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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Walking it Off

A Day in the Life: April 16th


(Aged 14)
Wea. Hot                                      THU. APRIL 16, 1896               Ther.  80

Went to school.  Bert is to work on the barn.  Devillo Kineston is at work here plowing. Clarence Cowan is at work on the barn.


(Aged 16)
Wea. Windy                                 SAT. APRIL 16, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory when I came back went to Falconer to get my front forks fixed.  It will cost $2.25 can get it Wednesday.  Bert Bingham went with me.  In eve Ma + I went to the singing school.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             SUN. APRIL 16, 1899               Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Pa, Ma + Rollie went down to the burg to church.  In eve Unkle Gib, Aunt May + Luella were down + paid me what they owed me so I can get my my wheel.  Snowed last night. 


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              MON. APRIL 16, 1900                 Ther.

Began painting the house after I got home from the factory.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              TUE. APRIL 16, 1901                Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL MAY 22nd


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               WED.  APRIL 16, 1902             Ther.

Went to the factory.  Gail helped Steve Littlefield in A.M.  In P.M. Gail drew manure I helped Steve.  Alice got mad because I wouldn’t take her over to pa’s and went a foot.
Vintage postcard available at Cardcow.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              THU.  APRIL 16, 1903                  Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE AGAIN UNTIL MAY 1st




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Editor's Note:  In the second year of marriage, Allen still hasn't figured out his wife.  When he writes of Alice's disappointment in him he seems so young and confused.  I think that they both still need to learn to compromise at this point.  Allen is working a shift at the factory and a shift on the farm so doesn't see why he should have to drive Alice the relatively short 20 minute walk.  But Alice has a toddler so the walk would be a great deal longer than that and it could have been raining.  Who knows, maybe Allen had said he would and then decided he actually couldn't.  I think Allen should have taught Alice how to drive herself.  We know Nora could.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Photo Fantasy Friday

Polly
This is my sister-in-law, Polly Leavengood, around 1970. Born and raised in Florida she has a totally different mindset about life than I do. I doubt she has ever owned long underwear. Polly has always had a passion for living and has never let anyone tell her what to do. About 16 months ago Polly presented at stage 4 cancer. Needless to say it was a brutal few months for us all. Well, Polly has defied the odds and her doctors. Currently, she is undergoing another round of chemo but the cancer has hardly broken her stride. She is in constant pursuit of all the things she loves: bridge, poker, pool, helping others, busting my chops, etc. In the past year I have become closer to her then I have ever been. I am only sorry it took this tragedy for us to get to this level of friendship. That is why I chose this picture for today. I would love to be on the boat with Polly when she was in full health and the world was at her feet. Of course, I only would have been six and my bikini didn't rock it like hers does. In fact there was only a small window of rocking bikini opportunity for me around 1991-92. Sigh. But those legs. Those legs are hereditary gold and we are pretty sure both our daughters have them. Bill has them. Polly is a total Florida girl. And as I write this she is out driving around doing fun stuff today because she decided that she is going to live on her terms. How many of us truly do that?

Have a beautiful weekend.

Diana

Barn Raising

A Day in the Life: April 15th



(Aged 14)
Wea.   Hot                                    WED. APRIL 15, 1896               Ther.  70

Went to school.  Bert Rolweg has began to build the barn.  In the evening Chas Wygrene + Frank Kineston were here to have some papers made out.  Mrs. Bingham + Frank Peterson were here.

Frewsburg, NY early 1990s


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                             FRI. APRIL 15, 1898               Ther.

Went to school rode down with Monroe Bragg + back with Frank Warn.  Played football.  In eve Ma + I went up the Hollow to the singing school conducted by Mr. Parker, his wife + an assistant. Tuition $1.00 each.



(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             SAT. APRIL 15, 1899               Ther.

Worked all day moving fence down on the Webster place.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              SUN. APRIL 15, 1900                 Ther.

Stayed at home in A.M.  Pa went to the factory.  In P.M. went up to Ivory to S.S. Bess Traver gave me her picture.  In eve Alice and I went to church came home over Oak Hill.



(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              MON. APRIL 15, 1901                Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL MAY 22nd


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               TUE.  APRIL 15, 1902             Ther.

Went to factory + had Bill shod.  Traded gun for watch,  pair of gloves + $2.25 with Arnie Shaw.  Traded watch to Gail North for gun + .25  Took cow down to Lawson.  Black cow came in heifer.



(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              WED.  APRIL 15, 1903                  Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE AGAIN UNTIL MAY 1st




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Editor's Note: I always loved the barn pictured above or maybe more the "Chew Mail Pouch" sign.   When I saw this sign I knew I was just a minute away from hearing the car tires crunching on the stones in my Grandma's driveway and the comforting squeak and slam of her screen door as she, beaming like a light house, came out to greet us.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Love Triumphant

A Day in the Life: April 14th


(Aged 14)
Wea. Hot                                     TUE. APRIL 14, 1896               Ther.  75

Went to school.  In the evening Edwin Harrington + Andrew Warn were here to have some papers made out.


(Aged 16)
Wea.   Cloudy                              THU. APRIL 14, 1898               Ther.

Went to school rode down with Earle Cowan.  Rode home with Earle Churchill.  There is to be a free concert up the Hollow tonight and I went.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             FRI. APRIL 14, 1899                Ther.

Drove to school.  Mrs. Mason went home.  Played football trained a little.



(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              SAT. APRIL 14, 1900                 Ther.

Stayed in the house in the A.M.  In P.M. boiled sap.  Ray Lawson was down again.  Glen and Frank Eccles was down.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              SUN. APRIL 14, 1901                Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL MAY 22nd


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               MON.  APRIL 14, 1902             Ther.

Gail drew 4 loads of manure.  I went to factory + took my cow hide to the burg.  Got $4.40 for it.  Paid Clyde Putnam + D. Springer.  Sold a cow to J. Lawson $25.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              TUE.  APRIL 14, 1903                  Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE AGAIN UNTIL MAY 1st




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Editor's Note:  I'm certain that Andrew Warn had no idea the 14-year-old Allen he saw at the Cass farm that evening in 1896 would be his son-in-law in 4 years.  In fact, according to Mabel, Andrew was unsure of Allen's ability to provide for his sweet Alice because of his shortened leg.  He tried to separate them for a time to no avail.  Here is what she wrote about it:

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Wedding Wednesday - Nick & Lauren

Our family's newest newlyweds!

A Crime of Opportunity

A Day in the Life: April 13th


(Aged 14)
Wea. hot                                     MON. APRIL 13, 1896               Ther.  78

Went to school.  Unkle Gib, Aunt May, Luella, Harry + Marvin were down to grandma's.  Unkle Gib + Aunt May went to Jamestown.  I went over + stayed all night with grandma.  They got back at 10:30 o’clock PM + started for home at 1:15 AM.  I went to bed at 1:30 AM.


(Aged 16)
Wea. Pleasant                              WED. APRIL 13, 1898               Ther.

Went to school rode with Will Smith over as far as his house.  Rode home with Fred Bingham there was a social at his house.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                              THU. APRIL 13, 1899               Ther.

Ma + I went to town.  I got the shaft fixed for Randsom’s wheel.  Got .13 cents per doz for eggs.  We ate dinner at Mr. Maxwell's + someone stole Ma’s cape which we left in the buggy.

In this photo (with Dad's and/or Gram's finger) Diana is wearing the top hat of Nathan Cass--our earliest Cass in Chautauqua.  I am wearing a bonnet and cape of unknown origin.  The bonnet is now in England being reproduced by a period costumier.  Sadly though, the collapsible top hat is now in shreds having been thoroughly enjoyed by many Cass children for over 150 years.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              FRI. APRIL 13, 1900                 Ther.

Boiled sap till about three o’clock.  In eve went up to the factory to an egg social.  Had a good time but couldn’t run around much after the social.  Alice and I took a drive around Harrington’s Square.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              SAT. APRIL 13, 1901                Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL MAY 22nd



(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               SUN.  APRIL 13, 1902                Ther.

Went to factory.  Ma, Rollie + Ruth came down.  Spotted Stryker cow came in way down by big creek.  Brought the calf up on Bill it hurt my hip some.



(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              MON.  APRIL 13, 1903                  Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE AGAIN UNTIL MAY 1st




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Editor's Note:  I can't imagine Nora's cape was anything too special.  It wasn't likely to be fur trimmed so I reckon whomever took it did so because they could.  It was there and the impulse overwhelmed them.  Though there are Maxwells in Carroll in 1892, this one seems to be "in town" and not necessarily an intimate friend.  The Maxwells have had a cow auction before so I really don't know the connection.   If anyone knows a history to the Maxwells, please let me know.  Thanks!

And can you picture Allen riding on his horse with the new calf?

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday

Dominick Sharkey was one of my maternal great-great grandfathers.  He came from Ireland but I have not been able to track down exactly where.  He and his wife Honora immigrated to Syracuse, NY.  They had a number of children including my great-grandfather James (father of the Chess Maven Kate Nye). 

This photo was taken in St. Agnes Cemetery, Syracuse, NY around 1995.  James Sharkey is also in this family plot but his grave is unmarked.  He died suddenly at aged 29 the year before his father but that's another story.

Unlike my Cass side, I don't know what any of the Sharkey relatives looked like.  The only thing we know for sure is some of them had to have had dark, red hair.


I remember finding this grave.  St. Agnes is a very large, old cemetery in a sylvan setting.  Well, it felt wooded and secluded because I was by myself and slightly nervous since I saw no other living person around me.  The graves where I was were, for the most part, old and unvisited.  As unsettled as I was though I remember feeling absolutely awed to be standing in the middle of a family that I never knew simply because we fell on different eras of a time line but who were mine nonetheless.  And, I was theirs.  I recalled a lovely chant I heard once "What is remembered cannot die" and I felt in that moment, in finding them and speaking their names aloud, they were among the living again in some way.

"For Whom the Bell Tolls"

A Day in the Life: April 12th


(Aged 14)
Wea. Warm                                  SUN.  APRIL 12, 1896               Ther.  80

Grandma came over.  It is a very warm spring day.  It is 80 degrees above zero. 


(Aged 16)
Wea.   Sunny                               TUE. APRIL 12, 1898               Ther.

Rode my wheel to school.  In eve went down to Chas Wygrene’s to tell him to get the bell that pa sent for + has come.  I broke the front forks on my wheel going down.  Pa won’t try to help me but he may be sorry someday.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             WED. APRIL 12, 1899               Ther.

Went to school.  Played football.  Grandma + the Mrs. Grovers were over to visit with Ma + Mrs. Mason.



(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              THU. APRIL 12, 1900                 Ther.

Boiled sap all day.  Pa + Elmer cut the wood and by being careful I could keep fire.  Ray Lawson was down and is going to stay all night.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              FRI. APRIL 12, 1901                Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL MAY 22nd


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               SAT.  APRIL 12, 1902             Ther.

Went to factory.  Fixed fence up by Springer’s.  Cleaned calf stable, etc.  Snowed some.



(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              SUN.  APRIL 12, 1903                  Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE AGAIN UNTIL MAY 1st




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Editor's Note:  What is this veiled threat against pa--"he may be sorry someday"?  I really want specifics.  How will he be sorry?  Allen was doing a job for his dad when he broke his forks, perhaps Frank should have had a little sympathy.  I wonder what the bell was?  A school bell; a cow bell; a church bell?  We had the school bell from the Poland, NY one-roomed-school house for a short while when we were young.  It was sold with the house when our parents divorced as far as I know.

The School Bell and another fabulous off-center photo of me at my 4th birthday in Media, PA.  Somebody needed to do a little yard work, no?





Monday, April 11, 2011

Civic Pride

A Day in the Life: April 11th


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                            SAT. APRIL 11, 1896                Ther.  40

Pa + Rollie went to Frewsburg.  I boiled sap all day.


(Aged 16)
Wea.   Sunny                               MON. APRIL 11, 1898               Ther.

Rode my wheel to school.  Played football.  In eve Bert Bingham came over on his wheel + we went up the Hollow to the store but came right back.



(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             TUE. APRIL 11, 1899               Ther.

Drove to school played football.  Mrs. Mason came up with me to stay a while.  After supper boiled sap until dark.  Commenced studying Civics today.  Grover had a cow get mired + pa went over + helped get her out.  In eve I wrote a letter to Verna White.

No one could claim Dad inherited the photography gene given what he did to President Lincoln but he did teach us a bit about  Civics that trip.  I think Diana still has a replica Declaration of Independence.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             WED. APRIL 11, 1900                 Ther.

Stayed in the house all day.  Got a letter from Alice.  Grandma was over.  Sap ran quite a little.



(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              THU. APRIL 11, 1901                Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL MAY 22nd


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               FRI.  APRIL 11, 1902                 Ther.

Went to factory.  Got a dividend $22.26.  Gail drew a load of wood.  Fixed fence on lower end of big meadow.



(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              SAT.  APRIL 11, 1903                  Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE AGAIN UNTIL MAY 1st




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Editor's Note:  Two years ago come May my husband became a U.S. Citizen.  I enjoyed helping him study for his test because it was a nice chance to be reminded of how amazing the USA really is.  We are truly standing on the shoulders of giants.  If you feel like a taking a little quiz, you can see if you'd pass the Civics test for Naturalization.  My husband is quite proud that when asked to name one of the rights enumerated in the First Amendment, he answered "The Right of Assembly".  The Immigration Officer was impressed and said no one had ever given him that answer before.   Clearly, my husband assembles and not just Lego. :-)

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Sunday Smiles

Toothless



Three or Four Times the Fool

A Day in the Life: April 10th


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                            FRI. APRIL 10, 1896               Ther.  18

Went to school.  Went up to Ed Harrington’s in the evening for Warm Sugar Social.


(Aged 16)
Wea.  Cloudy                               SUN. APRIL 10, 1898               Ther.

In A.M. went to the factory.  Grandma came home with me.  In P.M. Ma went round that way + took her home + then went up the Hollow to S.S.  Chas Slater + I rode our wheels up.  In eve we rode them down to the burg to meeting.  Went home with Clara Londquist.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             MON. APRIL 10, 1899               Ther.

Drove to school played football.  After school went up to Bradley’s for Pa.  John Glaspy went with me.  Pa boiled sap all day.  Got a letter from Verna White.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              TUE. APRIL 10, 1900                 Ther.

Stayed in the house all day.  Wrote a letter to Alice.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              WED. APRIL 10, 1901                Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL MAY 22nd


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               THU.  APRIL 10, 1902             Ther.

The black Page cow died.  I went factory + Gail skinned the cow.* In P.M. Lawrence came over + we cut wood down on the big creek.  Alice got mad and called me a fool three or four times.
Postcard found here.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              FRI.  APRIL 10, 1903                  Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE AGAIN UNTIL MAY 1st




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Editor's Note:   Why was Alice calling Allen a fool?  Diana thinks Allen probably wasn't being safe about where they were cutting the wood which made me wonder if Allen knew how to swim?  I would think the water would be rushing and very high this time of year in the Big Creek.  I assume the Big Creek could only be the Conewango.

*There's no accounting for personal taste.