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Saturday, December 3, 2011

Bridging Time

A Day in the Life:  December 3rd


(Aged 15)
Wea.                                            THU. DEC. 3, 1896               Ther.

Went to school.  Took the hog off got $10.15 for it.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                            SAT. DEC. 3, 1898                 Ther.

Chas Slater + I cut brush down on Webster Place in A.M. In P.M. went hunting killed 4 squirrels.  Pa, Ma + Rollie went down to the burg.  Town Board met.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             SUN. DEC. 3, 1899                 Ther.

Drove down to Miller Station + got my clothes.  Got a letter from Irma Bunce.
Miller Station Bridge built 1887 Crawford, PA.  Found here.



(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              MON. DEC. 3, 1900               Ther.

Cut wood with James Smith.  Cut 2 cd  Due Jim .50 cents.



(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              TUE. DEC. 3, 1901                Ther.

Got the cows in the stable.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               WED.  DEC. 3, 1902             Ther.

Put roofing on the rest of the house over bedroom + sitting room.

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Editor's Note: How did his clothes and mail follow him?  What did he drive--in that I mean whose wagon?  I don't doubt he crossed that bridge when he came to it. (Yea, I know I used that one before it just is too easy).

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Friday, December 2, 2011

Mail Order Roofing

A Day in the Life: December 2nd


(Aged 15)
Wea.                                           WED. DEC. 2, 1896               Ther.

Went to school.  They killed a pig-- going to take it off tomorrow.  Clark Colburn and Chas Erickson are here to see about selling his place. 


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             FRI. DEC. 2, 1898               Ther.

Drove to school.  Luella rode up with me.



(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             SAT. DEC. 2, 1899               Ther.

Billed Rootville + Taylor school houses.  Showed in the Root School house.  Gave a free show.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              SUN. DEC. 2, 1900                 Ther.

Stayed at home in A.M.  In P.M. went to S.S. In eve went up to Alice’s.  xxx XXX


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              MON. DEC. 2, 1901                Ther.

Finished cow stable.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               TUE.  DEC. 2, 1902             Ther.

My roofing came from Chicago.  I got it in A.M. in P.M. Dave +  I put it on one side of the house.


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Editor's Note: I feel like most of the Cass' substantial purchases come from Chicago.  I would have thought Buffalo would have been their merchandise mecca. 


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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Working the Rural Pennsylvania Circuit

A Day in the Life: December 1st


(Aged 15)
Wea.                                         TUE. DEC. 1, 1896               Ther.

Snowed all day + all night.  Went to school.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                          THU. DEC. 1, 1898               Ther.

Drove to school.  Snowed a little last night + this morning. 


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                           FRI. DEC. 1, 1899               Ther.

Got Little Cooley School House and billed it for Tuesday eve also billed Sayer School house for Mon. eve.  In eve showed at Pinney School.  Took in $3.10.





(Aged 19)
Wea.                                           SAT. DEC. 1, 1900                 Ther.

In A.M. went up to Mel Bragg’s.  In P.M. stayed at home.  In eve went over and got James Smith to help me cut wood Monday.



(Aged 20)
Wea.                                            SUN. DEC. 1, 1901                Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Will went to factory.



(Aged 21)
Wea.                                             MON.  DEC. 1, 1902             Ther.

Boarded up the hen house + put the hens and pigs in. 





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Editor's Note:  According to one history I found, the Little Cooley School House was built in 1884.  And, I was right in my guess that the show had moved south to Pennsylvania.  I couldn't find anything on the other locations though.


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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wedding Wednesday

This is a 35mm double exposure of two different weddings we (Diana and Bill) attended about two weeks apart in Sarasota, Florida. The first wedding was held at Ca'dZan, the home of John and Mable Ringling. The second wedding was held just down the street at another enormous mansion but alas, I cannot remember the name and can't find the invitation (although I know it is here somewhere).

Photograph by Diana Lucas Leavengood  



Blizzard Rope

A Day in the Life: November 30th


(Aged 15)
Wea.                                           MON. NOV. 30, 1896               Ther. 

Snowed hard all night.  Went to school.  Snowed hard all day.  Awful blizzard in the West.

State Historical Society of North Dakota:  Grand Forks, ND 1896


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                            WED. NOV. 30, 1898               Ther.

Drove to school.  Snowed a little but not much.


(Aged 18)

Wea.                                             THU. NOV. 30, 1899               Ther.

Stayed about Mr. Lord’s in A.M.  In P.M. went up to Topleville and got things ready for the show tonight.  In eve showed.  Took in $3.40.  Stayed all night with Mr. McGlenghry.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              FRI. NOV. 30, 1900                 Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Wrote a letter to Howard Wilson.


(Aged 20)

Wea.                                              SAT. NOV. 30, 1901                Ther.

Took a cow to the burg.  Got $11.75 for her.  Got a pair of horse blankets, milk pail, alarm clock.  Took off a grist of 15 bags.  In eve Pa, Ma + Rollie came over.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               SUN.  NOV. 30, 1902             Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Rollie came over.  The girls went home.





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Editor's Note: The "awful blizzard in the West"  hit North Dakota and Minnesota on Thanksgiving Day Nov. 26, 1896. Something I had never heard of until I moved to the Midwest was a Blizzard Rope.  I even think it was the linked poem where I learned about it.  A Blizzard Rope is a rope the farmer tied one end of to someone or something in his house and the other end to himself.  Safely tethered he could then walk out to the barn and tend the animals in the blizzard.  A farmer could easily lose his sense of direction on the simple walk he made every day if the conditions were bad enough.  The blizzard rope made sure he found his way back home.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Overnight Guests

A Day in the Life: November 29th


(Aged 15)
Wea.                                           SUN. NOV. 29, 1896               Ther. 

Stayed at home all day.  Nellie Shaw came here today to stay three weeks.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                            TUE. NOV. 29, 1898               Ther.

Drove to school.  It snowed about 2 in. last night.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             WED. NOV. 29, 1899               Ther.

Got one school house but have not billed it.  In eve showed at Wilinson’s School house. Took in $3.15. Met Misses Hutchingson. 


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              THU. NOV. 29, 1900                 Ther.

Went over and got Grandma then went up to Alice’s to dinner and she came home with me in the afternoon.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              FRI. NOV. 29, 1901                Ther.

Worked around.  Ira Smith filed my saw.  Pearle came home.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               SAT.  NOV. 29, 1902             Ther.

Worked on hen house.  In eve Ruth + Florence Harrington came over to stay all night.



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Editor's Note: Can't guess who Nellie Shaw was or why she'd stay for 3 weeks--that brings her practically right up to Christmas.  Shaw is a local name with Ernie, Arnie and Tom having turned up before but I still can't find Nellie.

In 1899, the Misses Hutchingson seemed to make a favorable impression.  My guess is pretty and witty.  He wanted to remember them for some reason.

Florence Harrington was Ed Harrington's daughter who was mentioned the other day in relation to fabric Nora gave to Ed to have a dress made for her when he gave the Cass family a turkey.   Florence must have been friends with Ruth Warn who was also 15 at the time of their sleep over at Allen and Alice's house.

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Hard to say Hattie

A Day in the Life: November 28th


(Aged 15)

Wea.                                             SAT. NOV. 28, 1896               Ther.

Grandma, Rollie + I all went up to Unkle Gib’s.  They are fixing the windmill.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             MON. NOV. 28, 1898               Ther.

Drove to school.  Luella rode down with me.  Played football.


(Aged 18)

Wea.                                             TUE. NOV. 28, 1899               Ther.

Got two school houses and billed them.  In eve went up to Eldred’s and stayed all night.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              WED. NOV. 28, 1900                 Ther.

Went to factory in the A.M.  Harold Wilson came down and we went hunting.  Mrs. Warn came up.


(Aged 20)

Wea.                                              THU. NOV. 28, 1901                Ther.

Andrew, his wife, Ruth, Pa, Ma, Rollie, Grandma, Luella, Pearle + Will Drayton were here to dinner.  Pearle went home with her folks.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               FRI.  NOV. 28, 1902             Ther.

Tore down the old house on 3 cornered lot + drew most of it over.  In eve Pa + Ma came over.




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Editor's Note:  I think the old house on the 3 cornered lot was part of the remnants of Judd Cass's old mill.  Still amused that he refers to his mother-in-law as Andrew (and) his wife nd the previous year she is Mrs. Warn who has come to make wedding plans I'm sure. Hattie, Hattie, Hattie.  Her name was Hattie.


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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Sunday Smiles

A long, long time ago, back before we knew any better-- ahem-- Diana put a picture of her wee Alice in a baby contest...held in a shopping mall.  Yes, she is holding a "cutest baby trophy" and naturally she was.  That said, the trophy cost her Aunt Jen $20 in purchased votes.  Alice was the first born and we were all mad about her.  When I say our world revolved around her that is not hyperbole.  Everything was done with thoughts to Alice.

So, not only did I buy the trophy (though that isn't how it was skewed when it was awarded, it is just what dawned on us as a post-win reality check) but I bought both dresses Alice was photographed in.  I'm happy to say that our undisciplined indulgence has mellowed and our children seem to be surviving us quite successfully. :-)


Still in Business

A Day in the Life: November 27th


(Aged 15)
Wea.                                            FRI. NOV. 27, 1896               Ther. 

Ed Harrington brought us down a turkey to give us for Thanksgiving but ma gave him cloth for a dress for Florence.  We had the chicken killed + are going to keep the turkey for Christmas.  All this was yesterday.  (Today) Stayed at home.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                            SUN. NOV. 27, 1898               Ther.

Stayed at home in A.M. In P.M. Ma, Rollie + I went up the Hollow to Sunday School + church.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             MON. NOV. 27, 1899               Ther.

Left Graham’s and went up to Mr. Lord’s.  In P.M. got two school houses and billed them.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              TUE. NOV. 27, 1900                 Ther.

Went to Jamestown with Ma.  Got the ring.  Got an overcoat.  Went up to Alice’s in the evening.  Ring cost $11  Overcoat $9.  XX


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              WED. NOV. 27, 1901                Ther.

Worked changing the stable.  Brought the horses down to the horse barn.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               THU.  NOV. 27, 1902             Ther.

We all went over to Pa’s to dinner.  Andrew + folks were down.  First snow storm that mounted to anything.


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Editor's Note:
It was very neighborly of Ed Harrington to give the Cass Family a Thanksgiving Turkey.  I don't know if Allen was trying to qualify the generosity when he implies it was swapsies for the fabric.  Whatever, it was nice and Christmas is covered now.

In 1899 it seems as though the boys are still trying to make a go of their magic lantern show after a week's vacation.