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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Death and Taxes

JANUARY 3

Age 71
Wednesday
1923


Allen and I went up to Mr Eccles to see the folks.  I drew up Luella’s Will.  They gave me an old clock.


Age 72
Thursday
1924


Rollie + I went to the burg.  I worked a while in the Parsonage’s barn.  Rollie got 1000 # feed for his cows.  Dr. Hurst paid his interest. $18.


Age 73
Saturday
1925


The boys drew 5 loads of poles.  Dr. Hurst paid his interest $18.  Paid my State + County tax $36.03


Age 74
Sunday
1926


Nora + I went to church.  Rollie was here.  Willard started back to Albany. 


Age 75
Monday
1927


Nora washed.   I sent a check of $10.97 for Morris’ ugo (?) tax in Poland.


Age 76
Tuesday
1928


Rollie, Esther and Ruttio (?) left about 10 A.M. for Fredonia.  About 8 P.M. the Cider Mill burned something broke the glass in Carl’s door.


Age 77
Thursday
1929


Cold + Windy.  Allen and Alice called a little while.  Paid my taxes  here $110.60 on both places.  State, County + Town.

Age 78
Friday
1930


Sold Ward Abbey the Hay on the hill for $45 and his note with Herbert Morrell as Endorser pay in 3 m at Farmer’s Bank.


Age 79
Saturday
1931


Read in a Book.  Allen A. called int he evening and said good bye on his way to Ann Arbor.

Age 80
Sunday
1932


Ruth and Jack called a little while.


Thoughts: It seems a sign of respect for the dead that Frank refers to his brother-in-law as Mr. Eccles instead of Gib--a man whom he has known his entire life.  But it is clear he has business on the Eccles' farm apart from mourning.  He is there to keep Luella's property in legal order.  Was the clock in payment for the his legal services or a momento to mark the passing of his friend?

What strikes me about the clock (pardon the pun) is that we have a very old clock in our possession that was our grandmother's.  I was always under the impression that it was from the Lucas side of the family but now I look at it with new eyes.  Was it that clock?





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Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Passing of Unkle Gib

Frank Cass' Journal
JANUARY 2
Age 71
Tuesday
1923


Rollie went up to Ivory to a Farmer’s Institute.  Willard started back to Ann Arbor College.  Gilbert Eccles died aged 81 years.

Age 72
Wednesday
1924


Made a reach for Rollie’s Sleds.  Rollie drew manure.


Age 73
Friday
1925

Rollie + Morris drew wood + manure in the forenoon.  Willard was here in the afternoon.  Rollie paid Erie Comstock + Mearle Cowan $40.

Age 74
Saturday
1926

Got 1350 soft coal.  Drew up deed sent a contract to John A Wheeler for a Village Lot.

Age 75
Sunday
1927

Rollie + Ester were here part of the day.  Morris went to church + Sunday school.


Age 76
Monday
1928

Stormy day.  Rollie and Ester, Hugh and his wife called a while.  Rollie + Esther stayed all night.

Age 77
Wednesday
1929

Stayed at home.

Age 78
Thursday
1930

Ward Abbey was here and offered me $45 for the 5 stacks of Hay on the hill farm.

Age 79
Friday
1931

Allen A. and Ruthie (Rustic’s?)came.  allen stayed with me most of the afternoon.



Age 80
Saturday
1932

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.


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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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