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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Bear With Me

A Day in the Life: May 14th

(Aged 14)
Wea.  Rainy                                 THU. MAY 14, 1896               Ther. 90

Went to school.  Three men came to the school house with two bears.**
Card available here.

(Aged 16)

Wea. Windy                                 SAT. MAY 14, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory in eve Bert + I rode our wheels up the hollow to singing school.  In P.M. went over to grandma’s.  Luella was there.  Glen + Frank came down to see Rollie + I.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             SUN. MAY 14, 1899               Ther.

Went over + got grandma.  In P.M. went p to S.S. when I came home found Unkle Gib, Aunt May, Unkle Alex and Aunt Lib here.  I took grandma home.  In eve went down to the burg with Mearle Cowan.   Went home with Clara Lonquist + Lydia Lawson.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              MON. MAY 14, 1900                 Ther.

Painted on the house.  Awful hot.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              TUE. MAY 14, 1901                Ther.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               WED.  MAY 14, 1902             Ther.

Dragged + finished manuring Jim’s potato ground.  Jim drew Chas Waters wood.  Filled up the old cellar.

(Aged 21)

Wea.                                                THU.  MAY 14, 1903                  Ther.

Dragged corn ground.


Editor's Note:
** AND DID WHAT?  What business did three men and two bears have at school?  If ever a line merited follow-up...  I’m guessing it was a presentation of some sort and not a threat of any kind.  However, health and safety would never allow that today. 

Unkle Alex and Aunt Lib are news to me.  I have never heard either of those names in reference to relatives so I'm at a loss there.

Friday, May 13, 2011

A Tip of the Hat for Whimsy

A Day in the Life: May 13th

(Aged 14)
Wea.   Fine                                   WED. MAY 13, 1896               Ther.  75

Went to school. 

(Aged 16)
Wea.                                             FRI. MAY 13, 1898               Ther.

Rode my wheel to school took my books over to Mrs. Mason’s + left them.  I am not going to school any more this spring as pa don’t think it will pay.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             SAT. MAY 13, 1899               Ther.

Stayed at home all day + read.  Pa + Ma went to the burg as the board met.  In eve went over to Page’s.  It rained.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              SUN. MAY 13, 1900                 Ther.

Stayed at home in the A.M. In P.M. went over to grandma’s.  In eve Alice + I went to Jamestown + back for a drive.  We traded hats going through Falconer and you should have seen the people look.

Unknown relative in a fancy hat.  I'd like to think Alice's hat that Allen wore was similar.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              MON. MAY 13, 1901                Ther.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               TUE.  MAY 13, 1902             Ther.

Drew horse manure to put on Jim’s potato ground.  Butter went for 21 3/4 of a cent.  I had 404 lbs of milk.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              WED.  MAY 13, 1903                  Ther.

Dragged corn ground.


Editor's Note:
It is sorry that Allen couldn't see the school year through because their was too much work on the farm.  As for his ride with Alice.  I love they switched hats. 

What about yesterday?

Clearly Blogger is having major problems.  As a result yesterday's posting has disappeared into the ether.  Hmm.  do I trust to put up today's?

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

"I Want Candy"

A Day in the Life: May 12th

(Aged 14)
Wea. hot                                     TUE. MAY 12, 1896               Ther.  80

Went to school.  Commenced to lay the wall for the barn.  It rained in the A.M. this is the first rain we have had for a long time.

(Aged 16)
Wea.   Sunny                               THU. MAY 12, 1898               Ther.

Drove Topsie to school rained hard in A.M. but cleared up in the P.M.  We lost another calf the best we had.  Pa gave me the skin if I would skin it + I did.  Pa + Ma went over to Unkle Lewis Woodward’s. 

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             FRI. MAY 12, 1899               Ther.

Drove to school.  John went home.  Started a military drill at school.  In eve went up to a candy party for my S.S. class + Mrs. Rhode’s.  Had a fine time.  Went home with Irma Bunce.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              SAT. MAY 12, 1900                 Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Pa + I blew out a few stumps.  Ma + Rollie went to the burg.  Took another picture of Jim Smith as the other didn’t suit him.  This is all right. 

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              SUN. MAY 12, 1901                Ther.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               MON.  MAY 12, 1902             Ther.

Turned the calves out.  Fixed fence between Joel + I.  Put in the last of our oats about 1/2 an acre in the swale in front of Jim’s.  Spotted Indian cow came in had a heifer calf.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              TUE.  MAY 12, 1903                  Ther.

Drew butter got back at 7:30 A.M. Started at 3:15 A.M.  Dragged corn ground.


Editor's Note:  Unkle Lewis is Frank's uncle and Diantha's brother.  He lived in Kiantone, NY.  I would have thought Grandma (Diantha) would have gone too.

It would be wonderful to know what candy was served at the candy party.  I'm sure none of it would necessarily appeal to a modern palate--okay, my palate.  Mr. Hershey doesn't come out with his chocolate bar for another year so it was probably mostly hard candy.  Saying that, there'd be nothing artificial about it--no high fructose corn syrup--just beautiful sugar.

*In checking my supposition I just found the best site on old fashioned food and sweets here.

Also, I didn't know what a "swale" was that is why it is hyperlinked.   It has not come up in conversational use for me before now. 

Wedding Wednesday - Diana & Jennifer (Again)

One year after Diana and Bill were married they moved to California.  I insisted on driving cross country with them.  That is worded correctly, I totally invited myself into their jammed packed, wee little Saturn.   We had the best of times; we had the worst of times.  Mostly it was fabulous. 

In Denver, we saw Diana's best friend from school, Joanie, and bought "fancy" (in some circles I'm sure) vintage clothes in a charity shop to wear at Diana and Bill's 1st anniversary--vow renewal extravaganza.  Since the first anniversary is paper Diana thought it would be great to make her gift a Las Vegas wedding certificate.  Clearly, she married the right man because Bill was totally on board.

So, there we were in some Vegas chapel (she'll remember the name, of course) re-enacting their year-old marriage.  Bill and Diana couldn't stop laughing as the remarried using their private nicknames for each other.  Diana looked gorgeous in her iridescent green/yellow dress and original veil.  My boxy, beaded, orange sherbet sweater really should have had a rethink.  It is too bad you can't see the cowboy boots I am wearing that I picked up in South Dakota.


No Playing Ball or House

A Day in the Life: May 11th

(Aged 14)
Wea. hot                                  MON. MAY 11, 1896               Ther.  90

Ma, Grandma, Rollie + I went to Jamestown.  I got a sweater, a shirt, a suit of cloth and a hat.

(Aged 16)

Wea.                                         WED. MAY 11, 1898               Ther.

Went to school rode with James Smith + Walter Russell + back with Traver + C Cowan. Heard that Leslie Stryker has gone to war.  too bad.  Can’t play ball anymore at school because someone is afraid of their windows.
Sign found here

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             THU. MAY 11, 1899               Ther.

Drove to school.  John Glaspy came up + is going to stay all night.  We went fishing + got 11 rock bass and one yellow bass.
Earl Towns came + tried to get married but Goldie Williams was not old enough so Pa couldn’t marry them.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              FRI. MAY 11, 1900                 Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  In eve Alice Warn and I went up to a social at Hermy Anderson's.  Got home at 3 o’clock.  Mearle + Luella over there too.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              SAT. MAY 11, 1901                Ther.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               SUN.  MAY 11, 1902                Ther.

Went to factory.  Gail drove Kit got .75 cents for it.  Ma, Rollie, Pa, Andrew, Hattie + Ruth were here.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              MON.  MAY 11, 1903                  Ther.

Began dragging corn ground.  Took a note of $12.00 against Arnie Shaw for a watch also one of $20 and a mortgage boot (?) between horses with F. Kineston, jr.


Editor's Note:  Okay, if it is 90 degrees out, would you be buying a sweater?  In fact that is a whole lot of wardrobe given the onset of summer. 

The next year, the way it is written I can’t say for sure if it is too bad that Leslie Stryker has gone to war or too bad that they can’t play ball anymore.  In my heart, I think Allen means too bad about his cousin Leslie (Effie’s brother from Corydon, PA) going to war but we know how Allen feels about sports.   For a minute, I forgot that Allen could never have fought himself given his leg.  I have tried to find Leslie Stryker in the Spanish American War rosters but he doesn’t turn up.  I am sure he survived through the end of the War in August though because I think he goes on to marry a woman named Gertrude and have a daughter named Wilma when he gets back.

Superb! Frank Cass, Justice of the Peace, puts a stop to a “teenage wedding”!  How exciting was that?   So here is what I can gather from this drama, Goldie was about 16 going on 17 and Earl was 11 years older than her.  So I’m betting it was the father in Frank that happily objected and could be the “tough guy” through the power of his post.  There would be no "playing house" on his watch.  But I looked into it and Goldie clearly obtained parental permission soon after this thwarted attempt because she and Earl certainly do marry.  In fact, they are married for a year by the time of the 1900 census enumerated them on June 20.  They have two sons named Ronald and Harold by 1910.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Who are the White Sisters?

A Day in the Life: May 10th

(Aged 14)
Wea. Clear                                   SUN. MAY 10, 1896               Ther. 

Went over to Grandma’s.

(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            TUE. MAY 10, 1898               Ther.

Rode on my wheel to school.  Played ball after...

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             WED. MAY 10, 1899               Ther.

Rode my wheel to school.  Saw Mabel White in the morning + after school took her down to the train and saw her off. 

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              THU. MAY 10, 1900                 Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Painted some.  Fixed a dark room in the woodshed.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              FRI. MAY 10, 1901                Ther.


(Aged 20)

Wea.                                               SAT.  MAY 10, 1902             Ther.

Finished plowing.  Plowed the garden and Grandma’s garden too.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              SUN.  MAY 10, 1903                  Ther.

Stayed at home.  Pa + Ma came up.  Frank Kineston, Jr. paid me $25 on his team. 

Ancestral Doodle.  A new set of wheels.


Editor's Note:
  White is too common a name and Mabel was fairly popular in the era as well so I cannot identify who Mabel (Mable) and Verna are to Allen.  I am guessing they are sisters because for quite sometime there has been a round robin approach to letter writing among them.  Mabel writes Allen and he writes Verna.  Verna writes Allen and he writes Mabel and so on.  I already believed they weren't local because he has never been "riding" with them.  But here today he puts Mabel on the train so he actually sees her upon occasion.  Perhaps they had relatives in town.  I'm wondering now if there is a connection to his "grandma" Sarah Mason.  Maybe they are Lyman Mason's grandchildren.  Though again, I can't find any children of his.  Suggestions welcome.  Diana has drawn a blank as well.

Tombstone Tuesday

Dad's proudest genealogical moment was finding this grave in Lake View Cemetery in Jamestown, NY and marking it.

William Lucas 
              Henry Lucas
                         Louis Lucas
                                   Stuart Lucas
                                             Richard Lucas (Dad)

Monday, May 9, 2011

My Husband Shares an English Recipe

A Day in the Life: May 9th

(Aged 14)
Wea.  Hot                                      SAT. MAY 9, 1896                   Ther.  91

Drove team for to draw 2 load of stone.  Stayed all night with Frank Peterson.  He gave me his picture.

(Aged 16)
Wea.                                             MON. MAY 9, 1898               Ther.

Went to school on my wheel played ball after school.  Blain came home with me + I rode down to the burg with him + back with Bert.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             TUE. MAY 9, 1899                  Ther.

Rode my wheel to school.  Played football.  Ma went to the burg.  After school covered potatoes.  Wrote a letter to Verna White. 

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              WED. MAY 9, 1900                 Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  In eve Mearle + I went to the burg.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              THU. MAY 9, 1901                  Ther.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               FRI.  MAY 9, 1902                 Ther.

Plowed and took the milk to factory.  The spotted Laughlin cow came in had a bull calf.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               SAT.  MAY 9, 1903                  Ther.

Worked at corn ground + drew manure.  Paid Huckleberry for pigs.


Editor's Note:  Again, potatoes.  On the whole, Americans tend to serve mashed potatoes with their big meals.  The English tend to serve roast potatoes.  I happened to have married a man who makes the best roast potatoes in the world.  And, as a salute to potato season in the burg, he is willing to share his recipe.  It may not sound like much but, if you do it right,  wow.

R's Roasties

Peel potatoes.

Parboil for 5 mins in salted boiling water.

Drain water from saucepan, put lid on, wrap with teatowel. Shake vigorously for 10 secs, or until potatoes are fluffed.

Preheat oven to 425F.

Fill roasting tin with 1/2" vegetable oil. Warm in oven for 10 mins.

Put potatoes in roasting tin, baste with oil.

Roast for 1 1/4 hours, turning potatoes and basting every 25 minutes.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Not Just Any Day in May

I was born on Mother's Day--May the 8th and all.  Apparently, many of us arrived that day crowding the rooms of Strong Memorial in Rochester, NY.  Post delivery, my mother was put in what she called "a glorified broom closet" because of the shortage of beds.  On the wall was a poster showing her step-by-step how to perform a vasectomy.  In keeping with the era, my dad was relegated to the waiting room for my big entrance.  Apparently, he was so worked up in there someone asked if I was his first baby.  "Third!" he barked.  Also, the last.  That probably had nothing to do with the poster though.

Another fun fact about my birth is that I was a birthday present for my sister.  Diana was 2-years-old and laid up with Chicken Pox when Mom went into labor.  Mom had asked Diana what she wanted for her birthday which happens to be tomorrow, May 9th.  Diana unequivocally answered "A baby sister".  Mom said she'd do what she could.   It is very nice when a plan comes together.  I was adored from the get-go and Mom even let Diana push me around the driveway in her doll carriage.

More than any other month, May will always be a month of love and loss for me and for Diana.  It is my most conflicted month by far.  The double birthdays have always been fun and I married in May but I also lost my mother in May, my aunt passed away on my birthday 3 years ago and my brother was buried on my birthday 14 years ago.   Diana and I once wondered if we could cut the month out of the year altogether. I even pretended my birthday was August 5 (8/5 instead of 5/8) for a short while--okay well I talked about it.  But in the end, it was all sort of silly.  All months have good and bad dates and memories.  I think May is the sore thumb because losing Mom was probably the hardest loss of my life.

There is nothing like a mother and there was certainly none like mine.  I will love her and hold her in my heart forever.  I see her in the dimples of my own daughter and those of my nieces.  I see her in Diana and I see her in me.  I hear her words come out of my mouth and I laugh.  I'm lucky for the mother I had and for the women in my life who loved her, love me and helped bridge my loss as I married and became a mother without Mom by my side.

Happy Mothers Day to all the Moms and the people who "have their backs".

Much love to my mother, my mother figures and my grandmothers known and those yet to be discovered:

Sandie; Liz; Mary; Sue; Carla; Patty; Rosemary; Catherine; Mabel; Maryann; Alice; Hattie; Nora, Honora, Sarah; Diantha; Dolly; Lydia; Sarah; Heather; Ursula...

Horse Trading

A Day in the Life: May 8th

(Aged 14)
Wea. Hot                                      FRI. MAY 8, 1896               Ther.  90

Abdor Day did not go to school.  Helped draw 2 loads of sand + a load of stone for the barn.  Went to a lecture with ma at Frewsburg.

(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            SUN. MAY 8, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory Grandma came over, her + ma went ot S.S. up the hollow.  I stayed at home all day.  In eve went down to the burg to church.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             MON. MAY 8, 1899               Ther.

Rode my wheel to school.  Played football.  Frank Warn stayed all night with me.  After school covered potatoes.  Wrote a letter to Mabel White.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              TUE. MAY 8, 1900                 Ther.

Painted on the house all day except riding down to the burg with Mearle when he went after the mail.  In eve it rained and I wrote a letter to Wilson + one to Mabel White.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              WED. MAY 8, 1901                Ther.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               THU.  MAY 8, 1902             Ther.

Went to factory traded horses with Pa got $50 to boot.  Gail plowed.  In P.M. went down to Huckleberry’s + traded horses with him got a dollar, a watch, a crosscut saw + horse collar to boot.

Wikimedia Commons

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              FRI.  MAY 8, 1903                  Ther.

Worked at everything.  Went to Jamestown spent $15 --got my seed corn.


Editor's Note:  The man is at it again.  Trading horses and trading them again--such a character.  And, is it just me or do watches make the rounds as well?