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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Sending in the Reinforcements

A Day in the Life: June 18th

(Aged 14)
Wea.                                           THU. JUNE 18, 1896               Ther.

Worked all day.  Ma was sick.  Aunt Em was up.  Grandma Cass was over.  Grandma Mason came up to help ma till she gets well.

Just some of the remedies available to Nora at the time of her illness. 

(Aged 16)
Wea. Windy                                 SAT. JUNE 18, 1898                 Ther.

Went to factory then down to a ball play between Frewsburg + Jamestown teams but it rained + the game wasn’t finished.  In eve went to singing school had a fine time.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             SUN. JUNE 18, 1899                 Ther.

Stayed at home all day in eve went down to the burg on my wheel.

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

Worked all day about the barn.  Pa + Rollie went to Russelburg and got a load of lumber.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              TUE. JUNE 18, 1901                Ther.

Finished the wall.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               WED.  JUNE 18, 1902             Ther.

Gail went to town.  Frankie Kineston paid me $30 on mortgage.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               THU.  JUNE 18, 1903                 Ther.

Went over Emery Hill.


Editor's Note: How sick Nora must have been that both her step-mother and her mother-in-law not to mention her dying sister came to see her and presumably help out?  You know how we tell people not to come into work if they are sick because the office won't fall apart without them for one day?  Well, it seems Nora might be the lynch pin in her "office" because the troops have rallied.

As for Dr. Thomas' Eclectic Oil it was for internal and external use and contained Turpentine.  Mmmm, sounds fortifying, but I'd prefer a Guinness.


Friday, June 17, 2011

The Good Olde Summertime

A Day in the Life: June 17th

(Aged 14)
Wea.   hot                                      WED. JUNE 17, 1896               Ther.  80

Worked all day.  In evening Pa + Ma went down to Frewsburg.

(Aged 16)
Wea.                                             FRI. JUNE 17, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory.  Ma + Rollie went over to grandma’s Pa is working on the road.  In eve went in swimming.
Chautauqua County in the summertime.  Photo by Rollin Cass

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

Stayed at home in A.M.  In P.M. the school baseball nine played the Jamestown.  They beat us.  Score 8 + 7.  Got home about 9 P.M.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              SUN. JUNE 17, 1900                 Ther.

Stayed at home in A.M.  In P.M. went to town Alice + I took a ride.  Had a fine time.  Got home at 1 o’clock.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              MON. JUNE 17, 1901                Ther.

Worked on wall.

(Aged 20)

Wea.                                               TUE.  JUNE 17, 1902             Ther.

Gail cut wood + planted corn.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              WED.  JUNE 17, 1903                  Ther.

Went over Oak Hill.


Editor's Note: 
Rollie Cass took many photographs of Chautauqua County both for his own pleasure as well as that of the Tourist Board.


Thursday, June 16, 2011

Letter Home: Of Cows, Calico & Consumption

Letter from Mary Cass (Eccles) to her mother Diantha and her brother Frank.


Tuesday Morning January 27th 1879
Dear Mother + Brother
I must write and say I am well and hoping to find you all the same. Poor Mrs. Corell is not any better is a failing all of the time she thinks every thing of me if she should be taken away I should leave right a way unless the old lady should stay a while.  I like all of the folks very much indeed they are all kind to me and I don't have to work any harder than I have before for $1.00 a week.  Mr. Corell paid me $2.00 yesterday morning and Ernest said that when I came home that he would see that I had the rest of my pay.  He wanted to know if that would be soon enough + I told him it would.

I think I shall be at home about one week from next Saturday and stay all knight (sic).  I may be at home before. I shall if she should be taken away.  Ma try and have my calico dress skirt done and put on three ruffles about one finger + a half wide and make the sleeves and then if I come home I can finish it.  I am in need of it for when I washed last week I hung the colored clothes on the railing and the old cow got my polania and tore out one of the sleeves and chewed it all up and so you see it leaves me with one dress.  

He is waiting for my letter and so I will have to close hoping to here (sic) from you soon.  Frank answer this as soon as you get it.  


I was in a hurry when I wrote this

Editor's note:  There are two possible back stories to this letter.  I was fairly certain the year on this letter was 1879 but checking with the archives suggests it is 1874 written in haste.  I have deduced this because Ernest Corell, the oldest son of Mr. Abram Corell from his first marriage was 16 years old at the time his step mother Mrs. Ellen Bickford Corell passed away in May 1874 from consumption while in childbirth.  Mary Cass (Eccles) was 18 years old and clearly hired to help the family out during this trying time.  I presume Mrs. Corell rallies in January only to die in May.

The other possibility is that it is actually 1879 and Mr. Abram Corell has taken a third wife that he is about to lose.  This wife would not turn up on the census for me and therefore entirely possible.  What I have found out is that the remainder of the family is living in Michigan by the 1880 census with Ernest at the head at age 22.  By 1900, Abram is listed as a patient in the Michigan Asylum for the Insane.  I'm thinking losing so many wives is not good for one's sanity.  By the 1910 Census he is out and listed as a gardener though he is 78 years old at that time.  What is that Oscar Wilde saying? "To lose a wife is a misfortune, to lose another is careless."  Something like that at any rate and he was actually talking about parents but the thought crosses over.

You know, I started this post thinking Mary's letter was adorable with the cow eating her dress leaving her but one.  And her instructions to her mother on how to sew ruffles onto the other dress amidst the somber background of a family preparing to mourn was very young and innocent.  I even tried tracking down "polonia" to see if it was some print or fabric style I should know. I couldn't find it.  But the post took a turn towards Bummer Town with the census search.  I do apologize. 

Cross That Bridge When You Come to It

A Day in the Life: June 16th

(Aged 14)
Wea.                                          TUE. JUNE 16, 1896               Ther.

Worked all day.  A man representing the Berlin Iron bridge Co. was here.  He gave pa a pocket book + a cigar.  Orlando Woodward, his sister and mother were here.
photo by Doug Kerr. Edited and cropped by Daniel Case

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

Went to factory.  Pa + Ma went to Jamestown.  Unkle Gib + Aunt May were down.  Went over to Clark with Bert to get his wheel fixed.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                           FRI. JUNE 16, 1899               Ther.

Worked cutting brush in A.M.  In P.M. went to the burg to take an examination in Physics.  After chores played ball over back of grandma’s.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                           SAT. JUNE 16, 1900                 Ther.

Went to factory + mixed mortar in the A.M.  In P.M. went up on Joel Harrington’s and umpired a ball game.  Married men v. single.
                                28        score       16

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                            SUN. JUNE 16, 1901                Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Pearl was down.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                             MON.  JUNE 16, 1902             Ther.

Planted corn + tinkered around.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              TUE.  JUNE 16, 1903                  Ther.

John went to Onoville


Editor's Note:  I wonder if the schmoozing of the Berlin Iron Bridge Co. man did him any good?  Did he sell the Squire a bridge or not? 

As for Orlando Woodward, I have spent one hour too many chasing him up.  There are two that I am aware of--the likely one would be Diantha's brother-in-law.  He had sisters but his mother wasn't alive in 1896.  However, the second Orlando was from Allegheny County, PA.  He had a living mother and sister but I can't find a direct relationship line or indirect for that matter.  I'm just fairly sure they were related because so many odd names cross over into each family.

Huzzah for the married man--absolutely trouncing the bachelors in 1900!

And what news of baby Dorothy on her second day of life?  Crazy, right?   Okay, we don't really know what's going on for sure.  I think there is some stress brewing since the only thing reported is that John took the meat wagon to Onoville. Does anyone get the feeling that this latest enterprise is a bust?


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Happy Birthday Dorothy Cass (Anderson)!

A Day in the Life: June 15th

(Aged 14)
Wea. hot                                  MON. JUNE 15, 1896               Ther.  80

Worked for pa he is to give me $5.20 a month.  In AM. went down to the burg in carriage to get some oil for paint the barn.  Got home and worked in garden, etc.  In P.M. went up to Catlin’s after a load of lumber.

(Aged 16)
Wea. sunny                                WED. JUNE 15, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory + then went fishing with Bert Bingham caught a sucker + a few minnows.  Speared a mud turtle + a snake.  In P.M. took examination in Bookkeeping.   In eve went up the hollow to King’s Sons + Daughters.  See Memoranda*

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             THU. JUNE 15, 1899               Ther.

Worked in the A.M. In P.M. went to the burg to the Physics class.  In eve Pa + Ma went to the burg to church with Fenn Bunce + wife.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              FRI. JUNE 15, 1900                 Ther.

Went to factory.  Mixed mortar for the mason all day.  Miss Ruth Davis was here from 3 to six o’clock.  Last day of Thayer School.  I put a swing up for them.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              SAT. JUNE 15, 1901                Ther.

Worked on the wall.  Mason lost 4 hours.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               SUN.  JUNE 15, 1902                Ther.

Stayed at home.  Gail went to factory.  Alice + the baby went over to pa’s.  Gib came down.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              MON.  JUNE 15, 1903                  Ther.

Went over Emery Hill.  When I got home Alice was sick and about 12.30 P.M. a little girl was born we called her Dorothy Pearle.


Editor's Note: 

*MEMORANDA (found in back of diary)

On June 15 as Bert Bingham + I were riding through the factory one going each way on our wheels we ran into each other the front wheel struck square it broke his fron fork + we both plowed the ground but neither of us were hurt.

This day in 1898 seems to be a banner day from the haul when fishing to the crash in the factory,  an examination and a religious meeting. Very eclectic and exciting.

In 1900 Miss Ruth Davis of Olean is still setting her bonnet at Allen while Alice continues to endure her forced separation from him uptown.

But it all gets settled properly at some point because in 1903 Alice gets "sick" and delivers her second baby--a girl.  Gets "sick" is probably the most priceless description of labor I've ever understated.

The illustration is from a book Anders Warn gave his daughter Alice upon marriage that Gram passed on to Diana.

Wedding Wednesday - Charlotte & The Grandes Dames

My niece Charlotte shyly enchanting the matriarchs of my husband's side of the family.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday

Perhaps something a little cheery this time?  No, not really.  I'm not even sure where I took the photo but clearly I liked it in the moment.  Only later did I learn it is but a small part of Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poem In Memoriam A.H.H written for his good friend Arthur Hallam who died suddenly while still a young man.  Tennyson went on to name one of his sons Hallam as well.


A Bit Boring Really

A Day in the Life: June 14th

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

Went to church all of us.  Rollie, Ma, Pa + I.

(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            TUE. JUNE 14, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory in A.M.  In P.M. took examination in Geography.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             WED. JUNE 14, 1899               Ther.

Worked all day painting the carriage.  Wrote a letter to Verna White.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              THU. JUNE 14, 1900                 Ther.

Stayed at home in A.M.  In P.M. went over to get Geo Beck to work tomorrow.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              FRI. JUNE 14, 1901                Ther.

Worked on the wall.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               SAT.  JUNE 14, 1902             Ther.

Went to burg paid my insurance got kit shod.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              SUN.  JUNE 14, 1903                  Ther.

Stayed at home.


Editor's Note:  Hmm, not much to really infer from any entry except I still don't know who the White girls are and which one he truly fancies.


Monday, June 13, 2011

Found and Lost

A Day in the Life: June 13th

(Aged 14)

Wea.                                           SAT. JUNE 13 1896               Ther.

Went up to Catlin’s Mill after some battens for the barn.  When I got home I helped board up the barn.  Went to the burg when I went up to Catlin’s Mill + found a lock to a P.O. Box, a penny  + a cartridge all where the post office stood.

(Aged 16)
Wea.                                             MON. JUNE 13 1898               Ther.

Went to the burg to try examination in Adv. English.

(Aged 17)

Wea.                                             TUE. JUNE 13 1899               Ther.

Rode my wheel to school had examination in Civics in P.M.  In A.M. cut finish on the old place.  Got a letter from Mable Servis.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              WED. JUNE 13 1900                 Ther.

Went to factory then got Henry Harrington’s scraper.  Wrote a letter to Alice.  In P.M. caught a young crow and helped hunt up one of Wygrene’s cows.  Some one stole $5 out of Ma’s pocket book yesterday or the day before.

A US five dollar bill from 1900.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              THU. JUNE 13 1901                Ther.

Worked on the wall.  Mason lost 1 1/2 hours.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               FRI.  JUNE 13 1902             Ther.

Gail planted corn.  I went over to Bornon (?) traded horses with Arnie Shaw.  Lost 3 calves.

(Aged 21)

Wea.                                              SAT.  JUNE 13 1903                  Ther.

John went to Onoville.  Alice + I went up and got Lucy Thayer.


Editor's Note: What treasure amongst the ruins:  a penny, a lock and a cartridge (presumably for a gun).

None too pleased it took Allen more than 24 hours to return Alice's letter.  I wonder why there was no entry for yesterday in 1900 and no explanation.  And Nora seems to be the victim of crime more than she should.  If you recall, her cape was stolen from the carriage when she and Allen went up to Jamestown back around March/April.

Again with the horse trading and Arnie Shaw.  What gives?

In 1903, I believe Lucy Thayer is the 19 year-old girl who lives next door to Valley Gate.  I think Allen and Alice are employing her to help Alice through the impending delivery of her second baby. 


Sunday, June 12, 2011

Surveying the Damage

A Day in the Life: June 12th

(Aged 14)
Wea.                                            FRI. JUNE 12 1896               Ther. 

Went down to the burg to look at the ruins, they look odd.  Yesterday went over to Mr Springer’s to see the ruins.

(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            SUN. JUNE 12 1898               Ther.

Went to factory.  Pa + Ma went to church.  Rollie + I went over to grandma’s.  In eve rode my wheel up the hollow to meeting.

(Aged 17)

Wea.                                             MON. JUNE 12 1899               Ther.

Rode my wheel to school had examination in Algebra + 1st year English.  After chores played ball over by grandma’s with some of the boys.  Rollie’s school closed today + he got a picture of his teacher Mary Bragg.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              TUE. JUNE 12 1900                 Ther.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              WED. JUNE 12 1901                Ther.

Began work on the wall.  Oren Elmore is to build the wall.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               THU.  JUNE 12 1902             Ther.

Gail planted corn.

(Aged 21)

Wea.                                              FRI.  JUNE 12 1903                  Ther.

Went toward to Fentonville.


Editor's Note: 
I can just imagine Allen sticky-beaking around the ashes.  What kid wouldn't?  Disaster can sometimes hold a bizarre appeal to those personally unaffected.  And what a lesson in the fragility of life when things can change so completely from one day to the next.

There was a Daniel Springer who I once thought to be the likely candidate of Luella Springer Eccles father.  He was a bachelor and worked in a hotel in Jamestown at the turn of the century.  By 1910 he owned the Livery in Frewsburg.


Sunday Smiles

School's Out for Summer!