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Saturday, August 13, 2011

As Far As Dunkirk

A Day in the Life: August 13th



(Aged 14)
Wea.                                            THU. AUG. 13, 1896               Ther.

Carson went squirrel hunting.  Yale + I fished down creek.  I shot a shikepoke.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            SAT. AUG. 13, 1898                 Ther.

Went to factory.  Pa + Ma went to Jamestown.  Stayed at home all day.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             SUN. AUG. 13, 1899                 Ther.

Left home.  Went to Dunkirk.  Stayed all night at Dobb’s Hotel.



(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              MON. AUG. 13, 1900               Ther.

Came home on train.  Rode up from the burg with Ed Harrington.  In P.M. slept.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              TUE. AUG. 13, 1901                Ther.

Fred cut brush.  Frankie mowed grass up toward Page’s .


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               WED.  AUG. 13, 1902             Ther.

Drew in 3 loads of hay.  Went up to Warn reunion.

Mini-Warn reunion in Letchworth State Park


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              THU.  AUG. 13, 1903                 Ther.


NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th


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Editor's Note:  Well Allen is off and roughly 35 miles away from home looking for work.  I believe that the last week has been really hard on the family.   Erie Cowan passed away and Allen doesn't mention it though we know his parents have been sitting with him throughout his last days.  Allen seems to have lost interest in helping on the farm for now because he only has mentioned going to the burg or Celoron--not reaping or haying.  I can imagine Frank taking stock of his own  life after seeing Erie Cowan die young.  We know that he worries what Allen will do in the future and what he will make of himself and right now Allen is on the cusp.  Now is when Allen needs to make big decisions and it doesn't look like he is interested in anything but having fun.  Honestly, who didn't fight with their parents at that age and who didn't push back and resist their common sense offerings seeing them only as foolish ideas completely void of understanding?  Okay,  well I did.  I spent my early 20s apologizing to my parents for it but we're easily blinded with youthful arrogance at that age. 









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Friday, August 12, 2011

I Love Answers! Thank You :-)

I received a lovely email from June Burgett answering my questions on "City of New York".

It seems "City of New York" was likely an excursion boat as referenced in the book "Along Chautauqua Lake" .   According to June "This book says the boat was built in Mayville in1880 and began as the John F. Moulan.  She was renamed Nightengale in l887, Mohawk in 1889, and became the City of New York in 1892.  She was 132 feet long and had a beam of 26 feet.  Rebuilt three times, she was the largest boat on the lake after the City of Chicago burned in 1903.  It was at Celoron Park that City of New York burned to the waterline on Aug. 29, 1926. "

This book has several picture postcards of the boat and, though I have not seen them yet, I'm sure one included is this one found at the Chautauqua County Historical Society website.

"Chances are Allan and Alice rode on the boat from Jamestown, or back to.  Could have been a very romantic moonlight ride!"--I couldn't agree more.


June also enlightened me about where Allen would most likely have spent the night--in the livery stable with his horse as her father used to do.


THANK YOU! 

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"It's a Helluva Town"

A Day in the Life: August 12th


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                           WED. AUG. 12, 1896               Ther.

Carson caught minies in the A.M. I trolled down creek.  It rained awful last night we got a little wet.  In P.M. we fixed the camp + trolled up creek.  Glen + Yale stay with us tonight.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                             FRI. AUG. 12, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory.  Pa, Ma + Rollie came home.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             SAT. AUG. 12, 1899               Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              SUN. AUG. 12, 1900                 Ther.

Slept in A.M.  In P.M. went up to see Alice.  Rode up to town with Dunn.  Alice and I went to Celeron.  Remember City of New York.  Stayed in town all night. 
NYC 1900


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              MON. AUG. 12, 1901                Ther.

Drew in all our oats that were cut -- 8 loads.  Will Cronin quit work.  Hired Fred Odell for the rest of this month for $5.



(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               TUE.  AUG. 12, 1902             Ther.

Cut hay drew in 2 loads.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              WED.  AUG. 12, 1903                  Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th

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Editor's Note: Don't know where Allen stayed up in town in 1900 but not with Alice because she would have been back at her job in service or whatever it was she did.  Curious about his note to remember "City of New York".  Was it a ride or a show at Celeron that he had a special moment on or at?   Or was he thinking of it as a possible destination?  He doesn't strike me as being lured by big cities.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Trolling and Roasting

A Day in the Life: August 11th


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                          TUE. AUG. 11, 1896               Ther.

We trolled up creek all day.  We got some corn + potatoes.  Yale Simpson stayed with us last night.  Glen is going to stay with us tonight.  Pa + Rollie came down a little before dark.  They said Effie, Asa, Aunt Maryann, Cora, Mable + Walton were out yesterday.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                          THU. AUG. 11, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory.  Pa went over to Corydon to the ox roast and to Aunt Maryann’s.  Geo + I drew in oats.
They look the same the world over.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                           FRI. AUG. 11, 1899               Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                           SAT. AUG. 11, 1900                 Ther.

Went to factory.  Then went to Fentonville with Claud Stone to ball play.  We umpired.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                            SUN. AUG. 11, 1901                Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Unkle Lewis Woodard was over.  Alice went over to pa’s in eve.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                             MON.  AUG. 11, 1902             Ther.

Cut wood + ground up tools. 


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              TUE.  AUG. 11, 1903                  Ther.


NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th



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Editor's Note: In 1896, Glen is most likely cousin Glen Eccles.  The folks who visited are the Stryker cousins from Corydon which made me revisit the late July entry "But is he one of OUR Babcocks" when Allen went boating with "Mabel, Leo, Verna and Walton".  I thought Walton was a Babcock and that Mabel was Mabel White given the mention of Verna as well but there was also Walton Servis mentioned above who had a sister Mabel and though they lived in NJ they obviously came to visit their grandparents in Corydon.  So...where does this leave me with the Mabel, Verna mystery?



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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Wedding Wednesday - The Bride's Side

At the wedding of Tiggy and Rod.

Richard and his grandmother Ursula---the pipe is a prop I assure you.  





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Good Start to the Camping Trip

A Day in the Life: August 10th


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                           MON. AUG. 10, 1896               Ther. 

Carson + I went down to the big creek + built a camp in A.M. as we were rowing down creek after boards a 1 lb bass jumped into the boat.  In P.M. we camped.
Original frontispiece to Huckleberry Finn


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            WED. AUG. 10, 1898               Ther.



Went to factory.  Stayed at home all day.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             THU. AUG. 10, 1899               Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             FRI. AUG. 10, 1900                 Ther.

Slept all day after I got home from factory.



(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              SAT. AUG. 10, 1901                Ther.

Finished putting in the scaffold.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               SUN.  AUG. 10, 1902                Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Sterling Defoe came to work this week at $4.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              MON.  AUG. 10, 1903                  Ther.


NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th.



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Editor's Note: I can't help but think of Tom and Huck fishing and camping on the banks of the "big creek".  What a wonderful adventure off on your own at 14 trying to catch your dinner and make your own shelter. It doesn't hurt to have dinner hurl itself into your boat.

Carson must have been Carson Russell who lived in Poland, NY born about 1881.  Carson went on to marry a woman named Cecile and they had at least four children--Raymond, Genevieve, Gretchen and Ida.

As for 1899, upon reflection (or rather reading ahead) Allen hasn't left yet but the pages of non-entry do lead up to his departure and suggest they are days of broken routine and conflict most likely with Frank as foreshadowed throughout the end of July.


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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday

WE LOVE LUCY!

Lucille Ball's grave in Lakeview Cemetery in Jamestown, NY

Reap What You Sow

A Day in the Life: August 9th


(Aged 14)

Wea.                                           SUN. AUG. 9, 1896               Ther. 

Rollie + I stayed all night at grandma’s.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            TUE. AUG. 9, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory. Got breakfast.  Eat dinner over at grandma’s.  Worked at haying in P.M.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             WED. AUG. 9, 1899               Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              THU. AUG. 9, 1900                 Ther.

Drew in oats in A.M.  In P.M. pa got mad and drew in himself and I went to Celeron with Mearle Cowan.   I took Alice to theater.  Good time.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              FRI. AUG. 9, 1901                Ther.

Reaped the oats next to Page’s.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               SAT.  AUG. 9, 1902             Ther.

Finished the meadow back of Jim’s have got in 33 loads.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              SUN.  AUG. 9, 1903                  Ther.


NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th.


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Editor's Note:
Don't know about you but it sure sounds like Allen is shirking the P.M. shift of oat hauling to go play at the pleasure park with his girl and his buddy.







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Monday, August 8, 2011

"The Runaway"

A Day in the Life: August 8th


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                             SAT. AUG. 8, 1896                Ther.

Pa + I sat up oats.  Geo reap.  Pa + Ma went to the burg in the evening.  Great speach (sic) to the burg tonight.


(Aged 16)

Wea.                                             MON. AUG. 8, 1898               Ther.

Got breakfast + dinner.  Pa milked in the morning + I went to factory.  My bees are still in the hive.


(Aged 17)

Wea.                                             TUE. AUG. 8, 1899                 Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE
Norman Rockwell's "The Runaway"



(Aged 18)

Wea.                                              WED. AUG. 8, 1900                 Ther.

Went fishing with Ray Lawson + Rollie.  Didn’t get anything.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              THU. AUG. 8, 1901                Ther.

Put in scaffolds in the barn.


(Aged 20)

Wea.                                               FRI.  AUG. 8, 1902             Ther.

Shook out some and got in 1 load.  Went up to Herm Anderson’s to an ice cream social in eve.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              SAT.  AUG. 8, 1903                  Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th.





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Editor's Note:
  Allen has runaway and though he will make entries they will be scarce and not very enlightening.  But this is going to be a long absence.  I think it's Allen's big push to show Frank that he is his own man.  Funny that just 3 years earlier in 1896 Allen seems awed by Frank's speech to the burg.


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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Blackout Remains on the Whites

A Day in the Life: August 7th


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                            FRI. AUG. 7, 1896               Ther. 

Stayed at home in A.M. Pa + Ma went to the burg.  In P.M. I went in swimming with Carson Yale, Glen Raymon + Harvey.  They are thrashing up to Ed Harrington’s.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            SUN. AUG. 7, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory.  Grandma came over.  I got breakfast + Pa milked.  In eve went to Frewsburg to church.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             MON. AUG. 7, 1899               Ther.

Got the reaper ready + reap all day.  Got a letter from Verna White.  Wrote a letter to Mable White.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              TUE. AUG. 7, 1900                 Ther.

Worked finished reaping.  Alice went back to work.  In eve went to school meeting.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              WED. AUG. 7, 1901                Ther.

Put in scaffolds in the barn.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               THU.  AUG. 7, 1902             Ther.

Mowed a little.  Alice came home about 8 o’clock.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              FRI.  AUG. 7, 1903                  Ther.


NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10TH


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Editor's Note: One in; one out with the White sisters.  There is something about those girls that really gnaws at me.  As you may know, I can't find them in the census and I don't how they know Allen.  I don't understand why they both are so focused on Allen and I don't think Frank approves of them because of the time he "broke into" Allen's chest and read all of his letters.  White is too common of a name to really narrow it down.  You'd think the name Verna would be helpful in isolating possibilities but it is not.  Leads anyone?

Sunday Smiles

Three generations of women skinny dipping in Tennessee.  Happy Summer!