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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Working on Knowing the Cowans

A Day in the Life: July 9th



(Aged 14)
Wea.                                            THU. JULY 9, 1896               Ther.

Pa + Ma went to Jamestown.  Rollie + I stayed at home all day.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            SAT. JULY 9, 1898                 Ther.

Went to factory.  Worked at haying 1/2 day.  In eve went up the hollow to Frank Warn’s then in swimming.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             SUN. JULY 9, 1899                 Ther.

Stayed at home + slept in A.M.  In P.M. stayed at home till about 3 o’clock then went up to see Mattie Cowan got home about 6 o’clock and then went to the burg with Leon Page.  Pa + Ma sat up with Erie Cowan.  Rollie stayed with Grandma.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              MON. JULY 9, 1900               Ther.

Worked haying a little but it rained.



(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              TUE. JULY 9, 1901                Ther.

Mowed all day.  In A.M. broke the (?) in the mowing machine.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               WED.  JULY 9, 1902             Ther.

Went to town paid a note of $40.  In P.M. went to burg + had Kit shod.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              THU.  JULY 9, 1903                 Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th


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Editor's Note:  I have investigated the matter further and indeed it seems that Erie Cowan is extremely ill as was helpfully suggested the other day.  Now, the Cowan is a huge family in the area with a few branches that most likely connect a century previous from this time (1899).  Basically three Cowan's get mentioned by Allen most.  There is Mattie Cowan whom he "dates" once in a while.  There is Mearle Cowan who he seems to pal around with and now there is Erie Cowan who is ailing and visited by Frank and Nora.  I had been assuming that Mattie and Mearle were siblings but the trick is they are not,  Mearle and Erie are.  Erie is about 12 years older than his little brother though and Mearle (spelled numerous ways) is only a couple years older than Allen.  According to Census records it looks like Mearle names a son Erie after his brother.

Mattie's branch of the tree and that of the men does not obviously connect that I have found.  However their great-grandfathers may have been brothers since both of these men seem to have come from the Hudson Valley. My curiosity to start untangling the threads started because Mearle and Mattie never seemed to get mentioned together as siblings would.  Then I thought Erie was Mattie's father and now I know he is not.

I am certain there are plenty of Cowans still in the area who might be able to shed a brighter light on this but at least it's a start. 

Friday, July 8, 2011

Paris Green -- No Rodents Seen

A Day in the Life: July 8th


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                           WED. JULY 8, 1896               Ther.

Worked all day.  Aunt Em is better.  Ma came home.  I paris greened grandma’s potatoes yesterday.  Grandma stayed all night here last night it is the first time she ever stayed all night here.*
Photo by Chris Goulet


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                             FRI. JULY 8, 1898               Ther.

Worked all day haying.  In eve went in swimming.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             SAT. JULY 8, 1899               Ther.

Rained all day.  I fixed a floor in the cupola on the barn + took the flag down by getting on the roof of the cupola.  Besides, picked off a load of hay in the A.M. In P.M. drew out all the straw + unloaded it in the barnyard got through at three o’clock P.M.  In eve went down to the burg with Leon Page. Got home at 10 o’clock.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              SUN. JULY 8, 1900                 Ther.

Slept in A.M. In P.M. took Alice out for a drive.  Got home at 1.45 A.M.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              MON. JULY 8, 1901                Ther.

Rained till about 3 o’clock then I went to mowing.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               TUE.  JULY 8, 1902             Ther.

Was sick all day. Gail mowed by hand and raked what we mowed yesterday.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              WED.  JULY 8, 1903                  Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th

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Editor's Note:  I had never heard of Paris Green before but there it is in Wikipedia.  I really like how Allen turns a noun into a verb.   Apparently, it takes the Paris part of its name from being used as a rat poison in the Parisian sewers and many Impressionists used it to make their green pigments too.  It goes on to say the arsenic in it directly affected the health of Cezanne, Monet and Van Gogh.  

Just yesterday, I was trying to describe my favorite green to my daughter and her friend.  I was stuck on "sea foam green" knowing that wasn't quite capturing it.  Then voila, here it is today, my favorite green--so deadly and yet such a lovely name.  My lexicon grows. 

*The first night grandma stays in the their new house "Valley Gate".

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Cocking Hay and Other Fun Chores

A Day in the Life: July 7th


(Aged 14)
Wea.  rainy                                TUE. JULY 7, 1896               Ther.

Worked all day.  Pa went down to get him some cigars in the A.M.  Ma stayed with aunt Em all night.  Aunt Em sent for pa to come down + see her.  He went down in the P.M.



(Aged 16)
Wea.                                          THU. JULY 7, 1898               Ther.

Worked all day haying. Ma went to burg + took Mrs. Mason home.  In eve went in swimming.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                           FRI. JULY 7, 1899               Ther.

In A.M. opened up some hay + mowed some.  In P.M. drew in one load and raked + cocked what I mowed yesterday.  In eve it rained. 
Claude Monet


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                           SAT. JULY 7, 1900                 Ther.

Worked all day.  Jim + Bess Traver went up to the ball play but there wasn’t any.



(Aged 19)
Wea.                                            SUN. JULY 7, 1901                Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Bess Traver + Gordon Taylor were here.



(Aged 20)
Wea.                                             MON.  JULY 7, 1902             Ther.

Sold two calf to Gib for $5.  Glen stayed down all night.  Mowed the hay in front of house.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              TUE.  JULY 7, 1903                  Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th



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Editor's Note:  From what I have learned "cocking hay" is not nearly as salty as it sounds.  It seems to be drawing it up into piles hence the term "haycock".   But I tell you, I'm going to try and revive and expand the term into common usage.  "Honey, when you finish mowing could you please cock the grass"?  I wonder if you can cock the leaves in the fall or the snow in the winter?  I hope so.

But I digress.  Poor Aunt Emma.  She almost 38 and most likely calling on Frank to draw up her will.  Her husband is a curious fellow.  He never gets a mention like Blaine does.  I think I've said here before that he marries again after Em and has two step daughters and one daughter of his own with his new wife.  But that story goes deeper because that marriage doesn't last and I think he has a third wife.  I can't find him on the 1910 Census and his second wife is living without him in Albion, Pa.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

"Boy Phenomenon" PART 2

I should have checked with Diana this morning before I posted because, of course, look what she has...





It sure looks like the Boy Phenomenon had a branch office in Jamestown.  Maybe, like department store Santas acting as stand-ins for the real deal, there may have been a "Boy Phenomenon" in every town.  In this case, I suspect he had periodic shows to draw in the punters.  Maybe, when you took a numbered envelope they recorded your ailment.  Because it says, "Show this envelope to Usher" to move to the front of the queue "when returning".  Maybe Allen and Frank went to observe,  took their envelope but ultimatly determined the Phenom nothing more than "a quack".  Well done boys.

McKinley for President

A Day in the Life: July 6th



(Aged 14)
Wea. fine                                    MON. JULY 6, 1896               Ther. 

Worked all day part of the time cutting wood for my self.As Pa + I + Rollie was going after some boards, Rollie jumped of + the wheel ran over it (him? his foot?).  It hurt some but was all right.  Before night Pa + I made Rollie a Mckinley flag.






(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            WED. JULY 6, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory then worked haying all day.  Grandma Aunt May, Luella, Marvin, William + Mrs. Mason were here.  Went over to swim in eve but did (not) as there was (no) one there.



(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             THU. JULY 6, 1899               Ther.

In A.M. didn’t do anything as it rained.  In P.M. mowed hay all the same.



(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             FRI. JULY 6, 1900                 Ther.

Worked all day.



(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              SAT. JULY 6, 1901                Ther.

Pa + I went to town to see the Boy Phenomenon.  I think he is a quack.  Alice went up the hollow with Ma to covent meeting.  Got a hand saw, a horse collar + 60 (?)


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               SUN.  JULY 6, 1902                Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Pa + Ma came over.  So did Mrs. Warn + Ruth.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              MON.  JULY 6, 1903                  Ther.


NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th.



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Editor's Note:  McKinley is running for president and Rollie is a backer.  Too cute since he was about 6 years-old at the time.  I'm not sure what exactly happened in the accident but maybe the wheel when over his foot. 

I have tried to find out more about the Boy Phenomenon but all I could find was the reference made by the hyperlinked blog.  I'm not even sure that it is the same Boy Phenomenon but it seems around the right time.  I can't believe Allen went hoping to have his lamness cured but it is possible.  Even though no one seemed to notice it and it never seemed to keep him from much,  some part of him may well have wished things to be different.

Wedding Wednesday - David & Mary

Our Cousin Snookie Ukums and/or Baby Davey.  Due to "extenuating circumstances" I totally missed David's first wedding.  However, the bridge was rebuilt in time for me to see this beautiful one. 

Happy Early Birthday, Davey!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday

Diana writes:

This is a young soldier from Tampa buried in the national cemetery at Bay Pines in St. Petersburg, FL. His parents were illegal immigrants who came here to pick strawberries. He was their so called “anchor baby”.  Even before he turned 18 he was in negotiations with his recruiting officer to join the army because he could not wait to give back to the country that he believed gave his family so much.  Thank you for your sacrifice. Your spirit is indeed forever.


A Fair Wage?

A Day in the Life: July 5th


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                           SUN. JULY 5, 1896               Ther. 

Pa + I went to church.  Ma + Rollie went down to see Aunt Em.  Unkle Gib, Aunt May, Grandma, Frank and Marvin were down.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            TUE. JULY 5, 1898               Ther.

Went to the factory, then to the burg, then mowed.  In eve Ma + Rollie went to the burg and Mrs. Mason came up with her.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             WED. JULY 5, 1899               Ther.

Worked all day haying in the meadow in front of the school house.  Drew in 2 loads of hay.  Pa + I are doing the haying alone.  Claud Wate went off Monday because he couldn’t get $18 per month.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              THU. JULY 5, 1900                 Ther.

Got up at 9.00 and washed the buggy before noon.  In P.M. drew in 3 loads of hay.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              FRI. JULY 5, 1901                Ther.

Hayed it at Pa’s.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               SAT.  JULY 5, 1902             Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Gail fixed up his house.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              SUN.  JULY 5, 1903                  Ther.



NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th.


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Editor's Note: Was $18 a month a fair price?  Frank obviously thought not and I tend to think he was a competitive employer given the number of properties he owned and operated throughout his life.  So much for Claud. 
Morris Cass (Allen's son) and Turk





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Monday, July 4, 2011

"Yankee Doodle Boy"

A Day in the Life: July 4th


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                            SAT. JULY 4, 1896               Ther.

Rollie, Grandma + I went up to Aunt May’s.  Aunt Addie + Bernice rode up with us.  It rained hard for about three hours.  Aunt Em is sick with heart disease again.  Don’t think she will live long.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                             MON. JULY 4, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory then several of us boys went down on the big creek when I got home.  Pa found out that we had been using tobacco + was going to have me leave home but I promise that if I used it again before I am 21 I shall leave.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             TUE. JULY 4, 1899               Ther.

Got a shoe put on the horse at Ivory.  Then went and got Mattie.  We drove to Jamestown then took street car for Celeron.  Coming home just below Carter’s a run away horse ran int us and broke the reach of the carriage but I fixed it with the halter so we got home.  Spent $3.20 Got home at 3 o'clock A.M.  Had a fine time

Aunt Addie was over to grandma’s.  Pa, Ma + Rollie went over.

Street Car from Jamestown to Celoron. 

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              WED. JULY 4, 1900                 Ther.

Went to town and got Alice then met Lydia Lawson + Elmer Warn and we all went over to the river.  Came back + ate supper at Elmer’s then I took Alice up town.  Got home at 4 A.M.  Took some pictures.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              THU. JULY 4, 1901                Ther.

Hayed it at Pa’s.  Had some ice cream.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               FRI.  JULY 4, 1902             Ther.

Alice, grandma + I went over to pa’s.  Had ice cream.  Gail fixed his house.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              SAT.  JULY 4, 1903                  Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th.



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Editor's Note:  No big celebration much less a note of the holiday.  I suppose ice cream marked the occasion as did the trips to the river and creek but those could be any summer day.  I have to say the day up to Celeron was mighty exciting what with the runaway horse crashing into them.  I never have gotten a clear picture of Mattie and Allen's relationship.  I think they were a little bit of an item in the "you'll do for now" category of teenage romance.  I believe it was Mattie Cowan who asked Allen out sleigh riding in January 1900.  Allen first accepted her invite only to cancel a few days later opting instead to share his sleigh with Alice.  Saying that I also think "had a fine time" is Allen's code for a little snogging.

How about that old demon tobacco?  This is the second time Frank has threatened to put Allen out over using it.  Don't know if he was chewing it or smoking it this time.  Funny thing is that we know Frank was a cigar smoker.  "Do as I say not as I do"--not the best position to take as a parent.

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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Sunday Smiles

Her First Fourth

Hot and crazy at 100 degrees in the shade.

The Amusements of Celeron

A Day in the Life: July 3rd


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                            FRI. JULY 3, 1896               Ther. 

Pa, Geo + I all went to the burg in the evening.  Mr. Duran came up + insured the barn.



(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            SUN. JULY 3, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory then went to bed + slept all day.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             MON. JULY 3, 1899               Ther.

Worked all day.  Drew in one load of hay.  In eve went in swimming and also went up to get Mattie Cowan to go to Celeron (sic) with me tomorrow.  She is going.

Old Celeron, NY postcard for sale here.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              TUE. JULY 3, 1900                 Ther.

Worked in A.M. In P.M. got Topsie shod and went over to Geo Peck’s and Geo. Hartson’s


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              WED. JULY 3, 1901                Ther.

Hayed it at pa’s.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               THU.  JULY 3, 1902             Ther.

We all went up to see Buffalo Bill’s show.  Left Willard with Ma.  Ruth went with us.  Earle Towns + wife came home with us.  Gail was married stayed here all night.



(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              FRI.  JULY 3, 1903                  Ther.



NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th.


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Editor's Note:  How funny that Buffalo Bill got top billing in the list of the days' events when Allen's farmhand/ friend Gail got married as well and spent his first night of wedded bliss at their house with them.  I hope Gail didn't catch the show too--priorities and all.

I miss the bygone era of amusement parks on lake fronts.  Onondaga lake had one about this era as well. Imagine everyone dressed up to be seen.  No shorts, tank tops or sandals but long sleeves, skirts and trousers in 90 degree heat.  Too many larger attractions these days and airplanes make the big world smaller but still shout out to Midway!



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