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Saturday, December 24, 2011

"Oh Christmas Tree"

A Day in the Life:  December 24th


(Aged 15)
Wea.                                            THU. DEC. 24, 1896               Ther.

In A.M. helped Char cut cornstalks.  Had a Christmas Tree down to Rollie’s school.  He got a game of sliced birds.  In evening Charley and I went to the burg and to the M.B. Church Christmas tree.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                            SAT. DEC. 24, 1898                 Ther.

Went to factory then went over and got grandma and Luella.  Took them home about 3.30 P.M.  In eve went down to the Xmas tree at M.E. Church went home with Clara Lonquist.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             SUN. DEC. 24, 1899                 Ther.

Went over to grandma’s.  All of Unkle Gib’s folks were there also Aunt Ada + Bernice.  They were all very glad to see me.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              MON. DEC. 24, 1900               Ther.

In A.M. went to the burg got my haircut + a box of cigars.  Mrs. Mason came up.  In afternoon stayed at home.  Spent Xmas eve with Alice. X



(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              TUE. DEC. 24, 1901                Ther.

I went to factory.  In P.M. greased harnesses.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               WED.  DEC. 24, 1902             Ther.

Split wood.  Ruth came down. 

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Editor's Note:  Apparently, sliced birds was a game and not a "typo".  Follow the link to own your very own copy of the game.  I'm thinking that there weren't too many Christmas trees in people's houses yet since Allen seems to keep making the rounds to see the trees in the various local churches.

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Friday, December 23, 2011

The Prodigal Son

A Day in the Life: December 23rd


(Aged 15)
Wea.                                           WED. DEC. 23, 1896               Ther.

Drew 1 load of manure.  Drew 1 load of wood for us + one load of wood for grandma.  In P.M. laid still.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             FRI. DEC. 23, 1898               Ther.

Drove to school.  Mrs. Mason came up with me going to stay with us awhile.  In eve went down to Xmas tree at U.B. Church.  Went home with Clara Lonquist.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             SAT. DEC. 23, 1899               Ther.

Left Roswell’s.  Took the 8.13 A.M. train from Centreville for home.  Got home all right.  Rode up from the burg with Steve Littlefield.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              SUN. DEC. 23, 1900                 Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  In eve went up to see Alice. XX  Andrew has got Alice + I each a chair.



(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              MON. DEC. 23, 1901                Ther.

Boarded up in front of cows borrowed boards of pa 455.  In P.M. built a stall for Bill + Tom.  In eve went down to X-mas tree at Thayer school.  Good pieces.



(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               TUE.  DEC. 23, 1902             Ther.

Drew a load of hay + split wood.



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Editor's Note: Steve Littlefield must have been hailed a hero bringing the runaway son home that last mile.  It had been 5 months since Allen crossed the threshold into his house and just as long since he'd seen his family.  He wandered and provided well for himself but he needed to come home.  His point was made.  He was his own man outside his father's shadow but if you're coming home, you might as well make it happen for Christmas.


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Thursday, December 22, 2011

"Funny as a Crutch"

A Day in the Life: December 22nd

(Aged 15)
Wea.                                         TUE. DEC. 22, 1896               Ther.

Charley + I cut 1 1 /4 cd in A.M.  In P.M. laid still.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                          THU. DEC. 22, 1898               Ther.

Rode down to school with ma.  She + Mrs. Mason went to town.  Rode home with Ma.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                           FRI. DEC. 22, 1899               Ther.

Left Mathison’s and went to Chase + Bement School where we show tonight.  Took dinner at Henry Roswell’s.  Went up to Nick Grave’s to get my crutch.  It is a dandy.  Weighs about 1, 000  lbs. In eve took in $1.00.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                           SAT. DEC. 22, 1900                 Ther.

In A.M. helped Frankie Kineston fix the house in front of Smith’s.   Paid Jim $2.  In P.M. drew wood for Pa + Grandma.  In eve went to bed.



(Aged 20)
Wea.                                            SUN. DEC. 22, 1901                Ther.

Stayed at home all day.



(Aged 21)
Wea.                                             MON.  DEC. 22, 1902             Ther.

Put a roof on hog pen.  In eve Dave + I went to town.  Got Alice a fur. 





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Editor's Note:  Alice wins!  Oh dear, I so hope it wasn't the fur coat I destroyed.  :(  It was rotten.  It was rotten.  It really was but I still feel awful, what if it was this very one?

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

So Many Questions

A Day in the Life: December 21st


(Aged 15)
Wea.                                           MON. DEC. 21, 1896               Ther. 

I drew out 2 loads of manure.  Pa sold 1 ton of hay to Caitlin’s for $8 cash.  They came and got it in the P.M.  The preacher that boards with Aunt Maryann got a telegram last night that his father was dead + he went home today.  He stopped here + took dinner.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                            WED. DEC. 21, 1898               Ther.

Drove to school pa went down and drove the horse back.  The Town Board met.  Rode home with Ada Page.



(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             THU. DEC. 21, 1899               Ther.

Went to Titusville with Mr. Mattison got me a suit of clothes price $12.  In eve showed at Suckerville took in .80cents.  Stayed all night with Mr. Mattison.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              FRI. DEC. 21, 1900                 Ther.

Cut wood all day.  2 3/4 cd.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                            SAT. DEC. 21, 1901                Ther.

Ray went to factory.  In P.M. worked around the barns.


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

Stayed at home all day.  Alice stayed in woodshed because her fire went out + I couldn’t get her a fur for X-mas.  Pa, Ma + Rollie came over it rained all day. 
Look out, it is a disappointed woman!



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Editor's Note:  What the hell is going on with Alice in 1902?  It sounds like she is in a right old strop since her fur is not forthcoming.  She's pregnant and she's cold.  Her fire went out where, in her heart, in her stove?  Could they really not re-light it?  And is the woodshed really the warmest place to hide out or is she just keeping clear of Allen whom she is disappointed in?  Woodsheds are usually uninsulated.  One more question, did she remain there when Pa, Ma + Rollie came over or did she come out and play the hostess?  I wish I could see what really went on.


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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Grandma's Approval

A Day in the Life: December 20th


(Aged 15)
Wea.                                           SUN. DEC. 20, 1896               Ther. 

Stayed at home all day.  Ma + Rollie went to Sunday School up in the hollow.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                            TUE. DEC. 20, 1898               Ther.

Drove to school rained all last night.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             WED. DEC. 20, 1899               Ther.

Left Mr. Chase’s went to Rome townhouse but the town clerk wouldn’t let us in so we went and got a written order from two of the supervisors and showed in the eve.  Took in $2.75.  Stayed all night with Geo Mattison.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              THU. DEC. 20, 1900                 Ther.

Cut wood.  1 1/2 cd. In eve went over and asked Grandma to see me married.


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

Drew out 4 loads of manure.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               SAT.  DEC. 20, 1902             Ther.

Drew out wood all day.



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Editor's Note: I love imagining the moment between Grandson and Grandmother when Allen goes to personally invite Diantha to his wedding.  Presumably, Grandma already knows all about the engagement and the forthcoming nuptials.  She would have been privy to the courtship details since the family was so close both geographically but more importantly emotionally.  Allen was forever doing jobs for grandma and visiting her.  I believe he was just following protocol and that is very touching. 


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Monday, December 19, 2011

Notable Births on this Day

A Day in the Life: December 19th


(Aged 15)
Wea.                                             SAT. DEC. 19, 1896               Ther.

Pa + Ma went to Jamestown.  Charley + I cut corn stalks.  Pa + Ma got Charley + I each a pair of mittens.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             MON. DEC. 19, 1898               Ther.

Went to school with horse + cutter.  Luella rode down with me.  Raynor’s ankle is pretty sore.  He uses a cain.


(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             TUE. DEC. 19, 1899               Ther.

 Left McGees and went to Chase Ridge where we show tonight.  Got our bills today cost $2.25.  In eve showed took in $2.10.  Stayed all night with Mr. Chace.


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

Cut wood all day. 3 cord.  In evening went up to see Alice. X



(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              THU. DEC. 19, 1901                Ther.

Ray went to factory.  Pa, Ma + Alice went to the burg.  I took care of the baby.   Got some X-mas presents.  Ray drew out two loads of manure.  In eve pa + Rollie were over.


(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               FRI.  DEC. 19, 1902             Ther.

Drew bolts.  Finished drawing 36 in. bolts.  In eve went to town had a tooth pulled.  Alice went too.  We stayed to the opera.


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Editor's Note: I guess having a tooth pulled doesn't stop one from keeping their appointment at the opera but this is the rare instance when Allen doesn't tell me what he saw.  Perhaps he was too distracted after all.

 Notable Births on this Day


In 1891, my great, grand Uncle Rollie Cass was born.  As he would say "Well, bless your heart".


And in much more recent history, my dear friend Lori was born.  In 1971 I made her my Kindergarten Christmas Angel.  She has lost her doily wings and most of her straw hair along the way but the real Lori has held up much better.



I think this was one of Lori's b'day parties way back when.  My childhood sweetheart David was in the middle of me and Lori.  Diana and Michelle are the Bluebirds in the back.

Front:  Jen, David, Lori 


Sunday, December 18, 2011

Sunday Smiles

I thought I'd better roll out the old Snow Fairy photos and hope for a white Christmas.  Does not look like it from here though.




How's the Farm?

A Day in the Life: December 18th


(Aged 15)
Wea.                                            FRI. DEC. 18, 1896               Ther. 

Went to school in A.M. In P.M. had a literary.  I got excused + came home.  I kept fires at school.


(Aged 17)
Wea.                                            SUN. DEC. 18, 1898               Ther.

Went to factory.  In eve went down to the burg to the M.E. church + heard a Japan fellow talk + saw some views from Japan.



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

Left Roswell’s and went to McGee Town where we show tonight and left the things. After that we went to Vroman, Red Oak and Cloverdale.  We billed Cloverdale for Thus eve.  In eve showed at McGee school took in $3.20.  Stayed all night with Miss McGee the school teacher.


(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              TUE. DEC. 18, 1900                 Ther.

In A.M. helped Ma wash.  In P.M. went up to see Alice.  In eve stayed at home.


(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              WED. DEC. 18, 1901                Ther.

I helped pa kill two pigs of 70 lbs each.  Ray drew out 4 loads of manure.  We fixed the hen house some and put the hens in.  Today is the first we have fed them. Frasier cut 1 cd of wood.

Martin- 1998, County Kerry, Ireland--Bachelor Farmers Calendar postcard promo.  Green Fields Productions

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               THU.  DEC. 18, 1902             Ther.

Drew 36 in bolts to Smedley.






Editor's Note: While my family is a few generations off the farm by now, I've always appreciated rural life.  In 1997, my friend Patricia and I started work on our 1999 Bachelor Farmer's of Ireland Calendar.  Not a money maker...and I have a stack or two still in my basement but it was an awesome experience doing our part to turn around the fate of Ireland's family farms.  To our credit, Mr. June found a bride and he was the only one who really was in it for love.  :-)


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