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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A Day in the Life: January 19th

(Aged 14)
Wea.  Snowy                                 SUN. JAN. 19, 1896                         Ther. 34 above

Ma was sick.  Went over to grandma’s on horseback.  I got breakfast + supper.  Ma had Dr. Rich.                     

(Aged 16)
Wea.   Cloudy                                WED. JAN. 19, 1898                       Ther.   11-32

Went to school.  Leon Page came over + rode down with me.  he is going to stay all night with me.  Lincoln Club met in the evening + we stayed down and went to it.  He tried to take Alice Smedley but got left.  I took Irma Bunce.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                              THUR. JAN. 19, 1899                     Ther. 

Drove to school.  Played football.  In eve I drove old Tom and went to church.  Went home with Elsie Foster and am going home with her Sunday eve.  Pa finished the roof on the Webster place today. 
Had examination in drawing.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              FRI. JAN. 19, 1900                         Ther.

Stayed at home until about 3.30 P.M.  Then Alice and I went up to Jamestown to the theatre so did Frank (Warn)  and Irma (Bunce).  Got home at 3 A.M. had a fine time.  Spent $1.28. (One possible theatre)  Allen's Opera House

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              SAT. JAN. 19, 1901                         Ther.

Pearl + Ruth came down in the P.M.  I drawed (sic) wood until about 5 oclock.  We played checkers in (the) evening.  The girls stayed all night.  I also fixed the harness in the morning and did the chores.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                              SUN.  JAN.  19, 1902                     Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Pa + Ma + Rollie were over.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              WED.  JAN.  19, 1903                     Ther.

We took Pa to Falconer where he took the train to Mayville.  He is one of the Grand Jurors. 
Alice went with Ma to wash.  I went after her about 4.00 and did Pa’s chores.  Chautauqua County Seat

(Aged 22)
Wea.                                                THUR. JAN. 19, 1904                   Ther.

Stayed at home.


Editor's Note:
  A young Allen helps with the meals as his mom recovers from illness.  I found Dr. Rich on the 1900 Census.  His name was Elton Rich.  He was 45 years old, married to Ida with 2 children at home.  He lived in the town of Poland,  NY which is just up the road from the Cass Farm  Nora recovered just fine from whatever was ailing her.

I feel a little badly for Leon Page because he is the second friend of Allen's who "got left" by a girl.  Allen may have got his girl for the moment but the very next year, we see Allen is walking out with Elsie Foster and the year after that his old date Irma Bunce is going out with his friend Frank Warn.  Perhaps Allen just doesn't record when he "gets left".  I suppose if you can't be the hero of your own journals what's the point?

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