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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Who Are You Little Adults?

So much for a carefree childhood.  These sisters look very severe though the one on the right does seem to have a cheeky joie de vivre she is trying to subdue, or is that just my reading?

Sadly, this is filed under "Who Are You?" --no names on the back.

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Unknown sisters in matching dresses.  I like how they are styled slightly differently.  The older one is wearing jewelry and a plain sash

The Fecund Family

A Day in the Life: July 30th


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                            THU. JULY 30, 1896               Ther.

Pa + Ma went down to see Aunt Em in A.M.  In P.M. went to Kennedy to see Dr. Rich.  In evening went over to Ezra Ames to see where the Woodard reunion would be.





(Aged 16)
Wea.  rainy                                   SAT. JULY 30, 1898                 Ther.

Went to factory.  In P.M. Frank Warn + I went to Celoron we stayed until after the theater.  We took in the toboggan slide for the first time.  We came back to Falconer about 11 P.M. + as it had rained we couldn’t ride our wheels.  we stayed all night in Hunt’s Livery barn.  We got home about 6 o’clock this morning.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             SUN. JULY 30, 1899                 Ther.

Went up to the store + stayed a while + visited the rest of the time.  About 3 o’clock I started for home got here about 5 P.M. + found Geo Walter’s family also Emil Johnson + family was glad to see them.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              MON. JULY 30, 1900               Ther.

Worked haying and washed the buggy.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              TUE. JULY 30, 1901                Ther.

Finished haying had 44 loads.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               WED.  JULY 30, 1902             Ther.

Went to town + got the pipe.  Pa’s hired man ditched with Gail.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              THU.  JULY 30, 1903                 Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th


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Editor's Note:  You might well wonder why Ezra Ames should have information on the Woodward Family reunion as did I.  Well it turns out he was married to Diantha's cousin Loretta.  Ezra and Loretta were younger than Frank and Nora by about a decade.  Many things can be said about the Woodward Family but one thing that stands out in the records more than any other fact is how unbelievably fecund they were.  What fun those parties must have been.  Sorry the caption and names a little hard to read I will check with Diana to see if we can make it more legible.


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Friday, July 29, 2011

A Bridge Through Time

The Brooklyn Bridge


It seems my family was not as rural-bound as I thought since I found a postcard from my great-great grandfather Anders (Andrew Warn) from a visit to New York City. 


 Postmarked Jamestown Jan 8 (19)12

Dear Morris,
       Grandpa forgot to send you a card and just thought about it so better late than never. 
                                                     Grandpa Warn

We stopped to see Aunt Ruth (Wescott) on the way.  They were all well.  Little George is awful good.


**Aunt Ruth lived in Ithaca.


Nearly 100 years later

Nothing is Certain but Death and Shoes

A Day in the Life: July 29th



(Aged 14)
Wea.  Rainy                                   WED. JULY 29, 1896               Ther.

On horse back Geo went down + got the lumber.  Ma, Rollie + I went down to see Aunt Em she is awful bad cannot live a month.  I got me a pair of shoes cost $3.00.  I never had a pair that cost over $1.50 before.
From an 1896 catalogue--seems Allen's cost even more than these.


(Aged 16)
Wea.  sunny                                   FRI. JULY 29, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory.  Worked all day.  In eve went up to Frank Warn’s.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             SAT. JULY 29, 1899               Ther.

Peat + Cora came.  I stayed up at the store most of the A.M.  Intended coming home today but it looked so rainy I stayed over.  Saw Ethel Cleming.  Leslie and I had a fine time so did Turner.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              SUN. JULY 29, 1900                 Ther.

Stayed at home in A.M.  In P.M. took Alice out riding went up to Unkle Gib’s Got home at 3.30 A.M.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              MON. JULY 29, 1901                Ther.

Worked haying.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               TUE.  JULY 29, 1902             Ther.

Went to town bought the pipe to run the spring down.  Cost $24.



(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              WED.  JULY 29, 1903                  Ther.


NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th

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Editor's Note:  Kind of bittersweet and kind of young how in one breath Allen foresees the tragic future of his Aunt Em and in the next he is thrilled by the idea of his new expensive shoes.

In 1899 he is still visiting the Strykers in Corydon.  Leslie seems to have returned quite quickly from Niagara Falls so it was probably a day trip on the train.

In 1900 the courting of Alice Warn continues with long rides into the night.  We never did learn how she lost her shoe as referred to in Allen's letter of July 17th.


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Thursday, July 28, 2011

But Darling, Is He One of OUR Babcocks?

A Day in the Life: July 28th


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                          TUE. JULY 28, 1896               Ther.

Stayed at home in A.M.  Carson stayed all night with me.  Pa + Ma went to the burg in A.M.  In P.M. I went to Caitlin’s Mill after a load of lumber when I came back I hitched the horses in the church shed + went to the burg when I went to get the horses out I broke the tongue out of the wagon.  I came home (?)


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                          THU. JULY 28, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory.  Worked all day + eat our dinner over at grandma’s.  Ma + Rollie went over to grandma’s.  Pa had got his reaper + binder home.  It cost $25.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                           FRI. JULY 28, 1899               Ther.

Went up to the dam and Mable, Leo, Verna, Walton + I went boat riding.  In P.M. went up to the store.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                           SAT. JULY 28, 1900                 Ther.

Worked all day haying.  Took a picture of Thayer family as they held a reunion at Ezra’s.  In eve went over to Glendine’s.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                            SUN. JULY 28, 1901                Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  In eve took a ride up over Emery Hill + down Mud Creek.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                             MON.  JULY 28, 1902             Ther.

Gail cut brush.  Figgered (?) up some went over to pa’s.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              TUE.  JULY 28, 1903                  Ther.


NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th



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Editor's Note:  I thought I was closer to knowing who Verna and Mabel White were with the addition of two names --Walton and Leo but all leads dried up.  The most interesting thought is that Walton is Walton Babcock born in 1879 in Busti but even given the name Babcock I can't find a line that would make him a distant cousin to Allen.  There is an orphan Leo White from Warren, PA and a Mabel White from Warren but that horribly irritating fire that took out the 1890 census leaves me too many blanks.  I'm not even sure of the dam they are boating at. 




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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Wedding Wednesday - Mr. & Mrs. Mead Forbes

Not sure who Mr. & Mrs. Forbes are but they look sweet.  Maybe Frank married them.

A Visit to Niagara Falls

A Day in the Life: July 27th


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                            MON. JULY 27, 1896               Ther.

Rained hard all day.  We all stayed at home.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            WED. JULY 27, 1898                 Ther.

Worked 1/2 day.  Went to factory.  In P.M. went to Ruel Gould’s funeral.  In eve went swimming + stayed with Frank Warn.  Pa began smoking again.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             THU. JULY 27, 1899                 Ther.

Got up at 5 o’clock unloaded a load of hay.  After breakfast cleaned up my wheel + started for Corydon got there about 9:30.  Leslie + Miss Marsh had gone to Niagara Falls.  Spent most of the time about the house visiting.

Niagara Falls, however much later than Leslie's visit--most likely taken in the 1950s if you look at the parked cars.



(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              FRI. JULY 27, 1900               Ther.

Worked all day.  Pa, Ma + Rollie went up to John Page’s.



(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              SAT. JULY 27, 1901                Ther.

Worked haying.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               SUN.  JULY 27, 1902             Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Pa, Ma + Rollie came over.  Had chicken dinner.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              MON.  JULY 27, 1903                 Ther.


NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th


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Editor's Note:  Ruel Gould dies drowning and after his funeral you go in for a swim?  I can't explain my reaction to this beyond saying that just wouldn't be my first choice of activity for the evening. Obviously, the living must live but I just don't think I'd feel like a swim right away.

It sure sounds like young Allen rode his bike all the way to Corydon.  Leslie was Leslie Stryker who was Nora's cousin.  He went on to marry Miss Gertrude Marsh sometime within a year from this date.  I find it interesting they are traveling alone to the Falls previous to marriage. It makes you realize life was not completely different from today.  Now had this been in a Jane Austen novel then they damn well better have come back married from "Gretna Green".  Maybe they did since I don't actually know when their marriage took place--just that is was before the 1900 census.    The couple seemed to have struggled having children having only one daughter named Wilma around 1912.  She lived in Warren, Pa most, if not all, of her life and died unmarried in 1984. 

On an entirely different note, I'm wondering what the family usually ate for dinner because it seems whenever it is chicken it is worth a mention from Allen.



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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Stella!?

A Day in the Life: July 26th


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                           SUN. JULY 26, 1896               Ther. 

Went over and got grandma her + ma went to church.  I took her home.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            TUE. JULY 26, 1898               Ther.

Worked 1/2 day.  Went to factory.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             WED. JULY 26, 1899               Ther.

Finished haying.  Worked in P.M.  In A.M. went to town + got me a hat, linen pants, a belt + shoes.  Saw Stella Thayer, she asked me to come over to Frank’s she is staying there.  In eve Leon Page + Frank Warn came over.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              THU. JULY 26, 1900                 Ther.

Worked all day haying.



(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              FRI. JULY 26, 1901                Ther.

Worked all day haying.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               SAT.  JULY 26, 1902             Ther.

Finished shingling one side of kitchen drew in 3 loads of hay.  Jim Howard helped us in P.M. I milked 17 cows at night.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              SUN.  JULY 26, 1903                  Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th.


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Editor's Note: Sadly, I can't figure out who Stella Thayer was.  If she is of the local Thayer family, why not stay with them?  And how does she know our man and why does she go all Mae West on him with the "Come up and see me sometime?"  In 1900 two of the Warn brothers Elmer and Frank seem to be living on their own which suggests when Allen goes up to Frank Warn's they really are able to enjoy the freedom of young adults out of the house for the first time.  Frank was already 20 in 1899 and Elmer was older still.  I just found out that there was a Warn brother the same age as Allen--Lawrence.  I am curious that Allen never mentions him as part of their paling around.



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Tombstone Tuesday

Crocodile Hunter Henry Lindelie in center of photo.




Mario was Henry's brother

Both men were great uncles to my brother-in-law Bill Leavengood.


Diana writes: Henry and Mario were Bill's great uncles on their mom's side. Bill's grandmother Billie was the oldest child. Then the two boys. For years there was a family legend that Henry was CIA under cover of United Fruit and that he disappeared in the jungles of Honduras and was never heard from again. And then I found his grave. Ho hum. Anyhow....They did both work for United Fruit but more importantly all three children owned a ranch in Cuba in the 20's and provided what would now be called Eco-tourism. All three were fluent in Spanish which is cool since they were the children of Norwegian immigrants and born in South Dakota.



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Monday, July 25, 2011

Swim At Your Own Risk

A Day in the Life: July 25th


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                             SAT. JULY 25, 1896               Ther.

Worked all day.  Ma went down to see Aunt Em.  Mowed in A.M.  Raked it in P.M.  Pitched on two loads of hay in P.M.  Devillo  + I drew down a load of wood to Mrs. Mason in evening.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                             MON. JULY 25, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory.  Worked 3/4 day then it rained.  Ruel Gould was drowned at the Whitman Bridge he was swimming alone.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             TUE. JULY 25, 1899               Ther.

Worked all day would have nearly finished if it hadn’t rained about 6 o’clock P.M. will finish the next good hay day that comes.  Ma raked some today. 



(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              WED. JULY 25, 1900                 Ther.

It rained and in P.M. went to Celoron with Alice.  Dunn went up with me.  Got home at 3 A.M.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              THU. JULY 25, 1901                Ther.

Went to the burg + got Rollie’s wheel paid up all I owe there.  Got in one load of hay.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               FRI.  JULY 25, 1902             Ther.

Went over to Pat Laughland’s.  Put part of the roof on the kitchen.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              SAT.  JULY 25, 1903                  Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th.



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Editor's Note:  Charles Ruel Gould was 14 soon to be 15 years old when he died. 





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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Alverna Mainwaring Bests her Would- Be Abductor

I found this article about four years ago when I searched  Frewsburg in the New York Times archives. Lo and behold. A story I had NEVER heard of. And I believe that Cash should be Cass. So that would mean the house belonging to Willard and Florence Cass at 2 Frew Run would it not? Does anyone in Frewsburg know this story and what the outcome was? It is very hard to believe that such a beautiful little hamlet had something like this happen. At least there was a happy ending. But who was the man and did he go to jail?

Sunday Smiles

Diana and I thinking we're all that and a bag a chips.
--Young and thin but fashionably challenged.

Sad Reminder to Watch Your Step

A Day in the Life: July 24th



(Aged 14)
Wea.   rainy                                  FRI. JULY 24, 1896               Ther. 

Pa + Ma + Rollie went to the burg.



(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            SUN. JULY 24, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory then over to grandma’s.  In eve went up the Hollow.  Rev. E.L. Gates died today from the effects of falling on the pavement at Buffalo.




(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             MON. JULY 24, 1899               Ther.

Worked all day haying are nearly through will finish in two more days.



(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              TUE. JULY 24, 1900                 Ther.

Worked haying all day.



(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              WED. JULY 24, 1901                Ther.

Began haying here got in 4 loads.  Got my check $80.21.



(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               THU.  JULY 24, 1902             Ther.

Cut pa’s wheat. Gail shook out the hay.



(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              FRI.  JULY 24, 1903                  Ther.


NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10TH


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Editor's Note:  The Rev. E.L. Gates was actually Eugene Levi Gates born in Harmony, NY around 1855.  He seems to have been a well known Baptist minister in the area--certainly known to the Cass family.  The Rev. was married to a woman named Ida and they had at least three children: Dana; Alfred and Comer so there might be Gates around today who could tell more of the story.  He was only 43 when he fell so very tragic indeed.