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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Introducing "Butternutting"

A Day in the Life:  October 1st


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                            THU. OCT. 1, 1896               Ther.

Town board met, ma + Rollie went to Mrs Mason’s.  We all went to the funeral there were a lot there the house was full.  It was at 2 o’clock.




(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            SAT. OCT. 1, 1898                 Ther.

Went to factory then ma, grandma, Rollie & I went butternutting on the other place.  We got about 2 1/2 bu.
Butternut Squash.  photo at Wikipedia



(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             SUN. OCT. 1, 1899                 Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 2nd.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              MON. OCT. 1, 1900               Ther.

Went to school with Gordon.  In eve wrote Alice a letter and studied till 10 o’clock.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              TUE. OCT. 1, 1901                Ther.

Took my calves 7 of them to Jamestown to Sesson’s.  Got $63 for them.  Pa went with me.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               WED.  OCT. 1, 1902             Ther.

Gail tinkered around.  I stayed at home all day.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              THU.  OCT. 1, 1903                 Ther.


NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th


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Editor's Note:  We had too many butternut squash in our garden last year that we totally lost interest in them.  We're still trying to gauge how much to plant and what our likely harvest will be when weather is factored in.  Kind of a weird year altogether in our garden.  Wish I had more eating pumpkins.  But we've harvested loads of tomatoes, yellow squash and beans. 

Unfortunately, a photo of Emma has still not materialized in our archives.  I believe she is buried in Maple Grove Cemetery in Frewsburg though.  RIP Aunt Emma.


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God is My Ancestor


In the Beginning

By Diana Lucas Leavengood

Every summer for over half a century my husband’s family has summered at Kanuga. As the saying goes “Wherever there are four Episcopalians there’s a fifth” (thank you Cousin Susan for that gem). And so, on a lovely Saturday each July, we nestle into the mountains of North Carolina with our brandy and beer. We put the cares of the world out of our mind (no TV, no air conditioning) and settle back for a weeklong Sabbath.

Come Monday we freak out and decide we need a trip to the Fresh Market just to get some fruit and maybe some flowers for the cottage. During this year's Market rush, as we passed the Unitarian Church we saw their sign advertising Sunday’s upcoming sermon: UNDERSTANDING BAPTISTS. Bigotry from the Unitarians? Surly a sign of the impending apocalypse. We were stunned and cameraless. (Shame on me).  We weren’t sure we just saw what we did. We shopped. We bought a few extras. We drove back and yes, it was still there and it was still taking itself seriously. Perhaps North Carolina Unitarians are different from every other Unitarian I have ever met.

By Wednesday we were tragically out of beer and unwillingly were forced to go back to the Fresh Market since our imported tastes couldn't be satisfied at the nearest gas station. This time we took a camera and as we gained on the church we saw that someone had stepped in and dialed it back a notch. It now read UNDERSTANDING OTHERS. No need to take a picture of that. That is a lesson we need to have on a daily basis because with understanding hopefully comes respect. Tolerance. Mutual admiration. Adult behavior that children long to model.

But the question remains: Why did the Unitarians specifically target the Baptists? Who are the Baptists and why do they need more understanding than any other sect?  How is a Southern Baptist different from other Baptists? Is there such a thing as a Northern Baptist? Why are all my Swedish ancestors Baptist rather than Lutheran (okay I am the only one besides my sister Jennifer asking that question). And so it is with a glad heart I start a new chapter of the Checkered Chicken entitled “God is My Ancestor”. No? Okay. “God and My Ancestors”. Or perhaps we can take a page from the Unitarians there in Hendersonville and call it “God loves my Ancestors more than Yours.” Well, perhaps the name will come clear as I proceed.  I will be examining the religious life of my people at the turn of the last century in that beloved corner of New York State known as Chautauqua County. Meanwhile it is time to hit the books and figure out why, at my father’s passing, I inherited some 15 or more Bibles in various states of disrepair dating back to the 1870’s along with hymnals and books on Christian Theology and all that. Can’t wait. It should be fun so watch this space.



Friday, September 30, 2011

X Marks the Spot

A Day in the Life: September 30th


(Aged 14)
Wea.   rainy                                  WED. SEPT. 30, 1896               Ther.

Went to school.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                             FRI. SEPT. 30, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory.  Was through thrashing before I got back.  My boil is awful sore. 


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             SAT. SEPT. 30, 1899               Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 2nd.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              SUN. SEPT. 30, 1900                 Ther.

In A.M. went to factory.  In P.M. went to S.S.  In eve Alice + I went out for a ride.  Got home at 10.30 pm.  X

Chas.  Woodworth began husking corn.



(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              MON. SEPT. 30, 1901                Ther.

Finished cutting corn.  Will Drayton started work.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               TUE.  SEPT. 30, 1902             Ther.

Gail cut corn.  Took Alice up home.  In eve went up after her + stayed a while.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              WED.  SEPT. 30, 1903                  Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th


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Editor's Note:    X...I'm telling you, it is what it is.

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Letters of Note--New York Central

My father's love of trains and their efficient employment obviously started at an early age.    If only we could know what complaint warranted an answer from the president?



Sad and Sweet Surrender (Death & Sex)

A Day in the Life: September 29th


(Aged 14)
Wea.   rainy                             TUE. SEPT. 29, 1896               Ther.

Ma came home.  Aunt Em died last night at 1 o’clock.  I went to school
Nora,  "May your virtue shine like blossoms on a pumpkin vine"  Emma B.  Feb 8 1878



(Aged 16)
Wea.                                          THU. SEPT. 29, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory.  Thrashed all day.  I cut bands.  Was awful tired at night.  Pa, Ma + Rollie went to the burg the town board met.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                           FRI. SEPT. 29, 1899               Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 2nd.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                           SAT. SEPT. 29, 1900                 Ther.

In A.M. drew grandma a load of wood.  In P.M. went to town and got Alice brought her home with me.  After supper we went out for a ride went up by you know where Alice?  Got home at 1.30 A.M. X



(Aged 19)
Wea.                                            SUN. SEPT. 29, 1901                Ther.

Went to factory.  Stayed at home all day.



(Aged 20)
Wea.                                             MON.  SEPT. 29, 1902             Ther.

Gail + I put some cement in silo.




(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              TUE.  SEPT. 29, 1903                  Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th




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Editor's Note:  It has been a long fight for poor Emma Babcock Fenton.  Nora's little sister was diagnosed with heart disease the previous April and has spent the summer going to the brink of death only to suddenly get a new burst of life.  However, she sadly surrenders on this day with her family, including her sister Nora by her side.  Unfortunately, we don't have a known photograph of Emma but I do have her entry in Nora's autograph book from 1878.

Four years later on this day is what I believe to be the surrender of Alice's maidenhood.   I first read the 1900 journal when I was 18, I noticed that somewhere along the way Allen started writing X at the bottom of some entries and then erasing them.  Sometimes there was more than one X but they were always halfheartedly erased.  Then I twigged that they only appeared on days Allen saw Alice.  This day in 1900 is the first appearance of an erased X. 

"Great Grandpa had a sex code!"  I can remember screaming aloud to my father who was behind me sitting at his desk in his living room.  I quickly scanned forward through the remaining entries to confirm this theory and it really seemed logically to fit.  But then, what really clinched it for me was when I skipped ahead to their wedding night and there were plenty of Xs and we aren't talking kisses.  Allen's need to record his sexual activity stopped after that.  He was a newlywed, of course "he is in there" as the English say.

As for Allen's virginity, I am not certain but I feel he lost it the previous year when he went on walkabout.  Something just sort of suggests that to me because of the company he kept.


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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Time to Thrash the Buckwheat

A Day in the Life: September 28th



(Aged 21)
Wea.  rainy                                  MON. SEPT. 28, 1896               Ther. 

Drove to school as it rained last night.  Aunt Em is worse.  Ma is down + is going to stay tonight.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            WED. SEPT. 28, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory.  In P.M. thrashed our buckwheat.  I have a boil coming. 

For sale here

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             THU. SEPT. 28, 1899               Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 2nd.



(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             FRI. SEPT. 28, 1900                 Ther.

Helped Wheeler + Sheldon thrash.  In eve went to bed.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              SAT. SEPT. 28, 1901                Ther.

Helped milk + went to the factory.  Slept the rest of the day.



(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               SUN.  SEPT. 28, 1902                Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Earle Towns + wife, Frank Warn + wife, Pearle + Ruth came down.



(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              MON.  SEPT. 28, 1903                  Ther.


NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th.



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Editor's Note:  Is Allen trying to be sophisticated when he lists Earl Towns + wife and Frank Warn + wife?  Frank Warn's wife was Irma Bunce-- a very good friend of Allen's. 



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Wedding Wednesday - Pat & Allen Anderson (again)

The Grandparents' edition






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I find Allen's built- up shoe pretty ingenious but I always think how damn uncomfortable it must have been to have your knee forever bent. Holy moly but this picture makes Allen look like a seriously big guy.  I hadn't gotten that sense before but he is towering over his grown grandson.


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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday


The tragic Georgiana Sutton Gilbert--Actress from the Lucas side of the family




 Georgiana Sutton Gilbert
Jan. 8 1878 at age 18

(Died in the) Fire in Newhall House Hotel Milwaukee, WI  Jan. 11, 1883
Transcription of Mabel's notation: Daughter of Mary Jane Lucas Sutton Reddington.   Lived with Wm. M Lucas (grandfather) in 1865 when she was 4 years old.

She married the father of John Gilbert (movie star)?for his 2nd wife + was killed in a fire on their honeymoon. 
Georgie & Fauntie (Florence her sister) were in show business.  Aunt Belle Lucas Burns told us about visitng these girls in Louisville, KY.

Fauntie used to write to Aunt Belle.  She dies in Detroit after spending he last years there in a hotel.

Story of fire in the New York Times Jan 11, 1883.  She (Georgie is mentioned).



Wm. Lucas was our 3rd g-grandfather which makes Georgiana and Florence our 1st cousins 3x removed (according to ancestry.com).  I believe Gram is wrong about this John Gilbert being the father of the movie actor because I see that Gilbert took his name from his mother.  Also there was a famous comedian with the same name in this era but his wives don't pan out as expected.  Somewhere I have the NYT article in which folks are mourning for John Gilbert's loss of his new bride.  I shall post it when I find it...No, my papers still aren't sorted.  

As luck would have it, Mr. & Mrs. Tom Thumb escaped the fire.



Hamming it up.



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Don't Let an Assassination Spoil Your Fun

A Day in the Life: September 27th


(Aged 14)
Wea. cloudy                                  SUN. SEPT. 27, 1896               Ther. 

Rode my wheel to church + came back by Peck Settlement.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            TUE. SEPT. 27, 1898               Ther.

Ma, Rollie + I went over to Ann Marie’s.  Christa + I went hunting.  I killed a partridge.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             WED. SEPT. 27, 1899               Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 2nd.



(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              THU. SEPT. 27, 1900                 Ther.

Went to school with Gorden.  Ernest Bragg paid me $5 for the bicycle he bought.  Pa went to the burg.  In eve studied till 10 o’clock.*


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              FRI. SEPT. 27, 1901                Ther.

Alice, Pearle, Ruth + I went to the PanAmerican.  Left Falconer at 7.15 A.M.  and got home 3.30 A.M.  Was very tired.  Cost $8.  Ray Harrington done the chores.
President McKinley's last Speech. 


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               SAT.  SEPT. 27, 1902             Ther.

Gail got a load of sand up to Shaw’s.  Ernie Shaw renewed his note.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              SUN.  SEPT. 27, 1903                  Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th.


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Editor's Note:  Okay,  I find this a bit bizarre.  President McKinley was assassinated at the PanAmerican exposition in Buffalo just a few weeks before Allen and the girls go.  Mckinley was shot on September 6, 1901 after giving a speech there and died from the wound on September 14, 1901.  Allen supported McKinley--he and Frank made little Rollie a Mckinley flag back in July of 1896.  Why is there absolutely no mention of the shooting nor the President's death.  I remember Allen was quite moved by the Spanish American War and the destruction of the Maine.  I would have thought this event would have called for comment too.

However, instead of having a pall over the event, the jolly party go and have a wonderfully exhausting time.  And, though not mentioned, Alice is pregnant.  I don't know many pregnant woman who are in their third trimester and feel much like being out and about for nearly 24 hours.  Amazing.  I wonder if she really was such the delicate flower her father worried she was.  Though I don't know how heavy Uncle Willard was when he was born, my grandmother was 11lbs.  I'm guessing none of Alice's babies were small.


 Now do we think they already had bought tickets long before McKinley's death or do we think that event just made the journey more interesting?  Just asking.



* again, falling asleep at the table.


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Monday, September 26, 2011

Chestnut Season

A Day in the Life: September 26th


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                             SAT. SEPT. 26, 1896               Ther.

Rode my wheel down to Brant’s + got my handle bars fixed.  Then I rode it up to Unkle Gibs. Ma, Grandma + Rollie drove up.  I came home by Mud Creek.  I got about a quart of chestnuts.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                             MON. SEPT. 26, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory.  Husk 4 bu of corn.  In eve went down to the burg with Leon Page.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             TUE. SEPT. 26, 1899               Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 2nd.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              WED. SEPT. 26, 1900                 Ther.

Rode to school with Gordon.  In eve studied till 9.30.



(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              THU. SEPT. 26, 1901                Ther.

Henry Harrington cut corn.  Ray Harrington set up.  Broke the milk wagon + had to get it fixed. 

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               FRI.  SEPT. 26, 1902             Ther.

Worked on silo.  Finished it.  Gail cut wood.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              SAT.  SEPT. 26, 1903                  Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th.


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Editor's Note:  Wonder if the kids played conkers back then or if that really is just an English thing?


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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Late in the Day

A Day in the Life: September 25th


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                            FRI. SEPT. 25, 1896               Ther. 

Went to school.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            SUN. SEPT. 25, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory then went up to Frank Warn’s from the Sunday School.  In eve went down the the burg to church with Leon Page.



(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             MON. SEPT. 25, 1899               Ther.

NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 2nd.


(Aged 25)
Wea.                                              TUE. SEPT. 25, 1900                 Ther.

Rode to school with Edwin Warn.  Walked home.  Got a letter from Alice.  Wrote a letter to Alice also one to the Veterinary Science Assoc.  In eve studied till ten.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              WED. SEPT. 25, 1901                Ther.

Ray helped me milk.  Drew gravel from Mrs. Page’s in P.M.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               THU.  SEPT. 25, 1902             Ther.

Worked on silo.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              FRI.  SEPT. 25, 1903                  Ther.


NO ENTRY AGAIN UNTIL OCTOBER 10th.


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Editor's Note:  Edwin Warn was the younger brother of Frank Warn.  There was another brother closer to Allen's age named Lawrence but he never gets a mention.  Anyway, I'm off my game today seeing as how late this post is in coming.

Sunday Smiles

Terracotta Warriors at the Indianapolis Children's Museum