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.
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.
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.
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.|
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.
Wea. SUN. JAN. 5, 1902 Ther.
Pa, Ma + Rollie came over.
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.
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.