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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Hiving the Swarm

A Day in the Life: August 6th


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                            THU. AUG. 6, 1896               Ther.

Fred Slater + I began sawing wood at 8 A.M. and quit at 5 P.M. We put up 2 cord.  Ma went down to Aunt Em’s.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            SAT. AUG. 6, 1898                 Ther.

Played croquette again.  Came home about 4 o’clock P.M. got here about 7 o’clcok P.M. + pa + I got Ezra Thayer to hive a swarm of bees that Chas. Slater gave me.
Image found  here.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             SUN. AUG. 6, 1899                 Ther.

In A.M. went over to grandma’s.  In P.M. went to S.S.  In eve went to the burg with Leon Page.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              MON. AUG. 6, 1900               Ther.

Began reaping.  In eve Frank Warn, Glendine Taylor,  Alice and I took a drive.  Went past John Smedley’s.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              TUE. AUG. 6, 1901                Ther.

Reaped the piece next to Wygren’s in A.M.  In P.M. got the tires set on the milk wagon.  Frankie helped Springer bind oats.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               WED.  AUG. 6, 1902             Ther.

Ma, Rollie, Alice and the baby went over to Corydon.  Paid Jim Howard up.


(Aged 21)

Wea.                                              THU.  AUG. 6, 1903                 Ther.


NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th


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Editor's Note: I can't wait to see if Allen collects honey or if this is something that they do each year.  Thank goodness Ezra Thayer knew how to hive them.

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Friday, August 5, 2011

Croquet, Okay?

A Day in the Life: August 5th

(Aged 14)
Wea.                                           WED. AUG. 5, 1896               Ther.

Stayed at home.  Ma went to see Aunt Em.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                             FRI. AUG. 5, 1898               Ther.

Ma, Rollie + I all went over to Corydon to Aunt MaryAnn’s.  Ma + Rollie are to stay a week.  I come home tomorrow.  Played croquette most of the time.  In eve Aunt MaryAnn, Mable + I went to church.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             SAT. AUG. 5, 1899               Ther.

In A.M. went in swimming + went up to Taylor’s.  In P.M. played ball at Frewsburg.  The Ivories vs. the Frewsburgs.  I played with Ivory.  Ivory won score 25-21.


(Aged 18)

Wea.                                              SUN. AUG. 5, 1900                 Ther.

Gordon called.  Lent him my hat and bike.  Slept all morning and got up on time for dinner.  In P.M. Alice and I drove to town then took a ride with Leon Page and Miss Chambers.


(Aged 19)

Wea.                                              MON. AUG. 5, 1901                Ther.

Got the reaper and fixed it and reaped the three cornered piece.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               TUE.  AUG. 5, 1902             Ther.

Hayed it.


(Aged 21)

Wea.                                              WED.  AUG. 5, 1903                  Ther.


NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th

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Editor's Note:  MaryAnn is Nora's Aunt on her mother Lydia Stryker's side.   Mabel most likely is Mabel Servis daughter of Cora Stryker--Nora's first cousin.



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Tres Important Addendum to Aug 4th

On Aug 4th 1900 after the ball play I omitted the following very important final sentence in the entry!


"In evening made a short call to A.M. Warn's".


Well that is it.  That is MUST BE when Allen asked Alice's father Andrew (Anders) Magnus Warn for his daughter's hand in marriage.  So whenever Alice's out-posting to Chicago took place it was long over with by now.  And even the summer separation when she had a job up in Jamestown proved useless.  Alice has just come home for a week off and now the mention of the "Short Call".  How romantic.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

August Homebody

A Day in the Life: August 4th

(Aged 14)
Wea.                                          TUE. AUG. 4, 1896               Ther.

Ma went to see Aunt Em.  I stayed home.  In evening I went to school meeting.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                          THU. AUG. 4, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory.  Rained all the A.M. stayed at home all day.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                           FRI. AUG. 4, 1899               Ther.

Worked on the road all day for grandma.  In eve Pa, Ma+ Rollie came.  Pa bought a steer of Asa for $18.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                           SAT. AUG. 4, 1900                 Ther.

Stayed about the house in the A.M.  In P.M. went to the ball play


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                            SUN. AUG. 4, 1901                Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Ma + Rollie came over after S.S.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                             MON.  AUG. 4, 1902             Ther.

Hayed it.  Got in one load.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              TUE.  AUG. 4, 1903                  Ther.


NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th

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Editor's Note: Allen is mostly around the house on August 4th.  It is odd how days tend to fall into a pattern.  I wonder what the family discussions were like over Aunt Em.  How horrible the time must have been for them all.  It is clear that Allen was staying well clear of the situation because he never seems to join his ma + pa when they head down to see Em.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Day Trippers

A Day in the Life: August 3rd


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                           MON. AUG. 3, 1896               Ther. 

Pa + Ma went to Jamestown + stopped to see Aunt Em.  Rollie + I stayed home.  I traded hats with Fred Slater.  I helped Devillo saw wood from 3 to 5:30 P.M. and he is going to make ma a ax handle.  Fred Slater + Devillo sawed wood all day.



(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            WED. AUG. 3, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory.  Worked 1/2 day.  Ma Rollie + grandma went to Jamestown.  Rained awful hard in the P.M.



(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             THU. AUG. 3, 1899               Ther.

Pa, Ma + Rollie went to Corydon.  Mearle Cowan + I went bee hunting found two trees both on ours.  In eve went over to see Stella Thayer but as she wasn’t at home I came back.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             FRI. AUG. 3, 1900                 Ther.

Pa, Ma + Rollie went to Celoron.  I finished pictures.  In eve Alice came down on a wheel and we took a ride.  Got home at 11 o’clock.



(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              SAT. AUG. 3, 1901                Ther.

Went to factory.  Frank went to Celeron.  In P.M. Will went to the ball play.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               SUN.  AUG. 3, 1902                Ther.

Pa, Ma + Rollie came over.  In eve Alice, Willard + I took a ride.



(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              MON.  AUG. 3, 1903                  Ther.


NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th.



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Editor's Note:  I am so pleased Alice had access to a wheel and did not hesitate to use it to get to Allen.  She must have looked wonderful with her skirt hitched up and her curls all windswept.  I wonder if the ride they took was in a buggy or on their bikes. 

August 3rd seems to have been a good day to go to Jamestown and Celeron.


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Wedding Wednesday - Paul & Debbie

Starting off in Style!



Sisters



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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

"Am I Not Great"

A Day in the Life: August 2nd


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                           MON. AUG. 2, 1896               Ther. 

Pa + Ma went to see Aunt Em.  Rollie + I went over to grandma’s.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            WED. AUG. 2, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory.  Worked all day.  In eve we all went over to school meeting.


(Aged 17)

Wea.                                             THU. AUG. 2, 1899               Ther.

Stayed at home in A.M.  In P.M. worked on the road for grandma am to get $1 a day.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             FRI. AUG. 2, 1900                 Ther.

Finished haying.  In eve went up to Ivory and played ball.  I was elected manager of the first nine.  Am I not great.
            
That baseball thing really caught on.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              SAT. AUG. 2, 1901                Ther.

Will cut brush.  Frankie mowed out the road.  Pa, Ma + Rollie went up to Page’s.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               SUN.  AUG. 2, 1902                Ther.

Drew in 2 load of hay from back of Jim’s + two small loads of spoiled hay from up toward Page’s.  Stacked it back of horse barn.   J. Howard 1 day.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              MON.  AUG. 2, 1903                  Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th.




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Editor's Note:  It is sweet to see Allen so proud of himself at being elected manager.  Hard to believe he is soon to be married.

Do you burn spoiled hay? 



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Tombstone Tuesday

Erie Cowan died on August 6, 1899.  That is one heck of a stone.  I see his wife remarried into the Bunce Clan.

Photo by Karen Kelly found here

Monday, August 1, 2011

A Euphemism for What?

A Day in the Life: August 1st


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                           SUN. AUG. 1, 1896               Ther. 

Fred Slater + I cut wood all day put up 2 1/2 cords.  Pa, MA + Rollie went to see Aunt Em took Grandma Mason home.


(Aged 16)
Wea. rainy                                  TUE. AUG. 1, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory.  Stayed at home all day.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             WED. AUG. 1, 1899               Ther.

Rollie + I got Mell Bragg’s boat + went hunting + fishing up the creek.  I killed a crow on the wing, the first one I ever killed, a muskrat, a shike poke + a red squirrel.  Got home about 12.30. 

In P.M. Mearle Cowan + I went hunting bees found one tree up on Irwin Cowan’s. 

In eve went up to Mattie Cowan’s then came home + went to school meeting.



(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              THU. AUG. 1, 1900                 Ther.

Worked haying in the A.M.  In P.M. Alice and I took a drive through Gerry and Sinclairville with Jackson’s Beastly looking horse.  Alice bought her dress.



(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              FRI. AUG. 1, 1901                Ther.

Went to factory.  Frankie finished cutting pa’s oats.  Will cut brush.


(Aged 20)

Wea.                                               SAT.  AUG. 1, 1902             Ther.

Ditched from the spring.  J. Howard worked 2 hrs.  Big Jersey cow came in.


(Aged 21)

Wea.                                              SUN.  AUG. 1, 1903                  Ther.


NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th.


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Editor's Note: On online dictionary defines Shike poke simply as a euphemism without mentioning for what.  But you know I can't leave it at that so I dug deeper and found a shike poke is also known as a shite poke which is also known as a shy poke or simply a heron that shits when startled and taken to flight.  Wonderful new term for me.  But how about the shooting of the crow on the wing? Not surprised it was his first time given his hunting track record.

WHAT DRESS DID ALICE BUY?  I mean has Allen proposed?  Do they have an understanding?  Has she already been banished to her Uncle's in Chicago by Anders to try and dampen their young ardor?  I asked Diana but she says she wasn't there so she can't help.  Of course, we both wish we knew what that dress looked like.


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Sunday, July 31, 2011

"Open the Doors and See All the People"

A Day in the Life: July 31st



(Aged 14)
Wea.   rainy                                  FRI. JULY 31, 1896               Ther. 

Ma went to see Aunt Em brought grandma Mason home.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            SUN. JULY 31, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory grandma came over + ma + grandma went to the burg to church.  Mr. Georgi preached.  Slept all day.
Dad at the Frewsburg Baptist Church in 1940. (The Cass Family Church in the Burg)


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             MON. JULY 31, 1899               Ther.

Washed the carriage and stayed around home.



(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              TUE. JULY 31, 1900                 Ther.

Worked haying.  Alice is home for this week.  I went up in the eve.



(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              WED. JULY 31, 1901                Ther.

Began cutting pa’s oats.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               THU.  JULY 31, 1902             Ther.

Got in 2 loads of hay off the 3 cornered lot.  J. Howard worked 1/2 day.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              FRI.  JULY 31, 1903                  Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10TH


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Editor's Note:  Only the words change through time but boys are forever washing their vehicles to show them at their best advantage.  Chariot--Carriage--Car...TK...

I wish we still owned the 3-cornered lot but we deeded it to the Ivory Baptist Church when Dad died.  We were in no position to pay land taxes at the time.  And we also knew our family had some odd falling out between the Ivory Baptist and the Frewsburg Baptist Church but we knew no real history on the details of it.  Therefore, thinking ourselves very clever,  Diana and I thought to end the conflict by deeding the last piece of the Cass farm to both Churches to share forcing an end to their unknown differences.  However, our lawyer very competently talked us out of it.  Since we had no idea where our family loyalties were meant to lie given that Gram and Dad had both become Episcopalians somewhere along the line, we very fairly flipped a coin. 

Sometimes magnanimity is reduced to luck. 


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Sunday Smiles

On My Honor Dad was a cutie.


Dad as a Boy Scout


I still have this uniform and wore it for Halloween when I was in 5th or 6th grade.