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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Return to Sender

A Day in the Life:  October 29th


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                            THU. OCT. 29, 1896               Ther.

Went to school.



(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            SAT. OCT. 29, 1898                 Ther.

Went hunting about 2 hrs then husked corn.  Ma, Rollie + grandma went over to Unkle Lewis.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             SUN. OCT. 29, 1899                 Ther.

Stayed about the house in A.M. Wrote a letter home + one to Richmond to have my mail returned.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              MON. OCT. 29, 1900               Ther.

Went to school all day. Wrote Alice a letter in the evening.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              TUE. OCT. 29, 1901                Ther.

Will + I went after lumber again got 1216ft.  That is all I want.  Will plowed.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               WED.  OCT. 29, 1902             Ther.

Worked on road drawing gravel.



(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              THU.  OCT. 29, 1903                 Ther.

Went over to (?) Eddy’s to look at a cow. (shakey hand)


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Editor's Note: Which Richmond was he getting his mail returned from I wonder?  His last pipe dream was West Virginia, if I recall but that's not Virgina and somehow I don't see him forwarding his mail to Staten Island.  Am I being silly?  Was Richmond a person?


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Friday, October 28, 2011

Better Put a Ring On It

A Day in the Life: October 28th


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                           WED. OCT. 28, 1896               Ther.

Went to school.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                             FRI. OCT. 28, 1898               Ther.

Drove to school.  Luella rode home with me.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             SAT. OCT. 28, 1899               Ther.

Worked all day cleaning out barn + handling baskets.  Rained all day.  In eve went to Brocton with the gang. 


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              SUN. OCT. 28, 1900                 Ther.

Stayed at home in A.M.   In P.M. took Alice out for a drive got home at 10 P.M.  We picked out the ring.  Price $9.50. X


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              MON. OCT. 28, 1901                Ther.

W. Peterson + I went over to Granis Mill after lumber got 1609ft of hemlock.  Chas Woodworth went today.  Will plowed.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               TUE.  OCT. 28, 1902                Ther.

Drew butter 35 tubs.  Gail plowed after I got home.  In eve Alice + I went up to the opera.  Play was J. Adams Sawyer.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              WED.  OCT. 28, 1903                  Ther.

Thrashed oats had 270 bushels. (exhausted/shaky hand)


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Editor's Note:  Is it at all surprising there is an X on the day they bought "the ring".  Still it is amusing that he is mean as a wet cat one day and the next is choosing the ring.  I really think he was still stunned to be caught by true love and still coming to terms with how what he wants will change his life.

I have hit a wall in the drama department and can find no such play as J. Adams Sawyer.

In 1903 he has thrashed himself weak it seems if his handwriting is anything to go by.

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Follow the Bouncing Ball

A Day in the Life: October 27th


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                         TUE. OCT. 27, 1896               Ther.

Went to school.



(Aged 16)
Wea.                                          THU. OCT. 27, 1898               Ther.

Went to school got Topsie shod.  Elmer Warn rode up with me.  It snowed last night enough so that the ground is white.



(Aged 17)
Wea.                                           FRI. OCT. 27, 1899               Ther.

Worked all day in packing house + teaming.  In eve played Pedro with the boys.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                           SAT. OCT. 27, 1900                 Ther.

Drew in cornstalks in forenoon.  In afternoon went down to the burg and had my haircut.  Came to Jamestown with Mearle + monkeyed around until 7.30 then went to a pictorial speach with Alice.  Rubber.

The Original Michelin Man from 1898.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                            SUN. OCT. 27, 1901                Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Ma came over.  Glenn Eccles was here.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                             MON.  OCT. 27, 1902             Ther.

Plowed.  I bated cows. (bathed?)


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              TUE.  OCT. 27, 1903                  Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE


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Editor's Note:   Since Allen often gives the names of the plays and lectures he sees I'm thinking Rubber was the focus of the speech he and Alice went to hear.  Doing minimal research one can find that the turn of the 20th Century was a busy time in the history of rubber.  The Michelin Man was a toddler, production was shifting regions and growing strong and more than one scandal was developing over the treatment of workers on two different continents.  I'm betting it was a thrilling lecture.  If you are interested in learning more I found this site very helpful.

On to the weather...SNOW on October 27th.  That is upstate New York in a word.  On more than one Halloween our costumes were hidden under parkas but who doesn't love the first snow?  Pure magic.  It is February/March/April snow that batters one's enthusisam.  One May there was snow on Diana's birthday. 

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Corn Stalker

A Day in the Life: October 26th


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                          MON. OCT. 26, 1896               Ther. 

Went to school.  Pa + Ma went to town to get me a new sprocket.  I have to husk him 10 bu of corn for going and pay for the sprocket too.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            WED. OCT. 26, 1898               Ther.

Rode down to school with Mearle Cowan + back with Ada Page.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             THU. OCT. 26, 1899               Ther.

Worked all day teaming.  In eve went to bed.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             FRI. OCT. 26, 1900                 Ther.

Drew cornstalks all day.  Mrs. Mason went home.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              SAT. OCT. 26, 1901                Ther.

Took the hog up to Vanderwak’s got $23.  In P.M. took the cow to the burg got $8.  In eve settled up with Chas. Woodworth.  $13.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               SUN.  OCT. 26, 1902                Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  I watched cows in A.M. In P.M. Ma + Rollie stopped.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              MON.  OCT. 26, 1903                  Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE


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Editor's Note:  I appreciate that Frank makes Allen work as payment for the favor of getting his bike part.  Not a bad lesson. 

What do you think is the necessity of "watching cows"?


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Wedding Wednesday - Greg & Diane

Happy 14th Anniversary and many happy returns!


Just look at those smiles! 



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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

"I was mean but I felt mean"

A Day in the Life: October 25th


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                           SUN. OCT. 25, 1896               Ther. 

Grandma came over.  Harrison Miller came up + went up the hollow to church so did ma + grandma.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            TUE. OCT. 25, 1898               Ther.

Went to school.  Rode down with Jim Smith + back with Ada Page.



(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             WED. OCT. 25, 1899               Ther.

Worked all day around the packing house + teaming.  In eve Frank McGregor and I went to Fredonia got home at 4 o’clock next morning.  Got a letter from ma.



(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              THU. OCT. 25, 1900                 Ther.

Worked till about 3 P.M. drawing cornstalks.  Then Mearle + I went to town. He went to a speach  (sic) + I took Alice out for a ride.  I was mean but I felt mean.  Got home at 2.30 + wrote her a letter asking her to forgive me.
Who else remembers Mad Boy?



(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              FRI. OCT. 25, 1901                Ther.

Will plowed in front of Smith’s.  Chas husked corn.  I went up to Granises to get some lumber and hued some stringers.



(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               SAT.  OCT. 25, 1902             Ther.

Plowed in big meadow.  Alice, Ma, Rollie + Willard went to Gib’s.



(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              SUN.  OCT. 25, 1903                  Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE


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Editor's Note:  Wonder what Allen was going through when he picked the fight with Alice?  Maybe he was pushing back a little on the future as it was unfurling for him.  He was was 18 in the dawn of his prime and engaged to be married. Maybe it was just one of those days.  After all he was quick to beg forgiveness.

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Tombstone Tuesday



Gilbert W. Eccles

The youngest son of Allen's Unkle Gib and Aunt Mary. I just realized this cousin Gilbert was even younger than Allen's first child.


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Monday, October 24, 2011

On Board for Baby

A Day in the Life: October 24th


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                             SAT. OCT. 24, 1896               Ther.

Husked 10 bu. of corn, pa about 11, Charley 9 bu.  In evening went over to grandma’s.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                             MON. OCT. 24, 1898               Ther.

Went to school.  Rode with Ada Page.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             TUE. OCT. 24, 1899               Ther.

Worked all day driving team + in the packing house.  In eve had a date with Laura Raynerd but didn’t keep it.



(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              WED. OCT. 24, 1900                 Ther.

Worked all day drawing manure.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              THU. OCT. 24, 1901                Ther.

Got out stringers and husked corn.  Pearle went to a party up to France Long’s.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               FRI.  OCT. 24, 1902             Ther.

Plowed. I watched cows.



(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              SAT.  OCT. 24, 1903                  Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE

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Editor's Note: Laura Raynerd may have been Laura Reonnard born in 1876 in Portland, NY.  Not sure why Allen would back out except that he was just fooling around with the other girl.


I'm guess maybe Pearle is staying with Allen + Alice since we know more of her whereabouts than we ordinarily would.  That makes since since Alice is nearing the end of her first pregnancy so it would have been nice to have her sister nearby.

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Today's Treasure

Diantha Woodward Cass' (1825-1914) rocking chair holding her namesake and g-g-g-great grand-daughter Charlotte Diantha with Charlotte's big sister Alice at her side.

I know Mabel covered it in the green fabric because it was the same fabric on her "davenport" but I can still imagine Diantha sitting by her fire rocking away 100 years before this photo was taken. BTW that carpet was not purple despite what it looks like. 



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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Freaky-Deaky Synchronicity

Crazy story--I just got an e-mail from cousin De Warn telling me the King of Sweden was in Jamestown yesterday--the very same day I posted Svenska Flicka.  What were the chances of that happening?  I had no idea he was meant to return or I obviously would have mentioned it in the post. 

You can read about his visit in the Jamestown Post Journal.





1976 was a big year for the King, he married the lovely Silvia and possibly saw us in the Jamestown throng.


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Sunday Smiles

"Up in the Valley of the Jolly Great Giant".


Ho, Ho, Ho











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Cass Farm + Loan

A Day in the Life: October 23rd


(Aged 14)

Wea.                                            FRI. OCT. 23, 1896               Ther. 

Went to school.  In evening went over to grandma’s.  Pa + Ma went over to the social at Andrew Warn’s. 


(Aged 16)

Wea.                                            SUN. OCT. 23, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory then went over to grandma’s stayed all day. 


(Aged 17)

Wea.                                             MON. OCT. 23, 1899               Ther.

Worked all day driving team.  Got a letter from Aunt May.  Lent F. McGregor $4 to buy feed with. 

US Treasury postcard on sale here.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              TUE. OCT. 23, 1900                 Ther.

Worked all day laying stable floor.  Got a letter from Alice.  Wrote Alice a letter.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              WED. OCT. 23, 1901                Ther.

Got out stringers.  Chas husked.  Alice went up to Bunce’s.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               THU.  OCT. 23, 1902             Ther.

Worked in ditch in A.M. in P.M. began plowing in the big meadow.


(Aged 21)

Wea.                                              FRI.  OCT. 23, 1903                  Ther.

NO ENTRY MADE.



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Editor's Note:
The social at Alice's house in 1896 doesn't seem to hold any appeal for 14 year-old Allen.  I love this retrospective ability to see his path before he does.  He probably was thinking he was spared a boring party but I see it as one night earlier his fancy of Alice could have sparked.

In 1899, Allen is loaning money to his boss F. McGregor.  I think everyone around him saw that Allen was trustworthy and conscientious.  I think they also saw him as good with his money in that he always had some on hand.  (Remember the ring he bought off  his buddy who needed cash?).

The term stringers is throwing me.  I can only think of it in journalistic terms but I found in carpentry it refers to a bracing part of a staircase.  But, is this what Allen means?  Is there a meaning solely used in farming?


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