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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Frewsburg Afire!

A Day in the Life: June 11th

(Aged 14)
Wea.                                           THU. JUNE 11, 1896               Ther.

Helped board the barn in A.M. went up to (?) Burth’s in P.M. after some lumber.  In P.M. Mr. Springer’s house burnt up.  Irma Bunce fell out of a cherry tree + broke her collar bone.  In evening Mr. Dodge’s store caught fire + burnt up.  It set the post office afire + Brant + V store.  The post office set Mr. Woodcock’s house afire and B+V store set Hazard’s blacksmith shop afire. They saved his burned house (and?) Unkle Ed Meat Market.
Frewsburg seems to have suffered a few major fires.  This may not be the one Allen describes. * 

 Postcard found here

(Aged 16)
Wea. Windy                                 SAT. JUNE 11, 1898                 Ther.

Went to factory then to Falconer to get me a handle bar standard. cost .80 cents.  In eve got ready to go to singing school but it rained.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             SUN. JUNE 11, 1899                 Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  All of us.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              MON. JUNE 11, 1900               Ther.

Went to factory.  Got a letter from Alice.  Finished papering the house.  The carpenters are working on the barn.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              TUE. JUNE 11, 1901                Ther.

Drew sand + hunted for a mason.  In eve Frankie went to the burg after some lime.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               WED.  JUNE 11, 1902             Ther.

Put a bridge in at the end of barn.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              THU.  JUNE 11, 1903                 Ther.

Went over Emery Hill.


Editor's Note:  Wow, what a banner day!  You'd think the excitement could be spread out a little more because that's a lot of fire for one day and poor Irma Bunce.  I wonder where Mr. Springer's house was and what started the fires? What a long summer ahead of Irma trying to heal the break but kudos for climbing the tree in the first place.  I hope someone made her a nice cherry pie.

*In the The Town of Carroll's History this fire is only briefly referenced in connection with one that happens three years later in 1899 on the other side of Main Street.  This photograph seems to be of a fire that happened in 1908 and illustrates the need for a local fire department.


Friday, June 10, 2011

Cass Tavern Revisited?

A Day in the Life: June 10th

(Aged 14)
Wea.   fine                                      WED. JUNE 10, 1896               Ther.  65

Helped board up the barn worked all day.  Blain came up.  Grandma came over.

(Aged 16)
Wea.                                             FRI. JUNE 10, 1898               Ther.

Cut brush in A.M. in P.M. went fishing with Harvey Harrington + Claude Thayer caught a few rock-bass.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             SAT. JUNE 10, 1899               Ther.

In A.M. cut brush.  Pa + Ma went to town.  In P.M. went to Celeron.  Had a fine time.  Saw Howard Wilson, Frank + Gordon Taylor.  Rode my wheel up + back.  Ransom King went up + came back with me.  Spent .65 cents.

Had an invitation up to see Irma Bunce.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              SUN. JUNE 10, 1900                 Ther.

Went to factory.  Mearle Cowan came down and stayed with S.S. then we both went.  Walked home with Bessie Traver, Ruth Davis, Irma Bunce, Gordon Taylor and Frank Warn.  In eve took Ruth Davis out for a drive.  Took her picture .  Got home at 1 A.M.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              MON. JUNE 10, 1901                Ther.

Drew stone.  In P.M. Mrs. Hunt was here.  In eve Frank + Irma came down.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               TUE.  JUNE 10, 1902             Ther.

Traded horses with D. Stockwell + got a pair of (?) ponies.  Gail + I went to Falconer got a keg of beer. 

Cass Tavern

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              WED.  JUNE 10, 1903                  Ther.

Went over Oak Hill.


Editor's Note:   And there it is.  The first mention of alcohol.  I was wondering what part alcohol had in their lives and it seems very little.  Smoking was the main vice but I know the Cass family owned a Tavern in Jamestown when they first arrived.  Nathan Cass was the proprietor.  It is curious Allen and Gail had to go all the way to Falconer for a keg which suggests one couldn't get one in the burg.  I'm wondering what the occasion was to be.

As for driving around Miss Ruth Davis of Olean again, I'm very disappointed in Allen's ease and ability to "love the one your with" while Alice toils away in parts unknown, definitely remaining true.


Thursday, June 9, 2011

A Full House

A Day in the Life: June 9th

(Aged 14)
Wea.                                          TUE. JUNE 9, 1896               Ther.  69

Helped board up the barn.  In evening Pa + Ma went down to the banquet.  Glen +Frank was over.  Luella, Harry + Marvin, Aunt May + Unkle Gib.  Glen + Frank stayed all night with grandma.

"Lone Pine in Winter" By Mabel Alice Cass Lucas

(Aged 16)
Wea.                                          THU. JUNE 9, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory + then sawed wood.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                           FRI. JUNE 9, 1899               Ther.

Rode my wheel to school.  Played ball after school a while and pa got mad about it.  In eve cleaned up my wheel as I expect to go to Celeron tomorrow.   Got a letter from Verna White + wrote one to Mable White.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                           SAT. JUNE 9, 1900                 Ther.

Worked in A.M. in P.M. went to a ball play on Joel Harrington’s.  In eve stayed with Frank Warn.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                            SUN. JUNE 9, 1901                Ther.

Came home from Corydon in time to milk.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                             MON.  JUNE 9, 1902             Ther.

Went up + seen the oil well shot.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              TUE.  JUNE 9, 1903                  Ther.

John went to Onoville.


Editor's Note: What's this about an oil well? I know there are gas wells but oil?


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Wedding Wednesday - Mr. & Mrs. Smith

A Midwest Wedding

These photos were found in my friend's attic when she bought her house in Wisconsin.  They are dated January 1968.  They did not belong to the person she bought the house from but an earlier owner possibly by the name of Smith.  Sadly, they were left behind.  The groom looks so very young it could be his prom picture in the middle shot.

"Pomp and Circumstance"

A Day in the Life: June 8th

(Aged 14)
Wea. rainy                                    MON. JUNE 8, 1896               Ther. 

In evening Ma + I went down to Commencement Exercises.

Frewsburg Class of 1924.  Mabel Cass top left.

(Aged 16)
Wea.                                             WED. JUNE 8, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory.  Ma + Grandma went to see Mrs. Mason.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                               THU. JUNE 8, 1899               Ther.

Rode my wheel to school.  Ma took her dress back as she didn’t like it.  In eve went over to grandma’s + up to M.C. Grout’s to see Frank Warn then we went over to Harrington’s dam in swimming.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                               FRI. JUNE 8, 1900                 Ther.

Drew blockings and finished off some pictures in A.M.  In P.M. watched them raise the barn.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              SAT. JUNE 8, 1901                Ther.

Alice + I went to Corydon had a good visit.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               SUN.  JUNE 8, 1902                Ther.

Gail went to factory.  I washed off Min’s mouth + greased it.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              MON.  JUNE 8, 1903                  Ther.

Went over Emery Hill.


Editor's Note:  Alice and Allen would have been visiting Asa and Effie Reeves in Corydon--the Stryker side of the family.

I'm not sure why there were only girls in Gram's graduating class. 


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Scared of the Dark

A Day in the Life: June 7th

(Aged 14)
Wea. Clear                                   SUN. JUNE 7, 1896               Ther. 

Stayed at home all day.  Rollie + I stayed all night with grandma.  Aunt May + Unkle Gib were over to grandma’s

(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            TUE. JUNE 7, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory when I got back went down on Webster place + cut brush.  In eve went in swimming over at Harrington’s dam + Pa went down to the burg to see Emerson White about the lumber on the Webster Place.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             WED. JUNE 7, 1899               Ther.

Went to school.  Played ball.  After school went up to Bradley’s and got a cheque fixed.  Paid Christ for my shoes.  Pa + Ma went to the burg + got a dress she sent to Chicago for.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              THU. JUNE 7, 1900                 Ther.

Drew blocking for the barn.  The barn is up 4 ft.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              FRI. JUNE 7, 1901                Ther.

Drew stone for the bridge + raised the corn house.  In eve went down to Thayer school house to hear them speak pieces.  Ruth was afraid to sleep alone + slept with Alice + I.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               SAT.  JUNE 7, 1902             Ther.

Gail cut wood, etc.  I went to factory + tried to trade horses but couldn’t.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              SUN.  JUNE 7, 1903                  Ther.

Stayed at home all day.


Editor's Note:  You would think Christ would not require payment for footwear however, I find that is was a common surname in the area so, in this case, he probably did.

Ruth would have been 14 years old when she was frightened enough to sleep in with her sister. 

Still trying to trade horses I see.  I get the feeling everyone had a broken down nag that they just kept trying to pass on to the next guy until she came back again his way.


Tombstone Tuesday

Maple Grove Cemetery
Frewsburg, NY

The day we planted hostas.  From left to right:  Sandra Lucas; Richard Lucas; Mabel Lucas; Stuart Lucas

My mother has a stone in her memory but she is not buried there.  Though divorced longer than they were married, our parents were able to be good friends again after a decade of healing in between.  Dad honored Mom with a stone since, at the time, her ashes were with Diana in a Tiffany Vase that survived the California Earthquake of 1994.  They have since found a proper resting place.  

I remember visiting Gram's grave soon after she died.  Dad was very sad and flustered by the lack of new grass growth on the fresh dirt.  I remember laughing and getting him to laugh too in that bittersweet way we all can when we are mourning by pointing out he was pouring Miracle-Gro on his mother's grave.  I told him it wasn't going to do what we really wanted it to do.


Monday, June 6, 2011

"Up a Lazy River"*

A Day in the Life: June 6th

(Aged 14)
Wea.                                           SAT. JUNE 6, 1896               Ther.

Board of Health meets.  Went fishing fished all day did not catch any.  Went with Ezra Thayer’s boat went clear down to the Whitman bridge + picked a two qt pail full of strawberries down there.

(Aged 16)
Wea.                                             MON. JUNE 6, 1898               Ther.

Came home from Aunt Maryann’s got here about 5.30 P.M. + lost ma’s medicine. Asa + I went spearing on the river but didn’t get any.  We saw the head of a bill fish that weighed 15lbs.  The head weighed 5 lbs.  In eve went to the burg there was a man killed on the railroad.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             TUE. JUNE 6, 1899               Ther.

Rode my wheel to school.  After school played ball + went in swimming am going to stay all night with John Glaspy.  After supper we went up to the burg and played ball then went back to his house + played cards.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              WED. JUNE 6, 1900                 Ther.

Drew blocking for the barn and lumber.  In eve took Ruth Davis of Olean out for a ride had a fine time.  They began raising the barn this P.M.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              THU. JUNE 6, 1901                Ther.

Dug ditch for wall to the barn bridge.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               FRI.  JUNE 6, 1902             Ther.

Went to factory, took Alice up home.  Went to the burg + got Min shod + went up + got Alice.  Gail fixed fence.  My corn is coming up.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              SAT.  JUNE 6, 1903                  Ther.

Stayed around the market.  John went to Onoville.


Editor's Note:  At 14, life couldn't be more dreamy for Allen as he floats down the river fishing and berry picking.

At 16, I wonder if he and Asa go spearing as a direct result of seeing a billfish and wanting in on such a conquest.  But where did they see the billfish, in a photo, in a market?  I thought bill fish was a misspelling but see that it is big game fish like swordfish. 

At 18, Alice hasn't even been in her new situation in Jamestown a week yet and Allen is having a "fine time" with Miss Ruth Davis of Olean.  I really enjoy how he refers to her though always putting her town of origin. 

Ages 19-21 are a bit of a reality check of adulthood.

*I have always loved me a little Mills Brothers thanks to my mom.


Sunday, June 5, 2011

In Transition

A Day in the Life: June 5th

(Aged 14)
Wea.  hot                                       FRI. JUNE 5, 1896               Ther. 

Picked straw-berries in the A.M.  In the P.M. went down to hear them speak peaces(sic) in the Thayer School.  Mary Bragg was teacher.

(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            SUN. JUNE 5, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory then over to Aunt Maryann’s had a good time up at the store.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             MON. JUNE 5, 1899               Ther.

Rode my wheel to school.  Ma + Grandma + Rollie went to town.  Grandma had her eyes examined + they said she had a cataract growing and it was apt to make her blind.  In eve went to the burg + got a new cultivator.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              TUE. JUNE 5, 1900                 Ther.

Drew blocking for the barn.  Went down to see about my bike that I ordered from Chicago.  I didn’t like it and sent it back.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              WED. JUNE 5, 1901                Ther.

Drew stone.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               THU.  JUNE 5, 1902             Ther.

I went up to the Oil Well on J. Anderson’s.  Traded horse Kit for Min with Arnie Shaw got $5 to boot.  Leon page came down stayed all night.  Alice’s cow came in.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              FRI.  JUNE 5, 1903                  Ther.

Went around town and down toward Fentonville.


Editor's Note: Allen is always one for a good transition...Grandma will go blind and we bought a cultivator. I suppose by evening everyone had moved through the stages of grief over the looming loss of eyesight and got right to the emotional buying of unnecessary items.  Okay, maybe not unnecessary.

And what a bother.  Allen went ahead and traded with Arnie Shaw despite Alice's grievances.


Sunday Smiles

"I wanna be a Cowboy"

This is Alvah Burns and two unknown friends.  Alvah married Aunt Belle Lucas.  It was his second marriage and her first.  They had no children together.   Clearly, if these photos are correct, he liked to play cowboy when assuredly he was not.

Alvah Burns in the middle

Alvah Burns on the left