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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

A Day in the Life: January 5th

(Aged 14)
Wea.  Cold                                     SUN. JAN. 5, 1896                         Ther.

Went over to the other place and got the fills for the cutter.  This is the first slaying (sp.? or does he mean slaughter?) we have had this winter.  Mr Frew and Hi Scott were here.

(Aged 16)
Wea.  Sunny                                   WED. JAN. 5, 1898                       Ther.  36

Very pleasant days and cool nights.  It is very good sleighing.  Went to school.  Pa made two trips to Falconer drawing lumber.

(Aged 17)
Wea.   Cloudy                                 THUR. JAN. 5, 1899                      Ther.  28

Got up at 5:25 the moon was shinning but it rained nearly all night and before I got my chors (sic) done it was under the clouds again.

Drove Topsie to school.  The football was busted but at noon we had it fixed and had a real good game.  After school went over to the burg and got ma’s watch and ring they cost $1.25.  Alton Bunch and Harvey Harrington rode up with me.

In eve I copied the contract between Chas. Wigren + Pa for Pa he rents the Webster place for $150 and half the income of 30 sheep.

(Age 18)
Wea.                                                FRI. JAN. 5, 1900                          Ther.

Drew two loads of manure.  Killed two pigs and helped put out 50 ber (?) of corn.  In eve went up to Alice Warns and we started for a sleigh ride Frank Warn and Irma ahead of us.  They led me around home where I found a surprise in the shape of 40 of my friends.  They broke up about 2 A.M.

Actual sleigh bells from the Cass Farm--may have been on Topsie that very night.

 (Aged 19)
Wea.                                                 SAT.  JAN. 5, 1901                        Ther.

Went over to Groves and bought a harness.  In P.M. we went up to Isils (?) and got home about eleven.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                                SUN.  JAN. 5, 1902                         Ther.

Pa, Ma + Rollie came over.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                                 MON. JAN. 5, 1903                         Ther.

Took Alice over to Pa’s to wash and went up to see John Smedley (?).  In the afternoon, went down to the burg and had “Bill” shod.  Pa, Ma + Rollie came over in the evening.

(Aged 22)
Wea.                                                TUE. JAN. 5, 1904                            Ther.
Began work for Lyle Coe up by Si Ecclers on a mill for $1.50 a day.  The thermometer went down to 40 below zero last night.


Editor's Note:  I love reading what matters to him--how his 17-year-old romantic side admires the moon while the boy in him really is most concerned about the state of the football.  In no time at all, Allen goes from sleigh rides with his girl to a mill job for extra money to support his growing family.  In 1904 he was already a father of two.   My sister and I will make an effort to post a family tree and give other information to flesh out more historical context.

1 comment:

  1. This is absolutely wonderful and most precious to me. Please keep going and please keep me in your work. I never knew my Eccles family but have tried to do much research in the last years and visited Poland to see Eccles Hill for myself. Please get in touch with me! Patsy Eccles (