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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Who Are You?

"Raise High the Roofbeam, Carpenters"

A Day in the Life: May 28th

(Aged 14)
Wea.  Hot                                    THU. MAY 28, 1896               Ther.

Went to school.  They began raising the barn today.
Not "our" barn but a wonderful photo just the same.

(Aged 16)
Wea. Windy                                 SAT. MAY 28, 1898                 Ther.

Went to the factory + then dropped potatoes until about 2 o’clock when we finished.  Blaine came up we went over to Harrington’s dam (to swim).  In eve Bert + I went to singing school.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             SUN. MAY 28, 1899                 Ther.

Rained last night quite hard.  Went to S.S.  After S.S. went home with Mearle Cowan then we went to the burg to church in the eve.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              MON. MAY 28, 1900               Ther.

Painted on the barn finished it.  In eve went fishing.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              TUE. MAY 28, 1901                Ther.

Rained all day.  Took my pig off. 143lbs @ 7 cents $10.00  Alice went over to Pa’s.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               WED.  MAY 28, 1902             Ther.

Went to factory.  Gail dragged.  I drilled corn.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              THU.  MAY 28, 1903                 Ther.



Editor's Note: So do we think the pig was worth more dead or alive?


Friday, May 27, 2011

A Sunday Drive

A Day in the Life: May 27th

(Aged 14)
Wea.                                            WED. MAY 27, 1896               Ther. 

Went to school.

(Aged 16)
Wea.                                             FRI. MAY 27, 1898                 Ther

Went to the factory + washed the carriage in A.M. In P.M. went fishing caught a sucker.  In eve Leon, Gordon Bert + I went to the burg.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             SAT. MAY 27, 1899                  Ther.

Pa went over to Henry Harrington’s raising.  Ma, Rollie + I went up to Unkle Gib’s.  In eve Leon came over and Pa + Ma went up to Wheeler’s + Sheldon’s.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              SUN. MAY 27, 1900                 Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  In eve took Alice out for a drive.

Of course, it would be "while the horses ceased to trot" in the case of Alice and Allen.    

Postcard found here.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              MON. MAY 27, 1901                Ther.

Rained all day.  Killed my pig.

(Aged 20)
Wea.  cold+rainy                           TUE.  MAY 27, 1902                Ther.

Drew 2 load of manure this is the last for this spring.  I got a calf of Mell Bragg for .50 cents.  Alice went over to pa’s.  Pa bought Dodge’s trotter for $50.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              WED.  MAY 27, 1903                  Ther.



Editor's Note: I am fairly confident that Henry Harrington was Joel's younger brother.  It seems Allen has thrown church on Sundays over for drives with Alice. :-)

"Killed my pig."  Tra la la.  I notice the use of the possessive is different than the usual the or a.  It is his pig now--he's married and running his own farm.

A Day in the Life of Diana

During our morning phone call Diana started relating what her Thursday had been like in Allen Cass Diary-speak. Obviously, we had to share.

(Aged NOYDB)
Wea.  Florida Hot                                        THU. MAY 26, 2011               Ther.  84.7

In A.M. had the mother of all hot flashes. Burned three loads of dead leaves in redneck fire pit. Termite estimate for tenting is what was expected.

In P.M. Drew three loads of cat manure out of the litter box. Cussed out customer service man from health insurance company. Went up to Target.   Had a fine time.

Redneck fire pit

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Lifelong Friendships

A Day in the Life: May 26th

(Aged 14)
Wea.                                          TUE. MAY 26, 1896               Ther. 

 Went to school.

(Aged 16)
Wea.                                          THU. MAY 26, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory.  In P.M. Pa + I went hunting.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                           FRI. MAY 26, 1899               Ther.

Rode my wheel to school.  Wrote to Mable White and Elmer Warn.  In eve Leon Page, Frank Warn + I went out riding on our wheels.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                           SAT. MAY 26, 1900                 Ther.

Painted on barn in A.M. In P.M. played ball up on Joel Harrington’s.  In eve Irma + Alton Bunce and Ruth Davis of Olean were here had a fine time.  I went home with Irma.  Got home at 12.15.
Nettie Harrington and Nora Cass in later years.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                            SUN. MAY 26, 1901                Ther.

Frank went to factory.  Stayed at home all day.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                             MON.  MAY 26, 1902             Ther.

Drew 3 loads of manure in A.M.  In P.M. dragged + pulled wild mustard.  In eve burned out some worms’ nest.  Very cold + rainy.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              TUE.  MAY 26, 1903                  Ther.



Editor's Note:  Nettie Harrington was Joel's wife and the two couples seem to have been lifelong friends.  If Frank was "lonesome" in his 40s when he wrote the poem in the earlier post, I think Joel may have been more so because he lived to his 100th year.

Today's Treasure

The Squire--Frank Cass

Frank Cass points to the initials WC that his grandson Willard carved on the tree.  The same tree he once carved something on as well.

Below is a nostalgic poem by the Squire probably written at the end of the 19th C. because Allen is mentioned, so still at home and working the farm.

Composed by F.S. Cass

The Old Cass Run

By the little waters brink
Where the horses used to drink
And the bridge I used to play
Where the muskrats used to stay

Every day the Fish would play
In what we called the bay
And every day the shinning sun
Shone down on Cass Run

And we fed the fishes hay
And twas fun to see them play
For they would skip and run
And weed (sic) shoot them with a gun.

In the summer when twas hot
You see the busy Bee
And Allen in the Hammock
neath the old pine tree.*

With Joel’s** at a distance
His house is on a ridge
And Jim Smith he’s a fishing
Down by the old Iron Bridge

When I used to go there
Ide (sic) sometimes take a stroll
And see the fishes
In the Old Snake Hole***

Allen got an Engine
And cut fodder by the hour
He said it worked some better
Thank the Old Tread Power

Now I’m getting Lonesome.
I don’t have any fun
I would like to go back up there
On the Old Cass Run.

* As in Lone Pine Farm

** Joel Harrington

***This was the name of the watering hole left by Pliny Cass' Mill that I mentioned the other day.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

A Licking for Lying

A Day in the Life: May 25th

(Aged 14)
Wea.                                         MON. MAY 25, 1896               Ther. 

Went to school.  Got a licking for chewing tobacco + lying.

(Aged 16)
Wea.                                          WED. MAY 25, 1898               Ther.

Mrs. Mason went home.  Went to factory.  Stayed at home in P.M.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             THU. MAY 25, 1899               Ther.

Rode my wheel to school.  Got a letter from Mable White.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              FRI. MAY 25, 1900                 Ther.

Painted on the barn.  In eve went up to Frank Warn’s stayed all night.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              SAT. MAY 25, 1901                Ther.

Drilled in my corn about 12 acres.  Pa, Ma + Rollie went to town and brought us back a quart of strawberries the first we have seen.  Alice went up home.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               SUN.  MAY 25, 1902                Ther.

Rainy.  Stayed at home all day.  Gail went to factory then took his girl up home from Fullers.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              MON.  MAY 25, 1903                  Ther.

Went over Emery hill with the meat wagon.


Editor's Note:  There seems to be an ongoing struggle with all forms of tobacco in the house between both Allen and his father Frank.

Wedding Wednesday - Eric & Stephanie

Post by Diana

Sometimes our fondest memories are wedding celebrations in which the union barely made it to the first anniversary (appropriately enough paper--as in divorce paper). These photos are such an occasion. Firstly, I want to say that the bride went on to make a lovely and happy second marriage and the groom did alright for himself as far as we know. Those were his little girls who were the flower girls and he was a great dad. That's him surrounded by all the Laura Ashley Girls. 

Yes, it was that crowd. The crowd of women who single-handedly ran the 57th Street flagship store of Laura Ashley in NYC back in its heyday, before Sir Bernard Ashley remarried and Pat Robertson (yes, he of the 700 Club fame) was elected Chairman of the Board making things go down the Sweat Pea drain. Laura Ashley #1 Perfume goes for like $125 a bottle on Ebay because there was a fight over the formula and they don't make it anymore. It was all of our favorites. But I digress. 

Notice Jennifer's level of commitment to gracious living by wearing gloves. Notice my even greater level of commitment by wearing gloves and a hat (thanks to Kim Yerlow for the loan. Although it did look better on her she allowed me to have it for the day).  The nuptials were held in Concord, MA on a private estate. The last photo was of me wrangling the flower girls and ring bearer. I let the little boy hold my Canon point and shoot. Not bad for an 18 month-old. Yes, the foreground is slightly out of focus but the altar events are spot on. As I said, it didn't last but the time that we had together that night under the stars was magical and we all still talk about to this day. Except the bride and groom.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Just Remember to Tip the Grocery Man

A Day in the Life: May 24th

(Aged 14)
Wea.                                           SUN. MAY 24, 1896               Ther. 

Grandma, Rollie + I (went) over to Unkle Alex Woodward.

(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            TUE. MAY 24, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory + then Frank Warn + I went hunting.  Mrs. Mason came up is going to stay all night.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             WED. MAY 24, 1899               Ther.

Rode my wheel to school.  In eve Rollie + I went down to the Conewango fishing but didn’t catch any.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              THU. MAY 24, 1900                 Ther.

Painted on the barn a little.  In eve went fishing caught quite a mess of rock bass.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                               FRI. MAY 24, 1901                Ther.

Dragging corn ground.  Pa took Topsie home.  The grocery man stayed here to dinner.  Pearl stayed down today .  She carried some paper out to the “little house”.
A Grocery Delivery Man found at Cardcow

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               SAT.  MAY 24, 1902             Ther.

Dragged corn ground drew out 4 load of manure.  Went up to Martin Grouts + got 3 1/2 bu of seed corn $4.20.  Drilled in 1 1 2/ acres.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              SUN.  MAY 24, 1903                  Ther.

Alice, Willard + I went up to Gib’s.  They came + got grandma.


Editor's Note:  It is nice that the grocery man stayed to dinner--sort of fitting since he may have delivered it.  Funny Allen doesn't use his name but rather his job.  I would think a grocery man would be a familiar person whose name you would use.  Okay, saying that, my image of how life was like was sort of Little House on the Prairie in that you grew your own food, milked your own cow and got your dry goods from the mercantile.  So who is the grocery man anyway? I suppose someone may have drove around selling or delivering farm-to-farm.  It sounds like that with the Meat Wagon too, as if it were a traveling butcher's shop selling fresh meat.

Tombstone Tuesday

Highgate; High Victorian

Tombstone of Karl Marx

Highgate Cemetery in North London is one of the most thrilling cemeteries I have ever visited.  About 10 years ago, after often saying we should, I went with some friends to take a tour.  It happened to be a beautiful Halloween Day with  gorgeous weather and suitably gray autumnal skies.  The cemetery tour was, and probably still is,  divided in two halves--the very old half we were escorted through but the younger (and not by much) was self-guided.  I remember the older half was the more interesting if you're into high Victorian ornamentation and morbidity.  And, who is not?

Karl Marx was buried in the newer half, as was George Elliot.  However, the family of Charles Dickens was in the older side.  The tour didn't actually take us to their graves though because it was dangerous terrain...sunken graves and uneven ground.  Yet we still saw many incredibly amusing and beautiful monuments.  I rather think it is because they don't want the Dickens' graves vandalized by fans.

Tombstone of author George Elliot

Also on the older half was the grave of Elizabeth Siddal, the Pre-Raphaelite model.  She was the wife and muse of the artist/poet Dante Rossetti.  Her end was tragic and, wracked with guilt over her long, sordid demise, Rossetti threw the only copy of his poems into the casket with Elizabeth just before she was buried.  He was tormented for years by this whole episode and eventually had Elizabeth exhumed to retrieve and publish his poems.  Charming.  Dorothy Parker even wrote a verse about it.

Elizabeth Siddal

Put this tour on your list if you are ever in London.  Otherwise, Westminster Abbey is pretty fabulous too and more accessible.  Queen Elizabeth I and her half-sister Queen Mary Tudor are entombed together.  Not always the best of friends in life, they have no choice now.

Monday, May 23, 2011

The Swimming Hole

A Day in the Life: May 23rd

(Aged 14)
Wea.                                           SAT. MAY 23, 1896               Ther.

Planted grandma’s and got .50 cents.  Bert Bingham + I went over to Harrington’s pond fishing + swimming.  we made a raft + got out where the water was deep + the raft came to pieces + we went in with our clothes on.

Allen's grandsons Bill Cass and Richard Lucas

(Aged 16)
Wea.                                             MON. MAY 23, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory + helped Ma wash in A.M. stayed at home all the P.M.  In eve went to the burg got some grass-seed, lime meal, also some powder + shot, ma wet down with me + went to Mrs. Mason’s.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             TUE. MAY 23, 1899               Ther.

Rode my wheel to school.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              WED. MAY 23, 1900                 Ther.

Planted potatoes and painted.  Ma went to town.  Lydia Lawson + Allie Smedley played croquet and I took their picture.  Wrote a letter to Howard Wilson + Verna White.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              THU. MAY 23, 1901                Ther.

Finished plowing my corn ground.  Earl Drayton was here trying to get the house on the three cornered lot.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               FRI.  MAY 23, 1902             Ther.

Dragged corn ground.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              SAT.  MAY 23, 1903                  Ther.

Went to Onoville on the meat wagon with John Lawson.  Leased my farm to Erve Brady.  Pa drew up the papers.


Editor's Note:  I just could not imagine ever riding on "the meat wagon" not for love nor for money.  However, I can imagine how sweet the photo of the girls playing croquet must have been.

Grandma Lucas once wrote that they would go swimming in a sort of hole that was left from Pliny Cass' water wheel on his mill.  This might just be it.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Sunday Smiles

I found more of those Vegas wedding photos.  At least the groom is in one of them. :-)

Sort of Sad; Sort of Life

A Day in the Life: May 22nd

(Aged 14)
Wea.                                            FRI. MAY 22, 1896               Ther. 

Ma went down to see Aunt Em they think she will die.  Went to school.

(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            SUN. MAY 22, 1898               Ther.

Visited with Gib in A.M. after I got back from the factory.  In P.M. went to bed.  Lucy Thayer over about 6 o’clock.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             MON. MAY 22, 1899               Ther.

Rode my wheel to school.  Got a letter from Elmer Warn.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              TUE. MAY 22, 1900                 Ther.

Painted and planted potatoes.  In eve Frank Warn was down.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              WED. MAY 22, 1901                Ther.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               THU.  MAY 22, 1902             Ther.

Dragged corn ground.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              FRI.  MAY 22, 1903                  Ther.

Greased harness + drew J.S. Smith some hay.


Editor's Note:  The news of Aunt Em is just ghastly.  That is what I meant back on April 30th with the passing of a "sad check".  She is Nora's younger sister, mother of Blaine Fenton and, at 38 years old, she is dying.

There were two Lucy Thayers in Carroll and they must have been related somehow but I can't readily find a link.  One was born in the 1840s and the other, who is likely the one mentioned above, was born a few years after Allen and was from the Thayer family the next farm over.