Ther. 32

Stayed at home in A.M.  In P.M. Ma + Rollie went to S.S. up in the hollow and I rode Bay Bill over to grandma's + put him in the barn at that place.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             MON. FEB. 27, 1899                      Ther. 

Drove to school.  It is windy and snowy.  They killed the cow that was hurt by the roof blowing onto her.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                               TUE. FEB. 27, 1900                     Ther.

Went to school.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                             WED. FEB. 27, 1901                      Ther.

Went to Frewsburg after our stove and other things at the hardware store.  Took them over to “Elm Wood”.  I also drew a load of furniture over there in the P.M. and went up to Alice’s after some things.  I also drew a load of wood over there.  Gave my note for $205 to pa.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                             THUR.  FEB.  27, 1902                 Ther.

Drew 4 loads of manure.  went up to Pages with Pa to appraise things.  Pa gave me .50  Hired Gail North for 8 months for $170.  Pay $10 every month in July pay all but $25 and bal Nov. 1.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              FRI.  FEB.  27, 1903                     Ther.



Editor's Note:  Whoa to the two-page, repetitive "Your Package has Shipped" notification!  How many different ways can Sears say "please give us a chance; we'll do anything you want us to"?  Basically, it is like they are admitting they aren't the prettiest "girl" at the dance but swearing they will be the best dancer.  It's embarrassing.  Do you think this is a standard letter sent out with every stove purchased?  I think Sears is terrified of needlessly paying the freight on any returns knowing if they could just get the customer to make the effort to get the stove home and set-up they'd be much less likely to dismantle it and return it.

I think it is fabulous we have this letter and I'm sure it was kept by the newlyweds as a precaution.  This was probably the biggest purchase they made since they were married because Nora and Frank bought them their bedroom set. Ah, wait perhaps the note to Pa is for the stove but for some reason I thought it was for rent because it seems Allen and Alice are moving out on their own from Valley Gate.  Since Diantha Cass is still in Lone Pine,  as near as I can figure, they aren't headed there yet but rather to "Elm Wood" which is a location I do not know.

Oh and I don't want to let the image of Frank trying to "lick" Allen go unmentioned.  If you recall, we already know from a January entry that Frank is losing his physical edge over Allen and Allen is surely every bit the cocky youth thinking he's somehow bested his elder.  In truth, I love that Frank, while angry enough about something, remains dignified enough to keep his underwear clad backside inside the house.  What in the world did Allen do?  I notice he doesn't try to defend himself with a whole account which suggests to me (who would've written down everyone's faults in the matter had it been my journal) whatever he provoked his Dad with was indefensible.

How sad the poor cow lingered this long.  I thought that story ended happily since they took the effort to hoist her up.