Wea. Cloudy MON. JAN. 20, 1896 Ther. 30
Went to school. I got breakfast + supper. I got this fountain pen of(f) Fred Lee. I gave him 15 cents for it. Grandma was over here to help ma. I carried her home when I got home from school.
Wea. Rainy THUR. JAN. 20, 1898 Ther. 38
Leon Page stayed with me last night. Went to school. Examined a pig’s lung through a microscope. In evening Chas Waygreen (Wigren) was here + I wrote a letter to Frank Warn. Ma got a letter from Effie.
Wea. SAT. JAN. 20, 1899 Ther.
Went to school drove and took a grist. Raymond Harringotn rode up with me.
In eve Pa and Ed Harring went down to church while Ma + Rollie went up to his house.
Played football at morning and noon at night they were going to play but the football bladder was torn all to pieces don’t know what done it.
Wea. SUN. JAN. 20, 1900 Ther.
Went over to grandma’s.
Wea. SUN. JAN. 20, 1901 Ther.
The girls went home after breakfast. I did chores and worked until about 1 o’clock. Ma + Rollie went to town to see pa. He is much better. I took a bath and Alice washed my head. I must not forget to say I shaved.
Wea. MON. JAN. 20, 1902 Ther.
Ray went over to Pat Laughlin’s after a load of lumber. Got home about 4 o’clock. I done the chores + went to the factory.
Wea. TUE. JAN. 20, 1903 Ther.
Worked in Joel’s Mill all day and did chores at home. Dave did Pa’s.
Wea. WED. JAN. 20, 1904 Ther.
Went up + worked tearing out the old boiler.
Editor's Note: He made the meals again for his sick mother which is lovely. Allen mostly writes his journals in pencil until he gets a pen which he uses for one entry and then decides better of it. This one is red ink.
In 1899 there was the mystery of the torn-apart bladder to solve. But I wonder the bladder lasted as long as it did since they played with it all the time. But maybe the girls were hoping to drive a little attention their way by sabotaging the boy's game. I doubt we'll ever know.
It seems Pa (Frank) is still recovering from his unknown operation. How sweet Alice washed Allen's hair for him. The girls who spent the night were Ruth and Pearl--Alice's younger sisters.
In 1903, Pa is still sitting on the Grand Jury over in Mayville so Dave the hired hand is doing his chores for him. I'll bet with some sleuthing we could find what cases he heard.