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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Down the Road a Piece

A Day in the Life:  November 26th


(Aged 15)
Wea.                                            THU. NOV. 26, 1896               Ther.

Went over after grandma.  She came over + we had a chicken.  Charley + I went hunting got nothing.  In P.M. went over to grandma’s looking for Unkle Gib’s folks.  But they hadn’t come when we came + that was about 5 o’clock.


(Aged 17)

Wea.                                            SAT. NOV. 26, 1898                 Ther.

Rode Old Tom up to Unkle Gib’s + went hunting with Glen.  We saw about 8 partridges + the dogs started 3 rabbits + we got one.  Went to factory.  Pa + Ma went to burg + took Mrs. Mason home.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             SUN. NOV. 26, 1899                 Ther.

Stayed about the house and read at Graham’s.  Will stay here tonight.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              MON. NOV. 26, 1900               Ther.

Went to factory in morning


(Aged 20)

Wea.                                              TUE. NOV. 26, 1901                Ther.

Worked at stable all day.


(Aged 21)

Wea.                                               WED.  NOV. 26, 1902             Ther.

Worked in hen house.  Put mangers in cow stable.  Tore down stager around silo + went over and got my yearlings from (?) pasture.



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Editor's Note:
It is curious in 1899 that Allen hasn't even gone home for a visit once since he ran off in August.  It has been 4 months since he has seen his family and farm and yet he is only a few hours away. He could have gone home anytime to say hello, have mom cook for him and wash his clothes.  His need to be independent must have burned very strongly.

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Friday, November 25, 2011

Happy Leftover Turkey(s)

A Day in the Life: November 25th



(Aged 14)
Wea.                                           WED. NOV. 25, 1896               Ther.

Went to school.  Brought home the grist of meal.



(Aged 16)
Wea.                                             FRI. NOV. 25, 1898               Ther.

Went down on Webster Place + cut brush in A.M. In P.M. Ma + I went down to Rollie’s school.  They spoke pieces.  Walked up with Irma Bunce.



(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             SAT. NOV. 25, 1899               Ther.

Stayed about Graham’s all day.  Stayed there all night.



(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              SUN. NOV. 25, 1900                 Ther.

Went over to Grandma’s and put in the window lights. In eve went up to see Alice.  Told her that what I told her concerning Ruth Davis was all a humbug. xx


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              MON. NOV. 25, 1901                Ther.

Went to factory and worked at stable.



(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               TUE.  NOV. 25, 1902             Ther.

Drew down 2 load of straw to horse barn.  Took Alice down to the burg to a church dinner.


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Editor's Note:  I went back through the journals to find out who Ruth Davis was and have reminded myself that she was in fact Miss Ruth Davis of Olean who first appeared in the May 1900 as a guest of the Bunce family.  Allen took Ruth out driving a few times while Alice was working in her "situation" in Jamestown back in May and June 1900.  I don't know why Allen is telling Alice about it now much less admitting it was humbug but I'm guessing this "confession" has something to do with the bad time he had at Frank Warn's party the night before.

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

A Day in the Life: November 24th

(Aged 14)
Wea.                                         TUE. NOV. 24, 1896               Ther.

Drove Old Jim to school.  Got Charlie’s rubber boots for $2.50.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                          THU. NOV. 24, 1898               Ther.

Thanksgiving went hunting with Frank, Elmer + Martin Warn.  Went to factory.  Grandma, Luella, Unkle Gib + Aunt May were down. 


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                           FRI. NOV. 24, 1899               Ther.

In A.M. stayed about the house.  I wrote a letter home.  One to Luella, one to Mattie Cowan and one to Irma Bunce.  In P.M. went over to Will Graham’s where we stayed all night.  In eve played cards.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                           SAT. NOV. 24, 1900                 Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Ma, Grandma + Rollie went over to Unkle Lewis’s.  Frank Kineston was here about renting the Webster Place. 


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                            SUN. NOV. 24, 1901                Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Pa, Ma and Rollie came over.  Luella came down.  Joe came up.



(Aged 20)
Wea.                                             MON.  NOV. 24, 1902             Ther.

Worked on hen house.  Took Alice over to Ma to do her washing.



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Editor's Note: Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving!





Wednesday, November 23, 2011

If not for Alice, what "wood bee"?

A Day in the Life: November 23rd



(Aged 15)
Wea.                                           MON. NOV. 23, 1896               Ther. 

Rode my wheel to school.



(Aged 17)
Wea.                                            WED. NOV. 23, 1898               Ther.

Drove to school.  Thayer finished papering.  I paid my tuition.  3rd Rhetorical Division spoke.  Mrs. Mason + Luella came up with me.



(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             THU. NOV. 23, 1899               Ther.

In A.M. went to a wood bee for an old lady.  In P.M. went over to Fred’s stepfather’s where we stayed all night.



(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              FRI. NOV. 23, 1900                 Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  In eve went up to a party at Frank Warn’s with Alice.  Didn’t have a very good time.  X Oh, what would I do if it wasn’t for Alice?


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              SAT. NOV. 23, 1901                Ther.

Worked at the stable.  Ruth came down.



(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               SUN.  NOV. 23, 1902             Ther.

Took Alice for a ride in the P.M.  Pa + Rollie were here for dinner.




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Editor's Note:  I wonder why Allen has the blues so badly in 1900 that he feels his only salvation is Alice?  What happened at the party? 

I love the sense of communal responsibility that generated a wood bee for an old lady in 1899.  I can only imagine it was a gathering of men to chop and stock firewood for the woman for the coming winter.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Ghost of Turkeys Past

A Day in the Life: November 22nd


(Aged 15)
Wea.                                           SUN. NOV. 22, 1896               Ther. 

Stayed at home all day.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                            TUE. NOV. 22, 1898               Ther.

Went to school.  Drove.  Reuben Thayer came up to paper up the stairs.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             WED. NOV. 22, 1899               Ther.

In A.M. we stayed about the house.  In P.M. went hunting got nothing.  In eve played cards and washed up.  Fred got his horse.



(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              THU. NOV. 22, 1900                 Ther.

Went hunting didn’t get anything.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              FRI. NOV. 22, 1901                Ther.

Went to Jamestown paid my note for Maud by giving another $150 for 3 mo.  Got me a pr of felts and Alice a pr of boots. 


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               SAT.  NOV. 22, 1902             Ther.

Worked on hen house.


(Aged 22)
Wea.                                              SUN.  NOV. 22, 1903                  Ther.

NO MORE ENTRIES MADE

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Editor's Note:  I love the specter of the turkey.  To be honest, I actually didn't notice it until I scanned the postcard in.  I was just enjoying the idea of old fashioned popcorn.


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Monday, November 21, 2011

Happy 130th Birthday to Allen Frank Cass!

A Day in the Life: November 21st

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to ALLEN FRANK CASS
Now that is one healthy farm baby!


(Aged 15)
Wea.                                             SAT. NOV. 21, 1896               Ther.

Geo went to the burg + brought home a straw cutter.  Ma went down to Mrs. Mason’s.  Today is my birthday.  I am 15 years old.  Pa + Ma got ma a cap for .75 c + a water glass.  They got Rollie a water glass too.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             MON. NOV. 21, 1898               Ther.

Drove to school.  Luella rode down with me.



(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             TUE. NOV. 21, 1899               Ther.

Went hunting all day.  Killed two rabbits.  I shot both.  In eve went over to church.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              WED. NOV. 21, 1900                 Ther.

Helped kill a pig in the A.M.  In P.M. helped Pa drive some yearlings down to the Webster Place.  Ma gave me a pair of cuff buttons--my birthday present.  I am nineteen and engaged.  In eve went up to see Alice, my betrothed.  She gave me some presents. XX


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              THU. NOV. 21, 1901                Ther.

Went to factory.  Bought a cow of pa, 88 bu. of oats, 95 bu. of corn and a grindstone.  Sold him a calf $6.  Gave my note for $100 due in 6 mo.  Traded Lee the black horse for Tom a gray one with Arnie Shaw gave him a cow + $10 to boot.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               FRI.  NOV. 21, 1902             Ther.

Alice went to town.  Dave + I tore down the old hen house + began a new one back of the horse barn.  I am 21 today.  Alice gave me a pen knife + Andrew a pair of gloves

(Aged 22)
Wea.                                              SAT.  NOV. 21, 1903                  Ther.

NO MORE ENTRIES MADE


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Editor's Note: I so love the stock-take of his young life..."I am nineteen and engaged".  It is as if he has to write it to believe it but I think there is happiness in that assessment and pride in his milestone attainments.  He even lets a little romance slip when he refers to his "betrothed" Alice.

BTW, I have been waiting most of this year to use that awesome photo!  I can't even believe we have it. What a super chunk of cuteness Allen was.

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sunday Smiles

Bonnie and Clyde? Probably getting ready for a trip up to Woodchuck Hill.  I never liked shooting guns.  To me, they were loud and dangerous and not at all interesting except for when it came time to clean them.  I loved the smell of gun cleaner.

Rich and Diana.  Thank goodness she is right-handed or this photo-op really could have gone badly awry.


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Hunting and Gaming

A Day in the Life: November 20th


(Aged 14)
Wea.                                            FRI. NOV. 20, 1896               Ther. 

Rode my wheel to school.  Pa went down to the burg.


(Aged 16)
Wea.                                            SUN. NOV. 20, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory.  Stayed over to grandma’s.  In eve went down to the burg to church with Leon Page.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             MON. NOV. 20, 1899               Ther.

Went down to Miller’s after our truck in the A.M.  In P.M. went rabbit hunting started one but didn’t get him got one red squirrel.  In eve went over to one of the neighbor’s and run the graphone a while after which we played pedro.  Stayed all night at Fred’s grandfather’s.

Victorian card image found here.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              TUE. NOV. 20, 1900                 Ther.

In A.M. went hunting.  Didn’t get a thing.  Rode up to John Rhode’s passed Irma’s with pa to see some cows.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              WED. NOV. 20, 1901                Ther.

Went to factory.  In P.M. worked putting in stable floor.  Irma + Lydia were down.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               THU.  NOV. 20, 1902             Ther.

Dave finished plowing.



(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              FRI.  NOV. 20, 1903                  Ther.

NO MORE ENTRIES MADE



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Editor's Note:  Pedro was a very big game in this era.  I read somewhere that it was akin to the game pitch.


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