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Saturday, September 3, 2011

"The Play's the Thing" With a "Special" Mention

A Day in the Life: September 3rd


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                            THU. SEPT. 3, 1896               Ther.

We all went to Celoron.  Got me a bicycle for $15.  Can ride it.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            SAT. SEPT. 3, 1898                 Ther.

Went to factory then went hunting.  In eve went coon hunting but didn’t get any.



(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             SUN. SEPT. 3, 1899                 Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              MON. SEPT. 3, 1900               Ther.

Started for Toronto.  Had a fine trip.  Started at 9 A.M. got there at 6 P.M.  Then found a boarding place and went to the Toronto Theatre.  The play was “The Evil Eye”.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              TUE. SEPT. 3, 1901                Ther.

Worked cutting weeds in corn.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               WED.  SEPT. 3, 1902             Ther.

Gail helped pa plow.  Alice + I went to Jamestown.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              THU.  SEPT. 3, 1903                 Ther.


NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th


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Editor's Note: The fact that Allen declares "Can ride it" in 1896 is what makes me think this is his first real bike.  There probably would have been a question because of his leg. 

In 1900, Allen is off on a jolly with some mates--all of whom I am unsure--but it puts yesterday's extraction of a promise from Alice in a different light.  Do we think he asked her to write him or keep true in his absence?  I'm thinking they are already engaged so what gives?

The play "The Evil Eye" has led me down an interesting path.  It was written by the British playwright Richard B. Peake around 1831.  Peake was apparently best known for bringing Mary Shelley's Frankenstein to stage but while researching I found something else rather interesting.  In 1832, the British Parliment ordered a Select Committee on Dramatic Literature.  Many playwrights and theater owners were called to the hearing to testify on their experiences and what should be changed to revive and update regulations regarding their community.  I found this transcribed document in which Richard Peake was called to witness.  I think he is a bit circumspect in his answers to the point of arrogance whether real or not.  Apparently, his work was never rejected.  Whatever,  he died in poverty.

Shameless Plug:   My brother-in-law the playwright Wm S. Leavengood's latest play Special is opening in NYC this month.  If you are in town be sure to check it out! 



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Friday, September 2, 2011

Home on the Grange

A Day in the Life: September 2nd


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                           WED. SEPT. 2, 1896               Ther.

Asa + Effie came out had a good time.



(Aged 16)
Wea.                                             FRI. SEPT. 2, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory.  Stayed at home all day.



(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             SAT. SEPT. 2, 1899               Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE.



(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              SUN. SEPT. 2, 1900                 Ther.

Slept all day.  In eve Alice + I took a drive.  She made me a promise which she can’t keep.




(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              MON. SEPT. 2, 1901                Ther.

Alice, Ma + I went to town.  I joined the Grange cost $3.00.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               TUE.  SEPT. 2, 1902             Ther.

Gail helped Frankie Kineston thrash A.M.  In P.M. dug for the silo.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              WED.  SEPT. 2, 1903                  Ther.


NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th

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Editor's Note: The nearest Grange I find is in Kennedy, NY today.  However, there may have been one right in the burg.  Does anyone local know?

Just what promise can't Alice keep?  I feel Allen has made this claim about Alice before for some reason.  Maybe back in June.  Hmm,  I'll look into that. 


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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Sooie!

A Day in the Life: September 1st


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                          TUE. SEPT. 1, 1896               Ther.

Cut brush on other place.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                          THU. SEPT. 1, 1898               Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Went to factory.  Pa + Ma went to Jamestown.  In eve went over to Littlefield’s to see Frank Warn.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                           FRI. SEPT. 1, 1899               Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE



(Aged 18)
Wea.                                           SAT. SEPT. 1, 1900                 Ther.

Washed the buggy in A.M.  In P.M. went to the ball play.  After that, Alice, Glendine, Irma, Frank Warn, Ed Keller + I went out for a corn roast. 



(Aged 19)
Wea.                                            SUN. SEPT. 1, 1901                Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Aunt Addie + Bernice came down it is Bernice’s birthday she is 14 yrs.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                             MON.  SEPT. 1, 1902             Ther.

Alice went over to ma’s.  I bought 7 pigs of Henry Cummings for $17.  Brought them home also the ones I bought of Johnson.
Little Pigs, Little Pigs on their way to the Cass Farm.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              TUE.  SEPT. 1, 1903                  Ther.



NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th



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Editor's Note:  There were a few Littlefields around the area but the closest was probably Eugene and Ena Littlefield who where in the late 30s at the time.  Perhaps Frank Warn was helping on their farm.

Bernice was Aunt Addie Cass Eccles only surviving child.  Her oldest daughter, Myrtie Eccles, died quite young.

Allen seems to be buying up all the local pigs. 

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Wedding Wednesday - Diana as Bridesmaid

Sometimes you can't blame the dress on the era...it really comes down to the taste of the bride and if she really likes you or just needs you.  Tema was upgraded in a wedding once from 0 to 100. She became Maid of Honor after the bride's cousin refused to wear pink  as the bride had requested and turned up instead in orange. 

The GOOD





The BAD


The UGLY goes hand -in -hand with the bad in this case.  As Diana says she "looked like a giant Crayola Crayon" and not even a pretty one at that.


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"I Like Bikes"

A Day in the Life: August 31st


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                           MON. AUG. 31, 1896               Ther. 

Drew grandma over 4 3/4 cd of wood for which I got $5.25.  This is toward a bicycle.
Most likely Dad's license plate



(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            WED. AUG. 31, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory.  In P.M. went up to Shaw’s + seen them thrash.  I have skipped two pages will write it + change date.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             THU. AUG. 31, 1899               Ther.

NOT ALLEN’S HANDWRITING: “Some new help came.  Met Chas. Henderson + Art McNamara from Titusville, PA.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             FRI. AUG. 31, 1900                 Ther.

Went to factory.   Drew manure.  In eve went up to see Alice.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              SAT. AUG. 31, 1901                Ther.

Rainy.  Frankie went to Jamestown and got drunk and I had all the chores to do.  Luella came down to stay with grandma a while.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               SUN.  AUG. 31, 1902                Ther.

Stayed at home.  In eve drove over to Pa’s.



(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              MON.  AUG. 31, 1903                  Ther.


NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th.



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Editor's Note:  Though there has been much talk of bikes throughout the years of these journals and the turnover on models seems great, I feel like this may well be the first ever bike Allen owned. I plan to do a time line of his bikes at some point as soon as I get a bit of time myself.

Allen did skip two pages of his diary and amended the date but I'm not sure he did it entirely correctly because he writes of church on days other than Sunday but I went with it as noted by date and not day.

In 1899 I believe that the boys in the bunkhouse might be passing around Allen's journal not that anything unusual is being said in the above entry.  However, it is definitely not Allen's hand unless he is under the influence.  It is big and loopy and lighter than his usual pencil pressure.  Just not his script.

Now we have a clue as to why Frankie needed more money to dredge.  It would seem he wanted to go on a bit of a bender up town.

BTW "I Like Bikes" is in quotes because it was an Driver's Ed movie I will always remember because this voice kept chanting during every vignette between car and bicycle "I like bikes".  It was to remind you that you share the road and could crush a bike pretty handily if not careful.  This reminder comes in useful since I live in a University town. 

FOUND IT at  IMDB!

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Biker Brothers

A Day in the Life: August 30th


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                           SUN. AUG. 30, 1896               Ther. 

Ma went down to see Aunt Em in A.M.  Rollie + I went over to grandma’s.  Ma + I went down to Aunt Em’s in evening.  She is very bad.



(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            TUE. AUG. 30, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory.  In P.M. went over to grandma's on my wheel.  Rollie went on his velospeed.

Wikipedia


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             WED. AUG. 30, 1899               Ther.

NOT ALLEN’S HANDWRITING (nor his voice): 

"The best love one can offer to a God of love
be sure is kindness to the little ones
and mercy to the poor."



(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              THU. AUG. 30, 1900                 Ther.

Went to factory.  Went to town with Harry Morris (?) and got our glass door fixed.  In eve. went up to Ivory.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              FRI. AUG. 30, 1901                Ther.

Rained all day.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               SAT.  AUG. 30, 1902             Ther.

Went to Kennedy with Andrew.  Fixed fence.



(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              SUN.  AUG. 30, 1903                  Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th.


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Editor's Note: I'm guessing Rollie's velospeed was really a "velocipede" that was either a bike powered by his feet on the ground or some sort of tricycle since he was only 6 years old.

In 1899, someone in the boarding house has definitely gotten a hold of Allen's journal.  Not only is the script not his but for all his church going, Allen has never revealed himself to be particularly religious in his journal.  I think this is the first time God has even been written.


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Monday, August 29, 2011

"Part Way Up the Mountain"

A Day in the Life: August 29th


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                             SAT. AUG. 29, 1896               Ther.

We went part way up the mountain.  We came home + got here about 5.30 o’clock.  Bert Bingham came over + we played ball till nearly dark.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                             MON. AUG. 29, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory.  In P.M. Ma, Rollie, Pa + Asa went up the hollow to church.  Asa went home about 6 o’clock.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             TUE. AUG. 29, 1899               Ther.

Began work for F. McGregor.  Met cousin George Phipps.  Rode my wheel through to Portland and hired out to F. McGregor.



(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              WED. AUG. 29, 1900                 Ther.

Worked in A.M.  In P.M. slept.  In eve went down to convention with Pa.  While Pa was in church, Alice + I took a drive.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              THU. AUG. 29, 1901                Ther.

Both teams are at work on the dredge.  Pa went to Jamestown.  Chas Wade drove one team.  Worked 9 hours both teams. 


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               FRI.  AUG. 29, 1902             Ther.

Went after pigs.  Bought 4 of Edward Johnson at $2.  Went after Dr. for Lou Shaw.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              SAT.  AUG. 29, 1903                  Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th.




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Editor's Note:  Today's header "Part Way Up the Mountain" really is reflects my week ahead.  Right dab in the middle of back-to-school and possibly changing schools at the same time so all drama here at the Home Farm.  Ergo no time to find illustrations or conjure up deeper meanings to a young man's words especially when it is a day of facts that can't be broken down anyway.  The most curious thing about today is "Cousin George Phipps"--that is not a name I have come across yet.



Sunday, August 28, 2011

"Mr. Jones for dinner" and other questionable phrasing

A Day in the Life: August 28th


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                            FRI. AUG. 28, 1896               Ther. 

Went over to Aunt Maryann’s had a good time.  Went down to their store and down to the river.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            SUN. AUG. 28, 1898               Ther.

Asa brought me home.  Came by way of Frew Run.  Got here + found Mr. Jones for dinner.  My boil is better.  In eve Pa + Asa went to the burg.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             MON. AUG. 28, 1899               Ther.

Left Jamestown + canvassed up to Sinclairville.  Stayed all night with Flura Eldrige.  Sold none.

 
(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              TUE. AUG. 28, 1900                 Ther.

Went to factory.  Pa + Ma went to SS convention in the burg.  Brought home two to stay with us.   In eve I went down + saw Alice.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              WED. AUG. 28, 1901                Ther.

Frankie wouldn’t work any longer on the dredge unless I pay him more so I am to give him .75 cents per day for the rest of this month and $20 a month as long as he works there after the 1st of Sept.  Hired Chas. Wade for the rest of this week for .75 cents per day.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               THU.  AUG. 28, 1902             Ther.

Took off 10 calves for $100 sold all I had left.  Took them up to O'Stones.  Calves sold $191 this year.


(Aged 21)

Wea.                                              FRI.  AUG. 28, 1903                  Ther.


NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10TH


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Editor's Note:  Well hallelujah the boil is nearing its conclusion and none too soon.  I'm guessing Flura Eldrige had rooms for rent, no?  I can't find her in the Census.

Just to remind you S.S. in Allen's context is Sunday School.  Frank and Nora didn't bring two S.S. troops home but I'm guessing they did bring home some traveling Baptists.

Sunday Smiles

"15 Miles on the Erie Canal"

Elementary School field trip--colder than we thought.  Thank goodness for the double poncho.



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