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Thursday, January 6, 2011

A Day in the Life: January 6th

(Aged 14)
Wea.  Cold                                    MON. JAN. 6, 1896                        Ther. 5
                                                                                                                    below zero
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.

(Aged 16)

Wea.  Sunny                                 THUR. JAN. 6, 1898                       Ther.   38

Went to school  Are still drawing logs to Falconer.  The snow is melting quite fast.

(Aged 17)

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.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                               SAT. JAN. 6, 1900                          Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Pa took a load of corn to the burg.

(Aged 19)
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.

(Aged 20)
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        

(Aged 21)
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.

(Aged 22)
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.

1 comment:

  1. I love, love, love this man. I am so happy to be infested with his DNA.