It would seem great grandpa was not one for punctuation. I can’t fault him, though, given the unbelievable treasure he left behind for me. I appreciate that he was thoughtful enough to keep his journals for whatever reason. It is no secret among my friends that I resent journal keepers who burn their writings upon death. If you are to destroy your documents, do it in your lifetime before people like me, who love primary sources, find out about them. If I don’t know they existed, fine; but if I know and am told I can’t peek it is absolutely galling.
Commentary aside, 1900 was a very good year.
Wea. Cold THU. JAN. 2, 1896 Ther.
In A.M. I helped Geo. Walters draw two loads of hay. P.M. Geo. Walters helped me draw 1 1/3 cord of wood to grandma’s for which I rec’d $1.30. James Anderson was here to dinner. Ad Marsh was here to see about bringing an excise suit. Wm. Kristou (sp?) was here to see about selling his place.
Wea. Windy SUN. JAN. 2, 1898 Ther. 20
Chas Slater went up to Unkle (sic) Gibs to see Luella. Pa, Ma, Rollie and I went up Pope Hollow to Sunday School it reorganized today. Pa was elected Chairman they voted by balot (sic). Andrew Warn is to be Supt. Lottie Cowan is elected our teacher. Very windy but not snowy.
Wea. Clear MON. JAN. 2, 1899 Ther. 2
Got up at 5:30 A.M and done my chores then eat breakfast and went down to the burg to go to school but there is no school because this is a leagel (sic) holiday for New Years. Coming home I met Leon Page he was going down to get John Glaspy (?) to go hunting but John was sick and I rode over to grandma’s and eat dinner with her then Leon came down and we went hunting down back of grandma’s to the big creek and then Thayer’s and back home. I killed a red squirrel and shot at a partridge that was the only thing we killed.
Wea. TUE. JAN. 2, 1900 Ther.
Stayed at home all day.
In eve took Alice Warn up to Hermy Anderson’s to a surprise party on Ed Mason had a fine time. Got home about 3 oclock A.M. Alice asked me up to her house next Friday eve.
Wea. WED. JAN. 2, 1901 Ther.
Pa and Ma went to Falconer and Alice, Rollie + I kept house.
Wea. THUR. JAN. 2, 1902 Ther.
Went to Jamestown gave a note of $40 to First National Bank.
Wea. FRI. JAN. 2, 1903 Ther.
Drew down hay from the horse barn in fore noon. In the afternoon I went down to Frewsburg to have the horses shod.
Wea. SAT. JAN. 2, 1904 Ther.
Stayed at home.