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Saturday, December 31, 2011

The Checkered Chicken's Final Word of 2011

Out with the old

As I look back over the inaugural year of the Checkered Chicken I feel quite satisfied at having finished a task nearly 20 years after I set it for myself.  I took a "Someday I'd like to" and turned it into an "I did that". I'm not always that good at that.

Having Allen's journals to transcribe and put into the bigger context of our family's story has been an incredible sort of voyeuristic time-travel for me.   It was a rare privilege to watch my great grandfather as he grappled with the emerging independence and responsibilities of adulthood and bid farewell to his youth.

I have to admit I developed a little crush on Allen Cass.  I really liked him even when I felt he was a bit of romancing rogue at times.  I know why Alice Warn fell for him and why no one ever discounted his abilities though his leg was deformed.  He played sports, rode bicycles, did manual labor, and never wanted for a friend or a girl.  Allen was a charmer who, like his father, was honest and civic-minded.

When I think of how my grandmother spoke of her father I remember her tone of voice puffed full of pride. I just wish I had listened better to her stories.   Honestly, Diana paid better attention than me and knew the relationships and the names of everyone whereas I was more of a "nodder".  I know well what it's like to hear someone enthusiastically rattle off genealogy while everyone else's eyes glaze over.  And Gram's enthusiasm didn't always carry the day with me but I did absorb enough of an interest to appreciate what a gift she gave us in teaching us to know and honor our ancestors.

I realize I have tested many people's enthusiasm for my genealogy this year and I'm sure quite a few eyes glazed over when another entry of "went to factory stayed home all day" was put forth on offer.  But this site has also had almost 30,000 hits which is really quite something.  My favorite story lines to follow were "the runaway" and "the courtship" which someday (there that word is again) I plan to edit out on their own for clarity.

I am thankful for new-found family and friends I have met through The Checkered Chicken whom otherwise I would never have known and I know that Diana is too .  But for now, after 365 days of posts--sometimes multiple, I am taking a little break.  By no means are we finished-- there's more to tell but obviously the format will change somewhat and we hope you will continue to follow us.

 Diana and I both thank you all for your support and interest and wish you a fabulous 2012. 



"Something Better Beginning"

A Day in the Life:  December 31st

(Aged 15)
Wea.                                            THU. DEC. 31, 1896               Ther.

Charley + I cut bolts in the A.M. + part of the P.M.  Put up 1 1/4 cd.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                            SAT. DEC. 31, 1898                 Ther.

Went to factory.  came home and loaded some cartridges.  In P.M. Ma,  Rollie and I went over to grandma’s I went hunting with the rifle the cartridge busted and part of it went up in the barrel so I can’t get it out so this ended my hunting for this year.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             SUN. DEC. 31, 1899                 Ther.

Stayed at home in A.M. In P.M. went to S.S. at Ivory.  In eve went up to Frank Warn’s to watch the old year out had a fine time.  There was about 10 of us there.  Asked Alice Warn to go to a party up to Hermy Anderson’s next Tues. eve.  She is going.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              MON. DEC. 31, 1900               Ther.

Helped draw 2 loads of manure.  Went down to the burg for a sleigh ride + then went up to Irma’s to a watch party.  Came home about 1 o’clock. XX

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              TUE. DEC. 31, 1901                Ther.

Went to the burg with a grist.  Took 23 bags.  Grandma went down with me.

Good Bye 1901

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               WED.  DEC. 31, 1902             Ther.

Drew out manure.


Editor's Note:  Frank Warn's New Year's Eve gathering is the first time that Allen takes romantic notice of Alice and asks her out.  The rest is history.

Goodbye 2011



Friday, December 30, 2011

Winding Down the Year

A Day in the Life: December 30th

(Aged 15)
Wea.                                           WED. DEC. 30, 1896               Ther.

Ma + I + Rollie + Grandma went up to Aunt May’s.  Glen got hurt in the breast.  They have the windmill up.  I went up it.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             FRI. DEC. 30, 1898               Ther.

Went up to Ed Harrington’s in A.M. and P.M. and saw them cut corn for the silo.  Stayed at home in eve.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             SAT. DEC. 30, 1899               Ther.

Went over to Jud Grover’s and got a load of corn 47 1/2 bu.  In P.M. went up to Ivory + got the mail.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              SUN. DEC. 30, 1900                 Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Edd + Ida came down in the evening.  XX

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              MON. DEC. 30, 1901                Ther.

Rollie + I went over on the river buying cows bot 3 two at $22 + one for $18.  Go after them Saturday.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               TUE.  DEC. 30, 1902             Ther.

Drew out 4 load of manure.


Editor's Note:  Nothing of note except poor 9-year old Glenn was wounded in the erecting of the windmill. 


Thursday, December 29, 2011

An Even Older Mill Stream

A Day in the Life: December 29th

(Aged 15)
Wea.                                         TUE. DEC. 29, 1896               Ther.

Stayed at home all day.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                          THU. DEC. 29, 1898               Ther.

Got up about 7.30 A.M my leg is some what better.   Pa + Ma went to the burg.  Rollie and I went up in the sugar bush and killed 2 red squirrels.  May Walter’s is sick so Geo can’t work.  Chas slater cut wood.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                           FRI. DEC. 29, 1899               Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Pa went to the burg.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                           SAT. DEC. 29, 1900                 Ther.

Came home from Alice’s about 11 o’clock.  XX

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                            SUN. DEC. 29, 1901                Ther.

Done chores in A.M.  In P.M. Alice Jim + I went to pa’s.  In eve Andrew, Hattie, Pearl, Ruth Ester + Della Morris were down.  Had a cow slink.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                             MON.  DEC. 29, 1902             Ther.

Drew out 4 load of manure.  In eve Alice, Rollie + I went to town to the opera.  “The Old Mill Stream”.
song written in 1904


Editor's Note: So I'm learning something new even here at the end of the year. I'd never heard of a cow slinking which means to have your calf prematurely.  Also, slink can be the soft unborn animal's hide used for gloves.  "Fabulous" said Peta and the vegan.

I couldn't find the play "Old Mill Stream"  and funnily enough it predates the song "Down by the Old Mill Stream"  by at least two years.  I'd imagine they must have some connection but maybe not.


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Off to See a Man About a Cow

A Day in the Life: December 28th

(Aged 15)
Wea.                                           MON. DEC. 28, 1896               Ther. 

Cut cornstalks in the A.M. In P.M. read a book called The Orient Boys.  In evening Charley + I played authors.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                            WED. DEC. 28, 1898               Ther.

When I was coming downstairs this morning my crutch slipped and I fell + hurt my lame leg.  I will have to give up the singing school I am afraid.  Mr. Grover was here + rented the other place for $440.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             THU. DEC. 28, 1899               Ther.

Pa went over to Hartson’s to buy a cow.  Got a letter from Irma saying she couldn’t go to the party at Glendine’s tonight.  Wrote a letter to Fred Wetmore, one to Edna Watsons, one to Cassie Conner.  In eve went to party had a fine time with everybody.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                             FRI. DEC. 28, 1900                 Ther.

Stayed at home in A.M.   In P.M. went up to Alice’s + we stayed all night.  XX

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              SAT. DEC. 28, 1901                Ther.

Greased harness.  Drew 2 loads of manure.  Ma came over.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               SUN.  DEC. 28, 1902             Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Went to factory.


Editor's Note:  The Orient Boys does not seem to be a title one can easily find.  I can't imagine why.   As for falling down the stairs, clearly at some point he gives up on crutches and wears a seriously built-up shoe instead.  None too soon.


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Love Struck Charley

A Day in the Life: December 27th

(Aged 15)
Wea.                                           SUN. DEC. 27, 1896               Ther. 

Rollie, Ma + I went up to Pope Hollow Sunday School.  Charley went up to see Iva White he asked her to marry him.  He said it is the first time he has seen her.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                            TUE. DEC. 27, 1898               Ther.

In A.M. Ma + I went to Jamestown.  Got me a new overcoat came back and I stopped at the burg to the singing school.  eat supper at Mrs. Mason’s then went to singing school.  In eve went home with Lydia Lawson.  Rode home with Leon.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             WED. DEC. 27, 1899               Ther.

Stayed at home all day + read.  In P.M. drew a load of wood .  Pa took a load of corn to the burg.  Got a letter from Edna Watsons.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              THU. DEC. 27, 1900                 Ther.

In fore noon had a few words with Will Rhodes and went up to add’s (?) to settle it.  In afternoon + evening stayed at home along. XXX

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                             FRI. DEC. 27, 1901                Ther.

Greased harness helped pa draw a load of wood.  Went to factory.  Pearle + Ruth went home.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               SAT.  DEC. 27, 1902             Ther.

Drew 4 load of manure.


Editor's Note:  The only local Iva White I find was born in 1866 in Warren, Pa.  I have no idea if this is the intended of Charley.  I think he didn't succeed with his proposal because I can't find a couple with those names in the census.

I can't believe Allen had "words" with anyone and much less Will Rhodes who seems to be a comrade.


Monday, December 26, 2011

"Alice went to sleep"

A Day in the Life: December 26th

(Aged 15)
Wea.                                             SAT. DEC. 26, 1896               Ther.

Pa + Ma went to Jamestown.  Geo + Charley cut bolts.  Rollie + I stayed at home.  Charley + I played Authors in the evening until 9.30 o’clock.

(Aged 17)
Wea. snowy                                  MON. DEC. 26, 1898               Ther.

In A.M. went to factory came back + helped kill + dress 4 pigs and in P.M. we killed 4 more pigs.  In eve took Mrs. Mason home + went to signing school let by Mr. Davis.  Went home with Lydia Lawson + Lucia Lunbard.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             TUE. DEC. 26, 1899               Ther.

Stayed at home all day  In eve went up to see Irma Bunce.  Pa went to town and got me a diary for 1900.  Got him one too.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              WED. DEC. 26, 1900                 Ther.

In A.M. stayed in the house and in P.M. went up to Ivory + set up the cigars in the pot that the boys gave me for Xmas.  Pearl + Ruth came down in the evening.  We popped corn + had a great old time.  XX Alice went to sleep.

John Collier's Sleeping Beauty

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              THU. DEC. 26, 1901                Ther.

Greased harness.  Pearle came down.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               FRI.  DEC. 26, 1902             Ther.

Split wood.  Took Alice over to Pa’s.  In eve we went over to see Rollie’s magic lantern. 


Editor's Note: Poor woman was exhausted by the honeymoon no doubt.   Romance aside, I think it is lovely to see the little brother picking up the interests of the older.  It was Allen who was the photographer first but Rollie who took it to an artistic level.  I'm not sure Rollie's magic lantern show goes too far but for sure Allen's latest a few months.


Sunday, December 25, 2011

Sunday Smiles

The Checkered Chicken wishes you a very Merry Christmas!

A Very Happy Christmas!

A Day in the Life: December 25th

Quote of the day:  

" It was not half so hard as we expected".  Allen Cass reflecting on his wedding day.

(Aged 15)
Wea.                                            FRI. DEC. 25, 1896               Ther. 

I got a pair of slippers + a game of Authors.  Charley got a pair of slippers + a jacknife.  Rollie got a pair of slippers + a top.  We all had some candy.  Unkle Gib’s folks came down.  We had a turkey for dinner.  Grandma came over.  Gibs folks brought down some candy.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                            SUN. DEC. 25, 1898               Ther.

I got a collar, diary, necktie, pair of gloves and shirt bosum.  Ma got a toilet set, Rollie a gun + some trinkets and pa some stockings and gloves.  In P.M. Pa, Ma, Mrs. Mason, Rollie + I went up the hollow to S.S.  In eve rode down to church with Leon.  Went home with Lydia Lawson.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                             MON. DEC. 25, 1899               Ther.

Stayed around home all day.  In eve went up the hollow to Xmas tree.  Frank Warn stayed all night with me.  Got a neck scarf for a present.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              TUE. DEC. 25, 1900                 Ther.

Alice + I were married at high noon by the Rev. P. Knight.  The marriage took place at the Warn residence.  There were only a few friends invited.  It was not half so hard as we expected.  We received some very nice presents consisting of ?, flint(?) knives, table apron (?), butter knife, 8 sugar shell (?), 3 rocking chairs, knives + forks, salt + pepper set, candles, some ornaments.  I brought Alice to my folks + we stayed there First night. XXXXX
Alice and Allen wedding portrait

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              WED. DEC. 25, 1901                Ther.

Alice, Jimmy + I went up to Andrew’s to eat turkey.  Got several fine presents.  So did Alice.  Ruth came home with us.  Had a cow slink.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               THU.  DEC. 25, 1902             Ther.

Andrew + family, pa, ma, Rollie, Grandma + Mrs. Mason came here.  We got a number of presents: gloves; books; shirts, etc.  Had a fine time + a good dinner.


Editor's Note:  How sweet is Allen's listing of their wedding presents?  Kind of heavy on the rocking chairs but still...a 5 X night. LOL.  They sure were a beautiful couple.  I have loved the journey I have shared with them this year.