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Saturday, June 4, 2011

In a Huff

A Day in the Life: June 4th


(Aged 14)
Wea.  Hot                                     THU. JUNE 4, 1896               Ther. 90

Went to school in the A.M. it did not keep in the P.M.  In the evening went down to the entertainment given by the two primary (proms?).  Pa inspected the Whitman bridge. Stayed all night with Mrs. Mason.


(Aged 16)
Wea. Windy                                 SAT. JUNE 4, 1898                 Ther.

Pa + Ma went to Jamestown got me a new suit of clothes cost $6.  In eve went to singing school.  Awful hot all day.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             SUN. JUNE 4, 1899                 Ther.

In A.M. went over to Harrington’s dam and took a bath.  Went up home with Frank Warn + stayed till S.S. time then went to S.S.  In eve went to the burg with Leon Page.  I went home with Clara Blackmer.  Howard Wilson went home with Kate Davis.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              MON. JUNE 4, 1900               Ther.

Drew blockings for the barn.  Went up to Bradley’s Mill to see about the lumber.  May Jackson rode down to the burg with me.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              TUE. JUNE 4, 1901                Ther.

Finished planting potatoes.  Alice + I went to town in P.M.  In eve went up to see Frank + Irma.



(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               WED.  JUNE 4, 1902             Ther.

Pulled wild mustard.  Got a calf of Mearle Cowan.  Alice got mad because I talked with Arnie Shaw + started for home but didn’t go.

postcard found here.
(Translation not required)



(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              THU.  JUNE 4, 1903                 Ther.


Went over Emery Hill.



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Editor's Note:  Interesting that Alice doesn't like Arnie Shaw.  He is a bit of a wheeler-dealer always swapping horses and watches and things.  Maybe Alice just thinks Allen never makes out in the deals.  I don't know why her dad had this wilting flower image of her because on many occasions now she certainly has put up a fuss when she felt it was warranted.  She walks off in huffs, she calls Allen a fool when he is one and at one point she stopped talking to him (before they were married).  I would defer to her judgment I am sure. 


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Friday, June 3, 2011

Friday's Ancestral Pet

I love this photo.  I doubt the dog was my father's though.  I don't think he ever had a pet.  Gram didn't seem to be an animal lover despite her farm girl upbringing.  Maybe she just didn't want the responsibility.  I believe based on nothing but my instinct that this is Mabel's backyard which abutted her father Allen's yard with Lil.  There would have been a free and easy passing between houses.


Allen Cass, Richard Lucas,  cute family dog. 
 

Fisherman's Friend

A Day in the Life: June 3rd


(Aged 14)
Wea.   hot                                      WED. JUNE 3, 1896               Ther.  80

Went to school. 


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                             FRI. JUNE 3, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory.  In P.M. went to the burg + got me a new hat + some oil of Annis (Anise) then went fishing caught a sucker + rock bass down to the big creek.

Anise


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             SAT. JUNE 3, 1899               Ther.

Worked all day.  In A.M. cut brush down in front of Smith’s .  In P.M. fixed the fence around the sugar bush and cleaned out the barn.  In P.M. Ma, Pa + Rollie went to the burg.  There was a meeting of trustees of the Baptist Church.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              SUN. JUNE 3, 1900                 Ther.

Stayed at home and slept.  In eve took a ride with Alice Warn.  Got home at 1 A.M. she goes to town to work tomorrow.



(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              MON. JUNE 3, 1901                Ther.

Drew stone + planted potatoes.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               TUE.  JUNE 3, 1902             Ther.

Put in the rest of the garden.  Went up to C Taylors + I got a calf .75 cents.  Put the stove in wood shed.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              WED.  JUNE 3, 1903                  Ther.

Went up on Oak Hill with the meat wagon.





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Editor's Note:  Alice going to work up in Jamestown was in part her father Anders (Andrew) Warn's attempt to separate her from Allen.  As you may recall, Anders did not think Allen a suitable match for his "frail" Alice.


Way at the bottom of the Wiki article on Anise I see that it is used to lure fish.  Otherwise I couldn't account for Allen's need of it unless it was to freshen his breath.  His spelling of the word is unfortunate.


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Thursday, June 2, 2011

It's Only Fun Until Someone Gets Hurt

A Day in the Life: June 2nd


(Aged 14)
Wea.  fine                                     TUE. JUNE 2, 1896               Ther.  76

Went to school.  Had arithmetic examinations.  Have passed spelling, drawing have not got to take them any more.  Have passed arithmetic + reading but have to take them more.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                          THU. JUNE 2, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory.  In eve Bert + I went in swimming over to Harrington’s dam.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                           FRI. JUNE 2, 1899               Ther.

Drove to school took Mrs. Mason home.  Played ball.  After school went up to Bradley’s to get him to fix a cheque but he wasn’t at home.  Paid Pa’s insurance to Mr. Durand $19.50.  In eve went to the burg with Leon Page.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                           SAT. JUNE 2, 1900                 Ther.

Drew blockings for the barn.  In eve went to a party up to Will Rhode’s  took Alice .  Frank Warn pushed Florence Coeburg when they were playing “Bow to the King and Queen”.  It hurt her quite badly.  Got home at 2:30.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                            SUN. JUNE 2, 1901                Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Ruth came down.
Ruth Warn Wescott--Alice Warn Cass' younger sister.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                             MON.  JUNE 2, 1902             Ther.

Went to factory. Worked in garden.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              TUE.  JUNE 2, 1903                  Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE






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Editor's Note: I have not been able to find anything out about the game "Bow to the King and Queen".  I researched along the lines of "parlour games" but nothing obvious came up.  I wonder if anyone knows of this game and could let me know how it was played?  I guess it just got wild and silly.

Additionally, if anyone knows what became of the Wescotts I'd love to know that as well.  I believe Aunt Ruth last lived in Canastota, NY.  She and George had two sons in the 1910s, George, Jr and C(K?)arl.  They grew up in Ithaca, NY.  Can't find if the boys had families or anything.


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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Happy Birthday Mom!

A Day in the Life: June 1st


Today would have been Mom’s 74th Birthday.  She’s twirling fire in heaven.


(Aged 14)
Wea. fine                                  MON. JUNE 1, 1896               Ther. 

Went to school in the A.M.  Ma + Rollie went to Jamestown.  In P.M. went berrying got about a quart of strawberries.  Went up to Bert’s mill with Geo Walters.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                         WED. JUNE 1, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory.  In eve went up the hollow + joined the King’s sons + daughters went home with Ellen Pretty.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             THU. JUNE 1, 1899               Ther.

Rode my wheel to school.  Played ball.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              FRI. JUNE 1, 1900                 Ther.

Drew blockings for the barn.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              SAT. JUNE 1, 1901                Ther.

Built pig pen and drew a load of wood.


(Aged 20)

Wea.                                               SUN.  JUNE 1, 1902                Ther.

Stayed at home.  I went to factory Jim Smith helped me do chores.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              MON.  JUNE 1, 1903                  Ther.


Moved down to Frewsburg in Lydia Myers house.


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Editor's Note:
I'm going to go out on a limb and say that Lydia Myers' house is the one we have the picture of little Willard and Dorothy standing in front of squinting in the sun.  Because on June 1, 1903  Alice Cass is VERY pregnant with Dorothy.  I couldn't imagine being in the final weeks of pregnancy, riding on a dirt road, in a wagon, in the heat, with all your furniture strapped in the back and a toddler on your knee.  We have a cushy existence these days.

And yes indeed, Mom could definitely twirl fire!  :-)


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Wedding Wednesday - Richard & Sandra (again)

And they're off...


Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday

Cemetery in Tennessee


Happy Birthday Squire Cass

A Day in the Life: May 31st


160th Anniversary of Frank Cass' Birth

Proud patriarch with his two sons and his three grandsons


(Aged 14)
Wea. Clear                                   SUN. MAY 31, 1896               Ther. 

In. A.M. Rollie + I went over to grandma’s.  In the P.M. Ma, Rollie + I went up to Pope Hollow Sunday School.  Pa gave me a licking for having some tobacco in my pocket.



(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            TUE. MAY 31, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory.  In eve went up to Warn’s after some more corn.



(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             WED. MAY 31, 1899               Ther.

Rode my wheel to school.  Traded inner tubes with Ransom.  When taking his inner tube out of the casing I pulled it in two then had to mend it.

Pa’s birthday he is 48.  Aunt Ada + Grandma were over.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              THU. MAY 31, 1900                 Ther.

Washed the buggy and milked before breakfast.  Then went to factory.  When I got home went to bed and slept all day.  This is Pa’s birthday.  He is 49 yrs. old.



(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              FRI. MAY 31, 1901                Ther.

Frankie went to town.  Pulled weeds.  Traded guns with Joe Drayton.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               SAT.  MAY 31, 1902             Ther.

Pa, Ma, Rollie, Grandma, Alice, Willard + I went to town + had our pictures taken.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              SUN.  MAY 31, 1903                  Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE




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Editor's Note:  So I was right, Frank was only in his 40s when he wrote his poem.  Sad to think that Frank had to give Allen "a licking" on his birthday.  Not a good way to celebrate.  If you recall from yesterday, Allen was out until 4:s0am with Alice in 1900.  He says he never went to sleep that night but did his morning chores before he "slept all day".  It doesn't sound like they made much of a celebration for birthdays. 

Sadly, we have not laid our hands on the family portrait taken on Frank's 51st birthday.


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Monday, May 30, 2011

Decoration Day

A Day in the Life: May 30th


(Aged 14)
Wea.  rainy                                   SAT. MAY 30, 1896               Ther.

Went over to the Thayer cemetery in the A.M.  in the P.M. went fishing caught 6 or 7 small fish.

In P.M. Pa + Ma + Rollie went up to Unkle Gib’s.



(Aged 16)
Wea.                                             MON. MAY 30, 1898               Ther.

Decoration Day.  Went to factory + then down to the burg.  In eve went up to John Warn’s after some corn.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             TUE. MAY 30, 1899               Ther.

Decoration Day.  I rode down to the burg with ma.  At 1.00 P.M. the school marched up to the cemetery and back to Chase’s Hall where an address was given by Frank Mott of Jamestown.  I rode my wheel  home.  Mrs. Mason came up with Ma.  Ransom went to Celeron.  In eve went over to Leon Page’s.
 Frewsburg, NY 1940s(?)



(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              WED. MAY 30, 1900                 Ther.

Stayed at home until about 3 P.M.  Then Alice and I went to Celeron.  Had a fine time got home at 4:30 A.M.  Didn’t go to bed at all.  Spent $2.50.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              THU. MAY 30, 1901                Ther.

Sorted potatoes + cleaned out the barn.  Hired Will Corney for a month + a half for $9 begins work today.  Killed Pa’s pig.  Fixed line between Littlefield + myself.  Paid my store bill.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               FRI.  MAY 30, 1902             Ther.


Finished putting in corn 11 acres.  Paid my store bill gave Ma $5 interest.  Laurence helped 1/2 day.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              SAT.  MAY 30, 1903                  Ther.


NO ENTRY MADE



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Editor's Note:  I learned a bit about Memorial Day this weekend.  Originally known as Decoration Day and started to honor the graves of Civil War soldiers, eventually it grew into a day to remember all our loved and lost ones.  In 1969 the name was officially changed to Memorial Day and in 1971 it became a Federal holiday making it a 3-day-weekend.  Once only celebrated on May 30, it is now celebrated on the last Monday in May regardless of the date.  I am afraid commercialism has diluted the purpose of this holiday.  As Diana says "we celebrate our presidents' birthdays with a mattress sale," this is a weekend of sales too.  As former members of our high school marching band we certainly participated in a many parades but I don't recall giving the day the solemnity that it deserves.

Neither Diana nor I live near any of our ancestral graves.  As was Gram Lucas' habit, she'd put geraniums on them today.  Dad carried on this tradition.  The last time I was in Frewsburg, I put hostas on Mabel, Stuart and Dad hoping they would grow and remain.  I did this knowing I wouldn't be back very soon.  If you are in Maple Grove, say hello to the folks in our family plot and please let me know if the hostas are still there.



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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Sunday Smiles

Can You Draw This?

A Day in the Life: May 29th


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                            FRI. MAY 29, 1896               Ther. 

Went to school, finished raising the barn today.  Had examination in drawing.

Remember these?  They have been around since 1914.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            SUN. MAY 29, 1898               Ther.

Went to the factory when I got home Bert, Elmer + I went to church.  Stayed at home in P.M.  In eve went down to the burg to church.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             MON. MAY 29, 1899               Ther.

Rode my wheel to school.  It rained and Randsom came after me.



(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              TUE. MAY 29, 1900                 Ther.

Drew manure all day.  In eve went up to Bunce’s.  Bess Traver + Alton, James Traver + Irma, Ruth Davis and I were there.  Got home at 11:45.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              WED. MAY 29, 1901                Ther.

Cleaned out the barn + moved the calf pasture.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               THU.  MAY 29, 1902             Ther.

Put in corn.  Laurence helped us all day.  Got dividend $82.05.



(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              FRI.  MAY 29, 1903                  Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE




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Editor's Note:  Moving the calf pasture sounds like a Herculean task but somehow I'm sure he didn't physically lift it,  just led the calves to a different field. English is a funny old language.


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