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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Frank Cass: Diaries of An Old Man

It seems I can't keep away from the family journals however, I don't think I can keep up the pace of last year.  Lucky for me, Great-Great Grandpa Frank S. Cass was given two 5 year journals in the last decade of his life.  The first volume 1923-1927 was a Christmas present from his son Allen and d-i-l Alice.  The second volume 1928- 1932 was a Christmas present from his youngest son Rollin and d-i-l Esther.  Again, I have not read them ahead of transcribing but I do feel, in contrast to Allen's journals of a young man, Frank's may be a little more phlegmaticWe shall see...


JANUARY 1

Age 71
Monday
1923

Allen’s folks were all here.  Carl Anderson and Dorothy, and Mary Dalrymple.


Age 72
Tuesday
1924

A very stormy day.  did not do much.  Mrs. Ella Bingham was buried.

Age 73
Thursday
1925

I was sick most all night.  Rollie went to a party below Fentonville. (shakey hand)


Age 74
Friday
1926

Willard was here a while in the morning.  Rollie came and stayed all night.  he is working at Dunkirk.

Age 75
Saturday
1927

Rollie, Esther, Frank + (?) + the Doctor were here. (very shakey hand)


Age 76
Sunday
1928 

We all went to church.  Rollie came and stayed with us in the afternoon.


Age 77
Tuesday
1929

We all stayed at home.  Ruth Nora came and stayed a little tonight.


Age 79
Wednesday
1930

We all stayed at home Allen, Alice, Rollie, Esther, Phyllis and Ruth Nora were here a while.  Allen + Alice are thinking of going to Florida.


Age 80
Thursday
1931

It snowed some.  I have a hard cold.  Rollie + Esther + Phyllis called a little while.


Age 81
Friday
1932

Rollie + I went up to Mr. Davis’s to see his cattle.  (shakey hand)



 Thoughts:  In 1923, it seems Frank is not yet on familiar terms with his grandson-in-law since he calls him Carl Anderson as if he is just Dorothy's beau du jour.  However, he should just be calling him Carl since he and Dorothy had the first great -grandchild 6 months earlier. If that doesn't "make" you with the family, what would?

Mrs. Ella Bingham passed away on December 29, 1923. What a bad way for her family to start the new year.  Her sons Fred and Bert were mentioned often in Allen's journals.

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2 comments:

  1. Oh Jenny, I am so happy that we are moving forward with these journals and am so grateful to Cousin Phyllis for sharing them with us. Yeah!

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  2. The Cass Family is back!!!! Yeah...I was getting lonely without them and without your writing, Jenny! This is like when your favorite TV series has been renewed for at least one more season! Thank you for bringing my ancestors alive for me! Patsy

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