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.|
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.
Wea. SUN. JAN. 29, 1899 Ther.
Stayed at home all day. In eve went down to the burg to Church.
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.
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.
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.
Wea. THUR. JAN. 29, 1903 Ther.
NO ENTRY MADE
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.