Frank Cass' JournalAge 71
Rollie went up to Ivory to a Farmer’s Institute. Willard started back to Ann Arbor College. Gilbert Eccles died aged 81 years.
Made a reach for Rollie’s Sleds. Rollie drew manure.
Rollie + Morris drew wood + manure in the forenoon. Willard was here in the afternoon. Rollie paid Erie Comstock + Mearle Cowan $40.
Got 1350 soft coal. Drew up deed sent a contract to John A Wheeler for a Village Lot.
Rollie + Ester were here part of the day. Morris went to church + Sunday school.
Stormy day. Rollie and Ester, Hugh and his wife called a while. Rollie + Esther stayed all night.
Stayed at home.
Ward Abbey was here and offered me $45 for the 5 stacks of Hay on the hill farm.
Allen A. and Ruthie (Rustic’s?)came. allen stayed with me most of the afternoon.
Stayed at home Allen A. called. He is starting back to Ann Arbor. (very shakey hand)
Thoughts: We heard so much of Unkle Gib throughout Allen's diaries that it is odd to meet him again here at the end of his life. There is still a bit of Gib's history that eludes me. I know Luella wasn't his daughter though he raised her as his. But after Mary Cass Eccles passed away, he married Luella. Now something our cousin Patsy Eccles suggested is what I'd like to believe and that is that Gib only married Luella to make sure she got the farm above her brothers. I doubt very much there was any romantic relationship not even a one-sided, delusional one. I can't believe Gib could fancy his step-daughter. He was a very well respected man about town and Luella went on to marry again so the "daughter to wife" leap didn't make her a pariah. It seems it was an open secret. I'm hoping the 1940 Census helps me out a little bit. Counting down for that.