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Friday, July 15, 2011

A Bet Against The Future

A Day in the Life: July 16th


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                            THU. JULY 16, 1896               Ther.

Came very near getting licked for smoking.  Would but I agreed to let pa lick me every time he caught me using tobacco.  Worked all day.
Nora Babcock's Autograph book from 1878--the year she graduated high school.

From her friend and future husband Frank S. Cass


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

Went to factory.  Worked all day to pay for Geo Walters fixing my wheel + for pa milking for me.          In eve went up the Hollow + the cup out of the crank shaft. (?)



(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             SUN. JULY 16, 1899                 Ther.

Stayed at home till about 3.30 P.M. then took the horse + buggy and Mattie + I took a ride we stopped at the burg to church.  Got home at midnight.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              MON. JULY 16, 1900               Ther.

Worked haying all day.  Very tired at night. 



(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              TUE. JULY 16, 1901                Ther.

Hayed it at pa’s.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               WED.  JULY 16, 1902             Ther.

Jim Howard  began work.  Will work till Aug 1 for $7.  Got in 4 load.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              THU.  JULY 16, 1903                 Ther.


NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th


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Editor's Note:  So basically, in 1896, the deal was struck between father and son saying if you don't hit me now, I'll let you hit me every time I mess up in the future...Good luck with that. 
Isn't it funny that this promise of  future "violence" comes from the same man who wrote the pithy  Autograph book entry 18 years earlier?  Okay, okay, I'm not being fair.  In 1868 Frank was a kid trying to impress and woo Nora with sagacity and eloquence.  When you find your own child doing something that you know will harm them, all bets are off.

And I have to say I have no idea what Allen is talking about regarding the cup and crank shaft so I will revisit that entry soonest and check my transcribing.

As of July 16th 1899, Mattie Cowan is still in the lead...


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Promises, Promises

A Day in the Life: July 15th


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                           WED. JULY 15, 1896               Ther.

Rollie + I stayed all night with grandma’s last night.  Worked all day.  Aunt Em is worse.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                             FRI. JULY 15, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory + worked all day.  In eve went up to Frank Warn’s + we went in swimming.  He stayed all night with me.  The chain ran off my wheel + sprung the frame + broke the chain.



(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             SAT. JULY 15, 1899               Ther.

Worked some but not much as it rained.  In eve went in swimming + down to the burg with Leon Page.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              SUN. JULY 15, 1900                 Ther.

Slept in A.M.  In P.M. went to town took Alice out for a drive got home at 1 A.M.  Alice promised me the same thing she did June 12.  Hope it will last this time.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              MON. JULY 15, 1901                Ther.

Hayed it at pa’s.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               TUE.  JULY 15, 1902             Ther.

Went to town paid two notes.  Got in 1 load.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              WED.  JULY 15, 1903                  Ther.


NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th

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Editor's Note:  I looked back and I have no idea what Alice promised Allen because he did not have an entry that day.  It is of significance that he made no note of it on the day but still knows exactly the day said promise was made.   It seems to me that he is asking her to change something about herself--a behavior most likely because saying he  "hope(s) it will last this time" suggests she so sort of effort on her part is required.

A little something from Nora Babcock Cass' scrapbook

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Now, I Can Correctly Say "186 years ago Today Diantha Woodward Cass Was Born!"

A Day in the Life: July 14th


(Aged 14)
Wea.   cloudy                             TUE. JULY 14, 1896               Ther.

Worked part of the day.  It was Grandma’s birthday.  Pa, Ma, Rollie + I went over.  I gave her a (?) of tobacco for a present.    Unkle Gib, Aunt May, Luella, Harry + Marvin were down.  Aunt May + Unkle Gib went to Jamestown they got grandma a pitcher + a small tea kettle.
The Birthday Girl G-G-G Grandma Diantha and her loverly husband Judd Smith Cass




(Aged 16)
Wea.                                          THU. JULY 14, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory.  Then worked in hay field.  Grandma’s birthday she is 74 yrs old.  Pa, Ma, Rollie, Aunt Addie + Bernice were down.  In eve went in swimming.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                           FRI. JULY 14, 1899               Ther.

Worked all day.  In eve went down to the burg on my wheel.  Stayed with Floy Flagg about an hour + a half  talking.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                           SAT. JULY 14, 1900                 Ther.

Worked all day.  It is grandma’s birthday.  She is 76.  We all went over and ate dinner with her.  Frank Warn stayed all night with me.




(Aged 19)
Wea.                                            SUN. JULY 14, 1901                Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Ruth came down + stayed all night.  Aunt May came down.  Our last cow came in.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                             MON.  JULY 14, 1902             Ther.

Hayed it got in 3 load.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              TUE.  JULY 14, 1903                  Ther.


NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th





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Editor's Note:  Hi-larious that Allen's birthday gift to his grandmother was tobacco given the constant swirl over it in their family.  Though Diantha looks prim and refined in the photo, I reckon she aged into a tough old bird who smoked a pipe.  She was widowed young, lost a child, lived alone, running her own farm in later years and is going blind with cataracts at this time.   One thing for absolute sure is that she was loved and adored by her family.



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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Loads and Loads of Hay

A Day in the Life: July 13th



(Aged 14)
Wea.                                          MON. JULY 13, 1896               Ther. 

Stayed at home all day.  Mowed in the A.M. Raked it up in P.M.  Have got 32 loads of hay in the barn.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            WED. JULY 13, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory.  Worked all day.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             THU. JULY 13, 1899               Ther.

Stayed at home all day.   Drew in one load of hay.  Ma, Rollie + Grandma went to Jamestown.  In eve wrote a letter to Verna White.  Pa + Ma are going to sit up with Erie Cowan tonight.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             FRI. JULY 13, 1900                 Ther.

Worked haying all day.  In eve Mearle Cowan + I went up to Clarence Love’s to an ice cream social.  I was a waiter.  Ate supper with Irma.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              SAT. JULY 13, 1901                Ther.

Drew in 5 loads of hay.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               SUN.  JULY 13, 1902                Ther.

Stayed at home + slept all day.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              MON.  JULY 13, 1903                  Ther.


NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th.



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Editor's Note:   I realize there are days when our lives really are mundane.  However, what we reveal in our diaries is only what we are willing to have found out about us.  We are our own best editors.  Allen was no different.  It is interesting what he writes as much as what he doesn't write.  Every once in a while he reveals flashes of strong emotion.  Usually it has to do with Frank "licking" him or at least trying to.  However, Allen is coy about kissing and telling usually summarizing with a standard "had a fine time".  I am convinced this means that at least first base was reached, if not more.

I don't usually do this but I have "scanned" ahead and understand there is a great deal of unwritten turmoil in 1899 that makes 1900 all the more interesting as it settles.  While I plan to continue transcribing in the current format until the end of the year, I may go into more depth with those two years.  You see, Diana and I really are in disarray with our ephemera and have so much information that we find only as we go along.  There is a bigger story and it is worth delving.

Wedding Wednesday - Pat & Allen

Pictured at 17 Institute Street

Dorothy Cass Anderson, Pat Annis Anderson, Allen Anderson, Carl Anderson
I love how the women are looking one way and the men the other. 



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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Summer Rolls On

A Day in the Life: July 12th


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                           SUN. JULY 12, 1896               Ther. 

Stayed at home all day.  Rollie + I did.  Pa + Ma went down to see Aunt Em.  She is much better.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            TUE. JULY 12, 1898               Ther.

Worked all day went to factory.  In eve went in swimming.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             WED. JULY 12, 1899               Ther.

Stayed at home all day it was rainy.  Mowed a little about 5 o’clock.  In eve Mattie + I took a ride down to the burg + around.  Got home at 11.30.



(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              THU. JULY 12, 1900                 Ther.

Worked haying.  In eve went up to Ivory.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              FRI. JULY 12, 1901                Ther.

Drew in twelve loads of hay.  Ma + Rollie were over.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               SAT.  JULY 12, 1902             Ther.

Drew in 3 loads of hay + mowed + cocked up some.  In eve went to Celeron. J. Smith milked for me.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              SUN.  JULY 12, 1903                  Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th.


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Editor's Note:

Another offering from Gram:

Mabel Cass Lucas  




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Tombstone Tuesday

Charlotte "meets" her Grandma Lucas

Monday, July 11, 2011

Time Changes All Things

A Day in the Life: July 11th



(Aged 14)
Wea.                                             SAT. JULY 11, 1896               Ther.

Mowed all the A.M. raked it up int he P.M. cocked it up let it stand over Sunday.  Ma came home from Aunt Em’s abut 6 o’clock P.M.



(Aged 16)
Wea.                                             MON. JULY 11, 1898               Ther.

Pa + Ma went to Jamestown I went to factory + worked 3/4 day.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             TUE. JULY 11, 1899               Ther.

Worked all day.  In eve went to bed.  Had an awful thunder shower in the night.  The lightening struck Myer’s store + burned everything from the corner down to Dell Bingham’s.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              WED. JULY 11, 1900                 Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  In eve Alice went up to Johnie Warn’s wedding.




(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              THU. JULY 11, 1901                Ther.

Drew in three loads of hay.
by Mabel Cass Lucas


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               FRI.  JULY 11, 1902             Ther.

Drew in 3 loads of hay and mowed some up by Springer’s.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              SAT.  JULY 11, 1903                  Ther.


NO ENTRY MADE AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th.



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Editor's Note:  So this is the second fire in 3 years that has seriously damaged downtown Frewsburg but, at 17, Allen seems to have lost his boyish need to go and investigate and see what treasure he can find among the ruins.  In fact 1899 is a very difficult year for Allen.  I believe there is more going on between Allen and his father than his writing reveals.  At this age, Allen is leaving boyhood behind and he is caught on the fence in between maturity and youth.  He wants to lark but his father wants him to start thinking of his future.  Though they will always be father and son, they will also be equals as men soon.  Allen's responsibilities and the expectations of him will soon grow exponentially as they do for everyone at this age.

I included a painting by Gram because she spent her old age trying to capture the memories of her favorite places lost to her through time.


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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Sunday Smiles

On Woodchuck Hill with Dad around 1980.

Guess Who's Coming to the U.B. Chapel?

A Day in the Life: July 10th

(Aged 14)
Wea.                                            FRI. JULY 10, 1896               Ther. 

Stayed at home all day.  They came up after ma to go down + stay tonight with Aunt Em.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            SUN. JULY 10, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory then to bed.  Pa, Ma + Rollie went up the Hollow to S.S.  In eve went down to the burg to hear a Jew preach in the U.B. Chapel


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             MON. JULY 10, 1899               Ther.

Worked all day.  In eve went over to Page’s then over in swimming at Harrington’s barn.



(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              TUE. JULY 10, 1900                 Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  In eve went up to Ray Lawson’s with Mearle Cowan.  Got a letter from Alice.



(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              WED. JULY 10, 1901                Ther.

Got in five loads of hay.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               THU.  JULY 10, 1902             Ther.

Mowed weeds + drew gravel.  Alice went up home.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              FRI.  JULY 10, 1903                  Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10TH




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Editor's Note:  Clearly having a Jewish person visit the burg seems to be a big deal or why point it out? However, it seems as he was met with hospitality.  I like that Allen enjoyed learning all he could.
He never seemed to miss a lecture or see the offerings of popular culture when they came to Jamestown.