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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Husker Du

A Day in the Life:  October 15th

(Aged 14)
Wea.                                            THU. OCT. 15, 1896               Ther.

Charlie + I sawed wood about 6 1/2 hrs.  Cut about 3/4 cd.  We husked corn about 3 hrs.  I husked 4 1/2  bu.

(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            SAT. OCT. 15, 1898                 Ther.

Went to factory then husk corn all day.  Eat dinner at grandma’s.

N.C. Wyeth: "The Husking Bee"

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             SUN. OCT. 15, 1899                 Ther.

Stayed in the house nearly all day + slept.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              MON. OCT. 15, 1900               Ther.

Went to school with Gordon.  Went down to see Alice off on the train.  In eve studied till about 8 o’clock.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              TUE. OCT. 15, 1901                Ther.

Will + I drew in corn.  Chas husked 12 bu.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               WED.  OCT. 15, 1902             Ther.

Worked shingling on kitchen.  Gail worked in ditch.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              THU.  OCT. 15, 1903                 Ther.

In A.M. went up to farm and settled up with Brady.  Clint + I divided up the stock.  I sold him the team.


Editor's Note:   It is husking season on the farm preparing the feed for the silos. 


Friday, October 14, 2011

Out With the Boys

A Day in the Life: October 14th

(Aged 14)
Wea.                                            WED. OCT. 14, 1896             Ther.

Stayed with grandma last night.  Pa + Ma came home.  Pa bought 4 cows for $70.  Charles Slater drove them over.

(Aged 16)
Wea.                                             FRI. OCT. 14, 1898               Ther.

Went to school.  Rode with Ada Page.  Ma went down to the burg + brought Mrs. Mason + Luella up.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             SAT. OCT. 14, 1899               Ther.

Worked all day in Crandall’s basket factory.  In eve went out with Alvin, Lawrence and Thed Washburg.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              SUN. OCT. 14, 1900                Ther.

In A.M. went to factory, studied + slept.  In P.M. went to S.S. with ma.  In eve Alice + I took a drive.  Got home at 11 o’clock.  XX.   Harry Masier is sick so we had to do our work alone. He was taken today.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              MON. OCT. 14, 1901               Ther.

In A.M. Will + I drew in corn.  In P.M. Will helped Wygrene thrash.  I helped Rollie set his traps. Chas husked 12 bu.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               TUE.  OCT. 14, 1902                Ther.

Sold Springer 7 pigs for $37.00.  Gail worked in ditch + drew up wood.

(Aged 21) 
Wea.                                                WED.  OCT. 14, 1903              Ther.

John + I went up to upper Mud Creek + Miller Hollow.  Bot a 2 yr heiffer and yearling bull of Ed Scott.


Editor's Note:  From Allen's wording in 1899 I am uncertain if all those boys had the surname Washburg or just Thed who likely hailed from Ellery.  But I am certain that Lawrence Washburg was well known to Allen and lived in Carroll too.  He was about Allen's age and married Allen's cousin Luella Eccles as his second wife sometime between the 1920 and 1930 census takings.

I'm still working on the mysterious Luella.  I realized today that she was a step-mother so someone out there may have known her. 


Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Art of the Deal

A Day in the Life: October 13th

(Aged 14)
Wea.                                         TUE. OCT. 13, 1896               Ther.

Pa + Ma have gone over to Aunt Maryann’s to see about buying some cows.  Rollie + I took up the traps as it had rained so the creek was so high.

(Aged 16)
Wea.                                          THU. OCT. 13, 1898               Ther.

Went to school.  Rode with Ada Page. 

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                           FRI. OCT. 13, 1899               Ther.

Worked all day in Crandall’s Factory.  The boys are a jolly set.  In eve went to bed.  Ray Lawson came up to borrow a $1 of me but I bought a ring of him for $1.75 that I believe is worth $5 or more.  He bought it of drunk fellow about a week ago for $1.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                           SAT. OCT. 13, 1900                 Ther.

In A.M. took Ma, Pa, and Chas Woodworth to the burg.  Took down the swing in the sugar bush.  In P.M.  Alice, Luella, Mearle + I went chestnuting up to Unkle Gib’s.  In eve Luella + Mearle went up to Steve Littlefield’s to a husking bee.  Alice + I took a drive got home at 1 A.M.   X

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                            SUN. OCT. 13, 1901                Ther.

Will went to factory.  Alice Pearle + I went up to Gib’s after chestnuts got about 1/2 bu.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                             MON.  OCT. 13, 1902             Ther.

Worked in ditch.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              TUE.  OCT. 13, 1903                  Ther.

John + I bot 16 (?) of John Marsh.  In P.M. went up to farm.  Clint Sheldon moved on.


Editor's Note: Can only imagine how cheesy that ring must have been.  It is just my gut reaction and not based on price because one would have to take inflation into account. LOL.  Seriously, it was bought off a drunk and quickly pawned off on another.  I don't doubt Allen pushed it along too.  How silly that Ray was going to borrow a dollar but ended up with getting Allen to buy the ring off him instead.

I also believe that Mearle Cowan was sweet on Luella because I think they went to a dance together once too.  I don't know why it doesn't blossom.


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Work to Do

A Day in the Life: October 12th

(Aged 21)
Wea.  rainy                                  MON. OCT. 12, 1896               Ther. 

Rollie and I went to the traps had one muskrat bought 4 muskrats of Devillo for .08 cents.  Ran Pa 100 bullets for .08 Cents. 

(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            WED. OCT. 12, 1898               Ther.

Went to school drove.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             THU. OCT. 12, 1899               Ther.

Burnes took the freight through to Oil City his home.  I went up and saw Ray Lawson and we are going to W. Va I think after a little while.  Got a job in Crandall’s Basket Factory at $1.25 per day am to being work tomorrow.  Got board over a drug store for $3.50 a week.
Crandall Panel Company

Postcards found here.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             FRI. OCT. 12, 1900                 Ther.

Went to school with Gordon.  In eve met Alice at the train and we took a ride.  Got home about 10.30.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              SAT. OCT. 12, 1901                Ther.

Alice + Pearle went home.  Chas. husked 14 bu. Will and I drew in 3 load of corn.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               SUN.  OCT. 12, 1902                Ther.

Alice + I went over to see Dr. Rich.  In P.M. Ma, Pa + Rollie came over.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               MON.  OCT. 12, 1903                  Ther.

Pearle + Rob went home.  Sold the meat market to EM Vanderwark.


Editor's Note:  Crandall's was a big business in Brocton in both making the baskets for and the shipping of the grapes.  Allen seems to have landed on his feet.  Mexico? Who said anything about Mexico?


Wedding Wednesday - Diana & Bill

Happy 20th Anniversary to Diana & Bill!

I'm looking forward to your next 20 together!  Love you.xo

Jen & Di
Polly, Diana, Diana, Ian, Bill, Rick, Patty, John, Henry, Polly, Joe.  Kids: Stuart, Ashley, Ryan and John

As printed in the New York Times

Diana and the girls the day of their 10th Anniversary Renewal Celebration

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Dream Dies in the Depot

A Day in the Life: October 11th

(Aged 14)
Wea.                                           SUN. OCT. 11, 1896               Ther. 

Ma, Rollie + I went to church.  I + Rollie went to the trap.  I had one muskrat. 

(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            TUE. OCT. 11, 1898               Ther.

Went to school on my wheel it rained + was awful muddy coming home.  Chas Slater came after me + we met by Will Smith’s.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             WED. OCT. 11, 1899               Ther.

Burnes + I are still in Buffalo but no George.  We shall leave today.  We went down to the W.N.Y. + P.R.P yards and caught the 8.00 freight.  Rode it through to Brocton. Stayed the rest of the night in the Depot.  Ordered my cloths sent from Jersey City to Frewsburg.

Brocton Depot around the time of Allen's overnight and then the long abandoned shell in 1973.  These photos were found at WNY Memories

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              THU. OCT. 11, 1900                 Ther.

Went to school with Gordon.   In eve Mearle Cowan was down he stayed all night with me.  Didn’t study much.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              FRI. OCT. 11, 1901                Ther.

Drew in corn.  Chas. husked 22 bu.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               SAT.  OCT. 11, 1902             Ther.

Went up to sale at John Scudder’s.  I kept books.  Ma + Alice went up to Gib’s.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              SUN.  OCT. 11, 1903                  Ther.

Stayed at home.


Editor's Note:  It must have been an emotionally crushing night to catch the train away from your dream and sleep rough in the depot.  Imagine having to order your clothes sent home after so enthusiastically sending them on ahead. 


Tombstone Tuesday

H. Grace Brown

--wife of Louis Lucas and mother of our grandfather Stuart Brown Lucas.  Grace died 18 days after giving birth to Stuart so we know little of the Browns.  Grace had a brother Charles and a half-brother Blaine Wright.  Her own father died when she was about 9 years old and her mother remarried to a man named David Wright a few years later.  They were from Sugar Grove, PA.

1877-1904 buried in Fredonia, NY


Monday, October 10, 2011

Pause for Thought

A Day in the Life: October 10th

(Aged 14)
Wea.                                             SAT. OCT. 10, 1896               Ther.

Dug potatoes in A.M. for grandma for .25 cents.  In P.M. set 11 traps and rode my wheel down to the burg. 

(Aged 16)
Wea.                                             MON. OCT. 10, 1898               Ther.

Went to school on my wheel.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             TUE. OCT. 10, 1899               Ther.

George got up at 7 and said he was going to see a friend would be back at 8.  Burnes + I waited all day but he didn’t come so we took the same room at night after inquiring for such a fellow at the police station.

We looked the city over some.  Saw a darkey fall from the 7th story and strick his head on the stone walk killed him instantly.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              WED. OCT. 10, 1900                 Ther.

Sent a letter to Alice.  Went to school with Gordon.  In eve studied.  Got a letter from Alice.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              THU. OCT. 10, 1901                Ther.

Fixed the line fence between Littlefield and myself in A.M.  In P.M. Chas husked corn + Will + I drew in two loads.  I shod Old Leo.  Husked 9 bu.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               FRI.  OCT. 10, 1902             Ther.

Helped Pa thrash in A.M. in P.M. went down + helped Kineston saw up 1/2 a cd  of wood.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              SAT.  OCT. 10, 1903                  Ther.

Pearle + Rob Welman came down.


Editor's Note:  Mexico is not coming off as planned.  The third in the party has disappeared and for some reason I feel like this missing person George was the lynch pin in the travel plans.  The fact that the boys Allen and Burnes waited all day for George to return and even checked at the police station shows how innocent they were.  Now whether George took money from them or what, I just don't understand why he couldn't have told Allen and Burnes that he changed his mind.  I feel like George whipped Allen and Burnes up into this Mexican plan under some sort of false pretenses but they don 't seem girded up to go it on their own.  I have to say watching a man plunging to his death would most likely give them pause to consider their own futures.  It is a cold, hard world at times and in the course of 24hrs they were witness to examples of this with a friend's betrayal and the much more shocking instantaneous death of a human being.  I can't imagine Allen was as unaffected as his emotionless recitation of the incident seems.  If I were Allen, I'd want my mommy.


Sunday, October 9, 2011

"Good By to old friends + Home." Hello Mexico?

A Day in the Life: October 9th

(Aged 14)
Wea.                                            FRI. OCT. 9, 1896               Ther. 

Rode my wheel to school.

(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            SUN. OCT. 9, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory then stayed at home all day.  Pa + Ma got home about 6 P.M.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             MON. OCT. 9, 1899               Ther.

Settled up with Frank McGregor.  Met Burnes at Brocton and left on the 1.18 P.M. train.  Arrived at Buffalo at 3 oclock. Got a telescope and transferred my cloths from the box into it and expressed it to Jersey City.  Burnes expressed his also.  Stayed all night in Buffalo at the Hotel Arlington.  Sold my wheel to Frank McGregor for $8.  We have started for Mexico at last.  Good By to old friends + home.
vintage card found here.
(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              TUE. OCT. 9, 1900                 Ther.

Went to school with Gordon.  In eve studied.  Chas. Wheeler brought my new suit down. 

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              WED. OCT. 9, 1901                Ther.

Went to town and got some barbed wire.  Was sick from thrashing so the boys had to milk alone.  Chas. and Will drew in corn.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               THU.  OCT. 9, 1902             Ther.

Ma + Alice went to a dinner at the burg.  I moved Kineston’s woodmill up. 

(Aged 21)

Wea.                                              FRI.  OCT. 9, 1903                  Ther.



Editor's Note:
OMG I did not see Mexico coming.   It would seem a great deal of planning, dreaming and scheming was transpiring while the journal was left blank.  I don't know Burnes but the boys are headed to Mexico.  So much for the pleading letters from Aunt Mary and Luella.


Sunday Smiles

Laura Ashley Girls

All of us are in Laura Ashley circa 1990 in Central Park.  Lori is rocking the large pink flowers, Mom is sporting the cruise wear.  I think I'm in the only non-floral summer dress LA ever made.  Diana is in a chic school marm frock.  Note the dated Pepsi can in Mom's hand and the adorable purse in Diana's.  It was a good day complete with lunch at Tavern on the Green.