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Saturday, April 9, 2011

A Good Egg

A Day in the Life: April 9th



(Aged 14)
Wea.                                            THU. APRIL 9, 1896               Ther.

Went to school.



(Aged 16)
Wea. Cloudy                                SAT. APRIL 9, 1898               Ther.

Worked all day cutting brush + fence posts in front of Smith’s.  Ma went down to Mrs. Mason’s


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                            SUN. APRIL 9, 1899               Ther.

Stayed at home all day + took a bath.  Ma, Rollie + Randsom went up to S.S.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              MON. APRIL 9, 1900                 Ther.

Drew manure in A.M. just before noon.  I slipped and hurt my lame leg.  Now I am laid up for a while.  Got a letter from Ida Lewis requesting me to speak a piece Friday eve at the egg social. 

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(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              TUE. APRIL 9, 1901                Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL MAY 22nd


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               WED.  APRIL 9, 1902             Ther.

We done chores + fixed fence up by Springer's.  In eve Gail went to the burg.  I went over to pa’s.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              THU.  APRIL 9, 1903                  Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE AGAIN UNTIL MAY 1st




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Editor's Note:  I have found that the Egg Social would have been held on Good Friday.  Easter fell on  the 15th in 1900 but no holidays were printed in the calendar.  I only know if they are meaningful to Allen if he actually writes them in as in "April Fools Day".  He doesn't mention the connection of Easter and eggs but I figured it had to be.  I wish I knew what piece he spoke.  This is the first inkling that he would be a public figure.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Photo Fantasy Friday

Welcome Astronauts!


The thing is we probably were there.  When we were very young we lived in Spring Valley, NY and our father commuted to  New York City to work.  I can remember seeing the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade from his shoulders but I don't remember this parade.  Diana thinks she does.  I would love to have it as a conscious memory.

"Don't Get Excited"

A Day in the Life: April 8th

Another helpful diary page--The last line says it all


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                             WED. APRIL 8, 1896                    Ther. 

Went to school.  Ma + Grandma went to Mr. Coe’s funeral.


(Aged 16)
Wea.  Sunny                                 FRI. APRIL 8, 1898                       Ther.

Went to school played football in the morning but couldn’t at noon as it wanted fixing.  Lydia Lawson rode up with me.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             SAT. APRIL 8, 1899                       Ther.

Boiled sap all day.  John went home about 3 o’clock.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              SUN. APRIL 8, 1900                      Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Wrote a letter to Alice Warn, one to Cassie Conner + one to Mabel Spencer.  Pa + Ma went to S.S.  In eve went over to grandma’s.



(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              MON. APRIL 8, 1901                     Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL MAY 22nd



(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              TUE.  APRIL 8, 1902                      Ther.

I went to factory.  Gail drew hay in A.M.  from Pa’s.  In P.M. Gail sharpened fence posts and washed the cutter.



(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              WED.  APRIL 8, 1903                   Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE AGAIN UNTIL MAY 1st




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Editor's Note:  Mr. Coe was most likely Miles Coe a longtime resident of the area.  He was born in Ellicott, NY in 1826 and was 69 years old when he died.  Born to Cyrus Coe and Elsie Fenton he married Mary Hitchcock and fathered nine children.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Republicans Rally Again

A Day in the Life: April 7th


(Aged 14)
Wea. Clear                                   TUE. APRIL 7, 1896               Ther.  36

Went to school. 


(Aged 16)
Wea.   Sunny                               THU. APRIL 7, 1898               Ther.

Went to school played football.  Had a fine game.  We ran with the ball + got in a great heap trying to stop each other.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             FRI. APRIL 7, 1899               Ther.

Drove to school.  John Glaspy came up to stay all night with me we boiled sap + played pedro.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              SAT. APRIL 7, 1900                 Ther.

Pa took a grist to the burg.  It is caucus.  Drew milk there boiled sap till about two o’clock then sawed wood.  In eve Mell + Herb Bragg were down and we kicked the football.

Politics as usual.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              SUN. APRIL 7, 1901                Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL MAY 22nd


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               MON.  APRIL 7, 1902             Ther.

Went to factory.  Gail drew 2 loads of hay from pa’s.  In P.M. we fixed fence up toward Springer’s in the barnyard.  The milking tube came.  Turned the cows out in front of the house. 


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              TUE.  APRIL 7, 1903                  Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE AGAIN UNTIL MAY 1st




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Editor's Note:  Is it just me or is it always political season?  Allen just wrote that they had caucus in February, now there's one in April and the photo is of an October rally. 

For the record, I voted this past Tuesday as well.  :-) 

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Wedding Wednesday-Mystery Bride and Groom

We found this lovely photo of a 1970s couple in our possession but sadly don't recognize them, do you?

Photo Forensics: Do you know any of these football players?

A Day in the Life: April 6th


(Aged 14)
Wea. Snowy                                   MON. APRIL 6, 1896                   Ther.  30

Went to school.


(Aged 16)
Wea. Cloudy                                  WED. APRIL 6, 1898                    Ther.

Went to school played football stayed about 10 minutes after school + played.  Pa is going to let me stay + play one night in a week.

Bucknell 1924...but why?  We don't know any of these guys.

Same team but who? We are very certain one of these guys graduated from Jamestown High School in 1924 before going on to Bucknell so maybe someone will know who it is so we can figure out why we have this photo.  We're thinking he was a boyfriend of either Mabel or Ruthie Cass.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                                THU. APRIL 6, 1899                    Ther.

Went to school.  Played football.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                               FRI. APRIL 6, 1900                      Ther.

Worked all day.  Drew milk.  Boiled sap all day.  Best run yet gathered 11 cans full got it all in the pan before night.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                               SAT. APRIL 6, 1901                        Ther.
    
NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL MAY 22nd


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               SUN.  APRIL 6, 1902                     Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Gail went to factory.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               MON.  APRIL 6, 1903                  Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE AGAIN UNTIL MAY 1st




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Editor's Note:  I know I have a couple more pics of these guys but I've temporarily misplaced the photos.  I will post them when I find them.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday

Alice meets her ancestor Elias Lucas

"They All Laughed At Christopher Columbus" or How We Made Syrup

Believe me there were some snickers when the first tap was drilled in but as the week moved on and the buckets started filling, no one could pass by without asking what we were up to and how it was going.

That first frozen drip became a steady flow and we co-opted trees from our neighbors on either side.  For the past week we collected sap each evening and stored it in big, collapsible containers.  I can't lie, it was my husband who I Tom-Sawyered into the actual labor of boiling the sap but I knew he'd like it.  He did three boils watching guard with his laptop from his folding chair.  Occasionally, he'd pot on some seedlings or thatch the lawn too.  You don't have to actually watch the boil until the very end but obviously, you have to be aware of it.  Firstly, he used a charcoal barbecue but it was difficult to keep the temperature right, secondly, he used our neighbor's state-of-the-art gas grill and lastly, trying to modify the process further, he bought himself a "Bayou Patio Stove".  Ultimately, he preferred his last option but fuel is the hidden cost.

While my husband did all the big boiling, I helped with the collection and the initial straining of each batch of sap through cheesecloth. Once the boil outside was complete, we finished up inside with exhaust fan humming and towels draped over our cupboards to product the varnish.  Lastly, I would hold the orlon filter while the newly made syrup had a final filtering.

The last boil on Saturday night went very long.  At 11pm I begged off to bed and woke at 1:30 to find my husband in the kitchen still boiling away.  Now don't feel too badly for him, he also was playing Team Fortress 2 with a wee glass of gin at his side. Apparently, the gas had run out half an hour after I had fallen asleep and he had to move the operation inside.  So here he was and I could not leave him in this hour of need though our bed called me back.

I tried to express my regret over the situation that left him all alone in the dark of night boiling sap because I wanted to follow the path of my ancestors.

I tried to console him (read: abate my guilt). "I'm so sorry honey. This is just awful I never meant for it to be like this.  You must be miserable" (I hadn't seen the gin yet).  I kept apologizing for what he had been tasked with until he growled "I AM FINE!  The only thing that is making me upset is you telling me how awful the job is."

Point taken.

The batch turned out perfectly and we wrapped it up with the final filtering about 3AM.  On Sunday morning, while he slept in, my sister (who is visiting) and I took the second batch which was a little runny and thickened it up properly then divided it all into bottles to share.

Our complete haul of sap was around 30 gallons which boiled down to about 3 quarts of syrup.  Total boiling time was close to 40 hours.  Our fuel consumption was a bag and half of charcoal and 2 canisters of LPG.  However, I am not exaggerating when I tell you this is THE BEST SYRUP I HAVE EVER TASTED.  It is gorgeous.  We had our neighbors over for a pancake dinner on Saturday night and we all kept going back for more.  My mother-in-law is coming over from England this summer so we've stashed a bottle in the freezer for her.  

I promise you, next year there will be a lot more folks tapping their trees on our street.  What a terrific experience.  It is a huge investment of time but it is one week out of our year and the fruits of our labor never tasted so sweet.

 Basically, how me made our own homemade Ancestor-inspired syrup:
Collecting sap from the tapped tree to store in the refrigerator until we boiled

Initial filter of sap

  Outside boil (set aside 8-12 hours) LOL

Inside/final boil turning sap into syrup--at about 220F at our altitude.

Final filter (this one was @ 3AM)


We know from Nora's Cake experiment I can't take appetizing photos of food but I assure you this bottle of syrup is Nectar of the Maple Gods.







Mending Fences

A Day in the Life: April 5th


(Aged 14)
Wea. Warm                                 SUN. APRIL 5, 1896                        Ther.  35

Went over to Grandma’s so did Rollie.  Ma went to church.


(Aged 16)
Wea. Snowy                                TUE. APRIL 5, 1898                        Ther.

Went to school played football.   Mabel White visited school today.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             WED. APRIL 5, 1899                      Ther.

Worked all day drawing manure + cutting sugar wood.  Pa go the colt shod.  Ma went over to grandma’s.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              THU. APRIL 5, 1900                      Ther.

Worked all day.  Drew the milk and sawed wood.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              FRI. APRIL 5, 1901                        Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL MAY 22nd


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               SAT.  APRIL 5, 1902                      Ther.

Went to factory.  Gail fixed fence in P.M.  Gail + I cut + split 44 posts out of black ash and cherry.  Ray Harrington was down in eve.

Cass fence under a Chautauqua Moon by Rollin Cass

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               SUN.  APRIL 5, 1903                      Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE AGAIN UNTIL MAY 1st




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Editor's Note: It appears to be the start of "fence-repair-season" on the Cass Farms.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Pension Day

A Day in the Life: April 4th



Grandma Lucas' hand-drawn tree for our Cass Family


(Aged 14)
Wea. Very cold                             SAT. APRIL 4, 1896                      Ther.

Helped Geo Walters draw 1 load of wood + one of hay.


(Aged 16)
Wea.  Snowy                                 MON. APRIL 4, 1898                   Ther.

Went to school played football.  Ma found some tobacco upstairs today. 


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                              TUE. APRIL 4, 1899                     Ther.

Worked all day cutting sugar wood.  Pension Day.  Pa made out 4 papers.  Ma + I went to the burg after I got through work.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              WED. APRIL 4, 1900                    Ther.

Worked all day.  Drew milk and sawed wood.  Pa made out several pension papers.  Tried the picture again but it’s no good.  Got a letter from Mabel Spencer.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              THU. APRIL 4, 1901                     Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL MAY 22nd


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               FRI.  APRIL 4, 1902                     Ther.

I went to factory moved the fence back of the horse barn + drew a load of stone up to the cow barn.  Traded knives with Frankie Kineston.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                                SAT.  APRIL 4, 1903                    Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE AGAIN UNTIL MAY 1st




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Editor's Note:  Whose tobacco?  Allen is usually more forthcoming with his smoking but he doesn't say "my tobacco" or in "my room".  Now is it a general rule that no tobacco should be upstairs in the house?  I wonder.

The camera seems to be a bust or else Allen's ability to develop the photo is.  He makes no mention of the complete process or a dark room, etc.  I wonder if he is missing some information.

I wish we knew more about the pensions that were written up and for whom.  What was the fund they were drawn from?  I will have to pursue that.

It's good to see that Allen is still trading things with the Kineston brothers.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Sunday Smiles

Grandpa Allen and His Posse


L-R:  Cass & Lance Mulford, Allen Cass, Richard Lucas



Okay, maybe they aren't smiling but they make me smile.  I love how Allen is basically dangling Lance and propping Cass but most of all I really love the proprietary slinging of my Dad's hand on his Grandpa's shoulder.

Today Counts

A Day in the Life: April 3rd


(Aged 14)
Wea. very cold + windy               FRI. APRIL 3, 1896                       Ther.  18

Went to school.  Began to be good.   If I am not sassy or cross for two weeks I can (have) $40 for a bicycle.  I begin to day, to day counts.


Library of Congress


(Aged 16)
Wea.   Cloudy                               SUN. APRIL 3, 1898                      Ther.

Quite cold  Stayed at home all day.



(Aged 17)
Wea.                                               MON. APRIL 3, 1899                    Ther.

Worked all day drawing stone from the burying ground + manure with Randsom.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              TUE. APRIL 3, 1900                      Ther.

Drew the milk and boiled sap in A.M.  in P.M. drew manure.  Took a picture of Rollie.  In eve went to the burg and got some developer off Erd White but the picture is no good.



(Aged 19)
Wea.                                               WED. APRIL 3, 1901                    Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL MAY 22nd


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               THU.  APRIL 3, 1902                    Ther.

Gail went to the factory.  Ma came over.  We split fence posts + cleaned out the calf stable.



(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               FRI.  APRIL 3, 1903                      Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE AGAIN UNTIL MAY 1st




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Editor's Note:  Unbelievably, we have never come across a photograph of Allen's bike in our boxes well-ordered files.  We know that Allen gets the bike because we know he had one--likely the same  one he sold on to Randsom King the other day.