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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Saturday/Sunday Smiles

Since starting the Checkered Chicken, Diana and I have been extremely fortunate to reconnect and strengthen our relationships with many loved relatives but we have also had the extreme good luck to meet new ones who share our interest in genealogy and have shared their stories with us.  Patsy Eccles is one such cousin.  She and I connected on Ancestry.com and found we are direct descendants of Judd and Diantha Cass.  Her great-grandmother is Frank Cass' sister Mary known from Allen's diaries as Aunt May who is married to "Unkle" Gib Eccles.  We found out Patsy and Diana live in the same state and the opportunity presented itself for them to meet.  I wish I'd been there too!

Diana Lucas Leavengood and Patsy Eccles holding a picture of Mary Cass Eccles

"A Sharp Dressed Man"

A Day in the Life: May 7th


(Aged 14)
Wea.  Hot                                      THU. MAY 7, 1896               Ther. 85

Went to school.


(Aged 16)
Wea. Windy                                  SAT. MAY 7, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory.  Stayed at home all day.  In eve Bert Bingham + I rode our wheels up to the singing school.  Flora Harrington + Ellen Prettie leaders.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             SUN. MAY 7, 1899               Ther.

Frank + Harry came over from grandma’s to stay till Glenn goes home.  He went about 4 P.M.
in eve went down to the burg with Leon Page + came home with Mearle Cowan.  I went home with Mertie Brant.



(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              MON. MAY 7, 1900                 Ther.

In A.M. Pa + I went to town got a new lap robe cost $5, my watch which had been fixed, a new derby hat--the first I ever had, a new pair of pants cost $4.00 and a doz dry plates.  In P.M. painted the house.  Got a letter from Verna White.
photo found here.



(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              TUE. MAY 7, 1901                Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL MAY 22nd


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               WED.  MAY 7, 1902             Ther.

Gail plowed.  I fixed the calf stancles(?).


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              THU.  MAY 7, 1903                  Ther.

Worked at corn ground.  Drew manure.  Got my dividend $53.00.


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Editor's Note:  I wish I had a picture of Allen in his Derby.  It sounds like he had a very productive shopping trip with his father.  He certainly is spiffing himself up--even a new lap robe for the when he takes Alice out riding at night.  Oh, and of course he bought more "giggling girl bait" for his camera. 

UNKNOWN MEN but still the mental image I get of what Allen was looking like in his new kit.
photo found here.

Friday, May 6, 2011

"Come Up and See my Etchings"

A Day in the Life: May 6th


(Aged 14)
Wea.   hot                                      WED. MAY 6, 1896               Ther.  80

Went to school.  Pa + Rollie carried me down, pa got the horse shod + bought a bed stead.  Rode home with (?) Chase-- he brought the bed stead up.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                              FRI. MAY 6, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory it is Abdor Day + no school.  In P.M. went down to the burg to see a ball game between Frewsburg + Ellington.  Mr. Tower stayed here all night he is selling an oil tank.



(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             SAT. MAY 6, 1899               Ther.

Leon + I went up to Fluvanna fishing but we couldn’t as it was against the law.  We took a boat ride then came back + fished in the Still water but I didn’t catch any.  Leon got one small one. 

Aunt Maryann + Effie went home.  Glen came down to stay all night with me.  Got a letter from Mabel White.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              SUN. MAY 6, 1900                 Ther.

Printed pictures nearly all day.  Pa, Ma, Grandma + Rollie went to S.S.
I went up in the woods + saw Bess Traver + Nina Davis had a fine time.  In P.M. Bess + Nina came down again + I took their pictures.  Pa came home before they went home.  In eve Alice + I took a drive.
Card found here.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              MON. MAY 6, 1901                Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL MAY 22nd



(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               TUE.  MAY 6, 1902                Ther.

Went to factory.  32 lbs of butter sold for .22 cents.  Ma + I went to town got some barbed wire + a baby buggy for Willard.  Pa came over and got the bull.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                                WED.  MAY 6, 1903                Ther.

Worked at corn ground.


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Editor's Note: The entrepreneurial spirit was alive and well in young Allen--buy a camera and sell the pictures back to people with the added benefit of girls giggling over you.  I wonder what Allen told Alice  about the events of his day that evening during their romantic ride?  Since I believe he and Bess were an item during his "break" with Alice back in February,  I'll be willing to bet that he left it at "printed photos all day".  Had a "fine time" in the woods indeed and, for the record, you know this was all suspect behavior on his part because he even mentions that his Pa came home before the girls had left.


OMG!  Am on the phone with Diana as she reads this and she starts roaring with laughter.  I was so hung up on the teenage shenanigans I missed the best line ever.  "Barbed wire and Baby Buggy".  Two things that should NEVER be in the same sentence.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Hot Potato

A Day in the Life: May 5th


(Aged 14)
Wea. hot                                     TUE. MAY 5, 1896               Ther.  69

Went to school. Ma+ Rollie carried me to school + got grandma Mason to come up + help her.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            THU. MAY 5, 1898               Ther.

Rode my wheel to school and of course it rained hard + coming home I got covered with mud + awful wet.  Had a fine time cleaning my wheel up.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             FRI. MAY 5, 1899               Ther.

Rode my wheel to school.  I took part in the exercises as today is Abdor day.  Ma, Rollie, Aunt Maryanne + Effie went to town.

In eve went up to Grouts after potatoes but didn’t get any.
It seems to be potato season.  Card found here.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              SAT. MAY 5, 1900                 Ther.

Worked about 2 hours.  Skinned a calf + sold it for .40 cents.  Printed pictures for the school.  In eve went up to Frank Warn’s.



(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              SUN. MAY 5, 1901                Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL MAY 22nd



(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               MON.  MAY 5, 1902             Ther.

Went to factory.  Gail + I fixed fence.  Cut one of the page calves.  Turned the cows back of Jim Smith’s for the first time.



(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               TUE.  MAY 5, 1903                  Ther.

Worked fixing hog pen and at corn ground.  Huckleberry brought up my hogs.




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Editor's Note:  All of the sudden it is all about potatoes and corn.  And where did Huckleberry come from?  Who is Huckleberry?

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Wedding Wednesday - Richard & Sandra

Once there was love.


Our parents

Abdor Day? Really?

A Day in the Life: May 4th


(Aged 14)
Wea. fine                                  MON. MAY 4, 1896               Ther. 

Went to school.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                         WED. MAY 4, 1898               Ther.

Walked to school with Ray Harrington rode home with Geo Winn.  After chores drove Topsie down to the burg + got her shod + my bicycle shaft.  It came from Falconer it cost $1.50 + express .25.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             THU. MAY 4, 1899               Ther.

Went to school.  In eve went over to Pages to see Leon then went to the burg with some potatoes.           Aunt Maryann + Effie came over got here about 6.30 P.M.



(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              FRI. MAY 4, 1900                 Ther.

In A.M. painted on the house.  In P.M. took a picture of the school children.  Am going to sell them at 10 cents each.  Irma Bunce came down to Abdor Day exercises after they were over she stopped and I took a picture of here she helped me develop it.  Ha Ha.



(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              SAT. MAY 4, 1901                Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL MAY 22nd


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               SUN.  MAY 4, 1902                Ther.

Stayed at home in the A.M.  In P.M. took a ride over Emery Hill.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                                MON.  MAY 4, 1903                  Ther.

Worked at our corn ground.  Went down + helped Huckleberry load two hogs I got of him for $20.00.


Did someone say corn?  These are just small details of the artistry that is The Corn Palace.  If you are ever in South Dakota make sure Mitchell is one of your stops.




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Editor's Note: Originally, I thought Allen made a typo with Abdor Day when he meant Arbor Day. However, he writes Abdor over the course of 4 different years which leads me to believe that it is an event I know nothing about.  Perhaps it is a local tradition.  Now sometimes we all can get things consistently wrong for years before we are corrected.  I was an adult before I realized it was suRprise and not suprise.  Embarrassing but true nonetheless.  So maybe it really is Arbor Day but...let me know if you know the answer please.

As for Miss Irma Bunce stopping by to have her photo taken, why does Allen say "Ha Ha" as if it were a nudge-nudge-wink-wink when it came to the developing?  Maybe there was no secret kiss but rather he is laughing at the thought of her actually thinking she would be able to "help" him in the process.  But she did write him some fancy poetry once upon a time.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday

Near Thoreau but not Thoreau. 
Diana, Jennifer and fellow genealogist Patsy Jones striking variously odd poses for the surroundings in Concord, MA around 1989.  Though it was not Henry David Thoreau's grave, I have a feeling we were pretending it was.  We were up there for a wedding but of course we had to visit a cemetery too. New England tombstones are amazing.
















Having a Bit of a Lark

A Day in the Life: May 3rd


(Aged 14)
Wea. Cloudy                                SUN. MAY 3, 1896               Ther.  70

Went over to grandma’s all of us.  Unkle Gib, Aunt May, Luella, Harry + Marvin (the baby) was down.



(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            TUE. MAY 3, 1898               Ther.

Went to school.  Walked all the way down with Raymond Harrington.  Rode home with Harry Pretty.




(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             WED. MAY 3, 1899               Ther.

Drove to school.  Broke my crutch playing football.  Wrote a letter to Mabel White.  Rev. Knight + family were here in the P.M.



(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              THU. MAY 3, 1900                 Ther.

In A.M. went up to Frank + Elmer Warn’s.  In P.M. we all went down to the big creek fishing didn’t get a bite.  We shot a rabbit + high hole coming home.  In eve I stayed all night with them.  We took a few pictures + had a fine time.

Different boys on a different lark.  Studying hard--Rollie second from right.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              FRI. MAY 3, 1901                Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL MAY 22nd


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               SAT.  MAY 3, 1902             Ther.

Went to factory got the cows + calves from Mrs. Page’s took the yearlings over to Miles Tracy’s to pasture at $3.50 per head.  Ruth came down.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              SUN.  MAY 3, 1903                  Ther.


Came home from Andrew’s.  Pearle came home with us.



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Editor's Note: High hole?  And, "we" shot a rabbit?  More like one of the Warn boys did but it seems like a good time was had by all.  Just what pictures did they take though?  I wish we had them.  I think.  I mean boys will always be boys...I do have a copy of  a very dirty poem that I once thought was written out by Allen but now that I know his "voice" and handwriting, I realize he was only the owner of the copy and not the transcriber.  Diana and I have debated how to share it.  Perhaps we'll find a way yet.

I can only assume Andrew in Blockville is Alice's dad Andrew Warn but I have no idea what he is doing there.  I do think after Alice marries, he and Hattie move to Jamestown but don't know why he'd go from Carroll to Blockville. 

How did Allen play football with a crutch to begin with? Absolutely amazing.

Monday, May 2, 2011

May Flowers

A Day in the Life: May 2nd


(Aged 14)
Wea. rainy                                    SAT. MAY 2, 1896               Ther.  75

Went fishing got nothing.  Helped Ma make garden + flower bed.  Picked up 15 loads of stone in Rollie little wagon. 

Grandma + I went down to the bayou fishing didn’t get anything.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                             MON. MAY 2, 1898               Ther.

Went to school rode both ways with Mattie Cowan but don’t think I will again.  Chas Slater went over on the other place to stay yesterday.  I don’t have so many chores now.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             TUE. MAY 2, 1899               Ther.

Ma carried me to school.  Rode my wheel home.  It hailed today.  Pa, Ma + Grandma went to town to Jennie Hotchkiss’s husband’s funeral.  Got a letter from Mabel White.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              WED. MAY 2, 1900                 Ther.

Painted in the A.M.  In P.M. took out Grandma’s potatoes.  In eve took Alice Warn out riding.  We had a fine time.
Another offering from Mabel Alice Cass


(Aged 19)

Wea.                                              THU. MAY 2, 1901                Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL MAY 22nd


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               FRI.  MAY 2, 1902             Ther.

Fixed fence.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              SAT.  MAY 2, 1903                  Ther.

Finished putting in oats.  12 acres.  Alice, Pearl, Willard and I went up to Blockville to see Andrew. 




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Editor's Note: How absolutely wonderful to think of 71-year-old Diantha Cass fishing with her grandson on the bayou.  However, I don't know where this bayou was meant to be just as yesterday I didn't know what Allen meant but biking across "the flats".    It must be at the new house that he is making the garden with his mother.

Also, uncertainty surrounds what possibly could have put Allen off riding with Mattie Cowan again.  Perhaps he doesn't wish to lead her on.  Don't worry about her though.  She is not left on the shelf.  She marries Adam Vandewark and has a son named Glenn.  Likely, some of her descendants are still around today.

As for Jennie's Hotchkiss' husband, I don't think Hotchkiss was her married name because there was a Jennie Hotchkiss who would have been more of Frank and Nora's contemporary but that was her maiden name.  Maybe she married later in life and folks never were able to think of her as Mrs. ...

There is another Jennie, much younger but still older than Allen.  Her married name is Hotchkiss but her husband is still alive in 1900.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Sow Your Oats While You Can

A Day in the Life: May 1st



HAPPY MAY DAY!





Drawing by a teen-aged Mabel Cass Lucas



(Aged 14)
Wea.  Cloudy                               FRI. MAY 1, 1896               Ther.  65

Went to school.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            SUN. MAY 1, 1898               Ther.

Went to church on my wheel came back across the flats.  In eve rode my wheel to church + coming home I broke the shaft between our house + the watering trough.  Went home with Ella Mackey.


(Aged 17)

Wea.                                             MON. MAY 1, 1899               Ther.

Rode my wheel to school it rained and I left my wheel there and rode home with ma who was down after a hat.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              TUE. MAY 1, 1900                 Ther.

Painted on the house rode down with Mearle Cowan when he went with the mail + got a new paint brush.  Took a picture of the Peter Brant cow.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              WED. MAY 1, 1901                Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL MAY 22nd


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               THU.  MAY 1, 1902             Ther.

Fixed fence.  Bot six cows + 4 calves of Mrs. Page for $225.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              FRI.  MAY 1, 1903                  Ther.

Sowed oats.  Sold my bicycle to Leon Page for $17.00 to be paid within a year.




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Editor's Note:  I’m worried that in 1903, the selling of his bike to Leon Page might be an end of an era for Allen.  Alice is pregnant and has just over a month to go before their second child Dorothy is born.  The fancies of their youth are most definitely being replaced by different priorities.  Family is their main focus now.  I think it is accidentally touching Allen “sowed his oats” just prior to the selling of the bike.