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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Frank and Nora's Wedding Anniversary!

A Day in the Life: March 12th


(Aged 14)
Wea. Cold                                  THU. MARCH 12, 1896                    Ther.

Stayed at home.  Aunt Em + Blaine came up.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            SAT. MARCH 12, 1898                    Ther.

Glen + Frank were down yesterday.

In P.M. went hunting killed a woodpecker and several small birds.  In evening there was a surprise party on pa + ma it being their 19 wedding anniversary about 70 over here.

Thanks to my cousin Phyllis Gustavson who sent this to me just this week!


Frank & Nora Cass and Hattie & Andrew Warn.  Both couples celebrated 50 years of marriage in March 1929.  Nora is wearing her late mother-in-law Diantha Cass' wedding dress for the occasion which was forest green with black lace.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             SUN. MARCH 12, 1899                  Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Ma + Rollie went up to S.S. at Ivory.


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

Rode to school with Gordon Taylor.


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

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL MAY 22nd.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                             WED.  MARCH 12, 1902                   Ther.

Lawrence helped Gail cut wood over here.  Mrs. Page came down.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              THU.  MARCH 12, 1903                Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE AGAIN UNTIL MAY 1st




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Editor's Note:  Allen finally gets his birds too bad they aren't sounding edible and there is a much bigger deal going on with his parents' anniversary.  It's amazing to think that after that party in 1898, Frank and Nora would have another 34 years together.  They weren't even half way through their love story.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Photo Fantasy Friday

Sweet Sixteen

Mabel Alice Cass:  Sweet Sixteen (?)


Very small question mark on the 16 and not at all on the sweet.  No question about Mabel's sweetness.  And I'm guessing her age based on other photos and her birthday is in April which times with the blossom.  The next question is Cherry or Dogwood?  The flowers look big for Cherry but I don't remember many Dogwoods around either and I have made that mistake before.

Obviously, my opinion is biased but I think I would have loved the young Mabel as much as I did her older version.  She looks like a "ripping girl" good for many laughs (because sometimes the British have more descriptively accurate phrases and Mabel was an Anglophile).  Her dress is gorgeous!  Wish I knew what color it was.  I wouldn't have minded being her BFF and getting up to all sorts of shenanigans, sharing confidences and clothes!

We plan to post transcriptions of some of Mabel's memories in the near future so you can know her a little better and the cowgirl she aspired to be.

As the Crow Flies

A Day in the Life: March 11th


(Aged 14)
Wea.  Snowy                                WED. MARCH 11, 1896               Ther. 20

Shot at a crow but did not hit it.
In evening Henry, Ed + Flora Harrington, Mrs. Geo. Bingham + Frank Peterson were here. 

Father + Rollie are sick La Grippe. (Does not look like Allen's handwriting on the health report)

                

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

Bert + I boiled sap.  In P.M. we did the same.  Alpha Flagg came up + after school Bertha Colbern came up + ate supper.  In eve there was a number of men here to see about the post office + we are going to have it + it is named Ivory.
                     

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

Boiled sap all day.  Pa went to the burg with Judd Grover + got his grass seed.


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

Stayed at home all day.  Pa, Ma + Rollie went up to S.S. I stayed home and wrote to Mabel Spencer and Mabel White.


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

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL MAY 22nd


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

Went to factory.  Pearl went home.  Put up a grist.  Frankie Kineston came up.


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

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL MAY 1st




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Editor's Note:  Of course Allen did not hit the crow.  But why would he want to anyhow?

I learn something new almost every day with the blog.  For instance I did not know La Grippe was a fancy, French term for Influenza.  I had always thought it was a fancy French word for diarrhea.  I am much the better person for this information.

Am I wrong or does it look like Ivory, NY was officially christened at a Post Office meeting in Valley Gate Farm on this day in 1898?

Thursday, March 10, 2011

"Wages by the Week"

A Day in the Life: March 10th

Information tables from the diaries.


(Aged 14)
 Wea.  Snowy                                TUE. MARCH 10, 1896                Ther. 30

Helped Pa draw one load wood + one load of hay.  Geo. Walters is sick.
                

(Aged 16)
Wea.  Sunny                                   THUR. MARCH 10, 1898           Ther.

In A.M. Erd + I went up to Maxwells to see them boil sap.  In P.M. went to the burg + up the Hollow to the store.  In eve Joel Harrington + Mr. George were over.  Bert Bingham came over to stay with me.

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

Drove to school.  After I got home + done my chores.  Randsom + I went up + tapped 20 trees. The sap runs good, guess we will boil tomorrow.

Chas Wygrene took 30 sheep down on the Webster Place today to keep one year for 1/2 wool + increase.


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

Went to Jamestown to try Civil Service examination but it is not held till next Sat.
Ed Harrington has tapped his sugar bush.


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

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL MAY 22nd.


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

Drew 6 loads of manure.  Pearl came down.


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

NO ENTRY MADE AGAIN UNTIL MAY 1st




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Editor's Note: Curious as to Allen's long term plans regarding the Civil Service test.  It is my guess that the two years Allen is on hiatus from March - May has something to do with the farming busy season.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Wedding Wednesday - Rick & Patty

Not from the Cass Clan but from the Leavengood Clan.  This wedding took place in 1971 and the baby in the photo just became a new father himself. This was a true love affair of high school sweethearts.  Sadly, Rick passed away in 2005.  He will always be missed and always be loved.



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A Day in the Life: March 9th


(Aged 14)
Wea.  Clear                                  MON. MARCH 9, 1896                  Ther. 30

Cut wood 1/2 cd.  Wanted to sign for Good Stories + get a book named “Hunters + Trappers Guide”.  Got the paper one year + the book for .26 cents.

                
(Aged 16)
Wea.  Sunny                                 WED. MARCH 9, 1898                  Ther.

Went to school played football.  Erd White came up to stay all night with me.  In evening Chas Slater went up to a surprise party at Joel Harrington’s.
                     

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                              THUR. MARCH 9, 1899               Ther. 

Drove to school.  Got Pa a library book.


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

Rode to school with Gordon.  He and Allene Davis have broken up.  In eve took Alice Warn up to a party at Frank Warn’s.


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

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL MAY 22nd.


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

Stayed at home all day.  Gail went to factory.  Rollie came over.  The big red Turner Cow came in had a big bull calf.


Official Cass Bull



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

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL MAY 1st




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Editor's Note:  My first subscription was National Geographic--I was about 14 too.  I think my sister's was Seventeen magazine and I thought it was totally too old for her.  I don't think the Hunter's and Trapper's Guide benefited our man very much as his hunting efforts show but I never became an explorer either.  However,  Diana eventually did reach 17.

Gordon breaks up with his girl too following Allen's lead.  But I don't know that Gordon has anyone like Alice Warn waiting in the wings.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Sweet Student Photos

Thank a teacher today!

Sappy Thoughts

A Day in the Life: March 8th


(Aged 14)
Wea.  Snowy                               SUN. MARCH 8, 1896                    Ther. 30

Went over to Grandma’s.  Sugared down first time this year had about 1 qt.
                

(Aged 16)
Wea.  Sunny                                TUE. MARCH 8, 1898                    Ther.

Went up the hollow in the morning + got some groceries before school-- was late.  Played football. In evening boiled sap.

Boiling Sap (to purchase)



(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             WED. MARCH 8, 1899                  Ther. 

Drove to school.  Sent for the football.  France Long rode up from the burg with me.  Alice Peterson visited the school.


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

Rode to school with Gordon.


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

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL MAY 22nd


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

Drew 1 1/2 tons of hay from Pa’s to the horse barn for $10 per ton.  Our cigar knife and repair links came .65 cents express charges.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              SUN.  MARCH 8, 1903                Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE AGAIN  UNTIL MAY 1st




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Editor's Note:  I must confess I had no idea that once football was always in season.  And I am seriously considering tapping the two maple trees in our front yard to see what happens.  We joked about it last year but this year I'm inspired by the journals.   Perhaps next March so I'll be more prepared but I worry about a whole lot of effort for little reward.  I'm a rather lazy farmer though we did sow many seeds this past weekend.  To be clear, when I call myself a farmer I mean we really just have small veggie patch but it is awesome.

Monday, March 7, 2011

"Way Down Upon the Conewango"

A Day in the Life: March 7th

(Aged 14)
Wea.  Snowy                                SAT. MARCH 7, 1896                    Ther. 24

Stayed at home + cut about 1/3 cord of wood.  Ma + Grandma went to the Old Folks Reunion.* Grandma (Diantha Cass) had an awful good time.

The back of the photo says this is the First Carroll Town Picnic.  The woman in the front with an X on her forehead is Diantha Cass (we did not mark her).  Frank Cass is marked with an X too further back.  We don't know the date but it is safe to say many of these people were at "The Old Folks Reunion" too given Diantha's age already.
                

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

Went to school + played football Pa went to town with Mrs. Mason.  In evening I boiled sap.  Rode to school with Pa + back with Leon Page.
                     

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

Ma + I went up to Jamestown took up 22 doz of eggs sold them for $.16 per doz.
I had two double teeth pulled by Rawson he put odentunder in them but it hurt just the same.
Frank Warn came here in the eve he had been down to visit the school.  He stayed all night.


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

Rode to school with Gordon Taylor.  In eve took Alice Warn out for a ride.


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

Did chores in A.M.  In P.M. drew manure.


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

Went to the burg + $3 Traded my watch to D. Springer for a gun.  Ma came over.  Ruth went home.  Gail drew 8 loads of manure.


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

NO ENTRY MADE




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Editor's Note:  *Totally cool moment because I was randomly listening to Stephen Foster’s "Old Folks At Home" right when I transcribed that entry! (David Ball's version)

This photograph is amazing but the longer I stare at it the more unreal it looks.  The lighting is so dappled that some folks are over exposed, some under.  Heads look disproportionate to each other almost as if they were cut and pasted in and the way the rear rows blur makes those folks look like painted scenery.  One thing for sure is that it was an awesome turnout.  I really like the two women in the front row missing the camera click to carry on their conversation.  This is certainly a photo that would be wonderful to step inside.

As for Allen's teeth--clearly not wisdom teeth poor guy.   I have investigated (via the internet) the term "odentunder" to no avail.  I have found two mentions in old newspapers but none give a definition of the actual product.  They are dental service advertisements that suggest odentunder was meant as an anesthetic.  If there are any dentists out there who could be more specific on the history of this item,  please help us out.  Otherwise I'll be seeing my dentist next week and try to remember to ask him.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

How sick is "nearly sick"?

A Day in the Life: March 6th

(Aged 14)
Wea.                                            FRI. MARCH 6, 1896                    Ther.

Went to school had examination in Geography + Spelling.
                

(Aged 16)
Wea.  Cloudy                               SUN. MARCH 6, 1898                   Ther. 30

Pa + Ma went up the hollow to S.S. Fred Slater was down to see Chas.  In evening went down to the burg to the U.B. Church.

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

Didn’t go to school as I was nearly sick.  Pa + Ransom built a sheep shed.  My teeth ache awful.


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

Rode to school with Gordon Taylor.  Alice Warn visited the school and I made a date with her for tomorrow night.


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

Went with the milk.  We had 42 lbs. Frankie and I burned the cow (unknown word) in P.M.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              THUR.  MARCH 6, 1902              Ther.

Went to factory.  Gail helped pa.  I went to the burg + got my buggy. $2.50.  Alice went up home.  I went up + got her we eat super up there  Ruth cam home with us.

I'm guessing Frank bought a Murray Buggy back in 1889 since he kept this letter.  Was it still in use in 1902?




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

NO ENTRY MADE AGAIN UNTIL MAY 1st.




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Editor's Note:  I am wondering, given his age, if Allen's aching teeth are his wisdom teeth coming in?  And my goodness but Alice Warn is not letting up!  Love her boldness.  Two days ago she marched herself over to Allen and asked him to Frank's party on Friday and here today she turns up at Allen's school and they make another date to happen even sooner!  That girl knew how to make her own luck.

 Hilarious that Allen calls off school because he is "nearly sick".  I'm suspecting he actually is outright sick as his Pa was the other day when he was deemed "nearly sick" as well.  I'm not sure he's using his phrasing correctly.