Wea. Cold MON. JAN. 6, 1896 Ther. 5
Went to school + wore my long pants for the first time at school. Pa went to Jamestown and got this diary for .25 cents the price of it was .40 cents.
Wea. Sunny THUR. JAN. 6, 1898 Ther. 38
Went to school Are still drawing logs to Falconer. The snow is melting quite fast.
Wea. Snowy FRI. JAN. 6, 1899 Ther. 30
Got up at 5:30 and the ground was all white. Drove Topsie and buggy to school took a grist played gould as the football was busted.
Luella rode home with me + then went over to grandma’s. Glendine + Gorden Taylor visited school today. Pa + George set out a little Balsam in front of the house. It has snowed all day and is nearly sleighing tonight.
Wea. SAT. JAN. 6, 1900 Ther.
Stayed at home all day. Pa took a load of corn to the burg.
Wea. SUN. JAN. 6, 1901 Ther.
Stayed at home all day and smoked and slept. Did a few chores. Something seems to be troubling me. I wonder what it is.
Wea. MON. JAN. 6, 1902 Ther.
I went with Frank + Frankie Kineston to buy cows for Pa. He pays me $2 per day to buy for him. We got 4 cost $78. Got home 7:30 PM
Wea. TUE. JAN. 6, 1903 Ther.
Dave drew his loads of (logs?) up to Smedleys. I worked up in Joel’s mill. Got a stick in my eye.
Wea. WED. JAN. 6, 1904 Ther.
Worked on the mill all day.
Editor's Note: Today I learned my policy of waiting until January to buy my calendar at reduced cost has been a family tradition for over 100 years. I also learned that there are some things lost in translation to me and if anyone who reads this can make an educated guess, I’d love to hear from you. In this case, I don’t know what Allen means when he said he “took a grist played gould”. This is as written so I’m thinking it was a game made up by the local boys.
Curious at the seemingly introspective mood of 19-year-old Allen. We’re not entirely sure if his troubles are physical or mental. My thoughts range from SAD to “honeymooner’s disease”. Anyway, it could be worse. It could be a stick in your eye.
As responsibilities mount on his young son and daughter-in-law, I admire what seems to be Allen’s father Frank’s attempt to augment the family income by throwing jobs Allen’s way such as buying the cows.