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Saturday, November 5, 2011

The Sunday Blues

A Day in the Life:  November 5th

(Aged 14)
Wea.                                            THU. NOV. 5, 1896               Ther.

Went to school had an examination in history.

(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            SAT. NOV. 5, 1898                 Ther.

Chas Slater + I sawed bolts then husked corn.  Ma + Ada Harrington went to the burg.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             SUN. NOV. 5, 1899                 Ther.

Stayed about the house all day.  Was quite lonesome.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              MON. NOV. 5, 1900               Ther.

Drove to Frewsburg with Pearle + Alice.  Alice broke the news to father.  Went to depot with Alice.  She took the train for Jamestown.  I went back to school.

Greetings from Frewsburg, NY

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              TUE. NOV. 5, 1901                Ther.

Drew gravel same as yesterday.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               WED.  NOV. 5, 1902             Ther.

Frank Warn + wife came down.  He + I went hunting up on the big hill.  Saw some very big rocks.  Killed 2 red + 1 black squirrel + a rabbit. Got the buggy of Arnie Shaw for $22 applied it on note.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              THU.  NOV. 5, 1903                 Ther.



Editor's Note:  All of my speculation was wrong as to when the engagement became official.  I'm going to have to say that the news Alice is breaking to her father is that she has accepted Allen.  Rather than one specific proposal it was more likely on ongoing conversation about their future that ended in blissful marital agreement.  I think we can infer 11 months into the transcribing of his diaries, Allen was not the type to write his innermost feelings.  He doesn't discuss his proposal nor go  into detail.  It is as if he had no idea that 111 years later I would want to know these things.  He wrote, like my father often spoke, starting in the middle as if we knew what he knew and could jump in to the conversation with complete understanding.  Sigh.

As I said, Allen didn't make a habit of showing us his feelings but when he ran off, his anger was obvious, when Alice seemed to take his love for granted he pushed back with false bravado and here in 1899, he is lonesome on a Sunday afternoon in the bunkhouse.  Who hasn't felt the Sunday afternoon blues? 


Friday, November 4, 2011

"McKinley is Elected"

A Day in the Life: November 4th

(Aged 14)
Wea.                                           WED. NOV. 4, 1896               Ther.

McKinley is elected.  Went to school.

(Aged 16)
Wea.                                             FRI. NOV. 4, 1898               Ther.

Went to school.  Luella rode home with me. Pa sold an old cow for $25.  She goes Monday.  Second rhetorical division recited today.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             SAT. NOV. 4, 1899               Ther.

Finished grapes today.  I drew to the depot in A.M.  In P.M. loaded a car.  In eve played cards.  Didn’t go down to see Lizzie tonight as her sister Dim is worse.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              SUN. NOV. 4, 1900                 Ther.

Slept in A.M. Went to S.S. in P.M.  Went for a drive in the evening.  Got home at twelve. xx

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              MON. NOV. 4, 1901                Ther.

Drew gravel for the road at $2.50 per day.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               TUE.  NOV. 4, 1902             Ther.

Took Alice down to the burg to a chicken dinner.  Election day.  Gail plowed.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              WED.  NOV. 4, 1903                  Ther.


Sadly unknown but awesomely formidable female relatives.


Editor's Note:  Poor Dim, not a good nickname to have to shoulder though life.  Too many bad joke opportunities.  How sick is Dim, will she be extinguished? 


Thursday, November 3, 2011

No Prior Claim

A Day in the Life: November 3rd

(Aged 14)
Wea.                                         TUE. NOV. 3, 1896               Ther.

Pa took off the apples we got a barrel full.  Charley husked 8 bu of corn + I 10 bu.  Today is election for president.  The candidates are Bryan + Savell for Democrat.  Mckinley + Hobert for Republican.

(Aged 16)
Wea.                                          THU. NOV. 3, 1898               Ther.

Went to school drove. Broke my crutch first thing playing football + had to come home + get another got back to school about 10.45 A.M.  In eve Pa + Ma went up to Charly Town’s to marry Mabel Town to Bert Cash.  They are to have a wedding.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                           FRI. NOV. 3, 1899               Ther.

Worked all day drawing grapes to depot and working in the packing house.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                           SAT. NOV. 3, 1900                 Ther.

Worked on the road for grandma.  Mrs. Hunt + daughter Vera were here.  In eve met Alice at the train + took her home. 

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                            SUN. NOV. 3, 1901                Ther.

Slept all day.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                            MON.  NOV. 3, 1902             Ther.

Went to Falconer to see Arnie Shaw bot his colts of him if his father has no claim on them.  In P.M. Pa + I went up to see the oil well shott.  Shaw said colts were his.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              TUE.  NOV. 3, 1903                  Ther.



Editor's Note:  Shall we take bets on the winner of the presidential election?  Allen must have used a crutch more than I thought that he had one while playing football and a spare back home.  But I have to ask, if he could make it all the way back home to get the replacement, did he really need it that badly?  I feel like he could have made it through the rest of the day at school.

Bert Cash and Mabel Town were indeed married that night.  They, or at least Mabel, already had one child named Arthur born in 1883.  Sadly, Arthur died at age 21 in 1914.  The Cash family is buried in Ivory Cemetery.

Don't you think Arnie Shaw could have found out if his father owns the horses before he sold them?  Funny, well he got there in the end.


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Wedding Wednesday -- Auntie Flo

Auntie Flo or, as my father called her, Auntie Goose for reasons unknown.  Florence was Allen and Alice's daughter-in-law.  She married their firstborn Willard.  We are at a cousin's wedding.

Those coat dresses sure did get around that year!


Fruits of Our Labor

A Day in the Life: November 2nd

(Aged 14)
Wea.                                           MON. NOV. 2, 1896               Ther. 

Came home as Asa was going to Salamanca.  He rode over with me as far as Bone Run.  It took me 1 3/4 hrs to come home. In P.M. Charley and I gathered 22 bu of apples to take off for cider tomorrow.

(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            WED. NOV. 2, 1898               Ther.

Pa + Ma went up to Ernest Rhodes to draw up some papers last night.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             THU. NOV. 2, 1899               Ther.

Worked all day helping teamster.  We loaded a carload of crates and started a load of grapes.  Drew 200 crates of grapes to car.  In P.M. it rained and I worked in the packing house.  Florence Carlson is working here.  In eve we played pedro.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              FRI. NOV. 2, 1900                 Ther.

Drew gravel with Judd Grover all day.  Am working out Grandma’s tax.  In eve there was a meeting of the Baptist Church Trustees.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                             SAT. NOV. 2, 1901                Ther.

Ma, Rollie + I went to the Pan American had a good time but got very cold.  Will done the chores.  I got home Sunday morning at 6 o’clock.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               SUN.  NOV. 2, 1902             Ther.

Stayed at home in A.M. In P.M. took Alice up home.  Harry Mosier + his father came + are going to stay all night.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              MON.  NOV. 2, 1903                  Ther.

Came home.  h...


Editor's Note:  So Asa gave Allen a bit of a head start home.  I don't know what the maps looked like before the flooding of Corydon but I'm guessing there wasn't a big crossing to be made to get Allen over to Bone Run which turns into Ivory Road.  It doesn't seem like he got any other rides and what a wild bit of world that would have still been.  It would have been forest he was walking through for half the journey.  That is unless the State Forest was planted and not preserved.  But can you imagine what a peaceful, solitary walk that would have been? I say peaceful like if it was me I wouldn't be slightly on edge the whole way thinking "Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!"  But still, the leaves would have been half fallen, the air would have been crisp and 14 year-old boys like adventure.

Florence Carlson could be a number of different girls in the county.  But there was one born in 1879 in Titusville that seems most likely to me and probably only because he mentioned a friend from Titusville before.

In 1901, Alice is near bursting she is so pregnant and off saunters our man with his mom and brother for another lark at the Pan American as if the visit in September wasn't enough.   I don't care that he did go really I'm just surprised he makes no mention of what Alice is doing with herself on her own and the clock ticking.

In 1903 Allen is having a very hard time keeping focused on his diary keeping.  In fact it's as if he really can't be bothered with the effort as his writing stops so abruptly.


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday

Reading about Teddy Roosevelt today put me in a South Dakota frame of mind.  Here are some true Wild West graves--Wild Bill Hickcock on the left, Calamity Jane one tier above and Potato Creek Johnny on the right in Deadwood, SD. What a pretty, sun- dappled autumn day that was.

"For Humanity's Sake"

A Day in the Life: November 1st

(Aged 14)
Wea.                                           SUN. NOV. 1, 1896               Ther. 

Went over to Aunt Mary Ann’s.  The store was open. Leb was tending it he gave me some candy. Afterwards I bought 5 cents worth.  The roads are fine.   I walked about 15 rds is all.  Went over in 2 hr. 5 min.

(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            TUE. NOV. 1, 1898               Ther.

We got a lecture up in chapel this morning for what we done at the school house last night.  Eat dinner with Erd.  Walked up as far as the top of Caskey’s hill then rode with Glendine Taylor + Mrs. Shaw home from school.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             WED. NOV. 1, 1899               Ther.

Worked all day.  Erle Die drove the team today + is going to here after.  McGregor said I could have any job I wanted.  In evening I went down to see Laura Rennard had a fine time.  Made a date with her sister Lizzie for Sat. eve.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              THU. NOV. 1, 1900                 Ther.

Went to school with Gordon.  In eve went up to town to hear Teddy speak.  I saw him but didn’t hear him speak.  Alice + I took a drive.  The hired man rode up with me but came back on foot because he didn’t want to wait for me.  Got home at 3.30.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              FRI. NOV. 1, 1901                Ther.

Will plowed.   Worked on road drawing gravel up in the sugarbush by Joel’s

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               SAT.  NOV. 1, 1902             Ther.

In A.M. settled up with Kineston he has cut 3 cd of wood  and about 2 1/4 of bolts.  Paid him about $27.  In P.M. Pa + I went over to Busti to see a bull calf but couldn’t find it. 

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              SUN.  NOV. 1, 1903                  Ther.

Traded watches with David.


Editor's Note:  Wow, I love newsy days like this when I can piece things together a little bit.  Let's start in 1896--Allen makes his way from Carroll to Corydon, PA in 2 hours.  Now either he hitched a number of rides along the way or I'm misreading his distanced actually walked.  I think he says that he made it with only have to walk about 15 rods which is only 82 yards.  That's not bad.  Again there is a reference to a store.  So I'm thinking it is safe to say the Stryker's owned a general store of some sort down in Corydon.  Perhap's Leb is actually Les which would be short for Leslie Stryker.  Sweet that whomever it was gave Allen candy for his effort.

1898's entry makes the fun had the previous Halloween evening slightly clearer.  At least Allen and Erd did something naughty down at the school house possibly others as well.  While they weren't trick or treating they were up to major mischief.  I notice Allen doesn't describe their activities or say he was specifically called out but he does say "what we done".  So, um, busted. 

In 1899, I thought for a moment that Allen was demoted since he no longer is driving the team but maybe that was the dud job in the first place because McGregor gives Allen a huge vote of confidence telling him he can have ANY job. 

In 1900, Teddy has to be NY governor and vice presidential nominee Teddy Roosevelt campaigning for McKinley's re-election.  McKinley's first vice president, Garret Hobart, died in office in 1899.


Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Hallowe'en!

A Day in the Life: October 31st

(Aged 14)

Wea.                                             SAT. OCT. 31, 1896               Ther.

Husked 9 bu. of corn.  Pa sent up to Jamestown by Ed Harrington + got my sprocket.  It was all right.

(Aged 16)

Wea.                                             MON. OCT. 31, 1898               Ther.

Drove to school.  Town Board met.  After school Ma took me to the top of Caskey Hill + I went down + stayed with Erd White.  It is Halloween + we had a fine time. Got home about 12.30.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             TUE. OCT. 31, 1899               Ther.

Worked all day driving team.  In eve played Pedro.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              WED. OCT. 31, 1900                 Ther.

Went to school with Gordon.

(Aged 19)

Wea.                                              THU. OCT. 31, 1901                Ther.

Will plowed + done chores.

(Aged 20)

Wea.                                               FRI.  OCT. 31, 1902             Ther.

Gail plowed.  I done chores + tinkered.  Alice is sick.  Got my own breakfast.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              SAT.  OCT. 31, 1903                  Ther.

Finished filling silo went up to Andrew’s.


Editor's Note: 
I couldn't find Caskey Hill but it could be east from Frewsburg.  There were Caskeys living towards Cattaraugus in the mid 1800s so it could be the hill took the family's name.  Halloween was not a big deal at all it would seem.  I guess I knew trick or treating as we know it is a relatively modern tradition but I thought there would have been a party or two.  I'm sure he mentioned a jack o lantern party before.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Monkeying Around

A Day in the Life: October 30th

(Aged 14)
Wea.                                            FRI. OCT. 30, 1896               Ther. 

Went to school.  There was a literary in the P.M.  I read an essay on gold + silver. 

(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            SUN. OCT. 30, 1898               Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Pa, Ma + Rollie went up the hollow to S.S.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             MON. OCT. 30, 1899               Ther.

Worked all day in packing house.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              TUE. OCT. 30, 1900                 Ther.

Went to school in the forenoon.  In P.M. went to Jamestown with H and B to hear Bryan.  Alice caught me in the act of flirting with two of the nicest girls I ever saw. (?) went to the library where we are now.  It is raining like fire.  Received a letter from Alice.
William Jennings Bryan during his first presidential run 1896

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              WED. OCT. 30, 1901                Ther.

Will plowed.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               THU.  OCT. 30, 1902             Ther.

Gail plowed.  Traded Will Grout a cow for a plow + watch + $5 + drawing my + grandma’s milk as long as he does his.  Went up to Lakewood with pa to see a colt.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              FRI.  OCT. 30, 1903                  Ther.

Filled silo.  (shaky hand)


Editor's Note: What is more interesting, hearing one of Bryan's great orations or getting caught by your fiancee flirting with two of "the nicest girls I've ever seen"?  What I find most interesting is that Allen carries his diary with him since he is recording the situation while caught in the library avoiding the rain.  I would have liked to have known how Alice caught him and what he felt about Bryan. Sigh.

In 1903 it is the third day his hand is shaking and his writing unusual.  Perhaps he wrote his entries all at the same time post facto.


Sunday Smiles

Happy End of October!

Henry the Lion unperturbed by the falling leaves