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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Wheeling and Dealing

A Day in the Life: March 26th



(Aged 14)
Wea. Cold                                   THU. MARCH 26, 1896               Ther.  21

Wrote a letter to Lewis Fox.  Went to school.  Sap ran all last night.  Pa tended boiling it a while + let it burn very badly all night.  It rained until about noon then it began to snow + the wind to blow very hard at 7 PM it was 21 above zero.




(Aged 16)
Wea. Windy                                 SAT. MARCH 26, 1898                Ther.

In A.M. went down on the Webster place + helped Bert Bingham shingle.  In P.M. we went up to John Warn’s to see about some money.  Stopped at the store when we came back.


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

Stayed at home all day.  Sold Randsom King my wheel lamp, bell + cyclometer for $25.00.  I am to get a new crank + peddle also an air pump.  Ma, Rollie and Randsom went up to Ivory to S.S.



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

Rode to school with Gorden.  Had a review in Algebra.  Asked Erd and Irma up to eat sugar Friday eve.



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

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL MAY 22nd



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

Went to the factory.  Gail Plowed.  Alice went up home.  Andrew + I went over on Frew Run to find some cows but didn’t find any.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              THU.  MARCH 26, 1903                  Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE AGAIN UNTIL MAY 1st




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Editor's Note:  The Lewis Fox I found in the Census was only slightly older than Allen and would soon be working out as a farm laborer.  He lived in Michigan but his mother was born someplace in New York State.  I'm guessing that is the connection to the area and why he might know Allen.

You've got to love Allen's initiative in selling off his unwanted things to the hired men.  I know I was mad at the mark-up on the wagon a while back but I'm less fond of Randsom for some reason and not so concerned about his consumer welfare since the shooting incident.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Photo Fantasy Friday

The Chess Maven and Her Family


L-R Donald Nye, Sandra Nye, Carl Nye, Carla Nye, Catherine Nye, Andrew Nye


It was our Grandmother Catherine Nye who was the chess maven.  Funny that she was unwittingly sexist for being such a liberal woman.  She never taught her granddaughters chess -only her grandsons and I wonder that her daughters knew from this photo since it is her boys who are playing.  I don't understand this photo because I never knew my grandparents when they were still married to each other.  I feel like there are underlying tensions which is why I would love to walk into the frame and try to figure out everyone's dynamic.  I don't think my mom looks happy and Aunt Carla is posed ever so thoughtfully that it is stiff.  Grandma was larger than life and the true head of the family I knew growing up so I find it funny she is so little in this picture and Grandpa is the main focus.

I would love to take a seat at the table and demand what I should have 35 years ago: please teach me to play chess.  Oh, and I'd also like to know the name of Mom's doll.

"100 Years is Too Soon to Forget"

Front of postcard that was not actually used as a birthday greeting
Back of postcard from Luella Eccles to her Aunt Nora
Transcription:

To: Mrs. F.S. Cass
Frewsburg, NY  R.F.D. 84
postmarked Kennedy, NY November 29, 1912   5PM
upside down stamp (sent with love)



Kennedy, NY

Dear Aunt,
     Please make Grandma another Waiste just like the other one she likes it + wants another.  She thinks she will like it better than the dress she needs the waist anyway.

    Luella


Editor's Note:  In trying to figure out what Grandma actually wanted Nora to make I turned to my friend, designer Jill Andrews who was more than happy to help with what she called my Fashion Forensics question.  Jill explained "a 'waist' would be referring to a shirtwaist (which is) a blouse usually with a collar and cuffs. They had a very smart, menswear inspired look with a bit of a puff sleeve".
Library of Congress

This postcard request came just a year and a half after the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire which happened 100 years ago today.  You can watch the PBS documentary "Triangle Fire" here.

Many Happy Returns!

A Day in the Life: March 25th

Cass Family Picnic! (1950s)

(Aged 14)
Wea. Clear                                   WED. MARCH 25, 1896              Ther.  34

Went to school.  Bought me a physiology traded my Geography + 15cents which pa gave me.


(Aged 16)
Wea.  Sunny                                  FRI. MARCH 25, 1898                Ther.

Went to school had examination in Physiology and Geography.  In evening Clarence Cowan and his wife were down to hire some money.


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

I siruped (sic) off what was boiled down yesterday before breakfast.    Pa went to the burg + brought me up a letter from Verna White.  I went to Kennedy and got my boots fixed.



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

Stayed at home all day only took grandma over some sirup (sic).  Pa, Ma, + Rollie went to S.S. at Ivory.  In eve Alice and I took a ride got home at 11.30 had a fine time.  Got a letter from Cassie Conners.


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

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL MAY 22nd


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

Went to factory.  Gail plowed, drew a load of sawdust and a load of manure.


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

NO ENTRY MADE AGAIN UNTIL MAY 1st




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Editor's Note: Is hiring money a loan?  I can't think of what else it could be.

Today is the birthday of our cousin Phyllis!  The other day she told me a funny story of an entry in Frank Cass' journal from the year she was born.  In effect it said "Rollie and Esther had a baby girl named Phyllis.  I am going to give her $50."  Very sweet, right?  However, when Willard had his son a few years later, Frank said something to the effect "I'm going to give him $100 because he's a boy"!  (Exclamation mark all mine)

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Trial and Error

A Day in the Life: March 24th


(Aged 14)
Wea. Clear                                   TUE. MARCH 24, 1896               Ther.  36

Went to school.  When I got home I boiled sap pa told me to put some wood in + leave it.  I told him the sap would burn.  He had me do it + next morning the pan was almost dry and it was burnt on the pan.

 Boiling Sap

(Aged 16)
Wea.   Sunny                                THU. MARCH 24, 1898               Ther.

Went to school had examination in Elemtry (sic :-)) English.  Played football.  In eve we all went over to Marvin Bingham’s.  Got home at 10 o’clock.


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

Went to school they had an examination in the P.M.  Lydia Lawson rode up with me.  When I came home Aunt May + Unkle Gib were here they stayed in the evening.  In eve John Page + his wife came over to eat warm sugar.  Pa + Randsom boiled sap all day.


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

Worked all day.  Killed a pig.  Sold a ton of hay for $10 to Jack Harrington.  Fixed the sugar arch.  In eve Irma and Alton were down.  We played authors.  Irma gave me one of her pictures.


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

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL MAY 22nd


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

I drew butter to the burg in P.M.  18 tubs.  Gail plowed in the meadow in front of J. Smiths.  Rollie came over to trap this week.


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

NO ENTRY MADE AGAIN UNTIL MAY 1st




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Editor's Note:  At 14 Allen has clearly entered the "know-it-all-already" phase that teens are forced to go through by nature.  Heavy sigh.

I mentioned before that I have been inspired by all this tapping and boiling and sugaring and thought I would put it off another year.  However, a starter kit is winging its way to me as I type.  So I will let you know how we get on here at Home Farm.  We only have two maples to try but why not?

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Wedding Wednesday - Diana & Jennifer

Playing dress up in Gram's "first" wedding dress from 1929 and an evening gown. (1976?)

"A Bushel and a Peck"

A Day in the Life: March 23rd


(Aged 14)
Wea. Clear                                   MON. MARCH 23 1896               Ther.  34

Went to school.  Still papering the house.  Rec’d a letter from Lewis Fox, Sawyer Mich.


(Aged 16)
Wea. Rainy                                  WED. MARCH 23 1898               Ther.

Went to school had regents examination in Adv. English + Spelling.  Looked at the civics paper but couldn’t pass it.  Rode to + from school with pa.  He went to a sale + bot one cow + one bu(shel) of wheat.

Wrong season but beautiful just the same.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             THU. MARCH 23 1899               Ther.

Stayed at home + boiled sap all day.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              FRI. MARCH 23 1900                 Ther.

Rode to school with Gorden Taylor.  Boiled sap it is the first we have boiled.  In eve Alice and I took a ride got home at 11:30.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                               SAT. MARCH 23 1901                Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL MAY 22nd



(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               SUN.  MARCH 23 1902                Ther.

Gail went to factory.  In P.M. Alice + I + the baby went over to pa’s.  Gail’s father came to see him.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              MON.  MARCH 23 1903                  Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE AGAIN UNTIL MAY 1st




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Editor's Note:   Follow the link if, like me, you are uncertain of the exact size of a bushel or for that matter a peck.  So that answers the age-old question of how many pickled peppers Peter Piper picked.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday

Maple Grove Cemetery, Frewsburg, NY December, 1997

Shall We Dance?

A Day in the Life: March 22nd


(Aged 14)
Wea.  Clear                                   SUN. MARCH 22, 1896                  Ther.  32

Grandma came over.


(Aged 16)
Wea. Rainy                                   TUE. MARCH 22, 1898                  Ther.

Went to school.  In evening we all went over on the other place to Geo. Walters to a surprise party.  Bert Bingham went over with us.  They got them a set of dishes after they danced so did Chas Slater.  Got home at 12 o’clock.
Pierre Auguste Renoir


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             WED. MARCH 22, 1899                  Ther.

Stayed at home and boiled sap all day.  Pa, Ma + Rollie went to the burg the town board met.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             THU. MARCH 22, 1900                 Ther.

Rode to school with Gordon.  Got an old football at school and am going to make it into a punching bag.  Rode up with Erd White he took a load of tubs up the hollow.


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

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL MAY 22nd


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

Drew 4 loads of manure.  Rollie came over.


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

NO ENTRY MADE AGAIN UNTIL MAY 1st




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Editor's Note: Joplin; Sousa; Foster, maybe a traditional reel or two...I'd love to know what was played and what the dancing looked like.  I love it when men aren't afraid to dance.  Hooray for Chas. Slater.  Chas. was about 19 years old (3 years older than Allen at the time).  He was born in Pennsylvania in 1879 and was a farm laborer most his life all over Chautauqua County.  Obviously, he was a very steady and employable man.  He married a woman named Carrie and as near as I can tell they had three children spaced very widely apart.  Geneva was born first in 1903.  There was a second daughter Viola born about 1912 and Geneva was off and married by 1920.  In 1930, Geneva and her family are living with her parents Chas and Carrie again, Viola is likely off and married and there is another sibling now-- Edward who was born about 1921.  Geneva married a man named Leo Brisley.  Perhaps there are relatives still around in Chautauqua County today.

The "other place" that Geo. Walters is living on seems like it is a Cass property by the wording but if I am correct I think he just moved up on Woodchuck Hill. George Walters was born in 1868 and married a Lura May.  They had at least three children as well.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Syrup Season

A Day in the Life: March 21st
Mabel Lucas' hand-drawn family tree


(Aged 14)
Wea.  Clear                                 SAT. MARCH 21, 1896                    Ther.  32

Pa + Ma went to Jamestown.  I boiled sap from 4 PM to 7.30 PM.


(Aged 16)
Wea.  Rainy                                 MON. MARCH 21, 1898                    Ther.

Went to school couldn’t play football it was so wet.  Miss Mackey visited school today.  In evening Pa Ma + Rollie went up to a surprise party on John Page.  Chas Slater + I stayed home.


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


Chas Slater came down from Unkle Si’s and pa finished paying him. 
Went to school played football it came yesterday.  After school got 6 one gal. syrup cans at .90 cents per doz.


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

Went to school.  Rode home with Gordon Taylor.  Saw France Long.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                             THU. MARCH 21, 1901                     Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL MAY 22nd


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

Drew 4 loads of manure.  I went to factory.  Ruth came down.


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

NO ENTRY MADE AGAIN UNTIL MAY 1st




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Editor's Note: Kind of a quiet one on the farm today.  The paper tree however was a template Gram filled with various family lines.  I will post some with names shortly.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sunday Smiles

THE CASS MEN


Willard, Rollin, Allen (Fell), Allen (early 1950s?)  photo by Richard Lucas

Allen Momentarily Goes Methodist

A Day in the Life: March 20th


(Aged 14)
Wea.  Very cold + windy           FRI. MARCH 20, 1896                    Ther.

Went to school saw one snow drift that was 7 ft straight up.


(Aged 16)
Wea.   Sunny                              SUN. MARCH 20, 1898                    Ther. 40

Went over to grandma’s.  Luella is there.   Ma + Rollie went up the hollow to S.S.  In evening went to church.  There was church only at the Methodist it was a memorial service in honor of Mrs. Williams the pres. of the WCTU.

Found in our vast collection of ephemera


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

Stayed at home all day boiled sap some but not much as it was so cold + snowy.


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

Rode to school with Gordon.  Finished tapping sugar bush. Got a letter from Mabel White + Fred Witmore.  Stayed all night with Erd White went over to Rosa Howard’s + played pedro.  So did Andrew B. (Ha. Ha.)


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

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL MAY 22nd


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

Drew manure 3 loads.


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

NO ENTRY MADE AGAIN UNTIL MAY 1st




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Editor's Note: I have not figured out why Allen prefers the church in the burg v. Sunday School in Ivory with his family.  I suppose it is all about "seeing and being seen" and feeling independent.  However, I can just imagine his disappointment in having his plans pious (or otherwise) disrupted by the passing of poor Mrs. Williams.