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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Last Day on the Job

A Day in the Life: August 20th


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                            THU. AUG. 20, 1896               Ther.

Pa, Ma, Rollie, Grandma + I went to the Woodard Reunion.  There was about 78 present.  They chose pa as president this year + last.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                             SAT. AUG. 20, 1898                 Ther.

Went to factory.  Pa + Ma went up to Martin Grouts.  I went hunting.  In eve I went up to Maxwell’s and played checkers with Mabel White.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             SUN. AUG. 20, 1899                 Ther.

Worked in the stand.   This is my last day.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              MON. AUG. 20, 1900               Ther.

Drew milk.  Stayed at home all day.  In eve wrote a letter to Alice.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              TUE. AUG. 20, 1901                Ther.

Drew in the rest of my oats and drew butter.  32 tubs.  Bot Maud a bay horse 9 yr old to male Dandy.  Gave my note at 3 mo for $150.



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

Finished reaping my oats in A.M.  In P.M. drew in one load of hay.  Alton + Gail finished setting up my oats.  Sold a team Chub + Ritts to F. Kineston for $128 and a pair of bobsleds.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              THU.  AUG. 20, 1903                 Ther.


NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th


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Editor's Note: I woke up thinking about the "Maxwell's" this morning and I was questioning why I thought it was more of a hangout or restaurant/store type of thing rather than a farm.  There was an older Maxwell couple in the area at the time as I believe I have mentioned but the reason I don't think it was just their farm is because of Allen's wording. If he is going to anyone's house/farm he gives first and last name or at least a title;  "Up to Leon Page's" or "Down to Mrs. Mason's".  With the Maxwell's he uses neither name nor title.  Maybe the Maxwell's were the older couple and just threw many games' parties.  Still working on it.  But it is noted that my perplexing Mable White is somehow involved with the Maxwell mystery too.

Anyway, back to business...or not.  Allen's run in the stand is over.  I wonder if he was just covering for someone on holiday or if he just couldn't muster the interest necessary and quit.  Hardly blameworthy.

And good to see Allen is still wheeling and dealing with the Kinestons in 1902.


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Friday, August 19, 2011

Leslie Rhodes and Alice Mason say "I do"

A Day in the Life: August 19th



(Aged 14)
Wea.                                           WED. AUG. 19, 1896               Ther.

Geo painted the corn barn.  Ma went down to see Aunt Em.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                             FRI. AUG. 19, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory.  In P.M. went up in sugarbush hunting.  In eve Leslie Rhodes + Alice Mason were married here.  Fred Bingham + Ira Bragg came down.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             SAT. AUG. 19, 1899               Ther.

Worked in the stand.



(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              SUN. AUG. 19, 1900                 Ther.

Went to factory + slept in A.M.  In P.M. went over to grandma’s.  In eve went up to Ivory Church.  Went home with Glendine Taylor.


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

Worked cutting brush.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               TUE.  AUG. 19, 1902             Ther.

Reap part of my oats.  Alton helped us today.  Had Harrington’s reaper.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              WED.  AUG. 19, 1903                  Ther.


NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th

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Editor's Note: Leslie Rhodes and Alice Mason lived and farmed all over the area including Warren, PA and Ellicott, NY.  They had one son--Cameron born in 1900.  I don't know what happened after that but in 1930  they are still all living together.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

False Alarm

A Day in the Life: August 18th

(Aged 14)
Wea.                                          TUE. AUG. 18, 1896               Ther.

They came after ma to stay all night with Aunt Em.  They thought she would die but she is better this morning.  Pa took the little bay down + got her shod + seen Aunt Em.



(Aged 16)
Wea.   rainy                              THU. AUG. 18, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory then went hunting up by Harrington’s dam.



(Aged 17)
Wea.                                           FRI. AUG. 18, 1899               Ther.

Worked in the stand.



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

Stayed at home in A.M. In P.M. went to a ball game and picnic on Ed Harrington’s.
Score:  Fentonville 13  Ivory16.  Bertha Fuller & Irma Bunce were there.  In eve went up to Ivory. 


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                            SUN. AUG. 18, 1901                Ther.

Stayed at home all day.



(Aged 20)
Wea.                                             MON.  AUG. 18, 1902             Ther.

Alton Bunce worked all day.  I reaped pa’s oats.  The boys put in 3 loads.  Alice + I went to town to get the binder twine.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              TUE.  AUG. 18, 1903                  Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th



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Richard and Mabel Lucas because I think this entry needs a sunny photo.



Editor's Note: Poor Aunt Em lives to suffer another day.  How hard it must have been for all of them to wait and nurse and yet no there was no hope.   Well jolly, jolly.  Get out and enjoy your hopefully beautiful late summer day.
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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Thrill is Gone

A Day in the Life: August 17th


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                           MON. AUG. 17, 1896               Ther. 

I went up to Mifie Coes but he was not at home.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            WED. AUG. 17, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory then grandma, Rollie + I all went up to Unkle Gib's.


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

Am working in the stand.
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(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             FRI. AUG. 17, 1900                 Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Effie, Cora, Aunt Maryann, Gurtie, Mable, Walton, Blaine and Floy Flagg were here.  In eve went to an ice cream social at Lottie Cowan’s.  Went home with Alice.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              SAT. AUG. 17, 1901                Ther.

Rainy.  Monkeyed around and didn’t do much of anything.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               SUN.  AUG. 17, 1902                Ther.

Stayed at home.  Alice’s folks came down.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              MON.  AUG. 17, 1903                  Ther.


NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th.



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Editor's Note:  The thrill seems gone for Allen and his work-a-day-world.  How dejected does his 1899 entry sound?  Nothing exciting happened that day?  I can't believe it.  Having worked retail a time or two in my life I'm sure he had to have had at least one funny tale to tell about a customer.  And honestly, I've written a lot more that one line on someone else's time.



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Wedding Wednesday - Carol & Floyd

Floyd not shown--the bride's side again this week with more awesome hats.

I love all those shiny dresses! I can hear them rustle from here.


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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Done and Dusted in a Day

A Day in the Life: August 16th


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                           SUN. AUG. 16, 1896               Ther. 

Pa, Ma, Rollie + I went over to Grandma’s.  She said Dr. Rich told her Frankie Eccles had a swelling in his side.  They took him to Jamestown.  Unkle Gib, Aunt May, Luella and Marvin came down about 5 o’clock.


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

Went to factory.  Stayed at home all day.  In eve went swimming.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             WED. AUG. 16, 1899               Ther.

My stand didn’t pay so began work in a glass + china stand for a fellow named Geo Zimmerman.
Photo found here


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              THU. AUG. 16, 1900                 Ther..

Worked grading around the barn.  Gib’s folks stopped a few minutes.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              FRI. AUG. 16, 1901                Ther.

Cut brush + built some barn doors for the stable.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               SAT.  AUG. 16, 1902             Ther.

Bought what hay pa hasn’t cut for $30.  Alton Bunce helped me.  Drew in 4 load.  Pearle came down.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              SUN.  AUG. 16, 1903                  Ther.



NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th.


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Editor's Note:  Frankie Eccles was 5 years old at the time of this medical emergency but he grew up big and strong.  While I don't think he served, he did register for the draft in WWI at age 26.  I'm thinking maybe he had appendicitis but it could have been anything.

Now, as for Allen's entrepreneurial spirit, it doesn't last long, does it?  Done and dusted in a day.  At least he landed upright in another job on Day 4.




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Tombstone Tuesday


Harry Babcock was a serial monogomist.  He married Catherine first and had three children.  After she died he married Lydia Stryker and had three more children including Nora Babcock Cass.  After Lydia died Harry married Sarah Mason.  Sarah outlived Harry. 

In Allen's 1896 journal, Aunt Emma Fenton,  the youngest Babcock child is dying from heart disease but I realized that there was once a sibling in between Emma and Nora in the family--one never really spoken of and only found in the census.  That was Henry Babcock who died at age 8. 



Henry Babcock 1854-1862

Photos by Phyllis Meyer found here.



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Monday, August 15, 2011

But What's Your Product?

A Day in the Life: August 15th


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                             SAT. AUG. 15, 1896               Ther.

We came home.  I helped stack 2 loads of oats.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                             MON. AUG. 15, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory.  Stayed at home all day.  In eve Pa, Ma + Rollie went up to the Hollow to meeting.



(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             TUE. AUG. 15, 1899               Ther.

Started a stand in Celeron.  Stayed with Luce all night.
Electric Fountain at Celoron



(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              WED. AUG. 15, 1900                 Ther.

Hung around home all day.  Got a letter that Cora was coming but she didn’t.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              THU. AUG. 15, 1901                Ther.

Cut brush all day.  Pa + Ma went to the Ox roast at Corydon.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               FRI.  AUG. 15, 1902             Ther.

Drew in 2 load of hay.



(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              SAT.  AUG. 15, 1903                  Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th.




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Editor's Note: You've got to love the gumption of a kid that starts his own stand when he can't find work elsewhere.  But I think the there is some shortsightedness involved.  What is his stand?  Lemonade; fruit; falafel?  What is his business model?  We shall see.

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Sunday Smiles

Uncle Rollie as we knew him.
Uncle Rollie had a lovely, warm and warbling voice.  The first thing he'd say whenever he saw us was "Well, bless your heart".


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Job Search

A Day in the Life: August 14th


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

Went hunting down creek in A.M.  In P.M. hunting up creek seen 3 ducks.  Carson + Yale wanted to come home but I got them to stay all night.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            SUN. AUG. 14, 1898               Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Went to the factory.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             MON. AUG. 14, 1899               Ther.

Couldn’t find any work in Dunkirk so came back to Jamestown.  Couldn’t find any work there. Stayed all night with Irving Luce.



(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              TUE. AUG. 14, 1900                 Ther.

Worked all day cutting brush.  In eve wrote a letter to Alice.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              WED. AUG. 14, 1901                Ther.

Went to Warn reunion at Stockholm.  Had a good time.  In eve we went to the theater at Celeron.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               THU.  AUG. 14, 1902             Ther.

Took off 7 calves got $91 for them.  Paid Sterling Delfoe up + sent him home. 


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              FRI.  AUG. 14, 1903                  Ther.


NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10TH


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Editor's Note: It is curious Allen went first to Dunkirk where he most likely had no ties or network of friends to get him started because like the snap of a rubber band he is right back in his comfort zone albeit the edge of it.  Whoever Irving Luce is, Allen did not hesitate to head for his door.  I can't find Irving in the Census.