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Saturday, December 10, 2011

He Shells Corn Cobs in the Barnyard

A Day in the Life:  December 10th


(Aged 15)

Wea.                                            THU. DEC. 10, 1896               Ther.

Went to school.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                            SAT. DEC. 10, 1898                 Ther.

In A.M. Leon Page + I went hunting killed 2 woodpeckers.  In P.M. shelled corn with the new shellers which we got today + read.
Corn Sheller



(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             SUN. DEC. 10, 1899                 Ther.

Left Bunce’s went to Mr. Lord’s where I will stay tonight.  Wrote a letter home + one to Irma.


(Aged 19)

Wea.                                              MON. DEC. 10, 1900               Ther.

Cut wood all day.  Cut 3 cd.  In eve read.


(Aged 20)

Wea.                                              TUE. DEC. 10, 1901                Ther.

Took 4 pigs off weighed 93lb each 6 1/2 cents per lb $24.18. Geo. Weyman began work at noon at $6 per month to work till April 1st.  In eve Pa came over.


(Aged 21)

Wea.                                               WED.  DEC. 10, 1902             Ther.

Drew bolts.  Got up 12 cd.  John gave me a check of $15.36.  Alice went up home.

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Editor's Note:
I can only hope Allen wasn't eating those woodpeckers.


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Friday, December 9, 2011

Horse and Buggy

A Day in the Life: December 9th


(Aged 15)
Wea.                                           WED. DEC. 9, 1896               Ther.

Went to school.  Pingray jerked Erd and Erd laughed at him.  Meridith came + tried to cure Jim.  I don’t know but I think he’ll get well soon. 


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             FRI. DEC. 9, 1898               Ther.

Drove to school.  Luella + Frank Warn rode up with me.  Frank stayed all night with me.

 

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             SAT. DEC. 9, 1899               Ther.

Went to the Danfries school house.  Showed in  eve. Took in .75 cents. Bought a buggy for $12 paid for it.  Stayed all night at Mr. Bunce’s.  got a letter from home.  It was sent from Miller’s to Cambridge and from there to Jewel. 


(Aged 19)

Wea.                                              SUN. DEC. 9, 1900                 Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Glen was here.  Had the partridge for dinner.  Very stormy.  In eve went up to see Alice.  B. Baldwin was there and F. Warn.  Came home at 9. o’clock.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              MON. DEC. 9, 1901                Ther.

In A.M. went to Frewsburg + contracted 4 pigs.  In P.M. Pa came over + we killed them. 


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               TUE.  DEC. 9, 1902             Ther.

Took the milk to factory went up to John Smedley’s  sold him my bolts at .8 cents per in.  Began drawing in P.M.


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Editor's Note: It is always nice when Allen gives me names to research.  Erd White has certainly come up before.  I believe him to have been a little older than Allen.  I can't find a specific Pingray in the area--could have been the teacher??  However, just over the county border in Cattaragus, there is a slew of Pingrays so there is likely a connection.  Now the term jerked as used above could obviously mean a physical altercation in which a bulky Erd was amused by the fiesty-yet-puny Pingray.   It could also mean, if Pingray was the teacher, that he was verbally giving Erd a tough time.  The event was worthy of entry so it must have been very exciting.

As for Meridith, he was Thomas Meridith the Veterinarian from Jamestown leaving the role of Jim to be that of a horse.



Something that hadn't occurred to me but once was that somewhere along the line in 1899, Allen acquired a horse.  I knew he had something to ride when he was picking up his mail but I don't remember him mentioning his actual acquisition of a horse and yet you would never put the cart before the horse--in this case a buggy...  Basically, Allen now owns his very first "car".  Sure his dady used to let him borrow the horse and buggy at home but this is something he bought all by himself.

As for the Mr. Bunce Allen stayed the night with, it could have been an elderly man and his wife or an young man in his 20s who lived in a boarding house.  Perhaps there is a connection to the Bunce family of Carroll?
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Thursday, December 8, 2011

And a Partridge On a Dinner Plate



A Day in the Life: December 8th

(Aged 15)

Wea.                                         TUE. DEC. 8, 1896               Ther.

Went to school.  Pa went to Jamestown. 


(Aged 17)

Wea.                                          THU. DEC. 8, 1898               Ther.

Drove to school.  Stormy and cold.


(Aged 18)

Wea.                                           FRI. DEC. 8, 1899               Ther.

Went to Delameter School house showed in eve took in $3.00.  Took supper with Mr. Baufer.  Stayed all night at Nellie McClure’s the school teacher’s. 


(Aged 19)

Wea.                                           SAT. DEC. 8, 1900                 Ther.

Glen, Rollie + I went hunting.  Glen killed a partridge.  Got a letter from Howard Wilson. 
Bummer the little guy missed the bus.

 
(Aged 20)
Wea.                                            SUN. DEC. 8, 1901                Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Ray Harrington came to begin work.


(Aged 21)

Wea.                                             MON.  DEC. 8, 1902             Ther.

Took Alice over to Ma’s.  We worked in horse barn.


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Editor's Note: I still think the Delameter school was in Crawford, PA. There is a large family of McClure's there including a Nellie but she was only one year older than Allen so likely not the school teacher.  I couldn't find Mr. Baufer.  Could be a misspelling.


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A Spiritualist in the Neighborhood

A Day in the Life: December 7th


(Aged 15)
Wea.                                           SUN. DEC. 7, 1896               Ther. 

Went to school.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                            TUE. DEC. 7, 1898               Ther.

Rode down to school with Pa.  He went to Jamestown.  Rode home with Elmer Warn.  In eve Pa + Ma went up to Maxwell’s.  Pa is going to make out some papers as Josh has sold his place. 


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             WED. DEC. 7, 1899               Ther.

Left Morton’s about 11 o’clock A.M. and went over to the Taylor school house.  Showed there in eve took in $1.85.  Stayed all night with Frank Powers.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              THU. DEC. 7, 1900                 Ther.

Went up to Unkle Gibb’s.  Flaggs folks + Grouts were there.  In eve went up to see Alice. xx  Glen came down to stay all night.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              FRI. DEC. 7, 1901                Ther.

Battened the south side and cleaned off the floor.  Will + Jim cut wood in P.M.  Will went about 4 o’clock.



(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               SAT.  DEC. 7, 1902             Ther.

Stayed at home all day.

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Editor's Note: Still no closer than before on figuring out who Joshua Maxwell was for sure.  But in 1900 I'm fairly certain the Flaggs were both educators and James Flagg was even the School Commissioner for Chautauqua's 3rd district.  The Grouts could have been either part of the local family of that name.  One was a farmer and his family but the other was a bachelor and his spinster sister.  In one census, the bachelor listed himself as a Spiritualist.
Old Movie Posters for Sale

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday

Henry and Alice Lucas - g-g grandparents

There is more than a good chance our Checkered Chicken mascot (though clearly not checkered) once belonged to Alice Lucas.  Inside this lovely bird is a handwritten note that my grandmother wrote that says "Lucas Chicken -- very old".  


Pine Hill Cemetery
Falconer, NY




A Friend of the Family

A Day in the Life: December 6th



(Aged 15)
Wea.                                           MON. DEC. 6, 1896               Ther. 

Stayed at home all day.  Flora Shaw came + got Nellie.  Mr. Springer came over.



(Aged 17)
Wea.                                            WED. DEC. 6, 1898               Ther.

Went to school with horse + cutter.  Ma + Rollie went over to Page after I got home from school. 



(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             THU. DEC. 6, 1899               Ther.

Stayed about Cooley till about 2.30 while Fred billed Drake Hill, Clements and Center school houses.  In eve stayed at Morton’s showed at Dobb’s School House took in $2.10.




(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              FRI. DEC. 6, 1900                 Ther.

Worked all day cutting wood with Jim Smith.  Cut 3 1/2 cd.  Owe Jim .87 1/2cent



(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              SAT. DEC. 6, 1901                Ther.

Battened the east side of barn.  Joe husked corn.  He went away about 4 o’clock.  Hired Ray Harrington till Sept 1 for $144.  He begins work Monday.

Men L-R:  Ray Harrington, Joel Harrington(in his 90s), Albert Harrington and Ronald Harrington  



(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               SUN.  DEC. 6, 1902             Ther.

Split wood for Grandma in A.M.  In P.M. took Alice to the burg.  In eve Dave + I went to town.  He gave me $1 to take him up.


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Editor's Note:  One of the best things about this blog is hearing from relatives and friends I otherwise never would have known.  The Harrington family is prominent in Allen's diaries.  Joel, Ed and Ray come up again and again.  Baseball games were usually played on their land and Nora's dear friend Nettie was Joel Harrington's second wife.  It is clear that respect and friendship ran deep between the families which is why I was so happy to recently hear from Joel Harrington's great-grandson and namesake.  Joel was kind enough to share the above Harrington family photo from the 1950s  and the one below as well.   It turns out he is not just a Harrington but a Bunce descendant as well.  Joel's grandmother was Clara Bunce--Ray Harrington's wife and Irma Bunce's little sister.   Small world.  I look forward to hearing from others who find a bit of their family history in Allen's pages as well.


Clara Bunce
Thanks for sharing, Joel.
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Monday, December 5, 2011

Let it Snow!

A Day in the Life: December 5th



(Aged 15)
Wea.                                             SAT. DEC. 5, 1896               Ther.

In A.M. drew grandma 1 1/2 cd of wood.  I owed her 1 cd for the 1/2 cd.  I got .60 cents.  In P.M. split wood.  Charely + Geo sawed.



(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             MON. DEC. 5, 1898               Ther.

Snowed all night.  Drove with horse + cutter.  It is good sleighing.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             TUE. DEC. 5, 1899               Ther.

Stayed at Bunting’s till about 4.30 then went to Little Cooley where we showed and took in  $1.20.



(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              WED. DEC. 5, 1900                 Ther.

In A.M. drew a load of wood to grandma’s and one to us.  In P.M. went up to see Alice.  xx.  In eve to Alice to the burg to a lecture by Mr. Hawks.  The subject “People I have Met”.  x



(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              THU. DEC. 5, 1901                Ther.

Will + Joe drew hay down to horse barn.



(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               FRI.  DEC. 5, 1902             Ther.

He kept up awake nearly all night.  Sold Andrew 2 pigs for $13.00.  He came after them.  Drew up wood.  Drew grandma 3 cd.  Ruth went home.  In P.M. fixed horse barn.

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Editor's Note: Presumably, baby Willard kept everyone up nearly all night.  Weaning is a tough work on everyone. 

Allen is sleighing already in 1898.  I can't help but wonder where my snow is this year?  I'm used to having the first Snow Day off from school around this week and there's nothing, nada, nil on the ground but matted, faded, grass. 


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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Weaning the Wain

A Day in the Life: December 4th


(Aged 15)
Wea.                                            FRI. DEC. 4, 1896               Ther. 

Went to school.  Killed the calf.  We had the forequarters + sold the hindquarters to Anderson for $5.25.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                            SUN. DEC. 4, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory.  Stayed at home all day began to snow about noon.



(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             MON. DEC. 4, 1899               Ther.

Billed Delameter + Dan Frasas school houses.  In eve showed at Sayer school house.  Don’t know what did take in.  Stayed all night at Bunting’s.



(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              TUE. DEC. 4, 1900                 Ther.

Stayed at home all day.



(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              WED. DEC. 4, 1901                Ther.

Battened the barn on north end and cut the dung holes.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               THU.  DEC. 4, 1902             Ther.

Picked up shingle, etc in A.M. Andre, Hattie, Ruth + Ma came over.  Ruth stays all night.  Are weaning the baby. 


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Editor's Note:  The baby was Willard.  Nice to know that babies were nursed for at least a year and even nicer to know that Ruth was willing to take a hit for the team because you know darn well she was there to answer the baby's cry to keep him and Alice apart to wean. Frankly, Alice's breasts probably needed a damn rest in preparation for baby number two which was seven months away.

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