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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Baby Love

A Day in the Life:  October 22nd

(Aged 14)

Wea.                                            THU. OCT. 22, 1896               Ther.

Went to school.

(Aged 16)

Wea.                                            SAT. OCT. 22, 1898                 Ther.

Went to factory then husk corn till noon at home then went over to the other place +husk.  Ma + Rollie went over to grandma’s.  I tried to drive Topsie down the bridge out of the barn with a load of corn + run off + broke a fill.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             SUN. OCT. 22, 1899                 Ther.

Stayed about the house all day.

(Aged 18)

Wea.                                              MON. OCT. 22, 1900               Ther.

Worked all day drawing stone and cornstalks.  It is Institute Week.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              TUE. OCT. 22, 1901                Ther.

I worked on the road.  Will got out stringers.  Chas. husked.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               WED.  OCT. 22, 1902             Ther.

Gail worked in ditch.  I watched cows + went up to John Smedley’s  Alice went up home.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              THU.  OCT. 22, 1903                 Ther.

Went up to farm killed a rabbit.  Brought down Clint’s baby Jennifer and Dorothy liked it first straight.  Alice got up again.


Editor's Note:
I thought Clint moved on but it is nice that little Dorothy Cass liked his baby. 

Svenska Flicka

Yesterday I remembered my 6th grade report on Sweden.  What I failed to mention is that I presented it in costume thanks to Mabel.  Grandma had actually made Diana and me Swedish costumes to greet King Carl Gustaf in when he visited Jamestown, NY in the mid 70s.  Sadly, bad weather rerouted his plane and I think he landed in Buffalo instead and drove down.   We left the airport dejected feeling we missed our chance to see him.  However, Gram listened to the radio for his movements and realized if we rushed we could see him downtown.  It was too late to get our costumes back on but we did glimpse the King going into a building and were suitably thrilled.

"I am about to make authentic costumes for Smaland and am anxious to purchase a copy of the book and to purchase a copy of the book and also learn of any other sources which will help me so that I am accurate."

Letter from Mabel to the Swedish Information Services


Friday, October 21, 2011

Peace Out

A Day in the Life: October 21st

(Aged 14)
Wea.                                           WED. OCT. 21, 1896               Ther.

I went to school.  Geo came down finished cutting corn.  Charley picked apples.

(Aged 16)
Wea.                                             FRI. OCT. 21, 1898               Ther.

Went to school.  Rode down with Mearle Cowan + back as far as Thornton’s with Mrs. Thornton + walked the rest of the way.  Part of the scholars spoke peaces today.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             SAT. OCT. 21, 1899               Ther.

Drove team in P.M.  In A.M. worked in packing house.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              SUN. OCT. 21, 1900                 Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Mrs. Mason came up to stay this week.  In eve Alice + I went out for a ride. (no X)

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              MON. OCT. 21, 1901                Ther.

Got out stringers.  Chas husked.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               TUE.  OCT. 21, 1902             Ther.

Drew up wood.  Gail worked in ditch.

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

Stayed at home all day.  Clint brought down a load of wood.


Editor's Note:  The trouble with English is all the dam(n) homophones one must wade through to get to the real meaning of an idea.  On more than a few occasions, Allen has mentioned scholars "speaking peaces".   The term scholars has always been taken to mean students when read in context.  What else could it be but an archaic usage?  But "peaces" I took to mean something biblical for some reason.  Go in peace, peace be with you, etc.  But there would not have been any bible reading in school.  I looked up the phrasing and hit upon a lot of sites devoted to the debate of this very idiom.  One comment sums it up quite tidily.  "After speaking your piece, you should hold your peace."  So it would appear that Allen's spelling is throwing off the meaning he intends.  Rather than preaching, the students were most likely simply reading their homework essays aloud.  God, I hated doing that.  It makes me nervous even now thinking about delivering my report on Sweden* to my 6th grade class. 

*This memory reminds me of a post I've been meaning to put up.  Watch this space.

Unlike me, Richard has no problem speaking his piece.


Thursday, October 20, 2011

"Ripple in Still Water"

A Day in the Life: October 20th

(Aged 14)
Wea.                                         TUE. OCT. 20, 1896               Ther.

Geo came down but did not work.  I went to school.  Took Mrs. Mason’s buggy home.

(Aged 16)
Wea.                                          THU. OCT. 20, 1898               Ther.

Rode down + back from school with Ada Page.   Played football.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                           FRI. OCT. 20, 1899               Ther.

Worked all day in the packing house.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                           SAT. OCT. 20, 1900                 Ther.

Stayed at home in A.M.  In P.M. went to a ball play up the hollow.  I umpired.   In eve went down to the burg after Ma + Pa.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                            SUN. OCT. 20, 1901                Ther.

Stayed at home all day.

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

Worked in ditch.  I went down to where Kineston was sawing.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              TUE.  OCT. 20, 1903                  Ther.

Stayed at home with Alice.  John came home.  The cattle brought $686.70.  Lost very badly.  John + I settled up.

Editor's Note:  Twelve years ago today we lost our father.  Two years prior to that we were lucky enough to share a visit to London with him.  Here we are at the Tower of London.
Dad's Song

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

If You Play, You Pay

A Day in the Life: October 19th

(Aged 14)
Wea.  rainy                                  MON. OCT. 19, 1896               Ther. 

Went to school.  Pa + Charley husked corn + picked apples.

(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            WED. OCT. 19, 1898               Ther.

Went to school.  Rode down with Mearle Cowan + back with Ada Page.  Frank Warn stayed all night with me.  Ed Harrington came down a little while in the eve.  Howard Wilson, Geo More all had a talk with Raynor for playing with the football + I had to make a speach (sic) up in Chapel this morning. 

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             THU. OCT. 19, 1899               Ther.

Began work for F. McGregor again.  Worked in packing house.  In eve had some fun with Edna Watson.  (the rest is in “Chuck’s” handwriting)  “The boy heard me through the register + kidded the life out of me.  Chuck”
Eavesdropping Boys

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             FRI. OCT. 19, 1900                 Ther.

Went to school with Gordon.  Went to Falconer and got Pa and Ma in the evening.  Went up to Ivory + made a call at A.M. Warn’s.

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

Got out stringers.  Chas husked.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               SUN.  OCT. 19, 1902                Ther.

Went up to Gib’s in A.M.  In P.M. took Alice up home.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              MON.  OCT. 19, 1903                  Ther.

Went to farm and set up silo.  Alice is very sick taken last night.


Editor's Note: If you recall, Raynor is the teacher and it would seem that he has taken up some issue with the boys and their CONSTANT football playing.  I think this idea is oddly worded but my guess is that Raynor wasn't playing with the ball, the boys were and it was actually Raynor who initiated the talking with the culmination of Allen being required to give a speech to his fellow schoolmates.  Perhaps he had to explain the idea of "A Time and Place for Everything". 

Hold it, I can't find Howard or Geo in the Census as contemporaries of Allen so maybe I got it wrong.  Maybe Raynor was being chastised by these men (authority unknown).  Maybe Raynor was as much a player as anyone but Allen was still nominated to demonstrate contrition.

In 1899, Chuck the annoying diary interceptor strikes again and this time with more personal revelations.  While Allen was discreet about exactly what his fun was that he shared with Edna Watson,  Chuck lets us know the fun was of an intimate nature because he happily tells how merciless he was about what he eavesdropped.  Of course my question is how far did Allen go and was it his first time?  There is no X as there will be with Alice the following year so who knows?

My grandmother had one floor register in her upstairs. Diana and used to love to open and close it, drop things down to each other through it and most certainly we loved to eavesdrop through it.


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday

Esther Blodgett --We hardly knew ya.

Seriously, I can't find her in any of my trees and yet we have this picture of her headstone.  She was Ion's wife (or more likely Jon's carved in an archaic way).  Someone thought she belonged to us.  For now she's a mystery.

"Nellie Saves the Limited Mail"

A Day in the Life: October 18th

(Aged 14)
Wea.                                           SUN. OCT. 18, 1896               Ther. 

Stayed at home all day.  Pa, Ma, Rollie went over to grandma’s.  Charley + I played marbels (sic) nearly all day.

(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            TUE. OCT. 18, 1898               Ther.

Rode my wheel to school.  ? rode back with me.  She helped clean the parsonage today.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             WED. OCT. 18, 1899               Ther.

Stayed around the house + Brocton.  Am not going to work in basket factory anymore.  It is too hard.  In eve came up to F. McGregor’s with Edna Watson + stayed all night.

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

Took Pa + Ma to Falconer.  They are going to Buffalo.  Went to school with Gordon.  Got a letter from Alice wrote her one.  In eve went up to theater with Mearle Cowan + Gail Klock.  Play “The Limited Mail”.
Library of Congress

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              FRI. OCT. 18, 1901                Ther.

Killed one of the Page cows.  Chas husked __bu.  Pearle went to town.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               SAT.  OCT. 18, 1902             Ther.

Alice, the baby + I went over to Pa’s.  Flagg + wife, Mc? + wife, Raynor + wife were there.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              SUN.  OCT. 18, 1903                  Ther.

Stayed at home.


Editor's Note:  "The Limited Mail" debuted in Chicago in 1891 and was a Melodrama if the poster doesn't convey that.  It was turned into a silent movie in 1925.  I still marvel at the theater going farmers in my past.

So how many days did Allen last at the basket factory?  I think maybe three total before he chucked it all in. He's not lazy so I'm not sure what put him off the work. Who is Edna Watson?

In 1901, I'm hoping that the Page family wanted him to kill that cow.


Monday, October 17, 2011

Born a King

A Day in the Life: October 17th

(Aged 14)
Wea.                                             SAT. OCT. 17, 1896               Ther.

In A.M. Pa, Rollie, Charlie + I went hunting pa killed one squirrel.  In P.M, husked corn.  I husked 4 bu.

(Aged 16)
Wea.                                             MON. OCT. 17, 1898               Ther.

Went to school with Mearle Cowan + back with Randsom King. 
1880 Cenus: I think Randsom was actually Ransom born in 1876. Looks like his father died while he was still quite young.

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

Worked in the basket factory all day.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              WED. OCT. 17, 1900                 Ther.

Went to school with Gordon.  In eve studied.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              THU. OCT. 17, 1901                Ther.

Chas husked corn 18 bu.  Will + I tinkered around.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               FRI.  OCT. 17, 1902             Ther.

Shingled on kitchen.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              SAT.  OCT. 17, 1903                  Ther.

Loaded a car of cattle.  16 stears (sic),  3 heifers,  2 cows, 2 bull.  Cost $742.  John went with them.


Editor's Note: See what I meant yesterday?  If even Pa is hunting squirrel then the family is darn well eating it.  And blast from the past Randsom King is still around?  Are you kidding?  I thought he hightailed it late spring when Frank pulled his lazy butt out of bed.  I know he's not working on the Cass Farm but apparently not all doors were closed to him.


Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sunday Smiles

Found this in Nora's Scrapbook.    What can we surmise...American Revolution--Birth of our nation?  George & Martha are surely in the center.  Betsy Ross is to the left.  Perhaps you have Thomas Jefferson there too.  But what happened to Ben Franklin on the right?

Does anyone recognize the actors or may know the date of the production?


It's What's for Dinner

A Day in the Life: October 16th

(Aged 14)
Wea.                                            FRI. OCT. 16, 1896               Ther. 

In A.M. drew corn in barn.  I went to the burg to see if the hind sprocket wheel had come in.  It hadn’t.  In P.M. Charlie + I went hunting.  We both killed one red squirrel.  In evening husked corn.  I husked 3 bu.
"Please kind sir, take my peanut but spare my life."

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

Stayed at home all day.  Went to factory.  Grandma came over.  Mrs. Mason is here but Ma will take her home tonight.  We had chicken for dinner.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             MON. OCT. 16, 1899               Ther.

Worked in the basket factory all day.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              TUE. OCT. 16, 1900                 Ther.

Harry came back.  Went to school with Gordon.  In eve studied.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              WED. OCT. 16, 1901                Ther.

Finished drawing in our corn.  Chas husked 13 bu.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               THU.  OCT. 16, 1902             Ther.

Worked in barn.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              FRI.  OCT. 16, 1903                  Ther.

Went up to farm + started the silo.


Editor's Note:  I don't know why I have resisted the thought for so long but I'm sure the reason chicken dinners always get a mention as opposed to any other menu item is because it probably was a big treat.  I remember commenting some time ago that what Allen was shooting at wasn't what I'd consider food but now I see I was mistaken. To that end I found a rather helpful site for the uninitiated for squirrel recipes