Wea. Clear WED. JAN. 8, 1896 Ther. 16
Went to school + stayed down to Mrs Masons all night because I could not get a ride home.
Wea. SAT. JAN. 8, 1898 Ther.
Ray Harrington + I went hunting saw one partridge + silled (sic) a sap sucker. Pa + Geo Walters went to Frewsburg in the P.M. Ma + Rollie went up to Mr Bunce’s to a Missionary club.
Wea. SUN. JAN. 8, 1899 Ther.
Stayed at home all day. In A.M. Ed Harrington + Eugene Littlefield were down + got pa to go with when (sic) up to Mel Braggs to see if they could find any wool in his dogs teeth but they couldn’t. The dogs were after Eugene’s sheep last night. Ed says our sheep will die but I don’t think so.
In P.M. Pa, Ma + Rollie went up the hollow to church. In eve drove Topsie + the cutter down to the burg + went to church at the Baptist
as there was none (no-one?) anywhere else after church I stood on the steps waiting to see who came out and Filby Flagg and Mabel D came out + gave Fred Doty the slip then started off then they came back then started again then came back + went into the hall then I started off down the street + they came + caught up with me went past + said (Come on) but as I didn’t come they walked on. http://www.firstbaptistchurchfrewsburg.org/
Wea. MON. JAN. 8, 1900 Ther.
In A.M. sorted 50 bu (bushels) of potatoes pa + Rollie helping. In P.M. went up to Ivory + got some butter got Bill shod also.
Wea. TUE. JAN. 8, 1901 Ther.
Went and got the sleds. Took Alice up home and killed a pig. Traded guns with Devillo Kineston got a dollar + a pair of lines to boot.
Wea. WED. JAN. 8, 1902 Ther.
Frank, Frankie + I went over and got the cows we bot (sic) Monday.
Wea. THUR. JAN. 8, 1903 Ther.
Worked in the mill from 10:15 A.M. all the rest of the day.
Wea. FRI. JAN. 8, 1904 Ther.
Worked in woods all day up by mill. Snowed awful and drifted. Toppled over going up this morning.
Editor's Note: I wonder if Mrs Mason had a phone much less the farm to let them know Allen was fine? Doubtful but probably no-one worried for a moment. Nora and Frank probably had an off-hand conversation about an hour or so past Allen’s normal return time “Looks like Allen couldn’t get a ride home.” “Oh it is late for him, I guess you are right. Well Mrs. Mason will feed him well”. Done and everyone slept easy. Today if our kids aren’t home on time Amber Alerts can be transmitted within minutes.
At 17, Allen is fully aware that church is the place to see and be seen. I love that he strikes out on his own and ends up having a very standard teenage experience with perhaps one of the people he was searching out. Poor Fred Doty. One wonders if he had any perception of where he seemed to be placed on the social scale.
I find the non-existent transition from taking Alice home to killing a pig quite harsh. Chores are chores but...budding romance to slaughter in naught point 60 is extremely rough to my romantic sensibilities. Oh, and that Devillo Kineston seems to be a real wheeler-dealer I wonder what he grew up to do.