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Saturday, April 23, 2011

But Who's the Girl?

A Day in the Life: April 23rd



(Aged 14)
Wea.                                            THU. APRIL 23, 1896               Ther.

Very nice day.  Went to school rec’d a letter from Ellen King she sent me an image painted on stone + a book of views of the World’s Fair + another called “The Children of the Sun”
Machu Picchu, 1911


(Aged 16)
Wea. Windy                                 SAT. APRIL 23, 1898               Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  In eve went up the hollow to the concert given by Mr. Parker + his class.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             SUN. APRIL 23, 1899               Ther.

Frank went up to see Bess Traver about 9:30 o’clock and I went to bed.  In P.M.  went over to grandma’s + Ma + Rollie went up to S.S.  Randsom King rode his wheel over on Bone Run.  In eve Randsom + I went down to church on our wheels but it began to thunder + lightening + we came back home but it didn’t rain.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              MON. APRIL 23, 1900                 Ther.

Painted on the house all day also took a picture of Pa + Ma it is fairly good.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              TUE. APRIL 23, 1901                Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL MAY 22nd


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               WED.  APRIL 23, 1902             Ther.

Went to factory + got pa’s dragg.  In P.M. dragged with both teams.  Geo Frasier drove one paid him .75 cents for P.M.  I blew stumps in P.M.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              THU.  APRIL 23, 1903                  Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE AGAIN UNTIL MAY 1st




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Editor's Note:   I have to believe the book Ellen King gave Allen was about the Incas because I  found a book so titled first published in 1896.  A likely location of the World's Fair in the souvenir guide would have been Atlanta, GA in 1895.  I can't find Ellen King though.  Her name seems familiar but I don't think it has really come up before that I can remember and here she is showering Allen with gifts--thoughtful gifts.  I don't find her locally in the census.  Hmm. 

Friday, April 22, 2011

Friday's Ancestral Pet

The back of this photo says "A Lucas Cat".  However, it is my handwriting and a complete guess.  I can remember one night years ago Dad and I sorting out pictures and cursing the relatives that thought to keep these many photos through the years but did not label them.  As I recall, Dad figured Aunt Belle Lucas was more than cat fancier than anyone on the Cass side.  So, pure conjecture rules the day.


"A Lucas Cat"

No Regrets

A Day in the Life: April 22nd


(Aged 14)
Wea. Cold                                   WED. APRIL 22, 1896               Ther.  40

Went to school rode down with pa he went up to Catlin’s.  I sent $5 for my bicycle.  I pay the balance upon delivery.  I might have got another wheel if I had not been is such a hurry.  I am glad I sent all the same.


(Aged 16)
Wea.  Rainy                                  FRI. APRIL 22, 1898               Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  went to factory Pa + Ma went to Jamestown.  In eve went to the singing school.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             SAT. APRIL 22, 1899               Ther.

Worked all day.  Pa + I built wire fence down on the Webster place till 3 o’clock P.M. Then I took Topsie up the hollow + got her shod.  In eve went down on the point fishing--drove down.   Didn’t have a bite.  Frank Warn came home with me + stayed all night.
Vintage postcard found here.



(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              SUN. APRIL 22, 1900                 Ther.

Took a picture of Rollie it is all right.  In P.M. went to S.S. at Ivory.  In eve went to the burg with Elmer Warn.  It rained awful.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              MON. APRIL 22, 1901                Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL MAY 22nd


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               TUE.  APRIL 22, 1902             Ther.

A.M. went to factory + put up a grist.  In P.M. went to the burg with grist.  Paid D. Springer + F Chindland.  Wrote a letter stopping morning post + ordered silo (?)


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              WED.  APRIL 22, 1903                  Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE AGAIN UNTIL MAY 1st




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Editor's Note:  Allen only briefly questions his choice in bikes before deciding to have no regrets.  I'm amused that his fishing is as good as his hunting.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Busy as a Bee

A Day in the Life: April 21st


(Aged 14)
Wea. Rainy                                  TUE. APRIL 21, 1896               Ther.  68

Went to school.  Ma + Rollie rode down with me + stayed all day.  Pa wrote a letter today for me a bicycle I am going to send it tomorrow.  I think it is to the Alliance Bicycle Co. The name of the wheel is Alliance Lady the price of it is $40.63.  It hailed today.


(Aged 16)
Wea. Sunny                                  THU. APRIL 21, 1898               Ther.

Drove to school.  Played football + baseball.  In eve ma + I went up the hollow to singing school.
Vintage image found here


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             FRI. APRIL 21, 1899               Ther.

Rode my wheel to school.  Played football.



(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              SAT. APRIL 21, 1900                 Ther.

Painted on house in A.M.  In P.M,  went to town and got me a camera price $5.00 with outfit $7.  Also went to the hospital and saw Ray Lawson.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              SUN. APRIL 21, 1901                Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL MAY 22nd



(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               MON.  APRIL 21, 1902                Ther.

Gail plowed in front of Smith’s.  I went to factory + fixed fence.  Sold the Myran Right Cow to Hiram Haley $22.50.  Traded old Shack-a-bony for a cart with Perry Springer gave him $2.50 to boot.


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

NO ENTRY MADE AGAIN UNTIL MAY 1st




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Editor's Note: Sorry for the delay in today's post but The Checkered Chicken has temporarily flown the coop making it all a bit of a scramble.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Wedding Wednesday - Linda Anderson?

We found this clipping in Gram's papers and while it doesn't have the write up attached, we believe it is our cousin Linda Anderson, granddaughter of Dorothy Cass Anderson and a great-granddaughter of Allen and Alice Cass.  I'm guessing this is the early 1970s.  She's lovely.

Happy Birthday, Gram!

A Day in the Life: April 20th

Today is the 105th anniversary of the birth of our grandmother! 

Mabel Alice Cass Lucas aged 21



(Aged 14)
Wea. Rainy                                 MON. APRIL 20, 1896               Ther.  75

Went to school.  () are working on the barn.  Aunt Em was up.  Helped draw a load of hay after school.


(Aged 16)
Wea. Cloudy                              WED. APRIL 20, 1898               Ther.

Went to school drove.   In eve Ma + I went up the hollow to the singing school.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             THU. APRIL 20, 1899               Ther.

Rode my wheel to school.  Played football.  After school went over to M.C. Grouts (?) to see Frank Warn.  Got a letter from Verna White.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              FRI. APRIL 20, 1900                 Ther.

Pa drew the milk.  Painted on the house.  In eve went up to see Frank Warn about going to town tomorrow.  He will go if he isn’t sick.  Sold Frank Kineston a load of hay.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              SAT. APRIL 20, 1901                Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL MAY 22nd


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

Stayed at home.  Gail went to factory.  Ma, Pa + Rollie came over.  (?) Laughlin’s cow took ill.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               MON.  APRIL 20, 1903                  Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE AGAIN UNTIL MAY 1st




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Editor's Note: Thank you to Gram for introducing us to so many wonderful ancestors and entrusting us with the preservation of their life stories.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday

In Keeping with the April in Paris theme (in this case December), this is my husband and me in the Catacombs of Paris in 2001.  You can see I'm not exactly pleased with the adventure though it was my suggestion.  My pants are covered with what can only be bone dust given our surroundings and was left there by the boots of my little nieces who alternately wanted to be carried through the this house of fun.  Saying that, I recommend the experience if you are fit and not claustrophobic. Naturally, the photo was taken by Diana.

The bones of 6 million people are said to be artistically stacked in the Catacombs.

"The Songs We Sang"

A Day in the Life: April 19th


(Aged 14)
Wea. Clear                                   SUN. APRIL 19, 1896               Ther.  38

Luella came over.  Unkle Gib + Aunt May came down after Glen + the other children that stayed with Grandma.


(Aged 16)
Wea.  Rainy                                 TUE. APRIL 19, 1898               Ther.

Went to school.  In eve Ma, Rollie + I went up to the singing school had a good time.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             WED. APRIL 19, 1899               Ther.

Rode my wheel to school.  Played football + baseball got my thumb hurt.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              THU. APRIL 19, 1900                Ther.

Pa + Ma went to town.  I painted the house all day.  Elmer drew the milk.  Ray Lawson broke his leg again he went to the hospital.


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

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL MAY 22nd


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               SAT.  APRIL 19, 1902             Ther.

Gail went to the factory + plowed.  Alice + I went to Jamestown.  Ma took care of Willard.  Gave my note at the bank for $50 + one to Pa for hay for $55.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              SUN.  APRIL 19, 1903                  Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE AGAIN UNTIL MAY 1st




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Editor's Note:  It would be great to know what songs the singers were working on in the class.  Wikipedia has a nice list of popular songs in 1898.  Lots of Sousa and Foster are on the list but one of the most popular songs that year according to the book The Songs We Sang (Castle Books, NY 1964) was "When Johnny Comes Marching Home".  Though the lyrics were written during the Civil War, the book states "It was not until the Spanish-American War that it became a national hit".

Project Gutenberg

Monday, April 18, 2011

Mystery Bride Unveiled!

The mystery bride has been identified as Mayta Work!

Now that we've been told, (Thanks to June Burgett for pursuing it for us) of course we recognize her.  I guess we just didn't expect this photo in our papers and weren't thinking of Mayta in this context since we assumed it was of unknown relatives.  In actuality, Mayta is very dear to us and always will be.  She was our father's close friend and cared for him in his final illness.  We will always treasure her kindness and friendship to Dad as well as to us.

Hercules-A Dandy of a Bike

A Day in the Life: April 18th


(Aged 14)
Wea.  Hot                                    SAT. APRIL 18, 1896               Ther.  80

Pa, Rollie + I all went to Jamestown to get me a bicycle.  We could not find any we liked.  When we got home we found Unkle Gib’s folk were going to town the children stayed at grandma’s.  Luella + Bertha Anderson came over I carried them home + got Glen.  He stayed all night with me.  He cut his foot very badly with an ax.



(Aged 16)
Wea.                                             MON. APRIL 18, 1898               Ther.

Went to school played baseball.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             TUE. APRIL 18, 1899               Ther.

Drove to school played football.  Got my new wheel.  It is a Hercules* 1899 Model 28 in. wheels with 32 + 36 spoke each.  Gear 80 and a dandy.  Cost $25 regular price $30.

NOT the bike but this model was contemporaneous and can be found at this cool website.



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

Painted the house after going to the factory.  Alice went to town.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              THU. APRIL 18, 1901                Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL MAY 22nd


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               FRI.  APRIL 18, 1902               Ther.

Went to factory.  Gail plowed.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              SAT.  APRIL 18, 1903                  Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE AGAIN UNTIL MAY 1st




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Editor's Note:  *Here's the crazy thing, in 1900 Glenn Curtis, an aviation pioneer from Hammondsport, NY began marketing his own brand of bike called Hercules.  However, that is one year too late for our man's purchase in 1899 but I still believe there must be some connection if only for the geography of it.  Confusingly, Hercules was also the brand name of English-made bicycles starting from 1910--so definitely too late to be ours.  I need a bike enthusiast to figure this out.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sunday Smiles

April in Paris

In this case it was actually late March of 1999.  I was standing beside the Seine which was unusually high that year.  I noticed a young couple trying to walk on a path that I supposed was not usually submerged.  The woman did not want to follow her boyfriend but he kept walking, trying to persuade her all was well.  It was clear he thought he could safely skim along the water from atop the wall he was walking on.  After some distance though, he paused, surveyed his chances and realized it was hopeless to push on.  However, by this time, his girlfriend had decided to follow him. As cautious and as displeased as a kitten forced to navigate a mud puddle, she started out towards him.  His retreat was her relief but she had already proven her love with the steps taken.

Once they were almost safe and dry, he kissed her and I read it as his apology for not listening to her in the first place. He deftly jumped back to higher ground and tried to help her but she misjudged her landing ever so slightly. I snapped the last shot just as they passed me.  They never knew this intimate negotiation in the early stages of their love was captured by me.  I say early stages because let's face it, do you know any married woman who would have followed her husband that far into a swollen river for a romantic walk?  Some things are obvious like that and it's obvious this young man adored this young woman and she, like Alice Cass wanted to have "full confidence" in her man.











"Full Confidence in Me"

A Day in the Life: April 17th


(Aged 14)
Wea.  Hot                                     FRI. APRIL 17, 1896               Ther.

Went to school.  All at work at the barn.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            SUN. APRIL 17, 1898               Ther.

Went to the factory.  Elmer Warn came home with me + brought his guitar.  He went home about noon.  In P.M. went up in the sugar bush to see the sheep + and went to sleep.  In eve stayed at home.
Little Boy Blue fast asleep by Kate Greenaway


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

Drove to school played football.  Got the crank + pedal to Randsom’s wheel.  Cost $1.75.  Snowed last night + this morning.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              TUE. APRIL 17, 1900                 Ther.

Went to the factory.  Painted on the house.  It is quite rainy but Alice and I took drive.  She promised to have full confidence in me.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              WED. APRIL 17, 1901                Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL MAY 22nd


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               THU.  APRIL 17, 1902             Ther.

I went to factory.  Gail drove fend posts and plowed.  Alice’s mother came down.  Ruth came down in the eve.  Traded horses with Frankie Kinneston yesterday.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              FRI.  APRIL 17, 1903                  Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE AGAIN UNTIL MAY 1st




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Editor's Note:   Little Boy Blue who went after the sheep and fell asleep in the sugar bush in this case.