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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Brownie Points

A Day in the Life: April 2nd


(Aged 14)
Wea. Windy                                 THU. APRIL 2, 1896                    Ther.  25

Went to school


(Aged 16)
Wea.  Stormy                               SAT. APRIL 2, 1898                      Ther.

It snowed about 1 inch last night + has been very cold all day.  Went to the factory.  In P.M. Hi Scott was here to pay some interest.  I stayed at home all afternoon.  In eve Chas Slater + I went down to the burg.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                              SUN. APRIL 2, 1899                     Ther.

Stayed at home all day awful snowy and windy.  Rollie + I were playing when he fell + cut his lip a little but not much.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              MON. APRIL 2, 1900                   Ther.

Worked all day boiling sap till about three o’clock and then shelled corn.  Ma + Grandma went to the burg.  I got a camera by mail cost .40 cents.

Kodak Browning first on the market in February 1900


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              TUE. APRIL 2, 1901                    Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL MAY 22nd



(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               WED.  APRIL 2, 1902                 Ther.

Rollie came over.  Gail went to factory.  I started for town but it was awful muddy + snowy, so I sent a note of $40 up by Arnie Shaw to renew one I gave for cows I bot over on the river.  Sent for a new catalogue(sic) from Sears Roebuck + Co.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              THU.  APRIL 2, 1903                    Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE AGAIN UNTIL MAY 1st




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Editor's Note:  I have no idea if it was a Brownie that Allen bought.  I would say it was a cheaper version since information I found said original Brownie's retailed for $1which would have been $26.42 in 2010.  I'm curious to find out how this venture of Allen's develops (no pun intended) because as we know his younger brother Rollie was a superb photographer.

Photo Editor's Note: Diana here. I am visiting Jen and wanted to add my two cents to the photography legacy of the Cass family. I wouldn't be a photographer if it wasn't for Uncle Rollie. And perhaps it would seem that Rollie wouldn't have been a photographer if Allen hadn't taken up the art. Being ten years older than his brother, I imagine that Allen was an amazing influence on Rollie. Marriage and babies came to Allen sooner than Rollie and believe me, once you have kids and such, film can be hard to focus on.  So perhaps the camera became neglected and Rollie took an interest. However it happened I have noticed that there is a trend of what I call "inherited imagery" in my work. For many years most of our ancestral photos lay in boxes. After creating a body of work spanning about 20 years  I compared my photos to that of Rollie's and realized we loved photographing the same things in the same manner.  So thanks Uncle Rollie for the photo DNA you passed on down.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Photo Fantasy Friday

Warn Family Picture




This fabulous photo is from our cousin DeForest Warn and shows the amazing number of Warns who immigrated from Sweden to Carroll in the 1800's.  This one family photo represents most of the progeny of Christine (Grandmother Warn) and Peter Warn (deceased) who were already quite old when they came over.  John Warn is Deforest's Great Grandfather and Andrew (Anders) Warn is our Great Great Grandfather.

It is wonderful to know that the descendants of Grandmother Warn are able to have a virtual reunion via The Checkered Chicken and e-mail!

Thanks De for sharing your extraordinary photos with us.

Nobody's Fool

A Day in the Life: April 1st


(Aged 14)
Wea. Cloudy                                 WED. APRIL 1, 1896                     Ther.  30

Went to school.

April Fool


(Aged 16)
Wea. Sunny                                  FRI. APRIL 1, 1898                       Ther.

Went to school played football.  In eve rode my bicycle up the hollow to meeting.  They are talking about war with Spain a great deal.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                              SAT. APRIL 1, 1899                      Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Pa took a grist to the burg.  Randsom nor I worked.  Randsom took his wheel down to the barn + began learning to ride.

The Thayer Cemetery meeting was to meet at the school house but as they couldn’t get the key they met here.

Awful snowy + cold.





(Aged 18)
Wea.                                                SUN. APRIL 1, 1900                   Ther.

Drew the milk we will change with Ed.  Pa + Ma + Rollie went to S.S. In eve took Alice out for a drive.  Had a fine time.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                                 MON. APRIL 1, 1901                Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL MAY 22nd


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                                  TUE.  APRIL 1, 1902                 Ther.

Gail went to factory.  I shod Maud + Dandy.  Sent for a milking tube 3 1/4 in for .60 cents to Sears Roebuck + Co.



(Aged 21)
Wea.                                                 WED.  APRIL 1, 1903                 Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE AGAIN UNTIL MAY 1st




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Editor's Note:  I guess 14 was the last age when Allen cared about April Fool's day.  By 16 he's concerned with the world around him.  War with Spain began on April 25, 1898.  And I hope my sister is happy I'm lightening up on Randsom because I like the image of him practicing his cycling in the barn on a snowy day.

The Thayer's were "next door" neighbors to the Cass family and I have just recently learned from historian June Burgett that they were the original owners of Valley Gate's land before Frank bought it.  The Thayer's farm was a stop on the Underground Railroad.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

All-American Boy

A Day in the Life: March 31st


(Aged 14)
Wea. Clear                                   TUE. MARCH 31, 1896               Ther.  40

Went to school played baseball.

1896 New York Giants


(Aged 16)
Wea.  Cloudy                               THU. MARCH 31, 1898               Ther.

Went to school played football.  After school I put my bicycle together and went up the hollow to the store on it.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             FRI. MARCH 31, 1899                Ther.

Worked all day drawing up logs and cutting them into sugar wood.  Randsom worked with me.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              SAT. MARCH 31, 1900                 Ther.

Worked all day in A.M. sawed wood.  In P.M. boiled sap.  In eve Ern Caskey was here to have a mortgage drew up.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              SUN. MARCH 31, 1901                Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL MAY 22nd


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               MON.  MARCH 31, 1902             Ther.

Went to factory + took a grist to the burg. 17 bags.  Gail drew two loads of hay up to the cow barn from pa’s we fed the last of our’s this morning.



(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               TUE.  MARCH 31, 1903                 Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE AGAIN UNTIL MAY 1st




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Editor's Note:  Sports, sports and sports.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Wedding Wednesday - Ruth and Jack

Sugar is Sweet and So Are You

A Day in the Life: March 30th


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

Went to school.  Jim Anderson + wife were over to eat warm sugar in the evening.
Carson Russell stayed all night with me.


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

Went to school played football.   Had a new scholar by the name of Howard Watson.  In eve Chas Slater went up to Arnie Shaw's to a dance.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             THU. MARCH 30, 1899               Ther.

In A.M. went to school and tried examination in Algebra.  In P.M. boiled sap.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              FRI. MARCH 30, 1900                 Ther.

In A.M. sawed wood in P.M. tried examination in Economics.  In eve went up and got Alice, brought her down to eat warm sugar.  Erd White brought Irma and Frank Warn came alone.  Went away about 12 o’clock.
Allen and Alice in the 1920s


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              SAT. MARCH 30, 1901                Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL MAY 22nd


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               SUN.  MARCH 30, 1902             Ther.

Stayed at home + done chores.  Went to factory.  Gail went up to Lindell's + I done chores.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               MON.  MARCH 30, 1903                  Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE AGAIN UNTIL MAY 1st




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Editor's Note: I want to eat warm sugar and be called a scholar.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday



Stone Rubbing at the ancestral grave of Pliny Cass (1796-1876)




Allen Cemetery, Falconer, NY



Tapping Into History

A Day in the Life: March 29th


(Aged 14)
Wea. Clear                                   SUN. MARCH 29, 1896                Ther.  38

Grandma came over.  Sap ran all last night the buckets are about 2/3 full in the morning + about full at night.
Inspired by the Ancestors we tapped our two maples and one of our neighbor's.  So far we have a tiny frozen drip!


(Aged 16)
Wea.  Cloudy                                TUE. MARCH 29, 1898               Ther.

In morning Bert + I went down to the burg with Frank Thayer’s milk.  Worked the rest of the day shingling finished it and I came home at night.  I was tired.  It was pretty cold in the morning.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             WED. MARCH 29, 1899               Ther.

Went to school tried the examination in Advanced English and English.  Awful snowy, windy and cold.  Ordered my wheel from Hunt + Moore it is to be a Hurcles Gear 70.  Got a letter from Mabel Servis.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              THU. MARCH 29, 1900                Ther.

Drove to school in the A.M. had examination in Algebra.  In P.M. sawed wood.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              FRI. MARCH 29, 1901                 Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL MAY 22nd


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               SAT.  MARCH 29, 1902               Ther.

Went to factory + drew two load of hay from pa’s.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                                SUN.  MARCH 29, 1903             Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE AGAIN UNTIL MAY 1st




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Editor's Note: Who knows if we'll get enough sap to do anything with or if we'll have the patience to boil it down if we do.  The truth is it's fun to try something I never even thought of doing before.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Life's a Beach

A Day in the Life: March 28th


(Aged 14)
Wea. Clear                                   SAT. MARCH 28, 1896               Ther.  40

Pa went to Jamestown.  Got me a pair of crutches.

A day at the beach with Lil, daughter Ruthie and the grandchildren (Dad center).  Allen far right with elevated shoe.

(Aged 16)
Wea. cloudy                                MON. MARCH 28, 1898               Ther.

In morning went over on the other place and got some shingle + Bert Bingham and I began shingling the corn house on the Webster Place.  We are to have a dollar a piece.  Stayed all night with Bert.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             TUE. MARCH 28, 1899               Ther.

In A.M. Randsom + I cut sugar wood and gathered sap in P.M. we split the wood and I boiled sap.  Worked all day as I didn’t have to go to school on account of regent’s examination.


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

Rode to school with Gordon.  Had an examination in Advanced English + English Composition.  Ma and Rollie went over to grandma’s.  Got a letter from Ellen King.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              THU. MARCH 28, 1901                Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL MAY 22nd


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

Drew a load of hay.  Went to factory. Grandma went over to pa’s.


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

NO ENTRY MADE AGAIN UNTIL MAY 1st




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Editor's Note: Since we did not know the story of how Allen hurt his leg we asked the cousins and were told to the best of their collective memory that Allen stepped in a "cow hole" when he was young and trapped his foot.  In pulling him free from this position his foot was badly broken but no one sought medical attention and it became infected. 

I heard this story a few weeks ago and hadn't shared it yet but then the mention of crutches on this day in 1896 made it a likely opportunity.  However, just this week, after much sorting (still no where near done)  I took the time to read something I found that my grandmother Mabel wrote.  She tells a slightly different story which makes one wonder if the complete and true story ever was known...


Reading her account reminded me of something else she wrote that I read a few months ago about her hurting herself as a child.  It makes me appreciate Allen's young experience and his response to Mabel's injury all the more.

The question:

“Did you ever have stitches or broken bones?”

Mabel: “Oh yes - I fell out of a buggy in the Big Barn.  Father + Mother drove 7 miles to Kennedy to Dr. Purcell who set it.  Coming home the horse ran away.  Pulled my Dad out of the buggy.  Dragged him a long way but he hung on to the lines + stopped the horse.  The horse had become frightened at a steam engine".



Um, wow that would have been something to see.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sunday Smiles

Puppy Love


Mary and Alice




In the summer of 2006 I took my two daughters to visit their Cass cousins. While we were there in the birthplace of Summer, our cousins adopted a baby pug named Mary. That's my daughter on the right and Mary in the middle. Neither one of them looks like they do in this photo any more. I love this photo because upstate New York has that lush soft grass you can roll around in with a puppy and the lovely smell sticks to your hair and skin for the rest of the day. Sadly, we lack that coolness here in Florida. The grass is unloving and unkind. And the summers are nothing but a hot mess of pea soup.

Your 2 Cents Worth (Plus Dividends)

A Day in the Life: March 27th


(Aged 14)
Wea. Clear                                   FRI. MARCH 27, 1896               Ther.  30

Went to school.  Found 2 cents.



(Aged 16)
Wea.  Rainy                                SUN. MARCH 27, 1898               Ther.

Bert stayed with me last night.  This morning we went to the factory.  In P.M. Ma, Rollie + I  went up to the Hollow to S.S.  In the eve went down to the burg to church.



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

Went to school.  Broke a buggy wheel and have got to get it fixed myself as I am to work + earn my own money + bear my own expenses.  Wrote a letter to Verna White.


Broken Wheel

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

Rode to school with Gorden.  In eve went up to Ivory and got the mail, sent a letter to Frank Warn asking him down Friday eve.




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

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL MAY 22nd



(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               THU.  MARCH 27, 1902             Ther.

Went to factory Gail followed.  Got a dividend of $11.44


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

NO ENTRY MADE AGAIN UNTIL MAY 1st




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Editor's Note:  Interesting that at age 17 Allen was to be fiscally responsible for himself.  One wonders if that conversation with his father took place before or after the buggy wheel broke.  I also wonder how much is paternal hyperbole.