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Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Corruption of Young Man Blaine

A Day in the Life: January, 29th

(Aged 14)
Wea.    clear                                 WED. JAN. 29, 1896                       Ther.  25

Went to school.  Blaine came home with me + stayed all night.   Smoked cigarettes coming home.
Not really so pure and sweet.                                             

(Aged 16)
Wea.    clear                                  SAT. JAN. 29, 1898                        Ther.   16

Stayed at home all day.  Pa + Ma went to the burg.  It is Caucus.  In the evening Chas Slater and I went down to get Geo Walters 2 6” stove pipe elbows.  Went up to Chase’s Hall.  I got a cigar + brought it home to pa.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             SUN. JAN. 29, 1899                        Ther. 

Stayed at home all day.  In eve went down to the burg to Church.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                               MON. JAN. 29, 1900                    Ther.

Awful cold 8 below zero.  In P.M. drew grandma a load of wood and brought back a load of manure.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              TUE. JAN. 29, 1901                      Ther.

Drew a load of bolts to the mill and loaded part of another.  Alice and Ma went to Jamestown to see Pa.  He is better and thinks he will be home Saturday.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              WED.  JAN.  29, 1902                   Ther.

Ray went to the factory brought the cart over I bot (sic) of(f) pa for $2.50.
In eve pa came over.  Ray + I skidded logs. 

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              THUR.  JAN.  29, 1903                  Ther.



(Aged 22)
Wea.                                               FRI. JAN. 29, 1904                        Ther.

Worked up to mill.


Editor's Note: 
It was at age 17 that Frank said "quit or leave home" to Allen over tobacco.  But here was our young hero at 14 years old smoking cigarettes with his younger cousin Blaine.  Blaine, the son of Aunt Em (Babcock Fenton)  was around 10 or 11  years old at this time.  Obviously, we can't be sure Blaine smoked too because of how it is written.  However, we can be sure he was sworn to secrecy.

I'm wondering if the Caucus in 1898 was for Frank's job as Justice of the Peace?  Perhaps Allen bought the cigar as celebration present.

I will pursue what Chase Hall might be.

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