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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Signs of Spring

A Day in the Life: March 19th

Johnny Crow's Garden: Gutenberg.org

(Aged 14)
Wea.   Cold                                   THU. MARCH 19, 1896                Ther.

Went to school.  Papering the house.


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

Rained by spells all day


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

Chas. Slater came down + Pa finished paying him.  Stayed at home all day.


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

Went to school rode with Gordon.  In eve went to the burg with Elmer O’Dell got me a pair of shoes cost $3.50.  Rained awful in eve.  Tapped the sugar bush.


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

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL MAY 22nd


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              WED.  MARCH 19, 1902               Ther.

Went to factory.  Drew up wood.  I shot at a flock of ducks.  Pearle came down.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               THU.  MARCH 19, 1903              Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE AGAIN UNTIL MAY 1st




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Editor's Note: A whole flock of ducks and not a bird for the pot.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Photo Fantasy Friday

The Young Aesthete
Richard Cass Lucas


Today's photo fantasy comes to us courtesy of our cousin Phyllis whose father, Rollin Cass, was a master photographer. This is a hand-colored photo of our father Dick Lucas somewhere around the age of 12-14. It's hard to tell and in true Cass fashion there is neither a date nor a place given. But we love it anyhow. I would love to walk into this photo carrying a picnic basket full of goodies and plop down next to the river with my Dad and have a talk. I would ask him what he was thinking when this photo was taken and what his hopes and dreams for the future were at this tender age. If anyone knows where this might have been taken please tell us.

Thanks,
Diana

Editor's Note: When Diana first showed me this photo I couldn't help but think: Ruskin by Millais.

"When Papa Put Paper on the Wall"

A Day in the Life: March 18th


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                           WED. MARCH 18, 1896                  Ther.

Went to school.  Came home at 3.30 PM.  Been papering the house.  Been boiling sap this is the first we have had.
Nora front center, Frank standing in front of his "humbly-framed" portrait.  All others are unknown except the child who is Morris Cass.  This photo is included here so you can see THE PAPER on the walls.  


(Aged 16)
Wea.  Sunny                                FRI. MARCH 18, 1898                    Ther.

Went to school played football.  Ma went over to grandma’s.  Mr. Perry came after his cows.



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

Boiled sap all day except about 3 hrs when Randsom + I drew two loads of sugar wood from the other place.

Pa + Rollie went up to Miles Annis’ and bot a cow for $50 and 6 sheep for $25.  They brought the cow home today but we are to go after the sheep before Wednesday.  Sap is running very fast.

Pa hired Randsom King for 8 months for $70. (WHAT?!)


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

Stayed at home all day. Pa, Ma + Rollie went to S.S. at Ivory.  In eve Alice and I took a sleigh ride got home at 11.30.


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

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL MAY 22nd


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

Done chores + split wood.


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

NO ENTRY MADE AGAIN UNTIL MAY 1st




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Editor's Note: Apparently, Randsom King could satisfactorily explain himself.  Wish I knew how.  I'm going to hope Frank had given him prior permission to use the gun and all Randsom was doing was going to get it.  It's all a bit odd to me and the hire contract has been renegotiated.  Randsom was meant to be hired for one year at $100 which is $8.30 a month.  However, his term is now shortened to 8 months but his monthly wage is now $8.75.  The more I think about it the odder it all seems.  Randsom was only on the farm two weeks when he was caught roaming the house touching other people's property.  I wonder if the hole is still there and I wonder what happened to Randsom.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Crack-Shot Randsom King Wounds the Floor

A Day in the Life: March 17th


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                              TUE. MARCH 17, 1896                Ther.

Went to school.


(Aged 16)
Wea.  Sunny                                 THU. MARCH 17, 1898                Ther.

Went to school played the last game of football on the series of five in which Erd + I chose up, they beat us bad.  Had all our cows dehorned today.  34 in all that we have that was dehorned.  Mrs. Mason + Alice went home in the morning.


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

Drove to school.  Pa + Ma went to town to peddle our syrup but he couldn’t peddle it out so he sold it to a store at .75 cents a gal.

Rollie said that while we were all away Randsom King came in + was looking at Pa’s rifle when it went off + the bullet went through the floor in the bedroom.

This card holds the place of a picture of Frank's gun to be posted early next week--the photo editor is on vacation.  (etsy site)



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

Worked all day sawing wood and shelling corn.


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

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL MAY 22nd


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

Went to factory.  Gail split wood.  I took a grist to the burg



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

NO ENTRY MADE AGAIN UNTIL MAY 1st




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Editor's Note:  I don't think I'm alone on this one...what the hell was Randsom King, who'd only been hired a few weeks previous, doing at home alone with Rollie (aged 7) looking at Frank's gun?  Not impressed.  What excuse could Randsom King have for going into Frank's bedroom and accidentally shooting the floor?  Something does not add up.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

An Embarrassment of Genealogical Riches

This is what I face everyday and while I am not ungrateful for this legacy, I am overwhelmed by the process of sorting its importance.  Stacks, boxes, photos...Well, I am very lucky to have someone coming to help me get started tomorrow.


From Frank to Allen to Mable to Dad to us not to mention the other line too which gave us the Checkered Chicken AKA The Lucas Chicken (very old: so says the yellowed note inside her belly).


Wedding Wednesday - Double Take!



Wedding of John Davidson of Frewsburg, NY.  Perhaps he was a student of Grandma Mabel's otherwise I can't account for the keeping of this except maybe the novelty of the ceremony.  I don't believe we're related.   No matter, the picture is adorable!

"Istanbul (Not Constantinople)"

A Day in the Life: March 16th


(Aged 14)
Wea.  Cloudy                               MON. MARCH 16, 1896                Ther.

Went to school.  Have passed in Geography have not got to study that any more.
Not to worry, Allen always had a crib sheet in his diaries.


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

Went to school played football.  Mrs. Mason + Alice Peterson came up and stayed all night.  I boiled sap in the evening played checkers.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             THU. MARCH 16, 1899                Ther.

Stayed at home and boiled sap all day.  After supper went up the hollow + got me some one fingered mittens and pa some tobacco.


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

Went to school.  Rode home with Ma + Grandma as they were down.  In eve Alice Warn and I went to a party at Gail Klocks.  Awful cold, got home at 1.30


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

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL MAY 22nd


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

Stayed at home all day.  Pa came over.  Gail went up to see his family.  Rainy.


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

NO ENTRY MADE AGAIN UNTIL MAY 1st




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Editor's Note: What I learned today is one fingered mittens are good for many things including hunting and snowboarding.  Maybe Allen was the kind of hunter who thought he just needed the right equipment for success.  I find it interesting that Frank was willing to banish Allen over tobacco and yet he smokes himself.  I didn't figure on that.  It seems to be that old parenting adage "Do as I say and not as I do" in action.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A Profitable Auction

A Day in the Life: March 15th

Allen F. Cass dressed for something other than drawing manure. I reckon that is an Odd Fellows pin on his jacket.

(Aged 14)
Wea.  Cloudy                                 SUN. MARCH 15, 1896               Ther. 28

Went up to Unkle Gib’s.


(Aged 16)
Wea.  Cloudy                                TUE. MARCH 15, 1898                Ther.

In A.M. went up to Unkle Gib’s after the cows.  In P.M. had the sale the highest cow went for $45.50.  The average $38.50.  My profit $25.  Grandma came over with Aunt May + Luella.


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

Stayed at home all day + boiled sap had an awful run all the buckets went full and we didn’t have storage enough so but what some ran away.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                                 THU. MARCH 15, 1900             Ther.

Rode to school with Gordon.  Stayed all night with John Glaspy.


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

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL MAY 22nd


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

Went to factory.  In P.M. built a fence up to the Wheeler lot.  Got a load of saw dust.  Ma came over.


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

NO ENTRY MADE AGAIN UNTIL MAY 1st




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Editor's Note:  It looks like Allen made out well on the cow auction--I'm sure his pa did even better.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Correction

After trying to find some information regarding the Woodwards for someone else this morning I realized I made a mistake.  My birthday wishes for Diantha are 4 months too soon!  She was born July 14th not March 14th.  The Checkered Chicken regrets her error and has no idea how she made it. 

That's not entirely true.  It might have something to do with the two-generations worth of unsorted genealogy notes, scraps of paper with leads and cemetery plot numbers scribbled on envelope backs,  not to mention Library of Congress request forms form the early 1970s jumbled throughout every room in her house.

Still...regrets.  Sorting suggestions welcome.

186 years ago Today Diantha Woodward Cass Was Born!

A Day in the Life: March 14th

Happy Birthday G-G-Great Grandma!
Diantha Woodward & Judd Smith Cass



(Aged 14)
Wea.    Clear                                 SAT. MARCH 14, 1896                  Ther.

Helped pa draw one load of hay + one of wood + he helped me draw my wood over to grandma’s.  I get $.90 and pa owes me .35 cents.  I have coming to me $1.25.  Need a new milk cow.

Mabel marks Diantha's house to the left and the site of the old Cass Mill to the right of Lone Pine



(Aged 16)
Wea.                                              MON. MARCH 14, 1898              Ther.

Went to school played the final game of football between Erd White + I.  We played 15 games + beat them by 6 scores.  In eve pa went up to Irwin Cowan’s to make out some paper for the the post office.



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

Went to school.  In eve went down to Erd White’s to a party had a fine time got home at 1.30 AM.



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

Wrote a letter to Alice to find out about Fri. eve.  Rode to school with Gordon.
Got an application blank from the Civil Service Comm.  Pa, Ma + Rollie went up to Unkle Gib’s.



(Aged 19)
Wea.                                             THU. MARCH 14, 1901                Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL MAY 22nd



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

Gail helped pa cut wood.  I done chores.  Springer's folks were down.



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

NO ENTRY MADE AGAIN UNTIL MAY 1st




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Editor's Note: I recently found this xerox of Lone Pine in my papers and it seems Diantha had her own house across the road from Lone Pine.  However, Lone Pine was definitely hers with her husband Judd Smith Cass and where she lived with her son Frank and daughter Mary in her early widowhood.  Perhaps she moved out when Frank and Nora started their family or when Frank and Nora moved to Valley Gate so that Lone Pine could be rented out to a tenant farmer.  If anyone has a spare day to look at old property maps/records in Carroll...Okay, a girl could hope.  :-)

Diantha passed away just a two weeks after turning 89.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Early Woodchuck Hill

A Day in the Life: March 13th


(Aged 14)
Wea.  Cold                                    FRI. MARCH 13, 1896                 Ther.

Stayed at home.  Geo. Walters moved up on his farm on Woodchuck Hill. 

Rollie is sick with LaGrippe.  (written in someone else’s hand).  Nora?

Woodchuck Hill map drawn by Rollin Cass for Mabel C. Lucas


(Aged 16)
Wea.   Cloudy                                SUN. MARCH 13, 1898               Ther.

Uncle Gib + Aunt May stayed all night here + Luella over to grandma’s.  In P.M. I went over to grandma’s.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                               MON. MARCH 13, 1899                Ther.

Stayed at home + boiled sap all day.  Pa is sick with grippe.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                               TUE. MARCH 13, 1900                   Ther.

Drove my horse to school as Lawrence went to Falconer to take the train with Gordon’s.
Got an invitation to a party to Klock’s for Friday eve, Rollie’s school closed.



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

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL MAY 22nd


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              THU.  MARCH 13, 1902               Ther.

Gail went to factory.  I went over to pa’s in P.M. pa came over.  Stormy all day. Roads are awful.


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

NO ENTRY MADE AGAIN UNTIL MAY 1st




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Editor's Note: I believe Lawrence is Gordon Taylor's father.  I wonder what Allen means that Rollie's school closed...for the day or for good?

Hope you aren't too cranky from losing an hour's sleep!