Wea. Clear FRI. JAN. 17, 1896 Ther. 6 above
Went over to grandma’s after the sausage-grinder before I went over to school. After school I went over to grandma’s + took the sausage-grinder home + took her brand over. I bought it today. Took the libery (sic) book Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates back in the P.M. I was the only boy in our classes.
Wea. Clear MON. JAN. 17, 1898 Ther. 16-40
In eve we played Tiddedly Winks and practiced on the organ. 16-40 means it was 16 above zero in the A.M. and 40 above zero in the P.M. at about 2:30 oclock or when it was warmest.
Wea. TUE. JAN. 17, 1899 Ther.
Got up at 5:30. Went to school drove Topsie + the carriage. Raymond Harrington rode down with me. Rollie sent for a printing press.
Played football it was somewhat muddy but we play just the same. They are shingling the roof down at the Webster place.
In eve rollie kicked my lame leg + I kicked him then pa was going to cuff my ears but he didn’t hurt much as he only hit me once. Think he better take a few lessons in boxing.
Wea. WED. JAN. 17, 1900 Ther.
Drew Manure in the A.M. In the P.M. went to the burg.
Wea. THUR. JAN. 17, 1901 Ther.
In A.M. went over to the other farm. Ma rode over to grandma’s with me. Alice and I greased the harness in the P.M. http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_do_you_take_care_of_horse_harness_made_out_of_leather
Wea. FRI. JAN. 17, 1902 Ther.
Drew 2 ton of hay from pa’s. Went to factory. Pearle came down.
Wea. SAT. JAN. 17, 1903 Ther.
Worked in Joel’s Mill all day. Ma came over and brought my dinner up to me.
Wea. SUN. JAN. 17, 1904 Ther.
Stayed at home all day.
Editor's Note: I hope Allen finished reading Hans Brinker though we get no review of it. Also, interesting that he is the only boy who made it to school that day. Presumably farm responsibilities kept the others away. It makes you wonder about truancy and notes from home. How was absence tolerated and what were the educational expectations of community?
I will try to research the "Webster Place" to see why his dad was working on it. Frank Cass was Justice of the Peace for the Town of Carroll for many years and also a bit of a "gentleman farmer". Over the years he acquired a number of properties in the area to lease out. I wonder if the Webster Place was one such property.
At some point in Allen's youth, he was injured in a farming accident the details of which I do not know. What is known to me is that it left his left leg quite a few inches shorter than his right and as a result, Allen wore a special platform shoe. My sister and I were hoping to have it referenced for us and here it is in 1899 when his little brother kicked Allen's "lame leg". So it had happened by the age of 17 though his leg appears normal in the photograph I posted of him at 14. My hope is that we learn about it still but, as you may have noticed, I do not have a diary for the age of 15.
And for a brief moment I have to admit I thought "greased the harness" might just have been a euphemism.
Pearle is Pearle Warn, Alice's younger sister.